DAP’s Superman promises to be ‘decent’ in future

DAP’s Superman promises to be ‘decent’ in future

PETALING JAYA: Fiery DAP politician Hew Kuan Yau, who drew flak over a crude and allegedly racist speech when campaigning during the Sarawak election, has promised to refrain from vulgarities in future.

“My politically-oriented ‘stand-up comedy’ will now be clean,” he vowed in a Facebook post, adding that his speeches often contained humour, facts and were peppered with metaphors.

Hew, attracted controversy after a video surfaced online in which he urged Chinese voters in Batu Kitang to back DAP’s Abdul Aziz Isa, so the latter could “screw the Malays”, and “screw the corrupt Malay officials” when he made it to the state assembly.

He also got a ticking off from party supremo Lim Kit Siang for being vulgar although the latter claimed there was nothing racist about Hew’s speech.

However, Hew, known as the “Superman” of DAP after his penchant for wearing t-shirts with the Superman logo, accused Umno cybertroopers of distorting the subtitles of the speech he made in Mandarin to make him look like a racist.

Hew said nowhere in his speech had he asked Sarawak Chinese to vote for Abdul Aziz so that he could “screw” the Malays.

He also said he was only referring to the “corrupt” PBB (Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s anchor party) and not the Malays per se.

In a related matter, MCA Central Committee member Jason Teoh said Lim aggravated the situation by refusing to acknowledge that Hew’s speech was racist.

In a statement, Teoh also wondered if the Gelang Patah lawmaker had suddenly lowered the bar on what is considered racism.

“Why is Kit Siang suddenly defending the indefensible?” he asked.

DAP’s Superman promises to be ‘decent’ in future

DAP’s Superman promises to be ‘decent’ in future

PETALING JAYA: Fiery DAP politician Hew Kuan Yau, who drew flak over a crude and allegedly racist speech when campaigning during the Sarawak election, has promised to refrain from vulgarities in future.

“My politically-oriented ‘stand-up comedy’ will now be clean,” he vowed in a Facebook post, adding that his speeches often contained humour, facts and were peppered with metaphors.

Hew, attracted controversy after a video surfaced online in which he urged Chinese voters in Batu Kitang to back DAP’s Abdul Aziz Isa, so the latter could “screw the Malays”, and “screw the corrupt Malay officials” when he made it to the state assembly.

He also got a ticking off from party supremo Lim Kit Siang for being vulgar although the latter claimed there was nothing racist about Hew’s speech.

However, Hew, known as the “Superman” of DAP after his penchant for wearing t-shirts with the Superman logo, accused Umno cybertroopers of distorting the subtitles of the speech he made in Mandarin to make him look like a racist.

Hew said nowhere in his speech had he asked Sarawak Chinese to vote for Abdul Aziz so that he could “screw” the Malays.

He also said he was only referring to the “corrupt” PBB (Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s anchor party) and not the Malays per se.

In a related matter, MCA Central Committee member Jason Teoh said Lim aggravated the situation by refusing to acknowledge that Hew’s speech was racist.

In a statement, Teoh also wondered if the Gelang Patah lawmaker had suddenly lowered the bar on what is considered racism.

“Why is Kit Siang suddenly defending the indefensible?” he asked.

Pakatan deserved the slap that it got

Pakatan deserved the slap that it got

Spotted on Facebook: a warning by the Election Commission (EC) not to pick one’s nose with a finger that’s been dipped in indelible ink and a photo of a smudged nostril.

We’re not sure if this was a genuine EC directive, but why worry? With allegations that the ink was not indelible, the nostril just needs a quick wash and a wipe to return it to pristine condition. The same goes with the finger.

Whether or not it’s true that the ink was not indelible, don’t expect the EC to say anything about it. It does not appear to think the re-delineation exercise – some call it gerrymandering – was a problem. So why should it investigate this and another allegation, made by Bersih’s Maria Chin, about a sudden increase in the number of voters in the closing minutes of last Saturday’s voting in Sarawak?
There is nothing the ordinary rakyat can do about the alleged cash handouts or about all kinds of promises that some people see as bribery. These include the promise to build a super-duper highway, which has been in the pipeline for decades despite the billions of ringgit in oil income.

But the rakyat can console themselves with the thought that there is one thing they can do. They can punish the Opposition for ineptness. The Sarawak state election was a good slap in the face for the opposition parties, and they deserved it.

Everyone knows, especially BN, that cash is king. Even in its wildest dreams, the Opposition will never see RM2.6 billion dropping in its lap.

There are two other things we know: the ineffectiveness of the Opposition and the confusing attitude of Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, who is the Deputy President of PKR.

When Azmin was pressed to explain the bickering between PKR and DAP, he said the past was past and the two parties should learn from their mistakes and move on.

How many elections will he need to fritter away before he learns his lesson? Did he and PKR learn nothing from GE13 or from the 2011 Sarawak election?

If that was not bad enough, Azmin also said the opposition coalition should, in readiness for GE14, invite PAS to rejoin it. Is he really for a strong and effective opposition movement, or is he, as some have alleged, someone whose Umno-Baru DNA is so strong that it cannot be repressed?
With Abdul Hadi Awang at PAS’ helm, the same misogyny, backstabbing, U-turning and double talking will damn Azmin’s proposed coalition. Hadi used his trump cards of hudud, the female factor and other emotive issues to scupper Pakatan Rakyat.

Is Azmin another Trojan horse in the opposition coalition? PAS and Umno-Baru have a wishy washy pact to form a unity government.

Is Azmin in on the act, and does he want a ménage à trois with them?

The bottom line is that the Opposition has failed the rakyat.

Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist

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MCA slams DAP’s ‘Superman’ for playing racial card

MCA slams DAP’s ‘Superman’ for playing racial cardPETALING JAYA: MCA’s Ti Lian Ker has slammed DAP’s “Superman” Hew Kuan Yau for playing the racial card in the run-up to the Sarawak state election.

Ti was commenting on a video where Hew is shown urging Chinese voters in Batu Kitang to back DAP’s candidate Abdul Aziz Isa, so that the latter can “screw the Malays” himself, and “screw the corrupt Malay officials” when he makes it to the state assembly.

Abdul Aziz lost the seat to BN’s Lo Khere Chiang.

The speech, which Hew had done through Skype for Sarawak Chinese voters, was done in Chinese but had Malay subtitles. It was first uploaded on Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s blog.

In his statement today, MCA central committee member Ti said that DAP has failed as a multi-racial party, but has been getting away with it “because of emotions and chauvinism.”

“It is unfortunate that DAP have been habitually harping on racial and religious sentiments throughout the years. They (DAP) are just a multi-racial party in name, but stoking racism in most of their speeches particularly when speaking in Chinese to a Chinese crowd,” said Ti.

Ti said DAP was “rotting” with arrogance and its true colours are now showing.

“They cannot work with PAS and now they are picking on PKR. The fact is they are getting arrogant and intolerant of others despite their claim of multi-racialism.”

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Hew claimed that the video had been “twisted”.

Popularly known as Superman for his penchant of wearing shirts with the superhero’s logo, Hew is a DAP grassroots leader who is no stranger to controversy.

Earlier this year, he got into trouble after attacking a gay activist and columnist on social media and was eventually forced to apologise.

We were punished by S’wak voters, says Zairil

We were punished by S’wak voters, says Zairil

KUCHING: The Opposition’s great defeat in the recently concluded-Sarawak election was a punishment by the voters, said MP Zairil Khir Johari of DAP.

“It’s a lesson for us all, for the Opposition. The fact is, in so many seats, the Opposition combined would have done very well. We would’ve given BN a run for their money.”

Zairil, who was in charge of several DAP seats in Sarawak, including Mambong, told FMT that the Opposition, by going into the state election unprepared as a coalition, had undermined its own credibility.

This had resulted in, among others, a low voter turnout on polling day.

“It (the feud among Opposition’s component parties) has obviously created mistrust among the voters and this has essentially pushed the people from even coming out to vote.

“This was what happened in Mambong. (There was) a much higher turnout in Bidayuh areas compared to the Chinese, simply because they felt we didn’t have our act together.

“And it’s also the same among the Dayaks.”

The Opposition had suffered a great loss this time around, having won only 10 out of the 81 seats they contested.

Unresolved and public feuds over seat allocations had also resulted in DAP and PKR going head to head with each other in six areas. As a result, the pact’s strongest component party, DAP, lost five of its strong Chinese-majority seats to BN.

“The Opposition as a whole is being punished for our lack of solidarity, of failing to put up a united front. This is obviously a blow back from that.

“We have to get our act together within these two years or else the same thing will happen during the next general election. And we’ll have the same results,” said Zairil.

The only way both DAP and PKR can do this, explained the Bukit Bendera lawmaker, was to sit down and iron out their differences.

“At some point, compromises have to be made if we want to regain the trust of the people and that’s very important.

“It would require kissing and making up, putting the interests of the people before ours.

“Because that’s what has happened. The people feel betrayed.”

‘Pua’s insinuation BN won by money politics disgraceful’

‘Pua’s insinuation BN won by money politics disgraceful’PETALING JAYA: If Lim Kit Siang can admit that the defeat DAP suffered in the Sarawak election was due to its squabble with PKR over seats, then Tony Pua should be able to do the same.

MCA spokesperson Ti Lian Ker labelled Pua’s insinuation that Barisan Nasional retained Sarawak by practising money politics as “disgraceful and cowardly.”

He said Pua should respect the democratic will of Sarawakians who want nothing but continued progress under the leadership of Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

Ti also said BN’s win had reaffirmed that the people were fed up with politics based on rhetoric, hate and baseless allegations as well as the Opposition’s failure of formulating beneficial policies.

“Pua’s desperation in reviving the party’s dignity by blaming BN for ‘buying votes’ from Sarawakians is misleading and unjustified,” the former assemblyman said in a statement.

He was commenting on the DAP publicity chief’s post on Facebook implying that the DAP did not hand out cash.

Pua also claimed that people were sufficiently happy with the few apparent concessions Adenan gave and were “more than happy” to overlook the continued corruption in the BN regime and the implications on the people via higher taxes.

Ti however said Pua should realise that DAP’s “Impian Sarawak” did not resonate well with the people on the ground as the manifesto offered nothing worthy except for malicious claims about BN’s alleged monetary handouts in exchange for votes.

This, he said, implied that Sarawakians were naive and needed to be taught their democratic rights as Malaysian citizens.

“DAP should realise that such rhetorical approaches no longer inspire the people. The 11th Sarawak state election results say it all.”

He said DAP should just accept defeat and move on instead of trying to smear BN’s image and gain sympathy from the people.

 

Oil royalty and self-determination

Oil royalty and self-determination

Sarawak has never made a secret of its wish for an increase in its oil royalty. The continued denial of the state’s rightful wealth may not be of primary concern to the average Sarawakian, but that does not mean he’s not aware of it. Indeed, some quarters see Putrajaya’s refusal to give the state its due as indicative of its unconcern for justice.

Despite Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s calls for increased payments and the mainstream media’s constant trumpeting of how well he and the Prime Minister work together, Najib has decided that there’ll be no change in the annual amount paid to Sarawak for its oil and gas. Speaking in Kuching on Wednesday and citing the drop in oil prices over the last year, he said this was the wrong time to consider increasing the royalty for Sarawak. “The government’s revenue is at a critical level,” a news report quoted him as saying.

As Putrajaya have brayed for some time now, the shortfall caused by the rapid drop in oil prices was being made up with GST collection. In other words, the government is dipping into our pockets to pay itself, which sounds truly mind-boggling, especially when you realise that the Nordic democratic socialist utopias are built on oil money.

The Nordic countries are showing what smart investment of oil money can achieve. Some are even toying with the idea of a citizen’s income – a regular “salary” paid out by the government to the people from profits made using national assets.

But let’s get back to Malaysian realities. Yes, we are missing a huge chunk of national revenue from oil. And yes, the country as a whole is bigger than an individual state.

But let’s look at this another way. If Najib wants to score political points, there’s no better time than this to prove that he is sincere when he says he truly cares about how Sarawakians feel. Sacrifice, after all, is the ultimate test of sincerity.

He missed the point when he spoke about the billions allocated to the state. He failed to remember the independent streak of Sarawakians. Allocations are fine, but they care more about whether they are given the right to determine the fate of their state themselves. Giving them their due in oil royalty will be symbolic of the recognition of that right.

Sarawak does deserve equity for its contribution to the nation’s coffers, and perhaps this is the only time to really go for it.

Adenan sworn in as Chief Minister

Adenan sworn in as Chief Minister

KUCHING: Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman Adenan Satem was sworn in tonight as Chief Minister after the BN returned to power for a 11th straight term.

The PBB President took his oath of office before the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak Abdul Taib Mahmud at Astana Negeri here tonight.

BN won 72 of the 82 seats in the state election which ended today.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and leaders of the Sarawak BN parties.

This is the first time Adenan led BN into a state election. He took over as Chief Minister of Sarawak on March 1, 2014.

Adenan defended his Tanjong Datu state seat for the 10th term after defeating Jazolkipli Numan of PKR with a 5,892 vote majority.

Bernama

Xavier: Lack of unity caused DAP to lose five seats

Xavier: Lack of unity caused DAP to lose five seats

PETALING JAYA: A lack of unity caused the DAP to lose five incumbent seats in today’s Sarawak Election, PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar said.

In a statement, Xavier said the lack of unity could have also contributed to PKR losing several winnable seats.

The Seri Andalas assemblyman said this was evidence that Sarawak voters disapproved of head-to-head contests among the Opposition coalition partners.

He said it was unfortunate that the situation in the Opposition camp had come to this, and stressed that coalition politics required parties to work together to get the best results.

Xavier also said he regretted the “blame game” coming from the DAP camp hours after the results were announced, and called for an immediate stop to this.

“If all the facts are laid on the table, it will be clearly seen that DAP had also lost their deposits in some seats, and they came behind PKR in three of the disputed seats, namely Mulu, Murum and Simanggang.”

Moving forward, Xavier said the election results should serve as a lesson for both parties and that Pakatan Harapan must start preparing for the next general election as a united coalition for the benefit of the people of Sarawak and Malaysia as whole.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Sarawakians for their support and for maintaining their faith in our three incumbent assemblymen by returning them in their constituencies.”

In today’s Sarawak polls, BN romped to a landslide victory, winning 72 of the 82 seats. PKR maintained status quo, retaining the three seats it won in the last election, while DAP, lost ground in the state, losing five of the 12 seats it won in 2011.

PKR had contested in 40 seats while DAP contested in 31 seats.

Three reasons for BN’s landslide victory

Three reasons for BN’s landslide victory

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional romped to a landslide victory in today’s Sarawak election and this can be attributed to three main factors, political analyst Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said.

Mustafa told FMT that the three main factors were Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s popularity, regaining the confidence of the Chinese community and the weakness of the Opposition with their infighting and wrong strategy.

On Adenan’s popularity, Mustafa said the PBB President had made his mark since taking over the reins as chief minister on March 1, 2014, thus showing he was his own man.

“People have almost forgotten the previous administration (under former CM Abdul Taib Mahmud) which had courted much criticism and raised various concerns.

“Adenan has been championing the rights of Sarawak and its people, so much so that he has made the Opposition redundant,” he said, adding the CM’s firm stance on various issues and even against Putrajaya resulted in him being seen as a leader the people could trust.

Mustafa also attributed BN’s sweeping victory to Adenan resolving most of the issues between the SUPP and UPP.

Mustafa, who is Head of the Political, Security and International Affairs Council with the National Council of Professors, said Adenan’s handling of the matter had instilled confidence within the Chinese community. As a result, BN were able to win some of the Chinese-majority seats which DAP were touted to win.

The final factor, Mustafa said, was the infighting between Pakatan Harapan allies, DAP and PKR, as well as the incorrect strategy of focusing on national issues.

He said national issues like 1MDB were complicated, even to an urban audience.

“Furthermore, the concerns of Sarawakians, even those in urban areas are different. In Sarawak, the politics of development is crucial.”

Mustafa said Adenan had convinced the people with his 50 initiatives and actions, which were tangible, and this was what the people wanted. The Opposition, he added, had tried to convince people on matters that were subjective.

He said the Opposition should have focused their campaign on tangible ideas for Sarawak rather than to play up national matters.

The BN retained control of the state after today’s polls, winning 72 of the 82 seats. DAP and PKR won seven and three seats, respectively. This was compared with the 12 seats DAP won in the last state polls. PKR won three seats in 2011 too.