writHing -- I believe this so-called "intellectual" must be penning after enjoying some LARGESSE FROM BN-UMNO's COFFERS, filled by the goodies syphoned off from Petronas' profits so that the blardy Government cannot reduce oil prices at the pump!
I once did a para-by-para dissection of one woman's writHing -- is that Paddy somethin' Schubert guy a Malaysian or another beneficiary of Petronas' goodies? Dear ER, You Tell On Her to Desi!:(
With the latest jumping-on-BN-gravy-train cometh a so-called academician-politician Chandra Muzaffar -- so near a minister's post yet so far! Mayhaps the 12th Parliament may see him rewarded with this low post via te Senate? -- whose logic and crticial thinking cannot even match my Y&A johnleemk's discourseful domain, so don't try-lah matching with Desi as I am mentor to john, yes!?
MY REBUTTAL --in bold italics like this-- will accompany the crap this mercenary churned out, in ordinary script, yes, befitting such an ordinary mind in such ordinary write but made extra-ordinarily greAt by the New Straits Times. Will a Tan Sri-ship follow, like that other Face of NS-Lee Lin Thai? Your guess is as good as his gas:)
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From NST Online » Local News
ELECTION 2008: Chandra breaks silence on Anwar
PETALING JAYA: "If Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim becomes the prime minister, it will be an unmitigated disaster for Malaysia."
Really, ex-PKR leader and now JUST self-claimed chief? Desi says: You are an unmitigated disgrace to academia."
That was the unhesitating reply of former Parti Keadilan Nasional deputy president Prof Dr Chandra Muzaffar who broke his silence on his years as Anwar's trusted lieutenant when asked a question on the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat's de facto leader at a forum here yesterday.
That is the immediate response of one-year-old PKR member Desiderata, but journalist-of-25-plus years, who's similarly breaking my silence onthis turncoat today when I should have done it yesteray but I was on the HI-road to boost Dr Lee Boon Chye and Dr Jeyakumar's campaign up north... (THESE TWO GOOD DOCTORS CAN PUT THEE< CHANDRA< IN THEIR POCKETS because they are doing it on PRINCIPLES, while you coward hides under the UMNO sarong...
Asked why he was breaking his silence now, Chandra said it appeared that people were being deceived by Anwar.
So you were so "easily deceived" by DSAI when you joined PKR then,? Art thou a kindergarten teacher?
"It is something for which I am prepared to go on record now so that people will not be deceived," he said.
Wow, you go "on record" -- recycling the Master's Voice or representing the 4th Floor boys?
Chandra, an academician who founded the reform movement Aliran and has also previously been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), was among many professionals and intellectuals who formed Keadilan because they were enraged with Anwar's sacking as deputy prime minister, his beating at the hands of then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor and his subsequent charge for sodomy.
Aliran = Chandar and Chandra = Aliran
That institution should have remained like another Consumer Body lah, still led by same olde activist for 40 long, blardy years. WHY do so many hail fromPenang, ah?
BUT CHANDRA, THE FOLLOWING ARE FACTUAL INCIDENTS -- "they were enraged with Anwar's sacking as deputy prime minister, his beating at the hands of then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor and his subsequent charge for sodomy"
-- SO WHAT'S CITING THEM DO TO YOUR RATIONALE?
He was deputy president to Anwar's wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail from April 1999 until he quit over differences with the party in December 2005. He contested the 1999 general election as a Keadilan candidate but lost.
I was the News Ediror when the incident over your quitting PKR "over differences with the party in December 2005..." and as I then heard it, you were engorssed in a fight with another principled politician MARINA YUSOF who, if Desi recalls correctly, just could not stand your dictatorial ways. (ASIDE: Maybe Mkini should chase Marina Yusof for an Update now -- I always salute this former UMNO leader because she tried to reform the old UMNO ways and paid a "heavy price" for two outings...)
Since then, Chandra has refused to publicly state his reasons for leaving the party nor voice his differences with Anwar.
Yes, you didn't state your reasons because it was all selfish and self-centred ones as you were too pampered and given a status higher than you deseved in PKR -- that's my assessment since your Aliran days, and for the record, I had covered you during my infant reporter's days. You always craved for publicity by "contacting" us journalists, didn'tyou?
Yesterday, Chandra said that while Anwar was an engaging orator, he was now "speaking differently" from when he was in government.
Chandra, when you joined forces with him, he was already singing a tune different from UMNO's old song because he dissociated himself with then Prime Minister (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad -- so what was your driving motivation then?
Chandra said many non-Malays in the country were being gulled by Anwar's multi-ethnic stand.
I am a non-Malay -- and I don't apologise that I am attracted by PKR's (Okay, initiated by Sdr Anwar) New Economic Agenda that's the principal driving platform of the party's economic policies, one that's NEEDS-BASED, ABOVE RACE, COLOUR and CREED> I am rpoud that Anwar is the only former UMNO leader who realised that the much-abused New Economic Policy cannot serve the nation anymore, hence the new approach not along racial lines.
"Today he is taking a totally different image and it is sad that quite a lot of non-Malays believe in this man. He is saying today that he wants to abolish the NEP (New Economic Policy) and that is music to their ears.
Of course, Anwar today has to take a totally "different image" -- hey, mister academic, you know the definition of "reformation/reformasi"? Do other UMNO leaders have the guts and b***s to repeal the NEP when it has been proven to be highly abused? If some plicy had failed to achieve its core objectives after 37 years, why do you still want to keep it, Dr? ASIDE: Physician, heal thyself! Ooops, I apologise, this guy is NOT a medical doc,unlike Tun Mahathir and his wife, and now even the former PMhad some remorse over doing Anwar wrong -- I heard, is this true?
"We are so communal that we cannot evaluate a person objectively," said Chandra, who was one of five speakers at The Star-Asian Centre for Media Studies Public Forum on the 2008 general election held at Menara Star yesterday.
Yes, you are the only one -- Mr Academic and great socual acitivist, JUST? -- who can evaluate a person objectively. You rate thyself too high and mighty! AND THOU ART NOT EVEN A POET, or Poet-aSspirant like Desi!
Chandra said when Anwar was education minister he had forced a change in the nomenclature from Bahasa Malaysia to Bahasa Melayu, which set back national integration.
Yes, Chandar, when did you find this amazing fact out -- last week when the NST editors or Fourth Floor boys jogged your memory? Oh, mGf from Ipoh, aweofhelen, whispers many ex-politikus suffer from amnesia or selective memory!
"Tunku Abdul Rahman wanted the use of Bahasa Malaysia to bring all the communities together and he (Anwar) forced Bahasa Melayu upon the school system," he said.
Hey, did the UMNO-dominated Cabinet under Mahathir also fall compeltely under Anwar's spell?Or like the present CEO, most were half-asleep like Rip van Wrinkled?
The government reverted to use of the term Bahasa Malaysia last year.
Not directly rebutting this fact, but just mention that UMNO's dominated EDUCATION MINSITER has always been experimenting with the country's educationprogrammes. Did you say you saw the almoghty RM ... billion sign?
"Anwar (when he was Education Minister) was also responsible for appointing non-Chinese administrators in Chinese schools, which led to a political crisis in 1987," Chandra said.
Yes, recall all the "negaive events" of that Era and tou have UMNO to thank for, so what at=re you grumbling about. You still want to perpetuate the failed system. Oh, you are also a Bumiputra, and largesse is part and parcel when you link up with the 4th Floor boys by singing their latest songs, eh?
THINKING ALOUD AND STILL ALLOWED: Wonder where Just gets its funding from. And how much a year? A few ringiit only...?
He said many people did not remember the role Anwar played in resolving the Kampung Jawa clash between the Hindus and Indian Muslims in Penang.
"He said he would make sure the temple bells would not ring in the country anymore if his dictum was not accepted," Chandra said.
This incident refrred to above did not ring a bell with Desi -- I may have to do some research later. Chandra, I believe you're a patient fellwo who can wait till after March 8 for some crappy soup?
Speaking about the future of Malaysia, Chandra said the most important quality of a leader in a multi-ethnic country was honesty and consistency.
Yes, honesty and consistency -- how strange you did NOT apply these parameters to yourself? Maybe Zakaria Mat Deros has these sterling qualities! Did you, Chandra, write any Commentary in the NST about this Port Klang UMNO's moel of a State Assemblyman. Now he's encouraging the continuance of his legacy via his daughter-in-law. Did I hear any loud protestation from this ex-Aliran head?
"When a leader speaks on sensitive ethnic issues he must say the same thing to the non-Malays as he does to Malay audiences. You cannot play games because it is very dangerous," he said.
Yes, I think you must direct that advice to the BN component party leaders, especially the , and UMNO Youth chief and his deputy waved the KERIS on the PWTC stage? On, you also sometimes act out The Three Monkeys sandiwara, eh?
Chandra also said that although the Barisan Nasional was flawed, there was no other viable coalition in the country.
It's a slide towards The Abyss under the present BN-UMNO system of governance marked by Corruption and Cronyism and Nepotism. "IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE", and if we the citizens or leaders do not do it, Globalisation will force it on us, and alas, I believe, by then it's all too late!
He recalled his "bitter experience" trying to form an opposition alliance called the Barisan Alternative comprising Pas, the DAP, Parti Keadilan and Parti Rakyat Malaysia, whereby his task was to form a Just Malaysia manifesto for the 1999 election.
"Bitter" because you did not get a chance to be a Cabinet minster? Or could NOT get your hand at some mega-project?
"The BA did very well and it was one of the best performances by the opposition but after the election Pas decided to pursue an ultraconservative Islam in Terengganu and this made it difficult for us.
So you agree "the BA did very well..." and now finally admit your grouses are against an "ultraconservative Islam in Terengganu ...", nothing about PKR's objectives being wrong or that party leaders like Anwar are leading members and thepublic in the wrong directions with te calls for Change?
"The DAP emphasised an aggressive type of secularism which does not understand the role of religion in the country. A deep chasm developed and the opposition could not hold a middle ground and I don't think they can for many, many years," Chandra said.
Chandra, you offer no good reasons with a summary dismissal that "the opposition could not hold a middle ground and I don't think they can for many, many years...". Dear turncoats like the ilk of thee and Face of NS Lee Lin Thai, I pity you for your shameless attempts of justification what what is essentially doing a public relations exercise on behalf of UMNO and the 4th Floor boys. At least I think Desi would have done a batter job, and his price is a low Just 20million...
May God Save Us from More Jobbers Like Ye, Yeah! ~~ Amen/Amin
11.13pm historic/rhetoric wedNURSEdae
Postscript at 1.05am:
When Desi surfed to a news link, this was what propelled the PM to the frontpage of International Herald Tribune, Asia-Pacific edition, with a report by AP:
Seeking re-election, Malaysia's leader denies sleeping on the job
The Associated Press
Published: March 3, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia's prime minister rejected critics' claims Monday that he deserved to lose in this week's general election for being a poor leader who sleeps on the job.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi insisted that his time in office since October 2003 has "not been a time of failure, but of success," citing steady economic growth and bolstered job opportunities under his government.
Opposition officials have urged voters not to hand Abdullah another five-year mandate in Saturday's general election, claiming that crime, corruption and racial and religious tensions have mounted because of his weak leadership.
"We are not deaf for we hear what the people say," Abdullah was quoted as saying by the national news agency, Bernama. "We are not asleep for we are working."
Opposition rivals have accused Abdullah of being a "sleeping prime minister" who dozes off at Cabinet meetings, while anti-government Web sites have circulated photographs of him yawning or bowing his head with his eyes closed at political gatherings.
Abdullah, speaking while campaigning in northern Penang state, acknowledged that "problems will be there," but pledged his administration would try to resolve any grievances. Abdullah's National Front ruling coalition is expected to retain power but with a lower parliamentary majority.
Aides traveling with Abdullah could not immediately be contacted for comment.
Cash-strapped opposition leaders meanwhile said they have been seeking donations through the Internet for the first time for their election campaign, but that they cannot match the National Front's massive spending power.
The Democratic Action Party's candidates have pleaded on Web sites and online journals for supporters to contribute funds through credit cards and bank transfers to help them print campaign posters and hold public forums, party official Tony Pua said Monday.
One of the party's candidates, Jeff Ooi, has secured about 113,000 ringgit (US$35,000; €23,000) from readers of his Web journal.
Hatta Ramli, treasurer of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said online donations were nevertheless still insufficient, adding that government candidates have been "very much advanced in the number of campaign posters and banners that they can afford to put up."
DESI: Maybe Chandra using the benchmark set by the "sleepy-eyed" Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he could have harboured the thought: If some one so dim could rise to PM-ship, I with my high academic credentials should have been PM-mentor... He -- so Just and Justifiable, really miss'd the boat ... or was it the Kapal?
UPDATEd 7.45AM Thursday, exactly 3 days to Polling:
yapchongyee has left a new comment on your post "ELECTION WATCH (13): VOTE4CHANGE!":
IN DEFENSE OF Dato Seri Anwar
Hey! Dr Chandra Muzaffar are you trying to dazzle the poor Malaysians with your â€œDoctorâ€ whatever that stands for; please la Doc. That Phd. Does not mean shit, It does not make you more intelligent and it does not neam that you are any smater than when you started. A Phd. Just means that you had taken an in depth study of one aspect of a subject and as a matter of fact a Phd merely leads to a career in teaching, Our Asian people are so awed by that Phd., thinking that these Phd. Types Know it all, nothing is further from the truth.
Comrade Chandra to my way of thinking, and by your claims made against Dato Seri, I say that you are bloody naÃ¯ve. We are all humans (I think so) and we have emotions and full of bias and prejudices; and above all we are in truth all racist. I am racist & you are racist, and the only difference between a Mahatma Ghandi type saint and an ARYAN Nazi thug is that most of us who dare claim that he is not racist (you can leave me out because I am racist) are those whoâ€™ve got a two bit claim to having higher education, a wanna be intelltual. Comrade Chandra says that Dato Seri in the past had been consistently not in favour of Chinese and maybe he is truthful, while Dr Lim Kheng Yaik claims that Dato Seri is chamileon and in Lim Kheng Yaikâ€™s experience with Dato Seri he could be speaking the truth. Bearing in mind that we all carry a lot of baggage are we correct in our estimation of the man. We are all very complex and we are all driven by self interests; therefore what oue see is not really what is the man ! We can never tell what a man will do in all circumstances because what we see as the man is only the tip of the iceberg.
Politics is all about perception and creating an IMAGE of the politician, and we just cannot know what the whole man is in truth. For Dr Chandra & Dr Lim Kheng Yaik to say that they both ahd worked with Dato Seri and that they know the man is ingenious. Both these Dr.â€™s are playing their support for the BN and not quite really to give an assessment of Dato Seri for what he is factually, because that will be beyond their capability. Having said that I say both of them are naÃ¯ve THAT IS NOT HOW THE GAME OF POLITICS IS PLAYED. We can only take Dato Seri at his word and the issue is therefore ARE WE HAPPY WITH HIS PROGRAMME FOR HIS GOVERNMENT ? That to my mind is all that we need to ask and we will have to take him at his word; because we just cannot do otherwise. WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT IN TRUTH HE IS LIKE AND THAT BY OUR UNDERSTANDING HE WILL OR WILL NOT DLIVER WHAT HE HAD PROMISED FOR THE ELECTION. There is no need to go too far out of the way; ask yourselves what had BN promised for the last election (1999) and did BN deliver ? I do not think so !
Dato Seri and the United Front of DAP, PAS and Keadilan HAS MADE IT THEIR PLATFORM that if elected he and his United Front will deliver a GOVERNMENT FOR ALL MALAYSIANS AND TO STEP BACK FROM RACE BASED POLITICS. That is what we must accept for the truth; and if he ever fail to deliver then the next election vote him and his United Front out. This is what will therefore develop into a TWO PARTY POLITICAL STRUCTURE. Is this not what we want, and what is the profit if we just not believe him and we merely take the word og the two Dr.â€™s both of them are pretentious and know it all. I say do not listen to them shooting hot air. VOTE OPPOSITION and let 2 party politics develop.
Posted by yapchongyee to desiderata-ylchong at 5:36 AM
DESI: Sdr Yap, I now welcome thee wit' more than a cuppa tehtarik -- join me at SL and I will treat thee to Puerh tea!
Your piece maketh Desi swell wit' pride that another Commenter argues such a fine premise and easily put that bugger of a PhD to shame. Maybe the UMNO sarong is SAFE, SECURE and PROSPEROUS for a RAT like him, who can't even gift Desi a rationale that qualifies as "mousey", never mind goode.
See, Desi works hard for my ER! Bring him CON BF on Sundae eh! THat's knot a Q -- it's a haughty direction ala some academic-lah!:):)
Now that a Mindfool Mariner has stolen my Post of a ReBUTTal lock, stock and barrel, I went o'er to promptus.blogspot.com and here's my sending best wishes wit' half a barrel of his serving BF, non-CON!
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