Kit Siang: PH government did make mistakes, Malacca Election is an opportunity for a review the mistakes

Kit Siang: I have never said Dr M was corrupt
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By Lim Kit Siang

I was sent by DAP to fly the DAP flag in Malacca and stood as a candidate for the then Bandar Melaka parliamentary constituency in 1969.

I believed that I had discharged the trust and the mandate of the party to the best of my ability from 1969-1986 when I was for three terms MP for Bandar (and then Kota) Melaka and Malacca State Assemblyman.

In my years as elected representative of Malacca, I had raised in Parliament the grievances and legitimate expectations of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region – whether the economic, political, social and cultural expectations of the Chinese in Malaysia, the plight of the padi farmers and the Felda settlers, the impoverishment of the estate labourers, the grievances of the Orang Asli or the legitimate grievances of the Sarawakians and Sabahans.

I remember that although the thought of becoming a Minister at the age of 30 was tempting, I had no hesitation in rejecting the MCA proposal from the then MCA President, Tun Tan Siew Sin for DAP’s dissolution and join MCA for Chinese Unity as we are not just Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans or Kadazans, we are first and foremost Malaysians.

After the 1986 general election, where I campaigned in Penang to be the front-line state for change and a better Malaysia, Lim Guan Eng took over as the MP for Kota Melaka.

He continued the DAP battle for all Malaysians, and went to jail and was disqualified as a Member of Parliament for fighting the cause of an underaged Malay girl – for DAP is committed to the well-being and welfare of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region.

This is the first time, and remain the only case, of a political leader going to jail and sacrificing his MPship for championing the cause of a Malaysian involving another race.

That we are first and foremost Malaysians, and not just Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or Orang Asli, must remain at the very core in the battle for the Malacca state general election on Nov 20, 2021 which is being forced on the Malacca voters in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Malacca state general election on Nov. 20 is a forerunner to the 15th General Election which must be held less than 19 months away by May 2023.

DAP Malacca workers in the Malacca general election must always work not for Malacca alone, but for a better Malaysia.

We do not know what is in store in the 15th General Election.

The 14th General Election had been a game-changer.

Who would have expected the invincible and the unbeatable UMNO to be toppled in the 14th General Election in 2018, giving way to a Pakatan Harapan government?

Malaysians expected a lot of changes with the establishment of the Pakatan Harapan government, but they were disappointed when the Pakatan Harapan government was toppled by the Sheraton Move conspiracy which ushered in a backdoor, undemocratic and illegitimate government – one followed by another in the last two years.

The Pakatan Harapan government was slow in the start, and before it could initiate many changes, it was toppled in 22 months by the Sheraton Move conspiracy. The Pakatan Harapan government thought it had five years to fulfil the Pakatan Harapan election pledges but it was toppled before it could develop the momentum for wide-ranging reforms and changes.

But the Pakatan Harapan government did make mistakes and the Malacca state general election is an opportunity for a review of these mistakes.

All Pakatan Harapan leaders and workers must remain humble and modest in the election campaign to restore confidence and hope for a Malaysia which, in the words of Bapa Malaysia,Tunku Abdul Rahman could be a “beacon of light to a difficult and distracted world” – which sums up the Malaysian Dream of all Malaysians.

(Speech by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang at the launch of the DAP Malacca General Election Machinery at DAP Malacca headquarters on Sunday, 24th May 2021 at 5 pm)



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Malays are Not Poor

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By Dato’ Mohd Zaid bin Ibrahim

Tajuddin Rahman, a senior Umno MP has proposed that a new policy be enacted to help the Malays. The current National Development Policy, he opined, has not been successful, despite the current budget allocating RM11.4 billion for Bumiputra programmes. The attack on the National Development Policy is aimed at Dr Mahathir Mohamad who in the 1990s wanted Malays to excel through privatisation and to move the country towards commerce and industries. Tajuddin lamented the Malays are still poor and objected strongly to this policy of cash handouts made popular by Najib Razak. These cash handouts, he said, have not uplifted the Malays. Another Umno leader from Sabah criticised the small allocation for development for Sabah and Sarawak; he wanted more.

Tajuddin’s call for a new bumi policy begs this question: What more do these Malay heroes in Parliament want? What sort of special upliftment do they expect the Malays to get year in year out? A race-based budget is just not done anywhere else in the world – and yet the Malays are still poor?

The truth is Malays are not poor anymore. There are some who are but there are other poor people in the country too. Why not talk about them? If you drive from Penang along the North-South Highway ; you can count more than four hundred billboards depicting  the success of Malay / Muslim products and businesses. The Malay Muslim direct selling companies selling Muslim products – textiles, cosmetics, foods, services, Aqiqah  and many more – are generating revenue of billions of Ringgit.

How can you say Malays are poor? They received cash from the government at regular intervals. If you stop in Kuala Lumpur and play golf in the most expensive golf clubs in the country and ask the caddie master how many golfers are Malay, he will tell you more than seventy percent of them are Malay. You then drive south and stop over at Johor Premium Outlets in Johor Bharu. You will see those buying the Calvin Klein jackets, Hugo Boss shirts and Ferragamo shoes are predominantly Malay. Talk to the cashiers in the outlets, and you are convinced Malays are no longer poor.

The poor are not the Malays these leaders spoke about in Parliament but the poor quality leaders the Malays have elected, who regularly make silly decisions for selfish reasons.  It’s the poor quality Ministers who asked for “extras” from government contracts, ostensibly to take care of party expenses that make us poor. It is ridiculous for the supplier of services to be asked to quote more than the cost he was willing to do, so that party members can be happy. It’s called “donation” in this country, but corrupt practice anywhere else in the world.

This government that frowned upon Najib’s kleptocracy is in fact equally dirty in their dealings with public money. Government contracts are freely awarded to cronies and helpers, so long as the so-called party expenses are taken care of. Its clear that Malay-based institutions are poor – in the sense of being devoid of decency and uprightness. The departments and Ministries are headed and peopled by Malays but they do not follow the rules. They followed what the ministers want, and we all are poorer for it.

The bureaucracy is bloated and is no longer affordable. It is also killing fresh initiatives but this government still recruited new staffs to make full use of public money for friends and neighbours to savour government expenses. Ministers, regardless of portfolio, are able to appoint the full works of Advisers and Directors – such as a Cultural, Financial, Economic Advisers, Sports, Medical and Unity Advisers – since they have to project the right image in all aspects of Malaysian life to foreigners.

Taking full advantage of public money without shame is what makes Malay institutions poor. Some of the Malays they talk about in Parliament are poor, but so are the Indians, the orang Asli, the Chinese and the Dayaks. Why talk of poverty as if others don’t matter?

I hope our members of Parliament do not use the word Malays and Bumiputras too freely without giving serious thought to their meanings and implications. Do not be afraid to speak the truth about the moral depravity of our leaders.

When leaders no longer care about honesty and integrity; they will cease to care about the interests of ordinary Malaysians who need help. No policy change can do much good. It will be just another wasted effort even if you replace development policy with something more esoteric.

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Najib: Saya amat bimbang…

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Oleh Mohd Najib bin Abdul Razak

Susulan kenaikan hutang kerajaan sebanyak RM300 bilion serta pengambilan dividen melampau sebanyak RM140 bilion dari Petronas sejak PRU14 akibat pemansuhan GST dan lockdown separuh masak antara paling panjang tempohnya dalam dunia, kewangan kerajaan dan kemampuan kerajaan untuk bantu Rakyat yang terjejas akibat pandemik adalah terhad.

Sebab itu, kerajaan perkenalkan cukai makmur ‘one-off’ sebanyak 33% akan dikenakan bagi syarikat berpendapatan melebihi RM100 juta – iaitu kenaikan dari cukai biasa sebanyak 24%.

Ini perbandingan kadar cukai korporat beberapa negara:

Hong Kong: 16.5%

Singapura 17%

Indonesia: 22%

Filipina: 25%

Thailand: 20%

Vietnam: 20%

UK: 19%

USA: 21%

China: 25%

MALAYSIA: 33% (biasanya 24%).

Saya pernah menulis beberapa kali bahawa antara niat sistem cukai GST ialah untuk turunkan cukai korporat dan cukai peribadi ke paras lebih kompetitif degan negara-negara jiran bagi menggalakan perniagaan baharu dan pelaburan asing dalam negara.

Ini juga trend seluruh dunia.

Dan ini juga dibuktikan apabila cukai korporat dan peribadi diturunkan beberapa kali dari 28% ke 24% semasa saya PM.

Malah, negara Filipina turut turunkan cukai korporat dari 30% ke 25% pada tahun ini sebagai satu usaha membina semula ekonomi mereka yang terkesan teruk oleh pandemik.

“Philippines to cut corporate tax to 25% to aid recovery from COVID”…/Philippines-to-cut-corporate…

Tapi kita naikkan dari 24% ke 33% secara one-off untuk pungut sekitar RM3 bilion pulak.

“To an additional question by Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) on the revenue to be earned from the prosperity tax, Yamani said it was not known yet but it could be more than RM3 billion.”…/prosperity-tax…/

Ini antara kebimbangan saya dalam perbahasan saya semalam bahas di Dewan Rakyat.


Saya menyedari bahawa hasil kepada kerajaan dijangka rendah dan

kewangan kerajaan ketika ini sangat tertekan atau kritikal.

Tapi saya amat bimbang dengan dua langkah kerajaan untuk menaikkan cukai korporat dari 24% ke 33% bagi syarikat yang untung lebih RM100 juta bagi tahun 2022 serta langkah untuk mula mengenakan cukai ke atas pendapatan yang diperolehi dari luar negara untuk menambah pendapatan kerajaan.

Akibat pemansuhan GST, yang menyekat langkah kerajaan BN dahulu

untuk menurunkan cukai korporat dan peribadi, kadar-kadar cukai negara kita sudah menjadi paling tinggi di ASEAN ketika ini – malah lebih tinggi berbanding Amerika Syarikat yang sudah turunkan kadar cukai mereka dengan ketara sejak 2 tahun lepas.

Saya faham, kenaikan kadar cukai korporat bagi syarikat-syarikat yang menjana keuntungan RM100 juta ke atas adalah langkah sementara untuk satu tahun sahaja, tetapi, ianya akan menghantar mesej yang boleh menghakis keyakinan pelabur. Mereka akan berasa khuatir perkara seperti ini boleh berulang pada masa yang akan datang apabila kerajaan terdesak untuk mendapatkan hasil tambahan.

Perlu kita sedari, semasa kita memilih pelabur asing, pelabur asing juga memilih kita dan mereka mempunyai negara-negara lain sebagai pilihan alternatif.

Sebab apa pelabur asing mahu memilih negara kita dengan kadar cukai yang tinggi untuk melabur apabila tawaran negara-negara jiran kita lebih menarik dan semakin menarik?

Kita boleh lihat daripada kejatuhan teruk pasaran saham sebanyak 33 point sehingga pukul 12 tengahari tadi akibat langkah tersebut.

Malah semasa saya berdiri ini …………….

Nilai sekitar RM25 bilion ini telah dihapuskan dari pasaran kita. Dan yang akhirnya menanggung kerugian ini adalah rakyat secara langsung atau secara tidak langsung melalui tabung-tabung simpanan rakyat seperti KWSP, ASB, Tabung Haji serta Unit Trust.

Sekiranya matlamat perbelanjaan kerajaan yang paling besar ini adalah untuk menjana peluang pekerjaan yang baharu dan memulihkan ekonomi serta menambah pendapatan kerajaan, ada banyak lagi cara selain memperkenalkan cukai-cukai baharu.

Akhirnya, nilai sebanyak RM33.8 bilion sudah musnah dalam pasaran saham kita semalam berbanding hasil tambahan RM3 bilion kepada kerajaan yang dikutip dari cukai makmur ini.

Kerugian RM33.8 bilion untuk mendapat hasil RM3 bilion? Adakah ianya wajar?

Saya sangat bimbang bahawa langkah sementara ini akan memberi impak jangka masa panjang terhadap keyakinan pelabur dan ekonomi negara kita serta nilai aset simpanan Rakyat.

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Lim Kit Siang: Malaysia First – Boleh ke?

Lim Kit Siang asks if former Malaysian PM Najib Razak allowed Jho Low to  'hide in plain sight' in Hong Kong, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The  Straits Times
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By Lim Kit Siang

Firstly, I want to thank Kee Thuan Chye for writing about my past. I did not know what he was writing and I was quite curious when he gave me the first copy of the book when it was published – and I find it most readable and absorbing.

He did not ask me very much of my school days and I found to my surprise that he has learnt quite a bit. The stories were true although some aspects were quite apocryphal, gained from the telling and re-telling of the stories.

Whatever lessons we can learn of the past, it is the future that is my concern – for I think we are in one of the most critical times of the nation.

As this webinar has posed the question: Malaysian first – Boleh Ke?

I do not think anybody has an answer to this question, but one thing is sure, if we cannot be Malaysian first, then the future is a bleak one – there is no way to stop Malaysia from heading towards a kleptocracy, kakistocracy and a failed state.

Yesterday, I came across an article by Murray Hunter on “The Dark Forces Changing Malaysian Society” and I am reading Nazir Razak’s book “What’s In a Name”.

Fortuitously, we are in the midst of the Malacca general elections with Polling eleven days away on Nov. 20.

For the past 50 years, the nation-building policies moved away from “Malaysia First” approach, and as a result, we lost two million of our brightest and the best sons and daughters to the diaspora in the world.

They emigrated to other countries to become supermen and superwomen when they should remain in Malaysia to help build the country into a world-class great nation.

It is not that we have not achieved anything in the past six decades.

We have the Malaysian Constitution, which celebrated Malaysia’s plural society, the separatuion of powrers, the rule of law, good governance and human rights.

We have the Rukun Negara principles of nation-building, although I suspect we now have Ministers who do not subscribe to the Rukun Negara principles.

And then we have the 2018 general election which performed the impossible and toppled Umno the hegemon was an undoubted achievement, more so because UMNO was so invincible.

But the Pakatan Harapan government squandered the opportunity to bring about institutional reforms and changes in the country before it was itself toppled after 22 months, ushering in two backdoor, illegitimate and undemocratic governments by the
Sheraton Move conspiracy in February 2020.

The rejection of the “Malaysian First” nation-building policy is sadly illustrated in the 22-month Covid-19 pandemic, with Malaysia becoming one of the worst performing states in the world, ranked No. 20 among nations with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases, with over 2.5 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 30,000 Covid-19 deaths.

But there are too many negative vibes in Malaysia today. There is a sense of apathy, hopelessness, despair and desolation in the land.

We have a new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri who coined the “Keluarga Malaysia” slogan, but could he live down his past for he was one of the main UMNO leaders who went on a rampage on “race and religion” rhetoric, particularly over the ICERD ratification lies and misinformation.

Then we have the 2022 budget which even the former economic adviser of the Pakatan Harapan government, Mohammad Abdul Khalid, asked where was the fairness over the measly allocation of millions of ringgit for non-bumiputeras but billions of ringgit for the bumiputeras.

I worry the voter turnout in Malacca and the subsequent Sarawak state general election may be as low as less than 30 per cent, as Malacca and Sarawak general elections will be important forerunners of the 15th General Election to decide whether the Malaysian Dream for Malaysia to become a world-class great nation has come to an end and there is no way for Malaysia to become a successful plural society and a world-class great nation.

Do we say No to the question: Malaysian first – Boleh ke?

I still believe that it is still possible.

Man do not live by bread alone. We all have a dream larger than ourselves.

I have not asked Kee Thuan Chye why he named his son Jebat Arjuna Kee. This is his dream for a better and greater Malaysia.

Malaysia is at the confluence of four great civilizations – Malay/Muslim, Chinese, Indian, Western. There is no reason why we cannot leverage on the values and virtues of these four great civilisations to make Malaysia a world-class great nation.

We owe it to our children and children’s children to continue to try until we succeed. Malaysia First – Boleh ke?

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Najib: Adakah saya menipu?

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Oleh Mohd Najib bin Abdul Razak

Saya amat risau bahawa kerajaan akan teruskan projek Kereta Api Berkelajuan Tinggi (HSR) dari KLIA ke Johor Bahru seperti diluluskan kerajaan PN dahulu.

Tidak mengembalikan projek HSR ini dari Bandar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur ke Singapura akan merugikan negara sebanyak RM500 bilion bagi jangka masa panjang sekiranya projek KLIA-Johor Baharu ini diteruskan.

Saya difahamkan bahawa kerajaan PN dahulu sebenarnya telah luluskan dalam kabinet untuk menggantikan projek HSR KL-Singapura dengan KLIA-HSR dengan menggunakan melantik syarikat KLIA Ekspress dan menggunakan teknologi itu.

Sebab itu mereka sanggup membayar pampasan sebanyak RM320 juta kepada Singapura untuk batalkan projek asal supaya kontraktor boleh dilantik terus kerajaan tanpa open tender antarabangsa bersama negara Singapura.

Bolehlah beri projek secara terus ke syarikat KLIA Ekspress dimiliki syarikat tertentu sebab ada yang amat sayang pada mereka.

“Maszlee Malik mendakwa Muhyiddin Yassin mendesak Dr Mahathir Mohamad memintanya meletak jawatan sebagai menteri pendidikan kerana isu kontrak membabitkan YTL Communications Sdn Bhd..

Dalam mesyuarat terakhir bersama beliau, saya ingat lagi, beliau mengatakan, “Presiden Bersatu amat marah dengan anda kerana isu ini…”

“Maszlee menambah, beliau diberitahu pada setiap pertemuan bagaimana Muhyiddin mengusahakan “kontrak mega” dan mendesak Mahathir memintanya memanjangkan kontrak berdasarkan kehendak YTL, bukannya mengikut keputusan yang dibuatnya sendiri.”…/muhyiddin-sangat…/

Antara digariskan dalam kertas cadangan kerajaan PN dan diluluskan pada akhir tahun 2020 termasuk:

1. Kos projek HSR KLIA-JB adalah antara RM63 bilion hingga RM65 bilion – iaitu tak jauh berbeza berbanding kos asal KL-Singapura sebanyak RM60 bilion hingga RM68 bilion sebab kos terbesar projek ini sebenarnya adalah kos pengambilan tanah.

2. Jumlah penumpang setahun bagi HSR KLIA-JB ke 4.2 juta setahun menjelang tahun 2031 berbanding 8.4 juta penumpang setahun bagi HSR KL-Singapura.

3. Jumlah pendapatan bagi HSR KLIA-JB adalah jauh lebih rendah berbanding rancangan asal akibat penurunan permintaan penumpang.

4. Pampasan dan subsidi melebihi RM10 bilion dirancang akan dibayar kepada syarikat kontraktor dan operator akibat kerugian yang akan berlaku akibat pendapatan projek yang jauh lebih rendah.

5. Kelajuan keretapi juga dirancang lebih perlahan berbanding projek HSR asal.

Selain projek tidak lagi menjadi berdaya maju dan kerajaan terpaksa menampung kerugian berpuluh tahun lamanya, projek Bandar Malaysia dengan nilai GDV sebanyak RM140 bilion juga tidak kesampaian.

Sebab itu, ianya adalah satu kesilapan yang amat besar sekiranya HSR hanya dibuat dari KLIA ke Johor Baharu.

Pendedahan saya pada bulan Januari lalu:

Adakah saya menipu? Tak.

Cabarlah mereka untuk dedahkan kertas cadangan akhir tahun 2020 untuk ganti HSR KL-Singapura dengan KLIA-Johor Baharu yang telah pun dibentang dalam kabinet masa itu.

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Zahid: Kerajaan BN adalah kerajaan terbaik

Gambar: Bernama

Oleh Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi

Dewan Rakyat diberitahu sebanyak 15,537 perniagaan terpaksa ditutup dari tahun 2020 hingga Ogos 2021.

Itu kita mengerti disebabkan impak pandemik yang tidak terkawal sepanjang tempoh tersebut.

Tetapi yang kita sukar mengerti apabila Dewan Rakyat diberitahu trend serupa turut berlaku sebelum pandemik Covid-19.

Iaitu pada tahun 2019 apabila sebanyak 13,527 perniagaan terpaksa gulung tikar ketika itu.

Bermaksud keadaan perniagaan di Malaysia sebelum pandemik sudah pun seakan-akan pandemik.

Walhal saiz ekonomi negara pada tahun 2017 atau kira-kira 5 bulan sebelum PRU14 melonjak kepada sekitar RM1.3 trilion.

Laporan Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) juga menunjukkan ekonomi negara pada 2017 direkodkan pada 5.9 peratus.

Malangnya kadar pertumbuhan itu kemudian menurun kepada 4.7 peratus pada tahun 2018.

Sebab itu kita percaya kerajaan BN adalah kerajaan terbaik dalam menerajui pentadbiran Malaysia.

Implikasi menukar kerajaan pada 9 Mei 2018 terlalu besar terpaksa ditanggung negara.

Dalam aspek ekonomi, kestabilan politik, perpaduan kaum dan segala-galanya.

PRU15 kita perbetulkan semula keadaan demi kemakmuran bersama. InsyaAllah…

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Zaid Ibrahim: Najib as the next PM?

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By Dato’ Mohd Zaid bin Ibrahim

Najib Razak’s recent interview with Reuters was a  political bombshell of sorts; although many do not seem to recognise it. ( However Utusan Malaysia  recognised it; and carried the article  extensively.) For someone who has been convicted of multiple charges of breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering and sentenced to decades in jail, his announcement that he might contest the next general election is startling and revealing in many aspects.

Najib dispelled this notion that he would be disqualified from contesting in the parliamentary election, a predominantly held view, because of his conviction. He challenged his disqualification, saying, “It is subject to interpretation on the law, the constitution, and whatever happens in court.” There is, of course, a constitutional provision that any person sentenced to imprisonment for more than one year or fined more than 2000 Ringgit is disqualified from contesting a parliamentary election.

Most lawyers will tell you that Najib can only contest if he succeeds in his appeal; or receives a royal pardon. But there is another possibility lurking somewhere which will enable him to contest. Section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code do not allow for a stay of execution of a sentence, and an appeal does not operate as a stay.; but ” the court below or a judge may stay execution on any judgement, order, conviction or sentence pending appeal, on such terms as the court may impose …

Najib did not explain why he thought he would be able to contest despite the conviction, other than to say it depends on the interpretation of the law. He did not say that he had obtained a stay on the terms envisaged under the Criminal procedure Code. Mystery surrounds this revelation that he will be a candidate, but I am excited all the same.

How can I not be excited to see a rematch of the kind only Malay politics can serve. Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, I believe, still harbours the hope of being a three-time Prime Minister; and Muhyiddin Yassin will want to have another go after being dumped by some rebels within Umno. Anwar Ibrahim still wishes to be PM  and go for a last try. It will not be complete if Najib Razak does not join the fray. PAS will probably support UMNO( read Ismail Sabri -Najib Razak team), making Umno strong enough to form a government. It is therefore open for Umno to make Najib Prime Minister. What a comeback that will be!

Dr Mahathir, Najib Razak, Muhyiddin and Anwar are all renowned Malay political gladiators. It will be a missed opportunity if the public does not have a chance to watch the gladiators fight each other in another do or die combat. It will be a spectacle. I think it will be a battle royal this time, for I am certain it will mark the end of some of these gladiators. Perhaps only when the gladiators cancelled out each other and the prolong warfare eclipsed their political strength will the country emerge with a fresh younger set of leaders. Unconnected with the ties and  the wounds of the past.

Hopefully, the younger leaders have different make-ups. They could be from less aristocratic upbringings,  and  accustomed to living a simpler life, and do not have too much wealth. This does not mean there will not be a leader who will come from a Royal household. Anak Raja can be wealthy; at the same time, humble and willing to dedicate his life to helping the country grow. Who can forget the contributions of  the late King Bhumibol  of Thailand and   Palden Tongdup of Sikkim. In fact I hope some of the more outspoken  and assertive prince/ princess  from the Malay Royal household  will decide to join politics and be directly involved with the issues plaguing the country. Its one thing to reprimand and lectures politicians on their shortcomings; but it will be more satisfying to be a participant and player in the nation’s politics.

Someone with a strong religious upbringing will do much good, for religion brings values like humility, honesty, kindness and compassion.  That’s what true faith is supposed to do.  A religious person does not mean the Taliban type of leader; who wants to proselytise, convert, and impose so-called God’s laws in the country. A good religious leader cares about humanity, the environment and all God’s creatures, rich and poor; big and small. A fresh new leader who wants to do good for the country is now very much needed. Of course that has to wait for GE16; as the position of supremo will still be filled by the gladiators in the next general election.

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Guan Eng: Sabri bergantung pada bekas PM sebelum ini yang gagal

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Oleh Lim Guan Eng

Adakah Ismail Sabri begitu cepat ketandusan idea selepas 2 minggu menjadi Perdana Menteri sehingga dia perlu bergantung pada bekas Perdana Menteri sebelum ini yang gagal?

Ismail menghadapi risiko menjadi seorang lagi Mahiaddin 2.0. Dalam tempoh kurang daripada dua minggu, Ismail telah melantik Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri sebagaimana yang telah dilakukan oleh Mahiaddin dalam 17 bulan dengan jumlah 74 orang, tindakan yang membazirkan dana dan sumber awam yang sepatutnya digunakan dengan lebih baik untuk memberi jawatan tetap kepada doktor kontrak.

Jelas bahawa PPN hanyalah sekadar perhiasan untuk menutup fakta bahawa keputusan sebenar dibuat di sebalik pintu tertutup oleh beberapa individu berkuasa yang tersembunyi daripada pandangan umum tanpa mempedulikan pertimbangan Jawatankuasa PPN. Kabinet yang dikitar semula dan Perdana Menteri yang tidak berbeza semacam menukarkan makanan basi ke dalam bekas baru tidak akan membantu menyelamatkan nyawa dan mata pencarian rakyat

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