Monday, April 30, 2018

Musical interlude: You raise me up


This GE 14 is for the future of our children and subsequent generations. This is to correct for rakyat neglected for decades. It is about appreciating the sacrifices today needed to prepare and build for a greater nation.

And, not conceding to the revenge of a corrupted despot, venting misunderstood anger, and presumptions without thoughts.

Revelation after last night's late ceramahs at KRT of Taman Setia 2 and PDM of Kampung Lubuk Kawah, Mukim Naga at  Jitra Kedah.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Nervous for perfection


Tun Dr Mahathir landed at the airport and claimed there was sabotage on his private jet. He said he could have arrived Friday but only arrived yesterday.

Transport Minister has instructed investigation. They should also detain the private jet.

Frankly, it is all a farce like the warning to the security folks that he will be murdered, the bankrupt Loaf is not his, Bangla immigrants voters, etc.

It is his ploy to play victim. He will resort to crying on stage as though he sincerely want to save Malaysia. Their side already viral such video.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Market rally taking attention away from politics


The picture above came from NST but despite touching on investors confidence, strong corporate earnings and economic background, and foreign fund inflow, their report headline was rather hesitant and subdued yesterday: Malaysian stock market remains attractive to foreign investors

Malaysia Digest hit a better note with the headline: Malaysia Stocks At An All-Time High Ahead Of Elections. They highlighted on the big fuzz over the US threat of a trade war against China, extract below:
Economic growth of 5.9 per cent last year, which was the fastest pace since 2014, was also achieved through the strengthening of private and government investments.

“We’ve got an election coming up and actually the economic data for Malaysia has been quite good recently. Things like exports have been strong and relatively insulated from a potential trade war.

“Five years ago it was like a dirty word but now there’s more investor interest,” Jim McCafferty, head of Asia excluding Japan equity research at Nomura Holdings Inc. said in an interview in Hong Kong.
Bloomberg, whose been hinting of foreign investor interest on April 10th, is now practically screaming rally: Malaysia Stocks Hit Record as Foreigners Buy Ahead of Elections.

Before any shallow pro-Tun claim Bloomberg taking dedak, some are already making claims it is on on expectation of the return of Mahathir and his bevy of big wig market riggers. Then it is not dedak but carrot.

Underground talk is saying his backers of gambling taukehs are trying to sway Chinese voters using illegal gambling. Quite sure, no names need mentioning as it is as easy as ABC to figure it out.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With Equinimity seizure invalid, what now, Tun M?


That's the only possible reaction from pentaksub and PH's cybertrooper.

Yesterday, Singapore's Straits Times here reported that US and Indonesian police seizure of the superyatch Equinimity is illegal.

Taking an extract from Malaysia Today here:
Indonesia Court Rules Yacht Seizure In 1MDB Case Invalid...."Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 17) ruled that the seizure of a luxury yacht linked to a US investigation into scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was invalid and without legal basis....citing an on-going investigation, said Mr Low never worked for 1MDB and he did not make any business decision for the company(1MDB)
Allow some bragging rights for this blog. We wrote in early March: Equinimity seizure is still far from anything significant.

Was Equinimity the 1MDB bomb Tun Dr Mahathir wanted to explode for this general election?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Was the Loaf into tax evasion or money laundering for politics?


The Loaf announced it closed down last week.

Fearing his detractors would say he could not run even a kedai roti to succesed, let alone his endless list of past failed ventures that accumulated to hundreds of billions at today's value, Tun Dr Mahathir's first reaction was to deny it was his.

A lie like that could never go far. Not with much fanfare to launch Mahathir's Japanese bread venture. There are just too many news reports of the bread outlet that was first launched at Telaga Harbour Langkawi.

There is always Mahathir at every other launch of new outlets. And, it is impossible to deny the ROC documents below:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Macho-talking DAP chickening out in Johor?


It was a party pooper when Hannah Yeoh and Wong Tuan Tat was announced to run in Segambut and Bentong, respectively. Then Dyana Sofea commented on the challenge of running again against Dato Mah Siew Kong in Telok Intan.

In Johor: PH on-slaught or DAP slaugher house?, this blog was sure Hannah Yeoh will get sent off to some difficult seat and Tony Pua to Bentong to MCA President Liew. It didn't happen because both turned around and kow tow to suck Terowong Tokong knee caps.

While Dyana's comment only indicate the loud talking Foochow, Nga Kor Meng chicken out from confronting Mah. It is possible nice guy Mah and Liew are not as easy a meat as DAP thought.

Apparently, DAP seemed to have chicken out from Johor, wrote Joceline Tan below:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Only a Penasihat could mess up fixed deposit Sabah!


UMNO Secretary General, Dato Tengku Adnan Mansor had just issued a stern warning that reminded members to abide to the party's code of ethics. Those not selected as candidates should support the selected candidate and not sabotage the party.

This warning came about following announcement that the selected candidate for a Federal Territory seat is from MCA. Based on past track record, he has a better chance than an UMNO Division Head, who lost by more than 5,000 votes in GE13.

He is unlikely to turn around that deficit and let alone to turn it into a majority. However, he insisted to be selected. Just because he served the Prime Minister before, he should not be given special path and self interest should not be above the party interest.

Winning the general election should not be diverted by other factors of lesser priorities. And, words going around that there was intensive lobbying to change well selected candidates.

In Sabah, BN is making progress in areas not rated white and manage to turn the likes of Semporna and Kota Kinabalu into a 50:50 situation, at least almost.

Sabah has 26 Parliamentary seats (including Labuan) and is expected to win 23. If PM is persuaded to consider less relevant factors, it may cost BN several precious seats already in the bag.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

TMJ's generosity returned by Prebet Adam's family


The Aeon Tebrau City was reported to be in a state of shambles after his Highness Crown Prince of Johor made an unexpected appearance to announce offering to pay up to RM3,000 per customer and RM1million to all shoppers present.

What motivated his highness to impulsively be generous is not sure. Only few days ago, he defended himself on FB for his statement that was intended for Tun Dr Mahathir. His highness denied he was not on anyone side but merely giving his personal opinion and advise for the betterment of Johor.

Thus one could assume that the impulsive generosity came out of  his highness's sincere concern for the betterment of Johor, even though it is for those who happen to be present at Aeon Tebrau City when he made that surprise.

Thought that was the only surprise for yesterday, but no ... his highness generous gesture was returned with appreciation by the family of Private Adam mentioned in his highness statement for clearing their family's name.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

More analysts bullish for a BN win


Continuing this morning posting HERE on bullish prediction on the stock market following an expected BN win, Oxxford Economics also predicted a comfortable BN win. Read HERE.

Earlier CIMB expected a BN win and viewed it as positive for the market. Read HERE.

Malaysia Digest HERE  reviewed Bloomberg news as Najib is bad news for Mahathir.

In case, pro-PH supporters are calling all these as fake news, HSBC too is predicting a BN win.

Stock market to rise on expectation of a BN win


Except for the tired but unproven perception play on Dato Najib's guilt in the 1MDB affair and twisted propaganda pandering on emotion than sound economic argument on the economic transformation, the ingredients are there for a BN win.

The manifesto is solid manifesto with the fundamental sound and at the same time, major voter segments covered.

PH manifesto was duplicating BN's already done effort, lack of specifics and impossible to execute with the pledge to remove GST. Within 17 days, Tun Dr Mahathir already U-turn on some of the pledges and back to his old outdated thought.

Unless BN shoot their own feet as it could usually happen, the political ingredients are there - fundamentally and operationally for BN.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

By May 13, let it be for soul purification


When Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mentioned of election could be during Ramadhan, it was not a bad idea.

Ramadhan is the month of glory and spiritual elevation. Muslim abstain from eating and drinking from daybreak to sunset.

It is the month to surrenders one self wholly to Allah, observing the same abstention throughout the whole month in his thoughts, his speech, his behavior, his every act.

And the non-Muslims will indirectly observe the same by respecting the abstaining Muslims.

As witnessed during the by-election at Kuala Besut, Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar, election campaign was exemplary. The big crowd that came to hear Mahathir at Kuala Kangsar did not vote Amanah.

Election campaign time was limited so campaigners used the oppurtunity to sensibly deliver their campaign message without the nasty words and behaviour.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Be fair to Rosmah


Its tiring to hear the same old wild accusation being thrown at Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

If they have anything against her, they should get their facts right.

For instance, how could the PM's wife be so powerful?

She is not the one with authority or position, thus if she actually could direct people, then those with the authority by virtue of their position are plain dumb to take her orders.

If the decision made was wrong, the one with responsibility and fiduciary duty will be accountable. And if force upon and fearing it would be detrimental to the nation, they should have refuse as a matter of principle or resign in protest.

It is plain coward to blame others for their own weakness and childish to bitch behind someone's back

Rosmah contributed to Najib's premiership but it should best not be discussed. But the slander and negative perception against her have been unfair.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Dumb DAP just kissed Johor goodbye


The big event last night was the launch of the BN Manifesto dubbed by Dato Salleh Said Keruak as the best manifesto in history.

Despite a pathetic PH manifesto, in which Tun Dr Mahatahir acknowledged could not fulfill within 17 days after launch and he U-turned several items on their manifesto, one could only expect Lim Kit Siang to fulfill his duty as the ever defiant and subversive opposition leader to oppose for the sake of opposing.

Not to mention, the cynics and nitpickers among opposition's fanatics are spewing rude and vulgar comments on the social media. Nothing unusual of the current phenomenon and its declining  effectiveness as BN's firepower flex their muscle to meet the call of duty of a general election.

Before commenting on the manifesto, the biggest political bomb last night was the remark by his highness the Tengku Mahkota of Johor.

Bigdog gave the manifesto launch a miss and posted Titah Tuanku: Make changes from within.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Johor: PH on-slaught or DAP slaughter house?


Tun Dr Mahathir continued his wave creation with the third mega-ceramah in Pasir Gudang.

It was in Pasir Gudang in 2015 that he was challenged at a Saturday UMNO-linked NGO ceramah to show-up at the Bersih rally gathering in Kuala Lumpur.

To the surprise of his officer, he did appeared upon touchdown at Subang in his private jet that late afternoon and the next day Sunday. That ended any remaining affection yours truly had left for Mahathir after more than 12-year involvement.

Since end of 2014, he and his inner circle had been behaving suspiciously; an officer suspected of regularly meeting Xavier Justo in Thailand and Mahathir secretly met Dato Seri Azmin Ali in London.

They thought it did not go unnoticed.

Feedback received from Pasir Gudang locals claimed majority of the attendee are outsiders from Tebrau, Kota Tinggi, etc. Chinese presence were significant.

Nevertheless, the number of 3,000 that subsequently increase to 4,000 upon arrival of Mahathir could make any armchair supporters ecstatic.

Opposition supporters were psyched into thinking Johor could fall and UMNO’s white area is only 8. Atually, it is the converse. Identified black area for BN is 7 or 8, including 50:50 Indian-seat Segamat.

DAP gave up after failing in all their three Tanjung projects before the unexpected Chinese tsunami of 2008. Can they do on Johor by their 2nd attempt?

Friday, April 06, 2018

What happens in Vegas, (should) stays in Vegas


The late Hugh Hefner said in a playboy "documentary" video, "What happens here, stays here." It was his warning to keep mouths shut on the wild happenings in The Grotto at the Playboy Mansion.

In 2002, the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority started using the same tagline and it helped the Las Vegas brand become the second-most recognized brand in the US, after Google.

Surely, this posting is not about branding or marketing but a certain happening at Kelab De Vegas in Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. What should stay in Vegas, did not remain within Vegas but got known by law enforcement officials.

In a joint operation involving, police, MACC and perhaps other agencies on April 2nd, there was a raid at the karaoke. It became a big story not because an UMNO Ketua Bahagian was caught for something. After all, PAS campaign poster claimed UMNO politicians has biggest number of corruption investigations, fast following DAP and PKR in second and third and PAS zero.

The general election made it a big story that drew international media attention. Read here.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Malay tsunami is die-hard's handjob imagination


The above crowd at a PPBM ceramah in Jerai was bandied around by supporters and Tun Dr Mahathir's fanatic die-hards as 30,000.

Sure ... but why the low and close-up shot. Our credible and reliable source there at Jerai estimated it at just 3,000. It really is ... Read our 2012 posting on estimating crowd numbers here.

Having done work in Jerai before, we know the local could not be that much. The popular Azhar Idrus (refuse to call him Ustaz) could only attract 1,000 during the Sg Limau by-election. It has to be  outsiders brought in from all over Kedah and Penang.

Our source spotted supporters from as far as Taiping. A matter of observing the vehicle license plates.

So our friend, Akramsyah Sanusi should not be too hopeful his Aceh folks in Jerai will come through for him. His relative and UMNO Permanent Chairman, Tan Sri Badruddin is with UMNO. Even a DAP wakil rakyat disgusted with Lim Guan Eng has openly express high regards for Dato Seri Jamil Khir.

These die-hards think Mahathir is a big deal in Kedah. They have no idea what the Kedah Civil Service think of him and his former MB son.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

If not 165, is 114-124 safe?


It is bewildering that our former associates in political blogging could consider as psywar strategy to spread message based purely on presumptions.

They presumed all rakyat is angry, life is difficult down there, Najib a thief, country going bankrupt and highly in debt, GST to pay 1MDB debt and the list goes on and on.

Strangely, when they could not defend with facts, figure or even a credible story (despite being former journalist, they may not necessarily be able to), they turn irrational, get angry, curse and swear.

They then continue to churn the same style of fake news again and again. Sadly, former GEICs on the other side are not setting good examples.

Some PPBM MPKT member including former Minister could not even articulate themselves without resorting to bad choices of vocabulory and displaying desperate childish antics.

For MPKT members with hardly LCE certificates and there are few, their way of maintaining their righteousness is the scripted “Wait till election, then you know".

Yeah ... sure. Unless voters are swayed purely on emotion and act without any senses, then they may have a fighting chance.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Typical pre-election gitters

"I don't know and I'm not sure, that's an honest answer for you. I don't decide whether I become candidate or not."
The above quote taken from The Star here is Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Kimanis, Sabah, Dato Anifah Aman claming unsure to defend the seat he won in the last three General Election at an increasing majority.

Unless he volunteered to withdraw, no sensible political observer would believe the younger brother to Sabah Chief Minister, Tan Sri Musa Aman not be selected.

Though a leader with political influence and strength of his own in Sabah, independent of his brother, Anifah is acknowledging the power to determine candidate to represent the party for the general election lies with the leadership.

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