Politics, politics, bloody politics (newest article at the bottom)
To those who are not familiar with Malaysia, there are three things that they need to know besides the usual multi-cultural country, lots of food etc.
1. Malaysians love to talk about politics, in fact everything has to do with politics. This is the only country where the majority of spams are political stories or theories.
2. Malaysians love conspiracy theories.
3. Malaysians are the most gullible of people. Otherwise how else would they believe that someone can actually save from the pocket money that this person receive from this person’s father during this person’s school days to buy a RM23 million diamond ring!! Or that the government is giving citizenships to Bangladeshi migrant workers so that they will vote for the ruling party!!!
But today I am not going to talk about politics, but about the recent Auditor General’s Report, which is eagerly anticipated every year by the political parties. Hey, isn’t that politics?? Oh, well, like I said everything has to do with politics!!!
Normally the AG’s Report is presented together with the Governments’ annual budget. However this year, it was presented a couple of weeks later. Do I smell a conspiracy here??? Hmmmmm!!!
The AG’s Report as you would expect is a few thousand pages long, so basically nobody reads it, especially amongst the politicians. Politicians like any good Audit Committees of public companies only zoom in on the juicy bits!!! Well, we all do anyway!
So let’s just zoom in on the juicy bits.
“RM56,000 for binoculars”, the headline screamed in the New Straits Times. I must admit that I don’t know much about binoculars, but I do know that telescopes can be damned expensive. The Hubble Telescope probably costs more than the budget of some small poor African countries, but binoculars??? So, I thought to myself, I must read this. Very juicy indeed!! Maybe it’s one of those binoculars that can see through clothes!!!
According to the article, the Marine Parks Department paid RM56,350 for a pair of night vision goggles, despite its market value of RM1,940. Wow, that’s 2,900% more!!! And then the article further reported that the department also paid RM56,350 instead of RM2,827 for a pair of Bushnell binoculars, a whopping 1,993% more!!! And why do these people need night vision goggles anyway?? They must have got some kinky bastards working there who loves watching the animals mate at night!!!
The report also stated that a laptop colour printer (sic) was bought for RM11,845 instead of paying the market value of RM3,428. I know what a laptop is, and I know what a colour printer is, but a laptop colour printer?? I suspect it is a laser colour printer that the good AG was referring to. And then it was further reported that a LCD television with a DVD player was bought for RM16,100 although the market value is only RM2,182!!!
And what was the response of the Marine Parks Department?? It would carry out proper studies in future before placing orders!!!!
Amazing, isn’t it????
As I was having lunch at a famous singer’s restaurant the other day, I bumped into a friend, and he mentioned the AG’s Report. “Same old, same old, isn’t it??”
Yup, nothing new!! Year in, year out, we see the same pattern of obscene over spending by government departments, and year in, year out the AG reported it without fail!!!
But what is even more amazing is that nobody gets hauled up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for the plain stupidity. Ooops, I forgot, stupidity is not an offence under the Anti-Corruption Act.
And what I don’t understand is that why does the government keep employing stupid people??? Yes, I do agree, when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. But even monkeys are a lot smarter than this. Didn’t you watch “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes”?
Now, the government employs close to 1 million people (I was told). Any organization that big would have the spending power and ability to squeeze prizes out of vendors. Many of us running businesses and having the experience of dealing with government departments know that in the past, every contract is marked-up so high because we have to “feed certain people”. It certainly looks like this practice is still very much alive!!!! The other day, someone said to me after attending a meeting at a government department in Putrajaya, “Nice beautiful buildings, but the people in them still stuck in the 80’s mentality!!!”
And here we are in 2011, more than 50 years after independence, still talking about government inefficiencies and the rubbish that government servants dish out year in, year out!!! And what is even more sad is the fact that despite knowing all these facts, no one does anything about it!!!
World Politics (15th November 2011)
I am now going to attempt to do an analysis on world politics, more specifically European Union (EU) politics.
When the Maastricht Treaty formed the EU in 1993, I was then a young manager in the stock exchange. I had wondered then whether this coalition of countries of various languages and size of economies will really succeed. Just like Westerners thinking Asians are alike, a lot of people thought that Europeans are alike too. But I had known then how different they are.
This is based from my student days in England where in my alma mater, the University of Warwick, there was a large population of European students and I did mix a lot with them. And in those days, despite them looking very much alike (though you can tell the Scandinavian ones apart), I could see how different their thinking was.
Eighteen years after the formation of the EU, we are beginning to see why it is beginning to crumble. It is always hard when you put a bunch of people from the poor to the rich together. When everything is honky-dory, no one says anything. But the moment someone makes a mistake, the rich ones will start criticizing the poor ones!! And that is exactly what is happening now.
From a union that was challenging the economy of the United States, suddenly there are P.I.I.G.S!! To those who don’t follow the European scene, that stands for Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, the countries that have performed abysmally in the last few years. And the rich ones like Germany and France are crying foul!! Why, because they, in particular Germany, are being asked to bail these countries out.
The European Crisis (why all of a sudden they are calling it a crisis, but when it happened in Asia in the late 90s, they called it a flu??) has already caused two heads of states to resign. In Greece, George Papandreou has been replaced by Lucas Papademos. Hmmm, it looks like the demonstrations in Greece are not going to end soon, when the “papa” of demos is the Prime Minister!!! In Italian, meanwhile, Signore Silvio “Bunga Bunga” Berlusconi, has ran off to an island somewhere in the Caribbean, (to probably continue his Bunga Bunga parties on the beach!) and replaced by Signore “Super” Mario Monti. Maybe he is going to replace the Bunga Bunga parties with a Monty Python film festival!!!
So what does this mean to us here in Asia? Well, for one, the European currency, the Euro, is going to continue dropping, thus providing you, my rich friends, the opportunity to buy more properties in Europe, and second, our exports to Europe will become more expensive for the Europeans thus reducing their imports from us, and thus reducing the profits for our companies who rely on Europe!
As for the stock market, our stock market as usual is oblivious to all the happenings around the world, and continue to attract speculators who have no compulsion about succumbing to their greed!!
So, folks, be very, very afraid, we will be affected eventually.
Koh: I will not contest (18th November 2011)
So, the good Tan Sri has decided that he will not contest in the general election. What a surprise!!!
He’s going to start a “leadership renewal” in the party! Doesn’t he know the meaning of “leadership renewal”? That means the first thing you do is change the leader!!! How did this guy become a professor and then chief minister?
Oh, well, maybe that’s why he became a politician! Lack of common sense! That’s what it is.
I still cannot understand politicians, other than they are good to make fun of. And don’t forget that the Democratic Action Party (DAP) has been making fun of him ever since coming to power in Penang. Maybe that’s because the DAP’s Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng, does not understand the meaning of the sign “Chief Minister” on his office door, and he still thinks that he is the opposition leader!
Hello, Mr Lim Guan Eng, the guy is dead and gone. He is of no threat to you. No Penangite is ever going to vote for him again! So don’t waste your time making him your “whipping boy”! That’s what happened when you have been in opposition too long! No class!!!
People have given you the chance to run a state for the first time in history. Just do you job, instead of continuing to whip that clueless and spineless man. And stop snapping at people when they criticized you. It comes with the job!!! Can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!!
What is surprising is that every so called intellectual in town is telling me that we have got to vote the opposition. You have got to be kidding me!! I won’t vote for either the Barisan Nasional or the opposition. None of them are worth voting for!!
Just look at PKR. What was it that they said about nepotism and cronyism when they had the “reformasi” movement? Looks like they are expert at it themselves! Nepotism and cronyism at its best!
As for PAS, all I can say is “Islamic party my foot”! On one hand you want hudud law implemented, but at the same time you support “gutter politics” and people who are involved in unislamic sexual behavior, just to get extra votes!!!
And DAP, “oppose for the sake of opposing”! No new ideas, ar???
I am not going to bother to list my grouses with BN. There are enough materials out there to last a life-time! And why bother, when they have party members who will always shoot their mouths and make fools of themselves every now and then, like the idiotic Bung Mohktar! Does he know that “bunghole” is a slang for anus, or asshole? And that “bung” is also a verb meaning “to mess up while doing something”. Maybe his dad knew that he will be an asshole later in life!!!
If I do ever vote, it will be for the person contesting and not the party. I don’t give a shit which party runs this country as long it is run well, and the rights of every citizen is respected and protected.
Who will replace Koh? – 23rd November 2011
The “lame-duck” ex-professor, after announcing that he will not contest in the next general election, is now having to recommend someone from his party Gerakan to take over his post as the Barisan Nasional’s chairman for Penang. As we all know, despite his party being named “Gerakan” which means “movement”, this guy is very slow to move. If a snail is made to race against him over the Penang Bridge, the snail will probably win!!
That’s the problem when you chose a professor to become a leader. As the adage goes, “Those who can, do, those who can’t, teach”, this guy definitely can’t!! I don’t mean to insult teachers. It is a very hounourable profession. My late father was a teacher, and my mother was a teacher. And I know how hard they worked for their students. It is not easy to teach, and I know I am a lousy teacher, though I am a good leader! Teaching needs a lot of patience, which I don’t have. Leaders have to make decisions, and a lot of time you just can’t ponder too long. In business, and especially in the capital market, a second longer can mean losing millions! And as a politician, the longer it takes to make a decision, the more criticism you are going to get. And the ex-professor is already the “whipping boy” of the DAP!
Sure, he needs to consult everyone in the BN as to who will be the best candidate for the post of BN chairman. But that should not involve long meetings, and long ponderings. It is not like he has not worked with the potential candidates. Everyone seems to know who they are, and everyone seems to have an opinion on each one of the candidates. And the good professor has been the president of Gerakan long enough to know who can deliver and who cannot.
So my advice to the good Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, make the decision immediately and recommend the right person to the PM. After all in the end it is the PM that will give the final decision (after consulting the Empress Dowager of course!!).
Feud likely to sky-Rocket – Star, 11th December 2011
Godfather-warlord rift expected to disrupt DAP convention
While UMNO is feudal, PKR is family-run, and now the DAP is beginning to look like the Triads!
Some time ago, I had befriended a very nice young Indian businessman who is also in the MIC, and he told me the only way he can get up the party ladder is to be friends with the gangsters that control the party members!
So the DAP looking more and more like the triad is nothing new, I supposed.
So, I supposed, if we are to compare the DAP to the triad, Lim Kit Siang would be the Mountain Master, and Karpal Singh would be the Deputy Mountain Master.
Whatever politicians try to portray themselves, the fact is that when it comes to power, politicians are the most power- hungry. Because without power, there is no position, and if there is no position, there is no rewards (especially for those in UMNO).
Everywhere in the world we see almost the same thing, in one form or another.
In Italy, the links between the mafias and the politicians are well known. In fact the former Prime Minister, Signore Silvio (“bunga bunga parties”) Berlusconi is the biggest mafia there is.
In the USA, we all know who control congress, and government policies. Whilst they are supposedly legitimate businesses, the way the businesses influence government policies is very much similar to the mafias!
In Japan, politicians have also been known to have links to the Yakuza.
Though, the DAP certainly isn’t run by the triads or have links to triads, the way it is run is not much different from the triads!
Try criticizing the leaders, especially the one that has become the Chief Minister of Penang. The man apparently has very thin skin. He just cannot take criticism.
And in the state of Johor, there is also a big fight brewing between some of the big boys of the party there.
In Selangor, one of the big “taiko” has been accused of having links with the underworld!
All these while, these facts were kept within the party, but the moment you become big and start ruling a state, you can’t hide anymore! You are going to be put under the microscope, especially when the ruling party wants to take back the seats that the party has lost. That’s just politics! It does not matter what comes out, as long as it hurts the opposition. It does not matter that innocent parties may be affected. And this is not going to change soon.
“Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.” - Richard Armour
“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.” - Gore Vidal
So, the DAP has finally realized that in today’s world, no matter how much you try to keep things “in the house”, things will come out, one way or another. And people will know that you are no different from the other parties that you despised and those that you despised but still go to bed with!
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.” H.L. Mencken
“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” - Nikita Khrushchev
“Hassan: PAS will leave pact soon” – NST, 21st December 2011
I could not help but laughed when I saw this in the New Straits Times today.
Ah, politicians! The best jokers around, especially in Malaysia!
"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all." – Thomas Jefferson
Yes, the good doctor and politician should heed the advice of one of the most famous American presidents.
If you want to really be a good Muslim, you better quit politics!
Well, imagine what is happening now within the opposition political parties’ headquarters, everyone scrambling to find a way to stop this from affecting their chances at the next general election.
If what the good doctor said is true, then the “arse loving” head of the opposition should be very, very worried indeed! His ambition to take over the government next year will be in smoke!
That’s what happen when a bunch of people with vastly different political ideologies try to work together!
You end up trying to kill each other in the end!
And no prize for guessing who is laughing the hardest now!
You simply cannot mix religion with politics in Malaysia. Though many think that religion and politics are incompatible, that is simply not true!
The caliphate ruled the Ottoman Empire just like any politicians today. The empire’s fall was not because of religion, but because of politics!
“I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.” - Oscar Wilde
“Political party is the madness of the many for the gain of the few.” - Alexander Pope
“People who live in the post-totalitarian system know only too well that the question of whether one or several political parties are in power, and how these parties define and label themselves, is of far less importance than the question of whether or not it is possible to live like a human being.” - Vaclav Havel
“Sacking shows PAS under PKR influence, says Noh” – 10th January 2012
You mean you just found out YB?
Where have you been all this while? Sleeping?
Isn’t PAS part of Pakatan Rakyat, and thus under the leadership of the “unelected” leader of PKR?
It is so damned obvious that PAS has lost the plot!
One day you said you want to introduce Hudud law and thus the creation of an Islamic state. The next day, you said that you are now focusing on a “welfare” state.
And when one of your most conservative party members start lambasting you for your failure to defend Islam, you sacked him!
And you call that Islamic???
Did you give him a fair hearing? Nope! You judged him and then you sentenced him and now you say that he has 30 days to appeal!
I thought in Islam, you must be given a chance to defend yourself? So what happened?
Too scared to face the truth?
The truth which shows that you are a political party first and Islam is just a tool for your political ambitions!
“Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” -Albert Einstein
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” - Winston Churchill
And to think that PAS has changed with more members joining from the Islamic intelligentsia community!
Well, Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, now you know the real truth about PAS and what PAS has become! Nothing more than just another political party which would be willing to compromise its principle in pursuit of power!
“Power struggle goes on” – NST, 5th March 2012
Politicians are greedy, especially when it comes to power!
We have seen it before with Anwar, thinking that he was ready to run the country with the help of his Zionist backers. And now, we are seeing it from a PAS politician, who is part of the Erdogan faction of PAS that is actually nothing more than infiltrators that are being controlled by Anwar.
Despite the attempt by the central leadership of PAS to inter-mediate and resolve the impasse between the Chief Minister and his former number 2, it does not look like the issue is going to go away very soon.
PAS is clearly a party that has lost its Islamic bearings and credentials. By continuing to support Anwar despite his clear support for the Zionist government of Israel, the party clearly has been infiltrated by many Anwarites! And PAS certainly can no longer claim to be an Islamic party! To the Anwarites, what is important is not Islamic principles but power. Anwar promised them power, and they will do anything to gain power, just like Anwar!
Kedah, which is under PAS rule since the last general elections, is being seen by BN as the weakest state under Opposition rule, and this in-fighting is certainly good news to BN. And if the fighting continues until the general elections, which looks likely to happen this year, PAS will have a tough time holding on to power.
Anwar knows that he cannot win over the Malay electorates with PKR alone. DAP is definitely not going to get the Malay votes, despite having succeeded in attracting a few “prominent” Malays into their fold. DAP will always be seen by the Malays as a Chinese party and only interested in helping the Chinese. And it certainly did not help when DAP even said that it will trim the civil service a few months back. That’s more than 1 million Malay votes!
To the conservative Muslim Malays, PAS has certainly disappointed them with its over-pandering to Anwar. Only the hardcore PKR Malays support Anwar. His credibility as a Muslim is becoming more and more suspect! That’s why he needs PAS, and it is not surprising that he has been working very hard in the last few years infiltrating PAS!
But that has certainly back-fired recently with his overt support for the Zionist regime of Israel!
To the non-Muslims, the issue of Anwar’s support for Israel is irrelevant to them. They’ll support anyone that can ensure their economic well-beings. Religion is a non-issue, and they could not care less whether Anwar is being backed by Zionist money! But there simply are not enough votes from the non-Muslims to take Anwar to Putrajaya.
So, in the end it is still the Malay votes that will determine whether Anwar gets to Putrajaya! And Anwar will continue playing with the minds of the Malay, though that is becoming more difficult now with his support for Israel.