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“A return of the Mahathir-Anwar leadership?” Really?

In Malaysia on 05/01/2019 at 1:23 pm

Not if Anwar has learnt his lesson. The background

A return of the Mahathir-Anwar leadership?

Anwar Ibrahim enters 2019 in much the same position he was in some 20 years ago: in line to replace Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister of Malaysia.

The once close relationship between the two men turned sour in the late 1990s, during Mr Mahathir’s first stint as leader. The two clashed over the Asian financial crisis, and Mr Anwar was eventually jailed on sodomy charges that he says were fabricated for political reasons.

As part of an election-winning deal in 2018, however, Mr Mahathir has promised to hand over power to his one-time protégé “in a year or two.”

The focus now is on the two men’s relationship. One former minister recently proposed that they give the “1997 recipe” another try, with Mr Anwar becoming Mr Mahathir’s deputy ahead of the leadership handover.

Mr Anwar, however, seems to be playing his cards more carefully this time.

“I never push for [a succession deadline],” Mr Anwar told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview in October.

But he also issued a warning to any would-be challengers.

“I have forgiven those who jailed, insulted and accused me,” Mr Anwar told party members in November. “I am nice and friendly with everyone, but don’t try to walk over me or I will take you on.”

CK Tan, Nikkei staff writer

His warning

“I am nice and friendly with everyone, but don’t try to walk over me or I will take you on.”

is directed at Azmin Ali, Malaysia’s economic affairs minister. Amin, his deputy in PKR also leads the anti-Anwar faction within the PKR.

It’s widely believed among people in the know in KL, that Tun is trying to get Azmin to depose Anwar so that Tun can say, “How to hand over power to Anwar, when his own party doesn’t want him?”. This is risky because if civil war breaks out in PKR, the coalition is at risk.

Whatever, Azmin and his gang

may slow, or add uncertainty to, Anwar’s accession to the premiership in the hope this buys Azmin time to position himself as Mahathir’s successor instead,” wrote Peter Mumford, Asia director at Eurasia Group, in a recent note. The rivalry could escalate if Mr Mahathir reshuffles Malaysia’s cabinet early this year and appoints Mr Azmin to a more powerful ministerial position. Wong Chen, a politician in Mr Anwar’s party, said many members of parliament were anxious about the political manoeuvring, but added: “The majority of us still believes the transition will happen where Anwar will assume the premiership at the end of 2019 or early 2020.”

FT

Why Anwar is right to rebuke Lim on exaggerating M’sia’s debt problem

In Malaysia on 09/07/2018 at 6:32 am

And why Tun should sit down and shut up on M’sia’s debt problems.

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Poor Najib, not believed when telling the truth

Mahathirnomics/ Luck of the devil

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Look at the charts and u can see why investors can easily be spooked especially given the run from emerging mkts due to tightening of US monetary policy, US$ strength and fear of trade wars.

(Declaration of interest: I’m a friend of someone who was one of his advisers when he was finance minister.)

 

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Relax S’poreans, Tun is not in control in M’sia

In Malaysia on 29/06/2018 at 11:25 am

Tun is as harmless as Harry was in 2013 and 2014.

Remember the photos of Harry at a PAP do before his death? He had to be propped up: like a dummy I tot. Google the images up as I’m don’t intend to show our Harry as a toothless, mangy ex-lord of the jungle where once even a quiet chuckle from him got people worried. So sad.

Well as the PAP govt and fellow S’poreans, and anti-PAP types* get their knickers in a twist over Tun unfriendly remarks, I tot I’d remind them of  how harmless was our Harry was in 2013 and 2014 because Tun is just as toothless, mangy ex-lord of the jungle ass Harry was even if he is M’sian PM.

He may be PM and has all the powers that Najib used to have in ensuring that 1MDB was not investigated by the M’sian authorities.

But he can be easily removed as PM if Anwar, his gang, the DAP (Like Tun , Anwar needs the kilang and cina coolies to clean up the manure created by Tun, himself and Najib.) and the moderate Islamic party want to. They only have to hold their noses and sign up the Sarawak parties that left BN. These parties have 19 seats, a few more than Tun and M gang.

Look at the differences between DAP ministers and Tun on HSR and the repeal of various laws**, and how long it took to decide the remaining cabinet posts, and you will see how powerless he is.

So no need to be concerned about his unfriendly comments.

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*They are now keeping real quiet and hoping that real S’poreans will forget that they only a few weeks ago were telling us that the sun shone from Tun’s ass. Example: Chua Seng Chwee has gone back to talking on FB about good food. A few weeks ago he was cheering on Tun whenever Tun attacked S’pore telling us that Tun is a really smart guy. (Related post: Anti-PAP S’poreans sucking up to Tun)

But Terry’s Online Channel is doubling down on its support for Tun. It tells readers that Tun’s unfriendly comments are all about the PAP govt being unfair to M’sia and comparing that unfairness to what TOC and the anti-PAP cybernuts say is the PAP’s unfairness to S’poreans. All TOC will achieve is ensuring that soft PAP voters will think TOC and its base are anti-S’porean fifth columnists. Sad.

**Btw, I had predicted that like the Anti-Fake News Act, the Printing Presses and Publications Act, and Sedition Act will only be tweaked, not repealed: Waz this call for a leader like Tun M here?

Tun M’s crony, the Home Minister, said the Printing Presses and Publications Act, and Sedition Act will be reviewed.

The DAP wants all these laws repealed as per the Coalition of Hope’s manifesto.

Anwar and gang, the rest of the coalition, and the neutrals from Sabah and Sarawak are eating popcorn, watching and laughing. UMNO and the rest of BN are hoping they can help stir the pot. Sad for M’sia.

 

Why Tun M, Anwar, PAP won’t, can’t reform the status quo

In Political governance, Public Administration on 28/06/2018 at 10:36 am

Reformasi is in the air on both sides of the causeway, with even PAP ministers talking of the need to change.

I’m the first to admit that because I’ve had an active interest in M’sia since the 80s, I’m skeptical that A New Hope will be followed by the Return of the Jedi. It’ll be followed by The Empire Strikes Back (though that doesn’t imply the return of BN or UMNO).

As for the PAP, pigs will fly first before the PAP reforms S’pore.

Whatever,

[Alan Blinder, Fed Vice-Chairman when Greenspan was Chairman] draws various lessons[for reforms based on his experiences in helping get Reagan’s 1980s tax reform package passed]. First, start with strong but broad presidential leadership. Second, leave technocrats to design a policy combining effectiveness and simplicity. Third, find some wily political operators with tactical nous to sell it. Fourth, come up with an eye-catching symbol that defines the package (in this case, a massive reduction in the top rate from 50 per cent to 28 per cent). Fifth, allow a degree of backroom bargaining while the deal is constructed. And sixth, make sure the package is agreed as a whole, rather than picked apart by special interests.

Advice and Dissent, by Alan Blinder

Think Tun will do this? I have my doubts. For one, he wants to ensure the continuance of Malay dominance.

And it’s not only Tun who wants to ensure cont’d Malay dominance.

Anwar has assured Malays and other Bumiputras that their rights under the new government would not be sidelined, while stressing to all not to be taken with the false propaganda about the Democratic Alliance Party, which is also part of PH. Like Tun and the DAP, he needs the kilang and cina coolies to clean up the manure created by Tun, himself and Najib.

“Felda and Universiti Teknologi Mara will not be threatened but kangkung professors can’t (be accepted),” Dr Anwar said.

As for the PAP, so long as they worship Harry,  Hard Truths will prevail. Sad. Because Harry between the 1950s and the end of the 1980s had no Hard Truths to guide him. He did what he did to get power, then retain power and in the process help bring material prosperity to S’poreans and S’pore. He changed course several times: from socialist to fascist lite, from democrat to authoritarian, from multiracism to “English and Mandarin tua kee”.

He only tot up Hard Truths when he became goal keeper to keep himself busy because as goal keeper he had little to do other than manage the team. He was the first of the player managers. Sad.

Bit rich of Tun to say this about Trump

In Malaysia on 20/06/2018 at 4:17 am

.“I have no plans to go and see him,” Dr Mahathir said of Mr Trump, whom he called volatile. “I don’t know how I can deal with a person who is so much like a chameleon.”

NYT

Remember this

“The belief that I dismissed him because I was afraid he would oust me is without basis. I dismissed him for two reasons only: he was unsuitable to continue serving in the Government and he was unsuitable to succeed me as Prime Minister.” — Mahathir’s 2011 book “A Doctor in the House,” on his sacking of Anwar as his deputy during the Asian financial crisis. “I may have made many mistakes, but removing Anwar was not one of them.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-10/mahathir-in-his-own-words-on-markets-islam-and-anwar-ibrahim

Then he said before the election he said he would make way (after serving two yrs as PM) for jailed opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim to be PM after Anwar is pardoned by the King.  Now he’s hinting he’ll stay on on PM.

And like Trump he’s taking a long time to announce his full cabinet.

Oh and remember this? HSR: I was right wasn’t I?

Sounds like Tun is Asean’s Trump. All he needs to complete the comparison is a couple of buildings named Tun. Akan datang.

M’sia: Bit rich coming from Daim?

In Malaysia on 14/06/2018 at 11:18 am

The following remarks, by Tun’s right-hand man, had Tun’s anti-PAP fans here wetting their pants and comparing our GLCs and govt unfavourably with that of M’sia

“They don’t understand that they are put there in a position of trust,” Mr Daim said at his office. “And you have to make sure every single cent you spend is spent properly. There should be no abuse and you must account for every single cent.”

(Diam talking of M’sian GLC officials)

And

Mr Daim’s answer to the country’s fiscal problems is to clean up corruption, prevent leakages in state spending and ensure no political appointees in government-linked companies. He is proposing an open tender system for state procurement and informing “political personalities” he’d welcome those who decide to step down.

https://www.todayonline.com/world/mini-1mdbs-rife-across-malaysia-pm-mahathirs-top-adviser-says

The same remarks had people of my generation (and older) in KL sniggering.

When I was what today would be called a M’sian equities specialist (I was flogging and arbitraging M’sian shares in the 80s and 90s), Daim was M’sia’s finance minister for a lot of the time. He had a reputation of not being able to separate the personal and official, something FT reminded readers recently.

Whatever, I know Anwar KPKBed (when he was finance minister) that Diam was very greedy in his demands for goodies and getting upset at not getting them.

And our cynernuts are treating his words as the gospel truth?

Anwar off to make a fortune

In Malaysia on 08/06/2018 at 5:28 am

Anwar has said he’ll spend the next two yrs going round the world, giving lectures on freedom and reform. What he hasn’t added, is that he’ll make a fortune doing so, especially if as expected he gets the Washington Speakers Bureau to represent him.

No this is not part of the CIA, but a business, based in Washington DC, that arranges for ex-politicans etc to get paid for public performances lectures.

The FT reported in Nov 2016 that the George Osborne, the UK chancellor fired less than 6 months earlier had earned £320,000 from lecturing in the US.  He earned more than £140,000 for two speeches at JPMorgan. The Washington Speakers Bureau was his agent. The Clintons too are clients, I think. She too earned big bucks talking to banks’ staff and clients.

Seriously do find the time to read this:http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2148930/anwar-ibrahim-qa-malaysian-democracy-icon-prison-dissent-and

Ex-ST journalists interviewed him.

Anti-PAP S’poreans sucking up to Tun

In Infrastructure, Malaysia on 30/05/2018 at 11:04 am

From my coffee shop chat group: I feel the silence on d part of our govt on d cancellation HSR proj is shocking in diplomatic terms. We shld imm announce that we will forgive d penalty other than for what we had spent.!!! LHL fave strategy is always to keep quiet on any crisis. This is leadership.

FB post by anti-PAP FB warrior yesterday

I’m sure if Dr M asked this group to suck his XXXX, this bunch of anti-PAP Facebook warriors would happily do so. They’d even offer their asses to Anwar while pleasuring Tun with their mouths,if Anwar asked.

Think I’m being too harsh?

The above was posted on Vesak Day (public hoiday in both countries) and came after media reports overnight that

— Tun said that he had cancelled the agreement on Monday,

— and S’pore said that it had not received official confirmation of the cancellation.

Had the letter the agreement cancelling even been sent, let alone drafted? Why must do everything to saka Tun? Thinking about it, since Tun has said that S’pore has yet to be told, looks like these guys will suck Tun’s XXXX while allowing anwar to bugger them even before they ask him for these actions.

Is there really na vneed to saka him? We survived his last premiership (22 years) in pretty good shape, while he now admits M’sia is now in a mess because of the actions of his handpicled successor.

As I said before I know very well the KL that Tun and Anwar were in charge of: I thrived in that environment. Their actions and inactions came to roost and haunt them personally and other M’sians after Najib became PM.Yet our anti-PAP types praise them as antidotes to the PAP.

By all remains praise the DAP* and the moderate Muslims that left PAS to form the National Trust Party (Amanah;Malay: Parti Amanah Negara), but be real about Tun and Anwar. They won a famous victory but it was a victory that owed a lot to the DAP and Amanah.

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*Though anti-PAP types won’t because Lim Guan Eng and his pa came to S’pore to “brief” our Harry when the DAP won Penang. More like “kowtow” joked an UMNO insider when I told him what Lim Jnr told a seminar at ISEAS in 2008 after meeting Harry.

 

Anwar: Beyond the sound bite of “Malaysia to scrap race policies”

In Malaysia on 21/05/2018 at 11:14 am

Behind the soundbite “Malaysia to scrap race policies”, this is what Anwar is saying publicly:

“I have said that the NEP should be dismantled but the affirmative action must be more effective. I believe that poor underprivileged Malays will benefit more through a transparent, effective affirmative action policy rather than the New Economic Policy which has been hijacked to enrich the few cronies,” said Anwar, a Malay.

https://apnews.com/fd0ca6e7b6b44219a566aae972e72192

And

He also assured Malays and bumiputeras that their rights under the new government would not be sidelined, while stressing to all not to be taken with the false propaganda about the Democratic Alliance Party, which is also part of PH.

“Felda and Universiti Teknologi Mara will not be threatened but kangkung professors can’t (be accepted),” Dr Anwar said.

(Our constructive, nation-building media)

And

When pressed on whether he would repeal the affirmative-action rules once he becomes premier, Mr Anwar said he would “honour the guarantees” for ethnic Malays as set out in the constitution. He added that other races would also receive state support based on merit and need.

“We would, of course, protect the position of the Malaysian Bumiputeras in terms of giving opportunities, but not enriching them to become billionaires,” he said at his residence in Kuala Lumpur shortly after being released from prison on a sodomy charge he said was politically motivated.

Bloomberg via https://www.todayonline.com/world/anwar-reassures-malays-who-fear-they-may-lose-racial-advantage

(Note this Bloomberg extract was added at 12 pm on day of publication)

Btw, this is the first of a few short pieces on the reality behind his words. Because words are an important part of his armoury, ignore the sound bites but listen carefully to the details.

Btw2, I think it’s great that he and Tun M have teamed up again. I was in the 80s and 90s, what today would be called a M’sian equities specialist.After they won, I caught myself singing this http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43959687.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M’sia: Two doctors’ routine

In Malaysia on 19/05/2018 at 11:35 am

Dr M

My instruction is very clear. I am not going to torture people . . . I want people to be treated decently.

Err Najib shouldn’t be reassured. Remember that Anwar was nor tortued  20 yrs ago when he was arrested. But the Inspector-General Police assaulted him causing him serious injuries. To be fair to Tun and IGP, Anwar provoked him bycaqlling insulting, haram names..

Now this should scare progressives in M’sia: Dr Anwar said that among the world leaders he planned to meet was Turkish president Recep Tayyip Edrogan.

Well the progressives in the US,Europe and Turkey dislike him for making himself de-facto dictator in Turkey and clamping down on human rights, freedom of the press etc.

He also believes that the way to fight inflation is to cut interest rates, something he just told investors in London. The Tutkish lira kept on falling.

Anwar could recommend Tun M try this in KL.

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Why Anwar will have a problem with Tun M

In Malaysia on 10/05/2018 at 10:55 am

Under the deal that the two struck, Dr Mahathir will be PM and will seek a royal pardon for Anwar. When all that happens (time frame of two years) and Anwar wins a parly seat, Tun  Mahathir will step down and Anwar will become PM.

Well even assuming all these things come to pass, Tun M could still cause problems for Anwar. Tun M is more LKY than Harry. This is what Najib said recently about Tun M.

Mr Najib spoke of his falling out with Dr Mahathir, who has accused the Prime Minister of everything from theft to redrawing electoral boundaries to Umno’s advantage.

Mr Najib said Dr Mahathir presided over several district redraws and the recent changes were to “take into account some demographic changes”.

“I think he’s obsessed about control, about calling the shots, in fact, when we were quite close together he even suggested establishing a council of elders,” said Mr Najib.

“Of course, you can imagine who’s going to chair the council of elders and a sitting prime minister after every Cabinet, I suppose I would have to march to his office to get his consent.”

“He wanted me to do his bidding,” Mr Najib said.

Bloomberg via https://www.todayonline.com/world/najib-predicts-hell-extend-grip-power-malaysia-election-after-2013-vote-scare-1mdb-mistakes

Najib on Tun M

LKY and Dr M ain’t that bad

In Political governance on 20/08/2011 at 11:10 am

LKY and Dr Mahathir may have played very rough with their opponents, but he didn’t hound them until they committed suicide.

This man made a fool of Hitler in court. He was persecuted until he commited suicide. Dr Chee is still standing tall. So is Anwar.