My Anthem

Monday, September 29, 2014

Najib is the Emperor Who Wore New/Nude/No (pick one!) Clothes at the U.N.

From my fave news portal online, The MI:

Walk the talk, social media users tell Najib over his UN speech

Barely hours after Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the Islamic State militants (Isis) and religious extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, social media users were quick to remind the prime minister to practise what he preached at home.
Twitter user Nash, using the handle @nash_71, did not mince his words when he posted: "@NajibRazak such a pity your words and deeds dont (sic) match where it matters most... at HOME... Malaysia... cld hv (could have) been known a great statesman."
Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen also hit out at the PM's remarks at the UN assembly, by tweeting: "@NajibRazak says the right thing at UN but fails miserably back in Msia – Umno, Isma, Perkasa, Utusan, Jakim, Jais extremism for all to see."
He further posted: "At UN @NajibRazak calls for peace & moderation but no such consideration in Msia – everything is dealt with by the Sedition Act."
This prompted a response from a follower, Peoples Power, using the handle @peoplespowerr, who posted: "He is jaguh dunia BUT not jaguh kampung."
Another Twitter user, Hafiz Noor Shams, using the handle @__earth, appeared to issue a reminder to the PM's earlier presumed admiration for the terror group: "Najib at the UN: WE'RE ANTI ISIS. Najib in an UMNO pow-wow: We should emulate ISIS's courage."
Najib had in June at a dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cheras Umno branch, called on party members to emulate the exploits of the group, which was then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as its members were able to defeat an Iraqi force despite being outnumbered.
Many criticised him and questioned him for voicing his support for a militant group.
However, the prime minister's office later claimed that his words had been taken out of context and, instead, said that the militants' actions ran counter to the Islamic faith and culture and humanity.
Human rights lawyer Latheefa Koya also took to Twitter today to say: "Najib urges global community to defeat violent extremism & religious intolerance – hello? ada kenal Isma & perkasa?  (heard of Isma and Perkasa?)", in reference to the two Muslim and Malay rights groups in Malaysia.
Former BN de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim also tweeted using the handle @zaidibrahim: "PM snazzy dresser; spoke well about dangerous ideas permeating Islamic world in New York. When back home will he repeat them in Pekan?"
Najib had earlier told the UN General Assembly that Isis militants had destroyed lives and communities and destabilised fragile nations and threatened regional security.
“We reject this so-called Islamic State. We reject this state defined by extremism. And we condemn the violence being committed in the name of Islam.
“We know that the threat to world peace and security is not Islam, but extremism: intolerant, violent and militant extremism. The actions of these militants are beyond conscience and belief. They violate the teachings of Islam, the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, and the principles of Islamic law.”
Najib also said in his speech that there were key things that the world must do to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance in Iraq and Syria.
“First, security and statehood must be returned to the people of Syria and Iraq.
“Secondly, we must pursue a different kind of politics... We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other... So we should commit to more inclusive politics." – September 27, 2014.

DESIDERATA: When some people become Chameleons overseas, it's time they stay in the zoo...overseas! Helps promote international toursim. Maybe Home Minister Zahid Hamidi should gather the heads of Izma and  Perkasa to head the Moderates Movement in BullehLand?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dreams Are Made of These...

fRiends who abide with Thee always
in high and low tides
through thick and thin -- especially through your nightmare woements
cherishing tender  times as One
dispersing the aches of a fall
we are All in One and One for More...

you made Desi's counting of fRiends on my two hands' fingers waver
from a lo of 3 to a hi of se7en, my Lucky Number

Thou art One who stays forever
He/she inspires this little poem
'Tho we have sometimes not kept in touch
But words don't do justice enough
to the genuine feelings we both know
that beat Constantly
in o u r heARTs
in waking hours
in less conscious moments
in slumber nice or knot...
we remember
we will never drop the "R"
inour  f R i e n d ship

that's what we have destined ourselves
when we stay in our precious isle

spiriteDEStination

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I Need Not Say to AZMIN ALI:"Et tu, Brute!" Because...

He was allowed to accept the Selangor Sultan's decision to be appointed the new Menteri Besar as PKR leaders held an emergency meeting last night, and led by President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's gracious heart, they made a "compromise" decision to accept Azmin Ali's appointment as the new Menteri Besar of Selangor (which had taken place from 10.10AM today in a short swearing-in ceremony).

When I wrote my piece yesterday, I had presumed that the PKR council of leaders would "stick to their guns" in their earlier decision from the beginning in endorsing sole nominee of their chief, Kajang assemblyperson (ADUN), fondly called "Kak Wan", as MB to replace Khalid Ibrahim.

So Azmin Ali, Bukit Antarabangsa ADUN, is NOT GUILTY of doing a Brutus on PKR de facto leader DS Anwar Ibrahim and the party as REALPOLITIK proved again true the axiom "Politics Is the Art of the Possible"... Had the party not thrown Azmin the safety line at the emergency meeting, Azmin would have stood accused of doing a "Brutus" number -- and Desi would have reluctantly said to Azmin: "et tu, Brute!"




Backgrounding a byte, for those less versed in history/Skaespearean plays, Julius Caesar on the Ides of March eon years ago was delivered the "most unkindest cut of all" when his best friend Brutus plunged the dagger into the emperor-to-be's chest, and Caesar collapsed in front of the Capitol (where a swearing-in of his Kingship was to take place)...

In the testing times of the past 15 years, Anwar had been stabbed many times by "minor Brutuses" --  Ezam Mohd Noor, Nalakaruppan,  Zaid Ibrahim, Jeffrey Kitinggan, RPK, et al, ad nauseum -- luckily, for now, Azmin Ali did not join the black list.

PERSONALLY speaking, Desi is more than a litte disappointed by this turn of event. I thought the PKR leaders -- with declared support in the form of statutory declarations of 30 ADUNs in the 56-seat assembly --would stick to their steadfast decision to have only Dr Wan Azizah as the new MB. However, this is just a temporary setback for Wan Azizah and her colleagues in PKR. Some party in collusion with UMNO and Khalid, had won this round in gaining "an inch" -- I pray they won't be allowed to get greedy to go for that "yard", then the "mile"!

I guess the reality of Malaysian/Selangor politics played a fateful hand in granting Azmin  the golden glove. 

But Azmin might have forfeited even a bigger prize, the glitter of a Prime Minister's diamond glove, that lies in Putrajaya. So this latest development could be a blessing in disguise. When I was serving as News Editor at an online portal that saw the birth of the Reformasi movement in 1998 triggered by Anwar's sacking as DPM/Finance Minister by Dr Mahathir MOhamad, I had written that an individual like Dr Wan Azizah is probably destined to become the first woamn Prime Minister of Malaysia. So there lies the biggest challenge for Pakatan Rakyat to make this a reality should Anwar be sent to "you know where" by the UMNO-nised and bastardisedcourt system. This must be the focused goal for PKR and DAP --removing BN/UMNO from Putrajaya --  with or without PAS on board!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tomorrow is D-DAY, I don't wish to say to AZMIN ALI:"Et tu, Brute!"


Desi has generally held his peace for the past few days, even weeks, on the Selangor Menteri Besar issue because I am an interested party as in "vested" because I am a PKR member for almost 10 years now, and PKR and PAS have been at odds since PKR sacked the incumbent MB Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

After Khalid's sacking from PKR, he had no more locus standi holding on to the MB's position, but somehow fates decided he continue in the long transition. Following 30 ADUNs' signed declarations for Kajang ADUN cum PKR chief Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as replacement MB, by right she should automatrically be sworn in as that 30 votes of confidence is a SIMPLE MAJORITY in the 56-member State Assembly. (But curious the cowardly blogger known as RPK hiding our in Manchester, UK, stated from his superiorior position of Mr Knows All that 30 out of 56 is NOT a majority; my retort is: Hey 30 to 26 is a majority of 4 votes, or my English is knot as high as yours, royal blogger? (Dear ER, minta maaf, I digress! )

As the Sultan knocked back PKR and DAP's sole nominee Wan Azizah, there is a prolonged crisis, and with a new dawn less than 24 from now, Desi says his piece, cun?

I have concluded there are just TWO DIRECTIONS tomorrow's event will be headed:-- I based my TWO PREDICTIONS on a two-paragraph report on Page 10 in the New Sunday Times of Sept 21, 2014, viz:

Khalid mum
on plans

(Para 3) Selangor Pas commissioner Iskandar
Abdul Samad yestewrday denied he had met
the Sultan of Selangor on the MB position this week.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali confirmed
that he had met the sultan.

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PREDICTION 1 by Desi


That Azmin is offered the MB's position, then he is in a dilemma BECAUSE his party PKR has
reiterated several times, variously by PKR de facto chief DS Awar Ibrahim and party SG Saifuddin Nasution, they are STICKING TO THIS DECISION OF NOMINATING ONLY WAN AZIZAH AS THE NEW MB. In this case, Azmin must stand by his public annoucement he supports Wan Azizah as the new MB. (DIRESSING2, Azmin to his credit, according to  Hadi Awang's press conference,  Azmin also had turned down an offer to become the MB by PAS President Hadi Awang in a "Unity Government" to be formed by Pas (now with 15minus 2 ADUNs) with UMNO (which has 12 ADUNs) and 13plus12plus Khalid make 26.)

So to be consistent and NOT TO DO AN "Et Tu, Brute" on his party, especially to DS Anwar with whom he left UMNO some 14 to 15 years ago, YES, I SALUTE YOUR LOYALTY!), Azmin has to decline to the Sultan's offer to become the new MB. Azmin will be labelled "derhaka" by all the UMNO goons, but it's NOT treason if one is loyal to the party! Better to hold on to one's principles and look at the longer term. If Azmin were to be sworn in  tomorrow as MB, PKR would sack him for going against the party's unanimous decision to only back Wan Azizah, and the big price to pay will be: Azmin's caeeer as a politician will be finished from then on! So D-DAY FOR THE ADUN from Bukit Anatarabangsa, and I believe he will look beyond just becoming a state's CEO as taking over Putrajaya is the PR's bigger obejective, and Azmin (Hey, you are also a Member of Parliament!) is potentially of Prime Minister's material, IMHO.

PREDICTION 2 by Desi

If in the first instance that Iskandar Samad, Pas Selangor Commissioner, is offered the MB's post by the Sultan, he would not be disobeying anyone as he has been directed by his party President Hadi Awang (NOT agreed to by deputy Mat Sabu whom I salute for consistently demostrating the PR solidarity!). But as I said, PAS with UMNO and Khalid won't form a majority as they total 26 out of 56! so the longest term he can serve is UNTIL NOVEMBER when the Selangor StateAsembly is scheduled to meet next. At this meeting if it ever takes place, PKR and DAP will table a VOTE OF NO-CONFIDENCE in Iskandar Samas, and there he meets his Waterloo. I won't term Iskandar as the basd guy, it's HADI AWANG (capable of calling PR comrades  BARUA! wow, ulama leaders indeed.) who committed treachery against his PR comrades in PKR and DAP , and even colleagues from his own party. majority of the Central Committee members who support Mat Sabu, Desi understands from PAS sources).

MAY UMNO AND HADI AWANG AND THEIR ILKS live in interesting times!