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    We will now see the real face of Najib.

    The Malaysian Trojan Horse

    Posted on April 28, 2013

    In Virgil’s epic poem Aeneid, he told the tale of how the Greeks overcame the fortress city of Troy after laying siege to it for ten years. The Greeks built a giant wooden horse and hid a select team of warriors in it to deceive the Trojans that they have abandoned their battle and presented the city of Troy with a gift – the wooden horse.

    Elated with the gift, the Trojans brought the wooden horse into the city to celebrate their victory. That night itself, while the city slept, the Greek warriors came out of the horse, opened the city gate for the Greek army who had returned and they overran the city of Troy. What they failed to achieve through military might in 10 years, they did it in one night through trickery.

    The campaign for the hearts and minds of the Malaysian public has officially started in this General Election with the incumbent coalition of Barisan Nasional (BN) throwing everything they have to hold on to power against a formidable coalition called Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

    Of all the arsenal they have at their disposal to win this war, perhaps, the most potent one is none other than the caretaker Prime Minister himself, Najib Razak.

    Riding on Najib’s personal popularity with the public, said to be around 61 percent by independent pollster Merdeka Centre in February 2013, the Barisan Nasional whose own rating is at 45 percent, decided to make Najib the mascot of their election campaign. It is a no-brainer.

    Throughout the country, on the numerous BN’s billboards, printed materials and TV commercials and news, it is Najib’s sweet and gentle smiling face that you see. Never before in the history of general elections in our country has so much been hinged on the persona of a man instead of on the ideals or vision of the party for the country. Visitors to our country could have mistaken us for a US presidential-style democracy instead of a parliamentary-based democracy where the ideals and policies of the contesting parties are more important than the personalities that represent it.

    But Najib Razak is a trojan horse, constructed by professional public relations firm like APCO with the help of a very compliant broadcast and printing mass media industry. He has had an extreme makeover which transformed him from an ultra Malay rights politician to one that espouse the inclusive and tolerant values of 1Malaysia.

    What is behind this veneer of civility and moderation? Or more importantly, what and who is hiding within this Malaysian trojan horse that is now standing at the gate of Putrajaya, waiting to be ushered in on 5th of May 2013 for the 13th time?

    To accept this trojan horse into Putrajaya for another five-year term is to release upon our nation the following agenda, policies and practices. A vote for Najib is a vote for all these.

    1. RACE-BASED POLICIES AND POLITICS – Since Najib took over from Abdullah Badawi as premier in 2009, we have been flooded senseless with the 1Malaysia slogan, that we have racial unity, tolerance and acceptance of our ethnic and cultural differences. The truth is far from that.Fifty-six years if BN’s rule has ensured that we are more divided and polarised than ever. National economic policies based on race has institutionalized racism to the point that we don’t even realise it, both the favoured and the not, and accept it as a norm. We have all in one way or another become a lower form of humanity, a racist.Over the past four years of Najib’s rule, he has outsourced the extreme Malay rights rhetoric to the likes of Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Noordin of Perkasa. Not only were they given a free hand to spew racially and religiously divisive comments about other races and religions in the country but they are rewarded with parliamentary candidacies in the coming General Election, albeit for Ibrahim Ali, in a roundabout way.And let us not forget who else is hiding in or behind this trojan. Muhyiddin Yassin, the patiently waiting deputy who is famous for “I am a Malay first, a Malaysian second” declaration with ex-Premier Mahathir Mohammed egging him on.It is more than likely that Najib will be removed even if BN wins GE13, unless by some miracle BN can win back its two-third majority. If not, he will be replaced with Muhyiddin in the same way Najib replaced Abdullah Badawi after the last election. The puppet-master Mahathir has already so hinted.Thus, a vote for Najib, the trojan horse, is a vote for Muhyiddin, Mahathir and the extension of race-based politics and policies that has not only wrecked our racial harmony but also led us to my next point.

    2. CORRUPTION AND CRONYISM – Malaysia already has the dubious distinction of being the Number 1 most corrupt country to do business according to a survey by Transparency International in 2010. In another survey by Global Financial Integrity, we ranked number two globally in illicit capital outflow after China but on a per capita basis, we are by far the number one. Much of these illicit capital leaving our country are the proceeds of corruption. Almost RM200 billion left in 2010, more than two-third our national budget. Read moreHERE.The recent expose by Global Witness of how Taib Mahmud, Sarawak’s Chief Minister and his family and friends corruptly took lands and sold them off, gave us an insight into how these corrupt politicians plunder our national wealth and siphon their ill-gotten proceeds to financial safe-havens like Singapore. This documentary is a must-watch. Watch itHERE.Cronies like Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary are nothing but proxies for corrupt politicians. One by one, our national assets and services are being handed over to them, especially Syed Mokhtar, whose group of companies has taken over most of our ports, national airline, rice and sugar monopoly, postal service and rail system. This is not privatisation but PIRATISATION or PLUNDERISATION. His corporate debts alone is RM34.4 billion in 2012, a recipe for another financial crisis in our country.
    3. Closed tenders of government projects or as they prefer to call it, directly negotiated contracts are costing us billions in wastages and corruption each year. What we get for all these expenditures are not just over-inflated prices but often poor and shoddy products like submarine that can’t sink, stadium that collapses and new roads that are quickly potholed. The Auditor-General’s Annual Report for 2011 is an interesting read. Download the PDFHERE.

      A vote for Najib is a vote for more corruption and cronyism. As a voter in Bentong commented cynically in a recent street interview, “What progress? I don’t see much but I see the politicians getting fatter (richer). For us, do you see anyone of us getting fatter?”

    4. INJUSTICES AND ABUSES OF POWER – The direct result of corruption and cronyism are injustices and abuse of state institutions to escape wrongdoings and prosecutions by the corrupt.Recent disclosures by carpetman Deepak Jaikishan and the late PI Bala into the cover-up of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya by people linked to Najib would have raised such a furore in most countries of the world but not here. No reopening of the case by the Attorney-General, no investigation by the police and no coverage by the mainstream media.What about Teoh Beng Hock, Ahmad Sarbani, Kugan, Sugumaran, Aminulrasyid and the over 150 people who died while in police custody between 2000 and 2011? No inquiries were conducted into most of these cases and even fewer enforcement officers were convicted for these deaths. Where is the justice for them? What has happened to our public institutions which are supposed to protect and serve us? BN has turned them into their war machineries to keep them in power!A vote for Najib is a vote for more injustices and abuses of power by public institutions. How many more Beng Hocks, Sugumarans and Amirilrahsyids must we have before we wake up? Or must we wait until it happens to ourselves or to our own children before we cry for justice?


    The above three agendas are what is hidden behind Najib the trojan horse whose smiling face graced billboards, posters, booklets and TV ads all over the country. Words like transformation, peace, stability and prosperity are painted over this trojan horse to make it look “marketable”.

    But the truth is far from the glossy public image and as voters, we owe it to our future generations to look beyond this “gift horse”.

    The Trojan priest Laocoön guessed the plot and warned the Trojans, in Virgil’s famous line “I fear Greeks even those bearing gifts” but his warning went unheeded and the Trojans paid the price with their lives.

    A survey by Universiti Malaya’s Democratic and Election Centre (Umcedel) conducted between April 4, the day Parliament was dissolved, till 20th April, revealed a somewhat surprising result.

    The poll of from a sample of 1,407 voters in Peninsular Malaysia asked respondents various comparative questions between Najib and Anwar. 43% believed that Anwar was more qualified to be PM whilst 39% thought so of Najib. Among first-time voters, the gap is even wider with 48% for Anwar and only 25% for Najib. Perhaps the most defining data is that it found among Malay voters, 54% believed Anwar was more qualified compared to Najib at 28%. Read it HERE.

    Before us at the gate of Putrajaya stands two choices.

    One is a coalition led by Najib Razak that has ruled this country for 56 years and has used the excuse of uplifting the Malay race to enrich their own families and cronies. Theirs is a politic of lies, hatred, sex videos and of fear. Bankrupt of ideas and vision, they constantly instill fears in us of race riots, the dismantling of the monarchy and perhaps most vile of all, politicising religion to divide and rule.

    The other choice is a coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy PM who was famously sacked and accused of corruption and sodomy in 1998 and jailed on those trumped up charges for 6 years which was reversed by the Federal Court in 2004 and released. He has managed to unite all the opposition parties under the banner of Pakatan Rakyat for this election, offering us the hope to heal and rebuild our nation together.

    No poll is conclusive or even accurate but it does perhaps indicate that we, as right-thinking Malaysians may be wiser than the politicians give us credit for.

    Perhaps, just perhaps, we have seen through the deception of this trojan horse and would not allow it into the gate of power in this 13th General Election, not even for another five years.

    May I suggest and indeed beseech you fellow Malaysians, to C4 or set fire to this trojan horse and end all the years of fear, hatred, injustice, plunder and unrighteousness that are hidden in it, once and for all.

    Ini Kalilah! Ubah!

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    Najib, I like to refresh your memory. Dont break your promise.

    Highlights of BN manifesto

    KUALA LUMPUR (April 6, 2013): Following are the highlights of the Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto launched by Prime Minister and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight. The manifesto, themed 'A Promise of Hope', contains the coalition's pledges designed to lift the country to new heights if given a fresh mandate in the upcoming 13th general election:

    1. Easing the Cost of Living:

    Increasing BR1M up to RM1,200 for households and RM600 for singles while maintaining it on an annual basis
    Increasing 1Malaysia Book Vouchers to RM300 and Schooling Aid to RM150.
    Revamping the National Automotive Policy to gradually reduce car prices by 20 to 30 per cent and increasing the competitiveness of the national cars
    Increasing the number of Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia
    Introducing 1Malaysia products in petrol stations and hypermarkets
    Opening Klinik 1Malaysia in high-density housing communities
    Setting up more 1Malaysia Daycare Centres for working parents
    Lowering broadband fees by at least 20 per cent with guaranteed bandwidth
    Introducing 1Country 1Price policy for essential goods
    Introducing more 1Malaysia products driven by GLCs and the private sector

    2. Uplifting Urban Well-being:

    Restructuring the government, including setting up a new ministry to reflect the pronounced urban shift in the country's demographic pattern and address urban economic and social challenges
    Increasing representation of members of the NGOs and civil society in local government
    Rehabilitating low-cost houses and flats in the cities
    Undertaking the maintenance of public housing infrastructure
    Providing quality public housing catering specifically for the younger generation of job seekers
    Providing recreational areas and facilities to enhance the quality of life in urban centres
    Ensuring sufficient educational, training and health services and facilities
    Improving the transportation links between urban centres and their outlying areas
    Opening more Anjung Singgah shelters (temporary shelters for the homeless) in high demand areas

    3. Access to Quality Health Services:

    Developing a national system that will provide every Malaysian with access to quality healthcare
    Establishing a Heart Centre and Cancer Centre in major hospitals in every zone - North, South, East & West Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak
    Providing public facilities for dialysis treatment in every high-density area
    Introducing a card-carrying system for Malaysians with special needs to provide for discounted prices of specific medications
    Introducing a support system for palliative home care for the aged and terminally ill

    4. Towards Greater Efficiency in Public Transportation:

    Expanding the Rapid Bus System to every state capital, complete with facilities for the aged and disabled
    The continued expansion of the MRT, LRT and Commuter rail systems
    Building integrated bus, rail and taxi terminals in all towns and cities - Re-routing bus routes to ensure more efficient and accessible services for the rakyat
    Increasing individual taxi permits
    Implementing the national high speed rail network and expanding the double tracking railway system

    5. World Class Infrastructure Development and Rural Transformation

    The rapid expansion of the North-South Expressway with more lanes and exit points
    Building a 2,300-km Pan Borneo Highway stretching from Semantan, Sarawak, to Serudung, Sabah
    Extending the East Coast Highway from Kuala Krai-Kota Baharu & Gambang- Segamat
    Constructing a new West Coast Highway from Banting to Taiping
    The gradual reduction of intra-city tolls
    Implementing the 21st Century Village concept to spur rural transformation and bring the rural community into the mainstream of development
    Building another 6,300km of paved roads in peninsular Malaysia, 2,500km in Sabah and 2,800km in Sarawak to benefit an estimated 3.3 million people
    Solving the treated water supply problem in Selangor, the Federal Territory and Kelantan
    Extending the supply of clean water to another 320,000 homes throughout the country
    Expanding electricity supply to another 6,000 homes in the peninsula, 60,000 in Sabah and 80,000 in Sarawak
    Compelling service providers to ensure quality mobile phone services and reliable wireless access coverage throughout the country

    6. Strengthening Women's Participation:

    Increasing the number of women participating in national decision-making
    Promoting gender equality to maximise the potential of Malaysians in all fields, regardless of gender
    Providing more business and income-generating opportunities for women to provide them a greater sense of independence
    Creating more incentives for work-from-home initiatives, with greater emphasis on single mothers
    Opening 1Malaysia Daycare Centres in all GLCs and government offices and encouraging the private sector to do the same
    Tightening laws to prevent incidents of sexual abuse and harassment in homes and in the workplace

    7. Building a Resilient, Dynamic and Innovative Economy:

    Attracting RM1.3 trillion worth of investments and creating 3.3 million new jobs, of which 2 million will be in high income sectors
    Building towards achieving per capita income of USD$15,000 (RM45,000) by 2020
    Providing special incentives for innovative and creative ventures to generate more wealth and jobs
    Implementing policies that are fair and equitable to all races in Malaysia including pro-growth policies, greater participation of the private sector & development of the capital market
    Enhancing the effectiveness of the bumiputera agenda, including bumiputeras in Sabah & Sarawak, by providing business opportunities, a stronger eco-system (e.g. training & credit facilities) and institutional support
    Working with state governments to allocate more land & increase productivity of existing land to enhance food and livestock production
    Reforming the existing tax structure towards a more broad-based tax system and gradually reducing personal and corporate tax
    Continuing special cash payments and development & operational funding exceeding 20 per cent of oil and gas revenue to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu, Kelantan & Pahang
    Implementing a plan for the transformation of SMEs and establishing a National Trading Company to source overseas markets for SMEs products
    Creating & promoting more global and regional champions
    Ensuring GLCs continue to develop entrepreneurs by divesting non-strategic GLCs and increasing outsourcing programmes for bumiputera companies
    Providing RM500 million in seed funding to increase the equity of the Indian Community to at least three per cent
    Setting up a Special Unit to ensure the successful implementation of policies for the upliftment of the Indian community
    Increasing access to micro credit for all Malaysians, including RM100 million for hawkers and petty traders

    8. Building towards Educational Excellence:

    Bringing Malaysia into the "top third category" of the best education systems in the world by improving the quality of national schools
    Improving the command of Bahasa Malaysia and English among students from the pre-school level, and making English a compulsory SPM pass subject in all schools
    Improving access to quality education for the rural and minority communities, especially in Sabah and Sarawak
    Providing more merit-based scholarships, with special provisions for disadvantaged communities
    Continuing special allocations to all types of schools including SKs, SJKCs, SJKTs, Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan, MRSM, Sekolah Berasrama Penuh and Mission Schools
    Expanding Single Session Schooling
    Revamping Teacher Training Colleges and raising the qualification bar for trainee teachers
    Introducing a simplified teaching and learning system for BM in Chinese and Tamil schools
    Building more schools of all types in areas of high demand
    Enhancing performance in Mathematics and Science, and developing higher order thinking skills in students
    Providing financial incentives of RM100,000 per annum for schools with classes for Special Needs children
    Converting SJKTs that wish to change status, into fully aided schools
    Setting up ICT labs in all schools that require them
    Transforming vocational schools into colleges and increasing enrolment to 20 per cent of the student population
    Expanding pre-school education to cover all types of schools
    Providing new career pathways to allow performance-based fast tracking promotion of 420,000 teachers
    Providing free and guaranteed Broadband Wifi on all campuses of public institutions
    Introducing a laptop ownership scheme in all schools bundled with Internet access

    9. Enhancing Security and Public Safety:

    Boosting PDRM omnipresence with additional 4,000 police personnel per year
    Lighting up streets, alleys and lanes to further reduce street crime
    Strengthening the PDRM Motorcycle Patrol Unit by 5,000 vehicles
    Upgrading the welfare, professionalism and capability of the police, armed forces and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
    Enhancing the total capability of the armed forces to deal with any form of incursion and external threat
    Maintaining and strengthening the police commission
    Using the 6P system to curb the influx of illegal foreigners
    Creating the Safecam Programme to link up private and public CCTV systems
    The extensive expansion of CCTV monitoring for high traffic public areas such as car parks, recreational areas, night markets and schools
    Introducing security initiatives in public housing schemes
    Enrolling an additional 50,000 police volunteer reserves to assist PDRM in patrolling and keeping streets safe

    10. Nurturing Youth:

    Providing funding, training and incentives for youth-centric commercial ventures.
    Providing commercial space within shopping complexes one day in every month for youths to exhibit and market their creative products and services
    Establishing incubators to nurture quality leadership and creativity
    Creating a more resilient youth through active volunteerism in 1M4U
    Providing more free WIFI hotspots, with particular emphasis on rural and semi-urban areas
    Producing more high performance athletes at regional and international levels and promoting a more healthy lifestyle
    Revisiting laws pertaining to entertainment for the promotion of performing arts and culture

    11. Weaving a Network of Social Safety Nets:

    Streamlining and improving safety net assistance through a unified database system
    Providing financial assistance and educational opportunities for lower income earners irrespective of race
    Turning Brickfields into a blind-friendly zone to serve as a model for future zones throughout the country catering to other sections of the disabled
    Setting up special courts with the same status as High Courts under the present justice system, whereby judges will be assisted by assessors chosen from among community heads, to deal specifically with NCR issues
    Gazetting all native customary land in close consultation with state governments
    Providing more income-generating opportunities within indigenous communities and increasing the intake of indigenous youth into tertiary and vocational education
    Providing funds for registered NGOs and Civil Society Movements

    12. Promoting Islam, Religious Freedom and Harmony:

    Upholding Islam as the religion of the Federation and promoting the Syiar and Syariat of Islam in accordance with the principles of Maqasid Syariah
    Ensuring that other religions can be practiced in peace and harmony
    Assigning jurisdiction over non-Muslim matters to a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
    Promoting the principles of moderation (Wasatiyyah) in all undertakings
    Increasing initiatives in uniting the ummah
    Unlocking income from developing wakaf land in cooperation with State Religious Authorities
    Increasing tax exemption for contributions to the construction, expansion and upkeep of places of worship
    The continuance of allocating land for the building of places of worship
    Providing more financial assistance to registered religious institutions and places of worship
    Promoting the welfare of Imams, mosque officials and guru-guru Kafa by providing service-based salaries and increments
    Upgrading the quality of Sekolah Agama Rakyat and allowing their students access to quality education and government education infrastructure
    Providing financial assistance to Sekolah Agama Rakyat and Sekolah Pondok

    13. Fighting the Scourge of Corruption:

    The public disclosure of contracts to enhance transparency in government procurement
    Empowering MACC through the establishment of a Service Commission whereby the power of recruitment and service matters will lie entirely with the commission
    Elevating the Head and Senior Officers of the MACC to a higher level
    Giving equal emphasis on investigations into, and action against, bribe givers and receivers
    Fast tracking access to the Auditor-General's Performance Audit Report for immediate action
    Establishing additional special corruption Sessions and High Courts
    Implementing integrity pacts for MPs and State Assemblymen

    14. Revitalising the Public Service and Enhancing Good Governance:

    Introducing the Transformative Salary Scheme for civil servants, including reviewing allowances and providing a special salary movement of three per cent to those on maximum salary, in the event there is no salary review
    Improving the civil service scheme to include more opportunities for promotion and development of talent and ensuring the quality of their general well-being
    Extending Urban Transformation Centres to all major cities and towns
    Endear the Public Service to the People ('Merakyatkan Perkhidmatan Awam') to ensure excellent service delivery
    Mobilising and empowering the civil service, including Local Governments and District Offices, to fulfill the demands, interests and concerns of the rakyat
    Improving counter services through the appointment of multi-racial frontliners and expanding online services for payments and applications
    Introducing recruitment programmes to ensure a fair mix of all races in the Civil Service and GLCs at all levels
    Enhancing the potential, capacity and capability of all civil servants regardless of race and gender
    Giving special attention to OKU (the disabled) to harness their full potential and capacity

    15. Promises for a Global Movement of Moderates:

    Fighting for the establishment of a Palestinian state
    Supporting the realisation of Asean as an economic community in 2015
    Vying for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in order to play a prominent role in regional peace and international security through our policy of moderation
    Enhancing economics and bilateral interests with major trading partners and emerging economies
    Formulating Foreign Policy which supports our strategic political, economic and security interests
    Taking the lead in fighting trans-national crimes such as human and drug trafficking
    Spearheading humanitarian outreach programmes in conflict areas such as Gaza, the West Bank, southern Thailand, Mindanao and elsewhere

    16. Providing Affordable and Secure Housing:

    Building 1,000,000 affordable homes - driven by public and private sectors- including 500,000 PR1MA houses
    Pricing PR1MA houses at least 20 per cent below market prices
    Introducing a lease and own scheme for government housing projects
    Reviving abandoned housing projects to safeguard homebuyers
    Taking over the maintenance and upkeep of all Public Housing Projects
    Assisting poor and lower income home owners to rehabilitate their houses
    Replacing squatter settlements with secure and permanent housing
    Improving housing in estate and providing houses for former estate workers through Government-Estate partnership
    Abolishing stamping fees for first home purchases priced below RM400,000

    17. Preserving Nature's Resources:

    Giving financial incentives to commercial and private premises which invest in renewable green energy resources such as biomass and solar
    Allocating more space for green lungs within major cities
    Revitalising rivers and streams via increased allocations and enactment of stricter laws and by-laws, and via special UNDP and River of Life programmes
    Increasing educational programmes to inculcate appreciation of the environment
    Preserving our forest and undertaking re-forestation programmes
    Enacting stricter and updated laws to prevent illegal activities of deforestation of vital and strategic conservation areas
    Employing green and latest state-of-the-art technology in waste disposal and management.

    – Bernama

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    Najib’s 100 days as PM a failure, says PAS

    Anisah Shukry

    August 19, 2013

    The Prime Minister has failed to manage national debt, move towards national reconciliation, curb soaring prices of goods, and reduce crime, says PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar.
    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 100 days at the government’s helm since the May 5 polls has left PAS unimpressed, given the soaring price of goods, recent shooting spree, escalating debt and lack of any national reconciliation.

    “He has failed to live up to any of his promises he made before the general election. In terms of national reconciliation, I have seen no clear commitment towards that.

    “All I see is commitment towards the Umno elections,” said PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar at a press conference at the party headquarters here today.

    On the night of BN’s victory at the polls, Najib had vowed to embark on a national reconciliation process to heal racial and political lines.

    But his pledge was soon marred when Utusan Malaysia set out to “punish” the Chinese for apparently abandoning MCA and BN in the 13th general election, which saw the ruling coalition suffer its worse loss yet.

    The call for national reconciliation also flies in the face of a spate of arrests against opposition leaders such as PKR vice-president Tian Chua, pro-opposition activists, and civilians who allegedly “insulted Islam”.

    The hardline approach taken by Najib and his colleagues, particularly Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, towards the Chinese and the opposition is seen as a strategy to curry favour from Umno members in preparation for the party polls this October.

    Mahfuz said that Najib, since the elections, had abandoned his responsibilities to the rakyat, particularly in resolving bread-and-butter issues.

    “After the election, the rakyat have been burdened with higher cost of living. I am sure that the price of chicken will not go down any further.

    “This reflects the government’s failure in managing the issue of people’s livelihood,” said the Pokok Sena MP.

    ‘Najib taking Mahathir’s route’

    The national debt had ballooned from last year’s RM501.6 billion to RM508.9 billion in the year’s first quarter, said Mahfuz.

    “Former prime minister Abdullah Badawi told writers of the book “The Awakening” that if he were to follow (his predecessor) Mahathir Mohamad’s footsteps, the country would soon go bankrupt.

    “But I am worried that Najib is mimicking Mahathir’s style of wasting millions on white elephants,” said Mahfuz.

    “I find it worrying if the debt continues to rise further. The country’s situation will only become worse.”

    He stressed that the Najib administration had also failed to curb crime in the country, pointing to the recent spate of shootings which the government said was a result of the Emergency Ordinance’s (EO) repeal.

    “Clearly, the EO failed to rehabilitate the criminals detained under the EO. Not only that, when the 2,600 criminals were released, they apparently formed new gangs.

    “This means that criminals outnumber the police, and this is very dangerous. We must set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) immediately,” said Mahfuz.

    Ahmad Zahid had said that former EO detainees have gone on to form gangs with at least 10 members each, resulting in approximately 266,000 criminals roaming the streets

    “All this shows that the past 100 days have been disappointing indeed. Najib and his administration have been more focused on positioning their camps for the Umno elections, rather than serving the rakyat,” observed Mahfuz.

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    Bakri is still working from the wrong premise. No one in UMNO can be used. They have the corruption DNA too deeply embedded. We need a systemic crash and start afresh with a new system.

    Parliament Must Replace Najib With Tengku Razaleigh

    Parliament Must Replace Najib with Tengku RazaleighM. Bakri
    Malaysia cannot afford Najib Razak’s continued inept leadership. As UMNO has failed to terminate his leadership, and the next election is too far away, it is now up to Parliament to do the necessary. Najib, who is also Finance Minister, will table his budget on October 25, an opportune time for Parliament to pass a no-confidence vote on the budget – and hence his leadership – thus forcing the son of Tun Razak (TR-1) to resign. MPs have a far greater duty beyond loyalty to their leader, and that is loyalty to their country.

    With the Will and Guidance of Allah, SWT, Najib can spare himself this unprecedented disgrace and simultaneously relieve his fellow parliamentarians of this distasteful chore by ceding the Prime Ministership to Tengku Razeleigh (TR-2). By gracefully withdrawing now, Najib could return later to lead his party for the 14th national election, and would be a better leader for this voluntary hiatus.

    Should Najib contemplate being stubborn, he should remind himself of similar parliamentary practices resulting in the ejection of his contemporaries. In August, British MPs denied Prime Minister Cameron his motion to intervene in Syria. This defying the leader is also not alien to UMNO. TR-1 did it to Tunku Abdul Rahman, albeit in a soft, subtle way. The wise and sensitive Tunku readily saw the signals.

    A parliamentary no-confidence vote would not affect Najib’s UMNO presidency. The constitution does not mandate the leader of a ruling party should also be prime minister. That is only tradition, tenable only as long as he has Parliament’s confidence.

    As UMNO has the largest parliamentary representation, it is appropriate that one of its members should be the Prime Minister. There is no better choice than TR-2. He is a glittering gem to the sparkle of pebbles that is the current UMNO leadership. He also has the exquisite synthesis of talent and experience.

    Rest assured that TR-2 would not be preoccupied with reelections and the consequent pandering to various constituencies, Najib’s destructive obsession. He would focus exclusively on running the country. With no children, TR-2 would have no grandiose pretensions of starting a political dynasty, yet another preoccupation of current leaders.

    Malaysians can be assured that TR-2, like TR-1, would pick only the competent and untainted to be his ministers and advisors. They would reflect the man; his team would be the antithesis of Najib’s. TR-2 has no need for courtiers or cheerleaders.

    Unlike Najib, TR-2’s executive and leadership abilities have been tested inside and outside of government. Malaysians can be assured that there would be no freelancers or lone rangers in TR-2’s team spouting out offensive racial taunts. Najib on the other hand could not restrain the extremist ulamas on his payroll who think that the marriage of a Muslim to a non-Muslim is invalid.

    Najib is not up to par even when compared to his lackluster predecessor, Abdullah Badawi. With Abdullah, Malaysians within and beyond his party clearly expressed their disapproval; some politely, others less so. The man recognized this and wisely withdrew.

    Dissatisfaction with Najib is palpable even or especially within his party. However, he is a stubborn mule, and with as much insight. He must be told in no uncertain terms by Parliament that his leadership is wanting. As a dumb mule responds only to a big stick, anything less would not do it.

    Relieved from running the country, Najib could focus on ridding UMNO of its fortune seekers. They mock the party’s aspiration ofAgama, Bangsa, Negara (Faith, Race, and Country). There is nothing Islamic or Malay about corruption, cheating and the plundering of our nation’s wealth. There is no reflected glory for Malays to see UMNO leaders grow glutton on hogging the public trough. Malaysia would be far better without these scoundrels.
    Leadership Crisis Akin to Post-May 1969

    Parliament has the right – indeed obligation – to terminate Najib’s tenure. Malaysia today has a critical leadership crisis comparable to the post-1969 period. That too was triggered by an electoral setback suffered by the ruling coalition. We are fortunate so far to be spared the associated tragedies and destruction, despite the incendiary taunting by many.

    We cannot allow this dangerous situation to fester lest a mere spark would trigger an explosion. Already our current racial poison will take generations to detoxify, assuming it stops right now. Najib however, shows no inclination or competence to do so. Inter-racial as well as intra-racial – specifically intra-Malay – relationships are deteriorating rapidly.

    As with a fish, this rot begins at the head. The solution must therefore begin with getting rid of Najib.

    As with post-1969, citizens today yearn for a more representative or “unity” government to de-escalate the dangerously heightened social and racial polarizations. The unprecedented failure of the ruling coalition to gain the majority popular votes adds to this demand. Granted, in our “first past the post” system, the number of seats won would not necessarily correlate with the popular votes, nonetheless the stunning size of the discrepancy triggered the angst.

    Such a wide discrepancy could still be accepted if the institutions and personnel conducting the elections were truly non-partisan and have unchallenged integrity. The Malaysian Election Commission is far from either.

    That 1969 tragedy led to the resignation of Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. His successor, TR-1, set up a unity government through enlarging the old Alliance coalition to the current expanded Barisan Nasional. Such strategy would not be the best route today. The objective of a representative and reconciliative government would best be served by having the new Prime Minister invite a few talented opposition members into his administration. Consider that US President Obama, who secured a far stronger mandate than Najib, has an opposition Republican Chuck Hagel as his Defense Secretary.

    TR-2 is TR-1’s protégé. No one else, least of all Najib, could claim that. The late TR-1 was a sharp spotter of talent. He put TR-2 to set up and lead Pernas when he (TR-2) was only 32 years old, and four years later, Petronas. At Petronas, TR-2 took on the powerful global oil companies and pioneered unique and highly profitable production-sharing contracts with the oil majors that later became the model for other state oil companies. Malaysia continues to reap the bounty from that brilliant and courageous initiative.

    Unique among UMNO leaders, TR-2 has cordial relationships with the opposition; he has the credibility to execute a “unity government”. TR-2 could spot talented MPs from the opposition to be in his cabinet in the manner of TR-1.

    Those ministers from the opposition would serve as individuals and not as representatives of their parties. They would continue to serve until such time they could no longer support the government’s policy pertaining to their respective portfolios. The opposition is blessed with many bright members. It would be a great shame not to tap their talent.

    Such an initiative would break the current incestuous coupling of party positions with governmental appointments, and go a long way towards “cleansing” UMNO of its “fortune seekers.”

    Decoupling would also relieve ministers of their party’s chores. The duties of a minister are onerous enough. American cabinet secretaries for example, are freed of these extraneous burdens. Consider this UMNO election season. For months now, those UMNO ministers and government appointees have effectively abandoned their official duties; they are busy campaigning.

    UMNO is the single greatest contributor to public corruption because of the close nexus between party and government. Decoupling would sever this sinister link.

    Those party positions now held by ministers would become vacant, allowing greater upward mobility for the members. At another level, those senior party leaders would provide a much-needed system of checks and balances on their party’s governmental appointees. Currently there are no such checks and balances.

    TR-1’s unity government was instrumental in quickly restoring normalcy post-1969. Today we need Parliament to strip TR-1’s son, Najib, of his leadership to pave way for TR-2 to lead a new, invigorated unity government. We may contemplate the irony, but the action is an absolute necessity.

    Najib Razak could spare his fellow parliamentarians this distasteful chore by resigning and paving the way for TR-2. Such an action would portray Najib as someone thinking of the country ahead of himself, the very definition of a patriot. It would also be a great tribute to the memory of his father, Tun Razak.
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  7. #207
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    We cannot understand why Malaysians are surprised. Politicians always lie. So Malaysians persist in believing politicians despite all the evidence staring them in the place, then they deserve whatever the politicians does to them.

    Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:54

    HOW QUICKLY Najib breaks his promises: In 2010, he pledged zero toll hikes for 5 YEARS!

    This was Prime Minister Najib Razak’s promise on October 15, 2010 when he was tabling Budget 2011 before the great battle, 13th general election took place.

    “The Government is very concerned with the rising transport cost borne by the rakyat. To alleviate the burden of highway users, I am pleased to inform that the toll rates in four highways owned by PLUS Expressway Berhad will not be raised for the next five years, effective immediately.”

    In that 2010 speech, Najib said the government was very concerned with the transport cost borne by the people.

    Then why the government raised the petrol prices in 2013 and then subsequently toll rates in 2014?

    Is transport cost no longer a concern now or Najib is just sending the message that ‘concern only comes when election is near’?

    Referring to the Budget 2011 speech and mathematically speaking, the expiry date should be October 14, 2015 before the toll rates for PLUS could be revised if Najib keeps his word.

    But, don’t put too much hope on it.

    Judging from the announcement made by the Prime Minister’s Department Minister Abdul Wahid Omar, who said toll rates hikes would be “unavoidable” comes 2014, citing government’s obligation to concessionaire agreements, it seems that Najib and the government have forgotten what was promised in 2010.

    But then, who actually owned the highways indirectly?

    According to Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, three highway concessionaires - Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (Plus), Prolintas and Gamuda are 80 percent owned by government-owned entities.

    Therefore, he said it was mischievous for Wahid to “blame the concessionaires” and treating Malaysians as stupid.

    "It all goes back to the pockets in Putrajaya. It is just moving money from left pocket to the right pocket," Rafizi was quoted saying by Malaysiakini.

    But Rafizi, the government is only treating the people as stupid, they are also taking advantage of their short memories too. No? - Harakahdaily

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    Price hikes slash PM's approval rating by 10 points

    4:57PM Dec 18, 2013

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    Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's approval rating has dropped to 52 percent following a series of drastic subsidy cuts that have led to higher cost of living.

    According to Merdeka Center's latest survey, Najib's approval rating for December is the lowest since September 2009 (59 percent) and is close to the 45 percent he had in May 2009, a month after taking over as prime minister.

    Merdeka Center said that the latest survey was carried out at a time when the government began announcing the rise in petrol prices, abolition of sugar subsidies, efforts to explain the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST), and also the rise in electricity tariff.

    Najib's drop in popularity was evident across all major ethnic grpuos and economic background. The most drastic drop was among Indian voters.

    In its statement, Merdeka Center also said that concerns over economy recorded its highest-ever number, with 67 percent of respondents expressing their concern.

    More than half of the respondents also say they do not understand the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on their lives, and that they do not agree with the statements of the country’s leaders about the economic situation.

    “Correspondingly, the number of respondents expressing happiness with the government had also declined to 38 percent from 50 percent in August,” the statement said.

    For the perception of the government, Malay voters recorded the biggest reduction, as their perception dropped by a significant 15 percent.

    The survey was carried out between Dec 4 and 12, partly coinciding with the Umno general assembly.

    One thousand and five registered voters were surveyed via telephone, comprising of 60 percent Malays, 31 percent Chinese and nine percent Indians.

    Up and down

    Najib's approval rating has rarely dropped below 60 percent since he assumed his post as prime minister in April 2009.

    Despite starting with a low approval rating in the first few months of his tenure as premier, a slew of handouts since 2011 had seen his approval rating go up, at times, to above 70 percent.

    It however dropped significantly to 59 percent after the Bersih 2.0 rally in July 2011, the last time his popularity had seen a sharp decline.

    However, the announcements of Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) handouts soon returned his approval ratings at above 60 percent, which was how it remained heading into the 13th general elections.

    Two days before the elections, his approval rating stood at 61 percent, and it stood at 62 percent in August, three months after the polls.

    Najib's popularity is now back to the levels where he began as PM four years ago.

    The respondents' perception towards the government however sees a continuing trend of Najib outscoring the government he leads in terms of popularity.

    In most of the recent polls conducted by Merdeka Center, less than half of the respondents were satisfied with the government's performance, though the latest figure of 38 percent is a new low compared to 45 to 50 percent range of approval for the government in the recent past.

    Download Merdeka Center report


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    Tue, 26 Nov 2013 02:30:00 GMT | By Kee Thuan Chye

    BLOG: Show us your income tax returns, Najib

    PM Najib Razak recently called tax evaders "traitors". Columnist Kee Thuan Chye has a proposal for him which he hopes Najib will accept to prove his sincerity and accountability as a leader.

    Dear Najib,

    You have come out to call tax evaders traitors. That’s a very strong word. If you had used it on corrupt public officials and politicians, especially government ministers, that would have been more apt. It would have struck a resonant chord. It would also have indicated your seriousness in fighting corruption within your ranks.

    As it is, according to your minister Paul Low, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested nine politicians who were reported to be involved in corruption between 2010 and August 2013, and only five have been charged. That’s a pretty low number over the course of four years. The minister did not clarify who these politicians were, but one would presume that they were part of the ruling party.

    It may well be that Malaysian politicians, including those holding public office, are generally clean, but the unofficial allegations that have been brought up from time to time tell us a hugely different story. You may be aware of them yourself – allegations about this minister living beyond his means, like building a palatial home, and that minister receiving kickbacks or laundering money for his so-called “adopted son”. And of course the biggie surrounding Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his relatives, some of whom were caught on video earlier this year by the international NGO Global Witness allegedly offering logging licences in return for profit.

    Only a few days ago, Sarawak Report exposed another alleged scheme of Taib and his family in exploiting the Bandar Samariang low-cost housing project for their own financial gain. If these allegations about the family are true, what would you call the people involved? More important, would you launch an investigation and haul them in for corruption?

    Okay, let’s get back to the tax evaders issue. I have a proposal for you that I hope you will accept to prove your sincerity and accountability as a leader.

    Since you call tax evaders traitors, show us you are not one. Release your income tax returns to the public. Let us know how much income you make, what assets you own and how much tax you pay. Get your ministers to do the same. Show us that you are not a traitor, that you do not under-declare your income or resort to tax shelters in order to pay less tax.

    Don’t try and back out of this one, with some excuse or other. The US president publicly reveals his income tax returns and declares how much tax he pays. And that’s good, don’t you think? He apparently has nothing to hide. Even if he tried to, it’s all out there in the open. If he’s found out later, he can be held accountable.

    You should do the same. Since you condemn others for evading tax, it is all the more incumbent on you now to show that you are not doing it yourself. You probably know the saying, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    For your information, the tax returns of US presidents are protected by law from public disclosure, but since the late 1960s, most of them have chosen to release their returns publicly. Apparently, Gerald Ford is the only exception. Even candidates for the presidency do the same, including those contesting in party primaries.

    If you want to look at the combined tax returns of Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for 2012, please click here.

    Barack and Michelle reported an adjusted gross income of US$608,611. They both paid US$112,214 in total tax. It could have been higher if they had not donated about 24.6 per cent of their adjusted gross income to charity. That’s a generous US$150,034.
    Out of curiosity, may I ask how much you donate to charity? You may of course include your wife’s donations too, if you like. Oh, by the way, does she pay income tax?

    On top of the federal income tax, the Obamas also released their state tax returns and reported paying US$29,450 to their home state of Illinois.

    For Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill’s combined federal tax returns for 2012, have a look here.

    They reported an adjusted gross income of US$385,072 and paid US$87,851 in total tax. For state income tax, they filed separate returns, with Jill filing a non-resident one for the state of Virginia. They paid US$13,531 to Delaware and US$3,593 to Virginia.

    The Bidens gave to charity US$7,190. That’s a small fraction of what the Obamas donated, but that’s not the point.
    The point is, don’t you think this sort of declaration contributes to a wonderful and open system?

    Other countries that operate with such openness and transparency include Sweden, Finland and Norway. In fact, there, everyone’s income tax returns are made public. It is said to cohere with the Scandinavian tradition of jantelag, which roughly means that nobody is better than anyone else.

    It should also cohere with the “best democracy” that you promised for Malaysia in the speech you made on September 16, 2011.

    Don’t you agree?

    If you recall, on that occasion, you announced the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA), which effectively outlawed the use of preventive detention in Malaysia. Now that preventive detention is back – reinstated through the recent amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act – does your promise of “best democracy” still hold true?

    In that speech, you also said the repeal of the ISA was part of the political transformation that your government was carrying out pertaining to human rights. You said, “The time has come for us to take another step forward not only in economics and education but also in upholding democratic principles.”

    Do you still believe that?

    If you do, walk the talk. For now, to put your money where your mouth is, disclose your tax returns publicly. And get your deputy and your other ministers to do the same. Be a leader and lead the way. Prove to us that you can lead.

    Otherwise, you are just sounding like a prime minister who is talking in abrasive language because your coalition didn’t win the popular vote at the last general election in May.

    Otherwise, we will not know for sure that you are not a traitor – like any vile, shameful, despicable, crooked, cheapskate tax evader.



    * Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to MSN Malaysia

    * Kee Thuan Chye is the author of the new book The Elections Bullshit , now available in bookstores.

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    dumb question.

    Does Najib care?

    [COLOR=#707070 !important]Zefry Dahalan
    | December 28, 2013
    Although there are rumblings of the rakyat asking whether the PM cares about them due to all the price hikes, Umno fortresses in the rural areas still remain unperturbed and loyal to Umno.
    SEREMBAN – During the GE 13, dubbed as ‘the mother of all elections’ in Malaysia both BN and Pakatan pledged a list of promises should they be voted into Putrajaya.

    Now seven months after the general elections, BN rules as the government and the rakyat are waiting for all election promises to be fulfilled.

    On Sept 2 , prime minister Najib Tun Razak announced a petrol price increase and to appease the rakyat he called it a subsidy reduction .

    In truth, the RON95 and diesel price was increased by 20 sen.

    RON95 increased from RM1.70 to RM1.90 per litre and diesel increased from RM1.60 to RM1.80 per litre.

    The chain reaction was felt almost immediately with the price of goods increasing over the following months.

    On Oct 25, Najib announced another ‘surprise gift’.

    Terming it as rationalisation, (Najib is given full credit for popularising this term amongst Malaysians), he abolished the remaining 34 sen sugar subsidy.

    Sugar price was increased from RM2.50 to RM2.84 per kilo (round-up to RM2.85).

    On Dec 2, the Energy, Technology and Water minister Dr Maximus Ongkili announced another rationalisation, informing all that the electric tariff will be increased by 14.89 percent or 4.99 sen kilowatt per hour.

    Beginning Jan 1, 2014, electricity will be priced at 38.53 sen per kilowatt per hour.

    The term ‘rationalisation’ may look ‘sweet’ but in reality it is ‘bitter’ as the end results are actually price increases.

    Next on the cards are road toll hikes expected to be rolled out any time next year.

    The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Abdul Wahid Omar who is an economist and banker told expressway users that they are free to use roads without tolls if they are unhappy with the proposed toll hike. His statement angered the rakyat, further.

    There are rumours circulating over the social media that more increases are expected in 2014. Although not verified or confirmed as yet, there are speculations that rice, road taxes and driving licenses are on the list for price hikes as well as another petrol price increase slated for next year or in 2015.

    The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is said to be reviewing the LRT and Monorel charges but so far nothing has materialised.

    Among ordinary Malaysians the current discussions and topic of conversation be it in coffee shops or on the social media is “does Najib care about the people?”

    Even Umno division and branch leaders are asking “does Najib care about the 14th GE?”

    The fear felt by these grassroot Umno leaders and members is whether Umno will be able to survive the 14th general elections after all the unpopular moves made by the current BN government.

    Najib as prime minister and finance minister with numerous advisers surrounding him surely must have considered all these factors before proceeding with such unpopular announcements.
    If the rakyat can predict that these price and tariff increases can kill Umno in 14th general elections, Najib must be more aware.

    So why was Najib brave enough to allow such ‘burdens’ be dished out to the rakyat despite the promises he made before the GE13 such as reducing toll charges in stages and raising the quality of life for Malaysians?

    Najib knowns that Malaysians have such short memories, they make noise for a few weeks or months and then all is forgotten.

    There were price increases during former prime minister Abdullah Badawi’s tenure and even after the 12th general election (after Mac 200.

    The people were angry but after a month or two, life went back to normal and people forgot.

    By the next general election in four and half years time, Malaysians will have forgotten all these price and tariff increases especially if Najib announces a few goodies and hands over some ‘sweets’.

    Six months before the 14th general election Najib will start to hand out ‘goodies’ again and the hardcore BN supporters and fence sitters will be happy to vote for BN again.

    A few pro-Umno grassroot leaders that FMT spoke to said that BN is in danger of losing at the 14th general election if Najib does not stop the price hikes, as this time the rakyat are smarter and the people will not be bought over by the sweet promises made by the BN government.
    “They have been ‘hit’ (terkena) once by the government and I don’t think they can be fooled again next time,” said a young Umno branch leader from Seremban.
    A quick check by FMT at a few Felda and traditional Malay kampung areas where recent price and tariff hikes does not affected them. The sentiment of the Malays regarding Najib and the government is still positive.
    There are slight grumblings and unhappiness amongst the villagers, but in general support for BN in these so called Umno fortresses is still unshaken.
    “Yes, the prices of goods have gone up. What to do? At least our country is safe. No war. You go to Indonesia, Myanmar or Bangladesh, the situation is much worse,” said Sharulnizam Azhar from Felda Serting, Jempol.
    As far as Najib is concerned he does not see any major backlash from the people, especially from the Malays in the rural and Felda areas, Umno’s strongest fortress.

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