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916M: Stop the LOOTING now!

Back in March 2008, when the 308 political tsunami swept, the message to UMNO and its gang was evidently clear; change or be changed, come GE13.

As time wore on, it appeared that UMNO and its gang did not quite get it, and we become dumbfounded as to why they could not get it.

Three possible explanations came to mind:

+ one, they are so thick that they just could not get it,

+ two, they got it, not all, but part of it, but are still thinking or hoping that they can still win back what they lost as long as they can make us happy by improving the economy, security, etc

+ three, they got it, know that the chances of coming back are slim, but have poised themselves to milk whatever they can before they get booted out come GE13, and of course, to run away

Ku Li is right, the nation is being looted, and come 9 March 2013, we wake up to find empty rejoice. Yes, we won, but the nation has been bankrupted.

We have been advocating that we must be on the vigilance, watching out for every possible opportunity to stop the looting.

A good part would have already been milked by now, and we must stop that which we can still stop NOW.

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The Malaysian Insider: Malaysia’s economy being ‘looted’, says Ku Li

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

July 31, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today claimed that billions of taxpayer’s money have been “looted” from the country.

The outspoken politician also criticised the “political class” and its refusal to address the issue.

“Without a doubt, Malaysia is slipping. Billions have been looted from this country, and billions more are being siphoned out as our entire political structure crumbles.

“Yet we are gathered here in comfort, in a country that still seems to ‘work.’ Most of the time. This is due less to good management than to the extraordinary wealth of this country,” the Gua Musang MP said during the 4th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit here.

The Kelantan prince, popularly known as Ku Li, said that public must not be deceived with the mismanagement and corruption of the economy.

“You were born into a country of immense resources both natural and cultural and social. We have been wearing down this advantage with mismanagement and corruption. With lies, tall tales and theft.

“We have a political class unwilling or unable to address the central issue of the day because they have grown fat and comfortable with a system built on lies and theft,” he said.

Ku Li stressed that the recent World Foreign Investment Report (WIR) which showed a drop in the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) was not a statistical blip.

“Today, according to the latest World Investment Report, FDI into Malaysia is at about a twenty year low. We are entering the peer group of Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines as an investment destination. Thailand, despite a month-long siege of the capital, attracted more FDI than we did last year. Indonesia and Vietnam far out perform us, not as a statistical blip but consistently. Soon we shall have difficulty keeping up with the Philippines,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has come under fire from opposition parties for Malaysia’s lacklustre FDI rates, which have fallen faster than regional counterparts such as Singapore and China even while capital outflows dampened private domestic investment.

The WIR 2010 released by the United Nations showed that FDI in Malaysia plunged 81 per cent last year, trailing behind countries like the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

The report revealed that Malaysia suffered a large 81.1 per cent drop in FDIs compared to far healthier figures in Thailand (30.4 per cent), Vietnam (44.1 per cent) and Indonesia (44.7 per cent).

In May, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed announced that investments in the country for Q1 2010 amounted to RM5.2 billion.

FDIs made up RM3.2 billion of this total, with Singapore, Taiwan and Japan being the biggest contributors.

Mustapa said the investment amount was still relatively low against the total amount of RM32.6 billion in investments received last year.

Najib has been trying to lift Malaysia’s profile as a destination for foreign investment to help the country achieve an average GDP growth of at least 6 per cent per annum over the next five years.

However, his administration has insisted that the GDP growth target is still achievable despite warning that the economy may slow down in the second half of the year due to external factors.

“This, I believe, is called relegation. If we take into account FDI outflow, the picture is even more interesting. Last year we received US$1.38 billion (RM4.07 billion) in investments but US$ 8.04 billion flowed out. We are the only country in Southeast Asia which has suffered nett FDI outflow.

“I am not against outward investment. It can be a good thing for the country. But an imbalance on this scale indicates capital flight, not mere investment overseas,” said Tengku Razaleigh.

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysias-economy-being-looted-says-ku-li/#When:07:12:22Z

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916M: Yes, focus on Parliament and BN States come GE13

Good, at least we are seeing more strategies coming out of Pakatan.

Good move, Pakatan Selangor.

Yes, whoever said we must follow Najib when he dissolves the Federal Parliament?

Sure, there was a convention, but we need not be bound by convention, particularly when there is political will.

Penang, Kelantan, and Kedah should follow suit.

Let us then focus on the Parliament and BN States come GE13.

This way, those who are supposed to focus on Selangor, Penang, Kelantan and Kedah can work on the other states.

Kedah can help Perlis, Terengganu and Perak.

Kelantan can focus on Terengganu. Pahang and Johor.

Penang can help Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca.

Selangor can help Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

Of course, Perak must win back Perak (not that it lost the state actually).

Sarawak and Sabah to focus on winning their own states.

Of course, the other side will also mobilise their people accordingly.

But we all we need to do is to focus on the marginal seats.

Good work Pakatan, come up with more strategies.

Let us get ready for GE13!

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P/S: Be prepared for the BN States not dissolving as well, ie GE13 will be for the Federal Parliament only.

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Selangor won’t follow BN to call snap polls

By G. Manimaran
Bahasa Malaysia Editor
July 25, 2010

The Selangor state assembly will see out its full term even if BN decides on a snap general election. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has decided not to dissolve the Selangor assembly even if the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government calls for an early general election.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the decision was made at the state leadership meeting last Monday.

The Selangor PR wants to use its five-year mandate fulfil its Election 2008 promises without being tied to BN’s decision.

PR also rule Penang, Kedah and Kelantan which were won in the 2008 general election.

Mentris besar and chief ministers can independently advise the state rulers or governors on when to dissolve their respective state assemblies. The PAS-ruled Kelantan has always followed BN’s timing despite keeping the state since 1990.

The prime minister can also do the same at the national level by obtaining the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

By convention, the general and state elections are held concurrently.

However, observers and analysts believe this convention will now be abandoned, as a result of the changes in the political landscape since March 8, 2008.

PAS information chief Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir confirmed the decision and said that PR needed more time to fulfil its election promises, amid accusations that they had failed to do so by Umno and BN.

“Yes, it is true we decided on the issue during the last meeting earlier this week… only the mentri besar has not announced it yet,” he said when contacted by The Malaysian Insideryesterday.

In his latest blog entry entitled “Tidak ada kerjasama PAS-Umno di Selangor” (no co-operation between PAS and Umno in Selangor), Roslan wrote that PR had plenty of other work to do, besides strengthening ties between PAS, DAP and PKR.

“The seats we lost, we need to regain. We want to assure our supporters and the people in Selangor that stale stories that the BN plans on calling for snap polls do not interest us.

“You can dissolve Parliament but the Selangor state assembly will proceed until its final term,” he said, referring to the Umno and BN’s recent attack on the Selangor PR claiming that it had failed to deliver on its Election 2008 promises.

Roslan further explained that since it has only been two years since PR started its of rule Selangor, the coalition would need more time to carry out all the economic and social programmes it had planned from before.

“We do not want to be trapped by BN’s moves, which indicated that snap polls would soon be called… we want to proceed with the present mandate, at least until we complete four years.

“We decided the state elections would only be called after the fourth year, if needed, and if not, we will complete our five-year term,” he said.

PR Selangor’s present mandate would end in May 2013.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub told The Malaysian Insider that the party had decided during a recent retreat in Port Dickson that it would be ready to face the 13th general election by year-end.

“According to our calculations, the general election would (possibly) be held by year-end,” he said.

In an interview with The Malaysian Insider two weeks ago, Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he hoped all states, whether helmed by the PR or BN, would hold their elections together with the general election.

Signs of possible snap polls initially emerged when the BN administration began its attacks on the Selangor government over the controversial sand-mining issue.

On Friday, the Selangor Umno launched its series of 19 political rallies, to be held in conjunction with its “Save Selangor” roadshow that will go on until August 8.

Selangor Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the rallies would cover all 19 Umno divisions in the state, beginning with Shah Alam.

He added that the first phase of the roadshow would give the people a clearer picture on Selangor regarding controversial issues like allegations of mismanagement among members in the administration, poor management of government subsidiaries, as well as personal and moral issues of the PR leadership

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/selangor-wont-follow-bn-to-call-snap-polls/#When:23:10:57Z

916M: Get stuffed G9, G11, G15 or whoever you are!

Well, get stuffed G9, G11, G15 or whoever you are!

We did not damn vote you bums in so that we can enjoy your threatrics.

We do not give a damn as to your grouses.

But we damn expect you to perform, and to make sure that PR gets into Putrajaya come GE13.

Sure, there will always be imperfections.

Sure, there will always be problems.

Sure, but we do not expect you to whack it out in public.

We expect you to whack yourselves in your caucuses or in your party.

We expect you to sort out your problems before you present anything to the Rakyat.

Damn! How stupid can you get?

Are you are thick as the BNers?

We thought they were thick, and we are now starting to realise that you are thick too, if not more so.

We have gone past the halfway mark.

Najib has said he will call for a surprise GE.

It can be any moment now.

If Khalid is really that useless, seek solutions to help him.

So, do not screw it up!

Damn! Don’t you bums get it?

We want to get to Putrajaya come GE13!!!

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Haris Ibrahim: In the eye of the PKR storm: He who wields the unsheathed dagger

June 26, 2010

You get on a packed bus headed to Taiping.

Same journey for all 50 passengers, but each having their own agenda in wanting to reach that common destination.

The same can be said of the group of 15 PKR MPs, now called ‘G15′ by certain quarters, who are reported to be pushing an agenda to displace Khalid Ibrahim as MB of Selangor.

My sources tell me that G15 actually numbers 11.

Khalid claims to be in the dark about this agenda.

Yeah, right!

As does Azmin, even as he conceals the unsheathed dagger beneath the cloak of political intrigue and  deception.

“I don’t know of any move by MPs to start a petition on this matter. I am not denying it, I don’t know. How could I agree or disagree when I have no access to information…I am not part of this so I wouldn’t know, I was not at the meeting, when was the meeting honestly? Let me check with my colleagues”Malaysiakini reportedAzmin as saying of this rumoured uprising.

“If I wanted to pull him down, I would have done it after March 8 general election. Why now? His term is expiring soon, so why now? If that was my game, I should have done it before”FreeMalaysiaToday reports Azmin as responding to suggestions that he is behind moves to topple Khalid as MB.

Yet, the truth, as known by anyone who is anything in PKR, is that Azmin has long wanted to bring Khalid down, the former coveting the MBship of Selangor for himself even as the dust of the 12th GE began to settle.

PKR’s Elizabeth Wong has called on the G15 members to ‘show their faces’.

Huh!

The truth, again, is that anyone who is anything in PKR knows who they are.

That necessarily includes Anwar.

Indeed, at the just concluded PKR national congress in Kota Baru last month, the MP for Teluk Kemang, representing  10 other PKR MPs, brought to Anwar’s attention their grievances about Khalid’s leadership of the Selangor government, and their demand that Khalid be immediately relieved of the office of MB.

Anwar, I am told, assured Kamarul that their grievances would be looked into and addressed.

The next day, after delivering her presidential address, and at a press conference, Wan Azizah made it clear that Khalid would remain as MB of Selangor.

In her presidential address, she defended Khalid against the criticism leveled at him.

“He has defended the principles of transparency and accountability by chipping away at the wastage and corruption that have become part of Umno’s culture. The courage of the Selangor government in introducing Selcat – exposing all, is the renewal that we can be proud of”Malaysiakini reports her as saying.

Did Anwar, then, renege on any assurances given to Kamarul? Were there any assurances given to placate the group?

Only Anwar and Kamarul can tell us.

I had sms’d Anwar several times asking to meet in the hope of clearing this with him.

No response.

I guess he’s been too busy.

Now slighted by the president’s defence of Khalid, the group of disenchanted MPs began to make their moves.

And as they did, some from within their ranks, big boys within the party set up who, until then, were said to be aligned to he who wields the unsheathed dagger, either grew somewhat alarmed with the direction the group was taking or came to be viewed with suspicion, given the plot that was being hatched.

Whatever the reason, he who bites, another who holds the party purse strings and one of the party’s v-ps, either withdrew or were dumped from G15.

And in their place stepped in Gwo Burne and Kapar Mike.

So who make up the 11 in G15 now?

Here’s the list.

Manikavasagam of Kapar, Gwo-Burne of Kelana Jaya, Rashid Din of Merbok,Abdul Aziz Abdul Kadir of Ketereh, Kamarul Baharin of Teluk Kemang,Azan Ismail of Indera Mahkota, Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff of Balik Pulau, Zuraida Kamaruddin of Ampang, and Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid of Kuala Langat.

That’s only 9, did you say?

Well, throw in that low-life, froggie Wee Choo Keong of Wangsa Maju, and he who wields the unsheathed dagger, and there’s your 11.

Now, if nothing else, the presence of Wee in this clandestine effort to depose the leadership in Selangor must cast serious doubts on the intentions of some, if not all, involved.

Unless Wee’s complicity is not known to all the other 10, which then lends a more sinister sheen to their agenda.

Why the move to unseat Khalid, then?

Last night, 17 out of 22 Selangor PKR division leaders turned up at MB Khalid’s house to pledge their support for MB.  Malaysiakini has a report on this HERE.

He who wields the unsheathed dagger was amongst the 5 not present. No reasons given.

Selangor PKR, the Aduns and the Exco members, it would seem, are, rightly or wrongly, generally supportive of Khalid.

If this whole issue is indeed about Selangor and little else, where do the non-Selangor MPs fit in?

What gives?

I spoke to several Selangor Adun and Excos before last night’s meeting at the MB’s residence.

All said the same. The problem with Khalid is that he is not a politician, but a corporate bureaucrat, and not a very good one, at that.

Quite a few said he’s not decisive enough.

And afraid to tackle some thorny issues head on.

And there’s little deliberation between him and other party leaders.

But he’s clean, they all say.

And there was no-one else to helm the state government in the wake of the 12th GE tsunami.

What about he who wields the unsheathed dagger, I asked.

“The word is that if you want to make money, align yourself to Azmin. Do you want him as MB?”, one Adun responded.

So what’s the beef that these MPs have with Khalid, then?

Contract opportunities and money, I am told.

Kamarul, a long time and loyal supporter of Anwar, and who apparently dug deep into his own financial resources to help the party, is said to be now up against the wall, in financial dire straits.

Yusmadi, it seems, enjoys a life style that exceeds his means. His wife, a legal practitioner, receives work from the Selangor state government but, it seems, that’s just not enough.

All, it seems, are moved by personal interest with little consideration for the people of Selangor.

And for one, that personal interest is about removing the competition for the race to the top.

“Everyone knows that Azmin wanted the MB’s post and has resented Khalid’s appointment. Azmin still wants the post but this has nothing to do with the well-being of Selangor”, the Adun I spoke to offered.

It would seem that he who wields the unsheathed dagger has set his sights beyond just the seat of power in Selangor.

Well beyond Selangor.

Much has come to pass since 8th March, 2008.

Syed Husin Ali has announced he will not be looking to defend his incumbent position as deputy president at the party elections this coming November.

Number 2 post is therefore up for grabs.

And whilst it was always assumed by certain quarters that Wan Azizah would make way for Anwar to rise uncontested to the position of party president, this now hangs precariously in the balance given the real uncertainty of Anwar remaining at large upon the conclusion of the ongoing Sodomy 2 trial, appeal and all.

Anwar, however, I’m told, has been insisting that he will not avail himself for the position of party president, much to the annoyance of many in the party.

Is number 1, too, ripe for the picking?

Who, in the party, are seen as likely candidates?

Khalid, for all the criticism that has rained on him, cannot be discounted.

And then there is the new kid on the block, Zaid.

He who wields the unsheathed dagger, too, fancies his chances.

A possible three-horse race, then?

And in comes G15, made up by a majority of non-Selangor MPs, maneuvering to finish off Khalid, leaving only Zaid to be dealt with on a  later date, if the internally sabotaged Hulu Selangor by-election is not seen as having done enough.

Against this backdrop, the G15, minus Wee, is beginning to look like a national team built along the lines of BN, to wrest power in PKR this coming November.

Why like BN?

Well, Gwo-Burne and Mike representing the ‘nons’ in an otherwise all-Malay team does look line BN all over again, does it not?

All this for an aspirant to high office?

Is this the politics of PKR that we should brace ourselves for?

Is this the politics that will pave the way for Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya?

Where is Anwar whilst this drama unfolds?

Make no mistake, Anwar is aware of all that is happening.

Yet he appears to turn a blind eye to this, seemingly unable to rein in his protege.

This does not appear to be the first time.

As two Sabah PKR divisional chiefs observed some time back, and reported in Malaysiakini“We don’t know what kind of hold Azmin has over Anwar and that disturbs us. Something is just not right here.

Indeed, little is right in PKR at the moment.

Much of what is dreadfully wrong is seen by many in party leadership as stemming from Anwar’s indecisiveness in dealing effectively with the cancerous cells within the party.

Remember Zul Nordin?

I just got this sms from someone who is at the PKR retreat at Shah Alam.

“If Anwar does not shape up, there will be no PKR in 6 months”.

I’ll end this post with an excerpt from Martin Jalleh’s ‘Please pack up and go, PKR’.

“Please, please PKR stop pushing your fanciful dreams about occupying Putrajaya when you are in such a pathetic and pitiful state with your prima donna politicians parading their shameless petty and puerile politics in public.As a party you have become laughable, and as RPK predicts you could be facing your last days!…Your endless intra-party squabbles, spats and skirmishes and splintered groups sicken those of us who once supported, voted and stood steadfastly by you…We are tired of your MPs and Assemblymen’s threats to resign, their taunts to one another to quit and their theatrics and tantrums to be turncoats…Your politicians are made up mainly of clowns who crap, crow, clamour for and cry aloud about change but cling on to their political charades, chicanery, claptrap and conspiracies, instead of collaborating at all costs in your professed commitment to bring about concrete change…Yes, go for your weekend retreat PKR leaders. I hope you will prove me and many others wrong but my guess is that you will still be a party weak, wavering, wobbling, wandering and wanting to do each other in…as you chart your way into political wilderness! The road to Putrajaya requires stomach, stamina, synergy, solidarity and the sacrifice of personal agendas for the larger national agenda. Sadly, this journey has been stymied by your somnolent, selfish, self-centered and supercilious political representatives, whom Bolehland can do well without”.

Source: http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/in-the-eye-of-the-pkr-storm-he-who-wields-the-unsheathed-dagger/

916M: Anwar, where’s the Shadow Cabinet, etc???

There is fear amongst us that the road to Putrajaya is starting to look dimmer and dimmer.

No doubt, Najib is smart enough to know where to strike, to focus on where it matters, ie money in the pockets, or enhanced economic prosperity. It is indeed a fact that when people are better off, they will complain less.

Coupled with the bias use of MSM, especially in making Pakatan looking like fools, Najib is apparently making it look as if BN is gaining ground.

Those of us who believe that Malaysia will never be transformed unless BN is booted out, will remain steadfast to this belief. But there are many others, especially fence-sitters who may be swayed.

Pakatan is really not doing enough, and if it does not seize the opportunity of the balance of 2 to 3 years before GE13, the 308 Political Tsunami, in the words of Kit Siang, will just be seen as a “one term wonder”.

Pakatan must wake up! And wake up now it must!

Where’s the Shadow Cabinet?

OK, it is difficult to build the Shadow Cabinet, but can’t you at least try to push out some common platform?

What happened to The People’s Voice and The People’s Declaration which you had said you would adopt?

If you do not move your butt now, and move quickly at that, it will just be goodbye to you come GE13.

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916M: Yes! Zaid for Hulu Selangor!!!

Great idea! Zaid Ibrahim for Hulu Selangor!!!

The majority won by the late Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad was very slim, and given BN’s dirty tactics to date in manipulation and misrepresentation via MSM, amongst many other things,  it will be a hard win for PKR unless it puts up a credible candidate.

Zaid will be good because he has portrayed himself as a no nonsense leader, and one who talks sense.

However, there may be quarters in PKR which would not want to see Zaid rise so meteoritically.

But the PKR leadership must not give in to internal politics, and must select the best candidate to win this bi-election.

Unless someone can come up with a better name, we would stick to Zaid.

Sure, PKR may lose this time round.

But it is still not the end of the road yet, as it will be up to us as to how we choose to see things.

Of course, of late, there have been many unpleasant developments in PKR or PR for that matter, but this does not mean that PR will collapse. PR is merely going through a cleansing exercise, and this exercise is most necessary to get ready for GE13. And this also does not mean that right-minded electorate, who knows what ought to be done for the country, will backslide and go back to BN.

BN in its present form is full of faults, for political parties cannot be founded on racial lines. Even if BN wins Hulu Selangor, or GE13 for that matter, the win is only temporary, because to sustain over the long-term, organisations must be founded on sound basic principles. BN does not have that – unless it totally revamps itself – and will not be perpetual.

We have waited so long already, and so, it is OK to wait.

But we will also not take it by sitting down; we will ensure that we will win Hulu Selangor.

And there is no better candidate than Zaid!

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P/S: Certainly too, we must get ready for Anwar being hauled in, and Zaid is a good alternative.

916M: Hindraf this, Hindraf that …

Hindraf supports Barisan Rakyat, Hindraf disillusioned with Pakatan, Hindraf in, Hindraf out, Hindraf this, Hindraf that, …

Then you have the Makhal Sakthi Party, which later swung behind BN, then got into presidential turmoil, and all this rendered the term “Makhal Sakthi” as chanted during GE12 meaningless …

They are all over the place …

The problem is that they keep looking from the Indian’s interests point of view only.

Sure, Indians – mind you, like many others – have been marginalised.

So, why don’t you just start advocating from the point of view of all marginalised Malaysians? Why only Indians?

If you advocate from the point of view of all marginalised Malaysians, you will surely be able to include the interests of Indians, and you will surely go further than where you are able to go to now.

Times have indeed changed, and all of us must keep changing.

What we must all do is to ensure that Pakatan comes in at GE13, and this will then start off the bi-partisan political system.

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916M: 308: The glass is almost full …

2 years on … so how did we go?

As they say, it is either you choose to see the glass as half empty or half full.

We, of course, choose to see it as half full.

As a matter of fact, we should choose to see it as almost full.

Sure, Pakatan did screw up, but that is only part of growing pains.

Pakatan is now portrayed as being in tatters; we do not think so. We see this as a cleansing process. 

Good riddance to Zahrain, Fairus, Tee Beng and Zul.

We have 2 to 3 years to go before GE13.

Najib will likely call for GE13 when the economy is back on its foot again.

Economy good or not, we must change the ruling party. 

For it is only with the change that BN will transform itself. If BN wins one more time, complacency will set in again, and BN will use this to justify that the electorate is happy with its structure. But BN with its current structure now cannot really work, because racial policies will be made to dominate as before.

Sure, changing the ruling party to Pakatan will be risky.

But what have we got to lose?

We have given BN 53 years already, and what they have given us are plenty of incompetent politicians, and hopeless policies.

Malaysia must change, and change via the ballot box at GE13.

Let us not give up hope, for it is actually not that bad.

Just that the BN controlled media is making it look very bad.

It is not half empty, nor half full, but almost full.

We just got to keep believing that we will get there.

And we must continue to work hard to get there.

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