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(KT) BN bites the dust January 18, 2009

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A congratulatory video, dedicated to the unsung, unseen campaign workers in Kuala Terengganu by MediaRakyat.

THANK YOU to all our new friends in KT: You have opened your homes and your hearts to us, warming us with your kindness, encouragement and hospitality. We thank you for your prayers and salute you for your courage!

HIDUP RAKYAT! HIDUP PAKATAN RAKYAT!

SARAWAK – Here we come! 😀

An awful day for Najib and BN

Commentary by Wan Hamidi Hamid (Malaysian Insider)

JAN 17 — It was a horrible blow for Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The prime minister-in-waiting has now lost two by-elections in less than five months.

Both the by-election results saw higher majority votes for the federal opposition.

Najib did his best for his beloved Barisan Nasional in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election. Yet the voters in the BN stronghold decided to vote for Umno’s arch enemy Pas.

He made many promises, granted many projects and offered a lot of goodies, and yet the voters rejected BN.

Is this a bad omen or merely another “minor” setback for the deputy prime minister who has a tough task ahead of him to take over from Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi this March?

Throughout the 11-day campaign period, Najib had worked diligently to ensure victory for BN candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Salleh. According to journalists covering the by-election, he was one of the hardest working campaigners for the federal ruling coalition.

If it was not his fault, would BN leaders blame the voters? It may not be a smart idea to do so. After all, Terengganu voters were among those who helped BN increased its votes in the state when the political tsunami hit the country on March 8 last year.

What does the result mean for Umno and BN?

Besides the expected morose look on the faces of BN leaders tomorrow, the coalition’s backbone Umno will also face yet another question on its actual strength to bring the Malays back to its fold.

This dreaded question — is Umno still relevant — will continue to haunt its leaders. Since Abdullah is set to leave the political arena, Najib has to inherit all the misgivings and wrong perception brought about by his soon-to-be predecessor.

If Umno persists in blaming others in its post-mortem of the by-election, it would simply mean it does not want to address the root cause of the problem; and would further damage the image of the party.

Worse still, Umno will continue to lose its battle against perception of elitism, ignoring the people and too concerned with its own personal interests.

Yet in a more negative way, it can also push certain party leaders — particularly those entering the race for party posts in March — to be more insular and parochial in their racial approach to win the hearts and minds of their own supporters.

This could mean a more divided Malaysia. Unless the Pakatan Rakyat is willing to step in to provide a real alternative.

Pas candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut’s victory was a second coming for Pakatan; the much-need shot in the arm for the loose coalition, after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s official political comeback five months ago when he regained his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat.

Pas’s victory will also wipe away any possibility of the party trying to be friendly with Umno, despite the efforts by some of its top leaders almost a year ago. This will bring the party a new sense of confidence.

Other Pakatan partners — Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP — are already jumping for joy. Not only are they celebrating their partner’s victory, this is also the time for them to regroup for the next general election.

While the post-mortem on both sides will reveal the actual turn of events and provide more details, it can be safely deduced that most Chinese voters opted for Pas while there was a swing among Malay voters for Pas.

It was the Malay votes that had got Umno so worried and the damage had been done in Kuala Terengganu. Just like a football game, losing on your home turf will certainly have a deep psychological impact.

‘V’ for Rakyat, ‘V’ for Anwar Ibrahim August 25, 2008

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On the ballot paper for P44, Anwar Ibrahim is the second candidate.

For us, it symbolises ‘V’ – for victory – not just in terms of votes, but for victory of People’s Power.

Even before a single ballot has been cast, Pakatan Rakyat has won for its commitment to multiculturalism and justice.

The last ten days have seen the most racist and vilest campaign ever, launched by Barisan Nasional. I am too tired to upload photos of these publications. All that so-called reflection of BN after its devastating loss on 8th March was a whole lot of hot air. That so-called apology over the keris-waving of Umno Youth was as empty as Saiful’s ‘sumpah‘.

Since 8 March, BN has not changed. There is no repentance, no remorse. Instead, this time round, they issue even more blood-curdling calls for vengeance against the Chinese and Indians. We have been called ‘babi’ (pigs), ‘bangsa asing’ (foreigners), amongst other derogatory terms. Leaders of MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP – buat tak tau aje.

So this is the future that Barisan Nasional has in store for us.

Anwar could have played to the gallery. He could have left out the bits about his vision about a truly multicultural Malaysia when he spoke in the Malay villages. He could have said, “You guys first, the rest second’.

But he didn’t. He defended the right for all to coexist and work together for a better Malaysia. His courage to stand up for his vision humbles all of us.

Kita percaya Malaysia yang makmur, adil dan perkasa untuk umat Melayu, orang Cina, kaum India, Iban, Kadazan dan lain-lain. Ini membezakan di antara kita dengan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional yang diketuai UMNO. (Anwar Ibrahim)

Today, we wear our Parti KeADILan Rakyat badges with even more pride and hold our heads up high, come what may. (more…)

Comedic relief August 25, 2008

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Our DPM may well have a future as a standup comedian, post-politics.

“I don’t see why a public holiday is needed as the by-election is exclusively for the Permatang Pauh constituency. This (declaration) must have been a political decision,” he said during a speech at a meet-the-people session in Mengkuang Titi, Penanti.

If the entire day was a holiday, he said, the state would face huge losses in terms of productivity. (More)

Which begs the question – why did the Gomen decide to hold it on a weekday then, if not to prevent outstation voters from returning, thus adding to BN’s political advantage?

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This was related to us by one of the reporters who was very tickled by an MCA minister with the same potential for comedic relief.

During a press conference, a few days ago, at its operations centre at Sama Gagah, reporters grilled this Minister over the Umno anti-Chinese, anti-Indian propaganda materials, including the now infamous ‘cabinet babi’.

The Minister feigned ignorance.

One of the reporters then waved a copy and asked why then was MCA distributing it, if he didn’t have any knowledge of its existence.

The Minister hit the roof. Accused the reporter of ‘planting’ it. So the reporters pointed to a corner of the centre, where a group of volunteers were busy clipping them in piles for distribution by MCA volunteers.

The Minister was then forced to apologise. Three times, apparently.

Haha.

Gomen angpow for Permatang Pauh August 24, 2008

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A beneficiary, who collected his ‘angpow’ this afternoon of RM 200.00 from MCA, was kind enough to drop the (empty) envelope at our operations room.

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Yayasan Kebajikan Negara is supposed to be for those households earning RM 700 or less a month. But at Permatang Pauh, you only need to register and give your IC number.

So who is in charge of this Foundation?

Y.B. Dato’ Dr. Ng Yen Yen
Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat
Aras 3, Blok E, Kompleks Kerajaan Bukit Perdana,
Jalan Dato’ Onn,
50515 Kuala Lumpur.

Satu lagi projek penyelewengan Barisan Nasional

Go ahead and JUMP! June 8, 2008

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Since Thursday, I’ve had a maddening Van Halen song playing in my head, thanks to all who had SMSed and called with one and only one message:-

“Petrol price will kill us … Cannot tahan til Sept 16! Do it NOW!”

Even my normally cool capitalist bro freaked and scheduled an emergency family meeting to go through our family finances together.

Last night at Machap Baru, Melaka, during a ceramah which i shared the podium with Chegubard, Mike (Kapar MP) and Mr. Tai (Perak Exco).

Mr. Tai, towards the end of his speech which centred on the fuel price hike, told the audience to get their pens ready as he was going to give them a very very important telephone.

We held our breaths.
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Selangor vs. Singapore March 4, 2008

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A well-written letter in Malaysiakini yesterday.

Selangor vs Singapore?
Benjamin Tan | Mar 3, 08 4:29pm

I read with great interest when Selangor Menteri Besar Mohd Khir Toyo recently commented that Selangor is in a position to compete with our southern neighbour, Singapore. He said that in a few years times, the country’s so-called ‘most developed state’ would be in par with the city state of Singapore. Anyone reading his comments should take it with a pinch of salt and I hope this will not be another reason for fellow Singaporeans to laugh at us kampung boys again.I am sorry to inform Khir Toyo that as time passes, the gap between the city state and Selangor will only widen, and there is no way that Selangor could play catch up with Singapore if it continues to be ruled by the same kind of people who have failed Selangor (in this case), and the nation since our independence. The fact that there is a need to make comparison with Singapore, is also testimonial that Selangor has failed under his leadership.

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Now flags, posters, buntings cut March 4, 2008

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I’m really bored with BN’s boorish and samseng ways.

First they smashed down our tent at Damansara Damai.

On Monday, I found out that our posters and flags at Mutiara Damansara, the overhead bridge, along the highway enroute to Bandar Utama, and Damansara Perdana were cut or torn.

So much for ‘gentlewoman’s war’.

If you see them doing it (usually 4-5 am), please make a citizen’s arrest. I’m come to you with my staple gun.

BN thuggery, call for donations March 2, 2008

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Saturday morning saw us at Kg Kayu Ara Selatan, where we organised a press conference with the residents of Antara Vistana who had been waiting for court ordered compensation (due to late delivery of flats) for almost a year now. This compensation was between 5 to 8 thousand ringgit.

The residents were told the company had no money and were asked to accept payment between RM 800-1200 each family. But some 130 families are still pressing for the full amount to be paid.

One of the directors, a former Umno branch treasurer strolled in and denied everything. But when the residents asked for a schedule of their repayment, he moved away.

A local Umno heads took the opportunity to speak to the media and complained that even he, as a local leader, was embarrassed that the BN reps did not assist them. He showed us a letter from the Prime Minister’s Department, dated February, which vaguely reassuring them that he would look into the matter. (I’ll post the letter later), no doubt to appease them until the General Elections.

We found out too in the morning, that our 2 pondoks were destroyed earlier this morning by thugs from the BN at Damansara Damai around 4-5 am. A van, a kancil and 2 motorbikes were used by these thugs. They had smashed the pondoks (photos to be uploaded later) and this afternoon, a welder had to be called in to fix it back again. 😦 (more…)

(GE12) BN Slogan for GE12? February 20, 2008

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“Selamat, Aman, Makmur” (own translation – ‘Safe, Peaceful, Prosperous’)

I kid you not.
ROTFL.

And why’s Badawi copying the Anwar Ibrahim trademark ‘hand in the air’ gesture?

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C’mon guys. You have consultants from Oxbridge. Millions to pump into your advertising agency, and that’s all you’ve got?

Oh – Anwar’s got his official snazzy website up and running finally, alongside his blog!

The Star poll vs China Press poll February 16, 2008

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Still exhausted. Even shorter post.

Read there’s a Star poll (can someone please point out the link?) of a couple hundred respondents who were said to be against demonstrations. A bit like the RTM TV boring campaign “Mereka BerKonspirasi” (jeng jeng jeng??)

I hope the police will see this poll from China Press and start worrying.

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That’s 216,596 votes, more than 98% said the behaviour and actions of the police will affect the way vote this time … jeng, jeng, JENG!!