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The Rocket Man

This old hit is specially dedicated to the man of the hour, the Registrar of Societies, who appears to be pretty busy of late.

Save the last dance for…

… the person who has the yen for wriggling to potential voters.

A PSY-war in Penang?

Penang BN apparently has a new psywar “weapon” to be employed in the run-up to the forthcoming general election, and it’s called, well, PSY!

A song for Bentong folks to figure out

Just the song for residents of Bentong, Pahang to keep their ears close to this lovely weekend.

Here come the “blue transformers”

(Photo credit: Malaysiakini)

Yes, it’s the MCA men, who are feeling blue.

They promise to go to ‘war’ in the forthcoming general election, wearing their new ‘weapons’, i.e. blue-coloured anti-Pakatan Rakyat T-shirts (hopefully without V-neck). This is their idea of transforming themselves in order to “suit to (election) time”. Never mind about addressing economic, social and political challenges facing this country and beyond.

It would do them good, though, if they flirt with the idea of wearing something yellow instead so as to be consonant with the changing political landscape in the country.

But then, who are we to offer suggestion to a bunch of grown-ups who get that ‘feel good’ sensation out of the blue?

A sacrifice named Shahrizat

Prime Minister Najib Razak commended Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil for having made — eventually — the decision to quit the Cabinet. (She’s not quitting now, though, but at the end of her senatorship on April 8, 2012.)

He added that this was her ‘sacrifice’ for the sake of the government and Umno.

Sacrifice? Isn’t quitting the job was what was expected of Shahrizat by many Malaysians ever since the NFC controversy erupted? If anything, the taxpayers are the ones who had ‘sacrificed’ their RM250 million (in the form of government loan) that had gone to many things that were unrelated to cattle-farming!

Which is why concerned Malaysians still want to see those responsible in this scandal be made accountable, notwithstanding Shahrizat’s quitting.

You’re simply the best

Former minister Rafidah Aziz recently claimed that there was no need for thorough reforms with existing government policies simply because they were instituted by an administrative system that could be rated as among “the best in the world”.

But then the BN government is not faultless after all in terms of governance as Rafidah would like us to believe. Even her party president and prime minister Najib Razak did admit that there had been mistakes committed by the federal government in the past.

Come to think of it. You don’t need to be a prime minister to point out what problems the Malaysian society has been facing over the years. Ordinary members of the public would tell you that corruption, violation of human rights, abuse of power, political arrogance, thuggery and rising costs of living are some of the things that are bothering the rakyat and hurting the economy.

So it does look like reform and meaningful change are very much needed.

Does anyone know where a good waste site is?

In the wake of the massive anti-Lynas protests nationwide and the consequent assurance from no less than the prime minister himself, four ministries, i.e. Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, Health Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry, and Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, are now looking high and low for a suitable site to dump that infamous waste from the Lynas Corp rare earth refinery.

So much for proper planning for a highly radioactive material!

But alas! Mindful of the prime minister’s assurance that the Lynas project is “scientifically and factually safe”, ordinary Malaysians already have a few proposals, namely Pekan, Putrajaya, Sri Perdana and Koh Tsu Koon’s backyard!

Guess who’s not ready for debate?

Malaysians aren’t ready to indulge in public debates because they’re not mature enough, so says former premier Mahathir rather patronisingly. He made the comment in relation to the proposed debate between the Prime Minister and the PM-in-waiting.

If we reflect upon our country’s past especially the era under Mahathir’s reign, we would find that Malaysians had been made out to be so “immature” by the paternalistic federal government that their freedom of expression, assembly and association had to be curtailed to a large degree for their supposedly collective good!

Incidentally, could this be the reason why, for instance, many of the so-called TV forums have cardboard characters indulging in televised debates?

In the meantime, as if taking no heed of the Perkasa patron’s advice, the right-wing boss Ibrahim Ali appears to be quite “mature” enough to challenge Lim Guan Eng to a debate.

Rich accomplishment

In his keynote address at today’s “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” conference in Kuala Lumpur, the prime minister took pride in what he saw as BN’s achievement in helping to create billionaires.

What was left unsaid here (at least from what was reported) is that these super-rich people emerge out of a social context where social inequalities have spiked over the years, an indictment of the failure of the federal government’s policies to improve the welfare of the not-so-fortunate fellow Malaysians across the country. As we know, such inequalities exist within and between ethnic groups in urban and rural areas.

Shouldn’t the BN folks instead be proud of policies that would uplift the socio-economic status of thousands of needy Malaysians, including ethnic Chinese? Shouldn’t the stark contrast between the poor and these super-rich be considered vulgar and embarrassing?

Malaysiakini reports:

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said that the country’s billionaires are where they are today because of of the BN government’s concessions.

“The list of Malaysian billionaires, I studied each and everyone of them, there are some in this room today.

“Everyone of them became rich because of our policies, either directly or indirectly,” Najib said in his keynote speech at the “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” conference.


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