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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Migration to the big cities for work is normal the world over  


Salleh Said Keruak

PKR’s Deputy President Azmin Ali insulted the Kelantan Government by saying that many Kelantanese migrate to Selangor to seek employment because the government cannot guarantee them employment.

When PAS was in coalition with PKR from 1999 to 2015, the opposition would use Kelantan as the best example of a well-run opposition state. Now Azmin mocks Kelantan because GE14 is around the corner.

Actually, people from all over Malaysia travel to Selangor to work. This has been going on for a long time before PKR took over Selangor in 2008. This is the same in many countries the world over. If Azmin wants to look for issues to hit at PAS then look for sensible issues.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The reality of the opposition pact and who holds the power


Salleh Said Keruak

Zaid Ibrahim said DAP is a Chinese party and that is not wrong since Umno is a Malay party. While that is correct, the reality is, out of 222 parliament seats, more than 100 are Malay majority while more than two-thirds are Malay and Bumiputera majority. It is therefore crucial that DAP downplays its ‘Chinese-ness’ if it wants to win more than just 40 or 45 seats in parliament.

That is the reason for DAP’s strategy of discarding its rocket logo and for their candidates to contest under PKR’s logo. They need to create the perception that DAP is not dominating the opposition pact or else that will put off the Malay voters. DAP themselves admit that the use of PKR’s logo to contest GE14 is meant to win more Malay votes.

As usual, DAP is going to end up winning more seats than the other members of the opposition pact and that would mean DAP gets to dictate who becomes Prime Minister. While Dr Wan Azizah Ismail may be PKR’s President, the largest number of parliament seats would be won by DAP and not PKR. So DAP will call the shots as to who becomes Prime Minister and it will not be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Opposition pact makes strange bedfellows 


Salleh Said Keruak

The opposition pact of Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and Lim Kit Siang, with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, makes strange bedfellows. When at one time they were bent on destroying one another, even political expediency is no excuse for them to work together. 

Worse still is when they offer lame excuses to explain and justify their pact. At one time Anwar, Wan Azizah and Kit Siang opposed Mahathir on the excuse they need to save Malaysia. Now they unite with Mahathir on that same excuse of saving Malaysia.

We must not forget that in 1993 Kit Siang condemned Anwar and demanded his resignation and even accused him of lying to Parliament. Then he works with Anwar. Then Kit Siang said if the opposition comes to power they will make Mahathir pay for his crimes. And now he works with Mahathir.

This is clear evidence that the opposition pact is merely a marriage of convenience with each party having their own agenda. This is not about the interest of the nation but about the pursuit of political power. The opposition pact will not last and if they come to power the nation will suffer. This is the reality of the opposition pact.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Is the opposition pact losing sight of purpose?


Salleh Said Keruak

It appears that the opposition pact's main purpose in GE14 is in fielding candidates in either sure-win constituencies or in defeating certain targetted candidates from Barisan Nasional. The opposition is treating GE14 like a popularity contest to see which side's candidate is more popular.

The purpose of general elections is to choose the better government or the best government for the country. General elections are not contests between egos and to see who wins the personality contests. It is about who can better-run the country and the future of Malaysia.

The opposition pact is sending the wrong message to Malaysians. Challenging so-and-so to contest in a certain constituency to prove he is 'anak jantan' is not what democratic elections is all about. This is not a boxing match to prove who is 'lagi gagah dan berani'. What happened to the concept of service to the rakyat?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It is now time for reflection


Salleh Said Keruak

GE14 will be upon us in about three weeks' time after five years of campaigning. Yes, that is how long the election campaign has lasted: five years. That is because the opposition pact started the campaign for GE14 the day after GE13.

Barisan Nasional focuses more on running the country than on attacking the other side of the political divide like what the opposition pact does. We cannot main politik every single day of our lives. There comes a time when we need to do some work.

It is now time for Malaysians to reflect what the government has achieved in the last five years. Barisan Nasional is a people-centric government. And we know the people are the boss and the people will judge us at the ballot box. And that is why we always have the peoples' welfare at heart.

So judge Barisan Nasional on our performance and not on empty rhetoric. Making false and unachievable promises is easy. Delivering them is not so easy. But Barisan Nasional delivers what it promises, as our track record shows.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A sign Pakatan is going to lose GE14  


Salleh Said Keruak

Just before the 2013 General Election, the Pakatan Rakyat leaders went all over the country saying that Barisan Nasional was going to cheat to win the election. After the election, they said that the lights went out due to a power failure in certain places while the votes were being counted, extra ballot boxes were brought in to certain places, tens of thousands of phantom voters were flown in from Bangladesh, and so on.

All this was later proven false. Even the Bangladesh Embassy denied that tens of thousands of its nationals were flown in to vote in Malaysia, which would require more than 100 chartered planes. And the places where they said the lights went out confirmed that they never experienced any power failure plus the opposition workers in the places where they said extra ballot boxes were brought in denied that incident.

This was merely a pre-emptive strike on the part of Pakatan. They knew they would not win GE13 so before the election they ‘predicted’ they would lose due to fraud and after the election they raised all sorts of allegations of fraud to explain why they lost. Now they are doing it again. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his blog today that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to cheat in GE14 on 9 May 2018 so that when they lose the election they can save face by blaming it on fraud like they did in 2013.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mahathir's Plan B is to deny BN a two-thirds win


Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Guan Eng alleged that the date of GE14 is aimed at reducing the voter turnout on 9th May 2018. By now Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accepted the fact that Pakatan Harapan is going to suffer not only defeat in GE14 but a drubbing as well. Umno and Barisan Nasional are poised to make Mahathir and Pakatan eat humble pie. And Mahathir is fully aware of this.

The best Mahathir can hope for is that Barisan Nasional will not win a two-thirds majority but a simple majority of about 60% of the seats in Parliament. Mahathir would then spin this as Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 'failure'. The issue would be not that BN won the election but that they failed to win two-thirds.

Mahathir is going all out to try to deny BN a two-thirds win in GE14 since Pakatan is going to be defeated. Mahathir hopes this can then be presented as Najib's failure so that he can instigate Umno to oust Najib. Mahathir tells Pakatan they need to save Malaysia by ousting Umno and then he tells Umno they need to oust Najib to save Umno.

MENGUNDI HARI RABU: PENENTUAN TARIKH PILIHAN RAYA ADALAH KUASA SPR


Salleh Said Keruak

1. SPR telah memilih 28 April (Sabtu) sebagai hari penamaan calon dan 9 Mei (Rabu) sebagai hari mengundi bagi PRU-14. Namun, nampaknya ada suara-suara sumbang yang memprotes tarikh tersebut. Mereka mempersoalkan mengapa SPR memilih hari mengundi pada hari bekerja (Rabu) kerana kononnya boleh menimbulkan masalah kepada pengundi yang ingin pulang ke kampung untuk membuang undi. Mereka mendakwa tarikh ini sengaja dipilih SPR kerana mahukan peratusan keluar mengundi yang rendah untuk memberi kelebihan kepada Umno.

2.Saya ingin tegaskan bahawa ini bukanlah kali pertama pengundian diadakan pada hari bekerja. Jika kita lihat pada PRU pada tahun 1995 dan 1999, hari pengundian juga diadakan pada hari bekerja. Ini kerana yang pihak yang  berkuasa menentukan tarikh pilihan raya adalah iaitu SPR. Ia merupakan sebuah badan bebas yang dilantik oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong selepas berunding dengan Majlis Raja-raja.

3. Hari pengundian bukanlah isu utama kerana banyak kelonggaran diberikan pada hari mengundi samada penjawat awam dan pekerja swasta. Justeru, saya amat berharap supaya kempen PRU 2018 ini akan berjalan secara berhemah. Janganlah terlalu cepat mengkritik dan menabur fitnah kononnya kerajaan BN mahukan peratusan rakyat keluar mengundi yang rendah. Kita merupakan sebuah kerajaan yang telus dan semestinya peratusan keluar mengundi meningkat. Pastinya sasaran peratusan mengundi perlulah melebihi daripada purata 85% seperti yang berlaku pada PRU 2013. Ini adalah semangat kita.

4. Justeru, marilah kita sama-sama keluar mengundi dan menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai rakyat Malaysia. Semoganya PRU 2018 berjalan dengan lancar dan rakyat yang layak mengundi dapat menjalani proses demokrasi untuk masa depan negara kita.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

MANIFESTO BN  2018 ADALAH TERBAIK DALAM SEJARAH 


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Malam tadi, saya turut berada di Stadium Bukit Jalil mendengar pengumuman Presiden BN memperkenalkan Manifesto BN dalam menghadapi PRU 2018. Reaksi segera saya setelah mendengar ucapan tersebut ialah agendanya realistik, manifestonya terbaik, komprehensif dan praktikal untuk rakyat Malaysia. Manifesto ini komprehensif kerana menjanjikan  inisiatif -inisiatif untuk dilaksanakan, termasuklah memberi perhatian kepada permintaan rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak. Melihat kepada tepukan dan sorak ahli di Stadium malam tadi, hati saya berkata itu adalah sorakan keyakinan rakyat kepada manifesto BN kerana BN terbukti telah mampu menunaikan 99.4% janjinya dalam PRU 2013 yang lalu.

2. Saya teruja dengan cara Presiden parti membentangkan manifesto BN semalam. Berbeza dengan cara sebelumnya, kali ini Presiden membentangkannya dengan mengangkat keperluan setiap negeri secara adil dan menyeluruh. Dalam manifesto bertajuk “Bersama BN Hebatkan Negaraku”, antara lain Presiden BN menjanjikan komitmen berikut: memberi tambahan BR1M kepada golongan sasar, menurunkan had kadar faedah dan caj lewat bayar kad kredit, mengurangkan kos langganan jalur lebar 50% dan gandakan kelajuan, meningkatkan bantuan RM500 untuk bayi baru lahir di bawah program ADAM50, tujuh hari cuti tahunan bagi golongan ibu untuk menjaga anak-anak yang sakit, memperkenalkan sekolah beraliran Inggeris di Sabah dan Sarawak sebagai projek rintis, memenuhi Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 berdasarkan konsensus, menghapuskan harga berbeza untuk Semenanjung Malaysia dan Sabah-Sarawak, dan memperkasa komuniti Dayak dan Kadazandusun.

3. Setelah menelitinya, saya menilai manifesto BN adalah terbaik dan  berjaya menenggelamkan manifesto PH. Dengan manifesto sebaik ini, maka ini membuktikan BN adalah parti yang menitikberatkan kepentingan rakyat bagi membolehkan rakyat menikmati kehidupan yang lebih baik.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Malaysia’s 14th General Election is not 'too late'  


Salleh Said Keruak

Critics of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak are saying that he is scared of holding the 14th General Election because he is not confident Barisan Nasional can win the general election. That is actually nonsense, as the dates of the previous general elections held under the previous two Prime Ministers can show.

GE8: 21 October 1990
GE9: 25 April 1995
GE10: 29 November 1999
GE11: 21 March 2004
GE12: 8 March 2008
GE13: on 5 May 2013

Traditionally, general elections  in Malaysia have always been held between four to five years of the first sitting of Parliament. And the last general election was held less than five years ago. In fact, GE14 must legally be held the latest by August, which is four months from now.

If the opposition wants to raise issues at least let them be legitimate issues and not nonsensical issues merely as an attempt to fool Malaysians. Dissolving Parliament tomorrow is not ‘too late’ as the opposition says. In fact, it is two months earlier than required.

The opposition strategy is to fool Malaysians into thinking that Najib and BN are scared of losing GE14, which is why Najib is delaying the general election. GE14 is not being delayed. It is just in time. And this is what the opposition is denying.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tsunami Melayu' dan logo PKR


Salleh Said Keruak

Rafizi Ramli berkata kajian Invoke telah mendedahkan bahawa Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gagal mencetuskan 'Tsunami Melayu'.
"Sekiranya anda bertanya kepada saya apakah akan terjadi tsunami disebabkan oleh PPBM dan Dr Mahathir, saya katakan tidak, itu tidak akan berlaku. Saya memberitahu perkara ini setiap hari kepada Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin Yassin dan pemimpin parti mereka dan mereka menerimanya, "kata Rafizi.

Pemimpin Pakatan Harapan dan beberapa penganalisis politik telah mengatakan bahawa 'Tsunami Cina' yang bermula pada tahun 2008 telah memuncak pada tahun 2013. Ini bermakna Pakatan lebih kurang sudahpun memaksimumkan asas sokongan cina dan jika mereka mahu menang lebih daripada 80 kerusi parlimen tanpa bantuan PAS, maka ia harus berlatarbelakangkan 'Tsunami Melayu'.

Dan itu sepatutnya menjadi peranan Mahathir dan PPBM, dan ini yang dikatakan Rafizi sebagai gagal berlaku. Dan tanpa 'Tsunami Melayu' ini, pencapaian Pakatan Harapan mungkin lebih buruk daripada pada pilihan raya umum 2013, apatah lagi memenangi 120 kerusi Parlimen yang mereka sasarkan.

Dan sebab itulah Pakatan Harapan mungkin menggunakan logo PKR sebagai logo Pakatan Harapan. DAP berkata ia tidak menggunakan logonya sendiri dalam PRU14 manakala logo PAN mungkin menyebabkan pengundi Cina menjauhkan diri kerana imej Islamnya. Jadi yang tinggal hanyalah logo PKR. Penggunaan logo PKR sebagai logo bersama adalah strategi mereka untuk *memperdayakan* orang Melayu untuk mempercayai bahawa Pakatan menjadi lebih Melayu.

Pakatan’s ‘Malay Tsunami’ and PKR’s logo  


Salleh Said Keruak

Rafizi Ramli said Invoke’s study has revealed that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has failed to trigger a ‘Malay Tsunami’. “Sekiranya anda bertanya kepada saya apakah akan berlaku tsunami disebabkan PPBM dan Dr Mahathir, saya katakan tidak, itu tidak akan berlaku. Saya beritahu perkara ini setiap hari kepada Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin Yassin dan pemimpin parti mereka dan mereka menerimanya,” said Rafizi.

Pakatan Harapan’s leaders and a number of political analysts have said that the ‘Chinese Tsunami’ that started in 2008 had already peaked in 2013. That means Pakatan has more or less maximised its Chinese support base and if they want to go higher than the 80 or so parliament seats Pakatan is expected to win without the help of PAS then it has to be against the backdrop of a 'Malay Tsunami'.

And that was supposed to be the role of Mahathir and PPBM, and which Rafizi said has failed to happen. And without this ‘Malay Tsunami’, Pakatan Harapan might do even worse than in the 2013 general election let alone win the 120 or so parliament seats they are aiming for.

And that is why Pakatan Harapan might have to use PKR’s logo as Pakatan Harapan’s common logo. DAP said it is not using its logo in GE14 while PAN’s logo might put off the Chinese voters due to its Islamic image. So that leaves only PKR's logo. Pakatan's use of PKR’s logo as its common logo is their strategy to fool the Malays into believing that this now makes Pakatan more Malay.

Monday, April 2, 2018

FAKE NEWS UNDERMINES DEMOCRACY


This is why Malaysia and countries around the world are introducing laws to fight it.

Article by Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia.

2nd April 2018

1.    Over the past few days, since the Government’s Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 was introduced to Malaysia’s parliament, it has attracted a lot of attention and commentary. We welcome discussion, and after listening to a wide array of voices, the Government has made changes to the Bill, including reducing the maximum sentence for convictions under this law to six years in prison.

2.    However, some of the coverage of the proposed Bill has been intentionally misleading and in some cases completely false. For example, the definition of fake news in the Bill is clear and specific; freedom of speech as provided for under the Federal Constitution will not be curtailed; and the Government will not itself decide what is fake news, but instead will allow a neutral party, namely the Courts, to decide via independent legal process. As we have seen since a former leader stepped down and judicial independence was recovered, Court decisions now frequently go against the Government and senior ministers.

3.    Let us not forget that it is this Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak that has introduced the most far-reaching measures since independence to strengthen free speech and democracy. For example, the Internal Security Act was repealed; the State of Emergency that had existed for over 60 years ended; media freedom was increased by scrapping restrictions on newspaper publishing licenses; the Universities and University Colleges Act was reformed to allow undergraduates to participate in political activities; and the Peaceful Assembly Act was passed, for the first time enshrining in law the right to peaceful protest.

4.    So it is clear that this Government will act when it is necessary to protect the security and freedoms of the people and our democratic process. And there can be no doubt that this fake news law is necessary. Furthermore, Malaysia is not alone in that view. Countries around the world, including our ASEAN neighbours Singapore and the Philippines, are considering or have introduced similar legislation to combat fake news.

5.    Germany has implemented their own anti-fake news law which provides for fines of up to €50 million (RM241 million) for networks that fail to take down illegal content within 24 hours. In France, President Emmanuel Macron has promised to introduce a law to ban fake news on the internet during elections. He was uncompromising about the need for such legislation. “If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must be strong and have clear rules,” he said.

6.    And Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is launching a fake news rapid response unit “to deal quickly with disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate.” These are not repressive regimes, but European countries that are known for promoting free speech and civil liberties. The trend is clear: countries that wish to promote healthy debate and a democratic process based on the facts are realising that they must act against the scourge of fake news.

7.    This is not just a matter of social media or the internet – although fake news is known to spread like wildfire on those platforms, and is unfortunately far more readily believed than the truth. Take the example of the last election, when the false rumour was spread that 40,000 Bangladeshis were flown into Malaysia to vote. No trace of them has ever been found. And yet many believed that these phantom voters were real and it led to racial tensions and distrust of the electoral process. This is a very real danger to our democracy and to our harmony.

8.    The problem extends to the international media. Sometimes the mistakes they make about Malaysia are just down to ignorance, like the many occasions that international publications have referred to Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak as “Mr Razak” or Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as “Mr Ibrahim” – in both cases, that would mean their fathers, who are both deceased. It is worrying that international publications that many people in Malaysia take seriously, know so little about our country that they make such elementary mistakes. But we can say that those instances are essentially harmless.

9.    More serious is when international media, including widely used news agencies, get the facts completely wrong. One news agency recently reported that the Government had shut down The Malaysian Insider last year, when in fact – as they admitted – it shut for commercial reasons. Its backers had had enough of losing millions of ringgit on an unprofitable website.

10. The same agency reported that the Government was backing a parliamentary bill which would “allow harsh sharia punishments, such as amputations for theft and stoning for adultery”. This was completely false, as the agency admitted. They corrected their story, but by that time, the false report had gone around the world – literally – and was printed in papers and published online across the continents.

11. No other corrections were published, and libel laws are not framed to deal with this kind of misinformation, because no person in particular was being defamed. As a result there are millions of people globally who will now believe something that was a complete falsehood – because they trusted the news agency to get their facts right. Sadly, they were wrong to do so. They were being fed “fake news” about Malaysia – and Malaysians should not stand for it.

12. Another supposedly academic website recently reported that inflation was at “an all time high” in Malaysia. In fact, it is estimated by a wide range of reputable authorities, nationally and internationally, to be between 2 and 3 percent – which is low both historically in Malaysia and by international comparison. More fake news, perpetrated that time by university professors. Do they care that they are smearing a country’s reputation falsely?

13. More recently, there has been a string of malicious articles about Malaysia in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), and Malaysians need to know that these do indeed constitute fake news – and appalling lies.

14. On 30th March, the SCMP published the worst so far of these, an article titled “Why are foreign leaders snubbing Najib ahead of Malaysia’s election?”

15. They claimed that: “The usual beeline of VIPs coming to Malaysia has come to a crawl….Unless Najib can showcase a big name VIP in Malaysia, and soon, he will be open to criticism that Malaysia’s international standing has fallen under his watch.”

16. This is a prime example of fake news. And that is not a matter of opinion – it is a fact, as I will show.

17. Quite apart from the widely observed practice that foreign leaders do not make official visits to a country just before an election, for fear of being seen to interfere in the countries’ internal democratic process, the Malaysian Government has actually declined foreign visits, for precisely that reason.

18. So, has the Prime Minister been snubbed? Well, for a start, he was the only ASEAN leader to be invited to give a keynote address at the ASEAN-Australia Counter-Terrorism Conference in Sydney last month, and the organisers of some major forthcoming international conferences are currently imploring him to attend. So hardly “snubbed”. Furthermore, among the foreign leaders the Prime Minister has welcomed in Malaysia in just the last year are:

The King of Saudi Arabia, the President of France, the Crown Prince of Japan, the King of Bahrain, the Prime Minister of Lao PDR, the US Secretary of State, the State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yong, the Emir of Qatar, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the President of Indonesia, the Prime Minister of Morocco, the President of Comoros, and the Governor-General of New Zealand.

19. This does not include the world leaders the Prime Minister was officially received by overseas in the last year. They include:

The President and Prime Minister of China, the President of the United States of America, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Prime Minister of India, the Prime Minister of Australia, the President of Libya, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, the President of Korea, the Prime Minister of Japan, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the President of the Maldives, the President of Vietnam, and the Sultan of Brunei.

20. This is only part of the list, and does not include all the many other world leaders the Prime Minister has met at summits. It is an extensive list as it is. The SCMP may not realise that the Prime Minister has a job to do, quite apart from meeting foreign leaders. But of course they do realise this. They just wish to present a fake news story instead.

21. The article also contains other errors so serious as to count as fake news.

22. For instance, it says there has “been speculation that Najib’s government engaged the tainted analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, the company ensnared in global controversy for skewing votes in the US election”.

23. There is no need for speculation, as the writer, if he bothered with the facts, must know. Both the Government and the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, SCL Group, have confirmed that the company has never been contracted to or paid by Barisan Nasional or the Government. In fact, the head of Cambridge Analytica/SCL Group in Malaysia has publicly confirmed that the only person their advice was provided to was Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir – deputy president of the opposition PPBM, and son of opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad. So this is more fake news.

24. The SCMP used to be a widely respected regional newspaper, and some Malaysians reading its reports may naively think they can trust them. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

25. Like a sad number of international publications and media, facts and journalistic process and ethics to them are no long “sacred”. Slipshod journalism and smear tactics have infected their articles. Read the examples I have given above, both for the SCMP and other cases. Whether they are deliberate or careless, they are instances of misinformation. This is fake news. It is a danger to us all. And the Malaysian Government, along with many others around the world, will not hesitate to take the necessary steps ahead of our imminent election to ensure that the well of democracy is not irretrievably poisoned with lies, falsehoods, smears and supposition.

26. The only people who need to be afraid of our Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 are not those who convey honest opinions, and report conscientiously and truthfully according to proper journalistic protocols. No, the only people that need to be afraid are those that broadcast or pass on fake news – or lies, to you and me. If we are criticised for being on the side of truth, so be it. That is criticism we can take with a good heart. And we will not stop calling out the people who would confuse the facts – of which we are certain – with the spin and deceit of people who would subvert democracy for their own selfish ends.

27. The true story of Malaysia is that since the Prime Minister took office in 2009, Malaysia’s Gross National Income has increased by more than 50 percent, nearly 2.7 million jobs have been created, unemployment and inflation have been kept low, and absolute poverty almost eliminated. The Malaysian economy grew so fast last year that the World Bank had to increase its estimates three times over 2017, and even then the actual figure, at 5.9 percent, exceeded their final prediction.

28. The government’s plan for the economic well-being and security of Malaysia and its people is delivering. As the International Monetary Fund reported in early March 2018: “The country is well on its way to achieving high-income status.”

29. These are the facts, and it is them and them alone that should inform debate in this country and abroad. To be properly informed is the very least that the Malaysian people deserve. The opposition and some of the media outlets that support them seem to disagree. They may prefer, spin, smears and outright lies – but the Government will continue to fight for the truth.

Salleh Said Keruak,
Minister of Communications and Multimedia,
Malaysia‎

Sunday, April 1, 2018

PARADOKS POLITIK MAHATHIR: KE MANA MALAYSIA MAHU DIBAWANYA?


Salleh Said Keruak

1. Kelmarin tular video pendek berdurasi 3.33 saat bertajuk “Pada Sesuatu Ketika.” Video ini menunjukkan Tun Mahathir yang dahulunya bersikap autokratik dan percaya kepada “strong government” untuk melindungi kedudukan orang Melayu, kini telah berubah menunjukkan imej kononnya bersikap demokratik, dan bersekongkol dengan DAP yang dimusuhinya selama ini.

2. Dengan sikap politiknya yang paradoks ini, ke manakah sebenarnya Tun Mahathir mahu membawa Malaysia ini?  Jika ke arah negara demokratik, apakah tidak demokratik lagi sikap politik DS Najib yang menghapuskan ISA dan meminda AUKU? Jika untuk mewujudkan bangsa Malaysia, apakah tidak lengkap lagi pemerintahan DS Najib yang bersifat inklusif, merakyat, dan menghargai kepelbagaian? Jika untuk menentang ketirisan dan kelemahan tadbir urus kerajaan BN, tidak ingatkah Tun Mahathir bahawa yang tiris sebenarnya ialah skandal BMF RM2.5 billion dan skandal forex RM30 bilion yang terjadi di zaman pemerintahannya? Inilah ironisnya politik Tun Mahathir ini, iaitu beliau menciptakan paradoksnya sendiri.

3. Mengapa Tun Mahathir bersikap begini? Para pemerhati politik telah memberikan tiga sebab. Pertama, Tun mempunyai “superiority complex”, suatu sikap yang tidak boleh menerima kelebihan orang lain.  Kedua, Tun kecewa dengan sikap barisan pemimpin tinggi UMNO yang tidak menyokong anaknya untuk menang dalam pemilihan Naib Presiden. Ketiga, beliau tidak berpuas hati dengan beberapa polisi DS Najib yang dilihatnya cuba menghapuskan legasinya.

4. Jika beginilah alasan Tun Mahathir untuk menentang DS Najib dan keluar dari parti yang diketuainya selama 22 tahun, pertanyaannya ke manakah Tun Mahathir mahu membawa politik Malaysia ini? Kuatnya paradoks politik Tun.