DAP against corruption: What about Ronnie Liu?

Tee Boon Hock with DAP Klang MP Charles Santiago

Chinese Chauvinist DAP this evening announced the expulsion of  Klang municipal council member Tee Boon Hock for abuse of power, by using State Government Exco letterhead for the benefits of his cronies.

Published: Saturday July 31, 2010 MYT 7:45:00 PM
Updated: Saturday July 31, 2010 MYT 7:56:47 PM

DAP sacks Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock

By WANI MUTHIAH

KLANG: DAP has sacked Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock, who allegedly misused a Selangor exco member’s letterhead to secure contracts for his cronies, from the party, sources said.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had asked him to go on leave, pending the outcome of a state government investigation into the allegations.

Tee has denied all the allegations.

On July 27, The Star reported that a municipal councillor had allegedly used a state exco member’s official letterhead and seal by writing his own letters of support to obtain contracts for his cronies and a family member.

It is alleged that the councillor, a DAP veteran, had secured contracts worth more than RM1mil for 20 companies from the council where he had been serving since July 2008.

Although the man — who has strong party connections — has no access to the exco member’s office now, he has, however, been reappointed as a councillor for a third term.

The councillor sits on several important committees — including the tender board — at the council, one of the biggest in the state.

Exco member Ronnie Liu has confirmed that his letterhead had been misused and that the local councillor was now being investigated by the party.

However, members claimed internal action was “not enough”.

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Few says ago, Tee went on national TV denying the allegations and threatened to sue the report. Apparently, Tee did what he denied on air.

The question now looms; is the expulsion adequate? Will the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State Government do the right thing and report the matter to the MACC, so that formal investigations are being carried out and if there is a case, the perpetrators be charged in court?

Many people believed that Tee is just a small fry in the web of corrupt practices amongst Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Selangor, now dubbed ‘Pakatan Rasuah’. So many believed that the expulsion of Tee is just a cover up. The bigger fish is DAP State Exco Ronnie Liu, who is Tee’s boss.

Ronnie Liu

Liu is a name that consistently crops up whenever the issue of why political aide Teoh Beng Hock died, right after the interview with MACC a year ago. A lot of contracts which trails lead to Liu was uncovered upon Teoh’s demise. In fact, the manner of how Liu reacted when Teoh’s body was taken for autopsy at Klang Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital illustrated on how he is seen to be ‘trying to cover something up’.

Suddenly, anonymous blog ‘Truth for Teoh Beng Hock’ becomes very credible, although it stopped posting.

The recent sand mining operations by Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd is a good illlustration of a State Government cover up. The amount of sand being extracted from the ground compared to the proceeds that the Selangor State Government really got, the KSSB scheme and how the company monopolise the sand mining operations in the state and where all the sand went because of the sheer volume extracted did not commenurate any huge construction projects (which include land reclamation) lead pointing towards the cover-ups.

The MACC should investigate not only Tee’s case but also Liu. The focus should be on contracts issued, new license for ‘massage parlours and karaokes’ increase since Pakatan Rakyat took over and of course, on illegal factories growth and non action against them.

Selangor Rakyat have been short changed with all these corrupt and organised-crimes-protected-by-State-Government far too long. They should know who they voted in on 8 March 2008.

Published in: on July 31, 2010 at 20:38  Comments (8)  

Investigate Riong Kali for criminally defaming PM Najib

Damning photo all over the blogs of Riong Kali 'bottoms up', first appeared in BigDogDotCom on 19 April 2008

Malay NGO Perkasa High Council member Zaid Mr Arip called for the Federal Government to initiate an investigation against rogue-former-NST-Supremo Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan under attempt to criminally defame Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Free Malaysia Today reports:

TUE, 27 JUL 2010 10:59
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By Qayum Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa has urged the government to investigate claims by veteran journalist and businessman Kalimullah Hassan that the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu using a C4 bomb in 2006 involved Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Perkasa supreme council member Zahid Mat Arip said “the claims by Kalimullah were published in the newsportal The Malaysian Insider”.

“The allegations are malicious lies and aimed at toppling Najib.”

“Kalimullah had published the news before the police began investigations into the case which had tarnished Najib’s image.

‘I am convinced that he (Kalimullah) had an agenda to topple Najib who at that time was the Defence Minister,” he told FMT.

He said the “investigation against Kalimullah must be carried out based on the articles which were published.”

He said the articles were aimed at confusing the people and discrediting the credibility of a national leader.

According to him, Kalimullah had acted in this manner “to aid another party” who wished to divert public attention.

Zahid also questioned the millions of ringgit worth of contracts awarded to Kalimullah’s company by the Internal Revenue Board (IRB).

“The IRB contract has also raised doubts and the board must explain its decision,” he said.

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His Malaysian Insider news portal had been actively insinuating PM Najib had something to do of even knowledge of the murder of the Mongolian woman Altantuyaa Shaariibuu, just by association. One of the originial suspect who was brought to be charged at Shah Alam High Court is Abdul Razak Baginda, once a strategic adviser to then Minister of Defense.

The news portal is ‘in sync’ with rogue-blogger Raja Petra “Compulsive Liar” Kamaruddin, who have been consistently pointing the figure of the murder to PM Najib and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. The relationship between Riong Kali and Raja Petra was highlighted when mainstream news carried stories about Riong Kali partly finance Raja Petra’s stay in London, whilst running away from Malaysian law and the trial that already started against the rogue-blogger.

All of these is part of partyless-Opposition-Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s strategic plan to demonise the credibility of PM Najib, as far back as the April 2007 Ijok by-election with unsubstantiated allegations that Shariibuu was murdered in November 2006 to cover the truth about the corruption surrounds the acquisition of the Scorpene submarines and Sukhoi Su 30 MKM deals.

It was imperative for Anwar to strategically demonise the credibility of then DPM Najib in his plan to assume power through deceit and eventually anarchy (when all fails) as then PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s credbility and integrity as the Prime Minister already waning and he was leading UMNO and BN sliding further down. Najib was then the only glimmer of hope to UMNO and BN to regain its confidence as the ‘Champion of the People’.

Very little attacks were lashed by either mainstream Opposition Leaders such as PAS President Hadi Awang, PAS Spiritual Leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat, PAS attack-dog Mahfudz Omar, DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang, DAP Chairman Karpal Singh, DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng and Anwar’s closests aides Azmin Ali, Ezam Md Noor and PKR personalities like Khalid Ibrahim against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah but instead mounting and intensified manuvres against PM Najib were becoming more prominent.

Of course portals like Malaysia Today and Malaysian Insider compounded to the attempt to demonise PM Najib’s position in the minds of the average Malaysians, even with assistance of foreign media. At that time, Riong Kali was still very much in control of NST. For all intent and purpose, he served his ‘foreign’ masters.

It is time that Riong Kali be investigated thoroughly. Many still firmly believed that he is acting on behalf of a pseudo-super-power in the region and had been ‘selling wholesale Malaysia away to the enemy’.

Published in: on July 31, 2010 at 09:05  Comments (7)  

What have the Singaporean Malays achieved?

This is a speech by the editor of Berita Harian, Singapore:

Speech by Berita Harian editor Guntor Sadali, at the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Awards ceremony on July 28, 2010

  1. It is a fact known to all that Malays in Singapore is a minority. However this minority is quite different from other minorities in the world.
  2. Similarly, to some, Singapore is just a red dot in this vast Asian region. But it is no ordinary red dot.
  3. It is a grave mistake to equate size with ability, just as it is wrong to assume that being small and in the minority is to be weak and insignificant. The recent World Cup proved this. While Spain may be the world champion, it was minnow Switzerland that became the only country in the tournament that was able to defeat Spain.
  4. Forty-five years have passed since Singapore left Malaysia, yet every now and then we still hear non-complimentary comments from across the Causeway about the Malay community here.
  5. The latest came from former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who casually reminded Malaysian Malays not to become like Singaporean Malays.
  6. He did not make it clear what he actually meant, but the comment was made in the context of the possibility of Malaysian Malays losing their power in Malaysia.
  7. Again he did not specify what type of power, but it could safely be interpreted as political power.
  8. Now, what could have happened to the Malays here in the last four decades? What could have driven Dr Mahathir to voice his concern and to caution the Malaysian Malays? I wonder.
  9. The Malay community in Singapore, of course, know what has become of us here. First and foremost, we have become a completely different community from what we were 45 years ago.
  10. We have developed our own identity and philosophy of life that are distinct from our relatives across the Causeway. We may wear the same clothes, eat the same food, speak the same language and practise the same culture.
  11. However, the similarities end there. We are now a society that uphold the philosophy of wanting to stand on our own feet, or what is known in Malay as ‘berdikari’ or ‘berdiri atas kaki sendiri’.
  12. We do not believe in being spoon-fed or being too dependent on government help. In other words, we do not have a crutch mentality. We firmly believe that a community with such a crutch mentality will soon become a “two M” community – the first ‘M’ stands for ‘manja’ (spoilt), and the second for ‘malas’ (lazy). We definitely do not want to be labelled as a pampered and lazy community.
  13. That is why our Malay community here constantly work hard to raise funds to build our own mosques, madrasahs and other buildings in expensive and land-scarce Singapore.
  14. Over the years we have raised millions of dollars to become proud owners of these buildings. Through our own efforts and with the help of other organisations, we have also helped the needy not only financially, but also in equipping them with new skills so that they can earn their living.
  15. For Dr Mahathir, however, all that we have done and achieved so far are not good enough. He takes a negative view of our changed attitudes and different mindset, and has therefore cautioned Malaysian Malays not to be like us.
  16. What about power? For Malays in Singapore, power is not about wielding the keris. For us, knowledge is power. In fact we believe that knowledge is THE real power.
  17. The constant emphasis by the community on the importance of education and acquiring knowledge has led to the formation of institutions such as Mendaki, Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), the Prophet Mohamad Birthday Memorial Scholarship Board (LBKM) and many others.
  18. These self-help organisations not only provide financial help to needy students, but also strive to nurture our students to their full potential. At the same time, these organisations help to tackle various social ills faced by the community.
  19. Again, we do these all on our own. Malay children here attend the same schools as other Singaporeans with a shared aim – to obtain a holistic education and, of course, achieve good examination results. Yes, it is tough. Like all other children, our Malay students have no choice but to work hard. It is a reality of life in Singapore that we have come to accept – that there is certainly no short cut to success. We do not believe in getting any special treatment, because it would only reduce the value of our achievements and lower our dignity.
  20. The meritocratic system that we practise here is, without doubt, a tough system but it helps us to push ourselves and prevent us from becoming ‘manja’ and ‘malas’.
  21. Still, Dr Mahathir and some Malay leaders across the Causeway do not like the way we do things here and have therefore warned Malaysian Malays not to be like us. On our part, there is certainly no turning back. Meritocracy has proven to be a good and fair system.
  22. It pushes us to work hard and makes us proud of our achievements. We can see how it has benefited us by looking at the growing number of doctors, lawyers, magistrates, engineers, corporate leaders and other professionals among us. It is the successes and achievements of some of these people that Berita Harian wants to highlight and celebrate when we launched this Achiever Award 12 years ago.
  23. Tonight, we have another role model to present to our community. So, the question is: Shouldn’t our friends and relatives across the Causeway be like us – Malays in Singapore?
  24. It is definitely not for us to suggest or decide. And we too have no intention of asking our own community if we would like to be like them either, because we have already chosen our very own path for the future.
  25. We, the Malays in Singapore, should be proud of our achievements, because we have attained them through hard work. It is true that what we have achieved so far may not be the best, and that we are still lagging behind the other races. There are large pockets in our community facing various social problems.
  26. We have achieved so much, and yet there is still a long way to go. But we should not despair. We can do a lot more on our own if the community stay united and cohesive. In critical issues, we should speak with one voice. We need to help and strengthen each other while at the same time reach out to the other communities in multi-racial, multi-religious Singapore.
  27. A successful and prosperous Singapore can only mean a successful and prosperous Malay community. Can we do it? Well, to borrow US President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan, “Yes, we can”.

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What have the Singaporean Malays actually achieved for some of them to feel this way? What is their income per capita (relatively, compare to the rest of Singapore)? is there even a public listed company which is managed by a Singaporean Malay, let alone controlled by one? What is the number of businesses they own? What is the number of graduates they have? What is the number of top civil servants? What is the number of senior executives in Singapore blue chips and MNCs? What is the number and property they own?

All these questions should be answered with relevant corresponding data, to the Singaporean economy as a whole.

Can anyone actually list them?

Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 12:07  Comments (37)  

Affirmative Action Quandary

Affirmative Action Quandary

by Dato’ A Kadir Jasin

Malaysian Business, 1-15 July 2010

While it is acknowledged that the government should be more transparent and efficient in its pursuit of market-friendly affirmative action, the real question is whether the market wants to be a willing partner in any such action, especially since the recent global economic crisis has shown that the market cannot self-regulate.

THE AFFIRMATIVE Action Plan introduced via the New Economic Policy (NEP) 40 years ago continues to be hotly debated.

Although it came to an end a full decade ago, its two key objectives of eradicating poverty irrespective of race and restructuring society remain in force in one form or another.

In recent times, the NEP debate gained an added impetus when the government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak introduced a series of policy initiatives that has been applauded by some and derided by others.

The growing debate is due, in part, to the failure of the government to effectively communicate its ideas to the people, resulting in conflicting understanding and interpretations.

The debate has reactivated existing grass-root organisations and spawned new ones. Among the vocal newcomers are the Perkasa and the Malay Consultative Council, both of which represent the Malay interest and are understandably suspicious of the government’s new ideas.

A recent important input to the debate came from Mohd Najib’s own brother, banker Datuk Mohd Nazir Abdul Razak, who gave a lengthy interview to the influential Mingguan Malaysia to explain his stand on the issue.

In the June 20 issue of the paper, Mohd Nazir, who is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the CIMB banking group, said: ‘To me, the New Economic Policy objectives of eradicating poverty and restructuring society are still relevant and should be retained, but at the same time we should add another objective, that is to build and create a more competitive Bumiputera community. This is very important to ensure the survival of the Malays …’

As I had stated in my blog post on June 22, Mohd Nazir’s proposal was in line with a recent affirmation by the Prime Minister that the 30% Bumiputera ownership target and the creation of the Bumiputera Commercial and Industrial Community (BCIC) would continue to be pursued.

Mohd Najib’s statement was reported to have caught some members of his National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) by surprise as they had hoped that he would agree with their proposal to do away with the NEP.

Since then, however, the affirmative plan appears to have clawed its way back into the agenda of the NEAC. A workshop involving members of the council, academicians, civil servants, social thinkers and representatives of the trade was recently held in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the subject of transparency and market-friendly affirmative plan.

Clarifying the misconception that he was against the NEP, which was the handiwork of his late father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Mohd Nazir said: ‘I am not critical of the NEP because I agree that the policy had helped Malaysia achieve strong economic growth and political stability. What I had said was the need to make a comprehensive study of the implementation aspects of the policy….’

Mohd Nazir was stating the obvious. There have been many calls in recent years for a complete examination of the effectiveness of the implementation of the NEP and the succeeding affirmative policies – the National Development Policy and the Vision Development Policy.

There is widespread recognition that the kinks in the implementation of the plan has led to uneven development and distribution of wealth, which, in recent years, has caused the income gap to widen dangerously not only among the races, but also between the rich and the poor in the same race.

Whatever the final policy and programmes adopted by Mohd Najib’s administration from the voluminous recommendations of the NEAC, one thing must be recognised without reservation – that is, no nation can be considered civilised and humane if the majority race and community is oppressed and marginalised.

As for Mohd Nazir the banker, being the CEO and a key shareholder of the second largest GLC bank in the country, he can play an important role in assisting and showing the Bumiputeras, especially those in business, the way to become competitive. He has to practise what he preaches.

Market regulation

IT was reported on June 22 that the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry would discontinue retail licences for chicken, cement and mild steel round bars from July 15.

The minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, told reporters in Parliament that the three items were being exempted from licence requirement because they are no longer controlled items.

The announcement came hot on the heels of a nationwide boycott threat by traders who opposed a government proposal to require them to have additional permits to trade in sugar, wheat flour and cooking oil.

This brings us to the larger issue of market regulation and the idea of creating a transparent and market-friendly affirmative plan.

Despite decades of market regulation, which is the legacy of the colonial era when prices and supplies were regulated to minimise profiteering and, during the 1948-1962 Emergency, to stop supplies from falling into the hands of communist terrorists, its effectiveness remains questionable.

The recent boycott threat by the traders can be seen within the context of the open market mantra of the New Economic Model (NEM).

It has certainly emboldened traders to oppose what they see as the continuing attempts by the government to interfere with market forces in determining the demand and supply of goods and services.

The transparency mantra

HERE lies our dilemma. While prices are best left to the forces of demand and supply, our traders are not exactly well-known for fairness and discipline. On the contrary, they are, perhaps, among the most indisciplined lot and are prone to cheating and profiteering.

So, I was a bit unsure when I was invited to give my views on the transparent and market-friendly affirmative action at an NEAC workshop in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Maybe we could be more transparent in the way we do things. But can we ever expect the market to be friendly to any plan or action that restricts its freedom?

The stubbornness of traders aside, the government and its regulatory agencies are not faring any better. Bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption often collude to render attempts to regulate supplies and moderate prices ineffectual.

So, how much more transparent should the government be? The answer lies not just in being transparent, but more importantly, in convincing the public that the government is also truthful.

Take our socio-economic statistics, for instance. The accuracy of facts and figures presented by the government is often questioned. There’s suspicion that they are either not sufficiently comprehensive or are subject to manipulation.

Making things worse is the tendency of our political leaders of making contradictory statements and quoting contradictory figures. The debate on the rationalisation of subsidies is a case in point, when two ministers quoted two different sets of subsidy figures.

This is due to the general decline in the ability of the leadership, be it political, administrative or business, to articulate issues and make clear statements.

The closing down or downgrading of research, planning, monitoring and coordinating agencies in recent decades have affected information gathering and dissemination.

Media reporting has also shifted from development to politics. Even straightforward development reporting is laced with or skewed towards politics and politicians.

On the other hand, transparency has become imperative. It’s no longer the question of choice. The explosion of information and telecommunications technology (ICT) has made it nearly impossible to be secretive. The question is the degree of transparency and openness.

There’s the need to rationalise between the need to be transparent and the right to secrecy, confidentiality, privacy and the protection of official and business secrets.

What exactly is market-friendly?

HAS the government not been friendly to the market all this while? If that’s the case, how do we account for our past performance, in particular, the expansion of the private sector?

How do we explain the transformation of the private sector as the engine of growth during the NEP period if the policy had indeed been unfriendly to the market?

Who benefited the most from the massive public-sector spending during the NEP period? Certainly, it was the market. It benefited much more than the targeted groups – the poor and the needy.

So, how much more friendly can the government be towards the market in the implementation of the affirmative action under the NEM?

My concern is less with the ability of the government to pursue market-friendly affirmative action, but with the willingness of the market to be a participant in any affirmative action. I may be wrong, but I have a nagging suspicion that the market in general opposes or, at the very least, is indifferent to affirmative action.

I think we know by now that many national business figures and trade associations are openly opposed or are, at least, critical of the affirmative action under the NEP, despite the fact that they benefited hugely – directly and indirectly – from it.

They do this out of selfishness and greed, ignoring the fact that had it not been for the NEP and the subsequent growth with distribution policies, the economy would not have expanded at the rate it had.

It is the expansion of the purchasing power of the masses, including the subsidy elements, that has enriched and empowered the business community, which today is taking out billions of ringgit annually to invest abroad or simply earn higher interest income.

The market will continue to make real or token objection to the affirmative action no matter how it is packaged. Sadly, there’s a strong element of communalism here.

But the market has it reasons to oppose affirmative action. There is the concern that the system is neither sufficiently efficient nor transparent. Corruption and abuse of power remain a concern, although the market itself is guilty of encouraging this white-collar crime.

Since the rich and the powerful can resort to bribery to get what they want, corruption and abuse of power actually punish small businesses, many of which are Bumiputera-owned, as they are unable or unwilling to give bribes.

So, while we support transparency, we have to set a limit to how friendly we want to be towards the market. The systemic failure of the market-driven economy that started with the sub-prime crisis in the US in 2007 is clear indication of the market’s inability to self-regulate. As such, to place the economy too much in the hands of the market is unwise. The government must continue to play a firm regulatory role.

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 08:50  Comments (2)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir: There is no such thing as complete press freedom

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said that there is no such thing as complete press freedom anywhere in the world and organised mainstream media had always been subjected in some form of ‘control’. He was addressing the opening ceremony of ‘Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference 2010′ in Kuala Lumpur this morning, where bloggers and new media practitioners which include social media academic expert congregated .

“Media would be subjected to many people (stakeholders). The media owners, editors, advertisers and not only the Government”, explaining that the media panders to a lot of ‘pressure and control’, hence inability to be completely free and impartial in their reporting and telling a story.

“I became a blogger because I was blocked out from mainstream media. I still needed to say something. Many people told me that it was something I did when I was the Prime Minister. You know I was the Prime Minister for a long time. But if I did, I must have done it to protect the interests of the people. I did not do it because I had bad intentions”.

He related the ‘bad intentions’ as the case in point to the episode when British Prime Minister Tony Blair lied about the Iraqis having weapon of mass destruction and threats they have in the region. “He lied (even to the British Parliament) because he really wanted to go to war in Iraq. British Intelligence (MI 6) actually advised the British Government that there is no such threat. But that is not reported anywhere. Now only we hear about it, after hundreds of thousands of people died and injured. Millions suffered because Blair lied and he used media for that purpose, to justify the lie”.

“These lies are never reported here. In fact people here revered him so much that they paid him RM 1 million, to teach them to lie”, for the recently held Young Achievers Convention where Blair was invited to speak.

He commented about Anwar “Mat King Leather” becoming the darling of foreign press because they wanted a ‘Regime Change’.  “They wrote about beautiful things about him. The foreign press control the perception about him. Now with new media (such as blogs),  we now know how they (Westerners) actually feel about him. We noe have an access how opinions are being formed despite the mainstream media being ‘controlled’. The local media now is able to understand the other peoples’ perception”.

“Our problem is how to sort out the information and news that is coming to us. What is true, what is not true, what is valuable and what it worthless. This requires certain skills. The bloggers will do a great service to the community if they can really do this”, he reminded practitioners of the new media.

“We now have a new powerful medium almost without control by the authorities. I say there is some controls because new media is still libel for their writings. They must tell the truth. They should not make up stories”, as he was talking about the need to have ‘ethics’ while blogging and expressing a view or opinion in the new media.

The father of modern Malaysia also reminded to the threat of pornography to the Malaysian society. “There is in an increase of sexual related crimes in Malaysia due to easy access to pornography”.

“When we first had internet in Malaysia, we promised that there will be no censorship. Now I am having second thoughts about that. I think there should be censorship on pornography. Otherwise, we should not censor internet. We should allow anyone say anything they like”, relating to the Barry Wain’s “The Malaysian Maverick” book where so many allegations, yet to be substianted about his Premiership. “Wain said I lost hundreds of billions (Ringgit). I am not fond of suing. Suing takes time. I may not have the time”. He was confident that the readers will be able to evaluate for themselves on what was written. Time will tell whether Tun Dr. Mahathir did or did not do on what Wain wrote.

Relating his experience from his successful blog ChetDet, “My blog is read everywhere, even in Israel. They are not happy with me. They do nasty things, we say so. This is an opportunity to say our opinion or feelings, just that it does not mean we can say anything which is not substantiated. If we can do that (express opinion that could be substantiated), then bloggers will become more popular. There is an opportunity to shape everyone’s thinking. We should use this opportunity to make things better for everyone. We should not abuse this powerful new tool”.

Relating of his Perdana Global Peace Organisation work and using the new media to spread the message “I am now doing a campaign of making war a crime. In the ‘Good old days’, soldiers kill soldiers. Today, soldiers kill everyone (which include non combatants). That’s the truth about today’s war. We must stop this! We can use this very powerful new media to campaign and spread the message. We can reach so many people immediately and help them form the opinion”.

“When we are given a ‘weapon’ that powerful, it must be used responsibly. Again I must emphasize, it must be used properly and it can contribute towards building a better community and better world for ourselves. We have the ability to shape the opinion of the whole world, if we want to”.

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 11:02  Leave a Comment  

Ketuanan Melayu: A legitimate right of the Malays

After all the controversy and polemic about Ketuanan Melayu, it is shocking to note that 50 years after independence the citizens of the whole country especially the Non Malays neither genuinely do not grasp or simply refuse to accept the fundamental basis of our unique nationhood.

Before this matter gets out of hand and becomes more toxic and turn ugly, it is high time to remind everyone of the simple facts and truth about the issue.

First of all, the world knows that before the successive colonizers; the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British came with their gunboats this country; the Malays were the original indigenous and legitimate owners or TUAN of this country. The Malay Sultans were the Rulers and the entire indigenous subjects and citizens were the Malays. There were no Chinese and Indians at all. The Chinese and Indians were subsequently brought into this country by the British colonizers as immigrants labour to work in their mines and plantations and help the British exploit and plunder this country.

By right when this country regained her independence, the British had to return this country to the Malays as the TUAN and restore everything to its original position as when they first set foot in this country. This was the legitimate and rightful premise of the nation.

But as a political plea bargain, the British requested for the immigrant population to be allowed to continue to remain and be citizens of this country upon independence. The Malays were well aware that by the time the Chinese and Indians who were open to much better opportunities during the colonial days have already achieved considerable economic and social progress and advantages compared with the Malays themselves who have been subjected to hundreds of years of systematic suppression, deprivation and marginalization. In fact the immigrant Chinese ‘apeks’ has already become towkays and Indian ‘thambys’ have become overseers, mandores, even engineers and money lenders while the Malay TUANs themselves have been reduced ti mere ‘Ahmads’ largely confined to the remote Kampungs wallowing in the mud with their buffaloes. Thoese who managed to leave the kampong were in uniform elevated to drivers, peons, mata-mata or Malay regiment  soldiers to keep everyones’ peace.

However, despite the potential threat to their own position, the Malays with their typical magnanimity and generosity were still willing to take the risk of accommodating about 3 million Chinese and Indians, nearly as many as the Malays themselves and confered instantly citizenship BUT on condition that it would not prejudice or compromise their own position and status as the legitimate TUAN of this country.

This was the condition precedent or the prerequisite for the immigrant population to remain and be citizens of this country ie: they have to agree, recognize, accept and respect the precedence of the Malays in this country. This is what Ketuanan Melayu or social contract is all about. It is essentially about the reinstatement and restoration of the Malays as original and legitimate owners of the land.

To legitimise this fundamental agreement the Ketuanan Melayu was clearly articulated and captured in a special provision clause enshrined in the constitution as the cradle of collective consensus and conscience of all the citizens in this country and nation for prosperity.

In fact, in order to manifest and underline all the intents and purposes of the letter and spirit  of this provision about Ketuanan Melayu even further, the constitution went on to constitutionally define the term MELAYU to highlight, differentiate and distinguish them from others. To emphasis the special status, position and powers of the Malays, the Malay Sultans were reinstated as Rulers of the states, with the AGONG regularly elected among them as King, Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces as the protector and keeper of the Constitution and the country. Furthermore, the mother tongue of the Malays, Bahasa Melayu was made the national language while the religion of the Malays become the official religion of the country. All these constitute and spelled the essence and veracity of the Ketuanan Melayu.

The simple and blunt answer to those who still question Ketuanan Melayu should question their own existence and presence in this country. It must be put to them clearly that this special provision would not have necessary if the Malays did not have to carry the burden of accommodating them, the immigrant Chinese and Indians and extend to them the privilege of citizenship which they enjoy until this very day. It was simply a quid pro quo for accommodating them. The term Melayu would not have been constitutionally defined if not for the existence and presence of others with the consent of the Malays in this country.

All the affirmative action policies and actions stamming from this provision such as the New Economic Policy (NEP) of the Bumiputera policies are to empower the Malays to redress themselves in order to restore their original and rightful position as the TUAN of this country. They are not privileges but inherent and legitimate rights of the Malays to do whatever it takes to restore their status and position that had been lost of hundreds of years of suppression and deprivation of the British colonial rule. It must also be clearly understood that the onus of this restoration process lies entirely with the Malays themsleves to devise their own strategies to achieve this ultimate end within their own time without any leave from others.

The truth is, until today, in spite of various affirmative policies and actions, the Malays have not been able to liberate themselves completely from the vestiges of grave setbacks suffered from the British rule. To a certain extent the process has been made even more difficult and complex, as it has been compounded by other strenuous constrains such as the need to compromise and accommodate Non Malay interest. All our policies have always been delibrately accommodative and never been at the expense of others. In fact, some of our affirmative actions intended to benefit the Malays have been riddled with constant leakages arising from exploitation by Non Malays causing serious cancellation effect.

All said and done, today, the Malays are still far behind in every sphere of life compared with the Non Malays, especially the Chinese who have enjoyed good head start with the indulgence of the British colonizers actually at large extent at the expense of the Malays.

Glib talks about equality, the Malays are intrinsically the least equal. Talk about justice, where is the economic justice for the Malays who have actually sacrificed and  suffered the worst. In all things what matters most is tangible EQUITABILITY which remains very much an elusive dream as far as the Malays are concerned. If at all it is the Malays who should be shouting and clamouring for equality and justice but not others.

The thought of the Non Malays grudging the so called special privileges of the Malays is most grateful if not outright bad faith. After all, at the time of reckoning the forefathers of the Chinese and Indian immigrants had a clear choice; either they recognize, accept and respect the KETUANAN MELAYU and live with it for prosperity or remain as foreigners or leave this country as the British excess baggage.

However they wilfully chose to remain and be citizen of the country which has been the land of milk and honey for them. For them to question and repudiate the KETUANAN MELAYU especially while the Malays are still struggling and they having the best of both worlds means that they are trying to have both the cake and eat it. Whereas they know full well that never in history and nowhere in the world not even China or India can anybody be allowed to do so. It is as if they wish to abrogate or usurp the legitimate rights to the Malays to exercise their liberty to remedy their own position without leave or consent of the Non Malays.

The increasing audacity of the Non Malays is not at all surprising now that they are more entrenched and more daring to exert their presence perhaps emboldened by the emergence of their original homelands China and India as world powers. It is no coincidence that even the Indians who have been generally more docile have recently organised themselves as HINDRAF which saw it fit to take their grievances to India for political leverage. The Chinese of course with their more aggressive attitude has recently forced the government to apologise and pay homage to the Great Wall of China over a purported incident of mistreatment of Chinese citizen by an immigration department that turn out to be a farce because the actual victim was in fact a poor Malay lady. Indeed it was a great humiliation for the Malays as a whole. Perhaps these ugly incidents will haunt the Sino-Malay relationship for years to come.

In any case, our brief history has shown that the Non Malays especially the Chinese had never really lived up to their obligation to the Malays and this country right from their humble beginning. When the British left this country in a lurch in World War II, the Malays in the true spirit as the sons of the soil defended the country with their lives and soul to the last man. The Chinese on the other hand organised Malayan Communist Party (MCP) with the support of mainland communist China tried to take over this country from the British for themselves. They mounted viscious and savage guerilla warfare with unfold loss of the Malay unity lives and damage to this country until they were defeated.

Then, in 1969 when they smelt power after a strong showing in a general election they arrogantly taunted the Malays threatening to send them back to the kampongs where they belong resulting in bloody race riot.

Yet again, when Singapore gained her independence through Malaysia, the Chinese-based party PAP in Singapore spawned the idea of Malaysian Malaysia in order to undermine and upstage the position of the Malays resulting in the amputation of Singapore from Malaysia dealing another huge sacrifice on the part of the Malays and this country just to avert another political disaster. Till this day the politics of Chinese chauvinism continues to breed and spawn the same sentiments though with some subtlety through the DAP, as the 5th column and proxy and alter ego of Singapore’s PAP.

Should anybody think that the provision for KETUANAN MELAYU was uncalled for or  a little ostentious, all above incidents prove that not only it was sound foresight on the part of our founding fathers but the fundamental protection of the position of the Malays as such prove absolutely necessary and completely tenable.

To say the least, it was this sound mechanism of KETUANAN MELAYU as the fulcrum of the equilibrium that provides the foundation that provides the foundation and framework for our grand coexistence that has seen this country and society achieve unprecedented success in peace and harmony that has made our nation an icon of diversity and en envy of the whole world. Thanks to the wisdom of our forefathers and the magnamity of the Malays.

Going forward therefore it is high time that leaders of all political persuasion should enlighten themselves with this fundamental issue and appreciate and embrace it with complete integrity of purpose. And without any apology the Malays should stand up and defend their special position with KETUANAN MELAYU with fortitude and dignity not only for the good of the Malays themselves but for the sake of the future of the whole country.

Datuk Nordin Bin Salleh

23 February 2009

* Nordin was with MNCs before embarking fulltime into politics. He won the Sg Pinang DUN seat in Kelantan during the 1990 general elections under Parti Semangat 46. He was one of the two Semangat 46 who crossed back into UMNO in 1991 for the sake of Malay unity. This paved the way for an effort to strengthen the Malays and eventually saw Semangat 46 being dissolved and its members returned to UMNO en bloc in 1996.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 14:58  Comments (24)  

Tony Pua’s agenda to demonize PM Najib’s NEMonomics

PJ Utara DAP MP Tony Pua, who is also DAP’s propaganda Chief is set to demonize PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s effort to improve the economic position, especially with the New Economic Model bold agenda of doubling the income per capita within 10 years.

The Malaysian Insider reports:


FDI crashing because investors lost faith, says DAP

KUALA LUMPUR July 25 — A lack of confidence in Malaysia’s economy has driven foreign direct investment FDI to our neighbours leaving the once-roaring “Asian tiger” to compete with Indochina countries the DAP said today The World Foreign Investment Report WIR 2010 released by the United Nations showed that FDI in Malaysia plunged 81 per cent last year trailing behind countries like the Philippines Vietnam Thailand Indonesia and Singapore “For the first time ever in history Malaysia attracted less investment than the Philippines ” DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua said in a statement today Pua pointed out that Malaysia was the only Asean country to experience negative FDI flow in 2009 The Philippines attracted US$1 95 billion RM6 24 billion in FDI compared to Malaysia’s US$1 38 billion while Singapore raked in the most — more than US$16 billion “Among Southeast Asian nations we are now only attracting more FDI than Cambodia Myanmar Brunei Laos and Timor-Leste ” added Pua “What was previously unimaginable that we may one day be compared to countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar is now a real possibility ” said the Petaling Jaya Utara MP pointing out that those countries had also attracted less than US$2 billion in FDIs last year Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been trying to lift Malaysia’s profile as a destination for foreign investment to help the country achieve an average gross domestic product GDP growth of at least six per cent per annum over the next five years But Malaysia’s FDI rates have fallen faster than other regional players like Singapore and China and at the same time capital outflows have dampened private domestic investments The Najib administration has also warned that the economy may slow down in the second half of the year due to external factors but have insisted that a six per cent growth was still achievable Today Pua also said that Malaysia had suffered the biggest decline of FDI in Southeast Asia from 2008 till 2009 “The government cannot use the excuse of the global financial crisis as the reason for the precipitous drop in FDI as we have performed the worst compared to all other countries big and small in the region ” said Pua Data revealed that Malaysia suffered a large 81 1 per cent drop in FDIs compared to far healthier figures in Thailand 30 4 per cent Vietnam 44 1 per cent and Indonesia 44 7 per cent However Singapore Brunei Philippines and Myanmar still managed to register positive growth said Pua Pua also DAP’s chief economist pointed out that Malaysia was the sole Southeast Asian nation to have registered a net negative FDI flow last year Najib was criticised for stalling on the NEM “Malaysia was the only country where our outflow of FDI amounting to US$8 04 billion is substantially greater than the FDI of US$1 38 billion received ” said Pua “Not only are foreign investors unwilling to invest in Malaysia our own local investors as well as foreign investors who are already in the country have a total lack of confidence in the ability of our economy to generate an attractive return to their investments ” added Pua He pointed out that Malaysia’s net FDI flows have declined from US$2 56 billion in 2004 and US$1 09 billion 2005 to a net negative US$0 02 billion 2006 negative US$2 7 billion 2007 and negative US$7 67 billion in 2008 “Despite Datuk Seri Najib repeatedly insisting that the era where ‘the government knows best’ is over his administration continues to crowd out private investments by directly awarding mega-projects to government-linked entities such as the Sungai Buloh land to an Employee Provident Fund joint venture with the government or the Sungai Besi airport redevelopment to the 1 Malaysia Development Fund ” said Pua “Without these necessary and critical changes to the government’s economic policies the Malaysian economy will only continue to drift away from the radar of both local and foreign investors ” he added Pua went on to criticise Najib for not moving ahead with his New Economic Model pointing out the prime minister had been forced to call it a “trial balloon” after a sour reaction from some Malay groups.

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The truth is far from what has been described. Tony Pua is using the 2009 figures to back his claims that the economy is not so bullish and losing out FDIs  to our neighbours.  The analysis is comparatively weak as the correspondong period of analysis was no longer relevant, in the context of the real economic propulsion programs ever since PM Najib took charge and new policies, which include liberalisation to 27 subsectors announced.

MITI under Dato’ Seri Mustapha Mohamad is bullish and confident of realising RM 115 billion of FDIs for the next 10th Malaysia Plan (2010-15). The growth set is at 12.8 % annually as compared to an average of 2% per annum during PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s watch.

Bernama.com report on the matter:

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M’sia Optimistic to Woo RM115 Billion Private Investment by 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 JULY, 2010: Malaysia is optimistic of wooing RM115 billion private investment by 2015 in line with the target set under the 10th Malaysia Plan, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said the Government Transformation Plan would create a conducive environment for investment flow.
“RM115 billion investment represents foreign direct investment and Malaysia’s investments overseas. The six per cent gross domestic product growth forecast this year is achievable,” he said.
Mustapa also said there was potential investments from South Korea particularly in the property sector.
To date, investments from South Korea totalled US$3 billion, he said.

Mustapa said there are indications that South Korean companies are keen to increase their investments in Malaysia.
“We should exploit this potential with South Korea’s aggressive investment overseas,” he said.
The latest investment from South Korea is the acquisition of Malaysia’s largest petrochemical producer, Titan Chemicals Corp Bhd, by Honam Petrochemical Corp.
Another investment by South Korea is the plan to set up a solar cell manufacturing plant at the Senai Hi-Tech Park in Johor by STX Corp.
Mustapa said interest in Malaysia’s property sector among South Koreans was also promising as they see Malaysia as an ideal place to live due to good quality of life and safe environment.

Meanwhile, at the Business Councils meeting with the International Trade and Industry Ministry today, Mustapa said strategic partnership promotion and ways to boost trade and investment took centrestage.
Among the Business councils which attended the meeting are the Malaysian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Malaysian-Swedish Business Association, Malaysia-Norway Business Council, Malaysia-Italy Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Malaysia-Dutch Business Council.
The East Asia Business Council and Malaysia-Japan Economic Association also attended the meeting.
Mustapa also said there was a need to enhance the ministry’s database system to provide comprehensive information on foreign investors and trade.
“We discussed ways to share information and to complement the information with the foreign countries,” he said.

He said the currrent database system focused on information gathered from the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), mainly on companies that have received incentives from MIDA.
“Some companies which don’t have large investments are not captured,” he added.

– Bernama

The fact is that PM Najib’s effort to restore the confidence of investors in the active campaign to meet industrialists and financiers in his trips to the US, EU, Japan and China  is very much reflected in the first quarter’s FDI alone almost match with the whole of 2009 FDIs.

Human capital is one of the agenda to uplift the capabilities and competencies of the Malaysian workforce, to realise the expectations of the high value economy demands. Newly formed agencies such as the Talent Corporation is designed to source for the necessary talents from outside, to meet the shortfall of the demands. The Federal Government is also investing in over RM 1.5 billion a year for human capital programs, which include training and skill-sets uplifting programs for new and existing workforce.

To facilitate the influx of FDIs and promotion of further expansion of already existing MNCs, the rules of ownership have been relaxed. New banking and finanncial services license issued and better process for industries to be set up is being actively introduced.

2009 was particularly a bad year for business. Since the subprime financial meltdown in the US during the second half of 2008 and escalated to EU, the Malaysian economy is not spared. The lakclustre and lack of faith to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s weak administration compounded to the poor FDIs attracted for 2009.

Pua should instead clearly demonstrate if DAP controlled Penang State Government under DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng did manage to attract FDIs for 2009-10 actually faired much better  against what Gerakan led BN Penang State Governemt under Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon did. The proof is a must for the State Government’s based on its own initiatives and not initiated by Federal Government campaigns, which is spearheaded by MIDA and NCIA. CM Lim and Excos did a lot of trade missions on their own and the effectiveness is yet to be seen.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 01:41  Comments (5)  

Why is a staunch Anwarista appointed into SPAD?

Dato' Khalid Ahmad

The newly formed Land Transportation Commission (Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat – SPAD) announced its first board two days ago. Amongst the members is former Malaysian Chapter ACCA President and NST/TV3/NST Boss (during Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘corporate reign of terror’) Dato’ Khalid Ahmad.

Why is a staunch Anwarista like Khalid is being appointed into SPAD?

Khalid graduated in ACCA from ITM Shah Alam. He then assumed so many bean counting positions that in 1991, he was made the Managing Director of NSTP. He then assumed the MD of STMB (TV 3) before taking the top job at MRCB. When Anwar Ibrahim was sacked, Khalid fizzled out into oblivion.

MOF/Treasury: Successor and Predecessor

He did not get to be appointed as MD of NSTP at the time when Anwar Ibrahim just took over as Finance Minister from Tun Daim Zainuddin, had he not have a strong personal relationship with the ambitious UMNO leader. He then served Anwar’s purpose as TV 3 Boss, by the time the man is already the Deputy Prime Minister in the strategy to make the ‘master actor’ look extremely good. In MRCB, Khalid was one of those who was thought to have been building the ‘war chest’ for Anwar, in preparation for the ambitious and impatient leader to oust then Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

The closeness of Khalid to Anwar was obvious, at least to us. When SOPO bloggers were arranged to meet Anwar in private on 11 May 2007 at the PKR’s Adviser’s private office (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s house turned office)  in Section 16 Petaling Jaya, Khalid was present in his company. The only other notable personality there was Anwar’s Private Secretary Nik Nazmi, now ADUN Lindungan.

It is true that Khalid played active role in the Malaysian ACCA Chapter. It was his time also that the massive and ambitious KL Sentral project was launched. Then again, his close relationship to Anwar probably would not be good for Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s plan to restructure the land transportation system, which has been outlined as one of the the core economic activity nodes in the National Key Economic Area. There are other equally qualified accountants, with land transportation experience that could serve as a SPAD Commissioner, without politically compromising the efforts of PM Najib to move Malaysia forward.

The appointment of Khalid could be counter productive as strategic plans and information on the land transportation could be leaked out to Anwar Ibrahim, who as a desperate politician would do unimaginable stunts just to get attention and stay ‘relevant’, even at the cost of the nation in the long run.

Published in: on July 26, 2010 at 18:28  Comments (7)  

AKAR Jerlun broke a national record

Dato' Mukhriz with former Air Hitam ADUN, Organising Chairman of AKAR Jerlun, UMNO Jerlun Chief and UPSI adviser for the kayak team at the launch of AKAR Jerlun

Adventure Kayak Race (AKAR) Jerlun organised jointly by Jerlun Parliamentary Service Centre and UMNO Jerlun with co-operation of ANSARA and Ministry of Youth and Sports which was kicked off this evening at Gua Kerbau, Kokdiang, Jerlun, North West Kedah set a new record for kayak race in Malaysia. Kemas and the Army provided logistics support.

Mukhriz giving his AKAR Jerlun address

Jerlun MP Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, who is also Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry horned-off the three day event at 400pm in good weather, where 140 kayaks would be participating. The event this evening was the time trial where the UPSI team took the ‘orange jersey’.

Mukhriz blowing the horn to mark the 'game's afoot'

For the next two days, the kayakers would cross all over Jerlun along Sungai Korok and several canals. The kayaks would need to pass above several bridges and under several tunnels, where some of these obstacles would have to be negotiated by physically carrying the kayaks over them. The aggregate journey would be a distant of 50kms.

UPSI team taking the 'orange jersey' for time trial

This is Mukhriz’s initiative to kill several birds with the same stone. Being an avid sportsman, he would like to address the realisation of the eco-tourism potential of Jerlun, youths’ extreme sports enthusiasm, promote healthy lifestyle to the youths especially institute of higher learning students and bring a national sports event to the area. He also hoped that the event would turn into an international event and better realise the potential of eco-tourism of the area for external demands. Jerlun is where ancient Kedah capital Kota Siputeh is.

In the media conference after the event, Mukhriz commented on the ‘Unity’ idea of co-operation between UMNO and PAS. He said that UMNO was not desperate and willing to wait since the nationalist party had more than three times of the seats in Dewan Rakyat, as compared to PAS.

The champ and the winners

In his usual jovial and light self, he quipped “I hope next year we can see UMNO and PAS kayak teams compete here against each other”.

Mukhriz expressed his pleasure of an event being organised which saw active and overwhelm participation of locals, especially the youths. Jerlun started its own kayak team. Jerlun KEMAS took the opportunity of the race to organise an event for the ladies and children. It was a wholesome family do for many North East Kedahans.

Published in: on July 23, 2010 at 23:13  Comments (5)  

Selling away Malaysia wholesale to the ‘enemy’

Kalimullah "Riong Kali" Masheerul Hassan aka Singapore Snitch

Highly elusive blogger Apanama basically nailed (with evidence) Dato’ Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan’s contract and unlimited access of every single tax account holders’ information in the nation, be it corporation or individual.

Riong Kali is an integral and pivotal part of Air Asia

The account details of every single tax payer had been opened for compromise since 2005, when Riong Kali’s firm got the initial RM 200 million contract and then an extension of another RM 500 million more. Every single detail filed of income (which also include net gains from sources like dividends, interests and profit shares) and allowable and deductible expenses are now accessible by Riong Kali’s ‘spies’ and they could easily sell them to any parties, even the ‘enemies’. The ‘leak’ could be wholesale and sundry with no real way to measure the extension of the information flow and furthermore, the damage it could strategically infer.

Imagine the economic sabotage that could be invoked onto our nation with the information available. From the amount of dividends paid and received and interests deducted, the full data of someone’s or an organisation’s investments, exposures and  financial health could be deduced accurately.

Tony "Dont hv to pay MAHB" Fernandes, Lim Guan Eng and Riong Kali

In 2005, the Minister of Finance was PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, custodian, protector and defender of all ‘Level Four Boys’ ill-conceived plans and pseudo-self-destructive decisions. The Minister of Finance II was Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop, the ‘puppet master’ and ‘master operator’ of all of these plans-translated-to-execution, via GLCs such as Khazanah Holdings Bhd. and statutory bodies such as the Securities Commission. Nor Mohamed is now the Minister-in-charge-of-EPU, who has powers over macro economic planning, especially the New Economic Model and 10th Malaysia Plan.

Riong Kali, being a lackey and operative of a pseudo-super-power’s agenda in the region capitalised the opportunity to the maximum. For the record, the Police already denied approval for the man to be appointed as a Press Sectretary to then newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister En. Abdul Ghaffar Baba back in 1986, for being “Too close to Singapore”. If there was a comprise in the security clearance for Riong Kali then, there should not be any different when Riong Kali was appointed into NST in 2004 and being awarded this contract in 2005.

The man who systematically and structurally destroyed NST

They say the ‘proof in the pudding is in the eating’. It turned about to be true. Riong Kali used NST to the advatange of his ‘master’. We are not talking about PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah here, although he served the purpose of extremely proping the sleepy-head Premier to a point of public despise and gross discontent. Riong Kali structurally and systematically destroyed the credibility and acceptability of NST, which used to be the ‘voice of Malaysia in the English speaking world’. The ‘destruction’ of the ‘voice’ and the institution of the Malay leadership would have served the strategic purpose of an evil axis-of-pseudo-power in the region.  He was even proven to have used NST to lie!

In late 2005, Riong Kali joined forces with son-in-law Khairy “The Most Powerful 28 Year Old” Jamaluddin to acquire a stockbroking house ECM Libra (formerly known as Bumiputera Securities) from Khazanah and less than a year later, via a sleek corporate deception game acquire a MOF Inc owned larger financial house Avenue Capital and a fully licensed universal broker and invesment bank ECM Libra-Avenue was born.

NST board: 4 of them are PM 'Flip-Flop' Abdullah's loyalists, where 3 of them are Singapore/CIA-friendly

Riong Kali also ask co-conspirator Brenden Perreira to start Fox Commuincations sometime in 2006 and they quickly garner a lot of PR work for the Government and agencies such as IRDA (coincidentally, was too focus on ‘working’ with Singapore). Now, Riong Kali has the whole value chain of economic control with a strong probability of sabotage: Information on the capital and financial market, holistic information on the entire tax payers’ income, investments and exposures and the control of information and perception at the strategic and tactical end.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and relevant security agency heads such as Director General of National Security Council, Director General of the Inland Revenue Board, Director of Special Branch (Royal Malaysian Police) and the intelligence office under the PM’s Department should really pay serious attention to this.

Its time Government take Riong Kali out. There should be enough to work on him.

*Updated 1130am

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 09:47  Comments (21)  
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