Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Pada 2 November 2017, The Global Gender Gap Report menerbitkan laporannya tentang ketaksamaan gender.  Indeks yang digunakan untuk mengukur ketaksamaan tersebut ialah ekonomi, pencapaian pendidikan, kesihatan dan penguasaan politik.

2. Dengan mengambil kira skor 1 sebagai kesaksamaan dan 0 sebagai ketidaksamaan, skor Malaysia meningkat semakin baik dari 0.6550 (tempat 111 dari 144 buah negara) pada tahun 2015 kepada 0.6658 (tempat 106) pada tahun 2016, dan 0.670 (tempat 104) pada tahun 2017.  Skor ini tidak jauh bezanya dengan negara maju seperti Australia (0.731), Luxembourg (0.706), dan Amerika Syarikat (0.718).

3. Apa yang menyebabkan Malaysia kekurangan skor adalah kerana aspek penguasaan politik sahaja, iaitu Malaysia ketinggalan jauh dengan skor 0.058, Luxembourg (0.184), Amerika (0.124), dan Australia (0.232).  Jika jurang ini dikurangkan, maka soal ketaksamaan gender di Malaysia dapat dirapatkan.

4. Dengan Laporan Ketaksamaan Gender tersebut, ramai menyatakan kerajaan mendiskriminasikan kaum wanita.  Mereka memberikan contoh dari 71 ADUN Sarawak, hanya ada 7 orang wanita sahaja, dan daripada 222 ahli parlimen di Malaysia, hanya ada 24 ahli parlimen wanita sahaja (iaitu 10.8%).

5. Pertanyaannya, mengapa penilaian hanya dilihat dari aspek ‘political empowerment’ sahaja?  Bagaimana pula dengan dimensi ekonomi, pendidikan dan kesihatan? Jika dilihat dari dimensi ini, ternyata tidak ada diskriminasi terhadap wanita.  Data menunjukkan pada tahun 2013, lebih 86,798 wanita memasuki universiti berbanding lelaki, meningkat daripada 67,734 orang pada 2009.  Data The World Global Gender Gap Index 2017 juga meletakkan skor pencapaian wanita lebih tinggi berbanding lelaki dalam bidang pendidikan 0.991, kesihatan 0.977, dan ekonomi 0.654.  Ketaksamaan gender cuma ketara dalam aspek politik 0.058.

6. Jika kerajaan mendiskriminasaikan wanita, tentunya wanita tidak akan melebihi lelaki dalam tiga aspek yang dinyatakan tersebut.  Kerajaan tidak pernah mendiskriminasikan wanita, malah selalu menghargai sumbangan wanita dalam pembangunan negara. Malah, kerajaan juga mempunyai kementerian yang khusus mengenai wanita yang menjadi bukti kepada sikap prihatin kerajaan terhadap wanita.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Stop using religion for scare-mongering

Salleh Said Keruak

It is most unfortunate that some politicians are using religion as a political bogeyman, in particular for scare-mongering purposes, which is badly dividing the people. Sabah and Sarawak have never experienced any problems regarding religion but now some politicians are trying to raise religious sentiments as part of their political strategy. This is not only very naughty but dangerous as well. Even Lim Kit Siang is talking about religion in his latest blog posting.

We are seeing many examples all over the world as to what happens when religious conflicts occur. Why the need to divide Muslims into moderate Muslims and extremist Muslims and further divide Muslims and non-Muslims? Only politicians bankrupt of ideas would do this. It is even ironical when those who are causing the divide grumble about the problem and say Malaysia needs to be saved. This is like the fox offering to save the chickens from getting eaten by other foxes.

Nation building cannot be achieved by dividing the people. So let us hear what solutions those people who complain about a divided Malaysia can offer. Talking about how badly divided Malaysia is will not unite the country. It just divides Malaysians even more. We keep hearing about the problem without hearing what the solutions are. And those who complain about it are actually the problem rather than the solution.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The reason the world is going bankrupt

Salleh Said Keruak

It is very easy to blame the government for everything under the sun that has gone wrong. There are those who suggest the solution to solving all problems is to change the government and all the problems will go away. Is that really the solution or is this merely a snake-oil merchant’s solution on how to cure all problems?                                                                                                                                                                                    
You cannot solve the problem of racism and religious intolerance by changing the government. It is people who create racial and religious problems so unless Malaysians are prepared to seek peace and harmony that is never going to happen even if you change the government.

The same goes with issues related to the economy. Have the critics ever explained how changing the government can make all Malaysians rich? Malaysia is not in outer space. Malaysia is part of the global economy. Whatever happens in other countries affects Malaysia. So Malaysia is not isolated and insulated from what the other countries do.

Today the world has become an expensive place. The cost of living has spiralled in any country you look at. Some complain that Malaysia is too expensive. Actually it is not Malaysia but a world problem. When others sneeze we catch a cold. So no change of government can change this.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Internet and Facebook: the swing factor in elections

Salleh Said Keruak

Political players started using the Internet in 1998 to sway public opinion but it was not until ten years later in 2008 that Malaysians realised the impact the Internet can have in swinging votes. President Obama used the Internet for his fund raising while President Trump spent US$70 million just on Facebook alone.

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch said by 2050 the media is going to be totally online or electronic and the print media is going to be a thing of the past. The way things are going that may actually happen far earlier than 2050. As it is politics and political campaigns are now more dependent on the online and electronic media.

We need to move with the times and become internet-savvy, especially in the media industry. Even more importantly we must not spoil the integrity of the online media with the proliferation of fake news because this will create a serious problem of trust deficit. We must make sure that the integrity of the online media is not killed off due to the action of a few. If not what could be a very valuable tool would become a stigma because no one would trust what is published online.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The grass is not always greener on the other side

Salleh Said Keruak

Some Malaysians say ‘the grass always looks greener on the other side’ when they travel overseas and compare other countries to Malaysia. But it is not necessarily true. Take note of problems of racism and intolerance being higher in countries considered more liberal and advanced than Malaysia. Muslim women wearing hijabs in European countries like England, France and Netherlands have to deal with the fear being discriminated, assaulted or attacked.

Some Malaysians complain so much about their country but foreigners who come to Malaysia tend to agree that our country is paradise. Either these well-travelled foreigners are lying or they see something that we apparently cannot.

Some Malaysians look to one single aspect just to condemn our country till the cows go home. For example, the rise in the price of petrol. But do some Malaysians say the same thing when the price of petrol goes down?  Do we have millions of homeless people sleeping on the streets like in developed countries? We need to look at Malaysia as a whole and not pick one item every day to grumble.

Some Malaysians are falling into the trap of constant grumbling about the country, even when the Government actually does something good. Please be aware that this is the classic anti-establishment strategy of creating dissatisfaction. We need to be rational and this means credit should be given when its due.

Some Malaysians should not sit around and grumble for the sake of grumbling. It is time to move forward to help build a better nation.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

When politics comes before the people

Salleh Said Keruak

Sometimes Malaysians are too engrossed in politics in that they sometimes see the tree but not the forest. And yet this is what happens on a daily basis: we get engrossed in the microscopic details and fail to consider the bigger picture. Politics should be a means to an end and not the end itself. Unfortunately, some Malaysians still do not understand this basic and fundamental rule.

We get involved in politics as a means to seek a better Malaysia. And this means we need to put the people above politics. some politicians, however, put their party interests above the interest of the people. In other words they are in politics not to serve the people but to attain power. Take one example where a certain US President accelerated the war in Vietnam because he needed to win the presidential elections and that resulted in 58,220 American casualties.

Politicians can sometimes be selfish and greedy for power. Even human life can be sacrificed in their pursuit for power, and slander and lies are considered trivial issues. We need to be wary of such politicians because the people are the last thing on their minds. They make promises to buy votes and once in power they offer a dozen excuses as to why they cannot deliver on their promises. That is why Malaysians need to be politically-mature and be wise to separate fact from fiction.

In this day and age, information is readily available in the internet but people are becoming too judgmental on every thing they see. It is time that Malaysians exercise good research on those who offer themselves to the people before deciding whether they serve the people or themselves.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lim Kit Siang and the Bugis issue

Salleh Said Keruak

The recent furore regarding Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s insult against the Bugis was covered by most of the English, Bahasa and Chinese newspapers as ‘Sultan Murka’, in English meaning HRH the Sultan of Selangor has been slighted or offended. Mahathir’s letter to the Malaysian Ambassador in Indonesia saying that he was not trying to insult the entire Bugis race but just one man, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, has not been accepted since it was not really an apology but an excuse.

Lim Kit Siang is usually very quick to issue a statement calling such political tactics as racial, especially when he is the target of such attacks. Even when others attack him he will still call it Umno-organised attacks. This time Kit Siang is strangely silent regarding Mahathir’s attack on the Bugis race despite all the requests made for him to clarify his position as the de facto Pakatan leader.

Kit Siang has to make his stand on this issue clear otherwise his silence will be viewed as tacit support of what Mahathir said and may be interpreted as what Superman Hew Kuan Yew of DAP said, which is Kit Siang is using Mahathir as a weapon to fight the Malays. If Kit Siang wants to be taken seriously as Pakatan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting he cannot remain silent and continue to hide behind his Malay proxy.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Beberapa hari lepas banjir teruk melanda utara Semenanjung mengakibatkan hampir 7 ribu penduduk Pulau Pinang dan 3 ribu penduduk Kedah terpaksa dipindahkan. Teruk atau tidaknya banjir ini dapat lihat bukan sahaja dari jalan yang ditenggelami air, tetapi juga rumah yang turut digenangi air.

2. Satu yang menarik perhatian saya dari musibah ini ialah tanggungjawab pemimpin pusat dan negeri bekerjasama menyelesaikan masalah rakyat ini.  Kelmarin, saya tertarik membaca kenyataan KM Pulau Pinang bahawa beliau menghubungi TPM awal pagi meminta bantuan, panggilan diangkat oleh TPM, dan esok paginya mereka berjumpa dan bekerjasama untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi rakyat.

3. Hari ini, PM Najib dan DS Rosmah sendiri pula turun ke Pulau Pinang. Sekali lagi disambut oleh KM Ketua Menteri dan diberikan taklimat oleh kerajaan negeri .Saya lihat mereka mesra bersama berbincang mengatasi masalah rakyat.

4. Senerio ini amat menarik.Politik matang diamalkan.Jauh di lubuk hati, saya berkata: Inilah Malaysia.Perbezaan politik tidak menghalang untuk bersama dalam menyelesaikan masalah rakyat. PM Najib ada lah seorang yang budiman.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Kit Siang must clarify Pakatan’s stand on the Bugis Pirate issue

Salleh Said Keruak

The ‘Bugis Pirate’ issue has now blown up beyond control with the Selangor Royal Council issuing a statement on the matter. If not careful this is going to turn into another conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Raja-Raja Melayu. And this is going to be the third conflict after the first two which happened when Mahathir was Prime Minister.

Lim Kit Siang must now come forward to clarify his stand on this issue. Since Mahathir is the Chairman of Pakatan Harapan keeping silent is not an option because the people need to know Kit Siang’s stand on the matter.

Kit Siang’s silence can be construed as being in agreement with Mahathir that the Bugis race are pirates and there are more than one Ruler who is of Bugis descent. However, while Barisan Nasional condemns Mahathir’s statement that insults the Bugis race, Pakatan Harapan’s stand appears to be not clear. Therefore Kit Siang must come out and clarify Pakatan’s stand.


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Dalam Bajet 2017 setahun yang lalu, ramai belum faham apabila PM menyebutkan tentang DFTZ. Namun, apabila PM melancarkan DFTZ ini kelmarin yang turut dihadiri oleh Jack Ma, pengasas Alibaba, ramai yang mula nampak arah tuju ekonomi Internet yang PM maksudkan.

2. DFTZ adalah suatu usaha kerajaan untuk memanfaatkan pertumbuhan ekonomi Internet dengan menjadikan e-dagang sebagai keutamaan.  Yang mendapat manafaat besar ialah PKS dan pengeluar Malaysia yang ingin mengeksport, pemilik jenama global yang ingin menubuhkan hab serantau, dan pembekal perkhidmatan tempatan dan global. Bagi pengguna ini akan meningkatkan pilihan belian dan penghantaran barangan yang lebih cepat.

3. DFTZ ini memberikan banyak kebaikan.  Antaranya ialah menjadikan KLIA pusat kargo udara dan logistik membabitkan syarikat-syarikat antarabangsa dan tempatan seperti Alibaba Group, Lazada dan POS Malaysia; meningkatkan perkhidmatan digital dan perkhidmatan dalam talian bagi memudahkan inovasi berasaskan Internet dan e-dagang antarabangsa; membantu pengusaha kecil mengembangkan pasaran produk mereka ke luar negara; dan mengurangkan sekatan dagangan bagi memudahkan penglibatan PKS dalam dagangan global.

4. Dari segi ekonomi, DFTZ dapat meningkatkan sumbangan ekonomi internet kepada KDNK Malaysia, membantu syarikat kecil dan sederhana tempatan untuk memasarkan produk mereka ke peringkat global dengan mudah, meningkatkan eksport PKS kepada AS$38 bilion dan menjana sebanyak 60,000 pekerjaan baru menjelang 2025, dan menggandakan pertumbuhan jumlah kargo udara Malaysia daripada 700,000 tan setahun sekarang kepada 1.3 juta tan setahun dalam tempoh 10 tahun.

5. Kelmarin, saya dapat merasakan DFTZ adalah mercu tanda baharu kejayaan Malaysia.  Pengarah Urusan MAHB, Datuk Mohd Badlisham Ghazali menyatakan apabila beroperasi sepenuhnya, Zon ini dijangka menerima pelaburan tambahan sebanyak RM700 juta. Tidak hanya itu, pergerakan barangan juga akan berlaku dengan banyak dari 150,000 tan sekarang kepada lebih 3.5 juta tan barangan menjelang 2020.  Selain itu, Zon ini juga dijangka menarik pelaburan asing serta domestik sebanyak  RM7 bilion.

6. Mengulas pelancaran DFTZ ini, Jack Ma juga menyifatkan DFTZ ini sebagai bukti kerajaan Malaysia adalah sebagai kerajaan yang amat cekap.  Sesungguhnya, menjelang 2020, Malaysia telah mengorak langkah menjadi sebuah negara yang maju dan berjaya.