Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Rukun Melayu 4 Perkara



Bila ahli parlimen Alor Star mencadangkan kepada YAB Azmin Ali, MB Selangor supaya mengemaskan prosidur konsititutional dalam melantik MB, dia telah diserang dengan hebat oleh beberapa individu dan golongan.  MP ini seorang peguam. Dia beri cadangan pada prosidur. Dia tahu hak Raja ialah hak melantik bukan hak memilih.
Memilih dan mencadang ialah hak parti yang mempunyai suara terbanyak dalam dewan. Syarat nya ialah si fulan atau si fulanah mendapat keyakinan majoriti ahli dewan. Bukan syarat nya kepetahan berhujjah dalam dewan, atau menangkis hujjah lawan.
Tun Razak bukan seorang pembahas dalam parlimen, tapi dia seorang perancang yang baik. Hussein Onn lagilah tak pandai bercakapnya tapi dia disokong majority ahli dewan.Inilah kelayakan nya. Kalau orang bertaraf tok guru pun tak faham, tidak boleh den menolong nya.
Bukan digri. Bukan tahap persekolahan. MB2 UMNO dahulu ada tok penghulu, ada pemain band sahaja. Tapi mereka mendapat keyakinan majoriti ahli dewan. Melantik yakni mengesahkan pemilhan dan cadangan yang dikemukakan oleh pihak yang mewakili suara majority dengan acara dan upacara seperti nya ialah hak raja. Demikian juga adalah hak raja menentukan orang yang dicadangkan ialah seorang Melayu dan beragama Islam.
Agak nya, ini yang di suarakan oleh MP Alor Star itu yakni hak mencadang, memilih dan mempersembahkan calun ialah hak rakyat- hak untuk melantik yakni mengesahkan candangan tersebut dengan upacara sepertinya ialah hak raja.
Tapi MP tersebut , seorang peguam dan kebetulan seorang bangsa Cina, dituduh sebagai mencabar instutusi raja2 Melayu dan bangsa Melayu. Maklum sajalah orang Melayu akan mati jika raja Melayu mereka tidak ada.
Demikianlah perasaan kasih nya orang Melayu kepada raja mereka sehingga bercakap mengenai prosidur perlembagaan mengenai perlantikan dan perlucutan jawatan orang lain pun, sang setia Melayu akan mahu mengamuk.
Maka kamu, bangsa bukan Melayu, saya kasi amaran janganlah kamu mempersendakan raja2 Melayu. Sebab sukalah saya istiharkan dalam negara ini, bukan sedikit anak cucu Tun Biajid dan Tun Isap.
Kepada budak2 Melayu yang ingat mereka pandai- Ingatlah- Tun Biajid tidak durhaka walaupun tahu isterinya digodam oleh Sultan Mahmud kerana Sultan Mahmud itu, Tuanlah  kepada siBiajid. Dan ingatlah, kamu budak Melayu yang biadap, bahawa ramai anak cucu Tun isap yang sanggup membunuh kerana moyang kamu mendahului menjamah Tun Dewi. Tidakkah kamu faham bahawa Raja mesti terlebih dahulu menjamah Tun Dewi?
Sungguh biadap kamu sibudak Melayu yang kalau hendak bercakap itu mesti lihat2 dahulu kerana ramai lagi yang pandai diluar sana yang memilih untuk membisu.
Mempertahankan institusi Raja Melayu ialah melindungi satu dari 4 rukun Melayu. Tiidak mempertahankan ini, bererti jatuh aqidah Melayu. Rukun Melayu itu ada 4; mempertahankan hak istimewa orang Melayu; mempertahankan agama Islam orang Melayu; mempertahankan Raja Melayu dan mempertahankan bahasa dan budaya Melayu. Jika anak Melayu tidak ada kepercayaan kepada 4 perkara ini, maka jatuh aqidah Melayu.
Ingat kamu wahai Melayu biadap:-
1.   Rukun Islam- 5 perkara
2.   Rukun Iman- 6 perkara
3.   Rukun Melayu- 4 perkara.
Inilah fatwa yang dikeluarkan oleh imam yang menjaga polis dan keselamatan negara. Kita semua tahu siapa menteri tersebut. Dan nama nya bukan Heinrich Himmler, menteri polis yang mejaga SS dizaman Hitler. Dia bukan anak cucu bangsa Jerman- dia anak cucu Pateh Gajah Mada.
Maka ramailah rupa nya dikalangan anak Melayu yang tidak patriotic kerana tidak mahu terima keberadaan pemerintahan Raja yang mutlak. Saya sendiri pun tidak mahukan pemerintahan Raja mutlak. Saya hanya sokong pemerintahah dan peranan Raja berpelembagaan.
Kita sokong keberadaan Raja kita kerana itu sabahagian dari warisan budaya Melayu. Kita sokong institusi Raja Melayu berpelembagaan yang ada sekarang dan kami istihar akan mempertahankan nya sehingga ke tetesan darah terakhir.
Saya yakin, Raja2 Melayu pun akan menyesuaikan diri mereka mengikut zaman. Bila mereka melakukan ini, maka tentulah mereka didorong oleh pencahayaan kepentingan sendiri(enlightened self-interests).
Kita tidak ada masaalah mengekalkan raja berpelembagaan. Hanya kita mohon ampun beribu ampun, sembah patik semua mohon diampun, kami tidak sanggup menTunBiajidkan diri kami dan tidak sanggup pula mengTunIsapkan diri kami. Ampun Tuanku.
Cempaka biru kembang di taman,
Tersemat di baju gadis rupawan,
Setia Melayu sepanjang zaman,
Demi Tuanku Duli Yang Dipertuan.

Mengangkat buah di tepi pangkalan,
 Bawa berniaga di bulan puasa,
 Semangat Hang Tuah menjadi ikutan,
Setia kepada raja dan negara.
Betul hati kepada raja,
Tanda jadi sebarang kerja.

Tempana Nipis nama asalku
Keris pusaka Ratu Dewangga
Niat derhaka kepada rajaku
Taming menyerah keris pusaka

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Emerging Constitutional History of Our Country.



When the MP for Alor Star proposed that MB Azmin Ali streamline the constitutional procedures of appointing the MB, he was viciously criticised by a Malay group. He was accused among other things, trying to challenge the institution of the monarchy.
The defence of the institution is one of the 4 Malay institutions which must be defended to the last drop of Malay blood. This was declared by the minister in charge of the Police and security of the country. We all know who he is. His name is not Himmler.
Call me unpatriotic, but nobody wants a return to absolute monarchy. I support constitutional monarch. It is part of my cultural heritage. I think all Malays, even those with some republican inclinations, support the existence of the Malay monarchy in its current form. The Monarchy itself may adapt to emerging trends later. If it does that, it is due to its enlightened self-interest.
But let them remain as constitutional monarchs. We have no problems with that.
We have a good system already. The primary right is with the people. We have chosen to accommodate constitutional monarchy which means a limited monarchy. It is limited by the applicable rules of law (we already accorded special rules and courts when dealing with members of Malay royalty). More important the conduct of rulers is censored by public opinion. A ruler, who does not heed the voice of the people, cannot endure.
An example of such public opinion is the very public expression of disapproval of a development in Johor. The development is said to involve the Sultan of Johor. The developer has claimed his proposals are above board. If so, he has nothing to fear from a public disapproval of a peasant or a fisherman.
But we all know the usual story. He is not hiding behind the above board argument but actually riding on that vague concept of royal prerogative. What is that again? It is that indefinable privilege of shielding the actions of the monarchs and those representing him of accountability. Obviously the developer is representing the Sultan of Johor and because he carries the stamp of the Sultan, he has royal prerogative.
The group that assailed the Alor Star MP and like the others with the same mission, appear like instant noodles and claimed as its principal cause, the protection of the Malay monarchy against assault and attack and whatever. What is the real issue here?
The bigger issue here is about crown prerogative. Crown prerogative shields the king and his representatives from constraints that affect us mortals. Those hiding behind crown prerogative do no need to explain their action. In Malaysia, it’s even more novel- one could always hide behind the never can be questioned Malay monarchy. The cushioning, conveniencing, excluding powers of the prerogative crop up throughout our system of government, often excusing conduct that is most arbitrary, most secretive, and least accountable.
Crown prerogative is simply what's left of a once much larger edifice and as defined by Lord Dicey "the residue of the discretionary or arbitrary authority which at any given time is left in the hands of the crown." Except that, strictly speaking, it's no longer in the hands of the crown, but the hands of our political masters.
Yes the political masters. No one for a minute believes the speech given by HRH the Sultan of Selangor during the endorsement on excos appointed for Selangor, was written by him. The extraordinary length and narrative of the Selangor problem, mentioning the Kajang move and expression of anger at DAP and PKR, even citing the cessation of hostilities during the month of Ramadhan, can only be the handiwork of some political masters.
Crown prerogative of course means the monarch. Today the King retains the ancient prerogatives of choosing or dismissing the prime minister and deciding whether or not parliament should be dissolved. Today, when a party leader resigns or gets sacked, the party will choose a replacement, and only in the most exceptional circumstances would the palace look for a successor anywhere else. As to dismissing a premier, for a monarch to try to do this in the early 21st century seems inconceivable.
The Malay Monarchy to UMNO is a carte blanche. It allows the government, which UMNO controls of course, do a lot of things under near immunity. It can be used to fill a huge range of senior appointments in the armed forces, the security services, the civil service and the judiciary, without reference to the people's representatives, though also, in most cases, without anything more than a token reference to the monarch whom they are said to be serving. It is still the Royal commission, the Royal pardon when prisoners are released, the King’s pleasure when they are jailed sine die, and royal commissions to inquire into weighty issues. But the will which drives the institution is that of Putrajaya, not the palace.
But here is the good news. Crown prerogative can be, and is being, rolled back. It helps if there is an outcry against the way it frustrates a clear public interest, as in the case of the Mega development project in Johor. The immunity from accountability is challenged, because we must realise that crown prerogative is a residuum. Where statutes exist, it retreats. We have laws protecting the Malay monarchy. As such we do not require the raucous defence of the Malay monarchy against challenge. No need to invoke immunity.
The emerging constitutional history of this country is going to be the history of the prerogative powers of the crown being made subject to the overriding powers of the democratically elected legislature as the sovereign body. The prerogative powers of the crown remain in existence to the extent to which parliament has not expressly or by implication extinguished them.
Politicians come and go, monarchs in so many countries come and go, but the people, they remain. 

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Delving into the Malay Psyche




Some people must be really stupid. They are more interested in defending that which does not exist. Such as the institution of absolute monarchy. The majority of Malays do not want a return to the old days.  We Malays have made that choice a long time ago. Zaaba wrote about that in 1927. He was from UMNO.
Some defend imagined enemies and assaults.
Only sycophants of the ancient regime clamour for a return of the good old days. The peasants toil the land, so that the feudal club can live off them, having balls, masquerade parties, and musical and dance soirees, have beautiful daughters and wives presented to the lords, and so on so forth.
That kind of world flies in the face of the free man. The free man just like what Milton Friedman and Hayek say- never accepts the imposition of extraneous tyranny in the form of government regulations, regimentation. To the free man, government is just an instrument to achieve collective aims which could not otherwise be achieved individually. It’s not the lord, deity to be worshiped and followed blindly. It’s certainly not an entity to present our wives and daughters to wet their beaks. But if some want it that way, I say good luck to them.
Saying that for instance is a challenge to the King and the Malays?
But no Malay groups want to make noise when the Malay can only afford perhaps to buy only the door of the bungalow, the condominium in Iskandar region. When the whole place is turned into a great wall composed of towering condominiums and super high buildings, Johoreans will be prevented from looking out into the Johor straits. The Johor straits will become one gigantic sewage drain where the effluent will drift into the ocean. Then Singapore will charge Malaysia and Johor for having to clean the mess.
Instead some Malays are caught in the martial spirit- ready to come to blows with people who just proposed that the constitutional rules regarding the appointment and removal of MBs be reviewed. That is taken as a challenge to Malay supremacy.
What supremacy? Malays are lagging behind in almost everything and this is the direct result of the governance, the leadership, the policies of the current government.
The lot of the Malays now is not something that happened per chance. We must never believe that is something fortuitous. It’s not the result of the natural order of things. We must never accept the explanations given by the UMNO politicians.
The Malay is poorer, he in behind in education, training and skills, he has less capital, he stays in cheaper houses, are all the result of some defective policies carried out by the politicians in power. Their lot is the result of human intervention.
We have to debunk all those theoretical explanations as to why Malays are lagging behind. Malays are less productive because their Marginal Productivity is lower. Their production frontier can only be pushed outwards if there are variations to the factors- labour, capital and ideas.
The implication is therefore, the Malays are like that because, they are of poor quality, they don’t have capital and they lack ideas. Of course they like being where they are, they thanked God for their lot and pray for the prosperity, health and success of their esteemed leaders.  They are over protective and oversensitive if others try to persuade them otherwise- they go wild if others accuse their protectors as being less conscientious. Their leaders have divine rights for being who they are and doing what they are doing.
They have less capital, they have lesser skills, they have lesser ideas. The lack or absence of these partly explains why the Malay is what he is. But for the most part, his lot is explained by politics. It’s the people who control Malay politics who direct returns to who they want. Invariably, the elite control politics; they control the distribution of the economic pie.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Just who is running the government?



We came, we saw, we bribe.
BN has won the Pangkalan Kubor state seat in Kelantan. We know the slogan- we came, we bribed, and we cheated. It retained its seat. The BN got a larger majority because it paid voters. BN spent millions. It also prevented almost 2000 Malaysians from crossing over into Rantau Panjang. Also, Kelantanese outside did not return.
Just as they did in Teluk Intan, the BN bribed its way to victory. That is also the Najib method of winning elections.  It’s no big deal then. The victory was achieved partly because there is currently some bad blood within the Pakatan camp.I hope PAS understands the loss.

Let us take on some of the issues raised.
UMNO’s information chief, MP Ahmad Maslan says Putrajaya may actually be supporting 3 months of any rakyat’s livelihood. This is achieved through all the subsidies given out, all forms of welfare assistance and BR1M. These, says Ahmad Maslan are the hallmarks of a good, benign and responsible government.
To that, we say only the smallish mind would want to gloat about it.  Sadly, the smirking comes from ignorance. What the government programs do is affirm the existence of severe income inequalities in the country and the economic hardships experienced by the poor. More and more people require assistance because they do. Incomes have fallen behind- the cost of living has gone up and the standard of living for these people has gone down because life is costly.
I hope no rational thinking Malay buys the idea that economic hardships experienced by them are the result of natural turn of events. The truth is, they are the result of mismanagement of the economy, incompetence, corruption, bad governance, wrong policies and even stupidity. Don’t ever trivialise the hardships as being caused by the natural turn of events. All were man made and caused by the incompetence of the government of the day.
The Malays must break the mental bondage. I have experienced this first hand and shall use an example to illustrate the readily-excusing mentality of the Malays which UMNO takes advantage of.
Raub is a small town with probably around 100, 000 inhabitants. Water shortage is the norm rather than exception. Every other day, there will be water interruptions and stoppage.  Some people in certain areas go without water for a week.
The response by Malays and Chinese is revealing.
Malays endure being without water for a few days attributing the shortage to that’s how it is. Chinese will go up in arms, calling the ADUns and MP to do something. We do of course short of actually carrying buckets of water.
I see two different thinking operating here. The Malays are ready to endure and accept  water shortage as part of the natural order of things. So they are ready to excuse the shortage and endure. The Chinese don’t. The Malays are not likely to consider that the water shortages may be caused by wrong investments taken in the past, the supply of defective and substandard pipes, bad water distribution management, lack of investments in facilities etc.
While water is indeed a product of nature, its delivery to homes is not. It’s a function of human management and involvement in many forms.
The Malays need to question everything and never take things as they are. Things are never as they are. 
its not government's money. 
Secondly, the government is spending what it takes from the people. Government itself has no money other than what it takes in the form of taxes. Next year, the government wants to be leech-efficient. It wants to suck whatever can be extracted from people.  That is why GST will be carried out- it’s a more efficient method of collecting taxes. 

Now, let us get back to the issue of the Malay problem. This issue is played over and over again. The contest in Pengakan Kubor is between 2 Malay parties. Something must be wrong when 2 Malays contest, the party that gets whacked is the non-Malay. Is the Malay problem caused by non-Malay or by the government that is in power? Who is responsible for the policies, who controls governance, who controls the treasury?
The UMNO Malays must have outsourced everything to their Chinese partners,  so now it’s justifiable to lay blame on the Chinese.
The cat is out of the bag- UMNO has been subcontracting the management of this country to the Chinese. But UMNO is the Malay party fighting for the 4 institutions that are sacrosanct to the Malays no?

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