Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It was less than a year ago when I wrote on this blog about a ministry's sec-gen who was known for his cronyism, giving out projects to his friends and family members.
Now that he has retired, his wrongdoings will be unraveled. The MACC officials are now questioning him. I hope he goes to the cage!
This is the 'common' things that take place in the government. Some secretary-generals and his high ranking officials are running their office like a stock exchange. Those with highest under-table bid will win and not the other way round when open tenders will go to among the lowest bidders.
This is not supposed to be the 1Malaysia where those with money and having the right connection with the top guns will get something via limited tender or 'direct nego'. In some cases, the projects were offered to them.
Its still going on, says friends at the top.
Lemme ask this - is it a common idea for politicians like ministers offer projects to contractors who, in return were asked to 'take care' of them in the form of 'political funds'? If the answer is no, I know a few cases and I personally believe there are many more. If the answer is yes, then up to what limit can such projects be issued out?
How do we describe this? If its not graft of high-density, then what?
Before writing this, a few friends asked me to plant this question - if a deputy minister earns about RM25,000 per month over the last six months, from where did he get the money to purchase a Merc and a BMW and a bungalow?
Even a non-Exco state assemblyman can afford all this after winning in the last general election!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Nothing's wrong with Malaysia-Indonesia relations, says Deputy Foreign Minister Senator Kohilan Pillay at the Dewan Rakyat (read h e r e...).
Well, hope everything is fine. The bruhaha about a planned attack by a group of Indon vigilante last month was just a threat although it took the Malaysian security forces to be on high alert.Like it or not, we have been like India and Pakistan, China-Japan and England Argentina - loved and hatred relations that somehow has engaged the respective parties into more serious cooperation dialogues.
The trouble with storms in tea-cups is that they tend to spill over, at least a little.Indonesia and Malaysia have the same kind of relationship that the UK and France have had for centuries: a little rhetoric here and there but nothing ever happens.
For example, there's a continuing spat over maids: there are a lot of Indonesian maids in Malaysia. Every so often, something kicks off and gets far more attention than it deserves. For example, in 2003, some Indonesian maids employed by Chinese families decided that they were being treated disrespectfully because the families had dogs which the maids had to walk and ate pork which the maids had to cook.
No one thought to say that, if the maids considered either to be a real problem, they should not have taken the jobs. The fuss passed, but not until questions had been asked in Parliament and suggestions were made that work permits should be made available to Indonesian maids only to work in Muslim households. That didn't suit the maids: they feared loss of opportunity and lower pay (but produced no evidence to support either). The end result was that Indonesia stopped complaining and a diplomatic and commercial issue simply went away. Again, Malaysia took the initiative by inviting senior Indonesian journalists for a dialogue in Kuala Lumpur this month, thus clearing the air. But, for how long?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor praised Plus Expressway Berhad (Plus) for offering a 20 discount on toll fees to the North-South and Elite expressways users from midnight to 7am during Aidilfitri and Deepavali holidays recently (read Bernama h e r e...)
NOW, this is what the Cabinet should consider:
First, toll discounts should apply to all users of SmartTag and Touch & Go, at all times as (I believe) they are the ones who are the frequent users of the highways. This will encourage more commuters to subscribe to such applications, thus enhancing toll collection in the long run.
Second, the Cabinet should try to regulate this - all National Cars, especially Proton makes should be given a 50 per cent discount at all toll plazas throughout the year. This will help boost the sales of our National Car towards meeting the challenges of globalisation. Why not?
And third, highway concessionaires should consider 'opening up' areas of interest along their highways. For instance, fruit orchards. I have seen this in South Korea, Iran, Romania and Uruguay. During harvest, commuters may stop by, pluck their own choice of fruits, pay and leave. Dont you think this is impossible?
Let's not brag about how to encourage more people to use the existing highways, We should instead find solution to attract them to ply this highways more often, with considerable toll rate and more attractive 'packages' for them.
I remember a highway stretch from Seoul to Kyongju (120km), we could stop at 6 fruit and flower orchards. It became popular tourist attraction.
We should use our brain, not just the head which houses the brain!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
From an independent MP, Ibrahim joined Umno in 1982 but was removed from the party when the old Umno was declared illegal. He then joined Semangat 46 in 1989 and represented the party in the 1990 general election when he defended his Pasir Mas parliementary seat.
He later resigned from positions in Semangat 46 in 1991 and rejoined Umno the same year before being sacked from the party after contesting as a independent candidate in the 2004 general election (read Bernama h e r e).
Many says everyone deserves a second chance, except for this third for Ibrahim.
Whatever it is, his position was being reviewed by Umno and many hoped the largest Malay party will accept him as this will open the passage for thousands of his supporters to do so, including those in Pas and other parties.
I personally believe Ibrahim can contribute a lot to Umno's effort to strengthen its position as the pillar of Barisan Nasional. Its president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had also emphasised the need for more Malays to join and rejoin the party, regardless of their background as long as they can help boost its morale and image.
Even as an Independent in the Dewan Rakyat, Ibrahim has proven his quality in voicing out his parallel stand with the government, and as such he sometimes doesn't look to be somebody from outside the boat.
Used to be called 'a frog' for his leaping games, Ibrahim has centralised his focus on 'everything-about-Melayu' and this has given him a better platform to make a comeback.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
To ask the Malays, especially Pemuda to get out of their 'seige mentality' was something the last thing a leader would say in such a big party gathering. I would rather correct you and replace it with 'superficial mentality' which all this while has deprived many Malays of their legitimate rights to step forward in many areas.
Yes, you are still young. I have been very supportive of you not because you are somebody I knew much earlier but merely my clear hope and intention to see Umno could see the birth of charismatic and potential political wallaby that might change the socio-political atmosphere of the country.
Please get the right political advisers to assist you. Being young may eventually turns you into a corker. You can become much better than some of the veterans in Umno now. Regardless of how you jumped into politics (when many hated you for that but I was there since the very beginning without you knowing it), you need to go on. Why? Because you are already THERE!
I dont know who are the people around you but do beware of the cahood to bring you down. As Pemuda members are already rallying behind you (that's what Datuk Seri Najib asked you to do after the party elections in March), it will be wise that you employ the right people. Nothing to be shamed of as Barack Obama himself employs 16 advisers in various categories.
It wont be precise to ask the Malays to get out of their seige mentality. They have to keep some. Benefit of the doubts has proven worthful in many aspects of life.
You may have your own reason or points to proof but you could have overlooked the points of contention there.
The Malays have been well-known for being credulous. Many of them are good macaws too. The also possess the proclivity to be ignoramous in many things. As such, they need to habituate with the political evolution around them. And in doing so, they cannot simply indulge on the passion to learn. Instead, they must be able to distinguish the good values without having to take it from others who tend to play chummy with you.
I am not saying you are TOTALLY wrong. Najib, Muhyiddin and others are not faultless. They, too, used to fumble in their words. However, coming from a extrovert like you, many would wonder what are the kind of results you would like to churn from such a statement.
No! You were not being anomalous either. Just that when you are about to make headways, this 'minor error' will demand you 1001 answers.
Or was it just to fit it into our 1Malaysia? I think its too soon. Such a statement may augur well in 5-10 years to come should the Malays are still laggards. I believe that from now on, you should be well-prepared with polemics that will take place. However, I am convinced you can overcome it.
Many Malay politicians come to the crossroads when they became mavericks of issue. Some issues may pervade the hearts of the Malays too deep. Sometimes the medicament are too hard to find.
So, bro. As support for you is increasing, do observe more cautious the next time you want to speak. Having the 'seige' feelings toward your advisers will ensure you a smoother political platform.
You got years ahead. I would like to 'advise' you to become somebody whom others had failed to grab. Be a STATELY politician.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Conventional media, especially the newspapers and television are still popular. The only problem with them is their strong 'binding' to the government. Their editorial policy which supports the legitimate government is tying up their hands.
The editors of the mainstream newspapers and televisions have to safeguard their business interest. Most important is not to lose their permit. Such a policy will deter them from telling the public the whole truth about certain events.
So, they became the 'ball-guards' for certain political figures, including the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the rest of the administration. They tend to forget the fact that the cyberworld offers exclusive news without hiding anything.
Its not a surprise to see most of the mainstream newspapers and other new print media are losing heavily in their circulation and other revenue. To some extents, they have to conduct revamp after revamp to resolve such setbacks.
Of course, blogs come in many forms. Some are good read while the rest are just nasty. Readers are getting more choosey nowadays when it comes to getting what they termed as 'the right information' on the Internet.
Bernama says, the emergence of streams of blogs has reflected the society's awareness on the importance of having information but unfortunately this 'leeway' has provided the room for manipulation by irresponsible quarters.
Such a situation gives rise to a poser.
"To what extent that the trials and tribulations created by this new media has its impacts on the society and nation, and what is its repercussions on the people's thinking?"
While there is no actual competition between blogs and mainstream media, the impact will be more adverse on the commercial aspect of the conventional media businesses, in general. How many newspaper readers have stopped buying it and how many have not read it for years since the birth of weblogs and other new media?
So, its not a new phenomenon nowadays to see some bloggers are more prominent than that of some senior journalists and their editors.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This is perhaps one of the most attractive blogs I've seen. Well-presented, news-compact, colorful and it comes with varieties.
Dailychilli.com offers you almost a comprehensive segmentations of news, sports and other items, plus plenty of spicey photos of celebrities and others.
I dont know who the blog-owner is but I can just guess...
Good job, bro!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
A Kelantanese friend of mine asked: "Buoh palo? PALO GAPO?"
Then, this Senator Murugiah also took centerstage when announcing his intention to join any of BN's multiracial party, and that the party has offered him a deputy president chair.
After being expelled from PPP, the deputy minister has been finding ways to 'hit back' at Kayveas, claiming full support from the party's 170,000 members who would join him in his new platform.
Which party is making such an offer, anyway? Gerakan? YENNEY SULDRAK!
Its good to have jokers likes this. They really know how to enlighten us.
Wait! The story about this Rasul Melayu also claimed some highlites over the weekend. This Melayu from Keramat just loves the attention he got from the media, especially TV stations as he smiled all the way.
Again, this Kelantanese friend of mine said: "Buke ko kito ado doh ROSOL di Tganu?"