“I see pitchforks”, what does Najib see?
Yesterday the Tun set off a mini earthquake. He blogged in Che Det (‘Menegur‘):
“Malangnya sehingga kini tidak ternampak apa-apa perubahan dari segi dasar atau pendekatan walaupun saya cuba menyampaikan pendapat saya, (yang juga pendapat ramai yang datang bertemu saya) secara langsung kepada Dato Seri Najib.”
Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar Najib Razak is insulated from the masses by his con-sultants, his Pemandu and his TalentCorp swarms..
Note that the poll above taken last December attracted 770 respondents.
A total of 577 readers said “Yes” they agree that Pemandu be dissolved while another 193 voted “Ya”, Pemandu should be dissolved. The decaying TalentCorpse should have long ago been buried too.
(My poll, by the way, follows the infamous Henry Ford dictum about his Model T-Ford 1920s motor car, “You can have any colour as long as it’s black.”)
The con sultans rule
Dr Mahathir does not agree with the BR1M payments which he believes is the giving of fish, and not supplying the fishing rod or fishing net.
This year, Br1M is given to 5.9 million eligible households (see Sinar Harian report). That’s a lot of low-income Malaysian families.
Najib’s populist policies, such as BR1M which are the brainchild of his con-sultants, merely serve to paper over the cracks of poverty.
BELOW: Where The J-Star‘s allegiance lies
J-Star despises Najib Razak; is he aware?
Former Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin had blogged on 1 July 2014:
“Maklumat sah yang saya dapat pada malam keputusan piliharaya 2013, seorang pengarang wanitanya yang berjawatan tinggi telahpun bersiap sedia untuk merayakan kejatuhan kerajaan BN bersama comrade dalam jabatan pengarangnya tetapi apabila BN kembali berkuasa, dia masuk ke bilek dalam wajah muram dan malu.”
Former J-Star group editor June Wong penned in her newspaper column (14 Aug 2013) that she refuses to support a government that keeps Malaysians “stupid and poor in order to control them and making them dependent forever”.
The MCA media will shamelessly butter Najib in the front and happily toast him in the back.
Does Najib ever depart from the VVIP table?
J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai boasted that he was dining with Najib during a Buka Puasa function held at Angkasapuri recently on July 18.
At the same function were a number of Malay bloggers, some whom had travelled from outstation to attend the event, seated at the back tables set up under the canopy.
Why didn’t the PM make his way to the back and chat awhile with the many pro-establishment Malay bloggers instead of lending his ears to the EvangeliSTAR backstabber given the honour of the VVIP table?
Why don’t the PM try to feel the pulse of the rakyat marhaen and put his ear to the ground?
BELOW: Ah Jib Gor will never regain Chinese support
Najib dikelilingi Datuk-Datuk selalu
Dr M in his bombshell yesterday hinted to Najib that the latter should not be as foolish as the emperor who wears no clothes (a Hans Christian Andersen cautionary tale) due to an over-reliance on his scheming courtiers.
In Najib’s case, The J-Star ranks among the ramai Dato-Dato yang mengerumuni PM yang “mendakwa dia adalah seorang raja (King Canute) yang amat berkuasa ke atas segala-galanya”.
Note: The example above (of the MCA media mogul as a scheming courtier) is mine while the words within quote marks are borrowed from the Tun’s teguran.
BN safe deposit is the kampung and interior votes
But Najib prefers to entertain the Jerusubang “moderates” and TalentCorp.
Pakatan likes to mock BN supporters as the stupid and the poor whereas they (oppo) have got the educated, urban support … konon.
The thing to remember is this. The BN vote bank in the peninsula are the low income Malays and Indians.
Dr M has cautioned, “pendapat kaum dan parti yang kuat menyokong untuk menyelamatkan kedudukan Kerajaan tidak diberi layanan yang saksama“.
‘And what do I see in our future now? I see pitchforks‘
Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires
I knew that as soon as the Internet became fast and trustworthy enough—and that time wasn’t far off—people were going to shop online like crazy. Goodbye, Caldor. And Filene’s. And Borders. And on and on.
Realizing that, seeing over the horizon a little faster than the next guy, was the strategic part of my success. The lucky part was that I had two friends, both immensely talented, who also saw a lot of potential in the web. One was a guy you’ve probably never heard of named Jeff Tauber, and the other was a fellow named Jeff Bezos.
I was so excited by the potential of the web that I told both Jeffs that I wanted to invest in whatever they launched, big time. It just happened that the second Jeff—Bezos—called me back first to take up my investment offer. So I helped underwrite his tiny start-up bookseller.
The other Jeff started a web department store called Cybershop, but at a time when trust in Internet sales was still low, it was too early for his high-end online idea; people just weren’t yet ready to buy expensive goods without personally checking them out (unlike a basic commodity like books, which don’t vary in quality—Bezos’ great insight). Cybershop didn’t make it, just another dot-com bust. Amazon did somewhat better. Now I own a very large yacht.
But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?
I see pitchforks.
At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast.