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Najib rewards his enemies, alienates Umno grassroots

The top story today in Malaysiakini is headlined ‘So Umno is admitting it started May 13 riot‘ — see screenshot below.

The second top story in Malaysiakini is titled ‘Umno bent on sowing seeds of hatred‘.

TalentCorp – Najib Razak’s consultants under the Prime Minister’s Department – have taken a big ad in Malaysiakini to lure Dapsters to come “home”.

CIMB – the bank controlled by Najib’s brother Nazir – similarly took a front page banner ad in Malaysiakini. You can see the CIMB adverstisement prominently above the headline ‘So Umno is admitting it started May 13 riot’.

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The most CLUELESS president in Umno history

The humongous TalentCorp ad is associating itself with stories that say Umno started May 13, Umno sows hatred, Umno condones violence at pro-Najib rally, Umno rally held without police notice, and other anti-Umno propaganda.

TalentCorp, which is providing Malaysiakini with lucrative revenue, is an expensive  consultancy in the PM’s Department that’s heaping profits on Malaysiakini and thus indirectly funding these media attacks on Umno.

So now we know where a bit of the billions spent by Najib’s consultants went to … Malaysiakini, The J-Star and The Malaysian Insider — all beneficiaries of the largesse bestowed by the PM’s own Ministry.

Meet Najib … the harakiri PM.

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46 thoughts on “Najib rewards his enemies, alienates Umno grassroots

    1. Najib is really stupid in the sense that he is living in his own imaginary world of being a world statesman. Pretentious moderate grandstanding while the Chinese are stealing everything from his race.

      How is this possible with every UMNO President. Tunku was fond of saying he was the happiest PM in the world. He was out of touch with the ordinary poor malay cocooned by Chinese money.
      So it is with Pak Lah and the billion MAS contract for his family. Najib is living his life like the Malays was when his father died and he became an MB at 22 years old. Can you imagine he knew nothing but still the malays elders kowtow to him due to his father.

      But the Malays have change while Najib is still in his indian, singh, commission world. Thus his lame attempt to use Tun Razak to jusitfy the brother stealing from the Malays fell flat and was laughed off.

      The Malays now are angrier and information are easily available from the internet not just the NST or the STAR.

      Thus the best is to remove najib and let him in his imaginary world statestman dream.

      Approving Toto special draws while taling about maqasid syariah and whipping malay women in Pahang is ridiculous. But Mahathir done it before. so the same skunk must be in the Finance Ministry.

      UMNO must be ruled by a council of elders and professional not greedy budakk-budak like KJ or Hishamuddin.

      1. re: “Najib is really stupid”

        You’re being too harsh. He’s just made some big mistakes, like appointing Menteri Kangkung. Error in judgment can be rectified unlike stupidity which can’t be cured.

        My blog is not anti-Najib like ‘Red Dot’ Syed Akbar Ali, Apanama and others. I’ve said this before. Personally I can’t think of anyone now in Umno who can fill his shoes.

        Particularly for the ethnic minorities, no other Umno leady could possibly be as Chinese (or Indian) friendly.

        Secondly Najib did not become Pahang Menteri Besar at 22. He was made MB at 29.

  1. Well, Helen – it’s nice to know that you don’t care a flying fig leaf about the need for Malaysia to compete in the global market for talent.

    Because, as we all know, Malaysia has oodles of home-grown talent. Just look at the numbers who score multiple distinctions in national school exams and the large numbers who graduate from our public universities.

    So, why bother casting a net for other talent outside the country because they are (a) the wrong race/religion (b) they have picked up the wrong ideas (c) they are not happy with the status quo (d) they tend to question certain “fundamentals” in Malaysia (e) they are potential “loose cannons” who cannot be trusted to vote the “right way” in elections?

    You must be really optimistic that Malaysia can achieve “developed nation status” by 2020 with what’s available locally.

    And if others don’t like it, tough s**t, because we can continue to muddle on, secure in the knowledge that the world owes us a living, and that anyone who disputes that is an ungrateful, unpatriotic and disloyal Malaysian who should go “berhijrah” to more welcoming climes.

      1. No, I am not.

        I have many Malay friends who prove that “meritocracy” works.

        Are you one of those folks who think that Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and the Orang Asli are “stupid”?

          1. Really?

            Prove it, if you can.

            Anyway, what is your position on talent – local, overseas-educated local and foreign?

            Spell it out for us, so that we know where you are coming from.

            It’s easy to be smart-alecky, but that doesn’t pay the bills, does it?

            And if you think that Malaysia shouldn’t send some of it’s “best and brightest” to top overseas universities, then why not take it up with the likes of Petronas and the PSD?

            And send an unequivocal message that Cambridge, Oxford, LSE and the Ivy League colleges are “haram” and that all right-thinking Malaysians should be banned from attending them?

            Heck, we should even extend it to our VVIPs who send their kids to prestigious (and expensive) public schools in England!

            But that wouldn’t be “kosher”, would it?

            1. Ha ha ha some more. Why do I need to prove that you sound grating when you’re doing such a good job of it yourself?

              1. Well, that’s par for the course – resorting to facile remarks when pinned down and asked for substance.

                It must be galling to be shown up as a “pretensionista” when posting about “evangelistas”

                But we will see which way the Malaysian economy and polity will go in the next few years, won’t we?

                God willing (and I am using the word “God” instead of other contentious words), all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, gender, political persuasion and sexual orientation, will be on board by then.

                1. Re. God willing (and I am using the word “God” instead of other contentious words), all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, gender, political persuasion and sexual orientation, will be on board by then.

                  It has already been established that the 95% Chinese regardless of religious beliefs and “I am not Indian Actually” won’t be on board after PRU13 and will never.

                2. Re. a “pretensionista”

                  Isn’t this beautifully coined term aptly describes the Tudung- Wearing, Masjid-and-Surau-Going, and Sahur-and- Puasa-doing aka Evangelista?

            2. Messerschmitt. When we leave the universtiy we throw away our books unless we are doctors, lawyers, or other professionals. For the non-professionals, we start all over again. The university should be the game changer in our ability to use our brains to think, argue, rationalise, remember etc. From the portals of the university onwards, it is all dependent on one’s performance.

              You can study how the brilliant Lee Kuan Yew with his 14 failed Policies for Singapore could impress 2 generations of Singaporeans with his Double Star Firsts in Law from the University of Cambridge in 1947. It is alleged he obtained a Third Class at the Bar Finals in London, his wife was placed 3rd out of 300 and my wife was placed 7th out of 700 much later.

              All these tell us that all of us have an even chance in life to make good.

        1. Re. I have many Malay friends who prove that “meritocracy” works.

          How very observant of you. Your Malay friends must be on cloud 9, for it is such a privilege to receive a compliment and affirmation from the VERY SUPER CLEVER NON-MALAY.

          1. LOL. I can only say so for the Chinamen. I asked my friends, ‘Have you ever met a stupid Chinaman ?’ They all said ‘No !’ But I then continued and said, ‘You have met some who are so very clever as to be stupid !’ They all looked puzzled. I mentioned a few household names. They all nodded in agreement and laughed loudly.

            My observation comes from a lifetime of mingling with the good and the great up and down, as well as side-ways. Some ennobled Chinamen are regularly charged in the courts or fined for cheating minorities. Vide. Annual Report of the Securities Commission. 2010

      2. Ms H & Messerschmitt. In 2013, 2 vital events happened in the Republic of Singapore. 2 Ministers announced that in future, applicants for jobs and promotions would be considered not only on their academic qualifications alone but also their hidden talents. At the end of the 2013, it was reported the Singapore Government was actively discouraging more graduates. THE MUCH VAUNTED AND FLAUNTED DYSFUNCTIONAL MERITOCRATIC PYRAMID OF ‘YES’ MEN WITH THE SMARTEST FELLOW ON TOP, HAS BEEN DISMANTLED. At least, the Singapore Government after due consideration arising from the titanic fiasco of losing US$108 Billons (RM 350 Billions) of its citizens CPF Trust money on Wall Street in October 2008., bit the bullet, close down the meritocratic show and move on.

        1. AK47,

          The Singaporeans are losing higher education and job opportunities to foreign students and talents currently, not because the later is any better (if not equal) but CHEAPER.

          1. LOL. I generally agree with your comments. Actually, what is happening in Singapore is low-caste Indians are the cover-ups for the Chinamen/women brought into Singapore without fanfare. Strangely, none of the indigenous Singaporeans complain about the latter who took over the food-halls years ago !

            1. And the high caste Indians dominate their IT industry at management level, the pinoys at support level, while they are left to compete at bottom of the pyramid.

    1. Re. So, why bother casting a net for other talent outside the country because they are (a) the wrong race/religion (b) they have picked up the wrong ideas (c) they are not happy with the status quo (d) they tend to question certain “fundamentals” in Malaysia (e) they are potential “loose cannons” who cannot be trusted to vote the “right way” in elections?

      “10 Countries Facing the Biggest Brain Drain

      9. Malaysia: The brain drain in Malaysia has been steadily worsening, with the World Bank projecting it to intensify over the next few years. Currently, two out of every ten Malaysians with higher education seeks employment elsewhere, accounting for about 305,000 immigrants in 2009. There are a number of factors that contribute to this mass emigration, including job opportunities, political corruption and lack of religious freedom. Malaysia made big economic strides in the 90s, but growth has been halved in the past decade, slowing from 7.2% to just 4.6%. Experts believe this is largely due to brain drain, and caution that the nation could see serious economic issues if it doesn’t do something more to encourage professionals to work in their home country.

      10. England: While it isn’t seeing staggering losses like many countries on this list, it is valuable to see how brain drain is a problem even in developed and relatively wealthy nations like Britain. Over the past few years, England has seen a large number of its skilled professionals leaving for work abroad, with over 1.1 million university graduates living and working outside of the country. This accounts for almost 1 in 10 skilled citizens choosing to emigrate. This mass emigration of skilled professionals may have serious ramifications for the British economy, as professionals add to the workforce of nations like Australia, Canada, America, France and Spain rather than at home. When compared to other developed nations, these numbers are especially high, with only Germany coming close in terms of losses (with 860,000 workers lost), making it clear that even top nations with good schools, public health and lots of resources can be subject to brain drain.”

      1. THE POINT is, people/talents migrated for various reason, and in the current world economic scenario not even a developed country.

        Unlike Singapore and most developed countries, Malaysia doesn’t open its door to foreign talents. Should Malaysia opt for this, Malaysian Talents abroad is a none issue at all.

      2. LOL. I know of 2 doctors who worked for a life-time in Hong Kong and Vancouver returned. Another doctor and a restauranteur returned and made good. A business person could not start up in Melbourne and is doing nicely in ye old KL. A few in Australia told me they should not have emigrated when they heard that those they left behind made big bucks.

    2. Re. Well, Helen – it’s nice to know that you don’t care a flying fig leaf about the need for Malaysia to compete in the global market for talent.

      News Flash, even in Singapore with their First Class Education, Multinationals still prefers Foreign Talents and sidelining the local in the process, not because the earlier is better but CHEAPER.

      1. LOL. A recent survey shows that 89% of the Malaysians working or have a PR in Singapore do not want to be a Singaporean citizen. They should know best because they live day and night in that place with its people.

        1. The Malaysians are willing to accept lesser pay check and they can never catch up. They have been trapped, as they build their career and their salary increase accordingly, there will be more and more Malaysian with equal qualification and more experiences who are willing to do the same job at lesser pay. The issue that they are facing now is either accept a pay cut or risk being retrenched.

  2. They dont event utilized the existing home talent.. lagi want to call other whattheyknow talent to come back.. puii

    1. Maybe the “existing home talent” isn’t up to speed, in spite of a sophisticated national education system?

      Have you ever wondered why the government hasn’t mandated that the GLCs and the private sector in Malaysia must employ a minimum quota of “local” graduates before they can hire “local foreign” graduates?

      Or why it isn’t specified that the private sector (including foreign MNCs) must hire X per cent Malays, Y per cent Chinese and Z per cent Indians and “others” and where X must be > Y + Z?

      1. Messerschmitt,

        Am I missing a point here? Nobody stopping Malaysian students going to top oversea unis. But talentcorp is all about luring ppl who are working overseas, who thinks that the grass are greener on the other side n some of them even rubbishing the country overseas. So, what’s the connection here?

        Re: “maybe the “existing home talent” isn’t up to speed in spite of sophisticated national education system”. I know some professionals working here (middle east) who came from local unis and lured by Talentcorp to come home. Nothing against local unis grads(not local talent), just the inappropriate n extravagant way of Govt thru stupid Talentcorp to induce people to come back. That’s the rubbish bit!!

        1. Re……just the inappropriate n extravagant way of Govt thru stupid Talentcorp to induce people to come back

          Do you think the so called talents want to come back with a hefty pay cut not to forget the foreign exchange loss?

          Even now more and more Malaysian with Singapore PR are relocating in JB due to high living cost in Singapore but they remain working there due to foreign exchange gain. What more with talents who are currently working and earning in USD, EURO, GBP and AUD.

          1. Money isn’t everything for some people n on the other side, no matter how much you offer, it will never be enough. So, in my point of view, let it be… The $ spent on getting these people back should be wisely spent on building and nurturing talents back in Malaysia.

            I can only give you my experience in this situation only. I believe myself n my spouse r part of the brain drain, but it’s because of another reason, not entirely our doing. But now I am not working but yes, it would be very difficult as the salary in AUD (tax free) are not in the same league as in Malaysia for my spouse (and I can vouch for other Msian here too). But we always consider moving back to Malaysia as there are so many disadvantages here, high cost, family, uncertainties, etc. So, it never is about $ alone.

            The irony is that, Talentcorp came here last year 2012, and ironically, it received lukewarm reception other than people’s curiousity n free makan. That’s all!

            No amount of incentives as currently rallied by Talentcorp can truly bring these ppl home and I believe, those who take it up, has the intention of going home all along, anyway. Either because of family, not settling down properly overseas or they know their job is shaky overseas. So, I don’t think it’s entirely the success of Talentcorp’s.

            1. My relatives and friends are doing very well in the UK, the US and Germany now. There is no sign of them coming back anytime soon.

              Surprisingly my Chinese friends and acquittance that I met are the one who are here back in Malaysia. I commented about this even before PRU13 in here. One of them lost his job in New York and was brought back by Talent Corp (according to him), another had enough of pleasing the white and knowing there is no way up for him anymore (discreetly discriminated according to him).

        1. That’s how a typical lawyer argues his/her case in court fyi… nothing new to it. Nothing definitive or conclusive, only spin and spin to win the case.

    2. Faith,

      I understand if they try to lure medical specialist, bio-scientist, and few other critical areas/fields, but these talents just won’t come back because they have to take hefty pay cut (plus foreign exchange loss), and that doesn’t include a comfortable life style that they are enjoying now.

      What puzzles me is that they even try to lure investment banker and the other less critical areas/fields as well, as if the existing local talents do not fit the bill at all.

      1. LOL,

        Yes, they tried to lure normal professionals here. Engineers, bankers even nurses.

        For those, highly specialised ppl eg bio scientist etc, Talentcorp should consider them as gone case. Please nurture the local talents.

        1. Re. even nurses

          We have oversupply of nurses here in Malaysia currently accept for specialized and critical care area. Even then, Malaysian Nurses are well sought after in the Middle east and the UK.

          Just fyi, Pinoy doctors have resorted to become nurses in the US for the pay is much better.

      2. LOL,

        “What puzzles me….”
        No need to split your hair. Those are the easy target for Talentcorp. Can show result easier (if any, that is!). Window dressing as we say it, so their “KPI” ( not sure abt this index still useable) can be ticked.

  3. Errr, Helen, you know the stories you are displaying are not Malaysiakini stories but there letter column, right?

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