Friday, April 4, 2008



Clearly showing in Malaysia are investors’ jitters and the blues of the industrial and commercial community. On April 2 when the Asian markets pulled a whopping bonanza with several up above four percent, the KLSE went down. It’s a sure sign Malaysia is already dislodged from the Asian money-movements and trends.

The Malaysian bourse had been drifting for months. In the SME sectors workers have been retrenched while the remaining have to do with lower pay.

Malaysian graduates have had to wait years before getting jobs and some work for less than what typists are paid. In some private colleges filling the dream of the Asian educational hub in the Klang Valley and its surroundings, some young graduates are being paid RM1,100 with annual increments of RM75 to RM100, good for the early 1980s.

The Prime Minister, Pak Lah, has done hardly a thing to arrest the skid. He has lost control and in losing control he shunted the country into a police state, making him appear more and more like a sea captain insisting the ship must sink with him.

The police department is now posing itself as the greatest threat the country is facing. It has been revealed policemen were involved in the macabre murder of the Mongolian beauty, Altantuya Sharibu. Police used live bullets in Trengganu on 8 September 2007 to disperse a peaceful assembly of 500 meaning to appeal for free and fair elections, injuring two, one of whom shot in the chest at point blank.

On 2 April Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, was reported to have told presspersons he was ready to be detained or go to prison once again in reaction to intimidating remarks the police made about something he said concerning the New Economic Policy (NEP).

But that’s screaming, something the former bank senior accountant should avoid doing even after we know a demonstration of 3,000 had welcomed him in his first few days in office and a bus company has refused to ply to Komtar where he is nested as chief minister.

The police have since explained they merely wanted to know what he had said about the NEP to journalists from two Chinese vernacular newspapers. That’s within their line of duty, though the police will have to be fair about crowd control if the department is to be useful in stabilizing what is already a veritable circus of errors.

Police, equipped with electronics and satellite connections that can shut down car engines and control vehicle operations have been heard to have threatened members of the opposition, and even bloggers, with “accidents” on the roads, a manner of homicide that would be hard to prove in court.

It should be remembered there are others in the world that are endowed with even more sophisticated electronic arsenals. The Malaysian police could be made to look like clowns if they abuse the facilities they are entrusted with.

Former high officials in the corridors of power have said the police were also equipped with low-frequency radio-wave devices that can wirelessly be used to apply excruciating pain on their victims. A bit about these low-frequency weapons are featured on the web.

A check with neuroscientists in the universities confirmed this can be done, the pain inflicted by such low-frequency sound-waves are indeed quite bad. Hit in the brains the victim can be made to lose the sense of balance and suffer vertigo, or worse. It would be fatal while driving at high speed.

The solution suggested to the writer as a means to protect oneself against such low-frequency weapons was either to use a device to scatter the waves or some method they term as “brain over mind”. A neuroscientist consulted had said, ‘there is such a thing as brain over mind.’

It does not appear possible for “the brain over mind” thing to work against the level of pain that can be inflicted. You’d need to be an accomplished yogi. Perhaps the ‘brain over mind’ method may work if the appliances are used to input thoughts or suggestions, but not when it is simple electronically inflicted pain or vertigo, or in a game of virtual reality.

With or without these sophisticated devices, if police dump professionalism the breakdown of civil authority would quite certainly become a collapse of civil government, which would be a very high price to pay for sustaining an ineffective Prime Minister.

Lalang and Sand

The police, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has told us, had entered into a rental agreement for 43 helicopters recently, when in the Ninth Malaysia Plan the department asked for less than 10.

The message behind Teresa’s issuance may be a warning against a possible Emergency, akin to the Operation Lalang we had to bear under Mahathir’s wicked rule on 27 October 1987, when 106 or more persons were detained and 16 lingered for many years in the Kamunting detention camp.

Some people close to the powers in Putrajaya had been talking about that possibility from months before the 8 March election. Some say Pak Lah’s family may have accumulated more than RM6 billion in the four years he has been in power and he has no other means to avoid the payback. The country is under duress.

A dark cloud was spreading over Malaysia when on 8 March the elections wrought the kind of damage on Pak Lah and the BN making it more secure for all of us in Malaysia. The BN has been denied the two-third majority and we may safely believe we have a King who will not accept Pak Lah’s prayer to apply an Emergency as a means out of woes he made himself.

A crackdown under the ISA or under the Police Act he can do and Pak Lah has cleverly turned over Internal Security to Syed Hamid Albar with the new cabinet, just when many had voiced the worry the heat would be brought to the height of a senseless crackdown after the “tsunami” the people unleashed on the BN in the elections.

Syed Hamid had been implicated in the attempt to sell about two billion cubic meters of sand to Singapore in the early days of Pak Lah’s premiership which was refused by the Johor state government. It was rumored his brother had obtained the required permits for the transaction. He denied the rumors.

Police Professionalism

The police must be quickly reminded of the dire need for professionalism or the only recourse the people have against a police state is to apply peaceful non-cooperation.

The means of active non-cooperation the people had used against Idi Amin “Dada” of Uganda should also be brought to mind.

Pak Lah should consider the fact the Pakatan Rakyat took more than 49 percent of the popular vote while it only takes three percent of the population to actively apply non-cooperation for the central authority to breakdown and bedlam ensues.

That three percent is now certainly there. He should not even think of trying. A country cannot be staked in a gamble such as that. The chips are down and he will have to go. We are feeling the heat of that.

Meanwhile, in the contest for Umno president, Tengku Razaleigh’s division in Gua Musang passed a resolution on 3 April to demand the party hold an Emergency General Meeting to consider the options open to rehabilitate Umno after the colossal loss in the 8 March elections.

Party sources say Tengku Razaleigh can already count more than 36 divisions (bahagian) on his side. If he is stumped this time as they did to him in 2004, Tengku Li can still become Prime Minister if he is able to withdraw from the BN 35 MPs and he joins the Pakatan Rakyat.

Mahathir, I am told, has gathered to himself one party division (Cheras) and more than 60 branches (cawangan). But he can talk. [To be continued. Stay in touch.] --- a. ghani ismail, 3 April, 2008

1 comment:

chin said...

The governing elite hasn't understood why staunch government supporters have this time round voted against them. The opposition however understands that they were voted in in 5 states not out of love for them but because people had had enough of the avarice, deviousness, arrogance and chicanery of BN. LGE was a case in point. He lost a lot personally including personal freedom in his fight for that hapless girl in Melaka. LGE may not have the love yet of the Penang people but he certainly has the pity, empathy and admiration of people in the state, more so now than during the run-up to March 8th. The more the government uses all their means to batter and try to destroy him, the more he becomes a martyr of sorts. What is unfolding now is like a Greek Tragedy, the hero and villain of the piece (depending on your world-view) slowly but inexorably spinning towards their own destruction. May God help our Blessed land.