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Sunday, December 04, 2016


about the country spinning out of control. It's JUST A MATTER OF MONTRHS before the COUNRTRY GOES OVER THE CLIFF. INTO THE ABYSS. But inncoecent ordinary Malaysians are also going to become the MAIN VICTIMS when this happen. So before the greatest calamity that can happen here/hear, LET'S DEFEAT BN/UMNO-oh-NO at the next General Elections GE14. 4 is "sei loh" in Kantoinis, translated to mean Die Lah/Mati Mampus MO1 dan UMNO lah!


When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson

From cometh this GOoD COMMENTARY: ~~~~~~~

Desperate Najib Razak resorts to Fear Tactics

5 Votes

December 4, 2016

Desperate  Najib Razak resorts to Fear Tactics— Emboldened and defiant Malaysians will fight on

by Bridget Welsh
This week’s UMNO meeting reflects rising paranoia. So far he has managed to hold on to power, but not without incurring serious costs. Growing authoritarianism, widening political polarisation, deepening ethnic tensions and discredited immoral leadership have damaged Malaysia’s social and political fabric. Najib’s mismanagement is also evident in the economy’s contraction and the depreciating currency. That thousands braved threats of arrest and thuggery to attend the Bersih 5 rally shows that many Malaysians are willing to fight on and will  fight on and will not be cowed. –Bridget Welsh
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This week Najib Tun Razak is beating the Malay chauvinist drum at his party’s annual general assembly (AGM). Meetings of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) have regularly followed this mode, but the use of racism and paranoia have taken on greater intensity in the face of its leader’s eroding political legitimacy.
For the past two years, Malaysia’s Prime Minister has been beleaguered by the 1MDB scandal that has involved not only nearly $700 million going into Najib’s personal account but also raised issues of criminal money laundering, embezzlement and economic mismanagement involving over $3.5 billion. The case is being investigated and prosecuted in over six jurisdictions, most notably by the US Department of Justice.  The scandal featured centre stage in last month’s Bersih 5 rally in which thousands went to the streets to protest corruption, economic mismanagement and systematic inequalities in the electoral process.
Despite public discontent, Najib has adeptly used a variety of tactics to stay in power, which is crucial if he is to avoid international prosecution. The most obvious of these involves a crackdown on political opponents. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in 2015. Since then more than 10 opposition politicians have faced a variety of charges from sedition to challenges to ‘parliamentary democracy’. Last month whistleblower and parliamentarian, Rafizi Ramli, was convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act for releasing evidence associated with 1MDB. This week’s UMNO meeting has called for continued no-holds barred attacks on the opposition.
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The crackdown on dissent has also targeted civil society. On the eve of the 19 November Bersih 5 rally, its chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah, was arrested. She was held in solitary confinement and charged as a ‘terrorist’ under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act. This follows a litany of attacks on other activists, cartoonists and artists, as well as ordinary citizens for ‘insulting’ posts on Facebook and WhatsApp. In 2015 there were 91 cases for ‘sedition’ alone. Human Rights Watch has detailed these in an October 2016report.
The media has also been in the firing line. In 2015 the harassment of publishers led to theclosure of The Malaysian Insider. Last month the online portal Malaysiakini was raided, and its editor Steven Gan was charged for simply publishing a video. This comes on the back of the Communication and Media Act being tightened in March. ‘Protection’ from insults has extended beyond Najib to those seen to be protecting him. The aim is to silence criticism of Malaysia’s most unpopular prime minister.
To complement these attacks, Najib’s government has deepened its use of racial chauvinism. From the 2013 elections onwards, it has depicted opposition to it as ‘Chinese’ and reinforced the view that Najib’s UMNO party, is the only viable protector of the Malays. This politicised framing lacks any grounding in reality as over 40 per cent of Malays voted for the opposition in 2013 and the most recent Bersih rally showcased the breadth of multi-ethnic opposition to Najib, especially among young Malays. Nevertheless, Najib’s strategy has increased ethnic tensions along political lines. His ratcheted war-like rhetoric at the UMNO meeting points to a willingness to tear the society apart for his own political survival.
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Scare tactics have extended to thuggery, most evident in the crass use of violence and intimidation by the UMNO-linked ‘red shirts’. Some of these political vigilantes – many of them allegedly paid to participate in hooliganism – have also been arrested but have clearly received favourable treatment. Despite official denials, the widespread perception is that thuggery is being promoted by the government.
Najib’s machinations also involve political manoeuvring. He has forged an alliance with conservative Islamist zealots. His government has allowed Wahhabi Islam to extend its extremist and intolerant tentacles through the unchecked and increasingly locally- and internationally-funded religious bureaucracy, with particular support from Najib’s close ally and 1MDB partner Saudi Arabia. Lacking moral authority of his own, Najib has chosen to ally himself with the discredited Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), led by Hadi Awang and his designer suit-wearing appointees. Perceptions of corruption and discriminatory land grabbing from indigenous people have corroded PAS’s public support, as Hadi has introduced a bill that hypocritically strengthens the punishment of ordinary Muslims for immoral activity. This bill, known as RUU 355, will open up opportunities for abuse by authorities in a government where the rule of law is not fairly practised and fuel ethnic tensions. It is no coincidence that bill was reactivated after the Bersih 5 rally.
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Most of Najib’s politicking has focused on maintaining the support of his own party. He has repeatedly paid off UMNO leaders for their ‘loyalty’ through patronage while also purging UMNO of its leading critics. Former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamadresigned from the party earlier this year due to his opposition to Najib, while the partyvoted to expel former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, another prominent critic of the Prime Minister. Najib appointed the grassroots party-stalwart Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as his deputy, aiming in the short-term to deflect party challenges. He is seen to be holding off on the appointment of his favoured cousin, Hishammudin Hussein. But even within UMNO dissatisfaction remains high due to the realisation that Najib is an electoral liability and UMNO could lose. This is despite the attacks, divisions and lack of clear alternative leadership from the opposition.  The public shows of loyalty through dictator-like salutes of the leader at the UMNO AGM hide real unease among members and growing discontent between UMNO elites and the grassroots.
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It is therefore little wonder that Najib has increasingly relied on the levers of power to stay in office. His government has broadened gerrymandering and malapportionment in the 2015-2016 electoral redelineation exercise, conducting it without transparency and repeatedly dismissing the record number of challenges. He has also increased populist measures to buy support among Malaysia’s poorest citizens, a pattern that was replicated in the May 2016 Sarawak state elections. These measures have been introduced despite serious strain on operating budgets for government departments and widespread cuts to education and public services.
To compensate for the lack of funds and rising debt, Najib has turned to his new geostrategic ally – China – for money. Not only did China bail out Najib over 1MDB, but he also returned from a visit to Beijing at the beginning of last month bearing some $34 billion worth of deals, funds perceived to help greasing the patronage wheels ahead of the next elections to be scheduled before the end of 2018.
China has a vested interest in keeping a weak, dependent, autocratic leader in power. Little attention is being paid to the potential loss of Malaysian territory to the Chinese, to the unfavourable terms of these arrangements and their limited positive impact on Malaysia’s economy. Guarding against the possibility of electoral defeat, Najib has also established the new National Security Council, which came into effect in August and allows the prime minister to dictatorially declare a state of emergency through a body made up of his own appointees. At the same time, Najib has created a new special defence force and increased his personal protection.
While the Prime Minister has tried to use fear against his people, the person who has been the most afraid is Najib himself. This week’s UMNO meeting reflects rising paranoia. So far he has managed to hold on to power, but not without incurring serious costs. Growing authoritarianism, widening political polarisation, deepening ethnic tensions and discredited immoral leadership have damaged Malaysia’s social and political fabric. Najib’s mismanagement is also evident in the economy’s contraction and the depreciating currency. That thousands braved threats of arrest and thuggery to attend the Bersih 5 rally shows that many Malaysians are willing to fight on and will not be cowed. The test ahead will be the point when Najib’s fear campaign backfires more widely, and more Malaysians realize that the only thing they have to fear is Najib himself.
This piece is published in partnership with Policy Forum – Asia and the Pacific’s platform for public policy analysis and debate.
Dr, Bridget Welsh is a Senior Research Associate of the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of National Taiwan University. She specializes in Southeast Asian politics, with particular focus on Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. She has edited/written numerous books including, Reflections: The Mahathir Years, Legacy of Engagement in Southeast Asia, Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years, Democracy Takeoff? The B.J. Habibie Period, Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years (a Malay edition Bangkit was published in 2014) and The End of UMNO? Essays on Malaysia’s Dominant Party.  She is the Asian Barometer Survey Southeast Asia core lead, and is currently directing the survey project in Malaysia and Myanmar.

"Keeping the Rage" on 1MDB: PART 29

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Keeping the Rage" on 1MDB: PART 28

Desi proudly declared his support by attending the Bersih protest on BERSIH chief Maria Chin's arrest, and I believe the nationwide protests did help in forcing the authorities to "free" her YESTERDAY (when all our troubles seen'd so far away, I used to sing wit' some Karaoke kakis in Butterfly Varrey, Furong...)after 10 days in jail, mostly under solitary confinement. Most of us supporters even in her absence organised Vigils from town to town, and Desi contributed a small share by his presence and a li'l poster and a li'l speech (see previous post...},

I focused on the daylight robbery occurring the past few years of some RM40 to 50billion (TO DATE, and still RISING!...)  from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and we all know who's the One who should be held Reesposible and Accountable, don't we? That's WHY Desi says "MO1 Bukan PM Saya! MO1 is NOT my.PrimeMinister". Note my. can stand for MAlaysia, YES!

From the ever-reliable Sarawak Report cometh this update:~~~~

Desi at Vigil 4Bersih Chief Maria Chin

With ORG.C'TEE MEMBER at Dataran Seremban from 8-10pm, which attracted some 200ardent Bersih supporters. This blogger contributed 5min chatter based on d points in d poster made in a quikkie hour. Regards to awe peAce loving Malaysians who DARE TO STAND UP TO FIGHT INJUSTICE ON ALL FRONTS, yl, Desi

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bersih5 Rally to Go On Despite Arrests: OPTIMISM IS KEY TO SUCCESS!

Desi knows the preemptive strike by the authorities against the key leaders/organisers of Bersih 5 Rally with the day before arrests may dampen some spirits, there are also other Malaysians who are more than ever determined to make sure the RALLY MUST GO ON. And occasionally we pick up a n article even in the mainstream paper, although from a COLUMNIST not on the paper's payroll, that gives HOPE,

For those making their way to the Rally, I wish thee success, take care and Saty Safe. Beware the enemy within -- THE APs or Agents Provocateur! -- YL, Desi



DESI: Saturday, 19 November 2016 | MYT 6:51 AM

Rally to go ahead despite arrests

PETALING JAYA: Despite the arrests of Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, secretariat manager Mandeep Singh and other activists, the planned Bersih 5 rally will go on.

Both Maria and Mandeep had sent out word that the rally should go ahead without them.

The Bersih 2.0 steering committee said the arrests of its leaders changed nothing.

“The rally will go on as planned,” it said yesterday, and urged Malaysians to join the rally to demand for institutional reforms and to protest injustices in the country.

Maria and Mandeep have been transferred to the Kuala Lumpur contingent police headquarters lock-up, and will be remanded today.

Their lawyers Eric Paulsen and Melissa Sasidaran said Maria was being held under Section 124C of the Penal Code for attempting to carry out an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy while Mandeep was being detained under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting.

Both of them were picked up when the police raided the Bersih 2.0 office yesterday evening.

Bersih 2.0 media and communication officer Yap Pik Kuan said    the raid was carried out at 3.15pm.

Others who were in the office then included deputy chairman Shahrul Aman, treasurer Thomas Fann, steering committee member Jay Jay Denis and advocacy officer Zoe Randhawa.

The police, she said, rounded up everyone and took their mobile phones and MyKads.

Melissa and another lawyer, R. Sivarasa, were initially allowed into the office during the raid but were later asked to leave while others, including lawyers Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Robyn Choi and N. Surendran, were prevented from entering.

Ten laptops, pen drives, hard discs and documents, including bank statements, were seized in the two-hour raid.


AN OPTIMISTIC ARTICLE on page 21 of the Star print edition today; yes, sometimes the MSM carries more independent OPINION pieces NOTY written by their Editors who are constrained. This columnist does offer HOPE! -- YL, Desi



Saturday, 19 November 2016

Having the audacity to hope again

We must engage with current issues and we must fight hatred with kindness and compassion.

WHEN Bersih announced that they would hold the fifth instalment of the Bersih rally today, a part of me was relieved.
This was purely for selfish reasons, as I had been planning for the past year to hold an event which I hoped would remind Malaysians that there is strength in diversity and that Malaysia is what we ourselves make it to be, regardless of what politicians and some religious leaders tell us.
The event was held last week, thankfully allowing it not to clash with Bersih. I wish to share two comments on the event that are highlights for me.
The first came from an American woman, who was devastated that their President-elect Donald Trump is a misogynist and a racist, who told me that “in times like these, we need to be together, among beautiful people and beautiful things; to remind ourselves that there are bigger things than the politics (of hate)”.
The second actually happened when I visited The Star’s executive editor, Soo Ewe Jin. He could not attend the event due to health complications but I visited him wearing my kebaya and sarong, and showed him photos from the event.
He commented that he grew up watching the women around him in kebaya and sarong. That Malaysia was more “together” back then.
Following the news the past fortnight filled me with anxiety and concern about what the world is turning into.
While I do not have children, I do feel responsible for the kind of future that we are leaving for our future generations. More importantly, would I want to grow old in such a world?
Trump’s win in the United States demonstrated that for elections to be won, hatemongering, intolerance, unsavoury comments about women and violence are acceptable.
For voters to have chosen such a man as their leader and force upon the rest of us such a man as the leader of the free world is beyond me.
Closer to home, I had to reflect on the current events involving the Red Shirts movement. While I am for democracy and freedom of expression, the actions of the Red Shirts should be dealt with firmly by the police following existing laws.
There are similarities between the Trump campaign and what is propagated to be the Red Shirts movement. Both campaigns have no respect for women, both not only allow but encourage violence and hate, and both campaigns can be succinctly summarised according to one of the famous lines from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “all (animals) are equal, but some are more equal than others”.
I think I am not alone in wanting a harmonious Malaysia and a country where I can live the best life I can, professionally and personally, and to be allowed to just be and live my life the way I want to. I have no political ambition, and yet I also do not believe that ignorance is bliss in this matter.
When we turn a blind eye to harassment (be it “misconstrued” comments), threats of violence (be it only silat demonstrations) and hatemongering (despite the parties crying foul and claiming that the media misquoted them) we are paving the way for such hatred to be allowed and propagated.
As a democracy, Malaysians enjoy the privilege to make our own decisions – whether to don a yellow, red, or black t-shirt, to join or abstain from the rallies or to simply be keyboard warriors.
We enjoy the privilege to completely ignore the current issues in the country and simply binge-watch episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix today and on other days.
Yet while enjoying such privileges, we must reflect on what has allowed us that privilege in the first place. Even if we are disenchanted by rallies, come the next election, we must cast our vote.
In order to be informed voters, we must engage ourselves with current issues and policies affecting our lives. We have to, in one way or another, be involved.
Whether we are for yellow or red (or black), we must live our lives with integrity. If we do not believe in hate, we must encourage love and compassion in our daily lives through simple yet profound acts.
When we feel hopeless, we must reminisce on the ideals that we believe in, in order to have the audacity to hope again. Personally, I believe in a Malaysia (and a world) that is inclusive, just and progressive.
I pray that nothing untoward will happen today. Yet, just like my American friends, even if hate “wins” – I will fight back the only way I know how, that is with kindness and compassion.
I still believe in Malaysia, and from what I witnessed last Saturday at #bringbackthekebaya – we are still very much Malaysians at heart.
I feel that what I have experienced personally acts like a vaccine against such hatred, sexism and racism that admittedly do exist in our country and the world.
In the words of the late Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.
The Star’s executive editor, Soo Ewe Jin, returned home to God on Thursday. His positive and loving spirit will live on. May he rest in peace.
Lyana Khairuddin is an academic with a local public university who runs to keep being optimistic about Malaysia. The views expressed here are entirely her own.
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At 9/46AM from The Star Online:~~~


Saturday, 19 November 2016 | MYT 8:41 AM

Bersih 5: Live reports

KUALA LUMPUR: Supporters of both Bersih 5 and Red Shirts are arriving in large numbers for the rallies here on Saturday.

Several roads, especially those leading to Dataran Merdeka which has been barricaded, have been put out of bounds by the police.
As at 7am, police presence around Dataran Merdeka was evident as Federal Reserve Unit trucks were seen parked close to the vicinity.
Police have said some 58 roads will be closed and traffic would be diverted.
Some areas to be affected by the rallies are Brickfields (Little India), Masjid Negara and Muzium Negara; Sogo and Dataran Merdeka; Parliament House and Bank Negara; Pudu Central and Central Market; Putra World Trade Centre and Chow Kit.
On Friday, police went on a sweep, arresting 12 people, mostly activists or members of opposition parties, ahead of the rallies.
Here is a timelime of the events:
9.20am: Bangsar: The crowd of Bersih supporters gathered at the Bangsar LRT station and Dataran Maybank next door have swelled.
They can be heard chanting and singing phrases like "Selamatkan Demokrasi", "Selamatkan Malaysia", and "Bersih, Bersih!"
There are still no signs of any Red Shirts supporters in the area, and the situation has remained peaceful thus far.

Bersih supporters at Dataran Maybank in Bangsar
9.15AM: Masjid Negara: The situation at Masjid Negara remains calm and quiet. Groups of Bersih supporters are still trickling into the plaza in front of the mosque with the supporters numbering in the dozens. 
Those clad in yellow Bersih t-shirts mingle at the stalls or around the central fountain. There is no sign of the Red Shirts here.
9am: Red Shirts supporters are in a group in Masjid Jamek and Jalan Melaka.

8.45am: A slightly larger crowd of ‘Yellow Shirts’ begin gathering on the other end of the Bangsar LRT station. Bersih paraphernalia is seen being sold.
8.40am: A Red Shirts leader tells the group near Masjid Jamek to not do anything until there are instructions. “Wait for instructions,” he says.
8.33am: The atmosphere outside Central Market is relatively calm, with several Bersih supporters seen around the area, many making their way to other meeting points.
There are several vendors selling Bersih t-shirts and scarves.
There is a light police presence in front of the building, but the area from the market square leading into Dataran Merdeka has been blocked by police, who have formed a line preventing access.
8.20am: Bangsar LRT: People in yellow are milling about and taking pictures as they awaited larger numbers to arrive for the rally.
Some of Bersih's supporters are also clad in purple. They represent the voluntary security unit of the rally and will be managing the crowd as they March to Dataran Merdeka later in the day.
A FRU truck was seen earlier entering the cordoned off area along Jalan Bangsar, where it parked briefly by the side of the LRT station before going on its way again.
The situation has remained peaceful so far, with most Bersih supporters either having their breakfast and sitting around.
Some were also selling scarves, T-shirts, and vuvuzelas.
7.30am: Petaling Street: Bersih protestors starting to arrive. Some seen having breakfast
6am: Dataran Merdeka: FRU teams already on standby at several locations around Dataran Merdeka. Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Raja Laut cordonned off at the Dataran Merdeka section.

Photo Gallery 1: Bersih 5 Rally Nov 19

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan arrives at the Bangsar LRT station ahead of the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur, November 19, 2016. — Picture by Kamlesh KumarDatuk Ambiga Sreenevasan arrives at the Bangsar LRT station ahead of the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur, November 19, 2016. — Picture by Kamlesh KumarKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan arrived at the Bangsar LRT ahead of the Bersih 5 mass protest today, heavily guarded by at least four bodyguards.
Over 500 people have already gathered at Bangsar LRT station, the main meeting point before protesters march to Dataran Merdeka here.
“I miss her, but Maria may not be here physically, but she is here in spirit,” Ambiga told the crowd of yellow.
“We are all Maria, Mandeep, and all those who have been arrested. We go on, we go on,” added the former head of polls reform group, Bersih 2.0. “They are not afraid. Are we afraid?”
The crowd shouted “No!”
Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and steering committee member Mandeep Singh were among some nine activists arrested last night.
The Bersih crowd at the Bangsar LRT station ahead of Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur, November 19, 2016. — Picture by Shazwan Mustafa KamalThe Bersih crowd at the Bangsar LRT station ahead of Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur, November 19, 2016. — Picture by Shazwan Mustafa KamalThe crowd at Bangsar chanted “Bersih, Bersih”, as Ambiga addressed them.
Bersih 5 is pushing for free and fair elections, a clean government and a stronger democracy. The pro-government Red Shirts movement is holding a counter rally.
The crowd at the Bangsar LRT station appeared to be mixed, although the Chinese and the Indians seemed to outnumber the Malays. Older people aged above 30 also seemed to outnumber the youths.
There were more Malay protesters at Masjid Negara, however.
About 200 to 300 more protesters headed towards the Bangsar LRT station from Jalan Tun Sambanthan.
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