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Due process of westminster parliamentary system of democracy.

Whither due process in removing Selangor MB?

The political crisis in Selangor and the position of the Menteri Besar (MB) is not a strange phenomenon as witnessed in the past involving Datuk Abu Hassan Omar, Tan Sri Muhammad Taib and Datuk Seri Mohamed Khir Toyo.

Past crises in the richest state had seen changes in leadership in mid-term, ranging from scandals to political manoeuvring for power with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) not being an exception.

The Selangor MB crisis is not the first of its kind in Malaysia as it also happened in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in Terengganu just a few months ago.

The crisis in its own term reveals the process of decision-making to elect, remove or change an MB as an internal party decision in the interest of pure politics or reasons best known to the party insiders, in isolation of democratic principles or public assessment.
Its impact as witnessed in Terengganu and Selangor further diminishes democratic growth as the public were not able to gauge and participate in the affairs of their own elected government, due to its private state of affairs in the interest of politics.

The Selangor MB crisis must be viewed in context as the PR coalition is not a legal entity like the BN, where a decision is made based on and representative of coalition parties for consensus.

In the case of PR, the consensus is made by way of a support and endorsement of a simple majority from all the elected state legislators (Aduns) irrespective of the party, on the Chief Executive candidacy, for the consent of the Sultan.

The very appointment of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and previously Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin were done by way of letters of support and endorsement due to mixed representation of the PR parties forming the state governments. The letters are a representation of a vote of confidence and endorsed by the sultan, subject to further scrutiny as governed by state laws and convention.

The appointment of the MB is purely on the platform of the state legislature as in individual vote of support and the royal endorsement for its legal effect.

In the case of the Selangor MB, the previous consensus based on the 2013 general election remains valid until and unless a new consensus are made and represented through a formal letter of support.

It therefore begs the question: why can’t PR, which enjoys 44 state seats out of 56 (with both PKR and DAP 32 Aduns), could not come up with a new consensus for a new MB with a simple majority?

This is easily achievable with or without the unison support from the 12 PAS Aduns and the MB himself as in democracy, consensus is never 100% or without an opposing view.

PR clearly has the numbers for a new consensus in all angles. All it takes is for its leadership to get the support and endorsement of 30 Aduns from both PKR and DAP, with a few PAS Aduns, to put forward a new appointee for the royal endorsement. The position could be clearly achieved with the involvement of agreeing PAS Aduns as clarified by its deputy president, as in the autonomous decision-making by PAS Aduns as Selangor state legislators and its leadership.
The simple majority could also be easily achieved even without the support of PAS Aduns and Khalid himself.

The coalition also has indicated its confidence of getting endorsement of the Sultan, dismissing any involvement from the palace with the suggestion of an unprecedented move for a woman MB as per the recently concluded Kajang Move.

So why can’t PR, who clearly has the numbers with PKR and DAP and some PAS Aduns, or even without, submit their consensus to the Sultan for Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail? Especially so when it has been clearly demonstrated that there is no issue with the final endorsement of the MB by the Sultan over and above the majority advantage? In whatever circumstances, consensus is needed to elect, change or remove an MB with the sultan’s endorsement, so why beat around the bush?

If the parties don’t have the numbers or consensus to replace the MB, all parties should respect the democratic processes and move on with life. If in case there is a serious misconduct on the part of the MB that warrants a removal, then the state legislators have all the right to refer and take disciplinary with due process transparently in the interest of justice and democracy.

It is out of normality to read and discover a trial by media and political attack by MPs who are not the state legislators on Selangor state matters to remove a state chief executive.

It is also out of reason for such crisis of leadership while there is a clear legal process to determine wrongdoing, ranging from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to PR’s own processes as in the state legislature, as in the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat).
From the onset of the name itself, the notion of competency and transparency of the chief executive’s leadership is covered enough for the leaders from DAP and PKR to impeach the MB based on their own structure.

As it appears, the issue to shake the position of the MB is the Selangor water crisis. The Selangor water issue is a collective responsibility of the state cabinet based on previous collective decisions and a fundamental human rights matter that requires a higher standard of measure and discussion in an objective and transparent manner for deliberation.

It’s a matter that affects the rights of the public and should not just be treated as a mere political issue with unilateral declarations and personal opinions in the media, without any form of accountability or structural deliberation.

It is a matter for an expert research and proper projection and risk assessment in a committee level.

Why can’t PR handle the alleged incompetency and wrongdoing with proper action as in Selcat or its equivalent, and form a new consensus based on the findings and outcome?

Even criminals deserve a due process and justice in transparent manner in a proper forum.

The Selangor MB crisis, as it stands, begs the question of the method and manner in which an elected MB on oath is removed or replaced in the interest of the public and democracy.

The question of selection and candidacy of an MB as per convention remains without a doubt an internal party decision, or that of a coalition, but it must be exercised in adherence to principles of democracy, justice and rights due to the public nature of the office and a person’s right and integrity. The parties should look beyond the mere technicality and rise to the occasion with governing procedures and methods inclusive of the “rakyat” and adhere to it. It is a matter of justice and democratic best practices as preached.

The Selangor situation portrays an unhealthy development for a growing democracy that demands for due process and greater public participation and transparency in the appointment and removal of office bearers. This principle is best illustrated by the recently anointed president of Indonesia, Jokowi, who went to include public participation in the selection of ministers from multiple candidacies with a clear system of engagement from the civil societies and the public at large.

It is 2014 and the era of Cold War is over. In the case of Selangor, public opinion and participation are virtually nil or insignificant but for the theatrics of few national leaders and their personal opinions.

Democracy is a dynamic process which includes the public beyond the ballot box as dictated by participatory democracy.

The issue is of public interest and democracy demands for structures and standards to be observed as the interest of the voters doesn’t end with the ballot box, but continuous.

Political parties are duty-bound to act in utmost transparency and due process in the impeachment or replacement of an MB on oath, and facilitate the public with proper structure, forum and methodology. The voters have the right to know and be told in an utmost transparent way on the reason of the removal and it must be done with due process in a just and democratic manner.

The current practice as seen in the case of Selangor and Terengganu is a failure to adhere to democracy and rights as its governing principle and effective engagement of the legislative structures for a solution.

The solution to the Selangor MB crisis is another example of piece meal democracy where in post-election situation, the question of position and executive leadership remains a political game with real politics as its only consideration.

In the case of Selangor, the solution is to either impeach the MB if problems were discovered with due process and just manner and followed by a new consensus, or move on with life and pending duties.

If the crisis is one of confidence in the entire Selangor administration, then a fresh state election is paramount and the people of Selangor must decide the faith of their own state and its affairs.

The solution is staring straight into the eyes from the very name of the parties involved, as the name People’s Justice and Democratic Action, where justice and fairness should not only be done but done with public interest and be seen to be done, especially when it involves the chief executive of a state government on oath.

It is in the interest of the people and the monarchy to act guided by facts and processes. It is time for true reform and the reform of legislature both in process and mentality in the interest of the very people the political parties seek to represent: the rakyat.

 

Militants and Malaysian targets

 

Police today revealed that Malaysian militants arrested earlier this year were planning to attack several pubs, discos and even the Carlsberg brewery in Shah Alam.

Federal Special Branch principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Pitchay Mydin said the militants were supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).

“The suspects admitted that they wanted to overthrow, what they perceived to be an un-Islamic government in Putrajaya,” Ayob told The Malaysian Insider today.

“Besides planning attacks on pubs and discotheques, the suspects were also targeting the Carlsberg brewery.

“One of their main objectives was to target Putrajaya,” Ayob said, referring to the 19 extremists whom police picked up between January and June this year.

“Based on our investigations, the suspects had raised tens of thousands of ringgit from their fundraising activities.”

Ayob also said that between 20 and 30 Malaysians have gone to Syria to fight with Isis, although figures could be higher.

“What we have detected so far is that figure but police believe the figure could be a lot higher than that.”

Malaysian factory worker, Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki, died as a suicide bomber in May, and Ayob revealed that another Malaysian is believed to have died as well.

“I cannot reveal the details yet as we are trying to confirm the identity of a second Malaysian who is believed to have perished in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.”

But, Ayob said the activities of the Malaysian militants arrested thus far were merely in the planning stage.

“We are constantly monitoring the activities of suspected militants and their accomplices,” he said, declining to elaborate further.

Police in June arrested three men in Sandakan, Sabah, who were allegedly militants.

One of the suspects had received training by the Abu Sayyaf Group in the southern Philippines, while another was a Royal Malaysian Navy personnel.

The three suspects had links with 11 people who had been arrested by police in April for involvement in militant activities.

The militants’ main purpose was to send fighters to Syria after they had been given training, police revealed.

Isis fighters have successfully cut a bloody swathe across Iraq, overrunning large areas of the country and also conquering a substantial part of the northern region. – August 15, 2014.

sourced : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/brewery-discos-pubs-putrajaya-cops-unveil-militants-hit-list

 these are very dangerous mindsets who will not blink at all if innocent lives are slaughtered in the name of religion that does not conform to their idealogy.,and it even includes those who are of the same faith as them but different doctrinal approach. Their religious views are taken to murderous violent extremes to enforce their interpretation of their Divine laws.

from MT

After giving Terengganu back to Umno in 2004 and giving Kedah back to Umno in 2013, would PAS now want to also give Selangor back to Umno? Hence PAS had better think long and hard what its next move is going to be.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Today, 13th August 2014, is the Tenth Anniversary of Malaysia Today, which was founded on Friday the 13th (of August 2004). Yes, Friday the 13th, a most sweh (meaning cursed and pronounced ‘sway’) day according to Western superstition.

But today I do not want to talk about the founding of Malaysia Today. I want to talk about the founding of Selangor because too many people are talking about Selangor, and the present crisis the state is facing, without understanding one bit what they are talking about.

Selangor did not exist prior to 1745. Before that what we now call Selangor was a territory of Perak and ruled by Sultan Muzaffar Shah III Ibni Almarhum Yang Dipertuan Muda Mansur Shah, the 13th Sultan of Perak. Hence Perak and its Sultanate were already in existence at that time with a population of about 30,000.

The first Sultan of Perak, Sultan Muzaffar Shah I, was the son of the Sultan of Melaka, Sultan Mahmud Shah I, who was ousted by the Portuguese in 1511. Hence the Perak Sultanate started after that, in 1528.

Because of Selangor’s high influx of Bugis from the Riau islands, Sultan Muzaffar Shah decided to give Selangor self-rule and in 1745 Sultan Muzaffar Shah installed Bugis prince Raja Lumu, the son of Daeng Celak of Riau, as the first Sultan of Selangor. The installation of Raja Lumu, who took the name Sultan Salehuddin Shah, was done in Lumut in Perak.

In 1875, because of the Selangor Civil War, the British intervened and forced Sultan Abdul Samad to accept a British Resident who would act as the adviser to the palace. So, after 130 years as a sovereign state, Selangor became a British protectorate but not quite a colony.

In 1946, soon after the end of WWII, the British formed the Malayan Union, which was strongly opposed by the Malays, my grandfather Raja Sir Tun Uda Raja Muhammad, being one of them.

1946 was also the year that Umno was formed and in 1947 Hamza Abdullah was appointed the first Menteri Besar of Selangor. But he was not an Umno member though.

In 1948, because of the nationwide protests, the British abandoned the Malayan Union and formed thePersekutuan Tanah Melayu or the Federation of Malay States. In 1949, my grandfather Raja Uda was appointed the second Menteri Besar of Selangor. He was also not an Umno member.

Othman Mohamad was appointed the third Menteri Besar in 1953 and this was the first Umno Menteri Besar Selangor ever had. But he stayed for slightly over a year and in 1954 my grandfather was again appointed the Menteri Besar for a second term, but still not an Umno member and never was until the day he died.

After my grandfather Raja Uda, Selangor had another ten Menteris Besar, all from Umno, until Khalid Ibrahim in 2008, the 14th Menteri Besar of Selangor.

The bottom line is: you do not need to be a party member to become the Menteri Besar of Selangor. It is entirely the prerogative of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor. Article 53(2)(a) of the Selangor state constitution merely states that HRH shall first appoint as Menteri Besar to preside over the State Executive Council (Exco), a member of the Legislative Assembly who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly.

It does not say you must be a political party member or that your party must have the majority seats in the House. It is up to HRH’s judgement as to whom in his view is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the House. And do you want to be the mouse that bells the cat by arguing with HRH that his judgement is flawed?

In the first place, will HRH even give his consent for you to have an audience with him to argue your case and state that you disagree with his judgement? HRH can refuse to see you like he did with Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail two days ago. And if HRH refuses to see you what can you do about it? Sue him in court?

You can, of course, demonstrate that HRH’s judgement is flawed by tabling a motion of no confidence in the state assembly against the Menteri Besar of HRH’s choice . However, there is also one problem with this.

For the state assembly to sit, HRH must first give his consent. And if HRH withholds consent the state assembly cannot meet. And if the state assembly cannot meet then a vote of no confidence cannot be passed all the way up to the next general election in 2018 or so.

Anwar Ibrahim or Pakatan Rakyat can challenge this if they want to. They can even take to the streets to protest or sue the Sultan in court. But the Sultan decides if the state assembly sits and the Sultan decides who shall be the Menteri Besar.

And if you think HRH the Sultan does not know the law or the constitution, or is not being advised by the best legal brains, then think again because if you try to take on the Sultan you are going to be in for rude shock.

Pakatan Rakyat is not a legal entity, like Barisan Nasional. Pakatan Rakyat is merely a pact. Hence, currently there is no Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor. What Selangor currently has, because of the four PAS Exco members, is a PAS government with an independent Menteri Besar as its head.

PAS has 15 seats, 16 if with Khalid. DAP has 15 (14 if minus the Speaker) while PKR and Umno have 13 and 12 respectively. That makes PAS the majority in the state assembly, not Pakatan Rakyat, because Pakatan Rakyat is merely a pact and not a legal entity.

Khalid needs a minimum of four Exco members, which he has. The maximum is ten, of course. If PAS decides to follow PKR and DAP and leave the government, all Khalid has to do is appoint four new Exco members from amongst the 12 Umno state representatives. Then Selangor will have an Umno government with an independent Menteri Besar.

PAS would be wise to not join PKR and DAP by abandoning Khalid. If they do, then Selangor will have Umno Exco members. Technically, Umno would now control Selangor because of PAS.

After giving Terengganu back to Umno in 2004 and giving Kedah back to Umno in 2013, would PAS now want to also give Selangor back to Umno? Hence PAS had better think long and hard what its next move is going to be

ban face book!?

Banning FB? Why, because it may potentially spread decadence ,and poison impressionable minds with toxic images and suggestions of debauchery living life in pursuit of orgies in Hedonistic zest and subscribing to a Nihilistic godless worldview..
FB, to ban or not to ban..that is the big important decision that is cause for sleepless nights.for those in positions of authority, who are faced with the choice on what to do….for ramifications post the critical decision , has potential to topple goverments,if mis-handled…?????
Seriously,will they(Malaysian Authorities ) ever pause to reconsider releasing statements that has the propensity to be utterly nonsensical,in reaction to this FB ban proposal ,the very first word that came to mind and got spouted was “Rubbish” ..Will respect and consideration for the average Malaysian person’s intelligence ever come into play or forever taken for granted. Sometimes,as if the silliness of them, in Authority,are encouraged, that they get the impression, the public is easily fooled, that they go overboard in their stupid antics and think that they are taken seriously, and what nonsense they fed to the public was believed. not realising people are just being polite and not wishing to be antagonistic.
…………..Yup…,to vent..,Cantonese use this phrase in polite but loud cussing..” Ding Qui Ge Fai ” something bout plugging/ stopping/going against / lungs of another, i think
.it means..to challenge.quarrel, fight back verbally..screaming match-up and
see whose lungs are more powerful.
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Hmmmm, just rambling meself , fuelled by some shots of vodka tonic in my system,,mulling the exasperation brought on by the combo of beer,booze and ludicrity of certain people’s thinking..
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JUST the statement on intent alone “to ban” , is enough to ruffle sentiments of people,feeling outraged and the prospect of having their basic liberty to express opinions or vent emotions , socialize n interact in society , Totally Violated..! yet again !Dont they get it? it is not about FB the social media site but about their own incessantly vulgar and intelligence insulting antics, suffered on intelligent people who just wants to go about their daily lives,unimpeded by”big brother” morons, who always insist on doing our thinking for us, worried we cannot tell for ourselves. the right and morally wrong and the potentially destructive to civil society that will destroy our values and corrupt our thinking that we will be brainwashed by these social media entities,that we might turn into zombies manipulated by the social media sites n destroying our own country , culture n values..

All that is asked for is that, people be allowed to enjoy what little freedoms they have in life in a free society, that we can appreciate information more ,keeping up with the rest of the world as it shrinks more,with the IT age , connecting people,like never before.

Authorities shud .teach people to recognize and handle misinformation responsibly,
not ridiculously ban what may or may not be potentially offensive to society,? huh?
see how ludicrous the statement is, it is the same as the suggestion to ban just ,one social networking website among hundreds if not thousands of similar sites ,across the globe,in hundreds of languages , already online/ on internet being used by millions.of others..

Besides inviting ridicule and being perceived as narrow and shallow minded ,are there any positives at all from a ban like this on a social media site ,imposed by a purported democratic country ,such as Malaysia ? Not dictatorial iron fisted murderous regime rule of north korea , or even a “restrictive in areas,WITH STRICT guidelines and censorship “, of communist China., a society of mindsets ,not yet completely ready to be liberated or free to do or go as they please.

But in a democratic society . with little liberties like these taken for granted for years..
It ll very likely be viewed as another attempt to censor and contain freedom in expression and thinking by the paranoid in positions of authority..

do like china,ban facebook,youtube, blogspot n certain google apps /sites etc. so that weibo,baidu youku etc can thrive and earn billions of USD,since there are no alternatives to the social sites.purely economic reasons for the ban, more than a billion reasons, thats d population number, .still very easy to get FB n other banned sites in China,just need to spend money on a reliable VPN..and wherever in china, if there is internet, you are logged in.simple..n means that the sites arent banned,just not F.O.C to us
ONE NONSENSICAL IDEA AFTER ANOTHER: Netizens slam Malaysia’s plan to ban on Facebook

Full article: one-nonsensical-idea-after-another-netizens-slam-malaysias-plan-to-ban-on-facebook

Why is Tan Sri Khalid stubbornly holding on to MB position despite.?

Tan Sri Khalid seems to be adamant to stand his ground despite only few standing with him , with most of his former allies ,comrades having abandoned him but, as if he is waiting for something to develop or explode, having a trump card he is silent over now e will play the card when the time comes.
In politics everywhere , most others in high profile positions , who get attacked from all corners , even friendly fire from his own camp. rebeling against his administration, will have folded ,crumbled or collapsed

.When even your own political party no longer endorses you, the right thing to do is of course step down and make way .

No man is an island..What Chief Minister doesn’t have a political party to belong to and draw support from?

Either Tan Sri Khalid has a very thick skin and know not what shame means or he has something else up his sleeve. SOme agenda he is not

revealing for the time being till the opportune time .

At the moment Khalid is not even very aggresively defending his honour at the corruption insinuations, just making the obligatory statements in defence.

As if he is surviving day at a time.,biding his time.

At the moment the Selangor palace stance is also not clear, what happens if the Sultan choose to exercise his prerogative and desires the sitting MB to finish his full term.
Reason given is because at the moment, so many unresolved issues/problems  in state.. Over race/religious issues, corruption scandals ( buying over the water concessionaires and the controversy ), water shortage and rationing problem etc etc.Recent national level tragedies mh17  etc etc .

 So maybe his highness states that the timing now is not appropriate to change MB of Selangor and shake  up the state  administration ,.

Already faced with so many issues,Ought to defer to a later time when things are more stable.

Changing state administration now risk destabilizing things and add on to the problems besieging Selangor..

Good reasons or excuses,are they not?  

Or something similar that has more or less same effect , Khalid remains indefinitely , then what?


Or even the sultan decides openly to let Khalid serve out his term until elections?

 If it is beyond dispute that Khalid has lost majority support of then assembly , he must then resign or the sultan should sack him from his post

But somehow , at the vote of no confidence in the MB , what if  PKR cannot get enough votes from the legislative assembly to secure Khalid’s removal.Failing to be  a marjority dissenting voices?

what if Khalid beats all odds against a well-oiled party machinery and survives ,by succeeding in retaining a majority with the help of Umno and loyalists in Pakatan?

“Then  Khalid can stay on as menteri besar

 
Khalid seems to be keeping cool and just standing his ground at the moment.what will develop later is getting more intriguing.?

,Does he know something or is he planning something or waiting for some thing /someone to make a move?

The other side UMNO/BN are strangely reserved,out of character,usually will be taking potshots sniping away but now maintaining a respectful distance.silent on this Khalid fiasco..

Who else will get into the scrape later and Jump into the  fray and  balance things out . Remains to be seen?

Observing Khalid  now, cannot help but to notice how difficult to reconcile this stubborn obstinance with the Tan Sri of  last term.The quiet, disciplined,principled ,or so it seems,gentleman demeanour, proud but not arrogant,soft spoken but commanding respect,  aura he..had.

Somehow  it is the same person with the same principles and pride and ego and personality.

A persona  that will not nor seem to be the type that will cling shamelessly to power and position when he knows he is not wanted.

Tan Sri Khalid is the type of personality with a pride and ego that would have told him to gracefully make an exit with reputation and integrity , respect and admiration for him by the people , still intact.

Earlier on,when the marjority wished that, he likely would have conceded,wishing to avoid a embarassing confrontation like now.

 

But for him to remain and bear the brunt of attacks and smearing and character assasination.He must have  either, very powerful reasons or allies and he is very confident that the status quo for him can be preserved and he has a chance to defeat his detractors..

Wise men know  when to fight,when to fold,when to walk away,when to run..or know if they can win despite the odds.

Battles that calls for needless sacrifices are avoided.

Tan Sri Khalid seem like the type who will be reluctant to engage an opponent if he has no hope whatsoever of getting on top.

He probably realizes that he may be shredded  to take on the PKR machinery and not withstanding DAP as well without some defensive means or counter measure up his sleeve,to use to reverse the offensive. on him.

Unless, he planned for it and has  a counter strategy. Tan Sri KHalid , may be many things but seriously doubt that stupid is one of his qualities..

Conniving,Shrewd , Sneaky ,Cunning , manipulative, ,no scruples and without conscience, are  some terms used to refer to politicians,

He knows they will tear him to shreds if he defies them without a defensive plan in counter measure.

But who else is in his team?  probably  those who prefer to be not named  or risk  being  a liability if names mentioned..

One thing is for sure is that there is no way Khalid can face the opponents by himself when the time comes..

when the PKR/DAP offensive on him is launched from many prongs.

So will Khalid try to hold out for as long as he can or more powerful players from outside pas/pkr  join into the fray later..

 

Or just wildly postulating in a moment of insobriety…

An  attempt by UMNO  on a  onslaught to retake  Selangor ensues , and in jumps UMNO/BN  and a free for all melee ERUPTS..!

That will be exciting to witness from the sidelines

 

All UMNO/BN need to do now is save Khalid ,buy PAS  perhaps ,tempt them with federal level ministry portfolio like maybe  “Minister /Ministry  Of Islamic Affairs Of Malaysia.”  Develop Kelantan with Federal funding , Up oil royalty PAYMENTS many percents., Tacitly come to an arrangement to support hudud by making a deal with PAS  to vote for it and campaign in support of Hudud etc.

Then Selangor  may be  history to PKR/DAP…

As is often mentioned,

Selangor ought to be the template of how a goverment should function and what Malaysians really wish  how the BN Goverment runs the country.

It will be such a shame if BN never gets a chance to see that.

If  the opposition coalition can form a top notch team to  run Selangor state goverment  efficiently and different from how BN runs the country.

BN may just observe and  learn that, things can be different and not always the same..taken for granted for years and never changing..

.With BN,things are taken for granted, a status quo. It is how things have always been done and will not change drastically.

 

And what/how  the people of Selangor want  their state to be  governed is the same sentiment of  Malaysians in wanting and hoping to see how their goverment does things.

And of course , the way things are done in Selangor , in conducting affairs of govermental business , contracts and tenders awarded and land banks management and development and affordable housing etc etc. will be put under microscope. And the words accountability , transparency, integrity,responsibility etc, the people will make damn sure that they are not just empty rhetorical sounds made by politicians who aren’t serious in what they say.

If those in UMNO/BN with the real national political power, just try harder and are bolder to change things ,and are  not afraid of losing power because of  wanting change and facing resistance from old school coots, still powerful   in manipulating things with their ill gotten billions ,managing  to tempt the younger set into greed and power ambition ,by bribing them to support that that they can continue to plunder with the help of the younger set,learning from them (old school) how  to do the same when their turn comes.,they let greed to control them and plunder the nation without conscience nor remorse..

This is what happens when a goverment has been in power for too long , there has never been an alternative..somehow hook or crook, the ruling regime have managed to keep the challengers at bay in Malaysia for close to 50 years. Malaysians have never known other goverment post independence,except for thee current line up coalition,who have been using abusing and curropting away,the past 50 years unfettered.As they please, power unchallenged , abused,misused , for personal gain .so much so,that it has into a culture, accepted as how things are done. Or to get done, whose hand to grease? Where and how and protocol,yup ,even bribery has protocol.

 

Thats why Selangor needs to be a sample on how to run a state  without so rampant  corruption and excesses or the ,power abuses.

Albeit only  state level.yet, much more openness could be applied and demonstrated.

.The young generation with  their ideas ,  as of accountability, , open ness., integrity ,

Giving the power back  to the people .

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Tan Sri Khalid’s situation…

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim now has the singular honour of being Selangor menteri besar as an independent after being sacked by his party, lawyers said today, adding that he could legally remain as head of government as it is a constitutional appointment. –

Khalid’s option was limited because he could not take his case to the court as the Societies Act barred party disputes to be adjudicated outside the party.

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan said Khalid’s position was still intact as his fate could only be decided by the 55 assemblymen from PR and Barisan Nasional (BN).

PAS and DAP has 15 assemblymen each while PKR now has 13 after sacking Khalid and BN has 12.

“Khalid can only be ousted if he lost the confidence of the majority of the assemblymen,” he said.

Syahredzan also said Khalid could remain in office if he survived a no-confidence vote.

“In fact, he could reappoint executive councillors from among those who supported him in the confidence vote,” he added.

According to constitutional experts, a vote of no-confidence against Khalid could be taken in the house or the ruler could take into account extraneous factor in determining if the incumbent MB no longer enjoyed the support of the assemblymen.

On the advice of the outgoing MB, the sultan could dissolve the house or invite another candidate who in his judgment commands the majority in the house to be appointed MB.

Lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad also said nothing had changed following Khalid’s sacking as the menteri besar was still a member of the assembly by virtue of him being the Port Klang assemblyman.

“He also remains MB and his executive council is intact because Khalid has not tendered his resignation to the sultan.”

Amer, however, said the expulsion was tailored in the direction to put pressure on Khalid to resign.

“Khalid’s fight to remain as MB will only come to an end if the three parties in PR decide to ditch him.

“If not, who leads the government has to be decided by vote of no-confidence or through fresh state elections,” he added.

Khalid has been facing mounting pressure from the PKR leadership to resign over his handling of Selangor affairs.

These included the state’s management of its water resources, the Kidex highway and seizure of Malay and Iban Bibles by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

On Tuesday, he was issued a show-cause letter by PKR for going against the party’s decision to replace him with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Khalid has also refused to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee and the party supreme council sacked him this evening. – August 9, 2014

 

– Only the sultan of Selangor holds the power to remove Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as menteri besar, should the latter seek an advice for the dissolution of the state assembly.

According to legal experts, if a vote of no-confidence against Khalid was passed, the Pakatan-led government in Selangor would nominate a candidate to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to be considered as the new MB.

Legal expert Syahredzan Johan said Khalid had two options if the situation led to a vote of no-confidence — seek an audience with the sultan and offer his resignation or he could advise the sultan to dissolve the state assembly.

“It would be up to the sultan to approve or deny the request to dissolve the state legislative assembly.

“If the sultan disagrees with the proposal to dissolve the state assembly, then it is more than likely that Khalid will have to go and a new Selangor MB will be appointed in his stead.”

However, the sultan’s decision could be affected by the results of the vote of no-confidence against Khalid.

“If there is a slim majority in support of Khalid’s dismissal, the sultan may be persuaded to allow the state legislative assembly to be dissolved to lift the political impasse,” Syahredzan said.

Lawyer Datuk Mohd Haaziq Pillay said in the current political mood affecting the state, the sultan held the key to keeping things on an even keel.

“Right now, the sultan has the discretion to decide on a number of things, including to accept or reject the MB’s advice in case of a tie on the no-confidence vote.

“He also could allow the MB to continue serving pending fresh elections.”

Another legal expert, Datuk N. Sivananthan, said there was no reason for Khalid to vacate his post as long as he commanded the greatest confidence from the state legislative assembly members.

“Even if PKR sacks him in the near future, he can still act as Selangor MB as an independent state assemblyman. However, in the current situation, it is most likely PKR will initiate a vote of no-confidence against him,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

“If the motion fails, Khalid is then able to serve out his term as Selangor MB until a second motion is passed or if there is a decision to dissolve the Selangor state assembly.

 

 

His Highness the Sultan of Selangor is due to berangkat overseas from August 12th to 24th.

From all the moves of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he wants to get his wife’s appointment as Menteri Besar of Selangor as soon as possible before his highness leaves.

Without a royal consent, the state assembly could not convene, the dismssal of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Menteri Besar through of vote of no confidence could not be done, and planned appointment of Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will not happen.

Anwar had planned to get Khalid sacked by the 10th tomorrow. That way PAS has no option but to accept PKR decision to submit Wan Azizah’s name to his highness. However, Khalid has made his move.
His lawyer and lawyer, Edmond Bon has issued a letter of notification to PKR’s Disciplinary Committee Chairman.

See below:

 

 

Basically, Khalid has notified the committee that he has a counsel representing him and his lawyer have warned the former Gerakan Minister, Dato Dr Tan Kee Keong that anything you see or issue will be used against you in a court of law.

PKR will hold a press conference on this new development andreporters should ask as to under which law or quote from the party constitution is the current proceeding against Khalid being done.

Why is Anwar rushing if he is not rushing the legal process on his sodomy case but seemed to rush this process to sack Khalid?

Khalid was given a show cause letter. See below:

 

Khalid replied to request as to what was his offenses.

 

Subsequently he was requested to attend a hearing yesterday in which he was requested to answer a list of new issues:

Khalid questioned as to the sudden appearance of 4 more issues. He inform that he will not attend the hearing date set for yesterday and today but will only appear on August 15th next week.

 

 

PAS Central Commitee is supposed to meet on August 10th tomorrow but delayed the meeting twice to August 13th and now August 17th after Khalid’s hearing.

In the meanwhile, words on the grapevine are saying Khalid has requested his lawyer to file a lawsuit against The Malaysian Insider and will file a lawsuit against Dato Saifuddin Nasution and Rafizi Ramli for slanderous allegation against him on issues relating to Ecoworld, Tropicana and Bank Islam.

One will expect Dato Rashid Manaf or Ecoworld will file a similar lawsuit since he was accused of doing the payoff for Khalid’s loan with Bank Islam.

The reported amount for Khalid’s outstanding is RM67 million but as one former top executive of Bank Islam informed us, Bank Islam had a weak case since they did not apply ‘duty of care’ in disposing Khalid’s shares in Guthrie and the settlement amount could have been only RM7 million.

Mampuslah Rafizi and Saifuddin. Been reading too much ABITW but not reading the cautionary lines.

In the meanwhile, Lim Guan Eng had sued Nasruddin Hassan of PAS who refused to apologise within the 24 hours stipulated period but only gave a reply. Guan Eng has no case against Nasruddin and Nasruddin’s statement maybe naive.

However, Nasruddin did not bought into Guan Eng’s often repeated threat and it looks like it is Guan Eng have bitten the bait and got himself trap. He will be dragged into other issues.

The legal notification by Khalid’s lawyer to Dr Tan may tie PKR’s hand. Although Anwar claim to have the mandate from Pakatan Rakyat in which Lim Kit Siang signed for DAP but only Deputy President Mat Sabu signed for PAS, he cannot remove Khalid through party disciplinary process that easily.

PAS Presideent, Dato Haji Hadi Awang and Spiritual Leader Dato NIk Aziz Nik Mat have expressed support for Khalid and questioned the basis to seek removal of Khalid. PAS’s Dewan Ulamak and Dewan Syura echoed the same opinion and position.

The Erdogan’s inside PAS which support Anwar have questioned Hadi’s position but dare not question Nik Aziz. Anwar reiterate that the two Dewan’s position is not necessary because Pas has expressed agreement through Mat Sabu.

Earlier, Saifuddin loudly told PAS to stay off and claim the choice of Menteri Besar is purely PKR matter. In BN, the position of PM may be from UMNO but there is a process to seek opinion and  consensus from BN member parties in UMNO’s succession plan.

Since decision in Pakatan Rakyat is based on a consensus, Saifuddin may have over step his boundary. While DAP and PKR may be able to out vote PAS, there is the possibility of UMNO and few assemblymen from PKR and DAP voting against a vote of no confidence.

The implication and possibilities is wide ranging but for the time being Anwar’s game was read well by Khalid and he managed to foil Anwar’s rush to sack Khalid.

With more time available, Khalid could be calling the shot. It is a contrary view to the common believe that it is done before the end of the month and Wan Azizah will be the first woman MB and a the first sleepy woman MB.

Khalid can go for broke because his still has the card to dissolve the state assembly. This is the possibility which many are also thinking. However, it might not be the case.

Khalid looks to be in the driver seat with Anwar’s days as a free man is closing near. Without Anwar, PKR that is still unsettled with party election problem will crumble to pieces. The Erdogan inside PAS may come out to salvage PKR in which PAS grassroot tolerance with them has met its limit.

However, do not hope so much with UMNO. The grassroot do not understand what is happening and leaders at branch and division level are blur.

 

 

Khalid has 14 days to appeal the decision from the time he is officially notified of his sacking, after which the PKR leadership council would decide whether to form a special committee to hear the appeal.

In the meantime, Khalid would remain as menteri besar until he resigns or is otherwise removed from office, such as through a vote of no confidence.

‘Decision strictly on membership’

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution told reporters at the same press conference that today’s meeting dealt only with Khalid’s status as a PKR member, and not his position as menteri besar.

He said any moves to remove Khalid from office would be announced later, but said Khalid should respect the fact that he no longer has majority support and vacate his office to make way for a sucessor.

To a question, Saifuddin denied that Khalid’s dismissal was to pressure PAS not to back the Selangor MB.

Meanwhile, in response to another question, PKR central committee member Sivarasa Rasiah told reporters that a letter sent by Khalid’s lawyers today was irrelevant to today’s decision.

“It is not relevant because it does not address the core issue, which is that Khalid has defied clear orders from the party to resign as menteri besar, following the party’s decision to propose PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as menteri besar.

“We have given him the chance the respond and he responded through two letters, which have been taken into consideration.

“As Saifuddin had mentioned, we find the contents (of the letters) showed open defiance. We asked him nicely to step down and he wouldn’t step down, and that is enough (reason),” he said.

Earlier today, The Malay Mail Online reported that Khalid’s lawyers have sent PKR a letter urging the party to explain Khalid’s questions about the allegations against him.

“Our client in fact notes a litany of breaches of natural justice thus far giving rise to perception of conflict of interest and bias against our client,” the letter reportedly said.

Sivarasa added that there is no need to entertain Khalid’s request to postpone the disciplinary hearing because the grounds for his dismissal are already clear, and Khalid’s letters showed that he has no intention to answer the allegations against him.

“For us, due process has been fulfilled, natural justice has been done, he has been given the chance to answer the party’s allegations.

“And not only he did he refuse, he openly defied (the party),” he said in explaining why there is no benefit to postponing the hearing.

Khalid remains defiant

On Tuesday, the PKR disciplinary committee issued Khalid with a show-cause letter ordering him to explain his defiance of the party’s instructions to quit his post as menteri besar.
Khalid was also called to attend a disciplinary committee hearing yesterday to explain several other issues, such as Selangor’s water restructuring exercise and hikes in business licence fees.

In response, Khalid claimed that the show-cause letter was faulty and said the disciplinary board’s demands were both “unreasonable and suspicious”.

“As a party fighting for justice for all, I should also be given a real chance, not just a mirage, to answer to the allegations of my wrongdoing.

“Unfortunately, the actions of YB Datuk (Tan) and the disciplinary board up until now are highly suspect,” he said, pointing to the short notice of the hearing and asked for the meeting to be postponed to Aug 15.

The disciplinary board meeting nevertheless went ahead yesterday without Khalid’s presence.————

 

Will Khalid dissolve the assembly tomorrow…
 

Following the sacking of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from PKR, the burning question is what’s next for the now party-less Selangor menteri besar.

Lawyer and constitution expert Syahredzan Johan said Abdul Khalid’s sacking has no bearing on his position as menteri besar as long as he continues to command majority support in the state assembly.

Therefore it is expected in the next few days, Pakatan Rakyat will move to win over its 43 state assemblypersons, including Abdul Khalid’s loyalists.

When Pakatan is confident it has the numbers to oust Abdul Khalid, Syahredzan said one option is to move a motion of no confidence against the menteri besar in the state assembly.

However, Abdul Khalid may pre-empt this by asking the Selangor sultan to dissolve the state assembly and pave the way for fresh polls.

“He can actually request for dissolution without having a vote of no confidence or any show of support by the majority,” Syahredzan told Malaysiakini.

If Abdul Khalid chooses to do this, it has to be soon as the sultan will leave for a two-week overseas trip after a function with the menteri besar tomorrow.

Syahredzan said while legally, the Selangor regent can dissolve the state assembly while the monarch is away, it is unlikely to happen.

“I would imagine when dealing with something like this, the sultan would want it to be done in person,” said Syahredzan, the former Bar Council constitutional law committee co-chairperson.

Abdul Khalid in a statement this evening said he will meet the sultan soon for “advice” but gave no hint about a possible request for dissolution.

Even if Abdul Khalid wants to dissolve the state assembly tomorrow, another constitution expert Abdul Aziz Bari commented that the sultan too has a role to play and should not simply accede to the menteri besar’s request.

“When a menteri besar is sacked (from the party), the likelihood is he has lost support.

“So the sultan, instead of acceding to the request for dissolution, should tell Khalid to go back to the House and see if he still has a majority,” he told Malaysiakini.

He added if the House decides that Abdul Khalid has lost majority support, he must then resign or the sultan should sack him from his post.

Exco members to resign?

But what if Abdul Khalid beats all odds against a well-oiled party machinery and succeeds in retaining a majority with the help of Umno and loyalists in Pakatan?

“Then Abdul Khalid can stay on as menteri besar, but bear in mind it is no longer a Pakatan Rakyat government,” said Abdul Aziz.

“All his exco members will need to resign as the government was formed through Pakatan Rakyat and Abdul Khalid will need to submit his new list of exco members (to the sultan),” he said.

 

Already, discussions are in the works to have Pakatan exco members quit from the government with DAP holding its central executive committee meeting tomorrow.

“We no longer recognise Khalid’s MB status. We will not cooperate with a non-Pakatan Rakyat MB,” DAP Selangor chief Tony Pua told Malaysiakini.

Syahredzan (left) said while the current Pakatan exco members have no legal obligation to resign, staying on under a party-less menteri besar would put them in an untenable situation.

He added Abdul Khalid will also be hard pressed even if he retains a majority without Pakatan’s support, as he may need to appoint a new exco lineup which may include representatives from archrival Umno.

‘Circumventing the House’

Such a scenario may see a paralysis in the Selangor state government, thus ultimately pushing the ball to the sultan and the state assembly.

In the 56-seat state assembly, PAS and DAP control 15 seats each while PKR now has 13 seats (minus Abdul Khalid’s) and Umno has 12.

The main dissenter in the move to replace Abdul Khalid is PAS and a PKR-DAP combination alone is insufficient to oust the menteri besar.

However, Syahredzan said going by the Perak constitutional crisis precedent, there is a third option where Abdul Khalid and Pakatan can avoid a state assembly vote altogether by determining their support through “extraneous” methods such as statutory declarations.

He said the Federal Court had held the new BN government in Perak in 2009 was valid despite not going through a vote of confidence in the House after a series of defections from Pakatan.

Instead of a vote in the House, the three defectors signed a statutory declaration backing BN and subsequently met the Perak sultan to express their new allegiance.

So it comes as no surprise that PKR has in recent days instructed its state assemblypersons to sign a statutory declaration to declare that they have lost confidence in Abdul Khalid.

Nonetheless, Syahredzan said the politically correct and morally right method was still to go through a vote in the state assembly.

 


‘Little recourse’

As for whether Abdul Khalid has any recourse to reverse his sacking, Syahredzan said the embattled menteri besar has little choice for remedy.

This is because the Societies Act has left disciplinary matters completely to political parties and has an ouster clause against bringing it to court, he said.

“For me, such an ouster clause is unconstitutional but if the courts were to go by the book, then he cannot challenge the party’s decision,” he said.

Syahredzan said Abdul Khalid will not only need to file a review over the disciplinary board decision but also challenge the constitutionality of the ouster clause.

He speculated that the PKR disciplinary board may have sacked Abdul Khalid today to prevent him from obtaining an injunction order to stop his sacking.

However, PKR has given Abdul Khalid 14 days to appeal his sacking.- mk

 

 

How much UMNO willing to pay for some PAS and PKR assemblymen…


Khalid Ibrahim has been sacked. I count myself among the earliest who advocated this action. It is the right decision. Now, its time to brace ourselves for the possibilites. 

Ironically Khalid is also the person who can stabilize Selangor politics. After accepting the sacking, he goes before HRH the Sultan of Selangor and proposes the name of the person whom PR has endorsed. The person is most likely to come from PKR. If he does this, things go back to normalcy.

But Khalid can also be Khalid the Destroyer. He has been shamed. He wants revenge. Let the bones turn white, never the eyes says the Malay saying.

I have written a number of articles on the Khalid Ibrahim issue. I wrote my first article on the issue on the 31st of July. I gave a few possibilities. 

(1) If Khalid has moral values, he ought to tender his resignation. He did not and thus I am able to conclude that Khalid has no moral scruples. You may disagree with this. But this is my political opinion.

(2) The house can convene and moves a motion of no confidence. By doing that he holds PKR at ransom- because Khalid shows he does not have the interests of the party in his heart. Tan Sri Mat Taib or Mat Tyson said it most appropriately- Khalid thinks the MB post is an heirloom belonging to him.

(3) The party could sack him. Indeed I mentioned this several times in the articles I wrote.

The lawyers will look at the issue from a purely legalistic angle. They will say, Khalid is technically still the MB as he can only be removed by a vote of no confidence. This means all the parties in the House will convene and decide how it will be. I shall steer away from discussing the legalistic issues. 

Let us look as the political possibilities.

Khalid is an independent now. This means PKR has 13 seats. DAP has 15 seats and PA has 15 seats. UMNO has 12. Unless PAS has no sense of propriety, it will accept Khalid Ibrahim as member and may want to suggest that he remains as MB. 

If PAS does this, it has no sense of camaraderie and loyalty among brother parties. I hope PAS has a sense of fealty. I really hope so because nowadays it’s difficult to reason with people who claim to have divine authority. PKR and DAP especially are secular heathens!

To do that PAS has to secure the support of DAP and PKR. I think it will not be possible to get support from PKR since it is PKR who sacked him in the first place.

I don’t think Khalid can get support from DAP since Khalid has gone on record to say that all this while DAP has been against his agenda to apply Islamic whatever. 

This is a new twist from Khalid and is the unkindest cut. It’s also the deepest cut since DAP has been supportive of him and through its support, Khalid went on to become MB.Khalid has dishonoured himself.

So where he will go? He can go to UMNO and that swells UMNO’s number to 13. What will UMNO do?

UMNO will advise Khalid not to go and see the Sultan first. 

No hurry Tan Sri- make Anwar squirm. Now, my colleagues in the DAP, Segambut and PJ Utara have different definitions of squirm. I shall not elaborate.

 

Don’t rush Tan Sri- Not until UMNO can negotiate with some PAS and even PR assemblymen. Pay them to abandon their respective parties. Buy 10 from PAS and another 10 from PKR, UMNO with Khalid will be 33 seats strong. DAP remains at 15, PKR less 10 will have 3 and PAS less 10 will have 5. UMNO/BN has 33 while the 3 partners of PR have 23.

Is UMMO willing to buy 10 each from PAS and PKR? Pay the 20 prospects RM10 million each, UMNO spends only RM200 million. Didn’t Khalid accumulate more than RM3 billion? Heck pay each of them RM25 million, UMNO will spend only RM500 million. All can be reimbursed from the cash reserves our dear Khalid Ibrahim has accumulated!

If they are wiling because they are after Selangor and perhaps have the additional motivation to present Selangor to Najib since its Najib who lost Selangor, getting Selangor at all cost is the overriding objective.

This is possible because Khalid Ibrahim made it so. So Khalid in his last throes can be both a saviour and destroyer. 

If he is just vengeful and does not want to go to bed with UMNO, we are going to the hustings. – Mohd.Ariff Sabri bin Hj. Abdul Aziz.@sakmongkol AK47

xplosion gas.. panicky nowhere to run feeling!

 

scary nowhere to run feeling…,everything exploding around you no matter which  direction you’re heading,boom..xplosion in front…!

Road Rage .but how was it turned into some racial thing?

 

THE MALAY MONSTER UMNO CREATED: Road rage reveals depth of racist sentiments in M”sia.

Tolerance is often a catch-phrase in multi-racial Malaysia – but Malaysian behaviour has been anything but tolerant, if recent widely publicised videos on road rage are to go by.

Road rage is simply an issue of anger, but the racial abuses that come with it beg the question: Are Malaysians really racist?

In a latest video footage, a woman is seen throwing tantrums and making racist remarks at a couple after her car was hit from behind near the Singapore custom at Woodlands.

The woman repeatedly uses a derogatory term for Indians on the couple, and also repeatedly labels them as ‘pariah’.

Posted on Facebook by one Dean Syed on Aug 1, the video has so far been shared more than 6,000 times.

Dean Syed said he honked at a female driver driving a Proton car, with the number plate JKU3945 and she deliberately jammed her brakes, causing his car to hit her car. “Even though it is my mistake, should I be treated in this manner? Please listen to her racist remarks and the daughter’s behaviour.”

In the video, the elderly woman is seen accusing Dean of hitting her car on purpose, and demanded compensation despite the man insisting that she could claim insurance.

Dean’s wife is seen criticising the woman for supposedly giving them the middle finger, to which she rebutted that Dean had raised his hand at her vehicle first, adding: “Don’t think you are Singaporean, you are so clever?”

Bad example for children

The angry woman appeared to be ferrying two little girls and a teenage girl in the vehicle. The teenage girl later got down and repeatedly kicked the man’s vehicle.

Dean who also had a toddler in his car, did not react to this. This incident comes after the case of Siti Fairrah Ashyikin Kamaruddin, better known as Kiki, who abused a senior citizen for hitting her vehicle. In her verbal abuses, which were also recorded and went viral on the social media, Kiki questioned whether the senior citizen thought he was better than her because of his race.

The reactions on the social media to Dean Syed’s case have been just as racially charged. Facebook Grasio Australia said: “Very upset with Malay people, if she is a Muslim she shouldn’t react like this.”

Another YouTube user Sofia Muhammad tried to justify the abuse, saying: “To Dean Syed, you also made an attempt to make a racial slur, but you stopped half-way, noticing that your wife is taking the video.”

Those are just comments with mild racial undertones, and there are many more that are not appropriate for publication.

All these are incidents that have made onto social media. Then, what about those that have not?

‘Knocked and abused’

Celine Yap is another victim of road bully who has complained about her predicament on Facebook. And despite recording a video on the incident, she has not put it up on the Internet.

Yap’s complaint has gone viral, with almost 5,000 shares since it was posted on Aug 3. “I was a victim of a bully. I was threatened, assaulted and my car was damaged,” she said in the posting. Yap said a man had parked his Perodua Alza by her car in Petaling Jaya and had appeared to have accidentally hit her car when he opened his door. ”

The impact made my car shake. I lightly honked at the guy to make him aware of my presence. The wife saw what happened and said, “Bang, pintu.” “He then closed the door and swing it open a second time and hit my car harder this time and said “Ooops” sarcastically. “He then came to my window and shouted sarcastically, “Sorry, ah, sorry ,ah.”

He then walked away and stared back at me and said, “kurang ajar”. Yap said when the man came back, he deliberately slapped his door into her vehicle for the third time. After she alighted to check her vehicle for damage, the man reversed and his wing mirror hit her arm, throwing her onto her own vehicle, and he then gave her a thumbs up.

‘I felt bullied, helpless’ “

I felt bullied, discriminated, weak, and helpless. Just because I am a lady, and I am petite, doesn’t give anyone at all the right to treat me this way,” she said. When contacted, Yap told Malaysiakini she had lodged a police report on the matter.

“This is my second time encountering with a road bully and I am not the one who sits and keeps silent about it. “We have our rights, and it is time to stand up for them. Inconvenience and the usual ‘tidak apa’ (lackadaisical) attitude should not hinder us from standing up for our rights,” she said. Her predicament also courted racial reaction on social media but Yap stressed this was not about race.

“It matters not to me whether he is a Malay or a Chinese or an Indian. What matters to me is the way he treated a fellow Malaysian,” she said. Due to the increase in road rage cases, the government last year proposed to introduce a new driving curriculum to teach Malaysian motorists proper road ethics and counter the “bad attitude” of drivers.

Road Transport Department director-general Ismail Ahmad  said then that the new syllabus would be aimed at emphasising proper driving ethics and to curb road accidents through education and awareness.

The move came after a study by Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) showed 18 percent of the 13.3 million registered drivers in Malaysia were categorised as ‘high-anger’ drivers. As for a fix to racism on the part of road users – that will be left to the ordinary Malaysians. -M’kini

 

 

 

 

 

race riot?as if road rage is not bad enough,in fits of uncontrolled anger ,racist abuses are hurled out,and it blows up out of proportion ..physical attck and bloodshed.then what ?From a traffic accident , it explodes into a
race riot? because racist bigoted morons take offense and amplifies it as a racial incident…..thats how it starts,stupidity upon stupidity on irrational mindsets that screams racism on everything just because of one word in reference to an ethnic group. the

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