Rafizi’s Invoke to hold fundraising dinner in Penang on 15 January


Dinner invitation cards are available from Dr Toh Kin Woon 019-4144392. Donations for tables going for RM1,000, RM3,000 and RM5,000. Single loose seats going for RM100 per person at the RM1,000 tables.

8pm, 15 January at Penang Chinese Town Hall.

Funds can be transferred to INVOKE Solutions’ bank account:

INVOKE Solutions Sdn Bhd
Maybank account number: 5622 0964 0698

Rafizi’s message below:

I am very flattered for all the kind words of support given to me ever since I was sentenced to one and a half years imprisonment under the OSA about two months ago. Despair not, while fate has it that I have to take a six-year break from parliamentary and party politics; that does not mean I stop working towards the removal of Najib.

In fact (through Invoke), I have been running faster than ever. I am now able to decide (independent of party bureaucracy) how to channel my time and resources to contribute. I have focused the last two months on recruiting more volunteers, spearheading emotive issues that strike chords with the key swing voters (i.e. disenfranchised Malay voters who were largely pro-establishment previously) and building specific communication channels that can micro-target these swing voters.

Invoke has hit more than 10,000 registered volunteers so far (a phenomenal success given that it is only a few months old). Our analytics system is operational and running as we speak. Through my Facebook page (which has hit circa 570,000 followers), I have been able to engage directly with the largely Malay audience, and the readership of the news that I post daily on the page has reached a weekly average of 4m.

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I have toured Kedah, Penang, Selangor, Johor and Kelantan since my sentencing to meet Malay swing voters in key battleground seats in 11 marginal seats. I have been scheduled to cover the rest of the country and the remainder of the 30 marginal seats in January and February – now armed with the highly emotive Felda issues.

There is definitely a disquiet on the ground among the Malay swing voters. More people come forward to express their readiness to change. I know for certain there is a significant shift among the Malay swing voters that presents us with the best opportunity for change in decades.

But winning the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Malays in key battleground seats is literally a hand-to-hand combat. Our candidates are up against outright money politics, intimidation and overwhelming resources that Najib’s side deploys against them on daily basis. Without a steady ground presence to keep pushing for the shift among the Malay swing voters, we may not be able to sustain this in the coming months leading up to GE14.

That is why Invoke has launched a “Sponsor A Constituency” initiative to raise RM3,000 a month to help fund grass root campaigns by our candidates in the marginal seats for four months. Our target is to raise RM360,000 in January 2017 (RM3,000 X 4 months X 30 constituencies), so that the candidates supported by Invoke can continue to penetrate areas previously unfriendly to them.

If you are in Penang or the northern region, you can meet me on 15 January 2017 for the northern leg of “Sponsor A Constituency” fundraising dinner. Dinner begins at 8pm at the Penang Chinese Town Hall, Georgetown and invitation cards are available for donations of RM100 and upwards. For more details, you can pay online.

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Alternatively, you can call our dedicated tele-fundraiser number at 03 7890 2478 to speak to one of Invoke’s tele-fundraisers who will be able to complete your bookings.

If you are not in the vicinity of Johor Bahru or Penang; or are not available during those dates, you can still sponsor a marginal constituency at whatever amount you can afford. Please visit the Invoke fundraising page or speak to our tele-fundraisers at 03 7890 2478 to contribute.

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  1. Invoke should devise simple and direct message in Bahasa Melayu to reach out to the rural area voters. So far its video on Youtube is mostly in English, too long and not straight to the point. Invoke should devise short viral videos for mass circulation via WhatsApp and Facebook. Otherwise it has no match against the nightly TV3 8-9pm propaganda.

  2. Rafizi Ramli mendakwa sokongan orang Melayu terhadap BN/Umno jatuh mendadak melalui kaji selidik Pusat Inisiatif Dasar Invoke (I-CPI) baru-baru ini.

    Rafizi berkata daripada 10 responden yang ditanya, empat daripadanya akan mengundi Umno/BN.

    Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjadi panel dalam program bual bicara yang dianjurkan INVOKE Malaysia pada malam Khamis lalu.

  3. The Economist: Najib Razak appears secure, but looks can deceive
    The opposition has a chance to strike


    A ROUND of applause, ladies and gentlemen. Any typical leader of a typical democracy, when found with nearly $700m of ill-explained money from an unnamed foreign donor in his accounts, would experience a swift and fatal fall. Yet, nearly two years after news first broke that Najib Razak’s bank balance had been thus plumped up, his high-wire act continues.

  4. Pakatan Harapan should gain enough support to beat BN in three-cornered fights by this coming May, said PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

    He said BN currently has a slim advantage over the opposition in a three-corner situation. However Rafizi said based on his observations, support for the ruling coalition is slowly declining, and shifting towards Harapan.


    • Liew Chin Tong expects Malay Tsunami, what an interesting year!

      PS: So far nobody is saying Indian Tsunami yet. The Indian community in the peninsular the majority still sitting on the fence? Awaiting Anil’s analysis for AsiaOne or Aliran reporting….

      • I think generally across the board, many are finding it difficult to cope with the higher cost of living.

      • PETALING JAYA, Jan 6 — Opposition parties must end their feuding and re-organise in the lead-up to the general elections, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar warned today. The Lembah Pantai MP said the opposition should instead focus on its reform agenda and put the public as its top priority.

        When do you think is next GE?

      • Likely immediately after KL SEA Games, but Najib must hope for strong gold haul to build up the euphoria if the Ringgit is still at RM4.50 against USD. His Finance Ministry folks have been telling us repeatedly lately that Ringgit would recover to 4.10 level vs USD by middle of 2017.

      • Istilah ‘Tsunami Cina’ lalu digunakan untuk menggambarkan betapa besarnya pengaruh pengundi Cina sehingga menyebabkan BN kehilangan kuasa pemerintahan di beberapa negeri.

        Menjelang PRU14, Ahli Parlimen Kluang, Liew Chin Tong pula meramalkan ‘Tsunami Melayu’ bakal berlaku seperti apa dilakukan oleh pengundi Cina dalam dua PRU lalu.

        “Kini sudah menampakkan angin perubahan dalam masyarakat Melayu. Walaupun belum berlaku tsunami, namun sudah berlaku tiupan angin,” kata Chin Tong dalam satu seminar di Kuala Lumpur, kelmarin.

        Memetik laporan Sin Chew Jit Poh, Chin Tong menjelaskan, kerjasama yang dilakukan antara pemimpin Umno dan Pas tidak semestinya diterima masyarakat Melayu di peringkat akar umbi.

        Justeru, beliau percaya majoriti pengundi Melayu akan memberikan sokongan yang kuat kepada pakatan pembangkang pada PRU14.

        Chin Tong turut menjangkakan PRU14 kemungkinan diadakan pada April tahun ini, jika tidak, ia mungkin akan dilanjutkan sehingga 2018.


  5. Having watched the latest Star Wars movie, I could not help thinking that Mahathir’s Bersatu is like the Rogue Ones, fighting alongside the Rebellion Alliance (Pakatan Harapan – ‘Hope’ is mentioned repeatedly in the movie especially the blind guy by Donnie Yen) to destroy the Death Star (the gerrymandering EC) of the Imperial Regime (Umno) led by Darth Vader (Najib) with his stormtroopers (MCA, MIC, Gerakan and those East Malaysia minions).

    The Death Star has a weak point and was destroyed in Star Wars Ep3: A New Hope. Let us hope The Force Is With Pakatan to bring down Regime Umno in GE 14. For that to happen Pakatan + Bersatu must be united for a common purpose to make Malaysia great again!

  6. Penang Forumers can also become Penang Invokers getting more to volunteer for better Penang and Malaysia.

    I hope Indian community now know barang naik cause misery. Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas Indians community can pull their resources together. We can meet at Veloo Villa and new SriMoorthy Banana Leaf restaurants at DPiazza if not Madam Priya at Spice. Hope Anilnetto.com can be the platform for us to reach out. Anil can be invited as well.

    • For once a suggestion for Malaysians to gather at Indian restaurants, not mamak ones. It should be a multi-racial meeting, do not make it like a MIC event.

      • Anil should organise one gathering for his multi-racial ardent readers to meet over coffee to discuss current affairs.

      • Thanks for the idea! Something to think about.

        Dont know if I have that many fans! And some of them might prefer to remain anonymous or they could end up quarelling if they meet. Haha.

      • Anil, you could be the referee!
        Just wear your straw hat!

      • Anil can start live reporting with his notebook with special brew coffee at the mentioned places? Your regular presence there can pull in crowd leading to GE14, while you should get complimentary kopi for your patriotic service to save the nation.

      • A smackdown opportunity for tunglang vs zoro – Anil Netto: Civil War. Which side are you on? Kapitan tunglang lawan Marvel zoro? Sure can get sponsor for kopi at SiaBoey?

  7. Top MACC man opts for early retirement, allegedly frustrated over SRC case
    A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigator who played a pivotal role in the SRC International probe has opted for early retirement.
    Bahri Mohd Zin, 58, who was director of MACC’s Special Operations Division retired last Friday, two years ahead of his official retirement. He had served in the MACC as well as its precursor, the Anti-Corruption Agency, for over 30 years.
    The special division he headed was formed in 2010 to investigate high-profile cases, especially those involving corruption of more than RM1 million.

    MACC top man confirms he quit due to frustration, cites ‘spider web’ laws
    Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Bahri Mohd Zin has confirmed having opted for early retirement due to frustration over the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.
    “There was too much money lost. l should not serve in spider web laws,” he told Malaysiakini.
    Asked what he meant by “spider web laws”, he said it referred to laws that punished the small offenders, but allowed the bigger wrongdoers to escape.

    Malaysians, pls wake up to the fact that some high profile cases are simply not going anywhere i.e. to the high court of law. Some suspects can continue to enjoy the ‘loot’ somewhere in the Australian outbacks.

    • Opts retirement means voluntary.
      But it could be brought about by circumstances such as this one.

      • There have been numerous resignations by staff from MACC and AG’s department and all promised to spill the beans….what happened? All went silent or dissappeared. Maybe they do not want to lose their pension?

  8. Rising costs may force hardcore poor from school
    GEORGE TOWN, Jan 3 — Not all are fortunate to begin school today.

    Some 30 families on the island, which come under the hardcore poor category, are forced to keep their children at home as they cannot afford to send them to school.

    “The school term begins today but these families simply can’t afford it,” social worker P. Murugiah said.

    “These children have single mothers with a monthly household income of between RM600 and RM900,” he said.

    “Their financial situation does not allow them to send the children to school.”

    Murugiah said several concerned citizens were looking for solutions to help the families and ensure their children get a proper education.

    The families live on the island and in Prai, Sungai Bakap, Nibong Tebal, Mak Mandin, Butterworth, Tasek Gelugor and Kepala Batas on the mainland.

    Their plight came to light after the Penang Hindu Association carried out a welfare aid programme to provide schoolbags, uniforms, shoes, socks and stationery to the hardcore poor recently.

    Murugiah said it would cost each child between RM60 and RM90 a month just for bus fare, and this would further burden the families if they had more than one schoolgoing child.

    “It would be simply impossible for these lower income families to send their children to school,” he said.

    “The authorities including the Welfare Department and elected representatives must step in and assist these families.”

    Murugiah pointed to a report stating that a Bank Negara Malaysia and Statistics Department study showed the lower income groups allocated most of their expenditure for food, and less for transport, healthcare and education.

    “It is an evident that parents from the lower income groups prefer to spend less on education, and the result is that eventually they stop their children going to school,” he said.

    M. Parvathi, 33, a single mother from Farlim, said she might be forced to stop sending her four children to school because of financial difficulties.

    Her two older children had dropped out of school and started working to supplement the family income,

    “My eldest son is working as a security guard and the other, who is 17, is working as a stove repairer in restaurants,” she said.

    “Together, they earn about RM2,000 a month, of which RM700 goes to rental for the house and the remainder for food and other essentials.”

    My Observation: Penang gomen with its annual surplus should step in to help these poor children. Give these children a good education start. CSR effort from Penang Hill Corporation or Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) for a start?

    • Why not pg forum? Who collect most taxes? Everything has 6% GST collected by federal. How much you give to state as taxes? Who left most carbon footprints on holidays to down under and get paid holidays including family? No barking means you support paid holidays for family?

    • Hardcore poor somehow tend to have more children – added burden, less quality of life. Perhaps procreation is recreation to them?

    • Heritage Little India folks of Penang being “janji” many beneficial Satu Lagi Projek prior to 505 GE13 but until now no major significant ones that can help needy ones. Janji dicapati?

      • Janji dicapati = janji made delicious looking but still cannot get the chance to eat?

    • BR1M cannot cover the additional cost due to subsidy removal of fuel, cooking oil, sugar, flour…. and also the 6% GST imposed on the poor!

  9. Penang repeats offer to loan Putrajaya funds for Chinese schools

    The Penang government today repeated its offer to loan Putrajay RM50 million, which it needed to assist Chinese schools.
    The Education Ministry froze the RM50 million budgeted due to shortage of funds.
    Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government has spare cash as it has been running annual surplus budgets since 2008.

    Note: This is a caring part of DAP which we as Penangites should appreciate & highlight. (Zoro, pls don’t spin!)

  10. As admirable and extremely smart Rafizi work is, truth is, it’s very limited how far he will get against the stubbornness of PAS dysfunctionality. Suppose they gain all 30 marginal seats. Truth is PAS will lose all near urban seats even if Amanah does not contest and possibly a few more elsewhere. Even a Pakatan that bends over backward for PAS will still lose

  11. Petrol price jumps. Cars and buses caught in jams and burning money, polluting the air and cause global warming. Sai boey transport centre stalled because of Penang forum. In the end no solution and we are just added the temperature raise for 2017. This blog is good for barking and no solutions.

  12. Malaysiakini: Rafizi Ramli and a BN communications team continue to trade barbs over the cost of the MRT 1 project in contrast with the Seoul Line 9 MRT project. At the heart of it, both sides are arguing over the formula used to evaluate how much Seoul Line 9 cost per kilometre.

    Perhaps Anil can use his Accountant background to decipher the real cost?

    • Much of it depends on the assumptions used for how much more expensive underground MRT is compared to elevated MRT. Rafizi says his estimate is based on the assumption that underground costs 3 times more than elevated.

  13. I will not donate unless PKR and DAP can assure voters that they are not going after the same seats as seen in the last Sarawak stare election – Pakatan self-cannibalism.

  14. Time to invoke if not already revoked the true conscience for a better Malaysia free of hypocrisie$ of unaccounted deceit$.

  15. Please pump full tank for your car today as the price for RON95 petrol may be increased to RM2.20 per litre beginning Jan 1. Save as much as you can as 2017 can be a very challenging year for all of us.

    • Ron95 up to RM2.10 as Brent Oil is USD56/barrel.
      What will be the Ron95 price if the Brent Oil recovers to USD100/barrel with no more fuel subsidy?
      Remember Pak Lah once charged us RM2.70/litre!

      • By that time brim-dedak not enough as money no enough leading to you know what lah!

  16. What price Malaysia’s trust deficit?

    The last weeks of December have been busy ones for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

    On Dec 13, Datuk Seri Najib signed the much awaited High Speed Rail (HSR) agreement with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that will link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

    That same week, he officiated at the opening of Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), a project that started in 2011.

    Days later, on Dec 18, Mr Najib launched the 1.4km-long Batang Sadong Bridge in Sarawak, a huge connectivity leap for Sarawakians, who previously had to rely on ferry crossings.

    The bridge is one of several projects the government has in store for Sarawak, the others being the massive 2,000km-long Pan Borneo Highway that will link Sarawak and Sabah and a coastal highway that will connect towns in Sarawak.

    Soon after the Sarawak trip, Mr Najib was in Sabah to launch eight projects linked to the Pan Borneo Highway.

    The recent launches came weeks after Mr Najib’s trip to China, one that saw the Malaysian economy potentially receiving a thumping US$33 billion (S$48 billion) of Chinese investment.

    A major part of the investment deal was Malaysia agreeing to build a 640km-long East Coast Rail Line(ECRL) with Chinese financing.

    Once completed, the ECRL will link the northernmost town in the east coast state of Kelantan to Port Klang, which fronts the busy Straits of Malacca on the west coast.

    Needless to say, these infrastructural investments are major game changers that are set to alter Malaysia’s landscape in a fundamental way, unleashing the country’s huge economic potential.

    Such long-term growth commitment should excite the public, but not so in Malaysia.

    As for China’s massive investment, Mr Najib’s critics see it as a sell-out to China’s interest.

    They were also quick to contest that the US$13 billion ECRL project was overpriced – never mind that the proposed line needs to negotiate the Titiwangsa ridge, difficult geographical terrain that has for a long time kept the east coast of the peninsular relatively underdeveloped compared with the west coast.

    What is apparent is that Mr Najib’s policies attract sceptics. Malaysians, it seems, are less willing to go along with government policies no matter how attractive the long-term benefits are.

    An obvious reason is that nagging political issues continue to cloud the many positives of Mr Najib’s policy initiatives.

    People in Malaysia are not quite done with the 1MDB issue.

    The international media has also kept turning the spotlight on 1MDB and Mr Najib, reinforcing public scepticism.

    What is obvious is that Malaysians are stuck in second gear, unwilling to move beyond the 1MDB issue.

    Is Malaysia paying a heavy price for its ongoing political crisis? It seems so. The state is suffering from a trust deficit.

    Trust, between the governed and the government, seems to be in short supply.

    The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer found that only 39 per cent of Malaysia’s general population trusts the government.

    That needs addressing because a trust deficit prevents the state from garnering policy collaborators.

    Policy “buy-in” becomes difficult as stakeholders are unwilling to be part of the policy process.

    Worse, a trust deficit could also see stakeholders subverting what otherwise could be effective policies.

    Mr Najib’s market-friendly policies, which would have been gladly accepted in the past, are now looked upon with intense scepticism.

    His decision to lift fuel subsidies, allow 70 per cent foreign ownership in the services sector, sell all the government’s Proton shares and introduce the goods and services tax (GST) to prevent leakage and broaden the tax base are but a few market-friendly policies that, thus far, have not warmed citizens’ hearts.

    Malaysians are still unwilling to accept the GST even when GST receipts have clearly buffered Malaysia’s huge losses in petroleum revenue in the past year.

    A trust deficit could potentially lead to more damaging systemic risk.

    Thinning public trust and greater tendency to talk down the economy could amplify Malaysia’s political, social and economic risks.

    A self-fulfilling prophecy may set in, creating a case where the public runs down the economy more than it should and triggering a crisis of confidence.

    An obvious benchmark of confidence is the Malaysian ringgit, Asia’s worst-performing currency.

    Though there are external factors that have contributed to the weakening of the ringgit – Trumponomics, the attractiveness of US bond yields and weak commodity prices – analysts are also quick to add that the ringgit suffers from domestic risks, the premium of which is anybody’s guess.

    Some see domestic risk as one contributing factor to the ringgit weakening to a rate of RM4.70 to US$1.

    There are those who think that the ringgit slide is overdone as it does not reflect Malaysia’s fundamentals.

    But under conditions of low public trust, good economic figures are quickly neutralised by bad economic ones.

    Going by fundamentals alone, there are reasons not to short the ringgit.

    The Malaysian economy has shown plenty of resilience despite chaotic domestic politics and severe economic headwinds.

    Its GDP has averaged 5.3 per cent growth since 2011.

    This year, the economy is expected to grow at 4.2 per cent.

    For next year, the IMF predicts the economy to grow at 4.5 per cent on the back of strong domestic consumption.

    The country is also in better fiscal shape, with Mr Najib keeping to his promise to trim spending.

    The Budget deficit now stands at 3 per cent of GDP, down from a high of 6 per cent in 2009.

    Its current account remains positive. In fact the current account saw a sharp increase in the third quarter, the highest since December last year.

    More importantly, the economy has broken away from its heavy reliance on the oil and gas sector.

    Petroleum now counts for just 15 per cent of total revenue, a sharp drop from about 30 per cent two years ago.

    The economic figures, however, do not seem to count when it comes to the sliding ringgit.

    Finally, broken trust between the state and the governed is affecting Malaysia’s long-term effort at institutional change.

    Change is difficult when stakeholders are unwilling to ride on the change agenda.

    In a low-trust environment, stakeholders are persuaded by partisan concerns, depriving the change agenda of a diversity of views.

    The Najib administration, for instance, has introduced the “blue ocean” strategy as part of its strategic blueprint.

    Developed by two Insead professors, the strategy rethinks the idea of competition and collaboration and has been behind many of Malaysia’s government and economic transformation programmes.

    Policy emphasis on the bottom 40 per cent of income- earners, retargeting state subsidies, providing direct transfers to low income earners, collaboration and sharing of resources between government agencies and building a one-stop centre for public services are among the few policy initiatives that seemed to enjoy little public buy-ins.

    An exploratory study I carried out between September and October to gauge public receptiveness to the government’s national blue ocean strategy, part of wider research on networked government, found that the public know little or nothing at all of such blueprint.

    Trust, or the lack of it, has blurred the public’s identification with policies, making them unwilling partners of institutional change.

    With a general election expected next year, Mr Najib has his work cut out for him.

    Restoring public trust is proving to be difficult but the need for it is urgent.

    Systematic public disengagement from political leadership could well be the most important factor that stands in the way of Malaysia’s long-term goals.

    In the short term though, Malaysians should be careful that their attempts at political change do not cripple an otherwise functioning economy.

    Source: AsiaOne


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