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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Malaysian Socio-Political Bloggers ~ Fading away into Cyberspace?

There used to be a time when with the advent of the Blogosphere here in Malaysia, everyone was excited about the new platform to express one's thoughts and viewpoints through the various websites and blogging platforms.

Every Ahmad, Ah Seng and Samy took to blogging like a flock of ducks plunging right in to a lake or pond after being caught out in the heat of the day!

When Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad lamented that he was being deprived of media coverage as a result of Tun Abdullah Badawi's gag order on him, I proposed that Tun join us as a blogger during a special dialogue with him, NGO's, politicians and gathering of bloggers organized by Malaysia Today's Raja Petra Kamarudin at the Kelab Century Paradise way back on the 24th of June, 2006! Click here and read my article on it.

Tun did eventually launch his own blog @ and to this day continues to voice out as he pleases. As we all know, Tun Mahathir is now being ostracised by the current PM Najib Razak for Tun's campaign to unseat him due to the various scandals and screwups that Tun Razak's son is accused of. 

We surely agree with Tun but as it is, our current situation is frankly quite taxing in all ways due to this indifferent leader who doesn't really give a damn about whatever anyone is saying more so when his chief political nemesis happens to be our former 4th and longest in office (22 years) Premier Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad!

Way back then; it's been more than 10 years now, our Malaysian cyberspace was abuzz with all kinds of bloggers who published, wrote and commented upon the latest news and views related to the social and political happenings in Malaysia.
RPK and Mahaguru58[R]
Some of Malaysia's notable bloggers such as Raja Petra Kamaruddin or RPK as he is known, Rocky Bru, Big Dog, A Voice, Kadir Jasin,Sang Kelembai, Parpukari, Papagomo, RBF, Din Turtle,Penarik Beca, Roslan SMS and many others are in reality sort of getting tired of blogging due to the 'tidak-apathy' mindset of our crooked powers that be.

What's the point of wasting one's precious quality time, research and effort in trying to improve our life here in Bolehland when the crooked ones who are gleefully feathering their nests at the nation's expense simply say 'Boleh Mampus' to whoever dares to criticize or castigate them via blogs and websites like mine here?

Some cabinet ministers even show their vulgar gestures to the media without any hesitation. Check out the Minister for Culture and Tourism here.

How's that as an unbridled form of social misbehavior from someone appointed to instill and preserve our traditional Malaysian norms and values?

Mahaguru58 [right] with Dato A.Kadir Jasin
Malaysian Socio-Political bloggers are usually middle aged or elderly like me who feel it is our social and civic responsibility as concerned citizens to watch out for our rights and hold the powers that be accountable if they screw up and try to pull a fast one on us. 

The problem is that many are getting disillusioned by the various stifling measures meant to gag us. So many bloggers have chosen to not bother to keep their blogs alive.

Some are still active but quite a few have not updated or simply abandoned their blogs preferring to engage in chit chat over Facebook or Twitter. What a bloody shame! 

Check out the links to various blogs at Tranung Kite and see for yourselves. The fire in most bloggers has sort of fizzled out.

To be a blogger, one has to master the skill of composing words, have a dab of webmaster know how, graphic editing, digital photography and learn how to embed videos or linking to other online sources and urls.

That knowledge and various cyber-skills comes with experience and the blogger must have passion for what he or she does. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can be a Facebooker but it takes dedication and commitment to be and remain active as a Blogger!

Let's be frank! Bloggers take sides too. We too have our likes and dislikes. We can go with the flow but that doesn't mean we will sacrifice our long held principles for a fistful of ringgits. I know how some bloggers who used to be rabidly anti-Opposition now have no qualms with rubbing shoulders with their once arch enemies.

Biggest surprise of the century, one might say is how Tun Dr.Mahathir now keeps frequent company with his once primary nemesis DAP's Lim Kit Siang! Sometimes we do have to rub our eyes and realize that it is really true. It is as we are seeing this spectacle with our very own eyes. This is not a mirage!

They say that in politics there are no permanent enemies or friends. This has been proven true when it comes to these two elderly politicians of Malaysia. Both are avid bloggers as well. Check out Lim Kit Siang's blog here. He started blogging in 2007. I started mine way back in 2004!

We can't really say that socio-political bloggers will eventually cease to exist for most young Malaysians nowadays aren't really that bothered to keep abreast with whatever is happening here in Bolehland.

Their lives today are mostly concerned with making easy money and enjoying life as best as they can. Our country is not known to have bright dynamic young citizens who are concerned with changing the future or being willing to change their mindsets.

It's between two extremes. Some are really quite passionate about wanting to see a political revolution in Malaysia but go about it in the run of the mill loud street protests, chants and slogans but no real plans to follow through in realizin all that they shout about.

On the other hand, we have the ones who'd rather while away their times at the local Mamak bistros and scream their support for foreign football teams that they adore. If you asl their opinions about what needs to be done in order to save us from the marauding crooks at Putrajaya and the rest of the nation, these types would usually be at a loss, literally. Clueless in Kay El, brudder! :P

Literally we Malaysians are actually caught between the Devils and the Deep Blue Sea! I don't know who we are going to get replacing Ah Jib Gor in 2018 but rest assured that the new PM is not going to be our proverbial knight in shining armor. Teflon coated for sure where the AG or the MACC couldn't touch him after Najib's sterling example where even Mahathir can't yank a nostril hair from Mr.Pink Lips! :D

Que Sera Sera Malaysia. Enjoy our local Socio-Political Blogosphere while it lasts. Quite a number of vocal Bloggers like Syed Akbar Ali @ OutSyed the Box have had their blogs plastered by the MCMC boys! Touchy touchy I tell you! :P

I hope that those of you reading this would want to start sharing your news and views so that the 'Truth gets to be told so Justice can live!' Insya Allah.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tun Dr. M's King & Commoner Issue ~ My Thoughts.

Let's ponder for a while on the subject. We are witnessing a modern day power play between two top figures in our country.

One is a current ruling Sultan @ King and the other is a former Prime Minister who to date is regarded as the one who defanged the powerful 9 Kings @ Sultans of the 9 Sultanates in the Malay Peninsular. 

The 9 ruling Sultans were stripped of their royal immunity from civil and criminal legal prosecution when Tun Dr.Mahathir @ the Commoner but most powerful 4th Prime Minister back then in the height of his Executive Power succeeded in getting the Malaysian Parliament to amend the country's Constitution in 1992 to ensure that no one was above the law. 

Click here and here to read about it.

The Sultan of Johor back then was Sultan Mahmood Iskandar, the father of the current Sultan Ibrahim of Johor who is incensed with Tun Dr. Mahathir's airing of his views about the Forest City project turning into a viaduct for 700,00 Chinese nationals eventual buying their way into our nation through the Chinese investing in Forest City.

This also brings to my mind about the withdrawing of the National Palace's earlier invitation to Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad as the former 4th Malaysian Prime Minister to attend the Installation Ceremony of the 15th Supreme King of Malaysia, HRH Sultan Muhammad V of the State of Kelantan Darul Naim.

HRH Sultan Muhammad V, 15th Supreme King of Malaysia
The National Palace's invitation's withdrawal is reported to be at the behest of Sultan Muhammad V, whose father is Sultan Ismail Petra who was once taken to task by Tun Dr.Mahathir's Federal Government for the latter's refusal to pay quite a sizable sum in tax to the Royal Customs of Malaysia and drove off his Lamborghini Diablo from the Subang Airport Customs Complex!

Tun Dr.Mahathir is reported to have labelled the Sultan of Kelantan @ Sultan Ismail Petra as a 'smuggler' for the Sultan's action! HRH Sultan Muhammad V, our current 15th Supreme King surely would not let that insult to his father, slide.

Click here to read a relevant report about the matter.

Thus I am not surprised to learn of the current 15th Malaysian Supreme King's snub of Tun Dr.Mahathir from being invited to the Supreme King's Inauguration Ceremony.

Both named Sultans have a proverbial axe to grind with Tun Dr.Mahathir. Hence their Majesties not letting Tun Dr.Mahathir get away with saying anything concerning their respective states.

Tun Dr.Mahathir's previous objections against allowing the implementation of the Syariah Law system in Kelantan remains as a thorn in the Sultanate of Kelantan's side and HRH the Supreme King will not be overlooking any of Tun's comments or actions with regard to the matter.

They may be 'constitutional monarch's' according to the Constitution of Malaysia but these Malay Sultans still wield a proverbial royal powerful club to teach any 'commoner' who dares to mess with them.

Tun Dr.Mahathir's willingness to sell his soul to the 'DAP Devils' in his attempts to overthrow the current Malaysian Premier Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and bring about an alternative government with his son to be elected as the next Prime Minister is also said to be the reason why many are not that gung ho about supporting Tun.

Even I am surprised to see Tun being there besides Lim Kit Siang and Mat Sabu! You just never know what some politicians are willing to do just to make their dreams come true!
Mat Sabu, Kit Siang, Mahathir ~ Once Bitter Enemies. Photo Source
We just can't imagine or foresee what is going to happen next as far as the current topsy turvy Malaysian politics is going to throw at us?

Today's best friend will be tomorrow's worst enemy and those who were bitter feuding enemies are practically hugging each other like long lost lovers! :P

I am no fortune teller or soothsayer but I just do not see their dreams getting realized in the coming general elections but just like Donald Trump getting elected as America's 45th President, you just never know!

As for Tun Dr.Mahathir's current situation, one can compare it to the case of the 'Durian Kings' and the 'Cucumber Commoner'. 

Don't you agree?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tun Dr. M's King & Commoner Issue

I am not surprised to learn of the current tiff between the Johor Sultan @ King and former 4th and most illustrious Malaysian Premier Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad @ Commoner with regard to the latter's recent opinions about Johor's 'Forest City' project which is said to be the threshold of the reported influx of more than 700000 PRC citizens into Malaysia!

A longstanding grudge against Tun Dr.M for removing the Malay Sultans privilege against being taken to court for their screwups when they breach the law might be the festering sore in the said royal's heart.

More later.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Minaq Jinggo terima menantu sulung! Barakallah fee antum!

Sahabat lama saya, jurufoto Otai Minaq Jinggo @ Bani Amin menjemput saya dan isteri hadir ke Majlis Perkahwinan anak perempuan nya AMIRA HANIS yang telah selamat bernikah dengan suaminya MOHD AZHAN bin IMAM BAWEH semalam.

Walimatul Urus @ Kenduri perkahwinan anakanda Minaq-Jinggo telah di adakan di Dewan Utama, Institut Perguruan Guru-Kampus Bahasa Melayu, Lembah Pantai, 59990, Kuala Lumpur.

Beriya lah saya menyiapkan kamera digital saya memikirkan akan dapat bergambar bersama sahabat-sahabat Blogger kami memandangkan Minaq-Jinggo inipun adalah di antara kawan2 media sosial awalan tahun 2004 yang saya kenal semasa mula berblog!

Namun alangkah kecewanya saya bila tiba disana dan mendapati bahawa hos Majlis ini tidak menjemput Blogger2 lain selain Mahaguru58!

Papadom punya hero! :P

Penat tahu, aku mengusung kamera Nikon aku dengan harapan dapat lah merakam gambar-gambar member Blogger2 Otai seangkatan dengan kami!

Namun apa kan dayaku? Ambil saja lah gambar dengan tetamu-tetamu jemputan Jinggo yang hadir terutama dengan mantan Menteri Besar Kedah, YB Dato Seri Mukhriz Mahathir dan beberapa rakan-rakan politik beliau yang sudah berada disana sebelum saya.

Berikut adalah gambar2foto yang sempat saya rakam untuk kenangan.
Member2 lama bila dah bertemu, sembang lah cerita2 lama hal ehwal Dunia Blogging
Ingatkan dapat lah jumpa kawan-kawan Blogger yang lain seperti Rocky Bru, Parpukari, RBF dan sewaktu dengan nya tetapi hampeh!
Minaq Jinggo berbual dengan Mahaguru58

Dato Seri Mukhriz Mahathir dan kawan2 ahlul politiknya hadir sama.

Bersama salah seorang tamu majlis yang mengaku kenal saya.

Semoga Minaq Jinggo akan dapat menimang cucunya yang pertama tahun hadapan dan jadi Datuk Seri Paduka yang sebenarnya! Amin!
Saya doakan agar sahabat saya Minaq Jinggo turut sihat wal'afiat dan terus mampu merakamkan segala peristiwa2 penting dalam negara.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

2017 ~ New challenges and goals as our world keeps changing!

New Year Resolutions
It is the 1st day of January, 2017 CE. 3rd day of Rabiul Akhir, 1438 AH.
Many of us make new resolutions, new plans and agendas to achieve and implement for this new year.

All that is good and I wish each and everyone the best with their goals. We should also learn from our life experiences before this and try our level best to avoid making the same mistakes or fall victim to the many shysters out there.

Growing Older
As we age and grow older, naturally our health conditions might be affected as our hormone production is reduced and we tend to fall sick easier. More health supplements and remedies need to be taken and whether we like it or not, we do have to exercise and try to keep fit and regain our stamina and strength.

As for me, my failing eyesight @ cataract on my left eye is starting to cloud my vision. I am getting by with improved vision of my right eye which has been operated on and replaced with an artificial lens before this. Alhamdulillah.

At being 58 years and 2 months old, I am relatively still able to live my life well although a tad affected by a few health complications but that is all part and parcel of aging. Compared to others who are bed ridden in hospitals or nursing homes, Syukur Alhamdulillah, I am doing alright.

I look forward to undergoing an operation to replace my cataract contracted left eye with an artificial lens preferably within the early stages of 2017 and then get a pair of corrective spectacles to see better.

I also aim to complete writing two Islamic genre Malay film scripts that I have been working on all these while and finish my guide book on becoming or being a Muslim. Insya Allah.

Hopes and Wishes
I wish to see peace reign on Earth and the oppressed people of Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Kashmir, Rohingya, Native Americans, Orang Asli's here in Malaysia and other parts of the world get their due rights back.

I hope that reforestation will take place back on the now devastated hills and forests of Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak.

I wish to see the culprits responsible for such destruction be arrested, charged, sentenced to imprisonment and their ill gotten assets be confiscated and compensated to the people whose lives were affected by these crooks.

I also hope to see the shit stirrers and troublemakers be stripped of their state awarded titles and action be taken against them for carrying out illegal businesses and activities.

I dream of a just society where the city and local authorities are free of corrupt officials and all illegal obstructions and structures be removed from parking lots placed there by unscrupulous stall operators and their corrupt contacts in DBKL here in the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory and State Governments everywhere.

I also hope that the Malaysian Education Ministry will reintroduce the teaching of the Civics subject to our academic schools and institutions. Our Malaysian society seriously needs to be taught the basics of common courtesies and social responsibilities once more.

There are many good instructional videos available online that can be used in such teaching. Malaysian Film producers can produce similar videos for our country and such beneficial short videos be broadcasted on television and at the cinemas before the main screening of movies.

Toilet etiquette especially those involving the usage of public restrooms must be taught to the many uncivilized idiots who still tend to squat on seated toilets and cause normal users to suffer such inconvenience of having to cover up the dirty toilet seats with toilet paper before be able to use them!

There are too many selfish idiots out there today. Racial and religious intolerance is creeping up again amongst us and we are all not that happy with this scourge that can destroy our relative peace and harmony. We can't afford or allow that to take root here in Malaysia, our beloved homeland.

I can keep going on but guess I'll just stop here and hope that 2017 will be a better year for all of us. 
DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong ke IV,
Sultan Muhammad V
I can't predict the future as it is forbidden for Muslims to be fortune tellers, etc. but I hope that our new 15th Malaysian Supreme King, the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, His Royal Highness Sultan Muhammad V will be a proactive, just and active ruler who will use his powers and authority to return fairness and justice to our country. Insya Allah.