Thursday, February 23, 2017

Najib or Hadi on the knife edge:Post-poll lessons for the winners, and whiners


 It is crystal clear to me that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is morbid about non-Malays and non-Muslims winning seats in GE14 and is bent on working with Umno to deny the opposition from getting any further footings from the last election.: PAS has only 25 seats because it had lost many seats which it had contested. The 89 seats in the opposition camp are the actual seats won, and not the number of seats PAS contested.: PAS has only 25 seats because it had lost many seats which it had contested. The 89 seats in the opposition camp are the actual seats won, and not the number of seats PAS contested.PAS and UMNO alliance or end of the road for PAS

With a few months to go before the elections in Malaysia, political realignments are on the cards as the ruling umno and PAS are reported to be in advanced stage of seat-sharing talks. Both parties are confident of sweeping the election against a rampant opposition if this alliance does come through, but ground realities could throw a totally different picture.

As per sources, umno seems to be coming around to contesting in 170 of the 222 seats . The remaining 52 seats are likely to be divided among PAS  other smaller parties  Earlier talks had hit a road block when pas insisted on at least 20 seats, but the state unit seems to have prevailed upon the central leadership not to ditch the alliance due to this.The first direct outcome of this alliance could be PAS becoming the biggest casualty as it will put the umno-PAS alliance in a direct fight with Mahathir. This will have a double adverse impact on PAS as the Muslim vote could shift loyalty towards the new alliance while UMNO quietly nibbles into their strong supporters  .What Hadi is saying is that  UMNO must sacrifice their mixed urban seats to PAS because PAS cannot win with Muslim votes alone. Why should UMNO make this sacrifice? This will dent  UMNO which is banking heavily on non Muslims and Muslims to provide them a winning formula.also read thisPAS’s Historic Move: the skewered gerrymandering, the winner is UMNO
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You can teach an old dog new tricks
The masterful manipulator of redefined democracy.   PAS President a role model oligarchy,in democratic Malaysia In the seats negotiation for the last general election, PAS had demanded for seats but failed to deliver. Now Hadi is using the discrepancy in the seats to justify his claim. If only PAS can translate contested seats into actual seats in Parliament.

In the great toss-up between perception and evidence, the former generally wins. Conventional wisdom, for instance, suggests that unity within a party brings victory. Reality: It is the scent of victory that encourages unity.Did DAP invent that opinion poll? No.Lim Kit Siang is an honourable man. if anything, is even more honourable, with proven credentials in the opinion poll business.PAS Hadi did  make up that claim. By that measure, PAS’s support declined by nearly 20 seats between the opinion poll and polling day. The struggling UMNOI picked up momentum, reaching first place but not entering comfort zone. Has Hadi, therefore, lost an election that he could have won comfortably? This question seems to have evaporated in post-results hyperbole.Tilt the perspective on what seems an obvious fact, and the picture changes to startling effect why did PAS only win 21 seats out of the 73 parliamentary seats that it contested?The lion's share of the parliamentary seats was given to your party and you failed to even win half of the seats you contested against Umno-BN. Is that the fault of the non-Muslims?In fact, PAS would have done worse without the support of Chinese and Indian voters. Truth be told, even among Muslim voters they do not trust PAS and its brand of politics., why did the rural and semi-urban Muslim voters reject PAS overwhelmingly in favour of Umno?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Malaysiakini an unconscious sense of superiority Separating facts from alternative facts

Malaysiakini  haves been particularly nasty in the last few years against UMNO and Najib
journalists and  still biased against Najib,The difference between stenography and journalism is that journalists have the right to twist a fact, bring in alternative facts, make a fact check and question the very premise of presentation. they are supposed to report honestly about, so that their readers,Malaysian who are mostly ignorant, get enlightened? should be to report truthfully and create some empathy amongst its readers or viewers for a country that is unique and endearing and whose Malay civilization, that viewed the world as One family, has survived centuries of savage onslaught, including by the British, who are still trying to lecture Najib AND UNMO also read this.Has Najib and Hadi charting a muddled path for Malaysia at the most severe political risk
 Stenography presents things as they are, similar to the way  imagined a good spiritual life. Learning the art of seeing things as they are, as he used to say, learning to see what is.also read this Azmin Ali :If Mahathir want to kiss the feet of PAS leaders that is his business
 Arithmetic or chemistry? Political calculations Mahathir had not got the right read on the state PAS of today. the infighting would really undermine the party candidates, with opposing camps proving much more iinjurious to PAS  than :Pakatan Harapan   another political calculations of illogic from Hadi to justify his rejection of the opposition front and the embracement of Najib Razak/Umno, is another strong indication that he has allegedly received something ‘unholy’ from Najib (as widely perceived by the public) to make him obligated to the latter.sometimes patronizingly hypocritical? It’s time to dump Hadi if PAS still wants to save the party from impending ruin.

In a media statement today, DAP lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo denied the former law minister's statement on Dr Mahathir Mohamad being the de facto leader of the opposition.Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is Pakatan Harapan's opposition leader who will lead the coalition in the coming general election, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

"We have an opposition leader, Wan Azizah, and we are preparing for the upcoming national polls,

The  unknown factor in DAP is the emergence of  as a brand in his own right. In the last few weeks, he has shown deft political footwork and has emerged as a new kind of option in the political landscape. The alliance with the DAP gives him just that little edge that might turn out to be decisive, but it isn’t entirely clear as to how deep his support runs. He is a new variation on an old theme, the strength of whose appeal is an open question.
 a larger uncertainty that both the government and the party are exuding currently. The party seems tentative about the exact proportions in which to juggle its electoral ingredients- how much to back development, what role should race and religion fault lines play, how effective would the plank of nationalism be in GE14 elections, and of course whether to try and ride on 1MDB or to hold back given the uncertainty around its impact on the voter. The government too seems to be in wait-and-watch mode, not giving any clear indication about what its future direction might be. Will it continue it’s wooing of the poor- ‘the tired pro-poor PAS rhetoric’, as it has been described, at the cost of its traditional support base, or will the reform thrust return in any significant way?

Some things however are a little more certain. Whether or not party hopping will work electorally, what he has achieved however is something potentially not significant in the long run for Hadi Awang It has NOT made him a truly mainstream brand.onlyMuslim voter in Malaysia now knows him and has some personal emotional reaction to him. Money reaches everyone; as a vehicle of a political message it is a more effective advertising medium than any other. It is possible that some or indeed many of these reactions are negative, but he has become the only politician in recent times, after Indira Gandhi to have managed this depth of reach.
 It is crystal clear to me that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is morbid about non-Malays and non-Muslims winning seats in GE14 and is bent on working with Umno to deny the opposition from getting any further footings from the last election. PAS looks doomed for certain, and that is hardly a surprise, but the real revelation has been that Umno is likely to gain much as a result.


This Saturday, President Trump, while addressing a rally in Florida, said the following to defend his travel ban for refugees from seven major Muslim countries: “You look at what´s happening in Germany, you look at what´s happening last night in Sweden”. He further added, “Sweden, Who would believe this? They took in large numbers. They´re having problems like they never thought possible.”
The fact of the matter is that it is true that Sweden took in a record- breaking large number of refugees last year. Approximately around 160,000 new arrivals to Sweden. Did they have any terrorist attack last Friday? No. These are straight facts. Was Donald Trump referring to Sehwan in Pakistan or Sweden in Scandinavia? Sehwan in Pakistan did witness a terrorist attack in which more than 70 people lost their lives at a famous Sufi shrine. Malaysiakini an unconscious sense of superiority

Fact checking is the new fashionable word added to our political lexicon, used in the modern world for justifying one’s point of view. Those who fought the campaign for President Trump and his supporters feel that it was outrageous when, just a day before the presidential election, The Huffington Post published a presidential forecast, predicting that Hillary Clinton had a 98.2% chance of winning the election. Mildly speaking, this turned out to be incorrect.
 contrast to the spiritual experience, the political world gets complicated by facts, such as who presents it, for what purpose and with what particular affiliation. Questioning strengthens journalism, makes it highly relevant and interesting, but when facts are presented without consulting the source or substantiating them with verifiable facts, it raises concern.Wouldn´t it be nice if some journalist, somewhere in the West, bothers to check an alternative fact: The United States and its allies were dragged into a war in Afghanistan, trying to catch Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda supporters, who were probably hiding in Pakistan? After having donated 20 billion dollars during the period 2002 till 2011 to Pakistan, Americans truly became aware of the double-game played by that country. Osama Bin Laden was not in Afghanistan, he was in Pakistan. American tax payers paid for an expensive war in Afghanistan, while donating money to the country that was actually housing the terrorist. A bitter truth, a bitter pill to swallow for a country that spends billions of dollars to research and investigate terrorism.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Has Najib and Hadi charting a muddled path for Malaysia at the most severe political risk




Since ages, we have been witness to an incessant face off between faith and logic. European enlightenment exposed certain flaws in blind faith and ushered in an era of rationality, and logic became the dominant paradigm.


Detractors of PAS' proposed amendments to Act 355 do not fear the law itself, but the unity of Muslims who back it and the "victory" of Islam that would ensue, said Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz.with it the future of the ‘Pivot to PAS’ policy  Najib and  UMNO had instituted has Malaysia been pushed into uncertainty.PAS youth chief said : "They do not fear the amendments to the act per se. It is negligible and does not affect them. Their lives will go on as usual.

Najib’s historic Malaysians asks a question that repeatedly withers on the dry sand of evasive clichés. How long will the apartheid of two laws for the same crime continue?Another barbaric chapter of an epic conflict between the presence and promise of modernity, and the bitter, toxic romance of regression was written by Najib and Hadi 

Neither goes into a brown study to ponder the causes of political terrorism, a manipulative phrase designed specifically to provide cover for perpetrators of political terrorism  Neither the Chinese nor Hindus public opinion would accept such a pussyfoot leadership.This war, raging across the world, is a confrontation between the lethal adrenalin of faith supremacy and belief that faith equality is the basis of civilised political and social stability. The epicentre of this war is within the Muslim successor states of the Mughal and Ottoman empires; but its destructive reach extends far beyond its immediate habitat.Corruption is the mechanism through which a section of our elite has poisoned the credibility of our nation’s political and economic edifice. Governments have been either complicit or helpless as high end individuals, buoyed by the arrogance of unaccounted wealth, began to believe that they were above the law or beyond the reach of coercive instruments.Nothing illustrates the complacency of this class more than the manner in which it ignored  we underestimate the power of those vested interests which have been challenged. Their ability to shape public opinion by compounding some inevitable pain in process through exaggeration and fear was on full display. But they underestimated one fact  that voters to assault this pervasive monsters with sustainable commitment. that Malaysians  are not willing to accept passing discomfort as the collateral price of the struggle against the rampant PAS fanaticism. This is why such a massive change to take place without violence. 
Oriental metaphysical thoughts like the Advaita Vedanta are expounded on as rational a ground as metaphysics could ever be. But at a certain point, they have to forsake logic due to its inherent limitations and enter a realm where tools of logic are no longer applicable and things have to be taken on faith. To understand these limitations, we have to first understand the nature and mechanism of logic.
Logic is a continuous build up, a rearrangement of propositions known as elementary or object propositions. These propositions, which we call ‘facts’, are based on direct perceptual knowledge, or empiricism. These elementary building blocks of the logical process hinge upon the validity of human perception and are limited by the latter’s scope and validity.
That’s why theories such as the geocentric theory or even Newtonian mechanics that were once accepted as empirical truths were later discarded when such perceptions were invalidated in light of newer revelations of modern science.
The Absolute cannot be achieved through either thought or language. As Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who came nearest to proving the futility of all logical speculations to attain the Supreme Truth, confirms, the world is not what it is, but what we think it is

Malaysians asks a question that repeatedly withers on the dry sand of evasive clichés. How long will the apartheid of two laws for the same crime continue?Another barbaric chapter of an epic conflict between the presence and promise of modernity, and the bitter, toxic romance of regression was written by Najib and Hadi 

Neither goes into a brown study to ponder the causes of political terrorism, a manipulative phrase designed specifically to provide cover for perpetrators of political terrorism  Neither the Chinese nor Hindus public opinion would accept such a pussyfoot leadership.This war, raging across the world, is a confrontation between the lethal adrenalin of faith supremacy and belief that faith equality is the basis of civilised political and social stability. The epicentre of this war is within the Muslim successor states of the Mughal and Ottoman empires; but its destructive reach extends far beyond its immediate habitat.

Another barbaric chapter of an epic conflict between the presence and promise of modernity, and the bitter, toxic romance of regression was written on January 7 in Paris.
This war, raging across the world, is a confrontation between the lethal adrenalin of faith supremacy and belief that faith equality is the basis of civilised political and social stability. The epicentre of this war is within the Muslim successor states of the Mughal and Ottoman empires; but its destructive reach extends far beyond its immediate habitat.
The warriors of this Islamic jihad are the masked vanguard of a movement that found its spurs in the 19th century, when the last two Muslim empires, the Mughal and the Ottoman, began to wither and then die. Behind the masks is a supply chain that, like all religious extremism, is magnetised by inspiration beyond the control of boundaries.
The rationale for contemporary Islamist violence was first provided by two doctrinaires, Shah Waliullah in Mughal Delhi and Muhammad ibn Abd-al Wahhab in Ottoman Arabia. They were born in the same year, 1703, and watched a historic comfort zone crumble. Their prescription (restricted for Sunni Muslims) was simple and stern: Allah had not abandoned Muslims; Muslims had forsaken Allah.
Muslims had slipped into decadence, compromising purity of practice in prayer and trust in the sharia; their behaviour and dress had been corrupted by other cultures, whether it was Hinduism in India or the growing influence of Europe among Ottoman elites.
Their rulers no longer believed in the supremacy of Islam, chosen by God as the final testament for this world. The umma no longer displayed the courage to grow a religious beard, proclaim the faith, or pick up the sword — or a gun in Paris, a bomb in Peshawar — in defence of Islam.
Ironically, this revisionism went against innumerable tenets of the Quran, which advocate acceptance of other faiths, particularly “people of the Book”, and explain why Christian communities like the Yazidis continued to live in Muslim Iraq for 1,400 years until the supremacists of ISIS began their rape, pillage and murder of the “infidel”.
But as a sense of loss, and fear of the future, intensified, the ideas of exclusivity, separation and dream of dominance began to gather momentum in the 20th century.
A decisive battle between modernity and regression was fought on the Indian subcontinent before 1947. The Muslim League used, often and provocatively, the rhetoric of superiority in its pursuit of separation.
Mahatma Gandhi offered the counter-narrative, that true strength lay in faith equality, not faith supremacy. For him, dharma represented the underlying truth common to every religion. The singular duty of the state was to enshrine freedom of faith as a basic right; the citizen was enjoined to treat every faith with equal respect.
In a marvellous message, Gandhi urged that the Gita should be read with the eye of a Hindu and the Quran with the eye of a Muslim: with sympathy, not invective. Swami Vivekananda, who sought India’s resurgence through India’s unique philosophy, was equally forth-right: if you were born a Hindu, he said, be a good Hindu; if born a Muslim, be a good Muslim, and that would make both good Indians.
It might seem anachronistic to those who confuse a loincloth with the primitive, but Gandhi’s great contribution was to construct a modern framework for the post-colonial Indian state — Gandhi wore the loincloth to identify with the impoverished and starving peasant, not to offer a model for the future.
What is modernity? It has four non-negotiable pillars: democracy, which is impossible without free speech; freedom of faith; gender equality; and economic equity, through which the poor are the principal beneficiaries of economic growth.
Nations that deviated from this model are paying an existential price. From Pakistan to the north of Africa, there is a gathering wasteland of countries which, for one reason or another, cherry-picked between the four essentials. Their governments are not in control. Militias and shadow armies have filled this vacuum, the most powerful of which operate in a loose alliance under the banner of terrorist theocracy.
Turkey, in contrast, became a success story because its 20th-century saviour Mustafa Kemal rejected the Caliphate, and wrenched his nation out of the looming trap of faith supremacy. Courageously, he defused the very symbol of Muslim conquest, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a great Byzantine church turned into a mosque in the 15th century. Ataturk converted it into a museum.
For two centuries, revivalism was in search of geography; with the creation of Pakistan, its progeny Taliban Afgha-nistan, and now the Islamic State in Iraq, there are sanctuaries for continuing generations of jihadists. Their targets, governments and people invested in peace, are trapped by questions they often fear to raise, worried by consequences. For how long can they prevent rage from becoming outrage? How do we manage the tipping point?
As Gandhi said, an eye for an eye will leave us all blind. Principles are vulnerable in pursuit of barbarians. But we must also defeat the enemy before it destroys us. That is the challenge.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A rampant PAS fanaticism in Malaysia at war with modernity

You HADI are not known to be wise and respectable by many.

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Hadi: Act 355 critics are 'mosquitoes', ignoramuses
A Rampant PAS fanaticism in Malaysia at war with modernity
Hadi to MCA, DAP and MIC either we pass the Act 355 , or brace for the fury Musllim voters
All prime ministers are potential until they have uttered that hallowed oath of office: mundane words to us, but almost mystical to politicians. rampant PAS fanaticism in a Malaysia at war with modernity,  PAS institutionalised the idea fanaticism. reinvented a top-heavy political party with some radical engineering.. Malaysians believes in democracy, faith freedom, gender equality and economic equity.its time, but it has arrived. Malaysians must determine the state of Malaysia.
The political radar of some parties seems transfixed on obstruction, floating above the fragile, hungry and increasingly angry millions trapped in strangulating coils of extreme fanaticism .Change is a mist which floats through events, often obscured by the daily cloudburst of facts. It is noticed least by those it affects most.
Politicians have a sharper eye than they are given credit for, but they can miss the obvious. A tectonic shift is taking place in the structure of party politics. After a long and dominant reign, the high command is dead. It has become a dinosaur, a museum piece whose skeletal jaw hints at the massive bite it once possessed.Najib and Abdul Hadi Awang are the last inheritors of a concept that has exhausted its moment in history. After them, there will be command, but it will not be very high. PAS created a high command,PAS Taliban wing , which which can  serve primarily as a guardian of ideology. This involved some contradictions. When the Najib is too weak to protect the Muslims in a national crisis,

PAS institutionalised the idea fanaticism. reinvented a top-heavy political party with some radical engineering.
umno’s melee of socialists, who were more democratic than PAS but not necessarily more egalitarian, despised the idea of command so much that they went the extra mile and destroyed their leaders. The movement, paradoxically, could only survive by splitting . It has quietly abandoned ideology for race , and inducted some stability through dynastic rule in smaller but more homogenous units.

The British metaphor for a political party is a broad church. It must have substantial space for an elastic congregation, continually tempted by wayward choices in the absence of hard doctrine. There is God, of course; but as an idea rather than an ideology. And in any case God created the conditions for democracy when He blessed, or cursed, the human being with free will.

 The magic potion of democracy is options. There lies the problem, for this potion is not a glue for discipline, with its attendant terrors. The parson’s primary responsibility is to keep any sermon lucid but limp to cover a multiplicity of views, and ensure order inside and outside the church. But, since power breeds politics more often than politics leads to power, passions climb sharply whenever the bells of public opinion announce that the time has come for change.  

India has almost 200 million Muslims, the world’s largest minority segment. How should common people view Islam? Its conundrum is getting more complex by the day making it difficult for people to comprehend what exactly they are up against. It is equally important for Indian Muslims to realise their unique position.


As the Trump era unfolds, disruption of the old order is the flavour of the day. Nowhere is such disruption more profound than in the world of Islam where radical theology has been making strides for some time. There have been various explanations of the phenomenon, from Huntington’s notion of clash of civilisations to theories around today’s churning within Islam being a precursor to reformation within the faith.
Current perceptions arising from the Trump administration’s travel ban against seven Muslim-majority countries (now stayed by a court order) has brought to the fore the paradox of US liberal values pitted against extreme nationalism. The problems of Islam worldwide remain highly diffused with no clarity on the direction the faith wishes to follow. The one common thing is the general negativity with which followers of the faith appear to be universally viewed.

As the Trump era unfolds, disruption of the old order is the flavour of the day. Nowhere is such disruption more profound than in the world of Islam where radical theology has been making strides for some time. There have been various explanations of the phenomenon, from Huntington’s notion of clash of civilisations to theories around today’s churning within Islam being a precursor to reformation within the faith.
Current perceptions arising from the Trump administration’s travel ban against seven Muslim-majority countries (now stayed by a court order) has brought to the fore the paradox of US liberal values pitted against extreme nationalism. The problems of Islam worldwide remain highly diffused with no clarity on the direction the faith wishes to follow. The one common thing is the general negativity with which followers of the faith appear to be universally viewed.

Among the important issues remain the development differential between the Western Christian world and the core centre of Islam, the Middle East; as also the socio-political systems revolving around the conservatism of Islam’s values and the lack of modernism in political thought.
Muslims around the world have to realise that the sectarian divide within Islam can only lead it to doom. The Shia versus Sunni conflict is forcing both groups to withdraw deeper within the folds of conservative thinking to protect their beliefs.
The crisis within the Sunni sect is profound due to the rise of obscurantist sub sects. The Shia linkage with Iran involves them in an apparently eternal conflict with the US and its allies ever since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.
Geopolitics mixed with faith based conflict has settled into the Middle East. The Saudis fear dilution of their control as keepers of the faith. This fear arises from two causes: first, their reduction in US perceptions of strategic importance due to the changing profiles and narratives of worldwide energy resources, demand and technology; second, due to the perceived rise in Iranian ambitions leading to its potentially greater domination of the Levant, presence of the Hezbollah, the likely victory of Bashar Assad in Syria and the Iraqi Shia domination of Northern Iraq.
All the above is a complex handful. As if that is not enough, there is Europe and its problem with migration, both old and new. The older Muslim migrants are facing a generational problem which is preventing the integration of their young. At the same time many of them are being misled by Islamic State (IS) propaganda to rise against the West. On a different count Erdogan’s Turkey is in the midst of a counter revolution, almost reversing the secular and benign Islam promoted by Kemal Ataturk a century ago.
Islam therefore appears highly unsettled and we have not even begun to describe the problems of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan promises to be in the throes of internal conflict for much longer as the Taliban is unlikely to relent and the US presence may just increase once Trump is a little more settled. Jammu & Kashmir, a conflict with more political than ideological or faith based differences, has slowly drifted.
The separatist camp has no qualms about using faith as a weapon. Pakistan remains the hub of radical Islam both as a counterweight to Shia Iran and the promoter of faith based conflict in Kashmir. Its strategic importance continues to draw US and Chinese support.
Bangladesh remains high strung about the violence within, said to be IS influenced yet having extremely local overtones in a society sharply divided over culture-led nationalism against radical Islam.
Where do Indian Muslims stand, and how should they perceive the situation in the Islamic world? They must understand that they enjoy the benefits and rights of full scale democracy which few of their co-religionists are fortunate to possess or experience across the world. Even as Islam struggles to balance itself in the Middle East and other regions, Indian Muslims are already balanced and must therefore project this to the Islamic world. They have rejected radicalism to a great extent, although no one can deny the fact that efforts to turn their minds have not yet diminished.
The educated and evolved Indian Muslim community must come out to engage with conservative Muslims whose fears may still be alive. Living in many isolated areas in smaller towns and cities there are a large number who are still poverty-stricken and unsure of themselves. As Islam witnesses turf and sectarian battles elsewhere, Indian Muslims must shun them, battle poverty and enhance their social empowerment. They should avoid becoming pawns in the larger games of other nations.
The decision of their parents, to remain in India and be Indian should be deeply respected. It is the duty of the Indian Muslim clergy to protect their community from negative influence and project their will to be model followers of the Islamic faith; eventually virtual role models for the reformation which is bound to come within Islam.


Friday, February 17, 2017

South or North Korean spies who spooked Malaysia at KLIA2

Who will blink first?



 Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi  draws flak over 'sexy beauty' assassin 
Malaysian authorities have detained a woman in connection with the investigation. The woman, in her 20s, was detained in the low-cost terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, The women are thought to be agents of a foreign country, he said, refusing to speculate if they were hired by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, who is suspected of ordering the murder.
You don’t have to be beautiful to be Mata Hari; you merely have to be available.agent who made spying synonymous with sexual frisson, was actually a bit of a podge who couldn’t get a job in a vaudeville chorus line because she wasn’t “cute” when she became the terminater Lim Kit Siang wants Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to explain the security lax at KLIA 2 following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In a media statement, the DAP veteran said that reasons must be provided as to how the airport could become a “playground for foreign agents.”One female suspect seen on CCTV was found wandering in the airport," police said. She had apparently been "left behind" by the other assailants. The suspects  are North or Korean, police sources said.

 But the principle of a spy’s mentality holds. Since there is  never sufficient justification for the betrayal of a country, and the greed (whether for money or sex) involved must be rationalized by layers of self-deceit, the spy converts a complex, tortured fiction into his or her version of that malleable commodity called truth.

File photo of the information desk at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, where Kim Jong-Nam was attacked by two women
Lim Kit Siang wants Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to explain the security lax at KLIA 2 following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In a media statement, the DAP veteran said that reasons must be provided as to how the airport could become a “playground for foreign agents.” Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expertise in the seductive arts.more vulnerable to the inflammable concoction of ego and libido. cocoon world of an embassy   could only have heated her fantasies to an unbearable conflagration. You can see that she had lost any mooring with reality in the taunt after her arrest — “What took you guys so long to get it?”  It would not even occur to her that institutions are reluctant to condemn their own, particularly when the final responsibility with those who decided to send her to 



she had an extraordinary talent, the ability to trump the real with the surreal. She reinvented herself as an expert in the secret and mysterious arts of “Indian” erotica (hence the name ‘Mata Hari’), learnt  during her interlude in Java, and became a sensation. She was not much of a spy actually; she did more spending than spying. there is an obvious problem in the analogy with Mata Hari. 

One pithy observer thought she was as attractive with clothes as without them, which may or may not have been a compliment. She was driven to be  by despair: 
Image result for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-unpicture of assassin  at KLIA
It is not, presumably, compulsory, but it is clearly useful for a potential spy to have a split personality. The pain of the tragedy, or failure, is subsumed by the surreal. But a fevered imagination also weakens or even erases the constraints of duty and morality that bind real life.


It was about 8.20am on Monday and there was a bustle of passengers in the departure hall of KL International Airport's budget terminal when the two women moved in on Kim Jong-nam, estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

A few steps away from a Starbucks cafe and a Puffy Buffy Malaysian food stall, one of the women stood in front of their quarry to distract him. Her accomplice approached from behind, pulled a cloth drenched in some chemical from a blue handbag, reached around his head and clamped it onto his face.

That was enough to deliver a deadly poison to the portly 46-year-old relative of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to a senior Malaysian government source and Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat, who both spoke to Reuters.

After the attack, Kim Jong-nam approached a help desk and explained that someone seemed to have grabbed or held his face and now he felt dizzy. He was taken to the Menara Medical Clinic, a small glass-fronted surgery one floor down near the arrivals area.

"He still felt unwell there, so they decided to send him to the hospital, and he died in the ambulance on the way to Putrajaya Hospital," said Ahmat.

Media reports said the two women fled the airport in taxis.

The government source declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the case.

Malaysian officials have publicly released little about the killing. Indeed, it was 36 hours after the murder before they acknowledged it had happened, and then only after the news was broken by South Korean media.

Malaysian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a woman with a Vietnamese travel document as she was trying to take a flight from the same terminal. According to local media, this was the same woman whose image was captured in a grainy airport CCTV image wearing a white shirt with the acronym 'LOL' on it.

A second woman, who was holding an Indonesian passport, was also identified from CCTV footage and detained on Thursday.

Vietnam has said it is investigating. Indonesia has confirmed the second arrested woman was an Indonesian national and is seeking consular access to her.

A third suspect, apparently a boyfriend of one of the women, has also been taken into custody, Malaysian police said.

"It's like a mystery novel," said a foreign diplomat in Kuala Lumpur who is closely following developments, which have included comments by South Korean officials that Pyongyang agents were behind the killing, and now the arrest of two women carrying passports from South-East Asian countries.

Many key details about the brazen attack on Kim Jong-nam are still unclear, particularly information about the two arrested women and whose orders, if any, they were following.

North Korea has made no public comment on the killing, and calls, an email and a fax message to its embassy in Malaysia were unanswered. A source in Beijing with ties to the North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that Pyongyang was not involved and had no motive for killing Kim Jong-nam.

The Malaysian police and the government source's accounts of what happened in the departure hall contradicted early media reports that Kim Jong-nam had been poisoned by injection with a needle.

An autopsy began on Wednesday and is still ongoing, a senior police officer said.

When asked if he could confirm that a woman with the Vietnamese documents was the one seen wearing the 'LOL' T-shirt, state police chief Abdul Samah Mat said: "We are investigating to confirm that."

Local media identified her as the main attacker.

Manhunt for four accomplices

The sources said Kim Jong-nam - travelling under the name of Kim Chol - had flown on Feb 6 from Macau to the Malaysian capital, which he visited often because he had friends there. He was booked on a return flight with the low-cost airline AirAsia on Monday, the day he died.

Police are looking for four foreign men they believe worked with the two women, the government source said.


The entire team involved in the attack landed in Malaysia - although it was not clear where from - some days before the attack, checked into a hotel near the airport and monitored their target's movements, the government source said.

Two employees of the help desk Kim Jong-nam approached declined to discuss the incident when asked by Reuters reporters, several people working at the Starbucks cafe said they had seen nothing unusual that morning, and the medical centre's receptionist said she could not confirm that he had been brought into the clinic.

The government source said the woman whose documents showed the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong told police that the group split up after the incident and had not seen each other since.

The woman said she hadn't been aware that she was killing someone, but the source said police doubt that and believe it was a well-planned operation.
CIA intelligence about Putin’s interference in elections is considered dubious by many commentators. Masha Gessen, a critic of both Putin and Trump, writing in the New York Review Daily (’Russia, Trump & Flawed Intelligence’, goo.gl/fOM7fG) pointed out that the US intelligence report on the role Russia and Putin had allegedly played was hardly convincing as no proof had been given.

Donald Trump, owner of Trump Organization, is now the president of the United States. In his journey to the White House, Trump tore the playbook of those have been used to wielding real power in the US — the kingmakers and dynasts from Wall Street, the East and West Coast notables. The campaign was ugly and divisive, of a kind never seen in the US. Then the disgruntled elite turned against Trump even after the results were announced. Clearly a case of bad losers.

No, no, I don’t mean not doing good that way. That way I’m fine. I meant I’m not doing good because of all these darned critics and what they’re saying about me. First that Hollywood dame, Meryl Creep, or whatever, says those nasty things about me, then all these women go on protest marches against me saying I’m racist and sexist. Heck, I don’t even know what those words mean, so how can I be them.


There were campaign letters in August 2016 opposing Trump by about 50 former intelligence officers, including a former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) andthe Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), two former Homeland Security secretaries. Later in October, 55 retired general officers of the military signed a statement describing Trump as being “utterly unworthy of being commander-in-chief and president”.
And there were the bizarre stories about Trump in Moscow and his ‘bromance’ with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this month, outgoing CIA chief John Brennan warned on public television that Russia had interfered in US elections, continued to undermine democracy in many countries, was engaged in manipulating elections in Europe and that this was not acceptable.

To Russia Without Love
The report alleged that Putin was seeking revenge against Hillary Clinton for her role in inspiring a popular unrest against him in 2011-12. The 25-page report had three key judgments where the agencies assessed that the Russian president had ordered an influence campaign aimed at the US presidential election.
That this campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blended covert intelligence operations (including cyber) with overt efforts by Russian agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries and paid social media users. And third, the agencies assessed that Moscow would apply lessons learnt worldwide especially against America’s allies.
Last December, President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats on unproven charges of hacking by Moscow. This evoked no reaction from Putin but came at the end of a year when relations with Russia had begun to freeze rapidly. Earlier in October, Obama used his red email hotline with Putin alleging that if hacking in an election year did not stop, there would be reprisals. Paradoxically, the hotline was meant to prevent wars, not to threaten them.
Accusations against Putin may or may not be true. It is not unusual for major powers to intervene in such situations. US intelligence had publicly warned about ‘evil Russian designs’, but they were unable to preempt or prevent this. The hacking is believed to have ended on November 8.
Beginning early last year, there were several commentaries about how Putin was reviving the KGB. Although the KGB had been wound up, Putin, himself an old KGB hand, preferred its style of functioning and was reviving old agencies or creating new ones. The implication was that Putin was reverting to Cold War tactics against the US. Russian intelligence operations against Americans by the internal service FSB (Federal Security Service) had also reportedly increased in the last three years.
Other Reasons for Hate
The US wishes to be seen as being threatened by the Russians for a number of other reasons. It was knocked out of much relevance in Afghanistan when Russia, China and Pakistan met in December last year without the US to discuss the country’s future. The Russians have similarly outsmarted the US in Syria when their military defeated US-backed proxies in Aleppo. It would now seem that the US is going to be out of reckoning in most of West and Central Asia. This turf increasingly belongs to China and Russia. Hence the bogey of Russia, something probably more manageable than China.
Besides, the Deep State of America — the US military-industrial-technology-intelligence complex — has to retain relevance and profits. New weapons are being paraded, such as the the next secret weapon, electromagnetic pulse artillery shells that can apparently paralyse cities by cutting off all communication links without damage to property and lives. Or the next superstealth weapon that is ‘neither a helicopter nor an aircraft’.
The F-35s and F22s will get Artificial Intelligence to control nearby drones equipped with weapons, test enemy air defences and perform intelligence functions. These upgrades need to be sold, for which the country needs enemies and repeated wars while heightened threat perceptions help purchases.
The evolving Russian threat is the diversion and US troops have recently been dispatched to Poland and Norway to make the threat appear realistic. Considering President Trump’s statements in his inaugural speech it appears that he and his Cold Warriors are on a collision course. Who will blink first?


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Azmin Ali :If Mahathir want to kiss the feet of PAS leaders that is his business

 Mahathir is not waking up to reality , Wan Ismail is Pakatan Harapan's opposition leader who will lead the coalition in the coming general election, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
A plea for ‘alternative facts’: When truth is singular it becomes a territory and thus, a battlefield PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's stance not to cooperate with any parties that have relations with DAP and Parti Amanah Negara has by default voided cooperation with PKR,in principle, the cooperation between PAS and PKR is void based on the position taken by the PAS president,‘tail strategy’ has fallen into a tailspin. As ideas go, this had its merits for a party desperate to earn any dividend from  divided opposition parties. Bersatu recognised that UMNO was a spent force, and its only hope lay in becoming an attachment to any party ready to accept it as an appendage. Votaries of this theory must have congratulated themselves with the prospect that if UMNO could lengthen with vindictive, manupulitive, and vengeful Umno the tail with disparate alliances, one bright morning the tail would become long enough to wag the dog Individual dynamics require special circumstances, not to mention the heavy propulsion of hidden political boosters. Mahathir succeeded because he had terribly long arms; he held the PAS by one hand, and the Anwar by the other, while he reinvented himself as an honest politician, sympathetic to Malay concerns. It required too much heavy engineering and the end product was so unstable that it kept Malay politics off-balance for a decade.
History does not repeat itself, but does it imitate itself? The answer will take a while.Umno is unfazed about defectors from their party joining the newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu),  the biggest advocates of this game


  Arithmetic or chemistry? Political calculations Mahathir had not got the right read on the state PAS of today. the infighting would really undermine the party candidates, with opposing camps proving much more injurious to PAS  than :Pakatan Harapan

Another political calculations of illogic from Hadi to justify his rejection of the opposition front and the embracement of Najib Razak/Umno, is another strong indication that he has allegedly received something ‘unholy’ from Najib (as widely perceived by the public) to make him obligated to the latter.sometimes patronizingly hypocritical? It’s time to dump Hadi if PAS still wants to save the party from impending ruin.



Of cronyism and acronyism:Federal Territories Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khairudin today lambasted those unearthing claims that PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin owns a Porsche Cayman car, in light of the RM90 million controversy.However, it speaks volumes of the moral and ethical health of  PAS that the charting a muddled path for his party


also read thisPas Leadership failure:Powerbrokers Mohd Nor Hamzah said Hadi has his right to live a lavish life
If you want a glimpse of this emerging saga do no more read http://themalaybusinesstribune.blogspot.my/ the inside articles  with care. No newspaper can offer a comprehensive account. 
The memory last general elections  DAP and PKR in past elections had forced Umno and BN's defeat in 89 parliamentary seats, and wrested the popular vote. party president Abdul Hadi's Awang new imperatives of strength with UMNO but will it work DAP is predominantly made up of non-Muslim members while Bersatu is the converse says Hadi
PKR, which has a balance of Muslim and non-Muslim members, is maintaining talks with PAS in hopes to forge a political pact between Pakatan Harapan, Bersatu and PAS.is history says Mahathir.He said political co-operation with DAP and PKR in past elections had forced Umno and BN's defeat in 89 parliamentary seats, and wrested the popular vote.also read this Hadi: PAS' duty to ensure Muslims in power No election is an echo of the past