Monday, July 28, 2008

MCA's new slogan, "Everything is Fine!"

The Star, Monday 28 July 2008
... On former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad statement that Umno should not leave out its Barisan partners when making deals with PAS, Ong said the MCA had no problems with Umno having talks with PAS.

“If (Umno) wants to involve us (in the talks) it is fine with us. If (Umno) does not involve us (in the talks), it is also all right with us.

“If (Umno) wants to brief us later, it is also fine with us. It is not a problem.

If UMNO wants MCA to walk, fine, MCA will walk.
If UMNO wants MCA to crawl, fine, MCA will crawl.
If UMNO wants MCA to shut up, fine, MCA will shut up.
If UMNO wants MCA to say "yes", fine, MCA will say "yes".
Everything is fine, everything is all right,
MCA will follow the leader UMNO any which way it goes,
if Ong Ka Chuan has his way.

What a FINE party!

Semua OK!!!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Half-past-six maneuvers

Between UMNO and PAS, I wonder if they care that others are not so "shiok" to see them engaging in secret talks.

And UMNO, unsurprisingly, is in no hurry to explain their actions to other BN component parties. Semua ok?

Not with the rakyat, I think.

PM to explain Umno-PAS talks to parties (The Star, Sunday 27 July 2008)

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will explain to Barisan Nasional component parties about the Umno-PAS meetings during the coalition’s full council meeting.

Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the council meeting would be held a few days after the management committee meeting on Aug 6. He was speaking to reporters after opening the Bunga Matahari Umno branch meeting here yesterday.

Tengku Adnan said Abdullah would explain to parties like MCA, MIC and Gerakan on the meetings that Umno had held with PAS. When asked what Abdullah would tell the component parties, Tengku Adnan said:

“To us the meeting is good. We don’t have two-thirds (in Parliament). Certain laws need to be passed with a two-thirds majority, so we need help. The only party that we can talk to at this moment is PAS.”

On the Umno-PAS talks, Tengku Adnan said it was still on. He added that the discussions would not jeopardise the relationship among Barisan component parties.

Tengku Adnan also said Umno was working closely with the Anti-Corruption Agency to weed out corruption in the party. He said the party would refer suspected cases to the agency before the cases are heard at its party disciplinary board level.

On Jerlun MP Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir asking 22,000 Umno branch chiefs to send him the list of their nominated candidates for the top five posts in the party, Tengku Adnan said this was unnecessary as the succession plan had worked well in the past and should be continued.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Prudence is a brand new Toyota Camry

Ron wants to drive a new car. And this is as good a time to get one, without forking out money from his own pocket.

I mean, he only wants a Toyota Camry, not Mercedes. That's not asking too much, right?

As long as Ron is not asking for a new Mercedes, there's nothing wrong, right? A Toyota Camry is not as expensive as Mercedes and the maintenance is also not as high as a Mercedes, or even a Proton Perdana.

So, that should make it okay. And it must be brand new. That's the most important thing. Brand new cars smell different. Like new notes. It gives you a good feeling, something a used car just can't do.

And doing things to make one feel good is very important now, especially with so much depressing news like 7.7% inflation.

Well, he is lucky. He can feel good at the expense of taxpayers. Some things don't change.



The Star, Friday July 25, 2008

Selangor exco may get Toyota Camry

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government is now hinting that it may choose the Toyota Camry as the official cars for its state executive councillors.

State executive councillor for Local Government, Studies and Research Ronnie Liu said the choice was appropriate as the price of the car was reasonable and maintenance cost not high.

“Personally, I feel the Toyota Camry is the best choice and have made the suggestion to the Mentri Besar (Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim).

“However, he has not made a decision. But I feel there won’t be any objection as the Toyota Camry is much cheaper than the Mercedes,” he told reporters here yesterday. – Bernama


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wake up to the anger, Dollah!

The election may be over, but the anger is still bubbling.

Everywhere I go, I hear people scolding and scolding the government of Abdullah Badawi, the MCA, the MIC and even the almost dead & buried Gerakan.

At the petrol station, I hear people muttering curses at Dollah over the high petrol prices they have to pay now.

At the makan stalls, you can hear how the people have come to view MCA and Gerakan leaders as a huge embarrassment to the Chinese community.

While waiting for the kids to come through the school gates, the topic of conversation invariably includes a favourite question, "What the h*** is Pak Lah doing?"

The people are worried about bread and butter issues. Not exactly about whether Anwar will or will not allow the police to take a sample of his DNA.

The brouhaha over Anwar is mostly a joke. But they get angry when they start to discuss how the country seems to grind to a halt with so much government focus being given to derail this one ambitious man.

And disgusted when talking about the joker in Terengganu who admitted that Proton cars are really lousy and if you can have Mercedes Benz paid for by taxpayers, why not?

And the perennial favourite, ketuanan this and ketuanan that, what was that for? If so geng, how come nobody wants to employ your university graduates? Ketuanan is just another word for big bully, isn't it?

My ears are burning and the collective anger has dampened my mood.

Buat Kerja, Pak Lah!!

Malaysian Inflation hits 7.7 percent, a 26-year high
Jul 23, 08 5:54pm

Malaysia's annual inflation rate jumped to a 26-year high of 7.7 percent in June due to a substantial rise in fuel prices, according to official data released today.

Nor Mohamed Yakcop, second finance minister, had already said that a 41-percent hike in subsidised fuel prices last month was set to boost inflation in June and July.

The figure came as something of a surprise as economists had predicted June inflation of 6.6 percent.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kesian, Sabah & Sarawak

Maybe it's not true.

But I can't help feeling sorry for the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak who delivered the crucial votes to save BN in the last general election. And they are still groveling to their Peninsular masters for some tender loving attention to resolve long-standing issues that looks set to remain longer-standing still.

Yong Teck Lee did caution about the problems of Sabah & Sarawak being pushed aside in the months ahead. Looks like it is happening sooner than he predicted.

There are only so much goodies that UMNO can dish out in their attempts to secure their political survival. So, it's a first come first serve basis in this strange game of merry-go-round.

Look what juicy morsels UMNO is serving up to tempt PAS to shed their holy garb:-

Kemuncak dari usaha ini adalah perjumpaan antara Najib Tun Razak bersama Timbalan Presiden PAS, Ustaz Nasaruddin Mat Isa dan Cikgu Mustafa Ali di London. Najib Tun Razak telah menyatakan tawaran mereka kepada PAS.

Tawaran tersebut adalah:

a. Jawatan Menteri Besar kepada PAS di Selangor, Perak, Kedah dan Kelantan.
b. Jawatan exco kepada PAS di Terengganu, Pahang, Perlis dan Johor.
c. PAS akan mendapat kesemua kerusi yang dimenangi oleh PKR dan DAP untuk ditandingi dalam PRU ke 12 kelak.
d. PAS akan mendapat jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri ke 2
e. PAS akan diberikan 5 jawatan Menteri Kabinet penuh
f. Sejumlah jawatan Timbalan Menteri, Setiausaha Parlimen
g. Sejumlah jawatan Senator dan Ahli Majlis dalam GLC
h. Dan berbagai2 lagi tawaran yang dibuat.

(The full blogpost can be viewed at

I'm infinitely more interested in how PAS leaders respond to temptations of political power and the promises of materialistic gains than what's gonna happen to Anwar next.

Will PAS come out of this smelling like roses or cow dung?

It's a wait-and-see for now.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

You call this a debate?

Rule no. 1 - you don't score brownie points with your audience if you keep hitting your opponent below the belt with personal attacks.

Rule no. 2 - keep your cool. It is not a pretty sight to see someone frothing from his mouth. In fact, it is downright distracting.

This debate is interesting. I didn't know my opinion of UMNO could sink any lower until just now.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Roadblocks, mental blocks

Mr Lim said it well - the gung-ho action by our police force in mounting numerous roadblocks is a reflection of the state of mind of our BN leaders.

When Kuala Lumpur sneezes, I suppose Seremban also catches some of the cold. The local police is also mounting roadblocks along Jalan Sungei Ujong* since Saturday. And it has greatly inconvenienced road users, especially today, a Monday morning when people have work to do and kids have schools to attend.

What the heck for, eh?

I know I'm not the only one who is not happy. There are so many criminals running around inflicting misery on house-owners and law-abiding citizens who find themselves at the mercy of snatch thieves and rapists.

Can numerous roadblocks reduce such crimes? Is tackling such crimes so way down the to-do list of our policemen more interested in stopping the rakyat from exercising their right to be heard by way of peaceful gatherings?

I dunno. Seems stupid to me, and to many others who are stuck in traffic jams during rush hour because the police had closed off half the road to look at the faces of motorists.

And they wonder why the rakyat is so NOT HAPPY.

*Jalan Sungei Ujong connects Seremban town to the main North-South highway as well as to the new township of Seremban 2.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The heat is on, and the bitches are running in circles

I don't really care if that PI guy did or did not speak the truth in his conflicting statutory declarations.

And I don't care much either what Anwar does in the privacy of his bedroom. But what he said as published in The SUN is most interesting:-

Anwar: I just want to move on
by Zainon Ahmad and Llew-Ann Phang

PETALING JAYA (July 3, 2008): Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said when he takes over as prime minister of the country, all he wants to do is to forgive and forget the past, and to move on and be an effective leader of the country.


See, I have highlighted the word "when".

Interesting, isn't it? We are getting a glimpse of the kind of pressure he is under now. And the kind of pressure he is hoping to heap on his opponents with all these mind games.

But what do we have so far? Not a whole lot to show, just words and more words being bandied around. Kinda like a bitchy soap opera with a bad script.

I am getting bored. Are you?

If this goes on any longer, I'll be glad to see him move on to something else for the sake of his family, like taking up gardening in a Turkish backyard.

Maybe then, the people who are supposed to look after the country and us taxpayers will get on with their jobs.

The general election was over months ago, remember?


I didn't know that some people build hotels on the premise that it is the government's responsibility to keep them afloat. I guess they are just lucky to have this particular person helm the Tourism Ministry.

Sickening, isn't it?

When many people in Sabah and Sarawak are still deprived of basic amenities like tarred roads, electricity and piped water supply because the government don't have enough budget for such things.

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