Thursday, January 30, 2014

GONG XI FA CAI

A Fine Thoroughbred

Chinese New Year this year could not come at a better time. God has given us this opportunity to put our differences aside and to come together as one people to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

I haven’t written anything since my nomination as Barisan Nasional’s Candidate for the Johor State Assembly In Kempas, in April of 2013. And I apoplogise for my absence since. 

Recent developments have called upon me to return and I couldn’t have found a better occasion to do so than this event in our national calendar. 

I know that most of us are concerned about the difficulties that we have been going through in recent weeks. I share your concerns. 

However I hear from my Chinese friends that this Year of the Wood Horse will be a particularly good one for all of us and I am optimistic that this is the year where we can really gallop, clear the obstacles ahead of us and take off!

Our leaders have endured a difficult few weeks, with plenty of complex issues facing the people of this country. I am optimistic that they will find the best solution for all of us in this Year of the Horse.

Our leaders have faced much criticism even from within. I have read in the news that Tun Mahathir had commented that in reaching out to the “minorities” through his policy of inclusiveness, Datuk Seri Najib did the wrong thing.

I would however like to offer a differing view. To me it is clear that although Datuk Seri Najib’s inclusiveness didn’t pay immediate dividends in the last general elections, it is beginning to bear fruit as it looks like even the opposition is now offering an olive branch to him!

I am confident that everybody will begin to understand that the issues facing our beloved country are complex and as such our leaders need to follow a careful process to resolve them. This takes a lot of careful planning and a great deal of commitment and faith. There is no quick fix and definitely no overnight success.

I am pleased today that we have a leader with a vision of inclusiveness, and this leader of ours has bravely stuck by his principles whilst at the same time having to fend off criticism from both external sources and internally from within his party.

Despite all the opposition and scepticism, it is clear to me that he wants nothing more than a National Reconciliation and he has clung on to his principles with all his might. It now looks like he is starting to win some hearts over, with Anwar Ibrahim recently reaching out to him.

The same goes for his unpopular but very necessary economic policies in reducing subsidies. I am sure he knew that it was going to lose him popularity points, but again he has stuck his neck out for the long term interests of the nation.

Let me take this final opportunity to again wish all of my Chinese friends, “Gong Xi Fa Cai”.

           Bringing A Little Cheer To The Less Fortunate

In addition to the success that this year is expected to bring our nation, I pray that it will bring each and every one of you and your loved ones peace, happiness, good health and longevity!

In This Year Of The Horse, Let Us All Become The Thoroughreds That We Were Meant To Be, Known For Our Agility, Speed And Spirit, And Together Rise Again As One United Nation.

May God Bless Us All, And May God Bless Malaysia. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

MINISTERS WHO CAN’T WIN THEIR TURF SHOULD QUIT!




MENTERI


I have given up and asked my acquaintances to stop asking me when the elections will be held, or the dissolution of Parliament will be called. My advice for non-political friends is to maintain business as usual and politician buddies to be on DEFCON 2. When the PM and his Deputy are ready, it will arrive.

But for fun, let’s have one final look at it before I go into the real topic of today’s article.

If it is imperative that the date is known, one can use the theory of deduction. If we want to have simultaneous elections nationwide then we can’t do so before Selangor dissolves their Legislative Assembly said to be sometime at the end of this month, neither can we hold it for more than 60 days after the dissolution of the first State Legislative Assembly, which was in Negeri Sembilan last month.

The window I take it, is anytime after 28th April but before 26th May 2013. Working backwards, considering the elections will be on or around 29th April with a ten-day campaign period, nomination day would then be around the 19th, and if dissolution of Parliament is announced a week before that, then it would be around the 12th of April.

All this is not a bother to many of us anymore. What is buggering our thoughts at this point in time is the troubling rumour that there are several Ministers who have failed to serve their constituencies properly and are down on the cards to get “creamed” by the opposition if they run in the same place. What is more alarming is that they are said to be seeking from the good Prime Minister to be maintained as candidates to contest in safer seats outside of their own field.

I pray that this is not true. But if it is, then these Ministers should be crucified considering they have SINFULLY ceased to be winnable candidates in their home grounds. 

The Prime Minister would be seen to be eating his own words if he fields non-winning candidates in these individuals and worse, be seen very foolish in keeping the Ministers who have failed him and themselves, shamefully asking to be given another chance to fail yet again. The same goes with Deputy Ministers with similar disorders.

Johor Is A State Where There Are No Limitations In Bright Talents In Politics. If There Is Any Minister From This Great State Who Will Be Fielded In A Different And Safer Constituency Just To Save His Political Arse, He Will For Certain Be Looked Down Upon And Ridiculed With Utter Disgust By The Rakyat Of Johor For Being A Parasite Of The Lowest Order. 

What’s More Unfortunate Is That Respect Will Surely Depreciate For Our Leaders Who Will Have Gone Against Their Very Own Preached Principles Of Recognizing And Nominating “Winning” Candidates Within Their Own Constituencies Of Which They Labored For In Past Decades.

Let Us Hope That There Is No Such Scum In The Future World Of Perfect Politics Under The Leadership Of Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Razak, And Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. 

This Should Be A Brand New Deal, With A Brand New Team Realizing Our Brand New Dream.

Godspeed.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

STATE OF THE NATION



The Prime Minister Of Malaysia



Today’s much anticipated “State of the Nation” address will be the last one before the Nation goes to the polls.

This evening, the Right Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, will report to the Rakyat, the development of the Government Transformation Program (GTP) which includes the seven National Key Results Area (NKRA) involving the Cost of Living, Crime Rate, Fighting Corruption, Improving Student Outcomes, Raising Living Standards of Low-Income Households, Improving Rural Basic Infrastructure and Improving Urban Public Transport.

Generally without even having to hear the Prime Minister tonight, the public at large should have already witnessed some of the achievements of the NKRA to date.

Today, Malaysians can afford goods and services of better quality. Destitution is wiped out and the low-income households have received direct aide, which is something that has never been seen in the history of this Nation.

We are much safer than we were 5 years ago, albeit the fear still remain for some, but with the reinforcement of security personnel in high-risk areas and good co-operation between the public and the police force, the crime rate has declined significantly.

Corruption is reduced and recognized by international bodies from what we’ve read in the news. Examples to substantiate this, is the vast increase in the frequencies of summons being issued over the last year in my observation and personal hits on me ( being flagged down) by the traffic cops, and number of arrest cases brought to trial seen in media reports.

The quality of education has improved in addition to providing skills to make them more useful for the market beyond our shores.

A large number of affordable housing has been introduced and launched with keys presented to buyers and tenants in the past years. More roads have been built with utilities being upgraded and given provision to the target areas.

From what we have gathered so far, we’ve seen an almost 50% rise in the Gross National Income from USD 6, 700 in 2009 to USD 9, 970 in 2012. All things being equal, and with the will of God, we will hit the USD 15, 000 GNI per capita target even before the 2020 deadline. Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), rose 5.6 percent compared to Singapore’s 1.3 percent, doing better than South Korea which contracted by 2% and Taiwan 1.25%.

These Are Two Safe Indicators To Determine The Direction Of Our Economy And Our “Bull’s Eye” On A Developed Status By 2020.

This Random Information Is What My Acquaintances And I Have Observed And Enjoyed. But Let’s Hear What “The Man Of Our Time” Has To Report Tonight In His Address On:

THE STATE OF THE NATION.