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Monday, October 31, 2011

GE 13 - "I can DELIVER" talk is cheap!

A primary one student can also claim easily that he can deliver. In fact all salesmen, businessmen and any Tom Dick and Harry can promised and said "I can deliver".

I was disconnected from the virtual and outside world for almost a month and have no idea what the local political scenes have turned into. While eating the bungkus nasi lemak I read from the wrapped star paper headlines "I can deliver - Najib Razak".

Today after getting connected again and having read most of the political news, I wonder what the PM meant by "I can deliver". By just giving a salesman type of answer "I can deliver" means nothing if the whole system of manufacturing the product is not working in sync.

Way back in the late 90's when I was in the US, I applied for a delivery job in a restaurant. The boss asked me one question 'can you deliver?' and of course my answer was 'I can deliver'. He started laughing and told me that he had fired six delivery men within six months, all answering the same question with 'I can deliver'. I asked what went wrong.

The boss than explained, either the car broke down frequently, not able to read the road map, poor working relationship with co-workers or flirting around. I then assured the boss that these will not be my problems and to try me out for a month. Since the restaurant was in urgent need of a delivery man I was employed.

Within two months I was named the fastest delivery man in town and of course the boss was laughing all the way to the bank because I can make so many deliveries for him each day. What the people wanted when they order delivery were the food arrive in time and still in warm and tasty condition. I seldom cross the speed limit and never got caught for any traffic offences. There were complaints to the boss that I deliver too fast, no joke. So, how did I successfully make the delivery? Here is how.

Within two weeks of employment I changed my old broken down Fort Escort for a brand new Nissan Sentra. Inside the kitchen there were the Chinese (China) chef, Indonesian helpers (preparing the raw ingredients), Americans taking the phone orders and packaging. I work very closely with them all. Once orders were taken, the American will let me know the addresses (I always reminded the Americans to make sure the addresses are always correct) and I will study the map and find the locations. Next I will work with the chef to speed up on the delivery orders. The American will follow the list that I provided that highlights which address I will deliver first and packed them accordingly to the routes that I will be driving.

You can deliver successfully only when the whole system is functioning properly. Najib Razak alone cannot make any delivery if he fails to clean up the whole system that runs the government. The whole system is rotten to the core. Even his own DPM is not working or talking in sync with his policies, how can the PM than make any delivery. Sending his cybertroppers to attack oppositions with unsubstantiated claim of wrong doings, sexual misconduct and created lies upon lies do not help either.

Giving out goodies only near election time is no delivery but an insult to the voters. Playing cool on the outside but cold inside that calls for "crushed bodies and lost lives" ain't delivery. Flip flopping and making u-turns after policy statements cannot count as delivery. Copying from others and treated as yours are not delivery.

Without making changes to the judiciary, PDRM, MACC, EC, laws that hinder democracy and race and religious relationships and appoints suitable, qualified and capable candidates to important Minister posts such as finance and education I can bet that Najib can only deliver zero.

Today PM Najib has given us a very good advise, "don't be afraid to take risks", so what are you all waiting, grumbling or indecisive about. BN is Umno that has been in power for over five decades and we have seen and heard how bad they are and yet we keep voting them in because we dare not take the risks. With Najib's advise we can now take the risks to CHANGE the bad and filthy Umno government. Go for it, believe me, this risk is worth taking.

I am back after nearly a month of absent

After nearly a month of disconnection with the social networks and the political scenes I am now back and hopefully to be able to blog more.

Sorry for the interruption and will try to bring up to date the latest on our mad political leaders craziness to stay in power come what may.

Look out for my next posting "I can 'also' deliver"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My dream Malaysia Part 2 - Political Front

My dream comes true in a dream within a dream. I woke up to find a total different Malaysia that most Malaysians have been waiting for even though we have yet to attain the developed status. But, is being a developed nation that important when the rakyat are just as happy and living a peaceful and prosperous life with a matured democracy?

Political Front

I switched on the television to listen live the last parliamentary session before the 15th general election. The PM announced the date for the 15th GE to be held six months later after he had consulted with the opposition and they agreeing to it.

All the MPs were active in debating important issues with bills passed and rejected on a non partisan manners. We can hear MPs from the ruling government shouting in agreement with opposition proposals and vice versa. There were three opposition MPs appointed by the PM to sit in his cabinet. All questions were answered by the respective ministers, with full disclosure of dealings and expenses. There were no name calling even though the debates can be heated at times. We are seeing a matured parliament in session.

How time flies, parliament was dissolved and the dates for nomination and polling were in accordance to what the PM announced six months earlier.

This 15th GE will also include the local council elections. On nomination day, I went to the nomination center of my constituency and there were thousands of supporters from both sides. There were no special area allocation for parties supporters, all stood alongside each other around the nomination center, cheering and talking to each other while waving their individual party flags. More chanting and cheering as the two candidates arrived together and started waving to their supporters. There were no objection from anyone after the one hour objection period ended and the EC announced the candidacies. So ended the nomination and the beginning of campaigning for the next 21 days.

There were political rallies every night throughout the country for the next 21 nights. The rallies were held in open fields where thousands gathered to listen to both sides of the divide. No police permits were required and at the site of the rallies, no fru trucks, police or SB were to be seen, only a few traffic police guiding motorists.

During the campaigning period, all politicians from various parties expressed their sincerity to serve and what beneficial policies they can offer the rakyat. There were no hitting below the belt of the opponents nor any individual moral issues raised. These campaigning were reported fairly and balance in all the news media and TV stations the next day. There were no distribution of free rice, sewing machines, computers or serving of free food, simply seen as no vote buying. There were no pressure on the voters directly or indirectly from any party members.

Two days before polling day there were five debates between top leaders of political parties telecast lives over national television. The last debate on the last night of campaigning was between the two leaders from both parties eyeing for the premiership.

Polling was spread over two days, the first day was to cater for those voters previously termed as postal voters. They have to go personally to the voting centers like any normal voters. The setting up of the polling centers were the same as for the public. For those who were on duty and cannot vote on the first polling day can vote on the second day where the public will be voting as well. All ballot boxes from the first day voting were locked with two keys lock, just like the bank safe deposit box and sealed with signatures from the EC and the candidates. The EC has done a very good job in transparency and fairness.

Those who cannot enter the counting center can view the counting streaming live onto a screen outside the counting center. All winners were announced at their respective counting center after the EC officials at each center had verified the official counts and accepted by both winner and loser. The EC official can then forward the results to its head office to tally out which party won the most seats to form the next Federal Government.

Finally, after 23 days of hectic campaigning and anxieties the official final results showed that the opposition party which had previously ruled for 54 years in the past but lost in the 13th and 14th GE has won a simple majority in this 15th general election.

Serious works begin for the winning party and the loser has accepted defeat and vowed to fight back in the next general election. In the meantime all parties settled down their differences and work together to serve the rakyat for the next five years.

I may not be able to witness the 15th GE but hope that my dream Malaysia can come true for the future generations.

My dream Malaysia Part 1 - Home Front

My dream Malaysia Part 1 - Home Front

My dream comes true in a dream within a dream. I woke up to find a total different Malaysia that most Malaysians have been waiting for even though we have yet to attain the developed status. But, is being a developed nation that important when the rakyat are just as happy and living a peaceful and prosperous life with a matured democracy?

Home Front

My daily routine after waking up is to stand at the balcony of my 900 SF apartment, breathing some fresh air generated from the greenery's not far away. This apartment was bought by my daughter who can afford to do so because it was reasonably priced and an income that allows her to do so.

On my breakfast table there were three newspapers, Utusan, NST and The Star. I read through them one at a time and feel happy reading them. Utusan headlines "Timbalan Perdana Mentri, XYZ, di- arah ka MACC untuk siasatan korupsi", The Star front page news 'A top NGO leader was sentenced to five years imprisonment for calling other ethnic groups 'pendatang' while NST reported that an opposition MP was disqualified after he was declared a bankrupt. All the papers were reporting exactly what is happening around us and I could not find a report about religion or racial conflict.

After breakfast I took a drive to the market,(usually I would take the MRT, which is nearby and directly stop at destinations where I wanted to go) about 10km away to test my new 1.6 Protonsia. This Protonsia is 100% Malaysian make, body and engine designed by local engineers and safety test approved by the international automobile association. This car model was even exported to the United States with the same price tag as other imported cars like Toyota, Nissan or Mazda of the same engine capacity.

Traffic was smooth, not many cars on the road as most people took the MRT to work. Finding a car park was not a problem at all. This market was huge which cater for the local population of over 100,000 and of three levels. The ground level for the wet market produce, 2nd level for groceries and dry products while the 3rd floor is the hawker center where you can find all kinds of food prepared by the locals from all races. Here you can see how the people of all races mingled together, sitting at the same table having their food while some older folks playing chess at another table.

As I drove out from the car park, a policeman stopped me. He spoke to me in English and Malay. "sir, please drive carefully, today jumaat, many people going to pray at a mosque nearby. Kalau Enche ada senang, Enche boleh pergi ka mosque selepas sembayang, sana ada jamuan untuk semua orang. This Sunday ada pun satu jamuan di church, panggil lah kawan kawan ramai datang." He then handed me a leaflet, highlighting all my constituency communities events and functions for the month.

Before driving home I have to make a stop at the gas station. At RM1.20 per litre, our gas is the cheapest compared to most countries. Petronas dealings are no longer held in secrecy but in the open, managed by a team of qualified Malaysians selected and endorsed by parliament from both sides of the divide. Needless to say, food prices are also cheaper with the chain reaction originated from cheap gas.

Upon arriving home I saw my grandchildren playing with their schoolmates comprising of Malays and Indians at the apartment playground. I told all of them to come back to my apartment for some light snacks and clean up before they go home.

This is the Home Front that I am dreaming of, all communities of different races and religions living together, helping each other and leave religion and race on the back burner, only to be discussed and talked about as and when necessary only.

My dream Malaysia Part 2 Political Front


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