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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The two choices offered to the voters


Salleh Said Keruak

In the May 2013 general election, Umno emerged as the dominant partner of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, while DAP emerged as the dominant partner in the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat. With the closing down of Pakatan Rakyat and the creation of Pakatan Harapan, and with PAS no longer a member of the opposition coalition, DAP practically monopolises the opposition.

In 2013, Umno won 88 Parliament seats while DAP won 38 seats, making DAP the second largest political party in Malaysia. DAP also claims it garnered 85-90% of the Chinese votes, which no other political party can boast about. That makes DAP dominant on two counts.

In the next general election the voters are  going to be presented with two choices: either an Umno led Barisan Nasional or a DAP-led Pakatan Harapan. This is the reality facing the voters, as what the Prime Minister explained.

The voters will have to weigh what Barisan Nasional can offer as opposed to what Pakatan Harapan can offer. Barisan Nasional has been around for more than 40 years while the opposition has launched five coalitions in 26 years that never survive more than two elections. Therefore Barisan Nasional offers the stability which the opposition does not have.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obsession to the point of being delusional


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and those opposed to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak are saying that US President Obama was referring to Najib in his speech in Lima. That is bordering on wishful thinking and being delusional.

What makes them think that with so many issues to worry about the whole world is focused on just one issue: 1MDB? They are suggesting that with the world facing conflicts and chaos at every corner of the planet the US President has time for nothing else but for only one issue.

First they say Najib is scared of leaving Malaysia for fear that the US will arrest him. Now they say the US President attacked Najib in his speech. President Obama actually made a general reference to US policy and was not, as Mahathir says, a direct reference to Najib.

In fact, what Obama said was that the US cannot interfere in the internal matters of another country. So maybe Obama was referring to Mahathir and not Najib. And this contradicts what Mahathir and his people earlier said: which is the US is going to take action against Najib in a US court.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It is not always about crowd size


Salleh Said Keruak

Opposition rallies have always been about crowd size. Rallies are basically a show of strength and Bersih is no exception. Since way back the opposition has always demonstrated its show of strength based on the crowd it can mobilise. And the opposition media always talks about the crowd size and number of people a certain event attracts.

If crowd size determines the winner in the elections then the opposition would have won the elections back in 1999. Opposition events have always managed to attract crowds due to the entertainment it provides. We have seen many times during by-elections where the opposition crowd is large and yet they still lose the by-election.

Voters want to see plans and policies and how their future can be guaranteed and improved. Large crowds at rallies do not put food on the table. In any election anywhere in the world it is always  bread and butter issues. And this is what the government is going to focus on. We should not menang sorak kampung tergadai.

KESAN MAHATHIR : RAKYAT MENJAUHI BERSIH


KENYATAAN MENTERI KOMUNIKASI DAN MULTIMEDIA MALAYS
19 November 2016

1. Kehadiran Peserta Bersih yang rendah hari ini merupakan tamparan hebat buat Tun Mahathir Mohamad dan parti barunya Pribumi, yang merupakan rakan baru dalam Pakatan Harapan Pimpinan DAP.  Penubuhan parti baru Mahathir sepatutnya mampu menarik sokongan rakyat dikalangan bangsa Melayu untuk menyokong Pakatan dan Bersih 5.

2. Sebaliknya, perarakan hari ini hanya 3% daripada Perhimpunan Bersih lalu. Hanya sekitar 15,500 yang hadir hari ini, berbanding 500,000 yang hadir sepertimana dicanang Bersih tahun lalu. Kalau pakai angka yang dibekalkqn oleh Malaysiakini, peserta Bersih hari ini ialah seramai 41,000, kurang dari 10% yang Bersih canang hadir tahun lepas.

3. Ini bererti, majoriti rakyat Malaysia menolak sikap hipokrit Bersih dan menolak Pribumi.  Mereka dapat melihat dengan jelas bahawa parti ini dipenuhi dengan pelbagai mantan yang gagal dan kecewa. Parti ini juga dilihat oleh rakyat Malaysia sebagai sebuah parti yang ditubuh hanya kerana keterdesakkan Mahathir untuk mengangkat anaknya untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri selepas beliau ditolak oleh ahli UMNO.

4. Hasil penglibatan Mahathir dan kroninya dalam Bersih hari ini telah memperlihatkan penurunan jumlah kehadiran peserta Bersih sebanyak 97%.  Orang melayu sedar agenda pribadi Mahathir yang haloba ini dan mengambil keputusan untuk tidak menyertai Bersih 5.  Manakala ribuan orang Cina yang menyertai Bersih tahun lepas mengambil keputusan untuk tinggal dirumah kerana meluat melihat penglibatan Mahathir dalam Bersih.

5. Alhamdulillah, demokrasi kini semakin kukuh di Malaysia dan tidak boleh diganggu-gugat oleh seorang diktator tua yang mengakui beliau seprang diktator semasa memerintah.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak,‎
Menteri Komunikasi Dan Multimedia
Malaysia‎

Diterjemah oleh : KKMM

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Mahathir effect: the people deserted Bersih


Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia

19 November 2016

1. The turnout for today's rally is a serious setback for Tun Mahathir Mohamad and his new party, Pribumi, the junior partner in the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan coalition. The creation of Mahathir's new party was supposed to bring masses of new Malay supporters to Pakatan and Bersih 5.‎‎

2. Instead, those marching today were only about 3% of last year's Bersih rally. Namely, 15,500 today compared to the 500,000 Bersih claimed last year. Even if you take the figure supplied by Malaysiakini, today's total was no higher than 41,000 – less than 10% of the figure Bersih claimed last year.

3. So the vast majority of Malaysians have rejected the hypocrisy of Bersih, and rejected Pribumi. They can see it is a party of has-beens and failures, created only out of Mahathir's desperation for his son to become prime minister after UMNO rejected him.‎

4. The result of Mahathir and his cronies joining Bersih has seen the turnout drop by nearly 97%. Malays see through his selfish agenda and refused to attend. And the thousands of Chinese Malaysians who attended Bersih last year are so disgusted that Mahathir is involved they stayed at home.

5. Thankfully, democracy is now firmly entrenched in Malaysia. It cannot be overrun on the whims of one old man who has admitted to being a dictator when in power.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak,‎
Minister of Communications and Multimedia,‎
Malaysia‎

Friday, November 18, 2016

Democracy means follow the Constitution

Salleh Said Keruak

The definition of democracy is the rule of the people by the people through majority choice via a representative government. In Malaysia's case this means 30  million citizens through 15-20 million voters send 222 representatives to Parliament.

As in the UK and US, this may not necessarily mean majority vote but majority seats or something similar such as electoral college.

The opposition does not seem to accept the Westminster system of choosing a government and instead wants to resort to street demonstrations in changing the government. This is certainly something not provided for in a democracy or in the Constitution.

NGOs are supposed to fight for a better system or a better country. How can unconstitutional methods in changing governments be better when it triggers chaos and anarchy?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mahathir’s one party, one symbol and one manifesto 



Salleh Said Keruak

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took a shot at PAS and said that the Islamic party has ‘makan dedak’. Mahathir added that anyone who is opposed to the opposition must have ‘makan dedak’. This is just like President Bush Senior’s doctrine of “if you are not with me then you are against me” to gain support for the Middle East war, which has since left the entire Middle East in an utter mess. What Mahathir fails to see is that PAS did not leave Pakatan Rakyat but DAP closed down Pakatan Rakyat so that PAS could be kicked out of the opposition coalition -- and when they formed Pakatan Harapan PAS was not invited to join.

Mahathir now talks about one party, one symbol, one manifesto. This is what the opposition has been talking about since 1999. But after 17 years they still cannot get it done. Talking about it is simple. Doing it is another thing altogether. The opposition is not united on many things so how can it come to an agreement on one party, one symbol, one manifesto? PAS will never leave its ‘bulan’ and neither will DAP leave its ‘rocket’. That is the identity of each individual party. To ask every party to discard its traditional symbol and replace it with a common symbol is something they have been talking about but will never do since the last 17 years.

Furthermore, PPBM, PKR, DAP and PAN all have separate agendas. PPBM is about removing Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as Prime Minister and replacing him with Mahathir’s proxy. PKR is about freeing Anwar Ibrahim from jail and making him Prime Minister. PAN is a party of disgruntled PAS members who tried but failed to oust Abdul Hadi Awang. DAP, on the other hand, is a party that wants to see the emergence of a Malaysian Malaysia, which most Malays, even those in the opposition, cannot accept.

The common manifesto is another problem for the opposition. DAP talks about a Secular State. In that case they must be honest enough to insert that in their common manifesto. But are PKR, PAN and PPBM; and even PAS; prepared to accept DAP’s Secular State? PAS will then want its aspirations of an Islamic State to be stated. And that, too, cannot be inserted into the common manifesto. So that would mean, as usual, other than the common manifesto, each party would also have its individual manifestos and even different manifestos for each state, as in the past.