Is ‘Malaysia Baru’ on cloud 9 or something?

TTF: Look at the article by The Malay Mail Online (below).

First of all, the article concerns a survey taken by a movement that refers to itself as ‘Malaysia Baru’. I say survey, considering that the opinion piece by Ida Lim was titled, “Azmin, Nurul Izzah floated as millennial’s PM choices,” with one paragraph even suggesting that “nobody among the panellists named a Barisan National (BN) politician as their preferred PM.”

Now let’s analyse this.

First of all, when you set up a movement called ‘Malaysia Baru’, you’re implying that something is wrong with the existing Malaysia, that it should be replaced by a new Malaysia. And to do that, you’re getting views from panellists who comprise staunch oppositionists from Bersih 2.0 and even the head of PKR’s legal bureau?

Where are your brains?

How can The Malay Mail claim to be a credible source of information when it carries review pieces that clearly reflect its partisan slants? The last I checked, a fair survey – from a statistical point of view – would take into account opinions from both sides of the political divide if such a survey is intended to gather feedback from persons with political affiliations.

In the case of The Malay Mail, the impression given was that the survey sought the opinion from millennials, meaning, persons reaching young adulthood in the 21st century irrespective their biases. Under the circumstances, the panelists should have been selected at random and included members of the general public from all walks. So why do I only see oppositionists?

Tell me, who was responsible for selecting the pannelists?

And how could the author have concluded that “nobody among the panellists named a Barisan National (BN) politician as their preferred PM” after having given the impression that the opinions were from millennials in general? Was the Chief Editor sleeping?

Imagine, you’re getting opinions from Bersih’s Mandeep Karpall Singh, who forgot that the very Ambiga Sreenevasan he’s singing praises of zipped her lips tight despite the overwhelming reports implicating the DAP of electoral fraud since 2012 and PKR of the same in 2014. 

Is Mandeep not aware that Ambiga has yet to sue me for repeatedly claiming that she panders to George Soros and received more than USD20 million in bribe money from the billionaire anarchist to help him trigger bloodshed by implying that “Malaysia was in crisis?”

Seriously, if you can have Bersih’s Mandeep on your panel, why not have Dato’ Eric See-To of Barisan Nasional’s Strategic Communications team on it as well? If you can have a lawyer who sits on PKR’s legal advisory board, why not  have Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah as well? Where is your conscience?

The correct title for the article should have been “Azmin, Nurul Izzah floated as pro-Pakatan millennial’s PM choices.” If The Malay Mail has any sense of decency, it will immediately retract the article, or, at the very least, issue a statement to set the record straight.

PETALING JAYA: Amid a push for the federal Opposition to name its candidate for prime minister, an activist has cautioned against pinning all hopes on and idolising one single person to lead Malaysia.

Activist Azira Aziz said that it would be a “danger” to view a single person as the ideal prime minister, arguing that there is no necessity to do so and that it is better to focus on the public’s needs.

“In today’s discussion, I cannot give you a name from me because it is not me who personally appoints the person, it’s the supreme council of any political coalition, it’s not going to be any of us.

“Who is the ideal one singular person? This is dangerous, we cannot idealise one single person — that is people worship, people are human beings, even the highest heroes are flawed,” she said in a forum last night title “Who is the millenials’ choice of prime minister?” by the Malaysia Baru movement.

Earlier, Azira had said that youths may have different priorities to Malaysians from other age groups and should have young representatives in Cabinet instead of old leaders alone, as well as having a diverse representation in Parliament in terms of age, gender and minority communities akin to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet.

“I support women to be leaders not just only because of gender alone, but because I believe there are many capable women and youth that are capable but not given the chance to be involved together according to the existing system and institutions.

“Because if it’s the same nonsense but different people, what’s the point?” she asked, also having voiced support for decentralisation of power in the prime minister post and urging for prime minister candidates to restore local government elections.

Bersih 2.0’s Mandeep Karpall Singh noted surveys showing local youths grappling with issues of job opportunities, income and living costs, adding that he did not see how naming a prime minister candidate would solve these pressing problems and questioned what are the alternative policies being offered to youths.

Commenting on a fellow speaker’s highlighting of the suitability of Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali for the post due to his track record, Mandeep stressed that running the country should be a collective effort: “I don’t deny Azmin Ali is a leader with calibre, but it is not one-man show, it is teamwork that plans and does something.”

He later listed out his dream team of 11, including Azmin and six other Opposition politicians: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, DAP publicity chief Tony Pua, Parti Amanah Negara’s deputy president Salahuddin Ayub and vice-president Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

He also suggested four individuals from civil society — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Maria Chin Abdullah, Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim, and Adam Adli Abdul Halim, but said it was not necessary for them to contest in elections.

When asked who should be “captain” of this team, Mandeep who supported a two-party system said: “I have no problem if Azmin Ali is named as PM, but what is important is to win the elections first.”

Mandeep also said those who were aged over 60 should not be in leadership roles or be “captain” of such a team, suggesting that they could instead be akin to a “coach” or senior adviser.

Lawyer Harris Idaham Rashid, who is also head of Selangor PKR Youth’s legal bureau, mooted Azmin as the prime minister candidate owing to what he described as the latter’s good track record in governing Selangor.

He pointed out that Selangor is one of the biggest states and resembles Malaysia in terms of racial and rural-urban demographics, noting that Azmin’s good performance over the past three years and a survey which showed Azmin as enjoying high ratings among Selangor residents as indicator that he is a “proven product”.

Harris Idaham said “policies, blueprint, manifesto is just a myth and a bait for votes” that can be easily drawn up by consulting firms and that Malaysia has poor execution for its “beautiful” blueprints, adding: “That’s why people want to know who can walk the talk, who can fulfill these promises, that’s why people don’t talk about policies.”

Malaysia Muda activist Amir Abdul Hadi, who was also present at the forum, initially jokingly said his candidate of choice would be firebrand activist Hishamuddin Rais, but later clarified that he would propose Nurul Izzah.

When met later, Amir explained to Malay Mail that the global trend indicated young national leaders, saying: “So I think this is the time for us to propose a young and woman prime minister.

“Nurul Izzah — she has a good record since 1998, fighting with others consistently, no scandals, and I think maybe she can be a good candidate for prime minister, why not?” he asked.

In the examples cited by Amir, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is aged 37, France president Emmanuel Macron is aged 40, Iceland prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir is aged 41, while Canada’s Trudeau is aged 46. Nurul Izzah is aged 37.

Azmin is 53.

Nobody among the panelists named a Barisan Nasional (BN) politician as their preferred PM.

As for activist Adrian Lim who coordinates the Bebas Anwar movement, he said Pakatan Harapan (PH) should not fall into the narrative set by BN of naming a PM candidate or a shadow Cabinet, but instead return to their championing of issues of concern to Malaysians and turn their attention to offering policies.

He noted that the political tsunami in general elections in 2008 and 2013 was due to the federal Opposition’s supporters then who were mostly fence-sitters that wanted to vote because of the Opposition’s heavier focus then on public concerns.

PH confirmed this week that its prime minister candidate will be announced following its second convention tomorrow.

The Opposition coalition recently proposed PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister, and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as his deputy, should it win the next general elections.

Source: The Malay Mail Online