There’s now the Jho Low controversy swirling feverishly around Najib Razak and triggered by no less than a lengthy report published in one of the world’s most famous newspapers – The New York Times.
Then there is also the Sarawak Report special investigation exposé which was reputedly put together with yet another reputable newspaper of international renown – London’s Sunday Times.
All this makes you ponder just what kind of people – the Jho Low type, I reckon – it is that our PM is surrounded by.
Next – and this is from my own up close and personal bad experience yesterday evening – comes the question of what kind of (external) media consultancy is advising Najib?
Again the reports going around indicate the involvement of some unsavoury characters in his communication team who are being paid a whole lot of money.
In my earlier posting today – ‘UPDATED: This person plagiarized my writing! and Jonathan Smith’s as well (!!!)‘ – I’ve conclusively shown how one of the PM’s staunchest defenders in cyberspace, seemingly with cables to get his work on some major platforms, had plagiarized me.
Yesterday, one ‘Iskandar Mohamad’ (a pseudonym, I’m sure) published his article ‘The Other Side of Anwar‘ in Malaysia Today. It was plagiarized entirely from my writings – my blog posting on Feb 16 – as well as from the book I-Files on Anwar penned by Jonathan Smith.
So that’s that. The evidence is really incontrovertible. But I’m more interested in our prime minister than in a pseudonymous well-paid and unscrupulous hack.
Tell me, what kind of people are the flagbearers prominently defending Najib Razak in the digital (or print) media? I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar that this ‘Iskandar Mohamad’ is one of ‘em consultants. This is my strong suspicion.
And I’m going to say this about Dato’ Seri Najib, and mind you, my political predictions in the past have all been uncannily accurate.
With the unravelling of 1MDB on top of the kind of people that you have around you, sir – and there are more than just a few of them – your premiership will surely self-destruct, and sooner than we anticipate.
This person calling himself ‘Iskandar Mohamad’ plagiarized from author Jonathan Smith as well who had written the I-files about Anwar, see https://ifilesjs.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/chapter-one-the-man-without-a-face/
Jonathan Smith (JS) wrote: “He would gladly tell anyone who would listen how those 13 May riots in 1969 had radicalised him. He would speak of how far-left revolutionaries inspired him – of how his heroes Herbert Marcuse, Frantz Fanon, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara would teach him that the old social order must be overthrown. Even violently. He spoke of the ‘wretched of the earth,’ as Fanon put it. He left his audiences in no doubt that he was the man to overturn everything. He was The Rebel.”
Iskandar Mohamad wrote: “The May 13 riots in 1969 radicalized him and he spoke of how far-left revolutionaries inspired him including his heroes such as Herbert Marcuse, Frantz Fanon, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara from whom he learnt that the old social order must be overthrown, even if via violence. Undoubtedly, he made no apologies that he was the rebel with a cause.”
JS: “But these last two subjects suggested that he had found his core, and his first important peer acceptance, with the Wahhabi missionaries. With them, and with those who fell in with them, he would share the inspiration he drew from Abul Ala Maududi and Sayyid Qutb. These were heroes.”
IM: “Decades ago, he admired and sympathised with extremists such as Abul Ala Maududi and Sayyid Qutb – the radicals who founded Jamaat-e- Islami in Pakistan and inspired al Qaeda, respectively.”
JS: “He embraced men who would call for violent revolution to overthrow the existing social and political order to be replaced with a world of sharia law, who would reject over one thousand years of peaceful Islamic thought and learning as corrupt and decadent.”
IM: “This is the Anwar whom many never knew existed for he embraced men who would call for violent revolution to overthrow the existing social and political order to be replaced with a world of syariah law.”
JS: “You have to understand how he was before. Quiet, calm, easy-going. All of a sudden, he’s carrying a Koran everywhere.”
JS: “Anwar turned into some kind of fanatic at the time. And he had been relaxed, lah, before. What a crazy world it was.”
IM: “As a teenager who hated radiacalism, Anwar Ibrahim was pretty ordinary until he went to Universiti Malaya. From a quiet, calm, and easy-going young man, he became a religious fanatic and things came to a head when he became President of “Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia”, a radical Muslim student organisation.”
JS: “When he launched his ill-timed and ill-fated coup attempt, he not only missed by a handful of years his one chance to be Prime Minister, he also remained firmly in Mahathir’s own shadow.”
JS: “For all of his determination and drive, Anwar has always stood in others’ shadow, schemed there, planned there, but never moved from there. Perhaps the most damning part of this truth is that it is entirely Anwar’s fault.”
IM: “Despite his dogged determination and drive, Anwar never really made it. He plotted, schemed, planned but never moved out from the shadows of TDM and DS Najib. The most damning fact is that it is entirely Anwar’s fault.”
Nothing, but NOTHING! in Iskandar Mohamad’s piece is his own. Not even the pseudonym. And I already have a fairly good guess as to who the culprit is – someone being paid a lot of money for his ‘work’.
Dear blog readers,
Please note that my blog might soon come under attack just like how Apanama’s poll three days ago on the Prime Minister’s popularity rating had been intermittently blocked.
I suspect he (the plagiarist) is one of the ‘consultants’ – perhaps contracted from outside – with links to the PMO media team.
Going by the name ‘Iskandar Mohamad’ (which I believe is a fake name), this political operative copypasted my paragraphs and is passing them off as his own work.
‘Iskandar Mohamad’ also started a blog not long ago which carried no older material (content) except the recent few articles attributed to his name in defence of the Najib administration and viciously attacking the PM’s critics, which have been published severally in the online portals.
I wrote on an articled titled ‘Anwar cannot be the cure for our politics as he was its chiefest poison‘ on 16 Feb 2015.
In my widely read blog posting, I’d said: “Anwar allowed himself to be co-opted into Umno in 1982. In doing so, he betrayed the cause of Abim.”
‘Iskandar Mohamad’ (IM) in his article published today in Malaysia Today wrote: “In 1982, Mahathir convinced Anwar to join Umno thus betraying the cause of Abim.”
Below is a side-by-side comparison, you can judge for yourself
Helen Ang (HA) wrote in my same article: “[Quoting Dr Mahathir] But he joined Umno because he foresaw no future for PAS. There was no way PAS could ever make him prime minister.” (Asiaweek interview, 26 Jan 2001). Anwar does not ‘fight for the country’. He is serving himself and his own over-weaning ambition.”
IM wrote: “Contrary to what many believe, Anwar does not “fight for the country”. Top priority is elevating himself and pursuing his lifelong ambition to be PM.”
HA: “After Zahid Hamidi attacked Dr M at the Umno Youth general assembly in June 1998, Dr M counter attacked by revealing the names of those cronies who benefited from the NEP nepotism. Prominent in the list were members of Anwar’s family.”
HA: “In the 16 years that Anwar was rising up the Umno ranks until he was a heartbeat away from the very pinnacle, he made no changes for the better from the inside. On the contrary, it was he who poisoned Umno’s well through expanding and entrenching the culture of patronage and money politics.”
IM: “During the 16 years that Anwar was rising up the Umno ranks, he made no positive changes but promoted the culture of patronage and money politics. In fact, his family members benefited from NEP nepotism.”
HA: “It was Abim’s Yayasan Anda dakwah undergrads who popularized the wearing of tudung litup in our university campuses.”
IM: “Anwar’s ‘notable’ achievements include how he: * popularized the use of tudung litup in university campuses via Yayasan Anda dakwah undergraduates”
HA: “ • Role of English – Anwar was the Malay language nationalist who downgraded the use of English. As Education Minister, he renamed the national language Bahasa Melayu. It was Bahasa Malaysia previously.”
IM: ” *downgraded the use of English *renamed the national language Bahasa Melayu.”
HA: “• Vernacular school – Anwar precipitated a crisis and Ops Lalang by sending non-Mandarin speakers as senior assistants to the SRJK (C).”
IM: “*precipitated a crisis by sending non-Mandarin speakers as senior assistants to the SRJK (C).”
HA: “He did nothing towards a repeal of the ISA, OSA, Emergency Ordinance or Sedition Act. Nor did he roll back the restrictions imposed by the Societies Act and the UUCA.”
IM: “He made no attempt to repeal the ISA, OSA, Emergency Ordinance or Sedition Act when he was in the Cabinet. He also did not roll back the restrictions imposed by the Societies Act and the UUCA.”
HA: “Apart from the Education portfolio in his earlier career, Anwar handled the Finance Ministry right up till his sacking. So, what education policies are there to show of Anwar’s that have benefited our country? Which financial policy formulated by Anwar has had a lasting and positive impact on our economy?”
IM: “In his capacity as Education Minister and Finance Minister, he left behind no achievement as a legacy.”
HA: “The ironic contradiction – Dapster embrace of Anwar as saviour and their damning of Umno, both in the same breath – invokes the split personality of his Chinese supporters as much as that of Anwar as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.”
IM: “Malaysians have been duped into think Anwar is the political saviour. Anwar seems to be jinxed with two ironies.”
HA: “Yup, the two of them go back a long way and that’s why Dr M brought Anwar into Umno in 1982 – after a mere one year following his ascension as Prime Minister.”
IM: “The man who brought him into UMNO and helped him rise to the number two position in Cabinet, is also the man who triggered his downfall – Tun Dr. Mahathir.”
HA: “The Dapsters hate Tun with a vengeance but seemingly forget that Anwar had been a close associate of Dr M for decades. In fact, the doctor even gave drafts of his The Malay Dilemma manuscript for Anwar to preview.”
IM: “Both of them had forged such a close friendship that Anwar was give the privilege of previewing ‘The Malay Dilemma’ manuscript.”
HA: “It was actually Karpal who denounced in Parliament the homosexual activities of Anwar (see Hansard @ Oct 22 and Dec 18, 1997). ”
IM: “Karpal Singh, who denounced in Parliament the homosexual activities of Anwar (see Hansard Oct 22 and Dec 18, 1997) was also the one who defended him till his untimely demise.”
What kind of people!
More than half of ‘Iskandar Mohamad’s’ article has been plagiarized from my work.
Again, I reiterate my strong suspicion that he is one of the ‘consultants’ – perhaps contracted from outside – with links to the PMO media team.
Is this the calibre of the people defending the prime minister? (I’m referring to past articles by this so-called ‘Iskandar Mohamad’) and attacking Kadir Jasin (‘Iskandar Mohamad’ had been biadab to Datuk Kadir, and belittling him)
Is this the kind of ethics practised by the defenders of Najib Razak?
Note: My article had been republished by Gopal Raj Kumar in his blog https://takemon.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/the-truth-about-anwar-blow-by-blow/
Gopal reproduced it under the headline ‘Anwar: Blow by Blow’ with my permission on the same day 16 Feb 2015.
There is his and other blogger records (HERE) which prove that the passages cited above are my original work published more than a fortnight ago.
Our Prime Minister is really, truly clueless to allow all these unethical shenanigans to take place right under his nose.
Beginning this year, all supermarkets in Terengganu are required to close for two hours during zohor on Fridays.
Then there is the plan to punish Terengganu men who miss the Friday congregational prayers by parading them in hearses around town.
It was also reported that Muslim couples riding a motorcycle together in Terengganu, if not married to each other, would have to attend a religious counselling session.
The latest news is that Terengganu intends to make its female tourists adhere to a dress code.
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The Tudung Index
Terengganu is Malaysia’s most Melayu state, where 97.0 percent of the population are Malay. Its neighbour Kelantan is 95.7 percent Malay.
Since Malays in Malaysia must all necessarily be Muslim, this infers that Kelantan and Terengganu are the most Islam-saturated states.
The Titiwangsa mountain range separates the east and west coasts of our peninsula. The practice and culture of Islam has developed with some differences in the various Malay states.
Penang is the least Malay state in our country and thus, less than half of its population are Muslim.
Are we moving from this …
… to this, eventually?
Since Hannah Yeoh has had so much practice wearing tudung, I do not want to hear any complaints from DAP if Malaysia should follow in Brunei’s footsteps by requiring non-Muslim women to tutup aurat at official functions.
Najib opting for the Race card
Penang deputy chief minister II P. Ramasamy said in his statement today – “under the circumstances of political duress, Najib has nowhere to turn but to Malay groups…”- see ‘Najib embarks on racial agenda’ (Malaysiakini, 2 March 2015)
With his back against the wall, Najib has calculated that it is most strategic to cast aside the Chinese (and perhaps the Indians too) for his political survival. He appears to be burning his boats with the non-Malays when he made his Malay Unity oath complete with the whole moon-and-stars shebang on Saturday night (Feb 28).
BELOW: Chinese opposition supporters love Muslims
The alif ba ta trajectory
In our country, the Malay is inseparable from Islam. Hence Najib, by succumbing to Umno’s right wing, does not merely split our country by race but by religion too.
And however dementedly The J ‘Moderate’ Star is railing now at “religious bigots” and “extremists”, the genie can no longer be put back into the bottle.
The Chinese and Christians are only reaping what the DAP sowed. The Dapster evangelistas have made the Malays feel so besieged that these bullied Muslims are seeking refuge in becoming even more religiously orthodox.
The DAP likes to claim that Race is “so yesterday” while Religion should not be a pressing national issue compared to “good governance”, “transparency”, “accountability”, “competency” and the rest of their cakap-tak-serupa-bikin buzzwords.
Well, is it true that Malaysians are actually disinterested in religion and the bogeys are merely played up by the “divisive” Umno?
Kenapa Hannah Yeoh takde Islam di hati dan masih belum dikurniakan hidayah setelah sekian lama?
Malays are highly religious nowadays
Three quarters of a million (750,000) Facebookers liked Felixia Yeap’s entry about her decision to embrace Islam.
My blog posting about Felixia’s conversion and how it upset the J-Star readers has garnered around 25,000 page views to date.
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My stats box – see above – records 23,418 hits on the ‘page. However, I’m rounding the figure to 25k by topping up with my own estimate of 1,500 additional reads accessed via the homepage.
Explanatory note: Total views of my homepage is 1,616,552 (hits). This figure refers to visitors who only look at what’s featured daily on my front page without proceeding further to open the Comments section, and hence not registering any click on particular postings.
notched 21,252 page views according to my blog data, and I estimate the overall page read to be 22,000-23,000.
Out of my blog top 10 postings, eight are ones written in bahasa Melayu while two are those in English.
My two postings in English which were most read are ‘‘ (6 May 2013) at N0.4 and ‘ ‘ (1 Aug 2014) at No.6.
The rest of my Malay language top 10 postings deal with the subject of Najib shooting the blogger “bangang” Umno as well as:
- tudung viz. Hannah Yeoh
- Alifah Ting
- the Internet film insulting Prophet Muhammad / the Florida pastor who threatened to burn the Quran
Honorable mention must be made too of my postings sitting at the 11th and 12th spots respectively – ‘Adakah Ridhuan Tee seorang Melayu?‘and ‘
The trend of my blog top stories indicates a strong interest in hot button religious topics.
The above chart shows Umcedel survey results (details here) on kalimah ‘Allah’.
Kalimah ‘Allah’ fault line
Asked whether they agreed for kalimah ‘Allah’ to be used by non-Muslims, the younger poll respondents were the most vehement in their objection – blue bar represents ‘No’.
Among the naysayers (all races):
- 21-30 yrs old: 65%
- 31-40 yrs old: 59%
- 41-50 yrs old: 54%
- 51-60 yrs old: 56%
- above 61 yrs old: 57%
What the Umcedel study shows is that younger Malaysians are the most religiously conservative. This might have something to do with the popularity of tahfiz classes as well as Islamization of the national school, boarding schools and Mara junior science colleges.
The lower their education level, the more strenuously the respondents (all races) object to non-Muslims using kalimah ‘Allah’.
Overall, the majority of Malays – or almost four out of every five Malay – are adamant that non-Muslims should not use kalimah ‘Allah’. (See chart above – 77 percent of Malays say ‘No’)
The risk of Malays becoming radicalized is growing each day, especially if the provocation – e.g. Christian claim on kalimah ‘Allah’ – does not stop immediately.
Coupled with the Najib administration’s abandonment of the Chinese electorate, the risk of a violent conflict is similarly growing. This is especially so if the DAP still chooses to continue with its current brand of militant evangelical politics.
MISSING PERSONS REPORT
Below is a photo of the much touted Malay Unity event last night. (more…)
Oleh Din Turtle
DAP dikatakan mahu kaum Dayak diiktiraf sebagai sebuah bangsa ….. huh? Takut tersalah faham, sila baca:
Kenapa kem ketum asyik mahu melalak tentang “konspirasi politik”?
Cuba anda tengok pada loyar-loyar yang membela Anwar Ibrahim. Ada banyak politikus di kalangan mereka. Sebab tulah istilah “politik” tak boleh nak lekang dari bibir. (more…)
1. There’s a saying, Durian dengan mentimun, menggolek rosak, kena golek binasa. This is the situation facing the Chinese minority in Malaysia. In our case, the Chinese are of course the metaphorical cucumber. Malays are the buah durian.