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Will Najib listen to his penasihat or his party grassroots?

In one corner of the ring, we have the Voice of Umno. And in the opposite corner, we have the Najib-inspired Voices of Moderation.

BELOW: Why is Najib listening to J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai?


Out of the total of 191 Umno divisions nationwide, close to 85 percent so far have asked the Najib administration to keep the Sedition Act. Voicing support for maintaining the legislation are 161 Umno divisions as of Sept 4.

(By now, the end count should be higher than 161 with the feedback fully received.)

Speaking for Moderates camp are Idris Jala and Ramon Navaratnam whose commentary appeared today in the TMI as well as in Lim Kit Siang’s blog.

BELOW: “We must reject and fight extremism before it is too late!”, says Ramon in his J-Star ‘Voices of Moderation’ ad


NUCC advising Najib on how to transform Malaysia

In his press statement today, Ramon said that “most thinking Malaysians are getting increasingly concerned with the rapid pace of sedition charges levelled at well-known and well-meaning Malaysian personalities and intellectuals”.

He also stressed the necessity of giving feedback to government “to help transform the economy and indeed our beloved country”.

It is a good thing that he is personally in an able position to do both, i.e. provide feedback to the government as well as help transform Malaysia. After all, the Tan Sri is a member of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) that is advising our PM.

BELOW: Najib at the NUCC investiture


Feedback: Two camps telling PM opposite things

•  According to the NUCC’s Ramon Navaratnam, public reaction to the slew of sedition charges is “very critical and caustic”. However according to many Umno division chiefs, not only the Sedition Act should stay but the ISA ought to be brought back too.

•  According to Ramon, the considerably anxious public believe that the Sedition Act needs to be urgently revised or replaced. In fact, it is the NUCC legal subcommittee headed by Mujahid Yusof that has drafted its replacement. But according to one Umno fella, the name itself – “Harmony” Act – tidak menggerunkan pun and will not serve as any sort of deterrent.

•  According to Ramon, there is a “growing public perception of [the authorities] practising double standards and selective justice”. But according to the Umno grassroots, it is way past time that the police started taking stern action.

•  According to Ramon, the current harsh political climate will deter the growth and maturity of democracy in Malaysia. But according to the pro-Umno bloggers, giving democracy to the Dapsters is like giving flowers to a troop of demented monkeys.

•  According to Ramon, the present “sedition charging spree” is “not healthy for the peaceful, harmonious and socio-economic development of our nation”. The NUCC advisor further believes that this “heavy-handed use” of the Act will discourage foreign investors and give the international community a bad impression of human rights in Malaysia.

The contrary viewpoint to Ramon says that some Malaysians are behaving like berserk 800lb gorillas. So it’s kinda strange that they should want to demand “human” rights. (Urm, this is my own phrasing and not quoted from any Umno member.)

BELOW: Ramon Navaratnam rubbing shoulders with the PM


NUCC wants to unite Malaysians

Ramon Navaratnam proposes a moratorium (suspension) on the sedition charges as well as a review and withdrawal of the ones which appear to be weak.

He also suggests that the Harmony Bills drafted by the NUCC be given greater priority for tabling in Parliament.

“Credibility and confidence in good governance can be jeopardised and we will all become uncertain and unhappy,” he adds, if the silent majority decide to stage protests against the sedition crackdown.

Ramon says that since “we all want to be happy, peaceful, progressive and united Malaysians”, so “let’s resolve to be more democratic”.

To sum up, Ramon is a J-Star “voice of moderation” who represents the NUCC views. His side of the political divide are projecting themselves as a progressive and democratic group that wants the country to have good governance and the races to be happy, peaceful and united.

On the other side of the fence is Umno that wants the Sedition Act to be retained. Umno is usually branded – together with Perkasa, Isma and Utusan – as racist, extremist, hateful and bigoted.

Click to enlarge J-Star Voices of Moderation poster featuring Idris Jala below


Transformation Minister is not Umno

Although he has a Malay-sounding name, Idris Jala is not Umno. For the record, he is a Sarawak evangelical Christian.

He is also a senator, which means he did not stand for election nor win a Parliament seat in his own right. Instead, Idris was appointed to office as the Transformation or ‘Ubah’ Minister. In his J-Star ad above, he outlined how to “transform Malaysia”.

As Transformation Minister, Idris controls a very big government budget in the Prime Minister’s Department. Nonetheless he does not have a bevy of civil servants nor the entire bureaucracy under his wing but prefers to hire outsiders – the highly paid consultants.

In a nutshell, Idris Jala and his band of fellow advisors are Najib appointees just as the NUCC advisors are Najib appointees and the unity council itself a Najib creation.


Billions parked under Idris Jala’s Ministry

The 2014 annual budget for Prime Minister’s Department is a whopping RM16,450,557,500.

Calculation: Add the amount stated in the blue bar (chart above) to the amount in the beige bar for the year 2014.

  • Administrative expenditure: RM5,869,615,000 (RM5.9 b)
  • Development expenditure: RM10,580,942,500 (RM10.6 b)

Now that’s a cool 16.45 billion ringgit from the federal treasury that is available to the Prime Minister’s Department and a goodly chunk of it is overseen by Idris Jala!

What this shows is that Najib puts great store by his quasi-government, non-Umno consultants who congregate in his Ministry – the PM’s Dept.

Click to enlarge

TALENTCORP TRUSTEES: Najib, Idris and Senator Wahid Omar

Board of Trustees - TalentCorp

TalentCorp Admin Budget

ABOVE: Anggaran perbelanjaan TalentCorp ialah RM78.5 juta (RM20j untuk mengurus dan RM58.5j sebagai peruntukan khas)

Sub con

Idris Jala oversees the overpaid ‘subcontractors’ who are doing quasi government jobs.

Reporting to him are, among others, Pemandu and TalentCorp – the latter whose CEO is reportedly paid a RM35,000 monthly salary inclusive of car allowance.

The Pemandu expenditure is humongous but rather complex … we can look into its details another time. For the present, I shall just mention the more straightforward TalentCorp expenditure which is budgeted at RM78,450,000 this year.

BELOW: One-off budget allocation for TalentCorp is RM58.45 million this year alone


The TalentCorp World Tour

Do observe in the accounts sheet above showing the “one off” budget allocations given by the PM’s Department.

Najib is only providing RM30.45 million (boxed green) for Pembangunan Harta Wakaf but giving RM58.45 million (boxed red) to TalentCorp.

The TalentCorp folks have been holding their events – career fairs for fresh grads, professional talks, networking socials etc, for example, in Melbourne @ The Marriott hotel (below).



Other cities and hotels that have hosted the TalentCorp events

AUSTRALIA: Adelaide @ The Hilton (above), Sydney @ Grace Hotel, Brisbane @ Sofitel, Perth @ Novotel

NEW ZEALAND: Wellington @ Rydges Hotel, Auckland @ Stamford Plaza Hotel

UNITED KINGDOM: London @ Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites / Lancaster Hotel / Royal Horticultural Halls / Cumberland Hotel, Birmingham @ Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin

GERMANY Berlin, Frankfurt, Deggendorf, FRANCE Paris, Nice, Lille, Aix-de-Provence, BELGIUM Brussels

TAIWAN Kaohsiung @ Howard Plaza Hotel, also in Doha, Manama, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, etc, etc.

Thank you Datuk Seri Najib!

The rakyat greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts expended and the hardship suffered by your TalentCorp quasi-government agency travelling to all those far-flung places in order to bring home the Lost Sheep so that they can work and contribute their talents to the tanah air.

Talk is cheap … jual air liur aje.

If you follow the money trail, then you can see where Najib is REALLY plonking his support.


Follow Idris Jala Kit Siang tells ministers

Najib’s ministers told to follow Idris Jala

Lim Kit Siang in his press statement yesterday commended Transformation Minister Idris Jala for standing out as “the lone and courageous minister so far to speak out against the ‘white terror’ intensified in the past month using the colonial law of sedition to create a new climate of fear in the country after the Mahathir ‘Dark Age’.”

(Poor Tun. He is blamed for Malaysia’s DARK AGE in contrast to the evangelistas’ Goodness and Light.)

Idris has been vocal but the Umno Ministers with the exception of Khairy have been quiet.

“What about the other Ministers?”, challenged Kit Siang.


Bapa Transformasi – our transformational leader

At the heart of the matter is who is Najib willing to listen to.

The Umno president appears to be accessible to people like Idris and Ramon, to J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai (above) and to NUCC people like Saifuddin Abdullah.

But is Najib even a fraction as accessible to the party faithful such as the pakcik Umno life member in Gong Badak and the makcik selendang merah in Lubuk Merbau?

Umno claims a membership of more than three million. Yet the voice of Umno is silenced and drowned. How come the Umno president cum BN chairman has allowed Umno’s opponents to seize control of the national narrative?

I know why!

Think about it – the DAP’s aim is to Ubah. Najib’s objectives are Transformation. Now join the dots, heh heh heh

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J-Star Voices of Moderation – Idris Jala (boxed white) and Ramon Navaratnam (circled red)


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We are the BN voters, listen to us!


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37 thoughts on “Will Najib listen to his penasihat or his party grassroots?

  1. Sekiranya Najib menolak ‘the Voice of Umno’ dan mengikut telunjuk ‘Voices of Moderation’ makin dalamlah lubung kubur’ yang digali Si Najib!.

    Sekiranya lubung kubur yang digali Najib untuk dirinya , SELESAI satu masalah!

    Tapi kalau UMNO yang menjadi mangsa, buruk padahnya bukan sahaja pada Melayu Islam bahkan seluruh rakyat Malaysia.

    Bayangkan semua akta dimansuhkan, Semua orang bebas bercakap dan menegahkan benang basah sendiri, maka huru haralah jadinya.

    Semua mahu menang, akibatnya terjadilah tragedy berdarah!

    Lihat sahaja bila ISA dan Ordinan Dharurat dimansuhkan, keadaan mula panas bila provokasi provokasi melampau dilontarkan tanpa had!

    Tidak kah The Grreat Ramon Navaratham merasai haba kepanasan ini ? Sekiranya tidak dikawal boleh membawa tragedy 13 Mei versi 2. Atau adakah ini yang dikehendakinya?

    Ahli ahli UMNO perlu berbuat sesuatu dengan SEGERA. Pendirian yang diambil setakat ini 85%, yang menentang pemansuhan Akta Hasutan, amat memberangsangkan.

    Kita hanya perlu pahlawan gagah perkasa UMNO untuk mengetuai ‘angkatan perang’ mempertahankan Akta Hasutan ini!

    Mana perginya Pahlawan Mahyuddin Yassin yang mengetuai angkatan perang menjatuhkan Pak Lah dulu?

    Adakah dia kini bersekongkol dengan Najib atau darah jihad anak Ulamak Muar Johor ini telah padam?

    Tidak usahlah terus mengharapkan tenaga TDM untuk mengepalai perjuangan ini walaupun semangat membaranya masih utuh.

    Malu lah pemimpin pemimpin muda kalau masih mengharapkan tenaga tua TDM!

    1. Ramon Navaratnam, the question is not how many more will be charged with Akta Hasutan 1948 (Pindaan 1979)? Stop asking the wrong question sire, at your age and wisdom you can’t be wasting time and resources anymore!

      The question you should ask is how many more will try to menghasut the rakyat and making it harder for the Gomen to repeal the very act?!

      1. islam1st,

        That question by Ramon is valid. As long as the Sedition Act is still valid, the government may invoke it. The bigger question is why the selective prosecution under the Act against certain groups? We have seen some people made equally seditious statements but no action were taken against them.

        The people is not only angry with the Act per se but also the selective prosecution.

  2. Helen,

    Najib does listen. But he listens to his “penasihats”. Najib’s way is to get Malay support. But when it comes to ideas, he chooses to listen to the very people who do not vote for BN.

    And his “penasihats” are not trusted by Malays. So, Najib decided to abolish ISA. even Tun Dr Mahathir’s advice is not good enough. Najib does listen to Tun’s suggestion. But he stops there.

    “seolah olah Pengerusi DAP jadi Presiden UMNO”, my neighbour describe UMNO’s position.

  3. IDRIS JALA said the case against prof Shahrom should be dropped for the sake of academic freedom.

    Don’t you think that there is a difference between ACADEMIC FREEDOM and an ACT OF SEDITION.

    Kalau LAH Helen NI seorang PM ……. ADAKAH Helen akan ikut nasihat seperti ini. ?

    1. Al marhum bekas Ketua Hakim Negara, Sultan Azlan Shah says ‘The right to free speech ceases at the point where it comes within the mischief of the Sedition Act.’?

      Idris Jala kenapa nak sokong gerakan anarki kumpulan Anti Perlembagaan Persekutuan? Idris Jala tak ingat ka peringatan Lord President Tun Suffian dulu? Atau saja buat-buat bengap dan tuli?

      “Bekas Ketua Hakim Negara yang bijaksana Allahyarham Tun Mohamed Suffian Hashim pernah berkata ‘Malaysians with short memories and people living in mature and homogenous democracies may wonder why in a democracy discussion of any issues and in Parliment of all places should be suppressed. Surely it might be said that it is better that grievances and problems about language, etc. should be openly debated rather than be swept under the carpet and allowed to fester. But Malaysians who remember what happened during May 13 1969, and subsequent days are sadly aware that racial feelings are only too easily stirred up by constant harping on sensitive issues like language and it is to minimise racial explosions that the amendments were made (to the Sedition Act).’”

      Idris Jala tak mahu minta Esekutif campur tangan skali ka dalam kes Abdullah Zaik?

      “Jika tidak kenapakah rakyat Malaysia harus berpandangan terbuka, liberal dengan perbincangan akademik Azmi Shahrom, contohnya dan tidak boleh berliberal dengan perbincangan akademik Abdullah Zaik?”

  4. The table on the expenditure by the PM’s department is mind-boggling. The sad part is I only know the TalentCorp bit. What the hell is UKAS and UNIK, and they’re only spending RM5 mil on Latihan Kemahiran. That amount would only make sense if they send 10 people for training (if we base it on what they spent on Talentcorp). That program basmi kemiskinan – is that BR1M?

  5. voice of moderation actually is a voice of extremists who want to undone what had been agreed upon by our forefathers. They are many of them in the Star newspaper.

    1. The fore fathers who had agreed to the FMA 1948 and subsequently the Perlembagaan Persekutuan 1957 are the moderates. The Star kakis are pengikut tegar Western Liberals tapi dalam hati ada taman aka kalau kena dakwa menghasut mula merengek minta tolong ICJ n HRW bagai! Penipu tegar puak anarkis Anti Perlembagaan Persekutuan ni!


  6. Najib , pl satisfy Helen’s curiosity , u want to listen to the simple, no-makeup macik or those impressionists sitting in a row. ( clue: truth is naked, truth does not need any makaup to impress, to impress means fake)

  7. We hear transformation almost daily…What is “transformation”? To see an instant transformation of a person look, one may want to see his reflection on a distorted glass…your image may look taller or shorter, slimmer or fatter, or your head may look bigger than the rest of your body. Plastic surgeon can do a more permanent transformation to your facial or body.

    UBAH may be translated as CHANGE. During the last GE13, Pakatan Rakyat was so saw confident of a change in government in Putrajaya. Fortunately, they didn’t succeed. If they have succeeded, everything will be “changed”, this country will never be the same again. They didn’t succeed because the support largely from kampung makcik and pakcik and the die hard urban UMNO supporters. What do we get for voting for UMNO that has saved this country from dissapearing into oblivion? We get a celebration cake called TRANSFORMATION.

    In my opinion, there is no Transformation, we are having “Ubah”. Ubah from ISA to SOSMA. Akta Hasutan is in the process to be Ubah to Harmoni. Howcome after voting for UMNO, we are implementing “Ubah-Change” advocated by the opposition? This is totally absurd and causing mental anguish among UMNO folks. Probably many of the UMNO folks may not able to vote for the next GE14, because many may end up in mental hospital. Most of these UMNO folks are diagnosed having “Transformation or Ubah mental disorders”.

    Why our beloved Leader is not talking about Transformation in Economy? Investment opportunities? Health Services? Social? Security of this country? Education? Business opportunities for Bumiputra?

    If so many things need to be transformed, why on earth most of the time we are just hearing about ISA and Sedition Act? Why most of the time we hear only about having to transform to “moderation”? What’s wrong with this country? Aren’t we moderate before this? Are we imposing apartheid system that the Chinese and the Indians are all living in shanty towns and have no freedom at all?

    We are doing it simply to please the Chinese DAP …UBAH…in order to UBAH, the kampung folks makcik and pakcik and some urban die hard UMNO supporters has to become”MODERATES”. This is utter nonsense and an insult to human dignity and intelligence.

    1. re: “How come after voting for UMNO, we are implementing ‘Ubah-Change’ advocated by the opposition?”

      Bingo! Nail on the head … wakakakaka (diabolical Dapster laugh).

  8. My comment on PM in Ms Helen previous write up is also relevent to this article. THINK ABOUT IT. Why why why?

  9. I have no good words for Najib with more and more damages he is doing to the country so i rather not get into vulgarity and obscenity in describing his actions.

      1. Isma Tiruan 11:11 pm,

        Siapa yang ingin anda tipu? Sekali jeling pada tulisan anda orang sudah tahu anda Isma penipu!

        Anda rasa dengan cara ini orang akan membenci Isma?


        Makin orang mempercayai perjuangan Isma kerana adanya golongan macam anda yang beriya iya benar untuk memburukkan imej nya!

        1. ‘……According to UMNO grassroots? Who gives a fuck what they think??….’

          Really? Don’t you know that the UMNO grassroots and The ‘Pak Chik and Mak Chik kampong’ that smash the DAP’s and geng’s dreams to capture Putrajaya?

          That is what we called People’s Power!

          Keep on being arrogant!

          Me ( not grammaticaly, I know ) being one of the Mak Chik Kampong, will NOT VOTE DAP/PR, for millions years!

  10. That’s comrade Nga kor ming FB status. I like this. Confirming suspicion that I have for this party. Thanks honourable Ni Ke Min Tonzhi. ( name mean sensitive fellow, but so quiet about his white house )

    1. Have to share Bung Mokhtar, Teresa Kok & Dyana All in one picture, Teresa even wear famous red dress she have.://

  11. When our forefathers drafted and decided on the ISA and the Seditions Act they must have foreseen what might happen to their country as what we are experiencing today.

    And Najib comes along ngada2 nak jadi hero moderate, already abolished ISA and now trying to abolish the other? What is he trying to prove? Are Malaysians truly ready for this?

    Kenapa tak sabar2 dan beria2 sangat? Tak nampak ke what has been happening since 2008?

    1Malaysia dah successful sangat ke?

  12. Being fair to the PM, in my view, by using the word “transformation” it means to be in a better state. While change is a general thing. You may change to be better or you may change to be in a worst state.

    Then change itself can results in a bad situation. Of course what we want is change for better.

    The problem is the choice that we make. What if the choice we make is not actually good for us. How do we know it?

    If the advisors are confident of their view that something should be changed then surely they would advice accordingly. Then how would the people advised know that the advice is good or bad?

    Personally I believe the PM is doing what is the best for the country but he is not Tun Mahathir. I am not expecting him to be as one. He has his own style and methods. He has his own limit too.

    The problem with some of us is that we expect PM would be compared to Tun Mahathir management stye. We are used to this style and method for decades. We almost loosing the ability to contribute to our leader by way of collective and constructive support. By support includes to call a spade a spade but of course in a proper manner. Because in making right decision, one has to differentiate between what is true and false input.

    I say that Najib has this collective management style. But by doing this he needs much of our support. If we see that something wrong has been done by some of his circles then it is our duty to voice it out. But again in a proper manner. In hoping that what is wrong would be corrected and good business runs as usual.

    1. Pak Long

      “….The problem with some of us….”

      The problem is not us. Najib is the problem.

      His character, decisions bring “malapetaka’ to UMNO. If his decisions affect him alone, that would be fine. His decision to favour those who literally want him dead OVER those genuinely concern “Makcik makcik and pakcik pakcik” is simply plain STUPID and worse still SUICIDAL.

      I often said that UMNO was saved through Malay votes. All because we can see what Najib until today refuse to see. Due to “iman and takwa”, we are able to see total disaster if UMNO is gone.

      And that is the areas where Najib is found wanting. “Iman dan takwa”.

  13. Only 5 million for Latihan Kemahiran? Very small amount of money for such an important segment. Where’re the locally accredited workers going to come from? Haven’t we learned from Singapore?

  14. ‘…….Kenapa tak sabar2 dan beria2 sangat? Tak nampak ke what has been happening since 2008?……’ Rina 12:18 AM

    Sokong Sepenuhnya RINA

    ‘……..What if the choice we make is not actually good for us. How do we know it?…..’ Pak Long 12:26 am

    Betul Pak Long!.

    Tapi dalam membatalkan ISA, Ordinan Dharurat dan cadangan memasuhkan Akta Hasutan. It is VERY BAD choice!

    Najib dan sesiapa sahaja yang tidak memahami situasi masyarakat Malaysia yang berbilang kaum perlu pergi sekolah, belajar balik sejarah!

    Ok, Malaysia kelihatan tenang, aman damai, di permukaan tetapi ingat ada ‘api dalam sekam yang membara’ di dalamnya!

    Ingat zaman dharurat? Jujurlah, ia petempuran antara ashkar Melayu dengan puak komunis yang 99% adalah Cina!

    Ingat lagi peristiwa 13 Mei 1969? Tidak perlu diceritakan di sini. semuanya tahu peristiwa ini dan sebab sebab berlakunya!

    Bagaimana pula dengan Operasi Lalang? ( lupa tahunnya! ) Nyaris lagi jadi Tragedy 13 Mei versi 2.

    Nasib baiklah ada ‘Akta Babarian’ yang boleh digunakan untuk mencegahnya!

    ‘…….how would the people advised know that the advice is good or bad?…….’ Pak Long 12:26 am

    Jawapannya sama seperti di atas. Hasrat Najib hendak menghapuskan Akta Hasutan perlu dicegah habis habisan setelah kita gagal menghalangnya membatalkan ISA dan Ordian Dharurat.

    Kita mahu mencegah dari Tragedy 13 Mei versi 3 !!!

    ‘……..But by doing this he needs much of our support…..’

    Mungkin tranformasi transformasi lain yang berfaedah!

    Tapi bukan tranformasinya membatalkan AKTA HASUTAN !

    Biarlah pokok rebah tanpa kita membuta tuli menjadi penyokongkannya!

  15. Re: M’sia better place if all Malays are like Marina

    Resurrect as what has happened and done to past Malays freedom fighters Tok Janggut Mat Kilau etc. as what has been said by Tun Hamid, in this case history ought to changed and as a suavely to their define requirements by this fosters.(Fisters)

    Ps; as said one unsolicited editor, don’t be to hard on yourself but I said miss Helen is doing hard pursuing unbiased and characteristics way in her blog in the like of ones(self) Cherish not cheroot no heart feeling

  16. Ms H. In recent years, we have seen how the sly and cunning ways of those voodoo jumpin and choral types from Subang exploited the racial and religion divide in our beloved Malaysia.

    The recent Scottish Independence Referendum showed us how the cunning and wily English exploited the religious divide, Protestants and Roman Catholics, the possible but unlikely effect on the Scottish socio-economics by the loss of jobs and money on 99.99% of the electorate and the great unknowns in the future.

    The Scots swallowed this hook line and sinker even after 307 years of English colonial rule. By voting NO, they lost their liberty.

    The devolution of political powers to Scotland is free but the Scottish socio-economics are still in English hands plus the OIL. Without Scotland, the English are finished.

    1. re: “In recent years, we have seen how the sly and cunning ways of those voodoo jumpin and choral types from Subang exploited the racial and religion divide in our beloved Malaysia.”

      MCA is complicit. They allowed their billion-ringgit media empire to serve as a platform and channels to disseminate the sly and cunning brainwashing of “those voodoo jumpin and choral types from Subang”.

      MCA will pay for their betrayal. The Malay electorate will punish the party.

      MCA will be dead as a dodo by GE14, I’m positive.

      1. If MCA which has been associated with the Kuomintang vision of traditional Chinese civilization in a modern republican setting, were to be extinguished, what would it mean for Malaysian Chinese to follow the lead of the Mao Chinese chauvinist DAP?

        The communists harbour an atheistic dialectical-materialism ideology that seems to accomodate the rejoicing-here-and-now “gospel” of rapture evangelism – in both cases the injunctions of the Creator God and the saintly struggle for a blessed afterlife is lost on these souls.

        Maka apa Cina mahu? One can only surmise from the current social situation that the Chinese community is at odds with itself, and indeed in general terms this has been the case for more than a century. The struggle for the universal Chinese spirit that is at once metaphysical yet pragmatic is facing the ongoing onslaughts of liberal global-economic transcendence.

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