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Najib and IGP must drop sedition probe on Kelana Jaya rally speakers

Posted: 08 May 2013 03:46 PM PDT

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I refer to the statement by Selangor CPO today that 28 Pakatan leaders who spoke at the Kelana Jaya rally on 8th May will be probed for sedition.
 
N. Surendran 
 
This is an unlawful, undemocratic and politically motivated threat by the Selangor CPO/IGP against Pakatan Rakyat leaders. This illegal police investigation is clearly intended to divert attention from the massive electoral fraud and irregularities that are being highlighted by Pakatan Rakyat. The police are blatantly harassing the opposition for exposing electoral fraud, instead of investigating the BN's election wrongdoing and offences. Clearly, the Selangor CPO and the IGP are being used by Najib and the BN government to silence complaints of election fraud.
 
It is shocking that the police are once again resorting to use of the antiquated and undemocratic Sedition Act 1948.  In July 2012 Najib had promised to the Malaysian public that the Sedition Act would be repealed; Najib has lied and misled the rakyat by failing to do so. Worse, Najib continues to use this oppessive law to curb freedom of expression and democratic dissent. Is this the ' national reconciliation ' promised by Najib on the 6th of May?
 
The police must act professionally and impartially in carrying out their duties. Why are the police wasting public resources monitoring opposition rally speeches? The police should be focusing on crime prevention and traffic control. During yesterday's rally, traffic police failed to assist the public who attended the rally. Was this done upon the BN government's instructions?
 
Despite sweet promises of democratisation in the run-up to GE-13, Najib and the BN continue to use oppressive laws and breach fundamental liberties. The BN is beyond help, and beyond reform.
 
We demand that the IGP and BN government immediately drop the sedition probe upon the rally speakers. We further demand that the IGP to reveal the full extent of the BN government's involvement in ordering the sedition probe. The Selangor CPO must also be personally held accountable for abuse of power in ordering the sedition probe. Those who undermine democracy must understand that they will eventually be brought to justice.

 

Mahathir, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang, Kit Siang, Karpal, etc... and Old Malaysia

Posted: 08 May 2013 03:09 PM PDT

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No one can doubt that most of the most severe critics and nemeses of Umno and Barisan Nasional that we have today are those who were originally from the party and coalition; so they were all the creation of Umno and Barisan, nay, of Mahathir personally.  

Mansor Puteh 

Mahathir, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang, Kit Siang, Karpal etc. overstaying in their respective parties as Presidents and also as Prime Minister may be the root cause of confusion and dissent in Malaysia Today ... creating the unlikely adversaries and nemeses for UMNO/Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat ... and turning the country upside down, all for nothing.

An interesting aspect concerning Mahathir Mohammad's refusal to relinquish his post as Prime Minister earlier can be seen in how he had not allowed his own children and the many others from succeeding more than they are able to do today. Pity them!

They cannot excel more than what they have done, simply because they did not want to be seen to be too successful that can cause many in the country and elsewhere to think they are what and who they are simply because of the influence of their father. This is not true! 

Better still if all the senior leaders of DAP, PAS, Gerakan, MC, MIC and the other parties had resigned, so their children could become more successful than they are, too, on their own, without anyone charging them for practicing cronyism and nepotism.

It could also allow the political parties to function more like political parties instead of private limited companies, with the politicians staying put and become professional politicians and also media clowns and media pigs, too, whose skin has become so thick that threats of hundred million-ringgit law suits, as much as exposés of videos showing them in incriminating situations do not threaten them anymore.

This is also the main reason why the senior leaders in the opposition are hogging traffic because their children could overshadow them, standing on their own merit, without them being too emboldened to their elders and if they finally succeed, their parents could claim credit for putting them where they are.

These political leaders do not seem to agree with the adage that the children should excel in education and their chosen profession, like the rubber tappers who are happy to see at least one of their children go to university in the country or better still abroad.

In Malaysian politics, this may not be the case, as the politicians do not want any of their children to overshadow them, thus obliterating the legacy they want to promote.

Look what is happening to Samy Vellu after he left MIC, and imagine what will happen to Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang and the others in DAP and PAS, if they had resigned few years ago.

For one, DAP and PAS would be a faint reflection of themselves today; and this is what the old guards fear most. They do not fear Umno or Barisan, but their own parties and their own children whom they did not think could allow their parties to be as they are today, if not 'worse'. 

And PKR too would be in total disarray once Anwar and family leave it. Who could take it away from them? This party is basically a PKR Sdn Bhd which can only survive as long as it has a 'memorandum of misunderstanding' with DAP and PAS.

It is also not helpful if some people in Umno or Barisan who have problems with their party, who were forced to leave it and join the opposition so their life in politics is unnecessarily lengthened or prolonged, and with each of them, they carry the feeling of intense hatred of the very party that had brought them to the fore in national politics, and in the process also create some new and unusual intrigues which could not have been created if they were not forced out of their party in the first place. 

If Mahathir had resigned as Prime Minister ten or even fifteen years after his first appointment in 1981, surely, things would not be as it is today in Malaysia.

For one, Malaysia could achieve twenty percent economic growth instead of a mere five percent that the government is proud to say today and more Malaysians could have become international personalities and leaders in many industries who can enhance the image of the country without there having any need for the country to have the so-called ministry of tourism which costs a lot to keep and sustain yet Malaysia is still relatively unknown in the world.  

Malaysians have a lot more to agree than to disagree. Those who now disagree with the government are those who could be allowed to agree simply because their voices and views were not taken seriously as Malaysia was then under the control of just one person, who had overstayed, and who could not move on as there was nowhere else that he could go.

Better qualified Malaysians have no access to public space in the media and the streets, so much so that those who think they are better educated and trained could seize the opportunity to trust themselves by creating their own NGOs and other organizations and associations and claiming the right to be heard and to also hurt.

Meanwhile, the best scholars in all fields that we have in the country were cowed into silence simply because they would not dare to speak too loud as they were all trained to be polite and to present their views in a proper manner.

Those who did not have proper academic experience and education didn't care about manners especially when they are in public or before the media; they think the more they can scream diatribes, the more enhanced their stature is in the eyes of the public and the media, too, who prefer these men and women over the better educated ones.

In the end, Mahathir ended up having to hog on the political traffic and caused many behind him to fall onto each other, with some almost touching his feet and pulling him down with them.

No one can doubt that most of the most severe critics and nemeses of Umno and Barisan Nasional that we have today are those who were originally from the party and coalition; so they were all the creation of Umno and Barisan, nay, of Mahathir personally. 

They were pushed to go to the other side, as there was no where else that they could go to, including being forced to embrace the very persons whom they had earlier on severely criticized and demonized, especially those in the DAP and PAS.

And maybe if all the senior leaders of DAP, PAS, Gerakan, MCA and MIC, and the others in Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat had resigned together with Mahathir, their children too might become more important to their parties today, so much so that Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR) did not have to be created to bind the two major opposition coalition known as Pakatan Rakyat that we know today.

It could also be due to Mahathir's mistake for trusting Anwar Ibrahim by taking him from Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), where he could do much other than to make noise.

Abim today is almost dead; it's only noticeable achievement is the election of Anwar as one of its presidents.

So if Mahathir had left Anwar as president of Abim, chances are over the years he would have grown tired and whither with the association to be what it is today.

So, one can say Mahathir created a 'monster' for himself, his party and coalition to have to deal with which have all created unnecessary dissent.

'Reformasi' was established in 1998 with more Umno and Barisan officers or leaders joining Anwar, which ultimately caused the formation of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat or PKR and later Pakatan Rakyat, the loose coalition of opposition parties.  

The founders of 'Reformasi' got the idea from the other Umno members and officers who had left the party when it was disbanded by the courts to form 'Parti Semangat 46' which later ran against Umno Baru.

So it is not wrong for anyone to say it was Mahathir who had helped to create PKR and also Pakatan Rakyat, and the new generation of nemeses of Umno and Barisan that we have now. 

Because Mahathir had stayed on too long, the others in the Umno and Barisan Nasional hierarchy became confused and disillusioned; and they too thought they ought to follow in his steps by overstaying their welcome.

His deputy then, Musa Hitam, should have been allowed to take over from him so that the history of Umno and Barisan would be different with the flow of new blood into the party and coalition and dissent within Umno especially would also have been thwarted.

Maybe Mahathir feared if Musa had succeeded him as prime minister, Musa would become a better prime minister than he had been, and Mahathir would be treated the same way he had treated his predecessor, Hussein Onn and also Tunku Abdul Rahman who both left Umno to join or support Parti Semangat 46.

Worse, those who were expelled from Umno and also Barisan still harbor intentions of staying on in politics in Malaysia, even if they do it on the other side.

So no one can blame those who are now in Parti KeAdikan Rakyat (PKR) and Pakatan Rakyat for doing what they are doing; they are those who do not have principles of attacking the very party and coalition which had given them everything they had, which they had benefited very much from, including getting their pensions and other fiduciary interests, including their spouses and children who are now vociferous critics of Umno and Barisan.

They knew they had not had enough, so they insist on staying on and test their luck with each general elections.

Some of them were lucky in 2008 when they won their seats in parliament and the state assemblies.

And most, if not all of them were once in Umno and Barisan, who would have all gone up the Umno and Barisan hierarchy if not for Mahathir blocking their way there.

Anwar Ibrahim would have succeeded Mahathir after becoming his deputy and chances are Anwar would be as critical of the Chinese and Chinese or vernacular education as he was before.

His favorite punching bag or bags today would be Parti Islam SeMalaysia (Pas) and the Democratic Action Party (Dap), who now form the two of the three major components in Pakatan Rakyat.

And surely, those who are in the Najib Tun Razak cabinet today would not be where they are now, with Najib and his deputy Muhyuddin Yassin and also Najib's cousin, Hishamuddin Hussein Onn becoming chairmen of some GLCs or retired politicians.

And for that matter, all of Lim Kit Siang's, Karpal Singh's, Nik Aziz's and Hadi Awang's and the other old-timers in DAP, PAS or even Gerakan, MCA, MIC and the others in Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat today, would be more successful than they are now and they could even be more important than their own fathers were, if they had resigned along with Mahathir.

And Malaysia would be a much peaceful country today, with PAS, DAP and the Chinese, Indian and also the Malay chauvinist groups not being able to do much.

Most likely Anwar too would have resigned by now having been prime minister for more than ten years, leaving behind an image of him which is positive and his reputation intact internationally. One can see him playing the roles like what Musa Hitam is doing now.

Ten years is long enough for Mahathir and Anwar to leave an imprint in the history and development of the country. What more would they want to do?

And the two of them would not be sitting on the opposite sides of the fence, but at the same place, serving Islam, Melayu and the Federation of Malaysia or the Melayu and Islamic Kingdom of Malaysia.

In the end, we can also say Malaysia has been hijacked by two persons, who used to be together in the same party and coalition – Mahathir and Anwar, but who now find themselves in opposite positions.

The 'Mahathir and Anwar Episode' of the country has dragged on for too long now; when will it end?

 

The Harrowing Experience of being an EC/SPR Officer for GE13

Posted: 08 May 2013 03:03 PM PDT

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The internet has done a lot of good, but plenty of harm too. I understand your paranoia, but we're trying to be nice here, at least try and see that?? I detest how anger is so blinding that we take it out on others.

 

Joanne Lim 

Contrary to public perception, most of the EC officers in schools are civilians/teachers who applied for the job to be EC officers on election day. I applied for the job as I wanted to be a part of the election process and gain a first-hand experience of one of the most exciting events in my beloved country. And of course, what better way to ensure a clean and fair election than to be a part of it?

 

To my utter shock, many voters regarded me as a government machinery who was placed there to prevent them from voting/to destroy/track their votes. When checking for a man's saluran using his IC, I was about to hand him the paper which merely stated the room he should vote in when he quickly said, "NO NO! Don't give me anything! You'll track me!" It was flabbergasting!

 

Voters thought we EC officers had the power to summon everything. Our centre asked MBPJ (in charge of us) for wheelchairs but were told that they had ran out of wheelchairs. People scolded us for having no wheelchairs, but really, that was completely, absolutely not our fault. We asked for wheelchairs numerous times, but we never got it. To be fair to MBPJ, their staff looked harassed and exhausted each time we saw them (they ate, slept and worked in their centre round the clock few weeks prior to elections). I could imagine the number of phone calls they received that day as polling centres with problems called them for assistance. In the end we carried chairs from classrooms so that the senior citizens could sit in line and I drove senior citizens who walked in the school to the doorstep of their saluran. And I'm sorry about the sun, we can't help it if you have to queue in the sun, really we can't. We ourselves suffered in the heat, at least you could go home after voting.

 

One voter rudely asked me why she had to vote in a different saluran from her mother. She lamented about the inconvenience of it all and demanded that I change it. What she (and many others) failed to understand was that we were merely following a pre-decided electoral roll which had already placed everyone into various salurans according to your IC number. Saluran 1 started with the oldest voters on the list, Saluran 6 had the youngest voters.

 

Yes, changing your saluran is possible, we did it for a number of disabled/injured voters who couldn't climb up staircases. But the paperwork involved in that is not easy, with clerks in both salurans involved having to co-ordinate and fill in forms. So what, you'll think. That's what you are paid for! Well, there are only 5-6 EC officers in each room, each time an EC officer is held up by such paperwork the entire voting process is delayed.We (and you) want to prevent fraud and cheating, hence paperwork is extremely necessary. You think it's just a matter of you casting your vote in another classroom? The number of ballot papers provided for each saluran has already been fixed, any discrepancies and we'll be in trouble.

 

Read more at: https://www.facebook.com/notes/joanne-lim/the-harrowing-experience-of-being-an-ecspr-officer-for-ge13/10151584072979244 

 

Chinese being blamed for the Great Divide!

Posted: 08 May 2013 02:56 PM PDT

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Joe Fernandez 

Why are the Chinese being labelled racists for rejecting MCA, a one race party, and for rejecting the Chinese-based, led and dominated Gerakan and Supp?


Did Obama call for a National Unity Consultative Council after the elections?

Did he blame the old whites as racists who were against his presidency?

Did the Republican Party blame the blacks and other non-whites as racists who were against a white being president "in his own country"?

It's not the done thing to blame the Chinese for the great divide in Malaysia.

The honeymoon is over.

The multiracial urban areas, barring some squatter areas wooed by Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, and the ethnic rural electorate are no longer on the same page.

The rich states and poor states are no longer on the same page.

The Islamists and other Muslims are no longer on the same page.

The Christians and the rural Muslims are no longer on the same page.

The non-Muslims and the rural Muslims are no longer on the same page.

The Orang Asal and the rural Muslims are no longer on the same page.

The local Muslims and the illegal immigrants are no longer on the same page.

Urban Malaya and Borneo, except for the limited urban areas, are no longer on the same page.

Malaysians are against the illegal immigrants and other foreigners flooding their country.

The majority of Malaysians want Umno and BN out of Putrajaya.

They have rejected race-based parties and racism and racists.

The Malays will no longer root for one party, Umno, because they are "confused" to the extent they don't even bother to register as voters and when they do they don't turn up, and if they do turn up in the urban areas, they don't vote for Umno.

Umno should see the writing on the wall, the death of one-race based parties in the BN and the death of the concept, and open up to all ethnic groups to re-invent itself and survive at least in the Opposition.

It should stop harping on the Malays unless it continues to harbour a death wish.

It should stop blaming the Chinese for the seeds of destruction it harbours.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak apparently believes that man lives by bread alone.

He has pledged to step up his US$ 444 billion Transformation Programme.

The people will reject it if Transformation is an euphemism for the ruling elite to run up the National Debt Burden even further to facilitate them putting their hands in the National Cookie Jar to feather their own nests under the guise of bringing so-called development -- still water, electricity and schools in rural Borneo after 50 years of Malaysia -- to the people.

In hindsight, it's not surprising that Najib signed the MOU with Hindraf.

His entire approach in the run-up to the 13th General Election has been to try and bribe his way back into power with the people's money, and driven by his "Let's Make a Deal" thinking, "Lu Tolong Gua, Gua Tolong Lu" (You Help Me, I Help You).

What a cheap bugger!

Hindraf, for example, is not about being intimidated and bribed into submission. It's about human rights and equal rights.

The 13th GE has proven that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's remarks are worse than useless and merely provide cheap entertainment for the racist and mainstream media.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it ... George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist and writer (1856 - 1950)

 

Angkara Mamak

Posted: 08 May 2013 02:55 PM PDT

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Apa yang berlaku dalam PRU 13 ini ialah UMNO dipandang bersepakat dengan PERKASA. Inilah salah satu sebab utama hilangnya undi Cina. Seterusnya, kerusi yang dimenangi BN terus berkurangan. Dengan ini, Mamak boleh memakainya sebagai alasan untuk mengikis and menggugat kedudukan PM, sepertimana apa yang berlaku ke atas Pak Lah.
 
Fariz Islam 
Kepada PM yang dihormati,

Salam 1Malaysia. Selamat kembali menyandang kerusi PM.

Ingin saya luahkan sedikit sebanyak pandangan. Generasi muda Melayu kini ramainya berpendidikan tinggi dan tahu menganalisa.

Sila pertimbangkan hakikat secara betul. Mamak menganjurkan PERKASA yang membuat kerja bukan-bukan, yang langsungnya tidak produktif untuk mempertingkatkan taraf Melayu. PERKASA seolah-olahnya menyebabkan kemarahan kaum Cina.

Apa yang berlaku dalam PRU 13 ini ialah UMNO dipandang bersepakat dengan PERKASA. Inilah salah satu sebab utama hilangnya undi Cina. Seterusnya, kerusi yang dimenangi BN terus berkurangan. Dengan ini, Mamak boleh memakainya sebagai alasan untuk mengikis and menggugat kedudukan PM, sepertimana apa yang berlaku ke atas Pak Lah.

Nasihat ikhlas dari sanubariku, janganlah terpedaya dengan angkara Mamak, yang berperangai batu api dan mangamalkan "pecah dan perintah" demi memperkuatkan pengaruh diri.

Yang ikhlas,
Fariq Islam

 

The Animals & Greens Party of Malaysia - Parti Hijau for Malaysia!

Posted: 08 May 2013 02:51 PM PDT

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I have no intention on running this party against Pakatan Rakyat and spoiling or taking voters away from their constituencies in GE14. If we could even get it registered before then, it would be a miracle, but at least we have a platform and are contributing to an emerging and much needed third force in Malaysian politic.  

The Animals & Greens Party of Malaysia 

As a third generation Malaysian who has spent many years in Australia (which I consider my second home) and travelling to a few other countries where there are Green parties, I see a lot of policies in this movement and parties that are good, and can be modified and adopted to fit with what we 'Malaysian Greens and Animal Lovers/Rights Activists' want.

The Australian Greens website here for example, has listed many policies and universal values that we Malaysians can relate to, even if we have never lived in Australia for any significant time: http://greens.org.au/policies

At this point, some flags are already likely raising among those who are reading this. Especially those who have have drank the Pakatan Rakyat kool-aid, so I will settle your nerves for now. I have no intention on running this party against Pakatan Rakyat and spoiling or taking voters away from their constituencies in GE14. If we could even get it registered before then, it would be a miracle, but at least we have a platform and are contributing to an emerging and much needed third force in Malaysian politic. (Reference: http://mylivingwall.com/en/politics-news-menu-71/7462-the-need-for-a-third-force-in-malaysian-politics)

I believe that we already have a strong two party system in some ways, but both are so greedy and hungry for power, that they are not paying enough attention to the greens and animals lovers of Malaysia.

Did you notice how rarely (if not never!) both sides even talked about issues and policies surrounding this during their campaign? Both are very quick to and often fall back on pointing fingers and not mentioning what they will do, or even having the courage to admit what they have been doing wrong! Especially in this very important area of concern.

Do you seriously notice any changes and improvement to the environment and animal rights in any states? Even those under Pakatan. In fact, you can bet for sure that there are many equally dirty, corrupt and greedy/kiasu members of Pakatan out there, and proof of them being in cahoots with irresponsible developers, government officials and polluters/abusers, should be easy enough to find and see.

Lastly, we have enough green and animal rights NGOs out there already doing good-fair work, but we lack a political body that focuses on this. Those who have traveled often, would know about the various green political parties out there and even those in developing nations. Our intention in Malaysia, would obviously be to get some of the leaders and members from these respected NGOs already here, to be in our party and advocate for change and proper representation of these issues.

 

Are we ready for a new third force in Malaysian politics post GE13? An animal rights & greens platform? The time is now we believe. Support Parti Hijau Malaysia. Enough is enough!

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