Monthly Archives: January 2009

916M: Obama for the World, and Hope for World-Class Malaysian Statesman

Reading Obama’s text inspires us, and 2 questions come to mind:

  • Will Obama will be able to pull through what he plans to do, and/or
  • Will ever Malaysia see the emergence of a similar leader on its shores?

We can only hope that Obama will be able to take the lead and bring the world out of its current turmoil.

And we continue to pray that the day will come when Malaysia will produce its own world-class statesman.

God Bless the World and Malaysia!

Text of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered.


My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers … our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.


916M: Blog, Email & SMS Campaigns: HarisIbrahim: Barisan Rakyat’s campaign to deliver Kuala Terengganu to Pakatan Rakyat


Haris, great move!

Guys, let us get down to it.

We can do it this way; let us spread the message via the following campaigns:

  • Blog Campaign: copy this article by Haris and post in your blog, or whoever’s blog you normally participate in
  • Email Campaign: copy this article by Haris and email to your friends, etc
  • SMS Campaign: send out the recommended SMS text by Haris asap

The MSM has been spun such that Pakatan is losing ground. We must not let UMNO win this battle. Let us defeat them so that we can further build up our momentum after Permatang Pauh.

After Kuala Selangor, there will be Joseph Kurup’s constituency, ie Pensiangan.

We can do it, again, and let us do it now!

916 Movement

Barisan Rakyat’s campaign to deliver Kuala Terengganu to Pakatan Rakyat : SMS campaign

January 4, 2009

Tomorrow, about 20 Barisan Rakyat campaigners, bloggers and non-bloggers, will make their way up to Kuala Terengganu to set up camp and an operations centre before the real work of working the ground to do our part in trying to wrest Kuala Terengganu from BN and deliver the same to Pakatan Rakyat.


That number is expected to grow to about 40 as polling day draws near.

Those who cannot make the journey, but would like to be a part of this historical effort by the rakyat, here’s how.

We start our Barisan Rakyat sms campaign today.

First we want to alert the people of Kuala Terengganu that we, the rakyat have rejected the race-based politics of BN. We want them to know that we, a nation of a single people, anak Bangsa Malaysia, have rejected BN and its race-based divide and rule politics and have embraced the ‘ketuanan rakyat’ slogan of Pakatan Rakyat.

Here is the first sms.

Rakyat menolak politik kaum UMNO / BN. Politik kaum UMNO / BN hancurkan perpaduan rakyat. Jangan diperdayakan dengan politik kaum UMNO / BN. Politik Pakatan Rakyat menyatukan rakyat. Rakyat sehati sejiwa menyelamatkan negara yang dicintai. Undilah PAS / Pakatan Rakyat  pada 17/1/2009. Hidup rakyat. Sebar kpd kwn2 di K.T.

Next, we are going to wage war with the lying mainstream media who will be telling all sorts of lies in the next two weeks to try and portray Pakatan as falling apart and who will try to scare the non-Muslim voters in KT with talk of PAS and its hudud / Islamic state aspiration. Whilst those of us who will be in KT will try to do what we can to neutralise this spin-doctoring by the MSM, again our outreach will not be able to match a full-blown sms campaign to alert the people of KT to the lies that will be spread through the MSM.

Here is the ‘boycott the MSM’ sms.

Media massa arus p’dana akan m’perdayakan rkyt & m’cari helah utk gagalkan PAS di KT dgn berita palsu – utk menanam rasa syak wasangka terhadap PAS & Pakatan. Jom boikot! Jgn beli s/kabar. Jgn p’caya berita radio/TV. Sebarkan kpd kwn2 di KT.

Could anyone please translate these 2 sms’s into Chinese / Tamil and send it in to me as a comment so that I can then put it up here, please?

Send these sms’s out to everyone you know in Terengganu. Even if you do not know anyone in Terengganu, send them out to those whom you know with a request that they forward it to those whom they know. That way, there’s every likelihood that it will ultimately get to the good folk of Kuala Terengganu in due course. And keep sending the sms’s out again and again in the run-up to polling day on 17th January.

More to come. folks.

916M: Rashid A: An Open Letter to Kapar MP


We cannot agree with you more.

Indeed, it is time for our MPs to represent all Malaysians to pursue a Malaysia Baru.

As we have noted, the Kapar MP should have fought for discrimination and marginalisation of all Malaysians, not just Indians.

We hope the Kapar MP will wake up quickly and get back to work.

Whilst this may have been disrupting, we see this as an opportunity to fine-tune Pakatan before they assume government, with the bad MPs booted out, and goods ones discovered.

We must move forward.

916 Movement

An Open Letter to Kapar MP

Friday, 02 January 2009 14:07

My dear Kapar MP,

I’m a voter in a Kapar although I live and work in Kedah, but during the March 08 elections, I drove all the way from Alor Star and not only voted for you but convinced many doubting Thomases to vote for you. We spent our own resources to spread your message and the PR platform. You weren’t known to us even if you were a Reformasi stalwart and you didn’t contest Kapar before.

Despite you being a parachute candidate in a Malay majority seat, you won a thumping victory and obtained a staggering 48, 196 votes beating your opponent, MIC Wanita Chief and Parliamentary Sec. Datin Paduka P Komala Devi by a whopping 12, 297 votes. In 2004, she beat the PKR candidate Ang Hiok Gai by 14, 558 votes. To overcome that huge majority and defeat her wasn’t easy but you did. However, for me, it seems you don’t understand how you won and what made you win.

Recently you have been the in the news over your “quit threat” to your party listing a litany of complaints and throwing tantrums giving MCA leaflet The Star an ample opportunity to run down your party, the leadership of your party, PAS Selangor leadership and some Selangor DAP leaders as well. Of course, Malaysia Castrated Association (MCA) is grappling with a leadership crisis where the new elected leader and Transport Minister (Dictator) Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat is fighting his Deputy Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. The party is also facing an extinction having lost its allure and its rallying call of “Chinese representation” is no longer viable. PAS (let alone DAP) is offering the Chinese much more than a Chinese party like MCA is even ready to give to the Chinese. Therefore, any opportunity that will deflect attention from the party and (its violent husband) UMNO will be ‘highly appreciated’. But now that your discourse has taken tribal/racist line of Indian this, Indian that, I need to tell you few things as a Malay voter and anyway, Kapar is a Malay majority seat.

During your press conference, you alleged that PKR remains Malay-centric and campaigned for the Malay agenda, pointing out that Indians had not been offered positions in GLCs, state agencies and senior positions in local councils. (That’s what Baradan Kuppusamy wrote-though I always ignore what he writes and I’m sure majority of the people do): “Even in Kampung Sentosa where 95 per cent of residents are Indians, Khalid appointed a Malay as the ketua kampung,” you said. While you blame Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for appointing a Malay village headman in a village populated by Indians calling it “marginalization”, one wonders what would it be you being an MP for Kapar which has 88% non-Indian voters? Khalid and Azmin Ali are responsible for you being fielded there. Can we (the Malays of Kapar) blame them also for “marginalizing us”? Kapar has 50% Malay voters, 37% Chinese voters and 12% Indian voters. Yes, Indians only form 12% of Kapar voters but you got close to 50,000 votes to represent it while Indian votes is only 14,000, whom should we blame for that “marginalization”? I’m sorry to say this but this is what you are saying!

Malaysiakini journalist K Kabilan quoted you in his article: “Moves underway to oust Samy Vellu” as saying: “On Dec 31, I will give up my party posts. After that, I will be heading to India. There I will meet Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy and seek his advice on what I should do. Once I am back, I will reveal my decision whether to remain in the party.” Then you expressed your “bitter disappointment with PKR for failing to keep the party’s pledges to uplift the Indian community.” Kabilan wrote that you were in discussions with Hindraf leaders, including Waythamoorthy, as they are “the real community leaders”.

So you want to go to India, meet Hindraf leaders on “your future” since they “represent the Indian community”? Fine! But what about the Malay and Chinese people? We gave you a future by voting for you, we supported you, we campaigned for you, we convinced our old people, parents and Umnotitis suffering people to ditch the party and MIC (a branch of UMNO-MCA and MIC are basically tentacles of UMNO and not Malaysian parties), we explained Hindraf to our people, we countered UMNO’s dirty propaganda against Hindraf and explained it to our rural people. We spent our own resources to rally our people to vote for you and many other PR candidates. I remember you requesting 50% of Kapar Malay voters to “beat Komala.” We gave it to you. Indians have 14,000 voters in Kapar while Malays have over 55,000 voters and you were given a whopping 48,000 plus voters. So when will you meet us to talk about your future? Or since we are not Indians, you don’t care about us?

I want to remind you that you weren’t elected by Indians but primarily by Malays followed by the Chinese of Kapar, and I want to make it clear to you that aren’t an MP because of Hindraf or Indians but because of Malay and Chinese votes. Even if Hindraf was so popular, Indians form 12% of Kapar voters, what about the remaining 88% non-Indian voters? Moreover, do you know that for Hindraf itself to become popular and acceptable, it needed Malay support? From the famed Raja Petra to Haris Ibrahim and Co. to PAS and PKR (Malays), Hindraf was ‘humanized’ to the Malay people by us. If we supported UMNO’s aggressive stand against Hindraf and digested its stinking propaganda against the NGO, things would have been different today (and that’s exactly what UMNO wanted).

It is well known that Hindraf was demonized by the UMNO media in the run up to the March 08 elections. Even UMNO prepared thousands of CDS for villagers accusing PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of being Hindraf sympathizer and financier. This was done to scare the Malays and sway them from voting for the Malay and Indian candidates on the PR platform. It was PAS and PKR Malays who countered this by ‘explaining’ Hindraf to the Malays.

UMNO told the Malays that Hindraf was a terrorist organization financed by foreigners and made up of hardcore Indian criminals to foment violence and challenge the Malay people. It was PAS and PKR Malays who have explained to the rural voters what Hindraf was. We explained that Hindraf was simply an Indian NGO to air the grievances of the Malaysian Indian Community and it wasn’t a sinister organization hell-bent on destroying the Malay people as UMNO was preaching. We convinced the old people that Hindraf was fighting to end poverty which was itself Islamic. When Hindraf protested against UMNO Ministers during the Hari Raya Open House and the police threatened them, PAS President Datuk Seri Ustaz Hadi Awang came to their rescue by saying Hindraf had every right to protest as even people protest in front of The White House. It is a stand like this that was ‘humanizing’ Hindraf and making it acceptable to the Malays.

We told our people that UMNO had neglected the Indians and non-Muslims in the country believe Islam is an unjust religion (which it is not) because of UMNO and therefore they should vote for the Malay and Indian PR candidates. Something was achieved and superb results obtained. You YB Manickavasagam (among others) is a result of that behind the scenes campaign and that’s why you got the Malay (and Chinese) vote in Kapar. Unfortunately, today you talk as if you don’t need us, as if we didn’t invest in you, as if we didn’t campaign for you, as if we didn’t support you, as if we didn’t vote for and as if we have no expectations from you.

Ironically you are behaving as if Indians alone elected you. You say you will go to India to consult Indian and Hindraf leaders. You forgot that you are an MP in a Malay majority seat, that you represent PKR which is a multiracial party, that you were fielded by Malay leaders in Kapar, that Malay leaders led by Anwar himself tirelessly campaigned for you, that we PAS and PKR Malays ‘sold’ you to our people, that we left our air-conditioned offices in far away places to drag our people to switch sides and stand by you in your hour of need, that we spent time and resources to sell PR contestants though most of them were parachute candidates, that we countered UMNO’s dirty propaganda against PR candidates and Hindraf.

Rather than recognizing those facts and building a better Kapar, a better Selangor and a better Malaysia, we see you throwing tantrums, running down party leaders in Malaysia Castrated Association (MCA) leaflets and UMNO media. We see you talking about Indian village headmen and not Malay poverty, Malay neglect, Malay congestion, Malay education standard, Chinese poverty, Chinese business, Chinese villages. Is this your reward to us? Do you need to accuse others of marginalizing Indians while you are ‘marginalizing’ us? Despite that, we are not throwing tantrums, issuing ultimatums and carrying placards. You remember PAS President saying all constituencies with Malay majority must be represented by Malays? Basically he was talking about something like this and his call may receive some support in the future.

Granted, you have some problems, granted, you are facing some difficulties, granted, you have few funds to sustain you programmes, but to accuse PKR of neglecting Indians (as if has rewarded Malays and Chinese at the expense of Indians) and blaming Khalid for the sole reason that he had accidentally appointed a Malay to head an ‘Indian village’ and say that you only need Hindraf and Indian consultation is not only unacceptable but utter humiliation. We feel offended by that and feel betrayed by you. What’s more? You say if you were to quit PKR, you will stay as an independent MP. Sir, like YB Karpal Singh told you few days ago, you are an MP simply because of PKR. If you don’t want the party, quit the seat. And I as a voter who led a spirited behind the scenes fight for you and all the PR DUN candidates in Kapar is telling you this in bold letters: You will have to quit the seat and not PKR. Enough with your humiliation and betrayal! It is the likes of you who give the Indian community a bad image (ironically in the name for fighting for it).

Few days ago I met a prominent Umnoputra, a son of a former Minister in Mahathir’s regime. He is my distant cousin and we love each other but politically we are ‘enemies’. I will never accept UMNO just like he won’t accept PAS and PKR (because he is benefiting from Umno’s largesse meant of his ilk while I sweat to feed my children). As we chatted, he said: “You see, when we tell you Indians are snakes and snakes can be controlled either by hitting their heads or forcing them to retreat to their holes, you [PR Malays] complain”. I was offended by that and answered that it was immoral and no one likes sweeping condemnation of an entire society. He laughed deliriously and said that I was naive. Basically he was referring to the childish tantrums of YB Manickavasagam who says he will only seek Indian consultation and something of the sort. While in my anger, I wanted to agree with him, I felt it was immoral to lampoon an entire society because of the nefarious ways of few people. Though I hate the Umnoputras for destroying Islam’s image, using Malay name to rob the Malay people and pit Malaysians against one another, I must say for once, I agreed with him. No wonder there is the saying: ‘A mad man may say the truth once’ (An Umnoputra may say the truth once).

You were quoted as saying that there is “discrimination” against Indians in PR led states. Please share with us the information. There is a better representation for Indians in PR states. Their status is higher than it was under Umno/MIC. Indian activist and NGO head, lawyer K. Arumugam has revealed that they (Indians) have met Selangor MB 17 times since March 08 while they were denied a single meeting by Khir Toyo in the past. Ironically Khir Toyo runs down Khalid in BerUMNO…oops, Bernama over Indians. How painful and ironic it is! “Before we tried and never met the former Mentri Besar but since the Pakatan came to power we have met the new Mentri Besar 17 times since March 8. They even asked for our input during pre-Budget discussions and later we saw our views were incorporated into the Budget and funds were allocated,” he was quoted saying that in The Star. Is that discrimination?

And anyway, you represent Malays, Chinese and Indians, so why not raise their issues simultaneously? When will you be quoted fighting for Malay fishermen? When will you be quoted fighting for ‘our rights’ since you are an MP because of our votes? Tan Sri Khalid has for the 1st time allocated funds running into millions to Chinese and Tamil schools, has paid the price of the pig farming, has called for Chinese and Indian intake into UITM universities and bore the brunt of that call, has appointed a Chinese to head PKNS and we know what happened, has increased non-Malay representation in local councils and we know what happened, has constituted a non-Muslim Exco Committee to solve pertinent issues related to non-Muslims and has done a tremendous work. In all that, UMNO was hitting hard at him, undermining him by constituting different village headmen and spreading lies about him saying he was betraying Malays.

Rather than you being a helping hand (despite some glaring mistakes), we see you going round with some unknown elements and badmouthing PKR and PR leaders. We see you threatening people and saying you will seek Indian consultation as if Indians elected you, as if your party is an Indian party, we see you blaming YB Sivarasa Rasiah and other PKR Indian leaders. Sivarasa is a Malaysian leader and not an Indian leader. And since you have no feelings for us Malay voters in Kapar, we won’t allow you to be our MP. Quit the seat if you want to quit the party. Both PAS and DAP presidents told you that! Indian marginalization was a 50 year project by UMNO and its Indian branch, MIC, so how do you expect Indian issues to be solved in 8 months when even PR doesn’t control the Federal Govt and can’t rescind some policies? Why do you want to alienate the Indian community? I hope you follow the following advises:

1. Stop talking about Indian this, Indian that because you are an MP due to the non-Indians in Kapar who form 88% of your voters. Yes, Indians too contributed but don’t get carried away in the hope of you becoming an Indian hero. Neither you nor the Indians will benefit from antagonizing others. Be truthful to your party multiculturalism and fight injustice on all fronts.

2. Be a national leader who represents a national constituency and start fighting for all races. Remember, you are the Kapar MP while PAS and DAP represent two of its DUNs. That’s the PR spirit and mutuality and also Malaysia’s multiculturalism.

3. Stop saying you will consult Indian/Hindraf leaders when you consulted us Kapar voters and we gave you a future: being the PKR MP for Kapar for the next 5 years and we invested in you. If you don’t want that trust, please quit the seat immediately. Quitting the party is of no value to us: it is the seat because we elected because of your party. You were unknown to us and to Kapar-ians.

4. Give some respect to Malay PR leaders because you undermining them will put them in a difficult position vis-a-vis the fight against Umno. I hope you understand what I’m talking about. I don’t need to explain too much on this particular issue. Furthermore, it is they who campaigned for you in a Malay majority seat and not Hindraf.

5. Stop airing your views in MCA and UMNO media because they have no mercy for you and your community. All they want is to humiliate your leaders, divide PR parties and cause chaos in PR. They aren’t interested in your welfare or the Indian community. If they did, your people won’t be suffering after 50 years of BN (mis)rule.

6. Stop going around with jobless elements who have no dignity and societal standing but who pressurize you into throwing tantrums, issuing ultimatums and alienating the Indian community in the process. For God’s sake, you are the MP for Kapar with 112,000 voters, A Supreme Council Member of your party and a (Former) Deputy Liason.

7. Stop blaming the Indian PR and PKR leaders because by “becoming Indian” and retreating into tribal/race cocoons, even we the Malays of PR will feel offended and that won’t help the community as it needs understanding and empathy so that the community’s problems are solved without raising eyebrows and antagonizing others. We don’t want a PR MP or DUN trying to become a hero by appealing to the dregs of his/her community. We want you to build a new Malaysia and your party is the one that initiated Ketuanan Rakyat (and not Ketuanan Looters {KL} ala Umno). Stay truthful to that rallying call.

8. When you want to issue a press statement or talk to a BN media outlet, know what you want to say and be on guard. Remember, they will twist what you say and drive a wedge between you and PR leaders and supporters. If you fear being misquoted or fabrication (as has happened), simply issue an statement and don’t talk or take interview from a BN media outlet. They are dirty spin masers and hatchet men/women who have no sense of dignity at all. They are paid to spin, so what do you expect from them? Honesty? My foot!

9. Be patient and be informed that we Kapar voters know your handicaps and will give you support as you work for us. We know the limits of your input and funds and we will explain to the old folk so that they too understand your predicament. Once elections are called, we will return you to Parliament so that you continue working for Kapar and Malaysia.

10. Avoid hero talk and fist raising because that is the start of anyone’s decline particularly in the Malaysia of today. Don’t get entangled in race/tribal talk and euphoria. Represent all people, talk about all people and know it has taken 50 years for the Indians and others to be where they are today. It needs at least 10 years to help the community and constitute national policies that help all the disadvantaged Malaysians and for that, PR needs to capture the Federal govt and we hope by next elections, PR will sweep the board and it is bound to happen. Before that, don’t put the Indian community in a difficult position and don’t give Indians a bad image.

Thank you and Happy New Year

Rashid A.

Alor Star. (A Kapar voter)

916M: Happy New Year!!!

2008 was indeed a fruitful year for Malaysians who have always hoped for a better future, and 308 gave us the hope.

Let us hope that 2009, no matter how tumultuous it may end up to be, given the current global economic crises and possible domestic political upheavals, that the road to good governance of the Rakyat, by the Rakyat and for the Rakyat remains on track.

If we may, we hope that as predicted by Dr K, the Pakatan Government will be established in the first quarter of 2009.

In any event, we wish our readers a Happy New Year and may 2009 bring you further prosperity and happiness!!!