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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.

June 15, 2008

Next Malaysia PM faces bigger challenges socio-politically

I’m still sulking over the petrol hike.

My friend who works in a high powered think tank (ahem, not the Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA)… that one is not a real thinker tank according to my political strategist friend)

Now, where was I… yes, my friend was shocked that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi upped the hike so drastically, he has anticipated a max of 40 sens rise. Ah… the good ole days before petrol rose 41% and diesel 63%…

And I’m not terribly enamoured with the idea of Najib Abdul Razak to take over from Badawi… I haven’t heard anything from Najib on his plan to get Malaysia out of this quagmire. Give us the juice, Najib!!! Staying dumb on these issues will not earn you brownie points!!

Here’s something more for you to chew on, from Reuters.
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Malaysia PM faces bigger protests, dissent over fuel

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi has ridden out the immediate popular anger over a steep rise in fuel prices but his survival will remain in jeopardy as a resurgent opposition presses home its advantage.

Abdullah faces multiple threats.

The opposition plans to topple his coalition in September through defections, while pressure is building within his ranks to quit and appoint his anointed heir to restore confidence in the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled for five decades.

Protests against the fuel hike have been small and scattered so far, but if the opposition carries through its plan to bring a 100,000 people into the city centre next month the pressure on Abdullah will increase dramatically, analysts said.

The protests would be the largest in a country with tight restrictions on public gatherings and might well be the tipping point as inflation stoked by the fuel price hike hits a 10-year high of 4.2 percent.

Petrol rose 41 percent and diesel 63 percent.

“The pressure on him will increase enormously,” said Rita Sim, deputy head of a think-tank linked to the Malaysian Chinese Association, a member of the ruling coalition.

“He’s made an unpopular decision which in the long-term is good for the country. But in the short-term, this may mean his political life is going to shorten,” she said.

Opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim says he has the numbers to topple the ruling coalition, which has ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1957, but is waiting for the right moment.

“We have seen clearly more interest and support for Pakatan Rakyat (opposition alliance). This applies even to members of parliament. Even some of them have been encouraged to approach me directly even though they are being closely monitored,” he told a news conference over the weekend.

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE

Anwar plans a no-confidence vote against the government in September, hoping popular anger over the new fuel prices, which are expected to be followed with higher electricity rates in August, will boil over.

Abdul Ghapur Salleh, a ruling party lawmaker from the politically key state of Sabah, said it was difficult to explain to his constituents the reason behind the increases.

“They are not convinced by the government’s argument when we are an oil-producing country,” the Star newspaper quoted him as saying.

Sabah and neighboring Sarawak account for a third of seats in parliament and both held firm with Abdullah’s coalition even during national elections in March, when the tide turned against it across the country.

Since raising fuel prices, Abdullah has announced new development funds for these big oil-producing states to soften the blow.

“But the short-term risk remains, especially from the political aspect. Badawi’s leadership position has certainly been undermined with these recent changes in policy,” said Irvin Seah, economist at DBS Bank in Singapore.

Even before the fuel hikes, Abdullah’s popularity had been falling with voters unhappy over racial and religious tensions, rising street crime and failure to honor a pledge to fight corruption.

Prior to the price increases, Abdullah’s approval rating stood at a low of 48 percent, market research firm Merdeka Center said, adding it expected the figure to dip further in a new survey to be completed this week.

The mild-mannered premier had an approval rating of 91 percent when he took power in late 2003.

But his coalition recorded its worst-ever performance during its 50-year rule in the March election. The government lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority and surrendered control of five of the country’s 13 states to the opposition in the poll.

TRANSITION

Assailed from all sides, Abdullah might head off the opposition challenge to the Barisan Nasional by quietly arranging to hand power over to his likely successor, deputy prime minister Najib Razak.

So far he has not spelt out any timeframe for the transition and has in the past said he planned to defend his position as president of his United Malays National Organisation, the dominant party in the ruling coalition, in elections in December.

But as the party struggles with public discontent, the call for a quick transition could intensify.

“UMNO members are clamoring for a clear signal on the leadership issue, especially with the party elections looming at the end of the year,” political commentator Joceline Tan wrote in the Star newspaper.

She said the succession issue came up last week during the meeting of UMNO’s supreme council to decide on the party’s future and party bosses left it to Abdullah and Najib to decide.

Such uncertainty, which analysts say will run through the year, ties the government’s hands in a difficult economic environment.

“What you’re seeing is a general feeling that the inflation environment is forcing policymakers to make tough decisions. It’s raising political risks so it’s exposing weak governments regionwide,” said Eric Fishwick, CLSA’s head of economic research in Singapore.

“I think one of the problems that we have is that inflation is going to be increasingly stymieing supply side reforms in these economies,” he said.

An inflation rate of between 4 and 5 percent would be the highest since 5.3 registered in 1998.

May 18, 2008

The Kingmakers: Sabah, Sarawak & the 12th General Elections

Sabah and Sarawak the kingmakers??? Perhaps we need to re-think again:

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A super Deepthroat divulged this:

He went to Dubai alone to meet DSAI. He could not meet DSAI in Malaysia without the others knowing. Went there to cut a deal. In truth what DSAI was saying about the 30 odd MPs who will defect are actually AAB group in UMNO. They know if they lose power all will be lost and that is why AAB since elections have been making popular decisions and showing that is also as progressive as DSAI and when he join PR the public will say he made a right decision. He will continue as PM until the next elections. DSAI will be the power behind the PM. the deal has already been discussed with the PR partners and they have accepted it all. TM , MH ,DSNAR all will be left behind and do not know what hit them. KJ is actually a DSAI sleeper in UMNO.

Was mission was to woo AAB daughter marry her and destroy UMNO from inside. This is DSAI ultimate revenge for all the wrong doing UMNO of TM did to him. Just check and see who sponsored KJ to Oxford. Lately you can see AAB and KJ have been bold.

Just something for all you to chew on and much more I know off. I know a lot because I also walk in the corridors of power that is the power of internet

cheers
xxxxx

if you read below article posted in MT , DSAI is now in Mumbai and out of Malaysia. Flight time from Dubai to Mumbai is only less then 2 hours and they are a lot of flights between these two places , more flights the from KL to Singapore. If you read the article I am posting below you can see DSAI was talking from Mumbai. Any body or even PKR can add any to it.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim Says He’ll Be In Power By September
Posted by Super Admin
Saturday, 17 May 2008

MUMBAI, INDIA: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Friday (16 May) he would have enough support to topple Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s government by September.

Anwar told reporters that his People’s Justice Party needed just 30 members to gain a simple majority in parliament. His party controls 82 seats in the legislature.

“By our calculation, we should move before 16 Sept,” he said during his visit to Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, for a lecture series on “Human Rights Awareness.”

The date is significant as his country celebrates 16 Sept as “Malaysia Day” _ commemorating the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963 by joining the provinces of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.

Although Anwar has made such claims several times in the past, Friday was the first time he has given a specific timeframe to try to pull down the government.

He was ousted from government in 1998 by then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in a power struggle amid accusations of corruption and sodomy. Anwar denied the charges, which he said were trumped up.

The sodomy charge was later overturned, but he served prison time after being convicted of corruption.

The corruption charge prevented him from holding public office until 14 Apr 2008, which meant he could not contest the 8 Mar general elections.

A record 82 opposition members from a three-party alliance led by Anwar were elected to the 222-member lower house in the elections. This shook the ruling National Front’s grip on governance for the first time in 40 years.

Anwar said last month that it won’t be long before he is elected a lawmaker in a by-election.

“We have enough numbers now. But we want the transition to be peaceful and democratic,” he said Friday.

He has said any government he forms will change Malaysia’s system of promoting majority ethnic Malays _ Anwar himself is Malay _ in government contracts, jobs and education over ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians.

“Many ruling party members of parliament know that the time for racial politics is over,” said Anwar, adding that he was confident that governing party members would defect to his side. (AP)

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A Sabah & Sarawak MP defection was a ploy (Red herring) by DSAI to deflect from the real crossovers taking place. All attention and energy is on the East Malaysian MP’s and the UMNO MP’s in West Malaysia were free to meet up with DSAI’s gang and plan the defections. Poor East Malaysian MP’s , for once they thought they were the King Makers and now all know what they are up to. Just like beggars suddenly striking the jackpot but only a fool’s jackpot .DSAI will not form a federal government with these spineless MP’s.

REMEMBER DSAI and AAB body language when they meet in the opening day of the parliament (The photo on the front page of the newspapers)

More to come as I get more info on the progress report of the UMNO MP’s. Sept date was only a ploy and a red herring. All going to take place in next 2 weeks time. No need to sack the PM because AAB will defeat the non-confidence vote with the help of PR and AAB Group UMNO Mp’s who will defect to PR. There will be a cabinet reshuffle so after. UMNO Ministers who will be retained are as follows because they will be the defectors

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ( When DSAI was sacked , he was in DSAI’s house everyday )
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Datuk Shahrir Samad
Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek

and surprise

Datuk Azalina Othman

And no non-UMNO Ministers or Sabah UMNO Ministers will be retained but the vocal Sabah and Sarawak MP’s will be made ministers. Cabinet will be expanded to 30 Ministers, 38 Asst ministers and 30 parliamentary secretaries. Total will be 99 and balance MP’s will be given other important posts with good
salary. All will be happy and all will be taken care.

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DSAI will not make a tactical move without the consent of DAP and PAS. All now are hunger for power after their appetite has been vetted by DSAI’s announcements that PR are now government in waiting.All politicans are the same and get corrupted with power. Look at Taiwan , South Korea ,Indonesia, Thailand , Philippines , Pakistan ,india , Israel and so on. They profess the perfect govermental principles when in opposition but what happen when they come in power. They only last for a term. Come fast and clean up the state coffers fast aftraid that they will not have another opturnity again. here else the former ruling party only rob the interest not the capital
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Wow!! Go to source of this conversation in here:

May 10, 2008

Do you want the Sedition Act to stay or go?

It’s time again for the rakyat to send instruction to the government.

Dear Rakyat,

Do you want the Sedition Act to stay?

Or do you want it to go far, far, far, far, far…. away?

Please do participate in a poll in my friend’s website: http://mylivingwall.com

Poll is on the right side, scroll down a bit.

At moment it looks like a neck-to-neck between ‘stay’ and ‘abolish’

May 6, 2008

Raja Petra to be charged with sedition Tuesday!

A friend rang me just now and pestered me to put this news on me blog.

I’m flustered and hopping maaaad… partly because of this news and partly because I have to put up this from mainstream media.

Online article from The Star says this:

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the webmaster of news portal Malaysia Today, is expected to be charged with sedition at the magistrates’ court in the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex in Jalan Duta on Tuesday.

He is expected to appear in court at 9.30am. Raja Petra was investigated under section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948 for the article “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell.”

The article was posted on his website on April 25 and implicated Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Another blogger, Syed Ali Akbar, was also summoned to court and is expected to be charged under the same Act.

He allegedly posted an article on Arabs and Islam on his blog.

Raja Petra’s wife, Marina Lee Abdullah, said the police officer who called them did not state what Raja Petra would be charged with.

“The police officer told us to just appear in court and we would be informed then,” she said.

Marina said once they know what the charges are, they would post bail.

To raise bail, they will involve the people. They will put up their bank account number on the website and encourage Netizens to bank in RM1 each.

On Friday, Raja Petra was summoned to the Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) in Bukit Perdana at 4pm and was allowed to leave two hours later.

Eight police officers from the CCID visited his house in Sungai Buloh at 9am and seized a laptop and a CPU belonging to him before leaving at 11am.

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RPK keep strong!

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