Master and commander

This is a very interesting footage of BERSIH 3.0.

Watch the hand signal between Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali very closely, as immediately there after these anarchist mobsters storm the Police barriers (at the corner if Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Tun Perak, in front of the Old City Hall).

Now, isn’t that a pre-meditated attack?

Published in: on April 30, 2012 at 11:21  Comments (31)  

Pre-medidated attack with malice

Yesterday’s BERSIH 3.0 turned out clear cut what so many anticipated; an attempt to create havoc, chaos and public disorder. It is outright for the benefit of lenses of scheming foreign media and manipulating pro-Opposition new media.

They carefully organized the trump up. They manipulated so called ‘civil society of Malaysians’, to hype their now no longer unsubstantiated ’cause’. Some even resorted to lies, as the means to achieve the end. Decency, was never in their system.

Seven out of eight BERSIH 2.0 demands were either already entertained, taken into consideration, implemented or in the process of being implemented, after the Elections Commission engaged all of these so called ‘pressure and special interest groups’. A Parliamentary Select Committee was formed to look int this. It was part of Federal Government’s transformation policy, plan and roll out program.

The more civil and law abiding amongst the Opposition saw through what their real intentions were. They stood up against their own.

28 April 2012 | last updated at 09:01am

Tunku Aziz sticks to his anti-rally stand

By EILEEN NG | eileen@nst.com.my 0 comments
CONSCIENCE CLEAR: DAP senator says he will not support actions which are against the law
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The area near Dataran Merdeka was quiet and calm after police and City Hall enforcement officers sealed off the square yesterday ahead of today’s planned rally. Pic by Nik Hariff Hassan

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KUALA LUMPUR:  DAP’s Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim will not apologise for voicing out his views against the Bersih rally despite a public tick-off from the party supremo Lim Guan Eng.

In standing by his statement, the DAP vice-chairman said yesterday that he was merely voicing out his views on something which he believed in.

And at the same time, Tunku Aziz said Lim was entitled to issue any statement.

“I made my point based on my personal opinion, belief and conviction. My conscience in this matter is clear,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

The 78-year-old Tunku Aziz said that while he was in full support of citizens’ right to assembly, it does not mean that he supported actions which were against the law.

“I will not apologise for articulating values which I have always held — we must abide by the laws of the land.”

Tunku Aziz stressed that he had no quarrel with his party as his views were made based on personal conviction.

“My quarrel is with Bersih for insisting on a confrontation with the authorities. That to me is a non-starter. The issue is not where it is held but to voice out against unfair electoral practices, so does it matter where it is held? Don’t confuse the issue.”

Tunku Aziz acknowledged that he might have put DAP in an embarrassing light but stressed that he would not compromise when it came to the law.

“I support any movement to ensure free and fair elections but when it comes to breaking law, I draw the line.

“Lonely as it may be to be the lone dissenter, I value my conscience more than anything,” said Tunku Aziz, adding that he was prepared to face any disciplinary action from DAP.

Earlier, Lim accused Tunku Aziz of violating party processes when the veteran politician appeared to break ranks with the opposition by declaring in the Senate on Thursday that he opposed street demonstrations.

“Senator Tunku is alone among the entire DAP central executive committee in his stand on Bersih 3.0,” Lim said yesterday.

He added that Tunku Aziz had not informed the party that he would make his stand publicly and as such, had put DAP in a bad light.

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This statement by the DAP Vice Chairman and Senator for Penang came after DBKL disallowed to use Dataran Merdeka for their BERSIH 3.0 assembly and offered the Stadium Merdeka instead. The Police obtained a court order for that.

They were actually civil disobedient.

They defied court order.  They disobeyed the law. They never wanted to assemble, to show they had something to shout aloud. They wanted to create trouble. They provoked the Police. They wanted the Police to act against them, even though after maximizing all restraints (despite Police’s own SOP against public disorder and attempt to create chaos), it is according to the provisions provided by the Police Act (even it enforced together with the newly inacted Peaceful Assembly Act).

Like BERSIH (Nov 2007) and BERSIH 2.0 (July 2011), Opposition Leaders turned up just before hell broke lose. It was a perfectly orchestrated chaos. The Opposition Leaders were right in the neck of the planning, right from day one. They wanted chaos. They wanted havoc. They wanted public disorder. Better still, if they could spread this to other parts of urban Malaysia.

And they actually did that. They prolonged the demonstration. They even attacked the Police and destroyed a Police car.

So for some of the promoters, activists and even organizers to admit that yesterday “turned bad and out of control”, it is all bollocks. Unequivocally, they wanted trouble all along.

Leader Anwar Ibrahim had always wanted to replicate the ‘Arab Spring’ and do a ‘Malaysian Spring’. His ‘Reformasi’ demonstration-tunred-mobstreet violence rolled out the day after the was sacked as UMNO member on 3 September 1998 and two days as Deputy Prime Minister never really got the momentum and result they hoped to achieve.

It was clear since his ‘Reformasi’ days, all of these demonstration-tunred-mobstreet-violence brand of ‘peoples’ power democracy’ were funded by the Neo Con Jews of Washington D.C. and their like-minded ‘tools’ in the form of NGOs. We are willing to bet that yesterday was too, probably with a slight different twist and mode of transfer of funds.

They were systematically playing on previous Police’s reaction to restore order after the provoked demonstration-turned-mobstreet-violence. If they could, they wanted to do a 13 May 1969 all over again.

Unfortunately, they failed. Malaysians should thank the Royal Malaysian Police for their ability to show a lot tolerance and  restraint, against the pressure of sustaining prolonged provocation. It resulted some of their personnel were injured in the line of duty.

Its time to throw the book against these criminals. Malaysian public order, peace and harmony is paramount. Majority of Malaysians decided for this.

Published in: on April 29, 2012 at 13:00  Comments (14)  

Ulangan pra-13 Mei?

Rakaman rakaman video melalui format Youtube rata rata menunjukan, tidak seperti demonstrasi-bertukar-rusuhan sebelum ini (termasuk semenjak pemecatan Anwar Ibrahim dari Kerajaan dan UMNO pada 2 Sept 1998), majoriti perusuh ialah Bukan Melayu, terutama keturunan Cina. Selama ini, hampir 80% pendemonstrasi dan perusuh adalah orang Melayu.

Apakah ini adalah ulangan sejarah hitam 13 Mei 1969?

Published in: on April 29, 2012 at 00:01  Comments (14)  

PM Najib: Janji untuk membangunkan Sarawak ditepati

Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengimbau janji Kerajaan Persekutuan kepada rakyat Sarawak semasa menyertai Malaysia bahawa pembangunan akan lebih pesat, negeri akan lebih maju dan perubahan yang akan berlaku mendadak. Beliau berucap dihadapan 30,000 rakyat dalam program ‘Jelajah Janji DiTepati’ peringkat Sarawak.

“Perubahan mendadak kerana Sarawak merdeka dalam Persekutuan Malaysia. Apabila kita bercakap mengenai ‘Janji DiTepati’, maka inilah janji kita bagi rakyat Sarawak. Rakyat Sarawak akan merasakan keputusan yang tepat, yang menjamin pembangunan dan pembelaan yang berterusan”.

“Dalam kerangka pembangunan Negeri Sarawak, janji kita ditepati. Kita berjaya melaksanakan perlaksanaan dan pencapaian yang lebih kreatif”.

“Program transformasi ekonomi (ETP) telah berjaya meningkatkan dari USD 7,000 per capita apabila kita bermula dan sekarang ini USD 9,600 per capita. Tahun lepas, pelaburan luar dan dalam negeri mencapai RM 120 billion dan mengujudkan 100,000 pekerjaan. Tahap pasaran modal juga meningkat, sehingga indeks Bursa Malaysia mencapai 1,600 mata. Hasil negara (melalui LHDN) melonjak (sebanyak) RM 26 biliion dalam masa setahun kerana pencapaian effisyen dan syarikat yang lebih keuntungannya”, sebahagian dari ‘kad laporan’ PM Najib kepada warga Sarawak dan dipancarkan secara langsung di TV3.

“Pencapaian yang dikecapi adalah untuk rakyat. Kita telah memulangkan hasil kepada rakyat melalui Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M), dimana 4.3 juta isi keluarga mendapat RM 500.00. Lebih 5.2 juta murid sekolah kebangsaan, cina, tamil dan ugama mendapat RM 100.00. Lebih RM 1.3 juta pelajar Tingkat 6 menerima baucer buku RM 200.00. Pembangkang mendakwa kita meminjam wang untuk memberikan BR1M. Sebenarnya, kita tak pinjam dari luar. Kita guna kekuatan dalaman kita”.

Beliau menjelaskan bahawa apabila dimana mana beliau ‘turun ke padang’ dan bertemu rakyat, mereka akan tampil untuk mengucapkan ‘terima kasih’ kerana BR1M. “Mereka berjabat tangan dengan saya. Ada yang mohon sekiranya akan ada lagi BR1M akan datang. Sekiranya kita mampu, insyaAllah. Kita buat BR1M Satu, BR1M Dua. Pembangkang buat BERSIH 1, BERSIH 2.0″.

‘Pendekatan Tinjuan Mesra’ semenjak Februari 2010, beliau telah membuat 30 ‘walkabout‘ seluruh Sarawak dan meluluskan RM 2.5 billion projek. “Kita bina jalan dan infrastruktur ke kawasan pendalaman seperti di Bario dan Bekalalan. Kita syukur semenjak ada jalan ini, gas masak telah turun dari RM 80 setong kepada RM 40 setong. Simen juga telah turun dari RM 120 sekampit hingga RM 45 sekampit”.

“Kita juga akan memberhentikan perhatian program SCORE, yang menjadi fokus Ketua Menteri. Kita akan terus memberikan sokongan”.

PM Najib juga mengumumkan akan mengkaji semula struktur MAS Wing dan Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak dan Sabah akan diberikan pegangan untuk diberikan lebih kuasa strategik dan mengurus, demi menjaga kepentingan rakyat dua dua negeri ini.

Beliau menjelaskan bahawa dasar kepimpinan Kerajaan dibawah Barisan Nasional telah mampu mewujudkan kestabilan, sejahteraan dan pembangunan berterusan, yang memungkinkan kemakmuran dikecapi. Ini amat penting bagi golongan usahawan, termasuk generasi ke dua, tiga dan empat masyarakat Cina di Sarawak ini. “Ini tidak berlaku dalam setahun dua. Ini berlaku kerana dasar berterusan dan perubahan yang kita bawa, termasuk kepada rakyat Sarawak juga”.

“Jangan buat kacau dalam negara ini!”, amaran PM Najib kepada anarkis yang berusaha untuk membuat kacau dengan BERSIH 3.0 gari ini di Dataran Merdeka walaupun kebenaran telah diberikan untuk Stadium Negara atau Nasional “Kita benarkan hak asasi, seperti berhimpun. Tetapi jangan menipu rakyat. Kalau mereka menang, tak da ‘BERSIH’ ni semua (kekacauan)“.

“Kita dipilih majoriti rakyat. Kita telah menunjukan kebolahan memimpin dan menunjukan agenda membawa negara dan rakyat kepada tahap negara maju. Mereka tidak ada agenda jelas. Mereka tiada kredibiliti. Mereka tiada kepimpinan yang boleh membawa kemajuan. Mereka hanya mahu menghancurkan!”.

Beliau juga berterima kasih atas sokongan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Pehin Seri Tan Sri Taib Mahmud dan rakyat Sarawak keatas kepimpinan yang berumur tiga tahun ini.

“Kita adalah aman. Kita progressif. Kita tepati janji”, PM Najib berucap dan diterima baik oleh 30,000 rakyat yang hadir di perkarangan Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya, Sarawak. Turut hadir ialah Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Aflred Jabu, barisan Menteri Kabinet Sarawak dan beberapa anggota Menteri Kabinet Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Sebelum itu, dalam ucapan alu aluan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Pehin Seri Tan Sri Taib Mahmud mengimbau usaha konistsen kerajaan “Untuk membawa program bertalu talu kepada rakyat. Setiap manisfesto (janji) kita kepada rakyat, ditunaikan. Ini membawa Malaysia ke ambang yang lebih tinggi lagi”.

Beliau menjelaskan Wawasan 2020 ialah dasar untuk membawa rakyat kepada taraf negara maju dan memerlukan strategi lebih canggih. Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak akan mengikuti gerak Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi menjelaskan kepada rakyat program yang dirancang dan sedang dilaksanakan dan pencapaian yang berjaya dilaksanakan. Kerjasama erat dan mantap antara Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Negeri Sarawak adalah kunci kejayaan program program dilaksana secara licin dan effisyien.

Taib juga menyanjung perhatian PM Najib untuk memberikan perhatian dekat kepada pembangunan dan pencapaian program program di Sarawak dan Sabah, “Kebijaksanaan beliau untuk membawa perubahan melalui pembangunan. Oleh itu, kami akan terus menyokong Barisan Nasional untuk memperjuangan perubahan dan pembaharuan”.

Published in: on April 28, 2012 at 10:45  Comments (3)  

Jelajah Janji DiTepati, kini di Sarawak

‘Jelajah Janji DiTepati’ kini akan diadakan di Sarawak.

Pagi esok, Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak akan berada di tapak letak kereta Wisma Bapa, Petra Jaya, Sarawak.

Beliau akan berucap dan mengesahkan kepada warga Sarawak mengenai janji janji yang selama tiga tahun ini dibuat oleh Kerajaan, telah terlaksana dan sebahagian dari proses perubahan untuk rakyat. Ianya sebagai plan transformasi beliau sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia VI.

Sebuah karnival juga diujudkan, sebahagian dari pameran yang dibuat pelbagai agensi Kerajaan Persekutuan dalam agenda memberikan penghidupan yang lebih selesa bagi seluruh rakyat Malaysia, samada dibandar atau luar bandar. Ini termasuk meningkat kualiti hidup, meringankan bebanan dengan kenaikan harga barangan akibat peningkat harga minyak mentah peringkat global, perumahan mampu milik, Klinik 1 Malaysia dan Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia.

Antara agensi yang akan terlibat dalam pameran ialah ICU JPM, Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak, Perumahan 1 Malaysia (PR1MA), Yayasan 1MDB dan pelbagai lagi GLC seperti TM, Media Prima dan sebagainya. Pencapaian dalam usaha membangunkan rakyat sebagai usaha membawa perubahan, akan dipamerkan bagi rakyat menilai. Ini merupakan siri kedua, selepas Batu Pahat awal 7 April.

Semalam semasa Majlis Makan Malam Bersama Rakyat di Sibu semalam, PM Najib mengumumkan pembinaan Kolej Universiti Teknologi di Sibu, sebagai sebahagian agenda transformasi bagi warga Sarawak. Pagi tadi, beliau meluangkan masa untuk melawat dan bersarapan bersama rakyat di Pasar Sibu dan kemudiannya merasmikan bangunan baru SJKC Thai Kwang di Lanang, sebelum membuat lawatan ke Kabong, dengan menaiki helikopter.

Semua dijemput datang.

Published in: on April 27, 2012 at 19:00  Comments (5)  

PM Najib: Agenda transformasi akan beterusan

Perdana Menteri Dato' Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak berucap dalam Majlis Makan Malam Bersama Rakyat di Sibu, 26 April 2012

Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengulangi iltizam Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk berazam terus menunaikan janji dan agenda transformasi, demi mengekalkan momentum pembagunan negara dan mencapai masyarakat berpendapatan tinggi.

Beliau berucap dalam Majlis Makan Malam Bersama Rakyat di Sibu malam ini.

PM Najib diraikan oleh 2,000 orang terdiri dari pelbagai keturunan dan sukum kaum dalam majlis malam ini. Turut hadir ialah Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Alfred Jabu, barisan Menteri Kabinet Sarawak, Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri dan beberapa Menteri Kabinet Kerajaan Persekutuan dalam rangka kerja tiga hari ke Sarawak bermula malam ini. Ketua dari pelbagai kelompok dan lapisan masyarakat termasuk golongan peniaga juga hadir.

Beliau yakin potensi Sarawak yang cemerlang dan kerjasama erat yang kukuh dan mentap terjalin sekelian lama antara Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Kerajaan Negeri.

Perdana Menteri Dato' Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak disambut warga Sibu

“Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih pada Pehin Seri (Taib Mahmud) kerjasama dan sokongan yang diberikan. Sekiranya kita diberikan mandat, saya yakin kita akan boleh buat lebih banyak lagi dimasa hadapan”.

“Impian saya ialah untuk negara kita Malaysia kekal membagun dan mencapai taraf negara maju. Saya ingin meninggalkan Malaysia sebagai negara maju bagi generasi akan datang”.

“Kita mesti mengembara dalam ‘keretapi’ yang sama. ‘Keretapi’ ini telah pun bergerak ‘meninggalkan stesyen’ dan agenda transformasi adalah matlamat. Ianya bukan impian yang tidak boleh dicapai”, beliau mengulangi gesaan agar seluruh negara kerjasama sebagai satu pasukannya yang mantap. Beliau membayangkan bahawa agenda transformasi yang dibawa kepimpinan hari ini begitu komited dan tidak akan berpaling arah.

PM Najib juga mengingatkan bahawa kesejahteraan dan kemakmuran yang ada dan dinikmati hari ini adalah hasil usaha mereka yang terdahulu dan berterusan berkerja keras untuk rakyat “Sekiranya kita menikmati air perigi itu, jangan kita sesekali lupa mengenang siapa yang menggali perigi itu”.

Beliau mengotakan janji untuk kembali ke Sibu walaupun dalam rangka lawatatan Februari lepas tidak berkesempatan. PM Najib juga menjelaskan bahawa Kerajaan dibawah BN terus menunaikan janji yang dibuat semasa PRK Sibu hampir dua tahun lepas, termasuk program penebatan banjir yang bernilai RM 230 juta. Lapangan terbang baru Sibu yang bernilai RM 137 juta hampir siap sepenuhnya.

“Kita bukan macam Pembangkang. Kita tunai janji bila berjanji”.

Beliau memberikan contoh bagaimana Pembangkang berjanji bermacam macam perkara apabila berkempen di Selangor semasa musim PRU 12 namun telah gagal menunaikan janji. Ini termasuk elaun khas untuk ibu tunggal. “Di Pulau Pinang, 18 keluarga Kampung Buah Pala kita yang bela”.

Sebuah jambatan terpajang merentangi sungai sepanjang 1.5km yang bernilai RM 500 juta juga dibina, bagi kelesaan rakyat terutama masyarakat desa dan luar bandar.

“Kalau kita hanya bertindak sebagai ‘Kerajaan Populis’, maka kita tidak akan mencapai imbangan yang diperlukan dan membawa pembangunan yang seimbang dan berterusan. Kita tidak akan boleh maju sebagaimana yang dicapai setakat ini”.

“Berilah saya mandat. InsyaAllah, saya akan teruskan agenda pembangunan, sejahteraan dan kemakmuran untuk semua Rakyat Malaysia”.

PM Najib juga mengumumkan dan menyerahkan dokumen tawaran untuk membina sebuah Kolej Universiti Teknologi Sarawak kepada Ketua Menteri Sarawak Pehin Seri Tan Sri Taib Mahmud. Ini merupakan IPTA kedua bagi Sarawak dan ‘hadiah khas’ bagi rakyat. Ini jelas agenda transformasi bagi rakyat mencapai pendapatan tinggi ekonomi dalam pesat adalah konsisten.

Ini merupakan kepimpinan yang matang dan berwawasan bagi seorang Perdana Menteri yang begitu bersungguh untuk membawa pembangunan kepada seluruh Malaysia, walaupun BN kalah dalam PRK Sibu. Ianya diberikan sambutan gemuruh hadirin, sebagai tanda terima kasih dan pengesahan bahawa kerajaan yang dipilih majoriti ini meneruskan agenda pembangunan.

Dalam ucapan alu aluan, Ketua Menteri Sarawak Pehin Seri Taib menjelaskan cara PM Najib bekerja keras dan pada nada tinggi ialah jelas budaya dan minda waris dari ayahanda beliau, Perdana Menteri Malaysia ke II Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. Beliau juga tiada ‘pasukan’ lain selain dari Barisan Nasional mampu merancang, menyusun, melaksanakan dan memantau pembangunan sekata untuk rakyat, terutama warga Sarawak.

Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 21:15  Comments (2)  

Synergising ‘Comprehensive Collaboration Framework’

A synergy has to be completed and get operational with. And it has to be done, quite quickly. ASEAN Open Sky is coming by 2015. The two airlines, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia inadvertently got to work together. Especially when they are serving different products for different markets.
April 25, 2012 10:23 AM

Malaysia-owned Airlines Need To Collaborate To Face Regional Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) — So many controversial comments have come out of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia deal that all the noise seems to drown out some of its obvious and yet beneficial aspects.It all started last August when MAS’ major shareholder Khazanah Nasional Bhd agreed to swap shares with its AirAsia counterpart, Tune Air Sdn Bhd, which saw Khazanah getting a 10 per cent stake in AirAsia and Tune Air a 20.5 per cent equity in MAS.Khazanah also agreed to acquire a 10 per cent stake in AirAsia X, AirAsia’s long-haul budget affiliate.A Comprehensive Collaboration Framework (CCF) was also signed that aims to realise cost savings and increase revenue in the areas of aircraft purchasing, engineering, ground support services, cargo services, catering and training among the three airlines.The CCF would effectively see MAS concentrate on being a full-service premium carrier, AirAsia a regional low-cost airline and AirAsia X for the medium-to-long haul low-cost sector.It is this CCF that includes that share swap that has attracted considerable negativity from various sectors, including MAS’ employees’ unions.Collaboration between MAS and AirAsia is good but the question is, do we really need a share swap to achieve this?

Of late, there has been market talk, perhaps some of it justified, that a good collaboration need not necessarily have a share swap given the changing dynamics of the aviation industry that has proven to be detrimental to MAS and part of the reason that has led to massive losses reported in its latest financial year.

Industry analysts said too much focus has been given to the “cherry” on top of the deal the sharethat people tend to miss the cream or the mutually beneficial partnership that comes with the cherry.

Collaboration to achieve synergies and economies of scale is quite normal and feasible to any business organisation, either with or without cross- shareholding in the two or more companies.

In the case of MAS and AirAsia, it need not be at the expense of each other or encroaching on each other s brand identity.

What is currently prevailing between the two companies is healthy competition that keeps each on edge to ensure that they remain relevant aviation entities.

The MAS-AirAsia deal had identified the core areas to achieve savings, synergies and increase revenue and given the huge volume expected from the three airlines in these areas, economies of scale can be achieved, thus reducing operational costs that will eventually benefit the customers or flyers.

For example, in the catering area, MAS is known for its good food served on board while AirAsia s food needs to be purchased on board. This collaboration can lead to an extension of this section where now its food will be sold on AirAsia planes, resulting in revenue increase.

It should not be viewed as a competitor “eating” up its rival but from the stand that it encourages healthy competition.

Yet another key plus point is in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector where AirAsia planes get serviced by MAS Engineering, which has massive capacity, instead of another facility in Singapore.

Collaboration agreements are alive and kicking in the oil and gas industry, such as between Petronas and Exxon and Shell for the development of several oil fields in the country.

On a larger scale, there is the more dramatic “win-win” deal between giants Shell and Exxon in the Brent oil fields in the North Sea of northern United Kingdom that shows that joint collaboration between the two competing entities can be achieved without sacrificing each other s identity and business objectives.

Even within the airline industry itself, Air France and KLM started collaborating and ended up owning each other, yet two sovereign countries and seemingly competitors, which decided that they should share their resources via collaboration.

And what critics and detractors of the MAS-AirAsia deal conveniently seem to ignore is the arrival of the Asean Open Skies policy in 2015, just three years down the road, under which all regional restrictions in place by countries in the region will be lifted.

This is an absolute deadline that compels all Asean airlines to beef up their competitiveness where the name of the game is “survival of the fittest.”

Failure to do so might mean airlines will perish or in the case of MAS, be bailed out again.

As a result of the policy, Malaysia would, among other things, has to contend with the elimination of state aid to national airlines, safety net and safeguard mechanisms to ensure sound competition.

So it makes absolute sense for Malaysia s two biggest airlines to collaborate in areas that are mutually beneficial because the competition landscape is about to get really tough.

Airlines that are not competitive, bogged down with cumbersome work rules, old aircraft, high operations cost as well as having quite regular unions

disputes, would be most unlikely to survive.

And this is already happening in Europe and the United States.

So fasten your seat belts. The best way for Malaysia is to pool its aviation resources and get its act together to make its aviation sector competitive and efficient.

– BERNAMA

The combination of the revenue for both airlines is in the neighbourhood of RM 20 billion per annum. As has been said before, a lot of components of how the two companies running their different business models for different markets could be shared and synergised.

Like it or not, Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia must rationalize their operations and obtain an optimum level and cost to operate, to remain competitive in their own markets. CCF provide a lot of room for savings and cost rationalization.

Different parties, even selling similar products, help out each other and collaborate to corner the market at the fullest. It is sort of a ‘Corporate Gotong Royong‘, even though its made on a full commercial basis and terms.

It is something Malaysians held on to for generations and worked very well for the community. They co-operate and collaborate on works at  upstream level but compete, side by side in a healthy fashion downstream. Look at all traditional market in the kampungs before. The traders never kill each other even though serving the same market.

That model for the airlines business, worked for KLM and Air France, during one of the toughest era premium airliners ever saw. Even though their products are of the same class and stature and they dip into the same upstream market, but their collaboration work.

It is time for ‘Corporate Gotong Royong‘, ahead of the ASEAN Open Sky 2015.

Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 12:00  Comments (8)  

Torrential storm after the sunshine

Last week, delegates of Koperasi Permodalan FELDA (KPF) finally had the EGM after being postponed twice, to decide on the FELDA Global Ventures (FGV) proposal to be part of the FELDA Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) listing 0n 26 June 2012. 90% of them said ‘Aye’.

Detractors to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s transformation agenda for the warga FELDA did several times use the courts, to torpedo efforts to get KPF EGM from approving FGV’s proposal of injecting FELDA Holdings Bhd’s group of companies into FGVH and in return, get 35% of the listed company holdings. Of course, Oppositions such as PAS Central Commmittee member Mazlan Aliman used Persatuan Anak Peneroka FELDA Kebangsaan (ANAK) to politicize the matter.

Streams of Police reports where made against FGV and even personalities like FELDA and FGV Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abd Samad, the man Prime Minister Najib personally entrusted to be the representative of the Federal Government in the new board of FELDA.

Tomorrow, Securities Commission is expected to release the prospectus of the FGVH listing.

What to expect is that the FGVH prospectus will outline the promoters of the listed company. The anchor shareholders would be listed, as part of the confidence building for new and smaller institutional investors, on top of the usual IPO punters who would have the apply for the ‘forms’.

The ‘Thirteen Million Ringgit Plus” question is, will the single largest shareholder in FGVH IPO still be KPF?

Assets and companies under FHB, which is 51% owned by KPF is important to be injected into FGVH. However, the past eight months saw the direct and indirect ‘opposition’ from the KPF board, which includes the summary expulsion of Isa, FGV CEO Dato’ Sabri Ahmad, former FELDA Chairman Tan Sri Dr Yusof Nor and former FGV CEO Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh on 28 Oct 2011.

The drama continues, there on.

After much stormy drama one after another and the failure of several plan processes, which include KPF EGM. The listing of FGVH has been systematically attempted to be killed, even by FELDA’s own ‘inner circle’.

As the result of that, FGV saw that the ‘KPF track’ for the FGVH listing may not be a smooth one. After the failure of the planned 22 February 2012 KPF EGM in Kuala Lumpur, Isa announced that “Probably, we shall list FGVH via a ‘new model (different track)'”. “We would have an SPV in place of KPF, to undertake the interests of the FELDA settlers”, is what Isa said in the media conference on the hour that the KPF EGM failed.

Observers have started to place their bets that KPF would not be included in the tomorrow’s prospectus.

There are at least two out of three highly probable reasons. One, KPF was holding the whole scheme of things back. Original timeline of March/April 2012 FGVH listing as planned last September bust. Now, they have to move the goal post, already twice.

On top of that, it’s believed that BOD KPF forwarded a list of conditions, right after KPF delegates approved the original FGVH IPO plan during last week’s EGM. It is also been said 90% of these conditions are unable to be fulfilled or delivered, especially in the short run. It is rumored that a ‘bonus’ is included.

Recently, KPF’s investments in Silverbird attracted too much attention. The processes of how and why KPF increased its investments within the last two years are questionable. On top of that, rumours circulating that Silverbird is under close MACC scrutiny. Five major issues are believed to be under serious investigations.

So, probably the storm set in too soon after last week’s sunshine. And spring isn’t here yet. Things have to be planned properly. Most importantly, don’t get wiser after the event. Prime Minister Najib may be able to win the hearts of the 112,635 FELDA settlers with the ‘Durian Runtuh’ expected to be announced soon. But the remaining non settlers members of KPF that is numbering in the neighbourhood of 108,000, mostly employees within the FELDA Group.

‘Storms’ could change the landscape.

Published in: on April 24, 2012 at 14:30  Comments (3)  

Kuda tunggangan

Chauvinis Cina Negeri Sembilan, menanti 'Kuda Tunggangan' terbaru

Inilah barisan barisan ADUN DAP Negeri Sembilan yang Melayu ‘Bankrap Politik’ seperti Aspan Alias tergamak dirinya diperkudakan. Ianya semata mata hanya pusingan terakhir peluang untuk menjadi Yang Berhormat, walaupun terpaksa melalui parti Chauvinis Cina dan anti Melayu ini.

Aspan Alias, seorang penyokong tegar YBM Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah, merupakan ‘Kuda Trojan’ bagi mengelirukan pengundi Melayu Negeri Sembilan yang rata rata konservatif dan mengamalkan warisan tradisional Adat Perpatih orang Melayu berketurunan Minangkabau.

Published in: on April 23, 2012 at 22:23  Comments (3)  

Moving Malaysia Airlines skywards

In less than six months time, Malaysia Airlines would be 40 years old. Still synonym with MAS (short of Malaysia Airlines System), the national carrier saw tumbling roller coaster rides from its initial six B737-200s and six Fokker Friendship F27s which were left from the division of the Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. Serving the nation as the premier aviation logistic provider, was utmost priority.

MAS painfully but progressively reclaimed its position in the skies for the nation. International destinations include Tokyo and Sydney, on top the regional destinations and Hong Kong (which then was still operating from the ultra dangerous Kai Tak). Then B707-200s were introduced, which saw the MH carrier operate London Heathrow and Frankfurt Am-Main. Melbourne was added.

Malaysia Airlines System's first wide body, the McDonald Douglass DC-10-30

In 1976 MAS main a bold move by going into the wide body carrier club. The first McDonald Douglass DC-10-30 was ‘tepung tawared’ at Subang, then still known as KUL. In 1979, MAS received its first Airbus, A300-B4 and started operating to destinations such as Perth. By April 1982, MAS received its first Rolls Royces powered RB211 engine B747-200 and soon, destinations such as Paris and Amsterdam were added. The aging B707s slowly were phased out.

In 1986 MAS moved into another market when the Jalur Gemilang started flying into Americas when a GE powered B747-300 was introduced, which enabled the sector from Tokyo-Narita to Los Angeles in a single hop. After the listing in KLSE, Malaysia Airlines Systems is known as Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia Airlines System Rolls Royce RB211 powered B747-200, acquired in 1982 to ply the 'Kangaroo Route' (LHR-KUL-SYD)

In 1989, the first B747-400 was introduced and MH started serving European sector in a single hop, by passing the traditional West Asia technical stop, Dubaii or Kuwait. New routes also include Auckland. The delivery of MH’s workhorse CFM-56 powered B737-400s started and Jalur Gemilang was a major player in the region.

More European routes were introduced there on, on top of Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. Zurich, Vienna, Rome, Madrid, Munich and Honolulu. Malaysia Airlines also started to fly to Vancouver. Malaysia Airlines also begin to operate to the Buenos Aries-Cape Town sector, as an extension from the initial Kuala Lumpur-Johannesburd-Cape Town highly popular route.

High service standards is one of the important scoring points for Malaysia Airlines.

After Malaysia Airlines went under the control of cellular phone pioneer Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli in 1994, orders were placed in Rolls Royce Trent 892 powered B777-200s. After the new KUL home moved to KLIA in mid 1997, introduction of the new fuel efficient airliners started to see Malaysia Airlines serving Sarajevo and New York (via Newark). Manchester was added as the second UK destination for Malaysia Airlines.

During and post sian financial crisis of 1997-8, Malaysia Airlines was hit by the escalating cost and loss due to forex. This is on top of increasing fuel cost. The uptrend profitability track started to dip.

Malaysia Airlines System workhorse, B737-200

Even though Malaysia Airlines was an uptrend beat of building international routes and market, on top of an extension to Malaysia Boleh’s commercial and diplomatic relations, its responsibility serving the needs of Malaysians were never neglected nor exempted. The national carrier was ever very committed to full its CSR duties, with the steadfast Rural Air Service (RAS).At the height, Malaysia Airlines had 17 B747-400s, 17 B777-200s, 6 B747-200s (cargo), 11 A330-300s, 3 A330-200s, 39 B737-400s and streams of F50 and DHC-6 Twin Otter props (for the RAS). Malaysia Airlines diligently flew the Jalur Gemilang to over 100 destinations in six continents, rain or shine, every day in the year.

Today, Malaysia Airlines is plagues with a series of problems. First, the financial. The last year’s financial report shocked the nation. Malaysia Airlines has bled before and now still bleeding. Operations are still costly, even though efforts being made to optimize revenue.

The workhorse of the RAS, DeHavilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

One of Malaysia Airlines’ major issue of revenue is because the fell against the close competitors within the same market. The business model should be focused on the business travelers segment, instead the tourist sector. The argument is straight forward; the operating cost per seat of the Business Class is slightly higher Vs the Economy Class. And yet, revenue per seat is at least four times more.

When Malaysia Airlines stopped investing into new aircrafts and products after the Asian financial crisis 15 years ago, the airline is unable to provide the market with competitive newer products. She is up against other competitors which invested a lot on new aircrafts and products.

The Wide Asset Unbundling (WAU) solution by Binafikir Sdn. Bhd. ten years ago did manage to plug the financial leak, short term. However, Malaysia Airlines lost out when the airline no longer hold assets and lessors are very sticky and stingy with investing on new aircrafts and features.

The acquisition of A380-800s was supposed to alleviate the issue of high operating cost per seat amidst the ultra high Jet A1 aviation kerosene price that is a plague to the international carrier market. However, the three years delay did hurt the company. Airbus did pay compensation for the delays. However, the opportunity cost in terms of a rebranding exercise for Malaysia Airlines new products and services have been impaired gravely.

Malaysia Airlines must plan for the replacement of the B777-200s, seen here in the 'Freedom of Space' livery

The A380-800s could undertake the operation of the current fleet of B747-400s. However, some of the B777-200s must be replaced too. Malaysia Airlines should consider leasing a fleet of B777-300s full cover for the needs of the ultra long range sector used to be served by the fuel-guzzler B747-400s, as new orders are placed, tailored to the planned future market and operations.

Then there is the 9 August 2011 announcement of the ‘share swap’ with Air Asia. Khazanah Holdings Bhd relinquished 20% holdings in Malaysia Airlines for 10% holdings in the Tune Group. Part of the deal is the Comprehensive Collaboration Framework (CCF) between the two airlines, as representatives of both companies are cross-appointed in each BODs. Both airlines could benefit from common co-operation, in terms of synergy and even resources. After all, the two companies must prepare themselves ahead of the ASEAN Open Skies policy, which comes into effect by 2015.

Malaysia Airlines only acquisition during Tengku Azmel's tenure, the A330-300s

However, till present day the CCF has not been fully ironed out, to the best of both airlines.

Some of the common collaboration can already comes into place. For instance, Malaysia Airlines have managed to develop a matured Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. AirAsia could service their aircrafts instead of sending it overseas, especially Singapore.

The acquisition of aircrafts, should also be rationalize. The CCF should provide the power to negotiate for better rates and terms for both airlines, even though the acquisitions are for different types. The example of the advantage AirAsia’s acquisition of 100 A320 Neos could be a factor for Malaysia Airlines’ discount for the acquisition of A330-300s, as the replacement for some of the aging B777-200s.

Then there is the catering facility. Even though AirAsia’s catering needs is not as complex as Malaysia Airlines, never the less they could benefit from the ultra large complex which have already been privatized.

Training of pilots, cabin crew and engineering could also be rationalized. The matured facility in Malaysia Airlines could cater for the needs of AirAsia, at commercial rates and in return, the low cost carrier need not invest for the same CAPEX. Third party business should also be in the agenda.

The most important asset which Malaysia Airlines have at hand and always been there, is the people. They high service standards provided by majority of the staff, earned numerous accolades over and over again. It is what made Malaysia Airlines stand out, against some of its closest competitors. There are awards to prove those achievements, known simply as Malaysian Hospitality.

Moving Malaysia Airlines forward needs a bit of tweaking. The premium airline travelers market is definitely growing and Asia, especially East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia are the new growth areas. Steps must be taken besides ‘plugging the leak’. When competitors are expanding in exponential rate, the growth must be apparent. Malaysia Airlines must seize the moment and plan for this.

It is, part of ‘Going Beyond Expectations’. Imagine, where would Malaysia Airlines be had post WAU 2002, all of these new assets were acquired, products and services upgraded and improvements introduced and more importantly, things that they were exemplary at, were maintained.

Published in: on April 22, 2012 at 21:30  Comments (10)  
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