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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 Sabah outcome of the March 2008 Elections has confirmed the pre-poll conventional wisdom about Musa Aman’s victory based on his successes on the development and law-and-order fronts. But what makes the chief minister stand out from his other equally successful political colleagues is the inclusive nature of his politics.

As a result, although the others have also led Barisan National to comfortable victories in their states, it is only Musa Aman who won 59 seats out of the 60 state seats contested which is nearly 98.34% success. While Abdul Taib Mahmud of Sarawak carries the millstone of nepotism, cronyism and corruption round his neck, Ali Rustam the other chief minister of little Malacca is seen as being too obsessed with his own Malay “supremacist” and is seemingly still tainted when he was accused of condoning ‘money politics’ whereby he allowed his agent to distribute money to Umno delegates to vote for him in the UMNO elections for the deputy president’s post and was barred from contesting in the Umno elections, and the other chief minister Koh Tsu Koon of Penang lost his own seat and lost the state to Pakatan Rakyat headed by DAP. In contrast, the new star of Sabah has emerged with a remarkably clean record on all these counts.

The entire focus of Musa Aman’s attention was on the states economy, building roads, bridges, deporting and jailing illegals and arresting and charging anti-social elements and encouraging the education of native girls and native boys by providing them with school uniforms, shoes, and computers and empowering women- the six areas (out of many) which earlier chief ministers had neglected. Not surprisingly, there has been a massive response to his appeal to the voters to support the “doer”.

The outcome, therefore, marks the beginning of a new phase in Sabah politics, where the long-prevailing excessive emphasis on race/religion imported from Kuala Lumpur has been diluted – at least partly. True, Musa Aman also played the native card by focusing on the extreme poor natives.

Aware that he might not be able to make much inroads into the main base comprising KDMs, who make up about 25 per cent of the population, Musa Aman a half-Dusun turned to Pairin the “Huguan Siou” of the KDMs’ and so on.

Notwithstanding this partisan manipulation of natives, there is little doubt that it is still the development projects, political stability and the improvement in law and order which are primarily responsible for Musa Aman’s success.

What may have also helped him is his modesty. Take the case of the Batu Sapi Parliamentary elections, it is not impossible that he consciously eschewed Yong Teck Lee’s flamboyance, realising that such bluff and bluster can have a negative impact in the absence of achievement. He also remained aloof from the controversial postures of the kind which the president of SAPP, Yong Teck Lee, took on issues such as the “Sabah for Sabahan” an idea probably borrowed from my good friend Dr Jeffery Kitingan.

It is as the “doer”, who wants to restore Sabah’s reputation as one of the best-run states, that Musa Aman evidently wants to be remembered. The voters had given a thumbs-up to his ambition.

Sabah government has been identified to be the best example of good governance and the Chief Minister of the state, Musa Aman as being the “key driver” of economic growth and development within the state. In other words, Musa Aman has been appreciated for being an effective chief minister.

Perhaps Malaysia’s best example of effective governance and impressive development is found in Sabah, where Musa Aman has streamlined economic processes, removing red tape and curtailing corruption in ways that have made the state a key driver of national economic growth.

Musa Aman has overseen heavy investment in modern roads, bridges and power infrastructure and jobs for Sabahans. He has even reiterated his call repeatedly to the national oil company Petronas to provide adequate opportunities to eligible Sabahans to participate directly in the oil and gas industry. He is monitoring and cooperating with Petronas on how to distribute projects from the oil company to local contractors in Sabah and he is serious to ensure Sabahans would not be merely bystanders to the development that is taking place in the state. Not many chief ministers in the past while in position dare to sound the national oil company Petronas, even though Petronas takes much more than give back to the state and its people.

Despite Sabah being branded the poorest state in Malaysia, Musa Aman had performed well as chief minister by improving the overall economic conditions with an annual growth of more than 8 per cent in recent years.


By-Election fever again in Penang. This time in mainland Penang- Permatang Pasir state seat on August 25th.

Permatang Pasir has always been a PAS stronghold and it falls under the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency helmed by Penang’s favourite son Anwar Ibrahim.

This is going to be a straight fight between Barisan Nasional candidate Rohaizat Othman and PAS’ Mohd Salleh Man.

Barisan Nasional candidate Rohaizat Othman is an ex-lawyer who had been barred from practising because of alleged misappropriation of client’s money in a firm partnered by him sometime ago. In simple language, the BN candidate Rohaizat Othman has been struck of the rolls of the Malaysian Bar. No jokes, this is for real! Rohaizat civil lawyer’s licence had been revoked by the Malaysian Bar Council.

Wonder why UMNO could not get a better chap than this Rohaizat fellow? Isn’t it pathetic that Umno/BN couldn’t find any other person to be the candidate? What kind of caliber of candidate BN is offering Penangites? Is this a joke or what?

You should hear  Tengku Razaleigh’s take on this. Read Ku Li’s “a different set of rule.

Anyway, i’ll offer this open wager to anyone willing to take it. I’ll bet $1,000 (which is rich for me, believe me) that PAS WILL WIN HANDS DOWN IN PERMATANG PASIR on August 25th.

Takers?”


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..


I received this email from my friend Luis Morago of Avaaz.org (avaaz@avaaz.org)

According to Luis, a modern day bloodbath is unfolding in Sri Lanka and the key to stopping this humanitarian disaster lies with Sri Lanka’s largest donor and closest partner in the region — Japan. Luis wants us to do our small part by sending a powerful message to the Japanese Foreign Minister asking for pressure to stop the killing.

Please read on….

Dear friends,

A modern day bloodbath is unfolding on the small island of Sri Lanka, where a thousand civilians were reported killed over the weekend and tens of thousands of innocent people are literally at risk of being killed this week, as government and rebel forces battle it out over the last small patch of rebel held territory.

Now that the US has begun to increase its pressure, the solution to stopping this humanitarian disaster lies with Sri Lanka’s key donor and closest partner in the region — Japan.

It has powerful political and economic influence over the Sri Lankan government and a swing vote at the UN Security Council, which up until now has turned a blind eye to this mounting catastrophe.

Click here to send a message to the Japanese Foreign Minister, who is deciding his government’s next steps.Japan cares about its international reputation and a flood of messages from abroad would encourage them to act. If Japan moves then the Sri Lankan government will be forced to immediately respond to protect civilians:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_bloodbath

As last weekend´s carnage testifies, every minute counts for the estimated 50,000 civilians still trapped inside the shrinking conflict zone and for those 200,000 more who are barely surviving in overcrowded camps. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which rarely makes public comment, called this conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebels, ‘nothing short of catastrophic’.

Until now, the divided UN Security Council has abdicated their responsibility to protect Sri Lankans from war crimes and other atrocities. But in this conflict Japan cannot be ignored – it’s powerful voice could tip the balance and influence the conflict dynamics, saving lives in the short-term and promoting peace and development in the long run.

Asia’s longest-running civil war is entering its final stage – the only question is how many will die before it ends. Let´s send a powerful message urging Foreign Minister Nakasone to act responsibly and lead international efforts to push the Tamil rebels to release the remaining civilians, stop the government bombing and bring sustainable peace to Sri Lanka.Japan’s political and economic weight means that they cannot be ignored:

http: //www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_bloodbath

As other donor nations increase the pressure behind the scenes this week, a truly global citizens’ outcry can further turn the heat on the Japanese government to use its leverage and push for a robust and concerted international action that stops the bloodshed and protect the Sri Lankan civilian population at risk.

Thank you for sending your message today.

With hope

Luis and the rest of the Avaaz Team

Doctor reports hundreds of bodies being brought to hospital as UN says feared bloodbath has become reality – 11 May 2009 –

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/11/sri-lanka-civilian-deaths

Four leading international organisations call on Japan to play a more active role in confronting the unfolding catastrophe in Sri Lanka. Press release:

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=6097&l=1&m=1

Full text of the letter at:

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=6096&l=1&m=1

The US accuses Sri Lanka of causing “untold suffering” among civilians, and calls on rebels to release civilians stuck in the conflict zone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/world/asia/23lanka.html

For information about the UN Security Council discussions on Sri Lanka:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5817983.ece


Today when Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak visits Sabah, we have our Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon also part of the group with the PM. Tsu Koon ‘s presence here in Sabah today with the PM is going to be a very special for Gerakan.Today is going to be the Gerakan’s biggest break in East Malaysia. Gerakan is going to emerge the biggest winner in the current controversy over the party-less Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.

Raymond Tan the Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah is joining Parti Gerakan and he would deliver the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to Gerakan.

Gerakan has never contested in Sabah but with Raymond Tan the Deputy Chief Minister and Infrastructure Development Minister and Tanjung Papat Assemblyman joining it, Gerakan has found a foothold in Sabah politics.

Raymond Tan will be appointed as Sabah State Gerakan Vice Chairman with this move.

Raymond Tan is also expected to bring in Elopora Assemblyman Au Kam Wah to join Gerakan and the Prime Minister is expected to make this announcement later today.

Remember, Gerakan links to Party Bersatu Sabah (PBS) goes back to early 80’s during Tun Dr Lim Choong Eu’s days when PBS and Gerakan were suppose to form a “CONFEDERATION.” Somehow the idea of “CONFEDERATION” fizzled out over the years. Now Gerakan has come full circle with the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah and this will be Gerakan’s biggest break in East Malaysian politics.

Penangites,  what do you all think of this move by Gerakan and our Koh Tsu Koon? I’m in Kota Kinabau now and will update if I hear more on this.


Today’s Headlines in the Daily Express Sabah “REJECTED LEADERS, NOT BN.”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak while addressing 15,000 people at his official homecoming celebration in Pekan said Malaysians only rejected BN leaders who were not close to them but not the Barisan Nasional itself.

Sure or not, Mr Prime Minister? If that is the case, how come you have taken into your Cabinet, rejected by Penangites, this former, Penang Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon.

Tsu Koon or Sleeping Koon as he is known in Penang is a clear case of REJECTED politician and you Mr Prime Minister have put him in your cabinet and this is adding salt to the injury. Are you saying here Mr Prime Minister that Tsu Koon is an exception and he does not fall into the rejected category? Or are you sending a signal to Penangites that they have no choice but to accept Tsu Koon as their representative in the Federal Government?

Your appointment as PM is amazing by any standard. But more than it suggests that the people wanted you, it means that they were sick of Pak Lah — sick of his flip-flop character, his conduct as a person and sick of his identification with KJ and the 4th floor boys.

Last night, you were entitled to rejoice over Pak Lah’s mistakes, but you must learn from them and be another kind of prime minister. Mr PM, your homecoming speech last night was a great television performance. No two ways about it, this is your turf.

A small piece of advice, my 2 cents worth.

Prime ministers are measured by their ability to devise policy and make decisions and, at the same time, by their ability to surround themselves with the best possible political forces. Naturally, there is an inherent contradiction — those who favor change are faced with resistance; those who favor unity find change difficult.

All prime ministers know how to take, but a successful prime minister also knows how to share. All prime ministers know how to lash out, but a successful prime minister also knows how to exercise restraint. The job offers tremendous power and a stage on which the attention of many is fixed. All prime ministers know how to exploit these realities, but not all prime ministers know how not to misuse them.

You must staff your office and your government with the best people. People like Koh Tsu Koon should have no place. Personal loyalty is a consideration, but there are more important ones. Credibility, for instance. Experience. A serious demeanor. Open-mindedness. Remember, Pak Lah’s biggest failure was in choosing his people.

Last week, after Pak Lah was forced to concede power to you, there was a popular joke going around in KL: Someone came to Pak Lah’s door in Jalan Bellamy and asked to speak to the prime minister. “Pak Lah is no longer prime minister,” answered his wife Jeanne. “Thank you,” the man said, and he left. Fifteen minutes later, the man returned and again asked to speak with the prime minister, only to receive the same response. After another 15 minutes, the man returned a third time and asked if he could have a word with the prime minister. “I told you,” Jeanne retorted, “Pak Lah is no longer prime minister. Do you understand?” “Perfectly,” the man replied, “but I like to keep hearing it.”



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.