Friday, February 6, 2009

A mockery of our democratic institution

To those who argue that the political crisis in Perak now is a taste of Pakatan's own medicine (referring to the Sept 16 takeover plan), they have failed to see the key differences between the two. If you remember what happened when Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed to have the numbers to form the new federal government, he wrote to PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi requesting him to convene an emergency sitting of Parliament. This was rejected by the PM. The next constitutional option is to press for the dissolution of Parliament to make way for fresh new elections. That was also not entertained. Anwar Ibrahim exhausted the constitutional means that were available to him. If Pakatan were to act unconstitutionally and lure defections, then we will be having a new government today. But we didn't and we will not act unconstitutionally. So you can't say that Najib's coup and Pakatan's plan were one and the same.

Some may also say, well what about the earlier defection of Bota assemblyman, Datuk Nasarudin Hashim? Why did Pakatan Rakyat accept him? Why not force his seat to be vacated for a by-election? Let's keep things in perspective here. His defection was that of an opposition lawmaker to a governing lawmaker. His defection did not alter the balance of power in the State Assembly. Pakatan Rakyat remained as government, and BN as opposition. Status quo. Logically and intelligently, anyone can safely assume that Pakatan Rakyat didn't need a defection from BN. Thus, he defected on his own accord and on his own will. There was no need for Pakatan Rakyat to force him to vacate his seat as he did not win the seat on a Pakatan ticket. The Pakatan government really has no standing in forcing him to vacate a seat which wasn't earned by Pakatan in the first place!

I must say that I had great respect for Sultan Azlan Shah. Until yesterday. I wonder how he could possibly consent to the formation of a new BN state government when constitutionally, a government is still in place. And to even approve to a new Menteri Besar when the existing one is still in office? How can any state have 2 heads of government at any one time? There can only be one Menteri Besar of Perak. This is a mockery. The Menteri Besar can only be removed by the State Assembly via a vote of no-confidence or via the dissolution of the assembly. And none of these two constitutional means has been requested by BN. How can anyone claim that Najib and Anwar are one and the same?

Next, the Sultan called for a "unity" government to be formed by BN and the Independents. Let's be clear about this. The Independents are in no way legally bound to represent BN. Well, at least not yet, not till they officially become members of a BN component party. All that the Sultan and Najib has from them is a verbal assurance that "we will be friendly to BN". And just by appearing in a press conference with Najib, it justifies the change of government? What if next week these Independents were to be seen in a press conference with Pakatan? A real "unity" government envisioned by the Sultan should have been an all-inclusive government of Pakatan, BN, and the Independents. Pakatan and BN each have 28 seats, and the Independents 3. Thus, no single party or coalition has a commanding majority. If there is to be a "unity" government, it calls for a new coalition of PR-BN-Ind which is impossible. Thus, what the Sultan has called for is simply a name without substance. What "unity" if it's going to consist of only single-minded representatives - all "friendly to BN"? That's not a "unity" government, it's a BN government. This is a mockery of the intelligence of Malaysians. A beginning of what is to come with this PM-to-be.

73 comments:

Alan said...

After this case, I 100% believe that even more Malaysians will vote for Pakatan Rakyat, and that will let Pakatan Rakyat take over not only the Federal Government power, but also able to win in at least 10 other states in the next election!

I truely believe that many people now really can't wait for the next general election to come!

God Bless Malaysia.

Alan.
USJ 8 Resident.

Anonymous said...

Hannah, you are so right. I am so disgusted over the whole matter. The Sultan has let us down big time. He has shown his true colors. I respected him for his wisdom but now the truth is out. NATO. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise.

Anonymous said...

A semblance of democracy. Your analysis is accurate. What happened in Perak was a coup de'tat, not a democratic transfer of power.

Puchong Resident said...

Thanks hannah for informing us what happened in Perak. I truly believe that BN is afraid to do the by-election now because they know they will LOSE !!
The Sultan of Perak should give the people of Perak to chose the state government.
I'm truly support you and Pakatan Rakyat.
REJECT BN !!

Yeoh Phee Tat said...

YB Hannah,

I believe you made it clear that you think Anwar Ibrahim's national takeover plan was within CONSTITUTIONAL means and Najib's plan...well...less constitutional.

I would like to ask you then, do you think that Anwar's plan was democratically and morally justifiable?

Is it right to do so just because the law is silent on the matter?

As much as i support Pakatan, i cannot be with you on this issue. Its sad that Perak had to fall to BN but its even harder to digest that Anwar Ibrahim cannot take the moral high ground on this fiasco.

A yes or no answer would suffice if you are too busy but i doubt its possible for politicians to anwer with a YES or NO.

Thanks YB, keep up the good work in Subang Jaya.

Anonymous said...

Hi All,

This might be true!.
In Chinese believe there is yin and yang.
Without pak lah we don't have what we want for today.
With the sultan's decision, I think and hope he has created opportunity for the future of Rakyat.
Bravo!


Hope Says:
February 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

We’ve a wise King in Sultan Azlan. Personally I think there is a valid reason why he did what he does. Think he’s setting a precedent for current event to guide the future unforeseen event that will be unfolding. Can only pray and hope now…
http://sloone.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/please-dont-banish-me-from-perak/#comments

Anonymous said...

"Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely"

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/288200.html

Anonymous said...

The Sultan and his Regent should just sack their speech writer.

Their actions are totally at odds with their speechs.

Andrew

Anonymous said...

Well said YB!

Darick said...

now d sultan perak is supporting corrupted regime racist umno to rob, rape & sodomise his our rakyat !!!!
>50years regime umno has sucessfully demolished our
- judiciary system
- polis force
- AG chamber
- ACA
- all gomen agencies
BUT Rakyat will never think of regime can managed to demolish our Royalty !!!!
this Perak crisis will unite PR & Rakyat to b stronger to topple regime in nex GE !!!!

Anonymous said...

YB Hannah, You are simply amazing, your points were great.

Anonymous said...

Respect comes both ways.

Like you, YB, I did have a lot of respect for DYMM Sultan of Perak, until today.

I am totally disgusted with the way the whole situation has turned out. Robbers from UMNO/BN - nothing more! The day of reckoning will come...

At the same time, this is a good lesson for PR - your choice of people leading the pack should be a cut above the rest. The people who had defected are no different from the very people from UMNO. Low quality, arrogant and self centred.

JK

ngkokmoi said...

Well said.... well said....

Malaysia needs our prayers now... more than ever before....

Anonymous said...

Well said.

peng said...

This whole thing is a fraud. Fraud because we are being cheated by the powers that be. Your rebuttal to the short-sighted remarks is spot on.

Antares said...

Thanks for expressing your thoughts on Najib's pirate attack on Perak so lucidly & succinctly, Hannah. Since 20 October 2006, Umno/BN has been under a fatal curse - by a great-great-great-granddaughter of Genghis Khan who was cruelly & unjustly dealt with.

Tony Wong said...

I wonder why the Sultan sided BN??

I highly respect our Sultan but that't until yesterday.

eddyexxon said...

im @ ground zero - Ipoh..saw the silver lining, out of these Perak mess..anwsered the long disturbing thought - who is next in line after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, saw "Nizar" sculpted between the clouds !!

Yeahwho said...

Dear Hannah,

I am deeply saddened by the political development in Perak.The sandiwara play put up by Bota ADUN wss the cause to the collapse of the Pakatan government.I am dissapointed by the decision of the Sultan and also the 3 traitors who betray the trust of the rakyat.I am confident karma law will take it positive effect and justice will prevail.

Yeo

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Anonymous said...

hahahahha very details analyst.

Let's discuss the following question.

1. Why do Anwar calling PM for emergency sitting and dissolution of parliament when he DUN HAVE the number?
2. When SAPP decide to quit BN collition and become independence (NOT BN Not PR), is there a by-election in the area? When they are independence, they support PR and oppose BN right?

Dear reader of this blog, your comments are welcome as I still scratching my head to find understand the whole "balance" of these.

fooi said...

Well said and justified.

and now I am understand why Nizar did not resign even after Sultan allowing BN to take over.

flizzardo said...

i am more disgusted at you PKR scums

So when a BN crossover to PKR , parliment should be dissolved , because it is not what the people wants ,undemocratic and its a dirty tactic

but when a PKR crossover to BN , he will be hailed as a hero despite that he left BN because he coudlt get the post he wanted anyway

this proves that PKR and their supporter is practicing double standard and being hypocrite

look who started the game of crossover first? you all were supporting it back then remember 16th september? ring any bells?

true patriot said...

Spot on, YB. Have been explaining yr first para to many about AI's effort in handling the matter constitutionally, contrast with PM & his team's unprofessional & silly response.

In Perak case, Sultan failed to see the 3 defectors are not fit to serve people anymore. One hopped twice within 2 weeks, two on corruption charges, but to my horror, PM & DPM happily received them with "BIG THANK YOU" as reported by the media. What kind of leaders we have ? Rakyat are not blind & dumb. What a shameful victory on BN side.

Though I have no confidence in DPM all along but initially still hold some hopes that may be, just may be he's not that bad after all, now I know, you know, he knows, she knows, every knows very clearly this guy is hopeless.

GOD pls save Malaysia !

Anonymous said...

Dear YB Hannah
Really appreciate your comment over the Perak crisis.
I have the same view with you when I argue the topic with my friends.
What happen if the 3 Ind change their mind not to support BN ? Will the sultan return the power to PR ?

mengkungchng said...

Hi Hannah,

The Yang Berkhianat of Jelapang, Hee Yit Foong, is one human of the lowest order.

For 22 years she stood with the DAP. A first term Assemblywoman with only 11 months' service record, she chose to discredit herself by prostituing her seat!

Why did she leapfrogged to BN? Was it for a higher call? Definitely not!

Was the PR government of MB Nizar corrupt to the core? No, it was very clean!

Was the PR government crippled by infighting? No it was not. It was functioning very well.

Was the PR government derelict in its duty? No, it was not. In fact it was very efficient and people-friendly.

The PR government did in its first year what the Alliance and then BN government did not do in 50 years; that is to grant new villagers and kampung feehold titles instead of impermanent ones.

The giovernment of MB Nizar can hold its head high. We are so proud of you. Continue to serve the people. This is a mere hiccup in avery long journey.

As for tne prostitute of Jelapang, I dare challenge you to walk the streets of Perak to explain to the people the your decision. I bet you dare to show your face in public. You dare to support a party whose members and leaders threathen the people with the keris in 1987 and recently called the Chinese "penumpang".

Yang Berkhianat of Jelapang, dare you look yourself in the mirror?

Prostitute of Jelapang, your gain taste like bitter gall!

Ms Hee, resign! You have abused the trust placed in you by the DAP and the people. Look at people in the DAP like LKS. Dr Chen, Lau Dak Kee, Karpal Singh, Datuk Chiang Heng Kai, the late P. Patto,LGE, the late Chan Kok Kit and such similiar personalities. They suffered for their beliefs and struggles. Yet for one moment they did not betray the people and the Party.

Ms Hee, let me tell you this if you dont know. Honour and righteousness is more importanat then material wealth and position. If you have any pride, resign and recontest Jelapang on your own steam. Your face makes me want to puke!

Righteousness exalts a nation! Hannah Yeoh, a first term Assemblywoman like you know that!

Never ever sell your soul to the devil, Ms Hee.

It is not to late, Ms Hee, to resign to redeem your honour.

Ms Hee, you looked so pathetic in the photo with Najib and the BN bunch.

Mengkungchng

Aristotle said...

It's disappointing that you think that Anwar's Sept 16 attempt to wrest control of the government through defections was justified and the recent case by BN was not.

Both attempts are reprehensible, immoral and utterly disrepectful to the voters.

PR is marred by the leadership of a morally corrupt person like Anwar Ibrahim. It's amazing that so many are still deceived by his words. He's nothing but a snake oil salesman.

Good people like you should distance yourself as far away as possible from such leaders.

To quote Dr Chandra Muzaffar, it'll be an unmitigated disaster if Anwar Ibrahim becomes the PM of Malaysia.

I think it is wise to take heed of this.

You are a good MP and are doing a good job for your constituency. I salute you for your dedication and self-sacrifice. You are the type of people PR needs. Not defectors, opportunists and power-hungry politicians like Anwar Ibrahim.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Perak, and I'm ashamed of my own Sultan! And if anything, this episode demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt what crooks Najib and his UMNOputeras are. And crooks must be taught a lesson.

Anonymous said...

YB

Is there a way to ask Hee Yit Foong to resign or compensate if she become a frog when they undertake to stand for election under DAP? This is one option for way back to government.

Anonymous said...

Your explanation of the differences in your first two paragraphs is spot on, Hannah. Those who have refused to see them were blinded by their sloppy reductive thinking--putting the blame for the defection situation solely on Anwar. The latter, of course, cannot be blameless. No; and let's hope he does not brush off the lessons here. But those who take the easy way out of pinning all of the problem on Anwar forget/ignore that former UMNO MB of Perak Tajol, who, right after BN lost the election on March 8 last year, publicly vowed to topple the newly elected PR government of Perak by the end of March. And this before Anwar started playing up 916.

3rd dimension said...

Yes. What you have said is the real facts that all bloggers who write about Perak tsunami should read!
I believe you should talk to Puan Hee and get the infor why she 'frog'.

el-burmastani said...

I've to agree with you on what you've said.
Just to add a 2-cents to the last part of your entry.
I have deep respect for the monarchy, and seriously believe that there's some form of pressure asserted on the Monarch to come up with a decree, that I believe he knows too well, will upset majority of his subjects.
If I remember my history right, the last time a Monarch had a head-on with a ruling politician, the monarch actually had some of his powers stripped off. (I think it was the Judicial Crisis?)

Unfortunately, the ruling arms of Malaysia today is not only financially advantaged, but also have the courts and law on their side. Its a mafia rule.

Anonymous said...

When I mentioned about me studying in Nottingham, UK I would proudly say that Sultan Perak is one of the alumni too.

Najib studied in Nottingham too. [Conspiracy???]

Right now, I am so damn ashamed of the link.

Anonymous said...

As a Perakian, I am disgusted beyond words. Our MB should have disolve the assembly before the frogs actually jumped.

Anyways...My take is if you are lost for words at the shenanigan in the silver state and unable to restraint your anger but still want to stay sane, you can swear and still stay saintly! This blog has a link in how to curse your enemies without losing your cool! :)

http://thehingeblogs.blogspot.com/2009/02/verbal-blastings.html

Y1

zakwan said...

Ur observation is spot on,Hannah
Only idiots will think that Anwar is to be blamed for what happened at Perak
All Malaysians should continue 2 pray 4 Pakatan Perak gov's survival
However,let's move on n prepare 4 possible Pensiangan by election n the Sarawak state election

Anonymous said...

Will Perak become a failed state? Here is a thought provoking article on this possibility:

http://thenutgraph.com/perak-must-not-fail

"Pushing the constitutional crisis into a constitutional coup is disastrous both politically and economically."

"The only democratic way out of this mess now is for the Pakatan Rakyat to challenge the legality of the BN government in court. The courts are the last resort to save democracy in Perak."

"An anak Perak, Wong Chin Huat feels like a man in exile as his home state is threatened by kleptocracy and betrayal of the highest order. He will wear a black ribbon in protest and mourning, and urges fellow Malaysians to do the same. He is a political scientist by training and a journalism lecturer by trade."

Gan said...

Hannah,

Thanks for laying out the bare facts so clearly.

The Sultan of Perak and Hee fler will definitely go down in history with a tarnish reputation.

Hannah, I hope the Selangor MPs are beyond any purchase price !

I wonder what can PR do to turn the tides around?

Anonymous said...

Dear YB Hannah,
Surely the action by that frogie Hee has broken the heart of the Perakians. No matter what reasons she gave, she cannot be forgiven. Say... you are in a big family. Just because you don't like your brothers, you set fire to destory it. What type of human being is this ?

Historian said...

For the record, Anwar Ibrahim is the architect in toppling the PBS state government with this dirty tactic when he was in UMNO.

Therefore, in this context, the credibility of Anwar Ibrahim is certainly questionable.

In better perspective said...

By RPK:-


http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17783/84/#jc_writeComment



What more to say?

Saturday, 07 February 2009 15:32


If I were in Umno I would do exactly the same. I would use the immense wealth that Umno posses to buy over the prostitutes in Pakatan Rakyat. Anyway, is that not what we want Anwar Ibrahim to do? We want Anwar to form a new federal government by enticing at least 30 Parliamentarians from Barisan Nasional to cross over to the opposition.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Many ask why I have been very silent the last 48 hours. Well, that is because I sudah menyampah. Why scream now? If we want to scream make sure we do it before the ship sinks. Once we are in the water we should save our breath for breathing -- if we can keep our heads above water, that is. If not, then quietly drown and die with some dignity. At least you will be remembered for someone who died in style.

There is a time to talk. There is a time to act. Now is no longer the time to talk. So can all those people who keep sending me messages via SMS about ‘you must do this’ or ‘you must do that’ please stop doing so. You are just wasting your money. I don’t even read them. I just delete them without reading any of them. Stop telling me what I should do. If you feel something should be done, go and do it yourself.

Okay, I am down with a bad flu so I am in a very bad mood today. Even my wife is staying out of my way. I have not been sleeping because every time I do I start coughing violently. This article, for sure, is being written with me in a most foul mood indeed.

In spite of the flu I drove up to Ipoh on Thursday but came home that same night because I had to go to court the following morning (yesterday). I am sure many of you who met me in Ipoh noticed I was not my usual friendly self. Sorry if I appeared sombong but I was feeling real bad on Thusday.

To add to that list of aggravations, I am in the midst of preparing for three court cases next week -- my sedition, criminal defamation and ISA hearings. Yes, I am going to be locked up in three different courts almost the entire week. And chances are, I might be sent back to Kamunting to spend the remaining years of my life under detention if I lose.

I wrote the following pieces in the run-up to Thursday:

Constitutional Monarchy, rule of law and good governance (5 Feb) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17646/84/)

How to bring a government down (4 Feb) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17609/84/)

If fresh state elections are held in Perak (4 Feb) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17586/84/)

Santa Claus is coming to town (2 Feb) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17494/84/)

No two ways about it: DISSOLVE the Perak State Assembly (2 Feb) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17494/84/)

Live by the sword, die by the sword (31 Jan) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17434/84/)

I just love this country (27 Jan) (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/17284/84/)

As you can see, I have already said what I wanted to say. There is nothing more I can add about an event that is already a fait accompli. Nasi sudah jadi bubur, as the Malays would say.

About a week ago, a few of us sat down to discuss the impending collapse of the Perak government. It was suggested we speak to the Pakatan Rakyat leaders, which we did. Our recommendation was that they dissolve the Perak State Assembly and hold fresh state elections while Pakatan Rakyat still has the majority in the Assembly. Once Pakatan Rakyat has lost that majority it will be too late. No way will the Sultan agree to the request to dissolve the Perak State Assembly once you no longer command the majority in the Assembly.

But the Pakatan Rakyat leaders would not listen. They still have things under control, they remarked. We did not think so and we told them this. But who are we to ‘teach grandmothers how to suck eggs’, as Malaysians would say? If we are so smart then how come they, and not us, are the party leaders. We would be sitting in their chairs, instead, if we are cleverer than them. Politicians do not think much of you if you do not hold any party positions. They only respect those who hold positions in political parties and government, not those outside mainstream politics.

Everyone is an expert on hindsight. Only good leaders have foresight. And our leaders lack just that, foresight. They are very clever when it comes to reacting to situations. But they know nothing about pre-empting. Why react, especially when it is too late? You must be able to pre-empt before it is too late to do anything. This is what our leaders lack, the skill to pre-empt.

When the Rulers of Perlis and Terengganu ‘interfered’ in Umno’s choice of Menteri Besar, we hailed them as great Rulers who are full of justice and wisdom. When the Rulers agreed to allow Pakatan Rakyat to form the Perak and Selangor state governments, they are the best Rulers in the world. Whenever things go our way we are full of praise. But as soon as the decision does not favour us they are haprak Rulers.

The Rulers are a disappointment. We are disgusted with our Rulers. Our Rulers sold out to Umno. Malaysia should abolish the Monarchy and turn the country into a Republic. And so on and so forth. That is what is on the lips of many Malaysians. But if the Rulers had favoured the opposition, even though they did so in violation of the law and the Constitution, we will hail the Rulers as amongst the best in the world.

Actually, the Perak and Selangor Rulers were worried that the Pakatan Rakyat state governments of these two states would not last, in particular in Perak, which had a very slim majority. That is why there was a week’s delay in swearing in the Perak and Selangor state governments.

And can you blame the Rulers? DAP had said it will not sit at the same table as PAS, let alone form a coalition government with it, if PAS does not openly and publicly declare it will abandon the Islamic State agenda. PAS, on the other hand, said it shall not openly and publicly declare such a thing. That means DAP and PAS can never form a coalition.

The Rulers of Perak and Selangor then called all the State Assemblymen and women from DAP, PKR and PAS and asked them, one by one, whether they agree to the formation of coalition governments in Perak and Selangor. The coalition can only be formed if all three parties -- DAP, PKR and PAS -- agree to it. Even if just one of the three do not agree, then Pakatan Rakyat will not have enough seats to form the governments in both Perak and Selangor.

The DAP, PKR and PAS State Assemblymen and women indicated their agreement. But this still did not satisfy the Rulers. You can say one thing now, but what is there to prevent you from changing your minds later? So the Rulers asked the DAP, PKR and PAS State Assemblymen and women for both Perak and Selangor to sign letters confirming this agreement. Only then will the Rulers agree to swear in the new state governments.

It was, in a way, a contract of sorts. The Rulers wanted all the DAP, PKR and PAS State Assemblymen and women from Perak and Selangor to sign a contract stating that they agree to the formation of a three-party coalition and that there are no dissenters from amongst the ranks of DAP, PKR and PAS.

Then the fight broke out. DAP, PKR and PAS could not agree on how to share out the EXCO positions, the racial quotas, who should hold the posts of Menteri Besar and Speaker, and so on. In Selangor, some DAP State Assemblymen organised demonstrations. In Perak, they threatened to boycott the swearing-in ceremony. Even the trivial matter of the wearing of the songkok during the swearing-in ceremony became a hot issue and almost brought the coalition down before it could even be formed.

The Perak and Selangor Rulers had their doubts. They doubted whether the DAP-PKR-PAS coalition, now called Pakatan Rakyat, could last. DAP, PKR and PAS had very little in common and were always squabbling over minor issues. And they argued about party and racial quotas just like Barisan Nasional. Pakatan Rakyat is as racist as Barisan Nasional. It appeared like there is very little difference between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional.

Nevertheless, the Perak and Selangor Rulers decided to give Pakatan Rakyat a chance. Let Pakatan Rakyat prove that not only it can do a better job but it can also keep the coalition going. If the coalition breaks up, then a decision would have to be made, later, what to do about it. In the meantime, allow Pakatan Rakyat to prove it can last at least one full term until the next general election.

Then we began to hear grumblings. This State Assemblyman was not happy and wanted to resign. That State Assemblywoman was not happy and wanted to resign. Barely one year into the marriage and the marriage appeared to be breaking up. The Indians complained about not having enough Indian quotas. The Chinese grumbled about having the most number of seats but not being able to become Menteri Besar. The Malays grumbled about the ‘Chinese’ government not looking after the Malays.

It was all about race and about so-and-so being neglected and not being looked after better. Suddenly it was no longer about the rakyat. It was about your personal interest and position and about the quotas your race is being denied. Pakatan Rakyat was nothing but Barisan Nasional by another name.

What happened in Perak is good. I hope it will teach Pakatan Rakyat that it has to get its act together. The DAP lady’s crossover was triggered by something very trivial and goes to show she is more concerned about herself than about her party or about the rakyat. Everyone got a new Camry except her. So she sulked (merajuk) and left the party. If she had been given a new car she would not have sulked. A mere car brought the Perak government down.

If this is what brought the Perak government down, then it deserves to fall. The Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak used to be a non-Malay majority government. Now, it is an almost entirely Malay government. 27 of the 28 State Assemblymen are from Umno. Even if the three ‘independents’ join the new government it will be 29 Malays against only two Chinese. And there is not a single Indian State Assemblyman/woman in the new government.

What took 52 years of transformation has been destroyed in a mere days. Today, we are back to an entirely Malay government in Perak. And a DAP State Assemblywoman helped achieve this. A Chinese made the restoration of maruah Melayu (Malay dignity) possible. She should be given the next Ma'al Hijrah award and be accorded Bumiputera status.

I can only say that this serves Pakatan Rakyat right. They had it coming. When personal interests and racial issues override everything else, you deserve to fall. And there are many low quality wakil rakyat still in Pakatan Rakyat -- DAP, PKR, as well as PAS. Expect more to cross over. The RM25 million dangled in front of their faces is just too difficult to say no to. After all, not everyone is in politics to serve the rakyat. Many are in it for their personal interests. And RM25 million is an attractive proposition.

Next time, get better candidates. Some of the Pakatan Rakyat wakil rakyat are so low standard I would not even trust them to baby-sit my dog. I would not deny there are some good wakil rakyat in Pakatan Rakyat, some even better than those from Barisan Nasional. But all we need are 30% bad ones to bring the party down, especially when you are barely surviving with a 10% majority in Parliament or the state assemblies.

Okay, Umno bought over our wakil rakyat. So what? If they are not for sale then Umno could not have been able to buy them. It is like prostitution. If there are clients then there will be prostitutes. It is the law of supply and demand. If there are no takers then there can be no givers as well. Simple!

We all know that Umno has tons of money. And RM10 million is nothing to Umno. If the Pakatan Rakyat people are so unprincipled then whom do we blame? Why blame Umno? Blame our people who worship money and pray to the Ringgit. Blame Pakatan Rakyat for fielding low quality people to contest the elections.

You can take the man out of the kampong but you can’t take the kampong out of the man. Low quality people can’t suddenly become high quality just because they are now wakil rakyat. They will still remain low quality and will kowtow to money because they have no maruah (dignity). That is, after all, what prostitutes do. They open their legs for money. And many in Pakatan Rakyat are prostitutes while those who manage prostitutes and called pimps.

If I were in Umno I would do exactly the same. I would use the immense wealth that Umno posses to buy over the prostitutes in Pakatan Rakyat. Anyway, is that not what we want Anwar Ibrahim to do? We want Anwar to form a new federal government by enticing at least 30 Parliamentarians from Barisan Nasional to cross over to the opposition. Najib did in Perak exactly what we want Anwar to do at federal level. So, why the sudden outrage? What if three State Assemblymen in Negerl Sembilan cross over and Pakatan Rakyat gets to form the new Negeri Sembilan state government? Would we still express outrage?

Let’s face it: we lost. Let’s just lick our wounds and learn from this bitter experience. Our leaders were stupid and we paid for this stupidity. We chose poor quality people as candidates. We knew that Umno was trying to buy over our wakil rakyat. We knew they would eventually succeed. But we just stood and watched without launching a pre-emptive strike -- such as dissolving the state assembly when there was time to do so and when we still had the power to do so.

That is the long and short of it. Let us lose like gentlemen. Sure, they did not play fair. The Sultan should not have forced the MB’s resignation or appointed a new MB from Umno when Nizar did not resign. Sure, there are questions of whether it was legal to do what the Sultan did. But he did, fair or otherwise. And the Sultan could not have done so had we been cleverer. We left the door open and they walked in. We should take the blame for that rather than moan and bitch. And, next time, lock all the doors. Thieves are thieves and will always be thieves. But we were sloppy and that allowed the thieves to get in. There is no denying that.

We lost the battle. But we are yet to lose the war. That is the big picture. So focus on the big picture and see how we can eventually win the war. That is more important. And how do we turn defeat into victory? How can we menang dalam kalah? We can turn defeat into victory if our leaders are clever. My only worry is whether they are clever enough to do this. Let us see.

Meng Yoe said...

I am not actually in favour of gaining power through defections at all levels, whether it is constitutional or not.

The point is the rakyat voted along party lines during March 8, and that trust must not in any way be breached, from both sides.

I am personally in favour of anti-hopping laws, which I am glad is something that DAP is in favour of as well. Unfortunately, that seems to be a lost argument, because at present it is the fastest way to claim leadership.

I say, govern for 5 years, then wipe them out clean and neat.

hmatter said...

Dear Hannah, I read your article. Interesting. I think I know where you are coming from. I am sorry. I cannot agree with you. But I will not argue that with you here. It will take too long. What is most important now, is for the people of Perak, to have an effective government. Please think of the people. I would urge you, through your political channels, to ask PR/Nizar to accept the Sultan's decision, and let the state be governed. You must win the heart and minds of the people of Perak and Malaysia. I am sure that Najib/BN and sultan has lost the hearts and mind of the people on this one. We Chinese will say, "swallow your saliva " on this one. Plan for the next election, and this time, do all the right things. Najib/BN too knows that they may have won this round, but they have lost the people. So take heart, PR has won the higher morale ground. Please live ( and leave ) to fight another day. I know it hurts, but strong men/women are not put down by small hurts. Please see the bigger picture.

Anonymous said...

Sad day for malaysia - flags cannot be flown full mask . . .

fudzail said...

We may say that Rakyat Murka, Sultan derhaka

Anonymous said...

No need to talk or ask the "frogs".
Look ahead what do you think of BN, Sutan, or the country in future?
Will you still vote for the frog? BN?
As a blogger we have limited voice. What is done will not be undone.
What we shoud do, can we unify under one umbrella?
Form a vision, the country is going down the drain yet they still play dirty with our taxes and got supported too! How sad.
What kind of a country we want for oursleves and our children?
Is there a future?
Where are all the excesses?

Anonymous said...

Hannah, Tony Phua, Edward, Dr Cheah, Jenice, Charles, lau, we must all thank them. See DAP has no candidates to stand for election but Hee Yit Foong who is only a clerk to stand for election. We will question her ability to be an Exco to lead the state? Instead we clearly see how BN attack PR by using the most weak spot - HEE by just a small enticement. She does not know the future consequences - her name in the history of Malaysia - bring down a PR Government, promote Najib to power, Perak people may lose funding to temples, schools, roads to non malay villages and worst of all - whoever is a traitor - we use the name Hee Yit Foong. We cannot blame DAP as there is NO people will to stand for election under the banner. But we have Hannah, Tony, Lau, Charles, Dr Cheah, Edward taking up the call by DAP to "just change" the BN. We cannot be just a back sitter. We have to give support to them.

Anonymous said...

hmatter, So do I disagree with you. This is like our family is being robbed, rape or killed. But then to accept that our police is incapable to get the justice for you. Let this on going, doesn't matter let make it another 51 years.

Anonymous said...

Hannah

Not only are you pretty, you are one smart lady. Your husband is indeed one lucky man. However, the luckiest are the Rakyats that elected you. There is still hope for Malaysia if the younger politicians are more like you.

My only advice to you is that politics must transcend race, colour and religion. I can see that you have already began the journey. Good luck.

Ex-Malaysian living overseas

Anonymous said...

unfortunately,this episode will be exploited and UMNO will milk it to the fullest extent that we are anti-monarchy.
No, we are still loyal citizens but it is only natural wisdom and morally right to question a wrong decision. We are all humans, arent we? Whatever, no one can question our loyalty to the Sultan and this country.
There will be a demonstration initiated by UMNO soon under the guise of defending the monarchy. remember which party was the culprit who clip the wings of the monarchy! and I would like to see what the cops gonna do about this demonstration.

Anonymous said...

YB, I missed the 2008 GE as I could not get an air-ticket on time. The next GE, I will even fly Frist Class to be in Malaysia to vote the BN govt OUT.

The Be eNd gov't has tested enough of the Rakyats patience. PR has my support all the way through in sorting out this mess in Perak. It's not going to be easy but I believe PR can do it. Perseverance and patience.

Let's all pray hard for a better future and better Malaysia for our kids to grow up in.

DAP need reformasi? said...

DAP need to do soul searching internally.


http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=29835

DAP leadership must deal with internal conflicts
by Kong See Hoh

newsdesk@thesundaily.com
IPOH (Feb 5, 2009) : While accusing fingers are being pointed at DAP assemblyman for Jelapang Hee Yit Foong for deserting the party, DAP MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan(pix) says Hee's departure underlines the need for the party's central as well as state leadership to take a serious view of its internal conflicts.


She told Sin Chew Daily on Wednesday the party must deal with the internal problems of Perak DAP head-on, understand what has gone wrong and look for solutions.

Three-term Fong, dupped cili padi because of her fiery style, dropped a bombshell on the party before the general election last year with her announcement that she was not going to defend her Batu Gajah seat, but changed her mind after much persuasion from the party top leadership.

She told the daily that Perak DAP's internal problems were not taken seriously before the March 8 elections, and neither were they resolved after the elections, allowing members' discontent against party leaders to brew.

Fong said this was the reason she did not contest any post in the state in the last party elections.
It was also learnt that Hee quit the party mainly because she deemed the appointment of state exco members not transparent and because she could not get along with Perak DAP state chief and senior executive councillor, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, and his cousin Nga Kor Ming, who is DAP state secretary and a state exco member.

Hee, who is deputy state assembly speaker, had said the state exco should have a Chinese woman and that Ngeh and Nga, who are both lawyers, were best suited for the posts of speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

"Hee Yit Foong has been unhappy since. Her resignation from the party shows that the internal conflicts are coming to a boil," said Fong.

"The fact that the post of deputy speaker is ranked above an exco member does not help, as the exco members wield greater power and get bigger perks (than the Speaker and Deputy Speaker), the same way that ministers have more power than the parliament Speaker and Deputy Speakers."


Updated: 02:56PM Thu, 05 Feb 2009

Anonymous said...

YB,
I guess the deal (what's in it for me)is not complete yet...... the lady independent will join BN in order to be become an exco, the other two independents will wait for the charges on corruption to be dropped before joining the BN. Anyway, PR should take HRH's decision positively.... he is helping PR to get more support for the next GE.

Anonymous said...

YB, the battle is lost but there is still the war to be fought. Move forward and continue to do good. The people will not forget!!

- Collateral Damage -

Ashvin Raj said...

This is a good explanation where Taib Mahmud, Dr M and PBS have all been saying that Anwar is having a taste of his own medicine.

The big difference between Pakatan and BN is "money". I doubt Pakatan YBs didn't do it for the money. Its BN's bait of money which lured them over. A betrayal of trust of the voters who voted them on that platform or party that they represent.

It's time that we have an anti-hopping law in place to prevent such abuses of the people's vote.

Anonymous said...

Dear YB:
It is interesting that you have taken your time to clarify point by point and to those who are reasonably educated, understanding will come.
For it has been said, ' my people will perish for lack of knowledge'
Much to say, Malaysians do need such understanding and education especially towards the Law. And, as you are a Trained Lawyer, it is good that you continue in your good work to explain as much as possible in simple layman terms like what you have done right here in this Article, if possible, try to get it printed out there in the Newspaper.
YB. you are fully aware, that as much as BN is concerned , two things they are harping on , that is :

1. Derhaka to the Sultan of Perak
2. Anwar the King Frog Hopper

So much so , for the first time, Mahatir has to get out of his congested chest for a long time to laugh out loud in his latest writings at his blog , He He He !!

Please continue to impart , disseminate Truth and it is the Truth that will set one free and free indeed.

Beck Chew
USJ

Anonymous said...

Dear YB:
Another thing that really requires clear explanation in the public will be the Continuous Screaming of Karpal Singh , your DAP Veteran. Such Loudmouth can only but bring about long term vision and purpose. I Strongly believe, YB should discuss with the Leadership in DAP and come with a Clear Statement as why Karpal Singh is always saying otherwise and do not seem to be a Team Player !!
Please explain.
Beck Chew
USJ

Anonymous said...

Bottomline...its all about money irrespective of the position the person holds, more so for those self-serving racist rent seekers who feed on the public's money via the gravy train. period!!!

Anonymous said...

Hannah,

What do you think of Karpal Singh's comments?

SubangJayaVoter said...

What Raja Petra said is the truth, nothing but the truth. Let this bitter pill to swallow be a lesson to all of us.
Let's give the new BN MB a chance to prove his integrity and charisma.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with your considered view that there is a distinct difference between the two. Anwar acted within the constitution whilst Najib's grab of power in Perak was illegal.

In fact , MB Dato Seri Nizar was doing a superb job in governing Perak and this scared the hell out of BN to grab back power by any means i.e assemblymen kidnapping, inducement , corruption , threats and frame-ups and what have you.

This is really an insult to Perakian's intelligence using the palace as their " legal " front.

What can you say when you can't form the govt by legal means then they try to squeeze in illegally.This is the trademark of Alliance/BN as shown in Stephen Kalong Ningkan ; Pairin Kitingan's Sabah crisis ; betrayal of PAS in the coalition govt ; robbing off DAP by luring its ADUN in 1969 deadlock and now Perak.

E Chan said...

Now we all know, the reason why we have low quality leaders in the Bee-End government is because their advisors are all of low quality.

Being also Egoistical in nature, these so-called "leaders" cannot bear to have clever, smart and intelligent advisors. It will make them look stupid.. so they prefer to hire stupid advisors and make themselves look important.

The Perak issue is one which so clearly displays the immatureness, the hasty and not thought out process, desperate for any kind of success nature of the leadership of Bee-End.

Patrick said...

Just when everyone thought there was HOPE...it all gets dashed again.'Murphy's Law of waiting states that no matter how long a waiting...it appear always turn out to be GOOD wait(next election).
Susanl'ng yet to call upon under PR tickets.

Meng Yoe said...

Voting is meaningless if voting if the only thing we are willing to do for our country.

Let us do work as citizens of Subang Jaya now, in whatever capacities that we are able, then worry about the voting later when the time comes.

Anonymous said...

Besides democracy, there are two other forms of government which are relevant here:

Kleptocracy and oligarchy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy

"Kleptocracies are often dictatorships or some other form of autocratic and nepotist government, or lapsed democracies that have transformed into oligarchies.[citation needed] A kleptocratic ruler typically treats his country's treasury as though it were his own personal bank account."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy

"Oligarchy (Greek Ὀλιγαρχία, Oligarkhía) is a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family, military powers or occult spiritual hegemony. The word oligarchy is from the Greek words for "few" (ὀλίγος olígos) and "rule" (ἀρχή arkhē). Such states are often controlled by politically powerful families whose children are heavily conditioned and mentored to be heirs of the power of the oligarchy. This type of power by its very nature may not be exercised openly; the oligarchs preferring to remain "the power behind the throne", exerting control through economic means."

Is this the direction Perak and Malaysia is heading?

Jonathan said...

I'm from Kuching but I really admire the work you've been doing at your constituency.

It's people like you that still gives me hope for a better Malaysia.

Jia you Hannah Yeoh!

take care said...

YB, please do not fall trap by blind support. I am afraid to tell you your own leaders are not clean.

Give u an example below. Did Guan Eng call for by-election when that BOTA assemblyman cross to Pakatan?


Hope you can see through the power crazy of these politicians be it from BN or Pr.

So if you are serious in doing community service and a real YB, do not fall into the trap and be tainted.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/1/28/nation/3134302&sec=nation

Wednesday January 28, 2009
Guan Eng lauds Bota rep’s move to PKR


GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng lauded Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim’s defection to PKR, saying the move would strengthen the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak.

“The situation in Perak is not like Penang where the Pakatan has a big majority.

“With one more assemblyman (for the Pakatan government), we hope their situation will be strengthened and give them a boost to continue striving and working for the people,” Lim said after hosting a state Chinese New Year open house at his residence on Jalan Macalister on Monday.

Anonymous said...

The whole country watched how UMNO under Najib used all sorts of plots and inducement to entice PR ADUNs crossing over to BN. Zambry can't even get enough ADUNs to fill his Exco seats not to mention govern the State. PR coalition partners should mobilise the massive support from the people in both Perak and Kedah to reject BN candidates in the upcoming by-elections.

Anonymous said...

Dear All

Mobilise to promote popular democracy!

1. Register and vote for progressive politicians
2. Urge others to vote
3. Donate money
4. Work as a volunteer for progressive politicians
5. Sign petitions
6. Take part in peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations
7. Set up a high quality blog
8. Write letters to progressive media such as Malaysia Kini
9. Expose corruption and dubious kleptocratic schemes in your blogs (a la Rocky Bru)
10. Join progressive NGOs (including poll watching groups)
11. Engage in civil disobedience against unjust laws (if absolutely necessary)

People Power!

Phua Kai Lit

Anonymous said...

1. On your key differences... "Anwar Ibrahim exhausted the constitutional means that were available to him". Anwar was lying that he had the numbers. IF he truly had, he could have called for a motion of no confidence when parliament resumed after hari raya. why didn't he? He's the real NATO - no action, talk only. Unlike Anwar, Najib actually had the numbers before he opened his mouth.

2. Why should the Sultan call for fresh elections? Since the majority of the assembly supports BN, not Nizar, Nizar ceases to be the MB. Nowehre in the state consitution did it require a motion of no confidence in the state assembly. Pls show it if it does, then i'll stand corrected. So, since Nizar is no longer the legal MB, the right thing for the Sultan to do is not to listen to him.

3. If Pakatan Rakyat truly respects the votes of the people, if cannot tender the resignation of a State Assemblymen/MP. Why should Anwar/Guan Eng have a say whether the 3 SA should stay or go? They people voted them in, and nowhere did we surrender our rights and our votes to Anwar or Guan Eng to remove them. Especially when its so obvious that the 3 don't intend to resign.

You're right. Najib and Anwar are not one and the same.
1. Najib acted within the law, as much as you hated it,
2. Najib did his work, and only blew his trumput when he succeeded
3. Anwar is all hot air and talk. Want to prove me wrong?? Name 5 of the MPs who were going to crossover. Can't right?

Hypocrites

Anonymous said...

Hannah

I detest BN and its ways. I hope they would be comprehensively defeated at the next general elections.

However, I must disagree with you. The concept of switching political parties mide-stream is wrong. When someone elected a rep, that choice is one of both the candidate and the party which that candidate represents. Switching parties betrays that choice.

So it is wrong for both Najib and Anwar to use the same method of obtaining control.

The context of the balance of power does not right a wrong principle. If Anwar is serious about building a better Malaysia, he should be more altruistic than that. It is politics I know, but let's keep things clear minded and honest. Buying support is wrong, pure and simple.

Did Anwar fail in his Sept 16 bid out of adherence to constitutional rules and principles, or did he simply did not have the numbers? If he had gotten the numbers BEFORE seeking to move a no-confidence vote, he would have been more credible.

Anonymous said...

28 BN assemblymen + 3 friendly independents = state govt of perak ??? marriage of convenience isn't it ???

hey time to table anti hopping laws in parliament.........

Anonymous said...

What happened in Perak was a done deal.

"Politics is the art of the possible" - Otto Von Bismark

What has democracy got to do with it?

Nothing, unfortunately.

Machiavelli: "The end justifies the means"

From "The Prince":

"Anyone who would act up to a perfect standard of goodness in everything must be ruined among so many who are not good. It is essential therefore for a prince to have learnt how to be other than good and to use, or not to use, his goodness as necessity requires."

And now, a famous aphorism from
George Santayana:

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

misofreak said...

I know I cannot wait for the next elections!!!

aj said...

great analysis hannah. i am really piss off with the current affair that is happening in my homestate "perak".is there anything that we can do over here in new york , like creating awarness of what is happening in our nation to world media or the united nations ? please advice. oh yes ,btw if you or yr family ever come to nyc ,dinners on me ! keep up the good work ,writing & supplying the public infomations of what is actually happening. thanks & god blesses you & yr family.