Politikus Malaya

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Cheese Bites 76 – Peace in our time? The follow up.


Arising from UMNO’s Secretary General’s hints that a meeting between Superman and Pak Lah may happen before raya, most major newspapers carried this story – Superman revealed that the proposal to meet Pak Lah was made by Mubarak, the association of former Members of Parliament and State Assemblymen, which had advised the former premier to express his sentiments.

Superman said he was ready to meet Pak Lah before Hari Raya to tell him about “all my grievances and after that, it is up to the Prime Minister”.

Asked about the grievances, he said: “There are many. I have spoken of them before.”

According to UMNO Information Chief, Tan Sri Muhd Taib:

“It’s better for the two leaders to sit down and talk rather than for Tun Mahathir to go around the country criticising the Government. In that way, they can sort out these issues in private rather than in the media,”

As to whether the Prime Minister would be open to the meeting, Muhammad said:
“Pak Lah is always prepared to meet people for the good of the country.”

RT – The meeting is still scheduled before Aidil Fitri (Monday or Tuesday) or at the latest before UMNO General Assembly (mid Nov). Everyone will be letting out a big sigh of relief but it all depends on Superman’s “grievances” and whether the two men can see the middle ground regarding the “grievances”. Otherwise it’ll just be a nice photo-op.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Cheese Bites 75 – Daddy's Here....

NST reported that the increasingly famous Senator Datuk Muhammad Abdul Ghani shovelled all the blame for the AP-clone scandal on his son. What made it more interesting is the good Senator’s statement:

”He (his son) is not clever at doing it ... to be a fraudster you need skills. Fraudsters should always be a notch above their victims. If one were smart, one wouldn’t clone all the APs in a week. There should at least be a three-month interval.

"He didn’t learn from me or I could have given him some tips,"

On Monday, Muhammad denied that he or his son were involved in this scam.

Yesterday, he blamed his son for his problems with the Customs.

He said he handed over the running of his company to his eldest son six years ago.

RT – I’ve seen the father taking the fall for the son a number of times. The times are-a-changing. “I can give him some tips” probably gives the character away. What are the differences between Rats and humans again?

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Cheese Bites 74 – Peace in our time?

The Star reported that UMNO Secretary General Datuk Radzi Sheikh Ahmad has given broad hints that a meeting is finally on the cards between Pak Lah and Superman.

Radzi said “something good” was going to happen in this Ramadan month and he was praying for it.

Asked what it was, he replied:
“Something good lah. Who knows? The two men may have a change of heart.”

“We just pray. We have 13 days to go (before Ramadan ends). Insyallah (God-willing).”

On a related matter, Radzi said an invitation to Dr Mahathir to attend the Umno general assembly next month would be sent out after the Hari Raya break.

RT – Could it be?. Would Superman mend ties before the Assembly?. What is the consideration?. “Build the Bridge?”. Also interesting to note Superman’s statement against ASLI’s findings on NEP. After all the disagreements of late, any form of agreement between Pak Lah and Superman is eye opening. But the sight of the two men shaking hands will be hair raising. We rats have lots of those.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Cheese Bites 73 – Cabinet Strikes Back

As usual our MPs had a busy few days:

1) On the issue of LKY:

NST reported that Lee’s letter to Prime Minister did not qualify as an apology. In fact, the ministers felt that the former Singapore prime minister had repackaged his jaundiced views about Chinese here being marginalised and compliant. They also said that since Lee said that he wanted good bilateral ties with Malaysia, the onus was on him to translate that into action.

2) On the issue of repair work for the two schools in Kepala Batas and Muar:

The Star reported that The Government has approved a RM500,000 allocation to repair and refurbish two vernacular schools where the work done was not up to the mark.

“We asked the Cabinet for the amount to repair the schools, and the Prime Minister has approved our request,”

“The Cabinet felt strongly that appropriate action must be taken against those responsible. Investigations are still ongoing on work done at Mah Hua, where only RM45,000 worth of work was done out of the RM90,000 allocation. For Kung Yu, the school block needs to be rebuilt,”

On when work would commence, he said, it would likely be by the end of this year.

3) Dewan Bahasa given power to fine

The Star reported that the Cabinet has given the DBP the power to advise and fine anyone not using the national language correctly on signboards.

“This step was outlined in a special memorandum between the Education Ministry and my ministry which was approved by the Cabinet to make sure the national language is not sidelined in any way,”

“DBP can now enforce the correct usage of the national language on the public and private sectors,”.

Rais said for a start, DBP would advise anyone found using the language wrongly.
Anyone refusing to follow an order by the DBP director-general can be fined up to RM1,000.

Rais also gave some examples of commonly used terms such as Touch ‘N’ Go and Boulevard that he would like to see changed to Bahasa Malaysia terms.

“The word for ‘Boulevard’ should rightfully be ‘Lebuh Perdana’,” he said.

4) My Cousin Brother in Parliament - Speedy Gonzalez

Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz earned this nickname after he sped through the pages of his replies while winding up the debate on the Budget at policy stage on Monday. Many felt that even with limited time, a minister should allow at least one question from an MP.

Nazri’s contention was that he had 84 pages of replies to read and he could not afford to allow clarification.

“If there is any question, please ask me during the committee stage or write to me,”

Eight DAP MPs, including Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, were so frustrated with Nazri that they walked out of the House as a show of protest. Fong and Karpal Singh stayed behind.

Although the opposition was unhappy with Nazri, the backbenchers seemed to think that it was “acceptable” for a minister not to give way. Deputy Speaker Datuk Lim Si Cheng, who had been chairing proceedings at the time, said Nazri was not going against any Standing Order as he had every right to refuse to give way.

“It is up to the minister. He can use his discretion when a backbencher stands up to ask for penjelasan (clarification).”

RT – Two “hot” issues were discussed by Cabinet (ie LKY’s statement and the two schools drama that saw infighting between the 2 prominent politicians in 2 prominent portfolios). In the process more power given to Dewan Bahasa, no more “Touch and Go” (“Raba dan Blah?”/”Pegang and Cabut?”). Although some time back, Dato Nazri aka Speedy Gonzalez takes the cake for events in Parliament.  Posted by Picasa

Cheese Bites 72 - Superman Jr Speaks

Bernama reported that Umno Youth Exco member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir claimed that support for his father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has grown stronger after he exposed political corruption in the election of Umno Kubang Pasu.

"I also see that their efforts to frustrate my father have not only failed but also backfired on them,"

Mukhriz was commenting on the action by five branch leaders in Kubang Pasu division who submitted an official complaint to the Umno Disciplinary Board last Friday alleging bribes and other wrongdoings during the delegates election.

Mukhriz denied a statement by the divisional secretary Samsuddin Ahmad that the five branch leaders were his strong supporters.

"I know that they lodged the complaint not to confirm what my father said but to save Umno from political corruption,"

RT – Appears even Ramadhan can’t stop the politics. Are the complainants really strong supporters of Superman Jr? Even if it is, what actions would be taken? Is the second phase of the attack commencing soon with Superman Jr playing a more central role? If it is, is he willing to forego support from the current leadership?. His statements increasingly showing that he has thrown caution in the wind - "their efforts to frustrate my father". Who is "their" Superman Jr? Exciting time for the Rats these next few weeks.

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Cheese Bites 71: More bad news for Politicians

It was reported that Google Inc. boss Eric Schmidt believes the Internet will offer within five years.

According to Schmidt, politicians have yet to appreciate the impact of the online world, which will also affect the outcome of elections. He predicted that "truth predictor" software would, within five years, "hold politicians to account." People would be able to use programmes to check seemingly factual statements against historical data to see to see if they were correct.

"One of my messages to them (politicians) is to think about having every one of
your voters online all the time, then inputting 'is this true or false.' We (at
Google) are not in charge of truth but we might be able to give a probability"

RT – I think Malaysian politicians Internet skills are well honed compared to the Western countries. I think Ministers should send RPKs and Jeff Oois a thank you/selamat hari raya card for getting them prepared for the next wave.

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Cheese Bites 70 – BN Youth to explain….

The Star reported that Youth leaders in the Barisan Nasional will explain to their members the recent remarks made by Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin (Wonderboy).

To reiterate the point, BN Youth leader Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein advised those who want to speak on issues touching on Malaysia’s plural society to be careful so that their statements will not be misinterpreted.

Khairy was criticised by several Barisan parties for his remarks in August that non-Malay parties would take advantage of a weak Umno.


Hishammuddin said parties like the MCA and Gerakan had criticised Khairy and demanded an apology from him because no in-depth explanation was made at that time to give a clearer picture of the situation.

Hishammuddin said Barisan members had the right to seek clarification from the leadership as long as the correct channels were used.

“We will not allow issues touching on race and religion in a multi-racial country like ours to lead into never-ending emotional arguments,”

RT – Is Dato’ Hisham still angry at Wonderboy’s remarks in the UMNO meetings?. His tone was stern to say the least. Maybe it was a critical message that has to be sent across loud and clear. Watch this space for any developments from the volatile Youth wing

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Cheese Bites 69 – Sorry No Cure

It was reported today that the Prime Minister, Pak Lah said he has “taken note” of LKY’s explanation. However he felt that LKY’s statement on the Chinese community here could have incited the feelings of Malaysians.

He said Lee’s statement was uncalled for and not appreciated, and he did not agree with the remark that the Chinese community in Malaysia was being marginalised.

“I certainly reject the premise on which Lee had made the statement and I believe that such a statement does not contribute to good neighbourly relations.
“Whatever the reasons are, what he had said could have incited the people, and relations would not be that good.”

But Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the Government did not consider Lee's letter of explanation as a letter of apology.

“It is not an apology, he was saying that he was sorry for causing discomfort, not that he was sorry for saying that. It is two different things.

“He just restated what he felt and it went beyond (what was) just a previous discussion,”.

RT – So was it even “sorry”?. His statement read - “I am sorry that what I said has caused you a great deal of discomfort”. Even mice can see evil this time.

LKY also returned a “bola tanggung” to Superman with his statement – “After a decade of troubled relations with your predecessor, it is the last thing I wanted”

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Cheese Bites 68 – The Common Enemy

When Singapore Prime Minister HSL said that Malaysia’s political situation is worrying the Republic, never in his wildest dream that the person that could bridge the divide was his Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

On Sept 15, Reuters quoted Lee as saying that it was vital for the predominantly ethnic Chinese state to stand up to its two bigger, Muslim majority neighbours.

The Malaysian leaders were united in critising LKY’s remark.

Pak Lah, returning from London reiterated Najib Razak’s criticism over the remark. The Prime Minister said he agreed with his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that Lee's statement was “naughty,” and would seek clarification over the matter.

Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said:
“I’m at a loss as to what his (Lee's) intention was.”
Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin called on Lee to apologise for making the “provocative remarks.”

The Backbenchers Club acting chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainudin Raja Omar said the Singapore High Commission should explain to Wisma Putra what Lee meant by such remarks.
Superman too had launched a scathing attack on the statement.

Perhaps the loudest and most effective attack cam from his initial sake (LKY) Keng Yaik:

"We have a vast hinterland of rural areas that are fortunately or unfortunately
inhabited by Bumiputeras. In any developed country, there is always a problem
between the urban and rural, so if you don’t go and fill up the rural area then
there is discontent,"

So, what does Singapore know? It is a little city and it’s all urban areas, so
he (Lee) can talk about competition, the best, and all this in an urban area but
what about the rural areas? He doesn’t have to worry about that. "His
perspective is all wrong.

The Chinese here will not follow and listen to what he says."
RT - Refreshing to see the leadership united against "outsiders" making sweeping remarks to the International Community about life in Malaysia. However, don't expect to see shaking of hands and taps of the backs from the many camps. But we do love a common enemy... Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Cheese Bites 67 - Superman – Flying without wings?

So the much anticipated showdown at Kubang Pasu ended without much fanfare. According to newsreports, he received superstar treatment leading to the announcement of the polls but his plans to highlight his grievances with the Government in the coming Umno general assembly suffered a setback when he failed to be elected as a delegate for the Kubang Pasu division.

According to Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir , (who was successful)

“My father could not help feeling disappointed with the result, especially after the encouraging welcome he received during the delegates conference.

“That is the norm in politics. People may show support, but they need not translate the support into votes,”

The seven who made it are division committee members Ahmad Hamid who garnered 317 votes, Shamsudin Ahmad (311), Mohd Fazli Abdul Halim (296), Shuib Din (292), Mukhriz (289), Zulfitri Yaakob (286), and Abdul Manaf Kechik (270).

Kubang Pasu division chief Datuk Johari Baharom said his team had tried pleading with Dr Mahathir to withdraw from the contest to save him the embarrassment of losing.

“We knew the delegates did not want Dr Mahathir to lower his status and stand as a delegate. He is a statesman. As a former president, he will be invited as a guest to the Umno general assembly,” he said.

However,there were some good news for his other son, Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir who was elected as a delegate to Umno’s general assembly at the Merbok Umno division meeting. But he too wasn’t pleased with the outcome of Kubang Pasu:

“My father was humiliated in his own constituency. What happened at Kubang Pasu reflects how Umno treats its former leader,”

RT - So the unthinkable has happened. Kubang Pasu, the Superman's fortress sent a signal to the rest of the 191 UMNO divisions. But don't discount Superman's dramatic entry at the coming General Assembly. Get your tickets early... Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cheese Bites 66 – GE coming soon? Part II

As Pak Lah denies a potential GE on the horizon, the Star reported that the Election Commission (EC) estimates that Malays make up 70% of the 4.5 million people who have yet to register as voters although they are eligible to vote.

“The situation is serious,” said EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, urging Umno and other political parties to address the matter fast.

He added that half of those who had yet to register were aged 21 to 25 while the rest were in the 40 to 45 age range and above.

According to him, the Opposition parties are more proactive in this matter and are garnering more supporters as they get people to register.

On a report that 660,000 Umno members have yet to register as voters, Abdul Rashid said the party should treat this as their priority.

“It is not our duty. The onus is on the party to register their members as voters,” he said, adding that if the EC were to meddle in such affairs there would be negative implications.

The biggest hint of an impending GE was given in this statement:

One the possibility of early general elections, he said: “We are ready with our machinery. “I have directed my officers throughout the country to be on standby.”

RT – Increasingly looking like a GE is on the cards. More than half a million UMNO members who are not registered voters?. Got to question the objectives of these members. Asking people to make a change when they are not exercising their position?. 70% of Malays?. Almost as many as rats, and we can’t even register to vote.  Posted by Picasa

Cheese Bites 65 – Wonderboy vs MCA, Part II

The Star reported that the MCA Youth wants the controversy over the remarks made by Wonderboy to be discussed at the BN supreme council and not through private meetings.

“The meeting between MCA Youth deputy chief Ling Hee Leong and Khairy (on Monday) was merely a private meeting,”

said MCA Youth secretary-general Dr Wee Ka Siong on Ling’s statement on Monday that Khairy, during a meeting between the two, had assured the MCA he had no intention of hurting feelings of the Chinese community.

He believed that he would not be the only Barisan leader that Khairy would meet, as Barisan Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had said that Khairy would explain to other Barisan leaders.

RT - Appears Dr Wee is not satisfied with Ling's take on the matter and wants this to be taken up to the SC. Let's see what transpires. What is the impact of this split in opinion on MCA? Posted by Picasa

Cheese Bites 64 - No lah Hsien Loong

The Star reported Pak Lah said the political differences between him and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not affect Asean.

His statement was echoed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he did not think that “deep political differences” in Malaysia could affect the “climate of Asean” as mentioned by Lee.

“Whatever differences there are, I would consider them purely domestic; and we will have to manage that without any adverse impact in terms of our economy, in terms of confidence towards Malaysia,”
Najib said the current situation was still manageable.

“Whatever the differences, they do not really change government policies and the commitment to be business and investor-friendly,”

RT - Personally felt that HL's statement regarding Malaysian politics was at the very least - irrellevant. Good to see the leadership in unison re this statement. HL probably thought his statement would prompt a response from Superman?. He did. Find it here. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 21, 2006

Cheese Bites 63 – Wonderboy to explain

The Star reported that Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin will explain to those who had been offended by his remark that the Chinese community would make demands if the Umno in-fighting continued.

His boss, Datuk Hisham Tun Hussein said Khairy had explained to him that his remark had been misunderstood.

“It is a learning process for Khairy also. This is something that concerned our friends and he (Khairy) agreed to justify it to them. To me it is good enough,”

“If he says that it (his statement) had been misunderstood, I believe that it had been misunderstood.

Hishammuddin was responding to reports in several Chinese dailies highlighting remarks by various MCA and Gerakan leaders over Khairy’s statement in Kedah last Friday.

RT - Apparently Wonderboy had ruffled a few feathers within the Chinese community with his remarks. But this time around, Dato' Hisham was quick off the blocks to diffuse the situation. Expect more of this considering politics is Wonderboy's main thing now.  Posted by Picasa