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Monday, September 17, 2012

THE MASK IS OFF: Insincere Najib resorts to RACISM in Malaysia Day speech

THE MASK IS OFF: Insincere Najib resorts to RACISM in Malaysia Day speech (Malaysia-Chronicle) Bernama reported that the Prime Minister said that “the 13th general election is not an ordinary election. Instead, it will determine the survival of the Malays.”

He used the threat of “the survival of the Malays” to threaten Malays into supporting Barisan Nasional. The Umno president said “Malays should realise that as the backbone of the Barisan Nasional (BN), Umno would be able to continue the struggle of the Malays and Islam.”

The above statements proved that Dato’ Seri Najib Razak failed as a Prime Minister for all Malaysians, especially as the nation celebrates the 49th anniversary of Malaysia Day today.

Najib as racist as Muhyiddin

At the start of Dato’ Seri Najib’s premiership, he has made the “1Malaysia” slogan the cornerstone of his entire administration, which he defined as “every Malaysian perceives himself or herself as Malaysian first, and by race, religion, geographical region or socio-economic background second and where the principles of 1Malaysia are woven into the economic, political and social fabric of society” in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).

However his exhortation to the Malays proved that the Prime Minister is more than willing to play the racial card to protect BN’s hold on power. He has shown that he speaks not as the Prime Minister for all Malaysians, but an instigator of continued racial division in the country.

Dato’ Seri Najib’s speech also exposed the fact that like his Deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, they see themselves as “Malays first”, and not “Malaysians First” as defined in the GTP. Tan Sri Muhyiddin had said in 2009 “How can I say I’m Malaysian first and Malay second? All the Malays will shun me and say that it is not proper.”

As we celebrate both our independence from our colonial masters on 31st August and formation of Malaysia on 16th September, a Prime Minister for all Malaysians should be extolling the virtues of a united nation regardless of race, religion, class or geography. However, what we have is a Prime Minister who tells the Malay community that they are being attacked and threatened by the other races in the country.

It is hence not a surprise that Dato’ Seri Najib never reprimanded Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s public declaration that he is “Malay first” despite the clear contradiction to the 1Malaysia definition in the GTP. It is not a surprise because they both see themselves as “Malay first” and not Malaysian First.

1Malaysia not sincere at all

This also shows that Najib’s “1Malaysia” is pretty on the outside, but empty on the inside. The whole “1Malaysia” campaign is to present a false picture of Malaysian First, with no sincere leadership or intent build a truly Malaysian First country.

The Prime Minister’s position blots our 49th anniversary celebration of Malaysia Day and it raises the question as to why, after 49 years of nationhood, we are unable to elect a Prime Minister who puts the interest of all Malaysians, above that of a person’s race.

We can only hope that the Malay community will not be so easily threatened by Dato’ Seri Najib and will, together with all other Malaysians, pick a government that will be fair to all its citizens regardless of race, religion, class and geography in the next general election.

Happy Malaysia Day!

Tony Pua is the DAP MP for PJ Utara

Egypt woman sexually assaulted, then murdered

Egyptian women face violence daily on the country’s streets. Photo by Sallie Pisch

CAIRO: A 20-year-old Egyptian woman was murdered earlier this month after being sexually assaulted, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) reported.

According to their statement on the incident in Upper Egypt’s Assuit, the young woman had been walking on a main street with a friend when a man began grabbing her body.

She then turned around and spit in his face and reportedly verbally lashed back, saying “I will get my rights back. I will get my rights back against your will.”

The ECWR said that after she said the words, the man pushed her to the ground, kicking her before shooting her multiple times.

She died in a matter of minutes, the report said.

“This is [a] terrible crime [that] happened within the increase of sexual harassment which is considered a cancer that should be treated as soon as possible,” ECWR said in their statement condemning the murder.

The women’s rights organization has called for the arrest and prosecution of the man for the murder of the young woman.

It comes as sexual violence toward women continues to plague Egypt, with reports of increased violence and harassment being reported by women across the country.

The ECWR is hoping that a draft law they sent to President Mohamed Morsi late in August will be the forerunner for a draft law that will criminalize sexual harassment on Egypt’s streets.

The same draft had been sent to government officials in recent years, but the ECWR said that they have received no response from any official on the matter.

Earlier this month, the head of the National Council of Women (NCW) Mervat Tallawy said that Egyptian women are harassed, on average, “7 times every 200 meters.”

Her comments came as the issue of Egypt’s sexual harassment epidemic continued to make international headlines.

June this year saw some of the worst attacks against women, with both foreigners and Egyptians reporting that they had been sexually assaulted in the square take place following the disbanding of Parliament.

“I was walking in the square and was hoping to be part of the calls for the SCAF to leave power when a man behind me grabbed by butt and started saying disgusting things to me,” one woman told

“He asked if I was a slut and then swore at me when I yelled at him,” she added.

Others also reported being harassed on social media networks, highlighting the growing concern facing women in the country.

Earlier in the month, an anti-sexual harassment demonstration organized by over 20 Egyptian women’s groups in protest against the recent escalation of assaults in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was attacked about an hour and half after it began by unknown troublemakers.

The participants reported being attacked by a mob of “thugs” who attempted to throw rocks and glass at them, but the clash was over quickly as volunteers securing the protest intervened to stop it.

This was not the first time a women’s rights march was attacked in Tahrir Square.

Last March, and on International Women’s Day, a march of tens of women was attacked by a cynical mob of men who did not like women protesting for more rights.

Several female protesters were injured and one woman had to have 8 stitches in her head. Almost all of them were groped and sexually assaulted in the attack.

A 2008 study by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) found that well over two-thirds of Egyptian women are sexually harassed daily in the country.

The participants held signs that read “It is my right to protest safely,” “Groping your sister is shameful for the square” and “Be a man and protect her instead of harassing her.”

“We are fed up,” protester Mai Abdel Hafez, 24, told

“We came to deliver a message that it is our right to protest and we will not avoid the square in fear of harassment,” she said right before the attack took place.

But with the Eid holiday just passed, women find it difficult to forget the beginning of holidays in Egypt, or “fear season,” when dozens of young men and boys grobed and mobbed women outside a downtown Cairo theater.

That event, in 2006, highlighted the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence against women in the country, spurring campaigns and online debate. However, much of that debate and anger over the treatment of women seems to be silenced after a day or two, with many returning to what they call “more important issues.”

The issue of sexual harassment and violence has left many Egyptian women remaining at home during the holiday season this year.

And on the first morning of Eid el-Fitr, groups of young men were seen by antagonizing women on downtown Cairo’s Qasr el-Aini street, where they were getting in the face of female passersby.

“They just yelled horrible things at us and asked us for sex,” said one of the women. “This is what Egypt has become for us, especially during holidays.”

Middle East protests: meet the hardline 'tele-Islamist' who brought anti-Islam film to Muslim world's attention

The violent protests over a new film insulting Islam has highlighted two conflicting new visions emerging in the post-Arab Spring world
Egyptian television presenter Sheikh Khaled Abdullah
Mr Abdullah’s show broadcast clips from The Innocence of Muslims last weekend, calling for the film-makers to be executed Photo: TED NIETER

His inflammatory chat show on satellite television has long prided itself on baiting liberals, Christians and Jews, but last week saw Sheikh Khalid Abdullah stage the broadcasting controversy of a lifetime.

The rabble-rousing Egyptian tele-Islamist knew he had found a ratings-grabber when he found an obscure, badly-made film on the internet called the Innocence of Muslims.

It had actually been online since July, but nobody had paid attention to its crude libels against the Prophet Mohammed until Mr Abdullah's show broadcast clips from it last weekend, calling for the film-makers to be executed.

Within hours the hardline Salafi Islamists who watch his programme, and who have been growing in strength since last year's revolution, were demonstrating in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside the US embassy, which they stormed on Tuesday, burning the US flag.

Thus came the spark to a week of violent protests against the film, leading to the killing of the US ambassador to Libya on Tuesday evening and assaults on Western embassies across the Middle East, leaving at least nine dead and hundreds injured.

Also taking a battering are hopes that the democratic processes unleashed by the Arab Spring might mean that violent, anti-Western feeling was becoming a thing of the past.

"I don't have a bad conscience about it, I did not call for violence," Mr Abdullah told The Sunday Telegraph yesterday in an interview at his home in a middle-class Cairo suburb. "It's not like I made this film. I only transmitted the news. It is funny that people in the West imagine that showing only two and a half minutes of the film on my channel was responsible for this whole crisis."

Mr Abdullah, 47, whose "New Egypt" talk show started last year, exemplifies the way the Arab Spring movement of the past 18 months has unleashed two vocal and diametrically opposed forces within the Muslim world.

One is that of the "Facebook Generation" who initially led the protests in the likes of Tahrir Square, who are generally liberal, educated and secular.

The other is that of conservative, voraciously anti-Western Islamists who were likewise viciously suppressed by dictators like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, and who are also now exercising their freedom of speech.

Despite Salafis officially advocating an Amish-like disdain for the trappings of modern life, they are as well-versed in the power of digital media as any other Arab Spring protesters. And just like the Facebookers, they are adept at getting their supporters onto the streets - as the mayhem of the past week has shown.

Yesterday protests over the film continued, with clashes outside US diplomatic presences not just in the Middle East but right round the globe. In the Australian city of Sydney, police were pelted with rocks and bottles by several hundred protesters carrying placards saying: "Behead all those who insult the Prophet,".

In Pakistan, crowds burned US flags in the street, and in some 50 countries worldwide, US embassies were on high alert.

In Cairo, police arrested some 220 people in an overnight crackdown on protesters outside the US embassy, many of whom had vowed to remain until President Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist and Egypt's first freely elected leader, took a fimer line against the Americans.

"The clashes will continue until President Mursi takes a strong position," said protester Ahmed Abdel Gawad, 31. "They aren't for something specific, we are trying to be at the embassy to tell the whole world we are here."

Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI, on a three-day visit to Lebanon, pleaded for Muslims and Christians to live in harmony. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama tried to soothe US anger at the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens by saying that the Libyan mob who stormed the Benghazi consulate on Tuesday were not the same as the crowds who gratefully cheered the West for helping oust Colonel Gaddafi.

"I know the images on our televisions are disturbing," Mr Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents."

As President Obama broadcast his address, residents of Benghazi reported hearing US drones flying over the skies of the city, raising expectations that Washington may launch military strikes against camps run by Ansar al-Sharia, the Salafi militia widely blamed for the embassy attack.

The Libyan authorities arrested a further 12 suspects yesterday, on top of four taken into custody the day before, but the ability of its fledgling post-Gaddafi government to deal with such threats has already been cast into doubt by the incident itself.

Not only did Libyan security forces fail to protect the embassy staff during the assault on Tuesday, they are also under criticism for not disarming Ansar al-Sharia in the first place, despite it being suspected of other attacks on foreign embassy staff and the desecration of holy shrines and British war cemeteries.

Like many other Libyan militias that sprung up during last year's anti-Gaddafi revolution, it still operates openly in Benghazi, driving around in convoys of trucks mounted with machine guns.

"The new Libyan govt has not tried to take their weapons off them because if you do that with one brigade, then all the other brigades fear they will do the same thing," said Shamsiddin Ben Ali, a former member of Libya's transitional national council who knew Mr Stevens personally.

"It is a shame because the Salafists have only minimal support here in Libya, and they could easily be disarmed by any well-trained brigade. They are completely misguided, with an ideology that is completely alien to Libyans - they want to stop women driving or wearing make up, and for men and women to be educated separately.

Benghazi has been improving greatly in the past year, with very little trouble other than from these kind of extremists. The sooner they are arrested the better."

Mr Obama thinks likewise. In a Rose Garden statement the morning after the attack, he vowed that those responsible would be brought to justice, despite the difficulty of identifying specific perpetrators in what was a night-time mob assault.

No American president can allow a US ambassor to die in such circumstances without being seen to respond in tough fashion - especially just two months before an election.

But that also plays into the militants' hands. The US warships now off Libya's coast, the drones in the sky above, and the despatching of a team of 50 US marines on the ground can all be used to create the impression of US military interference in Muslim lands once more.

That is something the White House had hoped would soon be almost finished with the wind-down of troops from Afghanistan.

Last night, grim further details emerged of Mr Stevens final hours, during which he appears to have got separated from his bodyguards and taken refuge in a secure room in the diplomatic compound, protected by a locked iron gate and wooden door.

What should have been a protective citidel then became a death-trap, with Mr Stevens apparently unable to escape the smoke that then engulfed the room. He was found later, asphyxiated, by a group - possibly looters - who broke into the room through a window, the New York Times reported.

US officials are also said to be investigating reports that on the day of the embassy assault, militants from Ansar al-Sharia were in discussions with members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Saharan franchise of the global terror movement.

Until now, it has not really made its presence known in Libya. "The way AQIM has been discussing this strongly suggests they were involved in the plotting," one former US official told the Wall Street Journal.

Mr Abdullah, the Egyptian broadcaster, lays the blame for the violence on Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California-based Egyptian Coptic Christian who apparently made the film, and who is now under US police protection at his suburban home in Los Angeles for fear of reprisals.

A convicted bank fraudster, Mr Nakoula was driven to a nearby sheriff's station yesterday on suspicion of violating the terms of his parole, wearing a scarf, hat and sunglasses to hide his identity.

Whether he will ever be able to show his face in public again is another matter, as is the question of whether further attacks may take place. Yesterday, the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Somali-based al-Shabaab movement both urged Muslims to carry out attacks on both foreign embassies and on targets in the West.

"The unprovoked attacks against Prophet Mohammed are not initiated by media houses and movie makers, but are clear instructions by Western governments," said a Shabaab spokesman in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Rather more conciliatory was Abdullahi Sheikh Osman, a respected spiritual leader in the city, who came to talk at a demonstration against the film. ""The man who made the nasty film is the al-Qaeda of Christians," he said. "If Muslims make havoc, then they are rewarding the crazy man."

Additional reporting by Richard Spencer in Cairo and Ruth Sherlock in Beirut

Sabah Umno loses two more leaders to PKR

Dr Ibrahim Menudin, the present chairman of Sabah government-owned Suria Capital is set to be PKR's candidate for Labuan.

TUARAN : Sabah Umno has lost two more of its founding leaders to rival PKR when corporate figure Dr Ibrahim Menudin and former federal deputy minister Yahya Lampong ditched it for the opposition.

Menudin was Sabah Umno’s former treasurer and presently chairman of Sabah government-owned Suria Capital, an investment arm of the state. He is set to resign from his lucrative post.

Both were present at the Pakatan Rakyat’s function to commemorate the 49th anniversary of Malaysia’s formation in 1963, at a restaurant in Tuaran near here Saturday evening.

Pakatan Rakyat supremo and PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim announced the formal reception of the duo at the function attended by at least 3,000 people last night.

“Tan Sri Ibrahim loses about RM60,000 or RM70,000 (monthly perks) for joining PKR but that he does it for the people,” Anwar said amid applause from the audience who kept their spirit high despite intermittent downpours at the function which culminated into fireworks show at 12am midnight.

Ibrahim had earlier made his decision known in a Labuan function attended by Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, who was also present at last night’s event. He is now poised to become Pakatan’s candidate in Labuan.

In fact Pakatan came in full force for the Malaysia’s 49th anniversary. Among those who attended were PAS president Hadi Awang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who is also Penang Chief Minister, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, DAP secretary-general Mustaffa Ali, Husam Musa, Tian Chua, William Leong, Zuraida Kamarudin and others.

Organising chairman Lajim Ukin in his welcoming speech said Malaysia has come of age and it is time a new government led by Pakatan treats Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners to Peninsular Malaysia in the federation.

“BN will not treat us as equal partners but Pakatan has pledged to restore our rights and therefore we must support for change for the better of not only Sabah and Sarawak but for the whole nation,” he said.

‘Not a loss for Umno, BN’

Also making short speech was Wilfred Bumburing, the former Upko’s number two, who had handed over the Tuaran parliamentary seat to Pakatan.

Both Lajim and Bumburing are still partyless and are heading their respective movements of change, hoping to use one of the Pakatan party symbols at the coming general election.

Speculations had been on for quite sometime for Ibrahim to join PKR, and it is said that more from Umno will follow suit at a purposefully staggered announcements for impact reason.

Among those regularly mentioned to ditch Umno for Pakatan are former chief minister Osu Sukam, Kalabakan MP Ghapur Salleh, Kinabatangan MP Mokhtar Radin, Silam MP Salleh Kalbi, Pantai Manis assemblyman Abdul Rahim Ismail, and Bongawan assemblyman Karim Bujang.

Meanwhile, the principal political secretary to Musa, Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan when contacted, brushed off the notion that those ditching would have impact on Umno’s or BN’s chance in the coming general election.

“Let them…they have been friends with Anwar since 1991 and they wanted to be election candidates, maybe they have no chance (to be fielded) in BN,” he said when asked about Ibrahim and Yahya.

‘Pakatan will make Sabah, S’wak equal’

DAP sec-gen Lim says he is convinced that Sabah can become the richest state in the country if the oil royalty is increased from 5% to 20%.

KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Rakyat has promised to reinstate Sabah and Sarawak’s original position as equal partners in the Federation of Malaysia, if it comes to power.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng made the pledge during a visit to the state to attend a Pakatan Rakyat organised Malaysia Day celebration today in Tuaran, about 40 minutes drive from here.

Lim who is also the Penang Chief Minister said that to ensure that Sabah and Sarawak benefit being equal partners in the Federation, the new government would specifically focus on addressing the imbalance in oil revenue, infrastructure development, water and electricity supply and land reform as well as the issue of illegal immigrants in the state.

On the oil royalty that the state currently receives from the government-owned oil firm Petronas for pumping out the commodity, he said it would be raised from 5% to 20%.

He said this was imperative so that the two states could build up their infrastructure, improve education facilities and combat the high level of poverty.

Lim said he was convinced that Sabah could become the richest state in the country if the oil royalty is increased from 5% to 20%.

“The disgraceful state of infrastructures in Sabah and Sarawak must be improved and this includes the airports and ports in Sabah and Sarawak.

“To be an equal partner in the Federation of Malaysia, you must have consistent and regular supply of water and electricity and also internet connectivity via free wifi in public places.

“As for the illegal immigrants issue, we shall ensure that with the inquiry conducted by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants, action will be taken against those who are responsible and how to stop and resolve this problem,” he said.

Pakatan is also targeting a land policy.

“Land must be given to the people, not to political leaders. CM, excos, MPs, state assemblymen, and even district councillors are not qualified to apply for state lands. If they want to apply, then they must resign and become ordinary citizens, then only they can apply. Only ordinary people are qualified to apply,” he said.

Following the Penang way

A Pakatan government, he said, would also ensure that the original status of land would not be diminished on conversion, as happens now in Sabah and Sarawak where the land lease has been slashed from 999 years to 99 years. The opposition also promises land leases will be automatically renewed and premiums slashed by 90%.

“I dare to say all this (is possible) because they are being implemented in Penang now, ever since the Pakatan government took over the helm from Barisan Nasional,” he said.

Lim also said that by reinstating Sabah and Sarawak’s position as an equal partners in the federation, all government positions in the state, whether federal or state, would be held by locals.

“It doesn’t matter what race they are, as long as they are Sabahans. Or else everything will be decided by somebody from (the) peninsula who may not know or understand the unique culture and situation of Sabah.

“Sabahans are now at the crossroads. They can either choose to remain the poorest state in Malaysia or to become the richest state in Malaysia.

“I believe the people of Sabah can do better with a Pakatan Rakyat government,” he said.

Negeri Umno exco in gun shot scandal

A DAP leader claims that a state exco member had discharged his weapon last Thursday. The police are investigating the matter.

SEREMBAN: A Negeri Sembilan state exco member is under police investigation for allegedly firing his pistol at his home in Seremban on Thursday night.

It could not be ascertained if anyone was injured as a result of his action but FMT learnt that the Umno politician fired his weapon following a personal problem involving a close relative.

The matter was revealed to the media today (Sunday) by DAP’s MP for Rasah Anthony Loke who questioned the delay of police action against the Umno exco man.

“I got to know that the exco member fired a shot at his home. The police took swift action when Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s bodyguard aimed his gun at individuals who provoked by trying to stop the latter’s car in Jasin last week.

“I urge the police to thoroughly investigate if the Negeri Sembilan incident really happened and take immediate action against the state exco,” said Loke who is also the DAP national youth chief.

When contacted Seremban district police chief OCPD ACP Saiful Azly Kamarudin said the matter was under investigation.

FMT also learnt that the state exco and another person had lodged separate police reports over the incident.


Anti-Islam film was directed by former Hollywood soft-core porn filmmaker Alan Roberts: report

Alan Roberts, the man who directed an anti-Islam film that sparked protests in 20 Muslim countries is the same person best known for making a string of low-budget, softcore porn movies in the 1970s and 1980s like ‘The Sexpert’ and a ‘Happy Hooker’ trilogy, Gawker reports.

(New York Daily News) - The man who directed an anti-Islam film that sparked protests in 20 Muslim countries is the same person best known for making a string of low-budget, softcore porn movies in the 1970s and 1980s, Gawker reports.

Casting notices for the inflammatory film, originally called “Desert Warrior," listed Alan Roberts as the director. According to IMDB, Santa Monica, Calif.-based Alan Roberts, 65, had directed films with titles like "The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood,” and “The Sexpert.”

Gawker said it had spoken to cast, crewmembers and friends to confirm the same Roberts behind “Young Lady Chatterley” was in fact the director of the anti-Islam movie renamed “Innocence of Muslims.”

"I am sure it was the same Alan Roberts, as I remember him speaking about this project," colleage and filmmaker David A. Prior told Gawker.

Roberts was brought on to direct the film by producer “Sam Bacile,” apparently an alias used by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a southern California resident and convicted felon.

Nakoula, a self-described Coptic Christian, is believed to be the key figure behind the 14-minute, amateurish movie that mocks the Prophet Mohammad. The film’s trailor was translated into Arabic and spurred a wave of furious anti-Western protests, leading to the death of four Americans in Libya, among them U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Actors in the movie have since said they were duped about the film’s plot and claim that many of their lines were over-dubbed.

It was still unclear how Roberts came to direct the film or if he knew “Bacile” prior to shooting the movie outside of Los Angeles in 2011.

Gawker reached a “business associate” who said Roberts had turned off his phone after the protests erupted.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Roberts might also be an alias for “a 65-year-old man named Robert Alan Brownell of Canyon Lake in Riverside County.”

The most scariest letter to Najib Tun Razak

Dear PM Najib,

If you want to win big in this coming 13th General Election, all you have to do is give assurance to the Rakyat (people) that you will “gempar” them by taking on the following essentials:

1. Issue a warrant of arrest to your good friend Abdul Razak Baginda. Charge him in court for abetting in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu – yes again. The rakyat really suspect he is guilty of abetting the murder as he was the main player and benefited the most in the Scorpene acquisition. Actually, some of the rakyat even suspect you and your wife, Rosmah Mansor, but one step at a time. Whatever it is, this action against Baginda might clear a little of the scandal off you, and decrease the negativity from your credibility in the murder.

2. Arrest Samy Vellu immediately for the MAIKA, MIED and Telekom share scandal and charge him in court. The Indians will come back in droves to support you, regardless of Hindraf. You will gain the confidence of the Indians voters when you march into GE-13.

3. Fast forward the PKFZ scandal in courts to find Ling Leong Sik guilty and send him to jail immediately. This will make the Chinese sit up and watch while the Malays will be really proud of you and reward you when they vote.

4. Send Khir Toyo to jail for corruption and sack him from UMNO. He was appointed by Mahathir Mohamad as the Menteri Besar and this doesn’t augur well for the ex-PM’s credibility. By taking this action you might even win Selangor without working too hard, as you have claimed to be on the ‘verge’ of doing so. A win will tremendously boost your image because you are the Barisan Nasional Leader for Selangor.

5. Sack Shahrizat Jalil immediately from all posts in UMNO and freeze all assets of the NFC as well as the privately-owned firms of her family that are connected to NFC until every cent is accounted for. This might vindicate you from the Kazakhstan condo scandal that is brewing and about to erupt. It will also sky-rocket your ratings within UMNO and with the rakyat and give the Opposition a heart attack!

6. Come clean on your wife’s spending as well as show evidence of the return of the US$24 million diamond ring back to New York. Also, you must be brave and make it a point to put your wife on a leash always. If need be, you must not be scared to put a muzzle on her mouth area.

You have to show the rakyat that you are above her in all matters concerning your office as well as declare to the rakyat that the First Lady of Malaysia is actually the Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong, the King’s wife. Your wife is just the Prime Minister’s wife.

You know something Mr Prime Minister. If you actually do this, the women’s vote will all be yours. This will help you tremendously to win with the two-thirds majority that we know you and Umno have given up on. Why? Sorry to say this but your wife is the most hated person after Mahathir in Malaysia.

7. Apologize publicly for the Perak coup de et-ad and admit it was a grave mistake. This will help to you to retain Perak again. Also, while you are at it, give a tight slap on the face to Hee Yit Foong which will please all the Chinese in Perak. They may vote for you after that.

8. Fulfill all of BERSIH 2.0′s 8 electoral reforms without prejudice. Show the people you are sincere in electoral reform and you do not need to cheat to win.

9. This is a real challenge. Arrest Mahathir Mohamed for all the corruption he was involved in his 22 years of rule. The power is now in your hands. Can you do it? If yes, then you win hands down, regardless Pakatan Rakyat and their hugely talented team. You will get the entire backing of the rakyat and a mandate that will be hard to beat by any other UMNO chief for decades to come.

10. And finally, get rid of PERKASA. Stay clear away from Hassan Ali and JATI. And most of all, declare you are ‘Malaysian First and Malay Second’ – not like that Muhyiddin Yassin who tried to be ‘funny’ and bully the non-Malays but look where he is now. So, uphold a fair 1 MALAYSIA for all races in Malaysia.

The People’s Champion

If you can really implement all these suggestions you will be “The People’s Champion”. And you can ride on for another TWO terms on this euphoria alone. But the chances are, you will not be able fulfill ANY of these suggestions. So you will have to resign yourself to the idea that you will lose control of both UMNO and Barisan Nasional. -onlyatmalaysia

MIC Confident Indian Voters Will Help BN Achieve Victory

JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 16 (Bernama) -- The MIC believes Indian voters will help Barisan Nasional (BN) win more seats in the coming 13th general election (GE), said party vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan.

He said the Indian community was generally more confident with the approach and changes made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, including in opposition-led states.

"The Indians are touched by the various approaches brought by Najib," he told reporters after launching a literature programme organised by the Johor Tamil Literature Association here Sunday.

Saravanan, who is also federal territories and urban wellbeing deputy minister, expressed confidence that party candidates were capable of winning state seats in Johor.

Overdose Of Politics Impede Development In Certain States - Najib

BINTULU, Sept 16 (Bernama) -- Certain states are lagging behind other states as they are not working in tandem with the federal government, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The prime minister said the leaders of these states placed politics uppermost in their minds rather than the prosperity of the people.

He said good working relationship and understanding with the federal government were the hallmark of Sabah and Sarawak's significant progress since gaining independence through the establishment of Malaysia 49 years ago.

The decision made by leaders of yesteryears in both states to join 11 other states in the Malay Peninsular to form Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963 became the foundation today's success, he said at the Malaysia Day celebration at the old Bintulu airport site here Sunday night.

"I think none of the people of Sarawak and Sabah today will say they have made a big mistake by joining Malaysia," he said.

Najib said since the successful establishment of Malaysia, the people of the three regions had fought together to defend the country's sovereignty.

"There were people from Peninsular Malaysia who had shed blood to defend Sabah and Sarawak and not least the people from Sabah and Sarawak who died in defending Peninsular Malaysia," he said.

He said the nation's leaders in the early stages of independence had successfully kept their promises to ensure that Malaysia would persevere and remain sovereign, followed by post-independence leaders who fulfilled their promises to bring development to every nook and corner of the country.

"As for today's leaders, our promise is that by the dawn of 2020, Malaysia will be declared a developed nation," he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the state was unable to achieve independence on its own in 1960s due to the political and security situation in the region then.

Taib said the plan on the formation of Malaysia was conveyed to him by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman (first prime minister), who did not want the people of Sabah and Sarawak to continue to be under the clutches of the colonial government.

"We also wanted progress as we do not want to continue to be left behind, and it was only by joining Malaysia we can change the fate of our people," he said.