Sunday, December 11, 2016

Praising Mahathir?

Naturally I have never like UMNO though a few of its MPs/ministers have been OK in my eyes, people like former Deputy Minister for Higher Education Saifuddin Abdullah (who was kicked out of Temerloh in 2013 by Pakatan but who is now in PKR) and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz, PM Najib's head kicker and "water-tester"*.

* if you do not know what is a "water-tester", just ignore it - you are probably not a Malaysian, wakakaka. But anyway a hint: someone who tests the water

Now, while I might not have particularly like Mahathir because of his regular public antagonism against Chinese Malaysians - I'm convinced he dislikes Chinese Malaysians not only for political mileage but in earnest - I had once respected him as a long-serving PM.

But I lost my respect for him when he kept buggering AAB when the latter took over as PM. As a former UMNO man and BN PM, he was so consumed by his hatred of AAB, all because AAB has his own policies as PM and refused to be his political marionette, that he campaigned strenuously against his successor until poor AAB lost a considerable number of seats to Pakatan Harapan in 2008, losing for BN its 2/3 majority, all thanks to Mahathir.

While I was happy for BN to lose its 2/3, because my once-upon-a-time-idol LKS had achieved one of his decades-long dream, I realized Mahathir was an extremely selfish and self-centred man who was prepared to even destroy his own party just to merajuk and get his way.

Don't be mistaken Mahathir's campaign against AAB had anything to do with 'scorched earth' tactics because that would have been noble and for a good cause. Mahathir's behaviour then against AAB could be described as an Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

Iago manipulating Othello 

And Wikipedia in its section on 'Critical Discussion' on Iago's character, has this to say:

In discussing The Tragedy of Othello, scholars have long debated Iago’s role—highlighting the complexity of his character. Fred West contends that Shakespeare was not content with simply portraying another “stock” morality figure, and that he, like many dramatists, was particularly interested in the workings of the human mind.

Thus, according to West, Iago, who sees nothing wrong with his own behavior, is “an accurate portrait of a psychopath”, who is “devoid of conscience, with no remorse”.

West believes that “Shakespeare had observed that there exist perfectly sane people in whom fellow-feeling of any kind is extremely weak while egoism is virtually absolute, and thus he made Iago”.

Bradley writes that Iago "illustrates in the most perfect combination the two facts concerning evil, which seem to have impressed Shakespeare the most", the first being that "the fact that perfectly sane people exist in whom fellow-feeling of any kind is so weak that an almost absolute egoism becomes possible to them", with the second being "that such evil is compatible, and even appears to ally itself easily, with exceptional powers of will and intellect".

The same critic also famously said that "to compare Iago with the Satan of 'Paradise Lost' seems almost absurd, so immensely does Shakespeare's man exceed Milton's Fiend in evil", clearly showing the level of evil his reading of the play revealed in Iago.
Oh dearie me, what then would our Malaysian Iago (wakakaka) do to those not of his own party?

Well, for a start he had incarcerated them before, including DAP's LKS. The late Karpal Singh was victimized and incarcerated by Mahathir's draconian regime three times in 1987, 1989 and 2000.

As we all know he is currently attempting to destroy Najib and UMNO because the PM refuses to follow his dictatorial instructions.

Let them kill each other. Why should we help such a man who has no iota of loyalty and who will turn on us the moment he is in ascendancy. Yalah, Mahathir has no loyalty whatsoever.

Let me remind everyone especially LKS that Mahathir was the man who declared in 2002 that Malaysia was not only an Islamic nation but a FUNDAMENTALIST Islamic nation (an unilateral arbitrary declaration which had LKS tearing his limited number of hair left on his head and which could be why LKS is behaving rather nyanyok today, probably due to "hare"-brained damage, wakakaka - see what LKS said here).

Agreed. That's why we can't accept your praises of DAP at face value, & we can't just trust what we hear from you 

However, having said all above, I have to give credit where credit is due that Mahathir said something correct recently (for whatever sinister motive he has, considering he declared Malaysia a FUNDAMENTALIST Islamic nation), as reported by FMT as follows:

KUALA LUMPUR: Allah did not create the world only for Muslims, nor did he want everyone in the whole world to be Muslims, said former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in stressing the need for better understanding and cooperation among people of all faiths.

“It is not the will of Allah to want the whole world to be Muslims. If Allah wanted that, today everybody would be Muslims. For Allah this is easy, He just says ‘kun faya kun’ (Be, and it is) and everything will be as He says.

“But Allah doesn’t tell everyone to be Muslims. There are those with different races and religions. Everyone can live together in peace and be friendly to all,” he told reporters during the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) National Convention 2016 today.

Indeed, Allah swt didn't say that. It's only the ulama.

And may I add, likewise for other aggressively evangelistic religions such as Christianity, etc.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ulama tak bersyukur?

Malaysiakini - PAS eyes Wan Azizah's Permatang Pauh seat for GE14:

I'll hand over my fan to whoever becomes President of PKR 

PAS is eyeing to contest in PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's seat of Permatang Pauh, as well as the three state seats under the parliamentary constituency, according to a Sinar Harian report.

"We have a right to place candidates in all three state seats as well as the parliamentary seat as we no longer have relations with Pakatan Harapan in Penang," Permatang Pauh PAS information chief Jamsari Samad is quoted as saying.

Omigish, PKR has always buka paha2 kangkang untuk PAS despite the ulama party breaking off with Pakatan Rakyat and in spite of PAS' repetitive avowals never to work with the DAP.

I suspect PKR did so with much glee as it deliberately snubs the feelings of the DAP because it resents (jealous of) the superior status of the Rocket Party in the coalition.

Yet for all PKR wantonness towards PAS, wakakaka, the Islamic Party is now turning ugly towards the Mother of PKR.

Of course we could argue that PAS being now aligned to UMNO may be considered as part of the BN covert force (of one, wakakaka, maybe 2 if we were to include Twinkle Twinkle) and thus has a right and indeed an obligation to wallop PKR in GE14.

But then, what about PKR always sucking up to the ulamas? Ulama PAS mudah lupa? Or ulama PAS tak bersyukur?

But is that it?

I believe there's more to PAS' action (to contest in Permatang Pauh) than meets the eye, wakakaka.

Who in PKR is closest to PAS? And who may want Wan Azizah kow-tim?

Wakakaka again.

can't we at least shake hands, I'm wearing a gauntlet

only if you give me your fan 

Friday, December 09, 2016

Mahathir fears-hates Chinese

MM Online on Mahathir's worry of Chinese living in Johor and becoming voting citizens:

orang Tiong Hua 

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Chinese investment in Johor was part of a global trend, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said today in further rebuttal to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that an influx of Chinese nationals in the state was imminent.

The Johor mentri besar said the former prime minister should understand the importance of foreign investment given that the latter had flown the world over during his time in power to persuade countries and nations to pump funds into Malaysia.

Khaled added that China has become an economic powerhouse with a large middle class that has a strong appetite for property all over the globe.

“This is a global phenomenon and it behoves all parties, particularly the private sector, to attract investment from China, and specifically to Johor. More so when Johor is just next to Singapore,” he said in a statement.

“But it is wildly inaccurate to state that property in China is only for the Chinese. What more when developers in Johor do not only target Chinese as their prospects.”

This was the second time Khaled has addressed Dr Mahathir’s claim that between 700,000 and 1.5 million Chinese nationals will enter Johor and allegedly be made citizens.

orang Tiong Hua

We must thank Mahathir for his concerns about foreign Chinese having voting rights here.

Maybe he can also explain the alleged Project IC in Sabah where nearly a million Filipinos were "imported" into Sabah.

Wikipedia states: Project IC is the ..... allegation of systematic granting of citizenship to immigrants (whether illegal or legal immigrants) by giving them IC (identity card), and subsequently, MyKad, the current iteration of the national identity card.

The alleged practice is centred in the state of Sabah in East Malaysia. The term is used mainly by the media as well as other political commentators and the general public. Another term used is Project M,where "M" stood for Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia due to his being allegedly involved in the spearheading of this project.

orang Tiong Hua 

The alleged object of Project IC is to alter the demographic pattern of Sabah to make it more favourable to the ruling government and certain political parties, especially with regards to changing the electoral voting patterns.

Former Dewan Rakyat senator and state assemblyman Chong Eng Leong alleged in 2012 that there are 700,000 "Project IC citizens" and that 200,000 of them are on the state electoral roll.

The project, in its widespread and intensive form, is suspected to have begun in the early 1990s after the entry of ... UMNO into Sabah politics.

Now you know what Ah Jib Gor meant by Sabah being a "fixed deposit" for BN, all thanks to Mahathir's "investments".

In April last year the Star Online reported (extracts only):

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad justified the stand to give foreigners in Sabah identity cards if they had lived in Malaysia for many years and as a local.

The former prime minister said on Saturday that it was the Government’s policy to recognise people who are loyal to the country, adding it was not fair to disallow their children from attending Malaysian schools.

orang Tiong Hua 

At the same time maybe Mahathir can tell us more about what blogger Steadyaku47 alleges in the following extracts from his blog:

In the 1960’s Indonesian migration into Malaya was encouraged by UMNO to maintain a numerical advantage over the Chinese and the Indians. The May 13th riots provided the stimulus for the NEP which not only provided employment and economic opportunities for the Malays but also demanded an increase in Indonesian workers in order to meet labour shortage due to the rapid modernization of the Malaysian economy. [...]

... the authorities inability to monitor the situation when these Indonesian workers started to present a host of social problems that begun to plague Malaysia. At the same time Malaysia lacked the political will to enforce existing laws diligently. Why is this so? 

desired Indon migrant 

The paradox of BN cronies being able to make more money out of these illegal immigrants even as more measures against these illegals are being enforced is testimony to the fact that where there is a Ringgit to be made, BN with its cronies, it’s rank and file and its attendant government officials will be there to partake in the spoils. What they did with their abuse of the Ketuanan Melayu they then did with this illegal Indonesian workers situation.

These opportunists facilitated the transportation of illegal Indonesian workers into Malaysia, provided them with accommodation and jobs, took part in the manufacturing and distribution of fake passports, identity cards and work permits without worry of persecution : all under the paternal gaze of its own BN government – complicit at the highest level, in its silence and lack of political will to do anything to police the worsening situation - all for financial gain!

Illegal immigration is big business – big enough to warrant the existence of an all consuming human trafficking syndicates with connections to politicians and government at the highest levels that “protect” them from any undue interference from the authority – who themselves would have a financial stake in the successful conclusion of these “business” undertakings. 

desired Indon migrant 

Corruption and the manner in which bureaucracy works within the government does not in anyway assist the implementation and enforcement of any legislation already in place to manage the situation.

And so the stage was set for what we have today.

What has been a problem area for the government since Merdeka days has now become an opportunity to:

· Secure a massive voting bank for UMNO.

· Has become an ongoing source of income for
politicians and government authorities involved in
this illicit business.

What was once a source of worry for the Islamic traditions of Malaysia because most of the Indonesian here are Christians and are at time s engaged in the spreading of deviant Islamic teachings - these Indonesians are now “Bumiputras” for the purpose of political expedience.

What was once the cause of mob violence and riots inside and outside detention centres:

· The 17th January 2002 Nilai industrial estate riot involving over 400 Indonesian workers who torched buildings after police tried to detain 16 of their co workers for alleged drug abuse.

· The riot involving 70 Indonesian workers and stall owners in Cyberjaya on January 20th 2002.

· Other acts of social aggression, rape, robberies and murder

desired Indon migrant 

Thanks Maddy.

It would seem from Mahathir's disparate treatment of foreigners coming into Malaysia, illegally by allegedly his Filipinos and Indonesians, and legally by orang Tiong Hua under the Mahathir government’s introduced 'Malaysia My Second Home' (MM2H) programme to encourage foreigners to relocate here, he has reverted to his anti Chinese hatred.

And this man could somehow and shamelessly worm his sinister way into a Pakatan which has Chinese and Indians.

Oh Lim Kit Siang, how blind can you be?

orang Tiong Hua 

Not statutory rape but just consensual sex

MM Online - Court acquits man of raping underage girl:

KUALA KANGSAR, Dec 9 — A 37-year-old self employed man was acquitted by the Sessions Court here of raping an underage girl in an oil palm estate two years ago.

In acquitting Mohammad Shariff Saad at the end of the prosecution’s case yesterday, Sessions judge Niran Tan Kran said the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused.

Niran said the prosecution’s case hinged on the 15-year-old complainant’s testimony.

He said although the law did not allocate for supporting testimonies in such cases, it was the court’s practice to have supporting testimonies as it would not be safe to convict the accused unless the complainant’s testimony was unusually convincing.

“I have also reviewed the complainant’s testimony and her demeanour during trial and I found her testimony to be inconsistent, not credible and there were material discrepancies,” he said.

Your Honour, could it be because she's only 15 and under stress or confusion?

Kiran said the complainant had stated she was forced to have sexual relations with the accused.

There was no element of threat or intimidation. In fact after the alleged incident, they rested and chit chatted before falling asleep,” he said, adding that the complainant had agreed during cross-examination she did not attempt to escape or put up a fight to avoid getting raped.

Hello, has anyone heard of statutory rape?

He said the contradiction was also found in the police report lodged two days after the alleged incident.

“If it was true she was raped, a report should have been lodged immediately,” he said.

The judge said the doctor who checked on the complainant’s private parts could not conclude that the tear was due to forced penetration.

The girl was only 15 years old, but the judge in freeing the man said “There was no element of threat or intimidation. In fact after the alleged incident, they rested and chit chatted before falling asleep.” 

To be fair, the news report was seemingly too vague. I'm not sure whether the discharged accused had had sex with the 15 year old sweetie.

But if there was, then the crime would have been statutory rape. OTOH, if there was no sex involved then statutory rape was not the case.

If the man had raba-raba her then the police should have charged him for sexually abusing a minor.

This reminds me of a so-called national bowler with (words of judge) a 'bright future' who was discharged for statutory rape because the then judges said he merely had 'consensual sex' with a 13 year old girl.

See my post 2nd chance as "boys will be boys" in which I brought out an incident in 2012 when a maggot by the name of Noor Afizal Azizan (and we shall call him Mr Maggot) was given a '2nd chance' by the judges because he only had consensual sex with a 13-year old - yes, 'consensual sex' with a 13-year old in the words of the judge.

Somehow our Malaysian legal system has set a stare decisis (legal precedent) where the term 'consensual sex' was allowed to be employed in a case involving sex with a female minor, only 13 years of age, even if she was well below the age required to legally consent to the act.

I know that Muslim (and Hindu) socio-culture allow marriage between adult or even old men with girls well below 16, and that such practice is a cultural norm. In earlier times the Chinese, Koreans and Japanese practised that too but they have long since thrown that incongruous marriage out of the window.

In America in 1958 or so rock singer Jerry Lee Lewis was ostracized for marrying Myra Gale Brown, his 13 year old 'first cousin once removed'. Jerry was 22 then but Western society turned against him for what they considered to be his vile act, that of an adult marrying a 13 year old minor. He fell drastically from grace.

Malaysian males must be careful when among Western societies as lil' (underage) Caucasian girls look like 'grownups' - don't just assume and then get into serious trouble

But those were marriages, not just recreational sex or shagging for syiok-ness. Nonetheless, some (especially Western and today's Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies) can't accept any marriage between an adult male and an underage girl.

Even in those medieval days, sex for just syiok-ness, whether with women of age or underage, was frowned upon.

But anyway I wonder whether the then judges were influenced by that Muslim cultural practice into ruling in Mr Maggot case that sex with a 13 year old could even be consensual.

As I said, today's MM Online news have been too vague (though there were subtle allusions to sex; then again there might not be) but if there indeed was sex between the discharged accused and the 15 year old minor, I wonder whether the learned judge applied stare decisis (set in Mr Maggot's trial) in his ruling or was he too influenced by Muslim customs?

FYI (which obviously didn't interest those judges in the trial of Mr Maggot), in statutory rape cases, unlike those of forcible rape cases involving adults, there is no requirement to prove force or threat had preceded or was involved in the rape.

The laws automatically presume coercion, because a minor or an adult (whether 13 or 15 years old, so long as the minor is below 16) who doesn't have normal/mature mental capacity is legally incapable of giving consent to the act.

In the case of Mr Maggot or Noor Afizal Azizan, those judges had the nerve to further excuse him on the basis Mr Maggot had a 'bright future'.

By the by, statutory raping a minor also applies to an adult woman having sex with an underage male, so cougars watch it, though in Malaysia it's presumably okay as we have an amazing stare decisis on 'consensual sex' with minors.

Mind you, another maggot, Chua Guan Jui, who like maggot Noor Afizal Azizan, statutorily raped another underaged girl around the same period as Mr Maggot No 1 (with the 'bright future'), did NOT enjoy that application of that stare decisis, probably because he did not have a 'bright future' and unlike Mr Maggot No 1, is a Cinapek who had already abandoned the culture of adult men marrying underage lil' girls.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Dodgy Khalwat laws, dodgy JAIS raiding break-ins

MM Online - Ex-minister claims khalwat law ‘vague, arbitrary and subject to abuse’

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 ― Malays should stand up for their rights against “vague” khalwat laws that allow Islamic religious officers to conduct raids that breach their privacy, former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today.

The one-time de facto law minister claimed that the Islamic law that penalises close proximity between Muslims has been abused by religious enforcers to collect large amounts in fine from couples involved would rather pay up than get embroiled in the lengthy process of the Shariah courts.


The former Kota Baru MP also said Islamic religious officers should use their energy and resources on more important matters, such as the cleanliness of toilets in mosques or going after leaders who give logging rights to “rich towkays” at the expense of the Orang Asli community.

“Instead of feeling shame for such things, it would be better for Malays to contest the constitutionality of the offence of khalwat itself. The definition of khalwat is vague and enforcing it violates privacy, which is an important legal principle in law. Malays must fight for their rights.

“They are only human like everybody else, so they will commit the odd sin here and there. But must all sins be a crime in this country?” Zaid asked.

He was referring to reports of a police officer who died yesterday while fleeing a vice raid by religious enforcers from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and another auxiliary policeman who was injured in a separate raid.

The conduct and lawfulness of Jais’ raids against the offence of khalwat has been in the spotlight following several dubious break-ins and arrests in the past few years.

Just April this year, actress Faye Kusairi became the victim of false accusation of khalwat, after Jais officer broke into her family duplex condominium in the wee hours of morning. She was not even home at that time.

sayang saje, kami tak sempat menyaksi ........ 

As of September this year, internal probe by Jais decided that its officers did not breach any standard operating procedures, a volte-face from its previous stance. Faye will now proceed with a civil suit against the religious enforcers.

Three issues here.

(1) If the khalwat is between unmarried couple, then there's no need to feel any shame. OK, I'm speaking as a non-Muslim but why should my Muslim friends be scared of JAIS. If one breaks a traffic regulation one does not jump out of a window to his death.

Zaid Ibrahim who was the acting Law Minister and knows something about such issues, said the current laws on khalwat is vague.

Yes, you may end up being fined or dragged to the syariah court, but until Pak Haji's RUU355 Bill to amend the syariah laws to increase flogging from 6 to 100, so what - it may involve a fine of some sort or 6 strokes of the rotan on your backside (not your prick).

OTOH, if you're screwing someone's wife or husband, much as civil laws have nothing against adultery, I won't be sympathetic with your itchified naughtiness if JAIS lashes at your lil' johnny, wakakaka. Moody?

(2) As can be seen, JAIS has been so arrogant that they broke into the home of actress Faye Kusairi on a false charge but remained unrepentant on a dodgy JAIS internal probe on matter.

In 2006, we read in NST about the lustful leery lascivious behaviour of a JAIS officer who caught an unfortunate woman for khalwat.

The following day the poor sweetie went to the JAIS office in Gombak in a vain hope to 'settle' the case amicably. However, she claimed she got more than she bargained for.
Said JAIS officer molested and forced her to perform oral sex on him as an inducement to let her off the hook. She also alleged the officer used criminal force to outrage her modesty by caressing her breasts and kissing her on the lips.

So much for these 'warriors' of Islam. Obviously they loved to flex their muscles.

But would those lustful JAIS people be punished?

(3) Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, an international organisation devoted to improving West-Muslim world relations, and author of “Islam, A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim Should know about the Shariah”.

On July 29, 2009 he wrote the following in the Star Online about Islam and its stand on the imbibing of alcohol:

“…Neither the Quran nor the Hadith invokes a penalty for alcohol consumption. The sin of consuming alcohol is described in the Quran in the mildest language of prohibition. When it comes to dietary laws, the Quran commands the believers in Sura 5:3: “forbidden (hurrimat) to you is the dead animal, loose blood, and the flesh of the pig.”

“… Some legal scholars suggest that the divine command ijtinab, to avoid something, is milder language than tahrim, prohibition. A Muslim consuming a glass of wine with a pork chop commits a more serious offence in eating pork; yet as there is no Quran or Hadith penalty for consuming pork, there is also none for alcohol consumption.”

If that’s the case, then how did the punishment for drinking alcohol in Malaysia come about?

Rauf wrote, “It occurred during the time of the second Caliph Umar b. al-Khattab. There was a companion of the Prophet (sahabi) who had fought on the Prophet’s side in his battles. A heavy drinker, he would walk the streets of Madina drunk at night and loudly shout scandalous things about people. The inhabitants of Madina complained, and Umar formed a committee to decide what to do.”

“Imam Ali, based on the man having committed slander, suggested the penalty for slander, whose maximum penalty is 80 lashes."

"Since that time, this has been considered the maximum penalty for alcohol consumption, based on utilising the Syariah concept of ta`zir (deterrence).”

“I disagree with this being the mandatory sentence for the offence of wine consumption, because it is the maximum sentence for another, separate offence – slander – albeit committed under the influence of alcohol.”

Thus we learned the real reason for the punishment from a learned person like Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was really about 'slandering' rather than 'drinking alcoholic beverage'.

And in the 2009 case of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno who was sentenced to six strokes of the cane for drinking beer, we get a seditious mufti, one who nearly caused racial-religious riots through SMS-ing unsubstantiated information several years back (later proven to be not true at all, but lies), who insisted Kartika Sari Dewi should have been 80 lashes instead of a mere 6 – see Malaysiakini Mufti: It should be 80 lashes, so why the fuss?

must be wonderful to wanna whip a mum 

Hmmm, how many strokes does one get for telling fibs that could have gotten innocent people killed through riots? Surely the punishment for 'slandering' was defined by Imam Ali, so why wasn't that seditious mufti flogged?

But he was not alone. At that time PAS Youth wanted Kartika punished kau kau! Why should I be f* surprised?

That the seditious mufti highlighted the scenario of Kartika getting 80 lashes for imbibing alcohol showed:

(a) Malaysian clerics would interpret syariah laws as they like, like quoting 80 lashes for slandering as the punishment for yamseng-ing,

(b) our founding fathers were brilliant in their wisdom in restricting the subordinate syariah courts to only 6 strokes of the rotan (probably knowing and anticipating some Malayan (now Malaysian) clerics could be nasty). So why should we support Pak Haji Hadi Awang's RUU355?

To reiterate, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said the punishment was more about slander than partaking of alcohol.

And the Prophet Mohamd (pbuh) said: "Every important matter which is not begun with, ‘In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful’ is maimed."

So why have JAIS, JAKIM, JAWI etc and PAS ulama seen fit not to emulate what the Prophet (pbuh) said, that when one talks in the name of Allah (swt), one should be mindful of His Compassion and Mercy?

Well, Art Harun described it well in (now-defunct) The Malaysian Insider’s article Will the real PAS please stand up? where he wrote:

PAS’s real nature is more like the Lernaean Hydra, the fearsome water serpent with nine heads.

This is a party which is so full of itself. It is filled with people who believe that Islam needs their help and assistance all the time. With people who believe that God is so meek and weak that He needs defending by them.

Ya, I agreed (and still do) with Art Harun's explanation from what I have observed, that many PAS people possess such a mentality.

Well, it's hard for a vicious tiger to lose its stripes. Deep inside and within, PAS is still PAS. History would show that they have jumped in and out of the Umno bandwagon for the sake of nothing more than political aspirations and desires. It is almost a vehicle for political expediency.

Ho hum, hyper hypocrites!

Friedrich Nietzsche once said: "Distrust anyone in whom the desire to punish is powerful".

I believe the unseemly lust to punish, as exhibited by many clerics (government, state and PAS), is very much against Allah’s (swt) twin pillars of compassion and mercy.

Is that unseemly lust to punish in reality a need to slap down those who dare to imperil the punisher's status (his edicts, beliefs) and position in society (his authority, ulama-ship)?

It's the old tale of the use of overpowering dominance, with the weapon of religio-teflon-ised intimidation without fear of any retribution (or pubic repentance in apologies), against those who would dare to not conform or who refuse to toe the line.

Yes, I suspect it's more about the clerics' (and their organizations') self interests.

But my point in jumping from khalwat (which we just heard overpowering fear of JAIS policing killed one policeman and seriously injured another, ...

... to the haram alcohol imbibing, is to show that punishments as exercised by Malaysian clerics might have been based on dodgy interpretations of Islamic laws and probably based more on the lust to inflict punishment on victims, and ...

... that most Malaysian clerics most certainly lack the Compassion and Mercy of Allah swt and his last Prophet (pbuh).

As Zaid Ibrahim advised, the clerics should be challenged.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Two grumpy old men

FMT on whether the Mahathir-DAP love affair will last:

Former PM Mahathir Mohamad’s appearance at the DAP convention on Sunday gave a fitting end to 2016, a year filled with political turmoil. It marked a complete about-face for the Umno veteran. However, it was a move that was not completely out of character for Mahathir, given his penchant for political histrionics.

The questions now, as raised at the convention by now-former DAP member Shamsher Singh, are: What are DAP and Mahathir up to, and is the quest to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak worth an alliance between two formerly bitter rivals?

DAP’s decision to forge an alliance with Mahathir’s new party, PPBM, seems to fly in the face of its decades-long struggle against the government. Even as an ex-Umno man, Mahathir is a perfect representative of everything the Umno-led government stands for: immovably Malay, stubbornly authoritarian. His mingling with civil rights activists and opposition politicians isn’t going to shake his long history of iron-fisted politicking.

Many observers must have dismissed his glowing words about DAP as facetious. The more he praises his former enemy’s “multiracialism”, the more his intentions are suspect. Commendable as its efforts at multiracialism are, DAP’s public identity remains entrenched in Chinese sentiment. So far, about the only voices of caution have come from the party’s non-Chinese members; besides Shamsher, Sangeet Kaur Deo also cautioned the party, albeit in a less explosive fashion, to be wary of PPBM.

We all know about Mahathir's intention. He wants to protect his ménage at all cost, hence even sucking up to his erstwhile political foe would be a sap-sap-suoi (kacang putih) matter.

I suspect he will even do a Faustian Pact to perpetuate his Maha-Kim Dynasty, let alone bodek what has been known in Malay or UMNO circle as the Chinese Iblis, namely, DAP.

But what about the DAP?

Last month I posted Incongruous alliances in which I wrote (extracts):

... time appears to be running out for the older generation of politicians, though I have heard Mahathir's family has longevity genes which means he will be with us until he's 108 (Chinese auspicious number for someone who dislikes Chinese, wakakaka), perhaps even out-living Najib, wakakaka.

So it's understandable if these elderly pollies get more and more impatient and thus are more willing to form silly and most incongruous alliances to gain the power they want urgently in their life-time, like ultra Melayu semi-Islamic Pribumi (whose leaders do not like Chinese) with secular socialist democrat DAP, when Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang used to tear viciously at each other, wakakaka.

While the DAP, like any political party in federal opposition wants to do, ie., to change the ruling party and thus change the government of the day through elections, I suspect an added factor driving Lim Kit Siang obscenely pell-mell into an incongruous alliance with Mahathir of Pribumi (which name of his new party alone should offend any non-Malay, to add on to Mahathir's known anti-Chinese mentality) is his age (LKS' age, that is).

LKS is already 75, and while he appears well and hearty, missing the coming opportunity in GE-14 (maybe next year) to change the ruling party via the polls will mean he won't be able to realize the acme of his political strife until 2022 when he reaches the age of 81.

Thus time is not on his side. Unlike Mahathir who struggles ferociously, reputedly, for his descendants, LKS struggles hard for his party's objectives, though whatever these are by now I'm not sure anymore, not with LKS' questionable political alliance with Pribumi.

If you have been following his son's public statements prior to the current flirtation between Mahathir and DAP, you would remember that Guan Eng had been more cautious, circumspect and quite reserved in any political relationship with Mahathir.

But as a son, a Chinese son, Guan Eng has had no choice but to back his father's open intention to ally with Mahathir (come hell or high water) in the recent DAP convention. It would have been unfilial of him as a son not to do so, and a political weapon for the BN if there had been a split in the House of Lim on LKS' lustful Maddy affair.

It's not unlike a wonderful humanitarian advocate like Marina Mahathir supporting her father, the draconian Mahathir or that of sweetie Nurul supporting her convict dad.

But there are forces in the DAP which frown on any unjustified alliance with Mahathir, such as Ramkarpal Singh Deo (son of the late Karpal Singh).

In April last year (2015) the now-defunct TMI published a news report titled Working with Dr M to remove PM will be a ‘disaster’, Pakatan told.

plus Maria, wakakaka 

In that report we read Ramkarpal's opinion on working with Mahathir (extracts):

“The question of working with Dr Mahathir is an unimaginable disaster waiting to happen.

“There can be no doubt that Malaysia needs to be saved. While I agree that Najib ought to go, I cannot agree with the means by which Dr Mahathir proposes to do so,” Ramkarpal said in a statement here.

“Asserting pressure on a democratically elected prime minister to step down cannot be democratic and it is high time that Pakatan Rakyat come together at this very critical time against Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN),” the DAP MP added.

Ramkarpal said that working with Dr Mahathir would mean that PR would just be maintaining the status quo and allow “corruption to continue”.

“I am firmly of the view that saving Malaysia can only mean a new clean, accountable and transparent government."

“Pakatan Rakyat must live up to its promise to Malaysians of being that alternative and democratically oust Najib and the BN through the ballot box,” Ramkarpal stressed.

There wasn't any doubt about Ramkarpal's extremely poor opinion of Mahathir, but alas, LKS has pressed on heedlessly.

And that has compelled Ramkarpal's sister, Sangeet Kaur Deo, to state during debates at the DAP national conference (via MM Online):

“I want to clarify at this stage that it was interesting to see Tun Mahathir in support of Maria’s release when it was him that was instrumental in the cruel enforcement of the ISA.” 

Hasn't she been delightfully sarcastic about Mahathir's all-too-apparent hypocrisy? She ought to know how evil Mahathir had been when it was his regime that incarcerated her father Karpal Singh three times, in 1987, 1989 and 2000.

In the 2000 arrest, Wikipedia states Karpal Singh ...

... was charged for making seditious remarks in court during Anwar's first corruption trial. This was the only known charge of sedition in any country in the Commonwealth of nations brought against a lawyer for remarks made in court in defence of a client.

T'was a period in time when Malaysia was ruled by the iron fist of a PM named Mahathir. And ironically LKS was also detained in Ops Lalang, thanks to that same Mahathir draconian regime.

SIRIM should grade Mahathir's current hypocrisy as 101% bullshit with the potential to metamorphose into anti Chinese venom.

Continuing with Sangeet's statement, “Now I strongly urge the leaders of DAP to be very mindful when we choose our allies. Yes, there are no permanent friends, there are no permanent enemies, but there must be permanent principles. And when we choose our allies, we must be sure that their principles are genuinely in line with ours.”

What Sangeet Kaur said, obviously referring to Mahathir, has been exactly in line with her brother Ramkarpal, namely, that Mahathir's principles (or lack of) aren't those of the DAP.

And may I add in conclusion, nor those of LKS, given his current nyanyok mentality and heedless rush into an unholy alliance with Mahathir, which has turned him sadly from being my hero to being a big bloody zero.

I excuse him on my belief it's his age and associated anxious desire to finish with and on a glorious chapter to his almost half a century of political struggle, since 1969.