`

THERE IS NO GOD EXCEPT ALLAH
read:
MALAYSIA Tanah Tumpah Darahku

LOVE MALAYSIA!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

‘ARE YOU A LYING IDIOT OR AN IDIOT WHO’S LYING’: NAJIB RIDICULED OVER TWEET GOVT ‘GIVING’ POOR MALAYS TERRACE HOMES WORTH RM403K FOR ONLY RM35K

I received this picture (below). Folks say the idiot had been campaigning on Tioman Island. As usual the idiot is super happy that he gets to meet more and more Malays who are poor. 
Here he  “gave away” rakyat termiskin houses to even more Malay rakyat termiskin. Looks like under the idiot’s leadership every other Malay has become a rakyat termiskin.

But you have to pay attention to the numbers he is mentioning. 
Quite unbelievable. Obviously more stealing is happening. 
Here is the idiot’s own tweet (I believe so, it has his picture and name on the tweet) :
First of all he says that the ‘PPR’  (Projek Perumahan Rakyat) was 92% subsidised ! ! !
Fuiyyo ! ! ! 
A  92% SUBSIDY ! ! !
He says the house has a ‘harga asal RM403,000’ per unit but it has been given to the rakyat termiskin at RM35,000 only ! ! !
So the gomen must do this for all other “rakyat termiskin Melayu dan bukan Melayu” all around the country.   
What is so special about ‘rakyat termiskin’ in Pulau Tioman? 
Rakyat termiskin is rakyat termiskin.
The gomen must give a 92% subsidy for PPR houses in Kedah, Johor, Sabah, Terengganu, Kelantan, Selangor etc.
But  look at the house. 
The construction is so shoddy. 
This is 3rd class construction. 
Rumah Kelas Tiga.  
The roof is glavanised iron sheets. 
In Malay galvanised iron is “rumah atap zinc” or “bumbung zinc”. 
Look at the picture. I have outlined in red colour.
Then look at the flooring.
The flooring is plain cement render.
No ceramic tiles or concrete stamping for the car porch or apron. 
I have outlined in blue.
Some crony built this “rumah atap zinc” for RM403,000 ! ! !
They are just stealing. This house is hardly 1000 square feet in size. Assuming it is 1000 sf in size, then the cost per square foot is RM403,000 / 1000 sf = RM403 per square foot ! ! !
Construction cost RM403 psf ! ! This is an insane price.  
Folks look at this villa. It was built near Bangi.  
Built up area just over 5000 square feet. 5 spacious bedrooms with 5 attached bathrooms, living area, dining area, dry and wet kitchen, maids rooms with bathroom, back terrace, covered courtyard etc. With 40 foot swimming pool, solar heated hot water in all rooms etc. Floor to ceiling tiles in all bathrooms, 14 foot high ceilings, quality wooden flooring inside, heavy duty anti slip ceramic tiles outside.
Outside the house the swimming pool, pool deck and covered courtyard is another 3000 square feet.Total livable space is 8000 sf.
The total construction cost was RM800,000. (Does not include land cost).
Not joking.  I know because I was involved in this project.
But in Tioman they have built 1000 square foot size ‘rumah setinggan atap zinc’ for RM403,000 a piece.  They are stealing.
My estimation is the construction cost of those Tioman houses will hardly exceed RM100 psf. 
So 1000 sf x RM100 = RM100,000 only (inclusive of developers profit).
Even if my estimate is 50% mistaken, just add another RM50,000.  
It is still only RM150,000.
I doubt the land cost is more than RM25 psf in Tioman.
Lets just put the land cost at TWICE the amount, say RM50,000.
The cost of this ‘rumah bumbung zinc’ should not exceed RM200,000 per unit (including developers profit).  But Najib says the houses cost RM403,000 ! ! ! 
What is happening is the thieves are making money at the expense of the rakyat. Including the taxpayers, the ordinary citizens and the poor people.
First they find poor people. 
Then they build 3rd class 1000 sf ‘squatter houses with galvanised iron roofs’. 
Then they tell the poor people, ‘This is a GIFT for you’. 
We have subsidised 92% of the price. You only pay RM35,000.
This means the gomen pays the contractor RM403k – RM35k = RM368k.
That is our money. Taxpayers money. 
 Whoever the developer / contractor is has made a ton of money.
We the taxpayers get suckered because they use our money to overpay for bumbung zinc squatter house type dwellings. 
Then they tell the poor people to pay RM35,000 for these houses and tell tem ‘This is a gift for you’.  
The poor do not know how to calculate or figure things out. That is why it is best to keep them poor. Then you can cheat them.
– http://syedsoutsidethebox.blogspot.my/

Challenges for the MRT and public transportation in the Klang Valley



The full MRT line from Sungai Buloh to Kajang has been operational for a week already. After the initial fanfare and trains packed with ministers, MRT has to now face the challenges of (i) reaching its daily ridership targets (ii) ensuring accessibility, affordability and integration and (iii) maintaining financial sustainability.
1) Reaching its daily ridership targets
This may seem like an obvious statement but the main challenge for the MRT is to get more and more people to use it. According to MRT, the planned capacity for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line (Line 1) is a daily ridership of about 400,00 passengers. Each train set has four cars with a total capacity of 1,200 passengers and the trains will run at a frequency of approximately 3.5 minutes. More recently, this figure has been revised downwards to a ridership of 150,000 a day.[2]
It will take some time before users get used to taking the MRT including getting to know the MRT route, the feeder bus schedules and route, how to use the MRT to connect to other forms of public transportation such as the LRT, KTM and Rapid KL buses and the stations which have car parks.
To put the 150,000 daily ridership number in context, it is useful to compare to the daily ridership numbers for the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines (See Figure 1 below)

The Kelana Jaya line is the busiest with a daily ridership of 218,888 in Q1 2017 followed by the Ampang line with a daily ridership of 155,217. The KTM Komuter has a daily ridership of 111,163 and the KL Monorail trails behind with a daily ridership of 54,725.
The daily ridership of the LRT, KTM Komuter and Monorail experienced a decline in Q1 2016 due to the significant fare hike which took place in December 2015. In fact, all these rail lines have not recovered from their pre-Q1 2016 daily ridership numbers even though the LRT extension to Putra Heights started its operations in June 2016.
The increase in the daily ridership numbers from Q2 2016 to Q3 2016 was hardly significant. The daily ridership of the KL Monorail reached a four year low in Q1 2017 partly due to the delay in the delivery of the four car monorail by SCOMI to Prasarana (The dispute between SCOMI and Prasarana is still tied up in the courts).
The whole point of building an MRT line rather than a less expensive LRT line is to increase the passenger capacity. While the initial targeted daily ridership of 150,000 is a good target to aim for in the short term, in the longer run, the MRT Line 1 ridership should eventually exceed that of the Kelana Jaya LRT line.
In the meantime, MRT has to face the challenge to increase its daily ridership by ten-fold, from 15,000 before the line was fully operational, to Kajang to the targeted 150,000 now that Line 1 is fully operational.
2) Accessibility, Affordability and Integration
To increase its ridership, MRT has to be aware of the need for accessibility to its stations, the need to maintain affordable fares and integration to other rail lines.
In terms of accessibility, MRT has done a decent job in its feeder bus network that connects nearby housing areas to its stations. (The feeder bus network to LRT stations in comparison is far more limited). The bus routes can be downloaded from the MRT website although as far as I know, the routes and the bus schedules have not been installed at the bus stops yet. There is also no MRT app which shows these bus routes. Making this information more accessible will channel more people to take the MRT.
In terms of affordability, the price of the MRT fares is not too different from the LRT. A cashless trip from Kajang to Sungai Buloh costs RM5.50 compared to RM5.30 for a cashless trip from Gombak to Putra Heights. SPAD set the MRT fares so that they would be in line with the LRT fares. Dollar for dollar, our LRT and MRT fares are still more expensive than Singapore especially since Singapore practices integrated fares where a journey from home to work involving a bus trip and an MRT trip counts as one trip whereas, in Malaysia, one has to pay separately for a bus trip, an LRT trip and an MRT trip.
Many people are taking advantage of the 50% discounted fare now, which lasts until August 31. I think this is a good move in that it will allow more people to get used to taking the MRT during this period. The test will come after the date when fares revert to their normal rates. Will there be a significant fall in ridership similar to what was experienced by the Sunway BRT when ridership fell by more than 60% as a result of the imposition of ridiculously expensive fares? Only time will tell.
One way in which MRT can make it more affordable is to introduce a monthly pass at a cost of between RM100 to RM150 which entitles a passenger to make unlimited trips. Most metro lines in the world have some form of a weekly or monthly pass with unlimited trips. My Rapid used to offer this card for the LRT but has since been phased out. One of the challenges in introducing this monthly card may be the fear of lost revenue on the part of My Rapid(more on this below).
Finally, the MRT needs to be integrated with other forms of rail transportation in order to increase its ridership. For Line 1, there are numerous stations which connect to the KTM (Kajang MRT), to the Ampang LRT Line (Maluri MRT, Merdeka MRT), to the Sri Petaling LRT Line (Merdeka MRT), to the Kelana Jaya LRT Line (Pasar Seni MRT) and to KL Sentral (Muzium Negara MRT).
As the rail network in the Klang Valley expands after the MRT Line 2 and the LRT Line 3 are built, more stations will be integrated with the MRT lines. This kind of integration not only increases ridership on MRT Line 1 but will also have a positive spillover effect on the other LRT lines.
The only negative effect may be for some of the KTM stations such as Kajang since the frequency of trains for the MRT is much higher than the KTM Komuter.
3) Financial sustainability
Any discussion on the sustainability of public transportation has to involve the question of cost. The cost of constructing the MRT Line 1 has been the subject of public debate. The government announced that the total construction cost (not including land acquisition and the rolling stock i.e. the trains) was RM21 billion, two billion lower than the initially projected cost of RM23 billion. Others have disputed this cost, including how much was paid to MMC-Gamuda, the project delivery partner (PDP).
What is less well-known and less debated is the fact that MRT Corp, which is the asset owner of the MRT line, does not own the debt associated with the cost of construction. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Dana Infra have issued bonds to finance the MRT Line 1. At the time of writing, Dana Infra has issued a total of RM36.9 billion in bonds (We don’t have a breakdown of how much of this was spent on MRT Line 1). This amount is projected to increase as the construction of Line 2 begins.
The advantage of the separation of debt and asset ownership is that MRT Corp does not have to worry about the debt servicing costs, which even based on the construction cost of RM21 billion, will amount to approximately RM1 billion a year. This way, MRT can focus on expanding its ridership and earning non-fare revenue through other means.
As the asset owner, MRT has signed an agreement with Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, which is owned by Prasarana, to operate and run the train and feeder bus services. Prasarana already has the experience and the facilities to hire and train both bus and train drivers so it makes sense for the operations to be given to Rapid KL.
The agreement between MRT and Rapid Rail also states that MRT will receive all non-fare revenue while Rapid Rail will collect all fare revenue (MRT fare as well as feeder bus fare).
The challenge for Prasarana is to ensure that its MRT related operations are profitable. I had written last year regarding the financial challenges facing Prasarana. Because of its high accumulated debt, its revenue of roughly half a billion ringgit was barely sufficient to cover its financing costs. With the increase in Prasarana’s debt from the LRT extension and from the ongoing construction of the LRT 3 line, its debt servicing cost will definitely increase.
It remains to be seen if Prasarana can earn an operational profit from its MRT operations. The feeder bus network is likely to be loss making, at least initially, while the train operations will only be profitable if the ridership targets can be met. How long will Prasarana be willing to run these operations at a loss? How long will the Ministry of Finance subsidise Prasarana while it is running up these operational losses for the MRT line? We have to wait and see.
In the meantime, MRT faces the challenge of raising its income through non-fare revenue strategies such as property development around its stations, advertising and retail. Since MRT has no fare related revenue, this has put more emphasis on the need to look for non-fare revenue sources.
MRT opened up advertising concession agreements for its interior, outdoor and train advertising packages. Big Tree Outdoor (BTO) which won the outdoor advertising concession, estimates that as much as RM300 million can be generated from this 10-year contract.
MRT has also sold station naming rights at four of its stations which cost RM1.2 to RM1.5 million a year.
According to MRT’s commercial and land management director, Haris Fadzilah Hassan, MRT Corp is expecting to earn between RM22 million and RM25 million from retail, advertising and parking revenue annually. Whether or not this is sufficient for MRT to cover its operational expenses remains to be seen, especially since its administrative expenses for the Financial Year 2016 totalled RM53 million.
Perhaps, MRT can supplement its income via transit oriented property development, especially in selected locations along the MRT Line 2 which runs from Sungai Buloh through Serdang and all the way to Putrajaya.
Is MRT a game-changer?
Some people have commented that MRT is a ‘game-changer’. I don’t quite agree, at least for now. There is no denying that the rail system in the Klang Valley has increased its area of coverage over the past 20 years. The introduction of the MRT should be seen as an additional rail service in this larger rail network.
This is not to deny that taking the new MRT trains is a much more pleasant experience compared to the LRT. The stations are larger and better designed, there are more Park & Ride facilities available and the trains are wider. On Saturday, I parked at the Kajang MRT and took the train to Muzium Negara and then to Pasar Seni before going back to Kajang.

I have also seen many of the MRT feeder buses going to previously unserved housing areas in my parliamentary constituency to connect passengers to the Cheras Batu 11, the BTHO, the Taman Connaught and the Bukit Dukung MRT stations, just to name a few.
Perhaps the MRT can be called a game-changer when Line 2 (and perhaps Line 3) has been built and opened. But for now, I will do my part in encouraging the voters in my constituency to use public transportation especially the MRT and at the same time, monitor closely to see if MRT can successfully face the challenges I’ve posed in this statement. I wish them nothing but the best!

ONG KIAN MING is the MP for Serdang  - Mkini

Win or lose, PAS vows to fight PKR, DAP in Penang, national seats





Regardless of whether it wins or loses, PAS is determined to contest all potential seats held by the opposition front in the next general election.
According to Utusan Malaysia Online, PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said this particularly of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's stronghold Permatang Pauh and Penang, as well as on a national scale.
"PAS is not bound by any party right now, so we are free and up to us to contest in whatever and as many areas as we want.
"We will fight on (lawan tetap lawan), whether we win or lose is another matter," the Umno-owned daily quoted Mohd Amar as saying in its report PAS won't give face.
"Previously, we had an understanding, an agreement (with Pakatan Rakyat).
"Now there is none, so it is up to us.
"Previously, there was (a partnership with) PKR, so naturally in the (Permatang Pauh) seat we fought against Umno," he was quoted as telling reporters after the Fourth Asian International Meeting on Ummah Unity in Kota Baru yesterday.
PKR last week took offence with PAS' move on Permatang Pauh, currently held by Anwar's wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The Islamist party finally cut ties with PKR during its muktamar this year, although it has continued to remain in the PKR-led Selangor government.

Meanwhile according to Utusan, Mohd Amar said PAS would go ahead regardless of three-cornered fights in the coming general election, widely said to be beneficial only to the ruling party.
He expressed confidence that PAS would succeed in its goal to win 40 parliamentary seats in the upcoming 14th general election.
Last year, PAS persisted in contesting in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar twin by-elections against Pakatan Harapan and Umno, leading to split opposition votes that handed an easy win to BN. - Mkini

Zahid: BN component parties must demonstrate winning in non-Malay areas



Component parties of the Barisan Nasional (BN) must demonstrate their capability to win in the general election in constituencies where the non-Malays form the majority, said Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The deputy prime minister said component parties such as the MCA, MIC and Gerakan should not only hope to win in constituencies where the Malays formed the majority of the voters.
"We look at our partners in the BN coalition, it is difficult for them to win in non-Malay areas, this is a fact,” said the Umno vice-president, who is performing the duties of the party deputy president, in his speech when officially opening the delegates conference of the Bukit Bintang Umno division, yesterday.
Also present were Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Bukit Bintang Umno division head Zainal Abidin Mohd Rafique.
Zahid pointed out that what he stated was not a criticism but Umno's sincerity to ensure that its BN component colleagues won in the election.
In this context, Zahid said Umno was too kind although a handful of Umno members and leaders were slighted.
"But it is unfair if the burden is only handed over to Umno. How many Malay areas have we given to our (non-Malay) colleagues for the sake of togetherness,” he said.

Citing the example of Perak, Zahid said the MIC had not won any seat but the post of state assembly speaker was given to the party, besides the post of special adviser in the Perak menteri besar's office.
He said Umno would remain relevant in areas which it did not contest or in the opposition's stronghold.
As an example, although Bukit Bintang is seen as having no future for the BN, yet Umno in the area can assist the other areas to win because the people in Bukit Bintang mostly cast their votes in other constituencies, he added.
-- Bernama

MACC chief denies having political ambitions, says just 'doing his job'



Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad today denied having political ambitions, saying it is part of his job as a public official to engage with the rakyat.
"I am a public servant and I want to state here that I am not interested in politics. Tell Saifuddin he doesn't need to be afraid. In efforts to fight corruption and abuse of power, we need support from the public ... that's why I have been meeting with the people and having campaigns in many places," Dzulkifli said.
He was responding to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who recently questioned the MACC chief's recent publicity blitz, with criticism of states held by the federal opposition for refusing to sign an anti-corruption pledge and frequent engagements with the public through walkabouts and open houses.
"If that makes me a celebrity, what can I do?" Dzulkifli told reporters after officiating at an anti-corruption pledge event at the Royal Malaysian Police Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

[More to follow]
-Mkini

Siti Kasim lodges report against threats to behead her



Lawyer Siti Zabedah Kasim, who is better known as Siti Kasim, has lodged a police report against threats to behead her.
The New Straits Times (NST) reported that the Bar Council member lodged the report at the Sentul police station, yesterday morning, against a man who had allegedly called upon others to issue such threats against Siti.
She told the daily that the man had, on July 3, posted an online portal article that she said had misquoted her stand on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) issue.
On July 19, the same man wrote another post attached to another article from the same website, quoting Siti Kasim as allegedly saying "Not to follow Arabic Islam, but follow the real Islam".
The man had, with the post mentioned, reportedly commented: "The dog is barking at the hill but it will not be long before the hill collapsed on the dog."
This particular post elicited many responses from the man's followers, with some calling for Siti's beheading, rape and getting acid splashed on her face, the NST report said.
According to her, some even volunteered to "take up the challenge" and proceeded to exchange WhatsApp numbers, while others urged the matter to not be discussed online to avoid being publicised.

Siti, in lodging the police report, said she feared for her safety as the threats were, by far, the "most serious".
She urged the police to act immediately against those who issued such threats, or else "blood will be on the police's hands".
However, Siti refused to reveal the website on which the offensive posts were posted, saying she did not want to jeopardise the police investigations. - Mkini

Why Umno is afraid of Pakatan Harapan



When "Jho Low", a petulant Chinese boy disowned by the whole of the Chinese community in Malaysia, is allegedly hidden from open sight, something is wrong. The boy is a clear baggage. A walking neon light of corruption and malfeasance.
When Gani Patail and Zeti Akhtar Aziz, and even Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission head Abu Kassim Mohamed were relieved of their investigative responsibilities in 2015, another inconsistency surfaced. None of them has been allowed to speak.
From “Nothing to Hide”, all of a sudden the script of the Barisan Nasional has morphed into “Let's Hide Everything”. Even the final findings of the Auditor-General’s Report were immediately classified. Why? Vested interest has obviously been the main reason.
Indeed, when MO1, widely acknowledged by his own minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan as the prime minister of Malaysia in a BBC interview, such acknowledgement, it goes without saying, suggests the start of a possible mutiny in Umno. Enough is enough, the party has fingered him out. Still, nothing happened.
To date, only four persons have taken turns to defending Najib, and that too, sporadically. Salleh Said Keruak from Sabah, who is a spent force. Ahmad Zahid Hamid, who has barely made a squeak on 1MDB. Nazri Abdul Aziz, who knows his days in Umno are numbered, having once called Dr Mahathir Mohamad a racist. And, Mohammad Puad Zakarshi, who is a non-entity trying to be relevant by challenging Mahathir to debate.
When four out of a total 50 members in the Umno supreme council are defending the president of the party, with the wife of MO1 completely silent on the luxury items bought with the money siphoned from 1MDB, one knows that Umno has turned against MO1 and the wife.
To be sure, if they haven't turned completely, they are still under the delusion that with 86 seats in Parliament from Umno, the party will still be a major force. It was. But it isn't now.
Be it Umno, or Umno Baru, or Parti Peribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), all Malays want their race, religion and royalty to be defended.
Bersatu is standing firm on defending all three - by working closely with Pakatan Harapan. How? Race, religion and royalty can only be defended when there is no kleptocracy.
Bersatu is gaining in strength
To be sure, Bersatu is gaining in strength, precisely because it is no longer dominated by the previous style of Umno, where everything it says is kosher. Bersatu is listening, through constructive engagements with the rest of Pakatan Harapan coalition partners, to save Malaysia anchored on reforms, justice, inclusiveness, progressiveness and moderation.
Harapan is in this together to combine its government and opposition experience to reinvent Malaysian governance - from kleptocracy back to constitutional monarchy and democracy. The reconciliation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim brings together two templates:
One is the return of the financial savvy of Mahathir, where budgets will be balanced and surpluses generated, to defray the cost of living. Both Anwar and Mahathir are pro-suspension of GST, so that the spending of the consumers do not have to become a burden.
Another is the return of Islam Madani, where Islam will be civil and civic, as proposed by Anwar in early 1990s, and where Islam will have constructive dialogues with Confucianism and other great religions, an effort known in United Nations as The Alliance of Civilizations.
But the truth of the matter is, Bersatu is a force to reckon with. Muhyiddin Yassin (photo) was not speaking in jest when he said there will be a Malay tsunami. How? Well, when Felda settlers work closely with the Bersatu party, it goes without saying that Umno's 54 Felda constituencies are wobbling badly. Bersatu will attack all of them to defend the interest of Felda and its settlers sustainably and return to the heydays of Felda before Najib Abdul Razak. Yes, as expected, Najib is dishing election goodies, like just yesterday, but Felda settlers are a lot wiser.
They will and must take the goodies, as it is their money anyway, but they know now that they have to vote for a responsible government that will genuinely take care of their interest holistically in a sustainable way rather than the current Umno, which pushed them to continuous feudal dependencies. They too, for once, started saying enough is enough. The angst among Felda settlers has reached new levels, to the extent that they wanted to throw their TVs out of their windows when Najib Abdul Razak was making the six election goodies announcements yesterday.
Indeed, when these 54 parliamentary constituencies have begun to rock and shake from the ground up, the Malay heartland, comprising 119 rural constituencies, would be trembling too. Together, they have a reinforcement effect.
And to form a solid government, Harapan merely has to win 125 seats.
In fact, Harapan can go lower. It is enough to win 112 seats to form a government. The latter would permit the likes of Mahathir, Muhyiddin, Mukhriz Mahathir (photo) and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Aziz to approach the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for his royal ascent to form the next government, with the support of the majority in Sabah and Sarawak.
At any given time, the moment Pakatan Harapan clinches either a majority of 112 seats, or, better yet, 125 seats, the civil service, the police and army and Special Branch will be serving their ex-bosses too.
Mahathir, Muhyiddin, Mukhriz, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng are all known quantity. They deliver. The civil service, Special Branch and the judiciary know they are fair and competent.
To be sure, Najib and Umno have tried to deny that they have lost the support of Felda. But if that's the case, why is MACC carting away documents from the Felda office? Why was Isa Samad removed and relocated to SPAD?
And, if Najib claims that nothing incriminating has been found on 1MDB, why are the authorities in Singapore sending various henchmen to jail, with the US Department of Justice seeking to seize and forfeit more 1MDB money and assets laundered through the US?
MP Liew Ching Tong is right. The ambience of Malaysian politics has drastically changed in Harapan since the reconciliation of Mahathir and Anwar.
In, and through, Mahathir's reconciliation with Anwar, Najib has become a liability in Umno. It was Mahathir and Anwar who had raised Umno to their heights in 1990s, before each of them left Umno to be closer to the voters, rather than to the vested interests in Umno. This is the major difference. Mahathir and Umno can get the votes directly from the ground. Time to drain the swamp!
Not surprisingly, Najib's political operatives, who circumambulate and ring fence him, had to suggest the creation of the Royal Commission of Inquiries to dig up the facts of the foreign exchange market (forex) losses nearly a quarter of a century ago.
This is the pathetic nature of the government now. Its inability to look forward is so poor that it has to look so way back. Meanwhile, Malaysians have moved and looked ahead.

In the 14th general election, they want a new government that can enhance their living standards, and not be told that the economy is growing at 5.1 percent when the inflation is actually twice that number each year. Enough is not enough. A chance must come, from the bottom up and top down, to create a new Malaysia through democratic means.

RAIS HUSSIN is a supreme council member of Parti Peribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM). He also heads the Policy and Strategy Bureau of PPBM. - Mkini