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7 Points You Need to Know About Climate Change


Climate change is coming to dominate the debate; it’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. People talk. Be it extreme weather events or activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion (who took to the streets in the act of “civil disobedience”), the once distant and far off vision — the one that was supposed to affect our grandkids — is coming for us.

Views are polarised, as with everything these days. One side predicts the apocalypse, seeming hysterical to much of the public, who accept climate change but are dubious of its severity. The other side denies anything is even wrong, or that it’s either natural or nothing to be worried about.

Too often do people throw their hands up in despair — “Oh, — I don’t know about all this, I’m not a climate scientist”. Even at the highest reaches of the debate, science is thin on the ground. No wonder the sceptics do good business. Climate scientists haven’t transferred their knowledge to the public in the same way that say doctors do. So, people are wary of climate disaster, but they’ll trust the doc who tells them, sadly, they have cancer.

Great speakers such as Stephen Schneider (who passed away in 2010) have left vacant positions. And so, we’ve concluded climate science is hard, too esoteric. That might be true at the fringes (the bleeding edge), but the basics are so simple they’re taught in every high school physics textbook. We’ve known the science of the greenhouse effect since the 1820s!

No more shying away from the debate, or giving vague feelgood answers. We’ve got to have our arguments bolted to our hip. We have to win this. We don’t have a choice.

So, here are seven key points everyone needs to understand about climate change.

1. CO2 Heats the Atmosphere

Carbon dioxide doesn’t quite have the scare factor of hydrochloric acid or uranium-232. CO2 sounds boring. But without CO2 life on earth could not exist. It would be freezing for a start. Ice sheets would stretch as far south as New York City, and global temperatures would be 15.5 degrees Celsius lower.

All because of CO2. Perhaps not so boring after all.

CO2 is one of many greenhouse gases. It lets in shortwave radiation (visible and ultraviolet light) from sunlight which passes through the atmosphere. The earth absorbs the energy and radiates it back towards space in the form of longwave radiation (infrared light, e.g. heat — when metal is heated it glows red because the infrared light is bleeding into the visible spectrum). Greenhouse gases absorb the energy. Thereby warming the earth, just like glass in a greenhouse, hence the name.

In 1861, John Tyndal identified CO2 as a greenhouse gas capable of absorbing heat rays, and our knowledge has only deepened. The physics is foundational, and for it to be wrong would mean an awful lot of basic science is wrong as well. Perhaps, but it seems unlikely.

2. Carbon Dioxide is the World’s Thermostat

CO2 warms the earth. Therefore, if we increase CO2, the world will warm. The question is, how much? CO2 makes up only a fraction of the atmosphere at 0.04%. Oxygen and Nitrogen make up the bulk. But these gases do not absorb infrared light, only the greenhouses gases do. Therefore, if only a small fraction of the earth’s atmosphere is receptive to infrared light, even small changes in these gases can have outsized effects relative to their concentration.

We understand this in our everyday lives. A cup of coffee won’t kill you, but twenty cups might give you a heart attack, whereas a drop of arsenic is deadly. It’s just more potent.

How potent is CO2?

Well, CO2 is responsible for between 9–26% of the earth’s greenhouse effect, depending on the cloud cover. Surprisingly, water vapour and clouds are responsible for between 36–72%. That’s because the best way to increase atmospheric water vapour is to turn the temperature up (as every visitor to a sauna knows), and CO2 is the method of warming. It increases the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, raising temperatures further. If we discount the effect of water vapour, CO2 accounts for 80% of the greenhouse effect.

Carbon dioxide is the world’s thermostat.

3. Fossil fuels = CO2

They’re called fossil fuels for a reason. Over millions of years, plants extracted CO2 out of the atmosphere and emitted oxygen via the process of photosynthesis. Millions more years passed and by various geological processes this dead plant matter, whether from land or sea, compacted and condensed till we got the fossil fuels we know today.

Burn that ancient carbon, and a simple chemical reaction occurs.

C + O2 = CO2

It’s that simple. Sceptics will readily point out humans release only 3% of the world’s CO2. But they’ve missed the point. The rest of the CO2 that is released is natural (from processes such as decomposition, respiration, ocean degassing, and volcanic eruptions), and for tens-of-thousands of years has been balanced with the CO2 absorbed. But now, we are tipping the balance.

Picture a bathtub. Every minute, 10 litres of water goes in, and through the plughole 10 litres of water leaves. Whatever the level in the bath, it will remain constant. Now imagine we turn the tap, so 10.3 litres of water enters the tub. Slowly and surely the water will rise as more water enters than leaves. The bath will inevitably overflow, the question is when.

Measurements from the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii show increases in CO2 from less than 320 ppm (parts per million) in 1960 to over 400 ppm today. A truly whopping amount. It’s not surprising; we are emitting in decades what nature took millions of years to extract. And we are accelerating. In the 1960s, we put 0.6 ppm per year into the atmosphere, whereas the past decade has been closer to 2.3 ppm per year.

The water in the bath is rising, but what happens when it overflows?

4. This isn’t New

Some ask, what’s the worry? CO2 will be a boost to plant growth, and a warmer planet is better than a colder one. I wouldn’t mind living near a sunny beach. Well, is this accurate?

Current CO2 levels are the highest for 3 million years, back in the Pliocene era, when levels were around 356–410 ppm. The continents were in roughly the same place, as well as oceanic currents — a snapshot into our future. Scientists found temperatures were significantly warmer. The average global temperature was 3–4 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Sea levels were 25 m higher.

Temperatures at the poles rose more extremely than anywhere else, 11–16 degrees Celsius warmer. Amazingly, explorers discovered fossilised beech leaves from this period in the Transantarctic mountains.

We look likely to overshoot 410 ppm in the next few years, let alone stabilise at it. We must go back further.

During the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) 55.5 million years ago, the earth saw massive carbon injections from a range of hotly debate sources. North and South America hadn’t joined. India meandered from Madagascar to Asia, the Himalayas all but an inevitability. Average temperatures rose by 5–8 degrees Celsius. Vegetation roasted in Spain. CO2 dissolved into the oceans, turning them acidic (CO2 forms carbonic acid). Palm mangroves grew in England and Belgium. Conditions at the poles were almost subtropical, being 23 degrees Celsius higher than today.

CO2 reached over 1000 ppm. The rate at which CO2 entered the atmosphere was 0.3–1.7 gigatons of carbon per year (GtC/yr). Humans today add around 10 GtC/yr, much faster than during the PETM. The PETM took over 20,000 years, a blink in geological time, but glacial when compared with today. Many scientists have noted the parallels. John Higgins and Daniel Schrag, from Harvard University, stated in May 2006: “The PETM represents one of the best natural analogues in the geologic record to the current rise in atmospheric CO2 due to burning of fossil fuel.”

5. Heat Fuels the Weather

The planet is warming, that much seems clear. But you might have also seen talk of extreme weather, like droughts and hurricanes, becoming more common. What’s the link with CO2?

The mechanism is simple. Heat is a form of energy. When trapped by the atmosphere, it affects the climate. In particular, it excites water molecules leading to evaporation on a global scale. As moisture saturates the humid atmosphere, local environments collapse.

In damp climates rainfall increases, but when it comes it arrives in torrents, carving up the landscape in landslides and floods. Whereas in dry climates, the water evaporates into the atmosphere and carried away on the wind. Killing plants and turning soil to sand.

A hotter world means more energy for a storm to feed off. Tropical storms require sea surface temperatures of 26.5 degrees Celsius to form [16], usually occurring close to the equator. These storms then follow the warm currents. In the Caribbean or Mid-Atlantic, they barrel up the US East Coast, alternately in the Pacific push up the East Asian Pacific Rim (such as Japan). Limits are placed on the size and trajectory of storms by the energy available — cold waters or dry land sap the hurricane’s ferocity. Therefore, in a hotter world, more energy fuels bigger hurricanes or typhoons, creating behemoths knows as “hyper canes”.

During the end-Permian hothouse, hurricanes may have reached to the Arctic. Floods will be more extreme covering a greater area, as these large systems dump billions of gallons of seawater onto land.

Worryingly, hurricanes may affect areas previously untouched or unthinkable.

In 2004, Hurricane Catarina surprised meteorologists as it formed in the South Atlantic, striking the coast of Brazil. Not just due to warmer waters, but also due to atmospheric factors such as wind shear from the South Atlantic being weaker. But the point is stark. More heat means more storms in more places. Already, the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has roughly doubled since the mid-1970s.

Think of a pot of water, the more energy you put in, the more it boils over.

6. Life is Slow. The Climate is Slower.

Humans may be affecting the climate rapidly in geological time, but it still seems slow from our limited perspective. Humans don’t live very long. Sorry about that.

Currently, about half the CO2 we release into the atmosphere stays there; the other half is taken by the oceans or by plants. It takes 30 years to remove half the atmospheric CO2 — centuries for the next 30%. The final 20% will still be there in thousands of years. The process moves to the pace of the oceanic currents.

What will happen in the meantime has become the domain of the climate model.

Models have a bad rep. But our lives depend on them, from shipbuilding to product testing. Models revolutionised the way we do things, as we transitioned from merely thinking about a subject to testing it practically. First with scaled-down versions, and then eventually inside a computer. Models are science made flesh. They’re not perfect, but they’re the best tool we have.

Climate models work by dissecting the earth’s surface into grids. Then, using a vast amount of information (e.g. temperature, CO2 concentration, oceanic currents, reflectivity of the ice cap), they calculate how the climate will change in each grid square.

Climate models are calibrated or tested in a process called “hind-casting”. Here we input the information we have from a previous era of earth’s history, e.g. PETM, and we see if a similar course of events is shown in the climate model to what we know happened in real life. If it does, we know the model is accurate.

Contrary to reports that the predictions are off, they’re pretty good. Here are some notable examples:


Notice how we followed the worst-case scenario of the IPCC projections with sea level rising the highest predicted.


Hansen et al. 1981 predicted the future temperature rise with remarkable accuracy, and contrary to reports by critics of James Hansen, actually underestimated temperature rise (-20%).


The Third IPCC report slightly underestimate future warming by -14%.


The fifth IPCC report was again incredibly accurate in predicting both past and future climate. This model slightly overestimates (+16%) the effect of climate change, but this is explained by natural variability, small volcanic eruptions and lower-than-expected solar output not included in the post-2005 projections.

7. It’s Already Happening

Already global temperatures have risen about 1 degrees Celsius; we are feeling the effects.

In 2010, a heatwave in Moscow killed 55,000 people. Six years later, the city temperatures broke a 137-year record for July (a scorching 31.8 degrees Celsius). In 2016, Iraq, Iran and Kuwait endured a terrible heatwave, Baghdad suffered 43‏ degrees Celsius heat for two months. Zainab Guman told The Washington Post “It’s like everything on your body — your skin, your eyes, your nose — starts to burn”.

India this year saw 9 million people in Chennai (formerly Madras) endure a devastating water shortage as lakes and reservoirs were parched. People queued around the block to fill jerry cans with the precious resource. Booming populations combined with drier climates and failing groundwater reservoirs are set to devastate agriculture and force millions to move.

The Syrian conflict sparked the most significant mass movement of people since WWII. Priorly, the area saw long-term drying likely due to climate change, with some suggesting it exacerbated the conflict.

Coral reefs and shellfish around the world are struggling to survive due to ocean acidification. The Great Barrier Reef declined 50.7% (of the original cover) between 1985 to 2012 due to bleaching and tropical cyclones. Coral reefs make-up just 0.1% of the ocean area, but contain 25% of marine life. Each one truly a thalassic Garden of Eden.

Wildfires are becoming increasingly common. The US has seen the number of large wildfires (greater than 1000 acres) double since the 1970s. In summer 2019, Greenpeace Russia estimated 3.3m hectares of Siberia were burning with temperatures inside the Arctic Circle ranging from 34.8 degrees Celsius in Markusvinsa, Sweden to 21 degrees Celsius in Alert, Canada (only 900 km from the North Pole). The animals and communities which live there felt the disastrous effects. Massive flames engulf Southern California and major parts of Australia in 2019. It won’t be the last time.

At the other extreme, in August 2016, Louisiana saw a diluvial deluge cause $8.7 billion of damage in floods, covering a vast area of land. It was classed as a 1 in 500-year event. But scientists found climate change had increased the chance by at least 40%.

What happens when we reach 2 or 3 or even 6 degrees by the end of the century, which some models suggest is possible in a business as usual scenario. Who knows? And who wants to find out?

You made it to the end. Congratulations! However, there is a catch. Hopefully, you learned something. If you did, you know something you can’t un-know. Don’t let the information slip away. Do something with it.

We aren’t in a fairy-tale. There is no hero. And if God exists, he’s letting us ride this one out. It’s up to you. There is one glimmer of hope, though. Something called the 3.5% rule. It states that no popular movement which has engaged 3.5% of the populace in active participation has failed. We can do that, surely. We can change the future.

Find all the sources used throughout the article here.

Happy Chinese New Year!


Who says Muslims can’t vote for non-Muslim leaders?


Malaysia is a multicultural and multi-confessional country whose official religion is Islam. The country’s constitution allows Muslims and non-Muslims to be represented in Parliament for harmonious governance. There is no rule as agreed on in the constitution stipulating that a Muslim cannot vote for a non-Muslim representative or vice- versa. It is this judicious system that has made democracy work in the country.

Under the constitution, while Islam is the official religion, followers of other beliefs are allowed to practise their faiths without hindrance. The elected government, on its part, comprises leaders from various religious and racial backgrounds, without religion encroaching into worldly state affairs.

Unfortunately, some local clerics have fallen into the pit of fixation and fanaticism for the sake of political gain. They do not hesitate to give speeches based on their own interpretation of religion, that “Muslims cannot choose a non-Muslim leader”. This is unacceptable when it comes to state matters in our democracy.

It may be religiously correct when related solely to matters of faith, but not when it involves state matters. Obviously, the state cannot appoint a non-Muslim to look into the religious affairs of Muslims – the appointment of a mufti, for instance.

Quoting verses from the holy book and interpreting them according to their whims to justify their decree for political expediency may not always be right. It has been recognised by Islamic scholars that even though sacred texts contain holy words, their interpretation and application are human acts that can be debated and transmuted in an inclusive manner. These give-and-take dynamics were found even in the earliest days of Islamic civilisation. In choosing a leader to deal with state matters, it’s espoused in Islam that the person should have the trust and capability to deal with the tasks given to him or her.

Unfortunately, this discourse on the “divine and the human” seems embroiled in confusion among some clerics, which has resulted in religion usurping or rescinding the wisdom of the people. They seem to promulgate intolerance of others in a multi-religious society, and this could even lead to supreme authorisation.

In this age of democracy, we should not be faced with the dilemma of whether a Muslim is allowed to choose a leader who is not a Muslim. Neither should it be the other way around – whether non-Muslims are allowed to choose a Muslim as their leader.

People of a single race or religion should not dictate who should lead the country. In a democracy, we have the right to choose the candidate whom we believe is best qualified for the post.

For Muslim thinkers, Islam is seen as compatible with modern secular democracies. Clerics who think otherwise are not keeping up with modern times and the reality of the world we live in today. These clerics feel that they are bound by the Al-Maidah verse 5:51 of the Quran that, according to their interpretation, “forbids Muslims to associate with or vote for non-Muslims”. And they argue that “there is no precedence of choosing a non-Muslim leader” during the Caliph era.

However, they stop short at that to confuse the masses. They fail to convince the people that many Muslims at the time, especially those originally from Medina, had strong bonds with people from non-Muslim tribes, dating back even before Islam as well as during the khilafah rule.

“Allah does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you due to your faith or driven you out of your homes. Allah loves those who deal justly. Allah only forbids you from those people that fought you because of your faith, drove you out of your homes and helped in your expulsion, that you take them as intimate associates. And whosoever takes them as intimate associates, then it is they who are the wrongdoers.” (Quran, 60:8-9)

This verse should set the tone for how we see verse 5:51, which has often been misused to claim that Islam orders Muslims not to have any sort of good relations with non-Muslims at all, an interpretation which is refuted by the above verse in the Quran.

Scholars have argued over this interpretation of the verse, saying the verse was revealed and was only applicable during the time of wars and enemies, when the non-Muslims tried to suppress the Muslims. This is never the case in the present context where Muslims and non-Muslims are not at war with each other.

Don’t be reclusive in thought

In the present democracy, there is a separation between state and religion in a country like Malaysia, for instance. The state in general does not have the authority to intervene in religious matters, unlike the caliphs and Islamic leaders of the past. In fact, the concept of “state” did not even exist in the seventh century. They were the least sophisticated as they had only loosely knit tribal forms of administration until the advent of the Ottoman Empire (c. 1299 –1920).

In Malaysia, religion comes under the authority of individual state rulers. At the federal level, the government only provides a governing body on religious affairs under an appointed minister who, in this case, has to be Muslim. Jakim was thus established in 1997, but even this measure was an afterthought, implemented when leaders saw the unending controversies miring the religious teachings in the country. The leaders of all these religious bodies are appointed from among Muslims.

Muslims should be wise enough not to be in reclusive in thought when confronted by skewed clerics. Supporting non-Muslim candidates in a democracy where there is a separation of state and religion cannot be considered a wrong act for Muslims. Historical precedence based on isolated events of the past does not hold water in the context of modern democracy.

In fact, in Islam there is no absolute model for political rule. The Islamic form of government depends on the circumstances. Government, according to Islam, will be decided by the circumstances. According to Islam, a political form is not a part of belief. They are separate entities. This is where some obsessive clerics are confused in their approach to Islam. It is always the prevailing situation that will determine the type of political form that has to be adopted. This is what democracy is.

In Islamic history, the modest administrative form adopted after the Prophet was based on khilafah. It was not an absolute form, though. Later on, the dynastic model of administration was adopted. The models set by other Prophets are also an Islamic model. This is because the Quran accepts all messengers as models as mentioned in the Quran (6:90): “Those [the previous prophets] were the people whom God guided. Follow their guidance then and say, I ask no reward for this from you: it is only a reminder for all mankind.”

The democratic model of today

Following this principle, the democratic model of today is also an accepted model in Islam. This is supported by the following verse of the Quran: “… and their affairs are by counsel among themselves” (42:38). According to these precedents, if voters elect a non-Muslim leader it would be considered a right choice according to Islam. In the Malaysian context, there is no prohibition on elected Muslim and non-Muslim leaders who are not adversaries in the social and political sense having mutual consultation and working in tandem for the people and the betterment of the nation.

It would not be regarded as a wrongful choice or a sin for Muslims to work with or choose leaders from among the non-Muslims. Hopefully, those clerics in PAS will stop distorting the message of Islam to confuse the people just to seek political power. In fact, this act of theirs is debauchery and against Islam.

In Islam, political form is not related to belief. For instance, the government does not have a set form as does a religious ritual, such as steps and ways to perform the haj or prayers. Governance is related to circumstances or practical insights that are flexible and can vary with time and according to the wishes of the people. It’s the quests for real-world intuitions that will decide the form of government to be adopted in a democracy. The values adopted by leaders and in governance, however, can indirectly be consonant with the universal values found in Islam as well as other religions, such as being knowledgeable, competent, honest and trustworthy.

by Moaz Nair

An update on Yayasan Kanser Malaysia

As some of you that follows me on the various social media channels know, I've recently been engaged to assist Yayasan Kanser Malaysia on top of my own projects. And as we sat down and go through all the stuff that is with YKM, we found out that there's many out there that claims to be part of YKM and going around applying for loans and grants using forged documents.


So I'm putting it out here now, to let everyone know that there's only 1 actual Yayasan Kanser Malaysia, on the internet, you can find them via:

Website: http://www.yayasankansermalaysia.org
Facebook: http://www.fb.com/yayasankanser
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/yayasankanser
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yayasankanser
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/yayasankanser

For verification, please always check with the Suruhanjanaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) on the Updated Board of Directors list for Yayasan Kanser Malaysia.

If you have come across anyone/team that goes around indicating they are from YKM, please inform the foundation at info@yayasankansermalaysia.org and inform the nearest police station regarding the fraud. All emails correspondent, as far as I know, will only come from @yayasankansermalaysia.org OR yayasankanser@gmail.com

If you'd like any further clarification, do contact them at the emails stated or you can message me on Facebook at http://m.me/mikeyipdotcom

Will update more as time progress, looking at what YKM has planned up for 2019, I am excited to be part of the adventure.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad addresses UN General Assembly



Madam President,

I would like to join others in congratulating you on your election as the President of the Seventy-Third (73rd) Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

I am confident with your wisdom and vast experience; this session will achieve the objectives of the theme for this session. I assure you of Malaysia's fullest support and cooperation towards achieving these noble goals.

Allow me to also pay tribute to your predecessor, His Excellency Miroslav Lajcak, for his dedication and stewardship in successfully completing the work of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly.

I commend the Secretary-General and the United Nations staff for their tireless efforts in steering and managing UN activities globally.

In particular, I pay tribute to the late Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from 1997 – 2006, who sadly passed away in August this year. Malaysia had a positively strong and active engagement with the UN during his tenure.

Madam President,

The theme of this 73rd Session of General Assembly, "Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies" remains true to the aspiration of our founding fathers. The theme is most relevant and timely. It is especially pertinent in the context of the new Malaysia. The new Government of Malaysia, recently empowered with a strong mandate from its people, is committed to ensure that every Malaysian has an equitable share in the prosperity and wealth of the nation.

A new Malaysia emerged after the 14th General Election in May this year. Malaysians decided to change their government, which had been in power for 61 years, i.e., since independence. We did this because the immediate past Government indulged in the politics of hatred, of racial and religious bigotry, as well as widespread corruption. The process of change was achieved democratically, without violence or loss of lives.

Malaysians want a new Malaysia that upholds the principles of fairness, good governance, integrity and the rule of law. They want a Malaysia that is a friend to all and enemy of none. A Malaysia that remains neutral and non-aligned. A Malaysia that detests and abhors wars and violence. They also want a Malaysia that will speak its mind on what is right and wrong, without fear or favour. A new Malaysia that believes in co-operation based on mutual respect, for mutual gain. The new Malaysia that offers a partnership based on our philosophy of 'prosper-thy-neighbour'. We believe in the goodness of cooperation, that a prosperous and stable neighbour would contribute to our own prosperity and stability.

The new Malaysia will firmly espouse the principles promoted by the UN in our international engagements. These include the principles of truth, human rights, the rule of law, justice, fairness, responsibility and accountability, as well as sustainability. It is within this context that the new government of Malaysia has pledged to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights. It will not be easy for us because Malaysia is multi-ethnic, multireligious, multicultural and multilingual. We will accord space and time for all to deliberate and to decide freely based on democracy.



Madam President,

When I last spoke here in 2003, I lamented how the world had lost its way. I bemoaned the fact that small countries continued to be at the mercy of the powerful. I argued the need for the developing world to push for reform, to enhance capacity building and diversify the economy. We need to maintain control of our destiny.

But today, 15 years later the world has not changed much. If at all the world is far worse than 15 years ago. Today the world is in a state of turmoil economically, socially and politically.

There is a trade war going on between the two most powerful economies. And the rest of the world feel the pain.

Socially new values undermine the stability of nations and their people. Freedom has led to the negation of the concept of marriage and families, of moral codes, of respect etc.

But the worse turmoil is in the political arena. We are seeing acts of terror everywhere. People are tying bombs to their bodies and blowing themselves up in crowded places. Trucks are driven into holiday crowds. Wars are fought and people beheaded with short knives. Acts of brutality are broadcast to the world live. Masses of people risk their lives to migrate only to be denied asylum, sleeping in the open and freezing to death. Thousands starve and tens of thousands die in epidemics of cholera.

No one, no country is safe. Security checks inconvenience travellers. No liquids on planes. The slightest suspicion leads to detention and unpleasant questioning.

To fight the "terrorists" all kinds of security measures, all kinds of gadgets and equipment are deployed. Big brother is watching. But the acts of terror continues.

Malaysia fought the bandits and terrorists at independence and defeated them. We did use the military. But alongside and more importantly we campaigned to win the hearts of minds of these people.

This present war against the terrorist will not end until the root causes are found and removed and hearts and minds are won.

What are the root causes? In 1948, Palestinian land was seized to form the state of Israel. The Palestinians were massacred and forced to leave their land. Their houses and farms were seized.

They tried to fight a conventional war with help from sympathetic neighbours. The friends of Israel ensured this attempt failed. More Palestinian land was seized. And Israeli settlements were built on more and more Palestinian land and the Palestinians are denied access to these settlements built on their land.

The Palestinians initially tried to fight with catapults and stones. They were shot with live bullets and arrested. Thousands are incarcerated.

Frustrated and angry, unable to fight a conventional war, the Palestinians resort to what we call terrorism.

The world does not care even when Israel breaks international laws, seizing ships carrying medicine, food and building materials in international waters. The Palestinians fired ineffective rockets which hurt no one. Massive retaliations were mounted by Israel, rocketing and bombing hospitals, schools and other buildings, killing innocent civilians including school children and hospital patients. And more.

The world rewards Israel, deliberately provoking Palestine by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

It is the anger and frustration of the Palestinians and their sympathisers that cause them to resort to what we call terrorism. But it is important to acknowledge that any act which terrify people also constitute terrorism. And states dropping bombs or launching rockets which maim and kill innocent people also terrify people. These are also acts of terrorism.

Malaysia hates terrorism. We will fight them. But we believe that the only way to fight terrorism is to remove the cause. Let the Palestinians return to reclaim their land. Let there be a state of Palestine. Let there be justice and the rule of law. Warring against them will not stop terrorism. Nor will out-terrorising them succeed.

We need to remind ourselves that the United Nations Organisation, like the League of Nations before, was conceived for the noble purpose of ending wars between nations.

Wars are about killing people. Modern wars are about mass killings and total destruction countrywide. Civilised nations claim they abhor killing for any reason. When a man kills, he commits the crime of murder. And the punishment for murder may be death.

But wars, we all know encourage and legitimise killing. Indeed the killings are regarded as noble, and the killers are hailed as heroes. They get medals stuck to their chest and statues erected in their honour, have their names mentioned in history books.

There is something wrong with our way of thinking, with our value system. Kill one man, it is murder, kill a million and you become a hero. And so we still believe that conflict between nations can be resolved with war.

And because we still do, we must prepare for war. The old adage says "to have peace, prepare for war". And we are forever preparing for war, inventing more and more destructive weapons. We now have nuclear bombs, capable of destroying whole cities. But now we know that the radiation emanating from the explosion will affect even the country using the bomb. A nuclear war would destroy the world.

This fear has caused the countries of Europe and North America to maintain peace for over 70 years. But that is not for other countries. Wars in these other countries can help live test the new weapons being invented.

And so they sell them to warring countries. We see their arms in wars fought between smaller countries. These are not world wars but they are no less destructive. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, whole countries devastated and nations bankrupted because of these fantastic new weapons.

But these wars give handsome dividends to the arms manufacturers and traders. The arms business is now the biggest business in the world. They profit shamelessly from the deaths and destructions they cause. Indeed, so-called peace-loving countries often promote this shameful business.

Today's weapons cost millions. Fighter jets cost about 100 million dollars. And maintaining them cost tens of millions. But the poor countries are persuaded to buy them even if they cannot afford. They are told their neighbours or their enemies have them. It is imperative that they too have them.

So, while their people starve and suffer from all kinds of deprivations, a huge percentage of their budget is allocated to the purchase of arms. That their buyers may never have to use them bothers the purveyors not at all.

Madam President,

In Myanmar, Muslims in Rakhine state are being murdered, their homes torched and a million refugees had been forced to flee, to drown in the high seas, to live in makeshift huts, without water or food, without the most primitive sanitation. Yet the authorities of Myanmar including a Nobel Peace Laureate deny that this is happening. I believe in non-interference in the internal affairs of nations. But does the world watch massacres being carried out and do nothing? Nations are independent. But does this mean they have a right to massacre their own people, because they are independent?

Madam President,

TRADE

On the other hand, in terms of trade, nations are no longer independent. Free trade means no protection by small countries of their infant industries. They must abandon tariff restrictions and open their countries to invasion by products of the rich and the powerful. Yet the simple products of the poor are subjected to clever barriers so that they cannot penetrate the market of the rich. Malaysian palm oil is labelled as dangerous to health and the estates are destroying the habitat of animals. Food products of the rich declare that they are palm oil free. Now palm diesel are condemned because they are decimating virgin jungles. These caring people forget that their boycott is depriving hundreds of thousands of people from jobs and a decent life.

We in Malaysia care for the environment. Some 48% of our country remains virgin jungle. Can our detractors claim the same for their own countries?

Madam President,

Malaysia is committed to sustainable development. We have taken steps, for example in improving production methods to ensure that our palm oil production is sustainable. By December 2019, the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard will become mandatory. This will ensure that every drop of palm oil produced in Malaysia will be certified sustainable by 2020.

Madam President,

All around the world, we observe a dangerous trend to inward-looking nationalism, of governments pandering to populism, retreating from international collaborations and shutting their borders to free movements of people, goods and services even as they talk of a borderless world, of free trade. While globalisation has indeed brought us some benefits, the impacts have proven to be threatening to the independence of small nations. We cannot even talk or move around without having our voices and movement recorded and often used against us. Data on everyone is captured and traded by powerful nations and their corporations.

Malaysia lauds the UN in its endeavours to end poverty, protect our planet and try to ensure everyone enjoys peace and prosperity. But I would like to refer to the need for reform in the organisation. Five countries on the basis of their victories 70 over years ago cannot claim to have a right to hold the world to ransom forever. They cannot take the moral high ground, preaching democracy and regime change in the countries of the world when they deny democracy in this organisation.

I had suggested that the veto should not be by just one permanent member but by at least two powers backed by three non-permanent members of the Security Council. The General Assembly should then back the decision with a simple majority. I will not say more.

I must admit that the world without the UN would be disastrous. We need the UN, we need to sustain it with sufficient funds. No one should threaten it with financial deprivation.

Madam President

After 15 years and at 93, I return to this podium with the heavy task of bringing the voice and hope of the new Malaysia to the world stage. The people of Malaysia, proud of their recent democratic achievement, have high hopes that around the world – we will see peace, progress and prosperity. In this we look toward the UN to hear our pleas.

I thank you, Madam President.

70th anniversary of the Malayan Emergency

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Emergency, a 12-year war declared by the then British colonial power against the insurgent anti-colonial forces led by the Communist Party of Malaya.
It is not a well-publicised fact that the Central Committee of the CPM launched the armed struggle only in December 1948, six months after the declaration of State of Emergency by the British colonial government in June.
Surprisingly, there has been no commemoration of this anti-colonial struggle by the Government or our local universities, leaving it to civil society to remind the country of this fateful turn of our peoples’ history.
It is hoped that in the “new” Malaysia, Malaysian historical facts can be set in perspective so that the new generation understands the class forces that were arraigned during the anti-colonial struggle, know who the real anti-colonial fighters were and the structure of the Merdeka Agreement that was in keeping with British colonial strategy.
Five key questions about Malaysian history
This alternative history poses 5 key questions for Malaysians today:
  1. Who were the patriots who fought to liberate the country from the British colonial power and the Japanese fascists during WWII and who were the pretenders?
  2. Which parties stood for genuine and inclusive multi-ethnicity?
  3. How would the nation have developed if the “People’s Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition had been adopted?
  4. What is the so-called “Social Contract” we have today and was it the same at Independence?
  5. How did the pattern of communalist politics that has plagued Malaysia for so long come about?
The most complete record yet compiled on the Emergency (1948-60) was written by British academic Anthony Short, commissioned by the Malayan Government and given full access to confidential and secret papers. When his finished manuscript was handed over in October 1968, Short had to wait three years before being told that it was not to be published!
Official history of Emergency banned by government
Nevertheless, his work “The Communist Insurrection in Malaya, 1948-60” was eventually published in 1975 while Short was senior lecturer at Aberdeen University. For many years, this book was banned in Malaysia.
Isn’t it time we had an official explanation of why Anthony Short’s commissioned history of the Emergency was rejected by the government?
On this 70th anniversary of the Emergency, is it not time for Malaysians to read Short’s book and for the 70-year secret documents to be declassified for the benefit of scholars and other Malaysians?
Isn’t it time the country properly acknowledges the contributions of the patriotic class forces in all the ethnic communities to Independence and nation building?
Who were the main opponents of the British colonial power and who put up a protracted struggle to end the exploitation of the country’s natural and human resources while forging a truly multi-ethnic peoples’ united front?
The Umno leadership after the Second World War represented the interests of the Malay aristocracy. They were by no means anti-colonial and did not challenge British interests.
The workers’ movement was the main threat to colonial interests and the Federation of Malaya proposals culminating in the Merdeka Agreement were intended to deflect the working-class revolt by introducing communalism in the Independence package.
Alliance Party was a neo-colonial solution for the aristocracy and capitalists
Any history textbook on the Emergency has to include the history of Malayan workers’ struggles that has been so well written by M.R. Stenson.
The Emergency was as much a crackdown on the workers’ movement as it was a war against the anti-colonial insurrection.
The subsequent “Alliance Formula” comprising the Malay aristocratic class and non-Malay capitalist class was designed to deal with the workers’ revolt and put in place a neo-colonial solution. Thus, the ‘Alliance (racial) Formula’ with all its contradictions was devised in Independent Malaya.
The so-called “Social Contract” would have looked very different if the “Peoples’ Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition representing the workers, peasantry and disenchanted middle class had won the day.
The Malay Nationalist Party (MNP) called for, among other things: the right to self-determination of the Malayan people; equal rights for all ethnic communities; freedom of speech, press, meeting, religion; improving standard of living of all the people; improving farming conditions and abolishing land tax; improving labour conditions; education reform on democratic lines; fostering friendly inter-ethnic relations.
People’s Constitution from the anti-colonial movement
The anti-colonial movement demanded self-government and their AMCJA-PUTERA coalition put forward their “Peoples’ Constitutional Proposals”.
Imagine what our nation would have become had this “People’s Constitution” been the federal constitution at Independence.
This coalition encapsulated a more genuine multi-ethnic approach compared to the “communal formula” of the Alliance that was made up of racially-based parties and fraught with contradictions from the start.
The component parties in the Alliance (now the Barisan Nasional) were unashamedly racial and have been dominated by Umno from the start.
The Prime Minister in the “new” Malaysia does not see the incongruence in heading a racially defined “Parti Pribumi”.
These race-based parties would find it difficult to justify themselves if there was an Equality Act or if Malaysia ratified the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination.
The Malayan workers’ movement and radical intelligentsia in the anti-colonial coalition of AMCJA-PUTERA displayed strong organisation, solidarity and inter-ethnic unity and this history is a source of inspiration and a model of genuine multi-ethnic cooperation for Malaysians today.
Through this struggle, they developed an awareness of nationalism and anti-imperialism and the socialist road to egalitarian development.
British communalist strategy to dive and rule
The British colonial power used its communalist strategy to divide this anti-colonial movement using the issue of citizenship for the Non-Malays and reneging on the promises of civil equality for all. What would it have been like if all Malayans had been granted genuine civil liberties and political equality?
The anti-colonial movement was defeated largely because the Malay peasantry had been isolated from the movement, buffered from capitalist exploitation in the estates, factories and other urban industries. The colonial state did not hesitate to use crude racial and religious propaganda against the movement.
If Malaysia is to have a viable future and a new agenda for change involving all Malaysians, we must demand a fair, socially just, equal and democratic country that respects human rights and breaks through to a people-centred non-racial agenda for change.
And when we do, imagine how much we will be able to celebrate at the 100-year anniversary of the Malayan Emergency?
Kua Kia Soong is adviser to Suaram.

Tun Mahathir on being labeled a Dictator


-THE DICTATOR-

1. People and the media never fail to point out that I was a dictator. I presided over an authoritarian Government of Malaysia for 22 years. Any mention of my name must be preceded or followed with the qualification “dictator”.

2. Looking back now, I realise why, as Prime Minister of Malaysia I was described as a dictator. There were many things I did which were typically dictatorial.

3. Actually I showed this tendency very early. Upon being appointed as Minister of Education, the first command I made was for the “Menteri” plate above the number plate of my official car to be ripped off. Maybe I feared assassination. I don’t know. But, unlike other democratic ministers I did not have the “Menteri” plate on my car.

4. I also demanded for a six men police escort. But they told me that a minister gets only one plain-clothed policeman. I warned them to wait until I became Prime Minister.

5. When I became Prime Minister I demanded for UTK (Special Forces) plainclothes escorts as well as ten outriders. They gave me only four. It was really not enough. I felt very unsafe. I had to look right and left and also behind to identify assailants early. Now that I am not the Prime Minister, you will not see my numerous bodyguards. This is because they are invisible.

6. In America I was surrounded by six burly secret service men. If anyone shot at me they would take the bullet. President Kennedy was almost saved by them. President Reagan was more lucky. I wanted the same body-guards at home. But there were no six-footers in Malaysia to absorb the bullets. I have to make-do with smallish Malay policeman.

7. Now I dare not get into a crowd. I don’t shake hands and selfies are not allowed. My invisible bodyguards check all cameras and hand phones of those who get within 10 feet from me.

8. As Education Minister I demanded that schools must not be named after me. All my democratic predecessors had schools named after them. One even had a school named after his wife.

9. I did not want schools to be named after me because dictators normally do not like personality cults. So when I became Prime Minister I did not allow my name to be attached to any building, road or public toilets. Now the Najib Government is doing me a favour. Reference to me in text books have been erased. Thank you Najib for being such a democrat.

10. To continue the narration about my dictatorship, upon being appointed Prime Minister I ordered the release of 21 political detainees, detained under ISA by my predecessors. This release was of course the tradition with dictators. Previous democratic PMs did not release any detainees. They in fact added more because that was the democratic thing to do.

11. But what about Ops Lalang. Well, Tun Hanif is on video to say that it was his decision. He was my security adviser and he said I could not countermand him. He says that as my security adviser, he decides.

12. It is not true of course. I went over his head and ordered as many people as possible to be detained and tortured. If he denies it must be because of bran. Still he does not seem to like bran.

13. Then there is Tan Sri Abu Talib, the AG in my time. He recently declared that I was not responsible for Tun Salleh Abas’ dismissal. This just cannot be true. Everyone saw how I caught hold of Salleh Abas by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of his court. I don’t know why Abu Talib should deny popular belief. Maybe I gave him bran. I don’t remember.

14. As wife of Prime Minister, Hasmah was also known as FLOMH (First Lady of my house). She was fond of pink diamonds and Hermes handbags.

15. She bought many of them in the flea markets in London and Hong Kong. She wore them around her neck, arms and fingers every day. There are lots of pictures of her, loaded with expensive jewels. No one can fail to notice that she was the wife of a dictator. She also has a food taster.

16. My children held high posts in the Government and UMNO. They naturally got Government contracts which they sold at good prices. That is why they are among the super rich. Unknown to anyone, Mukhriz has been appointed PH’s Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.

17. I set up five heavy industries and pocketed a good percentage of the capital. The money is kept in secret accounts in numerous banks. The accounts are so secret that I myself don’t know which bank. Not to worry. The police will find out. Another RCI can be set up.

18. Tun Abdullah and Tun-to-be Najib conducted a search for the money I had stolen. So far they have not been able to trace any. But not to be disappointed, Najib discovered that 30 billion Ringgit was lost by Bank Negara 30 years ago. Since I was the Prime Minister at that time, it must have been me who had stolen the money. So he set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry and sure enough I was found guilty.

19. I inherited from Tun Hussein a Boeing 737 business jet. It was big and expensive. So I decided to sell it and buy a smaller aircraft. I believe the savings went into my secret account. I don’t know where. There should be a police investigation.

20. As a dictator I made sure the Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya had a tunnel connecting it to KLIA. If anything happened I could escape through this tunnel to a waiting plane. Until now the tunnel cannot be found.

21. With the money I had stolen, I built two private palaces in Country Heights and the Mines. They are surrounded by high walls and guarded 24 hours a day by security forces. I also have fierce dogs. Anyone visiting me is frisked for weapons.

22. When I was about to retire, some people suggested that they build a memorial library for me. All American Presidents have memorial libraries.

23. I commanded as a true dictator that the memorial be dedicated to previous Prime Ministers also. I instructed that it be called the Perdana Leadership Foundation. The great achievements of all previous Prime Ministers must be kept there. Of course my record as a dictator is preserved for eternity there. All the valuable gifts given to me as PM, including 26 cars, are kept in the Galleria in Langkawi. Unfortunately the Government refuse to return them to me.

24. There are many other authoritarian acts perpetrated by me. But, to cut a long story short, as a true dictator I decided to resign. All dictators do this. Hitler and Mussolini unfortunately died before they could resign. Franco of Spain and Salazar of Portugal were about to resign when they died.

25. But I was lucky. I was able to resign before I die. This confirms that I was a true dictator. I ordered some ministers to rush up to me and cry when I made the announcement.

26. No one should know about all my authoritarian acts. It is sufficient just to state that I was a dictator. If asked why you say I was a dictator, just say everyone said so before. Therefore it must be true.

27. So carry on calling me an authoritarian dictator, a Mahazalim and Mahafiraun, who was undemocratic, and has become super rich through corruption. It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

-Chedet-

Azrene Ahmad & Fazley Yaakob opening a can of worms on Rosmah Mansor



No sooner after the dust settled in the Malaysian 14th General Election, we have Azrene Ahmad (Rosmah's daughter from her 1st marriage) and Fazley Yaakob opening a big can of worm on Rosmah Mansor on Instagram and Facebook. For those that have not seen the postings, here's the screenshots of the texts that was shared.


We even have postings from the Son-In-Law. Fazley Yaakob.


The famous handshake that all of those she despises has encountered. Even Fazley wasn't spared. The one who introduced Fazley to her daughter and matchmade them together, but when things got serious and he asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage she said no.
Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other. Her witch doctor said, “The boy is good for the girl and vice versa, but your power won’t work on them, his family has too many religious members of the family. For every son she has as a result of this union, your power will decrease”.

Guess what? All hell broke lose right after! 


And here's 2 final screenshots from Fazley's brother.









All these juicy story from her estranged daughter, along with quite a few videos that is available online, compiled together, it will definitely be a great horror story that will put Mona Fendi's tales to shame.



Yes, this is unlike me to post these stuff out there but heck, once in a while, it's hard to pass a juicy story like this that is worth sharing for all to read. Right?

Pakatan outlines 100 days' fiscal reform review plan


As the dust settles over the PRU14 battlefield, Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be working on fulfilling the fiscal reform review plan which they announced prior to May 9, which includes consulting prominent Malaysian business leaders, in its first 100 days after taking over Putrajaya.

In a joint statement by the coalition's presidential council members, PH said "respected, eminent, patriotic Malaysians" will be invited to contribute in undertaking these reforms.

"Some have already agreed to be part of this endeavour, including experienced captains of industry, a former President of Petronas, a successful Hong Kong-based tycoon, respected former senior civil servants and economists. They will provide guidance for the formulation and execution of the reform plan," it said, without giving any names.

"Malaysia is blessed with a hard-working and talented workforce, good infrastructure and abundant resources. Irresponsible fiscal policy conduct since 2009, and steady erosion of the quality of our institutions have set the country back. The time for progressive change, not a witch hunt or retribution, is long overdue," it added.

The council comprises PH Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng, and Hj Mohamad Sabu.

PH said it will also undertake an evaluation of the responsibilities, commitments, expenditures and liabilities in relation to its revenue, assets and income of the government in the first 100 days of its administration in order to achieve greater fiscal responsibility.

The evaluation will focus on three key areas: federal government budget and finances, accrual accounting and asset-liability management, and outstanding government debt obligations — including government guaranteed debt, especially foreign obligations.

PH said the review of Federal Government Budget and Finances will cover both expenditure and revenue.

The coalition also said it will assess the sovereign risk and capital market management to evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively.

"The treasury function of the Federal Treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved. We will come up with a comprehensive reform plan at the end of the first 100 days which will put us back on a path of sustained prosperity for all Malaysians.

"Subsequent reforms will seek to ensure fiscal conduct that is more sustainable, inclusive and growth enhancing. This will, in turn, seek to improve the investment climate, reduce the cost of living and doing business, raise national competitiveness and promote greater economic prosperity," it added.

Some of the touch points of the fiscal reforms are as per the following:

Expenditure:
  1. Review all major public projects, especially those financed outside of the development budget, and related contingent liabilities.
  2. Review incurred future debt-related operating expenditure commitments.
  3. Reprioritise publicly funded projects responsibly.
  4. Shift expenditure allocations to prioritise general well-being, including social protection for the disadvantaged.
  5. Ensure government procurement by open tender.

Revenue:
  1. Assess the entire revenue base of the federal government to improve its breadth, responsiveness and progressiveness.
  2. Improve accountability of state-owned enterprises and other public assets to enhance efficiency, accountability and revenue contribution.

Deficit and liabilities:
  1. Reduce borrowing and restructure liabilities to ensure greater fiscal sustainability.
  2. Fully account for federal government liabilities – both direct and contingent liabilities incurred via government guarantees.

Inter-governmental (federal-state-local) fiscal relations:
  1. Restructure federal-state-local government relations to more equitably share revenues and costs of providing public infrastructure and services. In this regard, special consideration will be given in the spirit of the constitutional commitments made in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement to Sabah and Sarawak.

Accrual accounting and asset-liability management:
  1. Adopt accrual accounting to better take stock of federal government's assets and improve the asset-liability management framework that would identify mismatches and risk.

Sovereign risk and capital market management:
  1. Evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively. The treasury function of the federal treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved.


Hence, PH said it is "fully committed" to undertake responsible and progressive fiscal reforms, to be implemented in an orderly, transparent and systematic manner to enhance fiscal equity, transparency and accountability, and support accelerated productive investments and economic growth.

It's a brand new uncharted territory for a lot of us, especially those of us who was born into a country that was ruled by Tun Dr. Mahathir, and see the debacle that happened after he stepped down and now with him leading Pakatan Harapan into Putrajaya. Time is changing and it is exciting.

Results from General Election 14 | #PRU14



Here's the unofficial results as it comes in from the various streams across Malaysia this PRU14.



Take the power back from Politicians


If you are running a business and you are serious about growing that business, one of the key ingredients is how to make the supplier or vendor work for you without having to scrutinise every single detail in the transaction and process required to achieve a quality supply.

You introduce competition because competition helps improve the supply in so many untold ways that may even surprise you. Most of us running a business or purchasing an item, or who are customers of a service, are at least vaguely aware of this basic economic principle of how competition exerts pressure on the efficient use of resources to produce a better product or service.

Strangely, or not so strangely, it can be applied to the political process as well. A tale of two or more suppliers can easily be translated to a tale of two or more political parties.

Interestingly enough, when we have the power to choose, we have power over suppliers or political parties. It appears to be true too, that during the time when our power peaks on May 9, we will be treated like honoured guests. Notice too, for example, it is the only period most of us are addressed as tuan or puan more times than we address the political leaders as such.

This power we hold for, unfortunately, only about two weeks is potent indeed.

We must use this great power to make a choice; otherwise when the power wanes and fades, most of us will be left with our little voices that can hardly move the gigantic government machinery to our benefit.

One of the reasons is perhaps because we are taken for granted. We are like soft furry lemmings obediently heading even to the edge of the cliff.

So what must we do? How do we extend our power beyond the two weeks of the election campaign? Fortunately, there is this idea: many leaders have talked about it and I would like to share it with you here.

This idea requires many furry lemmings to understand it and put the power into action. Only then will the power return to the people for a lot longer than just two weeks.

Simply, we change the vendor or the current political party ruling the government or the states. All things considered equal, at the whiff of questionable conduct or suspicion of underhanded tactics or even underperformance, like a purebred business venture, the rational decision is to change.

If all of us understand this simple concept, which works so well for business and competition, it will open up the kind of control, check and balance, transparency and accountability for which most of us have been crying and whining for years.

Imagine, with such an attitude, poor transparency and accountability, abuse, corruption, decay, bad practices, favouritism, cronyism, poor performance etc cannot last for more than one term, and leaders cannot get away with it, because as soon as the people catch a hint of something going awry, the power of the people will ensure the competing political party is called in to govern and all that has rotted will be rectified.

The result is that the political parties will begin to serve the people, as they are supposed to do.

The caretaker government’s role

For those of you who are unsure what role does a caretaker government play once the Parliament is dissolved to prepare for the next General Election. Here's an excerpt that will help you understand them.
Infographics from Bernama.


By Syahredzan Johan

Elections these days are hard- fought affairs. The margins of victory can be very slim. Any advantage that one side has may affect the outcome of the elections.

That is why there is a need to ensure elections are fair to all those contesting.

The dissolution of Parliament does not mean that the Federal Government and the various state governments are also dissolved along with the legislature.

When the legislature is dissolved to pave the way for elections, and until a new government is formed, the one that governs the Federation or the states is known as the “caretaker government”, according to the practice in many Commonwealth countries, including Malaysia.

However, the Federal and state constitutions do not expressly provide for the caretaker government. The constitutions are silent on the role of these “caretaker governments”; they are not provided for expressly by law.

A caretaker government is a minimum government. It is only supposed to ensure the day-to-day administration of the state can continue without disruption as a caretaker.

A caretaker government should not, for example, do anything which may bind the new government. It should not announce new government initiatives or make new policy decisions. It should not enter into new agreements or undertakings. It should also not make new appointments.

Most importantly, it should not use government machinery and resources in any way which would give any political party an advantage.

The reasoning is simple; the caretaker government no longer has the full mandate of the electorate. As the legislative branch has been dissolved, there are no checks and balances to the actions of the executive branch.

Unfortunately, the caretaker government convention is not respected or followed by the Federal or state governments.

Every day since dissolution, there are reports of initiatives or handouts by an incumbent government, on both sides of the political divide.

The caretaker government convention is also recognised in other jurisdictions. In most other jurisdictions, the caretaker government is not codified and is merely a convention.

However, the convention is respected and adhered to strictly by the incumbents.

Ideally, this should be the case in our country. There should not be a need to codify the convention into law by way of legislation. But because our political parties do not appear to respect the convention, we may need to enact a law to enshrine the caretaker convention and ensure its compliance.

Check your Voter's Status Now for #PRU14


All Malaysian young and old would know by now that the election is scheduled to be held on the 9th of May, 2018.  And if you are above the voting age, you head over to https://pengundi.spr.gov.my and check to make sure your voter's information and polling station is listed down correctly, if you are not a voter, you should also check as there's been reports of voter's details listed in locations they have not been to or registered to before.

If you don't want to use their website, you can also use the SPR's SMS service by texting "SPR semak <IC no>" & send to 15888. They will return a SMS on your polling station.



I've checked mine and all the details are the same as the previous years so it is all good but some poor souls I know are not so lucky, and under the election law, they are not allowed to change the details until after the Malaysia General Election is over. So either they head to the parts unknown to them to vote, or they forego their rights to vote. In any case, do go and lodge a police report if you fall victim to such an incident.

Dear fellow Malaysians, time to exercise your rights. To those of you who are able to vote but didn't bother to register, or simply refuse to vote, you people have no right whatsoever to complain about the govt. You're nothing but a hypocrite and a horrible disappointment to the country.

Unless you're in the medical field and you've patients depending on you, dealing with matters pertaining life and death, you've NO excuse whatsoever if your polling station is located nearby. If you're hundreds of miles away from your polling station and it's next to impossible to apply for leave and travel home and back within 24 hours (since the idiots up there decided to have it in the middle of the bleeding week), I suppose you can't be blamed because of the horrible choice of date.

To those of you who are booking flights, train and bus rides back home although you live so far away, I give you my utmost respect. Thank you for making sacrifices to help make a change for a better future for Malaysia.

*Note: I'm not a politician or am involved with any political parties. I am just a man who wants to exercise his right to vote and want to choose the right people who has the community at heart and not those who only has their own personal gains in mind.

Happy 2018


Just want to take this opportunity along with the new revamp of mikeyip.com to wish all you readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2018 be full of great wealth, health and happiness.

Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan were and never racist - Mior Rosli


WE ARE AND NEVER WERE A RACIST
By Major (R) Mior Rosli (TUDM)

I wish the Defence minister, the deputy defence minister read and listen to what I have to say very carefully.

Yesterday, Hishammudin accused Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan of being Racist.. I demand your apology to us because it is not us who are racist.. it is you. Don't you remember when you was the UMNO youth chief? You unsealth the Keris, waved it in the air and demand for Chinese blood? Isn't that Racist and dangerous? The police should have charged you under ISA, put you behind bars and throw the key. We don't need Racist people like you leading a multi Racial country. Now just because the elections is round the corner you have the cheek to talk about increasing the number of non malays in the Armed Forces. Something that we have heard many many times over many many years.

Let me tell you and all your bloody UMNO goons.. THERE IS NO RACIAL CONFLICTS NOR SENTIMENTS AMONG SOLDIERS WITHIN THE MAF. We have gone through tough and team training day and night for 6 months for the other ranks and 12 months training for the officers. We ate, slept, trained, sweat, cried and laughed together... After recruit or cadet training we were enlisted and Commission into various corps and services. Except for the Royal Malay Regiment, in all corps and services we were never bothered if one is a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Punjabi, IBAN or kadazan... Our loyalty only goes to our Commander what ever race and religion they are, to our Corps/services, to the MAF, to our King and country. That's was how we were taught and trained.

During both the emergencies (1948-1960/1960-1989), during the confrontation with Indonesia, and the war in Sarawak till the early 90s.. we fought like brothers..to defend this country and to maintain the independence of this country. We make sure people like you to be safe and maintain your freedom in this country.

You were never there to see our comrades died..got their legs and arms blown off. You were never there to see how their wives and children cried when their husbands came back in coffins or without legs or arms.

You were born with a silver spoon.. you are not more than a show off. Donning a military uniform, with a Commando beret, with senior airborne wings on your chest.. You made many veterans sick Looking at your stupidity.

During the emergencies combating the CTs there were many non malays did clandestine operations, became agents inside the enemy troops and acted as rubber tappers,farmers, etc.. some were caught and killed.

Our pilots, many were non malays too were shot down, and when they did their rescue, bodivac and medical missions, don't care the dead or injured were Malays, Chinese, iban or indians... Or what ever race they were.

Today UMNO is kissing lips with the CPC. Having closed doors meetings..all for power and money... Forgetting their sacrifice so that UMNO can continue to exist until today..

It is your (UMNO) policymakers who try to separate and divide us racially. It was your party that makes the quotas for entry and promotions.. it was your party Who control who should be generals and who should not.

Soldiering is a professional job. If you get unskilled people to be promoted, you will get a half baked Armed Forces. A half baked Armed Forces will Never be able to defend this country effectively.

If you want the Chinese to be seen of their loyalty, make the Armed Forces more professional and not Political.

We, the veterans Armed Forces Officers and the ex senior police officers are the real Patriots. More Patriotic than any of you, "power and kleptocracy" crazy politicians. DON'T EVER BELITTLE US. IF THERE IS A WAR TO DEFEND THIS SOIL, WE WILL BE THE SECOND OR THIRD LINERS BEHIND THE REGULAR FORCES TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY... PLEASE DON'T MESS US UP WITH YOUR POLITICAL DREAMS!!!

What your party are doing towards the MAF are degrading them.. making them weak, making the Generals like puppet on the strings until they do not know to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

You are making the Rakyat live in a "BOILING FROG SYNDROME". The moment the Rakyat realised what happened to this country, it will be too late.

The problem with politicians like you are because you rose up not from grassroots leaders.. from the beginning until now you are just "A TORTOISE ON A POLE". Don't know how you got up there but just because your father was the PM, if not you are nothing.

We who served from 1948- 1989/91, majority are still very much alive. Your party betrayed us, ignored us, lied to us and many of us are struggling to live on with our lives.. while over all these years you and your party members became kleptocrats and took away what actually belong to us and the Rakyat.

May Allah curse all of you if you don't realise what you did wrong.

Wallahualam.

Maj Hj Mior Rosli TUDM (Bersara)
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