Datuk Rocky: Ambiga should learn from these students

MMC Student Body President Azlan, BHM Adviser Datuk Rocky, Kerp, MMC CEO Khaneeza Khalid and MMC student Nizam

Blog House Malaysia Adviser Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan asked 80 odd Multimedia College students this afternoon, “Any of you attending the BERSIH march on 9 July?”.

No one responded.

“Good. Had these BERSIH marchers gathered and cleaned the city and washed peoples’ cars for charity, I would join them. Ambiga should learn something from you guys!”.

Blog House Malaysia Adviser and National Press Club President Datuk Ahirudin "Rocky" Attan addressing the audience

That was what his speech was about when addressing Multimedia College students at their Humanitarian Awareness Day 2011. He was appreciative that the students took upon themselves to organise activities such as carwash, sale of recycle material and other activities to raise funds for charity. They responded Blog House Malaysia ‘Blogger-to-Blogger=Kerp-Fund’, initiated on 16 May 2011 to help wheelchair bound blogger Ahmad Daniel Shah “Kerp” Shahrani.

MMC CEO Khaneeza Khalid thanking everyone for their bit

Rocky also shared his experience as former The Malay Mail Editor and various effort to raise fund for charity that many corporations including GLC did a lot for CSR work. However, it went unnoticed as there were no media coverage. It is very encouraging to see this noble trait is being lived by younger Malaysians under the stewardship of a GLC.

The students managed to raise RM 2,478.00 from the charity drive. It was wholly the students’ initiative.

MMC CEO Khaneeza Khalid handing over the monies collected by MMC students witnessed by MMC Student Body President Azlan and Nizam

In her speech, Multimedia College CEO Khaneeza Khalid echoed last Saturday’s forum at the GLC Open Day weekend in KLCC Convention Centre, where GLCs respond and interact with social media. This charity drive is an example how their students reponded to a call brought forth by new media. Telekom Malaysia as a parent company, participated in this charity drive by providing their fleet vans and cars to be washed by these students.

She expressed how proud the management is for the students’ initiative and effort. She also thanked everyone, which include the media for using the event as an example for the society to continue foster.

Blog House Malaysia Excos where present at today’s dedication. Apart from the usual exhibition by the students, there was also a blood donation campaign by the national blood bank in the Multimedia College campus.

Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 19:24  Comments (30)  

Return of the Min Yuens

The PSM communist-terrorist-wannabe lembus hauled up like mad cows as they entered Penang

The arrest of 31 Parti Sosialis Malaysia led by Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar yesterday in North Penang by Penang Police for distribution of materials towards anarchy-advocation has an evil twist. The Penang Police today revealed that this group is found to be advocating materials to revive the outlawed communism rebellion. T-shirts with faces of Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng and Rashid Maidin and bulleting with hardline socialism were confiscated from them.

Published: Sunday June 26, 2011 MYT 6:04:00 PM
Updated: Sunday June 26, 2011 MYT 7:10:00 PM

Police: PSM activists trying to rekindle communist ideology

He said that the 30 activists led by Sungai Siput Member of ParliamentDr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj had distributed flyers deemed to be a threat to national security.

“They were carrrying items inciting the people to hate the government. This is serious and can threaten national security,” he told reporters here on Sunday.

Police also seized various items associated with the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) ideology from the activists travelling from Sungai Petani, Kedah to Penang.

“They include flyers and t-shirts with Chin Peng, Rashid Maidin and Suriani Abdullah – all connected to MCP – written on them.”

Rahim said the 31 people, aged 18 to 64 years, were remanded to facilitate investigation into the case.

The remand order was issued pursuant to Section 122 of Penal Code for waging war on Yang diPertuan Agong.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, police detained on Sunday eight men, who were wearing yellow t-shirts with ‘Bersih 2.0′ written in Jawi at Taman Kosas, Ampang.

Ampang Jaya Police Chief ACP Amiruddin Jamaluddin said all eight were detained for wearing yellow t-shirts with ‘Bersih 2.0′ written on it, reflecting their support for the July 9, illegal rally.

“They were also found to have disrupted public order while riding on their motorcycles in the area. It was the reason for their arrest,” he told Bernama on Sunday.

They were detained at 11am in front of the Taman Kosas mosque and taken to the Ampang police station.

They would be released after their statements were recorded, he said. – Bernama

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They were arrested when they entered Penang, the next stop of their campaign tour. The are currently being investigated for crimes of waging the war against His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong

A t shirt confiscated from the PRM members enroute to Penang

For the record, the Communists Rebels lay down their arms in a peace agreement ‘Hadyaii Accord’ on 2 December 1989. The Communist Party of Malaya has been disbanded and arms laid. But they never gave up or thought to be ever giving up their communism ideology.

This does not come as a surprise. Penang since 12th General Election “Political Tsunami” saw the hostile-democratic-take-over by the Chinese Chauvinists DAP, the modern day Min Yuens. They were the strong advocates for the return of Communist Party Secretary General Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng, to die in the very nation he waged a brutal and bloody war for 54 years here in Malaysia. Since having new absolute power in Penang, they were systematically oppressive against the Malays. They were abhorrently rude against the Malays, which include HRH Sultans.

These Min Yuens have been consistently anti-majority and even to a point anti-nationalism. Example is Dr Kua Kia Soong and DAP Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua’s outrageous criticism against the military and defense spending. Both claims were debunked with their face in the mud. Never the less, its their systematic attempt to rubbish if not demonise the security forces like the Armed Forces, Police, MMEA etc.

Dr Kua Kia Soong telling the world Malaysia paid more for less, without substanting their claims with facts

The recent opening ceremony of Sarawak State Assembly demonstrated how these incorrible ultra-rude Chinese Chauvinists refusal to wear songkok, which is the ceremonial ware infront of His Excellency the Governor in a state official ceremony. Previously, DAP ADUN for Bentayan Gwee Tong Hiang refused to wear a songkok back in 2008. Recently, DAP ADUN for Skudai Dr Boo Cheng Hau also refused to wear songkok in the opening of Johor State Assembly officiated by HRH Acting Sultan, then Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Sultan Iskandar.

DAP Bentayan assemblyman censured for not donning ceremonial attire

By : Siti Nurbaiyah Nadzmi and Satiman Jamin
JOHOR BARU, Thurs:

At the first sitting of the Johor Assembly today, Bentayan assemblyman, Gwee Tong Hiang, of the DAP, was ordered to leave the State Assembly because he refused to wear the ceremonial attire for the occasion. Instead of donning the white Nehru collared tunic and songkok ceremonial attire worn by other assemblymen, Gwee chose a dark blue business suit without a songkok.

Gwee was asked to do so by the Speaker, Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan, about 9.45 am before the opening ceremony.

Speaking to reporters later, Gwee said: “I thought it did not matter what I wore because there is no standing order on the dress code. So, I chose not to wear the ceremonial attire,” he said.

Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau, who is the Skudai State assemblyman, said at a meeting on April 20, it was agreed that the four DAP assemblymen would wear the ceremonial attire, and Gwee although absent from the meeting was informed of the decision.

“We have agreed to wear songkok and the ceremonial attire in respect of the Sultan’s presence. It was solely Gwee’s decision not to wear the attire. However, we are not going to take any action against him,” he said.

Senai assemblyman, Ong Kow Meng, also from DAP, was not wearing a songkok when the State Assembly was in session in the morning but donned one for the opening ceremony.

Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan said reminders had been sent to all assemblymen about the dress code for the opening ceremony a month in advance.

“The allocation for the attire has been given to them, and it was known that Gwee had a pair made for himself, so there is no reason why he could not fulfil the dress code requirements,” he said.

Mohd Ali also said the opening ceremony was an official function, so everyone should adhere to the rules and regulations.

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said Gwee was being extremely disrespectful by refusing to wear the proper attire especially the songkok in the Sultan’s presence.

“Wearing songkok in the presence of the Sultan has been a tradition which was practised for more than a century and in the case of the State Assembly it was a tradition dating back more than 50 years ago.

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The utter disrespect and rudeness to HRH Sultans now escalated to His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong.

Yesterday, in His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Sultan Mahmood official visit to Penang, the Chinese Chauvinist DAP Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng acted rude to the King. He used his index finger to point, instead of the thumb.

Sunday June 26, 2011

Penang equestrian club gets royal launch

GEORGE TOWN: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who is known for his passion for horses, opened the Al-Khamsa equestrian club at the Penang Municipal Park here.

The King was escorted by club president Abdul Mutalib Ismail on a tour around the centre, which sits on 0.8ha of land at the island’s main public recreational ground here.

Tuanku Mizan also visited the stables, which is home to several Arabian horses imported from Australia, Russia and Poland.

View from the top: Tuanku Mizan and Tuanku Nur Zahirah listening to an explanation by Lim (left) while enjoying the view at the peak of Bukit Bendera in Penang Saturday. — Bernama

Later, he was presented with a painting of an Arabian horse, called “balance and beauty”.

Tuanku Mizan was accompanied by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff as well as Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his wife Betty Chew.

Later, the King visited Penang Hill together with Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

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This is unacceptable as any citizen if need to show something to His Majesty or any of His Royal Highnesses, they have to use their thumb. In Malay culture, a common courtesy of a younger person to do the same in pointing something to an elder person.

Utter Biadap!: Chinese Chauvinist Lim Guan Eng using index finger to point something for HM SPB YDP Agong's attention

It is impossible for Lim to be ignorant of this. He has been a legislator at Dewan Rakyat level since 1986 (with the interregnum period of 1999-2004). He used his index finger to point something for His Majesty’s attention on purpose, to subtly illustrate his utmost disrespect against the Malays and norms.

As CM of Penang, Chinese Chauvinist Lim Guan Eng( fourth from right) attending 217th Conference of Rulers meeting at Istana Negara on 29 June 2009. Still not wearing the songkok in the presence of His Majesty SPB YDP Agong, HRH Sultans and HE TYT YDP Negeri

When attending meeting of the Conference of Rulers as the Chief Minister accompanying HE Tuan Yang Terutama Yang DiPertua Negeri Pulau Pinang, Lim refuse to wear the songkok in the presence of His Majesty and all nine His Royal Highnesses. This biadap behaviour is now a habit and must stop! If the Chinese Chauvinist wish to live in peace as the minority in a tanahair where the majority still uphold high respect for protocol, tradition, respect and posiition of the elders in the community, then they better learn how to behave.

Eventually, all these testing-of-tolerance-and-patience will reach its limit and end. Just like the racial riot tragedy these Chinese Chauvinists started forty two years ago. Their systematically testing of racism-based provocations are on the upward trend towards anarchy. A nation turned upside-down and burning with anger, hate and fury is a state where they want to be and the perfect opportunity for them to rise into absolute power.

Typically communist like pose with communism colours

That is what a modern day Min Yuen is all about. Neither they nor their comrades who waged a war against Malayans and Malaysians for 54 years would ever be forgiven, nor forgotten.

Published in: on June 26, 2011 at 21:59  Comments (33)  

Mat King Leather falsified a police report?

This morning, magistrate court fine Dato Shazryl Eskay RM 3,000, Dato Shuaib Lazim RM 1,500 & Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik RM 1,000 for distributing and showing a video of sexual conduct.

Published: Friday June 24, 2011 MYT 12:39:00 PM Updated: Friday June 24, 2011 MYT 7:39:29 PM

Sex video case: Datuk T trio fined for showing obscene film (Updated)

By LISA GOH

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuaib Lazim were fined RM3,000 in default three months jail and RM1,500 in default two months jail respectively, for openly displaying an obscene film at Carcosa Seri Negara on March 21 this year. Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, who was charged with abetting them, was fined RM1,000 in default one month jail.

Shuib, Rahim and Eskay arriving at the court on Friday

Magistrate Aizatul Akmal Maharani meted out the fines after hearing submissions Friday.

He said he had taken the factors of public interest, interest of the accused and facts of the case into consideration.

“Also, that they had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity in the proceedings and that they are first time offenders,” he ruled.

The prosecution team comprised DPPs Datuk Kamaluddin Md Said and Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria.

Representing the three accused were lawyers Zamani Ibrahim, Suhaimi Salleh, and Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Muhammad Shafee said while the sex video that was shown was obscene, the intention was never to corrupt or deprave public morals.

“Instead, their motive was an honourable one – to expose a depraved and corrupt public leader,” he said.

He added that the trio had done the public a service and cannot be allowed to walk out of the court thinking justice was not done to them. “Justice can be done for them by showing them compassion in sentencing,” he said.

Muhammad Shafee then applied orally for the three accused to be allowed to pay the fine on Monday, saying that Datuk T’s supporters had insisted on paying the fine for them, and as such it may take a while for them to settle the payment.

The court granted them until 4pm to pay the fine.

Earlier, all three accused had pleaded guilty to the charges under Section 292 of the Penal Code for openly displaying an obscene video clip showing a man and a woman having sex.

They were said to have done so at Bilik Seri Makmur, Carcosa Seri Negara, in Kuala Lumpur between 10am and noon, on March 21, this year.

Speaking to reporters outside the court complex, Muhammad Shafee said Datuk T’s supporters managed to collect RM22,000 to pay the fine.

About 100 supporters had gathered at the court at 8am carrying banners and chanting “Hidup Datuk T.”

There were also about 20 police personnel watching over the crowd.

Perak Perkasa chairman Ahmad Zaini Ismail, speaking on the behalf of the groups at the rally, said they were there to show support for Datuk T and that they had complete trust in the judicial system.

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When the video was first shown to selected editors on Monday 21 March 2011, it became an instant sensation. Two days later, Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim made a Police report at Dang Wangi Police station claiming the person in the much talked about video is not him. Of course, something was amiss about his police report.

The most important equipment in the highly controversial sex scandal video is an ‘Omega Watch’, which was believed to be a unique souvenir from a Saudi prince to Anwar. It was left in the room where the sex happened and was in posseeion with Shazryl. Whenever the question was poised to the Man who is supposed to still have it with him, he goes beserk.

The fact that these three personalities were very adamant that the former-abuse-of-power-convict is the man who was rogering the Chinese woman, that the pleaded guilty to the charge. They came out in the open in press conferences to stand by their claim. On 29 April 2011, they even did ‘Sumpah Muhaballah’ in the name of God Al mighty with the Quran in hand, in a mosque to affirm their conviction on the video they made public.

And yet Anwar’s band of bandits were very insistant about the man in the sex video is not their de facto leader. PKR President Wan Azizah Ismail went against the press when the question about the ‘Omega Watch’ was asked to be produced. The man himself threw tantrums whenever he was asked about it, even during the Sarawak State Election campaign.

So, the Anwar “The Compulsive Liar” Ibrahim lied and filed a false Police report?

If he did, then he could be charged under Section 192, 193 and/or 199 of the Penal Code for making a false police report. The police should act on this fast. Bad enough he was caught on video (which an American professor qualified to be 99.9% proof) having adulterous sexual coitus with a Chinese woman believed to be a part time prostitute. He also made a false police report that it wasn’t him?

Malaysians deserve much better politicians. Especially an Opposition Leader who aspire to be a the Prime Minister, even by deception.

Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 20:10  Comments (8)  

PEMANDU not helping Melayu economy

PEMANDU under CEO Dato’ Sri Idris Jala is not doing enough for the Malay business community. Recently, Malay Chambers of Commerce came out with a very strong statement against PEMANDU:

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MALAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“KAJI SEMULA PERANAN PEMANDU”

1. We have lost faith in PEMANDU’s ability to implement the ETP in a transparent and inclusive manner. Specifically PEMANDU has failed to ensure that the Bumiputera community is able to participate effectively in the EPPs and play a meaningful role in Malaysia’s economic transformation.

2. There have been 6 announcements of EPPs by PEMANDU thus far. And we are not impressed. In fact we are alarmed by the scale in which Bumiputera companies have been completely marginalized from the ETP.

3. The ‘elephant in the room’ is the serious Bumiputera disparity in Malaysia’s economic space. Figure 1 below clearly shows this disparity. That explains why the Bumiputera community constitutes the largest segment of Malaysia’s poorest income group. And in the high income group segment, the Bumiputera constitutes the smallest group (see Figure 2). This disparity is not healthy for the country and is certainly not sustainable for our economy.

Figure 1 Equity breakdown in selected sectors

4. The ETP is the last opportunity for the Bumiputera community to build capacity and compete on an equal footing in the Malaysian and Global marketplace. Yet PEMANDU has completely ignored this strategic imperative and has implemented the ETP in a socio-political vacuum.

Figure 2 Income disparity among races

5. Let me give you 3 examples:

6. Example 1: MRT Project – This RM36 Billion project has huge potential to catalyze the development of world class Bumiputera companies in both the construction and services sector. It is very rare that a big infrastructure project like this is developed and here is a tremendous opportunity to build the capacity of Bumiputera companies to becoming global players.

7. As you can see from Figure 1, there is a healthy pool of Bumiputera companies in the construction sector (36%) that can be tapped to participate in the MRT project and build their capacity to become world class companies.

8. Yet, PEMANDU has put forth all manner of obstacles to limit, even prevent, the participation of Bumiputera companies in this project of strategic importance. By using unreasonable selection criteria and dismissing Bumiputera companies as inferior quality PEMANDU has effectively demolished any hope for Bumiputera companies to participate and become globally competitive.

9. Example 2: Oil & Gas Industry – There is a PEMANDU EPP to create O&G regional hub in KL. As per Chart 1: Bumiputera participation in the services sector is only 6.7%. The EPP is designed to liberalise the local O&G industry allowing big foreign players to enter the industry without bumi stake/partner. This will cause 3000 bumi vendors registered with Petronas to be sidelined. This will affect all bumi vendors in all the various sectors of the industry including fabrication, marine services etc. This initiative is cleverly driven by PEMANDU through a uni such as Malaysian Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC) promoting liberalisation of the industry. It is funny that PEMANDU reps also sit in MPRC. Where is the transparency?

Figure 3 Taken from Jobstreet website describes PEMANDU’s role in MPRC: http://www.jobstreet.com.my/jobs/2011/5/default/10/1316069.htm?fr=R

10. Example 3: Aquaculture – The agriculture sector is the sector which has the highest potential impact on rural Malays. It is also strategic because Malaysia’s farmers need to modernize their methods and produce to Global standards. That is why it is important to have EPPs targeted to the agriculture sector.

11. Yet, when the recent aquaculture EPP was announced, the DPMM has been inundated with complaints from both Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera companies about the credibility of the company selected and the lack of transparency in the selection process.

12. What we know is that the company awarded the EPP has no direct experience in integrated shrimp farming and is an unknown actor in the Malaysian shrimp industry. It is nothing but a company involved with ‘ikan kering’.

13. Further, the company was awarded the EPP even before they had secured access to land and have not yet received approval from the Ministry of Agriculture. This calls into question the transparency of PEMANDU in making its decisions.

14. So, we question PEMANDU how can such an important project with strategic impact on rural Malays be given to a company with such poor credibility?

15. In conclusion, the above 3 examples illustrate clearly why PEMANDU has failed to implement the ETP in an equitable manner. By marginalizing Bumiputera participation in the ETP, it is impossible for Malaysia to become a high-income nation by 2020 sustainably.

16. The Malay Chamber together with other NGOs will be monitoring PEMANDU very closely and provide the check and balance to PEMANDU.

17. Therefore, we call on the Prime Minister to review the role of PEMANDU and to make the necessary changes in leadership and mechanism to ensure that the ETP is implemented effectively.

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The disparity is very clear. At the current thread and pace, Malay businesses stand no chance against the Non Malays and foreign firms. The widening of economic gap would not be good for the stability of the nation in the middle and long term.

The nation must progress in tandem. PM Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak promised that no ethnic groups or communities would be left out as the nation move forward, especially with the bold economic transformation plan towards a high income and value economy. The competencies of all would be harnessed, as how ‘1 Malaysia’ is being articulated by the leader who subscribed previous policies such as ‘Vision 2020′ and ‘Malaysia Inc.’.

Hence, DPMM asked 60% of specific business programs under ETP be allocated for the Malays:

Govt asked to set aside 60pc ETP projects to Bumi contractors


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM) has asked the government to set aside at least 60 per cent of all Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) projects for its 36,000 Bumiputera contractors.

Its president Syed Ali Alattas (pix) said the government should look seriously into this as at present only four per cent of the contractors had been awarded contracts to participate in any of the ETP projects including the RM36 billion MRT (mass rapid transit) project.

“One must realise that when anything 100 per cent is given to a Bumi company, the bottom line that a Bumiputera contractor receives is only 10 per cent.

“Close to ninety per cent is shared with others (races). The Malays are a general lot and we have been practicing the 1Malaysia concept way before it was invented, ” he told reporters at a press conference held at its chambers, yesterday.

The ETP is established under the government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU).

To date, the government has announced 15 initiatives with nine new projects being unveiled at its sixth progress report earlier in this week.

“They have been six announcements of entry point projects (EPPs) by Pemandu thus far and we are not impressed. In fact we are alarmed by the scale in which Bumiputera companies have been completely marginalised from the ETP,” the chamber said in a press release.

Syed Ali explained that when a Bumiputera contractor received a job, he or she was more likely to engage local partners as suppliers creating a win win situation for all.

“For instance, when a construction project is awarded to a Bumiputera, 60 per cent of the cost goes towards buying the materials, the pilling work and whatever not which we outsource among other local players who are not necessary Malays. That is why at the end of the day, we only get 10 per cent.

Syed Ali said the chamber is also bemused that Jefi Aquatech Resources Sdn Bhd was chosen under the ETP to make Malaysia a leading global shrimp producer, although it had no experience in the industry at all.

“It is nothing but a company involved in ikan kering (salted fish).

“Further, the company was awarded the EPP even before they had secured access to land and have not yet received approval from the ministry of agriculture. This calls into question the transparency of Pemandu in making decisions,” the chamber said in a press release.

Read more: Govt asked to set aside 60pc ETP projects to Bumi contractors http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/20110617211330/Article/#ixzz1Q7H1gO7F

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The game is simple. DPMM is asking for the 60% allocation is for competency and capacity building. Some of these firms needed this because it would bring their level into ability to compete in the regional if not bigger markets in the middle term. It makes a lot of economic sense and some of the existing firms already proven themselves to develop for the regional market as the opportunities for competency and capacity building were given to them.

Much more needed for more qualified and highly potential Malay firms to be given the nudge and opportunity for competency and capacity building. Especially in specific industries where they actually proven themselves. Especially with the right strategy, proper controls and pro-active development program, which include technology and talent management.

So if only a marginal number of Malay firms are able to participate the EPPs, then they should be given the fullest opportunity to develop their position in the market. Of course, these awards must come with strict conditions. These selected firms must ensure a very pro-active and progressive business-development programs for smaller but potential Malay firms.

PEMANDU in their foreign-consultants-induced mindset conveniently is missing out all these in their radar scope. In their zest to translate the ‘liberalisation of the Malaysian economy’ coupled with the flavour of foreign consultancy firms as the basis of their economic compass such as McKinsey, PEMANDU bulldozed the ETP agenda without the consideration how it will affect the balance of the socio-economy and disparity. In the past, socio-economic disparity have proven to be a setback of the nation’s most important ingredient to progress; stability.

PEMANDU seems to be more interested to support foreign firms in mega EPP projects instead of developing the comprehensive competency and capacity building of Malay firms. Example is the RM 36 billion extension of LRT project.

A lot of Malay firms could participate in this project, either as stand alone or consortium had the opportunity been given to them. This would allowed these firms even as consortium to develop the capacity and eventually embark on bigger projects elsewhere. For example several LRT infrastructure projects in Mecca and Medinah, which would naturally be extended as the capacity requirement grows bigger with demand of pilgrims increases in time.

This competency and capacity building program for the Malay firms is a good extension and derivative of the ‘Malaysian Inc.’.

It is strongly believed PEMANDU advice to the Cabinet is taking the projection of the economy without the consideration on the development of Malay business entities even though they actually had the competency. The economic planning chartered by PEMANDU is taking the figures and formulas without extrapolating the interest of the Malays factored in the macro economic planning. It is clear they are just taking the task to deliver as a focal point, even though it means that foreign firms are taking the lead of the said projects.

As a performance monitoring unit, PEMANDU should embark on a comprehensive competency and capacity building of potential Malay firms. They could invoke the right strategy and all the controls for this program to be kicked off and follow through. Unless Idris and his PEMANDU boys are not serious. Otherwise, they could have misled PM Najib in moving the ETP through these EPPs.

Then, Idris should not be there. The nation should not progress into high value economy without a program to ensure Malay firms are able to reap the success of the economic progress and growth, across the board in all dimension.

Published in: on June 23, 2011 at 23:14  Comments (14)  

Mat King Leather dakwa rancangan untuk ‘bunuh’ melalui kemalangan

PKR petang tadi menganjurkan perjumpaan Ketua Pembangkang-Tanpa-Parti Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim dengan Ketua Cabang PKR seluruh Malaysia di Shah Alam Convention Centre. Ini merupakan perjumpaan kali pertama mereka  setelah pemilihan PKR yang diselubungi oleh pelbagai kontroversi termasuk penipuan, pembohongan, manipulasi, kronyism dan nepotism. dan

Antara pemimpin yang hadir dalam perjumpaan ini ialah Presiden-boneka Wan Azizah Ismail, Timbalan Presiden Azmin Ali, Amiruddin Shaari, Sivarasa Rasiah dan Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

Ucapan Mantan-Banduan-Salahguna-Kuasa Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim merangkumi jangkaan beliau bahawa PRU 13 akan diadakan hujung Bulan Julai, dengan alasan harga minyak mentah global akan meningkat pada bulan Ogos dan Kerajaan Persekutuan tidak akan mampu untuk memberikan subsidi kepada rakyat.

Beliau juga membuat tuduhan liar bahawa UMNO sedang mengatur strategi untuk beli calon. Oleh demikian, beliau berpesan kepada kepimpinan menengah PKR ini agar tidak membincangkan hal dalaman dan masalah parti ditempat terbuka dan melalui telefon kerana percakapan ini akan dirakam oleh agen agen UMNO. Beliau juga mendakwa UMNO akan menerima sejumlah wang yang amat besar dari negara negara Arab untuk tujuan ini.

Pemimpin menengah PKR ini juga diingatkan bahawa UMNO cuba menggunakan mahkamah (dalam kes Liwat II) dan skandal video seks untuk menjatuhkan OKT-Liwat-Kali-II itu tetapi tidak berhasil. Anwar juga mendakwa bahawa ujud komplot jahat untuk menentukan beliau terbunuh melalui kemalangan jalanraya yang sedang dirancang.

PKR juga diingatkan agar jangan menyerang isu Biasiswa dan FELDA kerana ini akan menajuhkan orang Melayu, yang dianggap sebagai pengaruh undi paling kuat mereka pada PRU 12. Sebaliknya, sensisitiviti orang Melayu wajar dijaga.

PKR juga diberikan amaran agar menerima calon yang akan mewakili PKR dalam PRU, yang akan dipilih melalui proses yang ditetapkan. Calon yang setia sahaja akan dipilih. Ini bagi mengelakan YB yang menang atas tiket PKR dari keluar parti, sebagaimana yang berlaku kepada Osman Jailu, Jamaluddin Md Radzi, Dr Mohd. Fairus Khairuddin, Dato’ Seri Zahrain Hashim, Wee Choo Keong, Mohsin Fadzil, Dato’ Zulkifli Nordin dan Gobalakrishnan. Mana mana Cabang PKR yang tidak bersetuju dengan pemilihan calon akan digantung.

Sebagaimana rasmi, Pembohong-Tegar Anwar memberikan ‘Keyakinan Palsu’ bahawa PKR akan berjaya dalam PRU akan datang. Kepimpinan Mengenah PKR dibohongi bahawa keyakinan sekarang berada pada tahap 52% dan sedang berusaha untuk meningkatkan ke tahap 55%. Bagi Sarawak, PKR yakin akan memenangi 10 kerusi Parlimen.

Beliau juga cuba berdusta dengan membuat kenyataan bahawa Pakatan Rakyat telah bersetuju dan sepakat mengenai pembahagian kerusi dalam Kabinet. Jawatan jawatan belum ditentukan lagi dan akan dibincangkan kemudian. Yang penting ialah ‘kesama rataan’.

Soal ‘beli calon’ ini sebenarnya ialah permainan PKR dan bukan UMNO. Ini kerana ‘Janji 16 September’ Anwar “Pembohong Tegar” Ibrahim ialah berdasarkan kemampuan beliau dan beberapa pemimpin PKR membuat ‘Keyakinan Palsu’ dan juga membeli calon calon tertentu, sebagaimana missi Tian Chua ke Taiwan apabila MP BN berada disana pada September 2008 kerana membuat lawatan dan meninjau kemajuan. Semasa Sessi 2004-2008 dimana PAS hanya mempunyai kelebihan satu ADUN, UMNO tidak membeli mana mana YB PAS semata mata untuk menubuhkan Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan.

Dakwaan ‘Percubaan Bunuh’ Anwar “Pembohong Tegar” Ibrahim ini adalah drama basi. Semasa beliau ditahan bawah ISA September 1998 dan dipukul oleh Tan Sri Rahim Noor dalam lokap Bukit Aman, beliau mendakwa ‘cubaan bunuh’. Dakwaan ini berterusan semasa perbicaraan kes Salahguna-Kuasa dimana tuduhan ‘Keracunan Arsenik’ dan ‘Suntikan Jarum HIV’ dibuat secara liar untuk melambatkan perbicaraan dan sekali gus membangkitkan kemarahan rakyat dan memberikan imej buruk kepada Kerajaan. Sehingga hari ini, kedua dua dakwaan ini masih belum terbukti.

Semasa Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan membuat Laporan Polis bahawa beliau diliwat Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim pada Jun 2008, drama spontan ialah melarikan diri ke Kedutaan Turki dan membuat kenyataan bahawa “Nyawanya diancam”. Selepas tiga hari, beliau terpaksa meninggalkan missi perwakilan asing itu.

Sekiranya benar “Nyawa beliau diancam”, masa mungkinkah Anwar masih lagi bernyawa sehingga hari ini?

‘Keyakinan Palsu’ yang sedang diterapkan pusingan ini menunjukan kebodohan Kepimpinan Tertinggi PKR, yang cuba menjual ‘bohong’ lagi. PRN Sarawak April lepas jelas menunjukan kegagalan PKR memenangi hati rakyat dengan pembohongan berterusan mereka apabila hanya mampu meraih 3 dari 49 kerusi yang dipertandingkan.

Kemampuan Pakatan Rakyat untuk berjaya menubuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan pasca PRU 13 amat diragui kerana masalah yang membelenggu parti parti komponen itu sendiri. Penghijrahan keluar bukan sahaja ahli, tetapi pemimpin utama PKR kebelakangan ini seperti Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim dan Dato’ Salehuddin Hashim adalah bukti jelas mereka bukan sahaja tidak mampu menyakini antara mereka sendiri, malah ada yang bertindak keluar kerana tidak tahan lagi dibohongi dan paling teruk, membohongi rakyat.

Parti Chauvinis Cina DAP di Pulau Pinang telah jelas mengamalkan ‘penindasan’, seperti golongan peniaga kecil dan sengaja gagal mebela minoriti, sebagaimana yang berlaku [ada warga Kampung Buah Pala dan Kampung Tanjung Tokong. DAP di Selangor juga terbukti mengamalkan rasuah dan dipercayai menjadi ‘wakil’ di peringkat Kerajaan bagi pengamal aktiviti maksiat dan perniagaan ‘bawah tanah’.

PAS hari ini dilihat membelakangkan Islam semata mata politik dan lebih spesifik, percubaab memenangi hati Bukan Islam dan golongan liberal dan urban. Kepimpinan PAS yang baru dipilih  juga dilihat sebagai ‘boneka’ Anwar.

Hakikatnya, sekiranya semua dikalangan ini sebenarnya ‘tidur sebantal tetapi mimpi bebeza’, maka rakyat tidak akan yakin kemampuan minoriti ini membela mereka dan menentukan kepentingan majoriti terjaga.

Published in: on June 20, 2011 at 22:03  Comments (7)  

Domestic tourism: Making a ‘Malaysian flavoured’ informative society

Tourism is a major economic activity for the nation. In fact, more than RM 50 billion is recorded as income for the nation from this sector, which saw more than 24 million visitors expected. No of hotel rooms is for 3 to 5 star hotels are 161,000 and the average occupancy is over 70%. Business is expected to grow steep that in ten years time, the number of visitors is expected to be 36 million.

The Edge report:

Malaysia needs 50% more rooms for more tourist arrivals, says deputy tourism minister

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will need to raise the number of hotel rooms in the country by about 50% to cater for a targeted growth in tourist arrivals to 36 million by 2020, said Deputy Minister of Tourism Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit.

“We will look at progression (of tourist arrivals). If we have that number of tourists we will need to build that many rooms,” he told reporters on Wednesday, Mar 30.

Mamit said as at February, there were 1,610 hotels nationwide ranked from 3-stars to 5-stars earlier with a total 161,117 rooms, in his speech earlier before the launch of the InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, formerly the Nikko Hotel.

In the city alone, there were 236 hotels with 30,000 rooms, he added.

“We hope to have enough rooms… Probably (increase by) about 50% more hotel rooms, but by when (we) don’t know, it depends on investors,” he said.

He had noted that the average occupancy rates for hotels across the countries fell by 1.6% to 59.3% in 2010 from a year ago, venturing that tourists are moving towards homestay programmes.

He pointed out that last year, Malacca had recorded the highest number of tourists without offering a figure.

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As the average stay of tourists in Malaysia is longer and the retail spending is also commensurating with the longer stay, the income opportunity is very encouraging. As such, every opportunity to highlight and push forward Malaysian brands and locally developed products and services should be capitalised and maximised.  Regardless, its the government or the private sector initiatives themselves.

A lot to be gained from this growth.

Most of these 3-to-5 star hotels offer Astro channels for the viewing pleasure of their guests and patrons, at no extra charge. Of course, most of the hotels which offered Astro channels go for minimal sprectrum where there is probablytwo to four international news channel, one or two documentary channels, one or two sports channels and one or two cartoon channels on top of the usual free TV channels which include RTM 1, RTM 2, TV3, NTV 7 and probably TV 9.

Some of the higher end luxury hotels offer more international news channels, which include the popular international business networks.

This is important as the guests and patrons of these hotels needed to be updated on what is going on all over the world and it is fashionable to go there popular news network, on top of the internet.

What baffle us is that, why these hotels failed to work with Astro is providing local news network such as Astro Awani and Bernama TV to their guests and patrons. These channels usually comes with minimal Astro package for homes.

It is important for these locally produced news channels be alleviated to the same level as the internal ones such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV, NHK and other popular brands. Particularly for the 3-to-5 star hotels. Even though most of these hotels are part of international chains and brands, it would be an added effort for them to assist in alleviating a locally developed channel especially for their guests. Be it domestic or international, they should be given more choices for being informative.

After all, these hotels could also help to familiarise their international guests with Bahasa Malaysia, in the form of 24 hours news channels where the presentation is short, crisp, accurate and most of all, informative served in the Malaysian flavour at its best. The aspiration of Malaysians from any issues newsworthiness, is presented in the national language.

Ministry of Tourism and Information, Communication and Multimedia should really take serious note of this. Especially when one of these Ministers is bent on promoting more extensive use of Bahasa Malaysia, especially in the commercial and business activities.

If the average occupancy is 70% of 161,000 rooms translate to 112,000 for any given day and an assumption of 40% of these guests and patrons are visitors, then any average day there would be an opening to the probable of 45,000 viewers for the promotion of Malaysian news brands and naturally, Bahasa Malaysia. If a third of them browse through the news channels, then the probable number of viewers for these said channels would be at the neighbourhood of 5.4 million. Imagine the business trickle and multiplying effect from this.

That is a very substantial number to be ignored.

Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 23:46  Comments (11)  

International cyber-terrorists strike launched against Malaysia?

Tonight, there are probabilities that Malaysian Government websites have started to be struck by unknown cyber-terrorists, believed to be the work of an international group. The were bold ‘writings on the wall’.

Hackers threaten government portal

K Pragalath| June 14, 2011

Group targets government’s official website in an apparent reaction to MCMC blocking 10 file-sharing sites recently

KUALA LUMPUR: A group calling themselves ‘Anonymous’ has threatened to hack the Malaysian Government’s official www.malaysia.gov.mywebsite.
The group, which declared that the hacking would be done under a codename “Operation Malaysia”, gave no reason for targeting the website.

There was also no other details made available on the threatening note which was posted on the group’s website http://i.imgur.com/PTFWh.png.

According to the note and a tweet from F-Secure Corporation, a Finland based security software company which The Star Online picked up, the Malaysian portal would be hacked on Thursday at 3.30pm local.

In a related development, a video clip on Youtube entitled ‘Operation Malaysia” is making waves. The clip, which runs for 1:16 seconds, explains the motive behind ‘Operation Malaysia.’

“We have seen the censorship taken by the Malaysian government, blocking sites like The Pirate Bay, and WikiLeaks.

“Malaysia is one of the world’s strictest governments, even blocking out movies, and television shows.

These acts of censorship are inexcusable.

“You are taking away a basic human right. The internet is here for freedom, without fear of government interference,” said Anonymous in the clip.

The clip was uploaded by someone with the user name TechUndersscored.

The clip is believed to be a reaction to the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocking several file-sharing sites.

Last Saturday, MCMC blocked 10 file-sharing sites including The Pirate Bay as it contravened Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987 that deals with pirated content.

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This came after a groupof unknown hackers vowed to ‘teach Malaysian Government a lesson’, after the recent banning of 10 websites by MCMC. These file-sharing exchanges are no longer accessible by Malaysian traffic.

Saturday June 11, 2011

No more free downloads as MCMC blocks 10 file sharing sites

By M. KUMAR, WONG PEK MEI and JO TIMBUONG
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: In a bid to combat piracy, the Government has declared war on filesharing websites with 10 such websites now blocked by the telecommunications industry watchdog.

The websites were among the most visited sites by Malaysians to illegally download movies.

On May 30, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had written a letter to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) ordering the block.

The letter was signed by Digital Security Services division acting seniordirector Eneng Faridah Iskandar.

The letter, which was leaked online, also stated that the websites were being blocked for breaching Section 41 of the Copyright Act 1987, which deals with pirated content.

An MCMC spokesperson confirmed the ban and said it was done on the request of the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.

The ministry’s enforcement division director-general Mohd Roslan Mahayudin confirmed that the request was made.

“It is standard procedure for the ministry to request MCMC to block sites that violate the Copyright Act 1987,” he told The Star.

Roslan said the ministry had requested that 19 websites, including the 10 listed in the letter, be blocked for violating the Act but added that it was up to MCMC to decide on which ones to block.

When asked about the fate of surfers who legally use the websites such as for storing non-pirated content, Mohd Roslan said they could always write to the ministry.

“Anyone who feels the ban is wrong can write to us and we will look into it,” he said.

Film maker Norman Abd Halim of KRU Studios said the move was long overdue.

“The unauthorised use of copyright work is destroying the industry. If everyone feels that works should be shared, then there is no value in these works,” he said.

Norman equated the move to South Korea’s three-strikes law, where a person guilty of copyright infringement can have their Internet access suspended for six months.

However, irate users have vented their frustration by creating aFacebook page to protest.

By 8.30pm yesterday, there were 410 supporters who “liked” the page that was named “1M Malaysians Don’t Want Block File Sharing Websites.”

FilesTube Media Search Engine, one of the sites ordered blocked, also commented on the page.

“We have posted information about this on our wall. We are with you.”

Before the page was put up, some Malaysians were already protesting via Twitter.

“You can’t create a walled-up Internet garden,” read one tweet.

Some also made reference to the MSC Malaysia Bill of Guarantees which states that the Government will not censor the Internet.

MSC Malaysia is a national initiative that kicked off in 1996 and is aimed at transforming the nation into a knowledge-based economy.

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These cyber-terrorists deemed Malaysia as practicing ‘undemocratic internet freedom’. Thus the attack on Malaysian Government websites. The pattern was seen to what happened in Turkey last week.

By IB Times Staff Reporter | June 10, 2011 7:33 AM EDT

Hackers group Anonymous has taken down the Turkish telecom agency official website on Friday in a protest against Internet censorship imposed in the country.

After hacking the website of Turkey’s Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB), the group left a message saying: “The government has blocked thousands of websites and blogs while abusive legal proceedings against online journalists persist. The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people’s internet activity. Though it remains opaque why and how the system will be put in place, it is clear that the government is taking censorship to the next level.”

 

Anonymous announced its move on Thursday before carrying out the attack. “We will bring our support to circumvent censorship and retaliate against organizations imposing censorship,” said the group in a posting on the anonnews.org website, under the title “Operation Turkey” pledging to fight “Internet censorship in Turkey”.

The attack followed protests in Istanbul in May against Internet censorship and plans for a new filtering system, to be introduced from August 22, under which users must sign up to filter for domestic, family, children and standard usage.

In December, the group launched attacks that temporarily shut down the sites of MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc for blocking payments to WikiLeaks.

In February, it took down two major government websites inEgypt following the unrest and Hosni Mubarak government’s crack down on pro-democracy protesters.

Turkey said it is taking measures to limit the impact. “We will not stand back in the face of an attack on our country by this group. We call on the state bodies responsible for fighting such crimes to act,” Yavuz Kocoglu, head of the body to tackle IT crimes, said in a statement.

Turkey has earlier banned YouTube for two years, under court orders, for infringing decency laws. Reporters Without Borders, an international censorship watchdog organization, included Turkey on its 2011 list of 16 countries “under surveillance”.

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Fortunately, the Turks were lucky. The Turkish Government scored success:

Turkey ‘arrests 32′ in raid on hacker group

(AFP) – 3 hours ago

ANKARA — Turkish police have arrested 32 people suspected of belonging to a cabal of hackers who sabatoged government websites to protest against Internet censorship, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

Nine minors arrested in the sweep were subsequently released, Anatolia said.

The arrests came in a Monday raid in several Turkish cities against the international hackers group Anonymous, which rose to fame with a series of attacks on websites linked to the Church of Scientology.

The group gained further prominence after launching retaliatory attacks on companies perceived to be enemies of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

Last week, on the eve of legislative elections in Turkey, Anonymous hacked several Turkish websites, including that of the Turkish telecoms authority TIB, which regulates Internet use and helped develop the government’s Internet censorship programme.

Turkey has blocked access to thousands of websites, particularly those with sexual content or material considered insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

In November, a Turkish court quashed a three-year ban on the popular video hosting site Youtube, which was the fifth most popular site in the country until it was closed for showing clips deemed disrespectful to Ataturk.

The Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has voiced repeated concern over Turkish policies that restrict access to information, which some suggest are hampering Ankara’s progress towards EU membership

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Some Malaysians, especially those living abroad complained that ‘undemocratic practices’ about Malaysia which include Internet freedom. Being abroad, naturally bent them towards pandering to these talks without weighing the consequence for Malaysia at large. Obviously, these claims are sordid attempt to debunk the concept of ‘democracy’ as the aspiration of the majority should prevail over individual’s.

Organised injection of virus is not ruled out in this also.

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 22:05  Comments (13)  

Mentaliti agungkan penjajah dalam agensi pembangun Melayu?

CEO Proxcell Global Sdn. Bhd.

Kami pernah mendengar bahawa ada agensi yang dijudkan untuk membangunkan sosio-ekonomi orang Melayu melantik bukan sahaja Bukan Melayu ke jawatan strategik, malah melantik orang ‘kulit putih’.

Sebuah anak syariakt FELDA (melalui FELDA Prodata Systems Sdn. Bhd.), Proxcell Global System Sdn. Bhd. iaitu usahasama antara Felda dan Kumpulan Innovation Associates (IA) melantik seorang Eropah berketurunan Jerman Cristoph Zilian sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif. Sebelum ini Zilian merupakan Naib Presiden Kanan sebuah syarikat IT beroperasi dari Singapura.

Tan Sri Taib Andak

FELDA merupakan agensi yang ditugaskan untuk membangunkan sosio-ekonomi orang Melayu. Pada tahun 1960an dan 70an, program program FELDA mendapat perhatian khusus dan teliti YAB Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, yang begitu berminat membangunkan orang Melayu yang rata rata berada diluar bandar. Pengerusi FELDA ketika itu diamanahkan pada personaliti yang amat akrab dengan Tun Razak iaitu Tan Sri Taib Andak, seorang keluarga bangsawan Johor yang mendapat pendidikan dari universiti ternama Britain, London School of Economics pada tahun 1940an.

Penyusunan semula program pembangunan tanah yang dianjur dan kawalselia oleh agensi Kerajaan Persekutuan merupakan program terancang yang paling berjaya dalam dunia dan mendapat pujian dan sanjungan dari pelbagai negara dunia ketiga dan sedang membangun. FELDA berjaya melahirkan ramai professional Melayu termasuk teknokrat sehingga ketahap jutawan.

Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim

Amat menghairan mengapa syarikat usahasama ini mengangkat seorang bangsa Jerman sebagai CEO sedangkan ramai anak Melayu yang mempunyai kepakaran dan pendedahan, termasuk MNC boleh diambil. Lebih menghairankan ialah Zilian merupakan orang yang amat dipercayai oleh CEO IA En Halim Hj Din dan Pengarah Eksekutif IA Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim, dalam syarikat mereka IA Consulting Sdn. Bhd. Dr Hamzah merupakan salah seorang Ahli Majlis Penasihat Ekonomi Negara (NEAC) yang bertanggung jawab keatas dasar pembangunan modal insan.

Malah, IA sendiri mempunyai sebuah anak syarikat milik penuh agensi perkerjaan dan perunding pembangunan modal insan Career Xcell Sdn. Bhd.(CX). Pengurus Kanan CX begitu aktif berkecimpung memberikan nasihat mengenai pembangunan modal insan dikalangan orang Melayu, termasuk badan badan berkanun tertentu. Mereka sewajarnya mencari talen talen professional dari kalangan anak Melayu dahulu untuk mengisi jawatan strategik, terutama CEO. Dasar Kerajaan Persekutuan kini ialah mengalakan professional anak Malaysia kembali dan berkhidmat disini, sehingga Talent Corporation diujudkan bagi merealisasikan matlamat ini.

Perlantikan seorang anak kelahiran Jerman adalah bercanggah dengan dasar ini.

Kumpulan Professional Melayu dalam bidang ICT yang berpengalaman sesuai kedudukan strategik, kepakaran dan pendedahan MNC merupakan salah satu kebanggaan Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang diperkenalkan tahun 1971. Nama nama seperti Dato’ Seri Zamzamzairani Md Isa (Telekom Malaysia Bhd), Dato’ Badlisham Ghazali (MDEC),  Dato’ Seri Jamaluddin Ibrahim (Axiata Bhd), Dato’ Seri Shazali Ramli (Celcom Axiata), Dato’ Shahril Tarmizi (SKMM), Dato’ Rozana Rozhan (Astro), Azfal Abdul Rahim (Timedotcom), Yasmin Mahmood (YTL Communications) dan sebagainya merupakan contoh kejayaan ini.

Professional dikalangan anak Melayu yang berada dalam satu fasa dibawah golongan yang disebutkan itu juga begitu ramai. Mereka juga mempunyai kepakaran, pendedahan dan pengalaman strategik dalam teknologi, perniagaan dan pasaran bidang bidang tertentu.

Jelas Apakah FELDA dan pemilik IA tidak selesa dan berkeyakinan dengan kemampuan professional dikalangan anak Melayu sehinggakan tergamak melantik seorang CEO berbangsa Jerman? Apakah ini tidak mencerminkan mentaliti mengagungkan penjajah masih lagi tebal pada individu tertentu dalam penghayatan mereka yang sepatutnya dipertanggung jawabkan untuk membangunkan orang Melayu?

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 09:31  Comments (25)  

Did Jeff Ooi do a ‘Flip-Flop’?

Yang Berhormat Jeff Ooi

DAP MP for Jelutong Jeff Oii or his real name Ooi Chuan Aun retracted what he wrote which got him sued by NSTP, Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and three others in January 2007. In High Court this morning, the lawyer representing his case on going for the last three and half years came to an end, where everyone walked away with their own cost.

Published: Monday June 13, 2011 MYT 11:30:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 13, 2011 MYT 2:24:51 PM

Jeff Ooi retracts allegation against NST, 3 senior staff

By M.MAGESWARI

KUALA LUMPUR: Jelutong MP and blogger Jeff Ooi openly retracted all his libelous allegations in his weblog against the New Straits Times (M) Bhd and its three former senior staff – Datuk Seri Kalimullah Masheerul HassanDatuk Hishamuddin Aun and Brendan Pereira – causing the suit to be struck out.

The plaintiffs maintained in the agreed statement, read out in open court, that these allegations were libelous and without foundation and had caused them considerable distress, embarrassment and inconvenience.

However, Jeff Ooi, who was not present, stated through his lawyer Asna Mohd Yunus that he had acted bona fide and without malice.

Jeff Ooi said he appreciated that his allegations might have caused the plaintiffs embarrassment and inconvenience and regretted the same.

The parties agreed there be no payment of damages, to bear their own costs and have no liberty to file afresh.

The statement was recorded by High Court Judge Justice Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad in open court.

Kalimullah who was present in court said that he was glad that it was over.

At the time, Kalimullah was the The New Straits Times Press (M) BhdDeputy Chairman, Hishamuddin was the group editor-in-chief and Brendan the New Straits Times group editor.

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Some said this is a good solution. “At lest Jeff Ooi did not apologize. He just retracted”.

Ahirudin "Rocky" Attan and Jeff Ooi

Then again, retraction means he did not state his grounds. In the same stroke, NST-led Riong Kali also sued Supremo-blogger-journo Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan. The suit, brought upon the blogging community together. Friends and foes alike, came together and ‘Walked with Rocky and Jeff’. National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs) were born put of this non-partisan community, where Ooi was elected the pro-tem Vice President in April 2007.

Chinese Chauvinists DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, Jeff Ooi, 'Mini-Emperor-of-Middle-Kingdom' Lim Kit Siang

Jeff Ooi, then an active blogger with ‘Screen Shots’ had his activist name flourished there on. DAP courted him and brought the one-time Gerakanman under the wings of the Chinese Chauvinist ‘Mini-Emperor’ Lim Kit Siang. His political star was shinning to a point that the Pendang-born-Subang-resident Ooi was offered the Jelutong Palrliamentary seat in the 12th General Elections.

Lim Guan Eng and Jeff Ooi

Of course, he won.

Ooi now a Parliamentarian, was appointed the Chief of Staff in the Chief Minister’s Office when DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng took over the helm of the Penang State Government. He also became a slightly different man there on. In January 2010, he uttered defamatory words against MPPP Councillor representing PKR Mohd. Razali Abdullah. Last month, Penang Sessions Court decided that Ooi had to pay RM 150,000.00 for it.

Utusan Malaysia, 7 May 2011

Ooi’s credibility eroded upon Utusan Malaysia’s front page on 7 May 2011 about our posting on what had happened at a hotel on MacAlister Road two days earlier. According to media reports, he changed his account of events. When his own man Mohd. Razali A Rahman presented himself at Pattani Road Police Station on Friday 12 May 2011, he was quick to react with stories that beginning to make him sound nonsense.

Excerpts of Ooi’s reaction when Utusan Malaysia contacted him on 6 May 2011:

Jeff yang ditanya mengenai ikrar itu mendakwa, ketika majlis berlangsung, beliau sibuk ‘melayan’ iPad selain menjamu selera walaupun turut bertafakur semasa paderi-paderi itu berdoa.

“Bukankah berdoa itu suruhan tuhan. Apa yang saya tahu, ‘bigdog’ (penulis blog) tidak sebut nama saya, dia tidak tuduh saya. Kalau mahu tahu lebih lanjut, sila tanya polis Cawangan Khas dan dengar rakaman yang dibuat mereka,” katanya melalui khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

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Two days later, he lodged a Police report against Utusan Malaysia and this blogger:

Police record Ooi’s statement

2011/05/09
By Lee Keng Fatt and Elvina Fernandez
news@nst.com.my
Ooi said he gave his statement at 10.30am and also lodged two reports — against Utusan Malaysia and the owner of the blog bigdogdot.com.wordpress.com for unwarranted and unsupported claims on the issue.

GEORGE TOWN: Police yesterday recorded a statement from Jelutong member of parliament Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun over his alleged involvement with a group purportedly trying to make Christianity the country’s official religion.

The Jelutong DAP denied that he had hosted the dinner in a hotel here on Thursday evening and clarified that there was no pledge among those who attended the dinner to have a Christian as the country’s prime minister.
Ooi also demanded that Utusan Malaysia and the blogger offer sincere apologies to all, including the Christian community, within 24 hours

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The investigation is still ongoing. Just like the case brought upon by Razali Abdullah, this most recent case of Razali Abdul Rahman is something worthwhile to pay attention to.

For the record, Ooi already gave up on blogging. Now the “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question, did Jeff Ooi just a do a ‘Flip-Flop’, which now leaves Datuk Rocky to face Riong Kali, NSTP and three others all by himself? Most important in any story, why did he?

Published in: on June 13, 2011 at 18:11  Comments (7)  

Johor pride and heritage in Temasek

Johor State Emblem

Temasek, then Singapura and now Republic of Singapore have had very close ties with Johor. A lot of these heritage buildings and properties are still available for public visitation and functional, long after British rule and Singapore achieving its own Independence.

Excerpt from an article written by NST senior writter Fauziah Ismail:

SPIRITUAL SITE: Masjid Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim Johor Darul Takzim is the mosque next to Temenggong Abdul Rahman’s first residence in Teluk Belanga.

I have read and written about Teluk Belanga for this column but I don’t know where in Singapore it exactly is.

Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli, the secretary of the Johor Council of Royal Court and Chancellor of the Most Honourable Order of the Crown of Johor, provided me the answer in one of his emails on the state.

“Telok Belanga covered an area of about 80.94 hectares on what is now called Mount Faber,” he wrote.

Teluk Belanga, Temasek

In fact, I read that Mount Faber was originally known as Telok Blangah Hill but was later renamed after Captain Charles Edward Faber of the Madras Engineers, the superintendent engineer in the Straits (and brother-in-law of Governor Major-General William John Butterworth), who arrived in Singapore in September 1844.

It was Sir Stamford Raffles who persuaded the Temenggong to move to Teluk Belanga after Arab trader Syed Yassin who stabbed Singapore’s first resident Major-General William Farquhar was found hiding in the settlement.

Raffles had also provided compensation for the construction of houses for the Temenggong and his followers.

Masjid Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, Teluk Belanga, Singapura

“The buildings then were not pretentious,” Rahim wrote. “The residence for Temenggong Abdul Rahman and his family could hardly be known as a palace of modern days. This building was situated in an area known as Bukit Tanjong Aur. A mosque, octagonal in shape, was built and was also used as a Balai Rong Seri (Audience Hall).”

According to Rahim, the land was on lease from the East India Company with a proviso that if the Temenggong, his heirs or successors should prefer to move from Singapore and reside permanently in Johor, the company will pay him 15,000 Spanish dollars. In return, the Temenggong and his successors should relinquish all rights and title to all his immovable properties including land and buildings there.

The octagonal mosque

However, it was his grandson, Sultan Abu Bakar who successfully negotiated with the English for a permanent title of Telok Belanga on Aug 15, 1864. This land was one of the territories of Johor where the Johor flag was flown.

Sultan Abu Bakar built a palace on 17.5ha of land at Bidadari Estate in the Serangoon district of Singapore for his consort Enche’ Puan Besar Zubaidah. The palace was known as Istana Bidadari (The Singapore government subsequently acquired the land in 1904 and turned it into Bidadari Cemetery for Muslims, Hindus, Singhalese, and Christians of different denominations).

The main prayer hall

It was sometime in 1860 that Sultan Abu Bakar purchased a landed property once owned by his legal adviser William Napier that was advertised for sale in March 1857 by Boustead and Co.

The house called Tyersall stood on 26ha of land in the Tanglin area in Singapore.

The house was demolished in 1890 and both Sultan Abu Bakar and his consort Sultanah Fatimah planned a new building, which had been described back then as “one of the grandest homes built in the Victorian Eclectic idiom, combining not only gothic and classical motifs, but also some Indo-Saracenic elements into the design”.

The corridor of the 160 year old mosque

The building was rectangular in shape with a central courtyard, a red-tiled roof and a tower nearly 21.3 metre high, was topped by a symbolic star and crescent.

Its architect was Datuk Yahaya Awaludin, who drew up the plans according to the wishes of Sultanah Fatimah. Yahya was the chief engineer in Abu Bakar’s Cabinet.

The building was completed in 1892, a year after Sultanah Fatimah’s death.

The plaque to the Royal Mausoleum at Masjid Temenggong Daing Ibrahim's grounds

Sultan Abu Bakar named the palace “Istana Tyersall” and made it his official residence. Tyersall was described as “a lavishly appointed palace whose splendour made a great occasion.

“It was adorned with Chinese and Japanese curios collected by Sultan Abu Bakar on his travels. It was officially reopened on Dec 3, 1892 by Governor Sir Cecil Clementi at a ball attended among others by the rulers of Pahang and Riau and leading lights of Singapore and Johor society,” Rahim said

On April 4, 1895, Sultan Abu Bakar executed a will expressing his intention for Tyersall to become state property after his death for the use and enjoyment of his heir and successors.

View of the Royal Mausoleum from the cemetery in the grounds of Masjid Temenggong Daing Ibrahim Complex

Tyersall was destroyed in a fire, caused by faulty electrical wiring, on the morning of Sept 10, 1905. Part of its grounds excluding the building was acquired by the Singapore government in November 1990 under its Land Acquisition Act.

In the same will, Sultan Abu Bakar had bequeathed a house called Woodneuk and the surrounding gardens spreading across 12.14ha at Tanglin Singapore (adjacent to Tyersall) to Sultanah Khatijah.

The whole Masjid Temenggong Daing Ibrahim Complex. The green-roofed building on the left is the main mosque. The one on the right is the Royal Mausoleum. Not seen in the complex is the residential units of all the mosque officials incl the imam

Sultan Ibrahim bought the property from Sultanah Khatijah before she died. In 1930, the sultan and Sultanah Helen rebuilt Woodneuk into another magnificent palace.

Woodneuk, according to Rahim, was often mistaken for Tyersall because of its proximity. “The difference was that Woodneuk had a blue tiled roof,” he explained.

The palace and its grounds is now the private property of the current ruler, Sultan Iskandar.

Meanwhile, the mosque next to the Temenggong Abdul Rahman’s first residence in Teluk Belanga, is known as Masjid Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim Johor Darul Takzim. According to the Singapore Islamic Religious Council, the mosque is managed by the Johor government.

Some of the graves in the cemetery behind the mosque, next to the Royal Mausoleum

Adjacent to the mosque is the Makam Temenggong, where Temenggong Abdul Rahman and his son, Temenggong Ibrahim, are buried.

The mausoleum is the final resting ground of 34 other members of the royal family including Sultanah Khatijah, a consort of Sultan Abu Bakar (son of Temenggong Ibrahim and grandson of Temenggong Abdul Rahman), who died at Istana Woodneuk in Singapore on Feb 1, 1904.

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The design and motive of the mosque is exactly like in Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Bahru, Masjid Jame’ Bandar Maharani, Muar and Masjid Jame’ Batu Pahat.

This is what still the remaining part of the realm of a Johor-Riau Sultanate still being preserved. More over,  in a nation where the rulers now are immigrants from a distant land. There are more about private properties belonging to HRH Sultan of Johor, still in the republic. After a  long dispute, another major heritage of Tanah Melayu would be surrendered to the government of the day at the end of the month. The descendants of South China who are now the Government of Singapore decided the preserve the building as a heritage building.

We shall save that for another time.

Published in: on June 12, 2011 at 10:33  Comments (8)  
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