Kadir Jasin, Supremo Journo

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin presenting the MPI Tokoh Wartawan Negara to Dato’ A Kadir Jasin

Former Group Editor in Chief NST and now a blogger Dato’ A Kadir Jasin has been named by Malaysian Press Institute as Tokoh Wartawan Negara. It is a befitting award indeed for the forty odd years veteran journo. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin presented the award this afternoon.

Like so many people, I have a great admiration of the man.

He is a bold opinion maker. He never mince his words. And he is never shy to express his views no matter how painful it may sound at the receiving end, be it in the print media when he was still the NST Supremo, his column in the Malaysian Business or now via his infamous blog, The Scribe. In the mid to late 90s when I was still a twenty-plus-years-old  regular manager in the commercial sector, his editorial column in the English daily or “Other Thots”  twice monthly premier business magazine was something of an eye opening into a new perspective.

He held the fort when Anwar Ibrahim was sacked in September 1998, and the mob street politics of hatred ‘Reformasi’ was born. It was the time where part of Anwar’s propaganda to win the imagination of many is to attack the NST. For the next few years, Dato’ Kadir demonstrated examplary leadership when NST was under streams of test. Once the premier Malaysian referral point in English language, at that moment NST has then became “A tool of Government’s lies”.

Through my involvement in the political arena of cybersphere, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the man. Then, we were on the same side of a very unpopular group of dissenters, openly going against the poor and weak leadership and administration of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Even though I was never a journo, Dato’ Kadir easily accepted an oddball like yours truly to be someone he was willing to share his thoughts with.

By then, I was also actively involved in events that were blatantly critical of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and his notorious ‘Level Four Boys’. The small group of us was all over Semenanjung Malaysia, organizing or attending events. Kadir, was kind enough to be a panelist in some of these events.

Every now and then, he would round some of us up for teh tarik or his roti canai breakfast and persons like me would benefit immensely from his thought process, analysis and personal views on things, especially issues involving UMNO, the Malays and Bumiputra Agenda. His account of personal wealth of experience was like gold to us. He never failed to encourage us to carry on and stingy to part his deep-rooted Malay values.

In third quarter of 2008, Dato’ Kadir published Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s ‘Blogging to Unblock’, a collection of the first few articles which appeared on then  chedet.com. It was the time where the small group of us was so unpopular that many of our own friends ‘feared’ to be seen in our company, even for a quiet and harmless teh tarik.

Dato’ Kadir is still a fighter through his writings. So much so, former Justice Minister turned PKR politician Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim took him to court for his writing “Zaid: Hurricane Hattie of PR”.

I am very certain many of his friends and former subordinates are very proud of the award bestowed on the Pendang-born Kedahan. Please read his brief but amazing side of story as a jouno. Congratulations, Dato’ Kadir. A true Malay Warrior. An inspirational bi-lingual writer, indeed.

Published in: on July 17, 2012 at 03:40  Comments (3)  

Mukhriz: Help us to stock up Blood Bank

ANSARA President Mukhriz Mahathir handing over his own pint of blood to the National Blood Bank representative

“This is the sixth time ANSARA is doing this. We welcome any parties or individuals that is willing to drive for our annual Pre-Ramadhan Blood Donation campaign“.

Persatuan Bekas Pelajar MRSM Malaysia (ANSARA) President Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, spoke to media while donating blood in AEON Jusco AU2, Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur. This is his sixth time donating blood during the annual campaign, usually done the weekend before Ramadhan. The purpose is to top up for National Blood Bank for the month of Ramadhan, where the amount collected is lowered compared to the increased demand.

Mukhriz donating blood, sixth time for six consecutive year

“Donating blood is something everyone could do. It is costless, and yet it is very valuable”.

ANSARA is co-organising with AEON Co. Bhd, and National Blood Bank provide the expertise and equipments. It is done simultaneously in 31 locations nationwide. So far in previous campaign, over 29,000 pints of blood were collected from the public. Amongst some NGOs which participated in this campaign Sathiya Sai Baba, Asputra, along with corporate entities such as Penang Development Corporation, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Taman Tamadun Islam, Hospital Penawar and Sabah Credit Corporation.

Mukhriz also thanked everyone for their support and assistance in this campaign.

Published in: on July 15, 2012 at 14:00  Comments (11)  

‘Democracy’ within the non democratic

Chinese Chauvinist DAP has done it again. They sacked two of their own leaders, because of complaints of the issues for the plight if the minorities within the party which is known to be Chinese centric and in many times, Chinese Chauvinist.

Sunday July 15, 2012

Two Johor DAP leaders sacked for criticising party

By NELSON BENJAMIN
nelson@thestar.com.my

JOHOR BARU: Two DAP leaders who reportedly criticised the state party leadership have been sacked for tarnishing the party’s image.

Taman Saga branch chairman V. Thilusi Das and Taman Nesa DAP publicity secretary K. Kurugan were sacked during a party disciplinary committee meeting held last month.

In his letter to the two men, DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai stated that the decision was unanimous as the duo were involved in tarnishing the party’s image by demonstrating at its national congress in Shah Alam in January.

“They were also found to have issued negative statements about the party in front of the office of Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hou last month.

“Both men have been critical of the party leadership, especially against Dr Boo, and have been organising numerous protests alleging that the party had neglected the welfare of the Indian community.

“The two were given two weeks to appeal against the disciplinary committee’s decision,” Tan stated in the letter.

Johor DAP deputy chairman Norman Fernandez rejected the allegations made by the two men.

“There is a disgruntled group of people going around trying to create problems because they were not selected as candidates in the coming general election,” he added.

Thilusi Das confirmed that he and Kurugan were expelled.

“We are shocked by this decision, but we will continue to protest against Dr Boo and the DAP for failing to hear the plight to the Indian community. We will not appeal against the decision,” he said, adding that his branch members would resign from the DAP.

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The duo has been charged to issue negative statements against DAP State Chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau, whom they claim to be “neglecting the plight of the Indian community”. This is not new within DAP as the same issue caused a storm being stirred in Perak.

For the matter of fact, DAP have no none Chinese are State Party Chiefs.

It is obvious that DAP is Chinese Chauvinist and very undemocratic. Penang under DAP rule has faced the true colours of how the leaders give very little care for plight of the minorities such as the Kg Buah Pala episode.

Published in: on July 15, 2012 at 09:07  Comments (4)  

Perhimpunan Oren: Agenda PAS hasut peneroka gagal

Perhimpunan Oren yang didalangi oleh PAS yang dianjurkan melalui Persatuan Anak Generasi Kedua FELDA (ANAK) yang diterajui oleh AJK Pusat PAS Mazlan Aliman di Jalan Duta petang ini gagal.

Laporan Harakah Daily:

Memo bantah penyenaraian FGV diserah kepada Istana Negara

Salmiyah Harun, 14 Jul 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Enam orang dibenarkan memasuki Istana Negara untuk menyerahkan memorandum kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong sebagai membantah penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) di Bursa Malaysia.

(Tuan Ibrahim berucap di perhimpunan Oren dari atas sebuah lori)

Mereka terdiri daripada Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu, Presiden Anak, Mazlan Aliman, Tamrin Ghafar, Dr Rosli Yaacop, wakil peneroka, Tanggam dan Siti Halijah Mohamad.


Ketua Penerangan PAS Pusat, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man dan seorang peguam yang disenaraikan untuk menggantikan dua lagi yang tidak dihadir bagaimanapun tidak dibenarkan masuk.

(Mohamad Sabu menaiki kereta menuju ke Istana Negara di Jalan Duta untuk menyerahkan memorandum kepada Yang Dipertuan Agung)

Ini kerana pihak istana hanya merujuk kepada senarai asal.


Mereka dibawa dengan kendera polis dan pihak istana kira-kira jam 3.20 oetang.

Penyerahan memorandum itu hanya sekitar 10 minit sahaja dan mereka kemudian menuju ke tempat para peserta Himpunan Oren berkumpul selepas perarakan, kira-kira 600 meter dari pagar Istana Negara.

Perarakan sempena Himpunan Oren itu bermula dari Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan kira-kira jam 2.15 petang diketuai Mohamad Sabu.

(Sebahagian peserta Himpunan Oren bagi membantah penyenaraian FGVH di bursa saham kerana ia merperjudikan nasib peneroka)

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Propaganda Pembangkang melaporkan 5,000 orang hadir. Namun, jumlah sebenar jauh lebih rendah dari itu.

Pemimpin pemimpin PAS berkali kali cuba menghasut peneroka 112,635 orang FELDA dan keluarga mereka, termasuk mengunakan proses Mahkamah untuk mengagalkan penyenaraian FELDA Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH). Dua kali mesyuarat agung luar biasa Koperasi Permodalan FELDA (KPF) gagal kerana injuksi Mahkamah Tinggi oleh ahli ahli KPF yang bersekongkol dengan Mazlan Aliman dan ANAK. Itu tidak termasuk pelbagai laporan Polis yang dibuat.

Pensabotaj penyenaraian FGVH amat konsisten termasuk berbohong kepada peneroka FELDA dimana tanah 10 ekar milik setiap peneroka akan terjejas dalam gerka-kerja korporat ini. Walaupun mereka kunun kunun “Menentang Penyenaraian FGVH dan ‘Duriang Runtuh'”, namun kesemua AJK ANAK yang terdiri dari peneroka FELDA mengambil cek bernilai RM 5,000.00 ‘Durian Runtuh’ mereka.

Kain rentang yang digantung sekitar jalan menuju FELDA Jengka 8, seminggu sebelum Majlis Bersama Peneroka 8 Mei 2012

Penyenaraian FGVH memungkinkan semua perniagaan bawah Kumpulan FELDA dikonsolidasi dan rationalisasikan, yang menjurus kepada ‘Pembebasan-Kunci’ asset asset dan perniagaan Kumpulan Ini termasuk 350,000 ha FELDA Plantations dan semua anak syarikat Kumpulan FELDA yang mengumpul, memproses dan memasarkan minyak dan hasil hiliran kelapa sawit.FELDA.

Penyenaraian FGVH merupakan perancangan transformasi masyarakat dan warga FELDA, yang mula mula dimumumkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak semasa Ucapan Bajet 2012 pada 7 Oktober 2011. Dalam ucapan tersebut, 112,635 orang peneroka FELDA akan menerima ‘Durian Runtuh’, sebagai menghargai pengorbanan, jasa dan kerja kuat mereka semenjak FELDA ujud. Pada 8 Mei 2012, PM Najib mengumumkan ‘Durian Runtuh’ berjumlah RM 1.7 billion, yang bukan sahaja kepada peneroka FELDA malah golongan isteri peneroka dan anak anak peneroka.

‘Agenda Bumiputra’ FGVH tetap kukuh terpelihara walaupun selepas penyenaraian, ianya menjadi syarikat berasaskan pengeluaran perldangan bertaraf global dan menerima cabaran baru, terutama pelabur yang dari pemegang dana dan pasaran modal global. Hasil dari keuntungan FGVH bukan sahaja disalurkan kepada pemegang saham, malah beberapa masyarakat Melayu diluar bandar juga akan mendapat kebaikan ‘Pembebasan-Kunci’ FGVH.

Sebahagian dari hasil keuntungan FGVH akan disalurkan kepada Yayasan FELDA dan akan digunakan untuk pembangunan semula kawasan kampung yang berada disekeliling kawasan FELDA. Ini adalah sebahagian dari agenda transformasi masyarakat luar bandar dan hasil dari aktiviti perniagaan FGVH akan juga memberikan menafaat bagi mereka yang bukan dari kalangan warga FELDA.

Penyenearaian FGVH pada 28 Jun bukan sahaja mendapat perhatian serious pelabur tempatan terutama dikalangan Bumiputra, malah pelabur antarabangsa juga memberikan minat yang amat memberangsangkan. Permintaan saham penyenaraian FGVH meningkat 30 kali ganda berbanding saham yang ditawarkan.

Bagi PAS untuk mendalangi ‘Membantah Penyenaraian FGVH’, merupakan kerja sia sia kerana syarikat itu sudah pun tersenarai lebih dua minggu sudah dan kini menjadi syarikat berasaskan pengeluran perladangan antara yang terbesar didunia.

Jelas ‘Pembantahan Penyenaraian FGVH’ hari ini merupakan wayang terdesak pihak Pembangkang untuk meraih perhatian murahan, terutama PAS yang kini sudah bankrap politik dan sokongan orang Melayu makin tiris terhadap parti yang banyak menguasai kawasan ‘hinterland‘ undi Melayu itu. Ini kerana PAS tergamak membelakangkan Islam yang kunun kunun ‘menjadi wadah perjuangan mereka memartabatkan Al Quran dan Hadith’, apabila berkompromi dengan Pakatan Pembangkang atas itu seperti ‘Kalimah Allah’, proses memurtadkan orang Islam (sebagaimana yang dibongkar di Damansara Utama Methodist Church Ramadhan lepas) dan mengugurkan tuntutan untuk perlaksanan Hukum Hudud.

PAS juga kini dilihat sebagai ‘tali barut’ Anwar Ibrahim dimana pemimpin yang dipilih hari ini menolak ‘kerjasama dikalangan orang Melayu’, walaupun kerana kebaikan ummah dan sebaliknya lebih berminat menjaga perasaan rakan kongsi mereka DAP.

Published in: on July 14, 2012 at 16:15  Comments (8)  

Blood for life: 1 Darah, 1 Malaysia

It is time for Persatuan Bekas Pelajar MRSM Malaysia’s (ANSARA) Annual Pre-Ramadhan Blood Donation campaign again. This is the sixth time ANSARA is hosting this, to urge Malaysians to give blood in anticipation of the increased demand for blood during the Ramadhan and long Hari Raya Aidil Fitri holidays.

So far during the five years campaign, the ANSARA Pre-Ramadhan Blood Donation drive manage to collect an aggregate of  29, 323 pints of blood. The best collection so far was in 201o, where 9,089 pints of blood were collected.

This year, the blood donation campaign would be held in 31 different location nationwide, in collaboration with AEON Jusco and National Blood Bank. The official launch for the campaign would be held at AEON Jusco AU2 Setiawangsa, Sunday 15 july 2012 at 1200noon.

Please come and donate blood. Help us to preserve lives.

‘1Darah 1Malaysia’, …from all Malaysians …for all Malaysians

Ansara Annual Nationwide PreRamadhan Blood Donation Campaign 2012

Edisi Tahun ke-6 Sabtu Ahad 14hb dan 15hb Julai 2012

Kuala Lumpur – Johor Bahru – Melaka – Seremban – Klang – Ipoh – Penang – Alor Setar – Kangar – Kota Bharu – Kuala Terengganu

ANSARA – AEON Co. (M) Bhd – Pusat Darah Negara, Asputra – Penang Development Corporation – Sathya Sai Baba – Taman Tamadun Islam – Pelabuhan Tanjong Pelepas – KIP Mart, dll

PELANCARAN RASMI

Majlis Penyerahan 30,000 pint darah

ANSARA-AEON kepada PDN

VIP: YB Dato Mukhriz Mahathir, Presiden ANSARA

Lokasi: AEON Jusco AU2 Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur

Tarikh: Ahad 15hb Julai 2012.

Masa: 12.00tgh hingga 1.30ptg

Koordinator: En Ahmad Bazlan (012-3269338)

Organisasi: Ansara Pusat

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

Venues Nationwide:

K U A L A L U M P U R

1) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Taman Maluri, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Ida Haryani (012-4457445)

Organisasi : Ansara Beseri

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

2) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Wangsa Maju, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Nurfiza Emilina (013-3853898)

Organisasi : Ansara Terendak

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

3) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Cheras Selatan, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Aminuddin Musa (012-2783067)

Organisasi : Ansara Muar

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

4) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Metro Prima, Kepong, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Zalina Ahmad Jailani (017-6197426)

Organisasi: Ansara Seremban

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

5) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Taman Equine, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Muhammad Amir (012-2003153)

Organisasi : Ansara Balik Pulau

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

6) Lokasi: AEON Jusco AU2 Setiawangsa, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Ihsan (019-6951688)

Organisasi : Ansara Taiping & Ansara Kulim

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

7) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Mahkota Cheras, KL

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Sathia (012-2112559)

Organisasi : Sathya Sai Baba

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

8) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Rawang

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Dalbir Singh (012-6627972)

Organisasi : NCR

TeamDarah: Pusat Darah Negara (PDN), Kuala Lumpur.

K L A N G

9) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Tarikh: Jumaat 13hb, Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00pagi hingga 8.00mlm

Koordinator: Zahari Mohd (016-6058369)

Organisasi: Ansara Kota Bharu

TeamDarah: Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang.

10) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Bukit Raja, Klang

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00pagi hingga 8.00mlm

Koordinator: Hatta Husin (010-2696727)

Organisasi: Asputra & Ansara Kuala Berang

TeamDarah: Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang.

J O H O R  B A H R U

11) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Tebrau City, JB

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb, Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 6.00ptg

Hubungi : Ramlee Omar (013-7734799)

Organisasi: Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru.

12) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Permas Jaya, JB

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 6.00 ptg

Koordinator: Azman Che Soh (019-7774643)

Organisasi: Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Daerah Kota Tinggi.

13) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Bukit Indah, JB

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 6.00 ptg

Koordinator: Riza Rina Rahman (019-7777864)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru (Sabtu).

Hospital Daerah Pontian (Ahad).

14) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Taman Universiti, JB

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 6.00 ptg

Koordinator: Wan Som (019-7571246)

Organisasi: Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Daerah Kulai.

15) Lokasi: Pelabuhan Tanjong Pelepas, JB

Tarikh: Rabu 11hb & Khamis 12hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Zakaria Abdul Rahman (019-7034588)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru.

16) Lokasi: KIP Mart Masai, JB

Tarikh: Sabtu 7hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Zuwailiah Jamaludin (019-7115400)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru.

17) Lokasi: KIP Mart Tampoi, JB

Tarikh: Sabtu 7hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Riza Rina Rahman (019-7777864)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru.

18) Lokasi: KIP Mart Kota Tinggi, Johor

Tarikh: Sabtu 7hb & Ahad 8hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Azman Che Soh (019-7774643)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Daerah Kota Tinggi, Kota Tinggi.

19) Lokasi: KIP Mart Segamat , Johor

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Dr Siti Juariah (019-7755470)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Daerah Segamat, Segamat.

20) Lokasi: Kolej Matrikulasi Tangkak, Johor

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Dr Siti Juariah (019-7755470)

Organisasi : Ansara Johor

TeamDarah: Hospital Daerah Muar, Muar.

M E L A K A

21) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Bandaraya Melaka

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00pg hingga 6.00ptg

Koodinator: Faizul (019-6027688)

Organisasi: Ansara Jasin

TeamDarah: Hospital Melaka

22) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Air Keroh Melaka

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00pg hingga 6.00ptg

Koordinator: Mr Guna (012-6756782)

Organisasi: Sathya Sai Baba

TeamDarah: Hospital Melaka

S E R E M B A N

23) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Seremban 2

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 11.00pagi to 7.00ptg

Koordinator: Dr Miszua Anuar (019-6544354)

Organisasi: Ansara Seremban

Participants : Sathya Sai Baba

TeamDarah: Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban.

I P O H

24) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Kinta City, Ipoh

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00ptg – 8.00mlm

Koordinator: Socka (019-5709042)

Organisasi: Aman Malaysia dan Ansara

TeamDarah: Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh.

25) Lokasi: AEON Station 18, Ipoh

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00ptg – 8.00mlm

Koordinator: Dzran Mohd (019-3090135)

Organisasi: St Michael’s Institution Old Boys

TeamDarah: Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh.

P E N A N G

26) Lokasi: Konkos Tingkat 3, KOMTAR, Georgetown,

Pulau Pinang

Tarikh: Khamis 12hb Julai 2012

Masa: 8.00pagi hingga 5.00ptg

Koordinator: Dahlan Ismail (012-4765868)

Organisasi: Penang Development Corporation (PDC) & Ansara Penang

Sponsor: Penang Development Corporation (PDC)

TeamDarah: Hospital Besar Pulau Penang.

27) Lokasi: AEON Jusco Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam,

Seberang Prai, Penang

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10.00pagi hingga 5.00ptg

Koordinator: Mohd Azhar Hamdan (012-4658220)

Organisasi: Penang Development Corporation & Ansara Penang

Sponsor: Penang Development Corporation (PDC)

TeamDarah: Hospital Seberang Jaya, Seberang Perai.

A L O R S E T A R

28) Lokasi: Tesco Mergong, Alor Setar.

Tarikh: Jumaat 13hb., Sabtu 14hb & Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 9.00pagi – 5.00 petang

Koordinator: Sdr Aminuddin Omar(Pak Tam) (017-4744304)

Organisasi: Yayasan Pembangunan Masyarakat Kubang Pasu

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar

K A N G A R

29) Lokasi: Hospital Tuanku Fauziah, Kangar

Tarikh: Ahad 15hb Julai 2012

Masa: 8.30pagi hingga 4.00ptg

Koordinator: Hamlussalam Dali (019-4462262) Asputra

Norfaiza (012-4614130 ) Anseri

Organisasi: Asputra (alumni SMS Tuanku Syed Putra)

Ansara Beseri (Anseri)

TeamDarah: Hospital Tuanku Fauziah, Kangar.

K O T A  B H A R U

30) Lokasi: Hospital Pakar Perdana, Kota Bharu

Tarikh: Sabtu 14hb Julai 2012

Masa: 10:00pagi – 4:00 ptg

Koordinator: Mohd Nasrif Daud (019-9553233)

Organisasi: Ansara Kota Bharu

TeamDarah: Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II

K U A L A  T E R E N G G A N U

31) Lokasi: Taman Tamadun Islam, Kuala Terengganu

Tarikh: 14hb Julai 2012

Masa: 9.00pg hingga 6.00ptg

Koordinator: Engku Azmi (019-9561805)

Organisasi: Ansara Terengganu

TeamDarah: Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Kuala Terengganu.

This list, which took more than 3 months to complete and comfirmed, has been made possible with the continous cooperation of blood bank officers from Pusat Darah Negara (PDN) and all participating hospitals throughout the nation, officers from AEON Co. Bhd., members of all Ansara chapters from throughout the nation, Asputra, Sathya Sai Baba, officers from Penang Development Corporation (PDC), officers from Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI) Kuala Terengganu, Port of Tanjong Pelepas (PTP) Johor Bahru, officers from KIP Mart, St Michael’s Institution Old Boys, NCR, etc.

Our previous nationwide preRamadhan blood donation campaigns achievements:

Kempen 2007 Edisi Tahun ke-1 13 lokasi 2,160 pint darah

Kempen 2008 Edisi Tahun ke-2 27 lokasi 4,138 pint darah

Kempen 2009 Edisi Tahun ke-3 36 lokasi 6,357 pint darah

Kempen 2010 Edisi Tahun ke-4 38 lokasi 9,089 pint darah

Kempen 2011 Edisi Tahun ke-5 41 lokasi 7,579 pint darah

Jumlah keseluruhan = 29,323 pint darah

Please visit our Ansara wedsite www.ansara.org.my and our Facebook account ‘Derma Darah PraRamadhan Ansara’for the latest updates on this nationwide campaign 2012.

May this 6th Edition of the 1Darah 1Malaysia Annual Nationwide PreRamadhan Blood Donation Campaign 2012 be another successful campaign as in previous 5 years.

Thank you,

Dr Halim Abu Bakar

Vice President ANSARA

National Coordinator

6th Edition of the Annual Nationwide PreRamadhan Blood Donation Campaign 2012

Email: drhalimabubakar@yahoo.com

H/P: 012-6636232

Published in: on July 12, 2012 at 23:00  Comments (6)  

Walking the talk

“Return Penang Port to the people of Penang run by Penang”, in statement issued by Penang Chief Minister’s Office to some of he resolutions send by various parties with regards to the privatization of Penang Port by Seaport Terminal Sdn.Bhd., a Johor based company.

The Edge, Wednesday 11 July 2012

All and well. These are some of opposition, being drummed up by DAP controlled Penang State Government to the privatization of a port which has a lot of potential. The bidding party of this privatization has shown tremendous performance with their Port of Tanjung Pelepas, which has now manage to compete against the Post of Singapore and handle 1/5th operations and TEUs of one of the top five world’s most busiest port.

Our “Thirteen Million Ringgit Plus question” to Penang Chief Minister’s Office and Officials:

Is the Penang Chief Minister a Penangite in the first place?

Isn’t he a Johor Bahru born bloke, whose father hails from Batu Pahat?

So if Seaport Terminal’s bid for Penang Port privatization is unacceptable because “They are not Penang company run by Penangites”, shouldn’t the same principle apply to YAB Lim Guan Eng and other Non Penangites like Prof P Ramasamy, Jeff Ooi too?

Published in: on July 11, 2012 at 16:15  Comments (12)  

It only took six months

That is how long it took for Attorney General to appeal against High Court decision to acquit Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim for second time of sodomy charges, this time against the latter’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukahri Azlan.

Published: Tuesday July 10, 2012 MYT 3:05:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 10, 2012 MYT 3:13:37 PM

Sodomy II: AG appeals against Anwar’s acquittal

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers has filed a petition of appeal at the Court of Appeal Registry against the acquittal and discharge of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

A senior deputy public prosecutor confirmed on Tuesday the petition was filed on Monday.

It is learnt that no date was set by the court to hear the appeal.

Last Monday, the Kuala Lumpur High Court had served the appeal records, including an 80-page written judgement, to facilitate the prosecution in filing the petition.

In his written judgment, the trial judge, Justice Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, had ruled that the court could not be 100% certain on the integrity of samples taken for DNA testing from the complainant (Mohd Saiful Bukhari).

He said the samples could have been compromised before they reached the Chemistry Department for analysis.

Therefore, Mohamad Zabidin said, it was not safe for the court to rely on the DNA results obtained by chemist Dr Seah Lee Hong from the analysis conducted on the samples.

On Jan 20, the AGC had filed a notice of appeal against Anwar’s acquittal from the sodomy charge.

The notice, which was signed by Solicitor-General Datuk Idrus Harun, was filed at the Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court registry.

On Jan 9, High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had acquitted and discharged Anwar, who had been charged with sodomising Saiful at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara here between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

Anwar, 65, was charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code which carries a sentence of up to 20 years’ jail and whipping, upon conviction. -Bernama

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The trial judge Mohd. Zabiden Mohd. Diah only took less than ten minutes to deliver his verdict on the case which was postponed 30 times.

Published: Monday January 9, 2012 MYT 6:49:00 AM
Updated: Monday January 9, 2012 MYT 1:24:51 PM

Sodomy II: Anwar acquitted

Three explosions heard at car park, police investigating: KL CPO

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Monday acquitted and discharged Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah said that after going through the evidence, the court could not be 100% certain the integrity of the DNA samples was not compromised.

He said as such, the court was left only with Saiful’s testimony, which was uncorroborated, and was reluctant to convict based entirely on this.

These are the live updates by The Star team at the Jalan Duta court complex:

11.30am: Crowd has dispersed save for a few stragglers waiting for police to open roads.

11am: Ceramah at Masjid Wilayah called off after multiple explosions heard in the area.

Police, using a loudhailer, are urging the crowds to disperse for safety reasons. Crowd slowly disperses and leaves the court complex area.

Sniffer dogs have been employed by police at the scene of the first two blasts.

Karpal Singh on Anwar’s acquittal: “This is a decision based on merit. Should not be appealed. Very good win for Anwar.”

The 4WD vehicle, which was damaged, after a traffic cone exploded at the car park

10.50am: Police have received reports of a third explosion. They have cordoned off the site with police tape.

10.35pm: Kuala Lumpur CPO DCP Mohamad Salleh says police are investigating two explosions at the car park about 400m from court complex. The bomb squad and forensics team are at the scene.

10.30am: Mohd Saiful has tweeted that he remains calm over the verdict.

Thousands of supporters have filled out the road in front of the government complex near the court house. A slew of PKR junior leaders are giving speeches now. The supporters have to be content with sitting on the road as police have barred entry into Masjid Wilayah, where Anwar and other Pakatan leaders are meeting supporters who made it in.

Anwar earlier addressed crowd at the car park. He hailed his acquittal and urged the crowd to disperse peacefully.

10.10am: Anwar is heading towards the mosque, where he will be addressing his supporters.

Anwar acknowledges the crowd at the court complex

10.05am: Anwar leaving the court complex amidst a sea of supporters who are cheering him on. He thanks Wan Azizah for standing by him and credits Karpal Singh as the intelligent defence counsel.

10am: Anwar supporters have formed a long human chain to give him and other Pakatan leaders unimpeded access to the mosque. Traffic is smooth for now, hardly any cars. Part of the crowd has moved off to the mosque or gone home, but still many in front of the court house to greet Anwar.

PKS deputy president Azmin Ali: “We are grateful the court has set Anwar free. It proves that at the end of the day, truth will prevail. Since the first day, we are confident Anwar is not guilty.”

9.40am: PKR Youth wing members and other supporters waiting for Anwar to emerge from the court house, and are most likely going to escort him to Masjid Wilayah.

Other supporters assemble and sit in front of the complex main gate to cheer and celebrate Anwar’s acquittal.

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It is said that part of the delay was about the written judgment which took sometime to complete and only recently made available.

The judgment made by High Court Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah six months ago surprised many, which include the accused and the foreign media which have been supporting him. The Opposition even had their supporters ready to start a wild street demonstration when the judge issue his judgment because they had anticipated that the former abuse-of-power convict was to get the incarceration order.

Since the original DPP for the case Dato’ Yusof Zainal Abiden has already retired, the Solicitor General Dato’ Idrus Harun would act on behalf of the public prosector in this appeal case.

For the record, it has been slightly over four years since Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan made the police report of being sodomized by Anwar. Complaint by Saiful brought Anwar to face criminal charges for sodomy on 3 Feb 2010. Many believed that like the first sodomy case, Anwar did it again this time around. However, just under two years after he was formally charged, Justice Zabidin acquitted Anwar on 9 Jan 2012.

Published in: on July 10, 2012 at 16:00  Comments (13)  

Tun Dr Mahathir: Hak dan kebebasan perlu ada had

Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengingatkan agar hak dan kebebasan digunakan secara berhemat, tanpa menjejaskan kepentingan dan sistem nilai yang diterima masyarakat. Beliau berucap dalam majlis ‘Tun M Unplugged’ yang dianjurkan oleh Persatuan Bekas Pelajar MRSM (ANSARA).

“Kita kagum dengan cara cara Barat kerana mereka lebih maju. Oleh kerana kekaguman ini, kita mula timbul sikap kurang berkeyakinan pada diri sendiri dan ada sikap ‘Infriority Complex’, dan menerima apa yang datang dari Barat itu baik semuanya. Kita mula menerima sistem dan nilai hidup Barat sehingga kita mengabaikan sistem dan nilai kita sendiri”.

“Kita masih berfikiran begitu sehinga hari ini. Kita menjadi ‘Europe Centric‘. Memang benar mereka mengajar kita sistem pentadbiran yang teratur dan cekap. Tetapi bukan semuanya baik baik belaka. Namun kita terima apa saja dari Barat”.

Antara contoh idea yang dibawa Barat yang bercanggah dengan sistem dan yang dipraktikkan oleh orang Melayu ialah sistem ‘Demokrasi’ berbanding ‘Feudal’. “Mula mula mereka menuntut hak (bagi wanita untuk mengundi) dan hari ini, mereka mahukan kesama rataan dan hak kebebasan tiada batasan, sehingga yang pelik pelik seperti LGBT”.

“Hak seperti perjuangan kesatuan pekerja sehingga mengugut seperti gaji yang terlalu mahal sehinggakan barangan keluaran tidak lagi menjadi kompetitif. Akhirnya, industri mereka terjejas kerana tidak boleh bersaing. Ekonomi mereka yang satu masa kuasa industri dunia mula menurun”.

“Kalau ada sekatan, ianya tidak menjamin hak kebeasan. Pada pemikiran Barat ianya kebebasan tanpa sebarang sekatan. Hakikatnya, tiada kebebasan tanpa sekatan sehingga ianya menjejaskan orang lain, teurutama apabila mengambil kira kepentingan masyarakat”.

Beliau mengambil contoh tindakan industri yang popular di Barat, “Mogok ialah amalan Barat. Mogok adalah satu yang akan membawa lebih mudarat dari kebaikan. Jelas sekali apabila kita memaksa pihak lain dengan tuntutan, maka ada pihak yang hilang hak mereka dan terpaksa berkorban. Oleh itu bukan semua dari Barat itu baik”.

Beliau juga mengambil contoh pedagang matawang dimanipulasi segelintir pihak sehingga ekonomi negara terjejas teruk, banyak syarikat bankrap dan ramai orang hilang pekerjaan. Ini adalah akibat perdagangan tanpa sempadan, termasuk matawang yang dijadikan kommoditi. Contoh yang digunakan ialah di Indonesia dan keadaan menjadu teruk sehingga berlaku rusuhan dan hartabenda dibakar.

“Kini ada pihak luar mendesak kita mengenepikan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB), semata mata atas nama kebebasan perdagangan terbuka. ‘Pasaran bebas’ bermakna mereka bebas sehinggakan menguasai modal syarikat tempatan. Dengan kuasa ekonomi yang mereka ada, mereka akan menguasai ekonomi kita”.

“Sistem demokrasi itu mungkin lebih dari sistem feudal, tetapi tidak semua mengenai sistem demokrasi itu baik. Contoh ialah India berbanding Cina. India mengamalkan demokrasi tetapi Cina tidak. Namun tanpa mengamalkan demokrasi, ekonomi Cina lebih maju sehingga menjadi kuasa dunia”.

Presiden UMNO V itu mengulas sessi soal jawab dalam Mingguan Malaysia ini, “Hari ini tidak boleh menyebut ‘Melayu’, kita dianggap rasis. Pada hal mereka yang mengatakan kita rasis sebenarnya rasis juga, kerana mengutamakan etnik mereka apabila menyelar kita apabila kita menimbulkan soal ‘Melayu’ “.

“Benar, ada etnik datang dari luar seperti Indonesia, India, Arab dan Pakistan. Tetapi mereka semua menerima budaya, bahasa, ugama dan amalan orang Melayu dan diassimilasi ke dalam masyarakat Melayu. Jika mereka masih mengekalkan budaya, bahasa dan amalan negara asal mereka, maka mereka akan terus menjadi masyarakat ‘pendatang’ “.

“Pertumbuhan ekonomi ialah secara purata. Apabila kita ambil purata, ianya tidak begitu tepat. Ada kaum yang pertumbuhan mereka jauh lebih cepat berbanding dengan yang lain. Kita juga mahukan imbangan ekonomi. Itu sebab kita ada DEB. Golongan yang paling mundur dan miskin perlu pertumbuhan yang lebih besar, berbanding dengan mereka yang lebih kukuh ekonominya. Itu sebab perlu dasar yang lebih diskriminasi. Ianya perlu untuk mengimbangi kedudukan minoriti yang ekonomi lebih baik. Ianya bukan untuk selamanya”.

Mengulas mengenai isu ‘Technical Know Who‘ yang dibangkitkan seorang ahli veteran ANSARA, “Kalau kita nak buat apa apa, kita akan memilih mereka yang kita kenal terlebih dahulu berbanding yang kita tidak kenal. Itu biasa”.

Atas isu ‘kronisma’, “Kita bagi apa apa peluang, kita mesti pilih dari kalangan mereka yang kita akan berjaya laksanakan. Ini semua orang yang kita kenal dan tahu kebolehan dan kemampuan mereka. Kita tidak ambil risiko dengan mereka yang kita tidak terlalu yakin. Jangan kita terperangkap dengan cakap cakap musuh kita”.

Published in: on July 8, 2012 at 17:46  Comments (25)  

Tanda Putera

A new patriotic movie based on events transpired from the bloody racial riots of 13 May 1969 would be in the cinemas during this August Hari Raya Aidil Fitri holidays. It is a film about the crisis and decisions made by then Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Home Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, by award winning director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba.

The main casts are played Rusdi Ramli as Tun Abdul Razak and  Zizan Nin as Tun Dr Ismail. Others include Faezah Elai (Tun Rahah), Linda Hashim (Toh Puan Norasyikin), Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra (Kamarulzaman Taib), Sahee Shamsuddin (Najib Tun Razak), Razif Hashim (Johari Tun Razak), Ismaizal Yusoof (Tawfik Tun Ismail), Ali Steven Shorthose (Dr Macpherson) dan Norman Hakim (IGP Hanif).

Decisions made as at outcome from the racial riots changed Malaysian political and economic path. Some of the policies made post-13 May incidence are being implemented till present day. Rukun Negara is one of those which came as a result of the bloody dark Malaysian modern history.

It is a strong depiction of the challenges made by the two leaders’ and decisions made, to rebuild Malaysia post-13 May 1969 incidence in the midst of fragile variables. This included communist terrorists’ assassinations and continuous subversive  and radical elements, which has now resurfaced and been apparent in certain parties ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy.

It is a worth movie to watch.

*Updated Wed 18 July 2012

Published in: on July 6, 2012 at 22:00  Comments (24)  

Low class operator

The artist impression of KLIA2

It is disturbing for a significant shareholder of one of the world’s most popular low cost carrier, who is also the most arrogant and manipulative airline personality to take airport GLC MAHB down in his own blog. Especially after his newly appointed CEO Aireen Omar did exactly that so well in her first month in office and Fernandes already got The Star doing half of his battles via the mainstream media instead through proper channels, all these while.

Malaysians need to know.

First of all, KLIA2 is about 250,000 sq metres of state of the art low cost carrier terminal in the world, with an annex mall for passengers’ needs and comfort. The RM 4 billion construction would have 68 aerobridges, a brand new air control tower, more tarmac spaces for aircraft parking space and a third 4,000 metres runaway. There would be ample parking spaces and an attached integrated transportation terminal for coaches, taxis and a station for the ERL extended service, that would run from KL Sentral via Main Terminal Building, KLIA.

It is designed to cater up to 45 million passengers per annum, in comfort, efficiency, security and somewhat, style. And that is at the cost of RM 1,500.00 psf.

Secondly, that is the lowest cost of developing and constructing such an airport facility. If only Fernandes could be so fair and professional enough to make an honest comparison to any airports with equivalent facility that has just been built or in the process of being built. Just for comparison, the 350,000 sq metres Terminal 5 in London Heathrow was built at a cost of £4.2 billion. That is without the cost of a third runaway and second air control tower. Squared of to KLIA’ 2’s size, that is £ 3 billion or in today’s exchange rate, RM 15 billion, which is about RM 4,000 psf. Chek Lap Kok’s intention for a third runaway is estimated to cost USD 1 billion.

This appeared on Star Biz as part of the English daily to help Fernandes campaign against MAHB

Thirdly, let us remind about how Fernandes during the ‘Level Four Boys’ dark-reign of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s weak administration (coincidentally, which provided so much room and opportunity for AirAsia to grow to what it is today at the expense of national carrier Malaysia Airlines with specific instructions such as the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’ of May 2006), rode on Sime Darby for the ‘Labu Airport Project’.

Resilience and perseverance, the bloggers were lucky to manage to get the project shot down.

Fourthly, AirAsia was actually an integral part of the working committee for the development of KLIA 2. However, Fernandes played ‘rough and extremely unfair’ to use the media which include mainstream media to go after MAHB when his whims and fancies didn’t actually go how he wanted. That is probably include getting rid of MAHB MD Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid and got himself in, just like how he got Khazanah Holdings Bhd. for the eight-and-three-quarter-months short lived and now miserably failed ‘Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia shareswap’.

Fifthly, Malaysians needed to be reminded that the moment Fernandes got his greedy hands into Malaysia Airlines, he started to devour into the national carrier. A month after his entrance into Malaysia Airlines BOD and as a member of the Exco, he got the national carrier to be suckered of RM 18 million for sponsorship of his private venture into the bottom rung of Barclays Premier League, Queen’s Park Rangers.

The AirAsia campaign against MAHB

Sixth point, is Fernandes actually campaigned for Malaysian public to go against MAHB increase on the airport tax last December, short of starting an ‘Airport Spring’. In fact, they actually smeared MAHB. They even got most popular English daily The Star to do part of their dirty work.

Friday December 2, 2011

AirAsia: Stop harassing our staff

By WONG PEK MEI
pekmei@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has issued an official warning letter toMalaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) for allegedly harassing its staff.

The company’s commercial director Jasmine Lee claimed MAHB had told airline staff to remove the “Say No to Airport Tax Increase” stickers on their uniform. She claimed that the airport operator also removed posters at their sales counters at LCCT.

“They even went to the check-in counters and told our staff not to wear the stickers and to stop sticking them on passengers’ boarding passes.

“We have sent an official warning letter to request that MAHB’s officers stop unlawfully obstructing our staff from doing their jobs,” she said, adding that the incident occurred from around 10am until lunchtime yesterday.

AirAsia is protesting against the decision by MAHB to increase the airport tax by RM7 and RM14 at five airports nationwide which took effect yesterday.

The airports are Langkawi International Airport, Penang International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Terminal 2, Kota Kinabalu International Air­port and the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at KLIA.

Lee also alleged that MAHB confiscated security tags from some staff working in restricted areas.

“This incident will not deter us. We will continue to wear the stickers tomorrow and will put back the posters,” she said.

AirAsia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes later tweeted: “Malay­sian airport staff tearing down our posters and taking away airport passes of our staff. And using intimidation. Can someone tell them this is Malaysia and not a police state.”

MAHB senior general manager for operations Datuk Azmi Murad, who was present during the incident, denied any harassment or intimidation took place but admitted they removed the posters.

“They were putting the posters in public areas and we took them down. Imagine if anyone could just walk in and start putting posters everywhere,” he said.

AirAsia has taken a full-page advertisement in The Star, urging the public to call MAHB and give their opinion on the increase in airport tax.

“AirAsia views this increase as not justified as the current airport facilities are not up to par,” said the advertisement.

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Malaysians needed to be reminded that AirAsia did at one time owe Malaysia Airports RM 106 million for airport taxes collected from passengers, but they did not actually pay up for services they utilized. When MAHB wanted to take them to court, Fernandes actually used his ‘political clout card’ to stop the process.

The seventh point is that when AirAsia first started, Fernandes played the ‘victim’ card the rubbished Malaysia Airlines every opportunity he could. That is not withstanding that Malaysia Airlines extended a lot of professional courtesy when they didn’t have too. An immediate example is that this uncouth behaviour made Malaysia Airlines under Idris Jala withdrew inter-airline privilege to Fernandes where the latter could enjoy First Class on Malaysia Airlines at discounted rate.

Then when many Malaysians are convinced that AirAsia is the ‘victim’ and Malaysia Airlines is the ‘evil’, Fernandes trained his guns towards Malaysia Airports. All these consistent ‘demonisation’and rubbishing via ‘playing the victim card’ is no different against Oppositions’ strategy of ‘Politics of Hatred’.

The eighth point is that even though more air travelers prefer low cost and cheaper alternatives to premium air service, that doesn’t mean they want lesser comfort, security and/or amenities. The growth in the demand for these operations only will result to cheaper travels (provided that fuel prices doesn’t go up substantially) where the demand for airport and ground handling operations must correspond to the growth of traffic. Thus, better airport terminals would be required to handle the demand and maintain efficiency.

The ninth point is that Malaysians must know that when Air Asia was sitting with the MAHB team to develop the KLIA 2, they actually wanted a single level terminal and did not want a fully automated baggage carousel system and aerobridge. All of these are necessary for passengers’ comfort, security and airport operations and ground handling efficiency. Especially if they are handling 80% of 68 pier contact points at any one time and making the 45 million passengers per annum operation a reality.

Managing 125, 000 passengers and an average of 20kgs of baggages per passengers require an efficient and fully automated system. That was what KLIA2 was designed towards.

The tenth point is that if Fernandes wants to move AirAsia operations to Jakarta, then it is his prerogative. This is the second time he had this ‘threat’. The first was April last year. The demand for low cost carrier would still be healthy even AirAsia moved its operation elsewhere and KLIA now becomes a service destination instead of a hub. In fact, the void left by AirAsia could be filled by Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia Airline’s own low cost carrier (which Fernandes tried to hard to ‘kill’) FireFly and a third option, liberalize the market and allow for more homegrown low cost carriers to serve domestic and regional routes. Presently, Firefly already started serving PEN-KBR and JHB-KBR routes and making a comeback in certain popular sectors. Then market would get the best and consumers would not settle for “Second best”, if taking Fernandes’s antics all these while into consideration.

Our eleventh point is that AirAsia was taken to court by Australian regulators for failing to make good of its promises, which is actually false and hidden advertising.

Australian regulator files lawsuit against AirAsia

AFP NewsAFP News – Tue, Jan 24, 2012

AirAsia was slapped with a lawsuit by Australian regulators accusing the Asian budget carrier of failing to disclose the full price of fares on its website.

The Malaysia-based airline, which flies international services out of Australia from the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth, with Sydney to be added from April, was named in documents lodged at the Federal Court in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the country’s consumer watchdog, claims some fares sold on AirAsia’s website do not display prices inclusive of all taxes, duties, fees and other charges.

“Businesses that choose to advertise a part of the price of a particular product or service must also prominently specify a single total price,” it said in a media release.

The regulator alleged the fares relate to flights from Melbourne to cities including London, New Delhi, and Hangzhou in China, from the Gold Coast to Ho Chi Minh City and from Perth to places such as Taipei and Phuket in Thailand.

The matter is listed to be heard on March 2 with the watchdog seeking an injunction “to restrain AirAsia from engaging in misleading conduct in the future”.

It also wants a court order “that AirAsia publish corrective notices on its websites regarding the conduct”.

AirAsia could not immediately be reached for comment.

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The twelfth point is that all Fernandes’s antics should be lumped into one basket and him and his ventures be taken in a bigger picture perspective. When the directive for the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’ of May 2006 was issued, Malaysia Airlines had to surrender most of the domestic routes between Semenanjung, Sabah and Sarawak to AirAsia. Part of that is the Rural Air Service, which Fernandes created FAX to serve the national service. FAX not only cannibalised these services, they took the RM 50 million subsidy and did not deliver. After serious Sabah and Sarawak Governments’ complaints, Federal Government asked Malaysia Airlines to take it back.

All these routes and operations were used to expand market confidence for AirAsia, which it used to expand regional operations and finance for the ambitious A320 acquisitions. After the RAS was taken away, Fernandes used FAX to launch the AIr Asia X where Fernandes wanted to compete for Malaysia Airline’s intercontinental destinations. Part of the original deal for Air Asia was the low cost carrier is allowed to grow and serve destinations and routes previously not served by Malaysia Airlines, be it domestic, regional or international. The greed sets in and AAX set to go for lucrative Malaysia Airlines routes such as London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney and Jeddah.

Tony Fernandes and Sir Richard Branson, at the launch of AAX. Branson then was a shareholder of AXX, along with Riong Kali

The thirteenth point is that Fernandes ventures had not always been without manipulation. Case in point is his Formula 1 team, which he wanted to dub as ‘1 Malaysia Team’ and later ‘Lotus’. After a legal battle, Fernandes had to settle to call his below average Formula 1 team as ‘Caterham’.

The fourteenth point is that after failing to get his ‘Labu Airport’ Fernandes, tried to get Penang International Airport as his low cost carrier hub. That failed too. Ii is believed that they are trying to ride on Perak State Government and get his dedicated low cost carrier airport built in somewhere in north Perak.

Our Fifteenth point is that if Fernandes could in the past had no qualms what so ever to consistently rubbish GLCs like Malaysia Airlines and MAHB to Malaysians using mainstream media, the ‘Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is would he done the same when he got AirAsia nestled elsewhere outside the country?

After all, he created the impression in the minds of many that Air Asia today was about his and his team’s handwork and ingenious thinking and other people, especially those who did more than that they were willing to do, were made expendable of and those who were stepped on for Fernandes to achieve his goals, are not part of his success story.

Malaysians need to all these. Fernandes is a marketing man. He understand business psychology. He also understand the power of media and he made no qualms about manipulation facts via mainstream media to achieve his objectives. That is by far, as the British call it ‘sportsmanship’ or ‘fair play’. Probably in his years in England, Fernandes didn’t actually get to play rugby; a barbaric game played by gentlemen. Likely, he didn’t get to play cricket too.

That’s is most probably why we saw and still seeing all these low class gluttony-games on play.

Published in: on July 5, 2012 at 05:58  Comments (68)