Posts tagged ‘crisis’

March 5, 2009

A Total Disaster in Perak – Reflective of Future Malaysia?

Each day we read of the political tussle in Perak with more disdain and disbelief.  The silver state has been plunged into a constitutional crisis that may be reflective of the possibility of future Malaysia.  What is happening in Perak, if not checked and constitutionally restored with full democracy, will show what the federal Parliament can eventually become.

Tengku Razaleigh a.k.a. Kuli has become the lone Umno voice that reflects the sentiments of all Malaysians.  His views depart from the Umno stance in stark contrast to the current Umno leaders.  His belief that the Perak crisis must be stopped is not shared by Umno.  His urge to respect the law and constitution and return to the people to obtain a fresh mandate did not go well with Umno (read here).

We now have moved from a frog jumping power takeover by BN to the use of Police and the court to interfere with the state parliament.  The separation of Judiciary, Executive and Legislative has been replaced by the power of the Police and lightning speed court injunction against the Speaker.  The state secretarial clerk now wields more power than the Speaker himself.  The Police listens to the clerk and act against the Speaker.

The misguided interpretation of the Perak Constitution leading to a sitting under the tree with an FRU blockage of the state secretariat building preventing the MPs from entering all shows the circus is in town.

In the haste of obtaining an injunction against the Speaker, BN forgot to check if Ridwan‘s tenure was still valid.  The judicial commissioner’s 2-year term ended last Saturday, 28 February 2009.  This will make any of his declarations and granting of injunction to the BN yesterday (3 March 2009) null and void (read here).  Some believe that he has acted in contempt of the Parliament (read here).

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October 26, 2008

Economic Problems Felt, Umno Politics Takes Front Seat

Today‘s NST front page:

KL Composite Index loses 3.6% to 859.11 … analysts say the markets haven’t seen the worst yet … the Malaysian market is not an exception.  The shares are oversold.  They no longer reflect their values.  We now have plenty of cheap, quality and undervalued stocks … but expect it to fall further next week,” a local dealer said.

This 32.2 points down is the KLCI lowest in 4 years.  We don’t want to be duped and lulled into a dream that Malaysia is not in a problem state.  At the same time, we should not be doomsday prophets either.  We just need to be honest and do something about the economy NOW!

But is the Government SEEN to be doing much?  We’ve been hearing a lot about not to worry but economics is not requiring counselling.  The Malaysian economy requires definite strategies and actions.  But is there any?

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July 26, 2008

A Malaysian Dilemma

This is very well written letter by truthbespoken published in Malaysia Today (read here) this evening.  I must say that the author has expressed his thoughts excellently which is representative of all Malaysians regardless of background or race or political affiliation.  His plea is our plea, his thoughts, our thoughts.  We all want a great future for all our children and it begins with us here and now.  Amidst the troubling events engulfing us recently and the realisation of a lamed economy (regardless of who tells us otherwise), this letter is a timely reminder of the Malaysian heart in the current heat of political and economic crisis.

Something flashed on my mind this morning… I asked, how could our country, Malaysia, come into this state of confusion? And how could Malaysia, the country, continue to progress when the majority of my countrymen are not patriotic? Why is the majority refusing to be Malaysians? Aren’t all citizens of Malaysia, Malaysians first? After all, are we not a sovereign nation and our individual national identity described as Malaysian?

And I asked again.. but what had actually made the majority unpatriotic, hesitating or refusing to behave as Malaysians? Then I answered myself. No, the majority are not unpatriotic people by nature. They are good people. The main reason for these good people holding back and resisting to be Malaysians is that they have always been influenced and brainwashed by UMNO politicians into behaving that way for too long, for many decades. … It’s a strange phenomenon for any country and it’s certainly a lousy recipe for unity and nation building!

For the entire letter, read here!  Something to reflect on this Saturday evening!

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