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I was at Bloghouse with a whole bunch of bloggers and bloggerettes (Yeah, right. Where else would we feel at home. The Wharf came much later) anxiously awaiting the incoming results of 2008 GE on 8th March ’08 and later, at past midnight, when it became obvious that Penang had fallen to the opposition, we all witnessed an act of profound magnanimity by a BN leader which is intrinsically missing from the rest.

KTK took it upon himself to immediately greet LGE in person at the witching hour to acknowledge Gerakan’s defeat in trying to defend Penang. Considering the almost total demolition his party experienced, nobody would blame KTK if he had met the new state minister later in the day. Don’t we all recalled what SV of MIC did when he lost at Sungei Siput. (M.I.A. lah).

Anywayz, six months down the calender, Gerakan is in a state of bother. To continue staying within the BN coalition, join PR or become an ‘independent’ political party (hmmm.. sounds like a Third Front option to me). Apparently, 60% of the grassroot members prefer to extricate the party out of BN for a variety of reasons and this proposal has been reported in the MSM for the past couple of weeks.

So much so, another bloke from UMNO (yeah, there’s more than one air-head apart from that Bukit Bendera loud-mouth) has thrown down the gauntlet to the acting Gerakan chief.

“As a leader, he must be responsible to the coalition. He needs to set the course for Gerakan and make his position clear. After all, a fish rots from the head down,” said Penang Umno liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah. (Read full article here at The Malaysian Insider).

That has got to hurt real bad coming from a so-called comrade in BN, especially the fish head analogy which is soooooo.. uhhmm.. MCA-ish.

In the same TMI article was a comment from S.H. Huang who wrote:

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Gerakan: “To leave or not to leave,” that is the question.
written by Huang Siew Hock, September 29, 2008

Gerakan is now in a dilemma: “To leave or not to leave”, that is the question. Some Gerakan leaders in Penang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur had left or resigned. It appears that the coming days and weeks will see an EXODUS from the Party, thereby leaving just a “shell” . The situation becomes more fuzzy and confusing when the acting President is neither here nor there; and he is indecisive. A leader has to make quick decisions; dilly-dallying will not make decision-making any easier in the future. He must weigh the pros and cons, discuss with fellow colleagues and come to a definitive decision without further delay. In my earlier analysis “Can BN save the PM ? Or can the PM save BN?”, in Malaysiakini, I mentioned that Gerakan cannot save itself, least of all save the PM. It lost its stronghold, Penang; and is now left with two MPs! What bargaining chips does it have in BN? Rather pathetic! It is a far cry from the days when it took Penang by storm while in Opposition. What reasons did it have then to form BN with the then Alliance ? It was, and still is to a certain extent, though heavily dominated by the Chinese, multi-racial; in fact it was the BEACON that brightened the future of multi-racialism. And most people then were hoping that, at long last,a truly multi-racial Party had been born. But this idealism slowly faded away after it co-founded BN.

Now, where does it stand in the corridors of power ?

With the tearing and stomping of the President’s photo by a racist in Penang, the UMNO leader had shown his colours to a BN component! It was the height of humiliation a leader could endure! Was it not enough for the acting Presidnet to call for an emergency meeting of Gerakan, and make a DECISION? Nothing of the sort happened! Now, he is still pondering, in spite of the humiliation, whether Gerakan should leave BN! Does he have any self-esteem left in his bones? Or is he still hoping against hope to “survive ” from the thrashing his Party received at the polls? What is he hoping for? For a durian to fall?

S.H. Huang

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Personally, I can emphatise with KTK and sincerely believe he’s a decent chap who got caught out with BN’s strategy with an over dependence on the UMNO leadership to pull through unscathed in the last GE.

Unfortunately, we do know UMNO itself was rudderless, no thanks to AAB’s incompetent and inept leadership qualities.

Gerakan in fact have tried to move towards installing reforms prior to the GE without any success mainly to the recalcitrant antics of UMNO (KJ was in the thick of it, wasn’t he).

Soooo… KTK, yer got kicked in the head and teeth with that photo-tearing episode recently. Do yer wanna get your family jewels (Gerakan lah. Not that part of your anatomy) bashed as well?

Go independent, reform Gerakan as a non race-based party and yer will get the attention of both BN and PR by 2013. Even Penang malays have spoken, fer crying out loud. Coz malays and umnoputras are not the same species.

Forget the idea of waiting for the right time to review UMNO’s evolution under NTR because this bloke will be too busy re-distributing the BN assets among his UMNO supporters during the next six months, and as usual, there will be nothing of significance left for BN component allies. Besides, there’s an ongoing worldwide financial meltdown apart from the potential fallout from the Maybank/BII deal so the new MOF chief is gonna have his hands tied up elsewhere. Comprende?

Or do I have to add vowels to your initials to ensure that ‘a man got to do what a man has to’?

Meanwhile, remember this?

What happened to this fler lah?


Kit Siang: PM must be brave to reform before quitting

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should end his “lackustre premiership in a blaze of glory: by enacting reforms in at least 10 areas, veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said last night.

The DAP supremo said Abdullah should consider the sixth option, apart from the five he had outlined which included not contesting in Umno polls; remain a lame-duck Prime Minister; resign immediately; advise the King to dissolve the Parliament; or cooperate with Pakatan Rakyat to form a new federal government.

“Accept the Umno Supreme Council ultimatum that his premiership ends by March next year but ending his hitherto lacklustre premiership in a blaze of glory in the final six months by leaving a lasting legacy for future Malaysians by being a courageous reformist Prime Minister,” Kit Siang told the crowd at a ceramah in Serdang.

The text of his speech was sent out today.

Kit Siang said Abdullah can begin his six-month programme of reform in the next Cabinet meeting by choosing to act in at least 10 areas, which are:-

1.   Police – Establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) by the end of the year, based on the Bill proposed by the Royal Police Commission, in order to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class service to restore to Malaysians their fundamental freedom to be free from crime and the fear of crime.

2.   No more foot-dragging with judicial reforms by ensuring that a Judicial Appointments Commission is established by the end of the year and that the country is not plunged into another era of judicial darkness and scandal with the appointment of the first Umno Chief Justice in the 51-year history of Malaysia.

3.   A total revamp of the Anti-Corruption Agency, which has proved to be an utter failure with Malaysia’s Transparency International Corruption Perception Index plunging from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 47 in 2008, when we should have improved to at least No. 30 according to the National Integrity Plan – with the formation of a completely independent anti-corruption commission by the end of the year.

4.   Far-reaching parliamentary reforms including the introduction of a full-fledged Parliamentary Select Committee system whereby every Ministry is shadowed by a Parliamentary Select Committee.

5.   Repeal of draconian Printing Presses and Publications Act to ensure press freedom and an independent media.

6.   Immediate release of Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the Hindraf Five and all other Internal Security Act detainees and the repeal of the ISA.

7.   Declaration of Malaysia Day on September 16 every year as a national public holiday.

8.   20% oil royalty to Sabah and Sarawak to be devoted solely for the development of the people in the two states and not for the enrichment of a handful of political parasites.

9.   Meritocracy as a national policy to reverse brain drain and to retain the best and brightest to transform Malaysia into a competitive global player in the international economic scene.

10. Full acceptance of “Bangsa Malaysia” as primary nation-building objective and not ketuanan Melayu or any other communal, retrogressive or obsolete concept.

From The Malaysian Insider – 29/09/08. Full article here.

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LKS’s sixth option for AAB got ten points meh? Wahlauweh, some people really want to ‘skychange’ so much by just talking to the heavens.

You gotta hand it to this wily old fox, LKS, to ‘twist the knife’ after AAB’s UMNO detractors have plunged it into the bewildered outgoing premier buffoon.

Anywayz, the newly minted MOD political chief have promptly got his act together within a few days after taking the portfolio from his number two. Short of saber-rattling gestures (which might scare off RDC down south of the border), AAB took out his only potent weapon ever i.e. his pen and signed an L.O.I. to buy helicopters from Europe. Boy, this bloke is certainly quick on the draw when it comes to spending taxpayers’ monies.

Lemme see.. the last major Nuri crash was in July ’07 at Gunung Buah Bunga near Genting Sempah at the border of Selangor and Pahang. All six crewpersons and passengers died in that crash.

At the time, AAB and NTR reportedly said respectively:

a) “I hope their families can accept this tragedy as fated and be patient in going through their bereavement. Allah loves them more and knows better”.

b) “The Nuris have been properly maintained and are in good condition. We have no option but to use the Nuri as the main mode of air transport for the Defense Ministry”.

And 15 months later, AAB’s John Hancock was officially inscribed into a military hardware procurement deal.

We’ve always heard of the adage that ‘a new broom sweeps clean’ but I’ve a nagging suspicion whether we’re being taken to the cleaners yet again. Or is this gesture typical of AAB throwing sweets at his gullible subordinates in the MOD so that they won’t bother him when he’s napping.

And to errr.. sweeten it more, AAB’s gonna repair and/or rebuild 12 army camps in the Klang Valley and Ipoh as well under the IBS system. Yup, that’s a done deal alright. Let’s hope AAB doesn’t think that the Industrialised Building System (IBS) was invented by Scomi coz fabricating coach or train bodies ain’t the same as pre-fab housings.

Therefore, folks, do yer see what can happen when a big chunk (about RM500 million per annum) of the MOD’s budget allocation get siphoned off to prop up the dubious NS program which does not have a specific government budget for itself. Yeah, it’s a double whammy thingy, once in the front and again, at the back.

Soooo.. LKS, please keep your wishlist coz AAB ain’t interested to hear your appeals for reforms nor your frantic cries for him to cooperate with PR to take over the Federal government.

And how come your wishlist does not include specific economic issues or reforms?  That one only AI can announce ah? The meritocracy and Bangsa Malaysia points are too arbitrary lah.

However, do not throw away the wishlist either coz it will definitely be relevant if and when PR get to be in charge of the nation. That’s a promise which some of us intend to keep reminding you by then.

Oh yeah, speaking of reminders and intent. Could you remind Junior about his promise to take over the KDC land for low cost housing projects? Don’t just NATO ok.

Btw I thought general election finish oredi mah. How come yer still doing ceramahs?

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