Return of the Labu

A little over two and half years ago, the right winger blogging community got together to strike at and on the proposal to create a dedicated LCCT airport in Labu, built on Sime Darby’s land. Attention was drawn onto the RM 1.7 billion proposed project, which eventually failed.

It was no big mystery which corporation was the prime mover behind the proposed project, which Sime Darby’s estates were to be developed into a modern LCCT airport complex. This include the extension to the purposed built ERL, connecting from the existing line to this Labu LCCT airport. It was a ridiculous proposition to have a high traffic commercial airport operating within 20 km soon to be congested airspace of runaways 14R/L and 32 R/L.  Even though Sime Darby was deemed to be taking the role of the primary mover of the said the proposal, it was believed that Air Asia wanted a dedicated airport of their own and under their management. Since low cost airlines have been on a consistent growth especially in Asia, it is an added highly lucrative revenue track for the group.

The same airline has been waiting a lot of things their way ever since they took over Air Asia from the hands of DRB Hicom seven years earlier.

They were lucky that they could manipulate their way around the Prime Minister PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, with having personalities like Dato’ Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and the in-famous son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin to support all their proposals and projects. Even though the proposal would effect GLCs such as national carrier.

Riong Kali is an integral and pivotal part of Air Asia

First it was the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’, which was tabled to the Cabinet by then Malaysia Airlines CEO Dato’ Idris Jala in May 2006. It was hijacked from the Prime Minister’s Office over the weekend and after a private meeting with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah at the ‘Residence’, a fresh plan was resubmitted to the PM’s Office via then the Co-ordinator of Policy Ahmad Zaki Zahid. As a result, a lot of routes previously flown by MH were conveniently transfered to AK.

The deal cleancher the transfer of all heavily subsidised rural air service by Malaysian Airlines for Sabah and Sarawak interior operations. The transfer of these routes allowed Air Asia to rationalise the routes with the huge order of aircraft they had from France and satisfy their financial backers and strategic shareholders, 53% of them from outside the country.

Those extra high traffic routes was a basis for the airline to grow aggressively in the region. Having strong support of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s administration means that  from that on, they almost got a ‘blank checque’. The low cost airline grew to do very well.

Now, they are on the prowl again. On top of the over-and-above achievement, they are not satisfied being crowned the ‘Best Low Cost Carrier’ in the world. They still wanted an LCCT hub of their own. They already benefited when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah pandered to their whims and fancies by getting Malaysia Airports to build a (temporary) Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) when they refused to use the Main Terminal Building (MTB) of KLIA for their operations. Nevermind the RM 69 million aggregate arrears they owe Malaysia Airports.

Rafidah and Fernandes getting the PM to witness their acquisition of GE engines

Recently, they appointed former MITI Minister Tan Sri Rafidah A Aziz as the Chairman. She is now sitting in a position where Air Asia could benefit so much from the clout the Chairman still able to carry. previous, former Chief Secretary to the Ministry of Transport Dato’ Pahamin A Rejab was appointed because Air Asia wanted to expand. They needed routes, previously were provided exclusively for Malaysia Airlines. Without these routes, Air Asia would not able to have the frequency to reach the desired critical mass.

When Air Asia X was first formed, Riong Kali was appointed Chairman. The clout that he provided during the height of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s tenure, Air Asia X grew very fast in the intercontinental airline market. Landing rights were accorded to them, which include high traffic destinations such as London and Melbourne. Rafidah’s appointment is also strategic. Air Asia X wanted the very lucrative Sydney and Jeddah routes. These routes have been proven to be highly profitable for Malaysia Airlines.

Fernandes and Riong Kali with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

There is another strategic reason for Rafidah’s appointment. Air Asia still wanted an LCCT hub of their own. Recently, they managed to get Ipoh to be an Air Asia hub. However, the traffic in central Perak does not warrant for them to develop a full blown hub. The lucrative traffic would be on the northern sector of the Peninsula. For Air Asia to get a dedicated hub in Penang, would almost be near impossible as Malaysia Airports would not relinquish any additional facility of the airport to another operator. More over, it is high revenue generating facility.

This time round, it is believed that they are realising their ‘operating an LCCT airport’ via Perak State Government. Perak State Government under Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry A Kadir is expected to make a formal requisition for a brand new LCCT airport to be developed in the north western corner of the state.

Air Asia changed their strategy to make Perak State Government their ‘Trojan Horse’. This proposal is much needed for Dr Zambry’s administration as since able to wrestle the State Government in a ‘reverse take-over’ operation in February 2009 (which was believed to be initiated and followed through by now Senior Exco Dato’ Hamidah Osman), not much achievement and progress recorded by the current administration. Infact, many hopefuls within his own senior state party leaders were left non chalant about his administration.

The most probable location is Parit Buntar, which is bordering to Penang. It is in the growth triangle of Northern Corridor Economic Region and the high industrial areas of Penang, Seberang Prai, Kulim and the PLUS highway from Juru to Taiping.

Rafidah is supposed to lobby for that. On top of that, highly controversial Ethos Consulting supremo Omar Ong, who is said to be very close to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, has also been invited into the board of Air Asia. It is Fernandes’s style to bring personalities whom he could capitalised to be utilised for all the lobbying work required to derive at the said objectives.

Air Asia is also banking on the fact that post PRU 12, Penang fell to DAP control and the likeliness of BN capturing the industrial state is not too bright. Therefore, the development of an LCCT hub as an extension to the existing and recently renovated Penang International Airport is thought to be unlikely. At least in the short to medium term.

Dr Zambry has not been to successful in his administration of the state. Perak has yet to see any projects being developed, even more than two years after BN managed to wrestle control from DAP-puppet PAS MB Nizar Jamaluddin. The one-time Anwarista needed a large if not mega project to ‘earn his stripes’, for him to stay relevant in the state. Perakians are getting restless with his ‘academic approach’ of doing things, which has not translated into anything tangible yet. His Iskandar Darul Ridzuan and Yayasan Bina Upaya cronyism-infested programs are not convincing enough of its success. Dr Zambry is now plagued with cronyism issues.

The expected RM 1.8 billion brand new dedicated LCCT in Parit Buntar might do the ‘political magic’ for Dr Zambry to stay relevant. If the lobby is intense enough, then we shall see the ‘Return of the Labu’, which has now on the way evolving into a saga.

Published in: on April 28, 2011 at 16:27  Comments (11)  

Dato Eskay bermuhaballah esok?

Dato' Shazryl Eskay Abdullah

Dato’ Shazryl Eskay Abdullah yang menjadi tunggak utama dalam kontroversi skandal ultra-sensasi video seks yang melibatkan Ketua Pembangkang Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, dijangkakan akan mengadakan sumpah Muhaballah esok. Ianya dikatakan akan diadakan di Masjid Jame’, selepas Sembahyang Jumaat.

Eskay akan bersumpah-laknat ini untuk membuktikan bahawa beliau adalah jujur dalam semua maklumat yang telah dan akan dikongsi dan berikan melibatkan skandal ultra-sensasi yang sedang disiasat ini.

"Anugerah (Kerah) Tuhan", ucapan Wan Azizah

Mantan-banduan-salahguna-kuasa Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim akan dicabar untuk bersumpah Muhaballah yang sama, sebagai cara untuk menentukan penafian oleh Anwar dan didukung dengan padu semua kuncu kuncu Anwarista termasuk sekelian Kepimpinan Tertinggi Pakatan Rakyat adalah betul betul benar dan bukan pembohongan. Eskay merupakan sahabat rapat Anwar.

16 Ogos 2008, Mohd. Saiful Bukhari telah mengadakan sumpah Muhaballah menjunjung Al Quran dihadapan seorang imam dalam Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan bahawa beliau telah diliwat berkali kali oleh Mat King Leather. Beliau juga mencabar penjenayah sumbang-seksual itu bersumpah Muhaballah juga untuk menafikan dakwaan liwat  itu, namun sehingga saat ini tidak berani membuatnya. Sebaliknya, peguam peguam Anwar cuba untuk mendakwa Saiful dengan Qazaf (menuduh orang melakukan zina) dan gagal.

Saiful Bukhari Azlan ditemani bapa membuat sumpah Muhaballah

Perbicaraan Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim sedang berjalan dimana setakat ini 27 saksi telah memberikan keterangan dalam 59 hari perbicaraan dan pihak pendakwa baru sahaja menutup kes mereka. Hakim akan membuat keputusan untuk memanggil orang yang dituduh untuk membela diri pada 16 Mei ini. Untuk rekod, pihak pembelaan telah cuba 30 kali untuk menangguhkan perbicaraan, termasuk 2 kali percubaan untuk menyingkirkan Hakim.

Sumpah Muhaballah Eskay ini akan menjadikan kes ini semakin menarik. Kami di BigDogDotCom  antara yang mengesa agar siasatan Suruhanjaya Diraja diadakan, bagi mempertahankan hak rakyat agar tidak dibohongi oleh Anwar dan seluruh Kepimpinan Tertinggi Pakatan Rakyat lagi.

*Perkembangan dikemas kini 300pm

Trio ‘Dato T’ Shazryl Eskay-Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik-Dato Shuaib Lazim mengadakan sidang media di Hotel Impiana, Kuala Lumpur yang tamat jam 245pm tadi dan dihadiri oleh 50 orang wakil media.

Eskay menegaskan:

1. Pendedahan video kepada editor terpilih kununya dituduh sebagai merupakan konspirasi politik. Beliau sanggup mendedahkan sifat seorang rakan karib yang selama ini berpura pura sebagai seorang alim dan warak, untuk diketahui siapa sebenarnya Anwar
2. Bertujuan agar pihak media mengkaji sendiri video itu
3. Bertujuan agar Anwar Ibrahim bertaubat dan mengundur diri. Ini bertujuan agar generasi akan datang tidak menyalahkan ‘Dato Trio’ kerana tidak mendedahkan sedangkan mereka ada bukti menengenai salahlaku dan siapa Anwar sebenar
4 Eskay bersedia utk bersumpah, demi mengesahkan orang dalam video itu ialah Anwar
5. Ingin mempelawa Anwar Ibrahim sekiranya ingin menafikan orang dalam video itu ialah beliau, maka datang ke Masjid Amru Al-As selepas Sembahyang Jumaat esok (29 April 2011) untuk melafazkan sumpah Muhaballah sendiri.

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Published in: on April 28, 2011 at 13:38  Comments (10)