Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SPIRITUALITY has nothing to do MONEY!

Poor are those who sell god as money-god!

Well, I fully support Kepimpinan Melayu, I am sincerely fully supportive of it!

I mentioned many times that we don't need MCA, Gerakan, MIC, etc to defend us if we have great and far-sighted Malay leaders who put national interests above their own personal gains and we don't need to abolish pro-bumiputra policies if the policies can genuinely and successfully enable Malays to pursue upward social mobility but not at the expense of other ethnic groups and without compromising the competitiveness of our country.

To me, I would very much prefer a cabinet line-up that is 100% good Malay leaders, lest Umno accuse Chinese of "gila-kuasa" (power-hungry in English). We should fight for and help establish a meritocratic system among Malays before we talk about meritocracy on a national scale.  Currently, we have too many ministers who are so "good" for nothing :) 

Monday, May 27, 2013

An Open Letter to Mr P Waythamoorthy and Hindraf Committee Members

Dear Mr P Waythamoorthy and Hindraf Committee Members:

First of all, I wish to express my most heartfelt congratulations on your success in ending more than 50 years of hardships endured by your fellow Indians in Malaysia. As you ended your hunger strike not too long ago, now is the time of celebration to enjoy sumptuous food, Indian mutton chicken is my favourite food, I think you like it too.
Your achievement is remarkable and I think the Malaysian Government should nominate you for the Martin Luther King Legacy Award in America for your sacrifice to make significant contributions in race relations, justice and human rights in Malaysia. If they reject the Malaysia government’s nomination, it is still okay as you may still be conferred a Datukship or Tan Sriship after 5th May 2013 in Malaysia, as in the case of Jelapang ADUN Mdm Hee Yit Foong, who, like you, fearlessly fought for justice and equality (Mdm Dato Hee was not provided a state-sponsored vehicle when she was with Perak PR-led government, it was really not fair and just to her).
Nevertheless, I felt very prompted to write you a letter when I heard of your history-making achievement at 5pm this afternoon. I just simply want to share a family story with you…
More than 50 years ago, my daughter Indianah was conned into giving herself to a guy called Ummnooo. Ummnooo has always treated my daughter like a nobody; mental torture and verbal insults are part or parcel of her daily life, and sometimes physical abuse. In spite of more than 50 years' requests to grant her proper “status”, Ummnooo just wants her to remain stateless so he can continue his arrogance and threaten to send her back to me so he can use it to embarrass my entire family. Sometimes I feel my daughter is just a sex toy to him - no status, no money, no security and there was one occasion where Umnooo kept on kicking and hitting the head of my daughter’s pet, a cow … calling her stupid while torturing her pet in front of so many people.
More than 50 years of suffering suddenly comes to a very interesting twist when another handsome guy Pi-R appears. If I am not wrong, Pi-R told my daughter to leave Ummnooo and elope with him. He promised a better future and would treat her with honour, dignity and respect. I am not sure whether Pi-R can be trusted but when Ummnooo found out Pi-R was after my daughter Indianah, he first tried to threaten her, slapped her and said: “I can live without you, get lost now”. My daughter really did it in 2008 and she eloped with Pi-R.
The thick-skinned Ummnooo realised how important my daughter is to him. My daughter is hardworking and most of the time Ummnooo does not even bother to provide allowance for her and she has to stay hungry sometimes. Where to find such a good and cheap labourer??? So Ummnooo started a new strategy to win my daughter back. Firstl he went to Korea to have comestic surgery to make him look nicer, younger and of course stronger. He has come to my daughter many times after the surgery and continued to make even more beautiful promises. I am happy and worried at the same time. Ummnooo may have changed his ugly face through surgery but there is no way he can change his heart overnight. And Ummnooo’s relatives and friends have never failed to cast disparaging remarks on my daughter, one of them is Puki-flee Nodick. Yesterday somebody told me he was going to stand as a candidate in the election, puki puki…pui!!! And I am very afraid that Ummnooo may get influenced by his relatives and friends and start to torture my daughter again.
My daughter is very very confused now. Someone who has called her a whore for 50 years is now treating her like a young pretty princess and since she has slept with Ummnooo on the same bed for more than 50 years, she is going to give Ummnooo a chance.
I respect her decision and at the same time, I think I owe Pi-R a debt of gratitude for without Pi-R Ummnooo will never realise how important my daughter is, Ummnooo will never appreciate her sacrifice and surely he will continue to torture her and let her remain “stateless”.
I just told my daughter this afternoon: “Ummnooo has never loved you, never cherished you … but he merely needs you now to satisfy his urgent “needs” … Indianah, you don’t have to thank Pi-R, but neither do you have to be unkind to him (because Ummnooo asks you to accuse Pi-R of being a seducer).

Oh oh, sorry for the digression and I am getting a bit emotional…sorry sorry…
Last but not least, I sincerely wish all my fellow Indian friends the best!

With Deepest Love & Warmest Regards,
Benjamin Loi
20th April 2013



Sunday, August 29, 2010

PLEASE ARREST MAHATHIR FOR SEDITION, MALAYS ARE NOT STUPID!!!

Mahathir posted his article claiming that "MERITOCRACY IS RACIST", what Mahathir is indirectly trying to say is that Malays are stupid or were born stupid, so any form of fair competition between Malays and other races, they will surely lose out. Though I am a Chinese, Mahathir has insulted the intelligence of many of my Malay relatives and friends. Let's lodge a police report nationwide to bring him to jail...he can call Ibrahim Ali stupid, but not all the Malays!!

His article is reproduced below as well as my reply to him:
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1. In 1964 Malaysia held its first elections. The Tunku had an understanding with the Chief Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kwan Yew that the PAP (People Action Party) would contest only in Singapore and would stay out of the rest of Malaysia. It was really not a smart kind of agreement. It was not put on paper at all. Only an understanding between two leaders.

DEAR MAHATHIR: BECAUSE TUNKU ALSO PROMISED LEE NOT TO CONTEST IN SINGAPORE, BUT HE BROKE THE PROMISE BY CAMPAIGNING FOR UMNO CANDIDATES IN SINGAPORE. ELECTION RESULT: UMNO LOST IN ALL MALAY-MAJORITY CONSTITUENCIES IN SINGAPORE. UMNO WAS ALARMED AT THE PROSPECTS OF THE "SPILLOVER" EFFECTS!!!


2. It was not surprising that the PAP decided to contest in the peninsular. Lee had expected the Malaysian Chinese who had been represented in the Government only by the MCA could be persuaded to support him. If he defeated the MCA then the Tunku would replace the MCA with the PAP in the Alliance.

DEAR MAHATHIR: PAP DID NOT HAVE TO DEFEAT MCA TO REPLACE THEM IN THE ALLIANCE. IN FACT, INVITATION WAS EXTENDED TO PAP TO BE IN THE ALLIANCE.


3. The PAP is a Chinese party largely. But it had always projected itself as non-racial. To win in Malaysia he had to appeal to Chinese chauvinism. However he could not do this openly.

DEAR MAHATHIR: WHAT IS CHINESE CHAUVINISM? ASKING FOR FAIR TREATMENT AND POLICIES ARE CHINESE CHAUVINISM?? YOU THINK MR. LEE KUAN YEW WHO SPEAKS LITTLE CHINESE IS A CHINESE CHAUVINIST?


4. Being the astute politician that he is, Lee came up with a slogan which did not sound chauvinistic but which played up Chinese sentiments to the core. The slogan was "Malaysian Malaysia".

DEAR MAHATHIR: MALAYSIAN MALAYSIA IS ABOUT AN ASPIRATION TO MAKE MALAYSIA A TRULY "INCLUSIVE" COUNTRY. EVERYBODY COUNTS...

5. While appearing to be appealing for all Malaysians the slogan was clearly suggesting that there was no equality between the Chinese and the Malays. He and his party was made out to be fighting for equality between the Chinese and the Malays, whereas the MCA represented only the Chinese towkays.

DEAR MAHATHIR: MR. LEE MENTIONED TIME AND AGAIN ABOUT IMPROVING THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF POOR MALAY FARMERS BY ENABLING THEM TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE. HE WAS ALSO FIGHTING FOR THE INEQUALITY BETWEEEN POOR MALAYS AND RICH MALAYS. MCA REPRESENTED MORE THAN CHINESE TOWKAYS AT THAT TIME. THROUGHOUT YOUR 22 YEARS OF PREMIERSHIP, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVE MALAYS SKILLS AND EMPLOYABILITY?? YOU ONLY FATTENED THE COFFERS OF YOUR CRONIES!!!


6. The Malays were alarmed at the prospect of the Peninsular Chinese combining with Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak Chinese to outnumber them. Split as they were between PAS and UMNO, their chances of continuing to dominate Malaysian politics was at risk.

DEAR MAHATHIR: IF WE PUT MALAYSIA AS OUR PRIORITY, IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO OUTNUMBER WHO...


7. Strangely the PAP bid failed against the MCA. But the Tunku was shocked and decided that Singapore's inclusion in Malaysia posed great danger. One year after the election Singapore was expelled. But the PAP chauvinistic legacy was taken up by the DAP. And the slogan "Malaysian Malaysia" continued to figure in Malaysian politics, evolving into a new catchword, "Meritocracy". If "Malaysian Malaysia" conjures equality between races, "Meritocracy" implies something stronger. It implies dominance by the race with the greatest merit in every field; in education, in business and in all fields of human endeavour.

DEAR MAHATHIR: I SERIOUSLY DON'T THINK MALAY CAN'T BE THE GREATEST IN EVERY FIELD. MALAYS, CHINESE, INDIANS, IBAN, MELANAU, ETC ARE ALL BORN WITH A BRAIN AND IT ALL DEPEND ON HOW WE TRAIN OUR BRAINS AND APPLY OUR BRAINS. SO WHY MALAYS CAN'T BE THE GREATEST? MAYBE I TELL YOU THE REASON WHY:
A). THEY ARE TOLD THEY WERE BORN STUPID AND BEYOND HOPE. (PLEASE READ YOUR BOOK "THE MALAY DILEMMA).

B). THEY ARE TAUGHT BY STUPID TEACHERS, LECTURERS AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS WHO ALSO THINK "WE WERE BORN STUPID". THOSE TEACHERS, LECTURERS AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS ARE SO AFRAID OF "MERITOCRACY" BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY ARE "SECOND-CLASS", HOW CAN YOU EXPECT "SECOND-CLASS" PROFESSORS TO CHURN OUT "FIRST-CLASS" STUDENTS??? THEY MUST BE ALL REPLACED WITH FIRST-CLASS PROFESSORS FOR THE BENEFITS OF MALAY STUDENTS. THEREFORE, YOU SEE MANY "UNQUALIFIED" PROFESSORS" IN OUR "NATIONAL" UNIVERSITIES, THEY CONTINUE TO PREACH THE MESSAGE OF "THOU ART STUPID" TO MALAY STUDENTS.

C). IT IS PROVEN THAT MALAYS ARE NOT STUPID. LOOK AT MALAY ARTISTS, DANCERS, SPORTMEN, SINGERS, ETC...EVEN BEING MAT REMPIT REQUIRES BRAINS+PHYSICAL STRENGTH+ COURAGE!!! LOOK AT PROFESSORS LIKE BAKRI MUSA, AZLY RAHMAN, ETC...HOW CAN U SAY MALAY ARE STUPID??? ENGKAU ORANG INDIA, TAPI PUN TAK BOLEH HINA KAWAN MELAYU KU!!!

D). MALAY BUSINESSMEN ARE SPOILT BY YOU TO BELIEVE THAT "WE ARE WEAK"!!


8. When the Malays, understanding the implications, protest against meritocracy, they were condemned as racists. Faced with being labelled as such, most Malays dared not support even the NEP. Some, perhaps due to mistaken pride have begun to support meritocracy, undermining the Malay position further.

DEAR MAHATHIR: THOSE MALAYS WHO OPPOSE MERITOCRACY ARE LIKE YOU WHO BELIEVE MALAYS ARE STUPID AND BEYOND ANY HOPE AND REDEMPTION. AGAIN, LET ME REPEAT MYSELF, MALAYS CAN BE THE GREATEST IN ALL FIELDS. THEY NEED CONFIDENCE, THEY NEED THE BEST TEACHERS, LECTURERS AND PROFESSORS (UNFORTUNATELY OUR MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IS THE DUMPING GROUND FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AND "UNABLE"). THEY NEED A STRONG FAMILY TO TAKE CARE OF THEM DURING THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS (ASK HOW MANY MALAY FATHERS REALLY CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN EDUCATION???), SOME OF THEM ARE BUSY WITH THEIR SECOND, THIRD, FORTH WIVES...


9. Today we see a lot of Malay NGOs trying to defend the Malay position. Invariably they have been labelled racists. The unfortunate truth is that those who labelled them are equally racists because of their advocacy of meritocracy.

DEAR MAHATHIR: THESE NGO MEMBERS ARE BELIEVERS OF "MALAYS ARE STUPID", SO THEY THINK MERITOCRACY WILL FINISH THEM OFF. THESE NGO MEMBERS THENSELVES MAY BE STUPID, BUT NOT MALAY PEOPLE!!!

10. It is the same with political party which appeal on the basis of the religion of Islam. In Malaysia the Malays are all Muslims. There are quite a large number of Indian Muslims in Malaysia but they do not figure in the political party said to be Islamic. The party, by using Islam, knows full well they are appealing to Malays almost exclusively. But the intention is not to defend the Malays but merely to gain their support. One can say they are not Malay racists. Rather they are Malay political opportunists.

DEAR MAHATHIR: PAS IS BETTER BECAUSE PAS WILL TELL MALAYS THAT "THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN ALLAH SHALL GAIN WISDOM BECAUSE ALLAH IS ALMIGHTY"--THIS IS TRUE ISLAM. HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN ALLAH ALMIGHTY BE STUPID?? INSTEAD THEY SHALL PROSPER IN ALL THINGS. (I READ THE QURAN-ENGLISH VERSION). THOSE WHO REFUSE TO LET MUSLIMS DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM ARE ANTI-ISLAM. HOW CAN "UMNO-MUSLIMS" LIVE IN A PARADOX THAT THEY BELIEVE IN THE ALL-MIGHTY ALLAH, AND YET THEY ARE STUPID? LOOK AT PAS, THEY ARE THE TRUE BELIEVERS OF ISLAMIC FAITH!


11. That is why they find no difficulty in switching tactics in order to win the support of the non-Malays. Where before they condemn UMNO for working with non-Muslims, today their co-operation with non-Muslims knows no bounds.

DEAR MAHATHIR: ALLAH CREATED MANKIND, SO YOU AND I WERE CREATED BY ALLAH, AGREE? PAS WORKS WITH NON-MUSLIMS TO WIN THEM OVER FOR ALLAH. WHY? BECOZ NON-MUSLIMS SEE U AND OTHER UMNOPUTRAS, THEY WILL NEVER WANT TO BE MUSLIMS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. BUT WHEN THEY SEE RAJA PETRA KAMARUDIN, NIZAR, KHALID SAMAD, DR. ZUKEFLY, TOK GURU NIK AZIZ, EVEN ANWAR IBRAHIM, THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO THEM. SO PAS IS DOING A GOOD JOB FOR THE KINGDOM OF ALLAH TO EXTEND THE MERCY OF ALLAH TO NON-BELIEVERS....BUT LOOKING AT THE WAY YOU TREATED ANWAR, I PUI PUI PUI, MUNTAH DARAH!...

12. The difference between UMNO and the other parties is that UMNO is openly partisan, not hiding its concern for the well-being of the Malays. Unfortunately because of mismanagement it has become weak. That is why today we have Perkasa and other Malay NGOs who are as openly concerned about the Malays as the UMNO once was. The condemnation by those said to be advocating meritocracy is because they see the racism of the meritocrats, just as the Malays of 1964 saw the racism of "Malaysian Malaysia".

DEAR MAHATHIR: PERKASA IS LED BY A STUPID WHO WANTS PEOPLE TO BE STUPUD AS HE IS...


13. What we are seeing today is not a campaign against racism but a campaign by racists against racists. The meritocrats are as much racists as the Malay NGOs, and Perkasa.

DEAR MAHATHIR: THEY ARE MANY MALAY MERITOCRATS...LET'S HAVE A FULL MALAY GOVERNMENT CABINETS, FULL OF ABLE, HONEST, RIGHTEOUS AND GOD-FEARING MALAYS WHO HAVE SHOWN THE QUALITIES TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS OF EXPERTISE. BUT YOUR UMNO IS WILLING TO MAKE WAY TO THEM? MY DREAM TEAM (100% MALAY CABINET)
1. ANWAR IBRAHIM (PRIME MINISTER)
2. TOK GURU NIK AZIZ
3. ZAID IBRAHIM
4. NAZIR NAJIB
5. KHALID SAMED
6. DR ZULKIFLY
7. DR. BAKRI MUSA (PLS MAKE HIM MANPOWER/HUMAN RESOURCE MINISTER)
8. DR. AZLY RAHMAN (EDUCATION MINISTER)
9. TUNKU ABDUL AZIZ
10. RAJA PETRA KAMARUDIN (MAKE HIM MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO)
11. DR SYED HUSSIN ALI
I CAN PROVIDE A LIST OF MORE THAN 120 MALAYS WHO WILL FOR SURE MAKE MALAYSIA "A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY"!!! BUT YOU AND YOUR UMNO WILL NEVER ALLOW THEM TO COME TO POWER.

14. Incidentally by writing this I know the meritocrat racists will condemn me as racist. So be it.

DEAR MAHATHIR: YES, YOU ARE!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Brunei Smartest, Singapore Smarter, Sarawak Stupid, Sabah Most Stupid Beyond Redemption!! (Part-1. Brunei)

I don't have to be a Malaysian history expert or professor to talk about the formation of Malaysia. Tunku Abdul Rahman "invited" Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore to form "Federation of Malaysia" with Malaya. Therefore, Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore could have more privileges and special rights than "any of the states in Malaya", in short, they should not be deemed as just one of the states in the Federation of Malaysia, they ought to be treated as a "treaty-member" with Malaya!

Let's look at Brunei in Part-1:
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The Brunei Sultanate would have ceased to exist as an independent state without Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saiffuddien.
In August 1963, Indonesia was opposing the proposed Federation of Malaysia and confronting Malaya and Singapore. Only eight months earlier, on 8 December 1962, Brunei had faced a revolt by Sheikh Azahari of the Partai Rakyat Brunei (PRB) and British forces from Singapore had flown in to put down the rebellion.
It was a time of great peril when the Sultan decided not to join the proposed Federation. Singapore went ahead and joined the Federation. Sultan Omar Ali was under great pressure from the British who had hinted that they would be leaving the region soon. But he stood firm.
He put his position as Sultan and the fate of his people on the line. His judgment was that the British would be responsible enough to give him some time to get his country in better shape before British forces left.

The late Sultan was a modest man. He was soft-spoken, with a frequent smile when speaking to his friends. He lived a simple and frugal life.
On May 1961, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Malayan Prime Minister, at an address to the Foreign Correspondents Association in Singapore, mooted the formation of Malaysia, to include Brunei, Sarawak, North Borneo (subsequently to be named Sabah), Singapore and Malaya.
On 5 December 1961, Sultan Sir Omar Ali described the Malaysia proposal as very attractive. In January 1962, he appointed a Brunei-Malaysia Commission to report on the opinion of the people. On 18 July 1962, the Sultan stated that he accepted the Malaysia proposal in principal, but that did not necessarily mean it was final.
If agreement could not be reached on important conditions affecting benefits to the people and the state, Brunei would not participate in the Malaysia plan.
In August 1962, the Partai Rakyat Brunei (PRB) won a landslide election victory in four District Councils, which in turn would choose 16 members for the Legislative Council (LegCo). The PRB won 54 seats and had all the 16 members required for the LegCo.
But they could not form the government. The 17 government nominees outnumbered the PRB in the 33-member Council. Sheikh Azahari, leader of the PRB, rejected the proposal that Brunei join the proposed Malaysian Federation.
Azahari put forward three motions at the LegCo meeting, for 5 December 1962; first, to reject the proposal of a Malaysian Federation; second, to request the restoration of Brunei's sovereignty over Sarawak and North Borneo and the installation of the Sultan as constitutional monarch of the North Borneo Federation; and third, a request to the British to grant independence to Brunei not later than 1963.
The Speaker of the LegCo disallowed the motions because the issues fell within the purview of the British government under the 1959 British-Brunei Agreement. Sheikh Azahari, the PRB leader then decided to resort to a military solution and staged a rebellion led by its military wing, Tentera Nasional Kalimantan Utara (TNKU).
The revolt began on December 8. It was put down in short order by British forces flown in from Singapore. On 20 December, Sultan Omar Ali declared a State of Emergency, suspended the Constitution, dissolved the LegCo, and appointed a 14-member Emergency Council comprising four ex-officio members, including the British High Commissioner, Sir Denis White, and 10 members nominated by the Sultan.
Negotiations on Malaysia were resumed in earnest following the end of the rebellion. The sultan did not accept the terms that Malaya offered him. When the Malaysia Agreement was signed on 9 July 1963 in London, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak signed on. Brunei did not. He was very firm in his decision not to join. As a result, after Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, recalled hundreds of Malaysian teachers and government officers seconded to serve the Brunei administration. Their departure caused a temporary dislocation in Brunei.
Several accounts were given to explain the reason for Brunei's decision not to join the Malaysian Federation. One account cited disagreement over oil revenues as the primary cause. Kuala Lumpur wanted Brunei to hand over control of its oil to the federal government after 10 years. Kuala Lumpur also wanted to immediately tax any new oil and mineral finds discovered after Brunei joined Malaysia and to make the Sultan's contribution of $40 million to the federal revenues compulsory rather than voluntary. The Sultan was said to have found these terms unacceptable.
Another account from Kuala Lumpur alluded to the Sultan's unhappiness over the issue of royal precedence. Sir Omar was neither willing to compromise Brunei's control over its oil revenues nor ready to have his privileges as the Ruler of Brunei curtailed. More to the point, the vibes that Sultan Omar Ali felt during the negotiations were that he would become subordinate to Kuala Lumpur's leaders and he would rank behind Malaysian's nine Sultans in seniority, besides giving up a chunk of this oil wealth to KL. He met Lee Kuan Yuan soon after Singapore was asked to leave Malaysia in August 1965, he nodded with satisfaction that his decision not to join was wiser than Singapore's acceptance of Malaysia.
Just over two months after Malaysia was formed, on 1 December 1963, the British Colonial Office cut its long-term connection with Brunei. The British High Commissioner in Brunei, no longer called the British Resident, henceforth would deal with Secretary of State for Commonwealth.
When the Labour Government took office in 1964, it became clear that sooner or later they would withdraw their forces from east of Suez. This would jeopardise Brunei's secure position as a protectorate. British advisers pressed the Sultan to hasten the implementation of constitutional reforms so that there could be a democratic government in place. In March 1965, a second general election was held for District and Legislative Councillors. 36 candidates contested for 10 LegCo seats in the 21-member LegCo that would comprise six ex-officio members and five members nominated by the Sultan. 88 candidates fought for seats in four Districts Councils. A large number of candidates contesting under political parties were defeated by independents because the political parties were weak.
On 4 October 1967, Sultan Omar Ali, then aged only 53, abdicated in favour of his 21-year-old son, Hassanal Bolkiah, born on July 1946. It was a strategic move he made to buy time before a British withdrawal. Protracted negotiations with the British on Brunei's future continued following the abdication. The Sultan, now the Seri Begawan, dragged out the discussions. He wanted the son to get familiar with the administration. Moreover, his son was only 21 years old. He deflected pressure to adopt the British adversarial Parliamentary system.
He argued with the British that he needed a few years for the young Sultan to learn the ropes and strengthen the domestic situation ahead of any constitutional changes. He bought time from 1963 to 1983, over 20 years, when the British finally withdrew, and Brunei became an independent state. Without the skilful and determined stand taken by Sultan Omar Ali in the full knowledge that he was risking the future of his Sultanate if the British were to leave precipitately, he saved his dynasty, delayed majority rule before Brunei was ready, and secured Brunei's continued defence by an agreement to pay for one British Gurkha battalion that would stay in Brunei but under British control. A discreet presence remained.
The Seri Begawan has preserved Brunei's oil wealth. He left the bulk of his country's reserves with the Crown Agents to manage. He was fortunate that Britain acted with responsibility. Most of all, the Seri Begawan played his hand with considerable skill. He pleaded for time to educate enough local Bruneians who could manage the administration of the country.

Less than three years after independence, on 7 September, 1986, he passed away. He was deeply mourned by the people of Brunei. They knew that he had saved their independence and are able to live as they wish, keeping their oil wealth. It was Sir Omar's statecraft. He built the infrastructure of state. By the 1980s, he had given the sultanate's 200,000 people a high per capita income of US$20,000, among the world's most privileged. He strengthened Brunei's Islamic institutions.
Sultan Omar Ali took calculated risks with courage. He has a keen sense of what was politically possible. During the 17 years from 1950 to 1967, he brought economic, social and political developments to Brunei. With two Five-Year Development Plans, he provided for an education system throughout the state.
He built schools to teach English, gave scholarships to promising young students to study in overseas institutions. He provided school children with at least one free meal a day. Religious schools were given high priority. Hospitals, clinics were set up and dental services to schools were provided.
He eradicated dysentery and malaria. He provided electricity for the whole state. He developed the roads and telecommunication system. He reclaimed swamp lands and resettled people.
He set up the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment in 1961, which evolved into the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The Currency Board was established in 1967. Sultan Omar Ali has ensured the survival of an independent Malay Muslim monarchy at the end of the 20th century.
He has built a strong foundation before passing the mantle to his eldest son. His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has guided Brunei since independence in 1984, a 25-year period, during which Brunei has progressed in material and social terms.
The old Sultan would have been happy to know that an independent Sultanate in Brunei has progressed in the quarter century after independence. His son, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, has preserved his heritage. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has continued to expand the numbers of abler Bruneians who are educated abroad, and created a thicker layer of the higher educated and well-informed elite.

In December 1964, a year after Malaysia was formed, the Malaysian government decided to terminate the Board of Commissioners of Currency and to issue a new currency for Malaya, Singapore and the Borneo territories, including Brunei.
The Malaya-British Borneo Currency Agreement was terminated two years later. The Malaysian government in Kuala Lumpur declined Brunei's request that it be given a seat on the policy-making body. Also, Malaysia opposed Brunei's request that the portrait of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia should not appear on the new notes. Hence, Brunei enacted legislation in January 1967 to form its own Currency Board.
During one of the Sultan Haji Omar Ali visits to Singapore after independence, he had smiled broadly and, with his eyes twinkling and his moustache twitching, saying to Lee Kuan Yew, "You are now like Brunei. It is better for you."

If Brunei joined the Federation of Malaysia, the state of Brunei would be poorer, much much poorer! And we the West Malaysians would be much much happier to have another obedient and stupid natural resources supplier, at cheapest cost! sigh, we failed to con them into our "Malaysia Plot" and now better known as "1Malaysia Plot"...
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Please stay-tuned for Part (2): Singapore