ANALYSIS – Malaysia “top-down” reforms set to disappoint

By David Chance | Reuters

Malaysia’s plans to revitalise investment by backing national champions and ending race-based policies may sound ambitious, but the details are hazy and real economic reform will face formidable obstacles.

The government starts public consultations this month on a new round of reforms, but there is growing resistance from voters and disappointment from investors over measures taken so far.

A government think tank has identified a dozen growth industries such as oil and gas, biotechnology and Islamic finance to focus on in a drive to double Malaysia’s income per capita and propel it into the ranks of “developed nations” by 2020.

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s record on reform is patchy — he shied away from big subsidy cuts and reversed tack on race-based preferential equity ownership rules for the majority ethnic Malay population under pressure from activists.

“Earlier optimism that Najib will be able, and will be committed, to carrying out his plans for reforms has been replaced by resignation that Malaysia will not change course quite so quickly or easily,” said Southeast Asia political risk analyst David Kiu.

Najib took office last year and promised investor forums that on reforms, he would “execute or be executed”, after the National Front coalition that has now ruled this Southeast Asian country for 53 years stumbled to its worst ever election results in 2008.

In the past decade Malaysia has seen its dominant position as an investment destination in Southeast Asia crumble, its productivity gains lag and a worsening of its education rankings which mean it is less well equipped to meet its growth goals.

A survey last week by the World Economic Forum showed Malaysia slipped two places in its global competitiveness rankings to 26th spot out of 139 countries while neighbouring Indonesia surged 10 places to 44th spot. The quality of Malaysia’s institutions, ranked 17th by the WEF five years ago, has plunged to 42nd place since then.

Under its “Economic Transformation Plan” to be unveiled this month, Malaysia’s government wants to galvanise 2.2 trillion ringgit ($706.7 billion) in investments over the 10 years to 2020 of which 92 percent will come from the private sector.

That would be a big leap from the 535 billion the private sector has invested over the past decade, and few analysts expect detailed plans to be unveiled on how to boost investment.

Although hot money has flowed into the Malaysian bond market this year, reversing outflows in 2008 and 2009 and pushing the ringgit currency to 13 year highs against the dollar, Malaysia has slid off the investment map for many.

Foreign ownership of the stock exchange stands at just 21.2 percent of market capitalisation, down from 26.2 percent in 2007.

Many Malaysian companies like leading bank CIMB and telco Axiata are being wowed by the prospects of faster growth in countries like Indonesia and want to become major regional players, so they are exporting capital.

That means government-linked companies (GLCs) will lead the charge to invest more at home, said Wan Saiful Wan Jan of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs think tank:

“They cannot talk about opening up our markets and at the same time give more for GLCs to do to meddle in our economy.”


Although Najib has only been in power since April 2009, he may soon have to shift to policies that will shore up his political base. Elections are due by 2013 and are likely to be called earlier.

His coalition of 12 parties, constructed along racial lines to reflect the Malay, Chinese and Indian populations as well as the indigenous people on Borneo island, is still fraying.

Najib is under pressure from Malay activists in his own party who fear reforms will erode their privileges as well as from ethnic Chinese coalition leaders whose only hope to win back voters is to be more vocal in promoting their own community.

A Malay pressure group called Perkasa which claims 300,000 members recently lodged a police report against the leader of the coalition’s ethnic Chinese party after he called for the removal of laws guaranteeing Malays and indigenous people 30 percent equity rights in public companies.

There has also been a steady drip of racial posturing in the media during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan with an opposition ethnic Chinese politician being attacked for visiting a mosque and a Ramadan ad campaign being pulled for having Christmas overtones.

“The incitement of ultra-nationalist feelings is mainly conducted in the Malay media and hence is not so visible to foreign observers but it is a really worrying trend that is taking place under a so-called reformist government,” said Lim Teck Ghee, director of the Centre for Policy Initiatives.

Najib has sought to sidestep some of the blockages to reform by outsourcing the process to advisory bodies, but when it comes to implementation, he will still have to rely on the 1.2 million strong mainly Malay civil service.

The civil service employs one in every 20 Malaysians and Wan Saiful notes many of them are drawn from the constituency that has most to lose from any meaningful reforms:

“They are a force of their own, and they are far too big for the government to ignore.”

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 5:06 pm

    What reform? Let our neighbours tell us what they see
    “Now we have a very polarized Malaysia, Malays, Chinese n Indians in separate schools, living separate lives n not really getting on with one another. You read them. That’s bad for us as close neighbours.”
    “I also had to fight the Malay Ultras when we were in Malaysia for two years”
    O boy, he did not hv 2 face d big fat BRA, lucky Harry
    “do not judge a man until you’ve closed his coffin” – Y r we judging NR now?

  2. #2 by cintanegara on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 6:19 pm

    This is the problem with DAP…trusting other s(Orang Asing , a term used by our beloved statesman, Tun Dr Mahathir) more than own people. ..My sincere advise, the more you trust others, the better you detect lies…On the other hand, well done Tan Sri Dr. Zeti! You make us proud as always…

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 6:40 pm

    ///ANALYSIS – Malaysia “top-down” reforms set to disappoint///

    That is true. At one end Najib is putting in great effort trying to get reforms take off; at the other end his party controlled newspaper, Utusan, is making big fuss about Malay privileges. Investors are sickened by such conflicting signals. They are not going to wait (as what Nazir said). They will seek opportunities in other more “investment friendly” countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia which are free of race politics and racial disputes.

    It was reported that Indonesia advanced 10 places last year to become the 44th most competitive country in the world. So, do not be surprised if Vietnam or Indonesia overtakes us, economically, in another 3 or 5 years time.

    What is the use for Perkasa to control the country when it is economically hollow and abandoned by foreign investors?

  4. #4 by Taxidriver on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 8:23 pm

    Lau Lee’s track record is there for all to see. Najib must humble himself and spend more time with him. Lau Lee has taken more salt than him, rice; walked more bridges than him, roads. Distance himself from the most devious human being-Mahathir who is now shivering because RPK is exposing more and more of his criminal deeds. Very soon the Malays who are now supporting him will be screaming for his blood. I fear for his safety and am praying for him.

  5. #5 by Loh on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 9:30 pm

    ///Former PM Mahathir Mohamad blames Singapore’s People’s Action Party and its founder Lee Kuan Yew as the root cause of racialism in Malaysia.///– Malaysiakini

    Mamakthir holds the view that the person who wants to end racism is racist. Now Mamakthir uses it to accuse PAP which wanted Malaysian Malaysia, that is Malaysia is for all Malaysians without racial bias as creating racism. Mamakthir’s grey matter must have turned black and hardened.

  6. #6 by gunse007 on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 10:35 pm

    Uncle Lim,

    this comment nothing to do with your posting, and I dont mind if you are not going to put it on your blog but please take action if true.

    RPK wrote and i am pissed off if true… I suggest you also wear the Baju Melayu and show your party members nothing wrong by wearing these shirts. Even malays wear sari and Indian male attire during some function.

    “Another controversy involving Selangor EXCO Member Ronnie Liu has surfaced. This time it involves him attending the Selangor Sultan’s Hari Raya open house dressed in Baju Melayu (Malay dress or national costume).

    Text messages are floating around condemning Ronnie Liu for it. Although the source of these text messages has not been identified we can all guess who is behind them — his enemies in DAP.

    Ronnie has used Malay dress before. So has DAP Member of Parliament Teresa Kok. And so have a few other PKR Chinese leaders such as Tian Chua. Why is it only wrong for Ronnie to wear Baju Melayu on Hari Raya day? Why is it not wrong for the others?

    These critics of Ronnie are saying that he is a traitor to the Chinese race for wearing Baju Melayu. No wonder Hindraf calls DAP a racist party. Well, I too use Chinese costume during Chinese New Year. How come the DAP people think this is cute? Why has DAP not condemned me for being a traitor to my Malay race?

    I notice that all the DAP people also wear a coat and tie. This is mark of British Colonialism. Are these DAP people trying to ape the kwailo? Some of these DAP people look and talk like apek pork sellers. Takde gaya langsung. They look like jokers dressed in a coat and tie when they can’t even speak English well.

    Are these DAP people dressed in a coat and tie pretending that they were born in England and are Mat Sallehs? Bananas maybe — yellow on the outside and white on the inside — but certainly far from Englishmen in spite of the badly fitting coat and tie that they are wearing.

    Ronnie also uses Indian costume during Deepavali. But they don’t whack him for wearing Indian costumes. They only whack him when he uses Malay dress or national costume. And some PKR Chinese also wear Malay dress for Hari Raya. And does not Teresa Kok and many other DAP women also use Malay dress, not only during Hari Raya but for other occasions as well?

    Here we are fighting for a better government; more transparency and accountability; an end to corruption and abuse of power; freedom of expression, association and assembly; an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings; and much more; and some DAP people are more concerned with what clothes Ronnie wears on Hari Raya.

    Bodoh punya Cina.”

  7. #7 by Godfather on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 11:31 pm


    If it is true, then many people – myself included – will distance themselves from DAP. It would be nothing more than a glorified racist party for which sensible people would not support.

  8. #8 by negarawan on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 11:38 pm

    “Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has blamed Singapore’s People’s Action Party (PAP) and its founder Lee Kuan Yew as the root cause of racialism in Malaysia.”

    Mahathir has yet again shown himself to be a low-class statesman. Most of his negative statements on Singapore are out of pure jealousy with the success of Lee Kuan Yew, a level which he (and all his UMNO and Perkasa cronies put together) will never be capable to attain (let alone comprehend).

  9. #9 by waterfrontcoolie on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 - 11:59 pm

    To criticize Ronnie for wearing baju Melayu is real stupid; and if it is so implied that they are his enemies in DAP itself, then DAP is heading for trouble. My view of Ronnie is he tried too hard to be involved so much so at the earlier stage he had real Toms & Dicks all over his place, that was why Wee Chee Keong made his statement on his connections. When you are under the microscope, fikir lah sadikit!

  10. #10 by cintanegara on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 12:03 am

    Tun Dr Mahathir is absolutely right. Meritocracy in that country is a rhetorical strategy used primarily by the majority ethnic to retain power The fact is 14% of its population is systematically marginalized

  11. #11 by negarawan on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 12:14 am

    “National Umno Youth Information chief Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said Gerakan could consider passing the state Barisan chairmanship (held by Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon) to Umno.”

    UMNO resorts to all sorts of slander, lies and violence as we have seen in the past, making them even more abhorred and disrespected by fair-minded Penangites. Gerakan should consider teaming up with Pakatan if they are really serious about a Malaysian Malaysia.

  12. #12 by Taxidriver on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 2:18 am

    //Tun Dr Mahathir is absolutely right. Meritocracy in that country is a rhetorical strategy used primarily by the majority ethnic to retain power The fact is 14% of its population is systematically marginalized// – cintanegara

    Well, well, well. Mahathir opposes meritocracy because he thinks the Malays cannot compete with other races on a level playing field. If I were a Melayu, I would feel very insulted. To put it bluntly, he is saying Malays are stupid which is not true. God created hunam beings with the same type of brain and the same amount of intelligence. If God had created one race to be smarter than the other, then God is unfair to that race that is bestowed with less. So, why pray to Him?

    What I want to tell you, cintanegara, is that God is fair to to all. Brain and intelligence must go with hard work. The problem is Malays of your kind are too used to being spoon-fed that you have become “manja” and ‘malas” so that when you cannot compete with others, you are full of envy and hatred. cintanegara, throw away your tongkat now or your children will also grow up to be dependent on it like you.

    Why are you so concerned about the 14% of foreigners who you think are being marginalised by their government when in your own home over 70% of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sabahans and Sarawakians are marginalised by the UMNO-led government, and you are not standing up for them, why? What kind of person you are is very clear. BTW are you also a PERKASA member??

  13. #13 by dagen on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 8:45 am

    Malays are stupid and not capable of fending for themselves, dr mamak said. Therefore malays need special protection. That in essence is his argument.

    I “Nah” onemalaysia his argument.

    He equiped malays with the wrong attitude and ideas. That is the real problem. Stupid and incapable? I dont believe that. Err well … one exception. Between you me and the computer screen, I think the proud owner of a certain rambutan tree is really stupid. Dont tell anyone I said so ok.

  14. #14 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 9:02 am

    Obviously maha racist MMK has not heard of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya, d very capable self-made millionaire Malay lady, who fended for herself n her family since young
    Unlike MMK’s sons, so lucky 2 hv a caring Pa n Ma 2 help them 2 their billions n millions

  15. #15 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 9:03 am

    Its kind of funny isn’t it? Just when Najib is facing the collapse of his administration, the LKY interview pops up to add more spice to the whole picture.

    What more do people need to show the end of BN is near. Anyone notice that Muhiyiddin is very very quiet?

    Someone really should ask Muhiyiddin whether he think UMNO should distance itself from Perkasa.

  16. #16 by k1980 on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 9:32 am

    When people such as Sosilawati possess millions to buy investment land, why the hell do they still need the nep or nem or whatever you call it?

  17. #17 by Loh on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 11:17 am

    Mahathir’s words

    By Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on September 14, 2010 6:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (36) | TrackBacks (0)

    ///1. Mr Lee Kwan Yew, the Minister Mentor of Singapore is three years my senior. That means he and I practically grew up in the same period of time. That also means that I have been able to watch the progress of Mr Lee, and in fact to interact with him on various occasions.///–Mahathir

    Yes, only up to 1965 when Singapore left Malaysia. Since then Mahathir had nobody in Malaysia to stop his racial opportunistic ventures.

    ///2. His assertion in his interview with the New York Times that “Race relations (would be) better if Singapore (had) not (been) “turfed out” (of Malaysia) is worth studying. Is it true or is it fantasy?///– Mahathir

    Mahathir should take a poll of people around the world to confirm that LKY was correct. Mahathir hopes that it was fantasy though he tried hard to belittle Singapore just so that his failure in ruling Malaysia for two decades making this a failed state would find no convenient comparison. Racism in Malaysia came out of corruption, which allows racial opportunist to keep voters separate so that politicians in power could plunder the state and yet get re-elected term after term. LKY practised zero tolerance to corruption. Without corruption Mamahthir could not have remained longer than a term. LKY is correct and there are good reasons for him saying so.

    ///3. Before Singapore joined the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia, there was less racial politics in the Federation of Malaysia. In 1955 the Malays who made up 80 per cent of the citizens gave a large number of their constituencies to the few Chinese and Indian citizens and ensured they won with strong Malay support. As a result the Alliance won 51 of the 52 seats contested.///–Mahathir

    Around 1955 the population in Malaya was around a 45-45-10 split of the three races. They were all the British subjects whether or not they obtained certificate of citizenship. The citizenship issue came around when leaders of the three main races decided to seek independence from the British. They settled the issue of citizenship and also the need to help Malays as prescribed under article 53 of the constitution. That provision was to be reviewed after 15 years. That figure of 80% is fictitious.

    ///4. The Tunku then rewarded this willingness of the Chinese and Indian citizens to support the coalition concept by giving them one million unconditional citizenship. This reduced Malay majority to 60 per cent.///– Mahathir

    That was not a gift. It was part of an agreement for joint venture. The number of Malays was no reduced, as the number 60% is used to compare with the fictitious 80% stated earlier. Tunku did not play racial politics and he would have his administration judged by voters, and he considered all Malayans equal citizens. Had racial opportunist Mahathir had a role to seek independence, Malaya would still be a British colony. He could certainly keep his fictitious 80% so-called citizenship share. But then if not for independence and article 160 in the constitution Mahathir would still be Indian, or Malayiali of Kerela.

    ///5. In the 1959 elections the Alliance of UMNO, MCA and MIC won easily though Kelantan was lost. PAS with only Malays as members was rejected. Racialism even when implied failed.///– Mahathir

    Strangely Mahathir accepted that PAS was a racist party but not UMNO. Was it because UMNO accepted him, a person with two spoonfuls of Pakistani blood, into the party and so is not racist? But then Mamathir claims to be Malay and so UMNO comprises only Malays. Why is not racism implied for UMNO?

    ///6. In 1963 Singapore became a part of Malaysia. Despite having promised that the PAP will not participate in Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak politics, Kwan Yew reneged and the PAP tried to displace the MCA in the Alliance by appealing to Chinese sentiments in the Peninsular. Of course the slogan was “Malaysian Malaysia” which implied that the Chinese were not having equal rights with the Malays. If this appeal to Chinese sentiments against the Malays was not racial, I do not know what is racial.///–Mahathir

    The different independent states, Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak joined hand to form Malaysia on 16 September 1963. All citizens of these independent states before and after have their right to participate in election in the new country. It was political agreement among political parties how they want to participate in the general election, and the party leaders themselves decided whether there were conditions which necessitated changes. It is certainly not for Mahathir to comment on what supposed was the understanding between Tunku and LKY. Besides, judging by how Tunku felt about Mahathir, the latter could never be taken into confidence by Tunku.

    Whether it was Malaysian Malaysia or Singaporean Singapore, the idea is that the citizens of the respective countries should have equal right. That should be taken for granted for all democracies, and it should imply that the governments concerned respect the rights of its citizens irrespective of back ground. If that statement should imply inequality, then inequality actually existed. A call to stop discrimination or inequality based on race is certainly not racist. Mahathir advocates that anybody tries to stop racist discrimination is racist. He pretends not to know what is racial. He is racial in all his approaches and he needs no explanation. Mahathir needs only to look into the mirror and he see racial opportunist.

    ///7. But the Peninsular Chinese favoured working with the Malays in UMNO. They totally rejected PAP in 1964.///– Mahathir

    That claim has no basis. PAP did have Devan Nair win in Bangsar, Selangor, a constituency which was predominantly Chinese. How did Chinese reject PAP by voting PAP?

    ///8. Following the Malaysian Malaysia campaign a few UMNO leaders tried to rouse Singapore Malay sentiments. There were demonstrations in Singapore where before there were none. Kwan Yew accused Jaafar Albar for instigating the Singapore Malays. Although I never went to Singapore, nor met the Malays there, I was labelled a Malay-ultra by Kwan Yew himself.///– Mahathir

    Whether it was following the call Malaysian Malaysia or not, the fact was that UMNO leaders roused Malay sentiments in Singapore. Malaysian Malaysia only called for unity of all races. Mahathir pretended to be national leader and call for the creation of Bangsa Malaysa in 2020. LKY asked that equality to be accorded right then in 1964 without having to be bothered with changing the racial identity of Malaysians to become Bangsa Malaysia. Mahathir could only think about bangsa and he pretends not to recognise himself as racial opportunist.

    Mahathir’s words inside and outside the parliament were enough for persons to discern that he was an ultra.

    ///9. By 1965 racism had taken hold and the Tunku was forced to end Singapore’s membership of Malaysia. But the seed of Chinese racialism had been sown, so that even after the PAP left, the “Malaysian Malaysia” war cry was picked up by the DAP, an offspring of the PAP.///– Mahathir

    Racism started in Malaysia because of the careless wording used by the framers of the constitution. Article 153 should have been based on needs with the characteristics spelt out to be qualified as beneficiaries. Article 160 made it a loophole for racial opportunist who was willing for forsake their own race to gain advantage on that clause. Thus, the floodgate was opened for more pseudo-Malay to hang on to article 153. That was the reason why project M in Sabah caused Sabahans to be outnumbered by foreigners who self-style as NEWMalays.

    ///10. With the background of Singapore’s activities in Malaysia in the short three years of its membership, can we really believe that if it had not been “turfed out” race relations would be better in Malaysia?

    Congenital racism would have been doused in the country where people of different races take to eating one another’s food. Racism is now a play utilised by politicians to gain position in race-based political parties. That play is encouraged by the prize in obtaining political power fuelled by corruption. Racism would soon die if the government practises zero tolerance to corruption. Had Singapore stayed, and Mahathir not made Minister by Razak, there would be no institutionalized corruption with impunity and racism would have ended. With that race relations in the country would certainly be better.

    ///11. But proof of what would have happened was shown by the politics leading up to the 1969 Election. The MCA began to criticise the Sino/Malay cooperation especially on so-called special rights and demanded for a Chinese University. UMNO then began to clamour for a greater share of the economy of the country. The UMNO/MCA conflict resulted in the Alliance faring very badly in the 1969 Elections.///– Mahathir

    What was wrong in setting up a Chinese University if the government was not asked to foot the bill? The people in 1969 knew that education was the way to improve the status of life. The issue of special position was included in the constitution and it was scheduled for review in 1972. What was wrong for political parties to call for support to take part in that review? Nobody denied Malays for a greater share of economy. Only the racist thought that the Chinese stood in their way.

    ///12. DAP and Gerakan, a new party largely made up of MCA dissidents made gains. The Alliance were shocked and rattled.///– Mahathir

    Gerakan was a multiracial party headed by Syed Hussein Alatas. It was not a party of ex-MCA members.

    ///13. Then the Gerakan and DAP held their victory parade near the Malay settlement of Kampung Baru, hurling racist insults at the Malays. The result was the 13th May race riots.///– Mahathir

    Now we hear that May 13 was not because of economic disparity between Malays and other races. Why then was NEP created to stop a repeat of May 13? The government should just charge the persons for insulting others.

    ///14. Till today the racist slogan “Malaysian Malaysia” is the war-cry of the DAP. Racism in Malaysia is clearly the result of Singapore’s membership of the country for just three years. Can we really believe that if Singapore had not been “turfed out” Malaysia would have no racial problem.///–Mahathir

    Without corruption to fuel institutionalized discrimination, there would be no racism.

    ///15. While Kwan Yew talks about his belief that all ethnic communities should free themselves from the shackles of racial segregation in order to promote fairness and equality among the races, he also said that “once we are by ourselves (out of Malaysia) the Chinese become the majority”.///– Mahathir

    LKY was only stating statistics. He did not say that because Chinese is the majority, Singapore is Chinese-land. See how hard Mahathir tried to tie racism to LKY. Malaysians should feel shy for having Mahathir as Prime Minister, and more so for 22 years, realising now how low he could sink out of jealousy of the success of his contemporary.

    ///16. Singapore’s population is made up of 75 per cent Chinese and they own 95 per cent of the economy. It is therefore not a truly multi-racial country but a Chinese country with minority racial groups who are additionally much poorer.///– Mahathir

    That 95% was out of thin air. Singapore statistics Department does not conduct the so-called Ownership or Wealth survey to get breakdown by race, like racist Malaysia does.

    ///17. In Singapore dissent is not allowed, People who contest against the PAP would be hauled up in court for libel and if they win elections would not be allowed to take their places in Parliament. Whereas in Malaysia opposition parties invariably win seats in Parliament and even set up State Governments (today five out of the 13 States are ruled by the opposition parties) the PAP in Singapore has to appoint PAP members to represent the opposition.///– Mahathir

    People in Singapore have equal right before the court, quite unlike in Malaysia as revealed by Lingam tapes. When the people have their days in court, and an impartial court, it is not for PAP to disallow dissent. Here in Malaysia ISA is used against political opponents; assent or dissent matters not.

    ///18. Whether the PAP admits it or not, the party has always been led and dominated by ethnic Chinese and have won elections principally because of Chinese votes. The others are not even icing on the cake.///– Mahathir

    Mahathir thought that he did not need Chinese votes in Kota Star during the 1969 election and he lost. He has not learned the lesson and he thought that PAP candidates are as arrogant as he is. PAP certainly did not have policy to favour the section of voters, through bribery, so that they could win. There was no NEP ala Malaysia to make Chinese happy in Singapore, like UMNO does to make Malays happy here.
    Does Mahathir have figures to prove that Indians and Malays in Singapore voted for opposition against PAP?

    ///19. If Singapore is a part of Malaysia the PAP can certainly reproduce the Singapore kind of non-racial politics because together with the Malaysian Chinese, the PAP will ethnically dominate and control Malaysian politics. No dissent would be allowed and certainly no one would dare say anything about who really runs the country.///– Mahathir

    PAP government whether in Singapore or Malaysia would still have independent judicial system and the court is free and fair. Corruption in Malaysia will not be at this stage and government institutions are expected to function as they should. UMNO might not be MCA to PAP because leaders other than Mahathir ilk will have taken over.

    ///20. Amnesia is permissible but trying to claim that it is because Singapore had been “turfed out” for the present racist politics in Malaysia is simply not supported by facts of history.

    21. Lee Kwan Yew and I saw the same things and know the reasons why.///–Mahathir

    Only the person who could utter “I can’t remember umpteen times in a royal commission of inquiry” would discuss Amnesia. Imagine Mahathir’s defence invoking Amnesia.

  18. #18 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 1:19 pm

    Malaysian Malaysia = racist slogan
    Ketuanan Melayu, not racist slogan
    MMK’s definitions
    He also defined meritocracy = racist
    Hence, Malaysian Malaysia = racist slogan = meritocracy
    Ketuanan Melayu, not racist slogan = no meritocracy
    Waoh lau! Fantastic fact or fancy?

  19. #19 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 1:52 pm

    Yes, we want reform
    Start by STOP collecting Penang Bridge toll
    D construction costs of d bridge at RM750 million had already been recovered with more than RM1 billion in profits made to date

    By right d bridge n NS highways shld be built n maintained by d gomen, not piratised
    Gomen could collect toll 4 a certain period 2 recover d initial sum invested
    Then, free use after recovery of capital n maintenance fees
    Instead, MMK piratised d projects 2 steal $$$ fr rakyat
    Who walloped all d big fat humongous profits?

  20. #20 by dagen on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 1:55 pm

    Pulled this from somewhere:

    “(TMI) Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz has challenged Malay rights group Perkasa to prove its worth by registering itself as a formal party — and to challenge Umno in the political arena.

    Otherwise, he said, the non-governmental organisation should just stop claiming that it had a large support base.

    “I would like to suggest that Perkasa register as a political party… only then we can really see whether they are as strong or as influential as they claim to be,” he told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

    The Umno supreme council member predicted that if Perkasa switched from being an NGO to becoming a full-fledged political party, it would fail to attract many of his own partymen

    At present, Perkasa has claimed a membership base of about 300,000, with Umno members making up for at least 60 per cent of that.

    “Now, they are an NGO so some Umno members can join them because they are not political… but I want to see them register and then I want to see how many Umno members will join them.

    “As claimed by (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad), they are very popular,” he challenged.

    Nazri said that by registering as a political party, Perkasa could then stand up and meet Umno on a level playing field in the next general election.

    “I really, really hope they do. Come fight us in the political arena. See how much support they have … how many seats will they win?

    “Otherwise, I think they are just nonsense,” he said.”

    Dont you people love this guy? Nazri is actually a sensible fella. Except that he is bound by the silly and absolutely stupid umno culture. Just my view.

  21. #21 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 2:02 pm

    Rakyat must VOTE FOR PR in GE13 2 take over at both state n federal levels
    Then only we can hv MEANINGFUL REFORM
    Close down wasteful n useless projects, like Proton, n take over all highways dat caj tolls
    So dat rakyat can buy cheaper n better cars n use highways free (or pay cheap tolls)
    Stop leakages, gravy trains, n rentals stolen by BNputras n their cronies
    Transform all gomen agencies, incl judiciary (n give independence back to it)

  22. #22 by artemisios on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 - 3:56 pm

    I agree with you dagen,

    Nazri is one of the very very few umno politicians who can actually score points with the people because he talks tough.

    He’s the only umno member who dared to criticize (without pu$$ying off later on) Tun M, BTN & Perkasa so far.

    Too bad he’s in the corrupted umno & not pkr

  23. #23 by lopez on Thursday, 16 September 2010 - 11:12 pm

    as usual , bolihlanders are very preditable,
    if someone dressed up in other peoples dressing, sure kena cursed…and If others remained silent does not mean it is okay…it is way of tolerance and no need to advertise and sloganised…unlike some

    … the marginalised merely because the heavy baggage has accumulated so much especially the last 22 years,

    ” saving from grandfather’s toiling has thinned out, jobs has disappeared, family occupation has been robbed away , education and training has been denied, come to think of it ….so you rough it out like your grandfather did, just hope there are no more imperial japs and white mat salleh around and of course back pokers out there…….
    contemplating all this while do you get any help at all…well you kept your mouth shut and die with your sob stories, you dont go newspaper about and get hand out ,except some people who licks the high and mighty and sell their children’s soul for quickies , and the luckies in the regular 5 year citizenship awards after decades of waiting to be a bolihlander…..but for what when you are in the 60s or 70s.

    and you may have to pay them in some form such as ever popular stint photograph with them in the papers of course and you cannot disagree with what they print.

    well it looks like ,,it the best deal yet…in the interim….till then lets get the best foot out and kick these bloodsuckers out for good.

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