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  1. #71
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Mahathir endorses BTN

    The master of double-speak in action. Anything that can help UMNO to brainwash the masses is considered "instilling the patriotic spirit".

    There is no need to revamp National Civics Bureau (BTN) training modules as in the current form, they were fine for instilling the patriotic spirit among Malaysians, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

    See how cleverly he twists the issues: Opposition by Anwar to the flawed electoral process by UMNO is painted as an act of distrust of the Malays.

    Asked on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call for independent observers from Australia to monitor the next general election in the country, Dr Mahathir said: “If it is the white man, he will trust. If its Malays, it is otherwise.”

    Dr M: Don’t mess with BTN.


  2. #72
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: More shrinking of the middle-class

    That's why the PAP is so keen on UMNO remaining in power - UMNO is the PAP's biggest contributor to their brain-gain programme. Where would Singapore be without Malaysian brains?

    Racial politics and Brain Drain

    Monday, 07 December 2009 Super Admin

    By Dr. HSU

    The most important asset of a country is not its natural resources, but rather human resources. This is especially true in a knowledge based economy, which of course will be the trend in future if not already the trend in most of the western countries.

    My daughter, who is in her final year medicine in Auckland, told me that a team of Singapore recruitment officers have just visited Auckland and talked to the Malaysian students there, offering job and training prospect for the final year students once they graduate. My daughter also told me that over the last few years, quite a lot of her Malaysian seniors, after graduating from medical courses in NZ, have gone to Singapore to work as house-officers and subsequently stayed back in Singapore for their postgraduate training.

    Similar teams are sent to Australia and UK for recruiting Malaysians there to work in Singapore. Malaysiatoday....

  3. #73
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – Challenge for UMNO: 1MALAYSIA or BTN?

    This is going to Najib's KPI - BTN must go!

    Pakatan continues to hound Najib over BTN

    Sunday, 06 December 2009 Super Admin

    Utusan today urged the government not to “bow down” to the opposition on BTN and said that Nazri wanted the programme to be revamped even though the move was decided by the Cabinet.

    By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, The Malaysian Insider

    Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders say they want Datuk Seri Najib Razak to set the record straight by stating the government’s stand on the controversial National Civics Bureau (BTN).

    Despite confirmation by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, on Monday that the Cabinet had agreed to revamp BTN courses and disclosure that the Chief Secretary had been instructed to oversee BTN’s overhaul, a number of ministers and Umno leaders have continued to defend the programme which has been described as racist by the opposition and some participants.

    The prime minister’s silence on the issue has added to the confusion over his administration’s position. Malaysiatoday.... Pakatan continues to hound Najib over BTN

    BTN – why is Muhyiddin backing Ahmad Maslan and not Nazri?

    Sunday, 06 December 2009 Super Admin

    Lim Kit Siang

    When asked about the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) controversy after the National Land Council meeting in Putrajaya on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, who is directly responsible for Biro Tata Negara (BTN), had already given the necessary explanation.
    Asked whether the BTN course would be revamped, Muhyiddin said this was not a new course, that it had been decided on by the Cabinet a long time back and that he did not need to explain further. (Sin Chew 5.12.09)

    Muhyiddin was being most irresponsible for evading the issue, especially as the Deputy Prime Minister had led the UMNO hawks including the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the Agriculture Minister Datuk Nor Omar, the Women Minister Datuk Shahrizat Jalil in Cabinet in defending the divisive, racist and seditious BTN indoctrination courses. Malaysiatoday.... BTN – why is Muhyiddin backing Ahmad Maslan and not Nazri?

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Najib to clamp down on BTN?

    Will he? We can read below how UMNO will keep on telling lies to defend their position.

    Finally, there is only one option - UMNO Must Go!

    Will Najib choose the Pak Lah path? — The Malaysian Insider

    DEC 7 — In the ongoing debate about the Biro Tata Negara (BTN), one obvious question is staring the country in the face — will Datuk Seri Najib Razak step up to the plate or will he be another Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi?

    In recent days, the Malay-language press controlled by the prime minister’s party has already drawn a line in the sand.

    Despite overwhelming evidence of racism, these newspapers have been defending the BTN courses, and are implying that attacks against the National Civics Bureau are akin to an assault on the “social contract” and the special position of Malays. TheMalaysiaInsider.... Will Najib choose the Pak Lah path?

  5. #75
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: The shrinking of the middle

    Just what is UMNO afraid of?

    Data on migration is currently under the Official Secrets Act

    The shrinking of the middle-class is on-track:

    *** Intelligent Malays are leaving because they are ashamed of their branding.

    *** Conservatism and instability', lack of security.

    *** “hopelessness and stagnation”,

    *** “glass ceiling”

    *** higher salary packages and job satisfaction

    *** push factors are likely to be concern for their children's education “constantly chopping and changing”

    *** children's future,

    *** disillusionment with the country's main social and economic policies

    *** lack of faith in the institutions running the country like the police and the judiciary.

    *** No longer feel in control of their life.

    More young Malays quitting M'sia

    Aidila Razak, Dec 7, 09

    Last week, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A Kohilan Pillay told Parliament that the number of Malaysians who have given up citizenship this year has almost doubled that in 2008.

    This does not come as a surprise to many - the shock lies in just who is leaving the country
    now and for what reason.

    DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (right) had previously brought up the brain-drain issue with the federal government, citing this as evidence that the New Economic Policy (NEP) has failed.

    Even in 2007, Guan Eng had argued that the NEP has failed to address hardcore poverty. He said it only benefits a select group of people to the detriment of non-bumiputeras who then take their expertise elsewhere.

    The NEP is no longer cited by non-bumiputera emigrants alone - increasingly, young Malays are contributing to the brain-drain because of the 'backlash' of the affirmative action policy.

    “It is very depressing to be Malay now. Everything about the Malay identity is disappointing, because other races view us as helpless and incompetent...a sort of backlash from the NEP,” said potential emigrant Natasha Adnan.

    The 25-year-old engineer, a top scorer throughout her student years, said that she is “50-50” about moving abroad. That will depend, she said, on whether she or her partner can secure a job abroad in the immediate future. Malaysiakini. Subscription required.

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Ministry of Information - Propaganda Tool

    Read how a previous Minister of Information used his department as a propaganda tool for UMNO. He could do it back then because the internet penetration was not so high. Today, it is not so easy.

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Ministry of Information - Propaganda Tool

    Quote Originally Posted by pywong
    Read how a previous Minister of Information used his department as a propaganda tool for UMNO. He could do it back then because the internet penetration was not so high. Today, it is not so easy.

    Yes. I read this in the mainstream media when it was first published. I was gobsmacked! They actually admitted it. Our very own PTB. I still can't believe that they actually admitted it. Its like wow! Everything I ever thought on theory is now proven to be correct. Ownership dictates content. There is no such thing as a 'free press' etc etc...

    What I'm probably more surprised at is....nobody seems to care.. That article should have generated a huge amount of outrage. This is it. We're witnessing the end of independent thought as we know it. The masses are so sedated that when the end comes, it will raise merely a murmur.

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    BTN, Umno and the changing Malay world

    10 Dec 09

    When the politics of race dominates the political scene in a multi-racial society, racial unity has always been the rallying cry for political parties; the assumption is that once all members of a race are united under one political party, the race then enjoys greater leverage in inter-racial negotiation for more interests and rights.

    Since most of the political parties in Malaysia have been race based from the very early days, and Umno's perennial success at the polls and within the ruling coalition has enabled many race-based nation building politics to dominate our national life, most commentators and academics authoring books on Malaysian politics have always condemned Malaysian politics to be communal in nature.

    I, like a small handful of political activists and commentators have always argued against this position since the early days of the 1970s.

    We did and still do so not out of a sense of idealistic naiveté, but out of deep thought in the study of history and political science.

    If you observe and study history and current affairs with the assumption that you must accept "reality", then indeed the politics of race must forever dominate Malaysian politics.

    On the other hand, if you analyse politics from the position of seeking the patterns and agents of change, using any number of kits from out intellectual tool box - including Hegel's idea of historical dialectic - then you will always be on the look out for the fulcrum upon which fundamental radical structural change in our political life can evolve.

    In short, looking for possibilities and options in historical change is always the way towards emancipation from the stultifying self-enslaving and defeatist ideology of political realism.

    What you sow not necessarily what you reap

    Political actors always have their fixed goals and their national agenda in mind.

    What they cannot always foresee is the result of the unintended consequences of their plans and actions.

    What we need to do is to grope around in the uncertain waters of unintended consequences in advance.

    In the early years of the communal life of the Malay community in Malaysia, the Malays were a more or less homogenous ethnic community.

    Umno came to prominence because of their strong grass-roots participation and leadership, with their national delegates coming mainly from local village heads, teachers, writers, journalists, and even fishermen.

    They had a critical sense of mission, to make great sacrifice to lift the members of their ethnic community from socio-economic marginalisation at a time when the Malayan economy was still agro and commodity based.

    The clarion cry for Malay unity to ensure the survival of the Malay race then did strike a resonant chord among the Malay voters.

    That was the historical force that propelled and maintained Umno in power for many decades.

    Time running out for racial politics

    In the Hegelian sense, Umno dominance in Malaysian politics in the first few decades and the NEP created since the 1970s had their historical justification up to a point.

    But even as early as the 1970s and 1980s, there were more than a few activists and students of politics like me who constantly went against the grain and claimed that the politics of race cannot be sustained over a long period of time without its many internal self-contradiction imploding from within to warrant its demise.

    Any ethnic community is not a race cast in stone. It goes through socio-economic change, which itself creates cultural, intellectual and therefore political change.

    Even the sense of ethnic self-identity goes through a painful process of self-examination and evolutionary transformation.

    No doubt, the affirmative programmes implemented by Umno have transformed the Malay community and the face of the Malaysian political landscape.

    In the process, they have also planted the seeds of their own demise through the unintended consequences of their success.

    They have created a huge urban Malay middle and middle-upper class Malays whose higher educational levels nurture in them greater expectation of life, along Maslow's Pyramid of Needs.

    They are far more financially independent than their parents from Umno's network of patronage, and increasingly face the same problems with their Chinese and Indian counterparts living within the sprawling urban centres, like high crime rate, congestion, rising costs of living, and the effects of rampant corruption.

    Pivotal moment: Anwar's black eye

    With the advent of the Internet since the 1990s, the younger generations of better educated Malays have also become much better informed than their rural forebears, and their mastery of the information technology has enabled them to find an individual voice, in seeking social networking and alternative expression of political views.

    Looking back, the one single incident that woke up many young educated Malays from their racial slumber was the arrest and protracted trial of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998.

    Suddenly, many New Malays were brought to the realisation that a prominent mainstream Malay icon can also be brought to the same humiliating state as leaders of opposition parties representing other ethnic communities.

    The massive spontaneous street protests in 1988 against Anwar's arrest, and Anwar's black eye were the two symbolic historic events that sounded the death knell of "Malay dominated institutions to ensure Malay dominance in all things Malaysia"!

    But with their supreme leader jailed in Sungei Buloh, the newly formed PKR party had to languish in the political wilderness for a decade before a congruence of historical forces opened up a new political sky in the March 8 general elections last year.

    Meanwhile, Umno is no longer the vibrant grass-root based egalitarian activist movement of the 1950s and the 1960s.

    Today, the delegates at the Umno general assembly are prominent titled and well fed members of the politico-corporate elite class, beneficiaries of crony capitalism, regional warlords who hamper the progress of the party every step of the way out of self-interest and their territorial imperative.

    Naturally, money politics runs rampant in Umno, and the party turned from liberator of their race into the repressor and exploiter of many members of their own race.

    In many ways, Umno has lost its old moral authority to call themselves political representatives of their ethnic community.

    To-day, the Malay constituency in West Malaysia is split among Umno, PKR and PAS, locked in a titanic war for the Malay heart and soul. How will this drama play out in the end?

    We take the current raging debate over the Biro Tatanegara civic courses for instance.

    A Malay Menteri Besar from a Malay State - PKR's Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim -- was the one who opened the Pandora Box by banning state civil servants and students from state institutions of higher learning from attending the BTN courses run by the prime minister's department.

    This measure was soon followed by Penang and Kelantan.

    Many PKR leading lights who are former Umno government members and well versed with the racist agenda and the dubious modus operandi of the BTN courses had since come out with much expose and condemnation of the transgressions committed by BTN courses in their new found aspiration towards Ketuanan Rakyat.

    Then the national audience in Malaysia is entertained to a macabre and surreal shouting match between the former Prime Minister Tun M and the current Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz accusing each other as being 'racist"!

    Tug of war between old and young

    After 60 years of politics of race in mainstream politics, "racism" has finally been declared politically incorrect! This is indeed a historic achievement for our Malaysian democracy.

    But apart from Tunku Razaleigh Hamzah's lone Umno voice for the scrapping of the BTN courses, Nazri is the only government minister announcing that the courses will be "revamped" to reflect the 1Malaysia concept so much touted by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Rajak.

    While the PM himself is on a roller coaster of a global tour, many members of the present cabinet from the Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin down have insisted that there is nothing wrong with the BTN programme.

    Nazri belongs to a younger generation Umno leaders who may not have the racial baggage of the old timers, and who sense the need for the party to evolve into a more inclusive political entity to meet the needs of new voters and new political realities.

    The fact that he has not been vociferously supported by his cabinet colleagues while brickbats from his party comrades were hurled at him subtly or blatantly showed that many top Umno leaders are still addicted to their old perception of social engineering and patriarchal top-down leadership as the panacea of all their problems!

    It does mean that Umno is still stuck in their time warp and for various reasons they have refused to accept the changing reality of race relations in Malaysia.

    Any management guru will tell you that in a fast changing world, any entity that refuses to change to adapt to its new environment, let alone managing the pace and direction of change, is bound to be made obsolete and discarded by the evolving world.

    If Umno is indeed bent on holding on to their brand of politics of race, is becoming obsolete their inevitable fate? Malaysiakini. Subscription required.

    (Sim Kwang Yang can be reached at )

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Where's the Malaysian Ship of State headed?

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009
    2030: We Were Warned

    The signs are grim and gloomy for a country run (riot) by politicians:

    The nation’s mismanagement of talent could have serious repercussions not only on its ambitions to become a high income economy on par with that of developed nations but could also lead it to fall further behind even its counterparts in the region.

    Head of research at Corston-Smith Asset Management, Lim Tze Cheng, recently did a tour of South East Asian countries and came away sufficiently impressed that he feels Malaysia may soon be found lagging behind its neighbours that it was once ahead of.

    He cited a recent visit to the Philippines, a current major supplier of maids, where he visited a company, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) and he drew comparisons to local port champions Westport and Port of Tanjung Pelepas.

    He said that ICTS now draws 50 per cent of its revenue from eight profitable ports outside the Philippines, and noted that no Malaysian port company can boast of similar achievements.

    I give it a 70 per cent chance that Malaysia will be exporting maids in 20 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens unless we get our act together,” he said.

    Lim says that the issues plaguing Malaysia includes its “problematic” education system and distressingly low ability to retain talent.

    What are the distressing trends?

    1) We are hosting more than 3 million unskilled labour (expanding the base of the Pyramid. UMNO finds it easier to manipulate the Lower Class.). Less than 40k are skilled foreign labour. Expatriates are finding it very difficult to get a working visa to work in Malaysia. Most of them were given 6 months to 1 year visas which are cumbersome. How many expatriates are still working in KL? Most of Mont Kiara high end condominiums are half empty. KL is NOT a regional city, not even close to Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok.

    2) Malaysia is one of the prime targets for human trafficking. But skilled foreign spouses find it so difficult to obtain a permanent residency in Malaysia which allows them to work (UMNO doesn't want the non-Malay middle-class to grow as it is viewed as a threat).

    3) Malaysia's brain drain has accelerated (shrinking of the middle class) in the last decade since the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Malaysia has exported more than 1 million talents in the last decades. The emergence of dynamic regional economies such as China, Vietnam, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and soon Indonesia are going to attract more talents away especially in construction, telecommunications, ICT, medicine, health care, finance and accounting.

    4) Other countries are busy attracting young, dynamic and skilled foreign talents but Malaysia's MM2H programme is attracting the retirees. This speaks volume of our knowledge economy direction.

    5) Other non-English speaking countries are spending billions to pick up proficiency in English, our deputy minister of education finds it weird to use the language in the private sector.

    6) Other countries promote efficiency, innovation and creativity, we are promoting and condoning a "I don't care" (tidak apa) attitude.

    Malaysia continues to depend on oil revenue. DAP Tony Pua highlighted that crony privatisation is on the prowl again. We should be thankful to have a sharp member of parliament like him.

    Yes, these people/politicians are not stupid. They should be the ones to sense a sinking ship. Just like in the 2012 movie, this government has its fingers on the pulse and almost all documents in the administration. The public do not get an access to them because of the silly and undemocratic OSA.

    Maybe they think its time to rape the country's resources - for whatever that are left - and abort this sinking ship when the time comes.

    Malaysians, we were warned - 2030, or maybe earlier.

    The future of this country depends on the majority. Yes, the Malay Malaysians. This ship is under your stewardship. It is time to show some leadership. No point blaming the minorities. We are not a threat but are willing partners to help steer this ship away from the dangerous glacier in front of us.

    For goodness sake, wake up and do something. khookaypeng

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Catholics can herald in 2010 with newspaper

    Control of information and religion is power. UMNO will not allow any group to challenge that. That's the cause of the Catholic Herald's travails. This will be repeated year after year to wear the Catholics down. Psychological warfare is a long-term affair.

    Catholics can herald in 2010 with newspaper

    By Debra Chong

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Malaysia’s only Catholic newspaper, Herald, finally got its publishing permit renewed for next year after several weeks of delay, its editor Father Lawrence Andrew confirmed today.

    Andrew disclosed that a newspaper representative collected the permit from the Home Affairs Ministry in Putrajaya yesterday as the editor was busy in court for the “Allah” hearing.

    “We received a fax copy of the permit on Friday,” Andrew told The Malaysian Insider.

    “It would take two weeks for them to mail it to us,” he added.

    Close aides to minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had assured Andrew a month ago at a specially-arranged meeting in Putrajaya that the latter would likely receive the 2010 permit by end November.

    The priest became worried when the permit was delayed.

    While checking with ministry officials to find out the status of the permit, he was told it was being held back because the Treasury had yet to issue a receipt for the RM800 fee, which had already been paid in August.

    Andrew appeared unhappy with the delay, but is relieved that he got the permit at all.

    The home affairs ministry governs the issuance of the permits, which is a must under the country’s publishing laws.

    The Herald is currently embroiled in a suit against the home minister who has banned it from using the word “Allah” for God outside the Muslim context.

    The High Court will pronounce its judgment on Dec 30. Malaysiainsider.

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