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March 1, 2020

Malaysian government

If you do not already knew, Modin will be the new PM of Malaysia, after a week’s worth of ridiculous events unfolding before every Malaysian’s bewildered 3rd world brain.

Here’s the piece of it

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As Muhyiddin gets ready to take over, a divided country awaits
KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to be sworn in as prime minister today, but the ceremony is unlikely to heal the wounds that have divided the nation following the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

While his coalition has united the Malay political forces of Umno, PAS and Bersatu, it also has its work cut out in winning over the significantly large number of Malaysians who must surely have been sickened by the events of the past week.

He will have to build bridges especially with those who were not supportive of his coalition.

Supporters have called for calm and for Malaysians to respect the decision of the King yesterday to name him as the man who is likely to command the majority of Parliament.

He will need to quickly win over detractors and build bridges even within his own party after some Bersatu MPs claimed last night they did not declare for him.

Of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s original 25 MPs, at least six of them claimed last night that they backed Dr Mahathir.

There were also claims that the party’s Supreme Council was not behind the decision to name him as prime minister.

With Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman one of the six who disagreed with Muhyiddin as prime minister, and leading his Youth wing to stay with that stance, it remains to be seen how long Muhyiddin can keep his fledgling party from tearing apart — barring a purge of his critics.

Muhyiddin will also have to face demands from his own partners.

There are four distinct groups who will be vying for a seat at the table in his administration.

While they all represent Malay-Muslim interests, the Azmin Ali faction, Umno, PAS, and his own party will want seats in his Cabinet.

But above all, his administration will have its work cut out in trying to convince the significantly large population of the country who would have been sickened by the turn of events in the past week.

Nearly 50 per cent of Malaysians voted for Pakatan Harapan(PH) parties largely because of anger over Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1MDB scandal.

Now less than two years later, PH is without Bersatu, and many Umno MPs — some of whom are on trial for corruption — will be part of the ruling coalition.

The Pagoh MP will now have build bridges with stakeholders — from the business community to the civil service, but most importantly with the civil societies which had worked hard to mobilise the voters resulting in the fall of BN in 2018, only to see their work come to naught now.

But after a week of twists and turns, Muhyiddin will just be relieved to be sworn in as PM today.

He will celebrate getting the top job after a long career in politics.

And then he will have to start work on repairing a divided Malaysia.

Sad day for Malaysia, I know. I wasn’t impressed with the PH government all these while, but that’s because I have set a very high expectation of them. At their most dismal performance, these amateurs were still way better than the previous corrupted BN government. Now it has all gone to the dogs.

In my opinion, the whole drama stemmed from 1 root cause (I could be wrong, there could be a lot more than this) – Anwar could not wait to be the Prime Minister. Instead of waiting it out (although the whole idea of waiting for the PM post to be handed just like that to him is foolish, but that’s a totally different discussion), people keep harping Dr.M to step down and hand the PM post to Anwar, either by deliberate design, or subliminally. Hell, if I’m in Dr. M’s faction (or Dr. M himself), I’d be pissed of course, who wouldn’t? It’s like seeing an asswipe standing by your table in a busy foodcourt making snide remarks about you eating for too long because he wanted the table. The more the guy pisses me off, the more I’d make him wait. That’s what I’d do. So, this impulsiveness of can’t wait to be PM… in a way, soured relationships with Bersatu (Dr. M’s gang) and caused some infighting within his PKR party big time (because some people respect the old man), and eventually led to a large scale of school-canteen style duke-it-out amongst these old men. When you’re fighting amongst yourselves, your enemies will have all the advantages to exploit your ass. And that’s what the UMNO and PAS guys did (they’re smarter than I thought they were).

And to put insult to the injury, there’s nothing undemocratic about the whole thing (unlike most people tend to say out of ignorance and anger in social media). We voted for the MPs (members of parliament), remember? We didn’t vote for who will be the Federal Government or State Government. The formation of Federal Government or State Government, is subject to political alignment within the same group of MPs themselves. That’s how our political system works. Meaning, the same members in the whole parliament, can align within themselves to form a government, just as long as their coalition has the majority. The same MPs are still there. They are not going away. Just with different affiliations and alignments. So, there’s nothing undemocratic about it. Now you know democracy is a bitch – you’d be the one feeling sore when things don’t go your way (because you’re not the majority).

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January 15, 2020

black shoes

Look at this goddamn mess left behind by the ex-education minister (history: here)

Report: Schools told to find out how many students wear black, white shoes
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — The Education Ministry has directed all schools nationwide to survey their students on the uptake of the policy allowing black shoes as part of student uniforms.

Local daily Sin Chew Daily referred to a January 14 letter by the Education Ministry that was spread on social media, which was addressed to the education directors of all state education departments asking them to notify schools of the survey.

In it, the Education Ministry said it has started gradually allowing black shoes and socks in schools from 2019 to 2021.

The Education Ministry said it saw a need to conduct a study based on the schools’ findings of the policy’s implementation, with a request for schools to complete the online survey form by January 22, 2020.

Sin Chew Daily said it had verified this with the principal of a primary school in Kuala Lumpur, and published a photograph of the survey form that included details such as the number of students enrolled in the school, and the number of students wearing black shoes and white shoes respectively.

When contacted by Malay Mail today, National Union of the Teaching Profession Malaysia (NUTP) president Aminuddin Awang confirmed that the Education Ministry has asked schools to conduct a survey on the implementation of the black shoes policy.

He also verified that the letter circulating on social media to be genuine.

The letter contains a link to the website for the online survey form, with a note from the Education Ministry that a majority of respondents in engagement efforts including parents agreed with school students wearing black school shoes as compared to the wearing of white school shoes.

The note also stated that the Education Ministry wished to obtain findings on the implementation of the black shoe policy at the school level, and that schools are required to fill up the survey before or by January 31, 2020.

I bet they’re finding out how deep the shit has rooted to the ground, and if it is too late to reel back the decision to move to black shoes. After all, our new government is the U-turn king. Like I have been saying, the Pakatan Harapan government has been a huge disappointment.

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December 27, 2019

arrogant

Wow, look how delusional and arrogant these rustic people are… look at these fucks talk like they own us or something…

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Remember you’re living in a ‘Malay world’, Hadi warns Dong Zong ahead of congress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — Islamist party PAS lambasted Dong Zong today for allegedly behaving unethically in a multi-ethnic society, ahead of the Chinese Organisations Joint Conference that the Chinese educationists’ group is co-organising with Jiao Zong.

However, its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang also warned the ethnic Chinese group to remember that its members are living in “a Malay world”, and therefore should not overstep its purported boundaries.

“This is not about the government’s soft tone against them, but their attitude. They understand, but they act as if they don’t get which world they are living in.

“Is it a Malay world or Chinese world or the media world? They should understand which world they’re living in,” the Marang MP was quoted as saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian.

Hadi’s remarks come even as PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party is ready to hold a dialogue with Dong Jiao Zong together with Barisan Nasional component member, MCA, in a bid to defuse tension and seek an amicable solution.

On the other hand, the head of PAS’ ulama wing Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh labelled Dong Jiao Zong as “anti-national” and a racist organisation for planning this weekend’s protest against the teaching of the jawi script in vernacular schools.

In an open letter, PAS information chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad had also urged the Home Ministry to ban Dong Zong.

Despite that, Hadi insisted that his remarks were not directed at the Chinese community, but just Dong Zong.

Hadi also accused Dong Zong of disrespecting “native residents” here, and being ungrateful to “those who allow them to stay here”.

“They have overstepped their boundaries and we hope they will change. If they don’t, it will become fiery,” he reportedly said, adding that it is possible for others in the Chinese community to live peacefully here.

Around 1,000 people are expected to attend the event tomorrow, from representatives of school boards, parent-teachers associations and alumni associations, to those from the Malay and ethnic Indian communities.

The organisation’s refusal to heed advice that it cancel its conference has caused concern that tensions could escalate, as more conservative and hardline Muslim groups threaten reprisals.

‘Malay world’? What the fuck does that even mean? What imaginary world are they talking about? I am sure as hell that I do not fucking live in THEIR world.

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November 21, 2019

flying car

So these guys are arguing like primary school kids over the definition of a flying car… in the parliament. *facepalm*

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Ruckus in Parliament over ‘flying car’
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof was put on the defensive during Question Time today when Opposition lawmakers besieged him over the “flying car” issue after it was dismissed as a drone by the Transport Minister Anthony Loke last night.

The entrepreneur development minister was in the midst of replying a question from Sibu MP (PH) Oscar Ling on a separate matter before Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS MPs began heckling him over the “flying car”.

“This is the attitude of leaders who want to deny something from the youths.

“I am happy to say that today the government has started a programme to train our youths on using drones… unmanned carrier vehicles or whatever you want to call it, whatever narrative you want to bring, drone, flying car, vector, unmanned aerial vehicle…” said Redzuan who was trying to defend himself while smiling.

However, he was interrupted by Pasir Salak (BN) MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman who dismissed the drone as a product from China that sees local youths merely slapping the vehicle together.

Lenggong (BN) MP Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah advised the minister to stop speaking as the more he tried to defend the “flying car”, the more he became a laughingstock.

“Minister, the more you speak, the more Malaysians are laughing at you,” said Shamsul Anuar.

Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof then intervened and asked the sceptical Opposition lawmakers to take up Redzuan’s invitation and tag along with him to test the flying car tomorrow.

Baling (BN) MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim then interjected to tell Redzuan that he should bring Loke along.

Tajuddin then asked Redzuan whether or not the government had injected US$30 million (RM120 million) into the flying car project.

“No, zero,” said Redzuan.

Paya Besar (BN) MP Mohd Shahar Abdullah then pointed out that he believes Redzuan was being sabotaged by his DAP colleagues.

“I don’t see it like that. I think I will have to hold a class for anyone who doesn’t understand air mobility,” said Redzuan.

Yesterday, Loke told Parliament that the “flying car” being promoted by Redzuan is a drone and, therefore, needs to get the go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

My thought is, they can’t even fucking make a proper car with wheels… why bother making a flying car??

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October 20, 2019

UM – a big joke

UM is a big joke. Many people claim that it’s a prestigious Malaysian university, I think not. It’s a shithole. Just look at how they’re willing to lie in the media. Some students protested against their vice chancellor in a convo, and they withheld their degree. You’d think they know what they’re doing, and would at least come out to explain why it was done. But no. When shit has hit the fan, these bunch of expired turds outright denied it and came up with some half past six excuses to quell the public anger. They don’t even have the balls to own up something that they’ve done. What kind of cowards do that? You really want these people to educate your children? They call themselves educators? What kind of example are they setting now? No thanks. I don’t have respect for people like this.

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UM protest grad to get his scroll, degree not withheld
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — University of Malaya (UM) board of directors chairman Tengku Datuk Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim today said that the graduate who protested during the convocation ceremony on Monday has been informed that he can collect his degree scroll.

“I want to stress that the university is not withholding the graduate’s scroll and academic transcript. All graduates can access and print out their scrolls through the university’s online graduate system.

“The distribution of the scroll and academic transcript are done in stages beginning October 12 and graduates can access and print it out from October 18,” Mohd Azman said in a statement today.

On Monday, UM graduate Wong Yan Ke carried a placard to the stage during the university’s convocation ceremony while receiving his bachelor’s degree, urging vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim to resign.

This was followed by the barring of another student Edan Kon, 23 from participating in his convocation the next day after auxiliary police found a folded placard in his possession.

They suspected Kon of carrying out a similar protest in support of Wong.

Commenting on the incidents Mohd Azzman said while UM respects students’ freedom, the rights of others should be respected as well.

“I would like to emphasise that University of Malaya is an institution of higher learning that always supports and promotes academic freedom and intelligence and is neutral and non-compliant.

“In our opinion, the student’s act has disrespected the convocation ceremony and tarnished the event. The student’s action showed that he does not respect other graduates who are being celebrated and also their parents, other guests who were present,” he said.

Mohd Azzman added that UM’s board of directors strongly believes that the purpose of education is not only to gain knowledge but also to build an individual’s personality to achieve excellence through knowledge at the same time instill moral values.

“In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that students are held accountable for actions so that they can reach their maximum potential.

“UM respects the rights and principles of freedom of expression of every individual under this University. On this basis, UM has always been regarded as one of the most liberal universities in the country. However, in exercising this freedom, the rights of others must also be respected,” he added.

Mohd Azzman said the Kongres Maruah Melayu (Malay Dignity Congress) on October 6 was an academic debate to identify, discuss and suggest solutions to challenges faced by Malays from political, economic, educational, cultural and religious aspects.

“Nevertheless, in line with the university’s goals and the principles it supports, the university will be more cautious and implement more stringent and dynamic justifications for programmes that address all aspects of national interest,” he said.

Both Wong and Kon were against alleged racist elements in Abdul Rahim’s speech during the Malay Dignity Congress in which the latter purportedly claimed last year’s change in government had eliminated Malay political dominance.

Abdul Rahim also reportedly claimed to have asserted that Malay privileges were being questioned and warned others not to challenge the social contract in his speech.

As a result, Wong was called in on Wednesday to have his statement recorded by the police after UM lodged a report against him, while Kon was accused by the university of his intentions to disrupt proceedings.

Among the reasons cited which caused Kon being barred from his graduation ceremony included a Facebook posting in which he “incited” other students to join in the protest to seek Abdul Rahim’s resignation during the graduation proceedings.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also on Wednesday stated that while students have the right to protest, a convocation ceremony was not the right place for such actions.

To the hardworking wage earning parents, I have one thing to say to you. Always be prepared to pay for your kids’ education. Don’t sit around hoping that the spastic government’s going to dole out charity funds to educate your children for you. That’s just lazy and wrong. Your child is your responsibility, not anyone else’s.

If you can’t afford a tertiary education for your children, it’s fine. Then have a plan. Your children can always work to lessen the burden. Tertiary education can always be done later. You don’t have to do it right after high school. There’s nothing wrong to earn an honest living to fund one’s own education – it might even make the experience more fulfilling for the child, and he/she would learn a thing or two about appreciating the hardship of life. If you don’t agree with me, fine too. Keep waiting for charity then.

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