Hey, Big Spender!

Times are getting tough. All are asked to be brace for what is expected to be a rough 2014. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and his Government (and present line up of Cabinet Ministers) are steaming ahead with the ‘rationalisation of subsidies’.

First, we heard it from Minister in-charge of ‘Transformation Programs’ Dato’ Idris Jala that the Federal Government would not be able to cope with the annual subsidy of RM43billion. In 2010, he said that by 2019 if ‘business as usual’ and no transformation is made, the Federal Government coffer would go belly up.

Hence, by the second half of 2013 Prime Minister Najib ‘rationalisation of subsidy’ program started. First it was the retail price of petrol and diesel up by 20 sen in September. Then comes Bajet 2014, sugar is completely subsidy free when suddenly the price shot up by 34sen per kg. Consumption tax in the form of 6% GST would be introduced by April 2015, to make up the revenue deficit.

Then the announcements of electricity tariff would go up by 15% and possibility of many of the Non PLUS highways toll rates up too comes in to effect in 2014.

On ground, retail prices are up across the board. Grocery shoppers already feeling the pinch that food stuff across the board gone up, be it chicken, fish, beef, fruits and vegetables. Even spices are up.

Everyone is grousing. Especially the lower income bracket. The most are the lower income and lower middle income segment who are urban and suburban dwellers. Their Ringgit has shrunk termendously. Nothing to factor that their lifestyle is grossly impaired with the traffic jams they have to endure.

Yes, Prime Minister Najib is kind enough to give them hand outs of RM600.00 in BR1M to families with aggregated earning of less than RM3,500.00 a month.  Spread that monthly, would effectively subsidies half a week of grocery bills. By 2013, BR1M was extended to singles. He gladly announced 6 million Malaysians would benefit from this scheme.

Bajet 2014

In reality, other cost is going up. Even rental and school bus fee. In  a nut shell, majority of Malaysians are asked to tighten their belt and change their lifestyle.

One interesting fact is that Prime Minister Najib announced his budget for 2014 at the proposed amount of RM264billion. Only RM46.5 billion is for development expenditure or CAPEX. That is 17.6% of the whole 2014 budget.

The rest which is RM217.7 billion or 82.4% is operating expenditure or OPEX. That is very huge.

The 11 point austerity drive which Prime Minister Najib announced on 30 December 2013 has been seen as ‘insincere’ to substantially reduce OPEX and budget deficit, considering the VVIP travel bill is actually much more than the savings possibly derived. It is actually pittance and should considered as an insult to the bigger majority, finding it toughrer to make ends meet in these days where almost everything is up.

The other side of the field is totally different. Here you have PMO admitting that the Malaysian Government last year spent RM181 million to lease and maintain aircrafts for VVIP travels, especially for the Prime Minister and consort.

How could Prime Minister Najib stomach the fact that he started the vow “Rakyat diutamakan“, is facing a tougher living when the kind of money was splurged on his convenience, comfort and luxury should be seen as nothing but sinful.

 

Published in: on January 11, 2014 at 20:00  Comments (20)  

(Not) Getting wiser after the event

The decision to abolish and do away with very important tools for internal security and strategic apparatus of maintaining peace and harmony  the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Emergency Ordinance (EO) is one of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s landmark catastrophic acts as the sixth Prime Minister. The top cop was very frank and bold about it.

Riong Kali dot com:

I wish we could bring back the ISA, says IGP

BY LEE SHI-IAN
JANUARY 10, 2014

The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said today he wished that the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) would be reintroduced. (The ISA which was repealed in 2012.)

“Yes, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 is sufficient, but what is wrong with the ISA?” Khalid asked.

“Both laws are suitable for different reasons. As a law enforcement official, I would welcome any law which can help me uphold internal security and public order.”

Khalid’s sentiments appear to echo a suggestion by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the government bring back the ISA to control the “extremist minority” who, he said, has undermined the country’s stability.

“For extremists like this group, we need the ISA,” Dr Mahathir told reporters yesterday after appearing as a guest on the RTM2 ‘Hello On Two’ programme, which was aired live at Wisma TV, Angkasapuri, KL.

Reviewing 2013 at a glance, Khalid said he was disappointed with the number of illegal rallies and demonstrations which were staged last year.

“There was a total of 26 illegal rallies and demonstrations, including one on New Year’s Eve protesting against price hikes,” Khalid said.

“Last year was a challenging year with the general elections, the Lahad Datu incursion and the street demonstrations,” he said.

He pointed the finger at the opposition for stirring up public sentiments on various issues, including Lynas, human rights, price hikes, assessment rates and study loans.

“The opposition played on public sentiments and rallied them against the ruling government,” Khalid said.

“The Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 was drawn up so that the public can have space to voice their frustrations and dissatisfaction.

“However, the rally organisers do not seem interested in following the conditions laid out in the PAA 2012. Instead of working with the police, they are intent on going against us.”

Khalid said certain quarters wanted police to call up the Federal Reserve Unit, complete with batons and water cannons.

“Later, they will blame the police for being violent, brutal and disrespecting human rights,” he said.

“We know how to handle these demonstrations. It is provided for under the law and we will take the necessary measures,” he added. – January 10, 2014.

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Prime Minister Najib believed that Malaysia should move forward and so called ‘archaic and draconian laws which impede on human rights issues’ such as ISA and EO would not be popular with the minority (especially the Chinese) and growing younger Malaysians.

Yet, despite these laws being repealed and abolished since 2012, neither the Chinese nor the bigger younger Malaysian populous politically supported the Federal Government. In fact, Prime Minister Najib as the Barisan Nasional Chairman faired worst since the coalition party was incepted by his father 40 years earlier to replace the Alliance Party.

Historically, these so called ‘draconian laws’ were incepted and democratically elected to ensure peace and harmony is maintained and a tool for internal security against radical, extremist, subversive and militant elements. One of the objectives for ISA when it was introduced in 1960 and passed by Parliament, was to protect the nation from subversive and militant force such as communist rebellion which by then, had gone underground.

The communist rebels and terrorists and their supporter, the Min Yuens, started to move within the typical then Malayan communities and worked their ways via subversive movements.

Almost all of them were Chinese ethnic.

The act, plus EO managed to curb and reduce the effect of subversive efforts guised under the cloak of the ‘right of expression’ and ‘democracy’, from the perspective of the practice to allow open rally and assembly. Never the less, the negative direct result is clearly demonstrated in the 13 May 1969 tragedy.

Still, the racism overtone by Chinese Chauvinists like DAP leaders persists.

Since then, ISA and EO have been very effective. Later, its utility was extended to religious deviants and militants and government employees who were part of efforts to weaken the internal security.

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is spot on.

Doing away with ISA and EO and allowing more ‘democratic practices’ such as the loosening the tight on right of expression and public assembly did not alleviate progress for the process of nation building. In fact, it deteriorated further.

Those who opposed these so called ‘draconian laws’ actually never intended to respect or adhere to the rules of new laws such as the Public Assembly Act. They remained defiant, as what they were.

What made it worse is that it is believed that Prime Minister Najib is also ‘soft’ against these law breakers. Police continued to make arrests and mount investigations on these law deviants but very few of them were actually charged.

Even those who clearly committed criminal defamation and seditious acts.

A clear example is FMT writer Mariam Mokhtar who maliciously accused UMNO of “Torching churches and created havoc in the community” when High Court Justice Lau Bee Lan decided for the Catholic church Herald in 2009 on the kalimah “Allah” case against the ban imposed by Home Ministry.

30 November 2013| last updated at 05:08PM

IGP warns portal columnist Mariam Mokhtar

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KOTA KINABALU: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has warned freemalaysiatoday.com’s columnist, Mariam Mokhtar, from writing articles that can be deemed seditious.

He was displeased with her article, entitled “One Ideology, Two Reactions”, published on the portal yesterday, in which she questioned the government’s discriminating treatment on the return of two Malaysian-born communist radicals — ashes of the deceased Malayan Communist Party leader Chin Peng from Bangkok, Thailand and Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, who had been influenced by the political ideology and was allegedly held as a slave in London for 30 years.
“She (Mariam Mokhtar) had better watch out or we will go after her.
“This (article) is highly seditious. Don’t publish just to attract people to visit your website. That can also be an invitation for us (police) to come and apprehend you,” he told reporters after the opening of the Security and Public Order Seminar here today.
The seminar was opened by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Khalid was disappointed that the columnist could not differentiate the degree of the offence committed by Siti Aishah and Chin Peng.
“Even an uneducated person understands why the government allowed Siti Aishah to return home and not Chin Peng’s ashes. It is not because one is a Malay and the other, a Chinese.
“Chin Peng was involved in armed struggle, while Siti Aishah purely adopted a leftist ideology. Tell me how many people has she killed?” he asked.
Khalid said no action would be taken against Siti Aishah should she return to Malaysia on the grounds that she was already 69 years old and that her offence was committed a long time ago.
Regarding Siti Aishah’s citizenship, he said police were still waiting for a report from the United Kingdom on whether or not she had given up her Malaysian citizenship during the 45 years she was in the European country.
The woman, who hails from Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, left the country in 1968 to pursue her studies at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, but neglected her studies after being influenced by the leftist ideology. — BERNAMA

Read more: IGP warns portal columnist Mariam Mokhtar – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/igp-warns-portal-columnist-mariam-mokhtar-1.417091#ixzz2q2A9bRls

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There hardly any actions taken on the vast provocations and insults against the position and role of Islam as the Religion of the Federation of Malaysia, HRH Rulers as Constitutional Head of Islam and the administration of Islam and Syariah Courts which tantamount to sedition.

It is amazing the compounded pressure of the Malay-Muslim majority being tested, challenged, provoked and insulted by the minority, particularly the Chinese, have not burst.

Make no mistake about the will of the Malays. When push comes to shove, they would stand up and fight back. In a nut shell, they have been very tolerant and obedient because it is the nature of the Malays that they respect their leaders and authority.

Then again, all these have its limits. At one point, they would eventually distrust the system and authority that they put their trust on would act in the interest of the righteousness and the Federal Constitution that they played pivotal role to incorporate.

Instead, they would probably take matters to their own hands.

The sooner Prime Minister Najib realise and comes to term with that, the faster the nation could get on the track of moving forward.

Now,

Published in: on January 11, 2014 at 01:00  Comments (8)