Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Last Hurrah Before The Election Reckoning



A Kadir Jasin



COMMENTING in the last posting on Shahrizat’s mesospheric praising of Umno President, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, debater Joe Black said:

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“It is customary in UMNO for Pemuda and Wanita leaders to Bodek the Prime Minister in order to strengthen their positions. However, the latest statement by Sharizat is bordering on idiocy. It is the bodek of the extreme kind and ahe hopes that it will make her wanita head for life (if Najib still survives the opposition's war of attrition that is).”

My feeling is this. Najib has so far survived the opposition's war of attrition because he is willing to abuse his executive and legislative powers although internationally his reputation is in tatters. He is one of the world’s biggest kleptocrats (rulers who use their political power to steal their country's resources).

But if and when a clean and fair general election is held, and he continues to lead the Barisan Nasional, the apple polishers in Pemuda, Wanita, Puteri and the rest of the lot know that their own position is akin to the proverbial “telur di hujung tanduk” – an egg at the tip of bull’s horn.

Praises Take Her Palaces

To me, Shahrizat declaring that Najib is the best President ever for the Wanita (women) Movement and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi demanding 101 per cent loyalty for Najib because “he was put there by Allah” are signs of growing desperation among Umno’s “pembesar” (dignitaries).

(I think it’s more appropriate to call them “pembesar” than the customary “pemimpin” (leaders) because they have lost the legitimacy to lead the country as a whole.)

People like Shahrizat, Ahmad Zahid and Khairy Jamaluddin are not fools. If they are, they would not be where they are today. On the contrary they are well-versed with Umno politics and are taking advantage of Najib’s folly to serve their own personal interest.

To Shahrizat, everybody is “the best” if he or she serves her purpose. I know her long enough - starting from the day she marched into my room at the New Straits Times back in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s and blurted out “you’re not a Mamak?”

She had marched into my room to complain about a picture of one of our Chinese photographers being set upon by her supporters at a Kepong Umno meeting that was published in the NST. She was shown in the picture trying to break up the melee. She was then the Kepong Wanita Chief if I am not mistaken.

I believed she thought I was a Mamak (Indian Muslim man) because of my name. Abdul Kadir or Qadir are common Indian Muslim names. And being of the Indo-Pakistani heritage herself, she would know. Maybe because I was not a Mamak but a Melayu, we went on to become good friends.

She was featured regularly in the NSTP’s newspapers, more so after she was elected the MP for Lembah Pantai. She became “our” MP. Two of my daughters did internship at her service centre when they came home from abroad on semester holidays and one of them ended up working as her Press Secretary for a while. For that I am still grateful to her.

She sang the same sweet complimentary words to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad when they were Prime Ministers. Let me put it this way. Dr Mahathir tolerated her despite “stories” being told about her by her adversaries.

During Abdullah’s era her family was awarded the RM250-million National Feedlot Project that would later to become a major controversy and she was forced to resign from the Cabinet. NFCorp chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, who is her husband, was charged in court but was acquitted and discharged in November last year.

She is so lucky that despite the controversy Abdullah appointed her Advisor on woman affairs with ministerial status and Najib keeps her on.

Today it is Najib’s turn to enjoy her lavish praises and undying devotion. Her family is so richly endowed that one of her sons received a Khazanah Nasional Berhad scholarship to do a master degree at the Harvard, USA.

Obviously Najib is the best for Shahrizat, Ahmad Zahid, Khairy and the rest of the lot, but I am not sure if most Malaysians feel the same way.

The Last Hurrah

Granted that the unfavourable external factors are slowing down our economy, the domestic factors are also to be blamed. There is a serious confidence crisis. The ringgit has tumbled to its lowest against the US dollar since the 1997/98 Asian Financial Crises.

Stock market has been discounting almost all of Najib’s economic programmes including the budget. The Bursa has been declining steadily since Najib presented his 2017 Budget on Oct 21. As of Dec. 2 the composite index had fallen by 3.75 per cent. In the economic parlance, the market has discounted Najib’s economic planning.

The people like Ahmad Zahid, Sharizat and Khairy know that this year annual general assembly could very well be the last hurrah for the party. But they have to put up a strong face and pretend that they are brimming with confidence.

This is the last pit stop before the dash to the finish line. If the opposition parties continue to build up momentum and fight the coming GE as a unified force, Umno and the Barisan Nasional would be finished.

So the likes of Khairy, Ahmad Zahid and Shahrizat don’t care much about the economy and the welfare of the people. Whatever that they do from now on is to make sure that the rural and Felda votes remain with Umno. They don’t bother anymore what the MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the nominal PPP can do. They have ceded the non-Malay votes to the opposition. There’s no more BN, only Umno.

They are not even sure of Sabah. The ground is always shifting in the land below the wind and the autonomy-minded Sawarakians are almost sure to side with the winners in the Peninsula.

That’s on the surface. Away from the glare of the spotlight, they are mindful of the fact that Najib is a liability to Umno and to their quest to stay in power.

Wallahuaklam.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Shahrizat Kata, Najib "Best President Ever"




بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

INI yang dilapor akhbar The Star
Shahrizat kata,
Najib the best Presiden ever
For the Umno Wanita.

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Jadi apakah yang kita nak kata
Kerana Shahrizat sudah bersuara
Menobatkan Najib sebagai dewata?

Poor Datuk Onn
Poor Tunku
Poor Tun Abdul Razak
Poor Tun Hussein
Poor Tun Dr Mahathir
Poor Tun Abdullah.

Listen to her, Najib is the best President ever
Lo and behold
Najib is the best President ever
For the Umno Wanita.

So what do we say of the future?

Maksudnya lepas ni boleh tutup kedai la
Dah tak ada lagi Presiden sehebat dia.

Pity Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
The best President you shall never be.

Walapun 101% setia tapi tak ada "chance" jadi the best President
Maksudnya,
Hangpa semua tak guna
Najiblah orangnya.

Ampu dan puji bawa rezeki
Jadi penasihat berpangkat menteri
Projek lembu dibagi kepada laki
Anak dapat biasiswa ke luar negeri.

Yang lain tu tunggu apa lagi?
Puji dan puja jangan berhenti
Silap-silap dapat projek sebesar 1MDB
Sharizat kata apa peduli
1MDB hanyalah fitnah DAP!

Go ahead and shower him with praises
Since prostrating takes you places.

Cari makan bung
Hidup bahagia
Kepala tak bingung
Kumpul harta
Uwang banyak
Tidur nyenyak
Rakyat peduli apa
Bila tiba pilihan raya
Bagilah dedak dan gula-gula.

Itulah parti penyelamat rakyat
Belum mati sudah jadi keramat
Puji dan puja jadi syarat
Kalau nak hidup selamat
Dapat harta dan pangkat
Kononnya untuk agama, bangsa dan negara
Tapi lain dicakap lain dibuat.

But why not?
Be a carpet beggar
Or an apple polisher
If they bring wealth and pleasure
This is your age of the Aquarius
And you shall live forever
Hell with principle
Damn with the scruple
Forget the struggle.

PS: Saya sudah balik.
Hujan emas di negeri orang
Hujan batu di negeri sendiri
Lebih baik di negeri sendiri.

Wallahuaklam.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Allah Tentukan Tempat Kita Semua



A Kadir Jasin

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

CATATAN ringkas jarak jauh dari Bandar kecil Wanganui, New Zealand.

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Membaca dari Internet, saya mendapat perkhabaran bahawa Naib Presiden Umno, (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, berkata ahli Umno wajib setia kepada Presiden parti, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak.

Dalilnya kerana “Allah telah menentukan beliau sebagai ketua mereka.”

Saya mohon maaf kalau pemahaman saya terhadap hujah Ahmad Zahid itu silap kerana sepanjang pengetahuan saya, setiap orang daripada kita manusia ditentukan tempatnya oleh Allah.

Allah menentukan Ahmad Zahid sebagai Naib Presiden Umno, Mohd Najib sebagai Presiden Umno dan Firaun sebagai Maharaja Mesir.

Tetapi kita semua tahu Firaun memperhambakan dan menzalimi Nabi Musa a.s serta umatnya.

Walaupun Allah menentukan Firaun sebagai Maharaja Mesir tetapi Allah membinasakannya dan menyelamatkan Nabi Musa serta kaumnya.

Saya andaikan pengetahuan agama Ahmad Zahid cukup dalam kerana dia belajar di sekolah menengah agama dan keluarganya dikatakan daripada orang baik-baik.

Jadi beliau tentu tahu ada banyak dalil dan cerita di dalam Al-Quran mengenai pemerintah kejam, zalim, rasuah, menipu dan mencuri akhirnya menjadi hina dan binasa.

Dan saya yakin banyak pembesar serta pengikut mereka dalam Umno, hatta yang buruk pekertinya dan cabul mulutnya, sedikit sebanyak tahu cerita kekejaman serta kemusnahan Firaun dan pemimpin sepertinya.

Kita sering diingatkan kewajipan kita menentang keburukan dengan tangan (kuasa) dan kalau tak berdaya dengan mulut (kata-kata) dan akhir sekali dengan hati (niat).

Sekali lagi saya mohon maaf kalau pemahaman dan penakrifan saya terhadap dalil Ahmad Zahid silap.

Wallahuaklam. 

PS: Siapa lebih bahaya - MCA atau DAP? Baca di sini. Terima kasih.

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I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).