Monday, August 25, 2014
The arguments against her assuming the post has not been substantiated with proper facts and some have even stooped as low as to brush her away due to her gender. Yes, we did hear feudal statements such as disqualifying her due to her menses which could be really bizarre given her age which again is a very private matter. Statements of such utter stupidity only paint us as a third world nation and nothing more.
Looking at her credentials, to begin with she is a Medical doctor and an Ophthalmologist. She was the opposition leader for a decade and she did reasonably well juggling between her responsibilities as MP and Opposition leader. Undoubtedly, she enjoyed robust support and rose above the shadows of her husband. One thing for sure, she successfully brought all races together and never once looked from spectacles of race, religion, gender and status. This has earned her much support where people today recognize her as an individual while her political enemies brush her aside as "Anwar's wife" or "menses". At times, criticisms hurled against her smacked of absolute ignorance coupled with embarrassing feudalism.
Question again is, are there valid criticisms against her that carry any reason? This then brings us to ponder on who's prerogative it is to appoint her?
Well, parliamentary and constitutional democracy would say it's the business of her party and it will surely favour her appointment. A constitutional monarchy must be reminded of his limitations by the constitution and has the right to remain apolitical in any given circumstance.
In any matured and civil society, gender should not be questioned. Judge her base on her credentials and capabilities and indeed no PAS candidate or leader could dream of standing on par with her.
True parliamentary and constitutional democracy can only be born when maturity takes centre stage, when people do not get intimidated by the preconceived negativities of secularism. Secularism does not have an issue with religion, secularism ensures the separation of powers, checks and balances and justice for all regardless of religion, gender and creed.
If Pakatan is truly about justice and democracy, no questions nor fear should arise. Malaysia can move on with her first woman Menteri Besar, this reality can be achieved now and it is indeed timely and realistic.
Selangor, the jewel of Pakatan and Umno has never failed in making headlines especially after the change in state government. It is said to be the richest state in the peninsular that generates lucrative revenue despite times of a questionable economy. Public interest on Selangor's state of affairs has been gaining much momentum as the rakyat evaluates while both sides of parliament keeps an eye on the challenges faced by the state which include political interest.
The much heated debate is on the position of the Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, which if not handled with care, could see a catastrophic break in the Pakatan government. This marriage had much issues to begin with, it's a bed of incompatible partners hence the very fragile state of affairs. Pakatan needs to get their act together, here we have a Menteri Besar who has brought with him rich knowledge and experience in corporate leadership but miserably fails in understanding that the game of politics and political leadership is far from the corporate world. The people would look at issues from the view of basic day to day needs and if their concerns have been looked into and handled efficiently. The greatest issue faced by the people of Selangor has been the water crisis which has reached very alarming state of affairs. We are talking about very essential needs such as water where the people have been significantly affected to ridiculous levels especially given the fact that many people today live in apartments and flats. How has the MB handled this issue? This is the question that most people ask in times of dire desperation.
Leadership and governance is at question when a leader fails to effectively handle issues faced by the people on a daily basis. We do have Christian minorities that have been facing endless issues with the practise of their religion with regards to the confiscation of their Holy Bibles and the fact that the religious authorities have the power to walk in and conduct such raids with no proper justification whatsoever. This issue is yet another example that questions the Pakatan leadership, what irks the most is the fact that they were quick in cushioning the issue as an "Umno problem" that was created by Umno. However, as time went by, it was a can of worms on Pakatan's face as they played a game of Ping Pong without taking any constructive action. Today, we see that this issue is hardly the concern of the state MB, to begin with, he was very much involved in the fiasco. As the speaker of the state's august house, Hannah Yeoh mentioned recently, the poor handling of the Bible issue has indeed shaken Pakatan's state government.
Looking on further, the Selangor government has failed in working towards foreign investments, nothing constructive has been done, no memorandum of understanding (MOU) achieved thus far. Selangor, just as Penang is still running very much on the agreements done by the previous state govenments under the ruling government. The lack of leadership in Selangor has become more evident in recent days as Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government were negotiating with the pro-Russian rebels for the bodies of Malaysians perished in the MH17 tragedy and for the black boxes, here we had Khalid Ibrahim burning the midnight oil to save his position at any cost! The infighting in Pakatan grew further while the nation mourned the shocking tragedy of MH17. To begin with, as always, the opposition remained redunden during times of national calamity. We witnessed the same during the MH370 tragedy where the opposition only played a blame game on the government but refused to take any constructive measures in helping the situation. What happened to the very notion of the existance of the opposition in the August House? To begin with, do we have an opposition of calibre and brilliance? Has MB Khalid Ibrahim been examplary in his leadership as a state opposition leader? Does the state government of Selangor have good successors of leadership or are positions still granted as "gifts" rather than qualifying for it with proper credentials?
Pakatan may claim success in high reserves, better than Umno ever had while governing the state but has this brought any constructive benefits to the people? Has it created new sources of revenue? Has it created more job opportunites and provided better housing for the poor? Hence,we see a huge question mark on the MB's leadership, the lack of leadership and proper governance while he has been carried away by the fact that his position has been a growing question while the in fighting in Pakatan has been laid down for public display. The MB's departure is obviously inevitable and he will certainly leave with many pertinent questions left unanswered.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
"It is not a trade mission. We are going to Burma for reasons of geography and the recent elections, which led to a positive outcome," a source from the British government reportedly told the newspaper.
"The government policy on Burma is to discourage trade. That remains the case. Around ten members of the business delegation will come to Burma. They will have a cultural program. They will be like tourists."
The move is controversial since Britain still publicly backs EU sanctions which have held against the military-backed government since 1996. Cameron's visit is the first by a major Western leader since a 1962 coup began a half century of military rule.
U.S. to ease Myanmar sanctions, open relations
Western firms, meanwhile, are vying to be among the first to do business in Myanmar once sanctions are lifted.
Competitors from China, India, Japan, Thailand and South Korea are already well entrenched, tapping resources such as oil and natural gas, as well as sizeable deposits of coal, nickel ore and gemstones. Myanmar also stands to be a substantial exporter of lumber and rice.
Cameron is currently touring Southeast Asia -- including Malaysia and Indonesia -- with a delegation of 35 business leaders from companies such as Shell, BAE Systems and the world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton.
The peaceful freedom fighter
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — MCA risks a worse showing at the coming polls than in 2008 for its poor handling of the vernacular school issue, warned one of Malaysia’s largest groupings of Chinese associations.
The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) said the party would likely secure even fewer votes in the coming election for failing to ensure Chinese vernacular primary schools were treated fairly by Putrajaya.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin accused Chinese educationists today of telling “big lies” for claiming the government had sidelined Chinese vernacular schools for decades.
KLSCAH secretary-general Stanley Yong said he had “a strong feeling” that MCA would be rejected by voters, judging from the hostile reception given to MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong at a rally two weeks ago.
Wee, who is deputy education minister, was chased out of the rally after being taunted and jeered by the angry crowd, but not before he was allegedly assaulted by a disgruntled protester.
The rally was organised by the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) to protest the shortage of qualified Chinese school teachers in the national education system.
“They were saying that MCA, to them, was totally irrelevant... I think the rejection of the MCA in the government is actually on the increasing side,” Yong told The Malaysian Insider.
MCA suffered its worst outing at the polls in 2008, which saw its representation in Parliament slashed by half — to 15 seats from 31. The Barisan Nasional (BN) founding party performed no better at state level, only managing to clinch 31 seats.
Yong pointed out that despite having many ministers in Cabinet since independence, MCA has been unable to shift Putrajaya’s policies on Chinese primary schools even after the Chinese community had raised issue repeatedly.
This would “naturally” lead the Chinese to blame the party, especially the MCA politician holding the deputy education minister portfolio traditionally given to the party, he said.
“Since he is Chinese, and since the Chinese community is suffering, and since the Chinese deputy minister of education understands this and yet has done nothing about it, obviously the anger will be poured on him,” he added.
Yong warned that there was little time left for MCA to change tack with polls looming but said the party could still salvage some support from the community by proposing long-term plans to resolve the problems faced by Chinese schools.
MCA must do this even if it meant using the party’s own resources and not those of the federal government if the party wants “to bring down the anger and the feeling of dissatisfaction” felt by Chinese voters, he said.
But he stressed that this was just a stop-gap measure, and that Putrajaya would eventually have to treat Chinese primary schools “exactly like” national ones if the BN government were to resolve this long-standing issue. “The have to view the complaints as an ultimate demand and they should not brush off the complaints as something raised by the opposition...
“This is not only unprofessional, it is also a very childish move,” the KLSCAH secretary-general added. KLSCAH is the largest umbrella group of Chinese associations in Selangor. Formed 85 years ago, it boasts in excess of 420 members ranging from business councils to athletic societies.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The quake struck about 430 kilometers from Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.9, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 33 kilometers.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it had issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean, and the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said it had put up a tsunami warning.
The power has gone out in Banda Aceh and residents are moving to higher ground, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency.
The extent of the damage is still being assessed.
In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude underwater earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. Aceh was one of the worse affected areas.
The tsunami, which washed away entire communities, caused nearly $10 billion in damage and more casualties than any other tsunami in history, according to the United Nations.
Indonesia is on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
In the case of Anwar Ibrahim, The courts could never prove him homosexual or bisexual. Hence it's a mockery to Justice if any desperate leader chooses to taint or bring Anwar down by allegations of such nature.
These people who choose to mock and defame Anwar are too shallow for a democratic battle via the upcoming general elections. These so-called leaders are programmed robots of the current ruling administration of 54 years of Authoritarian Rule.UNNATURAL CHOICE: Kita party chief says country will be ridiculed if they are elected to leadership positions
KUALA LUMPUR: PARTI Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) president Dr Zamil Ibrahim has urged Parliament and all state assemblies to debate on a motion to disallow those practising unnatural sex from becoming the leader of the country.
Dr Zamil said the matter should be deliberated to ensure that a morally correct leader was appointed as the prime minister.
"The country's image depends on an ethical leader. The Constitution does not have any provisions which states that a person practising unnatural sex should not lead a political party. I urge the current Parliament sitting to include this matter in their agenda."
Dr Zamil said proper guidelines were essential for the future of the nation as the country's image would be reflected through its leaders.
He said Malaysia was recognised as an Islamic country and could become the butt of jokes worldwide if a homosexual was elected as its leader.
Dr Zamil also said he was voicing out his thoughts as an Islamic leader and it was up to Parliament to decide whether or not this issue should be debated.
He also urged Pas and DAP leaders to state their stand since opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the most likely person to become prime minister if the opposition won the next general election.
"Datuk S. Nallakruppan's allegation that Anwar is not fit to be the prime minister because he is a bisexual is a serious accusation. Pas and DAP should be firm in their stand to avoid confusing voters.
"The matter has to be discussed by all members of parliament and state legislative assemblies, regardless of their political views. This is an issue that involves the whole nation," Dr Zamil said.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Waving the party's flags, tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the NLD headquarters cheering and hailing Suu Kyi and her party's election victory.
Suu Kyi won 1955-145 against U Soe Min, candidates of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Yangon region's Kawhmu township constituency, securing a seat of House of Representatives there.
According to the results released so far, NLD candidates have won the by-elections in a total of 27 constituencies out of 45, of which all are in Yangon region's six constituencies -- Mayangon, Mingala Taungnyunt, Hlegu, Thongwa and Dagon Seikkan and in 21 other township constituencies in other regions or states including the four constituencies in Nay Pyi Taw mostly for the seats of House of Representatives. More results are expected to follow.
The result was available hours after the polling was closed in the afternoon at 4 p.m. (9:30 GMT), followed by counting of votes in the presence of polling station officers, candidates' election agents and 10 witnesses from the public.
The parliamentary by-elections in Myanmar, which began on Sunday morning, were contested by a total of 157 candidates -- 150 represent 17 political parties and seven independents -- for the 45 vacant seats of parliamentary representatives scattered in 45 township constituencies in nine regions or states -- Yangon, Mandalay, Ayeyawaddy, Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Bago, Magway, Mon and Shan as well as Nay Pyi Taw directly under the president's administration.
Of a total of 6.4 million eligible voters in 45 constituencies, over 1 million cast votes in Yangon region's six township constituencies.
The parties are National League for Democracy (NLD), Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), National Unity Party (NUP) , National Democratic Force (NDF), Unity and Peace Party (UPP), New National Democracy Party (NNDP), Myanmar New Society Democratic Party (MNSD), Democratic Party (Myanmar) and Myanmar National Congress Party (MNCP) as well as one independent candidate.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) has called on Datuk Seri Najib Razak to practice what he preaches after Johor education and religious authorities decided to carry on with today’s seminar for religious schoolteachers on “the threat of Christianisation.”
The interfaith group said in a statement that the prime minister’s 1 Malaysia concept for unity and moderation is in “disarray” following news that the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration in Johor will only drop the reference to Christianity in the seminar’s theme but not change its content.
“We implore you to walk your talk. Be the leader of a responsible government that practises what it preaches. Your concept of 1 Malaysia and your call for moderation is all in disarray,” the council said.
News of the seminar’s theme earlier this week drew swift condemnation from non-Muslims, who expressed shock and dismay over the characterisation of Christians in the title. But Muslim NGOs insisted that the government was duty-bound to address the “threat of Christianisation,” which they repeatedly profess to be real despite the absence of firm evidence.
In response, Johor dropped specific mention of the “Christian threat” from the seminar originally themed “Pemantapan Aqidah, Bahaya Liberalisme dan Pluralism Serta Ancaman Kristianisasi Terhadap Umat Islam. Apa Peranan Guru?” (Strengthening the Faith, the Dangers of Liberalism and Pluralism and the Threat of Christianity towards Muslims. What is the Role of Teachers?).
“The seminar aims to strengthen the faith of Muslims and it does not need to be politicised by any party that claims it (seminar) is a threat to other religions,” Datuk Maulizan Bujang, the state executive councillor for education, was quoted by Bernama Online.
But Johor Mufti Department officials have said that while the title of the seminar, which requires attendance of about 300 teachers, will be changed, the contents and structure will remain unaltered.
“The seminar is part of the right of Muslims to defend the faith of its practitioners from any action which may lead to apostasy. It is our responsibility,” Bernama Online cited an unnamed official as saying.
MCCBCHST added that the seminar has put efforts to increase unity “meaningless.” “We are shocked that the only voice of the government heard on this matter is that of the minister responsible for Islamic affairs, who is condoning the seminar.
“The irony of the matter is that the same minister serves as one of the advisers to the cabinet committee on the promotion of understanding and harmony among the religions. Christians form 9.2 per cent of Malaysia’s 28.3 million-strong population.
In recent years, the Christian and Muslim religious communities have been engaged in a tug-of-war over the word “Allah”, with the latter group arguing that its use should be exclusive to them on the grounds that Islam is monotheistic and the word “Allah” denotes the Muslim God.
Christians, however, have argued that “Allah” is an Arabic word that has been used by those of other religious beliefs, including the Jews, in reference to God in many other parts of the world, notably in Arab nations and Indonesia.
Conservative Muslim groups have also accused Christians of attempting to convert Malays, resulting in heightened tension between followers of the two religions.
Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim also forgets that she holds no credentials for top leadership. So to begin with, Kamilia should be removed because she contributes to the lack of intelligence in UMNO.
KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 1 — Wanita Umno vice chief Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim has defended her decision to call for Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s resignation, saying she did not wish to see the wing carry a “diseased” member to the polls.
She had earlier asked Shahrizat to quit as Wanita Umno chief after the senator insisted she would continue to lead the 1.3-million strong wing despite relinquishing her Cabinet post following the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal.
However, the duo then agreed to cooperate after peace talks with party leaders including president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
But in an interview published by Utusan Malaysia’s weekend edition today, Kamilia (picture) said that while it was important for Wanita Umno to show unity in the face of public attacks, “true solidarity” meant resolving critical problems together and not sweep them under the carpet.
“An obstacle needs to be dealt with and not just left to be. In war, if someone in the squad has a disease that can spread and may cripple the team, do we insist on bringing them to the battlefield?” she said when asked by Mingguan Malaysia why she did not back Shahrizat.
“Do we want all out team members to fall sick and die or do we quarantine the sick individual first until they recover so the team can advance to the battlefield? We as Wanita Umno need to know the true meaning of solidarity,” she added the interview.
The Kuala Kangsar division chief stressed that unity within Wanita Umno needed to be tempered by a clear objective, in this case, to win in the next general election which must be called by April next year.
She said that while it was necessary for the wing to show solidarity and strength, it should not ignore problems especially if they involved a key leader and could threaten the party’s chances at the polls.
“In this matter, Wanita needs to clean its image so it does not appear as though it is embroiled in controversial issues,” she told the Umno-owned paper.
She added that it was not her intention to split the wing but was acknowledging a problem that needed to be fixed.
“Unfortunately, there are some in Wanita who do not wish to listen to explanations, don’t want to accept and understand the actual problem,” she said.
Shahrizat announced on March 11 that she would step down as women, family and community development minister when her term as senator ends on April 8.
The announcement came after months of being dogged by allegations she and her family had abused a RM250 million federal loan meant for a cattle-rearing project to finance personal expenses.
Her husband Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail, who heads the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) with their three children, pleaded not guilty on March 12 to criminal breach of trust in relation to the alleged misuse of RM49 million in public funds.
The veteran politician, however, said she would remain as head of Wanita Umno despite previous calls from Kamilia and other senior party leaders — including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad — to quit the post.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has insisted that Shahrizat does not have to resign as Wanita Umno chief as there was no proof or charge of wrongdoing in the NFCorp scandal.
The Umno president also said he had met with Shahrizat and Kamilia and that the duo had agreed to cooperate despite the latter’s repeated calls for Shahrizat to relinquish leadership of the wing.
“Both leaders will cooperate fully after this as a united team. They will work effectively together as a team,” he had said.