Australia: The Question of Becoming A Republic

By Paul Chong Sunday 30 August 2015

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As I sat at our little breakfast table having my late dinner of rice porridge, fish & some vegetables, I listened to the speaker on the ABC addressing an enthusiastic audience over the question of Australia becoming a Republic. For as long as I have lived in Perth since 1982, I have heard for countless times the word “Republic” but to no end.

Personally, I find it hard to believe that the Australians will ever change. I am a Chinese by Descent . . . an Australian by Consent. I have lived here longer than I have ever lived elsewhere. If I may compare myself (certainly not in the same status) to Warren Buffett, the American self-made billionaire, who has lived in the same modest home he first bought over 30 years ago, I have dwelled in our little holiday home sitting on the escarpment of Perth Hills for nearly 30 years. This is my own paradise with vista vision to the valley, the City of Perth & beyond.

To-night as I walked down the slope of our home to throw away the garbage, it was foggy, rainy, cold with a light wind & the city lights were shrouded by fog. It was dark & wet.

In 1984 I wrote a little book entitled “How to Have Motivation Unlimited” predicting that Australia would become a poor cousin to its neighbouring Asian nations. True enough. Just take a look at Singapore, a little city state without any natural resources & impoverished as compared to the great “Down Under”. Singapore however is not lacking in the wealth of people resources with the drive, courage & determination to make it work under the great leadership of the late Lee Kuan Yew.

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WHEN I first arrived in Perth (1982) solely focussed on giving our three children a brighter future, some friends were telling me that I would find the Australians as “White Malays”. You all know at this stage what’s happening in Malaysia. Today (Saturday 29 August 2015) people globally joined hands in mass BERSIH 4 rallies (Bersih means clean). The Malaysian government UMNO/BN has been milking the country clean through its catchword of CCN practice of corruption, cronyism & nepotism over a period of more than 50 years since its independence from Britain. Now the catchword is changed to CNN (confused not with the famous media CNN) which stands for Corruption, Nepotism & “Najibism”. This time BERSIH 4 movement has been the result of recent WSJ revelation that MR2.6 billion (US$700 million) went missing from the funds of 1MDB, proclaimed investment front for the Malaysians under his chairmanship, into the personal bank account of Najib,chairman & the incumbent Malaysian Prime Minister.

In a quick flashback, I have witnessed in Australia the economic downturn of the early 1980s – the “Bottom of the Harbour” scheme, the achievement of late Alan Bond, the flamboyant house painter who became infamous as a rich oil painting collector with his ponzi business schemes. He was the hero for first winning the America Cup in 1984.

Politically, the scenario was one of in-fighting, incessant rivalry between Andrew Peacock and John Howard, the likes of Paul Keating, reputably proclaimed by his predecessor Bob Hawke as the best Finance Minister in the world, back-stabbing leadership between Julia Gillard & Kevin Rudd . . . the fast changing of guards like changing daily clothing. Hope that things would be different now under the reign of Tony Abbot. Yes, Anthony John “Tony” Abbott MP is the 28th and current Prime Minister of Australia. He has held this position since 2013, and been Leader of the Liberal Party since 2009. We pray, hope & trust for a hero he be in returning Australia to its former glory.

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All these years that I live in Australia, I have known but one good leader in the person of Robert Menzies. He was like John Howard inclined looking towards England – the helpless far-off motherland. That tie is still strong among the Aussies, and until such time the umbilical cord is severed, Australia will forever drift along.

“No worries. She’ll be right mate” attitude is deeply ingrained in the mind & hearts of the Australians. They will never see that to grow to progress is to change. Change will be hard to come by. What we need is not a BERSIH movement but a mental revolution. “Life isn’t a bed of roses” so said Malcolm Frazer, the has been prime minister. Roses are beautiful but their thorns are prickly.

Perhaps, OBAMA could come over to Australia to inculcate the change concept among the Australians. However, I reserve my comments . . . certainly not the way the president is dragging the nation down economically & politically.

As for Malaysia, Najib Razak, who scored 5 straight A’s in his term as Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is in reference to his follies with the murder of Mongolian beauty queen Altantuya, Anwar Ibrahim, a former Deputy PM, with sodomy charges, the forbidden use of the word Allah by non-Muslims, trying to block Azizah, wife of Anwar from being the chief minister of Selangor and last but least the recent Aircraft crash of MH 17. The end of his era is nearing its end!

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It is the kind of leader at the helm of the nation that will prove the positive outcome of the nation. A country must be able to decide its own fate & that will demand a good strong man – a man with the vision, courage & the right focus to steer the nation through the roughest oceans.

During tough times, the overjoyed concept of “sun, sand,sea & surf” must be forfeited. Australia’s economic future is tied to its Asian neighbours – the very people at our doorstep . . . not motherland England nor the far-off American shores.

Be a republic, a change is refreshing & rejuvenating. Let’s turn on a new page in the economic & social life of the Aussies. Find the right leader!

Najib: Straight A’s Malaysian Prime Minister

Paul Chong / Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Altantuya – Mongolian Beauty Queen

The magic, romance & sentiment of that ever popular love song “Terang Bulan/Malayan Moon” dissipated the day it was adopted as the National Anthem of Independent Malaysia in 1957. None of us could sing any more of our love under the Malayan moon. The political, economic & social landscapes were changing. If changes occurring then were to be for the better for each & every citizen irrespective of colour, class or creed, the Malaysian Dream of peace & harmony would persist, as with fairness & justice.

Those of us, who have since fled Malaysia after the racial riot & upheaval of May 13, 1969, can only lament of the loss of our paradise. Things & events transformed rapidly with the ousting of our
inaugural princely Prime Minister Tengku Abdul Rahman (who had a passion for fun & that was how he took eleven years to complete his law degree in London). The historical watershed was May 13, 1969.

Tun Abdul Razak, the man who forced his hand on Tengku, was the father of the present Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak (who was then but a freshman newly returned from UK). Tun Razak
set the course of no return for all the minority races – the Chinese & Indians. The New Economic Policy, designed to essentially help the Malays, was implemented in haste without public debate.
His demise, however, was a sudden surprise.

To cut short the whole story, the worst of the political head is Tun Dr, Mohammed Mahathir. His misdeeds, corruption etc. set the present trend of disastrous Malaysia. His twenty-two years at the helm made him a multi-billionaire & sons all billionaires too.

Najib Abdul Razak is his protege who has graduated with great “distinctions or A’s” . . . not in the scholarly or academic sense but master of CNN (Corruption, Nepotism & Najibism” besides other major sex & scandals.

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Summarily, Najib scored an A with Altantuya, the Mongolian beauty queen, whose body was blasted away to nothingness with high-security explosives, only obtainable from government-vault.
The mystery still left unsolved – everything swept literally under the carpet. Najib is secured as long as he’s the Prime Minister.

The second “A” is linked to the question of using the word “Allah”. It’s preposterous that the Malaysian authority maintain its usage is only reserved for the Malay Muslims. The Mahathir & Najib administration cling on to their strategies of power & control banking on religious polarisation.

The third ‘A” had to do with the re-jailing & retrial of Anwar, whose political fate hangs on the balance & whose dream of ever be the next Prime Minister will depend largely on a court system controlled by Najib. Anwar’s Sodomy trial & imprisonment is a politically motivated persecution executed by the ruling government.

Azizah, the wife of Anwar, provides Najib with his fourth “A”. Her political rise to fame rubbed hard on the UMNO-BN faces, who tried to block her from becoming the Mentri Besar of Selangor.

Last but not least, the recent Aircraft M-17 crash over Ukraine is forcing the UMNO-BN leadership
to come within the wider global radar screen. The jet crash of the Malaysian national carrier is revealing to the world how ridiculous things can get in the “Bolehland” – anything goes!

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The new freshman Najib who returned from UK & who began learning the political craft from his ailing father Tun Abdul Razak, and of course also under the expert guidance of his mentor Mahathir, must seem to want to prolong his political career. Just how far can he go without being indicted is anybody’s guess.

At the recent APEC meeting held in Beijing, I hardly notice his presence.

LATEST UPDATE: The 1MDB financial scandal as reported by WSJ 2015. Will this smoking gun topple Najib?