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Sakmongkol ak 47

Monday, 29 July 2019

The PH Government

In the name of God, most Gracious and most Merciful,

Alla tanq’lu alayya
Wa’tuuni muslimin.

My name is Mohd Ariff Sabri. I was born in Kg Parit, Pekan, Pahang -- unlike the billion-ringgit whale who was actually born in Kuala Lipis but believed by many to be born in Pekan. He only came back to Pekan when the great Tun Razak died.        
I was not born in Raub as believed by many; Raub is the home of my ancestors. They lived in Temau before moving to Budu in Kuala Lipis. My great-great-grandfather, Khatib Amin was the younger brother of Imam Rasu, or better known as Tok Gajah.
Najib led UMNO to its defeat in the PRU14. It's now in a confused state. We must deal them a death blow. Najib has shown us what mismanagement and corruption can do to our country. We must never be condemned to do it; the Quran tells us the story of the nation Saba which was prosperous but because the people were ingrates -- lazy and indolent, silent on corruption, lacked discipline -- the once prosperous country became a hopeless wasteland. The poet T.S. Elliot said it nicely: "I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for to hope is to hope for the wrong thing."

Siapa bilang bapak dari blitar                                       
Bapak dari brambangan
Siapa bilang Pakatan Harapan tersasar
UMNO yang kebingungan
Siapa bilang bapak dari Raub
Bapak datang dari Pekan
Siapa bilang pakatan melalut
UMNO yang nak sawan

A popular poet wrote:
Berikan aku lidah
Aku mahu berkata kata
Bagaikan ombak
Yang menghempas pantai yang merdeka

Elsewhere he wrote:
Aku akan pergi dengan seribu jebat si anak tani
Sekian lama kita hidup dalam setia
Kali ini kita hidup dalam durhaka
-Comrade Kassim Ahmad

The PM is like the mighty tiger. We in the Pakatan are like a fox. One day the fox stumbles on the tiger. The tiger gave chase and the fox is cornered; but surprisingly showed no fear.

"Are you not afraid of me?" asked the tiger.

"Why should ?" said the fox. "If you don’t believe in me let us go to the village yonder."

On the way they saw some UMNO losers with their sycophants. When they saw the fox walking with the tiger UMNO, the losers and their coward sycophants ran away.

UMNO is really a paper tiger. It reminds me of what Cao Cao said: "When a loser combines with a coward what can they achieve?"
The PH is the government now. Those in power must quickly learn to understand and know how to use power. Managing a government is not like doing embroidery or attending a dinner party or eating mee abu in Alor Setar or eating pasembur in Penang. There must be a little bit of Machiavelli.
I think Machiavelli’s The Prince and The Discourses on Livy must be required reading so they know how to reconcile being a nice person and a good politician. What the people require most is effective leadership.

We must apply a little bit of terror, a little bit of judicious tyranny. We must not give the opposition any air time. Remember that the objective of war, as Clausewitz said, is the destruction of its armed forces and one of those is the ability to spread their ideology. The faster the rakyat forget them the better.

There is no need for us to celebrate difference of opinion. That can be done during our tête-à-tête. Or during a coffee klatch. We do not have to prove anything to the Bukit Tunku Bolshevik,  the gauge caviar or the Gucci communists, or the Country Heights latte socialists. Apply some judicious tyranny on them.

The opposition will talk negatively of us; that is their raison d'être. Let them talk until the cows come home. It will not stop us from our main objective: to prosper the people.
The Quran asks us to fight in the cause of Go,d to protect and defend the weak who frequently prayed for deliverance. We must never forget that.

We should be guided by the principle of not concealing truth with lies and reveal everything if we have knowledge. The people know what the previous government did. Najib has been going around the country telling good stories about the world, hypnotising the people yet behind their backs, he was plotting nefarious deeds, such as stealing money from the country. He has destroyed the plants and cattle; look at FELDA and NFC. He has stolen money through 1MDB. He may have taken monies from Felda, Risda, LTH and the various organisations he created. The government must investigate these institutions.

I see dark clouds over Pekan. We only need to prove one of the charges and Najib will be a special guest at Bamboo River Resort and Rosmah will go on a long holiday at Kajang Hilton where we can serenade her with the quatrain:

One two three four
Satu dua tiga empat
Rosmah Mansor cincin besar                
Rakyat jelata apa dapat?
In Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith said a country is not prosperous if there is a large majority who are poor. We are grappling with this issue at the moment where the rural populations are largely poor.

What are we to do?

First we need to understand the psychology of the Malays; they need some disciplining. This trait i learned from personal observations. While recuperating, I have had Malay, Bangladeshi and Pakistani nurses. The Malay will take frequent long breaks and changed duties among their friends, ignoring the fact that i have to teach the new replacement all over. A few years ago the late Sanusi Junid summed up the secret of Malay success in the acronym ABDRS: Amanah, Berani, Disiplin, Rajin and Setia. All can be achieved but discipline is the most difficult.

In applying to Malay economics there must be a mixture of command economics and free market economics. We must tell them what to do, but the how will be done by them. I am a firm believer in supply-side economics. Employment and success will increase when the prices of goods and services are decreased. People will succeed if we give them the tools and opportunities to do so.

We can learn something from China; in 1968, people in the country were starving -- eating tree barks and braces, etc etc. But within a generation, China has become one of the biggest economies in world.

What did they do? One of the things they did was to mix command economy and free market economy. Another thing they did was to create free-trade zones; Shanghai, Guangdong, Henan etc. Perhaps we can do similar things to agriculture, for instance, zones where people can buy agricultural capital goods. Those not involved in agriculture would not be interested with these zones and would therefore seek other zones. That's how we can lower costs for farmers and fishermen.

We need to introduce products diversification. If the farmers can grow more expensive durians, they can also grow saffron and pomegranate. Rearing donkeys, water buffaloes, porcupines, deer and other animals. We can grow more coffee and cocoa. And very importantly, we should make use of greenhouse technology, which can help us to grow Yubari melons and strawberries. Fishermen can  rear scallops, mussels, oyster, hybrid grouper and lobsters.

China has recently come out with a 60-page document, in which they declare their goal to create a high-tech army. Perhaps our own Defense Minister can read this and apply to our army.

On the other hand, while we admire china on certain things, we are seemingly silent on its treatment on the Uighur community. More than 1 million  people have been sent to re-education camps and imprisoned. Uighur children are sent to special kindergartens to be indoctrinated. Why is our foreign minister mum on this?

The pollution in Pasir Gudang seems to be dragging too long. I am sorry to say the Johore government is inept on this issue. Their lagging can bring down the Pakatan government. Close down the polluting factories temporarily; jail the bosses and clean up the rivers. Simple enough, isn't it? Are the officers in the Johore government protecting these factories? SPRM should investigate this. It is well-established that polluted rivers are linked to deaths and/or sickness. Don’t foot-drag on this issue.

For the moment that is all.


Monday, 24 June 2019

A Helping Hand


As I've repeatedly mentioned, I had a stroke nearly two years ago. Stroke is a debilitating illness. It affects you in ways you never imagine, physically and mentally.

People who suffer massive brain-stem strokes, as I did, generally have two outcomes: fatal or locked-in syndromes. Fortunately for me, I was the outlier to this though the cost of survival came with partial paralysis and speech difficulties. Still, my doctors remain certain of a full recovery. There have been improvements, albeit not as swiftly or as significantly as I would prefer. But I'm getting there, and my family and I are as steadily optimistic as my doctors.

But as with most great trials, my road to full recovery is not easy. More importantly, it is not cheap. From medical supplies to therapies to everyday expenses, finance can be a difficult issue. Therefore, I humbly appeal to my readers and fans for their sincere help during this troubling time. Any form of financial donation, big or small, is most welcome.

Contributions may be made to:

- Mohd Ariff Sabri bin Abdul Aziz

Account numbers:
- 1. AmBank: 244007 0000 239
- 2. Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN): 14205-41-0000-6696-2


Thursday, 20 June 2019

Another Day, Another Sex Scandal in Malaysia

Sex and Politics: Azmingate

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mohd Ariff Sabri. I used to be an active politician. I used to be an MP. But I was struck by a stroke a few months before the 14th General Election and was therefore unable to participate in it. Eventually, I learned to accept this fate with an open heart. Perhaps God has a better plan than me being simply an MP.

Despite my illness, my interest in the governing and politics of Malaysia has not wavered. For the past year or so, I have watched as events unfold. The promises that were fulfilled (and those that weren’t), the grandstanding, the debates, postponed court cases, the earnest hard work to rebuild or reinvent—all these I’ve kept a weathered eye on.

But out of the blue emerges the Scandal. The Sex Tape. The Video that has undoubtedly shocked many people, not just with its content but also with the sheer unexpected-ness of it all. For who among us saw this coming? Certainly not the people in the video, I’m sure.

As long-time readers know, I have never shied away from controversial opinions. Therefore, I’m not afraid to admit that when I first heard about this dastardly tale, my mind immediately thought, “What a clever plan.” In Malaysia, it sometimes seems as if politicians can get away with anything, from embezzlement to fraud to openly racist remarks to maybe even murder. But a gay sex scandal? Let’s bring out the torches and pitchforks.

Who do I think concocted this plan? Again, I had an immediate thought: the Anwaristas, as I dub them. Supporters loyal only to Anwar Ibrahim and who answers to him and him alone. The fanatics steadfast in their belief that there can only be one star in PKR. The sycophants within the party who prove that, GE-14 or not, there still exists some Brownshirts who will stop at nothing to further their own wicked interests.

Let’s examine this story.

Azmin is alleged to have committed an unnatural sex act; he is alleged to have performed homosexual relations. His accuser, Haziq Abdullah, has admitted that he is one of the actors and wasted no time in throwing his “partner” under the bus. Azmin, he declares, is the other participant in the video. Azmin, he urges MACC, should be investigated for corruption and is unfit to be a leader.

How odd. Where is the logical correlation here? In one breath, Haziq Abdullah went from confessing to being an unsuspecting victim of an illegally-obtained video to pointing the finger of justice at Azmin Ali. Even odder, he seems overly eager to come clean about his role in the tape. An emboldened move to take back his power from the villains who recorded and leaked the video? Or something else more politically-motivated? Call me cynical for this latter opinion, but Haziq appears very overzealous to besmirch Azmin Ali.

If Haziq is to be believed, then maybe hell hath has no fury like a scorned lover because the young man is much too eager to accuse Azmin and be the conductor for Azmin’s downfall.

Why, you ask? Why is Azmin Ali the target of a political assassination? It’s rather simple, really. He’s a good politician, one with the potential to be the next Prime Minister.

When BN was finally toppled in 2018, I had two principal opinions. One: the next five years will be crucial in ensuring the Malaysian majority that they’ve made the right choice. We have to knock down the stained and crumbling house and re-lay the foundation, and there is no one better to oversee this reconstruction than Tun Mahathir.

Two: once the exalted Tun hangs his hat (for the second time), it may be better to replace him with someone other than the man currently anointed to be the next PM. A face that isn’t part of the Mahathir-Anwar-Najib saga. Thus, when a friend asked me who should be the next PM, it was an easy answer on my part: Azmin Ali. He fits the mould: relatively younger than the man anointed to be the next PM but experienced enough to carry the wisdom—and just the wisdom—of the Old Guard. The change we elected last year should stay its course and Azmin Ali, in my view, can steer the ship.

However, there’s a funny thing we sometimes do in Malaysian politics. We’re not fond of talented people—anyone perceived to be a future threat is squashed so completely there would be little to no chance of him or her getting the spotlight. This practice is mostly done by more established politicians and their henchmen. Azmin Ali, a good PM material, is not a surprising mark. All machinations and intrigue must be marshalled against him, the poor fellow. Burn the coal entirely before it has the chance to become a diamond.

At this point, I feel the need to make a disclaimer: all thoughts and opinions are my own. But I daresay I’m not alone with my suspicions. Some leopards can’t change their spots, etc., etc. Some people, no matter how loud they screamed “Ubah” last year, can’t drop their old mentality of dirty politics. Anwar may not be directly involved but he won’t stop his followers from assassinating Azmin’s character if it works to his advantage. Anything that removes the impediments to him becoming PM is great. This accusation may stick and Anwar knows firsthand how such a claim can ruin a man and his career.

Azmin on his part has told the public to wait for the outcome of police investigations. The police may have finished their investigations but for some reason, have shared this with the public. Instead, they may have reported their findings to Tun Mahathir, who is sufficiently satisfied with the results to make his own conclusions. Why else would he confidently state his support for Azmin Ali otherwise?

If my theory is correct, then I must say it’s such a stupid thing to do. Hasn’t history shown Azmin’s defamers how their action can backfire? This feels like déjà vu, folks. And if Anwar’s apparatchiks are responsible for this mess, this won’t help their idol. Stupid shenanigans like these will simply serve to diminish Anwar. Stupid shenanigans like these were the same methods employed by the former ruling party members. And where are they now? Where is their esteemed leader?

So while we wait with bated breath to see the outcome, what are Azmin’s options? The brazen choice would be to toss his name in the PKR presidential hat. If he wins, he could perform a political party cleanse. If he loses, he could—and likely should—quit PKR. From here, he could join a party whose members may not be overly fond of him but unwilling to employ dirty tactics. Or he could start another party. A competent opposition is always essential for checks and balances, and Azmin Ali is certainly no stranger to forming new opposition parties.

My final word is this: to the scoundrels seeking to destroy Azmin Ali, it’s highly likely you won’t succeed. The world is different now. More and more people are able to think on their own. Your old, dirty tactics are ineffectual, even pathetic. And PKR members, let’s unite—we have nothing to lose but our manliness. If being in Azmin’s camp means we’re gays, let us all become gays.

- Sakmongkolak47.


Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Rule of Law


Even though I am bedridden because of my stroke, I have been watching and reading as New Malaysia events unfold. While I rejoice in a ruling coalition that I support, I will not stop criticising.

It has now been over 100 days since PH’s inauguration.

And I ask, why are we so engrossed over the 100 days issue?

Right off the bat, I must state we have not achieved everything we promised. Instead, we have completed 21 of 60 promises. This is a significant accomplishment to the promises made on the campaign trails. 

And I am not concerned for the rest. We are given a 5-year mandate. So let us not lose sleep over it. There are extenuating reasons as to why we have not accomplished everything. We must not be corralled by the 100-days limit. Explain to the people. They are intelligent enough. After all it is they who overthrew the previous kleptocratic government.

What is the political meaning of the rule of law? It isn’t the application of law or according to the constitution, no one is above the law etc. Those are nice legal definitions to the lawyers. To the politician, it is the intelligent application of political power. You have power—use it wisely.

The PH people appear not to know how to use power. They appear to be more engrossed in proving they are more democratic than the previous government. We have nothing to prove to them. The people’s welfare is more important.

For instance, why give the BN people air time? They didn’t give us any when they were in power so let us give them none. We are no less democratic.

Then there is spending; if we have to spend, then we should. We need to spend on people’s housing. We need to spend on widening roads and street lightings, not on grandiose projects. In Pekan, the former PM Najib’s backyard, areas like Jaya Gading and Sri Damai do not have sufficient street lighting and widened roads. Pekan also has no flood mitigation facilities, nor efficient access to high-speed Internet. In my opinion, the best mark of a developed nation is not the amount of highways or factories, but the quality of life of its rural populace. They must be on equal footing with their urban counterparts.

The idea of open tender is good but it is also slow. Business people want quick results. Ministers must decide fast; business people want to negotiate and deal. After open tenders, ministers must use discretionary powers in deciding. Then they display their powers. Don’t behave like school children who don’t know how to use power.

As for the perpetual thorn in our side, DS Najib does not have to lose sleep over just RM2.1 billion assets. If the late JJ got his wealth through legitimate means, then Najib has nothing to worry about. There were rumours that the late JJ was holding some of 1MDB’s money so that must have gotten Najib worried.

I believe the greatest failure of the 100-days limit is the failure of this government to put the people who committed economic crimes behind bars. If Najib were guilty of economic crimes—and all signs point to yes—he must be sent to the bamboo river resort. He was the one who paid exorbitantly for various IPPs. The government should investigate Ananda Krishnan, the people at Genting Sanyen, and Jimah. Were these people forced to pay tribute money to UMNO?

Najib is hiding behind Clause 117, the MMA of 1MDB. It was he who overrode the board of directors, and ordered Shahrul Azmi to pay 1.3b into Jho Low’s account.

I hope Tun Mahathir will not allow Toh Puan Rahah to intercede on Najib’s behalf. It is not the first time we jailed a minister, why should Najib be the exception? Let’s see if a third-generation fake Bugis warrior can hold court in a six-by-eight cell.

The efforts of the PH government can be sabotaged by the 1.6m civil service. I have a friend who operates a PLKN and has been waiting for his payment just because the TKSU decided to act as a modern-day Napoleon. This idea of rehiring retirees who will give them extensions must end. Let younger people and new names rise up.

Sakmongkol will return.


Saturday, 19 May 2018

1MDB: An Unfinished Tale

1MDB: An Unfinished Tale

It has been nearly two weeks since our country rewrote its history. In this short time, we have watched new Councils and a Cabinet be formed, and a shake-up in the former ruling party. But I am concerned that while we celebrate this new chapter of our lives and occupy ourselves with the hustle and bustle of Ramadan, we will find it easy to simply wipe the slate clean and overlook the wrong we endured for so long.

Malaysians must never forget 1MDB and SRC. Did we see Najib return any of the money he took? No, we did not. He stole monies from public funds. This is part of his feudal constitution. He goes around with a feeling of self-entitlement; for years, everything he fancies was seemingly his for the taking. Now that he is no longer lord of the land, the reports by the DoJ should have no issues in naming the mysterious MO1. Many suspect it is Najib, but a confirmation will clear all doubts.

However, I have little doubt. He stole money and people will soon know he is a despicable person. But he is not alone. The UMNO leadership is infused with the feudal mentality, believing they are entitled to anything in life—that the masses owe them a living. For years, the masses continued to live under Malay Feudalism, believing Najib inherited Tun Razak’s leadership. The truth is, he inherited nothing but vileness and was supported by the sycophantic UMNO leadership.

Now everything will be exposed. Everyone will see the real Najib Razak.

The new administration must investigate his role in 1MDB. If the law says he must be jailed he must. After all, this will not be the first time Malaysia has jailed politicians, aging or otherwise. And do not forget he likely did not act alone. Investigate all those sycophantic UMNO colluders, those who received the 1MDB largesse.

Reopen also the case of Altantuya’s murder. Nobody dies without killers.

Investigate the role of former head of SPRM. Did he meet with Nik Faisal in Jakarta and coach the latter with what to say when SPRM officials come? Did he meet with Patrick Mahoney in Bangkok? What was his role in 1MDB in advising the AG to exonerate Najib?

Investigate the role played by the former IGP. Was he the one who ratted on the five prominent Tan Sris?

We are on the brink of serving justice. Private properties have been raided, and assets have been seized. We have seen the pictures and there will certainly be more pictures revealed in the coming days, filled with images of accomplices and ugly truth. Do not worry about feeling sorry for them, because at when it’s all said and done, it will not be about vengeance or vindictiveness.

It will be the triumph of the rule of law. Now that they are no longer in power, they must receive their comeuppance. 

More will come, dear readers.
-        - Sakmongkol.


Friday, 11 May 2018

PRU 14

Assalammualaikum and Hello to All.

Like most of you, I watched the results of PRU 14. I am disappointed for not being able to participate in the Elections, as I am still recuperating in the privacy of my home. Many people might not be aware, but in May 2017, I was struck by a brainstem stroke. Fortunately, my doctors are assured of a full recovery. It will take a bit of time and like many things worth doing, a lot of hard work. I am thankful to be surrounded by accomplished medical practitioners, as well as encouraging and supportive family members and friends.

Along with a great number of my countrymen and women, I too was overjoyed by the defeat of the Barisan Nasional government. I together with all Malaysians celebrate the triumph of democracy. I thank those who gave me the opportunity to serve the people of Raub. It was a great honour to do my part in upholding the values of this nation.

I wish to thank all supporters of DAP and Pakatan Harapan. I wish to congratulate the winners in PRU 14. 

‘In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way’ (Roosevelt, Franklin). 

I will be back. Sakmongkol will be back.


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