Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hishammuddin's New Power: The Dagger is Unsheathed



A Kadir Jasin
THE propaganda machine of the government and Barisan Nasional (BN) is going nut trying to play down the growing public skepticism over the recent appointment of (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin Hussein as Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.

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Read this April 19 New Straits Times’ digital edition headline - Hishammuddin's new portfolio will strengthen Home, Foreign Ministries: Zahid

In simple English, what the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was saying is this:

(Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin Hussein’s appointment as Minister with Special Functions would strengthen the Home and Foreign Ministries.

If Hishammuddin’s appointment “would strengthen the Home and Foreign Ministries” the inferred meaning is the two ministries are either weak or are not strong enough.

That could not be good for Ahmad Zahid because he is the Home Minister. Similarly it reflects negatively on the Foreign Minister, (Datuk Seri) Anifah Aman.

There have been rumours that the Sabahan Anifah is contemplating resignation. It makes sense, therefore, that one of Hishammuddin's additional power is to oversee the Foreign Ministry.

Ironically, this inference was confirmed by Ahmad Zahid himself in the intro of the NST report when he was quoted as saying that “the new tasks assigned to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, as the Special Functions Minister, are meant to further strengthen the government's and party's leadership institutions.”

What Ahmad Zahid was saying is this. The leadership of the government and the party was not strong enough that Hishammuddin has to be appointed to make it stronger.

There’s no big problem agreeing with Ahmad Zahid on that. The government and party institutions have become week as a result of manipulations by the scandal-tainted Prime Minister (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil), Mohd Najib Abdul Razak.

Ahmad Zahid appeared to be in such state of confusion and shock that no matter how hard he tried to justify Hishammuddin’s elevation and put on a strong face, he failed.

While saying that Hishammuddin’s new role would help strengthen the Home and Foreign Ministries, he went on to say “Hishammuddin's new portfolio is not designed to supersede the roles of the Home Ministry and the Foreign Ministry.”

He said: "We have discussed several tasks for Hishammuddin as the Special Functions Minister, which include boosting the leadership institutions of the government and party. I am confident that with his vast experience in government he will be able to help me and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.”

The NST further quoted Ahmad Zahid as saying that Hishammuddin would assist him and the Prime Minister to address domestic and international issues.

"In my opinion, Hishammuddin is capable of carrying out his additional duty. His new role is not meant to overtake the tasks of the Home Ministry or the Foreign Ministry, but to enhance and complement the role of the prime minister and myself," Zahid told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Hishammuddin at his office. (Read here).

It was reported that Hishammuddin’s first task as Special Functions Minister is to monitor security in Sabah, where he will be working closely with Zahid and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Zahid and Musa jointly chair the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), while Najib is the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) chairman.

In what appears to be a desperate attempt to salvage his tattered reputation, Ahmad Zahid claimed that it was he who suggested that Najib appoint Hishammuddin as the Special Functions Minister three months ago.

"The three of us (Najib, Zahid and Hishammuddin) have something in common. All of us held the post of Defence Minister. So, many things can be done as Defence Minister.

"Hishammuddin's new portfolio will enable him to help me and the prime minister.

"This does not mean that Hishammuddin is representing us, but he is representing the government," he added.

The Plot Thickens

I think that there could be another twist to Ahmad Zahid’s claim that he proposed Hishammuddin’s appointment. He could be doing that upon realising just how unpopular and burdensome Najib has become in recent months.

One way of addressing the problem is to give the impression that Najib is loosening his grips on power and some form of succession is being planned.

It works. There are enough people who believe that Najib is preparing to make an exit.

He might be leaving for good or is merely testing the water and hatching a new survival plan.

It’s better for him not to lead the BN in coming general election than risk defeat.

Losing to the opposition means risking a trial and possibly imprisonment. So it’s better to step aside and let Hishammuddin take charge.

There are many ways of doing this. He could, for instance, go on an extended leave, say for several weeks, to give him rāzônˈdetrə to appoint Hishammuddin as Acting Prime Minister.

Could the Prime Minister be saying goodby?
He could have been told by the party that it would lose if he continues to lead. That would be a disaster for him and his family.

My Le Carrean instinct is this. He goes on leave. Makes Hishammuddin Acting PM. Vacates the Pekan seat and hands it over to someone he trust, for example one his sons, resigns the PM post but keeps Umno presidency. The BN wins. He makes a comeback by contesting in the Pekan seat or any other parliamentary seat in a by-election.

These actions would put the opposition in a bind. With him gone (albeit temporarily), the antagonism towards the BN would be reduced and the opposition’s assault would be blunted. That is if the opposition falls into the trap.

The End is Near for Ahmad Zahid

Irrespective of whether my Le Carrean plot happens or not, Ahmad Zahid’s political journey has hit a bump. Hishammuddin has leapfrogged over him.

But it’s not the end of the road. While Hishammuddin may enjoy the support of the BN’s non-Malay parties, Ahmad Zahid is stronger in Umno.

Before Hishammuddin’s appointment, Ahmad Zahid could even be stronger than Najib. This had caused worries among Najib’s and Hishammuddin’s supporters that they plotted to weaken him. 

Hishammuddin-Zahid rivalry: Not anymore a laughing matter
Najib knows when the crunch comes blood is thicker than water. Ahmad Zahid may be his long time pal and compadre but Hishammuddin is his cousin. For that he gets the cheer for the last mile.

Wallahuaklam.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gurindam Seloka Tuduhan Derma RM90 Juta



A Kadir Jasin


RAFIZI kata, Najib (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil) bagi derma. Kepada PAS parti ulama.
 
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Jumlahnya besar tidak terhingga. Bukan RM2 juta macam Mat Maslan terima. Atau RM1 juta kepada Shahrir orang lama. Tapi RM90 juta jumlahnya.

Rafizi kata dia tak auta. Sebagai bukti, SD dia buat sama. Kalau berani samanlah dia.

Maka kecut perutlah PAS. Terpaksa hempas pulas. Cari alasan buat ancaman. Supaya ahli dan penyokong tak sangka yang bukan-bukan.

Rafizi kata, Ustaz Nashrudin Mat Isa adalah perantara. Duit “curi” SRC International dialah yang terima. Dulu dia orang kuat PAS. Tapi tahun 2011 lawan Mohamad Sabu dia tewas.

Nashrudin kata, dia tak terima. Ini semua Rafizi punya angkara.

Tuan Ibrahim kata, dia tak tahu apa-apa. Satu sen pun PAS tak terima. Dia kata Ustaz Nashrudin Mat Isa tak sumbang sebarang derma.

Kalau Rafizi dusta, buatlah sumpah SD macam dia.

Tapi kalau duit RM90 juta itu Najib betul-betul bagi, habis ke mana ia pergi? Najib pun tak nafi.

Kalau “demi Allah” PAS tak  terima, duit itu masuk poket siapa? Takut-takut masuk poket ketua-ketua tapi ahli terlopong ternganga. Lepas itu buat-buat lupa?
 
Takkanlah dalam PAS pun ada pencuri? Ini parti ulama, parti suci. Takkanlah mereka sebat macam yang Umno buat kepada 1MDB dan SRC?

Takkanlah parti ulama pun curi sini curi sana, beli harta di luar negeri, pi Las Vegas main judi dan beli jet peribadi macam penyamun dan penyangak 1MDB?

Atau ulama PAS pun diam-diam ada rumah di luar negeri, projek sana projek sini, beli kereta mewah untuk anak dan bini?

Kalau tak betul jangan setakat nafi. Ambil tindakan tegas dan berani. Buat SD, lapor kepada polis dan saman si Rafizi.

Kalau setakat nafi kata Rafizi punya angkara, rasa-rasanya tak banyak orang percaya. Mereka akan kata, pemimpin PAS pun sama saja nampak duit habis gelap mata.

Satu hal lagi. Kalau betul derma itu dari SRC, ini sudah duit curi. Duit yang SRC pinjam dari KWAP.

Takkan PAS tak tahu cerita. SRC pinjam duit KWAP lima ribu juta. Duit KWAP milik pesara.

Tak payahlah PAS berdolak-dalik. Orang kita pun dah banyak yang cerdik. Tak boleh ditipu sepanjang masa. Mereka dah tahu banyak rahsia.

Kalau Rafizi tak tarik balik, saman dia biar serik. Kalau tidak orang akan kata, itulah pasalnya dengan Najib PAS sangat mesra. Rupa-rupanya dah dapat sedekah berpuluh juta.

Wallahuaklam.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pelantikan Hisham: Tempua Bersarang Rendah




KALAU tidak ada-ada masakan tempua bersarang rendah.

Kalau tidak ada sesuatu yang “mendesak” masakan (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dilantik Menteri Tugas-tugas Khas di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

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Pelantikan yang berkuat kuasa hari ini diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil), Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, melalui satu kenyataan.

Dalam kenyataan itu, Mohd Najib yang berupa sepupu Hishammuddin berkata ahli Dewan Rakyat Sembrong itu kekal sebagai Menteri Pertahanan.

"Pelantikan ini akan membolehkan YB Datuk Seri Hishammuddin menjalankan tugas selain daripada tanggungjawab beliau sebagai Menteri Pertahanan," kata Mohd Najib. (Baca di sini)

Tugas-tugas Khas kukuhkan kedudukan Hishammuddin
Tanda Tanya

Apakah tugas-tugas lain yang akan Hishammuddin jalankan yang belum dilaksanakan oleh menteri-menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri?

Mengapakah Mohd Najib memerlukan sepupunya menjalankan “tugas-tugas khas” di JPM sedangkan beliau sudah pun mempunyai timbalan iaitu (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi?

Sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Dalam Negeri, Ahmad Zahid tentulah lebih daripada layak dan mampu untuk membantu PM dalam apa-apa jua tugas – khas atau umum.

Malah kalau perlu, TPM boleh dilantik memangku jawatan PM. Pada zaman pemerintahan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, dua daripada timbalan beliau – (Tun) Musa Hitam dan (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim – pernah dilantik menjadi pemangku PM.

Jadi tidak ada masalah Ahmad Zahid diberikan tugas tambahan bagi meringankan beban PM melainkan Mohd Najib mempunyai pertimbangan-pertimbangan lain.

Misalnya beliau tidak lagi yakin sepenuhnya kepada Ahmad Zahid dan mahu Hishammuddin mempunyai bidang kuasa yang lebih luas bagi mengimbangi pengaruh Ahli Dewan Rakyat Bagan Datok itu.

Atau ada sesuatu yang lebih sensitif dan rumit seperti kedudukan Mohd Najib yang semakin lemah dalam Umno dan Barisan Nasional serta cakap-cakap berkenaan kemungkinan pilihan raya umum diadakan secara mengejut.

Pelantikan tiba-tiba Hishammuddin turut membawa kembali ingatan wartawan generasi saya kepada peristiwa pemergian sulit Almarhum Tun Abdul Razak Hussein ke London untuk rawatan perubatan pada bulan Disember 1975. Almarhum meninggal dunia di ibu negara British itu pada 14 Januari 1976.

Boleh jadi Mohd Najib memerlukan Hishammuddin untuk menjaga hal ehwal negara dan beliau (Mohd Najib) turun padang berkempen untuk mengekalkan kuasa dan beliau tidak mahu membebankan lagi Ahmad Zahid.

Tetapi pemberian tugas tambahan di JPM kepada Hishammuddin boleh juga dilihat sebagai isyarat bahawa Mohd Najib mempunyai “reservation” (syak wasangka) terhadap kesetiaan dan komitmen Ahmah Zahid.

Kalau kita dalami kenyataan dan pendirian Ahmad Zahid sejak beberapa waktu kebelakangan ini, kita akan dapati yang beliau cuba memberi gambaran bahawa manakala beliau setia kepada Mohd Najib, beliau tidaklah membuta-tuli mengikut telunjuk bosnya.

Misalnya beliau mengambil pendirian yang agak terbuka dalam isu bahas Dr Mahathir-Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz yang diharamkan polis. Beliau memberi gambaran seolah-olah beliau tidak keberatan membenarkan bahas itu berlangsung.

Kita tidak perlu berteka-teki berkenaan pendirian Mohd Najib mengenai bahas itu. Walaupun beliau berdiam diri, beliau tentunya tidak mahu bahas itu berlangsung.

Kita tentu masih ingat bagaimana beliau lari daripada dialog Nothing2Hide tahun 2015 apabila mengetahui Dr Mahathir berada dalam dewan bahas.

Biar sehebat mana pun beliau memperkecilkan Dr Mahathir, Mohd Najib tahu bahawa Dr Mahathir boleh dengan mudah mengalahkan Mohamed Nazri dalam perbahasan bebas.

Langkah Mohd Najib membawa Hishamuddin JPM tidak syak lagi akan mengukuhkan kedudukan sepupunya itu dalam hierarki Umno dan kerajaan.

Serentak itu, kedudukan Ahmad Zahid sebagai bakal pengganti (heir apparent) menjadi kabur sedikit walaupun beliau nyata lebih berpengaruh daripada Hishammuddin dalam parti.

Perkembangan terbaru ini juga pastinya akan menghangat dan merancakkan perang saraf di antara kem Ahmad Zahid dan kem Hishamuddin yang sudah berlangsung sekian lama.


Wallahuaklam.

Monday, April 10, 2017

NegaraKu Adakah Ia Masih Milikku?


A Kadir Jasin


SABTU 8 April saya bertukar-tukar fikiran dengan kira-kira 40 orang anak muda di Port Dickson. Kita bercakap tentang peri pentingnya generasi muda mengambil peranan besar dalam hal ehwal negara.

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Sebelum majlis bermula kita menyanyikan lagu Negaraku. Sebagai mengusik pemikiran mereka, saya berkata hatta daripada lagu kebangsaan itu pun kita boleh mengambil iktibar dan memulakan proses pemikiran kritis.

Saya tanya mereka, adakah negaraku tanah tumpahnya darahku itu masih milik mereka?

Yang saya tahu, banyak harta negara telah dijual dan digadai bagi menimbus bangkai skandal 1MDB, SRC dan berbagai-bagai kecurian lagi.

Adakah rakyat hidup bersatu dan maju?

Rasa-rasanya tidak lagi. Terlalu banyak musibah, penipuan, pembohongan dan propaganda murahan telah memecahbelahkan rakyat jelata.

Dan pastinya negara kita tidak semaju dahulu lagi. Terlalu banyak masalah melanda ekonomi dan kewangan negara kerana ketidakcekapan, pemborosan dan hutang yang mencecah awan.

Kecuali segelintir golongan elit perniagaan, politik dan perkhidmatan awam, majoriti rakyat jelata ditekan dan dibebani kenaikan kos rasa hidup, pengangguran, kejatuhan nilai ringgit dan GST.

Rahmat bahagia Tuhan Kurniakan. Tuhan tidak menyisihkan kita. Tetapi adakah kita mensyukuri rahmat yang Tuhan kurniakan? Atau apakah kita sedang ditimpa balasan kerana kemungkaran kita?

Dan akhir sekali adakah raja kita selamat bertakhta apabila ada raja yang menuduh pingat kebesaran negeri dan negara sedang dijual-beli dengan harga berjuta?

Tan Sri direman dalam kes cuba sogok seorang sultan untuk dapat gelaran
Berfikir dan bertindaklah jika kita masih sayang dan pedulikan kepada negara kita.

Nota kaki

Anekdot 1: Sebelum Subuh tadi, seorang jemaah yang sudah lama tidak kelihatan di masjid memberitahu yang dia berada sebulan di luar negara. Anak tunggalnya, seorang doktor perubatan, kini bekerja di sebuah hospital di bandar Albury-Wodonga, Australia. Takkan Melayu hilang di dunia. Tetapi apakah Melayu segar di bumi sendiri?

Anekdot 2: Cucu sulung saya (warganegara Switzerland) lulus cemerlang bahasa Latin. Respons saya kepada anak saya berbunyi begini: “It struck me as amusing that the cicit of a Kedah paddy farmer is learning Latin. Too far away and far out compared to my humble sawah beginning.”

Wallahuaklam.

Friday, April 07, 2017

The Sabah Pandikar and the Fool


A Kadir Jasin

AT the risk of being accused of being UnMuslim, I dare say that the Private Member’s Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 aka RUU 355 is one of the most devisive pieces of legislation ever to be introduced in the Dewan Rakyat.
 
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I will leave it at that since I had already discussed this subject in one of the past articles except to reiterate that its tabling is laced with hypocrisy, trickery, shenanigans and dishonesty.

It brought out the worse in human nature.

The Dewan Rakyat Speaker, (Tan Sri) Pandikar Amin Mulia, said he would be a bloody fool if he didn’t use his power.

With that he abruptly and prematurely dismissed the House yesterday afternoon to stop the bill from being debated.

Pandikar Amin didn't want to be a bloody fool
The Sabahan gloated: “If you have power, you are powerful; if you don’t use your power, you are a bloody fool.

“Today, I don’t want to be a bloody fool.”

He stopped the debate soon after PAS secretary-general, Takiyuddin Hassan, had finished explaining reasons for tabling the bill. It was first tabled last year by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang. Takiyuddin had been allowed to go on for almost 90 minutes.

I have no intention of adding more fuel to the fire except to remind all of us mortal beings that “a fool does not have to abuse his power to convince others that he is indeed a fool.”

[Seorang dungu tidak perlu menyalahgunakan kuasanya untuk meyakinkan orang lain yang dia dungu.”

Now we know that not only the Prime Minister, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil), Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, and the police fear debate.

The Dewan Rakyat Speaker also fears debate.

Wallahuaklam.

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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).