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Can Malaysians rediscover the spirit of hope and challenge in the 2018 general election to continue to press for change and excellence in Malaysia to save the country so that Malaysia can be a world-class great nation?

There is an old film on the Inn of Sixth Happiness.

The 56th Installation Dinner tonight is a Dinner of Four Happiness.

Firstly, it is the birthday of Jitco Chin, newly installed President of the Pudu Rotary Club. Read the rest of this entry »

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How can Muhyiddin be an “overlooked reformer” when SOSMA, Sedition Act and Prevention of Crimes Act remain untouched on the statute books despite his being Home Minister for 22 months and Prime Minister for 17 months?

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How can the Parliament Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun hail Muhyiddin Yassin as an “overlooked reformist” when SOSMA, Sedition Act and the Prevention of Crimes Act remain untouched on the statute books despite his being Minister for 22 months and Prime Minister for 17 months?

Azhar said on Friday at the launch of the book “Muhyiddin Yassin: Leading a Nation in Unprecedented Crisis” by Abdul Mutalib Razak that he could speak from personal experience as among Muhyiddin’s first initiatives as minister was to set up a committee to look into laws that were deemed “unsuitable” such as the Sedition Act, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, and the Prevention of Crimes Act. Read the rest of this entry »

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History was made yesterday in Parliament in passing the constitutional amendment against party-hopping, but it is only the beginning of a reset of nation-building policies and principles if Malaysia is to achieve her potential as a world-class great nation

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History was made yesterday in Parliament in passing the constitutional amendment against party-hopping, but it is only the beginning of a reset of nation-building policies and principles if Malaysia is to achieve her potential as a world-class great nation.

Malaysians should ponder two question about the constitutional amendment passed by Dewan Rakyat with 209 votes in favour, none against with 11 MPs absent, viz: Read the rest of this entry »

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We must highlight “Ketuanan Malaysia” instead of “Ketuanan Melayu” if we are to return to the nation-building principles and policies embedded in the original Constitution and Rukun Negara and as agreed by the nation’s founding fathers if we are not to be left behind in the sands of time

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An ethnic Indian may become the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to replace Boris Johnson.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is at present the front-runner in a race that has been reduced to four Conservative leaders – one man and three women. One of the women, Kemi Badenock is an ethnic Nigerian.
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I am prepared to work with Najib Razak for the good of the country not for a portion of the 1MDB riches but first of all he must condemn the 1MDB scandal and declare his stand against Malaysia becoming a kleptocracy

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In my six decades of political life, I have always been guided by the view that human personalities must not be seen in pure black and white but in different shades of grey.

There are no angels among men and women but it is wrong see anyone as the very embodiment of evil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I declined to be in the Pakatan Harapan Cabinet

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There is at present an aggressive demonization campaign to make Malaysians believe that the 22-month Pakatan Harapan Government was responsible for all the woes and crisis of the country.

But is this so. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Malaysia can learn from Sri Lanka?

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It is painful and humiliating to see the agony of Sri Lanka – how a country which some seventy years ago during my school days was regarded as a “jewel” of
South Asia had embarked on the road to ruin and destruction, ending as a bankrupt nation and a failed state, with the people burning not only the residences of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, but the President had to flee his presidential residence and the country to escape the wrath of the people after a more-than-72-hours stand-off with immigration personnel at the airport.

What is the lesson Malaysia can learn from Sri Lanka?
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Will Zahid sack Prime Minister Ismail Sabri from UMNO if the Registrar of Societies (ROS) does not approve the UMNO constitutional amendment to further postpone UMNO party election until after the 15GE?

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The question that is being asked by politically-aware Malaysians is whether the UMNO President, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the former UMNO President and former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, will sack Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri from UMNO if the Registrar of Societies (ROS) does not approve the UMNO constitutional amendment to further postpone UMNO party election until after the 15th General Election.

UMNO Secretary-General Ahmad Maslan said yesterday that apart from complying with the ROS and hold its internal election as required, UMNO has a ‘Plan B’ if the ROS rejects the UMNO constitutional amendment, although he declined to reveal what ‘Plan B’ is. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Malaysians apart from Abang Johari and Daim Zainuddin should speak up on what went wrong in six decades of Malaysian nation-building which is related to the question whether Malaysia can be saved to become a world-class great nation before Malaysia’s Centennial instead of becoming a failed state like Sri Lanka

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Yesterday Sarawak Premier Abang Johari and former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin spoke up on what went wrong in six decades of Malaysian nation-building which is related to the question whether Malaysia can be saved to become a world-class great nation instead of becoming a failed state like Sri Lanka.

Abang Johari said UMNO Deputy Chairman Mohamad Hasan’s proposal about a New Malaysia should never be brought up as what is needed is the implementation of the conditions enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 which was fundamental to the establishment of Malaysia and the results of the Inter-Governmental Committee report. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call for an overall review of Federal-State relations in Malaysia to effect greater decentralisation and confer greater autonomy from Putrajaya to all state governments, not just Sarawak and Sabah

I agree with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that the proposal by the UMNO Deputy Chariman Mohamad Hassan to have a new Malaysia Agreement is “nonsense” as the existing Malaysia Agreement 1963, known as MA63, is a commitment that had been agreed upon by all quarters for the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.

I also agree with Wan Junaidi that what is being demanded by Sabah and Sarawak now is not to renegotiate the existing agreement but the fulfilment of matters that have already been agreed upon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Visit to Serendah gives me hope Malaysians are not indifferent to the need to save Malaysia for our children and children’s children by ensuring that Malaysia does not become failed state before Malaysia’s Centennial in another four decades

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While sitting here listening to the speeches of DAP Selangor and Hulu Selangor leaders, a variety of thoughts swirled through my mind.

Firstly , why was I here when about four months ago I announced my political “retirement”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the “war” in earnest in UMNO for immediate general election reverse the national trajectory in the last half-a-century to losing out to more and more countries?

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The “war” in earnest has started in UMNO for immediate 15th general election instead of the general election being held next year.

This could be seen from the utterances from the Deputy UMNO President, Mohamad Hassan who, because of his denial, had elicited Asia Times to reiterate its stand that Tok Mat had said in an interview that former Prime Minister and UMNO President, Najib Razak, must pay his dues if he loses the final appeal at the Federal Court. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Penny Wong be able to be Foreign Minister of Malaysia if she had not emigrated to Australia and given up her citizenship for Australian nationality in 2001?

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Will Penny Wong be able to be Foreign Minister of Malaysia if she had not emigrated to Australia and given up her Malaysian citizenship for Australian nationality in 2001?

The answer is in the negative.
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Will the Cabinet tomorrow issue directive to freeze all increases of salaries and allowances of GLCs and GLICs until economic recovery and to sack GLC and GLIC nominees who violate the Cabinet directive?

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Tomorrow , will the Cabinet issue a directive to freeze all increases of salaries and allowances of Government-linked companies (GLCs) and Government-linked Investment Companies (GLICs) and to sack GLC and GLIC nominees who violate the Cabinet directive and present the Cabinet decision to Parliament on July 18 for parliamentary sanction?

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri, has many things on his plate tomorrow.

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Most important question in Malaysia today is not who will win the next general election, but whether Malaysia will become a failed state before Malaysia’s Centennial in four decades from now, becoming an even greater kleptocracy

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The general election drums are becoming louder and louder.

The “court cluster” wants the 15th general election to be held now, before any of its members is sent to Sungei Buloh Prison for corruption and abuse of power.
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All political parties, NGOs, youth associations and student clubs should hold “What Went Wrong?” sessions throughout the country to find out why Malaysia, in more than six decades of nation-building, failed to achieve her potential to become a world-class great nation and what is the way forward

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I propose that all political parties, NGOs, youth associations and student clubs hold “What Went Wrong?” sessions throughout the country to find out why Malaysia, in more than six decades of nation-building, failed to achieve her potential to become a world-class great nation and what is the way forward.

When Malaya, now Malaysia, achieved her independence in 1957, Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman expressed the hope that the new nation would become “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hussein Onn’s warning 43 years ago that Malaysia will be ”destroyed if the leaders are dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” will be proven true before Malaysia’s Centennial if there is no reset of Malaysia nation-building policies and principles to get out the present trajectory of kleptocracy

In 1979, at the UMNO General Assembly, the then Prime Minister , Hussein Onn warned that Malaysia will be destroyed if its leaders are “dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” and expressed the hope that the Bank Rakyat scandal would be a “bitter lesson to other government institutions and agencies including companies and subsidiaries set up by the Government”.

However, Hussein Onn’s warning 43 years ago that Malaysia will be ”destroyed if the leaders are dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” fell on deaf ears and will be proven true before Malaysia’s Centennial if there is no reset of Malaysia nation-building policies and principles to get out the present trajectory of kleptocracy.

Four things reminded me of Hussein Onn’s warning 43 years ago.

First, I went to Bukit Aman yesterday because the police wanted a statement from me over my media statement last month warning Malaysians that Malaysia should not become another Sri Lanka of becoming a failed state and where the houses of the Prime Minister and Ministers of Sri Lanka were set on fire by angry protestors?

I said “This is not going to happen today, this month or this year” but asked:

“Will it happen before Malaysia marks its Centennial in 2057 or 2063? Are we following in the footsteps of Sri Lanka, at one time a ‘jewel’ in terms of development prospects in South Asia?”

I had not incited anyone, any class or community of persons nor had I any intent to incite anyone, any class or community of persons. I had also not created or initiated any transmission which was ‘obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person’, but I am prepared to go to jail for warning Malaysians not to become another Sri Lanka.

Secondly, Malaysia has lost it way in nation-building after 65 years, failed to become a Tiger economy or a world-class great nation.

We have increased our national per capita income by 30-fold from 1970 to the present day but we have increase by more than 63,000-fold the corruption and financial scandals in this period, as illustrated RM100 million Bank Rakyat scandal in 1979, the RM2.5 billion Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal in 1983 and the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal in the last decade.

In the past half-a-century, Malaysia lost out to Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Will we lose out China and Indonesia before the end of this decade in the annual Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI)?

Will we lose out to more countries in economic development, even to Indonesia and the Philippines, come 2,040 or 2,050?

Thirdly, the recent memoirs of corporate lawyer Chooi Mun Sou, one of the three men appointed to the Ahmad Nordin Bumputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) Inquiry Committee in 1984, whose book “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis” reminded me that Malaysia may be spared the mega multi-billion 1MDB scandal and the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of “kleptocracy at its worst” if the recommendations of the Ahmad Nordin Committee had been acted upon by the government in 1986.

Fourthly, the indecent increase of the allowance of the Chairman of FGV Holdings Bhd to RM480,000 from RM300,000 and the allowances of the directors to RM150,000 from RM120,000 as compared to the meagre cash transfer announced by Putrajaya for people struggling with rising cost of food.

Hussein Onn’s 1979 warning to the UMNO General Assembly of “dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” leaders not only in government but in “other government institutions and agencies including companies and subsidiaries set up by the Government” come to mind.

I am not an UMNO member but how many UMNO leaders and members remember Hussein Onn’s warning or live by it?

In fact, we can even ask, is there a Hussein Onn in UMNO today?

I said in Parliament in 1979 during the debate on the Bank Rakyat scandal that if the New Economic Policy objectives of eliminating poverty regardless of race and the restructuring society were to succeed, the saboteurs of NEP in the public enterprises and companies must be got rid of.

The NEP is supposed to have life span of 20 years from 1970-1990. Who sabotaged NEP and ensured its failure as the overwhelming majority of the Malays remain poor?

Where have Malaysia nation-building gone wrong?

Probably, the greatest wrong was it continuing the corruption, abuses of power and breaches of trust in the NEP in 1990 instead of replacing it by a needs-based policy declaring a war against poverty regardless of race, religion or region.

Where has Malaysian nation-building gone wrong?

This is a question all Malaysians who love the country must ask and find an answer.

(Speech by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang at Ipoh Barat constituency’s “Malaysian Dream Continues” Dialogue at Guntong, Ipoh on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 12 noon)

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Questions raised by Chooi Mun Sou’s Memoirs “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis” on the future of Malaysia

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I have read lawyer Chooi Mun Sou’s memoirs “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis” which raised various questions on the future of Malaysia. The book is a “must read” for all Malaysians.

Firstly, whether Jalil Ibrahim, the Bank Bumiputra internal auditor who was sent to Hong Kong to be assistant general manager of Bumiputera Malaysia Finance (BMF) to curb the BMF scandal but was murdered at the Regent Hotel, Hong Kong in 1983, had died in vain – with more bumiputras becoming rich, corrupt and involved in mega-billion-dollar scandals like the 1MDB scandal, in the name of “race and country”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jalil Ibrahim sacrificed his life for race and country 39 years ago while others became rich, famous, corrupt and involved in mega multi-billion-dollar scandals like 1MDB scandal also in the name of “race and country”

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Reading lawyer Chooi Mun Sou’s memoirs, “ Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis”, I was most touched by the unfinished letter written by Jalil Ibrahim to his wife and children before he was murdered in the Regent Hotel, Hong Kong on July 18, 1983:

“The problems in Hong Kong are not my making and from today onwards I am going to think of myself and my family first and put the interests of the Bank, the race and the country behind me. If those directors had thought of the interests of the Bank, the race and the country first they would’nt have made all those blunders in the first place. I have sacrificed enough and suffered enough for their blunders…”
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Most regrettable that Cabinet yesterday missed the opportunity to declare July/August meeting of Parliament a “Reform Parliament”

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It is most regrettable that the Cabinet yesterday missed the opportunity to declare the July/August meeting of Parliament a “Reform Parliament” as evident from the absence of discussion of the issue.

There are four more Wednesdays – when the Cabinet meets – before the start of the Parliamentary meeting on July 18 and Malaysians have to wait whether the Cabinet would dare to take up the challenge to declare the Malaysian Parliament next month a Reform Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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