Sunday, 25 September 2016

Najib and Rosmah inherited an Umno where Cash is King. ...and they both laughed all the way to the Bank!

It's Saturday late afternoon in Melbourne and the weather our there is not that great....dark clouds and the wind blowing....not my kind of weather, not my kind of day. It's just past 5PM and I am wondering (don't laugh!)...I am wondering what Najib is doing! 

And that line from the Nursery Rhyme, "Sing a song of Sixpence," came to mind "The king was in the counting-house, counting out his money" and that thought made me smile..... to count my money would take maybe just one shake of the Flying Hippo's tail. I figure out that Najib would need more days then there are in a year, to count his! 

A billionaire for a prime minister! And a Malay to boot! Muslim too, just in case anybody is wondering. 

All that money put together within his own lifetime...hell not even within his own lifetime for he is still alive (is he not?) all that money during his "working life". 

Most of that working life spent in politics. Umno politics! 

Before Mahathir's time I had not heard of any of our serving PM, or their family, living beyond their means. Tunku, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn, in all the time that they served our nation, in as far as I know it, all lived within their means and when they left office, they left with fame but not fortune.  

There were some questions asked about Tun Razak's and Tun Hussein's father-in-law, Noah Omar, forming Genting Highland Berhad with Lim Goh Tong that led to the formation of Malaysia's only casino....but little else.

Throughout his time as PM, Mahathir did ensure that his own children were not in politics....but already we were hearing about the wealth of his brother-in-laws - especially Razali Ali, the ex MB of Selangor....and when Mahathir quit as PM, the ability, alacrity and audacity of his own children ability to accumulate businesses that made them insanely wealthy, made many questioned what links these businesses had to the fact that their father was Mahathir Mohammad - ex PM of Malaysia. 

Pak Lah time as PM saw the rise and rise of his own  and extended family in questionable businesses ventures that could directly be linked to Pak Lah's position as PM.....businesses valued in the hundreds of millions....and the rise and rise of his son-on-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, politically and financially. All this contributed to Pak Lah's early political demise when he had to leave office before the end of his term of office. 

By now the getting of material wealth occupied every waking moments of, if not the PM himself, then it certainly occupied the minds of his immediate family, his extended family, his sahabats and anyone else  who could get close to the PM....and in some cases, the mind of those who could get close to those who could get close to the PM. 

When Najib became PM, Rosmah and him inheriited from Mahathir and Pak Lah .....not from Tunku, Najib or Hussein Onn...but from Mahathir and Pak Umno where money ruled. From the Cawangan level to the State level and beyond, nothing gets done in UMNO, without the greasing of the palm with money.  

What was different about Mahathir, Pak Lah and Najib was in the manner each chose to deal with corruption and money politics in Umno.

Mahathir saw the corruption but he decided that the end justifies the means....just as long as what he wanted to get done got done, Mahathir was prepared to let corruption festers within Umno and in government. 
Pak Lah saw the corruption and heard about the corruption. He chose to listen but not to hear about the corruption ....hoping that if he did not ask too many questions it will all go away....and he preferred to leave the punishment of the corrupt ones to Allah in the hereafter.

And so after Mahathir and Pak Lah, Umno was  already a den of thieves robbers where everyone that could, would jostle, push and shove their way to the gravy trough and partake of anything that can come their way by hook or crook.

Now while they were all pigs at the trough partaking of the gravy that Umno kept shovelling into the trough....some pigs were more equal than others.

And the stage was set for an Emperor Bokassa, a Marcos or a Suharto to take Umno to another level where money no longer just ruled but money/cash was declared to be Umno's King! And along came not a Bokassa, a Marcos or a Suharto but Najib and Rosmah! 

Together they decided ....why should anyone else become rich on account of them? 

Why not they become rich themselves....and they both then proceed to do just that : become rich, very very rich....billionaire rich!

For us Malays, for Muslims, for Malaysian and even for politicians in Malaysia....this is something we are all trying to wrap our mind around. To paraphrase Mahathir who recently said "I did not expect a Prime Minister to steal."  Well Tun, with all due respect, you took the words right out of my mouth. Neither did we. Not only did Najib steal, he robbed us all blind, lied, cheated and scammed us out of those billions that he now has.

And all this he did as president of Umno. I guess what they say about the evolution of human intelligence in Umno having stopped some time back has to be did stopped some time ago....just about the time that Mahathir was about done with his time as PM.

It is our burden that the present prime minister has taken it upon himself to continue the legacy of money politics started, tolerated and even at times, encouraged by Mahthir and Pak Lah. 

What Najib is doing different is simply this : He and Rosmah have decided that they will be the first to partake of the gravy beoig shovelled into the trough by Umno......and who among you all can fault him for that when those before him, and we all too, have been complicit in making it possible for him to do so? 

Such is life!


Saturday, 24 September 2016

You Don't Know Me.

Foster Brooks Roasts Angie Dickinson


Laughter ....Golf

A page from husband's diary...

Saturday morning I got up early, dressed quietly, grabbed my golf bag, tried not to wake my wife, sneaked quietly into the garage & proceeded to back out into....a torrential rain !

The wind was blowing at 50 mph.

I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio & discovered that the weather would be bad throughout the day.

Disappointed I went back into the house,quietly undressed, and sneaked back into bed.
There I cuddled up to my wife's back& whispered: 'The weather out there is terrible.'

My beautiful and loving wife replied: "I know... and can you believe my stupid husband is out there playing golf in that terrible weather !'

I still don't know to this day if she was joking....but I have stopped playing golf.

Watch out you golfers 

Friday, 23 September 2016


The Painting.
At the National Art Gallery in Dublin, a husband and wife were staring at a portrait that had them completely confused. The painting depicted three black men totally naked, sitting on a bench.

Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis. The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble interpreting the painting and offered his personal assessment.

He went on for over half an hour explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African Americans in a predominately white patriarchal society . "In fact", he pointed out, "some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society".

After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and said, "Would you like to know what the painting is really about?"

"Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery", asked the couple?

"Because I am the artist, who painted the picture", he replied, "In fact, there are no African Americans depicted at all.

They're just three Irish coal miners. The guy in the middle went home for lunch!

Stuck in elevator
Once two blondes and a brunette got stuck in the elevator.
One blonde starts to shout:
The other one:
A brunette brings in an advice:
Girls, shout together, it will be louder.
The blondes shout:
"Together!!! Together!!!"...

Let the games begin....grassroots starts to leave Umno.

110 Umno grassroots members quit and promise 'more waves' to come.
  • What has UMNO's fake Tengku got to say to this? Does this not rattle him? What then has the rest got to say to this; the likes of Salleh Keruak, Nazri Aziz and Rahman Dahlan. Oh....they will say the numbers are too trivial and does not affect the 3 million members that the party has. Do they not know that Kedah UMNO is already broken up? The ignorance of these UMNO leaders to what is happening to the party is unbelievable. Now, with Shafie Apdal forming a new party in Sabah, I am sure this will further rattle the UMNO leadership. They do not need to tell their boss about this because the boss is too busy counting his money.

    steadyaku47 comment : Saya setuju dengan pandangan Pak Arshad.
    Umno bukan buta, tapi mereka tak nampak apa sedang terjadi kepada mereka dengan "defections" yang sedang dan akan berlaku dalam masa terdekat ....defection dari Umno ka PPBM.  
    Umno bukan pekak tapi mereka tak dengar kelohan orang Melayu dan juga bangsa lain dengan cara Umno memerintah negara kita. 
    Now all the talking is done. PPBM is already a reality. Anwar and Mahathir together in politics again. The money that Najib has will now be going against the street wise Anwar and that wily old Fox, Mahathir! Orang Australia kata Najib is "dead meat"...cina kata "die standing" .....Melayu kata "mampus Najib!". 
    Anyway you look at it.....even factoring Flom the Flop into the equation....Najib must be wetting his trousers just thinking of how many more Umno members will go to the "other side!" Let the games begin!     

From the Past : Canny Ong's Murderer Hanged Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Former aircraft cabin cleaner, Ahmad Najib Aris was hanged to death at dawn today for murdering IT analyst Canny Ong Lay Kian about 13 years ago. Local Malay daily, Utusan reported the execution was carried out at Kajang Prison and his body will be laid to rest at the Muslim Cemetery behind Kajang Hospital.

According to a source, his family members just found out about it from the prison personnel and further said Ahmad Najib’s mother could not come to the prison as she is bedridden at home.

On October 21, 2009, Ahmad Najib failed to obtain the Federal Court’s permission to review his conviction and death sentence against him saying the evidence were strong enough to convict 40-year-old Ahmad Najib for murdering 29-year-old Canny Ong.
Ahmad Najib failed to revoke the hanging to death decision by the Shah Alam High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court. Other than the death sentence, the courts also retained the maximum 20 years of imprisonment and 10 lashes for raping the victim.

He committed those crimes between 1 and 5 in the morning on June 14, 2003 at Batu 7, Old Klang Road, Petaling Jaya.

The trial back in 2005, which was given wide publicity, stunned the nation with horrific details of abduction, rape, murder and the dumping of Canny's body into a manhole before it was torched. A DNA test had been conducted confirming Ahmad Najib's semen in Ong's vagina which proved that he had intercourse with the victim.

Meanwhile the defence attorney representing Ahmad Najib, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla told reporters that it is not an obligation for the prison personnel to inform lawyers about the execution as the case proceedings had been concluded.
He further added neither of Ahmad Najib’s family members told him about the execution as well.
--Malaysian Digest.

Mahathir : Malaysia in The World Today

PPBM : If people want to help us overthrow the government, please join us.”

COMMENT “What are we to do?” asked a concerned student at a public meeting in London on Wednesday night.

“What we have to do is to make sure the opposition is strong - we are trying to recruit new members - we aim for one million members. If people want to help us overthrow the government, please join us.”

Wow, this is hot stuff!

This was not said by the usual opposition suspects in Malaysia. It was said by Dr Mahathir Mohammad, the 4th and longest serving Malaysian prime minister. He was speaking at a public event on Sept 21 at The Senate House of London University. The event was organised by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas).

Throughout his speech, Dr Mahathir used the pronoun ‘we’ when referring to the opposition. When asked about jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who was his former deputy prime minister-turned-one-time enemy, he said there was now “common interest between him and me”. That common interest is presumably getting rid of the present prime minister.

He told the audience, “Lots of people live in fear... You can be arrested anywhere without a warrant of arrest... If you report to the police, your lawyer could be detained... I have been questioned four times... If you want to question me, charge me.”

To some, it's ironical that this former prime minister is now echoing the complaints of his former opponents. But politics being politics, yesterday’s enemy can be today’s ally. That at least is the view amongst some in the room who had previously campaigned against him when he was in charge. Others have no time for him.

Although Dr Mahathir is now expressing the need for reform in the light of today’s problems, he has not conceded to making any mistakes in the past. When asked if he had planted the seeds of today’s conundrum, Mahathir was quick to respond with a smile: “It’s normal for people to accuse me of wrongdoings, but there is no evidence.”

When asked if he had resigned too early, he said he chose two prime ministers, but they had let him down. “One was Mr Clean before he became the PM,” he said, and the second was the son of a former hardworking prime minister. “How do I know a PM was going to steal?” he asked.

‘If you read the Quran you don’t go round killing people’

On the problems facing the Islamic world, he said if you read the Quran you don’t go around killing people. He criticised Muslims for ignoring the teachings of Islam.

On the lighter side, when asked if he liked Rosmah’s diamond, he said, “We are ashamed... No prime minister’s wife can afford such things.” His wife, modestly dressed, was seated in the front row. I didn’t see any Birkin bag.

I managed to ask two questions. One was about Dr Mahathir’s views on the role of civil society and whether he envisaged ‘a sea of yellow’ come Nov 19. That is the date for Bersih’s day of action to advocate for clean and fair elections. My second query relates to his vision for Bersatu, and how the new party could reflect the multi-racial and multi-religious character of Malaysia. He answered one of my questions in the best way in could, but missed the other.

At 93, he is still a consummate politician, not showing any sign of fatigue standing on his feet for over an hour.

It is clear from Wednesday night’s session that this former prime minister is on a mission to remove the current PM. His main speech was on exclusively on 1MDB. He did not use this occasion to announce any comprehensive programme to distinguish Bersatu from Umno.
The task to persuade one million voters to switch allegiance from Umno to Bersatu will certainly be a colossal one for anyone, let alone someone at 93. Love him or loath him, it’s a brave undertaking.

After the talk, my friend asked a Malay student whether Dr Mahathir’s talk had changed his views on Malaysian politics. “More confused,” came the reply.

That’s good, I thought. At least Dr M managed to get one person thinking, there may be more.

By TAN WAH PIAO : A Singaporean lawyer exiled in London for almost 39 years.
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Tan Wah Piow is currently a lawyer and a former Singapore student leader, who since 1976 lives in political exile in London. In 1987, he was accused by the Singapore government of being the alleged mastermind behind the Marxist Conspiracy.