Monday, October 17, 2011

EATING HUMBLE PIE

Quote “Please humble yourselves. There is no guarantee we can rule forever. We are facing a whole new political landscape today and are assessed and judged by the people each day” Unquote.

The above was a quotation from PM Najib during Sunday’s Negeri Sembilan BN Convention.

At long last, PM Najib is beginning to say something sensible about the current state of the ruling party, and his concern that the up-coming GE would be a difficult one. I am rather surprise with this sudden change in PM Najib’s assessment on the fate of BN and likely outcome of the next GE. This is in deep contrast with what was thought off by his Deputy Muhyiddin Yasin when he said the nation would go bankrupt if the opposition were to rule. I remembered too that Senator Idris Jala by his estimation did say that the country would go bankrupt by 2019, and all hell broke loose soon after. It wasn’t the opposition that said that; it was a ‘solicited member’ of the ruling government.

PM Najib no longer talks about ‘crushing dead bodies’ to defend Putrajaya or to do what is necessary to win back the ‘jewel of the nation’ i.e. Selangor. Indeed, PM Najib had humbled himself by saying what is in his heart, and not to say anything that he hears from his ‘pak pencacai’ that clings to him like leeches.

You see, one can easily identify a ‘pak pencacai’ merely by looking at the way they dress, talk and move around. You so often see them loitering around KLIA awaiting the return of the PM or DPM from an overseas visit. They would rush in at the sight of the PM or DPM and quickly kiss their hands. I have seen lots of them while I was in service and let me tell you this, that I have never in my life kiss anyone’s hand except that of my parents, my closest uncles and aunties; not even the hands of Royalties. As a soldier, I accord them (Royalties) the smartest salute and that has been the training.

Honestly, I am pleased that PM Najib has now acknowledged that there are some of his people that always say rosy things concerning the state of the party, which in actual fact is the contrary. If indeed PM Najib has identified them, my brotherly advice is to ignore them, and be forthright by saying to them that their advice is no longer needed. My advice may sound hard, but as a leader one cannot be taken for a ride all the time when untruth is being advised to him.

Now to get at what was said by DPM Muhyiddin that the country would go bankrupt if ruled by the opposition, just let me asked this – are any of the states ruled by the opposition bankrupt? On the contrary the four opposition held states have done reasonably well; much better than before. Kelantan despite being ‘victimized’ is still very much alive; notably free of the scourge of corruption. Selangor and Penang have performed outstandingly with surplus state revenue. Please do not deny this Muhyiddin, and I guess this is the very reason why the ruling government is so determine to get back Selangor and Penang, where only a miracle can change the ruling status of the two states.

I do not know much about Kedah that has always been a poor state even during the previous rule. But from what I read, the PAS government has alleged that problems saddled by the state today are merely the ‘left-overs’ from the previous government. I read too that the state opposition members are beginning to question the PAS government of its failures, oblivious to the fact that the problems were of their doing when they (BN/UMNO) had been ruling the state for 54 years.

Much that I would like to predict the outcome of the up-coming GE now; I thought I would rather wait to see how each state performs and the conduct of its leaders. I do not believe that the election would be held anytime before the close of this year; certainly not before the effects of the 2012 Budget is felt by the rakyat.


CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION

11 comments:

Frankie said...

Dear Datuk,

I humbly wish to differ from your views that Najib is becoming more sensible and humble. A leopard cannot change its spots and Najib is indeed not only a leopard but also a chameleon. Najib is a politician and politicians never speaks the truth, especially UMNO politicians. UMNO politicians have tasted wealth and power and they will do whatever it takes to hold on to or increase their wealth and power.

Just hold onto your views of Najib for a couple of days and then you will realize his chameleon antics coming back into play. He is not known as flip flop Jibby for no reason.

Hussein abdul Hamid said...

Setuju! ...posted this on my blog to share with our friends.

bruno said...

Dato,Najib sure has his eyes wide open nowadays.He obviously knows that he is surrounded by leeches and brutuses.And Najib surely knows that to win the coming GE is not enough to gurantee him the premiership.He has to win big.And that is to get at least more than 2/3rd majority.Or else he will be shown the door,and Muhyidin will inherit the premiership.

Najib is trying to gather the electorate's support by going directly to them.He knows that he cannot depend on the people close to him,as he knows that they are sabotaging and backstabbing him.We can confidently say that Najib knows that his popular ratings peaked soon after the Hulu Selangor by-elections.

Najib is in the same position as MB Khalid.Both these men's positions are undermined by people in their own party.A leader can only be weakened considerably if the damage is coming from within his own ranks.Abrahim Ali is a trojan to Najib as Azmin is to Khalid.

Arunzab said...

Dato

'The writing is already on the wall and it is just as well that PM Najib is paying some heed to it. As to how far that he is prepared to see it through is for us all to wait and see. However I am still inclined to think that there are still many of his advices around him admiring " the kings new clothes "

john karim said...

Dato,
I am commenting on some comments made about the joint military/police patrols in a previous posting of yours. I am flabbergasted that the military are doing patrol duties with the police under the guise of ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’. Let me make one thing clear. These joint patrols have got nothing whatsoever to do with the ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’. The Blue Ocean Strategy is basically a marketing strategy in which companies go to new markets, make the competition irrelevant, create new demand etc. For example, Starbucks is not selling coffee; it is selling a life style. Hence it created a new ‘coffee’ market for itself. This is the Blue Ocean Strategy. Another example is when the cigarette companies were adopting the Red Ocean Strategy by competing head on for only 50% of the market i.e. the men. A particular company however decided that there was another 50% of the market that was untapped i.e. the ladies market. Hence they made light cigarettes mainly targeted for the ladies market. This is the Blue Ocean Strategy. Another example, is when Air Asia instead of adopting the Red Ocean Strategy by competing with MAS head on, adopted the Blue Ocean Strategy by venturing into a new low price, no frills market.
Someone or some people up there are trying to hoodwink the Malaysian people by using this term Blue Ocean Strategy in a completely wrong sense. Please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SQDGBSjty4&feature=related, to get a better picture of what the Blue Ocean Strategy is all about.

My views on the police and military joint patrols:

a. My first question is why is the military doing this? Yes, the military will assist in emergency situations and in natural disasters like floods, but their main role in peacetime is to train for war. They must never ever forget this!! In war, there is no second chance or a replay and hence they must be fully prepared! It is unthinkable that the Military should forgo its main role in peacetime and hence compromise its preparedness for war. Or are they doing it just to make the government or some politicians look good? This is going to be totally disastrous in the long term.
b. Secondly, why is the Military doing something that the police are supposed to be doing? Are the police not good enough? If they are not, rectify the situation; don’t bring in other resources or use short term measures that will be disastrous for the country in the long term.
c. Thirdly, what are the powers of the military during these patrols? Do they have formal authority as per the Police Act 1967? What if military personnel kill an individual or individuals ‘in the line of duty’?

I am extremely sad that people up there are making decisions that are deemed 'popular' but in the long term disastrous for the country. And I am extremely sad that the powers to be in the Military are allowing and condoning this abuse.

Kamal Sanusi said...

Salam Dato'

I believe it is not the country to be on bankruptcy if PR rules Malaysia. It is the BN linked cronies who will face the legal actions for breach of contract awarded to them which resulted they being declared bankruptcy.

I hope DPM and all his cronies to have a little bit working brain to analyze the fact that none of PR ruled stated having a monetary problem.

With so many controversies around Najib, BN will loose more seats in the next GE unless being helped by postal votes, United Myanmar Nepalis Organization and SPR.

I had a feeling that DPM is clearing his way from bushes to rest on the chair after Najib being forced to step down as what they did to Pak Lah.

Mohd Arshad Raji said...

Dear John Karim,

I am thoroughly pleased with your explanation on what Blue Ocean Strategy means which I am in total agreement with. I did some reading on the subject, and like you, I am quite puzzled as to how the joint army/police policing relates to the strategy.

Your concerns about this joint policing is valid, for I believe such concerns are being talked about by retirees like me, and even by serving officers.

I remembered during the pre independance era, we had the Military Police making their rounds in the towns especially in KL, independently off the civilian police. They had reasons to do this i.e. to avoid soldiers being involved with fights etc. You know, those days in KL itself, there were a number of military camps stretching along Jalan Ampang and what is today Jalan Tun Razak(formerly Circular Road). I remembered this well because I live along Circular Road, quite close to Jalan Gurney/Jalan Padang Tembak where Mindef is today.

I must apologise for not being able to explain the military's understanding and application of Blue Ocean Strategy in the performance of their duties, for I may be wrong.

Maybe, I need to discuss this with some serving officers.

Malaysian said...

John Karim

I read DAP newspaper for October issue about our police force effectiveness. In the report, it stated that we've a lot of police doing administrative job. I don't recall the exact number but it seem that we can redeploy them to the street.

Also, what's the purpose of having the army on the street? Is it because our police corrupted or lazy? If that's the case maybe we need to retrain them or fire the top management since they're not doing a good job training our police.

The British seek help from New York chief of police to strategize new method to combat UK crime rates. Can we not seek help from other country police force?

I am not a soldier but I think it's better to keep our soldier focus on protecting us from foreign threat.

Salam

apek ironside said...

John Karim, couldn't agree more with you in this "blue ocean strategy" concept, unless the rules of engagement is crystal clear and protected by existing acts, if not the armed forces will be in unfavorable position if fire arm is used during the emergency.....or else just imagine the soldier in patrol is holding a M16 rifle or HK/ Browning pistol but unable to use it during armed robber pursuing....plain ridiculous isn't? further more, can the military chiefs assured that training in peacetime will not be affected by all these "blue ocean" projects? nanti anggota fitik masa latihan pun susah mahu cari orang, ayoyo....(fitik dengan betul dan bersistem pun rupakan sejenis latihan perang, ada faham ah? haha).

komando said...

Peacetime - soldiers are to train for WAR!

But we have not done so, becos war is never on the agenda for this country!

We love all our neighbours and it is vice-versa!

Therefore why worry, soldiers need not train.

Ask the poor guys - doing secondary jobs more than primary ones!

Priorities have all gone wrong!
Keep Minister happy is NO 1!

tiongsinwee said...

Datuk,
Correct me if im wrong. We are, at this moment of time, discussing/commenting on the subject of *Eating Humble Pie*, aren't we? But from what i can see, comments from John Karim downwards are all about *Blue Ocean Strategy*. What's going on?