Thursday, May 30, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

At least PAS is genuine in stating their real and only goal which is to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state.

But what they have all failed to do since so long ago is to first turn their own party into an Islamic Party. PAS is not an Islamic party.

And DAP has also made known their goal in wanting to capture Putrajaya, which is really a fantasy since they can never get there on their own strength.

PKR, however, has only one goal which is to make Anwar Ibrahim prime minister.

He can be prime minister, but of Sungai Buloh as his route to Putrajaya seems to have been diverted again and again to Sungai Buloh, via Jalan Duta courts, where he has many cases to answer many of which are serious ones.

Yet, the three parties in the opposition are really opposing each others’ goals and they know they can never achieve their own personal goal.

The irony is that the three parties will soon die out when their senior and aged leaders who had tried to create oligarchies disappear one by one.

Azizan Abu Bakar has been physically and perhaps emotionally affected post-PRU-13.

The others including Nik Aziz, Kit Siang, Karpal Singh and possibly Anwar might not be able to do what they have been doing till now in the next general elections in 2018; they might be too old even to walk much less to talk.

Kit Siang is still repeating what he has been saying all these years, and he does not seem to realize that Malaysia has developed by leaps and bounds in all aspects.

The only aspect that Malaysia has not and will not be able to develop it a credible opposition.

DAP, PAS and PKR are not credible opposition.

Therefore, Malaysia does not have an opposition; what it has are people who sit on the other side of the aisle in Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.

Whatever it is, DAP, PAS and PKR are in some kind of an unusual relationship where political with differing aspirations and goals can sometimes cooperate simply because their bigger goal is to eliminate Umno and Barisan, a goal they individually and collectively know to be impossible to achieve.

So their only real goal is to ensure that Umno and Barisan are shaken, but not stirred.

The future of Umno and Barisan therefore rests on how they can withstand the storm or to be more exact, to be shaken, so that it does not cause itself to be tumble.

Unfortunately, it is DAP, PAS and PKR which are causing themselves to be tumble the more they try to shake Umno and Barisan.

And the support they are getting from the voters really rests on how long they can be pushed to the corner to see Umno and Barisan in a totally different light altogether like the light they themselves have been seeing.

Sooner or later, Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz and Anwar would become old. The next general elections which can be held in 2018 can see some of them taken off the stage of public dissent. All of them would be five years older than they are now.

Yet, the second echelon leaders of their three parties cannot be cultivated fast enough to be like them, and once this happens, their supporters will back off to look elsewhere, as they see these new generation of DAP, PAS and PKR leaders to be a faint resemblance of their older ones, who are now too old to be dissenting.

Nobody knows if the new generation of Pakatan leaders can match up to the level of politically incorrect behavior and speeches that their seniors have been making all this while, to allow their party and coalition to exist in the original form or if they would cause them to be discarded.

Umno and Barisan have five years to prop up their fledging image. But this may be a strategy to hoodwink those in Pakatan and especially their supporters, who would become less vocal and expressive when they are five years older than they are now.

It seems the Pakatan thrives because of this young generation of voters who are eager to disregard the history of the country, like they can ignore their parents and their grandparents.

There is a vast ‘history gap’ between the supporters of Pakatan and Barisan.

PAS wants to establish an Islamic state in Malaysia. DAP wants to stop them from being able to do that. But they do not want the matter to be debated and fought from the different angles.

PKR only exists because they wanted to see Anwar become prime minister of the country, a goal that can never be met.

The common grounds of the three parties in Pakatan however could be leveled by their only goal which is to form the next government, but based on their different values and aspirations, all of which are too fantastic and abnormally impossible to realize.  

In the end DAP, PAS and PKR choose to remain as parasitic partners in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition which they do not dare to establish formally so that they can run in the general elections under the same banner and not under their different banners. 

Monday, May 27, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

It’s really a matter of, ‘If you cannot beat them, join them!’

But this adage does not seem to ring any sense in some Malaysians. Their numbers are so few but they shout too loud that it seems that they are the only ones who live in the country while the others are in slumberland.

They are the ones who are appointing themselves to be the spokesmen for the Malaysian Left.

It is also an irony how they who claim to champion democracy but who are actually stomping on it.

Some of them, I suspect have been ‘empowered’ by the images seen and portrayed by some actors in early Hollywood films which have the ‘anti-hero’ theme that show how one man can beat the system and triumph in the end.

Unfortunately, what Hollywood does it to provide opium to the masses, and some Malaysians are high on Hollywood Opium. 

There are now many former Malaysian who have left or fled the country to take up citizenship, permanent residency and work commitments in other countries.

This act did not happen in recent times; there were many people who had done so, especially the Chinese and Indians who had chosen to come to Tanah Melayu for almost similar reasons that the Malaysians today may have.

After all there is no compulsion in accepting the citizenship of any country; even Americans have been known to return their international passports to assume the citizenship of another country including Sri Lanka and Nepal or even China.

Everybody has the right to choose which country he wants to be a citizen of.

Unfortunately, there are not many who are able to do so, simply because they had not tried to do it, while the many others are not qualified to do so because they are not wealthy or well-educated.

Yet, there are many who clamor to get the chance to slip into England for instance to work as a laborer in any Chinese restaurant where they hide themselves, so even if they have lived in England for a few decades, they are not able to speak much English.

Yet, there are also some who claim to be persecuted if they remain in Malaysia, so with such a ploy they are able to get permanent residency status or refugee status in England and in some other countries.

There are many Myanmars who now live and work in Malaysia. They are able to get refugee status by claiming that they would be persecuted if they continued to live in Myanmar.

This reasoning may be true of the Rohinya-Muslims. But the sizeable number of Myanmars are Buddhists who have no real reason to feel threatened.

Their only reason for wanting to come and work in Malaysia, are purely economic ones. Some are even social ones, too.

The fact is that any Malaysian today who feels that the political system and whatever systems that are in place in the country which they find to be uncomfortable with can have such an option.

But the truth is that most of them, even if they are qualified to do so, by claiming to be persecuted by the authorities in Malaysia, won’t take up such an option.

The reason being that they are not able to fit into the new country of their choice despite it being the best for them to be in and live as a citizen.

They have to remain in Malaysia simply because they can do more mischief.

In America, they are alone. So they are not able to do much, especially if they are Chinese or Indians, and no matter how educated and qualified they are and well versed in law, their voices will be drowned.

There are smarter people in America than them.

But they think they are smarter than everybody in Malaysia, so they still choose to remain in Malaysia and won’t accept the citizenship of another country even if they are offered it.

The reasons why many Malaysians go abroad, particularly to America or England and even Australia to study is because they did not have confidence in the education system that exists in Malaysia.

They took up that option by going abroad, because they can afford to do so. In fact, even the Malaysian government encourages them to study abroad.

So it won’t be wrong for the Malaysian government or whoever tries to encourage anyone who does not fit into the country and its society to take up that option to leave the country and take up the citizenship of that country.

There were many Chinese who had taken up the option to return to China when Tanah Melayu was on the throws of independent, with the many others who refused to do so.

And today, there are still many Chinese who are eager to do business with those in China because the country affords them with such opportunities, with some of them who are actually living there using work permits.

There was this Australian guy who did not like one of his legs, so he got it amputated, by freezing it so bad that the doctors who had earlier refused to amputate his healthy leg, had no choice but to do it now. 

Friday, May 24, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

Anwar, Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang et al, managed to sway the Chinese voters mainly to their side, and in the process cast a ‘swai’ on them, too. (Swai is a curse in English.)

Did Anwar Ibrahim do Umno and Barisan Nasional and the Melayu and Bumiputera a great big favor then?

They had also helped Umno and Barisan to get rid of the hangers-on, who could not be discarded as they had seen themselves as ‘winnable candidates’ before the elections.

And if they had gone their own way, or worse, into the Pakatan camp who are able to accept them with open arms, then surely, Umno and Barisan would be in for a big trouble.

Fortunately, this did not happen, as Barisan could always count on Anwar and his friends in Pakatan to do the bidding and spring cleaning for Umno and Barisan.

So the title of this article can also be: ‘How Anwar, Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz, et al, kicked themselves on their own backs.’

Now all of them have sores in their behind.

Worse, the supplications some PAS leaders gave prior to the elections seems to have backfired, with former ‘menteri besar’ of Kedah, Azizan Abdul Razak suffering great pain having his legs amputated.

Did the evil intentions miss their targets and landed on Azizan?

Anwar has so far not able to admit it as he is still reeling over the fact that he could not wrest control of Putrajaya.

If things had turned out differently, he would be sitting in the chair on the fifth floor of the prime minister’s department there now. He would probably sit there and also sleep there since the results of the last general elections till today until he tumbles to the floor.

And his friends in Pakatan Rakyat, too, would be flocking to his office to marvel at their win, with Karpal being able to see how Mahathir would be dragged to court, as it was his aim to do, should Pakatan form the next government.

But the sad truth is that in Malaysia, there is no ‘next government’. What Malaysia has is just the ‘next cabinet’.

For Pakatan to win the general elections garnering the majority seats in parliament, they have to do much more than to get Anwar to go around the country.

In fact, it would be much better for them if Anwar did not bother to go around the country, so the voters could see Pakatan in a totally different light.

But Pakatan without Anwar is almost unimaginable. Pakatan does not exist without Anwar.

So the end result is Pakatan stands a very good chance of doing what it is good at, which is to bark at the hills, or ‘anjing menyalak bukit’ as the Melayu proverb superbly describes individuals who have lofty ambitions which are too huge for them to undertake, especially if they are barking at Barisan.

Unfortunately – or fortunately – Anwar did not manage to lead his march with his men in PKR and Pakatan to Putrajaya. Their route had to be detoured to Jalan Duta and might end at Sungai Buloh.

If their march does get to Putrajaya, it would have to end not at the prime minister’s department but at Mahkamah Kehakiman or the high courts there.

After being criticized by many from all round, including from former Indonesian vice-president Yusuf Kalla, Anwar seems to have disappeared.

He must now concentrate on the appeal against his the judgment by the high court who freed him of the sodomy charge against him, which is due to be heard in July. This is barely two months from now and if the verdict is not so rosy as it was earlier, chances are, his political future and enterprise and family concerns in Parti KeAdilan Rakyat or PKR would be put in jeopardy.

But one fact which no one has ever discussed before concerning the last general elections of PRU-13 or more exactly what happened in the elections is how Anwar had inadvertently helped Umno and Barisan and also the Melayu and Bumiputera more than he and his friends in PKR and Pakatan could ever imagine.


Here’s how. In fact, all of them, especially those in the Democratic Action Party (DAP) had actually helped to secure Melayu and Bumiputera dominance in the political landscape of the country, by forcing the Chinese representatives in the Old Najib Cabinet out of the New Najib Cabinet II, which sees only Melayu and Bumiputera in it.

There are some friendly Indians who had also helped Umno and Barisan secure parliament and the government they now control for the next five years.

The next general elections or PRU-14 would be bleak for the opposition, once the results of the last elections had sunk in the heads of the Chinese who had voted en masse for the opposition.

So far they have not really felt the full force of their action and tardiness or miscalculation. This can happen when new policies are formulated to ensure that only those who support Umno and Barisan are given the perks, while those who did not will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor being sidelined.

But the Chinese being who they are, do not realize that they still have to come to the Malaysian-Chinese Association or MCA officials such as Michael Chong for help. They know the DAP and other parties in Pakatan are helpless in helping them go through their daily tribulations.

Yet, when elections come, they still vote opposition.

This is how disgusting the Chinese voters are.

But they must be taught the lesson they would not forget all their lives, or for the next five years, until they go to the polls again to repeat their folly for being misled by those in PKR, DAP, PAS or Pakatan.

In fact, PRU-13 can be described as the Second 13 May, 1969 for many as some institutions had collapsed and a new mentality arising from it.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

So all this while these groups have been assuming that they were influential and powerful and who can sway the sentiments of the voters, especially the Chinese ones who they liked to claim to represent.

Of course, they have lofty names, which are all-inclusive which looked as though they were legitimate entities established with the strong support of their community who they claim to back them no matter what their leaders say or do, and who also claim to be doing good to them.

But alas on 5 May, 2013, such assumptions crumbled to pieces with the faces of their leaders defaced.

So what Barisan Nasional and the Melayu can now do it to completely ignore them and plan for a Better and Newer Malaysia without them.

The title of this essay could also be, ‘The Taming of the Shrewd – and the buck stops here!’

Something magical happened in Malaysia and to the Melayu and Bumiputera on 5 May, 2013.

It was not the finger of all Malaysian voters which had been discolored that general elections day, but the faces of those in Dong Zong and the Chinese NGOs and other pressure groups, which have been defaced with their true colors revealed.

No wonder those in Dong Zong are silent. They have not said a word on the results of the last general elections. Are they happy with them or are they reeling when they realized how ineffective they were?

What other tricks will they spring in the near future to show that they are still relevant to the country and society and especially in their desire to push for their agenda?

Worse, 5 May, 2013 will be the day, when they finally realize that their true and real influence to change the thinking of the Melayu and Bumiputera leaders in the country and the type and amount of pressure they had tried to exert in the past which were given some credence, can be said to be totally useless.

The Melayu and Bumiputera can now look elsewhere away from them and now start to looking within themselves, to pave the way for the creation and development of a New and Better Malaysia.

Why must the needs and requirements and interests of the majority take second place before the interests of the minority in Malaysia?

The British colonists had long served them and helped them to prosper, by conveniently neglecting the well-being of the Melayu and Bumiputera, yet, they did not complaint.

Not is the time for Melayu and Bumiputera affirmative action be exhibited in dramatic ways.

It is only when the Melayu and Bumiputera of the country are looked well, then the minority group will know where their place is rightly in the full and wider concept of the Federation of Malaysia that leaves their emotive reactions and other personal emotional attachments to themselves to bear alone.

The Melayu and other Bumiputera of the land do not have anything to do with their secret fantasies. 

Nevertheless, due credits are still due to Dong Zong and Suaram and also the other Chinese-dominated NGOs and other pressure groups for causing the Chinese voters to swing to the Left causing the results that they had not envisaged to happen, but it did happen in the form of the formation and creation of the Najib Cabinet II which he announced gladly on 15 May, ten days after the Thirteenth General Elections of Pilihanraya Umun ke-13 (PRU-13).

The Chinese especially did not expect a swing to cause them to topple to the side. The Melayu and Bumiputera too did not expect the same swing to help swing them back to the forefront in the government and the whole country.

This must really be the MALAYSIAN SPRING that those in Pakatan were talking about, although the Spring that they had wanted to see happen, did not happen. It can only happen if there are arrests of those dissidents who are out to create mischief.

And where are those people in Dong Zong? Why are they not coming out to explain what had happened on 5 May, 2013? And especially what they had done to cause the results to be as they are now.

Maybe they still needed a bit more time to digress what happened on the night of 5 May, to see what they might have done to cause them to happen the way they did.

It was pathetic how the people at Dong Zong thought they could be the real king-makers and pressure group to get the government and the Melayu to fall at their feet, and meet with their every demand.

The last general elections however, prove that they are a toothless tiger.

The support they said they were giving to Barisan Nasional proved to be a useless effort, as the Chinese voters did not care for their sentiments and still voted against Barisan and gave their full support to the opposition, DAP, PAS and PKR.

So it is now safe for the government to ignore them, especially the threats of not supporting the government, as their influence amongst the Chinese community especially is not as what they thought or could claim to be.

Even ACCIM could not be trusted to ensure that the Chinese support the government. This was exposed when they openly and publicly supported the government in the last elections, which also did not result in the government getting the votes from the Chinese.

So Dong Zong and ACCIM can now look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they are still influential amongst the Chinese who they claim to represent.

Or are they just nothing. They thought they were able to put pressure on the government, when they started to issue a lot of press statements and comments on the state of the vernacular Mandarin education in the country and demanded meetings with the prime minister who also condeigned to attend their Chinese new year open house, and who would later invite the leaders of the opposition to the same function at if they were saying that they are on the side of those who favor them more than the other.

That was then. Now the situation in the country Post-PRU-13 is totally different from it.

5 May, 2013, will become a day, which Dong Zong, the Chinese NGOs and other pressure groups will not forget all their lives; it is the start of the New Malaysian Spring, one which sees how many such groups began to feel uneasy with themselves, even though they may not necessarily feel guilty for having tried to do what they had set to do all these years, only to discover that the government really did not need to bother dealing with any of them now that their true selves have been so exposed.   

Saturday, May 18, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

The majority of the Chinese voters distanced themselves from Barisan Nasional because Barisan gave them too much ‘face’.

The mentality of the Chinese especially is such that they are not enamored with offers of assistance that had been given, but those which they still clamor.

So it was not such a surprise that they gave their votes to the opposition, so that they thought by doing so they could get more goodies in the future, since Barisan would be more desperate in wanting them to support them and to get their votes, that they could not get in PRU-13.

So how could Barisan woo the Chinese voters back to support them, to give them their votes in PRU-14, which is expected to be held in four to five years’ time?

Easy: Just ignore them!

Since they had voted the opposition, let the leaders of the opposition serve them and offer them whatever they want and demand.

Barisan should turn away from them and only deal with those who had supported them, especially the Bumiputera of Sabah and Sarawak and the Indians.

So it was good that the Najib Cabinet II sees more involvement of the Melayu and Bumiputera and Indians.

Especially so when a Hindraf leader, Widyamorthy was elected to be in the cabinet too.

The Najib Cabinet II reflect the real and true Malaysia of today. And it is time for the well-being of the Melayu and Bumiputera and Indians be given priority, since these groups have been coy enough not to made demands in the past that their economic standing had fallen.

The country had given the Chinese too much favors, the more they demand, the more they get.

The trend was started by the British colonial masters who favored the Chinese who they thought were more loyal to them, so they wanted the Chinese to prosper instead of the Melayu who if they are economically empowered, they could create a serious threat to the presence of the British in Tanah Melayu.

So the British wanted the Melayu to remain poor, with the Chinese enjoying the benefits of their repressive regime for so many years.

The Chinese voters in Malaysia thought they had been empowered and could test their limits in the last general elections by voting en masse the DAP, PAS and also PKR.

They did not care if PAS is an Islamic party and PKR is also a Melayu-majority party which tries very hard to fashion itself as a multiracial one.

PKR is like DAP and also Gerakan which also tried to pass themselves as multiracial parties.

How could they be multiracial when everything about them say that they are Chinese-dominated, especially DAP and Gerakan and PKR a Melayu-dominated party.

The Chinese voters especially the younger ones and also the older ones, had been misled by their own miscalculations.

They wanted to try and get rid of Barisan Nasional.

But what happened was something so shocking that many Chinese voters in Malaysia are having nightmares of the backlash that had just happened yesterday, when Barisan listed a new Najib Cabinet II with Melayu and Bumiputera with few Indians and only one or two Chinese.

The composition of the new cabinet truly signifies the new and real Malaysia of today.

However, if the Chinese really want participation in the government of the country, they cannot count on voting the opposition anymore or more exactly DAP, PAS and PKR, whose limits have been exposed by the PRU-13.

The mentality or psychology of the Chinese in Malaysia especially the Chinese with vernacular Mandarin school background, and especially those who did not go up in education dropping out after standard six or form three is peculiar.

And those who protested in Taiwan by carrying the Malaysian flag upside-down are mostly those with such educational backgrounds, they who could not get admission at universities in the west because their command of the English language to be negligible; they thought they are better of studying in Taiwan than in England or America.

They are the Chinese who live amongst themselves and who hardly ever mix with the Melayu and Indians, so their mentality was so shaped that they only see Malaysia and the whole world from such a blinkered vision.

Their counterparts in Singapore, too, are in the same boat as themselves.

But they were all not like that before. In fact, the Chinese who had studied in Taiwan and Singapore and who are now working in Malaysia have distanced themselves from the actions of the brethren in Taiwan, especially.

These Chinese and Taiwan-trained or educated Malaysians have been back in the country so they have confronted the realities. Compared to those who are still there who are aloof to them.

But they can be wooed. How? Only those who know them will know how to woo them.

Umno does not know how too woo the Chinese of this type. They behave differently compared to the Chinese who have ‘sekolah kebangsaan’ background and those who are conversant in English as well as in Melayu.

They are easier to approach and to talk to.

The Chinese who have Mandarin school background and those who live amongst themselves who also do not mix with the Melayu and the others, must be treated differently if Umno and Barisan want to woo them.

The way too woo this group of Chinese who comprise the majority of the Chinese in Malaysia is too ignore them.

They will start to look around and will slowly come forward and show their support to the party that ignores them.

Barisan Nasional lost their votes in the 2013 elections because Umno and Barisan showed too much interest and also ‘too much face’.

This caused them to react and negatively, so in the end, the results have spoken for themselves when the Chinese voters voted en masse against Umno and Barisan.

Giving them too much also can cause them to be less enamored to Umno and Barisan, as they will feel that it is still inadequate; they will in the end not feel grateful.

This is the nature of the Chinese who do not know how to feel grateful and to say ‘thank you’ or ‘si si ni’ or ‘kamsiah lu’.

The more Umno gives, the more they want.

This group of Chinese who do not have much of an education and who do not know much Melayu to be able to communicate with people of the other races, know that it is the responsibility of the government to provide them.

And who says the Chinese voters were influenced by the social media? They do not even know how to use the cell phones properly and hardly communicate using it.

They only make their decisions based on racial sentiments. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

Why must the MCA and Gerakan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional do all the donkey work for the Chinese community while they conveniently vote for the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat?

And what have the DAP, PAS and PKR done to the areas they had won in 2008 and can do to those that they have won in 2013? Nothing.

MCA and Gerakan were nice in telling the Chinese that their parties would continue to serve them even if their candidates were not voted by them.

But the Chinese voters took it differently and still voted the opposition which has never said they would serve the Chinese communities other than to seek the votes from them.

They did not ask themselves what Tian Chua had done in Batu; what Kit Siang had done in Ipoh Utara; what Karpal, and what his son, Gobind, Teresa Kok had done in Seputeh and Nuru Izzah in Lembah Pantai in their areas?

And for that matter; what Hadi Awang, Azmin Ali, Mahfuz and the others in DAP, PAS and PKR done in their areas that they can be proud to tell everybody what they are in the forms of video productions and brochures?

Maybe the voters in their areas did not want them to do anything as most of the things would be done by Barisan anyway; and all they wanted were people who could continue to hog the limelight promoting their parties, no matter what as there is no such thing as negative publicity to them.

And may be the mainstream media ought to consider also not to promote them, as it benefits them more than ever, getting free publicity along the way, which in turn encourages them to come up with more outrageous things.

And the organizers of Bersih 2.0, etc. knew the flaws of the media and they would organize more of the gatherings knowing that they could get wide coverage for them, and not getting the full brunt of the law.

The Chinese leaders of MCA and Gerakan must be brave and tell the Chinese that their parties could not do much if the Chinese do not give their votes to them, and if they still choose DAP, PAS and PKR, they have no choice but to turn to these opposition parties if they need any help.

That being ‘moderate Chinese’ do not tally with the Chinese who would prefer their leaders to be firebrand and who would harp on racial issues.

This is despite the fact that it was the MCA and Gerakan which had caused the Barisan government to acquiesce to some of the demands of the more radical and chauvinist Chinese groups, yet, the Chinese voters do not seem to be aware of it thinking that it happened because of the insistence of the Chinese opposition parties.

PAS and PKR have never been known to have done anything to the Chinese communities; yet, they still got the votes from the Chinese. 

This is the sad truth that the Chinese voters ought to remember, that voting for someone means they have faith in him, and if the person is voted in, then surely it is his responsibility to live with the community to know what their grievances are and to solve them, if they can.

The Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament and state assemblymen do not seem to do anything; all they need is to get the voters to support them, and if they win, by whatever means, including deceiving the voters, they can then sit back to relax and campaign through the whole of the five years’ term before running again in the next elections.

In the meantime, it is the Barisan members and state as well as federal government elected and non-elected representatives who are serving all the constituencies, with the MCA also having their service centers for everybody to come to them for assistance.

All this while the voters thought they could vote for Pakatan and when they win, they do not have to go to the Pakatan members of parliament or state assemblymen, but to the Barisan ones, including those who have lost, to seek help and whatever assistance they needed.

Because they knew only Barisan representatives are the ones who can help them out especially in their hour of desperate need.

So it is also a shock to see Ali Rustam losing in the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in Melaka, when he had served the people of Melaka well, regardless of the races, with a lot of development everywhere, including the Portuguese Settlement.

The reason why the voters, especially the Chinese in Melaka and also the Melayu ones had chosen to vote for Pakatan is because they could still depend on Barisan to do the bidding for them post-elections.

They know they could not depend on any of the Pakatan representatives in Melaka and all over the country, the tasks of which are all taken by the Barisan elected or non-elected representatives.

All through the years, we see MCA and Gerakan elected and non-elected representatives doing their level best to serve all, irregardless of who they support, either Barisan or Pakatan.

But come elections time, the majority of the Chinese and some Melayu voters turned their backs on them.

Michael Chong of the MCA complaints bureau must insist on asking who those who come to his office to seek assistance, if they are supporters of Pakatan or Barisan, since if they do not support Barisan, why then should they now bother to come to his office.

Michael should ask them to go to the DAP, PKR or PAS complaints bureau or service centers.

And why must Barisan continue to provide services to those areas which have fallen to Pakatan?

If this happens, then there is no need for the Pakatan representatives to serve them, as the duty has now been taken over by Barisan, who despite losing in some of the parliamentary and state areas are serving the local communities well.

In the end, it is Barisan who are helping to serve Pakatan, while the elected and non-elected representatives of DAP, PAS and PKR in the respective areas do not do anything; so they are able to continue campaigning and giving ‘ceramah’ all over the country, almost every other night.

Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor has fallen to DAP head honcho Lim Kit Siang, who beat former ‘menteri besar’ of Johor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

So now let Kit Siang serve the constituents of Gelang Patah and see what sort of development he can create in this area, so those who had voted him to parliament in this area can see how good he is.

Barisan should ignore this area and let DAP and Pakatan prove their mettle, and allow those who had given them a victory in this area judge for themselves if DAP and Pakatan are good for them now and also in the future, so they can decide if they still want to retain Kit Siang as their member of parliament.

If Barisan continues to serve the people of Gelang Patah, then Kit Siang will have it easy. His party and coalition will also get a free ride on the backs of Barisan, so that the Pakatan leaders can go around the country to campaign and also not spend a single day staying in the area they now control.

This is what had happened in the last general elections when many MCA and Gerakan candidates lost, because the voters knew even if MCA and Gerakan lost, they still could count on them to help out, without ever depending on the DAP, PAS or PKR leaders especially those who had won in the elections.

One can also ask what did Kit Siang do to the constituency where he had won which is Ipoh Utara in Perak and also Karpal Singah and the others in DAP, PAS and PKR, in the areas they won in the previous general elections of 2008 that the voters there found to be impressive enough to want to continue to support their parties in 2013?

Chances are they have not done much; otherwise, they would not have the time to go all over the country giving political speeches and also being embroiled in national politics and other pseudo-political undertakings all through the last five years till they won again in the 2013 elections.

If they had all done wonderful things to their previous constituencies, then surely, they would have published special brochures and even videos to show to the voters. But unfortunately, they have neglected to do even this.

So in the end, the main reason why they had won again in 2013 is because Barisan had spoilt them by serving the constituencies that they have won, and the voters there knew they could still vote the opposition, because in the end, it will be Barisan who will come to their every aid and assistance, post-general elections.

Those who vote the opposition know they can still get one of their leaders in parliament or the state assemblies, to create ruckus in them, while getting all the assistance from Barisan. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

If the DAP, PAS and PKR are excellent political parties, with a long history, how come they are not able to get someone to work on his doctorate thesis on any of these parties especially of DAP and PAS which have been around for too long, compared to PKR, which is a greenhorn in Malaysian politics?

In fact, there is no serious work on the history and struggles of any of these parties that have been written by local as well as international historians and scholars.

Compared to Umno and even MCA and MIC which have many books written about it and its leaders.

There are even memorials constructed for the top leaders of Umno, MCA and MIC.

Yet, DAP and PAS do not see it fit to establish even one memorial for its founders.

Are they afraid that such memorials will cause their leaders and parties to be scrutinized by sober scholars?

The United Malay National Organization or Umno was formed with a noble intention, which was for the country to wrest independence from Britain. And their leaders who cooperated with the other two major racial-based political parties, the Malayan-Chinese Association (MCA) and Malayan-Indian Congress (MIC).

So no wonder each of the three parties has their leaders acclaimed as national heroes of independence. It is a fact which could not be erased.

The only thing that they could do and had erased were the names of many of the roads bearing the names of former British colonialists who had earlier governed the country, so now instead of Mountbatten Road and Campbell Road, and so on, we have Jalan Dang Wangi and Jalan Maharajalela instead.

But the DAP or Democratic Action Party, earlier and sometimes known as Parti Tindakan Demokrat is an offshoot of the Parti Tindakan Rakyat or People’s Action Party (PAP) based in Singapore, has a strange and weird history.

It was formed under unusual circumstances; it was to ensure that Umno and the two other coalition parties, MCA and MIC failed and were rejected by the voters and people.

This is certainly not a noble intention, especially since Umno, MCA and MIC were the parties that had evicted the British out of the country so the country could become independent.

And there is no point for DAP, PAS and now PKR to want to evict those parties, especially when its leaders could not fit into the Umno, MCA and MIC molds to change them from within.

They are insistent that they offer a better choice for many or most Malaysians, using the legitimate and legal political platforms and mostly the pseudo-political and psychological platforms that they can create.

The DAP is championing for the Chinese to claim more rights than they deserve, while PAS claims to be more Islamic while PKR insists that Anwar should be the next prime minister, through street protests and sometimes at the polls, if these have proven to be ineffective.

DAP which claims to be multiracial and agreeing with the ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ slogan in the end only champion the cause of the Chinese. So they should rephrase their slogan to ‘Chinese Malaysian’ instead, and be fair and truthful to everybody.

None of their leaders have stood out to champion the cause of the Melayu and Indians and of Islam, only the Chinese.

They want the government to give more land and money for the Chinese schools. But they have never demanded the government to continue to develop the other schools, such as the ‘sekolah kebangsaan’ and ‘sekolah Tamil’ including Native Sarawak and Sabah education.

However, one thing for sure is that even if they are able to do that, they can never be allowed by anyone to replace the names of road bearing the names of the early freedom-fighters of Malaya or Tanah Melayu and those related with it, such as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan H. S. Lee, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Kampung Tunku, Putrajaya, Jalan Tun Razak and so on, replaced by names such as Jalan Lim Kit Siang, Jalan Anwar Ibrahim, or Bandar Nik Aziz and so on.

One of the founders of PAP is Lee Kuan Yew, who chose the slogan of ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ when the state was part of the Federation of Malaysia, when it was established on 16 September, 1963, which by sheer coincidence happens to be Kuan Yew’s birthday, a fact which is not generally mentioned or wondered.

When Singapore was expelled from the Federation in 1966, Kuan Yew could not shout ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ anymore now that he had to create Singapore into a country from a state.

However, with Singapore in his tight grip, he did not bother to create a new slogan to shout, which is: ‘Singaporean Singapore’.

I am sure if one were to do that, one would definitely sound quite strange if not odd.

Malaysian Malaysia has a ring to it and it sound eerie, whereas Singaporean Singapore quite ridiculous.

And DAP of Malaysia, which is a direct off-shoot of PAP, thought they could carry on and try to shout the slogan of Malaysian Malaysia, but over the years, they sounded coarse, so much so that their leaders especially Lim Kit Siang had to put the slogan aside.

Unfortunately, without the slogan DAP cannot claim to have any real political struggle in Malaysian politics of today, as the real and only mission of the DAP was to create Malaysian Malaysia.

But what they do not know is we already have Malaysian Malaysia. Malaysia cannot be for foreigners like American Malaysia or British Malaysia, and so on.

So it was such a ridiculous slogan and I did not know why Kuan Yew had to bother creating it in the first place. He would have been appreciated better if he had coined the slogan of Singaporean Malaysia like Melakan Malaysia or Johorean Malaysia and so on to indicate that a person from the different states in the Federation, yet, a citizen of the country.

One could also be described as a Nesbraskan American or Bostonian American and so on, and it still makes sense.

But Malaysian Malaysia simply does not make any sense at all. And it is not politics, but simple English.

Yet, the DAP now wants to pursue an agenda which is to displace Umno and Barisan Nasional, as their only goal.

The history of Parti Islam SeMalaysia or the Islamic Party of Malaysia or PAS in short, on the other hand has another strange history.

First of all they were created by accident, when a small group of Melayu ulama thought they were more Islamic than those in Umno, the United Malay National Organization.

So till today they do battle with Umno who they have charged to be ‘infidels’ or ‘kafir’ again and again like it is their mantra.

Unfortunately, what PAS has failed to accept the fact is how they could easily settle this dispute without ever dragging it into the political arena where many Melayu and Muslims have become collateral damage and victims.

PAS must insist that a national referendum be held for the Melayu and Muslims to decide if they prefer Umno or PAS, and if Umno loses, their members and leaders have to become members of PAS.

Or if PAS loses, their members and leaders must join Umno.

And in the end the One Melayu Party can decide who will be their new line of leaders.

In this way, the dispute on terminology and religious acceptance can be settled outside of the political arena.

But PAS is not about to propose such an idea. The reason being, they know they can’t get the full support of the Melayu throughout the country.

They can only capture the hearts and loyalty and imagination of a small group of like-minded Melayu and Muslims to join them, so that with the collusion of DAP and now PKR, they can form a formidable political force and be Umno Party and Barisan spoilers.

PKR or Parti KeAdilan Rakyat on the other hand has an even more weird history.

No doubt that it is an off-shoot of Umno and Barisan Nasional. It could very well be a wing of Umno and by default of Barisan, too, if Umno and Barisan had allowed for such a wing to be created from amongst those who did not see eye to eye with the party and coalition anymore.

And their only political agenda however, is quite obvious and well-known, which is for Anwar Ibrahim to become prime minister of the country, no matter how that such a thing can be done or happen.

His desire to become prime minister stems from the fact that he was a former deputy prime minister, therefore, he thought it was his right to rise a step further and succeed Dr. Mahathir Mohammad as prime minister.

But what Anwar did not seem to realize or did not want to realize is that the post of the deputy prime minister was not an elected one, but one which was not even mentioned in the Constitution of the country.

It is the prerogrative of the prime minister to appoint his deputy and if he chooses, he can also sack him.

And sack, he did. Malaysia had seen how Mahathir had Musa Hitam sacked as his deputy. Next came Anwar.

Yet, Musa did not complaint. Only Anwar did.

When Ghafar Baba was chosen to succeed Musa as deputy prime minister, it was the same Anwar who had complotted to get rid of him. Ghafar had to accept it as a fact of life.

But Anwar could not accept it as another fact of life when it was time for him to be sacked by Mahathir who had all the authority to do that.

So Anwar took the matter to the courts and lost.

But his personal dilemma did not end there. He still wanted to pursue it in the streets at the same time as in politics.

The general elections held every five years prove to be the only recourse that he has to bid for the prime ministership of the country.

He thought he came close to getting to Putrajaya, but somehow the road he had to take was diverted to Sungai Buloh where he got stuck there for six years.

Malaysia has not had anyone who had been in prison who later became prime minister. Maybe Anwar could be the first.

But the sad tale of this essay is how the history of DAP, PAS and PKR can be said to be so weird more so when one sees how the three of them could not trust each other when they did not dare to officially register their coalition Pakatan Rakyat in order that they contest in any election under this banner.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

Mahathir surely do not have talent to spot talent; he thought he was getting someone interesting and promising in the person of Anwar, who became deputy minister upon his entry into the Umno fold and quickly rose to become deputy prime minister under him, which allowed Anwar to create for himself a new Malaysian political dynasty.

And by sacking Anwar as deputy prime minister and Umno/Barisan, Mahathir thought he had had the last of Anwar, who he also assumed would be left limp with nowhere to go to.

But the opposite happened.

‘Reformasi’ was established in 1998 with more Umno and Barisan officers or leaders joining him, which ultimately caused the formation of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat or PKR and later Pakatan Rakyat, the loose coalition of opposition parties.  

The founders of ‘Reformasi’ got the idea from the other Umno members and officers who had left the party when it was disbanded by the courts to form ‘Parti Semangat 46’ which later ran against Umno Baru.

So it is not wrong for anyone to say it was Mahathir who had helped to create PKR and also Pakatan Rakyat, and the new generation of nemeses of Umno and Barisan that we have now. 

All this should not have happen if Mahathir had resigned as prime minister in 1991 or few years later, if he truly loved Umno and Barisan and not only to want to serve his personal interests. 

Because Mahathir had stayed on too long, the others in the Umno and Barisan Nasional hierarchy became confused and disillusioned; and they too thought they ought to follow in his steps by overstaying their welcome.

His deputy then, Musa Hitam should have been allowed to take over from him, so that the history of Umno and Barisan would be different with the flow of new blood into the party and coalition and dissent within Umno especially would also have been thwarted.

It now seemed that the only way for Mahathir to cling onto power to remain as prime minister was to replace his deputy in the cabinet as well as in Umno itself so in the end he had four different persons acting as the deputy Prime Minister – Musa Hitam, Ghafar Baba, Anwar Ibrahim and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who in the end managed to succeed him, but only for as long as he wished, before Abdullah himself was compelled or forced to resign.    

Maybe Mahathir feared if Musa had succeeded him as prime minister, Musa would become a better prime minister than he had been, and Mahathir would be treated the same way he had treated his predecessor, Hussein Onn and also Tunku Abdul Rahman who both left Umno to join or support Parti Semangat 46, who support saw the Johor Baru parliamentary seat going to it.

So no one know how Musa would have fared as prime minister, and how the course of the history of Umno, Barisan and the whole could would be henceforth till now, as does the existence of DAP, PAS and the other parties in Barisan, and if Musa would have caused the end of Anwar’s political career early in his personal and political life so that he did not have the energy, ground support or cunning to try to chart his comeback like what he has been since he was sacked by Mahathir in 1998.

Worse, those who were expelled from Umno and also Barisan still harbored intentions of staying on in politics in Malaysia, even if they do it on the other side.

So no one can blame those who are now in Parti KeAdikan Rakyat (PKR) and Pakatan Rakyat for doing what they are doing; they are those who do not have principles of attacking the very party and coalition which had given them everything they had, which they had benefited very much from, including getting their pensions and other fiduciary interests, including their spouses and children who are now vociferous critics of Umno and Barisan.

They knew they had not had enough, so they insist on staying on and test their luck with each general elections.

Some of them were lucky in 2008 when they won their seats in parliament and the state assemblies.

And most, if not all of them were once in Umno and Barisan, who would have all gone up the Umno and Barisan hierarchy if not for Mahathir blocking their way there.

Anwar Ibrahim would have succeeded Mahathir after becoming his deputy and chances are Anwar would be as critical of the Chinese and Chinese or vernacular education as he was before.

His favorite punching bag or bags today would be Parti Islam SeMalaysia (Pas) and the Democratic Action Party (Dap), who now form the two of the three major components in Pakatan Rakyat.

And surely, those who are in the Najib Tun Razak cabinet today would not be where they are now, with Najib and his deputy Mahyuddin Yassin and also Najib’s cousin, Hishamuddin Hussein Onn becoming chairmen of some GLCs or retired politicians.

Mahathir’s eldest son, Mokhzani, too would not be in the list of the most wealthy Malaysians today as does his other son, Mukhriz who definitely cannot find himself in the Anwar cabinet.

And Nizar Tun Razak might not have taken control of CIMB Bank, formerly Bank Bumiputera.

But at the same time, by Mahathir not resigning earlier, he might in fact have stopped Mokhzani from becoming the wealthiest Malaysian in the country and all of his children and those of Tun Razak, too, from becoming international personalities and who could become more successful today simply because they did not want anyone in the country and the whole world to think that their success was all due to their parents’ influence in the government and not of their own personal achievement.

So we can also feel sorry for Mokhzani and his brothers and sisters and those of Nizar’s for not being able to fully realize their potential.

And for that matter, all of Lim Kit Siang’s, Karpal Singh’s, Nik Aziz’s and Hadi Awang’s and the other old-timers in DAP, PAS or even Gerakan, MCA, MIC and the others in Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat today, would be more successful than they are now and they could even be more important than their own fathers were, if they had resigned along with Mahathir.

And Malaysia would be a much peaceful country today, with PAS, DAP and the Chinese, Indian and also the Malay chauvinist groups not being able to do much.

Most likely Anwar, too would have resigned by now having been prime minister for more than ten years, leaving behind an image of him which is positive and his reputation intact internationally.

One can see him playing the roles like what Musa Hitam is doing now.

Chances are, too, that he would not have found his ‘lookalike’ taking advantage of him by acting in videos that are often posted in YouTube.

However, Mahathir today would not be like what he is now, an international statesman, which some stature but no real influence today; he would be much like Tunku Abdul Rahman, Hussein Onn and also Abdullah Badawi, as former prime ministers, although it would seem highly unlikely Abdullah would be deputy prime minister and prime minister, but a mere former minister and later perhaps chairman of another GLC of his own choice.

Maybe Mahathir knew if he had not overstayed his stay as prime minister and left the office ten years after assuming the post, he would not have such an interesting career in politics, as most of what he had done were done after the first decade of his premiership, when his own children had all grown up having left university, although none of them had excelled in their studies.

So in other words, Mahathir’s refusing to relinquish the post of prime minister in 1991 or 1996 was good for the chauvinists in the country who now can demand whatever they want because the Melayu are now fractured into many parts and each of the part seems to be interested to pacify non-Melayu dissent by giving whatever they want, more schools and land and money, especially to those who are not well educated who dropped out of their vernacular schools early in their lives.

And Anwar, too, would now be a former prime minister, after assuming office in 1991 and leaving it in 2001, if the two of them had agreed to stay on the job for two terms of ten years each.

It is long enough for each of them to live an imprint in the history and development of the country.

What more would they want to do?

And the two of them would not be sitting on the opposite sides of the fence, but at the same place, serving Islam, Melayu and the Federation of Malaysia or the Melayu and Islamic Kingdom of Malaysia.

In the end, we can also say Malaysia has been hijacked by two persons, who used to be together in the same party and coalition – Mahathir and Anwar, but who now find themselves in opposite positions.

The ‘Mahathir and Anwar Episode’ of the country has dragged on for too long now; when will it end?