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Democracy is no longer the only game in town. — David Runciman

Thanks to Jian for reminding me the above.

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New MCA vs DAP: Dealing with May 13’s Twin Child

With Umno gone, there is left its other May 13 Siamese twin child — the DAP. Both are inter-dependent creatures of ketuanan fascism, Mahathirism in particular, their respective political strength feeding on each other, like flowers and bees. One drip at a time on a stone (image above), it took 49 years to destroy Umno — with the hand of Mahathir that made it. So annihilating Anglophile DAP will take time. But this ought to come quicker and easier since Umno which sustains the DAP is dead. Excerpted from In the Market:

Mahathir’s contribution to Lim Kit Siang is that the former singularly annihilate MCA’s entire voter base then rocketed the entire lot to the DAP. That is, without Mahathir’s fascism, DAP would have no dissatisfaction upon which to build its base and to nurture its beginnings. It would have been a write-off a long time ago. This is as if the DAP and Umno are mutual creations, one dependent on the other for their separate existence. Or, to rephrase that, the greater is the success Umno has in ‘protecting’ Malays from the Chinese, the better off it is for the DAP, electorally and politically. The success of one offers gain to the other.

Umno out of the way, and no longer encumbered by ketuanan and Malaiyoos, MCA (Gerakan and others) are free to pursue their individual political agenda. In the yin-yang of politics, one dies, another enters to fill its place.

MCA’s reconstruction ought to begin at its roots, the party Constitution. For that, it merely requires the addition of a single Preamble page:

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(Front page declaration and preamble addition to the Constitution of the MCA)

CONSTITUTION

of the

MALAYSIAN CHINESE ASSOCIATION

PREAMBLE

IN RECOGNITION, We, the Chinese of Malaysia solemnly proclaim our attachment to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia of 1957, and by virtue of which the Malaysian Chinese Association (hereafter MCA) was established, and having affirmed our rights and duties as self-determining citizens of Malaysia;

IN RECOGNITION that Malaysia is a federalist state, founded on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, secular in nature, as affirmed in its constitutional provisions and in common law; and given that we are an inalienable constituent of an indivisible nation guided by the democratic principle of self-determination;

IN RECOGNITION that We, the MCA, is founded on those national principles and acting through them the highest and deepest virtues of native Chinese ethical culture, and for which We were conceived in satisfying the hopes and aspirations of all in Malaysia;

We, the MCA, solemnly make known the Articles as follows (the old articles to follow):

Part I…Part XX

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Umno and Reincarnation

On Khairy’s idea, this is the Chinese response, excerpted from Angel’s Malaysian Bitch:

Angel’s contradiction, as well as Kit Siang’s and the DAP’s, is that being Chinese and Malaysian are mutually exclusive.

They couldn’t see the flip side, that there is no Malaysian without the Chinese. Or, put in another way, Being Chinese is the only way for the Chinese to be Malaysian. It’s only that Umno’s politics have never permitted it. And now the DAP and Kit Siang are repeating the same fucking Umno idea.

Contrary to Malaysiakini propaganda, Barisan didn’t go down in one fell swoop. Its demise came in stages, from 2008, first Gerakan then MCA and MIC followed by Umno and Sabah (see GE results table below).

The point is this: Umno is the failure of Malaiyoo fascism. Pakatan is purely an extension development of the same fascism; it, too, possesses the will of its own self-destruction (see elsewhere in this site: Why Umno finds it hard to govern Malays). For Khairy to replace one racial form with another, multi-racial form does not resolve the fundamental point about its existence: What is it? What are you?

That takes some reflection. The immediate consideration, meanwhile, is not to mistake form as a weapon of choice to defeat Pakatan. Which is like driving a toothpick into the tree trunk.

Go with the grain of the timber instead, and cut it likewise: the most effective method is when the least effort needs to be used. The Malaysian polity and its political consciousness are a fragmented structure (see GE results table below). Easier, hence, to take Pakatan apart piece by piece through its individual constituent parts.

Once the legacies of Mahathir and Kit Siang are eradicated, peace returns.

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Never again will the DAP lead Chinese to their deaths

In memory of May 13 and 赵明福 Zhao Mingfu

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Every GE is a Malay fight: Distribution of GE14 votes and seats.

  2018 Najib vs Mahathir 2013 Najib vs Anwar 2008 Najib/Dr M vs Anwar
Votes (of 2013, 11.2 million / 2018 12.3 million)
PH 5,781,600 (50%) 5,623,984 (51%) 4,082,411 (48%)
BN/Anti-PH 6,131,985 (with PAS) 5,237,699 3,796,464
Seats (of 222)
PH 121 89 82
BN/Anti-PH 97 133 140

2018 seat total: the remaining 4 are held by independents. Source: Wiki

Tentative conclusions:

  1. Of new 2018 votes (1 million), most Malays chose PAS; that is, race politics is still alive and there was no Malay tsunami favoring Pakatan.
  2. In any Malay vs Malay GE fight, Chinese and Indian votes combined are critical to decide winner.
  3. Contrary to design, gerrymandering worked against BN, badly affecting especially MCA & Gerakan but benefiting instead DAP and PKR. Mahathir’s PPBM 13 seats is 6% of total. DAP went from 36 in 2013 to 42, PKR 30 to 47.
  4. Three-way fights are bad for BN because Umno needs MCA more than it needs Malays who, absent their votes, still won’t swing to Pakatan. They go to PAS, which Pakatan had predicted would get next to zero seats. PPBM 13 plus Amanah 11 total 24 in GE14, just 3 more than the 21 by PAS in 2013.
  5. Mahathir is not the tsunami hero portrayed in Malaysiakini propaganda (also Outsyedthebox); he instead raised the DAP and PKR seat numbers (in marginal constituencies) without bringing in alot more Malay votes.
  6. Pakatan scrapped through with 113 (of 222) seats but, from total popular vote standpoint, it is weaker than 5 years ago.
  7. Electorally, Pakatan post GE14 is sustained by (a) the 8 Sabah seats and (b) Najib Razak’s poor reputation in the peninsula. Without (a) or (b), or both, it is more vulnerable than was Barisan shortly before GE14. Time, though, is on its side — five years to shore up its position before the next GE.

End remarks:

As early as 2014, Anglophile Guan Eng bragged that Pakatan needed only a 2% vote swing in GE14 to net Putrajaya. He got that and now finds himself standing on the other shore where the tsunami came in. And when it turns up again, he and Pakatan won’t just drown; they’ll watch all their entire possessions sweep out into the sea, they’ll repay for what Mahathir et al would be doing the next five years, because the tsunami doesn’t care whether in its path is Guan Eng or Jesus Christ.

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants. — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

The more Guan Eng and Pakatan act and do, over the course of time, the more painful it gets when they see all that go out to sea on the next tsunami round. Wuwei, wuwei…. History and Nature are not, you see, linearity even by repetition; they turn up, they surprise you, in cycles. And we Chinese have the patience of a drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip… — a force more powerful than any other because it virtually dissolves the stone. That’s a part of Chinese naturalist philosophy Anglophiles can never fathom. Never.

Count your beans, Christian Eng, while you still can.

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What is a Chinese ultra? Jesus Eng isn’t one, of course. Instead, listen to the man below…

By ‘our’ culture, Huan means (Confucian/Daoist) ethical culture — how to properly conduct human relationship, even with the fallen. Culture copied by and as understood by Anglophiles (Syed Akbar Ali, Steven Gan, et al) are cricket clubs, Shakespeare, scones and marmalade, and Mahathir horse riding.

They have no refined ethical culture. Contradictions abound. You find Mahathir treating Najib the way Anwar was treated; their methods and conduct are identical. Reformasi is purely the reformation of power — for the purpose of realigning it. Malaiyoo rights and Anglophile righteousness are settled by power.

Mahathir’s reward for power: Anglophile’s narcissistic culture in humiliating another man. Like barbarian hordes and medieval European mobs, they delight in crushing a man. On the day of his release from jail, Anwar called that delight, ‘euphoria’. In biblical verse: Vengeance is the Lord’s.

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Dear Mr Lim Kit Siang,

Malaysia ‘a model to the world’? Grand words that even Stalin knew how to say.

After which you go on with the yada, yada about ‘independence, efficiency and professionalism’ as if these are classroom behavior matters you carry out by snapping the teacher’s finger. Mr Lim, you don’t even know what it is you are saying.

You talk about ‘national unity and reconciliation’ yet you have the country’s greatest, biggest, most virulent, longest-running divisive power sitting on top of the political pecking order. Make a guess who?

And you have the nerve to patronize us about ‘unity and reconciliation’.

Farther down you add, ‘This is not a time for vengeance and petty-mindedness.’ Have you not been listening to campaign speeches from your party comrades, for example, Nga Kor Ming, Hew Kuan Yau, Hannah Yeoh, and your son Guan Eng? These are on record and I suggest you go back to listen and pay attention, now that you have the time.

“Harapan,” Rais Hussin says, “did not challenge the previous government merely out of sheer caprice, or of wanting to go one up on then-prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.”

Yes, of course, he, you and Mahathir are in it to ‘save Malaysia’.

How to save Malaysia? According to Rais, get ‘triple-A sovereign risk rating’. Sure, even junk bonds are issued triple-A. Do you know nothing about the subprime mortgage crisis? Or, have you learned nothing?

One more thing, Mr Lim, go fuck your mother.

Sincerely,

小弟

Postscript: You want Triple-A? Look up the Americans. Try Goldman Sachs as well – am sure they will help. Or is it that Wong Chen has already done that? You know who is Goldman Sachs, Uncle Kitty?

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GE14 results prove one thing: From hell and, now, back to it, Malaysia is the world’s top most stupid country.

If you are outside stay out. If Najib was bad, then Mahathir doing worse has nothing to lose. Soon, he’s going to be dead anyway.

Mahathir had been wrong on so many things, so many times, about Musa, Anwar, Badawi, about the Chinese — and Malays, too — about human nature, about the economy, about the world. Now, wrong about Najib Razak, he conflates the personal character failures of a man, a very human one at that, to bad governance.

Who’s to say Mahathir isn’t wrong again? And then what, Pakatan? That he will return from the grave to ‘make amends’, to ‘save Malaysia’? DAP and PKR thirsted after power so much they would do anything for it. Anything. They had won on pure propaganda, not with great ideas.

New Malaysia? Fuck Malaysia.

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Watch this video below.

Regrets Kak Wan? Mr Lim? The clip plays the hesitancy again and again.

Pay attention, not to Mahathir, but Wan Azizah/PKR and to Lim Guan Eng/DAP. What does it say about the two parties that got together not because of Najib but because of Mahathir Mohamad? In the clip, they can’t even breath. Also watch Kit Siang’s demeanor whose party has 42 seats vs PPBM’s 13 and must play second fiddle. What happened to equality?

Kit Siang will now die worse than second class.

What does all that say of the tyrannical streak in Mahathir? What does it say of a man whose PPBM has just enough seats you can count on the fingers? And if that doesn’t humble him, what does the conduct say of a man laying claim to 122 seats as if he owns everything?

PKR scored 47 out of 51, DAP 42 out of 43. If there is indeed a Malay tsunami, why such a miserable PPBM count: 13 out of 52 seats? The mamak knows no shame.

This is the trouble with a marriage of convenience. This is the trouble with one logo contest; it limits choices and puts democracy in a straitjacket. Wait till the in-laws start to fight.

Game over? No way. When the deceitful squares off with the deceitful then someone, sooner or later, is going to pull out a dagger. No convenience store marriage is going to end happily after. Even the diapers have to be paid for.

Let’s be done with the country….

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亲爱的 回来了

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Update: Annie’s Stupid Malaiyoos

After Barisan nearly lost GE12 and 13, in spite of Mahathir’s support, questions arose about Chinese ‘loyalty’ to Malaysia, at Utusan for example. At Annie’s blog, she and her fan-mob feasted on that idea. When the chance came up, Annie struck:

The one below implied that Malays decide the Chinese fate, if we live or die.

At GE14 when more than 6 in 10 Malays voted against Barisan, Annie has nothing to say about Malay ‘loyalty’ to Malaysia.

It isn’t just Annie, of course. Over at all the Malay blogs (for example, the Malaiyoo who considers himself a ‘Dog‘) the same silence persists. Like them, Annie’s is a den of racists. In Malaysian political life, this is par for the course.

What’s however striking is the Malaiyoo display of incredible, hypocritical stupidity.

At Annie’s, Hew Kuan Yau (the DAP man who said let the Malays screw the Malays) is now considered a patriot! How? Because Hew supported the Umbrella protests in Hong Kong; it being anti-mainland China. A Malaysian Chinese supporter of a foreign, anti-mainland event is therefore patriotic? And this is the same supporter who has said, without qualification, that all South China Sea belongs to China. Period.

Why? Why? Why? Why are these Malaiyoos so stupid? Give them a generation they can’t fix a country and, now, they bring in a mamak to run the show, the same mamak who fucked it up in the first place. Hallelujah!

Good riddance Malaiyoos. And fuck you.

Postscript: Want to know something else, Malaiyoo RD? We threw the Umbrella Christians out of the universities, jailed and fined them then gave each one two criminal records to last them a lifetime. Out of jail, they will collect street garbage for a living. For your own sake, don’t mess with us. You are not up to it.

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The Game isn’t Over

Perhaps the most succinct explanation for BN’s defeat is provided by Leslie Lau: he isn’t sure. He isn’t sure because Mahathir Mohamad doesn’t represent a new Malaysia. There is not even an addition of new players: PKR is not a new player, nor is the DAP.

On the contrary, everything about Mahathir, including all that he has spoken up against — abuse of authority and corruption in particular — represents the old. Even the craft of deception is older than Mahathir. Lionizing him, as they now do in Malaysiakini as if he is invincible, won’t change that fact of history.

Lau isn’t sure perhaps because the question could have been the wrong one. Another way of asking is to look at why and how it is Mahathir won. Even there we find the same answer that goes back to the year which birthed Mahathirism: it is on the back of (a) May 13 and, (b) the political organization Umno to which he was readmitted in 1969.

(a) Mahathir begun anti-Najib on the back of a campaign that Najib Razak was too cozy with the Chinese, Singapore included, after which China was added. Up until yesterday, he saw nothing intrinsically wrong with Umno.

(b) He couldn’t because, doing so, is to concede that (Umno) Malays shouldn’t govern Malaysia, much less Malays. His argument is that Umno was merely hijacked having been turned into a ‘Najib Umno’, a political party loyal only to Najib, thus losing its way. So that, if Umno was not supposed to be loyal to Najib, Mahathir wants Umno loyalty to him.

This is a Mahathir wish that, in its turn, sidetracks the inherent contradiction within Umno. It works towards its own death: as Malays progress, Umno’s redundancy grows. The party’s reason for existence as a ‘protector’ of Malay interest diminishes as that protection is made secured.

This leads to a further problem: as Umno’s redundancy grows, there is lesser need for it. Mahathir invents another Umno, today called PPBM. That is, without Umno, there is no Bersatu, the former’s successor

Not even the post GE14 power structure has changed. Recall that Umno begun politics on less than equal standing, both within Malaya and especially after Malaysia’s formation. Penang, Selangor and Perak could be considered as opposition states until the formation of Barisan. Sarawak and Sabah then weren’t fixed deposits, a situation so precarious then that it lead to Project IC in Sabah, then hoisting up Taib Mahmud as the primary Sarawak force, producing the endemic land grab witnessed today.

There is one hope left for Malaysia: Neither Harapan nor Bersatu can nominate Mahathir prime minister. Harapan is not a registered coalition and Bersatu is not a legal party. All the propaganda won’t change that fact so, it’s just as well the three originators of Pakatan boot out Mahathir. Here is the actual GE14 parliamentary seat standing:

  • PKR 47
  • DAP 42
  • Bersatu 13
  • Amanah 11
  • Warisan 8
  • Bebas (Tian Chua’s Batu) 1

Total: 122.

Less Bersatu 13, the total above drops to 109, three short of a simple majority.

There is, however, also this permutation: Bersatu was never an actual Opposition. PAS is. PAS, with 18 seats, taking the place of Bersatu, is better as an avenue to depoliticize Malaysian lives and end Mahathirism: Hadi Awang has less reason to give (Islamic) trouble in the future and the new federal would have two more state governments to work with.

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What’s wrong with this propaganda picture? The two parties add up to 24 seats but Mahathir is made to look like the victory is his. If the 18 seats from PAS replace both Bersatu and Amanah then, 90 + 18 = 107. Add Warisan’s 8 = 115. Bingo! End of Mahathir.

That, think about it, would be truly the People’s wish. For Mahathir’s party to get 13 seats proves nothing, not especially the People’s Wish. On the contrary.

“All is fair in love and war.” Besides, both the DAP and PKR have repeatedly stressed, Mahathir is just to be used, like a fucking horse. Well, the use-by-date has expired.

A new federal government would have Perak and Kedah comfortably, on top of Trengganu and Kelantan and still keep Johor, Negri Sembilan and Malacca (there are ways about it, of course).

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Below shows why Mahathir is never to be trusted. From among Annie’s Assholes:

1. Malay rights and privilleges (sic)
2.The supremo position of Islam in the country
3. The rights and position of Malay Rulers
4. The special position of Malay language.

“We’ll do anything possible to defend all those rights; such as going to the streets in huge numbers TO FIGHT and PROTECT what is rightly ours!”

Oh ya? That Annie’s asshole just don’t get it and why yesterday’s results are what they are.

Goodbye Annie. See you in hell…(Update: But no hurry. Hell will still be there.)

Update 1: Mahathir relaunched democracy? Is there a claim more ignorant and more stupid than this?

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Other Updates

Postscript A: A Grand, Natural, Anti-M Coalition

PKR+DAP+BN (all others fuck off)

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Postscript B: Watch this space…

Late night, update 2: Move along, nothing to see. Go home, get some sleep.

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…Pakatan Hope

Prefer, instead, the thief to the priest because one is temporal, the other is eternal; one is earthly greed, the other is immovable divinity dogma; one is susceptible, the other is non-negotiable; one is capable of change, the other is doctrinal and can never.

Umno is mistaken to corner that man above as a Chinese. Worse than being wrong, the tactic doesn’t work and is, instead, counterproductive.

No, he is worse than being racist. He is the PAP Anglophile type and that makes him far more dangerous to the existential Malay and the rest of Malaysia than he merely shutting down the Royal Malay Regiment. Under him, as it is under a PAP government, you have no room to be human, or to be Malay or Chinese, unless endorsed by the party.

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The Singapore Anglophiles

Insane Inside Singapore: Our Danger Foretold

To say there is tyranny in Singapore seems unreal and who would believe it anyway?  But, the tyranny is invasive because Singapore is so competent at veiling it that the Stalinist quality of its society and government would put to shame the methods of Soviet communists.

In the video series below are included four clips on debates in Singapore’s Parliament spread over several years. These are prima facie evidences into the state of Singapore today, but you’d have to look hard and think it through. They reflect the stuff that the DAP politicians hanker after: ‘first world’ government, meritocracy and so on. Even the language used in Singapore are identical to those adopted by the like of Hannah Yeoh (‘no standard‘), Lim Guan Eng (‘we decide what’s relevant‘), Lim Kit Siang (‘first world’).

Listen again and pay attention to those arguments and especially the tone, nuances and especially the name calling, and see how these reveal of a ‘first world, democratic’ government that beats the 1930s Moscow show trials in its perfidy:

Exhibit A…tyrannical, more than it’s rational,

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Exhibit B…mendacious, more than it’s honest,

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Exhibit C…duplicitous, more than it’s competent,

Clip above talks about honesty and first world standards, as if morality is a matter of worldliness, of worldly standards.

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Exhibit D…callous, more than than it’s clever,

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Exhibit E…fascistic, more than it’s anti-racist.

Note in particular remarks at time marker 3:00.

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You come away from the clips with only one conclusion: Singapore’s PAP is worse than all known Stalinist governments. Dictated by committees, it is guileful at times and at other times skilled in fallacious arguments. Here, in Singapore, are where committee hearings become lynch sessions run by a mobster in a suit and tie.

The one difference between Stalin and PAP rule is this: the latter hadn’t the balls to shoot their opponents because they think it is better to see you dash off under the table tail between your legs than line you up against the wall.

We won’t have such misplaced ideas when we get hold of people like K Shanmugam, Singapore’s minister of law and home affairs. In another time, another place, another world we’ll make that thambi squeal for his mother as pee drains out of his pants. People like him are that weak — like a thug is weak — which explains his conceit to hide it.

Back to Pakatan, and taking Singapore as evidence: We are better off to be poor, incompetent and third world — even corrupt — than to live with such a ‘first world’ government of thambi and Chinaman Anglophiles, the like of Shanmugam, Lee Hsien Loong, et al, found nowhere else. These are absolute motherfuckers…. because who else would betray one’s siblings, even parents, and use the apparatus of the state for that purpose? Nothing is more anti-Chinese and anti-Confucian. (But then, Lee Hsien Loong is a banana and raised to be one — to the eternal karma regret of Lee Kuan Yew.)

PAP’s iron grip on Singapore society, families, psychology and governance forms say why there is no going back once Pakatan comes into power. Its doctrinal idea of politics and sense of invulnerability will see to it. Barisan’s vulnerability is, on the other hand, evidence to the opposite and that, indeed, politics is a negotiable concept for competing groups and is not a morality stricture that compels everyone to toe in line and obey government.

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PAP’s Rottweiler: Ivanov Shanmugam

Above: K Shanmugan, PAP’s chief fighting dog, black as a thambi, conceited in his delusion he has the world between his legs and under his feet, as with DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari.

He is PAP’s Ivanov, smug and delusional as to his cleverness, but who eventually loses out to Gletkin (see Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, below). Like with all rottweilers, throw them a poisoned meat, noose around their necks and they will squeal like pigs for their mothers.

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In the works: A new tyranny

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles,” so-said the Communist Manifesto, 1848, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Though right about European societies and wrong about the rest of the world, Asia in particular, the manifesto became a great global political influence.

If a manifesto is the sum of stated intentions and views of a person or group, what is Pakatan Harapan’s?

Designed by philistine, small town out-of-work school teachers, it sells instead like a tontine scam that’s been made to read like an insurance plan — in a 100 days you get this, in five years you get that. All commission free?

And what’s in it for their peddlers, the like of Rais Hussin, Liew Chin Tong, Mahathir Mohamad and Lim Kit Siang? Let’s not even go into that….

Kua Kia Soong has said much that needs said about the Harapan manifesto. Take the proposals to curb ministerial and institutional powers. This is the work of victim politics, not rational political idealism. Harapan politicians got whacked and so, if they got into Putrajaya, they’d want to get even.

If reform is indeed the motivation, the proposals would have started with the Constitution, the fascist political parties and not the ministers. Harapan’s manifesto politics is the actual spring well of the problems in Malaysia today; it was, from the beginning, the product of Harapan politicians who now promise — and it’s only a promise — some tinkering to their product, not full eradication.

With the release of the Harapan manifesto Malaysia comes a full circle: It shows those motherfuckers don’t have a clue what is a manifesto. And that ignorance is the greatest takeaway not just about Harapan’s political design but especially its motives: They sell tontine (those 100-day promises of pyramid interest and delivery) but calls it ‘reformasi’.

Always judge a book by its cover because, in a scam, book cover matters, not content.

Then listen to their newly inducted snake oil salesman, their princelings like Wan Saiful Jan and now Maszlee Malik. Layered over their politics of victimhood and poor-me declarations, they do the same song and dance routine — Malays are disadvantaged, yada, yada, so Malays get this, Indians get that, and so on. But nothing for the Orang Asli for the obvious reason the scam isn’t after their money, nor their vote. They have no money, no PayPal, and their vote is a pitiful sum.

The exclusion of an entire indigenous population is revealing into the Harapan motives, drugging a country with dizzying promises as opposed to specifics for their visions of a prosperous and united and a freed people that manifestos are meant for.

So: Along the same broken rail track are, therefore, just different players on new trains (and mostly their head honchos are decades past expiry dates).

No wonder Umno gets its way so easy.

This Opposition bunch is so over-rated (by themselves and by Steven Gan and Malaysiakini), without any sense of what it is to be basic, for tackling real fundamental problems and for true, honest change to be effected.

This failure is what happens when the DAP couldn’t get real talent to give some intellectual force to their politics. They settle instead for salesmen who count beans (Tony Pua, Lim Guan Eng) and some bald-headed, barking orang utan (Ong Kian Ming), all never stopping to show as if they are some wily Socratic scholar.

Without intellectual muscle for their politics, Bersatu, similarly, shops around at — of all places — the Islamic University Malaysia for some Malaiyoo lecturers to pad up their membership roll. And what they did they find? The like of Maszlee, Wan Saiful, Rais Hussin, intellectual dwarfs and useful fascist idiots in liberal masks. Equal to their bigotry is that they are tyrants in the making (see clip below) because, it must be remembered, Hitler began as a third-rate mind, all of it on display in Mein Kampf. So shoddy was his manifesto, nobody cared.

Short of election candidates, Harapan must hence recruit the like of Saiful who in their Malaysiakini interviews rehash fascist stuff sweet coated in liberal jargon that follows the party line.

Alternatively, consider the tweets of Hannah Yeoh and those stomach churning online postings from Yeo Bee Yin, Ong Kian Ming and Liew Chin Tong, all these think-tong Anglophiles. They show what’s called the Dunning-Kruger Effect:

The less competent people are, the greater the belief they tend to have in their own competence.

Bersatu does today what PKR and DAP have done best in the past: a quick ticket into Parliament, inducting Elizabeth Wong, Tian Chua. These are among their finest who in 10 years of political performance are best known for biting the ears of policemen, sleeping in their sarongs on tatami mats, and whispering liberal sweet nothings into the ears of Hilary Clinton (clip below).

Is this then a surprise that Harapan should  be a mirror image of its rival Barisan Nasional? Hardly. Both sides were bred and they wallow in the same fetid pig swamp called Malaysia. You only have to read Malaysiakini, its judgmental headlines and its lynch mob comments to get a sense of this Malaysian malaise (passage in the Harvard Magazine review of Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols):

Voters increasingly see political figures as extensions of themselves—“He’s just like me!”—imagining shared personalities and values. Narcissism elevates feelings above facts, and it breeds social resentment, a major driver, Nichols believes, of the revolt against expertise. “People cannot accept ever being at a disadvantage in a conversation with anybody else,” he says. “It’s a persistent insecurity that goads people into having to say that they know something even when they don’t. Which didn’t used to be the case—we used to be a much more reasonable culture. You know, everybody doesn’t have to know everything.”

Reformasi? My ass.

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Beware the Liberal. Beware the Democrat.

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Beware Hope

Kua Kia Soong’s full rebuttal to the so-called Harapan Manifesto, and it is so easily done.

A malaise is haunting Malaysia

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto for GE14 promises many things, the most welcome of which are the calls to repeal draconian laws, make several commissions directly answerable to Parliament and trim the fat from the Prime Minister’s Office, which are long overdue.

Beyond these critically needed reforms, the manifesto is long on populist concepts but short on actionable specifics. The current water crisis in Selangor is yet another reminder of the dire consequences of such cavalier populist policies as Selangor’s free water policy.

Is providing cheaper cars the answer to our traffic problems or purely populist?

The manifesto proposal to “resolve issue of unilateral child conversion in a harmonious manner” is no doubt well-intentioned, but wishful thinking in the current toxic climate without spelling out the clear constitutional and juridical positions on this issue.

Fundamentally, the manifesto lacks three vital changes sorely needed to take our country into a new beginning after 60 years of BN rule, namely: a race-free agenda to unify the nation, a progressive tax structure to redistribute wealth, and a truly democratic society.

A truly democratic society

Term limits for the posts of prime minister, chief minister and menteri besar are welcome and overdue. We are told that it will not be applied retrospectively to Selangor and Penang, the states that Harapan already rule.

Why not? The democratic principle behind the term limit for these posts is simply that elected officials can over time obtain too much power or authority and thus makes them less representative of all the citizens. It is also to prevent chances of corruption.

As we have seen only recently, even within a two-term service, corporate interests including those in property and finance can provide inducements to the incumbent leaders such as drastic discounts on house purchases.

There is clearly a correlation between the length of time a politician serves and the degree to which he or she has opportunities to engage in corruption. So, if Harapan truly believes in democracy, it should adhere to the two-term limit for their menteri besar in Selangor and chief minister in Penang as of now.

A national agenda

Now with Harapan having embraced the leader of Bersatu as the prospective prime minister, there is no mention of an end to the New Economic Policy in their GE14 manifesto. This is indeed bad news for those who had hopes of a more liberal economic policy, and also for all who have criticised the government for its racially discriminatory economic and educational policies.

Harapan tries to suck up to the “Malay agenda” by proposing puzzling proposals such as “restoring state sultans’ powers”. Which sultan’s powers are Harapan referring to that have been weakened? The ones that Mahathir effected during his reign? Please be specific.

And are we going to go through the same “statistical charade” that we have seen through the 50 years of NEP with the manifesto’s proposal to “increase bumiputera equity through GLC management buyouts?

Which class of bumiputeras is going to gain from this? Doesn’t it matter whether or not the poorer bumiputeras benefit? The statistics on “bumiputera equity” are meaningless when such equity can be resold to non-bumiputeras as soon as it is allocated, and when bumiputera companies fail such as happened during the 1997 financial crisis.

Instead of needs-based measures that target the lower-income and marginalised sectors, the Harapan manifesto follows the same divide-and-rule method practiced by BN. Thus, Indians have been specifically identified for special treatment as increasing their numbers in premium schools and Mara institutions. But the manifesto does not specify by how much.

And what about the Chinese, Eurasians and the Orang Asli? Harapan would like to “invest in training schemes for Indians” but a needs-based policy would be more cost effective and unifying to open the “bumiputeras only” institutions in this country to all Malaysians.

The NEP was scheduled to end in 1990, but has become a populist never-ending policy to win over the bumiputeras while benefiting mainly the political elite. Instead, it is common sense that poor rural Malaysians should be assisted based on their needs according to the particular economic sectors in which they live and work.

Today, with the lack of ethnic diversity in the civil and armed forces, it is high time that recruitment and promotion in these services are based on merit. Does Harapan address this? Does Harapan propose an expiry date for the NEP or is this not going to be realised in our lifetime?

Progressive taxes on the super-rich

Harapan does not tell us how their many populist promises will be financed. There are no fiscal policies to redistribute wealth, never mind fundamental changes in economic policies, including nationalisation of utilities. Malaysia is one of the few countries where the super-rich do not have to contribute part of their wealth to finance state welfare.

How much do the top 10 percent of earners contribute to total tax revenues?

Across the developed world, the rich are expected to pay a substantial share of taxes and this share has risen in recent decades. According to the OECD, the top 10 per cent of earners contribute about a third of total tax revenues – 28 per cent in France, 31 per cent in Germany, 39 per cent in Britain and 42 per cent in Italy.

The wealthiest households in the US contribute a larger share to government than in any other OECD country, at 45 percent. In Europe, they certainly have more to show for it – social services, unemployment benefits, a national health system and other social benefits.

Despite this, William Buffett, one of America’s richest men recently criticised the US tax system as manifestly unfair since he is taxed at a lower rate than his secretary!

Malaysia’s income tax system grants greater tax savings for the rich as well as encourages tax evasion. We rank among the world’s top countries for illicit outflow of money.

What reforms does the Harapan manifesto propose to prevent tax evasion? The limited coverage has resulted in poor revenue generation. Without sufficient revenue, individual income tax cannot provide substantial funds for poverty lifting projects.

Similarly, we do not see a higher marginal tax rate on high-income earners and a correspondingly lower tax rate for lower income earners; an incremental capital gains tax on property; a progressive inheritance tax; a tax on all international financial transactions and hedge funds; a progressive tax on all luxury goods.

A progressive economic policy

Harapan has all along stood for the same neoliberal capitalist policies as the BN. Consequently, their manifesto does not have a progressive economic policy, including nationalising all utilities and essential services including water resources, health, public transport and energy.

They have not proposed measures to ensure that government enterprises such as the GLCs are owned and controlled by the Malaysian peoples at federal, state and local levels and to bring respite to our lowest paid workers, who deserve a decent standard of living, and not populist crumbs.

Mother tongue education as part of the national education system

The Harapan manifesto pledges to recognise the UEC and to build one Tamil Secondary school. That is good. But are the Chinese and Tamil schools still going to be treated like step children in this country , with a few schools being allowed to be built and the Chinese secondary schools getting occasional funding at the pleasure of the government whenever elections are round the corner?

Defence cuts

The Harapan manifesto is silent about their defence policy, which is surprising as they speak vociferously against the commissions that are creamed off from big arms deals. While we are agonising over giving our lowest paid workers a guaranteed minimum wage of RM1,500, the government is coolly shopping for the next generation Multi-role combat aircraft to replace the MIGs.

British Aerospace is trying to flog their Typhoons and other special offers in a RM10 billion arms deal. It is expected that the government will go through with this deal as soon as they get their mandate after GE14.

Beyond GE14

It is time that BN and Harapan take human rights seriously and respect all Malaysian citizens irrespective of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender or sexuality so that we can march forward as a unified nation.

Furthermore, in the states under both BN and Harapan, deforestation by developers goes on uninhibited, highways, tunnels and land reclamation continue unabated without concern for the environment, the public commons and the marginalised people living there.

A just, democratic and progressive alternative calls for a living wage and rights for all workers; a reasonable pension at retirement; affordable and liveable housing; free tertiary education (means tested for the well-off); formal or informal elected local government; commitment to international human rights practices and covenants.

The neoliberal ideologies that both BN and Harapan practice involves allowing private developers to buy up public assets. Such a practice has serious consequences in that it overrides and neglects the people’s interests and degrades our precious environment which is regarded as a free resource.

As a result, we are left with polluted air, questionable water quality, and limited green commons. We want a government that will take the lead in sustainable development initiatives such as renewable energy, that will benefit ordinary Malaysians and their environment.

The current reliance on the private sector results in environmentally harmful and socially destructive projects. A people’s government would enforce recycling measures, responsible waste disposal and enact laws to protect animal welfare.

Such a progressive government would also make it a priority to put the rights and livelihood of the Orang Asal at the top of the national agenda by recognising their rights over the land they have been occupying for centuries, prohibiting logging in Orang Asal land and ensuring all Orang Asal villages have adequate social facilities and services.

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“Bersatu must lead Harapan to counter DAP bogeyman narrative”

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Wan Saiful Jan: the duplicitous face of Mahathir’s agenda.

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The Malaysiakini headline title above, because it juxtaposes two political parties, one Malay and one Chinese, says much about Mahathir Mohamad’s ultimate intent in Harapan: there, he would recreate an Umno.

Mahathir has himself said many times: Umno today is Najib’s Umno, not his. That is, Umno is not the Umno he would wish for it to be — Mahathir’s Umno.

Najib’s biggest sin, in Mahathir’s eyes, isn’t therefore 1MDB which, by the standards of the man’s heydays and the losses incurred then, is paltry.

The primordial sin is, Najib didn’t follow Mahathir’s script, a fact the latter had acknowledged many times early in his anti-Najib campaign, then without Harapan. Like the accusation made against Tunku Abdul Rahman 50, 60 years ago, Najib was simply pro-Chinese.

Even in Harapan, Mahathir’s racism remains insufferable.

His anti-Chinese fascism this time is the same and his excuse no different: the Chinese bogeyman tale that he himself had strung together then perfected. Wan Saiful (above image) is his new mouthpiece, so as to give an intellectual sheen to the deception.

Saiful’s duplicity follows this logicism: If Umno says the Chinese in Harapan will rule Malays, then let Berjaya rule Harapan, so Malays will rule Malays. Ruling Harapan, Bersatu will win the Malay vote. Winning the Malay vote, Harapan gets Putrajaya.

Here comes the rub: With the Malay vote in the pockets, what policy will therefore govern the future Malaysia?

The fact that this racist thinking is already congealed inside Bersatu — and this is before voting has started — speaks volumes about the future of Malaysia under Bersatu and under Harapan. Now, contrasts Wan Saiful’s call for Bersatu dominance against the Harapan apologists who said of the coalition’s power structure: no party dominates, everyone has an equal say.

In another manner of speaking, Bersatu already wants to be an Umno power, even before it takes Putrajaya,

It isn’t enough, hence, to deny Bersatu that pole position in Harapan or to balance it with the like of PKR and Amanah. It will be inevitable Bersatu becomes an Umno when Harapan seizes power; the more seats Mahathir gets, the more convincing is Harapan’s mirror reflection of the bogeyman tale. Harapan becomes the beasts it eschews, and Bersatu becomes Umno.

The point, on the other hand, is not to let Harapan get Putrajaya because Harapan is Bersatu’s vehicle to a renewed fascist dictatorship. The point is to kill Harapan before it takes off, to drain the swamp filled with worms like Wan Saiful and Rais Hussin carrying out Mahathir’s agenda. All the talk of reforms and manifesto remains as they are: cream for the pudding.

To see what party manifestos are worth, look at the Constitution, Malaysia’s own manifesto. Instead of offering protection, it was used by Mahathir to turn against the Chinese and other ethnic groups: although a mamak, Mahathir’s personal power as Malay; Islam as ‘official’ religion; schools; and so on.

The Chinese, to save themselves from another, fresh round of fascism, to avoid repeating the political mistakes of the past, must return to Barisan. Here then is the unfortunate irony: to kill Mahathir, first kill Lim Kit Siang and the DAP.

The bogeyman dies. And, along with it, an insufferable DAP that got where it is today on the back of pontificating about ‘beyond race politics’, about nepotism and their holiness, about all for PAS, opportunistic sins, and on and on.

The bogeyman dead, what political justification is there left for Malaiyoo Wan Saiful (and Bersatu) to be ‘Tuan‘? Answer, nothing.

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