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November 10, 2008

Obama and Malaysiakini: Show me the money!

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I’m so amused at all our low information voters and people who gushed and thought that Barack Obama will be Malaysia’s ‘saviour’. You can read all the letters which gushed Obama this, Obama that, in Malaysiakini.

Even those low tech politicians spewed nonsensical remarks on the Obama effect and how racism is over. Hello? Race was never played up by Obama in his campaign. He campaigned on his top breed schooling, using his top network (hey he was Ivy league product?) and masterful marketing campaign.

Was about to blog about the poor mindsets of our people who misread Obama’s win as victory against racism but somebody beat me to it.

Read on and come back down to earth, everybody. Money, network and economics rule in the real world, dears. In the land of the brave and the free, only those who uses their brains, strategise well and build bridges win.


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November 9, 2008

The New York Times

Op-Ed Columnist


Show Me the Money

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

So, I was speaking to an Iranian friend about what a mind-bending thing it must be for people in the Middle East to see Americans, seven years after 9/11, electing someone named Barack Hussein Obama as president. America is surely the only nation that could — in the same decade — go to war against a president named Hussein (Saddam of Iraq), threaten to use force against a country whose most revered religious martyr is named Hussein (Iran) and then elect its own president who’s middle-named Hussein.

Is this a great country or what?

Much has been written about how people all around the world are celebrating the victory of our Hussein — Barack of Illinois, whose first name means “blessing” in Arabic. It is, indeed, a blessing that so many people in so many places see something of themselves reflected in Obama, whether in the color of his skin, the religion of his father, his African heritage, his being raised by a single mother or his childhood of poverty. And that ensures that Obama will probably have a longer than usual honeymoon with the world.

But I wouldn’t exaggerate it. The minute Obama has to exercise U.S. military power somewhere in the world, you can be sure that he will get blowback. For now, though, his biography, demeanor and willingness to at least test a regime like Iran’s with diplomacy makes him more difficult to demonize than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

“If you’re a hard-liner in Tehran, a U.S. president who wants to talk to you presents more of a quandary than a U.S. president who wants to confront you,” remarked Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment. “How are you going to implore crowds to chant ‘Death to Barack Hussein Obama’? That sounds more like the chant of the oppressor, not the victim. Obama just doesn’t fit the radical Islamist narrative of a racist, blood-thirsty America, which is bent on oppressing Muslims worldwide. There’s a cognitive dissonance. It’s like Hollywood casting Sidney Poitier to play Charles Manson. It just doesn’t fit.”

But while the world appears poised to give Obama a generous honeymoon, there lurks a much more important question: How long of a honeymoon will Obama give the world?

To all those Europeans, Canadians, Japanese, Russians, Iranians, Chinese, Indians, Africans and Latin Americans who are e-mailing their American friends about their joy at having “America back,” now that Obama is in, I just have one thing to say: “Show me the money!”

Don’t just show me the love. Don’t just give me the smiles. Your love is fickle and, as I said, it will last about as long as the first Obama airstrike against an Al Qaeda position in Pakistan. No, no, no, show me the money. Show me that you are ready to be Obama stakeholders, not free-riders — stakeholders in what will be expensive and difficult initiatives by the Obama administration to keep the world stable and free at a time when we have fewer resources.

Examples: I understand any foreigner who objected to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the gross mishandling of the postwar. But surely everyone in the world has an interest in helping Obama, who opposed the war, bring it to a decent and stable end, especially now that there is a chance that Iraq could emerge as the first democracy, albeit messy, in the heart of the Arab-Muslim world. Obama was against how this Iraq war started, but he is going to be held responsible for how it ends, so why don’t all our allies now offer whatever they can — money, police, aid workers, troops, diplomatic support — to increase the odds of a decent end in Iraq? Ditto Afghanistan.

The U.N. says it doesn’t want Iran to go nuclear and doesn’t want the U.S. to use force to prevent Iran from going nuclear. I agree. That’s why I want all those people in China, France, Russia, India and Germany who are smiling for Obama to go out and demand that their governments use their tremendous economic leverage with Iran to let the Iranians know that if Tehran continues to move toward a nuclear weapon, in opposition to U.N. resolutions, these countries will impose real economic sanctions. Nothing — and I mean nothing — would more help President-elect Obama to forge a diplomatic deal with Iran than having a threat of biting Chinese, Indian and E.U. economic sanctions in his holster.

President Bush, because he was so easily demonized, made being a free-rider on American power easy for everyone — and Americans paid the price. Obama will not make it so easy.

So to everyone overseas I say: thanks for your applause for our new president. I’m glad you all feel that America “is back.” If you want Obama to succeed, though, don’t just show us the love, show us the money. Show us the troops. Show us the diplomatic effort. Show us the economic partnership. Show us something more than a fresh smile. Because freedom is not free and your excuse for doing less than you could is leaving town in January.

September 15, 2008

ISA arrests, 1 released, reactions and MCA: Malaysiakini

A lot of hooha and angry words were thrown at the government over ISA arrests of the Sin Chew Daily reporter (Tan Hoon Cheng), Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK-Malaysia Today) and YB Teresa Kok (MP Seputeh, ADUN Kinrara). Even poor MCA leaders were scolded (the reporter is Chinese, mah…)

I was also angry until Tan Hoon Cheng was released. Then I found out that I have spent my energy on hot air whilst somebodies did something to get her out.  (sheepish…and a bit malu over my typical over over-reaction. I’m a typical Malaysian, mah. )

The sheepish and malu reaction was due to a friend who sent below to me:

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13/09/2008

Media Statement by MCA Publicity Bureau chief Dato’ Fu Ah Kiow in response to the ISA arrest of Sin Chew reporter, Sdr Tan Hoon Cheng

Fu Ah Kiow : ISA arrest of reporter bears negative image on Malaysia


Along with all Malaysians, I am shocked with the use of ISA to detain reporters.

This is uncalled for and the Malaysian people are very unhappy. Sin Chew’s Tan Hoon Cheng is only a reporter who is carrying out her duties in reporting.

We see no reason to for the use of ISA in this circumstance. Instead, people have also asked – what about the police investigations into Dato’ Ahmad Ismail ?

This action definitely bears a very negative impact on the image of the country in the international scene and the ISA arrest will invariably affect investor confidence and our economy.

We appeal for calm and stability in the country.

Meanwhile, our MCA President is meeting the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to seek for Hoon Cheng’s release.

Dato’ Fu Ah Kiow
MCA Publicity Bureau Chief

Source: MCA website

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Whilst I spent the 13/9 on hot air, these chaps in MCA worked to get our Hoon Cheng out on 14/9.

Tabik, MCA!

For once, I’m happy to have MCA in the government.

Next time, I’ll check out your MCA website before I waste unneccessarily my Yang energy.

Tired… now this banana needs to go back to sleep.

I’ll come back to worry about RPK and Teresa soon.

August 8, 2008

encore! The analysis on MCA that Malaysiakini didn’t have (Part II) bananachinese.wordpress.com

okay, okay, okay…

I didn’t know MCA got so many fans out there wanting the juice on the largest Chinese political party outside China.

For those of you asking for Mary’s telephone number or email contact, I hate to disappoint you… I don’t have lar. I’m not Mary’s keeper and I don’t know her myself lar!

Come to think of it, I’m not sure whether Mary’s a she or a he or a shim? But I hope she/he/shim is not a simian… and chase this banana up the tree heheehee.

But since I am new fan of Mary – she/he/shim? of MCA, I will do the fan’s duty and publish her/his/shim letter in my blog. You all come and peak at me blog from time to time, ok? Self service.

Now, how about a big applause to record your appreciation to bananaC’s kind gesture, please.

For lazy boners, MCA bashers and diehards, here the encore of Mary’s writings:

Unleash your 3rd liners, MCA!

Fish heads blocking MCA’s convalescence

Psssst… Mary, do you have any juice on Chua Soi Lek – I’m curious why he did the naughty thingy, knowing full well he’s bound to be toppled if caught. All politicians in the world toppled by sex never rose again. Hope its not a psychological problem?

April 4, 2008

Can MCA members look up to a fornicator President?

Got to tell you about this dream that I had recently.

I dreamt that I were an MCA member (wearing their uniform!!). Was mingling around with the delegates at MCA’s party election. Apparently we were celebrating a new President… Mr Chua Soi Lek.

Presently, the celebratory Mr Chua Soi Lek came for us, all thankful for our votes. Along the way, he generously hugged and kissed all delegates (men mostly).

The more near his advance towards us, the women retreated and inched backwards and backwards. Because they saw that his clothes began to shed on its own and slowly vapourise into thin air on touching the floor. Then Mr Chua’s lips parted and his mouth started to produce loud sucking noises.

“Aiyeee!!!! He looks just like he’s doing the oral thingy in the sex video!” screamed an aunty member. Hell broke loose and all the women backed around and stampeded down the spiral staircase of MCA HQ.

Myself got all trampled over in the mad rush to save our souls. To add more salt to my injury, I tumbled. Boink, boink, boink down to the last steps.

Poor me opened my eyes after the hard landing and saw a vision… Mr Chua in all his majestic barenakedness looking down at me. Before I can get up on my legs so that I can face him, he started spurting (you know, after a hard on?). All over my face!

Aarrgh..! “I’m a sworn pacifist but this is too much! I’ve gonna punch Mr Chua’s face to pulp for tainting me,” I yelled somewhat violently.

Quickly other members came to drag me away. The last I saw was some members getting down on their knees with bundles of tissues to wipe clean Mr Chua’s member and spurts.

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I woke up flapping my arms and legs like a young chick on the floor. For that terrible sweaty nightmare I was left with also a most painful bump on my forehead to show for the rest of this week.

Hmmmph!

NB: Now you understand why I look askance at Malaysiakini’s interview with Chua Soi Lek.

February 21, 2008

Goodbye, Chan Kong Choy! Welcome back, Chua Soi Lek!

Filed under: Media, news, Parliament, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 10:17 pm

See, an ambitious man’s climb up the MCA ladder can just be terminated. Just like that. Like Chan Kong Choy’s. Breaking news from Malaysiakini

You see, he has spent donkey years climbing up the ladder, became Youth Chief, backed up team B, became Deputy Chief Honcho and Minister of Transport, PKFZ legacy from Mr Ling Liong Sik’s time. No sweat, only politicking ma. But now, pooff… Floored by a simple thing called ‘health’. Goodbye, political career!

On the other side, another ambitious man can climb and climb and climb, and poooff… Floored by a simple thing called ‘sex’. But lookie here… He has returned! In another form… as his son!!!

You see, he has spent donkey years building up his support base in the little kingdom in Labis, became Health minister… also got chance to be MCA President next round. Cannot lah just give up like that. Welcome back, Soi Lek!

Whatever little this General Election has in terms of excitement is now starting to pale in comparison with what the MCA party election can bring later this year.

Whoopie.

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