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May 19, 2008

CheDet resigns from UMNO!

Hot!!!

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced at 12:35pm today from Alor Setar that he resigns from UMNO. Reason for resignation as a protest against PM Dato’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

No wonder his voice was not steady during the interview with Bernama on topic of Lingam Tape Royal Inquiry where Tun M said go on, investigate. The man must have been angry, terribly angry at this undignified political slap in the face.

And so, today, in his resignation announcement, Tun M also invites other UMNO members to resign. BUT, not to join other political parties…

Like this blogger here, I suspect we shall see a revival of Semangat 46 or a rebranded one as Semangat 88 soon?

Wonder what the other members of the component parties in Barisan Nasional must be thinking now. Uneasy? Happy with respite from heat as UMNO is now in the full blast of the super trooper and will be indulging in it for some time?

Students of politics, please take this golden opportunity to learn top skillful political play from the best of the best, ok?

 

 

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May 14, 2008

No holds barred dissection of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA)!

Fu Yoh!

If Ong Ka Ting can lead his band of lethargic Central Committee members to do this type of no holds barred evaluation of MCA’s health and lifespan beyond the next GE… Maybe, maybe MCA can be like the re-born phoenix and rise again.

My MCA senior friend told me nobody knows the results of the party post mortem (I hate this term- usually used on dead bodies!!). Most probably the report would not be an earth shattering, totally honest revelation, he thought. When I asked why he arrive at such conclusion, he said as the Central Committee members towkays are not in tune with grassroots and the middle class thinking (king makers of GE12) and what’s going on in internet conversations, their post mortem will be most unlikely to reflect the true state of MCA.

Oh yeah, to listen to the no holds barred critic of MCA, just click to open the podcast HERE.

You won’t find this podcast in malaysiakini.com or malaysia-today.net.

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Tell me what you think of the critic, or whether you have other ideas, ok? Must transmit to my senior MCA friend’s ears.

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P/S: MCA snoop squad, (if you exist) you better listen to this and tell it like it is to your bosses, ok?

April 13, 2008

Today, tomorrow and day after tomorrow’s special: MPs wit and oratory performance featuring Khairy!

Filed under: Citizenry, Government, news, Parliament, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 6:21 pm

When asked why about Khairy lying low after GE12, Datuk Rahman Dahlan (UMNO Youth Executive Secretary) added:

“Interestingly enough, Parliament will probably be the place for him to regain the people’s confidence. I believe if he performs in Parliament and matches the wit and the oratory skills of Opposition members and defend the Government and UMNO from the barrage of expected criticism from the Opposition, he can bounce back. I believe this Parliament sesion is going to be interesting for him.”

hohohoho… UMNO youth’s limited understanding thinks that Parliament is a propagandist vehicle.

According to this joker, to be a good Parliamentarian would mean using wit and oratory skills to defend the Government and UMNO from criticisms.

…and I thought Parliament is the place to speak and debate on lawmaking for Malaysia. Not to promote party lines.

Could this mean live telecast of Parliament sitting will be an indoctrination session for all Malaysians. Yuckkkkks…

I also worry for PKR’s and DAP’s MPs. They may be bored to death just sitting passively in their seats throughout the sessions. Some cannot speak Bahasa Malaysia. Can listen, understand maybe but cannot debate cos Bahasa Malaysia tak boleh pakai, mah.

And so a very likely possibility is that Khairy the UMNO machine, may hog the telecast with his solo debates to showcase his wit and oratory skills onto us hapless citizens.

Next GE, must put up one more condition for MP candidates: “What do you know of lawmaking and its processes?”

March 20, 2008

Anwar to form new government? Please get Malaysians’ blessing…

Dear sir,

I read this in Malaysiakini.

Are you in a rush for the Prime Minister seat now or going to openly campaign for PM in the next General Election?

If now, appreciate please could you ask the PEOPLE of Malaysia for their blessing? It is important, because blessing (permission) can do wonders for a nation to heal any divisions, to move forward confidently and for families to live harmoniously.

An answer from Barisan Rakyat- DAP/ PKR/ PAS would be appreciated too, if Anwar is very busy. My two questions are:

Was GE12 about putting Anwar in the PM seat?

Were the people informed about this objective?

Thank you.

March 15, 2008

Dear God, it’s about Pak Lah and the Cabinet

Dear God,

As Malaysians await for Pak Lah’s positive action to deliver a better Cabinet for 2008, I would like to take this opportunity to propose some ideas to be weighted in for PM’s decision making. Please could you send someone to tell Pak Lah?

This little voice may not be the richest or loudest, but I am sincerely wishing for Pak Lah to be granted the outmost courage and strength to make the best decision for Malaysia as we await anxiously a clear direction out of the current limbo and uncertainty. Malaysia needs the best people in the Cabinet.

My humble idea to be considered in drawing up names for Malaysia’s new Cabinet (In fact, everyone of my family and friends also fervently wish for PM to surprise us with this gift):

1. DROP currently perceived as ‘dubious’ Ministers / politicians – Dato’ Rafidah Aziz, Dato’ Jamaluddin Jarjis, Dato’ Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Dato’ Nor Md. Yaakcop, Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said, Dato’ Noh Omar, Dato’ Paduka Badruldin Amiruldin

2. Appoint ‘clean’ and sincere politicians to ministerial posts. People like Datuk Sharir Abdul Samad (Minister for Environment?), Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir (Youth & Sports)

3. Appoint politicians with proven track record contributing to nation’s economy – Dato’ Chong Kah Kiat (Minister for Tourism)

4. Appoint a woman as Finance Minister or important portfolio (perhaps Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil? She’s a woman and a bright mind trained in law, who can be counted upon to conscientiously watch our nation’s purse string and well regarded by all races)

5. DROP ‘dubious’ underperformers – Dato’ Reezal Merican, Datuk Vincent Lim and others who took part in putting up roadblocks in PM’s conversation and direct communication with Malaysians (fyi, they reside below PM Office at 4th floor).

6. Khairy must never be considered for any posts (whether its true or not, he is good or bad, please let him sit outside the cabinet as his name does not generate love).

 

I know this is no small request but, Malaysia needs PM to be granted great courage to do his best for the nation. I am sure, with Jeanne (a good woman) at Pak Lah’s side, the PM will find the strength to do this.

Amin.

NB: Please also stop the Noise:

These days, mainstream media organizations like Utusan Malaysia and Bernama, whether intentionally or naively, are playing a not too admirable role contributing to political hatred, pitting Malays against non-Malays. In this regard, may I request you to move PM to please telephone BN component party chiefs to instruct all their members to BEHAVE GENTLEMANLY, QUIT INSULTING THE PEOPLE’S DECISION, RESPECT THE RESULTS OF THE GE AND KEEP UP THE GOOD NAME OF BN (or whatever is left of it).

Support from friends and Malaysiakini readers appreciated.

March 12, 2008

I voted for Shahrizat, so there! Response from Nurul Izzah awaited.

Boys and girls and readers of Malaysiakini,

Some of you are really hypocrites and don’t practice what you preach. You blah blah blah about equality, respect for people BUT you ridiculed and trampled over my choice to exercise my rights to choose the candidate I am best comfortable with.

Whatever happened to ‘I may not agree with what you say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it?’

Tsk.. tsk..tsk.

Myself will respect the results of the vote for Lembah Pantai and their collective wisdom.

Will be looking forward to get a response from Nurul Izzah on the questions in earlier post.

March 7, 2008

Any Malaysiakini readers voting in Lembah Pantai?

I wonder if any of these concerns from some voters of Lembah Pantai connect with any of you Malaysiakini readers out there?

Go here.

March 6, 2008

With great regret, it is NO to Nurul Izzah (Anwar Ibrahim)

I received a very big earful from my mom, pop, uncles and aunties when I ask whether they would consider voting for PKR. Recovery, I fear will be a slow job due to the severity of rebukes received. So much for my little foray into real life survey.

Here’s what they scolded me for:

  1. Nurul Izzah has got no track record connecting the dots between local authorities, NGOs, Resident Associations, etc to work the government system. Where’s the testimony of her achievements of such nature before she declared candidacy?
  2. Nurul Izzah has not guaranteed she will be able to handle and work the system to deliver for Lembah Pantai people.
  3. Nurul Izzah has not convinced them – she need to produce a list of do-able things she can deliver for people of Lembah Pantai if elected.
  4. They are not convinced that Nurul Izzah will not relinquish her seat for Anwar Ibrahim.
  5. If they throw their votes for Nurul Izzah, what will happen if she give seat to Anwar because Anwar has not promised any delivery that he will deliver in Lembah Pantai.
  6. Will Nurul Izzah be able to cope with the streneous job of MP for Lembah Pantai? Will she flip flop (eg: running, not running, running for MP) This is a complex, fast moving and very multi-cultural constituency and the businesses here moves fast.
  7. Does Nurul Izzah have a solid team to back her up? Has she set up one already to kick into action immediately if voted in?

And here are more serious questions from my uncle:

  1. Bangsar is jewel in the crown in Lembah Pantai. Some people however, called it Sin City and want to close it down. What is your stand on this?
  2. What will you do with the nightspots that bring in foreign exchange generated from economic activities catering to overseas expatriates?
  3. What do you say about Negara Islam? Will you support Negara Islam?
  4. What do you say about Islamist radicals & terrorists?
  5. What will you say to people who misuse jihad?
  6. What is your commitment to ensure Lembah Pantai will be safe and free from religious bigots or trouble makers?

NB: Due to the seriousnes of this subject to us people of Lembah Pantai, comments from non voters in Lembah Pantai shall not be entertained.

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