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    The Rat Race Part VII - Wrapping up & navigating the landmines of 2010

    This Rat Race Series is dedicated to Raja Petra Kamaruddin who was instrumental in educating us on the inner workings of UMNO, without which many of the ideas would not have evolved.

    The Rat Race Part VII - Wrapping up & navigating the landmines of 2010

    PART I: NAVIGATING THE LANDMINES OF 2010


    2009 has been a very momentous year. We started off the year in February with a BN grab for power in Perak in collusion with the Sultan of Perak. Much heat and drama was generated in the ensuing months. The case is still wending its way through the courts, which judging from the judges' behavior, does not give much hope for justice.

    Abdullah Badawi was forced out as the 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia with Muhyiddin fronting as the attack dog while Najib played his role as the “loyal assistant” to a T, all the while adding on to the pressure behind the scenes to force Badawi to quit. The UMNO warlords blamed everything on Badawi, ignoring their role in angering the people with their arrogance and corruption. Eventually, Najib took over the reins on 1st Apr 09. We had expected him to be forced out by Oct 09 and his longevity has surprised us.

    He surprised us even further with his 1Malaysia programme, which seemed to have overcome the negativity suffered by him over the Altantuya case. In fact, after his successful take-over in Perak, he was seen to be on track to take-over Selangor…. until Teoh Beng Hock’s unfortunately death while in the custody of the MACC.

    Another issue which blew up was the PKFZ case with costs projected to rise to RM 12.5 billion, making this the largest bailout in Malaysian history. Couple this is the fratricidal war within MCA which threatens to wipe out the already large irrelevant Chinese party. In addition to that are the mini-wars going on among the mosquito BN parties – MIC, Gerakan, PPP.

    Meanwhile, the ongoing controversy over BTN threatens to make a farce of Najib’s 1Malaysia.

    In desperation, UMNO and her War-machine are trying to hunt down any person deemed to be a threat to them – RPK, Anwar, plus the Pakatan Rakyat MPs who were arrested for peaceful demonstrations or on imaginary corrupt acts.

    Is it any wonder that many of us feel we are caught like this Rat….

    What about 2010? How are we to face the future

    How do we process and interpret the masses of information that will be drowning us?


    Help is at hand. Over the past 20 months, we have compiled enough information in Tindak Malaysia to enable us to create sufficient mental models to filter the information. Furthermore, although much critical information is cloaked in secrecy under the OSA, there is enough information in the public domain for us to identify trends. And trends can be our friends.

    On top of that, we can study the situation in the US, where information is more forthcoming and where exists many intelligent and concerned people digging up hidden information and interpreting them. By studying these, we are able to construct a mental model that describes the Rat Race in Malaysia.


    How do we interpret this model?


    It will take a while but well-worth the time. Consider it as a filter to process information coming at us. We need to study it in conjunction with the other models that have been developed in The Conspiracy Forum, especially THE RAT RACE PARTS I TO III, THE RAT RACE PART IV - THE PYRAMID, THE RAT RACE PART V - THE MALAYSIAN RAT RACE, THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: HOW DID UMNO STAY IN POWER FOR SO LONG?, and finally, at the global level The Global Rat Race.

    To our left of the model, is the Government controlling us through the Laws and the Police. This is very apparent to most of us and we can feel it directly through the threat to our Freedom and well-being. Less obvious though, is the control through Bank Negara Malaysia and the banks, coming down from the top. The control is through the formula of the Rats trading their time for printed pieces of paper called “money”. This money is debased through inflation, a form of hidden tax.

    To the left are the bosses who control the Rats through employment – jobs. The fear of unemployment and obsession with job security keep many Rats docile and compliant within the system.

    And from the bottom is the stock exchange, KLSE, which is a giant casino designed to suck up the Rat’s hard-earned money through “investments”.

    TRENDS

    What are the trends that can be seen?


    1. The US economy and the USD is extremely unstable due to the USD 600 trillion worth of derivatives created by the banking system, which threatens to crash the US financial system, dragging the whole global economy down with it. This is also described in Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich”.
    2. 70% of the USD created by the US Treasury is held outside the US, which can drop to zero in a matter of days, weeks or months.
    3. The crash will threaten the Malaysian banking system and Bank Negara since we hold at least 60% of our foreign reserves in USD. The balance are held in other foreign currencies which will also crash along with the USD. The only real money we hold is Gold (including gold deposits and, if appropriate, gold swapped) USD 1,167.20 million.
    4. Those of us who hold savings in the banks or mutual funds will see most of it wiped out.
    5. Many business will go bankrupt with consequent loss of millions of jobs.
    6. UMNO knows the game is up. Hence the urgency to launch mega-projects to siphon off as much money as possible before their forced departure – think of the RM 7 billion LRT from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights which is only 17km in length, and another muliti-billion RM section from Putra Heights to Cheras).

    We owe it to ourselves to protect ourselves and our families. What can we do?

    Next: Part 2 - Understanding the Economic Rat Race Model.

    Part 3 - What can we do to protect ourselves?

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    Re: The Rat Race Part VII - Observing Trends and self-protection

    One of the trends we need to know is that inflation is eating into our earnings and our savings. The official Consumer Price Index (CPI) is grossly understated.... easily by 7%. Banks pay interest on our savings at 3%. Day-by-day our money is shrinking. We can compare the US figures here: the Govt always cheat us through false statistics post#4.

    The other trend we need to recognize is that the "too-big-to-fail banks" never fails. They are always rescued by the Govt and the taxpayers pick up the tab. This is prevalent in the US who prints money for the bailout. This generates inflation which eats into our RM since the bulk of our foreign reserves is in USD. So do not think that what happens in the US does not affect us. We are affected indirectly.

    The only protection from Central Banks is "gold". So whatever cash and savings you have - take it out and buy gold! Don't worry about the price. It is your only insurance in the coming currency crash. If you have not experience hyperinflation first hand, try visiting Zimbabwe or read here.
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    Re: The Rat Race Part VII - Recognizing propaganda warfare through trends

    The war is executed in the Malay rural heartlands and the stakes are Freedom for the Rakyat or UMNO's demise.

    The propaganda warfare is applied on the rural Malays. It really doesn't make much difference to UMNO. Everyone is a Rat to be exploited.


    Unravelling the mystery of the Great RPK Manhunt

    January 2, 2010

    By Eyes Wide Open

    Has anyone googled “RPK London” to see which news agencies are carrying the sensational “news” about the great RPK Manhunt? If yes, perhaps you would have noticed something.

    NOT…A…SINGLE…NEWS…BODY…OUTSIDE…MALAYSIA…IS…COVERIN G…

    THE…RPK…MANHUNT…AT…ALL!
    Isn’t it strange that such a sensational story (cops closing in on fugitive dissenting blogger) gets ZERO attention, whereas the BBC covered his ISA arrest in 2008, and several other stories involving RPK. I’m no journalist, but I would have thought catching an international fugitive would be a bigger and better story than catching s blogger at home.
    But this whole storm is merely raging in the tiny Malaysian teacup! I wonder why…

    Well, if we take a step back and look at this whole manhunt thing from the perspective that it’s all just a big hoax or sandiwara, then you will notice a pattern emerging.

    In the past few weeks, interest suddenly flares up about finding RPK after months of inactivity. Lots of talk, but there is ZERO progress in actually FINDING RPK.

    Throughout this time, various comments are made by UMNO and UMNO-linked bigwigs (this is significant as I’ll explain later.) Among the comments are:

    “If Raja Petra feels he is not in the wrong, he should come forward and clear his name. Why should he hide? He should return here,”
    – The IGP

    “RPK should look after his son and not live a life of luxury with his wife in London. Surely, there is a way to see to his problems if he comes back.”
    – RPK’s so-called close friend, Azwanddin Hamzah

    “Raja Petra will need huge funds to continue living in luxury in London
    ,” – Deputy Edu Minister, Dr Mohd Puad

    “How can a bankrupt man afford to stay in a luxury apartment and use a foreign passport?”
    Umno Supreme Council member, Datuk Abdul Latif Ahmad

    “Other bloggers could be part of a syndicate to tarnish the country’s good name but that only Raja Petra was special enough to have been sponsored on an overseas trip.”
    Umno Supreme Council member, Datuk Abdul Latif Ahmad

    Etc, etc, etc…

    Do you notice the pattern in the statements? Or rather, can you guess the target audience that this sandiwara is intended for given the particular themes of these comments?

    It may not be that obvious to the casual reader. But based on my experience as someone who used to be in the advertising and marketing industry, it’s not difficult to discover the communication strategy with a little reverse engineering.
    In this case, I would say that the intended target market is the Malay population – specifically, the rural/underprivileged Malays which make up UMNO’s base.

    Why do I say this?

    First, let’s identify what’s most important to the rural/underprivileged Malays. When we do that, we can then identify whether the plot of the great RPK Manhunt story fits the hypothesis that it is intended for the particular target market.
    In a nutshell, we could say that the most important issues to rural/underprivileged Malays are:

    1) Family
    2) Religion/Right living
    3) Moderation/humility
    4) Personal pride/dignity

    Now let’s look at the comments again:

    “If Raja Petra feels he is not in the wrong, he should come forward and clear his name. Why should he hide? He should return here,”
    Basically, the IGP is calling RPK a coward. This oblique attack on RPK’s pride/dignity will surely resonate among the targeted Malays and plant seeds of doubt in their minds about RPK’s “fearless champion of truth” image.

    “RPK should look after his son and not live a life of luxury with his wife in London. Surely, there is a way to see to his problems if he comes back.”
    This attack on RPK’s credibility and worthiness as a father will also surely resonate among the targeted Malays.

    “Raja Petra will need huge funds to continue living in luxury in London,”
    An attack targetting the “moderation” sensibilities of the intended Malay audience. Surely, the hero running away from facing the music to live a life of luxury is one of the lowest sort of “derhaka”? At least, that’s the story being sold.

    “How can a bankrupt man afford to stay in a luxury apartment and use a foreign passport?”
    A 3-in-1 combo attack, implying that RPK is dishonest, immoral and greedy. Surely a Malay concerned with living according to his religious teachings would start to wonder about the credibility of RPK’s writings questioning certain Muslims’ actions and justifications.

    “Other bloggers could be part of a syndicate to tarnish the country’s good name but that only Raja Petra was special enough to have been sponsored on an overseas trip.” I’ll let you figure this one out by yourself. I’m sure by now you get the drift of where all this is heading, don’t you?

    It’s pretty clear that this whole manhunt sandiwara is nothing more than an exercise to:

    1) discredit RPK & by extension his writings
    2) win back support for UMNO as the “real” champion of the Malays
    3) distract attention from the real issues (eg. corruption, TBH, GST)
    4) distract attention from RPK’s attacks

    Need more proof? How about this:

    Didn’t the cops “confirm” that RPK was in Australia a few months ago? They didn’t bring him back then. Now that the cops “confirm” that RPK is in London, they’re STILL NOT INTERESTED TO CATCH THEIR MAN?

    The first time around, there wasn’t much to the “escape to Brisbane” story. But I guess since APCO got the million-ringgit contract, the propaganda has gotten a little better now. Such news don’t serve as mere distractions anymore but also functions as attacks on the powers-that-be’s enemies!
    Well, at least we know that our hard-earned tax money is being spent on a company that really knows how sell us lies – and with their 2-in-1 propaganda strategy, it’s better value for money too!

    Should we be thankful for that? hartamsm
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    Re: The Rat Race Part VII - Propaganda warfare through MSM

    Rubbish masquerading as journalism.

    Cyber anarchist with a belligerent agenda

    GUEST COLUMNISTS

    Saturday, 02 January 2010 Super Admin

    You don't look for rational debate or constructive criticism in Malaysia Today but if the blood and gore of politics is your preferred hors d'oeuvres, RPK's thoughts and his rabid following are the bottom feeders chomping on each other's contentious existence.

    AZMI ANSHAR, New Straits Times

    RAJA Petra Kamarudin's reign as king of Malaysian "gutter" journalism is still smouldering but only in his belligerent website, Malaysia Today, where legions of fanatical fans drool obsessively over his outlook and dross on who's who of national politics. http://www.malaysia-today.net/index....&Itemid=100130

    and RPK's response: http://malaysia-today.net/index.php?...&Itemid=100087
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    Re: The Rat Race Part VII - Propaganda Warfare through MSM II

    Bottoms up on what Umno members think

    Posted on 4 January 2010. Filed under: Journalism, Politics | Tags: news writing, subbing |

    • 52% of Umno members say there is corruption in the government

    • 47% say vote-buying among Umno office-bearers is a problem

    • 33% say Umno doesn’t take the public’s views seriously

    • 13% say Umno is too Malay-centric

    • 83% say Umno should be for all Malaysians, not just Malays only

    And for a perverse contradiction, how about these two points, left out by the NST:

    • 70% felt Malay rights were threatened by other ethnic groups

    • Only 2% supported ending cronyism and nepotism. malaysia-today.....
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    Re: The Rat Race Part VII - Stratfor 2010 Forecast

    Stratfor 2010 Forecast

    Use this to monitor global events. http://web.stratfor.com/images/write...10FORECAST.pdf

    The part on Russia is probably useful. Probably, they are too optimistic where the US economy is concerned. Can't fault them. Being Americans they have to paint a rosy picture of the US to keep the Rats quiescent. It's better to follow jsmineset, GATA or Ron Paul for that.
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