Baby Dobermans

June 5, 2018

One is supposed to crop the tail of dobermans when they are puppies….but its more for fashion. I find the dogs to be more expressive when they have tails. So I have decided to leave them.

Doberman puppies eat five million times a day. So i have to feed them constantly. Pls grow up fast, my hand is hurting from handling dog food.

God father

June 4, 2018

This afternoon. An old farmer came before me and addressed me as the taipan. I told this man emphatically, I am not the taipan…the old man looked confused momentarily…soon he feigned a smile and asked….if you are not the clan leader then who is….afterall did you not eliminate all your enemies taipan?

The horror….the horror.

If. And it is a very big IF…..if the new government can get their act together and lay the foundations of a new Malaysia where ordinary folk need no longer live in perpetual fear, insecurity and the constancy of hopelessness…then what will happen is the great Malaysian diaspora will begin to reverse and many will return home.

These people will come back!

Many of these returnees will bring with them valuable experiential knowledge gleaned from having worked overseas……these people by virtue of their diverse work and life experience will have the capacity to remake Malaysia into the greatest country in ASEAN within the shortest possible time.

But if the new government fail to get their act together due to partisanship, historicism, race, power or for any other known reason and all they seem to do is try to out flank their opponents to score cheap political points with the public…then nothing will really improve. The same conditions for the awful rot that erodes public confidence and trust in the judiciary, police, civil service and everything officialdom will persist and even get worse. As time goes by the public will fall into a sort of enui….one that closely resembles the disease of hopelessness and apathy. When and if that happens. Everyone will only wish for the return of the old Malaysia….it will make a greek tragedy look like a happy ending for Malaysia and Malaysians.

The die is cast….let the games begin.

The people who really know agarwood for what it is are all shadowy in their own way. Its as if they’re touched by the sanctity of arcanum. So much so, they much prefer to exist only in the preamble that space where they can see what is happening while others remain oblivious to their presence…..its an invisble world of insiderism…even the speech associated with the trade is old. The lingua franca is not standard french. Rather it is a sort of pidgin that combines elements of afrique and arabica…it is often called le orientalise or Zamzibar francaise. As its origins go all the way back to the Atlantic slave trade…this was just the period when the incense trade began…shortly after what the sailors in the coite de noire refer to as the black ships. Price is never ever discussed. It is taboo and even rude to ask the origin of wood….besides an expert need not do so. Lao wood burns fast and its aroma is heavy civet in the front, mellowed deep ancient wood in the middle and at the tail, there are always hints of cinnamon and clove. Cambodian is aromatically sweet front, middle right to the very back.

HSR project

June 2, 2018

I will go down to Kuala Lumpur and lobby for the HSR project not to be cancelled….I have a feeling they’re bluffing…maybe…just maybe they need it more than us…..its a long shot….but nonetheless worth a whack!

Isle of dogs

June 1, 2018

I am autistic. So I see dogs exactly like how this movie depicts them. Its always incredible edifying when others see dogs the way I have always seen them and even decides to make a movie. To me every dog has distinct history, personality and they just like a human beings. Most people who claim to be normal dont ever see this. That is because so much of what they think is a dog dominates their interaction with canines. Even from a very young age no matter how fierce and scary they were dogs have always favored me.

I love dogs.

BBC Radio plays

May 31, 2018

I like listening to radio plays during the evenings in the plantations. Radio suits me best. As I can work on things whenever I listen to the radio. I usually sew, patch up wounds on the dogs, paint shoes or just tinker with things whenever I listen to the radio in the evenings.

    ‘I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence.’

    Mahathir

    If one cannot even take this type of rhetorical statement with a cool and mature attitude. But instead one chooses to behave like a spoilt petulant child. Then it is best not to talk about politics at all.

    Because whether you like it or not…every country is politically, economically, culturally, technologically and socially intertwined with other countries. In this globalized world…it is, what it is. If you want proof all you have to do is ask yourself whether property prices around Jurong Lake will begin to soften considerably after the HSR project is cancelled. So it is very stupid to insist that others should not have the right to talk about your turf.

    Want to do stupid things like lick radium and shoot yourself in the head. Go ahead, but I dont think you should use the good name of the Singapore blogosphere.

    I may well be autistic, but fortunately I am not stupid like some people who claim that mahathir has such thing as magical powers to interfere with Singapore politics.

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    ‘In this world. You have no right whatsoever to control anyone, not if all they are doing is voicing out their personal opinion on their various objects of interest. Providing what they say is not incendiary or meant to provoke schism or magnify divides…then you have no right whatsoever to control anyone. All you can really hope to do is exercise control over yourself. As how you choose to react to these statements can either make or do you in like nine inch coffin nails!

    Truth is people will always interfere….not only with your politics, but also your privacy along with ten other things that you believe they have no right to interefere with! And let me share with you something that your mama and papa probably didnt share with you that is even stranger, they will interfere with your life, even when they are not interfering!

    Dont believe me! OK. Look at how they are interfering without really interfering from everything to the economy to even the national security of Singapore!

    High-speed rail project between Singapore and Malaysia that’s toast. I am so very sorry, but that’s economic interference whether you like it not. As it will have an adverse impact on the Jurong Lake District doesnt matter how the ministry of propaganda spins this one…it is what it is!

    But there also exist other forms of subtle interference by virtue of the historical changes that is canaling thru Malaysia….a sort of interference that is even more pervasive than outright interference itself. Because it will raise a pheltora of inconvenient questions in your brain.

    Yes they are interfering with your thought processes now!

    As even when we speak, the new government in Malaysia is planning to review a slew of controversial laws that were deemed by civil society to be draconian, heavy handed and authoritarian. They range from everything to the Printing Presses and Publication Act to the Sedition Act, and even the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.

    Singapore has similar laws governing the media, public assemblies, sedition, and detention without trial. The PAP government has often justified these laws as necessary for national security and stability and whenever they are pressed, they even take comfort in the sobriquet statement, ‘we are not the only one who has these laws!’

    Now the new neighbours who have moved in are saying these laws are not even fit for animals! They are unsuitable as they are a bligh on human rights. They are unnecessary. They should be repealed. So you have a reverso situation happening between Malaysia and Singapore, like while Malaysia is moving to repeal everythign from their Anti-Fake News Act to GST…while the Singapore Government is looking to introduce legislation of the sort along with ramping up the GST.

    Always bear in mind! I am not saying all this. All this is happening in stereo and in the marvellous completion of technicolor…yes, they are bloody interfering even if they are not interfering and neither you or I can stop people from going about their lives….besides at some point…the average Singapore is going to ask, why cant i have the same things as those Malaysians?

    Now if that happens what are you going to do then! You’re going to build a wall, fill the moat with piranhas, bar everyone from Malaysia?

    Think!

    So as you can see for yourself interference is happening all over the place. Only a bloody fool will try to what others say or think these days…they might as well go and plough the sea.’

Dear Sky

May 30, 2018

While it may appear to make perfect sense for Mahathir to shave off Malaysia’s run away train deficit. Maybe the answer is not in cancelling an important link between two of South East Asia’s biggest cities.

High speed rail linkages between cities and how they can generate synergistic energy has proven to be a very technically reliable and economically robust model. Nice and Paris…Tokyo and Japan…Ulan bator and Beijing etc etc. Even Iran is tinkering with the Tehran–Qom–Isfahan HSR.

The reason why the HSR is a matter of strategic importance for Singapore goes beyond how this project will revivify Jurong. In my assessment that is only a sidedish. There is the more important geo economic dimension and it is simply this, Singapore will be a terminus for OBOR south of the ismuth of the Peninsula. Many people are wrong when they think the HSR ends only in Bandar Malaysia in KL, it can and will in all likelihood extend beyond Malaysia.

Without the HSR….Singapore does not even feature in OBOR…it is cut off.

The recent revelation of Malaysia’s RM 1 trillion debt does indeed warrant a call for a reassessment of all mega projects. However, the smart thing to do now is not for Malaysia to scrap the plan but to see whether there are areas to further mitigate the cost with innovative financial insturments that will hopefully come from the private sector.

This is certainly a crisis. But it is not one that cannot be negotiated in such a way where Singapore will lose just because Mahathir believes the best way to move forward in Malaysia is to go backwards!

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‘Every effort should be made to save the situation. 4G leaders running to be the next Singapore PM should be getting on their bikes and heading to Putrajaya Malaysia to try to save the situation. That at least is what leadership is all about….it is not about pretending that life is normal or even deliberately making an effort to avoid the only elephant in the room.’

Q: The other guilds besides the IMG have asked – why is there so much concerntrated effort to find out what will happen in the new Malaysia?

A: I can understand why the other cosca’s feel the need to ask this question. Allow me to just say this, the motto of the Interspacing Metal Guilds goes as such, those who can see the future will control the course of history. For 2,000 space years this has essentially being the raison of the IMG. Now if anyone feels that all this focus on Malaysia is a great diffusion of energy. That is merely their opinion. All I have to say is some people dont see it that way. Allow me to explain succintly. If let us say you happen to have invested $1 million in any company listed in the KLSE which has links to Najib, UMNO or BN. Today half of that capitalised value has been wiped out in the stock market. The bursa saham. Now let us assume you have reliable information just the day before the polls that BN will lose. And should you sell your entire BN portfolio of shares and bought firms linked to Mahathir or PH, that would roughly double your money. We are not talking months or even years. This is merely days and hours. So Kompf, you are smart. I am sure you can juxtapose what i have said to an infinite variety of scenarios everything from whether the HSR project will still end in Singapore and increase real estate prices from Boon Lay to red hill to whether the TPP will take off or crash.

Q: Many people are perplex as to why you seem to regard the PH win with such negativity. It is as if you much preferred BN to be in power.

A: The short answer is that Malaysia is not out of the woods yet. Is the rakyat happy that Najib & Co has been booted out. Yes. But Kompf the public cannot be trusted to make good and sensible decisions. What is disturbing to me at so many levels is how so few think tanks, journalist and even analyst have consistently failed to factor in Mahathir’s election victory was in a very part premised on the populist pledges to scrap Malaysia’s new goods and services tax (GST) and to bring back the subsidies from gas to cooking oil. Naturally these pledges are popular with voters, but they dont necessarily make sense. Neither are they sound and sensible promises either. Not when you consider how consumption tax and putting an end to subsidies was made specifically to strengthen Malaysia’s public finances, cutting its fiscal deficit and broadening its revenue base.

Q: I am sorry to interrupt you…but what is wrong with the rakyat being happy (cut off)

A: If you are really sorry to interrupt me. Then dont interrupt me. What is wrong with the rakyat being happy? Happiness doesnt maketh an economy or for that matter add or subtract from the wealth of a nation. Besides you have not being listening to me. People dont have good decisions. Again let us ask the question. This time just to indulge you Kompf. Are they happy? Yes I imagine they are. But why are they happy Kompf.

For one you can say the rakyat sees it as big time pay back day. So they feel that justice has been done and a wrong has been righted.

But what you need to understand is that even if they eventually put Najib & Co away for ten good years that doesnt alter the fact, the Malaysian economy is currently in a very precarious position. It has been in the danger zone in my considered and studied opinion for the last four years. When you look around the asean neighborhood. You will find that virtually every single country in the region has figured out its strenghts and weakness to put all its chips on a niche inorder to reap the economy of scale of skill specialisation. Singapore is a finance cum shipping hub and its growing new nodes with its bilateral g to g free trade agreements; Thailand have put all their tom yam into being the new detroit of Asia; Vietnam means to conquer the high streets with quality and cost competitive OEM garments. Even Bangladesh has grand plans to be the Amsterdam of the Indian ocean by focussing on shipping and port facilities. But tell me what is the next big thing for Malaysia?

The biscuit tin is empty. Except maybe to depend on oil. And we all know very well that is a sunset sector. Even the Arabs these days are considering nuclear to generate electricity.

Kompf that is why it is very sad for me. I see all these things so very clearly. Perhaps clearer than anyone else. I may well be autistic, but I am uncannily good at connecting the dots.

Truth is like this Kompf, look around. You see smiling faces now. The mood is euphoric even with bubbles of optimism. But all this will not last Kompf.

It will not.

Q: Many Singaporeans believe that what happens in Malaysia will have absolutely no impact on their lives. Do you believe this to be true?

A: These are very stupid people. My advice is avoid these category of people because if you dont take my advice and continue to mix with them. Your brain will shrink to a size of a pea. By every conceivable definition, Malaysia will always be important to Singapore by virtue of proximity and shared culture. I dont know how to explain this except to say let us say if the high speed rail from KL to Singapore is cancelled. Just imagine how this would impact not only how people move from A to B from a transmigration standpoint, but there will also be significant shifts in how skills and labor will move around the region and all this will ultimately have an impact on the wealth of a nation. So if Singaporeans believe they can consign what happens in Malaysia to a shoebox and slide it under their bed. I say these are very stupid people.

The difference between us and them is this. If a lecturer in NTU or the LKY school makes a wrong call. He can still go to work on Monday. But if we get it wrong, then it will affect livelihoods and you could even say we will be set back considerably. So we always need to be spot on. We are not like the Singapore government where if they get it all wrong, they can just pretend that it was not really important and appear to move right on.

Q: What do you think about the HSR from KL to Singapore?

A: On the 3rd of this month. I told everyone the probability of it going thru on the PH win was nil. I see no compelling reason to alter my summary.

Q: You mentioned it is a ‘good thing’ when political parties lose. As defeat will provide them with the impetus to effect beneficial change. If the PAP loses power do you see this as a good thing for Singapore?

A: Of course the people who are in the PAP boat will say this fellow is just a no hoper farmer what does he know. They might probably tell everyone if the PAP is not re-elected then the sun will not rise tomorrow and shortly thereafter the axis of the earth will go out of synch.

But Kompf this is something that I have spent alot of time studying for many years. When we speak about the whole dynamics of rise and fall. I dont see it as necessarily a bad thing. Take for example what is currently happening in BN in Malaysia. They have to suddenly shift gears from being the driver to a passenger, they are now the dominant de facto opposition. But within that process it also involves soul searching, reconciliation and introspection. To me these are not bad things. Because if they are done right BN will emerge as a leaner and better outfit.

When they were on top. BN was very flabby. They were all living in their make belief ivory towers. And worst of all they never ever conceived the idea that they could ever lose. They just took it for granted that if they continued to give out mattresses and slippers, those country bumpkins in the kampung would jist support them like the always used too. In other words they became unhinged from reality.

Q: Do you see PH going down the same path as BN one day and what might be the best way to insulate against the rot?

A: For the time being many of the leaders including Mahathir himself seem to be very sensitive to certain constitutional elemental rights and protocols like separation of powers along with the whole idea of independence of the judiciary etc etc. One can perhaps draw the conclusion one compelling reason that accounts why Mahathir & Co seems to be a changed man today has in part to do with how they were regularly victimised by the organs of the state when BN was in power. BN culture was so corrosive there was actually no delienation between the legislature and executive. They were considered one of the same reality. So it is good today to see politicians who appreciate the idea of separation of powers. Unfortunately it seems for them to really gain an indepth appreciation why these constitutional aspects are so important, they might first need to be victimized by the organs of the state.

Q: What is the best way to stop the rot from within?

A: Everything needs checks and balances. If you look at the American bill of rights charter for example, you will find that certain elemental rights are enshrined. Freedom of speech for example. That is because the founding fathers realized that if these specific rights are not put into the equivalent of a cookie jar and stored on the highest shelf. Then whenever conditions arise to set aside these rights be in the name of national security or to save the whales. The politicians will get their grubby hands on it. That incidentally is why this whole idea of the fake news law is so divisive and controversial. Because it is widely perceived to be attempt to put a policeman into everyone head.

But coming back to your question. The best checks and balances for every government of the day is the quality of the opposition. That incidentally is the difference between a statesman and a cheap politician. The latter sees the opposition as a road block that has to be harried, discredited and creamed. The former see the opposition in terms of a symbiotic relationship that acts as truses to keep the party political process nimble, tight and sharp.

The irony is if BN nurtured such a symbiotic relationship with the opposition instead perpetually hassling them no end with the organs of the state, they might very well be still be in power today.

Q: So am I right to say that you dont want to see the demise of BN?

A: No! Because if BN is a dead duck and you only have PH. Given time what will eventually happen is that PH will just be a V.2 of BN, warts and all. Eventually every political outfit without credible checks and balances will be corrupted by power.

Besides there are plenty of Malay intelligensia in UMNO who can give PH a run for their money. khairy Jamalludin and Hishamuddin, these are just a few very thoughtful people worth mentioning and if they play their cards right they might regain lost ground in the next GE. Yes UMNO has many useless hanger ons, but you must understand it is not a spent force, it was the single individual party that still garnered the highest number of votes in GE14.

Freaky weather

May 27, 2018

Its now very late into May. The winds have shifted. That’s normal. But what I really dont understand is….where is all this rain coming from?

The dry season should be right on top right now….but its still raining cats and dogs.

That can be very very problematic as in farming, there is actually such a thing as too much rain.

Q: Do you see a Trump visit to Malaysia and touching base with Mahathir in the cards?

A: I dont know whether its in the cards or not. But what cannot be elided is the PH’s recent win over BN is historical. This is not only a simple win. It should be seen in relation to the political landscape in the rest of South East Asia and possibly beyond. As in the last ten years, there has been a pronounce hardening on the part of governments to human rights and freedom advocates. This is across the board from Cambodia where journalist who dont tow the line of officialdom are summarily jailed to Thailaind where there seems to be no end to Junta rule and closer to home in Singapore, you have delusional parliamentarians who believe it is perfectly reasonable to gril respondents for their imaginary fake news laws for hours at end.

So what we can see is a patent disregard for what is decent, right and reasonable. I just happen to think if the US is really genuine about taking a stake in making people and planet better. They should consider dropping into Kuala Lumpur. That I feel would convey a percautionary message to authoritarian governments in the region.

Q: You have mentioned in the past that you consider the Parliamentary Committee on fake news in Singapore to be a farce. Why?

A: Because the parliamentarians to me at least, seem least interested to gather intelligence, opinions and feedback to make better decisions concerning the merits and demerits of passing a fake news bill. You must understand. This is the impression I gather from their line of questioning. They seem to be more intrested in showcasing how loyal they are to the memory of LKY along with asking only non value added yes or no type questions. I for one cannot see what possible value that may add to their knowledge base concerning fake news. Maybe what they are trying to do is create an impression of consensus, where they can hope to reference what this or that person once said. So to me they made a mockery of themselves and the whole process as this had nothing to do with their published terms of reference. Of course I stand to be corrected as always. But this is the impression that I as a low IQ farmer gathered.

Q: Would you in any way like to add or retract any statement that you have made concerning the parliamentary committee on fake news.

A: No. I stand by what I have said. If they dont like it. They can commence legal proceedings against me. I have plently of land and my standard living happens to be very modest. So even if I happen to lose. I dont think that it would radically affect my standard of living.

Q: You have mentioned that what had recently happened in Malaysia is historical. Do you see any short comings in the current government?

A: They are not moving fast enough on sending a clear message that it doesnt pay for public servants and politicians to be corrupt. At this late stage of the game the rot is already chronic. So what is required must be very sharp and shocking action. but as it is. It seems the wheels of justice seems to be moving in slow motion.

Q: What would you do?

A: Malaysia has many islands, i would direct the surveyor general to gazette the top five obscure islands as concerntration camps. Of course I will not call them that. I would market these retreats as happy homes or new horizon retreats. Pack off all these corrupt officials and their families. You get the drift lah.

Q: I assume that you believe mahathir should take a harder line?

A: Yes. As it is. Its no good. What you need to understand is culture of corruption has seeped right into the marrow of the bones of the executive. Not many people have faith in even basic institutions such as the police or judiciary any longer. As these institutions have degraded to such a point where they are no longer seen to be reliable or trustworthy any longer. So for confidence to be restored very radical counter measures are required. One that in my personal opinion may even require Mahathir to be a dictator again.

Q: How would this whole idea that is your political theory sit alongside public opinion?

A: It cannot sit well. Because firstly the public does not have an accurate appraisal of the scale of the corruption problem in Malaysia. They are very fixated on Najib & Ali Baba Co. But to me the problem is at a systematic level where it threatens the very idea of not only processes but even the formation of the new government itself – what is required is firm and decisive action that in certain cases may even come across as draconion. My fear is most Malaysians do not seem to appreciate these operational realities.

Q: Does operation coldstore fall into the category of executive actions you consider to be ‘operational realities.’

A: Yes. i have always maintained that to be case. However that doesnt mean for one moment it was the moral or right thing to do. But it was necessary and even a strategic precondition if the imperative is to seed the foundations of a new nation.

Q: I dont understand. On one hand you say it is not moral. Yet you assert it is neccesary or in your own words a strategic precondition. How does it all square off?

A: It have to square off. Not for how I choose to make the calculations at least. You seem to need to reconcile it, but I dont see the urgency or contradiction. Not at all. I can live with that dichotomoty of black and white, evil and good. As I see only the goal. Let me explain it in this way. Did you know. I never called myself darkness. That is a moniker that was given to me. It all began in the great game we all once played. In the reign of Pandishah IX. I was the commander of the Northern forces in the mineral rich planet of Sardonyx. We had been fighting the Aryanians for over fifty space years. This great conflict was known as the ascension wars. It lasted about two earth years. You must understand I had lost many divisions and when one dies in a game it is not so different from the real world. Everything get erased and like snakes and ladders you go right back to square number 1. One day I managed to encircle them all, the whole lot of them, all 31 divisions. Shortly thereafter a message capsule which was designated for me originating from the Council read as such, I would have to abide by the Arullian Protocal, the Geneva Conventions. I disregarded the message. I made some excuse. Thereafter I proceeded to send in the Totenkopf and Sardokhan to cleanse us all from the menace. During the three days of massacre. I had disabled all the sat com. You see I knew that if I let them go. They would come back again. And they would kill us.

Kompf. I knew the consequences. I knew that what I was doing was wrong. So wrong that I may even be evil. And I knew what would happen thereafter. But you have to see it from my position. I had served the fifth, sixth and the seventh republic as a loyal soldier. I knew what would happen if i let them go this time. More would come and the line cant possibly hold the next time. The politicians back in Primus could never understand that sort of calculations, it was too horrendous and unimaginable for them to even contemplate what I once did. They just saw it as a sin, but that was because they did not understand the complexity of politics and power and the resolve needed to bring these polarties into balance. But I understood. I could even understand the depths of its finality.

When I returned. i was publicly humiliated, stripped off my rank and position and branded a common criminal. I would from thence forth go by the name of Darkness…the destroyer of the planets. So feared was my name that entire galaxies would ne safe just on account of the rumour that they have my favor. No one spoke to me. I was considered an outcast.

But for 3,000 space years, the Aryanians never ever set foot on the mineral rich planet of Sardonyx again.

As I said. I was a loyal servant soldier of the seventh republic. You know Kompf. There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night. Like around three or four. Its what I call the straggling period, its nowhere actually. Not near the dead of night or dawn, just smack right in the middle and I do think, what if all this happened in real life would I do the same thing.

You know what Kompf you would be very surprised by the answer.

Q: Do you consider what is happening now in Malaysia a good or bad thing and how might this all impact Singapore?

A: Its very early days. But it is always good when the once high and mighty BN is brought down to ground zero. Now they have to adjust to being a credible opposition and this means they would need to radically hardwire their ideology along with code of conduct etc etc. It will not be easy going for the new BN. As this time round they will have to live with all the constraints that the opposition had to endure. But it will be good. Because that sort of pressure is necessary and it would hopefully shape a better culture for a much leaner and responsive political outfit.

Q: Do you see the same thing that happened to BN happening to PAP?

A: Kompf. I dont particularly like the way you structure your questions. Because they are ineffect leading questions that assume if BN loses that means its the end. My point is its conceivable this is how politics and power actually evolves and even matures to add value to society. The only reason why it doesnt seem this way is because most Malaysians have only known life under the aegis of BN. Just as most Singaporeans have only known life under the PAP. My point is, this mental conditioning is essentially an acquired taste. Its not natural. Because if you ask how does a hegemony or oligrachy evolve to get better. At some point in the discussion you can never run away from the subject of destruction, specifically class destruction. If for example commodore Perry did not suddenly and unexpectedly appear with his gun boat in the bay of Japan, then there would have been no impetus to destroy the Samurai class along with their moribund code. That is to say if you look at how society actually perpetuates itself, a big part of the motivation or shall I say the catalyst always involves a form of creative destruction or disruption. Of course if you share this theory of politics and power with any politician, he will tell you. Hello if you kick us out of power, the sun will not rise tomorrow etc etc. But that is what politicians always do. They are very good at selling the very idea of fear associated with change itself. So most people are by nature adverse to change and they stick to what they know. This is how politicians have always stayed in power since recorded history.

Q: What do you see as the greatest threat to PAP now, is it WP?

A: No. The process of self destruction always begins from within. It is unnecessary to read the rise and fall of empires. All you have to do is watch that movie. Aliens. You know the one where monster chews its way from the inside out of some poor sods stomach and comes right out and after that everyone dies. The process of political demise is like that lah. The rot always starts from within. This is especially true of BN. All the signs of the end times were there, the decadence of money politics, the cult of materialism, elitism. When people spoke up. They were throwb into jail, threatenwd , intimidated and silenced till eventually there was no one to raise red flags any longer. Only the apparachiks of parvenus and men who have never ever known the sweat of hard and honest work and these are very unreliable sources to inform the party leadership what is really happening at grassroot levels. You could even say in the BN culture it doesnt pay for anyone to tell the truth.

My point is when the end comes, it will come from within and not from external factors. This rule is so robust that it is virtually axiomatic.

If the rich and influential do not see any compelling reason to buy into a code a conduct. Then it is quite nonsensical to talk about an egalitarian or for that matter even a truly meritocratic society.

It is abit like talking about fruit cakes without once mentioning raisins. Or discussing Paris without ever once mentioning the Eiffel tower.

Q: It seems like you are very favorable to Anwar Ibrahim being elected as PM of Malaysia. There have been many occasions when you have praised his suitability for this post. What is the main reasons for your confidence?

A: I have never ever said that Anwar will make the perfect PM for Malaysia. This is fake news. There is a very good reason for this – I don’t know what Anwar stands for. He has been out of the political circuit for over twenty years and during that time in the wilderness there has been endless speculation concerning his position on this and that. To be honest I dont believe anyone knows either.

Having said all that what I am prepared to concede is this. I have indeed praised his suitability for the post of PM and that is because I consider jail time to be a necessary precondition to be a good prime minister.

Q: Why do you ascribe such a premium to jail time and the job of the PM?

A: No need to talk so much. Want the next perfect PM for Singapore. Very simple. Throw the list of potentials: Heng Swee Keat, Chan Chun Sing and Ong Ye Kung into jail for three years with one year in solitary confinement. At the end of it all, I can more or less guarantee 100%, you will end up with the perfect PM for Singapore and Singaporeans.

Q: Why is it so important for you to find out who Anwar is?

A: There are two camps here. The first are still in cloud 9. We suspect they will be there for a very long time. This category of people believe all the problems Malaysia may have once faced will magically melt like lemon drops and they may even entertain the valecditorian belief from this point onwards good has triumph over evil and that can only end happily ever after.

There is however another camp. Men who hide in the shadows. These category of folk understand only too well that this is not the end as it is a beginning. It is a beginning that can go very wrong. Let me give you a few examples, before all this Malaysia was barelling head long into islamification or arabification. The ruling party had formed an alliance with PAS, syariah and possibly hudud was in the cards. Do you Kompf for one moment believe, the momentum for all this will suddenly dissipate? And what about identity or race politics, will that disappear overnight? Or for that matter those in the provinces who have traditionally supported BN but on this occasion voted for PH, will there be a gap between yearning and desire amongst these category of voters? So as you can see things are hardly clear cut.

Trust me when I say, we are not out of the woods yet.

Q: Recently Bloomberg asked whether Anwar would repeal the affirmative-action rules once he becomes premier, Mr Anwar said he would “honour the guarantees” for ethnic Malays as set out in the constitution. Do you see this as parti keadilan U turn on creating a more equitable society based on meritocracy?

A: I have always maintained there is no intelligent way to eliminate identity or race politics in Malaysia. This will always be an indelible feature of the political scene in Malaysia. One part that accounts for this is demographics, the other is how the different races are clumped together, the malays being in the kampungs and the chinese and Indians in towns and cities. So I dont see how race based politics can be completely eliminated in Malaysia.

Is this a U turn by Anwar? I dont know. As I mentioned he has been out in the wilderness for so long, its very hard to gauge his position. To be fair, one should give him and his party leadership some settling in time before it is possible to point to this or that and say definitively, this is their position that is not. As it is, its too early in the game to tell.

Q: Why do you think Anwar has decided not to take a proactive ministerial role in PH?

A: I dont know. As I said we need time.

Q: How will you go about finding out?

A: What books does he read on a regular basis? Anwar has been invited to speak in Universities. We will have to see from there.

Q: I need to press on with a question that I have asked. This is a special request from the guilds – Why do you think Anwar has decided not to take a proactive ministerial role in PH?

A: There are several possible reasons – the first is Anwar doesnt want to create any reason for Mahathir to renege from the deal of appointing him as PM after one or two years.

The second is Anwar doesnt want to be part of Mahathir myth making machine. Mahathir has sold himself as a saviour to Malaysians. But for this perceptive shift to be convincing, he has to make things look from bad to worse. Especially the economy. The irony is under Najib, all the right things were done. As I mentioned previously GST is the right way to go given the small revenue base and over dependence of commodities and oil.

The third reason is Anwar wants to create his own power base. And this he can only do if he is not widely perceived to be in alignment with either PH or Mahathir. What you need to understand is BN may well be a dead duck, but UMNO is very much kicking and alive. It was the single individual party that still managed to garner the highest number of votes despite losing. So dont let people sell you the idea BN or UMNO is kaput. Currently if you look at what is happening in UMNO, they are leaderless, there is a power vacumm there that can be exploited. Because many in UMNO now have good reasons to fear the new darth vader mahathir administration.

So as it is. There is alot motivation along with scope for improvisation and negotiations. The way I see it. Everything is on table and open to negotiations. This is the first time this has happened in the Malaysian political scene. So hold on anything can happen.

Q: Who do you think Malaysians supported Anwar or Mahathir?

A: Who I believe the voters backed is quite irrelevant. What you need to understand is Parti Keadilan firmly believe without Anwar chipping away all these years, there would be no such thing as a second merdeka. But no one can deny Mahathir was certainly the man of the hour. He was certainly the man who brought it all full circle and home.

If you ask me, that has to be very hard on Anwar. Because all these years he’s been fighting relentlessly in the wilderness and paying the price day in and day out, but when it comes to the ticker parade, its the other man who gets all the glory.

On whisky

May 20, 2018

I do enjoy a straight whisky in the evening. It doesnt have to be single malt or even super duper branded expensive…to be quite frank red label will do very nicely. But it has to be served up right and proper.

On the road

May 20, 2018

When Marcos & Co was deposed by people power and the mob stormed Malacanang palace and discovered the infamous 1,000 shoes of Imelda Marcos…the ex first lady insisted that she was the patron saint of the Philipino shoe making trade and the only reason why she had such an extensive shoe collection had everything to do with promoting local handicrafts and nothing to do with greed……….but what excuse does the wife of Najib have with so many high priced Birkin Hermes bags?

Matilah!