Sunday, April 23, 2017

Malaysia’s democracy at work

Salleh Said Keruak

Tomorrow is the coronation of His Majesty the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. No doubt Malaysia’s Agong is a Constitutional Monarchy, which many regard as a symbolic head of state. However, the position of the Agong is more than just symbolic and cannot be regarded as a rubber-stamp head of state.

Malaysia’s system is unique and not to be found anywhere else in the world. The Agong has a function to perform in maintaining checks and balances and is chosen by the Conference of Rulers and serves on a rotation basis. So even the Monarchy itself practices a form of democracy although the state rulers are hereditary.

The Constitutional Monarchy ensures stability and this has brought confidence to Malaysia, which foreign investors have ranked as the most politically-stable nation in South East Asia. We need to maintain this image and reputation and show the world that we choose our government through the ballot box and not through street violence like some countries, which just brings chaos in the aftermath of that change.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mahathir and his fake news on Malaysia

Salleh Said Keruak

Today Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia has been labelled as amongst the ten most corrupt countries in the world. On 24th January 2017, CNBC came out with a report mentioning the ten most corrupt countries in the world as follows:

Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau and Venezuela.

The New York Times also came out with its report on 9th December 2016 more or less saying the same thing, as did the Independent UK on 25th January 2017 and on the same day. Last month, on 14th March 2017, CheatSheet came out with the 15 most corrupt countries in the world and still Malaysia was not on the list.

Even more interesting is the fact that came out with the most corrupt countries list based on Transparency International’s report and Malaysia was not even in the top 100 list. So where did Mahathir get his facts from? Has someone been feeding him false news?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

They all declare themselves as advisers just to deceive the public

Salleh Said Keruak

Umno’s leadership hierarchy is crystal clear on who is number one, number two and number three whereas in Pakatan Harapan until today Lim Kit Siang is so scared of declaring his leadership position.

All these so-called advisers are unelected and another word for unelected leader is dictator. They hide behind the word ‘adviser’ while single-handedly making all the decisions, which is how dictators normally do things. At least in Umno we are clear about the hierarchy and about who calls the shots. We cannot say the same for Pakatan Harapan.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Is this a scientific analysis or tea leaves reading?

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to fall in the next general election. Is this based on a scientific study such as a poll or based on tea leaves reading?

The opposition is in such a mess that the voters do not see any alternative to the present government. What the voters want is economic and political stability and this is what the government is offering.

Fabricated allegations against the Prime Minister is not enough to oust him. We shall see how Tony Pua, who is a member of the PAC, defends his latest allegation in court. That will determine whether all those allegations were true or not.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

An admission from Mahathir most welcomed


Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that comparing him to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is not comparing apples to apples but is comparing apples to oranges. This is a most welcomed admission from Mahathir because this is what we have been trying to emphasize for some time.

Mahathir carries with him a lot of baggage. He was Prime Minister during the time a number of regimes surrounding Malaysia were ousted. And Mahathir was compared as apple-to-apples with these ousted dictators. So comparing Najib to Mahathir would be negative for Najib.

The western media has accused Mahathir of wasting RM100 billion of the nation's money with an estimated RM100 billion more which has been labelled as 'leakages'. This was published in a book and is another Mahathir legacy which Najib should not be compared with.

In 1969, Mahathir accused Tunku Abdul Rahman of being a Chinese lover who gave in to the Chinese and which made the Malays angry (and Umno sacked him because of that). In 2013, Mahathir accused Najib of neglecting the Malays and of pandering to the Chinese whereas it is the Malays who support Umno. For sure Najib cannot be compared to Mahathir.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It looks like DAP calls the shots after all

Salleh Said Keruak

Muhyiddin Yassin says there is no problem for a non-Malay to become Prime Minister, just like what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad once said. The fact is whoever becomes Prime Minister is for DAP to say since DAP is the largest stakeholder in Pakatan. In 2008 DAP won 28 parliament seats and in 2013 they won 38 seats.

With currently only one parliament seat and two state seats, Pribumi is in no position to dictate anything. DAP is the dominant party and it calls the shots Therefore, Muhyiddin has to kowtow to DAP. Muhyiddin will do anything to please DAP and not upset Lim Kit Siang. In fact, Pribumi needs DAP more than DAP needs Pribumi. This means Muhyiddin has no objections with DAP being in the driver’s seat.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hitler was also a patriot


Some people claim they are crticising the Prime Minister and are running down the country out of patriotism. Most historians agree that Adolf Hitler was also a patriot and that Naziism was the product of this patriotism. And 100 million people died because of this.

If anyone wants to impress us with his or her patriotism then it has to start with the spirit of 'Negaraku' and the Rukun Negara. You cannot be opposed to all this and have your own version and interpretation of patriotism.

The war in Serbia and Bosnia that took so many lives was an act of patriotism. So was the Vietnam War and the Cambodian 'killing fields'. But I am sure the millions of dead did not think so.

Patriotism is not by saying it but by what you do. And sabotaging Malaysia's economy by frightening off foreign investors is not an act of patriotism but an act of treason.

Friday, March 31, 2017

DAP should hold the chairmanship of Pakatan Harapan

Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang, DAP's adviser, should hold the post of Pakatan Harapan's Chairman considering DAP has 38 parliament seats compared to only 27 for PKR, 6 for PAN and just 1 for Pribumi.

In the state assemblies DAP has 96 seats against just 48, 7 and 2 for PKR, PAN and Pribumi respectively. Minus the PAS seats, which is no longer a member of Pakatan Harapan, that makes DAP the largest party in the opposition coalition. And that also makes Pakatan Harapan DAP-dominated.

By appointing a Malay from one of the minority parties as the Pakatan Harapan Chairman it raises the question of whether Kit Siang is trying to give the opposition a Malay face. It creates also the impression that Pakatan Harapan is an Ali Baba arrangement.

Lim Kit Siang sepatutnya dilantik jawatan Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan

1. Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang perlu menyandang jawatan Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan memandangkan DAP memiliki 38 kerusi Parlimen dan 96 kerusi DUN. Ternyata DAP parti terbesar dan terkuat dalam Pakatan Harapan.

2. PKR pula memiliki 27 kerusi Parlimen dan 48 kerusi DUN. PAN memiliki 6 kerusi Parlimen dan 7 DUN. Akhir sekali Pribumi hanya memiliki satu kerusi Parlimen dan 2 kerusi DUN.

3. Apabila Lim Kit Siang cuba melantik pemimpin PKR, PAN atau Pribumi bagi menduduki jawatan Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan maka timbul tanda tanya apakah ini agenda beliau untuk sekali lagi memperdaya para pengundi Melayu.

4. Jika Lim Kit Siang enggan menyandang jawatan Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan dan sebaliknya melantik seorang Melayu untuk duduki jawatan tersebut maka ia akan memberi gambaran ianya hanya Pakatan Ali Baba.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kit Siang should not live in a glass house and throw stones

Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang talks about Umno's hegemony and 60-year rule. Umno may have been in power for 60 years but the party has been led by seven party presidents over those 60 years. Kit Siang, on the other hand, has been DAP's leader for 51 years.

Many grassroots leaders have left DAP and most times the reason they give is because the party does not tolerate dissent. These dissenters accuse Kit Siang of perpetuating a dictatorship and of building a political dynasty. If only some say this you could raise doubts but when scores say this there must be some truth in the allegation.

Kit Siang is the least qualified to criticise Umno when DAP epitomises an undemocratic party where no one is allowed to criticise its leaders or challenge its authority.  Does Kit Siang not realise he is spitting into the wind?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Menteri luah kebimbangan mengenai penculikan paderi

06 Mac 2017
Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak melahirkan kebimbangannya terhadap penculikan paderi Raymond Koh, dan menggesa semua pihak tidak membuat sebarang spekulasi.
Beliau berkata, polis sedang melakukan yang terbaik untuk mengesan paderi yang hilang sejak 13 Februari, berdasarkan petunjuk dan bukti yang ada.
Salleh berkata, apabila membabitkan kes-kes penculikan, pihak polis terpaksa berhati-hati untuk melindungi mangsa, oleh itu tidak semua butiran yang berkaitan dengan penyiasatan itu boleh didedahkan kepada umum.
Dalam perkembangan sama, beliau meminta pihak polis untuk menyelesaikan kes itu secepat mungkin.
"Saya bersimpati dengan rasa kecewa dan putus asa keluarga dan rakan-rakannya. Tetapi kita tidak boleh membenarkan kemarahan mengaburi pertimbangan kita.
"Saya dapati banyak mesej dan dakwaan sedang beredar berhubung kes ini yang mengaitkan kebencian agama walaupun sebelum polis menubuhkan motif.
"Kita tidak boleh membiarkan ini. Saya yakin sebagai seorang yang berdedikasi untuk berbakti kepada Tuhan, paderi Koh sendiri tidak mahu kita menyemai benih-benih permusuhan agama,” katanya kepadaMalaysiakini.
Salleh juga menegur pihak yang bertanggungjawab mengedar mesej mendakwa bahawa paderi itu telah dibunuh dan pihak polis telah menemui mayatnya.
"Bayangkan kesedihan orang tersayang apabila membaca mesej sedemikian?" katanya.
"Bayangkan apa yang berlaku kepada negara ini, apabila orang ramai percaya mesej itu adalah kenyataan? Oleh itu, sila, janganlah kita memburukkan lagi keadaan.
“Sebaliknya, marilah kita berdoa agar paderi Koh selamat pulang," katanya.
Biarpun apa motif sekalipun, Salleh berkata penculik berkenaan mesti dibawa ke muka pengadilan.
Sebelum ini, Ketua Polis Daerah Petaling Jaya Mohd Zani Che Din menolak khabar angin paderi berkenaan telah dibunuh seperti yang tersebar melalui aplikasi mesej teks Whatsapp.
Berdasarkan rakaman CCVT, Koh dirakamkan diculik oleh sekumpulan lelaki bertopeng di Petaling Jaya, yang menggunakan kenderaan mereka untuk menyekat kereta Honda Accord paderi itu.

Salleh expresses concern over pastor's abduction

06 March 2017

Communication and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak has expressed concern over the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh, and urged all quarters not to jump to conclusions.

He said the police are doing their best to trace the whereabouts of the pastor, who has been missing since Feb 13, based on the leads available.

Salleh pointed out that when it involved abduction cases, the police must exercise caution in order to protect the victim, therefore not all details related to the investigation can be made public.

On the same note, the minister urged the police to solve this case as soon as possible.

“I can sympathise with the despair and frustration that his loved ones and friends are feeling. But we cannot allow anger to cloud our judgement.

“I have seen numerous messages and claims circulating linking this case to religious differences even before the police have established a motive for the abduction.

“We cannot allow our emotions to get the better of us. I am sure that as a person dedicated to the service of God, pastor Koh himself would not want us to sow the seeds of religious animosity in his name,” he told Malaysiakini.

Salleh also admonished those responsible for circulating a message claiming that the pastor was killed and the police have recovered his mutilated remains.

“Imagine the grief of his loved ones upon reading such a message?” he said.

“Imagine what harm it can do this nation, when believe such messages to be the truth? So please, let us not make the situation worse. Let us pray for the pastor's safe return instead,” he added.

Whatever the motive, Salleh said the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

- from

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The DAP-led Pakatan Ali Baba

Salleh Said Keruak

The perception that the opposition tried to create is that Pakatan is a Malay-led coalition and not a DAP-led coalition. This, however, has been proven to be a fallacy as it is apparent that Lim Kit Siang is very much in control of Pakatan and he dictates what happens.

Many now realise that both Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim are mere props and, like most Malays in DAP, are being used as mascots to attract Malay voters when, in fact, they both have no say in Pakatan since neither are Members of Parliament.

Basically, as Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who saw through this charade, said today, Mahathir and Anwar created the perfect Ali Baba situation for DAP to hide behind. DAP knows that on its own it cannot woo the Malay voters so they need Mahathir and Anwar to do that.

The UMNO-led Barisan Nasional does not operate this way and would never resort to trickery to deceive the voters because we work transparently and with mutual respect for one another within the coalition. We also do not make U-turns just to suit the political needs of certain individuals at the expense of the party or the coalition like what the opposition leaders do.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HRH the Sultan speaks out again

Salleh Said Keruak

Today HRH the Sultan of Johor gave the worst-ever dressing down to who he referred to as demented-leader, who many believe His Highness meant Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. And this is not the first time Mahathir has been given an earful by His Highness, mind you.

It would be wise for Mahathir to heed what His Highness said. The fact that His Highness was forced to rebuke Mahathir shows that he has gone beyond the boundary of decency where even His Highness can no longer tolerate it.

Mahathir now appears unable to separate his personal grudge from the interest of the nation. Mahathir is bringing ridicule upon himself and he has only himself to blame for it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This is just the beginning for DAP

Salleh Said Keruak

The resignation of the four DAP representatives from Melaka proves what many have known for some time: which is the DAP grassroots leaders are not happy about Lim Kit Siang flirting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. For some time many DAP leaders have been unhappy with Kit Siang and Guan Eng and now it appears to have finally reached breaking point.

There are many more in DAP who feel the same way but for the sake of the party they do not want to rock the boat. There are also Malays who support Pakatan but who are unhappy with Mahathir's role in the opposition. What Dr Wan Azizah Ismail said yesterday expresses the sentiments of many Malays.

The credibility and integrity of both DAP and Pakatan Harapan have suffered these last two years because of the unholy alliance between Mahathir and Kit Siang. All the gains the opposition made in 2008 and 2013 are going to be lost in the next general election.

No one doubts that both Mahathir and Kit Siang are serving their personal political agenda at the sacrifice of the interest of the voters. And the voters will show their unhappiness in the next election if this state of affairs continues.

The fact that Mahathir and Kit Siang said many nasty things about each other in the past and now embrace each other demonstrates a lack of principles and morals. As much as you may be united by a common objective, you still need to maintain some level of honour and integrity.

The damage, however, has already been done and after this U-turn it will be impossible to do yet another U-turn. The main unhappiness is with Kit Siang and Guan Eng so it does not take a genius to figure out the solution.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Press Statement YB Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak
Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia


8 February 2017 - As we embark upon the year 2017, let us be thankful that Malaysia has been blessed with peace and harmony ever since our national anthem ‘Negaraku’ was played. Despite its young age, our nation has made tremendous progress and is on par with the world’s giants in many aspects. Without a doubt, the key to our success is in the unity of our people, and thus, we must remain united despite condemnations from those who have ill intentions.

Unfortunately, this negativity has in some way threatened the loyalty and pride of some for our country. It is our responsibility to rally together and celebrate our love for Malaysia; never let this love fade, but let it inspire us to nourish our nation’s glory.

We as Malaysians must instill in ourselves the spirit of ‘Negaraku’ – an initiative launched by the government that is driven by the love and passion for our country, innate in all Malaysians. The spirit of ‘Negaraku’ encourages us to embrace whatever differences we may have and come together as one people to inspire positivity, pride and belief for our great nation.

Building on Tunku Abdul Rahman’s statement that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation, the spirit of ‘Negaraku’ can only truly materialise by carrying the voice of Malaysians from all walks of life, regardless of race and ideology.

The journey that we took together to develop Malaysia into what it is today was not without its growing pains. Yet, our hearts are made stronger by holding on to the spirit of ‘Negaraku’ through our bleakest moments. It has made us conscientious in evaluating right from wrong, understand each other better and given us strength to defend the honour of this country, our country.

Therefore, let us come together to galvanize the spirit of ‘Negaraku’ even further and drive our nation to greater heights. My Country, My Nation, Negaraku.


Kit Siang needs more tuition from Tony Pua

Salleh Said Keruak

Today Lim Kit Siang asked me to take tuition from Tony Pua to improve my knowledge on financial matters, "as a little knowledge is dangerous", Kit Siang said. I take it Kit Siang has himself been tutored by Tony, whom he seems to regard as a financial guru.

What Kit Siang listed down in his blog are merely the operational issues involved in doing business. Companies raise funds from various sources to buy assets and do business. That is quite normal unless the company starts business with a huge paid up capital. And in 1MDB's case the start up capital was only RM1 million.

The issue here is did 1MDB physically lose RM42 billion like what has been alleged? Tun Dr Mahathir said RM42 billion has lesap or disappeared into thin air. This would mean 1MDB has nothing to show for it. That is not true because 1MDB has RM51 billion worth of assets to show for it plus ongoing development for the next couple of decades.

So I do not need tutoring from Tony, like Kit Siang does, to understand something so fundamental. And I did not attend the Save Malaysia Roundtable because the event was not about saving Malaysia but had other ulterior motives and hidden agendas.

On the BMF and Bank Negara Forex issues, which Kit Siang mentioned, those are real and physical losses with no benefit to the country. On the other hand, 1MDB is a going concern. Maybe Kit Siang should change tutors if Tony did not explain this to him.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RCI only needed on BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals

Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad are sour grapes and are not comparing apples-to-apples when they say a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) is needed not just for the BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals but also for 1MDB as well. 

Maybe Kit Siang and Mahathir overlooked the fact that 1MDB has already been investigated by the PAC, Special Task Force, Auditor-General, Attorney-General, PDRM, MACC, etc., plus reports regarding the matter prepared. Regarding the BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals, however, no such thing was done and, in fact, at that time Parliament was misinformed about the matter and only today are we discovering the truth.

The government’s real exposure in 1MDB is only RM1 million, the initial paid up capital. Mahathir, however, is creating the impression that the government lost RM42 billion, which is not true and is a fabrication. In the case of the BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals, though, the losses were real and substantial and involved massive capital injections and bail-outs to avoid bankruptcy. While the finances of 1MDB is an open book, until today we do not know the truth regarding the finances related to the BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals. That is why the need for a RCI on these two matters.

The government has never needed to bail out 1MDB with any capital injection (other than the initial RM1 million capital injection) like in the case of the BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals, which cost the country hundreds of billions. Even then we do not know how much the amount really was, unlike  in 1MDB’s case. And only a RCI can get to the truth regarding the BMF and Bank Negara Forex scandals.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mahathir cannot explain this away so easily

Salleh Said Keruak

The latest revelations regarding the BMF and Forex scandals have put Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a very awkward position. As much as he is attempting to explain away the issue and treat them as if they are not material, it invariably reveals his hypocrisy and doubled standards. This is the conclusion anyone would draw from his recent very defensive posting.

Without question the CIA report exposes Mahathir's responsibility in this mega-billion loss suffered by the country. And as usual Mahathir blames others except himself for this financial disaster. The BMF and Forex scandals makes Mahathir the last person in Malaysia qualified and credible enough to ask Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to step down from office citing 1MDB as the excuse.

While Mahathir refuses to accept responsibility for the BMF and Forex scandals, he is using the  1MDB issue as an excuse to topple the Prime Minister. The truth is 1MDB was sabotaged to turn it into a problem and it started with the sabotage of the IPO.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mahathir's ludicrous conspiracy theory

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the recently-released CIA report implicating him in the 1983 multi-billion BMF scandal is meant to demonise him. And the reason the CIA wants to demonise him, said Mahathir, is because he criticises the US.

If that is true why did the CIA wait 34 years to do this? They would have done it when he was still Prime Minister and not now when he is no longer important to the US.

Actually the BMF report is just two pages of 13 million pages that the CIA declassified and is purely coincidental. The CIA did not declassify just these two pages regarding the BMF issue alone.

Many countries declassify documents that are classified or under the Official Secrets Act after 25, 35, or more, years depending on the sensitivity of those documents. Some, of course, remain classified forever. But for Mahathir to suggest the CIA declassified 13 million pages of documents just so that they can leak two pages related to BMF aimed at demonising him is ludicrous.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Is Kit Siang the Opposition Leader or Shadow PM?

Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang has challenged Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to a debate. Maybe Kit Siang has forgotten he is just the Chairman of DAP. He is not even the leader of Pakatan Harapan so that does not put him at the same level as the Prime Minister, who is the Chairman of Barisan Nasional.

If Kit Siang is Pakatan Harapan's leader or the Shadow Prime Minister then this gives him some leverage to demand that Najib debate him.

Kit Siang must first take over as Pakatan Harapan's leader from Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and officially announce he is Pakatan's Shadow Prime Minister before challenging Najib to a debate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mahathir's normal warped logic

Salleh Said Keruak

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad replied to the interview by HRH the Sultan of Johor that was carried by The Star yesterday and, yet again, he uses his usual warped logic to reply to His Highness.

For example, Mahathir said he was using foreign news reports as his point of reference and since these reports have not been challenged or denied then they must be true. Using that same logic much has also been said about Mahathir which he also has not denied. And it was Mahathir who said not all foreign reports are true.

Mahathir then went on to explain the difference between acceptable and unacceptable FDI. Foreigners are welcome to invest in Malaysia as long as they do not benefit and only Malaysia benefits. Investors will only invest in any country if it benefits them, such as during Mahathir's time when he allowed them tax holidays and guaranteed them cheap labour. Investors are out to make profits and not to do charity work and Mahathir knows this.

Mahathir has his own ideas on how things should be done but a lot of those ideas are outdated and no longer work. Mahathir should brush up on his knowledge on how things are done nowadays and what the word globalisation means. The world is now  borderless and Mahathir needs to come to terms with this.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cyber-related laws reviewed holistically to promote Internet Economy

Salleh Said Keruak
Minister of Communication and MultiMedia

All cyber-related laws are being reviewed and looked at in a holistic manner towards developing the Internet Economy in Malaysia.

As our Prime Minister announced during the 2017 Budget speech, this year will be the year of the Internet Economy for Malaysia. In order for us to develop our Internet Economy, consumers must have trust in the networks.

In fact, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 had been reviewed over the past 18 months with a view to improving the online environment. Some of the considerations made during the review is the need to develop interoperable and enabling platforms to increase the volume of digital transactions and harness data as a resource. Such platforms include payment systems, identity verification, cloud services and big data analytics.

The review also takes into account the need to improve security and build greater trust in existing networks as more transactions will attract more risks.

The review of the CMA 1998 has been completed and the proposed amendments will be tabled as soon as the review of other relevant laws is completed.

Initially, the amendments were supposed to have been tabled a year ago, however, with other legislation being reviewed and new laws to be introduced, particularly in the area of cyber security, the amendments to the CMA 1998 were put on hold so that everything could be approached collectively.

I am confident that this holistic approach and the proposed amendments to the CMA 1998 will facilitate a healthy online environment and help to promote more digital transactions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

News can be fake or real, depending on what you choose to believe.

Salleh Said Keruak

I’ve said this before and I will say it again – verify before you vilify your source of news information. It is very unfortunate to know that many people still cling on to mistaken beliefs and theories that could even be decades old!

Fabricated news stories and irresponsible online news sources spread misinformation in order to mislead and/or make money when others click on the site or article. This makes fake news much more insidious than real news.

According to an analysis by BuzzFeed, a leading independent digital media company, hoaxes about the US politics were among the top-performing fake news content on Facebook in 2016. BuzzFeed News Media Editor, Craig Silverman said that twenty-three of the 50 top-performing fake news hoaxes found on Facebook, were focused on US politics.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the proliferation of fake news on his Facebook account, “The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information.”

In that same post, Zuckerberg shares how the Facebook community can help Facebook understand what is fake and what is not, as well as outlining some of the projects that are underway to minimize misinformation.

In using social media and other communication platforms, we need to be responsible users, so don’t be too quick to hit the Share, Forward or RT button without verifying the piece of news.

Monday, January 9, 2017

This is called globalisation

Salleh Said Keruak

UK car sales for 2016 achieved a record figure of 2.7 million cars sold. That is the best year ever for the UK motor industry.

Mini saw an increase in sales of 8.5%, Land Rover 19.47% and Jaguar 45.37%. The irony of this is that all these British brands are now foreign owned.

Even Volvo is doing much better since the Chinese took over the company whereas it was on the verge of closing down earlier.

This is the reality of the business world today. Sentiments and national pride must not get in the way of business decisions. Sometimes hard decisions need to be made for the business to remain viable.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mahathir is stuck in the past

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks show that he is still thinking 'old school' and does not realise that the world has changed since the time he was Malaysia's Prime Minister 14 years ago.

Since the 1990's China, which was a sleeping giant for hundreds of years, suddenly woke up and once awake there was nothing that could stop them.

It is futile trying to resist China's great march forward just like it was futile to resist Western colonisation 500 years ago. China is on the move and no one can stop them .

All over the world China is investing, going into partnership, and is buying up assets like never before in history. This is a phenomena countries like Malaysia need to accept or else get left behind and perish.

We have been warned that while globalisation does have its good side it also means the creation of a bordeless world and the end of protectionism. You cannot expect FDI or money to flow into your country and yet not be prepared to relinquish control of certain assets.

This is the reality of the 'new world' and Mahathir needs to wake up to this. The other alternative is to adopt a closed-door policy and move backwards and remain poor.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mahathir needs to be consistent

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's latest blog posting shows his inconsistency and his lack of understanding regarding the meaning of FDI. He also does not understand sovereignty.

'Foreign land' refers to sovereignty. The UK, in particular in London, is probably a good example where a lot of property is owned by foreigners. But the UK still has sovereignty over all that property. Only in cases of foreign embassies does it differ.

If foreigners are allowed to purchase land in Malaysia that enhances the value of the property. That does not give the foreigners sovereignty over the land they bought. They are still on Malaysian soil.

Attracting FDI comes in many forms. It could be manufacturing plants, trading companies, property investments, resorts, clubs, etc. All attract FDIs. Mahathir somehow has the notion that FDI only means factories. Even golf courses set up by foreigners attract FDIs.

Many foreigners in any country in the world would certainly change the social structure of any country. That is why more than 50% of British voted in favour of Brexit. But what does Mahathir mean  by major impact on the political landscape of the nation in future? Can he be specific? What exactly is he referring to? Is he talking about Malay political power?

Mahathir is the one who is saying that Umno must be defeated in the next general election. Now he says the opposite. So which one does Mahathir want? Mahathir wants to change the political landscape of Malaysia and then grumbles about the possibility that foreigners will change the political landscape.