Safeguarding the strata dwellers

Homes up high should be managed by property managers who are regulated

In the spirit of ‘1 Malaysia’, Federal Government under Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s supposed to safeguard the interest of the rakyat first, above anything anything else. Especially if the subject matter is in conflict against the capitalists’ cartel. However , that is not always the case. Especially when the minister-in-charge ‘Flip-Flop’ped last minute.

Minister of Housing and Local Government Dato’ Seri Chor Chee Heung is in the process of introducing a new Bill in Parliament. Strata Management Bill (SMB) 2012 which would be known as Strata Management Act (SMA). This new act is supposed to rectify a lot of weakness in the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act also known as Act 663,  introduced in 2007. The references of the SMA are Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (VAEA) Act 1981 and Strata Titles Act (STA) 1985.

Currently, in the country there are 13,000 strata building housing schemes involving 1.367 million residential units. Effectively, that is home to 4.1 million persons. Majority people would prefer to live in landed properties. However, challenges such as economic, practicality and lack of space forced residential units to be built in multi-storey buildings. Especially in high density areas such as Klang Valley, Penang and Iskandar Malaysia.

At the moment, there is no qualification nor restriction of who can be classified as ‘Property Managers’. Anyone can form a company and offer themselves to manage strata residential buildings. They are not govern by the VAEA, because registered members of the respective professional bodies Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia and Malaysian Institute of Professional Property Managements are governed by Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents.

In fact, 58% of these buildings are being managed by property management companies (PMC) which are created and are subsidiary of the project property developers.

Currently, if these PMC are errants and even abscond the dwellers’ monies, they dwellers have no avenue for a recourse. This is because there is no such provision in the existing Act 663 to enforce only persons with the necessary qualifications are allowed to manage these properties. In the most recent case is 152 dwellers signed a petition against Trimax Property  Management Sdn. Bhd., which is managing properties such as Sutera Idaman in Gombak and Teratai Mewah and Genting Court in Setapak. Trimax MD Harjeet Singh S/O Pratap Singh claimed to be graduate and has the necessary experience from Australia.

In a letter signed by these 152 persons to the Minister dated 17 October 2012, they complained that Harjeet Singh never even completed his SPM and worked as a restaurant hand in Australia.

After much deliberation between the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and professional bodies such as RISM and MIPPM ever since Act 663 was introduced in 2007, SMB is supposed to include ‘registered property managers’ as a definition on who should be qualified to manage properties. This definition is in direct reference to the VAEA Act.

Professional property managers who are subjected to VAEA are required to have indemnity insurance, just like other professions which are governed by the respective professional bodies.

BMAM President Dato’ Teo Chiang Kok and Minister of Housing and Local Government Dato’ Seri Chor Chee Heung

The opposition against SMB is by Building Managers Association Malaysia (BMAM), which majority comprises of PMCs not members of professional bodies such as RISM and MIPPM. In fact, majority of the BMAM board are property developers. The President of BMAM is Dato’ Teo Chiang Kok of See Hoy Chan, the developer for Bandar Utama.

In the second reading of the SMB recently, the word ‘registered’ was omitted even though it was introduced in the first reading of the bill in the current Dewan Rakyat session. Why did this happen is a mystery. However, the bet is on the minister-in-charge pandered into the property developers’ cartel instead of looking into the strategic importance of protecting the rakyat’s interest.

This is dangerous as the professional bodies incepted within their own professional practice under the respective acts, are supposed to regulate the profession and the professionals’ conduct. The interest of the 4.1 million rakyat living in the 1.367 million residential units are at the expense for the effort to protect the business being generated for the BMAM members.

Prime Minister Najib has shown tremendous interests for Malaysians to have affordable homes. Agencies such as PR1MA and SPNB are tasked to deliver affordable homes quickly. However, it would be counter productive if existing homes are open to be exploited by unscrupulous business corporations or personalities, who are not qualified as professionals in the respective trade in the first place.

The minister-in-charge may instantly be speculated for protecting his cronies. This is not good especially as the 13GE is around the corner. Majority of these 4.1 million dwellers are voters in strategically important constituencies around Wilayah Persekutuan, Selangor, Penang and Johor.

Published in: on November 13, 2012 at 23:53  Comments (7)  

Happy Deepavali

It is a celebration of victory of good over evil. Righteous over wrong. Lighted over dark.

Happy Deepavali

Published in: on November 13, 2012 at 03:50  Comments (2)  

Appreciating history for the love of God

History is all about understanding the past. It is important to understand what happened in the past, who were involved, how is their involvement and the outcome of the decision made, stand they took or structures they build or landscape the changed. It is an important guide for everything to move forward. Its the best basis where anything could be measured and benchmarked from.

Lessons could be learned from history. Like American philosopher George Santayana’s immortal words for everyone to understand and learn from history.

However, the Saudis don’t seem to appreciate history.

Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam’s history

Authorities are building a mosque so big it will hold 1.6m people – but are demolishing irreplaceable monuments to do it

Three of the world’s oldest mosques are about to be destroyed as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-pound expansion of Islam’s second holiest site. Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, where the Prophet Mohamed is buried, will start once the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends next month. When complete, the development will turn the mosque into the world’s largest building, with the capacity for 1.6 million worshippers.

But concerns have been raised that the development will see key historic sites bulldozed. Anger is already growing at the kingdom’s apparent disdain for preserving the historical and archaeological heritage of the country’s holiest city, Mecca.  Most of the expansion of Masjid an-Nabawi will take place to the west of the existing mosque, which holds the tombs of Islam’s founder and two of his closest companions, Abu Bakr and Umar.

Just outside the western walls of the current compound are mosques dedicated to Abu Bakr and Umar, as well as the Masjid Ghamama, built to mark the spot where the Prophet is thought to have given his first prayers for the Eid festival. The Saudis have announced no plans to preserve or move the three mosques, which have existed since the seventh century and are covered by Ottoman-era structures, or to commission archaeological digs before they are pulled down, something that has caused considerable concern among the few academics who are willing to speak out in the deeply authoritarian kingdom.

“No one denies that Medina is in need of expansion, but it’s the way the authorities are going about it which is so worrying,” says Dr Irfan al-Alawi of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation. “There are ways they could expand which would either avoid or preserve the ancient Islamic sites but instead they want to knock it all down.” Dr Alawi has spent much of the past 10 years trying to highlight the destruction of early Islamic sites.

With cheap air travel and booming middle classes in populous Muslim countries within the developing world, both Mecca and Medina are struggling to cope with the 12 million pilgrims who visit each year – a number expected to grow to 17 million by 2025. The Saudi monarchy views itself as the sole authority to decide what should happen to the cradle of Islam. Although it has earmarked billions for an enormous expansion of both Mecca and Medina, it also sees the holy cities as lucrative for a country almost entirely reliant on its finite oil wealth.

Heritage campaigners and many locals have looked on aghast as the historic sections of Mecca and Medina have been bulldozed to make way for gleaming shopping malls, luxury hotels and enormous skyscrapers. The Washington-based Gulf Institute estimates that 95 per cent of the 1,000-year-old buildings in the two cities have been destroyed in the past 20 years.

In Mecca, the Masjid al-Haram, the holiest site in Islam and a place where all Muslims are supposed to be equal, is now overshadowed by the Jabal Omar complex, a development of skyscraper apartments, hotels and an enormous clock tower. To build it, the Saudi authorities destroyed the Ottoman era Ajyad Fortress and the hill it stood on. Other historic sites lost include the Prophet’s birthplace – now a library – and the house of his first wife, Khadijah, which was replaced with a public toilet block.

Neither the Saudi Embassy in London nor the Ministry for Foreign Affairs responded to requests for comment when The Independent contacted them this week. But the government has previously defended its expansion plans for the two holy cities as necessary. It insists it has also built large numbers of budget hotels for poorer pilgrims, though critics point out these are routinely placed many miles away from the holy sites.

Until recently, redevelopment in Medina has pressed ahead at a slightly less frenetic pace than in Mecca, although a number of early Islamic sites have still been lost. Of the seven ancient mosques built to commemorate the Battle of the Trench – a key moment in the development of Islam – only two remain. Ten years ago, a mosque which belonged to the Prophet’s grandson was dynamited. Pictures of the demolition that were secretly taken and smuggled out of the kingdom showed the religious police celebrating as the building collapsed.

The disregard for Islam’s early history is partly explained by the regime’s adoption of Wahabism, an austere and uncompromising interpretation of Islam that is vehemently opposed to anything which might encourage Muslims towards idol worship.

In most of the Muslim world, shrines have been built. Visits to graves are also commonplace. But Wahabism views such practices with disdain. The religious police go to enormous lengths to discourage people from praying at or visiting places closely connected to the time of the Prophet while powerful clerics work behind the scenes to promote the destruction of historic sites.

Dr Alawi fears that the redevelopment of the Masjid an-Nabawi is part of a wider drive to shift focus away from the place where Mohamed is buried. The spot that marks the Prophet’s tomb is covered by a famous green dome and forms the centrepiece of the current mosque. But under the new plans, it will become the east wing of a building eight times its current size with a new pulpit. There are also plans to demolish the prayer niche at the centre of mosque. The area forms part of the Riyadh al-Jannah (Garden of Paradise), a section of the mosque that the Prophet decreed especially holy..

“Their excuse is they want to make more room and create 20 spaces in a mosque that will eventually hold 1.6 million,” says Dr Alawi. “It makes no sense. What they really want is to move the focus away from where the Prophet is buried.”

A pamphlet published in 2007 by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs – and endorsed by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al Sheikh – called for the dome to be demolished and the graves of Mohamed, Abu Bakr and Umar to be flattened. Sheikh Ibn al-Uthaymeen, one of the 20th century’s most prolific Wahabi scholars, made similar demands.

“Muslim silence over the destruction of Mecca and Medina is both disastrous and hypocritical,” says Dr Alawi. “The recent movie about the Prophet Mohamed caused worldwide protests… and yet the destruction of the Prophet’s birthplace, where he prayed and founded Islam has been allowed to continue without any criticism.”

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We have already seen the site of Muhammad S.A.W.’s first wife’s house near Haram Al-Shariff in Mecca been ‘erased’.

How do we teach younger Muslims to appreciate historic sites for personalities that were the pioneers in the initial spread of God’s religion have been systematically erased?

Published in: on November 12, 2012 at 14:30  Comments (5)  

Mengasingkan diri dari kebatilan

Rakankongsi PKR dalam Pakatan Rakyat PAS sudah merasakan bahang dan amat tidak selesa dengan sikap Kepimpinan Pembangkang yang mengambil kedudukan liberal sehingga bertentang dengan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia mengenai Islam dan hubungan seksual luar tabii. Mereka akan bertindak untuk menyuarakan rasa tidak puas hati akar umbi ahli dan penyokong mereka mengenai kenyataan Naib Presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar Sabtu lepas.

Difahamkan Dewan Pemuda PAS Pusat akan mengadakan satu perhimpunan aman dan penyerahan memorandum membantah kenyataan YB Nurul Izzah berhubung isu menyamakan islam dengan agama-agama lain dan tindakan beliau menyokong LGBT. Ini akan diadakan di Ibu Pejabat PKR, Merchant Square, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya selepas Sembahyang Jumaat 9 November ini.

Ini merupakan tekanan dari akar umbi ahli dan penyokong PAS makin memuncak dengan kedudukan dan sikap beberapa pemimpin PAS sendiri seperti Khalid Samad dan Mohd. Nizar Jamaluddin atas isu isu yang dekat pada sanubari orang Melayu, seperti soal aqidah dan semenjak lewat ini, usaha memurtadkan orang Melayu secara terancang dan terbuka.

Mantan Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Dato’ Dr Hassan Mohd Ali dipecat dari PAS kerana mempersoalkan kedudukan PAS menyokong Anwar Ibrahim atas isu pendakwaan kes liwat beliau bawah Seksyen 377B Kanun Keseksaan, yang pada masa itu masih lagi dalam proses perbicaraan Mahkamah Jenayah.

Apa yang dikesalkan oleh ramai pemimpin PAS sendiri terutama dikalangan ulama ialah kegagalan parti itu mengambil kedudukan mengenai isu ‘Kalimah Allah’ dalam penggunaan ktab Injil dalam Bahasa Melayu, orang Melayu dimurtadkan (sebagaimana sisatan keatas Damansara Utama Methodist Church Ramadhan 1432H) dan sikap condong kearas liberalism apabila PAS selepas Muktamar Agung tahun lepas menggugurkan perjuangan ‘Negara Islam’ kepada ‘Negara Kebajikan’.

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Dalam pada itu, DYMM Raja Raja Melayu terus mengeluarkan titah yang merakamkan kekecewaan mereka mengenai kenyataan Nurul Izzah itu. DYTM Pemangku Sultan Perak Raja Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah bertitah agar senstiviti mengenai kesucian Islam dan kedudukan sebagai ugama Persekutuan Malaysia hendaklah dijaga dan tidak sewenangnya diperbincangkan secara terbuka.

Titah teguran ini ditujukan khas kepada pihak pihak yang cuba menangguk diair keruh, terutama dikalangan orang Bukan Islam dan bertujuan untuk meraih keuntungan politik.

DON’T TOUCH ON THE SENSITIVITIES OF ISLAM.

The Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah says the people, particularly the non-Muslims, should not touch on the
sensitivities of Islam which had been agreed upon together in the formation of the country purely for political gains.

He said that in order to ensure the survival of a peaceful, sovereign and prosperous nation, the people must continue to respect the original charter that
had been agreed upon by everyone and had become the main pillar in the setting up of the Federation of Malaya, which was to stay away from issues pertaining to religious sensitivities.

Raja Nazrin said religious sensitivity did not allow the religion to be debated openly because those with shallow knowledge could make the wrong
interpretation.

“Lately, the boundary relating to Islamic religion appears to have been breached, in fact, there are some non-Muslims who are becoming more vocal in
challenging issues relating to Islam through speeches which appear to ridicule syariah, belittle the faith of Muslims and degrade Islamic practices.

Acts of breaching the boundary of other religions in an extreme and openly manner could lead to serious tragedy because religion was highly sensitive and
had great potentials to lead to conflicts and quarrels,” the Regent said.

This was one of the six projections presented by Raja Nazrin when delivering a premier lecture entitled “The Institution of Constitutional Monarchy: The Survival of the Nation”, in Kuala Lumpur to ensure that the desired survival of the nation could be achieved.

The programme was organised by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture.

Describing the acts as showing disrespect for the Malay Rulers, the Regent said such acts must be stopped immediately and firmly.

As the head of religion, he said the palace institution was always open to discussion to whoever wished to present their views in order to gain guidance and direction through closed-door discussions without the need to publicise them.

The second projection presented by Raja Nazrin was the aspect of loyalty to the country which must be manifested by every citizen, that is, their obligation to respect the two national symbols, namely the ”Jalur Gemilang” and the national anthem ”Negaraku”.

He said the acts by a small group of individuals who stepped on the Jalur Gemilang and ridiculed the lyrics and beat of ”Negaraku” showed that they were
unpatriotic.

In addition, he wanted the transparency and integrity of the administration upheld by the three branches of government, namely the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, to be free of shortcomings because such
weaknesses could have a negative impact on the sovereignty of the Rulers if it were to spread to the implementing institutions.

In the other projections, the Regent reminded that the greatness of the constitution and sovereignty of the law which were key to ensuring public peace and political stability were not selectively enforced.

Raja Nazrin also called for a new set of arrangement between the powers of the state and the Federation so that it would not pose problems to the civil servants in discharging their trust and that they did not become victims of
continued political conflicts.

“The concept of Federalism must be understood and that there must be a new orientation especially among the civil servants so that the political
differences did not affect relations between the people, to the extent that they might develop feelings of parochialism which would erode their loyalty to the country,” he said.

In his final projection, the Regent reminded political leaders to play a role to ensure that the political climate did not become too hot and not to turn the general election into a ”civil war”.

He said the general election was one of the main instruments in the system of government that practiced parliamentary democracy with the people given the right to determine the government. — BERNAMA

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Perkara yang amat serious ini bukan sahaja menarik perhatian pelbagai pihak dikalangan orang Melayu dalam pelbagai peringkat, malah juga cukup penting sehinggakan DYMM Raja Raja Melayu turut mengeluarkan titah.

Published in: on November 7, 2012 at 18:00  Comments (14)  

True colours spokenth

The mindset of Opposition Leaders of being Anti Constitution is clearly unravelling bit-by-bit. The latest is from nepotisismee PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar, over on Saturday in Petaling Jaya.

Her statement against the inhibitive restrictions of Malays to apostate out of Islam, has received a lot of flak. Even HRH Sultan of Selangor voices his displeasure on the matter.

Mais: Sultan of Selangor regrets statement by Nurul Izzah

SHAH ALAM, Nov 6 Nov 6 — The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has expressed regret and surprise at the statement made by Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar last Saturday that Muslim Malays are free to choose their religion under the religious freedom factor.

The chairman of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) Datuk Setia Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa said His Highness totally rejected any view that the Malay Muslims were free to choose other religion and denounce Islam.

“As the advisor to the Sultan of Selangor, Mais will continue to be firm in assisting him to be cautious, sensitive and firm on anyone who directly or indirectly challenges the sanctity of Islam whether in terms of ideology or practice, particularly in Selangor,” he said in a statement, here today.

He said this when commenting on the report by an opposition news portal that Nurul Izzah, at the forum “Islamic State: Which Version; Who Is Responsible”, in Subang Jaya last Saturday, had said that every citizen in this country should not be forced to practice any particular religion.

However yesterday, after being criticised by various quarters, Nurul Izzah had issued a statement in her “Facebook” denying that she supported apostasy.

Adzib said the Council feared that such a statement could confuse and influence Muslim Malays in the state of Selangor as it was issued by a senior leader of a component party of the Opposition pact which administered the state.

He pointed out that based on Islamic teachings, religious freedom was only applicable to non-Muslims who were free to embrace Islam without any coercion.

“However, after embracing Islam, they cannot freely choose other religions and denounce Islam.

“The same goes for the Malay Muslims who cannot choose other religions freely and denounce Islam because they must abide by all Islamic teachings as professed by Prophet Muhammad,” he said.

Adzib said Islam was also a condition that determined the status of a Malay as provided for by Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution.

Thus, he said, the liberalism or pluralism thinking was very dangerous because this would erode the rights and privileges of the Malays as provided for in the Constitution and existing law.

“His Highness the Sultan of Selangor also said that matters pertaining to Islam should not be turned into a polemic and made into political capital for the benefit of certain parties because this could confuse and deviate the thinking of Muslims on Islam.

“Mais stands firm that any agenda or action that is politically oriented should not forsake the position, thinking and implementation of Islam in Selangor, in particular, and Malaysia in general.

“Nevertheless, Mais has directed the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to carry out an investigation for appropriate action.”

Meanwhile, Puteri Umno head Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin advised Nurul Izzah to retract her statement on the issue and to repent and seek Allah’s forgiveness for having made the statement.

Rosnah said Nurrul Izzah’s statement carried very significant implication especially to the younger generation as it paved the way for other movements to deviate the faith of Muslims.

“Puteri UMNO wants to see the top leadership of PAS, especially the PAS Women’s wing, to state their stand on Nurul Izzah’s statement,” she said in a statement.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, the general secretary of “Gagasan Pendidikan Melayu Malaysia” (Gagasan), Syed Anuar Syed Mohamad urged the National Fatwa Council to respond immediately to Nurul Izzah’s statement which could confuse the Muslims.

He said the PKR top leadership must issue a statement and state its stand on the issue and whether the statement issued by Nurul Izzah was personal or represented the party’s stand. — Bernama

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The Federal Constitution is very clear, about the definition of a Malay (Article 160) and the restriction to profess other religions to a Muslim (Article 11, Section 4).

Nurul, like other Opposition Leaders, take the opportunity in Opposition-friendly intellectual discourses for an anti-Federal Constitutional position. This is part of the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy. Particularly when they can manipulate issues which are pro-majority and provided clearly in the Federal Constitution as being ‘oppressive’, especially when its used against the minority.

The Malays are the majority of Malaysians and mainstay of political power. To downplay the bond that binds the Malays together, like Islam, position of HRH Rulers and Malay customs, and the identity that defines the Malays, would be the achilles heel to destruct the Malay power made formidable due to the unity.

The Opposition would not able to grasp power from the mandate of the majority. This is because, they don’t have a fresh ideas for the development agenda to bring about progress for the majority. Their power-base for support had always been from the minority. Obviously, the minority which is apsiring for power do not have the interest of the majority in their agenda.

In short, they as the minority want to impose their will against the interests and aspirations of the majority.

The attack against the restriction of apostasy for Muslims, means that its strategic to un-define the characteristics of the Malays. Tactically, they are hoping that the implementation of  Article 11.4 be laxed and more and more Muslims could be prosetylised, as per what JAIS formally uncovered on the 6 Aug 2011 raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church.

The moment more and more Muslims be prosetylised, then they could demonstrate how the Government has failed on the downtrodden Malays and the churches and NGOs step in, to cover for the void.

Nurul Izzah, the heir-apparent to the leadership of the party which was created and formed around and for the purpose of her father, former abuse-of-power-convict and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, did attack the ‘unfairness’ for laws against LGBT. Section 377 (A) and (B) prohibits of un-natural sexual intercourse, which her sexually deviant father has been charged twice for the same sodomy offense (with different persons). This is part of their strategy to weaken the Malays.

HRH Sultan of Selangor takes the position, statements and actions of the Opposition very seriously. Previously, as far back as 2009 he sounded out against the PKR Government under Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s intention to utilize the monies in the zakat and Baitul Mal coffer for development purposes. How the Chinese reacted against the ‘Kalimah Allah’ issue also attracted HRH’s attention.

When DAP MP for Serdang Teo Nie Ching spoke in the surau and being ‘under-dressed’ in her constituency three Ramadhans ago, HRH Sultan of Selangor was angered. Then, another titah against the displeasure of activities in DUMC. And now, Nurul Izzah’s statement, which was made in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Malaysians should take very serious notice on all these statements made by HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah of Selangor. PKR Government under Khalid has proven to not augur well with HRH Sultan of Selangor.

The attack has been consistent against the Full Monty; Islam, HRH Rulers and the Malays’ customs, traditions and values. . The majority should reject the Opposition. It is everything against what this nation stood for.

The true colours spokenth. It is bold. It is scarlet.

Published in: on November 6, 2012 at 22:50  Comments (9)  

A nation of murderous terrorists

This is the story of the criminally incepted state of Israel. Murderous terrorist inflict utmost pain, to take aways homes and land which are rightfully owned by peaceful and dormant Palestinians.

Before World War II, the Palestinians did nothing against the Jews. They were never in any part of the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ against the 6 million perished Jews in East Europe between 1941-5. And yet, the Palestinians were made to suffer by clearly who the Jews really were, war mongering murderers.

The Zionists did their own genocide against the Palestinians during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Some people believe that this was about the Zionist movement. Its a pure racist political movement to unlawfully and criminally establish the State of Israel, at the expense of the Palestinians.

Even 39th US President James Earl Carter, Jr. described the Israelis of violating Palestinians’ human rights and practice of ‘apartheid’, which is direct violation against United Nations resolutions. “Sustained occupation of other people’s lives and properties”.

After these criminals and murderous terrorists took by force homeland of the Palestinians, they sowed anti-Arab sentiments

and even sheer racism

Considering that State of Israel was incepted criminally on the blood of innocent women, children, old folks and non combatants and these murderous terrorists still committing atrocities against Palestinians continuously since the 1940a, the Malaysian who is darling of the Washington D.C. Neo Con Jews and aspire to the next Prime Minister, supports the notion of the “Two State System”.

Published in: on November 6, 2012 at 13:32  Comments (7)  

An (Chief Executive) Officer and a Gentleman

Dato’ Mohd. Bakke Mohd. Salleh

After much hype post our initial reporting of the proposed resolution of the upcoming Sime Darby Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 8 November, it is believed that Group President and CEO Dato’ Mohd. Bakke Mohd. Salleh yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Secretary of the Board of Directors (BOD). In the memorandum,   Bakke  stated to opt out from the LTIP and proposed Resolution 2 to be withdrawn.

The circular to the EGM made public from 16 October drew a lot of flak from cybersphere critics. That started avid readers to bring the contentious issue around social gatherings based on the published irregular BOD proposals to the shareholders at the 8 November EGM for approval.

Sime Darby EGM proposal

Along several other bloggers, we were invited to have an afternoon tea engagement with Dato’ Bakke and several his senior management on 24 October. It was six days after of our initial and only posting on the matter.The EVP for Human Resources explained in detail about the schemes in the proposal. It is about their reward scheme on performance, based on future contributions and results produced instead of the traditional reward scheme based of past performance.

In Bakke’s case, he would be entitled for the maximum allocation of 3 million shares granted to him after three years, provided all the evaluation processes of the LTIP are met and fully complied. Even that, the exercise would take ten years to be fully realised.

Apparently, the details which the EVP for Human Resources shared with us about the three proposed grants have not been made public. The strategy of the Sime Darby BOD is to get an approval for the scheme and the details would be released when the three grant schemes were to be implemented and exercised. As when it was presented to us, it is a highly technical scheme.

According to the EVP, when Sime Darby first embarked on getting the right reward scheme which will match their effort for better productivity and the same time, lucrative enough for talent retention, they looked into the grants schemes as options against the more common but various ESOS schemes as far back as 2007. The technical advisers for there three grants schemes is Towers and Watson.

Our skepticism was about the timing. It would be a point of contention at the juncture where the Opposition is throwing anything and everything in sundry on the table, to get  attention for a political mileage. So would the aspiring candidates for the Ruling party. The Malaysian political scene had never been so colourful as compared as the current electoral term.

Resolution 1 for the 8 November EGM

Resolution 2 and Resolution 3

In a Bulletin Utama TV3 report last night, the proposed grant scheme for the 8 November EGM story was a business segment item. A comment was sought from the Malaysian Minority Stockholders Watchdog Group (MSWG). The MSWG CEO said they are not disputing the grant schemes. However, she commented for the BOD to propose for Bakke’s grant scheme at this point of time is ‘premature’. MSWG also suggest that a committee be formed to monitor the transparency of the implementation of the three grant schemes.

The details of the memorandum purpoted sent to the Secretary of the BOD yesterday is still sketchy. However, its is believed that Bakke is opting out to dispel any further speculations on the subject matter be perpetuated further, which would put him, the senior management of Sime Darby and/or his family in bad light.

When contacted, senior corporate communications executive of Sime Darby told us to wait for a formal announcement on the matter on Monday.

If this story turns out to be true, Bakke should be commended for his examplry leadership of making the organization comes first instead of his own personal benefits. This decision would make him rise way above the Sime Darby BOD and his integrity as a professional manager intact. This would automatically bring about greater confidence on Bakke, on top of his success to consolidate, clean up and turn-ground the Group since appointed two and a half years ago.

Sime Darby is a conglomerate based on plantations where seven listed corporations are the Group. Over 100,000 employees served the conglomerate where unit trust schemes under PNB such as ASNB owns more than 53% holding.

Published in: on November 3, 2012 at 20:00  Comments (11)  

Flying the hot-air balloon in their heads

Opposition MPs are spinning based on wrong information again. This time, they are taking potshots against Former Ambassador to United States of America Dato’ Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis. They are alleging that the Former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation is the ‘dark horse’ behind newly launched Malindo Airways.

DAP Chief Strategist and former Economic Adviser to DAP Secretary General Tony Pua’s statement a week ago.

Malindo part-owned by JJ’s kids, MP alleges

UPDATED @ 07:06:10 PM 24-10-2012
By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
October 24, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 ― The children of senior Barisan Nasional (BN) politician Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis have an indirect stake in Malindo Airways, a newly set-up airline that has been criticised for the lack of clarity surrounding its financial and safety records, a lawmaker alleged today

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua (picture) drew the link through a search with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), which showed that one of Malindo’s investors ― Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (NADI) ― is part owned by DZJJ Sdn Bhd, which in turn lists Jamaluddin’s two children as directors.

Pua added that according to CCM’s information on NADI, the firm had failed to file is audited accounts from 2007, casting even more suspicion on the state of its finances.

Documents obtained from CCM showed that for the year 2007, NADI reported revenue of RM307.3 million and post-tax profit of RM90.5 million.

It also had RM684 million in current assets and RM496 million in current liabilities in 2007.

He repeated his earlier allegation that NADI’s partner in Malindo ― Indonesia’s Indonesia’s PT Lion Grup, which operates Lion Air ― has also run afoul of the industry authorities numerous times over its failure to comply with safety guidelines.

Pua had previously pointed out that Lion Air is on the list of airlines banned in the European Union since 2007 due to safety concerns.

According to previous media reports, Lion Air has also been denied membership in the International Air Transport Association (IATA). A search on IATA’s website confirmed that Lion Air is not a member.

“These issues were raised before but until today, no response has been given,” Pua said.

The Malaysian Insider reported analysts as saying on September 14 that the lack of clarity surrounding the financial and safety records of Malinda Airlines’ backers may make it difficult for it to challenge AirAsia’s supremacy in the budget airline skies.

Analysts said that the new joint venture airline could be facing years of losses as it tries to take market share away from both AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines so much will hinge on the robustness of its two investors — NADI and Indonesia’s PT Lion Group.

CIMB noted that there is a lack of clarity about the financial position of NADI since it has not filed its financial statements with the CCM since 2007, as is required.

“If NADI cannot inject sufficient capital to cover the losses for the first few years, we are unclear if Malindo will be able to execute its expansion plans,” said CIMB.

CIMB added that Berjaya Air would have been a far more potent partner for Lion in Malaysia, as it has a vast and profitable business empire and the ability to raise finance but Lion and Berjaya could not agree on terms.

CIMB also said that Lion Air does not offer any public financial disclosure but from discussions with sources, it suspects that Lion has a very high gearing level due to its massive aircraft order book and that its core domestic Indonesian business may also not be very profitable.

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This is the joint statement by DAP Chief Strategist and MP for PJ Utara Tony Pua, PKR Vice President and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and PAS MP for Shah Alam Khalid Samad, as per reported by KeAdilan Daily.

Beri lesen penerbangan untuk syarikat kroni, Najib mesti jawab

(Oleh Aisha Geoffrey)

KUALA LUMPUR 29 Oktober: Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak digesa menjawab penganugerahan lesen penerbangan baru kepada Malindo Airways, syarikat milik anak bekas Menteri yang dijadual akan memulakan operasi Mei tahun depan.

Malindo Airways merupakan hasil kerjasama antara National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (Nadi) dan Pt Lion Grup dari Indonesia.

Salah satu anak syarikat dalam Nadi ialah DZJJ Sdn Bhd, dimiliki Nur Anis Jamaluddin dan Ikhwan Hafiz Jamaluddin, anak bekas Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovatif (Mosti).

September lalu, Najib menghadiri majlis pemeteraian perjanjian usahasama antara Nadi dan Pt Lion yang membentuk Malindo Airways.

Nadi akan menguasai sebanyak 51 peratus kepentingan dalam Malindo Airways, manakala selebihnya daripada PT Lion Grup.

Malindo Airways akan berpangkalan dan beroperasi di KLIA2, Sepang.

Pakatan Rakyat mempertikai mengapa syarikat Pt Lion yang mempunyai rekod buruk di Indonesia dibenarkan membentuk syarikat penerbangan di Malaysia.

Menurut Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua, Pt Lion telah disenaraihitam di Eropah.

“Syarikat itu mempunyai rekod paling buruk di Indonesia, juruterbangnya pernah didenda kerana mengambil dadah,” katanya dalam sidang media di Parlimen.

Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar berkata, kewujudan Malindo Airways hanya akan menambah risiko penerbangan negara.

“Malah, kapal terbang syarikat itu pernah mengalami kemalangan pada 12 September lalu, justeru kita persoal bagaimana Najib dan Menteri Pengangkutan boleh meluluskan kerjasama tersebut,” kata Naib Presiden KEADILAN itu.

Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad turut meragui kekayaan anak Jamaluddin Jarjis sehingga boleh menjadi pemegang syer sebuah syarikat besar.

“Kita hairan, anak menteri boleh ada saham berjuta ringgit, dalam usia semuda 25 hingga 27 tahun,” katanya.

Anak Jamaluddin dilaporkan turut mempunyai syarikat sistem radar di Subang, Selangor.

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Obviously, their statement both against Dr Jamaluddin, National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) and Malindo Airways is wrong. In fact, it was with malice with the explicit purpose to ridicule the rakyat.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak with NADI CEO Tan Sri Ahmad Johan, Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha and Lion Air CEO Rusdi Kirana at the launch of Malindo AIrways

Neither Dr Jamaluddin nor any of his children are directors nor shareholders in Malindo Airways. For the matter of fact, the only three directors of Malindo Airways which is a Sendirian Berhad company incorporated in Subang with a paid up capital of RM 5 million are Tan Sri Ahmad Johan, R M Chandran and Rusdi Kirana. Rusdi is the CEO of Lion Air. NADI owns 51% of the paid up of Malindo Airways and 49% is held by PT Lion Air, an Indonesian incorporated company.

Another fact, Dr Jamaluddin nor any of his children or immediate family members sit in the Board of Directors (BOD) of NADI.

Most of the BOD members of NADI are former generals in the Malaysian Armed Forces, particularly the air force. This include former Chief of Defense Forces Jen. (B) Tan Sri Hashim Mohamed Ali. former Chief of Army Jen (B) Tan Sri Mohd Shahrom Hj Nordin and former Chief of Air Force Lt. Jen. (B) Tan Sri Mohd Yunus Tasi TUDM. So are some of the senior managers, like Executive Director Brig. Jen. (B) Dato’ Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman.

This proven the strategic interest of the Malaysian Government in NADI. For a matter of fact, Minister of Finance Inc. is still a shareholder of NADI.

Board of Directors of NADI

About ten years ago Ahmad, through a corporate restructuring of PJS Holdings Sdn. Bhd., took control of NADI, consolidated and rationalised the management and operations of Airod, ATSC Sdn. Bhd. and SME Ordinance. Ahmad also became the majority shareholder. He and the new management team restructured the NADI group and turned it around. Today, NADI’s consolidated asset is worth more than RM 700 million.

DCA is in the process of issuing a license to Malindo Airways, which is legally and technically a Malaysian incorporated airlines. It will be treated like any other application where the safety issues would be a major consideration. What ever safety issues of any of Malindo Airways shareholders face elsewhere should not be part of the consideration, since the merit for the airline operating certificate (AOC) is treated independently.

An immediate example is the recent Air Asia’s renewal of AOC was only issued for six months.

On the argument is that Lion Air’s blacklisting from European aerospace is not too clear. Some people doubt this ‘blacklisting’ as being speculative as this story was never substatianted with relevant report from European Union aerospace authority.

PM Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with Dato’ Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, when US Trade Rep Ron Kirk and US Ambassador to Malaysia Paul W Jones called on the former

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s support for Malindo Airways got nothing to do with Dr Jamaluddin. It was about pro-actively getting new Malaysian participation in the regional air carriers business, ahead of the ASEAN Open Sky policy in 2015. Malindo Airways is a strong partnership between a successful Malaysian company in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector and an upcoming leader in the region’s promising air carrier sector.

In some quarters, many had the firm belief that Prime Minister Najib’s support for Malindo Airways is about teaching Tony Fernandes and his arrogance a lesson.

An electrical engineer by training Dr. Jamaluddin was a successful businessman in his own right, since over 30 years ago. He formed DZJJ and acquired a small Chinese owned manufacturing company EPE Power in 1985. After building the company, ten years later he listed EPE Power Corporation Bhd. in then KLSE. All these happened way before he was a Parliamentarian, let alone a Cabinet Minister.

In the ‘economic boom’ of the early 90s where Malay technocrats started to take centre stage in the mainstream Malaysian business and corporate community, business media already had Dr. Jamaluddin in the radar screen as a ‘man to watch’. EPE Power then was in the same cohort as Crest Petroleum and Sapura Holdings.

Obviously Dr Jamaluddin was a wealthy man, even when Pua was yet to be in the job market and Nurul Izzah was still in lower secondary school. For him to part some of that wealth and riches to his children for a head start should not be any big mystery.

Dr Jamaluddin as the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, at the presentation of his credentials to President Barack H Obama at the Oval Office, White House

The strike against Dr Jamaluddin and Malindo Airways is obviously another sordid attempt to discredit Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. The former is a very important link for the Malaysian Prime Minister to the Washington D.C. administration and politicians, especially in global issues such as ‘Global Moderate Movement’ and common issues which Prime Minister Najib shares closely with US President Barack H. Obama.

The MP for Rompin is also a key person for Prime Minister Najib to progresively and effectively engage the American business and academic community. The relationship is forming stronger and proven to be productive for both countries. This is also amidst Washington D.C.’s New Con Jewish blue-eyed-boy Anwar Ibrahim soured and now estranged relationship, for his ‘anti semitic’ strikes against ‘The Jews’ when the Opposition created APCO controversy.

Nurul Izzah and Pua have been on the ‘character assassination’ track for quite a bit now, especially manipulating inaccurate facts and then sensationalise it, with a malice intent. The more recent was the radar system for the ATC Tower II for the upcoming KLIA2 terminal.

The Opposition is drumming up any opportunity of their ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy where ever they can manipulate or ridicule, even fabricate if they have to, in the run up to the last corner before the 13GE expected sometime in the Q1 of 2013. Especially after non deliverance for the votes the rakyat gave them in the 12GE. The have to keep up with this manipulation or fabrication of facts momentum or otherwise risk losing bad at the polls.

It is a mark of desperation. All nothing but ‘hot-air’. Nowadays, they have fly the hot-air balloon, in their heads. Like flying hot-air balloons, they have to maintain the furnace burning. Otherwise their gondola will fall.

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