Thursday, April 27, 2017

Anwar Ibrahim changes his story every time

Salleh Said Keruak

Anwar Ibrahim’s press statement yesterday appears to have been tailored for the current political situation he has found himself in. When he is with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar says one thing. When he is opposed to Mahathir, he says something else. And now that he is, again, with Mahathir, Anwar adds a new twist to the story.

In 1993, Anwar denied Bank Negara had lost money playing the Forex market. This was in response to a question that Lim Kit Siang raised in Parliament, which you can check in the Parliament Hansard. In 1994, Anwar told Parliament it was a small loss, and only a ‘paper loss’. He also blamed the Bank Negara Governor for it and said the Governor had been asked to resign.

In 2012, in a forum in Penang, he changed his story. The forum was also told the loss was US$10 billion and they blamed three people for it, Tun Daim Zainuddin and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad included. Now Anwar says something else and blames just Nor Mohamed Yakcop. And this is why there is a need to further probe this matter. If the truth had been revealed 24 years ago we would not still be investigating the matter today.

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.