Wag the dog

Hoodwinking the people appears to be the specialty of our Malaysian politicians. The recent episode of US 700 million deposited directly into the accounts belonging to Najib is classical. The arguments are so convoluted now that the initial reason for the expose is lost. 

The argument should be “Did money linked to 1MDB and public funds go into Najib’s personal accounts?” A simple answer of YES or No. 

Unfortunately, all we hear are evasive answers. “I will not betray the people’s trust” or “I did not use public funds for personal gains”. In fact, the legal letter to Dow Jones clearly is meant to confuse the issue. Requesting Dow Jones to confirm the link to public funds and the way the money was used is clearly circumventing the actual issue. 

Sadly, the police are now trying to weed out whistleblowers, who clearly felt that a leak was the only way to bring justice to Malaysia. In fact, this cements guilt as it conveys the authenticity of the documents and not forgery. Why would they want to weed out moles if those documents were forged?  The conspiracies deepen with a purported link to the murder of Ambank founder. 

Mahathir is right. Najib can resolve this easily by clearly providing evidence that the money never entered his personal accounts backed by the bank involved and Bank Negara. This is the easy way, which I believe is not available to Najib for obvious reasons. 

The events clearly insinuate guilt on the part of Najib. If he did get the money deposited into the accounts, it was wrong and clearly a criminal breach of  trust. If he did use the money for the General Election, that is wrong as well, as such public funds should not go into promoting any political party. We all know this is the case all along, likely since the time of Mahathir but this will be the clearest evidence yet and linking the top politician in our country. 

Why would Najib be so naive as to believe that he can get away with it? After all, in his denial, he did say that he would not have been so foolish. Arrogance? Invincibility? 

The biggest calamity is the fact that there are politicians who stand by his side. Perhaps they have vested interests in Najib’s survival. Or perhaps Malaysia is diving into absurdity and idiocy. 

Dire straits

There are some very fundamental flaws in the mentality of even our academicians. The large part of this is due to the lack of so called “academic freedom”. This phrase has been regurgitated countless times by the press. Unfortunately, the Government is attempting to paint it in a evil light. Hence, the ability to express oneself in an unorthodox way is not encouraged but rather the expectation of all academicians to toe the line and sing in tune with the ruling politicians.

This is sad when the Universities are forced to play politics. Their independence is clearly absent. This situation does mirror the state of our judiciary when judges appointments are based on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. At the universities, the Vice Chancellor is elected with heavy involvement from the politicians. There will be nothing left to chance. The ruling elite cannot have a recalcitrant Vice Chancellor.

Such puppetry has resulted in mediocre performances by the universities. Apart from some pockets of “resistance”, there is hardly any avenue for dissent or alternative views. It is appalling when the a university has disallowed a member of parliament and a prominent leader to talk. The grounds for such denial is clear and interferences from the ruling party is a certainty despite the denial from the university’s administration.

Malaysia are in a pathetic state when politicians scuttle intellectual discourse for their very own political survival. They have hijacked many agendas, from race to religion, claiming it as their very own struggle. It is clear that our Prime Minister is lame and has shown no leadership qualities. He appears only interested in protecting his turf without much care for the country.

It is also clear that universities have not shown leadership in areas it should have shone. The beacon of hope has been extinguished and failure to reignite this only spells doom for the country. We are fighting to save Malaysia, the only home we have known and cherish.

End the madness

Reading the news has not been very pleasant lately. From wars to epidemics, the news has been painfully negative. Even on the local front, there is nothing’s much to be positive about. Finding an inspirational piece of writing or reporting can be difficult.

I pin the fault of much of this negativity to the press. Not only do they thrive on reporting the most gruesome of crimes but sadly, they play a political fiddle as well. Our press is tainted by lopsided reporting with little intellectual content. Even social media is often unforgiving with many participants still not mature enough for a debate without the expletives and personal conjectures.

We need to give coverage to where it is due, not because it is sensational but because it is truly news worthy. There is probably too much space accorded to a small section of extreme opinions while the rest are deemed uninteresting. Hence we are seeing a nation being pried apart by extremist views. The appetite of the media for this juicy piece seems insatiable.

The press should be ashamed that the integrity is their profession is lost. They are now a valuable tool of the puppeteer. If only they can be awoken from their slumber to end the madness.

Loss at Teluk Intan : Reflection

The loss at Teluk Intan was particularly surprising although this was not portrayed by Pakatan politicians. After two successive comfortable wins in General Elections, one would assume that defending the seat in the wake of the death of a DAP member, would be a stroll in the park.

No doubt it was a strong candidate in the form of Dr Mah Siew Keong, Gerakan President. Gerakan shares many ideals with DAP. Both are multi-ethnic political parties and not race based. Perhaps this cancelled out many of Pakatan’s arguments of non-racial voting. To field a novice and a Malay was bold and was a gamble that might have propelled them to greater heights, had they won the election.

The demeanor of Dr Mah itself was not positive going into the election. There was not much positive vibes in his statements as compared to those coming out of Dyana Sofya’s camp. Apart from Lim Kit Siang’s last minute plea for outstation voters to return, the opposition camp was confident throughout and crowds at their political talks were huge.

Personally, I thought that it would have been a comfortable win. After all the evil deeds of Barisan and their racist chants of late, one would think that voters would want to send a clear message to the ruling Government. The tight race was certainly not to my expectation. How could so many voters still trust a government whose arguments of a good track record, is beginning to ring hollow?

There will be no change in federal government if only small shifts of voting preference goes to the opposition. Perhaps, the PAS factor has deterred many voters, especially the Chinese. The threat of hudud and the failure of Pakatan to deal with it decisively was a factor that would have many Chinese voters scurrying to the safety of Barisan.

Pakatan has not shown leadership in these issues which weighs heavily on the minds of many voters. They cannot even agree yet, as to who will lead the country and take the important portfolios in the event of a victory at a General Election.

Pakatan has failed in many aspects. They appear to work well as individual parties but fare poorly on many matters as a coalition. They need to get their house and agenda in order.