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The Lone Voice of Genuine Reform.

January 29, 2010

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Member of PAS Central Working Committee.

To paraphrase Warren Bennis, leadership is like beauty, it’s hard to define but you know when you face one. I’ve little qualm to admit that the kelantan prince, Tengku Razaleigh or widely known as Ku Li, has it and is certainly one.

I have always thought that my few but close encounters, particularly of late, in the parliament with him allow me to say this with some degree of accuracy. Admittedly, being mortals all of us have our ups and downs, our idiosyncrasies, our shortcomings, whatever, but I still thought of him as being special in more ways than one.

Today, I stand vindicated. Given the dearth of leaders in Umno/BN, nay the entire nation, Ku Li really stood tall and made a huge mockery of the empty rhetoric of the 1- Malaysia of his party’s President. Ku Li once said ‘Empty rhetoric breeds contempt and distrust’. I couldn’t agree more?

Incidentally both PAS and PKR (and as well DAP) must equally take heed of this reminder as their dispensing of justice of late, in their own backyard are a far cry from the rhetoric of ‘Justice for All’. It surely leaves a very bad aftertaste to say of the least. I’m unable to amplify for the time being, but Khalid’s case seems quite unpalatable to many a well-wisher of Justice. That I must have the courage to say it squarely to all, without fear or favour again.

At a time when the nation faces seemingly unending crises, there’s a lone voice from the backwoods of the rotten-to-the-core-Umno/BN government, who now stood for everything against the whims and fancies of his party. Perhaps like many humiliated and distressed souls of the nation, (this writer included), he now deems it ‘Enuf is Enuf”.

Lest you think that I’m copious with my accolades for him just because he stands for the oil royalty of the PAS-led Kelantan state government and the Kelantanese people, you are wrong again. It wouldn’t have meant much, nothing spectacular, as that’s almost plain vanilla.

But he now stands to not only fight for the right of kelantan. He now stands to correct the abuses by the federal government in the way they allocate money and grants to the different states, including Sabah and Sarawak. And should I say the entire federation. The practise of federalism by the Umno/BN is a complete sham and in fact its exact anti-thesis. It is authoritarian democracy at its best. The Umno/BN’s government is about to destroy any semblance of a functional federalism. That is extremely dreadful and heinous.

He depicts and betrays his true statesmanship by confirming the offer to lead the parliamentary caucus on oil right. But best of it all, he now said that the oil caucus is not just about oil. It is to re-examine the relationship between the states and the federal government. “Let us re-examine the agreement in 1948” he quipped. 

Are we seeing a star in the gloomy night sky of Malaysia? As the saying goes, only when it is dark, do you see the star. 

The deepening of the various racial and religious fault-lines of the Malaysian political landscape is scary to say of the least. The systemic rot of critical institutions of the state seems unabated. The economy is not out of the wood as yet, while corruption is as malignant as before.

Given these bleak political backdrop, the reform voice of Ku Li is surely most welcomed by the fraternity of the Pakatan Rakyat and most assuring and consoling to the citizenry as a whole.

He may now be the target of retribution and hatred from his own party. The entire wrath of his party’s may descend on him. Najib is now weighing his options. This will be truly the test for Ku Li as a leader ie to walk the extra mile. We believe Ku Li has it – to be the lone voice of genuine reform from a party that has gone way past 6.30 pm!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. dila permalink
    January 29, 2010 7:12 pm

    keputusan majlis disiplin pas ini SAMALAH dengan keputusan hakim heks agustin paul yg menjatuhkan hukuman salah kepada anwar bila SELURUH DUNIA tahu anwar dianinyaya, cuma kali ni Khalid samad pulak yang jadi mangsa!!!

    tujuan mersyuarat khas yg nik aziz anjurkan adalah untuk menghukum Hasan ali, mustafa & nasarudin – the 3 stooges of UG movement in PAS. tup…tup.. khalid samad pulak yang kena hukum!!! GILA APA????!!!!

    tahap bangang gila babi!!!!!

    macammana pas nak menegakkan keadilan di malaysia ini bila diapun tidak boleh berlaku adil kpd ahlinya sendiri????


  2. Osama permalink
    January 30, 2010 3:22 am

    If Ku Li, decides to make his move to the PR, whenever he finds and reads the situation correctly, there will be a new Federal Government come the next GE. PR needs to accomodate this man in their quest for Putrajaya!

    In order to make this possible, it calls for unity and sacrifices of all in PR. Ku Li still has tremendous support amongst Malaysians. This should never be ruled out. Ku Li must be given the unenviable task to lead PR. There will be a lot of noises especially from those who were ex UMNO stalwarts now rekindling their sinking political fortunes in PKR. Let them go, this is a national cause that Malaysians are fighting for. We have no time and place for selfish politicians, and you can find plenty, especially those ex UMNO’s now in PKR. Sacrificed them, we vote in a new breed of clean politicians, with academic qualifications, of course. We do not want warlords like, Zulkifli, Zahrain, Wee Choo Keong and the likes. To lump Wee Choo Keong here is to give him some dignity, as he has none, practically he is a political has been, until PKR gave him a new lease of life. Once PKR dumped him he can go back to his now defunct MDP, the mosquito party that is not even able to sting. PR decides and Malaysians will carry out the task. The ball is squarely on PR’s court.

    • Azleen Yang Cantik Lagi Pandai permalink
      February 4, 2010 6:47 am

      I disagree with you. Tengku Razaleigh may be able to help us take Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya, but he cannot be hoped upon to change the system we are in for a more equitable Malaysia.

      Read here to understand why Ku Li cannot change the system.

      • admin permalink*
        February 4, 2010 7:19 am

        U shld have known that I’m an Islamist democrat. I not only respect but as well celebrate dissent. I may disagree with you, but I will defend ur right to say and advocate it my sister. While you may hold ur ground, there are others out there, who may differ with you and I’m one.
        I see the goodness in men (and women) and leverage on their strength for the nation. As to their weakesses and frailties, we all have ours too. Hopefully it’s manageable enuf as not to cause undue stress on the system. Trust in the system to have its own inbuild check and balance. That’s what i like about democracy and the fundamental pillar of it all is ‘ check and balance’ as enshrined in the Holy Quran Chapter Pilgrimage verse: 44. pleased to engage on a discourse on this openly.

  3. Republican Man permalink
    January 30, 2010 4:03 am

    YB Zul,

    With the people like you, Khalid and few others guys in PAS, it really strike my heart, that PAS had change for the most of it from the past of being a hard core Islamic Party into a moderate and accommodating home. I wish this will last till a time indefinite and that you will be winning my vote in the next GE13. No more of the BN and they are for sure to be send to an oblivion of defeat. Just watch.

  4. edward permalink
    January 30, 2010 4:44 am


    We Malaysians can take pride that there are still politicians like you, Ku Li, Lim Kit Siang and many more who walk the talk.

    Soldier on ad syabas!

  5. sputjam permalink
    January 30, 2010 5:47 am

    Dear bro Zul,

    It was Ku Li who penned the PDA and signed the mineral rights of states to the federal government.
    We must ask, what was the intention? to allow federal government to control the mineral wealth from the states? And to put all that wealth under the control of the PM?
    The MB who signed on behalf of kelantan state government was none other that Dato Mohamed Nasir, an UMNO lackey from berjasa.
    But i was surprise there was no objections from sabah and sarawak pertaining to the pda.

  6. admin permalink*
    January 30, 2010 8:19 am

    Hi Sputjam,
    The ‘Vesting Deeds’ per se isn’t the problem as you have to have a way of managing this federation. There’re things in the federal list and those that are in the state list. Land being in the state list, much as water is. So the ‘vesting deeds’ is mutually rewarding and is a reciprocal relationship. That in itself isn’t the issue, though the quantum of 5% is debatable.
    The contention is about honouring it and to uphold the ‘sanctity of contract’. I guess it’s a waste of time to make these bigots understand!

  7. Mahadzir permalink
    January 31, 2010 5:53 am

    Dr. Dzul,

    Thank you for that. You must also read this:


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