Circus Chimpanzee

Circus Chimpanzee

This year’s UMNO Youth General Assembly has reduced to a circus. UMNO Youth Leader Khairy Jamaluddin is behaving exactly like a circus primate, trying to pander to the gallery and entertain them with his follies. The more recent is the TNB hike, announced a few days ago by the Minister in-charge for Energy, Water and Green Technology Dato’ Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Khairy slams TNB

Posted on 4 December 2013 – 05:17pm
Last updated on 5 December 2013 – 11:29am

Aaron Ngui and Hemananthani Sivanandam


KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 4, 2013): As criticisms mount over Tenaga National Berhad’s decision to hike electricity rates, a Cabinet minister unexpectedly took the power giant to task for being more concerned about its shareholders than the people.

Youth and Sports Minister and Umno chief Khairy Jamaluddin, in a strongly-worded comment, said the increase in tariffs is only to”pad up” TNB’s profits.

In his policy speech at the Umno Youth assembly today, he said the hike was not in keeping with the quantum of increase in fuel prices.

Later at a press conference, he said he had raised the matter in the Cabinet.

“I am bound by the Cabinet decision but, as (Umno) Youth chief, I felt the need to raise it (displeasure over the tariff hike). I also raised it in Cabinet.

“There are two parts to the hike, one is about the rising cost of fuel. We understand that but TNB’s profits are just too high,” he said.

Khairy explained that TNB had justified the hike on the need to invest in technology and the low returns on its investment.

“But for me and the rakyat, that is not good enough,” he added.

In his speech, Khairy said TNB and other government-linked companies should not be overly-driven by financial performance alone, adding that their responsibilities to the people must “never be forgotten”.

TNB had announced that electricity rates will be up by 14.98% for Peninsular Malaysia and 16.9% for Sabah and Labuan from Jan 1.

In George Town, both DAP and Gerakan came out against the tariff hike, with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng saying the increase was untimely and unjustified.

He said the cost of doing business is set to increase with the price of goods and services expected to cost more.

“Whether it is a packet of noodles, a simple meal or just a haircut, prices will shoot up and everyone will feel the pinch,” the Penang chief minister said in a statement.

Penang Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong echoed Lim’s sentiments and urged the government to review the increase.

He said a review could avoid a chain reaction on prices of goods, adding that the public and private sectors should review salaries to help people cope better with the expected increase in the cost of living.

“It is only with a higher income that the people can cope with higher expenses,” he said.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have voiced that worries that the new electricity tariff could dent the country’s competitiveness.

SME Association Malaysia (Samenta) vice-president Well Kam said high energy bills could make the country less attractive for investors.

He urged the government to consider offering concessions to those who have reached a state-determined energy efficiency rating.

“It is important to improve energy efficiency, productivity and enhance education on energy management too,” he said.


The fact is that, it is wrong for KJ to take out on TNB for this. TNB produce electricity with production and distribution cost attached to every KW/H of power unit. The cost of production rest heavily on the cost of fuel.

77% of TNB power generation comes from hydrocarbon plants. 60% of those are gas powered plants.

Presently, these power plants only pay 65% of market price for natural gas which is the fuel for these plants to power up. If the cost for the supply of natural gas go up, then naturally tariffs would have to rise too.

Khairy Jamaluddin is a Cabinet Minister. He could use his resources to find out about these things and rationalise that it is not TNB which wanted the rise in tariff. Then again, the Minister in-charge is the one who announced it. Which means the tariff hike is with Cabinet approval.

The matter must have been brought up to Cabinet for deliberation first before an approval on the tariff hike is given.

KJ as a Minister and UMNO Youth Leader, should use his exposure and access to information to explain and make his dominions understand better. The matter could be rationalised, even to younger Malaysians. No need to add salt to injury and fuel to fire. Even for the sake of political drama, in a once a year show.

Jana Manjung power plant

TNB is an agency under Khazanah Nasional Bhd. Like any another GLC, TNB is expected to fend for themselves and be financially independent instead of getting investment injection from Khazanah or Federal Government (via Ministry of Finance) for much needed capital ever so often. This include working capital, where TNB is expected to pay power producers and fuel suppliers promptly.

TNB also is required to do periodical maintenance and necessary capital expenditure, asset regeneration and replacement programs to ensure that power production is continuous without any glitch what so ever. This also to ensure the redundant and back up system is in the state of readiness for any emergency. It is more so important as the nation move forward towards high income economy and industry is the main economic bloodline.

Therefor it is imperative that TNB remains financially sound. Capital expenditure, asset regeneration and replacement cost a lot of fresh capital injection. TNB being profitable means that the GLC could afford to raise the much needed capital injection internally, without going back to Khazanah or MOF. Nor they expose the national power generation corporation for more borrowings.

Hence, TNB is profitable. Thanks to the previous CEO Dato’ Seri Che Khalib Mohd. Noh, TNB’s assets, commercial commitments and debts have be restructured and rationalised. TNB no longer owe so many parties as high as it was, ten years ago.

It is ashamed that KJ is seizing the moment trying to popularize himself as an UMNO Youth Leader championing the rakyat’s cause, at the expense to lambasting TNB. That behaviour is no different than a Circus Chimpanzee, throwing creampies to fellow clowns to draw laughter from the audience.

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  1. If it was a cabinet decision, for which he is a member, why bark then ?
    Is he a leader from UMNO or from PKR ?
    Or was it meant as a populous speech.
    Or he doesn’t know his role as a cabinet member ?
    What a shame, and definitely embarrassing for the govt indeed…….

  2. AIYAAAAAAAA…ini bakal PM kah ?
    Publisisti murahan maaaa

  3. bro,

    there two things here,
    first, KJ trying to be hero during pau, so dia jadi hero hindustan belakon lebeh.
    second, tnb tariff increase itself. you can justify it as much as you can, akhir sekali orang mahu tahu itu 7 billion bayar kat konsultan dan itu jet punya hal,

  4. I support Khairy’ s blasted UMNO Youth’s statement in his opening speech for Pemuda UMNO on the TNB’s proposed hiked on electricity charges beginning next year. Khairy has inside information on the beneficiaries of the TNB’s stake holders, whose main objective is to maximise their profits. Please get your facts correct and with due respect, do you know who are the TNB’S stakeholders?

    • If you want to get respect for your comment, do say out who are the TNB’S stakeholders that you sound as if you know.

      “Khairy’ s blasted UMNO Youth’s statement”? You hitting at UMNO Youth? Or the statement? Or both? If so, how come you support Khairy?

    • Mustapha Ong.

      What? KJ possess inside information? For some reasons, that is hardly surprising for whom Lim Kit Siang once labelled as “The world’s richest unemployed’. A few keywords might also jog your ‘inside memory’ too, let’s try ‘ECM-Libra shares’, or ECM-Libra and Avenue Capital Bhd’, just to name a few.

      If it was a cabinet decision, then it must be a collective decision. If KJ is passionate about opposing the tariff hike as much as he is passionate about improving Malaysian football (although his MyTeam programme was a complete FLOP), then he should use all information he has, whether inside or out to oppose the proposed hike during cabinet meetings. Fight within the system la kan. Itu la, sebelum jadi Menteri penuh, patutnya belajar melalui jawatan Timbalan Menteri dulu.

      Furthermore, if TNB is to be blamed, KJ being Oxford-educated minister should not have spared Petronas and MyPower Corp. Does he also has inside information about these entities too, who might also want to ‘maximise their profits’? How about Khazanah, they are not interested in profits?

      Or is it something to do about singling out and demonising TNB now, so the rakyat will get the wrong picture, and this would eventually facilitate breaking up TNB into several companies in the near future? Our southern kiasu neighbour would be salivating in gallons by now about that prospect.

      But KJ being KJ has this chronic addiction to limelight, and it is eye-crossingly nauseating. It’s all about being Captain Malaysia bearing the biggest loudspeakers of all. Orang anjur berfikir di luar kotak bukannya berfikir di luar OTAK. Perhaps Dato’ Siti needs to slap this Menteri on the wrist again.

  5. Good on kj. We dont really know the true reason he did it, but kudos to him for doing it. It makes najib looks like a najis and i enjoyed it very much. But what he said is true and i share his sentiments eventhough i dislike the guy. The government gives freebies by the shitload? Is that money well spent? You waste money giving it for jack shit reason so you slash up subsidies? I am all for subsidies to be thrown out, but you have to do it timely. Petrol went up, sugar went up, electric is going up. What the fuck man? All of this within months? Way to hit the average guy on the road.

    Its obvious the government is running dry or maybe even empty? 1000 for a third time loss on mykad? Rumours or true? Let kj be a tamil hero. Let him make najib look like a najis. This country is in deep shit as long as that najis is going around town with his fat wife

  6. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  7. Government need adjustments all the time to reconsider and satisfy the plights the poorer people in our society. The mentality of people also need adjustments to withstand the torments of increased cost of livings, not due to the ruling government but also due to the international environment, economic and social conditions of their country. If it’s not timely to reduce subsidies when the time is hard and the world economy is shrinking, then when is the right timing to adjust our extravagant styles and living conditions? Government subsidies are not small money but run into billion of ringgits annually. As a point of argument, why should the rich patriotic citizens keep on paying huge direct and indirect taxes in order to subsidise the majority poor sectors of the populace? It’s better to endure the pains of our economic woes now than to wait for the nation to go bust and bankrupt.The BN government is now addressing corruptions and abuses of power, so that the prices of consumer goods are brought down to its actual market values. I am a regular visitors to Thailand and wish to state that it’s so much cheaper to live in Thailand and yet we can enjoy the quality off lives like in Malaysia. Why is that possible when the population is 5 times more than Malaysia? Actually, we need to cut off the middlemen who control the cost, value, supply and demand of our essential commodities. Let us face the economic realities head on now rather to wait for the BN government to collapse. However, in our political system it’s virtually impossible to overthrow the BN government. The worst political scenario is either a two party system of government or a shared coalition government between BN and PR. Lastly, as a matured journalist or blogger, please watch your language brother!

    • “the right timing to adjust our extravagant styles and living conditions?” Only “the majority poor sectors of the populace” need to, the others don’t?

      And who are “the rich patriotic citizens” anyway? Even Robert Kuok who lived on the sugar monopoly tongkat for a long, long time, said he is “twin-rooted” – Malaysia and China. He said so when donating RM100 million to a Chinese University in Selangor recently. What is your criteria of patriotism, anyway? Undivided loyalty not included?

      “addressing corruptions and abuses of power, so that the prices of consumer goods are brought down to its actual market values.” Corruption and abuses of power causing rising prices? Care to explain? The greedy wholesalers and retailers not involved?

      “the middlemen who control the cost, value, supply and demand of our essential commodities.” Who are they, pray tell.

      “wait for the BN government to collapse” – you believe so? And your son, Omar Ong, goes down with it?

      Aren’t you the one who should “watch your language”, rather than BD? Look, I ask, old chap, not accuse.

  8. When Khairy jamaludin opens his mouth, it will reveal his immaturity, stupidity and hypocrisy.
    It also shows the majority of UMNO youth are like him

    • You should not say something like that, KJ might tell his mum about it and she might tell you off in the media. You should also not belittle the UMNO Youth who elected KJ, these people are the supporters of ‘liberal and progressive’ approach within UMNO.

      However, I bet they don’t even know what the definition of ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’. Maybe to them, ‘liberal=money’ and ‘progressive=power’.

      God save Malaysia.

  9. Apa Nak di Kata?
    Ini Semua Kehendak Ahli..
    Sepatutnya Ketua Ketua UMNO memberi panduan kepada Ahli. Tetapi Ahli dipergunakan seolah olah mereka perkakas untuk suka guna olih ketua ketua mereka.

    Lihat sahaja bagaimana Hitler pergunakan rakyat German. Akhirnya berjuta mati katak untuk the Great Feuher.

  10. Thanks bro for ur further clarifications but I don’t need to respond specifically though as these national issues are closed to the hearts of all fellow Malaysians. Btw I didn’t mean to be rude by referring to one of the commentators to ur article as I perceived to be rude in our Malay culture. Just like the controversy word, ” kucing kurap” uttered by Jeff Ooi Jelutong recently. I am a long time friend of Khairy since his late father was also Ambassador to few countries, but that does not necessarily warrant my support if he is out of his political path and ethics. In this case, Khairy spoke in his capacity as Head of UMNO Youth and not as a Cabinet Minister. Khairy has since qualify this controversial position. I do not normally commend on my son Omar but as fellow Muslims, why do we have to make things uncomfortable for others? There is a Chinese proverb.. If it’s poison to you let it be but it’s definitely medicine to me! On other issues of the mismanagement of BN government, both Federal and States, I agree that more should be done to curb corruptions and abuse of power. Being a Malay by Federal Constitution myself, I love UMNO but the frustrated members and Malays begin to lose their faith in UMNO due to some God forsaken crapped leaders, I don’t think we should blame the President! There are bad apples everywhere but we just need to re-educate them in their mind set and inferior mentality. However, if the Malays in general mistrust and hate UMNO, especially the Gen Y who are addicted to the social media, it’s going to be extremely tough for UMNO. UMNO will have to fight with the Malays within the party, PAS, PKR and others which will eventually profile the political power of DAP in the years to come before 2020. Are the Malays willing to surrender their political power which had been agreed upon before by our past political fathers before our Independence? Food for thoughts and I think power is a non redemption item. Political power knows no limit, absolute power corrupts our mind and neutralise our rationale thinking and decisions.

    • LEVEL 4…. what do you expect .

  11. Who, to you, are the “some God forsaken crapped leaders”, pray tell.

    Many people say Najib is crap. Among the reasons is the fact that he used the behaving-like-a-circus-primate Khairy (I support BD’s views) to entrench his political position and, as a result, UMNO Youth and UMNO proper have generally gone somewhat bingong.

    I imagine you don’t agree as Najib “hammered” Omar Ong into Petronas BoD. But would you like to list the arguments as to why Najib is not? Let’s see if others in here agree.

    And, as a father, I imagine you know the yet-undisclosed reasons why Najib was so insistent to have Omar Ong into Petronas BoD such that, after being rejected, he saw to it that the name was proposed to the BoD again and it lead to the highly respected Petronas President Tan Sri Hassan Merican parting ways.

    Why Najib hammered Omar Ong into the BOD has baffled me for a long time and, I’m sure it did many others, too. Do you know if your son has some special qualifications and particular BOD qualities that we don’t? Is he an expert on oil matters – production, marketing, upstream, downstream what have you.

    No offence, but it’s my plain huge curiosity that I think you can satisfy and I hope you would not resort to the statement “I do not normally comment on my son Omar” – I note the word “normally” and really and sincerely hope you would help put my long-held inquisitiveness to rest.

  12. It’s an embarrassment for UMNO’s red lips president. He is the one who appointed this clown as a minister of federal goverment! Let KJ keep on lambasted other peoples. At the end of the day, he only managed to shows his own stupidity!

  13. Haba or whatever is your real name, I will repeat that I do not see the need to response to such unfounded allegations on anyone. It doesn’t matter whether the person is Omar Ong, Ah Beng, Mutusamy Vellu or even Tun Mahathir himself are being subjected to some lunatic criticism. However, I need to clarify that Petronas is one of 500 Fortune companies which certainly reflects its success story, though not due to one lackey individual’s authority or management or BOD intervention. In the final analysis, please do not ridicule the intelligence of our dear PM Najib. Najib is the CEO of the country’s management, with the help of the best brains available. In this modern day of business competitiveness, the hiring of good and international Consultants with global connections will enhance the proper execution of government management and product study and viability evaluation, etc. If Petronas is a half baked National Oil & Gas Company and managed by incompetent Senior Management and members of the BOD, Petronas could have busted even with the wise advisory capacity of Tun Mahathir who had held the position for 10 years since 2003. Tun is an honourable statesman in many ways and he doesn’t lie like our confused opposition leader. By the way, it is PM’s prerogative for all senior appointments, Board Members as well the coveted position of Advisor. Najib is not a doggy figure head and listens to any Tom, Dick and Harry in selecting the capable people to work in a prime national company such as Petronas Malaysia. In conclusion, please do not be emotional and instigate proposition for any prestigious positions in government, GLCs, etc only if you are the ultimate boss or advisor to the PM, period!

  14. There you go. I’m not getting my curiosity set aside. It gets curious-er.

    “Najib is the CEO of the country’s management, with the help of the best brains available.” You saying those include Omar Ong? How “best” is he, can you tell?

    “If Petronas is a half baked National Oil & Gas Company and managed by incompetent Senior Management and members of the BOD ..” – including Omar Ong? Of course, it is PM’s prerogative for all senior appointments, Board Members etc. Nobody disputes that. But people like me are baffled by his choice, some have whacked him outright for controversial and unexplained choices he made. Sad that you are not willing to share what you know about them.

    “Najib is not a doggy figure head and listens to any Tom, Dick and Harry” – so he listens to Omar Ong? Nobody is getting “emotional and instigate proposition for any prestigious positions in government, GLCs, etc”. But looks like you are. Telling BD to watch his language, alleging “such unfounded allegations” when they were only request for explanations,

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