Mahathir’s emergence a morale booster for opposition

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This was the scene in Penang last Friday at Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s open house.

Meanwhile, the Invoke Centre for Policy Initiative’s most recent survey found:

… 36% of Malay voters polled leaning towards PH, while support for BN was 35%.

As for Chinese voters, 53% supported PH and 22% said they would vote BN. Meanwhile, 42% of Indians said they would vote for PH, while 44% favoured BN.

The remainder supported PAS, had yet to decide or had decided not to vote.

The survey was conducted through telephone interviews with 17,107 respondents from June 5 to July 14.

As expected the cost of living, especially the GST, topped the list of voters’ concerned.

In an interview with a Thai journalist, Mahathir said one of the first things a new federal government under Pakatan would do is remove the GST, perhaps in stages, and go back to what we had before – the more targeted sales tax – which seemed to work well in the past.

The removal of this regressive tax, which has hurt voters, would be a positive move.

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Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek

When Dr Mahathir was Umno president, Dr Zahid’s personal wealth was never put in the spotlight. Why did he keep it a secret?

Why did the BN government take three decades before agreeing to investigate Dr Mahathir for his alleged involvement in the 1987 Bank Negara Malaysia foreign exchange scandal, which led to the country losing about RM30 billion?

Plenty of secrets in Umno to be unearthed?

tunglang
tunglang

Attack on Dr M’s ancestry belittles Indian M’sians
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/391156

Belittling Indian Malaysians is an affront to Malaysia’s claim as ‘Truly Asia’.
Not only that, it implies that only a certain race is held supreme / unblemished in BolehLand which simply is blind to contributions by others to nation building.
Take out the diversity of race (or to be blunt, remove other races from homeland) & let’s see what will happen to Malaysia.

FYI, the old Srivijaya Empire controlled modern-day Indonesia and much of the Malay Archipelago from the seventh to twelfth centuries.
The Srivijaya Empire: trade and culture in the Indian Ocean
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/medieval-times/cultural-interactions-along-trade-routes/a/the-srivijaya-empire-trade-and-culture-in-the-indian-ocean

Bansiewteeong
Bansiewteeong

This blog should start report on the coming GE, let us know the potential candidates and their achievement in Penang.

Roche
Roche
Zahid, looks like Mahatir has got you by your short and curly when he revealed your approach to him. It took you a few days to come out and deny it. By then the damage has already been done. Najib and his camp will never trust you any more. Before this they suspected that you cannot be trusted. Now they have the confirmation. Don’t bother trying to deny it until your face turn blue. For sure you cannot be trusted. From the point you said you have met the Arab donor. Or even before that when you turned your back… Read more »
tunglang
tunglang

Zar …s not pure Malaya Malay.
Malam Keliwon is a good night burning keminyan for reminiscing or regretting past ‘deeds’ to the demons of Nusantara Indonesia.
What’s the use of being vocal & jaguh kampung when the shifty opportunist .. brain was not reined in?

Jerome
Jerome
Tun Mahathir today said the government’s failure to repay the 1MDB debt on time is a sign that it does not have sufficient funds, questioning where and how the money was spent. He said Malaysians had the right to know how the US$600 million (RM2.6 billion) owed to the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) was used and invested as the country’s debts would eventually trickle down to the people. “Najib thinks that Malays are stupid. Just give Malays money directly, and they won’t question where the US$600 million has gone,” he wrote on his blog, chedet. “And, Najib believes that… Read more »
Wonder Woman

No Malays, no Indians, only Pribumis, only Malaysians. But Chinese are different

Vikram
Vikram

MO1 is dangling bumi status to lure Indians to become mamaks only for his Deputy to spoil the plan.

tunglang
tunglang

Gobind accuses ROS of dragging its feet over DAP’s re-election
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/390441#CSR550xCorJk8IGi.97

DAP legal bureau chief Gobind Deo Singh has accused the Registrar of Societies (ROS) of dragging its feet despite the party already agreeing to hold a re-election.

“We have contacted the ROS but they are hesitating to meet us,” he told a press conference at Parliament today.

Gobind questioned why the ROS had no problems meeting with Pakatan Harapan when it submitted its registration on July 28 but is dragging its feet when it came to DAP…

Note: Smell something fishy? This is not what a Anak Jantan will play dirty.

HBK
HBK
The secret of Umno’s failure? Arrogance https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/9137/ Today, we learnt that nothing has changed. Arrogance is still the calling card of an Umno politician. It was arrogance that drove Pasir Salak Umno chief Tajuddin Rahman to dismiss the theft of billions of ringgit from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as a small matter. He likened the losses chalked by the government-owned entity to the expensive privatisation failures during the Mahathir era. “His mega projects like Proton and others suffered losses, yet we did not ask him to step down but continue to solve the problem. It is just money,” said the… Read more »
Zain
Zain

Just look at Zahid Hamidi – arrogant to the core.
All Umno lineup is ridiculous with the likes of Tajuddin, Sabri Ismail, Jamal Ikan Bakar Yunus (next Youth leader?) – vote BN to bring Malaysia to downfall!

Vikram
Vikram

Ku Nan is another talk big Umno warlord.

tunglang
tunglang
After denying fear politics, Najib now warns of disaster if BN loses https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/390294 Just a day after saying that Umno did not engage in fear mongering, party president Najib Abdul Razak has raised the spectre of an Arab Spring-type revolt that could lead to a worse replacement government. Speaking at the Lipis Umno division annual general meeting today, Najib warned a change of government could lead to disaster, reported Bernama. “Changing the government is not a solution, if it is better, then it makes sense … if worse, more disaster and more uncertainties … that’s a stupid thing to do… Read more »
HBK
HBK

Zahid Hamidi’s comedic attack on Tun Mahathir’s Indian lineage could backfire on Umno’s attempts to win a segment of the Muslim vote at the next elections just as the government is trying to woo Indian-Muslims with possible Bumiputera status.

Will the Penang Mamaks and KIMMA folks stage a protest at Komtar this Friday?

Usop
Usop

He is accelerating Umno downfall.

Zain
Zain

Mamaks not offended? Strange!

HBK
HBK

If Malaysia is not a failed state, then why should there be “disarray, disorganised, uncertain” when there is a change of government as claimed by MO1?

Any chaos when France, Taiwan, US, Japan (non failed states) changed government?

Fikirlah sendiri. Umno likes to compare Malaysia with failed states like Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Eqypt etc…

zoro
zoro

Fear tactics and very good use of religion and race. But is our life getting better? Teach rakyat that we pay taxes and gomen is to provide service. Not as a gift from them when we pay gst.

tunglang
tunglang

Remember, don’t vote for the ‘running …’ of UMNO – MCA, Gerakan, MIC.
At least we don’t see any running cat of political regime, not in Pakatan Harapan.
Niao Kong? He’s is not an idiotic servile ‘running …’ of the Gelak-Gelakan Era.

Naruto78
Naruto78
Zahid hamidi questioned Mahathir’s Indian heritage. However, we should be proud that despite all the present racism we have had a rich mix of leaders since independence : PM 1 – Thai ? PM 2 – Bugis ? PM 3 – Turkish /Arab ? PM 4 – Indian ? PM 5 – Indian/Chinese ? PM 6 – Bugis ? Many in Malaysia are of mixed ancestry though some may deny . We should be proud of our rich heritage . It is really so low life to attack the person who was our leader for 22 years based on race.… Read more »
Pinky the Cat
Pinky the Cat

Tun Dr Mahathir today reiterated that he would not rejoin Umno even if his successor Najib Abdul Razak steps down.

In a video that he uploaded to social media, he explained that this was because he rejected Umno, which he claimed had become a “rotten” party that was focused on obtaining “dedak” (bribes).

Wonder Woman

Mahathir better leader than Anwar. Now more reason to vote PR. Mahathir will bring prosperity to Penang

Zain
Zain

Che Det to bring prosperity to Kesha Darulaman? But he only knows Langkawi, lupa rest of Kedah during his reign as PM.

Majidee
Majidee

Tun M is now 92, not 29.
Remember that.

HBK
HBK

The government has banned the book “Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation – Islam” which was authored by G25 – a group of 25 prominent Malays – as it was deemed to be prejudicial to public order.

G25 must now throw it’s support for Harapan, as BN has no place for moderate Islam? Is Najib not promoting Wasatiyyah?

Majidee
Majidee

A real contradiction of Najib’s so called moderate Islam. Possibly Zakir Naik’s book is more welcome here.

Pinky the Cat
Pinky the Cat

The book was endorsed by Pak Lah.
Hadhari OK but Wasatiyyah not OK?
MO1 do not want rural Malays to adopt progressive Islam in order to control them with regressive brand of Islam?

Jellybean
Jellybean

G25 has no guts to stand up against BN or PAS for fear of backlash from its own community.

HBK
HBK

G25’s Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin was baffled by the book ban:
“How can a book containing articles written by respected academics, progressive Islamic scholars and social activists, promoting a moderate approach to Islam and discussing the place of Islam in our Federal Constitution, be considered a threat to public order?”

DPM Zahid care to respond?

Bob
Bob

Good read, If Karpal Singh were still alive he would have joined PSM.
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/07/25/mengapa-kami-tidak-bersama-dr-mahathir/

Shirish
Shirish

PSM can uphold its idealistic vision and stay the same politically for the next 50 years without making any new political headway since the Indian population is so small.

Meanwhile the poor Indian community will continue to live in shambles while beginning to think that their fortune could only be improved by the ‘being mamak to be bumiputera’ carrot dangling in front of them by MO1.

Narendran
Narendran

MO1 is scared stiff of Tun Dr Mahathir and his alliance with Anwar and Lim Kit Siang. Harapan has hit the right cord. It creates pressure in MO1 artery.

The Nation needs a change of Government. The Rakyat at large are wanting it. With time tested Tun Dr M in the lead, this is going to happen. MO1 is already throwing money and promised future through BN Agents. They are now madly coiling out all NGOS to try and influence the votes. Now,THE PM and DPM areready to inaugurate even a small NGO! Harapan, take note.

HBK
HBK

Najib’s accomplishments:
– 1MDB scandal;
– 6% GST;
– mysterious US$681 million that found its way into his’s private bank account;
– the phenomenal rise in the cost of living;
– the removal of oil (fuel and cooking);
– the depreciation of Ringgit Malaysia;
– the … depletion of the Mara scholarship;
– the drastic cuts in the subsidy of academic studies;
– the reduction in the value of bargain with foreigners over the sale of Bandar Malaysia;
– the drop in the Malaysian’s reputation abroad.

Vision2020
Vision2020
The rakyat are fed up with MO1 and his kleptocrat UMNO party of abusing all the government bodies at MO1 disposal in his office of Prime Minister cum Finance Minister to use AG Apandi, PDRM Chief Khalid, MACC, JASA and all the ministries to protect his corrupt practices, lies, cheating and stealing the rakyat hard-earned savings from Felda, KWAP, KWSP, Tabung Haji and GLCs treasury The current UMNO government is more interested to protect their political survival forever even after GE14 rather that come up with good national policies on education, affordable housing and alleviating the hardship of the poor… Read more »
Narendran
Narendran

Umno said Pakatan is controlled by DAP.
Like that MIC and MCA should ask themselves if they are controlled by Umno.

Jellybean
Jellybean

Do not forget MO1 also controls ROS and parliament speaker.

Birdy
Birdy

The conspirators in BN/UMNO BARU have decided that the only way to divert attention of the Malays from BN corruption and theft of billions by MO1, is to frighten the malays with ‘Lim Kit Siang’ becoming PM.

Narendran
Narendran

The more Umno hate & victimized DAP, the more Chinese will support DAP. How silly & foolish of umno, instead of working & engaging with the Chinese, they victimized Chinese instead, too late now damage done. Chinese the race that contributed highest in taxes will all vote for DAP come GE14. MCA & Gerakan will both close shop after GE14, this 2 party are obviously a liability to umno.

Sorry I have nothing good to say about MIC and PSM either.

Walter
Walter

PSM has little chance of winning in seats presently held by PH coalition partners. Don’t be a spoiler in this coming GE. You may not even get back your deposits. Do not become a tool of Umno.

HBK
HBK

Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong said Chinese votes for BN are expected to improve to 30% in the upcoming 14th general election from the 13.4% received in the 2013 polls.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/30/mah-chinese-votes-expected-to-improve-in-ge14/#OSvrQbl50dUKp6Z5.99

Khun Pana
Khun Pana

It’s quite impossible to dismantle GST/VAT.
Maybe PH can lower the GST rate.
And the saggy Ringgit need to bounce back .
Freezing civil service recruitment and trimming the civil service is no longer an option.
But can PH make a bigger pledge?
Bring back the local council election and dismantle the NEP.
Time for Malaysians to moves on.
And do contest in every seats in Kelantan.
As most Kelantanese do not want their county or city to known as Banda Acheh.

Wonder Woman

Time to bring back ISA

glissantia
glissantia

Kelantan is a good place for sociological research – not that this “science” has done us much good. Theocracy gained the upper hand without violence, despite the populace not subscribing to its fantasies. Was it due to the sheer venality of the other side? The losers responded by witholding funds even for essential infrastructure, such as clean water to reduce rampant, water-borne disease. This ensured that they continued to loose. Malaysia Today had an essay on the subject about a year or so ago.

HBK
HBK

Kelantan has recorded high cases of HIV, rape, drug use and single mothers. Is this because of too much religious indoctrination and moral policing until Kelantan youths and adults have had to sneak behind the bushes as a form of rebellion against the system?

Bob
Bob

Anil, looking forward for your live results feed coming GE..was very helpful during the last and keeps the tension going.
Kudos.

greg
greg

Malaysia’s Migrant Money Trail

A look into the forces that profit from recruiting migrant labourers, many of whom work illegally and are underpaid.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2017/07/malaysia-migrant-money-trail-170720110403155.html

zoro
zoro
PSM cannot convince the poor to take up construction job? Further how to survive on 50 bucks per wk His income is 300 per WK or 1200 per month. If raining days, then poor worker has to goyang kaki. His about his expenses like breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 breaks and transport which is say 25. This means only 25 bucks left only or 600 bucks left to pay room rent and less during raining days. His job requires him to stand in hit sun, risk of nails and falling objects. He has to buy safety shoes and other equipment… Read more »
Majidee
Majidee

3D jobs will not be shunned by locals if the pay is right.

zoro
zoro
Ask khaw why not come back. Why must google? Workers in Sin land better protected. Here subcontractors have to fork out money for main contractor to do the work first. Then he get paid by main contractor who earlier get advanced payment from client. In Sin land, do you get projects abandon by developer? Here there are thousands of abandoned projects or delayed projects but centralised gomen okay not problem you can delay. Even Malaysian subcontractors do not get paid promptly and have to barter trade. Different In Sin land, foreign workers get better protection if not paid. Malaysians get… Read more »
HBK
HBK

Many young Indian Malaysians are now working in Singapore, in retail and F&B/fast food sector, although their mothers are more likely employed as factory workers. This is where MIC has failed them, as many Indians no longer live and work in estates and find city living expensive without S$. Go to causeway to see for yourself.

rajraman666
rajraman666

Stop comparing Sing land and Malay land.Even in Sing land foreign workers paid 17 to 19 sing lang $$$ for 8 hours works.You time by 3.Almost equal or less since Sing land is expensive place to stay.

rajraman.Even alots of Malaysian get con by Sing land employer.
Google for foreign workers salary in contruction industry Singapore.

zoro
zoro

2 million guest workers. See how much pasar traders can make. See how many years for famous cendol to sell 2 million bowls. Permit has to be renew regularly too

Majidee
Majidee

Now good business to serve the large Pendatang Asing.

rajraman666
rajraman666
greg, Many of the illegals employed by big Public Listed Company or GLC. The more illegals workers the more $$$ the cronies make.The bottom line is the illegals workers after some time become a wild ….( sorry to used this terms buts it’s true )They run freely doing any business including sundry shops. Every other year (the govt) will try to legalize them for $$$.I legalized few illegals workers 2 years ago. The moment they get their passport with permits they disappear. Meanwhile, the genuine small time contractor who pay good salary plus accommodation can’t get permits to bring their… Read more »
Pinky the Cat
Pinky the Cat

Foreign labour cheap.
Local bosses like them.
Locals suffer as wages are suppressed.
Umno cronies lagi syiok can get $$$ on foreign workers import permit.

rajraman666
rajraman666
Pinky, Foreign workers never been cheap and more expensive if the employer follows the rules.If you added proper accommodation, utilities bills, transport and basic pay minimum of RM1,500.00 they are more expensive than locals. You add in the levy, agent fees, and unknown sum for red tape their salaries above Malaysian workers. I am writing here on behalf of small contractors who require 3 to 4 foreign workers. The housing provided not a room but a house with a maximum of 4 or 5 workers. The abuser most of them is GLC and Public Listed Company who hire them by… Read more »
Armajit
Armajit

Raj
You should encourage others to employ the locals to see the nation being drowned by the flooding of foreigners legal or illegal.

rajraman666
rajraman666

Amarjit,
How can i encourage others to employ locals in contruction industries when the locals refused to dirty their hands,works in hot sun and rains.
Even the young chinese inherited business from their fathers don’t know how to lay bricks.They just sub the job to foreigner.

rajraman.No need to talk about Malays and Indians.The foreigner learn from us but now they run the business since our goverment themself ALI BABA.

Khaw B.W

Honestly, getting tired of Harapan constant 1MDB devil preaching and harping 24/7. When will they actually list down their framework and constructive policies for the betterment of the nation instead of referring to the non-reliable source – Buku Jingga.

Khaw.B.W
Jurong East

zoro
zoro

Not me who analyse but khaw himself as he made the decision to go down. Johor Lang understandable as it takes 1 or 2 hours but what if is pg lang?

zoro
zoro

I think khaw lives in industrial area rather to commute daily. Otherwise have to pay toll, vehicle permit, petrol and time. He has to get up early before sunrise.

Jellybean
Jellybean

Penang lang like Khaw can buy house in JB to shuttle to work in Singapore, yes daily 2 hr ‘OT’ at causeway jam to and fro all because of 3x wages in Singapore Dollar. Tough life but is one way to combat high cost living in Bolehland.

zoro
zoro

Khaw, did you notice the big news? PH youth will create 1 million jobs. Will you come back? Or prefer to stay in Singland or compete with Malaysia?

Armajit
Armajit

Zorro must analyse reasons why most Malaysians in Spore reluctant to return to Penang.
Among strong factors :
1. Exchange rate of x3.1
2. English education for children
3. Safe n clean environment
4. Meritocracy over ethic supremacy.
5. Penang food can be found in Singapore easily.

zoro
zoro

Why still there? Why not come back? 1 million jobs by PH youth.

Shirish
Shirish

Unlikely for him to return as Sing$ is still very strong vs Ringgit. Khaw has to be realistic.

Khaw B.W
Khaw B.W

Zoro bro, dont be like most Malaysian Chinese who are over-obsessed or envy with us Sinkies and think highly of our SG Gahmen.Our gahmen can do what they wish. They control every aspect of our lives including cpf birth etc. If you are naughty they punish you like how the oppositions constituencies are. No upgrading no library and tear down hawker center. No child care etc. They will make your lives miserable. Not to say the recent water hike of 30% despite water consumption going down steadily. That’s why it’s abuse of power. Fake democracy

Narendran
Narendran
Are you not tired of BN-Umno deflecting issues surrounding 1MDB scandal? Are you not tired of corrupted practices of BN-Umno? Buku Jingga is from Pakatan Rakyat. Now we are looking forward to Pakatan Harapan. It shows that you are ill informe. Under Najib, Malaysia achieved: Highest Debts in history, Household debts breached RM1 trillion for the first time, 2nd highest rating for most corrupt nation in the world, brain drain 2nd highest in the world, No 5 for illicit outflows, cover up of the highest order on 1MDB, Asia worst performing currency, 10 nations are investigating the biggest scam of… Read more »
Sim
Sim
Ibrahim Suffian of independent opinion polling firm Merdeka Centre, believes that the Proton issue will be used during the upcoming general elections, pitting the National Front against an opposition helmed by Mahathir. “For the last three decades Proton has been sold to the Bumiputras as an economic coming of age, our move from an agrarian economy to an industrialised one. It was the embodiment of the technological progress acquired by the community. Domestically, the narrative was that the children of farmers are now carmakers,” he said, adding that while perceptions of Proton as a brand and product may differ –… Read more »
Narendran
Narendran

Without Proton, most Malays could not afford to own cars in the 80s. Melayu mudah lupa.

BOB
BOB

I am curious Anil why there’s no coverage on your PSM compatriots? Maybe they are better alternatives since the rakyat are fed-up of too much politicking on both sides?

zoro
zoro
How to fight for the poor when there is no political power and central gomen give peanuts to opposition held gomen? Better to be non Chinese or non Indian. S. Siput finds very very tough w/o finding. Money talk and one can contribute. Further why go and get cheap labour from so many countries. You name them. Viets, North Koreans, Indon, bangla, nepalese, Indians and Chinese. How to teach the poor to fish? Uni grads are provided with other skills after subsidised eid. But form one to six dropouts get nothing. What are vocational and community colleges been doing? Lastly… Read more »
zoro
zoro

In jepalang, PSM was trying to snatch the deputy speaker seat Yit Fong who frog jump to BN… PSM lost badly.

Shirish
Shirish

The lower income group must practise birth control to have better quality of living focusing on good education so that the next generation can secure better paying jobs to improve their household income. Do not hope for handouts that continues to weaken you in the long term. Unfortunately PSM cannot accept this simple reality.

rajraman666
rajraman666
Do PSM led by Dr.Jaya Kumar never preach openly not to wait for handout? He is educated enough to teach his voters not to wait for hangouts even though Pakatan never help him.He have taken out his own pocket money to service the peoples who trusted him by voting him 2 terms.PSM unofficially alliance to Pakatan from beginning but Pakatan betray PSM.Even PKR say Sungei Siput is a loan to PSM.Since when PSM loan the seat from them? Pakatan as greedy as UMNO.Act like big brothers without helping. rajraman.Birth control and education by now everyone knows for better future except… Read more »
Sim
Sim

Arutchelvan revealed that PSM is expected to lock horns with Pakatan Harapan in the next general election. Is this a signal to MO1 for dedak?

Jellybean
Jellybean

Malaysian Indians usually supoport wrong party all because of immediate gain.

rajraman666
rajraman666

PSM all the time trying to be a part of Harapan but the last election PSM was kill by PAS in Kota Damansara, PKR kill PSM in Semenyih and DAP kill PSM in Perak.

PSM fights for the poor but label as trouble maker.
Is there anyone knows Pakatan don’t even bother about PSM since its a small Political Party.

rajraman.Looks like anyone don’t suscribe to Pakatan they are dedak addict.Too many Dimentia Politicals Traders working together but PSM was ignored totally by this new Dimentia Leaders of Pakatan Harapan.

Narendran
Narendran

PSM is selling out rakyat’s interest by splitting opposition votes to the advantage of BN-Umno. No achievement from PSM so far, so we should not waste our precious votes on them.

Bob
Bob
Lee George

MC never even recognized the present of lim kit siang and chow,just wonder what both of you are doing there?

Armajit
Armajit

George Lee in future can update fellow readers Liverpool FC progress in Premier League and Champions League.

Majidee
Majidee

Mahathir need to reach out to rural Malays who are not aware how 1MDB scandal has affected our nation.

Jellybean
Jellybean

But MO1 has intensified demonising Tun M in Forex issue on TV3 Buletin 8pm showing desperation indeed.

Puspha
Puspha

Many young eligible 1st time voters still have not registered for GE14. They are critical just like fence sitters who could swing the results.

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