Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Anwar menyesal melukai hati sahabat-sahabat Zionisnya


Anwar berada di Washington dua hari minggu lepas, di mana dia banyak meluangkan masa menerangkan pendiriannya kepada sahabat lama, termasuk Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Luar Howard Berman dan beberapa pemimpin Yahudi.

Menurut akhbar The Washington Post (klik sini) Anwar menyesal menggunakan perkataan seperti "serangan Zionis," yang sering digunakan oleh para demagog seperti Presiden Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Anwar berkata, "mengapa perlu saya menggunakan istilah-istilah tersebut jika ia hanya mencetuskan kekeliruan di kalangan para sahabat (khususnya Zionis dan yahudi Amerika)... saya perlu lebih berhati-hati..."

Komen Lenggong Valley:

Kan dah cakap tempoh hari betapa liciknya si Anwar bermain wayang. Dia merasakan isu anti-Zionis sesuai digunakan untuk memperjuangkan apa yang dianggap ketulusan hatinya sebagai pemimpin Islam, tetapi malangnya tersalah sasar dan terbabas hinggakan menaikkan kemarahan penyokong Zionisnya.

Dalam pada itu, sahabat akrabnya John Wolfowitz si penyembelih rakyat Iraq jelas membantu mententeramkan keadaan apabila berkata, " walaupun apa yag dilakukan Anwar itu salah, dia patut dimaafkan memandangkan tekanan yang dihadapi daripada segi peribadi dan politik...berikan dia ruang untuk bernafas."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Al Gore, he's a global idiot, a lecher and Anwar's friend to boot!



SOME EXCERPTS ABOUT AL GORE:

"...Nearly everything Al Gore says is an exaggeration, a lie, or simply idiotic. Al Gore has amassed a fortune by embellishing facts and creating a cult of global warming zombies.

Al Gore claims to be a crusader against the evils of CO2 and pollution, yet he produces more pollution and CO2 in one month then a family of four does in a year.

Gore claims eating beef is bad for the environment and YOU should stop, but he continues to eat meat.

Gore is flown in a private jet around the world, but preaches the destruction this causes when YOU do it.

Gore tells you to conserve power, yet his house in Tennessee is less environmentally friendly and less efficient then the "hated" George W. Bush's house in Texas.

The Irony is laughable, but what makes this sad is that people actually believe him. Al Gore is a moron..."

Great idiotic quotes from Al Gore, the moron.
Dumb, or just a pompous ass?



"These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years."
--- Ironically Dr. Maslowski helped further prove Al Gore "makes up" data to help perpetrate his diabolical agenda..."It's unclear to me how this figure was arrived at," Dr Maslowski said. "I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this." Wrong again, Al......

"The interior of the earth is extremely hot, several millions of degrees." - Al Gore (Nov. 12, 2009).Really Al, did you learn that at Harvard? If this was true, we would be dead, and the Earth would actually be a Star. The real temp is about 5 thousand degrees. Gore was only off by a couple of zeroes... I wonder what else he is wrong about?

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system." - Al Gore in an interview with Wolf Blitzer (March 1999)

Oct. 25 2000 JACKSON, Tenn. (Reuters) - Criticizing Bush's Social Security privatization plan at a rally in Tennessee, Gore said, "He is proposing to privatize a big part of Social Security and he's proposing to take $1 trillion, a million billion dollars out of the Social Security trust fund and give it as a tax incentive to young workers."
Close Al, a trillion = one thousand billion, not a million billion.

Milwaukee, WI - "I'm very familiar with the importance of dairy farming in Wisconsin. I've spent the night on a dairy farm here in Wisconsin. If I'm entrusted with the presidency, you'll have someone who is very familiar with what the Wisconsin dairy industry is all about."
(Sources: Sunday, June 18, Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Washington Post, June 14, 2000)

Azmin rugi, Khalid malu...


Tiada siapa yang menang dalam penyusunan kepimpinan PKR di Selangor.

Jika ada yang menyangka Azmin meraih keuntungan, mereka masih di awangan, kerana pada dasarnya Azmin tidak juga diterima kerana selama ini begitu ramai yang memusuhinya.

Khalid pula jelas ditampar di khalayak ramai- sesuatu yang tidak sedap didengar bagi seorang ahli politik atau pun seorang pentaddbir. Realitinya ialah persepsi...dan dalam konteks kedua-duanya di posisi amat lemah...Azmin hanya menggali kubur sendiri sementara Khalid pula kini seperti harimau yang telah di kasi- besar tapi tiada taring.

Dalam keadaan ini, apabila pemimpin Melayu bercakaran, siapa yang bertepuk tangan dan menerkam memenuhi ruang? Pastinya DAP, seperti mana berlaku di Pulau Pinang.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Masih tak percaya MB Selangor tiada keupayaan utk mentadbir negeri tu?

Masih tak percaya MB Selangor tiada keupayaan utk mentadbir Selangor?
...dan terbaru 15 Ahli Parlimen PKR yang rapat dengan Azmin Ali kini bersekongkol untuk mengusir Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Azmin dikatakan memulakan komplot tersebut apabila meletak jawatan sebagai seorang pengarah PKNS kerana tidak puas hati dengan pelantikan Setiausaha Politik Baru Khalid, Faekah Husin.

Mengapa ya? Pelantikan Setiausaha politik selalunya berpandukan kemahuan si bos tu sendiri. Kalau dia rasa senang dengan seseorang dia lantiklah. Apa yang dipersoalkan? Ia bukan pelantikan rakyat.

Daripada situ kita dapat melihat agenda sebenar Azmin, yang masih kuat memperjuangkan misi peribadinya untuk menjadi MB Selangor. Jika dia berjaya pun taklah mendapat sorakkan ramai kerana dia sendiri pun tak terror sangat.

Moral cerita ni: ia menjelaskan lagi kebimbangan Zaid Ibrahim dan beberapa pemimpin kanan Pakatan yang merasakan PKR hanya menunggu detik untuk tersungkur.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kelemahan PKR terdedah kini

Dialih bahasa daripada laman Free Malaysia Today (FMT)


 

Oleh Stephanie Sta Maria, Free Malaysia Today (FMT)


Penyataan jelas Zaid Ibrahim berhubung kelemahan dalam pucuk pimpinan PKR kini mendapat sokongan daripada beberapa penganalisis politik.

Dalam satu wawancara dengan FMT, Zaid mengenal pasti ketiadaan pemimpin berkredibiliti selain menyentuh peranan bukan presiden Anwar Ibrahim sebagai halangan dalam merencanakan hala tuju PKR.

Ahli majlis kepimpinan pusat PKR itu mengaku ini bukan isu baru, tetapi sesuatu yang perlu ditangani segera dalam pemilihan parti pada Disember depan.

"Zaid memang betul mengenai kepimpinan PKR yang begitu nazak, " kata pensyarah Universiti Monash, James Chin. "Kepincangan ini wujud begitu lama tetapi hanya meledak selepas 2008 dengan kemasukan "badut-badut" yang diletakkan sebagai calon dan memang, lantaran menyebabkan kekecohan dalam parti."

"Masalah PKR bukan mengenai sumber tetapi orang yang menguruskan sumber tersebut. Anwar perlu memutuskan tentang struktur kepimpinan dan para pemimpin utama, dan memberikan mereka kuasa untuk melantik orang mereka sendiri."

Sementara itu, kedua-dua Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, Pengarah Pusat Inisiatif Dasar dan penganalisis bebas Khoo Kay Peng bersetuju dengan pendapat Zaid bahawa sudah tiba waktunya bagi Anwar melangkah menduduki tempat Presiden, kerana dia kini ahli politik sepenuh masa.

Khoo, bagaimana pun, memberi amaran supaya PKR jangan terlalu bergantung pada personaliti Anwar, kerana ini akan menyebabkan risiko ideologi mereka dicairkan.

"PKR tidak mampu menjadi sebuah parti berasaskan personaliti, " tegasnya. " Orang ramai semakin berasa sangsi sama ada ia masih mampu menyatukan PKR tanpa Anwar. Apa yang ketara kini, PKR telah menjadi begitu taksub kerana Anwar tidak langsung mempedulikan tentang kepimpinan pelapis'

"Keadaan ini amat berbahaya kerana jika Anwar tidak dapat menjadi Perdana Menteri, siapa lagi yang boleh PKR atau Pakatan anjurkan? Para pengundi memerlukan jaminan bahawa kekuatan parti tidak hanya bergantung pada seorang individu, tidak kira setinggi mana karisma atau inspirasi yang dimilikinya.

Tambah Lim lagi, kini PKR amat perlu bukan saja untuk merasmikan kedudukan Anwar sebagai ketua parti, tetapi juga mengenal pasti segera pemimpin-pemimpin penting lain, terutama untuk jawatan nombor 2.

"Sayang sekali pilihan raya parti tidak didakan lebih awal," katanya. "Masa tidak memihak kepada PKR, dan persepsi terhadap kepimpinan yang berpecah dan berbelah bagi, walaupun tanpa tindakan berpaling tadah yang merugikan, akan menambahkan lagi kerugian sekiranya pilihan raya umum diadakan lebih awal."

Chin menggesa PKR mula mengambil masuk kumpulan pemimpin yang baru secepat mungkin sebagai persiapan menghadapi pilihan raya umum.

"Jika pilihan raya umum diumumkan dalam masa tiga bulan akan datang, pasti PKR dan Pakatan akan mendapati mereka terlambat. Najib pasti akan menang besar kecuali timbul sesuatu skandal dalam BN."

"Walaupun Zaid berasa yakin keupayaan PKR memperbaiki kedudukan, Lim masih berasa sangsi. Dia meramalkan penyokong parti akan bergelut dengan tugas sukar melakukan pembersihan dalaman, sementara sekali gus memilih pemimpin yang berkebolehan dan berdedikasi semasa pemilihan parti akan datang.

"Kita harap kebijaksanaan secara berkumpulan dan tunjuk ajar daripada para pemimpin yang dihormati yang tidak mempunyai sebarang kepentingan dalam percaturan kuasa akan dapat memastikan pasukan yang dipilih terdiri daripada sumber sedia ada dalam PKR, " tegasnya lagi. "Tetapi kelemahan paling berbahaya dalam PKR ialah kewujudan hulubalang (war lord) yang bakal menjadi halangan kerana mereka mempunyai pengikut yang ramai."

Pengajaran daripada sebelah sana

Perspektif para penganalisis melangkau apa yang dirasakan Zaid apabila mereka mencadangkan supaya ahli-ahli PKR mendapatkan petunjuk daripada parti asal mereka bagi membina sebuah organisasi yang kuat dan mantap.

"Mungkin payah untuk diterima, tetapi UMNO kini telah menjadi pakar dalam usaha membina sebuah struktur yang kuat, " terang Chin. "Struktur parti tersebut berasaskan penggarisan semula kawasan pilihan raya, di mana dua atau tiga Bahagian diletakkan di bawah kuasa seorang ketua. Walaupun agak luar biasa, ia berkesan semasa pilihan raya. UMNO berfungsi dengan baik kerana peranan ketua-ketua ini berbeza.

'PKR juga perlu menawarkan ahli-ahlinya lebih daripada sekadar harapan. DAP dan PAS menjamin struktur kepimpinan dan insentif yang baik. UMNO, MIC dan MCA menjamin ahli-ahli mereka dengan kuasa untuk melakukan perubahan . Apa yang PKR dapat tawarkan?

Khoo mencadangkan PKR mengambil teladan daripada "landasan profesional yang jelas dan tetap."

"Semua orang sentiasa maklum siapa akan menggantikan siapa, " katanya lagi. "Landasan profesional sedemikian bertindak sebagai panduan bagi seluruh ahli dan penyokong, justeru tiada berlaku kejutan."

Demokrasi: tangan yang menang atau yang kalah?

Hanya yang berbeza dalam pendapat para penganalisis tersebut, bagaimana pun ialah perkara berhubung demokrasi. Zaid dan Lim lebih mengutamakan demokrasi menyeluruh dalam proses pemilihan.

"Apabila pemilihan parti diadakan bagi menentukan norma-norma demokrasi terus utuh dalam memilih pemimpin, pasukan yang dipilih perlu melaksanakan tugas dengan segera untuk menangani isu-isu dalam PKR, " tambah Lim.

Chin, sementara itu mencadangkan PKR jangan mengehadkan amalan demokrasi ketika menjelang pilihan raya umum.

"PKR menjadi mangsa apabila mengamalkan demokrasi secara terlalu meluas, "katanya. "Demokrasi sememangnya baik dan semestinya menjadi lambang sesebuah parti, tetapi bukan ketika parti tersebut sedang menuju pilihan raya, di mana ia akan hanya menyebabkan kekecohan dalaman seperti yang kita lihat dari masa ke semasa.

Monday, June 21, 2010

PAS takut hilang glamor ulamanya



Mengapa agaknya PAS seolah-olah bimbang dengan ura-ura bekas Mufti Perlis Ustaz Dr Asri Zainal Abidin akan menyertai lebih kurang 100 ulama lain untuk menjadi ahli UMNO?

Apa yang jelas timbul dalam pemikiran ramai berikutan "peringatan" ketua perhubungan PAS Idris Ahmad kononnya Dr Asri akan diketepikan tidak berasas. Tiada tempat untuk ulama dalam UMNO? Apa asas kenyataannya itu?

Lagi pelik apabila Anwar Ibrahim juga dianggap sebagai ulama apabila memasuki UMNO dulu.

Sebenarnya, bukannya PAS bimbang tentang kebajikan Dr Asri, tetapi sebaliknya mereka bimbang kedudukan PAS sebagai parti politik payungan ramai ulama konservatif tergugat...tu saja.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kenapa melompat?

Demi kebebasan dan liberalisme yang diperjuangkan Pakatan, larangan dan undang-undang menghalang wakil rakyat melompat keluar parti tidak perlu digubal. Dua perspektif boleh dikupas dalam isu ini, iaitu kebebasan si wakil rakyat berkenaan dan suara hati ('conscience).

Jika ada yang mengatakan tindakan tersebut membelakangi kehendak rakyat yang diwakili, apa pula dengan mandat yang diberikan kepadanya sebagai WAKIL rakyat untuk menentukan yang terbaik bagi kawasannya?

Seorang wakil rakyat bukan sekadar berperanan sebagai wakil kepada segala kehendak majoriti pemilihnya...apa pula dengan pengundi yang tidak menyokong perjuangan politiknya? Apakah dia akur dan sekali gus bersetuju dengan mereka? Hanya superman boleh berbuat demikian.

Secara dasarnya, si wakil rakyat perlu dibenarkan melompat keluar parti kerana tidak bersetuju dengan haluan dan perjuangan parti. Ini tindakan yang boleh diambil bagi menentukan dia sebagai wakil rakyat dapat membantu kawasan sendiri, dan di sinilah letaknya kriteria utama sebagai seorang wakil rakyat.

Elemen suara hati memainkan peranan positif atau negatif sekiranya dia berbuat demikian kerana keuntungan peribadi dan rasuah. Dalam keadaan ini, saya rasa sepatutnya dirujuk kepada mahkamah pilihanraya khas untuk menentukan kesahihan tindakannya. Jika ini tidak dilakukan ia bakal menjadi beban dan masalah besar kepada BN kemudian kelak.

Semuanya bergantung kepada keikhlasan dan integriti.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reflecting Amy Chua's 'World on Fire'



IN America even the little guy does not begrudge Bill Gates. But what if Microsoft's founder, and all the other high-tech millionaires and CEOs and those successful at business, were of a separate, distinct ethnicity? Imagine that almost everyone with private-sector wealth had a religion, a diet or an appearance different from that of the ordinary American and that they rarely intermarried.

There are countries like that. They have what author Amy Chua calls "market-dominant minorities." Think of the Chinese in Burma and Indonesia, the English in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Indians in Kenya and Fiji, Jews in Panama and Russia.

America has successful minorities. But it has nothing like the Chinese-Filipinos, who are 1 percent of the population but own all the big department stores and all but one of the major banks in the Philippines. If that described America, this country would be more careful in promoting capitalism and democracy as twin solutions.


In much of the world, Chua argues, capitalism and democracy produce ethnic disaster. Capitalism allows the minority to get rich, and democracy allows the majority to get even. The result: riots against Chinese in Indonesia. Invasions of white farms in Zimbabwe.

Chua is not entirely a bystander. Now a professor at Yale University, she grew up in a "third-tier tycoon" Chinese-Filipino family that owns a plastics conglomerate in Manila. She says her family has "safe-deposit boxes full of gold bars, each one roughly the size of a Snickers bar." Her Aunt Leona, who FedExed her one of those bars as a graduation gift, was later hacked to death by a chauffeur.

Why? It is not explained, and perhaps it does not have to be.

Poor people the world over tend to see members of the dominant ethnic minority as thieves who have won by cheating. That is how the Indonesian majority saw the Chinese tycoons after the collapse of longtime Indonesian President Suharto, and it's also how many Russians in the 1990s saw the seven new private-sector billionaires, six of whom were Jewish.

In most cases, Chua argues, the new rich are largely self-made. Even when a few enjoy official favor, it is after they have become rich -- and the favor is not extended to their kin. A few dozen Chinese were partners with Suharto, but the hundreds of Chinese shopkeepers burned out by mobs had no pull. And further: When the successful minority is chased away and its property seized, the whole country suffers -- as Uganda suffered after expelling Indians and as Indonesia suffers today. That would not be true if the minority were parasites.

Usually the minority wins its position by working, saving, investing and trading harder and more sharply than anyone else. Having succeeded, it is hated -- partly because it succeeded, partly because it takes favors and puts on airs. And partly because it is different.

This is not the story everywhere. Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Argentina and Chile have market-dominant majorities.

World on Fire could have been an argument for socialism, but it isn't. Chua has no use for socialism. Her argument is for capitalism leavened by philanthropy and regulation and for democracy limited by constitutional law. It is for change that is gradual and fitted to local ways.

It is also a warning to foreign minorities to be more generous and, perhaps, to assimilate. In Thailand the Chinese were encouraged to assimilate, and their dominance has been less of a problem.

The book would have been better had it explored this subject and stopped. But Chua has a good theory and wants to explain too many things with it. Three-quarters through her narrative she goes on to argue that Israelis are the market-dominant minority of the Middle East and Americans the market-dominant minority of the world, which explains the fight over Palestine and 9/11 and "why they hate us." This is all very provocative, but it is more analogy than analysis and might better have been shrunk to a comment or left for another book.

The gist of this book is about countries different from the United States, sometimes in ways that are shocking. It ends on a familiar appeal for foreign aid, but most of it is fresher than that. It should make Americans think twice about exporting their political culture wholesale without a thought of who dislikes whom.

Bruce Ramsey wrote this for the Seattle Times.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bangunan Parlimen Baru? Bukan ke Membazir?


Ketika kita terkapai-kapai untuk merasionalisasikan tentang pemotongan subsidi, menyusun semula cara hidup dan perbelanjaan kerana kos kehidupan yang semakin melonjak, tiba-tiba timbul pula cadangan untuk membina bangunan Parlimen  baru di Putrajaya dengan harga sekurang-kurangnya RM800 juta.

Siapalah pandai sangat memulakan usul tersebut? Ekonomi negara amat memerlukan supaya setiap sen mempunyai justifikasi, dan elakkan pembaziran, kini timbul pulak cadangan tersebut.

Apa salahnya di kekalkan bangunan sekarang dan jalankan kerja-kerja ubahsuai yang berkualiti? Bangunan usang berusia ratusan tahun boleh diperbaiki dan diubahsuai hingga dijadikan hotel/resort lima bintang, inikan pula bangunan yang dibina pada tahun 1962!

Atau mungkinkah ini akan menguntungkan pihak tertentu?

Daripada berbelanja tak menentu, apa kata ditangani masalah tempat letak kereta di Putrajaya - satu isu yang amatlah perlu selesaikan segera. Apa yang kita lihat sekarang ketidakcukupan ruang letak kereta untuk orang awam hinggakan menyukarkan kita untuk berurusan dengan jabatan-jabatan kerajaan. Bukankah "...rakyat diutamakan antara laungan kita?..."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Anwar, the 'philathropist' for all the wrong reasons



He was in his elements when holding the country's Finance Minister's portfolio. It was a prolific time for this man called Anwar Ibrahim. But then again his rise to 'stardom,' at least among his friends and stalwarts, was all for the wrong reasons. No surprises, for he was known as a philathropic and generous giver of favours and rewards to bosom buddies and cronies.He executed all these well, although finesse and discretion were absent to the watchful eyes of detractors.

His 'special draws', which became more frequent especially when it was time for party elections was known far and wide.Along with this twisted generosity his gambling sins increased. Whatever perceptions that had put him in good stead among his followers still remained strong, for he was quite a master of deception to blinker their eyes.

Today, gambling is still the top cash cow of the triads in Malaysia. Throw in the prostitution rackets, shady spas (pun intended), china dolls (not the kind easily broken), and others, it is, of course, an attractive proposition. Ronnie Liu knows this, although he pretends that he doesn't.

So, of course it is a very big irony to hear Anwar trying hard to turn the tables around and talk about illegalising gambling. Such lofty rhetoric! A mockery for one given to the sarcastic branding of being the King of Gamblers, facilitating such vice by approving special draws.

So, why so eager and brazen in pushing for banning gambling? DAP's welfare and sustenance owes much to black economy. Ronnie Liu, Tony Pua, Kit Siang, Guan Eng all ride on the high profitability of black economy, in order to sustain their winning streak.Even PAS uses proceeds from this black economy to help 'finance' some of its operations. They all have their interests to care for.

It is politics, the art of the possible. If the honest way fails, just go the other route and turn a blind eye to sin.
 
If the value of black economy holds sway at around 10 billion, it is to Pakatan Rakyat a huge sum. This is their capital for the 13th General Elections.Black economy can be used for many things - for violent street demonstrations for the benefit of quite a few pakatan MPs, among others.

So, Anwar looks very stupid indeed to spin a holier than thou image by going on a nationwide anti gambling roadshow...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

'Power corrupts'...dan...


Baron Acton yang lebih di kenali sebagai Lord Acton, Professor Sejarah Moden di Universiti Cambridge pernah berkata, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolutely power corrupts absolutely..." ("Kuasa itu memabukkan, dan kuasa mutlak memabukkan secara mutlak", atau setidak-tidaknya agak begitulah maksud kata-kata pakar sejarah British hampir seratus tahun dulu.

Agak senada dengan itu, lebih dekat lagi, di kalangan ahli sukan lasak 'parkour' terbit pula ungkapan "Power is nothing without control"...kuasa tidak memberi makna tanpa kawalan.

Justeru, daripada falsafah di sebalik kedua-dua ungkapan tersebut jelas memberi peringatan sekiranya seseorang memegang teras kuasa, dia perlu lebih berhati-hati kerana cubaannya amat dasyat...

Dalam konteks ini begitulah hasilnya ekoran pendedahan skandal pasir di negeri Selangor yang menjadi pekung ketara kepada kredibiliti kerajaan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat.

Ia amat memalukan, dan sekali gus, tanpa perlu dikeruhkan lagi oleh pihak-pihak yang menentang kuasa campuran di negeri itu, pekung tersebut pecah menghemburkan najis kepada semua yang berada di sisi.

Dalam usaha kononnya untuk mendaulatkan proses ketelusan dan integriti, MB Khalid Ibrahim menyerahkan kepada pihak SELCAT menentukan segala-galanya...lantaran hasilnya dalam masa begitu singkat memihak kepada kelakuan buruk dan hodoh mereka sendiri, hingga sanggup mengenepikan apa yang ketara di mata orang ramai - RASUAH dan PENYALAHGUNAAN KUASA di negeri Selangor.



Friday, June 4, 2010

Britain's Channel 4 Grills the Zionist Regime




QUESTIONS:

1. Why did you attack civilian ships using the Israeli regime's Navy SEALS in international waters?

2. You are still justifying the illegal blockade of GAZA by saying its legitimate?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

It comes from Rafidah, but it makes lots of sense...



Senior Umno politician Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has voiced concerns that the current generation of rebellious and outspoken young Malaysians will be a stumbling block to the country’s aim of becoming a developed nation under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Vision 2020.

The former international trade and industry minister claimed that this anti-establishment culture among the young could be detrimental to society, especially if Malaysia wanted to achieve developed-nation status “in its own mould”.

“Unless these people take stock of their own emotions, ambitions; take stock of what is good for the community or the country, they will be creating problems for their own futures. They are creating factions in this already heterogeneous society.

“This rebellious streak will only create hot pockets among the young and this is not good. That is the one unfortunate element of this era — the young are too impatient, they think they are the panacea for everything,” she pointed out.

The Kuala Kangsar MP added that youths and the younger generation of politicians were often on “ego-trips”, thinking that their methods and assertions were the “cure-all” for the ills of society.

“They have forgotten that they come from an era that was created for them by their forefathers... without them, they would not have reached to where they are.

“When I became a politician, I never dared to speak out against my seniors... I was in awe of them and I wanted to learn from them,” she said.

Rafidah pointed out that Vision 2020 was achievable without the spread of such rebellion, for enshrined in a proviso of the initiative was to reach developed nation status in “Malaysia’s own mould”.

“This mould is about courtesy and respect for others. It is about understanding the fine threads that keep us together in this web of society and knowing that we cannot simply bulldoze our ways through to get what we want,” she said.

Without being specific, Rafidah said the youth needed to “calm down” and to focus their strengths on preparing themselves to take over the country instead of on how to bring the present administration down.

“Get yourself ready to take over. You are not ready to take over the country if you are planning to do it by force or by toppling others or by highlighting how bad the others are.

“You are ready when you have the maturity and the strength to face challenges. A leader is not judged by the crowds he can muster but on how much the people can respect what he or she says,” she said.

Rafidah also said that the Malaysian “mould” also encompassed the importance of understanding that democracy did not mean citizens could forget about the country’s laws.

“We must not go the way of other developed nations. This seeking of transparency and the application of democracy envisaged by others does not apply to us.

“Democracy does not mean you can do whatever you want. Some say that it means I could go ahead and curse your mother if I wanted to but this is wrong,” she said.

According to Rafidah, the perception of the young, however, was that total democracy meant they had the right to protest against anything to get their way.

“We must not go that way. We must have a guided democracy. We are multiracial so if we invoke our right to criticise the religions and beliefs of others, we will go up in flames.

“The young must think for themselves... do they want to just inherit ashes? If they are too busy organising strikes and demonstrations, then who will finally be ready to govern the country?” she said.

Rafidah slammed groups that fought for a single, selfish agenda which she said could cause problems within society in terms of disparity.

“When we were young, we wanted to shout out loud, too. But we knew our limits. I am aggressive, too, but I channel my aggression positively towards getting things done for the country.

“Groups, whether political or non-political, who just want it their way are very selfish,” she said.

Rafidah asserted that achieving Vision 2020 was not merely banking on the country’s ability to achieve seven per cent in growth annually but also to achieve stability in all aspects.

“Barring any global economic calamities or regional ones, and if things are falling into place now, meaning the global economic community and the financial community are beginning to regulate markets and if we are strong in terms of transparency and economic governance, I see no reason why we cannot achieve this vision.

“However, we must also remember that again, we must do it in Malaysia’s mould. We must not forget our identity,” she said.

- Extracted from an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Simpan 'tongkat' Melayu sampai bila?


Ada pendapat yang mengatakan dalam konteks subsidi, tongkat yang menonggak orang Melayu sewaktu DEB jangan dibuang, sebaliknya disimpan sementara.

Mungkin ini boleh dilakukan, tetapi yang membimbangkan apa impaknya kelak apabila di satu masa akan datang orang Melayu merasakan amat perlu diberi balik tongkat itu untuk digunakan?

Pada pendapat saya, dunia semakin progresif dan orang Melayu juga perlu menggarap selari rentak ini, justeru apabila sudah ditelan arus apa kaedahnya berhenti sejenak membuka almari untuk mendapatkan tongkat?

Bolehkah 'caveat' ini diselit pada pengstrukturan baru DEB?

Jika jawapannya negatif, lebih baik saja dikekalkan subsidi dengan perencanaan semula beberapa aspek supaya lebih selari dengan keperluan zaman.