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The “Katak” Epidemic in Sabah!

Virus very infectious indeed.

Latest to be infected by this “Katak” Disease is The CHIEF of Sabah PARTI Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (GERAKAN), who is also National GERAKAN vice president Datuk Seri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah. Raymond Tan will ditch Gerakan and join Shafie Apdal’s Party Warisan today 3rd May 2019.

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Development without corruption is an ideal situation in Malaysian politics. Corruption and development is, at a stretch, somewhat acceptable. But corruption without development is completely unacceptable. Sadly, the Malaysian political scene has somehow have found ourselves in the second scenario and moving rapidly towards the last scenario. And it is within this such formula that incumbent Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, the undisputed leader of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and Chairman of the ruling coalition in Sarawak’s victory in the recent 10th Sarawak state elections 2011, needs to be seen.

The issue whether or not Taib Mahmud is a clean politician was never the key. It was whether Taib Mahmud had delivered, and on that count he scored. Perhaps not in the most raring of percentages but but he was adequately high on a scale of one to ten. In the Malaysian context, irrespective of corruption, development scores. If a politician at the helm of affairs demonstrates his intent and will to deliver as well as takes positive steps in that direction, similar to that of the Taib Mahmud Sarawakian government, then the electorate reposes its faith in him. This more often than not overlooks the incumbency factor. Taib Mahmud was voted in as chief minister for eight terms: the last one going beyond anyone’s expectations. The grapevine has it that Taib himself was not sure of winning but the people voted him in on three counts; the first being that only he can keep UMNO from coming into Sarawak, the second being that he had done for Sarawak what no other Chief Minister had and third being that development was high on the agenda.

There were stories about several family members benefiting billions during his regime but those allegations waned in the face of the work he had done. A great deal still remains undone but his intention and will to work benefited the people who voted him in and this alone is enough reason for the electorate to back him and ensure his return to office which he held for eight terms. In the case of Dr Mahathir, the issue also worked in his favour was the perception that his heart beats for the Malays although he is half-Indian and that even while the party or his confidantes made money left, right and center, he had electoral support till of course he made the fatal mistake of sacking Anwar Ibrahim for corruption and sodomy charges.

In Malaysia, race, religion or corruption comes into play when development takes a backseat. In situations like this, non-performing politicians have a field day in exploiting race and religion blocks to their advantage and they often succeed. Koh Tsu Koon was able to rule Penang and later managed to name chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan as his successor primarily because he helped UMNO and had the support of the Feds in the center, get electoral power and in turn had a role in decision making. But what dented Koh Tsu Koon’s unassailable position were his non-performance and confining his tenure solely to UMNO politics. That worked initially but later Penangites wanted results of governance where of course he failed miserably. The consequence: a total rout from which recovery seems a near impossibility as the recent 2008 election-results have demonstrated.

This is in great contrast with Lim Guan Eng’s human development agenda in which the situation is crystal-clear. Koh Tsu Koon’s UMNO discrepant policies brought Lim Guan Eng center-stage: His initial victory had little to do with him and more with being the protégé of then Penang Chief Minister Lim Chong Eu and UMNO. Koh Tsu Koon’s Parti Gerakan who vouched for him throughout the years deserted him on the grounds that his UMNO sucking up politics were limited to his family and an inner circle comprising his relatives and maybe a handful of supporters. At the macro level Koh Tsu Koon had failed to deliver or do anything for the state, they argued. Worse still, he had put the clock back.

Lim Guan Eng reign checked these: corruption, accountability and transparency and followed this up with development. Not only did he bring back the dignity of Penangites but also stressed on the state’s CAT (competency, accountability and transparency) principles. It is after many years in Penang that the state is finally transparent in its governance. In the face of all this, whether Lim Guan Eng and his minions are corrupted or not were non issues when it comes to voting him and his boys back to power. This can be said about Taib Mahmud or Musa Aman for that matter. Upon a better look, the way Musa Aman went about getting The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah to investigate the Mother of ALL Problems, “Project IC”, the alleged systematic granting of citizenship to foreigners, was a brilliant move in spite of so much objections and even sabotage by Shafie Apdal and some UMNO Sabah chaps. Despite the drama he still managed to get it thru and convince Premier Najib against all odds, that this is the true meaning of development!

I stand corrected on my theory that people accept corruption only if it rides piggyback on development and never the former without the latter. Lim Guan Eng substantiates the first and Koh Tsu Koon the second. And although the the third option of development without corruption is an ideal situation, it is sadly rarely found in Malaysian politics. Even honest politicians, Musa Aman, who was voted in on grounds of his honesty and integrity, rued the fact that political parties need money to survive.

So with the way things are, it is less about corruption and more about being found out. Or even getting caught. Hence, solo development or clean governance in Malaysian politics is an ideal situation. In lieu with this, I have to single out Former Prime Ministers Tengku Abdul Rahman and Tun Hussein Onn whose integrity is beyond doubt, despite the various scams their Government had been besmeared with. But ask the man on the street or even Tengku or Tun Hussein Onn’s former political rivals and they will charge them with inaction but not dishonesty. In this case the clean image scores over governance.

The shadow boxing by certain UMNO politicians using Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) a Barisan National component in Sabah and the Kadazandusun Murut Association Malaysia (KDM Malaysia) may be a precursor to a battle for the gaddi in Kuala Lumpur.

Sabahans often accuse their politicians of being short-sighted. Judging by the rhetoric’s, lobbying, mudslinging, conniving and scheming by the principal parties, we are actually looking at least as far into the future as the 13th General Elections, parliamentary and state polls, which must be held before 2013.

If you ask me the most interesting part of this coming election is the shadow-boxing within the Barisan National in Sabah.

Some UMNO leaders in Sabah namely Shafie Apdal is vying for the chief minister’s chair– not for today but definitely for tomorrow.

It is a bit silly to accuse — as Senator Chin Su Phin the Deputy President of LDP who with his President VK Liew has done — Musa Aman for being ‘opportunistic’ about the alliance with the Gerakan Party and for appointing Dr Yee Moh Chai of PBS as the new Deputy Chief Minister. To set the record straight, Musa Aman a fair man, has always has been loyal to UMNO and the Barisan National.

Musa Aman has stayed loyal and calm despite being accused by all sorts of things by LDP, even the UMNO chaps associated with Shafie Apdal are doing the same, hitting him under the belt. In spite of all these never once has Musa Aman lost his cool.

That loyalty — or political necessity — was also strong enough to withstand the disappointments of being accused and attacked by the his own UMNO fellows like Shafie Apdal using proxies like Senator Chin and VK Liew and now even KDM Malaysia trying to undermine him. Of course now after the story about VK Liew’s shenanigans with his Rungus staff  and the police report in Kota Marudu which came out in Malaysia Today website, things have cool down and now VK Liew is throwing heaps of praises on Musa Aman. Whatever other adjective you may use of Musa Aman he has proved anything but ‘opportunistic’.

Given this 10-year history why is Shafie Apdal now eyeing Musa Aman so warily?

The simple answer is that Shafie Apdal believes that UMNO shall be a real contender for power come the 13th GE. Shafie also believes that, in the absence of a towering figure such as Musa Aman, the leadership of the Sabah BN may be up for grabs.

Finally, Shafie Apdal also knows that he is — again Musa Aman apart — probably the most visible face of  UMNO Sabah and he thinks and he gives the impression that he has got Najib Tun Razak’s  blessings to replace Musa Aman. I doubt this very much because Najib Tun Razak openly acknowledges that Musa Aman is doing a fantastic job in Sabah.

In the ordinary course of events Musa Aman would probably be the clear front-runner. He is by far the best chief minister Sabah has ever seen, articulate, workaholic and has propelled his state ahead of the rest when it comes to development, and has won every electoral challenge thrown at him — Parliament polls or state assembly polls since taking over in 2003.

Now lets look at KDM Malaysia and see how Shafie Apdal’s hidden tentacles has come into play.

Datuk John Ambrose is the founder and President of the newly registered KDM Malaysia (KDMM) and its number one purpose is to get Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDMs) to support Umno and its second most important intention is to break the KDMs away from PBS, Upko and the PBRS. In other words it is a tool to divide the KDMs.

Everyone knows that Musa Aman has got a perfect relationship with Pairin Kitingan and PBS, and PBS is the second most important party in the BN Sabah after UMNO.  So in order to weaken Musa Aman,  Pairin and the PBS must be weaken. And this can be done if a sizable number of KDMs are taken away from the PBS. Even Upko will be weaken in so doing.

After the failed Umno KDM Task Force, Shafie Apdal together with John Ambrose and one Peter Antony hatched this idea of KDM Malaysia. The objective was basically to weaken the PBS in order to weaken Musa Aman.

Ambrose says, KDM Malaysia is an NGO and it will undertake welfare programs and build houses for the KDMs poor. But, where will KDM Malaysia get the money to build thousands of houses for the poor KDMs? Ambrose says, KDM Malaysia will get funding from the government to built houses for the poor KDMs. Is this true? Is it true that the Ministry of Rural Development under Shafie Apdal will be the money man? Is it true that Ambrose got a yearly RM 40 million landscape project from University Malaysia Sabah to fund his KDM Malaysia? Is it true that Najib wrote a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sabah, YBhg Prof Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Kamaruzaman Hj Ampon to give the yearly RM40 million landscaping contract to Ambrose’s company?

Little bird tells me Bernard Dompok is very sore with the whole game play in trying to divide the KDMs further.

Little bird also told me that Bernard Dompok has met Anwar Ibrahim recently with a view to pullout Upko from the Barisan National if there is no Royal Commission of Inquiry on the issuance of blue IC’s to illegals.

Little bird also told me that Jeffrey Kitingan has agreed to stand on  SAPP ticket for the coming 13th General Elections.

Little bird also told me it seems Pairin may also step down as the President of PBS in order not to face the dilemma and let the party decide to whether to side with UPKO in the worst case scenario. Pairin is really disappointed with “the plotters” trying to divide the KDMs further. According to Little Bird, Pairin did ask Najib Tun Razak about the KDM Malaysia and Najib just smiled and didn’t respond.

So, in the end, only PBS, PBRS and KDM Malaysia may represent the KDM’s in BN, it is feared.

If KDM Malaysia is not handled properly, this will put a severe dent in Musa Aman’s acceptability, particularly in those pockets of the KDM belt where KDMs constitute a major chunk of the electorate.

Looking to 2013 is all well and good but there is the small business of winning in 2013 that looms ahead just now.

Just because this news was expected (especially given rumors of the great man’s passing last night) doesn’t make it any easier to write about.

Legendary Penangite Tun Dr Lim Choong Eu at the age of 91 in Penang.

God Bless and Rest in Peace, Tun.

Thank you for everything you’ve done for Penang, which wouldn’t be the same without your many contributions. You were truly a Penangite original.

Chong Eu a great Penangite, a great Malaysian, and a great patriot.

I am with Yong Teck Lee and he is right about Koh Tsu Koon. Koh Tsu Koon is a clown and as a fellow Penangite I say this again, Tsu Koon is a clown.

Read here what I have written about Tsu Koon in the past:

Read here what our Taiko Yong Teck Lee has to say about Koh Tsu Koon…

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee is surprised why Gerakan President Koh Tsu Koon keeps comparing himself with me. It could be due to his closeness to Tham Nyip Shen who has a habit of biting people.

Koh and other Ministers should be warned that Tham is merely using them to benefit himself. I realized this too late, against the warnings of so many friends and colleagues for 30 years.

Tham wants to make more millions from his “friendship” with ministers Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Datuk Peter Chin, Tan Sri Koh, Sabah CM Datuk Musa Aman and others.

He told me this in mid 2008 when I realised that he would not leave the BN with SAPP in 2008.

He said CM Datuk Musa Aman had promised him the billion ringgit petrochemical plant in Kimanis together with Bernad Dompok (representing the KDMs) and me (for the Chinese), with him taking the lead in the project.

Tham hastily organized a lunch meeting with Dompok and me at Damai.

Datuk Musa later confirmed to me in his office that he (Musa) would handle the Malay side.

To me this is bribery to stay in BN and a sellout for Sabah. I rejected the bribe.

“When the time comes, Tham will turn around and bite Koh, Dompok, Musa and others.

For 20 years, he was a fierce personal enemy of Puan Sri Genevieve Pairin Kitingan calling her all kinds of names that, as a gentleman, I dare not repeat here. But today, he could turn around and call Puan Sri Genevieve his political mother.

For 30 years, he kept my confidence, sung my praises and coached me along. He cursed Edward Khoo, Yee Moh Chai, Raymond Tan and so many others but always saying how good I was. I was fooled. Others will be fooled by him.

In the name of humanity, I ask every living human being to beware of Tham Nyip Shen. If he can camouflage himself so shrewdly for 30 years, and come up with such vicious and wicked lies against me today, nobody, not even his own family is safe from him.

“As for Koh Tsu Koon, any semblance of honour that people had in Koh disappeared when he crawled into the cabinet by way of a back door Senatorship. He had earlier said he would not want to enter cabinet via the back door.

I resent being compared with him.

Unlike Koh, I had proudly rejected the official nomination as Senator and ministerial-status as BIMP-EAGA envoy in June 2008. Koh call this “arrogance”. I call this pride and honour; Pride as a Sabahan who can say “NO” to Kuala Lumpur, honour as a Sabahan who refused to be bribed.

“Although Koh and I had worked together and compared notes during our time as counter parts, being Chief Ministers at the time 1996 to 1998, I pitied Koh that he was often being bullied around. He could only claim close ties with fellow Penangite (then Deputy Prime Minister) Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a way to boost his clout.

“At one function in KL, I witnessed Koh being rudely scolded by a Malay government officer when Koh spoke in Mandarin with Tham Nyip Shen. To my shock, Koh meekly kept quiet. Koh and Tham then switched to English mixed with some Malay words.

Another time, I saw how Koh had to lower himself physically and emotionally when begging the then Kedah Menteri Besar (Sanusi Junid) not to proceed with the airport proposal in the Northern region (which presumably would compete with the Penang airport). Sanusi brushed Koh aside and walked away. Koh had to run after him.

These are incidents that made me realize that the political DNA of the national BN leaders is completely wrong.

I resent being compared with Tsu Koon because he was a coward in dealing with UMNO. UMNO like to have such puppets. “There was no dignity, no mutual respect, no honour in the relationship between Koh and his UMNO colleagues.

It does not matter whether Koh change his style from “tai chi” to “kung fu” or whatever. His political DNA is subservient to UMNO.

“Koh and Gerakan and MCA leaders just could not understand why I, as the then Sabah CM, could reject federal UMNO directives such as the then Acting Prime Minister’s approval of a gaming licence in Sabah. I had also successfully rejected the extension to Sabah of the Local Government Act, the Employment Act, the Indah Water Sewerage Consortium, among others.

“On my part, yes, I have lost Batu Sapi. We knew the risks. Defeat was a real possibility. Today, our enemies are gleefully mocking me and other SAPP leaders. But we conducted an honourable campaign against all odds.

We lost Batu Sapi but kept our honour. “Koh Tsu Koon lost his own seat, his Penang State and his honour and dignity. His final nail will be when he is betrayed by Tham Nyip Shen.”

Guys, guys from High Chaparrall, stop attacking Lim Guan Eng. He is not the culprit. Real culprit is eunuch Koh Tsu Koon and the BN government. They are the ones who fucked the whole thing with Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd, the developer of the proposed housing project in Kampung Buah Pala.

Guan Eng is a good man and never a racist as portrayed by a few frustrated buggers from the Hindraf. Remember, Guan Eng went to jail defending a Malay girl. Remember? So, he is no Chinese racist looking down on poor Indians lah. 

I’m sure Guan Eng knows very well that we the people of Penang brought him up and we the very people of Penang can also pull him down if he fumbles. Guan Eng knows this and I’m sure about it. Guan Eng has gone through Baptism of Fire and he is NEVER A RACIST and I dare say this and I say this again.

I’m sad the Hindu Rights Action Force, now, is not the same Hindraf we cherished and supported in the past. Hindraf now is infiltrated by the BN collaborators and the apparatus. Just see how the HINDRAF 5 carried themselves after their release from the Kamunting ISA camp. It is a real pity, as it seems, as though Hindraf has now become the stooge of Umno. I feel Hindraf has lost its bearings from the time I last went and supported them when it mobilized the huge demonstration of 50,000 people in Kuala Lumpur on November 2007 – see here.

Let me say this again. Residents of Kampong Buah Pala, in fact, Lim Guan Eng or Pakatan state government has nothing to do with the eviction, or the Federal court order and the bringing in of bulldozers to demolish your houses. Instead, Guan Eng had intervened to prevent the eviction since last year. Even though this is a court order obtained by the developer, Guan Eng has continued to work aggressively to try to assist all the Residents in High Chaparral. Guan Eng is doing everything within his means and please give him a chance to do his work for the good of all.

I too have some relatives staying in Kampong Buah Pala for over 150 years, from the time the owners the British Brown Family were actively operating an estate there. I feel sorry for all of them. I remember when I was a kid when we visited them always wanted to stay overnight so that I could see the milking of cows in the morning. Always got excited out of the city into the countryside. Use to ask one Uncle all sorts of question due to my ignorance. Probably one of the most silly one was this “What is this cow’s name?” and “How old is it?”, Is that a bull? Never realised that males and females both produce horns. A female can have horns as well as a male. Always saw these big animals out in the fields with horns and said “that must be a bull.” Found out that I had to look at the other end of the animal to tell if it’s a girl or a boy.

So, to me, the residents in Kampung Buah Pala are legal occupants on the land under the trustee purview from the days of the British Brown Family. It is unfortunate that the villagers of Kampong Buah Pala have been made into “squatters” by Pondan Koh Tsu Koon and his unscrupulous Umno bosses.

Tomorrow is Penanti by- elections. And the good news is, I just received a call from my Umno strongman, my friend, Idris Othman from Kelawai, Penang, and he said, most Umno members in Penanti will boycot the polling tomorrow. It seems Umno members in Penanti feel played out by Umno and are very unhappy with the leadership for not contesting in the by-elections. The word used by many is, Mana Muka? HARPRAK Umno!

Even Datuk Azahar Ibrahim, the Penaga Assemblyman who is also the Penang state Umno secretary could not convince many Umno members in Penanti to vote for the Independent candidate Aminah aka Makchik Rongeng. Umno members have openly told him off and some even booed him when he visited.

According to Idris, Dr Mansur Othman of PKR would easily get close to 9000 votes majority and Aminah@Makchik Rongeng will get less than thousand votes. Independent candidate Aminah@Makchik Rongeng is confirmed backed by the BN/UMNO. See here.

We shall see tomorrow how accurate is Idris’s predictions.

My indication is that for sure Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) would win with an overwhelmingly majority and all the Independent candidates are going to lose their deposits, and Dr Koh Tsu Koon and The BN/Umno is going to be so embarrassed that they might just pack their bags and leave Penang for good..

Yesterday, Gerakan Youth leader Lim Si Ping praised vociferously the Gerakan President, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon the former Chief Minister of my Penang state, as the “Super Minister” in the Najib Cabinet who is tasked with monitoring the performance of the other 28 Ministers.

I wanted to puke when this Lim Si Peng s/o Lim Keng Aik was just sucking up so badly to Tsu Koon and comparing Tsu Koon to ‘Super Minister.’ This is a real joke man! Tsu koon Super Minister? More like pondan to me.

How is Tsu Koon going to monitor the performance of Umno warlords? Besides, even his performance also big question mark when he was CM of Penang.

Come on,  Tsu Koon the CM of Penang for 18 years was even unable to stand up against small timer Ahmad Ismail, the Umno Bukit Bendera division chairman, when he said the “Chinese are squatters” during the Permatang Pauh by-election last August. Ahmad Ismail even whacked and cursed Tsu koon in public and even tore down, stepped and spit on the picture of Tsu Koon in the presence of journalist, at that time. So how to monitor the Umno chaps lah?

Anyway, Penangites got a nice way of addressing Tsu Koon as Ko Tee Koon, which means, “still sleeping”  in Hokkien.

Now you know why there has been so little progress in Penang for the last 18 years.

Anyway, Tsu Koon is discarded and rejected by the people of Penang and a lame duck of UMNO and just disaster for Penang and can NEVER EVER get back Penang for BN. And remember again,Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon was booted out of Penang for underperforming.

Maybe we should learn the art to sucking up from the Gerakan Youth Chief. One piece of advice to the Youth Chief, if done too blatantly the sucking up, it will surely backfire into your nostril.

I see many complaining that Lim Guan Eng has not fulfilled his election promises to Penangites and many also complain that Guan Eng has no solution to many of the problems faced by Penangites.

Come on guys, it’s only his first year of rule lah – give him a break man! Be realistic! After all, he is not even from here but he has done a fantastic job so far which is far better than Koh Tsu Koon who had been in the helm of power for so many years and who is a Penangite and who under-performed. It is not  fair to have so much expectations in just a year when Koh Tsu Koon with all the time in the world made a boo boo out of Penang.

Koh Tsu Koon really screwed our Penang and I blame him for all the shit happening in Penang. See what he did to Penang Road? Komtar? Campbell Street? He just murdered these places. Koh Tsu Koon even tried to move every government department from the island to the mainland. He is an ass. He even try to move the City Stadium in Georgetown which we Penangites take pride to the fact that its the first city stadium in Malaysia.  So much more shit to talk about. Look at the state of transportation in Penang?  What the fucks did he do? Boy, it sucks!

Koh Tsu Koon is just a balllicker of Umno and the Feds. Ask any Penangite and they will all agree to this.

In fact, our favourite son, Tun Dr Lim Choong Eu, gave to Koh Tsu Koon in a silver plater a much progressive Penang and Tsu Koon just had to fuck it up, he could not hold it well. I’m really mad the way Koh Tsu Koon managed Penang all these while.

Good riddance to bad rubbish this Koh Tsu Koon.

Give Guan Eng some time and I’m sure he will try hard to fulfill his part of the bargain to Penangites. I truly believe he can do it.