How politics is played II

I would recommend my readers to read  an  excellent anlysis by RPK, whose Malaysia Today website has done wonders in changing many mindsets .  Many of you, like yours truly, must have read it in MT. But it is still worth a second or third reading. This article by RPK is about Trojan horses and you can read and re-read here.

Are there Trojan horses in PKR, and if there are, who are these ? In politics, the best way for a trojan horse to remain unnoticed is to move first and accuse others of being trojan horses.

I have written a few years ago about ” This is how politics is played“. It is still one of the more popular articles of this blog, and many young members have admitted to me that they have downloaded and kept the article for future reference.  Today, this post on trojan horses may perhaps serve as another lesson of how politics is being played.

I have seen people (committed party members) being labelled as “hak ser wui” (in Cantonese, meaning black society/secret society) when the crime that fellow may have done  was perhaps serving as a personal assistant  to a very rich taiko  3 decades ago.

I have seen a veteran senior leader who is a division chief and was once a state chairman labelling others of taking ang pows, when he himself applied for allocation of 30′ hawkers stalls’ and converted those into cash money for self interest..

The idea is, in politics, when you have ‘dirt’ on yourself, the best way not to let others notice is to make the first move and point fingers at others , who may become  a threat to you, and shout loudly ‘dirt, dirt, dirt’..  Nevermind that the person being accused is cleaner than you or is totally innocent. Nevermind that the person has only taken a few ang pows perhaps worth a few hundred dollars and you have taken tens of thousands of ‘stall-converted’ money .  And always talk about rules and regulations but when the occasion suits you,  you can always bend the same rules under the pretext of ‘ do not rock the boat’. You will become very creditable to the top leadership whom you must ‘bodek’ at all cost, but at the same time be prepared to  be a lallang and sway with the winds, and abandon the same leadership that you may have ‘bodek-ed’ when you sense that his influence is on the decline. All for the sake of ‘not rocking the boat’.

By doing so,  other members will not notice your dirt , but would follow the direction of your  finger pointing at those threats that you labelled as ‘dirt’.  By repeating this accusation repeatedly, you would have succeeded  in tarnishing the reputation of those who were in your bad book, and at the same time, because you talk so ‘saintly’, you would have created an image of being so righteous that you become untouchable. This is true story that i have seen with my eyes and this is how eunuch politics is being played.

So coming back to this post, the best way for a ‘thief’ not to be noticed by others would be to point at your enemy/potential enemy first and label him, loudly and clearly, “THIEF”. In that way, attention would be shifted and the real thief would become  ‘hero’ and the ‘hero’ would become thief.

This is how politics is played, how black can become white and white black—and I am talking from my personal observation..


25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chanjoe1
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 13:31:43

    This is the reality of life. To survive, one has to be ahead of the others and how best but to kill someone with malicious lies? I was once a victim of such lies and that put me off getting active and very involved in politics. I still support to my belief in certain party but such “trojan horses” will continue to live on and there are not one but many as hey seek for their self interest and own pockets.
    The easiest way to label someone els to kill him off is to put malicious lies that the person is corrupted and this is the best and easiest way to kill him.


  2. cilipadi
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 14:28:32

    How politics is played, like when a person fart, that person is fast to shout, ‘Who fart ?’

    Never mind others don’t agree on ‘morality’, RPK does, that’s a recognition.

    Politics by nature is dirty, don’t make it dirtier for those who want to play. That’s good enough

    RPK makan cili, politician rasa pedas


  3. cilipadi
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 15:22:27

    I mix with Malays, they are simple and easy to understand, but not Malay politicians.

    Now I know why my Malay friend never join politics. Who cares, we enjoy eating fruits in his orchard leased to China man. Everyone happy.

    Zaid makan cili, RPK rasa pedas


  4. AgreeToDisagree
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 15:57:13

    Dr.Hsu, at this point in time, the lesser of evils will be preferable to APARTHEID. We are ready to hear your statuary declaration of any dirt you may personally have in exchange for your leadership in Gerakan or as a 3rd Force.


  5. lkt-56
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 16:43:12

    The PKR internal feud is all about struggle for power and control of the party. PR as a whole stays focused on the object of making the change for Malaysians. I personally do not care to partake in this unproductive and petty squabble.

    Third force? Get real… without a party machinery you expect to form a credible government? You expect a bunch of loose individuals with lofty ideals to challenge the might of the BN machinery?


  6. CYC
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 17:05:33

    Play politics ? Go ask your saliva king LKY, he is the master. Unfortunately, KTK and LSP both are boy scouts compare to LKY, the former being a “Shutong” (the little kid that carries books and ink for his master who are preparing to become a scholar in ancient time) while the latter plays down syndrome politics.

    Excuse me for keep quoting Gelakan. Anyway, its just for gelak gelak only.


  7. cilipadi
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 20:43:46

    How politics is played III
    (continuation from serial II of Dr. Hsu)

    Snap 13th General Election is around the corner, earlier than expected. A non-Malaysian can smell better?

    Umno doesn’t need ZI, they got lkt-56 , black AgreetoDisagree with white.

    ZI makan cili, 13 ge rasa pedas


  8. AgreeToDisagree
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 03:39:00


    Third force? Get real… without a party machinery you expect to form a credible government? You expect a bunch of loose individuals with lofty ideals to challenge the might of the BN machinery?

    Yup. If the Rakyat sees the entrenched highly political nature of BN or PR as opposed to fresh ideals of 3rd Force, they’d vote 3rd Force for sure.


    Who you calling white or black! From the amount of cili you been feeding everyone online, I won’t be surprised that you’d run out of cili and rasa pedas from cili bills one day!

    Oh and all of us are citizens of this planet, pls no more labels! No white or black, but I believe in :

    1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
    2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
    3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

    . . . sambalises the cilipadi limau you later!


  9. Balavendrian
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 23:01:20

    There is no one Malaysia ,Chinese wants their own kind to survive and the Malay wants every thing . The Indians are lost race.
    God save us all


  10. cilipadi
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 10:16:08

    You eat cili,
    You rasa pedas,
    You blame cilipadi.
    One kind

    Agree makan cili, Disagree rasa pedas


  11. wisely
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 10:53:17

    I read RPK article a few days ago but only this time, I got it. Tay from most of his comment in astro channel 301 sat night 11 pm comment are all pro PR and i notice some are very funny the way he tried to plea the case for PR. I prefer Nan yang editor comment which are more logical BUT i didn’t know he is allign to Azmin and try to get Zaid kick out of PKR. Like cili padi says, Tay makan cili dia rasa pedas now! I notice PKR like to use this term, trojan horse and use it quit losely. I believe when zaid quit UMNO and resign his ministerial post over ISA isssue, he is genuine but now he is accuse of being a trojan horse. he may have his weakness when not getting what he is after but i don’t believe he is a trojan horse. there are irregularities in PKR election.


  12. lkt-56
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 11:09:12

    Don’t talk so much and observe quietly and you will realize who are the evil ones.


  13. disgusted
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 16:13:06

    Better don’t talk too much, “new cyber-sedition” laws in the dirty pipeline. Barbarians will take action….


  14. CYC
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 16:35:09


    Who are those barbarians ? KTK the saint included ? U mean the saint bastardise freedom of expression ? Gelakan’s party aspirations all down to the longkang? Then Gelakanians are all longkang parasite aspirants. Would wise man disagree ?


  15. lkt-56
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 17:08:22

    You truly love Gelakkan don’t you? Don’t dwell on past glory and move on…


  16. lkt-56
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 17:16:43

    “… there are irregularities in PKR election.”
    Doesn’t need a brain surgeon to figure this out. Wonder why even after this Zaid fellow withdraws, they still need to play dirty (Pink colour election forms that surfaced post Zaid)…

    Observe in silence, and you will see…


  17. CYC
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 17:17:19


    Yes, I did but its became all ashes now. Dr Jeyakumar and Dr Nasir Hashim are better trusted “politicians” at the moment. Is this consider a step forward or backward ?


  18. lkt-56
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 17:31:45

    Follow your heart…


  19. cilipadi
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 19:19:32

    How you eat cili
    Raw, sambal, belacan
    You rasa pedas
    Don’t blame cilipadi

    You agree to eat cili,
    You disagree rasa pedas
    How can agree to disagree then?
    You blame cilipadi

    Like who? Like to blame others for own faults
    Make a guess, not agree to disagree

    Siapa makan sambal, dia rasa pedas


  20. disgusted
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 21:07:01

    New allegations against a top leader’s private secretary amassing millions? How I wish I can amass millions of tiny chili padi so that I can eat for life.


  21. AgreeToDisagree
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 08:51:12


    It’s not so straightforward and you’re just being obtuse. Pedas can happen without cili. Cili can be taken without pedas if cooked in a certain manner. Contrarianism is the key in this argument and the handle if you can figure it out.

    For all those still in Barisan, there is nothing to love about Gerakan, MCA, MIC and PPP, until they TAKE A STAND (it’s not just their wrists that are limp . . .) on :

    1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
    2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
    3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

    This is the real criteria for unity and first world governance.


  22. observant
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 12:18:40

    “Obtuse”. What a descriptive adjective, meaning annoyingly insensitive, slow to understand or dully unobservant.


  23. Thomas
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 14:35:16

    It is not easy to be in politics as you must know already. You sacrifice so much- your family and loved ones and they likewise even though you are the one who chose to be a politician.
    And you acquire some sort of “new family”. Whereas the former do love you for all the right and pure reasons your “new family” only love what you can do for them to be successful. Therefore you acquire “new moral” and rationalise your new immoral and unethical traits to achieve your goals.
    That’s why an ordinary person only get disillusion that the public figures that they look up only show themselves to be ambitiously selfish, malicious or less than honest!
    But in this case the people in the Pakatan achieved some success in politics because of the people dissatisfaction with BN but lately their antics and attitudes really disappoint so much!


  24. AgreeToDisagree
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 23:44:59

    @Observant :

    The tone of the reply hardly carries the tone of the adjectives you use. Intent? But people do channel their negativity some way sometimes, here it has to be countered and a new mode of thought propagated.

    @Thomas :

    The reverse could be true too. To enter politics could be to infuse with the opposite of what you describe. Many people lead happy family lives after joining and end up TEACHING ethics and morality to betterment of existing politicians

    Quote “Therefore you acquire “new moral” and rationalise your new immoral and unethical traits to achieve your goals.” Unquote @Thomas (What a sad and unpleasant mindset! Tsk tsk tsk!)

    A negative and apathetic audience, come on guys, try to bring positivity and words of hope to the discussion, but I forgot, this is Dr.Hsu, ‘Soul’ of Gerakan’s forum, go figure . . .


  25. cilipadi
    Nov 25, 2010 @ 22:41:38

    A tiny cilipadi can make one,


    like what we see here, to the extent they want to make,

    pedas tak pedas
    white is black
    black is white
    agree is disagree
    disagree is agree

    I don’t see anyone being humbled by a tiny cilipadi this time
    This is why and how politics is played in Malaysia

    Why should I bother? I am not a Malaysian, no voting rights.

    Carry on your politics, your choice

    Agree makan cili, Disagree rasa pedas?


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