Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The drama continues in Perak

Nizar Jamaluddin has insisted on staying put in the MB's official residence with the PM appealing to him to vacate. He reported for work today at the state secretariat only to be turned away. The new MB Zambry Kadir has now found himself in a peculiar situation - he cannot move into the MB's residence. The sticky situation is set to continue until some time. There was more drama in Kedah. The Sultan of Kedah has summoned V.Arumugam to the palace but he is missing. He is believed to have flown off to Chennai. With all these confusion and two impending by-elections, Malaysians must be wondering who's taking charge of the economy at the state and national level. There is just too much politicking in Malaysia.


Stephen Doss said...

Nothing new, as is always the case it's shoot first talk later in Bolehland...

Anonymous said...

No help lah but to politik. Only politik help people continue live. Real life already so sad. People lost jobs. Bizness no good. So politik lah. Maybe hopeful can also get some money, like maybe new MB give ang pows.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chun Wai
It is nearly one year to the O8 elections.
The cold fact is everyone is in charge and there is no serious governance.
What economy? People are losing jobs. Our politicians are busy jockeying for power.
We have the Permatang Pauh by-election. An unnecessary one to satiate the power lust of one man.
We have Kuala Terengganu by-election.
Now we gonna have two more by-elections.
Millions that can be used to bolster the economy are being used to elect reps who are same old, same old.
In between, we see both sides of the political divide undermining each other.
We have yet to see our politicos getting together to input ideas to better our economy and our well-being.
Today we hear a good proposal coming from so-and-so. Tomorrow we hear dissenting voices.
Then there are the countless trips to police stations to report on the wrond-doings, or mishandling of this state and that state.
We never see a semblance of togetherness except for the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy.
We the rakyat don't know whether to laugh or to cry. Should we go to vote since our vites don't count.
Now God has open the way to mend things right.
Both Pakatan and BN must sit down seriously and decide the best candidate to fill the vacancies.
Nizar should be chosen to show that is he really the Perak people want, which he insisted is his right.
As to Arumugam, he's inconsequential.
Who cares if his is missing.
Once and for all, PR and BN must rid chaos lover, meddlesome, troublesome, problematic and hooligans in their s midst, especially at the top.
Of course we get the government we deserve.
But if we are given monkeys, snakes and frogs, is that our fault?

Unknown said...

Dear Wong,

Yes. The drama continues in Perak.

Yes. The fairy tale continues.

Yes. The tale of the two MBs has now lead to the Tale of the Two Hills (bukit).

Yes. The politicking continues.

Yes. The economy is on auto-pilot.

Yes. The stock market is scrapping the bottom.

Yes. Shopping complexes are half empty in spite of sale, sale sale!

Yes. Malaysia Boleh!!!

ChengHo said...

Do not under estimate Anwar grand design , he manage to focus the nation attention to what he want Malaysia do .He is the student of Sun Tze art of war..

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


We have our own version of opera
In the form of TV-like soap drama
Sometimes we don't know whether to laugh or cry
When we see how hard all those political crooks really try

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 100209
Tue. 10th Feb. 2009.

Anonymous said...

WCW, all the political hooha is good for newspaper circulation. Kalau no action, then there is not much exciting news to write about.
Somehow I have this uneasy feeling there will be more ADUNs from various states who will be charged for corruption, more MIA ADUNs, more by-elections, more sandiwara by the political parties. This is real bollywood in Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

People must rise above all these politicking. The only reason why there are so much is because we the people have been gullible. We must reject bad politics. Reject suspect personalities. Repel smelly culture. At the moment, the ballot vote is the only armoury of the people.

Anonymous said...

it just doesnt stop at all does it?
sigh...if rihanna hadnt been postponed, i didnt think there would be a protest by PAS either since every one is so busy politicking in other states.


Anonymous said...

Just want to share one article published by Malayssian Insider. I think it reflects the feeling of the general public, especially the feeling of the Perakians.

The philosophy of legitimacy — The Malaysian Insider
FEB 11 — He does not get it. Legitimacy cannot be bestowed by royal decree or through the dishing out of generous handouts or even by occupying top political office.

Heck, even Zimbabwe's strongman Robert Mugabe knows that winning a rigged election cannot buy him the precious commodity called legitimacy.

But Perak's newly-installed Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Kadir does not get it. He snapped at troublesome journalists asking troublesome questions today.

When asked if he had the support of the majority of Perakians, he became defensive. When the reporter pushed further and pointed out that he and Barisan Nasional did not wrest control of the state legislature through an election, he fired back: "What do you mean? This is a democratic process. Do you understand democracy? I am asking you, do you understand the political philosophy of democracy.''

The reporter did not reply and stoke the fires of confrontation. Zambry is a likeable chap but he is deluding himself if he believes that the voters of Perak are interested in what Rawls and Weber have to say about the philosophy of demoracy.

He is on more dangerous ground if he believes that Barisan Nasional is guaranteed legitimacy by virtue of being participants of the swearing-in process in Kuala Kangsar and the soiled motives of Pakatan Rakyat in triggering the defection dance.

Something only becomes legitimate when someone approves of the action. In a democracy, approval is given when the government is subject to the will of the people and when proper processes and procedures are followed.

These important ingredients have been missing in Perak. When the Sultan of Perak directed Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and the Pakatan Rakyat state government to stand down in favour of Barisan Nasional, he may have been exercising what he considered his rightful constitutional powers.

But the ensuing public debate on the correctness of his action suggests that many Perakians do not believe that the process was followed.

The fact that BN did not have the opportunity to test its popularity at the ballot box has also hurt its legitimacy in the eyes of some voters. This is something that Zambry should understand quickly.

And as Ivo Daalder of Brookings Institution said: "Legitimacy is not a luxury for the powerful and a necessity of the weak. It is what's necessary to translate power into success.''

Anonymous said...

It is not too much politicking. It is about Money..Money..Money. Just as simple as that. So long as we have unscrupulous leaders, the situation is not going to change.

Ghost of Onn Jaafar

Anonymous said...

Who needs Rihanna to entertain us when we have so many comedians, clowns, double-hop frogs, snakes, loud-mouth "lion", monyets, and what nots, to entertain us?
We also have real life cops, tear gas, mobs, SWATs, CID, CSI, murder trials, intrigues, KL Law, and the whole works! And the blogs give us 24hour news and get updated faster than CNN.

Anonymous said...

And is is no help that mainstream media is not reporting the truth to the public. No wonder there are piles of The Star left unsold at the newstands lately. Even I have chosen to forego my usual daily dosage of The Star...

Anonymous said...

This is what was achieved in a short 10 months, by the Government voted in by the Perakians. So, please do not spin it otherwise.
I write this piece to put on record what I believe to be the most significant events from a human rights perspective: events that members of the Malaysian Bar and other NGOs were pleased to be part of. These issues that had remained outstanding for many years saw quick resolution in the last 10 months in Perak.

They include the following:

• As Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin cancelled all logging and plantation activities in Orang Asli settlements around Gopeng that were affecting more than 2000 Orang Asli.

• YB Sivanesan announced the return of approximately 400 acres of Orang Asli ancestral land to the Orang Asli that had been earmarked for logging activities by the previous government in Mukim Teja near Gopeng.

• The State Government announced the return of approximately 500 acres of Orang Asli ancestral land to the Orang Asli of Kampung Chang Sungai Gepai in Bidor, which had been earmarked for a Botanical Garden by the previous government.

• A special task force on Orang Asli land rights was set up to formally recognise all Orang Asli customary land in Perak. The task force committee comprises two tiers. The second tier is exclusively managed by the Orang Asli communities themselves, and meeting halls in the State Secretariat building are provided to the Orang Asli for their use.

• The Administration commissioned a special Orang Asli Officer for the state of Perak whose function is to resolve all problems of the Orang Asli within the state.

• A series of consultations with the public and NGOs on development activities in Ipoh has been held. For example, public opinion was sought in relation to the proposed development of Yau Tet Shin Market.

• Both Malay and Chinese residents of new villages and Kampung Tersusun are now being granted permanent land titles in stages.

The Malaysian Bar must put these events on record as we have worked for years on some of these issues and were happy to see positive results achieved in a short span of time.

We hope that the same importance will be given to these matters and that they will continue to progress without delay. In fact, we call on all State Governments to be pro-active in relation to issues that concern the Orang Asli, the marginalised and the underprivileged.

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan
Malaysian Bar

11 February 2009

Anonymous said...

what's new in our Bolehland. Bala missing and now Helmi also conveniently disapper. what's next.