916 embodies a hope – a hope to bring change !

This is my commentary in today’s MalaysianInsider.com:

The magical qualities of 916


By Hsu Dar Ren

Today is 916. So much has been said about 916, it has become a magical figure!

Whether there is any change of government today is really not that important. 916 has become a symbol and a hope for many Malaysians, a hope for change and a change for the better. 916 also embodies a realisation that race based politics is no longer practical in multiracial Malaysia.

More and more people feel that a more equal treatment of all races should be practised. Grossly unfair and unequal treatment in economic , academic as well as  civil service have made racial polarisation worse. 51 years after Merdeka, the unequal practices have in fact impeded us and we are starting to see the degradation of many areas in our country.

Meritocracy is not practiced resulting in compromise of standards in universities, schools , civil services. NEP, whose original aims is to eradicate poverty irrespective of race, has been hijacked and skewed in in such a way that it has become the mother of all ills in the country,-,corruption, abuses , nepotism, cronyism.

While the “rats” used to hide under the tables and steal to eat, they have now emboldened to have come out onto the table and “eat” blatantly, even with plenty of onlookers looking at them. There is no more shame, to the extent that when a misdeed is reported, an “honourble’ can utter “please close one eye”.

A more equal policy that stresses on meritocracy is the only way to steer this country, which has all the potential to be a great nation, back to respectability again. It is the only way to steer the country toward the aim of becoming a developed nation. The only way to become a united nation.

916 has come to represent this hope to achieve all these.

Whether it can be realised today or a few days down the road, or even at the next election is no more important. It has succeeded in waking up the silent majority of the people, who have come to struggle side by side irrespective of race and religions, to fight for a fair and equal Malaysia.


53 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clearwater
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 11:55:50

    I never took 916 literally to be the exact date of change but for its symbolism as the harbinger of change. Your post reflects what many Malaysians wish for, an equitable and just system that is for the ultimate good of all under the Malaysian sun. The current much abused system if left unchecked is a sure recipe for national disaster. More and more people of all faiths and persuasions see through it as each day passes. Let us all continue to do our little bit to spread the message and hope of 916, especially after the day itself passes.


  2. nick
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:23:10

    You couldn’t have put it more succinctly Dr. Hsu. Last night, I was at Kelana Jaya stadium from 8pm. There was a downpour before that and the crowd was thin, maybe 3k. But as the evening wore on, the crowd surge to approx 20k, I reckon. The atmosphere by the time LGE spoke was electrifying. LGE was excellent, his sound bites are definitely telling, a chip of the old block in my opinion. LKS had everyone chanting “916, 916, 916 !”. I can hear it now in my ears even as I type this. Finally when the clock struck 10.45am, DSAI spoke and my god he was Brilliant with a capital B. A most memorable evening spent with like-minded every day Malaysians. 916! 916! 916!


  3. A true Malaysian
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:47:31

    Dr. Hsu,

    Mentioned about 916, most of our ‘aunties’ will think of ‘gold’. Our friend, Justin Choo has this very good writing about 916. All should go and read for yourselves http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/09/gold-916.html

    The figure of 916 also represents Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Mentor Minister of Singapore birthday. Mr. Lee is a very respectable ‘grand old man’ of Singapore and the rest of the world. If only our leaders choose to accept Mr. Lee’s opinions in ‘good faith’, Malaysia will definitely a much better place for us. We should not because Singapore is our ‘adik’ before, and not listen or accept Mr. Lee’s opinions.

    Before that, 916 was not so significant. But from now on, 916 is imprinted in our minds, not just our ‘aunties’ only.

    916 is an auspicious number, it signifies ‘unity’ with our fellow Malaysians from Sabah & Sarawak, and is a new beginning for all of us from now on.

    Cheers, long live Malaysia.


  4. A true Malaysian
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:50:42

    I forgot to wish Mr. Lee Kuan Yew a very happy birthday.

    Hopefully we will see a Malaysian Malaysia, as soon mooted by Mr. Lee before.


  5. Peter Yew
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:59:29

    916 is magical and symbolic. Spin it round it is still 916. Look at 9 and 6, they are like people of diverse views and different beliefs, etc yet allowed to coexist in this symbolic number, separate (by number 1) yet co-existing harmoniously in this auspicious number which, added together total 16 a good number that is 4 squared. No, I am no numerologist but just trying to find a good vibe in this 916 number. I hope you share the same view too. Perhaps other perceptions I have not thought of. Have a great day, friends!


  6. Justin Choo
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 15:09:13

    Thank you A True Malaysian for referring to my blog article.

    Peter Yew,
    Another thing as I wrote in my blog. Not only it cannot be toppled; you add 9 and 1 and 6 ; the number is 16!!! No way Anwar can be denied his rightful place.

    My posting today brings glad tidings as “Gold 916: the tension & mystery unfold”

    I salute all the good people of Malaysia who cherish freedom and fairplay and are willing to risk their freedom for the price of FREEDOM.

    May today be THE DAY, as Anwar’s current press conference unfolds. Tune in to Anil’s blog.


  7. Kenny Gan
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 16:52:23

    “Another thing as I wrote in my blog. Not only it cannot be toppled; you add 9 and 1 and 6 ; the number is 16!!! No way Anwar can be denied his rightful place.”

    Very interesting. Are you a numerologist? What’s the significance of 9+1+6=16 in layman’s terms?


  8. A true Malaysian
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 17:13:48

    With the resignation of Zaid Ibrahim, who was put in charge of judicial reform, taking over of Federal Govt is rather urgent and imminent than before.

    It is a shame to all of us to witness those implicated in Lingam scandal can still be sitting so comfortably in their respective positions without any urgent attention by the present govt.

    In saying this, I don’t mean that those implicated are guilty but at least they should be barred from any govt or party positions until their names are cleared.

    Unless you regard the findings of Commission as ‘unreliable’ or doesn’t carry any significance, these issues cannot be ignored or sweep under carpet. The goodwill of Malaysia as a nation is at stake in the eyes of international communities.

    Malaysia memang ‘boleh’ in the wrong sense.


  9. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 17:23:31


    The news is out + the population are enlighten to certain degree of political maturity.

    The word is out + no one can conceal the truth anymore. No party should monopolize the political scene anymore. Not the BN or the PR.

    The numbers are there…..Ring 916 for a better Malaysia. Just don’t touch the dial….it might happen anytime.


  10. A true Malaysian
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 17:55:32

    Dr. Hsu,

    Tedewin Ngumbang asked the wrong person for permission to put your blog’s link in his. Can you reply to him?



  11. klm
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 18:03:22

    It was reported that badawi said ” ISA is good but enforcement be fair”. Does he know what he is talking about? ISA is never fair.

    With a govt and BN position like this, would Gerakan members still want to stay in BN?

    Like you say, BN consensus is dead. cakap hadhari


  12. Low Keing Hooi
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 18:11:55

    I just watched the speech of Zaid Ibrahim’s press conference over his resignation from youtube.

    Very touching speech when he acknowledged that he has failed to bring up reform to the Malaysia’s Judiciary, the dissappointment of the government’s use of ISA, the restrain from his colleagues, party members towards his will to reform, the dissapointment on the heavoc created by the ‘people’ who claimed to defend Islam against the Bar Council’s dialog on ‘issue on conversion of Islam’.

    He repeatedly claims that he failed to bring the change to the party, to the Malaysian as a whole.

    I salute you, the conscience of UMNO!


  13. jughead
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 18:13:05

    LKY must be a very happy man as he foresee what will happen if Singapore continue with Malaysia under UMNO. When Mahatail was EARLY in power, the gap between Malaysia and Singapore was only a few years. Now Singapore need not to worry Malaysia as its competitor and Malaysia is bogged and slided back by what UMNO is doing with race, religion, corruption, education and core industries where we still import thousands of RM800 or less Nepal and Bangla workers


  14. veonszu
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 18:19:17

  15. A true Malaysian
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 19:00:38

    I predicted 13th General Election is coming soon.

    A fresh mandate from the Rakyat is needed even if Pakatan Rakyat manage to take over Federal in next few days.


  16. FROG
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 20:45:24

    Does the end justify the means?Is hopping the way to change a government? Now that Anwar has overplayed the hop, I can foresee the Pakatan Rakyat YBs will hop into BN in Perak and Kedah. I am given to understand that they want to give Anwar a taste of his own medicine. Very chaotic now. Some dare not jump into BN for fear of Anwar taking over the Federal Government and ensuing revenge. Since 916 is a hype,the PR YBs will start the motion.Just watch out the development.


  17. delcapo
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:10:05

    i know 916 is not meant to be THE whole deal… & DSAI has made sense in wanting a peaceful transition….

    but I cannot help but feel disappontment in the lack of progress…. for i doubt AABzzz & BN will give way at all…

    I wish they will JUST DO IT!!! & free the suffering RPK, Teresa, Hindraf 5 & the rest…



  18. pohwatchdog
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:16:39

    Anwar is crying wolf and crying wolf. The rakyat
    should look out for the tactic that played by him.
    Are we taking him serious and really can put our future in a cry wolf tactic? We must move forward to improve the productively of our workers. Bread and butter issue is a more important issues to be tackle by everyone.

    Are we satisfy with all the empty promises make by the Pakatan Raya government in Perak? Are our land in Perak mortage to mining tycoon? What are destructive action to our environment and more sink hole incident in Perak? Are we able to cope with the current economic challenges face by the uncertain political situation? What a cry wolf tactic had caused a massive economic damage to our country?


  19. chaptokam
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:26:58

    The Great Snake Oil Salesman has continuously been disclosing his plans and bragging about 916 . Does it look to you like he’s super politician where he plays his cards close to his chest and makes an announcement once he has his numbers and surprise everyone instead of continual harping on the issue and date ? What if you are a BN MP with the intention of doing a froggy would you be put off by this disclosure ? I have to conclude he doesn’t have the numbers and he’s doing a Great Snake Oil sales talk . Barking dogs don’t bite its the dogs that don’t bark that you have to be careful . It will be the anti climax after today for a lot of people charmed by this Great Snake Oil Salesman . Funny I don’t seem to be able to find or seen any statements by him on the ISA arrests . I have only seen him calling a press conference saying he wants to meet Abdullah on this but has he actually met up as I am still waiting and wanting to hear what he has to say ?
    I won’t be surprised those BN chaps play him off to make him look stupid !!Real Stupid !!


  20. petestop
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:42:34

    Ai, after all that happens lately, still have a die-hard BN supporter in Mr pohwatchdog here. Perhaps you have a lot of baggages that you cannot dispose of. Stay also die, get out also die. Perhaps that is the dilemma afflicting many of Gerakan leaders, although the majority of their grassroots already call for them to get out.

    Don’t you feel that you basic right as a human is at risk when you can be arbitrarily detained under ISA, for trying to appeal to your noisy neighbour to tone down their volume ?

    Even so, YB Theresa was’nt even involved in that fiasco, as 2 of the mosque committee testified so.

    In this Holy month of Ramadhan, there are still people out to “fitnah” ??


  21. A true Malaysian
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:44:04

    Below are a few extracts that impressed me in Zaid Ibrahim press conference as reported in Malaysiakini :-

    I believe in the basic principle that this country respects all rights and citizens. This country is for all, there is no room for discrimination, this country is about rule of law and transparency, these are the things that we need to change.

    If you don’t subscribe to these principles or just pay lip service to them, it will be difficult to translate (these) into policies. This is my feeling.
    I think race discrimination, prejudice and race relations are very bad. When I was young, I remember I thought we had much closer interracial (ties). Today we are a divided country.
    The one single thing I think, is (for him) to trust the people in this country – all races.
    So long as you think sectarian or (along ) racial (lines), if you have too much thinking of that, it’s hard for you to have a policy that reaches out to everyone and applies to all. That psychological barrier has to be overcome.
    We have to trust that we are one people and want to build one country and we want to have laws that apply to all.
    I said before you can have race-based parties, you can fight for your community but you still can think of the country and common principles which bind us. You don’t have to be narrow-minded or cultivate the feeling of hatred, you have to do the opposite. These changes and reforms are for the country.

    The above extracts summed up the character of Zaid Ibrahim. He is indeed a gentleman to me.

    The question is, is this kind of character so hard to emulate by all Malaysians, or in particular those in Umno?


  22. chaptokam
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:44:11

    Anwar made a press release two days ago and this is what I think .

    Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday led demands for the government to end a crackdown that saw the arrests of an opposition politician, a blogger and a journalist. This was all he said .

    No where in this statement did Anwar specifically says the ISA must GO ? it only says demands for the government to end a crackdown !! No where in this statement did he say he is SHOCKED with the arrest of the journalist and no where in this statement that he asked that the journalist be FREED from ISA ??
    Sounds similar when he called Ahmad Ismail a low class politician ?


  23. chaptokam
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:46:00

    No where also did he Anwar insists that Teresa Kok be freed from ISA detention ? No where is he to be seen when the DAP with Teresa’s parents went to visit her in detention ? Or where is his representatives like Kak or his daughter ? Same for RPK poor fellow !

    No where are the other party PAS ? Where are you PAS ? when DAP went to visit Teresa in detention ? Why no statements from you PAS that Teresa be freed from ISA detention ? Where are you people ? PKR ans PAS ???
    Is this the PR type of gomen we want , if you still cannot see thru the NATO ( No action Talk Only ) then susah lah ! !
    Lip Service at its best !!


  24. chaptokam
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 21:49:33

    Here’s the AFP report on Anwar’s statement and press conference.



  25. petestop
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 22:50:36

    Mr chaptokam,

    You must have missed the speeches from DSAI and PAS Sec-Gen last night, at the eve of 916.
    All of them calling for abolishment of ISA and ALL ISA detainees to be released.

    On contrary, theStar reported that although Penang CM invited all parties to pass a resolution blasting ISA


    Even MIC Bayan Baru division chairman turn up to sign.

    But where is Gerakan Vice-President Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan ?

    He must have got a “friendly advise” from the party.

    Is this how Gerakan act as “conscience of BN” ?

    At least Zaid walk the talk, and acted on his conscience.

    Impressive coming from an UMNO man, somebody we can and should support.


  26. romerz
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 22:54:47


    Where do you get your news from? Utusan Malaysia?

    13 September

    The UMNO led BN government is again using the brute force of the ISA to assault those brave and courageous Malaysians who speak out in the name of truth and integrity about the abuses of power, corruption and racism perpetuated by the ruling clique.

    I reiterate my unequivocal opposition to the ISA and condemn the unjustified and illegal detention of blogger and social activist Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Seputeh MP and Selangor State Executive Committee Member YB Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng.

    On March 8th and again on August 26th, the Malaysian people expressed their support at the polls for a government that is more accountable and that fulfills its mandate as representative of the people. The UMNO-led BN government has ignored this call. Instead of pursuing a reform agenda it has chosen to burn the country to save itself and to maintain its odious grip on power.

    We ask the government how far it is willing to go to usurp justice and destroy the institutions of good governance in its attempt to drive the Malaysian people against each other?

    We vehemently reject the racial politics used by politicians in the UMNO-led BN government as an attempt to deflect from internal strife within UMNO, and promise that leaders in the Pakatan Rakyat are committed to and capable of building a peaceful, democratic, multiracial society.

    We allude to the statement issued by Pakatan Rakyat on 8 September reiterating our full commitment to constitutional guarantees including the position of Islam as the religion of the federation, the freedom to practice other religions, Bahasa Melayu as the national language and the freedom to practice mother tongue languages, and the status of the Malay kings and the special position of the Malays and bumiputera.

    I urge the government to assure the Malaysian people that this politically motivated operation is over. As citizens of a nation that professes to adhere to the spirit of its Constitution, we refuse to live another night in fear.

    Those who have been detained under the ISA should be released immediately. We will offer every conceivable support to our friends and their families as they face this ordeal.

    Opposition Chief
    De-facto leader, KeADILan


  27. klm
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 22:55:00

    MCA CEC came out with a quite strong statement on the ISA. Gerakan statement is just a squeak.


  28. romerz
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 00:46:00

  29. hostage88
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 07:59:53

    Anyone know how to contact blogger.com. I believe the use of blogger.com have been abused by the Javanese Pendatang and let us write a complain.

    Let us petition to the DSAI when he take over and use ISA on all UMNO Cyber Troopers and Politicians and throw them into the man made Island next to Penang Bridge.

    Let them rot there as there will not be enough time to built additional jail to house all of them.

    If the man made island is not enough, ask Singapore to return us the Island the Arab Pendatang and Rice Hatim lost so that we can use the space and throw all this new ISA Detainees there without proper lodging. Let them roam in on the island scavenging for food like wild animals in their safari kingdoms.


  30. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 09:10:02



    Where do you get your news from? Utusan Malaysia?

    Not from Utusan , but from here website posted here . Here’s the AFP report on Anwar’s statement and press conference. see above for link the htp should be http .


  31. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 09:26:00

    petestop the statement that I post was I think three days old when the three of them was picked up . That was the crucial time not on the eve of 916 .

    On contrary, theStar reported that although Penang CM invited all parties to pass a resolution blasting ISA
    Even MIC Bayan Baru division chairman turn up to sign
    But where is Gerakan Vice-President Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan ?
    Is better you direct the question to Gerakan !!!
    I am NOT their mouthpiece and neither am I a Gerakan member .
    But my reasoning is that No BN component party will respond to a call by the CM who’s from DAP .
    As for the lone MIC guess he’s been left out in all the protests that was called by the MCA on the night the reporter was arrested . I am refering to the night protest in front of the Police HQ by MCA and Gerakan with the MIC missing . So this is to make good for all that .
    as for the MCA see klm ‘s comment above .


  32. nick
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 09:28:12

    chaptokam, I was present at Kg Baru (April 14) KJ stadium (Sep 15) and I heard from DSAI’s own mouth how much he detest and loath the ISA. He revealed that there are many prisoners inside Kamunting whose incarceration have been extended for no reasons given. One of the promises was that as soon as Pakatan gets to be sworn in, one of their first acts is to free all ISA detainees, yes “All”, not just saint Teresa and YB Pete. I am surprised that you are still so ill-informed of the latest happenings. I feel sorry for people who have been so misled for 51 years that they have abandoned sense and sensibilities. Never mind, do read more from Dr. Hsu’s blog and maybe there is still hope for you. Cheers mate!


  33. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 09:34:10


    looking at Anwar’s press release

    I reiterate my unequivocal opposition to the ISA and condemn the unjustified and illegal detention of blogger and social activist Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Seputeh MP and Selangor State Executive Committee Member YB Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng.

    Just unequivocal opposition to the ISA ??? That is what everyone is saying ? Even the NGOs saying the same thing ! I expect a stronger language !

    Those who have been detained under the ISA should be released immediately.

    Shouldn’t it be ; I DEMAND that those detained under the ISA should be immediately released !


  34. Dr Hsu
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 09:51:13

    hostage88, i am against using ISA even for the worst kind of criminals.

    ISA is against basic human right and freedom.


  35. Kenny Gan
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 11:36:37

    MCA has called for the release of Teresa Kok and Raja Petra (Star 17/9) but I’ve not heard any statement from Gerakan. Have they made their stand?

    It’s ironic to see parties like MCA, MIC and Gerakan being part of the government but reduced to issuing statements with no effect. When DAP stand outside the gates and shout, they have no choice as the opposition. But when these parties do the same, it shows how powerless they in the government.

    If these component parties have any clout at all, they should be discussing the matter within the corridors of government. However they have been reduced to neutered parties making plaintive noises for the sake of making a show for their electorate. Not that they have much support left in the communities they purport to represent. Whatever seats they can still win will have to be in Malay majority areas.


  36. A true Malaysian
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 12:33:21


    Even if they contested in Malay majority areas now, they won’t win. If not, there was no ‘tsunami 308’.

    Majority of Malaysian think ‘multiracial’ now. We can see people see things on ‘issue per se’, no more on angle of skin colour.

    Recent ISA arrests are the best examples.


  37. A true Malaysian
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 12:36:51

    Dr. Hsu,

    Even animals are not arrested under ISA, what more about human?

    To me, I won’t even think of putting wild animal in a cage, animal also has its dignity. Why not we, human?


  38. klm
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 12:47:08

    MCA has to make louder noise because they were under tremendous pressure from party members and from outside. A few, maybe very few of the leaders and one minister has a blog where people can make comments and perhaps not so friendly comments. (And I am not sure if this louder noise is effective. But at least MCA is responding to the virtual kick)

    In comparison, Gerakan is isolated from the outside people. No Gerakn leaders have a blog or even an email id made public. I am sure if they do, they would receive some choice words ala Dr. Hsu’s forum. I certainy have a few choice phrase i like to try out.

    So, how would Gerakan leaders know what the general public think and feel. Do what Koh Tsu Koon did, going round the country talking to Gerakan local leaders. It is gerakan within gerakan. People with vested interests.

    SO is it any wonder that Gerakan only made mousy noise.


  39. aaa
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 13:01:05


    mca can shout all it wants. think they dare to walk the talk? when UMNo comes a calling, see how they will withdraw to their house of confort and wealth again. gerakan, under KTK, is no different.
    Look at Zaid Ibrahim. he rather brand himself as a failure rather than compromise his principles to stay in the cabinet. Thats worth emulating, isnt it?


  40. Frank
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 13:35:58

    I totally agree with the comment of Dr Hsu that in this great land of Malaysia, we begin to see the spark of light after a long wait of half-century of 50 years! 916 is symbolic of this new spark of true democracy and Change and it will help to ignite all the constructive machinery, ratcheting up to steer our Nation to become more a clean, just and advanced democratic Nation. To win back the respects and trusts of the global fraternity in togetherness face and combat the voluminous socio-economical issues fronting us!

    Though it’s exultant, we must not neglect the fact that this is just the very beginning and we have not actually touched the heat of the reality. Amid revelry, the old wolves and wounded tigers with sabre teeth are coming back to their old rotten den Umno,with all intents to resuscitate and repair their monstrous machine of polarization with the wicked oil of racist, racism substance of narcotic essence! The return of TDM and his tirades dictating on the racial Malay unity alone seems like, what he believes, the elixir to prolong the antiquated life of Umno! He and many old goats are still in the mood of recalcitrant to reckon with and accept the facts that the Rakyat are lauding for change, despite their vaunting for the archaic policies, the Ketuanan Melayu as the never wrong panacea to unite the people, to prosper the Country! Mahatir had in many press interviews with foreign medias, released his far damaging and obnoxious statements reflecting his racial card which drew flak from various organizations which are against his racist policy, a magical tool that he inherited from his ancestral British divide and rule policy, which has strong aura of Apartheid!

    We need fair and right minded people like Dr Hsu, RPK and many others to be the vanguard bees to help in the expedition of this pollination process so as the flower of Freedom, Justice and Democracy will only break its bud and blossom! Do not forget, there are still large numbers of narcotized gullible hoi-polloi who are in the state of Cold Turkey Angst and they need particular care of psycho-therapy and motivation to get them out from the Umno opium !………..


  41. petestop
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 14:13:52

    Frankly, I was flabbergasted by the use of ISA, it really goes to show how incompetent the current BN govt is.

    Not only they totally screw up and shoot themselves in the foot with Sodomee II, they also fumbled with Ops Lalang II.

    Put it this way, Bodowi is not Dr M, he only mimic his outdated tactics.

    Anyway, when an MP like Theresa, who won with the highest margin in Malaysia GE, can be arrested under ISA like a terrorist, just becoz Khir Toyol accused so and relayed by the Utusan Malaysia columnist, without any chance of defending herself…..

    …. Do Mr Chaptokam, Mr Pohwatchdog…. do you and your family and your descendant sleep well at night ??


  42. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 14:27:32


    Oh well we sleep very soundly at night . after all why should we NOT ? when we don’t owe any soul anything .

    And btw you reference to how incompetent the current BN govt is , is factually incorrect . It should be how incompetent the basta*ds UMNO is . After all they are the ones who has the power to do as they pleases with the military and police under their control .

    If you do nothing wrong in life why should you be afraid of your own shadows , ghosts and wrong doings! Sleep well and sleep tight .


  43. clarence
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 14:34:03

    On April 23 2008, Anwar Ibrahim announced that he can form a new government no later than September 16. 916 has come and gone without a change of government. It may still happen in the immediate future but I have this question: Would Anwar have succeeded if he had instead quietly arranged the BN MP defections and spring a takeover surprise on Sept 16, essentially catching BN completely off guard?

    To borrow a Chinese saying, why did Anwar “beat the grass to alert the snakes” so early on. If he had been more circumspect, would this have prevented all the events that occurred in the last few weeks (e.g. the agricultural study tour to Taiwan, the ISA detentions triggered by a panicky BN, etc.)? Has Anwar lost the element of surprise and allowed BN to throw a spanner in the works?

    Another thing to ponder. What if BN calls for a snap election (GE-13) in the next few weeks and God forbid, BN again wins by the slimmest of margins. Will this mean that PR’s chance of forming a new government is gone (for at least another 5 years)? By then, another crossover campaign by PR will definitely not work.

    I do wish that PR is successful in forming a new government in the next few days, achieved with the BN MP crossovers. However, PR should be careful and not call for a snap election too soon, or be forced to do so. There is no guarantee that PR can win outright. We must keep in mind that not every parliamentary seat is a slam dunk victory for PR, as it was in Permatang Pauh. BN still holds sway in many rural areas and the voters there are not as sophisticated. They can be easily swayed or bribed to ensure a BN victory.

    It is better for PR to govern for a year or two and use this time to deliver on all its reform promises. When the people are confident and comfortable with PR, then PR’s victory in the next general election will be assured.


  44. clarence
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 15:24:57

    Correction: 2nd paragraph, last sentence should be:

    Anwar HAS lost the element of surprise and allowed BN to throw a spanner in the works.


  45. A true Malaysian
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 15:36:51


    You have very good points here. Ideally, if PR took over Federal, govern for a year or two to deliver on all its reform promises. But that depends very much on the margin of seats they have against BN. If the margin is just one or two seats, would you think PR govt is stable for its reform promises?

    So, if that is the case, 13th GE is imminent to get fresh mandate from the rakyat. What we actually concern is that would there be ‘free’ GE without being rigged.

    Based on the sentiments now, I would say there will be landslide win if 13th GE is held soon. The only question is that would there be a ‘clean’ GE.

    916 to me is actually a tactical game of Anwar. At first, I was of the view that why Anwar is so silly to announce this 916. Can he just ‘diam-diam’ and then press the ‘defect’ button once he got the number.

    On second thought, Anwar is not silly. He is smart to announce 916 to the world so to put pressure on Umno (forget about others in BN, they are there just to for show), let Umno be chaotic amongst themselves.

    Such tactic has caused Umno showing to the rest of us that they are ‘racist’ as what we have seen in Ah_mad Is Mail, ISA arrests and so on. Mind you, such Umno’s acts have left a very bad taste amongst the rakyat and their counterparts in BN, like Gerakan and MCA.

    Both Gerakan and MCA party election are coming soon, and if they don’t response accordingly to what the rakyat and grassroots desire, then they can just bid ‘sayonara’ to us. Same thing applies to Umno.

    So, it is all tactical game and I am not disappointed that PR does not take over Federal at 916, but I believe one day they will.

    Important thing is that the figure of 916 is already embeded in our minds. Clean or not clean 13th GE, both PR and BN should gamble on it. After all, this is what politics is about, right?

    We could not afford to see our leaders day in day out fighting with each other and put aside the whole country welfare aside.

    So, lets have 13th GE, once and for all.


  46. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 15:55:59

    Here one goog article to ponder :

    Majority tired of the mind games Anwar is playing
    By : Kalimullah Hassan

    TWO weeks ago, at a dinner with an Asean ambassador, I was asked within minutes whether a change in government would take place on Sept 16.
    “Would it?” I asked the ambassador. I was really tired of people everywhere only talking about “Sept 16” instead of moving on.

    “Well, Western ambassadors seem convinced that it is going to happen,” he replied.

    That’s when I laughed and told the ambassador that if that was his barometer of determining the truth, then he had better tell his colleagues that wiser folk had been fooled many times in the last three decades by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    But that’s Anwar’s magic and gift. He can tell different things to different people, contradict himself over and over again, and still have many who believe him.
    Arsenic poisoning, escape to Turkish ambassador’s house because of death threats, the list could go on…

    Maybe even the DAP’s wily old fox Lim Kit Siang fell for the Anwar magic, believing that he would be a senior member of an Anwar-led government and would be able to finally push through policies and ideals he had harboured for more than four decades in politics.

    Maybe some of the Young Turks in Pas believed in Anwar’s second coming and thought about the Islamic reforms they could implement and enforce in a government where they would have an important voice.

    Never mind that the DAP and Pas, despite being partners in the opposition alliance, have until today disagreed vehemently on the latter’s Islamic state aspirations.

    So there we were… having nice Italian food in a great ambience with yet another person wondering what would happen in Malaysia if 916 took place.

    Well, 916 did not happen. Now, Anwar says “another few days…” and there are a host of reasons why he cannot announce the names of — Western diplomats convincingly say 31 Barisan Nasional members of parliament — those who HAVE crossed over.

    Come on now, Datuk Seri Anwar. Get on with it.

    If you have the numbers, go and form the next government.

    God knows that the majority of Malaysians are really tired of these mind games Anwar and his cohorts like Kit Siang are playing.

    One foreigner, who lived here for many years and now works in Singapore, perhaps best described it when he told me recently that “this is the longest election any country must ever have had”.

    Since March 8, when the opposition took five states and denied the once-powerful BN a two-thirds majority, Anwar has been predicting he will form the next government and confidently describes himself as “the prime minister-in-waiting”.

    First it was June, then July and then, according to Anwar, no later than Sept 16.

    Each time he failed to meet the deadline, he would come up with new dates and new reasons and, meanwhile, what happens?

    Foreigners who want to invest are afraid to put in their money because investors never like uncertainties. They want to see, if a new government takes over, what the policies would be.

    Would Pas push through Islamic laws which affect the investment climate?

    Will the DAP and Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat have greater investment-friendly policies and throw out the remnants of the New Economic Policy?

    Will there be riots and mayhem? What is going to happen?

    And slowly, but surely, foreigners have exited the Malaysian Stock Exchange as well — because of the uncertainties.

    Foreigners do not think that Bursa Malaysia, already troubled by the slowdown and failure of some of the world’s largest banks in Europe and the United States, the credit crunch and rising commodity prices, is worth the political risk Malaysia poses.

    Today, we have some of the best run Malaysian companies trading at unbelievably low valuations. Yet, there are no takers. Why?

    Well, thank you Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and gang, I say.

    Some people, in frustration, ask: “Why can’t they just show what they can do with the five states they are governing?

    “If they are good, we will vote them in the next elections.”

    The BN has been taught a very good lesson for its arrogance, for the abuses by some of its menteris besar and ministers, for not delivering many of the promises it made.

    Yet, the voters decided that they are willing to give the BN another chance at the federal level.

    If the BN does not change, if it cannot win over the hearts and minds of the people again through good governance and policies, then this is probably their last term in power.

    So the question asked is why cannot Anwar and Kit Siang wait until the next general election?

    They did lose the federal elections, didn’t they? And wasn’t it Kit Siang who attacked Anwar in 1994 when the then deputy prime minister led the “coercion and crossovers” of state assemblymen like Datuk Yong Teck Lee and Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to cause the fall of the democratically-elected Parti Bersatu Sabah government led by Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan?

    What has changed now that Kit Siang is no longer against defections through coercion?

    Perhaps, like all other politicians, the sweet smell of power is too strong and has overpowered principles.

    Anyway, both Anwar and Kit Siang are now in their 60s. Five years is too long time to wait, perhaps…

    The best thing Anwar can do — if he has the numbers — is to end the uncertainty, announce the crossovers and seek to form the next government.

    Maybe then, he can restore his credibility, and maybe then our country can better equip itself in fending off global economic challenges instead of having Anwar’s politics further mess things up.


  47. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 16:17:04

    I am surprised that you are still so ill-informed of the latest happenings.

    Don’t get me wrong , I don’t support the use of ISA on ordinary people , politicans , NGO’s and what not . But I support the use of ISA ( maybe in a different form) on criminals and forgerers and terrorist . Criminals would be hard core criminals where insufficient evidence ia availabe- to ISAed them until a certain time when no further evidence can be deem forth coming . Also extent to serial rapists and pedophiles . Forgerers are those who forged passports , identity cards for foreigners , immigration passes as these posses internal and external security threats to the country . Terrorist goes without saying .

    But i can see a better country for us in due time ok !! Cheers Buddy !


  48. petestop
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 17:54:16


    Exactly, YB Theresa did NO wrong, yet she is locked up in a 8×6 prison now, without even a chance to defend herself.

    Do you think that you being innocent have anything to do with it ?

    Is “living in fear” the legacy you want to pass to your decendant ?

    Unfortunately, many of my childhood friends said NO and they have all migrated to other countries.

    Is this the kind of legacy you want to leave to your descendant ?

    You can blame UMNO all you want, but the fact is that every BN component party who did not stand up for their conscience is as guilty as charge.

    By your statement it further goes to who the Master-Slave relationship in BN under UMNO.

    One of the MAJOR reason why we kick Gerakan out of Penang.


  49. nick
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 18:36:46

    Chaptokam, thanks for posting the KH article, it is a good read. Yes, I agree, why DSAI not achieved the “takeover” yesterday? But, hang on. We are talking about the BN government, a powerful group of people controlling the Police, Military and virtually all branches of society. They can play by the rules or throw away decent rules and resort to intimidation and forced might. My own reading is, DSAI has the numbers but too marginal to form a stable even temporary government. My wish is that the Nation go for GE13 sooner rather than later.


  50. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 18:50:18

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  51. chaptokam
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 19:14:25


    I fully agree with you that YB Teresa Kok did NO wrong, yet she is locked up in a 8×6 prison now, without even a chance to defend herself.
    You are absolutely right .

    One of the MAJOR reason why we kick Gerakan out of Penang.
    This is also one of the many reasons we voted out our own guys . The other reasons were the Keris issue , the silent politics issue , the Ong brothers Sdn Bhd issue . We had to make sure that the candidates standing were all OJT’s ma chai . We finished them off , that’s why he is NOT defending his president’s post this year !
    MCA today is undergoing an evolution . You will see a revitalised MCA if Chua Jui Meng wins . See his press release on his plans to fight for all Malaysians irrespective of race .
    Perhaps when this happens , it will probably answer all the concerns you have brought up .
    I am very optimistic , just bear with me for one more month until our elections are over . We shall be getting all our feedbacks from all the blogs on all issues and concerns and we shall be actively interacting with all commenters . I shall do my best for all , cannot disclose too much at this moment .
    At the moment you have seen that MCA is not quietly sitting down and doing nothing , they have voiced out against ISA and yet they are being called all sorts of names in MT . As Chua Jui Meng said Silent Politics is No Politics .


  52. petestop
    Sep 18, 2008 @ 02:58:10

    Unfortunately MCA and Gerakan had their chances the past 50 years, well a little shorter for Gerakan.

    Yes, I’ve been monitoring the rhetorics from most of the MCA candidates. Dr Chua (Soi Lek) was pretty good at articulating issues. OTK was really poor, running a forum that they never respond to, but gets bombarded.

    MCA have been UMNO partner in crime the past 50 years, do you think we can believe in them ?

    Recent crackdown shows that MCA has no clout in the govt.

    Imagine just 2 days after BN supreme council decided to punish Ahmad, they go and arrest the journalist instead.

    What a travesty of justice !!

    After 50 years, do MCA really believe they can get the beast under control ?

    Now, we have a shot at taming the beast once and for all…. and we the younger generation Malaysian (or whoever still left here, as others already migrated) are more willing to give PAS, PKR and DAP a chance.

    If MCA cannot tame the beast, please step aside.

    Please don’t betray us again, as you did for past 50 years.

    Same would apply to Gerakan leaders, I only say leaders here, because their grassroots already calling for them to get out of BN.

    Bravo to Gerakan members who acted on their conscience.


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