Academia Melayu dianak tirikan di UM (Bhg 1)

Sejak kebelakangan ini isu tentang hak bumiputera atau orang Melayu sering diperbahaskan oleh pihak bukan bumiputera dan juga segelintir bumiputera mengenai isu biasiswa bagi pelajar yang mempunyai keputusan cemerlang di dalam peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Di peringkat pengajian tinggi pula, iaitu di universiti, kita sibuk dengan sistem penarafan universiti antarabangsa. Kegilaan kita mengejar penarafan universiti menyebabkan banyak perkara yang telah dilaksanakan telah menjejaskan kepentingan dan survival bangsa Melayu itu sendiri. Paling penting ialah mengorbankan kuota nisbah 55:45 untuk kakitanagan akademik di Universiti Malaya.

Ini dapat dilihat dengan penekanan yang bersungguh-sungguh terhadap penerbitan dalam Jurnal ISI antarabangsa berimpak tinggi sehingga menjejaskan fakulti-fakulti beraliran sastera, terutamanya Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial, Akademi Pengajian Islam, Akademi Pengajian Melayu dan Pusat Kebudayaan yang rata-rata penerbitannya di dalam Bahasa Melayu. Sudah tentulah isu-isu mengenai orang Melayu dan Islam tidak akan mendapat tempat untuk diterbitkan di dalam jurnal-jurnal ISI antarabangsa yang berimpak tinggi.

Kerajaan sentiasa menyuarakan suapaya memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan memperkasakan Bahasa Inggeris tetapi apa yang dilakukan oleh pihak Universiti Malaya ialah meminggirkan Bahasa Melayu dan mengagungkan Bahasa Inggeris. Sekarang ini hampir semua kursus di universiti pada peringkat Ijazah Sarjana Muda diajar dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Ini bertujuan untuk menggalakkan pelajar asing untuk datang belajar di Malaysia.

Kita dapat lihat pada hari ini bahawa pelajar asing yang datang belajar ke Malaysia bukanlah dari negara-negara yang maju dan sebahagiannya tidak mempunyai latar belakang akademik yang cemerlang. Apa yang turut menyedihkan, Universiti Malaya turut mengambil kakitangan akademik berbangsa asing yang tidak begitu menonjol kepakarannya demi untuk memenuhi criteria penarafan universiti antarabangsa. Ini menyebabkan ramai kakitangan akademik bumiputera berhijrah ke universiti lain.

Survival kakitangan akademik berbangsa Melayu di Universiti Malaya mula terhakis apabila polisi universiti yang begitu memberi tumpuan penuh kepada penerbitan di dalam jurnal antarabangsa ISI berimpak tinggi dan kriteria-kriteria lain untuk tujuan penarafan universiti telah menjejaskan pengambilan pensyarah Melayu terutamanya di Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial (FSSS), Akademi Pengajian Melayu (APM), Akademi Pengajian Islam (API), Pusat Kebudayaan (PK), Pusat Sukan (PS), fakulti Ekonomi dan Pentadbiran (FEP), Fakulti Perakaunan dan Perniagaan (FPP) dan tidak terkecuali Fakulti Sains (FS), Fakulti Sains Komputer dan teknologi Maklumat (FSKTM), Fakulti Pergigian (FD), Fakulti Kejuruteraan (FK), dan Fakulti Alam Bina (FAB).

Isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan survival pensyarah Melayu untuk kenaikan pangkat dan menyambung perkhidmatan serta pelajar-pelajar Melayu:

  1. Mengikut garis panduan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT), kakitangan akademik di bawah skim SLAB (Skim Latihan Akademik Bumiputera) yang telah Berjaya mendapat ijazah doctor falsafah (PhD) perlu diletakkan kepada tahap DS51. Malangnya di Universiti Malaya mereka hanya diberikan Gred DS45 kerana halangan penerbitan Jurnal ISI berimpak tinggi. Ini secara terang-terangan menafikan garis panduan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi. Apa yang menyedihkan, kebanyakan kakitangan akademik ini adalah berbangsa Melayu.
  2. Ramai kakitangan akadmeik berbangsa Melayu telah gagal dalam proses kenaikan pangkat dari Profesor Madya ke Profesor, pensyarah kanan ke Profesor Madya, dan pensyarah ke pensyarah kanan kerana tidak memenuhi syarat ISI.
  3. Pengesahan jawatan pensyarah juga perlu ada penerbitan di dalam jurnal ISI yang memakan masa yang lama untuk diterbitkan.
  4. Pihak Universiti Malaya telah memperkenalkan program “Bright Spark” untuk menambahkan bilangan pensyarah yang terbaik dengan memberikan biasiswa kepada pelajar yang mendaapt CGPA 3.7 ke atas. Program ini diperkenalkan satu tahun yang lalu dan kalau dilihat dari senarai konvokesyen Universiti Malaya 2009 kita dapati lebih ramai pelajar bukan bumiputera mengisi program Bright Spark. Maka nisbah pensyarah bumiputera dan bukan bumiputera akan menjadi tidak seimbang. Kita perlu melihat sejarah dalam tahun 1970an di mana kakitangan akademik terdiri dari bukan bumiputera adalah lebih ramai dari bumiputera. Untuk mengatasi masalah ini program Skim Latihan Akademik Bumiputera (SLAB) telah diwujudkan. Akhirnya dalam tahun 1990an Universiti Malaya telah Berjaya mengimbangi bilangan kakitangan akademik bumiputera dan bukan bumiputera. Kemudian pada tahun 2007, Universiti Malaya telah member ruangkepada bukan bumiputera dengan mewujudkan SLAI (Skim Latihan Akademik IPTA), dan sekarang pihak pengurusan universiti menambah pula program Bright Spark – yang terang lagi bersuluh member satu lagi pintu kepada golongan bukan bumiputera. Yang menariknya, mereka tidak meminta tetapi pengurusan universiti yang memberi. Dimanakah kesudahannya? Sial ambil perhatian bahawa biasiswa Bright Spark juga diberi kepada warga asing, yang mana mereka ini tidak akan berkhidmat di Universiti Malaya setelah menamatkan pengajian. Oleh yang demikian penganugerahan biasiswa kepada warga asing ini tidak memanfaatkan Universiti Malaya dan negara untuk jangka masa yang panjang.
Published in: on August 14, 2011 at 17:17  Comments (18)  

Malaysian Insider’s sinister agenda to divert away from ‘share-swap deal’

The snakey-est corporate deal ever: Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia 'share swap'

The hottest business this week is the ‘Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia share swap’ deal. It got so many reactions despite the mainstream media playing the text-book perspective on how positive and progressive the ‘strategic alliance’ is. In the many criticism of the alternative media, The Malaysian Insider in its usual sinister agenda misled the focus of the issue away from the crux of the deal and how it would benefit Malaysia Airlines.

Suspiciously, looks like Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan playing his cards to deflect the issue away.

The Malaysian Insider the past few days felt that it was important to highlight the current suit and counter suit between Danaharta and former Malaysia Airlines, TRI and Naluri Chairman Tan Sri Tajuddin. They were compelled to skew the on-going civil case, even to a point of false reporting and getting quotations meant to demonise a onetime power Malay business baron.

They even got quotations from the Opposition, to show the ruling party’s patronage on certain business personalities is still very much alive, just like former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s immediate charge against then Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the former was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998, ‘cronyism’.

The case was about complications of a business loan spinning into a very vicious cycle and eventually turned bad. A straight forward term loan was raised by Tajuddin as a ‘privatisation project to improve financial and profitability of Malaysia Airlines’. Many also want to be believe that then he was asked to take over Malaysia Airlines from Bank Negara in 1994 for RM 1.792 billion. The taking-over of Malaysia Airlines shares from Bank Negara alone was a story which has a very interesting history to it.

The RM 1.792 billion was raised via a term loan syndicated through RHB Bank. The collateral of the loan then was 130 million of TRI shares, 309.6 million of Naluri shares and 45.2 million of Promet Langkawi shares.

Then came the Asian financial crisis of 1997/8. Business was bad and Tajuddin and his group was cash strapped. His loan defaulted. It became non-performing loan.

As an after math of the 1997/8 Asian Financial crisis, RM 90 billion worth of loans defaulted and became non performing loans (NPLs). Government of Malaysia set up Danaharta to take-over these NPLs from the financial institution so that they could move on. Instead, Danaharta would do its best to either supervise a recovery plan to for turn-around and make these NPLs productive or recover the most from these NPLs, which include liquidating it.

An extract of a Bank Negara presentation in 2005:

•Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad (“Danaharta”) was established by the Malaysian Government in June 1998 to address the non-performing loans (“NPLs”) problem plaguing the banking system during the Asian financial crisis.
•The NPL resolution agency, euphemistically known as the national asset management company (“AMC”), was established as a pre-emptive measure to avert a failure in the banking system.
•Danaharta’s objectives are:
–to remove NPLs from the banking system to allow banks to concentrate on their core business of lending to viable borrowers (completed in March 2001)
–to maximise recovery from its NPL portfolio (ongoing till 2005)

So, Danaharta took over these loans from the banks at 30sen from the nominal RM 1.00 value. After a series of discussion which involved the Government of Malaysia, Tajuddin entered into a Settlement Agreement with Danaharta on 8 October 2001.

Considering Danaharta took over the balance of Tajuddin’s loan amounting to RM 942 million for RM 300 million, it was agreed that the repayment tranche was broken into four:

  1. On or before 30 June 2002           RM 215 million
  2. On or before 30 June 2003           RM 215 million
  3. On or before 30 June 2004           RM 215 million
  4. On or before 30 June 2005           RM 297 million

It is further provided in the Settlement Agreement that any redemption of the shares could be made at a minimum redemption price of RM 1.30 per Naluri share and RM 3.50 per TRI share. On top of that, Danaharta took up Tajuddin’s entitlement of the TRI Rights Issue totalling RM 130 million. With the balance of the loan of acquisition of MAS amounting to RM 942 million, Tajuddin is required to pay back Danaharta RM 1 072 million (plus an additional TRI Rights Issue loan which was initially allowed by Danaharta amounting to RM 130 million).

Tajuddin tried to put a healthy footing back into TRI (at the time owns Celcom) with a Recapitalization Plan raising RM 3.5 billion before the deadline. He tried to borrow for the Rights Issue, of which could be used to settle Tranche No.1. However, Danaharta did not consent for that and Tajuddin defaulted the first tranche. In March 2002, Danaharta forced sale TRI to Telekom Malaysia for RM 2.75 per share which realised an amount of RM 717 million. The outstanding loan managed by Danaharta was reduced to RM 355 million.

Prior to the Recap Plan, Deutsche Telekom (DeTe) which is at the time a strategic partner (21% equity) of Celcom entered into an amended agreement which an exit clause was included. It provided DeTe a price of RM 7.00 per Celcom share if it was to be forced sold, which include an instruction by the Government. It means that if Celcom were to be valued at that price, TRI should have been sold for RM 1.825 billion.

Later on 30 August 2005, the Arbitral Tribunal of ICC found Celcom liable for breach of Amended and Restated Supplemental Agreement on 4 April 2002 inter alia between Celcom and DeTe. Celcom was liable to pay DeTe USD 177.2 million plus interests amounting to USD 16.2 million. That is equivalent of RM 740 million.

After the forced sale of TRI to TM, in December 2004 Danaharta then sold 32% control of Naluri to Atlan Holdings for RM 437 million. On top of that, 88.68 million shares (12.8%) of Naluri also were also disposed via the market which realised RM 70.95 million. In total, Danaharta realised RM 1.225 billion from all Tajuddin’s holdings in this super-garage sale from what initially RM 1.072 million. Not bad since Danaharta acquired this NPL from the banks at RM 300 million. In short, Danaharta realised a net earning of RM 935 million.

On top of all that realised from the garage sale, in the irony of things Danaharta decided to sue Tajuddin for RM 589 million. Considering that Danaharta was incorporated to assist businesses to recover and settle all its NPLs, hefty profits were made from this. Not only money was made in this. They decided to go for the kill with the suit. In return, Tajuddin counter sued the Malaysian Government. It was a defense mechanism.

The case has yet gone to hearing.

Table of Malaysia Airlines income statement through the years

Our blogging brother Another Brick in the Wall painstakingly did a thorough research on the Malaysia Airlines story, from Tajuddin taking in in 1994 till present, in six different parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5Part 6 and the conclusion.  This include the forex losses during the same accounting period.

Table of forex gains and losses Malaysia Airlines

All of these talks about “Loss accumulated to RM 8 billion” have been debunked by ABITW. In all every single person who made these acquisitions never able to substantiate how these losses were accumulated. If these losses were made because of forex instead of operations, then it had to treated differently. Never the less, it should be treated as a lie. And yet, the Oppositions and their friendly media ever so often perpetuate a lie.

Recently, Government decided to take this case against Tajuddin into a negotiation for an out of court settlement.

GLCs negotiating to settle suits against Tajudin Ramli

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:29

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KUALA LUMPUR: A number of government-linked companies (GLCs) are negotiating for global settlement of all civil suits and at all level of courts against former executive chairman of Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli, Bernama reported on Thursday, Aug 11.

The case is being managed by Managing Judge of the Kuala Lumpur High Court Commercial Division Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, who is also a Federal Court Judge.

Justice Md Raus set Sept 29 for case management after meeting lawyers for the parties involved in chambers for them to update the court on the negotiations for the settlement.

Among the GLCs involved were Malaysia Airlines, Telekom Malaysia, Naluri Corporation Bhd, Celcom (M) Bhd, Pengurusan Danaharta Bhd and Atlan Holdings Bhd.

There are more than 10 cases pending at the High Court and Court of Appeal, whereby most of the cases were filed in 2004 relating to the breach of contract. The negotiations are in process.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, when contacted, confirmed that there was a proposal for settlement out-of-court.

He said the government had thought over settlement for the past six months for the benefit of the parties involved, as the cases, if proceeded in court, would take a long period for resolution.

For certain companies such as Telekom and Malaysia Airlines, it was up to them to decide whether they wanted to proceed with the settlement as they could make the decision without the government’s involvement, he added.

Nazri said if the companies refused to settle the suits out-of-court, they would go for full hearing. – Bernama

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This is progressive move for a settlement solution, since a lot of complications dragged on since 2004. Minister in PM’s Department Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nazri Tan Sri Aziz further offered to explain on initiative to negotiate for an out of court settlement, even before hearing started:

Friday August 12, 2011

Government and Tajudin to settle all legal cases

By M. MAGESWARI
mages@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government and former Malaysia Airlines and Celcom boss Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli are negotiating a settlement of all legal cases involving Tajudin and government-linked companies (GLCs).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said any out-of-court settlement would not be a bailout for any of the parties and must not be at the cost of the Government.

The cases are being managed by Federal Court judge Justice Md Raus Sharif, who is the managing judge for the High Court commercial division.

Among the GLCs involved in the proposed settlement are Naluri Corp BhdTelekom Malaysia BhdCelcom (M) BhdAltan Holdings Bhd,Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd and MAS.

The proposed settlement, which includes appeal cases, covers more than 10 suits pending at the courts here. The cases included a breach of contract suit filed in 2004.

Yesterday, Justice Md Raus set Sept 29 for the parties to inform on the negotiation or settlement after meeting their respective lawyers in chambers.

When contacted, Nazri said that the Government had thought over the out-of-the-court settlement between the parties for the past six months.

He said it was the Government’s proposal for the parties to reach a win-win situation in the disposal of the suits.

He said the proposal was made after Tajudin approached certain ministers for help in the matter.

“What is wrong to settle the matter? The cases did not go for trial (yet),” he said.

Nazri stressed that the Government had no plan to bail out any parties in the suit in order to settle the suits.

To a question, he said, there was also no special deal between Tajudin, the Government and GLCs for the parties to agree to the settlement over the suits.

He said the Government considered that there were counter-claims involved in the cases and that it could be settled without any party paying any damages.

“However, it is up to the parties involved, especially Telekom and MAS, to make their decision without the Government’s involvement. I will never take any action resulting in a government loss. For me, it must not be a settlement at the expense of the Government.

“It is their right if they want to proceed with their court case,” he said, adding that it also would not be any abuse of court process.

Nazri said that if the court cases were to proceed, it could not be settled in two or three years.

“If there is judgment, there is bound to be one party or the other who will want to appeal. This may drag on for more than 10 years,” he said.

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The clarification is clear on the Government’s position to resolve a complication which was initially started by Danaharta. Previously, Tommy Thomas represented them against Tajuddin. Thomas being a pro-Opposition lawyer, refused the notion to talk and was insistant that Tajuddin be sued. Like any other Opposition mentality, he decided to use the court room drama for a probable avenue for Opposition to demonise the Government.

However, Dato’ Hasfarizam Harun is taking a softer approach. It is a more positive move as the Government had not been to0 lucky going after Tajuddin before this. The European arbitration tribunal for the case against Advanced Cargo Logistic in Hahn, Germany which was decided in 2009, Malaysia Airlines was ordered to pay and they settled:

Jun 01, 2009

Malaysia Airlines told to pay 6.9 mln euros fine

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia’s national carrier, said on Monday a European arbitration tribunal had ordered it to pay Advanced Cargo Logistic GmbH 6.9 million euros ($9.8 million) for breach of a cargo handling contract.

In 2004, ACL had sought to claim 62.7 million euros from MAS after the Malaysian firm breached an agreement to maintain its European cargo hub at Germany’s Frankfurt-Hahn airport for 10 years from 1999.

“Due to prudent provisioning in previous years, and given that the award orders MAS to pay only about 10 percent of the sum originally claimed by ACL in 2004, the award is not expected to have a material adverse impact on the financial position of MAS,” it said in a statement.

The airline said it is seeking advice to challenge the ruling.

Source: reuters.com
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The Opposition like is expected no less from them, used this settlement initiative to demonise the Government and riling party further, even with lies they created. Malaysian Insider chose to quote PKR Chief Strategist Rafizi Ramli with totally wrong fact, laced with a sinister political agenda:

Opposition lawmakers said the out-of-court settlement was a “scratch-your-back, you-scratch-mine” deal that would allow the former chairman of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to further reduce an initial RM1.8 billion owed to state-owned debt restructuring firm Danaharta.

“Now instead of the already discounted RM942 million owed to taxpayers, Tajuddin can save even more in exchange for up to hundreds of millions deposited in Umno’s war chest,” said PKR strategy chief Rafizi Ramli

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Obviously Rafizi did not do his homework. Danaharta only took over the unsettled commitments to the banks which turned NPL, which for only RM 942 million. Danaharta never discounted any parties in this. In a matter of fact as tabled ealier, all of that were settled and Danaharta did make RM 153 million in excess of the who ‘garage sale’ process.

Paul Low is wearing his Transparency International Malaysia is questioning the settlement which the Government initiated as a solution with Tajuddin instead of going to hearing. This is probably makes good business sense since the precedence of the two previous arbitrations; the decision on 30 August 2005 between Celcom and DeTe and the more recently decided on 1 June 2009 in the case where ACL in Hahn went after Malaysia Airlines proven that Tajuddin got his mettle ready before the case goes on hearing.

For pro-Opposition media like The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and Malaysia Today to highlight this at the point to divert  the attention on the recently inked ‘Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia  share swap deal’ and perpetuate the lie about Tajuddin accumulating the RM 8 billion losses is nothing but a sinister agenda.

Nothing is more important from the suit case as the holdings been sold off and Danaharta did make a lot of money, against the current ‘share swap deal’ in the play now. Knowing Riong Kali being the influence behind The Malaysian Insider, the sinister agenda to divert the attention so that his ‘friends could make the get-away’ is high probable. Then again, he was very much part of the ECM-Libra ‘merger’ with Avenue Capital Resources Bhd. scandal back in 2006, which modus operandi is being deployed in Tony Fernandes raiding Malaysia Airlines and helping himself out.

Our focus is should be game on what is the current game. Not the on legal suit by Danaharta against Tajuddin which actually realised RM153 million more and the complication of the counter suit, which is now an old story. How would Malaysia Airlines as the national carrier benefit instead of being cannibalised by Fernandes and friends in this ‘share-swap’ deal and the fear of Malaysia Airports would be next should be the attention now. Let us all eye ball the game at play.

*Updated 1030hrs

Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 03:08  Comments (24)  

Is Malaysia Airports for sale?

Now that Fernandes got 20.5% of Malaysia Airlines for almost a song and soon to call the shots, one wonders what his next prey would be?

Would he want to control Malaysia Airports?

That proposition would not be too far fetched. In a matter of fact, it would be very much up his avenue. After having a very successful low cost carrier and two days ago inked a ‘share swap’ deal which got him the controls of a much needed Tier-5 airline, controlling airports would synergise the whole Tune Group business-turned-empire. Especially he already tried to use Sime Darby and build a dedicated low cost carrier airport somewhere near Labu.

That failed.

And he did not stop there. He was said to try his luck using Perak Menteri Besar Dato Seri Dr Zambry A Kadir. Parit Buntar is the most commercially viable spot for the dedicated LCCT airport for the North.

Malaysia Airports is a very good corporation to go after. They manage 39 airports in the country and four others abroad. The annual turnover is RM 1.1 billion where profits are recorded at RM 266 million. The most prized asset of Malaysia Airports is the new KLIA II LCCT, which would be completed end of next year. Currently, KLIA (with present LCCT) is handling 34 million passengers with 244,000 aircraft movements annually. In five years time, it would be raised to 50% more, where KLIA II would be expecting 30 million travelers through the dedicated LCCT terminal complex. Thus, it would be best to go for the kill in the soonest opportunity arises.

For the record, AirAsia have been owing Malaysia Airports a lot of dues. In 2008, then Minister of Transport reported to Parliament AirAsia owed RM 110 million. As of earlier this year, AirAsia is still owing RM 103 million. That is almost 10% of Malaysia Airports’ annual turnover.

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid

Of course, Managing Director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid would be needed to be rid off first. Just like Tengku Azmil. He was shown the door the hour they inked the ‘share swap’ deal. Bashir would be in the way of Fernandes, who would want to call the shots.

Now, wouldnt all these be realistic? Probably. Let’s see what will transpire soon. Or maybe sooner than some would never imagine. We are willing to bet that your guess is as good as ours; CIMB would probably be the deal-maker again for this.

*Updated Friday 12 Aug 2011 0030hrs

Published in: on August 11, 2011 at 23:05  Comments (41)  

Where’s the beef for Malaysia Airlines?

The snakey-est corporate deal ever: Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia 'share swap'

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The grin on Tony “Ular” Fernandes  tells a thousand tell. But there’s more to just the grin. If anyone care to look at this picture in almost all dailies in the country this morning, there is one glaring point which a strong message is being sent.

Three versus One even though the one is bigger

There are three Fernandes’s logos in the backdrop; Tune Air, AirAsia and AirAsia X BUT there is only Malaysia Airlines’s logo, stand alone. The organisers of this signing ceremony do not even have the audacity to include Firefly and MASWings logos on it.

Of course, so many persons also asked why should CIMB’s logo on it as well? “They are just the advisers. They are not stakeholders”.

This was and is our all time favourite to remind ourselves who Malaysia Airlines is

On behalf of many Malaysians and our readers here in BigDogDotCom, we only have questions. No answers and most of us started the guessing game. So who ever is close enough to Khazanah Nasional Bhd. management and of course the advisers to this ‘share swap’ deal for Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, please answer these questions:

1. Where is the beef for Malaysia Airlines in this ‘share swap’ deal?

Seriously, Fernandes and friends get to own 20.5% of Malaysia Airlines, two very strategic seats on the BOD as non-executive and non-independent directors, seats in the Exco which will decide on operations and all decisions involving money and almost help themselves to the entire Malaysia Airlines as they like.

They already wanted to ‘kill’ the growingly popular Firefly, which is Malaysia Airlines’s low cost carrier as a direct threat to AirAsia.

2. If this is ‘share swap’ deal, why isn’t any of Malaysia Airlines BOD member(s) get to be on AirAsia BOD?

This is something strange. If this is a true ‘share-swap’ deal, then who is representing Malaysia Airlines’s strategic interests in AirAsia. If there is none, how come?

3. How come Khazanah did not appoint anyone who have had relevant airline industry experience as non-executive-independent director in Malaysia Airlines BOD?

There are very experienced former airliners in likes of Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid who is now MD for Malaysia Airports Bhd., who was an Executive Vice President in Malaysia Airlines not so long ago and persons like these wealth of experience must come very handy for Malaysia Airlines. Unless Khazanah feels that a long time retired banker or satelite broadcaster is a more valuable personality and/or relevant experience to be in the BOD.

4. What is the ‘value add’ for Malaysia Airlines in this ‘share swap’ deal?

Malaysia Airlines have bigger international networks across five continents,codeshares and recent membership to One World alliance. That is without considering the fact that MH flies to very sassy destination like London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles International, which AirAsia don’t. So what is it with AirAsia that Malaysia Airlines would benefit from?

5. What is it in for Malaysia Airlines’s 20,000 employees?

What would these people get from the ‘share swap’ deal and what will become of them. Will they still have a job after Fernandes are done with his ‘butchery’?

6. Who else benefited from this ‘share-swap’ deal?

Last but not least, who are the parties that benefit from this beside Fernandes, his partner Kamaruddin Meranun and the ‘advisory’ fee CIMB?

AirAsia's stock the last six months

It suspiciously looks like this ‘raid on Malaysia Airlines’ was planned carefully. First it was the appointment of former MITI Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and PM’s blue-eyed-boy Omar Ong into the BOD. Then it was about trying very hard to get the ‘replacement Labu’. Rumour has it that Fernandes ‘threatened’ to move his HQ to Jakarta was calling a bluff, as the prepatory work for the kill. More rumours about some people pushing up AirAsia’s shares from RM 2.40 six months ago to RM 3.90 last week, so that they ‘share swap’ deal could be two-for-one.

Malaysia Airlines

Now compare that to Malaysia Airlines’s six months ago price level. It was almost the same.

From where we are standing, it looks very suspicious. The modus operandi was similar when ECM Libra wanted to ‘eat up’ four times larger Avenue Capital Bhd, ‘The sardine going after the shark’. Well, they were very successful with the authorities backing them up. Santayana said that people who did not learn for their past mistakes are doomed to repeat that again. In this ‘share-swap’ deal which was almost like a pirate raid, was inked in a manner probably because the majority of us failed to take note of what had happened in the past.

There is one thing peculiar about Malaysia Airlines, which should be pondered. For all the conspiracy theory pundits; former Chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid was sent in a few months before AirAsia went listed on Bursa Malaysia. Conveniently, he exited a few weeks back. Please do the math.

We would like to quote The Edge’s reporting on what Khazanah Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar’s take on the ‘share-swap’ deal:

Azman said the transaction has been pragmatically structured in that the business models, brands, boards, governance structures and cultures will remain distinct and separate, but is now complemented by the comprehensive collaboration frame (CCF) work.

“They (the two airlines) are not combining, but competing in some cases and collaborating in some cases. Can you imagine the power of MAS’ 13 million passengers and AirAsia’s 39 million passengers a year. This is a very powerful combination.

“We don’t have time anymore to look at petty things and differences. It’s time to go forward,” he added.

In addition, Khazanah also proposed to acquire 10% of AirAsia X on terms and at a price to be mutually agreed later. Azman said this would be done “quickly”, adding that its investment in the aviation sector currently accounts for about 3% of its portfolio.

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This 10% acquisition of AirAsia X is outside the ‘share swap’ deal. So the “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is:

1. How much is the acquisition will burn Khazanah’s coffer?

2. Will CIMB be part of this acquisition advisory?

3. Will this acquisition, if and when it happens, be made known to public?

Malaysia Airlines’s tagline used to be, “Going beyond expectations”. Khazanah really gave Fernandes this tagline to come through. And for PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to play this ‘adviser’ role in seeing both parties get to deliver what they are supposed to is a really pathetic joke.

*Updated 2330hrs

*Updated Thursday 1515hrs

Conveniently after this ‘share swap’ deal went through and Khazanah anounced that they will take up 10% of AirAsia X on a price yet to be determined, an announcement for paveway for an IPO is made.

Thursday August 11, 2011

AirAsia X picks IPO adviser

By JEEVA ARULAMPALAM
jeeva@thestar.com.my

SEPANG: Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X has chosen Morgan Stanley as its adviser for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) for which listing plans, targeted for next year, were underway, said AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

In an interview with StarBiz yesterday, Fernandes said he was informed that a foreign investment bank had been appointed for the IPO; he also indicated that Khazanah Nasional Bhd‘s proposed plan to take up a 10% stake in AirAsia X would be executed “very quickly”.

“Khazanah will be issued new shares in AirAsia X,” he added, without specifying valuation details.

Fernandes: A foreign investment bank has also been appointed for the IPO. – AP

Khazanah expressed interest to take up a 10% stake in AirAsia X at the signing ceremony of the landmark airline deal on Tuesday which sawMalaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia’s major shareholders – Khazanah and Tune Air Sdn Bhd – swapping shares and signing a collaboration pact.

Tune Air, which is the investment vehicle of AirAsia founders Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, will own a 20.5% stake in MAS while Khazanah will have a 10% stake in AirAsia.

AirAsia X had sent out the request for proposals for its IPO exercise to local and international banks in May and were looking to appoint the advisers after a board meeting in June. AirAsia X Sdn Bhd CEO Azran Osman-Rani had said in April that AirAsia X’s IPO could raise similar amount as its sister airline AirAsia Bhd, which had raised RM863mil through the issuance of 700.51 million new and existing shares in AirAsia’s listing exercise in 2004.

Azran had said a dual listing was still a viable option, but remained undecided as to which market was suitable for the airline. Some of the suggested markets for its dual listing included Europe, the United States and Hong Kong.

The listing of AirAsia X has been on the cards since last year, following the separation of its commercial operations from AirAsia.

However, AirAsia X had deferred plans to proceed with its listing on the local bourse this year as it was unclear over its future growth, which relied heavily on route allocations. AirAsia X has lobbied relentlessly to fly selected routes that have strong passenger traffic such as KL-Sydney but had its pleas fall on deaf ears.

Without a route allocation policy by the Government, the fear was that investors would not have the clarity needed to invest in AirAsia X.

Azran said the airline needed to be able to chart its growth strategy and be certain of the routes it would be receiving before investors would pump money into the company.

With the collaboration agreement signed by MAS, AirAsia and AirAsia X, the idea was for MAS to focus on being a full-service premium carrier, AirAsia on being a regional low-cost carrier (LCC) and AirAsia X, a medium-to-long haul LCC.

Fernandes said another impediment was removed for AirAsia X, with the signing of the collaboration agreement and Khazanah looking to take a stake in AirAsia X.

“Another concern has been removed completely, as investors now have clarity and know the vision of the airline which helps tremendously in AirAsia X’s listing,” he said.

The collaboration signals a changing of tides for the AirAsia group, as it can now minimise its lobbying for routes and concentrate fully on the growth of its airlines.

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Now that there is an ‘anchor tenant’ and it is a Government investment arm, prospect for Fernandes and friends are shining much brighter. Easier to sell in the international market, especially lucrative intercontinental routes opening up for them in much shorter time otherwise.

Hence, the plot thickens!

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 20:46  Comments (42)  

MAS-AirAsia merger: Remake of hijacking of Avenue Capital 2006

There are so many talks about national carrier Malaysia Airlines merging with Air Asia on a share swap deal. A lot of people are very skeptical with this merger.

Tuesday August 9, 2011

Rivals MAS and AirAsia to become allies

By ANITA GABRIEL and JEEVA ARULANPALAM
starbiz@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: National carrier Malaysia Airlines and low-cost carrierAirAsia Bhd‘s major shareholders Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Tune Air Sdn Bhd will today announce a landmark share swap deal worth just over RM2bil which will turn the long-time bitter rivals into collaborating partners.

According to sources, under the share swap deal, Khazanah will acquire a 10% stake in AirAsia from Tune Air, a private vehicle controlled by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.

As at July 6, 2011, Tune Air owned a 26% stake in AirAsia. Sources also said Khazanah was in talks to acquire a 10% stake in long haul low cost carrier AirAsia X but this would be announced at a later date.

As part of the agreement, a source said MAS would issue new shares to Tune Air which would end up with a 20% stake in the national carrier. Khazanah, which has a controlling stake of 69% in MAS, will continue to remain the single largest shareholder in the national airline after the exercise.

The source added that MAS, which was in dire need for fresh capital, would also make a rights issue very soon.

The valuation of the swap will be based on the recent share price of both companies as the exercise involves non-controlling stakes. Trading in both counters are suspended until today for two days pending a material announcement. MAS and AirAsia were last traded at RM1.60 and RM3.95 respectively.

“There is really little that’s innovative about all of this. The reality is that if you look at the big players in the industry, they have a low cost arm and a premium arm. If anything, MAS is just playing catch up only now,” said an observer.

A special executive committee comprising three to five members including MAS newly-appointed chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof anddirector Mohammed Rashdan Yusof as well as Tony and/or Kamarudin will be set up to run the daily operations of the carrier in the interim while the search for a new chief executive officer will commence soon.

The source said MAS CEO Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin would step down from his post to make way for these changes while Rashdan, who is Khazanah’s executive director of investments, would likely play a more active role in the airline until a CEO is identified.

“The exco will be a subset of the board, which will take over the running and management of the airline in the interim. The main decision maker at the airline will be Md Nor,” said the source.

CIMB Investment Bank Bhd has been appointed advisor for the share swap deal representing both parties.

“If you stand back and look at this deal, you can see the value it will bring to a full-service carrier (FSC) like MAS. The trend among FSCs is that they are gradually deriving a bulk of their revenue less from the airline operations and more from ancillary services such as maintenance, repair, operations (MRO) services and so forth. These services are huge profit centres. Currently, AirAsia outsources these services. With this partnership, MAS can be the outsourcing agent,” said an analyst.

“This way, MAS which has a staff strength of 20,000 can use its people more productively. There won’t be a need to lay off staff as both airlines will be run separately,” said the source.

The deal’s defendants say this deal marks a “great opportunity to create Malaysia as an airline hub”. “The whole idea is not for Tony to run MAS. It is to realign both airlines’ interests to allow them to grow with a more clear business model MAS in premium segment and AirAsia in budget segment as opposed to being in each other’s way,” said an analyst.

A source said this deal “has been cooking for so long but in the absence of a structure that could work and concerns over a clash of cultures, it had failed to take off.”

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Probably Malaysia Airlines would benefit AirAsia aggressive marketing program and approach from this merger. But then again, where is the real beef for Malaysia Airlines in this share swap deal?

Compare to Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines is an asset backed corporation. The paid up stands at RM 3.384 billion, where it is represented with a fixed asset value of RM 8.4 billion. The net asset is at RM 6.962 billion, where cash constitute RM 2.086 billion.

AirAsia is debt laden company with borrowings stand at RM 7.7 billion where else it cash position is only at RM 1.7 billion. Apparently even though voted as the best low cost carrier, AirAsia is said to be a bad paymaster. At one point of time, they owed Malaysia Airports over RM 65 million and whenever actions wanted to be taken against them, they run to their patron, then PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Of course Malaysia Airlines’ wealth is actually its network and position in the Tier-5 airline market. Having a series of awards marked to its service standards. Malaysia Airlines’ annual operating turnover is RM 12.98 billion versus AirAsia’s RM 3.948 billion. That is three times more sales for year 2010. Malaysia Airlines’ operating revenue from airline operation is at RM RM 11.649 billion against AirAsia’s RM 2.839 billion.

This merger is exactly like when ECM Libra ‘took over’ Avenue Capital Resources Bhd. in a very controversial takeover laced with manipulation and failure of disclosures, where the latter is valued four times more than the former. Avenue Capital’s intangible assets amounting to RM 296 million were irregularly impaired so that the merger value gap is being narrowed. The minority shareholders were denied of the rights to a Mandatory General Offer.

The ECM Libra – Avenue merger was full of irregularities and manipulation.

The culprit who are thought to be behind this is Rashdan “Danny” Yusoff and Datuk Omar Ong. Rashdan, who was then a partner in Binafikir Consulting which offered the ‘Wide Asset Unbundling’ (WAU) scheme to rescue Malaysia Airlines a few years ago is now a Director of Malaysia Airlines. Omar recently was appointed to the BOD of AirAsia.

It is expected that the outcome of this, would be share swap deal where Khazanah Nasional Bhd. relinquish 17% of its holding to Tune Air, the parent company of AirAsia and AirAsia X.  In return getting Khazanah would get 20% in AirAsia and 15% in AirAsia X. Of course it is rumoured that CIMB is the adviser to this deal.

The clear winner of this deal is Tony Fernandes. As a single largest shareholder in Tune Air, he would earn a seat in Malaysia Airlines Bhd. He would have a say in how, what, where and how much of Malaysia Airlines’ strategic business decision. With Omar on his BOD and being so close to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, all strategic decision involving air travel and airline business would be unequivocally favourable to Fernandes’s side.

AirAsia could now expect to get a national carrier status.

It is AirAsia X’s dream to be a major intercontinental carrier. Getting landing rights would be a G-to-G arrangement and national carriers usually get the first right of refusal. Now AirAsiaX is accessible to  lucrative landing rights and destinations.

Malaysia Airlines did her fair share of national service and many Malaysians benefitted from this at the times where communications were poor or non existence. In 2005 when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi agreed to ‘Level Four Boys’  concocted ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’, where Malaysia Airlines to run the ‘trunk route’ and feeder to the international destination where else AirAsia got the rest. This include heavily subsidized Rural Air Service. The most important element of the plan was Malaysia Airlines were prohibited to lower down its fair.

Fernandes took those routes to build up AirAsia’s capacity and also the numbers. The heavy subsidy was proven beneficial to his business model too. The moment the numbers went up substantially, Fernandes gave back the RAS away and Government insisted that Malaysia Airlines took the service back again, for the sake of Sabahans and Sarawakians.

Danny and Omar is about looking at numbers. Nothing else. And Khazanah MD Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar is all for that. Azman and Danny were the partners who told Malaysia Airlines to strip off her assets back in 2002 under the WAU scheme. If Malaysia Airlines needed marketing and work process boost, stripping the corporation and offering it to vultures like Fernandes is not the solution.

If this part of PM Najib’s Economic Transformation Plan, then probably majority of Malaysians may not be with him. The Malays still have not forgotten the how Shamsul Azhar brought in Wee and promoted Non Malays are Vice Presidents of Petronas, at the expense of the Malays who in past proven their abilities.

*Updated 345pm

Sources within said Malaysia Airlines MD Tengku Dato’ Azmil Zaharuddin was ‘shown the door’ minutes ago. He is going in Khazanah as Executive Director (Investment). Fernandes is said to have called all the executives for a meeting tomorrow.

*Updated 420pm

The new indpendent-non-executive BOD members for Malaysia Airlines are Tan Sri Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri Tan Boon Seng, Dato’ Rohana Rohzan and David Low. DannyYusof  is now ‘designated’ Executive Director of Malaysia Airlines.

Fernandes and Dato’ Kamaruddin Meranun non independent and non exective directors with effect on 11 August 2011.

In interim, the corporation would be amanged by an executive committee chaired by Tan Sri Mohd. Nor Yusof. Members are Dato’ Mohamed Azman Yahya, Danny, Fernandes and Kamaruddin. They will oversee operations until new MD is appointed.

It is expected the new MD would be someone ‘Not unfamiliar to the company’.

*Updated 600pm

Announced by Bernama.com, Tune Air is to take 20.5% of Malaysia Airlines and Khazanah is buying in 10% into AirAsia. Khazanah now will have a net holding of 49.27%.

The “Thirteen Million Ringgit Plus” question is that how the hell could Khazanah give away 20.5% of a company’s holding with bigger network, higher standard of service, three times more operating revenue, stronger assets, lesser debts, more cash and better paymaster track record to another company with lesser track record, just because they make so much net money in shorter time?

By the way, will the new Malaysia Airlines BOD work with that ‘mix and match’?

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 14:57  Comments (62)  

Pasca ‘Serbuan JAIS atas DUMC’: DUN Selangor bubar hujung 2012

MB-boneka-DAP Khalid diapit Speaker DUN dan Exco Selangor, kedua duanya DAP

Semenjak musim Ramadhan ini, lagu Tan Sri S M Salim “Apa dah jadi……” sering berkumandang ke udara dalam radio. Apabila kita perhalusi perkara perkara yang berlaku, terutama kompromi yang begitu rela MB-boneka-DAP Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim untuk gadaikan kepada orang Cina melalui desakan Chauvinis Cina DAP, jelas bahawa orang Melayu sebagai majoriti bawah Pembangkang begitu akur kepada mereka yang anti Melayu ini.

Pada 8 Ogos 2011 antara jam 1200 – 1330 telah diadakan perjumpaan antara Menteri Besar Selangor dengan pemimpin-pemimpin kanan Chauvinis Cina DAP Selangor di Pejabat Menteri Besar Selangor, SUK, Shah Alam. Yang hadir selain dari MB-boneka-DAP Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Tan Kok Wai, Ronnie Liu, Ean Yong Hian Wah, V. Ganabathiroa & Senator S. Ramakrishnan.

Perbincangan bersekitaran atas tindakan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor pasca ‘Serbuan pegawai JAIS keatas DUMC’ pada malam 2 Ogos 2011, dan diputuskankan :

1. MB-boneka-DAP Selangor bersetuju untuk membina satu pusat kebudayaan masyarakat Cina & India di kawasan Klang (Lokasi masih belum ditetapkan). MB-boneka-DAP Selangor ini juga berjanji akan ambil alih tanah Yayasan Selangor untuk tujuan membina pusat kebudayaan tersebut.
2. Kerajaan Negeri telah memperuntukan beberapa bidang tanah kepada Kerajaan Pusat ununk membina Sekolah Cina dan Tamil di Selangor.
3. MB-boneka-DAP tidak akan membubarkan DUN Selangor walaupun Parlimen dibubarkan pada tahun ini. MB-boneka-DAP hanya akan bubarkan DUN Selangor pada hujung tahun 2012.
4. Kerajaan negeri telah memperuntukan sebanyak RM 5 juta utk memberi pinjaman mickrokredit kepada bekas pekerja-pekerja ladang wanita daripada kalangan kaum India dan peruntukan tersebut kini dikendalikan oleh Rodziah Ismail.
5. MB-boneka-DAP bersetuju untuk melantik seorang Pegawai Khas Menteri Besar dari kalangan kaum India yang bertanggungjawab menjaga kepentingan masyarakat India. Dibawah Pegawai Khas tersebut akan diwujudkan satu pasukan dan pinjaman RM 5 Juta mickrokredit yangg dikendalikan oleh Rodziah Ismail akan diserahkan kepada pasukan khas tersebut.

MB-boneka-DAP dijangka akan mengumumkan perlantikan tersebut dalam tempoh dua minggu.

Tindakan untuk tindakan membubarkan DUN Selangor sekiranya Parlimen dibubarkan dalam tempoh setahun ini dan memanjang tempoh DUN Selangor sehingga penghujung 2012 membuktikan Pembangkang tidak selesa untuk terus kembali memerintah setelah PRU13 kerana isu desakan masyarakat Bukan Melayu belum dapat ditunaikan. Ini juga membayangkan Pembangkang terutama PKR tidak mempunyai kekuda yang kuat diakar umbi, terutama dikalangan masyarakat Melayu yang menjadi majoriti warga Selangor.

Sensitiviti masyarakat Melayu Selangor mengenai cadangan untuk merampas tanah Yayasan Selangor untuk pembinaan Pusat Masyarakat Cina dan India itu juga memerlukan banyak masa bagi PKR dan Pembangkang untuk ‘menyejukan’ keadaan. Yayasan Selangor ditubuhkan semasa zaman Dato’ Harun Idris sebagai (dipetik lawan web Yayasan Selangor):

Yayasan Selangor ditubuhkan atas kesedaran betapa pentingnya pendidikan di kalangan rakyat negeri Selangor khususnya kepada masyarakat luar Bandar untuk sama-sama menikmati erti kemajuan pendidikan dan kemudahan pendidikan seperti mana dinikmati oleh golongan masyarakat Bandar. Di atas kesedaran pentingnya pendidikan yang merupakan salah satu daripada agenda Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB), maka lahirnya Yayasan Selangor.

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Jelas cadangan untuk merampas tanah milik Yayasan Selangor bagi tujuan berkenan adalah lari dari peranan agensi itu sendiri sebagai pemangkin masyarakat melalui pendidikan dan Dasar Ekonomi Baru. Ini jelas membuktikan Kerajaan Pembangkang ini sanggup berbuat apa sahaja termasuk mengadaikan hak dan kelebihan yang diperuntukan kepada orang Melayu bagi kepentingan menjaga perasaan golongan minoriti.

Sebelum ini, MB-boneka-DAP yang didesak oleh pemimpin DAP Selangor untuk memohon maaf begitu cepat kepada Paderi Kanan Daniel Ho, pagi Khamis selepas kejadian ‘Serbuan JAIS keatas DUMC’.

Persoalan “Tiga Belas Juta Ringgit” sekarang ialah, kenapa MB-boneka-DAP ini begitu perihatin kepada isu isu melibatkan masayarakat minoriti, sedangkan keperihatinan yang sama tidak ditunjukan kepada masyarakat majoriti, termasuk dalam isu isu sensitif seperti ‘Isu Kuil Seksyen 23’, cadangan untuk menggunakan wang zakat dalam Baitulmal untuk pembangunan, dakwaan mengenai gereja memurtadkan orang Melayu Islam seperti dalam kes ‘Serbuan keatas DUMC’ dan sebagainya?

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 09:07  Comments (13)  

Penangites short-changed by ‘migrant’ streams of politicians?

Penang is the most industrious island in the nation. Apparently, after the ‘Political Tsunami’ on 8 March 2008 Penang State Government has been filled by ‘migrants‘ instead of indigenous Penangites as per under Barisan Nasional.

Penangites then had so much hopes when they gave the Opposition the mandate and kicked out Koh Tsu Koon’s BN out. DAP having the most seat in the tri-party-unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-strange-backstabbing-bedfellows assumed the Chief Minister position. One of the Deputy Chief Minister is also a DAP man.

Unfortunately, some of the strategic post in Penang are filled with Non Penangites. The most apparent is Chief Minister is Lim Guan Eng. He is a Melaka born and had been serving Melakans for a long time. He even speak with the wrong Hokkien twang to blend seamlessly with Penangites.

How and why Penangites allowed an outsider to manage them and their affairs is baffling. Appearing at Damansara Utama Methodist Church in Petaling Jaya semalam is a proof on suspicion by many that Lim is a closet Christian. If it is true he had embraced Christianity, then he is now a CEO of a state where the majority Chinese are predominantly Taoist.

Penangites should have insisted that a DAP Penang veteran Wong Hon Wai to be the Chief Minister.

Then there are Non Penangites in the Exco like P Ramasamy who was born in Sitiawan, Perak, Chow Kon Yeow who is from Kuala Lumpur and Mansor Osman, who is a Kedah born man.  MP for Jelutong Jeff Ooi who is Chief of Staff in the CM’s Office is a Pendang-born chap and Bukit Bendera MP Party Strategist Liew Chin Tong hails from Selangor.

These Non Penangites are actually causing a lot of issues if not problems for Penangites. The recent spat between Ooi and Exco in-charge of Housing Wong Hon Wai is reflective of the DAP team attempting to manage Penang isn’t really working well together.

Jeff Ooi let off with warning

2011-08-06 11:24

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 (Bernama) — DAP central committee member and Member of Parliament for Jelutong, Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun was let off with just a warning by the party’s Disciplinary Committee (DC) today for attacking a fellow party member, who is also Penang state Exco member Wong Hon Wai, in the media.

DC chairman Tan Kok Wai said after listening to Ooi’s testimony at the party headquarters here, the committee has decided to issue a “stern warning” to Ooi, who is also chief of staff of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“He has breached party discipline by resorting to the media without exhausting all available internal avenues. This in turn has tarnished the party’s name and image,” Tan told reporters after the hearing.

Ooi had previously been involved in exchanging bards with fellow DAP colleague, Wong, in the media over the latter’s purported failure to get sufficient data on applicants for low cost apartments in Batu Lanchang, since he was the state Exco in charge of housing.

Ooi even went a step further by calling for Wong’s resignation over the matter.

The feud came out in the open when Wong claimed that Ooi did not do his homework when submitting a name list of 178 people who applied to buy low-cost houses in his constituency.

Ooi then retaliated, saying it was a “baseless claim” and called on Wong, whom he labelled as a “little Napoleon,” to resign from his post. Explaining the DC’s decision today, Tan said Ooi’s was given a warning because of the uncalled-for name-calling of Wong which the DC deemed as something that “does not sit well with the public.”

“His remarks will only lead to party’s disrepute” said Tan while stating that the Penang administration has been receiving praise for being a “model state” and the matter Ooi raised did not help solve any grievances of the people.

“Jeff as an MP (member of parliament) and Lim Guan Eng’s chief of staff should act as a party leader who knew how to demonstrate unity among colleagues and use proper channels to raise the matter.

“DAP’s reputation, which has been painstakingly built over 46 years, could be easily destroyed by this kind of action,” he said.

Earlier, Ooi when meet by reporters after giving his testimony said he was ready to face any decision taken by the DC, if they found him under any offence and hoped the DC would also have the “wisdom” to haul Wong for his explanation.

However, Tan explained later it was not necessary to call up Wong

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This suspiciously looking that DAP Secretary General who is also the Chief Minister is applying some degree of favourtism and ‘intervention”, so that one of his own is not reprimanded too hard. Even at the expense of Penangites. The fact that Ooi was just let off with a warning is reflective of the fact that Penangites have been short-changed with this migrant politicians running their administration business.

In business terms, the current DAP didn’t do much better for the state compared to when it was under BN. In fact, under BN Penang saw a steady economic growth and investment. Then again Chinese Chauvinist DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is unable to do math very well.  There are more complaints against the Penang State Government now as compared to the aggregated complaints against the BN Government for almost 40 years.

In hindsight, Penangites are better having one of their running their affairs.

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 14:08  Comments (9)  

Pastor Ho refuse to meet JAIS Officers

At the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) morning mass today, Senior Pastor Daniel Ho was said to have admitted to the congregation that he deliberately refused to meet JAIS Officers at JAIS Head Office.

On the raid  the ‘Dream Centre’ on Wednesday night 3 Aug 2011 by JAIS Officers, Pastor Ho was also said to have been very adamant about  the event on was purely “Social in nature”. He was believed to be insistent about the program which involved Malay Muslims in DUMC was about ‘social service’ and “Helping the unfortunates”.

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

However, evidence obtained from the twelve Malay Muslims on Wednesday night suggests there was some sort protelyzation process ongoing. Amongst the items discovered are Bibles in Malay and other related documents. Reports also stated that Malay Muslims in dire financial state have been ‘befriended’. Berita Harian also reported that one of them admitted some 100 single mothers are amongst this group.

This admission of refusal to co-operate with JAIS Officers in the investigation demonstrate a blatant disregard for authorities and the administration of Islam, as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia. This is also reflecting the Opposition’s strategy of ‘Politics of Hatred’, with the consistent demonization of law enforcements agencies and authorities.

Amongst those who attended today’s service are Chinese Chauvinists DAP Leaders Secretary General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, ADUN for Kinrara and Exco in-charge of Investment, Industry and Commerce Theresa Kok and ADUN for Subang Jaya Hannah Yeo. The strong Chinese Chaunivist DAP patronage immediately after the raid by JAIS is evidently clear that they are indirectly using church as an apparatus for their politics.

On 5 May 2011 in Penang, DAP MP for Jelutong Jeff Ooi organized a dinner for some pastors as part of the post-Sarawak April State Elections. In the zest to that dinner event, they vowed “To have a Christian as the PM” and “Make Christianity as one of the official religion of Federation of Malaysia”.

*Updated 900pm

PAS Central Committee met today to discuss the JAIS raid on DUMC issue.

Published: Sunday August 7, 2011 MYT 5:03:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 7, 2011 MYT 5:10:57 PM

PAS to help resolve Jais church raid controversy

By SIRA HABIBU

PETALING JAYA: PAS is stepping in to help resolve the controversy arising from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raid on a church hall in Damansara Utama recently.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said Sunday they were going on a fact-finding mission to seek the truth.

“We want to hear directly from both sides before offering a solution. We must be fair. We must hear from Jais and from the church,” he told reporters after chairing the monthly PAS central committee meeting.

PAS is sending letters to the Methodist Church in Damansara Utama and Jais, seeking appointments for meetings.

Hadi said party secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali would lead the fact-finding mission.

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It is funny why PAS representatives should meet up with JAIS officials on the matter and not trust Dato’ Dr Hasan Ali, who is Selangor Exco in-charge of Religious Affairs which oversee JAIS. The fact that PAS has doubts on the professionalism of JAIS as a Selangor Government agency gives a strong message for DAP to fully use the incident as a political tool.

It demonstrated clear Anwarista-controlled PAS now panders

Published in: on August 7, 2011 at 14:50  Comments (56)  

Apologetic Khalid is a minority puppet

Master and Slave: Theresa Kok, Puppet MB Khalid and Dr Xavier

Selangor State Government is actually a puppet for the minority. Even though they got the mandate from the majority, the act upon the interests of the minority. Apparently, Nizar Jamaluddin was not the only Opposition-controlled-DAP-puppet-Menteri-Besar.

Case in point is the JAIS recent raid against Damansara Utama Methodist Church and found Muslims during an event that was supposed to be Christian in nature.

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was said to have called Senior Paster Daniel Ho right after the Selangor Economic Action Council. This was done even before he received JAIS’s report on the matter the night before. In the MTES meeting, Selangor Excos Theresa Kok, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar and Elizabeth Wong was said to have strongly insisted that Khalid as the MB apologise on the raid.

This is very peculiar as Islamic affairs is not in the radar screen of the MB. On other issues, he kept out of it and let the Exco in charge Dato’ Dr Hassan Ali take the heat and the full brunt against all Non Malay banters whenever an action is taken by JAIS. Controversial case in point were the ‘azan’ issue started by Seputeh MP Theresa Kok, inappropriately dressed and speaking in front of a Mimbar by Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching last Ramadhan and of course the ‘beer sale near a mosque’ controversy saw a media spat between Dr Hassan Ali and Exco Ronnie Liu.

So why is that MB Khalid adhered to the ‘Trinity’ insistence that an apology be issued immediately, even before JAIS report was submitted to be perused carefully?

We here in BigDogDotCom are willing to bet that is has something to do with why there was a media gag instructions issued yesterday evening. It was about ‘damage control’. We think they are not sure and still unable to asses the full brunt of reaction if what really happened be made known, especially amongst the Muslims and moreover in this Holy Ramadhan month.

JAIS have had observed this particular church and other churches on activities ‘befriending’ Muslims. These churches were said to be very generous in providing a lot for the unfortunates which include Muslim single mothers and those who are in dire financial status. And the conveniently but continuously organise social events and these Muslims are invited and treated well.

Scene at Damansara Utama Methodist Church 'Dream Centre' as per Wednesday 3 Aug 2011

In the case of DUMC, the venue of the event was kept ‘hush-hush’ until a few hours before its started. It was organised in a suspicious manner where the attendees wore Muslim friendly attire like Baju Kurung for a social meet at a church. Even though it was said to be ‘Buka Puasa’ event, it was said that the itinerary started with songs and dances at 715pm.

JAIS Officers arrived and entered the church at 945pm. They had a report about an event as part of a process to proselytise Malay Muslims. When they tried to enter into the church main hall and do their investigation, they were stopped by a woman by the name of Sofia (according to another report, Nadia). They negotiated to enter and that took at hour. It was said during that time, one of the JAIS Officers heard in one of the lecture was about a Muslim and was talking about the beauty of Christianity, which was thought to be very peculiar.

Bibles in Malay were distributed amongst the Muslims who attended DUMC on 3 Aug 2011

The JAIS Officers maintained that they need not a warrant to do an investigation and enter a premise, as per provisions made under Section 10 of Syariah Criminal Enactment (1995) of the State Constitution.

By the time the managed to enter the main hall, the found some of the evidence like literature were destroyed and they were stopped from going through the rubbish. A pocket-size digital device which has a recording of bible both in English and Malay was also said to be discovered. After questioning the audience, twelve of them were found to be Muslims between the ages of 16 and 40s, and their particulars taken down. They have been asked to appear at JAIS Office on 9 Aug 2011.

A more interesting evidence was put foward to our attention. Apparent, one of the Malay ladies whose particulars were taken down by JAIS officers voluntarily admitted that the Holy Bible was issued to each of them.

DAP 'Trojan Horse

The Malays, who are the majority of Selangorians are unequivocally very unhappy with this. 56 Malay NGOs will be gathering in front of Istana Bukit Kayangan on Monday 1100am to submit a memorandum to HRH Sultan of Selangor.

It is very clear for MB Khalid to be a DAP puppet of the minority within the minorities and he is a ‘Trojan Horse’ for the minority propel and push for their agenda in the luxury of Malay Muslim majority mandate. After all, now that Anwaristas have strong hands in PAS Central Committee after the recent party election and Selangor PAS is now under the control of the ‘Erdogans’, this liberal-and-anti-Malay agenda would be seamless. His actions pandering to the Chinese Chauvinist and/or anti-Malay agenda should be deemed insulting to the Malays, HRH Sultan and position of Islam as the Religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

This is thinning of the wedge. May God help us all.

*Updated 1000pm

Published in: on August 6, 2011 at 15:59  Comments (47)  

Where was Dr Hassan on the Red Rock Hotel controversy?

Selangor PAS Commissioner and Selangor State Government Exco for religious affairs Dr Hassan Md Ali

Upholding the Federation of Malaysia Constitution in the administration and position of Islam and Muslims, Selangor Exco-in-charge of Relgious Affairs Dr Hassan Md Ali defended the actions of his JAIS men raiding a Methodist Church in Damansara Utama on Wednesday night.

The Star report on this:

Friday August 5, 2011

Hasan claims event was to proselytise Muslims

PETALING JAYA: Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali has defended the raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church, claiming there was evidence of proselytisation towards Muslims.

“We carried out the raid after receiving information there were Muslims at a breaking-of-fast event at the church.

“In the early part of the event, a person was quoting the words Quran’ and pray’ in the speech,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said the Jais enforcement team and the police came at the end of the event and made checks although they were stopped by the organisers.

“The main organiser, believed to be a Muslim, had negotiated for almost an hour with the team leader of the operation to ensure that the investigation would only take place after the event ended,” he added.

Dr Hasan said the authorities had found materials to prove there was non-Islamic preaching although there were attempts to get rid of the evidence.

“Some of the participants tried to escape via the back door of the premises but they were stopped by Jais officers,” he said.

According to the statement, there were 12 Muslims at the event and they had been ordered to turn up at the Jais enforcement office for further investigation.

“There was no raid and arrest made. Jais only conducted examinations after negotiations with the organisers.

“Based on initial investigations, those involved can be charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995,” he said.

In an immediate response, a Jais official said the raid was justified.

“The public will soon know why we carried out the raid,” he said.

“But we can’t furnish details at the moment because it may jeopardise our investigation.” The official said they have submitted a report to the state government.

“We hope all quarters will stop speculating. Wait for the outcome of the investigation,” he said.

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Also read NST’s take on this:

Exco man explains Jais raid

2011/08/05
By Mazlinda Mahmood
news@nst.com.my
KUALA LUMPUR: A Selangor state executive councillor said yesterday the state Islamic Religious Department (Jais) carried out the raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) on Wednesday night after it received a tip-off that Muslims were attending a function there.

Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, who is state Muslim Affairs, Malay Customs, Infrastructure and Public Amenities Committee chairman, said there was evidence of “proselytising of Muslims by non-Muslims”.

During the 9pm raid, a speech was being delivered and the word, “Quran” was mentioned.
Hasan said the main organiser, believed to be a Muslim, had a discussion for nearly an hour with the head of the Jais operations, requesting the raid to be conducted after the function.

He added that nearing the end of the function, the Jais team with police officers conducted checks despite an attempt to stop them.

“The team found an attempt by some to escape through the back door of the premises, but managed to stop them,” he said in a statement.
Hasan said checks revealed that there were 12 Muslims at the function but no arrest was made.

They had, however, been told to appear at Jais’ enforcement division for investigations.

Based on preliminary investigations, those involved were liable to be charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Jais had been instructed to submit a full report on the raid.

He said the state government viewed the incident seriously and he had personally called DUMC’s senior pastor, Daniel Ho, to express his regrets.

“I told him that the state has instructed Jais to provide a full report detailing the incident, including their justification for their action that night.

“I hope to meet the pastor again once the report is completed.”

Meanwhile, DUMC is demanding action against Jais for trespassing and harassment.

In a statement yesterday, Ho recounted how a group of 20 to 30 Jais enforcement and police officers entered its premises at the Dream Centre in Petaling Jaya late on Wednesday night without a warrant and intimidated about 120 guests, including 15 Muslims, at its private dinner.

“They subjected all the guests at the thanksgiving dinner to undue harassment,” he said, adding that not all members of the enforcement group were in uniform and they had failed to produce a copy of the complaint when asked for the reason for the raid.

Ho stressed that the dinner was non-religious in nature, but was held to celebrate the work of non-profit organisation Harapan Komuniti in helping women, children, HIV/AIDS sufferers and victims of natural disasters.

Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad also condemned Jais’ action and urged the department to apologise to the church.

“This is not right. They (Jais) cannot simply storm into a church or any other religious institution without getting their facts right.”
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This admist fury amongst his Opposition partners-of-unholy-marriage-of-(in)conveniences-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows, Chinese Chauvinist DAP was on their usual tone and decibel level:

Published: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 1:49:00 PM
Updated: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 2:10:31 PM

Church raid: Hasan’s defence of Jais an act of breaking ranks, says DAP

He said Jai’s “gatecrashing” of a multi-racial dinner at the Damansara Utara Methodist Church Wednesday night was deplorable, and detrimental to efforts to build an open, tolerant and harmonious plural Malaysian society.

The Mentri Besar’s swift response Thursday expressing regret was both timely and appropriate, Lim said in a statement Friday.

However, Lim added that the public defence of Jais’ action by Dr Hasan, the state exco member in charge of Islamic affars, was a matter of concern.

“It is an act of breaking ranks in the Selangor state government,” Lim said.

Meanwhile, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing called on Jais to furnish proof of the claim that there was proselytisation of Muslims at the dinner or apologise for its action.

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Naturally, the Christians were fuming mad.

Read Berita Harian’s report on the case. There is an unnamed Muslim who has been attending all these meets, when he or she had financial difficulties. Amongst those who attended are single mothers.

JAIS, polis serbu umat Islam dalam gereja

Oleh Norfatimah Ahmad, Khairul Azran Hussin dan Shaarani Ismail
bhnews@bharian.com.my
2011/08/05

PEGAWAI JAIS dan  polis memeriksa Dewan DMC di Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya didakwa menyebarkan agama Kristian melalui seminar dan ceramah kepada orang Islam, malam semalam.

PEGAWAI JAIS dan polis memeriksa Dewan DMC di Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya didakwa menyebarkan agama Kristian melalui seminar dan ceramah kepada orang Islam, malam semalam.

12 Muslim didapati menghadiri majlis diselit perkataan al-Quran

SHAH ALAM: Penguat kuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) menyerbu Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama di Petaling Jaya, malam kelmarin, selepas mendapat maklumat orang Islam menghadiri majlis di gereja berkenaan.

 Ketika serbuan dilakukan kira-kira jam 9 malam, kelihatan seseorang sedang mengadakan pengucapan awam yang ucapannya ada diselitkan perkataan al-Quran dan terdapat bukti kegiatan penyebaran agama bukan Islam terhadap penganut agama Islam.
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal-Ehwal Islam, Adat-Adat Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam Selangor, Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, berkata anggota penguat kuasa JAIS bersama polis menjalankan pemeriksaan di premis itu walaupun dihalang penganjur.

Katanya, penganjur utama dipercayai beragama Islam berunding hampir sejam bersama ketua pasukan operasi agar pemeriksaan ke atas tempat dan individu tidak dilakukan sehingga majlis selesai.

“Selepas majlis hampir tamat, penguat kuasa dan polis membuat pemeriksaan meskipun terdapat cubaan menghalang mereka dan melupuskan bahan bukti,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, semalam.

Pegawai penguat kuasa JAIS dan polis mendapati ada cubaan untuk melarikan diri melalui pintu belakang premis tetapi berjaya dihalang.
Hasan berkata, terdapat 12 orang beragama Islam menghadiri majlis itu, namun tiada tangkapan dibuat dan mereka diarah hadir di Bahagian Penguatkuasaan JAIS untuk siasatan lanjut.

“Berpandukan kepada siasatan awal mereka yang terbabit boleh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 10 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah 1995,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, berkata kerajaan negeri memandang serius insiden itu dan secara peribadi menghubungi Pastor Daniel Ho bagi menyatakan kekesalan.

“Saya memberitahu beliau bahawa saya sudah minta JAIS menyediakan laporan penuh mengenai insiden ini, termasuk sebab terperinci serbuan dilakukan.

“Saya berharap dapat berjumpa dengan Pastor Daniel Ho sebaik laporan lengkap ini diterima,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini, semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR: Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia (CFM) kecewa dan terkejut dengan tindakan JAIS dan polis menyerbu Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama yang dianggap sebagai tidak wajar.

Pengerusi CFM Biskop, Datuk Ng Moon Hing, berkata pihaknya akan memanggil beberapa pihak berkaitan supaya satu siasatan menyeluruh dapat dijalankan berhubung kejadian itu.

“Sejak kebelakangan ini, kita menyaksikan peningkatan insiden dengan orang Kristian menjadi sasaran tuduhan tidak berasas serta prejudis pelbagai kumpulan termasuk beberapa media arus perdana yang membuat kenyataan berbaur menghasut dan bercanggah dengan semangat 1Malaysia,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

(Pls read the hardcorpy of the story, pg 10 Friday 5 Aug 2011’s edition.

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This is very serious.

Lets compare what happened in Damansara Utama to what happened at the Red Rock Hotel on MacAlister Road in Penang, on 5 May 2011. The scope and degree may be different but the magnitude of the problem and reaction was almost at the same temperature. In that event (which later was substantiated with the admission of then Jelutong DAP man Mohd. Razali A Rahman) that MP for Jelutong was at a dinner party where they vowed “To have a Christian as the Prime Minister” and eventually “Make Christianity as one of the official religion of Malaysia”.

That reporting created a controversy, almost to a point of dis-stability. Of course, the church leaders denied the vow was made.

However, where was Dr Hassan Ali in that controversy? If he believed the actions of his JAIS officers two nights ago, surely he would dare to voice his deep discern on how some of the zestful Pastors were alleged to make those vows. Interesting enough, Kulim-Bandar Bahru MP Dato’ Zulkifli Nordin also claimed that there were movements trying to displace Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

PAS Commissioner Dr Hassan and DAP Ronnie Liu became 'friends' again, after the beer issue

For the record, this is not the first time Selangor PAS and DAP leaders went after each other. The issue of the sale of beers in a convenience store near to the State Mosque is still fresh in our minds. However, PAS comprised and they ‘settled’ the issue by burying it under the carpet somewhere.

Will the PAS Leadership stand behind Dr Hassan on this one, especially he is the PAS Selangor Commissioner? How will liberal PAS Leaders such as Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Khalid Awang, who are both MPs from Selangor react to all these?

Interesting enough, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim immediate reaction was to ‘apologise’. He was quick to want to meet Senior Pastor Daniel Ho, to explain. Then again, when the situation was the other way around and deemed insulting to the Muslims and majority, did Selangor DAP Boss apologise for any of these:

1. DAP Seputeh MP Theresa Kok against the ‘azan’ issue

2. DAP Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching when she dressed inappropriately and spoke just infront of the Mimbar in her constituency during last year’s Ramadhan

3. Non Malay protesters which include Chinese and some DAP members rushed (some without taking of their footwears) into the Masjid Negara upon the Police taking action to disperse the mob, during the demonstration to submit the memorandum on the water issue to the Federal Government

There you go. Selangor PKR is very careful in taking care of the feelings for the minority Chinese but not the majority Malay Muslims. So many questions loom in the rakyat’s mind.Very interesting answers expected.

*Updated 400pm

Now its time to shut-up, Khalid tells everyone in Selangor. It looks that they are desperate to do ‘damage control’:

Published: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 3:13:00 PM
Updated: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 3:17:06 PM

Church raid: MB issues gag order, to seek Sultan’s advice

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government will seek the advice of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to resolve the issue involving State Religious Department (Jais) officials raiding a multi-faith dinner held in a church on Wednesday.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said action on Jais will be determined after he has presented a report detailing the incident to the Sultan.

He has also ordered a gag on the issue on all state exco members.

“As soon as Jais gives (me) the report, I will seek an audience with the Sultan to obtain the advice of His Royal Highness to resolve this issue and to ensure that similar incidents do not reoccur.

“Until a decision has been made and the issue resolved, all state exco members are prohibited from making any statements relating to this incident,” Khalid said in a statement issued by his press secretariat Friday.

He also reiterated the state government’s regret over the incident.

“We are convinced that the people of Selangor felt their rights were not defended.

“Good intention and purpose do not justify actions that fail to exhibit justice and wisdom when leading the community,” said Khalid.

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Situation is looking very bad for the Opposition-led Selangor State Government. And now, lets wait for the drama that shall precede from this point.

Published in: on August 5, 2011 at 14:18  Comments (32)