Zaid: I am still labelled “a DAP puppet”

UMNO Klang buat laporan polis terhadap Zaid Ibrahim
Photo: Sairien Nafis, Berita Harian

By Dato’ Mohd Zaid bin Ibrahim

Last week I wrote in my blog; an article addressed to UMNO members that they should not judge Najib Razak too harshly as the legal process is not over yet. I also said I believe his story that Saudi King Abdullah gave him the donation. I also mentioned the possibility that Najib himself is a victim of a political conspiracy.

The article attracted a deluge of criticisms, but I did not expect them to call me names. Some likened me to Raja Petra. I am not averse to criticisms; as I have received my fair share of cruel and unfounded personal attacks in the past. After all, this is not the first time I took a stand on “unpopular” issues of the day. I have never shied away from controversial issues if I believe in them, especially those useful for the public to understand.

I took up the case against the Kelantan “hudud law” because I believe it is against the Federal Constitution. Many Malays called me “apostate” for taking this action and I almost lost the General Election in 2004. When I spoke and wrote extensively in the 1990s about the need to remove “immunity” from the Malay Rulers for personal misconduct, they labelled me a traitor. I suggested MARA took some non-Malays into UITM as that will be good for the Malays, as they will have to be more competitive. What do I get? I was shunned by ITM, my alma mater, to this very day. I defended DAP in front of Malay crowds because I believe the party has some good people who genuinely believe in good governance and worthy of being made partners by Malay political groups to move forward in our nation-building. Till today I have to live with the label “ a DAP puppet.”

I am not proud of being a maverick or an outlier. The only thing I can offer to the public is my views on matters of public interest, given honestly and truthfully. My views may be flawed and my reasoning faulty, but they are never dishonest or contrived. Maybe that’s why many news portals and bloggers are willing to publish my views regularly. I never received any payment from them, nor do I share their political agenda or beliefs. The precious little thing that I have is self-respect. That matters. That’s why In all the years I partook in public life I have never taken money from anyone or position in exchange for support on matters that I do not believe in.

It is hurtful that some people think that I must have been paid for defending “personalities’ like the former PM in the sunset years of my life. Maybe they think that because I am the poorest ex-Minister in the history of the country; I must have succumbed to temptations. Yes, I am not rich, living from hand to mouth because I am not able to practice. I am just too proud to use another person’s name other than my own. But I cannot do that until the court makes its decision. I am jobless, which makes me neither B40 nor M40 to get any support from the government. With Covid 19 getting out of control life is more complicated than during the Japanese occupation.

This piece is written not to appease those who hate me; but to assure my family, friends and readers that I will continue to engage in public discourse with honesty and integrity. I have nothing else to offer the Malaysian public.

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This post first appeared on Datuk Zaid Ibrahim‘s Facebook page.

Eat Cake Today Father’s Day Giveaway Winner Announcement

We’re excited to announce the 5 lucky winners of the Eat Cake Today Father’s Day Giveaway which ran from 8 June 2021 – 11 June 2021. First of all, we’d like to congratulate all winners of the giveaway and thank everyone else who participated. For those who did not win, don’t worry. We can assure you that there will be even more exciting events in the near future so stay tuned!

The winners of the Eat Cake Today Father’s Day Giveaway are as follows:

1. Wong Theen Yew – Father’s Day chocolate cake

2. Cindy Lee Lai Peng – Mini fresh tartlets

3. Laavanya Selvaraja – Dessert cups

4. Cynthia Seow Choon Li – Orchid plants & Musang King durian snowy cake

5. Ka Shing – Happy Father’s Day balloon bouquet

All winners will have to contact Newswav at 011-5640 6584 via Whatsapp, and will be required to provide their Newswav account details & a copy of their NRIC for verification purposes by 16 June 2021 (Wed). Failure to do so may result in their prizes being revoked.

Congratulations once again to all participants who were the lucky winners of the Eat Cake Today Father’s Day Giveaway! We hope that you enjoy the prizes and also take the time to share this great moment with your father this Father’s Day. From all of us at Eat Cake Today and Newswav, we sincerely wish you a Happy Father’s Day! Stay tuned for more exciting campaigns in the near future.


如果说,在互联网时代“内容就是王”(content is king),那么她绝对可以被称为“内容王后”。一个食谱网站,凭什么叫价1亿美元?

“企动人心”今日要与大家分享Food52联合创始人Amanda Hesser的奋斗故事。


返回美国后,24岁的Amanda先获得一份出版美食书籍的邀约,出版第一本书后,她获得《纽约时报》(The New York Times)美食部门的招聘,开启了她撰写美食报导的11年生涯。





唯事与愿违,Amanda第一次创业便失败,当她所创办的公司Seawinkle,属于内容聚合平台(Content Aggregator),就是用户可以把在线上制作的内容,都整合在一起。


在《纽约时报》当美食主编时,Amanda因为工作认识了食谱研发自由工作者 Merrill Stubbs。两位热爱烹饪的人碰上了,除了聊不完的话题,也爱一起研究食谱,而且在工作上也十分合拍。




众筹食谱 家的感觉

如果你打开Food52网站 (,你会发现这个美食网站是在诚心跟用户分享美食与烹饪,里面的内容都围绕着美食,无论是主餐、糕饼、甜品、中餐、泰国餐、意大利餐、中东餐、素食、无面筋烹调法等,海量的食谱让用户永远都看不完!




也正因为这样,Food52网站的照片有质感之余, 也让用户感受到的家的感觉,打开Food52网站就犹如回到家的感觉,而且常年无休,永不打烊。

出身新闻从业员的Amanda,认为做为美食网站Food52应该坚守中立报导来建立公信力及赢得用户的信任度。她不认同联盟行销(affiliate marketing)的合作,不接受软文式报导,因为网站将会因为想赚取佣金,报导只顾赞美,而非站在消费者立场,有损苦苦建立的公信力。

























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Amanda Hesser教会我们的事

为了加强用户的粘度, Food52也通过以下三个管道主动推送内容:

1. 电邮内容丰富,让用户主动收藏


Food52 电邮的开启率,比其他电商高出 30%,因为他们在制作内容时,参考了传统杂志的作法。他们透过有吸引力的标题,让客户愿意开始阅读。同时搭配美丽的照片,让客户继续往下看。

Food52 的电邮含有丰富的内容,激发用户灵感,让他们学到新知识。这样就算客户没时间马上阅读,他们也会将这封电邮收藏起来,而不是将它丢入垃圾桶。


2. 转分享追踪者提供内容

Food52 透过 Instagram 建立社群和公司形象。在 2014 年底,Food52 在 Instagram 上有大约 10万名追踪者。Food52 决定让他们的追踪者为自己宣传,因而推出了 #f52grams 的活动。每周 Food52 会订出不同的主题,例如“粉红食物”、“最好吃的炖肉”等,然后上传相关食物的照片,并且用特定的 标签(Hash Tag) 来标注。同时, Food52 也鼓励它的追踪者分享相关主题的照片,当追踪者这样做的时候,也同时吸引了他们的朋友对 Food52 产生兴趣。

到了 2015 年,Food52 的追踪者迅速成长了 10 倍,达到100万名。

3. 影片要为用户解决问题

不管是 30 秒的食谱介绍,或是 3 分钟的厨师故事,Food52 每一段影片都需要有清晰的架构和观点。

例如,在 Food52 的柠檬塔制作方式影片中,他们介绍了一个非常简单的食谱。对观众来说,唯一有难度的就是饼皮的制作。所以在影片中,他们也介绍了一款自己有卖的杆面棍。这个影片的卖点是“最容易做的柠檬塔”,因此在介绍这个经典食谱的同时,他们也让观众知道如何解决最困难的问题--只要使用那款非常好用的擀面棍,观众就可以轻松地做出饼皮。

在故事中不着痕迹地加入产品介绍,让观众觉得 Food52 并不是在“打广告”,这增加了客户的接受度。

China: Peaceful rise, antagonised… antagonistic?

top ten places in Beijing | Mandarin Zone School
Pic: Mandarin Zone School

THERE are risks a great power like China can take that a small- or medium-sized country like Malaysia cannot.

Still, when there is a territorial “intrusion” by airplanes of the Chinese air force over Malaysia’s maritime waters off the Sarawak coast, as recently reported, even a medium-sized state has to take some steps to signal a response to threats to its sovereign right.

Malaysia did well to do so. Both the scrambling of the Hawker jets and the protest note are par for the course. We should then not retreat from those actions.

When the foreign ministers meet, representing their nations, however unequal, they should speak as equals. None of the little brother, big brother stuff.

Nobody, of course, wants trouble with China. Least of all Malaysia, with all the dependencies, from vaccines to economy. Lives and livelihoods, the common refrain these dark days of Covid-19.

Ask Australia, which is in trouble with China. But we should recognise that Australia is not grovelling. There has to be some dignity for Malaysia, too. So let us not negate what little we have done over the “intrusion” — and move ahead.

In the wider context, the common interpretation that China has abandoned Deng Xiaoping’s dictum of “peaceful rise” overlooks that bit about “bide your time” in that advice.

So the fact China has risen to become the second most powerful nation in the world — and rising — takes us beyond that “biding your time” bit. We are now seeing the contours, not infrequently, of actual state action, of what to expect of China as a great power.

China may be antagonised right now, but it will move beyond that condition to other forms of state attitude and behaviour not unlike those of other great powers in the history of international relations — but with special Chinese characteristics.

The “century of humiliation” prefaces the character of the modern People’s Republic of China. But it does not stop or begin there. There is the well before and the thereafter.

Chinese civilisation goes back more than 3000 years, one of four ancient civilisations in the world, but the only one among Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Indus Valley that has sustained itself as a civilisational and racial entity, which is a source of pride not just for China but of Chinese people everywhere.

Against this extant of historical continuity, the “century of humiliation” from 1839 to 1949 may seem to be a blip in time, but it is a blight in the experience of the Chinese nation. At any rate, at this time in history, it is an intolerable memory and a shameful experience, which China is today in a position to put right.

When it is felt, that correction — here its definition can be subject to dispute — is opposed. There is a righteous indignation which, now that China has risen, can be supported by the power of state action.

What is happening to and in Hong Kong is the best example of return to status quo ante not subject to any other construction, including the “one country, two systems” principle agreed between Beijing and Britain when the colony was returned to China in 1997.

Implicit in this disregard of the joint declaration is the derecognition of locus standi of the departing colonial power after 156 years, in a process that rightfully returns Hong Kong to China.

China knows the power of the economy, specifically of its economy. And, increasingly, the power of its military.

There are still misplaced narratives on what has happened to China’s peaceful rise. Even discussion on the end of it is wide of the mark. China has risen.

The Deng Xiaoping dictum has ended. The expression of its end occurred when Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Of course, the change did not take place in one fell swoop. China’s accumulation of power has been taking place before Xi, thanks to Deng’s economic reforms from 1978, but it is Xi who has made the decisive decision based on a now powerful China.

China and America are in a gladiatorial contest of who is angrier and more antagonised. President Joe Biden has not moved from Donald Trump’s position that China threatens American dominance in the world. For the rest of the world, the concern is where all this might end.

In the Asean region — and to
us in Malaysia — that concern is more immediate, as in the South China Sea there is a ready theatre of conflict. Incidents of “intrusion”, such as the recently experienced off the Sarawak coast, will continue to happen from time to time due to the overlapping claims, with China ignoring the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling that its nine-dash line giving it almost the whole of the sea has no basis in international law.

Vietnam has borne the brunt of many conflagrations with China. In the past couple of months, 200 Chinese vessels have been sitting in and swarming the waters in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

China seems to be operating on the basis possession is nine-tenths of the law. The US and other western powers are operating freedom of navigation rights across the South China Sea. If there were to be an incident it could break into a wider conflagration.

Would China then be considered to have been antagonised, or has it become antagonistic?

*The views expressed are those of the author. If you have any questions about the content, copyright or other issues of the work, please contact Newswav.