Tun Dr. Mahathir: Global Financial Crisis & Lessons for Asia

SPEECH BY

TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD

AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DEVELOPMENT,

BEIJING UNIVERSITY, CHINA

ON 29 APRIL 2009

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“The Global Financial Crisis of the 21st  Century -

Lessons for Asia”

 

 

SPEECH BY

TUN DR MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD

AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DEVELOPMENT,

BEIJING UNIVERSITY, CHINA

ON 29 APRIL 2009

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“The Global Financial Crisis of the 21st  Century -

Lessons for Asia”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.                 Firstly I would like to thank the National School of Development of Beijing University for this invitation to speak on the subject of the Global Financial Crisis of the 21st Century – Lessons for Asia.

 

2.                 I must admit that I am not trained in finance and not even in economics. I am a doctor of medicine. My little knowledge about finance and economy came through my serving as the Prime Minister of Malaysia during which time I had to handle many financial crisis, the worst of which was the 1997-98 currency crisis. To handle that crisis I had to ask a lot of economists and financial people a lot of questions and of course I had to read a lot on the subjects.  However not being from any economic school or financial institution, I was not constrained by the theories that are taught in such places. I could therefore strike out on my own and also do unorthodox things.  Unfortunately I am not too familiar with the technical words which those learned in the subject use and I hope you will recognise the words I use instead.

 

3.                 I am afraid my views on the present crisis are also unorthodox as they are the results of my untutored mind analysing what is happening.

 

4.                 We talk of the Global Financial Crisis of the 21st Century. But of course just as the 21st Century is a continuation of the 20th Century and before, the financial crisis is a continuation of the crisis we saw in the 20th Century and those before that. In fact the crisis originated from the systems formulated in the 17th and 18th centuries, almost exclusively by the Europeans.

 

5.                 The present crisis had its beginnings in the faulty systems devised for banking and finance in the 1700s. When it became impractical to use coins for payments due to their bulk and weight, paper money was introduced. Paper money has no intrinsic value. At first it was backed by precious metal like gold. Then Governments decided to go off gold. The paper money then became fiat money whose value was supposed to be guaranteed by Governments.  But after the market was allowed to determine the value of money, the Government could no longer guarantee the value.

 

6.                 Unlike gold there is nothing to limit the issue of paper money. It was assumed that Governments through the Central Banks would exercise control over the printing of paper money.

 

7.                 But in America and in Britain until recently the central banks were privately owned. To compound the risk of too much currency being issued banks were actually allowed to create money, supposedly up to 10 times what they have on deposit and capital.

 

8.                 What this means is that banks can lend more money than they have. Imagine a business in which the companies can sell more goods than they have. There would be chaos.  It would not be business at all. The companies cannot deliver what they have sold. The customers would feel cheated.  But banks can lend more than what they have because they can create the money out of nothing. Apart from paper and ink there would be no raw materials needed.

 

9.                 Besides cheques were invented to represent money. Any amount of value can be written on the cheques and the banks can lend or accept the amount as written on the cheques. If someone borrows 10 million dollars it would really be impossible for the borrower to  carry away 10 million dollars in paper money. They use cheques for this amount. Of course when dealing with a hundred million, a billion, or a trillion dollars, only cheques can represent this amount. No cash would be involved.  When billions of dollars are given in bailouts no cash are involved.  No money needs to be printed.

10.            Although banks may lend 10 times more than the money they have, what is to prevent them from lending much more than this. And so the big American banks began to lend far more than 10 times. Very often they disregarded the ability of the borrowers to pay so that they could continue lending.  For the banks their loans were regarded as assets in their books. The more money they lend, the bigger is their assets.

 

11.            This is what led to the sub-prime problems. As the credit worthiness of their borrowers is not prime, the non-performing loans in the bank books started to balloon.

 

12.            But to take care of this the banks decided to sell loans for housing to the insurance companies and the secondary mortgage companies like Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation).

 

13.            Originally set up and owned by the United States Government, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now privately owned but still enjoys Government support and privileges. They have access to cheap funds with which to finance their purchase of the mortgages undertaken by banks.

 

14.            Their operations were not overseen by Government agencies and very quickly their purchases of the mortgages ran into billions of dollars.

 

15.            When the housing loans by banks went bad, not only the banks and the insurance companies but Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also could not recover the loans they had given to the banks.

 

16.            Thus the collapse of the sub-prime loans pulled down not just the banks but the insurance companies like AIG and the mortgage companies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 

17.            But the banks were not lending just for housing, they were also financing hedge funds and currency traders. These funds were allowed to borrow as much as 30 times the money invested with them. The banks loaned them this money out of the money they created not out of the cash they held.

 

18.            The assumption was that if for a million dollars invested in the funds, they can actually invest 30 million dollars, the return on 30 million would be so big that the million dollar investor would get much more than he would expect if he were to go into the market to buy the one million shares himself.

 

19.            The fund managers would of course take their cut after paying the interest on the bank loans. Again their cut on 30 times the invested money would be very considerable.

 

20.            It was believed that investments in hedge funds and currency trading could never fail. The investors would get as much as 30 per cent return on their investments instead of the small interest on fix deposits or even the smaller returns from dividends paid to shareholders.

 

21.            Millions of investors put their money in hedge funds and currency trading. It is estimated that 8000 hedge funds handle as much as 620 trillion dollars while the trade in currency was 20 times bigger than was world trade.

 

22.            The sums are really enormous and the profits likewise. The investors numbering millions in the United States and Europe and some in Asia became millionaires, owning yachts and private jets. They contribute greatly to the high per capita incomes and Gross Domestic Products of their country. It is estimated that their contribution to these wealth indices amount to about 40 per cent.

 

23.            But the investment by the hedge funds are not always profitable. Just as their profits would be 30 times more than the investments they manage, their losses too can be 30 times more than when investing in the original sum invested with them.

 

24.            And when the loss occurs there is no way they can pay back the banks.  The classic case was when the hedge from LTCM (Long Term Credit Management) collapsed totally; losing billions of dollars of the money they had borrowed and invested.  They could not pay the banks.

25.            It would seem that no matter which financial institutions or funds got hit, in the end the banks would be affected.  And when the banks are affected all businesses would be affected. They would not be able to borrow enough money for capital or operations or payments. The banks would make margin calls when they get into trouble and when the borrowers fail they too would be unable to operate and to make money.  They can be bankrupted and forced to close down.

 

26.            The failures of the businesses would bring down the stock market which in turn would affect the businesses. In the end the whole economy would suffer and there would be a recession.

 

27.            When such countries go into recession, the countries which depend on them as markets will also be dragged down.  That is why the whole world has gone into recession or at least experience lower growth.

 

28.            Why did all these things happen? Mainly it is because of greed and too much power being given to the banks to create money. Then there is this idea of free trade which is interpreted to mean freedom from Government supervision. Without Government supervision the players would abuse the systems.  They would be motivated purely by greed.

 

29.            This has been going on for decades. The great recession of 1929-1930 was due to the same kind of abuses. After that there were abuses which led to minor crisis and recessions usually of the poorer countries.

 

30.            When the abuse involves only a bank or a few banks or a single hedge fund, Government would step in to cover up. As a result the failure of the systems and the abuses were not noticed.  It seems as if the systems were working well.

 

31.            But the failure of the sub-prime loans for housing was so huge that neither the banks nor the Government could have a cover-up operation. The banks just cannot balance their accounts. Once the banks’ losses were made known, those institutions and funds which were linked to or dependent on banking business were also exposed.  Their losses proved to be equally enormous.

 

32.            Initially there was an attempt to hide the true amount. Thus it was considered that a few billion dollars in bailouts would be sufficient to achieve recovery. But once the full extent of the abuses were revealed the figures shot up to trillions of dollars. Simple bailouts are no longer adequate.

 

33.            In 1997-98 when Malaysia experienced its crisis we resorted to bailouts. But the collapse of the banks and the businesses were not due to their abuse of banking practice. It was due to external factors – namely the devaluations of the currency by currency traders.

 

34.            The economic environment was still largely intact. It was still possible to do business if the banks had enough money to lend. So when the Government recapitalised the banks, the banks could recover through normal business and pay back the money to the Government.

 

35.            This time the losses are huge and are due to the banks themselves abusing banking privileges. It is not possible to recover the money lost through doing normal business. It would not be enough to pay back the bail-out money.

 

36.            The loss can only be recovered if the banks are allowed to resort to the abuses they were indulging in before. Since they cannot be allowed to do this they will not be able to recover the huge sums they have lost. They would forever be indebted to the government.  In fact the Government would own them.  This is of course socialistic and not capitalistic.

 

37.            Bailouts would therefore not be able to achieve recovery of the economy. Certainly there is no way for returning to the status or conditions prevailing before the crisis.  The rich countries must accept that they would become poorer, or at least not be as rich as they were before.

 

38.            Again I would like to cite the experience of Malaysia. By 1999-2000 the crisis was over i.e. we were no longer troubled by the deliberate devaluations of the Malaysian currency. But the Malaysian currency did not recover fully.

 

39.            At the time when the crisis hit us in 1997 the exchange rate was 2.5 Ringgit to one US Dollar. It went down to 5 Ringgit to one US Dollar at its peak. Now the currency is stabilised at 3.8 Ringgit to one US Dollar.

 

40.            This means that our per capita and GDP in US Dollar terms is lower than what it should be if our Ringgit went back to 2.5 per US Dollar.  The per capita today is 6000 USD.  It should really be 9000 USD if the rate is 2.5 per USD.

 

41.            It will be the same for the US, Britain, the European and Asian countries affected by the crisis. Indeed the GDP and per capita of the whole world will remain down. We would all be poorer because of the crisis.  Real recovery i.e. to be back to the status quo ante will take a very long time. In fact we would have to grow at one and a half times the pre-crisis rate to recover fully.  This is unachievable. 

 

42.            What can to be done now is not to bail out the failed banks and companies. They should be allowed to go bankrupt. The bailout money should go towards compensating the people who had trusted these institutions, though not for them to recover their losses completely.  With purchasing power partly restored they would be able to keep the new banks and businesses profitable.

 

43.            Other people should be allowed to start new banks, maybe with Government support. The new banks must be allowed less liberty to create money. Their business must be subjected to Government scrutiny. They must not be allowed to set up subsidiaries in tax havens. Their accounts must be submitted to the Central Banks which must all be Government owned.  They should be confined to financing real businesses and trade.

 

44.            Mergers and acquisitions in order to become big and so dominate the business must be subject to laws like the anti-trust laws.  Big companies are prone to practicing monopolistic business.  And as we have seen they are very prone to abuses by their managements and employees.  Their power tends to deter Government examination of their activities.

 

45.            Currency trading should be limited to financing trade. There should be no speculation and short selling. Their business must be transparent.  They should be allowed to borrow only a limited amount of money.

 

46.            What are the lessons for Asia? In the first place Asia must not accept Western ideas and systems without critical examination. If after critically studying what is proposed by Western countries Asians find faults or weaknesses, it is better to reject them or modify them. Asians should actively promote their own systems.

 

47.            Thus in 1997-98 the system allowed massive currency trading involving short-selling. The market it was said will determine the value or exchange rate.  Government should leave the market free to determine exchange rates.

 

48.            The idea was sound. Demand for a currency would depend on the trade of a country. If the country is prosperous and the country’s currency would be needed in order to pay for the goods or the services exported from the country, then the value of the currency against a common trading currency such as the US Dollar would rise. The payment itself may be made in US Dollar but in the country the US Dollar should be converted to local currency. If the country imports more than the demand for the US Dollar would increase and the exchange rate would favour the US Dollar.

 

49.            Unfortunately the market would create a degree of uncertainty. Predicting returns on prices and trade would be difficult as the currency might revalue or devalue when payments are to be made.

 

50.            It is in order to minimise the effect of changes in the value of the currencies that hedging was designed.  Hedging carries a cost that would affect the profits.

 

51.            But currency traders deliberately selling huge amounts of the currency could devalue it at will. Apart from impoverishing the country, through devaluation a great deal of uncertainty would trouble businesses. Exporters and importers quoting at current exchange rates can easily lose if the currency is grossly devalued or revalued depending on whether they are selling or buying.

 

52.            Malaysia faced with this dilemma in 1997 – 8 decided to fix the exchange rate by preventing currency traders from access to the Malaysian currency for trading purposes. In the eyes of the Western banks and financiers this was wrong. But fixing the exchange rate helped businesses to prepare their budgets and price their goods without fear of going wrong and losing money.  In any case the original Bretton Woods agreement was about fixes exchange rates and not about the free market and floating currencies.

 

53.            Malaysia was also advised by the IMF to have a surplus budget, to increase interest rates, to halve the time for declaring a loan non-performing, to let businesses in trouble go bankrupt etc. We rejected all these advise. We also refused to take International Monetary Fund loans as the condition was for us to surrender economic management of our country to the IMF.

 

54.            As you may know by controlling the exchange rate and rejecting all the IMF advise Malaysia was able to recover much more quickly than the other East Asian countries.  Today the whole world agrees that Malaysia did the right thing.

 

55.            The lessons that we learnt from our 1997-98 experience was not to uncritically accept the advice of the so-called international agencies.  They may know something but they do not know everything.  Their one size fits all solution cannot always work.

 

56.            In the present crisis we have to understand the causes. I have tried to identify these causes above. But there must be many more.

 

57.            Once we know and understand the causes then we can plan to avoid them. Sub-prime lending, creation of too much money by the banks, lack of Government supervision, leaving central banks in the hands of the private bankers etc etc must be avoided by Asians.

 

58.            Having seen the disastrous results of the Western banking, and their monetary and financial systems, we must not assume that if we recover than the systems must be maintained.  Recovery does not prove that the system is right.  Whatever the results we must critically examine the present system.

 

59.            The present crisis is due to systemic failure. We must therefore change the systems. Minor changes would not suffice. All the systems must be subjected to close critical analysis.

 

60.            If the West insist in retaining the present system with only minor cosmetic changes, Asians must be ready to reject them, if necessary. Asians must learn and convince themselves that they have the ability to formulate and develop new systems which will not be so easy to abuse.

 

61.            Asian economies are very strong and will grow stronger with time. Their influence on world economy is enormous.  Systems developed by Asians should therefore be taken seriously, and if good, should be accepted by the world.  Asians must not forever be following the rules and systems developed only by the Europeans.

62.            Asians must therefore be prepared to develop new banking systems which would not be given the power to create unlimited money. The banks must have new sets of regulations and new supervision by trained Government agencies. There must be distinct limitations to what the banks are allowed to do. Bank financing should be limited to real business and trade. The loans must also be limited based on the assets owned by the banks. Loans in excess of this must be subjected to Government scrutiny and in big cases to Government approval.

 

63.            The world needs to trade and trade financing must not be monopolised by any particular currency. A special trading currency needs to be created and be owned by all the countries of the world. The currency must be backed by gold or by reserves held by every country.

 

64.            There must be no trading in currency except in financing trade. The value of national currencies must be fixed against the world trading currency not against any other currency. Revaluation and devaluation must be by comparison to the world trading currency.

 

65.            The hedge funds must be open to public scrutiny if at all they are to be allowed. Their borrowings from banks must be based on a small multiple of the funds they hold. No subsidiaries or operations must be done from tax havens. All transactions must be open to Government scrutiny and by the managers of the special trading currency.

 

66.            A new international anti-trust law must be introduced to curb mergers and acquisitions. There must be no monopoly in any business. The international community must break all monopolies so that ownership is distributed worldwide.

 

67.            The monetary system needs to be changed. Today banks can create alternative currencies through cheques, credit cards, traveller’s cheques, entries into bank books, etc.  This has led to more money being created than needed for trade.  The excess money created is being used for all kinds of money make money schemes for the rich investors.

 

68.            The exchange rates of the different currencies against each other must be fixed through a proper criteria. The market must not be allowed to play with exchange rates.

 

69.            These are some of the suggestions that Asians can consider proposing to the world community. They need to be scrutinised and debated in a forum like the Bretton Woods. No country, Asian or European or African should be allowed to manipulate the forum through bribery, as is now being done by the rich countries.

 

70.            This financial and economic crisis has taught us many lessons. It is not necessary to consider the European system as the best or the only one that can be used. Asians have the same capacity to think and innovate and they should be prepared to put up and defend their proposals for the world financial and economic reforms. But having said this Asians must as be prepared to hear and consider proposals coming from others.

 

71.            In the end even after systemic changes the result will not be perfect. And so the monetary and financial forum must be maintained to examine and correct any shortcomings or failures, to curb any abuse.

 

72.            I am not saying I have the solution or that my ideas are right and perfect. What I am trying to suggest is a change in mindset so that we can criticise and change even the most long-standing ideas. Only if we are prepared to do this can we put an end to repeating our mistakes over and over again.

 

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Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 10:41  Comments (16)  

Johan is in, who will be the next NST GEIC?

The media conglomerate Media Prima Bhd announced the new Chairman yesterday. As expected, since PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak took over; the power behind the media should also change.

NST has the story:

2009/04/28

  

Johan Jaaffar takes over Media Prima

KUALA LUMPUR, Tues:

 Media Prima Bhd has announced the appointment of Datuk Johan Jaaffar, a veteran of Malaysia’s news industry, as the group’s executive chairman, effective Thursday.

Johan, who is now Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka chairman, is taking over from retiring Media Prima non-executive chairman Datuk Abdul Mutalib Razak.
He will also assume all board posts vacated by Abdul Mutalib, including the chairmanship of TV3 and other Media Prima subsidiaries.
“The Board of Directors is confident that under his leadership, Media Prima Group will continue its strong track record of delivering shareholders value,” Media Prima said in a statement.
Abdul Mutalib has led the integrated media group for five years, the period of the group’s aggressive expansion that saw the consolidation of the free-to-air television business, namely TV3, 8tv, ntv7 and TV9, as well as the entry into new media platforms like radio and outdoor advertising.
 
During his tenure, Media Prima more than doubled its net profit to RM117.4 million last year, breaching the RM100 million-mark for the first time.

 

 

Abdul Mutalib was also instrumental in leading the group’s international expansion, which resulted in the collaboration of news content-gathering, joint production, exchange of documentaries and dramas as well as provision of training and consultancy services in Oman, Pakistan and the Maldives.
The incoming Johan, meanwhile, is no stranger to the media business, having been Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd group chief editor and executive director between November 1992 and July 1998.
During his tenure at the Malay language media group, Johan was responsible for the daily and weekly papers, as well as 13 other magazines and journals published by the group.
During that period, he served as a board member of national news agency Bernama and a member of Malaysian Business Council and Multimedia Development Corp.
Besides being a columnist for the New Straits Times and Berita Minggu, Johan is also Ikatan Setiakawan Wartawan Malaysia-Indonesia chairman. He had also hosted the weekly “Debat Perdana” television programme for eight seasons.
He is currently executive director of public relations company Alpha Platform, chairman of private school Sekolah Sri Nobel and a board member of Sindora Bhd. – Bernama

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 That is a media corporate man with an illustrious career in media, including politically linked.

Dato’ Johan is not newbie on the TV scene. He has moderated and facilitated countless number of debates and forum, live on TV, especially within the Media Prima Group. This includes the running commentaries of budget speeches, UMNO AGMs and special debates. He has also done special interviews and more will be expected from him.

The other important vehicle within the Media Prima Group is NST. Being the ‘primero English daily’, the issues and angles raised in NST reflects a lot of Government policies, despite no longer having the lead in market share. NST used to ‘shape’ the ‘tone’ of Malaysian mindset. Hence, the persons who control the editorial of NST will definitely matters.

Previously, under evil media lord Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan, NST spun so many stories designed to make PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi look good and at the expense of demonising leaders like Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. As the result of these over-spinning and eventually lying, the Malaysian public lost faith on the once ‘media trend setter'; the mighty NST. Not only that, NST editor Brenden Pereira also proven to be a serial plagiarist. Alternative media flourished during his damning tenure.

The ‘Thirteen million Ringgit’ question is now, who will be the next Group Editor In Chief (GEIC)? Will it be someone who is friendly to alternative media, especially bloggers?

Our concern here in BigDogDotCom is that, the incoming GEIC is not someone closely linked to ‘corrupt infested’ newly elected UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin. Strong rumours have it that one of the ‘Level Four Boys’ will be joining MRCB Group as a Director and the other into Media Prima Group as the Director in charge of International Businesses. MRCB is the parent company of Media Prima Group.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 07:13  Comments (11)  

Dr Zambry: Pemimpin DAP hina keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan dan berbaur hasutan

KENYATAAN AKHBAR

YAB DATO’ SERI DR ZAMBRY ABDUL KADIR

Menteri Besar Perak Darul Ridzuan

28 April 2009

 

Saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa Mahkamah Persekutuan Malaysia di Putrajaya telah menolak Notis Usul yang difailkan oleh saya di bawah Artikel 63 Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Perak.

Artikel ini ialah mengenai kuasa khas bagi Mahkamah Persekutuan berkenaan tafsiran Undang-Undang Tubuh Negeri Perak kerana  terdapat percanggahan fakta di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur apabila peguam YB Dato’ Seri Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin telah memohon bagi memeriksa balas Penasihat Undang-Undang Negeri Perak terhadap affidavit yang telah diikrarkan oleh YB Penasihat Undang-Undang Negeri Perak.

Saya dengan rendah diri menerima dan menghormati segala keputusan yang telah dibuat oleh Mahkamah yang bersidang pada hari ini. Saya sentiasa berpegang kepada prinsip keadilan Mahkamah walaupun keputusan-keputusan yang dibuat tidak menyebelahi saya.

Pada saya everybody is equal under the eyes of the law and subjected to the Constitution.

Mahkamah Persekutuan sebelum ini juga pernah menolak permohonan Yang Arif Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur bagi mendengar persoalan berhubung dengan Undang-Undang Tubuh Negeri Perak dibawah seksyen 84 Akta Mahkamah Keadilan 1964.

Tindakan saya menfailkan Notis Usul dibawah Artikel 63 Undang-undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Perak adalah untuk mendapatkan penyelesaian muktamad bagi menentukan kesahihan kedudukan saya sebagai Menteri Besar yang telah dicabar oleh YB Dato’ Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin demi kebaikan dan kepentingan rakyat Perak seluruhnya dan bukan mencari jalan pintas seperti yang didakwa sesetengah pihak.

YB Nga Kor Ming pada hari ini melalui Akhbar New Straits Times menyatakan bahawa:

“Does Zambry know ahead of time that the court will rule in his favour, even though the matter has yet to be heard? If so where is the independence of judiciary.”

Saya seterusnya menyatakan bahawa kenyataan yang dibuat oleh YB Nga Kor Ming adalah sesuatu yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan berunsur hasutan.

Saya tidak pernah mengganggu Mahkamah dalam membuat sebarang keputusan dan saya tidak pernah mempersoalkan kebebasan sistem kehakiman Negara walaupun adakalanya tidak menyebelahi saya.

Berbeza dengan pemimpin Pakatan Pembangkang yang hanya memuji dan menyokong keputusan Mahkamah yang menyebelahi mereka tetapi menggunakan pelbagai alasan untuk menolak keputusan Mahkamah apabila tidak menyebelahi mereka.

YB Dato Ngeh Koo Ham dalam ucapannya dalam Majlis Ceramah PAS kawasan Lumut pada 17 April 2009 telah menyentuh isu keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan dan menyatakan bahawa:

“Tuan-tuan dan puan, saya rasa amat kesal lah, kerana Mahkamah Persekutuan tidak ikut undang-undang, prinsip undang-undang yang sedia ada telah termaktub ataupun diterima sebagai surat selesai ataupun sudah diputuskan semenjak sekian lama lagi, mereka sudah tukar undang-undang hanya kerana kes Negeri Perak”

Kenyataan yang dibuat oleh YB Dato Ngeh Koo Ham bukan sahaja menghina keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan malahan suatu tindakan menghasut rakyat Negeri Perak supaya tidak menghormati undang-undang dan institusi Kehakiman Negara.

Adakah ini keadilan yang dibawa dan diwar-warkan oleh Pakatan Pembangkang?

Saya juga menyatakan bahawa Dewan Negeri Perak perlu bersidang walaupun kes berkenaan semakan kehakiman yang difailkan oleh YB Dato Seri Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin terhadap saya masih belum diputuskan.

Ini adalah kerana selagi mahkamah tidak membuat apa-apa keputusan sebaliknya berkenaan perlantikan saya; kedudukan saya sebagai Menteri Besar Perak adalah sah dan saya bersama-sama barisan Exco saya berhak bagi menduduki kerusi yang sepatutnya diduduki oleh kami ketika persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri.

Tuan Yang Dipertua Dewan juga mesti mengiktiraf dan menghormati perlantikan kami sehingga Mahkamah memutuskan sebaliknya.

Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 22:55  Comments (2)  

Latest ‘Level Four’ legacy living on gets attention

The story on Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin’s intention to appoint a close Khairy “K J” Jamaluddin aide as his Press Secretary, published here twenty four hours ago somehow created a degree of ripple about town. Suddenly, more common people realized that the newly elected UMNO Youth Chief’s tentacles are far reaching, despite being ‘cut out’ recently.

Many fellow journalists contacted us here at BigDogDotCom to present their case about Rashid Yusof being a professional and is able to deliver well for Malaysia’s tenth Deputy Premier, given his wealth of experience and exposure. On the other hand, an equal amount of media professionals expressed their grave concern on what seems to be another ‘Level Four’ development in the infant Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration.

“Two years under the service and being so close to the Rembau MP already tells it all!”, said a  senior writer of a major English daily. “Could we expect ‘professionalism’ from someone who has been ‘eating’ from the palm of an UMNO Youth Chief candidate who was found guilty of money-politics?”.

We have to agree on these points. People do change because of money, regardless who they were before. Coupled with power, its a damning combination.

“Rashid should take a ‘cooling-off’ period before jumping into mainstream politics again. It suspiciously illustrate the eagerness of KJ wanting to be part of the ‘game’ “, said another renown political journalist.

“This time last month, he was so busy campaigning for KJ! Now that (Dato’ Seri) Najib don’t want him (KJ), should Muhyiddin bring him on board instead?”, ask one respectable former journalist. Rashid was also said to be defensive about Khairy, even amongst friends.

Nowadays, anything branded “K J” is something a lot of persons want to avoid.

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Tan Sri Muhyiddin should really reconsider his intention. Being associated with anything remotely ‘Level Four’ is something that should be a taboo in Dato’ Seri Najib’s administration. The maxim of “We not only have to be clean but being seen to be clean” is so pertinent at a point where UMNO is at its lowest ebb and being plagued by the money-politics so blatantly, across the board. The recently concluded UMNO party elections demonstrate it so clearly when Khairy, who has been found practicing money-politics by the Disciplinary Board and incoming seventh UMNO President stern reminder on the issue, gets elected by 304 UMNO Youth delegates to ascend a post of a Vice President equivalent.

Let us not come to a point where Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad needs to mention or insinuate in chedet.cc blog, again. More over on issues pertaining to persons involved in money politics. At their level, UMNO leaders must be able to remind each other of the ‘dos and donts’, in today’s highly informative and critical society. The blogs are playing a more prominent role in shaping the internet savvy minds.

Published in: on April 25, 2009 at 00:08  Comments (23)  

‘Level Four’ legacy lives on in DPM’s office

It seems that newly elected UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s tentacles in the Prime Minister’s Department is still very much strong and far reaching. His strategic adviser and close confidante Rashid Yusof has been appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyddin Mohd. Yasin’s Press Secretary.

This surprise appointment is something everyone should be wary about. Even though the appointment was on recommendations of Perak MB Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, many are skeptical of Rashid’s professionalism in handling the media affairs of the DPM. Till present, Rashid has been said to be very defensive when attacks were made on Khairy.

Much to majority’s relieve, the Rembau MP was omitted from the Cabinet list announced 9 April 2009. Despite winning the UMNO Youth Chief post equivalent of an UMNO Vice President, it clearly shows that Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was vehemently not in favour of the ‘founder’ and ‘controller’ of the ‘Level Four Boys’. These highly ambitious young men were very good of manipulating mainstream media to spin stories, something which too many educated and ICT-politically savvy Malaysians loathe.

It was said Dr Zambry’s intentions were the “bridge the gap” between Khairy and the UMNO President, who has been seen not earning any shred of favours with Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Rashid was quoted to have said “I will do my level best to recucicate KJ back into Najib’s favour, through Muhyiddin’s office”. 

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad specifically warned about Dato’ Seri Najib having his own ‘Level Four Boys’. Now, it is clear that the legacy of the dreaded ‘invisible hand’ lives on, even in a slightly different form.

Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 00:11  Comments (14)  

The Singaporeans’ agenda?

The Singaporeans are at it again. This time, they connivingly want to pit newly sworn in Prime Minister VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak against the wish of Prime Minister IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who has time and again voiced very critically against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ‘Flip-Flop’ decision on the Scenic Bridge (replacing the Johor Causeway) project.

The Straits Times has the story:

Bridge project no rush

Any review of plan to be decided only after talks with Singapore, he says

By Hazlin Hassan, Malaysia Correspondent

 

KUALA LUMPUR – PRIME Minister Najib Razak on Monday said the government was in no rush to revive an aborted ‘crooked bridge’ project in Johor.

‘I don’t know what is the point of reviving the crooked bridge project.’
Political analyst Agus Yusoff
‘The bridge will be a landmark for Johor Baru to attract more tourists to the city.’
Johor Baru Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Soh Poh Sheng
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Datuk Seri Najib told Johor Umno at a closed-door meeting that any review of the scrapped plan would be decided only after discussions with Singapore, an influential state leader who attended the meeting told The Straits Times.

Mr Najib’s comments indicate that he does not want a crooked bridge to replace the ageing Causeway that links Malaysia to Singapore, said the state leader.

He said it could also be a sign that Mr Najib wants to make his own decision and not to simply agree with former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who first mooted the idea of the crooked bridge.

‘He’s showing him who’s the boss.’

Earlier on Monday, two Johor lawmakers said a new bridge should be built but it should be a normal, straight one.

Johor Baru MP Shahrir Samad said Malaysia and Singapore should work together to build a straight bridge.

He said many Johoreans were ‘hopeful that our new Prime Minister and Cabinet will revive the crooked bridge project’.

‘(But) the public must understand that bilateral ties between both countries will suffer if the project is revived,’ he said.

Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, also a Johor lawmaker, said Tun Dr Mahathir had hopes of reviving the crooked bridge project now that Mr Najib has taken over as Prime Minister, replacing Tun Abdullah Badawi, who was against it.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s

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Tun Dr. Mahathir vehemently against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah abrupt cancellation of the Scenic Bridge two years ago. Especially when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah lied about Johoreans not wanting the bridge project.

We in BigDogDotCom doubt the purpose for this reporting. The suspicion is not without an ulterior motive to pit the two Malaysian leaders, who have been known to have great relationship, to go against each other on a politically sensitive project. Infact, Tun Dr. Mahathir as a Statesman time and again defended PM Dato’ Seri Najib openly, against malicious lies thrown to doubt his credibility and integrity.

The Straits Times quoted AP on this story:

Home > Breaking News > SE Asia > Story

 

April 21, 2009

Mr Najib succeeded former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was pressured to retire after the ruling coalition retained power with its weakest parliamentary majority ever in March 2008 general elections. — AP

Dr M slams anti-Najib stories

 

KUALA LUMPUR – FORMER Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused the international media on Tuesday of trying to demonise Malaysia’s new leader, who is battling opposition accusations of links to corruption and murder.

Mr Mahathir’s defense of Prime Minister Najib Razak reflects concerns within the ruling party that the leader’s reputation has been tarnished because of unproven allegations by political adversaries.

Mr Mahathir said many articles published in the Western media when Mr Najib took power earlier this month were ‘anti-Najib stories’ that highlighted the accusations against him.

‘From France to Britain to Australia, the articles are identical and carried the same message,’ Mr Mahathir wrote on his blog. ‘I cannot believe that this demonisation by so many at the same time is a coincidence.’

Mr Mahathir – a strident critic of the Western media during his 22 years as prime minister before stepping down in 2003 – said Najib should brace himself for more foreign criticism, but added that it was ultimately with Malaysians ‘that Mr Najib has to clear his name.’

Mr Mahathir holds no government post, but still commands wide respect and his views often receive attention from leaders and members of the ruling party.

The prime minister recently said he has been a victim of personal attacks in the media, referring to allegations by opposition leaders and bloggers that he was involved in a shady government contract to buy submarines from France.

He has also been accused of links to the murder of a Mongolian woman, who was the estranged lover of Mr Najib’s friend. He has denied the allegations.

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If the Singaporeans are able to cause a perception there exist a rift between the two via media, then all the detractors of the Malaysian Federal Government and ruling party, shall benefit. Especially Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders, namely former power-abuse-convict Anwar Ibrahim, whose strategy to rise to power is thorugh discrediting PM Dato’ Seri Najib with consistent malicious and unstantiated lies. Never the less, some Malaysians, especially the younger generation and iternet savvy news addicts shown that they actually ‘bought’ into these fictitous slanders.

Conveniently, Penang Chief Minister who is also DAP Secretary General met Singapore Prime Minister Brig. Gen. (NS) Lee Hsien Loong, who is also the PAP leader, over the weekend in Singapore.

Channel News Asia has the story:

 

 

Penang Chief Minister meets

PM Lee
By Teo Chia Leen, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 18 April 2009 1325 hrs  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SINGAPORE: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is in Singapore to meet investors, called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.
A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday said the two discussed the regional economic situation and opportunities for business collaboration between Singapore and Penang at the Istana.
It added that the meeting is in line with Singapore’s efforts to nurture friendly ties with Malaysia, both at the national level and also with the Malaysian states.
Mr Lee told the Chief Minister that he encouraged more links and economic exchanges between Singapore and Penang, and said he welcomed Singapore to invest more in Penang.
Mr Lim was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister for Penang Prof P Ramasamy, and MP for Bukit Bendera Liew Chin Tong.  

 

 

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For the record, DAP is a spinoff of PAP, which was left behind after the expulsion of state from Federation of Malaysia on 9 August 1965 for dishonouring a gentelmens’ agreement between Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra and Lee Kuan Yew. DAP had continued to carry on the legacy of anti-Malay chauvisnitic policies of PAP, till present day and they are now an integral part of PR.

The same article also quoted former Domestic Trade and Consumer Minister Dato’ Shahrir Samad’s thoughts that Malaysia should work with Singapore on the Scenic Bridge proposal. Three years ago when the Johorean public outcry against the abrupt decision to cancel the Scenic Bridge, Shahrir’s stance was the opposite. Did Shahrir change his mind now or its the Singaporeans who are trying to stir up the shit-storm, especially Johor is heart and mainstay of UMNO support in Malaysia?

Lets follow any further developments on this and other issues relating somewhat ‘deferring’ thoughst and stance between PM Dato’ Seri Najib and Tun Dr. Mahathir and how it would be played and spun. Our guess is, it will be colourful.

 

Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 16:30  Comments (18)  

Slot machines: Gambling gambit

Gambling is the most chronic social addiction illness existed in most societies, ever since mankind figured out the challenge of taking risk and hedging winnings as a ‘sport’. During the post-Christ Rome, lives of man and beast were the stake for the most brutal sportertainment  ever recorded. Of course, the adrenaline produced when one gambles is the kick which evolves  into addiction and eventually, obession.

 

Malaysian societies, especially amongst the Chinese have been plagued with this disease of the mind. Many social illness derivatives like illegal money-lending (Ah Long), prostitution and underworld related crimes developed and flourished from gambling. It is important that gambling is critically analysed and eradicated from our system, completely.

 

After more than 50 years of Merdeka, the Malaysian Government has still not got it right with the creation of a strong citizenry and inculcation of positive social values. One example that can be cited in this article is the encouragement of gambling by the Government.

 

The fact that gambling is a legalized and flourishing industry in the country is indisputable; especially when one can see the number of the various lottery draws that happens in a week.

 

It is a major myth that Genting Highlands is the only official gambling spot in Malaysia. The well hidden truth will surprise and possibly shock many. There MANY gambling spots spread all over the country. In the Klang valley alone there are more that 75 legal gambling clubs whose licences are approved by the Finance Ministry.  These licences oddly have three-month validity period but are eternally renewed! This kind of validity period has given rise to credible speculation that it assists in the “collection process”. For the past many years, the only officer who signs the gaming licence is a person called “Boniface Anak Edwin Manung”.

 

These gambling clubs offers slot machines, the worst among the gambling games. In the Klang Valley, each club has about 15 slot machines. Many are under the misimpression that the collection from the club is used to improve the “member’s” facilities. Wrong. It is pure gambling business at its best – cash, unaccounted, extremely low cost of operations. The machines just wait to be played largely dependant on addiction.

 

These gambling clubs run under the disguise of social clubs that offer so-called privileges like eateries and gym workout but the main focus is the gambling business. For common and addicted patrons of the slot machines, the clubs even offers them credit limits up to as high RM100,000.00. This means the patron is effectively trapped to gamble his income away at these clubs. Some of the most respectable, distinguished and matured sports and social clubs benefitted immensely from the slot machines, commonly known as “One arm bandit” by the members, allowed and licensed their premises, for decades.

 

On a bad night, each club can make up to RM300,000.00 which means that a poor collection for the month will add up a net collection of RM10,000,000.00 PER CLUB. One can then imagine the overall collection of all the clubs in the Klang valley for the year – and it is all CASH. It is interesting to note that the slot machines clubs are monopolized by three well known Chinese businessmen with strong connections. Obviously, one does not need to stretch one’s imagination to know why these clubs have a free hand and are expanding!

 

We are slowing become a gambling nation, if we have not become one already.  The are many cases of families being wrecked, lives being destroyed and along problems due to the slot machines business which the government seems to tacitly encourage. Even though the patrons cut across racial groupings, the majority of them in the Klang Valley are, ironically, Malays. Ironical because, outside the door of every slot machines club is a sign that says “Perjudian adalah haram bagi orang-orang beragama Islam”.  Even the Islam Hadhari era dared not approach this social malady! This is Malaysia where money speaks louder than rules and regulations.

 

Slot machine industry has become so entrenched involving powerful people such that the negative effects on the people are being completely ignored. Many of the patrons are addicts who will only stop if the Government takes the proactive step of curbing, controlling or even banning these clubs. In fact many of the patrons are hoping just that to be saved from their addiction. Many new and potential addicts are being recruited by offering them free credits as much as RM500.00 per visit.

 

It is a social issue that cuts across racial and religious lines and it reflects on the Government’s consistency in creating a strong social fiber. It also reflects on the Government’s sensitivity in tackling industries that cater only to the negative addictive nature of some of us.  It is a shame that despite the often pronouncements by the Government such as “Islamic country”, “Islam Hadhari”,  “cultivation of human capital” and so on, even secular India has completely banned all forms India for years. You do not even have lottery in India!

 

The slot machines industry must be banned – unless of course there are compelling “other” reasons why the relevant persons do not want the tap to stop flowing!

 

Can the new Finance Ministers please seriously look into this?

Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 01:19  Comments (21)  

Penanti by-election: PKR’s ‘rumblings in the interior’ laced with irresponsibility

More ‘rumblings in the interior’ brewing within the marriage-of-inconvenience Pakatan Rakyat (PR) elected representatives. This time, the recently resigned Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Mohd. Fairus Khairuddin, conveniently decided to give up his Penanti DUN seat for reasons related to internal party politics.

The ‘surrender’ did not come without a ‘drama’. He now demanded that his name be cleared of corruption and misuse of power charges and PKR stands firmly behind him. Otherwise, he threatens to expose a series of PKR and PR scandals, involving top party echelon.

The Star has the story:

Fairus: Clear my name or prepare for expose

By NG CHENG YEE

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who quit as Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 and as Penanti assemblyman, has given PKR a two-week deadline to clear his name, saying he would otherwise expose a state government and party scandal.

In an exclusive interview with Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau, he said he had inside information related to the internal operation of the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance.

“That is the reason why the party still does not take any action against me,” he said, adding that it was not convenient for him to elaborate at present and urged the press to be patient.

Mohammad Fairus has been quizzed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for his alleged involvement with illegal quarry activities in the state, and has come under fire by his own party for supposed under-performance.

“I am innocent. They know what I can do. So do not push me (from taking such step)!” he said, claiming that he had been framed by party insiders.

He told Nanyang Siang Pau that he was unhappy with his party for not standing behind him as it had done for Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong and former Bukit Selambau assemblyman V. Arumugam.

“The two of them were just state executive council (exco) members, while I am not only a state exco member but also state Deputy Chief Minister,” he said, denying criticism that he had been neglectful of his constituency and absent from many state government functions.

He claimed that it was all part of a well-crafted plot to frame him.

“I have done my constituency work properly and have the support of my voters. Those on the outside may not understand this because my work and services for the constituency have not been reported in newspapers,” he said.

He added that he would cooperate with the MACC to clear his name over the illegal quarrying issue.

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Failing that, he even issued an ultimatum to party-less Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PKR de facto leader. This latest development is part of series of Crack in the Ketuanan Rakyat, Kedah Ketuanan Rakyat Conundrum and  Ketuanan Rakyat Conundrum.

The DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had already made his decision not wanting to have Deputy Chief Miinister II Fairus in the State Exco more than a week ago. The quarry scandal involving the one time academician-turned-motivationalist was too overwhelming. This clearly shows the true ‘strange bedfellows’ unwillingness of intra-PR co-operation to resolve a ‘domestic’ issue amicably behind closed doors.

This obviously was not the first time. The development and handling of the Perak issue saw how DAP Chairman blames PKR de facto leader Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim and summarily ask him to step down as Opposition Leader. The PKR anarchy-style-street-mob infested and unwillingness-to-adhere-to-establishment-rules-of-conduct style of leadership, which they dared to resort of being blatant ‘derhaka and ingkar’ as well, was a clear-cut Anwarista SOP was being clearly portrayed during the Perak Government takeover episode, which is legally still on going. Of course, these Anwar contagious effect of the rest of PR shows their ability to go the distance, even to make the augur houses into three-ring-circuses.

The truth is that, PR elected representatives, especially PKR, were never serious to be involved in politics, serve and really champion the cause of the rakyat. Since the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, two other elected PKR representatives, Permatang Pauh MP Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Bukit Selambau ADUN V Arumugam already gave up their seat for the wrong and invalid reasons. Bukit Lanjan ADUN Elizabeth Wong also threatened to resign when he nude photos were circulated.

These irresponsible behaviours are illustrated clearly as without hesitation, when these elected representatives readily sacrifice their seat entrusted by the rakyat in a sacred democratic process, as if the elections were a ‘child’s play’.

The election process is a costly affair. The Election Commission, which gets its money from the taxpayers’ coffer, foot between RM 400,000 to RM 1 million for elections per constituency (depending on size, no. of voters and geography). To willfully ask the rakyat to foot this unnecessary bill every now and then just to prove a point, test ‘power and/or popularity’ or even ‘for the sake of it’, is really irresponsible. The nation has to be managed and playing politics is what PKR leaders are only interested to do!

Fairus’s along with Wan Azizah’s, V. Arumugam’s and Elizabeth Wong’s actions should be construed as nothing less than insulting the rakyat, their confidence and intelligence. Election process is nothing llike a second forum early-teenage-classroom politics. What will happen to the law making process if the people who are democratically entrusted through structured process takes their position with only zestfulness for private interests?

PKR history itself specifically and empirically  traced to anything but ‘civility’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘maturity’. It started as an anger- adreline-charged-hostile street demonstration ‘Reformasi’ movement, designed to arouse the public fury with malice by ex-power-abuse-convict Anwar Ibrahim, as a reaction to his sacking as the Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998. Of course, he laced lies of ‘cronyism’ and ‘nepotism’ against Fourth Prime Minister then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to justify asking the rakyat to rebel-rouse on the streets. Reformasi activists and eventually PKR leaders are known for the civil-and-intellectual anarchy, designed to confuse and rebel-rouse the rakyat, using ‘universally correct values and practices’.

What happened in Perak the last three months shows their blatant disregard to establishment, civility, traditions, norms  and most of all, even upto a point of defying the monarchs with such humiliation. Anwaristas and the PKR band of bandits also resort to lies, deception, act of seditions and manipulating facts, context and even history. The top of the compost heap is Anwar “The Compulsive Liar” Ibrahim, who has yet to fulfil the slightest, if not all his promises (to fair to him, from the moment PR took over the control of five states on 8 March 2008).

Rakyat should really learn their lesson from these unending episodes, of electing PKR leaders into augur houses that were meant to represent the people who voted them in.

Published in: on April 16, 2009 at 23:42  Comments (15)  

Mana janji ‘Black 14′ Anwar setelah setahun?

Malam ini, genap setahun peristiwa ‘Black 14’ dimana Ketua Pembangkang-tanpa-parti Anwar Ibrahim mengumumkan Pakatan Rakyat (sebagai mengantikan Barisan Alternatif) dan ‘menjanjikan’ rancangan untuk mengambil alih pemerintahan dan menubuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan. Peristiwa ini berlaku dihadapan 10,000 peyokong di padang Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

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‘Black 14’ merupakan tarikh tamat ‘edah’ politik Mantan-banduan-salahguna-kuasa Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim dari larangan melibatkan diri dalam politik secara langsung, kerana disabitkan kesalahan dan dihukum penjara.

Mana ‘janji’ “Ketuanan Rakyat” Anwar untuk menubuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan, yang akan melaksana dan berikan keadilan dan kesaksama-rataan kepada semua kaum? Bukankah Anwar ada tanggung jawab untuk menunaikan janji, terutama setelah begitu yakin 30 MP BN akan ‘melompat parti’ dan memberikan sokongan kepada Pakatan Rakyat dalam Dewan Rakyat, untuk membolehkan beliau naik sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia?

Kalau sesiapa yang hadir upacara “Teater Politik” tersebut, beliau menjanjikan bahawa PR sudah bersedia dengan strategi untuk mengambil alih Kerajaan Perskutuan seawal 2-3 minggu sahaja. Janji ini diperkukuhkan lagi sempena deklarasi 16 September 2008 di Stadium Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya sempena sambutan Sabah dan Sarawak menyertai Persekutuan Malaysia.

Hakikatnya, beliau gagal menyenaraikan kesemua 31 MP BN yang dikatakan ‘sudah bersedia untuk lompat ke PR’, walaupun dicabar berkali kali. Hanya yang diperolehi ialah dalih-atas-dalih semata mata! Kegagalan tunai janji berkali kali ini hanya membukti dan yakinkan bahawa Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim merupakan seorang yang mempunyai tabiat berbohong (compulsive liar)!

Apakah masih ramai rakyat Malaysia yang begitu ‘lurus’ (gullible) mengharapkan ‘perubahan politik’ oleh personaliti  pembohongan-atas-pembohongan yang Mantan-tertuduh-meliwat dan baru baru ini, dituduh-lagi-meliwat’ Anwar bawa, sebenarnya satu hari akan menjadi ‘kenyataan’ dan bukanya PEMBOHONGAN SEMATA MATA?

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 23:55  Comments (28)  

Apakah keberkesanan pemansuhan MECD dan letak MARA dan Tekun bawah KKLW?

Persoalan yang dibangkitkan kami di BigDogDotCom bangkitkan disini sejurus Perdana Menteri VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengumumkan Kabinet pertamanya Khamis 9 April, mengenai apa akan jadi kepada agensi ‘Agenda Melayu’ seperti MARA setelah Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan dan Kooperasi (MECD) dimansuhkan terjawab dalam Utusan Malaysia pagi ini.

Mansuh MeCD: Kerajaan tidak abai kepentingan bumiputera

Oleh NIZAM YATIM
nizam.yatim@utusan.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR 12 April – Kerajaan memberi jaminan kepentingan masyarakat bumiputera di negara ini tidak akan diabaikan walaupun Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi (MeCD) telah dimansuhkan.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, konsep Kabinet ialah membuat keputusan berdasarkan tanggungjawab bersama yang membabitkan semua kementerian dan tidak memberi tumpuan kepada kementerian tertentu saja.

“Di mana-mana pun Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) boleh letak (agensi di bawah MeCD). Dulu Felda di bawah Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, kemudian dipindah ke Jabatan Perdana Menteri. Diletak di mana pun tanggungjawab agensi ini masih penting.

“Keputusan Kabinet kolektif, dasar yang dipersetujui bersama seperti pembangunan bumiputera dan usaha menterjemahkan beberapa prinsip Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) ke dalam konteks sekarang, masih menjadi agenda Kabinet,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita ketika ditemui pada majlis tahlil dan doa selamat serta meraikan ahli-ahli UMNO Bahagian Pagoh di kediamannya di Bukit Damansara di sini hari ini.

Pada majlis itu, Muhyiddin menerima memorandum daripada Ketua Umum Badan Bertindak Perpaduan Melayu (BBPM), Osman Abu Bakar yang antara kandungannya meminta kerajaan mewujudkan kembali MeCD bagi meneruskan agenda membela bumiputera dengan berkesan.

Agensi di bawah MeCD iaitu Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usahawan Niaga (TEKUN) dan Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) kini diserapkan di bawah Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah.

Perbadanan Pembangunan Industri Kecil dan Sederhana (SMIDEC) pula diletakkan di bawah Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri.

Dalam pada itu, Muhyiddin berkata, beliau mengetahui sebab Najib memansuhkan MeCD tetapi setakat ini tidak bercadang menjelaskan tujuannya kepada khalayak umum.

“Sesuatu perkara yang dibuat oleh Perdana Menteri dan Presiden UMNO adalah atas sebab-sebab tertentu, kadang-kadang kita susah hendak faham.

“Saya tahu apa sebab beliau buat begitu. Tetapi tidak perlu pada masa ini untuk saya jelaskan kepada khalayak umum,” katanya.

Menurutnya, sedikit masa lagi kerajaan akan membuat penjelasan terperinci sebab-sebab pemansuhan itu dan tidak pasti sama ada beliau atau Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan yang akan diarahkan oleh Perdana Menteri untuk memberi penerangan itu.

“Jaminan yang saya boleh beri ialah tiada satu pun kementerian atau agensi yang dianggap tidak penting. Jadi kita kena beri kepercayaan kepada kerajaan dan kepada pimpinan kita untuk menjelaskannya.

“Umpamanya Mara, ia badan penting selaras keputusan Kongres Ekonomi Melayu untuk membangunkan usahawan bumiputera dan mendidik anak-anak. Apakah dengan tiada MeCD peranan ini terabai? Saya tak fikir begitu, mungkin lebih utama lagi,” ujarnya.

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Kami membangkitkan perkara yang sama terus kepada TPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin pada Jumaat lepas dan beliau mengesyorkan perkara ini akan diperhalusi segera. Namun kenyataan rasmi PM Dato’ Seri Najib setakat ini belum diperolehi.

Pembaca BigDogDotCom membangkitkan: sebelum pengumuman Kabinet pada Khamis 9 April 2009, Kerajaan Persekutuan memperuntukan dua kementerian khusus untuk menjaga ‘Agenda Melayu’ iaitu Kementerian pembangunan Usahawan dan Kooperasi (MECD) dan Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah (KKLW). Ini bermakna, aada 2 Menteri, 4 Timbalan Menteri, 2 KSU, 4 TKSU dan berpuluh Pengarah dan Setiausaha Bahagian ditugaskan untuk melaksanakan program dibawah Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) seperti Felda, Felcra, MARA, Bank Rakyat, SME Bank, Angkasa, LPKP, Tekun, UDA, PNS, PKK dan sebagainya. NGO seperti Persatuan Francais Malaysia (MFA) juga bernaung bawah MECD.

Kini, semua tanggung jawab itu dibuat oleh satu kementerian semata mata. Apa yang perlu dihasilkan (deliverables) adalah amat besar. Persoalanya, apakah keberkesanan untuk merancang dan melaksana semua program ini dengan sumber yang diperuntukan hanya untuk sebuah kementerian?

Dahulu semasa dua kementerian dengan sumber sempurna sekalipun, perlaksanaan setakat ini tidak menunjukan kesan strategik yang boleh dibanggakan. Hanya setakat memenuhi objektif sahaja.

Persoalan “Tigabelas juta Ringgit” ialah, apakah keghairahan untuk ‘menambat hati’ Bukan Melayu yang PM Dato’ Seri Najib cuba laksanakan ini, terutama setelah mesej jelas undi Cina semasa kegagalan BN di PRK Bukit Gantang dan Bukit Selambau akan mengakibatkan program perlaksanaan ‘Agenda Melayu’ makin tiris?

Itulah apa yang kami di BigDogDotCom risaukan. Kami amat berharap PM Dato’ Seri Najib tidak ‘terlepas pandang’ apabila merancang Kabinet pertamanya itu.

Sebagai menyingkap sejarah, ayahanda PM Dato’ Seri Najib, Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak Hussein merupakan seorang yang banyak memberikan perhatian kepada program pembangunan luar bandar, khususnya melibatkan orang Melayu. Beliau, selaku Timbalan Perdana Menteri  merupakan pengerak utama dibelakang kelahiran MARA (melalui Akta MARA), Institut Teknologi MARA (kini Universiti Teknologi MARA) dan Institut Kemahiran MARA (IKM) pada tahun 1966 dan pemangkin kepada Kongress Ekonomi Bumiputra pertama (1965). Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar masa itu pula merupakan Allahyarham Tun Ghaffar Baba, yang begitu menekankan menyeluruh aspek ‘Agenda Melayu’. 

Satu perkara yang menarik ialah sejarah Tun Abdul Razak berhadapan dengan keadaan ketengangan intra-etnik dan kejayaan merumuskan formula untuk semua pihak bergerak dalam keadaan harmoni. Beliau merupakan Pengarah Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN) semasa Parlimen digantung akibat peristiwa berdarah 13 Mei 1969, berjaya mengumpul semua parti politik mewakili semua kumpulan etnik untuk duduk berunding (kecuali parti Chauvinis Cina DAP), yang melahirkan Majlis Perundingan Negara dan arkitek Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) pada 1971 dan Barisan Nasional pada 1973. Ini bermakna beliau berjaya meredakan keadaan tegang, ‘menambat hati’ Bukan Melayu (termasuk parti Pembangkang Gerakan) untuk bersama sama duduk berunding, menubuhkan Kerajaan konsep ‘kongsi kuasa’ yang begitu effektif dan merangka dan melaksana program pembangunan yang memberi tumpuan kepada orang Melayu.

Inilah cabaran yang kami di BigDogDotCom lontarkan kepada Kepimpinan Perdana Menteri VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, terutama dalam cabaran globalisasi, krisis ekonomi global dan kerenggangan hubungan intra-etnik akibat dasar liberasi PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 18:31  Comments (30)  
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