Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Government of the 20%, by the 20% , for the 20%- Part 1

Of the 20%, by the 20%, for the 20%.
We live in a political and economic system which gives disproportionate voice and power to the oligarchs- business and politics. Dividing us up into sectarian groups along racial, religious and cultural lines serve the interests of these oligarchs to stay in power and wreak havoc on all of us.
Our agenda is the destruction and removal of this system through legal and democratic means. We must not be fooled by slogans asserting racial, cultural and religious rights. What we must do is assert our inalienable right of self-determination. It is we who determine the right form and type of government we want, dispensing fairness and justice and upholding the rule of law on which we can build up a civil society.
The salvation for all of us- we must assert our inalienable right as a human being responsible for forming a responsible government. Actually we don’t want an oversized or downsized government- we want a responsible government with good governance, upholding the rule of law.
The government is a means through which we achieve our collective aims which cannot otherwise be achieved individually.  It’s not a separate entity above is that bullies us into compliance, regimentation and submission. As individuals we are responsible for our own wellbeing. We serve our interests, our family and societies interest.
Minister Wahid Omar is the newest spokesman for the 20%. If Wahid Omar were to visit Raub’s pasar mingggu, pasar pagi and pasar malam- he would be pelted with rotten eggs. This is the man who says, the average household income of Malaysians is RM5900 a month.
Where is the mo brother man?
Then using the standard measure used by the UN in determining poverty income line of 50% of the average household income, the poverty line would be RM 2950. That would place everyone below that line to be in the incidence of poverty group.
That would automatically place almost 50% of the population of Malaysia as being very poor. That would also explain why the people must be BR1M-ed all the way through.
Ordinary people such as the petty traders at the Raub Pasar Pagi( which is held on every Sunday in front of the Raub Rest House) tell me, they no longer watch TV. I asked them why. They say they are just disillusioned with the lies told by ministers.  The BN leaders lie to us on a daily basis.
That chap from Sarawak whom Pak Lah mistook for being a Muslim says by 2020 we will be a high income nation. Everyone has an average per capita income of USD15, 000 or RM3000-4000 a month.
The man who used to work at Maybank who has done many blunders says we earn RM5900 per month. He then says that income include non-income sources. If non-income how did he calculate it? By assigning arbitrary values?
Then comes Najib. Who says his transformation programs are working exceedingly well. Our economy is growing at 6% per year.
But how come those achievements which are spoken daily, the lies that never caused the eyes to blink, do not translate into cash for us? We still can’t make ends meet.
Our children have difficulties to get jobs. They are facing hard times ahead to pay debts from PTPTN. By the way, household debt is 80% of our GDP in Malaysia.
As they enter the job market or fail to do so, they are automatic qualifiers for BR1M- as they can never earn at least RM3000 pcm.  Have we thought about how many students especially Malay students enter adult life already in debt? The entry level salaries have not risen much since I began working in 1981.
The statement given by Minister Wahid Omar is very misleading and irresponsible. Ananda Krishnan walks into the Kayu restaurant I am in, we divide his income and wealth, and all of us, including the Indian workers from India are instant millionaires. That’s Wahid Omar’s world of everyone with an average income of RM5900 per month. Next year, PM Najib can discontinue BR1M.
We have deficits everywhere. We have jobs deficit- the difference between the actual number and the number of jobs available if the economy is managed properly, we have fiscal deficits the government keeps on spending more than what it earns etc.
The top 20% continue to corner the wealth of this country as reflected in their incomes. The top 20% earn typically RM12, 000 each while the bottom 40% earns RM 1800. That’s almost 7 times the average income of the bottom feeders. The top 20% corner 65% of the Malaysian income. So what is Wahid Omar talking cock of?
 The top 20% Malays controls 65% of the Malay income. The statistics department has not revealed what the top 5% earns- maybe that would embarrass the government further. The top 5% would probably control 50% of the country’s wealth.


Monday, 22 September 2014

The Lazy Malay and the unlazy others

Dr Mahathir says the Malays are lazy. He says he has failed. After a lifetime trying to correct the Malay character, since the days he wrote his Malay Dilemma, the Dr is a frustrated man.  Either the Malay is irredeemable or the Dr has the wrong prescriptions.
The Malay is lazy compared with whom? There must be a measure. Because Dr Mahathir is ashamed of the Chinese, then by extension, the Malay is lazy when compared to the Chinese.
If so, why are the Chinese not lazy and the Malay lazy?  To me these is not due to some innate cultural characteristics and allow me to say it directly here at once- it’s due to the refusal of the Chinese to allow others dictate their destiny other than themselves. The Malays on the other hand have resigned to the fact; their destiny is shaped by others- notably the government. Before UMNO, the Malays were as they were because centuries of living under feudal rule have shaped their childlike dependence. When UMNO came, the mental bondage wasn’t eliminated but reinforced by neo feudalism which UMNO practises.
The Malays must now start believing that they are given this inalienable right to define their own lives, that responsibility over the wellbeing rests with themselves first and not defined by an extraneous entity like the government. He is free to pursue his own personal interest without being prevented by others; he plays his part in contributing to society’s wellbeing voluntarily. He looks after himself, his family and does his bit for society.
I see the Chinese in Sunga Klau, Sunga Ruan not shirking from communal interests. They collect donations and the better off contribute generously to religious and social causes. But more important, they undertook to look out after themselves first.
 This looking out after themselves is probably shaped by their own acknowledgement that it’s difficult to obtain help from a Malay dominated government and this induces the Chinese to look at creative and even defiant ways; but I also think, looking out after one’s own interests is also shaped by personal code of conduct. No one owes you a living but you yourself.
So as to Dr Mahathir’s opinion that Malays are lazy, many Malays will not believe that. The Chinese may also reject this notion. Sure I have seen Malays being instructed repeatedly by the Chinese mandor over a particular job, but that is not to say the Malay is lazy. He is less skilled. 
There are of course a great number of layabouts and loafers. They are like that because they have no application. Talent is wasted if there is no application.
Application. The first politician I heard using this word was Lee Kuan Yew. Having all the necessary social and productive skill sets- you require application. If application is hindered, the person becomes a dud.
I have been thinking what is it that hinders the Malay from applying his potential? Since Dr Mahathir is comparing the Malay to the Chinese, I would like to offer my thoughts on this.
What’s holding back the Malay? It would easier if we can lump it all into the concept of culture. That would require a more scientific exposition, not possible in a blog like this. We have to be more specific.
The hindrance to application is personal inhibition. The Chinese does no attach much significance to authority it seems. The Malay operates on a different mental plane.
The Malay, after years living under the feudal system is what he is today because of that. He is inhibited. He has the glass window, the invisible bar that defines him within a narrower space. That space in the past was defined by the feudal system of government and now, by the system of neo feudalism which UMNO has continued. UMNO really does not want to liberate the Malay mind fearing, their power will be challenged.
That space to me is defined ultimately by the government and so it is ultimately the government that is responsible for moulding the Malay mind. The concept of government to the Malay is that of an imposing benign master, deity-like to be obeyed at all times. That allows the government to create a child-like dependence on the government and its leaders.
The path to a more complete application is therefore I  think a break from the dependence. UMNO actually does not want to liberate the Malay except on its terms. On its terms means without forgetting the dependence and debt to UMNO. UMNO is actually looking out after its own interests first, the interests of its own leaders then the Malays.  And by looking after the Malays I don’t mean taking after them for 25 hours- taking care of the Malays means  to free them and allow them personal space.
His more complete stepping out of the boxed space is inhibited by UMNO that has not liberated the Malay mind and because of that he is inhibited. Of all the characteristics that prevent the Malay his full application is meekness which translates into irrational subservience to the government. In the 1970s, when UMNO produced the book Revolusi Mental- they encouraged Malays to be more arrogant and defiant in attitude. Perhaps that is what they need most of all. A defiant and rebellious attitude.
The typical Chinese new villager in Sungai Ruan or Sungai Klau or Teras in Raub has 60-70 acres of land in the jungle turned into fruit orchards and so forth.  Drive around the new village of Sempalit and you will see every available space in front of houses is planted with some vegetables of some kind. Drive around in Sungai Klau and Sungai Ruan- workshops of some kind are attached to houses.  You see that too at Malay houses but less intense.
The PTG, the Land office has not taken action. Suppose a Malay individual decide to cultivate a two acre plot in the jungle, the people from PTD and Forest Department and other people would be swarming over them. These people are asking the government to allow them a way put, not given hand-outs.
The hand out recipe is a function of a sound welfare safety net system. Only those old and infirm qualify to get hand-outs. These people deserved to be helped. The able bodied, the skill-deficient- they cannot be given hand-outs but a way out.
Just compare the typical Malay and the typical Malaysian Chinese. The Malay would likely depend on the government for sustenance- either as an employee, contractor, and rent-seeker. He is a dependent. His mind-set is shaped by the interests he can cull from being dependent and seeking favours from the government. The government is the master, he the slave. The government is a deity to be worshiped, feared and obeyed absolutely.
The typical Chinese is probably self-employed, is working in some unrelated government business establishments. He defines his life. He is chauvinistic in the sense he accepts that his welfare and wellbeing is his own responsibility. So why can’t he be cocky refusing to kowtow to anyone? He doesn’t owe anyone else a living. He participates in the free market.
He is independent and has choices when it comes to what kind of government he wants. If he wants to support DAP for being truer to his interests- there is nothing the UMNO led government can do because the Chinese are not dependent on them.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Chickens are coming home to roost.

Dr Mahathir and TS Muhyidin are both alarmed and saddened at the attitude of Malays. The good doctor is sad - he is ashamed because he says Malays have no shame, they are not trustworthy and the young prefer to merempit. The deputy PM is alarmed that come GE14, UMNO can lose support from the majority Malays.
Dr Mahathir should have said Malays prefer hand-outs, not a way out. That preference and sadly addiction, is encouraged by the present PM whose idea of solving problems is paying his way through. He is entrenching the entitlement mentality.
People feel, especially Malays feel they are entitled to get the BR1M. Non Malays feel entitled because, why should Malays get to enjoy tax payer’s money? For Malays it’s a birth right. For non-Malays- it’s a fairness game.
I have mentioned about this way repeatedly because I know the PM personally. That is his way of solving problems. Even as we talk among ourselves, there are now rumours going around that in order to get Obama to come here so that among others he could selfie with the US president- he had to pay USD500million. This may not be true but it does raise some question.
Now the PM is in USA to allow Tabung Haji( all the pious people’s money) invest up to RM640 million in Detroit. All of the taxpayer’s money is going to be finished under this profligate PM.
We have not even begun to talk about the billions of Ringgit spirited into some mysterious accounts under the 1MDB. One china man is making tons of money here as commissions. Down the line, UMNO leaders are asking ordinary Malays to quarrel with ordinary Chinese.
We have been had.
Now, let’s get back to the statements given out by the two UMNO politicians.
Dr Mahathir is not going to stop. Despite what he says, there is now only one agenda- inept and boastful Najib is going to be kicked out. Haven’t I said before- with Dr Mahathir, it’s more important to inquire and think what he does not say rather than what he says? He has pulled back support from Najib; Najib’s boys are frantically doing damage control soliloquies which nobody listens anymore. When he called 191 division leaders to his residence, not more than 80 came and among them, as I indicated were the professional project paper shufflers. 
Najib's faithful guard and attack dog Nazri Aziz can only do ad-hominem attacks on Mahathir without answering the susbtance of Mahathir's crticisms. 
Worse, Dr Mahathir is going around doing his road show. People are making comparisons- Pak Lah now looks a better PM than Najib is.
 At last, the chickens have come home to roost. In the end, if you rise up on bullshit on the ice-surface, it will melt and you will drown.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Keluhan UMNO dan Jalan Keluar Melayu-1

Dr Mahathir dan TS Muhyidin masing2 menyesali dan khawatir tentang minda Melayu. Dr Mahathir malu dengan Melayu kerana Melayu tidak trustworthy dan tida ada rasa malu dan Muhyidin sesal orang Melayu mulai tidak menyokong UMNO.
Kedua2 kenyataan dari pemimpin UMNO ini adalah understatements yang besar. Melayu hari ini adalah akibat dasar yang UMNO laksanakan- kerana UMNO yang memerintah negara dan kebanyakan negeri selama ini.
Tidak dapat tiidak, Melayu hari ini jadi begini kerana pimpinan UMNO, dasar2 UMNO dan wawasan UMNO. Maka sekarang baru mahu berhiba, sudah agak terlambat. Melayu hari ini sudah mahu memilih haluan sendiri dan pilihan tersebut tidak semestinya ada UMNO.
Bertentangan dengan apa yang dinyatakan oleh Dr Mahathir- Melayu sudah ada jati diri, mahu kendiri kerana mereka sedar bahawa tanggung jawab menjaga kebajikan mereka dan keluarga adalah tanggung jawab sendiri. Kerajaan dan pemerintah adalah wadah kolektif mencapai matlamat2 masyarakat bukan sesuatu yang membuli mereka. Mereka lah yang bertanggung jawab membentuk masa depan sendiri.
Seperti mana tabiat dan fiil orang Melayu adalah hasil tempaan dari acuan pemerintahan fiudal yang zalim dahulu seperti yang dinyatakan oleh pendita Zaaba, maka fill dan tabiat orang Melayu kebanyakan nya ialah hasil tempaan dari acuan UMNO.
Jalan keluar untuk orang Melayu sudah nyata dan terang- tinggalkan UMNO. Kerana meninggalkan UMNO tidak bererti kita meninggalkan kebangsaan kita dan agama kita. Kedua ini merdeka dari UMNO.
Walaupun UMNO secara explisit menyatakan agenda mereka ialah memperjuangkan hal2 Melayu- Muhyidin bimbang UMNO tidak dapat lagi sokongan majoriti Melayu. Walaupun banyak pembangunan dilakukan, banyak faedah diberi- orang Melayu masih tidak mahu menyokong UMNO.
Ini sebahagian dari tanda2 bahawa jalan penyelesaian cara UMNO, agenda mereka, pimpinan mereka sudah tidak serasi dengan kemunuculan jiwa baru orang Melayu.
Boleh jadi jalan penyelesaian nya ialah bukan lagi melihat dari kacamata perkaumaan kita. Kenapa jalan selamat orang Melayu ialah melalui meMelayukan segala nya?
Sebaik sahaja kita meMelayukan segala isiu, kita mengiklankan kepada semua bangsa lain, kita sedia bertentangan dan bergaduh dengan mereka. Jika India dan Cina melihat isiu seperti itu, bolehkah kita megujudkan satu bangsa Malaysia? Kita sama2 tinggal dalam satu negara sekarang, maka melihat isiu2 kita dari kacamata memKaumkan nya, akan hanya menyebabkan kita berpecah.
Contoh: teriakan orang Melayu mesti bersatu. Kenapa jeritan ini diperlukan in the first place? Ini bererti dari mula nya kita inginkan perpecahan bukan perpaduan.
Perpaduan Melayu itu pula bergantung kepada siapa yang bertanya dan untuk tujuan apa? Jika tujuan nya ialah untuk menyerahkan kuasa kepada suatu kumpulan kecil seperti UMNO, maka orang Melayu tidak akan memberinya. Kerana mereka sudah melihat, kepercayaan yang diberikan selama ini kepada UMNO tidak juga menyelesaikan masaalah rakyat sehinggalah dua orang pemimpin besar UMNO, mantan PM dan TPM sekarang, megeluarkan kata2 sesal.
Orang Melayu sedia bersatu untuk kebaikan. Mereka tidak akan bersatu untuk melakukan kejahatan. Sebaik sahaja kita melaungkan Melayu mesti bersatu- kita sudah mengumumkan bahawa kita dalam keadaan minda berkelahi dengan bangsa lain. Kenapa tidak bansga Malaysia bersatu dan bukan Melayu bersatu? Jika Cina dan India berkata- Cina bersatu dan India bersatu bagaimana? Ini akan bermakna, setiap bangsa dalam negara ini hanya boleh maju kedepan, jika membangsakan isiu dan masaalah yang mereka hadapi.


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