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A new mindset is necessary if we are to learn from the 60-year failure to eradicate the poverty, backwardness and marginalisation of the Orang Asli and develop a new policy to break the back of the problem

I have a confession to make – I never expected the condition of the Orang Asli in the country in so many Orang Asli kampongs that I have visited in the past two weeks to be so dire, primitive and atrocious that all Malaysians must feel both shocked and ashamed that we have Malaysians in 2019 living in conditions denied of the most basic of fundamental human rights – no proper roads, no basic infrastructure facilities like clean water and electricity; poor education and medical services, lack of proper housing and job opportunities; and most important of all, the long-standing denial of the land rights of the Orang Asli.

A new mindset is necessary if we are to learn from the 60-year failure to eradicate the poverty, backwardness and marginalisation of the Orang Asli if we are to develop a new policy to break the back of the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib should travel the worst “roti canai” roads and non-roads to the remote Orang Asli villages in Cameron Highlands to see for himself how as sixth Prime Minister, he had failed the Orang Aslis in Camerons and Malaysia to provide the most basic of infrastructures

I just came from Kampong Orang Asli Janggap in Pos Sinderut and I find the road access to it among the worst I have travelled to Orang Asli kampongs in Cameron Highlands in the past fortnight.

I understand that former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be arriving in Cameron Highlands to help the Barisan Nasional’s Cameron Highlands by-election campaign.

As he will be here for four days from Thursday to Sunday, I hope he will travel the worst “roti canai” roads and non-roads to the remote Orang Asli kampongs to see for himself how as the sixth Prime Minister, he has failed the Orang Aslis in Camerons Highland and the country to provide the most basic of infrastructures.
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Najib’s five-point plan to use Cameron Highlands by-election to make a political comeback and even return as Prime Minister in the 15th General Election to legitimise his previous kleptocratic premiership and 1MDB scandal

The alteration of former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s campaign schedule for Barisan Nasional in the Cameron Highlands by-election from a two-day stint to a four-day programme is an indication of two things:

· firstly, the supreme confidence of Barisan Nasional that it could easily win the Cameron Highlands by-election with a huge margin after the strategic nomination of the first Orang Asli parliamentary candidate by Barisan Nasional, Ramli Mohd Nor, a former top police officer; and

· secondly, the intensification of the scheme to use the Cameron Highlands by-election to plot Najib’s political come-back and even return as Prime Minister in the 15th General Election to legitimise his kleptocratic premiership and 1MDB scandal and other 1MDB-like corruption scandals in FELDA, Felcra, MARA and Tabung Haji.
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Najib cannot be more wrong when he claimed that the Election Court had declared that RM20 “petrol money” was bribery but even more important what are Najib’s motives for such a bizarre claim

Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, cannot be more wrong when he claimed that the election court had declared that RM20 “petrol money” was bribery but the even more important questions are Najib’s motives for such a bizarre claim.

Is it to ensure a new culture of integrity and zero tolerance for corruption in Malaysia or is it to frustrate such an effort?

One must admire Najib’s impudence and temerity for trying to use RM20 “petrol money” for Orang Asli to whitewash his RM50 billion 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal and kleptocratic premiership, but faced with 39 criminal charges (undoubtedly with more criminal charges to come) and accused of siphoning off billions from 1MDB, what has Najib got to lose in adopting the most bizarre diversionary tactics?
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Why such thunderous silence from Ramli and BN to the challenge to make Cameron Highlands by-election the cleanest in nation’s history?

Before the advent of Internet, electronic and social media, the normal reaction time to political challenges worldwide is one day as 24 hours is given to allow the original challenge to appear on the printed media the next day.

Electronic and social media has destroyed the 24-hour rule, as in the age of modern communication, information travels at the speed of light, making it possible to know what is happening almost instantaneously all over the world.

I believe my statement challenging the Barisan Nasional candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election, Ramli Mohd Nor to make the Cameron Highlands by-election the cleanest in nation’s history with the Barisan Nasional and Pakantan Harapan candidates making daily declarations of their by-election expenditures and invitation to Election Commission and NGOs to monitor their daily campaigns would have been known to Ramli six hours ago.

My statement was issued at 9.57 a.m, and although it was reported by Malay Mail Online shortly after 11 am and fully reproduced by Malaysiakini at 12.13 pm, Barisan Nasional mass media communications network would have informed Ramli of my statement shortly after 10 am. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Ramli co-operate to make Cameron Highlands by-election the cleanest in nation’s history with the BN and PH candidates making daily declarations of their by-election expenditures and invitation to Election Commission and NGOs to monitor their daily campaigns?

Barisan Nasional candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election, Ramli Mohd Nor said yesterday that if he wins the by-election, it will not be based on bribery.

This is a most welcome statement by the Barisan Nasional candidate and I applaud him for it, for there is a very deliberate and systematic attempt to divert attention as to why the election of MIC Vice President, C. Sivaraajh as MP for Cameron Highlands in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 was declared null and void, resulting in the holding a by-election; and in particular the significant role of the Pahang Mentri Besar and State Assemblyman for Jelai, Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail in the money-politics, vote-buying and corrupt election practices during the last general election, which were highlighted in the election court appeal and which Wan Rosdy dared not become a witness to rebut although the election court proceedings were adjourned three times for Wan Rosdy to testify.

Actually the money politics, vote-buying and corrupt election practices in the 14th General Election were not confined to Cameron Highlands, but was fairly routine for most Barisan Nasional campaigns.

The difference was that Cameron Highlands produced 12 “integrity heroes” – eleven of them Orang Asli – who were prepared to testify in open court about the Barisan Nasional’s money politics, vote-buying and corrupt election practices in Cameron Highlands during the last general election! Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on voters of Cameron Highlands to be the eyes and ears of the law to report on any vote-buying and corrupt electoral practices to make the by-election the cleanest election in Malaysian history

I call on the voters of Cameron Highlands to be the eyes and ears of the law to report on any vote-buying and corrupt electoral practices to make the by-election the cleanest election in Malaysian history.

I also call on all competing political parties and candidates to co-operate to make the Cameron Highlands by-election the cleanest election in Malaysian history by making an instant full disclosure of the electoral expenditures when questioned.

Then the voters of Cameron Highlands would have made great history in Malaysia.

This is the principle that the Pakatan Harapan by-election campaign in Cameron Highlands is adhering to and I hope that the Barisan Nasional by-election campaign will also adhere to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manolan wrong and committed an election offence if he had threatened Tok Batins but otherwise if he merely wanted to point out that it was unacceptable for Tok Batins to receive their salaries from Federal Government and yet continue to be local UMNO heads

PKR Senator Bob Monolan Mohd has kicked up a controversy with his statement in Pos Betau, Jelai yesterday which had been interpreted as a warning to Orang Asli village chiefs (Tok Batin) that their salaries and posts are at stake if they do not support Pakatan Harapan in the Cameron Highlands by-election.

If Monolan had threatened Tok Batins, then he would have committed an election offence which is actionable under the law, but otherwise, if he had merely wanted to point out that that it was unacceptable for Tok Batins to receive their salaries from the Federal Government and continue to be local UMNO heads.
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Will Ramli condemn the 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal and denounce the Najib premiership for the national infamy, ignominy and betrayal of being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy

I spent the whole morning today visiting the ninth Orang Asli Post in Cameron Highlands (Pos Terisu) and the four Orang Asli kampongs in the area.

This marks the end of my pre-by-election visit to all the nine Orang Asli Posts in Cameron Highlands in my three visits to the constituency from December 30, which included being trapped at Kampong Orang Asli Semoi Lama on New Year’s Eve together with MP for Bentong Wong Tack, State Assemblyman for Tanah Rata Chiong Yoke Kong, DAP/Pakatan Harapan Candidate for Cameron Highlands M. Manogaram, cutting from all access to the outside world; crossing the river at Kampong Semoi Lama by driving through it despite its strong currents to reach Orang Asli kampongs in Pos Lenyang and Pos Titom, and I would have ended up in Lipis if my vehicle was swept away by the strong current; as well as my visits to Felda Sungai Koyan and the townships at Bertam Valley, Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Tringkap and Kampong Raja.

It had been quite a hectic but a most informative and educational visits. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cameron Highlands by-election is the curtain-raiser for the great battle for Pahang state power in the next general election in four years’ time

The people of Malaysia created two historic events last year.

First, the historic decision of the fourteen general election of May 9, 2018 when they voted out Datuk Sri Najib Razak as the Prime Minister of Malaysia and ejected UMNO/Barisan Nasional as the Federal Government of Malaysia, replacing it with Pakatan Harapan comprising DAP, PKR, Amanah and Bersatu and making Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister for the second time, at the age of 93.

Second, history was also made on 30th November 2018 following the heroic testimony of Orang Asli witnesses when the Election Court in Kuala Lumpur declared the Cameron Highlands election of MIC Vice President C.Sivarraajh as MP null and void because of corrupt election practices and money politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Congrats to Ramli on being a BN candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election, but is it worthwhile associated with a “sinking ship”?

On the way to Kampong Pantos in Jelai, I received news that former top police officer Ramli Mohd Noor has been announced as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election on January 26.

I want to congratulate Ramli for making history as the first Orang Asli parliamentary candidate for UMNO/Barisan Nasional in the nation’s history, for the ruling coalition had never fielded an Orang Asli whether for Parliamentary or State Assembly elections in the past six decades.

In the 14th General Election, DAP fielded an Orang Asli, Nasir Dollah, for the Kelantan State Assembly seat of Galas, although he failed to be elected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan by-election workers in Cameron Highlands will have to be “miracle workers” to clinch a victory for Manogaran in Cameron Highlands, which we also lost during the miracle of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018

Pakatan Harapan by-election workers in Cameron Highlands will have to be “miracle workers” in the next two weeks to clinch a victory for M.Manogaran in Cameron Highlands.

This was because Pakatan Harapan also lost in the Cameron Highlands constituency during the miracle of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 which effected a peaceful and democratic transition of power first time in six decades of the nation’ history, which merited Malaysia being described as a “bright spot” in Southeast Asian democracy in the recently-released Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index 2018.
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Kini tiba masanya peneroka Felda bangkit semula dalam PRK Cameron Highlands bagi memulakan era Malaysia Baru yang adil, makmur dan sejahtera untuk semua rakyat Malaysia

Kini tiba masanya peneroka Felda bangkit semula dalam PRK Cameron Highlands bagi memulakan era Malaysia Baru yang adil, makmur dan sejahtera untuk semua rakyat Malaysia.

Sebelum ini, penyelewengan, penyalahgunaan kuasa dan perbuatan pemimpin mencuri wang rakyat, iaitu kleptokrasi, pada era Datuk Seri Najib Razak telah menyebabkan rakyat sengsara di bawah tekanan ekonomi.
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Is MIC going to concede Cameron Highland seat to UMNO because of Hadi’s warning of “hell” and PAS’ 3578 votes?

PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has finally showed his true colours that he is not qualified to be a Malaysian political leader representing all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or region when he came out with his antediluvian warning to Muslims to place their trust in Muslim leaders regardless of their wickedness, claiming that believers will end up in hell if led by non-Muslims.

Now Malaysians can understand why PAS under his leadership was prepared to give full support to former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has brought infamy and ignominy to Malaysia by transforming it into a global kleptocracy!

No wonder that under Hadi’s leadership, PAS is becoming quite a practitioner of the toxic and vicious politics of lies, hate, fear, race and religion which is the single greatest threat to the survival of a tolerant, harmonious and successful plural nation of diverse races, religions, languages and cultures.

No wonder Hadi can strike the posture that 99 per cent of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world living in 179 countries which have ratified the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), including 55 of the 57 member nations of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), such as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Turkey, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan are very wrong and misguided as ICERD is a “Freemason Agenda” to destroy Islam. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is MCA’s stand that the MIC candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election should be dropped in favour of an UMNO candidate?

The MIC top leaders seemed to have gone into hiding or appointed the UMNO Supreme Council member, Tan Sri Noh Omar, to be the MIC spokesman to respond to questions directed at MIC leaders.

History of sorts had been made as this is the first time that the MIC national leadership has to appoint an UMNO leader to be its spokesman.

My question yesterday was – Who will decide who will contest the Cameron Highlands by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional? Barisan Nasional, UMNO, MIC or PAS?

But Noh has also demanded that MIC give way to UMNO to field the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election.

It has been reported that the latest development about the BN candidature for Cameron Highlands by-election had come as a shock to the top MIC leaders as most MIC divisions had sent people to assist in Cameron Highlands. Read the rest of this entry »

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More productive for Najib to use his daily multiple FaceBook postings to explain the lessons to be learnt from his failure as sixth Prime Minister to bring the Orang Asli into the national mainstream of development in the past eight years

After he had been evicted from Putrajaya and his ouster as the Prime Minister of Malaysia in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has suddenly become a very prolific user of his FaceBook account, making multiple postings each day.

However, his FaceBook silence after my statement in Brinchang on Sunday that he had failed the Orang Aslis as Prime Minister for he had focussed on the international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal instead of bringing the Orang Asli into the national mainstream of development is tantamount to his admission that he had i failed the Orang Asli community in his eight years as Prime Minister.

It would be more productive if Najib had used his daily multiple FaceBook postings to explain the lessons to be learnt from his failure as sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia to bring the Orang Asli into the national mainstream of development in the past eight years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who will decide who will contest Cameron Highlands by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional – Barisan Nasional, UMNO, MIC or PAS?

Nomination Day for Cameron Highlands by-election is set for Saturday, January 12 and polling two weeks later on January 26.

Who will decide who will contest the Cameron Highlands by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional? Barisan Nasional, UMNO, MIC or PAS?

The statement by the MIC Secretary-General S. Vell Paari that UMNO has not requested to contest the Cameron Highlands by-elections means nothing at all.
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MIC should immediately quit Barisan Nasional as it is not allowed to contest in Cameron Highlands by-election

It is now clear that MIC is not allowed to contest in the Cameron Highlands by-election.

UMNO will be contesting in the by-election.

Cameron Highlands had never been contested by UMNO in the past sixty years since Merdeka, and the latest development shows the arrogance of UMNO as far as the other BN parties are concerned.

MIC should immediately quit Barisan Nasional if it has any honour or dignity left, as it should not be another MCA.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang after a walkabout in Kampong Raja with Pakatan Harapan candidate for Cameron Highlands, M. Manogaran and Bandar Baru Brinchang DAP leaders on Monday January 7)

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Cameron Highlands by-election is in fact the opening shot of Pakatan Harapan for the 15th General Election to capture the Pahang State Government to be able to resolve the land problem of the Orang Asli

Cameron Highlands is the cynosure of the country for a historic by-election which will be held this month to determine who will be the Member of Parliament for Cameron Highlands.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is confident that Barisan Nasional will have an easy victory in the by-election. But just as he was proven wrong in the last general election in May last year when he was confident of an easy and great victory to the extent of BN winning back the two-thirds parliamentary majority, I hope that Najib will be proven wrong again that BN will have a victory in the Cameron Highlands by-election.
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Najib had failed the Orang Aslis as Prime Minister by focusing on the international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal instead of bringing the Orang Asli into the national mainstream of development

One question uppermost in the minds of the voters of Cameron Highlands is why the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is positioning himself as the primary spokesman for the Barisan Nasional in the Cameron Highlands by-election on January 26.

Najib said in Pekan yesterday that he is confident that the Barisan Nasional will retain its victory in the Cameron Highlands by-election on Jan 26.

As former Prime Minister, why Najib had no sense of shame that the Cameron Highlands by-election is being held because of money-politics, vote-buying and corrupt electoral practices?
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