Taking a week off Netoholism. In the mean time, if you’re just passing through, here’s a selection of my funnest posts for your enjoyment or outrage:
Taking a week off Netoholism. In the mean time, if you’re just passing through, here’s a selection of my funnest posts for your enjoyment or outrage:
21 original posters… Read ‘em and weep! (If you’re a crony, that is.)
The motivational mockery of Malaysian political figures continues at Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters!
Here are some samples of the posters:
If you like them, see the whole collection (with new ones added all the time) at this link. Share with your friends and spread the mockery!
TOTAL POSTERS: 57
Updated with new ones as they are created.
Created by yours truly. (Blog address added to posters on Kean’s prompting.)
Click to view and save full versions. Images and free for forwarding, use on blogs/sites and other reproduction. Show your friends. Spread them around.
3) Street Protest - Penang: Massive Illegal UMNO Street Mob Protests Anti-NEP
5) Insulting Royalty – Sultans, Politics and MBs – Another Giant Kayu Balak in UMNO’s Eye
6) Police Restraint - 2007 Bersih Rally – Super Cover Up Job by Government and Mainstream Media (with link to video evidence)
7) BN Selangor - Barisan Nasional Selangor Shredding Documents Photos
8.) Irrelevance – Wikipedia on Malaysian Parliamentary seats 2008
9) Happy 72nd Birthday - Wikipedia on Sammy Vellu
10) National Hero – Economics Quiz – What Malaysian Political Party Are You?, Malaysian Astronaut Cosmonaut Angkasawan and joking reference to Captain America
11) National Car - 70% tariff on imports and Wikipedia on Malaysia’s killer car tariffs, duties and taxes
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14) Dialogue - Youtube Video Warning For Namewee (Negarakuku)
15) House of Worship - Bobjots: Orang Asli Church Demolishment
16) Do Not Disturb – Bumiputera Malaysia: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sleeps when Malaysia is not OK
17) I Has A Nap - Bumiputera Malaysia: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sleeps when Malaysia is not OK and based on this lol:
18.) Dialogue 2 - Megaton Punch! UMNO Supporters Punch Guangming Daily Press Photographer
20) My Pokémons - Lee Jeok: Malaysian Cabinet 2008 Chart and based on this lol:
22) Khalwat Alert - Perak Religious Department to Continue Raids on Hotels, and made more relevant by Beware: Khalwat for you, too
23) Our Next PM? – Badawi names Najib as his successor. If so, please kill me before I kill myself or his policies kill the nation. This guy…
25) M.A.H.A.T.H.I.R 2 - Saya Zalim Anwar Video: Dr. Mahathir Admits Arresting Anwar Ibrahim Without Cause? and based on joke from Seventh Rangers (Mechanized). (Boy, he sure doesn’t like his Deputy PMs eh?)
26) Khairys Angels - Wikipedia on Khairy Jamaluddin and Mat Rempit, MageP’s Lab: Mat Cemerlang’s clubs and Malaysiakini: Putera Umno’s glorification of Mat Rempit ludicrous. Title is a play on Hells Angels.
27) Not News - Haris Ibrahim has a concise summary of the blinders the MSM wears. 20,000 rallying at Anwar Ibrahim’s return to politics, and all the Government Enslaved Media (GEM) can focus on is the police response to it. But can’t really blame them, because if anyone dares cover it properly, they get their newspaper banned.
28.) National Service - IAmMalaysian on NS deaths which gets some info from Wikipedia, and NS doesn’t fulfill its main purpose of building unity.
31) Public Enemy #1 - Raja Petra Kamarudin Chooses Jail Rather Than Pay RM 5,000 Bail
32) Last Words -Latest Malaysian National Service Death, 9 May 2008. See also Poster #28 and its references.
33) May 13, 1969 - This one was a gift to Jed Yoong after she expressed her initial disbelief that a certain newspaper editor could trivialize May 13 as catching dragonflies. See A Day of Infamy That’s So Infamous, No One Knows What Happened Actually for facts.
34) 22 Is Less Than 5 - See Dr M Quits UMNO, Blames Badawi For 22 Years of Mahathirism
35) 22 < 5 - Same as above, only using mathematical symbols.
36) Temptresses - Mockery of claims made in School Uniform Causes Rape: Malaysian Pervert Group Leers at Underage Schoolgirls, Assumes Every Other Male is Just as Deviant
37) Preventing Rape - Refresh your memory at Veiling the Uncovered Meat
38) African Bumiputra - Although the Chinese in South Africa have one sixth the history as Chinese in Malaysia, they beat us to it. See Even Chinese in South Africa Considered ‘African Bumiputera’
39) Rape Deterrence – See the titular post Rape Deterrence’. Be sure to compare with Poster 36 and 37 above.
40) Whodunit? – See Seven Conspiracy Theories of the Anwar Sodomy Allegations and the major news shakeup of Anwar Accused of New Sodomy.
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41) Our Next PM? Statement – See major shocker Anwar: Najib Had Sex With Altantuya, Had Her Murdered To Shut Her Up!!!!
42) Our Next PM? C4 – Same as preceding.
43) Whodunit? 2 – See P. Balasubramaniam Retracts Statutory Declaration: Najib Didn’t Have Sex With Altantuya!
44) Class – Yeah, observe their high moral standards at Susan Loone – UMNO’s pornographic acts during nomination day.
45) DRaMa – Here we go again… Drama-laaah, Dr M! Mahathir Now Thinking of Rejoining UMNO
47) & 48) Pendatang – Pendatang (that is, Datuk Ahmad Ismail)
49) to 53) I Survived (Teresa Kok version) – They Survived ISA Detention! which has versions with the names of the survivors (Tan Choon Heng, Teresa Kok, Lim kit Siang, Kapral Singh)
54) Silence Him – Free Raja Petra Kamarudin Tribute Poster
55) Utusan Malaysia – Utusan Malaysia Issues Unsubtle Death Threat Against Teresa Kok, Defended by Rocky Bru
56) I Survived (RPK version) - Raja Petra Kamarudin Survived the ISA!
57) Khalid Abu Bakar - Did the Police Move in During Negaraku? Watch Video, You Decide
Above is Poster #3 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters
Hey Super-Najib, where are you! Aren’t you supposed to pop your head up and decry street protests as ‘not Malaysian culture’ right about now?
Oh, I forgot… You’re a documented racist who’s super biased towards your UMNOputra mob!
Which is making a ruckus over nothing… See the second news report for why.
See also this post for how UMNO-led race baiting is likely causing all of this unrest. And they have the nerve to call Lim the racist! Cuh!
UPDATE 16 March 08: Even Gerakan’s Koh notices the hypocrisy of UMNO!!! See third news report. Trying to rebuild Chinese confidence in his failed party?
From The Star 15 March 2008:
Lim’s remarks spark protest
PENANG: A big crowd, comprising mostly Umno members and supporters, took to the streets around Komtar after Friday prayers yesterday to protest against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remarks on the New Economic Policy (NEP).
Chanting slogans, the protesters marched towards Komtar in Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong at about 2.30pm.
The protest was held in response to Lim’s statement that DAP-PKR would run the government “free from the NEP that breeds cronyism, corruption and systemic inefficiency.”
Speaking to reporters, Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said the state Umno would hand over a four-point memorandum to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas next week in protest of Guan Eng’s statement.
Tanjung Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar denied the protest was led by the state Umno and claimed the Malays had gathered in response to Short Message Service texts which were circulated yesterday.
He said the DAP-led government had not respected the rights of the Malays and that the Penang Malays “wanted them out.”
At 3.30pm, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid advised the protesters to disperse, using a loud hailer.
They only left when five trucks, including one equipped with water cannon from the Federal Reserve Unit arrived 30 minutes later.
Acting state police chief Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Salleh Mat Rasid said no untoward incidents were reported but two men were brought back for questioning.
Guan Eng said Umno leaders need not take to the streets as they can always meet him on issues affecting Penang Malays.
PKR has lodged a police report on Thursday night over an attempt to incite people to protest against the new state government.
“There were irresponsible people spreading rumours and we want to make it clear that PKR is in no way involved.
“Clearly it was meant to create racial tension among the people. As far as PKR is concerned, we accept and support the new state executive council appointments,” PKR Bayan Baru information chief Annuar Ismail said after lodging the police report.
In SHAH ALAM, another group marched from the state mosque to the state secretariat building here to stage a similar protest.
The crowd gathered at the roundabout near the mosque just after the Friday prayers.
They stopped in front of a line formed by police Light Strike Force personnel about 150m from the main entrance to the building, continued with their protest and left peacefully about 20 minutes later.
Shah Alam Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Shariff Abdul Wahid said police were aware of the planned gathering and confirmed that no permit had been issued for it.
Meanwhile, Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok, which the SMS had purportedly said to have called for the abolishment of the NEP in Selangor, denied ever saying such a thing.
“I have never asked Tan Sri Khalid to abolish the NEP in Selangor,” she said.
To clear things up about ‘abolishing the NEP’, read the following:
From The Star March 15 2008:
Support from Muslim NGOs
PENANG: Twenty-two Muslim non-governmental organisations have expressed support for the state government’s call for transparency in implementing the New Economic Policy (NEP).
Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) Penang adviser Dr Danial Zainal Abidin said representatives from the organisations met Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday morning and realised that the state government was not against the NEP.
“Lim told us that he had no intention of throwing away the NEP. He, however, mentioned that it had been tainted with cronyism and corruption, and that is what he wants to throw away, not the entire NEP.
“So, if that is the idea, then we agree with him,” he said after a dialogue session with Lim at Komtar yesterday.
Lim had on his first day as Chief Minister said he would practise an open tender policy for the awarding of contracts and projects to prevent cronyism and corruption.
Dr Danial said Islam stressed on transparency and justice not only for Muslims but also for all religions and races and that the NGOs want the government to be transparent and clean.
“I think YAB has listened and agreed to what we said. If he can fulfil these, then it is in line with Islamic regulations and rules,” he said.
Dr Danial said the NGOs were concerned about the fate of Penang Malays and Islamic institutions after hearing talk that the new state government might curb their activities.
He said the NGOs had asked Lim on the state’s policy concerning mosques, suraus, Sekolah Agama Rakyat as well as on the problems faced by the Malays in Tanjung Tokong.
“Lim has answered them well and we hope he can fulfil the state’s promises,” he said.
When met by reporters later, Lim told the people to stop listening to rumours that the Penang Malays would be marginalised under the DAP-PKR coalition rule.
“Before being sworn-in as Chief Minister, I went to Tanjung Tokong to find out about the problems faced by the Malays there.
“So, I wish to reiterate that we are a government for all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion and background,” he said.
Meanwhile, JIM’s women wing chief Dr Harlina Halizah Siraj believed that the Malays were ready to compete on a level playing field with the other races if the NEP were to be abolished.
“The change in the political landscape is a wakeup call for the Malays. They should be showing that they deserve certain positions based on merit, and not on the Malay quota.
“That is the message that should be conveyed to the younger generation of Malays. On one hand, the Malays are happy with changes, but on the other hand, they are shocked with the consequences,” she added.
From The Star 16 March 2008:
Koh: Street demos not proper way to convey views
PENANG: Barisan Nasional component parties must keep to the stand that street demonstrations are not the proper way to convey views and express feelings, Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said.
He said this was especially important in a multi-racial society.
The former chief minister said this has been the stand of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Barisan top leadership.
“We have to be consistent,” he said when commenting on Friday’s street demonstration by Penang Umno members and supporters at Komtar.
Dr Koh said street demonstrations may serve to allow people to vent their grievances or feelings.
“However, as often pointed out by Barisan’s top leaders, such acts may heighten tension and even lead to conflicts if they get out of hand,” he said.
He added that the freedom of assembly should be used wisely and effectively.
Dr Koh said that holding forums and seminars, and presenting memorandums with concrete proposals supported by facts and figures, would be a more fruitful way.
Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.
[BUMPED 15 March 2008. Original posting date 14 March 2008.]
It really riles me up that as soon as the BN got over its shock, mourning and self pity at being rejected by the voters, it goes straight to flinging smears and accusations of ‘racism’ at the DAP-PAS-PKR coalition which trounced them at the GE.
Just who are the ‘racists’ in Malaysian politics? I’d have to say it is Barisan Nasional’s members. After all, UMNO has long shown that it despises those ‘inferior little brothers’ in MCA and MIC.
And just look at the way they think in these recent excerpts from the news, my comments in [square brackets]:
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14 March: Ong: Perak voters cheated
DAP has cheated its voters as a PAS state assemblyman will be sworn in as the Perak mentri besar today, Perak MCA chief Datuk Ong Ka Chuan said.
Ong, who is also the MCA secretary-general, said DAP should apologise to its voters, saying it was sad to hear that Perak PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin will be the mentri besar.
He said Mohammad’s appointment went against the wishes of voters, especially non-Muslims.
“Having a mentri besar from PAS creates fear among non-Muslims. This also creates political instability.”
[The only one causing fear and instability is YOU, Mr. Lost-to-DAP Ong, with your intentionally inflammatory words. Just because you are comfortable with lying facedown on the floor for UMNO to trod all over you, doesn't mean the rest of the Chinese enjoy it too.
See next excerpt too.]
The DAP’s decision to abolish the New Economic Policy (NEP) could cause national instability, said Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said in a statement that the NEP had played a crucial task in equity distribution among the rakyat and their economic role, successfully eradicating poverty in many areas since it was introduced in 1971 after the May 13 riots.
Hishammuddin was responding to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s decision to not practise the NEP.
Lim had on Tuesday told reporters that the DAP-led state government would not practise the NEP after his swearing-in as the new Penang Chief Minister, citing the policy as a source of cronyism, corruption and inefficiency.
Hishammuddin said the move would not only negatively affect the Malays, but all Malaysians as well.
“Such irresponsible actions from DAP will only worsen the economic disparity of our multi-racial country.
“All the while the NEP has served to maintain balance in such issues.
“We cannot allow a large part of the country’s economy to be ruled by the minority races while the majority race is abandoned without representation,” he said.
Hishammuddin also urged the DAP to be responsible and accord respect to the country and its people.
[There they go again, threatening vague 'unrest' and invoking May 13 whenever anyone questions the status quo.
So maintaining the NEP - which is based on race - is good, but attempting to revoke it is considered RACIST.
To me, this is like someone shouting to my face "You bladdy Chinese pig! You f****** Cina babi!" and when I ask him to stop insulting me, I get arrested for stoking racial tensions. WTF??!!!
And on who benefits from the NEP, to paraphrase Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament before he got Singapore kicked out of Malaysia: "How exactly do racial quotas on the boards of big business help the poor Malay farmer, fisherman and villager?"
And what the **** is he blabbering on about 'minority races' abandoning the 'majority race'? Helloooooooooo, not everyone is as RACIST as yourself, Keris Man!]
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has vehemently refuted Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s claim that he was stoking racial tension over the issue of dismantling the New Economy Policy (NEP) in the island state.
In a sign that could signal the start of a rocky relationship between the federal and the state governments, Lim has instead slammed Abdullah for seeking to provoke racial tensions with his allegations.
“I said we will have an open-tender system (in Penang). What’s the problem with that? Unless Abdullah doesn’t like open tenders but corruption, cronyism and inefficiency.
“I don’t understand what has it (abolishing the NEP) got to do with marginalising the Malay or the Indian community. I think he is not right, (he’s) going on the wrong facts and trying to provoke (racial) sentiment,” Lim told a press conference after witnessing the swearing-in of 10 of his state excos at the Dewan Sri Pinang today.
Yesterday, Abdullah expressed his dismay over the plan by the DAP-led state government not to practise the NEP, an affirmative action policy which favours the bumiputeras.
“Do not marginalise the Malays. I want to ask Lim Guan Eng what are his plans for the Malays in Penang. What are his plans for the Indians in Penang. What are his plans for other minority groups in Penang?” said Abdullah.
[Like I said... A racially-determined policy is considered not-racist by BN, while questioning the policy's racially-determined basis is condemned as racism. Bizarro World much, Badawi?]
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants Opposition parties to be more responsible when making statements in order not to jeopardise racial harmony.”
“They must be careful and not make statements to gain popularity among certain races only. Whatever they say, must be done carefully,” he said in an interview with Bernama TV at his official residence Seri Perdana here tonight.
In the 30-minute interview, he advised opposition parties in power in some of the states not to allow any community to feel marginalised and to think hard if they wanted to change policies.
He said this when asked what advice he had for Opposition parties which now have raised several issues that slighted the feelings of certain communities, like the New Economic Policy (NEP) and the special rights of Malays.
“Think it over again and again. When making statements on the NEP, they must consider the meaning conveyed. If you do as you like, it will cause a backlash.
“This is something very important they must understand. Becoming the government is not the same as being the Opposition. Both have different roles, and now they will know it is not easy (to be the government),” he said.
[HYPOCRITE!!! You are stoking racial tension and pandering to Malay sentiment with every utterance, yet you warn DAP-PAS-PKR to wtch their words?!!!]
15 March: Lawyer lodges report against Penang CM
A lawyer lodged a police report against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his statement that he would run the state administration free of the New Economic Policy (NEP).
Abu Backer Sidek Mohamad Zan, 40, lodged the report at the Jalan Patani police station.
He told reporters that in his statement he had asked the police to investigate Lim under the Sedition Act and to take action against Lim if he continued to make seditious and racist statements.
“I believe that the statement is seditious, racist, irresponsible and may endanger public peace and national security,” he said.
[Another disgusting hypocrite!!!!! May your eyes be stabbed by the very logs within them!!!!]
PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that, being a Penangite, he will not allow the DAP-led state government to ignore the plight of Penang Malays.
Dismissing allegations that he was a traitor to the Malay race, Anwar said he would ensure that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng stuck to his pledges and did not marginalise the Malays.
“Some irresponsible people are trying to fan the fire alleging that I have betrayed the Penang Malays whose plight was not looked into under the previous administration.
“We will not overlook the problems of Malay petty traders,” he said after paying a courtesy call on Lim at the Chief Minister’s office in Komtar yesterday.
“Those who made allegations against me actually want the Malays to feel uneasy so that they can fulfil their agenda,” he said.
“These people are merely sore losers, he said, and urged them “not to stir up the hornets’ nest.”
Anwar said the DAP-PKR coalition state government would also ensure that the welfare of Chinese and Indians were well taken care of and that the state government would take a new approach to help them.
[That's telling them, Anwar! SORE LOSERS!!! You are the real traitors to the malay race, intent on keeping them dependent and subservient to the UMNOputras forever!]
14 March: Call to scrap mega projects
The state Umno will “persuade” the Federal Government to scrap all the mega projects in the state in view of the people’s clear rejection of Barisan Nasional.
Since Penangites do not want development, the Federal Government should not force it on them, said state Umno liaison committee secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim.
He said that this was not Penang Umno taking revenge “but we are actually giving the people what they want”.
“They voted for change, so let us see what the DAP can do,” he said after the party’s emergency meeting at Menara Umno yesterday.
Azhar, who is Penaga assemblyman, was appointed the state Opposition Leader at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Umno liaison committee deputy chief Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah hit out at the new administration for its decision not to practise the New Economic Policy (NEP).
[That old threat of withholding development if the people don't vote for BN again.
Well here's news for you: The common people DON'T WANT your mega-projects like launching twin towers into space to serve as the new administrative capital at the cost of $$$gajillions. All that does is put the rakyat's oil money into your fat pockets anyway.]
14 March: Nazri: We may see end of NEP
The election results signal the beginning of the possible demise of the New Economic Policy (NEP) and special rights for the Malays, said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
The Umno supreme council member said it appeared that the Malays, especially in the town areas, had become more confident now and felt they could compete with the other races on a level playing field.
“We (Umno) have to really sit down and think. It looks like the educated Malays do not care about Malay rights anymore,” he said when contacted.
“The Malay doctors, lawyers, engineers feel they have made it on their own merit.
“It looks like the NEP is not something that can be used to persuade the Malays to support the Barisan Nasional.
“The Malays are saying ‘you can’t scare us by talking about us losing our rights, because we are here on our own merit’.”
Nazri said it looked like some Malays felt that the NEP was unfair, and questioned why special rights should be given to the Malays.
He described the new confidence among the Malays as good for the Malay psyche.
[See? 45 years after LKY said it in front of the entire Malaysian Parliament and got quickly removed by TAR, the common folk are starting to realize it too - the NEP is unfair to nonMalays and non-UMNOputra Malays.
Scrap that ineffectual NEP. Replace it with a new policy that doesn't merely enrich the big businessmen and political-footsie-playing Datuks.]
14 March: Leaders still think along racial lines
The MP for Gua Musang stated that it was not only a disaster for Umno and BN but also a disaster for the nation. How can we conclude that the people’s choice of electing members of the Opposition party in certain states equate to a national disaster?
I personally think having fresh faces in Government, be it BN or the Opposition, is always a good thing, especially since the people of Malaysia are clearly frustrated with practices in the past administrations in which corruption, cronyism and sheer incompetence were rife.
Datuk S. Subramaniam has called on all Indians in the nation to unite with the objective of revitalising the MIC, while MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting is now committed full time towards rebuilding the MCA and winning back the support of the Chinese.
In Penang, the Chairman of the Malay Chamber of Commerce has requested that the DAP-led government appoint Malay state assemblymen as state executive councillors as they could deal with the problem of the Malays.
Why can’t the BN move towards a unified political party platform and have Malaysians deal with Malaysian issues, regardless of race, gender or religion?
We must stop viewing everything in this country through an ethnic prism. Instead, we should start working together as Malaysians, period.
The BN’s biggest component parties are Umno, MCA and MIC – all of which are political organisations based on ethnicity. If we are to succeed as a nation moving forward, we must do away with this structure and have a true multi-racial BN, and not a BN coalition of multiple races.
The success of PKR and DAP in the recent election proves that the people of Malaysia want this.
Malaysia must move forward by having a truly multi-ethnic political framework and do away with political parties drawn along ethnic lines.
We must view the future of our nation not through an ethnic prism, but a human one that is blind to race, religion and gender, if we are to succeed as a nation.
[Here's some sensibility, but NOT from a BN guy... It's a letter from a regular citizen.]
And on a final note:
If the DAP-PAS-PKR coalition (the entity formerly known as the Opposition) is a ‘marriage of convenience’, then I must say that a pragmatic marriage is better than a shotgun wedding.
Or – dare I say it - enslavement.
What are you trying to hide? Don’t try and tell me you’re just hamsters looking for new bedding. More like rats.
From Elizabeth Wong:
Meanwhile, all the official documents are missing from Kedah…
From The Star 17 March 2008:
Kedah official papers missing
The PAS-led government which took office after 12th general election on March 8 will lodge a police report based on the findings of an internal investigation.
Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to investigate the case of the missing documents.
“Phahrolrazi will investigate what happened.
“I do not want to accuse people without proof,” said Azizan who found that the Mentri Besar’s office was void of documents after the swearing-in ceremony last Sunday.
The newly appointed executive councillors, who were sworn in on Wednesday, found out the next day that their offices were also empty.
“There is not a single paper left in all the offices. We view this very seriously because the documents belong to the executive council, not to any individual,” said Phahrolrazi.
He said most of the documents were classified.
“We are questioning the government officers on duty. No one has a right to transfer the documents without permission,” he said.
Phahrolrazi said the former executive councillors did not have the right to enter the offices without permission.
“We need the minutes of the meetings to check the progress of projects and other matters that were discussed at the executive council meetings,” he said.
Is your own massive, bloated bureaucracy where everything must be rubber stamped in triplicate threatening to expose your misdeeds? (Much like how the massive Nazi bureauracy resulted in tons of documents that prove the Holocaust occurred – deny that, conspiracy nuts!)
Or is it, plain and simple, as petty and psiteful attempt to sabotage the new state government?
Opposition has won big! Massively!
Penang, Perak, Kedah, Kelantan and Selangor are now no longer under BN control!!!
Get your updates at:
PS. Now that Anwar is on his way to the top, will he let Dr. M off the hook for that little tiff a whiles back? Particularly after Dr. M seems to have admitted arresting Anwar for no good reason – Saya Zalim Anwar Video: Dr. Mahathir Admits Arresting Anwar Ibrahim Without Cause?
Haha! Oh oh, next time cannot work for BN-led government if want to lor! So, better hope Opposition wins…
Doing their bit
FOR a long time now, there has been this perception that young people are apathetic and unconcerned about politics. However, there seems to be a recognition on the need to mobilise the young in this general election.
Political parties, both from the ruling Government and the Opposition have fielded younger candidates in their attempt to remain relevant to Malaysians, 55% of whom are below the age of 24. The increase in media channels have also sparked interest among a new generation of young Malaysians who look set to exercise their rights to vote come March 8.
Most significantly though is the fact that many candidates – among them Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, DAP’s Charles Santiago and PKR’s Sivarasa Rasiah – have turned to young people to actively assist them in their campaigns.
Jacks of all trades
Nicole Wong, 29, has taken two weeks off from her job to help out with Chew’s campaign. The sales manager is working on an elections campaign for the first time, but is the person behind all of the Petaling Jaya Utara incumbent’s ceramahs.
“I am in charge of all the arrangements for YB’s ceramahs. I am helping her because she has given us a chance to be a leader,” Nicole says.
Nicole’s fellow volunteers, Ong Yu Pey, 25, and Tee Tze Wei, 29, feel the same way.
“We are very young in politics and in the party, but she is giving us a chance. She is training us up as the new generation (in politics),” says Yu Pey who has just returned from studying in China .
While these three ladies have their respective responsibilities – Yu Pey helps out with activities, while Tze Wei is in charge of logistics and sound systems – they are also out on the ground canvassing for votes.
An average day for the three of them starts as early as 5am where they would all meet up and start going on their rounds. This would include house-to-house visits, appearances at the market and the regular meetings back at the Bilik Gerakan in Kelana Jaya. Some days, they are part of Damansara Utama state seat candidate Victor Gu’s cycling team when they move about on bicycles to reach out to residents in Victor’s constituency.
“Most days, we only get a few hours sleep,” Nicole shares.
Bicycles aside, this is the sort of schedule that most of the other young volunteers keep to. In Klang, where prominent activist Charles Santiago is running for a parliamentary seat, his media liaison Leong Mei Yee talks about how hectic things have been since nomination day.
Like the three MCA volunteers, Mei Yee too takes on more than just her ‘portfolio’.
“I’m the media person, so I help make arrangements with the press. But I also work on documentation whenever needed. Some days, I take video and notes to be uploaded onto Charles’ blog,” she explains.
Despite the tiring hours they take on, none of them are complaining.
“I’m still very excited,” Nicole shared. “We play very important roles.”
Fahmi Fadzil, who helps Subang parliamentary candidate Sivarasa with his communication work such as designing fliers and updating his campaign website, likened the feeling to sitting for an examination.
“It feels like final exam week in university. So much adrenaline and energy,” he says.
Power of youth
On Sunday night, almost 15 teenagers armed with T-shirts, caps, flowers and pastries stormed the Bangsar Baru night market. While traders were peddling their goods, these bunch of youths wearing Youth for Shahrizat T-shirts stopped passers-by telling them to come out to vote on polling day, and to vote for Shahrizat, the incumbent MP for Lembah Pantai.
“Excuse me, do you live in Bangsar? Vote for Kak Shahrizat okay?”
Munirah Kader Shah, 26, is the founder of Youth for Shahrizat. Just over a week ago, this public relations senior executive was just going about her life as usual.
She, however, decided that she wants to be involved in the general election. Gathering other young people from the area, Munirah started organising daily meetings at nearby mamak spots after work where they would plan their strategies to spread the good word about Shahrizat to anyone willing to listen.
“I wanted to be part of the elections because we (youths) matter … this is our country,” Munirah says. “We all have concerns but instead of just sitting down to chit chat about it, I thought it would be better to start something we are passionate about.”
At the pasar malam, this group of youths were “selling” their goodies in exchange for people’s time to stop and listen to their spin.
“Some of us actually have single mothers whom Shahrizat has done so much for. You can see the difference in our mother’s faces,” says 26-year-old Pravin Pillai, another member of Youth For Shahrizat said, referring to the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development.
“So we made up a bunch of fliers about how Kak Shahrizat has affected us.”
Each of these youths volunteers have their own reasons for helping a particular candidate with their campaigns. For Munirah and Pravin, it is all about the candidate. The same goes for Mei Yee and Sarah Devaraj, Santiago’s campaign coordinator.
Both are not members of DAP and agreed to help out because they believe in Santiago.
“I will support Charles as an individual, a man of credibility, integrity and honesty,” Sarah, 30, says.
Fahmi shares the same sentiments about Sivarasa.
“I believe in Siva, and what he says. There is a lot of clarity and I am attracted to that,” asserts Fahmi, who will be voting in Segambut.
As for the three MCA ladies, they are helping out as much for Datin Paduka Chew as they are for the party. They are members of BeliaWanis (MCA’s young women’s bureau) and have been helping the party out for a couple of years now on ground events.
A new generation cometh
Candidates aside, these youths are also getting involved because they believe that the time is prime for young people to play a bigger role in politics.
For Nicole, this elections will serve as a learning opportunity for her, as she intends to make a career out of politics.
“I am interested in politics, in particular the issues of young women. But no matter what, we have to do our part first. We play an important role and this gives us confidence,” she says.
And for others like Yu Pey, this is her way of giving back to the community.
“I’m taking this as a learning platform and trying very hard to learn,” she says. “In the future, I would love to contribute more to the community.”
The Youth For Shahrizat group however just want to show Malaysia that young people are capable, and not as apathetic as they are perceived to be.
“Youths are capable people and as long as we have the passion, it doesn’t matter if we play a big or small part,” Munirah says, adding that, “Politics is not a privilege, it’s an obligation. As long as I’m able to be involved, I’ll do it.”
For some of these youths, getting involved in the elections is also a way to dispel perceptions of their complacency when it comes to the issues and politics.
“Two months ago, my dad and his friends were talking politics when one of the friends turned to me and just asked, ‘Are you a registered voter?’ I said no and he turned to my dad and said, ‘See, young kids nowadays.’
“I got a bit offended because it’s not that I wasn’t going to register, just that it was not in line with my plans then to go overseas and not come back,” explains Grey Yeoh, 23, who is also helping out with Sivarasa’s campaign.
“Plans changed and by the time I wanted to, it was too late.”
So, getting involved in a campaign was Grey’s way for making up for not voting.
For Mei Yee, she feels that she can help make a difference.
“I tell my friends, even though it’s been crazy, I’m part of the election process. I’m part of deciding something important for the country.”
Then there is also the youth ideal that they are invincible and that the world is their oyster.
“Everyone wants to change the world in their own way. Some people chose to do it using politics,” Pravin opines.
Fahmi too shares this sentiment.
“It’s not so hard to make some kind of change. It’s just about taking ownership of participation in a public political process.”
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KOMAS (Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat) has a series of videos on Voter Education. Check them out below.
Hapuskan politik wang
Freedom of assembly
Abolish Phantom Voters
And remember to check if you are really registered to vote, and where: Check Your Malaysian Voter Registration
At least, not according to Malaysian Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Bashing Govt In Blogs Not Malaysian Culture – Rais
KUALA LUMPUR Feb 19 (Bernama) — Bloggers should evaluate themselves before indulging in an unhealthy culture of bashing others, including government leaders, through their blogsites, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said.
He said although government bashing in the blogsites was among the challenges faced by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in facing the general election, it was not the nature of BN leaders to resort to using blogsites to attack others in their campaigns to win the elections.
[Scott: This is true. BN guys don't even know how to use the Internet, so they resort to their old weapon of choice, the Government Enslaved Media of newspapers, tv and public speeched to attack others and manipulate the electorate.]
“They (bloggers) condemn the prime minister, ministers and other members of the administration but not themselves. As the Malay adage goes, it’s pointing the forefinger to the front and thumb to your chest.
“I am saying that you should look at your own heart to see if it is clean. If it is not, then don’t bash others in your blogs,” he said after launching a book and compact disc, “Aku Dia dan Lagu-Lagu Nostalgia”, by Yusnor Ef at Aswara (National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy) here today.
“Nowadays, not only the bloggers are having a mental block (disturbed) but the PAS’ spiritual leader’s mind too is blocked (unstable) when he equated Umno members to orang utan.
“The bloggers are getting bolder, but I see it this way — the general election is the season for condemning or “killing” others with words but this is not BN culture. I suggest that they attend courses on good manners as good manners is Malaysian culture.”
This is more proof that the stodgy old Barisan Nasional politicians fear the new people’s power that is Alternative Mediam, after calling bloggers lying females, unemployed good-for-nothings, karaoke singers, goblok, and monkeys.
No prizes for predicting that blogs bashing the Opposition will be ignored or even highly praised as ‘mature, factual and expressing freedom of speech and opinion’.
Hey old farts! A straightforward tip for you: If you run the country fairly, competently and honestly, blogs won’t bash you! For the record, blogs bash anyone who acts like a jerk – be they BN stooges, Opposition embarassments or other blogs that break the codes of Net conduct.
But in the meantime, here’s the proof that I am not a practitioner of (Rais-defined) Malaysian culture:
DAP Assemblyman Utters Incredibly Rude Remark That Shocks the Entire Nation to the Core (No, it’s not actually an anti-Opposition post)