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Four tests whether the Malaysian ship of state is turning in a direction of greater integrity, rule of law and democracy towards a New Malaysia

The 100-day syndrome has inundated the media with headlines like “100 Days – New Malaysia”; “Prestasi 100 Hari”; “Janji 100 hari tertunai?”, “100-day report card on Pakatan Harapan: Looking Rosy for Now” and “What The People Say”.

While it is good to assess what had been achieved in the first 100 days of the Pakatan Harapan government as a form of report card, what is more important is whether the Malaysian ship of state had made a critical turn of direction from a trajectory of a failed, kleptocratic and kakistocratic state to a trajectory of greater national unity, integrity, democracy, rule of law and excellence.

While it is not possible to undo in 100 days all the abuses and excesses of power in over six decades of power, the country should have set a new course in nation-building in the first 100 days of the Pakatan Harapan Government towards a New Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call for greater vigilance and opposition to the politics of fear, hate and lies in post-14GE which becomes doubly vicious and toxic when accompanied by extremist politics of race and religion

We seem to be in a new phase of politics in Malaysia.

UMNO/BN under Datuk Seri Najib Razak had never expected to lose the fourteenth General Election. In fact, he had believed that UMNO/BN would not only win big, but will be able to recapture two-thirds parliamentary majority which UMNO/BN lost ten years ago in the 2008 General Election.

Now Najib, UMNO leaders and cybertroopers are working on a new political agenda, as they have “psycho-ed” themselves into believing that the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya would not last, that it is highly fragile and will crack and disintegrate before the full term is over – paving the way for their return to Putrajaya.
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May 9, 2018 must be the beginning of a new national journey to build a New Malaysia which is top world class and an example to the world of an united, harmonious, successful, progressive and prosperous nation

All Malaysians welcome with hope, joy and pride the historic and watershed 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

Malaysians are rightfully proud that they can now stand tall in the world after effecting a peaceful and democratic transition of power, an affirmation of democracy as a system of governance at a time when democracy is in decline all over the world, and to repudiate the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy.

What gives great hope for the future is the exhilarating spirit, energy and power of Malaysians – not just Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans – coming together to save Malaysia from becoming a failed, kakistocratic, rogue and kleptocratic state, and succeeding against formidable odds and forecasts of all mainstream pollsters and analysts.

It is no exaggeration to say that never before in previous thirteen general elections since 1959 had the country seen such intensity and viciousness in the politics of fear, hate, lies, race and religion as in the 14th General Election.

This has made Malaysia’s second chance to fulfill the Malaysian Dream to be a top world-class nation which is “a beacon of light to a disturbed and distracted world” even more precious and invaluable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on UMNO and PAS leaders to heed the advice of the Yang di Pertuan Agong and not to sow disunity, incite hatred or concoct lies and far-fetched theories solely for anyone’s political interests

I call on all UMNO and PAS leaders, especially Members of Parliament, to heed the advice of the Yang di Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V in his speech opening the 14th Parliament today and not to sow disunity, incite hatred or concoct lies and far-fetched theories just for anyone’s political interests.

The Yang di Pertuan Agong today urged all parties to work together for unity and to find solutions for the nation’s survival instead of being emotional and prejudiced.

He said rightly about the historic and watershed 14th General Election on Mayh 9, 2018 that “the people have chosen” and “all parties should accept and respect the result of the general election without being emotional, narrow-minded, prejudiced and having slanderous thoughts that are influenced by sensationalist and speculative media”.

The Agong’s call to all parties to “work to find common ground and cooperate for the well-being of the people and the survival of the nation” must be the overarching spirit of the 11-day debate on the royal address in Parliament, which as the Yang di Pertuan Agong has rightly pointed out, is “an enormous responsibility” for the MPs in the 14th Parliament.

I call on all MPs, on both sides of the House, to respond to the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s call for a “healthy, mature, stimulating and dynamic debates to find and uphold the truth, by conveying suggestions as well as criticism with wisdom and civility” and not to abuse parliamentary privileges by retailing lies and false news, so that Malaysians can begin to respect their own Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy 93rd Birthday Tun – Many happy returns to build a new political legacy of democracy, justice and unity as well as Malaysia as an international top class nation which is a “beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world”

Tomorrow is the 93rd birthday of the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Let me take this opportunity tonight to publicly wish “Tun, Happy 93rd Birthday – Many Happy Returns to build a new political legacy of democracy, justice and unity as well as Malaysia as an international top class nation which is. ‘beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world’”.

Many have kept asking how I could co-operate with Tun Mahathir when in the past, for the best part of my 53 years in politics, we had been at loggerheads – for instance, with me in the Opposition while Mahathir was the fourth Prime Minister for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. I was even detained for 18 months with Guan Eng under the Internal Security Act during Operation Lalang from October 1987 to April 1989.

Malaysia was placed in unparalleled peril under the sixth Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, with Malaysians ashamed to admit that they are Malaysians in the international arena because of the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of becoming a global kleptocracy as a result of Najib’s international 1MDB money-laundering scandal, hurtling in the trajectory towards a failed, rogue, kakistocratic and kleptocratic state.
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Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council should revisit the PH manifesto on dissolution of Biro Tata Negara (BTN)

A news portal yesterday carried an article “I’m in favour of abolishing BTN – Kit Siang”, explaining that as “the desperado politics of fear, hate, lies, race and religion of Umno/BN in the 14th general election (GE14) was the culmination of years of indoctrination of racism, bigotry, intolerance and extremism by National Civics Bureau (Biro Tatanegara or BTN)”, the BTN has no place in New Malaysia.

Based on this article, I was quoted in today’s MCA-owned newspaper report “Decision to keep BTN slammed” of “slamming” the Pakatan Harapan government for a report that BTN was among the 26 government departments agencies that would continue to be placed under the Prime Minister’s Departmenmt in a proposal to rationalise government entities.

Yesterday, a MCA leader also issued a statement attacking the Pakatan Harapan on the ground that Putrajaya’s move to retain the BTN is agains the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.

The MCA leader is right, that retaining the BTN is in breach of Promise 28 of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto which states that the BTN will be dissolved as it had over the years become “a cheap political agent for UMNO”.

However, the MCA leaders should not shed crocodile’s tears over the breach of the PH manifesto to dissolve BTN. Read the rest of this entry »

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The day when a 12-year-old primary school kid showed an ex-Prime Minister the true meaning of patriotism

At 9 a.m yesterday, I officiated the opening of the constituency centre of the new DAP MP for Segambut Hannah Yeoh at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and received the DAP membership application from 24-year-old activist Heidy Quah, who received the prestigious Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II in London last year.

Heidy had been involved in advocacy work from a young age, having set up an NGO at age 18 to help refugees from Myanmar, forming the NGO Refuge for The Refugees (RFTR), which she founded with her friend Andrea Prisha.

There was a third item. Standard Six pupil Ervin Devadasan was at the centre with his father Ernest to donate the money he had been saving for months in his piggy bank to purchase a drum set to Tabung Harapan Malaysia.

I was very touched and moved – a 12-year-old primary school kid demonstrating by deed his deep love for the country!

Later that evening, I received a call from a reporter for my reaction to a very unfriendly attack on the boy’s donation, describing Tabung Harapan as a “politically-charged fund” and deploring Ervin’s donation as “ridiculous”, “exploitative”, “a gimmick” and “a pretty cheap stunt”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must dare to “reach for the sky” to achieve big dreams to fulfill Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Malaysia Dream for Malaysia to be a “beacon of light in a difficult and distractred world”

It is a special occasion to be here to receive the DAP membership application of award-winning activist Heidy Quah, 24 who received the prestigious Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II last year.

Heidy had been involved in advocacy work from a young age, having set up an NGO at age 18 to help the refugees from Myanmar, forming the NGO Refuge for The Refugees (RFTR), which she founded with her friend Andrea Prisha.

Twenty-four was also the age when I dedicated myself to Malaysian politics to create a better Malaysia for all Malaysians, which have occupied me for 53 years culminating in the historic and watershed 14th General Election of May 9, 2018.’

Despite all the forecasts that the corrupt and decadent UMNO/BN regime would win the 14GE, Malaysian voters regardless of race, religion or region, showed that they were more intelligent and mature than the government or mainstream analysts and pollsters and created a political earthquake which sent tremors worldwide by effecting a peaceful and democratic transition of power at the federal level.

On 9th May, Malaysians fulfilled Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Malaysian Dream to became a “beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”, renewing the hopes not only of Malaysians but of the world, for worldwide we are seeing a decline of democracy and the rise of authoritarian and undemocratic regimes. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New Malaysia

Bernama reported last June that about 75,000 people thronged the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet members.

Yesterday, Bernama reported that some 80,000 people thronged the Hari Raya Aidilfitri of the new Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his Cabinet at Sri Perdana in Putrajaya.

I was there yesterday, although I had not been to the Prime Minister’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House at Sri Perdana for many years.

Yesterday’s Hari Raya Aidifitri Open House of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet was the first of its kind in Malaysian history, for Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or even politics, celebrated the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year with unaccustomed joy, pride and hope that Malaysia has a second chance to rebuild a New Malaysia.

This joy, pride and hope is very well expressed in a poem composed by Malaysian octogenarian patriot Tan Sri Alwi Jantan a week after the watershed and historic 14GE:

REJOICE MY BELOVED COUNTRY

Rejoice o rejoice, victory is ours.
Let’s rebuild our beloved country.
The pride of our founding fathers,
For the benefit of all and sundry.

Let’s cleanse the administration
Of the corrupt and greedy.
Let’s rid of racial discrimination
And religious bigotry.

Let’s reestablish good governance
And remanage the economy.
Let’s reinforce law and order maintenance
And an independent judiciary.

Let there be freedom again
Of expression and assembly.
Only then will we regain
The fruits of our victory.

Alwi Jantan
16th May 2018

Malaysia is at the crossroads – to go forwards or to go backwards.

The 14GE mandate, despite all the undemocratic hurdles and lopsided playing-field, was very clear – to reset nation-building policies and directions for the fulfillment of the Malaysian Dream to be a top world-class nation which is “a beacon of light to a disturbed and distracted world” and not a failed, rogue, kakistocratic and kleptocratic state!

This was sadly highlighted by last week’s release of Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings 2018, where Asian institutions (minus Malaysia) for the first time topped the list, with Hong Kong’s University of Science and Technology knocking out Switzerland ’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne for the top No. 1 ranking, while Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University was placed third.

The sixth ranking went to South Korea’s Korean Institute of Science and Technology, the seventh ranking to City University of Hong Kong and the eighth placing to South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology.

In a New Malaysia, Cabinet Ministers and the Malaysian public must dare to ask and expect answers why Malaysia is not represented in the top 10 of the THE Young Universities Rankings 2018, or in the top 20, 50 or 100 rankings?

Seven Malaysian educational institutions are listed in the THE Young Universities Ranking 2018 (compared to 31 from UK; 22 from Australia; 20 from France; 17 from Spain; 11 from Germany, Italy and Taiwan; 9 from Japan and Turkey; and 7 frm Malaysia and South Korea – the highest-ranking being Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), ranked 101 – 150; five universities, namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas ranked 151-200; and Universiti Tenaga Malaysia (UNITEN) ranked 200-250.

But there is also a rising crescendo of the Siren Song that Malaysia should not venture into the future but should return to the past – despite the decisive repudiation of the politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies in the 14GE.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday urged “political rivals to lay down their arms now that the general election was over”.

Does Najib think the 14GE was a picnic, with everything back to normal after the hustle and bustle of the hustings?

Was it a game to transform Malaysia into a global kleptocracy, to make Malaysians whether in the country or in the Malaysian Diaspora worldwide ashamed to admit that they were Malaysians because of the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of the 1MDB international money-laundering scandal and a global kleptocracy?

Will Najib plead guilty to the greed and crime of kleptocratic governance, now that the new Attorney-General Tommy Thomas has okayed requests for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) from several countries on the 1MDB scandal, and countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Singapore have agreed to return the ill-gotten monies laundered in the 1MDB scandal – and most recently, the attempt by international 1MDB fugitive Jho Low seeking criminal immunity in Malaysia over the 1MDB scandal in return for him dropping his claim to more than a billion US dollars in assets?

Will Najib return to the Treasury the tens of billions of ringgit stolen through the 1MDB scandal and ask his associates like Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to stop running from the law but to return to Malaysia to co-operate with the authorities before he could airily talk about “healing of old wounds and moving on”?

As Prime Minister and UMNO President, Najib unleashed the most irresponsible, vicious and toxic politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies in Malaysian history in the 14GE, utterly reckless of its divisive, provocative and polarizing character to tear asunder a fragile plural society comprising of diverse races, religions, languages and cultures!

Will Najib admit that what he said on the eve of the 14GE were just lies, fake news and false information – particularly when he said that there were no Malays at Pakatan Harapan rallies, that the tens of thousands who gathered to hear Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in Langkawi, Gombak, Jerlun, Batu Katil, Putrajaya, Lembah Pantai, Pandan, Kuantan and Wangsa Maju were DAP supporters “bussed in” by DAP, when the Special Branch knew that in the 52-year history of DAP, we have never bussed anyone to any DAP or Pakatan function?

This was why I said on 8th May 2019 that on his TV3 interview on the night of 7th May 2018 alone, Najib deserved to be voted out of office in Putrajaya in the 14GE.

Are Malaysians to forget the incendiary, provocative and toxic politics of race, religion, fear, hatred and lies spouted by UMNO leaders at the UMNO General Assembly last December?

At the UMNO General Assembly last December, Najib beat the war-drums for the 14th General Election by resorting to lies, falsehoods, defamatory statements and race-baiting to score political points, for instance, repeating the baseless lies that the DAP is “terang-terang Anti-Melayu dan Islam” because DAP stands for a secular Malaysia.

As I had pointed out at the time, the first three Prime Ministers of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein Onn had stood for a secular Malaysia.

Was Najib suggesting that the three first three Prime Ministers including his father Tun Razak and uncle Tun Hussein had been anti-Malay and anti-Islam?

Who will forget the toxic lie of the Wanita UMNO leader Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil who screamed at the Wanita UMNO General Assembly that the 14GE will be a battle to choose between a solid BN or “Maharaja” Kit Siang?

Will the UMNO General Assembly the end of this month repudiate the two Najib legacies of (i) a global kleptocracy as a result of the monstrous 1MDB international money-laundering scandal and other corruption scandals being unearthed; and (ii) unleashing the most divisive, vicious and toxic politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies heedless of the unity and integrity of plural Malaysia?

Who will be the first UMNO leader who dare to speak up what is in the minds of all Malaysians, in fact all patriotic UMNO members, that Najib must be expelled from UMNO/BN as he had betrayed both UMNO/BN as well as the nation – if UMNO/BN is to be exorcised of the two toxic Najib legacies?

In the first 100 days of the new Pakatan Harapan Government, we must re-state the principles laid down by our forefathers in the Merdeka Constitution 1957 and Malaysia Constitution 1963 to lay the basis to rebuild a new Malaysia of harmony, excellence and quality, setting the country with confidence and certainty into a new future to be, in the words of Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman, “a beacon of light in a distracted and disturbed world”!

(Media Statement in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 16th June 2018)

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Hadi’s greatest failure – unable to be kingmaker to prop up Najib as kleptocratic Prime Minister in a hung Parliament and now unable to deny two-thirds parliamentary majority to establish a New Malaysia

The greatest loser in the political bombshell today – the dissolution of Sarawak Barisan Nasional and the formation of the four Sarawak political parties, PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP, into a new state-based alliance called “Gabungan Parti Sarawak” (GPS) – is none other than the PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

This is the greatest failure of his political life – unable to be a kingmaker to prop up Datuk Seri Najib Razak as as kleptocratic Prime Minister which he had hoped to do if there was a hung Parliament in the 14th General Election with PAS winning some 40 Parliamentary seats – and now, he is unable to deny a two-thirds parliamentary majorituy to establish a New Malaysia.

The four Sarawak Barisan Nasional parties have joined four Sabah Barisan Nasional parties to exit from the 13-party Barisan Nasional, and this has even caused a Gerakan leader to pluck up courage today to propose that the five remaining Barisan Nasional component parties should meet to expel UMNO from BN – except the matter had not been thought through as what is the use of a residue that is left of the BN, with Gerakan with no MP, MCA with one MP and MIC with two MPs? Read the rest of this entry »

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“Mahathir and Anwar are changed men, don’t expect a repeat of 1998, says Kit Siang” – TMI

The Malaysian Insight | Interview 2|10.6.2018

BOTH men are ambitious and both carry scars of past battles.

Both are surrounded by impatient and suspicious supporters.

The last time one of them was the prime minister and the other the prime minister-in-waiting, it ended in the nastiest scrap in Malaysian political history.

Critics believe it will just be a matter of time before Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim clash again, a development that will send the new government into a tailspin and the country into a period of tumult.

Lim Kit Siang has heard the chatter but he is betting on a different outcome this time.

The DAP veteran said both men and other senior leaders within PH are changed individuals and the coalition is more stable than it appears.

Time and the circumstances of the country in the years leading up to the historic 14th general election have changed both Mahathir and Anwar, said Lim.

‘I think we have all changed. Mahathir, Anwar and all the leading players in Pakatan Harapan have learnt the lessons of life to be better persons and to be more sensitive, more sensible and better Malaysian leaders, ” he told The Malaysian Insight. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Time to dream big, Kit Siang tells Malaysians” – TMI

The Malaysian Insight | Interview |10.6.2018

LIM Kit Siang does not want Malaysians to manage their expectations.

He does not want them to think in terms of small changes and piecemeal improvement in governance or to be limited by communal sentiments.

“Malaysians can dare to dream again – and dream big. Many had given up hope, as witnessed by the mass migration of the best and brightest.

“Even worse, for the past few years, Malaysians whether in the country or part of the diaspora were ashamed to admit that they were Malaysians because of the infamy of the kleptocracy.

“Malaysia and Malaysians are coming in from the cold,” Lim told the Malaysian Insight.

For a start, the Pakatan Harapan government wants to build a country where people treat each other as fellow Malaysians.

This nation can then be beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world, he said.

His words will offer comfort to Malaysians who after having witnesses so many false dawns in the country are a cynical lot.

They believe that the euphoria of a new Malaysia following May 9 will ‎die off shortly and it will be a return to the days when race and religious dominate discourse and decision-making.

In an interview with The Malaysian Insight, Lim shared his feelings about the historic GE14 especially for a politician who spent close to five decades on the losing side.

Below are excerpts of the interview. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rafidah’s advocacy of “ketuanan Malaysia” as a more inclusive concept for all Malaysians should be welcomed by Malaysians who want Malaysia to fulfill her destiny as “a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world”

Former Wanita UMNO Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s advocacy of “ketuanan Malaysia” as a more inclusive concept for all Malaysians should be welcomed by Malaysians to want Malaysia to fulfill her destiny as “a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world”.

These were the founding ideals when our nation achieved Merdeka in 1957 and Malaysia was formed in 1963, to be “an independent and sovereign democratic State founded upon liberty and justice, ever seeking to defend and uphold peace and harmony among its people and to perpetuate peace among nations”, where all citizens dedicate themselves “to work and strive with hand and brain to create a new nation, inspired by the ideals of justice and liberty – a beacon of light in disturbed and distracted world”.

It is no exaggeration to say that never before in previous thirteen general elections since 1959 had the country seen such intensity and viciousness in the politics of fear, hate, lies, race and religion as in the 14th General Election. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tunku Abdul Rahman’s behest to all Malaysians 61 years ago to create a new nation inspired by the ideals of justice and liberty and be “a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world” should be the motto for all Pakatan Harapan Federal and State Governments

Malaysia was reborn on 9th May 2018.

History was made on that day, but the rebirth of Malaysia is only at the beginning.

There is a formidable catalogue of work that must be done to ensure that a New Malaysia is born, that we continue to make history and do not become history!

During the eleven days of the 14th General Election, we can feel the energy, spirit, hope and dream that is the very essence of being a Malaysian – where we forgot our differences, whether racial, religious, regional or socio-economic and worked for the common goal for the fulfilment of the Malaysian Dream where Malaysia will be a better country and all Malaysians can feel proud as a Malaysian. Read the rest of this entry »

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The desperado politics of fear, hate, lies, race and religion of UMNO/BN in the 14GE was the culmination of years of indoctrination of racism, bigotry, intolerance and extremism by National Civics Bureau (BTN) and why BTN has no place in a New Malaysia

The desperado politics of fear, hate, lies, race and religion of UMNO/BN in the 14th General Election is the culmination of years of indoctrination of racism, bigotry, intolerance and extremism by the National Civics Bureau (BTN) and why BTN has no place in a New Malaysia.

It is no exaggeration to say that never before in previous thirteen general elections since 1959 had the country seen such intensity and viciousness in the politics of fear, hate, lies, race and religion as in the 14th General Election, reflecting the racism, bigotry, intolerance and extremism which had been the staple diet of BTN, to pit race against race and religion against religion instead of promoting the Malaysian Dream of a plural nation of diverse races, religions, cultures and languages.

From a bureau which should be dedicated to promote national civic consciousness in a plural society, the BTN degenerated over time into a propaganda outfit to brainwash civil servants and youngsters into mindless defenders of the UMNO/Barisan Nasional regime – even to the extent of supporting a kleptocratic regime!

It would appear that those responsible for BTN were blissfully unaware of the five principles of the Rukunegara and were the greatest opponents of Rukunegara, resulting in the BTN becoming the greatest obstacle to national unity. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Malaysia must not only purge the epithet of “global kleptocracy” but we must be recognized by the world as a leading nation of integrity

Malaysia was reborn on 9th May 2018.

History was not only made on that day, the Pakatan Harapan PACAs (Polling Agent/Counting Agent) volunteers throughout the country became history-makers.

But work for the rebirth of Malaysia is not done, but only at the beginning. I invite the some 100,000 PACA volunteers who helped make history on May 9 to take a greater part in shaping national events to ensure that with the historic and watershed event on May 9, we continue to make history and do not become history!

From the moving, touching and unforgettable accounts of the representatives of various sections of the Pakatan Harapan Segambut campaign of the historic eleven days from Nomination Day on April 28 to Polling Day on May 9; the story of the blood, sweat and tears of Malaysians in the 14th General Election; we can feel the energy, spirit, hope and dream that is the very essence of being a Malaysian – where we forgot our differences, whether racial, religious, regional or socio-economic and worked for the common goal for the fulfillment of the Malaysian Dream where Malaysia will be a better country and all Malaysians can feel proud as a Malaysian. Read the rest of this entry »

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Completion of three international challenges for the nation to be ready again to achieve our Malaysian Dream to be “a beacon of light for a disturbed and distracted world”

Malaysia must complete three international challenges for the nation to be ready again to achieve our Malaysian Dream to be “a beacon of light for a disturbed and distracted world”.

The first challenge was accomplished on May 9, 2018 when we surprised the world that Malaysians can undergo a peaceful and democratic transition of power, putting the country firmly on the path of a normal democracy.

The second challenge is to prove to the world that we can transform Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity acknowledged and lauded by the international community.

The third challenge is to prove that the Malaysian Spring ushered by the 14th General Election does not end up disastrouksly like Arab Spring of 2010, but is a successful one resulting in greater freedom, more democacy, good governance and a better life for all Malaysians – an inspiration to other struggling democracies and democrats all over the world.

(Media Statement in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

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Last week many KATAK! This week many KOTAK!

The events of the last 10 days since the watershed 14th General Election of May 9, 2018 when Malaysians inside and outside the country can once again feel proud as Malaysians have caused a wag to comment: “Last week many KATAK! This week many KOTAK!”

The change of the Malaysian Government in Putrajaya, the first in 61 years, through a peaceful and democratic process, is a dream that generations of Malaysians since the achievement of Merdeka in 1957 and the formation of Malaysia in 1963 had not thought possible to see come to fruition in their lifetime.

It is an exhilarating experience for Malaysians to breath the air of freedom on May 9, 2018, giving substance to theme of the 14th General Election (and the title of my 14th General Election booklet”) “Set Malaysia Free”.
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A historic week Malaysians will never forget

The past week was a historic week that Malaysians will never forget – exhilarating times for Malaysians not only inside country, but for everyone in the Malaysian Diaspora all over the world, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans.

For the first time in many years, Malaysians can hold their heads high and not feel ashamed as Malaysians despite their deep love and great patriotism for the country.

They can now proudly declare that they are Malaysians when abroad instead of trying to avoid or evade the question about their nationality for they were themselves ashamed of Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy and the monstrous charade by the Malaysian powers-that-be that the 1MDB money-laundering scandal, described by US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions at an international conference as “kleptocracy at its worst”, simply did not exist.

They can now proudly tell the world that they have proved the international society, which had expected the return of the political status quo in Malaysia in the 14th General Election, wrong and that Malaysians are capable of self-correction and self-renewal, to re-set nation building policies and direction after going down the wrong path along the trajectory towards a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan Government at Federal and State levels must look after the interests of all Malaysians, including those who have not voted for PH, to demonstrate that the PH is a government for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or political opinion

History was made in Malaysia on May 9, 2018, and the world sat up amazed when Malaysians took the first important step to become a normal democratic country, where the people could peacefully and democratically change government without violence, chaos or catastrophe.

It is to the eternal credit of Malaysians, that we are capable of giving the nation a second chance to rebuild a new Malaysia.

Sixty-one years ago, when the country attained Merdeka in 1957, and 55 years ago when Malaysia was formed in 1963, we set out as a young nation, brimming with hope and confidence, dedicated, in the words of the Merdeka Proclamation 1957 and reaffirmed in the Malaysia Proclamation six year later, that the nation “shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations”.

We promised to ourselves that the nation will be “a beacon of light for a disturbed and distracted world”.

But we lost our way and became instead a black hole of kleptocracy and kakistocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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