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Sakmongkol ak 47

Tuesday 25 January 2011

More than just a pretty face


I like this argument because of its endless variations; cikgu Mala will not sacrifice religious principles in order to please voters. Suppose now, after the results are out, she doesn't win. Will those who didn't vote her be labeled as heathens?

Islam to the Malays is a sensitive issue. No one Malay likes to be labeled irreligious. Muslim People drink, they fornicate, but they don't eat pork. A Muslim Malay can do all sorts of wrongs, but there a limit.

On an overall basis, the limit is reached when it comes to differentiating Malays in terms of religion. Differentiating Malays according to their religious quotient is a double edged sword. Cikgu Mala now has presented herself as a very observant Muslim. I say this without cynicism, this is good. But my argument earlier stays- her goodness benefits herself as an individual. But is it relevant to society?

Society demands more than just having a demure personality and a heart fluttering trait. You will need a feisty, robust, balanced individual. There are many more elements to a good leader than just a face on the shoulders.

UMNO before 1981 practised a principle that stood the test of time for a while. When Tun Razak did a talent scout, the first element he looked for was, can this person work. DS Najib, please take note ok.

After 1981, the principle was and has been since- can this person be trusted. Many of the ills which UMNO currently faces is the result of adopting the principle of can this person be trusted.

Here I use the term trust in a specific sense- the leader chooses his subordinates on the basis of being able to trust the chosen one. That the chosen one stays loyal even as the leader strays from the founding principles of the cause. The corrupt leader chooses his subordinates confident that they will keep quiet, wont rock the boat, join in the looting.

We encourage PAS to extol and overrate this trait found on Cikgu Mala. Because it's the principle of choosing whether we can trust rather than can work which right thinking people in UMNO are fighting to reject.

You don't choose leadership material based on submissiveness, compliance and honor among thieves. What PAS wants the people of Tenang do, is to choose on the basis, this is a face we can trust. No sir, we want the people of Tenang to choose on the basis, this is the face who can work and deliver.


Leithaisor,  25 January 2011 at 20:08  

One of the most heartening bit of news I have come across recently has been the revulsion expressed by some Malays with regards the dirty tactics adopted by BN in Tenang.

From Chua Soi Lek's shameless attempt to besmirch Cikgu Mala's no-handshaking and her stoic religious stance to his son's unsubstantiated accusation about her questioning the sale of alcohol to the goodies blatantly distributed under various guises, I am glad that the malays themselves are voicing their disgust.

Such is the beginning of the return of the maruah of the Malays and the nation.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 20:16  

Surely, one cannot expect an UMNO faithful to speak positively about PAS or Pakatan.

His views will always be "skewed" against the Opposition.

Which UMNO bum can be trusted? Which UMNO goon can work and deliver unless of course to work to enrich himself/herself?

Every single UMNO leader is there for temporal gains and nothing more. They are opportunists.

Any decent man with a modicum of morality and integrity will not associate with UMNO.

Now, this disqualifies you from taking the moral high ground you profess to hold.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 21:30  


I've read every of your postings. Always enjoyed reading them but this time you sounds like you've run out of idea.

Quiet Despair,  25 January 2011 at 21:37  

Normala personifies the ayu which some Malay men will die for. Of course with the tudung and gloves, she looks more ayu.
Pleasant to look at. Better looking than Michael Jackson with one glove.
But has she got a good head on her shoulders? A Wakil rakyat must be robust, energetic and hands-on and can engage with the people.
Orang Melayu cakap cepat kaki tangan tapi jangan cepat mulut.
A kampung rep has more issues to handle like running here and there and dealing with mini bureaucrats to solve the people's problem.
I fear she will be running to her hubby who as a teacher can't be at her beck and call all the time.
Have you seen the Haslinda Salleh, the Wanita UMNO would-be candidate for Tenang.
Woi, she's brisk, frisky, no-nosense and I think no man can act funny towards her.
Like I said in my earlier posting, Normala is like Puteri UMNO members who can woo people to join the party. PERIOD.

Fooart 25 January 2011 at 21:40  

Tak tahu lah Dato'. Hard to trust any UMNO leaders now. To the extend of looking at any of their faces I will feel the hate building inside me. UMNO punya orang memang pandai berlakon.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 22:07  


I have no doubt that UMNO/BN will win the Tenang by-election. Merely because of the unlevel playing field ie one sided mainstream media reporting, corruption etc.

But looking at your few articles on Tenang by-election, I just wonder;

1) why are you making a fuss on petty issue of Cigu Mala's not shaking hand with non-muhrim. Whether she does or does not, its is not affecting the fight for a better Malaysia. As a fellow Muslim you should be promoting what Islam preaches and impress upon non-muslims especially that by not shaking hand with non-muhrim doesn't mean she won't work for those she would be representing.

b) why suddenly the pretty face of Cikgu Mala become a point for you to highlight? Yes, we definitely want a YB who can work. The way you put it implies that YB Mala only has a pretty face but cannot work. As if the UMNO candidate doesn't have a handsome face but can work.

Is it because you are an UMNO man? I am UMNO right or wrong?

Until today I think Cikgu Mala is ahead in terms of being a better choice ie delivering speech, showing committment, having a trusted face, record of community service etc etc. But as I said, I have no doubt that UMNO will win because of the unlevel playing field.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 23:07  

It's funny when people (like anon above) said that BN will win becoz of unlevel playing field, bla.. blaa.. biased media, bla..bla.. I thought PR people have already boycotted main stream media, i.e Utusan, TV3. And what about the internet, where they can entertain themselves with Malaysiakini, Harakah, Lim Kit Siang, etc. Last but not least, the non-stop ceramahs. Don't be so arrogant to think that everybody "admires" and "loves" PR. People can think for themselves. And don't underestimate the number of hardcore supporters who no longer believe in PAS/PKR's struggle.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 23:14  

"Muslim People drink, they fornicate, but they don't eat pork. A Muslim Malay can do all sorts of wrongs, but there a limit. "

Oh I've seen malay people eating pork the moment they step out of the country. Some malays are muslims because they were born a muslim. Given their choice they would have abandoned the religion altogether. Don't say malay can do all sorts of wrongs but there's a limit to them. When malay girls perform abortion or leave their babies to die doesn't that constitute to killing? Is that the limit you are talking about?

You are talking about the goodness of her heart if it's relevant to the society. Yes, I think it is. Along with her principles. In the age of trash politicians who neither have balls nor principles, she'll be a breath of fresh air. You Dato' might be stuck in your old ways but this is what the younger voters want.

Unknown 25 January 2011 at 23:20  

Normala's more than just a pretty face may not be enough to secure a win in Tenang.

Tok Aki only needs to counter by ranting the following to win:

1.We do have problems but these are internal in nature and nothing that is difficult to solve…..

2.But I think it is important for us to acknowledge that we do still have things to be grateful for...

3.It is extremely easy for the opposition to find things to complain about…

4.We cannot change the past, and so I believe it is wise to count the blessings….

5.However, I was taught that when you think you have it bad, there is always someone less fortunate and we should be grateful.

Voters in Tenang are simple and easy going people to the extent that they do not even realize, and firmly so, that the rhetoric has been that way for umpteen elections.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 23:43  

Hope the people of Tenang will see thru the hype and pick up the right candidate.

BN wins with a bigger majority will be good for opposition & the country i.e PM maybe inclined to believe the press about the reversing tide n call for an early byelection.

The risk of a worsening economy is for real...and as long as we are focussed on maintaining the political franchise , the structural issues of the economy will never be addressed.

We need a change in the leadership; whether it comes from within BN or a new party is not relevant...but we need a focussed,on the ball leadership..n no more outsourcing and Public Relations infused sloganeering.

Time is running out..very2 fast.

Anonymous,  25 January 2011 at 23:56  


Just take a good look at this UMNO candidate. He is obese. He has a thick girth and has kind of a rounded face. All these point to the fact that he likes to eat. And such people are by nature lazy. And lazy people abhors work. And how can we expect him to serve the folks in Tenang?

Cikgu Mala is exactly the opposite. But I can't stand PAS.

As a Malay, what choice do I have?

dahserikseriously 26 January 2011 at 00:31  


reading some of the commentaries, its difficult isnt it when most of us speak of what is right and wrong or what we think is right and what we think is wrong.

talking about candidates, and politicians, to tell you the truth im a cynic, even after reading about umno's son joining has to ask the question, why be a politican at all?

might as well be a business man, though u might argue most business men want to have that competitve edge i.e political pull to get their hands on government spending. LOL

so what am i getting at, and delivery, to the constituents...what are the major grouses in tenang? most of it im sure would be infrastructre and jobs, who can deliver those? federal government right? so...sigh....LOL.

janji di kota amende entah, im still on 7k dato.

reason being power is being centralized and a false sense of confidence is being propagated...remember 2008? heh! remember 2004??? so dont be suprised lah. i could be off but heck, if im right i can brag LOL

Anonymous,  26 January 2011 at 00:54  

Whilst looks are absoulutely baseless to use for selection criteria for an ADUN, trust as suggested to obey absolutely and unquestioning is no better especially where looting is concerned. Whilst Mala demonstrated in the simplicity of being able to discern a belief and an act correct to its ethical intent, I vote for Mala.

In any case, historically as reported, Azhar has given voters an impression that his judgement when called on might be less than satisfactory.

In other words when something is wrong, as in this case, it will go wrong! :)

Anonymous,  26 January 2011 at 02:29  

UMNO MAY just lose this by-election and dont be surprised.

Why? Johore in 2008 seemed to be caught sleeping in time warp when the rest of the country (excluding Sabah and Sarawak)were having a tsunamy of change.

After 2008, those people in Johore now start to realise what is happening.

Now if enough of such people starts to follow the rest of the country to support anything as long as it is not BN, then BN will lose this by-election.

People are more informed now. The old guys Apek and old uncles are a minority now. The young ones will play a huge part.

With guys like Lim Guan Eng and gang and with the foolish Chua Soi Lek making a fool of himself... it is just possible BN can lose.

Well maybe.

Who knows although most predict a BN victory.

Silly BN leaders even predict huge majority. ...hahahaha.

Anonymous,  26 January 2011 at 02:41  

Dear Dato'

From videos posted by MalaysiaKini and Insider, I noticed that the UMNO candidate did not have the caliber of a YB. He can't speaks that well to the reporter and looks unfriendly too. Wonder whether he can make political speeches too. Still there are no video of him making any speeches even in UMNO media.

Anonymous,  26 January 2011 at 02:46  

Dato', even UMNO win the buy election but just hate UMNO.
The day will come and UMNO will face the consequences unless they change and many out there are still waiting and very doubtful as long as Najib remains on top.
But for the time being, say good bye to UMNO!
Pretty face vs the ugly goon and the only matter is ... just hate UMNO.

Navi 26 January 2011 at 11:16  

A pretty face cannot work huh? How about AI, does having been an ADO prove that he can? Yet to seen.

Anonymous,  26 January 2011 at 11:17  

My preference for this Pas lady! Why ? I know she is not going to whack or accept bribes with good guidance from GOD....whatever she will make a good people's representative.She will listen our plight and pains and not those motherf#@%$ing umno puks! whose only goals everything okay be it anything bad or evil.Give me a GOD fearing person and not those same umno hippocrits....Nothing special but plain honesty...

Anonymous,  26 January 2011 at 15:22  



Your stance in this article will earn the wrath of Tun Fatimah. She has been recorded to say, 'Tempat kita bukan di dapur.'

I don't know Cikgu Mala personally but I have asked people who know her. Trust me, don't be fooled by her keayuan and apparent kelembutan. Her husband's HM claimed that his transfer order was bcos 'he (the husband) couldn't control her'. What does that infer? Out of control means that she is brave to do what the HM, the husband and others are afraid to do. And that is to be an active member of the opposition, openly.

I actually pity Puteri and Wanita UMNO. Once they attach the UMNO label to themselves, it is as if they have abdicated their rights to these womanly virtues.

Keayuan Cikgu Mala is God-given but her other soft traits can be acquired and cultivated. I think it is the result of proses perkaderan dalam PAS, namely usrah and tarbiyyah.

Can she perform as a YB? Ask any PAS leader, who actually moves the party especially at the Cawangan and Kawasan level? The popular answer will be 'The Muslimat'. What I have observed of muslimat PAS is lack of money is an obstacle but never the reason to stop them from their jihad. Cikgu Mala is not a new face plucked out from thin air. She has gone through the mill and earns her stripes. Otherwise she wouldn't be chosen.

Cikgu Mala still a'softie'?

I rest my case.


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