They still have not got it yet!

First,  we have the announcement that a certain assemblyman, a deputy head of a state, is under investigation for corruption.

The media played it up, and the notion that a person is innocent until proven guilty is conveniently forgotten in this case. The impression given was that he is really guilty.

The assemblyman resigned. A byelection is going to be called, as in accordance to election law of the country.

Then, we have  the side opposite to this assemblyman suddenly saying that they will give this by election a miss, so as not to ‘waste public fund”.. How grand sounding and how convenient, bearing in mind that this waste is nothing if we compare it to the commission of many hundred millions…

Of course, if the intention is really to save fund and reduce politicking , then I support it… But looking at the whole thing, it may not be as simple as it appears.. A bigger reason, which has been mentioned in many blogs, is that it fears losing again.

Then the Old Horse started saying that there must be a contest. The new Head on the helm is now caught in a difficult position.

To go for contest would give a perception that the Old Horse is still in control. To give a walkover , like the initial intention,  would alienate those allied to the Old Horse. The new Head has seen how the Old Horse has pushed the Old Head down the ravine, even the Old Head’s SIL cannot get a post despite winning the Youth position.

Suddenly, the sky is clear..The heave of relief is heard..  The investigating authority suddenly said that there is no case for the corruption.. after all the hoo haa , the assemblyman is not corrupt after all.

How convenient this has come.. The timing is just right..

 Now, the assemblyman can retract his letter of resignation, there will be no more byelection as wished by the new Head,  the dilemma whether to contest or not is now over, the potential confrontation with the old Horse is again over…….Everyone is a winner… A win win situation really..

What is left is of course the perception that everything in this Bolehland is under manipulation…. They still have not got it yet after many  defeats.

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KongKor
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 12:06:15

    Aye Aye, Doc.

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  2. fi-sha
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 12:34:38

    Dear Dr Hsu
    They never learnt that we are not stupid as they think we are. The more ‘creative’ they get, the more they are spiralling down to extinction.

    Dr Seuss says “I like nonsense – it wakes up the brain cells”. Our nonsensical gomen really wakes us up, dont they Dr Hsu?

    p.s. cats are 1 of my fave pets, would you be a kind soul not to refer our Gomen as cats please?

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  3. Dr Hsu
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 12:38:17

    fi-sha and other cat lovers, sorry for using cats…I will use another term the next time..

    It is just a metaphor,, i used it because of the saying by deng Xiao Peng that ” any cat that cathces mice is a good cat”. And I am also a cat lover as well as animal lovers.. Sorry

    ………….
    On second thought, I will change the word Cat and use another term for this post… Cheers!

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  4. Disgusted
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 12:44:38

    To get the right perception, Malaysians should stand “at the top” of the mountain and look down…..down to the history of the UMNOputra leadership.

    The Aiyo Yoyo era in Selangor, the Cha-karia in Klang, the costs of the screw-driver, the mad-rempits, the ear-to-ear squat, thousand or million ringgit spent on flower-pots or flag-pole in Penang and Perak respectively..

    The repair costs to the ceiling of the National Zoo by semi-value, the shouting matches by binatang representatives, the floating of the keris, the buy-buy at by-elections, santa claus distribution also at by-elections, the self-denial that cool-rupted party members should not be investigated by the agency of cows and cars…etc

    Of course, Zam the great, then came Strawberry and now Rice-ahh as information and communication chiefs….VVIP treatment for bloggers on free curry and accommodation.

    Aiyooooo!! Too many to examples boring to death. Stand on the top of the mlountain and you see all these…including manipulations, strangulations, exploitations……the BBC dictionary also cannot describe all these-lah.

    Wander-full, no spelling error here, wander-full nation. But no more wander-ring anymore. Enough is enough.

    monk

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  5. cilipadi
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 12:45:17

    I told you, they are just a deck of dirty tainted cards.

    Cilipadi is right
    To vote PR with might
    To fight, fight and fight
    Till victory is in sight

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  6. Disgusted
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 13:04:45

    Cilipadi,

    In the 50s, engagement ring,
    Came the 60s, the wedding ring,
    Now in 2009, we are all suffer-ring,
    and you are singing,
    though not dancing,
    Peoples’ marriage with Ba-li-san is over,
    No more lover,
    The horizon, a divorce,
    louder and louder, this common voice,
    Yes, you are right,
    Future should be bright,
    To fight, fight, fight,
    Till victory is in sight.

    monk

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  7. fi-sha
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 13:13:44

    Dear Dr Hsu

    Im sorry for the inconvenience caused at your end…thank you Sir!

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  8. cilipadi
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 13:21:36

    cilipadi is laughing
    at what is happening

    this deck of cards is deceiving
    they thought people are believing
    so they start singing
    they are really disgusting

    monk is suffering
    because of the wedding ring
    now the bell is ringing
    time to go for divorcing

    let’s stop this suffering
    so that you can start enjoying
    only way is to keep fighting
    with victory, you can start celebrating

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  9. KTCool
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 13:35:06

    Dear Doc.

    It was b’cos the DCM had resigned, otherwise MACC would have fabricated some evidences to charge him

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  10. Dr Hsu
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 13:40:06

    Everybody is suffering
    because someone has been manipulating
    thinking all of us are stupid,
    and as tame as rabbits

    Even wakeup calls have fallen on deaf ears
    when will they awake, dear
    the commentators have all turned poets
    i will sit and watch the duets

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  11. klm
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 13:57:08

    The whole civil service is playing political games. Polticians playing political games is acceptable. But Govt servants playing political games is trend that is dangerous and a road to destruction. These are across the board:

    -Election commission
    -MACC
    -Judiciary
    -Police

    This must be arrested immediately. Professionalism, honour, integrity and sense of duty must return.

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  12. Taikohtai
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 14:04:40

    From afar, I sit behind my desk and ponder
    What is happening to my ex-country?
    Things seem to go from bad to worse
    Thank goodness I’ve already vamoosed

    But many loved ones are still in a lurch and quandry
    As BN and political parties wash their dirty laundry
    I’d like to share and contribute whatever sundry
    Hoping to make Malaysia a better place and country

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  13. A true Malaysian
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 14:29:24

    Wow, it’s poem time again
    something real hot start this game
    let us play the ‘new’ card game
    discarding ‘old’ cards & start afresh again

    cilipadi and monk are great poets
    don’t just sit and watch them duets
    both have wisdom we never forget
    Let’s chip in and make this forum great

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  14. klm
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 14:34:39

    While we are immersed in silly political games, the world is whizzing us by.

    I am intrigued by a video i saw last night and a news article I read just now. First on the video, It demonstrated a new toy which will be released end of this year – a toy that let a player use the brain wave to control the movement of a ping pong ball.

    The news article was from MI. “Brain-Twitter project offers hope to paralysed patients” – a device and software to send a message on twitter using brainwave and no keyboard.

    We are seeing the start of development of mentalics ( a term used by Issac Asimov – a science fiction writer for people with mental power). This is moving into the 22nd century stuff.
    I believe the future is in mental development. (you should read the Foundation series – my favorite science fictions)

    And here we are still stuck in the medieval ages.

    And I agree with Taikothai. We should vamoose and do better things with our life. There are so much more opportunities to expand our mind out there.

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  15. Fatimah Zuhri
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 14:35:01

    Sir,

    1. The question in everyone’s mind is WHY did Fairuz resigned? Or who submitted his undated resignation letter?

    2. MB Khalid was investigated but he did not resign.

    3. Eli Wong got into a scandal and offered to resign but PKR told him to go for holiday!

    4. Why didn’t Fairuz do the same thing until the investigation is finish?

    5. Doesn’t Fairuz with his 2 Masters degree know that once you resigned you are barred for 5 years?

    6. Why did Fairuz threatened to tell all if Anwar did not supported him?

    7. Why there is still no DCM 1? What is PR game here?

    8. Does PR think the ADUN seat which is based on people’s vote is a joke? How dare you?

    9. Come GE13 people will show their displeasure!

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  16. Joker
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 14:42:20

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    By reading your article i realize that you are a man of principle. Just can’t understand why you are still stuck with the no back bone Gerakan? Your chief had after the 308 election clearly said that he won’t accept a back door appointment as minister. But, today he eat his own word.

    Even your deputy chief being rejected by the voters but still so ‘thick skin’ in accepting the so-called adviser for Chinese affair appointment for his own personal benefit! He is rejected by the Chinese voters. In what capacity is he claiming to represent the Perak Chinese view?

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  17. Ken
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 15:26:52

    I believe Fairus has a case to answer for the RM10,000 deposited into his account by a quarry operator.

    Of course everybody claims it is a “loan” when found out but is the quarry operator his relative or long time friend? Nothing has been heard about this.

    Based on the irrefutable bank transaction, I should think MACC has a pretty strong case against Fairus.

    The MACC stated that Fairus’ area of responsibility does not involve quarry operators. This is a pretty weak argument as a Deputy CM can still exert influence outside his scope of responsibilities.

    It looks like the MACC is playing politics just like the EC. Everything is corrupted in Bolehland.

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  18. Ken
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 15:34:34

    And the next steps in this drama.

    1. PKR says Fairus cannot retract his resignation..

    2. Fairus writes to EC to retract his resignation.

    3. EC declares Fairus is still the Penanti Assemblyman so no by-election.

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  19. Nick
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 15:54:09

    10k deposit into his bank account? Aiyo, how bodoh. Must be a simpleton. His 2 Masters degree must have been bought on-line or maybe his dissertations were done by someone else? I work for a private company and if a supplier ever “loan” me any money, I am as guilty as the Klang Zakaria (deceased). If MACC let him off the hook, I will never vote for such a crooked individual, whichever party he is from. Hopeless MACC!

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  20. wassup
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 16:19:23

    Investigated is one thing, under performing is another. That DCM1 post is not for child’s play. It’s serious business. We’re talking about the whole of Penang and not Perlis. I don’t think Fairuz can carry it out from the look of Jeff Ooi’s face (muahahaha…). To give a hint that he’s corrupted is a ploy. Better than saying that he, from PKR, can’t handle the DCM1 post. After resign, now just say ‘no case’ lo…

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  21. Kevin
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 16:35:03

    wassup, nice plot but PKR doesn’t control the MACC.

    Latest on the Fairus saga from malaysiakini…Fairus reiterates his resignation.

    Looks like he’s not going to play by MACC script so is the agency now going to turn around and say they have a case after all?

    Stay tuned!

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  22. Kevin
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 16:44:55

    Yeah Nick, how bodoh. At least get cash lah! Not that I’m condoning corruption, mind you.

    PKR’s mistake was to put such a young, inexperienced greenhorn in such an important post. See what happened now? No wonder even before this corruption case, there were so many complaints about him under performing. What can you expect from a person foolish enough to allow a quarry operator to bank RM10K into his account?

    And there’s more. The fellow who arranged this transaction is his PKR colleague who was known to be trying to pull him down and this fellow is the one who spilled the beans to the MACC with all bank details.

    Now, how foolish can you get?

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  23. Nick
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 17:35:02

    Kevin, I have no preference for age. Greenhorn like Nie Ching (Serdang) and Nurul Izzah (Pantai) have out-performed the older MPs. It is always good to give responsibilities to young people. Making mistakes is tolerable but not corruption: One strike and you are out. There is no second chance like in many marriages. PKR should not be like UMNO. Rustam is guilty but carry on as Malacca MB. Khairy is guilty but carry on and now Youth chief. Never compromise with corruption.

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  24. Mia Oleary
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 19:24:59

    The guys into gaming and betting on Fairus, should stop now.
    Fairus is not like the 3 in Perak.

    He has reaffirmed his intentions to quit.

    Elections Commission cannot even answer why they did not announce their decision on the Penanti vacany when they met this week. Which means – they were bluffing all the while that they will decide this week? It never happended before, but why now like this? Were they waiting for the gaming boys to ‘convert’ Fairus and get him to withdraw his resignation and become BN friendly?

    The EC does not seem to want to answer this at all.

    Instead, want to talk about ethics during elections. Shifting focus and goal posts?
    EC’s credibility is at stake here for misleading the public.

    The MACC – another bull shit establishment.

    Maintaining silence over very obvious cases but harping on Fairus, based on media reports.
    It was the MSMs that continued to ‘expose’ a ‘no-case’ issue, but the pressure exerted on the MACC to corner Fairus – shame on you buggers.

    There were media reports of an ex-MB of Selangor.
    But no news till now from MACC. The whole world knows about how he condoned inappropriate use of public funds. So blind to obvious cases?

    In the case of Khalid, very quick to mention that there is proof for prosecution.
    But no initiative to investigate the ex-MB?

    If this is not double standards, what else is?

    And you fellows want the Malaysian rakyat to abide by Rukun Negara all the while?

    What examples have you fellows been to begin with?
    Examine your actions first, before you look at others.

    Earn a honest living. Dont compromise your principles and the ‘Akujanji’ declarations that you all swear upon to observe whilst discharging your duties for the public and earning your salaries from the taxpayers.

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  25. Dr. No
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 20:44:11

    What happens now that the assemblyman still wants to resign

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  26. annoyed
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 20:58:36

    They are good in sloganeering
    No solid work but bragging
    This deck of cards is stinking
    It is time for white-washing

    Retired man not retiring
    Keep barking for nothing
    His actions are annoying
    He is father of sloganeering

    All Malaysians are suffering
    So keep fighting to stop suffering
    and keep Malaysian Sun shining
    with victory, we can start celebrating

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  27. Dr Hsu
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 21:12:13

    Someone aske me whether I am one of the 50 odd bloggers invited by new Info chief for a dinner.. No, I was not invited, since I am considered an anti establishment blogger, even though i am a gerakan member..

    I would not have attended even if invited…

    I am actually not anti establishment or pro establishment. I am just a neutral person trying to voice out what is so obvious on the ground…

    Trying to be the mirror on the wall for the people in power, trying to help the people in power by providing a reflection for them, but those who do not like their own reflection do not like mirrors…

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  28. Disgusted
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 22:16:18

    Oh! PKR, the toddler now in growing pains,
    Balisan plainly suffering from labor pains,
    Whoo! Rakyat watching in pain.

    The Old Horse galloping back from the plain,
    Shouting for his claim,
    As the new emperor watching from his plane.

    Will our destiny go back to the same?
    Warlords playing the past game?
    As our crippled nation walking in lame?

    No, we’ll change, cried the emperor,
    There will be no more errors,
    Saying, we promise you, no more horrors!

    We listen to you, the emperor cried,
    Till your tears are dried,
    Please believe us, he decried !

    The rakyat listened and laughed,
    Life had been rough,
    But believing the emperor was tough.

    Has anything changed, we asked?
    Agency for cows and cars still caged?
    Erection Commission making people raged?

    Oh Emperor, we like to believe your icing-cream,
    But we have our own dream,
    You see, Emperor, we are dreaming a dream.

    A beautiful dream, thou cannot understand,
    Behold, our dream your logic cannot withstand,
    It is all Malaysians, unity we stand.

    Better listen to the Old Horse, your Lordship,
    Sink with your old ship,
    Because, the Rakyat is building their own new ship.

    sadly, your lordship’s days are numbered,
    Yes, we the Rakyat is humbled,
    Cos’ your cabinet castle is in crumbles.

    Because awaken we are from this nightmare,
    Because many more will take the dare,
    And millions more will care.

    The values our generations cherish,
    Shall not perish,
    Dreaming as One Malaysian, we lavish.

    Divided us, your party,
    Wasting resources, from our kitty,
    We are not going to sit silently, looking pretty.

    No more stupid inhuman laws,
    No more ISA and threats from your claws,
    No more Bi-li-san jesters and in-laws.

    We shall prevail, our dreams and hopes,
    Toddler PKR must grow and cope,
    Pakatan must strive with lopes.

    Enough of this rat race,
    Enough of this base-race,
    Enough is enough of your rhetorical pace race.

    The keris, we forget not,
    Zakaria, we love not,
    Aiyoo Yo, we complain not.

    Shine, the moon must guide,
    The rocket shall fly and glide,
    The eye must watch on all sides.

    We, shall reach our destination,
    Meeting our own expectations,
    With peoples’ collective will, our disposition.

    308, our inspiration,
    Creating aspirations,
    Yes, the beginning of Ba-li-san’s expiration.

    monk

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  29. annoyed
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 22:56:42

    Guilty in vote buying still “disanjungi”
    Lost in party election still “dipilihi”
    Against the inspiration of their “ahli-ahli”
    Indulging in game called “siok sendiri”
    Apa ini punya “parti”
    Corruption pun “disanjungi”
    Rermaisuri pun “dipilihi”
    Apa pasal macam “ini”

    This poem “Rojak” is dedicated to newly minted suPreMd council of the so-called biggest political party in Malaysia.

    Dr. Hsu, up to now, they stil have not got it yet. Let them “siok sendiri” for a few more years, then TIME’S UP.

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  30. annoyed
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 23:01:11

    Rermaisuri AP pun “dipilihi”……correction of error in poem Rojak…hahaha

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  31. chinseng
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 00:35:40

    Everything is corrupted in Bolehland. – Ken

    Never compromise with corruption – Nick

    The MACC – another bull shit establishment. -Mia Oleary

    Corruption pun “disanjungi” -annoyed

    Everybody is suffering – Dr Hsu

    But no more wander-ring anymore. Enough is enough. – monk

    Come GE13 people will show their displeasure! – Fatimah Zuhri

    Well done!! my friend…

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  32. kittykat46
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 00:39:13

    “10k deposit into his bank account?”
    Mat Tyson was smarter than that. All strictly cash transaction, untraceable source.

    Yeah, Fairus definitely had something fishy.
    MACC is just a politicised as ever.
    Selective prosecution OK, if instructed
    Selective “Kau Tim” also OK, if instructed.

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  33. desmond
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 01:21:30

    So Dr,

    What hope is there left that there are still things that cannot be manipulated?It used to be only rule by law. Now it is rule outside of the law.It seems this country is going only one way…….down and out.

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  34. annoyed
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 09:11:51

    I would not have attended even if invited……by Dr. Hsu

    Those pro-establishment may say you “sour grape” in saying this, but the fact is that we are all here to criticize with facts, not just bragging. We criticize the deck of cards with good intentions to assist them look at themselves clearly and hopefully cleansed their ‘stinking’ acts, but they just couldn’t take our good intended criticisms of Dr. Hsu, and so-called ‘anti-establishment’ bloggers. All they want to hear are nice comments that make them ‘shiok sendiri’.

    Dr. Hsu, you are right to say that they are afraid to look their own images in mirrors…because they themselves know they ‘stink’, ‘dirty’.

    We criticize Anwar, Kit Siang, Hadi….but at least they accepted our criticisms. Anwar even said sorry to Guan Eng. Read for yourselves here

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/103079

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  35. clearwater
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:07:16

    Dr Hsu,

    You considered anti-establishment? I must be more careful with those I associate with lest I be tainted with the same brush. Let’s see what your stats reveal – age 50’s, medical doctor with own practice, income Rm 6 figures, taxpayer, responsible husband and father, married with grown children whom you put through university, church goer, music lover, blogger, Gerakan cc member, no criminal record, holds non-violent but often critical views of government policies and practices. Hates hypocrisy. Detests self serving politicians. Practices meritocracy. Wants a better Malaysia for all, not just for BN/Umno members.

    Hey! Like me, many commentators in this blog share similar statistics with your profile ( please correct if erroneous) and share your views on certain issues you blog about. We must be in danger of being considered anti-establishment as well. Oh well, I suppose I’ll have to live with that tag in that case. At my age (50’s) finally, I , a solid member of the law abiding, tax paying, self reliant, professional middle class, am anti-establishment in Malaysia.

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  36. Dr Hsu
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:09:53

    clearwater, not only that, you are also to be grouped under the “not grateful” category. I supposed most of the commentators will be in that category, not grateful even if you contribute tens of thousands in taxation over the years to help build the country..

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  37. Dr Hsu
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:16:40

    annoyed,
    Basically that is where the difference of BN and PR lies.

    IN PR, each component can criticises the other and yet there is no open war. IN BN, just imagine if OTK or KTK expresses regret or displeasure at UMNO Chief, that would be torn pictures, demons outside their HQs, etc.

    I have metioned many times to my top leaders that they have to fight for more space of dissent within BN, and cannot be sycophants… That is the main reason why Gerakan lost..

    If Karpal or LGE can criticise PKR and PAS and yet they can sit down and thrash out their differences, why can’t KTK or OTK or Semivalue criticise UMNO and UMNO accept the criticism in good faith?

    There lies the number one problem in the coalition. IT is not a coalition of equal partners, but rather, a partnership of major ad minor players, where the major player like the the major shareholders hod all the keys and the minor players just have to follow…

    This subservience is the main cause of defeat, and to do away with this subservient , there is just one way for the components… opt out of the coalition and be an independnet entities, … whereby they can still support the good policies from whichever side…

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  38. Felix
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 12:24:48

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    I read in the chinese newspaper yesterday that there was a proposal to amend the Article 48(6) of the federal constitution which currently prohibits the wakit rakyat from resigning otherwise they will be ban for 5 years from being wakit rakyat.
    It was mentioned by Tan Keng Liang (kedah gerakan youth) that there should be exemption if the wakit rakyat want to resign so to get the rakyat’s approval for him to hop to other party (must be referring to Perak crisis).

    What is your view on this Dr Hsu?

    I manage to get the view of Lim Kit Siang, which disagree completely with his the other proposal to impose penalty of RM50k for ADUN n RM100k for MP if they quit without valid reason. LKS even when to the extend of critisizing SPR for considering this idea. Goto LKS blog (i think there was at at least 3 posting since 21/4

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  39. Dr Hsu
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 12:45:18

    Felix,
    I do not agree with imposing penalty if the ADUN or MP wishes to resign..By not allowing him or her to stand for election for the next 5 years will already be enough punishment for a politician.

    Just imagine, if BN has won all the 4 past by elections, would BN want to change the law? So this proposal to cahnge is more for BN’s convenience, not to be seen as a loser, and not for the grand sounding idea of not wasting funds and so on..

    If they are really interested in saving funds, why should they sell the camrys which are so new ( 2 months old I believe?) ? By selling it now, the state will incur a loss over the depreciation.. and everyone of us know that the highest depreciation of a car is the first year or so.

    But having said all these, I do believe that there should be a mechanism to prevent hopping from one party to another… some sort of an anti-hopping law… Anyone would wish to hop must go back to the people to seek a mandate again; after all the people are the real boss , the ADUN orMP is just a people’s representative; so if the people’s representative would want to change side, they must let the people decide..

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  40. Jeremy
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 12:47:04

    Felix,

    someting for you to see (which shows EC being pro BN).

    “The same views have been echoed by no less than the Election Commission (EC). Plus, the EC has openly supported proposals by some BN leaders such as Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and Tan Keng Liang to prevent “unnecessary” elections. These include suggestions for stricter laws, and penalties for elected reps or their parties should an elected representative resign for reasons other than what’s stated in Article 48(1) of the Federal Constitution.”

    http://www.thenutgraph.com.my/funding-democracy-the-bn-way

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  41. Felix
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 16:24:53

    Dr Hsu,

    so, you agree with the proposal by Tan Keng Liang that article 48(6) about the 5 years ban should be amended? (in order to allow wakil rakyat to resign and get the approval of the people if they want to hop to other party)

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  42. Malaysian
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 16:34:58

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    you are of the opinion that the existing 5 years penalty now for assemblyman is good enough to stop the unreasonable resignation by them.

    BUT what if the assemblyman is no longer interested to be assemblyman in the next 5 years? i.e. he just resign to be businessman, or to further studies. Then he come back to contest 5 years later?
    Isn’t that unfair to Malaysians?

    I think that there must a greater punishment for unreasonable resignation by assemblyman. I don’t agree with Tan’s idea as the punishment is not strong enough.

    Those politician like Fairus and Anwar is just wasting people’s money and time.
    I am actually from Penang and a strong DAP supporter BUT i m very sick of PKR problem at Penanti. How can he just resign after 1 year in office? (just because he want to study and spent time with his family. Even his alleged corruption case is not even brought to court yet. And now MACC had clear him).
    Very irresponsible.
    So, what punishment has Fairus got? The 5 years ban is nothing is his situation.
    Please clarify Dr Hsu!

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  43. Dr Hsu
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 16:47:36

    I think there should be some form of anti hopping mechanism …. But how to concile this with the 5 year ban needs to work out…Maybe certain qualification be added in.

    Anti hopping mechanism should be in place to prevent what happens in Perak from happening again.. To prevent chang eof government not by people’s votes but by being ‘bought’over.. That is a farce to democracy..

    How to work it out needs real pondering and serious thinking over… I cannot answer you now as to how.

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  44. Malaysian
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 17:05:29

    Dr Hsu,

    fully agree on this anti hopping issue.

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  45. looes74
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 17:13:32

    Hsu,
    I am very happy that you have subscribed such views as espoused in your column. Frankly, elections are essence of democracy. Be it these assemblymen or MPs resigned due to whatever reasons even if it’s frivilous, elections must still be carried out.
    I strongly disagree and condemn everybody who says that Penanti by election is unnecessary due to wastage of money. Such people even very smart ones make such comment is an affront to all Malaysians. Nobody has the right to deny voters the right to vote. Penanti voters deserved the right. If Penanti voters think it’s unnecesary, they can opt not to vote. Voting in Malaysia is not compulsory. Sidetrack a bit, in order to combat irregularities in any elections in terms of vote counting, I propose to follow Singapore’s style. Make voting compulsory. Penanti voters too have the right to spoilt their votes too.
    Najib & BN can give the election a miss. It happens many times in Singapore especially the area that I resided in (Toa Payoh-Bishan GRC) where the incumbents are too strong (Not anymore due to Mat Selamat’s great escapee. It’s all Wong Kan Seng’s fault, Deputy Prime Minister, 1st Minister of Home Affair).
    For those who wished to demand for explanations from Anwar & LGE, I would suggest that joker to stand for election as an independent. And I would be very happy to campaign against that fella for very good reason

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  46. Ricky Yeoh
    Apr 25, 2009 @ 22:41:48

    Dear looes74,

    from my understanding after reading the newspaper, what had been proposed was to penalise the assemblyman (such as the one RM50k/100k by Kedah gerakan youth chief n mukhriz) who resigned without good reason – without good reason are like the recent stunt by Fairus at Penanti – to further studies and to give family more time.

    Nothing was suggested that the by-election would not be conducted. It will still go on but SPR must make changes to law to penalise people like Fairus in the future.

    Even if BN does not want to contest, the by election is still going on as there is already some independent announced their intention to contest (e.g. ex-PKR wanita).

    I think looes74 got it all wrong as you might not have been following the news properly in malaysia.

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