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Friday, April 21, 2017

Mahathir and his fake news on Malaysia


Salleh Said Keruak

Today Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia has been labelled as amongst the ten most corrupt countries in the world. On 24th January 2017, CNBC came out with a report mentioning the ten most corrupt countries in the world as follows:

Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau and Venezuela.

The New York Times also came out with its report on 9th December 2016 more or less saying the same thing, as did the Independent UK on 25th January 2017 and Fortune.com on the same day. Last month, on 14th March 2017, CheatSheet came out with the 15 most corrupt countries in the world and still Malaysia was not on the list.

Even more interesting is the fact that ranker.com came out with the most corrupt countries list based on Transparency International’s report and Malaysia was not even in the top 100 list. So where did Mahathir get his facts from? Has someone been feeding him false news?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

They all declare themselves as advisers just to deceive the public


Salleh Said Keruak

Umno’s leadership hierarchy is crystal clear on who is number one, number two and number three whereas in Pakatan Harapan until today Lim Kit Siang is so scared of declaring his leadership position.

All these so-called advisers are unelected and another word for unelected leader is dictator. They hide behind the word ‘adviser’ while single-handedly making all the decisions, which is how dictators normally do things. At least in Umno we are clear about the hierarchy and about who calls the shots. We cannot say the same for Pakatan Harapan.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Is this a scientific analysis or tea leaves reading?


Salleh Said Keruak


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to fall in the next general election. Is this based on a scientific study such as a poll or based on tea leaves reading?

The opposition is in such a mess that the voters do not see any alternative to the present government. What the voters want is economic and political stability and this is what the government is offering.

Fabricated allegations against the Prime Minister is not enough to oust him. We shall see how Tony Pua, who is a member of the PAC, defends his latest allegation in court. That will determine whether all those allegations were true or not.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

An admission from Mahathir most welcomed


SALLEH SAID KERUAK

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that comparing him to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is not comparing apples to apples but is comparing apples to oranges. This is a most welcomed admission from Mahathir because this is what we have been trying to emphasize for some time.

Mahathir carries with him a lot of baggage. He was Prime Minister during the time a number of regimes surrounding Malaysia were ousted. And Mahathir was compared as apple-to-apples with these ousted dictators. So comparing Najib to Mahathir would be negative for Najib.

The western media has accused Mahathir of wasting RM100 billion of the nation's money with an estimated RM100 billion more which has been labelled as 'leakages'. This was published in a book and is another Mahathir legacy which Najib should not be compared with.

In 1969, Mahathir accused Tunku Abdul Rahman of being a Chinese lover who gave in to the Chinese and which made the Malays angry (and Umno sacked him because of that). In 2013, Mahathir accused Najib of neglecting the Malays and of pandering to the Chinese whereas it is the Malays who support Umno. For sure Najib cannot be compared to Mahathir.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It looks like DAP calls the shots after all


Salleh Said Keruak

Muhyiddin Yassin says there is no problem for a non-Malay to become Prime Minister, just like what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad once said. The fact is whoever becomes Prime Minister is for DAP to say since DAP is the largest stakeholder in Pakatan. In 2008 DAP won 28 parliament seats and in 2013 they won 38 seats.

With currently only one parliament seat and two state seats, Pribumi is in no position to dictate anything. DAP is the dominant party and it calls the shots Therefore, Muhyiddin has to kowtow to DAP. Muhyiddin will do anything to please DAP and not upset Lim Kit Siang. In fact, Pribumi needs DAP more than DAP needs Pribumi. This means Muhyiddin has no objections with DAP being in the driver’s seat.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hitler was also a patriot


SALLEH SAID KERUAK

Some people claim they are crticising the Prime Minister and are running down the country out of patriotism. Most historians agree that Adolf Hitler was also a patriot and that Naziism was the product of this patriotism. And 100 million people died because of this.

If anyone wants to impress us with his or her patriotism then it has to start with the spirit of 'Negaraku' and the Rukun Negara. You cannot be opposed to all this and have your own version and interpretation of patriotism.

The war in Serbia and Bosnia that took so many lives was an act of patriotism. So was the Vietnam War and the Cambodian 'killing fields'. But I am sure the millions of dead did not think so.

Patriotism is not by saying it but by what you do. And sabotaging Malaysia's economy by frightening off foreign investors is not an act of patriotism but an act of treason.

Friday, March 31, 2017

DAP should hold the chairmanship of Pakatan Harapan


Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang, DAP's adviser, should hold the post of Pakatan Harapan's Chairman considering DAP has 38 parliament seats compared to only 27 for PKR, 6 for PAN and just 1 for Pribumi.

In the state assemblies DAP has 96 seats against just 48, 7 and 2 for PKR, PAN and Pribumi respectively. Minus the PAS seats, which is no longer a member of Pakatan Harapan, that makes DAP the largest party in the opposition coalition. And that also makes Pakatan Harapan DAP-dominated.

By appointing a Malay from one of the minority parties as the Pakatan Harapan Chairman it raises the question of whether Kit Siang is trying to give the opposition a Malay face. It creates also the impression that Pakatan Harapan is an Ali Baba arrangement.