Monday, November 24, 2014

So Now it is the Bangladeshi?


Malaysia has had Bangala workers since the nineties when they were introduced into the country by Megat Junid the then deputy home Minister and since then they have been the source of illicit incomes for unscrupulous agents and employers alike.

Mother Nature fights back in the Camerons
I remember in the late  nineties or the very early 20's in a speech at a special Immigration forum with employers, the then Director General of Immigration, Datuk Aseh Che Mat said the government was stopping the intake of Bangladeshi workers and when some HR Managers kept asking him for Bangla workers he told the managers we could not allow Bangladeshi workers into the country because they were causing social problems by marrying Malay girls.

Soon after he left back came the Bangladeshis, back like a storm.

Bangladeshi workers were in high demand in Cameron Highlands because of many reasons, the sum total of which meant it made good economic sense to the employer. If there were illegal Bangladeshis in Cameron Highlands it was because there were unscrupulous employers willing to employ them even though they were illegal.

To examine this closely we have to understand what constitutes an illegal worker, in immigration terms.

An illegal worker is a person who has entered the country illegally and gets himself employed, or

a person who has entered the country on a student pass for the purpose of pursuing further education or any kind of education for which he has been given a student pass  and who instead abandons his studies and gets employed in Malaysia, or,

a person who enters the country as a tourist or under any other pretext and is not allowed by the conditions of his visa to be gainfully employed in the country during his stay in the country but, goes ahead instead and finds gainful employment or,

a worker who has been employed by an organization under an employment pass issued by the immigration department, (these passes are either issued in the name of a specific employer or an agent who is authorized by the Ministry of home affairs to outsource these workers to employers and in this case the agent is considered the employer).

and who leaves the employer under whose organisation his employment pass is issued, and takes up employment with an employer not authorized to do so by the conditions on his employment pass.

All  the above constitute illegal workers, now if there were more than 30,000 illegal workers on hill resort as small as Cameron Highlands how come the authorities were not  aware of it were they sleeping?

As long as the going was good the Bangla worker was good, once mother nature took her course in the highlands the finger pointing began, till it ended with the Bangla.

Now we all know this is  because some irresponsible people allowed some greedy businessmen to go about and find ways to clear large tracts of land unabated for farming without any concern of the environmental effects it would have in the highlands they carried on even though the were warned long before hand of the rising temperatures and earlier floods in the highlands till this mud slide took lives and destroyed property and all hell broke loose, the finger pointing began.

The deputy PM had come out with an assurance that it did not matter who it is the government would take action, and Malaysians were waiting to see what would happen.

After all, all land deals come under the State Government, and that means the Menteri Besar has to give answers, he did, and his excuse was that if the state did not allow it they would be blamed for not caring about the less fortunate. Now were these farmers who employed so many Bangladeshis less fortunate or poor farmers, that they could splash out the funds required to clear land employ these workers and carry out farming on such huge scales?

How did the Bangla worker become responsible that today like at no time in our history, and  since the advent of the immigrant worker - from the time the advent of the Chinese tin mine workers, to the Indian Estate labourer to the Java Contra (remember we had contract workers from Java who the Malays used to refer to as "Java Contra" or "Javarek" who were notably hardworking and productive and  are now citizens of this country and bumiputras too) have we seen such an operation by the Police and the Armed forces to flush out these Banglas from Cameron Highlands and carry out night operations and hunt them down.

Has this country lost its soul? Is there no such thing as compassion? Have we not benefited from the work of these workers who actually toiled to make sure we had sufficient supply of vegetables for our daily needs, who literally put food on our tables that today in search of a scapegoat we have found it fit to go after these helpless boys?

Imagine your children in another 50 years, driven by circumstances to go out and find employment in foreign lands and being treated such, it is not an impossibility it is rather highly likely given the way this government is now administering this nation.

The Philippines and Myanmar were at one time at par and in fact even better off than the then Malaya. See what has happened there,and history of these countries in the ASEAN can actually be a good teacher. In the Philippines it was corruption, outright corruption by the government and the heads of government that put that country into the miserable position it is in today, but as the Philippines and Myanmar pull themselves out of the rut as Indonesia shows some classic examples of reform, where Presidents lead by example they all seem to coming out whist we continue to sink with these irresponsible acts.

We seem to lack accountability , we seem to lack responsibility and most of all we are glaringly lacking in the most important ingredient integrity.

What has the immigration department been doing, how come there are thousands of Banglas up the highlands that they almost equal the number of Malaysian sand the Immigration is not aware of it, there can be n excuse, the police should have kept them informed, both the Police and the Immigration department come under the same minister- the minister of home affairs.

What was the state government doing was it not aware? Well almost everyone who went up the highlands in at least the last five years noticed the clearings, NGOs and concerned people voiced their concerns, but were given a deaf year and now with this fiasco we have our beloved Prime Minster coming to solve the problem his way - "make the Bangla the scapegoat."

The MP for Cameron Highlands has said in a statement in facebook,  "I have raised the issue of Cameron Highlands many times to PM as well at cabinet meetings, both as MP as well as Minister of NRE in the one and half years I was elected as MP for Cameron Highlands and subsequently appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. Is Datuk Palanivel MP for Pahang telling us this happened because the PM did not act?

This is indeed sad to see how low this nation has stooped, to save the high and mighty and not to not hold them accountable but rather  go for the people who are least able to defend themselves, and put a mighty show of it, after which those really responsible will be left off the hook. How many times have we witnessed this,and how many more times are we to witness this?

Why has it to be the Bangla? Are they the only foreign workers up the highlands? Are they the businessmen who cleared the land for their own purpose?

The answer in all probability also lies with the Bangla government who is so preoccupied with its own internal politics it has no time for its sons begin hounded here like dogs. Where is the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Malaysia.

This really calls for a Royal Commission of inquiry for once I am in agreement with the Utusan on the issue of the RCI, we need to come out of this state of denial, lies and corruption, if it is a Minister get him, if it is the MP get him and if it is the Menteri Besar get him as well, the question is.

Unless and until we really investigate this case very transparently  this may very well bean issue that is swept under the carpet as usual.

Is this government brave enough to do that?

God help Malaysia, my beloved country.

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's Toffeesturn says, Now It's Najib's turn

Putting Strategy in place
Well if you hadn't noticed it yet the battle lines have been drawn, it is the same darn thing all over again,and it will be played in the same way, although behind the scenes Muhyiddin giggles, he is feeling on top of the world because and like Najib with Badawi,  he does not have to lift  finger.

Mahathir Mohammed is again the king maker and the king breaker, he put Badawi up there and he got rid of him, he placed Najib up there and he will now remove him too, he can't wait, he is wasting precious time, and the time if lost will cost him and his family greatly.

He has begun delivering his sermons of  fear all around, he is making sure to drive home the point that Najib is ruining the country and in saying that very few will disagree with him for sure, he and  his favorite adopted daughter - Sharizat are  stepping up the ante, he has got Mukhriz to keep very quiet and maintaian a low profile, Muhyiddin is playing his part very well and has used the Cameron Highlands mud slides and the illegal farms  to go for Adnan Yaakob the menteri besar of Pahang,a  direct affront to Najib who is from that state and has the MB as a staunch supporter.
It's His Turn

Mahathir has already called for the the ouster of the Head of Selangor UMNO and that is the PM himself, he has said that if the leadership is not changed Selangor will be lost again in  the next General elections. He has described the Selangor UMNO as out of touch and not trusted by the people of Selangor. He has openly said that Selangor UMNO is corrupt and he is sure they will lose if Najib remains at the helm, so sure some sources say he will make sure one way or the other to prove his point.

Najib as usual remains quiet, he takes his wife to world meets and let's her steal the limelight off him, she is the target of all UMNO members who are against Najib and it is said she will be an issue at the next General assembly, and it will be raised by the wanita and the youth. Certain segments of the youth are now being shifted to show that they are pro-Najib when they are actually Mukhriz supporters, they will raise the issue of Rosmah during  the youth meeting claiming she is undermining the elected officials of UMNO and elected representatives giving specific incidents.

At the General assembly there is no use guessing Najib will have a tough time warding off the attacks
What more to ask
against him, they are expecting such an upheavel one UMNO member said it will be worse than a DAP attack on the PM by his own party and using the DAP to describe such a situation is taboo in UMNO and all UMNO members know that.

Najib of course will not quit, Johor UMNO is expected to raise the war cry and they will be funded by top Johor brass, the MB of Johor has put the mechanisms in place to ensure that funds are sufficient for this adn it will flow in as and whne required. The question is; will  Najib dare  go back to the National coffers to raise funds for his campaign?

Not likely, says one UMNO man who is in the ministry of finance he has already done irrepairable  damage he can't afford it, "if he does Mahahtir will have the fire to burn him alive," said the source.

Muhydiddin has to go for the post and he will appoint Hishamuddin to replace  him and in so doing strengthen Mukhriz chance for one of the VP positions, in fact Mukhriz will be appointed there just like Hishamuddin will be appointed the Deputy President of UMNO. The scenario is reminiscent of the moves Hussein Onn played when he moved Mahathir over Razaleigh, Musa and the rest to Deputy PM.

The financial situation in the country is expected to make both Muhyiddin and Hisham the shortest serving PM's in Malaysian history if they ever get to be PM's.
A History of being the stop gap

Mahahtir is not ready to lose the next elections to achieve his dreams  he is bent on burying Najib before he does just that, An UMNO loss will ruin the succession plan Mahathir has in mind surely spell the death knell of his UMNO Baru.

How do the people see it?

Well they like the fight,  they prefer if Najib stays on and does not give in to Mahathir, not that they love him but rather that  they abhor him.

Then why keep him?

They believe Mahathir, he says,  if Najib remains,  the BN will be kicked out and UMNO will be turned into a toothless tiger.

Why is that so some ask?

Well the people dislike UMNO remember the majority of Malaysians voted against the BN, they lost the popular vote many a Malay voted against UMNO and UMNO has to accept that as a fact they lost even in their strongholds. The Chinese have long been voting the opposition it was because the Malys joined them in 2008 and 2013 that they felt the wrath of the people.  UMNO does not want to make matters worse so instead of blaming the Malays who voted against them, in true UMNO fashion they  pick the "bogeyman" and the Chinese have been their faithful "bogeyman" all the while, except that now the Malays have got wiser and UMNO can't fool them like they always do.
Waiting for Daddy's command

Since  that last elections,with all the controversies created by UMNO itself many of their ardent supporters have actually jumped ship, with some even going to the DAP, something people never dreamed possible even five years ago, that is biggest blow UMNO is now facing,  the winds of change are  a blowing, the younger better educated and better informed Malay many of whom are children of UMNO stalwarts are now rejecting UMNO, and even showing their parents the way. DAP can't bemade the bogeyman either anymore these are tough lessons for UMNO to learn.

So if Najib stays he the BN and UMNO will  be kicked out at the next GE, and his own people will make sure of  that,  and if that happens even Mahathir's henchmen get kicked out as a result of the fall of UMNO.

So the rationale is why kick Najib out just to win the battle and lose the war, instead of killing the  two idiots with one stone.

Mahathri will be very determined he knows that too, the stakes are too high, he'll try every move in the book and from the bush, he is good at bushwhacking,  to  make sure that either before for after the next UMNO General Assembly Najib is out in good time before the next General elections.

Let the war begin. Najib was there when it was Badawi's turn.

Now IT'S TOFFEESTURN say's it's Najib's turn.

It is not UMNO who has been tolerant, it is us Malaysians at large who have been tolerant with UMNO


Malaysiakini reported that " An Umno division leader has called on all races, especially the Chinese, to emulate the Malays who are patient and willing to compromise."

The report went on to say he said,  “The Chinese must understand that Malays are ‘tuan’ (masters) in this country, they must also understand that it is because the Malays are willing to compromise that they (the Chinese) can carry out all sorts of activities, especially in the business sector,”

Go tell this to the millions of Malays you have fooled all this while, many who do not even have enough to put a shirt on their back, and the nest time you talk please differentiate between Malay and UMNOputera.

Syed Ali You are an idiot, for an UMNO division head without any knowledge of your own history you are a confounded fool.

The late Tun Dr. Islmail likened the NEP to a handicap which “will enable them to be good players, as in golf, and in time the handicap will be removed. The Malays must not think of these privileges as permanent: for then, they will not put effort into their tasks. In fact, it is an insult for the Malays to be getting these privileges.”

What Bloody "patience" is this Syed Ali talking about, he is a Malay of convenience, calling himself a Malay sometimes and an Arab at other times, it is the other races and the poor betrayed Malays,  who have been patient with UMNO and he has to understand and accept it, because that is the truth the plain truth and nothing but the truth.

The Malays are not ethnic people in Malaysia the Dayaks the Ibans the Orang Asli are the ethnic people of this country if there are to be privileges it is for them and not the UMNOputera, what is he talking about Ketuanan?  The Malays got the privilege because of what Tun Dr. Ismail rightfully called the "handicap"  the UMNOputras shoudl be grateful for all they got at the expense of the real natives and the Malays they shortchanged.

It was the non Malays who were patient all this time to allow the Malays and the Bumiputeras  special privileges now he seems to be taking it over his head and he is talking about "Ketuanan" superior race?  He doesn't realise that he is stepping into the shoes of Nazism and Hitler and that to is not acceptable in our world.

This idiot who lives in his own cocoon is no ordinary person, he is an UMNO division Chief and we all know what that carries.

We have to keep this piece it has gone unchecked by the UMNO supreme council and it amounts to an admission that the UMNO led government is an Apartheid government. Strangely enough the white majority government at the time of apartheid had a membership of many groups who worshiped Hitler and said the very same things this man is saying.

Apartheid is outlawed, South Africa had to pay a big price for the apartheid regime and  the Tengku was one of those  who initiated the sacking of South Africa from the Commonwealth for that system of government and the breaking off  of trade relations with South Africa.

Nazism we sacked it, Humanity sacked it from this world but it now seems to be rearing its ugly head via UMNO.

These facts have to be taken to the world stage, we must let the world know our plight before these people do more damage. We have to address this at the UN where the Malaysian Prime Minster paints a very different story.

UMNO needs to be eradicated,  it is not the original party founded by Onn Jaffar it is UMNO Baru of Mahathir built on this principle of "Ketuanan Melayu" it is  a Fascist party.

Way back in 1969 when he was a candidate for election in Kedah he told the Chinese in his constituency not to vote for him as he would not be representing them in Parliament, at that same time he came out with this idea of ketuanan Melayu, saying that "citizenship given to Malaysians of other races was given only with the consent of the Malay,"  and he went on further to add that that "consent could be withdrawn" that was the birth of this idea of "Ketuanan Melayu" by a Malaysian of  Indian origin who would later claim he is Malay, Mahathir.

At a time when there was a high level of unemployment he hired Chinese Driver not because there were no Malays around but to show the world that a Chinese was his driver, he was sending the Malaysians a message of the "Ketuanan Melayu" and in the process deprived more deserving Malays of the job,  that  did not matter to him - his ego did.

That is Mahathir and that is where this "ketuanan" came from, he founded UMNO baru and it is now implanted in the mindset of the UMNOputras.

Let us get this straight we are all Malaysians just like Mahathir Mohammed himself, and this semi Arab Syed Ali, who'll call himself an Arab when it suits him and a Malay at other times, they are all children of immigrants just like us.

Mahathir has his origins in Kerala that is where is father comes from, and this Syed probably in the slums of Somalia, and they call themselves Melayu, it was not they who were patient it was the other communities who were patient all this while, allowing them the special privileges.

If Mahathir is entitled to all those privileges I'd like to ask why my childrenand grand children can't.

I was born in this country my parents both arrived from India and were citizens just like Mahathir's dad. I married a Chinese whose father was born in Malaysia, who had a Malayan Birth Certificate,
and who was a citizen by operation of law, that means she does no have a citizenship certificate, because she is a citizen by operation of  law, now what does that make my children, are they not entitled to better rights than Mahathir Mohammed?

Anyway we are nt the type of people who like to ask for special privileges, we prefer to get what we deserve for the efforts we put in, we do not want to deprive others of anything just because UMNO did it, we are different, quite different, to us all men are created equal.

It is time we stood up and said times up, no more privileges for UMNOputras, what they  stole from the allocations to the Malays and other bumiputeras need to be accounted for and returned, and  Malaysia for Malaysians.