Najib is bad. Dr Mahathir is worse. Umno is the worst

COMMENTS by Theantdaily readers

Oliver S Mq: Najib is bad. Mahathir is worse. Umno is the worst

Isham Lorian: Very correct statement. Dr M is to be blamed for putting Najib up as PM. Pak Lah was much better. We can forgive Pak Lah that he’s not that astute and brilliant as a prime minister but at least, he was not as corrupt as many of his Umno colleagues.

So indeed, Najib is bad. We all know why now. Dr M is worse for inculcating a system of patronage in Umno that he is now unable to get rid of. And Umno is now filled with greedy and corrupt politicians for the party is the best vehicle to reach the top and get rich. Umno is the worst party in this part of the world.

IT Shiess: This scenario is typical of many Southeast Asian countries where modern day feudal warlords battle each other for power and wealth behind a facade of western-style parliamentary democracy.

Lee Chee Wat: Umno/BN always talk about benefits in monetary form. So 1MDB was born to feed these leeches. In Umno/BN, there is no rakyat until election time. Under Najib, it has turned out to be more obvious.

SouthNorth: Excellent article – as always!

Dr M is no boy scout with regards to fair play in the economy. Najib is cut from the same cloth but did not have wherewithal politically.

Malaysian society has been on a legitimize corruption path since the 80s under Dr M. Now it is so far along the corruption path that may be a point of no easy return. Continue reading

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Brother Columba – leading by example

St Joseph Secondary School Kuching school magazine featuring Bro Columba.

St Joseph Secondary School Kuching school magazine featuring Bro Columba.

 By Stephen Then

MIRI: I could not help but feel a deep sense of sadness as I visited my old school – St Joseph Secondary School – in Kuching.

I was back in Kuching the past three days for the Chinese New Year.

When I am back I make it a practice to visit two places that hold a lot of memories – my old school and my mother’s graveyard.

These two places evoke memories of the past.

Being there physucally gives me a chance to travel back in time in the mental and emotional sense.

This time, however, my visit to St Joseph Secondary School made me sad because a week ago (last Thursday) my former principal Brother Columba Gleeson passed away.

He died at the age of 81 in his retirement home in Ireland.

Bro Columba was the last of the De la Salle principal in my school.

He retired in the late 1980s after spending more than 30 years in the teaching profession. Continue reading

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Malaysia must not tighten rules on CNY as Brunei has done

by Mariam Mokhtar

OUTSPOKEN: It will be a sad day if the mullahs and our leaders decide to impose strict restrictions on Chinese New Year celebrations, as in Brunei. Where could the young ones, including the Malays, savour Chinese culture and be part of the multicultural scene?

Open houses, a typically Malaysian trait, are not just the preserve of the leaders, who make a big show of their open houses, with grand claims that 50,000 people attend. They pretend to be multi-cultural for a few days of the year, but the rest of the time, are consumed with hate and division.

Only a naïve politician would think that the rakyat attend their open houses, because they love them. The rakyat who bother to go, are only interested in clawing back some of the money which the leaders have taken, without their permission, to pay for the meals.

Does anyone honestly think that the leaders would throw open their doors, if they had to pay for the meals, the transport, the chemical toilets, and the added security, from out of their own pockets?

Many years ago, before Umno and Umno Baru had destroyed the country, open houses in the community, between friends, neighbours and work colleagues, were more genuine.

Today, many of my Chinese friends have given up waiting for their Malay friends to visit. The leaders and mullahs, have corrupted Muslim minds. Even the Malays with a sound education are swayed by the divisive talk of the mullahs.

They are told that visiting Chinese homes is forbidden. The mullahs imply that the food, crockery and cutlery will be contaminated, even if a halal caterer has been commissioned to supply food.  Some conservative Muslims refuse to be served by Chinese waiters. Continue reading

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Nurul Izzah: Anwar not too old to fight

There’s no reason to replace Anwar Ibrahim as the opposition’s figurehead just because he’s old, says his daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar.

“There are some who say that Anwar is old and that it is time for new leaders.

“But in the US, 74-year-old Bernie Sanders is fighting against the disparity between the poor and the rich.

Sanders is the US Democrat who is currently competing with Hillary Clinton to see who will run for president on behalf of their party.

“If he can do it, why are we giving in to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s whims?” Nurul Izzah asked at an event outside the Sungai Buloh Prison to mark the first anniversary of Anwar’s jailing.

Anwar, who turns 68 this year, has been the face of the opposition since 1998, when the Reformasi movement began. Continue reading

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Najib vs Mahathir: The boy who kicked the hornet’s nest

by Mariam Mokhtar

QUICK TAKE: Najib Abdul Razak has not seen the last of Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The crude methods employed by Umno Baru Kedah, to remove their MB, Mukhriz Mahathir was effective, but they should have resorted to the proper democratic channels. They didn’t!

So, whose fault is that? Everyone’s.

Political leaders may use frogs, or other underhand tactics, to remove various people, for reasons of their own. Or they may want to remove a political party from office, to gain the upperhand in politics.

As individuals, we may object, but our objections do not carry weight. There is no public outcry, no sit-ins, no peaceful demonstrations, not because we are not allowed to protest, but because no one bothers.

Mukhriz’s supporters may have protested, but these were political supporters. What about the wider public? They must have some views about his removal.

Mukhriz may have lost his position, as MB, but Najib has just gained a dangerous adversary.

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Will King Abdullah’s cat be the next possible donor?

By Stephen Ng

COMMENT “Malaysians are not stupid!” This came out from one of three Malay gentlemen whom I had a brief conversation with at a local restaurant in Bandar Utama recently.

While I was explaining to my wife about the latest spin to the 1MDB scandal, I overheard a conversation which touched on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.

I turned around, and interrupted their conversation briefly. Suddenly, one of them snapped: “He thinks Malaysians are all stupid.” I could only nod in agreement. Since the 1MDB scandal was highlighted by Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his men have been spinning out one story after another.

All along, they have been saying that there was such a huge donation made by a royal family in Saudi Arabia. No further details were provided; then, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that he met with the donor on Aug 23 last year.

Still, no identity of the donor was revealed until attorney-general (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali disclosed that it was the late King Abdullah – who had in fact passed away on Jan 23. Where then, did Zahid meet the late monarch?

I can imagine that Zahid’s face had turned red when Apandi named the monarch. Because it was ridiculed so much in both the social media and a number of news reports, now we are hearing from Apandi again that it was the late King Abdullah’s son who was the donor. Continue reading

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I’m a Malay and I don’t have any problem with DAP

COMMENTS by Theantdaily readers

Zainal Yunos: For us Malays in Sarawak, I don’t think anyone of us ever criticized the DAP so venomously as the Malays in Malaya. This is because we are more tolerant and perhaps, more cultured too.

The DAP’s support base is the Chinese. Its leaders are mostly Chinese. The party represents mainly the Chinese urban seats.

What is wrong with that? Umno is for the Malays, MCA for the Chinese and MIC for the Indians.

Even in Sarawak, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak was set up by Leo Moggie and Daniel Tajem, principally to protect and fight for Dayak interests.

Nothing wrong with all these racial-based parties. So what is so wrong with DAP?

DAP is actually a multi-racial party. It’s good that the party has embarked on recruiting other races, other than the Chinese, as members.

If it’s true that many Dayak professionals are now attracted to join DAP for whatever reason, well and good. It’s a free country. Anyone can join any political party of their choice.

Let me conclude by saying this. I’m a Malay and I have no issues with DAP. In the same fashion that I have no problem with SUPP, the other Chinese-based party in Sarawak.

In fact, I have nothing against all the political parties, only politicians who are greedy, corrupt and abuse their power once they are at the top.

Mikey: Any professional with any dignity will not join any BN parties. You only live once, so better start off with a party you can trust or else you are deemed a traitor to your race, religion and country.

I wish the Dayak professional all the best for having the guts to challenge the establishment by joining DAP instead of colluding and having a good comfortable life within the BN.

Please remember you are accountable to your communities for all your deeds and no one is responsible but yourself for any decision you make. The political arena is a ‘dirty’ place and if you cannot take the heat, better get out before you get sucked up into the dirty game of politics. Continue reading

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