Sunday, November 14, 2010

Alternate Government - Is there a viable option???

                Ever since the last 2 by-elections there has been a string of controversies which have plagued the opposition. The main stream media has been splashing reports all over the news be it via television broadcast and print media. Day in and day out we see nothing but negative reports being broadcasted. The opposition themselves especially PKR are not doing their cause any good as well with the ongoing confusion following their historical one member one vote party elections.
                 One thing comes to mind though, is it a concerted effort by the current ruling government to ruin the opposition?? Everyone knows they have the ability and the resources to do just that. Be it cash and the main stream media. This doesn't help the man on the street though. Every self respecting and thinking Malaysian will be in limbo due to the current situation and atmosphere. On one hand we have the current ruling government who controls almost everything.  The main reason being all that is being reported and broadcasted is one sided. There is no opportunity for the parties on the opposite side of the political divide to have their say. It is so blatantly obvious that the ruling government edits and controls what is reported and what is not. How are we as thinking and matured citizens going to make a decision and decide which side of the political divide to support??
                   On the other hand we have the opposition who have nothing but the internet to voice and state their views and tell their side of the situation. For the citizens who are connected to the internet at the very least there is an opportunity to judge for themselves. However what about other citizens who do not have internet access?? How can these people make an educated and fair assessment of parties on both sides of the political divide without first having a fair and unequivocal access to all information??
                   With all the problems cropping up in PKR once again the citizens of Malaysia are faced with a major predicament. There is no longer any trust remaining toward the ruling government of the day (as far as I'm concerned at least). Who is to say all the brouhaha befalling PKR is not the work and effort of BN/UMNO??? Everybody knows they are more than capable and have the un-limited resources to create havoc for any opposition. How can we trust what the ruling government states or says?? The amount of cases which involves mis-appropriation of public funds is mind boggling to say the least. It is after all an open secret is it not??? So we as the citizens of Malaysia wishing, wanting in fact begging for change are left with a question mark. Who can we trust?? Is there really a viable option for us citizens of Malaysia????

Friday, November 12, 2010

Chinese and Indians not Patriotic Enough????

                     I was so shocked and horrified initially when I read about Zahid Hamidi stating in parliament no less that Chinese and Indians are not (albeit stating maybe) patriotic enough to join the Armed Forces!! So I waited and hoped that it was just rumours being spread which were baseless. However TV3 News even broadcasted his face spewing those words!!! How disgustingly smug and pompous of him to make such statements. Has he even spent a day serving in the Armed Forces??? Has he ever laid his life on the line for the man or comrade fighting side by side in the line of fire be it on land, sea and air?? Lets not even talk about being in the line of fire, has he spent a day patrolling our nations borders in the heat and rain of our rainforest??? Can he honestly say he has the ability to be away from his family for days or weeks on end at sea in a warship?? Damn you Zahid for uttering such words, I have no respect what so ever for people much less so called leaders like you and your ilk.
                   I spent 16 years of my life in the Royal Malaysian Navy serving my country doing my utmost best in every endeavour or challenge put to me. I left and resigned my commission only because I felt I could do no more and I was personally persecuted for trying my best to what is right for the men who served with me with loyalty and honesty.  I resigned my commission with such a heavy heart that only me alone only knew. For you to say that Indians and Chinese citizens of Malaysia are not patriotic enough to want to enlist is utterly disgusting. There are many more serving line officers and men in the Armed Forces who are non-malay still serving with true dedication. Believe you me Zahid they are constantly fighting an uphill battle trying to do what's best not only for the country but for the Armed Forces. How dare you even think of suggesting that they or those who have not enlisted are probably less patriotic.
                    I have commented on articles on some webpages and have stated how I feel. Here now I repeat that a mere explanation will do nothing to redeem yourself. A public apology is what is required from you Zahid. An apology to those who have served and are still serving to the best of their ability in the Armed Forces as a whole. What you have said and done is not only disappointing but also outright slanderous. You are the Defence Minister, you represent ALL serving line officers and men who serve and have served in the Armed Forces. I am truly ashamed to have someone like you to represent me. There are many more like me out there, this I believe. You may have the main stream media on your side but trust me until you publicly apologise you have weakened BN/UMNO!!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Education is key!!!!

        The message is loud and clear, Malaysians are now screaming at the top of their voices albeit via the alternative media. How else can they voice their displeasure when the Main Stream Media seems only content on airing, printing and broadcasting so called positive views of the rakyat. One can only assume that the editors and producers go through so much editing to ensure only 'good' views are aired, printed and broadcasted. Whilst the majority of the rakyat continues to simmer in anger and dissatisfaction.
         The main point of anger and dissatisfaction seems to be the 100 floor Warisan Merdeka. Heck there is even a facebook page opened by dissatisfied citizens. Members of this page seem to be growing day by day. Everyone seems to want to put their two cents in, and rightly so!!! Why not?? Aren't they citizens of Malaysia?? Is it not their money which will eventually be used to finance yet another white elephant?? There are other mega projects which are not only pointless but just simply a waste of money!!! Building infrastructure is good, I for one am not denying that. Should it not however be complemented with building or shoring up human capital? Which is why education is key.
           There is no one way every single citizen of Malaysia will be happy with a proposed national budget. Everybody will have their own views, however, no one more so parents of young children such as myself will disagree if more money is poured into the education system. Improving the education system must go hand in hand with building infrastructure. What's the point of having massive and impressive buildings when our children or future generations will end up as cleaners of these mega structures. Apart from the conventional education system the government should also look into other forms of education like retraining youths who didn't do well in their formal education. They may have skills in other fields. Thus making sure they are left behind and get involved in unhealthy activities.
                There are such institutes like these in existence such as Giat Mara and so on but not enough support or emphasis is given to institutes like these. Everything needs money these days. Even more so to get a good education. We as parents slog all our lives to ensure that our children have a better future. To pay for their education to ensure they live a better life. Is it not a good education which will ensure that Malaysia will be a high income nation? Only through education which will ensure that our future generations will be competitive in the ever expanding globalized economy. How can we compete with our South East Asian neighbours if the education system is not improved or looked after??? One of the few important factors to draw foreign investors and conglomerates is the ability, capability and professionalism of our citizens. Is it too late for the government of the day to rethink? Maybe it is. If it is indeed too late then it's time for us as citizens to also think not only for ourselves but also for our future generations.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Education Ministry Needs to Make Up their Minds!!!!!

          I just can't understand our government. First they say we must place due diligence to Bahasa Malaysia. Hence the decision to abolish teaching Science and Mathematics in English. Now they want to bring in over 300 teachers from god knows where to improve the teaching standard of English in the country. Just imagine how much that is going to cost!!!! Sure some of us might say it's money well spent. After all didn't we (or should I say only some of us!!) wanted the status quo to remain teaching Science and Maths in English. Then again what's the point in bringing all these expats and paying huge amounts of money when the same amount of money can be spent better by training our own teachers. Maybe spend a little bringing in say 10 or 20 to train our teachers but to bring in over 300????
         Doesn't the government calculate that these over 300 teachers are going to cost?? Again we the rakyat are left in the dark. How much are these expats going to be paid? They are definitely going to be paid allowances apart from their monthly salary! They are definitely going to have houses!! They are definitely going to get cars!! All paid for by us the rakyat!!!! And for how long are we the rakyat going to pay for all these over 300 expats teachers?? 1 year? 2 years?? maybe 5 years?? Well anyone who is from the teaching profession will tell you that the benefit or return of investment for bringing in these expats can and only be seen after at least 3 - 5 years. Here again we bear the cost of what seems to be an idea which has not been thought through.
                Isn't it more frugal and economical to train our own teachers?? After all we are now even making sure only Diploma or even Degree Holders can be teachers. I'm sure these Diploma or Degree Holders are intelligent enough to be trained locally (or maybe not due to our standard of local universities!!!).  After all one seems to recall the Prime Minister stressing that 'Rakyat Diutamakan'!!!! Already we are debt ridden and spending on mega projects which bring little or no benefit for our children and future generations. What's the point of having big tall buildings when our children are left behind in terms of education??? Isn't education one of the foundation for a better future??

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Remain Calm & Focused Fellow Malaysians

             It has finally begun!! Despite his many speeches calling for the end of extremism our un-elected Prime Minister has finally shot his mouth off. Probably out of fear, probably out of desperation. Nothing has gone right for him since day one. Even his Deputy openly albeit not directly opposes his grand plans of 1Malaysia. His so called mentor Tun Mahathir Mohammad going as far as saying democracy will not work for Malaysia. Instead using China as an example or model with which Malaysia should adopt. Is this another Look East Policy in the making (before being Japan). What most likely was the final straw for most of us Malaysians was the proposed 100 storey sky scrapper Warisan Merdeka. The astonishing announcement came as a shock for so many, citing PNB was the body that proposed it doesn't abscond responsibility. Being the Finance Minister shouldn't he be wise enough to see that this proposed building does no good to the Rakyat? As the Finance Minister can he not say NO to this nonsensical idea?? Echoing the many views which has and will continue to be voiced I too can think of so many other ways to spend 5 billion ringgit to benefit the rakyat as a whole.
                Even on Facebook there are more than 100,000 (and counting I'm sure) who have registered not only their disapproval but their disgust on the proposal for another high rise cum sky scrapper which in time most probably will be the new office for Petronas!!!! However at this point in time it is the clarion call of the Prime Minister during his own party assembly which has caught the rakyat by surprise. To defend Putrajaya even if it means losing lives or shedding blood was what he professed. If this is not a veiled threat to the rakyat I don't know what is??? Maybe I'm just a simpleton who doesn't understand the language of politics but then again is it necessary to utter such words?? Bearing in mind he is a Prime Minister not only to UMNO members but Prime Minister to all Malaysians. Is it not we the rakyat who determines who holds the key to Putrajaya?
                 Despite these apparent threats I would like to beg for all True Malaysians to remain calm. Stay focussed and not be lulled or tricked into losing our senses or even worse our tempers. I must stress here again it is only the desperate who will and continue to use the threat of violence to maintain power. Trust me when I say there will be more fiery taunting and threats which will be made to create an atmosphere of fear. Giving in to these threats is what they want. In fact an atmosphere of civil chaos now seems to be the only way for UMNO/BN to remain in Putrajaya. None of them in Putrajaya holds the key to government. It is us the rakyat who wields the power to determine who remains and who goes. Keep going out and getting other fellow true Malaysians to register if you have not done it yourself. Keep abreast with what is happening around us. Don't only depend on both the main stream media or the alternative media for the current situation. We need to educate ourselves even more of our rights as citizens of Malaysia. Right now RPK is publishing history lessons for us. It is important for us to learn the truth and not the truth according to UMNO/BN. We as true Malaysians have come so far since the 12th General Elections. The momentum is still there, the winds of change is still blowing briskly. We as true Malaysians not only want a breath of fresh air in Putrajaya but we NEED IT!! So remain calm stay focused and stay the course. Always remember fellow brother and sisters of Malaysia we the Rakyat are in charge.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

End Race Debates YB Muhyiddin???

First and foremost who has been beating the drums of racial disharmony??? Who is it that has been shouting at the top of their voices in championing Malay rights???? Who is it that has been going round prosecuting, questioning, threatening in fact insulting other races in Malaysia??? With all due respect Mr Deputy Prime Minister might I humbly ask that you ask yourself these questions first and answer these very questions honestly first before asking or demanding others to end race debates. We Malaysians are not stupid or dumb as you presume us to be Mr Deputy Prime Minister. No longer are hoodwinked by you and your lot twisting the facts and using the main stream media to broadcast to all asunder what you presume to be Malaysians questioning Article 153 of the Federal Constitution. Notice dear Deputy Prime Minister I use the term 'MALAYSIANS' in referring to my fellow respected citizens. Never will I categorize or distinguish my fellow Malaysians according to race and religion as I believe we are all equal under the Malaysian sun.
The injustices and malpractices of the authorities of your government is there for all to see in broad daylight. The list is far too long to even list down. Statements made be it in public or private has damaged the once unity and harmony which we Malaysians have shared and cherished for at least 3 generations. Might I even add that these venomous statements were made by officials, senior civil servants even parliamentarians in the August House. Selective prosecution seems to be the order of the day. While newspapers with individuals who rant and rave about Malay Supremacy are left seemingly untouched, others who only seek equality and fairplay are prosecuted and hounded. Don't you think we the Rakyat see this?? Don't you think we the Rakyat observe the difference??
Need I remind you, your position as Deputy Prime Minister is a result of Malaysians who voted for you. You are where you are now in the exalted position of Deputy Prime Minister due to the voting public of all Malaysians and not just exclusively and purely from Malay votes!! Does this not mean you are the Deputy Prime Minister for all Malaysians?? Which now brings me to your statement of asking or should I say demanding and calling for the end of race debates. May I humbly ask for you to look unto yourself first and foremost and then those to whom you represent in your party to stop making abusive and caustic statements be it via the print or other form of media which we all as Malaysian know is under your and your party's control. What better time for you to redeem yourself in the eyes of the public to be fair and just by telling not only yourself but your party members during your on going party general assembly to do what is right. At the very least try and gain some form of respectability through your actions rather than through your 'position' or 'status'. I am nothing to you that I realize and understand for I am only 1 vote, non the less it is 1 vote less for you and your BN Government if you persist in claiming Malaysians are questioning Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which we clearly are not!! As a voting citizen of my beloved Malaysia I can only ask for my elected leaders to be a leader for all Malaysians and not just a selected few. Is that asking too much????

Monday, October 4, 2010

Unity, Fairness and Equality - Is it a dream for Malaysians?

Greetings to all Malaysians, honestly I have started and ended several postings. There are so many things which my heart wants to say. So many things I see wrong going on. So many situations which I see and witness in disbelief. Never in my life have I ever thought I would witness such things and or situations happening in my beloved Malaysia. This time however I am adamant to complete this posting.
There are of course a multitude of issues which not only I can write or post about. I am very sure there are many out there like myself who wish to cry out and see an end to the atrocities which we are witnessing. Yes, I call it atrocities because like it or not it is happening. I sincerely believe most if not all Malaysians who are level minded and educated are not doing anything YET because it has YET to affect them personally. I AM ONE OF THEM!!! The atrocities taking place has not affected me at all but in time it will. It will affect me because like it or not the atrocities will spread, once it spreads there will be no stopping it. Day in and day out we as Malaysians are witness to the lies and slander which the supposedly free Main Stream Media is publishing and broadcasting. Time and again there is nothing but unfair and slanted reports being spread to the public.
WE as the Rakyat know better, we the RAKYAT are no longer silly and stupid. We the RAKYAT no longer depend on the Main Stream Media to spoon feed us information which we know to be untrue and lies. It sickens me to the bone watching TV3 News, once a very very long time ago TV3 News used to be my source of information. Not any more!! The simple reason being only one side of the story is being reported. No, the Main Stream Media is not my target of discontent for this posting. My target is to the many Malaysians out there who are keeping quiet, not bothered and not interested. The simple reason being all these atrocities have yet to affect them. I only hope and pray their silence will end during the next General Elections.
We the Rakyat have to put a stop to whatever is happening now. We are so racially divided it's unbelievable. Our educations system is in shambles. Local Universities once held in high regard in the region if not the world has lost it's position. The judicial system is a far cry from what is was before. The police can no longer be depended upon to be impartial in their efforts to keep the peace. Foreign investment has plummeted to an all time low. Malaysians who can afford it are leaving/migrating in droves. Race championing by shouting, screaming and threatening others is now a norm. Senior Civil Servants blatantly insulting other Malaysians with impunity and with no remorse (boleh buat police report lagi ada!!!). Clear evidence of corruption, miss appropriation of funds and misuse of power being swept under the carpet. It is as if the whole country and system needs a Reboot!!!
As I have stated my forlorn hope is that all Malaysians out there who want nothing but peace, unity, prosperity, fairness and equality will stand up and be counted. Let us all do the right thing when the time comes. Let us all regain some measure of respect from those whom we have chosen to lead us. For it is very obvious now that they clearly don't respect us at all!!! We are the Boss!! Their very existence depends on us and not the other way around. I know I am only 1 vote, and I know my 1 vote may not mean much but it's my constitutional right and no one can deny me what is constitutionally mine. At the very least I can honestly admit to myself that I have done the right thing when the time comes. By using my 1 and only vote with responsibility for the betterment of Malaysia. I AM A MALAYSIAN AND I AM DAMN PROUD TO BE A MALAYSIAN!!!! Unity, Fairness and Equality is not a dream my dear fellow Malaysians!!! It belongs to us no matter what anyone says. Are we willing to fight for it? Are we willing to sacrifice for it? Do we want our children to suffer for our lack of courage and resolve for a better Malaysia??Or are we just going to sit idly by and be resigned to the fact that we are powerless to affect change without even lifting a finger to try. Deep in my heart I know there are Malaysians out there who care and want a better Malaysia. Let us all realise that it's up to us. Can we do it? Together I am sure we can!!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

YB Ibrahim Ali, You and PERKASA ARE RACIST!!!

YB Ibrahim Ali, respectfully I would like to indicate to you that you and your organization PERKASA are indeed RACIST. I do not wish to write an article which degrades me to your level of intelligence. Neither do I want to degrade myself by insulting you and calling you names. I am a Chinese Mulism who has embraced Islam for the love of the religion and the Islamic way of life. One only has to see what your reactions are toward Mr Wee Meng Chee and Pn Siti Inshah. If Mr Wee as you say is racist with his production of his music video what have you said of Pn Siti Inshah and her insults toward students in her school as a Principal? Who is she to say that the Chinese and Indians students can go back to China or India? Are they not Malaysian Citizens born in Malaysia?? Mr Wee may have been crude in his representation of his feelings but what of Pn Siti Inshah and her public insults to the children of Malaysian Citizens?? No police reports against her?No disciplinary actions against her?? I of course do not condone or accept what Mr Wee has produced but to each is own and if he wishes to express himself in a vulgar and crude manner it is up to him. Furthermore I see no racist remarks in his video (albeit I don't agree with his vulgarity). Being a school principal (guru besar) is Pn Siti Inshah not expected to lead by example to her fellow teachers? What message is she sending?
All I ask is that you pause and think for a moment what you are saying as a YB, an elected member of parliament. Should not all Malaysians be subject to the rule of law irrespective of race, religion,colour and or creed?? Why have you fallen silent on the matter of Pn Siti Inshah but have gone guns blazing on Mr Wee?? As for the YB of Serdang Miss Teo Nie Ching how is it wrong for her to enter a surau? Please enlighten me in which chapter of or which surah in the Holy Quran which indicates it is sinful or wrong for a non muslim to enter a surau or masjid. What proof or evidence have you to say that she delivered a tazkirah?? Here again you and your organization has gone ballistic. Need I quote more incidences to prove that you and the rest of PERKASA are indeed RACIST?? Respect can only be gained or obtained when it is first given. I rest my case.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Desperate situations calls for desperate measures. Well thats more than always the case in most situations. All over in blogsphere cyber battles are being played out almost on a daily basis. Day in and day out BN/UMNO are forced to counter attack with more and more revelations of it's corruption and misdeeds. Nothing is being left unturned by the looks of it from North to South in the Peninsula including Sabah and Sarawak. Cyber citizens of Malaysia are being fed with all sorts of information and it's nothing less than sensational as well. Sadly nothing but good things (and bad things about the opposition) still remains being broadcasted by the Main Stream Media (will they ever wake up one wonders!!!!)
Now we hear and read of about a gag order in Sarawak with regard to Chief Minister Taib Mahmood's business empire overseas. How can one issue such a gag order when everything being which is being informed is backed up with facts??? Again we the Rakyat are treated as if we are idiots or who don't know any better. It's as if we can't formulate our own independent and intelligent opinion of Chief Minister Taib Mahmood. No need for me to even get into the many revelations as we all know of it by now of his families holdings in Canada, Australia and UK. With a monthly salary of RM20K he has amassed millions if not billions which is mind boggling. The current state government of Sarawak has even foolishly ordered Head of Longhouses not to allow opposition parties to campaign in their longhouses, and they brazenly claim in the same breath that they are fair and practice democracy??? Form your own opinion on that my fellow Malaysians!!!
All is not well in Sabah as well. Chief Minister Musa Aman seems to be in hot soup (or should I say boiling soup hehehehe) as well. Linked to several individuals involved in money laundering in the tune of millions!!!! Even more embarrassing is the fact that our own authorities (aware or not) have not caught on. Or is it because they do know but are helpless and unable to take action. It is only with the involvement of the Hong Kong ICAC and the threat of millions or billions being confiscated have our own authorities 'started' taking action. Just to side track a little, my wife was living in Sabah before UMNO got in. Sabahans were treated fairly in fact lavishly with it's rich natural resources. To cut a long story short all Sabahans were enjoying the fruits of its natural resources. Now look at Sabah, despite her rich natural resources she is now one of the poorest states in the Federation!!! Need I say more??? Form your own opinion here again my fellow Malaysians!!!!
Now lets look at the Peninsula as a whole. As I have stated above revelations of corrupt, unfair, racist and down right criminal practices are being revealed on a daily basis. Cabinet Ministers are contradicting each other with their press statements and announcements. Lies beget more lies the old saying goes and this is proof of it. The hot topic of the day is the unwillingness of the MACC to be present in London to take PI Bala's statement. Silly and stupid excuses such as waste of public funds to send investigators to get one person's statement are being used. I would like to ask one simple question, how come it's not a waste of government and or public funds to give an extra RM500K to every BN Assemblyman to take care of his/her constituent?? Shouldn't this extra or in fact RM1.5Million be distributed among all Assemblymen irrespective of which party they belong to??? BN SHOUT AND RAVE THAT THEY ARE THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE, DOES THIS REFLECT THAT STATEMENT???? 1Malaysia????? Rakyat First Performance Now??? I don't think so. It's more a case of punishing the rakyat who have voted the opposition by saying 'there you go, vote the opposition, you get nothing'. I say go on then give your BN/UMNO more money, I speak for myself when I say that all that money won't even reach the BN/UMNO constituents!!!! Line your pockets with your ill gotten gains. If you don't pay for your misdeeds now you will pay for it in the here after.
I could go on banging on my laptop keys with more facts to indicate that everything seems to be crumbling around BN/UMNO. They and their cronies are only harping on issues such as racism to protect their ill gotten gains. Scare tactics to protect their sinful and downright criminally gained possessions. 'You Reap What You Sow' I say. The end is nigh!!! The Rakyat has opened their eyes. No amount of spin can avert the impending outcome. Go ahead and even impose Martial Law or cause another May 13 it won't change anything. Allah maha kaya dan Allah juga melihat segala-galanya. Wassallam

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meritocracy - Such a lonely word!!!!

Sounds familiar doesn't it? If I'm not mistaken the original singer of this song (Honesty) was Billy Joel. Anyway you can correct me if you like. I however would like to equate these two words - Honesty & Meritocracy. On the subject of scholarships one can get into a long drawn discussion and argument as well. However in my personal point of view if the Education Ministry just reverts to merits and not race and creed, only then we will see fair distribution of scholarships. Apart from just merits and results a further in depth study of affordability must also be a main criteria. Let us now look at the meaning of the word. Wikipedia terms scholarships as an award of financial aid for a student to further education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Criterias include:

Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's athletic, academic, artistic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's community service record and extracurricular activities. The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student's intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on the ACT and SAT standardized tests.[1]

Need-based: These awards are based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a FAFSA to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. Private need-based scholarships will also often require the results of a FAFSA, which calculates a student's financial need through a formula looking at the expected family contribution and cost of attendance at the intended college.[2]

Student-specific: These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by race, gender, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category, and not all are based in the United States. For example, students in Canada may qualify for a number of aboriginal scholarships, whether they study at home or abroad.[3]

Career-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a college or university to students planning to pursue a specific field of study. Often the most generous awards are given to students pursuing careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing. Nursing students are in high demand, and many schools will give future nurses full scholarships to enter the field, especially if the student intends to work in a high-need community

Now that we are clear on the meaning of the word can we now or should I say can the Education Ministry and in particular the Education Minister begin to understand that scholarships are not just based on quotas. In Malaysia's case more often than not it is based on race and quotas. This of course is just my point of view. Can the Ministry of Education really openly and honestly say that the selection process of awarding scholarships are based on the criteria stated above?? Sadly I think not, more so with people like Ibrahim Ali and his fellow followers of Perkasa around. Do these people even know the meaning of the word scholarship?? Furthermore I know of many young Malay Malaysians who have been successful in life without any helping hand from the Federal Government or agencies. I am so very sure they will feel insulted with comments made by Ibrahim Ali.
Enough on politics and cheap publicity, let us focus on the subject being discussed, what is the criteria being used by the Federal Government in the award of Scholarships?? Is there a guideline? If there is why is this guideline not made public? Let us be fair for all Malaysians living under the Malaysian Sun. If our children merit an award of a scholarship they should not be denied be they Malay, Chinese, Indian or any other race. Why are they, the children made victims of whims and fancies of politicians?? Or why are they being used for the sake of getting the politicians their '15 minutes of fame'!! Scream and Shout all you like, what matters most is the education of our future generations. Sadly however this is not the case, the fact of the matter is sadly parliamentarians on both sides of the house are more interested in getting sensational headlines rather than tackling the problem at hand.
Have a basis or guideline for the award of scholarships that is what all Malaysians want. These guidelines or criteria must be publicised if not gazetted for all students and parents. Until this is done whats the point of accusing each other of sedition or going against the Federal Constitution.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ibrahim Ali - Learn your history!!!!

I am full of disgust at this insolent, un-educated, crass and racist member of parliament. How can he blatantly say that only the Malays fought for independence!!! How can he proclaim that ONLY his forefathers sacrificed for the Independence that we now enjoy. Every citizen be they malay, chinese, indian or whatever race he or she may have been fought and sacrificed for the Independence of Malaysia!!! I for one can proudly say that I have even served Malaysia in the Armed Forces (in the Royal Malaysian Navy to be more specific) for 16 years of my life laying my life on the line on more than one occasion, has he even placed his life on the line for the country even once in his life???? Such insolence and stupidity more so coming from a member of parliament only goes to show the level of maturity, knowledge and common decency which walk the once exalted corridors of power in the August House. He claims to be a Jaguh Kampung, championing the rights of the Malays in Malaysia however does he really and truly represent all Malays as so he claims??? Or does he only represent certain sections within the Malay Community??? Championing only certain or selected issues which only benefits himself and people he claims he represents???? Why has he stayed silent on the issue of sports betting?? Is it because he is one of the board members of the many companies connected to Vincent Tan??? Why the silence on that issue YB Ibrahim??? You say you are a Jaguh Kampung, you say whatever you do you do for the love of the malays but how come you are silent on this particular issue??? Bukankah semua orang Melayu beragama Islam?? Adakah Islam menghalalkan judi?? Sudah semestinya sebagai seorang Melayu yang beragama Islam isu lesen perjudian ini harus ditentang sepenuhnya oleh YB kerana bukankan negara kita Malaysia majoritinya Melayu Islam???? To me personally you are nothing but a loud mouth insolent and rude person who cares not what other people think or feel. Not that I am a supporter of our Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak but I still salute him in his decision to deny Vincent Tan the sports betting licence. For once he has heard the cry of the people, it may be due to political pressure non the less its a decision which I as a Rakyat applaud. You on the other hand are nothing more than an opportunist, looking for cheap publicity at the expense of the loyal people who have voted you in to the position you are in now. I can only pray and hope that you will get your 'balasan' one fine day. REMEMBER you were voted in, the people of your constituency put you where you are, they can also remove you. All I can hope for is that people of your constituency will reflect and think twice again when its time to vote. Wassallam

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Troubled and Worried

Fearful and worried is all I can feel for the future of our beloved Malaysia. Day in and day out we continue to hear, see and read of the many troubles which we ordinary rakyat are facing or are about to face in the coming years. Never before are we so divided along racial lines as we are now. The worse thing about it is the Powers That Be Are Perpetuating or in simple words making things worse!!! Ministers keep contradicting themselves day in and day out. One minister says this and the other contradicts him. Whats even more worrisome is that even the Prime Minister is being contradicted by his own cabinet members. Matters or issues being contradicted are of a wide range of issues which effect the rakyat as a whole. From betting licenses to scholarships for budding students. How can we the rakyat have any confidence in the government which is supposedly representing us, being held responsible as the custodians of our natural resources and more importantly holding the future of our children in their hands???
Do these ministers not understand that they are dealing with a new generation of Malaysians who are more educated, aware and sensitive to what is happening around them??? Do they still think that we still depend on the main stream media as our only avenue of information??? Presumably they still do, judging by how these ministers behave and make statements. Even professionals like Idris Jala are being rubbished for forecasting what we are facing in the coming years, even though his presentation was based real figures and statistics. A professional like Idris Jala doesn't make statements to the public if he hasn't done his homework so to speak. Sure, his presentation may have been based on worst case scenarios but then again should it not be done in that manner??? Again I must reiterate that I'm no economist neither am I qualified to justify Idris Jala's presentation. However I would sooner believe Idris Jala than anyone else.
I make a decent living for myself, saving as much as I can for the sake and future of both my boys. I'm sure there are many Malaysians like me out there, slogging hard to ensure their future as well as their future generations. What on the other hand is the present government doing to help simple Malaysians like us??? They talk of spending billions on projects supposedly to uplift the economy but in the next breath they say there isn't enough money to help brilliant students who can't afford tertiary education??? They talk of increasing or improving the standard of education but what is being spent on the education system??? No pomp and pageantry there!!!! All we see, hear and read about is the billions that the government is going to spend on white elephants which no doubt will only benefit those closely related to the people who walk the corridors of power.
They ask why there is an exodus of young brilliant Malaysians overseas???? Is it not clear the reason why??? I speak for myself of course when I say that I'm worried and troubled but I am pretty sure there are many fathers like me out there who feel the same way. However although I earn enough to be part of the exodus of Malaysians to greener pastures I AM STAYING!!!! I will never ever give up on Malaysia!! This is my homeland. No one can tell me otherwise!!! If it takes my life I will fight for equal rights for me and for all Malaysian Fathers like myself wanting to see our future generations prosper in their own land. No greedy, selfish politician is going to run me off from my beloved Malaysia!!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Are We Really Concerned??

How concerned are we as Malaysians with the future of our beloved Malaysia???? Thank God for the alternative media i.e the internet where we as Malaysians are not exclusively fed with what the ruling government wants us to see, read and believe. With the internet now we are privy to both sides of the divide where the politicians are concerned. Lets not delve on this subject of the Main Stream Media vs The Alternative Media for now. Today let us ask ourselves are we truly concerned with the wellbeing of our country and her future???
My previous post was about Malaysia going bankrupt in 9 years time. A harsh reality which I am coming to terms with. I believe it will happen as it has been forecasted by an individual who is qualified, learned, experienced, knowledgeable and has an impeccable track record. The ruling government has retorted and more or less rubbished his forecast as we have seen in the main stream media. However it has to be noted that facts and figures used in it's reply or retort so to speak don't add up!!! Now I'm no economist, neither am I even a diploma or degree holder. However I have been in the workforce a good 20 years and that in itself holds me in good stead to decided who is right or wrong.
Which now brings me to my topic of the day (sorry for the long mukadimah hehehe). Are we as Malaysians (tak kiralah Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Dayak, Orang Asli or anything else) really concerned??? If we truly are concerned what are we doing about it?? I have to admit I myself have not registered myself as a voter. In fact I have never voted in my life (although I THINK my vote has been utilized more than once without my knowledge by me being in the Royal Malaysian Navy for 16 years via postal votes). Still, can we really say we are doing our part in ensuring that the country doesn't disintegrate like Zimbabwe and Greece?? We as the Rakyat always seem to forget that we hold the key, politicians depend on us to ensure that they stay where they are in the corridors of power. It is neither their birthright nor god given right to say that they belong in their current position. It is us the rakyat that put them there. If we are not happy we can kick them out, put them on the street so to speak. WE HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO MY FELLOW MALAYSIANS!!!!
Currently those who walk the corridors of power seem to think that they are untouchable. No one can remove them from their current positions as WAKIL RAKYAT. I REPEAT WAKIL RAKYAT - Which means the peoples' representative!!!! They represent us. They should in fact serve us and NOT THEMSELVES which sadly and disappointingly seems to be the case at the moment. They are treated with such reverence and respect it's shameful to say the least!!! It's as if they are godlike in nature when in fact again I reiterate it is us THE RAKYAT who put them where they are!!!! I have travelled far and wide and no where in the world does a peoples' representative get so much attention and reverence like the wakil rakyats in Malaysia!!! It's as if they hold the key to our survival when in fact it us the rakyat who should determine their survival.
I beg my fellow Malaysians to open their minds, hearts and eyes especially. We live in a country rich with natural resources, rich with culture and traditions. Let us be fair this time to OURSELVES. I am neither advocating nor asking or even worse forcing any of my fellow Malaysians to back and support the opposition. All I ask is for us to ask ourselves are we really helping to make our country better, safer and prosperous for ourselves and our future generations? Or do we just continue to sit back and let things deteriorate. UNSHACKLE your minds and hearts my fellow Malaysians. Do we as the Rakyat want our rich resources squandered, wasted and pillaged by those who walk the corridors of power for their own benefit??? When in fact all this richness belongs to all of us who walk under the Malaysian Sun. I remind myself as well as like minded fellow Malaysians whom I consider brothers and sisters irrespective of race, creed or religion. It is us, we the Rakyat who determines our destiny or where we go from here.
We often hear that we are nothing, powerless against those who are in power. Alone I must admit we are powerless, alone yes we are nothing. However if we as the Rakyat are truly Concerned and want to safeguard our future generations we have to stand up, make ourselves heard and counted.
Let there be no stone left unturned, let there be no one spared from prosecution if there is proof of misdeeds. WE need and must demand for the return of our beloved Malaysia. Malaysia does not belong to a select few or those connected to the selected few. It belongs to all of us!!!! Nothing comes easy, we have to fight for what we want. Fight for what is fair and good. Listen not to what they who walk the corridors of power only want us to hear, but listen instead to our hearts and soul. Let us be true to ourselves, realize and begin to believe we are the ones in power. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step someone once said, our first step as children of Malaysia is to make that first step to believe. We have to believe we can save our beloved Malaysia. Let us all take that first defining step to save her, save Malaysia!!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bankrupt??? Surprise Surprise!!!

It seems nothing has changed since I've been home the last two weeks. I resisted the urge to write or spill my guts as soon as I returned home. Just feeling I had to be impartial and fair to first see what is actually going on in my beloved Malaysia before I say start banging on the keys spilling my guts. As sick as I feel on how things are getting worse and worse in my homeland, I still thank Allah for giving me and my family what we now have. I honestly have to admit I am one of the lucky ones. However I still feel the need to note and express the way I feel toward the governance of our country.
Idris Jala is a well known corporate figure. His exploits and success not only involves Shell and MAS, but also he once held the helm in Malay Mail. He has done wonders turning around MAS especially when MAS was in the RED. What he did, he did with passion, professionalism and courage. There are many like him around, sadly they are either sidelined or just waiting for a good time to leave/migrate. Thus the continuing brain drain of true professionals which we suffer to lose day by day. How can one fault them for wanting to leave?? Anyway, thats another topic for tomorrow maybe ;-) He has just painted a future for Malaysia which is both realistic and shocking. He has really and truly opened the eyes of all Malaysians no matter where they sit on the political divide. True to his impartial and professional outlook on how bad things will get if we don't 'fix' the problem NOW!!! Bankrupt?? Yes I believe Idris Jala!!! I believe his predictions which are based on facts and figures. I don't hold any diploma or degree in economics or business but it's pretty clear we are headed down a slippery slope which if we don't address will only make matters worse. It's so silly to see how our PM with pomp and pageantry announcing how he snared or roped in a professional to make things right only to distance himself when the outlook based on facts and figures do not show him in a good light. In fact it not only seems silly but STUPID!!!! As usual we now see counter figures and statements from the ruling coalition and from Najib himself trying to calm things by saying and stating things are not that bad. Sorry Mr Prime Minister cum Finance Minister, damage is done, milk has been spilled, nasi dah jadi bubur. No amount of spins will be able to pull yourself out of this quandary. You have signed and sealed your fate, even approval ratings announced in the Main Stream Media will not save you now.
Now that in a nutshell is where we are heading - Bankruptcy!!!!! Another issue which I am called to address would be this betting issue claimed and counter claimed, issued or not issued to Vincent Tan and Ascot Sports. Lets not start with what impact legalizing betting will do to the country at a micro or macro level. I demand to know as a citizen of Malaysia has the license been issued???? Two ministries and very senior ministers are contradicting themselves in public I might add!!!! One says issued the other says not issued. One says approved the other says still waiting on feedback from the public??? Which is which now??? NEVER EXPECTED SUCH A BACKLASH FROM THE PUBLIC is the real issue here my fellow Malaysians. Such blowback is indeed a shock to the system. Now the Securities Commission is getting involved and rightly so, announcements made more just to drive share prices up or down is against the law. What Vincent has done has effected the share price of Berjaya and many have burned. To all like minded Malaysians - Lets just sit back and enjoy the spins, twist and turns of this particular saga. I'm truly wondering how the ruling coalition will try to worm their way out of this and still come out trying to smell like roses.
Congratulations Dato' Kong Cho Ha on your new appointment as Transport Minister. However my wishes end there!!!! How can you as a Transport Minister announce to all and sundry that there will no longer be anymore inquires on the PKFZ Scandal???? You mean to say thats that???? No one to pay for all the losses incurred??? Haiyo Dato' rakyat's money you know!!! I know la not your's but still you represent us la!!!! You want to betray your loyal supporters in Sitiawan/Kampong Koh and Kampong Cina???? Yes, Dato' thats where I live and I am one of the voters from Sitiawan!!!! You are truly LAU SAI if no one pays or spends time behind bars for the PKFZ Fiasco. You as a person may not be affected now but I can truly tell you now if you continue on this course your days as Transport Minister are truly numbered. Voices of discontent are getting louder and louder by the day Mr Minister, it will be a crescendo toward a banging and deafening thunder come GE13 when you try again to retain your parliamentary seat. Its still not too late to back track Mr Minister, there is still time for you to redeem yourself. Time for you to bring to book personalities who were involved in that fiasco. Unless of course you were also in cahoots with them?? Maybe??? If so then, there is nothing more I can say.
Just 3 short paragraphs indicating the state of the country at the moment. Let us all look and truly understand how bad things are getting in our beloved Malaysia. Again we need to understand we are the bosses, we put these individuals where they are as Ministers and Parliamentarians in the August House. However if they continue with impunity then it's time for a change time to set things right, not only for us but also for our children and children's children. So let us all think and ponder.

Monday, March 8, 2010

New Economic Model = 1Malaysia???

The past one year it's been 1Malaysia here 1Malaysia there!!! It's been bandied about and proclaimed at every opportunity. However like everyone else who is of sound mind and intelligence, all it is just empty promises and mere slogans. Here again the present UMNO/BN government fails to understand that the rakyat has matured tremendously more so after the 12th general elections. No longer does the general public depend on the Main Stream Media for updates or news on what is happening on the political front. Even housewives have their laptops or net books to browse the internet for the latest gossips on artists. I know this because my wife has a netbook herself and she keeps herself abreast with the latest news and gossips not only on gossips of Malaysian artists but also on the political front.
How sad it is to note yet again the New Economic Model will again most likely fail miserably when it is eventually unveiled. Of course it isn't fair for me to comment on it as it is yet to be unveiled (further delayed apparently for fine tuning konon!!!). One only has to keep abreast of the latest happenings and the demands being made by the newest peer pressure group threatening yet again that the Malay and Bumiputra rights must not or never be threatened or cast out. It's an open secret that only selected well connected Malays and Bumiputras actually benefit from affirmative action which has been practiced under the New Economic Policy since the 70s. Those not who are not well connected have to work as hard as any other Malaysian to earn a living competing with all races. Those who don't depend on the government must be really humiliated and ashamed with the actions of this group of NGOs claiming to protect the interest of the Malays and Bumiputras. At the end of the day we all know all they are interested in is protecting their own interests. I know of many Malays who face the open and brutal market for business opportunities and they in fact are one of the few who have actually done well enough or even better than any other. To say that these Malay Malaysians should and must be further protected is an INSULT to the highest degree. Well, that is how I would personally feel.
In finality the world is getting smaller day by day. If we as Malaysians still profess and insist in practicing affirmative action it is just a loss for the Malays in particular and all Malaysian irrespective of race and creed in general. There is no way for us to compete in the international and open market if we still practice protectionism. Will the New Economic Model be just another slogan like 1Malaysia?? Unfortunately I believe it will. It will be just another slogan to harp on to garner support to benefit the UMNO/BN government and those who are well connected to get richer while the poor Malaysian on the street who aren't as lucky or well connected - terus berada di takuk lama!!!!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Getting worse!!!

It's been a weeks since I've come back from work in Qatar. Honestly I've started and stopped writing a post a couple of times since I've been back. I seem to lose focus on what I'm writing whenever I start then I just stop and delete what I've written. After scanning and reading most of the posts in my favorite websites and blogs it seems that not much has changed and the political climate remains as volatile as ever. MPs leaving parties, evidence being witheld in cases, mud slinging among top politicians and so on. I wonder if there are more like me out there in Malaysia, feeling lost, feeling unsure, flabbergasted, shocked and most of all angry at what is happening.
I've often stated I am lucky that I work overseas, earning much more than an average Malaysian. Thankful for being able to give my family what I didn't have when I was growing up. Saving for my children's future and of course for when I retire. However is it all in vain? With the way the country is going at the moment I don't really know if I will be even welcome in my own country. The racial divide is getting wider and wider by the day, this PERKASA is evidence in itself that there are some who think the country owe it to them to have special rights and privileges. Who are they to say that they deserve more than others?? Who are they to demand that the should and must be assisted in more ways than one.
It's an open secret that only well 'connected' malays in Malaysia will get contracts and benefits. Ask any ordinary malay man on the street if he has been given anything in terms of benefits. The answer will be a big ZERO. So all this hullaballoo with the formation of PERKASA is only a smokescreen to protect certain individuals or groups personal interests. Well that is what I feel personally that is. How long are we to endure these injustices and double standards under the current government. 1Malaysia touted by Najib is nothing but a slogan and nothing more. The Prime Minister needs to do more to prove his worth and not just trumpet his slogan everywhere he goes without any action. Malaysians have worked hard to be where we are now, racial tolerance/acceptance once rock solid to a point being a beacon or example to other countries around world is now left in tatters with the recent racial problems rearing it's ugly head.
Najib may not be using racial sentiments but his underlings are. As a leader he should be reign in these individuals and put a stop to it. Is it due to the fact that these individuals are warlords within UMNO who still wield influence and can determine his political future being the reason Najib can't act?? Your guess is as good as mine. However if it is not stopped the situation will only get worse. At the end of the day I'm only a single voice, a single individual voicing his dissatisfaction and anger. I treat everybody with respect, race and religion has no bearing on how I personally treat or look a person or individual. I teach my children the same thing. For one to be respected, one needs to respect others first. Basic moral values seem to be disintegrating with each passing day. How are we to instill moral values to the younger generation when we ourselves do not practice what we preach??
One can only hope and pray that there are many like me out there in Malaysia. Hoping and praying that things will change for the better. Doing our bit to ensure our children grow up in a better Malaysia. Reading and understanding what is going on in our beloved Malaysia and making the right decision when the time comes. We ordinary Malaysians have been taken for a ride, we have been blindfolded and fooled by individuals who only think of themselves and their well being for far too long. It's time for us to the Rakyat to determine who works for who. Many have said it and I am not ashamed to repeat it we shape our own destiny, so to all Malaysians irrespective of race and religion, let us all live in peace and harmony. Let us build a better future not only for ourselves but also for our future generations.