Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Brunei adopts 'phase one' of Islamic law.

The sultan of Brunei has announced a controversial new penal code based on Islamic criminal punishments criticised by UN human rights officials.
"Today... I place my faith in and am grateful to God the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, will see the enforcement of sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases," Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said.
Islamic law penalties would be introduced over time and would eventually include flogging, amputation and death by stoning for various crimes.
Many members of the Muslim ethnic Malay majority have voiced cautious support for the changes. However, non-Muslim citizens led a rare burst of criticism on social media earlier this year, but largely went silent after the sultan called for a halt.
"Theory states that God's law is harsh and unfair, but God himself has said that his law is indeed fair," the sultan said.
The UN's human rights office recently said it was "deeply concerned", adding that penalties such as stoning were classified under international law as "torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment".
Brunei officials have said such cases would require an extremely high burden of proof and judges would have wide discretion to avoid such punishments.
The sultan has warned of pernicious foreign influences such as the internet, and indicated he intends to place more emphasis on Islam.
Nearly 70 percent of Brunei's 400,000 people are Muslim Malays while about 15 percent are non-Muslim ethnic Chinese.

Brunei and its Islamic law.

I do not know...Im oblivious.
I must admit Im ignorant of the real basis of Islamic law.

If in Islamic term I shall be called a 'jahil' person, derived from arabic word 'jahiliah'.
No doubt. I am.
I know as a Muslim country, one should implement Islamic law or hudud.

Unlike Malaysia, although it is internationally known as Islamic country due to the majority of the population with Islamic faith (pardon me if Im wrong here), there is no Islamic law implemented.
We have Syariah law for the Muslims. And the Civil court.
It is complicated maybe because Malaysia consist of three major race with three major religions.
Islam, Buddist, Hindu. The country also recognised Christianity because most Chinese and not as many Indians are Christians.
And there are cases where Muslims converts who are divorced from their Muslim by birth spouses have problems with the rights of taking care of their child.
I pitied those poor kids.

The Kelantan, the east coastal state of the peninsula, during the leadership of the Nik Aziz Nik Mat the intentions was there to implement Islamic law but they pulled the idea away perhaps due loads of reason.
Particularly economic, I guess.
What else.

No one will want to invest in the state if Islamic law with restrictions so harsh, I felt Allah almighty is so not fair having to have this Islamic law enacted accordingly.
But the again, it must be men or those clergy (whom are men, obviously) made it so complicated to suits the men better then the weaker gender.
They made it to be pro men, and always to the benefits of men...although after learning deeper, the men were actually suppose to assist and help the women. Not taking advantage of and not be held back from doing what they are capable of and especially not banning them from driving a car.

But Brunei and Islamic law?...
A friend casually commented saying that the Sultan had enough of the world and now it is time to go back to the reality and not wanting to be questions in the hereafter of what he did and not.
I thought so too...

But, the Bruneian royals and their extravagant lifestyles and womanising -- I wonder how the Sultan's brothers and cousins will take this new law.

Shall it be no more imports of famous SYT to entertain them no more?

Que sera sera....

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

1 down and 3 to go!!

Okay, I know this is not a laughable matter.
I mean we shouldn't  laugh when someone dies or at others' misery.
We should be sad.
Or at least show some compassion or pretend to be sad. 

But not in this case.
This is out of norm.
And this is Karpal Singh.

I must have been waiting to hear some good news lately that when I heard about this person's demise from my significant other, automatically the words 'Alhamdulillah" came out of my mouth...and I laughed.

The families and friends and supporters must be crying their eyes out and mourning for the lost of this so-called 'fighter'.

Well, a fighter he is not.
A stirrer he was. 
And a person who once stated that he will stripped Malaysia off the Muslim sovereignty and that he and his jingbangs will make sure the special Bumiputera status be ripped and made equal to all Ah Peks and Kuppusamy.
And no, don't get me wrong. 
Im not racist.
But what stipulated in the beginning of the establishment of the country and the privileges should remain.
Again, don't let us go to who and who fight for the independence of this country. Period.

There's another interesting news.
This is from his partner in crime -- Anwar Ibrahim.
I find this rather comedic because at the end of the whole humdrum, we all know who is holding the spears.

The opposition leader early last week withdrawn from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) presidential race, leaving its incumbent and his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to retain the post uncontested.

She has been the party president since the establishment in 1999.

It seems that Anwar had informed the central election committee of his decision but did not state the reason for doing so, however it is understood that he did so to concentrate on his sodomy case.

My word for it ?

Jewish in the US.

All are not the on this article.

A Jewish-Jewish debate has heated up in recent years in the United States with new critical voices of Israel taking centre stage. Such healthy debate is not unique in American politics. Immigrant communities like Cubans, Irish and Armenians do the same.
But confining the US debate on Palestine and the Arab world to a mere intra-Zionist debate is counterproductive. It's narrowly defining and largely dictating the larger debate over US policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict.

It renders the Palestinians relevant only by what they mean to Israel, not for who they are or how they are related to the larger Arab or Muslim worlds.
They are judged to be moderate or extremist, enlightened or primitive, peace loving or evildoers according to their tolerance of Israel's occupation or rejection of a "Jewish state" on "their" lands.
This approach has culminated in utter US failure to conclude a successful peace process to end the conflict. A failure that could further diminish US leverage to the detriment of its policy towards the region.

But this is neither inevitable nor irreversible.

Jews by association
American Jewish association with Israel has intensified over the last few decades. Coolness towards the early labour/socialist Israel gave way to new excitement after Israel's 1967 victory against the Arabs and its occupation of all of Palestine.

Eventually, the emergence of the "special relationship" Americanised Israel and opened the floodgates of Jewish support to the new regional ally.

Unlike Jewish communities from other countries who emigrated to Israel in droves, American Jews have overwhelmingly stayed in America. Instead of migrating, they provided indispensable support, financial, political and even strategic.
To their credit - the estimated 4 million Jews, who emigrated to North America from Europe between 1860 and 1960, and their descendants have emerged as powerful and influential actors throughout the American establishment, and hence their position carried huge weight over their main issue of interest, Israel/Palestine.

This is especially the case because Palestine does not count on its own as a strategic imperative for the US and Palestinian/Arab Americans have failed to mount a counter political charm offensive.
Moreover, the Arab world has been divided and weak and in the absence of regional pressure on Washington to act responsibly and fairly, leaving Washington ever more perceptive to domestic Jewish influence.

The only two exceptions to this rule came first in 1991 when the George Bush administration insisted that Israel freeze all settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories in order to convene the international conference for peace. And in 2010, when General David Petraeus reportedly warned that the Palestinian issue was "fomenting anti-American sentiment due to the perception of US favouritism towards Israel".

But even that concern was soon pushed aside when Washington appeared to be engaging in the peace process once again.
Unfortunately, American Zionism has remained largely antiquated despite Israel's own historians' demystification of the traditional Zionist narrative by chronicling early Zionists' war crimes and revealing their covert plans to take over Palestine. The American Zionists continue to hold onto myths and mythologies about the "miracle" of Israel, a city on a hill.

Jewish polarisation.
The US turn to the left and Israel's further turn to the right after the 2008 elections, have polarised the organised American Jewish elites and put pressure on moderate Jewish voices to be openly critical of Israel and distance themselves from the extremist policies of the Netanyahu government.

The new split has reinvigorated the political debate between these Jewish moderates who demand that Israel end its occupation and its illegal settlement construction in order to allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the radicals, who demand that the Palestinians embrace Israel as a "Jewish state" and relinquish their rights over Jerusalem and Palestinian right of return, even before a final negotiated settlement is reached.

While on the face of it, the moderates' position is a big step forward on the road of recognising Palestinians' rights in Palestine, it stems primarily from having Israel’s best interest in mind. Not Palestine's.

They see a compromise in the occupied West Bank as a necessary step to maintain the "democratic" character of the Jewish state and ensure continued US support for an Israel ever more isolated in the region and in the world.

But they don't recognise the importance of admitting Israel’s historic injustices or compensating the Palestinians for more than six decades of dispossession and more than four decades of occupation.

In other words, while the moderates attempt at saving Israel from itself and unburdening Judaism from the ills of occupation and apartheid is commendable, it falls short on addressing the Palestinians as victims of Israel's aggression.

Jews by disassociation.
Make no mistake, there are also many non-Zionists as well as robust post-Zionist and anti-Zionist activists among American Jews.
If Palestine's worst opponents in the US are Jewish, so are Palestine's most vocal and dedicated supporters.

This is especially admirable because supporting Israel is praised, celebrated and even rewarded (including tax breaks) in the US, while supporting the cause of Palestine can be terribly taxing for a Jewish American.

Among the staunchest Palestine defenders are a minority of anti-Zionist ultra orthodox religious Jews who see Israel as anathema to Jewish teachings.
But it's the secularist Jews who don't necessarily identify themselves as Jewish per se, that have adopted the most uncompromising and moral position on Palestinian rights.
Agree with them or not, these courageous "universalists" identify with the Palestinians as victims of dispossession and oppression, unconditionally. They see the cause of Palestine as an extension of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and war.

Their compass is truly universal and their prism is ethical not ethnic.
But they remain a minority on the margins of the US establishment and outside the influential Jewish organisations.

Palestine, the test for the US.

President Barack Obama might lean towards the moderate Zionist J Street lobby, but the US government, including Congress, continues, rather expediently, to follow in the footsteps of the extremist pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.

And so the US foreign policy establishment continues to swing between moderate and radical Zionism instead of fairly mediating between Palestinians and Israelis.
The result is an utter failure of two decades of peace process and a diminished US credibility in the Middle East.
Soon after failure of the Camp David negotiations in 2000, I remember reading that Palestinians, like other Arabs before them, felt that the US delegation was divided between Labourites and Likudniks, in reference to Israel's own centrist and rightist political parties.

Indeed, one keen observer went as far as noting that while the US delegations mediating the first Camp David summit between Israel and Egypt were all Christians with the exception of then US Ambassador to Israel, the later Camp David Summit with the Palestinians in 2000 featured a US delegation that was compromised of only Jewish friends of Israel with the exception of President Bill Clinton.

I personally don't know and don't look for who's a Jew and who isn't. Nor do I judge people by their religion. But the dominant presence of staunch supporters of Israel in the US establishment, Jewish or otherwise, is certainly a cause of concern. Does the name Martin Indyk ring a bell? Like his predecessor Dennis Ross, this close ally of Israel is spearheading the US day-to-day negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

The US government can't pretend to be a fair broker when, according to one of its former Zionist delegates, it acts as "Israel's lawyer". That's not a question of ethnicity or religion, but one of sound political judgement.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Malaysia Airlines has no funds absorbing increasing costs.

An article which I reckoned local media would not want to touch much after what happened recently.

A good overview and as someone who wants to know not just what happened to the still missing jetliner MH370, I want to know how far more Malaysia Airlines will go with the red;... and when with changing CEOs will not help much, this GLC will find the light at the end of the tunnel bleak....

Continuing to receive bailouts also will not help forever....

The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has cast an additional cloud over the country's already struggling national airline. The carrier may have to turn to the government for relief once more, but indulging the company with public money will not likely solve the problems it has been facing for more than 10 years.

Flight 370, which went missing over the South China Sea on March 8, is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. Even more damaging to the carrier's reputation than potential safety issues is its slow and often mishandled investigation into the matter, including unsympathetic treatment of grieving family members. The incident may deal a near-fatal blow to a management that has been heavily reliant on public money.

Unexpected costs.
Hostility toward the company and the Malaysian government is especially strong in China. Out of 239 passengers and crew on the missing flight, 153 were Chinese. On March 26, China Youth Travel Service, a leading travel agent in China, announced that it would suspend bookings with the airline and refund the full fares of those who have already made reservations.

If the problem persists, it may hurt not only the carrier's ticket sales for international flights but Malaysia's tourism industry as a whole. In 2013, nearly 10% of tourists to the country were Chinese.

The airline also carries the long-term risk of having to pay damages to the families of the missing passengers. Local papers estimate that compensation could total $110 million. However, the amount is subject to change, because the cause of the incident has yet to be determined. Damages may increase if any major negligence on the part of the airline is found.

The biggest problem is that the company has no funds to absorb the increased costs.

In the fiscal year through December 2013, it posted a net loss of 1.17 billion ringgit ($356 million), although passenger numbers increased by almost 30% and sales grew by around 10% from the previous year. According to a source close to the airline, the loss is largely attributable to discount marketing that did not take costs into account.

 With its operating cash flow in the red for three straight years, the company has little chance of earning a profit from its mainline airline operation.

Despite efforts to improve its financial standing through injection or reduction of equity, its capital ratio at the end of 2013 stood at 28%, far below the safe threshold of 40%.
The airline has recorded losses since the Asian currency crisis in 1997, and the company has been trying to restructure its operations for the last 15 years through a continuous pumping in of government money in the form of capital injection and low-interest loans.

 CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya previously said that the company aimed to generate a profit by fiscal 2014, but the market is largely of the opinion that the disappearance of Flight 370 has erased this hope.

Fundamental hurdles
There are two underlying factors squeezing the company: increasingly tough competition with budget carriers and the difficulty of streamlining a state-owned company.

Malaysia-based AirAsia was founded in 2001 and has almost doubled its sales in the last five years. Its success is down to its ability to offer ultracheap fares, about half what Malaysia Airlines charges. AirAsia has also lured domestic passengers from its state-run rival by increasing the number of flights between local cities.

 As for cost-consciousness, the national airline has not streamlined its payroll in recent years, retaining around 20,000 employees. Its largest shareholder is Khazanah Nasional, a government investment fund. Employees of state-owned enterprises are valuable voters for the ruling party, which is increasingly losing support. The government must also listen to the voice of labor unions.

Malaysia Airlines received a capital injection from AirAsia in the summer of 2011 and tried to apply its rival's low-cost know-how to its own operations. However, it had to scrap the capital alliance due to protests from labor unions in May 2012.

In 2013, Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Malaysian prime minister, suggested that the company reduce costs through privatization, but labor unions opposed the suggestion, forcing current Prime Minister Najib Razak to reject the proposal. There are now calls for the company to streamline its low-profit domestic routes.

A Malaysian government official said the country will ultimately have to rescue the airline, because the company has few assets that it can sell off and there is no prospect of a bailout through merging with another airline. In 2022, it is scheduled to redeem corporate bonds of $460 million, but is unlikely to be able to do so. Another capital injection from the government seems to be the only viable option for the airline operator.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Malaysian company will manage Doha new airport.

Qatar Airways A7-BCL aircraft at London - Heathrow
With the summer heat setting in this little country, the rush to book tickets going home to celebrate the Ramadhan and Eid is up on the chart for most of us expats here.

Celebrating the holy month and the Eid Fitr would not be the same without parents and families members. The feel just not there, happy celebrating it with their new found 'family members' and friends.
The other reason must be because they might superficially felt having perform their fourth pillar of Islam in the heat Arabian countries would bring them closer to god. Oh well....

Anyway, travelling inbound and outbound of Doha airport is something that I look forward to, and basically despised it.
Ever since the news of the launching of it's new international airport made known in 2012, I have been eager to not have a 'no pop in and out of bus' and that draggy climbing the steps up to the cabin.
I have on several occasions travelled while carrying seventh months tums, or with an infant and a small  child avec huge carry-ons with milk and those baby essentials, in the same time trying to make sure my child climb the steps properly -- this is not an easy task.
I hated it every time.

This however not including the pushing and squeezing of those less civilised people from some African continent and Indian for the bus although being asked by the usherer to line up -- men and women alike.
They're like a hoard of goat squeezing themselves thru the door pushing kids and others less 'adventurous' aside. It is a joke and I wonder whether they know the seats are all already calculated and none will sit on the floor or ride on the wings!..
Gosh.. I can carry on about their behaviour forever.

I have had travelled thru Doha airport in 2000, and believe me, the crowds then were ten folds compare to now. The country wan't known, and the airport was very small although the bus to bring us to the plane is still there.

With the expected launching being postponed many time, which is not surprising in this country, it was made known that other airlines shall 'officiates' the runaways and gradually Qatar Airways will start using it. Im not sure why though. Might be their way of letting the rat run it first..duuhhh..

Anyway, there is a piece of good news as the airport will be run by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) thru their subsidiary which won a $25.89m contract mid last year.
Although the contract is for three years, they might be able to run it another three more years with an extension worth $27.98m.

Although second targeted opening in December 2013 didn't materialised yet agin after the failed one in December 2012 -- all in all this would be good for MAHB after its recent abrupt termination at the Maldives’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

Hoping to once again not hopping in and out of bus this year....

Friday, 4 April 2014

Toddlers & Tiara -- Robbing & sexually exploiting a child.

I came across this series called Toddlers and Tiaras and was immediately felt repelled -- well if that word is not too much to describe my feelings watching small girls being made up like little dolls with overly done hair, thick make-ups and to the extend wearing fake denture, or whatever you call it to hide their teeny weeny little teeth.

Some of them do looked like alive Barbie the only difference is they're bigger and they moves, talk, dance and do all stuff including strutting the cat walk in their tiny bikinis. And if it is not too much (again) for me to say some do look a bit like Chucky's girlfriend, Tiffany.

Nope, I do not think Im being mean, but I cannot help the feeling of utterly riled watching mothers pushing their kids to do stuff that beauty peagent does.
Probably they love donning their toddlers in overdone gowns, paint their baby skin with makeups and gluing fake lashes and hair extensions...owh, I pitied them. Having to go through this sort of mental strained from such a tender age.

Personally, I'd call it child mental abuse. It's horrible and it's an obvious 'child pornography on a milder scale'.
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In one report I found, after succumbing to curiosity of wanting to know more about this programme, it is said that there are concerns about whether the viewers were feeding the stage mothers' as they call it -- a desire for attention, or about the insensitivity in taping and televising children in the middle of a meltdown or temper tantrum.

And some concerns group said that if the thought that child beauty pageants are just a chance for little girls to play dress-up, or a training ground for superficial, self-centered princesses in the making, everyone should agree that sexualising a 3-year-old little girl is wrong.

TLC, the channel responsible in airing this programme has once released footage of a 3-year-old contestant dressed as the prostitute played by Julia Roberts in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman."

The channel known to many as The Learning Channel aired via OSN here in this region was forced to pull  its Facebook page because of the deluge of negative comments over an episode that featured a little girl dressed up to look like Dolly Parton, complete with padded bust and buttocks.
They managed to engendered outrage among millions of people who are tired of seeing children exploited and halting at nothing to make good buck.

We have been fed with all sort of reality shows. From singing, to outwitting each another or up to sharing almost every moment of day to day life such as Kim Kardashians; where cameras will follow her till the toilet bowl -- to me it is all televisions companies effort to gain publicity and rating and making money out of these attention seeking 'celebrities'.

In the case of this Toddlers and Tiaras, perhaps the parents involved are enjoying those celebrity-like lifestyles. And that those viewers who are nonchalant about these programme assume those sexual content and innuendo in the programming will go over their child's head.
Maybe they think it is cute to dress their child in sexy clothes or encourage her to imitate sexy foxy singers dance moves so they can post it on YouTube.
The fact is they are encouraging and teaching their child what sort of behaviour will get them noticed.
I dread to think of the toddlers' teenage life and and how they perceive the world later.

As stated by one concerned writer --

"A decade ago, parents worried about their teen daughters coming home from the mall with hip-riders. Now parents have to combat marketing forces that are telling their third-graders they need to have a padded push-up bikini top, or their second-graders that they need to have shoes that promote fitness, but are the same shoes sold to adults to tone and shape buttocks and thighs.
In February 2007, the American Psychological Association released a report on the sexualization of girls that found that girls' exposure to hypersexualized media content can negatively impacts their cognitive and emotional development; is strongly associated with eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression; leads to fewer girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and causes diminished sexual health.

A"no comment" response to CNN's questions from TLC are not only complicit in the act of sexualising toddlers, they are unwilling to own up to their role in encouraging this kind of behaviour.
Parents across the country and those where the programme are aired should not allow their young children watch this programme at all.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Abu Sayyaf + Chinese + Malaysia = What a great PR!

Suspected Filipino rebels seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a resort in eastern Malaysia, then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials have said. 
Six men armed with pistols raided the Singamata Reef Resort on Wednesday night, according to local media reports. The Chinese tourist was said to be a woman from Shanghai in her late 20s, while the receptionist was a 40-year-old Philippine national.
The Singamata is a mid-range resort popular with Chinese tourists in the Semporna district of the on Borneo island. It has cottages on stilt over the water.
The attackers were believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf, a Filipino rebel group that has been implicated in seaborne kidnappings for ransom in the region before, a Philippine intelligence official told the Associated Press. 
A spokesperson for the Philippines government told Al Jazeera that that it was not yet known whether the abducted had been brought to the southern Philippines.
Al Jazeera's Jamela Elindogan, reporting from the Philippines, said that the Philippine mililtary based told her that the way the abduction had been conducted, was similar to Abu Sayyaf's previous kidnappings.
The abductions underscore the persistent security threats in Borneo's Sabah state, a popular tourist destination and dive spot that is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, which has long been home to Muslim rebels and criminal gangs.

Ransom kidnappings
Last November, suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters shot and killed a Taiwanese tourist and kidnapped his wife from a resort in the Semporna area. The woman was released a month later in the southern Philippines. Authorities did not say whether a ransom was paid. 
The Abu Sayyaf has tenuous historical links to international armed groups, including al-Qaeda, but a US-assisted Philippine military crackdown on the group's heartland in Sulu province in the southern Philippines has weakened it considerably in recent years. 
The group has around 300 fighters and is focused on ransom kidnappings, and are believed to be holding more than a dozen captives, including two European bird watchers who were seized from Tawi-Tawi province in 2012, according to the Associated Press. 
In 2000, Abu Sayyaf gunmen crossed the porous maritime border with Malaysia in speedboats and snatched 21 European and Middle Eastern tourists, and Malaysian and Filipino workers from Malaysia's Sipadan diving resort and brought them to the southern Philippines, where the captives were released in exchange for ransom. 
Malaysian authorities, worried that the kidnappings have tarnished the country's image as a tourist destination, have beefed up security and patrols along the sea border.


The more Chinese wouldn't want to step foot in anything related to Malaysia...
I wonder weather the tourism industry will be affected tremendously after the missing plane and this...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Hishammuddin Hussein -- Blessing in disguise.

The saying blessing in disguise bring lots of meaning.
To me it is more of having to accept whatever problems or calamity in life open heartedly and look at things from a different perspective.
More like finding the best of the situation, even it is not.
It is positive thinking, although I don't believe at all what the Malays believe as 'kifarah' or God's way of cleansing your soul and sins when He gave upon you sickness and whatever situations unfavourable.
I don't think God is that cruel.

Now, this blessing in disguise does bring lots more meaning in the case of missing MH370 jetliner.
I foresee it would be big bucks blessing for the Chinese families, who will be (this what I read last) suing Malaysia Airlines for the lost of their family members.
But, lets put that aside. I will write especially on that soon.

Now, let's take a look at one of those three person standing at the MH370 media centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Datuk Seri Panglima Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein.

Those years seeing him on the telly, reading the newspaper --  didn't quite like this guy actually.
For some unknown reason...even though he is believed by some to be the next in line as Malaysia's prime minister, I still at one time feels that there must be someone else suitable for the post, although honestly I don't see anyone suitable to represent the country and in the same time intelligent enough to brave the ever so demanding job.

Yup, no doubt among all the ministers, he has been quite prominent, and has the limelight for quite sometime already.
He is smart looking all the time in his tailored suits, not sloppy like some minister(s) and has the charismatic value in him.
But I found him to having some sort of speech problems.
Not that he stammers, no.
Somehow, I found him at times to having that little bit of problems getting his words out clearly especially when he speaks rather quickly answering question whatnots.
The clarity.
Okay, frankly, he's like having a shorter tongue.
Not that I believe and seen so, but this is how people having similar problems faced when they talk in a quick manner. Nah.
And hat I think it would not be quite presentable to be put as the leader of one nation.

But as they always say's blessing in disguise.
And he managed to strikes that 'blessing' behind the whole situation.
Following almost all the press conference and getting used watching that three faces in front there answering smart, ridiculous, or some time out of context questions -- Hishamussin today is a different Hishamuddin.
I have noticed the way he speaks and answering questions are more composed, both his body language and verbal expression are way better and he does portray himself as a very competent person speaking on behalf of the country.
I can't imagine if it was someone else.
He even (must be advised), put on a neck tie everyday.
Nice good colour.
Not bright or too outstanding.

And, I will definitely have a thumb-up for him now.

Coming from a family with political background and extended families of who's who in Malaysia, this 52 years old Defence Minister deserves it to be there if he should be the next after Najib Razak.