Saturday, 30 August 2014

When The Good Doctor Makes House Calls



What else can Najib, the insouciant PM do? He will say it’s an internal matter. About the criticisms that Dr Mahathir made of him. Najib’s faithful boys have all come out defending the boss. As they should.  But they offer no substantive rebuttal.
We have not heard the retort from Dr Mahathir. We can be certain that Dr Mahathir, once he is hooked on something, will eventually go for the jugular. It is the beginning of the end for Najib. Dr Mahathir as Musa Hitam says, wants nothing short but the removal of Najib as PM.
Najib’s boys are scrambling to defend the boss. Some cited the different situation Najib is in at the moment. They are saying, the problems faced by Najib are much greater.
Some would prefer the criticisms made privately. Dr Mahathir must have done this continuously. Indeed he tells everyone so. Criticisms by factions friendly to Najib have always been made in a private manner. Daim Zainudin who is Mahathir’s close confidante and a once a powerful minister himself, will usually write lengthy letters to Najib. Daim should try tweetering instead or facebooking.
If these were carried out, why did Dr Mahathir came out openly? It can only suggest that Najib ignored the warnings, advices, and what not. Or Najib thinks he is already smart enough. His boys think Najib is a superhero.
Didn’t Najib get the KTM lands back from Singapore when Dr Mahathir failed? Hasn’t Najib showed he cared more for the people when he gives money to them? Isn’t Najib the person who came out with the various acrony-med initiatives to manage the country better?  All these are taken to mean Najib is better than Mahathir. So why does he need Mahathir to advise him.
Najib’s boys forget the basic element which is missing. Mahathir provided leadership. Najib can only provide posturing.
What is the difference between Mahathir and Najib? This is how I see it. The fundamental difference is Mahathir built concrete realities- good or bad; while Najib builds false hopes. Najib’s playground is the world of make beliefs- I have said that in the earlier article. A political will-o-the wisp type alluring and seducing people with symbols and catchphrases, giving out money to placate the rakyat to hide the harsh realities of economic incompetence.  A very very ceremonialised outpouring of grief taken as indication of personal empathy.
At least, even though it’s depressing to describe it as such- Mahathir showed orderly pillage of the economy while Najib is cultivating a gangbang rape of the economy. The UMNO warlords and their benefactors are tripping over each other’s feet to make as much as possible while Najib is in power. It’s a race and a riot out there.
Take a look around us. What has Najib created? A comforting world through heart-warming advertisements about merdeka done by Petronas when out there, there is racial tension while promising oneness, economic deprivations while talking about prosperity, financial havoc while talking about financial prudence.  
Why are claims about this country becoming a high income country by 2020 and statements about economic growth evoked only cynical and sarcastic responses? Because people out there are suffering economically. The economic policies and institutions promising economic justice and fairness, serve the interest of the oligarchs.
The constructs of Mahathir were the great monuments of Malaysia- twin towers, KLIA, Putrajaya, Proton, - all monuments that constitute the faces of civilization. What Has Najib done? He is more famous for doing nothing except mouthing hollow symbols.
What is Najib lacking most in leading Malaysia? My answer is Najib hasn’t got the capacity. And by capacity I mean not merely the presence of some degree of intelligence (which Najib has) but it also includes the resoluteness, the brevity, the determination, the vision etc.). Najib hasn’t got the capacity.
People with capacity produced paradigm shifts- building civilization is perhaps too extreme a choice of description. But people with capacity produce a gigantic leap freeing their societies from mechanised governments.  

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Kemelut Politik Selangor.



Apa yang sedang berlaku di Selangor ialah pengajaran untuk semua rakyat Malaysia. Kerana yang sedang diadili dan diserang ialah konsep demokrasi berparlimen dan representative democracy. Semua rakyat Malaysia yang cintakan kuasa rakyat dan yakin kepada represetative democracy mesti menyibukkan diri mereka dalam isiu ini. Ia nya bukan lagi masaalah rakyat Selangor. 
Pertamanya- nyatalah Khalid Ibrahim bukan seorang gentleman. Perlembagaan Malaysia diciptakan untuk gentlemen. orang yang tidak ikut perlembagaan, tidak gentleman. 
Khalid Ibrahim semasa mengadap Tuanku Sultan boleh menolak titah raja sebab dia ada alasan kuat. dia boleh menyatakan- patik bukan orang yang ada sokongan majoriti. wan azizah orang nya. dialah yang patut dititah mengadap selepas ini. patik tidak ada locus standi untuk terus jadi MB. 
Tapi Khalid melakukan sidang akhabar dan menyatakan bahawa Sultan mahukan dia kekal lagi sebagai MB. Boleh kita percaya cakap Khalid? Siapa yang mahu percaya cakap Khalid lagi? bila nama nya seorang sahaja yang dikemukakan untuk jawatan MB tahun 2013, dia masih lagi boleh lie in the face, dan mengatakan ada nama lain selain dari nama dia yang dikemukakan? Mana boleh kita percaya Khalid. 
Tapi kita tahu Khalid. Dialah manusia terpandai dalam Selangor. Tidak ada Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor akan hancur lebur. Kehebatan Khalid mentadbir Selangor dimitoskan. Mitos kehebatan Khalidlah yang didewa dewakan. 
Mereka yang berdemontsrasi menyokong Khalid siapa yang mengupah mereka? tidakkah mereka tahu atau penganjur demontrasi tahu bahawa jawatan MB bukan jawatan yang dipilih melalui direct election?
Kita tinggalkan bicara mengenai Khalid kerana ianya membazir waktu dan kerahan minda. 
 Dalam bahasa yang semudah mudah nya- raja berpelembagaan bererti raja tidak memilih pemimpin politik. Dia tidak mencipta majority dimana majoriiti tidak ada in the first place.
Maka , dengan segala hormat dan sembah takzim, saya menyatakan bahawa penghantaran surat kepada parti parti politik supaya mengemukakan lebih dari 2 nama- tidak constitutional. Siapa yang menasihat Raja kita seperti ini? Ini memberi peluang Raja mencipta majority dimana majority tidak ada sebermulanya.
Ini akan mengheret nama baik Tuanku Sultan dan mendedahkan ia kepada teguran yang tidak boleh dikawal. Adakah ketua majority dalam parlimen akan menyembahkan lebih dari satu nama untuk jadi PM? Sekarang ini BN mewakili parti majority dalam parlimen. Ketua nya Dato Najib Razak. Mustahil Dato Najib mengemukakan dua nama kepada YDP Agung untuk memilih siapa hendak jadi PM.
Prinsip nya sama. Kita jangan melihat isiu memilih MB Selangor sebagai isiu yang mengikat tangan Tuanku Sultan. Kita mesti melihat isiu pemiilihan MB ini sebagai isiu menegsahkan demokasi berpalimen terus hidup. Kebebasan Tuanku Sultan tertaklook kepada perlembagaan.
Jika Raja ada kekebabsan dalam kes memilih PM ianya adalah dalam menentukan bahawa PM itu Melayu dan beragama Islam. Siapa dia- ahmad, najib, razaleigh, anwar- tidak releven. Soalan yang bebas ditanya ialah adakah anda mewakili majority? Jika jawapan nya affirmative- maka orang tulah jadi PM.
Menasihatkan Tuanku memilih pemimpin politik dan memilih ketua eksekutif mendedahkan rakyat kepada malapetaka politik. Bila kita merdeka , kita berikan kuasa kepada rakyat. Kita ujudkan raja berpelembagaan kerana kita menolak raja mutalak. Namapknya hanya orang UMNO mahu kembali kezaman gelap raja mutlak yang digambarkan oleh Pendita Zaaba sebagai zaman yang memeras, memiit dan menghamba-abdikan rakyat. UMNO hendak orang Melayu kembali pada zaman purba kala kah? Sekarang kita rampas kuasa dari rakyat dan hendak mengembalikan system raja mutlak?
Saya setia kepada raja Melayu- tapi saya setia kepada raja berperlembagaan. Yakni raja yang tertakluk kepada perlembagaan dan bukan diberikan kuasa oleh penasihat yang pro fiudal untuk memilih pemimpin politik dan mencipta majority where threr wasn’t any majority previously. Ia akan jadi political musical chair.
Katalah Tuanku Sulatan Selagor memilih seorang individui yang dicadangkan oleh PAS tapi bukan Wan Azizah-individu itu akan berdepan dengan kemungkinan undi tidak percaya bila dewan bersidang. Jika individu itu hilang kepercayaan dewan disebabkan 30 ADUN tidak menyokong nya, siapa yang akan mendapat aib? Tuanku Sultan.
Rakyat , tidak kira apa fahaman politik mesti menjaga hak demokratik kita. Hak demokratik kita ialah menjamin supaya aturan perlembagaan diikut.
Tidak mengikut nasihat Sultan boleh dianggap biadap atau kurang ajar. Penolakan nasihat raja tidak perlulah mengundang kenyataan dari askar tentera atau mana2 pihak bahawa mereka akan mempertahankan insitusi raja sehingga tetesan darah terakhir. Tidak ada orang yang mencadangkan insitusi Raja dimansuhkan.
Sekali lagi saya ingatkan, system raja kita ialah system berpelembagaan. Kita bukan hidup dalam zaman feudal. Hormatlah tok nenek kita yang berjuang untuk mendapatkan demokrasi untuk rakyat.
Lagipun, konsep durhaka tidak ada force of law- durhaka bukan suatu jinayah yang boleh dihukum mengikut mana2 kanun.
Kita bukan kurang setia kepada raja, tapi kita lebih setia kepada demokrasi perwakilan. Perkara ini semua kena faham; orang UMNNO pun janganlah mengkudakan institusi raja untuk kepentingan politik mereka. Semua parti dalam Malaysia komiited kepada demokrasi dan raja berpelembagaan.
Mengenai raja berpelembagaan ianya ialah raja itu bertakhta tapi tidak memerintah. Perkara ini amat pentng. Raja2 kita bukanlah beraja secara mutlak. Mereka tertaklok kepada undang2 tubuh Malaysia. Sebab itu kita jangan main2 dengan perlembagaan kita. Ianya suatu dokumen untuk meregulasi hubungan antara rakyat dengan pemerintah, dengan kerajaan, dan antara kerajaan pusat dengan kerajaan negeri dan merincikan tanggung jawab kerajaan pusat dan negeri. Juga merincikan tanggunjaab raja2 Melayu.
Kepada yang membaca kuasa raja berpelembagaan sebagai kuasa mutlak atau memimpikan rejim kuasa yang demikian, hendaklah kita ingat bahawa selain daripada berperanan sebagai symbol perpaduan negara, raja2 kita mungkin mempunyai kuasa seperti membubarkan dewan rakyat atau dewan negeri atau memberi perkenan kepada rang undang2. Perlaksanaan dan perlakuan kuasa2 demikian secara umum nya ada suatu formality sahaja dan tidak memberi peluang kepada raja2 untuk memperlakukan atau bereksperimen dengan keinginan dan kecenderungan politik nya.
Raja kita ialah fountain of justice untuk semua.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Untying The Gordian Knot- PAS's Alexandrian Solution



The King of Selangor is guided by the state constitution in appointing the MB. There must be an article that says the Sultan appoints a person who in his knowledge commands support from the majority. A lawyer will know about this. It’s in the article 53(2)(a).
I think knowledge is a better term- because that would mean HRH the Sultan can also has indirect knowledge- reading news, being told by others that Wan Azizah had the support of 30 ADUNs. There was a press conference announcing support from 30 aduns who signed a statutory declaration.
Assuming the rest of the aduns, 13 from PAS, 12 from UMNO and Khalid himself opposed Wan Azizah’s nomination- Wan Azizah still commands the support of the majority.
If HRH Sultan has freedom, it is in determining whether the MB is a Malay and a Muslim. He must endorse the person whom he has knowledge can command the majority support in the Dewan. Such a person is Wan Azizah . She is Malay and a Muslim. The freedom of the Sultan does not extend I think to question about the gender or birthplace of the person.
Why is it the Malay is so caught up in such pettiness? The MB must be Selangorian by birth, must be male and Muslim. Why not put up another qualification- the MB designate must have the ability to urinate into a bottle? Wan Azizah certainly would have extreme difficulty in doing that.
People are already thinking about building a new civilization, new culture, we the Malays are still caught up in such pettiness. While I am on this point, might as well say something along these lines.
Take the case of granting land titles. It is the state’s right. Let us assume any state. The Kelantanese have settled in the state for more than 40 years.  So do the people from Terengganu and from elsewhere other than the host state. Petty minded officers supported later by petty minded politicians insist these people cannot get land titles because they are not from the state.
Malay officers and Malay politicians nit-pick when it comes to Malays.
I am not being racist here- but the Indians and Chinese came from India and China, yet the state governments don’t have problems in giving them titles?
So why is the Malay so petty on his fellow Malay?
 Why should it be only a Selangorian( and by Selangorian , one who was actually born in Selangor) be MB or even ADUN? On the other hand the Malays can accept an MCA ADUN who isn’t born in the state. When it comes to the Malay, the Malays suddenly become so strict.
Let us take another example. All previous MCA MPs of Raub were never from the state. Yen Yen (she loves the name Yen so much, she must have it twice) is from Kelantan, Tan Koon Swan, the previous MCA wanita Chief- can’t remember her name, also not from Pahang. Luckily I a Malay am from Pahang, but if the had insisted that the MP must be born in Raub, I am disqualified. But the Chinese- that’s ok ma.
I think Malays should not be caught up with such pettiness. Most important- the MB is Malay and Muslim. Born where- don’t care.
In my opinion then, the constitution which gives overriding effect of representative democracy compels the Sultan to endorse Wan Azizah.
So, why the delay? The outgoing MB suddenly plays the dumb and foolish not to take the opportunity to advise the Sultan that Wan Azziah has the majority. He would not because he was filled with vengeance. Also he wanted to stay on as MB.
Now, this is a mystery- why does he want to stay on? He wants to finish some unfinished business with people from Ecoworld, tidy things up with Tropicana, I–world and so forth? He knows he hasn’t got the mandate. He wants to resign. He can refuse the Sultan’s request to stay on because staying on would rob the people of Selangor of political stability and normalcy.
Since Pakatan has not been registered as a single entity, each associate party of PR must submit names to the Sultan for consideration. Why is it, when asking a party constituting the majority in the House, Pakatan is considered a single entity. But they must submit as individual parties. And there is none among these who command a single biggest majority.
If the qualification is the party with more seats were to be applied- then only DAP and PAS can. Even PKR with now 13 seats cannot. If that be the case, why not extend the invitation to UMNO that has 12 seats? See whether their nominee can command a majority support. 
My point here is this- PKR, DAP and PAS are entitled to submit names because they are from the same faction. The whole is recognised but when it comes to nominations, they must come from the parts. Why not un-complicate matters by asking Pakatan as a whole to submit a name or names instead of from each?
Because by asking each individual party within Pakatan to submit names, it would appear that the names nominated by PAS would eventually prevail. In that case, the most plausible next MB is Azmin.
DAP has decided that it will nominate only one name- Wan Azizah. PKR too will nominate one name. Ony PAS will submit more than one name- which includes Azmin Ali’s.  By next week, there will be at least 4 names being nominated- Wan Azizah’s from PKR and DAP and Wan Azizah and Azmin’s from PAS. 1+1+2.
There is a new twist here. The question turns on how we see the concept of a royal decree as. Is it law- defiance of it, invites some form of punishment? Since there is only common law, we can treat a royal command or decree as having not the force of law. Therefore if PKR and DAP submit only one name, they have not broken any law. They have not followed the decree.  After all we are not an absolute monarchy.
But the Sultan is only human. He would likely look at PAS more favourably because it is the party that is culturally attuned to the culture of the Monarchy. In doing so, HRH Sultan will also look at PAS’s nominations more favourably than from the others.

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Ours is a Representative Democracy




Perhaps we have forgotten this fact. The so called royalists ought to remember this also before clumsily invoking threats on people who speak of the monarchy. And please do not insert a racist element into the issue- speaking of the monarchy should not be read as an affront by non-Malays against Malays.
What if another Malay were to speak of the monarchy in terms not agreeable to UMNO? The another Malay is no less a Malay than the UMNO person. He is not less loyal to the monarchy than the UMNO Malay.
No one is asking for the abolition of the monarchy. But this does not mean that the institution should be beyond reproach. We all pledge allegiance and loyalty to the idea of constitutional monarchy.
In that sense, we are all royalists.
Malays must remember this- the constitutional monarchy is here to protect them, not the other way around. When special provisions were given to the various kings in regards to the appointment of MBs and chief ministers, they were inserted to protect against one particular mischief. In the early days of the Malayan federation, it was feared that non Malays would one day overwhelm Malays in numbers. So in order to ensure the chief executive in states where there is Malay king is Malay, provisions were written into the state laws that the MB must be a Malay and a Muslim.
Wan Azizah or Azmin are Malays and Muslims. By that, they qualify to be appointed as MB. Although I am not a lawyer, this objective must be read into an interpretation of the state constitutions or if there are similar wordings, in the federal constitution. 
What is that? I think, room is to be accorded to the monarch in determining whether the person to be appointed is Malay and a Muslim- not discretion over the identity of the person.
We have forgotten one fact- that ours is a representative democracy. Representative democracy is protected and affirmed by our constitution. In effect, it must mean that the overriding objective of our constitution is to protect the rights of representative democracy. That means, no king, president or anyone could undermine representative democracy.
So before the UMNO people pompously claimed that they would do anything to protect the institution of the monarchy, let me remind them, that the thing we must protect is representative democracy. That should take precedence. But UMNO being a feudal party stands opposite to the interests of the rakyat. UMNO stands on the side of the oligarchs.
Each democratically elected rep in the dewan represents one voice of the people. 30 out of 56 supported wan Azizah, granny or no granny( Najib is a grandpa, Muhyidin is a grandpa, the old ladies in Wanita UMNO made ministers all have grandchildren) is  a bigger number than those who support Khalid. On paper, Khalid has 26 supporters including 12 from the enemy camp. He has on paper, 13 dithering supporters from PAS.  
We don’t know what has afflicted PAS.
Perhaps PAS should consider getting out of Pakatan and team up with UMNO. If it thinks the way forward to govern Malaysia is by having political union with UMNO , we must not stop them.
If PAS believes that it can pursue its Islamist agenda better outside PR- it should not waste time. It should not run with hare and hunt with the dogs.
PAS might be better off declaring it wants to get out of Pakatan and state that it wishes to implement its Islamist agenda in the state that it now controls- Kelantan. Then it can make Kelantan a showcase on the beauty of implementing hudud and all other Islamist agenda. That way, by being a showcase and an example of Islamic management- the idea of an Islamic state can be slowly spread throughout Malaysia.
If PAS still prefer to work with Pakatan, all other Pakatan parties can support the PAS agenda. In return, PAS should help the Pakatan parties capture federal power. That should be a win-win situation for all.

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