Signs of the Times .. Chaos and Uncertainties .. What Went Wrong … The MCA Situation

18 10 2010

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Chaotic, says the Sin Chew Daily writer. Uncertainties, says the Mysinchew.com writer. The Chinese now have less confidence in the MCA, says the Utusan Malaysia writer. What went wrong, asked the recently vanquished former MCA leader. No more business as usual, says the victorious current MCA leader. He won depite an illicit sex video of him widely circulated not long before the party elections.

How come? Some answers can be found in the article written by Dato Seri Ong Tee Kiat, the former MCA leader. The following quotes are interesting:

“Party insiders had been overly engrossed in .. fund-raising programmes .. Instead of explaining or justifying the policies, many may sing in the chorus along with the critics of policies within the community. After all, the party network hardly furnishes them with much information on the subject .. Many grassroots leaders surviving on the administration’s political resources .. found .. all revenue life-lines severed. This had made them fall easy prey to certain party leaders who pandered to money politics.

“.. grassroots leaders, particularly party delegates who would exercise their voting rights in the party election, on the payroll of aspiring party leaders who are set to wrest control of the party leadership ..
The personal pay cheques are sufficient to convert them overnight into local lieutenants merely serving the interests of their paymasters in the party .. serving the party and the people would no longer appear on their radar screen.

“.. becoming intensely self-interest driven in the current context .. To the young generation “value-driven” or “mission-driven” partisan politics is likely to sink into .. oblivion in no time.”

The Utusan Malaysia article says that the MCA is short of time. Dato Seri Najib has asked them to deliver. Can they?

Who says only UMNO has been involved in money politics? Attempts to make money from politics and use money for gaining or maintaining power occur in practically every party. Former MCA leader Tun Ling Liong Sik was charged in court in connection with the financial scandal over the huge Port Klang Free Zone project. The current MCA Youth leader Wee Ka Siong is allegedly also implicated in the affair. Selangor State Executive Counciller Ronnie Liu is said to be the “fund raiser” in the DAP.

And the quote from the Sin Chew Daily article is “The PKR is in turmoil, the DAP faces some internal infightings while Gerakan is submerged in a drastic crisis of confidence in its leadership”. UMNO and the rest have been covered in other writings. So, all is not well in Malaysia today. The signs of the times.

The articles referred to above are reproduced below. Let’s talk about them. Our views are given as replies to comments readers make.

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Nation mired in political uncertainties

By LIM MUN FAH
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE

There is only one word to describe the current local political situation: chaotic. The PKR is in turmoil, the DAP faces some internal infightings while Gerakan is submerged in a drastic crisis of confidence in its leadership.

The PKR chaos is mainly caused by the electoral fight for party positions and power. Almost everyone in the party is laying claims to a party position, with an eye on a powerful position if the party were to win big in the next general election.

The DAP trouble is also a struggle for positions and power, particularly in Perak, where state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming are been engaged in a factional fight with state deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran.

As for Gerakan, an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) has been scheduled for Sunday 10 October to vote on a no-confidence motion against Penang party chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan. Party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon is caught in a hubbub of controversy when he announced that he would rather attend the opening of the MCA general assembly on that day, instead of the crucial party EGM in Penang.

Koh’s announcement upset party adviser and ex-president Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik so much that he resigned as the adviser. Lim lambasted Koh for having no guts to face problems and conflicts in the party, saying that Koh only wants to please everyone.

Earlier in the year, Lim had shocked the party and the public by declaring that Gerakan has lost Penang forever.

The Gerakan crisis is different from that of the PKR and DAP as it involves the party members’ confidence in Koh, who is seen as a weak leader, lacking in potency and influence. It is fundamentally a crisis of confidence in the party leadership.

The electoral dispute in the PKR and the internal controversy in the DAP involve only some minor power struggles among the grassroots warlords

There is no question about the power and authority of PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.

In Gerakan, however, Lim is apparently powerless as he is no longer the party president, while Koh is a weakling lacking in vitality and political power and strength.

Lim has suggeted that Koh’s biggest weakness is that he is a man-pleaser, being afraid to offend people, refusing to face the reality of political problems, and trying to be nice guy.

After the March 2008 general election, Gerakan found itself diminished into an insignificant “mosquito party” with no bargaining power in the BN coalition, having lost its crown jewel Penang to the DAP and its Pakatan Rakyat partners.

The DAP and PKR, on the other hand, have emerged as a new political powerhouse under the alternative Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Over the past two years, the battle between the BN and the Pakatan Rakyat has been intensified. Although both coalitions have pledged to carry out massive socio-economic and political reforms, so far neither has been able to make much headway. About the only thing the disappointed people see nowadays are the fierce infightings within the component parties of both coalitions.

Malaysia has come to a critical moment of its political history, but there are still many uncertainties over the direction the country is heading.

In the face of the uncertain situation, the people cannot help but sigh in frustration and worries. Nevertheless, they are still full of expectations, hoping that the political parties will behave themselves and strive to create a truly high-quality democratic culture in the country.

Sin Chew Daily

MySinchew 2010-10-06

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/46067

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Parties facing uncertain times — Lim Sue Goan
October 12, 2010

OCT 12 — The current hot political scenario has been brewing for more than two-and-a-half years, and the last two months have been a real critical time for the component parties of both the Barisan Nasional (BN)and Pakatan Rakyat, with intense internal struggles threatening to cause massive damage to their image, and even their existence.

Many important programmes have been scheduled for October and November, and both coalitions now have to face two unexpected by-elections.

The MCA has basically been stabilised after its fresh poll on March 28 and it has started to actively restore the people’s confidence. However, Gerakan has fallen into a troubled period.

Even though Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nam has survived the no-confidence vote against him at an extraordinary general meeting in Penang on Sunday, the leadership crisis remains unresolved.

Umno is going to hold its annual general meeting from October 19 to 23, and it is expected that a loyalty pledge will be taken to endorse Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform plans, to prepare for the next general election.

After the Malay rights group Perkasa and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have stirred up several racial issues, Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept has been in a quandary. Also, his New Economic Model (NEM) is facing some obstacles. Hence, it is important for Najib to get the full support of his party. He wants to lead a united Umno, instead of a factional party.

The next will be the BN convention on November 28. The main agenda of the convention, which has been postponed for several times, is to amend the constitution so that the BN can accept direct members to strengthen the power of the coalition.

The convention is expected to boost the morale within the coalition and bring desirable effects if it works with other reform plans.

Meanwhile, component parties of the Pakatan Rakyat are having their party elections and PKR is going to have a new leadership. Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is not steady enough to do great things as he has repeatedly changed his stand. Therefore, Azmin Ali is expected to win the party deputy president post while Nurul Izzah Anwar is expected to become a new generation leader.

PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must introduce new strategies during the PKR annual general assembly from November 26 to 28 to strengthen the party organisation and discipline. Otherwise, internal faction will weaken the party’s strength, especially when Anwar might face imprisonment for sodomy.

The DAP is going to hold its party state elections in November. The surfacing factional problem is a difficult task and, thus, the central leadership has been committed to resolving the problems in Perak. We can see that the Perak DAP deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran’s attitude has turned softer and the two factions have started to prioritise the party interests and future.

The Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections are going to serve as support-rate indicators for the BN and the Pakatan Rakyat. Particularly, a third of voters in Galas are non-Malays while Batu Sapi has about 40 per cent in non-Muslim voters.

If the BN wins the two by-elections, the Sarawak state election might be held together with the general election in March next year. The Batu Sapi by-election in Sabah is going to serve as a bellwether for the Sarawak state election. If the Pakatan Rakyat fails to threaten the BN, it will be difficult for it to take over Sarawak.

In addition, the government has started to implement its reform plans, such as the education ministry has abolishing the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English and deciding to change the Penilaian Menengah rendah (PMR) examination for Form Three students to a school-based assessment starting 2016. Also, Najib is going to table the 2011 Budget on October 15 and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) on October 26.

The BN has been diligent in work over the past year while Pakatan Rakyat seems to have been overshadowed. If the Pakatan Rakyat still does not pull itself together and introduce new reform plans, swing votes might go to the BN, and its dream of taking over Putrajaya will fade further and further away. — mysinchew.com

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

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/parties-facing-uncertain-times-lim-sue-goan/

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‘What went wrong, my dear partners?’

by Datuk Seri Ong Tee Kiat, a politician who paid a price for his value-oriented politics. A perceived maverick in the establishment, also the MP for Pandan.

October 11, 2010

The political tsunami of the 2008 general election was a real acid test for all the component parties of the ruling coalition. The unprecedented electoral setback provided us with food for thought, particularly the effectiveness and relevance of these parties in the current political landscape.

The crux of the matter is not in the race-based partisan structure alone, as the political tsunami hit not only the raced-based component parties but across the board.

The blame game within the coalition does not bode well if no in-depth reflection and self-remedy on the prevailing weaknesses are instituted by the respective component parties as well as Barisan Nasional (BN) as a whole.

From the perspective of non-Malays, BN is conspicuously and overwhelmingly dominated by Umno. No doubt Umno being the mainstay of the coalition would undeniably be playing the role of the bigger brother; nonetheless, any pervasive perception of its over-dominance would inevitably render the other component parties’ roles insignificant, if not irrelevant.

In meeting the ever-escalating demands and aspirations of the people, the perceived ineffectiveness of the component parties would only further alienate the communities they claim to represent.

Over the years, it has been the common perception that government policies largely remain in the grip of Umno. This has been clearly manifested time and again by the major policy announcements made by Umno ministers at Umno party functions, without any perceived participation of the component parties at all.

Of course, such conspicuous display of power dominance does create grouses among the disgruntled coalition partners. However, the smaller coalition partners too should carry their fair share of blame as they have knowingly or unknowingly developed a sense of self-marginalisation in their psyche.

This is evident in the many political statements made or even sometimes resolutions endorsed at the party’s general assembly that call for the government to address certain issues or concerns.

This would then make the party’s effectiveness subservient to the ruling coalition in question which wields the government machinery.

On the policy fronts, the pressure from Umno has always been for its partners to explain, if not justify the government policies whenever they come under fire in the non-Malay communities.

Nonetheless, they hardly understand the real scenario and predicament on the ground especially within the non-Malay social fabric.

By and large, political discourse within the party ranks or for the public has so far taken a back seat in most, if not among all coalition partners. How did that happen?

Such a tacit paradigm shift could be attributable to what some party veterans term value decadence within the party. Party insiders had been overly engrossed in either fund-raising programmes or apolitical initiatives.

Instead of explaining or justifying the policies, many may sing in the chorus along with the critics of policies within the community. After all, the party network hardly furnishes them with much information on the subject.

The perceived lethargy of the party grassroots became more pronounced after the 2008 political tsunami when the opposition front managed to wrest control of five states.

Many party cadres or grassroots leaders surviving on the administration’s political resources had all of a sudden found themselves in the lurch with all revenue life-lines severed.

This had made them fall easy prey to certain party leaders who pandered to money politics. Now that it is no longer uncommon to have grassroots leaders, particularly party delegates who would exercise their voting rights in the party election, on the payroll of aspiring party leaders who are set to wrest control of the party leadership.

Under such circumstances, their allegiance to the paymaster would almost certainly ride rough-shod over the political cause and interest of the party and community it seeks to represent.

The personal pay cheques are sufficient to convert them overnight into local lieutenants merely serving the interests of their paymasters in the party. The orthodoxy of serving the party and the people would no longer appear on their radar screen.

In areas where the coalition partners were once known for their local service, they found themselves caught in a newfound dilemma. The traditional petition-writing style of constituency service and municipality-linked services are all now outmoded.

The municipal officials have to serve their new political masters from Pakatan Rakyat after the change of guards in March 2008. Moreover the dependants of petition-writing services have dwindled as the electorate has grown more sophisticated. Hence, these grassroots leaders may appear to be likened to sales personnel without products to sell.

While the terminology of political education seems to sound increasingly remote, if not totally alien, to many partisans nowadays, partisan politics is becoming intensely self-interest driven in the current context.

To the young generation, they make no attempt to deny that “ideology-driven” is now discarded as a by-product of the past Cold War era, while “value-driven” or “mission-driven” partisan politics is likely to sink into the same oblivion in no time.

As the election draws closer, the party bosses of the coalition would be setting their sights on statistics linked to the sizes of electorate and party membership. However, the bloated party membership in any one constituency can no longer offer anybody comfort, much less grant anybody the assurance of delivering sufficient voters’ support to win the seat.

Though it is unfair to label the entire membership in any locality as phantoms, it would be an absolute naivety to believe that the lawfully registered members could ever make their presence felt in the local community.

Many registered local branches might never be heard of by the local folks. To the party insiders who know the tricks of the game, this is one of the usual gimmicks deployed to beef up the number of party delegates who are expected to lend support to the leaders who mastermind the formation and registration of such local branches.

As the saying goes: “Politics is a number game”; any shrewd and crafty politician can always out-manoeuvre his fellow comrade in any power tussle within the party through manipulating the branches and delegates, but it is near impossible for him to hoodwink the entire electorate by means of gutter politics.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/what-went-wrong-my-dear-partners/

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No more business as usual — Dr Chua Soi Lek
October 10, 2010

Just a year ago, our party was at the crossroads of a crisis and now a new team has been duly elected. The wounds would have healed by now and there lies lots of work ahead, more so when there are greater challenges ahead for the party and the nation.

Bear in mind, the people will not support a party in disunity. I have to admit there are fractions at the division level which need to be addressed urgently

Today’s political climate is different. It cannot be business as usual and the changing political landscape requires us to be on our toes.

To do well in the next general election, we have to overcome the negative perception of the Chinese towards MCA.

We have been perceived as a party that has been unable to voice out the aspirations of the community although they would agree that MCA had been diligently providing services pertaining to localised issues.

I have to be frank to say it is important not just for the Barisan Nasional to win at the next general election, but the MCA as a party must also do well in order for us to be effective.

The political tsunami in the 2008 elections had reduced MCA’s representation in Parliament from 31 seats in the 2004 elections to only 15.

The state seats were reduced from 75 which we won in 2004 to 31 seats in the same election.

The people have spoken loud and clear. Other than developing the nation, the rakyat expects the government to reduce corruption, be accountable, transparent, democratic and fair.

Extremism rearing its ugly head

Of late politicians from both sides of the political divide have been playing up on racial and religious issues.

We strongly condemn such actions.

As a peace loving Malaysian, I would appeal to all politicians from both sides of the political divide, to reject those who thrive on racialism

Datuk Seri Najib Razak, if Barisan Nasional pursues the middle path and politics that embraces all races, then I am confident the rakyat will continue to support the BN under your leadership.

As you pursue your policy of inclusiveness under 1 Malaysia, the voices of extremism be it of any race or religion, will become a minority.

Untapped voters

As we are approaching the 13th general election, our utmost concern now is to woo the estimated four million Malaysians above the age of 21 who have yet to register as voters.

They are the potential voters who play a crucial role in determining the next federal government.

Today these youngsters talk about ideals and a civic society that promotes fairness, justice and they are utterly up in arms against abuses of power and corruption.

They want to be respected as citizens and need not be reminded to be grateful because their parents were accorded citizenships and certainly they don’t want to be called “pendatang”.

These youths want to be recognised and be part of the process of nation building. They feel that they have suffered in some ways because of discriminatory policies.

Their parents, the older generation may endure the policies then but the younger generation who do not connect with history finds it difficult to accept.

They may not know the role played by our founding fathers in fighting for independence and citizenship for non-Malays. They are more interested to know what the nation can offer them now and the future.

On the unregistered voters, the party has also started its registration drive to register as many new voters and it would be stepped up to reach as many people.

Education

We are all for grooming a competitive Malaysian race that is dynamic, outstanding and one that possesses great calibre, innovativeness and creativity, hence education policies should be based on merits and needs.

I would like to express MCA’s humble thanks to the prime minister for being responsive towards our constant dialogues with him which has seen positive changes.

At this juncture, I would also like to applaud YAB Datuk Seri ‘s recent decision to offer scholarships to all students, regardless of race, who scored 9A+ in their SPM examinations. Of the total students, a total of 1550 students were Chinese. This is truly in the 1 Malaysia spirit.

I also want to put on record that a historical breakthrough was also achieved this year as a total of 92 per cent of Chinese students had successfully enrolled in local public universities, which is the highest enrolment ever in the history.

Sir, you have been most gracious and proactive towards our suggestions of a more equitable and just society and we appreciate your great understanding and proactive approach.

On this note, may I also record our appreciation on the recent award of scholarships by 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a strategic development company owned by the Government to 50 top Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) holders pursuing their higher education.

The scholarships is not a one-off thing and each recipient are given scholarships valued at RM45,000 each and it comes without any bond.

The Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees’ Association) and Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers Association) have been conducting the UEC examination (which is equivalent to STPM) since 1975 and this is the first time UEC top scorers received scholarships from the Government.

The prime minister and deputy prime minister have also been instrumental in allowing holders of the Unified Examination Certificate conducted by the Chinese independent schools to enter teacher training institutions. This has helped a lot in easing the shortage of Chinese school teachers.

The entry qualification set for UEC holders to enter the teacher training institutions was initially fixed at four credits in the SPM including Bahasa Malaysia but through MCA’s effort, the Education Ministry has agreed that a credit in the national language and three credits in the UEC examination would make the cut.

PTPTN loans are also now made available to independent Chinese school students with the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to take up courses at local private higher education institutions.

Sir, we believe this is the first step towards giving more recognition to UEC and an indication of the Government giving more weight to the UEC and the role of the Chinese Independent Schools in training the young and talented.

I also wish to disclose that the education ministry has agreed to allow Utar to train non-graduate teachers of Chinese schools to attain graduate status under a special programme.

Since its inception in 2002, UTAR has produced more than 13,500 graduates up to 2009. It now offers no less than 41 Bachelor’s Honours and 10 Master’s degree programmes.

The university has also received the education ministry’s approval to offer its first medical degree programme and the first intake of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) had started in May.

As for KTAR, it has produced more than 150,000 graduates who are highly sought after by employers.

The figures are all testimony of hardwork which the party and its leaders had gone through to realise the education needs of all Malaysians.

Sir, in the Ninth Malaysia Plan, a total of RM325 million in development funds were allocated to 1,292 Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (C).

It is not true that the government did not give allocations to Chinese schools. But this is inadequate and this has given opportunity to the Opposition to exploit the anti-government sentiments among the Chinese community. We need more funds under the 10MP.

Sir, when we fight for our mother tongue education, other than its cultural values, it has immense economic potential in changing the economic environment.

The emergence of China as the second economic power in the world has made Mandarin language to be of great economic value.

Our trade with Mandarin speaking nations accounted for 20 per cent of our total trade. If we need to boost up the figures, we need to train more Malaysians to be multi-lingual and are good in Bahasa, English and Mandarin. Only then we can achieve the status of a high income nation.

MCA will not look at Chinese education purely on racial lines.

In the next five years, there will be an increase of 60,000 students and we need to relocate new schools and build new Chinese schools as well.

In this context, I would like to thank Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who has agreed in principle to MCA’s request that in any new development of more than 3,000 houses, where the majority of the community are Chinese, then there should be a compulsory provision of land specifically for usage of Chinese schools.

Another good news is that the utility bills in all government-aided Chinese primary schools will be paid by the education ministry starting next year.

Economy

Our nation’s economy needs a quantum leap to achieve a high-income status. The New Economic Model (NEM), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and 10th Malaysia Plan which are three of the four pillars of national transformation that will enable Malaysia to achieve the goals of Vision 2020, that is, to be a high-income economy and developed nation by 2020.

The government under the leadership of YAB Datuk Seri Najib is putting in place a people-centric agenda in driving the country’s engine of growth, with much consideration for a fairer economy.

To achieve the high-income goal, our country must maintain at least sic per cent of economic growth and attract RM100 billion of foreign and domestic investments annually under 10MP, therefore the liberalisation in various economic sectors will help in attracting investments.

Hence, we need to liberalise more economic sectors and increase productivity, competitiveness and be more innovative.

There is a need to review the 30 per cent Bumiputera equity in certain sectors but the MCA do not propose to rob Ali to pay Chong or rob Chong to pay Ali. Our objectives are clear and sincere — to ensure that the economic transformation can be achieved.

The way of doing business in Malaysia should also be simplified and be business-friendly.

The world has changed and is still changing. People are more demanding, the business community is more demanding and the complexities of doing business are far more challenging.

Sir, we support your effort to reduce the budget deficit so as to show that our debt rating is not affected. We have to maximise the utilisation of our nation’s resources to reduce wastages and leakages.

We should also encourage open tenders to reduce cost and promote greater transparency. Corruption and kickbacks had always been associated with the closed tender system.

Foreign workers

MCA acknowledges that the nation is too dependent on foreign workers and to solve the problem, the government should not be indecisive.

Flip-flop decisions do not go down well and we cannot solve problems by arbitrarily suspending recruitment. The government needs to come up with a comprehensive recruitment requirement for the various sectors.

As a stop gap measure, MCA proposed that foreign workers be subjected to a 5+3 or 5+5 tenure, depending on the sector concerned.

We should also allow the replacement of the same number of workers once the work permit had expired. The business establishment concerned should be entitled to replace the same number of workers so that their business operations would not be affected.

Fixing minimum wage

Mca Youth and Wanita

Proper management of party assets

Accountability

It has been more than two years since the Pakatan Rakyat government has taken over several states. We need answers on what they have accomplished so far.

Have they been able to woo more investors to their respective states and to check corruption within their own administration — the illegal sand mining, gaming outlets camouflaged as cyber cafes, illegal entertainment joints and all that.

Take for instance their manifesto pledging local council elections. What has happened to it?

The supporting letters scandal is a reminder to us that they don’t deliver what they have promised.

Please honour your promises.

Staying relevant

I would like to touch on the importance of staying relevant to keep up and reach out. There is no easier way than to reinvent and rebrand ourselves.

We should have the right tools to be effective and we have to embrace new technologies to reach out to the people.

We can no longer rely on the traditional media to communicate with the rakyat. We need the new media.

A new generation of people who spend a lot of time in the social media have emerged and we have to engage with this people, comprising mostly youths.

Social media are distinctively different from the traditional media such as newspapers, television and film.

We are talking about the outreach of social media networking which is immense with millions of viewers savouring the information via Facebook, Friendster, Twitter and the various blogs.

If we do not avail ourselves with these new technologies of communication, then we would have failed in our quest to link up with these new generation of people who articulate well, are more demanding and outspoken.

MCA leaders must from now on be on the offensive. We should no longer adopt the defensive stand.

We must also engage ourselves in intelligent debates on unfair practices, wrong doings and important issues affecting the people in the blog sphere.

As for our MCA comrades in the Pakatan-controlled states — do not forget that you are in the Opposition-controlled states and behave like one.

Go ahead and expose the shortcomings, scandals, abuse of power, malpractices and weakness of those governments. And I am sure there are many.

As leaders, we must respond to issues swiftly and not when everyone is into it, then we jump into the bandwagon. Always take the lead instead of being mere followers but be politically correct and raise sensible issues which affect the raykat.

MCA has already gone on an offensive to declare cyber war to effectively disseminate our message to the voters, there has been too many twisted information in the cyber world and the wrong perception given that of MCA and the government.

Power sharing

Barisan Nasional faces greater challenges ahead that will put the sharing of power under stress. We have gone through the ups and downs through 12 general elections.

There will be occasions when MCA will take a different stand from Umno. MCA needs to be sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the Rakyat — that we continue to be their voice in the government and that MCA continues to have a role to play in the government.

Please do not question our loyalty to Barisan Nasional and our commitment to power sharing.

We have only one agenda — to make Barisan Nasional the party of choice by the rakyat. However we are not a blind follower. We will continue to articulate the hopes, fears, expectations and frustrations of the various communities in Malaysia.

MCA will ensure that it continues to stay relevant to issues and we will be more high-profile in our pursuit to push forward our political agenda in resolving the various issues.

It would be unfair to blame the Government of only looking after the Bumiputeras and not non-Bumiputeras. All races have actually benefited from the NEP.

We have to admit that Malaysians are better off today than our forefathers but we can’t deny that some have benefited more from NEP because of weaknesses in the implementation process.

Hence, we fully support affirmative action that should be based on needs and merits. The race factor should not be the sole criteria in boosting the country’s social economic development.

Needs and merits should be the basis and key fundamentals of policy decisions.

Barisan after being in power for 53 years has its fair share of weaknesses, abuse of power and corruption. We do not claim to be a perfect government but hope that Malaysians will deliberate carefully if they think Pakatan will be a better choice.

In the battle cry for change by the Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 elections, we noticed that the only change DAP has brought about was to strengthen PAS and deliver Chinese support to them.

We feel if Pakatan comes to power, PAS would be in the captain’s seat. PAS will not forget its autocratic Islamic stand and don’t be surprised if PAS comes back to power, it will turn back the clock.

We also need to reaffirm our commitment to the Chinese community that MCA is very sensitive to their needs and that the party has a role to play within the government and be their voice.

Sir, we stand beside you in facing the challenges of nation building and the obstacles you face. We are committed to achieve the prime minister’s vision of a 1 Malaysia agenda by 2020.

Sir, we believe that in you that we see hope for a change for a better Malaysia.

Together we will work to achieve 1 Malaysia by 2020.

* The above is the speech delivered by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek at the party’s annual general meeting on October 10, 2010.

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

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/no-more-business-as-usual-dr-chua-soi-lek/

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MCA Kini Kesuntukan Masa

Artikel oleh Lim Ching Long dalam ruangan Yuan Lun di muka surat A12, akhbar Nanyang Siang Pao, 13 Oktober 2010 ini menyentuh mengenai Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan (AGM) MCA yang lalu.

AGM kali ini mengutarakan suara hati orang ramai. Jadi, Jawatankuasa Pusat tidak boleh pandang ringan. Oleh kerana ia mencerminkan suara orang ramai, maka ia bersabit dengan kepentingan dan keuntungan orang ramai serta isu-isu penting yang berlaku dalam masyarakat yang perlu MCA hadapi.

Tetapi menyedihkan, perhimpunan AGM pada 10 Oktober lalu menyaksikan dalam semua usul yang dibangkitkan, ia umpama menukar botol baru tetapi isinya tetap lama.

Sebagai parti kedua terbesar di negara ini, MCA tidak sepatutnya kemukakan usul yang begitu umum, kurang isi dan tidak mantap. Ia seperti mengemukakan usul untuk pandangan individu. MCA juga tidak sepatutnya mengusulkan cadangan dan sesuatu tajuk yang tidak jelas, contohnya isu-isu yang menyerang orang lain.

Sepatutnya, MCA mengemukakan usul yang boleh dilaksanakan. Jika semua usul hanya dapat tepukan dan sorakan penyokong, ia bukanlah satu keadaan yang tepat dan baik, seperti ikut arus tiupan angin. Perhimpunan AGM sepatutnya bersungguh-sungguh mengusulkan isu-isu yang lebih tepat, termasuk apa yang rakyat mahukan seperti pendidikan, ekonomi, budaya, politik dan masalah kehidupan dalam masyarakat.

Keseluruhan usul AGM pada 10 Oktober lalu tidak cukup menyeluruh, terutama sekali berkaitan pendidikan. Seperti ada satu kebocoran yang boleh menyebabkan penyelewengan dan tidak ada penghujungnya.

Kali ini, usul untuk pendidikan ada tiga iaitu menetapkan sistem peruntukan pembiayaan ke semua aliran sekolah, selain semua sekolah pelbagai aliran diletakkan di bawah tunggak pendidikan serta program pendidikan negara; yang kedua Kementerian Pelajaran perlu menghapuskan kandungan pelajaran yang tidak sesuai dan ketiga, menyeru kerajaan supaya terus membantu pelajar cemerlang serta memberi lebih banyak peruntukan terhadap mereka.

Apa yang kami tidak faham, kenapa AGM pada 10 Oktober lalu langsung tidak menyentuh mengenai pengiktirafan sekolah menengah Cina dan sijil peperiksaan gabungan sekolah menengah Cina, termasuk penambahan sekolah-sekolah Cina serta guru-guru bahasa Cina di maktab perguruan. Adakah isu-isu ini sudah dapat diselesaikan dan tidak perlu lagi diusulkan?

Selain itu, semua ahli MCA perlu faham iaitu masyarakat Cina mahu lihat perkara yang jelas, bukan seperti menggelabukan pandangan melibatkan perkara-perkara tertentu. Contohnya pelajar sekolah menengah Cina boleh menggunakan keputusan SPM untuk masuk ke maktab perguruan, atau perlu membina sekolah Cina di kawasan bilangan penduduk kaum Cina yang ramai, dan bukan apa yang Liow Tiong Lai sebutkan, “kawasan perumahan lebih 3,000 penduduk kaum Cina” ataupun Chor Chee Heung umumkan “lebih 5,000 penduduk Cina di satu-satu kawasan, boleh buat tambahan bina sekolah rendah Cina”.

Hanya usul yang menjurus kepada keuntungan dan kepentingan rakyat saja akan dapat sokongan rakyat. Sepatutnya, selepas AGM ini, MCA pusat perlu mengadakan beberapa sesi perjumpaan untuk membincangkan isu yang telah diusul untuk pelaksanaannya.

MCA juga perlu bersama-sama membincangkan isu-isu seterusnya, menjemput kementerian ataupun jabatan berkaitan untuk sama-sama duduk berbincang bagi selesaikan isu, menggunakan langkah-langkah untuk selesaikan masalah, selain menghantar laporan lengkap dan laporan balas kepada kementerian ataupun jabatan yang berkaitan dengan segera.

Tepat apa yang disebut oleh Ong Ka Chuan bahawa masyarakat Cina kini kurang yakin pada MCA dan ia dapat dilihat melalui keputusan beberapa pilihan raya kecil yang lalu. Bagi menangani pilihan raya umum akan datang, MCA sudah kesuntukan masa.

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18 10 2010
Aysay

Ayasay, this “wanting to please everyone” – haven’t we heard that before? Tun Lim Keng Yaik said that of Tan Sri Koh Su Koon. But isn’t Dato Seri Najib also trying to do so?

But Najib hasn’t pleased everyone in his own party even, has he? And he wants to please MCA etc so much. Where got meaning?

19 10 2010
SSS Admin

Aysay,

All politicians try to please everybody one way or another. It’s only a matter of the extent they go to do so. They also know that they can’t please all the people all the time, only some of the people most of the time or most of the people some of the time. Some of them may forget counting how many times they do or don’t do the pleasing. They tend to lose support from one group or another when they do that. Others in the party need to point such things out.

Dato Seri Najib tried to please the Chinese a lot since taking over power. He has already admitted his UMNO leaders have pointed out to him he wants to give the Chinese many things and asked whether there is any response. PRK Hulu Selangor and Sibu have shown that the Chinese votes he was running after did not materialise. The MCA-sposored Economic Seminar had just made a daring and highly seditious resolution calling for the abolition of the 30% Malay equity target. Yet he did not censor them in a serious manner, no one has been charged in court. He spoke to the MCA General Assembly in a rather pointed tone. But he still gave them more of what they want – saying they are not pendatang and are loyal to this country.

Najib did not spell out what loyalty means, what are the criteria for being loyal to the country. Loyalty must be based on the Constitution. Wanting Mandarin as the medium of instruction in schools, instead of Bahasa Malaysia, the National and Official Language of the country, shows disrespect for Article 152 of the Constitution. The glaring and seditious act of calling for abolition of the 30% Bumi equity target shows non-respect for the Bumi Special Position Article 153 of the Constitution from which the NEP was derived. Non-respect for the Constitution raises questions on the loyalty of the citizens. Najib may be pleasing the Chinese but run the ire of the Malays and the Bumis whose right and interest in the 30% equity target have been trampled upon by those he called loyal.

18 10 2010
Kenn

Ini masa terbaik bagi kerajaan (atau lebih tepat lagi UMNO) untuk mengukuhkan kedudukannya apabila masing-masing sibuk dengan masalah masing-masing, tiada masa utk mengupas kelemahan UMNO yang sememangnya ada.

Tapi apa yang kerajaan buat? Nak buat Menara Wawasan Merdeka yang lebih tinggi dari Menara Petronas? Nak buat Model Politik Baru sedangkan Model Ekonomi Baru (setelah membuang DEB) masih lagi belum muktamad?

Keluhan rakyat tidak diendahkan? Saman Ekor dan Projek Airmata Rakyat. Walaupun ini kecil di mata kerajaan, jangan kerajaan terbeliak mata mati berdiri di hari mengundi sudahlah.

Bagaimana DS Najib nak menangkis apabila kita membuat rumusan seperti begini:-

… from what I have read, the plan is a major development focusing on infra and construction sector. On education or building human resource capacity, I still do not see much. On the SMI or the Bumiputera sector nothing specific. One thing for sure if they are already talking about funding then projects are already secured. What ever this thing is, it is not economic model perse. Just a bunch of projects being put together. I see a bubble being built with no clear direction for the economy. Bond market will be the first to be hit with massive supply of instruments. Then our long term savings or pensions like EPF will get hit…”

Ingatlah, PM dan kabinetnya digaji untuk menguruskan dana bsar yang disediakan oleh pembayar-pembayar cukai yakni rakyat jelata. Kenapa tidak digunakan duit rakyat ini untuk menghapuskan airmata dan mengurang sakit hati bila di saman ekor dengan cara yang meragukan itu? Rakyat tidak minta duit mereka dipergunakan untuk mega projek Menara Wawasan sedangkan Menara Petronas masih ada dan gah menepati tujuan pembinaannya.

20 10 2010
SSS Admin

Kenn,

Masalahnya ialah dalam mengukuhkan kedudukan masing masing, ada yang mengeksploitasi kelemahan UMNO bagi menghiris dan mengikis hak dan kepentingan Melayu. Dalam mahu mengukuhkan parti mereka dihadapan mata pengundi Cina, MCA telah coba mengeluarkan usul menghapuskan sasaran 30% ekuiti Bumiputera. Mereka sedar bahawa DAP telah dapat sokongan ramai kaum Cina dengan politik perkauman mereka. WR DAP Tony Pua telah mengeluarkan cadangan meminda diskaun perumahan Bumiputera dan didiamkan oleh UMNO. Tidak lama selepas itu Kongress Ekonomi anjuran MCA mengeluarkan usul menghapuskan sasaran ekuiti Bumiputera tersebut. Dajjal. Dahsyat.

Nampaknya DS Najib sendiri mahukan keadaan dibiarkan demikian sejak pemerintahan “flip flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy” Pak Lah. Dia nombor dua dimasa itu dan sama bertanggung jawab diatas keadaan yang telah membiarkan berbagai ungkitan dibuat terhadap hak dan kepentingan Melayu. Dia telah menyuruh Chua Soi Lek mengambil tindakan mengawal mereka diMCA yang tidak ta’at setia kapada parti, mungkin mahukan ahli-ahli UMNO yang akan hadzir ke Perhimpunan Agung Tahuan tidak lama lagi selepas itu nampak dia ada menegur MCA. Tetapi dia tidak menyebut langsung usul mencabul kedudukan istimewa Melayu mahu menghapuskan sasaran ekuiti Bumiputera itu. Sekarang dia dikatakan telah memberi arahan kapada UMNO Bahagaian dan Cawangan supaya perwakilan yang hadzir kePerhimpunan Agung itu jangan mengeluarkan kata-kata yang tidak sealiran dengan pendirian parti.

So’al gaji rasanya tidak penting kapada ahli-ahli Kabinet Najib. Mungkin ada yang mengatakan mereka sanggup menjadi Menteri walau pun tidak bergaji. Membuat bangunan 100 tingkat dengan peruntukan RM 5,000 juta nampaknya dangkal. Mungkin benar kata Tun Dr Mahathir bahawa membelanja besar didalam keadaan ekonomi sekarang akan menggerakkan lagi perkembangan ekonomi. Tetapi mengapa membelanja besar secara mendirikan bangunan 100 tingkat. Tidak cukupkah dengan Petronas Twin Towers? Bukankah ada banyak lagi cara membelanjakan sedemikian banyak wang negara yang akan memberi faedah yang lebih kapada kaum yang ketinggalan jauh dibelakang dibidang ekonomi dan pelajaran?

18 10 2010
kucar kacir

What is this fellow talking? “After the Malay rights group Perkasa and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have stirred up several racial issues, Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept has been in a quandary.”

Who started the racial issues? What racial issues have Perkasa raised?

Asking for NEP to be continued in NEM is racial? What a warped mind, skewed thinking. Does he understand the definition of racist? There must be an element of antagonism to be called racist. Has Perkasa and Tun Mahathir asked that the non-Malays be deprived of their rights when asking for NEP continuation? The fellow is talking thru his nose.

Yet those fellas asking for the 30% Bumi equity target be abolished do indeed antagonise the Malays and the Bumis. They are clearly racist. And seditious. They should be dragged to court and charged.

20 10 2010
SSS Admin

kucar kacir,

The name you choose to blog in befits the situation in the country today – in a mess. Chaotic, full of uncertainties, said the two writers in the articles published above. Largely brought about by the unbridled racist, seditious and anti-Establishment statements and accusations in the newspapers, blogs and elsewhere. The DAP, since Lee Kuan Yew’s PAP started the subversive Malaysian Malaysia concept, had taken on the chauvinistic line after LKY and the island state was kicked out of Malaysia in 1965. They have relentlessly criticised, accused and mocked anything with Malay predominance in this country – the Government, the Police, the MACC, and the Armed Forces. Lim Kit Siang has been detained under the ISA but has not changed his stand and had become emboldened especially when teaming up with the Malay Islamic party, PAS.

The past administration under flip flopping and sleepy Pak Lah had allowed them almost a free rein. DS Najib as Deputy Prime Minister then had allowed the situation to continue when he took power nearly 2 year ago. Then he showed a need to rely on the votes of those who have gone over to the opposition in the 12th General Elections in 2008. Of course, these people exploited the situation. To the extent that even his own coalition party member, the MCA, joined in the exploiting business. It reached a crescendo when the MCA sponsored Economic Congress passed a resolution calling for the 30% Bumi equity target be abolished. And some Bumis reacted by calling for the citizenship right be also abolished. An unhealthy and an unacceptable situation, to say the least.

Perkasa was formed and held rallies asking for the Government to protect and promote the rights and interests of the Malays when UMNO appeared not to be doing so. What “stirring up racial issues” is that? See how they exploit the situation, spinned and twisted the facts. The fact clearly was that the DAP people started bringing up racial issues. They had been doing that since before the race riots of 1969. Now it is followed by the MCA who has openly declared that they, despite the advice to go through the BN channel when airing their grievances, would from now on not necessarily always agree with UMNO. And no response from Najib or UMNO to the latest daring statement after the MCA Annual General Assembly.

Many views expressing disgust at the current situation have been expressed in the UMNO-friendly blogs (independent, not UMNO owned or UMNO propped up blogs). Indeed even the known UMNO-owned Utuan Malaysia has time and again expressed displeasure at the statements of UMNO Ministers, notably Nazri Aziz, often referred to as the foot-in-the-mouth guy. UMNO really has to take action on the untenable situation. UMNO leaders and UMNO delegates at the current UMNO Annual General Assembly have to speak up. Let’s wait for news on how they perform at the AGM.

18 10 2010
Victor

“the BN convention on November 28. The main agenda of the convention, which has been postponed for several times, is to amend the constitution so that the BN can accept direct members to strengthen the power of the coalition.”

Will it happen? Will there be direct membership? Will coalition members allow a strong BN direct membership that may overshadow the individual coalition members?

20 10 2010
SSS Admin

Victor,

There doesn’t seem to be much talk and interest in direct membership to the ruling coaltion, the Barisan Nasional. Similarly, there isn’t the same in the opposition coalition, the Pakatan Rakyat. It reflects the sad state of affairs in the country to day. The phenomenon of political parties based on racial lines started during the British colonial times continues unchanged 53 years after independence, 41 years after the race riots of 1969 and despite the increasing racial polarisation observed in recent years.

It is not clear whether a strong direct membership will come about even if BN members agree to the proposal. Or how that may overshadow individual coalition members. But it is reasonable to think that if and when there is a vast number of direct members of the BN, there will be a scramble for leadership positions and that might change the status quo not only within the individual coalition member parties that may affect intra-member party relations. But until and unless there is the emergence of a united and cohesive Bangsa Malaysia, it is difficult to envisage that coming about. Single-stream education or Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) can help bring that about. Let us therefore have all schools adopt Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction and the same curriculum and syllabus as the National Schools.

Pursuing race interests have gone beyond acceptable norms, to the extent of being racist, like condemning everything that is predominantly Malay based and utterly seditiously calling for the abolition of the 30% Malay equity target. These intolerable acts must be brought to the attention of the populace repeatedly in order to inform all those concerned to desist from doing so. Racism begets racism and is no good for racial harmony.

The Government must really take concrete action in controlling the extent of so-called freedom of expression that has gone beyond limits and has been in breach of the Sedition Act. The Police calling those seen as seditious to the Police Station, including Chua Soi Lek, is good but DS Najib must lead by example – censure those seditious acts and utterances in very clear terms so that others are deterred from doing so thereafter.

18 10 2010
DingDong

Salam,

Nice article at the bottom. Do read. I hope MCA learn from Germany latest hot issues. The importance of mastering National Language and integrating into society. Looks like the liberals and far right in Europe are not practising what they preach. Lim Kit Sial should migrate to Germany and be the Opposition Leader there. I dont think he can win even 100 votes in any constituency in Germany with his brand of politik BENCI.

‘Merkel says German multi-cultural society has failed’

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany’s attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country’s immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.

Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made “more stupid” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.

“Multikulti”, the concept that “we are now living side by side and are happy about it,” does not work, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.

“This approach has failed, totally,” she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany’s culture and values.
“We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don’t accept them don’t have a place here,” said the chancellor.

“Subsidising immigrants” isn’t sufficient, Germany has the right to “make demands” on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages.

Merkel spoke a week after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which they pledged to do more to improve the often poor integration record of Germany’s 2.5-million-strong Turkish community.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in a weekend interview, also urged the Turkish community living in Germany to master the language of their adopted country.
“When one doesn’t speak the language of the country in which one lives that doesn’t serve anyone, neither the person concerned, the country, nor the society,” the Turkish president told the Suedeutsche Zeitung.

“That is why I tell them at every opportunity that they should learn German, and speak it fluently and without an accent. That should start at nurseries.”

German President Christian Wulff was due for a five-day visit to Turkey and talks with the country’s leaders on Monday.

The immigration debate has at times threatened to split Merkel’s conservative party, and she made noises to both wings of the debate.

While saying that the government needed to encourage the training of Muslim clerics in Germany, Merkel said “Islam is part of Germany”, echoeing the recent comments of Wulff, a liberal voice in the party.

Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, CSU, who represents the right-wing, recently said Germany did not “need more immigrants from different cultures like the Turks and Arabs” who are “more difficult” to integrate.

While warning against “immigration that weighs down on our social system”, Merkel said Germany needed specialists from overseas to keep the pace of its economic development.

According to the head of the German chamber of commerce and industry, Hans Heinrich Driftmann, Germany is in urgent need of about 400,000 engineers and qualified workers, whose lack is knocking about one percent off the country’s growth rate.

The integration of Muslims has been a hot button issue since August when a member of Germany’s central bank sparked outrage by saying the country was being made “more stupid” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants with headscarves.

The banker, Thilo Sarrazin, has since resigned but his book on the subject — “Germany Does Itself In” — has flown off the shelves, and polls showed considerable sympathy for some of his views.

A recent study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think tank showed around one-third of Germans feel the country is being “over-run by foreigners” and the same percentage feel foreigners should be sent home when jobs are scarce.

Nearly 60 percent of the 2,411 people polled thought the around four million Muslims in Germany should have their religious practices “significantly curbed.”

Far-right attitudes are found not only at the extremes of German society, but “to a worrying degree at the centre of society,” the think tank said in its report.

“Hardly eight weeks have passed since publication of Sarrazin’s theory of decline, and the longer the debate continues to a lower level it falls,” the weekly Der Spiegel commented Sunday.

19 10 2010
Anak Bapak

Here is a comment taken from the Demi Negara blog:

“Omong said…

Here’s an interesting article taken from marahku

Sin Chew: Many Chinese here more loyal to China than Malaysia
I didn’t say it….just read the article written by SinChew’s editor….

A blasphemy to world peace

Opinion 2010-10-14 19:02

By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by DOMINIC LOH

Chinese Malaysians are funny.

If you criticise the Malaysian government, everyone will be elated, saying that you are right, just and courageous.

But if you criticise the Chinese government, you will be slammed as wrongful, ignorant and jeopardising.

I made the above conclusion from my own experiences.

Read the rest at http://marahku.blogspot.com/

NOTE: it’s written by THE EDITOR OF SIN CHEW. HE KNOWS THE PULSE AND HEART BEATS OF THE CHINESE.

And HE HAS HIS OWN EXPERIENCES, he said.

21 10 2010
SSS Admin

Anak Bapak,

The Malaysian Government must really embark on a sustaining programme on National Unity where loyalty to the country is explained fully to the citizens. The Ministry of Information must do it, use all the vast resources at its disposal. It is as important as, if not more important than, the call for Malaysians living abroad to return and serve this country. For, what good is it in the long term if those who had chosen to leave the country and have lived abroad for many years, getting used to the comforts and the values prevailing in those countries, disrupting their lifestyles and adjusting to new situations, new careers and groping to find their roots, if they do not have a clear idea of what loyalty to this country and what patriotism means. In fact, the National Unity Programme should be exposed to them first and perhaps they, upon realising what loyalty and patriotism to one’s country is, may return without much persuasion, even on their own volition.

Loyalty needs to be defined. The Constitutional law experts need to be asked their views as to what the Constitution requires of the citizens. What those drafting the Constitution had intended, what those deliberating, arguing dan debating the draft Constitution had said in Parliament and what arguments were deemed valid when the Constitution was agreed to and passed as law at the time of independence in 1957 and at the time of the formation of Malaysia in 1963. The Hansards (records of debates) of both the British Parliament and of the Parliament of Malaya and Malaysia need to be looked at.

A proper and legally accepted definition of loyalty to King (YDP Agong) and Country must be arrived at and used to instill a correct sense of loyalty to all Malaysian citizens – not loyalty based on merely saying one loves Malaysia, or one pays tax (the foreign labourer also pays a levy tax), or one waves the Malaysian flag at independence or National Day rallies. And worse still, not loyalty based on “Give me what I want, then only I give what the country wants”. Such people really have no place in Malaysia, like implied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who said those immigrants not wanting to conform to the local situation have no place in Germany.

It is very sad that in this day and age there are those claiming to be Malaysians but are “more loyal to China than to Malaysia”. It is unthinkable that they should have dual allegiance. It is unacceptable that they should be criticising the Malaysian Government and defending the Chinese Government. These are the kind of people who some patriotic Malaysians have asked to leave the country and live in China. Loyalty cannot be divided. As stated earlier, even Chinese Premier Chou En Lai had said in 1972 that overseas Chinese should be loyal to their country of adoption, not to mainland China.

Intentionally or otherwise, the Sin Chew Editor has done a service to the Malaysian public by drawing their attention to the fact that there are these Chinese having dual allegiance, which should not be tolerated in a country reeling with pangs of disunity and increasing racial polarisation. The Government should look for evidence of those having dual nationality. If any has proof of being a citizen of another country, like a passport or excercising the right to vote in another country, have their citizenships revoked. Malaysia does not tolerate dual nationality. It’s loud and clear in the Constitution. Good that the Government was reported to be taking action on a Malaysian said to be voting in India some time back. These are the kinds of matters that need to be explained by a concerted and sustaining National Unity Programme that the Ministry of Information should be undertaking on a large scale nation-wide.

20 10 2010
SSS Admin

DingDong,

Perhaps they are not practising what they preach because they can no longer tolerate the ridiculous situation their country has been in under the circumstances. At least in so far the language issue is concerned. It’s simply ridiculous to want to speak and promote your own language when you are in a country of adoption or being allowed permanent stay. Like the Dong Zong and the adherents of Chinese schools wanting to create “a nation within a nation” in Malaysia and talking about a “mullti-nation” nonsense.

These non-conformists in Malaysia quote examples of foreign countries in trying to further their own cause, not realising, for example, that the US is not that liberal when they themselves practise ISA-like detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay. It’s good of you to put out here another glaring example that what is thought to be good and acceptable in Western countries needs not be so. These people must realise that it is plain and simple logic that you conform to the ways and practices of the country you choose to be citizens of.

Now, here’s the revealing fact that many Chinese in Malaysia may not know: Prime Minister Chou En Lai himself told a visiting Malaysian delegation in 1972 that the “overseas Chinese” (Nanyang) should obey the laws, rules and regulations of their adopted countries and be loyal to those countries of adoption, not to mainland China. This information is first-hand from one of those in the Pernas trade delegation headed by Raja Tan Sri Mohar that met and had a discussion with Chou En Lai. This was even before the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. That was why it was made in the name of a Pernas Trade Delagation visiting the Canton Trade fair and some pushed on to then Peking for the meeting arranged privately to meet the Chinese Premier. It was a “feeler” for the idea of establishing diplomatic relations with China. Diplomatic relations were established not long after that.

It’s not known whether there was any reference to the 1969 racial riots. But the Chinese should therefore not only listen to the advice of the Chinese Premier made as long as 41 years ago, but also the words of German Chancellor Angela Merkel now, as given above. Many responsible and loyal Malaysian Chinese are loyal to this country. But those wanting Mandarin as the medium of instruction and calling for the abolition of the Bumi 30% equity target have seriously questionable loyalty. Loyalty must be based on respect for and living with the Constitution. They don’t appear to be when they want and publicly call for those.

19 10 2010
Adam

One very busy friend emailed me suggesting I write to say

“put in d logic to counter chua soi lek who said that their demand on Chinese schools is not about culture but more on economic. Ask simple question what about d rest of the world all must have Chinese schools or are language classes not sufficient? Are the ahbengs in Chinese schools all planning to cari kerja in China, jadi pendatang kat their homeland? It’s as if Chinese schools are the only way to b able to speak d language for business purposes. Chinese culture is already taught by parents at home by instilling Chinese values to life.”

He must be extremely busy. He sounds so, too.

21 10 2010
SSS Admin

Adam,

DS Dr Chua Soi Lek said, “when we fight for our mother tongue education, other than its cultural values, it has immense economic potential in changing the economic environment … The emergence of China as the second economic power in the world has made Mandarin language to be of great economic value”.

First, this thing called “mother tongue education” – is Mandarin mother tongue for the Chinese in Malaysia? Is it even mother tongue for the vast number of Chinese in mainland China, especially south China where most of the Chinese in Malaysia came from? Mandarin became the Official Language of China relatively late in the history of China and a huge number of Chinese are still using the various Chinese dialects in their everyday lives.

The Chinese Government itself found it hard to get the southern Chinese to use Mandarin. They became tough on requiring the Chinese citizens to do so a few months ago and there were demonstrations against the central Chinese Government in Canton and Hong Kong as reported in the news media. Are they the kind who would demand here and there, even demonstrating in China, on language issues? Only here, they want Mandarin when Bahasa Malaysia is the National and Official Language whereas in China they want Hokkien, Cantonese, and other dialects whereas Mandarin is the Official Language. What kind of people are these?

Secondly, fighting for Mandarin on grounds of its potential in changing economic environment – how far can this be stretched? Mandarin now a tool for economic advancement? What about Bahasa Malaysia as a tool for national unity? They want to have Mandarin to achieve an advanced economic status, to achieve Vision 2020, to realise 1Malaysia? What “economic environment” can Mandarin change? Change the basis of our trade? Trade only with China? Yet he himself said, “Our trade with Mandarin speaking nations accounted for 20 per cent of our total trade”. It’s not as if China is our largest trading partner. And, it’s not as if the Chinese are not learing English – English language classes are spread all over China since the last 1-2 decades when China started going out to the world for business expansion, and investing in Africa, etc.

However, he is sensible when he says “If we need to boost up the figures, we need to train more Malaysians to be multi-lingual and are good in Bahasa, English and Mandarin. Only then we can achieve the status of a high income nation”. Therefore then, Mandarin is one of the subjects, other than Bahasa Malaysia and English, that Malaysians can learn. But it does not have to be by way of Mandarin as the medium of instruction. Mandarin can be studied in schools with Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction, and as an elective subject. Knowledge needed for business can be sufficiently gained by such language classes, Mandarin studied as an elective subject. It’s for purposes purely of communication, not for acquiring proficiency to enable them to live, speak and write Mandarin all the time, as if they are living in China.

If they are talking about having Mandarin to promote their culture, then Malaysian schools should have all sorts of other races’ languages, dialects and cultural forms also manifested in schools in this country. That is being absurd. As said by your friend, instilling Chinese values to their children can be done at home and in a multitude of ways. The MCA President will have to stick to his words that “MCA will not look at Chinese education purely on racial lines” and think of our arguments above. They are logical and based on Article 152 of the Constitution.

19 10 2010
Kit

Why cannot Chinese have scholaships. Malays have so many for very long time. why cannot Chinese school certificate accepted by Govenment. They use their own money to build the schools and pay teachers. Only help accept them cannot ah? Be fair lor.

20 10 2010
SSS Admin

Kit,

Scholarships are meant for the disadvantaged though to a small extent it is also a recognition for academic excellence. In Malaysia the disadvantaged are those who belong to the community that was left far behind the Chinese mainly because of the British colonial policies – the Malays. Most of them are not well off and cannot afford higher education. The Chinese as a community are wealthy, generally well off and can afford to pay for higher education. Those Chinese who cannot afford can get scholarships from rich fellow Chinese. Do read in our previous post about UTAR not accpeting RM30 million from a Chinese millionaire philanthrophist. It means they are not short of and probably already have a lot of donations. That millionaire said he has been providing scholarships to many Chinese students.

There are many Chinese millionaires whose donations to fellow Chinese are not even reported in the newspapers etc. One was said to have sent money for the building of schools in China. Therefore, it is not fair and reasonable that the Chinese ask for scholarships from the Government when they can get scholarships from fellow Chinese. The others simply cannot get from other sources.

The Malays and the Bumiputeras have also been left behind in education. There were no schools at the secondary level built by the British in the kampongs. There were only Malay schools at the primary level and far in between the kampongs. There were certainly no English schools in the kampongs. Malays in Krian and in Klang, at that time a large Malay kampong, asked for English schools but the British did not build them. Whereas the British built a sufficient number of schools in the towns where most Chinese lived. Both at the primary and secondary levels. And also schools in the English language, the passport to success at that time. As a result, most of jobs in the professional field like doctors, engineers etc are filled by the Chinese. The situation must be changed so that we can hope for a happy and progressive Malaysia.

The Unified Examination Certificate is produced by Chinese schools which do not use Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction. It is not in conformity with the Constitution which states that Bahasa Malaysia is the National Language and has become the Official Language. It is therefore not right that that certificate be recognized. Also, if it is recognized, it means that students from Chinese schools can have entry into public universities in Malaysia easily. Places meant for those less advanced educationally will be taken by those who are already well advanced. Despite that, do read the MCA President’s speech published above. It gives a list of what the Chinese have already got. Let’s be reasonable. Let the less advanced ones also advance in this country. Then this country will be a happier place to live in.

19 10 2010
Yeop

Malaysiakini report says

“Dictatorships can be good for the people, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who himself has been accused of having an authoritarian brand of leadership.

And some one said dictatorship is bad, but apologised for China, saying

“Multi Racial: That Dr Mahathir Mohamad said dictatorships are good must be the biggest joke in this century. Mahathir cited China as an example of a successful dictatorship.

But China has had its darkest hours and during those dark hours, the country suffered for a long period. Those darkest hours were due to bad leaders. China was lucky that after the death of Mao Zedong, the country was lead by Deng Xiaoping. It was Deng who changed things around. What differentiates Deng from the others is that he chose successors who continued with his good effort.

Look at the damage he (Mahathir) has inflicted on the country. We may have many nice buildings but what has happened to our judiciary, our education, our security, our country’s wealth, etc? The evidence is clear – dictatorship is bad.”

And one ONG quickly joined in attacking the Malays, saying

“Of course, dictatorship can be good for the people, but only for certain people, especially the type of people that will only react to the cane, and who otherwise have a single-track mind of wanting to become rich not by honest hard work and endeavour, but by demanding self-proclaimed ‘lord of the land’ God-given special rights and privileges. In Malaysia, we have many such people.”

But I don’t even read the rest of the Malaysiakini report. They ask to pay to read in full. I simply refuse doing so as so many news portals are free. But if they print sensibe, balanced views, I might consider paying. Don’t want to support people trying to make money out of
printing rubbish.

21 10 2010
SSS Admin

Yeop,

Defending and apologising for China, especially when criticising Malaysia, is a sign of dual allegiance and is abhorred, as indicated by the Sin Chew Editor and as stated in our reply to the comment above this one.

Often, “dark hours” in history have been due to “bad leaders”. Leaders embark on adventurous schemes, foreign or local, including wars, due to personal ambitions, a need for power and aggrandisement. Adolf Hitler was mad about the so-called superiority of the Aryan race and started World War II. Sukarno wanted to continue in power by diverting the attention of his people from the multitude of economic and political (including communist) problems in his country and embarked on the undeclared war called Confrontation with Malaysia in the early 1960s. Mao Zedong was losing grip on his power as a result of the disastrous Great Leap Forward economic policy, and embarked on what was called the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s that brought political upheaval, both of which events caused some 30 million Chinese dead. Malaysia hasn’t had such acts of stupendous proportions, except perhaps Tengku A Rahman giving away Singapore, not wanting to face Lee Kuan Yew who was said to want to be a Prime Minister of a large country, not just a city state. Let’s hope PM DS Najib won’t reach the level of Tengku A Rahman in terms of giving in to demands made by the others.

The comments you bring to our attention up there were made by those who do not seem to appreciate the economic development that has been achieved in this country. More importantly, economic development that was in accordance with the New Economic Policy that was designed to let the majority Malays catch up with the minority Chinese in wealth and education to satisfactory levels. It was to bridge the huge gap in their economic and educational advancement. That which had been the latent cause of the race riots of 1969. That which was “to eliminate the identification of race with economic functions”. That which was introduced in 1970, the year after the race riots of 1969.

These people still harbour grudges at such affirmative action “to create a level playing field”. They know not or doth not accept the stark fact that their ancestors in southern China was also given affirmative action quotas etc by the Manchu Emperors, a foreign dynasty from Manchuria (which became a part of China only after World War II) which conquered China and ruled them for a few hundred years until the 20th Century. The Manchu Emperors reserved for the southern Chinese 25% of the civil service posts because they were deemed the disadvantaged – less educated etc than the northern Chinese.

Now in Malaysia, they should not grudge the Malays getting the quotas. They were disadvantaged by 80 years of British colonial rule which did not provide them, who were mostly in the rural areas, with sufficient schools, and no English schools at all. They were not given any “tongkat” like was given the Chinese, or encouragement to do business and accumulate wealth, because the British wanted them “to look after food production in the country” and to continue being rice farmers and fishermen. And so the hardly educated, chauvinistic, even racist ONG offends the Malays by saying they “have a single-track mind of wanting to become rich not by honest hard work and endeavour, but by demanding self-proclaimed ‘lord of the land’ God-given special rights and privileges”.

The chap is racist because he is antagonistic to the Malays. He is a bigot because he does not even acknowledge that the Constitution of Malaysia has Article 153 on the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak. He is demeaning himself by showing his ignorance that the Malay rights and privileges are not just God-given but also given by the whole country in terms of the Constitution that has been agreed and passed by the representatives of all Malaysians at Merdeka and at the formation of Malaysia. And so are the Malaysiakini people who want to perpetrate that blatant ignorance and seditious tendencies by publishing such idiotic statements. In the interest of preserving racial harmony, we shall cease further comments on this kind of fellows in this reply.

20 10 2010
Kenn

Tuan Admin dan pengunjung sekelian,

Dipersilakan membaca makna “Lactose” yang berhubung dengan MCA. Ada juga definasi untuk Chua Soi Lek.

Disertakan juga di dalam kamus terbabit, perkataan-perkataan sepeti “UMNO”, “PAS”, “Pemuda” etc.

Dipersilakan klik di sini untuk membacanya:-

KaBel In My Mind

sekali sekala kena santai juga, serius memanjang tanpa senyum tidak baik utk kesihatan …he..he..he..

21 10 2010
Halim

Omputih kata “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

Ada pulak yang kata “Giving in to all demands made by the others makes Ali a Baba boy”.

24 10 2010
SSS Admin

Halim,

The MCA President’s Speech to the MCA General Assembly, that was reproduced in our previous post, lists out their “successes” in getting so many of their demands met by Dato Seri Najib, especially in the matter of scholarships and education. The MCA President said the Chinese have now achieved 92% success in gaining places in higher institutions of learning. The sad thing is that while the minority Chinese have so much wealth and very many more qualified professionals than the majority Malays, they are the ones being further assisted, instead of full concentration being given on those who have been left far behind economically and educationally by some 80 years of colonial rule.

True, UMNO must be seen to be looking after the interests of the others as well. But the fact that the Government has allowed so many institutions of higher learning to be operated and are meant primarily for the Chinese already means looking after their interests in a big way. The MCA President gives out figures of the huge numbers of Chinese having qualified and studying at the Universities and colleges run by them, like UTAR. They have so much money donated by millionaire philanthropists that UTAR even rejected RM30 million for development and for scholarships offered by a multi-millionaire only months ago. While the Chinese students have so many multi-millionaires to get scholarships from, the Malay students have nowhere to go for scholarships except the Government. Giving the Chinese more and more will result in the huge economic and educational gap between the minority Chinese and the majority Malays never be bridged and the grudges not reduced.

True, politicians will always go for the votes to maintain or increase their power. But means must be found, attempts must seriously be made to maintain or gain power without sacrificing the interests of the Malays and the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak who form nearly 70% of the population. They are the down-trodden, the disadvantaged, those badly in need of assistance. Najib must ensure the New Economic Policy that his father Tun A Razak so painstakingly – and precariously at that time after the 1969 race riots – thought out and implemented during his time be continued fully during the son’s time time under the New Economic Model. One UMNO delegate has pointed this out, and was suppoted by a Wanita delegate, at the UMNO General Assembly debates a day or two ago. Remember that for each delegate speaking, there were many others not allowed to speak but supporting.

22 10 2010
SSS Admin

Kami setuju dengan pendapat bahawa perlu berlawak jenaka, berkelakar, bergurau senda (jaga dengan siapa dan dimana!), berkelucuan (bukan kelacuran!). Dari masa ke masa, supaya tidak sentiasa serius sahaja, bagi mengelakkan kebosanan akibat kucar kacir politik, ekonomi dan kemasyarakatan. 5-6 perkataan terakhir ini pun juga sudah boleh membosankan!

Semua orang patut senyum, gelak ketawa dan menerima jenaka dengan hati terbuka supaya nadi jenaka (humorous vein) kita tidak tegang (jaga nadi yang mana!), dan perasaan mula jadi riang dan selesa. Kurang rasa marah dan berang. Kalau tidak, mungkin lintang pukang, tonggang longgang, naik tongkang!

Ada pendapat yang mengatakan (tidak disahkan pakar berkenaan!) bahawa mereka yang suka berjenaka hidup lama. Tapi, kerana banyak juga ada jenaka kotor, ini bertentangan dengan pendapat yang satu lagi (juga tidak disahkan pakar berkenaan!) bahawa “the good die young”. Atau mungkin kesimpulannya: yang kotor tahan lama! Tak payah Viagara ke hape namanya!

Masalahnya didunia ini sekarang, ada yang kotor dikata tidak, yang tidak dikata kotor. Politik Wang? Satire? Jenaka yang “tidak kena”? Comedy of Errors, kata William Shakespeare? Sajak kuning, kata sasterawan kita?

Kita perlu terima jenaka sebagai jenaka, tidak mengambil hati atau mahu memaki. Jauh sekali, jangan saman menyaman akibat jenaka. Lihat pada maksudnya: jika jenaka, jenakalah dia, bukan nak mengata. Sindir menyindir pun kekadang boleh diterima. Istilah “jokes, comedies, satires, curricatures” sudah beratus tahun didalam dunia ini. Siri komedi “Yes, Minister” dan “Yes, Prime Minister” diEngland mengetawakan Menteri, Perdana Menteri, Pegawai-Pegawai tinggi Kerajaan Britain demikian giatnya dan menjadi popular. Ia diterbitkan oleh BBC, badan Kerajaan Britain pun. Di Amerika, pelawak pelawak Jay Leno, David Letterman, Comedy Central dan berbagai lagi, hari hari mengetawakan Presidennya dan sesiapa sahaja. Tak pernah disiasat atau diambil tindakan undang-undang.

Ketawalah, senyumlah wahai rakyat Malaysia! Pergilah ke kaBel In My Mind itu. Jagalah bila menarik kabel – kekadang ada penyengat!

20 10 2010
Yonex

The cat is out of the bag – phantom members and phantom branches, too, in MCA.

The man said, it is an “absolute naivety to believe that the lawfully registered members could ever make their presence felt in the local community …

“Many registered local branches might never be heard of by the local folks. To the party insiders who know the tricks of the game, this is one of the usual gimmicks deployed to beef up the number of party delegates who are expected to lend support to the leaders who mastermind the formation and registration of such local branches.”

22 10 2010
SSS Admin

Yonex,

The cat has been out of the bag for some time already. Even for MCA. Only that now it comes out from the horse’s mouth. The retired horse that is. Poor him, he is said to be the lesser of a political animal and a good no-money-politics man, believing in decency and no tendency to allow such thing as the seditious call for the abolition of the 30% Bumiputera equity target.

The meaning of what the ex-MCA President said is clear – money politics is rampant in MCA, too. It has enabled a daring and gullible group of people to wrest control of the party, despite the circulation among party members of the video showing the illicit sex of a candidate to the top post prior to party elections. A group that supports Chinese schools using Mandarin as the medium of instruction, which is against Article 152 of the Constitution on Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language. The group that supports the call by the Economic Congress sponsored by them, calling for the abolition of the Bumi equity target, a wild and seditious act.

The Registrar of Societies is responsible for overseeing the orderly conduct of political parties and private organisations in accordance with party constitutions or articles of association. The Registrar has not been heard to act on phantom membership of branches and members in the past. And is not likely to do so in the foreseeable future. Political parties appear to have been the Lords of the Ring and no one dares touch them. Especially under the existing conditions of chaos and uncertainties. The Registrar is a poor civil servant, taking instructions or, in the absence of such, looking for indications as to what can be the appropriate action, based on the wishes of the political masters. No instructions, even indications, may be forthcoming because, like corruption cases, people living in glass houses don’t throw stones at one another.

So, we may have to brace ourselves for more rough rides until we can find leaders with clear integrity and dexterity. Some use the words “leaders who are sincere, clean and with balls”. Others say “leaders with guts and gumption”.

20 10 2010
abra

Can UMNO take it when the MCA President said “it cannot be business as usual ….. and there will be occasions when MCA will take a different stand from Umno”?

Are they not supposed to channel their grouses through proper channels … the BN … and iron out their differences there? What kind of coalition will it become?

“Overcoming the negative perception of the Chinese towards MCA” does not mean being antagonistic towards the Malays and the Bumis. Asking the 30% Bumi equity abolished is antagonistic.

Their infighting, factional troubles and money politics may have made them “perceived as a party that has been unable to voice out the aspirations of the community” but why blame others, saying “politicians from both sides of the political divide have been playing up on racial and religious issues ” ….

22 10 2010
SSS Admin

abra,

The UMNO President, PM Najib, has told the MCA General Assembly that his “UMNO leaders” have questioned him about his stand in giving in to Chinese demands and said that he is expecting reciprocal action from MCA by way of delivering votes at the next General Elections. It is not known whether Najib was aware that in the prepared speech delivered by the MCA President there were going to be some disquieting statements like you stated above.

The attitude of the “UMNO leaders”, presumably at the Majlis Tertinggi and Division Head levels, is one thing. But the attitude of the grassroots, as reflected by the delegates to the AGA is another. We can see that from the debate on the UMNO President’s speech, which is still going on. What the UMNO Youth Leader said may be discounted as many have said his speech is out of tune with the sentiments of UMNO and he became Leader only by 403 UMNO Youth votes, (not even half – he was found guilty of money-politicis), anyway.

It is quite clear that Najib’s policy of appeasement has not been readily accepted by the UMNO grassroots, even by “UMNO leaders” as Najib told the MCA Assembly. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain tried to appease Adolf Hitler prior to World War II but was seen by the Germans as a sign of weakness and the Germans walloped the British almost to destruction in the Battle of Britain.

It’s completely unacceptable for the Chinese or any other to ask for the Bumi 30% equity target be abolished. Doing so certainly does not augur well for harmonious relations in this country. Already there are Malays reacting by asking the citizenship right of those doing so be abolished as well.

DS Najib has told the UMNO General Assembly that the Bumi Special Position, rights and privileges cannot be changed even if the opposition gains two thirds Parliamentary majority because any changes need be consented by the Rulers Council. The Military, which has sworn loyalty to the YDP Agong as Commander in Chief, is not likely to allow that. Some Rulers hold honorary ranks in the Military, anyway. Remember that in Fiji, even those non-indigenous who form the majority of the population and won the General Elections were not allowed to rule the country. The Military took over power.

Those with leadership and infighting problems seeking to avoid being “perceived as a party that has been unable to voice out the aspirations of the community” must not blame others. As Najib said at the UMNO Assembly, the Malays have been an accomodating lot; but they must not be exploited and provoked. MCA and others should be reasonable and go through the BN to resolve their differences instead of going public and appearing as a bent spoke in the wheel.

21 10 2010
samenda

Banyak sangat cakap pasal Perhimpunan Agung Pemuda, Wanita, UMNO dilobi hotel, dikedai kopi, didalam bilik, sampai tak cukup tidoq, nak tulih panjang pun tak dapat.

Ni nak habaq sikit kat hangpa diSSS ni:

Semalam Perwakilan Wanita Umno, Dato Khamsiyah Yeop, buat usul untuk SSS. Bacalah disurat habaq. Kot hangpa pun dah tau.

Dengaq habaq orang-orang Tan Sri Muhyiddin dan Dato Seri Najib tak senang hati dengan ucapan Ketua Pemuda sebelah pagi tu. Depa kata KJ dah keluag dari landasan.

Ada Pemuda hak buat usul yang baik pagi tu.

Jugak, depa kata Dato Seri Najib buat ucapan yang membberansangkan ditaklimat tertutup malam semalam. Yang ragukan dia pun naik semangat dengaq mcm mana dia akan lindungkan Melayu.

Tapi saya bukan lah ahli perwakilan. Cuma tumpang semangkok. Tak boleh nak kata bersungguh benaq ka dia. Akan buat betui ke tidak.

Depa kata dia kata kalau MCA, MIC boleh desak itu ini, Umno pun boleh desak apa yang Umno mau. “Tak ada masalah”.

Memanglah tak dak masalah untuk Umno desak. Tapi dia bagi ke tidak, dia buat ke tidak. Contoh, implementasikan SSS. Dan, macam hangpa selalu kata kat sini, masukkan BEB dalam MEB sepenuhnya. Jangan lah dok bagi kat oghang lain saja naaa.

Pasai ucapan Dato Seri Najib tentu banyak oghang dah tulih.

Jangan marah tulih lagu ni ya, Che Abang. Nak lekas tulih ni. Salam.

24 10 2010
SSS Admin

samenda,

Terima kasih kerana memberi tahu kami berkenaan sistem sekolah satu aliran atau Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS) dibincang dan suatu usul baginya dikemukakan diPerhimpunan Agung UMNO yang selesai semalam. Memang kami harapkan demikian sebab perkara ini telah disebut dan dibincangkan juga diParlimen awal tahun ini dan Dato Seri Najib telah mengatakan dilaman citra 1Malaysianya bahawa SSS “akan dilaksanakan bila rakyat mahukannya”. Tetapi dia tidak menyebut apa cara bagi menentukan sama ada rakyat mahukannya sekarang atau tidak. Pendiriannya itu ada lah pendirian politik; dia mahu mengejar undi larian PRU12, tidak mahu membuat sesuatu yang tidak menyenangkan hati bukan Melayu.

Kami belom nampak resolusi yang memuaskan berkenaan SSS diPerhimpunan UMNO itu. Tetapi TPM / Menteri Pelajaran Tan Sri Muhyiddin telah mengumumkan keputusan bahawa Sejarah akan dijadikan mata pelajaran yang dimestikan untuk mendapat SPM mulai 2013. Ini sangat memuaskan hati sebab ini juga telah dicadangkan didalam konsep SSS yang telah dikemukakan sejak lk setahun yang lalu. Keadaan kucar kacir yang ada diMalaysia sekarang banyak berpunca dari rakyat tidak mengtahui atau memahami dan, dengan itu, tidak menerima fakta-fakta sejarah negara ini.

Berkenaan desak mendesak itu, jika banyak sangat mendesak dan didesak, nanti sesak. Baguslah bahawa Najib dilapurkan berkata selepas penutup Perhimpunan itu semua ahli-ahli gabungan Barisan Nasional telah bersetuju tidak akan membawa isu-isu sensitif Perlembagaan kapada khalayak ramai selepas ini. Tetapi lapuran akhbar diMalaysia ini selalu ada yang tidak tepat, kadangkala mengelirukan. Dalam perkara ini sahaja, lapuran The Star dan The Sun berbeza tanggapan mereka diatas apa yang dikatakan Najib. Tidak memberi gambaran yang sama. Najib ada menjelaskan bahawa ini bergantung kapada sama ada isu yang ditimbulkan itu berupa menghasut atau “seditious” atau tidak. Maka selagi Najib tidak membuktikan dia serius dalam perkara ini dan mereka yang menyatakan dikhalayak ramai mahukan pemansuhan sasaran 30% ekuiti Bumiputera didakwa diMahkamah, selagi itulah dikhuatiri masalah berlarutan. Tindakan mahkamah perlu diambil bagi menyedarkan yang lain jangan berbuat demikain dan bagi menjaga kepentingan salitur rahim antara bangsa dinegara ini.

22 10 2010
Ah Soh

Very true Chua Soi Lek. You said it very right –

Barisan after being in power for 53 years has its fair share of weaknesses, abuse of power and corruption. We do not claim to be a perfect government but hope that Malaysians will deliberate carefully if they think Pakatan will be a better choice.

Many people alredy know which one better what. We have 3 in 1 you know. DAP-PAS-PKR. No power abuse, no coruption. See Lim Guan Eng in Penang no coruption.

24 10 2010
SSS Admin

Ah Soh,

Barisan Nasional has been in power at the Federal level for 53 years. Pakatan Rakyat has been in power at the Perak and Selangor state levels for only 2 years, yet they have caused a lot of anxiety and heartaches already. The MACC was investigating the misuse of the RM500,000 allocation per Exco member in Selangor when Teoh Beng Hock died and the DAP jumped up like a small boy pointing a finger at MACC although the cause of death is not known until today. TBH had in his possession vouchers pertaining to doubtful expenditures from the allocation of one DAP Exco.

Another DAP Exco, Ronnie Liu, alleged to be the “fund-raiser” for the DAP, had his Exco letterhead flying around supporting various people and registered businesses’ tender bids in the state of Selangor. Such support was allegedly linked with commissions and kickbacks. This is the same Ronnie Liu who one fellow Pakatan Rakyat – PKR – ADUN Selangor and one PKR MP said was meeting thugs and gangsters in the Selangor State Government offices. The sand mning permits and sand sales have been mired with corruption. Illegal factories have been sprouting up during the short tenure of the PR government in Selangor. The operators do not pay license and other fees to the Government but to those who approve or close an eye to them. The State Government had run out of money and went to the extent of proposing to use the Muslim Zakat Fund for it. If all the above are not abuses of power and corruption, one wonders what is.

The ones who “already know which one better” are the strong supporters of the Pakatan, especially the DAP. The 3-in-1 might not be really one. Already there have been cracks in the “strange bedfellows” arrangement of convenience. Cracks over fundamental, or in simpler terms, in basic beliefs. PAS believes in Hudud laws but Lim Kit Siang has never agree to it and Karpal Singh has said “over my dead body” to it. Even in Selangor, the PAS Exco Hassan Ali has been at odds with his DAP Exco colleagues over issues of liquor sales, the mushrooming of massage parlours and houses of ill repute. It is no fun living in Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya etc these days. Practically everywhere one sees illegal signboards and paper adverts pasted all over the places about Ah Long loan sharks, phone numbers for “Love Satisfied” and such vice alluring devices, making children ask what they are and who they are.

Those lacking a sense of decency and used to the ways of secret societies, thugs and gangsters since the time of the Ghee Hins and the Hai Sans in the 19th Century may not be bothered. But these are the proofs of moral decay, a breakdown in moral values, a lack of respect for the law. Many of them do not respect the Constitution, the Perlembagaan, the highest set of laws that govern our lives. Yes, Malaysians need to think carefully if they want this kind of people to look after the future of our children and grandchildren. The country will go the dogs otherwise.

4 02 2014
contoh surat mundur kerja

The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.

My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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