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Malaysia’s Khairy Jamaluddin Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You know about the craze, you’ve seen the videos, you’ve laughed your heads off, don’t deny it. Made even more popular with the help of celebrities from across the world, some of the world’s top DJs, and even Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg, more and more people are partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ever since the craze started, over USD$15.6 million (RM49.4 million) has been collected from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge throughout the world for the research of the Lou Gehrig disease. Of course, Malaysians too have joined the icy dare!

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin took up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday after tweeting that he had been nominated by various people.


He later posted a photo of himself pouring a bucket of ice water over his own head at the National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil with a caption that simply read “Done”.


This is a very interesting letter from RPK to Khairy with love. Plse
read on…..

From: RPK to Khairy Jamaluddin, UMNO Youth Leader

Dear Khairy,

How are you? It’s been a long time since we last met and shared a
cigar. I don’t know whether you ever make it to this part of the world
but in the event you do please look me up and maybe we could shoot the
breeze and have a drink or something like that.

Smoking cigars is quite difficult here unless you do so outside
because the UK no longer allows smoking inside the pubs or bars.
However, unless we do that in summer we will find that extremely

Anyway, what I want to talk to you about is your comment yesterday
that no one should question the Bumiputera equity target. It is
strange that you should say this because back in 1976 we too said the
same. Oh, and was not 1976 the same year you were born? That means
when you first emerged from your mother’s womb and first saw the light
of day as a squealing newly-born baby we said exactly what, today, you
are saying: don’t question the Bumiputera equity target.

I was then already 26 years old and a member of the Malay Chamber of
Commerce. Later, I went on to become one of the Chamber’s central
committee members. So, back when you first emerged into this world we
were already fighting for what only today you are fighting for.

To be honest, however, we did question the Bumiputera equity target.
You can, in fact, find
my many kertas kerja(working papers) in the Malay Chamber library and
archives, unless they have all been thrown away.

Some of these kertas kerjawere also compiled and published into books.
Yes, while you were still in diapers and being breastfed (or maybe
bottle-fed) by your mother we were already cracking our heads,
pondering on how to help the Malays.

Now, when I say we did question the Bumiputera equity target, we did
not question it from the point of view of whether it should be
retained or removed. No, this would be a treacherous act because the
Malays needed our help and even the Chinese and Indians agreed so. We
questioned it from the point of view of it being 30%. “Why 30%?” we
asked. And may I remind you that we asked this question during the
time you were born.

“Who set the figure at 30%?” we wanted to know — although we suspected
your father-in-law, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, may either know the
answer or had a hand in it, seeing that he was the Secretary of the
NOC (National Operations Council) at that time (so maybe the next time
you have a family sit down you can pose this question and see what he

“Since Bumiputeras represent 60% of the country’s population why not
the equity target be fixed at 60% instead of 30%?” we argued — and no
one could enlighten us and tell us why.

Finally, they admitted that 30% appeared to be a good figure and was
sort of plucked from the top of the head. If it had been only 10% then
the Malays would have complained that it is too low while if it had
been 60% then the non-Malays would complain it is too high. So, 30%
appeared to be a good and compromising figure, which both the Malays
and non-Malays may not quarrel with.

In other words, we were told that there was no formula. No one sat
down to work out the arithmetic and the end result of that calculation
or formula revealed that 30% must be that target. It was just a
convenient figure that some thought would be acceptable to all sides
without a quarrel.

“But is 30% achievable?” we asked. Well, came the reply, it is just a
target. It is not law. It is merely an aspiration (hasrat). We will
try to work towards that figure but whether we achieve 30% or not is
not as important as we have a target to aim for so that we know where
we are heading.

Fair enough. We could accept that. So there is really no basis for it
being 30%. It is just that 10% or 60% may upset one group or the other
and that 30% is a middle-of-the-road or compromise that both sides can
agree with without a quarrel. And while there is no formula for it
being 30% or any guarantee that we can meet this 30% it at least
allows us a target to aim for. And 30% is as good as any figure to aim

Another ten years passed. And by 1986 — which by then you were ten
years old and probably in standard three — we again sat down to review
the achievement (pencapaian) of this 30% and found that the target of
30% had not been met. We were told by the then Deputy Prime Minister
that the pencapaianwas only 19% or so.

This got us worried. We remembered the new Prime Minister, Tun Dr
Mahathir Mohamad (then Datuk Seri), warning us merely four years or so
earlier that the NEP would not go on forever and that by 1990 the NEP
would end.

“We promised the Chinese and Indians that the NEP would end in 1990,”
said Dr Mahathir.

“So we have to keep our promise and end it in 1990. So the Malays had
better be ready to stand on their own feet without any government

I must admit that I too panicked. We called for a meeting of all Malay
businessmen to discuss this matter. 1990 was not that far away. If the
pencapaianis only 19% and if the NEP is going to end in 1990, what are
the Malays going to do?

As I said, you were then still only in primary school. At that age you
probably did not worry about all this and for sure would not have
panicked like we did.

We decided to hold a two-day seminar at the Shangrila Hotel in Kuala
Lumpur where we invited both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime
Minister to attend. We whacked UMNO and the government. We whacked
what we called the Umnoputeras (UMNO people who kill other
Bumiputeras). We whacked the trust agencies (such as Pernas, SEDC,
etc.) that compete with Bumiputera businesses by using unfair and
dirty tactics, and more.

I even whacked Bank Bumiputera Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) in my working
paper and called BBMB ‘Bank Buat Melayu Bankrupt’.(Tan Sri) Basir
Ismail was so angry that he cancelled my RM5.7 million banking
facilities and gave me 14 days to pay back all my outstanding balances
in full — plus I was blacklisted by the Ministry of Finance and barred
from getting any further government contracts (you can talk to Idris
Tulis about this because he and Izat Emir, etc., were two of the many
victims of BBMB).

But nothing much happened after that because the entire world was in
recession and the government could not help itself, let alone help the
Bumiputeras. In fact, even the Chinese suffered and some such as Tan
Koon Swan even went to jail.

This brought us to 1990 when the NEP was supposed to officially end.
We were devastated. The 19% figure of 1986 was still 19% by 1990. This
was mainly because of the long mid-1980s recession. So everything
stagnated. What do we do?

We then decided to hold the Third Bumiputera Economic Congress and at
the same time invite the government leaders to this congress so that
the leaders and we can jointly ponder on this matter and consider how
we could jointly solve the problems of the Malays. Of course, the
Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and entire Cabinet would be

We were then summoned by (Tun) Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, the KSN (Chief
Secretary to the Government), to attend a meeting in his office, which
we did. Ahmad Sarji told us that Dr Mahathir had agreed to attend the
congress but he insists that the government take over the organising
of the congress instead of attending it as a mere guest. Furthermore,
we were told, Dr Mahathir wants to invite the non-Malays to attend the

We protested. How can non-Malays be invited to a Malay congress? There
may be some very nasty things said during the congress and what would
the non-Malays feel if they were present and heard all this?

Never mind, Ahmad Sarji said. It is good that the non-Malays attend so
that they can hear what we say. This will give them an idea of how the
Malays feel. This will also allow the non-Malays to participate in the
debates so that they too can suggest how to assist the government in
overcoming the problem of the Malays. Anyway, said Ahmad Sarji, the
Prime Minister has made up his mind and this matter is not open for

Reluctantly we had to agree because, as you know, once Dr Mahathir has
made up his mind there is no turning back. And the congress was held
with the participation of the non-Malays and with the government as

We lamented about the 19% pencapaianof the Bumiputeras and how, now
that the NEP has ended, we will never see it touch 30%.

The Minister of International Trade and Industry, Rafidah Aziz, and
Minister of Finance, Anwar Ibrahim, even argued on stage in front of
the entire audience.

It was actually quite embarrassing to see two senior ministers arguing
on stage in front of all of us who sat there dumbfounded.

“The trouble with the Malays is that they are dayamaju(viable) but not
dayatahan(resilient),” Rafidah chided us.

“You can’t blame the government if the pancapaianis only 19% and not
30%,” screamed Rafidah.

“It is the fault of the Malays and not the government,” Rafidah said.

Rafidah then explained that the government had given many Malays
shares, permits, quotas, contracts, etc. The problem is, once the
shares go up, the Malays sell them. If the Malays had retained or kept
all the shares the government gave them, then it would be 30% instead
of 19%. In fact, it may even be more than 30%.

We had no choice but to admit defeat. Rafidah was right. In fact, I
too am guilty of exactly what Rafidah had said we Malays normally do.
So how could we dispute what she said? Many Malays sell the shares the
government gave them and secretly transfer the money overseas to buy
property all over the world.

If you include all the overseas property and cash in foreign banks
that the Malays own, and if you add this to their equity holdings,
then we could probably see the figure touch more than 30%. But then if
you ignore the overseas assets and cash of the Malays and just look at
their shares in Malaysian companies, it would appear like the Malays
own only 19% instead of 30%, or probably more.

There is hardly any successful or elite Malay who does not own
property or cash outside Malaysia. And most of these are undeclared.
So it does not reflect in the 19%. If it did then it would not be 19%
but much more. It may even be more than 30%.

Realising that most of us are guilty of doing what Rafidah said we are
doing, we decided to let the matter rest. The only way to establish
whether the Bumiputera wealth is really 19%, or 30%, or maybe even
40%, we would need to declare all our hidden assets overseas, which no
one was prepared to do.

Of course, there is one way we can solve this. And this would be
whenever shares are issued to Malays you stamp it ‘non-transferable
without government permission’. And even then if permission is granted
the shares can only be sold to another Malay and not to a non-Malay.

In other words, these shares would be ‘Malay reservation shares’ just
like how we have ‘Malay reservation land’. Therefore, just like in the
case of Malay reservation land, shares allocated to Malays can only be
sold to another Malay and to no one else.

But then the Malays do not want this. Malay reservation land is very
much lower in value compared to freehold land because only Malays can
buy Malay reservation land. If the land can be sold to non-Malays then
the land value is so much higher. And this would be the same for
‘Malay reservation shares’ that can only be sold to Malays and not to

There would also be the problem of the stock exchange listing. There
will be two sets of shares quoted on the stock exchange. The
‘freehold’ shares will be quoted at one price, which will be higher,
and the ‘Malay reservation’ shares will be quoted at another price,
which is lower.

Now, what happens when a RM1.00 share, which is ‘freehold’, is quoted
at RM10.00 per share on the stock exchange while the ‘Malay
reservation’ share is quoted at only RM0.80? The Chinese would make
millions while the Malays would lose their pants. I, for one, would
never buy a ‘Malay reservation’ share but would rather buy shares that
can be sold freely on the market at a much higher price.

The important thing, however, is that once shares are issued to Malays
they are ‘frozen’ and cannot be sold unless to another Malay. This
would ensure that the 30% target can be achieved and Malays will
forever own those shares.

But the shares will hardly be worth more than the issue price and at
times maybe even less than the issue price. But if the 30% target is
the main issue then this would address the issue although in terms of
real wealth there would not be much to shout about.

So you see, dear Khairy, at around the time you were born we already
discussed this matter at great length. And the best brains in Malaysia
at that time were not able to find a solution. We can stop questioning
the Bumiputera equity target, as what you asked us to do.

But how are we going to ensure that we reach that 30% target unless
you can find a way to stop the Malays from selling what the government
gives them and then secretly transferring the money overseas to buy
property or to save in foreign bank accounts?

And please don’t say this is not happening. It is. In fact, your own
family does it as well — as do many of my Malay friends, most of whom
you too personally know.

Dear Khairy, let me assure you that I will support any move of yours
to address this Malay problem. But, as we discussed back in 1976 when
you were first born, we need to find a solution on how to enlarge the
cake so that there is more to go around and not on how to steal other
people’s cake.

And we also need to solve the problem of how the Malays can keep the
cake and not eat it because once you eat the cake it will be gone. You
just can’t eat your cake and have it as well.

I trust your Oxford education will not go to waste and that you can
use the wisdom you have gained in Oxford to find a solution to a
problem that many of the best brains in Malaysia were not able to
solve since the day you were born back in 1976.

Yours truly

Raja Petra Kamarudin

PS. I have some Cuban cigars in stock and will wait to meet you in
London before I smoke them.

Kerajaan memang tak bertanggungjawab jika naikkkan RON95 – Khairy
Posted: Sat, 21 May 2011

“Jika kenaikan ini diteruskan, ia adalah keputusan tidak bertanggungjawab memandangkan rata-rata rakyat menggunakan RON 95.

Itu kenyataan oleh Ketua Pemuda UMNO yang tak popular iaitu Khairy Jamaluddin Menantu Pak Lah, Biarpun ada yang berkata hanya berpura-pura tapi hakikatnya nampak rasional juga kerana beliau masih tahu menggunakan akal fikiran..

Jauh bezanya dengan pencacai UMNO yang menzahirkan sokongan terhadap langkah kerajaan UMNO/BN menaikkan harga minyak tersebut.. inilah yang dikatakan sokongan membabi buta, biar diri sendiri kena mengikat perut dan hidup merempat tapi masih menyokong juga..

Kenaikan minyak bebankan rakyat

MACHANG – Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO tidak bermaksud menentang kerajaan dengan membantah kenaikan harga minyak RON 95 dan tarif elektrik.

Ketuanya, Khairy Jamaluddin berkata, Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO sentiasa menyokong kerajaan namun dalam hal ini, jika dilaksanakan, ia akan membebankan rakyat.

Menurutnya, kenaikan RON 95 dan tarif elektrik akan memberi kesan terhadap barangan lain apabila ia melibatkan rantaian nilai.

“Dalam sebarang keputusan, Pergerakan Pemuda mengalu-alukan gagasan rakyat diutamakan dan kami percaya ada mekanisme lain yang boleh digu-nakan untuk menampung subsidi dan kenaikan harga minyak terbabit.

“Jika kenaikan ini diteruskan, ia adalah keputusan tidak bertanggungjawab memandangkan rata-rata rakyat menggunakan RON 95.

“Rakyat sudah terbeban dengan kenaikan harga makanan dan sebarang kenaikan pada harga petrol dan tarif elektrik akan menyebabkan mereka terus terhimpit,” katanya selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Pergerakan Pemuda/Puteri UMNO Bahagian Machang dan Pelancaran Gelombang Merah Peringkat Parlimen Machang di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Ketua Pergerakan UMNO Baha-gian Machang, Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Datuk Yaakub; Timbalan UMNO Bahagian Machang, Ab-dul Halim Ismail; Ketua Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Machang, Datin Rahimah Mohamad; Ketua Pergerakan UMNO bahagian Machang, Eriandi Datuk Ismail dan Ketua Pergerakan Puteri UMNO Bahagian Machang, Syam-suriani Ismail.

Khairy berkata, dalam menangani masalah sumber kewangan yang dihadapi, kerajaan perlu mengubah gaya perbelanjaan dan mengamalkan sikap berjimat cermat.

Sinar Harian

‘So much for Umno’s inclusiveness’
‘It is shameful for Umno’s 60 years of existence that they are not allowing a news portal the chance to report independently.’

Lurun Hazzi: Khairy Jamaluddin, don’t spout rubbish when basic media freedoms can’t even be ensured. Who is the one indulging in cheap politics? The facts speaks for itself. You can – or you may – influence the 700 delegates who attended the Umno Youth meeting, but you can’t influence the rest of us.

Abil: So much for the so-called inclusiveness of Umnoputras. It is shameful for Umno’s 60 years of existence that they are not allowing a news portal the chance to report independently.

KJ John: This is obviously the work of little ‘idiocrats’ who do not know the what, why and how of Umno trying to renew itself vide president Najib Razak’s leadership. Let us give Khairy a chance to get us back in. Otherwise, so much for talk versus walk.

Rayfire: Anyway, why cover an event of little relevance to the general public? Umno AGMs are only concerned about Umno Malay rights and cronies’ privileges. Anything else they say is just to hoodwink the vulnerable non-Malays into believing they are the only ones who can safeguard their future.

The problem is, some still actually fall for it. So save your resources, Malaysiakini, and cover more meaningful events!

Harrisman: Another way to persecute and prevent freedom of information. Is there anything that they cannot show to the world other than their own people?

Focus: It does not matter, Malaysiakini, for in this age of information overload, there is no short supply of it. Umno is still stuck in the paradigm of past thinking. ‘Inclusiveness’, ‘media liberalisation’ and such terms are meaningless when they come from deceitful hearts.

Amaso: Come on guys, it is a trick by Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to show that Umno is democratic and open, so he promised access to Malaysiakini reporters. But the person-in-charge in the media hall is instructed to do the dirty work of barring Malaysiakini reporters. Umno actually doesn’t want Malaysiakini to cover the AGM. Ini semua wayang, lah.

Whether Malaysiakini covers the AGM or not makes no difference: it’s all talk, grand statements, slogans and in the end, delegates go home and things go back to normal. Umno won’t change because Umno culture is so deeply rooted since 1957. Had Umno listened to the people and changed, the political tsunami of March 2008 would not have happened.

Singa Pura Pura: Courage, my Malaysiakini friends, when you come face-to-face with beasts at Monsters, Incorporated. They wanted to trample you, yet did not have the dignity equal to their obesity. This is the politics of losers.

Alan Goh: Malaysiakini reporters, you are lucky because you were shown the door and not thrown out. Did anyone shout at you to ‘balik China’ or ‘balik India’? Were you called names like ‘si-mata sepet’ or ‘si-botol’.

When Umno wants non-Malay votes, they talk of things pleasant to their ears, but when confronted by Perkasa, their guts disappear and suffer from a hernia.

Cala: The episode proves that most people love to hear what they believe. But Malaysiakini chooses to report the truth – instead of placating the powerful – and in the process, is shown the door.

I remember Ong Ka Ting once said: ‘When you are in power, how can you stay humble? In every event in which you are invited, you get to sit on the stage.’

Chipmunk: This is the reason why Malaysia has plunged 10 notches to 141 in the 2010 World Press Freedom Index – the lowest in nine years – putting it firmly in the bottom quarter of 178 countries.

So now you know why Umno behaves the way they did.

Lowest press freedom ranking in nine years

Monsterball: Great to note that the Indonesian press is more free than Malaysia. They got rid of the mighty Golkar party… and see where it is now.

Lim Cheng Inn: The government has made a monkey of themselves. Even if Pakatan Rakyat is voted in to run the federal government today, the mess that the new government has to clear would be a gigantic task.

Md Imraz Muhammed Ikhbal: I just called and asked my dad to make guess on out of 178 countries in the world surveyed for press freedom, where did he think Malaysia ranks this year?

He guessed and said, “150?”

I said, “Wrong! We are not that bad. Malaysia ranks at 141.”

Whilst laughing, he retorted and asked, “What’s the difference?”

I replied, “Nine”!


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