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August 1, 2011

The Admonitions Scroll

Filed under: Malaysia, Politics, Scandal — Tags: , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 4:33 pm

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To rise to glory
is as hard as
to build a mountain out of dust;

To fall into calamity
is as easy as
the rebound of a tense spring.

Source: The Admonitions Scroll

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September 7, 2010

Speech for BN political leaders: Are you brand Barisan Nasional?

“… Whether we realize it or not, we members of UMNO, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, et al, are involved in the brand Barisan Nasional.

I hope the first thing you do when selecting your next role as a BN member is to unleash the potential of the coalition.

BN, while maybe not the sexiest name in the current political business, offered me an underrated hipness factor and the horizon to transform into something even more special than prior Merdeka.

All BN parties must consider to operate like a startup with the stability of a 59 year-old political vessel.

We must come out of the rough sea and work feverishly to repair our brand reputation in a giddying political demography.

BN is a great place for its members; BN members made the right choice in the first instance.

But how would new voters know all this? How would they become aware of what we can do to make lives even better for their future and Malaysia?

First task on hand is to overhaul the social media activities for our membership and install savvy customer relation efforts in our public conversations in either Twitter, blog or Facebook.

Okkk, now over to you, Najib Tun Razak, Chua Soi Lek, Samy Velu, Koh Tsu Koon, et al. If you still need ideas to transform this into rousing speeches for your party members, please do not be too shy to ask me.

July 10, 2010

To do next GE or how to choose your Cabinet Ministers of Malaysia

Had a crazy brainwave after a juicy delicious pear from China (China boleh! Except in football, hehehe).

Ok, we already have a 3 party system in place (3rd party is still wobbly but its there). Shall we the rakyat go another step to test the ability of 1Malaysia to survive the New Economy of 2020?

To step up is so simple. We just need to practice by doing the things we do daily… Yup, just by reading and listening to the news – newspapers, new media, blogs, radio news, talkshows. And, by talking to neighbours, friends at the kopitiam, while shooting pool, fishing, after watching footie, etc.

Then we put ourselves to the test at General Election….. just tick the fella with the most capacity/ability to be a policy making Minister in the Cabinet of Malaysia Government. (regardless of whether they’re from UMNO, MCA, MIC, PKR, DAP, PAS, etc)

You see, every time we voted for a Member of Parliament, indirectly we voted also for a potential Minister of the Cabinet – It is from the pool of Member of Parliaments that the Prime Minister has to choose his team members to sit in the Minister seat.

So, if you’ve ticked the vote box for a silly guy who will raise his toy keris or you’ve voted for an Ah Beng who can’t speak our national language, or a well dressed bumpkin who have absolutely no idea what is national policymaking…. Don’t blame them the stupid ministers for not doing their job. They just weren’t equipped to do ministerial work – they are enjoying the honours of sitting in a nice office because you’ve elevated them into that point of authority to mess up your country’s wealth, education, health and future direction.

Yup, in modern Malaysia, we the voters have voted always for a pool of ministers by elevating the ill-equipped to positions of authority by way of the Peter Principle. (The Peter Principle is the principle that “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”)

Now, ain’t that a revelation for us dumb dumb voters?

Poor Najib Tun Razak, how now to get the New Economic Model going before the androids consume our employment market?

(Ta…I’m going back for more pears and FIFA finals footie winner analysis.)

March 27, 2010

MCA party polls: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing?

And so, MCA has finally get the chance now to assert its political being. This Sunday will see the 61 year old pseudo political party tryout its wings in politics.

The forming, storming, norming of MCA:

After enduring its stormy spring and autumn period, MCA is now gingerly moving towards democracy, starting from and within its own entity.

Good luck to them MCA members contesting the posts of Presidents, Deputy Presidents, Vices Presidents and Central Committee. Some of the wiser old birds oops hands, know that MCA politics is going to be business unusual from next Monday onwards.
Pull up your socks, people. A political MCA is going to be different this time around AFTER it follows through le norming period.

And yeah, UMNO is watching MCA’s democratization experience. Will UMNO do a la MCA when its turn comes up? The signs are good. So far Najib Razak seems to have a roadmap to work towards so.

Speaking about democracy, Tun Dr. Mahathir has said it all here and hinted at how it will especially affect BN political parties. This is Malaysia’s small step towards democracy in politics. Whether you object to it or not, it is the reality now. Best is for political party members with higher aspirations to learn more about democracy and how it serves rakyat in real life in order to partake in politics.

1Malaysia will learn and adopt democracy.

To dear readers and friends who may have the tendency to  violent objection to what I’m saying here, please go back to your cadre school or books to quickly learn up the principles of democracy.

Really, I mean this all sincerity.

December 16, 2008

I hate monopoly, the Supremme bullying kind of business ~Malaysiakini

I absolutely respect democracy, in its many forms.

But I absolutely hate monopolies.

It makes life harder and makes us feel very small because the monopolies treat us like we’re dum dums.

I hate monopolies galore in Malaysia today which takes away my right to have choices. I hate these monopolies:

1. Electricity
2. Telecoms
3. Water

Some of you guys may say I’m stupid to complain, cos there’s nothing I can do about it, those are essentials, lar.

What about those private companies which are making loads off us taxpayers? Them private companies monopolying:

1. Health check up foreign workers (Fomema)
2. Public/private vehicles inspection (Puspakom)

You can top up somemore on this menu at your pleasure, please…

Puiihhh!

And what’s this I’m hearing now? This about to be grand big monopoly company, after crying and complaining to Najib Tun Razak, is now wanting to sue the government for 50million? And wants to sue another 100million from the Transport Ministry and its Minister?

What has it done to justify this mega suit? Maybe this Supremme wants to try to break Vincent Tan’s mega suit record?

Seems to me this Supremme Systems Sdn Bhd sure ain’t got a patriotic soul (hey, if you recall, our economy’s in some kind of economic crisis now, can’t afford to spare some dimes for this?). But I’m sure it’s gonna be looking forward to be so damn rich with miniscule effort as it sure looks like aiming to take big money out of our country’s kitty based on the reason ‘loss of potential income’.

Looking back, if the e-Kesihatan contract award to Supremme goes as planned to run medical check-ups on commercial drivers, would it have averted our road accidents? Would this be the ONE factor to bring down Malaysia’s horrific road accidents?

We would be stupid to think so, knowing very well that  us smiley Malaysians turn from nice Dr. Jekylls into the most terrifying versions of Mr Hydes at a steering wheel. Mind you, we’re as normal as can be except when we’re gripped by the evil steering wheel. I wonder how e-Kesihatan would have trace that phenomenon. Maybe it has placed an order for a super duper mind bending machine to brainwash drivers during medical checkups before certifying them fit for the road. Hehehe….

Anyway taxpayers, better be prepared for the worse. We can start to wave away our MYR50 million + MYR100 million, Goodbye. And we can start to expect lesser funds distribution to the poor in coming hard times. All because some company wants its compensation for loss of potential income (off us taxpayers, mind you!).

Poor Malaysians.

October 12, 2008

Guide to political survival in Malaysia: Guanxi and Mianzi

Ladies and gentlemen,

Its Show & Tell time again! Especially useful for political survival and for activists keen to convey their messages effectively to those in political power.

Today is all about guanxi and mianzi.

Example:
Why Hindraf failed at UMNO’s Open House at PWTC recently, as shown by extract from The Star :

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Several Cabinet Ministers disapproved of the timing of the memorandum, saying that a Hari Raya open house was the wrong platform for it.

“This is not the time, this is not the correct venue. They can come to wish Selamat Hari Raya and shake hands, but the rest of it, different time, and different date.

“If they come in peace and harmony there shouldn’t be any problems,” said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Hindraf members should have known their limits and not turn up at an open house “like this”.

“There are platforms for you to make your submission. This is not the proper way of doing things. I mean, it’s a Raya do. Today is Hari Raya, it’s got nothing to do with memorandums.

“This shouldn’t have happened like this, especially during this festive season, whether it’s Hari Raya, Christmas, Deepavali or Chinese New Year,” he said.

Tourism Minister Datuk Azalina Othman said such behaviour would reflect poorly on Malaysia’s image to tourists.

“If you are here as a guest, then behave as one. Parliament will convene on Oct 13. They can do so (submit their memorandum) then,” she said.

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Here’s how guanxi can be adopted by Hindraf to perhaps turn around its Titanic from hitting the iceberg:

“Adopting the Chinese principles of quanxi (relationship) and mianzi (giving face) can help promote greater harmony in a multi-racial society.” (another article from The Star, featuring the sage and ageless advice from PM in waiting Najib Tun Razak at a do featuring Chinese culture).

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End of show and tell for today.

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