Party Wins the Battle, Rakyat Wins the War

  1. The reality of a new political landscape in Malaysia Baharu is the existence of a two-party system and two divided political territories.
  2. Since the last 14th General election, the battle keeps going in the form of by-elections. In Sg Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong, Pakatan Harapan (PH) won handsomely despite its inability to keep the 100-day promise. It is pretty obvious that the two forces are still at war especially when UMNO and PAS have formed close cooperation together.
  3. Like it or not, UMNO and PAS have opened up to meet a new challenge. For PAS, the Islam-centric line it takes thus far has accommodated pretty well with the Malay-centric UMNO, even with some resistance shown by some quarters. In the process, MCA and MIC have lost their significance due to the failure to garner enough support from their respective communities and the split-up votes into various opposition parties as clearly demonstrated in the previous three by-elections.
  4. There is no basis to worry that the two-party system would accelerate into major battles when “the winner turns into ashes and the loser turns into charcoal (“Yang menang jadi abu dan Yang kalah jadi arang“).
  5. The rakyat has made the decision and for sure the winner has to carry out the responsibility in order to be re-elected in the 15th General election.
  6. No way the government can stop the dissatisfied lots. Matters pertinent to their life like accelerating cost of living, protection to the right of the Malays, alleged selective persecution, to mention a few have to be answered to the satisfaction of the rakyat.
  7. All in all, I believe PH as a party has won the battle and generally, the rakyat has won the war.

Freedom of Speech

1. Intellectual discourse is part of the freedom of speech. Malaysian universities allow academicians to embark on free academic discourse inside and outside the classroom. Aristotle denounced that human beings are by nature political animals. Humans are made partisan too. They grouped themselves on purpose i.e to protect their groups and to attack the other challenging groups. This is all about politics.

2. When a university lecturer is attacked by netizens for delivering his objective views in a forum discussing on the topic whether the Pakatan Harapan Chairman is too old to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia, the principle of freedom of speech is abused. Quo Vadis, Malaysians?

3. Malaysian voters which comprise supporters of both parties and on-the-fence voters must learn to respect freedom of speech.

4. To the contrary, age shouldn’t be a deciding factor to select who should be the next Prime Minister. Physical fitness, mental sharpness and the ability to be firm and impervious are psychological attributes required from the top political officer.

5. He must feel the pulse of the masses. Issues close to the heart of rakyat like the accelerated cost of living, fuel cost and subsidy have to be addressed with immediate effect.

6. The shipwrecks that caused leakage have to be fixed instantly.

All the Best, Sir!


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..meeting friends.. freedom of networking..


A Conversation with YB


1. I had a conversation with a ‘wakil rakyat’ on the need to adopt sustainable development in his ‘kawasan’ (constitutional area). I’m happy that he was very responsive to my suggestion.

2. As people representative, wakil rakyat decides how to develop his area. Development blueprint directs business ventures and government agencies to focus and strategize on a certain aspect of the developmental goal. In the end, rakyat is expected to gain from those initiatives.

3. The easiest way is to invite Foreign Direct Investment. The government prepares land and incentives. The reasons to relocate certain business overseas have to be understood. Many developed countries want to get away labor-intensive industries outside theirs simply because they want to focus on knowledge-based technology. Some conventional technologies have a detrimental effect on the environment. They need to be relocated out of the country.

4. We have to choose what is the best for our country. So please choose wisely.😒

Philosophy of Work

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1. Work plays a very important role in life. Interestingly, the definition of work varies from person to person. Income contribution is commonly thought to make up what most people defined work. Not uncommon to find the definition of work refers to someone who exerts some efforts in order to accomplish the result. I beg to disagree. Work can be accomplished even without monetary reward. Gotong-royong is a Malay word. It is based on the concept of togetherness when people do things together and help each other in the spirit of mutual contribution and goodwill.

2. Employment provides an opportunity for developing social contact with some kind of life purpose at the very least and social identity. Employment provides structure for time and timetabling one’s life.

3. Unemployment, underemployment, and overwork lead to stressful life. Managing stress at work requires full cooperation from the employer in modifying the work and provide the better working environment. Flexible working hours and working-at-home are new strategies to reappraise the whole important issue of providing a better working environment for employees.

4. A senior psychiatrist when communicating on reintegrating serious mental illness into community believes the only way forward is through the employment of economically active patients by reorganization of their work under close observation and support. Work integration can be done even prior discharge from the hospital, under assertive community care and community supervision.

5. Finally, I think, access to satisfying work remains one of the most sought-after goals of the human being. Serving human being must be truly honest in line with rules and regulation stipulated by individual culture and religion.

Attitude in Clinical Medicine

1. When a student comes late, he deserves to be scolded. No hatred, but teaching isn’t just imparting knowledge BUT improving attitude AND skill.

2. I’d come across a student who fell asleep in the car and one who had difficulty waking up early in the morning and subsequently both of them came late for the exam.

3. Mass production of medical undergraduates has invited a newly emerging phenomenon of producing poor quality medical graduates and low-quality doctors.

4. Cognitive aspects such as must know, need to know and good to know stuff are nowhere if teachers don’t really implement the psychomotor skill component and attitude development in the clinical teaching.

5. The question is, how assertive one needs to adhere to when it comes to practice?

Leadership in Family Business

1. The phenomenon of ‘shirt sleeve in three generations’ (demise of the family business in three generations) is widely known. At the same time, a number of family businesses have defied this and survived beyond several generations.

2. This apparent paradox underlines the significance of having relevant leadership capabilities on both the family and business fronts for their perpetuity. In most families, leadership is assumed to be based on seniority of age, while logically that may not be the prudent criterion to follow.

3. One should command respect, not demand! Also, the challenges of leadership are often not understood well by all, that too in different contexts. For instance, the capabilities required to lead are dynamic in an ever-evolving organization, whether family or business.

4. Similarly, rapid changes in social and family traditions in recent times have led to the emergence of nuclear families, redefining the meaning of joint family system and the role of family leadership in our society.

5. The recent growth in the Indian economy and resultant entrepreneurial opportunities have tempted many to think in terms of the need for greater freedom to pursue their interests, giving an impression that without unquestioned leadership authority vested in themselves resulting in family splits, their ambitions would be curtailed.

6. How should leaders address such multiple challenges? In other words, leadership challenges of family business are many and growing, and families have to consciously choose the person to lead them carefully.

7. To start with, most families do not explore the meaning of ‘togetherness’ that is essential to define the destiny of business and family. It is taken for granted that all family members understand and share the meaning completely. Unfortunately, this is a baseless assumption.

8. Some of the basic questions are: do we have shared goals, values, and ambitions? Do we have clear policies for decisions and processes to create policies in different areas? Are we clear about the implications of accepting the scope of any definition of ‘togetherness’? Are we ready to openly discuss these issues? In the absence of some answers to the above, leadership will naturally become a tougher role to play.

9. One of the basic reasons for this role to be challenging is that it is often a discovery-driven journey for the leader. In most cases, the leader has never functioned in similar situations earlier; this is particularly so for leaders of rapidly growing mid-size family businesses who face structurally different challenges often. They need to constantly upgrade and update themselves in terms of their knowledge, skill, and attitude to make their capabilities relevant for addressing emerging situations.

10. A leader’s position is that of a king who does everything in the interest of the people. It is a responsibility. Families have entrusted in good faith in the hands of the leader the responsibility to preserve and grow their material and spiritual wealth.

[By Kavil Ramachandran]

The Beginner Guide to Myth

1. I’ve come across when a scientist or people trained in medicine who become misguided to believing a black magic, religious-spiritual myths of disease etiology and even spiritual management of certain (=to them) ‘possessive’ illnesses.

2. I’ve seen very frequent in my clinical practice, a disease which to a lay person, is possessed by jin, syaitan and iblis and they turn out to be either of neurotic and psychotic origins.

3. I still remember very clearly a young form four girl who claimed to be a spiritual healer. Many people had used his special power to treat their ‘possessive’  illness. Some worked but many failed. When she was in her possessive state she will be in great pain, massaging her chest to the extent that she developed some scarring at her sternum.

4. She claimed to see what was happening in the holy Mecca. That was strange to me. I was desperate to help her because of the unbearable pain she had been experiencing in front of my eyes. In a second, I thought, if someone psychotic could see images like shadow why not they have novel experience of religious nature. Though it was congruent to sociocultural explanation in Islam which, in lateral definition wasn’t considered to be psychosis, I want to try putting her on an anti-psychotic.

5. She came back weeks later free of pain and in clear mind. She had improved and stopped behaving as a spiritual healer. Obviously, her experience has been distorted due to repeated storytelling about her spiritual ability to heal spiritual illness. She has been personified into an ancient worshipped spiritual healer. People started to believe she had magical ability. People flocked from all around the village to come and see her.

That is what Malay mentality is all about!


1. “Paradoks” is a Malay novel written by the former Deputy Minister of Finance, Datok Dr. Affifudin Hj Omar.

2. It revolves around a conspiracy, sex scandal, corruption, belief to Malay traditional healer and defamation.

3. Ariffin, a high-income technocrat, resigned and joined politics during the seventh general election. His wife, Noraini was expecting Arifin to be appointed as full Minister but his position languished to just an ordinary backbencher, even though he contributed significantly, inside and outside parliament.

4. This was due to defamatory reports, incitements and inaccurate information relayed to the party leaders by kingmakers who were jealous and envious of him.

5. Noraini was frustrated and her resentment led to marital conflict from time to time.

6. Along the way, Arifin witnessed the steady promotion of backbenchers who were corrupted and mediocre but nonetheless, they were promoted due to family and business relationships with top party leaders.

7. The perception was those who are brilliant, honest and render good service to the party were then marginalized.

8. Those paradoxes had threatened Arifin political and marital fortune. Even when he left politics and became a millionaire’s businessman, he was threatened again by few paradoxes in his new endeavor.

9. To those who know Dr. Affifuddin, some of the events are perhaps real-life experiences based on his political and business forbearances. The other half is purely fictional.

10. I trust this pseudo-bibliographical, semi-fictional novel may add to the treasure of political satire in Bahasa Malaysia in the awakening of new socio-political movements to deny the importance of Bahasa ibunda. It may also add to political resistance to the political culture at present.

A stunning political tale of Melayu Baru

Aaah…are we approaching economic downturn again?

1. Are we again at the economic downturn?

2. Whether the Greek problem would hit Asia as hard as Europe, I think nobody can predict clearly. Giving current conditions, the clear advice is people should act more prudently. But does the government act on the similar note? It seems to spend lavishly as GE is coming very soon.

3. People are advised to spend less on luxury items to ensure that they have enough in the bank as a buffer if they are thrown out of work in the time of economic crisis. Banker has told us to determine the debts and assess the varied interest rates we paid.

4. The principle is to cut on the amount of expensive money, hold on to cheap money and maximize free money. High-interest credit cards are the most expensive money in most people budget. The most cost-efficient way to use them is to pay off the balance each month.

5. Resist the urge to double your mortgage payments. Mortgages are cheap money assuming that your interest rate is relatively low and the interest is tax deductible.

6. Invest in the mutual fund if you don’t know which stock to buy since most of us are not real investors.

7. The bottom line is we need to stay resilience in tough times. Even by taking a slow and steady approach, I think, we are reaping the benefits for years to come.


Update: 8/10/11

What Tun Mahathir Says?

Dr. M warns of long financial crisis

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad warned the ongoing global economic crisis will continue long into the future as the West continues spending in a “state of denial.”

The former prime minister said in his blog yesterday that Western countries continue “believing that they can somehow continue to remain rich. They are unable to behave like poor people.”

On the same day Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled a budget that aims to rein in the deficit to 4.7 percent, Dr. Mahathir said the West “will not recover because they are still in a state of denial.

“They still believe they are rich, as rich as before they plunged into the crisis. They must keep up the big power wealthy country image even if their people have no jobs, riot, and protest.

“The great financial crisis will be with us for a long time. Even when it is resolved the aftermath will see a slow recovery for the giants of the West,” he wrote.

“How nice it would be if our pocket is picked, we are allowed to print some money to replace what is lost,” he said, mocking the United States’ quantitative easing measures which has seen its federal reserve print US$3 trillion (RM9.5 billion) since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.

“Now Britain is following in the footsteps of the elder brother,” he added, referring to the United Kingdom’s recent move to print £75 billion (RM370 billion) to help distressed banks.


Me: – in the similar principle?

Revenge: Jebat vs. Garnett

1. Why Hang Tuah is considered a hero instead of Hang Jebat? Except for Kassim Ahmad, who recognized Hang Jebat heroship for his revenge against Tuah’s death sentence, many of us still worship Tuah instead of Jebat.

2. The reason is that our society rejects revenge solely which involve the act of rebellion (durhaka) against Sultan. I would like to leave the ‘durhaka’ issue behind.

3. Is revenge a good motivation for success?

4. Terry Garnett, A former Oracle Corp. (ORCL ) senior vice-president, spent the early 1990s traveling around the world with Ellison, Oracle’s CEO. They hobnobbed with the likes of media moguls David Geffen and Barry Diller as the company tried to become a player in the interactive-TV business. Garnett and the software billionaire were so tight that Ellison even invited him and his wife to go along on a vacation to Kyoto in 1994.

5. That year marked the 1,200th anniversary of the founding of Japan’s former imperial capital, a meaningful occasion for Ellison, a passionate Japanophile. Together, he, Garnett, and four others made the pilgrimage along the cherry-blossom-lined Philosopher’s Walk to the famed Ginkakuji Temple.

6. But what came next led to the bad blood that Garnett still tastes more than 12 years later. Within weeks of their return from Japan, Ellison summoned Garnett to his office. He scrapped the interactive-TV startup the two were planning and, Garnett claims, fired him without giving a clear reason. “It was pretty clinical,” he recalls. “I tried to keep composed.”

7. Feeling numb, Garnett returned to his office, not more than 30 feet away, and packed up. Afterward, he spent weeks trying to understand why he had been fired. Garnett later sued Ellison, accusing him of unfairly firing him, but then he dropped the claims. (Oracle officials declined to comment, but their reply to Garnett’s suit cites his “declining productivity.”) Brimming with anger, Garnett made a vow to himself: “There will be a day of reckoning.”

8. Today he is acting CEO of Ingres Corp., a software upstart that’s gunning to grab market share from Oracle.

9. Ask CEOs what drives them, and they’ll talk about success, personal fulfillment—a few will even admit being driven by the desire for money and power. But Garnett’s professed appetite for payback is a motivation rarely leaked from executives’ on-message lips. It’s one of the great undiscussable. Just as you don’t talk about lust in the executive suite, you don’t talk about revenge as a significant motivator for success. But it clearly is.

10. The question is how long you would be able to keep the power of revenge in you? And don’t you think your revenge wouldn’t turn up to form psychosomatic illness in you? You answer…