Sunday, 5 May 2013

Kick Out the Islamic Fakes in Kelantan: Today is *The Day*

It has been 23 years since I, with thousands of others, had helped to put the PAS-led Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah to power in Kelantan. Now it's time to help kick them out.

In a way, this is also sort of a "Comment", albeit a long one, to a new post at Demi Negara. When it comes to my previous support, I have no real regrets or make any apologies about it. That's because I felt it was the right thing to do... then. However, times, things and people have changed over the years and this is no longer the same ulamak as I had known him to be. And the government is no longer holding true to the ideals and goals of the past. Yes, one must "change"... but it must be for the better. Unfortunately, the government in Kelantan has instead gone the other way.

Yes, I respect the ulamaks and subscribe to the "Kepimpinan ulamak". But we have to be more critical in deciding whether someone really is one and not bestow this title to just about anybody who wears a jubah, a semutar and can quote quranic verses. And one must also have the courage to question the so-called ulamak's words, pronouncements and actions; not swallowing whole whatever that he says. When there are inconsistencies, then we must also question whether this indeed is an ulamak whom we should follow. The inconsistencies - these have to do with Bersih, Gay & lesbian rights, the golongan murtad, zina... among other things and I will have to write another post to elaborate.

With these PAS and Pakatan supporters riding on their high horse, it's very easy to say that one is against corruption, against nepotism and for things like the environment and whatever else. Easy because that's human nature - NOBODY wants corruption, and everybody wants whatever that is good. And here is where the cynicism and hypocrisy come in - of parties and people proclaiming they are against or for something, and that others who aren't with them are the perpetrators of evil and the obstacles towards their wanting to do good.But in Kelantan's case, they just shut their eyes, pretending that it's the very model of a "corruption-free government". And that is one big lie.

But what riles me most is the impression they had given - that there will be no corruption if only they are given the power. Well, I had helped to give them the power since 1990 and I now know it isn't so. And more. Over the years, this government has become the same as the one it had replaced in 1990. But without the same commitment, will and ideas for development and in improving the peoples' economic wellbeing. The other side deserves another chance.

The BN should have won back Kelantan in 2004 if only it had more confidence and put in a bit more effort. But never mind - today would be another great day for the Kelantan voters to do a big favour for themselves by bringing an end to the Islamic fakes and their charades. If we don't do it now, today, then I guess we deserve to have this incompetent government continue... and to suffer for it.

**UPDATE 5/5/2013 10.35 PM - Mixed feelings about Kelantan. BN failed to win the state BUT it turned in a significantly better performance this time. If that's what the voters want for Kelantan, then no problem for me.

But it's the racial politics of the DAP that we should be concerned about. It's obvious that all their talk about "Meritocracy" etc. are just political ploys. Unfortunate it turns out this way for Malaysian politics but at least Umno and BN have gotten back many of the Bumiputera votes lost in 2008.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Pakatan Rakyat's Death March to Putrajaya

Wake up, Pakatan Rakyat boys and girls, and take a look at the calendar. No, it's no longer 2008 but already 2013! And with it, the "March to Putrajaya" has long since dissipated into thin air.

This is no longer Pakatan and Barisan Nasional circa the Permatang Pauh by-elections at the end of 2008. At that time, there was real hope and a fighting chance that Pakatan might just scrape through had a General Election been held then. But times, things and variable have changed, and Pakatan's leaders know it. That's why they are already preparing the excuses and `reasons' for the imminent defeat... and it could be a crushing one.

The Malay and Indian grounds have shifted back to the BN. For many Malay-Muslim, they now know that PAS isn't capable of protecting and promoting their interests. Over the past five years, PAS has, time and again, shown that it is now a mere stooge of the DAP - totally incapable of doing much beyond TALK. And talk is cheap. 

The Chinese may be mainly for the opposition but, with a few loud-mouths on the Internet, no longer have the same level of anger, fervour and commitment. And that's bad news for Pakatan, who need the total support and commitment of the Chinese to even think about forming the next federal government. As things now stand, Pakatan will be hard put to even retain all those seats won in 2008. Over the coming days, we will start hearing more and more wild accusations about "phantom voters" etc. - that will be a clear sign that Pakatan has all but given up on the GE and are just trying to salvage whatever support they may still have through instigation.

Here's a thoughtful piece at Free Malaysia Today. As usual, with the Pakatan zealots, their immediate response to anything negative is "The writer has been paid by BN".

Case for BN victory: Raw anger is gone
April 26, 2013

This time around, Najib Tun Razak is leading Umno and the BN into GE13 on a much better footing

By Habhajan Singh

The 13th general election (GE13) is the first national poll in which the people have considered the possibility that the ruling coalition could lose.

Never in recent collective memory of the rakyat have they entertained such thoughts in the past. Back then, Barisan Nasional had always been “kebal” (impenetrable).

On the whole, the mood seems to suggest that BN will continue its hold on Putrajaya. Here is the gist of the arguments of some BN strategists.

First, the raw anger is gone. The then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led the coalition into the 2008 GE amid much noise and distraction, both within the BN and outside. Within, there was a revolt against the leadership of Abdullah.

Fellow mediamen who have covered him on assignments described the Penang-hailing politician, fondly known as Pak Lah, as one of the nation’s finest foreign ministers. He was good at it.

As the numero uno at Putrajaya, though, Abdullah could not shake off the perception of being a mere stop-gap premier. Worst, he was perceived to be weak. This emboldened his political opponents and led to the buildup of anger within Umno.

A good deal of the anger was directed at so-called “fourth floor boys”. The many operatives, official and unofficial, moved in the name of the prime minister. They have an inside view of politics at the highest level. Some were big players, supposedly influencing government policies and party politics.

This time around, Najib Tun Razak is leading Umno and the BN into GE13 on a much better footing.

He has a better handle on the party. He has displayed enormous energy and zeal as prime minister.

Even former premier, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has stayed on his side. Mahathir was Abdullah’s worst nightmare in 2008. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, reminds a Chinese proverb. Najib may have taken heed of it.

The second argument from BN supporters: There is now enough anger with Pakatan Rakyat. Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows, someone wrote. How true.

Renewed confidence

The Pakatan coalition won control of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Perak. The last state checked out from its grip when some lawmakers turned indies. Five years down the road, people have experienced life under Pakatan rule in these states.

The BN supporters believe there are enough of them who are frustrated, angry or disappointed with their performance, enough to move back their vote to the BN this time around.

Third, there is a sense of renewed confidence in their Chinese and Indian votes, more of the latter.

“Some suggest 80% of the Chinese votes would go to Pakatan. Now, if it can slice it down to 70%, that’s huge,” said one political analyst.

If all else remain the same and Indian votes swing 10% to BN, the ruling coalition stands to regain six Parliament seats, according to the Parliament voter swing simulator at The seats are Teluk Intan, Ulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Wangsa Maju.

A 10% Chinese swing to BN will give Najib and his team 22 more Parliament seats including Nibong Tebal, Sungai Siput, Kuantan and Seremban.

Put them together – a 10% Indian and Chinese votes – BN will have a chance of a firm two-thirds majority in the lower house of the Parliament.

Fourth, Sabah and Sarawak. BN still believes it has a firm grip on these seats.

Fifth, the various Najib-led transformation programmes. The BN strategists believe the impact of the Economic Transformation Programme and the Government Transformation Programme is beginning to trickle down.

They are hoping to capitalise on it.

“A little here, a little there, the trickle will add up to give us enough seats to win comfortably,” summed one BN strategist.

Habhajan Singh is the executive editor of The Malaysian Reserve.

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