Sunday, February 19, 2017

FAKE SYMPATHY VS HARSH REALITY

When I first read about the cycling tragedy involving the manslaughter of the young teenagers in Johor Bahru, I felt rage more than sympathy.

I was enraged because this activity is widespread and known among all and sundry but the law had its limitations making enforcement futile.

This is because there is no commitment by the parents and no political will to ensure that this ill is being addressed.

Yet when an "accident waiting to happen" actually happens everyone comes forth to show fake sympathy and care just for publicity and mileage in popularity.

What the hell are we all doing?

Are we really serious in treating this fatal disease and eliminating the menace?

Or are we just awaiting the possible deaths of these youths reducing the number of "no hopers" among our future generation?

How can we pretend to care and emphathize with the families when we are the cause of recreational outlets to be shut down or changed to a venue far and inconvenient for them?

How can we encourage the survivors by pampering them even more by playing with emotions for votes when we know too well that action should be taken against them for negligence?

We cannot turn to agencies and the authorities to burden them further when the responsibility begins at home.

Let Us Be More Sincere In Our Care For The People We Serve. Prove Our Sympathy And Performance By Opening More Recreational Parks And Safe Cycling Lanes In The City For The Health Conscious People To Cycle To Work As Well As For Recreational Purposes.

Enough Of Playing To The Gallery At The Expense Of The Emotions Of Others.

The Driver In Question Must Undoubtedly Be Taken To Task For Her Wrong. So Do Too, The Guardians Of The Victims If Found To Be Negligent.

Do The Right Thing! Sympathy Should Be For Those Who Suffered The Agonising Deaths, Not For The Negligent Survivors. Save A Verse Of The Al Fateha For The Deceased.

May Their Souls Be Granted Peace.


Monday, December 12, 2016

DISPLACED STATESMAN


Which One Is It? Oops! It's Not Even There!

One concern which I consider not substantial enough to dwell on but has occupied the attention of the Nation the last couple of weeks has been the non-invitation, invitation, and "un-invitation" by a couple of institutions to a former statesman.

It's like musical chairs isn't it? And we feel embarrassed for the kid left without a seat when the music stops.

Looks like this grand gentleman has been getting the hot and cold treatment by parties of various backgrounds.

It's been made to look like he is a sad victim being knocked around all over the place when we should all just take a  breather and realise that any invitation or otherwise forthcoming is at the pleasure of the host, and we should just mind our own business. 

And if you people think that he should be given more respect just because he is an elderly person, please look at yourselves first and see if you show your own parents the same kind of respect that you demand for him.

Earlier this month the DAP announced that they were not inviting Tun Dr Mahathir to their convention. But on the eleventh hour, they decided to throw an invitation out to him which he pounced on without reservation.

In another instance, Istana Negara rescinded a previous invitation to Tun to attend the Coronation/ Appointment of the new Yang DiPertuan Agong on 13th December, which was marked "Sulit" but still flashed out to the public for cheap sympathy by a pathetic member of his family.

Cybercountry went wild over this like they didn't have a life of their own to worry about.

Folks. It is the prerogative of the host to decide whether one deserves to be invited or not. 

One naive person who is an over-rated champion debater even suggested that an invited VVIP sacrifice his chair for Tun like it's a two dollar seat at the local cinema in defiance of protocol.

As a Patriot, I say that Tun  lost his Statesmanship and his right to be accorded the full honours when he opted to join in an anti government street demonstration on the eve of Merdeka and not join His Majesty The Yang DiPertuan Agong and other dignitaries on stage on Independence Day honouring our men and women in uniform who sacrificed to defend, and shaped this Country to what it is today. 

It must be reminded that the government of the day is the government of His Majesty The King and a move to remove it undemocratically is partly an insult to the Institution.

If he has offended the Yang DiPertuan Agong, then he has offended the Institution and not the person. Tun may have earned the highest honour conferred in the Kelantan Court and by that I suppose he may be welcomed at the Istana Kelantan in Kuala Lumpur or even the official Palace in Kubang Krian, but NOT necessarily at Istana Negara, There lies the distinction between the federal and state entities.

Secondly, on the day when Muslims converged to show protest to the genocide of Muslims in Burma at a stadium, Tun decided to sit with a "racist" party at their convention instead. This party is regarded as one that is "inclined" towards a Republic and to abolish the Monarchy.

And You Wonder Why His Seat Was Taken Out To Make More Space For Others In The Balai Rong Seri? Have Yourself Examined!





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

20/20 VISIONED LOYALTY

We Win Or We Die Together!

"Vision 2020", a thirty year plan devised by then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed in 1990, will come to be in three years and twenty four days time.

All effort in materializing the dream have been endevoured by the current administration despite the work done to see its delay cum failure by the very person who conceived it for reasons by now, known to many I suspect.

It now seems to be a given as we look beyond 2020 towards a new deal in the National Transformation 2050, (TN50) with a young team taking over the reigns of power driving this nation forward.

The recent UMNO General Assembly could be the last one before the general election. The main focus of this convention was loyalty to the party and support for the President. 

Using my own medical analogy; after physically extracting the ill from the body, the wound must be closed and cleansed. That was the intent; to completely sanitise the injure to heal in strength before we march into the mother of all battles.

Allegiance to the party and support for the leadership cannot come separately when the time factor is of essence. It has to come together with no reservations lest there be disappointment in our resolve.

We have never asked for pledged allegiance by the Malays, but in our service to them, we ask for their support and the privilege to continue to serve them well, certainly better than any other alternative party available. But, we demand nothing less than total loyalty from our members in accordance to our party constitution just as we preach to the mass, to observe the Federal Constitution in respect to the protocol of electing a government.

As UMNO is the oldest known party in the world with its coalition still in power, it is essential to remind the young of how this nation has come thus far  and how we have played a role in its continued development to ensure them a sound future without taking it for granted. We cannot cut the past from the present, because the lessons from the past, will help us carve a more perfect future.

The target within range at this juncture is winning the next election. All resources will be sucked into achieving our goal and we can only achieve our objective as one united force.

All Party Members Know That This Is For The Survival Of Our Continued Governance. The President Has Observed Our Counsel In Asking Him To Take No Prisoners. Now We Rise And Hail Our Youth Leader's Cry Of Either "We Win Or We Die", There Will Be No Retreat, And No Surrender!"


At This Point In Time There Is No View Clearer, And With This Sharp Vision We Pledge Our Allegiance To The Party, And Loyalty To Our President.

May Allah's Grace Be Upon The United Malays National Organisation. And May God Bless Malaysia.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

SALAM MA'AL HIJRAH.

Asallamualaikum WBT.

The High Council Of The Patriot Foundation Would Like To Wish All Muslims "Selamat Menyambut Awal Muharram, 1438H".



This Do'a Is To Be Read Three Times Nearing The End Of Asar Before The Call For Maghrib.


This Do'a Is To Be Read Three Times Right After The Call For Maghrib Before We Perform The Prayers.



May This Nation And Her Citizens Be Blessed With Peace And Prosperity In This Year Of The Hijrah 1438 And Beyond. Amin

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BROTHER TO BROTHER IN LIFE AND IN DEATH

I Never Thought This Logo Which I Designed Will Be Of Use Again. But It's Back In The News.

I cannot refrain myself from writing after being sent an article written in a blog called suaramelayubaru.blogspot.my. 

It is about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad allegedly saying that it was not him who put people in ISA but the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayob.

I'm not writing this in my capacity as a state representative this time but as a good friend of his first born and family.
Neither am I writing to chasten Tun Mahathir for his raw statement "snitching" on his most loyal aide even in death. (Well, maybe just a slap on the wrist).

This is about one's loyalty to his leader of the highest order; one that could only be matched by the famed Laksamana Hang Tuah and his Sultan, whom at the very end even fought against his brother in arms, Hang Jebat who was defending his honour after being wronged by the Ruler.

Tan Sri Megat Junid was a Mahathir loyalist; a person who never knew to say 'no' to Tun when he was alive.

Tun knows it well. That is why even in Tan Sri Megat Junid's death, it is as though Tun knows that he has the blessing of his late friend to continue exploiting him if it serves his purpose.

I remember once when he was instructed at the eleventh hour to contest in a different area than the Pasir Salak constituency in which he served superbly all along as Member of Parliament. 

His great service there made it possible for anyone (however ridiculous the candidate) replacing him to win handsomely there. He was succeeded Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib.

The late Tan Sri Megat Junid knew that he was sent on a suicide mission as being a last minute "parachute" candidate in Parit, (replacing Datuk Ainon Khairiah, who went to state in place of Tan Sri Ramli who was reportedly her nephew) he would surely be shot down by even the local UMNO division machinery. Tan Sri Ramli was originally slotted for Parit but opted for the safer seat in Pasir Salak. Yet, he never questioned the decision and soldiered on under the order of his one superior.

To be fair to Tun, he didn't snitch on Tan Sri Megat Junid just because he is a dead man who couldn't defend himself. 

Tun even did it in public when the latter was alive. Tun is consistent in that regard.

After Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was jailed, I remember one special meeting organised by UMNO for Tun, who was the then party president, to explain to the delegates from across the nation on why he was sacked and eventually jailed. I was one of the delegates in the audience.

At one instance during his speech, Tun actually exclaimed while directing point blank at Tan Sri Megat Junid, saying that the latter was the one who told him about Anwar. Everyone turned to Tan Sri Megat Junid and held him responsible for a long while. That was a really cold gesture.

I was flabbergasted,feeling embarrassed even, for him. It was like he was being pointed out at a police line-up for identification purposes in view of the whole nation. 

Even surprisingly to me was seeing Tan Sri Megat Junid sitting there stoned faced, not at all feeling slighted or offended by Tun snitching him off like that in public.

Most would rightfully say that Tun was out of line putting the blame on a dead friend who was most loyal to him, perhaps second only after Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. 

Having said that, I know enough to sadly declare that even if Uncle Megat, as I had called him back then, was alive today, he would not refute Tun Dr Mahathir's statement and is willing as always to take the responsibility of whatever Tun places upon his shoulders.

Such Was His Loyalty To His Boss. Such Was His Loyalty To His Friend. 

Let Him Now Rest In Peace In The Face Of Our Maker. 

May God Bless His Soul And Not Let This Act Of " Betrayal " Affect One's Trust In The Virtues Of Being Loyal To One's Comrade.

AlFateha.


BROTHER TO BROTHER IN LIFE AND IN DEATH

I Never Thought This Logo Which I Designed Will Be Of Use Again. But It's Back In The News.

I cannot refrain myself from writing after being sent an article written in a blog called suaramelayubaru.blogspot.my. 

It is about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad allegedly saying that it was not him who put people in ISA but the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayob.

I'm not writing this in my capacity as a state representative this time but as a good friend of his first born and family. Neither am I writing to chasten Tun Mahathir for his raw statement "snitching" on his most loyal aide even in death. (Well, maybe just a slap on the wrist).

This is about one's loyalty to his leader of the highest order; one that could only be matched by the famed Laksamana Hang Tuah and his Sultan, whom at the very end even fought against his brother in arms, Hang Jebat who was defending his honour after being wronged by the Ruler.

Tan Sri Megat Junid was a Mahathir loyalist; a person who
never knew to say 'no' to Tun when he was alive.

Tun knows it well. That is why even in Tan Sri Megat Junid's death, it is as though Tun knows that he has the blessing of his late friend to continue exploiting him if it serves his purpose.

I remember once when he was instructed at the eleventh hour to contest in a different area than the Pasir Salak constituency in which he served superbly all along as Member of Parliament. 

His great service there made it possible for anyone (however ridiculous the candidate) replacing him to win handsomely there. He was succeeded Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib.

The late Tan Sri Megat Junid knew that he was sent on a suicide mission as being a last minute "parachute" candidate in Parit, (replacing Datuk Ainon Khairiah, who went to state in place of Tan Sri Ramli who was reportedly her nephew) he would surely be shot down by even the local UMNO division machinery. Yet, he never questioned the decision and soldiered on under the order of his one superior.

To be fair to Tun, he didn't snitch on Tan Sri Megat Junid just because he is a dead man who couldn't defend himself. 
Tun even did it in public when the latter was alive. Tun is consistent in that regard.

After Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was jailed, I remember one special meeting organised by UMNO for Tun, who was the then party president, to explain to the delegates from across the nation on why he was sacked and eventually jailed. I was one of the delegates in the audience.

At one instance during his speech, Tun actually exclaimed while directing point blank at Tan Sri Megat Junid, saying that the latter was the one who told him about Anwar. Everyone turned to Tan Sri Megat Junid and held him responsible for a long while. That was a really cold gesture.

I was flabbergasted,feeling embarrassed even, for him. It was like he was being pointed out at a police line-up for identification purposes in view of the whole nation. 

Even surprisingly to me was seeing Tan Sri Megat Junid sitting there stoned faced, not at all feeling slighted or offended by Tun snitching him off like that in public.

Most would rightfully say that Tun was out of line putting the blame on a dead friend who was most loyal to him, perhaps second only after Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. 

Having said that, I know enough to sadly declare that even if Uncle Megat, as I had called him back then, was alive today, he would not refute Tun Dr Mahathir's statement and is willing as always to take the responsibility of whatever Tun places upon his shoulders.

Such Was His Loyalty To His Boss. Such Was His Loyalty To His Friend. 

Let Him Now Rest In Peace In The Face Of Our Maker. 

May God Bless His Soul And Not Let This Act Of " Betrayal " Affect One's Trust In The Virtues Of Being Loyal To One's Comrade.

AlFateha.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

PLATINUM SPORTSMAN


The timely warning by the Health Ministry came after Malaysians were close to suffering from cardiac arrests for the previous two nights rooting for our players who were at times within a point of our first Olympic gold medal in badminton.

Last night would have made the phrase "leaving the best for last" a whole new meaning had our last hope in the Rio Olympics won the final game in the men's singles' badminton category. 

Alas it was not to be. The "real" final was played the night before when Lin Dan was beaten by Chong Wei in a nail-biting epic which totally juiced them out dry. 

This was proven when both the warriors lost their respective matches last night to players of lesser quality. 

The smashing Datuk was gracious in saying that his opponent was the better player when in actual fact the better player lost last night to a more rested opponent who came off from an easier match the night before. Such is the luck of the draw.

We may not have won our first gold medal on our last chance in Rio, but we thank Datuk Lee Chong Wei and the entire badminton team for taking us on that beautiful ride that saw Malaysian citizens all around the world united beyond racial 
and religious lines.

It would have been unfair of us to ask for more than what they gave for their King and Country. Without question they played out of their skin to produce their best.

We thank the whole Malaysian contingent at the Rio Olympics 2016 for giving us the best results in our participating history of the games, especially our flag bearer Datuk Lee Chong Wei who proved to be the most consistent, disciplined and reliable athlete this country has ever produced.

For eight years from 2006 to 2014 this smashing Datuk kept our flag flying high in the International arena as the number one ranked player in the world. Though he slipped low in the ranks paying a heavy price for a  doping offence, he rose back from the sporting dead within a year to be ranked number one yet again.

He May Not Have Brought Home Our Gold, But This Hattrick Silver Medalist  Will Forever Be In My Point Of View, Our Diamond Studded Platinum Sportsman.

Datuk Lee Chong Wei, On Behalf Of The People Of A Grateful Nation, We At The Patriot Foundation Thank You For The Honourable And Faithful Service You Have Rendered This Great Nation.


Friday, August 19, 2016

BRONZE IN ACHIEVEMENT AND IN CHARACTER


Make no mistake. I applaud Azizulhasni's achievement fighting the odds against him after being grossly injured at one time putting his future in sports in the balance.

But his swipe at the Terengganu State Government after clinching the bronze in the Rio Olympic Games 2016 was unbecoming of a true sportsman.

From what we gather, the sports ministry as well as a government link corporation have taken him under their wings taking care of all details in relation to his existence as a representative of the Malaysian cycling team, which is already a financially huge undertaking being camped abroad and coached by foreign experts.

While it is not compulsory for states to provide further assistance to national athletes from the same, it is customary for those who have proven themselves to be rewarded for their achievements by the states of their home birth.

This is not to be taken for granted especially from athletes who are supposed to represent their country with pride and honour without compulsion.

Character and sportsmanship are two main complimentary factors that contribute to an athlete's rise and recognition as a Champion.

The Champion's target is to win tournaments with whatever resources they are provided with, and any grievances forthcoming will have to follow proper channels and decorum.

This three time "Olympian" had the Minister's ear, yet he chose not to produce his claims to the latter for action but took matters in his own hands like it was his right to make demands to his birth state.

We hope Azizulhasni might learn something from Cheong Jun Hoong, Pandalela Rinong, Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh who won Malaysia higher medals in their respective fields without any sideshows or distracting publicity.

Perhaps Then, Like Them, He Too Can Be An Olympian And A Champion At The Same Time, And Finally Win The Gold In His Fourth Olympics, For Cycling As Well As In Character. Insha'Allah.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

RAMADHAN VICTORIES PROVE US RIGHTEOUS, INSHA'ALLAH!


Perfectly Balanced

1. We begin in all humility in remembrance to our fallen heroes who perished in the line of duty, the late Dato Wan Khair-il Wan Ahmad, Dato Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah and Ahmad Sobri Harun. Alfateha. Our thoughts are 
also with the family of the pilot in their time of grief.

2. With much gratitude to Allah SWT, we congratulate the two victorious candidates in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar; YB Budiman whom I had the privilege of meeting while on a week's duty there and Datin Mastura Md Yazid, the most unassuming but very qualified candidate to burst through the political scene of late.

3. BN won by a majority of 9,191 in Sungai Besar and 6,161 in Kuala Kangsar respectively. And in Sungai Besar, we won in all voting points under the adoption of the Johor Barisan Nasional which practically dug their feet in there for three whole weeks under the instruction of Chief Minister Dato' Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

4. A lot have been said about the recent state elections in Sarawak and the by-elections that followed in the Peninsula.

5. Ultimately the success of Barisan Nasional in the Sarawak elections was not attributed to BN but the "Adnan" factor and the by elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar was said to be the litmus test not for BN but for Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

6. The latter was widely amplified by some stating that the result of these two beauties would be a referendum on Najib's position in the government.

7. Like the symbolic effort by the " maliciously suspect " collection of signatures on the " people's declaration ", the Rakyat needs to know that neither of the two is able to achieve the seemingly desired effect other than turning it into a drama fooling the mass into thinking it can work. 

8. And on the director's chair of this whole production is none other than former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

9. The "former" statesman needs to finally come to terms with the fact that the overwhelming results obtained by the Barisan Nasional in Sarawak as well as Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar are actually a referendum by the people to put him on permanent retirement.

10. "A rose by any other name is still a rose". You can call it or attribute them to whatever or whoever you want but a Barisan Nasional win still belongs to BARISAN NASIONAL.

11. What most failed to fathom is the endurance, perseverance and collective effort by all and sundry  driven by UMNO, is what formed the success of this longest serving and most organised political coalition in the country.

12. The Rakyat Has Spoken. The Mandate Is Given. 

13. And For Those Who Think That They Can Threaten Or Hold Putrajaya At Ransom Either By Act Or Innuendoes While It Seems Weak, Let It Be Known That The Majority Of The Rakyat Stands Solidly Behind The Ruling Government And Will Not Entertain " Cheap Shots " Or " Grandstanding " At Their Expense. 

14. At The End, The Rakyat Can Do Their Math And Realise That The Loudest Voice Doesn't Necessarily Carry The Majority Nor Contain Substance. Ultimately Physical And Direct Delivery To The People Is Better Than A Charismatic Loudspeaker.

15. This Is A Clear Mandate To The Prime Minister And His Party, To Continue The Good And Consistent Work For The Rakyat Who WILL Stand Behind Him And His Government With The Grace Of Allah, On Any Necessary Action To Be Taken In The Near Future On Any Entity Or Individual That Propagates Treason, Sedition And Disunity.

16. Many Battles In Islam Were Won In The Month Of Ramadhan. Our Twin Victory Was Delivered By God In This Very Same Month. 

17. May It Be A Sign That We Are On The Side Of The Righteous.

18. God Bless Malaysia.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

UNHOLY UNION



They say in politics, there are no permanent friends nor enemies, only interests. This is true very much so now following Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's "unholy union" with those in the Opposition to oust Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Razak as Prime Minister at whatever cost.

Dr Mahathir seemed adamant to force Najib out of office, to the extent of chucking out of the window whatever principles he held while he himself was in office for 22 long years.

He should be in the most capital position to know the proper protocol to relieve a democratically elected Prime Minister from office.



I Apologise. It Does Not My Heart Good To Display The Picture of Our "Former" Statesman With The Other "Characters" In this Awkwardly "Dodgy" Drama, So This Space Will Remain Void.

This is no longer about removing Najib but bringing down the government in the next general election.

The situation does not warrant a no confidence vote on the Prime Minister in Parliament nor is there any room for such a move to be initiated against the President in the party. This is because Najib currently enjoys the overwhelming support in the government and from the Barisan Nasional coalition. 

This, in a nutshell, deems void the call to remove Najib through "non-violent and legally permissible means".

It must also be reminded that Najib was elected President of Umno through the most democratic process the party has ever seen as he was the one who pushed for the election process to include 100,000 grassroot members compared to divisional delegates numbering just around 2,000 previously.

Similarly, seeking the "removal of all those acting in concert with him" would mean removing all the Cabinet members, the UMNO Supreme Council and the grassroots leaders comprising divisional heads and the chiefs of the wings in their respective divisions.

Failing to go through the legal and proper procedures available, this declaration can only be seen as a desperate measure to rally support among the rakyat, which will prove to be devastating at best if it succeeds considering they do not have common grounds to move the country forward.

The recent laws and agreement mentioned in the declaration went through the lower and upper houses of Parliament and obtained the Royal Assent, which meant that the federal constitution was duly observed in all its glory.

Finally, the irony of seeking the separation of powers among the executive, legislative and the judiciary is that it was tabled by the very man who was allegedly responsible for the removal of a Lord President during his time.

This call therefore fails to bear any credence on that score. 

Furthermore, the independence of these three branches of government have proven to be protected best under the current Prime Minister compared to his predecessors.

Some may have said that the co-signing of the so called "citizen's declaration" without "goofing off" and slapping each others' back was better than the warm and "overly" cordial relationship shown by the members of the government with the opposition. 

They, however, failed to see the distinction whereby where government policies are concerned, we draw the line hard and clear without compromise. 

A strong indication was given by Mahathir earlier of this "Unholy Union" when he attended the Bersih 4 rally but chose not to be present at the National Day celebrations on the very next day.

The goal of Mahathir's "third" exit from UMNO may not achieve its purpose. It has failed to draw the same amount of shock and emotions among the rakyat this time around. 
History will not likely repeat itself at this juncture. 

At best, he will sadly be remembered in finality as the fourth past President of UMNO to have ended his journey in life outside of the party that he had once served with flying colours.

- The Patriot is the State Assemblyman for Kempas, Johor.