Folks! Today is an important milestone in history. Today, a black man Barack Obama, who as a kid was deserted by his father will be inaugurated as the President of the USA. For four years at least starting now, he will shape events and effect people lives globally the way no one else can.
His, is a cinderella story that will be told and retold again and again to inspire the downtrodden to scale great height of achievements against all the odds. But today is not about Barack Obama alone. It is also about his mom Ann Durham who died of ovarian cancer in 1995 who must have been a great influence on him growing up and shaped him to what he has become today.
The fact that she raised him almost single-handedly in a difficult, racially tensed environment of that time and saw him graduated from Havard Law School, got elected to the US Senate, and his ascends today to the pinnacle - the office of the President of the USA, just say as as much about her as it is about him.
Little Obama and mom
I can only imagine how proud she must be, if she is stilll alive to see her half-breed son up on the highest rostrum taking the oath of the most powerful office in the world. It is an emotion I would not really know about because I am far from being a single supermom raising over-achieving kids under difficult conditions. My dearest friend Lisa would know, in time I am sure! She is a single supermom doing an 'Ann Durham' to her kids and her kids I am sure will grow up to be 'Obamas' for her.
Yes folks! Today is also about the Ann Durhams of the world, about Lisa and about the unsung single supermoms out there who are 'Ann Durham'ing their own 'Obamas'. Thank GOD for them, the world is a better place. As for Barack Obama, let's hope he'll be a US President that provides a benevolent leadership that the whole world is in dire need of at this particular point in time.
He got to reverse the inertia that has started that hasten UMNO bon-voyage to oblivion. It started when UMNO lost the KT by-election.
The rakyat have shown that they can no longer tolerate the liberty UMNO has taken insulting their intelligence. The choice of candidate for the KT by-election was a classic example.
Najib has allowed Dolah his choice of candidate and it was a big mistake. No amount of wang ehsan or development have appeased the rakyat.
Najib task is clear. He got to stop the dilly-dally and deal with UMNO leadership issue, read Dolah departure, the 'selumbar' in UMNO ass, firmly. Time to do away with the finesse, lay all the cards down, start kicking asses and take care of biz.
Time to get really bloody and start with the chopping, anything that smells Dolah got to go.
UMNO folks are in the pits. Did I hear right? Khaled Nordin bowing and kissing KJ's hand? What the f$%k has UMNO politicians come down to?
The thought of Ali Rustam, Mat Taib, Zahid Hamidi, Khaled Nordin and the like leaders wannabes, bozos all, in UMNO highest office against the sophistication of PR top leadership, makes one want to roll on the floor and laugh one's ass off.
Najib got to do the needful and pray he will be president of a still relevant UMNO.
dolah kebelakangan ni dah jadi macam biang keladi makin dekat nak pencen ni makin menjadi-jadi, lepas satu, satu, 'wahyu' tak semenggah keluar dari kepala otak dia.
lebih tepat lagi yang keluar dari kepala otak yang dia tumpang. umpama kalau kereta kita jenis slow atau kurang prestasi, kita tumpanglah kereta orang yang boleh pergi macam pelesit, baru panjang langkah. pelesit yang dolah tumpang ialah menantu dia. pelesit ni kata orang ialah yang merangka semua yang dolah 'wahyu'kan, orang kata..
baru baru ni tak ada angin tak ada ribut, sime darby diketuai oleh politikus tak kesampaian musa hitam, sudah tentu bersenjatakan 'wahyu', dengan celupar cuba nak ambil alih IJN, sebuah pusat pakar jatung terulung di rantau ini yang menjadi kebangaan rakyat malaysia, terutama sekali orang melayu. apa lagi macam orang gila meroyan lah rakyat, kecut teloq sime darby terus tarik diri secara sukarela dari niat mereka, walaupun ada kedengaran EPU - macai dolah, berkeras nak teruskan juga ambil-alih itu, mesti dengan agenda tersendiri.
dulu ada tiga syarikat peladangan besar yang nampaknya segar bugar, sime darby, golden hope dan guthrie. serupa juga keadaannya macam sekarang tak ada angin tak ada ribut di'wahyu'kan bergabung, maka semua digabungkan jadi sime darby. macam-macam mereka kelentong, sebab skala ekonomi lah, efisyensi lah, jimat kos lah, itu lah, ini lah, entah apa bala lagi. yang pasti pihak-pihak penganjur - pelesit perangka 'wahyu', 'consultant', 'investment banker', dll dapat durian runtuh berbillion-billion RM.
bukan main gah lagi bila diumumkan musa hitam dan zubir orang-orang yang menerajui lembaga pengarah dan pengurusan entiti yang tergabung, dipanggil sime darby juga - nampak lebih 'exercise' menelan dari bergabung, sebuah syarikat perladangan yang terbesar di dunia. kita kira kalau dah jadi peneraju syarikat kelas dunia dah tentu mempunyai kebolehan kelas dunia tapi sebaliknya. dikatakan bergabung untuk mengambil kesempatan dari skala ekonomi maka risikonya pula ikut skala yang sama juga, seperti letak semua telur dalam satu bakul.
bila ekonomi dunia merudum baru-baru ni sime darby tertangkap dengan punggung terdedah dalam ladang kelapa sawit bila harga minyak sawit jatuh yang terlalu rendah. mungkin terkejut beruk musa, zubir dan penaja-penaja pengabungan dulu melihat skala lingkup yang akan berlaku kepada sime darby jika mereka tidak mempelbagaikan perniagaan mereka. ini tak sebut lagi kemungkinan apa-apa tengkorak dalam almari yang akan tersembul keluar seperti yang selalu berlaku dalam keadaan ekonomi yang merudum ni, bila juruodit atau sapa-sapa menyoal itu dan ini, kantung dah kosong susah lah nak 'adjust' sana sini.
maka tak hairan lah jika kebelakangan ni banyak 'wahyu' yang tak semenggah keluar dari kepala otak dolah, terutama sekali yang bekaitan sime darby dan projek-projek celupar yang tak pernah ada dalam perancangan kerajaan. banyak motivasi untuk dia, baca pelesit tumpangan dia, buat begitu.. mengaut keuntungan celupar, mungkin mengelak apa-apa tengkorak dalam almari tersembul keluar, kepentingan politik ya juga, kelam-kabut juga najib kejap hari tu bila mereka mula mengintai IJN. harap-harap isu ambil-alih IJN ni dah betul-betul dah berkubur.
baru-baru ni bala baru pula timbul.. 'wahyu' pembinaan LCCT di labu oleh sime darby dan air asia, tony fernandez panggil klia@east. banyak yang tak semenggah dengan projek 'wahyu' LCCT labu ni, baca sini untuk sedikit latar-belakang.
LCCT labu ni dipanggil sahaja terminal tetapi sebenarnya ialah sebuah airport baru. tony fernandez jurukelentong utama projek ni sekarang cuba mengalih perhatian orang ramai dari fakta ini dengan memanggilnya klia@east seolah-olah sebahagian dari pembesaran klia.
beza apa yang dipanggil terminal dengan apa yang dipanggil airport ialah lebih kurang RM1.5 billion, itu beza harga LCCT sepang dan LCCT labu. mana mereka nak dapat duit tu?
tony dah nak jadi pak man telo, mana tak? bisnis low cost, margin ciput main volume, sekarang ekonomi merudum mana ada volume. macam mana nak bayar gaji dan lain-lain overhead? ambil deposit passenger dua tahun kehadapan bayar gaji sekarang, pak man telo la tu. tu tak cakap lagi pasal nak bayar kapal terbang yang dia order, sekarang nak buat airport baru..? tu sebab la kelentong dia pasal masa depan je, tahun sekian-sekian air asia jadi no 2 belakang JAL, bla. bla..
kena rampok lah EPF nanti..
kalau hanya untuk memenuhi keperluan perkhidmatan LCCT tempatan yang dikatakan kian meningkat hendak dibina airport baru sedangkan kita dah ada klia yang boleh menampung 125 juta penumpang tapi cuma 20% sahaja diguna sekarang, dah tentu rakyat banyak soal macam wong choo keong ahli parlimen wangsa maju di sini. tambahan pula bukan ke membunuh bisnis MAHB ni.
dolah.., dolah.., dari seorang imam islam hadari, baca sajak cari shafie.. cari ghazali.. masa mula naik dulu, nak pencen ni cari duit kau ya..
folks! last nite i joined a group of amateur rakyat pundits talking about another brick in the wall (abitw) blog newsbreak earlier at our neighbourhood mamak, on the outcome of the ijn take-over meeting at epu.
most of us r 40-something men that look like a bypass waiting to happen n most of us r beleaguered entreprenuer as such RM challenged, so we got a lot riding on the issue.
seems epu is insisting on the ijn take-over but mof is against it. thot abitw also mentioned sime darby was not even in the meeting, epu was speaking on their behalf.. what the hell!!
well folks! looks like it is going to b a battle of will between dolah n najib, everyone knows epu is under the pm department ie. dolah n mof is under najib.
dolah n interested parties r making use of the issue to make things difficult for najib. the issue blew up in najib's face with the kt by-election looming n of coz there is the election for umno top dawgs this coming march.
musa hitam leading the band of robbers is just another way of him taking a swipe at dr m for the hurt not becoming pm n make tons of money at the same time. ijn was dr m effort.
things r not over for dolah, the fat lady have not even made the stage yet for him. he is using all lever of power at his disposal making sure things r where he wants it to be if he has to leave at all.
his kadams from out of nowhere r doing well in nominations for key umno top dawgs positions. the kt by-election was an opportune time to announce the ijn take-over to mess things up a bit for najib.
najib putting it on hold dampen the effect a bit but dolah did not let it rest, thus the rush by epu insisting to go ahead with the take-over.
for dolah the upside is, if najib messed things up he might not be such a shoo-in after all for THE top dawg post. he'll be president all right but he'll probably b surrounded by dolah lackeys, there'll b a coup of sort.
someone already float the idea umno president n the the country's pm can b two different man.
the non-malay leaders would b drooling at such a delicious prospect, they got a pm they can jerked around, the one that they have been jerking around all this while.
the whole thing is just so brazenly obvious a case of daylight robbery. there is no issue of mass migration of doctors disgruntled with their pay, somebody has been pulling a fast one on the mof n the loot.. there is something like couple hundred millions of RM in ijn's coffer. not to mention the biz is a gold mine, its an expensive disease n not short of customers, ppl r dying like flies of heart disease these days.
the proposal shouldn't hv gone past the announcement stage in the first place. now that rakyat across all divide have caused a big brouhaha over it, the paper the proposal were written on should hv made nasi lemak wrappers already n the whole thing should hv been dropped like a hot iron, but NO! they r hell bent on going through with it or so it seems.
r they stupid or what? we r dealing with ppl from the oxfords n the LSEs of the world here. nope! in my simpleton sub-prime itm graduate mind, don't think this is a case of a simple plain daylight robbery, some high stake 'wayang' game is going on here. well! maybe just my imagination running wild.
what about the old man musa hitam, what a pathetic sight of him insulting the rakyat's intelligence trying to justify the take-over.
musa coined the term 'elegant silence', when dolah was riding high, more of taking a swipe at dr m than anything else. well.. 'elegant clueless' is more apt for dolah now n musa sure is an 'elegant kadam' doing the bidding for dolah n kin in the ijn take-over.
umno is really tempting their fate if they go through with this.
dato seri hishamudin tun hussein must b having sleepless night deciding whether 'to english' or not for the primary school science n math subjects.
its his call now.
it is not a responsibility anyone who is sitting pretty in the election for umno top dawgs, quite unblemished in the ugly barkings n howlings that some r into, would wish for. it is a lose-lose situation. the possible fallout that comes with the decision under the current political climate can b harmful to his career, he probably got to do some fast talking to simmer down the dissatisfaction, coming out with a decision either way.
with the continued disrespect n political attacking of the 'ketuanan melayu' by bi-partisan non-malay leaders, 'to english' will b seen as pandering to the non-malays who'd b quick to welcome any initiative that dilute the 'ketuanan' n probably put another hurdle to a single medium national school system, bahasa melayu of coz.. to achieve the much talk about national integration.
worse.. seen as a 'tak dak teloq' act on his part by umno right-wingers n increasingly the umno mainstream n even malay leaders n electorates across the political divide, who on the whole have grown quite impatient to the disrespect shown by the non-malay leaders.
politics aside, i for one see 'to english' will b double jeopardy for malay, iban, kadazan, n other native kids out in the boondocks. science n maths r difficult enuf for kids who r generally known to hv no pedigree in the subjects, add english to that it will b a real burden.
the einsteins, bhors, phlanks, de broglies of the world don't do their primary school science n maths in english n there r more of them actually, check your sekolah menengah science textbook.
one 'tak dak teloq' leader is one too many, we don't need another.
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