Saturday, May 23, 2015

Only Hadi Awang is sensible

Among Pakatan Rakyat leaders, I think only Hadi Awang is level-headed.

Not only that he commended the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) but also advised Malaysians to give time to the government to rectify whatever weakness in the administration.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang reportedly said the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) is capable of bringing about a positive impact to the country and the people.
Newsportal Astro Awani in an article yesterday reported Hadi as having said that the various facilities provided for the people, as well as for the country’s development is balanced out with conservation of the environment.
This was a good effort, according to the Marang member of Parliament.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled the 11MP in Parliament on Thursday, which was people-centric in the country’s ‘final lap’ to attain the status of a developed nation.
Hadi who spoke to reporters after Friday prayers in his constituency in Terengganu yesterday, however, stressed that there were still many weaknesses that should be paid attention to and handled wisely by the government under Najib.
Saying that he will speak in Parliament next week, Hadi mentioned that there were negative and positive elements, adding that those in the East Coast were still left behind in terms of certain facilities.

“We will give him a chance to correct all that,” he was quoted as saying, further stating PAS’ stand to “give a chance to the government to correct its weaknesses”.

What about other PR leaders... and some within Umno itself?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kudos Dr Halim!

A friend at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) just called about a statement released by chairman Dr Halim Shafie (pic), which he believed was 'an answer' to my earlier posting Prepaid brain! yesterday.

That was fast, thank you!

However, as to whether it has something to do with my posting or not, the issue of GST (Goods and Services Tax) on mobile services must be solved as soon as possible. We have all the means to get the telcos' cooperation.
CYBERJAYA, May 22 (Bernama) --- The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will ensure that the reduction in tariff rates for cellular telephones will be implemented as soon as possible so that the people are not burdened by the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for such calls.
MCMC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie said that such service providers had given positive feedback on the proposal to reduce the rate and offer special packages to students.
"The MCMC will closely monitor the issue on the rate reduction and the proposed special packages for students," he said in a statement today.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had earlier proposed that telecomunication companies (telcos) reduced the tariff for such services and offer affordable packages to the target groups such as the students to balance the impact of the GST imposition.
Ahmad Shabery was also reported as saying that the telcos were required to fully implement the 'buy RM10 get RM10' method and approach within a period of six months.
He said the GST for topping up prepaid telephone cards would be imposed based on usage, and the method would be more appropriate as the government would not take the tax before service was used.
he Commission is also charged with overseeing the new regulatory framework for the converging telecommunications and broadcasting industries and on-line activities.
Kudos Dr Halim!

I think you are much better off than the minister himself. The difference is that, you talk logic while the minister talks politics.

And when politics are added to servicing the rakyat, one may promise a bridge where no river flows!

Stinks all over!

When a precedent is set, we can't blame others for using it as a platform. It is happening in Umno, in Barisan Nasional.

All this while we thought the Opposition was good at it - internal bickering - but now we are far better than them.

Bad disposition, backstabbing, dissension and cross-criticism in the open forum are now becoming individual assets for Umno politicians. If they don't whack fellow MPs and friends, they would be seen as straying from the trend.

So, let's 'hentam' each other. We can now call or label anybody we want as 'lazy', 'stupid', 'bangang' or 'idiot'. Let the media pick and play it up.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Deputy Education Minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi has criticized Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, as “too lazy” to go down to the field and see for himself the condition of schools in the country.
“The education officials cannot be faulted on this when the Minister himself and his deputies don’t show any interest in the matter,” said Puad who heads the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) and who is also an Umno Supreme Council member.
He was taking the cue from Facebook which had postings on the deplorable state of a school in Keningau, Sabah.
“Muhyiddin, who has been Education Minister for two terms, should do something about these schools in the Sabah and Sarawak interior which are crying out for attention.”
The theme in the Facebook postings, he added, was that a school in Keningau was in a deplorable state because the education officials couldn’t be bothered to visit it and rectify the situation.
“How would they take any interest when the Education Minister and his deputies themselves don’t show any enthusiasm in their job?”
Ha ha ha! Don't blame Puad. He wants some headlines too. After being dropped as a deputy minister, he goes 'bananas'.

But he shouldn't have put the blame on Muhyiddin. Mr DPM is not a machine that moves to every corner of the country. That's why we set up Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri and Jabatan Pendidikan Daerah to help the ministry by providing such info.

Even the school teacher could assist, right?

Puad is just another a**ho*e who takes cue from others. Don't blame him for being 'bangang' either!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

11MP: Of trust and thrusts...

We need a massive RM260 billion to prepare Malaysians embrace a fully-develop nation status by 2020, says PM Najib Tun Razak when tabling the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) today.

He had one thing in mind - the interest and well being of 30 million Malaysians. Some may say it was an effort to shore up support amid mounting criticism against his 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB), the sharpest being former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

However, I guess we should give him and his government the time needed. Critics aside, Najib remains popular and is determined to translate his plan into reality.

Also read:
A mad dash to Vision 2020
Enhancing Bumiputera Economic Community Opportunities
Broadband gets some love
Wish list for 11MP

The message that he conveyed pointed to a prime minister determined to push Malaysians to a better place as the nation moves into the final five-year stretch of attaining the advanced nation status by 2020.

Najib's much-awaited speech at the Dewan Rakyat, which was broadcast live, was peppered with numerous initiatives, with an emphasis on education and innovation moving forward, for 2016-2020 period to elevate Malaysians to be on par with people in other developed countries.

In the Eleventh Plan which earmarks RM260 billion as development expenditure, Najib outlined numerous infrastructure projects that would take place, and the crux of the plan was aimed at preparing them for what it meant to be citizens of a developed country.

Major highlights of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP)

1. Theme of 11MP (2016-2020) is 'Anchoring Growth on People':
-   People are the bedrock of the nation
-   Preparing people for the future
-   Everyone enjoys growth and development

2. Strengthening macro-economic resilience for growth
-   Increasing private investment and consumption
-   New growth through productivity and knowledge
-   Prudent public finance

3. Six strategic thrusts will address the end-to-end needs of the 'rakyat'
-   Enhancing exclusiveness towards an equitable society
-   Improving well-being for all
-   Accelerating human capital development for an advanced nation
-   Pursuing green growth for sustainability and resilience
-   Strengthening infrastructure to support economic expansion
-   Re-engineering growth for greater prosperity

4. Transforming the public service for productivity
-   Citizens at the centre
-   Productivity and efficiency
-   Digital government

5. Collective effort needed to deliver on nation's aspirations.
Over the next five years, close collaboration, hard work and commitment from all stakeholders are critical since success is not dependent on the government and public service alone.

6. Building Malaysia beyond 2020
-   An advanced, progressive and an inclusive economy
-   A passionate steward of the environment
-   People united in diversity, possess unshakeable national identity and share a common set of values

7. The 11MP differs from previous plans in that it is
-   Action driven
-   People-centric
-   Takes the long-term view

8. Productivity is the key to delivering the 11MP:
-   Private sector productivity
-   Public sector productivity

9. Building an advanced economy:
-  Translating innovation to wealth
-  Enabling industry-led TVET (technical, vocational education and training)
-  Building cities for global competitiveness

10. Growing sustainably:
-  Living and moving green
-  Reduce, reuse and recycle
-  Learning to be green

11. Inclusive society:
-   A decent quality of life for all
-   A graduate in every household
-   Productive entrepreneur communities

Prepaid brain!

I just don't understand it. Why must we take six months to solve the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on prepaid mobile services?

And why must there be a tug-of-war between government's agencies (Customs Dept and the MCMC) - one supporting while the other opposing the idea? Is this our how our brain works on simple matters?

The telecommunication companies are already reaping big profits from such services. While the government has been telling them to impose a cheaper and fair rate, they instead 'rob' customers by introducing extra services that eat up our balance, without us knowing it.

Why not ask those providers to lower their price first before imposing the 6 per cent GST?
KUALA LUMPUR: The government is looking at the best formula in determining the best solution to the issue of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on prepaid mobile services.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Chik said this was to ensure consumers received the best value from prepaid cards they purchased.
“We are trying to find the best way, what the best system is implemented in other countries.
“When consumers purchase a prepaid card, they are actually transferring money into digital form and to their handphones, just like the use of the Touch’n Go card…GST will only be imposed on the transaction charges,” he said when replying to a question by Datuk Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.
On May 13, Ahmad Shabery said the Cabinet had agreed that users of the prepaid telephone line would get their RM10 value when they activated their RM10 top-up card.
He said the GST for topping up prepaid telephone cards would be imposed based on usage, and the method would be more appropriate as the government would not take the tax before service was used.
Ahmad Shabery said telecommunication companies (telcos) were required to implement the ‘buy RM10, get RM10′ approach fully within a six-month period.
He said to balance the effects of the GST imposition, the ministry had asked telecommunication companies to reduce the tariff for their services, as well as urged them to offer affordable packages to the targeted groups such as students.-Bernama
Wasn't that the whole idea about GST - lower the prices before imposing the 6 per cent tax?

The providers will not suffer. In fact, it will entice more people to subscribe to their services? And is it also fair to use a service which is not efficient - so many interruptions and glitches?

So, be fair to everybody, the telcos and customers. We have about 30 million people in the country, almost 80 per cent are using cellular phone. How many telcos are there? Even if a telco has 3 million subscribers, it means 'cak bo liao' already!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Majulah Malaysia!

Come 2020, we will join the fully-develop nations. Aren't we proud of such an achievement, rubbing shoulders with the high society?

However, are we ready? We want everything to be in place, all sectors of the economy running well, infrastructures all over the country, the people enjoying higher income and IT becoming a boost to massive development.

IT? Oopppsss.... I guess this is the only sector that could dampen our march. Just look and study the chart below.

Gosh! We are much lowly rated than Cambodia and Vietnam, two countries that 20 years ago were far behind us.

Even Myanmar is closest to us.

Of course, we can give reasons and excuses that our country is big; its topography not that easy to manage, and logistical problem is slowing down the effort to wire it up.

Can 'pakai' such excuses?

NO! What about Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar? You think Myanmar is smaller than us or politically stable?

Answer - they don't politicise development matters, and they don't bargain or haggle when it comes to providing such infrastructures for the people.

They issued directives, and the providers have to follow and implement it.

Here? Politics above all, bureaucratic discrepancies and red tapes all around. If you have a better package to offer, they will not entertain you unless a 'good deal' is agreed on.

Worst is our protectionism policy for GLC Telekom Malaysia. While we encourage local entrepreneurs to participate in our telecommunications sector, we apply some brakes as not to 'hurt' the GLC and other existing providers.

Just like managing imported items - food especially. We keep spending billions of ringgit every year on imported food items when some of the money can in fact be channeled to local entrepreneurs like planters, farmers, breeders and fishermen.

Why? 'Inside people' always have their 'portions' dealing with things like these.

Whether telecommunications, food supply or other industries, you cannot simply accept good 'home grown' idea to complement the growth and progress.

However, we must learn accepting one true fact here - high dependence on imports is one key criteria of a fully-develop nation. If you can always manufacture toothpick in Kepong, you won't...importing it is much better!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1MDB: Give PM the time

I believe it will be fair for all parties to give PM-cum-Finance Minister Najib Razak a 'breather' in dealing with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Give him and his team the time needed to come up with the 'best answer'. Since we do not know the 'exact situation' of the investment entity, better refrain from making any speculation, bad disposition and prophecy about it.

What? I am not anti-government or anti-Najib. And neither do I support Pakatan Rakyat. I am all for the good things Najib had done for the country, and I also criticised some of his 'awkward' policies. He is not an angel, so are his predecessors!
PUTRAJAYA, May 19 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Finance Ministry would take the appropriate measure to reduce 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)'s debt.
Najib who is also Finance Minister said issues surrounding 1MDB would be answered when the Auditor-General presents the audit report to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) soon.
"I hope everyone will wait for the report," he said at the finance ministry's monthly assembly here Tuesday.
On March 4, Najib directed the auditor general to verify 1MDB's accounts.
"We believe with this measure, we can reduce 1MDB's debts. I'm confident of the finance ministry's ability to execute it amidst all the criticisms.
"We will prove with this move, we can achieve the objective. From time to time, we will take the necessary measures," he said.
On Sunday, Najib said the audit report would detail the accounts of the finance company.
Meanwhile, 1MDB's board of directors said they gave their full cooperation to the auditor general to scrutinize the accounts of the finance company.
Some people (especially the social media players) may say anything about Najib or his 1MDB, making various accusations and arriving at different conclusions.

However, this 'trial by media' will only lead to personalized perception. The Opposition members too are using the issue (and many other issues) to bring down Najib and his Barisan Nasional government, and their motive and intention are easily comprehended.

Why not? Najib wants the time, and we better allow him. Unless those critics have tangible evident to further push him down, then you may sell it. And some critics don't even know what were they saying about 1MDB!

I want to know the whole truth too, and I will not tolerate any wrongdoings, let alone any move to cover up 1MDB scabs...