Selamat Hari Merdeka (Four PUB facilities handed back)

Today marks the 54th celebrations of Independence and the proclamation of the newly formed sovereign state, Federation of Malaya. The Constitution of Federation of Malaya also came to force. YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra who led the negotiations with Whitehall, wtinessed the lowering of the Union Jack from Malayan soil.

Gunong Pulai dam, built in 1924

Today also will be a historic moment as Singapore Public Utilities Board hands over Gunong Pulai water treatment plant and dam, Sg Skudai and Pontian water treatment plants and Sg Tebrau pumping station to the Government of Johor. The Gunong Pulai plant has been in operation since 1924 where else the Sg Tebrau pumping station was commissioned in 1953.

Monday August 29, 2011

Singapore hands over water treatment plants to Johor

By NELSON BENJAMIN
nelson@thestar.com.my

JOHOR BARU: Johor will soon control at least 43 out of the 44 water treatment plants in the state after Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) hands over two of the plants this Wednesday.

The Skudai and Gunung Pulai water treatment plants which were both built and managed by PUB for 50 years will be handed over to the state government together with two pump houses in Pontian and Tebrau.

With the handover of all the four assets, which are worth millions of ringgit and covering an area of 3,301ha, the state will be able to produce a total of 681 million litres of treated water per day.

New flow of income: The Johor Government will take over the spillway at the Gunung Pulai Reservoir from PUB by Wednesday.

The Gunung Pulai water treatment plant has at least four mini reservoirs.

Presently the 44 water treatment plants in the state are managed by four companies namely PUB, Syarikat Air Johor (SAJ), Southern Water Corporation Bhd and Equiventures Sdn Bhd.

After the handover, PUB will still operate the Linggiu Dam and Johor River water treatment plant.

It is understood that the historic event will be witnessed by VIPs from both Malaysia and Singapore, including the Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othmanand Singaporean ministers in a special event on Aug 31.

The handover marks the end of one of the three water agreements signed with Singapore in 1961, 1962 and 1990.

The preparations for the handover have been going on for months, with State Water Regulatory Body and State Economic Planning Unit working with SAJ to send its workers for training to handle the machinery.

PUB will buy water at 3sen for each 1,000 gallons of water and sells treated water to Johor at 50sen per 1,000 gallons.

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The 50 year water agreement signed in 1961 between the Government of Johor and Singapore City Council ended yesterday and these facilities will be handed over at no cost of acquisition. In fact, in the hand over agreement Singapore PUB agreed to ‘make good’ of the said facilities before handing it back.

HRH Sultan of Johor will witness the formal handing over in the morning. Besides Sultan Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, state secretary Datuk Abdul Latif Yusof and all state executive councillors will be there along with Singapore’s Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Senior Minister of State for National Development and Education, Grace Fu, and PUB officials would also witness the historic moment in one of a landmark event in the bi-lateral relations between the two neighbours.

Two other PUB facilities are still operational to supply raw water for the consumption of Singaporeans, which is Sg Lingui and Sg Johor dams.

Published in: on August 31, 2011 at 00:05  Comments (2)  

Minal aidil wal fa izin

Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar. Walillah ilham.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 1432H. Kami di BigDogDotCom ingin dengan penuh takzim menyusun jari dengan penuh adat resam Melayu menyembah ampun maaf sesama insan dan hamba Allah, dan mengucapkan kepada semua pembaca blog ini dan seluruh warga-cyberpehere SOPO Malaysia:

“Selamat Hari Raya,

Mohon maaf diminta,

Keberkatan orang tua dipinta,

Zakat fitrah jangan lupa,

Bercermat bila berbelanja,

Berhati hati dijalan raya,

Makan berpada pada,

Main mercun jangan dicuba,

Ziarahlah saudara mara,

Bersabar dengan mertua”

Pengumuman Hari Terbuka:

Bersama Perdana Menteri Malaysia Dato Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak esok di Seri Perdana, 1230-1800hrs

Bersama Perdana Menteri IV Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad di Seri Cahaya, Mines Resort Ahad 4 September 2011 1000-1300hrs (kemungkinan 1430-1630hrs)

Published in: on August 29, 2011 at 22:59  Comments (7)  

Malaysian Insider being sued?

It is believed that former Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli is taking news portal The Malaysian Insider to court.

Details are cloudy at the moment. However it is believed to be about the alleged RM 8 billion losses accumulated during Tajudin’s time controlling and managing the national carrier. The Oppositions continued to harp on the matter with a malice political intent against the Government.

On 31 March 2011, The Malaysian Insider published “MACC clears A-G of graft allegations”. It can be seen that in the article, the writer put it as:

“Tajuddin was MAS executive chairman from 1994 to 2001 During his tenure the national airline experienced losses totalling RM8 billion — its biggest ever — which led to complaints being lodged against him”

This could be deemed as slandeorus as during Tajuddin’s time, Malaysia Airlines recorded an aggregate of RM 753 million in losses before tax. Of that, RM 1,398 million was attributable to losses caused by foreign exchange. It is yet have been proven anywhere on the arithmetic how the RM 8 billion losses are calculated and derived

MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BERHAD
AUDITED GROUP FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
YEAR END YEAR REVENUE RM’000 PROFIT/LOSS BEFORE TAX RM’000 PROFIT/LOSS AFTER TAX RM’000 FOREX PROFIT/LOSSRM’000 TOTAL BORROWING RM’000 AVG EXCHG RATE 1 USD:RM
Pre TR 31 MAR 1993 3,735,952 157,896 145,424 18,559 3,143,225 2.59
Jul 94 31 MAR 1994 4,081,150 16,135 7,679 -47,082 5,693,925 2.68
31 MAR 1995 4,780,087 149,892 139,269 -17,887 5,186,354 2.53
31 MAR 1996 5,713,312 251,161 233,030 -7,105 5,933,661 2.53
TR 31 MAR 1997 6,484,950 349,409 333,975 37,456 6,108,941 2.48
31 MAR 1998 7,051,326 -225,362 -256,639 -718,401 10,653,290 3.64
31 MAR 1999 7,471,861 -669,735 -696,696 -392,765 10,295,987 3.80
Feb 01 31 MAR 2000 8,160,737 -236,890 -255,703 -546,908 10,339,912 3.80
31 MAR 2001 8,956,145 -386,635 -413,318 294,631 9,150,875 3.80
52,699,568 -752,025 -908,403 -1,398,061
31 MAR 2002 8,377,901 -846,493 -831,595 112,584 8,968,009 3.80
31 MAR 2003 8,674,578 333,935 338,952 -118,871 0 3.80
31 MAR 2004 8,587,826 345,165 462,708 27,585 0 3.80
post 31 MAR 2005 10,950,882 364,453 328,746 15,690 0 3.80
TR 31 DEC 2005 8,850,810 -1,241,177 -1,261,188 17,874 0 3.78
31 DEC 2006 13,171,838 -73,092 -133,737 -42,469 1,050,000 3.53
31 DEC 2007 14,686,130 840,911 852,743 -65,482 859,672 3.31
31 DEC 2008 15,035,303 264,661 245,697 -82,653 1,418,988 3.46
31 DEC 2009 11,309,855 461,990 493,106 26,620 2,319,580 3.42
99,645,123 450,353 495,432 -109,122

The amount for the suit is sketchy but it is strongly believed to be in the nine-digit range.

Malaysian Insider Chief Editor Jahabar Sadiq

We were told The Malaysian Insider Sdn Bhd, Chief Editor Jahabar Sadiq and writer Syazwan Kamal were named as defendants.

MI has been on a stream of rogue reporting and stirring up issues lately. They prefer to take a perspective which will stir up the majority’s emotion further and make the essence of the story for the Government and any of its associates to look bad. When the story about Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia share swap broke, MI skewed the story with a sinister agenda and instead, was harping on the lies of demonising Tajudin.

These former disciples of Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan also manipulated facts for the very maluce intent, which include to confuse the public at large. Even statements made by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. So much so, Jahabar had to publish an apology to PM Najib Tun on 19 August.

This would be a landmark case for online news reporting and commentary in Malaysia.

*Updated 900pm

Published in: on August 25, 2011 at 14:01  Comments (18)  

MI writer to be Petronas Corporate Communications manager?

Using Raja Petra line from his infamous statutory declaration, we have been ‘reliably’ informed that a Malaysian Insider regular contributor would be appointed as Corporate Communications Manager of state oil corporation Petronas.

This story has not been verified yet. Then again, if is true it would be as damaging as it was when Former Parti Rakyat Malaysia Vice President and PR woman Sheryl Stoddard was appointed as General Manager of Corporate Communications almost a year and half ago. The news portal has been pandering into Oppositions’ overtone and in a flavour very damaging to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership. In fact, Malaysian Insider Chief Editor Jahabar Sadiq had to apologise to PM Najib on 19 August for its story, which was seen as with political malice intent.

The PSM VP who had a very short stint in Petronas

MI has not been good to Petronas’s image. Despite it is fashionable to be transparent in disseminating information especially in public domain, MI prefers to spin for the subtle but strategic advantage of the Oppositions’ politics.

Since former CEO Tan Sri Hassan Merican’s contract ended early last year, Petronas made some strategic changes in their talent management. Personalities from outside were brought in for top management positions. This ‘liberalisation’ is a new practice, which should not extend towards people who are not supportive but instead is counter productive to the Leadership’s agenda of ‘developmental economics’, especially in the challenges of bringing the nation and rakyat to a high income economy.

Let us watch closely what develops next.

Published in: on August 24, 2011 at 01:45  Comments (17)  

Ungku, when will you apologise to BigDog?

Yang Mulia Ungku,

It is interesting that in your posting responding to Datuk Rocky’s you mention that you would have apologised if you had erred. For that, there is still a pending matter that you should seriously consider.

When the story about your infamous statutory declaration (SD) dated 18 June 2008 which I made known into public domain here in BigDogDotCom on 23 June 2008, as they say in the movies “All hell broke lose”. After being charged in court for criminal defamation, like your good friend Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, a series of drama preceded.

You need a diversion from the case, especially to your supporters and one time, avid Malaysia Today readers (if not junkies). Since you found yourself thrown into a corner and none of those whom you purportedly mention as your “reliable informants” came forward, you need to cook a ‘chew-able’ (note: Its not ‘edible’) story really fast to maintain ‘lost grounds’. Most probably, you are baffled how did the SD was ‘pre-maturely’ made public without your design.

In this video you alleged that the ‘Prosecutors’ “Leaked it and came out in an UMNO website”.

Earlier, in your writings you alleged that “I know Zakir lives next door to a very senior Special Branch officer because he has mentioned this often enough so this is probably how he got a copy of my SD”. As a reaction to that, I challenged to you to name “The Special Branch officer,  who is living next to me”. You never did!

So, which is which now? The Prosecutors leaked the SD” or “Special Branch Officer passed the SD” to me?

Interesting enough, almost three years later you said this to TV3 News Editor Dato’ Ashraf Abdullah that “I didn’t not say I alleged the murder”. You also admitted that “Its illogically that Datin Seri Rosmah was present, at the site in the middle of the night”.

And yet you still did the SD despite now you claim it is ‘illogical’.

Raja Petra's SD against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor dated 18 June 2008

Second part of the said SD against Rosmah Mansor, filed at Kuala Lumpur High Court 18 June 2008

Even if “You have been reliably informed” and later you conveniently admitted it to be “Illogical”, it still does not justify why you did the SD and filed it at Kuala Lumpur High Court on 18 June 2008.

Just before being charged for the article “Lets send Altantuya’s murderers to hell” which was published on Malaysia Today 25 April 2008, you arrogantly proclaimed at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex “Once they charge me, once the trial being set, we shall prove not only that they have no case, this is an absolute political persecution”.

And yet after being charged and trial started, you decided to flee and now being regarded as a fugitive running away from facing your prosecutors. This is not the gentlemanly act, as what you wanted your supporters to think of you then.

Let us retract a little. On 16 November 2007 via Malaysia Today, to justify and motivate the illegal 10 November 2007 marchers you also lied to the Malaysian public with your article “What the eyes does not see” when you claimed that “This was the (His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan) Agong’s way to say yes”. (Since then, you have taken down this piece from your MT archive).

You owe Malaysians an apology for this lie. Also for other lies you perpetuated. Just like how our common blogging brother Another Brick in the Wall debunked some of the stories you put up in Malaysia Today, with regards to AG’s Hajj trip, Dato’ Ramli Yusof, Rosli Dahlan et al.

Four years ago hundreds of thousands if not millions of Malaysians believed almost everything what you wrote. Infact you played a strategically significant role for the educated, urbanites and professionals who are connected into the cyberspace and form a strong enough opinion to deny BN the 2/3 majority and unprecedented victory for the Oppositions in urban-centric states such  Selangor, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Wilayah Persekutuan. You were a part of Malaysian political history, from new media perspective.

All of that is almost if not totally gone. Now, your constant lies and manipulation overcame all of that goodwill you successfuly forged via the cybersphere as a celebrity blogger. Please do the right thing. After all, this is the month of Ramadhan. A perfect time to repent.

Yours truly,

Biggum Dogmannsteinberg

*Updated 2300hrs

Post scriptum, Tuesday 23 Aug 2011 1100hrs

Interesting enough, anonymous blogger The Unspinners uncovered something when Dr Osman testified. He did not jot down any case notes. So, where did Yang Mulia get the your story?

“Charge me, I see you in court. Lets face each other in court”.

The fact is, you did not face anyone in court because you jumped the whole criminal legal process.  Cakap tak serupa bikin, eh?

Published in: on August 22, 2011 at 14:43  Comments (8)  

Anwarista Melayu yang sebenarnya anti-Melayu

Kami tidak mahu banyak berbicara untuk posting kali ini. Biarlah video video ini ditonton dan dinilaikan oleh pembaca BigDogDotCom:

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 14:32  Comments (40)  

AirAsia X and liberalisation of the airline industry

One of an important component in the ‘Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia share swap deal’which was inked on 9 August 2011 is Khazanah Nasional Bhd. now has a ‘first right refusal’ option to acquire AirAsia X’s 10% holdings. Of course, in his briefing to the press the price have yet to be determined, probably due to short time frame.

Wednesday August 17, 2011

AirAsia X-Khazanah deal hinges on valuation

By JEEVA ARULAMPALAM
jeeva@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Investment bank Morgan Stanley is expected to finalise the proposed valuation of the 10% stake in AirAsia X to be purchased byKhazanah Nasional Bhd and present it to the long-haul budget carrier’s board by September, according to sources.

While it was too premature to put a price tag on the proposed purchase, sources said Morgan Stanley had been appointed the deal adviser and was currently working on the deal valuation.

Khazanah will be issued new shares in AirAsia X and is expected to come in as a pre-initial public offering (IPO) investor of AirAsia X, ahead of the airline’s plans to list next year.

In 2008, AirAsia X executed an agreement to place a 20% stake to Bahrain-based Manara Consortium and Japan’s Orix Corp for US$75mil (or RM250mil). When the placement was done, it was one year after the long-haul low-cost carrier established operations.

The valuation placed on AirAsia X’s shares today would be higher given the growth and expansion in business experienced by the airline since.

Last year, AirAsia X achieved a revenue of RM1.3bil with a net profit of RM80mil from carrying some 1.92 million passengers. The airline targets to touch RM2bil in revenue this year, owing to better ancillary income and higher yields, and carry some 2.7 million passengers.

AirAsia X now has a fleet of nine Airbus A330 and two Airbus A340 with a route network to 15 destinations globally.

“Everything hinges on the valuation before Khazanah will look to accept the share purchase. So it is not a done deal just yet,” said the source.

When contacted, AirAsia X chief-executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said Khazanah’s potential participation would signal the entry of a strong institutional investor into the company and would be used as a benchmark for the subsequent IPO price.

Current shareholders of AirAsia X include Aero Ventures Sdn Bhd (52%),AirAsia Bhd (16%), Corvina Holdings (10%), Orix Corp (11%) and Manara Consortium (11%)

Last week, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), AirAsia and AirAsia X signed a collaboration agreement, whereby the outcome of the agreement will see MAS focus on being a full-service premium carrier, AirAsia on being a regional low-cost carrier (LCC) and AirAsia X, a medium-to-long-haul LCC.

Azran said it was important for an airline to establish a clear product positioning and brand. The deal would allow all three airlines to operate in their respective market segments.

He added that a premium airline like Singapore Airlines realised the need to set up a separate entity, a long-haul budget carrier, to compete with AirAsia X so as not to dilute the parent company’s brand.

“Previously, when MAS was competing with AirAsia X, it didn’t make sense,” Azran said.

The agreement creates a clear distinction in which segments the three local airlines will operate in and Azran said it was an increasing global trend to see airline groups set up different carriers within an airline group to address different segments, as seen with Qantas’ announcement yesterday in establishing a new premium airline in Asia.

Azran also emphasised that the collaboration agreement gave promise to a more rational route policy that would allow all three airlines to compete globally and domestically.

“The agreement allows us to align capacity to where demand is. For instance, there are a large number of people flying Singapore Airlines to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney as there is not enough capacity,” he added.

Azran had previously stressed that a factor weighing on its IPO process was the lack of a route allocation policy by the Government, which was needed to provide clarity for the airline’s current and future investors.

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AirAsia X is a private company, which belongs to AirAsia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, ED Dato’ Kamaruddin Mernanun and several others. Personalities behind AirAsia X are rather elusive. The former NSTP Deputy Chairman Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan used to be the Chairman when AirAsia X was first incorporated.

Business reports in the early days of AirAsia X shown that the majority control of the intercontinental so-called low cost carrier is foreign owned, which include ACE 48% and Richard Branson via Virgin 20%.

Milton joins Branson in backing AirAsia X

Thursday, 27 March 2008


Robert Milton, head of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc revealed his “minor” interest in the Asian Pacific holdings company, Aero Ventures, that possesses 48% of low-cost carrier Air Asia X.

Upon announcing himself as a founding shareholder, Mr Milton said “My involvement with AirAsia X has provided me with the exciting opportunity to participate in the newest and most promising airline business model.”

AirAsia X is a low-cost, long haul affiliate of Malaysia’s regional carrier AirAsia. It attempts to expand Air Asia’s no-frills air service to international destinations, currently connecting Malaysia with Australia and China since its inaugural flight last November.

Low-cost carriers are yet to be a staple in the Asia Pacific, although they have an established industry in North America and Europe, according to Richard Aboulafia, Teal Group analyst.

He describes AirAsia X as a “pioneer” in the East, in its efforts to extend the model to international routes, as opposed to mere transcontinental travel such as Jetstar Asia Airways and Tiger Airways.

The question of demand has been answered by the International Air Transport Association, who recently forecasted the Asia Pacific market to develop as the largest individual market for air travel within 5 years.

Milton is not the only prominent shareholder in AirAsia X, as Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group owns 20% of the airline, according to the Financial Post.

Branson has publicly committed to ensuring the profitability of the new airline.

Forthcoming successes of AirAsia X could also provide an additional boost to Milton’s credibility, as his rescue plan for ACE, parent of Air Canada, has been lauded by industry officials since its emergence from bankruptcy protection in 2004.

ACE eventually returned billions of dollars in proceeds to its shareholders.

Undoubtedly sharing similar hopes for AirAsia X, Dato’ Tony Fernandes, Aero Ventures’ shareholder and founder of AirAsia X, said, “Robert brings to the table significant aviation expertise and will be able to contribute greatly.”

Milton has voiced his confidence in the low-cost carrier, as he said yesterday, “I believe AirAsia X has great potential as the first truly low-cost long-haul carrier in a region which will see significant future traffic growth.”

Milton noted that this was, also, “an area of the world to which I also happen to have strong personal ties.”

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If these reports are accurate, it means that AirAsia X is foreign owned and Khazanah with its 10% holding means that it would ride on the strategic decisions made by the Europeans. Currently, the shareholders of AirAsia X a s a private company is rather hazy. Despite having a ‘share swap deal’ with Fernandes, Kamaruddin and Tune Air via AirAsia, it is unsure how the mechanics of the whole deal translate to the pareto optimal principle of the agreement. It is the fundamental legal basis of the ‘strategic alliance’ and probably ‘airline rationalisation plan’, Part II.

However, the ‘share swap deal’ is being discluded in how AirAsia X will operate from now on as Fernandes, Kamaruddin and Tune Air’s holding as minority shareholders, then probably Khazanah would be sucked into Fernandes’s game of raising cash from international capital market via IPO. Conveniently two days after Fernandes entered into agreement with Khazanah, he prematurely announced AirAsia X’s IPO.

Riong Kali is an integral and pivotal part of AirAsia and AirAsia X

It is an open secret how PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration gave Fernandes so much ‘patronage’, room and opportunities to develop AirAsia into what it is. It was said that in the infamous ‘airline rationalisation plan’ which was presented to the Cabinet in mid 2005, Malaysia Airlines was suggested to give away 110 of its domestic and regional routes to AirAsia. Then again, the Cabinet also approved the directive that Malaysia Airlines have a ‘floor’ fare price, to allow AirAsia to quickly develop its market as a low cost carrier.

It was this time that AirAsia X was launched. It is believed that personalities who are still within AirAsia X remained the same. They key players and backers would remain constant.

Richard Branson and AirAsia X

One of the mitigating circumstance for Fernandes to push for the ‘share-swap deal’ is about the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for AirAsia and particularly AirAsia X. At the moment, the engineering C, D and E checks are being outsourced to Singapore. This would not make business sense if AirAsia were to expand. Particularly, AirAsia X’s wide-body fleet. On top the current 9 A330s and 2 A340s, there is an other of 16 A330s and 10 A350s from Airbus. The MRO bill for this fleet to be outsourced would be huge.

What does not makes sense to AirAsia X’s CEO Azran Osman-Rani’s statement is that the so-called ‘low cost intercontinental carrier’ is a ‘third’ airline within the soon to be ‘airline rationalisation exercise’, where the c0-owners between Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and probably AirAsia X would sit down and carve their own markets.

AirAsia X's Premium Class 'Flat Bed' seats

AirAsia X introduced ‘Premium Class‘, which is in direct competition to Malaysia Airlines Golden Club Class. This is clear direct competition against the national carrier.

Now to the crux of the commercial bit already at hand. Part of the ‘share swap deal’ is the concept of pareto optimal, where according to Khazanah management “No parties would be made better off at the expense of someone else”. As it is, this Premium Class is in direct competition to Malaysia Airlines, in lucrative sectors such as London, Perth, Incheon and Sydney. So if AirAsia X were to expand and continue to offer this service, it would be at the expense of Malaysia Airlines. Would Khazanah now either ask AirAsia X to discontinue is expansion plan or refurbish all existing aircrafts and discontinue the service that would be in direct competition to Malaysia Airlines’ Golden Club Class?

Malaysia Airlines' Golden Club Class

Probably, the most likely AirAsia X’s argument to this tend to go for “Lets have a healthy comptetion and let the consumers choose and give them more options”. Thus, would the Federal Government care to ‘think outside the box’ and allow laissez faire to take its place in this ‘healthy’ capitalism-entrepreneurial practice and allow ‘liberalisation of the open sky’ policy?

We at BigDogDotCom is suggesting more airlines licenses to be issued. Especially for new markets and services, particularly point-to-point which current airlines are not serving. This is about dedicated destinations such as Langkawi-Phuket, Langkawi-Medan, Langkawi-Chennai, Langkawi-Koh Samui, Langkawi-Bangkok, Penang/Langkawi-Denpasar, Penang/Langkawi-Jakarta, Penang/Langkawi-Dubaii/Abu Dhabi, Penang/Langkawi-Perth, Penang-Mumbai, Penang-Tioman, Penang-Phuket, Penang-Koh Samui, Penang-Hadyaii, Kuching-Tioman, Kerteh-Singapore, Kerteh-Miri, Kerteh-Bintulu etc.

The permutation and opportunities are enormous.

These new niche’ market boutique airlines or even ‘air taxis’ would serve and promote the tourism, business and commercial and logistics markets and demands. Some of these boutique airlines would even do their own ‘collaboration’ and jointly serve certain sectors, especially during specific peak seasons. Special charters could also flourish, especially for C-to-C arrangements.

The demand for ‘fly-and-cruise’ could also be explored.

Let the market forces put this idea to the fullest test and the true spirit of ‘entrepreneurism’ and ‘the survival of the fittest’ being practiced. Then only the Malaysian civil airline and logistics sector could be matured. Of course, this could be the boon for peripheral and spin-off industries.

Published in: on August 18, 2011 at 00:53  Comments (7)  

DUMC merancang untuk cabar Melayu Muslim lagi?

Gereja penuh kontroversi Damansara Utama Methodist Church di Seksyen 13 Petaling Jaya dipercayai merancang untuk menganjurkan majlis yang mungkin dilihat provokasi kepada majoriti Melayu Muslim negara ini, terutama mereka di Selangor. Satu upacara syarahan yang berthemakan spritual dari perspektif ugama Kristian akan dianjurkan 2-4 September 2011.

Atucara upacara DUMC 2-4 September 2011

Menurut brochur yang difotokopi ini, DUMC akan menganjurkan satu upacara 2-4 September 2011 dengan personaliti korporat dan Kerajaan seperti Tan Sri Dato’ Francis Yeoh dan Dato’ Seri Idris Jala akan bersyarah dan menyertai satu forum, walaupun mereka bukan ‘kariah’ (parish) gereja ini. Mereka dipercayai menganggotai gereja Sidang Injil Borneo yang beralamat di Seksyen 16 Petaling Jaya. Belum pun kontroversi dua minggu lepas reda, kini mereka merancang ‘provokasi’ baru.

Kedua pemimpin ini secara tidak langsung memberikan persepsi bahawa mereka memberikan sokongan kepada DUMC, yang lewat ini mendapat kritikan keras majoriti Melayu Muslim dan orang Melayu membelakangkan fahaman politik mereka atas isu ini.

Dipercayai gereja DUMC merancang upacara ini dengan mengundang personaliti pemimpin pada musim ini tanpa mengambil kira sensitiviti masyarakat Melayu Muslim, yang juga majoriti warga Malaysia. Ianya wajar dikira sebagai ‘mencabar’ emosi majoriti Melayu Muslim kerana program ini dirancang pada Hari Raya Aidil Fitri ketiga Syawal tahun ini.

Malay Bibles are some the evidence found amongst the Malay Muslim at DUMC on Wednesday 3 Aug 2011

DUMC ini mendapat perhatian dan menjadi kontroversi apabila ianya diserbu pegawai JAIS kerana siri siasatan menunjukan proses meng’Kristian’kan orang Islam apabila 12 orang Melayu ditangkap dan kitab injil berbahasa Melayu diedarkan antara mereka. Disamping itu, ketua gereja ini Paderi Kanan Daniel Ho secara lantang enggan hadir ke ibu pejabat JAIS apabila diminta untuk bekerjasama bagi melengkapkan siasatan.

DUMC ini dipercayai menerima sokongan kuat dari masyarakat Kristian Malaysia yang berpengaruh dan mempunyai sokongan kewangan yang kukuh. Salah seorang ahli jemaaah DUMC pernah menceritakan bahawa “Derma yang dikumpulkan setiap Ahad tidak kurang dari RM 850,000″.

Sokongan kewangan ini memungkinkan proses mengkristiankan orang Melayu berterusan. Timbalan Ketua Pengarang Utusan Malaysia Dato’ Zaini Hassan mempunyai pendedahan menarik.

Muka depan Utusan Malaysia 7 Mei 2011

Mungkinkah ‘naungan’ dari pemimpin politik dan korporat ini, terutama dalam bulan yang sama selepas siasatan kontroversi JAIS yang masih belum selesai adalah agenda licik segelintir golongan minoriti ini untuk agenda strategik penguasaan politik, sebagaimana kami dedahkan 6 Mei lepas? MP Kulim-Bandar Baharu Dato’ Zulkifli Nordin pernah mendedahkan pihak tertentu untuk menafikan kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan Malaysia dengan cara aggresif.

Ahad selepas pegawai JAIS menyiasat DUMC, pemimpin tertinggi DAP Setiausaha Agung Lim Guan Eng, Exco Kerajaan Selangor Theresa Kok dan ADUN DAP Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh telah hadir dalam upcara ugama mingguan, sebagai menunjukan ‘naungan politik’ masyarakat Cina Chauvinis kepada golongan minoriti Kristian ini.  Dalam upacara yang sama Paderi Kanan DUMC Daniel Ho juga mengaku beliau enggan pergi ke ibu pejabat JAIS dalam siasatan ini.

Diminta pihak berkuasa, termasuk Polis dan Kementerian Dalam Negeri menyiasat semua ini secara terperinci. Kegagalan Kerajaan Selangor untuk menyelesaikan masalah kes sepanjang 2 minggu ini jelas mengeruhkan lagi keadaan.

*Dikemas kini 930pm

Published in: on August 17, 2011 at 12:57  Comments (22)  

Tiga tahun berlalu Saiful bersumpah

Sudah tiga tahun berlalu. Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan yang membuat laporan Polis diliwat Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim pada 28 Jun 2008, membuat sumpah muhaballah memegang Al Quran dihadapan seorang Imam dalam Masjid Wilayah.

Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan bersumpah muhaballah

Drama pun bermula.

MP Permatang Pauh dan Presiden PKR meletakan jawatan sebagai ahli Dewan Rakyat Wan Azizah Ismail. Penasihat PKR Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim bertanding, menang dan menjadi Ketua Pembangkang dalam Dewan Rakyat. Janji “Pakatan Rakyat mengambil alih Kerajaan Persekutuan pada atau sebelum 16 September 2008″ adalah jelas pembohongan, yang dibuat atas ‘Keyakinan Palsu’.

Semenjak dari itu, enam orang MP PKR telah meninggalkan parti; Dato’ Seri Zahrain Hashim, Tan Tee Beng, Hj Mohsein Fadzil, Zulkifli Nordin, Wee Choo Keong dan terbaru, S Gobalakrishnan. ‘Kuda tambatan’ Anwar dalam PRK P104 Hulu Selangor Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim juga meninggalkan parti. Orang kepercayaan ‘Ketua Umum’  PKR Setiausaha Agung Dato’ Sallehuddin Hashim dan Setiausaha Sulit Anwar Anuar Shaari juga telah lari meninggalkan, untuk menyertai puluhan pemimpin lain.

Perbicaraan kes liwat kini sudah masuk tiga tahun. ‘Sarkas perundangan’ telah berkitar dalam pelbagai sudut. Pasukan Pembelaan Anwar yang terdiri dari Karpal Singh, Sankara Nair dan lain lain sudah pun menangguh kes sebanyak 67 kali dan tiga kali cuba ‘menggugurkan’ hakim perbicaraan. Namun drama masih berterusan.

Rakyat perlu melihat keadilan dicapai. Saiful Bukhari yang mendakwa di’dera’ dengan diliwat berhak untuk pengadilan. Beliau sungguh bertekad untuk mencari keadilan sehingga sanggup bersumpah muhaballah. Bak pepatah Inggeris, “Justice delayed is justice denied” (Keadilan yang ditangguhkan ialah keadilan yang dinafikan).

Berapa lama lagi kita harus tunggu?

Ini termasuk ‘keadilan’ dalam kes ‘Datuk T’ dimana Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik, Dato’ Shazryl Eskay Abdullah dan Dato’ Shuaib Lazim juga bersumpah, sama seperti Saiful.

P/S Demi rujukan pembaca kami di BigDogDotCom, rakaman ini adalah sebab mengapa beliau kami panggil ‘MAT KING LEATHER‘ (Sila dengar bermula 2.00):

Published in: on August 16, 2011 at 15:30  Comments (4)  

Academia Melayu di anak-tirikan di UM (Bhg 2)

5. Penerbitan buku dan Jurnal di dalam Bahasa Melayu juga didapati telah berkurangan sejak 2007 hingga 2011 akibat penekanan ke atas penerbitan di dalam jurnal ISI. Adalah penting untuk dinyatakan di sini bahawa penerbitan buku, jurnal, bab dalam buku yang berbahasa Melayu tidak diiktiraf oleh pihak pengurusan university untuk proses pelantikan dan kenaikan pangkat. Adalah malang apabila kita mengabaikan penerbitan di dalam jurnal tempatan yang berbahasa melayu kerana ia tersasar dengan hasrat kerajaan untuk memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan mengabaikan penyelidikan yang menangani isu-isu tempatan yang penting.

6. Pengambilan pelajar Melayu juga telah dikurangkan sedangkan pengambilan pelajar bukan Bumiputera telah dipertingkatkan di fakulti beraliran sains. Mengikut sumber universiti bilangan pelajar bumiputera di Akademi Pengajian islam dikruangkan kepada lebih kurang 50 peratus. Jika ini berlaku, maka nisbah antara pelajar bumiputera dan bukan bumiputera di university akan menjadi tidak seimbang.

7. Selama dua tahun memimpin universiti Malaya, Ghauth Jasmon tidak menyambung kontrak atau menamatkan perkhidmatan tujuh orang professor (lima orang Melayu) dari Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial kerana tiada penerbitan di dalam jurnal ISI.

8. Selama itu juga, tiada kenaikan pangkat ke jawatan professor di Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial, kecuali kenaikan ke jawatan professor madya untuk Dr Sharmini Patricia Gabriel (isteri Prof Terence Gomez – kroni besar dan orang kepercayaan Ghauth Jasmon).

9. Pengimbangan bilangan kakitangan akademik bumiputra dan bukan bumiputera di Fakulti Sains telah Nampak ketara dan tidak lagi menjurus kepada nisbah 55:45. Ia tidak mencerminkan konsep 1Malaysia.

10. Pihak pengurusan tertinggi universiti telah membuat tindakan yang kurang bijak dengan memanggil dua pensyarah untuk menghadapi jawatankuasa tatatertib kerana dikatakan tidak memathui peraturan university hanya kerana mereka meluahkan pandangan terhadap pentadbiran pengurusan tertinggi university di dalam internet.

11. Statistik menunjukkan penghijrahan besar-besaran kakitangan akademik ke universiti lain. Ini adalahs atu perkara yang perlu ditangani dengan bijak kerana university yang akan kerugian lantaran tidak dapat menggunakan kepakaran mereka setelah membiayai pengajian mereka. (sila baca akhbar Transisi yang diterbitkan oleh Universiti Utara Malaysia).

12. Professor yang telah lama berkhidmat dengan university tidak disambung kontrak sebagai professor tetapi diberi hanya felo penyelidik kanan kerana tiada penerbitan ISI. Ramai professor yang menolak tawaran dan berhijrah ke univerrsiti lain. Betapa pengurusan tertinggi yang diketuai oleh Ghauth Jasmon tidak emnghargai khidmat dan jasa professor yang telah mengharumkan nama universiti.

13. Penekanan terhadap penerbitan telah menyebabkan belanja urus di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya lebih banyak ditumpukan kepada penyelidikan dan haya sedikit diperuntukkan kepada kerja klinikal untuk pesakit, yang mana ini menjejaskan mutu perkhidmatan kesihatan kepada pesakit-pesakit.

14. Penekanan terhadap penerbitan ISI semata-mata jelas menunjukkan prestasi university berdasarkan ranking tetap menurun iaitu pada tahun 2009 kedudukan ke 180, tetapi pada tahun 2010 kedudukan berada pada tangga 207.

15. Pengurusan university di bawah kepimpinan (2008-2011) banyak mewujudkan jawatan yang boleh dikatakan membazirkan wang rakyat seperti menubuhkan lapan bidang kluster penyelidikan dengan setiap ketua kluster sama taraf dengan dekan, sedangkan bilangan kakitangan tidak ramai hanya dua atau tiga orang bagi emngendalikan permohonan dana penyelidikan dari kumpulan penyelidik yang berkaitan dengan kluster tersebut.

16. Warga Melayu university Malaya meberikan kenyataan bahawa jika “universiti terulung” ini tidak dapat menangani keseimbangan orang Melayu dalam agenda pendidikannya termasuklah bilangan pelajar Melayu dalam bidang kritikal serta bilangan tenaga pengajar Melayu, maka kita menganggap bahawa university terulung ini telah gagal dalam memenuhi aspirasi, bangsa dan rakyat negara ini.

17. Sejak 2008-2011 kemasukan naib Canselor baru di UM didapati bahawa pengambilan pensyarah bukan Melayu telah bertambah berlipat ganda. Kemasukan pelajar sarjana dan pelajar PHD dalam kursus kritikal juga meningkat pada kadar yang tinggi. Ironisnya dalam pentadbiran ini pelajar melayu yang layak diberikan halangan yang banyak seperti menghadiri lebih daripada empat temuduga dan masih tidak di hantar belajar ke luar negara walaupun layak. Kita lihat Menteri Pengajian Tinggi tidak tampil langsung member khidmat nasihat kepada pihak university andainya terdapat senarai nama yang dikemukakan untuk apa juga pelantikan walaupun ia banyak diberikan kepada orang luar dan golongan bukan Melayu. Berilah nasihat atau kementerian sendiri yang kurangkan bilangannya sehingga ada orang Melayu yang boleh diberikan tempat. Kita tidak mahu “autonomi university” andainya kedudukan orang Melayu di university ini tergadai. Kita rela menunggu lebih lama lagi untuk mendapat taraf “autonomi universiti” sehingga bilangan orang-orang Melayu di university mantap dan mampu untuk berdiri sama tinggi dan duduk sama rendah dengan orang-orang bukan Melayu.

 

Wahai bangsa Melayu di luar sana, kita tidak mahu lihat lonjakan dua atau tiga tangga dalam kedudukan ranking tetapi kedudukan bangsa kita terabai dan tergadai. Pelajarilah dengan apa yang berlaku di Pulau Pinang dan Selangor hari ini. Biarlah kita berputih tulang tetapi jangan sekali-kali berputih mata.

 

Published in: on August 15, 2011 at 20:09  Comments (8)  
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