What is your choice? democracy or Justice, the Iran question

June 18, 2009

What is your choice? is it democracy or is it justice.

Do you want democracy Iran Style where you have the right to vote but subjected to a regime that is not to your liking OR you do not mind be a subject of a just despot or dictator?

In the case of Iran they  choose to play the democracy game but the risk is that, the majority may not be as smart and liberal as the urbanites. In a democracy even a single majority determines the right to rule and in the case of Iran the rural folks decide.

To me it is a simple choice. I choose democracy. To me denial of the right to choose or vote is UNJUST. Period. I cannot imagine being a citizen of Saudi Arabia, or Brunei or Swaziland. I want my right to choose the government of my choice.

The wheel of justice moves very slowly. In another perspective the speed of justice  depends on how fast the citizen embraces the power of democracy and how fast the citizens of the country see justice. You get the government that you deserve.

In Iran you see a lot of wishful thinking by the west. They wish Ahmadnedjad was gone. The media went on overdrive to drive the anti Ahmadnejad sentiment. But the majority of Iranians wants Ahmad nejad. These are the people without blackberriess, access to computers or CNN. These were the people of the bazaars who started the revolution in 1979. They are still very much the psyche of Iran today NOT the liberals and reformists you see on TV.

In Iran there are many positive things you see from the new  found democracy. For the first time Iranians are questioning the Ayatollahs. For the first time Iranians are showing open dissents. For the first time Iranians are questioning the revolutionaries.

That is democracy. They must not be stifled nor should they resort to violence. The rights to peaceful  dissent and the right to assembly is very much a part of democracy.

One day the liberals and reformists will have their day.

Let me have democracy any time.


Mu Barack Hussin OBAMA

November 9, 2008

To many westerners, BARACK is a funny name. Barack, Barack who? Barack what?

Obama has been described as a man of outstanding character, and equipped with the intellect and temperament not unlike a messiah.

Analysts and pundits have said how lucky he has been, to be blessed by good luck a character that Napoleon said was  important. He was lucky that Palin was chosen as the Vice Presidential Candidates. He was lucky that Mc Cain did not give him the due respect. He was lucky to be able to capitalise the financial meltdown.

Consider these….

HAMILTON won the Formula ONe, the first black to win the sport, a few days before the election, to remind the voters that it s competencies and not skin color that can help you overcome challenges.

The grandmother passed away in Hawaii in the same week to remind Americans that OBAMA is half white.

Even in a nation that has accepted Muhammad Ali, Oprah, POWELL and Rice, there were still many who subscribed to KETUANAN MATSALLEH, white supremacy.

With so many good lucks, do you still term them as GOOD LUCK. I say no. I say that he is  BLESSED.

Am I surprised? No I am not. Someone with the name MUBARAK HUSSIN OBAMA, he certainly lives up to his name. The root word for Barack is MUBARAK. MUBARAK in Arabic means BLESSED.

Futile Bailouts!! Watch out…..the depression

October 16, 2008

I sincerely hope that I am wrong. I think the world is already in recession  and heading deeper into it, a depression.

This is going to be unprecedented. This is not the recession of the 30s which was mainly confined to the US. This is WORLD. The economists define recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.  That is the technical definition which will make Singapore, the US, France among others to be already in recession. That has occurred before, in Singapore for example.

The fear is high street recession when recession affect the job market world wide. That technically is a DEPRESSION.

GREED has been the cause of all this. The cause of this depression is attitude. Greed is the cause of  the failure in banking. Greed amongst the consumers, greed amongst the bankers and greed among the investors and speculators. Can bailouts cure greed?

The cure for greed is losing jobs, to drink local coffee , to look for discounts, to just spend on food, to get rid of the  second set of wheels, to go to the cobler to get the shoes repaired, to visit your parents for holidays, to fly AIRASIAX, to start a vegetable plot……..

As to the bailouts, the greedy investors have already cashed them out.

Gold anyone?

Jemaah Islamiah JI Militant MAS SELAMAT sighted in Kandahar growing poppies (?)

March 3, 2008

It is in the news – suspected JI leader escaped from Singapore prison.

Do you believe that? It is like the Bank of England being robbed in daylight. This is a security conscious State, whose prisons and security is part of the national defence plan. It is a state where not even a single captive or criminal in custody has ever escaped from the many prison walls.  It is AIR TIGHT. This is not Johor Baru.

 A week later he is still on the run in tiny Singapore. The theoretical  reactions and the responses ?

> JI is still active and a serious threat

> there are sleepers and sympathisers  that have infiltrated the security systems

> There must be inside help

What if …………

> What if his “escape” is engineered by the powers that be

> What if this is a cover up to take him to Guantanamao

> What if he is the bogey , a designer’s THREAT

> What if he is actually not a threat, but threat is needed in kiasi Singapore. Set him free

> What if Mas Selamat is already in Kandahar growing poppies

> What if …………..(please add)

Embarassment to the state? That is a small price to pay for the benefits it brings.

Suharto is dead, Megat Junid is dead, Ir Rahman is dead

January 27, 2008

I went to a funeral today. A business acquaintance, a fellow engineer and a friend passed away. He lost the battle against cancer. I know him as a person  who worked hard to develop an engineering practice

Just two days ago it was Mahathir’s Deputy Minister  of Home Affairs. It was also cancer.

What is your best bet against cancer?. I am of the opinion that the best protection is prayers. You can only pray  that you and your family are guided in things you do, food you eat, places you go to and the protection you put on. The manner cancer strikes,  its victims seems defenceless.

One of the most powerful Mahathir’s deputies and henchmen, Tan Sri Megat Junid disappeared from the public eyes after retiring from active politics. During his days as Home minister it was boom time for the business of bringing Indonesian labours to Malaysia. Unofficial figures indicate that it  has outnumbered the  Malaysian citizens of Indian origin. Two million Indonesian is a fair estimate.

Can you imagine that if the company responsible to bring the Indonesian earn RM1000 per worker, the value of business  is RM 2 billion every 2 to 3 years. There was and there is still money to be made on the trafficking of labour.

Nothing however can compare to the amount of money that the man in control can make from having absolute power. Today we hear the news on the passing of once the most powerful and perhaps the richest man of Indonesia. Even his son managed to get into Forbes list of the  richest man in Indonesia. Indonesia is a country rich in resources. The absolute monarch  or dictator as many like to categorize him, will just need to monopolise the import and export of crude, cloves, salt, minerals and you name it. The charges can be as low as ONE rupiah  or  one cent, or  one dollar per barrel, per tonne or per kilo or per megabyte.

As always, there are always friends and foes who view another being from two  or more different perspectives. Death is always a sad parting. Two public figures and a friend. May their souls be blessed.

Harimau mati meningglkan belang, gajah mati meninggalkan tulang, manusia mati meninggalkan nama.

TRUTH AND JUSTICE are no longer the Malaysian Way

November 21, 2007

NOTE : The following article appears in The Age.  Malaysians have been denied modernity it says.. Read my comments

Truth and justice are no longer Malaysian way

By Michael Backman

The Age

November 21, 2007

THE Government of Australia will probably change hands this weekend. There will be no arrests, no tear gas and no water cannons. The Government of John Howard will leave office, the Opposition will form a government and everyone will accept the verdict.

For this, every Australian can feel justifiably proud. This playing by the rules is what has made Australia rich and a good place in which to invest. It is a country to which people want to migrate; not leave.

Now consider Malaysia. The weekend before last, up to 40,000 Malaysians took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur to protest peacefully against the judiciary’s lack of independence, electoral fraud, corruption and a controlled media.

In response, they were threatened by the Prime Minister, called monkeys by his powerful son-in-law, and blasted with water cannons and tear gas. And yet the vast majority of Malaysians do not want a change of government. All they want is for their government to govern better.

Both Malaysia and Australia have a rule of law that’s based on the English system. Both started out as colonies of Britain. So why is Malaysia getting it so wrong now?

Malaysia‘s Government hates feedback. Dissent is regarded as dangerous, rather than a product of diversity. And like the wicked witch so ugly that she can’t stand mirrors, the Government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi controls the media so that it doesn’t have to see its own reflection.

Demonstrations are typically banned. But what every Malaysian should know is that in Britain, Australia and other modern countries, when people wish to demonstrate, the police typically clear the way and make sure no one gets hurt. The streets belong to the people. And the police, like the politicians, are their servants. It is not the other way around.

But increasingly in Malaysia, Malaysians are being denied a voice — especially young people.

Section 15 of Malaysia’s Universities and University Colleges Act states that no student shall be a member of or in any manner associate with any society, political party, trade union or any other organisation, body or group of people whatsoever, be it in or outside Malaysia, unless it is approved in advance and in writing by the vice-chancellor.

Nor can any student express or do anything that may be construed as expressing support, sympathy or opposition to any political party or union. Breaking this law can lead to a fine, a jail term or both.

The judiciary as a source of independent viewpoints has been squashed. The previous prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, did many good things for Malaysia, but his firing of the Lord President (chief justice) and two other Supreme Court judges in 1988 was an unmitigated disaster. Since then, what passes for a judiciary in Malaysia has been an utter disgrace and the Government knows it.

Several years ago, Daim Zainuddin, the country’s then powerful finance minister, told me that judges in Malaysia were a bunch of idiots. Of course we want them to be biased, he told me, but not that biased.

Rarely do government ministers need to telephone a judge and demand this or that verdict because the judges are so in tune with the Government’s desires that they automatically do the Government’s beckoning.

Just how appalling Malaysia’s judiciary has become was made clear in recent weeks with the circulation of a video clip showing a senior lawyer assuring someone by telephone that he will lobby the Government to have him made Lord President of the Supreme Court because he had been loyal to the Government. That someone is believed to have been Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, who did in fact become Lord President.

A protest march organised by the Malaysian Bar Council was staged in response to this, and corruption among the judiciary in general. But the mainstream Malaysian media barely covered the march even though up to 2000 Bar Council members were taking part. Reportedly, the Prime Minister’s office instructed editors to play down the event.

Instead of a free media, independent judges and open public debate, Malaysians are given stunts — the world’s tallest building and most recently, a Malaysian cosmonaut. Essentially, they are given the play things of modernity but not modernity itself.

Many senior Malays are absolutely despairing at the direction of their country today. But with the media tightly controlled they have no way of getting their views out to their fellow countrymen. This means that most Malaysians falsely assume that the Malay elite is unified when it comes to the country’s direction.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, a former finance minister and today still a member of the Government, told me several weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur that he could see no reason why today Malaysia could not have a completely free media, a completely independent judiciary and that corrupt ministers and other officials should be publicly exposed and humiliated.

According to Tengku Razaleigh, all of the institutions designed to make Malaysia’s Government accountable and honest have been dismantled or neutered.

It didn’t need to be like this. Malaysia is not North Korea or Indonesia. It is something quite different. Its legal system is based on British codes. Coupled with traditional Malay culture, which is one of the world’s most hospitable, decent and gentle cultures, Malaysia has the cultural and historical underpinnings to become one of Asia’s most civilised, rules-based, successful societies.

Instead, Malaysia’s Government is incrementally wasting Malaysia’s inheritance.

Sarkozy Addresses the American Congress – He thought George Washington was still alive

November 7, 2007

At best he was like a seven year old immersed and bewildered in his first visit to Disneyland.

 A thouroghbred poodle he was. With Blair gone sarkozy seized the opportunity to realize his fantasy of love  with anything America. Sarkozy’s France is ready to kowtow to the US.

It was a love fest, an orgy, wild and uninhibited. The Poodle finally got his dream, representing his generation he said. It must be the highlight of his life, able to address the american congress, from the august podium. The only thing he did not mention was Mc Donald. From John Wayne, elvis to Luther King, all the American icons became sarkozy’s marilyn monroe.

If I were french, I would be embarassed. I would  feel   betrayed by that  poodle call Sarkozy.  A pragmatic poodle so he claimed. He thought  George Washington was still alive.  He thought BUsh was the reincarnation of   Washington. He thought he was a reincarnation of Lafayette.  He forgot that it was the French revolution that inspired Washington.