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May 22, 2010

Strange malaise of the literate uneducated and more…

Fren: Hey, do you know how to contact MCA Michael Chong?

BananaC: Why? You want his service ka?

Fren: Not me lar, my fren wants to ask Michael to help.

BananaC: Help what?

Fren: He wants to complain about another fren who ate his money in a business deal.

BananaC: Aiya… this is a criminal case lar, just tell your fren to file police report.

Fren: Seek Michael Chong faster, mah.

BananaC: File police report yourself is faster. Whaffor your fren want to use Michael Chong as a middle man. If your fren dunno how to read and write, then he got reason go get Michael Chong to file a report in the newspaper and take publicity photo appear in standard pose with the complaint letter.

Fren: My fren is a doctor, you know!

BananaC: How come a doctor also need to get things done via Michael Chong? Doctor can read and write what! Maybe your doctor fren cheated through school exam or too damn lazy to fill complaint form or follow legal recourse ka?

Fren: We Chinese used to this sort of service, what.

BananaC: You mean we Chinese are such dependency syndrome people who even though after going through education or university, can read and write but still need to run to Michael Chong to sort out our private lives grievances?

Fren: Sure ma.

BananaC: No wonder MCA cannot become political party, you all conditioned MCA psychologically to be stuck in the era of the many academically unschooled.

Fren: We never see MCA do politics. They like to focus do community complaints bureau service like Michael Chong, lar. Anyway, MCA never demonstrated they can do national politics.

BananaC: Tell your doctor fren to join MCA to enjoy more close relationship with Michael Chong. Wey, maybe your fren can get to brush shoulders with the MCA big brothers also.

Fren: You think he don’t want, ah? He joined many years but never even get invitation letter to any political training!

February 1, 2010

Thaipusam visit: What say you, my friends?

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Dato’ S. Sothinathan’s letter published in Malaysiakini “Najib trendsets with Thaipusam visit” highlighted the following:

“… This gesticulation of the premier to be there at this propitious ceremony is to be commended and to be emulated by leaders at all levels. It is a timely gesture, especially at this time in Malaysian history when religious and racial insensitivities and intolerance are ubiquitous.

It goes a long way to show that the PM cares about what happens to the Indian community. It is extremely symbolic in promoting mutual religious appreciation and understanding. On the same note, it allays the fears and apprehensions of the younger generation and imbues new hope and faith.”

Nice positivism from one of a formerly bright MIC star. I wonder if he will be given the chance to have another go to contest in the next General Election to defend his Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat.

But then, commentator Rajendra Veluppillai gave this feedback on PM Najib Razak’s visit:

“Please do not hijack religious occasion and convert it into a political show. I am really offended and angry that this occasion for spiritual journey of self discovery, penance and enlightenment had been trespassed and defiled. Hindu”

What say you to this point of view, my friends? Do the rakyat really need to see Najib attending every religious ceremony in order to be convinced of his sincerity to be the PM for all races? Is this the job of Malaysia’s Prime Minister?

December 20, 2009

In Malaysia politics, it pays to be clear, be very, very clear

In politics, it doesn’t pay to have an ambiguous stand.

The danger in the inability to align your party stand to your coalition government’s stand will give a perfect ammunition to your political opponents and non-fans.

The poor constituents will be mighty confused and will remember to link these incongruities together with wild juicy stories that does somewhat hurt your image as a believable politician. Think of the wastage of a lot of unnecessary energy and PR fees to dislodge stings from political opponents aplenty in the media, when you could have spent it on outreach campaigns.

Let’s take a look at a very real case, which has been a subject of debate and name callings between a lecturer supporter for SSS (Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua) and a politician who highly support vernacular schools and also happens to be a Deputy Minister of Education for the ruling government which was supposed to uphold the national education system.

My friends like to roll their eyes upwards to heavens for such case of what they call ‘a dumb debate’.

But I digress…

The politician’s party has this item in its aims and objective:

To preserve and sustain the use and study of the Chinese language,

and to ensure that its use, teaching or learning shall not be prohibited or prevented in the conext of Article 152 of the Malaysian Constitution;

Generally to do all such acts and things not enumerated in the preceding sub-Articles for the well-being of the Party and its members.

That maybe absolutely the right thing to do before 1957.

But, oi, wake up… it is 2009 now and soon to be 2010.

The generation of Malaysian Chinese today is no longer as scared as their forefathers of workers or coolies herded in by the triads in charge of tin mines.

It is 1Malaysia now.

Why don’t the political party just update or make current its party constitution to fight for a quality education system for all?

For all those who cares for the future of Malaysia in the war of global talents, why not fight to let forth a flotilla of schools to unlock the combination keys to hidden talents yet unable to be achieved by the national and vernacular schooling system? Get out of your cave now.

Malaysia desperately needs schools to unlock talents of multiple intelligences. It just doesn’t work anymore to have a student excel in memorising or vomit out what has been indoctrinated into his/her cave, ooops, brain.

Instead of indulging in mindless debates and dares, why don’t Malaysian Chinese Association take the lead and fight for an education system that will result in specific cognitive abilities that will be sought and cultivated by leaders in the years ahead: the disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind?

Dare you, MCA to break away from your self imposed chains and reach out to 1Malaysians meaningfully before the 13th General Elections?

September 22, 2009

The battle for MCA Reform #2 Who is Tee Siew Kiong?

1. Personal dislike: Ain’t no fan of Oriental Daily News:

11 July, 2005: A MCA Johor leader barred the distribution of Oriental Daily News and allegedly threatened to throw copies of the Chinese-language newspaper into a dustbin during the state wing’s convention on Saturday.

Fifteen minutes later, state secretary Tee Siew Kiong had a change of heart.

In a report on the incident, Oriental Daily News said Tee had prevented its staff from distributing the newspaper at the convention hall and car park.

He then allegedly warned that he would throw the copies into the trash if they were not removed from the front entrance.

According to the daily, which is known for ruffling feathers in MCA with its scathing articles, he also lodged a police report on the matter.

When quizzed by its staff, Tee had told them that the directive came from MCA Johor committee chairperson and Health Minister Dr Chua Soi Lek (photo).

He claimed that Oriental Daily News, unlike other Chinese-language newspapers, had not informed him about distributing its publication at the venue.

However, Tee later relented and allowed the newspaper’s staff to continue distributing the copies.

He was also quoted as telling them “Let’s be good to each other”.

‘They were rude’

Contacted today, Tee denied that the daily was barred because of its hard-hitting reports.

“This happened two days ago, I don’t want to talk about it…We did not ban Oriental Daily for its reports, it is just because that they did not tell us beforehand about wanting to distribute the newspapers,” he said.

“When I asked, the staff also could not answer. They were rude and did not know how to respect the organiser.”

However, a party insider had a different version.

According to him, Chua – a staunch supporter of former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik (photo) – was unhappy with one of the daily’s reports which had accused the latter of meddling in the party’s upcoming polls.

In a related development, it is said that, while current president Ong Ka Ting is looking forward to state leaders openly pledging support for him to fend off challenger Chua Jui Meng, the response from Johor has been dismal.

The state convention only had banners supporting Soi Lek in his candidacy for a vice-president’s post.

Although Ong (photo) had started his political career in Johor, the state is now considered under the control of Soi Lek.

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/37807

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2. Career: The Secretary and an Assemblyman

31 March 2008:

Ong Ka Ting announced the new line-up for Johor MCA and Chua Soi Lek’s name is not in it. Apart from Chua, his allies have been changed, including YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Low Teh Hian.

Tee and Low are loyal supporters of Chua and what Ong has announced has been seen as to sideline Chua’s cronies.

Source: http://drchua9.blogspot.com/2008/03/blog-post_3296.html

Note:

Tee Siew Kiong was political secretary of Dato’ Sri Dr. Chua Soi Lek before the energetic doctor resigned as Health Minister following the disclosure of Chua’s scandalous dvd sex video.

At the 12th GE, Tee was elected as a state assemblyman of Pulai Sebatang.

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3. Moral stand?

Tee advised students against indulging in immoral activities…

11 November 2008:

Talk show on social evils to guide youth

THE Federation of Chinese Youth Associations and the Pontian Eng Choon Association jointly organised a talk show on social ills at the Pei Chun Chinese Secondary School in Pontian recently.

The talk focused on five main social ills — snatch thefts, drug abuse, prostitution, illegal entertainment outlets and illegal video game outlets.

Organising chairman Tey Chee Kiong said it was important to get rid of the social ills to ensure a peaceful life for all families.

“The current education system lacks counselling and sex education.

“This year, many cases were highlighted in newspapers on students engaging in immoral activities. Some of these were even circulated through handphones.

“This indicates that many students lack the ability to tell what is morally right and wrong,” he said.

Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Tee Siew Kiong advised students to be disciplined and stay away from negative elements. He urged them to tap their potential to do useful things in life.

Tee donated RM3,000 to the federation for future activities.

Source: http://www1.nst.com.my/Current_News/JohorBuzz/Wednesday/Stories/2398254/Article/

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4. Business: The savvy property investor

Mr Tee Siew Kiong and wife apparently are savvy property investors.

They got cash of of RM2,710,000 to buy this property (see Bursa Malaysia announcement link here). Not bad show of chinese thrift and savvy in property investment…

The pair also engages in more interesting deals apparently.

According to the blog MOH Land Scam, both husband and wife (via proxy through one of the directors and shareholder Phua Tai Kiang the brother-in-law of Tee Siew Keong) also got the savviness to make a biggie deal via Kurnia Heights Sdn Bhd to signed a sale & purchase from the original owners, Lee family of Maha Global Sdn. Bhd. for a sum of RM8 million plus, as revealed from the documents which shown a redemption sum of approximately RM4.065 million to be paid to the chargee bank, RHB Bank Bhd, and approximately RM3.048 million to be paid to Maha Global Sdn. Bhd. with the usual upfront deposit. The said land was subsequently sold to the Government for an astonishing sum of RM29 million.

Maha Global Sdn. Bhd can thus be alleged to have made a clean profit of RM19 million, according to the envious blogger.

Source: http://mohlandscam.blogspot.com/2009/03/excerpts-of-report-to-macc.html

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5. Advocacy: Active member of project “Saint” and “Morally Tainted since 2008-ongoing:

19 October, 2008:

…at least seven of the 25 elected MCA Central Committee (CC) members are said to be staunch supporters of Dr Chua.

Dr Chua’s CC “supporters” are said to be led by his former political secretary, Tee Siew Kiong. Although at present there are only seven Dr Chua’s “supporters” in the CC, Yap pointed out that in politics, chances of other CC members “shifting” camp were high.

— BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=365672

3 September 2009:

The dissenters now — among them former deputy home minister Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho, former one-term member of parliament Loh Seng Kok, and Soi Lek’s former political secretary Tee Siew Keong — are either has-beens or political lightweights.

They are taking on a leader who has the full support of the presidential council.

But this time, it is not over something that resonates deeply with the community, but whether certain individuals should have a more prominent role in the party.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/17slin/Article

September 14, 2009

Sex bombed or Rise of MCA?

What do you get when a wannabe blockbuster movie director deploys tired, rehashed dialogues and film in antagonisingly slow paced motion? Anybody interested in tired cinematography techniques? Would the eyelids be batting to stay awake if there is no sexing up with CGI to retain the attention of the young moviegoers? Don’t we seriously need a gung-ho hero and his sidekicks to inspire adulation from us voyeurists watchers?

Yawn…

Undeniably, requests for reruns on the youtube for that movie featuring the unknowing star Mr Chua Soi Lek and Miss X actress have risen since Chua himself has been sacked from the venerable stable of famed movie house MCA.

The current reruns caused much a dejavu moment for the legions of voyeurists who have already seen the show many a times in 2008.

So enamoured were the many fans with the actor of the famed voyeurist show, that they are now attempting to re-live their connextion in real life with the star, the man.

The many devoted fans are now coming out of the closet, to re-align with the star in attempt to reinstate his stalled career.

The CSL fan club headed by the enthusiastic Tan Chai Ho and Loh Seng Kok as campaign coordinators are untiredly going around town to boost support for Mr Chua’s retention.

The latest we heard from the CSL campaign team was that 921 fans will be jumping up high in the air to show their devotion to CSL.

Hopefully, this will melt the MCA’s board of directors’ hearts and bend their minds to sign back CSL in time to star in the next movie blockbuster “General Election the 13th : Rise of MCA

P/S: I think I am in depression… must be suffering from serious withdrawal due to lousy films offerings in cinema circuit. Why can’t we have many movies like District 9? I crave for movies like District 9 – good for the brain and humanity. Love the Christopher Johnson character, what a real hero. I’ve watch it twice already in the cineplex, man.

August 30, 2009

Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia ke52!

I’m tired of politicians/activists/religious officials carting out religion and God everytime our political parties are facing people and issues management problem.

When are we going to see political parties handle issues as they are by the horns without misleading the already worried public by mixing elements of religion and God into the issue?

Sure seems like everyone is unable or unwilling to work out direct solutions to issues.

Or is everyone just loving a dramatic life too much that we just skirt around the provisions already provided by some boring law?

Sigh… Thomas Hobbes* is still correct after all these years.

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia.

and may Malaysians continue to live and prosper by the law.

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* I know. You never studied philosophy in school. Somemore philosophy was not in exam school syllabus. I feel sorry for you, you’re so helpless.

Anyways, Mr Hobbes said that homo sapiens will remain in a state of nature – that is, the state of war with one another until we set up a common power to protect us from each other and from external threat. This is possible only through our universal agreement: only our consent can bind us to obedience.

Who’s the common power? The Government, lar.
What’s consent? Abiding the law and order, lar.

This season, go here to revved up your intellectual engine:
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hobbes-moral/

August 12, 2009

Najib’s supreme diplomacy; MCA delegates to fight for seats at AGM

It seems to me many Malaysians read newspapers and the online media with half awaken minds and comatosed logic. Only sex, scandals and more scandals can do magic to raise the poor zombies. (Don’t blame education system, only yourself to blame for refusing to kickstart your brain engine)

Didn’t BN already said each component party is their own boss within their respective political party?

No. 2 man Muhyiddin Yassin clearly clarified:
“All parties have their problems but the important thing its how to solve them. Whatever the problems, we must solve them ourselves.” (Bernama: “Don’t use media to solve internal problems“)

Starved for a scandal, the media is feverishly playing up the problems of Ong Tee Keat and Chua Soi Lek. Not so different from vultures waiting for the tempting flesh to feast on.

Eager for a fight to happen, the media is now speculating on a matter of importance only to MCA members and delegates.

Gone were the days when Malaysia newspapers reported facts. No wonder sales of newspapers goes down in parallel with its degeneration to thrashy tabloid. Readers are sending signals to newspapers to buck up on news facts, but unfortunately, the newspapers managers are too thick.

Not to be outdone, online media is also catching up on speculative hearsays aka gossip in their ‘news’ report. See how a simple matter has been elevated skyhigh on the scandal scale:

“Rumours have been swirling within MCA that Barisan Nasional (BN) chairperson and premier Najib Abdul Razak are not on the same page over the party’s annual general assembly, usually held by Aug 31. Many have seen this as a sign of Najib’s displeasure with MCA president Ong Tee Keat, over the latter’s public squabbles with deputy Dr Chua Soi Lek.” (Malaysiakini: “Najib not delaying MCA meet“)

The above is an exemplery example of poor journalism or rather of a reporter with extremely low competency in politics. News facts, dear reporter. Your job is not to spread rumours or hearsay.

The way I see it, its more like Najib is waiting for MCA’s Disciplinary Board to get its report to the Presidential Council’s decision.

Clever Najib certainly knows his diplomacy and this is an excellent show of respecting MCA’s rights to resolve its internal issues before he comes to open MCA’s AGM.

Yep, MCA the political party’s internal issue is entirely its own to resolve. Nobody who’s not a member or a delegate has got the locus standi to stick their grubby little fingers in matters relating to management of MCA.

Unless, of course, they are the main actors involved in a disciplinary issue. Unless, of course they want to see UMNO‘s balancing partner dies an early death. Devoid without its life partner, UMNO dies also. How devious.

Meanwhile, a big kudos to Najib. Good one. This is a real life example of leadership that I’ve been waiting for BN to demonstrate to 1Malaysia.

July 21, 2009

Shame on those depriving Teoh Beng Hock’s loved ones privacy on their dear loss

I am asked why I refused to comment on the death of Teoh Beng Hock at the MACC Selangor.

I am asked why I refused to participate in guessing the cause of the death of Selangor EXCO Ean Yong Hian Wah‘s political secretary.

I am also asked why I didn’t turned up at the Kelana Jaya Stadium rally organised by Pakatan Rakyat.

Here’s my reply, friends.

1. I do not know the irrefutable facts beyond that a young man was found dead.

2. It is for the coronor’s court to determine whether it was a homicide, accident or suicide. I do not have knowledge nor expertise to arrive at the irrefutable facts.

3. I do not know if my presence would be used as a political tool. I do not want to listen to hearsays.

What I am doing in my silence is to allow Teoh’s loved ones some dignity, space and privacy in their grieve.

I will not parrot calls to serve political expediency of any particular party.

I just want to respect the family’s right to grieve in privacy.

April 19, 2009

Hands (blog) off them by-elections or politicking!

Yo, Banana fans…

You’d notice there was no tittillating exposures on the Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau or Batang Ai by-elections…

No titters about the ‘new’ cabinet line up of Najib son of Razak…

No criticism for 1Malaysia… (Hey, we’re already one since 1963, ain’t we, dear Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak peoples?)

Fed up. No feeeeeel. Even for Utusan Malaysia‘s heat provoking articles.

Maybe these bad weather is getting to me brain cells. Too hot. Blowing hot and cold. Or no hot no cold. Malaysia weather is really bad for the political junkie…

Hang on there whilst I get me some brain rejuvenators… perhaps all the way from somewhere in China… maybe.

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