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Sultan Johor, ADC DSP Sugumaran, Principal Private Secretary to Sultan Johor Hj Jabar and MB Johor Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin at the Johor State Assembly when Khaled formed the Johor State Government

MB Johor Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin managed to push through an amended Johor Housing and Real Property Board (LPHJ) Enactment 2014 at the Johor State Assembly in Kota Iskandar this evening. It was done not without pulling a lot of wool over Johoreans’ eyes.

The Star story:

Published: Monday June 9, 2014 MYT 5:46:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 9, 2014 MYT 8:44:09 PM

Johor approves controversial housing bill

BY NELSON BENJAMIN
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NUSAJAYA: The Johor Housing and Real Property Enactment Board Bill 2014 was unanimously passed by the state legislative assembly here Monday.

The controversial bill was approved with a majority vote of 38 from Barisan Nasional while 18 from the Opposition voted against it despite efforts from the Opposition to delay passing the enactment for further studies.

The Bill was passed at 5.20pm after Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai), Yeo Tung Siong (DAP-Skudai) and Wong Shu Qi (DAP-Skudai) suggested for the passing of the enactment to be postponed.

Only 29 votes were needed to pass the Bill.

The Bill, which is divided into six sections, 51 clauses and three schedules, was tabled by Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi.

Eight lawmakers, including three from the opposition, debated on the Bill for three hours before it was approved.

Changes were made to the controversial Bill to limit the powers of the Sultan by making 10 amendments to 10 clauses, including stipulating that the Ruler has to act on the advice of the Mentri Besar.

The amendment involves Clause 4 (3) Composition of the Board – changing the phrase from “members of the board may be paid remuneration and allowances as determined by the Sultan” to “members of the board may be paid remuneration and allowances as determined by the state authorities.”

Under Clause 12 (2) Appointment of Directors, Officers and Civil Servants, the appointment of the directors shall have prior approval of the Sultan on the advise of the Sultan, instead of solely base on the approval of the Sultan.

Under Clause 43 (1) Winding up and Liquidation, the state authority may wind up or dissolve the board by publishing it in the Government Gazette, instead of “the Sultan may windup and dissolve by having the order gazetted.”

In his winding up speech, Abdul Latiff said the enactment was not meant to burden any quarters but at strengthening the housing and real estate sector in Johor.

He said the Johor Housing and Real Property Board would be tasked with policymaking, implementation, coordination and planning of the housing and real estate development in the state.

“It will help facilitate people as well as stakeholders such as developers and consultants in housing and real estate affairs in Johor,” he added.

Earlier, Maulizan Bujang (BN-Tiram), when debating the Bill, said from the government perspective, the purpose, goal and function of the enactment was to strengthen real estate development in Johor, particularly for the benefit of the middle and lower income groups.

He said the housing and real estate sector in Johor could be managed more efficiently and effectively with the setting up of the board.

“I hope the board will identify suitable land in the city for the development of affordable housing. This will ensure that there will be houses for people from various backgrounds where development are taking place,” he said.

Wong Shu Qi (DAP-Senai) said although the enactment was timely, several issues needed to be clarified.

All assemblymen have to understand people’s needs, especially that of young couples before formulating policies and laws for the benefit of all groups, he add

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The original draft of the LPHJ enactment drew a lot of controversy when the initial draft was thought to give Sultan Johor so much executive powers and contradicts the principle of separation of power between Ruler and Executive in the Constitutional Monarchy parliamentary democracy this nation adopted.

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, MT UMNO members Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi and Dato’ Tajuddin Abd. Rahman and former long time cabinet Minister Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim Ph.D, all opposed the proposed LPHJ in sundry.

The opposition even brought Tun Dr. Mahathir and his former Deputy and political adversary Tun Musa Hitam on the same page, criticising Johor State Government for the proposed provision of powers to Sultan Johor.

Even Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sounded out that the principle of separation of power needs to be preserved and the LPHJ enactment should not contravene the Federal Constitution.

In his media conference after the LPHJ enactment was passed, MB Johor Khaled criticised those who are not in Johor failed to understand what is best for the state and the new law would not allow powers be abused by Sultan Johor but instead would have sought advise from the Menteri Besar before making any decisions.

Little Annie is spot on when she wrote MB Johor Khaled should not have ‘Flip-Flopped’ and rammed the enactment under the Johoreans throat, only to deal with the repercussions.

Interestingly, the Johor Royal Council Secretary Dato’ Rahim Ramli denied Sultan Johor initiated for having so much power in the LPHJ.

Riong Kali dot com story:

Johor Royal Council denies Sultan initiated property Bill

BY ANISAH SHUKRY

Published: 9 June 2014 | Updated: 9 June 2014 11:49 AM
The Johor Royal Council says there was no instruction from the palace nor the council on the controversial Bill tabled in the Johor state assembly today. – The Malaysian Insider pic, June 9, 2014.
The Sultan of Johor was not behind the state’s Housing and Real Property Board Bill 2014 which drew criticism for allowing the ruler to have a hand in the state administration, the Johor Royal Council said today.

Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli told a press conference that the ruler does not interfere in the state government’s affairs and that the Bill, which was later amended to reduce the sultan’s power, was written up by the government.

“It was not the sultan (who created the Bill). The sultan does not interfere in state administration. It is the state government’s right to propose any laws that could benefit the rakyat,” he said.

He dismissed speculation that the sultan had initiated the Bill, and that Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin had been forced to follow the sultan’s wishes.
Abdul Rahim pointed out that if the sultan had vested interests in the Johor Property and Housing Commission (JPHC), he would not have “magnanimously” agreed to the Bill’s amendments, which had removed or restricted his authority over the proposed housing board.

The amendments, which were made today, no longer gave the sultan the power to determine the remuneration or allowances of board members.

The sultan’s power to direct any person to investigate the books, accounts and transactions of the board has been removed, and he no longer can direct the board to be wound up and dissolved.

The board no longer has to submit to the ruler its accounts, an estimate of the expenses for the following year and a report of its activities in the preceding year. Nor does it require the sultan’s approval to establish a corporation.

Instead, all those powers are vested solely in the state authority.

Similarly, the sultan can only appoint members of the board on the advice of the menteri besar. The sultan’s approval for the appointment of the director is also on the advice of the menteri besar.

Either the sultan or the menteri besar can decide to revoke a member’s appointment, as opposed to the sultan having the sole authority to do so.

The amendments were made following public outcry over the administrative powers given to the sultan. Critics said it violated the Federal Constitution.

But Abdul Rahman denied this, saying: “The provisions of the Bill are not meant to surrender absolute power to the ruler and therefore should not be misconstrued as interference of the monarchy in the management of the state.

“Neither does it contravene the concept of constitutional monarchy.”

Even though the Bill had originally given the sultan power to, among others, appoint members of the board, Abdul Rahim stressed the ruler was bound by the constitution and by convention to act on advice regardless.

He likened the provision to the sultan’s power of appointing the menteri besar, which was also done after consultation with certain parties.

“Although the ruler may at his discretion appoint a menteri besar from among the legislative assembly… such appointment is normally made after consultation and advise from the party.”

Abdul Rahim added that the power vested in the sultan in appointing board members was in line with the Act of Parliament No. 380 Incorporation (State Legislatures Competence) Act 1962 revised 1989.

“They (the provisions in the Bill) constitute a check and balance mechanism in the management of the corporations,” he said. – June 9, 2014.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/johor-royal-council-denies-sultan-initiated-property-bill#sthash.dmqoljrW.dpuf

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The ‘Thirteen Million Ringgit Plus Question” if Sultan Johor did not initiate for the LPHJ to provide the Ruler so much executive power, then why did Johor State Government under MB Johor Khaled drafted the enactment as such?

Was MB Johor Khaled over ambitious to win favours from the palace or obtuse? Or was it MB Johor Khaled’s act of machiavellian politics?

Needless to say, the bitter after taste of this unnecessary banter for an enactment which should not have been presented in its original draft and context had caused the Johoreans to be net losers.

Published in: on June 10, 2014 at 00:30  Comments (18)  

LPHJ Changed, pre-DUN Presentation

Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor

The proposed Johor Housing and Property Enactment (LPHJ) 2014 expected to be tabled to the Johor State Assembly tomorrow is expected to see some changes, compared to the original draft.

NSt story:

08 June 2014| last updated at 04:50PM

Johor makes changes to Housing and Real Property Board enactment

By Rizalman Hammim
JOHOR BARU: The state government will make some changes to the Housing and Real Property Board enactment regarding the role of the Sultan of Johor in the board.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the changes includes the matter regarding the appointment of directors, which will now state that the Sultan will make the appointments with the advice of the menteri besar.

“Other clauses in the enactment that mention the (word) Sultan will be changed to the state authority,” said Khaled while winding up the Royal address at the state assembly.
Read more: Johor makes changes to Housing and Real Property Board enactment – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/johor-makes-changes-to-housing-and-real-property-board-enactment-1.613702#ixzz342QG3y53

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And The Star story:

Published: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 5:01:00 PM
Updated: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 5:11:38 PM

Johor housing Bill to be amended

BY DESIREE TRESA GASPER AND KATHLEEN ANN KILI

 

NUSAJAYA: The Johor Housing and Real Property Enactment Board Bill 2014 will be amended to include a provision that the Sultan is to act on the advice of the Mentri Besar.

The amendment, which reads “role of the Johor Ruler is on the advice of the Mentri Besar”, was announced by Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin during the state assembly sitting here, Sunday.

Khaled said that other clauses in the Bill which mention the Johor Ruler would be changed to “state authorities”.

The Bill is expected to be tabled at the state assembly sitting on Monday.

It had been reported that the Bill would empower the Sultan to appoint JHRPB members, oversee its accounts and also dissolve the board.

It is understood that the Johor Ruler would also be able to determine the remuneration of board members, approve the appointment of a director and pass the estimated expenses for each following year before seeking the state government’s approval for the allocations.

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This came after Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sounded out that the new law for Johor should be within the ambit of the Federal Constutution, where there is a clear separation of power between the Ruler and Executive.

Najib: Proposed Johor Act must be in line with Constitution principles

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7:
Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the proposal by the Johor government to table a Bill to enact the formation of the Johor Housing and Property Board must bring advantages and benefits and protect the interests of all, especially the people.
The Prime Minister said the enactment must also be in line with the principles of the Federal Constitution which upheld the constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy systems in the country.
Najib said he had stressed this to Datuk Seri Mohamed Khalid Nordin after he was informed by the Johor Menteri Besar on the state government’s plan to table the Bill.
“The Menteri Besar explained that the Bill is consistent with the provisions of the Federal Constitution.”
“He will also be fully responsible in managing the board,” Najib said in a statement to Bernama today.
Najib said Mohamed Khaled would ensure that the enactment fulfilled its objectives, one of which was to make available more affordable homes for the people of Johor.
It was reported that the Johor government planned to table the proposed Bill on Monday.
The Bill has received mixed reaction with some quarters claiming that, if passed, it will see the involvement of the Johor Sultan in state administration, which the Menteri Besar has since denied.

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It is uncommon for the Prime Minister to sound out for a new bill in Barisan Nasional controlled states outside Sabah and Sarawak. It is a subtle reminder that any new bill which gives a Ruler power that should remain with the Executive contravene the principle of power of separation as part of the Constitutional Monarchy.

Bar Council media statement on the LPHJ enactment:

PRESS RELEASE

Johore Housing and Real Property Board Bill 2014 Violates the Federal and Johore Constitutions

The Malaysian Bar has deep concerns regarding the proposed Johore Housing and Real Property Board Bill 2014 (“Johore Bill”).

The Johore Bill unnecessarily and improperly seeks to involve the Ruler in matters of executive government and administration.

The Johore Bill provides the Ruler with specific executive responsibilities and powers to:

(a) appoint four representatives to the Johore Housing and Real Property Board (“Board”) and revoke such appointments;
(b) determine the remuneration or allowances of all the members of the Board;
(c) approve the appointment of the Director to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Board;
(d) wind up and dissolve the Board; and
(e) approve the establishment of a corporation to maintain, develop or manage any housing plan, project scheme or industry.

The Johore Bill also provides that the “Ruler or the State Authority may at any time direct such person as he may appoint to make an investigation of the books, accounts and transactions of the Board”.

The Johore Bill further requires the Board to submit to the Ruler and the State Authority the annual budget, annual audited accounts and the annual report of the Board.

The Malaysian Bar is therefore unable to agree with the contention of the Menteri Besar of Johore, reported in the news media, that the Menteri Besar or the State Government of Johore would retain executive responsibility or power with respect to the matters set out in the Bill, as highlighted above.

Under our constitutional and legislative scheme, the term “State Authority” means either the State Government, or the Ruler acting on the advice of the State Government, in which case the Ruler is obliged to accept and act in accordance with such advice. An example of this can be found in the equivalent legislation in Selangor, namely the Selangor Housing and Real Property Board Enactment 2001. It is noteworthy that in the Selangor Enactment, there is no reference to the “Ruler”.

In providing for functions, responsibilities, duties and powers in the Johore Bill, the said Bill makes references to, amongst others, the “State Government”, the “State Authority” and the “Ruler”. Given that the Johore Bill makes reference to the “State Government”, “State Authority” and “Ruler” as three distinct entities, they cannot then mean the same thing in the Bill. Therefore, the provisions in the Johore Bill that accord to the Ruler specific executive responsibilities and powers mean that these responsibilities and powers are exercisable by the Ruler himself, without the need to be bound by, and to act upon, the advice of the State Government. This is in breach of the provisions of the Eighth Schedule to the Federal Constitution and Article 7 of the Constitution of Johore, which vouchsafe the concept of a constitutional monarchy.

The idea that a Ruler should have executive functions with respect to an agency or instrumentality of the State Government, such as the Board in this case, is a departure from the principles of constitutional monarchical government. This is not envisaged under the Federal Constitution and the Constitution of Johore. Under such a system of government, while powers and functions are carried out in the name of the head of state, the exercise of executive functions and powers must lie with the State Government that is democratically elected by the rakyat. Given this, save for limited specified matters in the Eighth Schedule of the Federal Constitution and matters such as Article 7 in the Constitution of Johore, which provides for the discretion of the Ruler to appoint the Menteri Besar or to withhold consent to a request to dissolve the State Assembly, the Ruler acts on the advice of the State Government.

The State Government of Johore has, by the proposed measures in the Johore Bill, burdened the Ruler with functions and responsibilities that are properly the duties and responsibilities of the State Government. They expose the Ruler to scrutiny and possible criticism and opprobrium. This affects the dignity and stature of the institution of the monarchy.

The Prime Minister is reported in the news media to have issued a timely reminder to the Menteri Besar of Johore to ensure that the Johore Bill is consistent with the Federal Constitution. We urge the Menteri Besar and State Government of Johore to heed the Prime Minister’s call.

The Malaysian Bar therefore calls upon the State Government of Johore to withdraw the Bill from consideration by the State Legislative Assembly, and to make appropriate amendments to the Johore Bill to remove all references therein to the Ruler.

Christopher Leong
President
Malaysian Bar Council

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The proposed LPHJ enactment drew a lot of criticism when the original draft provided specific and direct authorities to HRH Sultan Johor to determine LPHJ Board members and remuneration.LPHJ Board also would have authorities to inspect accounts.

This very much translated to HRH Sultan Johor meddling into land matters, especially in the decision making for property development proposals and deals.

This is against the principle of separation of power between HRH Rulers and the Executive, in the Constitutional Monarchy democratic system that Malaysia adopted, modeled after Westminister.

 

Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

In the recent public outcry about YTL International Power Bhd. Managing Director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh’s faux pas about “Capital Cronysim”, inadvertently the deal on the RM3.5 billion new Pasir Gudang combine cycle power plant came into market information where Sultan Johor has direct interests via his company SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

The issue also now focused on the award of the project by Energy Commission (EC) to  SIPP Energy, without proper open tender. This is against EC’s own policy set in 2012.

Johor has came into a lot of attention, recently. Elusive one time celebrity blogger Raja Petra wrote about Johor would trigger a fresh round of Constitutional Crisis. Needless to say, a lot is at stake here.

Published in: on June 8, 2014 at 17:15  Comments (18)  

Kuasa Raja Perlembagaan, Laksana Eksekutif

Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor

Dalam isu begitu kontroversi yang sedang berlaku di negeri Johor dimana Kerajaan Negeri Johor bawah Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Mohamad Khaled Nordin akan memperkenalkan undang undang baru iaitu Rang Enakmen Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Johor (LPHJ) 2014 Isnin ini di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN).

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Rang undang-undang tetap dibentang – Khaled Nordin

 

Oleh HANIZA HASSAN
JOHOR BAHRU 7 Jun – Pembentangan rang undang-undang bagi menubuhkan Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Johor (LPHJ) pada sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Isnin ini tetap akan diteruskan walaupun mendapat reaksi daripada pelbagai pihak.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin berkata, enakmen baharu tersebut dilihat tidak melanggar konsep Raja Berpelembagaan yang digunakan di negara ini kerana akan dibacakan bersama Undang-undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Johor.

“Insya-Allah… kita tengok Isnin ini. Dari segi sama ada ia melanggar konsep Raja Berpelembagaan, saya tidak fikir ia begitu.

“Seperti saya katakan, enakmen ini mesti dibaca bersama-sama Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Johor di mana dalam undang-undang berkenaan menyatakan tindakan yang dilaksanakan oleh Tuanku adalah dengan nasihat Menteri Besar,” katanya selepas program Kayuhan Mesra Rakyat di Flat Permas Jaya di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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MB Khaled begitu bersungguh sungguh mengenai LPHJ ini menepati dengan amalan sistem Raja Perlembagaan yang menjadi tunggak sistem penggubalan undang undang dan pentadbiran Persekutuan Malaysia, semenjak penubuhan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu pada 31 Ogos 1957.

Ianya bermaksud apa apa tindakan Raja adalah atas nasihat Menteri Besar dan Raja tidak membuat keputusan yang tidak berasaskan nasihat Menteri Besar. Ini kerana Menteri Besar merupakan Eksekutif yang dilantik bagi menjalankan pentadbiran dan perangancangan bagi negeri, dengan kuasa mandat yang diberikan rakyat melalui penguasaan Dewan Undangan Negeri.

Muka depan Utusan Malaysia Jumaat 5 Jun 2014

Mungkin MB Khaled boleh secara bersahaja dengan theori amalan pengasingan kuasa antara Raja dan Ekskutif yang selama ini menjadi asas sistem pentadbiran. Oleh itu, beliau cuba menyakinkan rakyat bahawa dengan LPHJ ini, kuasa penentu  sebarang keputusan sebenarnya terletak pada Menteri Besar.

Namun LPHJ perlu diperhalusi. Utusan Malaysia menyenaraikan inti pati LPHJ ini:

Petikan Rang Undang-undang Enakmen LPHJ 2014

 

Rang undang-undang baharu yang dijadual dibentang dalam sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Johor, Isnin ini, akan memberi kuasa kepada Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar untuk terlibat dalam pentadbiran kerajaan negeri.

Berikut ialah petikan daripada enakmen setebal 36 muka surat yang dinamakan Enakmen Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Johor (LPHJ) 2014

* LPHJ dipengerusikan oleh Menteri Besar

• Ahli-ahli Lembaga boleh dibayar elaun seperti ditentukan Raja.

* Fungsi Lembaga adalah:

• Memberi nasihat kepada Pihak Berkuasa Negeri dengan dasar, cara dan langkah yang hendak diambil untuk menggalak dan memudahkan pemajuan perumahan hartanah.

• Membina, menyelenggara, membaiki, memulih, mendiami semula dan menggunakan sebarang struktur, bangunan atau kerja-kerja di dalam mana-mana rancangan perumahan atau hartanah.

• Menetap dan melaksanakan dasar dan panduan bagi memperuntukkan jenis-jenis perumahan dan kategori pembeli di sebarang pemaju perumahan.

* Dengan kelulusan Raja, dari semasa ke semasa boleh menubuhkan suatu perbadanan dengan apa-apa nama yang ditentukan Lembaga untuk menjaga, membangun atau mengurus apa-apa rancangan pemajuan, projek, skim atau perusahaan sebagaimana ditentukan Lembaga.

* Lembaga boleh menjalankan apa-apa fungsi lain, melaksanakan kuasa lain dan mentadbir serta membelanjakan apa-apa wang lain yang diperuntukkan kepadanya oleh kerajaan negeri.

* Lembaga perlu memberikan penyata, laporan akaun dan maklumat kepada Pihak Berkuasa Negeri berhubung dengan harta dan kegiatannya seperti diarahkan oleh Pihak Berkuasa Negeri termasuk membentangkan sebarang cadangan, pelan berhubung sesuatu projek.

* Segala pelantikan Pengarah hendaklah terlebih dahulu mendapat kelulusan Raja.

* Lembaga hendaklah menerima pakai peraturan, kaedah, dasar dan pekeliling serta arahan yang dikeluarkan Kerajaan Negeri.

* Lembaga hendaklah dalam tempoh enam bulan selepas berakhirnya tiap-tiap satu tahun kewangan mengauditkan akaunnya dan menghantar kepada Raja dan Pihak Berkuasa negeri bersama-sama satu salinan.

* Raja atau Pihak Berkuasa Negeri boleh pada bila-bila masa mengarah orang tertentu yang dilantik olehnya untuk membuat penyiasatan terhadap buku, akaun dan urus niaga Lembaga.

* Lembaga hendaklah tidak lewat daripada 30 Jun setiap tahun kewangannya, menghantar penyata kepada raja dan pihak berkuasa negeri yang menyentuh kegiatan Lembaga pada tahun lepas.

* Raja berkuasa untuk mengarahkan Lembaga digulung dan dibubarkan.

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Apa yang menarik ialah Fasal 4(1) LPHJ dimana struktur Keanggotaan Lembaga disenaraikan.

(a) Menteri Besar sebagai Pengerusi

(b) Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Negeri sebagai Timbalan Pengerusi

(c) Lima orang ahli atas nama jawatan, dan mereka hendaklah orang orang yang pada masa itu memegang jawatan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Penasihat Undang Undang Negeri, Pegawai Kewangan Negeri, Pengarah Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Negeri dan Pengarah Unit Peracangan Ekonomi Negeri

(d) Tidak lebih dari empat orang wakil dari apa apa perbadanan, agensi atau mana mana orang yang akan membawa munfaat kepada Lembaga yang dilantik oleh Raja

Secara praktikalnya, empat dari lima pegawai dalam katergori (c) merupakan mereka yang datang dari Perkhidmatan Awam Johor (JCS). Doktrin dan amalan JCS semenjak Kerajaan Johor moden ditubuhkan dari zaman Sultan Abu Bakar lagi terbukti taat setia pegawai pegawai JCS merupakan kepada Raja dan bukan Eksekutif.

Ini diperpukuhkan dengan peruntukan Fasal 4(3) dimana saraan atau elaun anggota LPHJ ditentukan oleh Sultan.

Sultan Johor dan JCS

Ini bermakna, lapan (empat dari (c) dan empat dari (d)) dari keseluruhan 11 ahli LPHJ merupakan mereka yang dijangkakan akan taat setia yang tidak berbelah bagi kepada Sultan Johor.

Ini juga membawa maksud bahawa apa apa keputusan yang akan dibuat LPHJ akan lebih memihak kepada sebagaimana yang dihasratkan atau boleh dipengaruhi oleh Sultan Johor berbanding dari menjaga kepentingan rakyat Johor, melalui sistem pengasingan kuasa antara Raja dan Eksekutif yang diamalkan selama ini.

Iskandar Waterfront Holdings turf, which include the Danga Bay, East-West, CBD and part of Iskandar Malaysia under IIB-Khazanah

Iskandar Waterfront Holdings turf, which include the Danga Bay, East-West, CBD and part of Iskandar Malaysia under IIB-Khazanah

Ianya akan menjadi sesuatu yang amat pincang sekiranya pihak tertentu menggunakan Istana bagi maksud mencapai matlamat pembangunan hartanah, yang selama ini tidak mudah atau mungkin sukar jika ianya melalui sistem saluran sediada bagi proses kelulusan. Ini kerana sistem sediada memberikan banyak ruang dan peringkat bagi Eksekutif (melalui MB dan Exco Kerajaan Negeri Johor) dan pegawai JCS melalui jawatankuasa yang diujudkan untuk memperhalusi sebarang cadangan pembangunan sebelum inaya diluluskan.

LPHJ akan memberikan ruang agar kelulusan pembangunan hartanah selepas ini dianggap sebagai salah guna kuasa dan eksploitasi dalam amalan dan sistem sebelum ini.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Mendorong rakyat tidak hormati raja – Tun M

KUALA LUMPUR 6 Jun – Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (gambar) berpendapat, penglibatan institusi beraja dalam pentadbiran kerajaan negeri dikhuatiri mendorong kepada perasaan tidak menghormati institusi itu dalam kalangan rakyat.

Beliau berkata, walaupun secara umumnya masyarakat Melayu setia bersama institusi beraja, tetapi apabila keupayaan untuk mempertahankan institusi itu terhakis, mereka mungkin meninggalkan adat berkenaan.

“Sudah ada perasaan tidak menghormati raja-raja. Ini boleh membawa kepada lain-lain bentuk perbuatan tidak hormat. Walaupun secara umumnya orang Melayu setia bersama institusi beraja, apabila keupayaan mereka untuk mempertahankan terhakis, mereka mungkin melepaskan adat,” kata beliau dalam blognya http://chedet.cc hari ini.

Akhbar hari ini melaporkan bahawa kerajaan negeri Johor dijadualkan membentang satu rang undang-undang baharu dalam sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), Isnin depan yang akan memberi kuasa kepada Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar untuk terlibat dalam pentadbiran kerajaan negeri.

Mengulas lanjut, Dr. Mahathir menjelaskan, Perlembagaan boleh diubah tetapi terdapat prosedur untuk berbuat demikian dan tiada siapa yang boleh mengubahnya secara bersendirian.

Malah katanya, kerajaan-kerajaan negeri dan pemerintahnya tidak boleh mengubah Perlembagaan tanpa kelulusan Parlimen dan Kerajaan Persekutuan.

“Perlembagaan Malaysia memperuntukkan sistem Raja Berperlembagaan dan Demokrasi Berparlimen. Sejak akhir-akhir ini terdapat kecenderungan untuk mengabaikan Perlembagaan dan mengubahnya secara berkesan melalui kaedah lain.

“Jika Perlembagaan tidak diendahkan oleh sesiapa, yang lain akan mengikut langkah tersebut. Perlembagaan merupakan asas undang-undang negara. Apabila duluan dibuat, ia akan menjadi asas kepada perubahan yang lain,” katanya.

Dr. Mahathir turut melihat terdapat sesetengah pihak menggunakan institusi raja untuk mengatasi dasar serta matlamat negara.

“Orang-orang seperti itu mesti dihentikan terutama apabila mereka adalah orang asing.

“Saya akan menulis lebih lanjut mengenainya tetapi ketika Majlis Negeri Johor akan mengubah peraturan tertentu, saya anggap adalah perlu bagi rakyat untuk menyedari terdapat percubaan untuk mengubah Perlembagaan secara efektif,” katanya.

 

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20140607/dn_03/Mendorong-rakyat-tidak-hormati-raja—Tun-M#ixzz33x6UmgJq
© Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd

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Ini akan memberikan lebih ruang bagi majoriti rakyat untuk merasa tidak puas hati dan kepentingan mereka diabaikan demi menjaga kepentingan orang tertentu, terutama golongan yang mempunyai kuasa modal yang besar dan boleh mempengaruhi anggota anggota LPHJ untuk meluluskan cadangan pembangunan mereka.

Setakat ini, pembangunan pesat sekitar Johor Bahru, Iskandar Malaysia dan Greater Johor Bahru merupakan haratanah kategori premium dan mahal dan makin luar dari kemampuan majoriti rakyat Selatan Johor senderi.

Puteri Harbour (termasuk dalam Pinyin)

Puteri Harbour (termasuk dalam Pinyin)

Dalam pada itu, lebih banyak projek projek hartanah ini dilanggan oleh orang asing. Ada yang beranggapan bahawa kawasan Greater Johor Bahru sedang melalui proses ‘Pencinaan’.

Sesuai dengan Hari Keputeraan Rasmi Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong, konsep sebenar pengasingan kuasa antara Raja dan Eksekutif dibawah amalan sistem Raja Berperlembagaan perlu dikekalkan, agar rakyat terus menerima Raja itu sebagai penaung Perlembagaan dan kepentingan mereka.

*Dikemaskini tengahmalam

Lebih ramai warga Johor tampil untuk memberikan pendapat mengenai LPHJ 2014 ini.

Kenyataan bekas CEO JCorp  Tan Sri Mohamed Ali Hashim mengenai LPHJ

Kenyataan bekas CEO JCorp Tan Sri Mohamed Ali Hashim mengenai LPHJ

Sambungan kenyataan media

Sambungan kenyataan media

Published in: on June 7, 2014 at 17:00  Comments (26)  

YTL “Capital Crony”-free in the IPP (Inducted Palace Power) game, Continuum?

Shareholding of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd., where YTL International Power Bhd. is the majority shareholder and partner is SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

Shareholding of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd., where YTL International Power Bhd. is the majority shareholder and partner is SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

YTL International Power Bhd. should explain and clarify in full disclosure, based on principles of transparency and best business practices about its majority holding in the company called SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd. SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd. received a letter from the Energy Commission (EC)very recently  for the development of the new Pasir Gudang power plant.

SIPP Energy is the 30% shareholder in SIPP Power. Search in Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) shown that HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan Johor is the majority (51%) shareholder of SIPP Energy.

List of Directors of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd.

List of Directors of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd.

List of Directors of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd. (Cont.)

List of Directors of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd. (Cont.)

Majority (3 out of 5) of SIPP Power Directors are siblings of YTL International Power Bhd. Managing Director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh and executives within the YTL Group.

Francis Yeoh currently is the market talk, where his “Capital Cronyism” statements recently which he said to about 200 participants of a forum organised by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) of the Prime Minister’s Department. It invited overwhelming negative reaction, considering that he contradicts his own company’s history and current business operations.

Probably he would like to also explain the proposed contract to produce power from this combined cycle power plant which is believed to be for 21 years, from the scheduled date of commercial operational which was reported to be in June 2018.

Search on SSM portal about SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd.

Search on SSM portal about SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd.

In would be interesting to know what is the formula and rate for the power produced by this plant, which would be undertaken by TNB Distribution. Considering this is direct negotiated deal, it is expected that bigger transparency would be demanded from the Malaysian public.

Of course, in the bigger scheme of things the relationship, role and structure of SIPP Power Sdn. Bhd. to the new Pasir Gudang combine cycle power plant aka Project 4A, since it is believed the EC letter was sent to SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd. and was expected to reply within 14 days.

Again as we stated yesterday, a lot at stake in this.

Published in: on June 5, 2014 at 23:59  Comments (12)  

YTL “Capital Crony”-free in the IPP (Inducted Palace Power) game?

The commercially 'crony-free' successful entrepreneur Tan Sri Francis Yeoh

The commercially ‘crony-free’ successful entrepreneur Tan Sri Francis Yeoh

TNB disclosed to Bursa Malaysia that the public listed GLC which primary activity is power generation and distribution yet to decide to go with YTL Power-SIPP Energy for the development of Project 4A power plant in Pasir Gudang.

The Star story:

Published: Tuesday June 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday June 3, 2014 MYT 6:57:25 AM

TNB yet to decide on Johor project

PETALING JAYA: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has yet to decide on jointly developing Project 4A, a power plant with a capacity of between 1,000 and 1,400 MW to be constructed in Pasir Gudang, Johor, scheduled to be operational in June 2018.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, TNB said it had received a conditional letter of award from the Energy Commission (EC) and had been given until July 25 to respond to the offer.

“TNB is currently evaluating the offer as well as TNB’s role in the project. TNB shall make further announcements once a decision has been made,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, YTL Power International Bhd confirmed that it had received a letter of award from the EC for the development of a 1,000-MW combined-cycle power plant.

The proposed combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant, which is a fast-track development known as Project 4A, has been awarded to SIPP Energy Sdn Bhd, with the participation of YTL Power and TNB as consortium members. It is reported that SIPP Energy is linked to the Sultan of Johor.

The inclusion of all three parties under a consortium and the award, the EC said, was based on their ability to offer “competitive rates” in the recently concluded tender exercise. The EC, however, did not disclose any details on the tariff and shareholding structure of the consortium.

While analysts are positive on TNB securing Project 4A together with other parties, they opined that it was another step backward in the EC’s commitment to reforming the power industry.

“Although TNB has been a beneficiary in the award of Project 4A, the process of direct negotiation is another step backwards in the EC’s commitment to reforming the power industry with an emphasis on transparency and meritocracy,” PublicInvest Research said in a report.

StarBizWeek had reported last week that the new power plant would be awarded based on a direct negotiation basis, and that the benchmark for Project 4A was the 34.7 sen per kilowatt-hour (kWh) tariff of the new 1,071-MW Prai CCGT power plant.

On the same day, the EC offered “a conditional award” for the development of a new power plant in Johor to a consortium made up of all three prominent bidders of the project.

PublicInvest pointed out that all eyes will be on the upcoming tariff review in mid-2014. It said if a tariff review failed to materialise, then TNB might need to absorb the extra costs incurred by the increased gas generation and higher liquefied natural gas prices of RM45 per million metric British thermal units (mmBtu) as opposed to RM41.68 per mmBtu provided in the last tariff revision in December 2013.

“We estimate the project will cost between RM2.5bil and RM3.5bil, based on the cost of the Prai CCGT power plant which TNB won in 2012. While the tariff has not been disclosed, the EC has stated that the award was conditional upon a comparable levelised tariff, with the Prai CCGT’s winning bid of 34.7 sen per kWh as reference,” it noted.

Nonetheless, PublicInvest believes that earnings contribution to TNB, while positive, will not be significant, given the joint-venture structure of the project and TNB’s generation capacity which will be close to 15,000 MW by 2018.

RHB Research said the announcement came as a surprise, given that the EC chairman Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Majid had earlier reaffirmed that the award of Project 4A would be done on an open bidding practice.

“While this came as a surprise, we believe the inclusion of TNB as part of the consortium should help to ensure the interest of the national utility company,” it said.

Nonetheless, it said the latest decision came after the EC’s move to bring forward the operational date of Project 4A to 2018 from 2020. “To accelerate the implementation, we deem this a necessary move,” the research house said.

RHB Research estimates the project’s internal rate of return (IRR) at around 10%-12%, against the usual high single-digit returns under an open bidding environment.

Meanwhile, Hong Leong Investment Bank Research was positively surprised with the inclusion of TNB into the equation, which acts as the check-and-balance party to ensure the new power purchase agreement (PPA) only earns a justifiable return on investment or equity.

It noted that the IRR for the Prai CCGT is expected at around 8%, substantially lower than the first-generation PPAs’ of more than 15%. It added that based on an IRR of 8%, the new PPA is expected to provide a value-add of RM240mil.

“However, no detail of the equity stake breakdown was provided. Should we assume similar stakes by each party, then TNB and YTL Power will enjoy an additional RM80mil (in revenue) or 14 sen per share and 10 sen a share, respectively,” it said.

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It is very interesting that the question of  “EC’s commitment of reforming the power industry with an emphasis on transparency and meritocracy” has been mentioned in this report. It is as if the winner of the project got it through open tender.

The award of this project is believed was not made through tender but instead negotiations.

NST story:

28 May 2014| last updated at 12:51AM

Direct negotiations for new power award?

By ZAIDI ISHAM ISMAIL | xydee@mediaprima.com.my

1,400MW JOHOR PLANT: Talk is rife that YTL Power-led consortium will get project

THE Energy Commission is expected to award either the Track 4A or 4B power plant projects via direct negotiations and not through competitive bidding, as has been the practice since 2012.

An industry source said speculation is rife that a consortium led by YTL Power International Bhd will bag the multi-billion ringgit project.
The source said the commission is expected to release a letter of award to a private company for the contract to build a 1,400 megawatt closed-cycle gas turbine power plant in Johor, to be completed in 2018.
“The commission has also told grid owner (Tenaga Nasional Bhd) to do whatever necessary to expedite the completion of the southern line 500-kilovolt link.”
The yet-to-be completed southern link, which links Lenggeng in Negri Sembilan to Yong Peng in Johor, will provide the interconnection between the new power plant and the national grid.
“Although the commission was told officially last year that the southern link can be completed by December 2019, it now wants an earlier completion date.”
Its officials could not be reached for comments.
Meanwhile, a source said the whole development is untenable as TNB definitely cannot sign the power purchase agreement while knowing that the southern link may not be completed before the new power plant starts generating electricity.
“If TNB were to do that, it would end up paying capacity payments for power that it couldn’t evacuate.”
Capacity payments are payments made by TNB to independent power producers for the extra power generated irregardless if it is used, or not, by consumers
The new development is in stark contrast with the commission’s previous stance, which, in late October 2012, introduced a competitive and transparent tender system in commissioning new power plants in order to promote a more efficient energy sector.
Its chairman Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Majid had said earlier this month that multi-billion ringgit power plant projects under Track 4A and 4B will be awarded via competitive bidding.
So far, the commission has awarded contracts to build Track 1, 2, 3A and 3B through such a bidding process.
Business Times last month reported that preparation works are in progress for the construction of Track 4A and 4B.
The construction, which will cost a combined RM8 billion to RM10 billion, was expected to start by the middle of next year.
Read more: Direct negotiations for new power award? – Today’s Paper – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/business/todayspaper/direct-negotiations-for-new-power-award-1.606448#ixzz33hQIT17c

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The what is interesting is that owner and Managing Director of YTL International Power Bhd. Tan Sri Francis Yeoh  is aloud talking about “Crony Capitalism” and need not to “Kowtow to Prime Ministers” in their business operations the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore.

The Malay Mail story:

Crony capitalism in Malaysia has to go, son of YTL founder says (VIDEO)

BY MELISSA CHI JUNE 3, 2014

UPDATED: JUNE 03, 2014 04:15 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — Malaysia has to free itself from the constraints of “crony capitalism” and stop racial and religious rhetoric in order to compete on the global stage, business tycoon Tan Sri Francis Yeoh said today.

The group managing director at YTL Corporation and eldest son of founder, billionaire Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay said 85 per cent of YTL’s business are in Britain, Singapore and Australia because these countries do not tolerate corruption, practice meritocracy and stand for the rule of law.

“For example in Singapore, we own a third of Singapore’s electricity, there is no subsidy of any kind, there is no cronyism of any type.

“The good thing about these three territories, I don’t have to kowtow to the prime minister before I do deal(s), I don’t have to see them even, even after I’ve won the deal.

“I turn west because of this transparent, coherent regulatory framework,” he said during Pemandu’s Global Malaysia Series at the Securities Commission.

Yeoh said the country’s leaders have to get rid of all racial and religious rhetoric, and focus instead on the economy to improve the lives of Malaysians.

As far as non-Bumiputera small and medium enterprises (SME) go, he said they “absolutely have no chance” to even fight “for the crumbs” as they are already at the low end of the food chain.

“I don’t think you’ll have a chance. Even in Petronas contracts, if (you are) a non-bumi you won’t get to do anything, for example,” he said in response to a question from the audience.

Yeoh said the SMEs would have to rethink their business strategies, be innovative, and use more technology and try to get global exposure.

“Like me, I had to survive so 85 per cent of my business (is) outside, I had to invent a lot of the stuff, for my own self-interest, to make sure I survive.

“I don’t depend on the largesse of the government. I can’t, SMEs more so,” he said.

Despite that, Yeoh said it is up to the prime minister to do away with “crony capitalism” for the future of the country.

“I think this crony capitalism stuff has to go. It’s 20 years old this idea, I think we should replace it with new, fresh, truthful idea.

“Now Malaysia demands a leader in Najib… to really be a Churchill, or be a Tun Razak like his father,” he said.

When asked about how his “close links” with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had contributed to YTL’s successes, Yeoh denied being the latter’s “crony” and credited the company’s achievements to “innovation”.

“At that time… I think up till today, almost 21 years later, people still think I’m a crony of Mahathir’s.

“People think I’ve got a very fat, lucrative contract from Tenaga, [but] I think it’s about time the truth comes out that we actually were very innovative,” he said.

The 59-year-old said when Dr Mahathir introduced YTL as the first independent power producer (IPP), the then prime minister had already been pushing for privatisation.

Yeoh claimed to have given the idea to Dr Mahathir after the major national blackout in 1992.

“We made profit from day one by this incredible innovation of inventing the bond market, inventing IPC (infrastructure project company) listing, financing it in ringgit that indirectly made Malaysia able to withstand financial crisis,” he said.

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Francis Yeoh is rather arrogant when he said this “I don’t depend on the largesse of the government”.

The “Thirteen Million Ringgit Plus” question here is that did YTL Power exercise best business practices and transparency in their bids for these new power plants from the Energy Commission (EC)?

YTL Power is controlled by Non Bumiputra owners and executives. Against Francis Yeoh’s own statement, the company which is the bigger partner in the consortium obtained an award from EC for Project 4A.

YTL Group Founder and Executive Chairman Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay with HRH Sultan of Selangor and HRH Raja Perlis

Francis Yeoh should ensure that YTL Power refrain from bidding all these packages of new power plants from EC, since he felt very strongly against “Capital Cronysim” and the policy for Bumiputra preferred concessions and awards by the Federal Government. After all by his own admission, 85% of YTL Power business comes from outside Malaysia where it is more market economy based on “Innovation and use more technology”.

Yet, YTL Power partnered with totally unknown SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd., which has no track record in power generation, distribution, transmission nor management to bid for this project.

Datuk Daing Malek Daing A. Rahaman, Director and shareholder of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

What is more interesting, search with Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia shown that the majority shareholding of SIPP Energy is held directly by HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of Johor (51%) and where else the other directors are the remaining shareholders (each 24.5%). The director is Dato’ Daing Malek Daing Abdul Rahaman, someone who is believed to be closely linked to the palace.

Search on SIPP Energy at SSM portal

Search on SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd. at SSM portal

The officers of SIPP Energy

The officers of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

Shareholders of SIPP Energy

Shareholders of SIPP Energy Sdn. Bhd.

It is unsure what is the qualification for SIPP Energy to bid and what were the merit points that the consortium be awarded this strategic project. Right before Kembara Bumi Suci, Datuk Rocky blogged about SIPP Energy-YTL Power lost to 1MDB for the Project 3B coal fired power plant.

So what is this really about when Francis Yeoh proudly said “I think this crony capitalism stuff has to go. It’s 20 years old this idea, I think we should replace it with new, fresh, truthful idea”?

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with YTL Group Managing Director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh providing endorsement to the launch of a YTL product

Probably as a PLC, YTL International Power Bhd. would want to explain the contradiction of Tan Sri Francis Yeoh’s statement which was published in The Malay Mail and The Star report about the consortium which received an award letter from the Energy Commission to develop and build the RM3.5 billion power plant in Pasir Gudang.

A lot is at stake here. Especially, perception and eventually, the truth.

Published in: on June 5, 2014 at 03:30  Comments (22)  

Defective and Deficient DAP Dogsbody

Dumb, Arrogant & Puerile MP Liew Chin Tong

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP’s Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong is a really an incurable imbecile. His arguments for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to consider for reshuffling his 2013 Cabinet is really moronic.

The Riong Kali dot com story:

Three-point advice to Najib on cabinet reshuffle – Liew Chin Tong

Published: 3 June 2014 | Updated: 3 June 2014 5:37 PM

As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak returns from his overseas trip and as the Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan by-elections concluded, it is reasonable to believe that a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards, either before Parliament sits on June 9 or immediately after Parliament rises on June 19.

In the interest of the nation, I would like to offer my three-point advice to the prime minister on what the people of Malaysia expects of the reshuffle:

1. Reduce size of the cabinet.

Najib should take a leaf off new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s playbook to reduce the size of his cabinet although with the re-entry of MCA and Gerakan into the cabinet, it is quite likely that the cabinet will be further bloated.
Modi reduced the size of the frontbench from 79 members to 45. India has a population of 1.2 billion. Malaysia has 32 full ministers and 25 deputy ministers, i.e., 57 frontbenchers. It’s time for Najib to name a more professional, efficient and lean cabinet.

2. Appoint a full-time finance minister

Since Tun Daim Zainuddin completed his second tour as finance minister in 2001, the portfolio has been held by successive prime ministers from Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Abdullah Badawi and now Najib, with a brief exception between September 2008 and April 2009 when Najib snatched the coveted post from Abdullah.

With mounting economic challenges from inflation to high-indebtedness and the inability of the Malaysian economy to transform from labour-intensive to skill and technology-based, there is a need for a safe pair of hands to steer the economy.

The jolt to the economy from the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) next year further requires someone who understands the economy at helm. Internal accountability of our cabinet system requires a collegial check-and-balance relationship between the prime minister and the finance minister.

It is a great disservice to the nation if Najib continues to hold the portfolio of finance concurrently just for the sake of controlling the financial largesse this portfolio afforded.

If I am forced to name a relatively reputable candidate for finance post from within Umno’s limited pool of talent, I would choose Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad.

3. Appoint a new foreign minister

So many things disappear from Malaysia, including her foreign minister. While the foreign portfolio is highly sought after in cabinets of other countries, no serious Umno leader is interested in the post because there is very little contracts the minister can award from this ministry.

Hence the post is given to Anifah Aman who allegedly has very little interest in foreign affairs.

The diplomatic corps in Kuala Lumpur complain of the disappearance of the foreign minister to the extent that ambassadors have to engage Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamad as if he is the acting foreign minister.

The mishandling of public communication with the world during the height of the MH370 incident highlighted the need for a new foreign minister to speak for the nation, chart a new path, set priorities and formulate clear policies.

Again, if I have to choose from Umno’s limited pool, Tourism Minister Nazri Aziz is a far better choice as foreign minister than Anifah Aman.

I will offer more advice in the days to come to shape the discussion on cabinet reshuffle. – June 3, 2014.

* Liew Chin Tong is the DAP MP for Kluang.

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There is nothing wrong of the existing 32 members Cabinet . In fact, it should be bigger. There are 14 BN component parties. If the ratio is average to three per party, then the Cabinet should be at least 42 members.

The current 32 Cabinet members are also providing policy and leadership to over 1.2 million civil servants. That is an average of 40,000 civil servants per Cabinet member. The ratio should be smaller, so that better leadership and policy supervision is enabled for improved of deliver.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s Cabinet, formed after the 13GE in May 2013

That is for the betterment of the rakyat.

The Federal Government is very consistent in the formulation policies for socio-economic development as well as strategic and tactical macro economic plans designed for growth, which are implemented simultaneous. The priority to ensure that development and amenities are being provided to all, in every nooks and crannies across this nation as important as maintaining above 5% economic growth and even steeper trade curve

There is nothing defective with the current Ministry of Finance (MOF) structure and political formula. When Tun Daim Zainuddin left the MOF job for the second time in 2001, the Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad provided strong and sound leadership by having a Second Minister Dato’ Dr. Jamaluddin Jarjis  to ensure the policy is being translated and implemented.

Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and Second Finance Minister Dato’ Sri Ahmad Husni Hanadzalah

The damage of the 1997-8 Asian Financial Crisis was fully restored and capital and financial markets were brought back into more formidable position where the consolidation of banks and financial institution and later capital market firms were completed.

Market confidence became better so much so that in 11GE April 2004, BN had a thumping landslide win with 90% control of the Dewan Rakyat.

Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is a brilliant Foreign Minister. In fact, Anifah filled the post of previously illustrious FMs such as Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Mohamad Ghazali “King Ghaz” Shafiee. The Foreign policy of Malaysia under Anifah, positioned the nation in great importance in the intricate, delicate and complicated game of international diplomacy.

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Anifah provided the leadership in the rally of Malaysia’s nomination as the Non Permament Member of the UN Security Council 2015-6 to a point where the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is happy with the progress.

NST story:

24 May 2014| last updated at 11:45AM

Ban Ki-Moon happy over Malaysia’s nomination for UN seat

NEW YORK: United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has expressed his happiness over Malaysia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, here Friday.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said this was conveyed to him during his courtesy call on the secretary-general at his office in the UN.

“He was very pleased that Malaysia is vying for the non-permanent seat of the Security Council,” he told a press conference after the meeting.

Also present was Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Datuk Hussein Haniff.

Anifah said various issues were discussed during the meeting including the situation in Thailand, Syria and Ukraine.

“He also had a high regard for our peacekeepers and requested further assistance and contribution when possible,” Anifah said.

According to him, Ban also expressed his sympathy over the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedy and wanted him to personally convey this to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Malaysian plane with 239 people aboard vanished while over the South China Sea about an hour into its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight in the early hours of March 8.

A serach operation is underway in the southern Indian Ocean, in waters off western Australia.

“Alhamdulillah, I am generally happy with the working visit which I feel has met its objective,” Anifah said about his five-day working visit.

He was also optimistic that there would be more support especially from members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during the meeting of foreign ministers of the movement in Algeria next week.

Anifah is expected to leave for Algeria tomorrow. — BERNAMA
Read more: Ban Ki-Moon happy over Malaysia’s nomination for UN seat – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/ban-ki-moon-happy-over-malaysia-s-nomination-for-un-seat-1.604093#ixzz33gV0JT3a

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Malaysia’s role amongst ASEAN, Commonwealth, OIC and NAM is also taking more prominent stage.

Anifah is playing role which paved the way ahead before Prime Minister Najib engages world leaders such as President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack H Obama of United States, Prime Minister David Cameron of United Kingdom, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia and more.

This not withstanding in various international forums where Malaysia’s stance and voice is heard.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato' Sri Anifah Aman, in Whitehall

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, in Whitehall

Probably Liew’s mental capacity and intellectual inability is unable to fathom that simple logical notion. The fact that the MP for Kimanis to play this role and translate Malaysia’s foreign policy and international stance and position effectively, the he had to physically present himself with his counterparts or even world leaders ahead or preceding Prime Minister Najib’s visit, speeches and/or requests.

Liew should start to politically educate himself to think before he shoots his mouth. Then probably Chinese Chauvinist DAP could present itself as a worthy member of the Oppositions’ coalition as the Federal Government if and when Malaysians could be hoodwink to give them power to rule.

 

Published in: on June 4, 2014 at 20:45  Comments (5)  

Panda-raya Maju

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and President Xi Jinping

A great success. That is the take from Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s six day official visit to China which ended on Sunday, obtaining the ‘Strategic Comprehensive Partnership’ with the most influential, populous and largest economy in Asia.

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PM in China: Najib describes China visit as most fruitful

BEIJING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described his six-day official visit to China this time as most successful, and China’s top leaders describe the relationship with Malaysia as something ‘special’.
“I consider my official visit to China, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, as having received very encouraging response,” he told a media conference before leaving for Malaysia.
Najib said that in his meeting with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, both the country’s top leaders had emphasised that Malaysia-China relations were most important, and they described it as being most special.
“They give top priority to relations between China and Malaysia,” he said.
According to Najib, from the commitment given and statements expressed by both the leaders, he was most optimistic and certain that future relations between China and Malaysia would be very bright and would be raised to a higher level.
In fact, he added, the treatment accorded was most cordial and Li, who was scheduled to attend a function outside Beijing, was prepared to reschedule his presence at an anniversary celebration at the Great Hall of People yesterday which was also a public holiday in conjunction with the “Dragon Boat Festival”
Asked about his feelings when attending the anniversary celebration at the same venue and date that his father and second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had signed the agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, Najib said he felt ‘very emotional’.
“I feel most emotional for two reasons…firstly, the significance that this ceremony takes place at the same venue 40 years ago. And secondly, looking back at the situation in this region during the clod war, the communist threat in Malaysia then and the doubt felt by many regarding the Malaysia-China relations,” he said.
Despite facing various obstacles, Najib said he could imagine how difficult it was for Tun Abdul Razak to make the decision at that time which now showed that it was clearly the right decision.
“What had been done by past leaders had put in place a strong foundation. This relationship is strong despite the various problems, including the MH370 issue. Looking at 40 years from now, based on this foundation, this relationship will bring greater progress,” he said.
Based on this confidence, the Malaysian government would take follow-up action to realise all the resolutions and understanding that had been achieved, added Najib who visited the ancient city of Xi’an before coming to the national capital.
In order to enable more appropriate action to be taken from time to time and to ensure their effectiveness, Najib said he had also decided to set up a special committee for this purpose.
He said the committee would monitor and take the necessary follow-up action by Malaysia so that whatever problems or obstacles that might arise could be resolved more effectively and speedily.
“It’s a committee within the government and we will invite the relevant ministries because now we have upgraded the relationship. It involves many ministries and it is important for us to know what one side is doing and coordinate all the action necessary in a timely manner, so that there will be a fresh momentum to the bilateral relations between Malaysia and China,” he added.
“It will not be a scheduled meeting but it will be a meeting from time to time as and when necessary but at the minimum we will meet at least twice if not more in a year,” he said.
Najib also said that although both countries had differing views on several issues, China stated that it was most comfortable with the approach and methods taken by Malaysia in handling them, especially on the issue on the South China Sea.
“We are not confrontational, we choose to negotiate. We consider that sensitive issues can be tackled rationally and calmly, not in a sensitive manner. The approach that we adopt clearly does not hamper relations,” he added.
Asked whether China had sought Malaysia’s help to become the intermediary in the conflict with the Philippines and Vietnam concerning the issue on the South China Sea, Najib said they had not reached that level.
He said that as the future Asean Chairman in 2015, the issue on the South China Sea would certainly present a major challenge to Malaysia which must find a solution in a manner that would not result in tension.
“We will opt for negotiations and discussions…an approach that will ensure security and stability in the South China Sea,” he added.– BERNAMA
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The Star story:

Published: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 9:57:33 AM

Najib hails meaningful and successful China visit

BY ERROL OH AND THO XIN YI

 

BEIJING: After six eventful days in Xian and Beijing for an official visit to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has no doubt that the two countries will be even closer in the years to come.

This is based on the warmth and responsiveness the prime minister experienced in his many meetings and encounters during the trip. In particular, he is encouraged by the fact that he was able to have fruitful discussions with the three top Chinese leaders – President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and National People’s Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang.

Najib said Xi and Li stressed that China’s relationship with Malaysia was very important and should be treated as a high priority.

“Given such commitment and statements, I am optimistic and confident that the Malaysia-China relationship has a very bright future and it can be developed further to yield huge successes,” he told reporters at a press conference on the outcome of the visit.

He said a special committee would be set up to monitor and follow up on actions required on the Malaysian side as a result of Malaysia-China agreements and decisions. This would boost the pace and effectiveness of implementation.

Najib will chair the committee, which will involve many ministries and agencies because the aim is for the two countries to form a comprehensive strategic partnership.

“It is important to know what the various parties (within the Malaysian Government) are doing, and that the necessary actions are coordinated in a timely manner so that there is fresh momentum to the bilateral relations between Malaysia and China,” he said, adding that the committee would meet at least twice a year.

He acknowledged that prior to the trip, there had been concerns whether the MH370 incident would continue to cast a shadow over Malaysia-China ties.

However, he said Xi and Li made it clear that they did not want this issue to jeopardise relations between the two countries, although they too want a resolution. In fact, they want the relationship to grow further.

During Xi’s visit to Malaysia last October, the two countries agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership. At the press conference here on Saturday night, Najib explained that such a relationship extended beyond business and the economy, and entailed working together in all areas including finance, tourism, politics, defence, internal security, science and technology, and people-to-people aspects.

Other main matters raised during this visit include the commitment to increase total trade volume to US$160bil (RM514bil) within five years, and the imbalance in investment flows, given that Malaysia’s investments in China is six times that of China’s investments in Malaysia.

On the anniversary celebration on Saturday at the West Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Najib said it was a very emotional moment for him.

He was moved by the historic significance of the ceremony, especially because it was held at the same place where his father, then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai signed the milestone joint communique exactly four decades earlier.

Also, Najib recalled the tense mood in 1974 during the Cold War, when Malaysia was grappling with the threat of communism. At the time, many questioned the wisdom of establishing diplomatic relations with China, but Abdul Razak did not waver.

“I could imagine the difficulties and pressure faced by my late father when making that decision. Over the years, it has proven to be the right move. But at the celebration, I was thinking about how difficult it was for him and the country at that point 40 year ago,” he said.

Accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Najib arrived in Xian on July 27 for an overnight stay. At the ancient city, he launched the Malaysia-Xian Halal Food Festival and visited the Great Mosque of Xian and the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Apart from the anniversary celebration and meetings with key Chinese officials, highlights of the Beijing leg of Najib’s trip included a visit to the Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Malaysia-China High-Level Economic Forum, a luncheon with Chinese entrepreneurs, a joint performance by Permata Seni and the Beijing Students Golden Sail Art Troupe, and the Malaysia-China Friendship Dinner. Najib left Beijing this morning for Kuching.

Najib later tweeted that the trip was an overwhelming success, adding: “My delegates and I are touched by the wonderful hospitality accorded to us by the government of China. Xie xie!”

He tweeted that he was returning home after a “truly meaningful and successful visit” to China, both on a personal and leadership level.

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Prime Minister Najib strengthened the friendship Malaysia forged with China that his father Second Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein established with then Premeir Zhou En Lai and Chairman Mao Zedong exactly on the date forty years earlier.

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein historic call on Chairman Mao Zedong

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein historic call on Chairman Mao Zedong

President Xi Jinping was very warm in embracing Prime Minister Najib, representing people and Malaysia as a nation, as his “Trusted friend of China”.

Straits Times tory:

Malaysia a ‘trusted friend’ of China: Xi Jinping

Both leaders commit to deepening ties, maintaining regional peace

Published on May 31, 2014

Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) with President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. — PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

By Kor Kian Beng, China Bureau Chief
CHINA sees Malaysia as a “trusted friend” and “important partner” and hopes both sides together can help maintain regional peace, particularly in the disputed South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The two countries are marking four decades of diplomatic relations this year.

Datuk Seri Najib, on a six-day China trip to mark the anniversary, said he supported Mr Xi’s call for claimant-states to maintain “direct” dialogue with one another to resolve disputes, Chinese state media reported yesterday.

Besides Malaysia and China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims in parts of the South China Sea. Tensions spiked earlier this month after China moved an oil rig to waters near the disputed Paracels also claimed by Vietnam.

– See more at: http://www.stasiareport.com/the-big-story/asia-report/china/story/malaysia-trusted-friend-china-xi-jinping-20140531-0#sthash.KG4tFTPb.dpuf

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It is evidently clear that China appreciated Malaysia’s initiative as the first ASEAN nation to formally recognise Peoples’ Republic of China and came to then Peking, as a ‘friend’ exactly forty years ago.

President Xi Jinping wish to see this ‘friendship’ be extended for another forty years.

In the first half of the visit, Prime Minister Najib and Premier Li Keqiang discussed a lot of bilateral issues. China is Malaysia’s largest trading partner and growth in expected. More of FDIs from China would be expected to pour into Malaysia and more of Malaysia’s exports would be for the largest consumer market in the world.

Premier Li Keqiang’s speech on 31 May 2014, welcoming Prime Minister Najib’s visit to strengthen friendship with China (from China Daily USA).

Creating a better tomorrow for relations: Premier Li

Updated: 2014-06-02 00:12

(China Daily)

Creating a better tomorrow for relations
Editor’s note: The following is a speech delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of China-Malaysia diplomatic relations held in Beijing on Saturday.

Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak meet youth representatives of the two countries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak meet youth representatives of the two countries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday. [Photo/Xinhua]


H.E. Prime Minister Najib Razak and H.E. Rosmah Mansor,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
Today is a landmark day in the friendly relations of China and Malaysia. On this occasion, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. My warm welcome goes to Prime Minister Najib Razak and other Malaysian friends, and my heartfelt thanks go to people from all walks of life who have committed themselves to China-Malaysia friendship for a long time.
On this same day four decades ago, Premier Zhou Enlai signed a Joint Communique with Prime Minister Najib Razak’s father, Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak, at the very place where we are now, the West Lobby of the Great Hall of the People. Malaysia became the first among ASEAN countries to establish diplomatic ties with China, which unveiled a new chapter in the history of China-Malaysia relations and a new era in China-ASEAN relations.
That happened at the height of the Cold War, with perplexing international situations and colliding ideologies between East and West. Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak was farsighted in making the ice-breaking visit to China. Leaders of the old generation in the two countries cleared away the obstructions, overcame the difficulties and chose a correct path with sagacious vision. That united the two friendly neighbors and made them the forerunner and model of regional friendly cooperation.
As the Chinese saying goes, “One should no longer have any doubts at the age of 40”. During the past 40 years, China-Malaysia relations have embarked on a track of comprehensive, stable and pragmatic development with vigorous vitality and strong dynamics. Mutual political trust continues to be deepened, and the bilateral trade volume has topped $100 billion.
People-to-people exchanges have exceeded 2.5 million for four consecutive years and about 15,000 overseas students study in the other country every year. Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak once said, “The Malaysia-China relationship is a small tree just having been cultivated, and it is our common task to ensure its healthy and strong growth.” We are happy to see that sapling has grown into a towering tree today.
Bilateral relations entered a new stage of development last October when the two sides agreed to promote relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Malaysia.
At this moment, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, Prime Minister Najib Razak is leading a trip of retrospect and friendship to China. In a few minutes, Prime Minister Najib Razak and I will sign the joint communique marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, reviewing the history of our relations and drawing up a plan on deepened exchanges at all levels and in all fields between our countries. I believe that, with joint efforts, the visit of Prime Minister Najib Razak will become a new landmark in China-Malaysia relations.
China-Malaysia relations have experienced storms and challenges and advanced toward maturity.
After the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, China worked closely with all the parties involved, and we have never given up the search, and paid high attention to the investigation and handling of the incident. China is willing to work hand in hand with Malaysia in the search for the missing flight, properly handle the aftermath of the incident and ensure that bilateral relations can withstand this test.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, the four decades of China-Malaysia relations have brought us many precious experiences and much inspiration, and laid a solid foundation for deepened bilateral cooperation in the future. China is willing to, together with Malaysia, incorporate bilateral cooperation with each other’s own development strategy, in order to allow China-Malaysia relations — which have entered the “age of no doubts” — to keep bearing fruit and benefiting both peoples.• We will further enhance strategic mutual trust to reinforce the political foundation of bilateral ties. We will make it a priority in each other’s foreign policy to strengthen communication and coordination on major issues to achieve the long-term, healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.• We will expand mutually beneficial cooperation to foster common interests in bilateral relations. Practical cooperation is the hallmark of China-Malaysia relations as well as their inexhaustible driving force. We will continue to push forward exchanges and cooperation in economics, investment, finance, education and law enforcement to enhance the level of practical cooperation in all fields.
• We will further expand cultural exchanges to draw closer the peoples in the two countries. We will encourage frequent exchanges between the two peoples to promote understanding and communication, cultivate traditional friendship to yield a more beautiful flower of China-Malaysia friendship.
• We will further strengthen regional cooperation to jointly create a better future for Asia. Malaysia is an important member of ASEAN as well as a pioneer in China-ASEAN relations. As Malaysia is poised to chair ASEAN next year, China is willing to work closely with ASEAN countries, including Malaysia, to carry out the political consensus of China-ASEAN relations and jointly build a community of shared destiny, interests and responsibility in Asia.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, looking back to the past, we feel gratified to see the development of China-Malaysia relations. Looking forward, we are full of confidence in the future of our bilateral ties.
China is willing to work with Malaysia to take our relations into the next four decades with a higher degree of maturity, stability, mutual benefits, trust and prosperous development.
Just before we attended this ceremony, Prime Minister Najib Razak and I met representatives of youth from both China and Malaysia, which showed that China-Malaysia relations and friendship are future-oriented. Hand-in-hand we step forward, and we will be able to create a better future for China-Malaysia relations!
Thank you all.

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On brewing contentious issues in the South China Sea and around the region, Prime Minister Najib’s thought  is very clear. The basis of any consideration and action should be made on the Rule of Law.

Published: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 11:24:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 11:26:42 PM

Rule of Law paramount in handling South China Sea issues, says Najib

 

KUALA LUMPUR: The rule of law must reign supreme in resolving issues in the South China Sea, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said he was “concerned and deeply worried” that measures taken by the engaged parties to affirm their declared rights, no matter how small they might be, would only complicate matters and would not be in anyone’s interest in the long run.

“We must hold steadfast to the principles of non-use of force and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

“There should not be any action taken to further aggravate the situation and increase tensions,” he said in a speech read by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid at the opening of the 28th Asia Pacific Roundtable here, Monday.

Najib, however, expressed confidence that “the bonds of friendship that bind us are stronger and more durable that the differences that divide us”.

The parties involved should not stray from the proven path of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts, he said, adding that he remained hopeful that good sense would prevail.

Najib expressed Malaysia’s strong commitment towards the recent Joint Declaration of the Asean Defence Ministers on Defence Cooperation towards a Peaceful and Prosperous Asean Community.

He described it as a significant step forward in strengthening the political-security pillar of the Asean Community.

“It’s only with the assurance of peace that it would be possible for this region to attract investments, encourage innovation and create jobs for its people,” he said.

Najib noted that Southeast Asian nations wanted peace, prosperity and predictability besides being independent, strong and economically vibrant.

“Our aim is to have a region where nations respect each other while observing rules and norms, and where honour and dignity are manifested by peaceful intentions, visionary policies and good leadership.

“We aspire to a region where the strongest guarantees of peace and prosperity lie in nations working together, not against each other,” the Prime Minister said.

Najib also touched on the need to maintain and enhance the habit of cooperation, like the one seen in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, across a whole range of issues.

“Countering the threat of terrorism, for example, requires a great deal of intelligence-sharing and coordination among our security agencies,” he said.

Najib alluded to the recent detention by Malaysian police of foreign nationals believed to be involved in planning terrorist attacks on foreign consulates in India, including the American consulate-general in Chennai.

Elaborating on the disappearance of MH370 with 239 people on board on March 8, Najib said that never before had people witnessed such intense cooperation between so many countries in this region.

“Although MH370 has not yet been found – and I’m confident that we will eventually find it – our joint and coordinated efforts have already shown the value of harnessing the collective strengths of countries in times of need,” he said. – Bernama

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This based on United Nations Convention Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) 1982 and the Document of Conduct (DOC) inked by ASEAN nations with China in November 2002.

During this visit in China, it is believed that the issue of ‘Joint Development’ of the disputed and multi-claimed area rich with hydro-carbon deposits within South China Sea was raised in the many discussions. Prime Minister Najib was diplomatic but firm to invite Chinese oil companies to submit their proposals to Petronas for further evaluation and consideration.

After all, in the true traits between friends they share. They need not take from each other, especially working behind one’s back. Instead, they bring things to the table and talk. It the ‘spirit of true friends’, an amicable ‘win-win’ solution is the teal mark of being “A Trusted Friend” is all about.

The pair of giant Pandas are the mark of the special relationship of Sino-Malaysia 40 years as friends

As a “Trusted friend of China” and now a ‘Strategic Comprehensive Partner’, it seems that Prime Minister Najib managed to get things sorted with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

The pair of Panda Fu Wa and Feng Yi are not just ‘time-expired gifts’ from China. They are a mark of the special relationship that Malaysia and China forged forty years ago and it is reflective of the hope of this special relationship is to progress even to greater heights, for the betterment of the people of Malaysia and China.

 

Published in: on June 3, 2014 at 08:00  Comments (1)  

Lessons from Paracels XVIII: Kungfu Panda

China's military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

China’s military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

China strikes back at the annual internattional military and geo-political forum Shangri-La Dialogue 2014, against what it deemed as United States and Japan instigating Asian nations to gang up against the Asian Super Power which has been seen as very agressive and  the ‘neighbourhood bully’.

The Channel News Asia story:

China denounces US, Japan for “provocative” remarks

POSTED: 01 Jun 2014 10:25

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Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Wang Guanzhong speaks during the fourth plenary session at the 13th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) in Singapore. (AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN)
ENLARGECAPTION
SINGAPORE: China strongly denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel Sunday for “provocative” remarks accusing Beijing of destabilising actions in contested regional waters.

Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), told an Asian security forum in Singapore that the comments had been “unacceptable”.

Abe opened the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday by urging countries to respect the rule of law — an apparent reference to perceived Chinese aggression over disputed islets in the South and East China seas.

Hagel followed on Saturday by warning China against “destabilising actions” in the South China Sea and listed a number of alleged infractions, including against the Philippines and Vietnam.

“The Chinese delegation… have this feeling that the speeches of Mr Abe and Mr Hagel are a provocative action against China,” said Wang, dressed in full military regalia.

He cast aside his prepared speech and said he needed to respond to the remarks, accusing Abe and Hagel of “coordinating” with each other to attack China at the conference.

“This is simply unimaginable,” said Wang, the highest ranking military official in the Chinese delegation, adding that the speeches were “unacceptable and not in the spirit of this Shangri-La Dialogue”.

“The speeches made by Mr Abe and Mr Hagel gave me the impression that they coordinated with each other, they supported each other, they encouraged each other and they took the advantage of speaking first… and staged provocative actions and challenges against China,” he said.

Stressing US commitments to allies and friends in Asia, Hagel had called for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes and issued a blunt message to Bejing.

“In recent months, China has undertaken destabilising, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea,” the Pentagon chief said.

He accused China of restricting the Philippines’ access to Scarborough Shoal, putting pressure on Manila’s long-standing presence in Second Thomas Shoal, beginning land reclamation at various locations and moving an oil rig into disputed waters with Vietnam.

Hagel said that while the United States does not take sides on rival claims, “we firmly oppose any nation’s use of intimidation, coercion, or the threat of force to assert these claims”.

“The United States will not look the other way when fundamental principles of the international order are being challenged,” he warned.

Abe pledged that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, as his administration moves to reshape the Japanese military’s purely defensive stance.

Laying out a vision of Tokyo as a counterweight to the growing might of China but without naming any country, Abe offered Japan’s help to regional allies “to ensure security of the seas and skies”.

He said Japan and the US stood ready to bolster security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote peace.

“Japan intends to play an even greater and more proactive role than it has until now in making peace in Asia and the world something more certain,” Abe said.

China is locked in heated disputes with various Southeast Asian countries over waters and territories in the South China Sea.

Beijing and Tokyo also contest islands in the East China Sea.

Wang said he preferred Hagel’s directness by directly naming China, compared to Abe who did not mention any country.

“If I am to compare the attitude of the two leaders, I would prefer the attitude of Mr Hagel. It is better to be more direct,” he said.

“He (Abe) may name the (country) or not but all the audience know that he was targeting China.”

– AFP/ac

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The fact is that China is bad in playing this geo-political opera. PLA Navy (PLAN) have had serious military stand off with Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and proven to use military might as a projection of force to Malaysia.

China has been proven to be the ‘aggressor’ around the region, South China Sea and Sea of Japan. This is not withstanding the fact that China invaded Paracel islands in Jnauary 1974.

United States and Japan are allies, at the moment have the necessary assets and resources, confidence and clout to stand against the might of PLAN.

China’s CNOPC mobilise this oil rig right in Vietnamese EEZ, early May 2014

Gen. Wang should present indisputable facts about “United States and Japan are being provocative”, rather than just a mere soundbite as a geo-political reaction. He should start with the mobilisation of the USD 1 billion oil rig into disputed territories, which should be deemed part of Vietnamese EEZ in the first place.

Then he and Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying should also substantiate the claims and rights on the imaginary ‘Nine-Dash-Line’, which trespass the EEZ areas provided under United Nations Convention Law of the Seas (UNCLOS).

Signatories to the DOC

Signatories to the DOC

Gen. Wang and Madam Fu should also explain why China has demonstrated blatant disregard towards the Document of Conduct (DOC) which it signed with ASEAN nations in November 2002. The agreement inked in Phnom Penh stipulated that issues pertaining to multiple claims and disputed borders were agreed to be resolved through diplomatic means and talks using principles of UNCLOS.

Whilst at it, they should also present China’s case on why it vehemently rejected the Philippines move to bring the case of Scarborough Shoal to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague.

A detailed map of China's claims into ASEAN nations' EEZ

A detailed map of China’s claims into ASEAN nations’ EEZ

This crude attempt to play the geo-political game demonstrated China’s gross self-serving arrogant attitude and blatant disregard for others. The thought that on its own is already, somewhat “Provocative”.

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