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The years 2015 and 2016 are truly depressing for many of us Malaysians. The 1MDB scandal is just not going away with all the tricks played by the protagonist. Tried as I might, I just can’t seem to feel easy with the ongoing issues related to this sovereign fund which has been sloppily managed by the very person we used to trust.

As a response to the people’s vocal comments and bold discussions on the scandal, certain websites and blogs have been shut down. This government has now shown its true colours. Freedom of speech  and expression is selectively defined to suit the power that be. It is a suffocating time.

The international press has given a wide coverage of the massive fund misappropriation with money trails around the actors from Malaysia, Singapore,the Middle East, Switzerland, Luxembourg, US and Hong Kong. Truly a financial debacle. And the Malaysian taxpayers are set to bear the burden of the billion Ringgit debt incurred by 1MDB’s management.

As 2016 wears on, the unhappiness and sense of anger that the people feel are mounting. Najib the Malaysian Prime Minister who established this fund and used it as if it belonged to him and his family is behaving as if nothing happens. Gosh, the shameless man is totally lacking in conscience. After the international investigators have wrapped up their various probes into this gargantuan money laundering outfit, I wonder whether the international community will even have a shred of respect for this man who leads Malaysia to financial disaster.

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Najib Razak the infamous Prime Minister of Malaysia

Najib’s party supporters and sycophants are protecting him because he has the dirty money to fund them and they know the good times will not last once he is gone. These are the men and women who are without a tint of integrity. They have refused to understand the need to serve the nation instead they choose to serve a corrupt leader. The man himself has trampled on and destroyed all the institutions set up to ensure good governance and enforcement of laws to serve the citizens. We are truly doomed unless there is a divine intervention (yes, that is how desperate thinking Malaysians are).

Najib Razak please do us a favour. Please just disappear.

After all those years of anti-corruption campaigns and integrity programmes, corruption in the government sector ( also in the private sector) is still rampant, alive and kicking. We have read about corruption in the police force, custom, immigration, transportation and now in our navy ” Navy staff undone by lavish spending”. It looks like wherever there is an opportunity, there is no integrity.

Service for country and king and ....

Malaysian Navy- Service for country and king and ……..(net image)

I am at a loss thinking about the families and the education system which produce this kind of citizens who lack the awareness on the consequences of corruption in the service, community and country.As I see it, the ability to say no to corruption is within you: your attitude to getting things by abusing your trusted position. Are you aware that corruption weakens/degrades the society? Do you practice to say ” no” to bribery? Do you feel guilty when you accept a bribe? Ask yourself and dig at the answers and invoke your religious/moral training (if there is any)

Despite the current large-scale Islamisation of government services and the education system, these corrupt government servants still prevail. They wear Islamic garbs and they go to pray during working times and yet they are indulgently parasitic, feeding on money not rightfully earned!

The more important implication of this treacherous behaviour is the impact on public service and community. Corruption has far wider negative effects on the society. In the case of the naval officers from the procurement division, low quality supplies could have been supplied at inflated prices causing the government, read, tax-payers to fork out more fund to purchase them. Fund which could have been used to help the poor and the needy.

The above situation applies to all items but more so if the items are equipments used for security purposes. The navy would end up with substandard items which could well be defective, not lasting or come with expensive spare parts not in the quotations. Contractors with inferior quality supplies are usually the ones likely to offer bribe to officers in charge of procurement in any government agency.

Let’s hope our Malaysian Anti-Corruption Council continue to detect, arrest and successfully prosecuted all these scum of the government service!

Immigration.. border control, foreigners,work permits and passport issuance and...

Immigration.. border control, foreigners,work permits and passport issuance and……. (net image)

It would appear that in spite of all those previous well-publicised arrests of rogue government servants for corruption, the punishments are not sufficiently deterrent to scare the hell out of these government staff. The lure of the good life is far too attractive: the expensive cars, luxury watches, elegant houses, annual overseas holidays; you name it and they want it. They could not have afforded these on their salary as government servants.

I am reminded here that the State of Trengganu in the East coast is proposing for those male Muslim men not performing Friday prayer to be paraded in a hearse around town for the public to mock. How about we do the same for convicted corrupt government servants? Shaming them could be effective. But then some human rights freaks would oppose strongly to this method. Well, I oppose the punishment for Friday prayer’s skippers but not for bloody corrupt government staff.

Arrested custom officers, charged for corruption. Million of taxes not collected...

Arrested custom officers, charged for corruption. Million of taxes not collected…….. (Source: The Star)

I believe the measures put in by the government to fight corruption in the service are not working. The internal monitoring by each government agency is weak or lackadaisical. Most people would rather close one eye or turn the other cheek. People are more concerned about appearing religious than actually practising religion in its true sense, one of the main elements of which is integrity.

 

When I read this report on a  new large scale of arrests of customs officers for alleged corruption, I recalled how many times similar arrests have been carried out in the past involving the same department. A few years ago scores of them were arrested and stashes of cash were found in their homes amounting to millions and some of them have banks and unit trust accounts in the million , not only theirs but their relatives as well.

Camera-shy: The Customs officers being led out of the court in Petaling Jaya. (source: The Star)

Alleged traitors – the Customs officers being led out of the court in Petaling Jaya. (source: The Star)

Haha.. surely being in this government job is  the easiest way to make tons of money without having to go to institutions of higher learning to slog for years to get that precious degree for good employment with high salaries. Neither do they have to work hard to earn that million of money.

In these latest arrests, the MACC  (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) offi­cers have also seized RM3mil in cash, 10 luxury cars and a shophouse, while RM6mil in 200 bank accounts have been frozen.

According to MACC’s  analysis  only RM420mil worth of goods have been declared at the Port where these customs officers are on duty, out of RM1.67 bil since 2011, a massive loss of  RM1.25 bil of excise duties  translating to a loss of revenue to the nation. These arrests are the result of MACC-led multi-agency surveillance of the port over a period of more than one year.

Welcome to the world of enforcement officers. The world where easy money is abundant and where the only qualification is lack of integrity. Just trample on your entrusted duties.

These officers have never learnt from previous arrests and more importantly, they have never learnt  and appreciated the need to be honest in their job. They abuse their position to enrich themselves and cheat the ordinary and hardworking taxpayers. We pay tax to ensure that our security is safeguarded, our infrastructural facilities are built and maintained and our  public services are in place to facilitate us to conduct our daily business.

These corrupt officers divert the money meant for the people for services rendered by the government. The taxes not paid on those goods namely alcohol and cigarettes, mean the country has less income. Wealth is concentrated on those crooks instead of being shared by all. If they can collect money from businessmen in this manner, they could do anything to jeopardise the security of our country for money.

These officers most probably from the same ethnic group professing a religion which focusses so much on forms rather than substance that integrity is only a lip-service. These people who pray and act religious with their Arabised garbs and yet they stink inside.

Corruption breeds and harbours  social injustice. (net image)

Corruption breeds and harbours social injustice. (net image)

There is something wrong with the education system which has morphed into religion-friendly and yet the adherents in this case are not practicing the virtues of being honest and corruption-free. They do not understand the need to be upright in their public dealings. Despite their salaries being increased over the years, these civil servants instead of being grateful and working harder, are becoming more greedy. They are traitors to our nation.

The frightening thing is they act in groups and involve themselves in syndicates. There should not be mercy for these keparat (bad apples) in the civil service. Strip them of their jobs and they have nothing to their names.

This never ending scourge is proving to be a hallmark in our public service. Civil society must support our government’s effort to control and eventually eradicate corruption both in the public and private sector by reporting these practices. Anonymous reporting are accepted and investigated on merits. Corruption in government service is a cancer and should be removed without any fear or favour. So help us God.

Most people seem to be perplexed and unhappy at the massive pay hike approved recently by the State Assembly for Selangor elected  representatives  including Menteri Besar -MB (Chief Minister ) and his excos. While certain quarters condemn it , some like Transparency International lauded it. The latter has a point in their support of the hike with respect to reducing corruption.

One would rather they have pay hike than being corrupted and subservient to business forever (net image)

One would rather they have a pay hike than being corrupted and subservient to  dirty businessmen forever (net image)

The quantum of the hike may seem to be  high but I feel sure the Opposition government in Selangor has worked out how much each of the elected  member would need beside their personal expenditure to sustain their socio-political work in their respective constituency.

Now, being a politician voted in by the people to represent them is not easy and let alone rosy. Wherever you go people expect you to give instant donation or allocations for all kinds of activities. Politicians maybe forced to resort to getting donation or sponsorship from the private sector to run their social programmes making them subservient and indulge in corrupt practices. That is why the Singaporean cabinet ministers are paid very high salaries so that they are not tempted to be corrupt.

While BN politicians are getting massive allocations to sustain each of their constituency, the opposition does not have such luxury of a Federal coffer. It is rather strange that the BN-held states except for Sarawak have not implemented any pay hike and yet if you really look at each and every cabinet members and most  BN elected reps of those states, you will notice that they live well beyond their means with unlimited fund to carry out programs and projects in their respective constituencies. And those contracts that keep coming on on direct nego basis look enough to make everyone of them happy. Their salaries are just peanuts.

Corruption is rampant and the bull has never been really held by the horn like that in Indonesia where big fishes like serving politicians and judges are ruthlessly hunted down unlike here in Malaysia where small frys are being  happily cooked.

It is regrettable that Azmin, a PKR MP (member of parliament) who is known to dislike MB Khalid of Selangor , resorted to washing dirty linen in public by questioning  the raise. The party big guns should have settled this among themselves and lead by example. And convince us that Selangor government is the least corrupt in the country.

Chief Minister-MB Khalid Ibrahim's cabinet cannot afford to be corrupt or risk being booted out in next election.

Chief Minister-MB Khalid Ibrahim’s cabinet cannot afford to be corrupt or risk being booted out in next the general election.

Selangor is a rich state and can afford this pay hike to help their serving representatives to fund their extra-curricular activities like social services and donations to schools, religious bodies and NGOs. In fact, under MB Khalid Selangor has registered a big financial surplus and perhaps about time for the MB to be less exceedingly frugal and give back to the rakyat in terms of  more infrastructural developments, utilities  and social services.

My niece in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam is very happy because she doesn’t have to pay a single sen for her water and electricity usage  as it is below a certain consumption level: thanks to the current Selangor government No wonder the Opposition gets to keep Selangor in the recent GE! Ever wonder? The people in Selangor see the opposition as less corrupt and more sincere than UMNO/BN who previously ruled them for donkey years.

If BN politicians make noise about this pay hike, they should first look at the mirror and ask themselves where do their sources of fund to sponsor all those activities by their constituents and the non-stop donations to the needy and others come from. It is certainly not all out of their pockets.

I am despondent over my country which has become more islamic in form over the last 20 odd years but worse than greedy capitalist pigs in substance. The report here about Malaysia being among the most corrupt nations in the world next to China and  Indonesia is utterly depressing. All the so-called blinking anti-corruption transformation activities initiated by PM Najib through PEMANDU ( Performance Management and Delivery Unit )  since he assumed power in 2009 apparently have failed to achieve real targets on the ground.

This is what happens when graft transformation programs  are half-baked

This is what happens when graft transformation programs are half-baked

You see more people going to the mosques, Muslim government servants, both men and women would stop work to pray.Try getting some of them around 4pm and the likelihood of you being told that such and such an officer is not available because he or she has gone to pray is now very high. You would never see this religious paranoia a couple of decades ago.

I remember coming down to the international immigration booths at the KLIA main terminal entry point and  noted only one non-Muslim woman manning it and there were scores of air travellers waiting to be processed. In fact the sole woman, out of desperation, blurted out that the other officers had gone to pray! I also came across a Malaysia airlines steward praying precariously near the toilet of the aircraft while the plane was airborne! Such a show of religious fervour!

How religious everybody has become and yet their  their faith is only practiced at the superficial level, when comes to making money through corrupt practices, there appears to be no holds barred. From religious enforcement officers to the top executives of GLCs, you find layers of corruption. Many of these people are nothing but fakes.

I am sure there are also good and non-corrupt and God-fearing officers but their number seems to be in the minority. They are not making as much impact as their corrupt brethren.

Preoccupation with form  is never more prevalent  (net image)

Preoccupation with form is never more prevalent
(net image)

With all these religious forms evolving  with such speed wouldn’t you think they would be feeling guilty of committing sins? Because corruption is mentioned in the Holy Book as a sin. Unfortunately the so called ulamak (religious scholars) have failed to analyse this sin deeply instead their priorities  are more on making women bundled up like Arab women and their in-depth analysis is on how and  what a Muslim woman should be, behave and look like! A rabid  preoccupation with form because it is easier to control than the lurking mind.

The body is fully clothed but the mind could well be truly naked.

The government can come up with loads of programs to combat corruption but if sincere efforts are not undertaken to monitor these activities by employing tracking indicators, they will not succeed. Even the fear of God doesn’t change the predilection for corruption.

The present KPIs for corruption are outcome-based instead of process-based. When you go through the process you can see the flaws inherent in men and women that you need to address. Tracking outcomes and performing corrective measures are too late and will not allow internalised learning by all concerned. We will not be successful tackling corruption using the existing methodology. Another critical factor is that ownership of anti-corruption strategies should be made clear to all stakeholders.

Anti corruption fight should be pervasive whereby schools are also  involved in educating the children on the negative impact on their livelihood when corruption is rampant in the country. In short, this war against corruption is  a protracted mission.

It is far easier to change one’s clothes than one’s attitude.

The more we are a high-income nation, the more corrupt our executives are going to be. All the anti-corruption strategies are only lip service. If the rakyat (citizens) are observing how corrupt the government politicians are, how do you stop them from following suit? Truly I am sick of all this double talk by  bloody corrupt politicians. Compare the assets of UMNO politicians to those of PAS and you will see what I mean.

We will not come out of this scourge unless there is a strong political will to combat it but I doubt that this will ever happen under the present UMNO leadership. They would rather maintain the status quo and popularity for their political survival at the expense of the country’s long-term well being.

My heart goes out to my Motherland.

I have gone through Mahathir’s prime ministership and have seen the massive development of infrastructures that he planned and executed. Whenever I am at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), I think of Mahathir, whenever at Petronas KLCC, I think of Mahathir and I thank Mahathir whenever I am travelling on the North-South Highway.

The facilities on this highway are first-class.  The toilets are clean and well maintained, better than those at KLIA. I just travelled from KL to Johor Bahru back to KL and up to Alor Star and Penang and back again to KL yesterday. I have nothing but praise for PLUS which manages the highway.

I think about Mahathir, Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, when I am surfing the internet and blogging. Gosh, I think of Mahathir most of the time!

So I read his blog today on his response to his successor’s scathing attack on his supposedly spendthriftiness! His sarcasm is brilliant; (reproduced in full below).

When do I think of Abdullah Badawi? Hardly, I must admit, or rather I’d like to just push him to the most distant fringes of the universe of my mind.

To be fair though, there is a couple of things which he mooted that I appreciate like the National Cancer Hospital, a humongous yellow building in Putrajaya, ostensibly in memory of his first wife who died of  breast cancer in 2003. Then his late formation of  Malaysian Anti-Corruption Council (MACC) just before his stepping down.

On the whole, his tenure was a huge letdown. Instead of curbing corruption, he seemed to have systematised it. He dealt directly  with businessmen and contractors, signing off approvals without checking with the executives and when pointed out that certain procedures needed to be adhered to, to ensure transparency and check and balance, he labelled those executives as “LITTLE NAPOLEONs”!

One senior civil servant opined that almost 50% of fund under the then five-year Malaysia Plan’s total allocation could have been wasted due to this kind of unchecked direct dealings and fast prime ministerial approvals. What kind of thriftiness is this?

Yes, he gave the impression that he was the BIG NAPOLEON, good lord! he will  never come close to be compared to Napoleon in terms of mental acuteness. His degree in ‘religious studies” makes him think that he could manage and control people “fatwa” style. No wonder he lost big in the 12GE.

Abdullah Badawi - Sleeping during a lively UMNO meeting...

Abdullah Badawi – Sleeping during a lively UMNO meeting…

The most memorable features of Abdullah Badawi (or Bodohwi), the 5th PM, are his sleeping on the job and his habitual lateness at official functions. When he was supposed to come at 9am, he turned up at 12 noon! He virtually had no respect for other peoples’ time. I had ever missed a flight for an important company meeting in Singapore due to his tardiness.

Another irritating aspect was his long-winded rhetorics, substanceless, uninspiring and delivered  sermons like.

His dismantling of his predecessors’ projects appeared vengeful rather than thoughtful and is well described by Tun Mahathir in his blog. It is sad to to see the truncated monorail, still standing as uncompleted structures in Putrajaya. That rail system would have solved the traffic congestion and parking problems in and around the  massive government complex.

But this slow witted man would rather give the money to build what he called “towering individuals”. One of the individuals he created was his own brother who was given a 25-year contract to cater food for MAS (Malaysia Airlines) at an exorbitant rate.  Another is his son-in-law, that Oxford trained man who never have to “work” in his life. Yet another is his sister- in – law with her hotel business.

“Mr Clean” as he was labelled before he became PM , curbing corruption? I would say “Balderdash, Bodohwi! You truly fooled us”.

This is the kind of leader UMNO (United Malay National Organisation) gets and sadly we Malaysians get, through that flawed system of “NO CONTEST” for its President’s post.

Precisely,  Abdullah Badawi is a forgettable glorified politician.

 

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ADVICE THAT WILL BANKRUPT THE NATION

I remember some years ago when an Australian friend whose father was a professor of Civil Engineering telling me in a joking way that his dad would always ask  who designed and  built  any bridge that he was going to cross  in a certain Island nation.  You see,  almost all (which is not many)  of the engineering graduates of that island were trained in Australia. The late professor who knew his students, was not going to take his chances.

And so would most of us  had we  known that a certain building such as places of worship,stadiums, bridges or tower construction is designed and built  by half-baked professionals.

Much as we like to think that all technical professionals are well qualified to undertake jobs such as construction, it might not always be the case. Look at what happened in Trengganu, an east-coast state where a stadium roofs kept collapsing as well as that of a place of worship. These are public places and any such incident could have caused loss of many lives not to mention broken limbs and other injuries. By the way, we have yet to hear the official  result of the investigation into the collapsed stadium roofs! It did not only collapse once (2009) but twice (2013) here. The cost of building the stadium was well over RM250 million of taxpayers’ money and the repair cost so far? ….Well that is Malaysia.

Really as a matter of public interests, students who are not performing well and fail their examinations should not be allowed to graduate in that technical field. The “gatekeepers” in this respect  are the lecturers and professors at these so called Higher Learning Institutions. Unfortunately we have the odd lecturers who would betray our trust by passing those weak students through corruption. These lowlife demand money to pass their students who go on to get their degrees.

A report here is disconcerting. Such scumbags of the academia should be punished severely. They are not only a shame to their profession but they also bring disrepute to the institutions they work in.

The professional bodies of respective fields must have a system of check and balance whereby graduates involved in public works should get post-graduate certification perhaps through attachment or examinations  to ensure their ability to  undertake civil works.

That is why employers will factor in  the name of the IHL where the job applicant has studied when they are recruiting. The probability of getting a fake professional is rare if he/she had studied in well known and reputable institutions which guard their names zealously.

Last week the Court of Appeal upheld the one-year jail sentence meted out to Khir Toyo, the Ex-Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor (2000-2008) for corruption. He was found guilty of corrupt practice through buying a property well below market price from a contractor who had direct dealings in government contracts in Selangor when Khir Toyo was once the powerful Chief Executive of the State.

Mohamad Khir Toyo - "What will I do Now?... oh yes, my blog!"

Mohamad Khir Toyo – “What will I do now?… oh yes, my blog!

Following the failure of his appeal, he took his case to cyber public (in his blog) by telling his side of the story and appearing to question the Appeal Judges’ unanimous decision. He is almost saying that the judges are against his defence and fail to answer his lawyer’s question on the basis of the court’s rejection.

Bringing his failed appeal to the public is tantamount to contempt of court and he should be arrested and charged forthwith as a deterrent to other people who might be influenced by Khir Toyo’s  audacity. He is casting aspersion on the court.

The strong and terse statement (read here) by the Attorney General is timely. No one has the right to  criticise the court in this manner as it would invite public distrust and contempt of our judiciary. Just because he was an ex-Menteri Besar doesn’t give him the right to speak contemptuously. Judging from the comments published in his blog, one could gauge that some gullible public are supporting his reasonings which could be flawed when crossed-examined and demolished by the prosecution. In short, the public is only reading his side of the story.

The cyber world is not the place for a one-sided discussion of  his  court case which is still ongoing by virtue of his putting in an appeal to the Federal Court. By resorting to doing this, is he hoping that the Federal Court Judges would overturn the Appeal court’s decision and rule in his favour? It does look like it, doesn’t it?

His accusing PM Najib of making an example of him in the latter’s effort to curb corruption is also childish. He feels that  he is being singled out by MACC (Malaysian Anti-corruption Council) for prosecution while  other corrupt politicians are being let off. One of his blog commentators is urging him to reveal these other corrupt politicians: Why not? If he had strong evidences please do so but do not just say he is being made a scapegoat because he is  incensed at  being legally cornered.

Hold your horses, Khir Toyo!

Hold your horses, Khir Toyo!

If found guilty, sending him to jail would scare the hell out of all the other peoples’ representatives contemplating on abusing their positions and enriching themselves through corrupt practices.

Meanwhile, there is no such thing as the rule of law in any cyber court. So Khir Toyo, hold your horses  for now and prepare them for the real  Court of Last Resort.

All political observers of  Malaysian politics would have known Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ).  His early rise  in Malaysian political scene was attributed to his marriage to his boss’s daughter, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2004-2008.

Khairy Jamaluddin - A promising politician and a new BN cabinet Minister  with a tainted past.

Khairy Jamaluddin – A promising politician and a new BN cabinet Minister with a tainted past.

Upon Abdullah Badawi’s  taking over from Mahathir in 2003, there was a kind of euphoria and great expectations when he was given the highest mandate by the electorate at GE11  in 2004. The former, a graduate in Islamic Studies from a local university, became gradually pompous and through some encouragement, attempted to distance himself from his predecessor. He put “his man” in Kedah, Mahathir’s home state and political base, as the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) and dismantled Mahathir’s political support. It was a sad and angry   time for the long-serving ex-Prime Minister.

Being the son-in -law (SIL) of the Prime Minister and having graduated from an ivy-league university, Khairy suddenly found himself with immense opportunities in all areas: social,political and financial. He didn’t have to work to earn his living  despite having the qualification unlike others. At such a young age and through this strong””cable” he was able to be nominated and became a parliamentarian and not only that he became the Deputy Head of UMNO Youth uncontested! Now that meteoric rise should have raised a red flag.

Many, inside and outside UMNO were unhappy with this SIL. Stories abound about him wanting to be the Prime Minister by the age of forty and of course all those contracts foreign and local said to be negotiated by him due to his clouts with the PM and the amount of commission that he was supposed to have received. Some were reported to be in the million.

I cannot believe that someone who graduated from Oxford in Economics would drown himself in corruption. Didn’t he know that that very act betrays the nation? Making projects and procurements more expensive than they actually cost? Who are footing the bills if not the taxpayers?  Suffice to say when corruption festers the country will never truly prosper and not attractive at all for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) to flow in to help in the promotion of her economic growth.

Integrity is a rare virtue. Human greed seems more natural.

He was sidelined for four years after being found to indulge in corrupt practices during  the UMNO Youth Election in his quest to become its Head (no longer an easy route for him since his father-in-law’s removal as PM following BN’s poor performance in GE12). Unlike his Deputy, KJ was not included in Najib’s cabinet (2008-2013) for his infraction though he was only reprimanded by the UMNO  Disciplinary Committee. He assumed a low profile in the meantime.

Following the lackluster win by BN in the just concluded GE13, KJ, hahaha… won yet again in his state of Negeri Sembilan and now has been included in the cabinet as the Minister of Youth and Sports. Before the announcement  of the new cabinet, the blogosphere was abuzz about his request to be included in the lineup and many did not agree.  In fact, I joined in by commenting that he should be given the chance as he may have repented his “sins” in the past, even the great Prophet forgave his wayward followers. One of my favourite bloggers had refused to publish my comment and he only published all comments against KJ’s inclusion. KJ was even labelled as an “Anwarista” and you all can guess what it means.

KJ is not liked at all by most UMNO-friendly bloggers. Anyway now that he is in the cabinet, he must change his ways and refrain from those corrupt practices because he is only cheating the rakyat he represents and the country he professes to love. I really hope he will use the gift given by God to him for the good of the country. He must redeem himself at all cost and erase the negative perception.

I have great hope for the articulate  and English-conversant KJ and expect some exciting post-election changes that he is able to participate and contribute in and not making use of his cabinet post for pecuniary interests.

Abdul Rahman Dahlan  from Sabah is also appointed as a Minister in the PM Department.

Abdul Rahman Dahlan from Sabah is also appointed as a Minister in the PM Department.

I also notice that one of his strongest  allies  is  also appointed as a Minister  in the new cabinet and I know personally this guy was in the same “business” with KJ in the past. Both these men must realise that this BN cabinet may well be the last  comes  GE14 by 2018. Any form of corruption that they might commit will be publicly exposed and dealt with severely by the next non-BN government. And for their information, all the good lawyers are in the opposition camp.

And MACC ( Malaysian Anti-Corruption Counsel) please commence  a new chapter for these politicians’ stories.

****NB: While I am more concerned about corruption, other bloggers focus more on Khairy’s character and political ambition which could spell disaster to UMNO unless he has  truly reformed.

You can go here for a historical take and for a more analytical account of KJ here ( The case of Khairy- won the social media, lost the votes ). A pretty good read for you to ponder and judge for yourself. It would be interesting to follow the political journey of this young man.

I woke up early this morning to send my relative to a voting centre well before 8 am. She came back  just to vote this time around. Such is the spirit of GE13! We went to another voting centre at around 11am and although there were many people, it was a fast mission for me as I have got all the information on my  smartphone. It was over in less than 30 minutes.

American style election? Supporting the national party leader irrespective of local candidates! Remember the late Chavez of Venezuela? ... go figure.

American style election? Supporting the national party leader irrespective of local candidates! Remember the late Chavez of Venezuela? … go figure.

Unlike 2008, there were no party “stalls” erected outside the centre. I suppose the electronic information has done away with those unwieldy gatherings of people asking for their serial numbers etcetera.

My constituencies results have not come up but early results especially from BN’s ” fixed deposit”, Sarawak show that  BN is leading (12 parliamentary seats won so far) and in Gelang Patah, it looks like Ghani Othman is having an anxious evening as Uncle Kit (DAP’s stalwart Lim Kit Siang) is said to be leading. Looks like rural Sarawakians have rejected Pakatan and indirectly PAS with its boastful and insensitive announcement of wanting to push for Hudud law should Pakatan capture Putrajaya.

It really looks like the Chinese electorate is firmly united under DAP. And as expected the Malays are divided if Gelang Patah is used as a gauge. No wonder Ghani came out with a half-page newspaper advertisement plea for the Chinese to look at his “moderate” track record on the eve of the voting! Such was the Southern Chinese unity. I am impressed to say the least.

New comer Wong Tack of DAP beating ex-Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai  in Bentong Pahang?…. haha pack up your bags Liow! Never liked this MCA  man.

Bigger tsunami in the south of the Peninsular with Soi Lek’s son looks like losing.

Bung Mukhtar in Kinabatangan, Sabah winning by a big majority? That’s what is meant by “winnable” despite his uncouth character!

I am anxiously following the results as they come. Results in some constituencies are terribly close with the difference of about 40 or so. What a fight!

I would like to see BN retained at the same time I want a sizable opposition so that BN will continue to be on its feet in managing the country for the next four to five years. I will definitely vote for opposition (hopefully the leader is someone with a  reasonably good character) the next time around if BN continues its present unacceptable practices vis-a-vis transparency and cronyism. Whenever there is an uncontrolled cronyism, corruption will fester like an infected ulcer.

Let’s see whether Anwar is making a difference  in this GE13.

It sure is a long night….