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February 8, 2011

And the KPI for MCA so far…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 2:00 pm

Ouch…. what a stinging review for MCA’s political relevance in 1Malaysia…

MCA worked harder than usual to save face for MCA President Soi Lek but they are best described as “lembab.” He maybe the MCA president but he must face up to the fact that he is not accepted by the Labis constituency and MCA supporters.

He must stop being in-denial to the reality that MCA is weak and in need of help. A weaker partner cannot rank pari passu with a more superior partner. He must put aside his ego and be willing to get assistance and take orders from the stronger partner.

BN was able to regain back a slim majority in the Chinese mix areas of Bandar Labis Timor and Labis due to the return of Malay and Indian voters. Chinese predominated area of Bandar Labis Tengah remain a significant opposition DAP stronghold.

A report claimed that Chinese support for BN is only 27 percent which is lower than the 30 something percent of the average national figure in 2008. Chinese support is not back yet.

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October 21, 2010

O that superior man! He would not eat the bread of idleness!

Filed under: Citizenry, Family, Life, Malaysia, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 1:06 pm

This is dedicated to those who shoulda, woulda, coulda but produced nada:

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Kan-kan go his blows on the sandal trees,
And he places what he hews on the river’s bank,
Whose waters flow clear and rippling.
You sow not nor reap ; –
How do you get the produce of those three hundred farms ?
You do not follow the chase ; –
How do we see the badgers hanging up in your court yards ?
O that superior man !
He would not eat the bread of idleness !

Kan-kan go his blows on the wood for his spokes,
And he places it by the side of the river,
Whose waters flow clear and even.
You sow not nor reap ; –
How do you get your three millions of sheaves ?
You do not follow the chase ; –
How do we see the three-year-olds hanging up in your court yards ?
O that superior man !
He would not eat the bread of idleness !

Kan-kan go his blows on the wood for his wheels,
And he places it by the lip of the river,
Whose waters flow clear in rippling circles.
You sow not nor reap ; –
How do you get the paddy for your three hundred round binns ?
You do not follow the chase ; –
How do we see the quails hanging in your court yards ?
O that superior man !
He would not eat the bread of idleness !

Shi Jing I. 9. (112)

詩 經 Shi Jing – The Book of Odes

March 4, 2010

Malaysia Netroots and Citizen Bloggers

Ever wonder if our savvy politicians are even aware of the changing pattern of communication of our loyal party grassroot voters?

Let’s do a checklist:

Got blog? – check

Got Facebook and Twitter? – check

Got interactive conversation to walk with and connect with commentators’ fears and tears? – “Itu software belum lagi di pasaran, boss…,” explained the hapless political aide. “Pergi tanya dekat bloggers,” exclaimed the half awake politician.

Suddenly a vision pops in my head – she, the internet evangelist grandma in a TV advertisement going, “Jom Streamyx !!”

Share with you below highlights from a related article:

Rise of the Netroots: How citizen army of bloggers is changing Malaysian politics

Malaysian politicians need to rise up with the digital reality and collaborate with social-political new media practitioners to extend constituencies beyond their silver haired circle of loyalist voters. Never before has the need to connect with today’s digital-savvy consumers been so crucial to winning campaigns for a high income economy aspirant nation state.

Thanks to information technology, the possible spectrum for ideological debate in Malaysia has been widen a little especially since the advent of emails, blogs, sms, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter dented the traditionally unidirectional political messaging and campaigning that voters have been subjected to.

So instead of issuing numbing political slogans or lamentations of political parties attributing their troubles to the machinations of their adversaries rather than to their own failures or sheer misfortune, why don’t they just get to work with the netroots as an outreach connector to reach constituents beyond their traditional voters neatly segmented by race, association or party membership?

Click here to read the article in full.

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?

May 26, 2008

A political strategist’s 2 sens to UMNO Presidential candidate aka Malaysia Prime Minister

The silat prancing has started. Lift one knee up, steady tracing an invisible pattern on the ground with the other foot, switch, both hands swinging in graceful movement- with one eveready to pull out the keris at the moment of danger.

Played out correctly from years of training, deploying of various skillsets and tuning up the senses, the silat can be very elegant and engrossing to all its audience.

Isn’t this so like what the potential candidates for UMNO leadership are doing now? How I wish the silat by UMNO can be made more elegant so that all Malaysians can enjoy an engrossing performance. Stuff like this cannot find in malaysiakini.com or malaysia-today.net. Luckily, I bumped into my political strategist friend at the local mamak.

After some heady tea halia, I cornered my friend to share some basic ingredients for a successful silat.

Q: How, please?

A: First thing to do is to make your stand clear. State your stand something like: loyalty to the King, country and the rakyat who voted you to power and your party can come next.

Q: Wow. Ya lah, ever since Badawi became PM it became agama, bangsa dan negara. You made it the other way round. This reminds me of the Rukunegara “Loyalty to the king and country.” What next?

A. Back up your stand and demonstrate it in words and actions. Say what you mean and do what you say. For example, if one says “We guarantee not to condone narrow views on religion or race supremacy” – just walk the talk. Confront or discipline those going against this stand even though they are own party members. The rakyat see this and rakyat will ‘know’ you are not partisan in dispensing justice. This creates confidence, respect and most importantly, loyalty to the candidate. Kinda like a fan club.

Q. Like that other party members who refuse change will hate this person.

A. What’s more important? You want to shine as a deadwood party yes man or a party man possessing vitality and promise of future greatness?

Q: Don’t understand la. Speak English please.

A: Just go get yourself a DVD of the movie 300. You’ll get to feel the spirit of heroism, no need to understand. Train, train and train to acquire the fighting skills, choose your circle of men carefully – check their skillsets, then go for the battle. That’s how great empires were built.

Q: Please.. just give me the juice in simple language.

A: A country that aspires for greatness examines its potential leaders carefully. The rakyat exercises their right to question, test political candidates for their political stand and personal values. In Malaysia, after the tsunami of 12th General Election, the rakyat have dropped their blind loyalty and picking up their rights to admonish and punish lesser leaders or pretenders.

Q: Ok, philosopher. Tell me how to do it ok?

A: I’ve just told you, my friend.
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Aiyah… all these political strategist experts, they sure don’t give away their trade secrets that easily.

:p

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!

May 2, 2008

Raja Petra ordered to report to Bukit Aman 4pm TODAY (UPDATED)

Malaysiakini reported RPK to report to Bt Aman 11am tomorrow. The time has changed to today 4pm!

Here’s latest from malaysia-today.net:

Raja Petra Kamarudin being investigated under the Sedition Act (UPDATED)
Posted by Super Admin
Friday, 02 May 2008
Raja Petra ordered to report to Bukit Aman at 4.00pm TODAY (UPDATED)

At 9.00am today, seven police officers from the Cyber Crime Division, Bukit Aman, went to Raja Petra’s house to confiscate his PC and notebook computer. They left at 11.00am after issuing Raja Petra a notice to report to Bukit Aman at 4.00pm TODAY, 2 May 2008.

According to the police, Raja Petra is being investigated under the Sedition Act with regards to an article he wrote, Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell. It seems a police report has been made against Raja Petra by another police officer.

The Bukit Aman Cyber Crime Division is at Kompleks Perdana, the old office of the Prime Minister behind Bank Negara.

We have no further news but Raja Petra will try to update the latest developments once he can get his hand on a new computer.

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I support Amar Makruf Nahi Mungkar. Keep strong, RPK!

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