Friday, 15 October 2021

Gangster stories

This is a nice political (or is it gangster?) story,

Knives come out as Penang DCM mulls move to Parliament

excerpts;

There are two rival sides, one aligned to Ramasamy and one said to be led by an ambitious newcomer. DAP insiders who gave FMT the information would not name the newcomer.

The Ramasamy allies are Penang city councillor P David Marshel and Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy.

Marshel may be facing some legal trouble. Someone has made a statutory declaration saying he was involved in the gruesome slashing of Penang Hindu Endowments Board executive director Ramachandran Muthiah in July.

I always laughed a bit whenever I came across these kind of stories.

These were used to be MIC stories, but now they have apparently moved to DAP.

I wonder how Guan Eng is going to handle this nonsense. Hopefully he won't end up getting beaten up or gruesomely slashed to ribbons in the process.

These people do sound aggressive and dangerous, after all. 

And they talked nonsense loudly too....like that Jelutong MP.


Meanwhile, there's also this story today about a lawyer who think it's wrong to seek justice for Adib and his loved ones;

Further probe into firefighter’s death will cause trust deficit, says lawyer

excerpts;

“Unless there are overwhelming omissions and/or hard evidence of obvious bias, a second follow-up ‘inquest’ and its findings may cause further credibility degradation,” SN Nair said.

He said it also undermined the findings of the original pathologist and the department concerned.

These people are simply too much, if you ask me.

Get to become a lawyer and they think they are so smart already.

It makes my blood boils that they still want to defend those who killed Adib.

For them it's okay to attack firefighters who were trying to do their job and even killing them.

Real bastards.

I will never stop praying for those who killed Adib or at least caused his death to be punished.

As for those who defended the act of killing him, may they all rot in hell when the time come.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Malaysia shouldn't condemn Aukus

 I think Hishammuddin was wrong or intentionally being wrong on this;

Malaysia maintains stand Aukus potentially destabilising

How can the US, UK and Australia pact destabilise this region when it's already being destabilised by the communists in Beijing, who claim almost the whole of South China Sea as their own and built artificial islands there with tonnes of missiles on them?

Aren't it them who repeatedly sent warplanes into our airspace and militarised ships into our waters?

Why then are we condemning the pact which may help us defend our territory?

Whether we like it or not, we have to admit that we don't have enough military strength to push back Beijing's expansionism.

If we really want to defend our rights in South China Sea, we have to align ourselves with stronger powers.

Otherwise, we should just shut up and give those area that Beijing wants by giving up our claims in those waters.

Or are we going to just protest whenever the PLA ships and aircraft intruded into our territory?

How about if the PLA lands its troops on a Malaysian island and plant their flag there?

How about if that happened in Labuan?

Are we going to just protest that one too?

Seriously, I think Hishammuddin had gotten a bit less clever ever since he went to buy some warships from China when he was the defence minister.

Okay, I know that most Malaysian leaders tried very hard to please the communists in Beijing as we want them to invest here, but are we that hard up for their money to the point of letting ourselves be bullied by them?

Honestly, I don't like to see the US and its allies as the ones we have to rely on to counter the PLA threats but it looks like at this moment we don't have much choice in this.

Even if we don't like them to have a pack like Aukus, I don't think we should condemn it as destabilising.

My personal opinion is that the pact actually have an opposite effect to the one claimed by Hishammuddin, as it would send a signal to Beijing that they can't go around bullying smaller countries like Malaysia and simply take whatever they want that rightfully belong to others.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) leads the Royal Malaysian Navy frigate KD Lekir (FF 26) during a passing exercise. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 were underway on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Far East in January 2011.

As it is, Beijing is threatening to invade Taiwan. That, I think is something we should condemn instead.

If that really happened, the whole region will be plunged into chaos and hundreds of thousands, if not millions will die, especially among the Taiwanese civilian population.

A conflict like that will not drag in only US, UK and Australia, but also Japan, South Korea and the other Asean countries.

We will also be forced to take side as the war will definitely spread into the South China Sea where we also have claims to a portion of it.

Are we, as a democratic country not obliged to contribute to the defence of fellow democracies such as Taiwan?

Or are we going to side with Beijing for money?

Monday, 11 October 2021

Let's not screw up Covid recovery...too much

State boarders are once again being reopened today after almost 10 months.

Covid-19 deaths and infections are also apparently in decline.

Things are indeed beginning to look good.

I have however decided to wait a little bit more before going back to KL.

Don't feel the need to rush back as I can actually do my work from where I am now.

After all, the office will be mostly empty as the company I work for was hit rather hard by the Covid-19 economic fallout.

I'm the only one left in my team now with the others having moved on to stronger companies for better job security.

Whatever it is, hopefully business will pick up after the pandemic and I can get my full pay again.

I actually have to regularly use my savings to pay for expenses during this pandemic.

Well, at least I still have a job while many others were not so lucky.

I even have a friend who is an engineer now selling eggs online to make ends meet.

As I previously wrote, if I ever get to that level, I thought of setting up a burger stall.

Anyway, I will try not to complain too much about my difficulties nor am I going to blame anyone for my situation.

But, I would appreciate it if no one makes my life harder by causing problems, which hamper the country's recovery from the pandemic.

Ya, I'm talking about the politicians who control our government and their counterparts in the Opposition.

They better not start with their nonsense again....at least not too much.

Okay, the coming bullshit state election in Melaka is already rolling  and nothing much apparently can be done to stop it.

I'm praying that there will be no new major Covid-19 outbreak because of it.

Hopefully, there will be no other state elections after that too, at least until the pandemic is really over.

The politicians, by right shouldn't feel that they have the luxury to quarrel now as they actually need to be focus on Covid-19 recovery effort.

But that's just me saying.

Of course they will continue to fight their silly nonsense at our expense. That's after all what democracy is all about.

By the way, about the Melaka state election; I think Pakatan will win that one because Umno was being  so screwed up about it....unless of course Pakatan screwed up even worse over the next few weeks.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Relax DAP, MAHB can handle the airport business

 I noticed that DAP leaders have been pushing for the government to proceed with airport upgrading works, in particular the one in Penang, which state government is controlled by them.

The other day, former transport minister Anthony Loke who is a DAP senior leader and Seremban MP even suggested for MAHB, which runs the airports to be delisted in order to enable such upgrades of the airports.

I don't have too much complain against Loke but I think he was being unfair with his suggestion as MAHB has been working hard and spending much maintaining the mostly empty airports during the pandemic.

Then today the DAP-led Penang government once again called for the government to reverse its decision to postpone most airport-related projects, as announced by Transport minister Wee Ka Siong on Monday.

Why are they being so pushy about this airport upgrades now?

The pandemic is not yet over, okay, and the tourists are not yet coming in droves for quite a while more.

What's the rush?

Penang Airport needs immediate upgrades?

I read that one of the DAP guys said this is the best time to do the upgrade works as there were not too many people yet at the airports.

Hey, I think that's silly, okay.

I was at Heathrow Airport back in 2006 when they were renovating it and I didn't experience much inconvenience because of it.

The airport was packed despite it looking like an Arked Mara because of the upgrading works.

I believe that for now, we should upgrade the airports only when we really need to do it and more importantly when we have the money for it.

I don't think we have that kind of money to spend at the moment as we are still on our way to recover from the pandemic and its economic fall out.

At the moment, the priority should be in helping the rakyat instead of making airports bigger and nicer like Changi in Singapore.

DAP people, you all agree with me on that, right?

Tell your leaders la that no point in having fancy airports if the people are suffering.

Oh, and I believe that if we really need to make the airports better and nicer, MAHB will make sure the government know what to do and when to do it.

After all, I think MAHB knows about the airport business better than the DAP leaders. 

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

About the nonsense in Melaka (updated)

UPDATES at 16:07

Just shortly after I did this post, Rauf announced that 

Melaka state assembly dissolved; election to come

Ironic, isn't it?

Hahahaha

ORIGINAL POST

Friends who know Melaka politics more than me said the reason for the ongoing nonsense there was this guy;

This Rauf guy is the Melaka Umno chief, appointed by party president Zahid after BN's defeat in GE14. He is also currently the Melaka state assembly speaker.

He was formerly the party's executive secretary when Umno was led by Najib.

My friends said the Umno assemblymen and their gang who decided to withdraw support from the BN's Melaka CM did so because they can't stand Rauf's meddling in the state administration.

Well, if it's true, then I really don't blame them for doing so.

I don't like this Rauf guy too.

In fact I wrote quite a lot of criticisms against him back then when he was running the show at Umno's headquarters.

I actually started to dislike him during the run-up to the Tenang by-election in 2011.

As the party's executive secretary at that time, he tried to force Johor Umno to submit to him in the handling of the by-election campaign.

Those days, Umno's typical by-election campaign involved a lot of circus-like nonsense which allowed certain individuals making lots of money from renting out equipment and other non-essentials.

Johor Umno, then led by TS Abdul Ghani Othman and his right handman Datuk Ahmad Zahri rebuffed Rauf and proceeded to manage the campaign in Tenang using minimal resources with great success.

After the BN's victory in that by-election, an unhappy Rauf caused Johor Umno war room director to be barred from attending meetings at the party's headquarters, giving the excuse that the guy was not a division chief like his peers from other states.

I was based in Johor at that time and when I heard about what happened, I told myself that this Rauf guy is bad for Umno.

There were other incidents after that which reenforce my negative view of the guy.

As I had previously written, Umno has these sort of people to blame for its defeat in 2018.

People are simply fed up with their ugly faces and antics.

That's why I was very disappointed when Rauf and other Umno leaders whom in my opinion caused BN's defeat were once again given senior posts after GE14.

How can a party's executive secretary like Rauf ,who failed in GE14 be given the post of a state chief was beyond me.

So, I was not actually surprised when my friends told me that the guy is back doing his old tricks again, causing havoc within the Melaka Umno rank.

It must be really bad, I think.

Well, if I'm Zahid, I would think of a way to remedy the situation instead of calling for a snap poll yesterday as the Covid crisis is not yet over.

Of course, in the first place i wouldn't appoint someone like Rauf to lead Melaka Umno as his face alone could cause defeat in the state in the next general election.

If I'm the Umno president, I would make sure all the party's state chiefs are handsome, capable and most importantly sincere leaders.

Seriously.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

About Oshin, Taoist rioters and Beijing communists

A friend yesterday complained that I have not been writing for almost two weeks.

Well, I was actually busy doing other things.

There's my work and also Oshin.

Ya, Oshin is that old Japanese drama from the early 80s.

I first watched it with my grandmother when I was a kid. We love it so much.

Finished all 297 episodes of it again these past days. It's that good.

I recommend everyone who has a daughter to watch it with her.

It teaches girls to be good and tough, and that most (if not all) men are useless bastards.

Oshin had a rough upbringing being badly treated by her father and brother. When she's grown up, her business were repeatedly wrecked, first by her husband and then her son.

Oh, and her mother-in-law was bad too. Ya, some women are as bad as men.

Whatever it is, moral of the story is that girls need to stay tough and focused as well as believe in themselves to face the world.

As for what has been happening with the country, I honestly don't really feel the need to write about it.

It's been quite mundane actually.

Covid casualty number is still quite high but at least the vaccination appeared to be working and the situation seems to be improving.

I hope to go back to work in KL once the borders open. Ya, I'm now in the East Coast, enjoying myself here for the past two months.

As for politics, it's been thankfully rather quiet. Of course there were the usual chatters but nothing really significant. So, I'm going to leave it at that for now.

The only time I was actually tempted to write something these past few days was when there was that riot in front of a Taoist temple in Salak South.

That was a really stupid one.

But one of my friends beats me to it with this write up;

Learn from Adib’s tragedy; be firm with rioters

I agree with my friend about the need for the authorities to be firm with rioters but not so much when it comes to comparing the Salak South little riot with the Adib's tragedy.

Well, for one thing, the crazies in Salak South were Chinese, and they are Taoists some more.

After watching the video of the incident, I concluded that Taoist Chinese make lousy rioters.

They really should leave the rioting business to others.

I even laughed quite a bit watching their antics that day. Ya, especially so when I saw those ladies practicing their zumba in front of the temple gate while all the commotions were happening.

The police were very right not to use force  against them that day.

No way they could really hurt anyone, let alone kill a fireman.

Okay, maybe I'm a bit bias because my mother's side of the family are mostly Taoist Chinese but they are indeed quite a peaceful bunch.

Not sure why they were acting crazy that day, but rightfully they should just peacefully lie down in front of the backhoe machine to stop it, just like the protesters in Tiananmen Square lie down in front of the tanks in 1989.

Don't worry. We are not being ruled by the CCP who made the tanks rolled over and killed the protesters.

Still, the law is the law. Please don't resort to rioting, okay....especially if you are Taoist Chinese.

Next time the others riot, hopefully the police will act tough once again and beat the crap out of them....especially if they try to kill another fireman.

One more thing, talking about the CCP, there's this story yesterday;

Chinese air force conducts largest ever incursion into Taiwan

They actually did that to mark the 72nd anniversary of them founding the communist state of PRC.

Yup, they celebrated the occasion by threatening to invade Taiwan by bombing Taiwanese, who are mostly Chinese.

Terrible communists.

Seriously, communists are not Chinese. Their ideology is not even a Chinese ideology. So, if you are against the communists in Beijing, it does not mean you are anti-China or anti-Chinese.

Oh, and here is what DAP thinks about the CCP which threaten to bomb Taiwanese into submission;

Penang CM praises Beijing on PRC’s 72nd anniversary

Hey DAP, why la you praise those communists at a time like this? 

You all don't care ka for those Chinese in Taiwan?

Sigh.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Good news for Pakatan

 This should be good news for Pakatan,

Tajuddin eyeing top three posts in Umno polls, claims some members confident he can transform party

I think Malay Mail got so excited over it that it gave the story a rather longish headline.

Well, I don't blame them. Pakatan people should  really rejoice over these sort of stories.

It means there's still hope, okay.

If Umno leaders are all good people, then Pakatan would not stand a chance in the next general election.

Fortunately for them, the Umno leadership is still quite bad as it is.

As I previously wrote, except for Mat Hasan, I don't really like the top leaders of Umno.

Ya, that includes PM Ismail Sabri.

And if Umno people decide to elect people like Tajuddin as their top leaders, then that would only make it worse.

That should really be the end of Umno, actually.

Personally, I would not vote for someone like that or a party which promote such a person.

I believe that many Malays who are fence sitters would be like me.

The chances of this thing happening is actually quite high.

The current Umno supreme council is full of such people.

And they are making themselves into the faces of Umno.

Just look at that irritating Puad Zarkashi fellow, who has been getting quite a lot of media coverage.

I noticed that FMT has been publishing his statements quite regularly as if his is the voice of Umno.

That guy was very much disliked at his home base in Batu Pahat due to the way he conducted himself during his term as MP there in 2008-2013.

Umno may field him as its candidate there again in the next general election.

If it really happens, I hope he'll lose.

You see, the Umno leaders' bad habits are still there.

Look at how they put up billboards all over KL congratulating Shahidan Kassim when he was appointed Federal Territories Minister.

Why the hell they need to do that?

So stupid.

It reminds me of Perlis when the guy was the MB there.

Billboards of his not so nice to look at face were everywhere in Kangar and Arau at that time.

I remember very well what a good Umno friend of mine from Kuala Perlis said to me back then;

"Shidan ni ingat dia Stalin ke nak letak muka dia merata tempat,"

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And Shahidan is not the only Umno leader with this billboard issue.

Umno people, really need to reflect on this. 

Those days when people, particularly Malays submit themselves to bad leaders of Umno's choice are gone.

If they continue to fail in choosing good leaders for their party, then their party will soon be dead.

No amount of Malay or Muslim unity talks can save Umno if its leaders consist of bad people.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Great defender of the Nons

 People, especially DAP supporters always asked me in not such a nice way why I hate Guan Eng and his father so much.

Actually, I don't hate them at all.

I'm just very much annoyed by them.

You can't hate people who were born to be annoying creatures but you do have the right to express your annoyance towards them, right?

Just look at this story from yesterday,

Guan Eng warns so-called racist and extremist groups in government

Hey man, we don't even know yet the detail of that Bill and you were already calling people racists and extremists.

The people Guan Eng called racists and extremists also already explained that it got nothing to do with non-Muslims and yet he still used such a strong language.

Trying too hard to portray yourself as the defender of the non-Muslims, aren't you?

Just like during the Sarawak election in 2011, when Guan Eng tried to be a defender of the Christians.

Well, he was actually at that time just trying to win over the majority Christian Ibans of that state.

A bit like menunggang agama lah.

This time, I think, he was trying to stay relevant by convincing the non-Muslims that he's their hope against racist and extremist Malay Muslims who are out to get them.

Not the first time he did that, actually.

Back in 2019, while still in power, Guan Eng declared that an Umno-Pas cooperation was a "declaration of war" on non-Malays.

That's how inflammatory he could get.

And who could ever forget the DAP's very racist campaign strategy of the 2013 general election which resulted in the Chinese tsunami.

As we know now, every action has its reaction.

The current government is now very much dominated by the Malays and other bumiputera.

Even if the next general election is to be held tomorrow, I believe we would still end up with the same kind of government.

The 22 months under Pakatan rule, led by people like Guan Eng thought the Malays and bumiputera that they can't trust such a set-up of people to lead them.

They trusted the bunch in 2018 only to later realise that Pakatan was not sincere to them.

Once in power, they showed their disdain towards the Malays and bumiputera by doing things that really hurtful.

The evidence was plentiful, as openly illustrated by Pakatan supporters' comments about especially the Malay Muslims in the social media.

The whole thing reached a boiling point when they defended perpetrators of a hate crime which resulted in in the killing of fireman Adib.

Adib's death was tragic enough, but those hurtful comments defending those who beat him up were what made me decide that this country must never be ruled by those people. 

Pakatan lost one after another by-elections after that before it imploded in early last year.

Now Guan Eng is back with his old trick of  trying to scare the non-Malays again into supporting him and his party.

After all, he needs to stay relevant as I was told that even Anthony Loke is getting to be more popular than him among DAP people. 

I think he would succeed to a certain degree, but not to the level of 2013 or 2018.

Well, Guan Eng has been churning out statements after statements every other days lately and so does his father.

This one is from today,

Hardly any impact in Khairy’s first month as health minister, says Kit Siang

Haiyo, what does he expect KJ to do?

Take over the ministry and the number of Covid-19 deaths immediately drops to zero is it?

I think the KJ guy has been working his ass off la.

Yesterday, he even did a spot check alone at a hospital.

Vaccination rate has also been good, with almost 80 per cent of the adult population already being fully vaccinated.

Seriously, I think Kit Siang should worry more about his son than KJ.

He should advice Guan Eng not to try too hard portraying himself as a hero as it only shows that he's just a fake.

But knowing the old man, he would probably be cheering on his son.

Well, what to do. The Lim family has always been trying to be like the Lee family in Singapore.

Cannot la uncle. Your son is not handsome and smart like Hsien Loong.


Seriously, just look at them, okay.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

9/11, 20 years on...and Agent Orange

Exactly 20 years ago today, I was in my hotel room in Ho Chi Minh City, watching CNN's live coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Somehow I was not shocked at that time when the WTC twin towers collapsed, killing thousands.

In my heart, I was telling myself that all the bad things done by the US around the world have finally came back to it.

Really, that was my thought at that moment.

I was after all in Vietnam that day, the country which was bombed and shot to pieces by the Americans for more than a decade.

Several days prior to that, I was in Hanoi where my Vietnamese hosts there had took me on a visit to a rehabilitation centre for children who suffered from deformities because their parents were victims of the Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed from the air by the Americans over the forests during the Vietnam war.

The Americans had done that to kill off the trees and  other plants so that their Vietnamese enemies were denied of forest cover and food.

The chemical, however killed and caused severe harm to those who came in contact with it.

The effects of the chemical were also passed down to the next generations of victims until today.

Some of the children at the centre also suffered from other disabilities such as blindness and loss of hearing.

Trust me, it's heartbreaking watching the sufferings of those children.

I remember one particular girl  at the centre who was about nine years old at that time. She was so cute and shy as she sat on her wheelchair. Her hands and legs were deformed since birth.

I wonder how she's doing today.

It was estimated that the US sprayed up to 15 million litres of the Agent Orange throughout the Vietnam War, claiming up to 14 million victims till today.

The US has never admitted its guilt over the use of the chemical in order to avoid paying compensation to the Vietnamese.

And of course no American was prosecuted for the chemical warfare waged against the Vietnamese.

The rehabilitation centre in Hanoi is still there till today and there were many other similar ones around the country.

Anyway, as we already knew, the US and its allies  declared war on terror after the 9/11 attacks and went into Iraq and Afghanistan, causing the deaths of a few hundred thousands more.

I may understand them invading Afghanistan because Osama Bin Laden and his AlQaeda gang, who were behind the 9/11 attacks were hiding there but I strongly believe that invading Iraq was purely because of a different agenda.

The US' wars in those two countries just ended recently with their marines making the final exit at the Kabul airport that day after two decades of occupation.

I have to conclude that the US actually lost the wars in both countries.

Iraq is now controlled by the Shia, allied to the rulers of Iran while Afghanistan is back in Taliban's hand.

It was actually amusing watching how many Americans reacted to the defeats, especially the one in Afghanistan where it was so evident that they lost the war there.

I saw some of the coverage by the right-wing Fox news channel and laughed as its anchors tried their best to insist that the US could actually go back to Afghanistan and bomb the Taliban once again back to stone age.

That was so pathetic of them.

Honestly, I don't hate the Americans or even their military might.

It's just that their government and those in charge there were either too stupid or morally corrupt for leading them into those wars.

They should actually pick better wars to fight.

Well, for one thing they should try to defend Taiwan if the communists in Beijing decide to invade the island.

I would support them if they defend the people and the democracy there.

Or if they stop Beijing from bullying us in the South China Sea.

Oh, I also hope that the US will stop being so supportive of the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine and  being too friendly with oppressive regimes such as the Modi's BJP government in India.

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Ismail Sabri's first major blunder

I have always been sceptical of Ismail Sabri being able to do anything for real.

It's not that I hate him or anything but the few times I met him, especially back then when I was in Pahang, the guy didn't impress me at all.

Whenever people asked me what I think of him, I would always said he's a nice guy but a bit slow.

And yesterday he justified me saying that by reappointing Muhyiddin as chairman of the National Recovery Council with ministerial status.

That's so lame, if you ask me.

Ismail Sabri, as the PM should take charge of the council instead of giving it back to Muhyiddin.

Mail, you can't do the job yourself, is it?

Are you too slow to do it?

And Muhyiddin of all people. That's stupid.

I wouldn't go to the extent of putting #kerajaangagal next to Muhyiddin's name, but I wouldn't say he had done a fantastic job as PM either.

He should just take a rest la and let a new guy takes charge and do better things.

After all, Malaysia could do with an improved strategy in its handling of Covid-19.

Or at least a moral booster of a man in charge who is better than the previous one instead of the same guy again.

Why can't Ismail Sabri sees that?

 Sigh.

Actually, I don't even mind if Ismail Sabri put Najib there, if he really needs to concentrate on other stuff.

Seriously, Najib would be better than Muhyiddin in that position.

I know, you all Pakatan supporters hate Najib and want Anwar to be in charge, but that's impractical, okay.

What ever it is, all of them, Muhyiddin, Najib and Anwar, should not be in charge again.

They had their chances (Anwar was acting PM once).

Ismail Sabri should join the list too, based on his decision yesterday.

We need someone fresh and with new good ideas.

Let's have that, once we can have GE15.

Once we achieve herd immunity, hopefully before end of this year, we must have a snap general election.

And Ismail Sabri better not try to cling on to power.

He needs to stop such nonsense as that statement by the AG yesterday.

Have the vote of confidence in Dewan Rakyat, or otherwise all the bullshit fighting will start again.

We are tired of it, okay.

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Malaysians need to be focused as Covid-19 deaths surpassed that of communist insurgency

 I'm busy now.

So, for today, I just cut and paste this commentary by my good friend again.

By Shahrum Sayuthi

Malaysia's Covid-19 death toll, as I am writing this now, is 16,664, which is higher than the official count of 15,981 deaths suffered in the war against the communists during the 1948-1960 Emergency period..

It is a grim reminder of how serious the crisis currently faced by the country really is.

Perhaps because there were no shootings or bombings, many Malaysians, particularlly those who were less affected by the pandemic and its economic fallout find it hard to really comprehend the deadliness of the situation.

Of course they say they know that Covid-19 is very bad but in all truthfulness, they do not actually feel it in their heart how truly bad it is.

That is why there are still those who could quarrel and quibble about matters which by right should for now be regarded as inconsequential.

In all seriousness, what was all that recent political storm was really all about? Does it really matter to the politicians that hundreds die of Covid-19 everyday or were they just using those numbers of deaths as soundbites to further their political ambitions?

Then there were those who went out of their way to beat the movement restrictions standard operating procedures to accommodate their self convenience.

For instance, do we really need to go back to our hometowns for Hari Raya or New Year at a time like this?

It is highly unlikely that anyone would try to lie to the policemen at the roadblocks in order to cross the state border if the government said there are communist insurgents planning to ambush anyone foolish enough to travel now.

Since it is not such a dramatic image of imminent danger, many do not feel it is too bad to try their luck to cross the borders by any means, including forging travel documents. Never mind that they may in fact be carriers of the deadly coronavirus which could infect their elderly parents and loved ones in the kampung.

Malaysians need to truly realise that this pandemic is actually the worst crisis this country has ever faced, with the economic devastations caused by it to be felt for many years to come.

Nonetheless, the light is already showing at the end of the dark tunnel, despite the continuing hundreds of daily deaths and ten of thousands of new cases. 

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Monday pointed out that of the 20,897 new cases recorded that day, 98 per cent of them were asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases.

He also noted that 73.6 percent of the newly infected had yet to complete their vaccination.

This has actually been the trend since the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme started gaining momentum over the past weeks.

It shows that the vaccination effort has started taking effect as the overwhelming majority of new infections were not of the serious categories.

As more Malaysians receive their vaccination in the coming days, we would likely be able to see the situation further improve and less deaths recorded daily.

The right thing to do now should be for Malaysians to stay the course and be focused on beating the pandemic as soon as possible.

We should not be distracted by especially claims of better remedy by those who felt that they know better on how to handle the crisis.

True, the handling of the pandemic as it is now may not be perfect, but we cannot afford to change the existing strategy, just to experiment with other suggested solutions which may after all likely be flawed too.

Back during the communist insurgency, the handling of that crisis was criticised too, with the forced relocation of some 500,000 rural people of mostly Chinese descent  into internment camps called "new villages" being described by some as inhumane.

However, that strategy under the Briggs Plan was so instrumental in cutting off food and medical supplies for the insurgents in the jungle that it led to the collapse of their fighting capabilities and eventual capitulation.

As it is, once a strategy during a crisis already shows that it is working, as in the case of this fight against Covid-19, we should concentrate on supporting it until its ultimate success.

Indeed, whatever mistakes done or issues arising during this crisis should be addressed now, but not to a point of causing distractions  that may affect the immediate objective of overcoming the pandemic as soon as possible. 

(Shahrum Sayuthi has been a journalist for 24 years of which 18 were with New Straits Times before quitting as its political editor in 2015 to join The Mole.)

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

What is worse than Taliban and CCP

Someone who read my last posting about the Taliban asked me why I seemed to hate China so much.

He made the assumption because I argued that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is worse than the Taliban.

Well, actually I don't hate China.

I just don't like the authoritarian CCP.

As for China the country, I have fond memories of Shanghai....particularly that beautiful time at the Bund.

And I like Chinese people in general. Those in Malaysia too.

My mom and beloved are both Chinese.

But unfortunately I don't really like the Chinese-dominated DAP as a party.

Still, I don't hate DAP people. It's just the ideology that I dislike.

But of course some of the DAP people are very irritating and they sometimes come here and kacau me at this blog.

But that's normal lah. Umno also has irritating people.

It all depends on the individuals.

Actually, I don't even hate the CCP people. Made friends with some of them, who were genuinely nice to me.

They had in fact invited me to attend Xi Jinping's inauguration ceremony in 2012.

Really. I was there in Beijing that early winter. Wrote about it several times in the past.

I think I' may even be okay with the CCP if it stops bullying people in Xinjiang and Hong Kong as well as stop threatening Taiwan and leave it in peace.

Ya, especially Taiwan, because my mom and beloved both really love that COUNTRY.

My mom and beloved are actually traditional Chinese and not pro-US or anything like that.

They just don't like the CCP bullying behaviour. I have to admit that I'm heavily influenced by them.

Ya, if only the CCP could stop being so mean.

The truth is, the political party which I dislike most in the world at the moment is not the CCP.

It's actually the BJP which currently rules India.

As far as I'm concerned it's the worst "penunggang agama" among all political parties in the world.

 I even actually believe that it's worse than the Taliban.

At least the CCP doesn't use religion as an excuse to do bad things.

And I definitely prefer to visit China again rather than India.

I have bad memories of Mumbai, okay.

Maybe I'll write about it one of these days.

Well, I'm actually writing this post because I'm bored at this very moment.

Don't feel like writing about local politics though because I'm tired of it.

As for the Covid crisis, I'm now just waiting for the vaccination to reach a level where it would be safe to open up the country again.

Hopefully that would be very soon.

I'm dying to travel again.

Maybe I really should try going to Afghanistan, as suggested by someone who commented in my last post.

Heard that it's actually a beautiful country.

Well, that depends on whether the government is okay for Malaysians to visit that country lah.

See lah how.

Maybe the Taliban people really turn out to be good guys this time and manage to make things better over there.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Malaysia should recognise Taliban the same way it recognised CCP

I don't really understand why some people said Malaysia must not recognise the Taliban as the legitimate ruler of Afghanistan.

Those guys are actually already in charge of the country now, after all.

Is it because of their strict Islamic ideology and not being democratic? 

Well, we do recognise the absolute monarchy rulers of Saudi Arabia, whose administration was as Islamic as it could get.

You steal something, they would chop off your hand. You kill someone, they chop off your head.

Yet, everyone recognises them as the ruler of Saudi Arabia and custodians of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

No democracy whatsoever in that country, but then again, so it is also with so many other countries which despotic rulers we recognised.

There is no democracy in China, yet we recognised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the ruler of Middle Kingdom.

We even kowtow to the CCP all the time.

For one thing, we abandoned our recognition of the democratic Taiwan as a country just to please the CCP.

We are even among the first to recognise the CCP's funny puppet rulers in North Korea who treat their people like farm chickens.

Or is it because the Taliban guys are allegedly supporting terrorism and being brutal?

But we do recognise rulers of countries who allegedly support terrorists.

All those Arab and supposedly Islamic countries which were accused of sponsoring terrorism, we do recognised their rulers.

And we do recognised the government in Washington which the Arab and Islamic countries accused of financing and arming the arguably biggest terror organisation called Israel.

Ya, not only Israel shoot and bomb even children, it also occupies other people's land and even have the biggest concentration camp ever called Gaza.

As for the Taliban being brutal, the CCP had been even more brutal.

Its Great Leap Forward policy (1959-1962) resulted in famine and violence which caused an estimated 55 million deaths, while its Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) killed up to 20 million more.

Malaysia first recognised CCP as the ruler of China in 1974, which was at the height of its merciless Cultural Revolution.

Also bear in mind that at that time the CCP was still financing and arming the violent Communist Party of Malaya, which only surrendered to the Malaysian government in 1989.

For more recent CCP's brutalities, just google Hong Kong and Xinjiang as well as its intimidations of Taiwan.

I can give more examples of terrible people whom we recognised as rulers of their countries, but I think that should be enough.

Okay, the Taliban was indeed quite bad when it ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until driven out of Kabul by the Americans and its gang in 2001.

But I have to believe that they learnt to be nicer during the past 20 years fighting the Western occupiers of their country.

They have so far committed no atrocities ever since coming back to power except for a few claims made by the Western media.

They even offered amnesty to to those who worked for the US and its allies.

They promised to treat women better this time and said they wanted to be friends with everyone.

As for terrorism, they said they would fight terrorists such as the Islamic State crazies and would not let them use Afghanistan as a launchpad to attack other countries.

Of course, some accused the Taliban of making empty promises but at least this time they seemed to really mean what they said.

The Taliban people are after all known to be true to their words and quite steadfast in what they believe to be right.

Back in 1991 when the US demanded them to hand over Osama Bin Laden, they refused as it would be against their belief that they are responsible for the safety of their guests.

They could have easily at that time avoided being carpet bombed by the US if they just do as they were told.

Well, considering all that, I do believe that Malaysia and the rest of international community should recognise the Taliban as the ruler of their country.

The faster they could do that, the quicker Afghanistan could stabilise, affording its people a normal life after decades of war.

Even if we don't like the Taliban and what its people stand for, I don't think Afghanistan would be worse off than it was during all the fightings and violence.

It would probably become like one of those rather underdeveloped supposedly Islamic places.

Maybe something like Kelantan.

Not so bad, I think.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Just focusing on health and finance for now

 It's basically the same boring Cabinet with minor political adjustments.

Well, nothing much Ismail Sabri can do, I guess.

He needs to keep the political balance anyway.

I actually felt sorry for him as he even need to appoint these three jokers into his Cabinet - Shahidan as Federal Territories Minister, Noh Omar as Entrepreneur Development and Cooperation Minister as well as Mahdzir Khalid as Rural Development Minister.

I believe that's just to make the Umno leadership happy.

Personally, I think the trios should just stay as parliament backbenchers at most.

Well, never mind, those are not really crucial ministries for now as we battle the Covid crisis.

What truly matter for me now are the Health and Finance ministries.

I think it's good that Ismail Sabri put Khairy as Health Minister as the guy could now continue his vaccination work which is perhaps the only bright light coming out of the current Covid gloom. 

For me, it's okay that Khairy and Dr Adham swapped their posts.

I actually have no problem with Adham as he's a good worker and a real doctor, but he's not as good as Khairy when placed under pressure.

As for the Finance Ministry, I honestly don't mind that Zafrul got his job back but couldn't help to feel Ismail Sabri could appoint someone even better.

My personal choice for the post is Umno deputy president Mat Hassan, who has extensive corporate background and had ran Negri Sembilan quite well when he was its MB.

He could be appointed as senator for that, same as Zafrul.

Mat Hassan's appointment to such an important spot in the Cabinet may also drive a new revival for Umno.

But then again, Ismail Sabri and several other Umno leaders may not like Mat Hassan to be in that position as he may outshine them again as he did when Umno almost died after GE14.

Sigh....the usual stupid Umno internal politicking.

Okay lah, since Zafrul had been appointed, let's just hope he does an even better job this time.

I know that he tried and is still trying his best but the guy simply needs to be more people-friendly.

I mean his policies need for now be focused on lessening the people's sufferings due to Covid such as having another look at the loan moratorium and its interests issue.

As for the reappointments of the other icky characters into the Cabinet, let's just bear with them for the next few months.

Hopefully Khairy and Zafrul (along with the other handful of okay guys in the Cabinet) will do a good job to take us out of this pandemic as soon as possible.

Once we have overcome Covid and can have GE15, let's get a new and better government of our own real choice.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Finally, the idiots made peace amidst mounting Covid deaths

The politicians finally said they want to stop their nonsense.

Pakatan won’t pressure PM, to defuse political tension

Yes, that after months of forcing us to listen to their chatters amidst rising number of Covid-19 deaths and infections.

All that changed was Muhyiddin stepping down, replaced by his deputy Ismail Sabri.

Pribumi Bersatu replaced with Umno.

Okay lah, maybe slightly better but I don't think that's much of a change.

All those energy wasted for not much, actually.

How do you all Pakatan supporters feel about that?

Ismail Sabri better than Muhyiddin? Umno better than Pribumi Bersatu?

Now they said they will not pressure the PM anymore.

Of course la, that's because they already lost.

If only they had saved the energy they spent on fighting and instead channelled it towards fighting Covid-19.

What a waste.

Eh, our Covid-19 deaths are now over 14,800, which is almost three times more than the civilian casualties throughout the 1948-1960 Malayan Emergency.

That's a lot, okay.

The politicians should have seen from the very start that this Covid crisis is a real war with people really dying.

Instead they just use the words "war against Covid" as soundbites, and continued with their usual power grab nonsense.

Sigh. 

Well, never mind. 

Hopefully the coming peace as they promised will prevail at least until we managed to overcome Covid-19 and rebuild our country.

Once we can vote again, lets just vote out the selfish monkeys among them.

Monday, 23 August 2021

Serba Dinamik's case of fake comments attack

This is why I need to be extra careful with the comments posted in this blog.

Serba Dinamik takes KLSE Screener owner to court over fake comments

excerpts;

The company’s chairman Datuk Mohamed Ilyas Pakeer Mohamed, was quoted in the statement as saying that an ad interim injunction was obtained by the company and Karim against Lim Kai Yang, the owner and operator of KLSE Screener to stop the website from publishing, republishing or allowing any publication of the false comments.

Ilyas pointed out that the false comments have created unwanted speculations on Serba Dinamik which jeopardises and destroys the goodwill and reputation of the company and Karim.

He said Serba Dinamik would continue to monitor several other platforms and if necessary initiate similar legal actions against those which try to defame the company and members of its staff.

Terrible people. They not only made fake comments but also impersonate the CEO guy to do that.

Really dangerous people.

KLSE Screener, being supposedly reputable and all should have been more careful. Otherwise people may even suspect that it's in cahoot with the fakers .

Seriously, fake comments such as those could really be the undoing of websites as if not screened carefully could lead to court actions and lost of credibility.

Last time Malaysiakini also kena like that.

That's why I think many of my fellow bloggers have stopped publishing comments.

One slip of an actionable comment may land a blogger in court or even in jail.

Freedom of speech is one thing, but people who abuse it could deprive others from it.

For mine maybe it's not so bad as it's just an insignificant anonymous blog but influential websites such as KLSE Screener and all those super blogs with charts and graphs written by fantastic writers need to be very careful, I think.

Still, I also need to take extra care after this. I can't afford to hire a lawyer or go to jail, okay.

You all also please la don't abuse the platform I give you to comment in this blog by posting defamatory stuff.

If the blog is shut down, you'll be depriving others the opportunity to voice their opinion.

So, please be careful.

Okay, I can't write too long as I'm not feeling well again this morning.

Ciao.

Friday, 20 August 2021

Ismail Sabri better be aware of the ghosts

So, Ismail Sabri has been appointed PM and he will be sworn in tomorrow.

I'm not sure whether to congratulate him because I strongly believe that it's not going to be easy for him. 

For one thing, he has that confidence vote to go through in Dewan Rakyat with such paper thin majority.

The frogs may jump again over the next few days.

Some may even see the start of his premiership as an unfortunate event.

My beloved sent me a message just now reminding me that it's now the Ghost Month, that time of the year when the gates of hell supposedly open up, allowing ghosts and spirits to wreck havoc on earth.

This year, the Ghost Month is between Aug 9 and Sept 6, with the climax Chung Yuan or Hungry Ghost Festival on Aug 22, which is the day after tomorrow.

My beloved believes it's not the best time for Ismail Sabri to open shop in Putrajaya.

Of course, being a Muslim I don't believe in all that but my beloved is a Cina Bukit and thus was really concerned that Ismail Sabri's administration starting itself at this time of the year is not going to be good for the country.

Sigh.

Don't know what to say lah.

But I do understand the culture. If you want to know why I say that, please click on this link to my old post on April 12, 2014;

Qingming

But please don't confuse between Qingming and Hungry Ghost Festival. They are different, okay. Go google yourself to check that out.

Anyway, I don't think Ismail Sabri's premiership is going to last very long.

No, it's not because of the ghosts.

You see, even if he survives the confidence vote, he would likely has to call for a snap election once the pandemic crisis is over, which I believe will be within just a few months from now.

The vaccination programme is doing very well and we may achieve the herd immunity before the end of the year.

We are even starting to relax the movement restrictions quite a lot these past few days.

The pressure will be so great for Ismail Sabri to seek a new mandate when the situation permits the country to hold a general election.

I think we all would want that.

And you know what, I don't believe Ismail Sabri will be the Umno's PM candidate going into the general election.

It would certainly be someone else.

So, Ismail Sabri should do his best with this relatively short time as PM to do good so that he will be remembered as a good guy.

Well, for one thing, he can do his best to bring the country safely out of the pandemic and not goof up the coming budget.

That would be good enough.

I know the guy a bit when I was working in Pahang and I think he's not such a bad person.

Not top notch, but as a temporary PM okay lah.

Eh, enough la for now. I need to have dinner now.

Ciao.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Don't worry too much about politics, we can do without it for a while

Today I just want to copy and paste something my good friend wrote. Too lazy to write myself.

By Shahrum Sayuthi

MALAYSIANS should not worry too much about the current political turmoil.
 
That’s  because we have to save our worries for bigger problems – the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic and social well being fallout.
 
The tussle over who should become prime minister and form the new government is by right a problem concerning the politicians and maybe to a certain extent the Rulers.
 
It is after all a problem created by them and should be solved by them. 
We, ordinary Malaysians are mere spectators, just like those at a football match.
 
We can cheer and jeer all we want, but what happens on the pitch is up to the players as well as the referee and linesmen.
 
As it is now, the farce that we are witnessing is more like a very poorly played football match.
 
The players are cheating and committing fouls at every chance they get and the match officials are struggling to do their job.
 
Worse, the match is still undecidedly boring even after extra time with no clear winner.
 
All that, while we the spectators at the stands have to endure a very heavy rain and hooligans among fans of both sides behaving annoyingly.
 
Yes, that is more or less how it is with the current Malaysian political scene.
 
It is best that we just ignore it and instead concentrate on how to endure the Covid-19 crisis.
 
We actually can manage it without the politicians, at least for quite a while until maybe after the pandemic is over.
 
The government machinery is, after all, still functioning and efforts to fight Covid-19 are still ongoing, thanks to our brave frontliners.
 
The vaccination programme, which should be the most crucial in our war against the coronavirus, is also going well.
 
Hopefully, we will meet the herd immunity target as scheduled before year end and then some semblance of normality will return.
 
As for now, we can do our part by observing the standard operating procedures of movement restrictions,and helping our frontliners as much as we could in curbing the pandemic.
 
There is no need for us to be too concerned about who will be the next prime minister and which side of the political divide will form the government.
 
The Yang diPertuan Agong should be allowed to take all the sweet time he wants to decide on the matter.
 
Whatever his decision, I do not think it would make much difference to us ordinary Malaysians.
 
It would be just another “backdoor government” as the politicians said about the previous one, and its policies would probably be of not much difference either.
 
This new government should not be allowed to be in power for too long anyway.
 
As soon as we Malaysians manage to overcome the pandemic, the mandate must be returned to us to vote for a government of our real choice.
 
Let the ongoing political comedy amidst our Covid-19 sufferings be the last time that we have to endure those selfish individuals who claim they should be our leader.
 
We must vote them all out of our consciousness the first chance we get at the next election, which hopefully will not be too long from now..
 
Until then, dear Malaysians, be safe and keep your spirit up.
  
Shahrum Sayuthi has been a journalist for 24 years of which 18 were with New Straits Times before quitting as its political editor in 2015 to join The Mole.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Agong must upholds constitution, best way - settles Covid and then GE15

 I guess most of you all are happy that Muhyiddin resigned yesterday.

So, now what?

Let the Agong decides what to do, right?

If you ask me, I should say he must uphold the constitution.

That is to appoint the person who commands majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.

Yup, just like what he did after Dr Mahathir resigned last year.

But this time he should do it openly in Parliament.

No need to call the MPs for an interview like last time or all the other stuff, like the SD comedy.

Let everyone sees for themselves who vote for who.

That way no one can accuse the Agong of conspiring with the one appointed as PM....like when he appointed Muhyiddin last time, remember?

Next parliament sitting on Sept 6, Agong gives his opening speech, then the MPs vote, then the results announced, complete with who support who list.

Whoever gets the highest number of votes becomes the PM.

Well, that's democracy, I believe.

Of course, ideally Agong should already dissolved the Dewan yesterday after the government fell so that we can have a general election, but since it's Covid time, we can't have that.

Really.

The Agong actually shouldn't solely, use his kebijaksanaan to appoint the new PM and government as it would ends the same way as the Muhyiddin episode.

I know, I know, he interviewed the MPs and all that back then but still people said the Agong was scheming and everything.

Yeah, this time he has to make it open in Parliament.

Upholding democracy, as they should say.

But you know what, the nonsense will go on no matter who wins the vote of confidence.

Trust me on this.

That's because everyone in the Dewan thinks by right they are the ones who should be the PM.

Doesn't matter whether they have the majority or not.

Every few days there will still be calls for a motion of no confidence against the new PM and his government in the Dewan Rakyat.

The frogs will still be jumping from side to side as usual.

And the country have to continue suffering the fools.

But, what to do, that's democracy for you.

Sigh.

Or, the Agong can do this - don't let the clowns in Dewan Rakyat have the power to run the country until Covid is over.

Yeah, he could give back the power to the legislature only after the pandemic is over through a proper general election.

For now, let the civil service runs the country.

They are the experts anyway. 

The politicians mostly can talk only and appointing any of them as PM now wouldn't do much good. They will just have another fight and that's about all they are good at.

The Agong can supervise the civil servants with the help of the interim PM (who is Muhyiddin by the way, ehem, ehem, ehem).

We surely can manage without the stupidly selfish politicians for a few months, right?

Yeah, why not.

After all, the immunisation process is going very well and we'll soon achieve herd immunity, probably before end of the year.

Then we can have the general election.

Well, that's how I see it.

What? Anwar wants to be PM right very now so that he can use his magic to make Covid goes away?

Hehehehe.....come on la. Get real, okay.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Should be Hishammuddin, if Muhyiddin resigns

Everyone seems to believe that Muhyiddin will meet the Agong on Monday and after that he would tender his resignation as PM.

Maybe.

But if true, what exactly he wants to say to the Agong?

I bet he would want to tell the king he wants to resign and suggest the name of his successor.

Well, I also dare to bet that he would suggest for his administration to stay because it needs to continue functioning as a government to handle especially the pandemic crisis.

And my money is definitely not on him telling the Agong to hand over Putrajaya to Pakatan.

No way he is going to tell the Agong " Tuanku bagi lah chan kat Anwar jadi PM".

He probably knows what it would be if Anwar becomes PM and Pakatan takes over.

"Ini semua salah Muhyiddin", "Ini semua salah Umno", "Ini semua salah Najib", "Racist, racist, racist" etc will go on for at least the next one year.

And some firemen may even get beaten up to death.

Yup, I'm quite sure Muhyiddin would not suggest such thing to the Agong if he really wants to resign on Monday.

I think he would instead suggest someone he's sure will be acceptable to his allies and especially Umno.

He needs a compromise for that. Someone acceptable to him, Pribumi Bersatu, Pas, MCA, MIC,  the Sarawakians, other small allies and most importantly the Agong and Sultans as well as most of Umno.

The only one I could think of to fit that is Hishammuddin.

Really.

I know that the Agong will be okay with Hishammuddin, who is married to his cousin.

Hishammuddin's wife is arguably the most beautiful grandma in Malaysia

I'm also quite sure Sultan of Johor is okay with him too, and that means the other Rulers probably  will go along with it.

As far as Umno is concerned, I believe only Zahid's faction may oppose Hishammuddin to be made PM.

Some others in the party may be squeamish at the prospect but will rather have that than having to endure Anwar and Pakatan in power again. At least Umno will be back heading the government.

Same like me.

At least there will be no disruption in the effort to fight the pandemic.

Najib should be okay. Hishammuddin is his cousin, after all.

Well, Anwar and the gang will scream and yell again if that happens, but by then the Perikatan coalition will once again command the majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

Their fault if that happens, actually. 

They should just wait for Sept 7 and defeat Muhyiddin with the motion of confidence instead of forcing him to resign and sidestepping them like that.

On whether Hishammuddin will be a good PM is another thing. 

It would be too long for me to put that in this post.

Next time, maybe.