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6 Articles on older authoritarian mentality types holding back progress in Malaysia – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 6th Feb 2012

In Bumiputera Apartheid, Democracy, Fundamentalism, Invasive Laws, Islam, Malaysia, social freedoms, spirit of the law, strawman NGOs, voting methods, voting strategy, word of the law on February 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

ARTICLE 1

Senior SUPP Leaders Should Leave, Reiterates George Chan

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:51

KUALA LUMPUR — Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Dr George Chan Hong Nam said the party’s senior leaders should leave with him at the party’s Triennial Delegates’ Conference (TDC) in December.

In an interview published by the New Sarawak Tribune today, Dr Chan was quoted as saying that he did not mince his words when he said the “old guards” had to do their bit for the sake of reviving the party.

“The party is grateful for our efforts all these years and now we should leave the party to new and young people who can work together without thinking of racialism, regionalism and being clannish,” he said.

Dr Chan said he had personally written to the party branch leaders and asked them to retire and some had replied and agreed with his suggestion.

SUPP suffered its worst ever election defeat when it lost 13 seats out of the 19 it contested in the April 16 Sarawak state election. Dr Chan himself lost the Piasau seat to a rookie from DAP, Ling Sie Kiong.

“The only way out now is for those who failed in the election to leave. We need 30 per cent new people, 30 per cent young people and 30 per cent of the older generation to revive this party of ours,” he said.

Stressing he was sincere in wanting the party to get back on its feet again, Dr Chan said he was not worried about what the party members said about him as he wanted to get new, young blood at the helm to bring a breath of fresh air to the party.

“If we really love the party, let the young blood run it the way they see fit,” he said.

Dr Chan also pointed out that while there were plenty of leaders in the party, it was known that the younger generation was never given much chance to shine.

He will be going to Sibu on July 23, Miri (July 24), Sri Aman (July 30) and Kuching (July 31) to explain to the party members on this matter.
(Bernama)

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SUPP still in BN? Then SUPP is finished. A young lapdog accepting APARTHEID is still a lapdog accepting APARTHEID. People voting do not see age, they see who accepts APARTHEID and who does not. Voting is values based, not age based George. Taken too much money from BN to think clearly? Don’t be out of touch with the voters. As said before DAP won only because voters hate BN. DAP would not get a single vote otherwise. Think or be finished SUPP, drop BN and give DAP a run for their money in East Malaysia.

 

ARTICLE 2

More ‘thinking’ students needed – Revamped education system should be less exam-centric and more innovation-oriented – CECILIA VICTOR
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 11:56:00
Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim

There is a need to have properly-trained teachers in order to produce thinking students — Khoo Kay Kim

PETALING JAYA: Our education system should produce more thinking students who are critical and analytical, says National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Loke Yim Pheng, relative to the revamp planned by the Education Ministry to promote a global mindset.

“While the revamp is welcomed, the government should seek the opinions of all education-based associations in order to develop a better education system,” she said.

Loke said the current education system is too exam-orientated with insufficient space for creative and innovative thinking.

“Students nowadays are exposed to multiple subjects that take up too much time. Ultimately, the current focus is on finishing the syllabus and siting for examinations instead of encouraging students to think. This suppresses their inner ability to develop their full potential.

“They need to be independent-minded and examinations should perhaps be held just once a year.”

Loke said the planned revamp should have deeper engagement with information communication technology (ICT).

“In today’s rapidly progressing world, everything is ICT-based.

“The new system should be carried out gradually so that students do not experience ‘culture shock’.”

Historian and educationist Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim opined education should not be all about examinations.

“School children today do not have much knowledge about the world as they are only taught to sit for exams and later make money when they ought to be taught about good values,” he said.

Khoo said he once asked his research assistants to obtain more details about a topic but they came back empty-handed because they did not know where to look for the information.

“Some students don’t know how to fully use the library and the wealth of information such a place offers.

“I have lectured local and American students and when I invite questions, it is the Americans who fire off many while most Malaysians remain silent.”

Khoo said there are lessons to be learnt from the pre-Merdeka 1956 Razak Report, prepared by Tun Abdul Razak who was then the Education Minister, as part of the National Education Policy for the soon-to-be independent Federation of Malaya.

“His report stressed on national unity through the education system for there is more to education than memorising facts and figures,” he said.

“Students needed to be taught to respect one another, be law-abiding citizens and such good values needed to be instilled while they were schooling.”

Khoo said there is a need to have properly-trained teachers in order to produce thinking students.

“There’s no point in revamping the whole system if the teachers involved in the implementation are not trained well.”

THE government has been urged to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to study the country’s education system from pre-school to tertiary levels.

In making this call, National Parent-Teacher Associations Consultative Council president, Associate Prof Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan (pic) said: “For the Malaysian education system to be on par with developed countries, there needs to be a holistic and social revamp of the whole education system. We also need to take cognisance of the 1956 Razak Report and the 1979 Mahathir Report.”

Mohamad Ali said the current education system is too examination-centric.

“Education should also be about life, with a more realistic and reliable approach along with more emphasis on content rather than form.

“There is also a need to increase proficiency in written and spoken English and encouragement of multi-lingualism.”

He said there is an urgent need to reduce polarisation in schools by fostering more racial integration.

“Teachers play a vital role in getting students of various backgrounds to mingle and understand each other better.

“We should also not neglect the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of students.”
Emphasis on English is important

PARENTS feel the revamp of the education system should emphasise the importance of proficiency in English, The Malay Mail found in a random survey.

“English is a universal language and unless we stress its importance, it will affect the future employability of our children,” says Saroja Francis, 50, who has three children.

“The reading habit among students is lacking and teachers should spend more time instilling knowledge that make students think.”

Saroja also said there is also a need to stamp out racist attitudes among students and teachers.

Another parent, Norhashimah Karim, agreed proficiency in English is vital.

“Students who can converse and write fluently in English have an advantage in acquiring greater knowledge and generally get better jobs and other opportunities,” said Norhashimah, 42, a mother of two children.

“The sooner the whole education system is revamped, the sooner our future generations and country will benefit.”

Khoo Heng Ching, a secondary school teacher with two children, commended the government’s revamp move.

“We must groom students to have a critical mindset and to provide them a solid educational foundation for their future,” he said.

“There needs to be a varied balance between academic and outdoor activities, and it should be compulsory for students to join a sports club, uniformed brigade or artistic society.”

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) president Datin Azimah Rahim said the revamp is crucial for the country to move forward.

“The current system is outdated in the sense that many graduates are not fit for employment and a lot of that has to do with not being proficient in English,” she said.

“Our education system was once on par with Singapore but it has since dropped to the level of Thailand. We should emulate the good education system found in Finland and South Korea.”

Azimah also said the examination grading has become too lenient too.

“There was a time when grade A meant 90 per cent correct answers but now grade A means about 70 per cent thus producing lower quality graduates and that has to change.”
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The last time, it was keeping status quo of Bumi-APARTHEID and authoritarianism now he goes ‘ . . . and it should be compulsory for students to join a sports club, uniformed brigade or artistic society.’ . . .

What is so fostering of critical thought about not having a choice for abstention even in simple things like ECAs? Think you not that a critical thinking student will not find a way to occupy their time or demand abstention clauses in activities that will take away their choice in what to do? Uniformity is the poison of critical thought. Abstention options against mandatory mob mindedness. Easy to see what is democracy.

Words are there, the spirit is not. Is this the ailment of old age or is this the ailment of being part of the establishment? KKK wants UNTHINKING students.

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

Would ‘Prof.Emeritus KKK’ endorse the above 3 items to set the record straight? Run for election as a private candidate on the above ticket?

 

 

ARTICLE 3

The Bersih trap Muhyiddin sprung for Hisham and the police – Written by  Maclean Patrick, Malaysia Chronicle – Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:54

When Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called on the police to promptly show video footage from the July 9 Bersih rally so as refute the opposition’s claims of police brutality he also laid out for all to see the plot of the story BN will now spin.

“They should understand that when police are faced with a situation involving large crowds, they will have to act wisely. What the opposition and the alternative media have shown through channels such as YouTube and so on, are pictures of alleged brutalities,” Bernama reported Muhyiddin as saying.

DPM makes his move

And the plot of the story goes a little like this, as forecast by Muhyiddin Yassin.

“But they did not show pictures of how there maybe acts of provocations, stone pelting, and the demonstrators taunting the police. They are human, police are human too. What is important is the fact that the police had exercised sufficient discipline and adopted a defensive approach; it’s they (demonstrators) who had acted excessively.”

The plot was pushed along further when the police replied to Muhyiddin’s comments.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said six teams will be set up to probe the alleged incidents of brutality and violence by the authorities during the Bersih rally.

He also appealed to the public to submit video footage captured during the march as evidence that police had used excessive force in dispersing protesters.

And to have maximum impact, all these will be shown on national television.

Clueless Rais, flailing Hisham

Rais Yatim offered for Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to broadcast police recordings of unruly crowd behaviour captured during the July 9 Bersih rally.

The Information minister urged the police to hasten the showing of any such material to combat allegations of police brutality during their attempts to disperse the crowds attending the rally for electoral reforms.

All these actions are mere reflex action towards Muhyiddin’s comments which were not directed at the Bersih marchers but very much meant to hurt the minister in charge of the Police, the Home Minister – Hishammuddin Hussein.

Earlier in the week, Hishammuddin was in damage control mode, desperately covering his tracks on the use of force against a peaceful rally.

The police have made video recordings of the entire street demonstration last Saturday which can be used as evidence to refute ‘wild’ allegations and in the cases to be brought against offenders, Hishammuddin said in response to allegations of police brutality.

He added that several quarters had hurled all kinds of allegations through various channels, including the local and foreign media, and the recordings would be useful in determining the truth.

“Our (police) operations room has recordings of everything that happened last Saturday. As such, all the accusations and claims will be investigated with concrete proof,” he told a news conference at Bukit Aman just days after the July 9 march.

Hishammuddin said the recordings would be scrutinised together by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and CyberSecurity Malaysia.

“The police have nothing to hide. Whatever we have in our possession (as proof) will be used to answer the allegations. The evidence will also be handed over to the Attorney-General for action,” he said.

What the police footage shows

When Muhyiddin Yassin prompted the police to make public their videos he knew well that the videos would support the marchers’ accounts of police brutality. His statement was designed to push Hishamuddin into a corner and prove his words that no such form of brutality was evident.

By the police own admission, in every arrest team there is a video-grapher taking videos, a move taken to counter any accusations of police brutality. Thus, it is highly probable that in the dozens of videos taken of these arrests, there will be those that would support the marchers’ accounts.

If there is so much police video to support Hishamuddin’s claims, then why the need for the public to submit to the police their own videos as evidence? Would not the videos by the police be evidence enough of their innocence? Why have this evidence not made it to the public arena?

The answer is simple. The police footage does show police brutality. It does show that the marchers were arrested in a manner that threatened their lives.

The players and their roles

Muhyiddin Yassin caught Hishammuddin in a lie and further damages Hishammuddin’s credibility and burns him at the stake of public opinion. Rais Yatim is merely jumping on the band-wagon, seemingly ignorant of the plan Muhyiddin is hatching.

It shows clearly how the police and courts are merely pawns in a political game. In this plot, Hishammuddin will have no avenue to lie and will be forced to show the truth. The police know the truth and will surely give the standard reply, “We were following orders.”

All this will play into Muhyiddin’s hand, and further clear his way to assume the prime seat in the Malaysian government.

– Malaysia Chronicle
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Unless DPM Muddy gives us :

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

BN is still finished. It is but equality and prevention of the sin of Asabiya. How about it DPM Muddy, tell the world you are better than all other Malays. Otherwise what is so special about you?

DPM Muddy will fare better by claim that he did not raise or bear a keris against the minorities (and near 2/3rds of the world.)

 

 

ARTICLE 4

Ibrahim Ali tells Star editor: If I’m political dinosaur, you’re father of crocodiles –  written by  Malaysia Chronicle – Monday, 18 July 2011 01:41

Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali today hit out at Star editor Wong Chun Wai for calling him a “political dinosaur”.

“So, I want to tell right in front Wong Chun Wai’s face, you can write and fool others but not the dinosaur Ibrahim Ali.”

“I’m proud to be a Malay dinosaur who will protect at any cost for those who try to write a new ‘social contract’ for Malaysia, that is Persekutuan Tanah Melayu,” said the prickly leader of the right wing Malay rights group in SMS to the media.

He was responding to Wong’s column published today titled ‘Talk less listen harder’.

“We are not interested in 100-storey buildings, stupid political quarrels, whether wives should be obedient to their husbands in bed or racist tirades from political dinosaurs like Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa,” wrote Wong.

Father of crocodiles Wong

Zeroing on that one single reference to himself in Wong’s 26 paragraph article, Ibrahim parodied the editor in replying, “Sorry, I am too not interested in racist tirades from a columnist father of crocodiles like Wong Chun Wai of Star.”

He charged that Wong wrote on sensitive subjects to very subtly try to destroy the country and its “basic constitution”.

Warning Wong to better behave himself and be a good Malaysian citizen, Ibrahim added, “Don’t try to ask (for) more. Enough is enough.”

And in typical form, the Pasir Mas MP continued that he was not the only dinosaur around, naming opposition leaders like Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Anwar Ibrahim, Karpal Singh and Nik Aziz are also dinosaurs.

“(They are) the father of dinosaurs. They have been around are more longer than me. We can even call them the father of nepotism.

“Why Wong Chun Wai doesn’t write this? Maybe because they are all the father of Wong Chun Wai,” said the verbose Ibrahim in a parting sho
– Malaysiakini

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If Ibrahim Ali would drop the APARTHEID issue, he’d make quite a good MP being not part of the nepotistic family bloc crowd on either side BN or PR and not extremely wealthy (any figures on his assets? Less than KJ types in any case).

Konsensus Bebas unfortunately has yet to endorse :

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

;so the dinosaur tag could still hold true. 3rd Force groups are a fresh breeze, but between suspiciously Mahathir led MCLM, disorganized MoCS and inactive PCM, closed clique PSM and ‘never call back’ HRP, it looks like 3rd Force will be comprised of unknown independents entirely if anything.

@Ho Sai Yuen said, :
. . . and your picture is a picture of a weak snorting pig going to the slaughter house . . .

Like once mentioned, who knows if he could take out Donald Lim in a 1 on 1 match . . . so don’t call him a pig to the slaughter just yet, (ever seen ‘Ironbar’ in Mad Max?) but Ibrahim does need to drop APARTHEID, or politically and internationally he’s indeed finished.

 

 

ARTICLE 5

Govt Unable To Use Political Stability To Attract Investments After July 9 Rally – Saturday, 16 July 2011 06:12

KUALA LUMPUR — Following the July 9 illegal rally, the government is unable to use political stability as a means of attracting investments into the country and is thus, looking at other ways to do so.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Mukhriz Mahathir said the query of most investors after the rally is whether, it would be a common occurrence in Malaysia.

“When we go overseas, a key factor used to attract investments is the country’s political stability.

“Unfortunately, after the rally, if we are to use that again, some investors may think we are not serious. So, it is really unfortunate that we now have to look at other means of attracting the investors,” he told reporters, after the press conference on the Kedah Entrepreneur Carnival 2011.

Mukhriz said with the government’s efforts at damage control and to restore the country’s image, some, if not most of the benefits would go to the opposition-ruled states.

“They do the damage but it is still the government that is going to go out there to undertake the fire fighting to attract investors to invest in their states.

“Therein, lies the irony,” he added.

On another note, the deputy minister said Malaysia’s approach of trading with more markets rather than concentrating on its traditional markets, will help mitigate any losses going forward as well as manage fluctuations in the economy.

Meanwhile, on the carnival organised by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Mukhriz said it is aimed at promoting and introducing the products and services of local entrepreneurs.

“We expect about 30,000 participants and visitors during the three-day carnival which will also feature business coaching and talks,” he added.

The carnival will be held from July 22-24 at Alor Biak, in Jerlun.

(Bernama)

 

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There is no political stability without equality or where there is extreme religion or if entire percentages of the population are disenfranchised. End the APARTHEID or Malaysia will always have these issues to contend with. Inequality breeds instability.

 

 

ARTICLE 6

Drop feudal mentality to survive, Asri tells BN – by Yow Hong Chieh – July 15, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) must get rid of its paternalistic manner and feudal culture to adapt to new challenges such as the Bersih 2.0 movement, influential cleric Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said.

The former Perlis mufti said the excessive number of yes-men in BN meant that the rational voices of “people with ideas” which could help solve the ruling coalition’s problems were drowned out and could not survive long enough to influence policy.

“Everyone wants to show that they’re loyal (to the leadership), even if a given statement is very stupid,” he said at the “Post-9th July Sharing Session” Forum here last night.

“Many enter politics because they want to please their leaders in the hope that they’ll get something out of that,” Asri (picture) added.

A large crowd turned up at the forum convened by outspoken Umno supreme council member and Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who has said BN could have handled the issue better.

Electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0 estimated that some 50,000 turned up for the July 9 rally despite a total lockdown of the capital city but police said only 6,000 people took part. Some 1,600 were arrested but released within the day.

Now an academic, Asri pointed out that the eagerness of BN leaders to defer to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also led to the erosion of national institutions like the police force.

He cited the discovery of weapons and Bersih T-shirts by the police in the run-up to last Saturday’s rally, which he suggested were planted.

“Even my old mom thought that was an obvious lie even though she saw it on TV and doesn’t read (news on) the Internet,” he said.

The popular Islamic scholar said this undue influence over key institutions also extended to mosques, which were used by the Najib administration to propagate religious arguments backing the official line that Bersih was haram (forbidden).

Asri urged the government to cease acting like a father trying to frighten his grown-up child with tired, old ghost stories that no longer have any effect.

“Times have changed. This isn’t the Seventies. People can access information that the government cannot block,” he said, in an apparent reference to the attempt by authorities to link Bersih to the communists.

“The government must find those with ideas to solve problems and not those good at sucking up,” Asri said.

Also present at the session were Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, MCA vice-president Senator Gan Ping Sieu, Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) committee member Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria and Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

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All you people who attended Proham, please endorse the 3 items below to give your intentions real meaning and real life :

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

Keep avoiding endorsement of the 3 items and other EQUALITY minded leaders will easily subsume whatever media highlight being with Proham provides. Even IDEAS itself will need to endorse the 3 items, or IDEAS itself will become irrelevant in light of the UNHCR Article 1 or the issue of Asabiya (if you disenfranchise non-Muslims, you effectively are AGAINST Islam and what the prophet taught . . . ).

I realise the refusal or disinterets in associating with contributing commentators in all such IDEAS type NGOs (even Bar Council) and would like the public to be aware of such pointed exclusions as :

1) either attempts at grandstanding or intent to continue APARTHEID to refuse to address APARTHEID, or
2) to sequester ‘political power’ for themselves and their citizen group cliques.

These are all at the agenda of bad groups or NGOs posing as social activists, and should they continue being exclusive and uncommunicative or refusing or unable to unambiguously endorse the 3 items as listed above. In which case *REAL* Malay independents should endorse the above and in as inclusive and clear a manner as possible.

This is no media circus with citizen lives, and need for equality to be met, and while reformed or intending to reform or reformist-to-be or not, the presence of ‘Keris Bearer’ KJ who has NEVER made clear his intent to end apartheid to the minorities, though KJ’s language and wording is somewhat better these days on the issue. But by the APARTHEID and by remaining in UMNO, IDEAS has all fair minded citizens much concerned at what IDEAS (which also has not endorsed the end of APARTHEID), represents when inviting KJ (a former PM’s son and MP no less) here.

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