F1 is Never for Low Caste Teams

Tony "The multiple-F1-failure" Fernandes

Tony “The multiple-F1-failure” Fernandes

Tony Fernandes should measure clothes to his own size and not waste Malaysians’ time and most of all, hopes, for not going into the Formula One racing team ownership and operation in the first place.

The pro-Anwar news portal story:

Tony Fernandes regrets buying Formula One team

Published: 30 October 2014
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes expressed regret over running a Formula One team, saying it was a big mistake in doing that while at the same time managing Asia’s leading low-cost airline.

The AirAsia chief executive officer was quoted by news agency Bloomberg today as saying: “You have got to know what you are good at and what you are not good at. Racing is over for me.”

Caterham, the struggling England-based racing outfit, filed for protection from creditors after a sale to Swiss company Engavest SA failed to materialise.

Fernandes started managing the team in 2010, but failed to take it to pole position.
He said the financial gap between teams was too big, and that the sport had to examine itself.

Bloomberg reported him telling Sky Sports News he would support efforts to find a new owner.

The news agency reported that the biggest teams typically get about 10 times as much as the smallest, according to Xander Heijnen, a partner at CNC Communications & Network Consulting AG in Munich.

Fernandes told Bloomberg that his move to sell Caterham did not affect his standing with Queens Park Rangers.

He said he will remain as co-owner of the club, which is second-last in the Premier League. – October 20, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/tony-fernandes-regrets-buying-formula-one-team#sthash.h5Jken4E.dpuf


It was purely chewing more than one could chew. Fernandes was just selling something that he very well knew he could not do it. He did not have the means, nor knowledge.

Yet he did it.

The flopped 1 Malaysia Racing Team with failed attempt to rope in the Lotus brand, launched in 2010

The flopped 1 Malaysia Racing Team with failed attempt to rope in the Lotus brand, launched in 2010

He was also banking on the fact that national oil corporation, Petronas, to come in and support him with the dough at the time when he was selling the team as ‘1 Malaysia Racing Team’.

When that failed too, he had to scrooge what ever pittance he has left over from his low-of-the-rung Queen’s Park Rangers football team, which did very poorly to remain in the premier league and eventually was relegated to barclays premier.

Fernandes singularly in a very short time manage to bastardise the ‘Caterham’ brand in several single strokes. The tried to prostitute the brand for a regional charter jet business, which did not take off despite the idea mooted back in 2010.

Fernandes, pretending to be a winner at the wrong circuit

Fernandes, pretending to be a winner at the wrong circuit

In short, pretentious-accented Fernandes proven himself in a very short time he cocked things up. Why? He over-sold, he had no substance, his ideas are deffective, he entered into the ill-intent to milk Petronas and Proton for money and fund his project.

It was about getting a few parties paying up for Fernandes to promote his brand at international level, in big time. He wanted to cross sell his ‘Tune’ brand, purely at the expense of corporations footing the bill for the expensive F1 to remain in the year-after-year most coveted international motorsports event.

What is very pathetic, Fernandes blaming the professional F1 teams for the failure of his half-baked-low-caste team.

Daily Mirror story:

Tony Fernandes says F1’s big teams must shoulder the blame for Marussia and Caterham’s financial woes

Oct 29, 2014 19:44 By Byron Young

With Marussia and Caterham both set to miss the US Grand Prix, Fernandes has pointed the finger at the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull

Mark Thompson Blame game: F1 giants like Ferrari and Red Bull are hoovering up all the cash, says Fernandes

Tony Fernandes blasted F1’s big teams over the sport’s crisis as two teams went into administration, reports Byron Young in Austin.

Marussia and Caterham are both missing both Sunday’s US Grand Prix and the race in Brazil seven days later after going into administration.

Critics have said too much of the prize fund is sucked up by the sport’s leading names like Ferrari and Red Bull.

While both those operations get at least a £80 million golden ticket just for competing, the tail-enders are trying to do an entire year on a totally unsupported £40m.

They are not the only ones in trouble: Lotus and Sauber have had financial problems.

And even legendary names like McLaren have spent over a year looking for a title sponsor.
Fernandes sold Caterham in June to a shadowy consortium headed by Romanian dentist Colin Kolles.

Now he has ruled out stepping in to save Caterham and over 150 jobs that are on the line.
And it said the time was right for the sport to take a long hard look at itself.

“People can blame whoever, but the big teams are as much at fault as anyone. The gap has become way too big and it’s money,” he said.

GettyCaterham F1 Testing in Jerez – Day OneAdministration: Fernandes’ former team Caterham are in severe financial trouble
“And so I thought, ‘Well, I can’t compete’. But I can compete at QPR; I can compete at Air Asia,” he said.

“Rather than continue something where I thought, one, I wasn’t able to give it as much time as possible, two, I thought we were on a beating to none anyway, you’ve got to be brave and say ‘Look, we screwed up. You can’t compete; you thought you could and time to leave’.

“The sport has to examine itself as well. Ultimately we couldn’t carry on and we would have eventually gone into administration anyway or closed down the team.”

Fernandes even suggested someone may follow Red Bull’s example and buy one a second team.

“There may even be teams within F1 who want a second team – a Red Bull/Toro Rosso situation,” he added.

“So we’ll give it maximum support but it’s not something I want to get involved in anymore.

“You’ve got to know what you are good at and what you are not good at.

“Unless I give up everything else and became a Ron Dennis. What a scary thought. No, Ron is great at what he does. He does it 100 per cent.

“You’ve got to immerse yourself in it. so racing is over for me.”


Now, it seems he has some issues about his deal of the sale of the Caterham Team.

Unusually, this is really low for a much celebrated entrepreneur. However, when the F1 team is all the while low caste in spirit, philosophy, ability and operations, then it is befitting.

Published in: on October 30, 2014 at 18:01  Comments (4)  

Healthy growth of industry under MCMC’s watch

The communication and multimedia industry grew by a healthy 4.5% with an extra RM2.3 billion into the Malaysian GDP, since a year ago. Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission Chairman Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi presented the performance report card on the communication and multimedia industry this morning.

Bernama.com story:

Communication & Multimedia posts 4.5pc growth

Business Times  – 6 hours ago KUALA LUMPUR: The communication and multimedia industry’s revenue grew 4.5 per cent to RM53.4 billion last year compared with RM51.1 billion in the previous year. Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi said telecommunication was the main contributor, accounting for nearly 85 per cent of the revenue, followed by broadcasting (11 per cent), and postal sector and others (four per cent). “Our focus over the past few years was to get more people connected via broadband services. Until 2013, there are 20.3 million broadband subscribers, 88.7 per cent of them were mobile broadband users while the rest were fixed-line users. “In 2014 and beyond, Malaysians will continue to benefit from telecommunication infrastructures provided over past 10 years. “However, we need to build more infrastructures and accelerate the growth of telecommunication in order to move towards a productive digital lifestyle,” he said when presenting the Industry Performance Report 2013, here today. Citing online credit as yet another growth sector, he said the value of internet banking in 2013 was RM3,457 billion with the number subscribers increased to 15.6 million from merely 2.6 million in 2005. Sharil said the MCMC would strive to provide a wider coverage of wireless broadband services through the 4G LTE rollout in 2013 to reach the population coverage of up to 50 per cent by 2017.– Bernama   *********************

According to Sharil, there are more opportunities on convergence platforms of communications and multimedia and would be the new engine of growth for the industry, which already saw the telecommunication sector monopolising 85% of the revenue generated within the industry.

MCMC: Converged Platforms Of Communications And Multimedia Will Generate New Economic Opportunities

11/09/2014 KUALA LUMPUR, September 11, 2014 — The Industry Performance Report for 2013 was published by MCMC today. The communications and multimedia (C&M) industry performed respectably, recording a 4.5% growth in revenue to RM53.4 billion from RM51.1 billion in 2012. This steady performance of the C&M industry was contributed mainly by telecommunications with nearly 85% revenue share, broadcasting 11% and the remaining from the postal sector and others. In terms of market capitalisation, the C&M industry performed moderately based on market capitalisation in Bursa Malaysia with a 2.3% growth to RM195.3 billion in 2013. This represents 11.5% of total market capitalisation of RM1,702.2 billion. According to MCMC Chairman, Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, MCMC has been focusing in getting people connected with broadband services over the last few years. This is reflected in the 20.3 million broadband subscribers recorded for 2013; of which 88.7% are on mobile broadband i.e. 3G, and the remaining are on fixed. With the service providers committed to provide wider coverage of wireless broadband services through 4G LTE rollout in 2013 and to reach 50% population coverage by 2017, the mobility aspect is ready to make traditional Internet usage even more ubiquitous. For example, online shopping can reach a bigger number of customers and transactions like billing and payment can be enabled in real time, online. Higher speed internet connection will enable the usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to be further intensified in many areas of business. This will ensure savings on time and operational costs thereby increasing business efficiency. Additionally, the aspect of being ‘connected’ can provide valuable information for business decision-making through availability of dashboards or enable Big Data analytics of customer behaviour to obtain relevant information to enhance a business’s agility to respond to changes in the marketplace. Such converging platforms provide more avenues for diverse range of products and service offerings which are easily available and are becoming more affordable as a result of digitalisation. Applications and services such as, data centre services, connected healthcare, authentication services and e-Commerce services along with improved postal and courier networks are increasingly in demand. Content services incorporating video in many aspects of usage such as online education, workforce collaboration, mobile advertising, social networking aside from online entertainment provide enhanced user engagement and increased competitiveness, but also tests telecommunication network capacities. “In 2014 and beyond, Malaysia is expected to continue to ride on the telecommunications infrastructure built over the last 10 years. We need to accelerate and build more to catch up in order to progress towards a productive digital lifestyle in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Sharil. Moving forward, it is envisaged that the infrastructure and coverage made ready by the C&M industry will be leveraged by other sectors towards improving productivity and value creation, with more innovation and creativity. “MCMC has a key role to help steward Malaysia as a focal point for C&M information and content services. It is timely that MCMC, KKMM and Finas is organising an inaugural KL Converge, from 17 to 19 September to provide a platform for experts, users, developers, producers and entrepreneurs to come together to forge partnerships and expand our content and creative industry’s footprint internationally,” added Dato’ Sharil *************

The regulator for the communication and multimedia industry with specific powers of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998, also provided the strategic framework for the development and growth in the industry.

An interesting conclusion

An interesting conclusion

In his industry report presentation, the MCMC Chairman gave an emphasis for the improvement of security and quality and service of the communication and multimedia eco-system, as most important for continued growth for the industry.

When contacted, Sharil’s remark “The focus on the continued improvement and service delivery, particularly for the rural areas. This will promote stronger eco-system for e commerce. We also need the capacity building of the eco-system, for e-commerce growth”.

Market capitalisation of the communication and multimedia industry

Market capitalisation of the communication and multimedia industry

“Content and creative industry direct contribution to the GNI currently is at RM32 billion. We are targeting at RM57 billion by 2020″.

There are vast opportunities and rooms for all sectors under communication and multimedia industry to work together and capitalise and synergise on the various strength and value added which are available to be realised.

The industry performance report showed the communication and multimedia industry cornered 11.5% of the market capitalisation of Bursa Malaysia. Axiata Group Bhd. and Celcom Axiata Bhd. leads with RM59 billion of market capitalisation where over 27,000 people are employed. Axiata and Celcom revenues are RM18billion and 8billion respectively.

ICT Development Index (IDI) for Malaysia, as compared to the other Asian countries

ICT Development Index (IDI) for Malaysia, as compared to the other Asian countries

The past two years also saw the market capitalisation communication and multimedia industry grew from RM138.5 billion to RM195.3 billion.

In the report, MCMC also outlines the ICT Development Index (IDI) for Malaysia is 5.04, which above the global benchmark of 4.35. The broadband penetration rate achieved 67% by end of 2013, which is almost 70% way above the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Digital Commission target of 40% penetration by 2015.

Broadband penetration rate for Malaysia by end of 2013

Broadband penetration rate for Malaysia by end of 2013

One point interesting to note, amidst intense competition and despite declining Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), the communication and multimedia industry continue to grow by 4.5%. Either pricers steadily dropped or more value for money packages already offered.

It is obvious that MCMC is gearing up as a catalyst, if not towards realising Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s agenda for the economy based on creativity and innovation to take more centre position, as part of the economic transformation plan for the nation.

Published in: on September 11, 2014 at 20:00  Comments (3)  

Missing the sight on MCMC

It is never about the right of bloggers to question and raise of the integrity of a Federal Government agency, which is known to be wealthy with tonnes of cash provided by an act which designed to tax at source from the industry.

However, if the basis of the questioning is wrong and without facts but only based on perception and hearsays. then probably the credibility of the so-called self professed cyber champion would erode, especially when it is against agencies such as Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

In his latest posting of Former MP for Wangsa Maju and notable lawyer Wee Ch00 Keong who once defected out of PKR in favour of the ruling BN Federal Government half way through the term, raised very damning issues. Probably blinded by ignorance or poisoned by perception, Wee chided at Minister of Communication and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek for some unsubstantiated allegations of improper conduct.

Though Wee did not particularly mentioned projects and/or specific programs undertaken by MCMC, it is clear that he is out to create a fresh incessant lashing in his brand and solo effort of championing corrupt practices and abuses.

Typically, all tenders in MCMC are open tenders, especially in the appointment of vendors. USP tenders for towers are also open, but only to licencees.

There are however instances of tenders being closed or restricted tenders or direct awards but they are rare and usually relate to something strategic or are security-related matters.

In all matters, approval of the full Commission is still required as Chairman cannot decide alone, other than for amounts below RM1m. If the amount is between RM1m and RM5m, the Commission’s approval is required.

If the amount is above RM5m, then the approval of the Minister and the concurrent approval of Minister of Finance is required. This last one is by law under the Multimedia Commission Act.

All USP tenders go to the Commission for approval, including the towers and the undersea cable.

It should have been said that for the tenders of RM5m above, it is the Commission, the Minister and Minister of Finance, altogether. So, one man cannot decide. In most Ministries, KSU’s can decide up to RM50m.

Unless Wee can state all these corrupt practices and abuses of particular personalities within MCMC, even acting on behalf of certain leaders which include the Minister, then he should cease these attacks. Recently, he started a voracious unsubstantiated attack against CELCOM which opened a stream of unsubstantiated attacks against a corporate man’s personal life.

Maybe he could channel all  his free time no longer as an elected representative to value add and productively promote progress, in his own to assist Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to move Malaysia forward.

*Updated Wednesday 27 August 2014 0200hrs

Published in: on August 26, 2014 at 18:00  Comments (38)  

True Grit

MRT Corp Dato’ Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid

MRT Corp Sdn Bhd CEO Dato’ Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid demonstrated exemplary leadership and courage by taking personal responsibility of the work site mishap in Kota Damansara which saw three Bangladeshi construction worker died and summarily resigned.

Pro-Anwarista newsportal Tong Kooi Ong media story:

MRT boss resigns over fatal accident at worksite

Published: 19 August 2014

Azhar has decided to resign following the incident which occurred in Kota Damansara yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August18, 2014.
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) chief executive officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid has tendered his resignation over the accident at an MRT worksite near Kota Damansara last night which claimed the lives of three workers.

Azhar said his decision to resign was in line with MRT Corp taking full responsibility for the incident.

“As the head of MRT Corp, I am taking personal responsibility for the incident and this is the correct thing to do. I have informed the Chairman of MRT Corp, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, of my decision,” he says.

Azhar was appointed CEO of MRT Corp on September 1, 2011 following the Government’s decision to set up the company to take over the ownership and development of the Klang Valley MRT Project from Syarikat Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.
Meanwhile, MRT Corp also informed media in the latest update on the worksite accident that the bodies of the two remaining workers who were trapped beneath the span of the MRT guideway, which had dislodged from its piers and fallen on the ground below at 8.30pm yesterday night, have been recovered.

The bodies of Bangladesh nationals Mohamad Faruk Khan, 38, and Mohammad Alauddin Mollik, 34, were recovered at about 1.35pm after the sixth segmented box girders which form the span were lifted.

The body of the third Bangladeshi, Mohammad Elahi Hossain, was pulled out from under the MRT guideway at 2.34am.

In a statement today, Azhar assured that the relevant authorities will begin an investigation into the incident to identify its cause.

“I hope all weaknesses which are identified will be rectified,” he said, adding that he was “extremely saddened’ by the loss of lives.

Azhar had always stressed the need to improve safety in the construction industry and had personally made some effort to achieve this.

MRT Corp also said that the bodies of two remaining workers, who were trapped under the concrete span, have been recovered.

The bodies of Bangladeshis Mohamad Faruk Khan, 38, and 34-year-old Mohammad Alauddin Mollik were recovered at about 1.35pm, after the sixth segmented box girders which form the span were lifted.

Earlier this morning, the body of Mohammad Elahi Hossain, 27, was found at 2.30 am trapped under the collapsed span.

The workers’ remains were taken to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for post-mortem.

The three construction workers went missing after the 650-tonne span at the MRT worksite near the former Rubber Research Institute land collapsed at 8.30 pm yesterday

The Bangladesh High Commission has been informed, MRT said, to contact the family members of the three workers who had died.

“MRT Corp and SMPP (contractor Syarikat Muhibah Perniagaan dan Pembinaan Sdn Bhd) will make the necessary arrangements for the bodies to be repatriated to Bangladesh once the next of kin have been informed and consent is given by the High Commission,” the statement read.

All work at the site has been called off until further notice, it said, adding that Project Delivery Partner MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd has commenced investigations to determine the cause of the incident.

“Initial investigations have revealed that the work method approved for the installation of parapets was not adhered to.

“We will investigate why this happened, and no stone will be left unturned so that we can get to the bottom of this tragic incident. We will also not spare anyone whose actions are found to have caused or contributed to this accident,” Azhar said.

He also assured that the MRT structures have been checked to be safe, allaying public worry over the safety of the span.

“Immediate checks carried out have revealed that there is no reason for the public to worry about the other spans which have been built along the alignment. There is absolutely no issue with structural integrity along our alignment,” he says.

Meanwhile, Subang MP R Sivarasa has urged authorities to suspend the whole MRT project until investigations can be carried out to prove that it was safe, adding that this was the second case of a similar nature in merely two months.

“Road users who frequently pass through MRT work sites should have confidence in their safety. These two incidents, unfortunately, do not inspire any confidence.

“Until this confidence is restored through detailed reports, I urge that the work should be stopped immediately,” he said in a statement. – August 19, 2014.


The certified-accountant-turned-plantations man Azhar who was a successful Sime Darby CEO for plantations and acting Group President when former CEO Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zubir Murshid resigned, was appointed to head the MRT Corp after Federal Government carved it out of Prasrana three years to give it full control and fcous of developing the third MRT line.

Azhar as a high compliant personality, stressed the requirement to adhere to strict safety standards in all the MRT Corp worksites. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak handpicked this diehard Chelsea FC fan for the MRT Corp top job.

As a business manager, he introduced an effective and productive joint development program for many of the parcels along the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line (also known as the Blue Line), which saw the savings of RM1.5 billion for the Federal Government in land acquisition. The development and construction of the 60km line which passes through 25 stations is expected to complete by end of 2017.

This is the sort of leadership and accountability the nation is longing to have. Just for size, Khazanah MD Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar was Azhar’s contemporary when they were doing A Levels right through ACCA in the United Kingdom, from 1978 to mid 80s.

MRT Corp BoD is chaired by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa. Member of the BoD include Chief Secretary to Treasury Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Siregar Abdullah, DG of Economic Planning Unit Dato’ Dr Rahamat Bivi Yusoff and Group MD of Prasarana Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar.

Published in: on August 19, 2014 at 23:30  Comments (7)  

Reserved, by, for and with the Malaysian perspective


Monday to Friday, business paper The Malaysian Reserve would carry the Malaysian perspective and deeper analysis particularly on business, corporate, economics, political, geo-political and international stories.

It is published with the association and collaboration of The International New York Times.

Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan, former Editor of Business Times, Executive Editor of The Malay Mail and Adviser of online blog-aggregator The Mole is now back in broadsheets as the Adviser to The Malaysian Reserve.

So are the new directors.

Across town, another media organisation is fortifying themselves with new acquisitions. The Edge Media Group, controlled by Tong Kooi Ong who is believed to be a staunch Anwarista, recently acquired The Malaysian Insider. The Edge also increased their interest in Business FM (BFM 89.9) radio.

Obviously, the philosophy and strategic intent of The Edge Media Group is inline with Anwar Ibrahim’s and his band of bandits’ strategic agenda to ascend into power with their ‘politics of hatred’ strategy and continuous falsehood and manipulation.

The manipulation of facts and stories almost like how PKR Leaders spew their usual lies and slander.

On that note, it is believed that MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is taking The Edge Media Group to court, for slandering his good name in the ongoing power struggle within PKR.

*Updated 400pm

Published in: on August 8, 2014 at 09:40  Comments (1)  

Pandanomics Protectionism

Amidst a fast growing economy and prominence as an upcoming economic Super Power, China is still very uneasy of the great dominance of Microsoft as world’s most influential if not monopolistic computer software platform provider.

The Diplomat story:

China Has a History of Not Trusting Microsoft on Cybersecurity

‘China has never been comfortable with being dependent on Microsoft products.’

By Adam Segal
August 02, 2014

Reports of China investigating Microsoft for possible violations of anti-monopoly laws have tied the action to continuing tensions over cybersecurity. In response to the Department of Justice’s indictment of five alleged PLA hackers, as well as revelations in some of the documents released by Edward Snowden that appear to expose the NSA hacking into Chinese targets, Beijing has increased focus on the security of the products of Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Intel, and others. Newspaper articles have called these companies the “guardian warriors,” highlighted the alleged vulnerabilities that China’s reliance on these companies creates, and pushed for banks, government offices, and others to shift to Chinese competitors.

There seems little doubt that the Chinese are exploiting the Snowden revelations for commercial advantages. But it is good to remember that there is a history here. China has never been comfortable with being dependent on Microsoft products:

In 2003, to assuage security concerns, Microsoft shared part of the Windows source code with China and fifty-nine other countries.
In 2005, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced that it would promote Linux products over Microsoft ones in order to promote local competitors and boost security.
In 2008, some local governments forced internet cafes to replace Windows with Red Flag Linux.
The same year, Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage and Office Genuine Advantage, upon detecting a pirated version of Windows, temporarily blackened computer screens. This enraged many Chinese PC users and alarmed policymakers, who asked themselves what other controls over and access to Chinese computers Microsoft had.
For at least the last two decades, Beijing has searched for policy tools to reduce dependence on the United States and other developed economies for critical technologies and to create the conditions for indigenous innovation—for Chinese companies to move up the value chain from labor-intensive to high-technology products. And cybersecurity has also always been a priority and a worry.

In the past, because China still needed them, Beijing and the technology companies came to agreements that everybody could live with. The Chinese government squeezed, but the companies got continued access to the market and made large investments in R&D in China to show the government that they were collaborative partners. China still needs the tech companies, but that dependence, or at least Beijing’s view of that dependence, seems to be lessening. If that is the case, then the anti-monopoly investigations and the broader pressure on American companies are both part of a larger history and the start of something new.

Adam Segal is a Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This post appears courtesy of CFR.org and Forbes Asia.”


And Tech Times story:

China interest in Microsoft may go beyond antitrust concerns

By Quinten Plummer, Tech Times | August 2, 12:15 AM
MSCNRoughly 100 officers with the Chinese government launched a surprise investigation at Microsoft’s offices in China. Antitrust allegations may be veiling an attempt to hinder operations of foreign tech firms in favor of Chinese companies, tech analysts say.
(Photo : MIXEvent | Creative Commons)
The Chinese government has kicked off an investigation of Microsoft for allegedly violating the country’s antimonopoly laws, but the allegations could be part of a larger tactic aimed at cripping outside companies in favor of national organizations.

The Chinese government was said to have confiscated two computers, copied numerous financial documents and collected an undisclosed volume of computer data when the officials showed up at four of Microsoft’s offices in Shanghai and Beijing the week of July 28. Microsoft responded to the probe by stating that it has adhered to every element of Chinese law.

“Microsoft complies with the laws and regulations of every market in which we operate around the world and we have industry leading monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in place to ensure this,” stated Microsoft. “Our business practices in China are designed to be compliant with Chinese law.”

It wasn’t the first time the tech company has been accused of wrongdoing by the Chinese government and Microsoft isn’t the only foreign organization to be the target of such allegations.

Earlier in 2014, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated the Chinese government’s swarm of monopolistic accusations have been used to hinder the progress of outsiders, in favor of homegrown businesses, after the foreign organizations have helped local products stand on their own.

“The Chinese government has seized on using the [antimonopoly law] to promote Chinese producer welfare and to advance industrial policies that nurture domestic enterprises,” the chamber stated in a letter.

Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said U.S. tech companies were more concerned about the state of the market in China than they were just a few years earlier. The tech companies feel “the rug is being pulled” from under their feet, stated Atkinson.

While not stating that Microsoft has violated any antimonopoly laws in China, Zhan Hao, a managing partner at Anjie Law Firm of Beijing, said Microsoft’s size and its presence in China make the company likely to do so.

“Microsoft really has a dominant market position — people rely on it very much and its market share is very high, so this would likely lead to an abuse of its dominant market position,” said Hao. “Alternatively, Microsoft could, through its market position, restrict competition for other business and competitors.”


At the moment, Microsoft has an 83% monopoly of the operating system platform in China.

The CCTV story:

Microsoft Windows dominates China’s OS market


07-31-2014 04:33 BJT
Microsoft has a firm grip on the computer operating systems in China. According to the June monthly report published by the internet research firm CNCC, over 83 percent of Internet users in China accessed the web from a computer operated by one of the various versions of Microsoft Windows.

That far exceeded the percentage of people working from an Apple Mac OS computer, which accounted for less than 0.2 percent of market share. The report noted that over 16 percent of netizens now use mobile devices to surf online. Although Microsoft seems to be dominating China’s operating system market, industry insiders also point out that a large number are likely using pirated versions.


That is a grave worrying bit by the Chinese authorities, which is still subjected on absolute control of the Communist Party of China. An interesting story is about China raiding Microsoft office for alleged anti-trust practices

The Bloomberg View blog story:

Microsoft Probe Fuels China Uncertainty

18 JUL 31, 2014 12:02 AM EDT
By William Pesek
It’s hard to keep a straight face as China accuses Microsoft of “monopolistic behavior” and raids its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere. What, that cartel known as the Communist Party suddenly has a problem with large organizations that dominate their particular sectors?

I have no inside intelligence on whether the tech giant Bill Gates built is as unscrupulous as China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce claims (and, hey, I hate Windows as much as you do). But it’s quite a coincidence that this probe comes as so many U.S. tech companies suffer China Inc.’s wrath. While the crackdown predates Edward Snowden’s disclosures about Washington’s surveillance programs, it has intensified in the months since the former intelligence consultant fled to Hong Kong and then Russia.

There’s no avoiding the perception that Beijing’s inquiries into the Microsofts and Qualcomms (GlaxoSmithKlines, too) of the world are arbitrary and politically motivated. China Inc. is creating a highly-organized environment of protectionism, unpredictable laws, unreliable suppliers and intimidation tactics that shield national champions from outside intrusion. Sure, China operates under the state-capitalism model, and its economy is a tool of government power. And yes, we’re aware of the evolving Cold War between Beijing and Washington. But the pattern of welcoming in foreign companies, forcing them into joint ventures, seeing what they’ve got and then discarding them by supposedly legal means can only be called one thing: a shakedown.

A similar perception problem afflicts President Xi Jinping’s ongoing corruption purge. This week, that effort claimed the biggest scalp yet: former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang. In theory this should be good news for businesses, both foreign and domestic. By systematically taking down dirty Communist party leadership figures, Xi is in theory showing that no one, no matter how politically well-connected, will be allowed to undermine the system through rampant graft. By eliminating political enemies, Xi may also be clearing away resistance to structural reforms. Slowing the siphoning off of state wealth should mean that China’s 7.5 percent growth can be more widely shared.

Yet in both cases, the arbitrariness of the investigations and purges only creates uncertainty that could prove counterproductive for China’s economy. Already, names like L’Oreal SA, Revlon and generic drugmaker Actavis are either throttling back or leaving China. Will Beijing’s antics encourage household tech names to follow Google and pull the plug? Granted, China’s scale and vast potential makes navigating its idiosyncrasies a necessary evil. It’s not like Wal-Mart is about to leave. But businesses need clarity and predictability as much as they’d like to see a reduction in graft. Here’s how Actavis CEO Paul Bisaro puts it: “If we’re going to allocate capital, we’re going to do so where we can get the most amount of return for the least amount of risk. And China is just too risky.” The real loser here could China’s foreign investment flows.

Xi’s anti-graft effort could have other chilling effects. Local leaders may be reluctant to implement changes in the service of national reform, partly because of fears generated by Xi’s probes. They might decide it’s safer to keep pumping up growth than to court attention from central leaders in Beijing. Alternately, cadres may be too intimidated to take risks with new borrowing or growth-generating projects.

I’m not saying Xi shouldn’t eradicate corruption — he must. It’s the key to reining in state-owned enterprises and the shadow banking system, recalibrating the economy from exports to services, and avoiding a national debt crisis. But anyone who thinks cleaning up Beijing won’t have huge knockoff effects is dreaming.

The same is true of the dragnet now ensnaring Microsoft. Hey, perhaps Microsoft did run afoul of China’s monopoly laws. Heaven knows it’s had its share of anti-trust litigation these last 20 years. But if this is just China’s strategy, in the words of the official Xinhua news agency, to “build a more fair and equal market,” the Communist Party is looking in the wrong place. It should be looking in the mirror.

To contact the writer of this article: William Pesek at wpesek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this article: Nisid Hajari at nhajari@bloomberg.net


Unless China is ready with indigenous operating system to replace Microsoft and thus having the control that she desires, then the Chinese have no choice but be dependent.

It makes sense why China is very uncomfortable with inability to control the most widely used operating system and computer software platform. Even one time a visionary and advocate of the ‘Multimedia Super Corridor’, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad changed his mind about not able to exert control.

The abuse of information democracy is just counter productive of moving the nation forward. The nation and its economy should not allow itself to be opened for being held for ransom, by oligopolists. Worse still, monopolists.

True for Malaysia. True for China.

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Quod erat demonstratum

Tony “F1 Fucker” Fernandes

F1 wannabe-owner Tony Fernandes sold off his Caterham Formula 1 Team to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern owners, who are led by former Midland and HRT F1 principal Colin Kolles.

BBC story:


F1: Caterham team is sold by Tony Fernandes

By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer
The Caterham F1 team has been sold by owner Tony Fernandes to a Swiss and Middle Eastern consortium.
The new owners will be advised by former Midland and HRT team principal Colin Kolles, and they will continue to race under the Caterham name.
Caterham in F1
Best race finish: 11th – Vitaly Petrov at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
Best team finish: 10th (2010, 2011, 2012)
Former Dutch F1 driver, Christijan Albers, will take over the running of the team, assisted by Manfredi Ravetto.
“We are aware of the huge challenge ahead given the fight at the bottom end of the championship,” said Albers.
“Our target now is to aim for 10th place in the 2014 championship.
“We are very committed to the future of the team and will ensure it has the necessary resources to develop, grow and achieve everything it is capable of.”
Both Caterham drivers, Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson, and Kamui Kobayashi of Japan, have failed to collect a point from eight races and the team are last in the Constructors’ Championship.
Malaysian businessman Fernandes, who is also the chairman of Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, entered F1 four years ago with what was then called Lotus Racing.
The Oxfordshire-based team’s name was changed to Caterham in 2012 after Fernandes bought the manufacturer of lightweight sports cars. Caterham F1 will now have no links with the rest of the Caterham Group, which is still owned by Fernandes and comprises two technology companies as well as the car manufacturing arm.
Frenchman Cyril Abiteboul, who Fernandes had employed as team principal, has left the team and is reportedly returning to work for Renault Sport.
Lotus/Caterham finished 10th in the championship for their first three seasons but finished 11th last year.

Tony Fernandes also owns Premier League club Queens Park Rangers
If they fail to finish in the top 10 again this season, it will cost them millions of pounds in prize money.
Fernandes’ decision to sell Caterham F1 was based on their failure to improve their performance.
On Friday, Fernandes wrote on his Twitter account, which has now been closed: “F1 hasn’t worked, but love Caterham Cars.”


This decision self-proven that Fernandes and partners neither had the cut, intention nor strategic to own, manage and develop an F1 team right from the start.

Instead, the former music executive started the team and was gambling on the bit where deep-pocketed sponsors Petronas and Proton were to jump in and support the financial conundrum  of a low caste F1 team. By the he packaged his team as ‘1Malaysia Team’.

When that failed too, he had to scrooge what ever pittance he has left over from his low-of-the-rung Queen’s Park Rangers football team, which did very poorly to remain in the premier league and eventually was relegated to barclays premier.

Fernandes singularly in a very short time manage to bastardise the ‘Caterham’ brand in several single strokes. The tried to prostitute the brand for a regional charter jet business, which did not take off despite the idea mooted back in 2010.

In short, pretentious-accented Fernandes proven himself in a very short time he cocked things up. Why? He over-sold, he had no substance, his ideas are deffective, he entered into the ill-intent to milk Petronas and Proton for money and fund his project.

It was about getting someone paying for Fernandes to promote his brand at international level, in big time.

So that he could create some controversial about this team, the competition  and the industry. And eventually cash out for a premium.

Quod erat demonstratum.

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Best business (ha)bits blues

Amidst intense nationwide controversy and negative connotation for YTL Power International Bhd.’s participation in the Project 4A Pasir Gudang combine cycle 1,000-1,400MW power station which was seen as self-contradicting MD Tan Sri Francis Yeoh’s faux pas of “Capital Cronyism”, the Group announced withdrawal from the project.

The Star story:

Published: Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 1:43:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 2:34:32 PM

YTL withdraws from Project 4A


KUALA LUMPUR: YTL Power International Bhd is withdrawing from a consortium which was given the go-ahead to develop a 1,000MW to 1,400MW combined cycle power plant in Johor.

It said on Wednesday it had pulled out of the power plant development, called Project 4A, because of “misconception” over the way the contract was awarded. The consortium includes SIPP Sdn Bhd and Tenaga Nasional.

“We are thankful to the government for having confidence in YTL Power, as part of the consortium, to deliver the project on a fast track basis.

“However, in view of the misconception over the project, YTL Power has decided not to participate in the project under the present arrangement to dispel any misgivings over the government’s commitment to transparency and good governance,” the company said.

To recap, YTL Power received a letter of award from the Energy Commission dated May 27, 2014 addressed to SIPP Energy, where YTL Power and Tenaga Nasional would be part of the consortium to develop the plan in Johor.

On May 31, the Energy Commission announced the conditional award was required to fast track the construction of the project to meet system requirements and that the terms of the award stipulated that the tariff must be comparable to the Prai CCGT tender exercise concluded in 2012 that was awarded to TNB.

YTL Power said the Energy Commission was transparent over the terms of the award which had been announced.

“Notwithstanding the Energy Commission’s clarification, there has, in recent weeks, been much misunderstanding and public debate over the award of the project,” said YTL Power.

It added that due to the misconception over the project, YTL Power decided to pull out of the project under the present arrangement to dispel any misgivings over the government’s commitment to transparency and good governance.

YTL Power also said it welcomed any opportunity to participate in the project or other new capacity requirements on a competitive basis and is prepared to do so on an accelerated timeline.

“We are confident that we will be able to offer competitive rates as demonstrated in recently concluded tender exercises,” it added.


Shamefully, Francis Yeoh who had his ego on a pedestal when he had wagged the dog unequivocally had to swallow his pride. A really face-in-the-mud experience for getting his Group’s business empire actually owing to a series of opportunities of brushing shoulders with the high and mighty.

All and well. A really expensive lesson for the Yeoh family.

SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd. where YTL Power has majority control

SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd. where YTL Power has majority control

However, the lesson shouldn’t end here. The award of Project 4A from Energy Commission (EC) to SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd. on a letter dated 27 May 2014 should be quickly withdrawn. So many members of the public expressed their displeasure on how EC awarded the project to a totally unknown company.

The justification is very simple. All awards from Energy Commission should be based on merits and competency, which something EC already decided for new power plant awards as far back as 2012.

On that note, one of the capital market firms believe that YTL Power might try to bid for the Project 4A and 4B if and when EC open it for tender.

NST story:

YTL Power withdraws from Johor job

19 JUNE 2014 @ 12:45 AM

THE Energy Commission (EC) has accepted the surprise decision by YTL Power International Bhd to pull out from a consortium that was awarded the job to build a power plant in Johor through direct negotiation.

However, the regulator, in a brief statement yesterday, has left open the prospect of awarding the lucrative Track 4A project to build a 1,000MW to 1,400MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Pasir Gudang, Johor, to a new recipient via competitive bidding.

Late last month, the EC issued a letter of award to SIPP Energy Sdn Bhd, provided it includes YTL Power and Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) as consortium members for the development of Track 4A.

TNB has yet to decide on its participation and has until July 25 to do so.

Subsequent to the direct award, there has been much public debate over the offer, composition of consortium and specified terms.

In response to the negative public sentiment, the EC said YTL Power’s parent, YTL Corp Bhd, had submitted a letter to the government on Tuesday declining the invitation to participate in the project.

“In view of the current situation, having conferred with all parties concerned, and in the interest of the project, we accept YTL’s decision to decline the invitation,” the EC added.

YTL Power, in its statement yesterday, said it had withdrawn to “dispel any misgivings over the government’s commitment to transparency and good governance”.

The management, however, maintained that it remains keen to participate in Track 4A through a competitive bidding environment, RHB Research said.

Analysts, meanwhile, are still placing their bets on YTL Power to drive its power business locally.

“I believe YTL Power’s decision to pull out was made based on public and shareholders’ interest. At the end of the day, I think only (the group’s chief) Tan Sri Francis Yeoh knows the real reason and intention,” Mercury Research head Edmund Tham told Business Times.

Another analyst believes that if a tender is called for Track 4A and Track 4B, YTL Power will not hesitate to bid.

RHB Research said YTL Power’s decision to pull out from the project will help ensure that TNB’s long-term interest is taken care of.

“This should encourage a competitive operating environment, which can ensure efficiency in power generation costs among the existing independent power producers,” said RHB Research analyst Kong Heng Siong.

The firm has revised downwards its fair value for YTL Power to RM1.54 from RM1.71 following the announcement.

It, however, kept its “neutral” rating with a target price of RM1.54.

YTL Power closed 1 sen lower yesterday at RM1.47 a share, with 5.88 million shares traded.


YTL Power’s withdrawal at this stage is probably a tactical retreat.

We are not sure who within the key personalities within SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd., a company which was formed in 2012, have the necessary qualifications, experience and exposure in the energy and power generation business and operation. That would be the fundamental factor on why SIPP Energy shouldn’t be awarded the project to begin with.

Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad urged EC to re-tender the project, and offer them on a ‘beauty contest’ to a selected pre-qualified power generators which have proven in their operations and business to bid for Project 4A, applying the best business practices.

On the same note, EC should also review all power purchase agreements between independent power producers (IPP) and TNB. Especially, YTL Power’s Paka power plant, which was the nation’s first IPP deal.

This is to ensure EC getting the best deal for the supply of power to TNB, which eventually would affect the rakyat.

Sultan Johor, Tunku Mahkota Johor, MB Johor, DUN Johor Speaker and the ADUNs

If HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar wants to be actively in business, as proven in this case, then best business practices should apply. Otherwise, the impression would be that any companies or businesses with HRH Sultan Johor’s direct or indirect interests are obtained from clout and influence of the sovereignty position as a Ruler.

The Federal Constitution provided a special role and position for a Ruler under the separation of power principle in the Constitutional Monarchy democratic system where the government is formed by the control of the Parliament. That, which is the fundamental element when this nation was found and given birth to as a sovereign state, should be preserved in principle and practices.

Published in: on June 19, 2014 at 15:00  Comments (17)  

LPHJ Changed, pre-DUN Presentation

Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor

The proposed Johor Housing and Property Enactment (LPHJ) 2014 expected to be tabled to the Johor State Assembly tomorrow is expected to see some changes, compared to the original draft.

NSt story:

08 June 2014| last updated at 04:50PM

Johor makes changes to Housing and Real Property Board enactment

By Rizalman Hammim
JOHOR BARU: The state government will make some changes to the Housing and Real Property Board enactment regarding the role of the Sultan of Johor in the board.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the changes includes the matter regarding the appointment of directors, which will now state that the Sultan will make the appointments with the advice of the menteri besar.

“Other clauses in the enactment that mention the (word) Sultan will be changed to the state authority,” said Khaled while winding up the Royal address at the state assembly.
Read more: Johor makes changes to Housing and Real Property Board enactment – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/johor-makes-changes-to-housing-and-real-property-board-enactment-1.613702#ixzz342QG3y53


And The Star story:

Published: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 5:01:00 PM
Updated: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 5:11:38 PM

Johor housing Bill to be amended



NUSAJAYA: The Johor Housing and Real Property Enactment Board Bill 2014 will be amended to include a provision that the Sultan is to act on the advice of the Mentri Besar.

The amendment, which reads “role of the Johor Ruler is on the advice of the Mentri Besar”, was announced by Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin during the state assembly sitting here, Sunday.

Khaled said that other clauses in the Bill which mention the Johor Ruler would be changed to “state authorities”.

The Bill is expected to be tabled at the state assembly sitting on Monday.

It had been reported that the Bill would empower the Sultan to appoint JHRPB members, oversee its accounts and also dissolve the board.

It is understood that the Johor Ruler would also be able to determine the remuneration of board members, approve the appointment of a director and pass the estimated expenses for each following year before seeking the state government’s approval for the allocations.


This came after Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sounded out that the new law for Johor should be within the ambit of the Federal Constutution, where there is a clear separation of power between the Ruler and Executive.

Najib: Proposed Johor Act must be in line with Constitution principles

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the proposal by the Johor government to table a Bill to enact the formation of the Johor Housing and Property Board must bring advantages and benefits and protect the interests of all, especially the people.
The Prime Minister said the enactment must also be in line with the principles of the Federal Constitution which upheld the constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy systems in the country.
Najib said he had stressed this to Datuk Seri Mohamed Khalid Nordin after he was informed by the Johor Menteri Besar on the state government’s plan to table the Bill.
“The Menteri Besar explained that the Bill is consistent with the provisions of the Federal Constitution.”
“He will also be fully responsible in managing the board,” Najib said in a statement to Bernama today.
Najib said Mohamed Khaled would ensure that the enactment fulfilled its objectives, one of which was to make available more affordable homes for the people of Johor.
It was reported that the Johor government planned to table the proposed Bill on Monday.
The Bill has received mixed reaction with some quarters claiming that, if passed, it will see the involvement of the Johor Sultan in state administration, which the Menteri Besar has since denied.


It is uncommon for the Prime Minister to sound out for a new bill in Barisan Nasional controlled states outside Sabah and Sarawak. It is a subtle reminder that any new bill which gives a Ruler power that should remain with the Executive contravene the principle of power of separation as part of the Constitutional Monarchy.

Bar Council media statement on the LPHJ enactment:


Johore Housing and Real Property Board Bill 2014 Violates the Federal and Johore Constitutions

The Malaysian Bar has deep concerns regarding the proposed Johore Housing and Real Property Board Bill 2014 (“Johore Bill”).

The Johore Bill unnecessarily and improperly seeks to involve the Ruler in matters of executive government and administration.

The Johore Bill provides the Ruler with specific executive responsibilities and powers to:

(a) appoint four representatives to the Johore Housing and Real Property Board (“Board”) and revoke such appointments;
(b) determine the remuneration or allowances of all the members of the Board;
(c) approve the appointment of the Director to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Board;
(d) wind up and dissolve the Board; and
(e) approve the establishment of a corporation to maintain, develop or manage any housing plan, project scheme or industry.

The Johore Bill also provides that the “Ruler or the State Authority may at any time direct such person as he may appoint to make an investigation of the books, accounts and transactions of the Board”.

The Johore Bill further requires the Board to submit to the Ruler and the State Authority the annual budget, annual audited accounts and the annual report of the Board.

The Malaysian Bar is therefore unable to agree with the contention of the Menteri Besar of Johore, reported in the news media, that the Menteri Besar or the State Government of Johore would retain executive responsibility or power with respect to the matters set out in the Bill, as highlighted above.

Under our constitutional and legislative scheme, the term “State Authority” means either the State Government, or the Ruler acting on the advice of the State Government, in which case the Ruler is obliged to accept and act in accordance with such advice. An example of this can be found in the equivalent legislation in Selangor, namely the Selangor Housing and Real Property Board Enactment 2001. It is noteworthy that in the Selangor Enactment, there is no reference to the “Ruler”.

In providing for functions, responsibilities, duties and powers in the Johore Bill, the said Bill makes references to, amongst others, the “State Government”, the “State Authority” and the “Ruler”. Given that the Johore Bill makes reference to the “State Government”, “State Authority” and “Ruler” as three distinct entities, they cannot then mean the same thing in the Bill. Therefore, the provisions in the Johore Bill that accord to the Ruler specific executive responsibilities and powers mean that these responsibilities and powers are exercisable by the Ruler himself, without the need to be bound by, and to act upon, the advice of the State Government. This is in breach of the provisions of the Eighth Schedule to the Federal Constitution and Article 7 of the Constitution of Johore, which vouchsafe the concept of a constitutional monarchy.

The idea that a Ruler should have executive functions with respect to an agency or instrumentality of the State Government, such as the Board in this case, is a departure from the principles of constitutional monarchical government. This is not envisaged under the Federal Constitution and the Constitution of Johore. Under such a system of government, while powers and functions are carried out in the name of the head of state, the exercise of executive functions and powers must lie with the State Government that is democratically elected by the rakyat. Given this, save for limited specified matters in the Eighth Schedule of the Federal Constitution and matters such as Article 7 in the Constitution of Johore, which provides for the discretion of the Ruler to appoint the Menteri Besar or to withhold consent to a request to dissolve the State Assembly, the Ruler acts on the advice of the State Government.

The State Government of Johore has, by the proposed measures in the Johore Bill, burdened the Ruler with functions and responsibilities that are properly the duties and responsibilities of the State Government. They expose the Ruler to scrutiny and possible criticism and opprobrium. This affects the dignity and stature of the institution of the monarchy.

The Prime Minister is reported in the news media to have issued a timely reminder to the Menteri Besar of Johore to ensure that the Johore Bill is consistent with the Federal Constitution. We urge the Menteri Besar and State Government of Johore to heed the Prime Minister’s call.

The Malaysian Bar therefore calls upon the State Government of Johore to withdraw the Bill from consideration by the State Legislative Assembly, and to make appropriate amendments to the Johore Bill to remove all references therein to the Ruler.

Christopher Leong
Malaysian Bar Council


The proposed LPHJ enactment drew a lot of criticism when the original draft provided specific and direct authorities to HRH Sultan Johor to determine LPHJ Board members and remuneration.LPHJ Board also would have authorities to inspect accounts.

This very much translated to HRH Sultan Johor meddling into land matters, especially in the decision making for property development proposals and deals.

This is against the principle of separation of power between HRH Rulers and the Executive, in the Constitutional Monarchy democratic system that Malaysia adopted, modeled after Westminister.


Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

In the recent public outcry about YTL International Power Bhd. Managing Director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh’s faux pas about “Capital Cronysim”, inadvertently the deal on the RM3.5 billion new Pasir Gudang combine cycle power plant came into market information where Sultan Johor has direct interests via his company SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

The issue also now focused on the award of the project by Energy Commission (EC) to  SIPP Energy, without proper open tender. This is against EC’s own policy set in 2012.

Johor has came into a lot of attention, recently. Elusive one time celebrity blogger Raja Petra wrote about Johor would trigger a fresh round of Constitutional Crisis. Needless to say, a lot is at stake here.

Published in: on June 8, 2014 at 17:15  Comments (18)  

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