steadyaku47 comment: This was forwarded to me ...and now I am confused!
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
The husband of a British woman who died of cancer has revealed the hand-written 20-point plan she devised for her family on how to live a happy life after her death.
Annmarie James-Thomas died in March aged 44 after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
Husband Geraint revealed the 'life list' on what would have been his wife's 45th birthday.
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports her words of advice include: "The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give" and "worrying is wasted time - use the same energy to do something about whatever is worrying you".
Annmarie left the list for Geraint and sons, Zack, 22, Harrison, 18, Harvey, 16, and Roddy, 13.
The Daily Mail reports that before she died, Annemarie wrote: "I am so thankful for everything in my life. I like the person I am. I am thankful for my husband who is also on this journey. As one you can achieve most things, as two we can achieve anything.
"I am thankful for my children - how much they have enriched my life. I’m sure I would have been a different person without them.
"To be blessed with one child is truly amazing, but to be chosen by four of the most beautiful spirits is a miracle and the best blessing anyone can hope for. I am honoured to know them."
The 20 tips on Annemarie's list are:
1. What you put out comes back all the time - no matter what.
2. You define your own script. Don’t let others write your script for you.
3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only if you give it power.
4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.
5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
6. Whatever you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become
what you believe.
7. If the only prayer you ever say is ‘Thank you’ then that will be enough.
8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn’t lie.
12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
13. Let passion drive your profession.
14. Love doesn’t hurt. It feels really good.
15. Every day brings a chance to start over.
16. Doubt means “don’t”. Don’t answer. Don’t rush forward.
17. When you don’t know what to do, be still. The answer will come.
18. Trouble doesn’t last always.
19. This too shall pass.20. I will act with the intent to be true to myself
Monday, 27 May 2013
MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013
Incorrect Strategy Cost BN Votes
A Kadir Jasin
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TWICE the Finance Minster of Malaysia and now a sought after political commentator, Tun Daim Zainuddin, attributed the Barisan Nasional’s poor showing at the May 5 general polls to incorrect strategy.
He told the China Press newspaper that Malaysia’ general elections is a parliamentary election and not a presidential election, adding that Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak’s advisors should be sacked.
“If you associate a vote for BN as a vote for him (Mohd Najib), then BN’s poorer results reflect on him too.
“This is a parliamentary election, not a presidential election. The PM's advisors should be sacked.” he said.
And is Mohd Najib a lame duck Prime Minister and Umno President?
The following is the English transcript of the interview, which covered a wide variety of issues surrounding the outcome of the 13th GE, made available to this blog. I record my appreciation to the China Press for its superb effort and to Tun Daim’s office.
The Day After
1. Tun, what was first in your mind when you first received the full election result? Did you expect it?
I wasn't surprised. At around 12noon the feedback I got was that - BN 141, DAP 38 butmy own assessment was BN between 125 and 135 only.
2. Do you think this election was a fair one? Opposition parties and NGOs still accused BN of misuse the government facilities, and the problematic integrity of the electoral roll.
Of course it is fair. If its not fair how come in Penang and Selangor Pakatan improved on majorities and Federal BN get only 133. These accusations are not new. They said all these even before the elections. I’ve said earlier that they will be saying all these because they know they can't get to Putrajaya.
Read my interviews before this, I said they will be proclaiming to the world they would win and that if they don’t its because they have been robbed and therefore entitled to protest, incite people which is what they are doing now and they want people to go to streets. They want FRUs, water cannons and teargas then CNN, Al Jazeera etc will be back and they are back in the news.
Anwar and Kit Siang are inviting police to arrest them. They want to be arrested. They are totally irresponsible. If you see the recent rallies and that majority of the participants are Chinese, what do you think will happen if one hot-headed Malay organisation wants to organise a counter rally? But Anwar and Kit Siang don't mind, if there is another interracial incident, they would blame BN. If you are willing to sacrifice peace and stability for your ends, what kind of leadership is this?
They say they should be the rightful leaders of this country, yet they defy laws, defy the police, and they have no respect for, and undermine every institutions of government which they say they should helm. What kind of leadership promotes lawlessness and anarchy? What message do you send and what lessons do you teach the young and the impressionable? Leadership comes with responsibility.
There are laws in this country. Go to court, of course, they say courts are not fair, yet these same courts have acquitted Anwar. Again when it’s convenient to them they go to the courts to sue and silence their detractors. They accept where they won and reject where they lost. They are selective. Karpal practices and appeals before this same Court.
Be brave and honest. Accept the results. Karpal says he is happy with the results. PAS has accepted. Azmin is critical of Anwar’s refusal to accept the results and doing these rallies, but don't read too much into his statements. It’s like an old married couple’s quarrel, one party merajuk (sulks) but in the end they are still together.
Anwar is already up to his tricks - putting out feelers to Barisan MPs. He is waiting after the Cabinet appointments for another round of his Sept 16.
Reasons for Poor BN Performance
3. As expected in our last interview, BN managed to retain Putrajaya but couldn't regain the two-third majority. What are the main reasons?
Really you should ask BN. But in my opinion, it’s the wrong strategy. As I’ve said before, this is a parliamentary election, not a presidential election. The PM's advisors should be sacked. If you associate a vote for BN as a vote for him, then BN poorer results reflects on him too. I kept reminding them that those huge numbers at BN’s ceramahs do not translate into votes. You don’t try to fight his (Anwar’s) numbers with your even bigger numbers. Let Anwar be the entertainer (borrowing from The Financial Times). We are not entertainers, we don’t know how to sing, dance and tell jokes. It’s a serious business electing a government, so lets leave this clown’s strategy alone and not play to his game.
If I know, then surely BN knows that the Chinese majority areas were gone. Why waste time and money? As a strategy, you should concentrate on those areas where you lost by slim majorities in 2008 and strengthen the seats you won in 2008. There was also the question of choice of candidates, and for example in Pandan, why be petty?
Many people disputed that there was a Chinese tsunami. But there was, in the sense that Chinese voters voted en block whilst non-Chinese votes were split; but this is their right. This is democracy.
What was disturbing was the reason for the en block votes. Pakatan preached hatred for BN particularly UMNO. DAP have always told the Chinese that they are victims, marginalised; that the cup they have is always half empty; that this is the time to teach MCA and Gerakan a lesson for being under UMNO’s control, that UMNO (and by extension the Malays) were dominant, and this was a Malay-led government, and the Chinese by voting out all the Chinese parties in BN is saying that they have had enough of being bullied by UMNO/ Malays. If this is not racist, I don’t know what is.
Their cybertroopers were at work, 24 hours a day, sending misinformation, spins, rumours, lies, untruths etc. Where were the Banglas? Where was the blackout? How many peoplewhose ink washed off, voted twice? Tun M flew away in a private jet? Lies and lies and the Chinese believe in "ubah" and "Ini kali lah".
I told you if the Chinese rejected Najib's leadership, the rural votes will swing to BN. DAP benefited the most. PAS, I do not know how it is going to reorganise itself. PKR we know practice nepotism, ask Azmin.
As for the Indian votes, only some Indians votes came back to BN. Koh Tsu Koon has announced his retirement. Chua Soi Lek is not seeking re-election. In the West you lose, you retire. Brown retired. Here they are not morally strong to quit. Anwar stays on, Kit Siang stays on, Hadi stays on. Let me remind you, Anwar said he would retire if he failed to get to Putrajaya. Anwar does not keep to his word. He will never retire, until the day he is on his deathbed he would still want to be PM.
Let’s recognize that nowhere in the world is it easy to get a two-third majority. Urban voters everywhere in the world are anti-government. BN's strength lies in the rural areas. Yet too much time and money were wasted in urban areas where the results were almost certain.
4. Chinese votes for opposition even reached over 90%, why? From your observation, why MCA and Gerakan rejected by the Chinese? We still remember in 2004 the situation was totally different.
I have explained at length in the answer above. Chinese votes for the Pakatan reached 90% because they believed in Pakatan’s propaganda. This is at last the chance to reject the Malay-led BN. We saw on polling day many Chinese came out in droves believing that Pakatan was going to win. They were all misled. Pakatan knew that they were not going to get the numbers. Imagine Chinese voting for PAS, when they have seen what was happening in Kedah and Kelantan. Chinese voters were taken for a ride that they were going to make the difference. If Hindraf can affect the 2008 results, imagine what the Chinese with their bigger number can do? This was the line given and they swallowed it. In 2004, Chinese gave the then PM with his clean image a chance but that got to BN’s head and 2008 was the result. In 2013, Pakatan tapped into the Chinese and urban psyche. The Chinese are practical people and if they felt that the votes could go either way, they would not take a chance and choose stability over change; but if they believed that they can change the Government and win, then they did what you see in GE13. But Chinese normally bet on minority horse.
5. By analysing the results, we can see DAP won more seats this time and seats won by PKR and PAS also close to their numbers in 2008. Does it mean Malay votes still split? How about Indian votes?
Malay votes split 4 ways. UMNO, PAS, Keadilan and fence sitters. Lucky for BN, this time most went to UMNO. Less than 50% of Indian voters voted BN.
People’s Real Concerns
6. Why the 1Malaysia plans, ETP, transformation plans did not work and caused BN a bigger loss?
I don't think people reject 1Malaysia, ETP etc. The issues were not these. In all my earlier interviews I had listed the rakyat’s concern. These were and still are 1) corruption 2) good governance 3) security 4) education 5) inflation 6) urban poor 7) young graduates. Government instead focused on giving handouts. You give dinner once, people thank you. Give them five times and they think you are trying to buy their votes.
7. Even though you have given your warning, but the so-called Chinese Tsunami was so big to be stopped. But, is it fair to blame the Chinese for BN's not so good victory?
I have explained the Chinese tsunami. Of course, Pakatan have to say it is not Chinese tsunami, otherwise they will be held responsible for this racial divide. Are they denying the Chinese voted en block and Malay votes were split? No one is blaming the Chinese, but this what it is. As I said they were misled and they voted Pakatan but again it is their right to buy into that argument and voted to kick the BN out.
8. How to change their minds or should BN given up Chinese by promoting the Ketuanan Melayu sprit to rely more on the support of Malays?
You can always try and you must try to change their minds. You cannot give up on nearly 30% of your fellow citizens. But you have to address issues as in my answer to Question 6.
Ketuanan Melayu was when the Malays fought against Malayan Union. Ketuanan Melayu was in the Federation of Malaya Agreement of 1948. After 1957 and later in 1963, there is constitutional Malaysia. All races have accepted the Constitution. It is a fine and well-balanced document. Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore too had accepted this document. The Constitution protects all citizens. We are all Malaysians. As I said, I'm born a Malay, you are born a Chinese. We don't chose to be Malay or Chinese, but you and I choose to be Malaysians. That is our choice. If I don't like to be a Malaysian, I can choose to be something else also. So let us stay united and work hard and sincerely and make sure the country continues to prosper in peace.
9. Najib has offered a “reconciliation" plan. How serious is he? In addition, if this plan is necessary, how should Najib deal with it?
I am glad he offered reconciliation. He must be serious. You don't make statements you don't mean. You are a leader. But I read Pakatan has rejected his overtures, they talk about unity but do not practice it. Instead they offer preset conditions. Are they sincere? As leaders, the country must come first.
10. How is this so-called process of reconciliation ever going to take place when chauvinists and radicals still there to give their provoking remarks?
We, the rakyat must reject the chauvinists and the radicals. Government must take action against them. Rakyat must show support against these people. Country must come first. Whatever you may think about the Malays, they have shown that they reject extremists. They rejected Perkasa, Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifly Nordin.
Najib A Lame Duck PM?
11. Some people say Najib is a lame duck Prime Minister, he has not only has to think of how to regain the support of non-Malays but has to guard against the wolves in his party. Will he encounter any problem when party election takes place this year?
I have retired. I don't know the mood is in the party. He has to explain to party members what went wrong. Is he going to be a lame duck PM? Cameron in UK, Gilliard in Australia, Mohan Singh in India so far are ok even though in their cases they are ruling on razor thin majority.
UMNO has to remain united if it wants to get the support of Malays. Strengthen your rural support and the rest of the Malays will respect UMNO. If he explains to UMNO what went wrong then I think UMNO will accept and offer their support. It will take a bit of time with the Divisions and he has to make sure they continue to support him and he has to tell UMNO members that only UMNO is their saviour. I believe UMNO members will give him another chance. Those disloyal, you must punish them. But prove with evidence. You have the Opposition to deal with you don’t need enemies in the blanket. You don’t need over 3 millions members if they did not work or vote for you. It is better to have a smaller but committed membership who love the party and want what is best of it. For far too long, UMNO has had members who placed self-interest above the party.
12. Please analyse the result for Selangor. Far from what we expected, BN lost more seats and more popular votes this time despite of thousand good efforts had been put?
Selangor was a disaster. When I got feedback on the problems on the ground, I sent many messages to the leadership. I spoke to Zain (Mohd Zain Mohamed, the BN Selangor Election Director). He assured me of victory, totally ignoring the voices on the ground. His own Ketua Pemuda stood against him and so many ketua bahagians campaigned against him.
I think Zain was a wrong choice. He was dropped from Cabinet by Najib because obviously he didn’t think much of his ability and then you appoint him as Selangor UMNO Secretary. I don't understand Najib’s logic. When you all asked me at the last interview, I said there were problems of wrong candidates. Ketua Bahagians’ were not happy. Among UMNO (members) sabotage was everywhere. I told Zain a list of state seats that were in trouble. Zain said yes a bit of problem but BN would win. In all those seats that were in my list, BN lost. With wrong candidates not going to the ground, ignoring divisional chiefs, not visiting your members and voters, sabotage, you couldn't win.
When I was in Negeri Sembilan campaigning on Friday night, I got a message that Bukit Selambau state seat under the Merbok Parlimentary seat was in trouble. I got back to KL at 2 am and a few hours later, early on Saturday morning, I flew to Kedah. They were still quarrelling about the state candidate, even when it’s one day before polling. I told them they were crazy. Just vote BN. Told them they had half a day left to campaign and go together and campaign and be seen to be united. They lost by 500 votes because they closed their pondok panas by 4pm, confident that they had won. I smsed you by noon that BN won Merbok but the Indians there have to quarrel even at the last minute about candidates and we lost. We are our own worst enemies.
13. As well as in Penang. Before 5 May, BN seemed to have some hope as the 1Malaysia welfare group had organized many free dinners around Penang and free concert. They tried to attract the voters with money and presents. But, all effort proved useless. Why?
These people are amateurs. They are silly people. They think they are clever and throw money around. Better give to charity. Why BN allowed stupid events like these? People are insulted because they knew you thought they could be bought with money, concerts and dinners. So they came to relax, have free makan and be entertained. This is an election. It’s a serious matter. Let Anwar be the entertainer.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Thanks to my daughter Terrina for sending me this. Love you Terrina!
My disgust and contempt for Najib and UMNO remain unabated. There have done nothing in the 13th general election for me to think otherwise – if anything they seem to take their corrupt and arrogant ways to a new low that only serves to confirm that if anything is to change in our nation, it will not be Najib or UMNO. But surely we do not want Pakatan Rakyat to sink to UMNO’s level? Surely there are more responsible and rational leaders within Pakatan Rakyat?
I wish I could believe that Malaysian will come out in their hundreds and thousands to throw out this UMNO led Barisan Nasional government! Anwar Ibrahim and the rest of the gang can dream. What do you think Najib Razak and gang will do? Roll over and play dead?
There was a right way for PR to take government during the 13th general election and yet PR could not get the numbers to back them up and now PR expect to garner the numbers by whipping the people into a frenzy against Barisan Nasional? How many hundreds of thousands will keep turning up at PR rallies? How many days do you expect to keep them on the streets?
Let us try to understand a few things,
Take the Philippines and Indonesia. We hear all the time about how western countries are embarking on this aid program and that aid program to help these two countries – everything from caring for babies to taking care of their education, the sick and the elderly. We see documentaries about colonies of their people eking out a desperate living on rubbish dumps. We hear about babies from these two countries being given up for adoption by families no longer able to feed themselves what more another baby. There are wars being fought in these countries by armed groups roaming the country side inflicting havoc and death on the local population. Their people are everywhere seeking work of the laboring kind and their women work as maids all over the world. All this is happening in the Philippines and Indonesia because there is extreme poverty in these countries. Their governments are not able to look after their own so their people have to look elsewhere to earn any kind of living.
Why do we NOT have these things in our country? Do we have colonies of people living off rubbish dumps? No we do not! Do we have Malaysian in their thousands working as maids and labourers elsewhere? No we do not! Are our people prepared to have their babies adopted by western countries? No they are not prepared! Are there armed groups of militia roaming our jungles terrorizing the local population and killing them? No they are not!
In Thailand sex is an acceptable way of earning a living by many thousands of poverty stricken people so much so that Thailand now has a Sex Industry worth US $5 billion annually. The South Thailand insurgency have caused thousands of death – it surpassed 3000 in March 2008 and it is still increasing. Malaysia does not have these kind of problems.
Yes we have poverty. Yes we have unemployment – but these are all manageable. There are really no pressing reasons for our people to seek regime change in a violent way. Of course there are disappointment and dissatisfaction in the manner that this UMNO led Barisan Nasional government has been running this country – but these feeling are not intense enough to make them want to seek regime change in any other way than through the polls.
Are there people who would want to overturn this government by violent means – for sure there are – but not enough to give the authorities any problems. The Riot Squad can handle the situation and there is always the Army on standby if needed.
So that is why I think what PR wants to do is doom from the start. Doom because it is not what the people want. It is what Anwar and a few Pakatan Rakyat diehards wants and there are simply not enough of them to make it happen. Anwar and Pakatan Rakyta cannot ask the people to fight their battles for them.
What do I think should happen now?
I would like to hear Najib Razak categorically state that UMNO did not buy any votes. That UMNO did not use any pendatangs or phantom votes to get votes go UMNO way. That UMNO did not have any assist from the Election Commission to win the election.
I would like to hear Najib Razak categorically state that UMNO did not buy any votes. That UMNO did not use any pendatangs or phantom votes to get votes go UMNO way. That UMNO did not have any assist from the Election Commission to win the election.
Then I want Pakatan Rakyat to prove him wrong – if not in the courts then go direct to the people as they did when campaigning for the 13th general election. Have enough faith that the people can think for themselves and that they can decide for themselves whether to believe Anwar or Najib – to believe PR or BN. This is a responsible way for us to move on towards the change that we all want and it would be a step in the right direction for UBAH.
I don’t really care what anybody says..Anwar Ibrahim is NOT the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Najib is! And he has already been sworn as Prime Minister and if Najib is smart enough he will just sit back and let Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat run out of steam with their road show to have Anwar Installed as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Better to do that than to unleash PDRM or the Army upon your own people.
Apart from the hundreds and thousands of PR supporters that have been attending these rallies Anwar must understand that there are millions and millions more who are really tired of what has been thrown their way in the months leading to this 13th general election. Tired not only with PR but also with BN. Is it not time that BN gets on with the business of government while PR take their responsibilities as the Opposition seriously? Time these bloody politicians start doing some other work than campaigning!
With all the monitoring done by Pakatan Rakyat and NGO’s - how many Bangaldashi’s were caught voting fraudulently? In the thousands, hundreds or was it a case of catching one here and another one there?
Pakatan Rakyat talk about fraud and irregularities in voting – okay get all the facts, call a Press Conference and put everything in the public domain so that we can make our own decision on whether what you claim is true of lies!
We do not want the kind of PC called by Azmin recently. How many more times are we to going to see this Azmin Ali telling Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakayat to go to hell? Can anyone in Pakatan Rakyat tell him to just sod off – we know Anwar cannot do so…so who can in Pakatan Rakyat? No one can? And you expect people to vote you guys into government? Please lah…get your house in order first before you want to take over Putrajaya.
I am not here to debate the irregularities of the 13th general election. I am not here to argue that with 50.6% of the votes it is Anwar not Najib that should be Prime Minister. To me what matters is now that the 13th general election is over what comes next. And I say this because BN and PR went into this election with their eyes open. They knew what was at stake, they knew that the popular vote will not win either of them government - only a majority in Parliament will because ours is a parliamentary system. I do not doubt that both sides will do what it must to win government. Both sides would bend the rules to get the people to vote for them - what differentiate PR from Bn is the extent that PR are prepared to push their case - what seperates them is a matter of degree. BN has the money,has the logistics and the political will to do more than PR.
Najib went into this election devoid of honor and the respect of many Malaysians but he can now look back at the things that he did and say that it has resulted in the victory of BN.
DSAI distinguished himself throughout the campaign by making his case for government direct to the people but threw all that to the winds after his loss at the election by embarking on this irresponsible attempt to wrest government from a duly elected Barisan Nasional.
All that we have worried PR will do if they take government they are doing now! Always it is about the self never about the people. Always it is what you guys want not what the people want. Carry on like this and for sure you will continue to play second fiddle to the UMNO led Barisan Nasional.