Sunday, June 26, 2016

Say 2/3 profs, I dare you.


Seminggu tidak posting. Intend to see the post by elections comments and development first.

One political pundit associated Tun Dr Mahathir with TUDM warships. Warships were the symbol of naval dominance and military might. It fits Tun M's obsession for national pride. Like Tun M, warships are big, dominant looking and presence felt as it sails proudly to patrol the Malaysian water.

Each blast of the heavy caliber guns can be heard miles away. However, KD Mahathir attack, defense, decoy and failures are visible. Would have been good for the millitary should the two squadrons of 88 second hand skyhawks fighter jets in 1985 was delivered.    

On the other hand, Najib was associated with the submarine. Tun M incessant attack on Najib is done openly. His carpet bombing of the undersea is destroying the natural environment but still ineffective to dislodge the submerged Najib.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mahathir could only give an angry stare ...


On Sunday, exactly last week, Tun Dr Mahathir appeared at Sungai Besar to attend a make shift academic colloquium on 1MDB organised by DAP.

Three days later, it was responded with Arul Kanda appearing in a forum together with National Civics Bureau (BTN) director-general Datuk Ibrahim Saad and Bukit Aman’s Counter Terrorism deputy director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay present.

But, 1MDB is not the subject of this posting. Let us layoff any comment till a posting on it. Waiting out for a certain development.

What is interesting was Tun M's press conference after the "colloquium". He said the two by-elections, which was meant to replace two MPs that died in a helicopter mishap, is a referendum on Dato Najib's leadership.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

It all boils down to transport


What will be the fate of more mature and rational politics today? As we see, it boils down to transport machinery of political parties.

Sorry but we do not quite agree with the view of Ilham Centre that undecided is plus or minus 25% and is the decider. Sample size of the survey is too small and insufficient weightage.

University professors too have been appearing like mushroom after a rainfall to give political analysis. Money must be good in political analysis. Unfortunately, they know shit about the critical political operations.

After all the ceramah, door to door visiting, distribution of pamphlets, viral videos and images, and hanging of flags, posters and banners, the final delivery of votes relies on transport.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

All indications for a more mature and rational politics to come


It's been long since we posted something that one Manager in Utusan Malaysia complained for lack of update lately. "Puasa ...", we replied. So here is a posting ... an opinionated and fairly lengthy one. Quite sure it can be read to pass the time in this fasting month.

As someone who believes in BN as the better choice of political party to lead government, we sincerely hope BN can win both the challenging Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections. Can hear the boo from some obselete corner but hear us out first.

There are many reasons why BN is still a better choice and should win both the by-elections. One not so inspiring reason would be BN as the lesser of the two evils. An opposition lawyer once told us and we quote, "BN can be bad but they (opposition) are worse."

However, the reason to see BN win both by-elections is motivated more by some positive development in it's campaign. Credit also due to PAS for undertaking a similar approach though they got sucked in by their animosity towards off-shoot PAN ... opps sorry, Amanah.

Monday, June 13, 2016

MUSICAL INTERLUDE: Barefoot girl


This is a familiar tune from our childhood when spending Ramadhan with arwah grandfather in Kampong. There was no TV or electricity back then. Surau was a bit of a distance. So the radio was the official timer for breaking fast.

We would gather around the radio to wait for Maghrib azan. The moment the instrumental version of this song is played before azan we would alert everyone, "Dah nak bang, yahi". Yahi is grandfather in Javanese.

The song title is Al Bint El Chalabiya (or Barefoot Girl). It is usually heard being played by RTM in the evening.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

So much for Pulitzer nomination


In the posting loaded with quotations, an anonymous commentator quoted the just resigned chief Editor of NST, Mustapha Kamil or Mus to his colleague. That attracted a response containing wild allegations from a commentator by the nic Jalan Tangsi.

It was too speculative. Nevertheless, Mus's resignation is strange. Many have spoken to us with similar suspicion. His action is giving the wrong ideas of himself.

Not that resigning from a Chief Editor post is strange. Really no big deal as it is common for people to quit when for whatever reason, cannot stand being in the job or moving on for greener pasture or stop doing the same job.

Some of those that parted ways unceremoniously do bitch about their former boss, former colleagues or former employer. No big deal too.

But seldom do they go to the point of writing an open letter for leaving a salaried job. At his position, it is customary to take instruction from someone above, decision making has to go through many layers and "you can't always get whatcha want" as the various interests including company's need to be measured and balanced.

The fourth estate is not perfect but why the open letter?

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Ramadhan Kareem


Wishing all Muslim the most spiritual and fulfilling Ramadhan.

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