Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gurindam Seloka Penghibur Lara

A Kadir Jasin

[Komen “Anonymous” tidak akan disiarkan. Dalam blog kita ini, pembahas WAJIB ada nama. Nama samaran dan nama pena pun tak apa. Angka pun boleh. Guna nama sendiri macam saya lagilah bagus.]

LAMA sudah kita tidak berseloka. Melepas rindu mengubat duka. Dalam Malaysia kita, Tanah Melayu tercinta, macam-macam ada.

Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman orang terbuka. Kalau bercakap jelas dan nyata. Kepada pemerintah dia berkata, cakaplah benar jangan berdusta. Maka murkalah para pembesar. Kerana peluru terkena sasar.

Itulah juga yang saya katakan. Khabar baik jangan diada-adakan. Berita buruk jangan disembunyikan. Rakyat jelata tidak bangang. Merekalah yang rasa susah dan senang.

Harga getah jatuh merudum. Pekebun kelapa sawit pun dah lama tak senyum. Penanam pada lebih-lebihlah lagi.
Dari dulu sampai kini. Kais pagi makan pagi. Sampaikan Felda Global pun dah mula rugi.

Ramai dok kutuk Ibrahim Ali. Melayu Cina kepadanya tabur benci. Mengata mengumpat berguni-guni. Tapi nak jawab hujah dia, tak berapa mengerti.

Kalau Tok Him satu duit tak guna, pasal apa puluh ribu Melayu ikut dia? Dia bukan ada kuasa. Dia pun bukan orang kaya. Dia tak bagi Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia. Tapi orang totok serta profesor, berduyun-duyun ikut dia.

Cakap Tok Him orang ramai peduli. Sebab dah tak percaya YB dan Menteri. Jadi jangan dok asyik nak perli-perli. Silap-silap YB hilang kerusi sebab rakyat tak undi.

PM pun kenalah berhati-hati. Jangan dok asyik nak pergi bercuti. Sambut tahun baru di luar negeri. Ada orang dia kata, belum tentu PM bercuti di luar negara. Masih berfikir dan berkira-kira. Sebab blogger dah mula tanya.

Berkenaan Mukhriz saya tak terkejut. Jawatan dalam MKT dah kena lucut. Dengar cerita di Kedah serabut. Sesama Umno depa dok berebut. Tapi orang PM kata, cerita itu fitnah semata-mata. Dalam MKT Mukhriz masih ada.

Mukhriz rampas Kedah dari Pas. Takkanlah jawatan dia mereka nak rampas? Kalau Presiden buat juga, nampak dia cari bahaya. Silap-silap Kedah Pas tawan semula. Jadi fikirlah sebelum buat apa-apa.

Di Selangor lain pula cerita. Dalam PRU BN menderita. Cakap besar tak terkata. PM percaya sangatlah “gumbira”. Bila bilang undi tinggal 12 kerusi saja. Mohd Najib kata dia malu tidak terkira. Tapi kong kali kong sama saja. Noh Omar tetap ketua.

KLIA 2 berlopak-lopak. Semua yang tengok tentu nampak. Inilah akibat pilih kontraktor haprak. Tapi jangan buat apa-apa. Dalam lopak boleh bela keli dan tilapia. MAHB boleh buat untung segera. Extraordinary income kata jurukira. Semua orang bertepuk gembira. Itulah standard KPI kita.

Banyak lagi yang boleh dicerita. Tanah runtuh dan mala petaka. Yang kena tangkap pendatang dan pekerja. Tauke besar bebas juga. Pegawai kanan buat macam biasa. Rasuah dan salah guna kuasa tetap berleluasa. Tunjuk simpati di bibir saja.

Wallahuaklam, susah kita nak kata.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Umno Leader Lodges Police Report Against 1MDB

A Kadir Jasin

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THE 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s saga took a sensational and potentially dangerous twist today when an Umno deputy divisional leader from Penang lodged a police report against it.

The Batu Kawan Umno deputy divisonal chief (Datuk Seri) Khairuddin Abu Hassan made the complaint at the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur. Read at Apanama.

Khairuddin speaking to the Press after making the report.
 Sources say a similar complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission may follow.

More to come.



1MDB, in a statement, welcomes the police report. It says: “We are aware that a police report concerning 1MDB was filed earlier today by a politician in Penang. We have not seen any documentation related to this, so are unaware of the nature of the complaint.

"However, we are confident that it will have no legal basis. We welcome any investigation into our affairs and the opportunity to rebut malicious allegations.”

The Implications

A veteran lawyer who represented Umno and the government in many legal and constitutional cases said such a complaint is likely to be investigated under the purview of criminal breach of trust (CBT).

I am not sure how the “bangang” bloggers would react to the report. “Bangang” (stupid) was the term used by Umno President and Prime Minister, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, to describe Umno-sponsored bloggers who attacked Umno leaders instead of the opposition.

The police report is the culmination of weeks of controversies surrounding the so-called sovereign fund.

On Dec 4, the company’s top-level delegation led by its Chairman, (Tan Sri) Lodin Wok Kamaruddin was said to have been grilled by (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Others in the delegation were board member (Tan Sri) Ismee Ismail and Chief Operating Officer, Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman. Ismee is also Executive Director and CEO of Tabung Haji.

Just over a week later, on Dec 10, the cabinet in its weekly meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, also discuss the 1MDB issue. Mohd Najib was away on official visit to South Korea..

Sources said Dr Mahathir grilled the 1MDB team on the company’s modus operandi. He is said to be curious about the way the company funds its businesses, bearing in mind that it has a paid-up capital of only US$1 million (about RM3.4 million).

As of March this year, it has amassed assets worth RM51.4 billion and in the process piled up liabilities – mostly borrowings – totalling RM49.1 billion.

It registered a loss of RM665.3 million for the same period mainly due to staggering finance costs of RM2.4 billion compared with RM1.6 billion the previous financial year.

The Overpriced Penang Purchases

They were also asked about the price of two pieces of land in Penang for which the company was said to have paid way over the market price. Six days before last year’s General Elections, 1MDB bought the land for about RM1.4 billion from two Chinese tycoons.

Reports say, the land they purchased for RM400 million from Farlim Berhad are currently occupied by squatters and may be costly to resettle.
Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, was quoted as saying that 1MDB paid way above market rate. He asked: “Why was the purchase price at RM1.38 billion – 95pc higher than what some of the land was valued at, just two years earlier in December 2011?”

The company is also said to have purchased a third and final piece of land on September 23.

The source said Dr Mahathir feels obliged to take up the matter with 1MDB and to speak openly on the subject because many parties had come to see him to inform him about the goings-on in the company.

He was disappointed that issues surrounding 1MDB was not seriously discussed by delegates at last month’s Umno General Assembly.

How could they when Umno President and Prime Minister is the man behind 1MDB and resolutions on the economy were drafted for the debaters?

Prime Minister’s right hand man, (Tan Sri) Jamaluddin Jarjis inspired the speeches. The debaters were literally ordered to read the texts he and his team - including key officers from Khazanah Nasional Berhad – wrote.

A Meeting With The Governor

Other sources told me that the 1MDB team also had a meeting with the Bank Negara Governor, (Tan Sri) Zeti Aktar Aziz) about the company’s borrowings.

But when my reporter asked an officer in the bank’s strategic communication department, she said they do not have a clue about the meeting, insisting that they do not know anything.

The sources said 1MBD had requested Bank Negara to extend it non-performing loan (NPL) period from three to six months and was agreed to.

It is understandable. No matter how unhappy Zeti might have been with 1MDB borrowing, an extension is needed. If it was not given, there would have been a massive default and Tier 1 banks that extended the loans would have to make huge provisions. This could lead to the downgrading of the local banking system.

1MDB’s ability to keep to the extended period, according to one source, depends largely on whether it will or can bring home the RM7 billion it parked in the Cayman Islands before the last GE.

The New Straits Times today reported that 1MDB has postponed the sale of up to RM8.4 billion sukuk (Islamic) bonds to next year. It said the delay came as the company is seeking an extension of two months on the construction of the US$3.2 billion (RM11.2 billion) power plant it won with partner, Mitsui & Co. earlier in the year.

Sources said some very harsh words and frightening warnings like “somebody is going to jail” were uttered at the meetings. One source said at the meeting with Bank Negara, Lodin had offered to resign immediately. But that is not the concern of Bank Negara. Lodin was appointed by the PM. If it is true that he offered to resign, he should tell that to Mohd Najib.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Leadership Issue: When PM Sues

A Kadir Jasin

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AS we all know, the Prime Minister, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak had send legal notices to Pakatan Rakyat’s Members of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee of the DAP and Rafizi Ramli of the PKR.

I had not wanted to comment on his action simply because I find politicians suing each other as infantile. But when the former PM, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, commented that he never had to resort to legal action against his critics when he was in power for 22 years, I am compelled to put things in perspective.

Dr Mahathir said he would simply answer to the people whenever an issue arose. Damn him or praise him, he is in his own class. It is simply inappropriate to compare Mohd Najib to Dr Mahathir.

I believe that politicians, especially the elected ones should use the Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies to sort things out and to convince the people. They should debate and banter with the people as judges.

As elected representatives they make laws. They are their custodians. The courts merely interpret the laws they made. By resorting to the courts, the politicians are admitting that they can no longer defend themselves politically. They admit that they have lost the debate and can no longer rely on their wits and wisdom to survive.

Furthermore, in our country threats of legal actions are an effective way of shutting up opponents when nothing else works. Many such actions were abandoned or settled out of court when the threats are over. 

Phua Causes PM Stress

On Nov 24, Mohd Najib issued a letter of demand in which he accused Pua of making defamatory remarks against him on November 3 in relations to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). The PM alleged that Pua had caused him “tremendous stress and embarrassment.”

Tun Razak Exchange: 1MDB's connerstone project
Mohd Najib demanded that Petaling Jaya Utara MP publishes a retraction and apologise within 14 days in two national newspapers or face legal action for his speech recorded in a November 3 video entitled “Tony Pua: Najib is creating the biggest scandal ever in the history of Malaysia” in reference to 1MDB.

Then in early December Mohd Najib sent a similar letter through the same legal firm to Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s vice president and MP for Pandan, Rafizi Ramli, accusing him of making defamatory remarks on the removal of fuel subsidies.

Rafizi in a statement on Dec 4 said he received the letter from law firm Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak demanding an explanation for his speech “Kenapa Kita Pertahan Subsidi Minyak” (Why We Defend the Fuel Subsidy) on Nov 22.

Rafizi welcome PM's legal action
Both 1MDB and the abolition of petroleum subsidy are hot potatoes for the PM. 1MDB recently reported a loss of RM665.4 million for the year ending March 31, 2014. It has assets worth RM51.4 billion and liabilities (mostly debts) of RM48.9 billion. The total abolition of petroleum subsidy was to take advantage of the lower crude oil prices and also to dress up the book so that the target of reducing budget deficit this year to 3.5% of the GDP could be achieved.

Young vs Old

When you are a young and upcoming politician like Rafizi, being threatened with a sued by the PM gives you bragging right.

“I am proud to be sued by a prime minister, for defending the rights of the public to receive fuel subsidy of at least 30 sen per litre,” Rafizi said in a statement.

“[This is] amid the situation where the country’s leaders spend public funds nonchalantly in projects that burden the people such as 1MDB,” he added.

Like Mohd Najib, Rafizi too was educated in the UK. He graduated from the University of Leeds in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, passed the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) examination and was admitted into the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) in 2003 and served Petronas from 2003 to 2009.

Like Mohd Najib and Rafizi, Phua too studied in the UK. He graduated from Keble College, Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and served as a consultant at Andersen Consulting for two years and as business development manager with Aqua Works and Engineering Sdn Bhd. Altogether he has more than six years of experience in the information technology and e-business consulting industry.

Phua warned PM on 1MDB
I would like to think that Rafizi and Chua are more of a match to the “shooting star” of Umno and the government, Khairy Jamaluddin, than the PM. For background and reflection about KJ, read here.

Mohd Najib should be picking up fights with people of his age and stature. While Rafizi is 34 and Phua is 42, he is 61.

Him taking legal action against Phua and Rafizi reminded me of Anwar Ibrahim making a police report over the Ummi Hafilda letter back in 1997. The letter was considered a “surat layang” and a “fitnah” until Anwar, on the advice of his lawyers, made a police report. Overnight what was considered by many, including Dr Mahathir, as a “fitnah” became a legal document that eventually resulted in Anwar’s downfall.

Similarly, Mohd Najib’s legal action against Phua and Rafizi could turn out to be a double-edge sword.

And maybe too that Mohd Najib is giving his own twist to Charles de Gaulle’s oft-quoted saying “I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

So he is taking his spat with the young PR leaders away from the political sphere and into the legal arena. He is joining the crowd of desperate Malaysian politicians who are using the law to muzzle their adversaries and, along the way, make some pocket money.

Mohd Najib had also sued the portal Malaysiakini over readers' comments it published.

If indeed “the ballot is stronger than the bullet” as Abraham Lincoln had said, then, by the same token, the ballot is stronger than the lawyers. As an elected leader, the PM would be wiser to trust the voters than the lawyers.


Friday, December 05, 2014

Isu Kepemimpinan: Cakap Benar Mengenai Ekonomi

A Kadir Jasin

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DALAM siri isu kepemimpinan kali ini, marilah kita berbincang sedikit mengenai ekonomi semasa. Tajuk ini mungkin berat tetapi sangat afdal kepada kelangsungan (survival) negara kita.

Saya tidak menyalahkan pemerintah dan media massa kawalannya kerana menghebahkan berita baik dan menguar-uarkan prestasi ekonomi yang dikatakan baik sehingga mendapat pujian pemimpin dunia.

Saya akui bahawa angka kasar menunjukkan ekonomi kita sihat. Pertumbuhannya jika diukur daripada keluaran dalam negara kasar (KDNK/GDP) adalah memuaskan. 

Tetapi angka kasar boleh memesongkan. Misalnya, banyak rumah, kedai dan ruang pejabat didirikan. Pembinaan rumah, kedai dan pejabat yang banyak itu menyumbang kepada pertumbuhan KDNK.

Tauke simen, pasir dan keluli buat duit. Perunding dalam dan luar negara buat duit. Pekerja binaan Indonesia, Bangladesh, India dan Myanmar buat duit. Penjaja nasi lemak Melayu di bahu jalan pun buat duit.

Tetapi kita juga tahu dan lihat banyak rumah, kedai dan pejabat tidak dijual atau disewakan, tidak didiami dan digunakan. Ada yang ditenggelami lalang, ditumbuhi pokok jejawi atau roboh terus. Iklan untuk dijual dan disewa menyakitkan mata.

Inilah yang ahli ekonomi sebut sebagai pertumbuhan yang tidak berkualiti atau penyalahuntukan sumber (misallocation of resources). Bila rumah, kedai dan ruang pejabat tidak digunakan maka tidak berlakulah penokokan nilai (value added) dan kesan serapan (trickle down effect).

Kalau rumah dijual dan didiami, kedai disewa dan perniagaan dijalankan, pejabat dibuka dan kakitangan diambil barulah berlaku penokokan nilai dan kesan serapan.

Tidak salah Menteri Kewangan Kedua, Ahmad Husni Hazadlah, menyatakan keyakinan yang matlamat mengurangkan defisit belanjawan 2014 kepada 3.5% KDNK masih boleh dicapai walaupun harga minyak jatuh teruk. Begitu jugalah kenyataan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif CIMB, Tengku Zafrul Aziz bahawa asas ekonomi (economic fundamentals) negara terus kukuh dan Pengarah Eksekutif Institut Kajian Ekonomi Malaysia (MIER), Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid melihat prospeks ekonomi sebagai bercampur (mixed).

Malangnya, bukan harga minyak mentah saja jatuh. Harga minyak kelapa sawit dan getah sudah lama merudum. Permintaan ke atas komponen elektronik masih kukuh. Tetapi dengan ekonomi dunia diramalkan beku tahun hadapan, permintaan mungkin tidak kekal.

Petronas telah pun mengurangkan perbelanjaan modal (capex) dan memberi amaran mungkin tidak boleh membayar dividen yang tinggi kepada kerajaan. Tetapi kalau dipaksa, Petronas akan tambah dividen dan  kurangkan lagi capex.

Kredibiliti Maklumat Rasmi

Soalnya, bolehkah kita percaya kepada dakwaan bahawa fundamental ekonomi kita kukuh apabila bukan saja harga komoditi utama kita jatuh malah kadar tukaran mata wang kita pun jatuh juga?

Sangat mengelirukan apabila Gabenor Bank Negara, Zeti Aktar Aziz, berkata bagus apabila nilai ringgit naik dan bagus juga apabila ia jatuh.

Harga saham dan jumlah dagangan di Bursa Malaysia semakin menurun. Prestasi syarikat-syarikat yang disenaraikan dengannya lebih banyak yang negatif daripada positif. Boleh kata majoriti melaporkan penurunan keuntungan.

Pada 1 Disember, kadar tukaran ringgit jatuh paling banyak dalam sehari sejak Krisis Kewangan Asia 1997-98 kepada RM3.4320 bagi satu dolar Amerika.

Pada 3 Disember, akhbar The Star (milik MCA dan mewakili sentimen masyarakat perniagaan Cina) menyiarkan analisis pendapatan suku ketiga tahun ini (Julai-September) bagi syarikat-syarikat Bursa Malaysia.

Ia mendapati hanya dua daripada lima sektor utama ekonomi meningkat. Automotif naik 18.2% dan perbankan 1.6%, tetapi perkhidmatan jatuh 58.5%, komoditi jatuh 37.7% dan minyak&Gas jatuh 29.3%. Perkhidmatan menyumbang lebih daripada 50% kepada kegiatan ekonomi negara.

Pada 4 Disember, akhbar yang sama menyiarkan analisis prestasi mata wang ringgit. Ia mendapati ringgit jatuh berbanding kebanyakan mata wang rakan perdagangan utama kita.

Ringgit jatuh 5.61% berbanding dolar Amerika, 5.58% berbanding dolar Hong Kong, 3.93% berbanding Baht, 2.93% berbanding Rupee, 2.44% berbanding dolar Taiwan dan 0.95% berbanding dolar Singapura. Duit kita naik berbanding Yen (9.40%), Euro (5.91%), dolar Australia (4.32%), pound Inggeris (2.31%) dan Rupiah (0.73%).

The Star juga meramalkan yang kelembapan eksport mungkin mengakibatkan Malaysia mengalami defisit kembar (twin deficit), iaitu defisit akaun semasa dan defisit perdagangan. Ia memetik ketua ahli ekonomi AllianceDBS (bank), Manokaran Mottain.

Lebih Baik Terus Terang

Banyak lagi fakta dan ramalan ekonomi yang menjurus ke arah keadaan yang sukar dan mencabar bagi ekonomi negara tahun ini dan tahun hadapan. Ekonomi Eropah diramalkan menguncup tahun hadapan. Ekonomi Australia sudah mula menurun. Hatta ekonomi China yang perkasa itu pun sudah mula dingin.

Jadi, bukankah lebih elok bagi kerajaan mengakui realiti semasa dan berterus terang kepada rakyat jelata. Lebih baik membuatkan mereka kurang gembira dengan menyatakan kebenaran daripada membuatkan mereka marah apabila malapetaka ekonomi melanda mereka.

Sama ada ekonomi kita akan mengalami krisis atau tidak tahun hadapan, satu hal. Itulah yang sedang diramalkan oleh pembangkang pusat.

Yang utama sekarang adalah berkongsi maklumat secara rasional dan terbuka dengan rakyat jelata. Bukan berdolak-dalik dengan mereka apatah lagi memesongkan mereka dengan berita-berita baik yang sengaja diada-adakan.

Rakyat tidak “bangang”. Mereka tahu “practical economy.” Mereka sudah rasa kenaikan harga akibat pemansuhan subsidi. Mereka tahu harga petrol turun, tapi harga diesel naik. Mereka rasa pelik. GST belum dilaksanakan, tetapi sudah ada barang yang naik harga kononnya kerana cukai baru itu.

Mereka tahu harga getah dan kelapa sawit merudum kerana mereka yang mengeluarkannya. Mereka tahu ringgit Malaysia tidak bernilai seperti dulu lagi kerana hari-hari mereka beli-belah sendiri. Jangan tunggu mereka marah. Terus teranglah dengan mereka. Jangan sekali-kali anggap mereka bangang, bodoh, dungu, tongong dan bahlul.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mohd Najib Kecam Blogger Upahan Umno

A Kadir Jasin

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PRESIDEN Umno, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, semalam secara terbuka mendedahkan yang Umno mengupah blogger.

Inilah kali pertama seorang pemimpin atasan Umno dan kerajaan membuat pengakuan seperti itu.

Mohd Najib berkata, mereka ini makan gaji dengan Umno tetapi menyerang balik parti itu.

Kerana itu, beliau menyifatkan mereka sebagai bangang.

Merujuk kepada Naib Presiden Umno, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Mohd Najib berkata: “Saya setuju kata Datuk Zahid yang kata bloggers kita ni kadang-kadang tembak kita. Dalam istilah perang, friendly fire. Friendly fire is not friendly."

Tambah Mohd Najib lagi: “Bloggers kita ni cari makan dengan siapa? Pergilah tembak pembangkang. Itu cara kita nak menang dalam peperangan. Jangan perang sesama sendiri. Tak masuk akal. Bangang.” Beliau berucap dalam sesi penggulungan di Perhimpunan Agung Umno (PAU) di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) semalam. (Baca lanjut di sini)

Pendedahan dan herdikan Mohd Najib itu akan melemahkan lagi perang saraf Umno di alam siber. Tanpa pendedahan dan kecaman itu pun keberkesanan blogger Umno sudah dipersoalkan.

Seperkara lagi, kalau benar blogger-blogger upahan Umno itu berperang sesama sendiri dan menyerang pemimpin parti, ia adalah cerminan perpecahan dan ketidaktentuan dalam Umno sendiri.

Namun Mohd Najib bukan orang pertama mencemuh dan melabelkan blogger.

Zainuddin Maidin (kini seorang blogger) ketika menjadi Menteri Penerangan melabelkan blogger “goblok”, Khairy Jamaluddin menanggil mereka “beruk” dan Shaziman Abu Mansor, waktu menjadi Timbalan Menteri Tenaga, Komunikasi dan Air, menyifatkan sesetengah blogger dan pengulas blog sebagai penembak curi.

Maaf cakaplah kalau saya katakan istilah “bangang” yang Mohd Najib gunakan itu adalah keterlaluan, kesat, kasar dan tidak membayangkan hemah dan ketokohan seorang pemimpin.

Pusat Rujukan Bahasa Melayu DBP mentakrifkan bangang sebagai bodoh, dungu, tongong dan bahlul. Teruk sungguh.

Kesian juga saya kalau selepas ini ada blogger Umno yang tertiarap periuk nasinya akibat herdikan Mohd Najib itu.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Mohd Najib Playing the Malay Warrior Role

A Kadir Jasin

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MOHD Najib Abdul Razak may not be the savviest of Malaysian Prime Ministers, but he is experience enough to know that this is the time to pacify the angry Malays.

He has to stop them from prying open his Pandora’s box and against scheming for his overthrow.

So it’s not at all surprising that he made an about turn on his promise to repeal the Sedition Act (SA) and promising to “perkasakan” (empower) the Malays. With last year’s “Tsunami Cina” showing no signs of letting up, Mohd Najib needs the Malays even more.

Sacrificing his popularity with the non-Malay members of his Barisan Nasional coalition and incurring the ire of the liberal elite are a risk worth taking if the reward is ensuring his survival as Umno President and Prime Minister – at least until the next general elections.

Playing the Malay Pahlawan Role
He must have been sufficiently convinced that his popularity with Umno members in particular and the conservative Malays in general is declining and the challenges against his leadership could very well be real.

Damn me if you wish, but on this, I am with Mohd Najib. I have never been in favour of Mohd Najib’s decision to repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Emergency Ordinance (EO). The furthest I would go is to amend them to be in tune with time.

After an about-face on SA, Mohd Najib might very well be stronger as Umno President, but the BN could lose more support among the non-Malays and the liberal elite.

In making the decision, he was addressing himself almost exclusively to Umno. He said he made the decision because he listened to Wanita and Youth movements and to the Deputy President (Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin).

Shifting Responsibility

It was a clever move. By shifting part of the blame to Muhyiddin, who has spoken about the dangers of repealing the act, he is lessening his own burden of responsibility.

This is the price Mohd Najib is paying for behaving more like a president than prime minister. He would not have been in this mess had he consulted Umno and party elders before repealing the ISA and the EO, and announcing plan to do the same with SA.

The silent majority among the Malays was against the repeal of the ISA and the EO. The repeal of the former lessened government’s ability to act against terrorism and the latter unleashed thousands of criminals and bad hats on the society with bloody outcome.

Would he become anymore popular with the non-Malays liberal elite and the WOG (western-oriented gentlemen) by repealing the ISA and the EO?

The 2013 GE results showed the opposite. These people were against the government not so much because of ISA, EO and SA but because of the opulence, extravagance, power abuse and corruption of the ruling elite.

Instead he offended the Malays of his own party. His promise to repeat SA only made things worse. On the other hand, the non-Malays and the liberal elite did not help Mohd Najib’s dream of a moderate Malaysia when they started questioning and insulting the Malays and their institutions relentlessly in the social media.

Now members of his party may be temporarily relieved. However, they should be warned not to swallow their President’s promises hook, line and sinker. He may yet do another volte-face.

Hail to the Chief
The oppositions and their liberal supporters are understandably upset. But I think they should be thankful to Mohd Najib for giving them more bullets. His about-face on SA is a bonus to them.

Price of Exuberance

Since taking over the country in 2009, Mohd Najib had clearly misunderstood and miscalculated the mood of the people, including members of his won party.

He is driven by exuberance more than understanding. His is blinded by his transformation zeal and he lives in a make believe world created by his family members, advisers, special officers and consultants.

These are people who, like Mary Antoinette over 200 years ago responded, “let them eat cake” when she was told that the French people had no bread to eat.

Yes Mohd Najib is the Prime Minister for all. Nobody is denying that. But to ignore or be seen to ignore the interest of the Malays and other Bumiputeras, who form the majority of the rakyat jelata (the masses), is foolish.

For now, Mohd Najib’s position in Umno is unchallenged. The Umno masses have been temporarily pacified and his likely opponents disarmed.

But the BN’s popularity with the non-Malays and the liberal elite might have taken another tumble.

Mohd Najib is still staring at the Ides of March less than four years from now when the GE has to be held. On the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back by his dear friend, Brutus.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Presiden Umno Tanya: Di Mana Silap Kita?

A Kadir Jasin

[Komen “Anonymous” tidak akan disiarkan. Dalam blog kita ini, pembahas WAJIB ada nama. Nama samaran dan nama pena pun tak apa. Angka pun boleh. Guna nama sendiri macam saya lagilah bagus.]

MUTAKHIR – “"Saya mendengar pendapat dan cadangan daripada timbalan perdana menteri, Wanita, Pemuda, dan Puteri serta usul daripada bahagian dan keresahan serta pandangan NGO. Maka saya sebagai perdana menteri memutuskan yang Akta Hasutan 1948 dikekalkan." – Mohd Najib ketita merasmikan PAU di PWTC hari ini (27 Nov).

(Pengumuman itu adalah pusingan-U kepada ikrar beliau memansuhkan akta berkenaan dan menggantikannya dengan Akta Keharmonian Nasional.)

Posting Asal

MENJELANG Perhimpunan Agung Umno (PAU), banyaklah kenyataan, ikrar dan janji dibuat. Amat menakjubkan apabila Presiden Umno sendiri masih tertanya-tanya "di mana silap kita?"

Berikut adalah antara petikan menarik daripada pembesar Umno dan penyokong serta pelindung mereka untuk renungan bersama.

1. "Saya rasa sangat letih dan ia sangat memalukan apabila kita (BN) disebut sebagai pembangkang. Saya tahu anda semua rasa letih dan malu juga.” – Mohd Najib dalam ucapan di Konvensyen Umno Selangor, 1 Nov.

2. “Ramai rakyat Selangor bosan tetapi kalau mereka tak yakin lagi kepada pembangkang, boleh atau tidak mereka memberi sokongan kepada kita? Ini persoalannya. Benar kita nampak rakyat bosan dan tak suka, tapi inilah masa dan ketikanya bagi kita memindahkan sokongan kepada UMNO dan BN.” - Mohd Najib dalam ucapan di Konvensyen Umno Selangor, 1 Nov.

3. “Saya berjumpa dengan Najib pada 18 November lalu kira-kira 20 hingga 30 minit, hanya saya dengan dia saja. Meskipun saya terbuka dengan menyatakan tidak ada halangan untuk tukar pucuk kepimpinan tetapi presiden Umno mahu saya pimpin Selangor sekali gus meneruskan mandat menjadi pengerusi perhubungan Umno negeri." – Noh Omar, 22 Nov.

4. “Over the last three general elections, support for Umno and Barisan Nasional in Johor has declined from 81 per cent in 2004 to 63 per cent in 2008 to 54 per cent last year. Johor needs to be a stronghold for Umno again as the party started here.” – Mohd Najib at the Johor Umno Convention, 15 Nov.

Mohd Najib tidak tahu di mana kesilapan Umno
“Di mana silap kita?” – Mohd Najib di Konvensyen Umno Wilayah Persekutuan, 24 Nov.

5. “Saya katakan kita sudah capai tahap agak kritikal, kalau perubahan atau pembaharuan tidak dilihat berlaku, bimbangnya kita boleh kalah. Isyarat itu sudah jelas di hadapan kita.” - Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin dalam wawancara eksklusif dengan Utusan Malaysia 22 Nov.

6. “Kalau kita lihat kadar urbanisasi, penghijrahan anak muda dari kawasan luar bandar ke bandar sudah mencecah 60 peratus dan trend ini akan berterusan. Mereka memerlukan seorang pemimpin atau barisan pemimpin yang memahami mereka dan yang dapat memperjuangkan mereka.” – Khairy Jamaluddin, selepas hadiri Persidangan Kepimpinan Mahasiswa Nasional 2014 (PEMANAS) 23 Nov.

7. “Ada benda yang boleh dibahaskan, tapi kalau boleh jangan sentuh isu sensitif. Kalau boleh jangan sakiti hati orang lain.” - Tengku Adnan Mansor, 23 Nov.

8. "Sesetengah pinjaman adalah dalam bentuk jangka panjang tapi kami percaya komitmen kewangan ini dapat dipenuhi. Kami juga dalam proses menambahkan dan mencairkan nilai aset yang kami ambil alih." - Pengerusi 1MDB Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, 18 Nov.

(Terbaru: Harta 1MDB RM51.4 bilion. Hutang 1MDB RM41.9 bilion. Tahun ini rugi RM665.36 juta.)

9. Latest: Whoever uses my name, I ask the offices and ministries not to approve it.”- Rosmah Mansor commenting on people using her name to get project at the annual Squad Sayang gathering in Kuala Lumpur. (The Star).


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I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).