Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When Gobind Singh Deo ‘encounter specialists’ shoot first




My one encounter,When Gobind Singh Deo  ‘encounter specialists’ shoot first and whistle later shocked Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani  if that is the appropriate word, with a lawmaker who had washed his hands in cold blood, The worry is that public opinion often condones “Dirty Harry” methods, in which a bullet takes precedence over due process. Only one thing is clear in this dust storm of fierce argument. We are not interested in truth. A complex reality has been distilled into campaign fodder in election season. Politics is the petrol that can turn such a fire into conflagration.

when Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) posed the question to Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghaniwhether Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was a suspect in the probes related to 1MDB led to an heated argument between a minister and lawmaker.At first, Johari said he did not have an answer to that question, but when pressed, told Gobind to meet him outside.This angered the DAP legal bureau chief, who said that he wanted an answer in the House.
Life’s most traumatic cemetery is surely the memory of pain, for it is buried but not dead. Neither amnesia nor vengeance is a solution, although the timid find solace in the first and the violent seek options in the second. Individuals, communities, nations have to find the spirit that can liberate them from the bonds of past anguish, to discover a future in a new perspective that is something far more than a distorted reflection of fear.

When a nation’s confidence is undermined, adversaries abroad pounce to take advantage, The fulcrum of a tipping point in public life is that mortal enemy of a politician: humour. A joke might not destroy reputation quite as effectively as a corruption scandal, but it deflates credibility. Through his long career
enough never to get tempted by a wisecrack; wit is not his forte. He might therefore be a little bewildered by the artillery fire of jokes after his disastrous mismanagement of DAP

If it is any consolation to Gobind  jokes about Prime Minister i are far more harsh. As we leap-frog our way towards another general election, DAP might discover that its biggest problem is ridicule. We are in the last chapter of a drama that 1MDB has gone on too long. 
dreaming of resurrection on  DAP a deathbed is a waste of time. For most of this term, policy was lost in a swamp. Now, decisions are made to serve as slogans.An announcement now is mercenary: to milk the environment for what votes it can bring, and postpone ensuing problems. The timing is determined not by advantage to the people but by thoughts of benefit to the party.The dark side of today’s political satire is the evil of corruption. There is a school within the ruling establishment selling the theory that corruption as an election issue has been deflected. This is delusion. The voter is not going to be finessed by the argument that all politicians are corrupt, and so theft of the present lot should be condoned. A jury can punish only the person in the dock, and the present government is on trial in the next electoral court.Jokes are the evidence and the argument in this trial; the voter is both lawyer and judge in the court of the people. But there is some good news for those on trial. The maximum sentence is just five years in wilderness. The next five years will pass as quickly as the last five.

Shakespeare, being a genius, got most things right. But, being human, he also got a few things wrong. A rose by any other name does often smell like a weed.
One dangerous misnomer is this entity called an intelligence agency. These organisations, a consistent growth industry in every nation whether times are lean or prosperous, are information accummulators. Intelligence may or may not be a by-product of their endeavours. Look no further than the case of the latest American whistleblower, Edward Snowden.
America's spymasters lost this plot long before Snowden broke cover and revealed massive incursions by US and British agencies into private lives. Their rage reflects the fury of impotence, or perhaps incompetence. Snowden did not hit and run. His sting took much preparation: he copied data, and then established contact with Julian Assange's Wikileaks and China, at the very least. Directly or indirectly, China, Russia and Ecuador knew what he was going to do before he moved. CIA, NSA and FBI were blindsided. America's intelligence was shipwrecked in an ocean of information.
One would assume, after the Wikileaks fiasco, that there would be alert mechanisms to track any unauthorized transfer of secret data by an insider. Wrong. Neither was there any security firewall between Snowden and either a pest like Wikileaks or a foreign power like China, although both must be equally high on CIA's watch list. If you imagine Snowden landed in Hong Kong by flipping a coin, you must be in kindergarten, still reading fairy tales. Conversely, if you believe China ignored the US demand for extradition because of a typing error in the application, your sense of humour is almost as nuanced as the Chinese official who thought up that whopper. The Chinese ran this operation for precisely as long as they wanted to, or Snowden would never have left Hong Kong, even if he had managed to enter this semi-liberal enclave of an authoritarian state. Snowden's story got top play in local media; and he was accompanied by a Wikileaks executive on his ride to Russia, both impossible without a silent nod from Beijing. Snowden went to Hong Kong because he was certain of a Chinese umbrella. And in Moscow, of a Russian shield. Try boarding a flight a Moscow without a valid visa on your passport. You won't get beyond check-in. Absolutely do not consider making Moscow airport a temporary residence, unless you are certain local police won't put you on the next flight to anywhere. Nor will Ecuador's friendly diplomats drop by to say hello without Kremlin's permission.
At the moment of writing, Snowden is discovering a few facts of life. Heroes have limited uses when playing cloak and dagger; the dagger can change direction in the switch of a blade. China, Russia and Ecuador were happy to use Snowden in the secret wars that continue below the surface of good relations, but reluctant to damage bilateral business with Washington beyond a point. Big boys like America carry aces up their sleeve when they sit at any table.
For some time now America has been ratcheting up an international offensive against China's invasion of cyberspace. This was high on the agenda of the summit between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in California earlier this month. China's President kept an admirable straight face while his shadow-security infrastructure timed this double-whammy to a nicety, producing Snowden just when American protests hit a crescendo.
While spy fact imitates spy fiction, the world must come to terms with a difficult truth. Privacy, a cornerstone of individual liberty in a free society, now belongs to the past tense. America, the world's largest people-friendly democracy, and China, the world's largest people-friendly dictatorship, have used war as the excuse and technology as the means to monitor the language, and through that the thought process, of any individual they want to target. If other nations, including Russia or India, have not succeeded as spectacularly, it is not for want of trying.
Governments know something that idealists are loath to admit: the argument for liberty does not travel very far with the populace when it is positioned against terrorism. The progress towards a free society has been led by a liberal elite that flourishes in the calm of peace, and bends before the hurricane of conflict. Barack Obama turns into George Bush. Obama knows that total information is the dream of every totalitarian, but will not intervene. He is in politics. Politics is about survival first and consequences later. For every Snowden briefly on the front page, and in limbo for the rest of his life, there are dozens defeated by helplessness. That is how a state defines victory over the individual.
Obama invited Xi Jiang for their summit in California to a place called Rancho Mirage. What an excellent title for a sequel to George Orwell's 1984.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Clash of nationalisms between Johari Abdul Ghani and Tony Pua


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Nationalism as an ideology is inevitable, even necessary, in a world that began to be organised into nation-states a little over three centuries ago. It is a primary adhesive sentiment in an age in which nations have become the dominant global vehicle of group identity.
there seem to be two distinct nationalisms: inclusionary and exclusionary. One symbolises loyalty to a nation that is tolerant, accommodative and open to evolving cultures and mores. The other advocates a nation which must resist diversity and construct an exclusive ethno-religious identity that must be defended against any dilution the Other might bring into society.
 Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua has taken aim at Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani for claiming that Malaysia cannot press charges over 1MDB without a full picture, pointing out that there were no efforts by the government to do so.Wrong Perception
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 the message that Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani  offers for 2017 is clear: those who turned corruption into a doctrine will pay a heavy price.
If you want to challenge corruption root and branch you cannot merely trim the branches periodically to appease public opinion. You have to attack the curse at the roots.
"Of course, we need the complete story in order to charge any person for a crime. However, the question is there must be a concerted effort to investigate the crime.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. 
"From what we can see happening in Malaysia at this point of time, there is no attempt at all to investigate the crimes everyone can see which have taken place in Malaysia," he said in a statement...
It may not be the Cold War redux. But a war of world views is in full swing. It isn’t communism versus capitalism; it isn’t old-style fascism versus liberalism. It is an escalating global war between rising forces of nationalist populism and the idea of liberal democracy.The Brexit vote last year approving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union was an initial shot fired by an inward looking, England-first majority of voters. Then came the shocker of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. Open-minded, tolerant people gasped, wondering whether the liberal democratic world order would soon disintegrate.

Tell us, Mr Tony Pua The Bengaluru mass molestation incident is a different sort of massacre, but a massacre nevertheless. A massacre of dignity. While the Istanbul killings were universally condemned,The Bengaluru molestation was shamelessly justified, rationalised and condoned by people in positions of influence and power. Sickeningly, the narrative in India remains unchanged when it comes to women under attack. This is how it reads: They asked for it!  which law was broken ? Which crime committed? On the other hand, look at those brutes, look at the expression in their eyes as they drunkenly pounce on panic-stricken women screaming for help. If you can still justify what took place in beautiful city, you should quit your job. Trust me, Sir, had any female relative of yours been amongst the young girls being pawed that night, your sanguine, indifferent attitude would have taken a 360-degree turn. You would have moved swiftly to identify and round up the culprits. Your police would have thrashed them to pulp in custody. Charges would have been filed at record speed. But when molested/ raped/ knifed/ brutalised/abused women remain faceless, they are treated like fair game.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has reminded the people regarding crucial matters which could destroy the country including being the country's covert enemies or conspiring with the country's enemies.

The prime minister said they were the people who did not love the country and only wanted to see its destruction.

"As prime minister, the interest of the people is my primary concern. I will ensure Malaysia continues to succeed and remained peaceful while the people continue to have the opportunity to find a living in this country.

"To achieve this objective, it is important for me to remind everyone about matters which could destroy our own nation," he said in the latest entry in his blog najibrazak.com. last night.

Reminding the nation of the Lahad Datu incident, he said the country lost many patriots following the irresponsible actions of some quarters.

"We can still remember the incident in Lahad Datu where security forces personnel were sacrified because there were covert enemies. At that time, the intruders had obtained prior information on the movements of our security forces and ambushed our soldiers in a house," he said.

Recently, he said the people almost became victims due to the irresponsible actions of some acting to frustrate the country and nearly caused the loss of an investment by Saudi Arabia following the spread of slanders on the country's economy which was apparently going to go bankrupt and that it could not afford to pay the salaries of civil servants.

"This is completely not true. Thank God, after showing the actual performance of the country's economy, Saudi Arabia agreed to invest RM31 billion in Malaysia through the petroleum company Aramco," he said.

He said Malaysians would suffer losses if these irresponsible parties succeeded in their slanders.

Following the slander, Najib said the people would definitely be denied the employment opportunities of high income as well as opportunities from the supporting sectors from the Saudi Arabia investment.

At the same time, he was perplexed by a former national leader who was running down the country with news that were not true at all.

Corruption claims ‘a lie’

"According to him, Malaysia is among the 10 most corrupt countries in the world. This is certainly not true. We are actually at the 55th spot out of 176 countries in the 2016 Corruption Perception Index and there is room for improvement.

"But to lie, spread slanders and undermine one's own country, I ask where is the love of this national leader for the country?" Najib questioned.

As a leader, he considered such matters as challenges and reminders to build the nation.

"Nonetheless, we as the citizens of Malaysia should continue to find the way forward. In facing the challenges, we also witnessed the real potential of Malaysia when the people are united," he said.


"We are patriots if we conscientiously carry out duties as civil servants," he added.

He said teachers are patriots if they teach the children with dedication, parents are patriots if they ensure their children grow up as useful human beings while the people should continue to show their love for the country.


To build a nation, he said the people should stay united and the love for the nation should be continuously fostered with patriotism throughout the year and not just in the month of August.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tony Pua and Malaysiakini is.fearing the Mystery of Najib and Johari's Invisible Wave?


The truth isTony Pua  is less of a draw than Johari'

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Is Malaysiakini being unfair to  Najib and Johari ?
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Tony Pua an irritating nuisance, a mirror before our guilty conscience? Who wants to be measured by the yardstick of a saint who was so disconcertingly honest , mere handful of professions are honoured with an honorific that survives beyond the office. Priests, judges, armed services officers, professors and doctors, of both the medical and academic disciplines: that’s about it. Journalists, even editors, and politicians, even cabinet ministers, would invite ridicule if they handed out visiting cards marked ‘Editor X’ or ‘Cabinet Minister Y’. Malaysians are, at best, ambivalent about media and politics. They respect our guardians of law, knowledge and security. There is a new tendency among former envoys to add ‘Ambassador’ before their name, a practice borrowed from America, but this is a title snatched from vanity rather than bestowed by popular acclaim.
The most captivating within our current political theatre is surely Malaysiakini being naïve to promote  Ezam Mohd Noor the new opposition party is in the works with the single objective of fighting corruption."We only have two demands from Pakatan Harapan. Ezam wants to fight Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Pekan in the next general election..By himself Ezam Mohd Noor cannot win a seat . But add him to a larger formation and it has a multiplier effect. If one right partner generates arithmetical Use of outmoded tactics by former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor made no effort to remove moral stains on him said Johari his inability to comprehend that the canvas of electoral politics will not alter dramatically will consequently fail .  will be dismissed as deceptive by voters  on multiple fronts.Mahathir and Ezam  humiliation will bigger than PAS and DAP indignity in 2013 could be shown piloting a ship called the Titanic and saying things like “We have just hit a little iceberg but everything else is fine”. will just come across as a bunch of sore losers.progression then two can fashion a geometric leap..says there are people struggling to sort out their inner world for a meaningful life, while others are trying to hold together a damaged relationship, or are trying to raise consciousness in society, change the political system, save our planet and create universal brotherhood. The journey is daunting and often people give up.The argument that’s given usually is that one is too small to bring a change. But no one is too small and no problem is beyond them.
The party - mooted by former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor yesterday - has two targets, according to former Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
Malaysiakini promote Johari as jailed bird
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Every good drama needs a few sub-plots whirling through the mainframe Lim Guan Eng’s house is also very old, 40 years old to be exact. So it has very little value. Buckingham Palace is even older, 152 years old to be exact. And that is why it has even less value than Lim Guan Eng’s ‘palace’. No one would want Buckingham Palace even if the Queen gave it away free-of-charge Corruption is corruption. It does not matter whether it comes with a swimming pool or not. Did Khir Toyo go to jail because his house happened to come with a swimming pool?
Evidently no low is too low for Tony Puah, no theory too farfetched as long as it fulfils the twin goals of battering the current object of his hatred and keeping him on Malaysiakini. the media out poison the minds of malaysians

 
Finance Minister11 Johari Abdul Ghani  has defended  govewrnment policies politely but firmly.
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in front of the largest jury in history, in the court of public opinion. sabotaging debate, DAP is denying the Malaysians the opportunity to hear evidence from all sides, and then make up their minds. If Tony Pua is dissatisfied with Irwan Serigar’s explanation,for reasons, unfathomable Tony Pua refusesto engage but criticise.If DAP feels that it has not got satisfaction from this democracy  process, it can consider other options. Malaysian democracy has come to a curious pass. A government insists on discussion over an opposition demand,
Tony Pua his Dap’s home is said to be his castle. No one – not even the monarchy – can invade its privacy.However,when  Lim Guan Eng’ ’s home could have not just its privacy but also its privy invaded and be turned into a loo open to any member of the public willing to shell out the established fee for the purpose.Even more important is the fact that Malaysiakini and the other pro-opposition portals and Blogs are already playing the Lim Guan Eng apologist role.

Why is Rafizi Ramli not planning a road show to travel the whole country to inform the rakyat of this matter?

Why is Tony Pua not asking the PAC to investigate this matter and for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be set up so that the truth can be revealed?

Why is Teresa Kok not doing a satire on YouTube so that everyone can be entrained by her clownish antics?

Why is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad not launching a Save Penang Campaign and signing a Penang Peoples’ Declaration?

Why are Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal plus the many opposition portals and Blogs not fighting for the truth and justice?
"We only have two demands from Pakatan Harapan. Ezam wants to fight Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Pekan in the next general election..By himself Ezam Mohd Noor cannot win a seat . But add him to a larger formation and it has a multiplier effect. If one right partner generates arithmetical Use of outmoded tactics by former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Noor made no effort to remove moral stains on him said Johari his inability to comprehend that the canvas of electoral politics will not alter dramatically will consequently fail .  will be dismissed as deceptive by voters  on multiple fronts.Mahathir and Ezam  humiliation will bigger than PAS and DAP indignity in 2013 could be shown piloting a ship called the Titanic and saying things like “We have just hit a little iceberg but everything else is fine”. will just come across as a bunch of sore losers.progression then two can fashion a geometric leap..saysThere are people struggling to sort out their inner world for a meaningful life, while others are trying to hold together a damaged relationship, or are trying to raise consciousness in society, change the political system, save our planet and create universal brotherhood. The journey is daunting and often people give up.The argument that’s given usually is that one is too small to bring a change. But no one is too small and no problem is beyond them.


Political commentators agreed that it was too close to call, although UMNO  was in pole position. If there was one certainty it was that there was no wave. There were a few notable voices, particularly towards the end that gave the election to UMNO
It is likelier that the bias was implicit in the way a significant section of media frames reality and this shades what it is able to see. This is a deeper problem, for here the desire to report objectively does not necessarily translate into objective reportage. Election coverage, in particular, comes with its own grammar and vocabulary.like Malaysiakini Datuk Johari Umno supreme council member is absolutely right in pin-pointing that we need to dig deep into our consciousness and decipher from where this inferiority complex has crept into the veins of our society.
There are people struggling to sort out their inner world for a meaningful life, while others are trying to hold together a damaged relationship, or are trying to raise consciousness in society, change the political system, save our planet and create universal brotherhood. The journey is daunting and often people give up.The argument that’s given usually is that one is too small to bring a change. But no one is too small and no problem is beyond them. The thing is that our attention is rarely focused as we wish to multitask owing to our greed, restlessness and sensory needs.Those who understand the temperamental nature of any electoral season know that predictions are risky. It is far safer to keep your eyes open and mouth shut. 
, but very few, including those sympathetic to the party, had a sense of the magnitude of the victory. And without question, this is an absolutely stunning victory. To repeat the performance of 2014 two and a half years on, in the wake of what many saw as the failed demonetization gambit, without announcing a CM candidate, is a staggering feat.

 it has become clear that it is not possible for anyone to offer a meaningful prediction of the eventual outcome. The electorate is too large and diffuse, and the interplay of local and national factors too complex to be amenable to accurate forecasting. Neither the personal and direct experience of seasoned election watchers nor the scientific surveys, of which there is no shortage, seem to be able to produce results that can be relied upon. Pre-poll surveys are now entertainment rather than science, and should be viewed as such.


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JOHARI ABDUL GHANI is Second Finance Minister. perhaps the world’s most articulate politician in the first decade of the 21st century.
COMMENT I refer to a press statement issued today by YB Tony Pua.
YB Tony Pua is well-versed in the facts concerning 1MDB, given he is a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Thus, it is disappointing to note that he has chosen to misrepresents the facts and has accused me of lying, in his desperate attempts to mislead the rakyat.The matter at hand is clear, simple and has been publicly explained, as evidenced in page 81 of the PAC Report on 1MDB.

The facts are as follows:

1. The TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands were originally owned directly by the government. The government made a decision to sell the lands in 2010 and 2013 respectively, to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a holding company 100 percent owned by MOF Inc. 1MDB in turn owned the lands via its 100 percent equity shareholding in two subsidiary companies, ie TRX City Sdn. Bhd. (TRXC) and Bandar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BMSB).

2. It is clear that from the above transactions, the government ownership of the lands shifted from direct to indirect ownership, via MOF Inc ultimate ownership of 1MDB and its subsidiary companies.

3. Although the Bandar Malaysia land was sold at a nominal sum to BMSB, there was a responsibility to construct/upgrade six bases for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and two bases for the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), for a total development cost of RM 2.7 billion, of which 1MDB had to contribute RM1.6 billion.

4. Although the TRX land was sold at a nominal sum to TRXC, there was a responsibility to construct infrastructure not only in TRX but also in the surrounding areas, including a vehicular tunnel under Jalan Tun Razak, for a total sum of approximately RM 3 billion.

5. TRXC and BMSB undertook debts of RM 800 million and RM2.4 billion respectively, to undertake the construction of infrastructure and the six air force/two police bases referred to above. These debts were always attached to the said land when these two companies raised their financing and thus form part of the security for the said debts. In other words, it is an operating debt of these two companies.

6. With the infrastructure development and planning approvals obtained by TRXC and BMSB from 2010/2013 to the present day, the value of the TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands have increased in value significantly.

6. The PAC recommended in April 2016 that MOF Inc take over direct ownership of Bandar Malaysia and TRX lands from 1MDB. The most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve this is via a transfer of TRXC and BMSB shares to MOF Inc. So, instead of owning those companies via 1MDB, MOF Inc will directly own BMSB and TRXC, along with all the assets and the operating debts of the respective companies.

7. The TRXC and BMSB debts will be repaid by future cashflows of these companies as described in page 81 of the PAC Report. Further, whilst TRXC will continue to be 100 percent owned by MOF Inc, it is pertinent to note that a sale and purchase agreement has been executed with a consortium for the sale of 60 percent equity shareholding in BMSB.

8. More importantly, page 81 of the PAC Report also makes clear that the debts that will remain on the balance sheet of 1MDB are the RM 5 billion sukuk, the US$3.0 billion bond and the 2x US$1.75 billion bonds. These 1MDB debts will be serviced from matching cashflows, as described in the PAC Report. Whilst MOF Inc will not be taking over these 1MDB debts, the substance of the letter of support and guarantee from the government, remains intact, as described in the PAC Report.


There is therefore a clear distinction between 1MDB debts, which will not be taken over by MOF Inc, and the BMSB/TRXC project company operating debt, which are part of the assets and liabilities of the company and which will be serviced from the project cash-flows.

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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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.