Political One Upmanship, whatever

3 08 2010

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Amidst the Little and the Big Napoleons of all brands and description, political one-upmanships became prominent. They take various forms. One group or party hitting at another, each showing they are better or less sinful than the other. Hoping that as many members of the public believe them as possible.

There are also those who don’t really bother whether the public believe them or not. They subscribe to the old communist adage: doesn’t matter what or how you say them, so long as you say them often enough, a few will likely believe you. Whatever.

Some were quite lucky – in the heat of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation into Selangor state public expenditure irregularities involving a State Executive Councillor (Exco), a key witness died such that they could blame MACC of responsibility even just as the Police were beginning their investigations and the cause of death is still not yet known until today. They made a hue and cry, got an Inquest going and the corruption investigations suspended. Now another irregularity is exposed, involving tender awards, connected with the use of an Exco letter head. Their opponents of course grabbed the opportunity at one upmanship – see the article bearing such a heading below.

Of course, the party taking that opportunity also has skeletons in the cupboard, as most if not all, political parties do. Their ex-party President was brought to court on charges of cheating the Government last week. Then a prominent member of another political party one-upped the others by pointing out that the entire government of the time was responsible, apparently hoping the public would find him and the party he represents as saintly (his boss is currently facing sodomy charges in court for the second time) – see the subsequent “big fish” article and the one about sleeping soundly, in Bahasa Malaysia.

Then another kind of one-upmanship emerged. Brash, bold, daring and even seditious. A proposal to withdraw discounts on the sale to Bumiputeras of housing units developed in the state of Selangor. Those discounts have been a feature of the New Economic Policy that was derived from Article 153 of the Constitution on the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak. That Special Position is protected under the Sedition Act. It was protested to. The Utusan Malaysia article speaks about the YDP Agong drawing the attention of Malaysians not to touch on racially sensitive issues in this country.

Finally, there is a beautiful article written by a young man hoping for a united citizenry in this country. Some may say he is idealistic but, really, we need to hope for the kind of thinking he expressed to develop in the minds of most Malaysians. How nice if his dreams, hopes and aspirations can materialise. They are our hopes and aspirations in this Kempen SSS website, too.

Let’s talk about all the above, shall we?

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The politics of one-upmanship

By LIM SUE GOAN
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE

It looks like the MCA has found an Achilles heel of the DAP when the scandal involving a Selangor municipal councillor exploded early this week, and it is certain that the MCA will not easily let go of the yummy heel it is now biting.

Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock has been alleged to have misused letterheads of Selangor state executive councillor Ronnie Liu to write letters of support for companies of his friends.

Although Tee has denied the allegation, the MCA is expected to demand the pound of flesh from the fiasco.

In the past, when dealing with scandals involving the Barisan National, the Pakatan Rakyat has always criticises the ruling coalition for covering up.

Now that its own people are involved in a scandal, it is expected that it should launch a transparent and impartial investigation to convince the people.

The DAP must implement the principles of transparency and impartiality. If the Pakatan Rakyat also sweeps the problems under the carpet, then what ethical right has it to criticise the Barisan Nasional?

The Pakatan Rakyat’s small errors have been magnified by the Barisan Nasional component parties to shake the public confidence in the alternative coalition.

If the Pakatan Rakyat is unable to properly deal with the problems, the favourable public opinion of it will be eroded.

The Pakatan Rakyat state governments have been in power for over two years. Although the Chinese support rate is still high, the Pakatan Rakyat should not expect to last if it is unable to perform better and enhance its credibility.

The Pakatan Rakyat cannot continue playing political games like making accusations against the former state governments, dealing with resignation crisis, and wasting its time in internal conflicts. It will eventually lose some valuable supporters who are fed up with its trifling leadership.

Meawhile, is the issue of misusing letterheads of the state exco member more serious than any other frauds involving hundreds of million ringgit? Why are we focusing only on the allegation while many other major fraud cases remain unresolved so far?

This is the current political environment of Malaysia. No matter what the issue is, the first thing to consider is to see whether the issue can be used to attack their political rivals. They must put all the mistakes of their opponents under a microscope while neglecting their own mistakes.

Politicians from both the ruling and opposition parties are having a mindset, namely to keep attacking their political rivals to make the public lose confidence and reduce their support rate so that they can get benefits from there. The more internal conflicts of their political rivals are revealed to the public, the more they are proven to be incapable to rule.

A politician with professional political attitude should treat all fraud cases equally even though if the cases involve his political rivals. Unfortunately, politicians in Malaysia always have double or multiple standards.

It is worrying that when they are unable to solve their own problems, they try to divert the people’s attention by revealing other’s mistakes. Such kind of thinking is actually making comparison to see who is the worst, instead of who can perform better.

Falling into such a political myth will collapse the country.

Another cause for concern is the worsening phenomena of vulgarisation, pan-politicisation and war of words.

In addition to Umno and Malay-language papers, MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek has also asked the party grassroots leaders to be high-profile and reveal the weaknesses of the Pakatan Rakyat. Therefore, we can see all kinds of political statements which simply criticise or attack their political rivals.

Politicians can simply write over 30 statements like that a day in an air-conditioned room and forget about their professionalism and academic researches.

Under such a pan-politicised atmosphere, the government still allows teachers to take an active part in politics. Isn’t the government is creating troubles for itself?

You and I should tell politicians: If you want our votes, please stop vulgarising politics.

Sin Chew Daily

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/42591?tid=12

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Will they finally be able to net the big fish? — Lee Wei Lian
July 29, 2010

Now that former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik has been charged with cheating over the infamous Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project, Malaysians will be watching closely to see if the government is serious about going after the “big fish” behind the troubled transshipment hub project or is it all a show to allay fears that it is sitting on its hands.

They are keenly aware of the string of high profile failures by the government to win their cases against other “big fish” and have become well and truly jaded after seeing scandal after scandal go unpunished, in “crimes without criminals”.

The government has charged quite a few political bigwigs with offences over the past few years but with the AG’s chambers not being able to return with a conviction. Sadly, in many cases the defence was not even called at the close of the prosecution case.

They have also watched in despair as case after case tried by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) fell apart with sometimes the case not even going to trial due to “lack of evidence”.

Nevertheless, all judgment should be withheld until the prosecution presents its case against Tun Dr Ling. Perhaps this time it will be different.

With this believed to be the first time that a person holding the title of Tun is being charged and with a high powered prosecution team led by the attorney general himself, the public will be waiting with bated breath to see what kind of evidence will be presented.

The political implications of the case are also considerable. The charge comes as a yet another blow to MCA, whose image is already in tatters among the Chinese community.

It is certainly unwelcome news to its party president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek and could put the party further on the defensive.

However, if the case is put together properly, it could send a powerful message that the Najib administration is willing to really go after even those at the top of the food chain. It would send a message to VVIPs that even they are not immune to prosecution and could help restore some of the public’s faith in the government.

The risk is that if the case falters, it will be another excuse for the public to bash his administration’s commitment to reform.

The question now is whether other big names that have been linked with the PKFZ scandal will be charged by the government including former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and Barisan Nasional backbencher’s club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing who controls PKFZ turn-key contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd.

The charges against Tun Dr Ling also raises the possibility of the Mahathir administration, or even the former prime minister himself being dragged back into the limelight as it was his cabinet that green lighted the scandal hit project.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/will-they-finally-be-able-to-net-the-big-fish-lee-wei-lian/

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Tun Ling boleh tidur selesa — Zaid Ibrahim
August 01, 2010

Bila saya baca pertuduhan terhadap Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik bahawa dia telah menipu Kabinet mengenai harga tanah dari Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd untuk projek PKFZ, saya tidak tahu sama ada patut menangis atau ketawa.

Ini mungkin kali pertama di dunia di mana seorang bekas menteri — seorang individu yang berjawatan tinggi di dalam pentadbiran kerajaan — telah dikenakan tuduhan sedemikian. Tetapi di Malaysia, semua boleh.

Mengikut pertuduhan, tanah seluas 1,000 ekar itu bernilai RM25 satu kaki persegi. Tetapi pendakwa akan membuktikan yang Tun Ling tidak memberitahu Kabinet Malaysia bahawa harga itu termasuklah kadar faedah sebanyak 7.5 peratus setiap tahun untuk tempoh pembayaran ansuran selama 15 tahun berdasarkan kaedah deferred payment (bayaran tertangguh).

Kononnya, Tun Ling telah menipu Kabinet, kerana perjanjian yang telah difahamkan adalah bahawa RM25 skp itu termasuklah faedah yang dikenakan. Namun, Ling telah meminta kelulusan Kabinet untuk membeli tanah itu pada kadar RM25 skp DAN juga membayar faedah 7.5 peratus yang dipersetujui.

Sebenarnya, Tun Ling tahu bagaimana mengatasi pertuduhan ini dengan mudah sekali. Sebab itulah dia nampak tersenyum dan relaks sahaja.

Saya berasa sedih kerana skandal melibatkan wang rakyat ribu juta ini dimain-mainkan oleh kerajaan.

Saya ingin menujukan beberapa soalan mudah untuk Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Mereka menteri yang senior, dan malah, Najib berpangkat timbalan menteri pada masa itu.

Jadi, jawab lah.

Pertama: Projek ini diluluskan di bawah pentadbiran Tun Mahathir pada tahun 2002 atas kepercayaan yang ianya boleh untung besar tanpa duit kerajaan (self financing) dan tidak memerlukan perbelanjaan Kerajaan. Senario yang kini wujud adalah satu bebanan kepada rakyat yang dianggarkan mencecah RM12 ribu juta – bagaimanakah situasi sebegini berlaku?

Kedua: Kabinet pada awalnya meminta tanah 1,000 ekar itu diambil alih melalui Akta Pengambilan Tanah 1960 pada kos RM10.16 skp. Adakah patut tanah itu dibeli dengan harga RM25 skp jauh dari harga pasaran, termasuklah caveat dan cagaran?

Ketiga: Surat Sokongan (letters of support) oleh Tun Ling dan bekas timbalan presiden MCA Chan Kong Choy untuk kontraktor KDSB yang dikeluarkan tanpa kebenaran ataupun kelulusan Kementerian Kewangan. Bahkan Peguam Negara juga tidak terlepas butiran ini. Mengapakah Kabinet telah memberi kelulusan secara retrospektif terhadap perkara ini dan meluluskan kos dan perbelanjaan projek tersebut yang kini melambung kepada RM4.6 ribu juta?

Kalaulah sudah dihalalkan segala kepincangan, legal violations, cost overruns dan memberikan kelulusan untuk projek tersebut, mengapakah harga sebenar tanah tersebut masih tidak diketahui?

Mustahil Kabinet tidak tahu yang pembayaran tanah itu adalah secara beransur (deferred payment) selama 15 tahun. Takkan menteri-menteri yang pintar tak sedar bahawa bila ada deferred payment, faedah tentu akan dikenakan?

Mustahil harga tanah sebenar tidak boleh dinilai, dan mustahil laporan Valuation Department tidak dikembarkan dalam Kertas Kabinet PKFZ!

Pada pendapat saya, Tun Ling boleh tidur selesa dan tidak perlu kecewa walaupun Chan Kong Choy tidak dituduh.

Tun Ling pun tidak sihat, jadi mesti banyak berehat; tetapi peguam peguam beliau sudah tentu bersedia.

Agaknya, ini akan jadi seperti kes Perwaja lagi wahai rakyat! — zaiduntukrakyat.com

* Datuk Zaid Ibrahim ialah mantan Menteri di Kabinet Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan kini Ketua PKR Kuala Lumpur.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the newspaper. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/tun-ling-boleh-tidur-selesa-zaid-ibrahim/

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Mansuh diskaun pembelian rumah menghakis hak Bumiputera — Awang Selamat
July 28, 2010

Gesaan Penasihat Ekonomi DAP, Tony Pua supaya diskaun Bumiputera bagi pembelian hartanah komersial dan rumah mewah di Selangor dimansuhkan adalah satu lagi percubaan menghakis hak Bumiputera.

Justeru, Awang tidak terkejut apabila soal tersebut terpacul daripada mulut seorang pemimpin DAP.

Anehnya, Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim boleh menganggapnya sebagai rasional. Apa motifnya? Awang cuba merasionalkannya dalam konteks pembentukan kerajaan negeri DAP-PKR-PAS. Lantas beliau menyambut baik cadangan itu.

Pemuda PAS Selangor pula membantah dengan menyifatkannya sebagai cadangan tergesa-gesa serta boleh mengancam kepentingan Bumiputera.

Itulah kecelaruan dalam kerajaan gabungan tiga parti yang semua tahu pada dasarnya tidak pernah sehaluan, sekadar di permukaan. Mereka gagal menyembunyikan ketidaksepakatan tersebut.

Apa yang pasti, langkah DAP itu suatu usaha untuk mengubah kesepakatan awal sesama kaum utama di negara ini tentang hak-hak yang perlu dihormati. Soal hak-hak yang dinikmati oleh Bumiputera tidak boleh diubah atas alasan mencari rasional semata-mata.

Jangan mudah kita melupakan sejarah bagaimana kita semua bermula. DAP pula jangan mengalihkan sejarah. — Utusan Malaysia

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/mansuh-diskaun-pembelian-rumah-menghakis-hak-bumiputera-awang-selamat/

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Semua pihak perlu hormati sensitiviti kaum-kaum lain — Utusan Malaysa
August 02, 2010

Malaysia berada dalam situasi bahaya jika isu-isu melibatkan sensitiviti sesuatu kaum terus dipersoalkan.

Malah untuk sekian kalinya Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mengingatkan lagi kepada semua pihak supaya jangan menyentuh soal sensitiviti kaum di negara ini.

Nampaknya segelintir pemimpin politik tidak mahu mendengar titah baginda. Apakah titah perintah Yang di-Pertuan Agong supaya rakyat mesti sentiasa menjaga sensitiviti kaum itu sukar dilakukan?

Rasanya cukup mudah. Sebelum mengeluarkan pandangan, fikir baik dan buruknya kepada kaum-kaum lain. Jangan ikut sedap mulut sahaja.

Selama lebih 50 tahun merdeka, perkara sensitif ini yang dijaga dan tidak dipersoalkan secara terang-terangan.

Malah, isu-isu sensitif yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan dijadikan sempadan oleh semua kaum agar perpaduan antara mereka dapat dipertahankan.

Tetapi kini seorang demi seorang pemimpin bukan Melayu yang mempersoal hak istimewa orang Melayu dan bumiputera sehingga menimbulkan kemarahan dan rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan kaum ini.

Terbaru cadangan Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua kepada kerajaan Selangor agar memansuhkan dasar pemberian diskaun kepada bumiputera bagi pemilikan hartanah komersial dan rumah mewah di negeri itu.

Cadangan pemansuhan diskaun bumiputera jika dilihat secara tersirat adalah usaha berterusan pihak cauvinis kaum itu untuk melemahkan keyakinan rakyat kepada prinsip yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan dan keharmonian kaum yang telah dibina sejak sekian lama.

Bukan pihak berkenaan tidak tahu bahawa perkara berkaitan hak istimewa Melayu telah tercatat dengan jelas dalam Perlembagaan dan tidak perlu dikupas. Dan ini adalah antara formula kepada perpaduan dan keharmonian agama dan kaum selama ini.

Jadi masyarakat di negara ini perlu menghormati prinsip yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Malah kaum bukan bumiputera pun tidak pernah rugi selama ini sejak dasar-dasar membantu bumiputera dilaksanakan.

Malah Perdana Menteri pun akui dasar itu tidak mungkin akan kekal selama-lamanya tetapi pada masa ini, penghapusan diskaun itu belum sesuai dilaksanakan.

Jadi, elok parti-parti politik diingatkan selalu agar jangan cuba bertindak melampaui batas. Kita tidak mahu kerana ghairah berpolitik sehingga ia boleh menimbulkan kesan buruk kepada keharmonian kaum dan agama di negara ini.

Apa yang dititahkan oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong ada benarnya. Kita juga bimbang jika cara politik melampaui batas itu diteruskan parti-parti terbabit, ia akan menghancurkan keharmonian dan pembangunan yang dicipta sejak berpuluh tahun lalu.

Oleh itu, Kementerian Dalam Negeri perlu melakukan sesuatu dalam memelihara keharmonian kaum. Tanpa kita sedari perbuatan mempersoal hak bumiputera hanya akan mendedahkan Malaysia kepada risiko keselamatan yang mungkin berakhir dengan tragedi yang tidak diingini.

Ingatlah, dalam politik pun ada had dan batasan dan bukan semuanya boleh dipolitikkan.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/semua-pihak-perlu-hormati-sensitiviti-kaum-kaum-lain-utusan-malaysa/

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United citizens of Malaysia
July 14, 2009
JULY 14 — Everyone seems to be talking about 1 Malaysia recently. Great, another agenda pushing towards national unity.

Haven’t we all heard of this many times? If you know me well enough, I am highly sarcastic, but not this time around. Seriously, I love the concept and we really need to strive for national unity, building Malaysia together as Malaysians.

It is a long and complicated process but thank god the broadcast media makes it less complex. For example, the National Service advertisement. We have the Malay family, Chinese family and Indian family. Cliché? Maybe! Hey, at least we get to see all the races “united”.

At the grassroots level, you and me, it is more than just putting different faces on the screen. Unfortunately, we don’t have a screen. What we have are everyday life experiences.

We need to communicate with one another; we need a lot of interaction. Is united about being friends with different races even though we still stereotype one another like who’s the lazy one? Or is it about seeing one another that transcends racial and national identity and we are united for a common bond, say pop culture?

When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announces the concept of 1 Malaysia, it reminds me of a funny incident that happened when I was in university. My friend was driving along the highway and her car got hit. Guess who hit her? It was a Malay driver. Usually, we will be bashing the opposite gender for not being a good driver, but it was the race that caught my friend’s attention. “Eh, my car was hit. The driver was Malay and you know…,” says my friend.

I was curious to know the rest of the story. Was she alright? Was the car alright? But I was just as much curious to know why she had to mention the race of the driver. Will the race of the driver make a big difference to the story of her car being hit? What if she was hit by a Chinese? Or an Indian? Does she have to mention the race, too?

I stopped her before she could continue the story asking her why she had to mention the ‘Malay’ bit. She soon realised that I am Malay and apologised. Her intention was for me to imagine how the driver looked like. I had a little argument with her but she told me that it is perfectly alright to mention the name of the race. Even her friend agreed with her.

I was offended when she said the Malay bit. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I like to view people as unique individuals, and break away from any form of labelling. I tend to avoid stereotypes when necessary. Don’t get me wrong.

I am also just as offended when some of my friends have to mention that so and so is Chinese or so and so is Indian in the middle of a conversation, even if I don’t even need to know their race. I mean, if it is really necessary to mention the race then it is fine.

For example, if a bunch of friends are going for “Indian food,” then we can imagine being served with curries, samosa, bariyani and dhall. There is nothing wrong with that.

On the other hand, there are some people who like to say, “You know, my friend Janet… she’s Chinese lah…bla bla bla bla…”What is the ‘Chinese’ suppose to refer to? Okay, so what if Janet is Chinese? Does she hold any special traits if she is Chinese? Same goes if he/she is Malay? Indian?

At one level, there is perfectly nothing wrong to be associated with a particular race. I am proud of being Malay. I am proud of my culture and heritage. Same goes with my friends who are proud with being Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, etc. That is what makes us unique.

At another level, it invites both positive and negative stereotyping. Once you start labeling people from a certain race, you tend to agree with the stereotypes created by society. That is when racism comes in. We tend to separate ourselves if we believe these labeling to be true. When we are separated, we will never be united.

When can we ever let go of our racial identities and stereotypes and stand together as one? I see my friends beyond their racial identity. I see Kenneth not as a Chinese, but as a good friend that I can talk about life and eat Secret Recipe on weekends. I can talk to Kavita, who is based in Australia now, about anything on GTalk, especially when it is related to baked cheese and chocolates.

I know I am far from an expert in this field. I cannot provide solutions. Even as I write this piece, I am bombarded with even more questions for all of us to think about? Do we feel more secure with people of our own ‘skin’? Are we creating a binary between our self and the other? Is stereotyping the easy way out?

My ultimate goal is to see a truly united Malaysia. Not just a marketing and publicity tool to be used for television commercials worldwide on how ‘united’ we are. I want our friendship to be sealed by a common bond that transcends race.

I also do not want us to be united by force as well. I do not want Michael to be friends with Ali because Michael does not have any Malay friends and since we are striving for a united Malaysia, Ali fits the bill. It’s a gradual process and it takes time.

You can be whoever you want in your private space, but at a public space, such as school or office, it is only appropriate that we are united, think our self as Malaysians. I am glad to see fellow Malaysians embracing this national unity concept. But for the rest, if not now, then when?

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/United-citizens-of-Malaysia/


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3 08 2010
Abu

Ini sudah melampau. Mahu menghakis, mengikis hak Melayu / Bumiputera. Nyata perkara diskaun beli rumah pemajuan bahru sudah menjadi hak Melayu / Bumiputera. Dia sudah pakai hak kerakyatannya. Nenek moyang dia sudah setuju dan akui Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu dalam Perlembagaan, yang jadi balasan kapada hak kerakyatan dia. DEB timbul dari Hak Istimewa Melayu. Dia keterlaluan yang amat sangat.

Ini Tony Pua mesti diberi amaran khas dan keras. Jangan lagi menyentuh hak Melayu. Kaum Cina sudah kaya raya, menguasai ekonomi negara. Melayu jauh ketinggalan dibelakang. Bahru mula ramai dapat mengumpul harta (wealth acquisition) sejak mula DEB ditahun 1970. Nyata busuk hati, chauvinis dan mahu menimbulkan rasa benci orang Melayu kapada kamu dan gerombolan kamu.

Kalau sicokia ini tidak pedulikan amaran, Polis perlu mengheret dia kebalai dan dakwa dia dibawah Akta Hasutan. Hak Istimewa Melayu dilindung dibawah Akta itu. YDP Agong sudah beri pesan jangan menyentuh hal hal sensitif.

4 08 2010
SSS Admin

Abu,

Inilah contoh mereka yang menganut konsep subversif yang dipanggil “Malaysian Malaysia”, yang subversif kapada Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu dan Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak diPerkara 153 Perlembagaan. Mereka mahukan sama rata dengan langsung tidak memepedulikan bahawa nenek moyang mereka sudah mempersetujui Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu dll itu dimaktubkan didalam Perlembagaan sebagai balasan kapada nenek moyang Melayu menyetujui mereka diberi kerakyatan dinegara ini. Inilah yang dipanggil mereka yang tidak tahu berterima kasih atau “ungrateful”.

Lebih dari tidak berterima kasih, mereka tidak mahu terima hal perlunya jurang perbezaan ekonomi dan kepakaran diantara majoriti Melayu dan kaum Cina dirapatkan ketahap yang berpatutan supaya kurang perasaan cemburu, iri hati dan sungutan dan timbul semangat bersama dan bersatu padu. Kaum mereka sudah begitu maju sehingga menguasai ekonomi dan memenuhi jawatan professional dinegara. Ini jenis mereka yang mahukan lebih, lebih dan lebih, tidak kira apa. Bila mereka menang banyak diPilihan Raya 1969, mereka berarak dengan ghairah dan sombong angkuh serta berkelakuan menyakitkan hati sehingga tercetus pergaduhan kaum.

Mereka masih tidak pedulikan sama ada tingkah laku mereka mendatangkan rasa marah kaum lain. Mereka tidak bertanggung jawab dan perlu dinyahkan dari apa apa jawatan sebagai wakil rakyat. Jangan undi mereka lagi. Rosak negara jika mereka dibenarkan mencoba mengikis hak kaum lain dan memain politik rasis. Diskaun perumahan itu memang sudah menjadi hak orang Melayu dan lain lain Bumiputera sejak dimulakan berabad yang lalu.

3 08 2010
abda

Is this Pua doing upmanship or diverting attention or DAP panic and wanting publicity by raising sensitive issue.

The cowhead issue has gone but now the letterhead issue makes them kelang kabut. NSTimes says DAP Exco Ronnie Liu lodged a police report asking for immediate investigation on “the use of unsanctioned letters of support with his letterhead, seal and forged signatures”. Tee, who used to be his Special Assistant and now accused of misusing Liu’s letterhead, made a separate Police Report counter-accusing Liu of instructing him to prepare and sign the letters of support on Liu’s behalf.

Hope nobody falls from a tall building again.

4 08 2010
SSS Admin

abda,

Wanting publicity they definitely do. To the extent that “Sir Wong”, the Deputy Publicity Chief in Sabah, doctored his photograph to show that he was conferred the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth. Terrible kind of fellows.

But this Tony Pua is more than wanting publicity. He wants to erode Bumiputera rights. As stated in one earlier comment, the Bumiputera discount on purchase of houses on new housing developments has become a Bumiputera right for decades. That discount was instituted under the New Economic Policy, started by State government economic development agencies. That NEP was derived from the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak. The rationale for the NEP has been explained time and again.

This Tony Pua is being mischievous in proposing the discount be done away with. He angers the Malays and the other Bumiputeras. He is being seditious because Malay rights under the Special Position are protected under the Sedition Act. He should be hauled in by the authorities and charged under that Act. This is more than just one upmanship. It is damned outright seditious.

3 08 2010
Vincent

Are these pre-snap election scenario? Big fish Ling Liong Sik charged in court that pleases anti-corruption voters, PKR big fish in court daily sodomy news that please the conservative Malay voters, DAP facing one investigation after another that may make them look like crooks to the non-Malay voters?

5 08 2010
SSS Admin

Vincent,

There are those who say general elections are around the corner, there are others who say BN is simply not yet ready to face one, including the MCA President not long after the PKR Hulu Selangor debacle (in terms of MCA support). They were embroiled in a leadership squabble for one and a half years and the wounds were clearly still seen at PKR Hulu Selangor. BN may not expect much from MCA in terms of crowd pulling though they are scoring big with one upmanship over the DAP quagmire in Selangor now. The Teoh BH and the Tee BH cases may lead to other scandals surfacing from the DAP closely guarded shit tank.

It is uncertain whether Dato Seri Najib has somewhat placated UMNO members and supporters, especially those who had attended Perkasa, Gertak and Melayu Bangkit rallies. The over 100 Malay NGOs voicing concern over Najib’s economic and other policies may have increased in number. The young may be indifferent towards Malay rights and interests, not having experienced the dismal economic and educational conditions of yesteryears. But many among the older generation themselves experienced or heard first hand accounts from their parents and relatives about hardships going to school in the kampongs or “jual kueh or goreng pisang ditepi jalan”. They have seen how NEP helped them, know the justification and the rationale for the NEP and ask, if they had benefitted, why can’t others after them and after them benefit as well. After all, the citizenship right enjoyed by the non-Malays is permanent and the Malays have achieved only 18% corporate wealth. Remember that due to better health facilities and education, the number of pensioners and retirees have been swelling the ranks of registered voters all these years. One wonders whether Najib himself is ready to face his own (non-overseas educated) generation and the slightly older generation among the electorate.

The traditional DAP voters are the so-called “Malaysian Malaysia” crowd out to do away with Malay rights and privileges as their election manifesto was said to have stated some time back. Right now Tony Pua is still on that agenda and is being called racist and ungrateful here and there. The idea of changing the subversive Malaysian Malaysia slogan (subversive to Malay Special Position) to so-called “Middle Malaysia” was met with a lot of boos, including those who gave them the Middle Finger instead. Perhaps it was out of a realisation that the Lee Kuan Yew slogan has been hated and detested by mainstream Malaysiana. YDP Agong has even called on the citizenry not to raise sensitive issues. Yet the Tony Pua erase-Bumiputera-discount attempted new slogan appears to suggest either he is dumb or does not realise that he is being seditious and can lead to racial troubles or that he thinks general elections are many moons away and he can afford to annoy the Malay voters many of whom had gone to PR out of disgust with the past flip flopping, auto piloting and sleepy administration, not really out of love for them.

3 08 2010
Kumar

Vulgarising politics? Has he not heard that politics is dirty. Who started vulgarising politics in this country anyway?

5 08 2010
SSS Admin

Kumar,

Politics is not dirty. It’s politicians who are. Since the dawn of history when human beings organised themselves into political groupings, the art of persuasion and enticing support gave way to crude offers of benefits and cash (including to Chinese schools), arm-twisting, threats and blackmail, suing and counter-suing, mud slinging (more than one upmanship), racist utterances and doings, and even murders. The shooting of a political opponent to death in Gemas long ago dirtied the Malaysian political record. God knows and perhaps the Police will know the motive behind the death of the ex-Wakil Rakyat and his female Personal Assistant shot in the head on the highway near Sungai Buluh two days ago.

Looking for who started vulgarising politics in this country is like looking for who started farting in public, loudly or silently. And the silent farts can be the smellier ones. Excuse us for the early morning dose of farts but this country has been smelly with the weakening of the moral fibre of our society, some blaming it on globalisation, others on the flip flopping, auto piloting and sleepy administration which appeared to have allowed people to say and/ or do almost anything they like. Corruption, seditious statements and the like, to the extent that racial polarisation has been increasing for many years now. We need to try and do anything we can to lessen the racial polarisation and bring the races together for long term peace and harmony. We plug on the single stream schooling or Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) proposal to try and achieve that through the young at school.

4 08 2010
dinturtle

Salam Tuan Admin,

” When can we ever let go of our racial identities and stereotypes and stand together as one? ”

When can we start 1school ? 1Language ?

6 08 2010
SSS Admin

dinturtle,

Because our politics have been developing along racial lines, political parties allowed to be rigistered on the basis of race since British colonial times, it is extremely difficult to see the development of politics on the basis of a bangsa Malaysia. Tengku Razaleigh and others have spoken for direct membership to the Barisan Nasional but there does not appear to be much response to it. Political parties that claim to be multi-racial now are very much pursuing the racial agenda.

We at Kempen SSS have been promoting the concept of Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) for the creation of a united and cohesive Bangsa Malaysia through the young at schools, others have spoken for single-stream schooling in the newspapers, radio, tv and blogosphere, until it ws raised and discussed in Parliament. Dato Seri Najib said single-stream schooling would be implemented when the rakyat wants it but refuse to say the method of determining whether the rakyat wants it now or not despite our suggestion on the use of referendum as the best and safest method. He went about visiting one Chinese school after another, had dinner at one of them, announced that Chinese schools can continue, gave cash to Chinese schools at PRK Kuala Trengganu, PRK Hulu Selangor and PRK Sibu.

Najib was trying to get the PRU12 run-away Chinese votes but it should be clear to him now that placating those Chinese by supporting Chinese schools, liberalising the economy, at first being silent on placing the objectives of the New Economic Policy in his New Economic Model, proposing Equal Opportunities Commission and other vote-catching attempts – all those were not favourably responded to by the Chinese. It even came to a pathetic situation – RM3 million cash was promised to a Chinese school in Rasa but the Chinese residents in the area continued to vote the opposition and yet he honoured his promise by writing out a cheque for them after the PRK.

Hopefully Najib has realised that placating the Chinese to the extent of the Malays rallying under Perkasa, Gertak, Melayu Bangkit and over 100 Malay NGOs will not serve his purpose and start thinking of other ways of getting votes. The Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak constitute nearly 70% of the population and he should concentrate on getting their votes and winning their hearts and minds. Starting 1School and 1Language would win a lot of their hearts and minds.

4 08 2010
Sayong

Bagi deme yang korap tu, Tuan. Kasi deme sebiji dua sampai masuk jel. Masukkan jel, jangan tak masuk. Deme nak hidup mewah, lintah hisap darah masyarakat.

Teman mahu sorak aje. Dengor khabor ada lagi yang nak kena heret kemahkamah. Kalau terus begini teman nak suruh orang kampong teman undi Dato Seri Najib. Nakkan ikan yang besor besor le.

6 08 2010
SSS Admin

Sayong,

Pasukan pendakwa kali ini diberitakan diketuai pegawai yang tertinggi – Peguam Negara sendiri. Tetapi selepas seorang setaf Menteri diJabatan Perdana Menteri lepas tidak kena hukuman penjara dikes tidak lama dahulu, kita sekarang tidak dapat menganggar berapa banyak dan berapa kuat bukti akan dikeluarkan dan berapa hebatnya hujah-hujah barisan pendakwa dimahkamah didalam kes Tun Ling Liong Sik.

Benar, Hakim diMalaysia dianggap bebas walau pun bertubi-tubi Yahudi angkatan Anwar Ibrahim menuduh sebaliknya. Tetapi menang kes bukan sahaja berdasarkan bukti dan hujah-hujah dimahkamah, tetapi juga termasuk persediaan diluar mahkamah, termasuk langkah-langkah menentukan saksi-sakksi tidak dipengaruhi sesiapa sehingga alih-alih memandang tadah kelain bila diso’al periksa dimahkamah. Benar, susah mengawal saksi saksi yang bebas sebagai rakyat biasa tetapi Peguam Negara ada berbagai kuasa keatas pihak Polis dan pengaruh ketas pihak pihak lain. Kes “ikan besar” mesti diberi sepenuh perhatian didalam dan diluar mahkamah supaya tuduhan yang dikenakan akan lekat hingga ke penjara.

4 08 2010
azmi

Zaid Ibrahim is a lawyer and should know what he is talking about on legal matters. But now he is making accusations based mainly on “impossibilities” – impossible that the cabinet did not know deferred payment terms, impossible the actual land value could not be assessed, and impossible the Valuation Department report was not attached to the PKFZ Cabinet Paper.

The Abdullah Badawi Cabinet he was part of must have been fantastic and he must have been the hero, know-all Minister at that time. Yet it was called a flip-flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy Cabinet. Oh, I forgot – he left because the Cabinet was flip-flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy!

He must be assuming that DS Najib, TS Gani Petail & Co are dumb in preferring the charges against Ling Liong Sik if not much chances of making them stick.

6 08 2010
SSS Admin

azmi,

Zaid Ibrahim is a lawyer and his application to declare the Hulu Selangor by-election result as null and void was taken up by experienced lawyers yet it was struck off by the Court. No doubt he has recourse up to the the highest court of the land, the point is that there are always at least two sides to any issue and that’s why there is the profession called lawyers whose job is to argue as much as possible and to the best of their ability.

The prosecution must have been aware of the arguments Zaid brought out in the article we published above. There may have been a lapse of judgment that led to the withdrawal of a member of the team prosecuting Anwar Ibrahim, alleged to have an affair with Anwar’s accuser. Let us hope that the AG has begun to carry out a clean-up exercise in his department, weeding out those who disregard such things as Judges sometimes recuse themselves and so should responsible and conscientious prosecuters. Hopefully such Officers are not assigned even to assist in office-work preparation of arguments and research on the Ling Lion Sik case as clearly a non-conscientious Officer is a non-responsible and poor-thinking one.

It would be very sad if Ling Liong Sik wins the case at the first round and the AG and his team must try their utmost to get the evidence lined up and properly argued, anticipating each and evry counter-argument and tactic used by the opponents, and Zaid’s “impossibilities” can be taken as pointers in that direction.

The AG must win this case right up to the highest court. The fact that the accused can put up RM 1 million bail shows he can fight till the end. A lot is riding on this case. The need to show that a big fish can be landed in prison after a long, long time. The need to tell the corrupt others that they are in line, and intending-to-be corrupt fellows not to do it. It’d be a big shame if the accused walks away free and voters will think Najib is not serious with fighting corruption. Many in the electorate do not understand the process of law and the opposition is not likely to want to help explain it. Voters will give Najib full marks if Liong Sik goes to prison. The opposition cannot then say, I told you so.

5 08 2010
Abra

Ini Tony Pua memang laknat punya orang….. Dia RASIS yang besar …….. sebab dia mahu korek Melayu punya hak ……… kita minta dia lucut dia punya kerakyatan …… sebab kerakyatan dia ialah balasan bagi hak istimewa Melayu ………. dia tak hormatkan kita, kita tak hormatkan dia ……. kita anggap dia sebagai pendatang tak tahu berterima kasih ………. jangan diundi lagi orang macam dia m…..

7 08 2010
SSS Admin

Abra,

Sebenarnya Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu bukan pun balasan bagi hak kerakyatan yang bukan Melayu dapat. Kedudukan itu telah ada sediakala “from day one”, seperti dikatakan Menteri Penjahajan British diParlimen mereka bila mendebatkan Kemerdekaan Malaya dalam tahun 50an. Dia menyatakan bahawa British sendiri telah meghormatinya sejak mula berhubung dengan negara ini dizaman Ratu Victoria mereka. Yang Melayu dapat hanya hal itu dirakamkan kedalam Perlembagaan negara apabila Merdeka. Masakan bukan Melayu dapat hak kerakyatan dirakamkan kedalam Perlembagaan juga.

Maka patut benarlah bukan Melayu berterima kasih kerana Melayu telah menyetujui hak kerakyatannya. Dengan keluar cadangan rasis coba mengikis hak Melayu saperti dari Tony Pua itu, telah timbul Melayu menyo’al hak kerakyatan mereka. Ada yang mengatakan bahawa jika mereka mahukan hak Melayu diketepikan, mereka harus menyerah balik hak kerakyatan mereka. Ini nampaknya berpatutan. Oleh itu perlulah kita selalu memperingatkan mereka seperti Tony Pua ini jangan melampau, jangan ultra kiasu, jngan rasis mahu mengikis hak dan Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu. Buruk padahnya jika berterusan.

5 08 2010
Abra

Khalid Ibrahim cakap Tony Pua rasional? ……… dia gagap cakap punya orang ………. dia gagap otak juga ke? ………. sorila cakap personal punya hal ………. tapi dia sokong orang nak kikis hak Melayu tak personal pada Melayu ke?……..

7 08 2010
SSS Admin

Abra,

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim mahu mempertahankan orang dari parti Pakatan Rakyat. So’alnya adakah pendiriannya munasabah. Tony Pua mencadangakn sesuatu kearah mengikis hak Melayu dan Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu. Diskaun perumahan untuk Bumiputera memang sudah berpuluh tahun diamalkan dan sudah menjadi hak Melayu.

Diskaun perumahan itu dimulakan dibawah Dasar Ekonomi Bahru yang digubal berdasarkan Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu. Kedudukan Istimewa itu dilindung dibawah Akta Hasutan. Maka cadangan Tony Pua adalah salah dibawah Akta Hasutan. Dengan itu, tidak bijaklah, malahan salah besar, bagi Khalid Ibrahim jika dia mengatakan tindakan Tony Pua itu rasional.

5 08 2010
Zia

Nice to read the guy say

“I also do not want us to be united by force as well …. It’s a gradual process and it takes time …. You can be whoever you want in your private space, but at a public space, such as school or office, it is only appropriate that we are united, think our self as Malaysians. I am glad to see fellow Malaysians embracing this national unity concept. But for the rest, if not now, then when?”

Yes, when? Maybe more important is how?

7 08 2010
SSS Admin

Zia,

When is 53 years ago when we became independent and non-Malays got citizenship. It certainly is now because racial polarisation has been on the increase for some time already. It is good to hear young people talk and ask questions like those. Hopefully more and more would be expressing feelings for national unity like the writer.

How is the bigger question. It certainly is not just by saying I love Malaysia or by paying tax. It has to be in the heart, being reasonable, give and take, respecting the Constitution fully. When fully respecting the Constitution one would have no problem in accepting Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language because it is written as Article 152. When fully accepting the Constitution one would have no problem in recognising the Malay Special Position because it is written as Article 153. The New Economic Policy is consequential upon the Malay Special Position and should also pose no problem to all Constitution-respecting Malaysians to accept it. After all the rationale for the NEP has been fully and clearly explained – in terms of bridging the economic and educational gap between the majority Malays and the 23% Chinese.

5 08 2010
Yeop

Selangor Umno Youth Information Chief lodged a report at the Ampang Jaya district police station saying Pua’s suggestion on removing Bumi discounts was insensitive and provocative in nature.

But the arrogant Pua had the cheek to say the move signified Umno’s incapacity to reform, according to Free Malaysia Today. Very sombong and angkuh fellow. Is this the kind we want in this country?

8 08 2010
SSS Admin

Yeop,

Perhaps if the report had stated that the proposal was seditious under the Sedition Act, the Police would have been obliged to investigate the matter directly under the Sedition Act. That Act protects the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak under Article 153 of the Constitution. The Bumiputera housing discount has been started by Government housing development agencies under The New Economic Policy and that policy was promulgated under the Special Position Article 153. It has become a Malay right and it is seditious to propose the discarding of a Malay right derived from the Special Position.

Saying it “signified UMNO’s incapacity to reform” in that context adds further to the seditious nature of the man’s statements. They cause anger and disaffection among the Malays to the extent that several Police reports were said to have been made and the Police should investigate the man from the sedition angle. A Parliamentary seat does not entitle the man to say whatever he likes without due regard for the sensitivities of others in a multi-racial country like ours and without cognizance of the Sedition Act which was passed by the very Parliament he is a member of.

Members of Parliament have to act responsibly. No doubt, even the Sultan of Perak had not long ago called for decorum and decency among the not yang berhormat Yang Berhormats, including the one who stood up on a table shouting to his opponents in the august debating chamber. Weak governance like that under the flip flopping, auto piloting and sleepy past administration had led to such people being elected and the electorate needs to be very selective to avoid the likes of them in the future.

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