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天不连二,
地不离土,
君不开口,
亲不闭目,
师不齐肩,
位要端固。

(The above, an ancient idiom-in-poem, was found on Twitter. Free translation…)

Heavens are not in halves
Earth and land are never apart
The Wise knows silence
Parents know their names
A teacher isn’t you at shoulder
Why then think this is about you?

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Something isn’t quite right with this voter registration poster…

it presumes all votes have a moral content, they are equal and the man’s vote equal yours.

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Impossibility theorem at work.

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Imagine a moment:

Malaysia without God, without standards

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Kenneth Arrow has recently died (read here about the person and his work), the man who designed the ‘Impossibility Theorem’ around the idea that people typically make lousy choices and if they were given a second chance to correct the mistake first made they will again pick lousy ones. An infinite number of choices deliver an infinite number of bad judgments so, one can’t be the result of the other.

Hence, when liberals beat us with the cliche — you deserve the government you voted in — those moronic Anglophiles don’t know what it is they are babbling about. There is simply no ideal situation delivering an ideal set of information for making an ideal choice. In economics, that means no perfect markets; in politics no perfect system for an outcome entirely fair and just.

Change the conditions of a circumstance, or even change the settings during a decision, preferences change. This isn’t fickle-mindedness exerted by some invisible hand. Rather, conditions are never what you’d hope for, which goes to show that imperfection serves itself and so, too, imperfect markets. Or, in another way of saying the same thing, something imperfect is its own perfection. And if some lonely woman, say, Annie of the Valley, were to shop around for a perfect man according to a set list of criteria then she’d be drawing out a list every year instead of shopping. Poor woman. And if we think everything around us as unsatisfactory — Malaysians have shiploads of dissatisfaction — then that’s a view perfect only to ourselves. But we’ll never know if the perfection is true because, how can we?

(Why will one never know? Answer: depends on who you ask. According to the Great Moron of Manchester, ‘There are no truths because all views are subjective.‘ If, indeed, there are no objective truths out there then, by the same token, that statement couldn’t be true either. If not T then F. And if F, the Moron’s statement is nonsense. This is what happens when English La Salle and Victorian little old boys try to sell snake oil philosophy outside a Manchester nasi lemak restaurant.)

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Arrow’s theorem was great economic work from the use of vigorous mathematics that defeated earlier, commonplace economic and political assumptions which have no basis in mathematical probabilities. By commonplace, it means whining, an Ariff Sabri whine, so much yada, yada out of a Raub durian farm.

(Imagine this ludicrous statement from that DAP bleeding heart: ‘The defining characteristic of a Malay is poverty,’ a race-equal-poor definition plucked from before the 1950s when nine-tenths of the world was poor, including Lim Goh Tong. But never mind that, spare a thought instead for the Orang Asli today, poor, poorer, poorest, still poor, not Malay, without Umno and — thank god — without kampung heads like Ariff’s to struggle on their behalf.)

Arrow’s theorem had profound implications: it meant that material or social progress should not — and couldn’t be, anyway — be set to a single standard. In economics, such a standard, say, a perfect market is simply an artifice of invention which the Great Syed Akbar Ali calls the ‘Laws of Economics’. That man just discovered those laws at work in Malaysia 250 years after Adam Smith.

In Malaysian politics, standard setting is the desire of PAS, of some Umno ministers and numerous government-appointed muftis. Standards create, so they say, an ‘Islamic’ environment, supposedly so that the Malays could live out their Muslim lives fully, ‘holistically’, the Islamic way. RU355 is an example of the standard setting — the ‘Laws of Allah’, says the towel head Hadi Awang — giving form to a supposed Islamic environment. Of course, expect no God of heaven to thunder out and verify his commands that are being shepherded around by Hadi and that other Pahang towel head mufti.

Enter Bersatu and PKR, while Ariff’s DAP sit on its village hands. Also enter Mahathir Mohamad and Bro. Anwar Ibrahim, the latter in the person of Azmin Ali because Bro. Anwar, so happens, is indisposed. Both Mahathir and Anwar are continuing where they left off in the 1980s, currying favor with Islamist political groups — even after, and this what really gets to you — seeing the disastrous results of their early efforts. The decision by Bersatu and PKR to stick with PAS was purely electoral, One-to-One, but all know that the inevitable consequence in their maneuvers will simply hand over the country to those towel heads to dictate other people lives and fix other people’s standards.

Would Mahathir care? No. His hatred for Najib Razak is deeper than his desire to Save Malaysia from himself, from PAS and Islamism. That is, a Malaysia of humanly sane Malays unmolested by the impossibility of arbitrary standards.

In the old days, Mahathir’s excuse for collaborating with Islamist groups (in the person of Anwar) was to craft a set of Muslim standards for Malays while, in return, the latter would support Umno. In this horse trading, the presumptions were many, for example, a Saudi-type religious environment (No external interference in domestic affairs? That’s a load of Malay chauvinist shit.) was necessary for Malays to be good and what’s good for Malays has to be good for Malaysia.

But — and this is the key — they didn’t presume this: Anwar’s Islamic environment agenda was nothing more than standard setting. Instead they took the standard setting for granted, obligatory even. Why? Their answer, because it is a Muslim duty. Says who? Says Allah, never mind if those standards were never verifiable nor proven because, if that was true, Najib Razak who has since devoted so much time and money in the perfect kingdom of Mecca would be the model of sainthood.

All of which arrives at this other conclusion: Other than removing Najib, are Mahathir’s excuses for collaborating with Hadi any different from those during the Anwar days? The answer, if it isn’t self-evident by now, goes to show, once again, Mahathir is dangerous to everybody. He presumes he knows what is good for Malays (and everybody else) but his decisions are as arbitrary as Arrow’s Theorem — supposedly rational one day but would be idiotic the next. And, in between, causing innumerable damage to the fabric of society.

Mahathir is little different from PAS in their approach to politics and treatment of people and society. While he was fixated to the idea — then demanded — that an entire country be modeled after a prescribed standard (Malays! Get rich!), PAS would go about the kampung with its own prescription. Mahathir’s sycophants, namely Kadir Jasin and Firdaus Abdullah, would then call that stupid man a ‘visionary’.

The result: the simple, straightforward idea of merely administrating well and governing fairly is completely lost to these propaganda assholes.

But, here’s the even bigger problem visiting the country: both Bersatu (actually Umno by another name) and PAS are still standard setting because, so their argument goes, the first set had failed: more sex, more hair saloons, more girls on bikes, more unwed mothers. Like Pentecostal Christians — another bunch of assholes — the Hadis and the Berjaya ulamas have convinced themselves their set of moralities are greater than everybody else. So, must be followed — or else we’ll whip you.

Mahathir’s presumed moral world was, on the other hand, utterly infantile when not materialistic: feed full the Malay stomach, his intellectual powers will therefore grow; he will be smarter, become doctors, and all injustices will vanish. The PAS world of morality was, of course, primarily about sausages, haircuts, sex and women. Their morality was never — not even remotely — about Hermes bags or condominiums in England. (This absurdity is why in Saudi Arabia’s women-oppressed world, perfumes by Victoria Secret and clothes by Chanel sell so well even though their women will only get to use those things at home.)

Predictably, as a result, PAS has little to say about Najib’s 1MDB nor all the handbags accumulated by all the Umno wives. Corruption simply isn’t the PAS kind of Saudi morality standard they had been driving around the country since Day One, starting with the veil, Friday holidays, Melayu fetus tossed onto KTM rail tracks, leading to RU355 today — never mind if the Saudis flaunted their morality by booking a whole kafir island for a holiday.

If, ultimately, the PAS version of Saudi morality has nothing to do with money, or Najib in particular, then Umno is still the better of the two choices between it and Bersatu. All that Mahathir wants from PAS, through this 1-to-1 seat contest (which — and don’t laugh — Azmin calls a ‘principle’) is for the latter to deliver Najib’s head to them.

But Najib is the least of the problems confronting Malays and Malaysia. (Among 27 million only one man agrees with this conclusion — S. Thayaparan.) Najib as a national problem is a short-term one. More damaging, more lasting, and more insidious than the man himself is that Najib has gotten on board the Islam agenda which, to be precise, is a Wahhabist agenda fronted by and being fashioned out of PAS.

Yet this is the same Saudi front that Mahathir wants to work with, ignoring the dilapidating consequences from his decades of bringing into Malaysian mainstream the PAS in Anwar and PAS outright. (Remember the Islamic state?) And all that for what? For consolidating his power, what has it gotten Malays and Malaysia? So, for Najib’s head, Mahathir is again willing to throw an entire Malay society to the Arab dogs of Kelantan? Just like he did in his hey-days against political opponents.

That reason alone, Mahathir’s egoism — trading off the entire future of a nation, the greater good of the Malays, for the one man he hates — is  sufficient to reject Bersatu and, regretfully, all of Pakatan as well. We rather stick with Najib and Umno and Barisan: if money can buy Hermes bags, surely it can buy any God.

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Women Without Men

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Now, girls why would you need Hermes (below) if you had God (above)? The PAS answer, Because it is the woman’s “true function”. Handbags are god created exclusively for women just as women belong in a house, also exclusively.

From the wise assholes at PAS is this standard they have set for the Malay women:

The PAS Ulama council has called for women to be allowed to fulfil their true function as homemakers, even as the world celebrates Women’s Day today.

PAS Ulama information chief Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri said households in Malaysia were increasingly broken, citing the rising number of divorces as evidence that the institution of the family was growing weaker.

“As such, it is appropriate that the institution of the family be restored, including providing room and conducive space for each couple, especially wives so that they may perform their true function at home as wives and mothers,” he said in a statement.

Malays have lost so much ground already in spite of Malaysia, such as its Constitution, which had protected them from the vestiges of Islamism. While Umno talked and talked ketuanan, PAS, hiding behind that talk and hiding behind the word Allah, came to the forefront of stripping off those hard-earned rights. The next general election will see if the Malays will even lose more.

Every general election was never about how much the Chinese might or might gain in political power although this had been the handed down propaganda but, really, about how far Malays will retain their freedom and independence from an Arab religion. So far the Chinese have stood in between them and the desert force: Imagine then if the Chinese stop voting.

(Also see bottom of this post, the feature clip about women, Saudi society and its elections.)

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Even the recovery of those handbags from Johor had nothing to do with the morality standard of Allah set by PAS that they had copied from Arab camel herders. Only Anglophiles and Christians, associating money with evil, therefore moralizing the two, think it otherwise. Those handbags were about fixing up an Umno chieftain.

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Men Without God

Something is terribly wrong in the deputy minister’s answer, 355 won’t solve all of society’s ills. Who says it is suppose to? But, more to the point, since 355 comes from God (so says Hadi) then the Timbalan is also saying one of two things: (a) Allah is imperfect, or (b) 355 isn’t from Allah.

Regardless, the Timbalan in the above clip is evidence of Arrow’s Theorem at work in Malaysia: people change their decisions all the time and nothing in them, in any of those choices, will be fair and perfect.

The inference?

Malays (and Malaysians) are safer with Umno than with Mahathir (or Bersatu) who, like PAS, set humanly impossible standards then blame everybody else for failing to comply — but not themselves for proclaiming those standards. After which, and in order to rectify earlier failures, theirs, they go about making up even more standards that they then say had come from God, a god with an Impossibility syndrome. (picture at the bottom).

That being so, why even bother to start with? But those Kelantan Malay coconut heads will, in turn, answer (clip below): ‘This is the way we are, the way with our society; we follow Allah.’

That answer — ‘That’s the way with Malays‘ — is the Mother of all Lies, a self-contradictory and self-defeating answer because, in Kadir Jasin’s perverse, contradictory reasoning, it would mean that a once riverine, padi society would have had to originate from and had grew up in a desert 8000 miles away.

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Maria Without Opposition

Over an article critical of the Opposition, Maria Chin was told to fire her Bersih colleague Mandeep Karpall Singh, which she refused to do. Because, she said, “I don’t know why so many people are jumping up and down about it.

So, if she knew why people are ‘jumping up and down’, Maria would sack Mandeep? She was being disingenuous, of course. She knows why people are ‘jumping up and down’: The Opposition people — DAP motherfuckers in particular — are convinced they are morally superior to Barisan and so are beyond reproach. You cross them, they fix you.

Imagine them in the seat of power. In his days, Mahathir was like that. The Opposition (picture below) today is the most illiberal bunch, the largest ever pile of bigot shit gathered under a single kampung roof.

Here is the ought-to answer for Maria’s question about ‘don’t know why’: Fuck Mahathir, fuck Lim Kit Siang and fuck the Opposition — your Opposition, Maria.

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Impossibility syndrome found in the man above: Dulu Umno Melayu ketuanan bigot, sekarang DAP Melayu bleeding heart bigot. All the same a bigot; on top of that, a village idiot.

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The Incorrigible Malays

[updated, bottom, more on Malays]

.. and the

Fall of the Great Malay Hoax: Ketuanan

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Before the Great 1MDB Scam,

the Great Malay Hoax

Zainudin Maidin, above, a Mahathir stooge and make-pretend smart aleck produces (can’t say he writes) unreadable books that nobody bothers with, not even among his kind. Without any worthwhile intellectual and literary tradition. Zam’s god, religion, morality and intellect had to be imported. And even there, available in just one book — and that’s written in a language foreign even to Malays and on script, not Roman alphabets — what profound shit is there to be found in Depan Api, Belakang Duri?

Poor Zammy, trying to hoist up Old Horse Mahathir to burnish the scales of the Great Ketuanan snake and myth. His rebuttal to Nazri Aziz has, at the back of it, again, the classic Mahathir political and racist agenda supported by nothing other than Zam’s pseudo, personalised history — history he would make up.

Zammy is one of the signs, gathering speed today and spearheaded by Najib Razak, of the Melayu snake chewing its own tail. (There are more signs, below, provided by people like Irwan Serigar Abdullah and Ahmad Maslan.)

To proclaim the Fall of the Melayu (even the Great Syed Akbar Ali believes in his own lies) is to presume this stock of people were once great. Were they? How could they be great when all they boasted were coconut huts, shitting on their paddy farms next to steaming, muddy, mosquito-infested river banks.

Like so many Malaiyoos before him, Zam in his tweet (below) painted the picture that there were cities under Malays whereas the Chinese diaspora, instead of laboring to build them — Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor — actually seized them from Malays. Malayan and Malaysian history is full of  these lies, and nobody would challenge Zam to his counterfactual revisionism. Not even the DAP nor the MCA would do it because Zam is tweeting it from a ketuanan platform, and anything to do with ketuanan or Malay, it is suppose to be sacrosanct whereas Chinese are fair game.

Well, fuck the Zammies, fuck their ketuanan. And fuck the Malaiyoos. How could a bunch of coconut tree dwellers who wear color bed sheets for trousers know anything about urban civilization? Not true? Ask the Sungai Besar village idiot and nuthead named Jamal Yunos: he was there in Chinatown on behalf of Najib Razak and Umno, threatening Chinese their lives, property and schools.

Malays, pirates to begin with, have never ceased in their grab-and-run conduct and attitudes, best reflected in the 1MDB scam. Today Malays still eye Chinese property with a mixture of jealousy, insecurity and rage. Ketuanan provided the political foundation and justification for Malaiyoos to steal, hide then pretend.

Malays as architects is a joke. What grand Reichstag vision can they have when their lives, 24/7, are spent surrounded by baking hot swamps and mosquitoes. Even Putrajaya had to be built on foreign designs, foreign labor and the US dollar. In the meantime, Zam would scratch his balls with the same hands he eats tosai out of banana leaves. Is that suppose to be Malay greatness? Ketuanan was, after all, manufactured, stuffed in a bottle labelled Umno where empty of true wine it is filled with Kadir Jasin’s Nusantara urine. Without an actual history (other than those imagined by Zam), without any theoretical basis, ketuanan was doomed from the start, surviving all the while only by putting down other peoples and beating up imagined enemies.

Is it any wonder why Muhyiddin Yassin should spit at the Chinese UEC examination syndicate? Out of Umno, he still needs Umno, he needs ketuanan and needs Malay. He is Malay, you see, and Malays like him were always a spineless lot, even a thousand crutches aren’t enough to hold their tongues to talk straight.

Gleefully, therefore, we watch Malay ketuanan turn into Malaccan shit.

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Ketuanan Zammy, the Malay Fraud

Dulu Orang Cina, Kini Negara Cina

On the face of it, Mahathir Mohamad’s fight with Najib Razak appears to concern national issues of ethics (1MDB theft versus upright conduct) and law (corruption versus fiduciary responsibility). But is it?

Immediately above is the screen capture of a tweet by Zam the Mahathir stooge, ex-Utusan, ex-Information Minister (that is, ex-Umno propagandist), so, like Mahathir a has-been. The genesis of his remarks is a Mahathir blog entry criticizing Najib for selling land to foreigners.

By foreigners, the pendatang Mahathir meant the Chinese, of course. It didn’t matter if the Chinese are from Malaysia or China (or India or ‘Nusantara’) — the pendatang are, to begin with, foreigners so that, in a backhanded way, he could, so as to defeat Najib, tell the kampung: ‘we’re still watching the Chinese to look after the Malays‘. Better than that, he could add the emotive phrase, ‘selling out‘. Kampung Malays are not expected to, and probably won’t, remember that Malacca and Selangor sold swathes of land and seashore to Arabs to build some idiotic ‘model Islamic city’. On that, Mahathir is expected to say nothing.

Malay politicians, in Umno or outside, all pendatang, along with their hangers-on (Ahi Attan, Kadir Jasin), will forever find an anti-Chinese angle in whatever each other does, or doesn’t do.

Sprinting to Najib’s defense, the Najib man Nazri Aziz called Mahathir ‘mad’. Nobody, of course, believes Nazri has the Chinese in his heart when defending land sale to China. He does and says what comes so naturally to Malays, almost without exception: hypocritical, deceitful, racist, and always political, always.

A good monkey stooge that he is, Zam came biting back, hence his tweet above. (By now, it is clear Melayu lawan Melayu is a hilarious, comical sight.) Even that isn’t the point, though. What is, is that whenever a Malaiyoo opens his big mouth and wags his tongue, there is always a political, racial slant in their word-meanings. Even to save foreigners, the Rohingyas, since especially they are Muslims, it is a political, racist act; expect no Malays to be humanitarian. That word is not in the Malay consciousness nor Muslim lexicon.

A chunk of Kelantan is flooded and from Najib down ministers queue up to be photographed, smiling with the glum-looking homeless, taking selfies, tweeting, always tweeting, then plastering their faces all over the papers. They present themselves as if the monsoon floods happen once in a lifetime, not every December and January, and here, thus, was yet another political opportunity.

Even the motherfucker named Ahmad Maslan tweeted the grinning Malay deputy prime minister (apanama dia?) with the title: Ketepi Kepentingan Politik: Demi Rakyat. So much for the Good, Super Tolerant Malaiyoo. If you were Chinese, however, Maslan would watch you drown, scratch his balls, take a pic then tweet your face under the banner: Ketepi Kepentingan Politik: Demi Melayu.

These incorrigible Malaiyoos….

The entire fulcrum of Zam’s remarks couldn’t be a psychological or a pathological question of Mahathir’s mental condition — a sick, demented man — because Zam didn’t offer a diagnosis. He offered instead an Umno, therefore, political account of Chinese occupying cities such as Kuala Lumpur then disguised the account as history because, after that, nobody could say he is wrong.

Malaysian history had been wronged in even the text books and since there has been a thing called Malay.

Out of swamps, the Chinese diaspora build cities while Malays sat on their asses, looking on. How could kampung people build cities? They have no such vision, no such culture and no urban civilization. Thus was the capital city of Malaya, later Malaysia, build by the pendatang, foreigners, Chinese. People like Kadir Jasin had city streets to drive on; was it a British Bentley? Ahi Attan had nightclubs to swing his pig tail. Ismail Sabri could sell phones. Imagine, what a new life!

Cities when completed, Malay politicians, the Mahathirs of his era, always insecure, always covetous, looked not at working with the Chinese, thanking them much less. Instead they scoff at, fumed, then with fingers pointing started their racist bigotry: balik Cina, pendatang, hapuskan Chinese schools. Hear this often enough and threatened, the Chinese did leave. It meant Malays could empty the city then seize building and land, paying for it either cheap or with no money in the name of bumiputra rights.

Cities provided the focal point of Malay racism and ketuanan, both of which provided in their turn the justification to bludgeon the Chinese, the perfect scapegoat for Malay greed and thievery — the same sort greed and thievery that characterize Najib’s plunder of national resources through 1MDB.

Zam wasn’t interested in history for his defense of Mahathir nor in its illumination of what Malays own and didn’t own, of what Malays had threatened to seize and then stole. His so-called history is designed for a racist, political purpose, the same one repeated from 50, 60 years ago for yet another political, electoral campaign, this time against Najib and Umno, never mind that Forest City in Johor was yet another set of ammunition, especially since it involves the Chinese.

Each time they find an opening, Malays look for an electoral score, even for something as amoral or as benign as economics. They troll our ministers and civil servant to make stupid statements but politically beneficial. Take, for example, the Treasury’s secretary-general Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

He has to be heard to be believed and it wasn’t just that he was plain wrong: that is, GST has no substantial effect on the poor (Clip A). He actually lied: poor economic performance is a matter of perception (Clip B).

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Malaiyoo Ketuanan Economics

Clip A: Ketuanan on Handouts

Irwan Serigar: “Here’s your ketuanan, Malaiyoo! GSTless food supplied by Umno.”

But, Tuan, ta’da duit.

“No duit? We gave you BRIM, you lazy Malaiyoo loafer!”

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GST is only the name of a form of tax (like corporate tax is another form), properly known as Value-Added Tax or VAT. Unlike, say, income tax, GST happens whenever a transaction is made (through an invoice, for an example). Consumption is presumed to have taken place.

Serigar says the poor are unaffected because fish, fresh meat, paddy and flour are not taxed but only at that point of transaction, not with the products that contained those ingredients. A hamburger produced from flour and meat loaf is taxable, and so, too, a bowl of noodles. This is the cascading effect in GST.

Striking at every point of consumption, McDonald is required by law to bill you GST at every sale. The other, especially painful part is the level of tax, 6 percent, then multiplied several times for GST imposed on rent, electricity, water, meat loaf, cooking oil and others. (This explains why developed countries keep the GST at a low 2 percent, but not Najib’s Malaysia.) All that — 6 percent piled on 6 percent on 6 percent and so on — means McDonald had in effect raised its hamburger price before slapping a final 6 percent on the hamburger bill.

The only way for the poor to be unaffected is to barricade themselves in the jungle and never see money again or another human being. Otherwise, you’d get the two charts below, in particular Chart Y. There, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages have risen in just one year since GST by 30 percent (Index 3.8 – 2.5 = 1.3 x 100).

Things get worse with the slump of the ringgit, making every drop of grain of paddy or pound of meat incredibly expensive because more ringgit than before is now required to pay for every import which are payable only in USD or Sing dollars.

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Chart X: The Rise and Rise of Ketuanan Makanan

In both charts, food have galloped way ahead of overall prices, raising the prospect that the poor must surely go out less, travel less and especially eat less (eat because the lower the income, the higher is the share spent on food, often as high as 90 percent). This would be necessary in order for a fixed given income to cover higher rents, school books and uniform, a pair of shoes. Watch for malnourishment next door, the signs of which are a big, distended belly, thin arms and legs. Kids are the first to be struck down.

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Chart Y: Holy Ayah! Nasi under 1

Clip B: The Lie

As if being misleading wasn’t enough, Serigar went on to lie, which wasn’t difficult to pinpoint. No economics necessary, but pure reason: On a daily basis, Najib’s government troll our dozens of Serigars to mouth platitudes and say all’s well. Has Serigar been delivering perception then failing? All that he says is nothing but pure perception — that is, lying to himself and the rest of the world.

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梁茜雯 Liang Chien-wen in Taiwan: always so good, so deft. No ketuanan necessary to inspire her.

Coconut Malaiyoo: don’t even have instruments to play music with. And Fahmi Reza, below, has to flee to the Chinese (in Taiwan) to escape from … ketuanan, from Malaiyoos! What a mess, these Malays. Truly, Fahmi epitomizes the Fall of Ketuanan — running to the Chinese — like no other Malays before, not even Anwar Ibrahim who hides in a Turkey’s ass instead.

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Fahmi, Welcome to Zhongguo, land without shit Melayu Ketuanan. So how? Can you survive here?

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[update]

The Malay as Vomit

The Malay is such a bitch… and when the rest of the world don’t give a shit for them, not their silly looking baju nor their pendatang bangsa nor their copycat language, they eat one of their own, as dogs eat their vomit.

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Faiz, here’s your solution: Don’t be a fucking Malay, ketuanan or no ketuanan. Ever.

Mahathir, Umno then Utusan and every other Malay ever since had been lying to you, cheated you. The Melayu is, if you’d think about it, is no big deal. No, he’s a political scam, a hoax, like 1MDB is a scam. You know 1MDB?

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…dengan bantu orang Cina Jho Low!

No doubt helped along by the Chinese Jho Low. Thank you Joey boy! We, orang Cina, are so good at it. We are the richest assholes in Tanah Melayu, we control the economy, and the South China Sea. (It ain’t called South China for no reason. No?) We, of course, control the Treasury; we control Umno, Najib Razak, even Kadir Jasin’s erectile dysfunction — he, below, should spend time playing with it instead of his grandkids.

If yes to all above. In Comment, vote yes!

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Melayu Kadir ‘Foya’ Jasin in profound contemplation: ‘hmmm, ini olang Cina pasal…dia curi aku punya duit.’

Sound familiar? It’s the same script a Malaiyoo president uses in front of an Umno assembly, every assembly without fail, the same thing used for 60 plus years. They think there’s no payback and insulting Chinese is cost free. Well, we’ll see about that, Kadir Motherfucker….

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The Glory List

Top 10 Malay racists, all Anglophiles, the most fascistic (see bottom of post):

  1. Mahathir Mohamad (Old Horse 老马)
  2. Najib Razak (PM & Grand Thief)
  3. Ismail Sabri (Minister, Mara phone salesman)
  4. Tunku Abdul Sir Aziz (ex-DAP, ex-Anglo)
  5. Razaleigh Hamzah (ex-nothing)
  6. Mahzir Khalid (some Minister)
  7. Raja Petra Kamarudin (olang putih fugitive in Manchester)
  8. Ahirudin Attan (ex-reporter, Najib’s ‘neutral’ apologist)
  9. Kadir Jasin (ex-reporter, Mahathir’s propagandist)
  10. Zakhir Mohamad (ex-reporter, Najib’s Big hound Dog)

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Resurrecting from the Malay Ruins

by a Cina Superman

From (another) ultra Cina Hew Kuan Yau 丘光耀, main points in clip above.

  • Chinese-Malays. Malays just don’t get it; 55 billion from China is for the new government, not for Najib. You don’t get Najib out, the fucker keeps the 55 billion and uses it to fill the 50 billion 1MDB hole.
  • Clever China, Stupid Malaiyoo. A Chinese can be most profound. But no Malay will believe him. Mahathir can speak the most stupid things, all the Malays will believe. That’s how things stand in their Malaiyoo land, though stupidity is not a preserve of kampung types. Think of this man, doyen of the Malaysia’s reporters. Suck your own dick, Ahi.
  • Fascist Mahathir-Democrat Pakatan. Mahathir can’t wear democratic clothes and enter a kampung and expect his reputation to remain intact; Umno will call him a Malay betrayer. Ring a bell? Pakatan will beat the shit out of those Umno’s dogs. Mahathir’s job is to kick the balls of those Najib dog handlers.
  • Taiwan’s 1970 Politics Repeated in Malaysia: Mahathir is Taiwan’s Lee Teng Hui.
  • Najib v 1-lwn 1: This is the new formula. Whoever supports Najib, we will beat the fucker. Whoever opposes Najib, we’ll suck his cock and tweedle her teets.
  • Hew Kuan Yau is going to be boss of the new Malaysian ICAC. (Oops, the secret is out.)
  • Chinese Triads v Najib: The ethics of Chinese triad societies have more sense, have a greater heart (clip below), more gumption and eternally more reliable than Najib and his Red Shirts.

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How the Failed Malays?

Nazi Malay-Liberal Chinese Compared

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When the Nazi Malay fail, they first lie then they cheat. Now they steal. Still remember Najib Razak? Liars, you see, become fraudsters; fraudsters become thieves.

But failing and winning are matters of comparison. In this comparison Singapore and Taiwan are used because these places are mostly populated and governed by Chinese whereas Malaysia is considered Tanah Melayu, Chinese or other people, including the aborigines and natives, have no part (see, ‘The Price of Malay Racism‘), belongs exclusively to Malays, as nearly all of them have claimed, from government ministers to reporters to satay sellers (Jamal Yunos), from Najib Razak to Kadir Jasin, from mamaks to Ridhuan Tee.

Singapore is used because it and Malaysia shared an identical history, that is, they got the same start, both launched from the same point in time, in place and in life. Taiwan, because itself and peninsula Malaysia are nearly the same in physical and population sizes.

To compare the results today, 2015 is used, require going back in years.

Every relevant measure of statistical comparison shows Malay failure, Umno specifically, to manage every facet of the country’s social, political and economic life. Yet Malays continue to steal, cheat and lie, to themselves, to the world, to their Chinese countrymen in nearly everything they lay their hands on, about the economy, about how good and pious they are and even about PISA scores. They still think a big deal of themselves. Indeed, the Malaiyoo tak malu.


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Intro

No matter how things are compared, to whom, in what, when or how, the Melayu never cease to lose. An opening sample immediately below compares Malaysia to South Korea.

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What to watch for: It isn’t just the change in 27 years between the two countries but the size of change. In school enrollment, Malaysia was 20 percent lower than South Korea in 1970; 27 years later it was three times lower. In individual incomes, Malaysia earned a third more than South Korea’s; 27 years later it didn’t just reversed — never mind Umno’s New Economic Policy for Malays — South Korea was 2.2 times better off.

The inference is devastating: not only are Malays falling behind, they are regressing, progress taking a U-turn and heading back to where they came — their coconuts. Small wonder, when the lying cease to work, they start cheating and when cheating fails, they start thieving. Small wonder Malays still look up Najib Razak; he is the Grand Thief after all.

In all that time, though, Malaiyoos get more pious, get more Allah, pray more, and while they are at it keep shooting themselves in the foot and then blame the Chinese for still being poor, that they are corrupt and they steal.


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Malaysia v Singapore

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What to watch for: Using constant US dollars rules out inflation that eats into the price of a packet of nasi lemak; same portion but pricier. Hong Kong is used as an arbiter, a sort of laboratory constant. Over time in Singapore and Malaysia annual individual incomes rise (chart above). But notice how the gap between the two countries keeps widening by the year so that two generations and 56 years later, in 2016, a Singaporean earns on average 3.5 times more than a Malaysian.

Money is important. Consequently, in HDI terms (chart immediately below), which measure life expectancy, how many infants die for every 100,000 births, school enrollment, the sort of human welfare things, Singapore beats Malaysia and keeps it up.

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At-a-glance Country Rankings: Singapore v Malaysia

Year Category Singapore’s Rank Malaysia’s Rank Source
2016 Ease of Doing Business 1 18 World Bank, Ease of Doing Business Report
2016 World’s Freest Economy 2 29 Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom
2015-2016 World’s Most Competitive Economy 3 26 World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report
2015 Country with Least Corruption Perception 8 54 Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index
2015 World’s Best Country for Business 8 34 Forbes’ Best Countries for Business Index
2015 World’s Most Competitive Economy 3 14 IMD, World Competitiveness Yearbook
2010 World’s Most Innovative Economy 7 28 INSEAD and the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Global Innovation Index
2010 Country Most Open to Trade 1 30 World Economic Forum, Global Enabling Trade Report
2010 World’s Best Labor Force 1 BERI’s Labor Force Evaluation Measure
2010 Most Efficient Bureaucracy in Asia 1 7 Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Survey
2010 World’s Lowest Risk City for Employers 3 51 Aon Consulting’s People Risk Index
2009 Country with Lowest Tax Misery 11 17 Forbes Tax Misery and Reform Index

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Malaysia v Taiwan

In Malaysia you can…

BE 3.05 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


Taiwan  TAIWAN (4.49 per 1000 infants)

Comparison

Malaysia  MALAYSIA (13.69 per 1000 infants)

Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison

That’s 204.9% more likely! In Taiwan, approximately 4.49 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, there are a total of 13.69 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.

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LIVE 5.3 YEARS LESS


Taiwan  TAIWAN (79.84 years life expectancy)

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Malaysia  MALAYSIA (74.52 years life expectancy)

Comparison Comparison Comparison

In Taiwan, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.84. In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 74.52.

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BE 2.53 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


Taiwan  TAIWAN (1.5% of people)

Comparison Comparison

Malaysia  MALAYSIA (3.8% of people)

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That’s 153.3% more likely! In Taiwan, 1.5% of people are below the poverty line. In Malaysia, 3.8% are.

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Malaiyoo kena screw…

The point in all this: Malaysia is a failed state. Malays just fucked up a country which they say they own exclusively, so everybody else is just suppose to sit on his hands and watch.

Well, we are watching with glee….

Malays, whatever their stripes, whether it is the Kadir or Najib type, like to keep it the way it is to stay relevant. They have no other way to justify their reason for existence — Malays are poor and disadvantaged — whether it’s Umno or Bersatu, Najib Razak or Mahathir Mohamad.

Malay fascism in the like of Ismail Sabri and Hadi Awang and Kadir Jasin — those motherfuckers — have been the ruin of everybody. It took Mahathir more than 70 years to realize his folly while the kampung and the Malay reporters cheered him on. Stupid Melayu: Najib Razak is their payback.

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Dear Mr Ramon Navaratnam:

We, the Chinese, note with thanks your generous assessment into the state of China-Malaysia relations, in particular the visit by His Excellency Najib Razak to our Motherland and the 143 billion ringgit in investments and MOU agreements. “This is to be fair,” you say, “no mean achievement by any standards. Credit must therefore be given.”

For your information, most of the agreements, the center-piece of which is the East Coast Rail Line corridor (ECRL), were at the drafting and design stages years ago, that is, long before the 1MDB exploded in the international newspaper headlines around mid-2015. (See, for example, essay below, the 2012 Qinzhou for Kuantan industrial park.) China’s material and financial support of foreign infrastructure and investments are precise: tell us your economic objectives (please note the term, economic), and we’ll tell you what we think and, together, we take it from there.

The ECRL is one of those results. As a geographical fact, the peninsula is split down the middle by a mountain range that runs from the Thai border and reaching close to Singapore. There has been no economic integration between these two physical halves, not since ever nor since Zheng He of the Ming era. At the same time, shipping routes must traversed the entire peninsular just to reach both sides of it, an absurd situation but which presents an opportunity to simultaneously generate international trade and domestic integration on both sides of the coast. The question was how?

We have since answered the question by fitting Malaysia’s economic development with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. Our interests in your domestic projects are direct and straightforward: we will build and finance at a discount. On completion, the projects are yours to keep and to profit from, but, in our shoes, you’d pose the same question with this answer: China, too, must benefit.

If not, those projects have no wider purpose: we lend you money then leave you alone to your project. Fail or succeed isn’t our business so long as you repay. (Remember Perwaja and Proton?) We are reduced to being a pure lender — a chettiar in your lingo — the primary method of western governments, their external development programs and their financial institutions.

Consequently, many western observers see China’s plans as a means for world conquest. We laughed. Opponents of Najib see his collaboration with us as something sinister. We laughed at that, too. Their opposition was, of course, purely political: anybody associated with Najib has to be brought down, China in this case. This is the same political method adopted by Najib: anybody associated with Mahathir Mohamad must be brought down. Hence, when the Chinese in Malaysia alongside Mahathir opposed him, he threatens with his Red Shirt hoodlums to burn Chinese property and kill Chinese. (Next time, if you are so concerned about ‘peace’ and ‘well-being’, remind Najib that. Better yet, tell him to take on our Chinese PLA.)

Too bad, Malaysians, Malays in particular, resort to terror tactics to gain favors. What’s the matter with your kind of assholes because such a tactic raises the inverse of the problem that both sides drum up: What’s in it for Najib and your government, politically? What’s in it for Mahathir to oppose Najib and China? Nothing is truly about people.

As best as we can, and we do try, the projects we do around the world, we do so with a clear heart and an objective mind. Tin-heads or democrats might attempt to bend those projects in their political favor but direct and straightforward participation by us allow for little room to, as you might say, cream off from the proceeds. We are not Goldman Sachs nor the IMF. Nor are we some half Indian chettiar from your motherland.

Our way of doing things, call it what you will, returns us to the gist of your statement to Bernama: “May this Malaysia-China impressive investment deal be the start of a new era of eastern economic well-being and peace.” Peace? Well-being? This is so banal and it is so much tripe, the same sort of thing Najib he himself would say, pointing to the plum tree while scolding the apricot.

You don’t get it, do you? Whatever it is Najib says or promises, nobody trust him — not after 1MDB. Worse than shaking the hands of a Malay, we won’t deal direct with any Malaiyoo, not even the half of you: they can’t get a handle of their sons and families, they want to manage a country? The best we can do is this, nod our heads and pretend to listen. Documents we will sign, so what? Najib, years ago, was witness to lots of paper signing with those desert towel heads, 60 billion ringgit worth. Remember that? In our position, who wouldn’t think: ‘Your Excellency, what’s your next scam?’

Please, dear Ramon, if it weren’t out of deference to Najib’s father and the position he occupies — that’s position not his person — we’d tell you, Sir: You sound like those motherfucking Aussies. So shut the fuck up. You don’t know what it is you are saying.

Yours truly,
Cina Pendatang
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The Peninsula Development Plan

The flipped around L-shaped bold red line known as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) sticks out of the map-drawing above like some tall red-head girl in a crowd waiting for the KTM train that is never on time, if ever it arrives.

Forget the red head for a moment.

Consider instead the map-drawing then recall the days of Mahathir Mohamad. Then, most of the projects (Twin Towers, Putrajaya, airport) were centered in the Klang Valley and along a swathe of land stretching from there to Sepang for roughly 60 km. Many of Mahathir’s projects require a large domestic population for their continued viability (Putrajaya/Cyberjaya); they depend on external resources (Perwaja, iron and steel); and you hope to be profitable with minimal competition (Proton). Numerous of these projects have since stalled, floundered or failed.

Now, consider the peninsula’s physical location within Asia and the world in general (Asia map above). It is an oddball. It gets in the way of sea traffic, except that today western reporters and their copycat minions at Malaysiakini, their liberal heads saddled with and poisoned by useless academics, by Hans Morgenthau and balance of power theories, called the location ‘geo-strategic’.  If life’s activities were reduced to strategy, then the way out of the land blockade is to sink the Tanah Melayu (along with all the Malaiyoos living there). Short of that the Tanah‘s only useful purpose, its raison d’etre, in the world scheme of things, is to the ease the passage of movement for everybody: rangkai 让开. Out of our way Malaiyoo!

What then is the purpose of the ECRL? Ostensibly nothing other than to tie together some infrastructure, chiefly, rails, ports and industrial/agriculture zones. Those infrastructure have two features:

  • they are dispersed along the peninsula then gathered up and linked back by rail, road and ports along the ECRL as if it were holding together the land’s two disparate parts, the East and West Coasts; this is a feature of work and planning ignored by politicians since Merdeka; and,
  • other than the ECRL, there is no apparent industrial connection between Singapore and West Coast on the one part and south Thailand and the East Coast, on the other. One side has the money, but what has the other side except coconut huts and petroleum when it is still there, hopefully? Certainly not markets. So, what are the rails and ports suppose to ship that can’t be shipped now?

Peculiar to these two features is that industrial and agricultural developments are not entities constructed independent in themselves and independent of the rest of the world — the sort of economic planning and heavy industries conceived in Mahathir’s days. No, instead they are hitched to the world, specifically to a sea trade between the east (East Asia, Indonesia) and the west (India and Europe).

Mahathir’s fallacy was to imagine that a stand-alone factory, never reliant on the world, is a model of independence. If independent, therefore successful, as if to embody a sort of towering, super Malaiyoo. Yet Perwaja became a model of a failed Malaiyoo, the price you pay for tying (race) politics to economic objectives. So, too, MAS and Cyberjaya and Putrajaya. Admit it, they are like ghost towns today as opposed to the vibrancy of a thriving metropolis.

China’s idea inverses all that’s sacred to Mahathir. And it is willing to bet on them by committing both material and financial resources. Malaysia’s own resources are depleting; its markets are too small to promise its people the kind of future envisaged.

So, to make up for both, an anomaly of international geography is turned into a domestic opportunity. The East Coast belt of Kertih, Kemaman and Kuantan is an example: no resources but offshore petroleum nearby; neither industrial nor consumer markets but a jumping off point for markets in the rest of Southeast Asia and East Asia, China in particular.

The Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park is a microcosm of those larger objectives. It is actually a trade-off. In 2012 April, Malaysia had already received, near Nanning, Guangxi province, the Qinzhou China-Malaysia Industrial Park (中马钦州产业园区), an area of some 50km by 60km (location and photos below). To-date, China is still waiting for Malaysia to keep its end of the bargain. To make such a park worthwhile and profitable, the Kuantan Park was fitted into the ECRL planning and into China’s market needs as well.

There is nothing China cannot get at home and from elsewhere without going through Kuantan. But, in the spirit of promoting of joint development — and, as Malaysians would say, putting money where your mouth is — China committed a part of its own future industrial dependence on Kuantan, the ECRL by extension.

The problem, as the years unfolded, wasn’t China keeping its bargain. It understands Najib Razak had been busy elsewhere (Mongolia? Caspian Sea? Argentina?) and would wait. When, at last, he came to China, willing to commit ideas to contracts, it was post-1MDB debacle and everybody in Malaysia, from Mahathir Mohamad down, was seeing it as some China-Najib-1MDB conspiracy, the ECRL smack in between. Then, worse for it, making the plan a sort of Malay fighting Chinese race politics, and bringing US political and South China Sea geo-strategic considerations into the picture.

Malays (Mahathir not the least) have, in effect, muddled the entire waters of the South China Sea on what’s really had been in its origins and its purpose a straight and honorable deal.

Why are Malaiyoos so stupid? The stupidity of Malays raises doubts in China: Are they a good bet? Can they be trusted? Why are they so willing to jeopardize the future of an entire society simply to smack one man?

明人不用细说,响鼓不用重锤: A person of good sense needs no convincing, a resonant drum needs no heavy beating.

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Umno Made the Chinese Rich

…and the Malaiyoos poor

Now, one graph flips everything around!

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Statistics & Rahman Dahlan Myth-Making

One bar — Perak — in the graph above, produced by Khazanah and drawn from the statistics by the Department of Statistics (DoS), so shocked and surprised Rahman Dahlan, a Najib Razak minister in charge of the Economics Planning Unit, that he promptly called into question the chart’s veracity. Consequently, he has threatened to summon Khazanah and the Perak government to sit before him to explain.

Why pick on Perak? Why is Rahman refuting Khazanah on statistics supplied by the DoS after all, then adding that the graph was both ‘unreasonable’ and ‘illogical’?

The answer has to come from Umno and from Rahman himself, he being a Sabah Malaiyoo.

For 40, 50, 60 years, it has been the Umno political trope and bell-ringer that Umno made Malaysia, Malays in particular. Concomitantly, if the Chinese got rich, and they made the Forbes’ Top 20 Richest Malaysian every year, then their wealth came from and was permitted by Umno. (One reads this reproduced endlessly in Kadir Jasin, Apanama, Petra Kamarudin, Ahirudin Attan, Helen Ang, other Najib sycophants, and countless others.)

That sort of myth-making has a throwback, a boomerang effect: If the Umno made Chinese rich, so they must have made the Malay poor. The like of Ahi and Helen Ang can’t see the argument’s flip side of course. (They are just reporters.) Nor will RPK’s still-growing up daughter Sara Petra see it as an Umno betrayal of the Malays. In the Petra household, stupidity is inherited.

Not Rahman, it seems.

Each year, as the statistical results roll in, Umno, willingly and happily, will let everyone see Kelantan, Perlis, Kedah, Pahang bunched together among the poorest lot. Suddenly and out of the blue comes Perak, almost half Chinese, and it gets next to Kelantan among the poorest — shockingly, 15 percentage points above the national mean (‘average’ is the street word).

Pause a moment here and imagine the implications, especially in this respect: According to Umno et al, the Chinese are always rich, they are a money-grubbing lot, stealing from the Malays.

The graph related to Perak flies in the face of this Umno myth-making. What could be Rahman’s response, therefore? That stupid motherfucker Malaiyoo has taken in as the truth and so deeply internalized the Umno myth that anything else, even if statistically accurate, is either ‘illogical’ and ‘unreasonable’.

Question: What is illogical about Perak? What is it to be unreasonable? To Rahman, and to almost all Malaiyoo bloggers, being reasonable and being logical have their own definitions. Truth, including any objective fact, is only for them to define, even if it is a tree or a stone.

Perak’s statistical presence next to Kelantan simply doesn’t fit their definition. It is like a square peg in the round shit hole of Umno’s myth that all Chinese are rich. In another phrasing, Rahman’s remark was being political, not statistical. Therefore, he doesn’t find it odd that Perlis is up there among the poorest so he blames instead not the statistical veracity but calls in Khazanah and the Perak government: What are you fuckers doing? You are suppose to make Malays look poor. Not the Chinese!

If Rahman were to blame the DoS, then it calls into question not just the entire graph, but every piece of statistics coming from the department. This might just mean that Malays are now, on average, actually richer than the Chinese. Imagine, again, what this does to Umno’s raison d’etre. (Rahman, of course, is just another of those third-rate minds who filled Umno and national leadership and almost all were schooled by Mara, by Umno, by New Straits Times, by Utusan especially during Mahathir’s era so that is it any wonder none of them regard 1MDB as theft but rather as ‘political funding’.)

Next thing to tackle: Is the household as a means of charting poverty or wealth flawed at all? Short answer: it is. Absolutely. Textbook macroeconomics never, never, never, never, never uses households to determine or to fix relative incomes. Why?

We won’t supply the answer. But here’s a hint: on your next trip to Kelantan or Kedah, look into and at the characteristics of a typical Malay household then compare that to any Chinese household whether in Perak or Bangsar. More hints: compare household — and family — sizes, number of children in each, and number of income-earning adults (has to be income-earning and not a 22-year-old Sara Petra loafer or a Riza Aziz Mat Rempit thief)? And also, what makes for a family and what makes a household? Is there a difference between a Malay household and a Chinese household? How many families live in a Chinese household versus a Malay?

After which, answer the question: what do those characteristics mean to and how do they translate into income? How is income per household affected by household demographics and by family demographics? (Malaiyoo bloggers, don’t bother with this test. Thinking, even at the most elementary, is too hard for you. Go eat your KFC chicken; it’s all prepared and ready.)

Those answers lead to another question: if household is a fraudulent measure of relative incomes, why do the DoS and the Government keep using it and the newspapers and Umno and Khazanah keep regurgitating it? If, at this stage, you must ask that then… this entire post has been a waste of time. Our time.

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Update. For the record…

Thank you, Old Horse

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Myth of the Family

How the Household Income became an enduring Myth used to design economic policies and ensure Umno’s dominance

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Minister Abdul Wahid Omar: Economics man? Or just another Umno idiot?

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‘Gov’t: Chinese and bumiputera income gap the largest’. Consider that headline (in italics) which was culled from a 2014 statistical survey then repeated by some government mouthpiece. It screams racism and Umno politics (in Malaysiakini where it was published, it attracts the most readers, ahead of the Welsh ‘bumi’ named Petra Kamarudin).

The racism is, of course, a given in Malaysia.

But it’s the politics that sticks in the throat because, in Chinese versus bumi incomes that’s used perennially to justify the NEP and variants of it after that, it adds to the edifice of an Umno government indispensable to Malay interests. To which is implied in the statistic: it’s not that the government didn’t do anything for the Malays, it’s just the bloody Chinese; they keep getting richer. (Now wait for Ahirudin Attan and Helen Ang to troll our their usual bile about the rich, greedy Chinese amassing all the wealth of Malaysia.)

Never mind that a piece of economic stats is used for political goals, here is the other problem, it is not even correct. Few question it for this reason only: the math in the economics is infallible. But try unpacking the statistics then look at each piece alone and individually. These are given in points A and B, which says the following:

A) Household income per month recorded in 2014, in the following order (and note, this is ringgit income not wages):

  • Chinese: 7,656
  • National average: 5,900
  • Bumi: 5,548

B) Average household size (i.e. number of persons per household, here in pdf file link):

  • Chinese: 3.5?
  • National: 4.2
  • Malay: 4.5?

Those question marks arose because the government, conveniently, do no use Malays as a statistically group nor does it publish household size across race.  But these problems are easily remedied.

Where states have large Chinese population their household sizes are always smaller than the national average, Kuala Lumpur 3.7, Penang 3.8, Selangor 3.9. Where states are overwhelmingly Malays, the household sizes are always larger than the national average, hence Kelantan is 4.8, Trengganu is 4.6. In the largest ‘bumi’ states with many natives, the Sabah and Sarawak household sizes (5.1, 4.4 respectively)  are, predictably, larger than Malays and the national average.

In short, Natives have more persons per household (5.0?) than Malays (4.5?) than Chinese (3.5?), in that top-down order.

Bear in mind those numbers because Abdul Wahid Omar, a PMO minister, didn’t just regurgitate those statistics individually, he has lumped them together then gave them a deep massage — without qualifications.

  • The first comparison. It is always Chinese versus Bumis and never, for example, Indians versus Bumis or Kadazan versus Malay. The bumi is not an ethnic group. It is a political class, an Umno invention, because throw in the natives, especially those Orang Asli, Najib Razak can even claim to be most oppressed, most deprived, the poorest person there is on earth because he is bumi. If political class comparison is intended, then rightfully it should be non-bumis versus bumis. After which, what do you think will happen to the income ‘gap’ numbers between them?
  • The second comparison contain three ingredients, race, households, and income. In throwing together those elements, it becomes easy for Wahid, hence Umno, to conclude: see the Malays are still poorer than the Chinese. This will even seem true, only because the lie in it (from the first comparison) is so well camouflaged.

That second comparison can be made factually or empirically true on two counts: (a) if a Malay household is used, and (b) that household is identical in size to a Chinese. To say it the way Abdul Wahid did is like saying that the same loaf of bread cut up for five persons in a Malay family, each Malay will get less, while cut four ways in a Chinese household, each Chinese get more.

So then, if is true that a Malay household earn 38 percent less than the Chinese, then it is only because of the fact Malays have more children than the Chinese. Consequently more Chinese per household are in the labor force than a Malay family. The knock-on result is that two persons bringing money home for a family of four is better off than one person feeding five mouths, himself included.

All that omits another fact: many Chinese incomes are not derived in Malaysia but outside it, Singapore being the most obvious. To see the importance of this, consider another nugget of statistics, C, and tie that up to D as outlined below:

  • C) Average national income per person per month: 2,052 ringgit, in 2013.
  • D) Approximate average number of income earners per household: 1.8 persons

Malaysia has 7 million households. Almost two thirds of that are nucleus households, which is to say, father, mother and kids; no grannies, no extended family (this is 20 percent of total households).  For every four Chinese in a family, two adults would bring in about 4,100 ringgit; a Malay couple with three dependents bring in also 4,100.

Go back now to the household income measure. For a bumi household, 5,550 would be about close to the Malay couple, after factoring out the even lower Native incomes. But not the Chinese; there is a surplus of about 3,000 so where did that come from if not from outside the country?

Here is the other implication: Malaysia’s NEP has broken up Chinese families on an unprecedented scale, driving wage earners out of the country, 1 million today resident abroad.

In the eighties and nineties, Umno’s attempt to breed more Malays in order to tilt their population share even more considerably has this disastrous consequence: a very young Malay population, too many mouths and not enough money to go round and then the Red Shirts come in. Add to them, arseholes like Ahi Attan and Helen Ang.

One can think of no government anywhere in the world so utterly irresponsible as to impoverish an entire (Malay) population in this way. It adds up to making one of the most scandalous governments in this planet, and it is called Umno.

And the one who made it all possible: Mahathir Mohamad.

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榄:  On RPK

Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) is a clever man who argues badly, is frequently repetitive and often contradictory. He might write better if he had the formal, higher education to hone in on and polish his thinking and polemic skills.

Still, he suits his class of (mostly Malaysian) readers at home. You have, therefore, to hand it to him when he said this (below), one of his favorite topics (comments bracketed in italics):

Drinking, gambling, extramarital sex, living outside wedlock, adultery, close proximity, not fasting, not praying, not paying fitrah, apostasy, heresy, rejecting the Qur’an, rejecting the Hadith, rejecting Prophet Muhammad, etc., are crimes that only Muslims would get punished for. For non-Muslims nothing is going to happen. (Wrong!)

So what have the Chinese got to do with this? Why do we need to first educate the Chinese? Do the Chinese care whether Muslims who eat during the month of Ramadhan get arrested or not? (Some do if, for example, the spouse is a Muslim, especially with marriage registered in Malaysia.)

The real problem is not Hudud. Hudud is just part of the Sharia. So the real problem is the Sharia. You can avoid having to talk about Hudud if you just abolish the Sharia and be done with it. No Sharia, then no Hudud. Simple!

The Sharia is the real problem. In many Muslim countries it is the Sharia that is the cause of all their problems (aiya!). So if GHB can ‘fight’ to abolish the Sharia then the problem of Hudud can be solved. Why argue about what is the punishment under Hudud for illicit sex and drinking when the real problem is illicit sex and drinking should not even be crimes in the first place. (Yes!)

Is Siti Mariah and GHB prepared to go down that road? (This is pedantical and intended to provoke, but we get the point.)

RPK’s influence is with his polemic simplicity and with his use of the local, English colloquial tongue, an oral language and tone that berate the reader rather than persuade (No Sharia, then no Hudud. Simple!). Never mind though the contradictions which few would notice anyway.

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榄: On Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir is a different kettle of fish. While his polemical style and RPK’s do not differ significantly, he makes far fewer contradictions and he is softer and sharper in his persuasion. From Upside Down Law:

9. But from reports and comments in the alternative media the opposition and most Malaysians are truly worried and angry over Najib’s abuses of power. He would not be beyond rigging elections to ensure winning the next elections.

10. But the Opposition just do not have the numbers. If the demands for Najib to step down by UMNO rank and file is assessed, there would be quite a number of the party’s MPs who would also like to see Najib removed. They do not believe the nonsensical explanations about the disappearance of 1MDB money or the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s private account. These MPs could vote with the opposition in a non-confidence

11. It is of course not something the BN MPs like to do. They would not like to becoming instrumental in bringing down a BN Government. If the opposition is really keen to be rid of Najib, they can only do so if only Najib goes but the BN Government stays, led by another leader.

12. The Opposition would have to find a formula which would see a BN without Najib still forming the Government if it wants BN MPs’ support. Under previous BN Governments, the opposition had always won seats in Parliament and had beaten the BN in many States. Najib’s lack of respect for the law and constitution and his willingness to buy politicians and civil servants may mean the end of Parliamentary Democracy in Malaysia. It can mean no opposition just as in UMNO opposition to him has been snuffed out.

Mahathir’s argument is most potent in the last paragraph but which he doesn’t carry through to the logical end although there is a sense he was flagging off by then. Here is his lynchpin: If the Opposition wants to leave Najib alone, hoping his reputation and errors will bring an end to Umno and Barisan at the next general election, they should banish the thought.

Najib, wily, crafty man he is, has demonstrated repeatedly that he has no qualms and is ‘not beyond’ (Mahathir’s words) bending the law — Mahathir means subverting — and the country’s institutions, and this include election rigging. The temerity of him to say it…

And saying it, Mahathir suggests a side of Najib: calculated even when he is effrontery; a tyranny; an iron grip on everything lurks underneath the facade of frequent smiles; raw calculated potency flows from his silence. (Think of the SMS Najib’s buddy Baginda Razak had received, and which goes something like this: Cool man. Everything will be okay.) If the Opposition doesn’t act now, Mahathir implies, it might not stand a chance in the future, Najib will see to it. They might not even survive as an Opposition (think of how Najib has got PAS on his side).

Another inference in Paragraph 12 is this: should the Opposition comes up with a ‘formula’, Mahathir is willing to take a backseat and retreat from leading any internal Umno revolt, a plan now in tatters without Gani Patail, without Razaleigh, and with Muhyiddin reduced to mere sniping from the sidelines.

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榄: On Najib Razak

Unlike, say, Anwar Ibrahim or even Muhyiddin Yassin, Najib has difficulty rousing a mass audience; he doesn’t speak well to a public, even when he is just reading, worse when extemporaneous; he pauses often as if to reflect on what’s to come. But, his prepared text, those drafted by himself or others, are good, very good: they speak direct to you as if a buddy seated beside.

Thus is the image of a nice man, affable, with a penchant for making deals, behind closed doors. This is one little, known part of Najib, but recall a remark by Singapore’s leaders when Najib became prime minister: ‘a man we can deal with‘. Expect him to deliver on his word, honors his part of the bargain, work quietly and is loyal to friends even when things go wrong.

But against foes, he seems patient: the removal of Muhyiddin and others, disbanding the Task Force, and counter-attacks on Mahathir are testaments to his calculated boldness and determination once he strikes. It is this side of Najib that has surfaced the past months, reflecting an un-Melayu characteristic in him, not unlike Mahathir himself. While the latter tended to be brash, impulsive and combative upfront, Najib looks the opposite.

In striking, however, he can be more brutal than Mahathir and unsparing; either put the enemy on a pedestal or destroy him. Recall a Johor Umno remark: Whatever differences there were with Muhyiddin, that was no way to treat him. Compare that remark with one from a former Terengganu MB: I can’t be bought.

This poses a problem, politically: Even if Najib has done no wrong, whether it is in regards to 1MDB or the 2.6 billion, his methods are looked upon with revulsion and repugnance. Mahathir alludes (Paragraph 9) to this facet in Najib who, if you must know, thinks and act more like a Chinese combatant than a Melayu: open to wheeling and dealing, no compunction to either fete the enemy or destroy it, and the quiet way he goes about doing both.

Najib’s Achilles heel was never 1MDB; he has been in worse situations, dealing with vexing, even dangerous affairs and, besides, a matter as 1MDB is far away from the hearts and wallets of the population.

But not the economy, the ringgit in particular. Once he realized that this could seriously undermine the authority of his government in ways invisible to the eye, as it did in Mahathir’s time, he was quick to get a handle of the problem, meeting foreign bankers and investors, for example, and turning to his coterie of henchmen (Salleh Said Keruak, Ahirudin Attan) for the propaganda effort.

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榄: On Ahi Attan

In ‘Oh no, where’s our Ringgit‘, Ahi tried to cut off the snake’s head,  the ringgit’s fall from any link to a chain of causes that might lead to Najib’s reputation in handling the economy, present and future. Ahi:

Damned! The Ringgit is NOT even on this list of “troubled currencies” at all! Our naysayers, of course, will find it very hard to accept the exclusion of the Ringgit in Morgan Stanley’s latest Troubled Ten Currencies.’ Which is to say, in short, there was nothing wrong with the ringgit, the economy by extension.

But Ahi ignored citing two points in the Bloomberg report on which he had relied for his ‘damned’ conclusion.

One, by the term ‘troubled’, Morgan Stanley had not suggested that the economies of the Ten were in distress nor was the term about capital flight which affects exchange rates. Rather, those currencies were unhinged and unbalanced because of their deep economic connections to China. Bloomberg: They ‘are particularly at risk since China devalued the yuan‘.

Imagine thus Taiwan or Singapore or Korea — trio in the Ten — in worse shape than Malaysia? Also missing from Ahi is this: In the worse of the ten currencies, the Brazilian Real, its YTD dollar value fell 23 percent; the ringgit virtually crashed, down a third of its dollar value YTD.

The second point flows from the first. Bloomberg: “It’s all about vulnerability,” said Hans Redeker, the London-based global head of foreign-exchange strategy at Morgan Stanley. “Major victims of the policy change this time are currencies of countries with high export exposure and export competitiveness with China.” Malaysia has little in competition with China, and in fact imports capital from the latter.

When it suited him and when it became necessary, Ahi has before criticized Bloomberg for its veracity. So, this in-your-face rebuttal to Najib’s critics illustrates the intensity and the stakes in the propaganda war being waged. But then, that’s Ahi: 20, 30 years in the media business, he still hasn’t learn to read straight; economics, graphs, statistics, maths are simply too much for the propagandist in him, a scribe pretending objectivity and still fails to show it.

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榄: About us, enduring life

Night Sky

夜空

忘了吧再想他又有什么用 O! banish your thoughts of him
还不是烦恼多一重 Is it not more worry of a kind
还不是有始无终 Is it not futility of a kind
来匆匆 Hurry, oh hurry
没想到去也匆匆 Hadn’t expected we’d finish so fast
昨夜梦Dreamt last night
却见你含情笑容 Seeing you full of smiles
漫长夜空星月无踪夜空之下 Beneath the moon, stars and an endless night
只有我在回想着往事如烟云 Only I’d search the past, vapor of clouds
忘了吧 But, O banish my thoughts

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Lonely Habit

习惯寂寞

让我找回感情世界里
曾经失去的自由
虽然心痛绝望难过的日子
让人不知道怎么过
我想我多花一点时间
能学会 习惯寂寞

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One Day, Just One Day

一天一萬年

好吧試著讓自己貪杯 試著搖啊晃啊一整夜
以為將自己弄得很累 老天就不會讓你出現

我想你的每一天 強過在人間的一萬年
我疾飛幾千幾萬個光年 尋找一個叫永遠的終點

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