Monday, February 8, 2016

The Arrogance of Power.

Reprise : First posted on Monday, 7 September 2009, at 2:01 pm in Lim Kit Siang's blog.

The Arrogance of Power

By Hussein Hamid

When you are in power for over fifty years, every now and then there is that temptation to bend the rules and sometimes even the truth to suit the political needs of the moment. You can be forgiven if this inclination does come up once in a blue moon – though the colour of the moon can be said to be blue every month if you are powerful enough to want it to be so. So here lies the problem. When this inclination becomes the norm where does that put good governance?

Almost daily now we are subject to the painful and most uncomfortable sensation of having our leaders take us for fools. They boldly stand in front of us through the medium of their Television Stations, their Media or even at times in person and proceed to tell us what they want us to know – not what we should know. Is there nobody amongst them that can tell them that what they are doing is like peeing into the wind?

Have the educated, intelligent and rational generation of Malays all left UMNO leaving our nation without some of its best people in government even when we need them most? Najib is in a world of his own. He lacks the ability to make sense of what is happening around the country. Surviving day to day is hard enough for him. UMNO has sworn blood oaths that they will defend themselves from PAS, from DAP from Keadilan from everybody – no matter what. In desperation they have ventured into territory where they violate all democratic conventions almost on a daily basis. When we question the legality of their actions their answer is that ‘might is right’.

When the court initially finds in favor of the opposition as in Perak – they appeal its decision confident that the Judiciary is ultimately theirs to instruct and manage. When a death in custody happens the usual suspects are paraded. A commission, an inquiry, no stones unturned….and then slowly but surely nothing will come of it. They play the Judiciary as if it was their own – and why not when the Chief Justice is indeed their own. Whenever a situation arise that will give problems to them they no longer even have the decency to pay lip service to placate the Rakyat – now days it is deny, deny deny.

Deny there was ever any intention to humilate the Hindus in the cow-head incident. Deny that there was any reason to not renew the IGP again and again. Deny that there was anything wrong in the caning sentence of Kartika but nevertheless no less a person then the Prime Minister himself has asked her to appeal for a reduction in her sentence.

Arrest 16 people for carrying yellow candles and red and white roses who were seeking freedom of religion in this country and yet deny that Muslims stepping on the sacred head of a cow is doing anything to incite another race. They invoke the name of ALLAH at their whims and fancies and see no sin in promoting the very sins that Islam frowns upon. For surely corruption and greed is also corruption and greed whether in Mecca or Malaysia? That all this has become the norm for UMNO frightens me. This is the arrogance of power that I am talking about. Perhaps the most outrageous example of this arrogance is their inability to understand that there are another points of view to be considered other then their own. To them any deviations from their point of view is a conspiracy to undermine their ability to hold on to power – no matter what. I try to do this. By my writing if I can turn one person against UMNO – just one – then we are one person ahead towards our ‘brand new beginning’. Do as I do. Go talk to one person and bring him or her into our fold – then one by one we will slowly but surely build up our strength and strike down UMNO and Barisan. 

Go do it now!


#2 by Loh on Monday, 7 September 2009 - 3:39 pm 
The arrogance of power is shown by TDM telling Malays that NEP has achieved its objectives, but he still wanted NEP continued though it has gone on 19 years beyond the termination date, of a original twenty-year programme.

Just before TDM stepped down in 2003 he said that he failed to change Malays’ mindset not to rely on crutches, and now he criticises Malays for ditching the crutches calling for an end to NEP. If TDM meant what he said before he stepped down, he should encourage those Malays who think that enough is enough. Obviously he pretended to honour the promise made by Tun Razak and blamed the Malays for being crutch-dependent. Certainly, being not classified as Malay before 1957 constitution was in force, he was not able to feel the desire of the late Tun Ismail regarding preserving the pride of the Malays. Malays wanted their efforts recognised for the achievement they attained. That is not possible if NEP or even Article 153 remains. Zaid Ibrahim was blamed for being ungrateful to NEP when he was honest with his thought.

The Malays are as smart as any other races in the world. Under real meritocracy for university admission, like the pre-NEP days, the successful Malays such as Zaid Ibrahim have no problems getting into universities. The poorer students are safe-candidates for study-loans which the government has no problem in setting up a revolving fund to finance them. The perverted meritocracy implemented through NEP only ushered into institutions for tertiary education those not suitable for entry in the first place, and having got into the institutions beyond their mental capacity, they ended up as unemployable graduates, through obviously scaled-down passing marks. In the process the institutions that conferred degrees to the substandard-graduates have soiled their reputation. The degrees awarded as an indicator fail to guarantee that the holders have attained the required standards. This causes other graduates, Malays included, to have their scrolls become a doubtful paper. Consequently, Malays graduates passing out from local universities are not readily accepted based on the papers they possess. Should the majority among the Malays suffer the crisis of confidence so that the minority of those who had not the aptitude for tertiary education occupied the places when those who are able to make use of them are denied opportunities for themselves, and for the nation to upgrade their human resources?

A Chinese who was adopted by Malay and accepted as Malay enjoyed the special favour which included government sponsored education abroad wrote to chedet.com saying that his four children who have completed tertiary education have remained abroad because Malaysia has become a low income equivalent of Myanmar. Other Malays, true or NEW have the same story to tell, no doubt. NEP is the main reasons why we have become a low income country. The emigration of two million Malaysians over the last four decades deprives the country of the critical mass of human resources that could make this a high income country. That resources have been squandered because the cabinets members and their families wanted to ensure continued hold to power but were lazy to work on the policies which would return them to power without having to resort to division of the population by race, and ruled through favouritism. Since that divide-and-rule formula seems to be infallible for those in power continue to remain in office while the nation slipping to the level of Myanmar or Zimbabwe, they have cultivated a sense of arrogance. Malaysia has to be recognised as the most capable government in the commonwealth which have turned neutral government agencies into UMNO branches. Party members and supporters of UMNO are the backbone of the government agencies. Government leaders are above the law, even though the royalties have to answer for their private actions in special court. We cannot blame them for being arrogance, they have made it.

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The right to know may not be guaranteed by the Federal Constitution, but freedom of information is a feature of most developed democracies. 
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s call for harsher punishment for journalists—life imprisonment and caning—under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) for reporting state secrets makes Malaysia seem like a dictatorship. 
As it is, journalists find it extremely difficult to obtain data and information in Malaysia. We can’t even get simple data like rape statistics, or how government departments like the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) spend their huge allocations.  
Now, the government wants to go after whistleblowers and journalists who report on state secrets, which would invariably involve matters of public interest.
By demanding that journalists reveal their sources or risk being considered as collabourators to saboteurs, the AG is, in effect, intimidating the media from reporting on cases of corruption involving government officials.
The AG claimed that leaking state secrets would threaten national security and lead to the toppling of the government. 
In a democracy, the government exists to serve the people. They are supposed to be accountable to voters. The role of the media is to inform the public, especially on issues of national interest.
We should be moving towards abolishing the OSA and enacting a Freedom of Information Act. A developed country is not measured just in terms of its GDP, but how it protects human rights and fundamental liberties. 
Democracy isn’t just about casting a ballot once every five years. It’s about constantly ensuring that the government allocates resources the way the electorate wants them to. A vote for a particular political party doesn’t give it carte blanche to spend our tax monies any way it likes. 


After inspiring a flood of caricatures of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in clown face, graphic artists from the Grupa yesterday introduced another round of fun – this also at the PM’s expense.
This time, followers of Grupa – or Grafik Rebel Untuk Protes & Aktivisme - are invited to “catch Najib” through an animated GIF file uploaded onto the group’s Facebook page.
In the GIF best viewed on mobile devices, three caricatures of Najib stream down the page, inviting social media to hit pause at the right time.
In the group’s trademark dark humour, the ‘right time’ is when all three caricatures of the PM – one holding RM2.6 billion, another holding a box labelled 1MDB, and another holding a buxom woman’s hand – are behind bars.
“Please help! Help catch this man!” the caption on the GIF reads.
The GIF comes after police warned that those found guilty of ridiculing leaders could face one year in prison or a fine of RM50,000 under Section 223 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Not cowed, Grupa followers are invited to take a screenshot of their success in nabbing the caricatures, and share how many tries it took them.
The GIF has been shared on Facebook more than 1,800 times within the first 10 hours of uploading at Grupa’s page and more than 700 times on the anti-establishment Facebook page ‘Curi-curi Wang Malaysia’.
About 300 people have commented under the GIF, with screenshots showing they managed to catch the running caricatures, as at 11.30pm yesterday.
“I tried 10 times, but missed as they were so slippery with lots of crony protection!” one exasperated social media user said on 'Curi-curi Wang Malaysia'.
Another Facebook user quipped: “Caught them, but then they were released by the AG.”
But not everyone is amused.
“Not funny guys, show some respect,” one person remarked on the Grupa page over another animated GIF of what looked like Najib in a jester suit.
Najib has been cleared of wrongdoing in relation to the RM2.6 billion (US$681 million) found in his personal bank accounts.
Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali said Najib received a donation from the Saudi royal family and returned US$620 million. He did not say what the PM did with the remaining US$61 million, or what the donation was for.
Graphic artists have over the past week uploaded caricatures of Najib in clown face in solidarity with artist Fahmi Reza (photo), who is under police watch after he uploaded his sketch online.
The sketch, part of an anti-Sedition Act campaign, features Najib in clown face and carries the words ‘Kita Semua Penghasut’ (We are all seditious).
Fahmi received the warning via Twitter from the Police Cyber Investigation Response Centre special unit.
Pro-BN NGO Gerakan Merah also lodged a police report on Fahmi’s sketch, alleging that it could influence the rakyat to hate Najib.
Defiantly, a stream of caricatures of Najib in clown face continues to fill the page, which is making headlines worldwide.
The identities of the 50 graphic designers said to make up Grupa remain shrouded.
“We choose to remain anonymous at the public level not because of fear, but because this project is not about us as individual designers, but about the causes that we are highlighting, and the movement we are trying to build as a collective through Grupa,” the group said. - M'kini


REPRINT - A friend forwarded me an email with a selection of photos taken at a recent gala housewarming party hosted by Mukhriz Mahathir. The images were from a local gossip blog and merely revealed without commentary the Gatsbyesque garishness and pompousness of Mukhriz Mahathir's lifestyle preferences...

I decided to turn these images into a blogpost and began editing the photos. When I was ready to upload I discovered my Streamyx connection down again (third time within two weeks!) - this time it was due to a dysfunctional phone line. That happened around 3:00PM Saturday. 

It's almost 2:00PM Monday as I type this and Telekom has been unable to get my line working. Each time this happens I think of Mahathir and his privatization program and vow to do everything within my power to prevent Mukhriz Mahathir from establishing a Mahathir dynasty.

We need another dynasty of arrogant mediocrity like we need a great big hole in our wallets! 

This blogpost comes to you from the same cybercafe I had to use every day for 3 years, while waiting for Telekom to provide me a land line.

Back in 1975, when I was living at 7 Pesiaran Ampang Hilir, I applied for a phone and was made to wait nearly 3 years. Telekom's monumental lack of enthusiasm over the notion of progress is perhaps a quaint and wonderful cultural trait - but I don't think it does a telco's public image any good.

Looking at the new mansion that Mukhriz Mahathir built, one can't help but speculate about how much it might have cost...

A wild guess might put the overall cost between RM15-20 million.

Apart from shooting his mouth off at every opportunity and coming across as an overconfident moron (the worst type of moron, if you ask me), what DOES Mukhriz Mahathir actually do? Does he have any marketable skills or special talents?

Is he a financial whizkid, for instance? I doubt it. Mutual friends assure me that Mukhriz Mahathir can be quite a charming and affable fellow. Maybe so, but does being "charming and affable" mean you can afford to live in a multi-million ringgit mansion?

I know his elder brother Mirzan is ranked among the richest men in Asia (read somewhere he was worth USD8.5 billion a couple of years ago)... I guess when your daddy is Mahathir or Suharto it's impossible to fail in business, no matter how hard you try.

So how do you suppose Mukhriz amassed his fortune? Surely not on his cabinet minister's salary? Does he have a couple of hit albums on the charts?

I don't have a problem with people who strike it rich by fortuitously stumbling on a cave filled with pirate treasure... or who inherited a fortune from their tycoon fathers... or who invented something the world finds useful - like the personal computer or iPhone or Google...

But Mukhriz Mahathir's dad is a politician. To be precise, he was prime minister for 22 years. He has publicly lashed out against corruption and Umno-style money politics (while privately stashing his store of nuts away in offshore hiding places, no doubt). So did daddy give Mukhriz this mansion as a birthday present, for boldly speaking out against Abdullah Badawi's lameness and making snide remarks about the seriousness of Anwar's sodomy accusations? 

Guess we'll never know... unless Marina spills the beans! - http://www.magickriver.org/


PETALING JAYA - Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir was praised by netizens when she returned a gesture of kindness after someone decided to pay for her meal anonymously.
The prominent social activist said someone had paid for her meal when she had lunch at a restaurant on Friday.
"Yesterday someone decided to pay for my lunch anonymously. Whoever it was, if you're reading this, thank you very much for this little kindness."
"But I am really not the one whose lunch you should pay for. There are lots of hungry people out there more deserving than me," Marina wrote on her Facebook.
She then decided to give back to the community by donating RM253.00 to the Food Aid Foundation.
"So in order to honour your kind gesture, I have decided to donate some money to an organisation that helps the hungry, Food Aid Foundation. Your generosity yesterday will now help a few more people. Thank you again," Marina said.
In the posting, Marina also shared a picture of a bill from Nutmeg, a restaurant in Bangsar Village II, for a serving of 'roasted pumpkin salad' and 'warm water' totalling RM25.30.
Marina also posted the acknowledgement of her bank transfer to the Food Aid Foundation for a sum of RM253.00.
Her posting received about 10,000 likes and 400 shares on Facebook.
- Sundaily


Early Thursday morning.
My mind is numb and wants to hibernate from the tidal onslaught of negativity coming from within bolehland that constantly challenges my ability and capacity to endure anymore of the drivel, vengeful and idiotic deeds done in the name of government that this Najib led regime do to us, to our country and to the people within it!
But I know I cannot because if I do, then there will be one less voice to speak out against them. I know that if I do then they have again succeeded in their intimidation and harassment of any one that dares to stand against them. And I know then that the rot in our civil society, the loss of our freedom to think and do what we think is right responsibly and our inability to work towards making a better future for those who will come after......all this negatives that started in earnest with Mahathir's and now is in full flight under Najib Razak, will simply overwhelm any positivity left within our people and our country.
And so I will continue to write.
Of course I am frustrated and at times feel helpless against those with large armies and deep pockets. It is a constant struggle against a rising tide of political will that understands too well how to wield that power to advantage themselves and no one else....but I am bolstered by what some of you have done to impose your will against this obnoxious, corrupt and bullying BN government led by that w*** of Rosmah.
While many of us have already given up on the MACC you cannot deny that from time to time there have been some grumbling from within MACC that has given us cause for hope that maybe....just maybe....MACC is begging to understand what it is that they have to do to fight corruption.....and if the powers that be will not allow them to do so, then there is a higher calling that will give them inner strength to do so.....that of ALLAH and whatever other sense of duty that moves people to do what they must to fight the evil that men do.
There have also been some brave souls from within the Judiciary, PDRM and other government departments that have started to stand tall and speak out in a clear and confident voice against the rot that is already taking place in our civil society, in our government and in all things Malaysians. A rot that, if not arrested now, will leave for our children and future generations, a Malaysia not worth living in.
To these people we must add our voices for they will not be able to stand tall and speak clearly against this corrupt BN government in isolation from us.
I write...what will you do?
Please do give some thoughts to this because every day in many ways, Najib Razak and his cohorts are constantly seeking ways to drown these voices of dissents! Do something...even if it is to raise that one finger against Najib Razak and the Umno led BN regime!
Today there can be no denying that all of us have much to lose if good does not triumph over what Najib Razak wants to do.
And what does Najib Razak wants to do?
He wants to continue to be our leader. He wants to continue to be our prime minister. And anyone that is against what he wants to do he wants to destroy.
Anwar Ibrahim guilty in sodomy case
Malaysian Singer Soo Wincci Near Bankruptcy After Insulting Prime Minister Najib Razak
Najib Razak Fires Deputy Prime Minister
The Attorney General Fired
And the list goes on...
What Najib Razak has done and is doing in the name of government has gone beyond anything that we have had to endure from successive Umno led BN government since Merdeka. We now have a government of deceit.


The script was played out to perfection (almost!) by the attorney-general. As most Malaysians expected, Najib escaped without even a reprimand, he was allowed to get off scot free despite the facts and evidence that have been irrefutably presented to the country and the watching world.
This isn’t in any way shocking. But wait a minute it really isn’t even a surprise because the odds wagered on Najib being liable of guilt in the 1MDB and SRC International saga never even crossed the minds of most Malaysians.
Earlier on the recently-appointed attorney-general announced to the whole wide world that he was a law man. It’s really quite unclear and uncertain now what sort of law man he is and most obviously there are grave doubts by even the least educated in this country if the laws in this country really work.
There is now therefore no iota of doubt, not even the faintest doubt in Malaysians that there are people in power, leaders of this country that are not only above but beyond the reach of the long arm of the law.
The arm of the law in this country is shortened whenever VIP’s and VVIP’s are faced with acts of wrongdoing. This is now so glaringly evident that there is also no doubt that the ill-conceived decision to let Najib off the hook is set to witness a severe backlash in this country.
Preparing for worse case scenarios
There is such a phenomenon called credibility. The Barisan Nasional (BN) government has sunk to such an abysmal low that they have, in the eyes of the rakyat, lost all political credibility. This is why if snap polls were to be held now BN will be thrashed by a landslide victory by the opposition.
Though the opposition coalition of Pakatan Harapan is in sixes and sevens, though they are in disarray and disunited, they will easily triumph over the house of cards that BN has become now. Even UMNO strongman Mahathir Mohammad firmly believes that there is going to be dire consequences.
While this might seem to the less initiated as scare-mongering, the fact is BN is building their political base now on shifting sand and the ground is set to give way in the up-and-coming political tsunami that is set to descend on Malaysia soon.
With Najib and Rosmah getting away with all manner of atrocities and wrongdoings, it is only really a matter of time before BN begins to implode and this is why Malaysians of all walks of life are getting increasingly worried and concerned the way and direction the country is heading.
The country is now charted to go through rough, turbulent storms that will create a severe backlash as Najib and Rosmah sit pretty and live off the toil and labor of the suffering millions of Malaysians who have to go through the motions of the daily grind to butter their bread.
Even the fittest will not be able to survive
While there will be people who declare that all these is nothing more than scare-mongering once again, the hard, harsh reality on the ground paints a picture of truth and the unfolding months for Malaysians will reveal the grim future they have to face up to as life starts to grow from bad to worse.
If this isn’t bad news, the recession the world is plunged into is set to dampen spirits further. There is no good news but bleak forecasts and predictions for this country all the way, from global economists and bankers, to astrologers, fortune tellers and feng shui experts.
The fallout from the continued administration of the Najib government is set to be so severe that the backlash on Malaysians is set to cause even the fittest to suffer greatly in the test for survival. Forget prosperity and economic booms, it’s now gloom and doom all the way.
The reason for all this scenarios taking place is because the governance of Najib is set to breed lawlessness. Since the law was not upheld in the case of Najib, other Malaysians are also going to do nasty, evil things and expect to be able to get away because of the state of lawlessness and corruption.
Only chaos and confusion
The future shock for Malaysians is that only chaos and confusion is set to erupt in this country. This fallout stems from the refusal by the Malaysian government to conform to the full tenets and obligations of democracy and instead choosing to go down a dark, evil path.
There can be no denying the fact that Malaysia, already viewed and mentioned in the same breath as rogue nations around the world, is set to sink even lower in all spheres of life to finally collapse as a failed state.
Forget Wawasan 2020. Vision 2020 is just a pipe-dream where Malaysia is going to become an advanced and developed nation and where people will enjoy a high Quality-of-Life and become a high income nation.
Many Malaysians are now starting to get their reality checks and they know that the 13th GE manifesto of BN is nothing more than wishful thinking. The reality is starting to bite and as more and more Malaysians feel the noose tightening, the catastrophe of being a failed state becomes a reality. - MAILBAG