Thursday, August 21, 2014

I would rather have the Malay devils from UMNO run Putrajaya then the Malay devils from PAS and PKR in control of Putrajaya

In 1998 Newsweek magazine named Anwar "Asian of the Year". 

In was also in 1998, in the first week of June that Anwar made his last desperate move against Mahathir by calling upon Umno to stop cronyism and nepotism....implying that Mahathir himself was the chief culprit of such practices through the giving of bumi mega projects to his own son.  

On June 18th 1998 at the Umno General Assembly the battle royal began. Anwar's then machai, Zahid Hamidi (Head of Umno youth), released a list of corrupt projects and the reciepients of these projects - and at the very top of the list was Mahathir's son. 

The very next day another list was released eclipsing that released by Zahid. This time detailing shareholders in privatised bumiputra companies. and in this list Anwar's family and cronies were prominent. 

The book distributed during the same Assembly  - "50 Dalil Kenapa Anwar Tidak Boleh jadi PM " - certaily did not help Anwar's cause.

The twist and turns of this battle royal are many but suffice for me to say that on the 20th of September 1998, Anwar was arrested  and subsequently charged with corruption and for allegedly interfering with police investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct made against him... and the rest is history.

That was over 16 years ago and since then Anwar has fought many other battles in his own personal life and in the political arena and in most of them he has not emerged victorious. 

Has Anwar learned anything? 

I hope for his sake and ours, there is within Anwar Ibrahim some clarity within himself as to his responsibilities and duty as an individual and as leader of PKR and PR and also the ability to understand what is happening around him in order that he can do the right thing for his political and personal advancement. 

After his time in Sugai Buloh and his resurrection as leader (this time in the opposition) time and time again we have been witness to his deeds and actions that has caused many to question his ability to manage his own, his party, Pakatan Rakyats and the Rakyat's issues and concerns responsibly and  with an understanding of the consequences of his actions. 

Chandra Muzaffar, Ezam Noor, John Soh, Zaid Ibrahim, Saiful, Nalla, Bala, Black September, Langkah Kajang, Turkish Embassy, Khalid Ibrahim, Tiga Datuks, Rolex Watch, China Doll..... these are but a few of the issues and concerns that sticks to my mind. There are many more and in all this his actions is not that of a responsible and reasonable man.

More worrying he has been convicted of corruption in respect of his use of his public position as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

And now he has been convicted of Sodomy. 

"To this day, many still believe the first image he gave them. For American liberals, he was the earnest, moderate reformer. For PAS types he drew to Umno and his old guard in ABIM, he was the radical out to make Malaysia a perfect Islamic state. For the neoconservatives, he was a bulwark against what they perceived as the next great threat: Islamic radicalism. To Western reporters – whose policy preference overlapped strongly with American liberals – he was the Shakespeare-quoting, dedicated believer of reform from within. To Mahathir Mohamad, he was the capable son and political heir, the outsider who became the insider and who saw Mahathir as a surrogate parent.
To them all, he was a man of the people, a man of principle and honesty. Nonsense. Anwar Ibrahim is a man who made a great deal of money and power out of corruption and graft, and has never bothered to apologise for it. He is a man who all but banned Christmas in Malaysia and was on track to drive the Chinese out and close down their schools.
In the days before the Internet and social media was an everyday fixture, this sort of duplicity was easy. He played them all for fools". The "I" Files by Jonathan Smith.
We have been there when Pakatan Rakyat came into being. We have watch it grow and see it present itself to us as a viable alternative to the corrupt Umno led Barisan Nasional government. 

In the beginning there was hope...much hope....enough hope for the people to vote PR into 5 states in the 12th GE. By the 13th GE the people gave their overwhelming support to PR to be their alternative to the corrupt BN government by giving PR 50.87% of their votes.  No one can question the Rakyat desire and commitment to want PR as the government in Putrajaya by the 14th GE. It was a question not of "if" but of "when" PR will be the government in Putrajaya.

What has PR done in return?

They have lost Perak and Kedah to BN. And now Selangor is in a mess. 

In between the 12th GE and today there has been a litany of misuse opportunity to consolidate and build upon the resvoir of trust the Rakyat has given to PR. A slew of misjudgment, mismanagement and abuses by PR in the states under their control resulting in a loss of confidence of the Rakyat in the ability of PR to govern even at state level and PR has been guilty of condoning a raft of egos and vaulting personal political ambitions for power and personal wealth that has seen infighting within the three components parties within PR - mostly in DAP and PKR........and Anwar and PKR are the main culprits of these shenanigans.

Now ask yourself by what we have seen them do since the 12th GE - are you prepared to give PR an opportunity to govern us at federal level in Putrajaya? 

Are you comfortable at having Anwar Ibrahim as PM? 

WIll you allow those half baked young Turks from PKR to run riot on the 4th floor of the PM's office should Anwar ever become PM and Finance Minister? Can you imagine having not one, but many, KJ's running around in the PM's office? God forbid!

If you argue  that Penang is a prime example of what a PR government can do in Putrajaya then you are deluding yourself. Penang is a DAP show. You cannot have a DAP show in Putrajaya. Should PR form government what we will have in Putrajaya is a PKR and PAS show with DAP foaming at the mouth because they can only stand on the sideline of government trying their very best to put in their ten cents worth of advise to a PR government run by PAS and PKR. Mostly by Malays from PAS and PKR...and the obligatory Malay from DAP.

I would rather have the Malay devils from UMNO run Putrajaya then the Malay devils from PAS and PKR in control of Putrajaya...something about better the devil you know than the devil you don't know!

I am not being a racist. These are the realities we have to live with for now....at least for the next decade or so...at least until an educated, enlighten and responsible generation of Malaysians can be ready to make our nation into what we all want it to be - 1Malaysia! One in which we are all one people, one nation under a responsible, transparent and open government.

Now how do we ensure that that generation will come into being within the next decade or two? Certainly not with only the Malays now in PKR and PAS taking government in Putrajaya! We need a government that is inclusive of all Malaysian!

How then can we make this happen? 

I have no answer to this yet but I know we cannot do so with Anwar Ibrahim as PM, with Azizah as MB of Selangor and certainly not with the PKR and PAS that we have now to take government in Putrajaya. Even the DAP of today will need to change and make itself a Malaysian political entity.

There will be some who will disagree with me on this. 

Anything and anyone, you will say, is better than a corrupt UMNO led BN government. 

That maybe be so but we need to debate, discuss and talk through these issues out in the open. We need to be honest with ourselves but for myself I will not want to change this corrupt Umno led BN corrupt for another corrupt PR led government.      

A word of advise to those "advising" Anwar Ibrahim. Stop strategizing anymore Langkah Kajang or planning any more short cuts to Putrajaya. The people have already given you their mandate at the last GE.  Wait for the next GE. God willing PR should be in government. Do not squander the lead you now have over BN. Do not abuse the trust the people now have in PR. Do not start dividing the spoils of an electoral victory that is yet to come...just concentrate on keeping the peoples trust...and fellers you do not do this by doing what you are doing in Selangor! Kapish?

We remember the time that Mahathir recalled Daim Zainuddin from semi-retirement to take over Anwar's portfolio......now who will take over his place in PR and more urgently...his place in PKR? Azmin?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bangga aku jadi anak jati Selangor....I say that Tuanku will say no to Azizah!



For weeks we have been talking about the excruciating kemelut (frankly I do not know what this "kemelut" means but it sounds so right to describe this vulgar stand off in Selangor!) of an MB who does not want to go and the MB designate waiting for her time to be MB. Everyone in Selangor will have their own take of the situation but when it really really really matters...it would be the Sultan who will have the "final" say. The word "final" in the context of deciding who shall be the next MB of Selangor is fraught with many connotations. 




connotation



the
 associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning: 





  1. the suggesting of additional meanings by a word or expression,apart from its literal meaning; the act of connoting.
something suggested or implied by a word or thing, rather than beingexplicitly named or described:

"Final" here means what the Sultan will say to Pakatan Rakyat when Pakatan Rakyat "sebulat suara" proposes Wan Azizah as MB of Selangor.

But how the Sultan comes to that "final" decisions is a process that will include advice, discussions and instructions from sources within Selangor, possibly from his brother Rulers and of course from UMNO - whose advise must be acted upon.  

Now PAS in all its wisdom has suggested two names - Azizah and Azmin because they know Azizah is not acceptable to the powers that be because she is Anwar's choice. 

Anwar...(and let us be clear on this)...Anwar not PKR or PR has decided that it will only be Azizah. 

Azmin, for now, will do as Anwar instructs.

I say that Sultan Idris will say "NO" to Azizah. 

He will say "NO" to Azizah because he knows that Azizah is not the best option for Selangor for it gives Anwar a choke hold over all things Selangor...and Tuanku does not want to give Anwar a choke hold over Selangor. Anyone can see what Anwar has done with PKR...run it into the ground and now PKR has started to dig its way deeper into the ground.

In just a matter of years after PKR's won a stunning victory in the 12th general election and took the Alpha position within Pakatan Rakyat, PKR has now become the weakest link within PR. Anwar has made PKR into what MIC is to Barisan Nasional and Anwar himself has become to  PKR what Samy Velu was to MIC for a very long time. 

After the Sultan of Selangor has given PKR and PR time to work out a solution that would be best for Selangor ....what has Anwar come up with? 

He tells the Sultan...it is either my way or the highway for the Sultan!

Not a very smart way to do business with the Sultan especially when the Palace can count on the backing of Umno. 

When the Sultan says "NO" to Azizah...what will Anwar do? 

Go on a road show and appeal to the people of Selangor to support his choice and by doing this he will be asking the people of Selangor to "menderhaka" towards their own Sultan? Not bloody likely!

Will Anwar take the matter to the courts and invoke what ever legalities he can invoke to damm the errors of the Sultan in making a decision not to accept his wife as MB? And what happens to Selangor while all this is going through the courts? Khalid remains as MB? Huh!

Anwar here is a short lesson on political power. 

Mahathir was able make Ops Lallang happen and he was able to put the Sultans in their place because he had the political will, the political power and the political guile to make it happen. All Anwar has against the Sultan of Selangor is guile....and that against a Sultan backed by UMNO is a no brainer.

Azizah will not be MB!

And it has nothing with her gender or her ability or inability to take on the responsibility as MB of Selangor. The Sultan of Selangor is no Male Chauvanist Pig. Not withstanding the hold that Umno may or may not have on him, Tuanku will not want his State to go the way PKR has gone since the 12th general election. 

When all is said and done, I was born in Segambut and I am Anak Jati Selangor.....where was Azizah born? 
       

Growing old...So in a way I am grateful that I do not have money, no fame or power....only my wife.

My wife turned 70 this week. I had to remind her that it was her birthday. Because of her dementia her "in the moment" memory is a bit rusty.... but once reminded she accepted our birthday wishes and what gifts we could afford to get her with grace and many smiles. 

We have been together 46 years. She is a bit frail these days but you cannot fault her appetite and her unfailing good nature. Between her and me we do not go for too long in between hugs and kisses and sitting close to each other.


I know that I am first her husband and everything else is second. I try live each day as if it would be my last with her....not in any morbid way...but in living life together to the full.  I would not want it any other way. 


Her condition has meant that we no longer engage in conversation where effort is required on her part to keep track of what I am saying. We talk about what she is watching on TV, and that too not about plots, sub plots or whether what is being done is right or wrong. It is enough that I see her smile when what she watches moves her to do so...especially her two favorites : Poirot  (that Belgium Detective) and Midsummer Murders (the British Detective drama).  

When we go for our walks hand holding is now a must. I do it because I like to hold her hand...she wants to do it because she feels secure...so it is a win win situation. 

Conversation while we walk is not advised because she tends to drift in and out of things that catches her interest as we walk. I allow her to decide if we should turn right, left or go straight on....but I have to keep track as to when she starts to get tired and we need to head for home. 


Sometimes I think of our times together in the years gone by and asks her if she remembers anything of it. She recalls our times together well but she is not too good at remembering others who were in our lives with the exception of a few close friends in London, Penang and Bangsar. After our time in Penang we came to live in KL and life was different and fast paced. Good but different. We finally settled on making Bangsar our kampong every time we are in KL and her memories of BSC, Bangsar Village, TMC, the morning Markets in Lucky Gardens and the many cafes and restaurants in Bangsar are still intact.....and we remember that DVD place near the Police Beat Base where we could get the latest DVD's...pirated of course! 


Our Doctor has advised that we stay put in Melbourne....in the place we are at now because her condition requires familiarity and a routine that will become a habit that stays with her even as her memory starts to fade. If I ask her where she would rather stay amongst all the cities and towns we have lived in the past, invariably she will say "Here...." but there have been times when she will say "Bangsar...." with a far away look in her eyes as she recalls the happy times we have had with our children as they grew up there. I miss Bangsar too.....

For those of you who are living with love ones with dementia I hope that what I am sharing here about my life with my wife will give you some idea of how life will be as time passes by. As I am fond of saying.......when you have lived for over four decades with someone, if there is no love between the two of you....there really is nothing else. Anything else....money, fame or even power, is a distraction and will only drive you apart! So in a way I am grateful that I do not have money, no fame or power....only my wife.   

The Truth...nothing but the truth!

This is a profound observation...please, those of you who are inclined to blame any religion for the killings being done in the Middle East, in Africa or anywhere else in the world.... THINK....it really is humans killing humans....religion or race has nothing much to do with it.

tqs Hana for this link.








Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dato Azhar Abdul Hamid CEO of MRT Corp.: Tabek Tuan!







steadyaku47 comment: 

Our Nation is changing. We now have individuals who will take responsibility when things go wrong under their watch....and do the honorable thing....resign. 

The CEO of MRT Corp, Dato Azhar Abdul Hamid is one such individual. He does not wait for an investigation to find the cause of the accident. He does not wait to finish unfinished business he might have within MRT Corp. He does wait for MRT Corp to find a replacement. He resigns with immediate effect...he takes responsibility over the fatal incident where three Bangladeshi workers were killed when a concrete span at an MRT site collapsed....and he promised that he would see the case through and see that the families of the three deceased workers would be given justice.

And he said "I was told that some security measures were not followed by the sub-contractors and if that really is the case, I will make sure MRT Corp never works with them again," 

This is how it should with the CEO or any company....MAS included. When things go wrong you take responsibility. 

Dato Azhar Abdul Hamid ......Tabek Tuan

Nation


Published: Tuesday August 19, 2014 MYT 3:52:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 19, 2014 MYT 4:33:50 PM

MRT Corp CEO quits over fatal incident at construction site

  
PETALING JAYA: MRT Corp CEO Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid has resigned over Monday night's construction site accident in Kota Damansara that claimed three lives.
"As of tomorrow, I am no longer the CEO," he told a press conference at the site here Tuesday.
Azhar said he had always been very strict over safety measures at MRT sites but such incidents had occurred over and over again.
"I have done my best, but I have evidently failed and therefore will be handing over my duties.
"I was told that some security measures were not followed by the sub-contractors and if that really is the case, I will make sure MRT Corp never works with them again," he said.
He said that despite his departure from the company, he would see the case through and ensure that the families of the deceased be given justice.
Three Bangladeshi workers were killed when a concrete span at the site collapsed at 8.30pm.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that MRT Corp's stakeholder relations and land management director Haris Fadzilah Hassan would take over until the Government appoints a new CEO.

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