Saturday, 19 May 2018

Has Lee Hsien Loong learned the meaning of “Rule of Law” and “Miscarriage of Justice” from Mahathir and Anwar?


Lee Hsien Loong finally got the chance to meet the two most important political leaders in Malaysia. While it is not known whether he got the first hand interpretation of Rule of Law and Miscarriage of Justice.  But Malaysians accept their interpretations and voted out Najib who in many occasions abuse the law and justice.

After winning the election, Mahathir in almost all his news conferences stressed the need to restore the Rule of Law in Malaysia. Obviously, many top government leaders of the immediate past had broken the law to benefit themselves.

For the case of Anwar, it is a miscarriage of justice.

"Pardon (is) based on a miscarriage of justice," said Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar, who is also Permatang Pauh MP in a WhatsApp text to The Straits Times. (12 May 2018)

It is a common political tool to destroy opposition leaders. It has been used for more than 60 years in Malaysia. Mahathir used it. Najib also used it.    
  
If the Mahathir-led Pakatan Harapan coalition did not win the recent election, miscarriage of justice and abuse of law will continue.  Not only that, as disclosed by Mahathir, the national accounts are not accurate.

Mahathir warns many figures on Malaysia's financial position are false

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-politics-data/mahathir-warns-many-figures-on-malaysias-financial-position-are-false-idUSKCN1II19G
There are holes and gaps in preparing the national accounts, claims, expenses, and perhaps, national reserve. The newly assigned Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said he will have to work very hard to find out the discrepancies.

Rule of law, justice and national finance are all wrongly managed under Najib Administration.  
 
Thank you, Mahathir. Thank you, Anwar.

Even though it is a Malaysian politics, it is a wake-up call for Singapore, for the People’s Action Party, and for the oppositions too.  

When Lee Hsien Loong met Mahathir in Kuala Lumpur, he was meeting a man of possibility, of imagination, of flexibility. Lee, of course, personally saw for himself how Mahathir and Anwar making a dream into reality. This is certainly a wake-up call for Lee Hsien Loong, a friend of Najib.

Looking at the situation in Malaysia before and after 9 May 2018, Mahathir, as an experienced politician, demonstrated his confidence in winning the elections and running the country. The market did not crash. The public institutions are running normally. If this is not the case, Singapore will be badly affected, be it stability, destruction or human flows.  

I think the Malaysian civil service and public administration are performing despite the inefficient reputation and many top civil servants involving corruptions or assisting corruptions. While when a strong and disciplined man like Mahathir is in charged, public administration will be in order.    

PUTRAJAYA, May 21 — Returning here as prime minister once more after nearly 16 years, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told an assembly of civil servants today that it was imperative to keep the country’s institutions independent and separate.
Speaking to workers from the Prime Minister’s Department for the first time since winning the 14th general election, he also urged them to give his administration their every cooperation.
“The separation of powers among us must be maintained, as only through this way we can make sure there is not embezzlement in the country’s administration.
“We have to separate the lawmakers, the enforcers of the law, and the judiciary,” he said. 
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1633135/on-first-day-at-office-pm-stresses-need-for-separation-of-powers

Singapore civil service has a better reputation. While it is important the civil service maintains its independent, distancing itself from any political association. Civil service is to serve the country and dies with the country. Otherwise, it will be like Najib government, law, justice and finance are all broken.  

Singapore may not be so lucky to have a Mahathir to save the country!  

Sunday, 13 May 2018

马哈迪要重建法制精神,发展马来西亚经济。


马哈迪在宣誓就任马来西亚第七任首相前和后的记者会上,一直强调法制 (rule of law)。马来西亚必须重建失去的法制精神,让人民和海外投资者增加信心,这样经济才能稳定发展,从而协助降低国债。尤其是,新政府要取消刚刚才开始推行的消费税,钱从哪里来,才是硬道理,唯一的方法就是持续稳定的经济发展。这对新加坡来说,是正面的。

马来西亚的法制出了什么问题?马哈迪新官上任三把火,清楚点名总检查长,选举局,反贪局,还有前任警察总长等人,他们如果犯错,就要依法处理。马哈迪还亲自下令,不许纳吉夫妇离境。

马哈迪需要重建人们对于马来西亚法制的信心。我们发现马哈迪在记者会上,似乎没有提到民主,人权等话题。事实上,只要展现法制精神,一切依法行事,人人在法律面前平等,就已经能够体现民主和人权精神。因此,马哈迪强调宪法精神,他要根据马来西亚宪法、法制来治理国家。

法制精神一旦被践踏,身在高位者,就可以利用法制的漏洞,图利自己和同伙人。甚至,盗取和窃取国家财富(纳吉)。更加可怕的是,当权者还可以利用法制的漏洞,莫须有的罪名,让敌对者锒铛入狱 (安华)。因此,过去的当权者,以及协助这些当权者营私舞弊的高官,将会面对调查。虽然,马哈迪说不是针对他们,不是来寻仇,但是,如果真的犯错,多少都会留下痕迹,想要抵赖看来很难。

法制精神如果没有贯彻到底,不单高官可以走后门,商人,普通老百姓,也一样可以通过不同管道获取利益。这就让贪污大行其道,而苦的是没有后门可走的人们。马来西亚的国阵政府,过去61年,不单没有阻止贪污舞弊局势的恶化,反而暗中鼓励,甚至在大选期间,发放金钱,幸运抽奖,选民当然忍无可忍。

法制社会可以确保多元种族、多元文化、多元宗教间的和谐。不然,每一个族群、宗教、文化,都有自己的一把尺,一套标准。在马来西亚宪法下,依据法制精神和原则来处理问题-经济,社会,宗教。。。这似乎走上马来西亚人的马来西亚的道路上。

因此,有人形容这是理性的投票,而不是巫统和国阵一直倡导的金钱政治,以及反对巫统利用族群和宗教,撕裂国家和社会。

走了一甲子,马来西亚人,尤其是年轻人,希望通过合理的法制,来达到一个更加平等,公平和分配、机会均等。马哈迪给了他们这个希望。

【新加坡人担忧还是欢喜?]

新加坡和马来西亚原本是一家。分家后,我们的经济急速发展,而马来西亚是稳定成長。马来西亚是穆斯林世界国家中的榜样。

马来西亚变天后,经济发展向哪一个方向前进?取消消费税,会有什么结果?会不会像PAP说的没钱就无法发展,而要进一步增加消费税。

新加坡人如果担忧,那又会担忧什么?如果欣喜,欣喜又从何而来?

谢谢马来西亚,让我们看到另外一种可能性。吴作栋在评论马来西亚大选时,把李光耀搬出来,他认为李光耀和马哈迪在看到国家出现危难的时候,就会挺身而出。那么,吴作栋自己呢?他会做怎么样的选择,和巫统元老那样站出来,还是继续他的“无为”?

新加坡的法制精神,是否毫无问题?当李显龙弟妹提出不孝子的指控,这和法制有没有关联?当工人党议员在国会提出质疑,反而要被质疑,这到底出了什么事?当总统选举,可以随意更改游戏规则,当集选区却少数种族代表,可以不需要进行补选,这是否是扭曲法制?

安华即将被释放,马来西亚最高元首特赦他。根据安华女儿的说法,特赦理由是 Miscarriage of justice.


意思是司法制度的失败,无法做到公平公正。同时,还把无辜人士定罪。或许,简单来说就是莫须有罪名。

马来西亚选民已经清楚表示,他们不希望看到冤枉案件,选择性办案,莫须有事件的发生。他们希望法制精神能够更好的反映在治国之路上。

新加坡呢?我们有没有需要检讨的地方?李显龙是走向纳吉还是马哈迪?

Thursday, 10 May 2018

A Changed Malaysia, different values!


Malaysia has a new government, ending 61 years rule of Barisan Nasional.  

A changed Malaysia means different values - majority agreed to have more democracy, justice, free and fair. While there is also a strong showing of religious values and regional rights.    

The new Pakatan Harapan federal government will have to deal with these different values, a long overdue correction of the past mistakes of BN. Ironically, some mistakes are also contributed by the new prime minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad whose 22-year rule further divided the society, races and even the relationship with the rulers.

Thanks God Najib’s race card, money politics, goodies, have all failed. His corrupted values and principals are rejected by Malaysians. Najib, as prime minister, has the strength as he can use the state machinery freely.   

While as Laozi pointed out, Najib fails to see the true and real power as he does not master himself well. Najib is not acting from his heart. His mind is full of strength but without heart understanding of the people - their sufferings, poverty, cost of living, fair distribution, and even rule of laws.

Najib also downgrades Malaysia international standing as Malaysian Official Number One. He fails to master himself.

He creates and promote sub-standard values, far away from the founding Malaysia’s values and principals. Malaysians see his kleptocratic BN government no different from corrupted third world countries.

A change is a challenge. Malaysians wants a change and look forward for a better tomorrow.

Congratulations to Malaysia, Malaysians, all the best!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

马来西亚,加油! Malaysia,Boleh!



FMT

马来西亚,加油!只有马来西亚先变天,相对落后的新加坡政党政治才可能学习如何变天。Malaysia, Beloh!  马来西亚选民,行!509 记得前往投票,坚持走往最后一程。

慎终如始,则无败事。--- 老子


马来西亚是新加坡最亲密的邻居。对于年轻的新加坡人,新马两地似乎渐行渐远,看到的几乎都是负面新闻,笑话一大推,没有什么值得学习的地方。真的如此吗?

作为一个土生土长的新加坡人,从小阅读《南洋商报》、《星洲日报》和《海峡时报》的人,习惯上也看马来亚、东马的新闻。因此,对于发生在马来西亚的事情,也有所了解、感触。今天新加坡已经没有《南洋商报》和《星洲日报》,因此,没有竞争,即使在马来西亚依然出版,同样也没有竞争。新《海峡时报》更加沦为小报方式出版。当然,在网络,报纸已经不再是“主流媒体”了。

作为华校生,南洋大学最后的毕业生,自然会明白马来西亚独中的问题,马来西亚华文教育的贡献,以及他们的牺牲。

马来西亚,加油!其实,应该是马来西亚希望联盟,加油!落实改朝换代就看509。

马来西亚其实有好多软实力值得新加坡学习。完整的华文教育体系,新加坡做不到。在野党的人才,在缺少资源的背景下,依然能够英勇奋战。活跃的政党活动,非政府组织监督政府的力度,新加坡只能望门兴叹。。。还有,自信心,马来人的自信心,他们有能力管理国家,如果多元种族合作,更加能够把马来西亚建设成一个现代化国家。这点和我们过度保护马来人出任总统,相差太远。

我们的双语教育成功吗?看看马来西亚的华裔候选人,不是双语就是三语,不会华语、方言,根本拉不到票,无法和选民沟通。我们还一直停留在为第四代PAP领导而烦恼,还一直为他们的高薪据理力争。

因此,我才会提出李显龙能够应对马哈迪吗?
Can Lee Hsien Loong handle Mahathir if there is a change of government in Malaysia?
http://pijitailai.blogspot.sg/2018/04/can-lee-hsien-loong-handle-mahathir-if.html

习近平的不忘初心,方得始终。


国阵、马华现在推出习近平和马云来拉票,他们知道习近平的“不忘初心,方得始终”是什么吗?初心就是为人民谋福利,同呼吸、共命运、心连心,最后才能有始有终。就像老子的”慎终如始,则无败事“。小心翼翼,从最初走到最后,没有放弃和人民站在一起。这几十年来,马华根本得不到华人票,他们拿习近平来做广告,难道不知道这是自取其辱吗?马华忘了初心,最终的下场自然可想而知。

习大大如果有空,机缘巧合看到自己的看板在马来西亚的选举中出现,会做什么感想?一笑置之。。。

或许,最让习大大感到欣慰的是,台独在马来西亚被华人呛声。难道这是中国在马来西亚的大量投资吗?非也。这里面有着中华文化的情节,希望看到一个统一强大的中华民族。虽然,了解中共的不民主,但是,也不能完全否定它的贡献。习大大的“不忘初心,方得始终”也包含中华民族的复兴。

如果希望联盟也推出习近平的“不忘初心,方得始终”看板,提醒选民什么是初心,什么是始终,马华如何做到这些,大马选举局会不会把习大大的人头像剪掉?

人之将死其言也善?

习近平,马云,支持国阵=支持中国等可以随意任由国阵张挂。但是,马哈迪却不行。或许,纳吉和国阵害怕“人之将死其言也善”,这个事实。马哈迪说自己日子不多了,临死前,要为国家做一些事,改正自己过去的错误。(还记得邓小平90年代的南巡吗?南巡最后改变了整个中国的命运)。


在马哈迪身上,我们也见证了敌人的敌人就是我的朋友。

马哈迪到底是为个人,国家还是党的的利益出发?他退出巫统,自立新党,当然,巫统的利益问题已经不存在。马哈迪自认这把年纪还要出来,当然是以国家利益为先,为下一辈挺身而出。这好像李光耀看到新加坡出问题,要从棺材爬出来一样。可惜,李光耀做不到,或许,正因为如此,李光耀的遗属执行人才要出来,维护李光耀的价值。他们认为李显龙违背了李光耀价值,是一个不光荣的儿子。

马哈迪或许有争论,好人坏人,为个人为国家,大家各持己见。

个人利益凌驾党、国。

但是,纳吉很显然的就是为了个人利益。如果纳吉能够让贤,巫统也不会分裂,马哈迪也不会出来。马哈迪这个一流演员,也就英雄无用武之地。509这场选战对于国阵来说,就容易多了。纳吉把个人利益放在党和国之上。我们在新加坡似乎也看到似曾相识的例子。放下真的很难,初始未必有善终。

在新加坡,我们也看到很多似曾相识的选举奥步:选区的划分,选举的新规定,主流媒体的角色、报道,网军,真、假新闻,选前宣传、民调。

输在起跑点,只能不忘初心、慎终如始。

这些奥步,都让在野党输在起跑点。担任马来西亚首相22年的马哈迪也不得不承认,他做总理的时候,人力物力,所有的国家资源,可以自由动用。但是,一旦在野,就什么都没有了。就连支持者也要受到警告。

马来西亚如此,新加坡有过之而无不及。

但是,马哈迪认为,可以输在宣传、金钱,输在起跑点,但是,不可以输在人心。其实,就是政治人物的初心,是否为人民的福利而努力。当然,以他的93岁高龄,还要出来竞选,的确做到“慎终如始”。 现在,就看选民让不让完成人生最后的愿望,“则无败事”能够做到吗?

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Forget About the 4G Ministers, Think 5G instead, like the wireless technology.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6c/5th_generation_mobile_network_%285G%29_logo.jpg

Perhaps, Lee Hsien Loong likes it. Perhaps, Singaporeans like it too as 5G means faster speed, better coverage.

4G PAP ministers are a lost generation even Lee himself cannot confirm who will be the fourth Prime Minister of Singapore. It is taking longer than expected to decide and by the time the matter is settled, like mobile technology, the time has arrived for 5th generation leaders.

Perhaps, Lee is waiting for this moment.

While technology is changing so fast, and our so-called PAP leadership renewal is so slow. Perhaps, in wireless technology term, the conservative renewal is at 2G, 2.5G or the most 3G stage.

In Singapore politics, 4G means over protection, no competition, and is motivated by money.

If we look at the education system, 4G means junior college education (A level), limited university places, and scholars centred. 5G see the changes, IB programs, more universities including private universities, and 6-year Integrated Programs. Even these changes may not meet the demand of 5G education demand and requirements.

The world is welcoming 5G. It means business, money and opportunities. However, Lee is trying to use 3G (himself) and 4G technology and education to compete in the world of 5G.  No wonder we have to learn from China how to become a cashless society.

Singapore will be in trouble, even we always talk about technology advancement, efficiency and productivity. Our mindset is still in 2G or 3G. And this 2G or 3G is only restricted to the PAP and their leaders.

The talent pool is limited and exclusive to PAP members. Hence, we see the over protection and no competition of 4G ministers.

Just considering the post of prime minister. In 1G era, besides LKY, we have other potential ministers who can take over the PM post. In 2G, besides Goh Chok Tong, we also have a few selections. But we add in a new condition - no Indian PM. When comes to 3G, the pool is even smaller, in addition to no Indian PM, it seems to be a Lee-only PM. Now, we are at 4G stage, there is no suitable candidate.

Do not forget, Singapore’s first chief minister is not a Chinese. It seems we are moving away from meritocracy. And 4G is a product of such movement. 

From 1G to 4G, Singaporeans are blinded with the white PAP cloth. Will 5G make a change? Or can we move away from the PAP’s G?  

Sunday, 22 April 2018

李显龙领导有方? PAP人才调零、渐行渐远。


内阁改组,就像庄子的朝三暮四那样,内阁成员玩大风吹,坐一下不同的位置,然后,大声的说,这是团队精神。现在,讲的是人民行动党的团结实力;但是,一点也看不出,李显龙有什么突出的领导素质,反而,凸显行动党的人才调零,政治精英渐行渐远。

李光耀一直提醒行动党,一旦行动党失去人才,就意味着失去政权。而李显龙现在正在做,的确如此。我们看看几个例子,清楚的看到行动党的未来。它正在走着一条类似国民党,马华,甚至,巫统走过的路。

SMRT总裁人选
不知道是世界性遴选工作做得不好,还是有意安排自己人上路,尤其是让一个和前任总裁有着相同背景的人出任,在政治上,只能说是失分。新加坡人是不会介意外人担任地铁公司总裁的,因为,我们有太多的外来人才担任政府有关联的公司总裁。我们的大学,银行等都有外来领导。只要能够把地铁管好,这笔钱由外人来赚,新加坡人是不会计较的。
如果你是新加坡的精英人才,你会这么想? 这似乎在重演淡马锡找总裁的故事。

得罪学术界
放一个不懂学术界游戏规则的部长在听证会上羞辱学术界,虽然能够达到行动党是‘对’的目的。但是,这样做,反而是自取其辱。这样做,将会进一步把行动党和学术界的关系拉远、拉大。李光耀时代,虽然不尊重学术界,但是,他还是一定要在大学里,找几个人出来,担任议员甚至部长。这一点,李显龙似乎做不到。不单做不到,反而这些人跑到反对党那里去。
如果你是学术界人才,看到李显龙这几年做的事情,你会不会摇头?

集选区补选
马西岭—油池集选区原议员哈莉玛,去年9月13日在无竞争对手的情况下,自动当选新加坡第八位总统。因此,这个集选区就失去一位少数种族代表,这是违反集选区精神的。事实上,即使有补选,意料行动党还是会胜出。那么,为何不进行补选呢?找不到少数种族代表,还是,不要让反对党有机会在政治上曝光。即使纳吉,在补选问题上,应该补选就补选,没有回避。
在2017总统选举和这次的补选问题上,行动党都失分。或许说,让一场补选来弥补人民对总统选举的失望,对行动党比较有利。现在放弃这个机会,只有让人觉得行动党更加独裁。
当然,行动党不敢面对选举,候选人不敢对挑战,对于潜在的精英候选人来说,更加却步,不敢面对选战。
因此,那里找候选人,难道又是军队?

不平等的起跑点
行动党要把触角延伸到幼儿教育。尚穆根认为,要从幼儿开始,让贫穷家庭也和一般家庭一样,有一个平等的起跑点。行动党自从独立以来,就是一直提倡平等,甚至在信约里,我们在学校里,就是这么宣誓。几十年来,就是无法做好,或者说,就是不想做好。
幼儿教育的平等起跑点,在补习、名校、家庭背景、人际关系的影响下,最后,还是变得不平等。

我们看一下前面的几个例子,就知道,新加坡现有的制度就是建立在不平等的游戏规则上。地铁公司总裁,学术界,政治机会,如果你是站在行动党的对立里,你的地位就是不平等。你就是管理精英,地铁公司不需要你。你是学术精英,行动党要你做同路人。政治机会,连一点点的民主曝光都不给你。

李显龙做不到海纳百川,他只能搞小圈圈的所谓团队精神。李显龙没有办法把新加坡人才纳入自己的团队。反而,他让这些人离去,或许,有一些加入反对阵营,壮大反对党。李光耀留下的名言:没有人才,行动党失去政权。似乎李显龙听不到,做不到。这就是今天的行动党政府,改不改组内阁,有什么大不同?没有人才,就是一个事实。

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Can Lee Hsien Loong handle Mahathir if there is a change of government in Malaysia?


If there is a change of government in the coming Malaysian general election, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will, once again, become the prime minister of Malaysia. It means Lee Hsien Loong, like his father, will have to face Mahathir (and later Anwar) as the fourth PM of Singapore is yet to announce.

This will keep Lee business from May 2018 until the next GE.  He will not only face an old man but an experienced and skilled politician. In 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Mahathir used capital control to fight against currency speculators, like George Soros. In 2006, Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir and billionaire Soros end feud” . http://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-12-15/malaysian-ex-premier-mahathir-and-billionaire/2154878

While in Singapore, we are now worrying over the influence of Soros over our local politics.

Mahathir used capital control in 1997 to handle people like George Soros. While in Singapore, besides company registration control, what will Lee Hsien Loong use to face off George Soros?






Is Mahathir at such an old age standing against Najib an unexpected event?

It is not unexpected.  Like Lee Kuan Yew, it is in Mahathir’s blood that when he sees something wrong in Malaysia, he will stand up and fight against it.

Here are quotes from Lee Kuan Yew on leadership and motivation.

On leadership and motivation:


“Even from my sick bed, if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.”

“What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.”
“I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.”
https://crowdsourcingweek.com/blog/10-memorable-quotes-singapores-founding-prime-minister-lee-kuan-yew/
  
And Mahathir chooses to leave UMNO and setting up a new party to protect the Malays and Bumiputera.

[Lee Kuan Yew values, Mahathir values]

Standing up for your country and fight for the core values are important motivation moving forward.  

It seems the current government leaders in both Singapore and Malaysia have “values” issues. They are moving away from the founding values of the PAP, UNMO, Lee Kuan Yew and Tunku Abdul Rahman.

In Singapore, Lee is challenged by his siblings and is accused of being a 'dishonourable son' for failing to maintain Lee Kuan Yew values.
https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/What-Has-Happened-To-Lee-Kuan-Yews-Values.pdf

We may argue Singapore is different. We are a better run country and as efficient as other advanced economies. We also have strong reserve and less corruptions.

However, when citizens shift their focus from democracy to values judgement, meritocracy, fairness, equal opportunities and protection of rights as what Lee siblings have pointed out, they will have to think of their own future and benefits. 

Singaporeans know there are limited freedom and democracy, like PE2017 and the GRC by-election issues.  So, they want to measure their benefits against the LKY values. More unhappiness will appear when they find out the discrepancy and feel short-changed.