Failed state? Five reasons why there is still hope for Malaysia

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Economic prospects look gloomy. Government institutions appear compromised. Some RM2.6bn has reportedly found its way into the Prime Minister’s bank account.

Incredibly, we are told it is a donation from the Middle-East? Does that mean we have a ‘foreign-funded’ prime minister? Or, if the money was meant for Umno, that the party is foreign-funded’?

Imagine if opposition leaders or parties or NGOs had received a fraction of that money from foreign sources. What would have been the reaction from the BN or their media? The recipients would immediately have been labelled stooges of foreign interests by the powers that be.

Many ordinary Malaysians are now asking, where do we go from here? Is there hope? What happens now?

I think there is hope for change – and this is what the leadership fears most.

1. Umno has lost the propaganda battle

More and more people are aware of the plunder that is taking place, as can be seen in the drop in the popular vote for the BN in GE2008 and a further drop in GE2013, when the BN lost its simple majority of popular support.

The online media played a big role in creating this awareness. That is why those in power are cracking down on The Edge and Sarawak Report. And now they want to control online news portals via registration.

But someone please tell them, we are living in the digital age, and there is no turning the tide back.  There is no going back to the nostalgic days (for the BN) when, if you wanted to publish, you had to apply to the KDN for a publishing permit.

Now, anyone can publish online; anyone can be a citizen jounalist online or over social media.

Malaysians have got a taste of democracy and they have savoured it. They want more, not less freedom of the media.

2. The BN has lost public trust following that “donation”

Everywhere you go, people are talking about that ‘donation’, making all kinds of snide remarks.

How do you counter such distrust? You can’t – not even with the best public relations team. Lim Kok Wing quit his role. The prime minister’s PR boys face an impossible task.

The MCA, MIC and Gerakan have long since lost any relevance they may have had, leaving beind just Umno in the peninsula and its allies in Sarawak and Sabah.

The era of cynical racial politics to boost popularity is over – though some still hanker for the Old Politics of race and religion and will do their best to resuscitate it with the help of right-wing groups and religious conservatives.

3. Umno is deeply divided and fears the next election

Former Umno members can now be found in the DAP and PKR. Ex-ministers are now lending a hand to the opposition parties, and, in the case of Zaid Ibrahim, are calling for a 100000-strong rally.

Johor, the bastion of Umno for so long, should now cause sleepless nights for the Umno leadership. Muhyiddin, the Johor MB and the palace held a private meeting recently.

Up north, Kedah MB Mukhriz Mahathir’s Fan Club uploaded an old video on their facebook page that showed Najib calling for political financing to be channelled to official party accounts. Mukhriz himself recently visited Muhyiddin after the latter was dropped as deputy prime minister.

Mahathir has been quiet of late. But when Mahathir is quiet, Najib should be worried. It probably means the former PM is thinking of his next move.

Indeed, the 3M’s – Mukhriz, Mahathir and Muhyiddin – should prove to be a handful for Najib to manage.

Umno supporters themselves appear at a loss as to how to defend their party leaders while others are struggling to come to terms with the enormous “donation”. Expect some of them to sway in their support.

4. MACC officers are upset

The MACC guys appear to be unhappy with what’s going on.

Sometimes it takes a blatant injustice or oppressive measure against someone close to you – a relative, a colleague, a friend – to wake you up. I believe this is what the MACC guys are going through with the arrests and interrogation of their colleagues and the disruption of their work.

Their unhappiness has created a crack in the general state apparatus that has propped up leaders in the past. In fact, opposition leaders and activists have been rallying to the side of the embattled MACC officers.

MACC officers have even held prayers invoking Allah for divine intervention! If their prayers are answered, why, the corrupt will have every reason to quake in their boots.

Many more honest civil servants need to stand up and do their duty to the country without fear or favour. Malaysia needs you to serve the Rakyat with honesty and integrity at this critical time.

5. Civil society taps into public revulsion

The Bersih 4 rally has been announced. Tomorrow the journalists are gathering at Central Market. They will be able to tap into widespread public disgust as more and more become aware and conscientised.

Let me give you an example of how much the ground has moved: for a long while, outside NGO circles, I was considered to be the ‘NGO’ guy, the maverick, among my circle of friends, ex-classmates and relatives. These are people from all walks of life who are busy with their own lives and professions.

Well, today, these very same people are the ones sending me messages, articles and cartoons pouring scorn at what is going on! I just lean back and marvel at how times have changed.

Now everyone can be an “activist”.  The people have awakened.

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kl loo

The problem is Najib is not the only Najib. There are many Najibs and they are concentrated at the apex of Malaysia’s power structure. They are the MPs, minsters, … businessmen and so on. They can obstruct ,… threaten, buy etc etc without impunity. And they can change the rules of elections to ensure victory for a few more generations.

benny

Pakatan Harapan is a new hope in 2016? Six months after their alliance collapsed, Malaysia’s opposition has again joined forces to challenge the ruling coalition. But can the new political block capitalize on PM Najib Razak’s dented image? DW examines. The three parties that form Malaysia’s new opposition coalition have agreed on a code of conduct designed to settle disputes among coalition members. The new pact, signed on January 9, aims to avoid disagreements such as those that led to the split up of the former alliance, Pakatan Rakyat, half a year ago. The deal comes after two of Malaysia’s… Read more »

zoro

Recent merdeka survey shows Malays think as muslim first and here ah yang’s no god support god. Do believers in god need bodek from those no god?

JJ

Quotable quote from PM Najib:-
“What is happening is that they keep quiet when they get the money but when I’m being attacked, everyone keeps quiet,” he said at the opening of the Bandar Tun Razak Umno meeting .”

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/najib-chides-umno-leaders-for-not-backing-him-on-funds-issue

Yang

Actually you all can wish for Najib to go, thats not a problem. Matter most is Mudyiddin does not get to be PM cos I am all for Zahid as the PM. Mudyiddin won`t be able to lead BN to a good victory. I have faith Zahid will lead BN to a LANDSLIDE. With him as PM you can bet, BN & UMNO will be all the more stable. He has Malay support and most of BN leaders. He has good rapport with all the other BN component parties. Mahathir is not a problem for him. By the time it… Read more »

tunglang

We don’t need no Hell’s Angel Harley wannabe to rule this Tanah Air Cinta Ku.
Who fancies a rough ride with this act tough no brain Mat Harley?
To win the trust of Rakyat, one needs to win hearts & minds with vision & compassion, instead of brandishing “I am Zarrrr, the Terror!”

S Tee

Some say Khairy’s remarks reflect the status quo of Um no internal conflicts as he appears to be on the fence right now, what you say Mr Anil?

Ed G

All those sudden, arbitrary and dubious actions against various parties involved in the investigation on 1MDB such as the former AG, PAC, MACC etc. have created much suspicion and disquiet across the country of the existence of a deliberate attempt by the PM himself to derail the investigations so as to prevent the truth from surfacing. Ironically, it was the PM himself who initially hailed these investigations as the proves of transparency, rule of law and above all else his innocence; perhaps due to his own misjudgement of the determination/independence of these investigative individuals or teams. His confidence was further… Read more »

tunglang

Tis the moment of “The emperor has no clothes”. Either you see it clearly or you pretendedly don’t, depending on your inner conscience & morality or fear-induced “Yes” men mentality of self-denial.
The moment of truth will come, nevertheless.
The Karma clock is ticking.

S Tee

PMO to expand further with keyboard warriors department. Super Yang can apply to be Mutiara Leader injected with Bugis Yes-Turut spirits?

tunglang

Anil has to prepare candles for more midnight editing of comments!
Blue Ocean Bean cybertroopers, you are welcome.

gerak khas

Najib must have read this blog and is worried that rakyat are turning activists on social media. He is urging his 3 million UMNO members to join the cyber war to defend him. But not sure if UMNO in Johor will align to Muhyiddin, as the Sultan is kicking off his Jelajah Mahkota to meet Bangsa Johor tomorrow.

zoro

Join cyber war. Registration 200% and uncensor???

zoro

Jibby calls for 3M keyboard warriors. Ah yang must be very disappointed as his voice will get lost and over shadowed by 2.999999M.

benny

Bugis Warrior is unleashing his 3 million Keyboard Warriors?

owc

Forum: ‘Malaysia – Where do we go from here?’ (5 Aug 2015)

Organised by REFSA, this public forum entitled ‘Malaysia: Where do we go from here?’ was held at the KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on 5 Aug 2015.

Yang

Is the current issue about 1MDB or 2 billions or lust for power which is apparent on both side DAP LKS has on more than one occasion extended a friendly gesture to M… What is LKS thinking? He intends to join forces with the deadliest man in this country. M is solely responsible for the ongoing demise of this nation. Malaysia is bleeding, thanks to the seeds sown by M in his reign of 22 years. Stories of a secret pact between Mahathir and opposition leaders send shivers down my spine. By no means would I want to go back… Read more »

S Tee

Pak Turut hahaha

benny

Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has ‘advised’ BN component party, MCA not to be ‘arrogant’ as they are not only representing the Chinese. His remarks came as he was commenting on the parliamentary seat of Bandar Tun Razak which BN has lost twice to the opposition in general elections.

JJ

Read the latest Sarawak Report will make you have more goosebumps and realise how barmy dealings will kill all of us Malaysians !

benny

‘Integrity’ Minister Paul Low said he will find out the reason for the sudden transfer of 2 MACC officers. I think Paul Low should seek his missing conscience first.

tunglang

Many more may seek their own conscience. But there is the stumbling block ego of kia su when confronting misdeeds by leaders. And for whatever reasons will defend the misdeeds like an ego-maniac despite the facts of what has been happening to Malaysia under such leadership. We will let Karma takes its course. Why listen to all the twisty babbles of whether God is not there to help mankind in distress & difficulties. I feel very sorry for souls that under bitterness have proclaimed God a fallacy. Note: we are here in the image of God to make this world… Read more »

tunglang

WHY NAJIB SHOULD REVEAL ALL ABOUT THE RM2.6B
No other episode in recent times has underscored the significance of that ancient adage cherished in all cultures, religions and civilisations – “Honesty is the best policy” – than the deposition of 2.6 billion ringgit into the personal bank account of Dato Sri Mohd Najib by a donor from the Middle East.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/comment/2015/08/07/why-najib-should-reveal-all-about-the-rm2-6b/

benny

Menurut PM Najib, penerimaan dana politik merupakan AMALAN dalam UMNO sejak dahulu dan beliau hanya meneruskan perkara tersebut.

Yang

Anwar made his move on Dr Mahathir and failed and paid the price for his failure. Live with that. Muhyiddin also made his move on Najib and failed, too. So he, too, is now paying that price of failure. So live with that as well. Live with the fact that Mahathir will not win over Najib. Live with the fact that LKS desperation to get Mahathir and UMNO people to save Malaysia will fail cos its a deception. Live with the fact that our country is prosperous now in full employment with foreigners coming here in search of a better… Read more »

zoro

Why have the conscience that if jibby gone, he can tear the opposition parties or the extent the country? Or follow the igp to change channel to suit one’s fancy. The man made laws are clear about large amount of money coming in must notified to bank negara. During the investigation how come there are musical chairs? We are not dunggu as we want investigations to be FAIR to the accused and the public. Everyone follows the law unless like in animal farm some are more equal than others.

Yang

I am quite amused of Muslim or those that believed in God that tell us or the Americans & the West, “You have the power, but I have Allah!/God and then watch America & the West whack them good and proper and send them back to the year 600 with their military power. or the American and the West being whacked nice and proper by the IS and Osama. Just like this MACC guys said, you have the power I have Allah. With the urging and support of opposition sycophants together they pray in the miracle of prayers. Like I… Read more »

kanateeraj

Hey Yang, Both your comments are taken from Malaysia Today the home of Raja Petra Kamaruddin. Have some individuality or shut your trap up!

Djhampa

The fastest way to get out of the nation’s quandary is for Najib to negotiate for exile. He should get the Agong to get Anwar out of prison. Because Anwar was the only person who had managed to bring together the various parties at hand. Tengku Razaleigh and Muhyiddin should also be involved to represent BN. Upon agreement of all parties and with the consent of the Agong the idea of the interim government could be set up. The nation is bleeding. Najib of course could go down the path of more oppression and become a full-fledged dictator. But I… Read more »

Phua Kai Lit

Go into exile only?
Every single red cent of mis-spent tax payer money should also be returned!

Djhampa

Is returning “Every single red cent” practical or even do-able ? The objective is to recover as much as could be discovered over a period of time.

owc

The nation is in crisis. The numerous financial scandals, falling ringgit, implementation of GST, and curtailment of our fundamental freedoms have resulted in a loss of trust and public confidence in the government. Transparency and accountability are non-existent. Those exercising the levers of power are not using them for the good of the public. There is scant attention by the leadership to the economic crisis and the hardship faced by the people. All MPs should support the action plan, which is a joint effort by the National Human Rights Society Malaysia (Hakam), Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4), Society… Read more »

Johan Khun Pana

If the PM admitted that he did received the money and that he is solely benefited from it, that is not so bad.
It means that he alone is incriminated and he alone is responsible.
He won’t go to jail as there is always a royal pardon. (Malaysian Style)
Now that there are words that the money was for funding “their” General Election, he is dragging the entire BN down with him.
Does this also mean that the current government is Null / Void and Illegal?
The answer is a Yes.

zoro

If no god, where does the conscience comes from? The sense of JUSTICE, love for family, guilty of murdering, lying, stealing etc prickled in our heart and have sleepness nights. We do not need written tabled laws for they written in our hearts. Of course if one keep repeating such acts, the senses dull and deadened. Too bad there are black sheeps in the society but there is word repent and forgive. To forgive is not easy.

Yang

Even if you pray a millions times God will never answer you because there is no God. Even if there is one he still would not be able to answer you because he has yet to finish the universe cos the universe is INFINITE. Osama bin Laden prayed 14 hours a day, God did not answer him and finally he was shot to death. Stephen Hawking said we are just another computer. Arthur C Clark said the greatest tragedy in mankind entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. Satan was an angel turn devil but till now… Read more »

tunglang

Don’t confuse us with your God history twisty. Just admit is there a God…? Don’t be like that Naik Jeep which cannot even admit a fault!!! I feel sorry (very sorry) for Steven Hawking for his state of physique which I suspect is the prime cause for his personal vendetta against the existence of God Almighty. Case in point: I recently came to know a guy who is my colleague’s friend who like Hawking is very smart: earning degrees, PHD & bearing a “I know it all, I can do all” in any endeavour he touches. BUT he can never… Read more »

Yang

Are you trying to force me to accept God ???. Don`t feel sorry for Stephen Hawkin OR ANYBODY. He has done much better off himself than relying on God graces. Hawkin has no vendetta against God. How could he have any when he does not believe in one. If his physical illness is God way of punishing those that do not believe him, then all the more I would not want to accept and believe in him. After all he is not that benevolent as made to be but your imagination get the better of you by pinning his physical… Read more »

benny
tunglang

Somebody said: “He has learnt to ‘let go’.
Imagine all the leaders, Rakyat, NGOs learn this ‘Let Go’. Where do you think this beloved Tanah Air Cinta Ku will go to?
Dictionary:
let someone/thing go
1) allow someone or something to escape or go free.
2) relinquish one’s grip on someone or something.

JJ

In fact, I am more worrying now than before. We are now going into the core of a mammoth storm and no one can be assured of what next is going to happen or rather implode (into smithereens?).
What we have in all these years are now going to end and who nows,outsiders are just hawking attentatively?Gone will be the days?

henson

The stock market dived 45 degree yesterday (shedding 30 points); today fare no better with many fund exiting.

Ringgit approaching RM4 to 1US$.

More economic hardship to awake the rakyat from slumber when barang naik non stop with current scenario.

benny

Bank Negara’s international reserves had fallen to RM364.7bil (US$96.7bil) as end-July, which a decline of RM14.7bil or US$3.8bil from two weeks ago.
It was RM405.5bil (or US$116.0bil) as at Dec 31, 2014, and RM441.9bil (US$134.9bil) as at end-2013.

Ringgit remained Asia’s worst-performing currency year-to-date, it’s 10.6% drop year-to-date has raised concerns that the currency has weakened too fast and too far. CIMB Research in a recent note predicted that it would take RM4 to buy one US dollar by the end of the year.

gerak khas

Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday today, with a SingDollar worths RM2.85.

More Malaysians will head south to earn SingDollar given the weakness of Ringgit. Talent loss accelerated?

benny

Foreign funds have pulled a net 11.7 billion ringgit ($3 billion) of the nation’s shares this year as the KLCI has slumped 9.7% from its April 21 high, including a 1.8% decline on Thursday that was the biggest this year. Net foreign sales in Malaysian stocks this year are almost double the 6.9 billion ringgit for the whole of 2014, exchange data show. Overseas investors have been net sellers for 14 straight weeks through the week ended July 31, the longest selloff since 2008, according to MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd. International ownership of government and corporate debt dropped 2.4%… Read more »

Michael

Yes Anil, people do wake up, sometimes but, and I am sure you know this, they also are quick to go to sleep again when things change in a country…and once again the activist is alone…

henson

Rakyat Malaysia Mudah Lupa ? Shower with BR1M or free food semua nya OK lah ?

gerak khas

“Gentlemen, do you want BR1M again,” Najib said to UMNO Pasir Gudang delegates in Johor today, and was greeted by a soft muttering of “No” from some of the representatives.

“If you don’t want it, I can cancel BR1M. Is there a better way?” he asked the delegates in his speech.

Yang

Yesterday MACC were regarded as demon. Today they are heroes. I wonder what they will say tomorrow when MACC in the next few weeks come out with their investigation results that will show their stupidity and obsession being led into the deception and con game of cats senior and opposition

Phua Kai Lit

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/08/07/malaysia-risks-status-as-economic-safe-haven/

Those who continue to support the 1PM (and spin like super gasing) should worry about what his desperate clinging on to power is doing to the economy. This will also affect their investments, their wallets, and the future of their children in 1Malaysia (unless their children become UMNO Baru-BN politicians who seem to have a great knack for becoming rich or flair for attracting donations from foreign donors or securing big inheritance, even if they come from humble backgrounds).

Yang

Phua, DAP have been saying that for more than 10 years. They are just prophets of doom trying to destablize the country for their political agenda. Look, they are willing to being cohort to the people they once called DEVIL. Every country has its up and down and Malaysia is no exception. Look at most of SEA countries. Are they much better than us with the exception of Brunei & Singapore. Look at Europe and those Eastern bloc countries especially Ukraine. Some of them are even worse than us. Portugal, Ukraine and Portugal may even go bankrupt just like Greece.… Read more »

Phua Kai Lit

I am helping the Ministry of Health. A govt organization that works for the welfare of the ordinary people of Malaysia. But I won’t work for individuals like the 1PM. Not even for millions of “units”, RM, US$, S$ etc. I have plenty of choice words to describe him, but won’t use them here to spare Mr Anil any problems. Let me just say that seeing him (and his wife) on TV generates the same feeling of contempt and revulsion in me as seeing George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on TV when the latter two were in power in… Read more »

zoro

Macc is doing their job and bn cronies tell us to wait for the outcome. Who are the dunggus when mata2 start to interfere in macc’s job. One institution champur tangan unto the other. Only dunggu does not have the sense of fair play and like jungle boy law of natural selection allowing the bigger institution to eat up the smaller

tunglang

Believe in the power of prayers. Thank you very much, pegawai-pegawai MACC yang bukan “Yes men”.

henson

Daughter of exDPM now sing “After The Rain”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZweX3W5cGI

Next one can be “After The Storm” ?

tunglang

And the last but not least of all, she might croon “After Saying NO”

zoro

Some wants to be in monoploy business. Why have competitors in business? … Dont have opposition parties. Or let them be window dress. To save money for the country forget about election and rakyat save time and mind just vote BN. Easy to put complete blame on scrape goat even the offender is old to bd a grandfather. Dunggu cannot see how jumbojets used to bring down twin tallest bldgs and here csnnot even demostrate but have similar acts. Too no god no wisdom. Only beast like.

benny

Mufti Perlis, Datuk Dr. Mohd. Asri Zainul Abidin menyatakan sokongan terbuka ke atas Pengarah Operasi Khas Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin yang kini disiasat dibawah Seksyen 124B Kanun Keseksaan bagi kegiatan yang menjejaskan demokrasi berparlimen. Mohd. Asri mendakwa, orang ramai perlu berdoa agar kejahatan dihancurkan dan memohon supaya Allah S.W.T memberi kemenangan kepada pihak yang berusaha menegakkan keadilan dan kebenaran. “Semoga Allah memenangkan sesiapa yang benar-benar ikhlas untuk menegakkan keadilan dan kebenaran. Marilah kita terus berdoa agar kejahatan dihancurkan. Ya Allah! selamatkan negara kami,” katanya melalui laman Facebook DrMAZA.com. Mohd. Asri dalam kenyataan itu turut menyiarkan… Read more »