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May 4, 2010

Just do it, Chua Soi Lek

Never knew so many Malaysians suffer from Hamlet’s Syndrome….

So little time, but soooo much wasting of precious hours analyzing to death the facts that everybody, including my favourite char kuey teow man already knows about BN and MCA – the fall guy flavour of the month.

There comes a time, when we heed a certain call, that the organisation, must stand, stand together as one…. (or at least fight a good fight).

How now, brown cow?

1. Create value for your members

Give them a sense of pride, that being a card carrying member matters – give each of your subscribing members the power to decide who to lead MCA as a political party instead of MCA as a social welfare organisation. Still don’t get it? Direct election of the Central Committee is the answer.

2. Get rid of bad salesmen/saleswomen aka grassroot leaders

It is intolerable for any business, to have salesmen/saleswomen who just don’t and won’t get the job done to get the buy-in from customers or members for the organisation’s products/services. If MCA divisional leaders are unable to sell MCA the political party to the grassroots, get rid of these lousy salesmen. If your grassroots leaders are unable to jump up the benchmark above ‘longkang’ pointing mode, get rid of them.

Favourite pose of MCA

Favourite pose and image of MCA and the faithful longkang

Bring in those who can tell and sell MCA to Malaysians of all colours. Remember how MCA once had 15 Member of Parliaments before 2008? Can you afford to have 0 MPs whom can be perceived able to speak up on policy matters in Parliament in the next General Election?

3. Just do it, Chua Soi Lek!

Let’s see if the MCA members made the right choice choosing Chua Soi Lek to do the job to take charge of the 61 year old party’s turnaround – from a social welfare organisation into a political party of choice for Malaysians.

No pain, no gain.

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April 10, 2010

The sad, sad KPI problem of NST…

Ouch… NST needs to send its reporters + editors to deep refresher course.

Me a layman also can see no way Malaysia can have such a heart attack drop of 65.3% in tourist arrival for the first 3 months of 2010. Read its edition of 9 April, 2010 (page 2) “Malaysia among cheapest countries to visit” for some fantastic fancies

Aiyoyo…. use your commons sense lar you NST journo guys and gals…

How can Malaysians trust le mainstream newspapers if NST blindly commits silly a blunder like this against its hardworking New Economic Model 1Malaysia government? <cough, cough, ahem…>

Not one, but two factual errors in one news report! hmmmm…. makes one wonder if the newspaper has something against the one helming the second highest national income earning ministry contributing to Malaysia’s national income.

My hands are itching to give a nice present for readers who can spot the other mistake in the NST report.

My dear minister of communication and culture, Mr Rais Yatim, please could you memantau your one of your oldest mainstream newspaper to do its job properly ie simple fact check with source?

We don’t want the trustworthy cyber news to completely dominate the Malaysian information sphere now, do we, sir?

February 12, 2010

Protect and uphold rights of civilians from harm: The strange case of Norizan bte Salleh

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It is mandated by law that our Polis DiRaja‘s duty is to uphold and protect the rights of civilians to peaceful existence.

Remember when older Malaysians reminiscence fondly of the British administration which established Malaysia’s ‘mata-mata’ solid reputation for their discipline and policing skills during the colonial times?

But in Malaysia’s modern democracy, we seem to be hearing more stories claiming abuse and deaths caused by police onto those whose crimes or punishment have yet to be determined and sentenced by the judiciary.

Today, we hear of the strange case of a 30 year old single mother, Norizan bte Salleh, whose submission to Suhakam commissioner N Siva Subramaniam , claimed:

1)  to have sustained 5 gunshot wounds when policemen opened fire on a car she was traveling in.

2)  was travelling in a car when the incident happened. Without justification, police shot at the car from behind, the bullets penetrating through the body of the car and hitting Norizan who was seated at the back seat.

3)  after being shot, Norizan was then kicked and stepped on by the police personnel despite bleeding profusely from being shot.

4)  to have lodged a police report on 16.11.2009 complaining of attempted murder by police, but no action has been taken by the authorities against the culprits.

5)  has never been charged in court for any crime.

6)  she has suffered serious injuries including permanent damage to her hand. A bullet lodged close to her heart had to be removed by surgery at Institut Jantung Negara.

It is understandable to hear reactions of horror when the public read of above such ‘imbalance of treatment’ onto a civilian by the police.

We have heard one woman’s story above.

We now need to hear the police’s side of the story.

Especially the police’s policy and SOP on safeguarding civilians and even those under surveillance to reassure all citizens and visitors that their right to justice is secure by law.

A high income economy as aspired by Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia cannot afford for its law enforcement agency’s capability to be relegated or KPI-ed by the people under the Wild, Wild, West (WWW) category.

February 10, 2010

Rebuilding trust in Barisan Nasional

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Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government should remember to move cautiously to rebuild trust if they care for 1Malaysia and Vision 2020 to succeed.

With some 2,000 nationwide activities, over 2,000 projects and 100 programmes, the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) by Najib’s administration declares that it ‘focuses on generating positive outcomes which are based on what the rakyat wants and needs (“People First”) by ensuring fast delivery of results (“Performance Now”) to contribute to 1Malaysia and Vision 2020.’

I admit it makes a great work plan to improve efficiency for the government bureaucracy.

Unfortunately, in the enthusiasm to produce the visible public goodies to fulfill the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) identified to spearhead the government’s transformation, Najib’s administration forgot to care and manage the intense public distrust for the Barisan Nasional political entity.

Poor communication and unprogressive comments by Barisan Nasional leaders dismissed, rather than effectively minister to concerns on issues like security concerns of missing fighter jet engines or acts of terrorism that fed on religiosity and attacking places of worship.

Emotive polemics that were not backed by reason were given the leeway to intervene in the democratic pillar of legislation’s process to dispense justice.

These contributed to heighten the suspicion of voters that indeed, Barisan has not learnt or understand a cause of its poor results in the 2008’s General Elections.

Literate Malaysians are served generous servings of unthinking and autocratic decrees from Najib’s cabinet ministers in replying to issues of Constitutional rights in religion and right to information.

Apologetic acknowledgement of the problems without legislative follow through over headlined issues by Barisan’s large stable of politicians contributed to make the people more bewildered, agitated rather than informed.

Why are the lawmakers unable to perform their duty to effectively resolve the citizens’ fears and insecurities?

Perhaps, our Yang Berhormats’ media communications were not meant for the everyday rakyat’s consumption.

Maybe their messages are a form of instructions for their underlings, not the rakyat because the rakyat could not compute the logic of what they are trying to say.

I do not envy Rais Yatim on the load he has to bear for 1Malaysia on his national duty as the Information, Communications and Culture Minister.

I can empathise with Rais Yatim’s patriotic concern on dangers of Twitter, Facebook and internet culture affecting the Malaysian identity and culture.

But his choice of words failed to convince minds and more unfortunately, entrenched him as a Twitter celebrity for the wrong reasons amongst twitterers.

Perhaps it is a result of a clash between the old and young lifestyles and changed aspirations.

It is commendable that Malaysia political parties recognized the perils of modernity and have taken the trouble to invest and keep up their messaging through combined force of new and established media forms since its lesser electoral win in 2008.

However, fervent Barisan Nasional propagandists and their cyberspace avatars have diluted the message of BN’s love, caring and sharing vision for 1Malaysians.

News articles and web postings populate the internet with more emotive religiosity, racism, magnifying distrust and plays on the illusion of Malays or Chinese or Indians under siege by the rest of the other Malaysians.

To be fair, it is not justifiable to rebuke only the members or fans for they must be severely limited in their training and the scope by Barisan Nasional’s political ideology of race nationalism.

UMNO fights for Malay nationalism and bumiputeraism.

MCA usually retreats to negotiate behind closed doors for its Chinese ‘rights’.

MIC is seen to beg for its Indian ‘rights’.

Did you notice how the words ‘fights’, ‘retreats’ and ‘beg’ invoke unintended responses in young and the undecided voters’ brains?

And so, in the interest of political sustenance, relevancy and lifelong learning, it is not a bad option for Barisan leaders to go back to the drawing board, to understand that fundamental constructive approach to communication based on clear political ideology.

Oh, by the way, I applaud the Federal Court’s recent courage to uphold justice to protect landowners from losing their lands to forgers.

After nine years of waiting under the shadow of the Adorna Properties principle, many landowners could finally be assured that their property rights is once again secure in law.

This is one good way to start again into the new economy.

By: Ho Aoi Ling

The writer was a former Senior Research Executive with MCA think tank, INSAP. She can be contacted at: thelivingwall@gmail.com

December 31, 2009

2010: Sapere aude!

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May Malaysians be blessed with love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

May Malaysian bloggers, the scions of the fourth estate help shape the media into a respectable community, rooted on the basis of reason and consent.

If it may be possible at all, may more Malaysian political parties and their politicians emerge enlightened from their self-imposed immaturity.

Happy 2010 to all!

~BC

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And, here are those useful links to all of the above funny ideas:

1. http://www.philosophynow.org/issue49/49steinbauer.htm
2. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/philosophy
3. http://www.campwood.com/FourthEstate.htm
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_is_Enlightenment%3F

November 24, 2009

Young Chinese Malaysians and MCA members and their destiny in history

Me received a very serious sounding email from a young MCA member friend. Share with you…

Looking into MCA history of 60 years, I’m afraid this is the only time an attempt at reform is seriously underway. And this is happening in our lifetime…

Seems like young Chinese Malaysians and MCA members have a chance to stamp our mark in history.

Sigh…like it or not, we’re part of it. We can’t run away, and I see a vision of my descendent pondering on my life philosophy years later when I’m old and grey.

I wonder how would they react to my stand on

• Backbone bending, kow towing to big bro UMNO?
• Warlordism in the little world of MCA?

Heavens forbid they carry the shame at my lack of courage to be a part of change.

My personal wish is to see MCA discard its central delegate warlords, ‘triads’ and their leftovers, through a reform.

I guess I don’t have to like Ong Tee Keat. I don’t have to like Chua Soi Lek. I don’t have to like the likes of Liow Tiong Lai, the tearful Wee Ka Siong or Chew Mei Fun either.

I don’t relish wearing face mask or wear black + light candles (my parents hate it and frown upon it as they deem it very sueey reserved for sanctity of human funeral). Won’t get anything done, wasting time.

Should I or shouldn’t I talk to all of these MCA leaders directly? What, How, Got to think how to go about it?

Me pity this young Hamlet, he should just go ahead and question his leaders directly. Go get them and dialogue, query and query those people to heart’s content… Be the change you want to be, man!

In fact, MCA members and the chinese community who want reform should seriously look into the MCA that members want and check out the real agenda of all their leaders(and their backroom handlers) involved.

Members should go and give the players a strong message what they want these appointed ’leaders’ to do for MCA. Speak up now or remain silent forever.

P/S: Blur? Read here and here for some titillating context of MCA’s interesting makeup. Remember to use your thinking equipment wisely.

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/

January 22, 2008

A response to Drama minggu ini dipersembahkan oleh MIC

Filed under: news, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 2:22 am

Found this response to the MIC drama.

Here it is.

Hehehe…

December 25, 2007

On the day before Christmas, BN gave to me…

Filed under: Citizenry, Government, Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 2:00 pm

Please advise me, my dear Malay friends out there – will this branding of words like ‘Allah’ for exclusive use by Malaysian Malays by the BN government do wonders to cement the Malay faith in Islam?

Despite whatever put me downs, I still wanna believe in Peace and love for 2008.

Can we tell our ‘leaders’ to move away from just ‘tolerating’ each other. I accept and do not ‘tolerate’ my fellow Malaysians and I cringe in horror everytime our BN leaders use the word loudly and proudly. Do you know that at the other end of ‘tolerate’ is ‘persecute’? If BN is our moral guardians, then they are doing shit after 50 years eg: our property can be stolen, no reaction to complaints of misappropriation by orang dalam, law is made a fool of, etc.

Here’s something from Malaysiakini below for you to ponder upon. Let us pray for God’s continual guidance for all Rakyat Malaysia to live in wisdom and to demonstrate plenty of loving kindness for each and everyone of different religious denominations and spiritual needs.

Sabah church sues PM over book ban

Soon Li Tsin | Dec 24, 07 4:46pm

A Sabah church has sued the government and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his capacity as internal security minister for not allowing the import of Christian literature from Indonesia containing the word ‘Allah’.

Sabah Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Church president Pastor Jerry Dusing filed the suit on behalf of the church at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Dec 10 after six titles for their Sunday school education for children were banned from being imported.

The church is also asking the court to compel the minister to return the consignment of materials that were ‘unlawfully detained’ by customs officers at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal on Aug 15.

According to letters from the ministry, the books were banned because the Bahasa Indonesia publications contained various words that are exclusive only to Islam.

The words in contention are ‘Allah’ (God), ‘Baitullah’ (House of God), ‘Solat’ (prayer) and ‘Kaabah’ (The Sacred House).

The letters state that the ministry is allowed to stop any propagation of religious doctrine or belief to Muslims in accordance with Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution allowing certain words to be restricted and prohibited from use.

The ministry explained that the prohibition was due to the uneasiness felt in the community during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the issue has become sensitive and been classified as a security issue.

It also stated further that the publications can raise confusion and controversy in the Malaysian society.

Dursing’s affidavit rebuts several of these points including the use of Alkitab – the Bahasa Indonesia translation of the Holy Bible – where the word ‘Allah’ appears.

“The Christian usage of ‘Allah’ predates Islam. ‘Allah’ is the name of God in the old and the modern Arabic Bible.

“The Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia translations of the Holy Bible have been used by Christian native peoples in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak for generations,” it stated.

Educational purpose

He also noted that the publications was for educational purposes within the church and was not for sale or distribution outside the church.

“The publications will not be made available to members of the public and in particular to a person professing the religion of Islam.

“The publications contain nothing which is likely to cause public alarm or which touches on the sensitivities of Islam,” the affidavit read.

A range of constitutional provision were also raised by the applicants. The hearing for the application for leave in the Kuala Lumpur High Court is scheduled to take place on Dec 27.

The controversy over the use of ‘Allah’ in non-Islam publications recently surfaced when Herald – the largest Catholic newspaper – was facing problems when renewing its annual publishing permit because of the word ‘Allah’ was used in referring to ‘God’ in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

The ministry has told the publisher to remove the entire Bahasa Malaysia section or the permit will not be renewed when it expires next week.

Asked for an explanation on the matter, Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum said the word ‘Allah’ can only be used in the context of Islam and not any other religion.

The Herald, which is published in four languages – English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil – has a circulation of 12,000.

December 16, 2007

Message of peace and love for Malaysians

Filed under: Announcement, Forum, Life, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 1:51 am

It’ll be Hari Raya Haji, Christmas and a New Year soon.

Wish we could spend the rest of 2007 as Malaysians.

For a short moment, is it possible for us to take a step back and ignore UMNO & its clowns. Just for a moment, pretend Bersih and Hindraf did not happen. Can?

Here’s a simple message from a respected reverend.

Peace and love, people…

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