Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Penanti sedang menanti

Penanti sedang menanti. I suppose the appearance of the ex ADUN , Fairus, has somewhat closed up gaps of any possible "frogs" phenomena in Penang. I am sure many of PKR's supporters and detractors are now forced not to speculate but to accept the realities that are in their faces. Fact - Fairus is supporting PR, not BN. Fact - BN is reeling from the euphoria of the recent installment of Najib. Fact - BN has lost many by-elections - a thing that is unprecendented since 1957. I am sure the tide is changing but supporters must work hard to convince the Penanti constituency that this is not a power play but a renewed sense of forcing both sides to work hard for the people. For now, Penanti sedang menanti. The people of Penanti must decide.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Remember this date ---- 18 March 2008

Before we start slamming the Penang State Government, lets understanding the rational of ratings. It is to show the brightsparks and the lowlights of certain finding. Here, I am surely appreciative if we can actually find out when this finding were done. To my surprise, who is at fault here?Past or present government? Seriously, if the findings were done before the current government came in, then I am certain we should all take out the brickbats and beat the living daylights out of everyone!
So - statistics can kill or otherwise. So, better make your choice.....use it wisely or it will use you the verdict - the findings were done before the new government came in, so the ratings are reflective of the MPPP of the past boo....

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Sure, sure....KPI is the in word and our ex CM is fully in charge of a ministry doing measurements. I am not going to talk about that though. I am sure the thing that is in everyone's mind is jobs. So, rather than speculating about things and getting nothing but a cheap thrill out of life, I found this interesting site which I felt should be used as a good reference. After all, Penang has about 60-70pct of listed companies worldwide and many of them are from the US. So make this site on your bookmarks. Who knows .... your company could be on the list and you will be the very fortunate few to know it first. So - go read it ... it is far more useful that rethoric about BS KPIs that should have been done YEARS AGO.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I believe...therefore I am !

Read this article. I know there is a lot of noise since this afternoon, but read this article...

The DAP’s socialist streak
WHEN the Penang government announced late last month that it had eradicated hardcore poverty within its borders, the news raised quite a few eyebrows. It seemed an incredible, if not impossible, task to achieve. On hindsight, however, when one looks at what the Pakatan Rakyat government executed, the solution seems common-sense. But though it may appear simple, the move was instituted with such impudence and guts it could only come from a political element that is part of the origins and makeup of the DAP – its democratic socialism.What the state did was to directly uplift every one of the 726 households registered with the welfare department as being in the hardcore poor category by giving them the money. Affected families were literally funded to ensure their incomes are topped up so that they get at least RM500 every month.These poor souls whose lives, and statistics, seemingly changed overnight must owe their new fortunes to a political decision made way back in 1966. It was then that the DAP was first registered, following the Setapak Declaration, as an offshoot of the Singapore-based People’s Action Party (PAP). What marks the event as significant today is not just its history, but the fact that the party was registered as a democratic socialist entity.Penang’s success in eradicating hardcore poverty is a fruition of a progressive post-modern socialist ideology. In fact, much of the state’s economic and social policies today can be attributed to a highly-evolved socialist streak in the DAP. By socialism we do not necessarily mean the radical, anti-capitalist school that emerged in the early 20th century, influenced by the works of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Democratic socialism surfaced as a splinter movement that envisioned the attainment of socialism not through a revolutionary process, but through an embracing, evolutionary one. It embraced civil liberties, free elections, parliamentary democracy and transparency in governance.It is no coincidence then that the DAP is a long-time member of the Socialist International, whose origins can be traced to early international labour movements. Now, some 43 years after the DAP was founded, Penang has to some extent become a test-bed of sorts for a modern socialist experiment in Malaysia. Hints of this new wind, blowing along a distinctly proletarian agenda, was already felt on the first day that the DAP took helm of the state by assuming the chief minister’s post, with Lim Guan Eng ordering all summonses for hawkers and parking be waived.Lim had later even proposed to the federal government an “economic stimulus” plan worth RM48 billion that he said would have a “tidal effect” in directly benefiting 27 million Malaysians during the financial crisis. The plan included giving a RM6,000 annual “oil bonus” to all families earning less than RM6,000 a month, or a RM3,000 annual bonus to bachelors earning less than RM3,000 a month. The amount, Lim said, would cost RM35 billion or one third of Petronas’s 2007 gross profits of RM107 billion.The idea to use national coffers in a massive way to alleviate the people’s burden is perhaps something that could only have come out with such brazen confidence from the DAP, due to the socialist element in its set-up. For democratic socialism seeks to improve the rights and standards of the majority by directly increasing the powers of workers and consumers. It does place social welfare as a prime component in the governance of a society. Any aid or subsidy, however, is not meant to be dished out as dole benefits to passive citizens without resourcefulness or personal enterprise; the aid is deemed necessary to empower people, by giving them impetus to be active participants in the greater economic community. In one of the Penang government’s boldest moves, for example, all residential landed properties on state land were made freehold, and all industrial and commercial property owners had their leaseholds converted to the maximum 99 years. “We want to give ownership of land back to the people,” Lim had said.Of course, in practice, the DAP’s style of administration is not so purely egalitarian; but its socialist roots do hold significant sway in how the administration has caught people by surprise, by making sweeping changes with unassuming audacity. It remains to be seen then how many more surprises the DAP-led government will dish out, and exactly how well its socialist inclinations will work for the state over the remaining duration of its term in power.
Himanshu is theSun’s Penang bureau chief.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Press freedom ladies and gentlemen. We have seen these interesting words being uttered daily by one 1Malaysia Prime Minister. Strangely, the storm at Kuala Terengganu seems to have gathered momentum when 1Malaysia Prime Minister ordered defying State Assemblymen to leave their barracks and come out to the open. I am certain that they have their reasons to head back but what boggles me is this - RTM 1( our beloved National TV) chose not to even air any mention of this stormy weather at the East Coast state? I am certain such actions are merely actions of those who fear the truth could hurt them further. If only they were open, then I believe there is hope fof 1Malaysia. Rest assured , the people will remember yesterday's stormy weather at KT. Maybe it is time to have another round of elections there, wouldn''t you agree? After all, the pipelines are flowing now. What better times to harvest the oil again with a new administration or is it because they worry that the beloved moon will once again rise in the east coast for another 4 years? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......

Sit back and let's watch the Wayang Kulit matinee show that is about to start. I am hoping for a photo finish again but again, life is such. Life is a box of chocolates. You will never what you will get next.

Monday, April 13, 2009

At least a sensible person responding to Shadow cabinet issue

Better deal for rakyat with shadow cabinet - the Sun
I REFER to reports on a plot to topple government published on April 12, whereby Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was quoted as saying that Pakatan Rakyat’s decision to form a shadow cabinet is aimed at toppling the government.
A shadow cabinet is the norm in many Commonwealth countries. The UK, Canada and Australia refer to their shadow cabinet ministers as the Loyal Opposition. A shadow cabinet should not be construed as disputing the sovereign’s right to the throne and the legitimacy of the government. The shadow cabinet in many countries provides an alternative to the cabinet and its members shadow or mark each minister.

In Westminster for example, it is the shadow cabinet’s responsibility to pass criticism on the British government and its legislation, as well as offer alternative policies. It is a healthy form of check and balance and effectively raises the performance of the government. In the spirit of getting rid of the "government knows best" policy as declared by the prime minister last week, this could have been the best example of where the government walks its talk.

Regardless of whether the country is moving to a two-party political system or otherwise, the existence of a shadow cabinet provides a very effective opposition. As a result, the rakyat will be able to tap the benefits of both the government and the opposition working hard to establish a united country and a prosperous economy.

Klang Boy
Via email

Life is full of mystery

That goes without saying. However, for a DPM to find it puzzling why chinese voters have voted against BN is something more mysterious. I suggest the DPM focuses on what is more important - getting things done rather than going on a witch hunt. Only results speak for itself. One thing for sure, the recent by-elections have been interesting. Far less than expected that BN will win, but the concept of 1Malaysia sounds interesting. It is not a racial card that the opposition is playing. That is why Chinese and non-Malay voters have voted the opposition for. It is fairness and justice that have long gone and dead. I hope the BN government will do what is more important - less talk and more action. After all, in Penang, Perak and Selangor - BN is now considered of a NATO party .... so get your act together. Otherwise, MALAYSIANS will vote you out.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Oh my gosh...

Setting up a shadow government is to overthrow the existing government. Penang's 2008 Investment of Rm10.2 billion is inaccurate. These are the tell-tale signs of a politician that either had no clue what he is doing or understand the meaning of governance. I am not going to mention names but he has become the laughing stock of the country and maybe the world. Since ascending up to the power structure of this country, the typical UMNO bullying tactics continue to prevail. I am sure as a Penangite, I was shocked that a person of his stature can make such statements. Maybe is it because he wants to retain the typical UMNO bullying tactic? Rest assured Ketuanan Rakyat is alive and well. If you don't believe, ask the residents of Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau. Better still, ask Lim Guan Eng. I find it so unbecoming that leaders of such can make those two statements. Aiyo, come on lar Putrajaya. You can do better than spitting out baseless statements.

Have a good weekend ya!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Many twists and back door entrances

I believe March 8 came and went. April 7 came and went. Now, we have new twists and turns that are about to embroil Perak into another state of turmoil. In the latest postings on PAS supporter's website, it was reported that High Royal Highness Sultan of Perak has an audience with YAB Menteri Besar Dato Seri Nizar. I am sure the meeting between the both of them will cover many areas of interest especially on the issue of having the legitimate government reinstalled. I am not sure if Dato Seri Nizar is able to garner the Sultan's support but if he fails, come May 15, Perak State Assembly will be dissolved automatically. After all, the spin doctors will once again spin the stories and proclaim that they will capture Perak rightfully from Pakatan Rakyat. We should all observe and wait for further developments. In a month's time, we shall see some sparks flying again......boy oh boy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

So I was wrong...

So sorry...So I was wrong. I was so wrong that the numbers didn't happen but guess what...the people spoke in a resounding YES. The "feel good" factor from the incoming Prime Minister continues to sputter and work beyond the realm of imagination. Imaging this - you had ministers campaigning, illegitimate Menteri Besar, and chest thumping ex UMNO President. I will say just this ... the people has who is laughing now at the Democracy Tree? I think the frogs were the caused of it. If I were BN, I will just have to dump those bastards into the sea. In fact, I think it is time for the Pakatan to mobilize their team once again. Celebrate a day but go throughout Perak to speak. We have walked with you PAS. The people are behind you!SYABAS

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bukit Gantang Prediction

% of voters Turnout PAS votes
Malay 63.5% 70% 43%
Chinese 27.1% 60% 65%
Indians 9.1% 60% 70%
Others 0.3% 50% 65%

PAS votes 18670
Majority 491

Monday, April 6, 2009

Do it Wisely

For 10 straight days, members of the Pakatan Rakyat campaigned hard ....spread the word...YAB Dato Seri Mohd Nizar is the choice of the people. We MUST NOT LET HIM DOWN.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Marilah mari..pergi mengundi...

Take a day off. Head back North and enjoy the hospitality of Taiping and the surrounding areas. Stop by at Bukit Selambau area and proceed to Penang. Enjoy the days ahead. At Bukit Gantang, your Menteri Besar needs you. He wants you to remember March 8. This time round is much more important. They are getting more "worrying" and you will just need to take a day off. If your bosses refuse, take an unpaid leave. Taiping Zoo is close by. Otherwise, you will be seeing this ad screaming away on 8 April 2009.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mari kita ajar sama mereka

I think I have a no good feeling for this coming tri-By elections. I sense that the euphoria of the recent UMNO elections as well as the twisting of facts about the Sultan's role in Perak are having a dent into the real principles of CHANGE. I think I will go with what the trader in Perak had to say ....

He was most angry at his elected state representative, Mohd
Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering, one of the three state seats within the Bukit Gantang parliamentary constituency) who had switched political camps and contributed to the fall of the PR state government.“We voted him in because of the party, not because it was him. Must teach him a lesson,” click here for more