A Life of No Regrets

By Paul  Chong      Monday 10 August 2015

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I am a Chinese by Descent & an Australian by Consent. Though born in a little village town called Matang, Perak, Malaysia, I should rightly call myself a Malaysian. I wish I could proudly called myself that, not for all the headline news Malaysia is making all for the wrong reasons. We have been disowned as “sons of the soil” or urged to go home to our motherland. Now the question is who should be going home?

Beneath all that news splash, Malaysia has been rotting away right down to the core. As a teacher, I had seen the political & social deterioration setting in since 13 May 1969, the year of racial riot & civil commotion when the Alliance ruling party was eroded in its two-third majority. Deprivation of rights was/is robbing deserving citizens clean & dry. Meritocracy flew out of the window to give way to “Malay-democrazy”. Malay special rights & privileges for the “Bumiputras” (sons of the soil – a term reserved only for the Malays) set to roll in tertiary education, jobs, scholarships, business ownerships, government contracts & others. Their rights & privileges supersede all others.

There’s no fairness or justice – it’s a country where anything goes (Malaysia Boleh). Law & order take cue from the Prime Minister Najib Razak, who possesses straight A’s in his credentials . . . greater qualifications than any other great leaders of the world!(Refer to my blog archives for details: “Najib: Straight A’s Malaysian Prime Minister” Thursday 27 November 2014).

Najib & Rosmah - king & queen of all they survey
Najib & Rosmah – king & queen of all they survey

With the kind of qualifications, strictly self-conferred, who else can rule over him. As a side-track kick, even his wife Rosmah, got conferred with an honorary PhD from Curtin University, Perth in Western Australia, on what ground it’s difficult to verify. So Najib rules. He rules over the courts, the MACC (Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission), the police & army, the civil service, the press to mention a few. Najib rules with absolute power.

For example, Mahuyidin Yassin was sacked as DPM for speaking out loud in requesting Najib to explain re the financial scandal of 1MDB . . . What a world to be living in? “Malaysia apa pun boleh”! Two other critics in the cabinet were also sacked.

Resuffled New Cabinet - The 'Yes' men & women
Reshuffled New Cabinet  2015 – The ‘Yes’ men & women team

The new reshuffled Malaysian Cabinet is now a poisoned chalice, unpredictable, volatile & explosive. History will be in the making. Najib is desperate & in a do or die attempt he is removing all opposition members who are critical of him & promoting others who are with him, whether it’s legal or otherwise. It’s a political quagmire that he has created and the UMNO camp in the Supreme Council is somewhat divided. Take a look at this cartoon video clip below:

No law or order . . . .

Najib has been known to say that “Cash is King”. It has nothing
to do with the economic wellbeing of Malaysia, but everything to do with political control through financial tyranny – the financial
corruption of the political institutions of Malaysia.

Now in the light of the recent financial scandal related to IMDB (I Malaysian Development Berhad), Najib Razak today said he has been cleared by MACC of corruption claims linked to a RM2.6 billion deposit in his personal accounts. MACC is newly & presently staffed by people who are in his favour. It’s maintained that the sum of money came from private donations & as prime minister, Najib is entitled to receive such donations & no crime is being committed. Even IMDB confirmed that the money didn’t come from it.

As was reported by Sarawak Report & the Wall Street Journal’ 1MDB ran up a debt of RM11 billion & apparently RM700 million was found to be deposited into Najib’s personal account. Najib told the white people to stay away & to stop meddling with Malaysia’s internal affair during the recent visit of British PM David Cameron who was telling Najib to clean up his acts. How can a dirty broom sweep clean a dirty floor? By the way, the founder of Sarawak Report has been threatened with arrest, but it would be a hard act to extradict her from UK. The same goes for WSJ.

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There has long been a history of CCN (Corruption, Cronyism, Nepotism) . . . a persistent phenomenon that pervades the nation. It’s all about money & power playing out on the Malaysian stage.

Suffice for me to mention all these in passing to show the mess of the national affairs. Lots of other dirty stuff could be swept under the carpet & it’s only now that we are slowly uncovering them. The people are having their coffers robbed & there don’t seem to be any way out.

There are on-going investigations but they have been subverted by the Prime Minister when he sacked the Attorney-General, the Head of the Special Task Force and corruptly elevated four low-level UMNO flunkeys in the Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to the Cabinet. With his men placed in the right places half or the whole battle is won.

You just wonder how long will the financial saga take to be solved. Now looking in from outside I am glad we made the decision to quit the country which we so love dearly. Life’s good down under where security & safety are concerned & everything is fair & square.

When we packed up our bags to migrate in 1982 we were inclined to think that Malaysia would be sliding down more & more which is what’s happening. Our objective was to secure a better future for our three children. This we have achieved. Our daughter is a PhD holder from Murdoch University. Our elder son is a doctor with specialisation in anaesthesia. Our younger son graduated from the same University of Western Australia with double honours in civil engineering & computer science. It’s Malaysia’s loss but a gain to Australia.

The world is undoubtedly watching Malaysia. It will be interesting to see how the dramatic saga unfolds. Besides this created quagmire there are also patches of quick sand which are dangerous to tread upon.

Atlantuya - who did kill her?
Altantuya – who did kill her?

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Hollywood would be interested to shoot a movie & make Najib a notorious hero on the big screen. Such a pity . . . Najib, with his good personality, tall & eloquent, could have evolved to be a national hero. Of course, he’ll play the romantic role with the Mongolian ghost ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBUU. She was allegedly bombed away when things got rough.

Doom & gloom?
Doom & gloom? Deaparate & fighting hard for survival

Righteousness is a rare commodity among politicians.

Now in the twilight years of my life, I live a contented & happy life. Our object to provide our children with the best education possible was uppermost in our mind when we decided to migrate. All have been fulfilled. We wanted them to have a good start to life’s journey and they are now well established. It’s all so worthwhile, despite having to make initial sacrifices of our own, foregoing a lucrative real estate business of my own & making adjustment in the new environment.

They have a saying in Malay: “Gaya mahu, lain lain tiada apa”.

China’s President Xi Jinping – Leader of Leaders

By Paul Chong – A Chinese by Descent, An Australia by Consent (Friday 19/12/14)

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Xi Jinping just got to be a very special person to be
at the helm of the country with 1.3 billion. He went
through the mills of every facet of leadership training & testing, through the rank & file before being appointed as China’s President. He’s wise, knowledgable, tough, fearless but not dangerous.

Here is a man who was groomed for the job.

His vast experiences have come to shape his speedy decisions & policies.

It’s said that some men are born great, others achieve greatness & still others have greatness thrust upon them.
You’d be the judge & jury on this point.

Xi Jinping (born 15 June 1953) is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As Xi holds the top offices of the party, state, and military, he is sometimes informally referred to as China’s “paramount leader”. As General Secretary, Xi is also an ex officio member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s de facto top decision-making body.
The whole process of his positional attainment is essentially meritocratic, quite unlike Obama merely through a monetary process of democracy.
As I see it, there’s no merit on how an American ascends the Presidential throne. It’s all money politics, helped by financial supporters & sponsors, gift of the gap & rhetoric and in the case of Obama with the promise of “change”. Indeed, Obama did bring about changes for the US . . . from the position of victory to being vanquished economically by China.

Democracy is demo-crazy* as is depocrisy* (Two new words not in the dictionary yet).

The Rise of China’s Xi Jinping

Taller than most of his predecessors, he’s a man of substance & vision. He knows where he’s leading China to & since his accession he’s been exerting his influence on a wider global scale with his brand of leadership – fearless but not dangerous.
His rhetoric is written in deeds . . . not just mere verbal convention or rhetoric. Here’s someone acting his role as a real leader with none to compare. His book “The Governance of China”is to be read & we’ll be hearing more from & about him.

Sure enough, it’s just been announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping was the highest rated world leader in many fields, according to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

This is not being conferred ironically the Nobel Peace Prize on President Barrack Obama, who waged more wars than all the other past Presidents.

In terms of ratings of their own leaders in their respective countries, Xi was the highest rated leader with a nine out of 10 rating. Russia’s Putin followed with an 8.7 with India’s Modi and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma rounding out the top. When it came to how the 10 leaders are rated by people in other countries, Xi also fared the best, with Modi, Merkel and Zuma trailing.

Xi is highly respected in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

The Chinese president had the highest average score, at 7.5, based on international scoring. With the exception of Japan, he is reasonably well received in all countries in this survey, according to the analysis of Anthony Saich, a China expert at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Findings also show that 93.9 percent of Chinese respondents claimed to pay attention to President Xi.
In regards to the confidence citizens have in how their own leaders handling of domestic and international affairs, President Xi topped the list in both categories at 94.8 percent and 93.8 percent respectively. In second on the list was Indian Prime Minister Modi with 93.2 percent and 93.3 percent respectively. Russian President Putin came in third with 86.2 percent and 86 percent.

The ten national leaders used in the survey are Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma.

The survey questioned people from 30 countries in total, 12 from Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Israel and Saudi Arabia), 4 from Africa (Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa), 4 from the Americas (United States, Canada, Brazil and Chile), 8 from Europe (Russia, Ukraine, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and Finland) and 2 from Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).

In short, the findings cannot be disputed. It does make the Chinese proud – not just in China but right round the world.

Source: China Daily & Wikipedia