Thursday, February 22, 2018

Malaysian socio-religious paradox?

These are only my personal observations, which have given rise to a troubling paradox.

It concerns Malay attitude towards Chinese and Indians, but with a bizarre mix-up. And I'm not referring to Indian Muslims or Christians or Bahá'ís but only Indian Hindus.

To me, it seems Malays in general trust Indians more than they do Chinese, yet on the matter of religion, Malays dislike Indian religion (Hinduism) more than they do Chinese religions.

In fact Malays are quite hostile towards Hinduism, as have been seen with the actions, words and anti Hindu poem of Dr Asri, the Mufti of Perlis, ...

Dr Asri demonised Dr Ramasamy DCM II Penang

... the brandishing of a cow's head by Muslim youths protesting against the construction of a Hindu temple in Section 23 in Shah Alam, Selangor in 2009 and ...

... also the dumping of a severed cow's head outside Penang (DAP) lawmaker RSN Rayer’s house in June 2014.

RSN Rayner 

I wonder what could have set about this, my perceived paradox?

Advance voting

In TMI's Improve postal voting system or abolish it, the president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot). Brig-Gen (rtd) Mohd Arshad Raji, in a statement today, said the group supported the call by Bersih 2.0 for the EC to either fine-tune the postal voting system or do away with it entirely.

He explained: "Even for the military and police, which form the largest groups eligible for postal voting, there is no need for postal voting at all.'

"Unlike in our time, when we were fighting our nation’s enemies, when the bulk of the troops were either in the jungle or on standby for emergency deployment, we are now in peacetime, and troops are stationed at their respective bases.”

He said the categories of eligible postal voters should not have been expanded, adding that a proper roster for civil servants on duty was all it took to allow them time off on election day to cast their votes.

Among groups eligible for postal voting are election staff, police and army personnel, members of the media, members of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Prisons Department and Fire and Rescue Department, staff of government hospitals and clinics, police volunteers, and Civil Defence Force, Immigration Department and National Disaster Management Agency personnel, as well as National Registration Department staff stationed at urban transformation centres.

Brig Gen Arshad also said that postal voting should be limited to those who are away on national duty and unable to return to base within a day, such as naval patrol and maritime forces.

I fully agree with him and can suggest/propose a method used in Australia+ which can possibly remove the need for postal voting altogether (unless we are at war or in emergency mode).

* note that Australia still has postal voting because its troops are all over the world. It's very well-known, as often stated by Aussie political analysts and observers, that Australian military postal votes generally favour the conservative side of politics, and not because one visitor to my blog faked news that the soldiers who vote 'opposition' would be adversely held to account by their commanding officers, which is a gross insult to the military officers' integrity 

That method is "advance voting" which can and will be subjected to EXACTLY the same rigorous scrutiny as for Voting Day itself by all participating political parties.

"Advance voting" could be scheduled for certain locations, preferably where military cantonments lie, and on specific days (eg. a week ahead or two weeks ahead for two days each occasion, etc) so that the participating political parties can organise their scrutineers.

The rule for "advance voting" shall be that if anyone misses it, he or she shall have to vote, if desired, on the actual Voting Day, and that there shall be NO postal voting for that person or persons. 

This way, we can f**k the postal voting system, though as mentioned, when we are on emergency operations or at war, the postal system has to be in place so as not to disenfranchise the military personnel.

To avoid EC sakti-ness and Malaysian-style "kow-tim-ness" (Indonesian 'bisa diatur'), the criteria for declaring Malaysia is on emergency operations or at war shall be clearly spelt out by parliament.

Naughty Nurul

Malaysiakini - Halt postal voting immediately, Bersih tells EC (very short extract):

According to Nurul Izzah, existing laws are insufficient to protect individuals who have their "own opinions" or do not vote according to their employers' preferences – citing the case of Major Zaidi Ahmad, who was expelled from the Air Force for raising issues pertaining to the use of indelible ink.

That is so UNTRUE.

It's a fallacy that has become a pseudo-factoid, a politicised legend, by regular or ignorant bull.

In GE13, Major Zaidi was an unhappy and most dissatisfied voter who reported on an allegedly corrupt matter (I use the term 'corrupt' in its widest sense).

We need to know (recall) that in the EC most-delible indelible ink matter, three air force personnel made police reports but only two were court-martialed. 


The answer to WHY is very important to dismiss the myth, fallacy and fake news of Major Zaidi Ahmad being expelled from the Air Force for raising issues pertaining to the use of indelible ink.

That's because the two who were court-martialed were those who, on top of making the police reports (their rights as a voter), went beyond that by making unauthorised press comments (or comments to the press) which was definitely NOT their right as members of the Armed Forces.

The 3rd person did NOT make any comment to the press and was NOT court-martialed. She was (is?) actually the wife of Major Zaidi.

To reiterate, Major Zaidi and his Flight-Sergeant were court-martialed because they violated Armed Forces rules and instructions NOT to make unauthorised press statements, which alas, both did. Thus, it was NOT the police report which got the two into trouble but the unauthorised act of making press statements. 

Armed Forces personnel are (were then) legally bound to obey certain restrictions as laid down by the law and instructions - there are operational reasons for such restrictions.

These are Malaysian laws provided for under the Malaysian Constitution, not some quirky dictatorial laws laid down by some generals. Also see my letter to Malaysiakini titled Hang on a ding-dong minute, my dear Gen Blimp.

When armed forces officers violate rules, laws and instructions, they are not 'heroes' but violators of rules, laws and instructions. I hope sweetie Nurul read this and not worsen the TRUTH by perpetuating the fallacy.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mahathir riding on a Rocket?

Malaysian Outlook - Tun M, Mukhriz bertanding atas tiket DAP?:

Dad, maybe we should use chopsticks

PETALING JAYA: Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan anaknya, Datuk Seri Mukhriz didakwa bakal bertanding atas tiket DAP dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO, Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi mendakwa tindakan tersebut diambil berikutan PPBM tidak mendapat sambutan dari orang Melayu terutama di tempat yang ingin mereka bertanding.

Beliau yang juga Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (JASA) mendakwa
kegagalan mendapat kelulusan pendaftaran PPBM dijadikan alasan untuk Dr Mahathir dan Mukhriz untuk bertanding menggunakan logo DAP.

“Maka tidak hairan wujud satu usaha dalaman oleh pihak pro Mahathir untuk sabotaj parti bunga supaya pihak RoS dipersalahkan.

“Hingga ke hari ini parti bunga masih gagal mendapatkan kelulusan hitam putih RoS sama ada Mesyuarat Agung parti itu baru baru ini sah atau pun tidak,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Puad mendakwa Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan menggunakan pendekatan ‘matlamat menghalalkan cara’ untuk memastikan kemenangan buat dirinya dan anaknya yang juga Naib Presiden PPBM.

“Banyak pihak dalam parti bunga (PPBM) itu yang menyalahkan Tun Mahathir sebagai punca utama parti itu gagal mematuhi perlembagaannya sendiri dalam melaksanakan mesyuarat agung parti,” katanya.

Menurutnya, Tun Mahathir perlu memberi penjelasan berhubung isu berkenaan dan beliau mempersoalkan sama ada ia satu strategi politik yang sengaja disembunyikan daripada pengetahuan orang ramai.

Wow, this will be staggering. Fake news?

Anyway, fake news or not, let's examine some suitable Chinese-majority seats for father and son.

The safest for Dad should be Seputeh - wait, nay, with the to-be re-delineation it shall be the old Petaling Jaya Utara (PJU) re-named Damansara, which will merge with parts of Selayang, Bukit Lanjan, Sungai Buloh and Kepong.

It will be one of the biggest federal constituencies, if not the biggest. From 85,000 voters, the incredible sakti-ness of the EC will sardine-ise most of the uncooperative (to BN) Chinese into a new Damansara to make it a 150,000 voters federal constituency.

I wonder why the EC don't rename it as Cap Ayam?

Thus the proposed Damansara parliamentary constituency will have four times more voters than Sabak Bernam and about 10 times that of Putrajaya.

Mahathir will be safe there where Chinese will once again save his ass as they did in 1999, and TP can f**k off.

As for Mukhriz, I wonder whether he fancies Gelang Patah? It's held by the DAP and the registered voters of approximately 92,000 obviously have favoured the Rocket. If he likes he should go for that seat, and we can f**k off you-know-who, wakakaka.

One liner comments

MM Online - Germany gives free rein to boar hunters to contain swine flu risk (extracts):

BERLIN, Feb 21 — The German cabinet issued a decree today to allow hunters to shoot wild boar year-round to stop the animals, which can carry African swine fever, from passing the infection on to farm pigs.

While no case has yet been detected in Germany’s wild boar population, the spread of the disease in eastern Europe is causing immense concern in Germany, whose pork industry has seen huge growth in exports to countries including China.

What I have advocated to do to strays for the rabies out outbreak in Sarawak.

MM Online - Addressing the #undirosak detractors — Hafidz Baharom (extracts):

First off, I would like to point out to Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan that saying “we are on the same side” right after launching a cartoon mocking #undirosak, is quite the hypocritical stance to take.

The #undirosak detractors have already made up their abuse-filled minds, so why bother.

If the wreckage is located in treacherous terrain up to six kilometres (19,685 feet) deep — far off Western Australia and north of the earlier search site — experts say high-tech underwater robots can handle the demands of recovery.

“They (searchers) are working at the extreme edge of what’s capable,” South African salvage master Nick Sloane, who led the operation to recover the stricken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, told AFP.

“(But) the benefits to the manufacturers of the aeroplane, operators and the families are that if you actually locate the wreckage, it’s worthwhile to go ahead and take the next step and recover it.”

There's such a concept of 'watery grave' so it may be best to avoid disturbing those who are resting in peace.

PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya has hit out at the sentencing of graphic artist Fahmi Reza to a month’s jail, saying that Malaysia should not become an authoritarian state like North Korea.

“Malaysia should not be governed like North Korea where their citizens must exalt their ‘Dear Leader’ and any criticism against him would be dealt with harshly.

Title of 'Dear Leader' was copyright reserved by Nathaniel Tan of always-jealous-of-DAP PKR who awarded same to Lim Guan Eng (DAP), wakakaka.

Remembering Adelina

Did she meet one, a nasty self claimed pandita
Of a sad society that looks down and looks up
No one crosses the shadow of any uber varna
So then, was she sent outside to the dog to sup

Do adorn the belated with flowers and fragrance
'Tis the least we can do for someone's daughter
Stricken with suffering, none knew her ailments
Inflicted with cruel barbarity, she suffered torture

She came from another country, a foreign land
To seek fortune but instead met with wickedness
Little she knew she'd receive a really bad hand
Evil, oppression, brutality and most, loneliness

Marooned on an 'island' that was called Neraka
She inevitably perished due to treatment brutal
We hope she is now in a better place that's afar
A place where people are happy, and joy fruitful

No interest in democracy, equality, justice - Bigotry at its worse (extracts):

By Azmi Sharom (law lecturer at Universiti Malaya)

It is amazing how far PAS has fallen from their slogan "PAS for all" ten years ago to the divisive and horrible party that they are today 

I can't believe what was said by Hadi Awang, the president of PAS.

His proposal that if PAS was in power then all government policy will be decided only by Muslims and implementation will be done by a mix of Muslims and non-Muslims, is truly despicable.

This is bigotry at its worse and I am speechless that a national political leader of a major party can make such a suggestion.

It is amazing how far PAS has fallen from their slogan "PAS for all" ten years ago to the divisive and horrible party that they are today.

Imagine proposing a two tier level of government based on religion. This is akin to apartheid and colonialism where some members of our society are considered second class. In effect what he is saying is that non-Muslims have no say in policy matters and are only used to implement what has been decided. This sounds like colonialism to me. The masters decide, the collies just do the work.

I cannot begin to say how disgusted I am by this. But I am also very fearful. Is this view just the ramblings of one person or is it a belief of his party members as well. If it is the latter then that means a large portion of our population really have no interest in democracy, equality and justice.

My dear Prof, unlike you I can, that is, believe in the bigotry of Hadi Awang. In my posts I've mentioned on a number of occasions that Hadi Awang was more of an ultra Malay nationalist than an ultra Islamist. And I would venture to guess his sense of ultra Malay nationalism might be be among the worst, if not the worst.

In my belief, a true Muslim would be one who is anti-sectarianism or supranationalistic, based on my observations-readings which among many things saw lower caste Indians becoming Muslims to escape the evils of a caste-based society, to wit, by joining the Ummah Wāhidah. So how can Islam or its true teachings be racist. Only mangled and/or corrupt interpretations by unhappy mortal beings could bring its name to such a sad disreputable stage.

But alas, Hadi Awang has NOT elevated himself to such noble thinking, that of being anti-sectarianism or supranationalistic. I am inclined to believe he is more of a nationalistic Malay than a Muslim, and thus we saw/heard him some time ago warning of another May 13* if the Penang State government were to hold third-tier (local council) elections.

* a cleric let alone a Muslim priest threatening May 13?? And for what?

He must have seen (and feared) those local elections, usually in urban areas, would deprive his PAS members of Pakatan Rakyat appointments to councillor positions, then by state appointments rather than via local elections. In that sense, he's not for democracy and its institutions.

PAS became 'PAS for all' with a kinder face to non-Muslims only because of allahyarhum Nik Aziz or his legacy, but once Hadi Awang became President of PAS, adios to 'PAS for all', as the north-eastern leopard reveals its spots, fangs, claws and predatory self again.

Finally, in your pondering as per above, namely, Is this view just the ramblings of one person or is it a belief of his party members as well. If it is the latter then that means a large portion of our population really have no interest in democracy, equality and justice, I'm afraid it's the latter, namely, a large portion of our population really have no interest in democracy, equality and justice, as we saw throughout our political history in the series of calls to strip citizenship of some 'nons' just for sometimes inconsequential matters or to slap someone not to one's liking.

Sulaiman Yassin (Mat Over), slapping David Teo during a TN50 open dialogue session, on May 17, 2017, embarrassingly right in front of PM Najib

sheer racism 

rewards for slapping Teresa Kok
any sign of interest in democracy, equality and justice?
or just arrogant lawlessness

Leaving aside crazy provocative blokes like Namewee and the Alvivi Duo, some of those calls have been outrageously intolerant as in the flabbergasting demand by Mahathir for the citizenship of Ambiga Sreenevasan to be revoked, just because she was involved in the BERSIH movement.

Ambiga Sreenevasan
born and bred in Malaysia

That shocking intolerant call by Mahathir was reported by many media outlets, eg. the Star Online, but let us use a foreign newspaper to ensure the MCA's Star has not been biased - mind you, at that time BERSIH 3.0 was held, Mahathir was still with the BN so the Star Online wouldn't have been, wakakaka. But anyway, Tasmania's The Examiner had this to say (extracts):

Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister who ruled for 22 years, last week called for Ms Ambiga to be stripped of her citizenship.

Ms Ambiga said she and her family had lived in Malaysia for generations and she would leave it to others to judge whether Dr Mahathir - who broke a promise to stay out of politics when he left office in 2002 - was playing race politics in a country where ethnic Malays made up about 65 per cent of the population of 28 million. Ethnic Chinese account for another 25 per cent and ethnic Indians 8 per cent.

Indeed, Mahathir showed no interest in democracy, equality and justice in many of his draconian measures when he was PM, but apart from those, because following realisation that Ambiga Sreenevasan, a pasture-ised (born in the country) and not naturalised Malaysian, could not be stripped of her citizenship as and when people like Mahathir and his ilks demanded, the former PM then suggested the Constitution be amended to allow that, namely, the stripping of Ambiga's citizenship.

His seeming "familiarity" with amending the Constitution to suit his intolerant convenience has been horrendously notorious but far far more frightening, it has been a horrifyingly terrifying and chilling reflection of what must have been his intrinsic disdain for the sanctity of such a hallowed national document, democracy, its laws and judicial system.

Lord President of Judiciary and 5 High Court judges sacked 

you tell me what happened? 

106 people incarcerated without due process of the law, some for years. 4 newspapers banned 

Indeed, a large portion of our population really have no interest in democracy, equality and justice, and this disappointing lack is not just limited to PAS members.

But one final word, Mahathir was not only intolerant then, but also hypocritical, for a mere couple of years later after wanting to strip Ambiga of her citizenship for nothing more than her involvement in BERSIH (2013), he subsequently joined BERSIH 4 and 5 in 2015 and 2016 respectively - of course when that suited him and his political agenda, notwithstanding his empty promise to stay out of politics after he left office in 2002.

he should have called for his own citizenship to be stripped off 

It would be a fantasy, though mind you, a delightful fantasy, to expect him to call for his own citizenship to be stripped off as he did towards Ambiga, wakakaka.

But even more disappointing has been that, despite Mahathir's abysmal record of specious back-flips, shameless about-turns and acrobatic principles (and lack of), many Malaysians who once hated him and referred sneeringly to him as MahaFiraun for his draconian dictatorship, now adulate him, the new Janus, two-faced and also the god of their future as he was of their past (or of their parents').

Aiyoyo, ornithological species of identical plumage tend to congregate in closer proximity, wakakaka.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Seductive temptation from a certain angle far, far away

Remember this post last year, Dress code for 12-year old schoolgirl at Malaysian Chess Tournament?

above dress worn by a 12-year old schoolgirl

the then unnamed chess tournament directer deemed above dress of 12-year-old schoolgirl as “seductive” and “a temptation from a certain angle far, far away”

The Malay Mail Online had then published Chess girl withdrew due to anxiety over peeping, mum says after she came to know the chess tournament director had considered her dress as “seductive” and “a temptation from a certain angle far, far away”.

Well, that bloke was/is Sophian A Yusuf, the Malaysian Chess Federation assistant secretary and at time of “a temptation from a certain angle far, far away” was tournament director for the National Scholastic Chess Championship.

Sophian A Yusuf 

FMT has just reported (extracts):

Sophian filed the suit in connection with Zuraida’s alleged defamatory remarks over his action in forcing a 12-year-old girl to quit a chess tournament last year because she wore a short skirt. [...]

Sophian, 44, filed the suit on Nov 20 last year, over Zuraida’s remarks on his action in asking the girl to quit a chess tournament held in Putrajaya between April 14 and 16 last year.

In the statement of claims, Sophian, who was the tournament director for the National Scholastic Chess Championship, stated that the remarks by Zuraida were published in newspapers and several news portals, including Malaysiakini and Sin Chew Daily, and these were intended to embarrass him as well as tarnish his reputation and integrity in local and international chess tournaments.

He claimed the remarks by Zuraida suggested that he was a “paedophile” and “became aroused when looking at girls in short skirts with the tendency to commit sexual abuse”.

He is seeking a court order for Zuraida to retract her statement and an injunction to prevent her or her agents from republishing the said words, as well as an apology from the PKR women’s wing chief.

Sophian is also seeking general, special exemplary and aggravated damages, as well as interests, cost and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Zuraida, in her defence statement filed last Jan 18, said her statement was fair comment and had no malicious intent.

Let's hope the little sweetheart is indeed 'far far away' distance-wise and also from a 'certain angle' vis-a-vis the court case. 12-year old girls should not be exposed to such serious legal matters.

Police priority in tracking down man?

MM Online - Police tracking down Namewee (extracts):

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are tracking down rapper Namewee following his video clip titled Like A Dog which offended the feelings and sensitivities of the multi-racial community in the country.

Bukit Aman CID Director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said Namewee or his real name, Wee Meng Chee, was believed to be outside the country currently.

“We are still tracking him (Namawee) down… (he is) believed to be abroad. Investigations are being carried out together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC),” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

It's heartening to hear our police are doing their job, BUT I wonder what's their progress in tracking down Mohd Riduan Abdullah, formerly K. Pathmanathan, the former husband of Indira Gandhi, who abducted her third child Prasana Diksa, and who is by now, in his refusal to return the child to the mother as per the court order, a known kidnapper-fugitive from the law thus a criminal.

IGP Mohamad Fuzi Harun says he has ordered all police divisions to track down Riduan after verifying with the immigration department that he has not left the country, so logically the abductor should be easier to track down than Namewee who's said to be abroad.

abductor-kidnapper Mohd Riduan Abdullah (formerly K. Pathmanathan) and Prasana Diksa 

Prasana's siblings Karan Dinish, Tevi Darsiny and their mother M. Indira Gandh

Watch out Constitution

Yesterday in my post 2018 - Senimen wants Namewee's citizenship stripped; 2013 - Mahathir wanted same for Ambiga the interesting observation drawn were:

(A) the call for stripping of some people of their citizenship, by

(B) certain people.

The first group 'A' would be non-Malays whilst the second 'B' would be UMNO or UMNO-affiliated people. For example, Namewee and Ambiga Sreenevasan have both been considered as not worthy of Malaysian citizenship even though both were born in this country while those desiring to strip them of their citizenship has been, the most notorious of all, Mahathir Mohamad.

Has anyone in UMNO call for the stripping of Zamihan Mat Zin's citizenship even though the racist was openly critical of HM Sultan of Johor and PM Najib?

Can you ever imagine an outstanding citizen like Ambiga be even (ever) considered for stripping of her Malaysian citizenship because she was involved in BERSIH?

The outrageous nonsense has been that person who proposed such an obscene offensive action, Mahathir, was himself subsequently involved in BERSIH 4 in 2015 and BERSIH 5 in 2016

What a revolting volte-face

Yes, in 2013, just a mere 4 plus years ago, Mahathir wanted to strip Ambiga of her citizenship for nothing more than her involvement in BERSIH. Guess who subsequently joined BERSIH 4 and 5?

Not only that, Mahathir was reported as saying the Government needed to amend the constitution if it wanted to strip the citizenship of lawyers such as Ambiga.

What have all above tell us?

'Nons' like Wee Meng Chee (Namewee) and Ambiga have in reality never been considered as true Malaysians, and if they were/are, were only so by virtue of silly sheets of paper titled citizenship (or via their birth certificates), which if taken away when those 'nons' were becoming annoying, would solve the problem (whatever those were/are to people like Mahathir).

Someone has this mafulat belief that when things couldn't be done legally, t'was the silly obstructionist Constitution but fortunately in his mind, which could be easily amended to facilitate his wishes.

Reforms? My bloody foot.