Malaysia PM YAB Datuk Sri Najib: “Abolish NEP”

Malaysia PM YAB Datuk Sri Najib said: “Abolish NEP”

On his maiden trip to Singapore yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was on a charm offensive, touching on his plan to dismantle the National Economic Policy (NEP), a sore contention point in Malaysia’s race-relations.

najib in pattaya thailand asean summit 10409In an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times, Najib (right) said that the ethnic quotas had damaged Malaysia’s competitiveness and ran counter to global trends.

He added that the long-term benefits of ending the scheme would outweigh the “pain”.

 

Launched in 1970, the NEP has remained one of the most divisive aspects of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic society. The affirmative action programme uniquely favours the Malay majority over the Chinese and Indian minorities.

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Asean’s day dream or nightmare

Asean’s day dream or nightmare

Malaysiakini’s article by Josh Hong 

Extracts only

At an academic conference some years ago in Seoul, South Korea, Chua Beng Huat, a sociology professor at the National University of Singapore, remarked that Asean as a regional grouping had achieved nothing over the last few decades.

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Torch the Beijing Olympics

Torch the Beijing Olympics

Extracts from Manjit Bhatia’s article in the Malaysiakini

MANJIT BHATIA, an academician and writer, is also research director of AsiaRisk, a political, economic and risk analysis consultancy in Australia. He specialises in international economics and politics, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific.

I just saw an advertisement for Visa on television featuring Jackie Chan.


Now that he’s been plugging the Beijing Olympics, starting in August, one wonders if Chan sanctions_

  • Beijing’s barbaric annexation and colonisation of Tibet,
  • including the brutality that Chinese security forces have been routinely meting out to pro-independence Tibetans.
  • Is Chan saying Chinese barbarism in Tibet is justified?
     
  • a loony form of Chinese patriotism,
  • one that exemplifies China’s loony provincialism mentality. 
The Hu regime, on April 18, instructed its official mouthpiece, Xinhua, to issue an edict. In its editorial, approved by the Communist Party’s politburo, Xinhua extolled the virtues of Chinese patriotism, suggesting that it should be “cherished hundred-fold” whilst harnessing “rationally” in the pursuit of “sound and fast development”.
 
This is Chinese hyperbole at its ridiculous sloganeering best. Beijing is nervous. It fears that the recent state-organised Chinese street protests against criticism by the West of the regime’s barbaric attacks on Tibetan human rights, could turn on the regime. After all, only small number of Chinese, including the political elite, controls the bulk of national wealth. If ordinary Chinese should turn against the regime’s economic and political excesses, bloody mayhem is not imponderable. Recall Tiananmen Square in June 1989, and its bloody crackdown.
 
To many Chinese, Tibetan lives are pointless and worthless, much in the way that the lives of guest workers in many countries are treated.

Nervous Beijing
 
Despite its growing global presence, China deliberately spawns_

Taking Tibet in the name of ‘recapturing’ an old Chinese sovereignty and settling it with Chinese citizens has parallels elsewhere. Beijing’s brutalising persecution and murder of Chinese Muslims and the Falun Gong (Buddhists) approximate Nazi Germany’s of the Jews. 
  
The organised protests in China are Beijing’s attempts to counter protests during the torch relay run in several countries. China is desperate to save face after it is latest Tibetan odyssey – or misadventure. 

Purists argue that sports must not become entangled with politics. That’s as dumb as saying that religion and politics are mutually exclusive. Or that Tibet is nobody’s business but China’s. It’s every country’s business the way one country brutalises a weaker one.

If China gets away with murder_

  • it’s because of the collective hypocrisy of the West and Asia.
  • All have pervasive economic interests in China. 
  • Add, too, Asia’s conspicuous silence.
  • Such gutlessness is stunning.
  • It’s staggering and disgusting the way the Asians have kow-towed to China. 
  • It says plenty about India’s spineless foreign policy vis-à-vis China.
  • Similar displays of hypocrisy were exhibited in Thailand, Malaysia and Australia.

 

 
It’s precisely because of such despicable and entrenched hypocrisy among nation-states, including the pusillanimous attitude of the International Olympic Committee –  
It’s precisely because of such despicable and entrenched hypocrisy among nation-states, including the pusillanimous attitude of the International Olympic Committee

 

  • all devoid of morality and sensibility –
  • that Beijing will host the Olympic Games. Clearly, it does not deserve the privilege.

    The Beijing Olympics should be torched.

But powerful and greedy global and Chinese commercial interests, including the Chinese regime, will lord over human decency.

 

 

 

The true hero-warrior

The true hero-warrior

Notes or extracts from Malaysiakini’s letter of AM Keris, “The keris is not a symbol of political ideology”.

 

 

In the true sense of the word,

a warrior is a man/woman_

  • who has a clear and guiding moral code of honour
  • and is someone who serves others in the interests of social justice
  • and who normally stands up unfailingly for the cause of righteous justice,
  • fighting in a noble and measured way when required,
  • and doing so with wisdom and a tenacious quality of strength
  • that somehow is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and odds.

 

Even when their cause appears lost or hopeless,

  • warriors rarely give up their cause,
  • persevering on with admirable courage,
  • even being prepared to lay down their lives
  • or to put it on the line for their cause,
  • which nearly always has something to do with serving and protecting others who are less able to do so from some human cruelty or injustice inflicted on them unjustly by what is termed as man’s inhumanity to man.

 

All true warriors_

  • have this innate noble quality of heroism
  • and that is why they often become inspirational role-models to emulate
  • and iconic heroes of the people.

 

The best example of a Malaysian warrior hero in this genre is, in my view, the legendary Hang Jebat,

  • who was a valiant pahlawan,
  • a warrior of exceptional skill with a keris
  • and in the art of hand-to-hand combat called silat,
  • and who under tragic circumstances, gave up his life for true friendship and loyalty
  • by first defending the honour
  • and then protecting the life of his beloved friend and fellow warrior, the equally legendary Hang Tuah.

 

So the keris (like a samurai’s or knight’s sword or a Jedi’s light sabre) is_

  • a reflective symbol of the noble warrior’s benchmark moral code of honour,
  • principled conduct and disciplined way of life
  • which enshrines highly revered human values and principles
  • which amongst others include the values of selfless service to others,
  • the seeking of life-long learning, knowledge and wisdom,
  • and the pursuit of excellence in all things attempted.

 

Ever heard of the law of physics which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction?

Well from my vantage point, I see that law as a scientific ratification of the universal principle of natural law which states that in the final analysis at that proverbial end, one always reaps what one sows, no matter what.

 

And to quote some wise words from the famous Hang Jebat:

  • ‘Raja adil raja disembah;
  • raja zalim raja disanggah’

which literally means_

  • ‘A fair and just king/government is a king/ government to obey;
  • a cruel and unjust king/government is a king/government to fight against’.

 

DSAI is predicting what he believed

DSAI is predicting what he believed

 

      Ong Kian Ming and Oon Yeoh in Malaysiakini, “Is Anwar bluffing? Part 1”

analysis Anwar Ibrahim has once again upped the political ante by saying that Pakatan Rakyat would be ready to form the next government by September 16 this year. We want to analyse this announcement by asking a series of questions.  

Firstly, could this be an audacious bluff? If it is a bluff, what purpose does it serve?

If this is not a bluff, who are the likely crossover members of parliament (MPs)?

If this is going to happen, what are the mechanics involved?

Finally, will Barisan Nasional just sit back and allow this to happen?

anwar ceramah in rembau 150208 anwarWe cannot discount the fact that this could just be a strategic bluff on the part of Anwar. –  – – – –

– – – –

The constant monitoring of BN MPs by the  – – – -.  
 
It can also be a means to motivate some to cross over for fear of being left behind.  – – – -.

Of course, this bluff could potentially have one negative consequence for Anwar, which is that all this talk might prompt the BN to quickly pass an anti-hopping law of some kind.  – – –

Who are the potential crossover MPs?

Now, who are the potential crossover MPs? Everything starts with Sabah and Sarawak which hold 55 of the 140 parliamentary seats belonging to the BN.  – – –

 
That Anwar choose September 16 as a deadline of sorts is not by accident. It is a symbolic move which is aimed at convincing parties in both these states that they will be given more power and more respect under a Pakatan-led administration.

 – – – –

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He is more likely to ask these parties and politicians to make a public announcement that they are going to join Pakatan. This will also give them an opportunity to explain their move to their constituents.

Lastly, how is BN likely to respond to a bloodless overthrow? We cannot discount the possibility that it might resort to taking drastic measures including declaring an emergency to prevent Pakatan from taking over. However, if  – – — -.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to his credit, has not shown the desire – or the stomach, some might say – to resort to heavy-handed measures to stay in power or to prevent the opposition from gaining power in the five states they currently control.  – — -.  

The situation on the ground is extremely complex and fluid but one thing is certain.  – – –

ONG KIAN MING is a PhD candidate in political science at Duke University and OON YEOH is a writer and new media analyst. You can listen to both of them discuss this topic in their Realpolitik podcast.

He’s not bluffing, says Azmin

Beh Lih Yi in Malaysiakini

Opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim was not bluffing when he said Pakatan Rakyat is ready to form the next federal government by Sept 16 this year, a senior leader from his party said.

“Certainly he (Anwar) is not (bluffing). Certainly it is based on facts and figures when he said on many occasions that we have the numbers (to form the new federal government).

azmin interview 260408 talking“But what is important now is to ensure that when we declare the new federal government, it has to be a credible new federal government, we don’t want to form a fragile government,” PKR vice-president Azmin Ali told Malaysiakini.

Azmin, seen as a key player behind the ongoing crossover talk, added that a slim majority for the Pakatan opposition alliance to form the government is “not good” for the nation and people.

“Of course the sooner the better (for us to declare the new federal government) but we are not in a rush. The basis of our announcement is to ensure that we will form a credible and strong government,” he reiterated during an interview at his office in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

Read more at Beh Lih Yi in Malaysiakini

Ku Li: Sabah crossover a possibility

Chan Kok Leong in Malaysiakini

Another leader within the Barisan Nasional fold warned today at a forum in Subang Jaya that Sabah MPs may yet abandon ship.

Speaking to a gathering of Umno members this afternoon, Gua Musang parliamentarian and Umno stalwart Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah told of a chance encounter with PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim recently.

“I was on the same plane with him (Anwar) and I asked him ‘How confident he was that he will form the next government?’ said Tengku Razaleigh.

“He smiled and said ‘I’m very confident'” the 71-year-old veteran told a stunned crowd.

tengku razaleigh forum 260408 ku li speakingTengku Razaleigh, also known as Ku Li, explained that the opposition’s repeated boasts to the media about taking over is not far-fetched at all.

“All it takes is 30 members to make the switch and we will have a new federal government,” he said.

__you can’t expect Sabah Umno to feel the same way about Umno’s struggle to uphold Malay rights as us,” said the former finance minister.

Added to the fact that Anwar was the man who had helped set up Umno in Sabah then, his relationship with many Sabah leaders remains strong, said Ku Li.

Tengku Razaleigh, who is eyeing the Umno presidency, said he informed party chief Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of this but was brushed aside.

 

Will BN or PR reform the civil service?

Will BN or PR reform the civil service?

Excerpts from Malaysiakini’s letter by the Concerned Citizen For Reform

Our country seems to have advanced technologically but the mentality of our civil service is still undeveloped. Correct.

Instead of being the people’s servant and being polite when serving the people, they are the ones who start to order the public around failing which the very needs of the public they serve will not be met.

This is also part of the cause for corruption as people who require fast service can’t stand the slowness and inaction on the part of the civil service. Correct, Correct, Correct.

There is an urgent need for a government which can reform our civil service and start to get them to work for the people and not the other way around.

The type of civil service that we have now is one that dumps their service onto the people. The top priority for reform will be the police force. Perhaps the Pakatan Rakyat will be the government that reforms our civil service.

DSAI would become PM before this Christmas

DSAI would become PM before this Christmas

Malaysiakini (AFP), “I’ll be PM in three years”, says Anwar

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today confidently predicted he would be prime minister within three years, sketching out the first rough timetable for his dramatic political comeback.

“I don’t think we have established a definite clear time-frame when I will take over (as prime minister) but it certainly wouldn’t reach three years … much earlier than that,” the former deputy premier told AFP.

“(But) I am not in a rush,” he added.

anwar ibrahim april 14 kg baru event 150408Anwar, heir-apparent to long-time former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad before being sacked and jailed a decade ago, has emerged as a serious threat to the ruling coalition after the opposition’s strong showing in parliamentary polls.

He became free to run for office again last week, when a five-year ban stemming from his corruption conviction expired, and claims he has the support of enough defectors to topple the government.

The Barisan Nasional coalition has ruled Malaysia for more than half-a-century since the former colony gained independence from Britain but has been rocked by its unprecedented electoral setback in March.

The Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance claimed more than a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the polls, putting Mahathir’s successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, under heavy pressure.

Anwar, 60, pledged more effective governance and to wipe out corruption and promote racial equality, addressing some of the public’s major concerns.

“Our reform programme will certainly be more secure. We will push for a market economy, judicial independence and equality for all Malaysians,” he said.

Ready to cross-over

Anwar also repeated his claim that lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak states had indicated interest in defecting from the ruling coalition to the opposition. He spoke to AFP at Kuala Lumpur airport on his way to Sabah.

“Lawmakers in the two states in Borneo island have approached me about switching sides, but so far none has declared their intentions publicly,” he said.

Analysts have backed Anwar’s statement he has enough support to rule, saying turmoil in the ruling coalition could hasten an exodus of lawmakers and propel him to power.

Prime Minister Abdullah is facing growing demands to quit, but has defiantly claimed a mandate to rule and refused to discuss a succession plan.

Anwar had previously been expected to re-enter parliament quickly through a by-election in one of the seats held by his PKR party, but says he is in no hurry to act and will instead focus on building up the opposition.

Some 20,000 supporters attended Anwar’s rally last week. The opposition leader was released in 2004 after spending six years in jail.

-AFP 

UPDATE: Dear readers, I had changed the real heading in the various reports esp the AFP’s THREE YEARS to _DSAI would become PM before this Christmas.

This morning I read the news in Star Online_

Thursday April 24, 2008, by By MUGUNTAN VANAR

Anwar: We have the numbers,

however, we’re in no rush to replace Barisan

KOTA KINABALU: The Opposition coalition of Pakatan Rakyat is in a position to form the federal government and it will be done no later than Malaysia Day which falls on Sept 16, claimed Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Repeating that they have the numbers and were in no rush to replace Barisan Nasional, the former deputy prime minister said yesterday that it would all be in the timing of the announcement.

“God willing, we will be there.

  • If not next month,
  • the following month,
  • then if not June
  • or July, (it will be) on Merdeka (Aug 31)
  • or Malaysia Day.
  • I think we should not go beyond that,”

he told reporters on arrival in Sabah.

As to when exactly the announcement will be made, Anwar said discussions with the Pakatan parties were needed because Umno and Barisan were known to be rough on those intending to move.

“They are using threats and intimidation. I am for example being monitored more closely now,” said Anwar, adding that he would not be discussing with the Barisan MPs interested to move while he was in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said he has his way of discussing with Barisan MPs who have given their commitment to team up with Pakatan.

“My discussions could be done in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong although it might sound like a joke,” added Anwar, who thanked the Barisan MPs for their commitment to cross over. He said Pakatan was ready to take in political parties from Barisan if they subscribed to the Opposition coalition agenda for the country.

On Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman’s claim that all state leaders were loyal to Barisan, Anwar said: “He (Musa) must know that he does not have all the members he claims to hold now. If he wants to know, I can meet him privately and tell him.”

He said Sabah and Sarawak MPs were keeping the Barisan afloat but were saddened that they were not given due recognition by Umno, which was dictating terms from Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar said he was not making offers of any monetary kind or of personal positions for anyone crossing over as claimed by Barisan but was here to assure PKR’s commitment to Sabahans in addressing issues ranging from higher royalty to problems of illegal immigrants.

Anwar later spoke to a gathering at a ceramah held at the Hongkod Koissan cultural hall here and is scheduled to fly to Sarawak today.