Sunday, November 30, 2008

Soalan Khairy di Parlimen Esok

Soalan lisan dari Khairy naik esok pada nombor satu, dalam sessi Soal Jawab Dewan Rakyat:

Soalannya:

Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin [ Rembau ] minta MENTERI WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN menyatakan perangkaan bagi rumah pangsa kos rendah yang hanya mempunyai satu atau dua bilik di Kuala Lumpur dan apakah langkah-langkah Kerajaan bagi mengatasi masalah kesempitan ruang dan ketidakselesaan penghuni-penghuni rumah pangsa tersebut yang juga boleh mengundang gejala sosial masyarakat.

Saksikan sessi ini melalui Rancangan Dari Parlimen, jam 10.00 pagi esok, Isnin - 1 Disember 2008.




Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Out of context of the correct context


Yesterday, I published a blog entry to highlight Mukhriz's “sterling” performances in Parliament.

That article covers:

[1] Mukhriz’s performance in answering a question from MP Sungai Siput on Peak Oil concept or theory, on 1 July 2008; and
[2] Mukhriz’s absence despite his scheduled oral question, on 29 October 2008.

Padedoh came out with a blog article on the 1st part or element of my blog. He described that Mukhriz was wrong to argue that oil price was determined by market speculation as it was, based on his research, established by real demand and supply.

Jebat Must Die replied to Padedoh’s article and said, among others, that:

[1] The extract of Mukhriz’s speech was taken out of context

[2] His speech was delivered in July 2008; and

[3] Oil price was indeed manipulated by oil speculators

Subsequent to this, Padedoh made a public apology and a blog-entry correction. Padedoh blog said that [1] the speech was taken out of context and [2] it was presented in August 2008.

The aforesaid made me to smile, as smiling is a good face exercise, a sodoqah and is a natural reflection when you read or see something that is funny.

It is funny to me BECAUSE that speech was never taken out of context, it was only READ and USED out of context BY OTHERS - that generated a reply, within the context of the tampered platform.

The intention of the extraction of the speech was to highlight Mukhriz’s response to a question raised by MP Sungai Siput on Peak Oil concept or theory. For that, this blogger had to take the pre and post sections of the question-and-answer. Please observe the whole text carefully.

It was not my intention to raise the issue of oil speculation as it was a very easy topic to everyone – yes, one of the factors that influenced the unprecedented movement of oil prices circa end 2007 to the 3rd quarter 2008, was speculative trading. That I agree.

But, that was not the point. The point was: Mukhriz was not able to relate Peak Oil concept with his argument. Please observe again my comments in my previous blog entry. You will note that the highlights and the comments were consistent, in fact very consistent on that very topic.

Hence, it was not me who used it out of context, as claimed by JMD and, in a way, echoed by Padedoh.

It was funny – it’s just like a kindergarten fight. Smile again. But what to do, you can only smile.


Hence, JMD was right to correct Padedoh, and likewise, Padedoh was right to get his entry corrected. I would support JMD on this as it is not me who would exploit and extract something out-of-context. Nevertheless, Padedoh admitted his mistake and came out with the apologies, and he should be forgiven for that unintentional mistake.

But, my blog entry remains as the truth and point of reference on Mukhriz’s inability to respond intelligently and fittingly on the Peak Oil theory or concept question that was raised by MP Sungai Siput.

P/S:
To Padedoh: Please note that the speech was delivered in July 2008 and not in August 2008. You can refer to my blog for the correct date. Smile :-). Tak pa, silap macam ni biasa lah...
To JMD: Mintak Tumpang Lalu. Smile :-)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mukhriz di Parlimen... Alahai Alahai

Blog Update[20:50, 25 Nov 2008]: Follow-through by Padedoh


Malik Imtiaz di dalam blog artikelnya berjudul: All the King’s Men…, menulis:

“I think Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has much to offer this nation, in parliament and outside it.”

Well, sungguh tinggi dan hebat pandangan, dan sangkaan, Malik pada sumbangan dan potensi Mukriz di Parlimen. Untuk itu, mari kita lihat bagaimana hebatnya Mukhriz di Parlimen:

Babak Satu: Semasa Sessi Perbahasan Kajian Separuh Penggal Rancangan Malaysia Ke Sembilan, 1 Julai 2008

Petikan Ucapan Mukhriz:

“… Inilah punca sebenar harga minyak mentah dunia melambung. Ini tiada kaitan dengan bekalan dan permintaan. Pada bulan Ogos tahun lepas, apabila harga minyak meningkat kekadar 75 dolar setong, Goldman Sachs satu firma yang terlibat dengan jual beli minyak ini menyatakan bahawa harga minyak akan mencecah 95 dolar pada akhir tahun 2007. Akhirnya minyak memang mencecah 95 dolar pada akhir tahun 2007 seperti yang diramalkan atau dikehendaki oleh penyangak spekulator minyak seperti Goldman Sachs ini...

Dr. M. Jeyakumar Devaraj [Sungai Siput]: [Bangun]

Timbalan Yang di-Pertua [Datuk Ronald Kiandee]: Yang Berhormat, Sungai Siput bangun Yang Berhormat.

Dato' Mukhriz bin Tun Mahathir [Jerlun]: Silakan.

Dr. M. Jeyakumar Devaraj [Sungai Siput]: Kami mahu tanya Yang Berhormat Jerlun jika dia setuju dengan konsep peak oil? Terima kasih.

Dato' Mukhriz bin Tun Mahathir [Jerlun]: Saya ingat saya harus teruskan dengan apa yang hendak saya sebutkan ini kerana lot of thinking itu pada topik yang hendak saya bawa. Jadi tidak ada kena mengenai sedikit dengan peak oil seperti Yang Berhormat sebut tadi.

Akhirnya minyak memang mencecah 95 dolar pada akhir tahun 2007 seperti yang diramalkan dan dikehendaki oleh penyangak spekulator minyak seperti Goldman Sachs ini dan mencecah 100 dolar pada Januari 2008. Kini bila harga minyak sudah sampai 140 dolar setong dan kerajaan terpaksa membuat keputusan tidak popular untuk mengurangkan subsidi minyak…”

Komen:

[1] Mukhriz nampaknya hanya bersedia berdasarkan teks ucapan sedia ada.


[2] Bila ditanya soalan yang memerlukan pandangan dan pemikiran spontan, seperti pertanyaan dari YB Sungai Siput; beliau umpama melarikan diri dan semput tak bermaya.


[3] Beliau terus Cha Alif Buut, bila ditanya soalan teknikal. Alahai.. alahai…


[4] Beliau menjawab yang soalan dan isu Peak Oil tidak kena mengena dengan hujah perbahasannya sedangkan ia memang relevan kerana main points dan pengisian ucapan beliau merujuk kepada unsur spekulasi atau boleh dikategorikan sebagai fake demand and supply manakala peak oil pula lebih merujuk kepada real demand and supply. Sepatutnya beliau mengiakan dan mengutarakan point jawapan beliau menjurus kepada pandangan yang harga pasaran minyak hendaklah berdasarkan real demand and supply dan tidak kepada fake scenarios.


[5] Kalau beliau mahu lebih teknikal, beliau boleh memberi pandangan tentang kritikan dan persoalan mengenai peak oil theory

Babak Dua: Sessi Soal Jawab Parlimen, 29 Oktober 2008

Kebetulan, soalan-soalan lisan dari Mukhriz dan KJ keluar pada hari yang sama, 29 Oktober 2008. Soalan Mukhriz naik no 5 dan KJ bagi no. 9.

KJ, seperti biasa, datang dan menghidupkan soalan lisan beliau seperti di blog entry di bawah. Soalan lisan adalah satu penghormatan kerana MP yang terlibat mempunyai peluang berbahas dan bertanya terus secara direct, live dan interactive dengan pihak Kementerian. Maka, ia satu peluang yang tak patut disia-siakan. Di samping itu MP yang lain juga berpeluang untuk membuat soalan susulan berkaitan topic soalan yang diutarakan oleh MP yang berkenaan.

Dalam hal ini, kita lihat, berdasarkan rekod Hansard:

"[Soalan 4- Y.B. Tuan Zulkifli bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Baharu) tidak hadir]

Datuk Bung Moktar bin Radin [Kinabatangan]: Tidak boleh wakil kah ini soalan penting bagi polis.

Timbalan Yang di-Pertua [Datuk Ronald Kiandee]: Tidak boleh Yang Berhormat.

[Soalan 5- Y.B. Dato' Mukhriz bin Tun Mahathir (Jerlun) tidak hadir]"

Komen:


[1] Apa ni Mukhriz, soalan naik pun ponteng dari Parlimen?


[2] So macam mana dia ni dikatakan punyai kehebatan dan sumbangan yang besar di Parlimen.


[3] Bukan sahaja tiada susulan dan pengisian bagi soalan tadi, tapi pihak MP lain yang mempunyai isu berkaitan untuk diperjuangkan atau diketengahkan juga hampehh di tengah jalan.


Sessi Soal Jawab Parlimen 29 Oktober 2008: Memperkasakan Surau


Soalan No 9. Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar [Rembau] minta Perdana Menteri menyatakan sama ada kerajaan bercadang untuk menambah peruntukan untuk memperkasa dan membaik pulih surau-surau terutama yang sudah usang dan tidak mempunyai kemudahan asas yang sempurna.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri [Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi]: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, pembinaan dan pembangunan sesebuah surau adalah terletak di bawah kuasa kerajaan negeri. Selaras dengan kedudukan agama yang terletak di bawah bidang kuasa negeri-negeri.

Bagaimanapun, pada kebiasaannya pembinaan dan membaik pulih surau-surau adalah dibiayai oleh Majlis Agama Islam negeri-negeri, Pusat Pungutan Zakat ataupun Institusi Baitulmal. Malah masyarakat Islam setempat, dermawan dan wang sumbangan orang ramai juga turut menyumbang dalam pembinaan dan pembangunan sesebuah surau berkenaan.

Kerajaan menyedari walaupun pihak berkuasa agama negeri dan umat Islam secara sukarela telah membantu pembinaan surau-surau tetapi masih juga terdapat surau yang tidak mempunyai kemudahan asas yang sempurna. Dalam mengatasi surau-surau ini, kerajaan bercadang untuk mengadakan beberapa permohonan, perbincangan melalui Unit Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan (ICU), JPM bagi menimbang peruntukan yang sesuai.

Namun, dari segi usaha untuk memperkasakan pengisian surau-surau berkenaan pihak kerajaan melalui JAKIM ada menyedia peruntukan untuk mengimarahkan surau-surau melalui program pendidikan iaitu kelas-kelas KAFA dan kelas-kelas Ta’mir yang dijalankan di surau-surau seluruh negara.

Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar [Rembau]: Terima kasih Yang Berhormat Menteri atas jawapan tadi. Soalan saya adalah mengenai surau-surau yang terbiar dan tadi Yang Berhormat Menteri telah menyatakan tentang kelas-kelas KAFA dan sebagainya. Akan tetapi,
realitinya kita harus mengakui bahawa golongan belia memang kurang kehadiran mereka di surau-surau. Yang pertama, apakah perancangan kerajaan untuk menyediakan programprogram untuk membantu dalam ini?

Yang keduanya, mengenai surau-surau yang terbiar ini, saya hendak mencadangkan kepada menteri agar Kerajaan Persekutuan mengadakan satu bancian bersama dengan kerajaan negeri dan juga pihak berkuasa tempatan, untuk betul-betul melihat kepada surau-surau yang terbiar dan surau-surau yang memerlukan kepada kemudahan asas yang lebih kukuh lagi.

Tanpa bancian ini kita tidak tahu sejauh mana surau-surau yang terbiar ini dapat dikembalikan dan dapat dipulih dengan sempurna. Terima kasih.

Tuan Haji Mahfuz bin Omar [Pokok Sena]: Habis Yang Berhormat Jerlun.

Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, saya lihat terdapat trend yang agak meningkat terhadap kehadiran orang-orang muda ke surau-surau dan masjid. Ini mungkin disebabkan oleh kesedaran terhadap agama itu telah meningkat, di samping kelas-kelas Ta’mir yang dilakukan serta usaha-usaha dakwah yang telah berjalan serta melata begitu baik sekali. Namun demikian, tidak ada satu kaji selidik yang dilakukan terhadap jumlah sebenar surau-surau yang terbiar. Namun usaha telah dilakukan dengan Jabatan Agama Islam negeri-negeri dan Majlis Agama Islam negeri-negeri serta Pusat Pungutan Zakat untuk melakukan satu tinjauan secara menyeluruh dan terperinci terhadap surau-surau yang terbiar.

Oleh sebab permasalahan masjid dan surau ini terletak sepenuhnya kepada kerajaan negeri maka tidak mustahil JAKIM mengadakan kerjasama yang erat dengan semua Majlis Agama Islam dan Jabatan Agama Islam negeri-negeri kerana usaha untuk melakukan pengimarahan pada agama Islam bukan pertanggungjawaban hanya pihak kerajaan tetapi para ulama, ahli-ahli politik dan seluruh pemacu-pemacu dalam organisasi dan institusi agama keseluruhannya. Insya-Allah.

Piggy


I wrote few articles about Khairy Jamaluddin, a person whom I respect, admire and support to be the next Ketua Pemuda of UMNO. That few articles include a SWOT analysis, Facebook group and Siapa Kata.

As highlighted in my previous blog entry, I found and noticed few replies, condemning and ridiculing the said entries. I have responded to one of that, and the blogger’s name is Piggy Singh.

Piggy, I strongly believe, is a good person and a good muslim who writes well and thinks critically too. He also has a soft spot for children as evidenced from his comment on my article about my son, of which he wrote:

“Salam Saudara,

Children are the most precious gift from Allah swt. They make us see the wisdoms of living.

As we grow older, they are the living proof of our existence in this world. Love them undividedly, nurture them, teach them good lesson as they are the ones who will shape the future generation.

You’ve gotta keep this post, and show it to him whenever he can understand.

I’m not yet facing this kind of problem as for now I have only one spoil brat son.

Wassalam”

To you Piggy, I thank you for your comments. That’s very kind of you.

But first and foremost, Piggy deserves to say and to choose what to say. Likewise, I deserve to support and choose who I support. And for that, I decided that Khairy is the one. I also explained that I shall observe the merits and demerits of whatever I write or refute, before doing so.

Khairy is, to me, the future of our generation. What he is today is the product of continuous and concerted attacks on his personality and character. I told some of my friends that he is the “answer to the unanswered question”, that whenever people can not find an answer or a good explanation to problems or issues facing the public – then they will just, and simply, surrender to blaming and equating Khairy as the answer.

I also wish to let Piggy knows that I’m writing this directly from my heart and hence he may not find my usual analysis and argument.

Piggy, you are at liberty to write whatever you wish about Khairy and I will continue to defend him. But, I will not, and try not to, get emotional and combative for the wrong reason and side, as I believe that issues are completely separate from personalities. If I did, I apologise and I really do.

Piggy may not like Khairy and I respect him for what he believes and thinks of Khairy.

But, what I can beg and say:

[1] please give him the benefit of the doubt for that is what our religion tells us to do: Husnul Dzon. He is trying hard, very hard, to explain and state his position now and why not you give him the space to do so and listen to what he said and had been saying?

[2] Eventhough we are at liberty to write anything, we should also write responsibly. There are many out there who simply write based on fictitious accounts of events or incidences.

Hang Tegar is wide of the mark for he supports the wrong leader – as some might think. Well, I leave it to God and circumstances to dictate, but at least, and this is important: I do give Khairy a space and the benefit of the doubt.

I thank Pigy for his visit to my blog and for the time he spent to read and rebut some of the articles I wrote. He may continue to do so and I will on my part continue to support the person whom I think deserved to be the next KP of UMNO.

As I said earlier, I shall observe the merits and demerits of responses I need to come out with. Hence, if some of his are not responded to – I hope Piggy does not take that personally.

And for my last line: Piggy, please send my regards to your wife and your lovely son.

Wassalam.



Hang Tegar

Monday, November 24, 2008

Separating KJ from Khairy - The Star 24 November 2008


The Umno Youth deputy chief wants to clear misconceptions stemming from ‘KJ the caricature, the larger than life image’ and has gone down to the grassroots to prove his mettle in politics.

Admitting that he is a naturally shy and strange politician, Khairy Jamaluddin is, nevertheless, determined to correct misconceptions perpetuated about him in the last three years.

You have been touted as the richest unemployed young man in the country. Is this true? How do you finance your campaign?

That label was used by Lim Kit Siang in Parliament, to ridicule me. It is an unfair comment. I run a very personalised campaign. I do not spend much, except to travel to meet people. The regulations for money politics are very clear, very stringent.

There are claims that you only managed to secure the required number of nominations due to money politics and because of that, the longer campaign period will be to your advantage.

If you look at my nominations graph, it was steady and constant. There is no quick spike and levelling off. Furthermore, the nominations came from divisions with which I have long standing relations. I told my supporters, give me the nominations because you believe in me and not because of money. We cannot condone political corruption. Yes, the longer campaign period can be an advantage to me because I will have more time to explain the misconceptions about me.

During the recent division meetings, you claimed of having been a victim of manipulation. Can you be more specific?

Some people in Umno have dedicated themselves to demonising me, smearing my character in the last thee years. I have to go out to correct this negative perception.

Public opinion about you is still low. You have also lost your advantage with your father-in-law leaving office in five months’ time. Why did you decide to aim for the Umno Youth number one post now, instead of waiting until Umno members are more accepting of you?

Because this is a democratic contest. It is not as though people are making way for me. There is a vacancy and the three of us made it through. Also, now I can prove to the people who say that when Pak Lah (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) is no longer around, there is no future for Khairy. I am contesting on my own strength. Whether I succeed or not, at least I know that it happened because of me.

Should you win, how would you explain that, considering the very obvious negative perception about you, besides the fact that you garnered the fewest nominations.

The general public already has a very jaundiced view of the Umno elections. Whoever wins will be accused of using money. But if I win, it is only because I have been successful in reaching out to everybody.

People say you have changed in the last few weeks. They say you are more friendly and approachable now. Your comment?

I am not aware that I have changed. I try to be true to myself. Maybe more people have come to know me better now. Maybe their view is no longer clouded by what has been said and written about me. There is this bit of misconception between KJ the caricature, the larger than life image painted of me, rather than the person that I am.

For so long you have been accused of being the power behind the Prime Minister. Do you take any responsibility for this perception?

No, because that is not true. I am saddened and disappointed with that perception. Pak Lah has been in politics for a very long time. He did not make his decisions based on what people tell him. And I never once sought to influence him. Of course, sometimes he would ask what I thought of certain things, but that is that.

You are educated and very articulate, but you seem quite awkward at socialising with Umno grassroots. Are you a shy person?

Yes, in a way. I suppose I am a very strange politician. I am naturally shy, especially among people I have just come to know. But if you give me a microphone and a thousand people, it is a different thing altogether. I am very quick to warm up to people, and do not have problems interacting with them.

But there are claims that you are not friendly with division leaders and that you sometimes totally ignore them when you go down to meet Youth members.

That is not true. I always make it a point to call division heads, if not see them personally. As Umno Youth deputy head, I am always very conscious of the need to respect the party hierarchy. It is a question of perception, not reality.

Sometimes, the programmes are very officious in the way they are structured. But now, during the campaign period, I have more time to mingle with everyone.

Do you have a preferred running mate?

I don’t have a preferred running mate per se. Both have their own strengths and vision for Umno Youth. Of course, the comfort level is different, as with any pair of individuals.

What is your vision for Pemuda Umno?

I would like to see Pemuda Umno becoming a truly national movement. Of course the first agenda will always be the Malay agenda. There is no running away from that. But we need to go beyond that and have a broader and inclusive outlook..

Pemuda Umno must be representative of Malaysia and the Malaysian view.

We need to be able to pull not only people who are on the fence, but also those in the Opposition. We are not doing that now. We are too close-minded, narrow and too elitist.

Source: The Star

The Incredible Shrinking Credibility


Extract of KJ’s blog post dated 25 August 2008:

"Perak State Excos, YB Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and YB Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu were charged today in Ipoh and claimed trial to receiving monetary bribes to develop land in Seri Iskandar.  The charge renders the Perak State Government's threat of suing the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) for allegedly defaming the duo a bad joke.  What was the Perak State Government thinking threatening the ACA with a law suit?  Is that the hallmark of a clean and accountable state government - to obstruct the ACA from doing its job by making legal threats?  Or is the "puppet" Menteri Besar, YAB Dato' Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, so beholden to DAP and PKR that he is willing to make mindless threats just to prove that PAS (PAS Perak, at least) is still a happy camper in the shambolic political coalition that is Pakatan Rakyat?

I call on YAB Dato' Seri Nizar to redeem whatever credibility is left of his administration by immediately suspending the two State Excos implicated in the corruption scandal.  While respecting the maxim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, a dark cloud of suspicion has descended upon the state government and the two Excos continued presence in the administration will only lead to a massive hemorrhaging of confidence in the Menteri Besar and his paper-thin mandate.  When several UMNO leaders were charged in court in the past, the leadership did the right thing by asking them to take leave of their position to clear their name in court. Similarly, the Menteri Besar of Perak should demonstrate that he is committed to leading an accountable government by immediately suspending YB Jamaluddin and YB Mohd Osman, and that he is not a "puppet" Menteri Besar under the thumb of DAP or PKR."

And compare the above with the following news article, published today by Utusan Malaysia.

KUALA KANGSAR 23 Nov. - Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin melantik Exco kerajaan negeri, Jamaluddin Mohd. Radzi yang kini menghadapi tuduhan rasuah, sebagai Pengurus Liga Super yang akan bermula 3 Januari depan.

Pengumuman mengenainya dibuat oleh Mohammad Nizar yang dilantik sebagai Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Perak Darul Ridzuan (Perak FA) yang baru, selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat majlis persatuan itu di Bangunan Perak FA di sini semalam.

Ia merupakan mesyuarat pertama Majlis Perak FA selepas kongres tahunannya yang ke-51 berlangsung pada 15 November lalu.

Jamaluddin yang merupakan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Usahawan, Koperasi, Pertanian dan Perladangan negeri kini menghadapi tuduhan rasuah di mahkamah bersama dengan seorang lagi Exco, Kapten (B) Mohd. Osman Jailu berhubung projek pembangunan bernilai RM180 juta di Seri Iskandar, dekat sini pada Ogos lalu.

Mengulas mengenainya, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Aziz menyifatkan pelantikan Jamaluddin membuktikan kerajaan pakatan pembangkang tiada integriti.

"Mereka hanya pandai bercakap. Sepatutnya mereka mencontohi kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) yang tidak berkompromi dengan mana-mana individu yang didakwa di mahkamah dan tidak teragak-agak mengenakan hukuman," katanya.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Padang Rengas berkata, pemimpin berintegriti akan melepaskan jawatan mereka sementara waktu jika didakwa di mahkamah.

"Selama ini mereka laungkan prinsip integriti kerana jika kesalahan orang lain terutama orang BN, mereka sibuk mempertikaikan.

"Tetapi apabila berlaku kepada orang mereka, kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat tidak mengamalkan sedemikian,'' katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Program Nur Sejahtera Kanser Pangkal Rahim anjuran Majlis Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga Parlimen Padang Rengas di sini hari ini.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Perbahasan Peringkat Jawatankuasa – Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah [Khamis, 13 November 2008]

Tuan Pengerusi [Datuk Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar]: Rembau.
Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin bin Abu Bakar [Rembau]: Terima kasih Tuan Pengerusi. Saya juga ingin tampil untuk menyertai perbahasan peringkat Jawatankuasa. Pertamanya saya rujuk kepada Maksud Pembangunan 22, Perkara 03200 iaitu Program Kesejahteraan Rakyat dan di sini saya melihat bahawa hampir RM700 juta telah diperuntukkan bagi Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan untuk program tersebut dan sebahagian besar 50% telah pun dibelanjakan dan pada tahun depan diperuntukkan hampir RM200 juta.

Jadi di sini saya hendak tanya kepada Yang Berhormat Menteri, apakah falsafah untuk digunakan duit bagi Program Kesejahteraan Rakyat ini kerana saya tahu antara tujuan utama program ini adalah untuk menghapuskan kemiskinan tegar, memberi kemahiran dan sebagainya kepada miskin tegar di kawasan luar bandar. Akan tetapi saya hendak soal di sini, apakah pencapaian setakat ini dan apakah fokus bagi tahun depan untuk memastikan program ini berjaya termasuklah keutamaan dari segi wilayah dan juga falsafah pembangunan tersebut. Ini kerana kalau kita lihat kerajaan pada hari ini ada tujuan, ada matlamat untuk menghapuskan miskin tegar pada tahun 2010, tetapi satu masalah yang besar juga adalah bagaimana miskin tegar ini yang akan mungkin masuk ke dalam golongan miskin sahaja dapat diangkat daripada golongan miskin ke golongan middle class dan sebagainya.

Saya rasa itu pun satu cabaran yang penting yang barangkali kita perlu memberi penekanan sedikit kepada program tersebut. Apabila mereka keluar daripada miskin tegar, saya rasa senang kerana mungkin kita bagi bantuan kebajikan, kita perkasakan dari segi ekonomi sedikit sebanyak. Namun untuk sustain, untuk kekalkan perkasaan itu daripada kerajaan untuk memastikan bahawa mereka yang miskin tegar ini keluar terus daripada kepompong miskin itu. Itu menjadi satu perkara yang penting dan saya harap ada penelitian yang sedikit dalam jawapan menteri nanti dari segi pendekatan, fokus dan juga keutamaan dari segi pelaksanaan Program Kesejahteraan Rakyat ini di kawasan luar bandar.

Yang kedua adalah Maksud Pembangunan 22, Perkara 02300 dan juga 02500 yang berhubung kait dengan jalan luar bandar, penyelenggaraan jalan kampung dan sebagainya. Seperti mana Yang Berhormat Menteri tahu ini menjadi masalah ruji atau staple problem bagi wakil-wakil rakyat terutamanya seperti saya dan rakan-rakan yang datang dari kawasan luar bandar yang mewakili rakyat di luar bandar.

Di sini saya minta sekali lagi dijelaskan apakah kriteria keutamaan, prioriti dari segi perbelanjaan yang cukup besar ini untuk jalan-jalan kampung dan juga jalan-jalan luar bandar seperti mana yang saya rasa semua wakil rakyat telah kemukakan permintaan dan wish list masing-masing. Saya pun di ketiga-tiga DUN yang saya mewakili di kawasan luar bandar pun saya sudah hantar wish list saya dan saya harap menteri boleh memberi gambaran bagaimana perbelanjaan ini akan dilaksanakan agar diberi secara adil dan saksama kepada setiap kawasan yang ada di luar bandar.

Yang ketiga, Yang Berhormat Menteri, Yang Berhormat Pengerusi, Maksud Bekalan 22, Perkara 100300 berhubung dengan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli. Di kawasan Rembau juga, di Kampung Miku, di Kampung Seperi dan juga di Kampung Seri Kendung ada banyak masyarakat Orang Asli di sana. Di sini saya agak risau sedikit kerana kalau kita melihat Perkara 100300 dalam One-Off Item, kita melihat bahawa ada peruntukan one-off sebanyak RM23.1 juta. Akan tetapi kalau kita lihat pula kepada Butiran 030300 iaitu dalam Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli itu sendiri, kalau kita lihat dari segi khidmat pengurusan, perancangan dan penyelidikan, pembangunan sosioekonomi, kesihatan dan perubatan, semuanya dikurangkan peruntukan dari tahun 2008 sampai ke 2009. Saya hendak tanya kepada Yang Berhormat Menteri apakah sebab peruntukan untuk Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli dalam perkara yang asas seperti kesihatan, seperti perkasaan ekonomi dan sebagainya dikurangkan.

Ini kerana bagi saya kita tidak sepatutnya membiarkan Orang Asli ini jadi satu masyarakat yang dispossess, yang tidak dijaga, yang tidak dibawa bersama dengan kita dalam arus pembangunan perdana dan sebagainya. Apabila saya melihat ada kekurangan dari segi peruntukan daripada tahun lepas, saya pohon Yang Berhormat Menteri mungkin ada jawapan untuk menunjuk bahawa ini mungkin satu perkara yang tidak diteruskan selepas ini.

Terakhir adalah mengenai Bekalan Air Luar Bandar, Maksud Pembangunan 22, Perkara 02000. Di sini saya hendak tanya kepada Yang Berhormat Menteri dan kementerian, adakah tidak bekalan air luar bandar untuk estet-estet ini masuk juga dalam Skim Bekalan Air Luar Bandar. Ini kerana saya rasa estet-estet lama ini dan terutamanya saya melihat kepada kawasan saya sendiri ada estet yang telah ditubuhkan, diwujudkan pada zaman British dahulu seperti Estet Ladang Perhentian Tinggi yang masih lagi mendapat air melalui air bukit dan sebagainya. Kini kita telah memohon daripada kementerian untuk diadakan bekalan air terus kepada estet-estet tersebut.

Saya telah buat lawatan, saya rasa betul-betul bahawa ini menjadi keutamaan kerana sudah sekian lama sejak pra kemerdekaan estet-estet ini tidak diberi bekalan air yang bersih, yang constant, yang dibiayai dan dibina oleh kerajaan. Jadi saya harap dalam Bekalan Air Luar Bandar ini perhatian yang lebih juga boleh diberi kepada estet-estet terutamanya estet-estet lama ini yang sudah tentunya kita rasa perlu kepada pembiayaan daripada kerajaan. Terima kasih.

The guilt of a father


My three year old son and I are close buddies and he, occasionally, refers me as his friend, instead of the usual Ayah. To him, everything is all about Ayah and Ayah, and it’s usually me who can effectively put him to sleep. He is the darling of my heart. In his eyes, I see hope and great expectation, and the summation of that defines what passion is to me.

He is an intelligent, obedient and caring boy who likes to watch Bersamamu, a television programme on the plight and quandary of the pitiable, on TV3.

Knowing that, I, sometimes, had to create an excuse of having to meet and buy foods for the poor and starving people as my exit strategy to leave the house during weekdays. And when that happens, he would immediately consent and even remind me to “beli banyak-banyak ye, kesian dia tak makan”. I am always touched whenever I hear that but work is work and I really have to leave him at home.

But ever since the birth of my daughter last September, I could sense frustration and void in his heart - that Ayah is no longer 100 percent his, that Ayah had to look after a new entry in the family. My wife and I tried to please, play and do all sort we could to cheer him but we know our limitations especially when the new born cries and seeks for response.

I thank to God for the blessed understanding He granted my son, that he seems to comprehend and able to be more independent and does many things on his own. In parallel, my wife and I made a commitment and a pledge never to scold or raise our voice to our son, for he is still young and is now competing for attention. But when mistake happens, the guilt is quite unbearable.

My son is now ill.

Last night, when I was holding and playing with the baby, I noticed a pair of weak and watery eyes examining all I did from atop the bed. That moment – that very moment – that feeling was like me getting hit by a lightning strike or being slammed to pieces by a gigantic boulder.

I immediately put down the baby and kissed my son, hugged him tight and said I love him with all of my heart. He looked at me and nodded, with tears flowing out of his eyes.

This morning, I decided to clock in slightly late. I woke my son up at 7.40 am and asked what he would want for breakfast. He said he wanted to go to KFC and yes we did - we had our morning meal at the 24 hours KFC outlet next to Intan Building in Petaling Jaya. To me, there was no better moment or emotion other than watching him enjoying and devouring the foods he likes.

But that was still not good enough. To you my son: Ayah says sorry.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Interview with The Sun - 23 October 2008


The Sun Interview, that I consider as one of KJ's best interviews, is reproduced below for your reading pleasure:


UMNO Youth No 2 Khairy Jamaluddin, no longer the favoured candidate, is struggling to be elected to the top position in the movement.Only 32, he is already a controversial figure in Malaysian politics. He says in an interview with Zainon Ahmad and Husna Yusop that much of what people think they know about him is urban legend.


The Sun:So, how has the race been so far?


Khairy:Well, it’s been quite tough actually, to be honest. But I hope to qualify and make it to the final round.Before the race started, did you think you would qualify quickly?Well, I expected a tough fight and obviously circumstances have made it somewhat difficult for me. After the first couple of days, I realised it was going to be a little bit difficult.


What circumstances?


I think circumstances surrounding the overall political scenario in Umno with PM not defending his post and I think because of that there is a perception that I suddenly became the underdog, not the favourite. Of course before that I said I hope this doesn’t change people’s perception and their ability to evaluate each candidate on his merits. But we cannot deny the fact that obviously this has contributed somewhat to the perception at the Youth level.


Could it be the numbers are coming in slower than expected because of the perception that because the PM is leaving, therefore there is no point to support his son-in-law anymore?


In a nutshell, I suppose that’s what I’m trying to say.


But would you say that your rise in the party from a relative unknown to Umno Youth deputy leader has been quite fast in the sense that many people take many years to get to that position?


Yes, it was fast but I must admit that I never wanted it. When Youth leader Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein asked me to contest the post in 2004 I told him I wasn’t keen but I asked him for some time to think about it. Then, one thing led to another and people started nominating me and by that time it was difficult for me to get out of it. So, of course, as much as I’m a politician, I was happy for the opportunity. But I must also say categorically that I did it for him (Hishammuddin) because he asked me to do it.


Of course, being son-in-law of the prime minister also helped. Hishammuddin may have noticed other qualities in you that could help Pemuda but he must have noticed you first because you are the son-in-law.


I don’t want to speculate what his consideration was but I enjoy a very good relationship with him. I was appointed member of the exco for four years before that. There must have been something that he saw in what I’ve done that wanted him to ask me to be his deputy. I was very clear when I contested that I’m doing this because I want to serve as his deputy, to help him out in whatever it is he wanted to do for Umno Youth. And that really was what my deputy leadership of Umno Youth was about. It was nothing more or beyond that. Of course people say that I was an ambitious person because I took on this role very early in life. But if truth be told, it was because of that – because he asked and I obliged.



Maybe you were seen as ambitious because at one point you were supposed to have been made head of a GLC when you were only 30. And then you were reported to have said that you could be prime minister by the time you were 40.I never declared that I wanted to be prime minister, let alone prime minister by 40.



I’ve never said that to anybody. Again, this has become some sort of urban legend about me, that “this is what he wants to do” but I never said that. And I don’t think it ever crossed my mind, until people started saying it. And then it didn’t even cross my mind to think it, in the way I wanted it, but it crossed my mind thinking why would people even want to say this about me. So, people, again, prescribed and prescribed many things to me which is divorced from the truth.


It is good that you are making this clear now.


I’m happy to do it now because if I did it when Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was still prime minister, I mean he is prime minister but he has announced his retirement, people wouldn’t have taken it seriously. But now that he has announced his retirement, I think it is time for me to clear the air on some of these myths and legends that have grown around me, that have become larger than life, the sort of perception that people have created, generated and perpetuated.


Maybe what helped perpetuate the urban legends about you is the Khairy Chronicles carried by Malaysia Today website. I am sure you are aware of it but because you didn’t do anything about it, people thought that there may be some truth in the chronicles. Why didn’t you do anything about it?


The first thing that comes to mind is that it’s very well-written. So, it’s very entertaining. And I’ve read some of it and it makes for a riveting read. Maybe my mistake was that I ignored it. I underestimated the persuasiveness of the fictitious account in the chronicles. But, when you ignore, there is a void and when that void continues to be filled by the chronicles, then people start saying this must be true. Maybe that was my mistake.


But I feel a little bit vindicated because more and more people feel that what is published on the website borders towards the ridiculous. Now legal action has been taken against webmaster Raja Petra. I didn’t do it because I thought, biarlah. You know freedom of speech and all that. You can take legal action but if you want to take legal action, you are going to be taking legal action every day because people say things about you every day. Maybe that was my mistake.


But, at the end of the day, all I can say is that my conscience is clear. I believe the Khairy Chronicles were a fictitious account, based on half-truths, slivers of information – and a whole fantasy world was spun around little bits and pieces of information.


But it did help to perpetuate the myth about Khairy Jamaluddin.


Of course. I think it was one of the most important creators of the myth of the fictitious personality that is Khairy Jamaluddin. But now I pay the price, I guess, for not fighting quicker, earlier and harder against that. But at that point it was difficult also because everybody wanted to believe that, because people wanted to have a bogeyman in the government and obviously if you don’t go for the prime minister, you have to go for a weaker link, and that was me.


Talking about the prime minister, I think you agree that he received a roaring show of support when he came into office, the unprecedented huge mandate they gave him. And then his popularity dipped mainly because he was perceived as having failed to carry out the reforms he promised to do. Do you dispute that perception of Abdullah and his administration?


I think one of the principal reasons for his success initially was the changes that were promised and at the same time, one of the principal reasons why it has not turned out the way supporters wanted it to turn out was because, as you said, many of the reforms were not implemented fully, because of not enough time, not enough perhaps determination to see it through. But I think we have to admit at the same time, apart from issues of leadership, there is also an issue of resistance to this change. And the resistance comes from so many quarters, from vested interests, from within the party itself, from within the government. And when roadblocks are erected along the way and you have one man, pretty much, trying to change decades of the way that we do things, it becomes very difficult. And after a while, when you have a prime minister that is well-intentioned, but then the reforms and changes that he wants to bring are simply not embraced by the people that are with him, then at the end of the day it was going to be very difficult to succeed.


Just before the general election, things got so bad that the government was clearly unpopular and the result was what happened on March 8. But over and above that, the role Umno Youth had played had not helped to endear the people to Umno and the Barisan Nasional.


Yes.


You agree with that?I think we realised that. I wouldn’t say that what we did was completely misplaced, completely an error but I think some things that we did could have been positioned better, could have been articulated better. These are some of the things that we need to look at in the future, some things that I believe I would like to see some re-examination of what we do, how we think and how we act as Umno Youth.


Just to go back a bit about you personally. There is this thing that is being said about you – another urban myth maybe – that you have become a collector of commissions. That the GLCs cannot act without Khairy saying so or without Khairy getting a piece of the action or something like that.


Again it is a perception perpetuated by people who are not happy, people who have vested interests, so, they want to find a scapegoat, somebody to blame about this and I can categorically say that as far as GLCs are concerned, commissions are concerned, my conscience is absolutely clear. And I don’t know where these accusations originate from. I can only imagine where they originate from but until today nobody has come up with concrete evidence supporting these accusations. As a human being, surely when you are asking people to judge you, you must ask them to judge you with the evidence that is presented before you, not on innuendo, not on rumours, not on insinuations. How are you supposed to judge somebody based on loose talk? If there are facts, let’s talk about it. And I’m ready to talk to anybody, to debate with anyone, about any facts that they may have of any wrongdoings, any other accusations against me in this regard.


Of course people know that corrupt practices abound in Umno. Those who are vying for positions in the party have to build up their war chests to buy votes. So they have to accumulate money. It is an established fact. Because these things have become widespread in the party, it is difficult for the Umno leadership to tell the public that it is committed to fight corruption or to root it out completely.


Correct. Absolutely. But the Umno leadership must first commit itself in trying to change the party culture. The party culture has not changed, that’s why they fall into this trap. They fall into this trap of having to pander to the members’ desire for material gains so they themselves have to raise war chests. When they have to raise war chests, they may or may not abuse their positions in government. This is something serious. I’ve been in this game now for eight years. People say he’s budak setahun jagun, berhingus but actually, I’ve counted, eight years in the party, so I have actually seen quite a bit of it. And until we move away from it, it’s going to be very difficult because nobody wants to be the guy who says, I’m not going to play the game. Because, the moment you don’t play the game, you are going to be in a lot of trouble. But, I believe we have to do it. That’s why I am going out there and trying to do things differently. People may believe or not believe what I say but that has to be based on something else, that has to be based on a higher purpose and that’s what we were here for. Anyway, I’ll try. If I’m not successful, at least I will go down doing something right.



So this is what, among other things you would be fighting for, if you were to become the Umno Youth leader? But don’t you feel that with so much vested interests and old entrenched “culture” in Umno you will be bogged down?


I hope this realisation that if anything, the March general election has told us that there are certain things that people are not happy about in Umno and Barisan Nasional. Generally speaking, people still like BN, still like Umno. There is this history, this perjuangan, the principle behind it that people like. But I think people don’t like the way we carry ourselves, the way we do things. I suppose, as an example, people actually like the party but not the people leading the party, termasuk saya sendiri juga (including myself). But we have to have this perception and see what went wrong. Maybe as someone said to me the other day, this is the perception, whether or not it is true. He said: “We were excited when we went into Umno because we thought we were going to change Umno but Umno ends up changing us.” So, I said, well I don’t think it’s entirely true but nonetheless it’s a perception that I have to deal with and a perception that must be corrected. I’m willing to fight very hard to try to make sure that people look at Umno in a way that Umno deserves again. But that starts from the people within Umno.


Just before the elections, the political climate was really not helping to make the non-Malays to vote for BN and I think after the elections, things are almost as bad. Like the Malays constantly talking about the need to unite and holding congresses to say so and the non-Malay parties in the BN talking about leaving the coalition. What is happening?


I think after the elections, the bottom fell out of our society. Many people disregarded a lot of things which I think are still important – some even say sacrosanct in society. People talking about other ethnic groups, encroaching into other ethnic groups’ rights. And it goes both ways. Malays into non-Malays and vice versa. And that has led to this feeling where the centre isn’t holding anymore, things are falling apart. And when that happened, traditionally BN has always been there to bring things together. So, I really think the most important thing today is for BN to strengthen itself. Not just Umno, MCA, MIC in parts. It has to be a complete and integrated strengthening of the alliance itself. If you do so in isolation, it doesn’t mean very much in the overall context of BN. So, when you said people saying Malay NGOs, Hindraf, Chinese component parties – grassroots saying MCA and Gerakan not being treated very well in BN. So there is this sense of disappointment, of not being able to see the actual strength of power- sharing anymore. Now what you have is everybody wants everything for themselves.


You think the BN can be reinvented, restructured, rebranded or reconstituted into a formidable force again, in time for the next general election?


I think so, because BN has history on its side. We have real respect for one another. Of course, I feel disappointed that the level of cooperation within BN is still not at a level which is consistent. We come together during elections, but when it’s not election, we seldom meet, we seldom do things together. Umno does its thing, MCA does its thing, MIC does its thing. But then we have once in a while the convention, by-election, then we come together-lah, terhegeh-hegeh kita datang Barisan Nasional, you know. But the level of multi-ethnic camaraderie within BN is still lacking. It is as though we only come together for electoral purposes because we are part of this pact, the same coalition. There is no genuine feeling of a shared destiny, of a common future. That’s something we have to change and I feel very strongly about that. So, in Umno Youth, I’ve been consistent from the beginning, I said Ketua Pemuda Umno is also Pengerusi Pemuda BN. That’s why I said I’m contesting not just as a Malay, but as a Malaysian. And I don’t want to make a mistake that this is a contest just for the hearts and minds of Umno Youth members. This is actually a contest for the hearts and minds of all Malaysian youths. And if you get that right, then I think you can bring about something different.


Ketuanan Melayu. Where do you stand on this?


Well, Ketuanan Melayu is a phrase with a particular context. It is very much something to do with the Rulers – their role, their place – and how they reflect the position of the Malays in Malaysian society. That’s what Ketuanan Melayu is about. It’s not about supremacy. It’s not about Malays’ overbearing agenda over other ethnic communities in Malaysia. Ketuanan Melayu has a particular context. It’s not a context of master-and-servant or master-and-slave. It’s a context of the position of the Malays as enshrined, codified in the Constitution of the Federation, saying yes, the Rulers are Malays. So the Rulers are the Tuan. They are Tuan for all of us, not just for the Malays, but for all Malaysians. That is the specific context of Ketuanan Melayu.


Are you a committed multiracialist?


I’m committed to multiculturalism, multiracialism. And I’ve been consistent from the start. Even though I bring the Malay agenda in Umno Youth, I’ve always said this Malay agenda must exist within a national context. The Malay agenda is a national agenda. This attempt for us to resolve once and for all what was described once as the Malay dilemma must be an effort by everybody. It must be a national agenda. We cannot do this alone. We must do this together with the rest. I suppose if you were to give labels, I’m a classic Malay nationalist – in the tradition of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, in the tradition of somebody who believes very strongly in Malay nationalism, a nationalism meant to help the country, not just the Malays.


A lot of people have said that there is general feeling of openness under Abdullah. While many may agree with this observation, this openness – the freedom of the press for instance – must be institutionalised. Some laws need to be repealed and some amended. Only then can we say that we are moving towards real openness. What’s your thought on this?


Firstly, I think the openness, democratisation, liberalisation of political space in Malaysia under Abdullah has been done more by sheer personal force of his conviction. And what is lacking is the institutionalisation of this freedom. That’s where we talk about things like amending laws, coming up with councils, coming up with commissions. Unfortunately, to be honest with you, this issue is unpopular within Umno. Umno doesn’t like free press. Many people in Umno blame our present political predicament on freer press. We talked to Umno members, they said, why is the television showing this and that? They’ve not come to terms with this open environment. And that’s where I’d like to offer myself as somebody a little bit different. I think the people who are standing against me have come up on records saying they don’t agree with reforms to the judiciary, they don’t agree with proposals to strengthen the ACA to become a more independent commission. I’d like to bring a slightly different voice to Umno. I want to say that these issues are very important to the public. No man is an island and no political party exists onto itself. We must talk to the public. We must reach out to the public. And by the public, I don’t mean just the traditional Umno strongholds in the rural areas for which development is very important. I’m talking about the urban areas, the young people, who are talking about freedom, good governance, building institutions. So, I’m offering myself as this candidate who is talking about these things. People are saying, why are you talking about this? People in Umno don’t care about these things. But I’m trying to tell them that people outside of Umno care about it and we must send a message that candidates vying for top positions in Umno are talking about this. Because, then they will say at least somebody is talking about it in Umno. Otherwise they will say nobody is talking about these reformist measures in Umno.


So, when you talk about the media, you know I’ve been consistent from day one. I’ve said there must be freedom and we must institutionalise this freedom. Of course we have also to safeguard, as you all know, that will protect the multi-ethnic character of the society, make sure we respect one another, etc. We must strengthen the judiciary to make it more independent. We must strengthen and make the ACA more independent. These are issues that I feel strongly about and they are part and parcel of what I bring to my candidacy of Umno Youth. It doesn’t matter if people say these things don’t sell in the Umno Youth race but I’ve got to say it because nobody else is saying it. If you are contesting for Umno Youth leadership, you are not just speaking to the party, you are speaking to the country. And if I can’t speak to the country on what I believe in, then I’m not doing myself any justice and also to members in the Youth.


Going back to multiracialism, the Rulers have come out with a statement. What do you think?


I think the Rulers are very concerned that in the past year, there have been many attempts to discuss, in the name of openness and free speech, certain things which, for the Malays, they feel are very sensitive. For instance the role of Islam, the position of Islam, Article 153 which enshrines certain privileges for the Malay community. And I think it was done in a manner that was not respectful of Malay sensitivities. Of course you have some Malays attending these talks or forums but many others outside question the need for this? Why must you talk about things that they feel encroached on Malay sensitivity, Malay privileges, Malay position?


My view is that the Rulers have come out with a reminder that there are certain things which are sacrosanct in this country. And it’s not that we are giving a long list of things that are taboo. The position of the Rulers, Article 3 about Islam as the religion of the Federation, Article 153, and also this amorphous thing called the social contract. You know the social contract is not written, not codified, but everything that binds us together. The Constitution, the Mageran, the Rukunegara – this is all the social contract. The social contract was not just the so-called bargain before independence. It evolves. The social contract is dynamic but it was rooted in the first agreement between the Alliance leaders – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Cheng Lock, Sambanthan and all, saying, okay, we got to come together, citizenship rights, etc. And then it evolved on to Tun Razak’s time. But the Rulers said there are certain things within that social contract which have already been agreed to, tak payah nak ungkit lagi, you don’t have to revisit it. But, what I do believe as a young Malaysian today is that I wholeheartedly respect the position of the Rulers. It’s very important to say these things are sacrosanct.


However, ... we need a contemporary articulation of the social contract. That is something very important because the context in which the social contract was initially agreed to and evolved in the first 10, 15 years of Malaysia after Merdeka is no longer there. You have non-Malays, my age, my generation, who were born here. Their parents were born here, they are second, third generation, maybe even fourth generation, especially if they are Peranakan – six, seven generations. To them, there is no context of an immigrant society because they are Malaysians. They were born here and feel very strongly about Malaysia. And for Malays as well, some of us still feel very strongly about historical baggage. But some of us said we don’t need this kind of things, we don’t need the privileges anymore. And so they forget the historical context. So we need to come together to re-articulate the social contract so that my generation can understand it, so that my generation can own it. It’s important for every generation to own the social contract. Because, if you have no sense of ownership over the social contract, then it is just something that is passed down, that you take for granted.


You think it is a good idea for the Umno Youth leader to accept a cabinet appointment?


I’m not entirely decided on this question because ultimately the issue of government membership is the sole prerogative of the prime minister. I am not presumptuous enough to say the Umno Youth leader should be in government or not. If the PM wants it, who are you to say, ‘I don’t want it’ or if the PM said, ‘I don’t want you’, who are you to say, ‘I want it because I’m Ketua Pemuda Umno Malaysia’? We have to respect certain institutions of governance and conventions of the government. One of the conventions is, which I think is very important, the PM’s prerogative, he’s the boss.


Last question. What are your chances of winning?


Well, I’ve said I’m the underdog candidate today, it’s not going to be easy, but I have to persevere. There is no giving up. Once you say you want to go for it, you go for it until the end. Alang-alang menyeluk pekasam, biarlah sampai ke pangkal lengan (if you are going to dip into the fish-tub, you may as well thrust your arm in up to the elbow).


The following questions from the Khairy Jamaluddin interview were edited / deleted from the print edition of theSun due to lack of space.


Just before election, the political climate was really not helping to make the non-Malays to vote for BN and I think after the election, things are almost as bad. Like the Malays constantly talking about the need to unite and holding congresses to say so and the non-Malay parties in the BN talking about leaving the coalition. What is happening?


I think after the elections, the bottom fell out of our society. Many people disregarded a lot of things which I think are still important --- some even say sacrosanct in society. People talking about other ethnic groups, encroaching into other ethnic groups’s rights. And it goes both ways. Malays into non-Malays and vice-versa. And that has led to this feeling where the centre isn’t holding anymore, things are falling apart. And when that happened, traditionally BN has always been there to bring things together. So I really think the most important thing today is for BN to strengthen itself. Not just Umno, MCA, MIC in parts. It has to be a complete and integrated strengthening of the alliance itself. If you do so in isolation, it doesn’t mean very much in the overall context of BN. So, when you said people saying Malay NGOs, Hindraf, Chinese component parties - grassroots saying MCA and Gerakan not being treated very well in BN. So there is this sense of disappointment, of not being able to see the actual strength of power sharing anymore. Now what you have is everybody wants everything for themselves . And this is Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s problem, really. The problem with Anwar is that, back then he was guilty of double-speak. He said one thing here and said something else here.


You mean when he was in BN?


When he was in BN and in his initial stages of his career as an opposition leader. But now he’s been saying basically the same thing everywhere. But unbeknown to most people, he’s saying something and each different ethnic community thinks that they are going to get the most. So to the Malays, when they listen to Anwar, they said, okay I’m going to get the most because Anwar is still talking about Malays. Although he’s not talking about NEP, he’s saying that I’m going to help the poor Malays, not the elite Malays, not Umno Malays. With the Chinese, they said if Anwar comes into power, he’s going to do away with the NEP, it’s going to be good for us. With the Indians, with his affinity towards Hindraf, Makkal Sakhti and all that, they said I’m going to get everything. So the danger with Anwar is that people think they are going to get everything. Whereas, in BN and in the real world, nobody gets everything. Nobody wins every single thing. If you win, then you get partly what you asked for, that’s good, because it’s not a zero-sum game. It cannot be zero-sum game. There must be something for everybody. So to me the danger with Anwar today is that everybody expects the most, that they will get everything. And this is going to be a recipe for some grave disaster in the near future.


Maybe all he wants is to be PM?


Of course. To him, all these things are instrumental. He wants to be PM. He wants to have power. And why would PAS and DAP, which still until today remain ideologically and completely incompatible, still be together, still try to work together, against all odds? The only glue that’s keeping them together is not really Anwar, but this very distant ray of light of power that they can see. They’ve tasted power in five states. So, they think to themselves, whatever I think about DAP, whatever I think about PAS, I am going to grin and bear it through whatever it is that’s going to happen because I can see, the end point being, real power at federal level.


What are you chances of winning?


Well, I’ve said I’m the underdog candidate today, it’s not going to be easy, but I have to persevere. There is no giving up. Once you say you want to go for it, you go for it until the end. Alang-alang menyeluk pekasam, biarlah sampai ke pangkal lengan (if you are going to dip into the fish-tub, you may as well thrust your arm in up to the elbow).


You think the BN can be reinvented, restructured, rebranded or reconstituted into a formidable force again, in time for the next general election?


I think so, because BN has history on its side. We have real respect among one another. Of course, I feel disappointed that the level of cooperation within BN is still not at a level which is consistent. We come together during election, but when it’s not election, we seldom meet, we seldom do things together. Umno does its things, MCA does its things, MIC does its things. But then we have once in a while the convention, by-election, then we come together-lah, terhegeh-hegeh kita datang Barisan Nasional, you know. But the level of multi-ethnic camaraderie within BN is still lacking. It is as though we only come together for electoral purposes because we are part of this pact, the same coalition. There is no genuine feeling of a shared destiny, of a common future. That’s something we have to change and I feel very strongly about that. So, in Umno Youth, I’ve been very consistent from the beginning, I said Ketua Pemuda Umno is also Pengerusi Pemuda BN. That’s why I said I’m contesting not just as a Malay, but as a Malaysian. And I don’t want to make a mistake that this is a contest just for the hearts and minds of Umno Youth members. This is actually a contest for the hearts and minds of all Malaysian youths. And if you get that right then I think you can bring about something different in future.


It’s a tough vision. Anyway, the parties are talking, Gerakan for instance is saying that it is difficult to come together with a kind of one-party esprit-de-corps. It is difficult when you are made up of different racial components parties. That’s why Gerakan and some other people are talking of one multiracial party, the BN as one party. But you seemed not too keen about it.


I told the press at the Gerakan Youth AGM I don’t think any idea is a stupid idea at the moment. We have to be open and receptive to all ideas. But, personally I said, maybe the idea of a single party is premature. And maybe something that is not realisable today because obviously ethnic parties still play a big role in the way that people think, in the way people aspire towards certain things. But there are other mechanisms strengthening the secretariat. I think Pak Lah said direct membership into BN. I think a lot people don’t want to join the component parties but they want to join directly. These are things we can talk about. I think there is a convention coming up in February that PM announced. That’s the right place for us to talk about this new direction for BN, for how we work together. But, no matter how you did it structurally, you hit the nail on the head, it’s the esprit-de-corps. And that esprit-de-corps today, is missing. We come together because there is something to do, election. But we must come together not because of election, we must come together because there are shared principles. There may be disagreements on education policy, economic policy, redistribution of justice, the role of vernacular schools -- but there must be some principles that we hold dear to. Mungkin dulu we never articulated the principles. We just said BN is power-sharing. There is the Rukunegara, but Rukunegara is very broad and general. We need to drill down on certain principles, on economy, on education, on politics, on religion, on ethnic issues -- and how we resolve these things. So, we need to come together based on certain principles. That might be something we need to think about ahead of February.


Source: The Sun

Perbahasan Peringkat Jawatankuasa – Kementerian Kewangan [Isnin, 10 November 2008]

Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar [Rembau]: Terima kasih Tuan Pengerusi, saya ingin turut serta membahaskan di peringkat Jawatankuasa dan saya merujuk kepada Maksud Pembangunan 10 Perbendaharaan 13000 dan juga kepada Maksud Bekalan 11 Perkhidmatan Am Perbendaharaan, 021000. Tuan Yang di-Pertua saya ingin ...Tuan Pengerusi

Datuk Ronald Kiandee]: Kena sebut Tuan Pengerusi sekarang dalam peringkat Jawatankuasa.

Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar [Rembau]: Ya? Tuan Pengerusi, minta maaf.Tuan Pengerusi, saya ingin tanya Yang Berhormat Menteri, perbelanjaan di bawah kerajaan ini perlu diteraskan kepada satu prinsip iaitu prinsip sustainability di mana kita tidak perlu belanja perkara yang tidak akan ada kesudahannya iaitu kita letakkan duit kita dalam satu ibarat black hold.
Jadi saya hendak bangkitkan dua perkara yang pertamanya ialah berhubung dengan Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. ini ditubuhkan pada tahun 1996 iaitu 12 tahun dahulu dan Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. ini adalah pemilik tanah bagi Cyberjaya yang menjadi nadi kepada Multimedia Super Corridor.Antara tugas Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. ini adalah untuk membangunkan enterprise building,bangunan-bangunan keusahawanan untuk dijual sewa kepada syarikat-syarikat.
Saya melihat kalau kita lihat daripada anggaran harga projek RM745 bilion dan perkara ini telah berlangsung sejak tahun 2000 dan berterusan sampai RM30 juta pada tahun akan datang. Bagi saya ini menunjukkan bahawa barangkali sustainability, prinsip sustainability itu masih lagi tidak dapat dipenuhi oleh kerajaan kerana saya hendak tanya kepada Yang Berhormat Menteri, apakah pulangan yang kita dapat ataupun Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. dapat daripada pelanggan-pelanggan iaitu syarikat-syarikat yang bertempat di Cyberjaya.Sudah tentunya apabila kita telah mengasaskan, menubuhkan Cyberjaya ini kita melihat kepada satu sustainable model di mana syarikat-syarikat ICT tersebut akan datang dengan pelaburan swasta untuk memastikan bahawa segala pembangunan kawasan tersebut akan diambil alih oleh swasta sendiri.
Inilah sebenarnya model yang dipakai oleh kawasan-kawasan ICT yang lain seperti Silicon Valley di Amerika Syarikat seperti di Bangalore dan sebagainya.Akan tetapi pada waktu itu kita memang hendak ada government push satu rangsangan daripada kerajaan di mana kerajaan masuk dahulu untuk membina prasarana, bangunan dan sebagainya tetapi ada juga kebimbangan pada waktu itu di mana perkara ini akan menjadi satu property play, satu projek yang lebih memberi tumpuan kepada hartanah daripada isu yang sebenar iaitu penyelidikan, software development dan sebagainya.Jadi saya hendak tanya di sini adakah Cyberview Sendirian Berhad ini akan terus menjadi satu syarikat yang dipunyai oleh kerajaan melalui Kementerian Kewangan yang akan menelan perbelanjaan yang cukup besar pada tiap-tiap tahun dan apakah pulangan yang diharapkan daripada syarikat-syarikat yang bertempat di Cyberjaya. Sudah tentunya kalau duit ini diperlukan untuk penyelenggaraan, maintenance dan sebagainya akhirnya syarikat-syarikat tersebut juga perlu menyumbang melalui keuntungan mereka dan sebaginya kepada upkeep gentrification dan sebagainya Cyberjaya.
Saya tahu banyak insentif kita bagi kepada syarikat-syarikat tersebut cuma masalah yang kita hadapi di sini ialah sustainability.Yang kedua, dalam isu Cyberjaya ini adalah saya melihat sejak kebelakangan ini banyak syarikat masuk ke dalam Cyberjaya tetapi banyak menjurus kepada BPO, business process outsourcing ataupun back office di mana mereka letak regional back office, DHL dan sebagainya di Cyberjaya dan tidak menjurus kepada research and development sedangkan tujuan asal kita ada MSCdan juga Cyberjaya ini adalah untuk kita bentukkan value added knowledge industry dan sebagainya. Akan tetapi apa yang kita lihat pada hari ini adalah lebih kepada ‘low-end’. Bukan saya hendak merendahkan industri BPO tetapi memang tidak lihat bahawa tujuan asal Cyberjaya itu telah dicapai.
Yang kedua Tuan Pengerusi dan Yang Berhormat Menteri adalah Butiran 021000 iaitu bantuan kewangan kepada Indah Water Konsortium Sendirian Berhad (IWK). Sekali lagi saya hendak sentuh tentang isu sustainability. Kalau kita tengok IWK ini diswastakan pada tahun 1994. Pada waktu itu Yang Berhormat daripada Permatang Pauh pun Menteri Kewangan juga dan ini merupakan salah satu daripada privatization yang boleh dikatakan gagal kerana pada tahun 2000 kerajaan terpaksa membeli semula segala ekuiti dalam Indah Water Konsortium ini. Jadi di sini saya hendak tanya kerana perbelanjaan ini cukup besar tiap-tiap tahun RM150 juta, tahun depan RM250 juta apakah pelan tindakan untuk IWK memandangkan IWK ini ada konsesi selama 30 tahun kalau tak silap saya dan apakah falsafah di belakang keputusan kerajaan untuk terus bantu IWK sebagai syarikat yang 100% dimiliki oleh Menteri Kewangan Diperbadankan.
Di sini saya hendak tanya sama dari IWK ataupun pembetungan ini adalah dilihat sebagai satu public good. Kalau public good kita tak payah letak di bawah syarikat.Kita minta kerajaan tempatan ataupun kerajaan terus bayar untuk servis tersebut melalui satu jabatan kerajaan tetapi kalau perkara ini adalah satu corporatized services maka kita tak boleh sustain, tak boleh teruskan satu syarikat yang tiap-tiap tahun tidak mendapat keuntungan dan antara sebabnya adalah pelanggan iaitu rakyat tak hendak bayar a rear dalam IWK, IWK tak boleh hendak paksa dibayar semula hutang-hutang daripada rakyat, bil dan sebagainya kerana ini bukan macam api dan air. Api dan air boleh ditutup tetapi pembetungan itu tak boleh ditutup.
Ada satu cadangan dahulu untuk dicantumkan pembetungan ini dengan bekalan air tetapi saya difahamkan bahawa strategi ini pun tidak dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan buat waktu ini.
Jadi saya rasa soalan pokok yang perlu saya rasa kerajaan menjawab pada hari ini adalah sama ada pembetungan ini melalui IWK adalah dilihat sebagai satu public good di mana kalau dilihat sebagai public good saya percaya Yang Berhormat Menteri pun faham tidak diperbadankan melalui satu koperasi yang lost making ataupun kalau dia betul-betul dilihat sebagai satu perkhidmatan yang dikorporatkan satu corporatize services maka sudah tentunya kita tak perlu ada satu black hole yang mana tiap-tiap tahun RM100 juta, RM200 juta perlu diberikan kepada syarikat ini yang tak pernah mendapat keuntungan sejak dia dapat konsesi pembetungan pada tahun 1994.
Yang terakhir Tuan Pengerusi dan juga Yang Berhormat Menteri adalah mengenai ValueCap dan ini disentuh secara terus kepada tanggungjawab Kementerian Kewangan dalam hal tersebut. Malangnya soalan ini masih lagi tidak terjawab apabila Yang Berhormat Menteri Kewangan telah mengumumkan bahawa KWSP akan meminjam sebanyak RM5 bilion untuk beli syarikat-syarikat yang nilainya rendah pada waktu ini. Masih lagi ada satu soalan iaitu hutang ValueCap terhadap Khazanah, KWAP dan juga PNB sebanyak RM5.1 bilion yang sepatutnya dibayar balik pada tahun 2006 tetapi dipanjangkan tempoh bon tersebut kalau tak silap saya sampai Februari tahun 2009.
Saya hendak tanya Yang Berhormat Menteri sama ada duit yang disalurkan daripada KWSP itu sebenarnya adalah sebahagian daripada duit itu akan menampung pembayaran bon semula kepada Khazanah, KWAP dan juga PNB kerana ini sekali lagi adalah soal sustainability. Kalau ValueCap ini tak sustainable kenapa kita bagi banyak duit ke dalam black hole tersebut dan kita semua tahu bahawa pasaran saham pada waktu ini memang under value dan apakah market capitalization yang telah hilang di kalangan syarikat-syarikat yang ValueCap ini ada saham dalam syarikat-syarikat tersebut akan menjejaskan lagi pelan untuk ValueCap beli saham dalam keadaan pasaran sebegini rupa.
Jadi sekali lagi adalah soal sustainability sama ada kita dapat bayar balik bon tersebut, sama ada bon itu wujud kerana saya baca perkara ini dalam berita sama ada bon ini wujud sebanyak RM5.1 bilion dan sama ada bon itu dapat di redeem dapat dibayar semula dan adakah duit daripada KWSP ini yang diambil pada sesi ini dan diumumkan pada sesi ini akan diguna untuk membayar semula bon ataupun adakah ia akan diguna untuk membeli saham-saham dalam syarikat-syarikat tertentu.
Sekian, terima kasih.