October 29, 2014
A few days ago, the Malaysia Special Branch gave a public warning on the real and serious threat of ISIS affecting Malaysia anticipated to be done by Malaysian Muslims who were recruited to fight in ISIS against other Malaysians. Malaysia is a country who will not simply give any such warnings because such news may cause upheaval if wrongly understood.
What the Special Branch said in a carefully worded interview is a wakeup call for all Malaysians who see ISIS as a threat to our way of life in this beloved country. The analysis is that this threat is so serious now that the Police has no choice but to warn the people ahead of time because if this threat is allowed to be made real, it will be an overthrow of our Government and the people who do not subscribe to their advances.
The article was carried by The Sun Daily here.
October 2, 2015
PM Najib gave this commitment in his UN speech yesterday. The Malaysian Insider reported (read here) that “Malaysia ill open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants over the next three years to help alleviate the refugee crisis.” Najib was playing politics to the world stage in an attempt to show that Malaysia was caring. He said that “we must respect our common humanity … People around the world cry out for our help. We cannot, we must not, pass on by.”
Applause indeed. Fantastic rhetorics made by our very own PM Najib.
Now, back at the homefront where his own people are suffering due to economic pressures caused by the severe depreciation of the Ringgit against the US Dollar, the severe cashflow problem for businesses caused by GST, the overall quality of life and higher cost of living for all Malaysians, have fallen on deaf ears, or so it seems.
When will Najib say such appeasement to the Rakyat? Malaysians are waiting for him to first talk and then walk the talk. He appears not to appreciate the terrible plight of Malaysians but he can talk of the pain of the Syrian refugees. If he cannot take care of the people here in Malaysia, why is he taking Syrian refugees and wanting to make their lives terrible by joining our pain? All for a political stunt?
September 7, 2015
Of late, we are hearing Ministers say weird and silly appearance of comments as their response on events and statements made by others.
Today, as reported by Free Malaysia Today, it appears that our dear DPM Ahmad Zahid dismissed suggestions by former SB Deputy Director that his unusual transfer was linked to the sacking of former Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail.
Zahid, as reported by the Rakyat Post and FMT (read here), to have sarcastically said “kepala dia dah masuk air“, loosely translated as “water entered his head.” Why such an uncouth retort from a dignified office?
We also recently find our IGP responding to reports of food poisoning during the Bersih 4 rally from packet drinks as possibly caused by too much chili intake (read here). That is not something for our highest ranking police officer of Malaysia to brush aside.
Next, we have Minister of Urban Well being, Housing and Local Government Ahmad Dahlan threatening Bersih 2.0 to dump rubbish outside their office after the next protest if they refuse to pay a RM65,000 bill (read here).
Why is it that our highly regarded Ministers and IGP need to resort to responses that are uncalled for, lowly cultured, unprofessional and totally uncaring? Don’t they sound like a spoilt brat retorts, much like uncultured people, very un-Malaysian?
August 31, 2015
Today is Day 2 of the 34-hour Bersih 4 rally. It was estimated that few tens of thousands of Malaysians camped all over the vicinity of Dataran Malaysia.
The morning started with prayers of various faiths. The crowd built up in the late morning.
Towards the last leg of the program at 9pm, the crowd had swelled to over 100,000 people. Speeches were made by politicians, NGOs and also the public.
The atmosphere remained electrifying all the way to midnight when everyone sang our beloved national anthem, Negara ku. Watch the video.
August 30, 2015
The day was hot but it didn’t deter the few hundred thousand of Malaysians coming out to stand up to be counted. Amidst threats by the Police and banning of the Bersih t-shirts, Malaysians were fearless to defy the senseless attempt to rock Bersih 4. Here are some highlights from Day 1 on the ground.
Walking near Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
A lesson on metaphorical illustration
Speeches at Central Market
August 30, 2015
In an unprecedented move, Tun M did the unthinkable to show up at a street rally Bersih 4 not once but twice in as many days.
Today, Tun M took the KTM Komuter together with his wife, Siti Hasmah, along with an old friend, Zaid Ibrahim. FB went abuzz with pictures of Tun M with the people in a train, arriving at the Central Market station at 4:30 pm this afternoon.
August 29, 2015
There were certainly an incredible turnout of Malaysians in the Bersih 4 rally thus far. It will be hard to count as this is a 34 hour rally. Many have turned out in multiple locations and many will come at various times.
The KL Police Chief says an estimated 25,000 turned up but he will need to go for training to tell numbers in a crowd and willing to tell the truth.
There was definitely more than 25,000 but is it 200,000? Not sure but the turnout was awesome and will be scary for some people.
These aerial photos by MalaysiaKini may give us some perspective.
At the junctions if Tun Perak and TAR and Raja Laut.
At Masjid Jamek area, HSBC building on the left.
August 29, 2015
This is really unexpected and surprising. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Tun M never condoned peaceful assembly or assembly of any sort.
This evening at 7:30pm, he and his wife we’re mobbed by the crowd who were elated to see him there.
This can present Bersih 4 a big boost if morale and totally frowned upon by PM Najib. They are well respected veterans and Umno members, notwithstanding Tun M being an ex-PM and current instigator to wanting a change of PM.
In a rare sight, Siti Hasmah comments that Bersih 4 is “people’s power“.
Let’ see how the MSM spins this tomorrow.
Malaysiakini reported via Prime Streams just now.
August 29, 2015
The time has come for reckoning if this rally will achieve its objectives. Many have made their way to the city regardless how many road blocks were put up by the police.
The LRT is most favored to transport people into the heart of the city. They are packed with passengers going to the same stops dressed in yellow. Instructions went out to all participants not to enter Dataran Merdeka or cross any Police barriers.
This rally, if the turnout is tremendous, will be the catalyst to major changes in the country as many believes. How and what the changes will turn out to be is left to be seen.
August 27, 2015
There is another mega rally dubbed Bersih 4 scheduled to be held from 2pm this Saturday 29 August thru midnight 30 August. Gauging from the donation response exceeding RM1.5m and a sell out of 35,000 t-shirts, many people expect this to be an awesome turnout of the rakyat.
Certainly, the Police is saying and behaving in the most predictable way declaring Bersih illegal, setting up road blocks and threatening potential protestors of the strong arm of the law, all repeated in each past Bersih rally.
There will also be sister rallies across Malaysia and around the world. Thus will garner global attention possibly over reputable media like BBC and CNN.
No, the PM will not step down, and that’s for sure. There is no such expectation either.
June 5, 2015
PAS wrapped up their party polls yesterday with Hadi Awang, the incumbent President since 2002, swept the positions with the pro-ulama faction leaving the so-called professionals biting the dust. The professionals faction had a poor showing. Mat Sabu, the ex-Deputy President, as well as the ex-VPs in Husam Musa, Mahfuz Omar and Sallehudin Ayub all lost their positions. Central committee members like Khalid Samad, Mohammad Hanipa Maidin and Dr Dzukelfy Ahmad also lost their positions. These were members who were critical of Hadi and vocal against his position of unilateral decisions in the Kelantan hudud issue and of PAS relationship with Pakatan, particularly DAP.
Indeed the polls have given clarity to the direction of PAS members. Although the professionals faction garnered about 20% of the votes, it is now crystal clear where the members want the party to head. They want a firm leadership like Hadi who can stand his ground against other parties and head down a path that the old warrior of Nik Aziz will not travel, namely, a path of cooperation with Umno.
With Hadi remaining at the helm, it also helps Pakatan to be clear of what to do next. DAP will have to cut ties with PAS for sure this time. There is no way Lim Guan Eng will continue entertaining the whims of Hadi and it is sure to signal a breakage in the Pakatan pact. PKR will not be able to hold them together as the glue was Anwar who is now incarcerated. The coming days will see the various parties having to make the hard decision to kick PAS out of the Pakatan group and suffer the consequences. PAS has said that they can win their political war alone without the help of others but that remains as a hollow rhetoric.