Anti-corruption record in tatters – top leaders caught in maze of corruption allegations

At the monthly assembly of the staff of ministries and agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department on July 2, 2007, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made the surprise announcement of the extension of the term of service of Tan Sri Musa Hassan as Inspector-General of Police to enable Musa to “continue with his crime-fighting agenda”. Musa is to retire on Sept. 13, 2007.

Such an announcement was most unprecedented for many reasons and the circumstances indicate that it was more a statement of intent on the Prime Minister’s part than a statement of fact in that all the due process of such an extension had been completed, including conveying the decision to the Conference of Rulers which will only meet later this month.

The very fact that no one knows for how long Musa’s term as IGP had been extended although it is more than a week after Abdullah’s surprise announcement lends support to the view that the Prime Minister’s statement was one of intent rather than of fact about Musa’s extension as IGP.

The question is why was it necessary for Abdullah to act in so uncharacteristic a fashion in “jumping the gun” to rush such an announcement of his intent to extend Musa’s term as IGP when there are more than two months to go before the expiry of the tenure, and when the practice is to make the announcement of such top-level appointments or their extensions at the last minute.

There are even cases where high offices are left vacant for months like the office of Chief Judge of Malaya, which had remained vacant for more than six months, raising the question whether the country is facing a constitutional crisis in filling top judicial posts.

Was Abdullah forced to announce his intent to extend the tenure of Musa as IGP when it only expires on Sept. 16 to fob off mounting pressures against the extension of Musa’s service, and if so, what are these pressures and reasons for them?

The most critical question which calls for Abdullah’s explanation is the reason for the double standards in extending Tan Sri Musa Hassan’s tenure as Inspector-General of Police while refusing to extend Datuk Seri Zulkipli Mat Noor’s term as Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) director-general when serious corruption allegations against both remained outstanding and unresolved?

Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum told Parliament during question time yesterday that “the Internal Security Ministry had lodged a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) on the allegations of corruption involving Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan” about a RM2.1 million bribe to release a group of gangsters.

On June 19, I had sought to have an emergency debate in Parliament on a motion of urgent definite public importance on the serious allegations of corruption and abuses of power against both Johari and Musa but this was disallowed by the Speaker, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah, on the ground that it was not urgent as the ACA was conducting investigations.

Johari told Bernama that the ACA report against the IGP was lodged to enable investigations to be carried out as he was not satisfied with several explanations given by the police on the matter. He said the ACA report was made “a long time ago… when the issue on corruption was raised on the website” — which would be in early June.

The question then is why Abdullah decided to extend Musa’s tenure as IGP when the serious corruption allegation had been made against the top police cop for more than a month and the issue raised in Parliament, while he applied a different standard in the case of the former ACA director-general Datuk Seri Zulkipli Mat Noor when serious corruption allegations were made against the top anti-corruption officer?

It is sad and tragic that in a short period of 44 months, the anti-corruption record of the Abdullah premiership is in tatters.

Abdullah started off as the fifth Prime Minister with the pledge to make anti-corruption the top priority of his administration and a major difference with the previous Mahathir administration.

However, never before in the 50-year history of the nation have so many top figures in government been caught in a maze of corruption allegations involving the Inspector-General of Police, the Anti-Corruption Agency Director-General at the time, the Deputy Internal Security Minister, not to mention Cabinet Ministers, with all the corruption allegations outstanding and unresolved.

As a result, the international Corruption Perception Index ranking of Malaysia is now lowest in the nation’s history as well.

The time has come for Abdullah to salvage his anti-corruption programme and check the rot of corruption in his administration or the point of no return would have been reached.

  1. #1 by Phat-kor on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 2:01 pm

    What else can we lay people say and do?
    Chances of finding a sequel to a good Hollywood show is very likely. But chances of getting plentiful of sequels to our malaysian wayang kulit or wayang gambar is certain. This is another of those many sequels.

  2. #2 by Libra2 on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 3:21 pm

    Any wise men would have given up hope on this PM a long time ago.

  3. #3 by silhouette on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 3:26 pm

    Its not a surprise since the statement of intent came from a looney PM who doesnt seem to know anything about anything. What more about procedures and protocol. All he knows that if it is advised by the circle of people around him it must be the right thing. So one blunder after another keep happening as long as he is not clear about the direction he is taking the country depend entirely on boys who have their own agenda to advise him.

    Mr. Lim, for the sake of the country pplease join forces among the opposition parties and fight as one to at least dent this government. Put aside all differences among you and be single minded in what needs to be done to be effective in the coming GE.

  4. #4 by kucing on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 3:32 pm

    I don’t know. Please don’t disturb me. I am still in honeymoon mood

  5. #5 by sotong on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 3:43 pm

    With so many Ministers and high ranking officers involved…….it will be impossible/difficult to fight corruption and find a reasonable and proper closure.

    This is only the tip of the iceberg.

  6. #6 by izrafeil on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 3:44 pm

    ministers, prime miniseters etc they are our servants and not the other way around, i heard on the newz this morning, one of the MPs were saying we (commoners) must thank the government for the NEP! what crap is that?! why we should thank the government when they are supposed to run the country efficiently, corruptless, the fact is, our leaders are such incompetence bunch, watch our crime index and our legal index, not to mention the brain drain and …..

  7. #7 by Godfather on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 3:51 pm

    looney tunes…..

  8. #8 by pwcheng on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 4:00 pm

    The problem with our system of democracy is that we are not able to choose the best. The PM who selects the next in line may have his own personal agenda and he may choose a bump so that he can be his puppet. The present political scenario is an excellent example but for the rakyat we are experiencing hard landing all over.

    When are we going to get over this. No way as UMNO itself is happy to have such a leader for they can play monkey with him. As a result we are getting all these malaise which if not corrected in time will spell doom for the country..

  9. #9 by sotong on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 4:02 pm

    The get rich quick NEP is a failure to majority of Malays and non Malays……the country future will be affected by its exploitation and abuses.

  10. #10 by tidaknama on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 5:03 pm

    “Don’t judge me, I haven’t even started playing the football game. Although it is nearly full time, I am waiting for the penalty shootout.”
    Anyway I think we should learn from the Chinese government how to deter corruption.
    “Battered by worldwide outrage over exports of poisoned pet food, toxic toothpaste, filthy fish and doctored drugs, China executed a top minister in charge of product safety yesterday.

    Zheng Xiaoyu, who was head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration from 1997 until last year, was charged with taking $800,000 in bribes to approve tainted and untested products.

    Zheng, 63, was sentenced to death in May for dereliction of duty. His swift execution was designed to send a global message.”

  11. #11 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 5:34 pm

    “Johari told Bernama that the ACA report against the IGP was lodged to enable investigations to be carried out as he was not satisfied with several explanations given by the police on the matter”………………….

    This is in direct contradiction to his boss’s (AAB) intention to extend Musa’s term as IGP which supposedly is based on his(AAB) contention that the IGP is clean and doing a good job.

    This episode is the same as the the one involving Hisham and his deputy over the building of Chinese schools where each contradicted the other’s statement in Parliament.

    It is mind boggling to see how these clowns work. If they cannot even agree with each other from the same ministry, God alone knows how they work with each other from different ministeries. The problem lies with only one man, the PM himself. His dereliction and negligence of his role, responsibilities and duties has led to this.

  12. #12 by democratic junkie on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 5:52 pm

    I looked through the papers yesterday and i found a few “i dont know” statements from the PM.

  13. #13 by justice_fighter on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 7:03 pm

    Needless to say, no action will be taken against anyone. Enough time has been given to this sleepy PM. It’s time that the people fire this [deleted]old man.

  14. #14 by Alvin on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 8:09 pm

    Reading all this makes me stressed and sad after a day at work.
    Not wanting to know what is happening around our country doesn’t justify me being a M’sian.
    How can we be positive in the light of all what is happening.
    I just can’t wait for the next GE…
    hoping that this time my vote can help make a difference, although it hasnt for the all last GE’s.
    I am still patiently waiting and wish my prayers can be answered.
    I do hope that all this negatively publicity helps gravitate votes towards the Non BN.

  15. #15 by Woody on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 8:20 pm

    Looks like the right hand does not know what the left hand do..

  16. #16 by shortie kiasu on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 8:28 pm

    Musa himself might have lobbied extremely hard to get his well paid job extended for as long as possible; and Abdullah, being a sleeping PM who are always in a state of “I don’t know” would be too happy to go out of the way to jump the gun to extend the job of Musa.

    Whoever sits as IGP will be the same. We thought Christopher Wan would be a potential candidate for the job as the new IGP upon the mamdatory retirement of Musa.

    So everything is so predictable in the appointment of senior most civil servants in the country. No surprises, so is the case of IGP’s post.

  17. #17 by taikohtai on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 9:17 pm

    So you people still don’t believe that we need a fresh face from outside Malaysia to police the country? Obviously there is not enough talent nor balls to act independently for domestic security because of the layers of ‘you rub my back, I rub yours’.
    Only an independent Head of Police who acts without fear nor favour is not only urgently needed but essential if Malaysia is to restore any law and order and also to save face.
    I am sure there are many capable police personnel but I doubt your sleepy PM will agree………….too malu lah!

  18. #18 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 10:50 pm

    In this country nothing appears as it seems.

    The reason why the PM extended the tenure of Musa as IGP when it only expires on Sept. 16 (in comparison to his dilatoriness in other cases) is that perhaps Musa is relatively one of the cleanest top officials he has amongst those in his administration, many of whom are inherited from previous administration but whom whatever their lack of probity are however power brokers to whom the PM may owe political debts for helping him to be anointed as successor to TDM, and fending off political challengers and enemies after attaining the top post.

    In our milieu of corruption any one who is relatively clean will not be popular…..because he is not part of the ‘I scratch your back and you mine’ fraternity. Indeed he cannot be popular, and even have to be aloof and maintain the distance so that he could come down hard on those who are corrupt without fear or favour – or consideration of personal ties, loyalties and relations.

    But precisely because such a man is not popular, others especially the corrupt have a vested interest to bring that someone down,

    In the Age of Information Technology it is so easy to fix that someone. All that needs to be done is to leak certain true information combined with a disproportionate amount of disinformation tarnishing the image of that unpopular but “clean” official to the Internet and the Blogs and most Blog owners and their commenters – being already predisposed to believing the government and its top officials to be corrupt – will be all too ready to believe whatever allegations posted on the Net. Once sufficient public controversy is generated, lodge a police report of wrong doing against that someone. And if nothing comes out of the report because the allegations are baseless, there is however another interpretation that may be given against the victim – that he is the head investigator and of course he could use his influence to frustrate any investigation – thereby making the official maligned difficult to clear his own name…..

    The objectives are not ambitious in the sense of actually hoping to see that person (against whom one harbors animosity) to be immediately relieved off his position, investigated or tried. The objective is more modest – to discredit him in public eyes by raising allegations that would form a cloud of suspicion over the person maliciously maligned so that he can no longer be effective to discharge his official duties.

    When evaluating allegations of corruption against any top public officials, you can evaluate the credibility of the allegations based on its source. If the source is from public domain or the market, well, the allegations may well be true because the market has had experience dealing with this official.

    But if the source of allegation originates from within the administration – or if the public domain is publishing these allegations based on a leak from within the administration, then the allegations are suspect because corrupt officials within the administration do not snitch on one another, there being esprit de corps amongst ‘thieves’ and it then become equally likely for these thieves to purposely feed information and spurious allegations into the public domain/Internet to bring the relatively uncorrupt down. For they are not comfortable with him, he is not playing ball like the rest and he must be fixed.

    One of the telling though necessarily conclusive test is whether the top official alleged to be corrupt is really popular amongst the “corrupt” people around him or a loner, aloof but for a small coterie of closest associates and generally unpopular. If he is the latter, then it is one plus point in his favour because he is treated the “odd man out”, vulnerable to be fixed as he is a threat to collective vested interest of those corrupt.

    The problem with the ultimate leader with authority is that he is not taking sides, he lets the contests and rivalry between the clean and those who are not continue.

    He uses the clean to promote his national integrity program and as a counterweight against the corrupt, yet at the same time he is not getting rid of the corrupt either because he feels he is not strong enough as yet to engage them at this point of time or he intends for the time being to use them to fix and discredit his other political foes and rivals eyeing the incumbent position.

    In short he may appear “sleeping” but he is actually practicing realpolitik….

  19. #19 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 3:09 am

    Typo error – ..”One of the telling though NOT necessarily conclusive test…”..

  20. #20 by undergrad2 on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 4:38 am

    “In short he may appear “sleeping” but he is actually practicing realpolitik….” Jeffrey

    It is called sleeping the sleep.

  21. #21 by Billy on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 5:45 am

    “The time has come for Abdullah to salvage his anti-corruption programme and check the rot of corruption in his administration or the point of no return would have been reached.”
    I don’t believe he has the political will nor committed wholeheartedly to wiping out corruption as it would mean political suicide to him. He is just going to ride out the wave till the next GE hope for the best.

  22. #22 by silhouette on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 7:04 am

    It is not to Abdullah’s benefit that Abdullah salvage his anti corruption programme. It was mooted as election gimmick to win votes. Now that he is already in power has has to live with corruption in order to safeguard his interest in wealth accumulation for the family. The trend in our election campaign now is to buy support or votes to stay in power. Those with most wealth can always offer better than the next contender. As long as the voters are poor they can always be bought by varoius legal economic programmes devised by the ruling party. These programmes usually have short term objectives and has no far reaching effect in alleviating the economic status of the poor masses. Look at the poverty erradication programme for the core poor. They even steal from the programme to enrich themselves and they get away scot free.
    As for Musa, he is a necessity for Abdullah cos he is one who will dance to his tune.
    Now ACA has cleared Datok Jo of any wrong doing with regards to the RM5.5 mil corruption allegations. [deleted]

  23. #23 by TruthEnquirer on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 7:16 am

    According to Malaysiakini report “Tit for tat? Johari orders probe on IGP” by Bede Hong on July 10th 2007,”Johari himself was being investigated over allegations of accepting RM5 million in bribes to release three underworld figures detained under the Emergency Ordinance. Johari had also argued that the three gangters were released based on police recommendation but this was disputed by the police. The ACA has since submitted its findings to the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Johari claimed that he had been cleared by the ACA.Previously, the deputy minister was embroiled in a public dispute with the police top brass over the discrepancies in the crime statistics released by his ministry and the police”.
    In the chain of command in Ministry of Home Affairs, Johari is Musa’s superior. He does not have to resort to lodging police report to the police against their own head. To say minimum, the situation is unprecedented, odd and raises questions of what the hell is going on. We have here a powerful politician taking on a civil servant who cannot be seen openly as taking on his political boss. It is not a fair fight. The politician is also a powerful one whom we know rallied for the leadership in Kubang Pasu leading to TDM’s failure to gain a seat as its delegate in last UMNO general assembly. He is someone to whom leadership owes a debt, may be even untouchable.

    There seems no be no love lost between Johari and the IGP. Who would we believe? Hmmmmm.

  24. #24 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 9:01 am

    I have come to believe that the only reasonable way to tackle corruption is to have death sentence for corruption of government officials is the only way to reverse the problem. The problem is culturalized and cannot be reversed simply via technicalities of implementation anymore.

    This problem is no less like the opium problem of imperial China. We had even described it as such before and yet lack the courage to face it.

    That is Malaysia.

  25. #25 by wtf2 on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 9:02 am


  26. #26 by TruthEnquirer on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 10:25 am

    “….As part of her re-indoctrination into Islam, she was made to eat beef – which as many people know, is not allowed for Hindus…”. – Farish Noor

    This is the danger. It was not just to indoctrinate Massosai Revathi. It was also to ‘break’ her by making her do that which according to her Hindu beliefs is taboo.

    The “rehabilitators” should be reminded of what US interrogators do in Muslim detainees. It was the same purpose to ‘break’ although the methods are different.

    This is an exerpt from Rabbi Melissa Weintraub’s Rabbis for Human Rights (RFHR) entitled ‘An Overview of Torture and Abuse of US Military on what went on at Guantanamo Bay when they try to break muslim detainees:

    “In February 2005, the Pentagon confirmed leaked accounts that female interrogators repeatedly tried to “break” devout Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantánamo Bay through provocative sexual touching and suggestion— wearing skimpy clothing like miniskirts and lacy, thong underwear, making sexually explicit comments, and rubbing their bodies up against them. In one disturbing example, a female interrogator touched her breasts, rubbed them against a prisoner’s back, and commented on his apparent erection. She then reached into her pants and removed what appeared to be red blood, but was in fact red ink, which she proceeded to smear on the prisoner’s face, telling him she had cut off the water supply in his cell so he wouldn’t be able to wash. After this incident was leaked to the press, a Pentagon inquiry revealed several other instances in which female interrogators had used red dye to pretend to wipe menstrual blood on the bodies or clothing of detainees. In July 2005, the Army released Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt’s report of his investigation into abuses at Guantánamo, which concludes that “stripping detainees, forcing one to wear women’s lingerie and wiping red ink on a detainee and telling him it was menstrual blood” are all “authorized approaches called ‘ego down’ or ‘futility,’ which are used to make the interrogation subject question his sense of personal worth or the value of resisting.”

  27. #27 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 10:56 am

    James 3:11: “Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?”

    After 50 years, it is evident BN is a real swamp of crocodiles and leeches.

    Vote BN out – whichever way it goes.

  28. #28 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 11:13 am

    I think AAB has been standing too long in from of the magic mirror asking it “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is cleanest of them all”, that he deludes himself not to look beyond the periphery of the mirror which would have displayed all the ugliness around his surroundings. He likes what he sees because of the earlier perception of what the populace said of him in his earlier days as PM. It is either that OR, more ominously, he is telling himself (or is he being told by those closest to him) that he is only throwing eggs against the wall if he maintains his election manifesto. and, since it’s a futile effort at best (understanding beginning to dawn on AAB), if you can’t beat them, join them. Smiles all round and no sabotage to correct, no misgivings to live with, no worries of back-stabbing and, no question of him being the last man standing – in tatters and scorned at: for what can he achieve with his lieutenants constantly and consistently paving their own roads of gold instead of trying to help him to pave the road for the public to walk on towards building Malaysia.


  29. #29 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 11:19 am

    Hi, Bigjoe, wake up. The only death sentence you get in the country is if you are against the government or its proclaimed religion. Corruption is a way of life and hence is no crime. The more you practise it, the more you are lauded. You are a fool to denounce it.

  30. #30 by pwcheng on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 12:02 pm

    As according to the SUN today “ACA probe against Johari closed:A-G”, it is disturbing to read that the probe are so low level that you just wonder whether we do not not have capable investigator or our A-G is so naive to be able to accept such findings.

    They said that they had scrutinised the related statement of accounts and the criminals had denied giving Johari money as bribe.I am not sure what he meant by related statement of accounts but the closest I can gather are the accounts of the criminals and Johari’s. Please be let known that these are top notch crooks and Johari is a Deputy Minister. I am sure they will leave no trail in so far as statement of accounts are concerned as they would certainly had made use of third parties. As to the denying of payment by the criminals, you just need average intelligence to know that no fools will want to admit that they had paid their way out. They are after all no fools to put a noose around their own.

    It is either they act stupid so as to free that person or we had stupid people up there. Look at the ongoing Mongolian beauty trail. The bungled by the police. Are they real or made up, and whatever it maybe it is strategised to free that person. Issuing of C4 but no records of it after that. The same with the issuing of bullets and so on and so forth. These are hardcore question which the police can only answer and if it is true that they bungled the IGP must be sacked immediately, let alone given an extension. It is shameful and disgusting to know all these and I am writing all these so that as a patriotic Malaysian we just want to have some decency and respect by the world community.

  31. #31 by dawsheng on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 12:12 pm

    All I can say is we are in deep shit.

  32. #32 by Toyol on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 1:59 pm

    He need the police to protect him and his cronies. Need we say more?!!!

  33. #33 by takazawa on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 3:21 pm

    I cringed when I read in the Star two days ago that the Never Ending Policy still remains. I believe it will remain until kingdom come.

    Remember, the last NEP policy was supposed to end in 1990, but in actual fact, it has continued unofficially until now, i.e. extended by another 17 years and still counting, making it a total of 37 years from the supposedly 20 year period for which it was originally planned. Just imagine a mother breastfeeding her child for 37 years, so it is with our NEP. The end result would be an undernourished child and a pathetic looking mother with dried up tits sagging all the way to her knees.


    NEP stays, says Pak Lah


    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is willing to review policies or regulations deemed to be hindering the distribution of equity in the most sustainable, competitive and meaningful way.

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, however, said Malaysian maintained its position that the New Economic Policy (NEP) was not a cost to doing business.

    “Perhaps the most difficult question we must address is to improve equity without sacrificing competitiveness. Many have come to regard Malaysia’s affirmative action policies, widely described as the NEP, as a cost to doing business.

    “But many fail to appreciate the spirit behind the policy, and this is crucial in understanding Malaysia,” he said yesterday.

    Abdullah said the objective to dissociate race from occupation or social standing was crucial in ensuring long-term unity for the country – given its legacy and racial structure.

    “Racial-based riots raged in neighbouring countries while Malaysia was spared the experience. The expansion of an educated and multi-ethnic middle class, thanks to affirmative action policies, has mitigated the risk of mass unrest.

    “But great disparities in income and social mobility still exist between ethnic groups. Whereas this may just be another issue in other countries, ethnic-based disparity strikes at the heart of national unity for Malaysia,” said Abdullah in his keynote address at a high-level dialogue with foreign investors and international business leaders.

    The Prime Minister spoke at the two-day “Business Roundtable with the Government of Malaysia.” This dialogue allowed the business leaders to engage policy makers on the on-going reform process and to discuss key economic issues.

    “In this 50th year of our independence, we see an improving economy and the fruits of our structural changes. The renewed interest in Malaysia is the product of this 50-year legacy as well as recent national efforts at refining our approaches,” he said.

    On crime, Abdullah acknowledged it was a concern lately despite a reduction in the crime rate in several major cities.

    Abdullah said he was aware the occurrence of violent crimes had increased people’s fears about personal safety.

    “Although the numbers tell a story of improvement, there is still a need to address perceptions and fears. In response to the situation in Johor, for instance, the police have beefed up personnel and patrols and increased visibility, particularly in crime-prone areas.

    “The Government has approved additional equipment and patrol cars. The request for salary increase has also been met. These decisive measures are being taken to clamp down on crime and I am sure we will see results,” he said.

    As for eradicating corruption, Abdullah said the Government had reduced much red tape to cut corruption.

    Measures implemented included scaling down the rules on foreign ownership for targeted sectors and areas in the Iskandar Development Region; reducing the number of approvals required from the local councils as well as reviewing price controls and entry conditions for the steel industry.

    “A special public-private taskforce is currently looking into all licences and permits with the aim to reduce and streamline. These measures have been received very positively by the market and the Government is committed to continuing the effort.

    On the way forward, Abdullah said emphasis would be on becoming an economy propelled by skilled human capital and innovation.

    “More collaboration will be struck between the private sector and academia to ensure we produce qualifications relevant to industry.

    “I also see a need for Malaysia to refine its stand on foreign talent. The entry of skilled workers should not be overly restrictive,” he added.

  34. #34 by pwcheng on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 3:59 pm

    “Racial-based riots raged in neighboring countries while Malaysia was spared the experience”. I think he is referring to Indonesia, a comment which he found convenient to be used as this was said by somebody in Debate Perdana on TV2 on Tuesday night.

    It is totally bullshit when I heard this in the debate with a lone DAP ADUN who do not seems very good in debating and keep on asking “ada betul kah”. I hope DAP will be more careful in taking part in such debate as it will be three against one, two will be from UMNO or from their same community and the moderator will be pushing questions to trap you. I think this has also happen to Lim Guan Eng and I had put in this blog about this type of debate before. I hope DAP will send somebody who is more eloquent and a better debater next time, otherwise it will make DAP looks stupid and that is what they are trying to do.

    Coming to the gist of the matter, we all know the history of Indonesia and how they treat the Chinese and such comparison do not hold water. The Indonesian are obviously bullying the Chinese because of the small Chinese population and at every turn of events they just vent their anger at the Chinese albeit whether justified or not. It is just pure bullying if you care to trace the history where they compelled the Chinese to adopt Indonesian names and some being sent back to China including great badminton players like the Thing brothers. At the end of the day what happened to Indonesia. Please ask your yourself. Are they getting any better.

    However today Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had realized their follies because the Chinese had moved their money away and does our PM knows that they had come up with some affirmative action by abolishing the “Discriminatory Act” which Malaysia is adamant to continue by giving all type of excuses and reasons and even to the extent of putting up an unorthodox way of calculating the Bumi equities which until today are not prepared to reveal their method of calculation.

  35. #35 by karlmarx8 on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 5:31 pm

    Out of the topic though! I have just finished reading the May 13.

    Its true is a concocted crisis. Events unfolded one after another so smoothly like a scripted movie- from the mob assembly to the set up of the NOC and then, only then, with the 2/3 majority got the consititution amended; whatelse, with all the “war spoils” written down in stone. Opportunist, and deadly.

    The undertone is not on economic, but political (could it have done in concert with Suharto?). The Chinese must be “put down” especially in the larger Maphilindo…Indonesia had done it, in the case of Malaysia, it was only regional.

    So they say is history, till today the kind of speeches laced with political duress had not subside, and will never. Not till the Malay can confidently address themselves that the threat to their political dominance is just a last flicker of the oil lamp.

    The political duress had a fascist cloak over the “war spoils” that done so well that the 2/3 majority had never been lesser. The 2/3 magic portion had ingrained into the pragmatic Chinese they have forgotten about the bloodshed, and left the baggage to head on for material gains for the generation to come.

    With some savings and diverse knowledge, the 1 million had since then left for other shores. I have grown up with the believe that what the fascist propaganda of a harmonious multicultural-religious society is-so envy by others that they flown thousands of miles away to see this wonderland. Alas, once like me when the history unfold is full of blood and opportunistic of the most arrogant type on earth that no one is opt to follow as each opportunist had their niche ground to grind.

    Thanks Dr Kua for the history.

  36. #36 by negarawan on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 9:31 pm

    The situation is hopeless. Even the ACA is corrupted and manipulated by certain quarters for personal gain

  37. #37 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 4:47 am

    We should never give up on our nation as so many bloggers and posters have said.

    But as far as BN is concerned, the stench has reached high heavens.

    And, as far as I’m concerned, I’ve had enough of BN to last me several life times.

    And, as long as BN runs this country, I’m not interested in any of their bullshit and propaganda. And, if I, a loyal Malaysian sees the BN-run government as a no-hoper, well, Thierry Rommel is right about how foreign investors will look at our country. As insiders, we should know better – the shit on the surface goes all the way down three miles thick.

  38. #38 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 4:54 am

    By the way, ‘the stench has reached high heavens’ includes the PDRM, the ACA, EPU and just about every other agency that rolls out shamelessly the BN program on a stinking wheelbarrow plastered with flower petals and sprayed with cheap cologne. Such gimmickry doesn’t last….doesn’t last…..doesn’t last.

  39. #39 by karlmarx8 on Friday, 13 July 2007 - 5:45 pm

    …..there was this “gentlemen agreement” in Malaysia prior to May 13. After May 13, with the set up NOC, this “gentlemen agreement” was thrown out of the window, and a new one of this “war spoils” agreement was cast in stone. This is now so called by TDM the “social contract”. Is this social contract not created under “undue influence”? What social contract?

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