Can Malaysia learn from the lessons of Sri Lanka?

(Versi BM)

Will the houses of the Prime Minister and Ministers of Malaysia be set on fire by angry protestors as happened in Sri Lanka last week?

This is not going to happen today, this month or this year, but will it happen before Malaysia marks its Centennial in 2057 or 2063? Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan parties must be ready and prepared as the 15GE will be a “social media war”

(Versi BM)

The triumph of social media disinformation and internet lies in the May 9 Philippines Presidential election, resulting in the landslide victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late Philippines dictator and kleptocrat, must be a lesson for Malaysia.

With more than 31 million votes for Marcos Jr. while the opposition leader and Vice President Leni Robredo garnering less than half of the front-runners’ votes, Filipinos are bracing for six years of the “dark side of history”.
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Malaysians have a mountain to climb if they are to convince the world that Malaysia is not the Philippines and that Malaysians will not regard the last decade as a ”golden era” when the nation was condemned worldwide as a kleptocracy

(Versi BM)

Malaysians have a mountain to climb if they are to convince the world that Malaysia is not the Philippines and that Malaysians will not regard the last decade as a ”golden era” when the nation was condemned worldwide as a kleptocracy – as the 15th General Election, whenever it is held, is less than a year away.

The Philippines Presidential Election yesterday is proof that social media disinformation and Internet lies can win elections and turned the notorious Filipino kleptocracy of the Marcos in the 80s into a “golden era” of peace and prosperity. Read the rest of this entry »

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What lessons the Philippines Presidential Election tomorrow has for Malaysia with regard to the impending 15GE for the country?

(Versi BM)

What lessons the Philippines Presidential Election tomorrow has for Malaysia with regard to the impending 15th General Election?

I have just read an AFP report that Marcos Jr “appears on the cusp of victory in the presidential polls, with his seemingly unassailable lead fuelled by a decades-long misinformation campaign to revamp the family brand”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philipines presidential election on Monday will have interesting bearing on the forthcoming 15GE in Malaysia

(Versi BM)

When Filipino voters go to the polls for the Philippines Presidential election on Monday, it will have interesting bearing on the forthcoming 15th General Election in Malaysia.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has said that the Philippines presidential election is “a microcosm of a global battle for facts” as he quoted author Milan Kundera: “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”.
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Malaysians must learn to differentiate between truth and lies if the nation is not to degenerate to become a failed state in the next few decades

(Versi BM)

Activist Haris Ibrahim hit the nail on the head when he said that a nation cannot be built on lies.

It is not that there were no lies and fake news in the public square in the early years of Malaysia, but the advent of the social media with billions of humans plugged in one instant 24/7 global information stream has created an unprecedented crisis of trust in human history. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC Deputy Chair has passed the “death sentence” on my proposal that PAC investigate the 2002 Scorpene submarine corruption case and to establish the motive of the murder of Mongolian, Altantuya Shaariibuu

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairperson Azizah Mohd Dun has passed the “death sentence” on my proposal that the PAC investigate the 2002 Scorpene submarine corruption case and to establish the motive of the murder of the Mongolian, Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Yesterday, Azizah Mohd Dun, the PAC deputy chairperson, dismissed the call for her committee to probe the Scorpene submarine deal and Altantyunya’s murder. Read the rest of this entry »

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Would Najib agree that it would be a disservice to the legacy of public integrity of his father, the second Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Razak, not to wipe out the infamy of Malaysia as a kleptocracy?

(Versi BM)

Former Prime Minister, Najib Razak claimed that the Pakatan Harapan government investigation in 2018 did not find any evidence that he was involved in the 2002 Scorpene submarine deal, adding that it was a part of the opposition’s propaganda to tarnish his image.

I was never in the Pakatan Harapan government and I was not privy to any information as to the outcome of any investigation as to whether Najib, who was the Defence Minister in 2002, was involved in the 2002 Scorpene submarine scandal as I never asked the then Prime Minister, Attorney-General, the Inspector General of Police or Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) about the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia must be a responsible member of the international community of nations by putting to rest two grand corruption scandals – firstly, the Scorpene submarine scandal and murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and secondly, the 1MDB scandal

(Versi BM)

Malaysia must be a responsible member of the international community of nations by putting to rest two grand corruption scandals – firstly, the Scorpene submarine scandal and the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and secondly, the 1MDB scandal.

I suggested yesterday that the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should investigate the 2002 Scorpene submarine corruption case and the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu following the charging of the French company Thales by the French Government for complicity in bribery of the Scorpene submarine deal in Malaysia two decades ago and that the PAC can do so under Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders 77(d) which provides that the PAC can examine “(d) such other matters as the Committee may think fit, or which may be referred to the Committee by the House.”
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Public Accounts Committee should investigate the 2002 Scorpene submarine corruption case and the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu following the charging of French company Thales by French Government for complicity in bribery of the Scorpene submarine deal two decades ago

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) should investigate the 2002 Scorpene submarine corruption case and the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu following the charging of the Frenchs company Thales by the French Government for complicity in bribery of the Scorpene submarine deal in Malaysia two decades ago.

The Public Accounts Committee can act under Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders 77(d) which provides that the PAC can examine “(d) such other matters as the Committee may think fit, or which may be referred to the Committee by the House.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Malaysia become a failed state by 2050 or 2063?

(Versi BM)

Will Malaysia become a failed state by 2050 or 2063?

Last Wednesday, the sixth Malaysian Prime Minister wrote in his Facebook displaying the cover my 1978 book “Time Bombs in Malaysia”:

“Dari permulaan karier politiknya pada tahun 1960an, Uncle sering beri amaran bahawa Malaysia bakal muflis dan menjadi failed state.

“Tapi 60 tahun kemudian sehingga Uncle bersara politik, Malaysia masih belujm muflis dan failed state.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must ensure that Malaysia does not end up like Sri Lanka, one of the most prosperous Asian nations more than half a century ago but which took a wrong turn in nation-building and is now virtually a failed state

(Versi BM)

During my schooldays in Batu Pahat in the fifties, Ceylon (which later changed its name to Sri Lanka in 1972 after becoming a republic) was one of the most prosperous countries in Asia, more developed than many Asian countries like Thailand, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Burma.

But it took a wrong turn in nation-building policies and today after more than half a century later, it is on the verge of becoming a failed state.
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My first post-retirement project is a book on whether Malaysia can reverse the national decline of past half-century and become a world-class great nation by 2040 or 2050

(Versi BM)

For the past three weeks since my retirement from competitive politics, I have been wrestling with the questions:

· whether Malaysia can reverse the national decline in the past half-century and become a world-class great nation by 2040 or 2050; Read the rest of this entry »

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Pledge to fully support the DAP leadership but decline the CEC proposal to be DAP mentor

(Versi BM)

When I announced my political retirement at the DAP congress on March 20, 2022 it was a retirement from party elections and leadership, parliamentary and state assembly elections.

One cannot retire completely from politics unless one retires from life, for politics impinges on every aspect of one’s life.
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Malaysia can only be a world-class great nation if Malaysians have a Malaysian Dream and not a Malay Dream, Chinese Dream, Indian Dream, Kadazan Dream or Dayak Dream

(Versi BM)

I thank Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datin Seri Wan Azizah for the generosity and friendship in organising this dinner and MPs and Selangor Legislative Assembly members for their solidarity and support in attending this dinner on my political retirement

I have just returned from Kampong Bakuku in Sabah and I would not be surprised if you have not heard of this kampong, as I was not aware of it until I visited it in Tenom near the Sabah/Sarawak border yesterday, for Impian Malaysia is having a three-day medical camp for the villagers in the surrounding kampongs.
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We must reignite hope and confidence in the future as we hold in our hands the ability to reverse the national decline of the past half a century

(Versi BM)

I take this opportunity to announce my political retirement and I will not contest for any position, including the party CEC today – you should delete No. 39 from the CEC candidate list) – or any parliamentary or state assembly seat.

I have been with the party for 56 years – two days ago was the DAP’s 56th anniversary –   and have seen it develop from a small opposition party which fought the first general election in 1969 into a major political party in the Pakatan Harapan coalition which won the 14th General Election in 2018 and formed the government in seven states.
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Does Malaysia want to be the first nation in the world to have a kleptocrat to return to power as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia?

(Versi BM)

The biggest joke in the 14-day Johore general election is the statement by the Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Hasni Mohammad that Singapore could be more developed if it was led by UMNO.

For the last 27 years from 1995 to 2021, Singapore ranked among the top 10 countries in the world in the annual Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) while Malaysia fell from the rank of 23rd position in 1995 to 62nd position in 2021. Malaysia is expecting to drop further in the TI CPI 2022.

If UMNO was in Singapore, there was no way for the island republic to be among the top 10 countries in the world in the last 27 years for integrity, transparency and accountability. Read the rest of this entry »

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It will be a national catastrophe of the first magnitude if Malaysia is the first country in the world where a convicted kleptocrat can return to power as head of government, whether as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia

(Versi BM)

It will be a national catastrophe of the first magnitude if Malaysia is the first country in the world where a convicted kleptocrat can return to power as head of government, whether as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

I have said that something is very wrong with the moral compass of Johore voters if they do not regard Najib Razak’s “Apa Malunya BOSSku” campaign as merely a circus but support it and endorse Najib Razak’s return, though a convicted kleptocrat, as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
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Something very wrong with moral compass of Johor voters if they do not regard Najib’s “Apa Malunya BOSSku” campaign as merely a circus but support it and endorse Najib’s return, though a convicted kleptocrat, as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia

(Versi BM)

We saw Azrol Rahani in action when he spoke just now – an angry Malaysian at the many injustices and wrongs in Malaysia, whether about FELDA or the Malaysian society as a whole.

We need angry Malaysians of all ages to express their anger at the many injustices and inequalities in our society after six decades of nationhood and to demand reforms so that we can fulfil our aspiration to be a world-class great nation instead of becoming a kleptocracy, kakistocracy and a failed state, as in that eventuality, all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, will suffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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World is watching Johor state general election on March 12 not because Johor is important but whether a convicted kleptocrat can begin to return as 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia

(Versi BM)

The world is following closely the Johor State general election on March 12, 2022 not because Johor is important but whether a convicted kleptocrat can begin to return as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Before May 9, 2018, Malaysians who went overseas were reluctant to admit they were Malaysians to avoid questions on the billion-ringgit 1MDB scandal, which was well-known and infamous worldwide although the subject was censored in Malaysia and Members of Parliament were not allowed to debate the subject in the Malaysian Parliament and on Malaysia becoming a kleptocracy.
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