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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Fuziah Salleh- PKR's Voice of Conscience.





  Fuziah Salleh- The Lynas Crusader, incumbent PKR VP.
Once again I find myself writing on the PKR elections. Some 30 cabangs will have to vote again for the office bearers. That means the race isn’t over yet.
I have been told of complaints that I don’t have any right to write on PKR politics. Once more I have to tell my PKR colleagues that I am a political observer. It’s my business to write on politics. I do because I can. I write on all issues about politics including matters concerning political parties. PKR is a member of Pakatan Rakyat- it’s also my interest to see to the well-being of the party because its health affects the whole of Pakatan Rakyat. but in the end, my opinions are just that- personal opinions that are debatable. They do not of course reflect the views of my own political party-DAP.
I want to write something on my fellow Kuantanite. She is an incumbent vice president of PKR- Fuziah salleh. Although she comes from Kuantan, I have not met her before. In fact it was only in 2013 that we come to know each other.
Of course i know of her when she defeated Fu Ah Kiow, the MCA MP of Kuantan. Many things were written about Fuziah. Her reputation grew as people speak about her. When Fuziah beat Fu, she quickly became known as the giant killer.
I also knew of Fuziah when I was serving as an UMNO ADUN. I often asked my UMNO friends then, how could they beat Fuziah with her band of dedicated service workers who go around kampungs and villages seeking out the poor to give them rice and other food items? While Fuziah and her team of volunteer workers did that, UMNO people were busy fighting among themselves. You see, it’s easy to beat UMNO- they are not into giving consistent service to the people. They are busy knocking off each other to gain leadership positions.
Perhaps Fuziah Salleh is most famous for her crusade against Lynas- the rare earth plant in Gebeng Kuantan. As early as 2008, Fuziah started the awareness program about the damaging effects of the rare earth plant. The initial forum like grouping evolved into the large movement it is today- a coalition of concerned groups against lynas
Unfortunately in most political parties what you do as an MP, the work you do on the ground, the issues you championed outside are largely unappreciated within the party. A politician must do two things- serve as an elected representative and play smart politics. The latter is important because if one does not have a position, one has no application. She or he cannot apply the talent she has without position. Most of the times, just as in UMNO, visibility and relevance within the party is more important.
I am surprised that Fuziah as an incumbent is trailing far behind in the race of PKR vice president. I see her at number nine in the VP race. It’s even more surprising to learn that she is  part of the masa depan team formed by the leading luminaries of PKR such as Tian Chua, Nurulizzah, Rafizi and Saifudin nasution. Saifudin is last in the race for deputy president implying that he is there to serve as a spoiler. It’s as though he is placed there to ensure either Azmin or Khalid Ibrahim cannot win easily. On whose behalf is Saifudin working for, I do not know. The PKR people should by now know.
Why is Fuziah trailing behind? She should be among the leaders in the race seeing that the team masa depan is almost always voted in? The fact that she is trailing suggest that most of the times, Fuziah’s name has been dropped off from the list or ‘cai’ as it’s called in PKR lingo. I just found out, the word cai is taken from the piece of paper, touts sell to 4D players on the eve of official results. As you drive along, you see people holding out pieces of paper to passers-by. So, Fuziah is dropped off from the cai of the team masa depan. Likewise delegates are given cais containing the names of people the author the cais want voted in.
I asked PKR friends what kind of leader does Fuziah thinks PKR need? The answer given by her should reveal where here priorities are- either to advance party interests or personal standing.
I heard her say- PKR needs a leader who is a nice fellow like Mustafa Kamal Ayub, has a world view like Zaid Ibrahim and charisma like Anwar Ibrahim. These are the 3 qualities that are needed in PKR leadership. And she is working towards forming this kind of leadership for PKR.
I am not saying that this description is correct- but I am willing to say that Fuziah has the interest of the party close to her heart. PKR needs that kind of leadership not only for itself but for Pakatan Rakyat.
I sense that Fuziah is important to PKR because she can be the voice of conscience for her party. The fact that she is often dropped from the ‘cai’ of the team masa depan, can only mean that her ideas on party politics, on leadership and the goings on in the party are at odds with the team. She is willing to protect the conscience of the party. This can only mean, Fuziah’s vision of the party is not confined to team forming for the purpose of winning party elections. Instead it can only suggest that a team Fuziah supports must have the strategic and long term interest of the party as the overriding interest.  
Now, 30 or so cabangs or divisions have to take a re-vote the PKR office bearers. I am hoping that delegates will look at Fuziah Salleh and realised they will need a voice of conscience to temper and moderate the PKR leadership. The delegates will also have the opportunity to correct the wrong on Fuzziah being dropped from the ‘cai’ she was originally part of.

18 comments:

bruno 17 May 2014 at 09:34  

Fuziah Salleh has to learn how to say yes,yes and yes.That way she will be among the top three of the pack.

looes74 17 May 2014 at 14:07  

Bruno,
If her chances in PKR ended, just ditch PKR and jump over to DAP. By the way, Dyana is the Teluk Intan candidate

Anonymous,  17 May 2014 at 14:24  

I am a Kuantanite, and it would be sad if YB Fuziah lost. Perhaps she speaks her mind, and not a yes- woman

Anonymous,  17 May 2014 at 14:27  

Reality people seen Fauziah is good. Actual fact she is a not team player. She think she's to smart. But no body smart in the way.

Anonymous,  17 May 2014 at 15:41  

Now nobody dare to say no. Be it in umno, mca, mic pas, pkr or democratic action party*dap). Because once u say no or question the party, u will be sacked. Sayonara.. No explanation needed.

bruno 17 May 2014 at 20:47  

looes 74,

I just got on line and saw that Dyana was the DAP's candidate for Teluk Intan.The DAP made a very good choice as this young lady had a very good chance to better the winning majority of the previous MP.

I would not be surprised if the Gerakan candidate fared more badly than in his previous loss a year ago.It is a no brainer that when a candidate had two previous straight losses the percentages of having a third loss shoots up to 99.99%.

bruno 17 May 2014 at 22:18  

The Umno/BN will come into the Teluk Intan by election with all the top leaders and firepower they have.In by elections the Umno/BN candidate will be a formidable opponent as he will have all the gomen machinery behind him.And my eagle friends flying over Cameron Highlands told me that the BN have ordered truckloads of carrots and soon will be on their way to Teluk Intan.

Dyana is a better candidate for the DAP this time around instead of the veteran boxer Hew Kuan Yau.Although she is Kit Siang's protege,she will be more acceptable to the local warlords,the Nga cousins.Dyana is seen more neutral and they will have no excuses not to give their all out support to her.

This will help to maintain the previous winning majority won in 2013.Dyana will have no problem in winning the new young voters and many of the fence sitters,many of them Malays.This will help to increase her winning majority.

My money will be on this young lady even if she goes to the post as 1/10 favorite.

walla 17 May 2014 at 23:31  

Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

The destiny of this nation today? Going down to the precipice because good character has been suppressed so that bad habits get entrenched from corrupt and indefensible acts of tyranny and prejudice. The political character today? Conscience-less.

Conscience is central to political character.

These days it is the most crucial thing to have. Whether political leader or plain citizen, we will fall - or we can rise again - if we but take one simple step to remember what it was to have a conscience. It is already inside us.

Does Mahathir or Najib have a conscience? Do those in Perkasa or Isma have a conscience? Why continue to bogey those nons already born here for many generations?

Everyone is already dead tired of the charades of Umno and the mahathirites. None of their arguments or causes holds up to scrutiny. In the final analysis they're just in it for themselves. They have no conscience.

Do not let the young suffer just because one wants to play politics. Bring back conscience instead. Do not let history say our Malays are ultimately racial because so long as they get cheated by those of their own race they will quietly accept it.

The future of this nation belongs to people like Fuziah and Dyana. People with conscience and intelligence. Give them fullest support to save Malaysia, to galvanize one and all in a massive wave to revive what has always been in each of us.

At the end of the day, it's not about which party or flag or what race or faith. It's just about who where doing what when. For why is already answered when a leader has conscience. And when you think about it, the practice of any faith also depends on conscience.

Since my town is Teluk Anson (Intan), may the folks there give Dyana the big win she deserves - and bring us all another step closer to a younger and healthier destiny for this country.

Anonymous,  18 May 2014 at 01:18  

YB Fuziah is also important in helping to spur the rise of the
Green Movement in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, not a peep from the
1PM and his UMNO Baru-BN regime
on what Malaysia can do to help tackle adverse climate change
("global warming").

Phua Kai Lit

bruno 18 May 2014 at 03:52  

When we thought that the Kajang circus and Ahmad Said circus have left town,another brand name cirsus has return.Nothing weirder than this.Raja Bomoh became one of the first BN supporters club big guns to endorsed and blessed Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong,the parliamentary candidate for the Teluk Intan by election.

What next.Raja Bomoh with his two coconuts and his magic wand and his sampan too? How about his flying magic carpet?

KoSong Cafe 18 May 2014 at 09:36  

Just wondering if 'cai' should have been 'cai tan' or menu as found in restaurants. I have come across this in MCA and even DAP elections where certain teams were competing with each other and wish that to be known to member voters so that they can vote in a team instead of individuals who might not get along. I am sure there are pros and cons in the use of such menus. Personally, I find this method can make certain voters difficult in deciding who to vote for as his wish might not coincide with the list.

I find the numbers used in PKR elections very confusing, looking more like a calendar!

Anonymous,  18 May 2014 at 20:03  

Hello Dato

I am an anak jati Perak from Teluk Intan. Appreciate if you could provide some insights about the Teluk Intan by election and specifically about the DAP Candidate.

Anonymous,  18 May 2014 at 23:58  

Walla "conscience and conscience-less" ties so beautifully with what you wrote on 16 June 2012,"What with money, so too with position. A position should not be squandered. It may be given but what is given in advance of work to be done has to be earned through deeds for the welfare of others.”

Men with conscience, given a position in advance of work to be done would, irrespective of religious background or for that matter of avowedly atheistic persuasion, would take it as a given, that communion and fellowship is served and fulfilled if and only if the common good is manifested by real deeds.

For as long as the position given is in a highly localised community, say in a small village community, a bad character without conscience can only cause a precipituous situation to befall that community, and no more. But, a conscience-less operating system defining the politicial psyche of the whole community at national level is a recipe for perdition and disaster.

And how do we identify patterns of thoughts and actions of conscience-less people? By the ease with which the elites accumulate wealth, the ostentatious life-styles of the nouveaux riches, threats uttered by politicians from the government side against the Opposition, escalating levels of corruption and apparent impotence of uniformed services to quell rising crimes in the country and to take action against groups like PERKASA and ISMA for highly provocative, if not seditious threats, to name just a few.

Brace for MORE as we “(go) down to the precipice because good character has been suppressed so that bad habits get entrenched from corrupt and indefensible acts of tyranny and prejudice ”, and also because we have committed Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins In Today’s World’:
Wealth without work
Enjoyment without conscience
Knowledge without character
Business without morality
Science without humanity
Religion without sacrifice and
Politics without principles.

Now I know why Woody Allen said,
"I think crime pays. The hours are good, you travel a lot."

Sumpitan Emas,  19 May 2014 at 00:00  

Walla "conscience and conscience-less" ties so beautifully with what you wrote on 16 June 2012,"What with money, so too with position. A position should not be squandered. It may be given but what is given in advance of work to be done has to be earned through deeds for the welfare of others.”

Men with conscience, given a position in advance of work to be done would, irrespective of religious background or for that matter of avowedly atheistic persuasion, would take it as a given, that communion and fellowship is served and fulfilled if and only if the common good is manifested by real deeds.

For as long as the position given is in a highly localised community, say in a small village community, a bad character without conscience can only cause a precipituous situation to befall that community, and no more. But, a conscience-less operating system defining the politicial psyche of the whole community at national level is a recipe for perdition and disaster.

And how do we identify patterns of thoughts and actions of conscience-less people? By the ease with which the elites accumulate wealth, the ostentatious life-styles of the nouveaux riches, threats uttered by politicians from the government side against the Opposition, escalating levels of corruption and apparent impotence of uniformed services to quell rising crimes in the country and to take action against groups like PERKASA and ISMA for highly provocative, if not seditious threats, to name just a few.

Brace for MORE as we “(go) down to the precipice because good character has been suppressed so that bad habits get entrenched from corrupt and indefensible acts of tyranny and prejudice ”, and also because we have committed Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins In Today’s World’:
Wealth without work
Enjoyment without conscience
Knowledge without character
Business without morality
Science without humanity
Religion without sacrifice and
Politics without principles.

Now I know why Woody Allen said,
"I think crime pays. The hours are good, you travel a lot."

Sumpitan Emas,  19 May 2014 at 09:55  

I hasten to add that Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins In Today’s World’ was taken from Hans Küng's A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics, pg 161.

"Ethics — a challenge for managers"

"There are more managers than is generally assumed who are the opposite of hardliners, thinking only of profit and shareholder value. There are managers who attempt, rather, to live out a high ethic, even in the harsh reality of business. ONE of them ALWAYS carries around an already yellowed slip of paper with the ADMONITION of Mahatma Gandhi:..."

The paragraph above, for our purpose today, could well have been titled "CONSCIENCE — a challenge for ALL citizens"

And the very first person who should carry Mahatma's admonition (not around the neck, please) is, by the law of natural selection and accession, the Prime Minister, being PRIMUS INTER PARES — the FIRST among EQUALS — and more poetically and slightly bastardised, "not that we hold you to be the EQUAL of GOD but the FIRST of MEN" (from The Theban Plays; ignore the salacious history of blood ties, titles and inheritance).

BOTH elected and un-elected lawmakers should then follow suit, and by GOD, put into actual practice to justify the money flowing into the back account(s) month's end.

Admittedly, this will not be easy for those who have been making things easy for themselves all along, for this implicitly requires the use of the most difficult of the THREE 'H's', at the top of the hierarchy of three 'civilisational skills', i.e. the HEART. I wrote about this two years ago in this blog, the three H's start with the HAND, then the HEAD and finally, the HEART. First we acquire basic motor skills with the HANDS from young, then we progress to acquisition of knowledge by using the HEAD and finally striving to use the HEART as the underlying rationale for our BEING and CONSCIOUSNESS to navigate through the immensely complex and challenging dynamics of a society in flux, as we jostled and push each other in our common journey to the grave.

Educational psychologists like to label the three levels as moving from MOTOR to COGNITIVE then to AFFECTIVE skills. However it is acquired, it is the last, the AFFECTIVE i.e. using the HEART that must necessarily trigger the initial process towards realising WALLA's "deeds for the welfare of others". The process moves, now in reverse order, to the HEAD to create that specific consciousness Walla labels as "CONSCIENCE"; the HANDS finally take over to complete the DEED.

It is CONSCIENCE or the lack of it that ultimately, in my view, now separates our leaders from those in the West and Japan, and increasingly those in South Korea, India and Singapore.

If I remember correctly it was Ralph Nader who said something like, " The function of leadership is to produce more leaders not more followers."

Query: What is Najib's definition of leadership?

I know and feel my time is near, as Lucretius has put it both joylessly and truthfully, Vitaque mancipio nulli datur, omnibus usu: TO NONE IS LIFE IN FREEHOLD; TO ALL ON LEASE.

But for now, here's from a sentimental old talking head 'yang bermata sepet' to PM Najib:

“I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Men are not superior by reason of the accidents of race or color. They are superior who have the best heart — the best brain.” - Robert G. Ingersoll,

Walla, thanks again for highlighting the centrality of CONSCIENCE.

Sumpitan Emas,  19 May 2014 at 13:34  

Vitaque mancipio nulli datur, omnibus usu:
TO NONE IS LIFE GIVEN IN FREEHOLD; TO ALL ON LEASE.

Anonymous,  19 May 2014 at 14:26  

We need more leaders like Fuziah Salleh. Where were you when she began to fight the big boys for the sake of our citizens against the desecration of our country, and I am talking about Lynas! Fuziah is a born leader, and PKR sorely needs good leaders, not sycophants or yes-men. Otherwise, PKR better be careful, in the next general election, the people who supported leaders like Fuziah will have gone away and PKR will be an empty shell. To those who are now re-voting again, DO THE RIGHT THING ! A vote for Fuziah is a vote for you!

walla 19 May 2014 at 17:35  

Thank you, Sumpitan Emas! You write brilliantly and with exquisite breadth and to unsurpassed depth, to wit....

"Singulare Ingenium, Apertus Animus"

(i'm just back from the fields and worn-out again).

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