Archive for September, 2013

September 17, 2013

Fuel Price Up 20 sen: 33 sen more to go!

Last week, we saw petrol and diesel prices go up by 20 sen. PM Najib says it is nothing to be alarmed and should not rock the livelihood of Malaysians. Pro-BN NGOs parrot this. So did MCA and DPM Muhyiddin coming out to support the increase in fuel price by cutting subsidy thereby saving RM1.1B a year. All the reasons spelt out by Ministers show how little they know Malaysians and their economic plight.

When DAP Tony Pua suggested that Ministers and Deputy Ministers consider paying for their own petrol, Minister Nazri says that is pure nonsense. Not that DAP can change the policy but it was rhetorical to suggest that the Cabinet has no feel of the burden placed on Malaysians by this increase because they never had to pay for the petrol they use. Malaysians are paying for them.

Did someone say that price should only increase by a negligible amount? And did a Minister actually said it? Did the silence of the rest of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers mean they agree since it was approved by the Cabinet? Well, they should all be fired for not able to stand up for all of us poor Malaysians. Who voted them in the first place? Oh…those in rural areas who do not drive, who thinks that fuel and car prices mean nothing to them? Boy, how wrong they are.

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September 16, 2013

Malaysia: I Have A Dream!

We look at the world around us and we find intolerance, lack of freedom, inequality and strife in many places like Syria, Egypt, various countries in Africa and even Europe and US. The stronger nations get together to decide what is best for the weaker nations. This is wrong. No nation can impose their will on another sovereign nation. And no peoples can impose their will on weaker groups within a nation. Or is that really subscribed?

As a Malaysian, the 50th year of formation of the Federation of Malaysia is celebrated today as Malaysia Day for the 4th time as a nation. It is normally celebrated in Sabah and Sarawak only until 2010 when 16 September was accorded a public holiday status.

Setting aside all the grievances and disappointments seen in this beloved country, I can see Malaysia flourish in the coming years if my dreams come true.

I have a dream! I dream of the day when all Malaysians regardless of race and religion can walk hand-in-hand without any concerns, in true peace and harmony to lift up each other should one falls.

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September 15, 2013

Malaysia: What Happened To You?

This is a 2-part series starting with this posting.

Most Malaysians are still unaware that Malaysia Day is the commemoration of the formation of the Federation of Malaysia between the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah. Singapore was eventually expelled on 9 August 1965. Brunei who was invited to join the Federation rejected the overtures and remained independent. The rationale to create this Federation is to enable the smaller nations who are weak politically and economically to leverage the scale of being together. Hence, we have Malaysia formed on 16 September 1963. And remember that Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah were independent nations equal to the Federation of Malaya.

For the longest time, we called 31 August 1957 our Independence Day and it is not wrong except that it refers to the Federation of Malaya. Unfortunately, what is unspoken is that this date was celebrated as the National Day even for Sabah and Sarawak. All this while, Sabah and Sarawak have celebrated Malaysia Day on 16 September and Malaysians over at the Peninsula never realized this fact until it was declared a public holiday in 2010 after PM Najib took over from Pak Lah. Now, Malaysians get 2 public holidays instead of the usual 1 because of the arrogance and blunders of the BN Government all this while.

So, after 50 years, a man will be in his second half of his life’s journey. He will have grown up and matured into a wise middle aged man, able to lead, counsel, consult and manage his affairs. He will have grown in stature and repute in the discipline he has strived to accomplish.

Where does that leave us in Malaysia? Did we grow up? Alas, it is the contrary.

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September 15, 2013

Gerakan Has Completely Lost Its Plot

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan acting president Chang Ko Youn labelled Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as the infallible “tokong” or deity who does not do wrong despite abundance of evidence to prove his wrongdoing. In his keynote address at today at the opening of the state Gerakan annual delegates’ conference at its headquarters here today. (read here)

After the last nail has been knocked in by the results of the last GE13, Gerakan is probably a party much akin to “dead man walking”. The total rejection by Malaysian voters is definite. Their demise is sure. Judging from this report, Gerakan’s days are more than over.

Acting President Chang Ko Youn has nothing important nor valuable to say at the annual delegates’ conference. Unless the report only focus on his DAP bashing which then makes the journalist the one who is victimizing Gerakan, we can safely say that Chang has nothing to shore up voters support for Gerakan.

The way forward for Gerakan to avoid disappearance into oblivion is to build on the good they have done and are doing and will do for the voters. This points to what more they can do now that Koh Tsu Khoon’s rule is over and Gerakan is playing opposition in the Penang Parliament. This is an unfamiliar position because they have been in power since the beginning of time, so to speak. And bashing DAP will not get them back to glory days.

What else can Gerakan do besides bitching? They are part of BN and BN rules the federal government. Why is it that Gerakan cannot leverage the federal links to demonstrate that they too can do much in Penang and for Penang even as opposition? Unless they have failed to see this or they really have no clout to move Najib to support their cause.

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