Sunday, September 30, 2012

No room for PR to criticise Budget 2013

To Pakatan Rakyat, no need to criticise BN's 2013 Budget. In fact, there is no room at all to do so. Just pay attention to your own 'Bajet Pakatan Rakyat' which promises the rakyat 'moon, sun and stars'.

Budget 2013 is for everybody, including Anwar, Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz and their supporters. It's not a titbits budget as claimed by the Opposition Leader as what comes under theirs is merely a 'dream package'.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim said the opposition will find no room to 'attack' Budget 2013 is it covers the whole strata of the society.

The rakyat should look well into the dynamism of the Budget as it takes into consideration their utmost need, like housing, education, utilities and employment.

And there is no way for the economy to go burst as the government is not only capable of maintaining its stability but also in debt repayment, said Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

Our debt is not more than 55 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is most manageable as compared to some developed and developing countries.

So, Pakatan should shut up and concentrate on their objective to bring down the government by dodging the rakyat.

What PM Najib tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on Friday was to take care of the well-being of society at large, which among others includes special allocations to the fishermen, farmers, police, armed forces personnel and pensioners.

Pakatan's Budget also tried to gain the police support with a 'considerable' pay hike but stop short of mentioning the armed forces and others. Of course they need the police to side them... who knows more Bersih would be organised after this!

Friday, September 28, 2012

A 'soothing' Budget

Congrats, Mr Prime Minister!

Obviously, it was not an election Budget. Compared with the package offered by Pakatan Rakyat, BN is continuing with its tradition to uplift the well-being of the rakyat, and NOT promising them a bridge where no river flows.

The RM251.6 billion proposed for 2013 was based on the nation's economic strength, the fundamentals and the world's economic mobility which is forecast to see some side effects of the Euro Zone's slowdown.

In general, the 1.5 month bonus to civil servants, a new BR1M scheme, personal tax insentive and a strong thrust given to the education sector are what the rakyat had anticipated and hoped for.

No 'sun and stars' are promised but it is undoubtedly an effort which reflects Barisan Nasional's honestly commitment to fullfil the country's and the rakyat's paramount need in ensuring progress, wealth, peace and stability.

With a focus to reduce our fiscal deficit, Budget 2013 themed 'Memakmur negara, mensejahtera rakyat: Janji ditepati' fits well into the 'soothing budget' bill.

A simple one, some may say but it covers the rakyat's aspiration - housing, additional tax deduction, rural transformation plan, education insentives, etc. In other words, nobody and no race will be left out.

Bumiputras businessmen continue to take the limelight. With RM9 billion worth of contract from the entire cost of the MRT will go to them, banks and financial institution will be there to give them a hand, if they comply.

So, its not an election budget like the one put up by the opposition.

Kit Siang manipulates BR1M... be careful!

A brief one while waiting for PM Najib to start with his Budget 2013 speech at Dewan Rakyat.

Lim Kit Siang said if the government fails to double BR1M from RM500 to RM1,000 as promised, Najib and his govt will face a torrid backlash from the rakyat.

Another crap and lie!

Hello old man! When did Najib and any of his ministers make such an announcement about doubling the BR1M? No record about it lor!

Its just another spin by Lim 'Soros' to dodge the rakyat prior to Budget 2013, hoping for some gauges to undermine it.

But, wasn't it Lim himself who said that BR1M was not good, and that it was only a BN's trick to woo votes and support?

Now, its the other way round.

He himself is expecting for PM to announce a 100 per cent hike to the quantum. You want some, Lim?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A 'stupid' Pakatan Rakyat's Budget

Minister at PM Dept Nazri Aziz called it a 'stupid Budget' while some BN Members of Parliament described 'Belanjawan Pakatan Rakyat' as only wanting to woo voters support for the next general election.

With some 'extraordinary' packages in the Budget, announced 36 hours before PM Najib tables the Budget 2013 at the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow, its contains among other things a plan to scrap PTPTN and doing away with most of policies that helped shaped up the country since Merdeka.
“It’s a stupid budget. They have a lot of promises, but nothing has been done yet, when are they going to fulfil them (promises)?” Nazri asked reporters in parliament today here.
Hulu Selangor MP P. Kamalanathan echoed his colleague’s sentiments and warned the people not to take Anwar’s budget proposal too seriously as it was “made by those who want to take over the government”.
“It is a joke budget. It is irresponsible and a vote-buying budget,” he said.
“We cannot simply promise things that cannot be done. The real budget will consider all the needs of the people,” he added.
Tangga Batu MP Datuk Idris Harin, who is also Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) chairman, said PR’s budget was not logical but impractical and that it would only confuse the public.
“For example, if they want to get rid of the 1 Malaysia Housing Project (PR1MA), it is not practical because it will cause projects that are already under construction to be idle,” he said, adding the proposal was merely a ploy to destroy what has already been built by the federal government.
“The process implemented by the government (in hiring more contractors) is (one) that can benefit more companies while ensuring more projects can be completed. It (the policy) also discourages monopoly,” he said...
Najib will likely use Budget 2013 to address key issues like housing and soaring inflation as he aims to woo key households whose support will be crucial to restoring Barisan Nasional’s supermajority in the upcoming polls.

Analysts predicted that Najib would use his last pre-election budget to hand out “sweeteners” similar to the cash hand-outs given under the previous budget and refrain from proposing any necessary but unpopular bold taxes to avoid a possible voter backlash.

Whatever it is, 'Belanjawan Negara' and NOT 'Belanjawan Pakatan Rakyat' (read Rocky's Bru) will definitely contain more logic and sense.

Of course in his pursuit to become the next prime minister, Anwar and his PR can promise us a bridge where no river flows...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

RM75m for NERS? You must be mad!

If this news is confirmed, I will object!

The Home Ministry, in its Budget 2013 proposal to the Treasury, is asking a special allocation amounting to RM75 million for NERS, the company that caused chaos and lot of problems during the just concluded 6P program.

Not only did the application provided by NERS was not able to help the government meet the objective of 6P - solving the issue of foreign workers in the country, notably its security aspect - it also contained lot of flaws!

The flops are mostly in data input and output, its efficiency and reliability. So many complaints were made to the ministry and Prime Minister's Office about the the company's services, particularly on data lost.

Few hundred thousands of foreigners who participated in the program were denied visa and working permits just because their keyed-in data went missing at NERS, thus complicating some of major procedures at the Immigration Dept.

Former KDN's sec-gen Mahmood Adam is aware of it, and so is minister Hishammuddin. Deputy PM and chairman of Cabinet Committee for Foreign Workers Muhyiddin Yassin too had, in a meeting, admitted the failure of the system.

And so, why are we giving more money to NERS when about RM1 billion was allocated and paid to them to provide the government with what was supposed to be a 'state-of-the-art technology' in registering foreign workers?

NERS is not a service provider, bear that in mind. Its only a contractor appointed by the government to deliver the equipment, which some say costs only about RM1,000 per complete set as compared with RM16,000 quoted by NERS.

Note how big the different is?

I was told that KDN is proposing for NERS to be given RM75 million every subsequent year for the service! What a waste of money!

The government should look into new ideas as how the immigrant problems can be further solved in a more cost-saving manner. Instead of RM75 million, the government can hire one or two companies that can come up with better idea as to how the issue can be attended to, at a much cheaper fee!

Rather than giving it to a failure, better create 75 jobs for Kontraktor Kelas D. At least, many people would get the benefit.

Unless there is a personal undertaking in providing that money to NERS. However, we know the politicians involved with NERS.

Yes, of course I support the government but I am not the 'kaki angguk' type. Sorry bro!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bloggers go to jail

Three prominent bloggers in Vietnam were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 4 to 12 years for 'spreading anti-government propaganda'.

I believe this is the first case bloggers are heavily-penalised for writing what they feel, see and hear, and coming from Vietnam, I think the decision will meet protest from other bloggers and the diplomatic corp, especially the liberalised West.
HANOI (Vietnam) - Three Vietnamese citizen journalists who have criticised the government in online postings were convicted today for spreading anti-government propaganda. They were given jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years.

The cases against the two men and one woman are some of the most high-profile currently being undertaken by the country's Communist rulers as they step up their campaign against bloggers and other pro-democracy activists.

One of the defendants' lawyers, Mr Ha Huy Son, says the three were found guilty of writing online articles "opposing the government" by a court in Ho Chi Minh City today.

President Barack Obama mentioned the case of one of them - Nguyen Van Hai, who wrote under the pen name Dieu Cay - in a speech that called for greater freedom for media around the world.
In Malaysia, there were cases when a minister and opposition MPs took few bloggers to court over their 'mis-reporting' and slander. Rais Yatim and Husam Musa are so keen of it. On the contrary, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng has the habit of suing mainstream newspapers like Utusan Malaysia for 'making derogatory remark's about him.

Also, I don't think Malaysian bloggers - be it pro-govt or pro-opposition - will go to jail for criticising BN or Pakatan unless they break the basic rule of the country, which is not to incite racial and religious hatred among Malaysians.

In fact, there are bloggers who sued a corporate leader for defamation.
Georgetown: Two men, believed to be bloggers, who sued a telecommunications businessman for defamation, will have their cases head at the High Court here on Oct 4.

Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, 29, and Mohamad Salim Iskandar, 39, had separately sued Abdul Razak Mohd Noor, 58, over two notices published in an English daily on Jan 14 and 15 which they deemed defamatory.

Judge Datuk G.V. Varghese, in fixing the date, said the trial could not proceed yesterday as a bundle of documents needed to be re-filed.

He also said one of the issues to be determined was who was the registered owner of the blogs of "Papagomo" and "Parpukari".
We are not Vietnam, maybe not just yet but bloggers must be responsible for what they write. To me, to criticise is okay but to defame is not wise!

Monday, September 24, 2012

No election this year...

"No election this year...", "Looks like next year la, YB!" and "Not November, maybe December..." are among some passing remarks I heard at the Parliament today.

However, the third one gained my fullest attention.

As Umno General Assembly will be held on Dec 1, means nothing will happen in November.

PM Najib will table the 2013 Budget on Friday Sept 28 and it will take between two to three weeks for it to go through debates, both at Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara. By then, it will be close to end of October.

If PM dissolves Parliament by end of Oct, we have 60 days to the poll but still, the Election Commission needs time to make preparation.

And since Umno GA has been slotted for Nov 27-Dec 1, there is no room to call for general election at that particular time.

So, there goes all the prediction and speculation that the national poll would be in November. Many even agree that since '11' is Najib's favorite number (is it?), November is best for election (read this interesting piece...)

A few days ago, DAP strongman Karpal Singh said the government can complete the term and mandate given by the rakyat before calling for another general election. The mandate ends in April 2013.

So, when is general election?

Do you care as to when?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

When they hoist Malaysian flag in southern Thai...

The car bomb that killed at least six and injured dozens of people in southern Thailand on Thursday signifies how the war is actually escalating. With thousands of people killed over the past 12 years, the conflict has turned into a personal vendetta - between the Muslims against security forces and among religious sects.

Malaysia, as usual, views the development within the scope of our border security with Thailand. However, diplomatic engagement with Bangkok does not permit us to come into the picture, notably in providing humanitarian assistance to the Muslims there.


On September 8, PM Najib met with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting held in Vladivostok, Russia. Najib assured Yingluck that Malaysia would cooperate fully in solving problems related to the insurgency and said that he was satisfied with Thailand's policies towards the restive region.

Despite these diplomatic niceties, the two countries have a conflicted history over Thailand's predominantly Malay Muslim southernmost provinces. In the 1960s and 1970s, for instance, Malaysia was complicit in providing assistance to separatist groups fighting against Thai rule.

While we deny any involvement with the separatist groups, it goes by tradition that the borders between Thailand and Perlis, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan share a lot of common when it comes to people-to-people relations.

It is a sensitive issue.

When the separatist insurgency began to resurface in 2001, Thai authorities hoped for cooperation with their Malaysian counterparts to track down separatist figures based in Malaysia, end the use of dual nationality to tighten border security, and clamp down on smuggled goods, particularly oil and narcotics.

A bilateral border agreement signed in 2000 that focused on combating criminality and promoting cooperation in areas of socioeconomic development initially signaled a new era of bilateral cooperation, but Malaysian assistance dwindled as the insurgency intensified.

Thaksin aggravated relations further when he repeatedly criticized Malaysia's position, including its treatment of Malay Muslims who crossed the border into Malaysia from Thai conflict areas as refugees.

On the day Malaysia celebrated Merdeka on Aug 31, the Muslims in southern Thailand hoisted Malaysian flags everywhere in the region - Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala and Songkhla.

It was perceived as a stark reminder that Malaysia will need to play a significant complementary role if the unprecedented levels of violence that have engulfed the historically restive ethnic minority region since early 2004 are to be subdued.

While it marked the anniversary of Malaysia's independence, it also symbolised the founding of Bersatu, a separatist umbrella group established in 1989.

Thai officials said soon after the incidents that insurgents were trying to spark a conflict between Thailand and Malaysia. Other sources with access to the movement, however, suggested that the incidents underscored a longstanding desire among many in the shadowy separatist movement for Malaysia to play an intermediary role in a negotiated peace process with the Thai government.

However, the issue is far too delicate. Malaysia, in avoiding Thai allegation of interfering in its internal matters and distant itself from the conflict, has somehow given the Thai Muslims a 'soft permitting' to enter and stay in the country.

The Immigration Department did not 'disturb' the Thais - close to one million of them - who work, study and doing their 'tomyam' business in Malaysia. Under the 6P program, they were 'excused'.

However, both countries should continue engagement on the issue before the conflict crosses the border. While showing great concern and sympathy towards the Muslims in southern Thailand, we could at least work within the diplomatic conduct to secure a more stable and war-free zone in the region.

Developing the region within the scope of Malaysia-Thai Border Authority is still the best option to bring about progress and peace at the border. The immigration from both sides must also work on a formula to control the passing in and out by people from both sides. If we can do that with Singapore, we can also have it with Thailand.

After all, we are two separate nations!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cuepacs president goes nonsense!

Cuepacs president Omar Osman is a nonsense!

He said on Wednesday that more than 1.4 million civil servants nationwide are prepared to work overtime - an extra 30 minutes without pay - if 70 per cent of its six claims are approved by the government in the 2013 Budget.

What is he up to by making such a 'stupid' counter-offer to the government? Its just like putting up conditions to wed the woman of your mom's choice! I find it absurd, totally absurd!

What's the different of coming to work 15 minutes earlier and leaving 15 minutes later. I believe most of them are alerady into such a practice, especially those working in the cities like Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Why? They just want to avoid the massive traffic jam!

And they are already used to going home a bit later to avoid similar problems. Or Omar is the only civil servant clocking in sharp at 8am and leaves at 4.30pm? Only robots do that!

More than 1.4 million civil servants nationwide are prepared to work overtime if 70 per cent of its six claims proposed by Cuepacs are approved by the government in the 2013 Budget.
Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman said government employees would work 30 minutes more without payment if their proposals including improving the Malaysia System of Remuneration (SSM) were accepted by the government.
"Cuepacs will ensure that civil servants will make a drastic change to their work culture, if possible, coming in 15 minutes earlier and going home 15 minutes later, which is a commitment of the civil servants to reciprocate the government's approval of their claims."
He said public servants were fervently awaiting the improved SSM after it was announced on March 8 that the SSM would be improved to replace the New Public Service Remuneration (SBPA) scheme which had been revoked.
Apart from improved SSM, Cuepacs is also making claims on maximum pay which is not in line with the annual pay increment.
Cuepacs also wants the government to undertake housing projects for units costing below RM135,000 in urban areas, raise fixed housing allowance, improve the status of 45,000 civil servants on contract, provide two months' bonus and review the abolished joint departmental council (MBJ) at the central level.
Another thing for Omar to use his brain to the fullest. Does he know that some civil servants 'curi tulang' at work - coming to office at 8, breakfast from 9am-10am, lunch 12pm-2pm, tea break at 3pm-3.30pm?

How much time is wasted there? And the government and the taxpayers can tolerate and compromise such an attitude.

Sorry la, bro. I think Cuepacs needs a new president! Good that you are not a politician!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Najib, Rais, MCMC and TM must read this!

Don't blame Rais Yatim and his ministry. The MCMC, one of the agencies under Rais purview is not the only one to shoulder the burden.

Its the system, the government's regulation and over-protectionism for some of its GLCs. While the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture is responsible to sanction, recommend and implement, some of the government's unpractical policies are just there to stay!

We are inching toward becoming a fully-developed nation by the year 2020, and that is less than eight years from now. However, major hiccups in the telecommunication sector is dampening a comprehensive effort in enhancing the sector and its related services.

According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, Malaysia's position in the area of international internet bandwidth took a significant slump, from 60th to 83rd among the 144 countries under the survey.

Our broadband internet subscription per 100 population also slipped from 62nd to 68th while our position in mobile broadband subscription per 100 population stood at 64, worse than than of some African nations!

So, how will the telecommunication and communication sectors cushion the impact of hefty demand for such services when we near 2020?

Being some of the factors that contributed to Malaysia's downward standing (from 21st to 25th), the government, via Rais ministry should consider taking up a more aggressive approach in gearing up such services.

The MCMC, especially those appointed to steer it must open up their mind to new ideas, keeping abreast with latest technology and adopting a more friendlier engagement to new players in the communication industry.

Rais' ministry has a challenging task in meeting the demands and also in meting problems of constraint expertise in the area. The status of a developed nation will not be complete without a commanding telecommunication and communication facilities.

 While the government should also open up the doors to new players with the right set of technology in telecommunication sector, the MCMC must also engage them (the new players) in a more positive manner, and not by telling them 'I will pull (revoke) your license' during a handshake! I don't want to name the MCMC personel but I hope such a bad attitude will change or we will take you to task over your arrogance!

What is our broadband penetration rate now? About 62 per cent? With a 2 per cent acceleration rate per annum, we will only be able to cover about 76 per cent of the nation by year 2020, and that will not reflect the status of a fully-developed nation.

The government, on the other hand is not contributing much. Its policy in protecting some of its GLCs, particularly Telekom Malaysia (TM) is hindering MCMC and others in finding the right tempo to enhance its services.

However, I am also perturbed at the government's call for new players to come in and complement the industry. We actually failed to walk the talk.

While encouraging more local entrepreneurs to jump onto the bandwagon, we imposed a grip on the telecommunication giant, Telekom Malaysia. The government provides it with a full protection to the extent that no other players could come close to it.

TM is afraid of competitions, let alone an idea to complement its services in speeding up the internet penetration to the whole country. To TM, such a move would lead to its eventual demise. In other words, new players could maul TM!

That shouldn't be the case.

Companies like Syarikat Jalur Lebar Nasional (Jalenas) acquires the right knowledge and technology to complement TM but Rais's ministry, the MCMC and the government treat Jalenas with askance, sharing the same sentiment with TM!

To date, Jalenas is the only Bumiputra company with experts in the latest broadband technology, acquiring it from Sweden, the world's hub for broadband.

However, we are not receptive to changes. MCMC refused to recognise Jalenas and take it as a partner but to snub the company with its bullying tactics. Prime Minister Najib who launched Jalenas' first project in Kuantan in 2009 is also ignoring its plight, not understanding the paramount need for engaging the latest telecommunication technology for the country.

But I believe Najib is too busy with his routine. So, Rais has to step in and advise the PM on the issue or his ministry will have to take the blame over the sluggish work of the MCMC. Or, does Rais himself understands such needs?

We need to be more open. The government should open up the door to companies like Jalenas to joint hands with MCMC and TM in complementing such a big task in wiring up the whole nation. Even a 90 per cent penetration by the year 2020 will not reflect our fully-developed status.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is an example of how a GLC adopts an open door policy by inviting the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to complement its task in lighting up the whole country. And even with the present number of IPPs, some corners of Malaysia are still in the dark.

We would like to see an openness in managing our communication and telecommunication sectors. Not only that we must open up TM, we must also engage the right people to sit at the MCMC, the people who have the ability to monitor world's innovation and applying it, not a bunch of so-called experts who only warm their seat!

The government, on the other hand, has to employ the right minds who can work and advise the Cabinet on such matters, not a group of 'yesmen' whose role is to 'aye' everything the government decides on.

I hate comparing Malaysia with Singapore but the Republic is at world's no.4 in broadband connectivity, running a 1gbps (giga bytes per second) as compared to Malaysia's between 20-45mbps (mega bytes per second). In South Korea, its between 500 to 800mbps while in Cambodia and Vietnam, its between 50 to 200mbps.

Have you heard that some personal at the Defense Ministry (Mindef) have to fork out extra money from their own pocket to enhance internet speed at their office which stands at only between 2-15mbps?

What a shame!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Of Wong Chun Wai, The Star and Helen

A few pro-government blogs had recently bombarded The Star, writer Helen Ang and group editor-in-chief Wong Chun Wai for showing 'signs of inclination' toward the opposition pact, and in this case the DAP.

I am not sure if the writers do know WCW in person or The Star's policy but one thing I am sure of, the three (WCW especially) are for Barisan Nasional and PM Najib's administration. Helen, an ex-Star is a critic writer - while supporting BN, she also criticises any policy deemed as not bringing any good result to the country.

I am also such a writer who feels free to weigh any government program, analysing the process of implementation and the result. While working closely with some ministers, I also 'whack' them for similar reasons.

Home Minister Hishammuddin recently came under my sharp criticism over the failure of the 6P program in addressing the issue of foreign workers in the country, and he was okay about it. Foreign Minister Anifah too is among my favorite target. In fact, I had on many occasions criticised PM, his deputy and few Cabinet members over certain issues.

As an Umno member, I believe I am among a few bloggers who give so much attention in observing and writing about the party, pointing to its weaknesses and complacency and the manner in which it is being led. And the response from the top leadership and the grassroot members are always positive.

I am of the opinion that we cannot become 'yesmen' to everything that the government does and introduce. As some policies augur well to the national upkeep, the rest need to be reviewed. Nodding to the bosses perhaps is the trait among majority of the civil servants, notably the seniors as they simply don't want to give the impression that whatever they do is backfiring.

To me, this is bad. However, in shooting out our criticism, we must also be able to line our logic and good counter-argument as to how such a policy should be administered. And in some cases, I found that my view is well-accepted.

The Star belongs to MCA, a key component of Barisan Nasional. MCA will not betray the spirit of cooperation within BN, neither will it allow The Star editorial team to run the newspaper to their whim and fancy.

Like any other pro-government newspapers, I believe The Star puts business above all. While the Media Prima group (New Straits Times and Berita Harian) and Utusan Malaysia seem to be 'punctual' in their attacks against the opposition, The Star gives a little space to Pakatan Rakyat.

Those who read The Star everyday will notice this but that does not condemn the newspaper as being pro-opposition. Its not fair at all to accuse WCW and his editorial team of becoming a set of tools for Pakatan propaganda.

When the paper published a few line story about Ong Kian Ming's entry into DAP, it was just another form of news, just like when other papers carried stories about Zaid Ibrahim leaving Umno and forming Kita, and Lajim Ukin joining the opposition.

A news is just another news. Although readers have options in sourcing it, mainstream newspapers are always sought. For English, The Star and NST are the major ones but readers who look for balanced-reporting would go for The Star.

I don't buy too many newspapers. I usually opt for one English and one Bahasa. In supporting the government, I must also keep abreast with happenings on the other side. News about the opposition movement is also important as it helps me in my writing and keeping track of the domestic politics.

To me, pooling only for pro-BN news will not help in our political strategy to counter any of their assault. In inculcating reading habit among the people, we should not bar them from reading such news because it helps mature them, both socially and politically.

And its not fair at all for me to label those reading Harakah, Roket or Suara Keadilan as being pro-opposition! Do you?

WCW is always a pro-government journalist. Accusing her of being pro-opposition is also not very right as she is very supportive of the blog that lambasts the opposition, notably Lim Guan Eng in Penang, Stopthelies. She also accuses The Star of being pro-DAP but stems out from her personal grudges against The Star and WCW.

The Star is a good newspaper in the sense that it caters to both sides of the readers. Although it may allocate between 2 per cent to 3 per cent of its space to the opposition news, it helps in maintaining a good circulation and a vibrant advertisement revenue, unlike other newspapers that saw reeling income due to over obsession in politics.

The Star, which employs a few thousand staff, is happy to keep a bulging purse and share it with shareholders and employees. A little opposition news is a fine balance because some of the companies taking up the advertisement are also sitting on the opposition bench.

Without good revenues, The Star will not be able to offer higher salaries and better perks to its staff. I remember during my tenure with a newspaper company, some pro-opposition companies and corporate figures did take up the advertisement space, contributing to almost 30 per cent of the newspaper's monthly nett income.

And what's wrong with that?

The Star honors and place employees as its most valuable asset. And to reward them, the management has to work hard in securing a stable and good revenue which will be translated into employees' remunerations. While The Star can afford to offer a six-month bonus to its staff, other publications can only manage a two-month, and while other newspapers see declining revenue from advertisements, The Star is still riding high.

I don't think the government is offended with the small space The Star gives to the opposition news. In fact in journalism, any news is just news and everybody deserves the rights to read a balanced-report. I don't call The Star as a balance newspaper as almost 97 per cent of its news content is attributed to BN and non-opposition stuff.

Helen is just another difficult case but we may find many 'Helen' at NST, BH, Utusan and other publications. We have some pro-Anwar journalists serving NSTP and Utusan, and so are some senior government servants who enjoy high monthly salaries from the Public Service Department but clawing back at the government.

Are we denying all this?

So, accusation is the rights of the accuser but making wild accusation without any tangible proof and bona fide reasons will reflect how naive we are at ascertaining our words. We need to be fair and take every aspect of it into our consideration.

I believe should Pakatan Rakyat takes over Putrajaya after the next general election (I am against this idea), The Star will remain strong - in keeping its business and protecting the interest of its thousand employees. I am not sure about others.

Politics aside, I believe The Star is and will forever support the government but at the same time puts the interest of its employees and shareholders on the back of a good and strong business footings.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Malaysia Day, different celebrations

Malaysia is 49 today. It marks the day when the Federation of Malaysia was formally formed among North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya in 1963.

The declaration was made by Tun Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, our first prime minister who also paved the way for the Independence of Malaya on Aug 31, 1957.

In his Malaysia Day message, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on the people to uphold unity among the various race, religions and cultures in the country as to ensure continuous growth and stability for the country.


He also reminded Malaysians to remember and appreciate the sacrifices of past leaders in charting the path that has led the country achieved what it has today.

The government has chosen Bintulu, one of the main contributors to the national economic growth, as the venue for this year Malaysia Day celebration.

However, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat is celebrating it in Kuching with a signing of a 'Kuching Declaration'. Details will be released later today.

The declaration will be inked by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Pas president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian, Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and Sarawak Pas commissioner Adam Ahid.

Pakatan Rakyat says Malaysia Day is more significant to Sarawak than the Merdeka Day on August 31.

I dunno if Sarawakians and Sabahans agree to such a notion...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

No chance for Pakatan

There are fair comments, and there are bias about Pakatan's chance of taking over Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

However, a sincere analysis and thought is hard to come by these days, especially from foreigners... I mean real foreigners.

Read this comment by someone in Hong Kong, published in The Star Online:
"A Hong Kong university professor has predicted that Pakatan Rakyat will not form the government in the next general election - even with increased support from Malay and Chinese voters. City University's Asian and International Studies Department acting head Prof William Case said he believed that the increase in support from Chinese and urban Malay voters would not translate into Pakatan taking over Putrajaya. Even if Pakatan were to win over all Chinese votes, the demographic of about 26% is hardly enough to determine any election in Malaysia - except in Penang. True, more urban middle-class Malays will support Pakatan given their resentment over recent corruption cases. But while Pakatan may increase its vote share - even to that above what it won in 2008 - this will not be enough for it to win a majority of parliamentary seats,” he said in an e-mail interview here yesterday."
 Are there any other such comments you get from overseas of late, except the ones supporting PR and believing there will be change of regime in Malaysia?

Some of those who made such a prediction had never been to Malaysia either!

Continue reading...

Friday, September 14, 2012

PKR inside job?

At the Israel-Palestine demarcation line, Israeli soldiers will shoot any of its low-ranking soldier (not to kill him) and then pay for his medical expenditure, special allowance and treatment. When fully recovered, he will be promoted to a mid-senior position.

They usually do it on purpose and for one good reason - an excuse to blame the injury on the Palestinians, thus granting them permission to launch a large scale counter-attack on its neighbor. Such attacks normally will claim many Palestinian lives.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the US soldiers had done better. They killed any of their 'lousy' marine to gain the passport to kill scores of civilian.


In Rim, Melaka on September 8, Anwar Ibrahim's PKR bus was attacked and splashed with red paint, its windscreen cracked.

The local folks said they didnt even know who did it, let alone identifying the cars and other vehicles used by the 'attackers'. Some told me, the cars didn't bear Melaka registration number but carries the initial 'W' and 'B' - Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Selangor respectively.

"They are not locals, they are outsiders. We know almost each and every people here. Rim is not a big place," they said.

So, could similar tactic used by Israel and US been applied here? That those who 'sabotaged' the bus were together with Anwar's convoy. They traveled in cars and motorbikes, ahead or behind the bus. On approaching Rim, they followed the script already prepared before departure.

The agenda was to find a good reason to blame it on the local folks and the ruling government. Its all about politics, dirty politics.

It could incite peoples' hatred towards the government, towards Barisan Nasional. They will accuse BN of engaging gangsters and thugs to disrupt Anwar's road tour in the state and other places. It works, sometimes.

We are not sure but there is such a possibility...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Snobbish!

Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim says whoever the contractor for Langat 2 water treatment plant is, will eventually has to face his office.

What a snobbish way of handling the issue!
 "The exco has discussed the issue. The Federal Government's decision to open tender is because it has a responsibility on the matter, but the state government wants to remind bidders and the Federal Government that the state has certain powers as stipulated in the Constitution and National Land Code. The state government wants to remind everyone that it will protect this responsibility. You (Langat 2 bidders) know the cost and boundaries..."
After all difficulties faced by the people, Khalid still wants to play marshal to effort taken up by the Federal Government in finding solution to the woes.


I believe in matters like these, the State and Federal should work hand-in-hand. Politics and personal interest aside, the project must be co-supervised as it benefits everybody.

Selangor is already on the verge of a water crisis and this is all due to the rapid economic development in the state which has outstripped the infrastructure available at the moment, and the Langat 2 plant can address the issue.

Two years ago, Selangor's water reserves stood at 6.0 per cent but had dropped to less than 3.0 per cent this year, compared to the ideal reserves of 10 per cent.

Khalid had recently said irrespective of the federal government’s decision to push ahead with the tender offer for the treatment plant, the Selangor government still reserved the right to approve the plans for the RM8.65 billion project.

Although he had given his assurance that the state would not interfere with the federal government’s plans, Khalid said all state agencies such as the land offices, local authorities, Forestry Department, Irrigation and Drainage Department, Selangor Water Management Board (Luas ) and the Environment Department had been ordered to forward all applications regarding the project directly to him.

“You can offer the tender, but when you make the plans, you have to bring it to the state government for approval.”

Again, why can't both sides - the State and Federal - form a committee to look into it? Why only Selangor?

Or is Khalid having something up his sleeves?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mersing Laguna: Comments and sentiments

Anonymous Anonymous said...
bila masa dan siapa suroh Sultan ni mencampori hal bisness???Is he the CEO pf the state or he is the sultan yang boleh membuat keputusan
September 9, 2012 4:04 PM
This is one of many comments to my earlier posting What happens to Mersing Laguna?. I wonder who wrote such a comment but he/she is obviously someone who just wanted to join the room without having any knowledge whatsoever about the head and tail of the issue.

I am also of the opinion that the reader is just another person who doesn't know the duty of a Sultan as the head of state and his rights in making such a decision.

In cancelling the Mersing Laguna RM22 billion project, the Sultan (as many comments agreed) did use his righteous discretion after taking into consideration some important aspects of it.

One of the readers nicknamed Bentayan posted a series of comments defending His Majesty's decision and reasons as to why the project was cancelled.

Bentayan said...
kamu lebih teruk dari Radiant.
Apa yang kamu boleh buat untuk Mersing?
Johore tak terjejas sikit pun, Sultan tetap makan tak abis, tapi kehidupan kami di Mersing takkan berubah kerana Cik Seri Mersing yang bijak pandai tak nak create projek macam Laguna kat kampung halaman sendiri.
Kalau setakat kejar projek Kerajaan, kamu boleh join Kelab Kontraktor Kelas F UMNO.

September 9, 2012 1:32 AM
 However, a fair comment came from an Anon, referring to what Bentayan had written.
  
Dear Bentayan,We share your strong sentiments about Mersing as the family and I had planned to retire in Mersing after recently acquiring a small plot of land there.
Your respect to the recently deceased is equally shared..INNALILLAHI..
However among friends in the technical field , we had been very sceptical about this development plan from day one.
The idea of creating
artificial island is just not feasible or way out.
If Dubai has natural lagoons and islands like Mersing, even they might not have built the Jumeira Palm .
Just look at the Dangga Bay.
Dredging works which started many many years back are still on-going today.
Master developer had since changed hands, yet not much progress can be seen.
You wrote.."Sekurang-kurangnya Radiant Starfish/Mersing Laguna mengeluarkan belanja yang besar untuk membuat kajian, membayar perunding, membuat EIA dan sebagainya"..
This raised a bigger question which maybe the commentor Mat September 8, 2012 8:34 PM, can answer.
The right consultants paid with proper fees will come out with good ,feasible plans that can be implemented.

wak
September 10, 2012 11:44 AM
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Whatever it is, the Sultan has made his decision. Although many were hoping that the project - already made headlines worldwide when it was launched earlier this year - would be salvaged, I personally believe the Sultan has every rights to know what is taking place in his state, and for that reason, his consent should be sought.

The comments posted gave us a wider picture of the sentiments shrouding Mersing Laguna.

Projects come, projects go but for such a mammoth, it takes a lot of things into consideration.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

What happens to Mersing Laguna?

The RM22 billion Mersing Laguna project which gained much publicity earlier this year, has been cancelled.

The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar said the project had been cancelled after the developer Radiant Starfish Development Berhad failed to raise the paid-up capital to RM200 million within six months as required under the agreement signed on Feb 25.

What happened? Malaysians were looking forward to the project, dubbed to be at par with the Gold Coast in Brisbane, when it was launched sometimes in March. I think the developer's representative has some explanations to do.

UPDATE:
Here's a good comment by a reader called Bentayan:
"CEO Mersing Laguna, Ungku Safian kembali ke Rahmatullah pada pagi Jumaat 8.30 7 Ogos 2012 kerana komplikasi hati dan telah menjalani rawatan tidak beberapa lama selepas majlis pelancaran Mersing Laguna. Pengumuman pembatalan projek dibuat pada hari yang sama. Keluarga dan syarikat pemaju tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa dalam keadaan yang menyedihkan ini.
Di harap semua komentar dapat memberi sedikit rasa hormat walaupun tidak bersetuju dan menganggap projek tersebut hanya angan-angan kosong.
Kebanyakan rakyat Malaysia tidak memahami keadaan ekonomi daerah Mersing yang ketinggalan jauh di belakang daerah-daerah lain di negeri johor. kami sebagai penduduk tempatan amat mengharapkan satu projek yang dapat memberi peluang pekerjaan dan menjana ekonomi mikro.
Sebelum ini tidak ada syarikat multinasional atau konglomerat yang berminat melabur atau mencadangkan projek seumpamanya di Mersing yang boleh memberi harapan kepada kami. Sekurang-kurangnya Radiant Starfish/Mersing Laguna mengeluarkan belanja yang besar untuk membuat kajian, membayar perunding, membuat EIA dan sebagainya sehinggalah beberlanja untuk mendapatkan persetujuan Kerajaan Negeri dan perkenan Sultan Johor.
Mengutuk dan menghina memang merupakan kegemaran rakyat Malaysia tanpa mengambil kira apa keperluan orang lain terutamanya kami di Mersing.
If any of you people with money and direct access to the istana of Johore, then you are welcome to develop Mersing with some `realistic' project. If you don't have it takes, then go fly kites."

Mersing Laguna involved the development of boutique hotels, service apartments and waterfront villas on 809ha of reclaimed land, touted to be the country's biggest land reclamation project.

Radiant Starfish had also signed agreements with four partners - Chinese construction conglomerate Sinohydro Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, China-based theme park developers Shengrong International Group Co Ltd, Johor education foundation YPJ Holding Sdn Bhd and CIMB Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd.

Under the agreement, the reclamation work to create 2,000 acres of land will be carried out by China's Sinohydro, one of the biggest dredging and reclamation companies in the world and has been involved with the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China and the Bakun Dam in Sarawak.

Mersing Laguna, which started its three-year reclamation work, is located between the Endau-Rompin and the Marine Parks off the coast of Mersing.

Reclamation project involves a 36km stretch of the beach. The project was one of the nine announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be implemented in the ECER region that straddles Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and Mersing in Johor on Feb 28.

I hope there is a way to salvage the project...

Friday, September 7, 2012

PRU in June 2013

Earlier predictions were made for June, then July and August. Nothing happened.The opposition, especially, enjoys simulating the general election as they resolute on strong campaigns and political propaganda since last year.

The ruling party, on the other hand, relies on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib's 'inspiration' in deciding the perfect timing.

While he had announced Sept 28 as Budget Day, indications now point to November. Taking into account the Budget needs about four weeks to pass through Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, he can only dissolve the the Parliament (after getting consent from His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong) sometimes by end October or early November.

But it also depends on sentiments and the Parliament. There were times when the Budget took six weeks to pass through both chambers, forcing the session to be extended.

Let's say the Parliament is dissolved by end of October. Going by the Constitution, elections must be called within 60 days.

It will not be that 'proper' to have it in November. The Election Commission needs about a month to make preparations. The Opposition is against it, especially PAS over its worries for the hajj season which will see at least 200,000 voters out of the scene.

November will also see the schools being used for SPM, SPVM and STPM examinations. As schools are the usual spots for polling, December is seen suitable - those performing the hajj have returned, school holidays have just started and the EC is fully-prepared.

But still, it will be monsoon. How are we going to prepare for a monsoon elections when some low areas are under water? Flood brings chaos and the government will have to attend to those affected first.

So, looks very unlikely.

Monsoon will go on until end January. Schools will be re-open and there will be no space to call for national poll.

Perhaps we can consider another factor here.

Just let the government completes its mandate until April. Its the mandate given by the voters, so there's nothing wrong with it.

When is the first session of the Parliament? March of April? As general elections are usually called after the dissolution of the first session of the Parliament, say by end of April, we can also go to the poll sometimes in early June.

Why not?

So, rilex!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Malaysia is still among the world's best economies

Falling four rungs to 25th in the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2012-2013 does not put Malaysia in the stream of losers. Considering the 'near perfection' of the report, the country is still among the world's strongest and vibrant economies and among the top 10 in Asia-Pacific region, much placed than China and India.

The GCR by the World Economic Forum (WEF) based in Geneva covers 144 countries still ranked Malaysia as among the top 20 per cent of the most competitive economies.

We have also been upgraded to the transition range of development from Efficiency-Driven Stage towards Innovation-Driven Stage of Development, based on our GDP per capita increase to US$9,700 from US$8,423 previously.

(Also read Rocky's Bru)

In other words, the 25th ranking does not reflect significant downward trend to its major sectors although some may need re-adjustment and stronger push.

Maintaining its score of 5.1, the most notable advantage is found in the country's efficient and competitive market for goods and services and its remarkably supportive financial sector, as well as its business-friendly institutional framework.

In a region where many economies suffer from the lack of transparency and the presence of red tape, Malaysia stands out as particularly successful at tackling those two issues. Yet, despite the progress achieved, much remains to be done to put the country on a more solid growth path, according to the report, released today.

Of course, the Opposition and its media will capitalise on the rank issue but they need to know that the countries that overtook Malaysia - South Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates - are exercising massive development and infrastructure plan. However, in terms of economic growth, we still fared better.

Malaysia's competitive strengths - apart from its efficient and competitive market for goods and services, which ranked 11th - are in the areas of legal rights index (1st), pay and productivity (4th), government services for improved business performance (new indicator, ranked 4th), investor protection, agriculture policy costs and government procurement of advanced technology products (4th) and extent of staff training (7th).

Others are burden of government regulation and the ease of access to loans (8th), financing through local equity market (9th), business impact of rules on FDIs (10th) and efficiency of legal framework in challenging regulations (10th).

Nevertheless, the report noted some factors that had adversely affected Malaysia's competitiveness, mainly in the areas of government budget balance and debt, health, crime and technological readiness.

These are women in labour force (119), government balance budget (110), redundancy costs, weeks of salary (108), secondary education enrollment rate, gross percentage (103), general government debt in terms of percentage of GDP (100) and malaria cases per 100,000 population (86).

Most alarming are broadband internet subscription per 100 population (68th) and mobile broadband subscription per 100 population (64th).

This factor, together with the lack of progress in the country's focus in promoting the use of ICT, will significantly undermine Malaysia's efforts to become a knowledge-based economy by the end of the decade, or in other words, in attaining a fully-developed nation by the year 2020.

TOP 30 COUNTRIES

1.   Switzerland
2.   Singapore
3.   Finland
4.   Sweden
5.   Netherlands
6.   Germany
7.   United States
8.   United Kingdom
9.   Hong Kong SAR
10. Japan
11. Qatar
12. Denmark
13. Taiwan, China
14. Canada
15. Norway
16. Austria
17. Belgium
18. Saudi Arabia
19. Republic of Korea
20. Australia
21. France
22. Luxembourg
23. New Zealand
24. United Arab Emirates
25. Malaysia
26. Israel
27. Ireland
28. Brunei Darussalam
29. China
30. Iceland

"Kepala Bapak Kau!"

I remember a scene from P Ramlee's 'Labu Labi' when P Ramlee (Labi) and M Zain (Labu) were quarreling over the same woman, and that led them to an argument.

"Labi! Ini kepala bapak kau, ini pulak kepala bapak aku. Kalau kau anak jantan, kau pijaklah kepala bapak aku...," Labu said.

This 'kepala bapak' issue is not new. Stamping on leaders photo, tearing and burning pro-government newspapers and the national flag have been perceived as insolent and fanatic but I personally believe it has more to do with politics of extremism.

In fact, the Western community is so used to such a value.

What took place at Dataran Merdeka on the eve of Merdeka celebration was not uncommon or new. It has taken place few years ago in Terengganu, Kelantan and Penang when some extremist groups linked to political parties tore and torched the Jalur Gemilang.

An Opposition party too is so fond of burning Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian in Kelantan while in Penang, DAP-led government has imposed a ban on Utusan and New Straits Times.

These people just do no believe in consultation. Instead, they vent their anger on pro-government publications and organisations.

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng used to stamp on photos of BN leaders and some BN fanatics too did the same thing. The only different is the degree of their fanaticism.

Well, 'Labu Labi' is just a comedy. In politics, everybody will jump in fury if the other party did such things on their interest.

Whatever it is, it takes two to tango, right?


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The question is, WHY NOW?

The question is, why now?

Why didn't those who 'uphold' Sang Saka Malaya produce the flag at previous Merdeka celebrations. Why chose our 55th anniversary?

What's the political motive and agenda?

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said it was nothing wrong, and that it was meant to remind Malaysians of the old flag proposed before Independence. But still, why now?


And did Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat friends know that Sang Saka Malaya was adopted from the Indonesian flag by some pro-Jakarta leaders who had the intention to annexe Tanah Melayu as part of the Republic's territory after Merdeka?

It was also part of the reasons why Indonesia launched 'Konfrontasi' with us after Sarawak and Sabah decided to join Malaysia in 1963-1966). At that time, Sukarno had ambitions of including North Borneo territories to form a bigger Indonesia or a Borneo State sympathetic to or aligned with Indonesia.

Indonesia also regarded the Federation as having a neocolonial status contrary to that of revolutionary Indonesia, especially in light of the fact that Britain would continue to have military bases in Malaya and Singapore.

That's why the flag is also known as Sang Saka Nusantara to reflect Indonesian's dominance in the Malay Archipelago.

It was also for that reason that Sang Saka Malaya was rejected as our national flag. As an independence state, Malaya wanted to be free from any foreign interference.

The timing for the 'resurfing' of the flag is also in doubt. Why can't Anwar himself read what was written on the banner, 'This flag (Jalur Gemilang) must go!'. What does that imply? And he still supports it!

They really have intention to change Jalur Gemilang should Pakatan Rakyat wins the next general election. Although Nik Aziz, Kit Siang, Karpal and others had denied any PR role in the flag issue, it was a dangerous game to play.

Those involved actually took advantage of the government's decision to repeal the Internal Security Act (ISA), the overwhelming support for Bersih and other radical developments that added fuel to the 'anti-Malaysia' sentiments.

Again, why only now?

Monday, September 3, 2012

We are over tolerant

I think we have been over tolerant, too soft and too 'giving' in letting them step on our head. While the opposition, the NGOs and political pressure groups get more breather and space from the government's compromising attitude, the nation is open to more unnecessary radical and subversive onslaughts.

Many of us are wondering as to whether the government had and is making the right move to bring the people together, ensuring them peace and stability and at the same time preparing them with a better future.

(While writing this post, former IGP Tun Haniff Omar is chairing a meeting on Bersih, tasked to look into the overwhelming support Ambiga gets, and its demand. We cannot just deny that Bersih is getting popular).

Yes, some of the government's decisions did produce good result. However, some are fast backfiring and provide the opposition and radical groups with a better platform to score their undesirably results on the people, and the nation as a whole.

We managed to wage a war against religious extremist such as the Al-Maunnah and Ibrahim Libya. The Sauk and Memali episodes detailed out how we should act fast and with full authority in containing such elements that could harm the nation.

Political extremism was also dealt with accordingly, especially those who tried to incite religious and racial hatred among Malaysians.

But we had the Internal Security Act (ISA) back then, the set of law condemned by the opposition, human rights groups and the developed West as draconian. However, it was this draconian that helped put the country to order, the same law which Singapore refused to repeal.

I believe (I guess majority Malaysians would agree) we need a new set of law to safeguard everybody's interest. It has to be fully-enforced without bias and prejudice if we want to see political stability and public order are attained. Whether it takes some heads to roll - opposition or not - we must come down hard on them.

What happened at Dataran Merdeka on the eve of Merdeka celebrations should act as an eye-opener to the government and the opposition.

We are yet to ascertain whose idea was it to produce a new flag for Malaysia and who incited Malaysian-hatred among the youths who took part but their action can be well-described as subversive as it was against the Constitution.

The Home Ministry which is blamed for some 'blunders' of failing to take stern action on elements like these, cannot anymore be seen as compromising with those involved. If no action is taken, things would get worse.

The propagators of  'democracy, human rights and freedom' should be well aware of the consequences the nation would face if total or absolute freedom is awarded. Unless they want to see the country's vision of emerging as a fully-developed nation goes down the drain, they may contest the points.

Foisting democracy onto countries ill-prepared for its associated freedoms could also be detrimental to the country's stability

Sudden change even if it is for the good is disruptive. Democracy for people who are not used to it can undermine stability resulting in war, and in this case, Malaysia is still unable to accept the absolute freedom that Western democracies believe in.

Maybe one of these days, perhaps we would be comfortable with their values but for the moment, we are not.

Freedom should not be taken out of context. We are different from others. Better to take precautionary moves before its too late.

The opposition and outsiders may not like it but we have shown them how strong measures really augured well in keeping the house clean from extremism and subversive materials. If bloodshed and civil war start to tear the country apart, any action would be too late!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bintulu offended

CASE 1:
Call it a slip of the tongue or part of the script but the damage has been done. Over excitement and tactless sometimes drive us out of context and out of conscience.

That's what happened to TV presenter Nurul Syuhada Nurul Ain during live coverage of the Merdeka Day celebration in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Millions of viewer watched and heard what she said.

Some may apprehend it as a minor error but those who were offended took it otherwise. Calling Bintulu - the venue for Malaysia Day celebration on September 16 - as a 'backward place' didn't underscore a good PR for TV3.

Sarawakians didn't like it, especially the people in Bintulu who felt insulted and humiliated over such a remark. Whether Nurul realised it or not, her statement was as good as condemning and undermining Bintulu for being picked as the Malaysia Day venue.

BN Back Benchers' Club (BNBBC) chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing who is also Bintulu MP said her remark was damaging Bintulu's reputation and for that, TV3 should come up with an open appology.

I guess Media Prima should organise more PR courses for its staff, notably among its journalists, and teach them more about 'script of the tongue'. In journalism, sensitivity really counts.

CASE 2:
Bahrain said Saturday that it filed a protest with Iran over a broadcast translation that wrongly substituted Bahrain for Syria in a speech by Egypt’s president.

A statement by Bahrain’s government said that President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt referred to the Syrian rebels fighting an “oppressive” government during a speech at a conference in Tehran on Thursday.

Bahrain said that Iranian state television instead replaced the word “Syria” with “Bahrain” in its translation

Iran is an ally of Syria but has criticized Bahrain for cracking down on Shiite protesters.
 
NOTE: That's how small errors led to damaging consequences!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Changing Malaysia's name, a new Jalur Gemilang and new NegaraKu

Are we still celebrating Merdeka?

I just wanna make a short post. Its about Merdeka and the opposition.

Among the 150,000 people attending Merdeka Day celebration at the National Stadium last nite, I didn't see any Pakatan Rakyat's leaders. No Anwar Ibrahim, no Nik Aziz and Hadi Awang, and no Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng.

Mat Sabu was not anywhere near the stadium, and neither were Nurul Izzah, Azmin, Karpal (we must excuse him for being wheelchaired) and others.

None of them.

I guess Malaysia has never been their country, and they never recognise Jalur Gemilang as the National Flag while NegaraKu is not the national anthem.

Oopss... maybe we can understand why were they absent. They are planning for a new name to replace Malaysia and composing a new song for NegaraKu. As for Jalur Gemilang, they already got a replacement (picture).


Its saddening to note how everything about Malaysia is despicable to Pakatan Rakyat. The greed for political power is fast turning them into a group fascist. How else to describe them!

Anwar, Hadi and Kit Siang, who used to join similar celebrations are now turning their back on their own country, their 'tanah tumpah darahku'. They are not only against Barisan Nasional, they are also against Malaysia.

And that's explains what took place at Dataran Merdeka and other venues on the eve of our 55th Merdeka Day.

I wonder what will happen to Malaysia if Pakatan Rakyat rules. New name, new flag and a new national anthem.

Its too much!