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Thursday 30 April 2020

The PAS-inisation of Islam:-some preliminary views

In Indonesia, a Muslim cleric, Habib Riziq Shihab was deemed guilty when it was discovered  to have video WhatsApp his nude girlfriend.  He wasn't content to see still pictures.  He must see live action!

The male family jewel does not know it is attached to an ustaz or otherwise. It answers to the calls of its opposite member when appreciated.

Clearly I can also swear like a trooper like a former friend said. That is not the issue however.

A person who adopts a pious persona must behave accordingly. He owes a higher degree of responsibility.

We do not do a double standard here.  Its just the way life is.

Similarly, in Malaysia, a person who adopts a similar image owes a higher degree of own-upship.
There is no difference  between a Genteel and a Philistine  when  it comes to sex.

For example, I am a philistine for I have come to terms with how I conduct  my life. I don't know about others. It is not my business.

A person who does not go to a mosque frequented by a PAS member goes to hell does he?
That is a discomforting  thought.

It suggests that God is not fair.  He has chosen a side.
All our life we have been  taught that  our entry to heaven is determined  by our piety and definitely not party affiliate.

We don't know of any community  that says it's OK  to steal but pas aligns  itself with a known plunderer.
Pas cannot  work with DAP yet can sleep with heathens MCA and MIC.

We believe in Islam but cannot accept unquestioningly PAS version of our religion.

The problem with PAS is our total submission to the party. Unless we behaved in certain ways we are  not moral. But morality is defined by pas. And that morality is as big as Hj Hadi's nose. What he does not comprehend  are not moral.  So our morality  depends  on big brother. Where is our freedom then?
Politically that is a condiment to totalitarianism.

That is our strong objection to the politics of PAS. The party will lead to totalitarianism.
That is why it demands total submission. After all total are the first 5 words to totalitarianism!

Musyawarah masks total acquiescence actually.

Can we trust a party that has no finality in whatever it says?
Where is Tahaluf Siyasi now?
They cooperate when it profits them as what it did to DAP.  Hence to PAS only interests are permanent. All other things are ephemeral.

Why is it Tahaluf Siyasi now to work with MCA and MIC but not with DAP?
I remember Nazri Aziz once told me he trusts DAP more than the scheming  MCA.  And I assure you not a few in UMNO hold that view!

Do people ask what kind  of government  does  pas promote? Therein lies another of our opposition to pas.

The answer is an intolerant  government. That is surely against  free and inquisitive people unless  we don't mind   being muted  people.

Pas can only survive in a government  that broods no opposition to it. Any opposition  to it will be branded heretic or blasphemous.

Such a government only promotes pre emptive cowering  and submission. Can we allow pas to rule?

And since it views opposition  to its government  as blasphemous and heretic  that could only lead to violence. Using religion, pas can justify killing and violence.
Do we want that in a civilised community?


Tuesday 28 April 2020

The Religious Faker

When a few adulating sycophants ululate "bossku" to Najib - what has he done?

He's doing what many worshippers of the unknown are doing-rubbing a black goat and letting  it off in the desert to die of thirst and hunger.  We call it scapegoating.

What the selfish Najib  is doing is escaping from personal responsibility  and letting others fry for it! Some people's children!

I am surprised  to see some people falling for Najib.after all he has done doesn't he deserved a break?
Well, that does not excuse  his plunder.

The fact that US  has returned  over 1 billion confirmed that 1MDB has taken place. Surely someone  must be punished!

The sycophantic supporters of Najib  are sending the wrong message. We don't know of  any society that says it's okay to steal!

Its one of the 10 commandments.  Thou shall not steal. Show me where Islam says it's okay to steal. Does our religion, Islam says it's alright  to steal?

The problem  is that Najib  believes that it's his divine right to steal from  the country. Let's debunk that myth.

Could  it be that Najib uses religion  to justify his pillage?
Najib is a religious  hypocrite!

When I was information chief of Pekan UMNO, I volunteered  to do a session of Ratib Haddad at Najib's residence. The purpose was to bring in glad tidings and drive out evil.

After thinking a while Najib gently refused.  Perhaps he was afraid the session would blunt Rosmah's mandram!

Only God knows.  How do we know Rosmah directed her magic only on Najib? It could even be on Mahathir!

That would also make us question the allegiance  of some religious  people!.  A party like PAS that aligns with a known philanderer  is dangerous!

It's not all of a sudden Najib has turned religious. I hope the people will rule him out!
He has not got a leg up in terms of support.

The most vile of a person is one  who believes he or she gets permission  from god to do as he or she pleases. We ought to say that religion is the  refuge of scoundrels. Najib is a bloody scoundrel!
You may disagree with me, who cares.  But then  you are free to  shove any object down the place where the sun never shines! The choice is yours.


Monday 27 April 2020

An Asian looks at Trump's USA

We think America  has broken the rules in  international  trade. It uses economic and political tools to promote its own interests. It's promoting economic hegemony.

So let Trump howl and wail huff and puff about china's trade practice. They are just the rantings  of a schizophrenic man.

If America  does not respect  others she will be Isolated. The recent US -China  trade, war serves, only to expose. American  economic hegemonic tendencies.

Trump is, a bully  narcissistic  sociopath who has, managed fo transfer these onto  American  life. The trouble  is many accepted  this as, the new normal.

Well he's not pulling a fast one on us like he did to Huawei.

Huawei is just a casualty to Trump's bizarre economic  policies. Friedman  would be, rolling in his grave.

How should  we deal with a Huawei for Instance?
We should do like Russia  does-open her arms to Huawei. By blockading  Huawei US is exposing  its incapable  of overcoming china's technological prowess.

We, should welcome  Huawei to develop our 5G internet  technology like Russia  does. We take, advantage of US Parochialism.
Its, an extension of Trump's  narcissism anyway.

But there's more than just Huawei and Panda diplomacy. They have technological advances. In Tula Russia, Great Wall Motors is investing USD 500m in a car factory producing Haval SUV. Now they can produce 1500 cars and 1000 jobs. Imagine  that  kind of investment  to us.

China possesses wind turbine technology  and solar technology which we can transfer.

While on this subject we can have more economic relationships with Russia.  Perhaps  she is not an ogre as painted by US.

We can do this by being not  too attached  to the USA.
After  all free market means free trade and that means we  are free to trade with anyone.


Sunday 26 April 2020

The Economic Transformation of Malaysia part of part 3

Part 1
Part 2

I am directing  my attention  to rural economic transformation or traditional economy and less on urban economics or modern economy.

In a sense the attention is intentional because the income gap between rural and urban economy must never be allowed to widen.  It would lead to confrontation.

The rural problem, simply put is: How do we raise the nominal and real income of rural economic  actors?

We are already familiar  with price support and subsidy policies.  We should focus on economic and social policies.

People in rural areas are either self-employed or farmers as landowners or tenant farmers.

Some farmers cultivate government -owned lands.  They are frequently  raided by settlement  officers.

Tenant farming  should be abolished, tenant farmers should  be given lands. Those who open up government  owned lands should  be given lands, regularised in  size.

From here we can move on to the next  step  to help both the self-employed  and farmers.

But the transformation is not overnight. The individual farmer who railed over the minister of agricultural is expecting a quicksilver solution, the transformation of the rural economy of which agriculture is but a part requires time.  When it happened the individual farmer must seize the day and cannot expect to be spoon-fed.

Assuming the "challenge and respond" attitude is there, here are some measures which the government can facilitate.

I believed every district  should  have their own marketing premises, Alor Star has its Pekan Rabu, Kuala  Terengganu has it's Pasar Payang, Kota Baru it's Pasar Khatijah etc. The gov should build these in every district.

There, the rural economic actors can sell  their goods and services. Each premise should  have their own stage premises  to hold  cultural shows. That  would attract people  to come.

Farmers markets  should  be permanent premises. The premises should  have permanent  stalls. Refrigeration  facilities, toilet and prayer hall facilities  and rubbish Collection  facilities.

A previous  agriculture Minister, Ismail Sabri  I think, supplied 3 wheeled vehicles to farmers. I think this practice should be continued.  So is the supply of things  like coconut milk Extraction  machines and food-trucks.

Really it should  be the rural development ministry looking after these things because  of direct effects to rural folks

Certainly more pusat kemahiran should be built in the districts including vocational  training in agriculture

There must be institutions that promote growth!


Friday 24 April 2020

You cannot please everyone!

I once talked to Najib  about winning.  You see, he's obsessed  about  getting  support from everyone.  I said that's not necessary. You can't please everyone.

If you win 60% you are winning.

It's pointless to please everyone. Since Tun Razak's time there's always about 10000 who for 1001 reasons will not support him.

I have long learnt  that you can't please everybody. So those who disagree with me are no problem  to me. But unless they write to argue properly I will hold tight to my opinion.

For instance there are some envious souls who say I do  not write my articles.  They say its written by some ghost writers.

Some people just can't believe some can write better than them.

I tolerated even Caucasians who commit grammar and tense mistakes because I know what they want to say!

The same people say my writings are crap. How do we reconcile  the allegations that I do not write but attribute crappiness to me?

Usually fellow bloggers do not question me but those who cannot even construct some sentences do.
Perhaps  they engaged in some empty  talk among the chattering class or hope to score with somebody.

Ah well you cannot please  everyone. Like John  Maynard Keynes said, "In the long run, we are all dead!"


Thursday 23 April 2020

Unsolicited advices from citizen A

When Muhyiddin was asked, by journalists when Najib will be arrested, he answered he will not  interfere. Politically correct answer, but wrong anyway.

The better answer would have been, "If Najib were guilty then he will have to face the legal consequences. Muhyiddin cannot be neutral.

Muhyiddin must seize the opportunity to isolate Najib and his, ilk in UMNO. Confiscate the billions he stole. Ban him from politics.

Do the same to like-thinking  UMNO people.
Muhyiddin must have the killer instinct  to crush these people.

Now is the time to set up Bersatu branches in every UMNO divisions.  PBPM must engage the people directly.

It must open itself to engaging all Malaysians and not only Malays.

This is the time to co-opt  like-thinking people into Bersatu. By doing this it will cause the dilution of UMNO.

There is a rational reason for not staying neutral. Muhyiddin must show which side is he on. 
By deliberately making  choices Muhyiddin can earn respect and loyalty of the people.

In this circumstance  only Najib hates him, but he has gained admiration of the people.  Najib is one person. Can he win against  the many?

By making choices, Muhyiddin shows he's making a bold decision.  People will prefer a decisive leader.  Not choosing side  will  only show you as an irresolute  leader.  Its better to be hated by one person than by the many.

Action is more preferable than inaction.  So by throwing  his hat with the people  Muhyiddin shows he is decisive  and bold gaining their respect.

Choose a front and fight for it wholeheartedly.  Like Hussein Onn once said don't fight on several  fronts at once. We are not a fan of neutrality.

By not  making a bold decision shows  you are timid and indecisive.  You will be hated by both sides.
But which side do You choose?
In my example above, in a democracy  choose, the majority.  Najib is one person. Sacrifice him.

Not making a bold decision must only be done for strategic reasons. Even that must  not be overused lest it shows timidity. People say this is discretion and it may indeed be the better part of valour.

This principle was shown in WW2-thw fascist leader Mussolini  sided with Hitler  while  Franco of Spain  remained  neutral. Although Mussolini  was eventually executed the Germans aided him and helped  him regain power.  Franco  because he was neutral  managed to stay in power for another 30 years.

Mussolini  chose the wrong  side BUT gained  the respect and admiration of the Germans.
By postponing his decision and remaining  neutral Franco  remained in power.  But today Il Duce is more remembered than Franco. 
Even when making a wrong decision  but a decisive one gains respect and admiration  and is remembered  longer.
Hence,  don't be neutral  and timid, by setting up Bersatu branches and divisions  Bersatu shows its presence and deal with problems  hands on.

Nowadays  it may not be possible to be  physically  present  because maybe you are holding  public  office and so on, you can appoint personal  representatives etc. Hold skype meetings  and send e-mails. Show your presence.

Co-opting friendly  UMNO  members and aiding  them  to form Bersatu branches is like expanding and acquiring  new territories.

Through  these people  establish beach heads through  which to expand Bersatu's influence. Ask them to dissolve  UMNO branches  but remember  not to give them too great power. They will and can undermine  you. Use them to put down rivals.  That is good politics, unethical  but good.

In ancient Greek  history  Achilles  and Hercules  were educated by a being known as Chiron. It was half beast and half human.

There are two ways of getting power.  One is to use the law the other by force.

The first is opened  to man, the second to beast.
When civility and discussion  no longer work then fear and intimidation  need to be employed.

Hence, the good leader must use both methods. Sometimes,  force is necessary to achieve what is wanted.

Be open-minded then. If Najib is guilty use overwhelming force on him.  Others too. Confiscate their ill-gotten  gains. Close their accounts. Ban them from politics.

Resorting to animalistic conduct be both a lion and  the fox. Be strong like the lion and be cunning  like the fox.

The good leader will adjust his policies according to circumstances.  That is why he never judged something  prematurely. Decide the fate of golem Najib  when the time comes. Don't judge now.

Adapt or perish!


Monday 20 April 2020

Najib Personality Disorder

Najib lambasted PH for not fulfilling its election promises. That is the same question I posed to a PH leader when the latter visited  me.

I told the leader people aren't interested to know you have fulfilled  70% of the promises.  They are looking for big ticket items like the reduction in fuel prices, the abolition  of tolls and PTPTN.

They are no longer the government, so I  am not going to talk about them.

But I am certainly going to talk about pee wee Najib.  He is like 7-Eleven.  He never shuts his  mouth ever. Well, he's not going to be unchallenged!

Perhaps Najib is suffering from NPD-narcissistic personality disorder. He thinks the world revolves around  him.

He thinks highly of himself to the exclusion of others. Accordingly, the world ought to run as he thinks.

Because of that Malaysia was turned into a gigantic ATM machine. His own that is.

In that world  Najib was able to apply his voodoo economics-cash is king. He spent like nobody's  business.

It became our business. We had to dedicate time and resources  to rectify our voodoo-ed economy. He created a huge mess!

The monumental  mess is the main reason  why PH was not able to fulfil its promises fully. Much time and resources were spent in cleaning the shit he left behind.

We must not wonder why we could not fulfil ALL of the election promises!


Saturday 18 April 2020

A Lesson In Pragmatic Politics

Many years ago I was in a group discussing why we need a good person like Pak Lah to lead our country. A friend said as a matter of factly-if you want a good person find an imam.

It made me realised that it's almost impossible to be both a good person and a politician.
Hence, the popular image of a politician who is sly underhanded and dishonest.

We should not be thinking  that way, rather the question  we should  ask ourselves  is-. Is this person an effective leader?

Hj Hadi was once MB of Trengganu. His avowed objective was to establish a kingdom of God there.  He soon was overwhelmed  by real politiks.  He failed after 1 term.

M. Yacob of Kelantan is different.  There his primary objective  is not to  establish a kingdom of God but to manage the state effectively.  So he has managed  to endure longer.

But the jury is not out yet.  With the increasing Mullah-isation of PAS Kelantan, it may prove to be his Achilles  heel!

So the ustazs in PAS may not be purely persons of God after all.  Earthly matters may colour their character.

If they want to remain fundamentalist, be a preacher not a Politician.

The raison d'être of a good politician  is to defend enrich and honour the state. And this may require the use of the darker arts.

To honour the state may include  jettisoning  people like Najib and his inklings in UMNO.

In order to do this Muhyiddin must use judicious virtue, Machiavelli used the term criminal  virtue.  Simply ruthlessness.

We are not asking for Najib to be sawn into two but asking  for Najib to spend sabbatical in Sungai Buluh.  Or ban him from politics.

That includes axing civil servants  who behaved like little Napoleons.  Those who don't answer phones should be terminated. We the taxpayers have long tolerated their nonsense.

But the use of criminal virtue must be what it is-judicious. They must be used sporadically to avoid being accused of mindless  brutality.

Action on Najib and the little  napoleons should be done once. After that use diversionary tactics-. Concerts, Public  Shows, lower taxes, financial incentives  etc. Let people think you are an effective  leader.

Very often, being a good politician and a good person involves moral trade-offs, -to be a good politician  often means you have to abandon being a good person.

I am afraid  that's the problem with PH people -wanting  to be a good person  and a good politician.  In the end they failed.

They want to celebrate differences, they wan to give opposition  air time.  It's not our business to allow the opposition  to undermine us. We must be ruthless.

I have said it before -we don't have to be apologetic to the Bukit Tunku Bolsehviks the Hampstead liberals, the Gucci communists, the Country Heights, Café Latte socialists-just do  it!

So we must not think politicians as sly underhanded or manoeuvring but rather, my friends, are they effective?


Friday 17 April 2020

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.

Najib 's articulations through  the social media  will invite  comments.  Having made the bed he must now lie on it. His  comments must not  go unchallenged.

Najib  has made some presumptuous  remarks  regarding  PH's performance.  His insolence is typical of a feudal overlord who is accountable  to no one.

Najib lambasted  PH for:-

  1. Breaking its promises of appointing  politicians  to GLCs
  2. Not fulfilling  its election promises
  3. Messing up the  economy.
I answered points 1 and 2 in my article. See my link below.
The government  made political appointments not because Najib said so but because it is pragmatic to do so.

"It's Business, nothing personal"

I will answer part 3 in a separate article.

Najib seems to think that if some things are not thought  by him they couldn't  happen. Sorry Najib, don't be a narcissist.

As to Najib's prognosis  of our economy Najib  is no Cassandra.  Our economy will be as it is not Because  of Najib but in spite of Najib.  Tuan,  the world will move on without you!
How  clever can  Najib  be?

The last time I checked, the present government  is a coalition  between Muhyiddin's Bersatu faction and what remains of UMNO!.  And Najib is left out!
Najib is just  being sour grapish or bringing coal to Newcastle.

So why is Najib  railing against  PH when it is no longer the government? Najib is kicking  a dead horse.
Najib is envious that the train has left him, or he is suffering from talak mad he is no longer the PM.
Stand down commandant!

Just because Muhyiddin seems to replicate many of Najib's policies does not mean Najib caused them. Don't suffer from post hoc ergo propter hoc syndrome.

When Najib was a pm, he was not interested in our economy:, it was collateral to him.  He was more interested  to turn Malaysia  into a giant ATM machine!

So stop and desist Najib. Don't infect us with the post hoc ergo propter hoc virus! No, thank you.


Tuesday 14 April 2020

Malaysia's King Louis and Marie Antoinette.

Suddenly there is a flood of subjects written on  the Bonnie and Clyde couple of Malaysia.

I am afraid none are complimentary. We cannot say we don't agree, but  we don't do the extremes.

We are not interested to know who was Rosmah's first husband, by the way Aziz Nong Chik was my colleague in shell.

I once brought Aziz  to see a Tun,  I introduced who Aziz was.  The Tun responded by congratulating  Aziz!

We are not interested to know that a former CM was the one who introduced Rosmah to Najib.

We are not interested to know that Rosmah was once an ugly duckling who turned into a swan and whose overriding ambition was to marry Najib.
Or she was called a ''puaka'' woman  and  her siblings  did not talk to her for years.

We are certainly  not interested to know that her hormonal  pills cost 1 million a pack. 
Of course now she is like Siberia-everybody knows  where it is but no one  wants to go there!

But we are interested to know how she fleeced money from companies doing business in Malaysia. We are interested how she demanded money from the China company building  the ECRL here.

As far as Najib is concerned we are not interested to know he humiliated Rosmah a few times.
We are not interested  to know he mistreated his first wife and called her gila babi or sporadic bonkers.
We don't care two hoots if he had a good time with Altantuya which he did.

But we are interested how Malaysia's King Louis and Marie Antoinette got their billions.
The only châteaux befitting them are at Sungai Buluh and Kajang. Adieu!

We must know what this degenerate  pair want-they want honour and adulation.

Ignore the fact Najib made an Oath in a mosque. What is an oath to a liar. Najib is a congenital  menace, when he was a kid, visitors to Sri Taman were often shocked.  When visitors came to see Tun Razak young Najib would be upstairs.  He would throw objects at these visitors. Najib is  sadistic! One shouldn't  be surprised  when he called  people ' haramjadah' and ' papa kedana'

I was amused when there was a political commentator who gave a basket list of parameters on why Muhyiddin chose Najib 's style over Tun M.

Muhyiddin did no such thing.  Really he is isolating Najib. He has said he will not interfere with the due process of law in response to questiions when Najib will be arrested.
Najib and Rosie will get what they deserved.

But don't believe me wholly,  there are  those who say I employ  ghost writers. See if they can imitate my style.

They also say my writings are crap.  That's an insult to my intelligence and almost 27 million  others who read my crap.

As, they say res ipsa loquitor!


Sunday 12 April 2020

Najib's Crab Teaching Muhyiddin How To Walk.


Najib's crab must be the only crab which can walk straight. There's a Malay saying that says if your nose is not pointed don't push your cheeks.  But that is what Najib is unashamedly doing.

Najib tells Muhyiddin don't do as stupid PH did. Do like his UMNO did is it?

There's the sword of Damocles pointing at his heart.  He faces a myriad of court cases. Sungai Buluh Hilton beckons him. He is free to revive the 'Tin Mine'...his unsolicited advice does not earn him brownie points.

Perhaps  his unsolicited  advice  gives a brief  orgasm to the servile bossku followers. Still, it does not absolve him from the billions he stole from  our treasury. Perhaps its possible to take a class action against him.

Indeed, the court should order Najib  to compensate the government for the billions lost. Najib must commit seppuku just  as Mishima did. But Najib is not an honourable person.

Nobody  Gives a rat's ass what Najib says. It's his attempt to stay relevant. If we remember correctly he was the one who fired Muhyiddin.

So Najib can continue giving  unsolicited comments to stay relevant.  His only means of staying  relevant is to install pliant and equally corrupt people like the Java man Wak Jahid!

But subtle as it is, it means that UMNO is making him irrelevant  as it should.
I am not  worried about  future inmate Najib  but  will continue  to expose his hypocrisy.

UMNO determines what it is by what it does correctly.  The correct  thing to do is making people  like Najib and his minions irrelevant!

But why should I be concerned with what UMNO does to salacious Najib?
It's not about UMNO or Najib. It's about saving millions of Malays from being duped!


Saturday 11 April 2020

It's business, nothing personal.

There is a parody that described Muhyiddin as a permissive father. Good for him.
But I hope that does not include to mean he will excuse Najib.  He's a Poor excuse of a man.

After what Najib has done, he cannot be called a Human being. The man is a bloody thief! Commiting the heist of  the century.  He's the billion dollar whale! It's a crying shame that some people still hold him in high esteem. They must suffer from some mad cow disease.

I hope Muhyiddin is not that pliable blob of a putty!

Having said that, I would like to know has there been an appreciable increase in value when we appoint non politicians to head GLCs?
I see none.

So Muhyiddin should revert to appointing politicians to head GLCs and the like. They have the political nuance and some are highly educated.

Appointing politicians is also one form of rewarding loyal politicians who are not appointed ministers.

On the flip side, why is Muhyiddin appointing so many senators as ministers? For instance the finance minister maybe a top notch-banker, but it is a mistake to think that his credentials are transferable.

I also hope Muhyiddin does not go soft on ECRL project. Remember it was Tun Daim who negotiated the cost downwards. That suggests the inflated price was done by someone. The scandal maybe bigger  than 1MDB!

It was rumoured that Kak Ros demanded she be paid money for per metre line built! And Najib got paid seperately.  Clearly, Najib and Rosmah is the Malaysian  Bonnie and Clyde couple.

It's better for the IGP to arrest this Couple than start a new set of  IP on Dr Mahathir, Tun Daim and LGE. Don't distract us on a wild goose chase.

Its business, nothing personal.

Apart from that I have no quarrel with TSMY. He has announced  a slew of financial relief.
To some these may just be charmed offensive or crowd pleasing populism.

But the pièce de résistance of all these, he understands what the people want.

The people must FEEL they are cared for and protected. The financial  relief showed  the people  they are cared for.

The measures taken by the government against COVID-19,.show the people they are protected.
The actions against Najib  and Rosmah showed people they are protected against  the avarice and capriciousness  of a sham leader and his missus.

Contrast this with what took place during the previous  PH government.  People feel constricted  and suffocated.

The Finance Minister was over close-fisted, the weekly revision of petrol prices placed people in turmoil.  Each person has got personalised  agenda

The PH people patted their backs having fulfilled  70% of their promises. People don't care. They wanted  to know whether tolls are abolished, PTPTN forgiven, etc.

I am convinced  therefore TSMY's government  will endure.


Friday 10 April 2020

The Invisible People

It has been brought  to my attention  that some people bitched behind me.
I don't know any of them nor met any of them.

But as they say u cannot close the mouth of the vase.

They say I employ  ghost writers. I have never employed any. Even during sickness I typed with my left finger. No one can replicate my thinking.

Some say my writings  are crap. They have not even written a single sentence.
Funny nearly 27 million read crap.
There must be something  wrong!
People are envious.

Shame on them for claiming  they are  my friends when they are clearly  not! We don't know  each other.

They are the invisible people known only to nameless people.

I still read extensively. I have the Sarawak Report and the Billion Dollar Whale.

I have books by Xi Jinping, Deng Xioping, Ezra Vogel, Erskine May and Lord Denning.

I am going over The Sarawak Report at the moment.


The Unforgettable 1MDB

If reports are true that Justo has, returned to Switzerland  and the son of murdered Hussen Najdi is too scared to be witness that is a big blow to the credibility of Muhyiddins government.  It suggests that this administration  has gone soft on corruption  in general.

It suggests that it's alright  to steal billions of Ringgit as long as all is recovered. That is utterly  wrong!
Even if all the money is recovered the original crime is not erased!

Let me be more blunt. Its like saying that its alright  for Najib and his goons to crash into our house and sleep with our wife or wives and daughters. Najib is Malay and UMNO!

That would further suggest that Malaysia does not respect the law and malays have no values.

Both cannot be true! I hope Muhyiddins government  has not gone soft on corruption and the Malays hold  their true north  in moral and ethical compass.

The Bonnie and Clyde couple of Malaysia  must received their justiciable comeuppance.  One in Sungai Buloh Hilton the other in Kajang Hilton.

Muhyiddins uninspirational look must never mean the thieves come back  and wantonly partake  in the spoils of victory.  And if society keeps quiet about it our beloved  country will  go to the dogs.  The mullahs of PAS are compromised by the intoxication  of unbridled power!


Thursday 9 April 2020

Trees for forest.

There is a toddy drinking Malaysian Indian asking the IGP to arrest Tun Mahathir, Tun Daim and Lim Guan Eng.  Maybe he's drunk.  Maybe he drank 1 bottle but drunk like drinking 10.

There are now concerted attempts through gutter journalism to divert our attention absolved Herr Najib and blame others. In that process we fail to see the forest for the trees.

If this clownish  man who is so remote from the persons he asked to arrest can do with So then I who was Najib's Ketua Penerangan and AJK bahagian a fortiori has got more locus standi to ask the IGP to arrest Najib.

If the gov has proof that these people have done some wrongs  it can ask the I to  arrest them.  Even Najib  who has clearly committed  the heist of the century remains scott free!
The court of the people ought not  to be influenced  by the climate of the day but will be affected by the flavour of the era.

The bigger picture is that Najib stole from us! We must not forget that!

Oddly he's silent on arresting the embezzler in chief Najib son of  Razak. Maybe Najib  sent him crates of thali merah. Dei thambi!

What I find strange is that some journals find it justifiable to dignify the muttering of a drunkard.


Wednesday 8 April 2020

Covid 19: Opening the floodgates, to corruption.

The world is facing the pandemic Covid-19. President  Trump erroneously called it the Chinese  virus. There are more Americans now affected  by the virus.  Shall we call it the American  virus? Sounds so racist, doesn't it?

As a response  Malaysia implemented the MCO which has now been extended  to 14th April 2020.

But out of our misery and inconvenience, some of our leaders saw it fit to implement qustionable policies.  The Malays  have a saying:scooping fish out of muddy waters. We are not going to be silent.

I am going to talk about it without fear or favour. Friends  or foes.

Why for insistence  must there be a policy to buy inhalors only from  Pharmaniaga? Suddenly  the MOH doesn't know where to buy the equipment.  Or shall we continue to drink much  warm water as the minister suggested.  After  all he is a clever person.  Apart from  his Mbbs he has, 2 ba.

Perhaps  the most ridiculous  proposal  is to have our roads sanitised.  Pardon my ignorance, but I thought the roads are heated by the sun.  And at 60 degrees all viruses are exterminated!

Next shall we be asked to buy face masks and hand sanitizer from a particular source?

I think Muhyiddin should stop all these nonsense..... Unless the Chinese saying is true: "If the top beam is crooked, all the rest will not be straight"


Greetings everyone.

I realised there are many grammatical mistakes in my writings lately. As many of you know, I am recuperating from stroke and this may have impaired my physical abilities. 

Your indulgence is much appreciated. Thank you.


Tuesday 7 April 2020

Why Najib is hateable

There was an article saying at long last, TDM's hatred for Najib is exposed. That apologetic regurgitation shall not go unchallenged! It does not require TDM to hate Najib. The jowlish Najib is intrinsically repulsive.

Najib is H. Weinstein and J. Epstein rolled into one Clyde Barrow of Malaysia and David Duke of UMNO redneckism.  What's there not to hate?

Najib became MP when his father Tun Razak  passed away. It was also the result of the Malay fetish with ascriptive character.

A person is assumed to inherit the father's leadership qualities. How wrong can people be?

Didn't the Quran tells us there comes a person whose narrative about the world doth mesmerised us but behind us plots evil? The person destroys our livestock and farms!

Tun Razak built Felda, Najib the evil son dismembered it and called the settlers who refused his ploy "haramjadah"?

Look at NFC. Najib allowed it to happen. When the top beam is crooked, all the rest will not be straight!

When Najib became MP, he could not even speak Malay properly prompting one ex-adun to remark,
"Awak ni kalau minum arak baru lancar!"

Where Tun Razak was humble, Najib is feudalistic. Where TR genuinely cared for the people, Najib  was hypocratic. Where TR shook our hands firmly, Najib's handshake is limp! That's the measure of the man. Still wonder why Najib  is so repulsive?

I remember once, Najib visited a kampung in Pekan. He saw people living in chicken-coop like dwellings. He asked wryly "Do people still live like this? "
The people of Pekan can only respond in their typical manner : kepala bapak awak!

Don't ever forget Najib's role in 1MDB and the various GLCs where he may have received  money.  Of course he will do Mad's Alfie - me don't know anything.

1MDB was an ab initio evil in design hatched by a diabolical mind. If he continues to claim he doesn't know anything then he is using a loophole in the law to commit a crime! Judges called it Lacunae in the law.

In the end, Najib is an over hyped and an overvalued man!

So I asked again, do we need TDM to tell us to dislike Najib?


The Economic Transformation of Malaysia: Part 2

When we were asked to look East, we were not shown how the Japanese lived. How do we emulate the Japanese? 

We can get rich if we are actually shown how others succeed. Exposure is the answer to success. People must be physically exposed to living examples if they are to progress. 

That is why the ECR project must be carried out after eliminating the corruption element. People and trade are exposed. Competitive advantage can operate, businesses can prosper.

The present government must honour its promises -- all of it, not 60 or 70 percent. You think the people care two hoots when you have achieved 70%? They don't give a damn! Have you abolished tolls? Have you written off or reduced PTPTN? Petrol and diesel? Have you reduced the price of gas? Please don't give nauseating excuses. The government does not operate on profit motive! That's Government 101.

It is time for this government to set up SEZs in economically-depressed areas such as in the East Coast, Sabah and Sarawak.

To insulate the people from knowing how to behave is a half past six solution. We must not build iron curtains of economic ignorance. 

The concept of self sufficiency is a mythified concept. No one can exist as a Robinson Crusoe economy. The more isolationist you are, the more backward you become. We learn this from China's experience. China was able to free itself from poverty when it opened itself up and freed the creative energies of its people. Now it is embarking itself on the Belt Road Initiative. The ultimate objective is to expand the market for Chinese goods and services.

The Lesson for Muhyiddin is this: He must forcefully remove all barriers that impede the creative energy of the people. 

One of these is the enervating and numbing racism perpetuated so long by UMNO and its blackcoat allies.

To prevent people from learning the object lesson is actually a form of pompous selfishness. Hopefully the creation of the SEZs will free the creative energies of the people. We must stop believing  that progress is possible only as top down. 

But the government can help in some ways -- create micro financing facilities for the rural people wanting to do businesses and specialised financing facilities for urban people. The collateral  must be minimal. The old and the infirm must continue to receive direct cash allowances.

There must be some ways to reduce carte blanche cash disbursements. While politically correct, our people must be taught  there is no free lunch and that rewards accrue to one's contributions.

Pragmatism must underlie decisions taken by the government. Do not be constrained by theories that worked elsewhere. The acid test is, Does this work here? At the end of the day, we shouldn't care whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches the mice.

Successive Ministers of Information failed Mahathir. There were no programmes showing etiquettes of success. We were left to our own devices. That is wrong.

Now the current Minister of Information must show why Muhyiddin is right for Malaysia. He must endear Muhyiddin to the people. Otherwise, all the apparatuses of opinion-building he has at his disposal are useless!


Saturday 4 April 2020

The Economic Transformation of Malaysia: Part 1

This article is divided in 3 parts: Part 1 is what I believe is the sine qua non for economic transformation. Part 2 is an evaluation of previous economic polices, and finally Part 3 is the economic transformation of the rural economy.

First, Muhyidin must be a pragmatic leader, using common sense instead of theorising and philosophying. Don't be shackled by the theories of Samuelson or Friedman. Use practical and common sense. Does this policy work here?

Don't be a goody-two-shoes leader. I was aghast when a person suggested that we celebrate differences in opinion and it was suggested that we give air time to the opposition. It's not the business of this government to allow the opposition to undermine  us. Being practical means not to be caught by these airy-fairy ideas of democracy.

Being practical also means to quickly get rid of nincompoops  in  the cabinet. For instance, it was laughable to hear the new Health Minister suggest that we drink a lot of warm water to combat Covid-19. What a bozo! 

Unless of course Imperial Muhyiddin wants a court jester in his cabinet and entertain his dour existence! 

Being pragmatic also means Muhyiddin must be prepared to take unpopular measures and not be unduly concerned with ratings. If he is, then he is blowing with the wind and playing the gallery, eager to please everybody.

The PM has just announced a slew of charitable measures. They are both good and bad. 

Don't get me wrong; charitable and gratuitous money is good for the very poor infirmed sick and the economically depressed, but in  the long run is not good for the able bodied and the economic pupae soon to become butterflies.

To able bodied people, FELDA settlers, and the self employed, Laffer's Backward Supply Curve and Muth's Rational Expectations will operate.

I am talking as an economist here; the able bodied will work less and expect gratuitous economic handouts from the government. Responsibility to oneself becomes the responsibility of the government. This is not good if our intention is to create rugged individuals who roll with the punches.

The lesson for Muhyiddin here is be discriminate in his charity. I remember Najib once told me there is nothing the Malays like (he was talking about some Pekan Malays) than to get free things.

The PM must be supported by an efficient civil service. The undisputed fact is a good government requires good people.

To attract the best, we must have competitive remuneration. The salary of ministers in Singapore for instance is tied with the top 5 private sector salaries. Not only does it attracts the best, it can also discourage corruption.

I am not at all impressed by the fact we have 1.6 million civil servants if the majority consists of grade "C" eggs. 

I once gave a talk (with others) to cadets of Singapore's civil service, consisting of their brightest. I asked, the convenor herself a Cambridge graduate, "Do you take in 1st-class graduates only?" "No," she answered as a matter of factly, "2nd upper- and above." I kept quite in acceptance. That confirmed the quality of civil service needed. Having a high quality civil service means we don't have to explain  many times to make them understand. They will understand much faster. 

But having a quality civil service is not a happenstance, it does not happen willy nilly. We must assiduously cultivate it. Must consciously plan for it. I do not want the government to become an employer of last resort, attracting the riff-raff. It is time to restructure our civil service, military and police to reflect our racial composition. If non-Malays are good, we take them in.

The PM needs to control and reduce corruption. In his bid to be everything to everybody, he must not be forgiving. It is a travesty of justice if we overlook the massive corruption done by the David Duke of UMNO rednecks, the billion dollar whale Najib Razak. He must face the law. All forms of corruption, commission must not be tolerated by the PM.

The PM must promote meritocracy. This can be achieved through competition.

But how do you choose people? I used to work for Shell -- they have an appraisal system called HAIR. Kuan Yew also used this. This is a method which we can begin. It stands for Helicopter  vision, Analytical power, Imagination and Realistic. Can the person see the big picture? Can they analyise problems? Is the person imaginative? Think outsidse the box at times? And is the person realistic?

Is giving all and sundry RM1000 to RM3000 realistic? What are the consequences? Will Auntie Kiah be jumping with joy as a result of receiving RM4000, forgetting that her sarong has slipped? Or will she be sulking because Muhyiddin like Bosku Najib before  him had also lied?

Take heed of a Laffer's Backward Supply Curve and Lucas' Rational Expectations. Is Muhyiddin's RM250 billion package capable of producing a temporary financial placebo effect?

Has anyone heard of Manzhouli? It's a city in China near the Russian border. There, the Chinese built a Russian town, complete with Russian architecture, buildings, restaurants, a large inland port etc. Russian immigrants bring their ballet, trade values, their industriousness etc. It is not an uncommon sight to see people queuing up to buy bread. China exports fruits and vegetables to Russia. Manzhouli has turned into an economic and a social hub. The Chinese and Russians learn from one another. The Chinese has pushed the IDEA of learning from others to the extreme. I think learning from others should be part of our economic policy.

We can do similar things in Malaysia. We should forget about the Look East policy for the moment. It's not directly profitable to us. 

We can do an Indonesia town here. I and others have pushed the idea of building a bridge from Dumai to Malacca. So Malacca is the best candidate for an Indonesia Town. The Indonesians can bring their cuisine, culture, values, and industry to Malaysia. We can gain access to its huge market. Don't think Indonesia as a source of maids only. Learn from them.

These are the factors we require. First of all, to launch an economic transformation of Malaysia. We proceed from first principles. Muhyiddin must remember he cannot please everyone.


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