Zaid: I am still labelled “a DAP puppet” #en

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.


从资金吃紧到叫价1亿,她,用了这一招……

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。

本科金融系,但对烹饪非常有兴趣的Amanda,大毕业后曾在欧洲呆上一段时间,曾经在德国及法国不同的餐馆厨房工作,目的就是学习欧式料理,她曾获得一位法国厨师的指导,使Amanda爱在传统食谱烹饪中耍出一些新变化。

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。

Amanda年轻充满抱负且坚定自信,追崇新闻业的守则,中立而又深入的美食报导,获得读者的喜爱,建立起自己的名气。

在《纽约时报》的这份优差,是许多人梦寐以求的工作,但是“天生有一颗不安定的心”的Amanda,并不想让自己习惯了安逸与压抑的制度式生活,使心里的灵气都不见了。

加上Amanda的骨子里遗传了已逝父亲的企业家基因,所以决意自己创业,选择在2008年金融危机时期离开《纽约时报》。

创业失败亏4万

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。

首次创业失败的经验并不便宜,这个教训让Amanda亏了3万至4万美元。但是一次的失败,并不会就此打败Amanda。

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。

由于当时《纽约时报》要出版食谱书,所以Amanda与Merrill也经常一起做菜。两人前后花了5年出版食谱书,可谓默契十足。

当结束Seawinkle后,2009年Amanda伙拍Merrill成立Food52,一个以食谱做为开始、却又不仅止于食谱的美食网站。“Food”代表美食,“52”代表一年52周,周而复始,希望人们一想到要找食谱或烹饪,马上想到上Food52网站。

由于Amanda与Merrill当时还在为《纽约时报》筹备出版另一本食谱书,所以两人把收到的预缴酬劳来充当创业的资金,也足够支撑18个月的营运资金。

众筹食谱 家的感觉

如果你打开Food52网站 (https://food52.com/),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!

而这些食谱,许多都是由用户自发分享,这种众筹食谱的概念,使食谱的来源源源不绝,而大家可以互相取经,今天你煮我发的食谱,明天我试你发的食谱。

网站内还设有“社区”(Community)单元,里面备有当下热门话题,与用户可以参与自己感兴趣的课题,也有竞赛单元,增加用户的互动与加强粘度。

由于要把营运开销压到最低,Amanda与Merrill在Amanda的公寓内研究食谱后就试煮,美美的食物图,拍照地点就在Amanda的卧室内,因为那是整个屋子自然光线最美的地方。

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。

结合内容+电商概念

从一开始,在Amanda的规划内,Food52就不应该仅依靠单一广告收入来源的公司。所以在2009年9月推介网店,正式结合内容+电商的经营概念。

Food52的收入已从之前广告收入占大部份,到后来的慢慢增加其他收入,比如举办活动及出售食谱书等,以及后来转型至由电商收入占大多数,与超过100个品牌商合作,制作许多视频与播客(podcast)。

Food52的网店,更不只是卖厨房相关物品,而是扩大范围到销售一切与家有关联的物品。

Food52的核心理念是打造一个与食物相关的中心,为用户解决在烹饪上遇到的各种问题。除了食谱,这个平台鼓励用户之间的交流与互动,大家把自己食谱分享上来,一起研究与学习,寻求烹饪的新灵感,从而打造一个与用户联系度更强的品牌。

网店的设立是在服务用户的需求,让用户看到属意的食谱,就直接购买所需要的食材和厨具。在提高便捷度、让用户同一个网站内解决完所有事情之余,也为网站辟开新的财路,搭建了一个更容易获利的商业模式。

突破传统媒体困境

到了2010年,Amanda开始寻求资金。想要获取风险投资的资金并不容易,因为创投资金不会想要投资在单纯的媒体网站。

一般媒体网站面对的困境是,在努力做好内容、冲高流量之后,仍然没有办法变现(Monetization),使网站长远的可持续经营成为隐忧。

当别人询问,Food52到底是属于媒体事业还是电子商务的时候,Amanda会回答说,两者皆是。

当然,结合了网店的电商部份,Food52的确不仅仅只是一个提供资讯的网站,而是结合做最好内容,以及出售相关产品的内容电商网站。

经过几次融资失败,Food52资金快干涸时,所幸在2010年底终于融得75万美元资金。

Amanda与Merrill也从该批资金当中取回两人当初各别投入的5万美元,暂缓两人的财务问题,但两人还是没有领取薪资,而是充份使用该笔资金,并开始聘请工程师及主编加入团队。

尽管获得新资金,但是Food52没有花费大肆宣传以冲高流量,Amanda更希望是以自行成长及口碑相传的方式来推动,谨慎使用资金除了确保资金可足够更长时间的开销,也确保公司不会再掉入资金吃紧的困境。

2012年12月,Food52在A轮融资中获得225万美元。到了2017年,Food52再进行B轮融资,筹得1300万美元。

在2020年新冠肺炎疫情爆发前,Food52再获得资金投放,公司估值达到1亿美元。同年,Food52在创立11年后首次取得获利。

在疫情肆虐、大家宅在家的风口下,以“家”及“烹饪”为主打的Food52,更是等到了好时机,站在浪尖上。

把业绩做成奇迹

纵看现今的媒体业,多少传统媒体转打网战,但不是焦头烂额就是未达标。回到文章一开始问的问题,Food52一个食谱网站,凭什么叫价1亿美元?还把业绩做成奇迹。

答案就是赢在商业模式!

擅于用故事来包装,Food52吸引超过百万烹饪爱好者成为忠实粉丝。

今天Amanda很可能拍的是一段制作柠檬派的影片,但是观看视频的用户却可能转头就进了网店买了一根杆麦棍。

这就是Food52与传统媒体网站在商业模式上的最大差异化。

有句话说,在现今的商界,不再是产品与产品之间的竞争,而是商业模式与商业模式之间的竞争!

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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

电邮不但是一种联系用户的方式,更是和客户建立深度连结的管道。

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。

真诚地提供用户要的资讯,而不是只想让用户觉得你是专家,才能够建立最好的连结。

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.