Understand the problem, look for the least damaging solution

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad this afternoon advised that Malaysians to understand the problem thoroughly in any effort to find the best solution to deal with the current Global Financial Crisis. It is pertinent to understand the root of the problem, which he described as beyond the control of Malaysians as it started elsewhere and escalated to our economy.

“We are affected becuase bigger markets are now poorer. They are unable to import our produce and our export fell. Therefore, we are affected by the sliding of other people’s economy due to ‘abuse of money’ “.

He spoke too 400 partcipants of the Perdana Leadership Foundation Industry Insight Seminar 2009 on the topic of “Crisis Management”, at Sime Darby Covention Centre, near Kuala Lumpur.

He explained that some ‘very smart people’ in the more developed markets started to ‘invent’ new financial products without actually producing new physically productive  and tangible assets. Money deposited in banks and financial institution created derivatives which was lend out 30 times the value of the original deposit. Hedge funds were created and loans were insured. Hence, when the loans go bad, the risk also mutiplies. Even the insurance companies suffered termendously.

When Malaysia faced the regional financial crisis in 1997-8, the Government was very reluctant to take the remedy as been prescribed by the Westerners, namely IMF and World Bank. In neighbouring countries, many Asian corporations were sold of to the Westerners cheaply. The self made modern economist captured the imaginations of the audience when describing how the Europeans and Americans pounced and thrived on the opportunity when Asian economies were brought down on their knees.

“They find it more profitable to ‘make us poorer and buying us cheaply’ as compared to (the much dreaded) ‘re-colonialisation’. They not only able to mop up of economy, they even managed to change Governments. We should oppose the Washington Concensus’ and hegemony”.

Instead, Malaysia took a radical approach of understanding the problem and situation thoroughly and came up with its own solution. The capital control policy was enforced and Ringgit Malaysia was pegged to the US Dollar in an effort to stabilise the position as votality of the currency makes it difficult to plan and execute a proper economic restructuring plan. Then National Economic Action Council (NEAC) was formed and its members carefully study statistics diligently and on a daily basis. Then solutions were provided that slowly address the needs of the nation which looked on specific industries. He pointed out how a ‘special sale’ on properties was carried out in 1999 and over RM 3 billion worth of previously unsold properties were hived of. That created a spiral effect which help to generate economic activities in many industries such as construction, banking and insurance and manufacturing.

“We can never get a perfect solution. We should look at all these imperfect solutions and use the least damaging to us must have a team of people to thoroughly study the problem”.

He also reiterated the advocation of using gold backed instruments, as gold has a stable intrisic value and universally useful. “We should raise our voice (at the international level) to demand for a new financial system (equally to Bretton Wood). In the good old days, Governments guarantee that money has the equivalent value of gold. Gold will always have a value as against printed (FIAT) money”.

During Q & A, the Petronas Adviser reinterated that in the previous administration, Petronas provided more than RM 260 billion in the form of royalties, taxes and dividends compared to RM 170 billion in 22 years under his. However, he could not ascertain where the monies were spent on.

In the opening address, Tan Sri Azman Hashim as the Chairman of the PLF Board of Trustee reminded the audience of some of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s landmark economic policies which benefitted and managed to propel the country to greater heights such as ‘Buy British last’, “Look east”, industrialisation, privatisation, Malaysian Inc. and MSC. He also told about how President Barack H. Obama of the United States invited the renonwed father of industrialised Malaysia as adviser for the US economic recovery and restructuring plan.

 

 

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 17:52  Comments (4)  

Calon PAS N11 gelapkan wang parti RM 600,000?

PAS mengumumkan calon bagi Pilihanraya Kecil N11 Permatang Pasir merupakan Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang Mohd. Salleh Man. Tidak banyak maklumat yang boleh dibincang mengenai calon ini.

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Namun begitu, ujud beberapa isu yang menjadi begitu kontroversi bagi calon dan ketua PAS Pulau Pinang ini. Semasa Pilihanraya Kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh setahun lepas, pemimpin PAS Pulau Pinang sendiri dikhabarkan telah membangkitkan bahawa peruntukan untuk jentera pilihanraya PAS sebanyak RM 600,000.00 oleh digelapkan calon ini, yang ketika itu sebagai penyelaras gerak kerja PAS Pulau Pinang. Dikhabarkan dikalangan akar umbi PAS sendiri dakwaan serious ini dibuat sendiri oleh Naib Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang Mujahid Yusof Rawa dan Mantan Ketua Penerangan PAS Pulau Pinang Zulkifli Lazim.

Selain pada itu, Salleh juga merupakan mudhir kepada Sekolah Agama Pintar tajaan PAS. Beliau juga dipercayai  mengunakan sebahagian dari peruntukan bagi menguruskan sekolah tersebut bagi mengukuhkan kewangan syarikat persendirian beliau, kemungkinan bagi tujuan perniagaan.

Nampaknya, masalah salahguna kuasa dan amalan korupsi kini makin menular dalam pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat selepas terbongkar isu yang sama berlaku di Selangor. DAP sebagai rakan kongsi kanan Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang dan kini menjadi tunggak pemerintahan negeri pulau mutiara itu kini dibelenggu dakwaan mengenai perhubungan rapat dengan kongsi gelap dan pejenenyah maksiat. Ini merupakan peluang baik bagi rakyat untuk membuka mata dan membuat pilihan mengenai kedudukan mereka memberikan sokongan kepada golongan yang hanya berminat untuk mendapatkan kuasa bagi kepentingan peribadi dan agenda tersendiri.

*Dikemas kini 150pm

Ini bukanlah laporan pertama mengenai pemimpin PAS mengelapkan wang.  Dalam dekad lepas, kecoh mengenai Tabung Anak Yatim Memali yang diujudkan PAS selepas Peristiwa Memali. Dikhabarkan wang yang dikutip untuk tujuan membantu anak yatim dari mereka yang terkorban dalam pertempuran penentangan bersenjata atas arahan agar Ibrahim Libya menyerah diri kepada Polis, gagal sampai kepada kumpulan sasar. Dipercayai kes ini menjadi bahan yang ‘ditutup sebelah mata’ (swept under the carpet) oleh Kepimpinan PAS.

SMS tersebar mengenai calon PAS N11 Mohd.Salleh Man disaman Standard Chartered Bank kerana kegagalan membayar hutang. Semakan boleh dibut atas nama: Mohd. Salleh Man KPT 540216-07-5667 (4565683).

* Dikemas kini 250pm

Pembetulan keatas laporan asal. Wang peruntukan yang dikhabarkan telah digelapkan bagi Pilihanraya Kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh Ogos tahun lepas berjumlah RM 60,000.00 sahaja. Sementara itu Naib Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang Mujahid Yusof Rawa dilaporkan sebagai menafikan khabar ini.

* Dikemas kini Jumaat 21 Ogos 2009 1150pm

Rakaman pengakuan ahli PAS Pulau Pinang ini amat menarik untuk ditonton. Semua dinasihatkan untuk menilai sendiri maklumat yang ada setakat ini.

 *Dikemas kini Ahad 23 Ogos 0500am

Rakaman kedua pengakuan ahli PAS ini juga amat menarik untuk ditonton.

Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 09:52  Comments (137)  

DAP ought to be on trial, not MACC

There is simply far too much talk and effort to displace the actual focus of what has been happening the past five weeks. They manner and angle the Oppositions have managed to twist and turn facts, circumtances and opportunities made the situation as if the authorities, who were merely doing their job in accordance with the constitutionally provided provisions is the culprit. The witch-hunting has been targetted to the MACC instead of effort to uncover the truth, which somewhat demoralised the agency and affected the efficiency in combatting white collar crimes, especially involving the Oppositions.

The NST has the story:

MACC man fed up with politicians

2009/08/16

Farrah Naz Karim

PUTRAJAYA: Accusations of bias, negative public perception and the immense pressure on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has got the better of its investigations chief, Datuk Shukri Abdull.

An exasperated Shukri threw a bombshell yesterday: the MACC will
stop investigating politicians, indefinitely.

Shukri, who is also one of the graft-fighting body’s commissioners, said he and his men felt they could not carry out their duties effectively in cases involving politicians as they were being slammed no matter what they did.

Public scorn, he said, was another reason for the decision.

Shukri said although the decision was personal, he had informed his top bosses in the commission.

However, he added, he would suggest new terms of reference for dealing with politicians next week. The terms of reference will include a separate mechanism for handling corruption cases involving politicians.

“I am frustrated. We will stop probing all politicians, across the political divide, indefinitely. I am dead serious about this.

“We have never asked for acknowledgement but we have been continuously whacked from all sides for doing our job.

“We have been giving it our all, working seven days a week, even during Hari Raya, but the manipulations have affected us so badly that my officers and I just cannot go on like this,” Shukri, who has been with the anti-graft agency for 25 years, said.

He even went to the extent of saying he would quit his job if circumstances forced his hand.

His main frustration is over the no-win situation in which the MACC is mired in.

“When we cannot charge anyone due to lack of evidence, they say we are covering up to protect the interests of certain quarters. When we do, they say we have conspired to sabotage. What are we to do?”

 

Even before the passing of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which transformed the Anti-Corruption Agency into the MACC, it had been under siege.

The most recent case involves the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah of DAP. Teoh’s body was found soon after MACC had questioned him, in the same building in which the MACC Selangor headquarters is located.

Many people blame MACC for his death. Following a public outcry, the government initiated an inquest into his death and decided to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the interrogation methods of MACC.

MACC has also been accused by the opposition of being a tool of Barisan Nasional, claiming that the commission merely went after politicians from the opposition. Such accusations were made despite MACC releasing records showing that the number of opposition-related people probed for alleged graft paled in comparison with those from BN.

Asked about the case of Wong Chuan How, the aide to Selangor executive council member Ronnie Liu, who said that he would present himself at MACC’s headquarters here on Aug 20, Shukri said Wong “could just forget about it”.

Wong was to have assisted in MACC’s probe into alleged abuse of development funds totalling RM500,000 by several assemblymen.

The Sepang municipal councillor was involved in a scuffle with MACC officers on Friday where he injured his leg after allegedly trying to resist arrest.

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This is no good for the nation is the Oppositions, who managed to unprecedentedly  gain executive powers in five states since the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, is starting to ‘reap the benefits’ from ‘opportunities available’. They began to practice the exact abuse of power, corruption and nepotism that they complained about when they did not have power. For the authorities to back off for fear of being indiscriminately hurled at as being unfair, selective prosecution, oppressing and worse still, machiavellian is something the Oppositions thrive to do for the longest time. And, with their ongoing propaganda for years, they actually managed to stamp that thought in the mind of Malaysians, especially the urbanised and the more biased ‘civil libertarians’ amongst the educated and professional lot. In someways, it is part of the techno-cyber-anarchism process to destablise the nation.

The whole fiasco started with PKR elected representive and one time DAP man YB Wee Choo Keong writing about DAP leaders (which suspiciously believed to be Ronnie Liu?) having meetings with Lords of the Underworld Vices in their offices in Wisma Negeri.  PKR elected representative Azmin Ali jumped in to whack them too, and asked for a reshuffle of the State Exco. All hell br0ke loose!

MACC started investigating these allegations, and Teoh was one of those interviewed.  In fact, Teoh volunteered information. That makes him an MACC credible witness, since he is an aide of Selangor State Exco Ean Yong, who is also under investigations. MACC investigators even received death threats. The rest is history.

As far as we here at BigDogDotCom are concerned the real issue is not Teoh’s death, but DAP’s links with the Undeworld Vices.  DAP is under trial.  If we realise this, how is it possible that Gobind Deo, who is a DAP leader and elected representative, is doing a watching brief for Teoh’s family and making comments about the inquest?  DAP is the party on trial, and the findings of the Teoh inquest has a direct impact on the survival of DAP.

If it is found that DAP was somehow involved in Teoh’s death to cover up their Undeworld Vices  links and divert attention elsewhere with all the DAP theatrics, Gobind shouldn’t be allowed to be anywhere near the investigation.  For him to cast aspersions towards each findings in the inquest proves that he is acting for DAP and not in the interest of finding the truth for the Teoh family.

There is too much at stake here. DAP, whose leaders assume executive positions in two State Governments and which include a Chief Minister, is on trial, be it in ‘court’ or in the eyes and perception of public opinion.

Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 12:36  Comments (21)  

Kalau pun ghairah sangat ketagih nama….

Ada orang memang ada nama. Ada orang tidak bernama, tetapi hasil kerjanya selalu kita rasa. Ada orang tidak bernama, tetapi hasil kerja mereka amat disedari, kalau pun selalunya tidak dihargai secara terbuka. Biasanya, orang sebegini ditafsirkan sebagai ‘unsung heroes’.

Perjuangan membawa erti dan tafsiran berbeza. Bagi orang yang menghayati prinsip dan semangat Perjuangan sebenar, nama dan habuan tidak penting. Sepuluh tahun dahulu, kami pernah didedahkan makna ‘Perjuangan’. Masih terngiang ngiang lagi falsafah seorang ultra nasionalis Melayu “Perjuangan itu tidak membawa apa apa erti tanpa pengorbanan!”.

Orang selalu ungkapkan, “Leaders are born, not made“. Dalam dunia hari ini, ramai orang begitu ghairah menjadi pemimpin  terutama dalam era pemimpin dibuai sengala sanjungan melangit dan kemewahan habuan dicurahkan, walaupun sebenarnya mereka adalah tidak layak, ketokohan lemah dan paling menyedihkan, kemampuan minda tidak seberapa. Cari yang paling terhormat apabila sampai dipersimpangan ini ialah berundur dan beli laluan orang yang benar benar ada susbtance, samada ketokohan kepimpinan, kemampuan minda, berfikiran strategik dan komprehensif  dan penting, personaliti yang menunjukan keinsafan dan keikhlasan kehadapan untuk memberikan perkhidmatan pada majoriti. Pemimpin perlu ada sifat kematangan dan bersedia menerima pendapat dan kritikan orang, termasuk pasukan sendiri.

Namun begitu, ada pula orang sebaliknya. Mereka tiada hasil kerja yang betul betul merubah keadaan. Mereka tiada pendapat dan idea yang boleh disandarkan untuk menjadi modal Perjuangan. Kalau pun berjaya memberikan pendapat, secara sendirinya gagal meraih perhatian. Jangan tidak, orang yang tiada seberapa hasil usaha mereka ini sering mencari nama dan perhatian. Sampai sanggup mengambil kesempatan mengaut nama atas hasil kerja orang lain. Dalam majlis keramaian yang mendapat perhatian, acap kali orang begini mencari peluang untuk menonjolkan diri.

Selalunya, populariti pemimpin diperkudakan untuk menonjolkan diri tanpa mengambil kira kesesuaian tempat dan keadaan. Sebagai contoh paling baik ialah semasa YB Dato’ Mukhriz Tun Mahathir MP Jerlun dan Exco Pemuda UMNO mengumumkan sebagai calon bagi jawatan Ketua Pemuda UMNO bagi pemilihan sessi 2008-2011. Ada orang, walaupun tidak memainkan peranan dalam kempen Dato’ Mukhriz seperti Exco Pemuda seperti Dato’ Sazmi Miah, Harisson Hassan, Kamaruzaman Kamdias, Azizul, Marzuki atau Ketua Ketua Pemuda Bahagian, mencari peluang untuk menonjolkan diri seolah olah beliau amat rapat dan begitu signifikan dalam kempen perebutan jawatan tersebut. Ini jelas apabila insan yang sering mencari peluang publisiti murahan ini tiba tiba mencari tempat duduk betul betul dibelakang Dato’ Mukhriz semasa mengumumkan pencalonan yang mendapat liputan media di Titigajah, Alor Star, Kedah itu.

Feriz dan Prowaris baju merah kunun kunun sebagai dari "inner circle" Dato' Mukhriz yang iringi dia dari Titigajah ke pentas dihalaman

Feriz dan Prowaris baju merah kunun kunun sebagai dari "inner circle" Dato' Mukhriz yang iringi dia dari Titigajah ke pentas dihalaman

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Siapa PresidenProwaris ini kalau berbanding NGO lain yang lebih dekat kepada Dato’ Mukhriz seperti ANSARA atau Sahabat?

Itu tidak berkesudahan disitu sahaja. Peluang publisiti makin ditagih untuk menonjolkan diri, walaupun murahan. Sering kali dalam majlis dimana Perdana Menteri Malaysia KeIV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad beriteraksi secara terbuka, orang sebegini akan mencari peluang untuk mengemukakan pendapat agar kehadiran beliau dirasai. Bak kata orang Inggeris “People with serious lack of substance do more in form“.

Dewasa ini, orang sebegini yang berbuat apa sahaja untuk menonjolkan diri, sanggup untuk mengenepikan Negarawan berjasa sehingga tahap tergamak mencari peluang untuk menghentam pemimpin yang satu masa dahulu beliau begitu terhegeh hegeh amat menyanjungi.

Dalam isu PPSMI, personaliti yang baru dilantik sebagai Pegawai Khas Menteri tertentu itu tergamak mengeluarkan SMS  begini:

“Sahabat 2 ku jelas bhw perjuangan kita terhadap isu PPSMI baru bermula.

Hanya untuk bacaan persendirian, bukan untuk edaran atau quote.

FO: Aduh…. tak habis lagi. Looks like Tun Mahathir can’t accept the decision on PPSMI very well. he is conducting a poll right now on hi blog.”

SMS ini dihantar kepada bloggers pro UMNO sebagai gesaan kuat, jika tidak berniat ‘menghasut’ untuk mempersoalkan Tun Dr. Mahathir yang mencabar keputusan Kerajaan untuk meansuhkan PPSMI dengan mengadakan poll dalam chedet.cc .

Ini pula merupakan posting salah seorang Exco Prowaris yang menyedut e mail yahoo group NGO tersebut, atas isu yang sama.

Kalau pun ghairah sangat ketagihkan nama, tergamak buat umpama ini? Anjing pun tidak tergamak gigit tangan ‘Tuan’!

Published in: on August 17, 2009 at 17:57  Comments (25)  

DAP theatrics linger on

The usual DAP theaterics lingers on. Special Assitant to highly controversial Selangor State Exco Ronnie Liu, who has been implicated in the investigations of DAP elected representatives abuse of power and probable corrupt practices (as per exposed by blog Truth-For-Teoh upon the calling of the MACC being responsible of the “Blood of Teoh Beng Hock”) was arrested this morning by the MACC.

The Star has the story:

Published: Friday August 14, 2009 MYT 1:58:00 PM
Updated: Friday August 14, 2009 MYT 2:34:29 PM

MACC nabs Ronnie Liu’s assistant after scuffle (Update)

By LOURDES CHARLES and WANI MUTHIAH

Wong arrested

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested Wong Chuan How, special assistant to Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu, after a scuffle Friday morning.

Both parties have lodged police reports over the incident, which saw Wong injured.

The MACC alleged that Wong, also a Sepang municipal councillor and a contractor, tried to resist arrest and attempted to flee during the 9.30am incident at the Sungai Pelek service centre in the Sepang district.

They were investigating allegations of the abuse of constituency funds by several state assemblymen.

Sources said the MACC officers were meeting Wong on Friday morning, claiming that he had “gone missing” for several weeks despite numerous attempts to contact him over allegations that he had been awarded more than 230 projects worth a total of nearly RM500,000.

The sources said the MACC had last week detained two men whose company was used as a front by a contractor to obtain projects.

When contacted Friday afternoon, Liu was rushing Wong, 50, to the Serdang Hospital to treat his injuries.

Liu said that Wong had been initially told that he was to be questioned as a witness, but the three MACC officers who came to the service centre Friday morning instead told him he was a suspect and was to be arrested and taken to their office for questioning.

“When I was alerted to this, I called the senior MACC officer there and asked him if they could guarantee Wong’s personal safety.

“When they wouldn’t do so, I told Wong to lodge a police report before going with them.

“The Selangor state government will not take chances anymore when it comes to the safety of its employees, given the Teoh case,” he said.

Political aide Teoh Beng Hock was found dead near the MACC office on July 16, the day after he was taken in for questioning. An inquest is currently being conducted into his death.

Liu said the MACC officers should have conducted their questioning at the Sungai Pelek service centre.

“The law does not stipulate where the MACC has to conduct its questioning, so there was no need for them to take him to their office,” said Liu, who claimed the scuffle occurred as Wong stepped out of the office to lodge a report at the police station.

Liu claimed there was some pushing which caused Wong to lose his balance and fall.

“He can’t walk at the moment and his entire right leg is swollen.” he claimed, adding that Wong was “not a young man and is quite heavy-set.”

Liu said he requested the MACC officers allow Wong to be admitted to the hospital for treatment instead of being taken in for questioning.

“But the senior MACC officer disagreed and said they would allow him to receive outpatient treatment and that the questioning would continue,” Liu said.

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When it comes to the book being thrown against one of the Chinese Chauvinists, they will play the usual ‘Minorities being oppressed by the Majority card’. It was and will never about standing up for the justice or interests of the rakyat. It was never, nor will ever in the interests of democracy nor action. It was all about Chinese Chauvinists looking after the interest of their own.

That is why it is so obvious that these people are now closely associated, if not linked to the Lords of the Underworld Vices.

Previously we here at BigDogDotCom challenged the DAP chauvinists to live up to their “Malaysian, Malaysia” PAP -spin-off slogan and do something about the defense of the realm. Now we challenge that if Selangor State Exco Ronnie Liu is really involved with the Lords of the Underworld Vices (as per previously raised by Pakatan Rakyat strange bedfellow partners PKR elected representatives), then they do away with their usual and planned theatrics if and when Liu is arrested in the interest of the public and rule of law. He has already broke the law and should be arrested. The DAP elected representatives should support the process of finding the truth, as per provided by law, which they already vowed to protect and uphold. The rakyat deserve better.

Otherwise, it is all about “Cakap tak serupa bikin” all along. With the recent more apparent cracking up of the ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’, especially in Selangor, the rakyat should really take stock and reconsider the position for the people who for politics were willing prostitute themselves to support barbarism.

Published in: on August 14, 2009 at 20:48  Comments (49)  

UM land scandal is resolved

Eighteen months ago, we here at BigDogDotCom scooped a story about one of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s cronies attempted to ‘plunder’ one of the prime parcel within Universiti Malaya campus. The culprit at the moment is at the helm of  one of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s legacy economic corridors.

It seems that the sixth Prime Minister’s administration  would put a full stop on this. Please read this afternoon’s Malay Mail for details.

*Updated 400pm

The Malay Mail story:

UM condo plan scrapped

Submitted by amir azree on Friday, August 14th, 2009
Varsity to keep 11.1ha plot for future generations
Friday, August 14th, 2009 06:12:00

 

 UNIVERSITI MALAYA: Historical significance

THE controversial 2007 plan to develop a parcel of land at the Universiti Malaya main campus in Petaling Jaya for a commercial housing project has been scrapped. 

The 11.1ha plot of land, which was to have been developed into condominiums and villas in a gated community, has been saved for future generations.

Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon told Malay Mail yesterday the plan had been called off.

When met outside his office after UM’s convocation ceremony, he did not elaborate when the plan was cancelled or who had directed it to be called off.

Asked about the university’s plans for the undeveloped plot of land, Ghauth said it would not be sold. “The land is for the future generations.We have no plan to sell it or develop it.”

Malay Mail had earlier learnt that the project to develop the land had been cancelled. It is not certain who had made the call and Malay Mail was unable to get any comment from Glomac Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Fateh Iskandar Mohamed Mansor.

Glomac is part of the PPC-Mint-Glomac consortium named in 2007 by the university as the entity appointed to undertake the controversial project.

Then UM vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim had said the university’s board of directors and the university had sought the government’s approval on Jan 25, 2008, for the development project.

Project proposed in 2007

 

REPORTS of a commercial plan to develop the plot of Universiti Malaya land came to light in 2007.A news report said GuocoLand (Malaysia) Bhd, a property developer controlled by Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan, had made a bid to relocate Universiti Malaya from Petaling Jaya to Sepang. 

The bid could have yielded a RM10 billion project to complement GuocoLand’s planned RM1.2 billion Damansara City development and UM would be offered part of the property giant’s 4,860-hectare land bank in Sepang.

GuocoLand officials and a Hong Leong group spokesman declined comment on the plan and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi — who was then the Prime Minister — quashed these rumours, saying that the university’s campus had historical significance.

In February 2008, UM announced a plan had been submitted to the Ministry of Higher Education on Jan 25 the previous year to develop Lot 10476 — a 11.1ha piece of underutilised land on its 360ha campus.

Upon completion of the project, UM would reportedly receive a minimum income of RM312 million or the land value of RM200 million plus a share of the developer’s profit, whichever is higher.

It was also revealed by then vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim that the university’s board of directors (UMBD) had appointed Colliers International Property Consultants Sdn Bhd in 2007 to conduct an independent assessment on this proposal —in line with the government’s plan for public universities to be financially independent.

Colliers invited eight developers to submit proposals for the development but only five did. Three were shortlisted and two, which made their presentations to UM on Sept 27, 2007, were appointed to undertake their project in the form of the PPC-Mint-Glomac consortium.

The consortium, in another presentation on Oct 9, 2007, said the proposed University of Malaya Alumni Association (Paum) clubhouse and the Palapes (Reserve Officer Training Unit) camp would also be on the land to be developed.

On Dec 13, 2007, UMBD said that, subject to agreement by Paum, the site for the building of Paum’s clubhouse and the Palapes camp would be relocated to sites identified by UM.

While the plan may have been aimed to boost the university’s revenues, it also stirred up a huge controversy
— drawing wide criticism from scholars, politicians and bloggers who disagreed with the proposal.

While UM tried to allay the backlash by giving assurances the development would be conducted in a transparent manner, with decisions made to be based on independent professional advice, the proposal has remained on the backburner all this while.

Published in: on August 14, 2009 at 00:47  Comments (4)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir launch the KLFCW Gaza Fund

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Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who is Chairman of Perdana Global Peace Organisation launched the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (Gaza) Fund (KLFCW (Gaza) Fund) here in Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya.

Bernama.com has the story:

August 12, 2009 15:44 PM

Gaza Fund Launched To Help Palestinians In Gaza

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 12 (Bernama) — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday launched the Gaza Fund to raise money to purchase a cargo boat to transport aid to Gaza.

He said there was urgency in raising funds for the purchase of the vessel because with winter approaching, the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza would worsen.

He also welcomed Malaysians to volunteer and join the effort since they needed as much participation as possible.

“Of course, there is limitation in terms of the capacity on board.

“But we want to carry building materials as we need to rebuild the houses, because they (Palestinians) are now living in tents and when winter comes, it will be terrible for the old, sick and children. Many of them may die because of the winter,” he told reporters at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here.

Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, chairman of the Free Gaza Movement Huwaida Arraf and trustee of Yayasan Salam Datuk Ahmad A. Talib.

Mahathir also announced that the prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the patron of the Palestinian Humanitarian Fund, donated RM1.5 million to the Gaza Fund.

It also received another RM100,000 from individuals and companies after the launching.

“I think we need about RM3.5 milion to buy the boat. Beyond that, of course we need to buy supplies, construction materials and other things so that they can rebuild their city,” he said.

Asked whether boycotting Israel could be one of the solutions, Mahathir said: “Boycotting Israel is nothing because its capacity is quite small but it is the country behind Israel, and that is America.

“America has lots of products all over the world and whether we like it or not, people have to buy, and the attempt to boycott American products had not been successful.

“People still want to drink Coca-Cola, so they just don’t respond (to the campaign). I think that’s not a very good strategy, but this (Gaza Fund) is something really worthwhile and hopefully, it can open the eyes of the world.”

Meanwhile, Huwaida said their next mission to Gaza would be in early October before the winter season and the movement hoped that people around the world would stand with the Palestinians.

“We are concerned about the human rights of the Palestinian people.

We need to supply the materials to allow them to rebuild their lives,” she said.

–BERNAMA

By: Ramjit

 

The Gazans, who were under attack and seize by the brutal Zionist Israelis since last year, suffered heavy losses in lives and properties since the onslaught late lats year. Over 1,400 innocent non combatant lives were gone, on top of 3,600 homes complete desttoryed and 4,000 other homes severly damaged. All major settlement area within the small Gazan strip were systematically bombed and shelled by the brutal Israeli military. Schools, hospitals and factories were destroyed.

Upon the simmering of the attacks, Israel deined access into the area. Not only commercial goods were not allowed, basic necessities which include food and medicine were not allowed to pass through. Even international aide workers and UN sanctioned misssions were denied access. There were reports that UN sanctioned aide missions were actually attacked by Israeli gunships. The brutal Zionists even deployed chemical weapons in their criminl activity of genocide. Hence, the blockade continued.

According to UN officials, at one point they only had food for 30,000 people where else there is a requirement for at least 900,000 people, which include women, old folks, children and infants.

Despite under extreme hardships, the Gazans were resolved in their stance of wanting freedom in their own homeland.

NGOs such as Free Gaza Movement were established to help the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza. They are comprised of international communities to pressure for the basic human rights for the Gazans. Since the Gazans were denied of the basic human rights to move freely within their own homeland, under occupied Israeli invasion and also denied basic necessities, Free Gaza people are determined to break through the Isreali military blockade. This will give hope for the Gazans that the international communities are sympathetic with their plight and hence will promote for a more forceful international pressure to make sure the Gazans enjoy their freedom.

The KLCFW (Gaza) Fund is launched today to make sure that assitance, in terms of medical, food and building material supplies are allowed through to the Gazans, in anticipation of the upcoming winter by November. The Free Gaza Movement plan to buy vessels and carry the necessary supplies and prominent personalities, which include politicians, diplomats, professionals and even celebrities sail through the blockade in a flotillla of ships. The Free Gaza Movement plan to sail from Lanarca, Greece for this on going missions.

In the past, they have managed to break through the Israeli blockade by sea five times. This include the 30 June expedition which include US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, whose fishing thrawler was rammed by Israeli Navy. Then Israeli commandoes boarded the humanitarian mission vessel.

Since the effort that the Free Gaza Movement planned to do involved vessels that would be exposed to extreme risk by the Israeli military, these activitsts will not able to get any vessels to lease or rent for their mission. Hence, they need to acquire their own vessels.

RM 85,000.00 were collected today by donors. Amongst the generous corporate donors who started the ball rolling are Emkay Group, Iris Corporation, The Malay Mail and M Suites Hotel of Johor Bahru. The Palestinian Relief Fund under the auspicies of Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor donated another RM 1.5 million for the fund launched today. Yayasan Salam will be the partner to KLFCW Gaza Fund and Free Gaza Movement to help create awareness and raise funds.

All contributions by cheque can be issued to: KLFCW (Gaza Fund). KLFCW stands for the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War. The cheques can be addressed to the KLFCW c/o Perdana Global Peace Organisation, 5th Floor, 88, Jalan Perdana, Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cash contributions can be channeled to KLFCW Maybank Account: 5123 3430 6634

 

Published in: on August 12, 2009 at 15:52  Comments (3)  

Singapore embracing hard times

Reality bites. Singapore is embracing for hard times.

The text of the Singaporean Prime Minister at the eve of their 44th nationald day:

Media Centre  
8 Aug 2009

 1.            Singapore has had a turbulent and challenging year. In January, dark clouds had gathered all around us. Our economy was hit by the worst storm in our history. Exports went down by a third, and manufacturing declined sharply, since we produced for world markets. Given this backdrop, we projected GDP to shrink this year by 6% to 9%.

2.            We could not avoid the storm, but we did not passively resign ourselves to fate. Instead, we mobilized Singaporeans to tackle the crisis together.   We brought the Budget forward to January, implemented a Resilience Package, and drew on past reserves to help fund the Special Risk Sharing Initiative and the Jobs Credit.

3.            We are now in a stronger position. The global economic situation has somewhat stabilised. Our measures have cushioned workers from the worst of the storm. Our economy was among the worst hit, yet we still have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. Singaporeans too have responded resolutely and cohesively. These factors helped the Singa­pore economy to bounce back strongly in the second quarter. As a result, growth in the first half of the year was -6.5% – a very significant contraction, but less bad than we had feared. Hence we have revised up our growth projection for 2009.  Our economy will still shrink, but “only” by between 4% and 6%.

4.            But it is too early to celebrate. The outlook remains clouded. The advanced economies are not expected to bounce back soon. Our exports remain much lower than last year, and companies like SIA are still facing very tough conditions. We might see another wave of retrenchments later in the year. So we must stay on guard for more challenges to come.

5.            Beyond this year, we expect the global situation to remain difficult for some time. But the adverse external environment does not mean that Singa­pore cannot grow. We can and must look for new ways to develop and prosper. Opportunities still exist, especially in Asia, but we need all our ingenuity and resourcefulness to find and exploit them.

6.            Businesses and workers are already adjusting to the new world. Many firms are changing their business processes, finding innovative ways to cut costs and generate revenues, and aggressively seeking out new markets. Workers are taking advantage of the SPUR programme to upgrade their skills and retrain for new fields. The unions are cooperating closely with employers to adapt to the changed conditions, instead of resisting change. We must keep this up.

7.            In the midst of recession, as we tackle the immediate challenges, we must also look to the future. The Economic Strategies Committee is studying how we can transform our economy. The Committee will examine how Singapore can find new opportunities, build new capabilities, sustain balanced growth and overcome our constraints. We are involving the private sector, to gather the best ideas that can enable us to prosper. I am confident the Committee will have good proposals when it reports next year. Our responses in the crisis will ensure that once the US and Europe emerge from their troubles, and the world economy recovers, Singa­pore will forge ahead again in a dynamic Asia.

8.            Up close, our current difficulties may appear daunting; but we should see them against a longer perspective. It has been 50 years since we attained self-government in 1959. Over this half century, Singa­pore has encountered many serious challenges – racial riots in the 1960s, oil shocks in the 1970s, a major recession in the 1980s, the Asian Crisis in the 1990s, the 9/11 attacks and SARS in this decade. Each time our people have rallied and prevailed, hence Singa­pore has continued to thrive and prosper, and arrived here today.

9.            We did not start out as one people. Our forefathers were different peoples from different lands, who had come to Singa­pore to seek better lives for themselves and their children. But our formative years fighting for independence, then striving as a new nation to survive against the odds, brought us closer together. Each time we were challenged, we responded as one, everyone pulling together and working for the common good. And each success further cemented our cohesion, and helped us to meet the next challenge.

10.        We are doing this again in this crisis. Everyone of us – government and people, employers and unions – is working together, keeping companies viable and competitive, preserving jobs and livelihoods, and enhancing social safety nets like Workfare and ComCare. Even though this crisis may be a severe test, but our history and record give us confidence that we will once again turn it into an opportunity to strengthen our social compact, and upgrade our economy.

11.        We have responded to the outbreak of Influenza A(H1N1) in the same way. We worked hard to delay and slow down the spread of the new virus in Singa­pore. Our efforts depended not only on the healthcare system and professionals, but also on citizens being vigilant and socially responsible. We bought ourselves precious time to learn more about the virus and gear up our defences.

12.        Whether fighting the recession or the flu, we made sure every Singaporean knows he is not alone, but that the community and the country are behind him. So long as you make the effort and do your best, the rest of us will help you to pull through.

13.        This unity is key to our success in many fields. We must work hard to strengthen it, and to bridge potential divides within our society, be it between Singaporeans and new arrivals, between rich and poor, or most fundamental of all, between the different races and religions. We often see ethnic strife and religious conflicts in other countries. This last year alone, we have witnessed the Mumbai terrorist attacks, and the recent bombings in Jakarta. In Singapore we have to respect each other’s cultures, practices and beliefs, build trust and harmony between our communities, and gradually enlarge the secular common space which all groups share. In this way, we can become one people, one nation, and one Singapore.

14.        We are well placed to deal with these challenges. We are not just pursuing economic growth, strengthening our society, or remaking our city, but creating a new Singapore.

15.        We are improving our living environment, and developing better amenities for the community, more green spaces and park connectors. We are creating more avenues for students to advance and opening up more opportunities to go to university. We are building new hospitals, improving step-down care, and making healthcare more accessible and affordable to all. We are also revitalising the city – upgrading housing estates all over the island, refreshing our downtown into a premier shopping and entertainment venue, and creating a new skyline around Marina Bay, which is taking shape day by day.

16.        My fellow Singaporeans, in the half century since we attained self government, we have been tested many times, but we have also created many possibilities for ourselves. Let us stand shoulder-to-shoulder, so that whether it rains or shines, we can work together and achieve the best results for Singa­pore. This is how we build a better and more vibrant nation, and make Singapore a special place that we are all proud to call our home.

17.        I wish all Singaporeans a Happy National Day

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Prime Minister Brig. Gen. (NS) Lee Hsien Loong televised the recorded national day message  on 0715pm Singapore time.

The fact is that being a country is which in the heart of South East Asia, Singapore’s economy is too dependent on the US and Europe. That had always been their focus and Singaporeans aspire to be with the ‘BigBoys’, playing the ‘rich sons games’ instead of ‘play-and-share with the neighbours’. They prefer to trade with the developed markets. Especially when Singapore’s economy moved towards high value added, services (financial and capital markets), high end manufacturing and IP related businesses. As such, merchantile shipping and its derivatives saw a huge reduction. The spiral effect is apparent as property sector in Singapore is heading towards a slump. Asian markets which are more commodities and consumer market based were seen as ‘messy’ and inadvertently, Singaporeans are less interested.

Somehow, when the Western and more developed markets is contracting, even moving towards recession, Singapore suddenly move their focus back to Asia. The fact that China’s and India’s economy is growing at a steady 8% and 6.5% rate respectively in the current global economic crisis. At the current and projected growth rate, China’s economy is expected to over take the American economy by 2027.

The commodity and consumer based diversified economy of most Asian countries make it resilient as compared to Singapore’s, which is too elastic as it is too reliant towards the Western and developed markets. Even the Malaysian economy could see a growth rate of up to 4.5-5% for 2010. In real growth, Singapore’s economy which is dependent on other people’s economy do not posses their own interinsic strength to sustain on their own merits. Being people and IP-based economy which is proven the be very costly in trying times such as this, volatility due to talent migration of the personalities and brain drain would definitely hit the economy hard. The galloping cost of living in Singapore is the known push factor.

The crunch on Singapore’s economy is apparent. Even high chip investments such as Singapore’s pride of SIA is seeing the red for the first time in many years. Temasek Holdings, which reported a massive loss of  SGD 40 Billion which depleted their investments more than 30%. The first half of 2009 saw the -6.5% shrinkage in the once an arrogantly productive economy. This is their worst record in 33 years (considering in 1975, the world economy hit a snag due to the oil crisis).

Whether or not BG Lee’s new strategies to win back the hearts of Asians, in his attempt to minimise further the sliding of Singapore’s economy has yet to be proven. The sentiments of Asians, especially China’s attitude towards the Singaporeans have been non-chalant. The Chinese see the Singaporean (now regarded as ‘distant cousins’) as being ‘Banana’ (Yellow outside, white inside) simply translate that Singaporeans behave, think and posses the attitude  like the Europeans and Americans (with their Neo Con ‘re-colonialisation’ polices of economic domination) despite looking very Asian. The attitude of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s ‘Telling people off despite being a guest at peoples’ homes’ really is a minus point for Singaporean businesses to gain footing is places like China.

Singaporeans are never known for the common South East Asia approach of ‘prosper-thy-neighbour’ policy. As it was clearly seen that Singaporeans were actually taking advantage of the Indonesian economic chaos during the 1997-8 Asian financial crisis.  It did not materialised to the intended control only because of the racial riots in Jakarta during the same period which saw too many Indonesian Chinese sought refuge in Singapore.

The fact is that Prime Minister BG Lee used the word “exploit” is reflective of their attitude of ‘parasiting’, rather than working together to co-develop the economy for common good.

The ‘kiasuness’ of the Singaporeans suggest that it is not helping in their current position. It is expected that Asians are very careful when  dealing with the Singaporeans. The fact is that Minister Mentor Lee has been to Saudi and the Gulf states six times in the last two years suggest that the Singaporeans are leveraging on the American ‘dominance’ over the Arabs, especially in economic issues. Prime Minister BG Lee is preparing Singaporeans to realise what they have made themselves to be; a bane to their own success.

 

 

Published in: on August 8, 2009 at 20:01  Comments (8)  

The history that we wished did not happen

Sixty four years ago this morning, USAAF Col. Paul Tibbets piloted a B-29 “Enola Gay” that flew from Tinian Island in the Pacific and changed the world with his act to deploy Robert Oppenheimer’s tool of total and massive destruction. 

The “Little Boy” was an option chosen by President Harry S. Truman to force Japan to end the war immediately, especially as the European Theatre ended fighting three months earlier. The target was  Hiroshima, Japan. It was against US legendary Pacific Theater army boss General Douglass MacArthur’s conventional battle plans, who wanted to land troops in mainland Japan. The US Navy under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz already obliterated the entire Imperial Navy capability, with the sinking of the dreaded Yamato four months earlier off Okinawa, her sister ship Mushashi off the Phillipines the year before and Admiral Nagumo’s entire carrier capability at Midway three years earlier.

Three days later it was repeated at Nagasaki. Over radio, Emperor Hirohito unceremoniusly announced that Japan surrendered six days after “Fat Man” killed more than 70,000 innocent lives.

This act of barbarism and peril changed the way mankind dealt amongst themselves ever since. The atomic bomb race began there on. At its height between 1960s-90s (known as the Cold War), every single diplomatic conflict is threatened and exist the paranoia of a more powerful device compare to the ones used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

The world had since exist being ransomed with these weapons of massive destructions, especially in the hands of mad men. God help us all!

Published in: on August 6, 2009 at 07:14  Comments (5)  

Who protected the DAP Chief Minister if not the Police?

The ‘hottest’ issue in DAP controlled Penang State Government is the highly controversial deal of Kampung Buah Pala. Yesterday, the residents of Kampung Buah Pala whose homes were scheduled to be demolished by the developer (who got a High Court decision to evict the kampung residents) staged a last minute attempt to demonstrate outside the Chief Minister’s offfice in Komtar and later in the evening at his residence.

The Star has the story:

Tuesday August 4, 2009

Villagers picket outside Lim’s home

Newsflash: Another reprieve, confrontation averted

GEORGE TOWN: Some 30 villagers from Kampung Buah Pala staged a picket outside Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s rented bungalow on Pinhorn Road here last night in a last-ditch bid to get him to save the village.

protest outside LGE

 Last-ditch attempt: Some of the Kampung Buah Pala residents picketing outside the Chief Minister’s home in Pinhorn Road last night in a final bid to save their village. — RONNIE CHIN / The Star

Carrying candles and placards, they began at 7.30pm and dispersed at about 8.20pm after being told to do so by police.

Among them were an 80-year-old grandmother and a 22-month-old baby. Some of them broke down in tears as they chanted prayers and sang old Tamil songs.

Lim was, however, not home as apparently he was chairing a Pakatan Rakyat meeting in Komtar.

Earlier in the day, representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were among those who joined the villagers in a 200-strong gathering at the village from 8am in anticipation of the demolition team’s arrival

The group held placards and shouted slogans denouncing the proposed tearing down of the 20-odd houses. The demolition, however, did not take place.

Part of the group, numbering more than 100, moved to Komtar at about 10.30am where they staged a demonstration.

Lim said those wanting to buy the land must pay the market price which is more than RM100mil. “The state’s annual budget is only RM477mil. I cannot sacrifice the interests of 1.5 million Penangites by allocating almost a quarter of the budget to save the home of 23 families,” he told reporters in his office in Komtar at 10am.

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If not for the Police, the safety of Lim cannot be guaranteed as the Kampung Buah Pala residents are very disappointed and angry. Their anger and disappointment is made worse because during the PRU 12 general elections, Lim promised to resolve their issues but never did. The Penang State Government did not revoke the development order nor building plans approval for the redevelopment of Kampung Buah Pala.

The fact is that, the DAP has structuredly been trying to rubbish, if not demonize the Royal Malaysian Police for the longest time. Their leaders have controversially raised and make-a-mountain-out-of-a-mole-hill every single opportunity to do so, to bring down the credibility of the Police.

Shouldn’t the DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, who is also the Penang Chief Minister be grateful that the Police is there the serve at times like this?

If he has some degree of common sense as an Executive of a state and is grateful enough, then he should lead his party to reconsider their position of the Police. In fact, they should constructively do to ensure that the people who the DAP give ‘priority’ to serve are being considered everytime there is an enrolment into the Police Force.

That is the right thing to do, for the people who promoted “Malaysian, Malaysia”, now that they have executive power.

 

Published in: on August 4, 2009 at 14:34  Comments (39)