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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?

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November 19, 2009

Friendly advice to Najib: Know your Spring and Autumn 春秋時代 before meeting MCA

The ‘beloved‘ Barisan Nasional chairman needs a quick education on Chinese history and most importantly, the Chinese mindset before his meeting with MCA leaders.

(fyi: ‘beloved’ is a favourite loving endearment and liberally spewed by Liow Tiong Lai whenever he has the chance to demonstrate revere to the UMNO big brother)

And so, let us help the PM Najib Razak who said he will meet leaders of warring group in the MCA to solve current crisis, preferably before the proposed EGM on November 28 cried by the Liow Tiong Lai/ Wee Ka Siong/ Chew Mei Fun faction against MCA President Ong Tee Keat and Deputy President Dr. Chua Soi Lek who have the legitimate power of incumbency.

Below is a quickie education for ‘beloved’ Najib so that he can fulfil the KPI of an excellent mediator. For us normal everyday people who don’t know much about leadership and warring, a little bit of history may be an interesting addition to our kopitiam gossip:

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The Spring and Autumn period is named after a book called the Spring and Autumn Annals, a chronicle of the state of Lu between 722 BC and 481 BC, which tradition associates with Confucius . It was a period of turbulence and changes in the economy, politics, and military affairs. In Chinese history, it was a period which roughly corresponds to the first half of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (from the second half of the 8th century BC to the first half of the 5th century BC).

During the Spring and Autumn period, China was ruled by a feudal system. The Zhou dynasty kings held nominal power, but only directly ruled over a small Royal Domain, revolving around their capital (currently Luoyang). The status of the Emperor was diminished to little more than that of a figurehead, while powerful nobles gradually extended their dominions over smaller neighboring states. According to recorded history, during the Spring and Autumn Period, there were over 480 wars, 52 vassal states were vanquished, and 36 kings were killed.

By the sixth century B.C., most small states had disappeared, and a few large and powerful principalities dominated China. Some southern states, such as Chu, and Wu, claimed independence from the Zhou. Wars were undertaken to oppose some of these states-Wu and Yue. In the state of Jin, six powerful families fought for supremacy, and a series of civil wars resulted in the splitting of Jin into three smaller states by the beginning of the fifth century B.C. At that time, the control Zhou kings exerted over feudal princes was greatly reduced, the feudal system crumbled, and the Warring States Period began.

During the Spring and Autumn Period, a complex system of interstate relations developed and many projects requiring the collaboration of two or more states were undertaken, such as drainage operations, canals, dikes, reservoirs, and roads. Massive walls were built, both as protection from each other and from aboriginal and nomadic tribes.

The Spring and Autumn Period was also considered as a period of philosophies: Daoism, Confucianism, and Legalism originated during that period. Many important cultural developments took place, and great Chinese thinkers including Confucius, founder of Confucianism; Laozi, founder of Daoism; and Mozi, founder of Mohism developed the philosophical systems which have shaped North Eastern Asia until the present day.

 

July 16, 2009

The ballad of Najib and Khalid

Everybody!

Shout out now to the ballad of Lizzie Borden:

Merdeka Center took a poll
and gave the PM 65
When it comes to Selangor
they gave the MB 64

Download pdf file of Merdeka Center’s survey findings “Najib at 100 days: Strong job approval rating on economic measures”.

You can also read more about it here “Najib approval ratings at an all time high”.

April 27, 2008

Look no more! The best Leader for Malaysia is…

Fu Yoh!

I received this from a good friend who reads Mandarin local newspapers.

In the words of dear friend:
“I found that this interview is one of the best MCA President interview I ever seen in my life. I tried my best to translate the key points to share with all of you.”

And so, here are the key points so lovingly translated by dear friend, I now have pleasure to share with you.

Point no. 17 & 20 is Fu Yoh! Can MCA do it? How come Malaysiakini not covered this ???

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(Headline, covered 3 whole pages on 25/4/08 Sinchew)

1. MCA does not agree to Ketuanan Melayu

2. Malaysia is NOT an Islamic State.

3. Uphold the spirit of the Federal Constitution.

4. Against the “selective interpretation” of Federal Constitution by certain groups of people. The Constitution not only mention about Malay Privilege but under sec 153(7), the non-Malay rights shall not be deprived. Sad to say that certain people in power only mention and implement part of the Constitution and thereafter take this to their respective political agenda.

5. To eliminate “bumi” and “non-bumi” policies as such policy were set up in 50s…60s, NO more relevant and acceptable for the new generations and people at large. Young generation does not understand why do they need to be “classified” on the day they born.

6. Against all the unfair and unequal treatment under the NEP. Malay newspapers created confusion and racial tension by misquoting MCA and leaders’ speeches.

7. MCA realized they did not perform up to the people expectations

8. People has no patience to wait for the result of “internal negotiation/compromise”

9. All the Parties within BN shall work hand in hand in developing policies and decision making, no more “politic of compromise”

10. MCA has to work hard to change its role from “UMNO’s follower” to “UMNO’s partner”.

11. ISA, OSA, Sedition Act to be reviewed.

12. Two-party system is good for the national development and progress

13. Learn from China and Taiwan in making revolutionary change

14. MCA to focus on Social Responsibilities, Education and Equal Rights

15. Social Responsibilities: Legal System, Anti Corruption, healthy politics, Economic Development, Needy Group.

16. MCA will carry on with its reforms irrespective of how UMNO will change.

17. Will support Pakatan Rakyat policy if it is good for the people.

18. BN shall work harder and perform better than Pakatan Rakyat, to gain support from the people

19. In MCA, all the decisions make collectively by team, be it Political Bureau, Presidential Council or CC, instead of only President. These include selection of candidates for the minister post and senators. This model only started after he took over. It has never been in this mode before OKT.

20. MCA CC will discuss the proposal of President to be elected and voted direct by all members.

21. He accepts and feels that is normal, under such circumstances (lost in GE), bound to have some people accuse him for certain decisions made that caused the lost.

22. To change and reform a 50 year-old MCA, it takes time. He believes 6 months is a reasonable time frame.

23. MCA needs to be united, not depend on a few key leaders to rejuvenate/reform

24. If BN does not want to change according to the people want, we are going to lost the power in next GE.

March 20, 2008

Anwar to form new government? Please get Malaysians’ blessing…

Dear sir,

I read this in Malaysiakini.

Are you in a rush for the Prime Minister seat now or going to openly campaign for PM in the next General Election?

If now, appreciate please could you ask the PEOPLE of Malaysia for their blessing? It is important, because blessing (permission) can do wonders for a nation to heal any divisions, to move forward confidently and for families to live harmoniously.

An answer from Barisan Rakyat- DAP/ PKR/ PAS would be appreciated too, if Anwar is very busy. My two questions are:

Was GE12 about putting Anwar in the PM seat?

Were the people informed about this objective?

Thank you.

March 18, 2008

PM unveiled new cabinet lineup: My wish only partly came true

PM unveiled new cabinet lineup just now. I’m happy for most part and unhappy and suspicious for some.

Happy 🙂

Rafidah Aziz, Jamaluddin Jarjis are out

Zaid Ibrahim in (hurray!)

Shahrir Samad in (double hurray!)

Maximus Ongkili (good la, let’s see if he can do magic for this very important new economy driver)

Rais Yatim and Tunku Azlan (gentlemen, please redeem Malaysia’s image)

UnHappy 😦

Nazri Aziz still lurking around (Zaid, please jaga this fella prone to gangster characteristics & outbursts)

Nor Mohd Yakcop (I very suspicious he able to handle bad times economy, but I take consolation in Amirsham Abdul Aziz’s expertise will outshine this Md Yakcop’s)

Noh Omar (Please take care of your utterances from now on, else the entrepreneurs will all run far away)

Azalina Othman (No more Brickendonbury, ok?)

New UnHappy (grrrr…)

Muhammad Muhd Taib (aiyo, yo, RPK – please train your binoculars on this guy 24/7!!!)

Suspicious quality:

Mohd Zin Mohd (can he do better than what he did with Islamic matters?)

Ooooh… PM, we await with bated breath, who’s the new people to take over 4th floor….

March 15, 2008

Dear God, it’s about Pak Lah and the Cabinet

Dear God,

As Malaysians await for Pak Lah’s positive action to deliver a better Cabinet for 2008, I would like to take this opportunity to propose some ideas to be weighted in for PM’s decision making. Please could you send someone to tell Pak Lah?

This little voice may not be the richest or loudest, but I am sincerely wishing for Pak Lah to be granted the outmost courage and strength to make the best decision for Malaysia as we await anxiously a clear direction out of the current limbo and uncertainty. Malaysia needs the best people in the Cabinet.

My humble idea to be considered in drawing up names for Malaysia’s new Cabinet (In fact, everyone of my family and friends also fervently wish for PM to surprise us with this gift):

1. DROP currently perceived as ‘dubious’ Ministers / politicians – Dato’ Rafidah Aziz, Dato’ Jamaluddin Jarjis, Dato’ Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Dato’ Nor Md. Yaakcop, Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said, Dato’ Noh Omar, Dato’ Paduka Badruldin Amiruldin

2. Appoint ‘clean’ and sincere politicians to ministerial posts. People like Datuk Sharir Abdul Samad (Minister for Environment?), Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir (Youth & Sports)

3. Appoint politicians with proven track record contributing to nation’s economy – Dato’ Chong Kah Kiat (Minister for Tourism)

4. Appoint a woman as Finance Minister or important portfolio (perhaps Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil? She’s a woman and a bright mind trained in law, who can be counted upon to conscientiously watch our nation’s purse string and well regarded by all races)

5. DROP ‘dubious’ underperformers – Dato’ Reezal Merican, Datuk Vincent Lim and others who took part in putting up roadblocks in PM’s conversation and direct communication with Malaysians (fyi, they reside below PM Office at 4th floor).

6. Khairy must never be considered for any posts (whether its true or not, he is good or bad, please let him sit outside the cabinet as his name does not generate love).

 

I know this is no small request but, Malaysia needs PM to be granted great courage to do his best for the nation. I am sure, with Jeanne (a good woman) at Pak Lah’s side, the PM will find the strength to do this.

Amin.

NB: Please also stop the Noise:

These days, mainstream media organizations like Utusan Malaysia and Bernama, whether intentionally or naively, are playing a not too admirable role contributing to political hatred, pitting Malays against non-Malays. In this regard, may I request you to move PM to please telephone BN component party chiefs to instruct all their members to BEHAVE GENTLEMANLY, QUIT INSULTING THE PEOPLE’S DECISION, RESPECT THE RESULTS OF THE GE AND KEEP UP THE GOOD NAME OF BN (or whatever is left of it).

Support from friends and Malaysiakini readers appreciated.

A cyber prescription for Barisan Nasional. Pak Lah are you listening?

Perhaps some Malaysiakini readers may have already written about this. But this take is better. hehehe…

Click here for an expert’s 2 sens advice for poor BN…

Any BN leaders out there can carry this important message back to your leadership?

NB: Wouldn’t hurt newly crowned state governments to read it too.

February 21, 2008

El Footo Shito! Lee Chong Meng is in?

Filed under: Citizenry, Life, Parliament, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 1:37 am

My chirpy insider was less chirpy a few hours ago.

He said if Mohammad Taib can get cleared by PM for carrying undeclared bag of cash into Australia and eloped with Sultan’s daughter, same luck also can bestow upon our gangster liaison. Or as Miwaki prefers, ‘pork seller’.

El footo shito.

Another 5 years more wait for a more deserving candidate.

February 9, 2008

Temper, temper, Rosmah!

Filed under: Citizenry, Life, news, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 12:55 am

Oooh…. somebody alerted me that dear Rosmah did not look at all happy when leaving MCA CNY open house. Why the black face, Rosmah?

In contrast, Jeanne was excellently doing PM wife PR, I heard. Aiya Rosmah, don’t lar show bad example – must be loads of kids there, surely you want them to follow good examples of civil behaviour.

Somebody get us the video quick!!!

Wanna see this for myself lor… DPM wife showing black face in public…

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