Do not break the mirror on the wall

One of the common things about all human beings is that all of us make mistake one time or another.  To err is human, but what distinguishes a clever human and a dumb one is that the former will learn from his mistakes whereas the latter will keep on committing the same.

Leaders are human and therefore leaders too will make mistakes. But clever leaders will learn from mistakes and be even cleverer. The dumb ones will will keep on shooting himself on the foot without realising it.

I have said before that the litmus test of a good leadership is not that it will not make mistakes but rather it realises its mistakes and takes corrective steps to correct the shortcomings, as well as not to commit the same mistakes again.

When democracy was at is infancy in the West, politicians realised that sometimes, a mistake had to be pointed out before those who committed it became aware of the mistake.

So they realised that the best way to get feedback on whether they had committed mistakes was to have a free media.

A 18th century British Statesman,  Edmund Burke, once professed:

“Three Estates in Parliament; but in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth estate more important far than they all”.

The 3 estates that he referred to are the 3 pillars of democracy, namely the Executive Branch, the legislative and the judiciary. The Fourth estate is the press. To the westerner, the press plays an important role of a watchdog, and the press gives valuable feedback to the government.

A free press is like a mirror, the reflection in it will tell those who stand before the mirror whether they have button their shirts properly, whether they have zipped their pants, whether there are blemishes on their faces, and so on.

All of us depend on mirror on the wall to give us an idea whether our countenance is presentable.

Like wise, a government needs a mirror to see whether it is doing alright or whether it has committed errors that might affect adversely the livelihood of the people.

To a government, a  free press is the mirror that it needs to see its reflection. In his book : age of turbulence, Alan Greenspan mentioned that from what he has gathered , not a single nation which allows a free press suffer from starvation. Not in the past, and not likely in the future.

It is because with a free press, a government can immediately sense a mistake before it is too late. The press will give the necessary feedback like an early warning system.

So a free press is not only the fourth pillar of democracy, it is a friend of those governing, even if the press publishes writings that maybe critical of certain policies or the decisions of these governing figures. A good friend is one that gives you counsel when you have done wrong; not one that praises you even if you have made a mistake.

If it is a friend, then it should not be stifled. It should be allow to publish what is on the ground…

A free press in this modern era encompasses  not just the printed media, but the electronic press as well as the blogs.

I do not know about the reasons of the recent banning of the 2 political papers, but i hope that this is not the beginning of a clampdown on the blogs, the newspapers as well as on the freedom of speech.

No one would be stupid enough to break the mirror on his wall just because he or she does not wish to see his or her ugly countenance.  It will not help to remedy an ugly countenance to a presentable one. We must realise that even without the mirror, an ugly countenance will still be an ugly countenance, except that without the mirror, there is really no hope to take remedial steps to address the ugliness and turn it to a more pleasant looking one.

A clever leader therefore should not clamp down on the media and the blogs. Instead he should take steps to nurture press freedom.

By doing so, he would have taken important steps to prevent  shooting himself in the foot .

59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard Loh
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:11:35

    Dr. Hsu,

    I just love it. The way it is written is so clear and precise that even the “I speak no england guys” would have understood.

    I wonder if you are allow to send copy of it to your leaders and persuade them to forward it to umno, mca, mic leaders.

    If this posting of yours does not impress them to change, than this country is doomed.

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  2. Dr Hsu
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:16:15

    Richard Loh,
    My party colleagues should be quite familiar about this stand on mine .

    I think i will send this to Malaysianinsider which has a wider reach..

    I have always used simple and straight forward English in the writings of these articles. I have thought that many would not like them because they are too simple for those who are highly schooled in the Queen’s English. But I thought it is important to be simple and make myself clear.I hope I have not failed in that objective.

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  3. Kenny
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:44:29

    Very well written, Dr. Hsu. The reason why BN got such a shock after the 12th general elections is that the slavish mainstream media failed to give them any feedback and they ignored the blog sphere as not important.

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  4. Nick
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:46:45

    Crystal clear and well argued. TDM did abuse the ISA and PPPA to silence his critics. Unfortunately the low iQ botak has sodomised us all by banning Suara Keadilan and Harakah. They even disallowed the alternative media access to cover the UMNO proceedings. The Main media coverage these days sucks and real boring. Maybe the mirror is telling them how ugly they have become.

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  5. asiseesit
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:50:20

    early educations taught most to obey with no question asked. being critically and objective was not part of our syallabus.

    it is hard for our current leaders, with the same mentally from our society upbringing, to view criticism as a form of feedback instead always goes on the defensive and lately on the offensive.

    after half a century of ruling, an equally stronger voice is more of a threat than a reflection of their performances.

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  6. annoyed
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 21:50:42

    In certain country, like Japan, a slight mistake that committed by a leader in politics or a corporation will result in resignation or even harakiri. We cannot find this in Umno-led government or GLC. If not, Pak Lah would have gone after 308 tsunami or even earlier when the very first mistake was committed.

    In Malaysia, they look into mirrors, realised their looks so ugly, break their mirrors, make themselves look nice cosmetically.

    Dr. Hsu, your ktk looks so handsome. Plastic surgery?

    A leader, whom rakyat’s trust is entrusted, should resign once a mistake is committed, should admit his mistake and resign gracefully. That it’s, no second chance.

    Just ask yourself, if I committed a murder, I admitted it, would you still want me to be a leader?

    Yes, I agree. Free press is the mirror, the 4th pillar. But definitely no second chance once a mistake is made.

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  7. Disgusted
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 22:35:07

    Leaders are human and they err too. It depends on what mistakes. Most times a wrong policy move will make millions suffer and in that sense, a leader should be careful with decisions. The impact is often greater than a whimsical decisive thought at the rink of an eye.

    Definitely like in Japan or in some developed countries, there is greater integrity when leaders chose to resign.

    The decision to suppress press freedom as in the case of party publications is uncalled for and I foresee more of such repressive actions coming from the new regime (old wine in new bottle).

    monk

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  8. annoyed
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 23:08:09

    “Now, we see that the Malays seem lost and weakened. Because of that, there are those who dare question what has previously been agreed to and entrenched in the Federal Constitution. There are even those who have the audacity to accuse us of apartheid, when history will show this is far from the truth. ….extract of Najib’s speech at Umno Assembly.

    Did Najib look at mirror this evening before giving his speech? No indication of real change at all.

    Arrogance is still there in him. Period.

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  9. Disgusted
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 23:16:03

    Annoyed,

    Najib started his political career at age 23 and all these years, there is hardly any change in him. Remembering him as UMNO youth leading a demo with banner calling for Chinese blood (as reported).

    What do you expect from the list of candidates, tainted and corrupted. Or with mindsets saturated with supremacy of their race.

    You see, UMNO is ONLY interested in holding on to POWER and winning elections. When has its leders talk about value-system and principles in political thought.

    It is the norm they talk one thing and do another thing. ALL THE TIME.

    The sleepy fellow said that UMNO never bully any component party and EVERYTHING is FAIR. Talk is cheap and the new in coming PM is just doing the same.

    Just talk. When it reforms, it will be for the purpose of winning the next general elections. It will be for the Malays again, to regain their support. You, me and the rest can get only the crumbs, if only Lady Luck in UMNO’s control allows.

    I have studied them for more than 23 years. Believe me.

    monk

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  10. annoyed
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 23:30:04

    Monk,

    “Now, we see that the Malays seem lost and weakened. Because of that, there are those who dare question…

    True fact is, Umno is lost and weakened, not the Malays.

    Yet this Najib said otherwise…ignorant, arrogant and accuse others as scapegoat for their lost.

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  11. Disgusted
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 23:53:33

    In 1993, Najib was interviewed by Malaysian Business magazine in his capacity as UMNO youth chief and defence minister. Extracts:

    Question: Some analysts reckon that you (Najib) stand quite a good chance since you said to be in good terms with both the major camps in UMNO. Comments?

    Najib: “I see myself as a technocratic politician in the sense that I am able to relate to a lot of individuals. My training as a technocrat before I joined politics (was a Petronas executive from 1974 to 1976) and family background has made me very acceptable to a lot of people. My family has historical ties with a lot of people in UMNO
    for a long, long time. But I do have of course my own stand as to who I’d like to see who should be there in the future, in terms of providing the future leadership for the country.”

    Question: How has your family background helped you politically?

    Najib: “Well, initially it was very important because I started at a very young age (22). Obviously without the goodwill of my father’s image I would not have been given and able to shoulder that kind of responsibility. People would not have that kind of confidence in my own ability. But I’ve been equally conscious that I needed to step out of the shadow of my late father and develop my own image. If I were to continue to depend on his image. I would have never developed as a leader and I would considered a weak leader.I’m confident enough to say that as much as I adore my father, the time has arrived that I am accepted as a leader in my own right.”

    Najib became the youngest ever deputy minister in 1978 when he was named named number 2 in the ministry of energy, telecommunications and posts. He moved on to the ministries of education and finance. In 1982, he was appointed by Dr M to be Pahang’s menteri besar. He became a cabinet minister in 1986 and in 1987, UMNO Youth chief.

    Interview by Utusan Melayu:

    Utusan: Pada suatu masa dulu, negara kita menekankan begitu banyak sekali nilai Islam. Malah dirasai ketika itu hanya mereka yang benar benar menghayati agama, yang tidak rasuah, yang tidak scandalous akan mendapat tempat. Apakah ini sedang berlaku sekarang?

    Najib: “Ini satu proses mewujudkan masyarakat sebaik mungkin. Masyarakat itu mesti terdiri daripada individu sebaik mungkin yang sesuai dengan nilai nilai Islam. Untuk kita sampai ke tahap yang perfect mesti melalui satu proses.

    “Sebagai pemimpin kita tunjuk teladan yang baik dan cuba terapkan supaya ada perubahan yang mengejut dalam sekelip mata tidak mungkin. Ia akan makan masa dan yang penting kepimpinan kita menjurus untuk mencapai keadaan itu.”

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  12. annoyed
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 00:05:49

    cakap aje, bikin lain…..whisper to makcik R after the Utusan Melayu interview.

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  13. annoyed
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 00:33:01

    Latest case of “cakap aje, bikin lain”,

    ‘Don’t regard new media as our enemy’

    but, no media pass to Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insider, The Nut Graph, Merdeka Review, Laksou….just minutes before the speech.

    Pak Lah unaware of the ban. Najib read from prepared text for his speech?

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  14. klm
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 09:44:04

    Pak Lah may be unaware of the ban. But he had been unaware of everything else. So rule him out.

    The reason why they ban the online media – because they are not friendly to UMNO. That means UMNO is unsecure. They feel unloved. At least the ones in power – the establishment.

    Behind all the tough guys image, they are cowards.
    With the awaken voters anger and disgust, these people just do not know what to do.

    UMNO is public enemy no 1. Gerakan is public enemy no 2. No?

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  15. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 10:47:32

    Kim,

    Ha, haaaaa. We are most fortunate that a new PM coming. He at least don’t sleep openly.

    And new PM very lucky. The return of many ghosts. Many advisors going to help. Besides his wife. Also got Dr M and former finance minister Daim.

    All very good calibre. This country will take off.

    Even SPR also helped the ICU to plan how to kick how the Pakatan out of Selangor. SPR, independent? Aaiyo! Only stupid people think SPR is independent.

    Nothing is independent here-mah! Everybody should help UMNO and BN. Very good, very fair people.

    Under new PM, the country got great future. Don’t worry. UMNO will be stronger and a family dynasty party. So don’t worry-lah.

    Haaa, haaa…cilipadi.

    Don’t worry, I’m eating cilipadi now.

    monk

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  16. klm
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 11:26:02

    Every time a new emperor come to the throne, first thing on the agenda is to eliminate opposition both internal and external. It is crucial to kill off any internal sources of opposition and in this case the UMNO regional warlords. Other wise, he will be ambushed from behind.

    Seemed he is taking on the UMNO regional warlords. He seemed to want to break the current voting system, ostensibly to eliminate money politics.

    Let us see if UMNO will make the change he want. The UMNO constitutional amendment will be the internal battle ground. If Najib has the firepower, he gets his way. Else, civil will breakout.

    I have always wondered about the files on the politicians. Mahatir collected many files on all the Ministers, MPs and ADUNS. Rumour was that Najib had them. Maybe Najib will use these to get his way.

    Next few days will be fun.

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  17. eugene
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 13:00:55

    ” . . . .Malaysia too has its ‘black shirts’ a la Nazi Germany and these people are from Pekida. Pekida, a sort of militia, was formed soon after ‘May 13’ and is supposed to be the spearhead of the next race riots, if Malaysia ever does see another one. From the looks of things, though, Umno is bent on ensuring that there is.

    In case you do not know, Pekida is promoting a ‘Say YES to ISA’ campaign. They want the Internal Security Act to be retained so that ‘Malay rights and privileges’ can be protected. And how would the ISA help protect ‘Malay rights and privileges’? Easy. All those who question ‘Malay rights and privileges’ can be detained without trial and sent to Kamunting where they can be silenced and will not be able to speak any longer. . . . ”

    (cut & paste from MT )

    We already heard about the military, police, SPR, BTN, now we have the black shirted Pekida joining the list of organizations whose top priority is to ensure ( whatever it takes) amno holdon to power and to protect their rights and privileges.

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  18. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 13:04:10

    It’s installation time. Kris-muddin raised and kissed as usual his pet toy to show his manhood, screaming as usual the same rhetoric.

    Don’t they ever get tired with the same sandiwara year in and year out. The same puppet show repeated over and over. The shouting of the supreme race in a strip of land, smaller than any province in China.

    I don’t know, just maniacs. An incurable malignant Nazism.

    Kit Siang suspended in the national zoo for a couple of hours for calling the crazy party power crazy. Gobind suspended 12 months. Rally disrupted again in Perak and Kedah. The frenzy continues as the recession deepens.

    Unabated Malignant Narcissistic Organization. Period.

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  19. klm
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 14:01:26

    It is important to understand the power equation in UMNO. Ranting against it wont help. SunTze said, know your enemy and know yourself.

    My recommendation is to study carefully what is happening in this meeting and how the power is shifting. I hear Najib is already taking action to remove all of Badawi’s people in the UMNO council. Seems last he night he was blatant that want Rafidah in and Sharizat out. He is not supporting the son-in-law. Seemed the son-in-law was booed in the UMNO youth meeting. Also, Najib has appointed Mahatir to chair the advisory group in UMNO.

    So, you can see some of Mahatirism coming back.

    The ultimate fight is still Najib vs warlords. If Najib win, then the regional war lords like pendatang Ahmad Ismail is gone. In which case, power in UMNO will be centralised. This will make najib more dangerous.

    Najib can use this power for good or he can use for bad. That is left to be seen.

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  20. cilipadi
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 15:00:27

    From the eyes of an outsider, Umno must get rid of M elements totally from it in for their survival beyond 13th GE. It is now or never. They are trying to equate Umno as Melayu or Malay at all cost, which is long gone after 12th GE. Obviously, they know this fact yet pretend as don’t know as year-in, year-out, this is their only agenda since their formation. To them, only they can get angry while others cannot. Can I call this as ‘weird’? To them, when they are angry, they can do whatever stupid things like…..

    At one point, Hishammuddin’s grandfather, Onn Jaafar realized Malay cannot be advanced as a progressive race of the world like Chinese, Indian, Japanese, English, Jew and so on if Umno still close its door to Malaysian of other ethnics but was fiercely opposed by majority of their members, Tunku Abdul Rahman inclusive. TAR somehow regretted over this thing but was too late to reverse what he had done. In fact, he was a victim of the M element himself.

    The M element prefer Umno as it was, so that the top guys can have tight influence over their ‘thinking’ and ‘mentality’. Those can ‘think’ ones of course realized this flaw and quit Umno for good. It doesn’t mean those remain cannot ‘think’ but the M elements rooted deep inside their brains. Such personnel is like the Kelantan prince, Musa Hitam, Sharir Samad. It is quite disappointed people like Hishammuddin, Hussein Onn (i.e. the Onn family) don’t share Onn Jaafar’s vision.

    The so-called M elements consist of quite a long list and it is up to everyone’s guesses since the elements are quite obvious to many people, I, an outsider inclusive.

    Cilipadi is a ‘must’ delicacy to most of them, even our disgusted monk eats cilipadi. But, the effectiveness of my cilipadi varies depending on whether one can think or cannot think. Even if one cannot think, at least cilipadi, which is rich in vitamin C, can improve one’s complexion so that when they look themselves into their mirrors, they look better, not ugly.

    Well, long story cut short. You have to decide whether to keep or get rid of the ‘M’ elements. I cannot decide for you, Umno. By the way, this also applicable to all the BeEnders which include Gerakan, MCA, MIC…….

    Keep you fingers crossed. Candidates with M elements selected or otherwise…..there maybe surprises. Just see. This is only a view of an outsider. Take it or leave it as my facts maybe wrong, just that I am long enough in Malaysia to know some political development of your country.

    M makan cili, M rasa pedas.

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  21. zztop
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 16:29:21

    Great piece of work Dr.
    How to expect our Mr. C4 to look into a mirror because whenever he looks, he only see the Mongolian woman face instead.
    Unless justice is done, everytime he looks into a mirror, the Mongolian woman will be there irrespective.

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  22. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 21:32:05

    Shahrizat Abdul Jalil crushed Rafidah by 227 votes, according to latest. Polled 507, outbeat the Iron Lady with 280 votes.

    Finally the iron melts….nothing is eternal.

    monk

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  23. for nikki
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 21:56:51

    Dr,

    A good and interesting article you have written. Reflects a lot on your wisdom.

    The problem is many leaders only look into certain brand of mirrors. These popular brands include – “Yes Sir”, “U R Great”, “Boss R’ Us” and “Sir Never Wrong”. Oops, one more ” Money is King”

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  24. cilipadi
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:00:22

    monk,

    Shahrizat won – one M out.

    Another M to go if Khairy win?

    What say you?

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  25. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:00:51

    Close call between Muhriz and KJ. The “berani” Toyo is yo-yo out of the race. Lesser of one toyol.

    Between M and K, cilipadi, I think M stands a better chance, and the equation is changed.

    Muhriz will listen more to another M and this M will have powerful influence on N as well. Alphabetical play in the future. Cilipadi…..sorry fate often comes against hopes.

    monk

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  26. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:12:09

    Cilipadi,

    U maybe right.

    Unofficial:

    KJ leading with 304 votes
    Toyol 254
    Mukhriz 232

    I eat cilipadi

    monk

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  27. cilipadi
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:15:19

    12 votes only I gathered. Another recount is possible? Recount and recount, razor thin man……hope?

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  28. cilipadi
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:16:25

    Hahaha,

    My forecast so ‘chun’?

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  29. cilipadi
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:26:13

    another M out, monk. M got the lowest votes, some people are shivering.

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  30. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:31:37

    Malaysia Insider confirmed results Hairy won and M knocked out with toyol.

    Malaysiakini, no latest news……..I’m listening to radio……confirmed Hairy won….and the dynasty lineage continues.

    A son of former PM.
    Another son of former PM. Both related first cousin.
    Now, son in the law of (soon) former PM as rempit chief.
    Great future for this BolehLand.

    Yes, cilipadi, you very “chun” but I’m afraid your “chun” can mean very stupid too in another dialect.

    monk

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  31. Disgusted
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:38:12

    Cilipadi,

    M has lost but another M has won!!!!!!!!!!

    What? Why?

    The answer: “M-oney” talks

    Ha, haaaaa, M$$$$$$ finally won.

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  32. cilipadi
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 23:47:18

    Hahaha, really? ‘Chun’ mean very stupied in another dialect?

    I learned something new here, monk.

    Failure of M means M’s influence is fading…..Those with M elements, watch out next few days.

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  33. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 00:01:17

    M ‘chun’? Backfire for talking too much?

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  34. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 08:39:08

    Wonder how much hairy spent the night before.
    I heard he went all out.

    Looks like in-coming did not get all his way.

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  35. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 08:57:55

    Penang delegate wants Ahmad Ismail back.

    Perhaps the new leadership may flop the decision. Wah Lo! Many ada muka, Gerakan in Penang?

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  36. eugene
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 08:59:51

    Well written article Doc, but it reminds me of the subsevient softly pleading to his master to be reasonable. . . . Thats what mca, gerakan & mic have been doing all these years.

    Thats it, this is my last comment . . . bye

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  37. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 10:32:53

    Youth & Wanita votes yesterday will be the trend of today’s voting.

    K & S wins are kind of ‘reward’ to outgoing president as on personal basis, after all he is a good man as what Z said, irrespective of any $$ is involved.

    Onn clan is facing with uphill task. Divine intervention can come in many ways even among ……just see.

    As a whole, whatever outcome may not be promising but it is still better without M elements.

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  38. annoyed
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 12:40:07

    I have strange feeling that cilipadi’s forecast may come true. Monk & Dr. Hsu, what say you?

    Interesting.

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  39. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 13:39:10

    M2 Taib for deputy president in UMNO ? After the Khairy surprise, will we see another surprise. Rumours flying that Muhyddin was behind the Ali Rustam fiasco. So votes directed to M2 Taib.

    The warlords will have M2 Taib checking Najib, who want to undercut them. The combo of M2Taib, Sharizat and Khairy will be a force to check Najib.

    Wait and See

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  40. Disgusted
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 16:08:37

    AMNO voters don’t give a damn what the public prefers, there is no “syn” and you can see how Hairy won….and if you also agree to political analyst Ong Kian Ming dissected his version how Hairy had won (against the impossible).

    I have my reservation on Ong’s analysis.

    In political circles, there are little “worlds” of its own which outsiders hardly realize. Like little dimensions of its own, pockets of mindsets unless we spend time penetrating into it and learning the weird mindsets (factors and circumstances) ticking within.

    Especially Malay mindsets within AMNO, so conditioned and hardened over the years. They view things differently towards their own leaders.

    And within so fragmented now with little hundreds of “little red Indian chiefs” and big warlords….probably like Mafia, each looking after their own and clique interests.

    But Cilipadi, your taste could come true, and the booting out of “M(s)” and just wait your foretelling burst into reality!!

    monk

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  41. Dr Hsu
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 16:23:48

    To be head of a movemnet by getting only 300 plus votes out of the 700 odd people, it is not a easy task for Hairy .

    Which means that he has the mandate of less than half .. Will he become more ultra to gain more support or would he become more moderate? My guess is that he would have to go for the former strategy…

    He should instead become more moderate for the sake of the country and try to play a moderating role to lead this movement..

    As to how he can win, I can only say that in a three corner fights among candidates of almost equal strength, any thing can happen…

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  42. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 17:50:48

    Dr Hsu. My take on the situation

    1. Hairy’s last minute splurge of spending.
    2. Old man’s ranting was too much for mustache
    3. Late release of corrupt practices of man with name of a hantu and his wife by selangor state govt (data probably came from inside UMNO)

    All these are some of influencing factors.

    I heard the push was for man with name of hantu as UMNO needed a street fighter. He is a proven dirty street fighter. Guess Hairy will have to pick up the role. So you are probably right.

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  43. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 17:54:15

    Oh, I forgot to answer to the question of how can he win. Answer, lots of back stabbing and his Oxford education .Oxford has long history of training people how to be polite and stab at the back. After all, it help trained generations of British administrators.

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  44. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 17:55:59

    The English definition of a gentleman is one who shakes you hand and stabs you in the back.

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  45. Disgusted
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 21:01:28

    Kim,

    Ha….haaaa, Ox-Ford training? Polite and stabbing the back. Ha….haaaa, plenty of such Oxfart around in other parties too including Money Collecting Association, Gorekan and May I Come etc.

    Sorry, I don’t know much about Oxfart trained as I was trained in the kangaroo land.

    And we must not forget, Hairy has a long way to go but he should be happy, as he is on the way to become the future PM of your great great grandchildren in the long long future.

    RPK’s chapters on Hairy (23 chapters altogether) should be re-read….his predictions coming to fruition.

    “Ha, hhaaaaa, strangers in the night, exchanging (votes/money???) in the middle of the night,
    Before the poll is through……..(beautiful song)

    monk

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  46. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 21:27:08

    BTN had done severe damage to Umnoputras over the years on the way these people see and think. Things which are logical to others become illogical and vice-versa. That is the reason why one need to be ultra in order to rise in Umno.

    To me, the number of year Khairy in Umno is relatively shorter than people like Toyo and Mukhriz, and the fact that he is oxford-educated make him different in his outlook and thinking. If he was voted in because of this factor rather than perception of being a ultra, then I can interpret as the 300 odds votes that he got can be regarded as inline with ‘moderate’ rather than ‘ultra’. If this is true, then in fact, is a good thing to Umno and Malaysia as a whole.

    I hope Khairy won on being a moderate rather than ultra, and if true, he is facing uphill tasks to correct umnoputra’s mindsets severely damaged by BTN and M elements. Just look at Pak Lah’s parting speech, ask yourself, who has a hand in drafting his speech? My answer is Khairy.

    If my observation is correct, then it is a healthy development towards a healthy 2-party system in Malaysia.

    One thing Khairy in particular, and Umno in general, should acknowledge that Malaysia is belong to all races, not just the Malay.

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  47. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 21:39:43

    My guess is, the one raising kris will be b–ted.

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  48. Disgusted
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 21:55:54

    Cilipadi,

    Sure you are OK? You don’t sound logically illogical tonight……too serious for a cilipadi on a hot topic.

    I hope you are right….by the way, are you Ox-FORD trained?

    monk

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  49. Disgusted
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 22:18:06

    Cilipadi,

    M-uhyiddin won deputy and M-uhammad lost.

    Kris won.

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  50. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 22:23:08

    Hahahaah, monk, I am a drop-out. No other way but planting cilipadi.

    Those are just my gut feelings, may not contain water. Oxford cannot be so low standard, anyway.

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  51. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 22:32:16

    monk,

    Cilipadi not always ‘chun’.

    Hope they can eliminate M elements in their minds.

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  52. cilipadi
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 22:52:26

    monk,

    Back to square one.

    Umno will not and cannot change, period

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  53. klm
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 23:10:24

    If I am Hairy, the first thing I do is hang man with name of hantu. All new emperor must take out dangerous competitor nearest to you. Man with name of hantu will strike at Hairy. Without taking the guy out, Hairy will have to keep watching his back.

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  54. klm
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 10:11:31

    Can you believe this Bung Mokthar Radin elected to supreme council. This person with first name that rhyme wit dung, UMNO manifestation of a thug in the supreme council? He will shout even louder in parliament. Now, he will show what he learned in Taiwan in the frogging excursion. A fist fight or two.

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  55. klm
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 11:40:35

    Adding to the comment on Dung Mokthar , the supreme council seat will encourage his apish behavior in parliament. He really shamed his relatives, the orang utans, with his bad behavior.

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  56. Disgusted
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 13:31:37

    Kim, Cilipadi,

    I still standby my 2-sen worth that UMNO will never change in “essence” and “true characteristic” of a racialist and chauvinistic political animal.

    Old wine in new bottle. It’s still threre, the hype and despite all the rhetoric of a retiring sleepy man ready to go back to his dreams in his departing speech.

    Notice half the speech is about himself and the past glory of the party. Plenty of rhetoric idealism and also contradictions. Equality but sprinkle with race rights like balancing oil and water, struggling to mix both even though in characteristic an opposing nature. If you have 20 apples divided among 20 different people of different races. You give your own single race 10 apples (to one person) and cut the rest of the apples into halves to be divided among the other races, and you calling this, equality.

    Why all these rhetoric when stepping down? Why didn’t Bodohwi realize all these mistakes, unfairness and arrogance when he was riding high in power.

    Why wasn’t the separation of powers of the 3 pillars, executive, legislature and judiciary, respected? Why allow irregularity in electoral reforms and even corrupted the SPR into working hand in hand with its powers, disrespecting the supposedly independence of the body? The IGP, the AG?

    Where is the integrity, accountability and transparency in his governance and administration despite all the repentance and sorry state of admission? Why the Perak coup? Why despite saying everybody be given a say, and the next minute sending FRU and police spraying tear gas against a rally (and rallies)?

    Condemning money politics? Why distributed million ringgit to party division chairmen in the first place (last year)? Why condone contracts and tenders to selected cronies?

    The list goes on and on.

    Finally, the re-election of “jakuns and poltergeists” back into the supremacy body outclass everything else.

    Changes and reforms? No need. Let the voters do the reforms and the changes.

    monk

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  57. klm
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 13:36:58

    Heard a joke from an Ipoh friend.

    Mentri Besar in Perak is a good deal. Buy one get one free.

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  58. cilipadi
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 14:22:51

    well said monk.

    People of Malaysia should just forget about Umno and vote all out for PR.

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  59. Disgusted
    Mar 27, 2009 @ 20:10:47

    Cilipadi,

    I see the signs of an earthquake coming. Prawns aplenty in Kuantan and whales stranded on shores. Small Richter scale earth rumblings in South California and across the belt near Indonesia.

    A dormant volcano rumbling back to life.

    Anyway, a local volcano is spewing smoke now when his baby volcano got rejected.

    And three small earthquakes on April 7, hee….hee.

    If you see your cilipadi plant swaying when there is no wind, you know it’s happening….ya!!!

    monk

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