Saturday, December 3, 2016


Every year when the Umno annual general meeting takes place, we can be sure that there will be speakers looking for cheap publicity who will use the occasion to make stupid and ridiculous charges against the so-called enemies of the race – meaning enemies of Umno.
We have seen again and again this same spectacle of the leading political party in the country showing to Malaysians and the rest of the world how deep the cancer of racial and religious hatred is within the party.
This year’s AGM was no exception or as a Malay friend said to me in describing the proceedings: “SOS” – “Same Old S**t”.
But in fact there were two important differences from earlier years.
The first is that the prize for extremism and making baseless political allegations and instigating racial and religious fear must go to Umno president, Najib Abdul Razak himself. It did not come from any ordinary ambitious wannabe jaguh kampung.
There is a saying both in China and medieval Europe that “the fish rots from the head down”. How true this is from this year’s Umno AGM.
Personally I never thought I would live to see the day when a top political leader in Barisan would stoop so low to warn his members that “If Umno falls, we have all sinned”, as one newspaper headlined his speech to the assembly.
I can understand it if he criticises the opposition and their policies. I can also understand it if he makes a speech that argues that the current socio-economic crisis facing the country or ringgit decline is not entirely due to the Barisan’s doing but also because of global developments beyond the control of the ruling party.
But for him to claim that it is a “sin” for Umno to lose power shows how desperate he is to stay in power. His use of this religious card and also the emerging card of Umno power-sharing with PAS is clearly to avoid having to pay for his own “sins” of responsibility and involvement in the 1MDB scandal, the massive “donation” paid into his personal bank account, and the many other abuses of power he has been accused of.
I am glad that a response to this dangerous rhetoric has come from former deputy minister, former Umno MP and now Pakatan Harapan’s chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah who blasted Najib for his speech.
“No prime minister should commit such an error, which may lead to racial disaster,” he was quoted as saying.
The second difference is the extremism in boot-licking and sucking-up to the party president – or to use a more graphic Malay word, bodek-ism, demonstrated by the other top leaders such as Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.
While one can understand that it is not possible for them to openly criticise their president, at the very least, they could have used the occasion to raise the serious issues of bread and butter and livelihood and employment which the Malay community is experiencing like other Malaysians.
‘Top prize must go to DPM’
The top prize for bodek-ism must go to the deputy prime minister who urged Umno members to pledge unwavering loyalty to Najib as “Allah” willed him to be their leader. According to reports, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was reported to have said: “We have to remember we are in a time where Allah has put Datuk Seri Najib as our president. It is fate that Allah wanted it that way.
“I urge all members not just to pledge your loyalty through your mouths. The pledge should also be in actions as that is what is wanted by our religion,” he apparently told Umno wing delegates at the opening of their general assemblies.
Zahid also pledged his own loyalty towards Najib as the party president and said: “To make Umno strong forever, loyalty should be practiced by all members. No matter what criticism or rumours are thrown towards the party president, it cannot falter, my loyalty to him.”
Presumably, Zahid has made this speech to protect his own position as the likely successor to Najib. When that happens, he will want others to use that same logic, “Allah has put… as our president.”
I am sure that all thinking Umno members must also realise that the present crisis in Umno and the condemnation the party’s leaders are facing from the rest of the world are also God-sent!
WRITER: KOON YEW YIN, a retired chartered engineer, is a philanthropist.

The Malaysian Civil Service - Their Darkest Hour

My late father was a Civil Servant - something he was always very proud of being. He spent the largest part of his adult life as a Civil Servant. My father retired as the Pengarah INTAN, Pulau Pinang in the early 1980s.  INTAN is the Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara or National Institute of Public Administration.  INTAN was set up sometime in the early 70s  and my father was in the very first batch of lecturers to join INTAN.  Prior to INTAN my father began his administrative career in the Police Field Force based in Ulu Kinta, Ipoh.  For sometime, we were actually 'anak Polis'.

The function of INTAN was to teach Civil Servants about the rules and regulations of working in the Civil Service.  They were and still are the guardians of the bureaucracy.  I recall seeing the General Orders sitting on my father's study table at home. The General Orders is (or was) a very thick, brass-screw bound book which had all the rules or 'general orders' of the Malaysian Civil Service. It was the bible of the Malaysian Civil Service. It was written in English and I used to read it (very little though). It looked something like these, but much, much thicker.

At that time the Malaysian Civil Service was a disciplined and professional organisation.  Being a member of the Malaysian Civil Service had an impact on the behaviour and professionalism of Civil Servants even outside the office.  I recall writing letters home from the United States which my father would number and place in one of his files. Thats what he told me. It still makes me smile.

In Malaysia in the late 1970s our Post Office (part of the Civil Service then) became super duper efficient.  If you mailed a letter in Penang in the morning, it would arrive in Kuala Lumpur the next day. 

There were TWO mail  deliveries in Penang - one in the morning and another in the evening which also meant that there was  same day delivery of mail. If you mailed a letter in the morning  to an address in Penang the letter would be delivered in the same afternoon.  I tested it myself.  The Post Office was super efficient. That was 38 years ago in 1978 !

The main reason was because the Post Master General was an exceptional fellow. He worked hard and did not even stop for prayer breaks. Mainly because he was a Hindu, an Indian. Ha ha ha. Well, Hindu or not, the entire Postal Service was able to be super efficient.

Later, during my working career I also had the opportunity to work with the Civil Servants. This was during the time of Tun Dr Mahathir and it was Putrajaya in the 1990s.  The top Civil Servants were top notch and were indeed a very professional class. They were thorough.  When the government signed off on something they were quite thorough. And we hardly met any 'con-sultants'. At that time the Malaysian Civil Service wrote its own letters, and in very good  English.

Ever since the Malaysia Incorporated concept, Tun Dr Mahathir succesfully changed the thinking of the Civil Service from being just bureaucrats and keepers of the red tape to become facilitators and partners with the people, the rakyat. They were real 'public servants'. They served the public.  And that is also why and how the economy grew at crazy rates of 7% to 10% per annum during those years.

I recall meeting some friends from overseas in Penang sometime in the 1990s. They said something I will never forget. They said, 'In your country your government seems to be doing all it can to make peoples' lives easier and better'.

I think that was a fantastic endorsement for the country, the government and the Malaysian Civil Service.   

Sadly we cannot say the same anymore. The top rungs of the Malaysian Civil Service seem to be populated by spineless and incompetent  types.  

Corruption is now unlimited in scope. That cash hoard in excess of RM100 million in Sabah is indicative of the type of collusion at the highest levels on both sides of the South China Sea.

That amount of money had to be okayed in Putrajaya. There is no way that amount of money could be siphoned out without some big signatures in Putrajaya (all done properly and according to procedure of course). What was the voucher or engineers certificate or drawdown notice that enabled that money to be paid out? And how was it delivered in cash to those people? There must have been a bank involved - which first received the government money. 

So they are all in cahoots.

Now this 1MDB scandal and its associated cases have really exposed the Malaysian Civil Service for being spineless psychophants. The service of the notice (of sacking) the AG Ghani Patail by the KSN was a really big low in the history of the service.

The KSN was being treated like a peon to save MO1's hide.  A peon to deliver a letter that was actually the final part of a hatchet job on Ghani.   And the KSN dutifully performed the 'saya yang ikut perintah' role.

Prior to that another top ranking civil servant had "alerted" the Minister about what Ghani Patail was up to. Ghani was just doing his job.   It was Civil Servants stabbing other Civil Servants in the back.  No more professionalism, no more ethics.
Then there have been huge amounts of misappropriation of funds. The 1MDB, SRC and related scandals are the biggest scandals.  Whats that muallaf guy up to in Petronas?  His biggest critics are now part of the prepaid crowd.  The muallaf guy paid for some air tickets for some of them.  People say ALL of Petronas businesses overseas are running at losses, except for Engen in South Africa.  And they want to sell off Engen? 

However it is the Auditor General's Report which provides the bigger nightmare scenario. It is not just the amounts being stolen but the stupidity and Third World clownish incompetence that is being assumed. 

An RM70 million sturgeon project in the jungles of Pahang approved without even a feasability study?  Granted it was an "off budget" agency but surely some Civil Servants were involved in the processes.   There must certainly be some collusion but does it have to involve such clownish levels of incompetent thinking  by those Civil Servants? What has happened?

 Finally the story would not be complete without mentioning the Police. With the Police, it is much easier to prove their slip down the slope.  We have the benefit of hindsight. We have the benefit of Courts simply throwing out cases brought before them. Of course it is the Public Prosecutor and not the Police who bring cases to Court but it is the Police who begin the ball rolling by arresting people for really inconsequential and foolish reasons.

They arrested and charged a Tan Sri and a woman prosecutor over that 1MDB leak or something. The Police could not even get a remand order from the Court. The Court threw out the Police request.  That was serious egg in their face.  

A girl releasing balloons was arrested. The Court threw out her case too. 

The news reports overseas make the country look really stupid. 

'Malaysian police arrest young girl for releasing balloons'.    

Or 'Malaysian Police arrest whistleblowers'.  

Doesnt that make us look really Third World stupid?

The latest is  'Malaysian Police arrest 60 year old woman over accusations of plotting to overthrow government'.  And the Court has released Maria Chin Abdullah as well.  

We have absolute certainty of hindsight. 
We have certainty of foolishness. Incompetence.   

And that is how the world also looks at us.  

These are the Darkest Hours of the Malaysian Civil Service. 

If my father were alive, I think he would be shocked beyond belief.  This is NOT the Malaysian Civil Service that brought the country up to be a really model nation and an economic tiger in double quick time. 

Acting as the peons of the corrupt and the incompetent, the Malaysian Civil Service is now dragging the country into the pits. The pits filled with lying politicians, thieves and other snakes. 

Other than Ghani Patail, some of my former associates at the MACC, Dato Akhil Bulat and Hamid Bador of the Special Branch  isnt there anyone else among the top rungs of the Civil Service who can break the mould? 

Just stand up and be counted. Nothing will happen to you. Make a stand and tell the truth. The nation will forever hold you in gratitude. If not immediately, then sometime tomorow,  history will seek you out and  record your name.

But most important of all, please help to redeem the good name of the Malaysian Civil Service. 

Dah Tak Ada Elaun Untuk Murid Berkeperluan Khas (OKU) Pula !!

Someone sent me this.

The letter is a circular saying that  there will be no more allowances for the Murid Keperluan Khas (OKU).
The families with children who are in this special needs category will have to fork out more money for their children.
This is not the first such circular. Earlier there were other circulars saying that certain medical services will no longer be available at gomen hospitals and such. I think there will be more such circulars.

So what do you think folks? The gomen says they have plenty of money.

The analyst guys say that from September 2015 (last year) the gomen's  operating expenditure has been LESS than the tax collection. Total income tax receipts are also decreasing. 

GST collection is also going to be less than projected. The economic growth is not sufficient to generate the types of tax collection they were projecting.

Does anyone know how much Petronas actually contributed to the gomen LAST year? It was NOT RM26 billion.  It remains to be seen how much Petronas can contribute for 2017. RM8 Billion? Says who?

Latest I heard even the Ah Longs are having problems. There is no business. 

Felda folks are in much, much worse shape than what I have written here. 

Body of Malaysian mountaineer to be repatriated tomorrow

Syed Redzuan Syed Salim Shatri, 50, died on Mount Damavand in Iran after being separated from other members of his hiking team.
KUALA LUMPUR: The remains of Malaysian climber Syed Redzuan Syed Salim Shatri who died on Mount Damavand in Iran, is expected to be repatriated tomorrow.
Expedition leader, Rozaimi Mohd Said said the body of the 50-year-old would be flown from the Iranian capital of Tehran to Kuala Lumpur at 10pm local time.
“The body was today shrouded here (Tehran) and InsyaAllah (God willing), if everything goes as planned, the remains will arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday noon.
“Following that, the body will be taken to the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn (BTHO) Mosque in Cheras for a funeral prayer before being taken to the BTHO Muslim cemetery for burial,” he told reporters via WhatsApp application today.
Meanwhile, Rozaimi said the search and rescue (SAR) operations to locate another climber, Ramli Abd Majid, 44, who was still missing in the mountain area would be continued.
“But for now, the bad weather has become a hindrance to them (the SAR team) to resume the mission. Nevertheless, they will continue to monitor the weather and the mission will be continued if it gets better,” he said.
On Nov 20, Syed Redzuan and Ramli Abd Majid, 44, were reported missing on the 5,610 metre-high mountain after being separated from other members of a hiking team. -FMT

Report: Monks in anti-Najib protest at Malaysian embassy in Myanmar

A group of monks have reportedly protested against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak outside the Malaysian embassy in Myanmar over Putrajaya’s stance on the Rohingya issue.
According to news portal Rohingya Vision, some 30 monks chanted slogans against Najib outside the embassy for allegedly interfering in Myanmar’s affairs.
They held up banners which read, “Condemnation of Malaysia prime minister, don’t pressure Myanmar government”.
The protest came a day after AFP reported that Prime Minister Najib will be participating in a Rohingya solidarity protest in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
Najib personally confirmed this at the closing of the Umno annual general assembly today where delegates were also urged to participate in the rally.
This had sparked the ire of the Myanmar government which yesterday issued a statement criticising Malaysia.
U Zaw Htay, deputy director of the President’s Office in Myanmar, had reminded Malaysia of Asean’s non-interference policy.
“According to Asean principles, a member country does not interfere in other member countries’ internal affairs.
“We have always followed and respected this principle. We hope that the Malaysian government will continue to follow it,” he was quoted as saying.
However, Wisma Putra defended the planned protest, stressing that what was unfolding in Myanmar was a humanitarian issue that has also become a security issue for Malaysia.
More than one million Rohingya refugees have arrived in Malaysia over the years to flee persecution in Myanmar.

Malaysia does not formally recognise them as refugees and the current policy is to send them back after the resolution of the conflict in Myanmar.
The Myanmar government is facing growing international protest following reports that the killing of ethnic Rohingyas in the country had intensified.
This follows an attack on a Myanmar military outpost, which has been blamed on the Rohingyas.
Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya community as its citizens.- Mkini

AGM shows Najib in undisputed position of power

UMNO AGM This year’s Umno annual general assembly ended with party president Najib Abdul Razak in a position of undisputed power.
It was a complete shift from last year’s AGM, where Najib had to contend with internal rumblings due to a falling out between him and his then deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.
The premier, later in his closing speech, said this year’s AGM was “the best” in his 40 years of involvement in politics.
“This is because the Umno leadership is firm in its position, they are wala’ (loyal to one’s leader), committed. And this is the Umno team who will fight till the end,” he said.
Najib’s confidence that he had quashed any internal challenges to his rule was best captured in his remarks about Umno de facto number two Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“I have never doubted my deputy’s loyalty - he can stand behind me and I will not be worried,” he said, much to the amusement of the delegates.
Zahid had earlier ‘gifted’ Najib with the delegates’ full show of wala’.
“As delegates, our wala’ is undivided, let us rise to give our full wala’ to the president, give a round of applause to our party president!” Zahid urged the delegates.
Leading a round of “Hidup Najib”, which was cried out thrice, Zahid added that his wala’ for Najib was undivided,
Najib, he added, has done good to the country’s rakyat and not just to Umno members as he is a “prime minister for all”.
Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Jalil and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had also pledged their loyalty in their closing speeches.
Khairy said that Umno Youth members were still loyal to Najib as the latter always fulfilled the various requests asked of him.
This show of loyalty comes just months after Umno rebels like Muhyiddin and former vice-president and Semporna MP Shafie Apdal formed their own opposition parties.
Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein said there was still much uncertainty about the party’s strength then, and related his concerns when he was asked to open the Semporna Umno division annual meeting this year.
“A thousand and one questions filled my head, my feelings were all mixed up... At that time Umno was said to be dead in Semporna,” Hishammuddin said.
However, he said his fears were for naught, as Umno was still strong in Semporna.
The loyalty showered upon Najib was in stark contrast to the treatment given to his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Abdullah had been ousted from office just a year after BN was denied two-thirds majority for the first time in the 2008 elections.
However, Najib led BN to an even worse showing in 2013.
Beating the war drums for the next polls
But now, confident that his position is unshakeable, Najib is beating the war drums for the next election.
“We have solved our internal problems in Umno. It’s no longer a question where we are headed. The 14th general election,” he said.
In a possible effort to bolster Umno’s chances in this coming polls, the AGM was used to hit out at their competitors, including one of their biggest critics today, former president turned opposition Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Hishammuddin pointed out how, in the past that Mahathir had urged loyalty to the Umno presidency, but is now criticising party members for doing just that.
“Cakap tak serupa bikin, bikin tak serupa cakap (You say one thing but do another),” Hishammuddin said bluntly.
But the biggest target painted by Umno was on the back of DAP, which Najib himself singled out in his opening speech as an anti-Islam and anti-Malay party.
He drove the point home further today when he showed a video by former DAP man Hew Kuan Yew telling Sarawakians to let the “Malays screw the Malays”.
Najib also used this year’s AGM to boost ties with PAS, highlighting how he and the Islamist party’s president Abdul Hadi Awang will be turning up at a rally together tomorrow.Despite the many urgings for the party to get itself ready for the election, it is still unclear when they will ultimately be held.

Najib continues to remain coy on the matter and has yet to give hints on when the election will be held.
Asked during the press conference after the AGM’s conclusion on candidates for the next election, Najib said they will know how to manage when it comes to choosing candidates when the time comes.
“Now we want to focus on efforts to be near and to solve the rakyat’s problems,” he said.-Mkini

Najib airs Superman's 'Malays screw Malays' video at AGM

UMNO AGM Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak stepped up his efforts to portray DAP as an enemy to Malays today by showing the controversial video where former DAP man Hew Kuan Yew was telling Sarawakians to let the "Malays screw the Malays".
Najib then screened a second video of Hew where he said "(Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) kill Najib" in Cantonese figuratively.
The video quoted Hew as saying DAP is using Mahathir to end Najib’s political career.
"Those one the other side are using each other... There's no need for me to say who is using who," Najib said prior to screening the videos.
Hew had made the offending remarks during the Sarawak state elections, in an effort to get voters to elect Malay DAP candidate Abdul Aziz Isa to the Batu Kitang state seat.
However Hew defended his remarks, saying he wouldn't ask Sarawakians to vote in a Malay representative if he was racist.
Najib had in his opening speech on Thursday painted DAP as anti-Islam and anti-Malay, claiming that Malay rights would be eroded should DAP come to power.

It had set the tone for the delegate debates, where many took shots at DAP as a chauvinist Chinese party.
Prior to Najib’s speech, Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun also made disparaging remarks about DAP.
Azwan had said that the Chinese people would be further alienated should they continue to support DAP.- Mkini