Sunday, 31 August 2014

Merdeka

31 Ogos,
Tarikh keramat
Agamaku dimuliakan
Bangsaku dimartabatkan
Hak ku dikembalikan

Doaku,
Agar agamaku terus dalam perlindungan Mu
Bangsaku terus dalam keredhaan Mu
Jalur gemilang kekal berkibar di bawah kerahmatan Mu
Di Tanahairku, tanah tumpah darahku yang terus merdeka

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Egotists

By refusing to forward more than two names for consideration as candidates for the post of Menteri Besar, PKR and DAP refuse to acknowledge the authority of Sultan of Selangor in the appointment of Menteri Besar as defined in the Selangor Undang-Undang Tubuh Negeri.

That is not only "biadap" (rude) but also "besar kepala" (big headed).

I am no lawyer, but when I read the state constitution, my interpretation is that Tuanku's decisions has so far been strictly within the laws.

So to those that argue that Tuanku should simply accede to Pakatan's decision of who the MB should be, my suggestion is for them to read up the Selangor State Constitution and interpret it with a rational head instead of warping things to suit your own point of view.

"Pakatan Rakyat" is not even a legal entity, and yet they presume to dictate the Istana Selangor and Tuanku Sultan to adhere by their conventions.

PAS did the right thing by acknowledging "titah" Tuanku - there is still hope for them as it seems they have not forgotten their "adab sopan Melayu" - because Tuanku is obviously making decisions within the scope of his authority.

See, the problem that I have with Pakatan is that their mental disposition is not just irrational but also unbelievably convoluted - they are inconsistent, contradictory and judgmental in addition to supremely confident of their infallibility.

And like immature children, they will always blame someone else instead of seeing that some of these things are caused by their own doings, presumably because they consider themselves highly educated and intelligent beings in addition to being always in the right.

The Kajang Move is an example of how unbelievably egotistical these PKR-DAP leadership is.

They thought they can treat the entire Selangor State, from the rakyat on the ground up to the Sultan, as merely adherents to their show of internal power play and deem it fitting to force the Tuanku Sultan to accept the victor of their childish politics as Menteri Besar.

Not a single one of them give a crap for the rakyat, they are just too busy feeding their ego with all sorts of ego boosters, even to the extent of intimidating the Tuanku Sultan with their "expert legal opinions" that Sultan has no authority to appoint the state's Menteri Besar.

They blame Khalid, they blame PAS, they even blame Umno, and yet they refuse to see that all the mess began when they started involving the entire Selangor state, rakyat and all, in their stupid political lunacy with that Kajang Move.

And they even stated that their first act under the new Menteri Besar will be to rescind the water agreement the state signed with the federal government - leaving the people of Selangor with the possibility of more water problems.

How can anyone with any self-respect allow these bungling idiots to be their leaders in anything?

Monday, 25 August 2014

KPI of a State Government

I am so incredibly glad that at least this blog is no longer inundated with Opposition cyber-bullies like it used to be.

Sure, BigCat no longer have the kind of traffic it used to have, but at least I can actually say my piece without a number of trolling cretins filling up the comments space - except for the occasional expletive-ridden curses.

True, I can just delete those comments the public would deem offensive, but to be honest, I find these reaction from anons who couldn't refute my opinions in a more measured and rational manner kind of amusing and just let them through to remind myself to avoid going the same route.

Just as I give these anons the freedom to express their opinions, I expect the same courtesy from the public who come to my blog - to freely air my opinions of the world around me.

It so happens that now I am living in Selangor, in all its rubbishy glory and political lunacy.

Why do some people get all excited when I express exactly what I think about the barely tolerable situation that deprive us who live in Selangor with basic services that a state administration should provide to the people who put them in office?

If what I wrote is not true, then refute it and give examples of the truth.

If I think politicians tussling for the highest office in the state while basic public services (such as water, road conditions, garbage collection are neglected) is a symptom of a banana republic, wouldn't it be "classier" to refute my opinion with rational reasonings of why it is not so?

If Selangor people are happy with such a situation, then so be it, but I don't see why I should keep quiet about it.

I also exercise my right to express my opinion that a well-managed state with more than RM3 billion in its coffers should not neglect something as basic as uninterrupted supply of clean water.

Before we shout in pride about the state's ability to have RM3.2 billion in its coffers, and that we are the richest state in Malaysia, we should think again what is meant by having a BALANCED BUDGET and why the KPI for running a state government and a corporate entity are different.

A corporate entity has an obligation to create value, which is ultimately translated into more Ringgit and Sen for its stakeholders.

A state government has an obligation to serve the public.

Selangor state government should function primarily as an operations general manager by efficiently managing its resources such as land, water, minerals and of course the human resources; to create a conducive environment for its residents, by providing not only jobs but also living condition that is prosperous, safe, clean and healthy.

So tell me, has the Selangor state administration delivered this with their RM3.2 billion reserves, water crisis, uncollected garbage, potholed roads, dengue and a political brawl to boot?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Clean Start

Logic would say that Tuanku Sultan will consent to the dissolution of the State Assembly.

With all the mess currently, it is only sensible to have a clean start.

We can't possibly have a clean slate, as I suspect the same jokers would still be putting themselves up as candidates, but at least there will be a fresh mandate to check Selangor's state administration downward spiral to that of a banana republic.

Imagine that, the richest (all the political write-ups especially the foreign ones like to throw this in whenever they write about Selangor) and most urbanised state in the country, with presumably more "educated and classy " urbanites per square feet than other states in Malaysia combined, have managed to get themselves into a festival of political lunacy.

We have taps that run dry periodically, garbage that don't get collected regularly, poorly maintained roads with potholes that you  have to get off-road to avoid, an escalating dengue fever problem - and now a possibility of a state wide election barely a year after a General Election.

Talk about third world problems and mentality.

If we have these kinds of problems in the richest state in Malaysia with the most number of "educated and classy" urbanites, maybe it isn't too bad living in a kampung somewhere in the rural heartland of Johor where they don't have too many people claiming they are better than everyone else, trying to force their political opinions down other people's throat.

I am not sure whether I am going to even waste my time analysing the upcoming (possibly) elections and the potential outcome.

Besides, Annie is already doing it and she probably would continue to do so.

However, if the Selangor people are smart, they should really think hard whether they would want to give their mandate to a bunch of politicians who spend their entire time talking to the people as opposed to doing things in service of the people, again.

My sister is definitely casting her vote in Subang Jaya again, should there be a by-election.  That's one wasted vote for BN in lala land.

Unfortunatey, or fortunately come to think of it, I haven't transferred my vote from Gelang Patah, so this time I will be just a bystander.

When I suggested to Pakatan that they should all resign their seats periodically instead of just the one in Kajang to gain attention, I never expected that the Kajang Move was going to trigger the dissolution of the State Assembly and caused a mini-general election in Selangor.

I mean, that posting about ignoring the attention seeker was just a joke, who would have thought that some moron would actually started creating a political mess to trigger something similar.

So now I know what it's like living in a state run by "highly intelligent, classy and educated" urbanites.

Monday, 18 August 2014

So Be It, Selangorians

At 10 to 27 against, I think the Ulama faction within PAS has lost control of the party.

The next step is to wait for the decision of Tuanku Sultan when he comes back from his holiday.

Until then, we just have to endure more of the same posturing all around.

This is the reason why I never put much credence in PAS.

All that posturings and whatever, but in the end they toe the line drawn by their masters, for the sake of having a share of the RM3.2 billion in Selangor coffers.

This whole thing would have ended much earlier, before Tuanku left for his holiday if not for these blustering bastards.

What a complete waste of time la these windbags ...

As for those who think that Khalid Ibrahim is such a wonderful guy, think again.

He is not that much different from the hypocrites barking and nipping at his heels to get their hands on that RM3.2 billion Selangor cash reserves.

How can he be considered a good state administrator when the state has RM3.2 billion in cash savings or fixed deposits, and yet the state cannot provide Selangor residents with basic things such as uninterrupted availability of clean water, a healthy living environment, and decent roads.

Why was he hoarding that RM3.2 billion when it could have been better utilised by the local authorities to maintain roads, improve the garbage collection service, clean up the back alleys and open spaces to create a healthier and safer living space for the rakyat?

To what purpose was he saving all that cash for?

Obviously not for the rakyat.

When has it ever been said that a public administration with lots of cash reserves holed up somewhere gaining interest while the public services suffer is a sign of good management?

Why can't the state work with the federal government and neighboring states to resolve the water issue in a timely manner and without a drawn out political drama?

Is the state government truly free of corruption, cronyism and nepotism during his watch?

For me, Khalid Ibrahim is just as guilty as the rest of them of political grandstanding, so I don't see that he is that much better than Anwar's Wan Azizah or Azmin Ali.

This whole issue of replacing the MB is a non-issue really.

And if Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng, Mat Sabu and the rest of the gang are that hard up for the RM3.2 billion, so be it - it isn't like we the rakyat will get any benefit from that cash reserve regardless of who is in charge in Shah Alam.

Things will get worse, I agree, but it isn't that much better under Khalid anyway.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

When we let 3 year-olds hold power ...

... we get Selangor MB Crisis 2014.

I know, it is convenient to blame Umno for everything, but this time around, you people have taken it too far.

PAS Excos hang on to their Exco positions because they wanted to protect the state cash reserves from Umno because they heard the Sultan will "perkenan" the appointment of Umno ADUNs as state excos?

How much was that, Sallehen?  More than RM3.2 billion you said?

Are you seriously stupid or what?

Without PAS support, Khalid and Umno cannot form a government la mangkuk!

If all PAS ADUN went and support Wan Azizah from the very beginning, there would have been no drama at all, the Khalid administration would have collapsed and the Sultan will either dissolve the State Assembly or appoint a new Mentri Besar who has the majority support.

All this extended drama was because you donkeys from PAS wanted Khalid to stay as MB, refused to accept Wan Azizah as the new MB, and now wanted to wait until Sunday before you decide what to do.

It has nothing to do with Sultan or Umno.

It started with that stupid PKR drama called The Kajang Move which was intended to remove Khalid Ibrahim from the MB Office to be replaced with PKR's own Diva Extraordinaire through his proxy, The Wife.

Tuanku Sultan was not involved in the Kajang Move.

Umno was not involved in the Kajang Move.

Only PKR, DAP and PAS, ok.

Then all those other moves to discredit Khalid Ibrahim with the roadshows, the alleged misconduct, whatnots; that was all PKR, DAP and PAS Anwarinas, ok.

Tuanku Sultan was not involved in any roadshows discrediting Khalid Ibrahim.

Umno was not involved in that either.

Then for some convoluted reason, PAS wanted Khalid to stay as Mentri Besar, what with the public statements, the "solat hajat", and whatnots.

Tuanku Sultan was not at Khalid's residence, performing "solat hajat" for his Mentri Besar, ok, only PAS and Khalid's supporters were there.

Umno members were not there, performing "solat hajat" with the rest of Khalid's supporters either.

The only thing that Umno did was to state that they support Khalid to continue as Mentri Besar without conditions, i.e. they were not asking for anything in return for their support, but they only have 12 seats in the Assembly, a minority.

They were never in any danger of getting near that RM3.2 billion cash reserves that you people are so proud of if PAS had not been such stupid donkeys and insisted on Khalid as MB.

This so-called crisis was created entirely by you people, nothing to do with Tuanku Sultan or Umno.

August 28th is only a few days away.

So I would like to suggest to PR politicians and political activists that they should just cool off and wait until then.

Since you are so sure that the majority of the Dewan is with you, the rakyat is with you, the NGOs are apparently with you, so chill and try to have a life that does not involve politics until that date when the Sultan decides what to do next.

Stop pointing fingers at everyone else like a three year-old.

I don't give a crap who becomes MB of Selangor, as I am certain nothing will change for the rakyat no matter who sits in the MB Office.

If Selangor people want these idiots to become their lawmakers, then so be it, I am not invested in any of it.

Just make sure you collect my garbage regularly, repair the roads instead of hoarding billions of state funds just to brag about how much money you people are making, clean up all the open spaces to reduce the dengue numbers, make sure my taps do not dry up.

I will even continue to pay my bills and taxes promptly.

In return, I just want you lot to shut the xxxx up, do you job to serve the rakyat with the minimum of fuss and for God's sake, stop acting like three year-olds.

Can?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

When You Have The Smarts

The Pakatan is really at breaking point now and it is all up to PAS how this drama will end.

Khalid Ibrahim is pulling all the stops, and I bet he still has a few tricks up his sleeves in his bid to keep his enemies unbalanced.

However it is still up to PAS.

For one thing, as I predicted earlier, PAS is not willing to have anything to do with Umno, not even in Selangor, or at least that's what I gathered from the statements by Sallehen Mukhyi and Halimah Ali.

They will not sully the holy pact that forms the political trinity of Islamist PAS, Libertarian PKR and Socialist DAP.  At least not until their meeting on the 17th.

Heh ... the irony of it.

Too bad, really, for those who think that PAS-Umno unity government is going to happen in Selangor.  PAS loves DAP and PKR too much.

Therefore, in reality, Khalid's position is not very strong, so it is important for him to keep his opponents jumping around in disarray.

It is interesting to note that DAP and PKR miscalculated big time as they totally did not take into account the role of the Istana and the pertinent clauses of Undang-Undang Tubuh Negeri in the appointment of Mentri Besar and the State Exco.

I found that baffling, that they apparently did not do a thorough research before plotting a course of action that is turning into a disaster.

Reading his moves, I think Khalid has some very competent and sharp advisers who have not only been giving him good advice, but have also prepared for all possible scenarios.

I guess it helps that the other side are not very smart.

On a positive note, reports say that Umno would decline any offer of positions in the state government, which is smart of them.

By distancing themselves from all the drama, and minimising their official statements only to the necessity of stating their unconditional support for Khalid to continue his job as Mentri Besar, Umno in Selangor is coming across as a more sane and credible alternative.

It also frees Khalid from obligations that may hamper him in his bid to remain as Mentri Besar.



Monday, 11 August 2014

Calculating the Odds

I really don't get PKR's Kajang Move.

Whether they are not very good with their math or simply unable to live quietly, PKR seems to have managed to put themselves in a situation very similar to that in Perak in 2009.

It is now a game of numbers, with the odds of PR losing control of the Selangor government being as high as Wan Azizah becoming the MB of Selangor.

There is of course the bonus of PAS leaving PR to go solo and uniting with Umno for political expediency to defy PKR-DAP in Selangor State Assembly should the need arise (I doubt PAS would lick their spittle and unite with Umno beyond Selangor).

For one thing, when they decided to appoint YB Hannah Yeoh as the Speaker, it is obvious DAP did not learn from what happened in Perak, nor did they anticipate Anwar Ibrahim's penchant for drama.

DAP, in their shortsightedness of wanting to be seen as having equal power over the state by having one of their own presiding over the Dewan, gambled away 1 vote in the eventuality of a motion of no confidence in the State Assembly.

PKR, in their abject stupidity, sacked one of their own, reducing their numbers to 13, almost at par with their nemesis Umno at 12.

It is also an absolute show of arrogance that despite being the weakest partner in the Pakatan, PKR expect DAP and PAS to totally submit to their machinations, come what may.

Ironically, the outcome has created a situation in Selangor where even DAP is now subject to the mercies of PAS assemblymen, whom they have collectively threatened, insulted, sidelined and offended over the past year.

Somehow PR's precarious position in Selangor doesn't seem to have registered in the brains of bratty boy who is lording it up north, for he had just thrown another "I'll sue you" threat at a PAS leader over something that he should have been better to keep mum about.

If we were to start calculating the odds, the much touted Kajang Move is simply one brainless move after another, driven by mindless arrogance which is now tinged with desperation.

So if all these moves are part of the Kajang Move, far from solidifying their position in Selangor as a base to capture Putrajaya, they have instead managed to loosen their grip on Selangor.

Just as the PR government collapsed a year after GE12, Pakatan may find itself losing Selangor barely a year after GE13.

PS.  Tsk tsk .. Don't you DAP people realise that politically speaking, you would have been in a better position in Selangor with PAS than with PKR?  Really, you need people who can count the odds in your party, no wonder even Windows Excel is beyond you ...

Saturday, 9 August 2014

PR Drama

Aiseh ... another PR drama in session.

I have been trying to avoid all that PKR-PAS drama being played out in all the news headlines.

Then of course CM Lim had to create his own kind of drama too with the surplus/deficit nonsense, like who gives a crap about that?

And you are suing someone for saying the tunnel project is how much again?

If the BN ministers are half as sue-happy as these PR pollies, we would have all the PR activists knee-deep in legal suits.

I really don't get it la ... these PR politicians ...

They have only three states to govern and yet they create so much noise and drama that I am convinced that they are starved for attention.

As if all the hullabaloo in Selangor is not enough to hog the headlines, Pulau Pinang has to creep into the picture too.

Seriously, PAS accuse DAP of whatever, DAP threaten PAS with whatever, PKR charge one of their own of whatever ... it goes on and on, non-stop.

Don't these people ever get tired of all these conflicts?

Why can't they just try to get along and help each other to govern their respective states without constantly bitching about each other?

If someone make a mistake, can't they just tell him/her about the mistake and work something out to rectify the problem, don't simply get all indignant and angry and threaten to sue lah, show cause letter lah, roadshows lah ...

Aiyooo, I get tired just reading about them.

So incredibly childish, it boggles the mind how these bunch of juveniles got elected as lawmakers.

Thank God Anwar didn't become our Prime Minister, otherwise we would have cabinet reshuffles every time one of the ministers make a decision that wasn't referred to him and we will end up with his entire family as cabinet ministers with multiple portfolios.

This is the reason why I shudder at the thought of PR running the Federal government.

Khalid Ibrahim, you should have been prepared for the eventuality of being discarded once you have served your purpose.  It has happened to others before you.

That is the nature of Anwar Ibrahim, everything and everyone's purpose is to serve his interest.

You should have just given in gracefully and let Wan Azizah take over the MB post if the Sultan allows it.

If, as a result, Selangor regresses into a cesspool, that's what the Selangor people totally deserve for not using their brains when they chose their representatives.

You reap what you sow.

As for Lim Guan Eng, why can't someone just tell him to grow up?

Thursday, 7 August 2014

My First Million

I didn't even realise BigCat had passed the million mark if it hadn't been noticed by Annie who blogged about it and Rocky ... heh, thanks for the mention guys.

I wasn't really going to make a big deal about it, but I really should thank them, and all of my regular readers, for still reading my nonsense, especially those who regularly drop by even when I hardly write anymore.

This blog really started with the little posting that practically told CM Lim "I know what you said in Singapore last summer" and with Ai's brand of quirky, semi-personal public airings and rantings, it grew in prominence, gaining followers and haters alike.

I officially took over fully in March last year, at the height of the Lahad Datu crisis, simply because Ai had other things to do, and there was no one else to carry the momentum so near to the General Elections.

I am no writer and not really into politics, as my education background is mathematics and economics.  Not even a member of any political party.  It was rather tough to continue the excellent work started by Ai.

The good thing is I never really pay much attention to the blog stats (it isn't really statistics in the true sense of the word), heh ... ironic, considering I am a statistician by training; it helped me to be focused on the writing as opposed to worrying about the numbers.

I was never paid by anyone to blog, despite many accusations that alluded to my being a paid Umno blogger.

I wasn't writing much after GE13 because I was actually bereft of ideas as well as the fact that I found all the post-election posturing almost too much to stomach and had to keep the bills down.

I wouldn't mind being paid to blog, actually, as bandwidth and electricity cost money, but I would never allow my thoughts and opinions to be bought, hence BigCat remains independent under my watch.

So again, thanks for reading and have a nice day.