Friday, April 29, 2011


Assalaamu'alaikum Warahmatullaahi Warabarakaatuh.

Dalam lawatan saya ke United Kingdom baru-baru ini saya berkesempatan bertemu dan menyampaikan ucapan kepada pelajar-pelajar Malaysia di London di dalam majlis anjuran UKEC pada 9hb April, 2011. Ucapan penuhnya telah saya paparkan dalam pos blog sebelum ini.

Pada keesokan harinya, 10hb April, 2011, saya telah bertemu dengan pelajar-pelajar Melayu yang sedang mengadakan mesyuarat perwakilan KELAB UMNO bahagian United Kingdom dan Eire yang dihadiri oleh wakil-wakil dari cawangan-cawangan KELAB UMNO di sana.

Dalam perjumpaan saya dengan UKEC hanya 2 soalan telah dikemukakan oleh seorang pelajar dan seorang dewasa yang bekerja di London yang turut hadir dalam majlis itu. Saya diberitahu banyak soalan mengenai ekonomi, rasuah dan perlembagaan telah dikemukan kepada penceramah-penceramah dan peserta majlis dialog yang turut dihadiri oleh tokoh-tokoh dari ISIS, MACC, Parti-Parti Pembangkang dan Mantan Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi.

Dalam pertemuan saya dengan ahli-ahli Kelab UMNO yang berkumpul di Sheffield banyak soalan telah ditanya setelah saya selesai berucap.

Sebelum berangkat pulang saya telah diberi beberapa helai kertas yang mengandungi soalan-soalan berikut, dan saya turunkan di bawah ini jawapan saya bagi soalan-soalan itu.
Oleh kerana soalannya dalam bahasa Inggeris maka jawapannya juga saya berikan dalam bahasa Inggeris.

Saya dapati soalan-soalan ini sering diketengahkan oleh para pelajar kepada tokoh-tokoh parti politik pembangkang yang sering bertemu dengan pelajar apabila mereka berada di United Kingdom.

Saya difahamkan Kelab UMNO telah dinasihatkan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO supaya tidak berpolitik. Walau bagaimana saya berpendapat ahli-ahli Kelab UMNO hendaklah mampu menjawab semua soalan yang diketengahkan oleh pembangkang waktu berjumpa dengan pelajar-pelajar.


1) How transparent is our elections?


The question of transparency in any election, General Election or By-Election, is always raised by non-Barisan Nasional losers in the election. A winning BN candidate will always defend the transparency or sarcastically say that if it is more transparent then the margin of his or her victory will be bigger.

The opposition party at the Federal level will not question the transparency of an election in Kelantan, Kedah, Penang or Selangor where they won the election.

Therefore this suspicion on transparency is not genuine.


When losers in any election complain about transparency or malpractices I am always reminded of what Tan Sri Konosuke Matsushita ( Born November 27, 1894, died April 27, 1989 and conferred Tan Sri in February 1979 ) the Founder of National Panasonic Electric company, wrote on the practice of democracy.

Tan Sri Matsushita said in his writing that a society can greatly benefit and practice democracy peacefully if its voters have the 'susyi' and 'sunao' attitude.


'Susyi' is an attitude whereby a winner, even if with only a one vote majority, will accept the responsibility, of a winner, as if he had obtained all the votes and serve all the voters in the constituency without prejudice. A loser on the other hand, even if with only one vote majority, should regard himself as having lost all the votes to the winner.

The winner with one vote need not go around annoyingly trying to impress the voters that even if by one vote it is still a victory.

The loser with one vote defeat should also not brag around that one vote victory is not real victory.


'Sunao' on the other hand is the ability of the winner and the loser, in an election, to see the goodness in his or her rival after the contest.

This attitude is glaringly shown by Tun Dr. Mahathir when he kept on appointing Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to ministerial posts after Tengku Razaleigh lost twice to Tun Musa Hitam in the contest for the UMNO Deputy Presidency.

Tun Musa was annoyed with these appointments.

But Tun Dr. Mahathir also did not remove Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah from the cabinet when the Tengku challenged him for the post of UMNO President with the intention of ousting Tun Dr Mahathir from his premier seat.

After Tun Musa Hitam resigned and supported Tengku Razaleigh in the Tengku's effort to dethrone Tun Dr. Mahathir, Tun Musa was still appointed by Tun Dr. Mahathir to represent Malaysia at the United Nations.

Later, when another of those who opposed and tried to topple Tun Mahathir from the premiership, becomes the Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah was able to appoint Tun Musa to become the chairman of Sime Darby, with exorbitantly big salaries and allowance, probably more than what a Prime Minister earns, to rule over an oil palm empire the total acreage of which is bigger than the size of Singapore.

But of course Sime Darby incurred a big loss, though it is also recovering well.

Had Mahathir not have the 'susyi' and 'sunao' attitude he would have dumped Tun Musa Hitam, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tengku Razaleigh into oblivion.


2) Is there any possibility for UMNO and PAS to unite? A brief about unity talk that has taken place (if any) then what's next?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Assalaamu'alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh, and Good Afternoon.
This speech is a narration of a short summarised story of my journey as a student and youth leader which led me into politics, and therefore into elections.
I thank the President and members of the UKEC organising committee for inspiring me to write this message.
Any inaccuracy in names and dates, or omission of relevant facts and events, are due to the failure of my memory.

Assalaamu'alaikum Warahmatulaahi Wabarakaatuh, and
Good afternoon to everyone present.
The President of UKEC,
Chairman of the session,
Honoured Guests,
Fellow members of the audience.
1. Whenever I am invited to speak to students, in the presence of respectable guests, at a respectable venue as this, I cannot but remember those days when Malaysian students could only listen to me speaking, while standing on a stool at Hyde Park Speaker's Corner.

2. Earlier today you have been exposed extensively to speakers who are experts in economics and law.

3. The head of ISIS and a prominent ex-judge.

4. I was a banker, and the Area Manager of The Chartered Bank Ipoh, Charles McGregor, to whom I was a caddy while he was playing golf in the mid 1963, told me that a banker is a person who studies economics but not enough to be an economist, who studies law but not enough to be a lawyer and who studies accountancy but not enough to be an accountant.

5. Hearing this I was not interested in his offer to be a banker, but, when he says that a banker deals with money I then became interested.

6. I hear that you are very interested in politics and I am supposed to talk on the 13th General Election.

7. I will therefore start by telling you my story, in my own unorthodox way, on what makes me eventually become an elected Member of Parliament and State Assemblyman for 30 years from 1974 to 2004.


8. I had my secondary school education at Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

9. There was a teacher who once taught at that school, before my time, whose name is Mr. Wilson. He wrote my books, under his pen-name Anthony Burgess. One of his books in 'Time for A Tiger'.

10. I have my reason for mentioning this book. You will know if you read about the author but not too many of his books.

11. In 1962, after the 1961 results of the Senior Cambridge Examination was announced, I asked my grand-uncle in Penang on how, as Secretary to the religious body of the college, Badan Ugama, to make the collegians to be thankful to Allah when they obtain good results during their examinations.

12. I was encouraged by my grand-uncle to read a book by HAMKA entitled 'Revolusi Ugama' or 'Religious Revolution'. I then changed the name of the MCKK religious body to be called Badan Revolusi Ugama (BRU).

13. You might not be interested in this Badan Revolusi Ugama.

14. But when you know that Dr. Azahari Husin, the chemist, who headed the Bali bombing was, during his MCKK days, an active member of BRU, and Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the successor to Ungku Hashim, who succeeded me as Secretary of BRU, then you might be interested in listening to me further. 

15. After the Sixth Form Examination I was already attached to The Chartered Bank, Seremban.

16. I could not on get a government scholarship for a study that would allow me to be free eventually from working for the government. It was my mistake for being choosy.
17. I had later refused an offer to study mathematics at the University of Malaya. I could not imagine myself being a mathematics teacher like Mr. Cheah Tat Huat.
18. It was a blessing in disguise.
19. I was therefore not indebted to the very useful Section 153 of the Malaysian Constitution, which I support, which provide for Malay Privileges and the protection, under Sub-Section 7, of the rights for non-Malays.
20. I have been told that the topic for my speech today is the '13th General Election'. It is a speculative topic of which I will be involved only as a voter, as most of you are.
21. As a person who has been actively involved, both as a candidate and one of the organisers in many General Elections, and by-elections, for a period of 30 years from 1974 to 2004, I can only hope for the best for my party, but cannot predict the outcome of the next election.
22. As you are the future players, both as voters, organisers and candidates in future elections, as future leaders of Malaysia, I take this opportunity to bore you, with a brief story of my journey, as a student, in the UK and Europe, which led me into many elections.
23. In that way you may benefit by knowing and recognising where I have gone wrong and have been inadequate.
24. You will see the inadequacies of my preparedness.
25. It all began in 1968.