Thursday, December 18, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Many Blacks only learn their errors when they are sentenced to jail, where they learn about Islam. Prislam!

And being Christians do not mean anything to the Black Christians as the White Christians still do not give them respect and accord them brethren status.

They were goods to be traded.

What is the psychological profile of the police officers in Ferguson and New York City who were involved with the two high-profile cases? You know which cases!

Someone must insist that a study on their psychology be done to determine if they had done what they did deliberately.

Better, to supplement the results of the findings or research, the two officers too must be subjected to a lie detector test so there is some facts that can be put down in black-and-white for everybody to see which can erase all the many white-lies that had been formed to allow the two to go away scot-free.

Who knows if the two might have some psychological urges to want to do ‘a service’ to their White community for doing what they had done.

And this is not an emotional matter; but a psychological one.  

Many Blacks in America blame the police force in America for having some White officers who did not know how to relate with the Blacks in the country, with some of them who had actually been killed or attacked by some White officers.

The White officers were blamed for not being sensitive to the Blacks. But the Blacks too should accept part of the blame themselves.

But unfortunately for Brown and Garner, it would be too late now for them, because they had been killed or died.

The other Blacks especially those who live in the fringes of society ought to take better care of themselves so that they do not attract the wrong attention from the police officers especially the White ones.

America is still in a state of Black-and-White.

One has not heard of similar incidents involving the Orientals and Arabs who had been given similar treatment as Brown and Garner.

Maybe the Orientals knew how to behave themselves, and the Arabs often look like the Whites and they also do not behave or misbehave themselves in the same fashion as some of the Blacks.

So in this way, the Orientals and Arabs and other people of color do not get themselves embroiled with the police in America ending in the same way as some of the unlucky and hapless Blacks do, getting killed.

The Oriental and Arab kids do not carry toy guns anywhere. In fact, from my own guess, most of the people in America who own guns are the Whites.

The Blacks have them not to protect themselves but to use them as weapons for their criminal activities.

The Orientals and Arabs and the other people of color do not generally own guns for leisure or for personal protection.

This is my general observation of the situation in America. And I may be wrong. 

An eleven-year-old Black guy called Brown was shot in a park by a White guy in Ferguson, America, who is a policeman who ought to know better not to fire his pistol at him, for carrying a toy rifle.

Brown should not have also carried a toy rifle in public especially if he is in America at this time.

And the White policeman too ought to know better not to be trigger-happy and used better judgment in dealing with young men who are careless.

But the problem is not with the toy rifle or real rifle. It may be just a matter of skin or skin color.

The main problem is that Michael Brown is Black. If Brown is White, the settler-cum-policeman would definitely used his better judgment and not fire his pistol at him, killing him.

The White Settler was thus spared any action for his indiscretion.

Brown is like the many Palestinian kids who had been shot at and killed by the Zionist settlers-cum IDF soldiers.

Now, even a minister in the Palestinian authority cabinet had been killed, over a fracas with the Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers who are too trigger-happy. Their motto seems to be: Kill now and find any excuses later.

One can also compare what had happened to Brown and Garner with the many Blacks in South Africa when the country was under Apartheid rule for many decades.

And also how many Whites in America had died in the hands of the Blacks who rob them?

This should also explain why there are more Blacks in the prisons in America than the Whites despite the allegation by some Black leaders on how Blacks who are arrested would most likely be charged and given long jail terms compared to the Whites.

Where are the White leaders? Why are they also not listing down all the types of crimes the Blacks do on them and why.

And where are the Black leaders on this matter?

But what I want to ask is: Just how many of the Blacks who have been killed or who were involved in crimes are Muslim ones.

My take is that there are so few of them.

And ironically, the many Blacks who have been sentenced to jail, many or some eventually will revert to Islam so much so that they are called Prislam.

Religion does not matter in America; the history of the country has ample proof that despite the early Blacks converting to Christianity to be just like their slave-masters, they were not given same treatment and were still their slaves.

Even today being a Christian does not mean anything; the country is still very much divided by the Whites and Blacks.

There is no such a thing as a Christian brethren status amongst the White and Black Christians in America or anywhere in the world.

Unlike Muslims, they can do away with color.

But sectarian strife was introduced by the west in order to cause Muslims or Arabs to be at arms with each other as what is happening in the many Arab countries today.

The reason is expediency; for the enemies of the Arabs and Islam to have it easy. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

When Michael Jackson was charged for molesting a young White boy, the White prosecutors were quick to take swift action against him. They even stripped him in a police station and have his genitals photographed.

Bill Cosby is now facing some charges of sexual misconduct by some women who alleged that he had done that to them decades ago.

Yet, the American public was quick to take action against them even before the cases were brought to the court or with the women not yet filing police reports against him.

Bill is now on a tour for a series of comedy shows, and some of them had been canceled.

This is America, where the morals of many of the people there are said to be low compared to those in Malaysia which is an Islamic state.

Yet, when Anwar Ibrahim was charged for sodomy which is not a crime in America, the police could not even force him to give blood samples to check his DNA to compare with those that had been found in the semen in Saiful’s anus, much less to force him to pose for photos to of his genitals, like what their American counterparts had done to Michael.

And worse, Anwar is able to go all over the country and abroad as though he did not fear the outcome of the case, which he had initially won, but lost in the appeal in the Sodomy II trial and is now waiting for the outcome of the appeal in the Federal Court.

He was found guilty by the Appeals Court and sentenced to five years in jail.

But he was never held in remand for Sodomy II, while the lesser mortals are given the treatment.

Jimmy Savile (Sir Jimmy) had died many years ago but his body cannot rest peacefully in his grave which is said to be placed below a very thick concrete slap to discourage anyone from defacing it.

Bill Clinton, had his presidency stained by semen and shame by a mere White House intern, Monica Lewinsky who even said how the authorities had seized her laptop or computer and recovered the emails she had exchanged with Bill that she had deleted.

She must be naïve not to know that this can be done by using a simply data recovery software that is sold online.

In Malaysia, Anwar’s and Saiful’s laptop or computer or even smartphones have not been known to have been seized by the authorities so they can see if there are SMSes and emails that the pair had sent to each other that contain incriminating information to prove that they had had a long relationship leading to sodomy.

Why were the prosecutors not able to get the court order to force Anwar give blood samples to prove that the DNA that was found in the semen in Saiful’s anus does not or does match?

The prosecutors had to find some DNA samples of Anwar from items that he had left in the cell where he was held in remand and also sentenced in the Sodomy I case.

They were lucky because he was not put in a cell with few other convicts but was given ‘special treatment’ and put in a room in the prison clinic so he was alone and the items could be proven to belong to him alone that the prosecutors in Sodomy II are using to prove that the DNA samples in the semen found in Saiful’s anus and those found in the personal items belonging to Anwar indeed matched. 

Many in the Left and also the opposition often like to compare Malaysia with America and the other so-called developed countries in the west on anything.

But strangely, on this matter, they tried their level best to look elsewhere and not even want to compare how Michael Clinton, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Savile and the others had been treated by the authorities in their respective countries.

They did not demand that Anwar be subjected to DNA tests with or without the approval of his lawyers.

Now Bill Cosby is being persecuted by mere allegations by some women who alleged to have been sexually abused, decades ago, with his shows canceled and tickets sold refunded to those who had bought them.

Yet, none of the women had dared to take the matter further other than to make the charges, since the incidents had happened too long ago when they were in the teens.

And their legal counsel are trying to get Bill Cosby to waive the six-year time limit to allow him to face the women in the court.

Meanwhile, Bill would only utter, ‘No response’ each time he is asked to comment on the allegations.

Bill Cosby could have taken legal action for defamation against the women because only then the cases against him could be properly disposed with in the courts in the country but chances are he would not take this course as he will also expose himself to all the charges.

If this is not done, than the allegations shall remain just that.

In Malaysia no layperson had been acquitted for sodomy. Anwar won an appeal on Sodomy I, as he awaits the outcome of the Federal Court on his appeal on Sodomy II.

As for Bill Clinton, his fate was sealed without any action taken against him.

But why did he have to be subjected to any sort of pressure, if what he had done with Monica was by mutual consent? 

This is America. And their level of morality is generally not very high compared to those of Malaysia and the Arab and Muslim countries.

But when it comes to their political leaders, they expect them to be pure.

Whereas in Malaysia, Anwar has not actually suffered for the two Sodomy cases he was embroiled in, when the whole country must have rejected him long ago when the Sodomy I case came up in 1998. But this did not happen.

Is there any further development on the Jimmy Savile case whose case appeared after he died?

And suddenly, after he died, no other cases of sexual misconduct had been leveled against Michael Jackson.

However, the Sultan of Selangor, however, recently withdrew the Datukship that was given to Anwar by his father.

And Bill Cosby’s Star on the Hollywood of Fame had been defaced while Jimmy Savile’s friend had been found guilty for some charge.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

I would not pay a sen to watch any Maria Carey or Jennifer Lopez concert, or even if it is free of charge.

I did not care for American entertainers of such type when I was studying and living in America. I had better things to do other than school to worry about.

Why must I pay so much and spend so much time listening to any of them sing and shake their bodies anyway and be their paymaster? Don’t I have better things to do?

But there are some in Malaysia who wouldn’t mind doing that. They did not know how they had been manipulated by the American entertainment propaganda that likes to make many Malaysians feel inferior if they do not know to appreciate their performers and even films.

And they did not even care a hoot if the performers are real or just ‘fake’ ones.

Even if I did not have a degree in advertising I would not want to spend any sen or minute on them.

In fact, I don’t even listen to their songs. I prefer to listen to those I like which are closer to me than those sung by them.

It seems that many Malaysians are willing to pay a lot and believe they are watching the real Maria Carey and Jennifer Lopez and the other entertainers from America when they came here to perform.

They did not know better who had caused or forced them to misbehave themselves and allow themselves to become the paymasters for the American performers and entertainers as well as Hollywood producers, directors, screenwriters and also actors listening songs and watching films which are all alien to their own culture.

And unbeknownst to them, these are not the real Maria Carey or Jannifer Lopez but ‘fake’ ones; what the Malaysian audiences see may be their imposters or look-alikes, for all they care.

How so?

Because do not give their all, but a faint reflection of their true selves or image. And they could very well get their look-alikes to represent them, since they are so far away on the stage in the large stadium that no one would notice the difference and if they are singing or just miming to a pre-recorded tape which is being played.

Whatever it is, the Maria and Jennifer and the other American performers who had come to Kuala Lumpur to perform, did not give their all. They are not allowed to give their all, or they would be charged for gross indecency for wearing inappropriately and more so for behaving inappropriate gyrating and moving about in vulgar ways or fashion that they are known to do when they perform in America and the other countries that do not care what they show to the audiences.

But Malaysia is not like those countries.

Malaysia can force the American performers to behave themselves and wear appropriately; so they had to bend backwards to accommodate some Islamic values and principles merely for them to get some Malaysians to become their paymasters for a while.

And if one sees the expensive clothes they wear and the expensive houses they live in and expensive cars they are driven in, Malaysians can be proud to say they had helped to contribute to them to get those, too, as much as the others in America and the other countries the American performers had performed at.

The same is true for all the Hollywood producers, directors and actors who live lavishly, who have not been known to remember how they are being supported by many Malaysians who did not care who they had indeed enriched, while they live frugally and not being able to pay their monthly bills on some things, sometimes.    

But to them, they are better than watching them perform on video and or on television which they do sometimes or to read about them in the many gossip columns that are available in all the English language newspapers.

Maria Carey and Jennifer Lopez and the other American performers all have personal principles that they hold dear to their hearts, being Americans as they can ever be.

But when they wanted to perform here in Malaysia, they throw aside some of them, just so that they can perform in the country.

And they can also make the ten to twelve thousand Malaysians who come to see them at their concerts to be their paymasters, too.

So some Malaysian ringgit or MYR can cause them to lose themselves even though they are still not able to loose their minds and make their bodies become loose while performing.

They had to cover themselves up and not move their bodies or even gyrate when performing anywhere in Malaysia.

Yes, there are some Malaysians who are willing to be their paymasters.

And ironically and not surprisingly, most of those who admire them enough to want and be willing to part with some cash they had earned simply because they had not been to America before or had studied there.

Most Malaysians who had studied and also lived anywhere in America are not too keen to do what their countrymen who had done managed or could afford to do so, do not come in droves to see concerts by any American performer. They have better things to do.

American performers and other pop acts are not the America they know about.

But to those Malaysians who have not been to the country, and who only see it in films and television programs, this is America that they want to know.

The editors of the newspapers are to be blamed for continuing to allow themselves to be used as promoters and propagandists for American entertainers and popular arts. They did not realize that their predecessors had been manipulated to do that task which they are now doing themselves.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Why can’t they behave like those parties in the developed countries that do not have open conventions so that the delegates can deliberate and berate each other in private and only what their party has decided and resolved to do is reported? Even then it is reported in their own organ and website and not the media?

If they do this they can get many wonderful effects one of which is that those who enjoy making a lot of noise will not find it interesting to do so, especially all that they can do is to make more useless noise.

In the end only those who say original things and offer intelligent views will be mentioned.

In this way the parties can get the best from the lot.

As it is only those who are noisy seems to be intelligent; while those who are intelligent avoid from speaking in such conventions which do not have any place for such persons.

Intelligent people hate to draw attention to themselves or want to attract their attention by the way they express themselves verbally and vocally.

They would rather say their piece in the most quiet and sober way without having to raise their voice to be heard; they want what they say be heard and taken note of and not how they speak and behave in public.

So no wonder most of the speeches that are said in all the conventions by the political parties in Malaysia do not end to anything.

Whatever they say are repetitive and predictable.

No wonder, the Melayu have failed to realize the potential of their own kind and problems the race faced then are still present today, with no real solutions to them.

The delegates also do not seem to have done any research on what they wanted to say; they ended up giving general speeches that cannot be implemented.

They only have views and some jokes thrown in.

I was fortunate to get the opportunity to cover for Utusan Melayu the Umno convention in 1977 which was held at Dewan Seminar of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) and the next year at the Nirwana Ballroom of the then Hilton Hotel.

Umno did not have their headquarters building the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) then, which they only had years later, so their annual conventions were held at odd places, such as those in 1977 and 1978 when Hussein Onn was its president and prime minister of the country.

I also covered the New Year’s Day celebrations on 31 December, 1978 that was also held at the Nirwana Ballroom, so I observed the prime minister and his wife, Suhaila Noah together with many of his cabinet members doing the countdown and when the New Year appeared, they danced.

This is something that no on in Umno and the government would do. They moved to Dataran Merdeka to make it a more public celebration exercise instead of a small and closed one.

But other than that the Umno conventions have not changed much. They are purely occasions for many from the districts to show their faces and mettle at public speaking with some who would rather indulge themselves in back patting.

Unfortunately, not many of the resolutions were taken action on, or else the proof can be seen today, with issues concerning the Melayu and Islam having been settled long ago. They have not.

Maybe the district representatives who have not been in touch with the national leaders just wanted to impress upon their national leaders appearing in public in Dewan Merdeka by saying pretty much what their predecessors had said every year.

And no wonder, those who rise in the party hierarchy at the state and also national levels are mostly those who had gone and stood before the microphones in the Umno conventions the most or who had managed to hog on the media traffic saying all sorts of things mostly to praise the higherups in their party.

Umno as well as the other political parties have not been known to invite qualified persons to join them except perhaps for the post of minister in the prime minister’s department overseeing Islamic matters.

Because their leaders know not many ulamak are well tuned to join politics. Those with Islamic backgrounds who enter politics do so very early in their lives.

And most of those who had been invited to join Umno and the government are mostly those Islamic preachers who had appeared on television.

But most of the time those who enter Umno politics especially those Umno Clubs abroad are those who are not known to have excelled in their education.

No wonder too they are not able to offer any interesting or intelligent views for the party to consider.

Some of them can’t even speak proper Melayu and English, despite having studied and lived in England or America a while.

They will rise up the Pemuda and Puteri Umno ladder, no doubt or get some perks, if they could not do that.

Sadly, even the opposition political parties too do something like what Umno has been doing which is to appreciate those who criticize the government more and who had shown their aptitude to do more similar things.

And many of them are also those who are not so well-educated and who are not able to choose which area they want to concentrate on, so they end up becoming restless and criticize anything since the opposition coalition called Pakatan Rakyat does not even dare to have their own shadow government to allow the respective persons to represent them.

They prefer to open the field to anyone as long as he or she can criticize the government all the time.   

Of course, Malaysians can give their views and criticize each other intelligently and mostly, quietly. But where are the channels that are available for them to use?

None, other than in the national conventions of their respective political parties, and sometimes in their party publications and portals and blogs.

As for Umno, what can they do to benefit from the catastrophe of success that they had enjoyed all these years? Plenty.

But do they know how?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Umno especially should get experts and specialists in all fields to offer views instead for their delegates to listen most of whom had not been involved in national matters or issues, with them coming to Kuala Lumpur every now and then.

Many of them do not want to enter the world of politics; otherwise, we could see the likes of Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerberg, Muhammad Yunus, and the other scientists and specialists in the other fields joining the fray and kicking away the very discipline that they were taught to abide to.

Unfortunately, and ironically, those who had entered the international political arena were those people who were not so well educated – Muamar Ghadaffy, Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler and the others, all of who had the gift of the gab who can draw the masses to stand before them.

But they were in the world before the Internet, so they had to present themselves and their views on major issues affecting the masses personally.

Today, a leader can become one not because he can shout, but because he can make sense to many, if not all, that he is good for them.

And he’d better be one who is well-educated and not just any loud-mouth who can say anything without thinking.

But Tunku Abdul Rahman was different; he knew he had to study in English and also in England and not at any place or university in the country, but at Cambridge University, so he could make sense to the British colonists.

If his parents and he had agreed to go to any university in the Arab World, chances are he would be wearing the turban and jubah and charging the British wherever they were in Tanah Melayu or Malaya then.

He did not want to use physical force, but intellectual force, which he did. And Tanah Melayu and the Melayu and the other two major races that we had in the country were better off.

Today, not many Umno delegates have similar attributes; many of them are people who do not possess even a proper tertiary education. They may be entering politics not to benefit Umno but to benefit from Umno.

Just how many of the delegates and other senior and also junior Umno leaders have benefited from Umno and how much has Umno benefited from them?

If they have personal reasons to want to cling onto their posts and also jobs, including becoming CEOs and chairmen of the GLCs, it is for them to benefit even more from Umno without them ever benefiting Umno.

Their reasons may be selfish ones.

Even the small districts their delegates come from and represent are not looked after well when they are supposed to be answerable to the local constituents, which they had all failed to do.

The national Umno leaders must also use their annual conventions especially to check on the track records of those delegates who claim to have all the answers to all the problems faced by Umno, the Melayu in the country when they have not done much to uplift the economic, social and cultural growth in their own small communities.

For instance do they know or care to find out who are the top students, athletes in their own constituencies?

How many in their constituencies are living in abject poverty and needing assistance but not getting it?

Worse of all, are they areas in their constituencies that have been encroached by farmers?

Or do they want to allow all these to be reported by the media before the national leaders take action while the local ones who become delegates in the annual conventions look elsewhere and enjoy their trips to the city shopping?

There was an Umno convention which was not well attended, which the Star newspaper showed a photo of the empty seats in Dewan Merdeka, PWTC.

And this prompted the then Umno President Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, to cry, saying how he would finally resign as president of the party and also as prime minister of the country.

The then minister of communications, Zainuddin Maidin decided the event was of national value and ordered the subsequent proceedings and events at Dewan Merdeka to be shown live, which showed the many Umno leaders pleading with Mahathir not to resign.

Mahathir knew he had to resign. But he did not want to go quietly. He wanted the act to be as dramatic as possible. So he seized on the Star report and also managed to get all the Umno delegates to return to their seats to attend the conventions.

By then most of them had done their shopping in the nearby mall.

So how could the delegates claim to be able to look at the affairs of the whole country and the Melayu race?

Talking about Umno and Melayu and Islam does not necessarily mean to demean the others; the other races do not have to feel slighted if Umno champions their own causes for which their party was established in the first place.

It is unfortunate too that Umno also happens to champion the cause of the nation and to uphold the Constitution in more ways than the other political parties in the country.

In more ways than one Umno is experiencing its own catastrophe of success and it will be very difficult for any other party to replace it.

It has suffered setbacks, but they learn fast.

It is also unfortunate how the early leaders of Umno especially its first president, Tunku Abdul Rahman is still the person who now unites all the Umno members with him being present in their minds all the time.

However, his physical images in the forms of photos and videos have not been properly utilized to create a stronger subliminal effect on the Umno delegates and more so on all the Umno members.

I thought it would be a good idea for Umno to invite Tunku’s children to at least attend the opening of the Umno conventions as well as the Merdeka Day celebrations, as long as they are still healthy and eager to lend their support for the party.

Malaysian political parties are perhaps the only ones in the world who have their annual party conventions that is widely covered by the local media, where whatever the delegates from the districts say in them are reported.

Friday, November 28, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Americans come from a host of backgrounds – religious, political, social, cultural, economic and artistic and also psychological backgrounds.

Many admire their president and want to treat them like moviestars, others want him to lay-in-state watching a state funeral which will surely help to paralyze their country for a while.

No wonder, the American Secret Service goes all the way to ensure that the intentions of some of their citizens are not realized.

But in the course of the history of the country, a few of their past presidents had met a violent death, and it was not John F. Kennedy who had given them such an opportunity.

They almost succeeded with Ronald Reagan and also Gerald Ford.

America has a large group of brilliant people, and some who are thought they are smarter than most, they who wanted to achieve fame by dubious means.

American presidents have not been assassinated by non-Americans. It’s the Americans themselves who had done this deed upon their own presidents, as what the history of their country has shown.

Whilst the leaders of all the other countries in the world can go about like normal citizens, including the leaders of the countries that also have veto power in the United Nations, American presidents cannot be expected to do so.

Even their close relatives are being watched closely, as do all the Secret Service officers who are some of the closest people around the president at any time.

Even all the corridors in the White House are guarded around the clock and the president has an  official photographer who records his every move, all the time, except when he is in his bedroom.

But this still did not stop Monica Lewinsky to have a special or more than cordial relations when the then President Bill Clinton which caused him his presidency.

How could this happen?

Ronald Reagan was shot outside of a hotel in Washington DC when the eyes of all the Secret Service officers were looking elsewhere. He almost died. His press secretary became paralyzed.

The Secret Service had to find other ways to ensure their president is safe from other Americans in the future.

Some analysts even dared to suggest that if their president would be assassinated, it would be in the hands of one of the Secret Service officers who have arms and who are closest to him than the others even as the controversy surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy which many analysts or conspiracy theorists dared to say was the deed of the Zionist leaders. 

The verdict on this particular case is still pending and that of the assassination of John F Kennedy’s younger brother, Robert F Kennedy, where Sirhan Bishara Sirhan has been jailed till now.

One thing’s for certain is that American presidential assassins all have such long names, including the first person to do it on Abraham Lincoln, called John Wilkes Booths.

So far they have been met with success.

But The Beast once got stuck in the driveway of the American embassy in Dublin, Ireland as the driver was trying to drive the vehicle out of the compound.

And just recently Air Force One developed mechanical problems forcing President Barack Obama to switch to the other plane.

Saddam Hussein too was said to have tried to kill former President George Bush, Senior when he visited Kuwait, and in retaliation American launched a massive attack on Iraq.

This is the only known assassination attempt on a former American president by a leader of a country.

Maybe this is just rumor and a pretext that America could use to attack Iraq as did the other reasons they cited for destroying the country and the others around it.

Barack Obama made his first trip to Malaysia recently, and all the roads from the airport to the National Palace were closed or blocked to allow The Beast and his entourage free access to the road with his schedule not made public so no one came to greet him at the airport.

Muhammad Ali came to Malaysia in 1973 and he was greeted by fifteen thousand people who had waited for hours for his arrival at the same airport where Air Force One carrying Barack Obama landed. 

In any case, the fascination to see any American president dead is mostly an American one, despite him having his fingers in the pie of every country especially the Arab ones, who may have better reasons to do the unthinkable.

But the Arabs have more domestic issues to worry about and they are also hoping that any American president to help them out because they think he has some influence on the Zionist leaders, when in fact he does not have any.

Attempts to assassinate the American president have all been conducted by individuals instead of groups or countries.

There are just a few Americans who wished to hog on the limelight by being the one to finally do it. This is the sort of mentality that they have.

They just want to do it and bear the consequence which often involves being held in prison for life with no chance of parole.

John Wilkes Booths was the first American to have done such a misdeed by killing Abraham Lincoln, for which many books have been written about him and his dubious acts.

And if the real intentions of the historians and authors of those books were to write that nasty episode in the history of their country, unfortunately, the negative effects is how they too might be a good reason for more of their presidents becoming targets by would be assassins from amongst them.

The spirit of John Wilkes Booths is still alive in the minds and hearts of some young Americans, one of whom some conspiracy theorists and security analysts say could even come from one in the presidential security staff.

It is not enough to ensure that what the president and his family eat is good, or that they travel in tight security convoys and in Air Force One jets and The Beast on streets that have been blocked.

There won’t come the time when the American president can go about his daily life living and acting like normal folks, much like the other world leaders who can, they who do not attract attention to the symbols that America had created of the White House and their president.

In Malaysia, for instance, the then Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad could be seen eating boiled eggs offered to him by a stranger. He and his wife thought it would be impolite not to eat them.

He did not worry if the eggs were stale or laced with poison. He and his wife just ate the two boiled eggs.

America had created a myth of itself and using their presidency to be god-like and put him on a high pedestal so much so that he becomes and inconvenient target of not only of scorn, but also of harm. 

Monday, November 24, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Have you been to Betong, the small border town in South Thailand before?

I had not been to this place in a long time since I first heard of it from some friends who had been there countless number of times, until last September when I went there with a friend.

But I went there with a special reason after being told that there was a former Malayan Communist Party (MCP) camp which is now known as the Friendship Village for former communist cadres who had been rehabilitated after the MCP agreed with the Malaysian and Thai government to close shop in 1989.

And at the camp there is a tunnel where they hid themselves and to cook for about 200 personnel.

The tunnel is now called the Piyamit Tunnel and it is opened to visitors at five ringgit per adult person and two ringgit for children.

I was lucky to have managed to get to the tunnel which is on the top of the hill now that they had constructed a walkway leading all the way from the entrance to the tunnel.

Earlier some of my friends had gone there and had to trek through the woods on ground that had not been paved so they took a lot of time and effort to finally get to the tunnel.

Piyamit Tunnel is about eight kilometers from Betong.

And it is about Betong I am writing this piece about.

I was surprisingly shocked to see such a small border town like this one to be very clean and the people actually living here and they are disciplined who do not park their vehicles indiscriminately.

I had been to other cities in Thailand such as Hatyai and Golok and also Bangkok few times and did not realize the cleanliness of these places until I arrived in Betong.

You can see the cleanliness of the country the minute you cross into the border from Malaysia.

In fact, even before you do that you can also see the cleanliness of the small towns and rural villages of Malaysia which are equally clean and tidy.

The largest town near the Malaysian side of the border is Gerik. It is a new town with just two rows of shops at the either side of the road and the whole town is tidy.

I returned to Betong in November and was welcomed by such pleasant weather so that even after a few days of staying there some of my friends in Kuala Lumpur would remark how I had become fairer.

They thought I had just returned from visiting America or any other country in Europe. I had not. I had just been to Betong.

Betong is a Melayu word for a type of bamboo.

And being in the Yala district close to the border with Malaysia, it is not much of a surprise to see how Melayu the whole district and also Betong is.

Many local Thais and Malaysians were not aware of the origins of the name of the city, and also of Phuket Island, which is from the Melayu word for ‘Bukit’ or hill the Thais called ‘phuket’.

I liked to stare out of the hotel room window on the forth floor every dawn just before the sounds of azan is heard from the nearby masjid to look at the few street sweepers doing their job.

I saw them just walking along the street trying to see if they are any litter for them to pick. There is almost none.

And all that they could do is to walk along the side of the road with a small pan and perhaps sweep small pieces of litter and push them into their small pans until they are too far away in the foreground until I lost sight of them.

The street sweepers of Betong must have what must be the easier job in the world.

And the garbage trucks are also clean; and they can pass through the streets without anyone closing their noses.

Unlike the garbage trucks in Malaysia and mostly in Kuala Lumpur which are so dirty and also smelly that if you drive with your windows down and a garbage truck overtakes you, you will have to bear the strong stench of dirt and garbage thrown by Malaysians who did not care for their personal hygiene and the city authorities who did not know how to discipline the garbage collection companies to clean up their acts.

What the city of Kuala Lumpur officials including and mostly their mayor ought to do is not to waste their time and the people’s money by conducting field studies in Europe or America to learn how to keep the city clean.

All that they need to do is to just cross the border in the north and go to Betong for a day to find out of the city does the trick.

And Betong does not even have a cleanliness campaign to force anyone not to litter their city. But it is already clean.

Maybe if there is some pieces of litter, they must have been thrown or discarded by tourists especially those from Malaysia who habitually go there for pleasure.

But even this is not possible because they know if they do that they can be summoned of fined.

So why do visitors from Malaysia who would often throw litter everywhere including from inside the cars they are driving onto the streets discipline themselves when they are in Betong?

Betong does not have an army of personnel to monitor the situation so anyone can escape persecution for littering yet, no one here does that, even the many visitors from Malaysia who knew better not to do that, whilst they are here in Betong or the whole of Thailand.

But when they return to Malaysia they will resume their dirty job of littering the streets and not looking after their garbage bags.

The worse case of neighbor indiscipline in Malaysia happened fairly recently when a case of a Chinese woman who was mowed down by a car driven by another Chinese man who was chided for putting two plastic garbage bags in front of her apartment on the ground floor of a building.

The Chinese woman died over two garbage bags!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Many people had often asked which was the best country I had ever visited, and I said there were many; in fact all the countries I have visited are good; they are interesting in their own special way.

Why make judgment on any country which must have many interesting things for anyone, especially if one only gets the chance to visit the countries for a brief period? 

And which was the worse country I had ever visited.

There was none then. But now there is one and it is MACAU, if one can still call or consider it to be a country.

It is still a country because it imposes its own immigration laws so one needs to go through their immigration upon entry.

I went there not by chance because I had deliberately wanted to visit it for the first time. It was nice as it was until I found out much to my chagrin that this small country once under Portuguese rule did not appear to be what I had expected it to be. It lacks many simple things simple visits want to see.

I have been to 40 countries and managed to visit Macau for the first time in July last year for four days to record video for my documentary on the Portuguese history in Malaysia and some other countries.

I thought Macau was the worse country I had ever visited, and the situation won’t change because it will be tough and very difficult for the authorities to change for the sake of few visitors that this small country receives a year.

From what I could see there were so few foreign visitors to Macau; most of the ‘foreign’ visitors are in fact those from Mainland China who had wanted to see the country for the first time and all that they needed to do was to take the bus or train to get there.

There were so few real foreign visitors to Macau that I could see at the most important tourist attraction which is the ruins of the old Catholic church.

Maybe the real foreign visitors to Macau are those who went straight from the airport to the casinos and stayed there until they had to leave the country being broke losing at the tables and never to return.

I have not heard of many Malaysians who have talked about their experience visiting Macau except for a few who were there to perform the ancient Portuguese dance that Macau did not have.

As a seasoned traveler I can bear with a lot of inconveniences and had done so and survived.

But I cannot tolerate it if the country where I am at for the first time does not have the basic facilities.

There were no ATM anywhere and none in the petrol stations. I had to get cash from one in a bank which swallowed my ATM card.

Because it was a public holiday I was not able to collect the card from the bank. I went there the next day but the staff said they could not give it to me because they could not verify if I had deposited my card in the ATM. What was the CCTV they had there for?

And worse, they said they would send it to my bank in Malaysia, which they never did.

Fortunately, I had cash in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) which I had to go to a casino to buy American dollars to pay for the room in a budget hotel in the Barra district for four days, or I would not been able to get one, since the hotel did not accept payment by Card.

And no one spoke English and I had to get help with information from the Filipinos working and living there.

How could Macau not have ATMs everywhere like we do here in Malaysia? And why are the budget hotels not able to accept payment by Cards?

Macau is so backward. I do not know when I will return to Macau. I won't encourage Malaysians to visit Macau because of such inconveniences and backwardness.

My worse experience was when I was singled out by the security officers at your airport before boarding the flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

They thought I was the only one not looking Chinese so they suspected I could be a drug pusher, so that they could be seen to be working. They did not stop the Chinese and this is how discriminatory the officers were.

I had never been given such a treatment before except once when I was leaving Stansted Airport outside of London to return to Malaysia when I was frisked by a security officer and another time another officer wanted to take me away for further frisking, but changed his mind when he found out that I had been in England on an official visit to a university.

They have so few visitors who are not Chinese so the one who does not look like one is singled out so that the security officers can be seen to be doing their job.

The stupidest thing is that they called me after I had passed through two x-ray machines. Does that mean that they did not trust their own x-ray machines or security officers who man them?

I hope there won’t be another country that can beat Macau which I have not visited yet and will do so soon.

In any case, there won’t be much for a person like me and most other Melayu to find in Macau anyway unless if he has something specific to do and see and pay a high price for hotel even when it is just a two or three-star one that does not offer complimentary breakfast.

There is the strong smell of fried pork everywhere to start with and there are also so few halal restaurant, so I had to survive mostly eating fruits and cakes. 

Friday, November 14, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

The American intelligence, the CIA has failed America.

It needs to be reshaped to suit the times. The world is now not like it was before, during the Cold War; it has new enemies. And the worse enemies America can ever face are those from within its own psyche, their flawed psyche and artificial dreams.

Just as the Soviet intelligence, KGB had failed Soviet Union and Communism. And just as the Savak had failed the former Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi was dethroned in 1981 because of their ruthlessness. Isn’t the Mossad also failing the Zionist regime, too?

Most of the national intelligence units of some major countries in the world do not know the ground too well; they mostly operate clandestinely trying to pass for the locals as well as diplomats in their respective missions.

And they mostly move around in very small and tight circles so they are not able to gather whatever information that is useful to them to make intelligent intelligence judgment to pass on to their higher-ups and later still, their presidents and prime ministers, etc.

It is sad, considering how money is no object; yet their intelligence methods are often bad for themselves.

And no wonder, most of the intelligence officers could not manage to get the right intelligence and information and ended up making outrageous conjectures.

How many small countries that have been destroyed, physically and economically as well as socially and culturally and even religiously by these callous men in the intelligence units of their respective countries?

It is seldom they were sent on their missions or stints abroad to find way to promote goodwill and greater understanding between their own countries and the others so that in the end, problems which could happen are avoided.

These intelligence officers seem bent on creating mischief more than goodwill. So no wonder there is a lot of mischievous acts that had been committed by some major powers which were due simply to poor intelligence gathering methods and the horrendous information they thought they had gathered and used to influence the foreign policies of their countries.

If they had done a good job, most of the political, military and economic problems faced by the world today could have been thus avoided.

Maybe, they did not want to avoid conflicts; they were meant to be sent on their foreign missions to spy and to sow hatred more than goodwill.

The Central Intelligence Agency of America (CIA) was created to look at the Communists and how to contain them.

They were never meant to spy on Muslim countries and individuals, because the real and most dreadful and mortal enemies of America for a long time were the Soviet Communists.

So when there were cracks formed between America and the other countries, their intelligence did not use their brains too much to try and mend them, before they become wider, until obvious faults occur which often result in outright war or attacks by America on foreign countries.

This is a shame, since they should know by now that wars and military attacks by America or any other major power in the world on other smaller countries can only bring disaster to themselves, too, more than to those countries that are being attacked. 

But now the same methods that they had devised are being used on the others. So no wonder, they have failed to understand what they had done to get everything wrong for their country.

To almost everybody in the world, America cannot exist without an enemy. To be heroic, they have to have an enemy, failing which they have to find one, or worse, create one.

For so long, they were the Soviet Communists. Now they must be the Muslims because their religion can be a treat to what America and the west stands for. 

Their every move puts them in a new spot where they don’t belong. Their every action now takes them to another lower level in human existence.

This is what’s wrong with the American intelligence. It is also what’s wrong with the American intelligentsia. And mostly, it is also what is wrong with America.

It is also what’s wrong with American cinema and its literature. 

The only thing that is right with them is that they do not know what’s wrong themselves anymore because they are always thinking and saying the others are always wrong. They are never wrong. The others are.

The CIA Handy books of espionage, spying, counter-spying, torture and cultural, social and religious dissent are all outdated; they are all meant for an earlier time, good to deal with the Communists.

They are not suitable to be used on the Muslims. They were all created and introduced and perfected during the Cold War with the Soviets who are concentrated and not widespread and everywhere like the Muslims who are in many countries and fragmented and assimilated in all the other non-Muslim ones, so they are not easy target for the American intelligence to target.  

So new books have to be written to suit the new enemies that America wants to create.

And the American intelligentsia is no better.

Their entertainers are the ones who are putting America on its feet. But the future of American-style entertainment particularly their films may not be rosy once if everybody else starts to think they are not funny anymore.

We have not seen the new Rudolf Valentino, the Hollywood star of the Silent Era, who liked to play an Arab who is a romantic hero in the lead in many memorable Hollywood films which are conveniently forgotten.

America can only be said to have been rehabilitated and come back to its senses, if a new Rudolf Valentino and the remakes of his films, ‘The Sheikh’, ‘The Son of Sheikh’ and the others of like nature are not done.

Hollywood, America and the Americans are still deep in coma. They had gotten themselves out of the jungles of Vietnam but they are not going out of the deserts of the Middle East anytime soon, as long as the policies of meddling in the private affairs of other countries are not stopped.

They had been meddling in the Middle East for too long. They had caused untold damage to the whole region and are also bent on expanding it beyond it. And they had also caused democracy to be trampled upon.   

As long as America and the Americans have not bothered to remember Rudolf Valentino and the type of films he had acted in during the Silent Era, America will not wake up from its long slumber and nightmare it has been having.  

Sometimes I wonder, despite the sheer size of its intelligentsia, and having some of the finest universities in the world, if America is still back and stuck at the Stone Age. Maybe intelligence is bad for America and the Americans.

Their leaders had tried to pain Islam and Muslims as being stuck in the Stone Age, yet, they are the ones who are, with their policies and military adventures which had caused untold damage to the lives of many whom they claim to want to free from their shackles of poverty and indecency – meaning away from their Islamic teachings.

Oh, yes, they also get some measure of support from a few of them in Europe, who are now starting to say the same.

But all these people have already forgotten the religions of their ancestors and had already trampled on their holy books and their icons long ago to feel they are superior beings because of that, so they think those who profess the Islamic faith are not as superior as they are.

They may have the finest universities and advanced industries in the world, but is America a developed civilization? Or are they just here on earth which do not have any important role to play other than to see how other countries do not progress.

This is despite the fact that they always like to claim to be the champion of democracy.

Yet, the way they behave proves that they are not so.

Therefore, America can be described as the failed democracy. They are also a failed dictatorship wannabe.

They try to impose their will too much, without care for the well-being of those whom they are persecuting, when they target leaders of countries which they had deemed to be dictators, yet, they have no compunction to persecute those around him and especially the scores and perhaps thousands and also millions of ordinary citizens.

Afghans and Iraqis have suffered tremendously because of American military aggression. Notwithstanding, the Middle East problem, which has been dragging on for so many decades, but which can never be settled because America had decided to take sides and to ignore the vanquished.

From what many can see, which is obvious, America treats its own citizens including those in the animal kingdom, with civility while persecuting those in foreign countries and abroad worse than the communists ever did, even to their own kinds, in the former Soviet Union and China.

In many ways, and by loose generalizations, America can be described as a communist state because of the types and kinds of actions that they have taken so far, using military might most of the time.

It is an instance when we can charge countries that have a large stockpile of nuclear arsenal which are using it to not only torment the other countries into submission, but also to persecute them for the slightest excuse, mostly on the pretext of wanting to police the world so those countries toe the line, while they continue to trample on it with impunity.

America is not giving democracy a good name. It has taken it to autocracy and communism, so the faint, thin line that divides the different political, economic and military ideologies are not only blurred but totally removed altogether.

It is sad, for the founding fathers of the country – America – for not anticipating how democracy which they had tried to promote amongst themselves and which their subsequent leaders had wanted to export to the rest of the world, often by force, has failed.

How on earth can democracy be exported by force and by using military might? Only the communists could do this, yet, they still failed.

Democracy must be exported in the kindest manner, or else it is not democracy, but American democracy.

From what they have been doing in recent times, using Muslims to bring out the worst from them, we can now decide if America really and truly subscribe to the concepts of Democracy that we know of. And that it is no more a Dictatorship Wannabe.

America has failed in both attempts, to be a true democracy and a lousy dictatorship.

Where are their thinkers? Where are their senior intelligence officers?

Haven’t they all realized that the world has changed pretty much since the Vietnam War?

Don’t they want to know that the European’s Journey of Hope had ended which caused the near collapse of their civilization?

And why is America trying to take the Journey of Hope as their own philosophy and strategy to rule the world?