Monday, January 14, 2013

The Fragile State of 1Malaysia

Let’s understand one important fact about Umno today – the party cannot be divided down the middle again, as what happened in the 1988 party crisis. The feud then between two warring factions had led to Umno being declared unlawful by the court.

The anti-Najib faction clearly understands this. This time around the anti-Najib forces plan to cut off Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, with the party remaining intact.

Their first step is to isolate Najib, whereby the Umno warlords and leaders are now distancing themselves from the prime minister during his campaign trails.

The next step is to deploy the false flag strategy.

The anti-Najib team is using outsiders such as the likes of Deepak Jaikishan and ex-inspector general of police Musa Hassan to expose the prime minister and his wife Rosmah Mansor’s wrongdoings.

The team is also bent on showing up police power abuses under Najib’s cousin – Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussain – in its attempt to undermine Najib.

The duo – Deepak and Musa – will “link” themselves to PKR to create a make-believe story that Anwar Ibrahim and PKR are behind them.

This false flag strategy has a two-pronged agenda. First, it is to show that the two are under the directive of the PKR and if this plot fails, the blame is on Anwar and PKR.

But if it works, the beneficiary will be Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s team. The anti-Najib forces are using Musa and the carpet dealer to checkmate Najib.

Daring revelation

The daring revelation is a clear indication that his own party opponents want him to fail, or even step down before the general election.

If he chooses to do otherwise, they will come out in the open to challenge him – which could mean either a breakup of Umno or election sabotage against him and his closest aide Hishammuddin in the coming polls.

This will further threaten Umno’s chances of victory.

Both Deepak and Musa are the fall guys and have been given assurance of their safety by their backers who now have the upper hand in the internal Umno power game.

The Muhyiddin team will push for the final nail in the coffin by presenting its own list of candidates which Najib has to accept or face sabotage in the election.

Sabotage means Muhyiddin’s team will campaign for opposition candidates who stand against Najib and Hishammuddin in the constituencies they contest.

Hence Najib is compelled to resign gracefully to save Umno or he and the party are both goners.

Under such circumstances most Umno members will show no sympathy for Najib.

Umno, as such, is desperate to have a compromise and understanding with PAS in the run-up to the general election.

Muhyiddin’s Umno knows it cannot count on the other Barisan Nasional component parties which are also in the same boat, with their own internal strife, and public dissatisfaction against them running high.

Hence it has to work out an amicable formula with an opposition party in Pakatan Rakyat that shares some compatibility with Umno’s struggle.

Read further here.

Author's note: This was originally intended to be written last week. However, with the piece by Free Malaysia Today columnist Awang Abdillah above written today, it has allowed me to freely add in my further thoughts to what he has written.

There are talks within the circles of UMNO that the "power broker" himself and various people who are sided in him thinks that Najib is carrying too much of baggage that could risk the party itself. There have been talks of asking him to step down before the election because they think he and Bik Mama are seen dragging the party, or the casino, to be exact to the mud and into the opposing side a few months down the road.

What is summarized above is that camp Mahathir is of course out in daggers at Najib because of his problems, private to be exact that whatever is doing, according to them, demonstrates his incapability to run the country. On the other hand those in Najib's faction are too out for Mahathir's team for they have been a thorn in Rosmah's ambitious and fat intentions.

A year ago, we have heard what Muhyiddin declared himself as Malay first before Malaysian. This of course is in the flipside of Najib's 1Malaysia campaign that was mean to appease to all races.

Even if Najib claims to say that his 1Malaysia thing is his own idea, but come to think again, there are some of the party's warlords are not taking it that well, for it was against their own agenda and the so called Malay Supremacy agenda. Some would think that whatever Najib is doing is too liberal to their liking. Of course, if you look at the Islamic history and trace all the way down to the present age, there is a very much limit in creative thinking and reasoning, that you are not allowed to do so.

Anyway, Awang is entirely right except for one part. Recently we have raised the question on why Deepak was spotted at Tun Mahathir's birthday party at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur (since we've seen a picture of him there). The latest talk on Deepak is that he could be doing a U-Turn, excluding himself from being part of Mahathir's plan to kick Najib out before elections and install Mukhriz as the number 2 man in Malaysia (as DPM of course). I think he might be sensing a sort of trap here from how the scenario is going.

If you have seen my previous posting about my field day at Himpunan Kebangkitan you'd notice that I've added a money photo shot of Deepak and Sam Haris. If Deepak expects immunity in exchange for spilling in the beans, he won't get one, but was told to see a third party who can help him to facilitate his spilling of the beans. From the way it goes, Deepak wants to do his thing on his own terms.

The main point here is that with the internal turmoil going on within UMNO, Najib not getting much of support from those who are associated in him, we can surmise that the 1Malaysia pet project that Najib has been screaming in and out will likely end in the same fate as with Pak Lah's Islam Hadhari, which lasted just short of a full term of 5 years.

Given of Muhyiddin's way of thinking and keeping his cards close to his chest, it is likely that 1Malaysia would be going off sooner than expected. Even if Khairy Jamaluddin's statement that "dasar transformasi Najib" was successful would only be short lived. So supposed if that scenario where Najib got kicked out, be it before or after the election, Muhyiddin would be replacing the 1Malaysia with something else. A lot of money poured into Najib's public relation exercise thing could end up with not much of effect and could not scratch deep into the Malaysian psyche.

 Except for the naive who knows nothing at all, 1Malaysia is in a very fragile state right now.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

#HKR112 - Who Says We Create Trouble?

Everyone is satisfied that the People's Uprising Rally, which finished 2 hours ago, ran smoothly without hitch with the police helping out to ensure safety of the people going in to the stadium. This has what the people had tried to prove to the world and the country that they were never intended to start the violence which occurred like in the three Bersih rallies there.

Sure, I was in the second rally, the most brutal of all the three. It's just the demented thinking of the government leaders including their machais who think that the rally is a piece of shit and going against their own ideal norms is what got them to start the police brutality that got people really-really upset over the beatings and the mass arrests on that day.

And today? People have shown that they can grow up. It is not a pissing contest. People come in because they have several issues that they are angry at the government. They are not pro-opposition party fans, but they come because of some things they share (mutual sharing) in common.

You can say that the same amount of people at Bersih 3 (more than 250K people) came for the rally. But it is difiicult to ascertain it for we do not have aerial pictures to examine at and estimate. For Rais Yatim, he can forget about making small numbers to please themselves. It's already a warning to the big casino called UMNO.

The rally is a double-edge sword. First it proves to the world that there are serious issues to be considered and worth looking by the fence-sitters in the upcoming election. Secondly, it proves to the world, that as I said taht threats and troubles were not solicited and started by those who came, but instead by agent provocateurs and those from BN who would not take well on the people's society grievances and coming in to the streets. However, it also puts the picture that the police have started to recover from the bad image felt by the past three Bersih rallies and coupled with the notion that Najib's slogan is beginning to hit the right notes, if not entirely.

The pics show what happened a few hours ago. It tells the message and theme. And there's a side story I would like to put in the next posting. And yes, Rais Yatim is having a hard time to count.

And oh yes, as a nice measure, here's a money shot here:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Monopoly, Allah Version

The Allah in the bible issue has been reignited again and the edict from the Sultan of Selangor over banning non-Muslims over the usage of the word has drew the ire of many other people whom, many based on historical facts that the word can be used by Christians in the Arab nation as well as the the word being used in the past 4 centuries without a hitch or two. 

Dr. Asri, has raised a very critical point. If by not allowing the non-Muslims to use Allah, state anthems will have to be replaced with another version to cater for the others. There are six states that has anthems containing the word Allah. 

The Perak state anthem, Allah Lanjutkan Usia Sultan (1888) also has it - not to mention the tune is also based on the Memula Moon tune. Allah appears in the first and the last half of the song:

1 - Dilanjutkan Allah usianya Sultan
5 - Iman yang soleh Allah kurniakan
6 - Allah berkati Perak Ridzuan
7 - Allah selamatkan negeri dan sultan

Doing on blanket ban on other people except their own kind is totally impossible, considering that there are cases like that above that has to be considered. Bishop Paul Tan was quoted saying, "If the Malaysian government forbids people of faiths other than those who profess Islam from using the word ‘Allah’, we would be the laughing stock of more enlightened people in other countries.” What he said is correct. Malaysia is run by people who claimed to be themselves holier than thou but actually not practising by what they preach.

If you remember what Harrussani Zakaria said about convert to Islam then Allah can be used, this is somewhat not very logical. Along the way, the episode of the edict brought up by the Sultan of Selangor also raises another interesting point of debate: revelation vs reasoning. In this current age of technology and education, young and well educated people will definitely would look for a reason in understanding why a revelation is there on stone. However, the old guard's perspective is that what is revealed cannot be challenged without question.

The Sultan is the head of the religion. Behind the head would be a group of religious advisers. If they want the Sultan to follow it, then the calling of shots comes from them. But here, the problem would be that there is a person who claims to be pious, holier than thou but yet the ideas and principles he had in mind do not match with the current period of time. The other problem with them is there may be some of these people who don't practice what they preach.

The bible and Quran are silent on people's daily activities. Most of the daily activities are mostly taken from the narratives of the people who in association and close proximity with either Jesus or the Prophet. Between a narrative and the one that came directly (written from the words of God), which takes the precedence most?

The argument that Allah is superior and can be used by one group  (between Muslims and Christians) is wrong and can imply that they do not accept prominent figures in religion like Abraham, Ishmael, Moses, Adam and Eve, Jesus and even his mother Mary which are acknowledge in the Quran or in the inscriptions on locales such as the Dome of the Rock.

That is one main argument to say that whoever thinks that is no doubt incorrect and misled.

In this case of people who talks so much while claiming to be holier than thou, may I suggest that if anyone of these people fall in that category, might as well migrate to Saudi Arabia? I've seen people in that category but yet come to places in big cars and carrying prestigious titles - but isn't that going against the modesty that most of the well known religious people would carry?

In anyway, the battle between reasoning vs revelation without questioning remains ongoing now.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome to 2013!

At first I thought 2013 is the same atmosphere as with Snake Pliskeen's world in Escape from L.A but eventually, that universe, alongside with Demolition Man became an alternate reality already since there's nothing happened as it is in both movies.

Anyhow, it's a late greeting but welcome to 2013.

New Year's Eve is always a day to celebrate, so I was having a round of drinks with a group of ex-schoolmates, whom we've gone back for the last 15 years.

What I want for 2013 for the nation? To be continued later.


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