Of Pakatan, People, Principles, Patience and Prudence

by Martin Jalleh

With each passing day, Umno, which had very arrogantly declared that it would bury Anwar Ibrahim politically, continues to dig its own grave.

The results of the by-election in Permatang Pauh sounded the death knell to the supremacist party. It was the last nail that the party drove into its own coffin.

After the General Elections in March it became evident that Umno is not short of leaders like Ahmad Ismail who desperately seek to write Umno’s obituary.

Sharing this privilege is Dr M, whose self-deceiving sarcasm puts him in a state of denial especially over the fact that Umno started to decay and decompose during his days!

Umno’s colleagues in the BN whose parties are also disintegrating have made it clear that they can no longer swallow nor stomach Umno’s political vomit and venom.

The PM increasingly looks like a lame duck, kept afloat by a pool of lame-brained ministers like Najib, Nazri and Syed Hamid – experts at offering lame excuses.

It is against this dark despairing scenario that Anwar and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) offer much-needed hope. There is great urgency to bring about real and radical change.

Anwar has made it very clear (and no one can accuse him of having a hidden agenda) that he wants to lead this country out of these turbulent and trying times, as the PM.

And why should he not be PM – he has the intelligence, the interest of the people at heart and the kind of inspiration to spur the people on to heights of glory as a nation.

But the method with which Anwar employs to change the government and to take his rightful seat in Putrajaya, does not sit well with some of us who are supportive of PR.

People paramount

The nation is at a crossroads and one seriously wonders whether a government set up by crossovers is the answer! Will they be at cross-purposes not long after?

Defection is a defective way of setting up a government. Floor-crossing creates instability – rogue MPs can easily pull the rug from under the new PR government.

The PR is a “people’s party”. It is a party formed by the people, for the people and with the people. Time and again we are told that the people come first. They are the boss.

We even hear of the people’s parliament, people’s court – the people’s wants, wishes and will! The “tsunami” of March 2008 and Permatang Pauh were a “people’s victory”.

The very essence and reason for PR’s existence is – the people. If the people are paramount then PR must respect the will of the people as expressed in the last general election.

The choice and will of the people must not be negated or substituted by the will of an individual or a group of individual — no matter how noble the intention.

Party hopping, crossovers or floor-crossing ignores the decision of the majority of the people. It is synonymous with the BN and it is against the very soul and spirit of PR.

Hopping does not bring hope. It only sets a bad precedent. With money politics so rife, there is no guarantee that the hopper may not one day hop back into his/her original “hole”.

Crossovers may produce a “crossbreed” of politicians who may end up engaging themselves in crossing swords than serving the people.

Principled politics

In their great and genuine desire to bring about change, Anwar and PR must be guided by democratic principles and allow the democratic process of March 2008 to run its course.

A principle is an absolute. It defies compromise. It is not a sliding scale to be altered at whim or will. PR must choose the moral high ground and not resort to Umno’s lowdown tactics. Two wrongs do not make one right.

If a principle is bent, even “just a little bit” out of whatever the justification, it may one day boomerang or backfire on those who have compromised. We are not short of examples.

The BN itself is now haunted by the very tool and “trick” it used when it successfully enticed MPs from the PBS to cross over to the BN in the 1994 Sabah state elections.

Dr M and his son Mukhriz are now complaining very vehemently about the 30 percent quota for nominations in an Umno election.

According to former secretary general of Umno, Mohamed Rahmat: “That quota was put there (by Dr M) to ensure no one challenges Dr Mahathir. It is not democratic.”

Thomas Jefferson offers us much wisdom: “So long as [the principles of our revolution] prevail, we are safe from everything which can assail us from without or within”.

Consider the observation of Charles de Montesquieu, a French political thinker: “The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.”

Yes, these are revolutionary times. Anwar and PR have created a “revolution” indeed. It is crucial therefore that it be faithful to its starting principles so that this revolution may go from strength to strength.

Patience & Prudence

According to well-respected Irene Fernandez it is “good to jump ship so that genuine democracy will be a reality”. She adds: “Let’s stop being myopic.”

Crossovers will only create a “genetically modified” democracy, not a genuine one! Let us not be blind to its long-term implications and possible repercussions.

Perhaps the senior leaders of the DAP who have quite consistently taken an anti-defection stance could share their wisdom with Anwar and their colleagues in PR.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh has said he was dead set against a government shored up by kataks and “kangaroos”. Party advisor Lim Kir Siang had proposed an anti hopping law as far back as 30 years ago!

Some say that Kit Siang has been curiously coy about Anwar’s crossover plan because he harbours hope of being a deputy PM! Frankly, he does not need such a position.

Having lived and suffered for his principles, Kit Siang has reached a stature that commands the kind of public respect that no high office or honorific title can provide and satisfy.

I fully agree with social commentators Ong Kian Ming and Oon Yeoh that it would be “much wiser for the Pakatan to concentrate on governing the five states which it currently controls and to show voters that it can govern at the state level effectively.”

Ong and Oon were right on when they added: “By playing the role of a loyal opposition, at least for now, Pakatan can find its feet and learn what it is like to work as a united team through the formation of a shadow cabinet, for example.

“By showing that they can indeed work together as a coalition, it will only increase the voter’s confidence that Pakatan is a government-in-waiting rather than a temporary opposition alliance of convenience.”

For the sake of the people of Bolehland, may patience and prudence prevail in Pakatan Rakyat as it journeys towards Putrajaya!

Martin Jalleh
(8 Sept. 2008)

  1. #1 by PHUAKL on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:05 am

    Hi All

    What about this then:

    1. Current regime falls through crossovers
    2. Snap General Election follows. This will be a clean
    election with foreign observers and foreign poll watchers.
    This clean election will truly confirm the
    “will of the people” and legitimise the new regime.
    If BN is elected back into office, so be it.
    If PR is elected, so be it.

    Phua Kai Lit

  2. #2 by HJ Angus on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:18 am

    I agree with the writer and PHUAKL and suggest some defined terms of engagement so that the byelections or snap election results are accepted by both sides.

    Also the next lot of MPs of whatever affiliation will pass the no-hopping law – at least not before 3 years of any election results.

  3. #3 by lextcs on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:27 am

    ANOTHER SPIN DOCTOR WELL FUNDED BY ANWAR….everyone has an agenda…dsai wants power…and wants it so badly that he could not give a damn about any other thing…..u think he’s the saviour of the world?….the savior has come and risen….we are waiting for his second coming….anwar’s not the one.

  4. #4 by just a moment on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:30 am

    I kept reading the the issues of “Cross Over” and many have shared, from morality to ethics point of views. Well and good. By now much have been acknowledge and checklist have been drawn-up to only look out for good ones(If any).
    The point is, we need to first – Gain the platform to march (that is to take over current Goment?) then on PKR to form a clean Goment which incidently, takes more than days,weeks,years, or even decades, who knows.
    It reminds me of a story of a desperate drowning person. Would he want a Life-jacket or a Book entitle Right way to learn to swim or Guaranty to master swimming in 2 days?

    On this same note, be aware, many so called smart aleck e.g. Drs, Prof from local Uni especially will try to poison the mind of not accepting cross-over similarly we do take note of those who’s sincerely wants to help by giving constructive views about cross-over.

    Bottom line question:
    Are you happy with status-quo Goment?
    If not, how can you help form an alternative?

    Its not even a question of “Can this New Goment be better than current Goment?”
    Facts: “This New Goment can NEVER be WORST!”

  5. #5 by limkamput on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:39 am

    I can’t agree with you more that the malaise afflicting this country is due to none other than Mahathir. One just has to look at the institutions he destroyed, the cronyism he promoted, the corruption is tolerated and the abuse of power he perpetuated. Yet, today, he is being invited back to UMNO. It only goes to show the deep entrenchment of supremacist and racist mentality within UMNO. UMNO is not capable of reforming itself, let face it. The party is just buying time and hoping against hope for the storm to be over. They can’t wait to go back to the plundering days when the whole government coffer, machinery, contracts, privileges and amenities were at their disposal.

    Yes, I also agree that PR should just concentrate in governing the five states, doing whatever that is within the jurisdiction of the state governments. Right now, I feel that they have nothing much to show in terms of leadership and bring about change. They indulge too much in polemic and rhetoric. They have not consulted or engaged those who know the intricacies and complexity of government. I am still seeing the same old “BN-indoctrinated” civil servants at the states level probably giving the same old stupid advice and enjoying the same old privileges. The performance of local authorities is still in deplorable state. They have not publicly declared the assets of their exco members and they have not taken specific action against Zul Nordin, just to name a few.

  6. #6 by lucia on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:46 am

    posted this up yesterday. the only 2 commenters (unpopular blog lah) disagree with martin. right now here, we see 4 commenters who agree. methink, overall most would disagree. why? they had become so mad, obssessively mad with BN/UMNO that they want anwar/PR to take over, no matter how.

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:09 am

    Well, today is D-day minus 6.

    One way to block D-day is to deny AI bail during today’s court case at Jalan Duta court complex or even to find him guilty pronto.

    Sodomy, sodomy. Why the sodomy case? What happened to the other cases, including Lingam’s pom, pom, pom?

    What happened to the NEP statistics that the BN government promised to reveal many, many moons ago?

    All gone with the wind?

  8. #8 by just a moment on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:12 am

    Ppl, be prepare for a massive jam-
    everywhere in FT. Will be surprised if there’s less call to
    radio traffic Rangers. Pray hard for DSAI. God Bless.

  9. #9 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:17 am

    Martin Jalleh (like Malaysiakini’sOng & Onn) expresses reservations about Anwar’s ‘Katak’ hopping Sept 16 plans. He says Pakatan Rakyat should set a better democratic than BN.

    With respect, I take a different view based on two broad reasons.

    The first is one cannot, in real politik terms, play democratic against an opponent deploying undemocratic means.

    The second is my argument that the dictum ends do not justify the means is not necessarily correct all the time. It depends on the ends – whether good or bad – that will likely result from the means deployed.

    On the first point: what makes anybody think here that if Pakatan Rakyat stirs away from poaching crossovers, it will be left alone to play loyal opposition and to show it could administer properly in 5 states controlled by it until next general election (say) 4 years down the road?

    The Federal Government could close/restrict the tap of funds channeled to PR’s state govts. It would harass and even arrest PR’s leaders. Sodomy Charge is hanging over Anwar’s head, and guillotine may fall before the next elections. RPK is taking shelter from the heat of several suits and legal prosecutions against him for criminal defamation to sedition. Even if in next election, will there not be unfair practices, ie gerrymandering, manipulation of postal votes, creation of phantom voters, large avalanche of money politics etc all the things BERSIH complain about there being no level playing field? Can’t BN also poach from PR cross overs at material time of next elections?

    Can PR enter the boxing ring and abide by rules of wearing gloves when the referee election commission allow the other opponent to wear a knuckle duster instead?

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:18 am

    Coming to the second point, Martin Jalleh proceeds on premise that Anwar relies on flor crossing to form PR government, and floor crossing is undemocratic, not sanctioned byt electorate and further in Martin’s words “floor-crossing creates instability – rogue MPs can easily pull the rug from under the new PR government” as well. This is true as it is equally true Malaysia cannot afford a change of government once every 6 months due to floor crossing hither and thither.

    However Martin’s premise that Anwar relies directly on floor crossing to form government is likely wrong. Four aspects may be considered here:

    (1) Whatever may be said of party hopping, it is by Federal Court decision legal and to restrain it contravenes freedom of association guaranteed in constitution;

    (2) undemocratic nature of floor crossing is mitigated in part by what Kit pointed out earlier – that one could not just resign as MP and go for by election to seek fresh mandate because by our 1990 amended law the relevant candidate is barred from seeking re-election for 5 years;

    (3) more importantly, it is my belief that Anwar does not seek floor crossing/party hopping to just form a government directly from it. This cannot happen. Neither BN nor the King would allow this. Besides the numbers though giving majority will be insufficient for PR to form a stable govt that would not next be thrown out by reverse floor crossing to BN.

    (4)Anwar’s floor crossing / party hopping is just to garner sufficient numbers to show MN has lost simple majority so that it will be imperative for the 13th General Election to be called to finish off the business of replacing BN what the 12th election of 8th March had just missed to do! In such a scenario, all arguments that party hopping by kataks are undemocratic will not apply because the PR government is expected, in the momentum of events, to be formed by a significant majority in the next imminent democratic election. In these premises, the undemocratic means of floor crossing would have proven catalyst and led to the democratic end of a constitutional change of government for national interest. And national interest is an overarching imperative to use an arguably undemocratic but still legal means to justify an entirely worthwhile end of democratic change for national interest.

  11. #11 by seage on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:28 am

    Dear YB LKS

    I have to agree and disagree on this article. I strongly agree that an elected Rep should not jump ship but instead should resign to pave way for a by-election either by contesting him/herself via PR or another new candidate to run for the election (Good way to shut the mouth of the old regime).

    But I disagree on the morality of “frogs”. Politics are never clear cut i.e. black or white, right or wrong. An MP from the PR can be of questionable character (loud mouth at bar council) as they are still human SO why can’t a “frog” be genuine to want change? Are we still waiting for the rotten administrators to run our country and not retaliate?

    Imagine a house on fire and the chief firefighter saying “Relaks, ini api kecil saja. Kita semua OK. Jangan mempersoalkan kewibawaan kami. Kami menyeru semua jangan ambil tindakan sendiri. Polis kata jangan~”. Are the entire firefighting team not going to take any action? There are a handful of them that still longs to help the people. Asking all the untrained people to save the fire may cause more casualties than having a passionate handful of the current team + the untrained people working hand-in-hand to save the fire and lives that are threatened by it. Even if one is changing the water in the aquarium, one needs to retain some of the “old water” to ensure that the fish in the tank survives and stay healthy.

    In addition, I believe many would rather know what does Pakatan Rakyat coalition has in plan upon the succesful take over on 916. It is one of the agenda that has been drumming in my mind and as good as giving me “the-reason-to-continue-living”.

    Basically, it would be great to tackle the big question posed by the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW and WHICH. For this purpose, I intentionally leave out the “WHO” question as it matters more to know the rest rather than the “WHO” at current.

    Some examples of the want-to-knows are as follow:

    – How many ministers in the cabinet
    – How are they selected

    – Whether any revamp is required and if yes, what and how
    – When is the revamp going to happen
    – What is the factors used to gauge the ability/capability of the PDRM
    – How to ensure independence of the PDRM

    – How to ensure an independent judiciary system
    – What action taken to bring the unjust appointees to face the music

    – What measures to take to ensure fair competition
    – How to prevent crooks from leaving the country
    – Measures to serve the corruptors w their just desserts
    – How to ensure that corruptions are kept to a minimum

    There are a lot more at hand, but the idea is I am concerned (hopefully seconded by someone) on the future of Malaysia comes 916. The smooth administration of the country’s system, areas of tax evasion, prevalent gang activities, vices, black market for 4D (which have enriched many!), APs, land scams, etc etc.

    Hopefully YB LKS will have a thread on this matter

  12. #12 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:28 am

    No government whether formed by BN or Pakatan Rakyat is justified to carry on ruling with a slim majority. It is simply ineffective. Kataks are part of that equation to neutralise such a weak government whether by BN or PR. Whatever their motives for crossing, noble or pecuniary, ‘Kataks’ are a necessary component in overall equation to act as catalyst to force a fresh general elections in such a “neither here nor there neck-to-neck power scenarios” to resolve the issue of majority once and for all – to bring forth a ruling coalition that truly has significant majority. Kataks are part of the workings of democracy in this sense and their role should not be decried and condemned.

  13. #13 by just a moment on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:38 am

    Agreed, lets give credit where its due. PKR under DSAI leadership won 5 States seat and it reflects the sentiments of the public at large. This cross over thing would not have emerge in the first place if the results were otherwised.

    Would anyone in his right mind think about hopping for the worst? Surely, its that light in the tunnel that drew these people, not the darkness in where they are living currently.

    Who’s to say – Crossing over is not encourage?
    Again, its as simple as those who prefers Status Quo or those who were in their dreamworld and were not affected in anyway will say-Neh. Those who were affected and are concerned about the future of this country would say – Yes!

    Lets give DSAI a chance, thats what its all about.

  14. #14 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 9:39 am

    Ah!! So much idealism still in Malaysia. All political system are imperfect and even Western democracies we admire are full crap that get beaten down every year. How else do you explain an election in the US with the biggest global hype ever BUT in reality will make not much difference who ends up winning.

    Why do we insist on pretending we can be like them when we can’t even get the basics right? Idealism, some, are too hard to give up, especially for the elite, or we lose our dignity and ability to look at some people straight in the face.

    Perhaps it makes us a diffferent animal and one that has not given up our place as equal or one of the best although the vision is very very distant and highly unlikely. Different is still good I think.

  15. #15 by k1980 on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 10:15 am

    If Gerakan has not been able to reform the BN with its 34 years of membership inside the BN, can it hope to achieve it within these few months or even in the next year or so?


  16. #16 by HJ Angus on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 10:20 am

    Idealism is the means by which we improve ourselves.
    Yes the so-called Western democracies are not ideal as they are implemented by humans and getting a PR government will not create a Utopia.

    To me we have wasted perhaps the last 30years under a government that did not really care for its people, except during a byelections.

    The poll on my blog indicates that people are really fed-up with the BN but I still suggest we should get BN and PR to agree on some rules of engagement or else the Armed Forces may get involved.

  17. #17 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 10:45 am

    I personally think that it is justifiable for PR to garner support from BN MPs through political defection as the present government was never democratically elected in the first place – consider the dirty tactics of vote rigging, vote-buying, postal votes and main stream media control adopted by BN and the EC. PR would have set up federal government if the 12th GE was fair and transparent. PR, however, must reject BN MPs whose crossover intention is for power and material gain.

    If PR sets up federal government after 916 crossover, the question of long term political stability depends largely on how PR manages its party affairs. Given the vast experience of leaders like DSAI, LKS and Nik Aziz, keeping the PR component parties in harmony is not something impossible though it means the component parties may have to exercise the spirit of give and take.

    Once the federal government is formed, PR will have to keep vigil at all times to check if its lawmakers and assemblymen have deviated from party principles – that is to make sure they do not repeat the misdeeds (corruption, bribery etc) which their BN counterparts committed. Party leaders must take disciplinary actions against those who deliberately committed wrong doings for self gain.

    It will be helpful if PR can come up with a “PR Party Declaration and Guidelines” for all its members to sign and adhere to.

  18. #18 by badcliq on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 11:36 am

    Political defections should be avoided. What the BN MPs can do is probably resign from their post, leave the seat vacant and go for an by-election after they re-joined PR.

    Then it’s not called a defection, but letting the people choose again. To see if the people really wanted PR or BN.

    Will PR be willing to take this risk? I think taking this risk would be better than asking for defections.

    They can defect today and defect back again tomorrow. Those who defect will be lack of trustworthiness. If they really support and go for the principle of PR, then resign from their seats and let the people choose again.

    It may be a waste of tax payers’ money but what can we do? Wait another 4.5 years? Be a laughing stock of the democratic world? Or consider this an “investment” to a better & brighter future?

  19. #19 by swipenter on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 1:31 pm

    PR forming the next fed govt thru party hopping may not be ideal but do we have the luxury of time given the direction the country is heading. We have a govt incapable of reforming to be of relevance to the aspirations of the rakyat. Now the very architect of racial politics,cronyism,nepotism and corruption is being invited back to join Umno. His style of politics and governance is the very antithesis of what the rakyat wants and what PR promised the country. What choice do we have? As PHUAKL suggested if PR forms the next fed govt thru defections, PR then should call for snap election to test its legitimacy and get a fresh mandate from the rakyat. Expensive but worth every cent of it.

  20. #20 by AsalUsuLMalaysiaHacked on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 1:56 pm

    lextcs Says:

    Today at 08: 27.29 (5 hours ago)
    ANOTHER SPIN DOCTOR WELL FUNDED BY ANWAR….everyone has an agenda…dsai wants power…and wants it so badly that he could not give a damn about any other thing…..u think he’s the saviour of the world?….the savior has come and risen….we are waiting for his second coming….anwar’s not the one.


    But your statement are truely retarded!!! As your claim…

    1) “dsai wants power…and wants it so badly that he could not give a damn about any other thing”

    2) Even so, i take what your claim as you think is true…



  21. #21 by Emily Pratt on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 2:17 pm

    Assuming DSAI manage to get 34 Katak MPs (according to MT website) then the stats will be such:
    BN = 106
    PR = 115
    Ind = 1
    With only 9 seat majority, it would be almost a hung parliament and as such how could one govern the country?

    My view is such that DSAI declare it as caretaker government, get the house in order and call for a snap election in 6 months time to get in a legitimate parliament.


  22. #22 by zak_hammaad on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 3:49 pm

    >> And why should he not be PM – he has the intelligence,

    Intelligence to fool the minorities into thinking he is their champion and the only viable leader.

    >> the interest of the people at heart and the kind of inspiration to spur the people on to heights of glory as a nation.

    What interests? What kind of inspiration? What heights of glory? Instead using the same old slogans and hollow words, I want to see what his policies are for a more equitable Malaysia and HOW he is going to implement them!? I know I have asked this a dozen of times, but there remain no takers to answer this question. This is because they too are holding onto imaginary ropes of hope that Anwar foolishly claims he has.

    >> But the method with which Anwar employs to change the government and to take his rightful seat in Putrajaya,

    Rightful!? Premiership is NOT his birth right nor is he competent enough to occupy it. We have more than our share of incompetence from the current sleeping PM and his cabinet of merry men than for a selfish amphibian to stake a claim! Anwar speaks with a forked tongue; he is many things to many men, yet as the Arab proverb goes: “He showed so many faces that he lost his own face”.

    Pakatan will need to find an alternative figurehead if they want to lead the next government. Anwar may be a popular puppet for the non-Malays within the opposition, but he will quickly unravel the successes you have made.

    Good day.

  23. #23 by ktteokt on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 7:19 pm

    I hope all component parties of Pakatan Rakyat can be really united, not just by word of mouth! And they also should stick to their principles and not be easily swayed into joining BN just like Gerakan!

  24. #24 by katdog on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 8:19 pm

    “Intelligence to fool the minorities into thinking he is their champion and the only viable leader.” -Zak_Hammaad

    well you’re wrong cause he definitely ain’t no champion of the minorities. He is promising more transparency when is comes to managing the country’s wealth rather than hiding behind NEP and Special rights as excuses to do whatever one wishes with the money.

    “Anwar may be a popular puppet for the non-Malays within the opposition” -Zak_Hammaad
    First extoll Anwar’s deviousness (speaks with a forked and fooling the non Malays). Now you say Anwar is a puppet for the non Malays. Which is it? Is Anwar the puppet or the puppeteer?

    You use a lot of fancy words but in the end you are merely trying to put pretty words to the same crude slogans brandished by the UMNOputra’s. Your pretty post can be simplified into as follows:

    MCA: Don’t be deceived by Anwar, he is only trying to trick the non-malays with false promises.
    MCA: Anwar is a liar. During his time in UMNO he implemented many anti chinese acts. Now he turn around and promise fairness to chinese. How can you trust him?
    UMNO:Anwar is traitor to the Malays and have sold out to outsiders
    UMNO:Anwar is only a puppet for the non-Malays/foreigners. Malays will loose their rights/position if Anwar comes into power.

    Roughly that about summarizes what you said.

  25. #25 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 10:17 pm

    As political tensions have risen, investors have been unnerved. The cost of insuring Malaysia’s debt has risen sharply to around $134,536 per $10 million of debt from $90,185 prior to the March election, based on prices for 5-year credit default swaps a barometer of risk. – YAHOO ASIA NEWS.

    It was reported that some USD1 billion foreign funds left the country in the month of August alone.

    DSAI has to act fast to accomplish his “916? project so as to put the country back on a healthy economic growth path.

  26. #26 by One4All4One on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 10:48 pm

    We can conduct analysis after analysis on what Malaysia was, is and will be.

    We can dish out infinite number of hypotheses, theories, and dissertations of what Malaysia was and could become.

    We can produce charts, graphs and extrapolations of what the nation could be.

    We can go on arguing and debating until the cows come home.

    HOWEVER, there are limits to the usefulness and relevance of any particular ideology, policy, practice, suggestion, pursuit, man-concocted principles ( as opposed to universal and fundamental natural principles ), etc., etc.

    Of basic and fundamental importance are sense and sensibility.
    If these elements are absent and not given the rightful space and consideration, even the best of ideas and intentions would fail to achieve the desired results.

    Intrinsic to sense and sensibility are integrity, impartiality, and accountability. The firmness and steadfastness to base all actions and thoughts on these prerequisite will stand the test of time and space, no matter what one aspires to accomplish.

    Guided by these values, all charters, ideologies, plans, desires, intentions, wishes, programs, theories, etc., etc., would fall into place to fulfil whatever the hearts wished for.

    Perhaps, our people have been too engrossed in polemics, too caught up in sundry politics, too distracted by social mind games, too egoistic, too individualistic, etc. etc., that reality and sensibility have been totally and utterly neglected. The consequences of which Malaysia and Malaysian are experiencing at the moment.

    Too often, wrong responses to situations have been given. Too often, the authorities mandated to carry out their duties have neglected their very roles and responsibilities. Too often, corruption have been allowed to rear its ugly head with impunity. Too often, rules are regulations have been flouted. Too often, prejudice and discrimination have been allowed to flourish unchecked. Too often, there are abuses of power and positions. Too often, accountability was not accounted for. Too often, the rich and influential had been allowed to act according to their whim and fancy. Too often, too often, too often.

    The nation would, could and should be able to tread the path to “excellence, glory, and distinction” if it had the benefit of accessing those basic and fundamental principles and values, which are so sorely lacking, but which seem to have been harped upon in efforts to gain support and publicity. Mere rhetoric.

    Let’s just hope that sense and sensibility will prevail.

  27. #27 by AsalUsuLMalaysiaHacked on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 - 10:58 pm

    zak_hammaad Says:
    “Rightful!? Premiership is NOT his birth right nor is he competent enough to occupy it.”

    Yes u have made the point yet again u retard!…

    So does the kerisman and his fellow comrades who self-proclaim son of the soil like AI today. Whos cares if DSAI deserve it or not, as long as we’re going to practice the right policy, starts learning to be “LIBERATE”. Compete and care for the rural folks regardless of race! Thats Democracy and demolish time being ideology thats been abuse by BN component for decades!

    IM truely sorry for you as a beever who felt disturb by our locomotion BUT accept it or not, i suggest u must learn to accommodate the situation or moved to a pond instead of struggling in the river.

    A famous crooked made a famous qoute:
    American bank robber Willie Sutton, once was asked why he robbed banks. His answer was simple, “That’s where the money is.”

    Government in Malaysia is where the money is, and our BN today are robbing it! Regardless of race nor religion this cronies must go down.

  28. #28 by zak_hammaad on Thursday, 11 September 2008 - 12:05 am

    katdog, so do you agree that NEP can not be abolished completely? It will have to remain in one form or another to do what it was supposed to.

    p.s. I hear that Parti Sosialis Malaysia (Baru) or PSM has now been officially registered as a political party and has 1 member of parliament. Well Anwar will be happy to pocket him, lol.

  29. #29 by aquaimplotec on Thursday, 11 September 2008 - 12:39 am

    Dear Martin Jalleh,

    The people of Malaysia want a change in government simply because of three things:-

    1. Sustenance
    2. Opportunity to prosper
    3. Justice from the legal system

    All three are in short supply!!!!!!!!!!

    I dare say that you are completely off the mark in your above article! i.e. YOU ARE TALKING RUBBISH.

  30. #30 by aquaimplotec on Thursday, 11 September 2008 - 12:44 am

    Anwar Ibrahim is a means by which the present government can be changed. The window of opportunity has opened and the Rakyat has spoken. Are the people’s representative deaf?

  31. #31 by AsalUsuLMalaysiaHacked on Thursday, 11 September 2008 - 12:52 am

    Only your senile ex-premier mamak and his fellow BN component would buy PM through money politics, DSAI wins heart by Value, Moral and Dignity!

    You can use your own retarded A$$ or your wife, your sisters or your doughters try lure him see if he goes for the bait! SODOMISE MY FOOT~ U BUNCH OF CROOKED!

  32. #32 by aquaimplotec on Thursday, 11 September 2008 - 12:59 am

    As the people’s representative, if your are deaf to the Rakyat you represent, then please do us a favour and jump into the ocean and observe the fishes.

    Why do they open and close their mouth ceaselessly? Sustenance! They must breath.

    Why do they go in schools of thousands? Opportunity to feed and survive oppression by predators.

    As for the third point, animals have not progressed to a stage whereby they have laws to prevent injustice. However it looks like our country is being run as such!

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