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GE14: A letter to Tun Dr. Mahathir and all Malaysians; “Rule of law: Rule of man: Rule by man”

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Dear Tun Dr. Mahathir,

With reference to Tun’s blog: http://chedet.cc/?p=2797 RULE OF LAW2.

Please allow me to elaborate on the difference between ‘the rule of law’ and ‘the rule of man’.

Let’s start with our beloved country Malaysia, the so called democratic government is made up of three branches:

Legislature: One who enacts the law.

Executive: One who implements the law.

Judiciary: One who uphold the law.

To ensure the government is effective and all its citizen’s rights are protected, each branch has its own power and responsibility (separation of power) as stated in our Constitution.


Legislature: Legislators are members of parliament who are elected directly by voters (citizen) through the General Election which must be held every five years.


Executive: The executive lead by Prime Minister is elected by members of parliament and is mandated to form the government, appoint cabinet ministers, hand-pick head of civil servant and govern the country as he sees fit until the Parliament is dissolved.


Judiciary: Malaysia current system consists of civil/criminal law with the following hierarchy of courts begin from the Magistrate Court, Sessions Court, High court, Court of Appeal and finally the Federal Court and a parallel system of state Syariah Court. The appointment of the Chief Justices is governed by the Constitution of Malaysia so are the appointment of President of Court of appeal, the Chief Judge of Malaya, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, other Federal Court Judges, Court of Appeal Judges, High Court Judges, Sessions Court Judges and Magistrates.



Since independence and after 13 General Election, BN coalition party representatives were retained with more than 2/3 or simple majority into legislators. With such monopoly the legislators had enacted law to favor the majority at the expense of the minority. Election Commission under article 114 was given the power to redraw constituencies’ boundary to favor and consolidate BN support base and draconian law to oppress, suppress and silence dissident voices and opposition parties.

“It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.” - Saint Augustine


UMNO is the dominant party of BN coalitions; hence UMNO president and deputy president will be automatically elected as PM and deputy PM with lion share of UMNO ministers dominating the Executive branches. PM is given the authority to appoint Head of Malaysian institutions i.e. Police, Army, Central Bank, Attorney General’s Chamber, National Audit, Parliament speaker, Judiciary, MACC, ROC, EC, Custom, Tax, Immigration, GLC and every government department. These make our PM the most powerful person in Malaysia and if this post falls into wrong hand the consequent can be disastrous for the nation.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”- Lord Acton


UMNO after so many years in power had become corrupted from head to toe. Everyone is in it for their own interest only. Party, Government and GLC positions are used to enrich themselves beyond imagination. The early UMNO founder’s spirit of service above self is relegated into history shelf. Money politics, bribery, corruption, abuse of power, cronyism and nepotism, arrogance, thuggish, cheating, lying through their teeth and brutal disregard to rule of law has becomes an inseparable part of today’s UMNO culture.






Our Judiciary where the A-G is directly appointed by the PM and given absolute power under Article 145(3) at his discretion to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence will most likely do what was told by his Boss, the PM.

Judges appointed by the PM will most likely deliver judgment in favor of his Boss, the PM.

Judges who do not uphold our constitution law and are biased towards his own religion and race will most likely deliver judgments that favor his religion and race. 

Judges who are corrupt will deliver judgment in favor of the highest bidder.

Mediocre Judges who are there not by merit but by other consideration will most likely deliver sub-standard judgment.

Only judges that are brave, upright, impartial and well-learned are able to dispense justices, uphold the law and serve the people well. These judges had become a rarity now due to judge-promotion which is not based on merit, ability and competency but by other consideration.





I extract from Robert Kuok Memoir to answer the question on the difference between rule of law and rule of man: “In its 5,000-year history, I doubt that China has had as enlightened a group of leaders as during the past 30 years. They wanted their country to grow, and their people to prosper. Few leaders today compare with China’s in terms of true patriotism, selfless devotion to duty, and complete willingness to dedicate their lives to the causes of nation-building and raising the peoples’ standard of living.

In my business travels around China, I often came across incompetent or bigoted officials. Nearly every time I had a major tussle with one, or I met a dubious vice governor or mayor, I would come back and, in my judgmental way, tell my colleagues, “How can that man run such-and-such a city?” And sure enough, the next time I visited the place, say a year later, the man had been removed and a better man was in his place. I began to note to myself and to others that in Southeast Asia, a bad egg gets promoted; in China, a bad egg is removed.

 The years of experimenting with extreme left-wing communism have had adverse side effects on Chinese society. One effect is that many grew up without a strong moral compass. They acted as though your wealth should be shared with them. While they professed to share their wealth with you – they knew full well that they had nothing. I used to tell Chinese cadres: “That is not communism; it is highway robbery! You people are even indecent in not telling the truth to yourselves.”

 To my mind, the two greatest challenges facing China are the restoration of education in morals and the establishment of the rule of law.

A moral society cannot be attained through policing. You must begin at the beginning, and infuse the young with a strong sense of morality from a young age, both at home and at school. For centuries, Confucian principles provided China’s moral compass; they can do so again. 

The second important point is that China must strive to understand and implement the rule of law. This is more important than implementing democracy. It is a basic principle of the rule of law that everyone is equal before the law. In China today we have rule by man. Under the rule of law, even the General-Secretary of the Communist Party is not above the law.

I know many believe that it is impossible for a communist party to accept the rule of law. But I think that, if the Chinese Communist Party is to survive, the leaders of the Communist Party must adapt. Otherwise, the people of China will reject them and cast them out.

I only hope that the Communist Party will take the lead in implementing the rule of law. It will require a gigantic effort, as the culture must change and the legal infrastructure must be created.

You have to train upright judges and lawyers to uphold the legal system. This may take 20-30 years, but it must start today. If the party succeeds in this monumental task, then the road ahead for China is filled with hope for all mankind.”


Dear Tun Dr. Mahathir,

Actually it makes no difference whether it is rule of law or rule of man because rules are made by man and uphold by upright judges only. What matter now is the quality of man; who enacts the law, who implements the law and who uphold the law? For a country to be successful, the country must have an enlightened group of leaders with high moral value, true patriotism, selfless devotion to duty, and complete willingness to dedicate their lives to the causes of nation-building and raising the peoples’ standard of living. We can only produce an enlightened group of leaders with high moral value from the quality of our education and what is imparted into our children in our schools. Does anyone have any idea what had been taught in our school, our university and BTN nowadays?





Dear Tun Dr. Mahathir,


I am glad and delighted to read the above news. Mr. Wan Saiful is a man of integrity who possesses all the quality of true patriotism, selfless devotion to duty, and completes willingness to dedicate his lives to the causes of nation-building and raising the peoples’ standard of living. Tun, please also invites Mr. Art Harun and Ms. Mariam Mokhtar to join your Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia or better still stand for MP under PH ticket.





Dear all Malaysians,

I plead with you, beg you, kneel down to you; please find in your good heart to forgive those who wronged you, jailed you, slandered you, betrayed you, hurt you and inflict pain on you. By forgiving others and forgiving ourselves we set ourselves free, so that we can find peace and move on.

Yes, Tun Dr Mahathir’s era had inflicted a lot of pain to a lot of people, but please empathize with Tun. Tun’s first child UMNO whom he loved and pampered so dearly for so long had been infected with cancerous cell called “Money is King”, chronic corruption and turned into a destructive monster. No matter how much he as a father would like to save his first child; his medical diagnostic expertise revealed to him that UMNO is beyond saving and with a heavy heart for the good of nation he need to put UMNO to sleep by a lethal injection. UMNO knowing their days are numbered, to be killed or to kill is fighting back with all their dirty money to buy favors, supports and votes. Tun cannot win this fight (GE14) alone and need all our help to administer that final lethal injection to put UMNO to sleep and give birth to a new political era. A new political era/newborn that we all help to give birth to and will see to it that this time around we shall raise this child of ours to have all the right quality of true patriotism, selfless devotion to duty, and complete willingness to dedicate his/her life to the causes of nation-building and raising the peoples’ standard of living.

“Everybody deserves a second chance, because life is too complicated to get it right the first time”- SkyLug.

Please give Tun and ourselves a second chance to get it right this time. I thank you.





Please watch the Malay Classical Movie ‘Anak Ku Sazali’ to empathies with the feeling of a father towards his only son that has been ruined by too much pampering.



Thank you


Yours truly,


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TheContrarian You already finished the Robert Kuok's Memoir? I am into chapter 4 at the moment.
23/03/2018 11:45 PM
Sslee Dear TheContrarian,
I bought a copy of Robert Kuok's Memoir from Popular Bookstore last month while in Malaysia. I have finished reading the book and the book is now with my colleague. Many of my colleagues told me every-time they went to MPH Bookstore the book is all sold out.
Thank you for asking.
24/03/2018 7:20 AM
TheContrarian I also got mine from Popular just before CNY but put off reading until a few nights ago.
24/03/2018 9:11 AM
hollandking the attack from nazri made robert kuok even famous, is kind of weird, but ppl pay attention to him.
24/03/2018 9:12 AM
dumbdumb123 To push for Rule of Law is clear and well defined. To improve on moral values, this is alot harder, especially in godless China. In cultures based on religious values, it is easier to teach morality and to improve on them. Even in Malaysia, when your car breaks down, etc, a Muslim Malay man is more likely to help you than a Chinese. And I am ashamed to tell you that, as I am Chinese. Things can be legally right but morally wrong.....like businessmen telling you it is pass the warranty period, knowing very well that the products they sell are of poor quality.Etc etc.
24/03/2018 10:58 AM
calvintaneng Robert Kuok Memoirs

I booked one copy from Popular Book Singapore. And I was happy to be the First few who got it early. I finished reading the whole book in 3 to 4 days and I must say I enjoyed reading it with great delight.

Robert said some of his happiest days were spent in Ulu Tiram Pineapple plantations in Johor when he had almost nothing during the Japanese Occupation.

He said each week one must eat at least 20 different types of food including seafood.

A man of great diligence. On short notice he would fly thousands of miles to get a business deal.

He knew almost all the founding leaders of Malaysia and a close friend of Lee Kuan Yew. Deng Xiopeng gave Robert the last interview before he retired. Yet he remained a humble man in spite of all his achievements & wealth.

One thing I noticed is the Founding of ShahriLa Hotel (the name was a joke when he first brought it up instead of Orange Grove Road)

He said that for Hotels to succeed it must be located near crossroads of high human traffic. Just like fishing where there are sea currents that cause fishes to pass by.

Robert deals with simple foodstuff like Flour, Sugar, Rice and later Palm Oil which are simple. He mentioned the difficult types of business like plywood & also plastic products. As for plastic products there may may dozens of designs & types. Also the color choices. As for Flour, Sugar, Rice & Palm Oil they are very simple and meet the need of the masses

As for going to Hong Kong he said Malaysia's market is too small as the population is limited. Like a fish inside a pond with little depth. If he dive down he will hit his head on the floor as there is no depth. So he swims sideways and can only expand sideways. The limited population restrains him from growing bigger. After Flour is saturated. And Sugar market is saturated & rice market also saturated he expanded Worldwide through Hong Kong.

Why not Malaysia & Singapore? The reason was due to Hong Kong taxes which is much cheaper. The freeing up of capital in the crucial early years enables him to expand his business faster and better

Now after Robert has accumulated so much he is now the Richest Man in Malaysia.

Also I noticed the very sharp senses of Robert Kuok. He said when he enters a room his senses are all tuned to that moment. Every speech, movement, set up, action & interaction and the very mood of the place he picked up keenly by observations. From this he could sense opportunity, danger or friendliness, sincerity or pretense.

Such is Robert's sharp mental faculty. Very rare indeed.

Yet of all this I think Robert missed the most important thing in life.

He has no real connection with the Spiritual. He does not know Almighty God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said what if a man could gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

So pray for Robert that he gets saved.

How to be saved?

Read www.chick.com
24/03/2018 4:54 PM
hollandking calvin, youtube got a video about his interview
24/03/2018 5:28 PM
hollandking you are right, calvin, a man no matter how rich he is is poor with the spiritual part, bcoz in the end he will not be able to leave any of these stuff with him BUT to talk about spiritual stuff,IMO it isn't just about religion being able to mould the soul or the consciousness, is what the consciousness learnt while he is in this current form. Learn what? that is the question
24/03/2018 5:32 PM
hollandking if one learn to do evil, greedy all sorts of bad stuff, then he learn all the bad stuff and take it with him.
24/03/2018 5:33 PM
hollandking many here are very poor in spirit, really rotten to the core
24/03/2018 5:33 PM
hollandking Do you know what hell is? Many think hell is a place, but I'm of the opinion hell is a state, the state of your mind/consciousness. I don't talk about the body because I'm of the opinion the physcial world that we see and feel is not real, so that means death doesnt exist at all. If space and time is not real, that means that there's no space, so how can there be death, that means very likely hell is a state, not a place. I think when a consciouness move from 1 state(current) to the next state, what he experienced or learn in this world would be many times amplified and that is where the consciousness of the mind would be in torment.
24/03/2018 5:37 PM
Orlando Knn calvin u d only one who is complete la
24/03/2018 6:02 PM
Orlando Robert Kuok oso u touch?
24/03/2018 6:06 PM
Sslee Dear Calvintaneng,
Religion usually entails adhering to a certain dogma or belief system.
Spirituality place little important on intellectual beliefs but is concerned with growing into and experiencing the divine consciousness, the inner self. Spiritual seek to conquer self whereas religion seek to conquer others into believing and adhering to a certain belief system. Spiritual is inner whereas religion can be inner but mostly external. Spiritual emphasis more on self-actualization in this earthy world whereas religion emphasis on the afterlife.
You can be an atheist but still remain spiritual.
You can be religious but lack spirituality.

Thank you
24/03/2018 6:17 PM
probability walao...you nailed it Sslee! 100 marks to you!
24/03/2018 6:30 PM
sheep Sslee bingo. By the way, if you have read the book, Robert`s mom is deeply into religion. Robert used to consult her on certain things and he followed her advice. Hence I am sure Robert do pray or has connection with god(s). Just that he chooses not to mention it in his book.... maybe taking into the consideration the readers who are going to read it... definitely not meant for the Buddhist or Taoist Chinese only.

So he didn't touch on religion in his memoirs, as I think, if you are too religious, your hands are tied tightly and hard to `manoeuvre` in your business dealings.
24/03/2018 7:14 PM
Sslee Dear sheep,
I wrote in my 2013 New Year Sharing: Have you ever wondered what life is about? I recalled watching a TV program: The Journey of Civilization. The guest speaker said,
“From Confucianism, (Ruler has ruler responsibility, subject has subject responsibility, father has father responsibility, and son has son responsibility.) I learn to take on responsibility. (拿得起)
From Buddhism, (Things are in flux never still. It’s begins from emptiness, will end in emptiness and reemerge from emptiness. Life is cycles of birth and death until Enlightenment and Nirvana.) I learn when to relinquish my responsibility and let other take over. (放得下)
From Taoism, (Heaven and Earth are one. Nature and Man are one.) I learn to live with nature, at peace and at ease with myself and others.” (看得开)
How beautifully and elegantly this speaker summary what life is about?

As Chinese Malaysian we were brought up with the influence of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism which are more about philosophy, spirituality, way of life and tradition belief/practices than religion. As such we do not go around wearing our religion cap and telling the whole world the greatness, wholeness and holiness of our religion. We believe religion is a personal choice and to be kept between you and your religion.

Yes, Robert Kuok was greatly influence by his mother teaching in word and deed from a very young age. His early exposed to his mother teaching had installed in him a certain core moral values and ethics which he applied throughout his business dealing.
In later year his mother deeply involved herself into Buddhism practices. Robert Kuok view his mother as a source of guarding light hence consulted her when he face difficult decision in handling family dispute, business dealing, personal relationship and etc.

Thank you
25/03/2018 7:16 AM


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