Saturday, 5 October 2013

Race down to 3 for 2

Judging by the recent news, the UMNO V-P race is now largely 3 candidates for 2 positions.

Incumbent Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has effectively sown up one of the 3 positions. Up and down the country he is the front runner, with the UMNO grassroots applauding his tough no-nonsense policy on fighting crime and political opponents.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Najib can't meet Obama

Was quite surprised at the speed at which President Obama dropped his plan on meeting the PM in Malaysia. This perhaps is a bit of gamesmanship because Najib has refused to sign TPPA. So now Obama can dangle the carrot of TPPA in front of Najib in anticipation of another state visit.

With respect to the Government shutdown, I would be surprised if it ends early. It seems that the Republicans will try to push this right to the end and maybe even trigger a technical default of the US Bonds.

I would guess the reason is for political legitimacy. The last time they folded too easy and now the markets dont take them seriously. In order for you to be taken seriously, you have to force the agenda - so thats why they will push it all the way and beyond the Oct 17th deadline.

In the meantime, the markets aren't pricing this in. Markets do have a short memory.

With respect to the auditors general report, I really do not see what the fuss is all about. There is absolutely nothing new, and in fact, if the wastages were as small as that, then then its a bonus. No point to go hoo-ha over this. The only thing that could ever trigger a change in the way how things are run is if the Ringgit : Sing dollar crosses 3. Till then, it will be this silly game that is not even worth getting worked up about.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Hishammudin's increasingly desperate campaign . Ali Rustam plays the spoiller

Readers may have been alerted to DSHH's appearance in one of the Wanita UMNO gathering in Johor picked up blogger Another Brick in Wall over here.

I think its unmistakable that Dato Seri Sharizat was wanting nothing to do with DSHH. The body language is unmistakable, and what's worse, this form of interjection into Wanita UMNO politics may backfire spectacularly for DSHH.

First, this reveals a couple of things. Number one, Sharizat does not like DSHH and thinks that DSHH is a goner. After all she was trying as hard as she could not to be associated with DSHH and for DSHH to go quite 'low' in trying to rub shoulders with Kak Jat makes him lose a lot of prestige.

Obviously, she sees him as carrying too much political baggage.  Nobody wants to be associated with the 'ugly boy' of politics and DSHH is right now the person nobody wants to be seen with.

Contrast this with Dato Seri Zahid Hamidi's recent appearance with the WP delegates at the now infamous event which featured Tengku Adnan's call for the delegates to maintain status quo. The Home Minister was completely at ease with his surroundings, and basically displayed something which DSHH lacks which is confidence.

So the smart money is for DSZH to win one of the 3 posts. That leaves two posts left to be contested between the other five contenders. Mathematically, the odds are now of 40% success.

We can perhaps narrow this down with some further analysis. According to the rules, this will be a winner takes all votes for each state - something like the Democratic party convention nomination system. We can firmly say that DSZH will win in Perak, will win in NS, will appear as part of the winning trio  in WP, will win in Selangor, will win in Penang, will win in Pahang, and will appear as part of the winning trio in Kedah. So that is 7 , mathematically enough for him to be assured to be part of the winning trio.

As for Mukhriz, he will win in Kedah, will win in WP, will win in Penang, will get the nominations from Selangor.  Ali Rustam will win in Melaka.

We know that Hishammudin will not be part of the winning trio in any of the areas which suffers from the crime epidemic. On top of that, he also suffers from areas where there is a strong contender because game theory postulates that the decision will go down for them not to elect Hisham since he is the weakest.

Mathematically, it goes like this. There are 2 slots left for grabs. Voting Zahid Hamidi is a no-brainer, because he is assured of getting one of the 3. So lets say in place like Sabah, the smart thing to do is vote Shafie, vote Zahid Hamidi and vote the weakest person in the third. That means voting Ali Rustam or Isa. In Kedah, the same thing will work as well - vote Mukhriz, vote Zahid Hamidi, and vote the weakest. In Perak, that is where it will be interesting. Given the bad blood between the races and DSHH's perceived weakness, he will just be ignored. In WP and Selangor, the same thing, vote Mukhriz, vote Zahid Hamidi and then split the vote between perhaps Shafie or Ali Rustam.

In Melaka, this is where Ali Rustam's grassroots needs to see whether he can pull off what he needs to do. It must be Ali Rustam, Zahid Hamidi and then club a deal with Mukhriz. Say to Mukhriz, if you vote for me in Kedah, I will deliver Melaka.

In either way, it may now be almost impossible to save DSHH's career. If he is down and out,and so is Isa - who is considered as not seriously offering any threat, then the choice narrows to to Shafie Apdal, Mukhriz and Ali Rustam for the last 3.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

How we defeated Mukhriz

Towards the end of 2008, Khairy was considered a goner.

Tun Dr Mahathir had officially blamed Pak Lah and KJ for handing 5 states to the Opposition and denting BN's 2/3 majority. After being pressured by the Supreme Council, Pak Lah was forced to announce his impending resignation in the next UMNO assembly and the knives were going for KJ.

KJ had just managed to get enough nominations to sneak into the Ketua Pemuda contest and had been virtually written off by all.  Even worse, KJ was almost disqualified from contesting due to money politics allegations. There were even rumours that KJ was going to be hauled up by SPRM.

In terms of the media, KJ was completely sidelined. Utusan was devoting lots of space to Mukhriz and in the blogs, KJ was hammered left, right, up, down and even in a circle. The anti KJ bloggers included whose who in the blog world. It included Rocky Bru, Big Dog, Another Brick in Wall, Husin Lempoyang, Parpukari, Mantra in Deep Thoughts, Syed Outsyed the Box, Duke of UMNO, Cucu Tok Selampit, Jebat Must Die and of course the infamous Piggy Singh.

In the UMNO HQ, the anti KJ forces were lined up from head to toe. Dato Abdul Rauf was one of the main protagonists as well as many others.

And of course Najib too had cut a deal with Tun Dr Mahathir to finish of KJ. Did you not remember Najib giving a massive clue when opening the UMNO Youth assembly with his famous exhortation - "Kita Mahu Pemimpin Yang Berani Berubah" which was seen as slam dunk endorsement of Dato Mukhriz Mahathir.

Azli Shukri - another anti Khairy handiwork

Yet, yet... when the votes were counted  - KJ emerged the victor and Mukhriz was the last.

This point must not be lost on Dato Seri Hishammudin, Dato Seri Shafie Apdal and Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is this - KJ did not win because of luck, but because of a sophisticated counter Mukhriz operation.

We knew where to whack Mukhriz on the blogs and we were the guys in charge of characterizing Mukhriz. We also knew how to play up KJ and how to do a contrast with Mukhriz. We demoralised key staff in the Mukhriz machinery and neutralised emerging threats. In the end we forced the Mukhriz campaign to go down a tract we knew they would end up losing - even though Anas ATM was busy dishing the $$$$.

This was not down to luck and part of a well  planned campaign. Ask any blogger - siapa dia Wenger J Khairy and they will tell you one answer. I don't know. Is he Stephen Doss? Is he some Indian guy. Is he KJ himself? Is he a man? Is the person a lady? Is there one of them? Are there many of them?

Right now, we can tell you - this time round Mukhriz is much tougher. Beating Mukhriz is going to be much more difficult BUT we have the formula. We know where his weak points are and we know how to run a powerful subterfuge campaign. 

The team has since disbanded but some remain. Serious candidates should consider dropping a line to . Remember there is not much time, but with the right strategy, if we did it once, we can do it again.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Petronas to drop Brent benchmark. Pemandu what say you?

Sources say that Petronas is expected to drop pricing its Tapis blend to the Brent crude benchmark. As this matter involves the Shadow Banker, we must make a comment.

In a short answer - no, no, no.

The plans to drop Brent based benchmark is foolish. Tapis or even a regional derivative based on Tapis just wont make it. This is because the Brent benchmark is highly established and the spreads between various cracks has both active physical and paper markets.

Malaysia cannot go it alone in the world oil market. It must agree to play by the rules and learn how to trade using the established markets. This is also in line with the Government mission, vision and transformation attempts to make Malaysia into a land of "endless possibilities."

The issue that Petronas faces is very simple - to whom will it sell its Tapis blend? Currently, our major oil export destinations are Australia, India, Thailand and Japan. These traders in these region can engage in sophisticated derivative contracts to hedge our oil price IF AND ONLY IF the Tapis is benchmarked to a liquid market like BFOE.

But it we go and say that we are no longer going to respect BFOE then how are the refiners like Conoco Phillips in Australia going to hedge purchase of Malaysian Tapis blend. Furthermore, will they respect our pricing if there is no strong basis to the price. We cannot arbitrarily say that the price of Tapis blend is US$100 a barrel unless there is  a strong basis to that. That is why benchmarking to BFOE is a must. I can go ahead and hedge the FO crack, the Gas Oil crack, the regrading spread and so many other spreads only if the paper contract and the physical contract are tied to the same basis.

I believe Petronas cannot go and act without first consulting with Pemandu. In the meantime, Pemandu can engage McKinsey and get them to back up what the Shadow Banker says. Petronas must realise that unless you want to see your oil domestically then there is no other option whatsoever than playing the game others play.

I hope Kampong Man takes note.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Ada blogger hentam Tun Faisal.. APA lu ada dengar kah????

Dulu there is the blogger who say I dont support Najib. This blogger support Tun Faisal. I also support Tun Faisal. Then there is other blogger who whack Tun Faisal.

I reproduce here.

"Or does he expects BN to rely on the likes of Tun Faisal and his cybertroopers?"
Link is here

So now that first blogger who support Tun Faisal but say I anti Najib how?

See I backup Tun Faisal maximum at the second blogger blog.

Makcik Annie,
What is wrong with Tun Faisal? He runs a tight ship and his bloggers such as APA are ranked very highly. He is a loyal party man.

Perhaps you should apologise to him.

Thank You and Have a nice day.

I simple. You hentam I sokong. You sokong I hentam.

So APA must now apologise for saying I dont support Najib.

Of course I support Najib.  1Malaysia, BRIM, RM 1 trillion debt - what is there not to support.

Beware of Greeks, even when they bear gifts.

PS: Kampong Man. I tweet Zahid Hamidi. Tell him rakyat need him to stand Timbalan Presiden UMNO. If not we very scared of Gengster.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Zahid to go for Number 2. Asta la vista TSMY

Its almost certain now that Home Minister Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will go for the Number 2 slot, following which he will be in pole position to take over from Dato Seri Najib as UMNO President and Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Zahid's popularity has soared on recent months as TSMY's influence has waned on account of his lack of leadership qualities. In contrast, Dato Seri Zahid single handedly won the praise of both UMNO and Non-UMNO citizens with his zero tolerance against subversive elements such as the New Village cineman producers and the Indian Gangsters.

This will mark a major milestone in the political career of the ex one time UMNO Youth Head who was detained by Dr Mahathir's regime in 1998 after the sacking of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Many people had written off Dato Seri Zahid and thought that his days were over. In fact, even so far as during Pak Lah's reign, Dato Seri Zahid was still considered a rank outsider and not part of the inner power base.

But this changed soon after Dato Seri Najib took over from Pak Lah. Dato Seri Zahid was elevated to the position of Minister of Defence and single handedly battled the Sulu army who had threatened to annex Sabah on behalf of the Sultan of Sulu.  He was rewarded for his bravery by being promoted to Minister of Home Affairs where he oversees a vast empire including the police, the RELA and the immigration.

Whereas his predecessor, Dato Seri Hishamuddin was known as Menteri Amaran and basically presided over the biggest increase in crime rates in Malaysia's history, Dato Seri Zahid was a man who brooks no nonsense. He gave the police a free hand to conduct  massive operations against the evil Indian gangsters and was unafraid to ruffle more than a few liberal feathers by banning the Chauvinistic film New Village. As a result, the Indian gangster threat is now receding and the New Village backers and financiers are sitting on well deserved losses.

As a Deputy Prime Minister, Dato Seri Zahid Hamidi will accomplish the dream of many by having a person with a strong backbone in the Government. Dato Seri Zahid Hamidi will also accomplish the dreams of many who want to see an end to Dr Mahathir's influence in Government and will not tolerate nonsense from that old man. In contrast, the current occupier of the seat, Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin is seen as a "budak suruhan" to Dr Mahathir and is incapable of forming any independent opinion or thought process.

Dato Seri Zahid Hamidi has already got the green light from Dato Seri Najib to do Tan Sri Muhiyiddin in. After all, TSMY has failed to pledge loyalty to the President and to kiss his hand and the hand of first lady in act of respect and deference. Instead, he has allowed pro Dr Mahathir to insult the image of YAB PM and YAB First Lady by creating a super-imposed picture of YAB PM over YAB First Lady. This was deemed as an ultimate insult to the President and should have been criticised by TSMY and the blogger arrested for sedition. For this insult, TSMY is now seen to have to pay the price.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Kasihan Pemandu. Kena belasah kiri kanan

It seems Pemandu is in the cross hairs of the pro UMNO bloggers. I think they should be in full blown crisis mode because Dato Seri Najib will follow the pro UMNO recommendation and close down Pemandu. Now got Minister Abdul Wahid, ex-CEO of Maybank to advice DSN. So Pemandu no longer needed lah.

Hidup Najib!
Hidup ETP!

Now everyone can pee.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Pemandu is fixing the deficit -

This  a very short note to praise Pemandu and YAB PM for reducing the subsidy to fix the Government deficit. I think people should not complain because PM and Pemandu had long hinted that subsidy rationalisation was on its way. Furthermore, PM and Pemandu have already given RM 1,000 cash downpayment through BRIM and BRIM 2.0.

Economic Dream Team . I think Minister Wahid stock is rising very fast and can soon replace Idris Jala.

In the meantime , we must condemn the statement by Fitch in trying to give Malaysia a negative credit rating. If possible, people could consider launching a police report against Fitch because of their negative comment on Malaysia economy. Malaysia economy is now very strong with palm oil price recovering. Under PM Najib and Pemandu leadership we will enter into high income economy and everybody can then buy high power car, like in US where the car is usually very big. Only is that to pay for oil, we have no subsidy. I think it is okay

Friday, 30 August 2013


We break from our usual focus on Dato Seri Najib and the great job he is doing as the PM to comment on a YouTube video released by ISMA in conjunction with the National Day,

Thursday, 29 August 2013

UMNO Bloggers mostly silent on Perkasa Youth call

I want to start by praising the Head of the Perkasa Youth, Irwan Fahmi Ideris, who stated his opinion plainly and simply. Irwan made it clear that Dato Seri Najib should resign because in his opinion, Dato Seri Najib had failed to show adequate gratitude to the Malay electorate Instead Irwan accuses the PM of pandering to the non-Malay electorate in spite of them having ditched the BN coalition at the last general election.

Simple, straight to the point and no beating around the bush.

Everybody is entitled to their opinion, as blogger WZWH has said - "dalam Malaysia semua bebas bersuara, semua bebas berdemo." Irwan made it very clear and there is no subtleties to it, no hidden messages, no nuances - just a straight ultimatum.

To which he has been condemned somewhat by pro PM politicians and bloggers. The most vocal of the critics was the UMNO Youth Head, Khairy Jamaluddin who hammered Irwan by accusing Perkasa Youth of having no local standi in politics and even denigrating the Perkasa President, Ibrahim Ali, for not even being able to win a parliament election. In the blogging world, a few of the small minor blogs have lambasted Irwan, but most of the major top ranking blogs have kept quiet. Instead, they are more focused on playing up stories that criticise the PM's advisers and advisory bodies.

News to them - Dato Seri Najib orders advice he likes and shuns advice he does not like. He is completely Western in his outlook and shares 0 commonality with Tun Dr Mahathir. He chose those around him to be like him and not to be like someone else. The advice he gets is the advice he wants, attacking his advisers is akin to attacking him.

But the pro UMNO bloggers dare not attack him directly because right now there is no "dollar" win. As it stands, Dato Seri Najib will be returned as UMNO President and to attack the President will mean an end to access to UMNO and the ability to make some money on the side. Thus economic arguments have caused them to instead engage in a "dirty war" whereby they invite commentators to attack Najib in the comment box as they feed them with the necessary ammunition.

Most of this ammunition stems from their "dissatisfaction with the PM's advisers." Okay, lets be specific - which exact policy introduced by Dato Seri Najib's Pemandu club has been the cause?

The answer - ZERO.

If you want to disagree  with Pemandu, at least name a policy . What is it do you disagree with them? Which policy introduced by the Government has caused a loss to the Malay community? I can tell you - the answer is ZERO because no way can that policy be presented in Cabinet without being shelled into pieces by the other Cabinet Ministers.

So stop with the dramatics and answer the simple question. Are you with Najib or against him.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Cucu Tok Selampit must stop criticizing the Prime Minister

I have said this a couple of times to blogger Cucu Tok Selampit to stop criticising the Prime Minister but he still insists on doing so. The criticisms are usually subtle and designed to provoke the people into losing trust with YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and the 1 Malaysia - Endless Possibilities message.

Bloggers must practise self censorship and not criticize the PM after he has single handedly won a mandate from the people. In fact, bloggers must learn to consult the media machinery as to how to write or if possible, enrol in approved courses before writing their thoughts on the Internet.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Penghinaan Syed keatas PM sudah melampui batas

Saya bekerja sebagai pengurus  di salah sebuah institusi kewangan. Tidak payah mengemis dari mana mana pihak untuk membiayai kos kehidupan sehari harian. Tetapi saya difahamkan ada diantara bloggers bloggers termashyur yang telah dibela dengan jutaan ringgit oleh PM dengan harapan mereka dapat menjaga maruah PM di alam maya.

Itu rezeki mereka.

Maka kami terkedu kerana nampaknya mereka mengabaikan tugas mereka untuk mempertahankan kredibiliti Dato Seri Najib di alam maya. Saya tergamak berkata demikian setelah 'boss' mereka dijadikan bahan ejekan dan cemuhan oleh bloggers naungan Dr Mahathir yang berpengaruh.

Meskipun sedemikian, walaupun tidak dibayar dan tidak minta dibayar oleh sesiapa pun, sayaa tidak akan berdiam diri dalam hal ini.

Cubaan untuk mempersendakan PM dengan meng-super impose gambar beliau ke atas gambar Datin Seri Rosmah perlu dikritik oleh rangkaian bloggers pro Kerajaan. Tetapi sehingga hari ini, hanya blogger Jerantut tersohor, saudara WZWH yang berani mengkritik perbuatan terkhutuk tersebut.

Disini kami nak bertanya, apakah pekara yang begitu teruk yang telah diperlakukan terhadap bloggers Out Syed the Box oleh YAB PM? Adakah Dato Seri  bertindak membekukan lesen perniagaanya ataupun meletupkan kucingnya ataupun  membubuh racun ke dalam dalchanya.

Tidak sama sekali.

Sebaliknya Dato Seri Najib telah mengangkat beliau menganggotai lembaga punasihat SPRM dan memberikan kedudukan kepadanya. Namun blogger tersebut bertindak menghentam Dato Seri Najib. Kalau begitu, nampaknya jelas sungguh perangai Out Syed the Box sebagai golongan yang tidak tahu mengengang budi.

Anehnya, sebelum berlangsungnya PRU 13, Dato Seri Najib telah dipuji sampai ke langit oleh kalangan mereka. Tetapi setelah UMNO kembali menerajui tampuk pemerintahan negara dengan majoriti yang lebih kukuh, maka terkeluarlah luahan rasa pedas dan kurang senang terhadap kerajaan yang telahpun mendapat mandat kukuh dari orang Melayu.

Di sini saya mengaku, saya pernah mengkritik PM sebelum PRU 13.

Saya berbuat demikian  merasa kecewa dengan PM disebabkan kegiatan 1MDB yang pada hemat, merugikan negara. Tetapi selepas saya rakyat Malaysia, khususnya orang Melayu, memberi mandat penuh kepada PM untuk terus memerintah, maka saya merasa insaf dan menerima penuh keputusan rakyat . PM harus diberi sokongan yang penuh dan kita harus memberi keyakinkan kepada mereka yang dilantik oleh PM untuk menjalankan tugas-tugas mereka selari dengan perjuangan PM.

Kerana itu, saya rasa merasa jengkel dengan gelagat bloggers pro UMNO yang mengkritik PM. Tidak kira samada beliau dikritik atas kapasiti peribadi, ataupun kerana rentak pentadbiraan tidak selari dengan hati mereka ataupun kerana karenah penasihat PM.  PM mentadbir atas perjuangan yang telah pun diberi mandat penuh oleh rakyat. Penasihat PM menjalankan tugas mereka diatas kapasiti untuk menjayakan visi PM. Kerajaan yang dipilih rakyat ialah kerajaan yang diterajui oleh YAB Dato Seri Najib dan bukannya kerajaan yang diterajui oleh Tun Dr Mahathir.  Lebih lebih lagi, calon Dr Mahathir seperti Zulkifli Nordin dan Ibrahim Ali telahpun ditolak oleh rakyat. Mereka ditolak di kawasan majoriti Melayu dan bukannya kawasan majoriti Cina, India ataupun Bangla. Mereka bukannya kalah tipis tetapi kalah teruk.

Pekara ini sudahpun diputuskan oleh jutaan rakyat Malaysia yang sudah serik dengan kegiataan berpolitik yang tak habis-habis

Maka hormatilah pilihan rakyat dan berterima kasihlah kepada YAB PM dengan kedudukan yang diberi. Jangan jadi sebagai orang yang mudah lupa kepada jasa yang dicurahkan kepadanya oleh YAB Dato Seri Najib dan jangan merasa iri hati dengan rezeki orang lain.

Siapa - siapa yang nak bersama-sama membuat laporan polis terhadap Blogger Outsyed the Box diminta menghubungi gua kat sini. Lagi ramai, lagi meriah.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Masih dalam siasatan

Kalau mengikut retorik perkauman dan ugama yang sedang dicanang oleh pihak-pihak tertentu, ianya memberi gambaran bahawa dalam Malaysia ini semua orang Cina bersikap seperti Cinabeng, semua India emo dan bersikap seperti Hindraf, semua orang Kristian bertekad mahu mengkristiankan negara dan semua orang Melayu lemah dari jati dirinya, senang disuap dan tidak memahami konsep integriti.

Front running UMNO's party election - Will Mukhriz aim for No 2?

The UMNO party election is still several weeks away but there is now a perceptible feeling that something major is on the way.

Already, there has been a slow undercurrent gathering against the incumbents. Eventhough most state liason committees have set the resolution for a "no-contest" for the top 2 posts, there has been increasing chatter that both the Number One and Number Two post will be contested.

The feelers have already been sent out and Tun Dr Mahathir is busy orchestrating his final move before the inevitable happens. He knows that his son needs to fight this election out and can either aim for a Vice Presidents post or even the Deputy Presidents post.

The calculation for the Vice Presidents post is quite difficult. It has often attracted too many heavyweights and Mukhriz's credentials as Menteri Besar of Kedah may cause him to be stuck with just the Kedah vote. Furthermore, this will see big wigs like Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Hishammudin Hussein Onn, Musa Aman and other senior Cabinet ministers make a play. Lastly of course, the post of Vice President is rather ceremonial and does not add anything to Mukhriz's prestige.

Like it or not, Mukhriz has to aim for the No 2. That may be a bold gamble but he has shown himself capable of taking on gambles and winning. The question remains whether Mukhriz should take on Muhiyiddin or whether a Mukhriz - Muhiyiddin combination should take on Najib - Zahid for the top leadership slot?

Off hand, Mukhriz will stand a better chance against Muhiyiddin on a one-on-one contest. Actually TSMY's grassroots support is virtually non-existent and the only reason he became Deputy Prime Minister was because of the tacit support by Najib and Dr Mahathir against lesser opponents like Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.  So I would rate Mukhriz to prevail against TSMY quite easily.

Mukhriz greatest asset is that he controls the social media. As this is going to be a mass market campaign, he who controls the media will win. And in the same breath, I'm confident of Dato Razali prevailing against Khairy should he decide to go for the UMNO Youths post. Khairy has not learnt to develop his own media machinery to take on the powerful social media assets assailed against him and still prefers to network through the political "operatives" method. This works well if its 2,500 plus delegates deciding on your future. Works like crap if your up against a nationwide election.

Perhaps if TSMY had not already realized it, he better now.  Tun Dr Mahathir is never one to take the slow way in getting things done. He will go for the jugular and since TSMY lacks the gumption to take on his boss, Tun will then turn his guns on TSMY.  And in return for Tun not openly attacking the PM, Dato Seri Najib will give the green light and for this and TSMY will be toast. Funny isn't it, when for so long it was TSMY who was threatening to do a number on his boss, but ends up being 'taken out' in a classic UMNO style shadow politics plot.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Najib - Man of Steel

As he surveys the country, either from the pristine grounds of Seri Perdana or whether on the ground mingling with people from all races and all backgrounds, a sense of unease overcomes Malaysia's 6th Prime Minister. Having tasked himself with uplifting a third world nation into the leagues of a high income, mature and modern society, instead he finds his attention drawn to comment on many needless "win-lose" issues.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Gengster Squad - Will this line of reasoning hold?

We start by examining the news surrounding the shooting of 5 suspected criminals in Penang late last week, presumably by Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) Officers of the Royal Malaysian Police.

The response to this news has been divided. On one hand, many welcome the move, especially since there has been a spike in incidences of violent crimes throughout the country. On the other hand, there are some who decry the raid and accuse the police of deliberately killing the suspects without offering them a chance to surrender.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tomorrow's Economic Release

Tomorrow Bank Negara is scheduled to release the 2nd Quarter economic data series. The median forecast of economists have the GDP number at 4.7%. The number itself is just a number and unless it is really bad , like under 4%, it will be largely ignored. My consensus forecast is for GDP Growth to be at 3.8% for Q2 13, as the collapse in the external sector will be unable to offset any pick up from domestic consumption.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Dirty War against Dato Seri Najib

Lately, some prominent blogs have been openly calling for the resignation of Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak, to be replaced by his Deputy, Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin. Among the reasons cited are a general loss in confidence in the country, religious polemics between the various faiths and upsurge in crime.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Bankers Verdict - Be Patient and Be Thankful

I read with interest Dato A Kadir Jasin's recent article entitled Ok for Rocky to be angry. Having lived in Malaysia for 10 years and right now working in the heart of the financial centre of South East Asia, I can share some perspective on the perceptions about crime in Malaysia as viewed by the folks over here.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Sri Pristana Issue

Ok first of all, I am doing this out of therapy. Perhaps somewhat similar to Life of Annie.

Some background must be order before we proceed so that readers will know the exact circumstances of my opinion and dismiss or accept it accordingly.

Ethnically I am for all purposes Indian. And the dark skin variety.

So with that most important disclosure out of the way, let me offer my opinion on this issue.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Dato Azeez... Way to go

I want to start this blog by talking about the man in the picture. The one, the only Dato Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, the new Chairman of Lembaga Tabung Amanah Haji (LTAH).