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DSAI, Nurul and DSWA

DSAI, Nurul and DSWA

The landslide victory of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the just concluded Permatang Pauh by-election will create a great impact on the Malaysian political scenario.

DSAI of PKR garner a total of 31,195 votes, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah of BN garner 15,524 votes, while Hanafi Hamat of (Akim) 92 votes. Anwar won by an astounding majority of 15,671 votes. The huge majority proves that DSAI popularity and charisma is still undeniable.

In the 12th general election, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah won the Permatang Pauh by a majority of 13,388 votes. This shows an increase of 2,283 votes for the opposition. If this result is to be taken as a guide, we can conclude that the rakyat had rejected Barisan National. Barisan National went into the fray as an underdog (at least that’s what was mentioned by the DPM in the media) knowing very well that they are not going to win the battle. Their only intention of contesting is because of pride and are only out to reduce the majority margin. If they are able to reduce the majority, it will be seen as a victory for them. A sign that the rakyat still have faith in them in governing the country. But then……..

My personal views and conclusion on the result of the by-election:

1.  Some BN leaders are arrogant and over aggressive in their campaign speeches. Speeches made by KJ went too far as to bury DSAI politically in this by-election is totally not accepted by the Permatang Pauh people especially when it involves their own people. Take a simple scenario, an outsider budged into your house and start saying bad thing about one of your family! What would you feel?;

2.  People now are more educated and they are more concern on how to face with the current economic situation such as the fuel increase and recession. They are not concern on personal matter such as the sodomy case which seems to be the main topic for BN in all their campaign as if there is no other better things to talk about;

3.  Goodies offered during the 10 days campaign such as the fuel price reduction, which was widely seen as a window dressing for the by-election only. The rakyat had their experience during the general election whereby during election time, the government promised no fuel increase until year-end. But it was increased right after the election and due to that they felt cheated. They can’t trust what the  BN government preached or promised; 

4.  The attendance by big guns of BN, who have been rejected during the 12th general election does not help at all. The rakyat perspective of them as being a rejected leaders is still very fresh in their mind. If they are rejected in their own turf, what makes the Permatang Pauh people want to accept or lisent to them;

5.  Yesteryears, media which are controlled by the government played a major role in disseminating propaganda. It is still used now but is rather irrelevant nowadays with the present cybermedia. The rakyat can easily check the truth and cannot be fooled or taken for a ride any more. They will not just blindly swallow anything presented in the mass media;

6.  There is an element of corruption during the election but the rakyat now are more matured. They will take anything offered during election time such as money, financial assistance, allowance etc . But when it comes to voting, they vote their choice. Not necessary the Santa;

7.  BN leadership, especially Umno, never learnt. UMNO has been using highly racial and religious sensitive issues instead of strengthening national unity among the people. Umno tried desperately to whip up racial emotions on the New Economic Policy (NEP), the orchestrating of the student demonstrations at UiTM and Bar Council etc. The BN and Umno are still trapped in the old mindset of racial compartmentalisation of Malaysian politics;

8.  The rakyat has lost their trust in the BN government and it’s leaders;

9.  The rakyat want changes;

10. Malaysia is for all Malaysian regardless of their skin colour, ethnicity and religious affiliation.

To the victorious, I congratulate you! To the losers….what can I say, this is the name of the game in politics. Someone has to be in your shoes.

To the people of Permatang Pauh (PP),  I salute you all! You folks are the People’s Power (PP)! I thank you all for opening the door to a new Malaysia, a country for all Malaysian!


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A New Malaysia is Born

A New Malaysia is Born

Much have been said of Permatang Pauh by-election. Some call it as the ‘mother of all election’, ‘A beginning of a new Malaysia’, ‘ A beginning of the end of BN rule’ etc. It does not really matter what people want to call it as the bottom line is Malaysian in general want changes in Malaysia. This by-election is not about any individual nor any parties…this is about DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE, and EQUALITY.

Malaysia should be for all Malaysian and not just for certain races. Gone were the era of one pioneering for their own race only and along the way in championing for their own race they belittle others. When they are championing their race, they said they are protecting their rights. BUT when others are doing the same, they are questioning their rights and even the keris is being used as a symbol of protest and promote the Ketuanan Melayu or Malay supremacy idealism. 

To me, it does not matter what race, religion or the colour of our skin. The most important thing is that all of us and our forefathers before us, have in their own way, may it big or small, did contributed to the building of a great Malaysian society. Don’t let racist and greed destroy what had been built for the past 45 years of Malaysia.

I believe that treatment and opportunities should be accorded equally to each and every Malaysian with no marginalisation of any ethnic race. The colour of our skin, ethnicity and religious affiliation should not be a factor in Malaysia. Afterall, as I have said earlier… Malaysia land is for all Malaysian, not just for one race.

This beautiful nation of ours needs to be rid of racist, divide and rule politics of BN. UMNO will not change and the other component parties in BN have shown themselves to be helplessly subservient to UMNO. Only after the recent political tsunami and losing so many seats, I notice, some BN component parties started to voice their dissatisfaction towards UMNO. Some Gerakan delegates have now become so daring as to propose that they pull out of BN. SAPP showing their fangs, MCA may pull out of Barisan Nasional if Umno does not shed its “Ketuanan Melayu” policies says vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat.

We await the birth of a new Malaysia for all Malaysian!

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Jump Beyond The Comfort Zone

Jump Beyond The Comfort Zone

After reading my article, some people have been asking me on my stance regarding the UiTM issue, whether I am against the idea or am I supporting. Basically I say, in anything we do, there is always the good and a bad side of it. Nothing is completely good nor bad. It all falls back to the mentality of the individual. Take the example of the recent increase of the fuel price in our country. Almost all the rakyat were unhappy and were against the increase. But surprisingly all the BN MPs and maybe a small portion of the rakyat agreed. So I said again here that there is no definite answer to it. It is very subjective matter and it boils down to the individual interpretation, acceptance and the changes that one think might effect their community.

What I am to pen here is totally my personal views and interpretation. Some people will definitely jump and start cursing me on my comments. It does not matter to me as this is a free world. Freedom of speech. I can say anything that comes out from my little grey cells and nothing can stop me. Afterall, I am just a simple minded anakdesa. I am no politician and I don’t care a damn about politicians as they are nothing but opportunists. Curse as much as you like but that will not change my stance on what I believe and stand for. For those of you who share my view, I thank you. For the undecided….give it a thought…with your mind and not with your feelings!

When Tun Mahathir allowed a 10% quota for non-bumiputra into MRSM, no street procession, no demand for Tun to retract the decision, no everything. Everyone accepted the decision even though it involved  a Mara school, which is meant for bumiputras. WHY? Is it because it was Tun Mahathir that decided it or was it at that time the Government was in total control. Maybe it was because that the decision was from the Government?

My question here is, what would had happened if it was the Government of the day that proposed UiTM be opened to non-bumiputra? Will the students take to the streets? Or will they just keep quite as what happened when Tun Mahathir opened MRSM to non-bumiputra?

I view that the proposal for a mere 10% quota for international and non-Bumiputra students in UiTM, had been blown out of proportion by certain quarters for their political mileage. A university is an institution of higher education and it is damn unfortunate that some political party took that opportunity to politicised it. I am just too disappointed and saddened that some leaders have chose to politicise education for their political mileage…. We bumiputra should see the positive side of the idea, with our little grey cells and not with our feelings but it seems that we have become ‘pak turut’ only. Students are directed to go under the hot sun to protest in the name of Malays’ special rights. Racist sentiment was used to gain the people and students’ support. For what? For their own political propaganda. 

We bumiputra should now jump across the comfort zone of being protected too much by the government. How can the nation achieve it’s 2020 vision if the bumiputras don’t open their mind to globalisation. We can’t forever be under the ‘tempurung’ hoping to be fed by the government all the time. 

The bumiputras have been pampered too much for too long and have not been able to jump out of the ‘tempurung’ as yet, I guess. They can’t accept challenges from non-bumiputra. That is why, todate not one bumiputra can manage to enter the top 10 riches men in Asia! Bumiputra failed because they are pampered too much. The Government under Tun Mahathir did so much for the bumiputra during his time as PM but did anyone succeeded? NONE! Some manage to step forward a few steps but arrogant and greed ‘broke’ them and they came tumbling down like humpy-dumpy. One bumiputra entrepreneur after being over pampered had all the guts to purchased a million over ringgit painting just to decorate his office at the expense of a government purse. This is what I meant when I said greed and arrogant that causes humpy-dumpy to fall. As the saying goes…anything that comes easy, will go easily. Just like the Oreo biscuits..now you see it..now you don’t! 🙂

As I have said earlier in my article  that it would be interesting to ask UiTM Vice Counselor, Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Ibrahim Abu Shah whether such proposal had ever been discussed by the UiTM board or anyone else before this. Here’s a so-called learned person contemplating to take legal action against Selangor MB. I wonder what is his action for doing so. Is he being acting dumb or is it just a ‘tin kosong’ talk! My earlier statement that this matter was a stale news altogether does hold water afterall.

Today, MCA Vice-President Datuk Ong Tee Keat said UiTm has in recent years been recruiting foreign students…..  He was the then Deputy Higher Education Minister. ( For more… read here )

UPDATED 19/8/2008 – Anwar Ibrahim in his press conference mentioned that Dr Mahathir had in fact proposed the opening of UiTM to non-bumiputra in 2002. ( For More…hear here ) 

Now…now…now…what’s all this?  Enough is enough…I’m confused by these people! Are we rakyat being taken for a ride again for political purposes? Here we are having people like the VC having no knowledge of such talk and implementation? Then his previous deputy minister say “already started”. Is the VC a puppet of someone higher up? Is this kind of people ‘layak’ to sit there? Is he trying to be a hero in the eyes of the government? Come on lahh… VC use your little grey cells in that little head of yours and not that big knee cap head!  Just play your role as an academician and not politician. Let the Government do their work. For you just stay under the ‘tempurung’ until another tsunami hits Malaysian politic that will eventually wash you away..floating.

But the funniest part of all this saga, is our dear PM who was not aware of such decision! Hemmm….!!??

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Yesterday, while driving my 11 years old niece back from school, she was exited to see some Malaysian flags at some houses along the way. On reaching home, she asked me why aren’t we putting up a flag too as some of the houses. She knew it is because of the “51st Merdeka” celebration as they were generally informed by their teachers in school .

It took me sometimes before I can give her an answer to her question. Deep inside me is whether to tell her the real history or just being like a donkey and follow what they were taught in school. In the end I took the decision to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Sabah did not achieved it’s independence on 31st August 1957 BUT 16Th Sept 1963. Only Malaya at that time achieved their’s from the British. Not Sabah and Sarawak. After that you know lah…strings of questions from my niece that I can hardly see the Olympic in the TV in peace. I would have groan and irritated from the marathon of questions that I have to answer. If she had gone to the Olympic, I guess she would have got herself a gold medal. NO…I did not groan nor irritated over the questions poured out to me. I took the liberty to try to explain and paint in her young mind the true picture about the formation of Malaysia.

Am I wrong and being unpatriotic? Is it wrong to tell the true picture to the youngs about the real history? I believe we shouldn’t distort history and confuse the young people especially the young children of Sabah and Sarawak on the formation of Malaysia.

I am not being unpatriotic but facts is facts. I can’t change history nor anyone in Malaysia or the world. The facts remain no matter what our education policy or system is trying to psyche the mind of our youngs. It is morally and etically wrong! We cannot and should not distort history! But in Malaysia, it seems that the Education Ministry is trying to do just that.

Did I put up a flag in the end or did my niece insisted? No…we did not as I feel that we might be just celebrating it for the sake of celebrating without any significant meaning to the word MERDEKA. One thing for sure we do put up one on 16Th September.

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Education encompasses both the teaching and learning of knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency. It thus focuses on the cultivation of skills, trades or professions, as well as mental, moral & aesthetic development. Politicisation on the education policy and protesting on the street such as what happened today is truly unfortunate and uncalled for.

What I am about to pen here is nothing about being supportive or against the suggestion that UiTM be opened to non-bumiputra. Though I am a bumiputra having studied in UiTM once upon a time, so did my other-half and 2 children. So I can safely say that we are very much patriotic to UiTM as those that took to the street today. I won’t comment this topic from  the political point of view as I am no politician nor  being patriotic as an ex-UiTM. I am only for “whatever is the best” for all Malaysian. 

I’ve got a few lecturer friends in UiTM and I came to know that the suggestion to open the door to non-bumiputra has long been discussed by the UiTM board. It is nothing new and I was informed that all the UiTM staff knew this long time ago and thus it was actually a stale news altogether. It is not something that just cropped up yesterday when Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was asked to comment. The Selangor Menteri Besar only said he agreed to the suggestions that the university be opened to all. He had never said that he propose it.

However, it seems that Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has become the scapegoat when he commented on the suggestion. I consider whatever his comment, it was his personal view and nothing to do with his goverment as rightfully said by the PM  “It is not within his jurisdiction of power. Matters pertaining to the intake (of students) lie with the educational institution concerned.”

So I wonder why the protest and demand for Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to retract his statement when in the first place it was not him that suggested such move. It would be interesting to ask UiTM Vice Counselor, Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Ibrahim Abu Shah whether such proposal had ever been discussed by the UiTM board or anyone else before this. If not, how come all the UiTM staff are aware of such talk donkey months ago?

As I have said earlier, I am not against or support the idea of opening UiTM to other non-bumiputra. Neither do I know Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim so much so as to defend or to seek justice for him. I would rather defend my state from being adulterated by PATI. Anyway, it is not a matter of defending or accusing anyone but rather it is just a matter of principal, justice and to share my personal views on what I believe is a misunderstood statement or picture regarding the whole episode. ( I reserve my comments on the above issue to a later date. So please feel free to ‘explore’ my mind on the issue. )

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Is money evil, so much so that people used to brand money as ‘the roots of all evil’? Or is it the love of money? Or is it power that is actual evil of all evils?

It is amazing how history keeps repeating itself…each time whenever party election is round the corner. It is as if or is it actually the facts that in politics and money/bribes cannot be separated. No matter how the party tend to curb and prevent such corruption, it will it never stop if the so-called leaders are greedy. It all boils up to the greediness of human beings. A true  and sincere leader, if accepted by the rakyat, need not use money nor corrupt practice to be elected.

Money may indeed be a corrupting influence in politics though some UMNO leaders have refuse to acknowledge publicly that money/bribes was passed from some candidates to delegates be it at the party’s divisional or branch election. But recently, I notice that UMNO members Capt (R) Dato Zahar Hashim, Head of UMNO South PJ was so bold to accused the two top guns in UMNO for committing the biggest political corruption. Then UMNO veteran Dato Mazlan Harun report it to the ACA based on Capt (R) Dato Zahar Hashim’s statement. Are these action being bold or stupid or ‘seppuku’ or disrespect or just being patriotic to UMNO? Will the action of these 2 members eliminate UMNO from money politics or will it create a bigger crack in the party and an advantage to the PR? 

If it is true as what  Capt (R) Dato Zahar Hashim claimed, then UMNO now is at the doorstep to doomsday. Do I really care or shed my tears if it does happen? Hemmmm… let me ponder on this fine point first or rather let me see if I still have any more tears to shed. I’ve been shedding too much tears lately. Meanwhile I just want to sing… Money..Money..Money

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KUALA TERENGGANU, Aug 10 — Saying he did not want anyone like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “who stabbed him in the back” as Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday he would rather migrate if the former deputy prime minister succeeds in toppling the Barisan Nasionalgovernment.

“If he comes Prime Minister, I will get out of the country. Give everything to him,” Utusan Malaysia quoted the former prime minister’s reply to a question at the Current Challenges for Malays forum here.

However, the acerbic Dr Mahathir was confident that Anwar will not become Prime Minister by September 16 although he was sure his former protégé would be victorious in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election this Aug 26.

He said Anwar was greedy enough for support that he would forsake the special privileges for his own race to cooperate with the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) which is filled with racism.

AnakDesaThis world is a free world. One can go anywhere one wishes to as long as they have the money. If you are damn rich, any country awaits you. So many leaders migrated after they fallout with their own people. Marcos Ferdinand, Adi Amin, Alberto Fujimori, the latest Thaksin. Did their country shed tears for them? This time whatever tears lahhh…Did their country collapse? Or have the countries prosper further after their departure? Did the migration did good for the country or otherwise?

With due respect to Tun Dr. Mahathir, I can’t and will not denied that Malaysia did prosper in his time as PM. His policies of economic liberalisation and his vision for the nation’s future as a fully-developed industrial country by the year 2020, which I must admit, is every Malaysian’s dream and also all the 3rd world countries in the world. All the mega projects such as Twin Tower, Sepang F1 etc. have magnified Malaysia to the world. Being vocal and outspoken, Tun Dr. Mahathir made a lot of leaders around the world to appreciate him (especially the developing countries) but at the same time others hated him for some of his remarks.

Every man in the world have their “good and bad” in the eyes of every people. No one is perfect in this world! Even DSAI has his share of this. So are Pak Lah, Najib and all the Malaysian leaders for that matter. It is only a matter of whether the rakyat could tolerate (not accept!) their bad side. For the good side, of course, everyone can accept lah…no question about that!

Back to the main topic about Dr M wanting to migrate if DSAI becomes the PM. Would I shed tears as I did for Rafidah Aziz? Would I care if Dr M migrates? Would it be a loss to the country? Will the country collapse? Well, for sure, I wouldn’t want to waste my tears for him if he does migrate. It is his right to do so. It is his choice and no one forces him to, not DSAI, Pak Lah, Najib, me or you. Even during his tenure as PM, in fact there are a lot of rakyat who migrated to other parts of the world. No one shed tears for them either. In fact some of those migrated that I knew are very happy with their present life now. So why waste tears!

To Dr. M, go where ever you want to and do what ever you want to. Just don’t politicise it to get sympathy from the rakyat. ( That reminds me of a song sung by Madonna – Don’t cry for me Argentina )

By the way…today is my birthday lah…anybody care to shed tears for me..? Cos’ I am, what people used to say…a step nearer to meet my Creator!

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