Najib is denying the undeniable when he claimed his 1Malaysia slogan is not political

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is denying the undeniable when he claimed that his 1Malaysia concept is not political but a tool to foster unity among the different communities for nation-building.

Najib cannot deny that in the 20 months since the introduction of Najib’s “1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now” slogan, instead of giving Malaysians a new sense of being Malaysian, the reverse has taken place.

As a result, the brain drain of talented Malaysians regardless of race has again returned to the fore, despite the proposed establishment of a Talent Corporation to attract the best brains in the world to Malaysia.

In the past 20 months, despite Najib’s 1Malaysia concept to create a Malaysia where every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic background second, there had been an unprecedented rhetoric of irresponsible politicking, racist extremism and religious bigotry.

The year could not have ended on a worse note for 1Malaysia when even Malaysia’s religious pluralism came under attack as if it is something anti-national, un-Malaysian and a great liability when the country’s racial, religious, cultural and linguistic diversity are the nation’s greatest assets and keys as to whether Malaysia can achieve inclusive, sustainable high-income developed nation status.

What is worse, those guilty of the worst rhetoric of irresponsible politicking, racist extremism and religious bigotry completely inimical to the concept of 1Malaysia emanate from within Umno, in particular the Umno-owned mass media, Utusan Malaysia – raising serious questions about Najib’s sincerity and commitment to the 1Malaysia concept and his political will to promote it.

The three simple tests which I posed in Parliament in March this year for Barisan Nasional Cabinet Ministers to demonstrate that they have the 1Malaysia DNA have yet to be fully taken up, viz:

• establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee on 1Malaysia;

• declaration that the basis of 1Malaysia is “ketuanan rakyat Malaysia” and not “ketuanan Melayu”; and

• declaration by all Ministers that they are Malaysian first and race, religion, geography and socio-economic grouping second.

The Minister for Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim claims that a survey carried out by his Ministry from June to July showed that 84 per cent of Malaysians understand the 1Malaysia concept, with 72 per cent accepting the concept.

There will have to be an independent opinion poll to establish what percentage of Malaysians believe in the findings of this survey by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.

In the first place, do all the Barisan Nasional Cabinet Ministers and leaders have a common understanding of the 1Malaysia concept?

I said in Parliament in March that “1Malaysia means ‘a thousand-and-one’ different things to the Najib Cabinet and government – both to Umno and non-Umno Cabinet Ministers”.

This applies equally to Umno and non-Umno parties and leaders in the Barisan Nasional.

I am still waiting to be proved wrong.

But before this, the Cabinet Ministers must demonstrate that they fully accept Najib’s 1Malaysia concept, with the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announcing his full fealty to the 1Malaysia concept by declaring that he is Malaysian first, Malay second and not Malay first, Malaysian second as he had publicly vouched in response to my challenge in April.

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 12:44 pm

    If it is not political, then why would BN want to incorporate it into their party logo?

  2. #2 by life is not a fairy tale dude on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Do you deny that Middle Malaysia is Malaysian Malaysia rebranded?

    Do you deny that DAP is the same as PAP which upholds communism?

  3. #3 by negarawan on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 1:01 pm

    “Dr Koh said he could not see any rational reason why the Pakatan should go all-out against a symbol that has become increasingly effective in rallying Malaysians to be more inclusive and integrated, more understanding and united. – Bernama”

    Dr Koh Tsu Koon, on the contrary, we do not see any real evidence of what you have termed as “increasingly effective”. Racial and religious polarization in Malaysia has not improved in our daily lives. Dr Koh Tsu Koon, you are living in a fantasy and the “1Malaysia” sloganeering has so far only benefited APCO in multimillion ringgit marketing deal. It looks like UMNO/BN has no inherent and homegrown talent and skills to manage the country and has to depend on many foreign consultants to tell them how to govern the country and “brainwash” the people. LKY has indeed said it correctly that Malaysia’s government is incompetent!

  4. #4 by k1980 on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 1:09 pm

    “1Malaysia” will be accepted by all 1Malaysians the moment all the racist discriminations against the minorities are discarded. I, for one, will immediately paint a giant “1Malaysia” logo on the wall of my house to commemorate such a great event.

  5. #5 by k1980 on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 1:21 pm

    From 2003 to 2008, there was a lot of fuss made by Bad Ah Wee over his “Isamhadari”. Today can anyone tell me whatever happened to that sleepy bloke’s Isamhadari? Even his home town of Kepala Batas is not bothered that slogan anymore.

    So jib’s “1Malaysia” will land with a loud “plop!” into the garbage dump once that botox guy, like the sleepy bloke before him, gets the boot.

  6. #6 by atlk on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 1:50 pm

    There is a new durian in town called Koh Tsu Koon durian, because the durian ‘boh hood’. KTK should keep quiet & bark only when his master gives instruction to.

    As for 1Malaysia, it is only a slogan. Companies put it on their advert just for publicity purposes. Make them look patriotic. Simple as that.

    As for the one who pioneered 1Malaysia, it is just a gimmick to make them looks good & fish for more votes.

    I sincerely believe majority of Malaysians, especially the younger & modern generation are much tolerant with each other races. I myself experience this.

    It is the politicians & the older/conservative generation that creates all these hoo-haa. Too free nothing better to do. Governing politicians too afraid to lose the immunity they are enjoying. Look what happened to the toyol.

  7. #7 by atlk on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 1:53 pm

    Add on: the younger, modern & EDUCATED generation are much tolerant with each other races. It is the uneducated Mat Cemerlang that create trouble sporadically, thinking they are very clever. Who can blame them? Our very own elected MP called them Mat Cemerlang.

  8. #8 by limkamput on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Mr. Prime Minister, 1Malaysia is not a nation building process. It is a strategy to give false hope to Malaysians. It is a slogan aimed at placating the clamour for equality and change. Racial unity and integration can not be promoted by empty slogans or by asking people to give up their identities for some illusionary notion of commonality like 1Malaysia which means different things to different groups of people. National unity and integration is brought about by genuine desire of individuals to sacrifice a little of themselves in exchange for the greater common good that they can see happening in the society and country they live in. Can anyone of us see the common good emerging or happening?

  9. #9 by limkamput on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 2:09 pm

    One more thing, to attract talented Malaysians, you don’t form Talent Corporation. That is a moronic way of doing things. Slogans, formal institutions and corporations will not attract talents. It is the sum total of Malaysia that will attract talents – a vibrant and competitive economy that provides opportunities and equality to all; a living environment that is secure, clean and healthy, and a political climate that favour transparency, good governance and fair play. What can Talent Corp do and promote when everything in the country is upside down? Yes, I know the new CEO (mind you with Cambridge first class) has been appointed. In the course of the years, new executives and staff will be recruited and soon extensive business class travel and club floors accommodation will take place. Soon more millions will go down the drain. Anybody care to wager with me – I say the Talent Corp will be a complete failure in attracting talents.

  10. #10 by k1980 on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 2:58 pm

    The only talents Talent Corp is capable to attract are crooks such as Saifool the Sodder and Sheikh Muszaphar the space tourist. Other examples are the Sime Darby “directors” who “directed” billions from that company into their personal bank accounts.

  11. #11 by atlk on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Sime Darby is only one. There are many more, before, present & future.

  12. #12 by tak tahan on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 3:33 pm

    NEM itself already says no to 1Malaysia.Racial and promotion quota in civil service,higher education,goverment contracts,to list the few.What 1malaysia..of course only one malaysia what.How many malaysia you want,Najis?Apa lah lu.Pening seluruh malaysia lu bikin!

  13. #13 by boh-liao on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 3:52 pm

    1 Malaysia is NOT a political tool, NR declared
    O yeah, just like d erasing of immigration entry records of Altantuya S is NOT political
    N d self-confession of poky poke of sh!t hole of SAI-ful is NOT political

  14. #14 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 4:27 pm

    Yet again, Sdr. Lim is being kind to Najib by saying Najib is denying the undeniable. The fact its MORONIC to even suggest that 1Malaysia is not political. It MUST be political – there is no avoiding a political solution to the problem after UMNO/BN govt bankrupt’s the country’s natural piggy bank of racial harmony for 40 years. The issue is, is it truly a political (i.e., the science and ethics of governance) or its just perversion of politics which BN practises which 1Malaysia seem to be a continuation.

    Its symptomatic that Najib does not understand the meaning of politics to deny that 1Malaysia is not political because all UMNO/BN leaders know is how to pervert politics such that politics is a dirty word in our country and they have forgotten its not suppose to be.

    Again, the mediocre minds that run this country is simply NOT up to the challenges this country faces today.

  15. #15 by tak tahan on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 4:58 pm

    Unti NEM is liberalised and constructed into 1 policy for all malaysian regardless of race then 1Malaysia will be understood and accepted by ALL.Otherwise go fly kite with 1Malaysia logo on it far far away from us into the sky

  16. #16 by tak tahan on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 5:00 pm

    #15 correction
    Unti NEM is liberalised and constructed into 1 policy for all malaysian regardless of race then 1Malaysia will not be understood and accepted by ALL.Otherwise go fly kite with 1Malaysia logo on it far far away from us into the sky

  17. #17 by monsterball on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 5:20 pm

    His “1Malaysia” and “People first. Performance Now” slogans have events …spoken or written that contradicts both by him …his ministers and Govt authorities…so many times.
    I guess he is taught to keep on acting and tell all so call good news like gospel truths…and all will believe.
    Paid RM77 million of tax payers money..for one year advertising and promotional work…like products to get buyers.
    That RM77 million taken from tax payers money to benefit only UMNO B party clearly shows Najib could not care less how Malaysians feel or think at all. He will do or say anything to keep PutraJaya only..for UMNO B by 13th GE..or else…the spirit of Atlantuya haunting him…will surely make him more nuts that devilish.
    As it is….having slim majority….be a liar…keep flip flopping and contradicting…does not bother him…as long as suckers are still born everyday….and he hopes Malaysia have more idiots and suckers…than normal intelligent people.
    He forgot..those Jews advising him are how to poison minds composing of one narrow minded race…like Israel.
    Jews maybe powerful in America..but Americans cannot be easily fooled or made suckers anymore.
    Mahathir worship the old British racists and war lords. Najib search for the best mind control medias people..the Jews.
    Both have one thing in common. They are crooks.
    But Najib have clear split personality..and must be taking medicine to control it from the public.
    But the stress and tensions will come again to take over….and out come another personality.
    We have seen that over and over again.
    Protecting his slogans…..are all gospel truth to all Malaysians?
    Yea…so far innocent school children love that..and why not they do not understand politics and those slogans are inspiring.
    Tell that to votes who are real sick of him and cannot wait till 13th finish him off.
    And that….Najib knows it very well…and real.
    Now recall his famous PutraJaya speech.
    Why must a PM talk like that…when his good news are like words of gold?
    The answer is those slogans are made by a accused murderer who dare not defend himself in court…and from a compulsive liar…that voters know him through and through.
    The only issue left is how many voters supporting selfish and racists BN candidates have their eyes and minds finally opened to the real truth.

  18. #18 by lee wee tak_ on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 5:40 pm

    while Malaysians waste time over definition of 1Malaysia, the BN administration is bleeding Malaysia financially dry with cheque book administration, piling on national debts, continuing croninomics on a much greater scale…playing right into BN’s hand , like the Chinese proverb “Sound Off in the East but Hit You from the West”

  19. #19 by raven77 on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 5:55 pm

    It is 1Malaysia when it comes to collecting money….but when it comes to distribution of money and jobs…its 1Bangsa saje….

    Jibby…stop the con….The Jews are not all that smart….they can kill you with this…

  20. #20 by monsterball on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 6:16 pm

    The Govt has the authority by voters.. to bleed us high and dry…and no one can do anything about it.
    It is now up to the voters that supported BN in 12th GE to listen to logics explained thousands of times…to be responsible Malaysians with think of the country and the people..and stop being racists that are exactly what we hated most from the British rule…and chased them out.
    Yes…it is better to be ruled by Malaysian crooks that by British crooks….but what is the result produced by our crooks? Need one keep explaining it is governed by a team of Malaysian robbers and thieves….that is worst than the British…who did all things bad for Britain?
    Yes..BN is sucking up Malaysia’s wealth high and dry and taking tax payers money by the billions too. What can you do?….NOTHING.
    And to do SOMETHING from NOTHING is by your 13th GE votes to vote for change in GOVT.
    That’s the ONLY way out of hell for all Malaysians.
    Go read about one beaten nearly to death by police for RM13k.
    This was exactly like Thailand 20 years ago…which is unbelievable happening in Malaysia…yet Najib cannot be bothered to find a permanent solution….as long as the support him with their votes…all OK.

  21. #21 by Loh on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 6:33 pm

    The call for 1Malaysia is an attempt to get non-Malays to vote for BN. The policies said to be implemented under 1Malaysia like NEM or encouraging the return of ex-Malaysians were also aimed at misleading non-Malays to vote for BN. Now Najib has to accept Ibrahim Ali demand through Perkasa to retain the 30% ransom. So NEPand Ketuanan Melayu are alive and kicking under 1Malaysia.

    Nation building will not come about with 1Malaysia which carries with it NEP and Ketuanan Melayu. There is no need to have any new policy for national building beyond eradication of institutionalized corruption, discrimination, and return of rule of law. All the ills have been brought about in the implementation of Mamakthir’s form of NEP. As NEP have been soiled with the perverted implementation which UMNO have made it to ensure perpetual rule as well as wealth creation for persons technically classified as Malays and for UMNOputras, NEP have to be dropped before the rot to the nation could stop.

    NEP was a political ploy by Razak to attract Malay votes. But over the past 40 years, there had never been a moment when UMNO leaders had intended to honour the spirit of NEP. At the time of NEP inception, civil service was linked to Malays. NEP should have corrected the dominance of Malays in civil services. 40 years later NEP makes Civil service synonymous with UMNO. UMNO does not even apologize for the excesses. Najib is not embarrassed that the discriminatory policy which is institutionalized in the only nation in the world represented extremism, yet Najib had the nerve to call for moderation at the UN general assembly. The green horn US President in dignifying the comment provided cover for Najib to lie to the world. Having unabashedly preached at the world stage what he did not practice at home, Najib thinks that Malaysians are fools to buy his propaganda. Can a racist’s son not be a racist?

  22. #22 by yhsiew on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Mr. Prime Minister, you are joking. How can there be 1Malaysia when 80% of Perkasa members are from UMNO?

  23. #23 by monsterball on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 7:17 pm

    Who built you the hatreds between Malays and Chinese to became a riot in May13th 1969?
    DAP won seats and was celebrating peacefully.
    Sure ..there were insults and shouts made by DAP supporters..and that were expected to be normal as long as not put into actions..into fights.
    It was Razak and the crooked Selangor Mentri Besar Harun Idris..druming up hatreds. How Razak died..all revealed. Harun was jailed and disappeared for good in politics.
    Back to the shouts…UMNO B fanatics are shouting and making worst noises all these years and decades..hoping a repeat for a riot.
    So far….never work and will never work at all. People are getting smarter not to be lured into a trap for Najib to declare Emergency Rule.
    So he declared.. he will defend PutraJaya with his life…revealing what a sick minded man he is..with such a guilty conscience hanging over his head…..talking totally nonsense.
    And near 13th GE…strange things are happening too.
    Frogs are not jumping.
    Exceptionally smart ones are performing to take votes away from Pakatan Rakyat..under so many disguises.
    Are the Jews that smart..advisers?
    Not in a million years in Malaysia.
    We should salute Anwar to expose Najib and his Govt. …double headed snake mentalities.
    THINK!!..What can the RM77 million of our money good so much goods for the poor.
    Yet the RM77 million spent is not for Malaysians at all.

  24. #24 by monsterball on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 7:26 pm

    And May 13th 1969 was an idea to get Tunku step down or more blood will flow all over Malaysia.
    And the Father of Independence did…. out of love for Malaysians.
    Hisham the father of our kris kisser..was a weak PM..but kind hearted Malaysian.
    From no where….Mahathir .with lighting speed .. became PM..and since then…our country is managed by a team of racists..robbers and thieves…using money to poison minds.
    Drug paddlers are sentenced to death.
    These are worst than drug paddlers..with no fear to do what the want.
    Voters supporting BN are really to be blamed.
    Lets hope…they will change to repent and vote the devils out.

  25. #25 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 8:30 pm

    There’s nothing inherently wrong about Najib’s “1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now” slogan. Just like there’s nothing wrong with PR’s Ketuanan Rakyat or DAP’s Middle Malaysia or for that matter even TDM’s Bangsa Malaysia or Wawasan 2020.

    Indeed Najib’s “1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now” has brought visible improvement in some areas. For examples Zaki’s KPIsd clear some court backlog cases; registration of land dealings in land registries/offices is faster though its uncertain whether the credit is due to BN/Federal’s Performance Now KPIs or PR State’s CAT or combination! However other areas – for example, the ‘One Stop’ approval centre for development of land- are still fraught with customary bureaucratic red tape, incompetence etc.

    However the cardinal thrust of the purportedly inclusive ‘1Malaysia’ relating to race and religion has failed to hit its mark. Indeed as Kit observes since 1 Malaysia’s inauguration, there has been even more “irresponsible politicking, racist extremism and religious bigotry completely inimical to the concept of 1Malaysia emanating from within Umno, in particular the Umno-owned mass media”!

    That 1 Malaysia would generate (more than Bangsa Malaysia) the very opposite effects of racist extremism and religious bigotry contrariwise to the inclusivity it purports is, I would argue, attributable to the “merits” rather than “ambiguities” of “1 Malaysia”, as a concept. That this is so is because it genuinely strikes fear and galvanises a coalescence of many people (whether warlords or members of ruling BN and their cronies in corporate sectors and all the little Napoleons of public service, religious and educational establishment, media) to speak and act contrary to 1 Malaysia and its implications (if sincerely implemented)! All these people whom I will tag, for convenience, as “reactionaries” in relation to their opposition to reforms, have built and entrenched their interest and privileges around the pillars of existing communal cum religious political order of the day based on NEP/Ketuanan, Social Contract etc. They would fight to death in defence of their existing patronage privileges and against the prospects of having to face accountability in the case of regime change and deconstruction of that political order.

    They would fight anyone – whether it’s Opposition Anwar or even the PM/UMNO president Najib if either evinces seriousness of implementing 1 Malaysia, contrary to their collective interest and privileges. That’s the scenario we’re facing today.

  26. #26 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 8:35 pm

    Now to next question: Is Najib serious? Well no one has a microscope to delve into the recesses of his mental processes and it is often said that the Devil himself knoweth not the real thoughts of Man!

    However on the surface give the man some credit. He is educated; has seen the world; has the best advisors Malaysian tax payers’ money can buy! He, like the many amongst ruling elites (like Nazri), can see with clarity and without illusion that the country based on existing policies is hurtling towards a failed state. However his political will to avert the inevitable is undermined by the fear of losing power and position in face of resistance and opposition from this powerful group of reactionaries….

    So where the political will is flagging to implement the central platform of 1 Malaysia (for this reason) we dismiss that platform as mere political sloganeering rather than a tool for unity and nation building!

    Let’s not deride and be dismissive of the inherent appeal in the message of 1 Malaysia as a platform just because the messenger has failed so far to summon the requisite political will and courage to implement the message.

    If the appeal were not there, why would the Opposition PR try so vehemently to negate it at the political level by the Selangor government trying to ban the 1 Malaysia logos on bill boards, which it now back pedals and revises to confine the ban to business advertisements only?

    PR itself is unnerved by the potency of that 1 Malaysia message – just like the reactionaries against its implementation earlier said.

    In the first place PR shouldn’t even think of banning the logos of that national message! Why ban it? Just because it’s chief advocate Najib cannot implement it to its spirit? You’re banning the message regardless of its merits just because the messenger Najib has not evinced the political will and sincerity so far to implement that message??? This is a national message – notwithstanding it also happens to be BN’s political slogan – and as a national message, PR has really nothing against it, and the proof of this is in PR’s seeking at all times to hold Najib to consistency of deeds against his words on 1 Malaysia. If 1 Malaysia has no merits why otherwise seek to hold Najib to his word to implement it?

    And if 1 Malaysia has merits as a national message, then why does PR S’gor state govt seek to ban its logo when the merits of that message (‘1 Malaysia’) ought to be deemed “national” transcending partisan politics???

    The fact that PR S’gor govt for no cogent raeson seeks to ban 1 Malaysia’s logo in advertisement will itself prove the counter-point of 1 Malaysia’s merits and widespread appeal that PR has no answer against, except that part relating to the lack of political will on Najib’s/BN’s part to implement it.

  27. #27 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 9:12 pm

    Chinese proverb “Sound Off in the East but Hit You from the West” – #18 by lee wee tak.

    It does not matter whether its ketuanan Melayu appealing to one race or Ketuanan Islam/Ketuanan Christianity or whatever appealing to one religious sector or Ketuanan Rakyat or 1 Malaysia or ‘Democracy’ appealing to all sectors.

    These are concepts representing an aspiration. One aspires for and look up to something because one is not quite there yet.

    The idea by elites whether incumbent in power or those in opposition awaiting to replace and displace the former has always been to treat these messages of aspiration and hopes as a hot air balloon that they fire and send up to the skies so that the gullible supporters will always give their votes based on their hopes of what they see flying and soaring high in the skies, and with our attention being diverted, oblivious to our pockets being picked below by these same elites, legitimised by their public and political policies and implemented/enforced via mechanisms of the power of the state.

    The important thing is that the rakyat should not be gullible.

    We would be if we think with deep conviction that politicians are in the game primarily to serve us and not themselves!

    Wake up. Regime change itself ain’t in longer run going to change our collective plight unless rakyat become sophisticated, lss gullible and keep up the pressure on these elites. Otherwise a notch better here and there perhaps due to regime change will be outweighed against a notch worser here and there in other places.

    It is always a class conflict between elites and those they manipulate and govern.

    We should play one politician against the other and not let the other way around – let them play one sector of people against the other.

    At the end of the day – with very few execptions- politics is about political power and the privileges, recognition and wealth that it brings and how to spin dreams to get the requisite support and votes to get there.

  28. #28 by boh-liao on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 9:59 pm

    D statement “we now have a government OF THE FECKLESS, BY THE CROOKED, FOR THE CONNECTED” (David Von Drehle, TIME, 24.11.2010,,29239,2032304_2032746_2032862,00.html) perfectly describes d current n past >50 years of Umno-led government

  29. #29 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 10:03 pm

    If 1Malaysia is not political, then UMNO is a hallelujah choir.

    Hello Najib, sekali-sekala nak memperbodohkan Rakyat, do it with some intelligence. Cerita 1Malaysia sebagai “God-sent” tanpa political makna ini …aiyoyoooo….ini suatu kenyataan semi-value, tidak masuk akal. Do you think the Rakyat is so stupid?

    OK, tengok-lah keistimewaan 1Malaysia dalam Pilihan Umum kelak. You have to be a very good salesman (or conman) to bluff the population-lah.

  30. #30 by ktteokt on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 10:10 pm

    k1980 :From 2003 to 2008, there was a lot of fuss made by Bad Ah Wee over his “Isamhadari”. Today can anyone tell me whatever happened to that sleepy bloke’s Isamhadari? Even his home town of Kepala Batas is not bothered that slogan anymore.
    So jib’s “1Malaysia” will land with a loud “plop!” into the garbage dump once that botox guy, like the sleepy bloke before him, gets the boot.

    Bad A Wee’s Islamhadhari has sunken and how it’s Islamhadmalam!

  31. #31 by limkamput on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 10:12 pm

    Is someone here saying that for more than 50 years there is no need for 1Malaysia? Why 1Malaysia now, especially after the 308 fiasco? Even for Bangsa Malaysia before this; was there really the will, the sincerity and the genuine intention/desire to implement it? I think you know the answer better than me. Why then must Selangor Govt allow 1Malaysia to hoodwink people when we all know 1Malaysia was essentially a “storm shelter”? When the storm is over, it is my belief that they will go back to the same old way. So why allow 1Malaysia for them to regain strength and retain power to continue with the plundering, pilferage and blatant discrimination. When there is no intention to do something, the political will to do it does not arise. What did the framers and promoters of 1Malaysia do when 1Malaysia is interpreted according to whatever one choose to interpret (by the way your interpretation is but one version of the many available). I heard it before – it is part ketuanan, part equality, part inclusive, part legalised discrimination, part work in progress and part ultimate objective.

  32. #32 by yhsiew on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 10:35 pm

    Sorry to side track.

    This evening’s China Press reported in page C4 that a Singapore government official wanted to “snatch”, in front of Lim Guan Eng, the Malaysian talent from Chung Ling High School, who won a gold medal in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), to study in any Singapore university of his choice.

    The student said he had already enrolled for “A”-level study at Inti College. After completing his “A”-level study he would go overseas for further study. He emphasized that no matter where he did his further study, he would come back to contribute to the country.

    It is amazing how a young lad’s remark could become a slap in the face of the Singapore government official!

  33. #33 by ctzen on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 10:48 pm

    25-26 Jeffrey,

    If “political will” is so important, it leaves little else to be desired. Najib can get away just by being the 2nd PM family and not fully utilizing resources and clout of the job to be more earnest.

    We paid some RM77 million or so a year to APCO plus whatever else and the costs of all those contracts to build and maintain the damn structures.

    Then we paid RM36 million to McKinsey plus annual retention fees for all the alphabet soup. Of course there are peripheral and other additional recurrent costs. There were other payments to others related to this.

    Will the “1 Indonesia” cost us bad spats with our neighbor we might have to rent more crowds from the Jakarta? Or will it send Malaysians seething with rage at the Indonesians again and leave Najib to create more public imaging and opinion blitzes?

    What could McKinsey not achieve that APCO can sing away?

    It’s getting utterly ridiculous. Najib could perhaps pay some money to some Mat, Ah Keng or Mutu to flog some simple utterances in the league of the old jingle of “leadership by example”. Apparently, the old “innovation and creativity” buzz has fizzled out.

    What I take offence of Selangor is their silence in not blaring away at the Printing Press and Media licencing. Will this crazy jinggling put paid to the muzzling of the Press for instance? Where even partisan newsprint will still give Najib a free ride? Plus of course, cheap informal education to the community to be more receptive to Najib’s best attributes and bleeding heart.

    Najib’s education will not help the nation if his policies still rent out wealth in addition to all the lollies that will burn us up with record budget and/or national deficits.

  34. #34 by Thor on Sunday, 26 December 2010 - 11:49 pm

    Pokai! that bloody jibby!
    He has got millions and millions of money to give and throw and now he’s sending out the IRD to chase me, just for RM2,900.
    What a blardy [email protected]!!!

  35. #35 by boh-liao on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 1:26 am

    M’sia did very well in the recent World Robot Olympiad, much better than S’pore
    No wonder S’pore wants 2 headhunt talents
    Don’t forget S’pore’s current Health Minister is an old boy of Chung Ling High School, Kampung Baru, Penang

  36. #36 by Jeffrey on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 1:28 am

    Those opposed to1 Malaysia billboards in Selangor will argue that there is no point in allowing BN to gain propaganda political mileage from a slogan that it has neither intention nor political will to execute and implement.

    There is this difference here between the message “1 Malaysia” and its merits being a thing apart from the messenger and doubts about the messenger’s willingness and political will to give effect to the objectives of its own message.

    Now if PR argues that the message is hollow without merits, then the onus is own PR to explain why it constantly seeks to measure Najib and his govt against its commitment and sincerity to execute this “hollow” message 1 Malaysia – if it were really that hollow! If its content were not hollow but merely weak in implementation why ban it???

    S’gor State housing and local government committee chief, Ronnie Liu, threw in the legal spanner and remarked that a political message from the BN federal government was not allowed under local by-laws. “Local government by-laws in Selangor clearly state that political symbols cannot be used on billboard advertisements…“You don’t see any billboard in Selangor carrying the PKR, PAS or DAP logo,” he said.

    Well why don’t you put in double the number of billboards in Selangor & other PR controlled states carrying the PKR, PAS or DAP logo then? The problem is that doing it will show the separateness of the different logos and PR component parties need to show unity under one common PR logo – which the 3 component parties cannot do so because they can’t even agree to 1 common logo for PR!

    Because of that weakness and inability to compete favourably in this bill board blitz, Ronnie Liu wants to bring in legal arguments about local government bylaws not permitting political message. Since when? When previous state govts under BN allowed Bangsa Malaysia or Wawasan 2020 to be used in billboards I don’t see the Opposition complaining then by legalities of bill boards….

    Here the difficulty is that 1 Malaysia is not just a partisan political logo by BN. It is a national message set by the PM of the ruling govt. “1 Malaysia” is not just an UMNO’s or BN’s political logo. It is also the incumbent govt’s logo for the nation. No doubt neither Najib nor the BN govt has done anything to show that by acts they live up to the aspiration of this logo for unity and inclusivity. But does weakness or contradiction of implementation sully the intrinsic merits of the logo or the aspiration behind it for the S’gor govt to ban it in bill boards citing late in the day municipal byelaws as excuse for PR’s own weakness and inability to come out with a common logo for PR to compete???

    YB Kit himself has urged Selangor Govt to rethink its 1 Malaysia billboards ban, to disprove BN’s claims that PR was afraid of the concept – (Ref TheMalayisanInsider report of Dec 26th by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal). I agree with Kit – he is wise and can distinguish the woods from the trees – as he knows that in the competition for political mileage between BN & PR, BN will gain more (and not less) of political mileage from PR S’gor Govt’s act of banning the national 1 Malaysia logo than in allowing it.

  37. #37 by johnnypok on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 1:53 am

    “1-Malaysia” is bull-sh…t

    “1-Singapore” is GENUINE

  38. #38 by boh-liao on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 2:35 am
    If he were a Malay, he would b showered with scholarships
    Under 1M’sia, he does not hv d right kulitfication, talents notwithstanding

  39. #39 by Loh on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 2:42 am

    Does1Malaysia add anything to support the constitution in declaring that this is a multiracial country where people are equal before the law, that they are free to practice religion of their choice, and that there is no discrimination based on race, as practised by NEP? 1Malaysia does nothing of that sort. The most Najib tried to do with 1Malaysia is to project the image that he was willing to forgo a certain regulations spawned from NEP. Najib was not even successful in that regard.

    Najib said that NEP is required to continue, even after it has been in place twice the length of time. The removal of NEP would give the assurance that the government respects the constitution, but the introduction of 1Malaysia would not. Thus it would be wrong to support government policies or slogan which do not even measure up to the promise of the constitution. Do we want 1Malaysia? Yes if it means the removal of NEP. But1Malaysia introduced to ameliorate the harm of NEP while most of the harmful policies of NEP remains is not good enough to be acceptable. NEP should be removed and for that UMNO should be defeated. The slogan used by the government to fool the people should not be given a chance to achieve the government’s ill intention.

    The state government of Selangor was right to consider 1Malaysia a political slogan.

  40. #40 by Loh on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 2:47 am

    yhsiew :
    Sorry to side track.
    This evening’s China Press reported in page C4 that a Singapore government official wanted to “snatch”, in front of Lim Guan Eng, the Malaysian talent from Chung Ling High School, who won a gold medal in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), to study in any Singapore university of his choice.
    The student said he had already enrolled for “A”-level study at Inti College. After completing his “A”-level study he would go overseas for further study. He emphasized that no matter where he did his further study, he would come back to contribute to the country.
    It is amazing how a young lad’s remark could become a slap in the face of the Singapore government official!

    The boy will change his mind when he knows more about racial discrimination, and that he has no way to achieve his full potential, in Malaysia with NEP. The government’s project of getting ex-Malaysians to return would not ensure that the children of the returnees would not go away, while NEP remains.

  41. #41 by boh-liao on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 3:22 am

    True, d young man was a bit rash 2 say NO 2 Sg; he does not know how miserably he will b paid as a graduate here compared 2 in Sg, belum rasa belum tahu, sudah rasa lagi mahu
    Time will tell ….., meanwhile go luck 2 his MIT dream

  42. #42 by Jeffrey on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 4:03 am

    The issue is whether S’gor state should ban the message that is good in intent but short or contradictory in implementation.

    It is argued that such a slogan not carried out should be banned because it serves to mislead the people. Which really means the real issue is whether the people will be really fooled by this slogan “1 Malaysia” in the face of a glaring disjunct between words and deed by Najib/BN.

    Kit in earlier thread 24 December 2010 said “This is why Muhyiddin’s claim that Pakatan Rakyat is “running scared” of the 1Malaysia concept is so ridiculous, when the concept does not even get his full support, and why the Selangor Exco SHOULD REVIEW its decision to ban the 1Malaysia logo from billboards to prove the Deputy Prime Minister wrong.

    Kit’s statement implies that the people will not be fooled by 1Malaysia logo in the billboards – that the rakyat could see the apparent disjunct between what Najib/BN advocates and what they are prepared actually to implement/deliver – and the assumption of the rakyat being fooled by it is questionable in correctness.

    Indeed the prevalence of that slogan in bill boards could serve PR’s objective of constantly reminding the rakyat of the gap between what is espoused by BN and that which is implemented or executed by it.

    When Kit opined that the Selangor Exco should review its decision to ban 1 Malaysia logo in bill boards, Kit clearly implies that if the ban were otherwise enforced by S’gor Exco, the people Are More Likely Fooled by BN’s leveraging on such ban to argue/skew the ban as inferring PR is either (1) against the nothing inherently wrong message of inclusivity and embracing pluralism or (2) afraid of such a message as Muhyiddin claimed.

    Political secretary to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim – Faekah Husin – argued that 1 Malaysia means nothing to Selangor as it is viewed as a mere political propaganda tool by Najib & BN!

    That’s however missing Kit’s point ie. in the context of a contest for political mileage between BN and PR – whilst the ban by S’gor is intended to stop Najib/BN from fooling the people with 1 Malaysia promises that they cannot or have no intention to keep or deliver – the ban is more likely counter productive to negate Najib/BN’s propaganda if S’gor’s ban affords BN opportunity to skew and explain it away in terms stated in (1) and (2) above.

    Then instead of the ban achieving its first objective of negating BN’s propaganda, it will more likely defeat that objective and facilitate the opposite instead – ie of BN’s propaganda that PR seeks because of reasons stated in (1) and (2) above.

    With respect to Selangor state exco, I just happen to think that Kit is right and understands fuller the implications of how, on balance, the cons outweigh the pros in relation to this ban in the contest for political mileage between the 2 coalitions.

  43. #43 by sightseeing on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 5:37 am

    1 Malaysia is just liked the NEP invented by UMNO to hoodwink non Malays to support BN.

    The logic of following paragraph is borrowed from Jeffrey but referring to NEP instead of 1 Malaysia.

    In the first place PR shouldn’t even think of opposing NEP of that national policy! Why oppose it? Just because it’s chief advocate UMNO cannot implement it to its spirit? You’re opposing the policy regardless of its merits just because the author UMNO has not evinced the political will and sincerity so far to implement that policy to its spirit???

  44. #44 by limkamput on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 8:57 am

    Please read carefully what others said and take it from there. No point going round and round like peeling an onion. 1Malaysia a national message? What national message is 1Malaysia trying to convey? According to your interpretation? But is your interpretation universally accepted? And why don’t you read how others (especially UMNO and Perkasa) interpret 1Malaysia? If 1Malaysia is so ambiguous and even to point of being confusing and ridiculous, why then must we support it? Has it ever occurred to you that this concept (if ever there is one) is designed to hoodwink and confuse people? As I said earlier, if ever BN/UMNO is sincere in wanting a united and equal Malaysia (according to my interpretation of 1Malaysia), they would not have waited till 308. 1Malaysia would have been the raison d’etre of Malaysia. Why need a slogan to achieve it only now.

  45. #45 by k1980 on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 9:25 am

    Mirror, mirror on the wall,
    Who, oh who, is dat senior minister from Kedah?
    Send him to Jakarta for trial.

  46. #46 by dagen on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 9:33 am


    Oh to me it means 1middle finger! In short “NAH!”

  47. #47 by Jeffrey on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 10:43 am

    Because of the hatred for BN, some people here are also hating its 1 Malaysia logo and supporting its ban on grounds of it being its political tool, hence clouding the judgment by blurring the lines and refusing to distinguish between:-

    • merits of 1 Malaysia’s unity and pluralism message on its standalone basis from Najib’s/BN’s failure of or lack of will for its implementation;

    • heedless that if 1 Malaysia message were so bad and meaningless serving only to mislead and hoodwink the rakyat for votes, why then does the Opposition repeatedly seek to measure, criticize and hold Najib/BN accountable for failing to act on what they preach in relation to that so called ‘misleading’ message ??;

    • heedless of what 1 Malaysia means and is intended by Najib to mean just because Perkasa and others of vested interest against serious implementation of 1 Malaysia choose to interpret its meaning another way, indeed an outlandish way to inconsistently include their pet agenda of NEP or to argue that the motto was copied from other countries like Israel that to date is largely unproven ;

    • party lines and party’s support for such a message (eg Faekah Husin’s arguument – “If such advertisements were allowed, it would show that the state supported Barisan’s ideology, which is never in Pakatan Rakyat’s interest to do so) from that of an incumbent govt’s support of a national programme on unity, the very failure to distinguish, which the Opposition often criticises of the BN in its way of doing things;

    • ascribing to failure of or lack of will for its implementation to a deliberate intent to hoodwink in order just so to justify the ban and refusing to acknowldge the greater propaganda scoop which the BN will reap from its ban by S’gor state gov’t (against PR) – eg the skewing of the ban as implying that the PR state government either fears the potency of 1 Malaysia’s message or does not uphold the spirit of national unity based on its message of embracing pluralism- than that which PR could otherwise deny BN of if the ban were otherwise not raised in the first place;

    • heedless of the fact that if the ban were that right S’gor state exco would not back pedal, make a limited U-Turn with damage control measures to NOW say that the ban is not applied if the logo was for business advertisement purposes, thus not addressing why it is not alright for what other things if its legitimate for business advertisement purposes.

    PR should avoid the image of being small minded. As I earlier said if you’re so insecurely threatened by 1 Malaysia, why doesn’t it counter it by flooding the billboards and buntings in Selangor & other PR controlled states with its own message???

    • #48 by ctzen on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 4:51 pm


      You’re even hanging on YB’s coat tails to suck for BN. You’re even using using Najib’s family and education and begging for a reprieve it’s a small matter, be big!

      Everybody here realizes that the bigger picture is the Press and Pinting Laws and Freedom of expression. And what have you picked ? Only small people picked on tiny things?

      You are incoherent! Incoherently incoherent!

  48. #49 by monsterball on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 11:11 am

    All are lead to discuss “1Malaysia”….pros and cons.. forgetting majority Malaysians are one since Merdeka.
    UMNO B encourages so call…”unity by diversity” ..meaning all unite…yet each take care of your own race nonsense…simply because as long as there is UMNO…there can never be a “1Malaysia”…as the slogan indicates.
    Why can’t Najib make it simple and say..a “Malaysian Malaysia” is now ready for all?
    He sad “1Malaysia” is the same as “Malaysian Malaysia” and then say… is unity through diversity. What nonsense is that?
    Lim Kit Siang knew all along it is hypocritical political nonsense..and challenge all UMNO B ministers to declare they are..”Malaysian first. Malay second”…and not one dare to say that…not even Najib….which clearly proof that his “1Malaysia” is to win votes with no sincerity at all.
    Any idiots will know such a harmless slogan .. can also produce good results.
    We are talking how sincere is Najib…and not the good results of his slogan.
    Is his slogan made for Malaysians or t win votes for BN? That is what you need to conclude.
    I repeat….Malaysians are one since Merdeka.
    It is Mahathir that love to divide and rule…and play race politics to the limits.
    Najib knowing that race politics cannot work so well now….out come his “1Malaysia” and the main issue is….how sincere is he…and not how good or bad “1Malaysia” have produced results.
    Focus on the MAN…and not his slogans.
    Do you trust him?
    If all know he is the worst PM ….then all his actions and deeds can be proven insincere too.

  49. #50 by k1980 on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 11:36 am

    Introduction to New History Textbook

    Once upon a time, there was a country which achieved indepedence on 31 August, 1957. Sad to say, its people was not united. Then hey presto, a botox guy became PM in 2009 and voila! the people all became united! What did that botox guy do to unify the 28 million population in just a short time when others failed to do so during the previous 52 years?

    He just croaked out 2 words– “1malaysia”……wakakakakakakkaaaaa

  50. #51 by sheriff singh on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 12:21 pm

    Gee. Najib is a copycat, a plagiariser.

    He takes his ideas from elsewhere, tweaks it a little, and then says it is his ‘original’ idea.

    One country introduced this ’1? thing 20 years ago in 1990 and was very successful, long before 1Israel.

    Which country was it?, you ask. Watch.

    Now Najib wants to replicate this in Ketuanan land.

    So why pay APCO RM 77 million per annum when Najib could have just pop over and ask for some sound advise?

  51. #52 by asia on Monday, 27 December 2010 - 5:31 pm

    When it started claimed equality.

    At the final, it is no equality.,

    It is a sign to fool non-malay support and make them think that they vote for equality but it is just a lie to fool them.


  52. #53 by good coolie on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 - 12:38 am

    With the demise of MCA and MIC, and with the ascendancy of Pakatan Rakyat, the balance of power of has shifted to Sabah and Sarawak. Have you ever wondered why Mt. Kinabalu and the Kenyalan Bird feature so prominently in government propaganda these days. The Eastern fellows have really got UMNO by the B… .

  53. #54 by Loh on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 - 4:33 am

    NEP was new in 1970. It can no longer be new in 2010. So the N does not stand for new, E does not stand for economy.

    NEP= non-Malays enfeebling policy
    NEP= Non-Malays excluding policy
    NEP= non-Malays elimination policy, beginning with the civil services

    1Malaysia= one people, one race and one religion

    Selangor government was right to ban political slogan since the Prime Minister went back on his words just because some UMNO members, Mamakthir included, objected to it. Have we seen any government policy reversed because a few citizens voiced their objection. NEM under 1Malaysia had been reversed and so 1Malaysia cannot be government policy. It was just a political slogan.

    Banning 1Malaysia by the state government only shows that the Selangor government does not believe in a half-hearted measure to nation building. The political parties which govern the Selangor state have no obligation to promote the political slogan of the opposition party, the BN even if BN meant their words. In this case BN cannot be trusted, and the half hearted measure is not good enough to begin with nation building.

    The voters who wanted BN gone will support the ban. As for the others PK should not give them the wrong impression that 1Malaysia is the ultimate aim because 1Malaysia fall short of the spirit of the Malaysian constitution. If PK did, they would stay away from voting.

  54. #55 by hanuman on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 - 6:06 pm

    Najib is a copycat. He copied the 1Malaysia concept not from one country but two (Singapore and Indonesia). Singapore’s One People, One Nation, One Singapore.
    View this youtube clip

    He also copied from Indonesia.
    Listen to lyrics. (“Satu nusa, satu bangsa … Satu Indonesia”)
    WARNING The song is sung to the tune of Amazing Grace. For those of you who is going to be offended by the tune please do not view the clip.

    It is sung by my favourite singer, Anneke Gronloh, when I was a kid. I am sure the older generations will remembered Boeroeng Kaka, Bengawan Solo, Nina Bobo and O,O,O,Papa Dia.

    I am sure Mr Lim Kit Siang will remember the song Oh Malaysia.

    Happy New Year

  55. #56 by Ordinary on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 - 6:22 pm

    If the plant (Barisan Nasional) has not been bearing good fruits for 53 years, the root (UMNO) must be uprooted. If the root were not uprooted, the tree continue to suck the nutrients (wealth of the nation) by this big tree.

    Plant a new plant and bear good fruits for the ground (nation).

    The 1Malaysia advertisement is just their trick to draw voters to vote for them.

    If the Barisan Nasiona does not change their corrupted policies and practices, how could they draw Malaysia to be progressive?

    The big tree is already 53 years and could not bear good fruits but only sour fruits, it is time to plant a new good tree (Keadilan) and branch out (with Sabah and Sarawak people, DAP and Pas, etc.).

    The people of Sabah and Sarawak have been tricked aand cheated since 1963, What are you waiting for?

    The illegal immigrants problems in Sabath piled up during Mahathir’s 21 ruling years. Mahathir was only interested in mega project to make his sons and friends rich. Like Prime Granite Sdn Bhd in Sungai Petani (owned by his son), supplied at least RM24 millions of granite to KLIA. Correct?

    Until they (BN) have gained a good praise from, say, Transparency International (like Penang state last year received a praise from TI), otherwise, save Malaysians’ tax money on advertisement about 1Malaysia.

    Be firm to ban the advertisement in Penang and Selangor states!

    Under Barisan Nasional of ruling for 51 years, no state and federal government have received any praise from Transparency Internationl (TI).

    Penang state government under DAP, received a praise from TI in the 2009. Please see the report of TI:

    See page 272: download [page 247-304]

    If you understand Chinese:

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