Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mahathir’s strange confession today

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a strange confession today. He confessed that it cost hundreds of millions to win a general election. In fact, Mukhriz Mahathir said that the total actually comes to RM1.5 billion, which was also what the opposition alleged Mahathir had spent in the 1999 general election.

In 1999, businessmen known to be loyal to Anwar Ibrahim or to the opposition complained that they were facing discrimination and persecution. They alleged that Mahathir’s government was forcing them to sell their companies or banks and that they suffered blacklisting by government departments and ministries.

The way Mahathir is grumbling, he gives an impression that those who support the opposition are dishonest people who cheat the government by evading tax. That is why all the opposition supporters or financiers are being subjected to investigation involving income tax evasion.

Mahathir also says Najib won the 1999 general election because of the 2,000 military votes. Mahathir was also accused of winning his seat in the 1999 general election with 2,000 phantom votes. When the press asked him about this allegation during a press conference in the early hours of 30th November 1999, Mahathir never denied it and replied, “Even the opposition does the same thing.”


Salleh Said Keruak

1.  DAP akan menentukan siapa Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri jika Pakatan ambil alih PutraJaya. Ini adalah atas sebab DAP mempunyai kerusi parlimen yang terbesar dalam Pakatan Harapan. Kedudukan DAP dalam Pakatan sama saperti kedudukan UMNO dalam Barisan maka sebab itu UMNO duduki jawatan Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

2.  Amalan ini adalah konvensyen politik tanahair maka atas dasar inilah Perdana Menteri telah mengatakan pada Disember 2016 bahawa PRU 14 sebenarnya adalah bagi rakyat Malaysia untuk memilih antara "UMNO-led government" atau "DAP-led government".

3.  Perdana Menteri kita dengan bijak telah membaca dan menganalisa terhadap cara permainan dan percaturan politik yang dibuat oleh parti DAP. Beliau tahu bahawa Lim Kit Siang sangat takut jikalau orang Melayu tahu bahawa DAP paling berkuasa dalam Pakatan Harapan dan DAP yang buat keputusan2 penting ataupun "last word".

4.  Maka sebab itulah DAP mengalakkan parti Melayu contohnya Pribumi yang hanya miliki satu kerusi parlimen untuk mempamerkan cita2 mereka untuk jadi Perdana Menteri. Ini merupakan strategy DAP untuk mempamerkan "malay face" sebagai satu propaganda politik.

5.  Perdana Menteri kita jauh lebih cekap daripada Lim Kit Siang dalam gerak langkah percaturan politik pada masa ini. Sebab itu Dato Sri Najib lebih layak untuk memimpin negara daripada Lim Kit Siang.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In which town is Trump more popular than Najib?

Salleh Said Keruak

"TIME names Najib among world leaders 'less popular' than Trump, said Malaysiakini today. Time then names another four world leaders who together with Najib are less popular than Trump.

How did Time conduct this opinion poll? How many respondents were polled and where do these respondents live? Is Time saying that Najib and the other four world leaders are less popular than Trump in Terengganu and Kelantan or in New York City?

Hillary Clinton is supposed to be more popular than Donald Trump, and even President Obama supported her, but still Trump won the Presidency. And Time voted Anwar Ibrahim the man-of-the-year and more popular than Mahathir but yet Mahathir won the 1999 general election.

This so-called Time opinion poll is not relevant to Malaysian politics and will not really sway public opinion as those who support the opposition, or otherwise, are not going to shift just because Time says Trump is more popular than Najib outside the town of Pekan.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sarawak Report stalks and harasses Rosmah Mansor

Salleh Said Keruak

Sarawak Report demonstrated an absolute lack of decorum and manners by stalking and harassing Rosmah Mansor today. We would expect people from so-called civilised England to at least show respect to the wife of a foreign Prime Minister but apparently diplomacy is reserved only for their own kind.

They shouted slanderous allegations that are nothing but a pack of lies while saying that freedom of the press allows them to say whatever they like. They then asked Rosmah why go to the UK if she does not want to be stalked.

The fact Sarawak Report refuses to publish their accounts and reveal their source of funds shows they are afraid of being transparent. Yet they accuse others of that.

The Sarawak Report people were absolutely rude. And the fact they felt they have a right to be rude demonstrates the low class of people we are dealing with.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A complete U-turn for Mahathir

Salleh Said Keruak

It is most ironical that last night in his speech in Gelang Patah Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did a complete U-turn from his May 2013 stance. In 2013, Mahathir called Lim Kit Siang a racist and asked that he be ‘buried’ in Gelang Patah.

“I have explained in my blog that DAP is not a Chinese chauvinist party. It is a multiracial party that is open to all races. I also noticed that DAP is much more Malaysian than any other government party. That is why I now work with DAP, because I feel comfortable with DAP,” said Mahathir last night.

For more than 44 years, from 1969 to 2013, Mahathir has been consistent in condemning DAP and its Chinese supporters. In 1969, Mahathir said he does not need Chinese votes to win the election and just based on Malay votes alone he can win. The Chinese then decided to vote for PAS and Yusof Rawa won instead. Mahathir then retaliated by writing his anti-Chinese book, The Malay Dilemma, which was banned by the government.

One thing that Mahathir has been very consistent about is his stand on DAP. Soon after the 2013 general election Mahathir attacked Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for ‘wasting time’ on the Chinese voters, who would never vote for Barisan Nasional anyway, instead of focusing just on the Malay voters who are the backbone of the support for Umno.

Why this sudden and very drastic U-turn after more than 44 years of hating DAP? We can only assume that in his desperation Mahathir is scraping the bottom of the barrel because he realises that unless his party and Pakatan Harapan can get Chinese support they are going to get wiped out in the next general election because they have already lost the support of the Malay electorate.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Recycled spin more than ten years old

Salleh Said Keruak

This spin about disunity in Umno and/or Barisan Nasional Sabah is more than ten years old and keeps resurfacing from time to time. In fact, Sabah was supposed to be the backbone of '16 September' where 10 of the 30 MPs who were supposed to cross over were allegedly from Sabah.

In the end nothing happened each and every time. But that does not stop the opposition from resurrecting and recycling this story. And they do it each time they are facing problems and need to distract people from the mess the opposition is in.

The truth is Umno and Barisan Nasional Sabah have never been more united than now. Realising that the Prime Minister has been the target of a plot, Umno and Barisan Nasional Sabah have closed ranks and are standing solidly behind Chief Minister Musa Aman.

It is wishful thinking on the part of Opposition if they think there is a power struggle in Sabah, which is going to result in a change of state government. Sabah has demonstrated loyalty to the party and party leadership and will continue to do so.