Monday, 19 March 2018

DAP's image, Ong Kian Ming and a bit of Sajat

A friend read this post by my guest blogger Simon,

On Ong Kian Ming's possible move to Kepong

and concluded in this note to me that;

1. DAP should proclaim itself as a Chinese based party and indeed the party representing a vast majority of Chinese

2. It must behave as a big, prominent party and discard the clique-ish image, also a party deemed anti Malays.

3. Tan Seng Giaw is the sort of personality DAP should promote not discard. He is seen as moderate and sensible.

4. Ong Kian Ming, on the contrary, is Kit Siang's protege. Promoting him to the No 1 DAP seat in the country - Kepong, at the expense of Seng Giaw, will deepen its image as a party significantly more radical than MCA.

My friend also asked;

1. Is Kit Siang prepared to loosen his grip on the DAP?.

2. Is there a sort of succession plan? Son to be the sole strongman? What is the image of DAP in 2020 and beyond?

Well, as for asking DAP to proclaim itself as a Chinese-based party instead of its current claim of being multi-racial, it's as good as asking Nur Sajat to proclaim that she/he is a man.

Everyone knows what Nur Sajat is, but since the person claimed to be a lady, there's nothing that can really be done about it, okay. Terima saja lah seadanya.

On the matter of DAP discarding its clique-ish and anti-Malay image, I think these are equally difficult to achieve.

Being clique-ish is actually part and parcel of a political party like DAP. That's why people like Ong Kian Ming, who is part of the Guan Eng's team can move to "better constituency" where the risk of losing or reduced majority is lesser.

Being seen as anti-Malay is also actually not the biggest of DAP's concerns. It has always only contested in non-Malay majority constituencies. So, people want to say DAP is anti-Malay doesn't really matter to them. In fact, they had benefited from it as more Chinese, who are angry with the supposedly Malay establishment will vote for them.

Tan Seng Giaw? Ya, he's one of the better DAP leaders and MPs. But the guy is old. And he is no Lim Kit Siang, okay.

If Ong Kian Ming wants his seat, I think DAP will give it to him. Kepong is a DAP stronghold anyway, so, the party wouldn't see any problem with that. They probably want to save Ong Kian Ming's ass too in case it's true that Serdang will have more Malay voters this time due to the delineation of the electoral boundaries.

And my friend is right about Ong Kian Ming being a Kit Siang's protege. That makes him more important than Tan Seng Giaw.

So what if people see DAP being more radical than MCA in term of being a Chinese party. As I wrote above, that's better for DAP in securing the Chinese-majority seats.

Kit Siang loosen his grip on DAP? Cannot be. It's business as usual for the old man. He seems still all very powerful along with his son Guan Eng. I think he will continue the way he is for a few more general elections. If Dr Mahathir can, Kit Siang also can. No problem one.

As for DAP's succession plan, I think that's very clear. Now Lim Kit Siang, after that Lim Guan Eng, after that Lim....something....and that will go on indefinitely.

Image of DAP after 2020? It's going to be the same la. They tried to be less Chinese but not very successful what. For instance, their attempt to include more Malays turned up like this,

Zairil's third time

 So, that's that.

Oh, here's a bit more of Sajat,

Funny eh.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Annie's theory ; if Pakatan wins


The Star expects parliament to be dissolved between March 28-30

The newspaper put its speculation on its front page.

Very brave, actually.

The Star's reputation is at stake here.

However, today, there's no followup on the story by officials.

Nobody has confirmed or deny the story.

Still, the story was written by the newspaper's top guy Wong Chun Wai.

I think Chun Wai must be very sure about his sources.

Otherwise, he wouldn't have published the story.

So, I'm inclined to believe him.

The only thing that puzzled me though, was that these kind of cock sureness about election dates and such used to be that of news organisations closer to the BN and Umno leadership such as Utusan or New Straits Times.

Well, maybe things have changed.

Whatever it is, the general election is very near.

Good lah.

Better get it over and done with.

Hopefully we can move on with more important things in life after that no matter which side wins.

However, I believe if BN wins, the fighting will continue.

The opposition people have never win, so, if they lose I think they will as usual fight again for another election.

But BN people on the other hand have never lose. So, I believe BN and Umno will close shop if that happens.


I think Pas will close shop too.

I think everyone will jump ship to join the winners.

But this I think will not stop the fighting either.

Once BN and Umno are gone, the Pakatan people will start to fight each other.

This is unavoidable.

They will split into the establishment and opposition as it is now.

My bet is that PKR and DAP will form the government as a multi-racial coalition while Pribumi and Amanah become the new opposition in the form of a Malay Muslim coalition.

Sabah and Sarawak parties I believe will gang up with PKR and DAP as their coalition is multi-racial.

Yes....I think that will be the scenario if Pakatan Harapan wins.

Interesting isn't it?

Well, I just hope this country will not burn down after that.

But then again, that's just my stupid theory.

So, you all don't get too scared, okay.

Enjoy this from a classic rock movie instead,

Cool right?


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Zairil's third time

What is this la....?

When this one first came out, they sort of denied it...said it's gutter politics lah and what not.

Then finally the other day

DAP's Zairil and Dyana get engaged

Okay, fine....personal stuff and sorts....

But how about this,

Read what a Chinese ultra wrote about this tak malu punya kes,

The Yeo Bee Yins in Life and Morality. China & War

This is what I wrote at the height of campaigning for the Teluk Intan by-election,

It's my second most read post of all time.

Guess DAP tried to groom her but this Zairil fellow overdid it at that time.

Monday, 12 March 2018

On Ong Kian Ming's possible move to Kepong


By Simon Eco Chin

As a nation, we may, eventually, choose to rate and rank high-profile politicians on their individual merits rather than praise or harry them for their party affiliations.

Among a selection of bright young politicians  constantly generating worthy content, is the 42-year-old MP for Serdang, Ong Kian Ming.

A former consultant and a politicial analyst, he is a writer who consistently shares his thoughts on social media.

Just the other day, Ong Kian Ming singled out KTM Komuter for criticism, suggesting that the 21-year-old service has drawn too many complaints.

Widely tracked with every pronouncement earning impressive views, Ong Kian Ming should probably follow up with visuals of his experience as a KTM Komuter rider. The Malaysian public will benefit from the presentation of more facts. There is a KTM station in Serdang. Ong Kian Ming must have surely tried the service. You could journey from Serdang northwards to Segambut, Kepong and beyond.

Intriguingly, I read somewhere that this young politician is being lined up as a candidate for the parliamentary seat of Kepong, a DAP stronghold, to replace Dr Tan Seng Giaw, the 75-year old parliamentarian.

This is probably unfair; but, Ong Kian Ming's vociferous presence in a movement to say "No"  to a waste-to-energy plant in the Kepong constituency has fuelled speculations of a switch.

It is true that he has been associated with environmental causes ever since he was elected to Parliament in 2013.

Still, the possibility of a switch to Kepong has lately gained traction now that Serdang is expected to be part of an expanded parliamentary constiuency that will include Bangi, in the redelienation of electoral boundaries.

Question is, does the MP see himself as a truly Malaysian politician able to be elected from a Malay-majority seat. Or, is he about to move to a seat long deemed safe for the DAP.

There is another possible scenario of Ong Kian Ming preparing to defend his Serdang seat. That there is a Bangi forest reserve and the fear of indiscriminate development in the area, may persuade him to stay given his activism as an environmentalist.

It is obvious that his credentials as a conviction politician will be put to test.

Already he is seen as a high-risk taker by planting himself in this movement opposing the proposed waste-to-energy plant in Kepong, from the off, when the full details were not immediately available.

Perhaps it is inevitable for him to raise the decibel in order to maintain a high profile. In any case Ong Kian Ming has been exposed to scrutiny.

Evidently, technology has neutralised some of the early concerns he raised, such as the emission of dioxin and ferun, or the permissible buffer separating the proposed plant from the nearest residential areas. As for the argument that there is already a landfill in Bukit Tagar, this sounds altogether weak. It reeks of the usual not-in-my-backyard syndrome.

Experts should be similarly robust in articulating their enlightened views.

Driving the conversation on waste-to-energy in past 5 years,  Ong Kian Ming,  had at a point, rubbished a Minister's suggestion that he Google a particular detail.

The learned parliamentarian was telling Malaysians and future constituents that he was accustomed to thorough research and analysis.

We are in an era where a basic understanding on anything could actually be gleaned, rocket science included. Well, one can always Google "rocket science".

Hence, flawed arguments on waste-to-energy could be easily detected and countered

To cite a fragile argument, the MP for Serdang may suggest that Japan is phasing out waste-to-energy incinerators. Visuals will pop up within seconds to show the exact opposite.

As Malaysia enters a phase of full disclosures and transparency, every single policy decision and  contract awards shall be thoroughly examined.

Opposition politicians will, of course, occupy frontrow seats. Equally exciting will be the counter-examination on intentions and pronouncements of those voluble personalities.

It will be interesting to watch this showdown;  Ong Kian Ming vs officials, planners, experts, politicians supporting a City incinenator.

We wish to see a clean fight of a rigorous inspection of facts with lots of visuals. There can only be one winner - the Malaysian public.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Padi Rescue, exploiting farmers' woes


By Lebai Sudin

Lain Bengkak, Lain Dibebat.

Aku mengambil masa lama untuk menulis lagi. Terima kasih kepada Annie kerana memberi ruang ini. Tentunya aku masih mahu mencoret soal padi dan beras. Kalau ada yang bosan dengan tajuk ini..apa nak buat..sebab bagi aku ia adalah soal yang cukup penting. Komoditi paling strategik negara - makanan utama.

Lebih-lebih lagi, sebelum Tahun Baru Cina (9 Feb) aku sempat hadir pada satu dialog oleh Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu (MTEN) di Damansara. Nama ini pun agak pelik sikit. Majlis bermaksud Council..memberi maksud suatu badan berkuasa. Tapi MTEN bukan badan kerajaan, ia adalah NGO. Nama ni agak misleading sikit dan kelirukan orang.

Apa pun…programnya adalah dialog Industri Padi & Beras Negara. Aku pergi kerana kebetulan aku menulis isu ini, dan aku tertarik kerana antara panelnya, Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram yang aku minat ketika belajar ekonomi dulu.

Ketika aku tiba di tempat itu, program sudah mula dan baru tamat tayang video. Tak tahulah apa kandungan videonya. Aku jengah-jengah keliling, rupa-rupanya Dr Jomo tak datang, dan aku mula rasa kecewa. Sebab aku nak tau apa pendapat nama sebesar Dr Jomo mengenai isu padi dan beras ini. Masa belajar dulu aku sering juga merujuk jurnal dan buku tulisan Jomo termasuk soal penanam padi di Kelantan dan di Kedah.

Ada lebih kurang 50 orang yang hadir. Ada pengilang, pemborong dan petani. Katanya, ada orang Bernas juga, tapi tidak pula mereka minta ulasan dari orang Bernas apabila ada menyentuh hal Bernas.

Panel pertama bekas pengarah LPN, Ahmad Anuar Ibrahim. Dia cerita sejarah LPN dan sejarah padi negara. Aku tak jelas kemana dia nak bawa perhatian dan pemikiran audiens. Dia rasa pesawah perlu dibela kerana pendapatan mereka tak mencukupi. Dia cadangkan naikkan subsidi padi..hmmm.. malas aku nak komen.

Tapi, dia pun ada jelaskan bahawa LPN ditubuhkan pada 1971 dan tidak ada kena mengena dengan petani. Peranan LPN adalah selepas tuai (post harvest), melibatkan pengilang dan pengguna.

Jadi tak tepatlah kalau MTEN menyertai NGO yang menamakan diri mereka sebagai Padi Rescue nak menyelamatkan industri beras dengan menuntut supaya LPN diwujudkan semula.

Menyedari hal itu, di dialog berkenaan, moderatornya Fitri Amir Muhammad sebagai koordinator Padi Rescue mengatakan pula perjuangannya bukan mahu menubuhkan semula LPN, tetapi menghidupkan kembali fungsi LPN.

Tapi kalau LPN pun asalnya terlibat post harvest… tak tepat juga.

Ini kerana, panel ketiga, Prof Datin Paduka Fatimah Mohamed Arshad, Institute of Agriculture and Food Policy Studies, UPM, berkata memberi tumpuan kepada transformasi di peringkat pengeluaran adalah lebih penting dalam industri beras negara. Katanya, tak perlu cerita pasal kilang dan pasaran, yang penting tingkatkan pengeluaran beras negara.

Beliau melihat seluruh industri padi kelemahannya adalah di peringkat pengeluaran. Pesawah kita masih ditakuk lama.

Memang ada sistem saliran, ada guna baja, tanam dan tuai guna mesin, tetapi mereka tak maju dan tak mampu berdirikari, masih macam sara diri secukup hidup.

(Aku tak ulas di sini pasal panel kedua, Bekas COO Bernas Ahmad Ilham. Aku kena cari fakta sikit nak laporkan apa yang beliau cakap…artikel akan datang akan aku sentuh hal ini).

Prof Fatimah berhujah bahawa pesawah terkongkong dengan penggunaan benih, baja dan racun. Beliau berpendapat pesawah tidak dapat kebebasan untuk menjalankan kerja sawahnya mengikut kehendaknya. Sebab itu, katanya, hasil pertanian di atas tanah milik pesawah adalah tidak memuaskan. Bab ini aku kena selidik lebih lagi. Apa yang aku faham, beliau maksudkan pesawah kita tiada kawalan ke atas input pertanian, jadi tak dapatlah mereka menentukan bagaimana seharusnya tanah mereka digunakan dan apa jenis benih, baja dan input yang patut digunakan.

Prof Fatimah berkata, untuk membangunkan pesawah faktor-faktor penentuan perlu diambil kira iaitu modal insan, tanah, air, buruh, baja, modal dan teknologi. Mesti ada amalan sawah yang baik. Tumpuan harus kepada meningkatkan pengeluaran (output) dan mengurangkan kos input. Maka, perlu ada pembangunan sektor input tempatan.

Nah…aku tak lah berminat nak menulis macam ahli akademik. Tapi itu pendapat orang yang pakar. Katanya lagi, pembekalan baja perlu diliberalisasi untuk beri pilihan kepada pesawah. Ini satu lagi perkara yang aku akan cuba cari-cari maklumat mengenainya.

Pendapat Prof Fatimah ini ada dilaporkan oleh NST Online.

Pendapat seperti ini barangkali menarik untuk diterioka lebih jauh. Sebab, pada sesi soal jawab, seorang lelaki memperkenalkan dirinya sebagai petani dari Tanjung Karang, memberi pandangan bahawa pesawah kita yang silap sehingga mereka tidak maju dan berjaya sejak sekian lama.

“Siapa kata pesawah tak boleh buat duit…siapa  yang ada tanah 3 ekar dan kata tak cukup beri hasil, bak sini, bagi saya usahakan tunjuk macam mana boleh bawa hasil.” itu kata-katanya yang masih aku ingat.

Beliau kata kesilapan pesawah adalah guna baja dan guna racun. Tidak semua baja sesuai dan racun lebih merosakkan dari bawa kebaikan. Kalau betul-betul bersawah, berbudi kepada tanah, pesawah tak akan miskin lagi.

Cara perawakannya nampak beliau tahu apa yang diperkatakannya dan melihat kepada gaya penampilan beliau kelihatannya seperti seorang yang meranduk sendiri tanah sawahnya.

Kalau nak ikut hasil kajian Prof Fatimah dan pandangan orang bernama Faizal tu, tumpuan perlu diberikan kepada membangunkan pesawah iaitu meningkatkan pengeluaran.

Tapi betulkah semua pesawah tidak maju dan miskin?

Apakah masalah industri beras ini adalah masalah pengilang, pemborong dan peruncit iaitu soal pasaran?

Aku rasa Padi Rescue kena jujur dalam hal ini - peringkat post harvest (lepas tuai) atau peringkat pengeluaran yang perlu diberi perhatian.

Jangan Lain Yang Bengkak, Lain Yang Dibebatnya.

Note : Please also read Lebai Sudin's last post Sharing the cake of Malaysia's rice industry

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Jazlan, you all in Pulai don't need Chinese votes is it?

I have to admit that I'm a bit lost on whether BN is serious in getting back a certain percentage of the Chinese votes for GE14.

This follows the recent whacking of elderly tycoon Robert Kuok.

First, there were all sorts of accusations of the guy financing the opposition parties.

A minister even joined the fray by openly attacking him.

Then suddenly there was a statement from PMO defending Kuok.

That's strange because  earlier, a prominent blogger known to be controlled by someone at PMO had churned up series of articles whacking Kuok.

I thought probably the eunuchs at PMO are having another round of fight again. One gang wanted to whack Kuok, while another gang wanted to defend him.

But I'm not sure.

However, just yesterday the MCMC ordered the blogger to take down those articles from his website.

MCMC is now the big brother editor of everyone, I think. It decides what people can publish or not.

Meanwhile, Kuok himself had denied the accusations.

It's all quite confusing.

Can't they make up their mind?

And of course MCA which represents the Chinese side of BN got into the act and kena whacked also.

Here's Kempas assemblyman Tengku Putra whacking the MCA over the Kuok issue in his blog post,



In Johor, MCA was the only party that didn’t submit their numbers from their groundwork to the State BN for analysis. Instead they keep on giving positive percentages plucked from the sky without justification.

It was also reported by a newsportal that Ong Ka Chuan “urged DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang to train his guns on Umno leaders, Raja Petra and not MCA, if he was unhappy with the attacks against Kuok”

This shows their readiness to be subservient to the chauvinist opposition party while breaking ranks with the ruling coalition.

I Hope The Good Prime Minister Will Take Cognisance Of This And Ensure That No Cabinet Seats Are Again Wasted On Them If They Further Fail To Win Their Seats Which By The Way, Was Won On The Backs Of Malay Voters!'s as if BN, or to be more exact Umno doesn't need Chinese votes after all.

But I doubt that's the case.

Seriously, is Kempas secured enough for BN just with Malay votes?

Maybe Jazlan, as Tengku Putra's division chief of Pulai can clarify this.

Jazlan, why is it that your anak buah simply simply whacked MCA like that with GE14 just around the corner?

On this one, I'm actually asking as a voter of Pulai.

Whatever it is, I think the whole stupidity was so unnecessary.

These people should just do their work instead of talking too much.

Buta-buta lost votes like that for what?

Really, just when the Chinese have cool off a bit, these people simply poured oil on the fire.

Kes terlebih pandai la ni.

Don't they realised that they need all the votes that they can get?

The Malay votes are already further split, therefore I don't think they should hope too much for a solid Malays support in Kempas, Pulai, Johor or any other part of the country.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The need to be inspired

I'm really getting slow and blur these days.

Didn't even realise this blog turned five years old two days ago.

So, no yearly review this time.

Last month also, I did only 10 postings, which is the lowest ever.

Guess I'm just not so interested with what's going on around me at the moment.

Too much bullshit, actually, that it's not worth my attention.

Better to watch Korean drama.

Funny isn't it....I'm saying that with GE14 just around the corner.

But really, all the political nonsense have been repeated over and over the past two three years.

What else new to write every day?

Seriously, if you all read the newspapers, do tell me what's so exciting about their political coverage these days.

Most of the stories were planted by the editors' political masters, anyway.

Who wants to read those?

Some are even outright that BH's supposedly Felda exclusive two months ago.

Nowadays, they even tried to peddle us all kind of bullshit such as the three-in-one newspaper idea, whatever that is.

Okay, maybe the PMO people swallowed that, but those people don't care about journalism in this country.

They just want to take care of their interests.

Fuck journalists, they said.

For them, journalists are just slaves to be used to achieve their personal agendas.

The news portals are not much different too, okay.

They are simply boring.

More or less the same shit over and over again.

The other day a young lady who was applying for a college placement asked me whether it's a good idea for her to do a journalism course.

She wasn't sure what to do with her future.

I told her to do something else.

Maybe she should study English and Mandarin instead.

I think those would be of better use to her later on in life than a degree in journalism.

We can do with more people with good English and Mandarin.

Bahasa Malaysia?

Bahasa Malaysia tak pa, orang tak komplain kita hentam apa pun kalau guna bahasa kebangsaan ni.

Kalau bahasa Inggeris grammer semua kena sempurna betul, kalau tak orang kutuk kata engko bodoh lah apa lah.

Biasa lah tu.

Anyway, I told her it's tough to be a good journalist in this country.

The environment is just not right and the industry is controlled by stupid pricks.

That's why the social media is thriving as the main source of news these days....fake or not doesn't seems to matter. People trust them better than newspapers or TV stations.

I hope the young lady took my advice and be better than just being a journalist.

Her father is a former journalist, by the way.  I think he would agree with me.

And hopefully her English and Mandarin will be better than mine.

Well, it's raining outside at this moment.

Hujan panas.

I'm not planning to go out today but tomorrow I have a long ride north visiting my uncle.

So, I'm conserving my energy now.

Just lying down in my room.

Missing my mother. Missing my beloved.

Ma, beloved, this is for you,