Sunday, February 07, 2016

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Wishing all my visitors and friends

May your journey through the Year of the Monkey be safe and filled with happiness, health and success.


Pakatan's misplaced snobbery

Ahmad Bashah, the new & 12th MB of Kedah and the bloke who dislodged (Boston-Uni and Sophia-Uni educated) Mukhriz Mahathir from his post as the political CEO of the rice-bowl state, is looked upon by some at best as a joke, an uneducated buffoon, and in other cases, as a nasty piece of treacherous shit, the last is putting it mildly, wakakaka.

The out-of-date joke on him was he allegedly snoozed during his swearing in ceremony at the Alor Setar Palace three days ago.

Malaysiakini reported (04 Feb 16): According to The Star, Bashah shut his eyes for several moments but may not have dozed off because his head was still upright.

Yesterday, he said he did not nap during a function at the palace earlier this year, dismissing the allegation made by Mukhriz when announcing his resignation.

“I was not asleep, just closed my eyes in order to appreciate (menghayati) the Tuanku’s speech at the palace.

"Sometimes, I feel I can concentrate more like that," Bashah had said.

That sleepy-head denigrating joke had also been applied to AAB by you-know-who (wakakaka - like father, like son? wakakaka again) until we subsequently learned poor AAB was suffering from a sleep disorder (sleep apnoea) which rendered him tired and sleepy during the day.

But the 'Sleepy' insult suddenly went out of fashion (at least among Pakatan crowd) when it was revealed that PKR, DAP and Amanah leaders had also "closed their eyes" during parliamentary sessions, wakakaka.

So the insulting against Ahmad Bashah switched to his lack of formal education.

I'm sad that Pakatan leaders couldn't find something more relevant than to find fault with Bashah's lack of formal education (or his dozing off during official functions) because it demonstrated a disgraceful and misplaced snobbery, especially for us Malaysians.

As a personal example of that misplaced and irrelevant act of snobbery, one of my senior uncles who didn't even complete the equivalent of Form II in secondary schooling, became through his several years of apprenticeship, sheer hard work and initiatives, a senior Shell official in charge of sales & marketing for Northern Malaya and Southern Thailand (okay, he spoke fluent Thai, wakakaka).

But my fave example is that of Paul Keating, the 24th PM of Australia and Mahathir's foreign archfoe (because he dismissed Mahathir as a 'recalcitrant' for refusing to attend the 1993 APEC summit, wakakaka).

According to Wikipedia: Keating grew up in Bankstown, a working-class suburb of Sydney. He was one of four children born to Matthew Keating, a boilermaker and trade union representative of Irish Catholic descent, and his wife Minnie. His siblings include Anne Keating, a company director and businesswoman. Leaving De La Salle College ... at the age of 15, Keating decided not to pursue higher education, and instead worked as a pay clerk at Sydney's electricity authority. He then worked as research assistant for a trade union, having joined the Labor Party as soon as he was eligible. In 1966, he became president of NSW Young Labor. In the 1960s, Keating also managed rock band "The Ramrods".

From working as a pay clerk & band manager, Paul Keating not only went on to be Australia's 24th PM but also to be considered in 1984 (by reputable Euromoney magazine) as the world's best treasurer (equivalent to Malaysia's finance minister).

Fellow Aussie (Labor Party) Wayne Swan was so named in 2011, while Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore was similarly honoured with that title in 2013.

Paul Keating was also renowned, among many brilliant achievements, for the following (by Wikipedia): Keating was one of the major driving forces behind the various extensive macro and microeconomic reforms of the Hawke government. 

As Treasurer, Keating pursued economic policies such as floating the Australian dollar in 1983, reducing tariffs on imports, completely reforming the tax system, moving from centralised wage-fixing to enterprise bargaining, privatising publicly owned companies such as Qantas,CSL Limited and the Commonwealth Bank, and deregulating large parts of the banking system. Keating was also instrumental in the introduction of the Prices and Incomes Accord, an agreement between the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the government to negotiate wages. 

His management of the Accord, and close working relationship with ACTU President Bill Kelty, became a source of tremendous political power for Keating. Through the power given to him, Keating was often able to bypass the Cabinet altogether, notably in exercising monetary policy, and he was regularly referred to as "the most powerful Treasurer in modern times".

Though renowned for his political and economic-financial visions as well as his acerbic sharp tongue, wakakaka, unfortunately Aussies in general (during his PM-ship) found it hard to like him, viewing him as far too arrogant.

But today, in retirement, Keating is looked up by Aussies and world leaders with great respect and is much sought after for his opinions on politics, the economy and art. His public talks have been very popular.

Wikipedia also tells us: Keating is currently a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of New South Wales. He has been awarded honorary doctorates in law from Keio University in Tokyo (1995), the National University of Singapore (1999), the University of New South Wales (2003) and Macquarie University (2012).

Not bad for a bloke who left school at 15 to become a pay clerk and a band manager, wakakaka.

So, don't be so arrogant with tertiary education and other such pieces of paper.

But do attack Ahmad Bashah for any bad policies, bad management of Kedah and bad divisive politicking.

Jaga standards lah even in your criticisms.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Omelette du Mahathir

The Star Online reports today (extracts):

Will I be like General MacArthur, saying "I came through and I shall return"? 

ALOR SETAR: Outgoing Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir claims that the move to oust him began 18 months ago.

Mukhriz declared he would continue to serve the people and remain loyal to Umno and he hoped the party would undergo a “drastic and dramatic transformation”.

He said he was throwing in the towel as the Regency Council informed him that he had lost the majority support of the State Legislative Assembly.

Poor Mukhriz. As I commented over at M2D, I personally believe Mukhriz is a nice bloke but nonetheless I'm glad he has been ousted, only because I want to see the real power behind him, daddy Mahathir, lose.

Hey, you can't make an omelette without breaking the egg. To rephrase, you can't make an Omelette du Mahathir without breaking the Mukhriz egg, wakakaka.

Omelette du Loaf, wakakaka

Mukhriz's 'political' blood as collateral damage 

My dear dear Muhriz, it's your dad who has been the cause of your fall.

No? You don't think so? You think it's Najib?

Recall how after the 2008 GE you were appointed the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry while your Youth Head (KJ) sat by the side with his duck's egg, wakakaka.

How do you think you were appointed? I hope you don't believe it was your good looks? Wakakaka.

Recall in the pre-election nomination to be Langkawi's representative in the 2008 GE, 85 out of 91 branches in that constituency rejected you, yet you were still given a seat in Jerlun to contest. Indeed, given this, I wonder at your popularity in Kedah.

And guess how you joined the Airborne, wakakaka, to subsequently become MB Kedah?

2013 - oopsie, looks like I'm going to land on top of Ahmad Bashah's head

hope he won't bear a grudge, wakakaka

I believe Najib was trying to mollify your dad. But your dad has been a man who didn't/doesn't know when to give and take. He's the ultimate kiasu, or as RTA would have said, an ultra kiasu, a man who wants, nay make that, demands to win all the time, because he believes not only he is always right but he must be obeyed kau kau.

Mahathir's pompous hubris even extends to declaring that both AAB and Najib were bad choices as his "successorS" (note the word's plurality).

In August last year TMI published Dr Mahathir apologises for choice of successors. TMI reported (relevant extracts):

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s longest serving prime minister for 22 years, today apologised for the choice of his successors, saying that he didn't know any better then. "Manalah saya tahu waktu pilih, saya minta ampun, minta maaflah pada semua (How did I know when I made the choice, I am sorry and apologise to all)," he said. [...]

... Dr Mahathir also took a dig at his immediate successor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, as well as current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, without mentioning any names.

Omelette du 'Kepala Batas'

stuffed with potatoes for energy, wakakaka 

"We can only guess, when someone is known as 'Mr Clean', we choose lah, but once he entered the arena, he became dirty."

"So I tried to find a cleaner replacement, who knew, this new guy's idea (would be) 'cash is king' and if you give people money, they will like you.”

In a veiled attack at Najib, Dr Mahathir said: "But in giving money to people, we must have money. If don't have, can do business, but not if we are holding a position (in government), but stealing, can.”

His remarks drew laughter and applause from some 4,000 students, lecturers and the public.

Hadn't it been wonderful that even at 90 years old, Mahathir could still find the words to entertain 4000 students (a group who once hated him when he was PM) to such an extent that they laughed and applauded at his politically-titillating jabs at both AAB and Najib?

What he had said was he found to his surprise 'Mr Clean' (AAB) became 'dirty' once he became PM. OK then, so what did Mahathir do on discovering AAB wasn't the 'successor' he had wanted?

In his own words, "So I tried to find a cleaner replacement .....".

[Note: I was informed that his hatred for AAB had more to do with their sons than the crooked bridge, wakakaka]

The 'replacement' he sought for the ousted AAB was of course Najib who, he subsequently found to his shock again, has been engaged in 'stealing'.

Thus Mahathir apologized (with his usual sarcasm of course) for his poor choice of 'successorS'.

Wait, don't bother me by asking me why Mahathir did not apologize for his many acts which hurt us, scared us, horrified us and disgusted us, like the dismissal of Lord President Salleh Abas, Ops Lalang, unilaterally declaring Malaysia as a fundamentalist Islamic state, Forex, Maminco, BB, MAS and various other lamentable acts and events.

I don't want to go into those right now as they have been dealt with endlessly by so many other bloggers, reporters, journalists (including foreign ones) and a host of websites and news portals.

But while everyone would acknowledge it's an undeniable fact AAB had been his "final" successor, (note my use of the word "final"? Sorry Mr Manmanlai, wakakaka again), I wonder how Najib became his 2nd succesor?

According to Mahathir's own words, Najib was considered as a 'cleaner replacement' for a 'dirty' AAB.

It's something we can derive directly from Mahathir's declaration, "So I tried to find a cleaner replacement .....".

Those ridiculous words tell us about his flabbergasting hubris and twisted mindset, that Najib had been his 2nd "successor", one whom he "found" to replace AAB.

Those words show that the man didn't (and probably still doesn't) consider himself as a retired PM, but as a PM in political mufti*, someone who rules Malaysia in perpetuity.

[* mufti as in dress, not Muslim cleric, wakakaka]

Omelette 'Siapa Raja', wakakaka 

To him, AAB must have been only an acting caretaker sort of PM, or at best still his 'deputy', who he could continue to dictate to, perhaps not on everything in running the government, but certainly on his pet issues and hobby horses, and likewise with Najib.

And didn't he once complain that Najib hadn't reported to him for 6 months?

Holy moley, a PM to report to him at regular intervals? Didn't that confirm his mindset as one who had believed he was still the de facto PM?

Yes, in his delusional mind Najib as his 'successor' has failed to satisfy his 'expectations', though Najib tried to mollify him by making Mukhriz a deputy minister and at the same time did not appoint his bete noire, KJ the UMNO Youth Chief, as a minister, wakakaka.

It's not rocket science to know the reason behind the unprecedented non-appointment of the UMNO Youth boss as a minister by the PM (while appointing Mukhriz a deputy minister) when all along every UMNO Youth Chief has been appointed as one.

[Now, haven't I mentioned above that his hatred for AAB had more to do with their sons (including s-i-l) than the crooked bridge, wakakaka]

Najib must have thought he'd nominate Mukhriz as MB Kedah as another mollifying act, but I suspect the old man's implacable ire was ignited by his perception Najib didn't do enough to boost Mukhriz up into one of UMNO VP positions, without which the leadership distance between Mukhriz and the PM position is way way way too far.

Omelette 'A bridge too far' (for Mukhriz) , wakakaka

The amazing thing is he hadn't blamed himself for bringing Mukhriz into politics at such a late stage, and I can only guess (apart from his hubristic belief he is never ever wrong) it has been his invincible (over)-confidence that he, as (still) the most power man in both UMNO and Malaysia, could and would eventually make things tick in accordance with his wishes, including safe and mentored passage to the top for Mukhriz.

I suppose to him, as de facto reigning 'Emperor of Malaysia', a non-performing Najib, non-performing to his specific desires, must be removed!

But alas, as someone in Sungai Buloh would tell you, 'de facto' is one thing while 'de jure' is another, especially when the de jure person has direct and immediate access to party funds and control of the government apparatus, which he undoubtedly will use to his own betterment, wakakaka.

In the end, the 1MDB fiasco is just one of many excuses to remove Najib. This is not to say Najib is yet to be completely absolved from the dodginess associated with 1MDB, but let us put in perspective the real reason for Mahathir becoming such a "diligent guardian of governance" in Malaysia when we consider in context such sickening issues like Forex, Maminco, Perwaja, BB, MAS, and various scarey profligacy during his time, and of course not forgetting the humiliating dismissal of Salleh Abas, then Lord President of the judiciary.

Many inform me that that's all in the past and we should deal with the current problem, to wit, Najib. But wouldn't we say he had been chiefly responsible for most of the ills we are facing today, so how can we so easily brush aside his record and performance - it would be like ignoring Godzilla while we chase after the garden lizard.

Another of his attacks against Najib has been the resurrected Altantuyaa affair, where a convicted killer had been virtually 'beautified' and almost 'canonized' into a saint. Indeed, why weren't these raised before Mahathir's declaration's "So I tried to find a cleaner replacement ....."?

But far more important than Mukhriz's loss in Kedah, lies bare that realization that Mahathir no longer scares UMNO people. It would seem that 'Avarice' surpasses 'Awe', wakakaka, Indeed 'Cash is King' in UMNO!

And I have no sympathy at all for the father.

Tunku Abdul Rahman's Alliance (Perikatan) Party

'someone' was sacked from it in 1969, wakakaka 

As I said at the start, I personally believe Mukhriz is a nice bloke but when someone starts to rock the Perikatan boat (BN predecessor, used here for its nautical characteristic, wakakaka), and rock it vigorously out of selfish petulance, surely some eggs would be broken.

Aiyah, I could have hatched nicely into a PM, wakakaka 

Even a very very tolerant kungfu master would only entertain a few free blows but not continuously because one lucky blow by the attacker would eventually penetrate through his defence and land him on the ground. He had to strike back and stop the ongoing assault. Najib is a kungfu master of political maneouvrings and intrigues, even more so than Mahathir, as the former is quietly sly, less openly aggressive and thus deadlier.

Grasshopper, to make an omelette, you need to break an egg 

Poor Mukhriz has been the collateral damage, not that the filial son hadn't been also publicly vocal against his party boss. 

I've to say I'm glad Mukhriz has been ousted, but only because I want to see the real power behind him lose. It annoys me when the father always gets his way, no matter how wrong he had been.

Yes, you can't make an omelette without breaking the egg. To rephrase, you can't make an Omelette du Mahathir without breaking the Mukhriz egg, wakakaka.

Omelette de la Kedah

karn-neen-nare, semua 'dah jadi chop-suey liao, wakakaka

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dilemma for UMNO in Kedah

MB Mukhriz Mahathir can count on at least 4 votes to support him in a vote of no confidence in the Kedah State Assembly (DUN) against his MB-ship, namely, himself, Aminuddin Omar and two more BN blokes (are they MCA ADUN? wakakaka - personally I doubt that).

Technically, that is if PAS' 8 ADUN support him, he'll have 4 plus 15 (8 PAS, 4 PKR, 2 DAP, 1 PAN), giving him a clear majority of 19 in the State Assembly (DUN). And indeed PAS has just declared they will support Mukhriz continuing as MB.

But as I mentioned in an earlier post, Capitalizing on a Mahathir's prediction for Kedah?, there is no necessity for the vote of no confidence to be taken in the DUN because the majority ruling party (of 21) only requires only 11
 among its own ADUN (admittedly a wafer-thin intra-party majority, but I believe there are 15 UMNO ADUN against Mukhriz continuing as MB) to inform HRH or the Regency Council that the majority of the ruling BN no longer have any confidence in Mukhriz's leadership as state MB and are offering a replacement candidate.

Wasn't this the case in Selangor regarding PKR's attempt to remove Khalid Ibrahim?

Thus I wonder why some, especially those from Pakatan, are insisting on the vote of confidence being taken in the DUN, instead of allowing the BN to sort it out themselves. Did Pakatan call for a vote of no confidence in the Selangor DUN against former MB Khalid Ibrahim?

No, don't answer me because I know the answer, wakakaka. 'Twas just a rhetorical question to show the double standards that politics (on both sides of the fence) indulge in.

Just saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" is not good enough, not WHEN you yourself have done exactly the same thing, to wit, attempting to deal with Khalid Ibrahim in Selangor within Pakatan or rather PKR party process! I was supportive of that intra-party process in Selangor because I thought that was correct.

But now in Kedah, TMI reports: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in Penang that a confidence motion should be tabled at the Kedah legislative assembly and that the DAP would decide how to respond later if such a motion was tabled.

Much as I lament saying this of a man I very much admire, Lim GE has shown his double standards because he failed to say the same thing in the Selangor MB case.

In fact Kedah DAP chairperson Tan Kok Yew told TMI: "I think we have to stress here that such is not our stand. We fear that there is a misunderstanding. The whole issue here is not a question of support for Mukhriz, but an internal party issue that is up to Umno to settle internally."

"We don't even know if this menteri besar issue is created to divert our attention from other issues. If Umno cannot settle it, then the matter should be brought to the state legislative assembly for a motion of no confidence to be table,"

TMI also reported: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said in a statement today that any decision to remove a chief minister from any state must be based on a justifiable reason.

“In the absence of compelling justifiable reason, our view is to maintain and support the status quo. This is especially pertinent when concerning a member who enjoys the support of the majority”.

So why was Khalid Ibrahim removed without compelling justifiable reason (at least initially)? Unless of course, giving way to her version of "God's gift to the people" (namely, her hubby, wakakaka) was considered by her as a compelling justifiable reason!

Thus I have to say, sadly, Pakatan is just as bad as BN and PAS for bringing the state of our politics to its present parlous pathetic state.

If the issue is taken to the DUN, of course both Pakatan and PAS will support Mukhriz to defeat the vote of no confidence.

But how will Mukhriz then carry on his duties as MB with his new unknown exco, when around 15 UMNO ADUN out of 19 are against him?

Apart from the 3 UMNO ADUN who back him, and perhaps the two MCA men (wakakaka) who else will fill the exco positions? Will he coopt PAS and Pakatan ADUN to join his exco?

Professor Gurdial Singh Nijat told TMI: "How is he (Mukhriz) going to run the BN government without the support of the assemblymen from his party or coalition?"

"He cannot have opposition members in the executive council because the people voted a BN government in the last election."

In fact, Prof Gurdial stated that the move by the Kedah Regency Council to determine the views of the opposition was unprecedented, meaning the Regency Council's action should NOT have been taken.

This is the problem with monarchy over-participating in secular politics.

The more interesting question is (and what the Opposition, both Pakatan and PAS, wants): Will Mukhriz, after defeating the vote of no confidence proposed by the majority of his own UMNO people, advised the Regency Council to dissolve the DUN and call for fresh elections?

If he doesn't, can he continue to run Kedah by coopting PAS (and to a lesser extent, Pakatan) ADUN into his exco? Will his policies/proposals/budget have an easy passage in the DUN?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Feudalism in Malaysia

I have to say I disagree with RPK's assertion in his post 'Liberating the Malay mind', that the Chinese can be as 'feudalistic' as the Malays, though I do agree with him that some Chinese are very 'clannish'.

Being 'feudalistic' is not the same as being 'clannish'. The former involves devoted allegiance to a 'liege lord' while the latter does not but is more about 'tribalism', where a striking example of clannish Chinese may be found in Sibu wakakaka. The Malay equivalent is Kelantan wakakaka.

The greatest example of feudalism in Malay history can be found in the tragedy of Hang Tuah.

Tuah was a bloke so devotedly or, if you like, blindly imbued with feudalistic allegiance to his liege lord, a tyrannical despot who had unjustly ordered Tuah's execution but unashamedly made use of him to kill Jebat when the last rebelled against the cruel and unjust ruler.

Ironically Jebat had rebelled because of the sultan's injustice to his best matey Tuah. And on being ordered by the tyrant, Tuah without any hesitation fought and killed his best friend, the very man who alone stood up for Tuah against the tyrannical injustice of the Malacca ruler.

Jebat to Tuah: "But I laugh at your professed loyalty. Isn't it strange that though you upheld so blindly the orders of one who wanted you dead, here you are again upholding his command to kill the very person avenging you?"   

Now wouldn't you see Tuah as an idiot of the 9th Order, one without an iota of sense, balanced perspective, gratitude, brotherhood or kaamcheng, in killing the very man who militated against the sultan's unjust order to execute him (Tuah himself)? And to round up on Tuah's apparent imbecilic mentality he did the killing on the say-so of his oppressor.

But you'd be surprised because in general the Malays for hundreds of years didn't and don't think so. Rather, they adulated Tuah (many still do) for his unquestioning loyalty to his ruler. Kassim Ahmad, Azly Rahman and Mahathir are probably exceptions.

But far more importantly than feudalism per se, in the example of Hang Tuah must be the underlying near-absolute power that could be wielded by a ruler in a feudalistic society.

That's why in Malaysia (and the Malay world like the 'sultanate' of Jogjakarta) the Malay rulers have disproportionate influence in politics despite the legislated limits of their constitutional role.

When RPK talked about the four branches of Malaysian government, namely, executive, legislative, judiciary and the rulers, many believed he was talking cock in inserting the fourth.

But no doubt he was referring to the undeniable and near invincible feudalistic mentality of the Malays, rendering through their mindset a distorted version of the Westminster model to exist in real though not legal terms in Malaysia.

This is something DAP has to consider seriously. The last MB brouhaha in Selangor demonstrated the powers of HRH beyond his constitutional role and indeed beyond the mere issue of selecting a MB because the Heartland was watching, listening, probably applauding, and eventually will be voting.

Like it or not, the DAP must learn to suck on it. Ampun Tuanku.

Wakakaka (no don't do this with HRH, wakakaka).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Capitalizing on a Mahathir's prediction for Kedah?

TMI (25 Jan 2015) - Removing Mukhriz will doom BN at next polls, warns Dr Mahathir

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned that those working to unseat Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah menteri besar will lead Barisan Nasional to its doom in the next general election, The Star Online reported. "I'm not saying don't change the menteri besar, but know the consequences."

An Umno lawmaker today said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not question attempts to remove the Kedah menteri besar, as the former prime minister had done the same thing during his tenure.

Padang Terap MP Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid brought up Tan Sri Osman Aroff's sacking during Dr Mahathir's administration in 1996, which he said happened without the consent of Kedah state representatives.

"I remember during Tun's time as prime minister, 22 state representatives in Kedah had signed a petition in support of Osman as the menteri besar.

"But Tun, who was also Umno president at the time, decided to replace him anyway," Mahdzir, an Umno supreme council member, told a press conference in his constituency.

Dr Mahathir decided to replace Osman with his loyalist, Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.

There is a small though vital (overriding) difference between removing Osman Aroff and removing Mukhriz Mahathir, oops-a-daisy, I've inadvertently let the cat out of the bag by providing the latter's name, wakakaka, which is precisely that: Mukhriz is Mahathir's son while Aroff is not!

What do you think of Papa Mahathir's words or credibility? Bukan saja Papa mudah lupa tetapi juga cakap ta'serupa bikin, wakakaka.

A few days ago I posted Kedah MB issue - the royal consent in which I penned:

... if the avenue to oust Mukhriz takes an intra-party avenue, ie. for BN-UMNO to change its choice for the MB a la Pakatan's attempt to kick out Khalid Ibrahim (but which flopped disastrously thanks to PAS), the dear boy is definitely finished (unless daddy can pull a rabbit or two out of his songkok) ...

In other words, Mukhriz can be removed without the need for the anti Mukhriz faction to show there are a minimum 19 ADUN against him. The minimum 19 is ONLY relevant in the 36-seat State Assembly which will include the vote of non-BN ADUN.

Because BN with 21 ADUN commands the majority in the Kedah DUN, it is the state ruling party with the right to nominate one of its member to be MB, for HRH's consent.

If the majority of the BN ADUN informs HRH that the majority of them (to wit, at least 11) no longer have any confidence in Mukhriz leading the BN ruling majority in the House, then HRH can consider a new nomination for the MB position from the BN.

Admittedly, a mere 11 of 21 BN ADUN may be too wafer-thin a majority to fully convince HRH, but if say, 15 or so UMNO ADUN are against Mukhriz, HRH will have to recognize there is a sizeable majority among the BN ADUN who have no confidence in the Mukhriz's leadership in the state DUN.

But Pakatan has challenged BN to call for a vote of no confidence in Mukhriz in the House?

Incidentally, did Pakatan in Selangor call for a vote of no confidence in Khalid Ibrahim?

They could have and should have because they had the numbers in their favour, with 13 PKR (minus Khalid Ibrahim, though we weren't too sure whether Khalid had any allies among PKR), 15 DAP and 3 Amanah ADUN against the former MB, making that 31 a definite majority in the 56-seat Selangor DUN.

PAS' 12 (15 minus 3 future-Amanah) and UMNO's 12, plus of course Khalid Ibrahim himself (15 total) would have voted against the vote of no confidence against Khalid Ibrahim.

Why then didn't Pakatan call for that vote of no confidence, when they are now so eager for BN to do so in Kedah?

I suspect that's because they feared Khalid Ibrahim doing a Czar Alexander's 1812 'scourged earth' tactic by advising HRH Selangor to call for fresh elections, and with HRH being very supportive of his (previous, wakakaka) Royal MB, that would have been a very likely possibility, nay, not just a possibility but a probability.

It wasn't that Pakatan couldn't have won in the fresh elections, but with an uncooperative PAS in the Khalid Ibrahim MB issue, PKR was scared shitless.

By the by, isn't it a fantastic coincidental that now, in the Kedah MB issue, there'll be also at least 15 ADUN (PAS' 8 assuming they want to vote against BN, DAP 2, PKR 4 and Mukhriz himself) who will cast their ballot against the vote of no confidence?

4-Ekor lucky number for this weekend - 1515? Wakakaka.

Anyway, the safer avenue for Kedah UMNO (as was initially thought to be for the Selangor Pakatan during the Khalid Ibrahim saga but subsequently proved not so when HRH flexed his royal biceps) is via the intra-party avenue.

But say, if push comes to shove, and UMNO fails to convince HRH in its intra-party decision and associated SD (shot down by friendly or not so friendly fire, wakakaka, to wit, the two MCA king-makers, wakakaka, with Gurun ADUN Leong Yong Kong even stating that he and his Kulim colleague's alleged support and signing of a SD to remove Mukhriz was only a rumour, wakakaka again), then the process, the vote of no confidence in Mukhriz Mahathir, will have to take place in the Dewan Undang2 Negeri (DUN) Kedah.

In my previous post I stated that Pakatan Harapan (not Pakatan Rakyat, wakakaka) would vote against the UMNO motion, while I wasn't sure of PAS' intention. We all know PAS is definitely on the side of UMNO, but then which UMNO? Najib's or Mahathir's?

That's the problem with a snake. You don't know which end is its head until it sinks its fangs into you, wakakaka, and like so with the smaller but equally poisonous PKR, wakakaka again.

And that has been why I stated (for simplicity's sake) PAS' 8 ADUN may abstain.

But look, Mahathir has now warned UMNO that unseating his darling boy as Kedah MB will lead BN to its doom in the next general election ..... which should give PAS another possible chance to form the state government in collaboration with its sluttish ally, PKR, wakakaka.

Surely that possibility stemming from a Mahathir's prediction (hopefully a prophecy, wakakaka) makes for better motivation than being friends with Najib's UMNO?

So on the basis of logic, PAS should vote together with the anti-Mukhriz faction to ensure BN loses the next state elections.

Again, on the basis of logic, so should DAP. In other words, vote against Mukhriz to (first) topple the BN government, and (subsequently) deal with a possible PAS state government.

As for PKR, from its sluttish behaviour with PAS, they may vote together with the Islamic Party, wakakaka.

Monday, January 25, 2016

DAP bashing

There is a fair bit of DAP bashing over at RPK's Malaysia-Today, wakakaka. For me, a known DAP supporter for eons (but not a party member, yet anyway, wakakaka), a few of the barbs thrown around stung home, but some have been outright nonsensical.

But then, isn't that precisely the beauty of free speech, where we can fence, parry and riposte at those bashing, and vice versa, and hentam kau kau when the accusation against DAP assumes monstrous proportion of preposterous bullshit, wakakaka.

One humongous bullshit of an accusation was written by a bloke named Megat Ibrahim in his article titled WHY MALAYS WOULD RATHER VOTE FOR AN UMNO-LED BARISAN THAN A DAP-DOMINATED PAKATAN.

He wrote the following:

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam is in a state of disrepair

These are actually words going around in Shah Alam. The exterior of the state mosque looks terrible. Panels have fallen off, whatever that were blue and white are now blue, black and grey. Moss seems to be flourishing on top of the dome and it has never looked as bad as it is now. Word is going around Shah Alam that since there are so many DAP EXCO members in the Selangor government right now, the government won’t approve funds for the mosque to be routinely cleaned and maintained.

Tens of thousands of Shah Alamites drive past this mosque every day feeling sorry and ashamed for something they used to be proud of. These are probably the respondents in IDE’s survey.

This mosque is a symbol of Islam not only in Shah Alam but in Malaysia and these people feel that this symbol has been compromised by the government the DAP is part of. Don’t blame UMNO for not maintaining the mosque post-2008.

So I asked in a comment at RPK's:

  1. How many DAP exco are there in Selangor?
  2. Who is the MB of Selangor?
  3. Are there PAS exco members?

... and ended up with an expression of my take on the above article (extract), to wit, Podah! Wakakaka.

The rabid mob over at M2D went feral, abusing me with all sorts of racist insults, with their oft-used 'DAPigs'.

mind, in abusing DAP as pigs, there's a certain innocent charm in their limited mental capacity and narrow lexicon


I wonder whether I ought to advise them (from their names/nick, most being Muslims) not to be so fond of using Porky, or that Chinese don't mind being called pigs as some even named their children by that, eg. Aw Too, Too Knia, Tua Pooi Too, Too Bah Chek, etc, wakakaka.

The Selangor state cabinet comprises a MB and 10 exco members. Out of the 11, only 3 are DAP ADUN (1 Indian and 2 Chinese).

The MB is a Muslim from PKR and so are the 3 PAS exco members.

PKR, the Pakatan component party with the least number of ADUN but the largest number of exco members, wakakaka, as well as the exalted position of MB, has 4 exco members, three of whom are Muslims. I do not know whether Eli Wong is a Muslim so I'll leave her out of this discussion.

Thus there are 6 Muslim exco members (3 PAS and 3 PKR) and a PKR Muslim MB, 7 out of 11. So tell me, why has Megat Ibrahim put the blame on DAP for the pathetic state of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam?

This is not disinformation but rather mischievous Machiavellian misinformation. 

One of M2D's regular commentator, fair-minded Syed Putra Jamalullill informed us: The Shah Alam mosque was already crumbling ten years ago. There were no water in its pools and the marble tiles looks shoddy. Unpolished. Cracked. Missing. Just like those in KLIA.

Ten years ago make it around 2005-6. Shouldn't we then ask the three previous MBs, our infamous Khir Toyo (UMNO) and his successors, Khalid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali, the latter two PKR blokes being (my guess) Royal MBs? Why ask DAP?

Recall, Megat Ibrahim wrote: Word is going around Shah Alam that since there are so many DAP EXCO members in the Selangor government right now, the government won’t approve funds for the mosque to be routinely cleaned and maintained.

But the feral anti-DAP mindless moronic mob (wakakaka) either ignored or swallowed his bullshit assertion and abused me for my three pertinent questions (see above).

Dear HT Low, a commentator at M2D, who always made serious deep thinking comments came out to defend me - thanks but poor Low had a few nasty names hurled at him too for his kind efforts by the same pack of attack hounds.

Another was GrandMarquis US, who though defending me (thanks matey) was not so supportive of the DAP (his rights).

Even the article about Dr Bari being dropped from the list of proposed councillors in Selangor (in another M2D post) was lashed at ferociously with wild reckless (or moronic mindless) accusations that DAP had played out a Malay, a leitmotiv loved by the jackasses, who either didn't read the article properly or who used every occasion, regardless of facts and figures, to bash DAPigs as being anti-Malay.

Also see my earlier article What's the REAL reason Dr Bari has been rejected as a MPAJ councillor? in which I voiced suspicions on the sabotage of Dr Bari's candidacy. I had then written (extracts only)

Kena sabo kah? The Selangor State government or better still, its MB, should investigate into the admin mess-up and clarify, at least to clear up the fishy stink from the air!

It would be f**king ironical and an obscene treacherous travesty of justice in coalition fairplay that a DAP nominee gets blocked from a councillor position while non-Pakatan PAS people are enjoying such positions within a Pakatan-ruled state.

Just a reminder, Dr Bari was formerly in PKR but decided he could serve the people better by being a DAP member.

When I pointed out at M2D that the DAP had actually nominated Dr Bari among 5 others to be a councillor for Ampang Jaya (instead of the wild reckless accusations that DAP marginalized yet another Malay), and that his name was dropped because I suspect he was sabo kau kau by a non-DAP person, you could virtually hear the unearthly racket spewing out from the vile abuses written in that post.

Mind, I have to admit I was not handling those attack jackals with kid gloves, wakakaka.

Eventually, in another RPK post, one of his regular commentators Edwin Jansz provided information which threw sad lights on why Dr Bari's name was dropped. Jansz had written (only relevant extract):

... azmin's recent silent but deadly chess move against bari says a lot. and i suspect (merely guessing) that azmin is under the sultan's tutelage. 

So, if Jansz' info is correct, then Dr Bari was 'done by' his former PKR party No 2, supposedly an ally of DAP, wakakaka.

I won't touch on Jansz' suspicion that Azmin was acting under HRH's orders - Ampun Tuanku.

But I've to grudgingly admit that regarding the sad state of affair for DAP in Selangor, I've been terribly disappointed with the so-called DAP whiz-kid wonder, Tony Pua.

Since he took over DAP in that state he has been outmanoeuvred by Azmin Ali every which way, even with Azmin once rejecting his pathetic beg for a DUN deputy speaker position for DAP, for supporting PKR in the Kajang Satay bull.

Thank goodness for the dignity of DAP in general, Azmin said no to a post which if you look at seriously, offered no real benefit to the rakyat. You may wish to ask: Why the f**k did TP ask Azmin for that position for DAP?

I can tell you more about Tony Pua and how I first came across him but I won't. I still have emails (years ago) between us on a cut & paste issue at his blog to substantiate my story and first (lousy) impression of him, where I had then found him to be pretentious, overly proud and strangely for a new budding politician, quite unfriendly.

But let's leave it at that as those email exchanges were only between us, but which led to my personal poor impression of him.

From there, he further dismayed me by his unsatisfactory interactions with PKR (initially Khalid Ibrahim where he was played out of a 4th exco position, and then Azmin Ali), for example, allowing the DAP to be stupidly sucked into the Kajang Bullshit, even unto playing out the role of Chicken Little.

Well, perhaps Tony Pua can now tell us how the f**k has that Kajang Bullshit moved Pakatan nearer to Putrajaya or protect the alleged swamping of Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor by BN?

Hasn't the exact opposite happened to PR?

In mitigation I have to say Pua lacks the political training, exposure and fine honing to be the consummate cunning crafty politician Azmin Ali has demonstrated kau kau that he is, wakakaka.

But then Azmin was trained under the best (or worst, wakakaka) in the art of political cunning, craftiness and Machiavellianism, wakakaka again.

Alas, Azmin's mentor has a terrible personal 'weakness', but which Azmin appears not to share, well, not that same 'weakness' anyway wakakaka, so that makes Azmin a far far more dangerous player on the political stage, and a difficult operator for the state DAP to do business with.

I feel that for DAP to deal firmly, securely and adequately with a smooth slick operator and potential adversary like Azmin Ali, who now has the ears and full confidence of HRH, DAP Selangor needs a better leader, someone like Gobind Deo or even Teresa Kok (bring her back lah) or Dr Bari, though the good doctor needs to mend his fence with HRH a.s.a.p, wakakaka.

TP should stick to financial figures and continue learning politics from his seniors (LKS, LGE and Dr Tan Seng Giaw) and betters like Azmin Ali or even Tian Chua, wakakaka.