Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lim Guan Eng quiting?


There is talk Lim Guan Eng may not be presenting the budget come October.

A message received this morning is alarming. Reproduced below with the source witheld, it claimed Guan will be quiting his MOF post:
XXX has information that a Senior Minister is unhappy with the way the country and finances are being handled.

Apparently there are divergent views with the Ruling Govt.

As a consequence he may leave the Team and resign.

Rumor has it that it is Lim Guan Eng our Finance Minister!
Is it possible for DAP to vacate a strategic position?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

If Amhari has home in Perth, Shahrol may have a Swiss account?


Yesterday, Tan Sri Shafee presented documents in court to reveal CEO of Terengganu Investment Agency (TIA, then changed to 1MDB), Dato Shahrol suggested Federal government tookover TIA.

It was revealed TIA is the idea of His Highness Sultan of Terengganu and indirectly, it was Pak Lah's cabinet that approved establishment of 1MDB, never Najib.

Again, star witness of the prosecution and could be the most worrying witness to defence, Datok Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin bombed out to not only, unable to collaborate his view, but was uttering hearsay in court.

Amhari admitted to know Low Taek Jho since his BNM days. He acknowledged borrowing US$200,000  on a payable-when-able basis from Jho Low and surprised more than US$800.000 wired into his BSI Switzerland account. It was written somewhere he planned to buy a second bungalow.

It is safe to assume Amhari was bought over by Jho Low. His testimony is as good as rubbish destined for the garbage bin, without Shafee need to probe into the possibility he owns a home in Perth.

Shahrol is on deck as the next witness after Amhari for the 1MDB-Tanore case.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Moving sermon at PWTC ...


Only two media reported on the sermon by PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim at PWTC yesterday. Astro Awani merely mentioned the sermon as part of the Islamic Unity Gathering, #HPU schedule.

Malaysiakini reported on the story of Jews inciting the Muslims from among the people of Aus and Khazraj in Medina by reminding past rivalry. They see the political angle of the story as response to Tun Dr Mahathir and other PH leaders attempt to discredit #HPU.

The owners may not find it neccessary to report more on the content of the sermon. The sermon can be heard in full on Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) Pusat Facebook HERE from 36:00 onward.

Yours truly was there yesterday.

Noticeably nearing the end of the sermon, the congregation was moved to tears by the call from Tuan Ibrahim on Muslims to unite on the basis of common faith (aqeedah).

While #HPU is the gathering of two political parties with the aspiration to rebuild the nation, it was made on the platform of faith. There are challenges that need to be overcome and overcoming challenges need strength.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Country Heights, MyKad scam, and invading wild boar


A friend in Melaka called to share on the depressing property market, particularly Country Height's Cheng Ho City project at Klebang.

At the same time, the laughably academically challenged, but cocky Melaka exco member from DAP and Melaka Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman, Norhizam Hassan Baktee told The Star recently of the invasion of wild boars from Sumatra into Pulau Besar.

Believe it or not, he claimed it was a sea-borne invasion meanings the pigs and even piglets swam across from Sumatra to the mystical island.

OK OK kamu YB, we have to believe you. However, is the DAP Malay YB subtly trying to tell us something?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Samosa seller lesson in business turnaround for GLC executives


The global economy has not turned south when BN lost the general elecction.

Thanks to PH and the deceived voters for putting up and chosing a rebels into government. Immediately, investors pulling out in hordes, financial markets crashed, and foreign and trade relation strained.

Despite being ahead of the downturn before the rest of the world, it could have be a typical down cycle of economy and cycle of history.

However, the failed leadership of Mahathir-led PH government and the incompetence and over-politics its Ministers made it bad to worse, and subsequently bottomless worst. There is no sign of a turnaround unless there is political stability and consistency in government policy.

And, when face with an economic crunch, the typical MBA-holders, lettered-membership accountants, and ex-government servants in the management and Board of Directors of Banks, GLCs and even private and public enterprise resort to their textbook for generic strategies.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Malaysia's "democrasy plane" crashed?


For pondering ....

Off late, been hearing views on the practise of musyawarah among the wise and learned.

It was promoted as a better system of government than western parliamentary democrasy and Council of Elders (aka CEP).

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Memanggil, memprorog dan membubarkan Parlimen


KOLUMNIS

Kuasa Agong menurut Perkara 55

08 Sep 2019
Sinar Harian

ZAINUL RIJAL ABU BAKAR

BARU-BARU ini Perdana Menteri Britain, Borris Johnson telah mendapat pekenan daripada Ratu Elizabeth untuk menggantung Parlimen Britain bagi membolehkan beliau melakukan sesuatu perkara berkaitan dengan Brexit di mana rakyat Britain telah menyuarakan hasrat mereka melalui referendum untuk Britain keluar dari Kesatuan Eropah.

Dari sudut perundangannya menggantung Parlimen seperti ini disebut sebagai prorog. Prorog adalah suatu situasi di mana Ketua Negara menggantung Parlimen tanpa membubarkan Parlimen itu sendiri. Saya cuba mencari satu kalimah jelas mentafsirkan prorog ini tetapi tidak ada yang tepat, yang paling hampir adalah mengantung Parlimen. Mungkin disebabkan itulah Perlembagaan Persekutuan mengekalkan istilah prorog ini dan tidak menggunakan mana-mana kalimah lain.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Mukhriz sold when Opcom shares suspiciously rigged


The last para on the posting, "Did PH government issued fake news on NFCP to rig Opcom shares?", reads:
By the time required disclosure is made to Bursa Malaysia, the seller will be known and one can confirm if there was any rigging.
Gathered from Bursa Malaysia filings, Dato Mukhriz sold shares in Opcom on three seperate occasions.

Friday, September 06, 2019

No more Axiata-Telenor poison pen letter ...


.... for the time being.

The two poison pen letters on the Axiata-Telenor merger published in this blog in July [HERE and HERE] should be the last.

Till other issues within Axiata arise, quite sure it is cause the merger is off.

The Star reported today:

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Did PH government issued fake news on NFCP to rig Opcom shares?


The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) is not something new. It has long been discussed in the industry. Read USP report here for more information.

In mid-August itself, Lim Guan Eng was the person to have thrown the figure of RM21.6 billion requirement out in public.

Nothing significant happened to Opcom shares until it spiked by 43% on August 28th and caught the attention of social media.

There was a correction but it went up again yesterday by 16% or as high as 8.5 sen. to bring the trading range to 55 and 67.5 sen.

It is certainly something to be excited for the stock market. A concept play or theme to excite interest back to the humdrum market throughout PH administration.

However, it led to a cynical comment by a FBer that Dato Mukhriz was helping a friend.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Cronyism: Prequel to a repeat of the past


On Aug 29, the shares of Opcom Holdings Bhd, a company engaged in the manufacture and sale of fibre optic cables and cable-related products, rose 41.11 percent in a day. The reason?

The Pakatan Harapan government had approved the RM21.6 billion National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan.

There is no doubt that the fiberisation of Malaysia is sorely needed – and the large amount of money that has been committed thus far is a clear sign that at least in Pakatan Harapan’s government, at least one minister is doing his best to fulfil his portfolio.

This is not the first time that Opcom has had such good fortune, especially under a Mahathir-led government.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Negative PR agency for Guan Eng blame game, TH "isi bakul sendiri"


Lim Guan Eng's response to the so-called boycott of non-Bumiputera product campaign came off as  different messages being disseminated to different language media.

Hard on the English media but softer on the Malay media. Did he hired a PR agency for this conflicting messages?

PR agency is in the strange "persuasion business". According to Forbes.com:
PR can be used to protect, enhance or build reputations through the media, social media, or self-produced communications. A good PR practitioner will analyze the organization, find the positive messages and translate those messages into positive stories.
Of late, PR agency seemed to be wrongly used from the usual practise to create positive image and brand for the client and cause

Last week, Datin Wan Norhiyati Wan Ibrahim (Yati) organised an interview for Dato Zukri for his last day at Tabung Haji. Rocky Bru's response on Tweeter was amusing: Tell me if it it's not a case of "angkat bakul sendiri"!

The Malay idiom is "isi bakul angkat sendiri" (filling up one's basket and lifting it oneself). Is there no third party to say it on their behalf or to confirm his denial?

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Chinese FBer call on non-Malay Bumiputera to assimilate


Until all races can drop their defence for their own race and start assimilating, the Malay bumiputera agenda can only and should be intensified.

This is unhealthy for the country. Yet, everyone is pointing fingers to each other's races.

As long as non-bumis and non-Malays are unwilling to let go of their defence, Malays and bumiputeras should never give more space for the advancement of the nons.

Think about it.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sime Prop CEO: Is Hisham Hamdan the choice of Zeti's or Mahathir's?


The rumour Dato Voon Tin Yow of Ecoworld to be Sime Properties CEO with RM260,000 monthly paycheck has subsided.

Under pressure from blogs, online media and socmed, including Dato Kadir Jasin, Tun Dr Mahathir had apparently gave the N.O. few days ago.

Kadir may not necessarily be Mahathir's voice since he is more Tun Daim than Mahathir. A mainstream media reporter confirmed to yours truly their cold treatment towards each other evolves around Economic Adviser, Dr Muhammad Khalid

A new rumour going around is that the new Sime Properties CEO will be Hisham Hamdan. The current acting CEO, Datok Wan Hashimi will remain COO.

Is it the choice of Sime Prop Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz or Mahathir aka Mat Khalid?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Why Zeti goes to London often?


The mystery of the frozen Singapore account of the spouse to a former BNM Governor have not been known.

Yet...

However, a set of annual return of a London-based company, Ecotive Limited turned up at our doorstep.

It has one of its shareholder in the name of Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the daughter of the emminent economist, academic, and social commentor, Royal Professor Ungku Aziz.

The full return is as follows:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Prosecution's last hope today for SRC case


At the start of the SRC trial against Dato Najib, this blog repeatedly wrote the SRC allegation does not hold up under Penal Code 403 for misappropriation of property.

It was the original charge planned and leaked by Sarawak Report.

Last week, the last witness for prosecution from MACC, Senior Assistant Commissioner (Special Operations Division), Rosli Husain, said their lead to investigate came from SR but did not seek Clare Rewcastle for statement. He did not even bothered to find out of leakages in MACC investigation.

Duh! His lead was not even from the more credible Wall Street Journal, but the spinning and highly manipulative SR.

It smells conspiracy to high heaven.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Did Perak MB, state sssemblymen interfere rape investigation?


On August 2nd, Fatihah Jamhari, a lawyer and women activist wrote in NST to raise concern on the late progress of rape investigation involving a DAP state assemblyman and Perak exco member, Paul Yong.

Fatihah was not happy with the police attitude. MCA Woman Chief, Dato Heng Seai Kie was called in for investigation for making allegation forensic report was missing.

She is not totally wrong as no forensic report was attached in the first IP to AGC. It was only available one month after the incident.

Hannah Yeoh was vocal too albeit only on August 19th, but left untouched by police. Nga Kor Meng retaliated by revealing her grandfather was a communist.

Fatihah raised a long list of concerns and one worthy of highlighting is: Is he given special privileges because of his status as an assemblyman and a state exco member?

If not for public pressure, this case may have been buried and no prosecution.

Friday, August 23, 2019

TH Zukri only had angioplasty, Better spin Yati


Last week's posting on Dato Zukri Samat's resignation got noticed by Tabung Haji.

That story have been spreading for quite a while but there was neither denial nor confirmation from TH. His last day is on Merdeka Day next week but no official statement coming from TH.

TH's PR hitwoman, Datin Norhiyati's response is only to leak it for last Saturday's Weekly Edge to report as rumour.

Message likely from Yati claimed as follow:
FYI. Zukri stepped down due to health reasons. Tun M tak nnak accept until he showed all his med records. Daim takde kena mengena in TH and tak kacau. Eton position as board pun intact..
She used the health reason as story line. The Edge story looked lengthy, but said nothing new.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mahathir cabinet reshuffling could break-up PH


Yesterday evening, a former opposition MP, whose party now is the ruling party, sent the following message:
Breaking news! 
Dr Mahathir told ministers at cabinet meeting today that portfolios will be reorganised. Tonight, he's meeting PH party leaders
Subsequently, he send a link from a Chinese newspaper, Oriental Daily reporting Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not attend the meeting and Dato Mustapha Mohamed to join cabinet.

Daim freezing relation

Earlier rumour heard was Tok Pa is to be made Economic Adviser to PM, and current adviser and possibly others linked to Tun Daim in PM office removed.

It was indicative of a cold front developing between Tun Daim and Mahathir. Those on Daim payroll but working with Mahathir will surely be in a dilemma.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

S'pore frozen account of ex-BNM Governor's spouse?


Why? Why? Why?

Why must people share information of public concern and interest, more so matters that have grave implication for country with us?

When they share, we are obligated to God and country to expose, if not pose the necessary questions for the respective party to respond intelligently in public view.

Why must such responsibility keep falling on our lap?

While our contemporaries are comfortably retiring, we are still burdened with such conscience.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fallacy of the Muslims argument in defending Zakir Naik



Those were the words of Zakir Naik that is in the centre of the current controversy. Tun Dr Mahathir have met him and defended the decision to allow him to stay.

His politics for politics sake nature saw the political need to make Zakir a controversy.

Before Zakir said those words deemed sensitive to Chinese, Indian and Malaysians of immigrant roots in Kota Baru, Mahathir dropped a hint that the government has no choice but to keep him. If sent back to India, he is a dead man. And no other country wants him.

It is either him giving new excuse to retain Zakir in Malaysia or giving fodders for the like of his fellow party man like Tan Sri Rais Yatim, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and Syed Saddiq to call for his extradition back to India. Typical Mahathir testing the water.

Mahathir was also throwing a spanner into the work. It seemed intended to anger the Hindu and Malay Muslims, in which subsequent solution will amaze the public with his brilliance and regain the support from both segment of voters for the waning PH.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Anwar to be PM by mid-September?


We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

Don't get fooled again - The Who
Seeing the current big hot issues of Lynas, Dong Zong, Zakir Naik, Koon Yew Yin and Jawi/khat issue unfolding, it just makes no sense.

The PH government has been in power for 15 months, but still blaming previous BN government.

However, these issues were systematically made to crowd the media are not disagreements between BN vs PH, but PH vs PH.

Do they not have Whass App groups to communicate among themselves?

While all these is happening, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim seemed quite relaxed.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Media missed significance of Kimanis election petition decision

Gravity Hill along Jalan Kimanis-Keningau

There is a spot along the Kimanis to Keningau highway, where one gets the illusion of mineral bottle roll or standstill vehicle gradually move uphill against gravity.

There was a decision in court yesterday with regard to the status of the Member of Parliament for Kimanis, Dato Anifah Aman. The media wrongfully misunderstood the judgement.

Their report gave the illusion it is the end of his political carrer by reporting his win as conclusively null and void. Anifah could still roll uphill.

In the case of The Star, their subsequent report still missed the point:

Thursday, August 15, 2019

TH's Zukri Samat asked to resign?


Remembered Mowardi Mahmud of Sinar Harian writing glowing tribute for TH's CEO, Datuk Zukri Samat in January.

Hanya Jauhari mengenal manikam (only a gemologist appreciate gems), he titled his article.

Heard from two sources that Zukri had submitted his resignation from TH and his last day will be on August 31st.

No official announcement found yet. At least, BebasNew.com.my could have broken the news first.

Apalah...!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Can incompetent Bee Yin be trusted to decide on Lynas license extension?

Toxic waste monster of Pasir Gudang, Lynas?
Or husband's? 

DAP had a meeting yesterday on the Lynas issue but kept silence of it. They must have strategised something for today's cabinet meeting.

No specific news from the cabinet meeting. However, if they had followed any SOP as revealed by British sitcom Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, there is one move they are likely to do.

They will push to establish a commitee spearheaded by the concerned Minister, Yeo Bee Yin to submit a recomendatuon to cabinet.

Decision on Lynas extension of its license to operate is to be made on August 15th tomorrow. However, the problem is do the public trust Yeo Bee Yin's ability to handle the issue?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Loud quarelsome old men phenomenon


Retired Brigedier General Arshad Raji told Zakir Naik to shut for insulting Indians.

Apparently, Zakir Naik told the audience at his Kota Baru stadium speech that Malaysian Hindus should be thankful for the far better treatment they get from the majority Muslims in Malaysia than the treatment minority Muslims get from majority Hindus in India.

If Zakir wanted to expose the bad treatment of minority Indian Muslim, he could have reworded it in a more politically correct way than get himself entangled in local political exchanges.

Nevertheless, the overly talkative and opinionated retired soldier, Arshad usually miss the crux of issue and repeatedly need be corrected.

The matter was not about local Indians but Hindus.

So much for his sensitivity towards Indians, a former founder of IJM Berhad insulted our serviceman.

Where the f^¢& did he hid his loud mouth?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

To murder over an accident, manifestation of more than anger


Resorting to murder in the heat of anger over an accident dispute is certainly a gesture beyond expression of anger.

During festive season, traffic is heavy and the queue goes for miles.

Long distance driving is risky and prone to accidents. In the accident, no life was affected, except dents on the car.

It is usual for both drivers to blame the other. And in Malaysia, it is common of it the guilty party to be more vocal and aggressive attitude to get away. They even try their luck to make something out of it.

A baseball bat to beat a person to death in broad daylight is not usu. Perhaps, the first to be publicly reported.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Doa buat ketika waktu Wukuf di Arafah


Insya Allah, hari Arafah bagi tahun 2019 jatuh pada hari ini, Ogos 10hb dan Wukuf di Arafah akan bermula pada mulai jam 12.21 tengah hari dengan khutbah Arafah.

Bagi kita di Malaysia, ia bersamaan  waktu solat Asar jam 5.21 petang hingga jam 6.21 petang.

Kenangan 8 tahun lepas pasti kembali. Kisah pengembaraan rohani kami bermula di SINI.

Wukuf di Arafah merupakan suatu ketika yang hening dan penting buat kewujudan kita sebagai makhluk dan hamba Allah di dunia serta ummah kepada Rasul terakhir, Muhammad.

Ketika satu jam yang penuh istimewa itu, berdoa kita ...

Ya Allah kurniakanlah padaku kejayaan terbesar - selamat dari api neraka dan masuk ke Syurga Firdaus

Poison pen letter: Unmasking of Mohan a/l K Thomas [UP-DATED]


The stream of critics on Attorney General, Mohan a/l K Thomas @ Tommy Thomas is endless.

From the manouvre to get Dato Hanafiah Zakaria to acquit Lim Guan Eng of the Jalan Pinhorn bungalow case, Tommy's latest are the embarassing penalty of RM30,000 imposed by the court for failing to get Tan Sri Shafie Abdullah for contempt of court, and calls for his resignation following his conflicted role in the Inquest on the death of fireman Mohd Adib

His latest decision to remove Hanafiah as Solicitor General III and sent him into cold storage as senior research officer at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) in Bangi is biting him back.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Desperate? Push button? Deklarasi Perpaduan Ummah?


Malaysiakini reported Tun Dr Mahathir had a closed door meeting with MBs and MPs.

Nothing much reported and disclosed.

According to PPBM watcher and former Mahathir loyalist, Zakhir Mohamed, it is "desperate engagement" .

Monday, August 05, 2019

AirAsia episode: Indicative of directionless Malaysian aviation


MITI Deputy Minister gave a positive statement on the prospect of the Malaysian Aerospace industry. Recently, Selangor MB announced a positive new initiative.

However, these days rosy statements, launchings, and announcement of plans are nothing to be excited.

Unless it is a Deputy Minister from DAP that is pushing it from behind, nothing gets funding approval from Minister of Finance.

More so, that is Aerospace. The equally and larger Malaysian aviation industry looks clueless as to where it is heading.

Including the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, even taking account the broken promises at GE14 campaign, DAP's Transport Minister, Anthony Loke is amang the few most impressive Ministers. Yet he does not seemed to be able to put things in the right perspective.

Amang is Minister of Tourism's way to pronounce among.

There were defensive supporters of MAS and Malaysia Airport then against the upstart and loud new model aviation brought by low cost carrier, Air Asia.

Maybe it is long overdue to bury the hatchet and move on. They were right and MAS failed miserably for being clueless.

Friday, August 02, 2019

DEDICATED TO ZETI: Have I told you lately by Van Morrison


Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one above you
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away my sadness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

Oh the morning sun in all its glory
Greets the day with hope and comfort too
And you fill my life with laughter
You can make it better
Ease my troubles that's what you do

There's a love that's divine
And it's yours and it's mine
Like the sun
At the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray to the One

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Battle for the highways: Mahathir versus Lim Guan Eng?


For that matter, another opinion claimed it is Tun Daim vs Lim Guan Eng.

It may seemed the same to the common folks, but to political economic watchers, it may not be.

The current focus of Tun Dr Mahathir is to remain in power, but the twice Finance Minister, Daim view power differently with eyes slanted for opportunity. In the past, the two may have moments where they are not in-sync.

Be that as it may, Guan Eng announced government plan to takeover four city highways from Gamuda and introduce congestion charges.

Public still see it as toll charges to remain. PH government still not honouring their election promises. Toll forever!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"Noose" tightening around Guan Eng's neck


On a recent weekend trip to Penang, we got invited for seafood dinner at Pantai Acheh, near Nibung Tebal, Penang.

He was the same Chinese businessman that gave us the family background of Jho Low and the information he borrowed money from his father's friends to impress people of positions, influence, and celebrities to develop his business interest.

This time around the conversation was about former Chief Minister of Penang and now Minister of Finance. He knew us as a blogger from KL. Dare not tell we are Johorean, and more so, same hometown as Lim Guan Eng's, Batu Pahat.

The last thing we should do is to tell that,  turn him into a fire breathing dragon, and ruin dinner. Johorean are proud and friendly people, but Guan Eng and his Johorean Chinese cronies gave Johoreans a bad name in Penang.

It was a wonderful dinner, but the outcome of the conversation should be worrying for the Batu Pahat-an, who made Penang his home base and bought a bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn albeit with no swimming pool.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mahathir's manouver for Najib not to attend coronation


Daulat Tuanku!

Despite hue and cry over resistance by a Chinese printing company to give workers off day, all plans for the official installation of the new Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong went according to schedule and ran smoothly.

All the seatings were in place last night according to Tuanku Abdullah wishes to be done in accordance with gazetted protocol.

The front row should be meant for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir and wife, seated next is the Deputy Prime Minister and husband, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and followed by former Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah.

Sources claimed there was a bit of commotion when a member of the royal family checked at night to find someone pulled a fast one to place Najib's seat in the back row.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Anwar's blur and will repeat past mistakes

... Anwar was speaking about nation-building and gave an academic approach to the issue including stressing that all races must live as one happy family.‬ Anwar did not however explain how that can be done. - Raja Petra
The Star headlined Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's talk at Parliament as his plan to "accelerate need based policy".

The reports by NST and Malaysiakini headlined as need based NEP and affirmative action to address inequality. CNA was more direct to mention moving away from policies favouring Bumiputera.

The policy discourse in Malaysia had always been need based versus NEP or affirmative action. Unless the term need based affirmative action exist, Anwar seemed clueless and trying to please all.

Anwar is at the same juncture he was 13 years ago, when he was at a lost. He may repeat to take the same mistaken path and suffer disappointment.

Friday, July 26, 2019

FRIDAY REFLECTION: Defending syariah court means preserving spirituality for all Malaysians


"...the Bible tells us that we're created in the image of God. And instead of believing that, we've decided to create God in our image. So now we can all make up our own god. Since there isn't any real God, we make up our own god. And so, our gods are the gods we feel comfortable with." - Dr David Paul Jeremiah
The link to the above video was sent by a Catholic friend.

The opening part of video at 2:35 mentioned people stopped believing God created us and now they are their own god.

It strikes the right chord against those with preferential version of God as only compassionate, but ignore tenet of Islam on belief in the hereafter, and existence of heaven and hell. Some liberal Islam blogger believe we die as any plant and animal to be reduced to compose heap..

It maybe inappropriate to some Muslims to use a Pastor's lecture to justify the cause of religion over secularism. More so, on a Friday.

However, though Senior Pastor Dr David Paul Jeremiah is promoting his evangelical cause and few Christian doctrines such as original sin are not concurrent with Islam, there is universality in the message he brought.

It is not about looking at differences but a common message.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"Surat layang" on Telenor-Axiata merger (Part 2)


In case blog readers forgot, Part 1 can be found HERE dated July 2.

Since then, there was a blog called Selamatkan Celcom. It is remenisance of the days of insider blogs like Sime Darby Insider and another on Islandar Johor.

The allegations on Sime Darby had some truth and eventually, it came out in the open when Sime reported a collossol loss in the billions and heads roll. Same with Iskandar, the exposed executives eventually removed and even charged in court leading to a new management team.

A reminder to Telekom and Axiata. The management are under fire and implosion from within is the most dangerous. It may not be completely true but denial or force may not be sufficient to silence the attack.

Another episode of the surat layang reached yours truly. It is a follow up on the earlier surat layang.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Can drones uplift Azmin's political career?

Ah huh, my turn to snoop on him and his guavas

The boo Dato Seri Azmin Ali got from selected settlers attending Settlers Day at Felda Selancar 3, Rompin was not the first.

It is not a one-off dissatisfaction, but is already a widespread opposition against the Felda settlers' land amalgation plan.

With the open quarrel and exposure made between and his rival, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, it needs a miracle for Azmin to recover politically.

Azmin mentioned at the thanksgiving gathering sunday of his expressed wish to help his alif ba ta (abbreviation for religion, race and nation).

It is not for certain, but he may have a fighting chance to recover through the support of the rural farming community.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mahathir's moral suicide to defend Azmin


Tun Dr Mahathir should have gone let it be by speaking words of wisdom, but he had to be there in the hour of darkness for Dato Seri Azmin Ali and police chief, Dato Hamid Bador.

For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see. It could have been the answer to have Mahathir standing right in front of me, but he should have let it be.

Mahathir's blog posting today was intended to relieve pressure off Hamid for his original but unidentified position. More so, his subsequent comments on time wasting and distrustful civil servants are seen as self defeating.

But, Mahathir's intention to defend Azmin is too glaring that it is suicidal.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Anwar has no number, but does Mahathir have?


Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim has a bad habit of being over confident.

He is a goal poacher like the legendary Gerd Nuller, Eric Van Nistelroy and many others. But, he is no Mark Hughes or Brian Robson or other scoring midfielder who could carry the ball for the last 10 yards to score.

This blog did wrote he was ready to bring his more than 112 signed SDs of support to the Agong and doubted Tun Dr Mahathir had 126 SDs.

However, it is not expected of him to lose the ball in the last 10 yards or wrongly counted 50 fake SDs on the way to istana.

Maybe it was expected. But did he?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

SUNDAY MUSING: Facial recognition, Sophia and Drone Technology


For the past few days, the media social been thriving on the latest of the never ending political saga of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's aspiration to be the 8th Prime Minister.

He seemed to be moving for the kill to destroy the next possible competitor in his way. The video of Dato Seri Azmin Ali allegedly having gay sex in a hotel in Sandakan had him in a corner.

The latest development made Anwar pulled the brakes. His boys are still giving excuse he has the numbers and its only giving Tun Dr Mahathir breathing space.

The political saga will not end and it is not impossible there is nothing to it all, but mere diversion to a big robbery in the making.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

AG gave wrong opinion to save Guan Eng for "rompak GST" remark


That was the commotion yesterday when Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Dato Mohd Ariff bin Mohd Yusof made a decision to not send Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng to the Select Committee for disciplinary action.

Pasir Salak MP, Dato Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was reprimanded for calling Deputy Speaker "pondan" and remarks against a Minister in Parliament.

Guan Eng's "rompak" statement, not only was in contravention of Parliamentary code of conduct, but had a far more reaching impact on the economy and country.

The PAC, with the majority members from PH, concluded in their report that the RM19.4 billion of GST refund is not missing.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nazri-Najib spat: Freedom of speech and Freedom in politics


Sure, freedom of speech, but are we ready and able to tolerate, if not accept, statement to refer to the President as Hitler or in our case, on the Prime Minister or one's Party President?

The initial impression of Dato Nazri's opposition to the appointment of Dato Najib as BN's official Adviser was him containing any criticism against Dato Zahid's decision and his good friend from Pemuda days, Dato Najib.

It made Khairy's opposition limited to his "I am not comfortable where I am" quote. When Nazri speak, others move aside. None could match Nazri in being frank thus will not get their desired media coverage.

However, this may not be the Nazri that is loyal to the President and known in the past for his role as designated barking dog. This is a macho Nazri speaking on his personal capacity and known in limited circle as not having tolerance of man under queen control or weak leadership. He has more than a wife and even his latest addition has controversy of her own, but he is very much in control. 

Nazri's spat against Najib's appointment is a common example of Malaysians attitude towards freedom of speech.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Felda land amalamation is suspiciously a mega land grab

The government may want to engage directly with the settlers to get their support — convince them that the merger exercise would, in the long run, benefit them. They have nothing to lose. - Salleh Buang
The Sunday Times yesterday published an article by their columnist on legal matter, Salleh Buang entitled Merging Felda plots the key.

There was hardly any arguments to convince the public that amalgamation of smallholders land to be managed but that became the title.

In fact, the above quote was the key takeaway of Salleh's article. He was dwelling on the legal ownership of settlers' over the land and hardly expressed his agreement.

One can assume that Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin loyalist and NST acting CEO, Mustapha Kamil Mohd Janor has started the public relation exercise for Felda amalgamation after the disastrous launch on Hari Peneroka past week.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mukhriz, Muhyiddin in Mahathir, Anwar proxy war


The interviews of Dato Mukhriz with Nikkei Asia Review and Dato Husam Musa with Sinar Harian opened a new front for the silent war between Tun Dr Mahathir vs Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the coveted position of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Dato Seri Azmin's ambition could be considered to have found a conclusive ending.

It could be the ploy of Anwar's camp to take the succession narrative from himself to the choice of the next Deputy Prime Minister.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Rezeki oleh Hamka


Hamka berkata ...

Rezeki tu bukan bermakna kamu dapat apa kamu nak. Tapi bila kamu terima apa yang Tuhan anugerahkan.

Kamu belajar tentang sirah. Tahu Mariam tak berkahwin tapi dapat anak. Itulah rezeki dia.

Kamu tengok pula sirah Aishah. Kahwin tapi tak dapat anak. Itu pun rezeki dia.

Allah hantar Musa kerumah Firaun sebagai anak angkat untuk membawanya ke syurga. Tetapi tetap juga Firaun menjadi manusia paling celaka yang memilih neraka.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Happy Birthday Tun, but spare her soul


It's Tun Dr Mahathir's 94th birthday today. Believe in 2 days, it will be Tun Siti Hasmah's.

Do not know exactly cause have not being invited for any of their birthday bash for few years. Not sore cause it is a conscious decision.

Till today, our position have not been proven wrong in any fair and untampered court of law. While, the court of public opinion is increasingly becoming agreeable to what we view of them.

As told to a friend of more than 40 years, we had the foresight to anticipate the present disaster for the wrongful decision the majority had made.

Nevertheless, at such a very late age and still holding on to the highest executive position, it is a feat no mortals other than Mahathir could have thrived.

Certainly he must for the gruelling task in hand to clean up the mess of his own doing.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Move to remove Muhyiddin from PPBM


Quite sure, the public must be puzzled with the move by Tun Dr Mahathir to call for Malay unity and called upon all Malay parties to join PPBM.

Many Malays including among the intelligentsia Melayu failed to realise that Malay unity is a myth that is not achievable. It is political cliche seldom used by Mahathir to draw support. In the practical sense, majority of Malay is united under UMNO-PAS cooperation. Mahathir is just drawing on straws in desperation.

Yesterday after the PH Presidential Council meeting, Mahathir said not to form new Malay parties but join existing ones. Why is he focused on Dato Ibrahim Ali's Putra and Dato Ezam Md Noor's Negara?

He went on further to say PH cannot accept new component parties. UMNO and PAS members can join PPBM or Amanah, instead. Is he kidding to wish PAS would join PAN?

It does not make sense.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Can Mahathir possibly have 126 MPs with Felda settlers leaving as he delivers his speech?

Vehicles were going in and out of Mahathir's home till 3 AM

Saturday night's posting claiming Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim got the numbers and could request an audience with the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong caught the attention of social media and blogosphere for a usually quiet weekend.

It had Malaysia Today, Third Force, Malaysia Chronicle and PH blogs reposted the article. The hits was in the 5 figures. In times blogs are not attracting as much readers as FB or other social media platforms, so the claim, it is not bad.

It certainly gave Anwar supporters a hard-on. That should worry both females and males.

However, the bigger worry was the posting could hardened the arteries of Tun Dr Mahathir. The old man had long resigned to the fact that his time should have come during his second heart surgery at IJN. It is his rich children, proxies and cronies that are now worried.

Sources close to a security personnel were saying vehicles were coming in and out of Mahathir's home in Seri Kembangan, near Palace of the Golden Horses till the wee hours of 3 AM last night.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Anwar ready to meet Agong with enough MP support

Anwar met the Agong in May 2018, then Acting Sultan of Pahang  

UMNO Veteran Club Secretary General, Datuk Mustapha Yaakub posted in his Facebook yesterday evening. He heard Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is short by 4 seats and sufficient to pressure Tun Dr Mahathir to resign in the current Parliamentary session.

In another posting, he wrote without referring to anyone, though he hated a person for destroying the Malays, he wish he die in Iman and Allah forgive his sins.

This morning a source close to Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confidently claim he is short by 3 seats. When asked if Zahid signed any Statutory Declaration to support as claimed by most political columnist, he gave an emphatic, NO!

Except perhaps Dato Nazri Aziz, he affirmed UMNO is neither supporting Anwar nor Mahathir and will remain steadfast with the opposition coalition of BN and ummah unity with PAS. 

This evening an important source of information claimed Anwar has the number and is ready to meet the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong with the Statutory Declarations of MPs already signed.

When asked in jest will it be on September 16th, the source said this is for real. It is only a matter of when he will seek the audience with Agong?

So everyone read Zahid wrongly?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Lowering voting age, MP asset declaration, and IPCMC


Rummaging through the unread yesterday's The Star newspaper this morning, three news item on the current Parliament seating caught our attention - tabling to lower voting age bill, MP asset declaration motion, and draft bill for IPCMC in final stages.

Despite claim it is infested by DAP inflitrators, The Star remain a BN-owned newspaper.

There was a cross deal in the market on Media Prima and it turned out UMNO sold their minority stake to Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar. It is a confusing situation. Is SM is still with Tun Dr Mahathir as his NGO office at Yayasan Bokhari is still in operation and seldom used for press conference? Or he still maintain relation with UMNO?

Media Prima is controlled by a fund managed by Morgan Stanley. It is speculated the fund is Tun Daim's.

Back to the subject in hand ...

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Tun Dr Mahathir met "Tun" Lim Kit Siang for 45 minutes


The above picture was viralled by Raja Petra and reached one Whass App (WA) group.

For the benefit of the Malaysian cabinet, it is a social media platform, where a group of people could share with each other information in the form of text, image, video and url links.

It is useful for discussion with and getting feedback from other cabinet members before making any surprise and stupid statements to media or on social media that is in conflict with the policies of government and PH manifesto.

If Tun Dr Mahathir kept viraling pictures of his meetings with Lim Kit Siang and reach WA Groups, it means the path of the nation is determined by them too.

Kit Siang should also be made Adviser to the Government or Senior Minister together with Mahathir to legitimise for them veto powers for life and they could dictate and direct the nation without the need to be in Parliament or Cabinet.

He already is not a Minister in cabinet.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

"Surat layang" on Telenor-Axiata merger


Khazanah Nasional is likely to convene its Board meeting today or anytime soon.

Three new members, including a Professor from China and a Malaysian involved in establishing China's US$500 billion Tencent will be introduced. Its the company Wee Choo Keong used to shoot Dato Siew Ka Wei with corruption allegation but no charges by MACC yet.

Nevertheless, it is making sense of the China link buy that pushed prices of Khazanah related counters last month or two.

There is a long list of decisions allegedly accused as "jual negara" deals to be made. One particular deal is Tan Sri Jamaluddin Ibrahim's wet dream for Axiata-Telenor merger.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Politically speaking: The return of Zahid and Mat Hasan


The rumour of Dato Ahmad Zahid Hamidi returning from gardening leave to resume the UMNO Presidency have been going around for few months.

It was long anticipated that there was sufficient time for politician-led MACC to slap him with additional 33 more charges related to alleged corruption involving RM42.76 million from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd in relation to the Overseas Visa System and One Stop Centre in China.

When he was charged last week, a friend texted to comment Zahid is gone. But when he made the long expected surprise yesterday, the impulsive comment from most non-politician observers is to question UMNO for accepting a tarnished Zahid back.

Is Zahid gone or back?

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