Thursday, January 30, 2014

Enter...... Rafizi The Moron, Mahathir The Bogeyman

Hantu Laut

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt"

A saying either by Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain, or one copied the other, I am not sure who is the originator.

Nevertheless, Pakatan's Minister of Propaganda Rafizi Ramli has admitted responsibility for the debacle and is taking the fall for Anwar Ibrahim, or what he thinks he could get away apology on a rotten red herring ........because he thinks Malaysians are stupid.

He said "In all honesty, as the strongest proponent of the scheme, I bear most responsibility for the decision"

Let me take an excerpt from PKR Geobbels apology, who has now become the biggest moron in the Pakatan's outfit.

It is an open secret that the move to remove Datuk Seri Najib Razak has begun. As a party strategist, I cannot rule out the possibility that Najib is removed and Umno falls to the ultras led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s faction.
The unscrupulous attack and schemes to take Selangor by hook or by crook will begin the moment a weak Najib is removed.
Even as we speak, Umno’s cards are all too obvious in the latest round of racial and religious controversies stirred up in Selangor in the last few months.
Should Najib fall, expect a full-blown manipulation of racial and religious issues to create mistrust and frustration with the Selangor government. Read more here.

Haha!, now you know why Anwar did what he did. It is because of the soon to be ousted Najib and his tormentor Tun Mahathir, who supposedly is on the war path to remove Najib from his premiership. 

He said "The job is not done and we are about to face another round of onslaught from Umno"

Beware! Mahathir and UMNO, his army of marauders is coming to re-invade Selangor.

Of course, if you are Pakatan supporters you would swallow his lies hook,line and sinker, but for those who still have their brains intact in the right place apology Mr Geobbels Rafizi, you are the biggest bullshitter and if I may say a moron in the making. 

A pathetic lie even a child can see through.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Trusting Untrusting Anwar !

Hantu Laut

Why are there people still trusting this man? 

He has played out many of his comrades. The list of slayed friends can stretch as long as the Nile. The last one was Ansari Abdullah who has served him and PKR faithfully for 14 years, traded in for 2 frogmen from BN, who crossed over to him before the 13th GE.

That's Anwar for you.A friend in need, not a friend in deed.

Khalid will eventually face the same brutal treatment.

He said he will not be replacing Khalid as MB, but standing for ADUN just for the fun of it.

Yes, you heard me correctly, just for the fun of it.

The question I would like to ask Anwar Ibrahim is why degrade yourself to that level if you have no intention of ousting Khalid as MB?

Anwar knew fully well his coalition partners would support him when the time come to remove Khalid as they have told him in no uncertain terms that they cannot accept Azmin as MB.

It is obvious that he would rather sacrifice the less influential Khalid than ruffles the feathers of Azmin Ali, who holds him by the balls.

It is foregone conclusion that Anwar will with no sweat at all win the seat comfortably.

BN should boycott the by-election. 

Unfortunately, there are not many smart asses in that outfit to see the futility of such endeavour. Let's hope PM Najib sees it otherwise and not use his kangkongology to decide what best for him and his government.

Will Anwar be MB? 

Now that public opinion is going against him, he would not be taking over the MB position, but would still stand as ADUN.

Khalid would still be asked to leave or face vote of no confidence.

Someone from PAS, that can be easily manipulated, would most likely be given the MB position.

People are beginning to see the true colour of the man who wanted so much to be prime minister of the country, but may end up as menteri besar.

One day, Anwar must be put out to pasture.

Monday, January 27, 2014


Hantu Laut

There are many mercenary writers like this guy who indulged in idiotic spin. He may sound smart to many below average IQ Malaysians, but sorry to say, I am not buying. 

He pathetically compared 'apples and oranges' with complete disregard of proper technical analysis.

It's not rocket science to conclude that Mr Ng is nothing but a humbug.

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of his pat and contrived comparison. I wouldn't bore you with the prolixity of a lengthy debate but get to finishing line as quickly as possible.

First and foremost, Norway is a much bigger producer of crude oil on much smaller population.

At its peak Norway produced 3.2 million bbl/per day, but now production has petered to about 2.0 million bbl/per day on a population of 5 million people. It is also the world's 3rd largest exporter of natural gas.

Simple arithmetic will tell you the amount of massive surpluses in oil revenue going into government coffers, hence, the massive sovereign funds and multiplier effect of more oil surpluses and dividends from sovereign funds. Norway needs not tap into the funds as yet and until such time it has exhausted its oil wells.

Malaysia, on the other hand, currently produce around 670,000 bbl/per day and export only about 270,000 bbl/per day and import another 160,500 bbl/per day of crude to supplement its domestic consumption. Of its natural gas production of 61.73 billion cu m, only 33.1 cu.m were exported. Latest census shows that Malaysia's population is now almost 30 million and has bigger land mass.

It's again not rocket science to tell you that Malaysia is not exactly net exporter of oil and to think that there are plenty of leftovers is wishful thinking and sheer foolishness.

Major portion of the recurring national budget and the huge unproductive subsidies are financed by profits from oil revenues.

Again, it is people like Mr Ng who benefitted from these subsidies.

By the way, non-oil producing Singapore is one notch higher than Norway in per capita income.

So, Mr Humbug Ng, if you can't tell the difference between the skin of an apple and that of an orange, .......please, don't ever try to sell something you have absolutely no clue about.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Is Time Running Out For Najib? Yes!

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I personally think so, YES, time to leave the scene.  

Najib has failed miserably to bring about transformations as promised and his policies had gone from the subliminal to the ridiculous, the latest being RON 95 only for the poor

How do you implement and police such ludicrous idea?

I like him, but I made a mistake about this man.

From the Asia Sentinel:

Forces aligned with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appear to be attempting push embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Tun Razak into giving a time frame for his eventual departure from office and naming a successor, sources in Kuala Lumpur say.
The sources say that successor could be hard-line Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, 61, who was once an ally of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when Anwar was still in Mahathir’s government. Zahid is third in line for succession and his rise would bypass Muhyiddin Yassin, the current deputy president of UMNO and deputy prime minister, who is 66. Muhyiddin has said he will retire soon.
The scenario, the sources say, is similar to that forced upon Najib’s immediate predecessor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was pushed to name Najib and come up with a timeline in 2008 after the Barisan’s disastrous political showing in general elections. At that time, the ruling coalition lost its two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time in history. The campaign to push out Badawi lasted from the May 2008 election until April 2009, when Najib took office.
Although Mahathir left office as prime minister in 2003, he has kept up a constant barrage of criticism about the way the country has been run, quitting UMNO near the end of Badawi’s reign in supposed outrage over party politics. He reawakened with force after the 2013 general election, charging that Najib’s election strategy of reaching out to the country’s 40 percent of minority voters was a mistake.
Najib is also under growing public pressure because of rising prices due to the withdrawal of subsidies and other reasons, not least of which is dissatisfaction with the ostentatious behavior of his wife, Rosmah Mansor. He has also been widely criticized for being out of touch with the rakyat, or citizenry. He was ridiculed for saying that while some prices had gone up, the price of “kangkong [water spinach] has fallen but why don’t they praise the government?”
The drumbeat of anger over corruption in UMNO also continues, with the Mahathir forces alleging that vote-buying was used to deny Mahathir’s politician son Mukhriz Mahathir a top position in last September’s UMNO party elections.
An increasing number of Mahathir’s long-time allies, including former New Straits Times editor in chief A. Kadir Jasin and Zainuddin Maidin, the former information minister, have called for the prime minister to take the 88-year-old Mahathir back into government as a “minister mentor” akin to what Lee Kuan Yew did in Singapore from 2004 to 2011 before ostensibly retiring from politics. Former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin, another Mahathir ally, has also made public statements disparaging Najib’s premiership.

Mukhriz on Sunday gave an interview to the Malay-language newspaper Berita Harian, saying that “Defeat [in the next general election] is a real possibility if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak continues with his present policy of correct but unpopular decisions, especially on issues concerning the rising cost of living,"

The Economist: Malaysia Plays Catch Up

Malaysia is good at starting something but lack the will and impetus to follow through, a management sickness faced by many GLCs.

January 23rd 2014

Malaysia's new automotive policy aims to prepare the market for trade liberalisation, while easing the pain for its local carmakers.

In the second half of January, Malaysia's government unveiled the long-awaited revisions to its National Automotive Policy (NAP). The changes are designed to prepare domestic automakers for the imminent creation of the ten-member Asian Economic Community (AEC) and to carve out a role for the country in the regional automotive industry. However, the NAP 2014 also extends some of the protectionist measures that shield Malaysia's two indigenous manufacturers, Proton and Perodua, from international competition.
The most positive aspects of the new NAP 2014 aim to boost inward foreign investment by promoting Malaysia as a future hub for energy-efficient vehicles in the AEC. The new document broadens the definition of a green car, which is no longer tied either to a specific technology, such as petrol-electric hybrids or plug-in electric vehicles, or to engine size. The government will now start issuing licences to foreign producers to make small, energy efficient vehicles in Malaysia, hoping that such vehicles will also be exported elsewhere in the region.
The policy includes incentives and direct financing measuring M$2bn (US$600m). The ultimate goal is to boost exports of green vehicles to at least 200,000 units by 2020, with exports of automotive components reaching M$10bn at the same time. Instead of trying to compete in the mass car market, therefore, the Malaysian government is aiming to develop a market niche that could become a key driver of the automotive industry in coming years.
Yet Malaysia will face stiff regional competition even within this niche. Indonesia also has its low-cost green car programme, which is helping to attract foreign investment into the sector. Thailand has an eco-car programme, which aims to turn the country's into the ASEAN region’s main production hub for small, fuel-efficient city cars. It is also targeting green-car exports to countries outside the ASEAN trade block.
These two countries already outgun Malaysia in terms of both auto production and car exports. Thailand's policy of market liberalization has attracted investment from Japanese manufacturers and parts suppliers, which have built factories there over the past decade and a half. Vehicle production in Thailand is now around 2.5m a year, while Indonesia's output has reached 1.2m. Both those countries have also emerged as major regional vehicle exporters. Malaysia, meanwhile, produces fewer than 600,000 vehicles a year, with exports low.
History lessons
Part of the blame for this lies with Malaysia’s comparatively small market size and lower population. But part of the problem lies with its government's ambivalent attitude towards international trade in the auto industry. Malaysia's car industry was the brainchild of long-serving Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who established Proton in the early 1980s, producing vehicles designed by Mitsubishi (Japan). The second car company, Perodua, emerged a decade later. The original NAP was published in 2006 with a goal of tilting the playing field in favour of domestic carmakers within a framework of controlled industry liberalisation. The first revision to the NAP was effected in 2009.
Initially, protectionist policies benefited the country’s automakers, making Malaysia a regional automotive leader in the 1990s. Without competition and trade opportunities to push the companies' development, however, the quality and technological sophistication of their vehicles suffered. Proton saw its market share drop sharply once it shifted to making proprietary vehicles. Perodua, in which Japan's Daihatsu owns a 20% stake, has been the market leader for over a decade, even though its vehicles are not competitive in international markets either.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Hantu Laut

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak died exactly 38 years ago, today. A man highly regarded and respected by Malaysians from all walks of life. 

Razak understood that power lies in the Malay community and for this power to be able to rule the nation effectively and equitably, the elite among the Malays must have the ability, aptitude and commitment to the nation as a whole. Class and money was not in his calculations.

Today, the whole picture of responsibility and guardianship of a nation as a whole has broken down to sectarian politics where the nation is heading all in a dither of religious and racial upheaval.

Class, birth and money is much in the calculations of the current regime, by hook or by crook, it will be have and the ill wind continued to blow vigorously.

Blatant political partisanship has become the key ingredient in running the economy of the nation, which have drained the best of brains out of the country. 

We are still a nation low in wages and high in cost of living that continue to escalate to the detriment of the people and a government still in complete state of denial. 

A government run by a retinue of dull-witted plodders with remarkable dexterity for the bizarre, an astounding affirmation of their vapidity and foolhardiness in the running of a nation.

Malaysians have been humiliated by disparaging remarks such as. .........if you don't like this country,  migrate to another country...............if chicken meat is expensive eat beef and fish, (alas, these nincompoops do not know beef and fish can be even more expensive than chicken, unless you want to eat basung and kangkung every day)

Lately, the PM has encouraged people to eat kangkung as the price has come down he says. 

(In the old days kangkung is considered as weed as it grows around drains and waterways and only the poorest of the poor eat the vegetable. Today, it has gained some respectability and is common dish in many restaurants, but still the cheapest vegetable you can find)

Read HERE his brother's well written article in remembrance of his father, the late Tun Razak Hussein

Obviously, our PM Najib is not '' A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK"

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Devil You Know....Better Najib Than Muhyiddin?

Hantu Laut

Better the devil you know.....better Najib than Muhyiddin. This comment have appeared in my blog a number of times by pro-Pakatan supporters. 

Below is a recent one from a regular commentator.

Purple Haze said...
What you have written was already quite evident BEFORE GE13. The bloggers closed ranks because of the elections and trained their guns on the PR personalities instead.

This is quite unfortunate as we should be electing governments based on ideas and strategies instead of based on character assignation. But perhaps, this is the means to sway the rural voters - so-and-so are "bad", so don't vote for them.

When you have the mainstream media in you pocket, the message gets hammered through.

But you are quite right that the new media is where the battles will be fought as the internet doesn't forget.

If you want to read Rais Yatim's doctoral thesis about the evils of the ISA, you can get it on the internet, as an example. And of course, plenty of idiotic statements made by various little Napoleans.

The pro-UMNO bloggers seem to want him out or take some action. I would rather he stay in the job as the present No 2 (IMO)is not a statesman that Malaysians can trust. Be careful - the people of Sabah and Sarawak might be even more marginalized.

Many seemed to prefer Najib over Muhyiddin, whom they consider  a worse hardliner than Najib and whom many pro-oppositions supporters suspect to be working closely with Mahathir to bring down Najib. To what extent this is true, I 'll leave to it to your imagination. 

To make matters worse for Najib there are also rumours floating around that alleged Najib to have given strict instruction to UMNO divisional heads to ensure Mukhriz do not get enough votes to win as one of the vice-presidents in the recently concluded UMNO's elections and the supposedly esoteric information have been leaked to Mahathir and the old man is not happy with Najib. 

Some say Mahathir is grinding his axe and waiting for the right time to go for the kill. Again, these are rumours circulating around the coffee shops, which I have misgivings about. 

If true, it is a reflection of Mahathir's poor judgement of people's character. Both Pak Lah and Najib's  rise to the helm was orchestrated by him. Mahathir also had a bad record of choosing wrong deputies during his tenure as prime minister, none have fitted the bill.

A win would automatically give Mukhriz a seat on the Supreme Council and high probability of him clawing his way to greater influence in the party hierarchy.

They say Najib is worried more about Mukhriz being the threat than Muhyiddin.

I personally think Najib is not a bad person but a weak leadership surrounded by bad people with selfish agenda, whom he can't resist.A sure sign of weakness on the part of a leader. 

Would Muhyiddin be worse than Najib as PM and why?

Let's have some feed back.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Orang Semenanjung Your Brand Of Islam Not For Sabahans

Holy men, holy women: A look at one kampung in Sabah -

JAN 10 — “Aku nak Islam lama balik. Bukan Islam ini.” (“I want the old Islam back, not the current one.”)
I was in Sabah recently, right smack in a small village of 2,000 people. (I am not naming the village because I feel protective over it.) I was there to assess the socio-economic situation of the village, and after a few days of being viewed as a visitor, my newfound friends finally felt comfortable enough to let their guard down.
We were at the anjung of the homestay I stayed in. A faint scent of the sweet but pungent smell of the palm oil that had muddied the village river drifted over from time to time. The village was quiet; an occasional clanging of kitchen utensils broke up the stillness of the night.
The homestay owner had family visiting her. The conversation was banal at first, and like all conversations, family illnesses, ghosts, the rising cost of living peppered the air. A short acknowledgement about a friend’s death stirred the hornet’s nest: the women became very angry.
The martriach of the family looked hard at the homestay owner, who turned to me to explain.
“We Orang Sungai (the people of the river) have always been Muslim,” she said. “And like the Malays of the Semenanjung (Peninsular Malaysia), we have our customs.”
“The thing is, orang Semenanjung are intent on destroying us.”
The arrival of ulamas (preachers) from the Peninsula over the last few years in Sabah, and especially in the interiors, is tearing apart the social fabric of the villagers.
Young, fresh graduates from Al Azhar University and other Islamic colleges, but with little life experience, these young men come to Sabah, with the intent of righting the villagers.
“Dulu, we could wear henna during weddings but now they say it is haram.”
“We’ve always prayed, but now these tabligh, they come to our houses to check that we pray and tell off our men for praying at home, they must pray in the surau.”
“Friday prayers, yes, men must go but when it’s not Friday, they can pray at home too. So why is it wrong now?”
When there is a death in the village, they have a feast, a kenduri, so the whole village comes as one, to grieve.
“These tabligh, they tell us it’s wrong. But to us it is not wrong – the food goes to people who can’t afford to buy food. The funeral unites us as a village.”
In fact, the homestay owner and her family told me they practised many things that united the village. Solat hajat tolak bala berjemaah (mass prayers to avoid misfortune, illness el al). Prayers for those leaving the village to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Read more.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Beginning Of The End.....Najib Worse Than Pak Lah

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It seems Najib is continuing to lose support of many pro-UMNO/BN bloggers, who supported him in the 13th GE. 

Disheartened by Najib's total failure to do what he had promised these bloggers have turned against him.

These are genuine unpaid bloggers, paid only by the belief that Najib can bring about feasible political changes for the benefits of all Malaysians. The man didn't make the cut, he fared worse than Pak Lah. 

As self-consolation, the dickheads in UMNO claimed they have increased winning in Malay areas and as dickheads should be forgot that victory was handed over by Sabah and Sarawak. There weren't enough Malay seats in Peninsula Malaysia for BN/UMNO to win on Malay votes exclusively. In urban areas the Malays have abandoned them.

The nation is now like a ship foundering in heavy seas with a captain unable to steer the ship to a safe harbour. Najib had failed miserably to deliver on his promises.The nation is lingering on the edge of a dangerous racial and religious turmoil.

It is obvious that Najib lent too much of his ears to swashbuckling buccaneers and political prostitutes and ignored the groundswell of public opinion.

I was not wrong when I gave up on the man much earlier than some of these bloggers.

Two of his most avid supporters "Outsyed The Box" and "APANAMA" have started to question his political integrity and performance and I predict more pro-bloggers will follow soon.

Read APANAMA's article on "Najib Worse Than Pak Lah"

If Najib thinks blogs and social media are not pivotal in changing public opinion, he is mighty wrong. The erosion of support for BN/UMNO and its current dilemma are brought about by the new stingers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Can't Agree More With Kadir Jasin, Najib Not Beyond Stricture

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I was once his ardent supporter but now filled with utter disgust with the kind of ineptitude, playing with religious fire and an economy that self-prophesying for imminent decline.

I have, on many instances, in my past postings wrote on the need to abolish subsidies and dismantle all monopolies and let prices find its own level. 

A government interference in a free market economy is a sure recipe for disaster, it's only a matter of time before the roof came down on us Malaysians. 

It makes one wonder why a cuppa in a Singapore hawker's stall is cheaper than a cuppa in a Malaysian hawker's stall when our neighbour has the highest per capita income in the world and higher standard of living and we still caught in the middle income trap and in all probability going down further south.

Najib must not forgets, the ball is in his court.

Najib is not beyond criticism for his inaction, only he can make the changes and take full blame for any undoing of his government.

I couldn't agree more with Kadir Jasin in his article reproduced below.

Najib is not above criticism, says former NST chief editor

Pro-government supporters should realise that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not above criticism for Putrajaya’s cost-cutting measures which had resulted in price hikes, says a former editor of an Umno-linked newspaper.
Veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic) wrote that Najib and his advisers were not above criticism when the public react to Putrajaya's way of managing the national economy.
"It was Najib and his advisers during the general election who promised the people that prices will not be raised. So, who is going back on their word?" he asked in a posting in his The Scribe blog yesterday.
He also questioned whether the prime minister was an absolute monarch who could not be criticised or questioned.
"Or is he a living saint who is free from any kind of slip-ups?” asked Kadir, who was the group editor-in-chief of the New Straits Times when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister.
Since September, Putrajaya has introduced a series of cost-cutting measures to rein in a chronic budget deficit which includes a reduction of fuel subsidies, removal of subsidy for sugar, allowed an increase in power tariffs and confirmed the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST).
Putrajaya is also mulling a revision of toll rates while the 20% rebate offered to frequent users of tolled roads in the Klang Valley is being scrapped.
The increasing cost of goods and services had also triggered a protest on New Year's Eve by an undergraduate non-governmental organisation, Turun, which attracted more than 10,000 people.
In defending his strident criticism of Najib, the veteran journalist also rebuked his critics who had claimed that he only lambasted the prime minister on “economic management but did not offer advice and pointers”. Read more.