Stab in the back

Some time back, I wrote an article “This is how politics is played”.. That article illustrtates mainly on how to consolidate one’s power by divide and rule and by promoting ‘donkeys’ who are obedient over smart ‘monkeys’. Better still, by promoting some who have done something wrong and you can have a hold (leash around the neck)  on him…

I will  start a new category today named “political Art”  in which I shall mention how politics are being played…

All these  are from my  observation at the side after I joined a political party a few years ago..And I will pass this on so that newcomers who join politics know how to be aware of these dirty tactics and hopefully , from awareness , they can defend themselves.

Today the first Art of politics  is called ‘ smile and hug/shake-hand in front , stab in the back “.

The most famous ‘stab in the back’ example is best illustrated by this cartoon that I found from this website called Flat rock  ( nz)


In 1939, Stalin was sure that Hitler would not attack him after they signed a Non-aggression pact (or rather to be more precise,  Germany and USSR Signed the pact through thier  respective foreign ministers), and was caught flat-footed when Hitler’s army attacked Russia.

Hitler signed tha pact to throw Stalin off so that Stalin would not start preparing for war, and his army thus gained an initial advantage and pushed the Russian army to outside Moscow….

That was history. But we always learn from history.. There are many other examples, past and present, that illustrate this Art  well. Some may not be the big guys. Even small fries in some insignificant parties are being stabbed at the back everyday, all over the place…Even in businesses, I was told by my business friends.

Give an example.. One eunuch leader could be nice to you, put you under his bureau/committe to work , may even invite you up to functions  to show the top guns that he is close to you, but in the next moment, he would bad mouth you and of course the top guns will believe because they thought he is close to yo uand know you.. .On another occasion, the top guns may want to pass an important  message to you through this  eunuch leader because of the false impression he created that he is close to you, but alas, he will not inform you ….. That is common experiences in the political sphere…

 So the first thing after you join a party is to wear a thick steel vest so that no knife can penetrate you…


The above cartoon reminds me of a picture I saw in Malaysiakini in the article titled “Dr M – from London with Spite”.


These 2 are not of the same league as those in the cartoon above  as far as the world is concerned. But they are important persons who have shaped our country during the past 2 plus decades…

 I would have thought since one is already retired and another on the brink of retiring, all will be forgiven with this embrace… Alas, the Malaysiakini article shows that this is not the case. 

This is of course not ‘stabbing in the back”, this is just play acting, which brings me  to the second Art of politics.

The second art of politics is that  the pre-requisite to be a good politician  is that you must know how to act like a professional actor… Some of these leaders in fact would have won Malaysia its first Oscars, if only  they have gone to the entertainment world instead of politics…  Maybe that would have made Malaysia more famous…


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This is how politics is played


40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 15:52:10

    Ah!. The perfect English gentleman which our politicians emulate very well. The lessons of Oxbridge. Predators like Hitler and Stalin were easy to read. The mandarins are much more difficult. Nice words, nice smile and all the while deciding from which direction to slice you.

    BY the way, I got an interesting comment from a UMNO guy. He said that Of the BN parties, Gerakan and MIC have not changed at all. Wah! what an insult to Gerakan.


  2. klm
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 15:57:48

    I heard today rumour from reliable source (if that is such a thing) that pak lah is dragging his feet stepping down. So pm2b is pre-empting arrangement for swearing in. The palace is also active moving to get pak lah to step aside. The U party calls it a bloodless coup d’etat.

    This sound like the mutual back stabbing featured in the cartoon. So, Dr Hsu, it is not so strange after all.


  3. Dr Hsu
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 16:05:02


    We are so good in wayang kulit that in real life, there are alot of of these ‘wayang’. The hands behind the move is not shown at all… That makes them clever strategists and ‘good’ politicians…

    As to your UMNO friends comment, I think he as a point.. MIC and Gerakan have not really moved… The same sycophants are still around…

    Without real change, the under currents will be stronger.. Try damming this currents will make the currents even stronger when it ultimately burst through… That much I can reveal…


  4. klm
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 17:00:09

    Dr M is still angry at paklah and especially his sil. According to the UMNO guy, on the night before the pemuda election, Sil invited many of Dr M’ son’s supporters to fil’s official residence where he provided makan and 10-15k RM expense handout. Some of these people snapped photos of this occasion. so evidence exist.

    Dr M is upset at this blatant money politics.

    pm2b want to suspend sil. so saga not finished yet.


  5. annoyed
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 17:15:58

    At first, I thought this article of yours is an April fool joke from you, Dr. Hsu. As I scrolled down to read further, I realized this is not a April fool trick, not even a “stab in the back”, but an “outright immoral act” of a so-called grand stateman.

    The outgoing PM at least can be respected for not putting blame on the messes that he inherited when he assumed power from the grand stateman. He must be regretted now for not doing that earlier.


  6. zztop
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 18:17:59

    That senile mamak kutty is still cunning and vicious although almost both his legs are nearly in the grave. Only bodoh guys like our outgoing good dumb dumb guy let this mamak took him for a ride.


  7. anon
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 18:49:50

    For our common enlightenment…



    A bill to outlaw organic farming next week?
    News Brief – April 1, 2009

    US House and Senate are about (in a week and a half) to vote on bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING (bill HR 875). There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before people realize what is happening.

    Main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto (aspartame maker) – chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation. This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to “make sure there is no danger to the public food supply”. This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.

    If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans.

    There is a video on the subject.

    And another one here.

    The name on this outrageous food plan is Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875).

    THIS IS REAL, FOLKS! PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL CONCERNED ON YOUR MAILING LISTS & CALL YOUR SENATE REPRESENTETIVES TODAY! Get on that phone and burn up the wires. Get anyone else you can to do the same thing. The House and Senate WILL pass this if they are not massively threatened with loss of their position…. They only fear your voice and your vote.

    The best thing to do is to go here, all you have to do is put in your zip and it will give you your congressperson and how to get in touch with them. When you call their office someone will answer the phone, just tell them (politely) that you are calling to express your views on HR 875. Tell them your views, they’ll take your name and address and pass your comments along to the congressperson. The following link is a list of the U.S. senators and their contact info.

    Also see: Goodbye Organic Farmers


  8. looes74
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 22:59:09

    Well Hsu,
    Then make sure Bn lost in these by elections. Let BN lose all 3 seats.
    Frankly, I am sick of the situation. Yes, at this moment, everything done by BN is wrong. They have just lost their credibility


  9. klm
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 23:32:39

    Ah ha!. When is the Gerakan dam going to break?


    BTW. I heard KTK wants a minister position. He had been busy recently. I hope he wont be given one. Shame on him. How can a reject gets to be a minister?


  10. Justin Choo
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 23:58:26

    Dr Hsu,

    Knowing the Art of politics qualifies you to be a first rate politician. I notice first rate salespersons have similar characteristics, except they smile continuously.

    Actually just hope you would read my mail to you, maybe rejected to Spam.


  11. cilipadi
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 10:32:42

    A Malaysian people was using my catch phrase in Malaysiakini Vox Populi. Hehe, anyone can use this. This is not belongs to me exclusively.

    Rakyat Malaysia: You would only be scared of the Altantuya issue if you had done something wrong! Why ban the name Altantuya?

    Is this by Najib’s instruction? Siapa makan cili, dia rasa pedasnya.

    This ban is against the federal constitution. It is against our freedom of expression.


  12. klm
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 11:11:28

    Dr Hsu. On your story about the eunuch ahem leader. Nice guy dont join political party. If you want to joint, throw your morality away. Start stabbing backs. After, these are scums. Be the scummiest of all of them.

    Then these Gerakan people will respect you.


  13. klm
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 15:05:08

    If you are a leader in a political party, you have to watch your back. After all, how can you trust a politician or one who join a political party (no offense to Dr. Hsu 🙂 ).

    Rule 1 on survival as a leader in a political party ala Dr. Hsu. Promote a donkey. But its better to have a smart monkey with skeleton in the cupboard.

    Dr. M is successful because he chooses the second option.

    A perfect person is no use. He/She will not do as told. A person with skeleton will have to. Moral of the story, you must have some or else stuff to keep people in line.


  14. Dr Hsu
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 15:06:03

    your source of the Menteri position is again spot on.


  15. annoyed
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 15:44:57

    Gerakan is really spot on. Those unwanted rubbish of rakyat can still be chosen as State Exco and Federal Minister. Both Chief and Deputy Chief can be so comfortable, what for listen to grassroots voice.

    Bkt Gantang by-election can see your Chang organised scantily clad young girls performances to attract audiences. Do you think the voters are so dumb? Zahid Hamidi even said this is part of Chinese custom that he MUST respect. What an insult from this guy who take charge of Islamic matters.

    Cilipadi, let me borrow you catch phrase since you allowed it,

    siapa makan cili, dia rasa pedas


  16. pohwatchdog
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 20:28:06

    Where are we going in this economic tsunami that hit our shore? Are we not satisfy with this perception that BN is not doing enough for the rakyat? Gerakan is doing a good job to improve the qualities of life for Perakians. Are we satisfy with a ex-MB showing his skill in chay koay teow? Are we happy with this greedy nature of a so called millionaire? Is the party don’t have capable, dedicated and committed candidate? Is the people so naive, iresponsible and logical to spoil their vote?

    What the rakyat want is one who can work, deliver and committed to the welfare of the people? Can the PR deliver? Voice or action only? Vote with conscience for one that can deliver, serve and not one that ran away from the people after the by election. What we want is heard the voice from the people?


  17. annoyed
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 21:23:09


    To answer you,

    Where are we going in this economic tsunami that hit our shore? Ans – no where to go

    Are we not satisfy with this perception that BN is not doing enough for the rakyat? Ans – BN is doing nothing for the rakyat

    Gerakan is doing a good job to improve the qualities of life for Perakians. Ans – How?

    Are we satisfy with a ex-MB showing his skill in chay koay teow? Ans –


  18. Disgusted
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 21:27:43

    Well, in politics, hypocrisy is a fashionable vice and back-stabbing is part and parcel of this organised vice.

    MCA is full of this activity, the party crisis caused between the president and his deputy, and continuing.

    So AMNO being an organised hypocrisy naturally habors back-stabbing. And the on-going ceramahs in the two “bukits” and one “batang” also promote daily “back-stabbing.”

    It’s a Malaysian political culture.



  19. robertchai48
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 21:28:58

    Agree with you pohwatchdog. Vote with conscience and rational for who can deliver. Gerakan can win back the support from the people if the grassroot is committed, united and dedicated from house to house in Kuala Sapetang. Nothing wrong with the entertainment. PR do have their show with their Wanita leaders from Bukit Mertajam and Serdang sing various numbers to entertain the folks in Kuala Sapetang. Is it not the woman too use their sexy voice to convince the folks here? Is it bias that sexy woman play a part here for both side? Just watch in Gerakan need to listen what the people voice and want, deliver their promise and forgot those who badmouth them.

    Anyway good luck to our incoming PM. Hopefully his one malaysia concept can bring a fair and just society.


  20. annoyed
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 21:35:39

    Are we satisfy with a ex-MB showing his skill in chay koay teow? Ans – What ex-MB. He is my legal MB.

    Are we happy with this greedy nature of a so called millionaire? Ans – Who is this greedy millionaire?

    Is the party don’t have capable, dedicated and committed candidate? Ans – Which party? Gerakan?

    Is the people so naive, iresponsible and logical to spoil their vote? Ans – No, we will vote for PR.

    What the rakyat want is one who can work, deliver and committed to the welfare of the people? Can the PR deliver? Ans – PR can, give them chance to try. No try, never know.

    Voice or action only? Ans – Voice and action. Now voice, got power, then action.

    Vote with conscience for one that can deliver, serve and not one that ran away from the people after the by election. Ans – yes, vote with conscience, vote PR. Who ran away?

    What we want is heard the voice from the people? Ans – PR can.


  21. pohwatchdog
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 21:40:27

    Is BN not doing enough for the people? Have you study history? It need to take 1 day to reached Bukit Gantang back in 1899 from Batu Gajah? Today, 2009 we reached Bukit Gantang in one hour from Batu Gajah. We are enjoying blogging or socalled ‘new media”. Is our country broadband internet connection that bad? Are we not satisfy with whatever provided by the government of the day? What we expect from the government of the day? Political stabilty, race harmony, economic prosperity, improvement in health service, reasonable cost of living, affordable petrol price and education opportunities for our children. The government of the day have provide for it but need to move forward for a fair and just society. Can we satisfy 100 percent of the people? Impossible.


  22. rajpal
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 21:51:39

    We need to change from PR to BN. BN have the track record from what I have realised. Political tsunami that happened on the March 8 heve make me a real fool. We give chance to PR but no substance have been done in Bukit Gantang when PR in control of the state government. If we have the rational and logical thinking, I think BN can deliver more compare with PR.

    I think PR don’t have any capable candidate compare with BN. Who is the millionaire? PR candidate who claimed that he was a millionaire before involved in politic. Who give him the push to become a millionaire. Do bite the hand that have feed us.


  23. klm
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 22:04:58

    pohwatchdog. Sound like you are a member of Gerakan.

    First, what has Gerekan done for people of Perak.
    Nothing. Zero. Dont know why you are so proud of non-performance.

    Second. If BN after spending so many billions and yet no development, then something is really wrong.

    Should we continue voting BN. Yes if it still meet our aspiration. But given what had and is happening in recent years. Answer is big NO.

    Should we support Gerakan. NO BLOODY WAY.


  24. Disgusted
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 22:24:18

    Any dog who heads the government can bring in development. So why give credit to the BN government. The government did not bring Internet to the people because the BN government loves you.

    In fact, the prosperity of the country owes it to the hardworking people and NOT the government. The problem with mindsets of the 1900s, is that the people MUST be grateful to the government. For christ sake, the government should be grateful to the people for electing them to lead the country and NOT the other way round.

    Yeah, one day, your dog will demand your gratitude for keeping it. Primitive mindsets need changing.

    I don’t owe this government any gratitude. Why don’t you people thank Toyo for wasting your money, tax payers money for his holiday leisure.

    Maybe some of you should send Toyo a letter and thank him, eh?

    For using your money….ridiculous!! Thank you to BN government…….not a million years!!



  25. annoyed
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 22:27:25


    Can you answer me line by line as what I responded to you? Don’t spin to other topic, can we?

    I can answer you the rest of your comments the best I can after you responded to me, line by line.


  26. Disgusted
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 22:51:27


    Of course we studied history, that’s why I and many others stopped supporting an arrogant, bullying, racist government. Have you studied history besides “the short distance” to Bukit Gantang. Is that all you have studied?

    I hope you study more and we can talk more on those “items” you mentioned. Reasonable costs of living, health care, race harmony…etc.

    I will reply you point by point too WITH HISTORY, FACTS and STATISTICS how “wonderful” the BN has brought to this country.

    By the way, please send a thank you letter to Toyo for wasting so much of the tax payers money. And for supporting Zakaria, remember history? His mansion? Or have you forgotten history, so soon?



  27. cilipadi
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 22:54:57


    A dog is a dog.

    A dog owes gratitude to its owner, if not, the dog is not a good dog.

    But, what I want to see is a cat not dog.

    I don’t care whether the cat is white or black, so long the cat can catch mice, the cat is a good cat.

    BN = Dogs? PR= Cats? Malaysians, you decide.

    dog makan cili, cat rasa pedas?


  28. cilipadi
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 23:27:47


    Dogs are running away.

    New dawn tomorrow for Malaysia?

    Good luck Malaysia.


  29. SS
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 11:59:58

    The best Oscar actor award goes to ….Anwar Ibrahim! The best critics, accusers, defamers, rumours-spreaders go to ….Mr.Pakatan Rakyat! Enough is enough, show sincerity by action not assassinating characters, spreading rumours, blaming BN this and that and false accusations.


  30. klm
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 12:54:36

    What has BN, and especially Gerakan done for the Chinese farmers in Perak.

    Perak has the best potential to develop into a major hub for food and agriculture in this region. There are major food brands like Ngan Yin Peanuts, Ipoh White Coffee. etc.

    But the BN govt had been putting obstacles to prevent these farmers from growing like land conversion. Preventing them to be big players. But they have flourished despite the obstacles. But they could make this agribusiness really big if the constraints are removed.

    How dare Pohwatchdog say that Gerakan is doing a good job to improve the qualities of life for Perakians? Gerakan is part of the problem.


  31. Disgusted
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 16:10:03

    The best Oscar should go to political characters like SS Hilter. Bohong Nasional is finished come the next round.

    No party has so perfecting assassinate characters compared to AMNO actors and spreading rumors AND LIES too.

    Compared to Pakatan, BN has mastered the art to beyond perfection, 63 years of practicising. Almost comparable to SS Hilter.

    Sincerity? Abdullah administration is a perfect example with manifesto 2004. Sincerely unaccomplished.

    Ha, ha….Pakatan is only a toddler, no wonder slaughtered by old foxes from right and left.

    The Auditor General’s report on cheating, financial leakages and corruption, a report of lies???? False accusations? Buying a screwdriver for a few hundred ringgit when it actually costs less than RM50.

    Well, those who believe that these are lies, need a screw in his brain.



  32. Disgusted
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 16:24:18


    Some dogs need to take a professional course in politics. Not in a university but in LIFE university.

    Meaning, to grow up mentally.

    Well, some people only believe (in history) that the British are colonialist but there is a new brand of imperial masters. Imagine local citizens being colonized by your own LOCAL powerful oligarchy TRIBAL elites.

    Yes, we have a wonderful history. Like Hishamuddin said, ONLY Malays and rulers had contributed to this BOLEHLAND independence.

    Meaning, the other races have been dead a long time. They never contributed to the history and development of this country, your own country.

    Cilipadi, give these poltergeists cilipadi. Txs.



  33. pohwatchdog
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 22:48:13

    Agri business need a lot of commitment, labour intensive and investment. A number of agri based business have shifted to Vietnam. Why Vietnam not Malaysia? Of course business concern will look into cost saving. As for your information groundnut industry is very labour intensive, even our youngster don’t want to work in rubber or oil palm plantation. Is it not a problem to save cost if we get the groundnut back and package back here in Perak?

    What have Gerakan done for Perakian? With their wawasan open university at least more than thousands of students have the opportunities to further their studies. How about new villagers in Perak got their infrastructure development, Chinese school expansion in Gerakan held constituency, scholarship, Gerakan education loan, new villagers getting their land title, request for Form 6 classes to be set up, recreation park and the list goes a lot way. What have Gerakan done for Penang?

    No doubt, we need to see what PR have done. Setting up “tiger park” in Penang? Sensationalise issue to gain political mileage. Make huhahuha issues for emotional and sensation issues. Is it rational or logical for this type of issues and bring benefit for the people? Have we learnt from history? Have we really done our research well and throughly? The people will make the decision to reject those who are not sincere to serve the people. That is why the people have make their choice in the last March 8.

    The new chapter have just begin. Wait and see for the One Malaysia concept for a fair and just society. God bless Malaysia.


  34. klm
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 00:02:49

    Goodness. I do admire a loyal Gerakan member.
    But it sound so close minded and patronage driven.

    The people do not need such kind of politics. We need a fair and open society with equal opportunity. If Gerakan still thinks the way as described by powatdog, then it is no wonder the Gerakan candidates were roundly ejected. This kind of mentality contributed to the demise of Gerakan.
    Gerakan’s thinking is no longer in line with the aspiration of the people. A misfit.


  35. klm
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 00:24:15

    Powatdog is so proud of Malaysian agribusiness shifting to Vietnam. When I was buying food stuff in the supermarket in US, I came across a familiar brand and packaging – canned Yeo Soya drink. Very familiar to one in Malaysia. I look down at the can and it said Product of Vietnam. Do you think the business will do packaging in Ipoh. No. My friend, the export business will not be in Malaysia. I have come across many businesses being done this way.

    Jobs, opportunities etc are being moved out. Most of these businesses are in specialised high technology areas. Main reason is why give away a portion of the business to others who dont add value.


  36. annoyed
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 00:35:32


    I am really annoyed with your naive. You views reflect you cannot live without Umno / BN. But, that is your choice since this is how a democracy works. I am just annoyed, that’s all.

    You think Najib will come out with One Malaysia idea without PR hard works to fight for a better and fairer Malaysia?

    You are just too naive, pohwatchdog. You need to let your brain checked by Dr. Hsu.


  37. klm
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 11:46:40

    pohwatchdog. I just thought of a phrase to describe the politics you described. I call it corrupt politics. Voters begging for basic facilities from the ruling party – road, schools, water, jobs, license to get a place in pasar malam, license to open a nasi lemak store. A signature from the MCA headman to get a TOL, a signature from a Gerekan someone to do something.

    They used to call this communism. The communist part (aka ruling party) control all aspect of life. Even China has abandon these practices But BN call this democracy and practice this for so many years and still want to continue it.

    If you cannot see anything wrong with this kind of politics then god have mercy on your soul.


  38. Disgusted
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 13:17:19

    History…ha, haaa, an UMNO MB from the north ask people to grow padi on rooftops…..that your type of politician, pollwatchdog.

    Moving agri to Vietnam, the reason being corruption (selling subsidised fertilisers) and many factors that has retarded our agro-industry and the hardworking ones not helped at all.

    At one time, we were top in agri but now Thailand has caught up and pretty far ahead because of Taiwanese expertise.

    Maybe somebody needs to grow padi in the brain.



  39. klm
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 15:49:11

    To add to disgusted. Thailand is now no 1 in agribusiess. The taiwanese have brought their technology over to Thailand because land and labour is cheaper. Indonesia is following the same strategy as Thailand.

    Very soon, Thailand and Indonesia will be the largest exporter if agriculture and fruits and prawns and fish in this region.

    Thailand is now 1 in rubber export. The rubber planters from Malaysia ran away to Thailand because of Melayu Ketuanan thing. To some extent ditto Indonesia in Oil Palm. These were technology developed in Malaysia.


  40. Disgusted
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 22:54:09


    To add too: Thailand has the largest tract of land (as big as Malacca state) for “paper” planting which churns out “Double AA” photostat papers supplying to SEA and East Asia. The “Double AA” papers used here and elsewhere are manufactured produced in Thailand.

    Yes, more leaving for investing in Vietnam and Cambodia, to hell they say to Ketuanan b****s



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