Friday, December 30, 2011

Say 'NO' to war in the Middle East

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) invites citizens of the world to join a global campaign aimed at averting a colossal catastrophe in West Asia.

The campaign themed, NO TO MILITARY INTERVENTION IN SYRIA; NO TO MILITARY STRIKES AGAINST IRAN will mobilise signatures from people in every continent to demonstrate to the centres of power in the West and their allies and proxies in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) that any military action by them against Syria and Iran in whatever form or guise is totally unacceptable.

Go to for more information, and sign the petition if you agree.

Letter to PM Najib - The Third Force

Dear Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Razak,

Salam sejahtera.

I support you for wanting to field only winnable candidates in the next elections. To me this is a sign that you want to make sure only the best people represent your party, our country.

I wish you would take this effort one step further. Ask Malaysians to only vote the best, even if it means voting against your own candidates if the opposition offers someone better.

This will show you have confidence with your candidates; and at once set a standard and position that all other leaders worthy of their name will need to follow suit, including opposition leaders. It will send a clear sign within your own ranks that you mean business and they must accept your choices.

I understand that weightage should be given to which party a candidate represents. The backing of a good structure, processes and systems can help an MP/ADUN go a long way. However, an excellent candidate without a good party will still be able to serve the rakyat well – with heart and soul, like an excellent teacher in a school without amenities and support. That is why I am suggesting we give foremost consideration to the individual calons.

I thank you for all the effort you have put forth since taking leadership of the country and I have confidence that my suggestion here is in line with People First, Performance Now.


Let us add value,

anas zubedy

managing director

zubedy (m) sdn. bhd

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas advert in The STAR today

Have a Meaningful Christmas

“It is not their passions I shall appeal to – I ask only for their cool and impartial reason…” – William Wilberforce (1759-1833)

Choose the middle path : Be daring, but don’t be stupid

When we propose to do something, let’s ask how far it is daring, and how far it is stupid. This will take us to the middle path.

While ideals are our compass, our actions need to be guided by pragmatism. We must first choose to be daring enough to do the right thing. But this on its own will not be enough. We must do the right things, the right way – for the right reasons, in the right degree and at the right time. This is true whether in society, in business or in politics.

At work, young people learn that it is good to be daring, but never stupid. To propose new ideas is a bold move, and sometimes it is good to challenge old ways; but to do so without considering your seniors’ feelings and the existing culture, systems and processes, is unwise.

Successful businesses too are defined by the moderate balance between risks which are too high or too low. If we take risks which are too high, it is like gambling; but if we only want to take extremely safe, low risks, we might as well not be in business.

Businesspeople who are successful know how to take calculated risks. They know that they must act on what they can deliver based on the growing readiness of the market. They are aware that building a business is more of a marathon than a hundred meter sprint; carefully pacing themselves gets them further than short bursts of activity that leaves them finished before they reach the finish line.

The same goes with proposals affecting our society. Our vision cannot outpace our ability to take action. And we cannot force an idea into a situation which is not ready to accommodate it.

When we choose our leaders, let’s look for those who are daring, but not foolish. Wise leaders measure their actions. They do what needs to be done, in the right way and at the right time. Those who are daring but stupid, however, charge forward like rebels without a clue, trying to become heroes. Sadly, they end up fighting just to prove a point; and if these become our leaders, like the blind leading the blind they will inspire more daring but foolish actors and actions in our society.

To fight for principles is simple, but it is knowing it in practice which makes the real difference. True progress towards our goals takes time, careful discernment, lots of consideration and compromise. Some daring steps will be needed, but more so, we need to always act wisely. We need to know what to do, when and how to act, and when to stop and wait, for what is best for society.

At zubedy, our programs draw strength from shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

Let us add value,

Have a meaningful Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2011

In the Sundaily today

Sila tekan disini untuk versi Bahasa Malaysia

Dear Young Malaysian

Rise up!

You are needed as The Third Force!

Your country needs you to rise to the occasion. Malaysia needs you to rise above partisan politics. We need you to report directly to the Constitution, to Reason, and to your Conscience.

Let me explain.

Essentially, we no longer have an opposition. A country without an opposition is a country without a mechanism for check and balance. Today, our political actors are divided into two parties, fighting for seats of power. We are moving into a two-party system. While it provides us new opportunities, it also poses new problems.

In a two-party system, too often each side becomes preoccupied attacking the other - trying to make their side look better, and the other look bad. We cannot blame them as it is their modus operandi to get the most votes.

But we can add value and make things better. You can make sure we get the best to represent us.

We are a nation with 30 million rakyat. Are we saying that we cannot find 222 of our best people to represent us in parliament?

We need to send out a clear message to our political leaders. We want to be spoiled for choice. We want them to offer us only the best – the smartest, uncorrupted, hardworking, sound and healthy candidates. We want to be in a situation whereby no matter whom we choose, we win!

Young Malaysians, please do not take the easy way out and just follow this or that political leaning. Shape your own future, use your own judgment, trust your own thoughts, be confident. You have the intelligence, technology and passion to make things right. You must scrutinize every candidate, no matter which party they are from. Ask them questions, check them out, make them listen.


Because you, and your brother and sister Malaysians, deserve the best. You have the power to make things happen.

What can you do?

1.Be non-partisan. Plan actions guided by the Constitution, Reason and your Conscience.

2.Engage and enroll all your friends into The Third Force. Spread this message. Make this call what you talk about whenever you get together.

3.Form small groups to engage all the potential MPs in your constituency immediately. Tell them what you want. Stress that you are not going to give them a free ride.

4.Make it clear that you want them to put down their promises in black and white. Don’t let them off easy.

5.Make it your 2012 resolution - to be Malaysia’s check and balance, The Third Force.

6.Make a promise to yourself that you will not ever give any potential candidate a free ride.

Young Malaysians, thank you for listening. Remember, you cannot afford to be biased towards the left or the right, because you are needed at the forefront. You are the nation’s hope.

You are The Third Force!!!

Rise up!

Let us add value and make things happen,

anas zubedy

zubedy (m) sdn bhd



Sunday, December 18, 2011

A plumber from BN, a plumber from Pakatan by Monyet King

The water tank at my house is clogged. I need a plumber to repair it. There are two plumbers in town. One is from BN, the other from Pakatan. How do I decide which plumber I should engage?
Do I simply engage them on the basis of their party? Of course not.

I will first need to know their track record. So I will ask around. I will ask my neighbours, I will ask my friends, etc to learn about their experience with either plumber. Did they perform well with their previous customers? Can they be trusted?

I will need to know their pricing and after-sales service. Will they come back to service me if their original repair work does not succeed? Can I trust them to charge me a reasonable price and not rip me off?

I will need to know whether they have the necessary skills to repair my water tank. I will ask them how they intend to proceed with the repair. I need to understand and agree to their approach and methods. I want to be sure that while they repair my water tank, they won’t damage my roof.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Generasi muda sebagai penggerak ke-3

Wahai Generasi Muda Malaysia,


Kamu diperlukan sebagai Penggerak Ketiga (The Third Force)!

Tanah air kita memerlukanmu. Sahutlah cabaran ini. Bangkitlah! Lupakan sempadan politik partisan. Tanggungjawabmu adalah kepada Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Kebenaran dan Takwa.


Pada asasnya, negara kita tiada lagi parti pembangkang. Sebuah negara tanpa pembangkang adalah seperti seorang individu yang tiada kebolehan bermuhasabah diri. Kini, politik kita terbahagi dua – Barisan Nasional dan Pakatan Rakyat – dalam keadaan sebegitu, memang lazim kedua-duanya berlaga untuk merebut ke Putrajaya. Betul, kita kini sedang bergerak ke arah sistem dua parti. Memang ada baiknya. Walau bagaimanapun, ia bagai serampang dua mata, mencetuskan masalah-masalah baru.

Dalam sistem dua parti, seringkali kedua-dua belah saling serang-menyerang - akulah yang betul, engkaulah yang salah. Kedua-dua pihak mahu tunjuk kebolehannya sambil memperkecil yang si anu. Ini memang lazim dalam permainan politik. Itulah tugas mereka - memancing undi.

Namun begitu, kita masih boleh memurnikan dan memperbaik keadaan. Generasi muda boleh memastikan hanya yang terbaik mewakili kita di parlimen.

Bukankah kita sebuah negara dengan 30 juta rakyat? Takkanlah kita tidak dapat mencari 222 perwakilan yang hebat antara kita untuk ke parlimen?

Marilah kita memberi mesej yang jelas kepada kepimpinan politik. Kita mahu dilimpahi pilihan yang sarat. Kalau kumbang bukan seekor, maka pemimpin juga bukan seorang. Golongan yang bijaksana, yang mempunyai integriti tidak boleh dimakan rasuah, rajin, waras, cergas dan cerdas, itulah yang kita mahukan. Kita mahukan natijah sama menang – tak kira siapa yang kita pilih, tetap dapat yang terbaik.

Anak bangsa Malaysia, janganlah jadi pak turut dan mengambil jalan mudah mengundi hanya berdasarkan kata-kata pemimpin-pemimpin politik. Ukirlah masa hadapanmu dengan corak tersendiri. Yakini diri dan buat penilaian dengan menggunakan akal fikiran. Anda sebagai generasi muda Penggerak Ketiga mempunyai kepandaian, kebolehan teknologi terkini dan semangat yang tinggi dapat merubah lanskap kepimpinan di negara kita. Gunakan kebolehan ini untuk meneliti setiap calon, tanpa mengambil kira latarbelakang partinya. Soal selidik mereka, semak segalanya. Pastikan mereka mendengar suara generasimu.


Kerana kita rakyat se-Malaysia, berhak hanya yang terbaik. Dan hak ini terletak di genggaman generasi muda.

Bagaimana? Apakah tindakan yang boleh diambil?

  1. Titikberatkan kebenaran, bukan parti. Rangkakan rancanganmu, berlandaskan Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Kebenaran dan Takwa.

  1. Libatkan rakan-rakanmu sebagai Penggerak Ketiga. Berbincang mengenai strategi. Sebarkan mesej ini. Jadikanlah topik ini perbualan harian.

  1. Tubuhkan kumpulan-kumpulan kecil untuk bersemuka dan berinteraksi dengan bakal ahli-ahli parlimen di dalam kawasan undimu secepat mungkin. Jelaskan kehendakmu. Tekankan bahawa mereka tidak akan diberi jalan mudah ke parlimen tanpa soal selidik.

  1. Jangan terima janji-janji kosong. Jelaskan bahawa segala janji-janji bakal ahli parlimen mesti dimeteraikan dalam hitam putih.

  1. Jadikan peranan Penggerak Ketiga Malaysia ini resolusi 2012 mu.

  1. Berjanji tidak akan sekali-kali memilih mana-mana calon tanpa penilitian menyeluruh.

Wahai Generasi Muda Malaysia, terima kasih. Ingatlah, ini bukan masanya untuk kita memihak belah kiri atau belah kanan kerana kamu diperlukan untuk di baris hadapan. Kamu adalah harapan bangsa.

Kamulah Penggerak Ketiga!!!


Saya dengan hormatnya,

anas zubedy

zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd


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