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Saturday, October 25, 2014

As If We Never Say Goodbye by Iskandar Mohamad.

With thanks to Iskandar 


Friday, 24 October 2014

As If We Never Said Goodbye



Once upon a time in beautiful Malaysia, a political star reached his peak, fell from grace in Sodomy I and II but rose again albeit a pale shadow past glories. Standing in the sunset boulevard of his political career, Anwar Ibrahim’s fate will be made known next week when the Federal Court will hear his appeal against the five-year prison sentence he received in March this year on charges of sodomizing a male aide after the appeals court overturned an earlier acquittal.

A sharp contrast from the Sodomy I years, Anwar Ibrahim now faces waning support because the crowds at his gatherings to drum support have diminished not just numerically, but also in the faint decibels of ‘Reformasi’ cries. The plain and painful truth is the Reformasi he promised decades ago, is still in the shadows, just like his shadow cabinet. His face, wrinkled with deep lines of worry on his forehead, speak volumes about the harsh reality he faces not just from the judgement next week but also the fact that he stands to lose everything he had hoped for and had been strategizing not just for PKR or PR, but for his own elusive dreams.

But then again, he has himself to blame, erring not just in his ways but also the choices he made, some of which he had to pay a heavy price – years in prison. A lesson he never learnt, the grim prospects of a déjà vous stands before him for he not only faces a sodomy charge, but also sedition charges.

Most shamefully, instead of summoning local support, Anwar Ibrahim has openly criticized Australia for silence over his case when meeting Australian Senator Nick Xenophon in Jakarta. According to Sydney Morning Herald, Anwar Ibrahim said that no Australian leader since John Howard in 1998 had spoken up on his behalf.

Why would any international leader risk overstepping boundaries and decorum by interfering in legal matters of another country’s court? Wise and experienced as he professes to be, Anwar Ibrahim should take the cue from the fact that for 16 years no Australian leader has voiced support for him.
To exacerbate matters, it is ironical and disgraceful that Anwar Ibrahim bypassed his Pakatan Rakyat partners – DAP and PAS – and chose to hobnob with Nick Xenophon ‘to discuss an international support campaign if, as expected, he goes to prison later this month’.

Is this the real Anwar Ibrahim at his lowest point and at his worst akin to a desperate drowning man clutching at any straw for any glimmer of political survival?

Instead of globetrotting to various leaders of media, an act which clearly seems to be his current hobby as he did the same for the MH370 tragedy, should he not be liaising with DAP and PAS leaders as to what will happen to the echelons of leadership in the worst case scenario?

A responsible, dedicated, and people-centric leader would be meeting his voters to assure them of contingency plans for the constituency that elected him.

Sorry, that is not in Anwar Ibrahim’s interests. The role of the rakyat is just to clap for him, attend demonstrations, cry and wail, carry placards with anti-government messages and disgrace themselves by not behaving within decorum and of course , not forgetting the most important – they have to vote for him. After that, they are clearly forgotten.

You see, dear Malaysians, it never was, never is and never ever will be about the rakyat or Malaysia.

It is always about Anwar Ibrahim, his wonderful glorious self must be promoted, elevated, pitied, sympathized and whatever his high and mighty self desires.

Without sounding mean or wicked, I doubt many would be affected or concerned if the worst-case scenario happens next week. His record of failed achievements has shed a dark and menacing shadow over his name. Like him, we are all tired. His has been postponed sixty-six (66) times – the longest in Malaysian history!

Who can forget September 16 that never was? Will the shadow cabinet ever see the light of day or forever remain shadowy like in the vampire flick ‘Twilight’?  How can we forget the ludicrous allegation of 40k foreign voters flown in to vote in 2013? Then there was the overhyped manipulated Kajang by-election and the so-predictable and boring Menteri Besar debacle.

If Anwar is indeed such a righteous leader, there would be no need to slam Australia or to appeal via foreign media to support him. The rakyat would be behind him. However, are they?

Nope. Here is the evidence:

PKR has summoned its branches nationwide to mobilize hundreds of busload of supporters to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya next week to demand freedom for their leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli directed the party's more than 200 branch leaders to show support for their cause to free Anwar from sodomy conviction.

The truth of the matter is this. Anwar Ibrahim turned his back to the rakyat and treacherously turned to foreign support.  The rakyat and the nation have been betrayed, and many do not even know it, including PR leaders.

Suffice to say come October 28, Anwar’s destiny will be signed, sealed, and delivered. In the worst-case scenario, it will be “As if we never said goodbye” like the famous song from Sunset Boulevard. With all his empty and broken promises, Anwar is a fading and fallen star sans all the respect and support he enjoyed.  

When curtain call comes for Anwar Ibrahim, he will stand alone in his Sunset Boulevard in the Palace of Justice where justice must indeed be served on one man who fooled Malaysians, for far too long.


Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying : Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Anwar Ibrahim? He is no Mandela!

In my years of writing on current affairs in Malaysia I have been privy to a few amazing stuff happening in politics. Always...and I repeat - always.....the goings on in Umno and their preoccupation with monetary and material acquisition and the need to hang on to political power to make that possible tops my "go to list" every time I power on my PC to begin my favorite sports - "hantaming those who take us all for fools still living under the tempurungs" 

For Umno to be able to do this day in and day out for the past six years speaks volumes of the depths our politics have sunk to - an ever deepening abyss of corruption and abuse of political power for personal gain. An abyss that those align with Umno are dammed to embrace - some with caution, some with glee but embrace it they will for the pull of money and power king hits all but the brave and the decent of which they are not many amongst politicians.     

But not anymore!

In the past few years there has been a determine run by PKR to better what Umno has taken over half a century to perfect. The PKR that started as the Parti Keadilan Rakyat, under it's defecto leader Anwar Ibrahim, has not only been knocking at Umno's door but are now no longer the new kid on the block.  PKR are already fast entrenching themselves as the head honcho of the "bisa diatur" party in its party elections and appointments of party officials that smacks of what many in those Tin Pot Alley African (TPCA) dictators and despots do to consolidate their stranglehold over countries that have had the misfortune of being under their rule. Anwar Ibrahim makes us sniff the air around PKR to satisfy ourselves that truth of that Chinese saying " The Fish Rots from the Head Down".


Dismissing the recent events in Selangor as being nothing more than a fly that annoys him, Anwar Ibrahim has "gifted" PKR with a Supreme Council line up that is an exercise worthy of an Idi Amin cabinet. 

New appointees are those that Anwar Ibrahim have at his beck and call and those he can bully into submission to do all that he wants of them even from within the four walls of any prison that he will find himself gracing in the coming months. He is mindful that Azmin Ali now has considerable political and financial clout to "gonchang" his wife's position within PKR should the court uphold the guilty verdict and he is no longer is around to "protect" her. 

Through his appointed Supreme Coincil line up - especially through that boy Rafizi and Saifuddin, he intends to continuously harass the new Menteri Besar at the slightest opportunity by making public statements preempting the MB - giving the impression that Anwar's team are in control. And all those that Anwar has APPOINTED to the Supreme Council will beat the drums loudly to scare off Azmin Ali from having any thoughts of marginalizing Wan Azizah's and Nurruls position within PKR. 

But we know that empty vessels makes the most noise. 

This new Supreme Council line up concocted by Anwar Ibrahim is not one that will consolidate the fractious PKR party already wreck asunder by Anwar's latest foray into mindless personal agendas that matters only to him and him alone. It is an exercises in futility that will drive further divisions within PKR and result in a house divided - a house divided will fall!


Will PKR continue to be about Anwar Ibrahim's family or has the time come for PKR to move forward? A move that will require a change within PKR festering "family dynasty" that rivals anything that any political party in Malaysia has ever had the misfortune to experience?

Azmin Ali has fought his battle for the MB's post with a quietness that belies the tenacity of a battle fought long and hard. Azmin did it by building bridges not only within Pakatan Rakyat but more effectively, he has consolidated his power base within PKR. 

When it matters most (i.e. when the Sultan wanted confirmation that Azmin Ali had the numbers within PKR to take his place as MB) there were enough elected representatives within PKR and Pakatan Rakyat who said "YES" to Azmin and "NO" to Wan Azizah - Statutory Declarations or no Statutory Declarations!

So let none of you doubt who shall be the next President of PKR when it matters most! 

As for Anwar Ibrahim....he is no Mandela! 

  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik : By Sara X.


I Am One, With You We Are Two. Who Else Will Join Us?


In the midst of all that is happening around us, life goes on and we have to make life choices. These choices will be influenced by other factors that we may or may not allow to cloud our judgement in following the path of life but we are always mindful of what our peers and those whom we consider to be our leaders do in their own life. 

These considerations and our personal judgement shapes the society that we live in. We become the society that we aspire to and the society becomes a reflection of our aspirations and what we demand of life and our fellow beings. What our society becomes is the sum of each and every individual contribution to the bigger picture - and the bigger picture is where our future as a people and our hopes as a nation lies. As Malaysians does the future augers hope and promise of a good and decent life for ourselves and those we love? Can our nation provide us with the opportunity to have that life?

These thoughts worry many of us today.

Without doubt the chasm between the Malays and non-Malays,  between Muslims and Non-Muslims grows each day as politicians of all persuasion seek to bolster their own fortunes by their preferred weapon of choice - religion and race. There will be many amongst you that will insists that we should not harp on our differences but instead accentuate our diversity as a strength. Diversity is a strength within any society only IF that society understands that it can be so. Let me explain.

Recently I posted "Racism in Australia"   and "Australian Racist to Face Court Today". It tells of a racist incident on a train where a young white Australian abused a train security guard who is black. Within a few days of the incident the Prime Minister of Australia condemned the incident as "deplorable" and by the next day the people involved in racial abuse was charged in court for their unacceptable anti social behavior

Of course what is unacceptable and anti social behavior in Australia and Malaysia differs - as it should differs as we are two different countries but there are universally acceptable levels of decency and justice by which each and everyone of us must be treated by in any civilized and democratic society  - of which Malaysia prides itself to be one. Notwithstanding what Malaysia claims itself to be the truth of the matter is simply this : In Malaysia unacceptable and anti social behavior is decided by the government and by extension what the people who support the government thinks. And what are acceptable? The following images are self explanatory:


Disrespect for others.


Minister brandishing weapon to threaten non-Malays
  

Politicians with their brains stuck in their zip are celebrated instead of being reviled!


Number Plates that are worth more than the Car.



Children who are taught values that they will grow up with!



and now this in Penang:



And as always, 
those who can most afford to pay their way in life in Malaysia are not asked to contribute what they can!





Agong, heads of state exempted from GST...

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the heads of state will exempted from paying the goods and services tax (GST) on all items except petroleum, according to a list gazetted by the government yesterday.

Known as the Goods and Services Tax (Relief) Order 2014, the 42-page documentspells out a list of groups and individuals, the goods and services that they may import or purchase without being charged the GST, and the conditions imposed.

This relief is in addition to two other lists gazetted by the government, which list the items that are GST-exempt and items that are zero-rated.


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No nation nor its people can survive a government that is intent on destroying what is already ingrained in in the hearts of its many Rakyat - that of wanting to live together decently where the rights of the individual is supreme over all else - even POLITICS!

At times I feel that we are all in a vicious downward spiral towards oblivion as each day dawn because of the dastardly antics of our leaders - on both side of the political divide. Our leaders do not have empathy or sympathy for what our people are going through because nothing comes before their own self interest and it has been so from the time Mahathir came to power and it has flourished and embellished itself into the every nook and cranny of our politicians from both side of the divide so much so that today in Malaysia they are most deserving of our contempt and our disgust.

These politicians will destroy every passion, every belief, every value and every aspiration we value if they have not done so already. They will do so because they have all insists that race and religion must prevail if they are to prevail. Thus it goes without question that if we are to prevail we must avail ourselves of every opportunity, of every effort, of every means available to us to work together towards making the changes we want happen. 

For each and everyone of us it will mean doing what we can to educate our children and our ourselves of the need for good governance and seeking leaders who will do this with us. Look again at the images I have posted above and ask yourself what you must do, I can only write....many of you must do....maybe together there may be hope for our future. I am one, with you we are two. Who else will jopin us?            

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Najib running Scared? Arresting a 58 year old Indian odd job worker (aka unemployed fellow) for insulting him...stupidity thy name is Najib!

steadyaku47 comment: with thanks to OutSyed The Box.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Odd-job worker arrested for allegedly insulting Najib

I really could not believe this but you can read it yourself here.
  • Published: 14 October 2014
  • Krishnan, 58, arrested over photo holding slipper against Najib on poster
  • Krishnan was arrested at his low-cost flat 
  • remanded for a day, released on police bail
  • Sentul police confirmed police wrapping up investigations
  • Krishnan photographed during protest against fuel price hike 
  • protest was also against goods and services tax (GST)
  • not first time individual gotten into trouble with insult of Najib
  • Dec 2011, Adam Adli arrested for bringing down flag bearing Najib image
  • suspended three semesters by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/odd-job-worker-arrested-for-allegedly-insulting-najib#sthash.Ym8rGVxl.dpuf

My comments :  This is getting a bit too out of hand. Arresting street protesters who make fun of the PM's photo?

Two things I would like to say. During the time of the evil and cruel dictator Dr Mahathir bin Mohamed, numerous accusations were hurled against him. They called him Mahafiraun, they drew ugly pictures and cartoons about Dr Mahathir.

One psycho even wrote a book called 'Shit' and said all sorts of dirty things aimed at Dr Mahathir.  And this was when Dr Mahathir was still the PM.

Yet no one was arrested.  The book "Shit" was not even banned. Instead the monkeys  declared that 'tuhan also mencarut" just to legitimise  the "Shit" book as 'halal'.

Under 22 years of cruel dictatorship not one person was arrested or had their book banned for "insulting the dictator Dr Mahathir". 

My favorite (it was sometimes funny, though still stupid) were those cartoons of Dr Mahathir with crooked nose and pointy sharp fingers that were the regular staple of the pro Opposition Aliran Monthly magazine which I used to read at that time. 

And one Pas fellow called Zunar made a career out of making insulting cartoons about Dr Mahathir. Yet he was not arrested for insulting Dr Mahathir at all. Folks here is another of Zunar's cartoons you can find on the Net :

So how come Zunar never got arrested?  And how about these guys here? How come they were not arrested ?


Ok folks here is another theory.  This one comes from the same source for that story about the UMNO Ketua Bahagian who did not attend that meeting with Najib. (Blogger UMNO sila ambil perhatian ok.) The source is a sitting Member of Parliament. Very senior.

Do you think the PM is aware that this unemployed guy by the name of Krishnan has been arrested for hitting a poster of him with a slipper? I dont think so. The man is clueless.

Dont you think that arresting a 58 year old Indian odd job worker (aka unemployed fellow) for insulting the PM is more embarrassing and damaging to the PM?  It is certainly not helping the PM's image in anyway.

So who gains ?  Jeng..jeng..jeng.

Isabel



Isabel....the things she will do for Canada!
Ready to rumble!


elixiress piano cover : CINTA



steadyaku47 comment: Who is this person? He/She plays with so much soul and tugs at my heart strings....I would so much very much like to know much more about this person....where does the inspiration to play this way comes from...anybody knows? 

Colonel Chris Hadfield - Space Oddity live & unplugged.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ahli UMNO 02982371 : Soalan Berani Mati kapada Najib Razak, Biar Low Profile Jangan Low Income, Ministry Mana Membolehkan Kita Jadi Kaya Raya dan lain lain. Ajaib Tapi Benar!

Soalan Berani Mati Ahli UMNO


“Lepas itu, bila balik, kena tahan polis sebab payung berniaga terjojol di tingkap Kancil dan lepas itu kena saman sebab kereta persendirian tak boleh bawa berniaga,”
“Lepas ni saya agak mesti ada Menteri-menteri pembodek (terutama Hassan Malek, Ku Nan, Shafie Afdal, Mat Maslan, Ismail Sabri) akan berkata harga lengkuas naik sebab rakyat malas tanam!”

steadyaku47 comment:

Apart from the above "soalan berani mati" here are some other "petikan" from the same blogger...some of them made me smile, some made me laugh and others makes me go "hmm". Enjoy! 



Kerjaya manakah yg membolehkan kita jadi kaya raya?...pilih satu saja...
A- Imigresen
B-Kastam
C-JPJ
D-Polis
E-Jabatan Hutan
F-Maritim
G-Pejabat Tanah & Galian
H-KPDNKK
I- PBT
— at Taman Amanputra,Puchong

Nor Hoda Haji Tarseh added 3 new photos.
26 August · 
Samada MB bertukar atau tidak....
Aku tetap berniaga....
Uncle Hoda Peniaga Jalanan....
....
 — at Taman Putra Perdana




Elehhh....eksyen je tu...aku tau sangat kalau menteri dtg kempen kebersihan..turun kereta...angkat satu bangkai tikus..ambik gambar ramai2..dah sudah tu pi minum kat khemah vip dgn pegawai2..buat sidang akhbar...dah tu balik...esok gambar masuk tamil nesan...
Yang kerja sampai petang....akuuuu jugak...
Friends of BN - Barisan Nasional added 3 new photos.
Ular menyusur akar tak akan hilang bisanya.
Dato Mah Siew Keong ketika didalam program pencegahan dan kawalan denggi.



*aku akan terus berjuang kerana tidak mahu pemimpin sesat di dalam terang*
En Shahidan Kasim berkata "gaji ahli Parlimen Malaysia adalah kecil..jika di bandingkan dgn Ahli Parlimen Uganda....
Tuan yg di Pertua...
"Dengan ini saya mencadangkan mana mana ahli Parlimen yg tak puas hati dgn gajinya SILA PINDAH KE UGANDA...."
siapa setuju sila "like"...


Kalau tak puas hati dgn Malaysia...Shahidan Kasim boleh pindah ke Uganda....
Ahmad Maslan boleh lah pindah je Zambia.....
Setell........


Tak paham betul aku...
Bila aku menegur Kerajaan..sampai "like"beratus ribu....
Ramai pulak macai PR nak "request friend"...beratus ratus sehari....
Woi...ni aku nak habag kat hampa...aku ni orang UMNO la....
MENEGUR TAK BERMAKNA MEMBANGKANG...MENGKRITIK TAK BERMAKNA MENENTANG...
SAYANG ISTERI SHOPPING SHOPPINGKAN...
SAYANG UMNO..INGAT INGATKAN...
MMMMUAH..!