Nomadic Tribe

The origin of Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s ethnicity is still unclear with contradicting information but yet his off-spring is responding on the petty details based on what Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in his speech yesterday in Kelana Jaya.

Free Malaysia Today story:

Iskandar is Mahathir’s grandfather, not father, says Marina

| July 31, 2017

Former PM’s daughter also calls Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi a sexist for neglecting to take into account Mahathir’s maternal lineage.

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PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s allegation about former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lineage is not only false, but is also racist and sexist, says the latter’s daughter Marina Mahathir.

“It should be Mahathir bin Mohamad because my grandfather’s name was Mohamad bin Iskandar,” she said when contacted by FMT today.

The clarification came in response to Zahid’s claim yesterday, that he had received a photo of Mahathir’s original identity card (IC) which allegedly stated his name as “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty”, with the “a/l” meaning “anak lelaki”, which translates to “son of” in English.

According to Zahid, who is also the home minister, the document that was provided to him by national registration department (NRD) director-general Mohd Yazid Ramli showed that “the man who struggled for the Malay agenda” was actually “using the Malays”.

Marina condemned this statement and pointed out that her grandfather Mohamad Iskandar, was the first Malay headmaster of Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar.

“Besides being racist, Zahid is also being sexist because apparently women don’t count in lineage, even though they’re the ones who give birth.

“My father’s mother, Wan Tempahwan came from a long line of Kedah royal household courtiers.

“My father’s paternal grandmother was also Malay, but since people didn’t keep records (then), I don’t know her name and I don’t think my Dad knew her too,” she said.

Mahathir, 92, was born more than three decades before Malaya achieved its independence.

In the now Pakatan Harapan chairman’s 2011 autobiography “A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad”, he acknowledged his South Indian heritage, but said: “I am a Malay and am proud of it.”

“I am a Malay not just on paper. I am also a Malay in sentiment and in spirit.”

Meanwhile, the president of Gabungan Persatuan Malabar Malaysia, Mustafa Abdul Rahman, told FMT that he too was aware that “Iskandar” was the name of Mahathir’s late grandfather.

Mustafa said that a lot of Malaysians were the product of mixed-marriages, including Mahathir.

“Some of them, because of the mixed marriage, became more Malay than anything else.”

FMT has attempted to contact and obtain confirmation from NRD DG Yazid, but he has yet to respond.

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The point of Deputy Prime Minister Zahid’s speech is that he said he was told of Dr. Mahathir’s name. The former also never shared what was in his mobile phone, even though during his speech, he raised it to stress on the point.

The fact is that, many writings about Dr. Mahathir’s ancestry is from Kerala, South India.

However, in his personal letter to then Prime Minister YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman dated 17 June 1969 which he circulated around to sow the hatred towards the man who led the achievement of Kemerdekaan, Dr. Mahathir claimed he had “Two spoonful of Pakistani blood”.

“Jadi Tunku juga akan mempertahan-kan patek walau-pun maseh ada dua sudu darah Pakistani dalam tubuh badan patek”.

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All along Dr, Mahathir claimed he is a Malay. He is proud to also proclaim Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s call for him, “Ultra Malay”.

What is interesting, in his son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mohamad’s Facebook fan page wall, the is a posting about “Dr. Mahathir’s ancestral origin is from Yemen”.

Mukhriz Mahathir FC Facebook wall posting 31 July 2017

So, which is which now?

How could the nation trust someone who is a habitual liar and cannot even be truthful about his ancestral origin. However, instead vehemently claimed to be a Malay and through UMNO, created so much mess and conflict.

Dr. Mahathir managed to remained in power and relevant within UMNO for over 5o years with the strategy of ‘Divide and Rule’ and continuously pitted one group of Malays against another.

The onus now is for Dr. Mahathir to state clearly about his ancestral origin instead of daring Deputy Prime Minister Zahid.

This based on Dr. Mahathir’s own practice the past thirty months of making unsubstantiated various even contradicting allegations against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and demand the latter provide proof of his innocence.

It seems his sinister political play first against Prime Minister Najib and then against UMNO/BN is as nomadic as his ancestral origin.

 

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Published in: on July 31, 2017 at 23:59  Comments (6)  

Mamak Memang Mahu “Melayu Mudah Lupa”

Perdana Menteri IV Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hari ini cuba sedaya upaya menghancurkan wadah Perjuangan Melayu atas agenda peribadi dan ego membatasi kepentingan orang Melayu dan negara kerana beliau sebenarnya bukan orang Melayu.

Laporan The Malay Mail Online:

Zahid: His name was Mahathir, son of Iskandar Kutty

 

Published: July 30, 2017 05:28 PM GMT+8
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Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he was informed by the National Registration Department that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s original name was ‘Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty.’ — Bernama pic

 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he was informed by the National Registration Department that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s original name was “Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty.”

Ahmad Zahid, who is both deputy prime minister and home minister, said this while delivering his keynote at the Kelana Jaya Umno division meeting today, according to the Malaysiakini news portal.

“This is why they say ‘Malays easily forget.’ For 22 years, I did not touch on his personal issues. But this is his previous blue IC,” the acting Umno deputy president said while displaying his smartphone to the audience.

“His name was Mahathir son of Iskandar Kutty,” Zahid said, with emphasis on the phrase “son of” that is customarily used by the Indian community here.

Although Zahid did not specifically name Dr Mahathir, he referenced the former prime minister’s catchphrase as well as his 22 years in power.

He then accused Dr Mahathir of only championing Malays in order to use the community for his personal goals, and of abandoning Umno after milking it dry of all benefit.

This is the second time that Umno leaders have brought up Dr Mahathir’s Indian ancestry in apparent mockery.

Dr Mahathir’s lineage is believed to include ancestors from Kerala, India on the paternal side.

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Memang sah jelas kerana selama 60 tahun ini beliau menggunakan Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu atau United Malay Nationalist Organisation (UMNO) sebagai platform  untuk melonjakkan diri kerana kuasa politik sebelum dan selepas Kermerdekaan Tanah Melayu bertunjang ditangan orang Melayu melalui UMNO.

Beliau menjadi calon UMNO atas tiket Parti Perikatan dalam PRU II 1964 bertanding dalam kawasaki Kota Setar Selatan. Itu merupakan permulaan beliau diangkat oleh ahli-ahli UMNO kepada Majlis Tertinggi UMNO.

Dr. Mahathir dipecat dari UMNO atas nasihat Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman semasa Presiden UMNO YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj mengepalai Parti Perikatan dalam prestasi buruk PRU III Mei 1969, selepas menyebarkan surat beliau kepada Tunku.

Beliau kalah di Kota Setar Selatan kepada calon PAS Yusof Rawa kerana undi Cina membelakangi PAS, menyalahkan pentadbiran Tunku yang terlalu berlembut kepada golongan Cina dan tidak melakukan secukupnya untuk orang Melayu.

Dr Mahathir menggunakan peluang ini untuk menganyang Tunku Abdul Rahman secukupnya sehinggakan ujud sebilangan ahli UMNO yang marah dan mula memberontak kepada Presiden UMNO.  Walaupun telah baanvak berjasa kepada UMNO, orang Melayu dan Negara, kebencian ditagih untuk menjatuhkan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Tahun 1973 Menteri Besar Selangor Dato Haron Idris telah ditugaskan oleh Presiden UMNO ketika itu Perdana Menteri II Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussain untuk mebawa balik Dr. Mahathir kedalam pangkuan UMNO.

Ianya dijayakan dengan bantuan MP Rawang Tunku Abdullah Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Dr Mahathir dilantik menjadi Senator.

Dalam PRU IV 1974, Dr. Mahathir bertanding di Kubang Pasu dan menang. Beliau di lantik kedalam Kabinet sebagai Menteri Pelajaran, dalam Kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) yang pertama.

Ini melonjakkan beliau dikalangan orang UMNO sehingga berjaya dipilih sebagai Naib Presiden pada pemilihan 1975, bersama En Ghafar Baba dan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Apabila Tun Razak telah kembali ke Rahmatullah secara mengejut pada 14 Januari 1976 di London, Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Hussein Onn telah mengambil alih. Enam bulan kemudian, beliau telah memilih dan mengangkat Dr. Mahathir sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

Onar kali kedua ialah dipercayai Dr Mahathir merupakan dalang dibelakang toko veteran UMNO Hj Sulaiman Palestin mencabar kepimpinan Dato’ Hussein sebagai Presiden UMNO pada pemilihan 1978. Walaupun ianya gagal, ini kali pertama Presiden UMNO dicabar.

Onar kali ketiga ialah amalan ‘Divde and Rule’ selepas mengambil alih sebagai Perdana Menteri IV pada 16 Julai 1981. Beliau sengaja membiarkan dua ‘Harimau bercakaran antara mereja’, iaitu pemimpin UMNO dari Johor Dato’ Musa Hitam dan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah dari Kelantan bagi jawatan Timbalan Presiden.

Onar keempat ialah peristiwa berdarah Memali berlaku pada 19 November 1985, dimana 18 terbunuh dalam operasi Polis menangkap beberapa pemimpin PAS yang dikatakan menjadi ‘pelampau ugama’ dan mengancam keselamatan negara. Semua yang terkorban itu adalah Melayu-Muslim.

Omar kelima memanjangkan pertelingkahan antara pemimpin UMNO dipanjangkan sehinggakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Musa Hitam meletakkkan jawatan pada Feb 1996. Seterusnya, berlaku perpecahan dalam UMNO sehingga ujud ‘Team A’ dan ‘Team B’ menjelang pemilihan pucuk kepimpinan parti April 1987.

Onar keenam ialah menang tipis jawatan mempertahankan Presiden UMNO dengan 43 undi, membawa kepada krisis dalaman UMNO dimana pentadbiran mesyuarat lemas dan pada 8 Feb 1988, Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur telah mengharamkan UMNO sebagai pertubuhan sah bawah ROS.

Onar ketujuh ialah campurtangan beliau sebagai Ketua Eksekutif dalam Kehakiman sehingga 20 hakim bersetuju agar perkara ini dibangkitkan kepada DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong VIII.

Akibatnya, Dr. Mahathir menggunakan peluang ini untuk menyingkirkan Ketua Hakim Negara Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas dan lima Hakim Mahkamah Agung lain pada Julai 1988. Ianya berlaku sebuah krisis Perlembagaan kerana apa-apa yang diputuskan Tribunal Kehakiman untuk memecat Salleh, tidak boleh dirayu kerana Mahkamah Agung tidak mempunyai cukup hakim yang layak untuk mendengar dan membuat keputusan.

Apa yang menarik ialah baru-baru ini Dr. Mahathir menyalahkan Almarhum Tunku Sultan Iskandar sebagai SPB Along VIII yang berhasrat agar Salleh dipecat. Ini solah-olah beliau ingin menghasut orang Melayu membenci institiusi Raja Melayu kerana berdaya untuk meminta agar wakil mereka seperi Ketua Hakim Negara dan Hakim Mahkamah Agung disingkirkan, sedangkan mereka dilantik atas perkenan Majlis Raja-Raja.

Onar kelapan ialah sebagai Perdana Menteri Dr. Mahathir sepatutnya bertanggung jawab penuh keatas krisis Bank Negara Malaysia pada 1992-3 apabila terlibat dalam pasaran matawang sehingga melibat kerugian USD10b dari rizab matawang antarabangsa bank pusat itu.

Ini merupakan pertahanan matawang Ringgit dilemahkan sehingga berlaku krisis Kewangan Asian dimana KLSE terjejas teruk sehingga indeks KLCI jatuh dari paras hampir 1300 mata melada 262 mata, akibat tukaran Ringgit keep-ada USD jatuh dari sekitar 2.60 hingga 4.88.

Sistem pasaran modal, laba dan derivatif kewangan hampir lumpuh dimana sejumlah RM60b Non Performing Loan (NPL) dilaporkan sistem perbankan dan kewangan Malaysia.

Ramai usahawan gergasi dikalangan orang Melayu terjejas dan syarikat mereka tergadai. Nama seperti Dato’ Sulaiman Abdul Rahman (Taiping Consolidated Bhd.), Tan Sri Halim Saad, Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli, Tan Sri Rashid Hussain, Tan Sri Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah dan empayar kommersil Bumiputera mereka tergadai dan dipecah-pecahkan (dismantled).

Onar kesembilan ialah penguasaan tunjang politik ditangan orang Melayu terumbang-ambing sekali lagi dengan episod pemecatan Anwar Ibrahim dari UMNO dan Kerajaan. UMNO begitu lemah sehinnggakan PRU X Nov 1999, Barisan Nasional berjaya mengekalkan kuasa dengan sokongan undi Cina kerana jelas orang Melayu pada masa itu begitu marah kepada UMNO.

Ini bermula dimana orang Melayu terpecah menjadi tiga iaitu penyokong UMNO, penyokong PAS dan penyokong Reformasi.

Onar kesepuluh ialah tindakan Dr Mahathir untuk menggulingkan Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai Perdana Menteri V dan Presiden UMNO VI, bermula Mac 1986 dan bertitik totak mengenai keputusan untuk tidak membina ‘Jambatan Bengkok Menggantikan Tambak Johor’.

Pertentangan Dr Mahathir kali ini begitu berkesan kerana pada PRU XII 8 Mac 2008, berlaku ‘Tsunami Politik’ dimana buat kali pertama semenjak 1959 BN gagal mendapat majoriti 2/3 di Parlimen dan kalah di lima Dewan Undangan Negeri (Kelantan, Kedah,Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Selangor).

Ini juga kali pertama DAP menguasai Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan Perak (menggunakan PAS sebagai boneka). Krisis ini berlarutan sehingga PRU XIII Mei 2013 dimana DAP berjaya menguasai 37 kerusi Parlimen.

Onar kesebelas ialah Dr. Mahathir menggunakan segala helah, pembohongan, fitnah dan tergamak bersekongkol dengan musuh luar negara seperti media Barat yang dikuasai Yahudi Neo Con untuk menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri VI Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, bermula serangan terbuka Mac 2015.

Pada peringkat awalnya, helah yang digunakan Dr. Mahathir agar pemimpin UMNO membuat tekanan kepada Perdana Menteri Najib ialah “Mempertahankan dan menyelamatkan UMNO”. Kemudian beralih kepada Perwakilan UMNO.

Apabila ianya gagal, menghasut agar Dewan Rakyat mengadakan ‘undi tidak percaya’. Namun, semuanya gagal.

Onar kedua belas ialah bersekongkol dengan musuh tradisi dan ketat UMNO dan orang Melayu iaitu DAP. Bermula pelancaran ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ pada 8 Mac 2016, Dr. Mahathir hari ini tergamak menjadi kuda tunggangan dan ‘Trojan Horse’ DAP untuk memecah dan menguasai undi orang Melayu melalui Pakatan Harapan, dimana 9 pemimpin Melayu diketengahkan sebagai boneka.

Dr. Mahathir memperalatkan sentimen kuat orang Melayu kepada beliau sebagai orang ‘Negarawan berjasa’ dan melandaskan rekod hampir 30 tahun dalam Kerajaan (22 tahun sebagai Perdana Menteri) sebagai modal untuk ‘Menyelamat Negara’ dari pelbagai tuduhan fitinah keatas Perdana Menteri Najib dan pentadbiran beliau.

 

Hakikatnya, tidak pernah berlaku dimana seorang itu menjadi ‘Pahlawan’ dengan mengkhianati pasukan dan masyarakat sendiri. Pengkhianat adalah ‘musuh dalam selimut’, yang kini jelas tergamak untuk meracun masyarakat sendiri semata-mata kerana tamak haloba mencapai kepetingan peribadi.

Orang Melayu memang terkenal dengan keberanian. Namun orang Melayu juga taat kepada Ketua, ciri yang secocok dengan Islam sebagai rakyat kepada Ulul Amri.

Ini bukan ciri yang sinonim dengan orang Melayu dan masyarakat Nusantara.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 30, 2017 at 21:00  Comments (13)  

Anarchist foiled again

Pro-Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad cyberanarchist Syed Akbar Ali, through his blog Outsyed the Box attempted to demonise another Federal Government entity Petronas with a posting laced with lies and slanders, as part of the strategy to demonise the Malaysian Government.

Outsyed-the-Box blog (in his usual fashion, take it off the air just within hours of posting):

Petronas CEO, Board of Directors Should Just Resign And Go Away

My readers will recall that for years I have been warning against Petronas’ wasteful spending especially in this Pacific Northwest LNG project in Canada.

I have said before that the losses incurred here by Petronas could be more than the amount lost in the 1MDB scandal.
The headlines yesterday have been highlighting Petronas cancelling the US$29 BILLION project in Canada.

Here is their Media Statement in full :

 

Pacific NorthWest LNG Project Is Not Proceeding

Today Pacific NorthWest LNG’s partners announced that the project will not be moving forward.

The decision was made by the project partners following a total review of the project amid changes in market conditions.

For almost five years we have been working with local governments, First Nations, residents and businesses about our proposed project and are very grateful for the support we have received.

Thank you to the communities of Port Edward and Prince Rupert for welcoming Pacific NorthWest LNG and hosting our local outreach offices. In addition, thank you to all the communities in northwestern BC who expressed an interest in the project and took the time to work with us.

We would also like to recognize the time and efforts of all the area First Nations, including the Lax Kwa’laams First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Kitsumkalum First Nation, Gitxaala First Nation and Gitga’at First Nation, and all of the other nations residing in the Prince Rupert area who have kindly provided us feedback.

Our team members have been warmly welcomed by the communities. Thank you to the dozens of local businesses who we have had the opportunity to work with in the recent years.

Pacific NorthWest LNG will complete our outstanding business commitments by the end of September. Our Prince Rupert and Port Edward offices are scheduled to be closed effective August 25, 2017.

My comments :  I hope our Opposition MPs will take this up in Parliament. For certainly the BN MPs have neither the brains nor the balls to ask questions about this collosal failure.

1. First of all please tell us (without bullshitting) exactly how big is this project?
Is it US29 BILLION (RM124 BILLION) or US36 BILLION (RM154 BILLION) or how much exactly?
The ketuanan boys already cannot figure out RM50 Billion.
Do you seriously expect them to figure out RM124 BILLION??  I dont think so.
So tell us exactly how big is this project in terms of Ringgit.
2.  And how many billions has Petronas lost so far in this doomed project? RM10 BILLION? RM 20 BILLION? RM50 BILLION? Exactly how much?
Look at that picture above. That tank farm has already been built. There is also a suspension bridge over there. Did Petronas have to build that too?
Didnt Petronas already build the pipeline?
Now all that will go to waste.
So exactly how much has Petronas lost in this fiasco?

3. Petronas crows that they sold equity in this project to foreign partners.  Fine. My question is have those partners paid any real money?  Meaning did they pay in full their portion of the paid up capital, share capital or whatever?
These folks are not  village idiots. In a project this size  there are bound to be ‘subject to’ clauses.   We will meet the cash calls subject to a, b, c, d, e etc.  So can Petronas tell us exactly what transpired.
4.  Finally I think the MACC should get involved in this case straight away.  It is too big a project and it has failed.  Tens of billions if not hundreds of billions of taxpayers funds have been lost. (Petronas is wholly owned by the Malaysian taxpayer).
The MACC  should not wait for the public to make reports before they start investigating.
I have been  commenting about  Petronas’ investments in Canada for a long time because I have been hearing plenty rumours that  plenty crap has been going on.

The fine wine connoiseurs have been flying the wrong cargo.

Super Moron’s muallap guy actually runs Petronas.

This ‘global – glokal’ adventure has become a huge failure

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Tabung Haji blowing hundreds of millions buying real estate overseas.

MARA blowing tens of millions buying hotels overseas.

Sime Darby losing RM800 Million in Qatar or somewhere.

1MDB losing BILLIONS  “investing” in units entah apa.

Now Petronas losing tens of billions in Canada.

If you want to joli-joli, please do so with your own father’s money.   Pakai duit bapak sendiri lah. Dont burn the taxpayers money.
It is better to use our taxpayer’s money and invest inside our own country.  This way even when you screw up, the money still stays inside Malaysia.

It is also better to use our taxpayers money and use it to learn how to do business inside our own country.    This way even when you screw up, the money still stays inside Malaysia.

In the Sime Darby fiasco in Qatar or somewhere, the local boys did not even understand what is the ‘time value of money’.  Rented equipment was left idle. The kids did not understand what was wrong with that.

Just like many now say there is nothing wrong with the economy.

The Petronas CEO and the BOD should just resign and go away.

Syed Akbar Ali at 5:20:00 PM

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Cowardice blogger Syed, in his usual self throw slanders indiscriminately with the intention, the contentious points high lighted adds to the on-going demonisation strategy.

Mainstream business paper The Malaysian Reserve also raised the same question. However, in the professional manner and not with the intent to make Petronas ‘another damned Government entity’.

The Malaysian Reserve:

Questions remain after Petronas aborts Canada LNG project

Petronas Canada LNG

by MARK RAO and Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) decision to halt the US$29 billion (RM124.12 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in British Columbia, Canada, has raised questions on how and when the energy firm will recover its multibillion investments.

Petronas purchased Progress Energy Resources Corp — the operator of the North Montney Joint Venture for the Pacific NorthWest LNG facility — for C$5.2 billion (RM17.79 billion) in 2012.

The state-owned firm had invested hundreds of millions in its hunt for gas in what is the company’s single largest investment abroad.

There are questions on Petronas’ upstream assets in Canada and the impact of the LNG project’s indefinite cancellation.

Petronas had also faced strong objections from the indigenous people, environmentalists and local politicians. Despite the approval for the project, the Canadian authorities had slapped 190 conditions before work could start in September last year, spurring speculation that the energy company may dispose of its stake in the project.

The national energy company is also expected to take financial charges for the Canada LNG project.

At the end of last year, Petronas’ accumulated amortisation and impairment losses for goodwill, exploration expenditure and other intangible assets was RM34.6 billion.

Exploration expenditure accounted for RM12.1 billion of the impairment.

Petronas had cited “extremely challenging environment” for the decision to abandon the Pacific NorthWest LNG project at Port Edward, British Columbia.

“We are disappointed that the extremely challenging environment brought about by the prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry have led us to this decision,” said executive VP and CEO for upstream Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib.

Petronas said the decision was made after a careful and total review of the project.

“We, along with our North Montney Joint Venture partners, remain committed to developing our significant natural gas assets in Canada and will continue to explore all options as part of our long-term investment strategy moving forward,” Mohd Anuar said.

Pacific NorthWest LNG is majority-owned by Petronas. Japan Petroleum Exploration Co Ltd, Brunei National Petroleum Co, Indian Oil Corp and Sinopec-China Huadian are partners in Pacific NorthWest LNG and its associated natural gas supply.

According to an oil and gas (O&G) analyst, the overall industry is presently not supportive of large-scale LNG projects — including the Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG facility — due to the low gas prices.

“Petronas entered the project with the intention to develop the natural gas field themselves for the Asian export market,” said the analyst, who does not want to be named.

“With substantial decline in prices, the move no longer makes sense.”

The analyst said the return on investment from the project — situated on Lelu Island within the district of Port Edward — is not justifiable at current gas prices.

The O&G prices rout that began in the middle of 2014 had driven many global energy companies to abandon their ambitious exploration plans.

Oversupply also weighed down on LNG prices for the Northeast Asia spot market, performing below US$6 per million British thermal units (BTU) early last month compared to above US$14 per million BTU from July to October in 2014.

Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG project was not the only casualty from the O&G rout.

The Prince Rupert LNG facility — also located in the British Columbia region — was terminated in March this year, while approximately US$23 billion in Canadian energy assets were disposed of by international oil firms in 2017 alone.

“Petronas can sit on their assets. When prices recover and the timing is right, the company can try again,” said the analyst.

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In reality, the actual corporate exercise undertaken by Petronas in Canada are far from how their perception has been abused through the social media such as Syed’s blog.

These are the facts of the projects in Canada, obtained through Petronas.

PETRONAS’ business interests in Canada

 

  • PETRONAS pursues its business interest in Canada through its wholly-owned subsidiary Progress Energy Canada Ltd.

 

  • Progress Energy operates the North Montney Joint Venture (NMJV) area in which it owns a 62% equity interest. The remaining 38% interest are owned by Japan Petroleum Export Corporation, IndianOil Corporation, Sinopec-China Huadian and PetroleumBRUNEI.

 

  • Progress Energy also has a 62% equity ownership in the Pacific NorthWest LNG project (PNW LNG), with the remaining 38% stake owned by the same partners mentioned above.

 

  • There are also two related pipeline contracts namely:
    • NOVA Gas Transmission Line (NGTL) that brings gas southward from the NMJV area to the main Canadian gas grid called AECO; and
    • Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline to bring gas westward to the PNW LNG project site from the NGTL connection to the AECO grid.

 

The North Montney Joint Venture

 

  • The NMJV area is approximately 800,000 acres of largely contiguous mineral rights in Canada. This is approximately 3,300 sq km and almost twice the size of Malacca.

 

  • Since 2012, significant investments have been made to prove up reserves and resources in the area.

 

  • Production has increased from around 200 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd in 2012 to 540 mmscf/day in 2017. The gas is supplied via pipeline to the domestic market in Canada.

 

  • For the first half of 2017, the venture has generated a revenue of CAD261 million (equivalent of RM861 million).

 

  • To-date, the partners have proven a combined total of 22.3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of proven resources (from 13.4 tcf previously) in NMJV, making it PERONAS’ second largest resource holding after Malaysia.

 

  • If produced at a similar level to PETRONAS’ production in Peninsular Malaysia of about two billion cubic feet/day, the resource could accord PETRONAS a continuous business presence in Canada for almost 20 years.

 

The Pacific NorthWest LNG project

 

  • Although the North Montney is already producing natural gas for domestic consumption, the proposed PNW LNG project was first conceived in 2012 as another option to accelerate the monetization of the gas resources from the area by producing LNG for the export markets.

 

  • In 2013, TransCanada was appointed by Progress Energy to design, build, own and operate the PRGT, a 900-km long pipeline to deliver natural gas the proposed PNWLNG site. It would have included the construction and operation of a pipeline, three compressor stations and a metering station, with an initial capacity of 2.0 billion cubic feet per day.

 

  • The PNWLNG project was sanctioned by all its shareholders in June 2015, pending approval of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and firming up additional project scope and costs.

 

  • The CEAA approval was received in September 2016 with 190 conditions. These conditions, together with further firming up of project scope and costs, resulted in a significant cost increase to the project.

 

  • At the same time, starting from June 2014, oil prices had started its unprecedentedly prolonged drop (until now and into the foreseeable future), which resulted in drastic structural shifts in the industry and changed market landscape and conditions.

 

  • The shareholders of PNW LNG, after a thorough and lengthy review of the project from all aspects, found that it did not meet its economic threshold and decided in July 2017 to not proceed with the project.

 

  • Concurrently, the contract for the design and construction of the PRGT pipeline with TransCanada was terminated.

 

What’s next for PETRONAS in Canada?

 

  • PETRONAS remains committed to Canada through Progress Energy, which owns by all accounts a world-class resource in North Montney. The subsidiary is now finalizing its strategy for Canada and North America post-PNWLG project cancellation.

 

  • PETRONAS is positioning Progress Energy to be one of the top natural gas exporters in North America, looking at various options to monetise the resources.

 

  • PETRONAS believes that the LNG industry could thrive in British Columbia with the right project at the right time.
  • The development of LNG business requires a long term view of the market, world-class natural gas resources, competitive project cost and supportive market conditions.

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If Syed had done his research properly, another interesting point it is timely for Petronas make a ‘tactical retreat’, considering the North American LNG market.

It is not about withdrawing from Nortn America completely but making the right maneuvres to mitigate any setbacks, especially in projects as large as these and the striking the balance and right formula with many variables and volatility of the commodity and produce.

Natural Resources Magazine dot net story:

Oversupplied North American markets could keep Atlantic Canada’s natural gas reserves stranded

 

What goes up must come down. And vice versa. Yes, prices for the cleanest burning fossil fuel have been depressed for what seems like a long time. Growing production from tight rock basins in the United States and Canada is largely to blame, and the forecasts are predicting prices won’t rebound any time soon. That’s not good news for anyone looking to exploit Atlantic Canada’s natural gas reserves. But the oil and gas industry is a cyclical business. Prices could return to the glory days of the early 2000s sooner than the experts expect.

PRICING POINT

The short-term outlook for natural gas prices is not appetizing for companies who might be tempted to develop Atlantic Canada’s reserves, or reserves anywhere in Canada, according to recent National Energy Board analysis.

Source: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Statistical Handbook

 

THE WEST IS THE BEST

Western Canada is Canada’s undisputed king when it comes to natural gas production, contributing well over 90 per cent of the country’s annual output. But how much production is each province or territory actually responsible for? Here is how it looked in October, 2015, the most recent figures the NEB has in the public domain.

Source: National Energy Board

CAUSE AND EFFECT

Of course, low natural gas prices will impact the amount of this fossil fuel that is produced in Canada. In 2005, an average of 17 bcf/d of natural gas was produced in Canada. A lot less will be produced in 2017 if the NEB’s natural gas price projections prove accurate.

Source: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Statistical Handbook

 

BIG BROTHER

Oversupplied North American markets will likely keep Atlantic Canada’s natural gas reserves in the ground for some time. Growing production from the United States is the main reason why those markets are awash in gas, as output has skyrocketed stateside since 2005.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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It is glaringly clear why Syed by practice takes his blog posting down after three or four hours posting.

There is no one in Petronas, especially high at the executive leadership and/or Board of Directors level go to Canada to “Joli-Joli” monies of the national oil firm, which is a Fortune 500 company and one of the ‘New Seven Sisters’.

This clearly a slander, designed to defame men and women appointed by their experience and merit to become the stewards and run the wealthiest state firm in the region.

It is for the very reason that his slanders are based on lies and manipulated information, meant to defame, demonise and sow hatred against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, his leadership and initiatives and administration.

Syed Akbar Ali is not new at this slander, demonisation and even making seditious statements. Somewhat ten years ago before his blog even existed, he was charged under Sedition Act.

The Sun Daily story:

Bloggers charged with sedition

PETALING JAYA (May 6, 2008): Police today slapped sedition charges on a blogger and an author, setting the stage for sensational trials later in the year.

The two men are Malaysia Today webmaster Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin and businessman and writer Syed Akbar Ali who had allegedly posted seditious remarks on the former’s website. Both pleaded not guilty.

Raja Petra was charged in a sessions court here under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948 with publishing a seditious article titled “Let’s Send the Altantuya Murderers to Hell” in his blog www.malaysia-today.net on April 25. He allegedly committed the offence in his house, No. 5, Jalan BRP 5/5, Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh.

The 58-year-old charismatic blogger caused a stir when he refused to take up judge Nurmala Salim’s bail offer of RM5,000, choosing instead to go to Sungai Buloh prison, until the trial fixed for Oct 6-10.

If found guilty, Raja Petra can be jailed a maximum of three years and/or face a fine of up to RM5,000.

Raja Petra was represented by a six lawyers – Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh, K. Balaguru, PKR’s Selayang MP William Leong, J. Chandra, DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Jeswinderjit Singh.

His prosecution was a media event at the court, with blogger friends and Pakatan Rakyat politicians supporting him. Among those who turned up were Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Raja Petra had hours earlier turned up at the Duta Court Complex, where he was told to be by the police. However, after waiting for more than an hour, he received a call on his handphone from the police telling him to go to the PJ sessions court instead.

Raja Petra was vocal in condemning the sedition charge, saying that there was nothing to be worried about.

“I have been asked if this sedition charge is part of a war on bloggers. We bloggers declared war on the government four years ago. So it is not the government who has declared war on us. We want to change the government,” said Raja Petra, who added that he was expecting to be charged.

He was detained under the Internal Security Act in 2001, and released the same year.

His departure to Sungai Buloh prison was met with bloggers shouting “Makkal Sathi”, “Reformasi” and “Suara Petra, Suara Malaysia”.

Raja Petra’s website issued a call for donation of RM1 per person to his legal aid fund. At 6.45pm, RM24,500 had been credited to his CIMB bank account, and the fund had collected an additional US$3,283.61 through a Paypal account. It has been closed since.

Meanwhile, Syed Akbar was charged in a Kuala Lumpur sessions court with publishing seditious remarks in the comment section of an article in the Malaysia Today website.

He allegedly committed the offence in the premises of Zeenath Begum Jewellers Sdn Bhd, No. 2007, Jalan Masjid India, here at 2.59pm on June 5, 2007.

The comment with the heading “It is easy to impress the Malays” was made on an article titled “Malaysia’s Organised Crime Syndicate: All Roads Lead to Putrajaya” published by blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin who maintains the website.

The 48-year-old father of two was charged under the same section.

Syed Akbar, a former banker who now runs a business with his wife on Jalan Masjid India, was represented by counsel Ashok Kandiah, Haris Ibrahim and Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, Bernama reported.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ishak Yusof, assisted by Hanafiah Zakaria, recommended to the court for him to be allowed bail of RM5,000 but Ashok pleaded for a lower amount.

Judge S. M. Komathy Suppiah set bail at RM3,000 with one surety and fixed June 10 to hear submissions by both parties on a preliminary objection raised by the defence who claimed that the charge was groundless at the start of the proceedings.

Syed Akhbar’s wife posted the bail.

 

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However, it is believed half way through the case the charge was dropped. Then was during Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s time.

That is why by conduct and practice, Syed would take his posting off the air a few hours after publishing it for fear of being nabbed again.

ALL his blog postings are laced with lies, slanders, defamation, obnoxious and even seditious words, which would land him in trouble if the authority is quick enough to capture the details of his postings and whip up a proper charge.

Again, this cyber-anarchist is foiled.

*Updated 200pm

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Market Driven Vs Cronyism

The global economy confidence on Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership and administration is reflective on the bullish growth of the economy, capital market and amount of trade, weathering out of the global economic recession of 1995-6.

The Malay Mail Online story based on Bernama report:

Tuesday July 25, 2017
12:43 PM GMT+8

Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his speech during an Invest Malaysia 2017 event at Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, July 25, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaDatuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his speech during an Invest Malaysia 2017 event at Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, July 25, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, JULY 25 — The Malaysian capital market increased nine per cent to RM3.1 trillion in the first six months of this year and is now ranked fifth in Asia, relative to the gross domestic product (GDP), Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

He said Malaysia is also home to the largest number of listed companies in Asean and at US$29 billion (RM billion), Bursa Malaysia also recorded the highest in funds raised in the last five years among the 10-member regional body.

“All this can point to only one conclusion, namely, our economy continues to prosper and we are stronger than ever as a result of the reforms and programmes the government has put in place,” he said in his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2017 here today.

He said as the business community and companies like strength and stability, they want the certainty provided by a government that understands the prosperity of its people, is best served by being business-friendly and that sovereignty is not compromised by foreign direct investments.

“The business community wants the certainty of knowing the government is committed to the necessary reforms and to fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, transparency, accountability, and good regulations,” he added.

He said among the major investments pledged by foreign companies in Malaysia include China’s Huawei, which is making the country its global operations headquarters, data hosting and global training centre, at a project cost of RM2.2 billion, while employing more than 2,370 people.

He also said another significant investment is Saudi Aramco which is investing US$7 billion – the company’s biggest downstream investment outside Saudi Arabia — for a 50 per cent stake in the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development in Johor.

“That is the single largest investment in Malaysia, and shows the confidence Saudi Arabia has in our people, our technology, and ability to be a strong partner with their most important business,” he added.

Apart from that, Najib said London-based HSBC is investing over RM1 billion to build its future regional headquarters at the Tun Razak Exchange, recognising Malaysia’s increasing status as an international financial and business centre.

Another company, Broadcom Ltd, one of the world’s largest semi-conductor entities with a market capitalisation of nearly half a trillion dollars, is transferring its global distribution hub that will manage the group’s global inventory of RM64 billion annually to Malaysia from Singapore this year.

“Others who are already here are expanding their operations. Finisar Corporation, a global technology leader in optical communications, will invest a further RM610 million in its operations in Perak, bringing its total investment in Malaysia to RM1 billion,” he said.

Najib also criticised those opposing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said the government would always be straight with the people and do what is right for them.

“We will always put their interests first, from economic welfare to security. Even if it is not the most popular thing to do, we will not hesitate, because it is the responsible thing to do for the country,” he added.

He said this is a reason what he is not very popular with a certain person, under whose leadership, many corners were cut, and the people had to pay a very high price, so that a few of his friends benefited.

“This was even when symbols of national pride had horrendous and catastrophic decisions hoisted on them.

“But, under this government, we are cracking down on crony capitalism. No more sweetheart deals. No more national follies to keep stroking the ego of one man. No more treating national companies as though they are personal property,” he said. — Bernama

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This is also coupled with the bullish economic outlook by a global financial authority. The International Montetary Fund (IMF) also revises the Malaysia’s 2017 economic growth forecast from 4.5 to 4.8%.

The Malaysian Reserve story:

IMF revises Malaysia GDP forecast upwards to 4.8%

By DASHVEENJIT KAUR

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its 2017 growth forecast for Malaysia upwards to 4.8%, driven by favourable economic data and monetary policy.

IMF economic counsellor and director of research Maurice Obstfeld said favourable economic data and a very steady hand in monetary policy for Malaysia were among the main reasons for the upgrade.

Previously, in its April 2017 World Economic Outlook (WEO), IMF forecast gross domestic product (GDP) growth for Malaysia in 2017 to hit 4.5%.

“Steady-handed monetary policy and successful efforts to increase the sustainability of debt levels, which have been trending downward, are among the reasons.

“Based on our upgrade, we also expect upside risks,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday during the release of the fund’s updated WEO.

For the first-quarter (1Q) of this year, Malaysia’s economy recorded a robust growth of 5.6% in 2017 against 4.1% registered in the same quarter of 2016.

The climb was boosted by strong domestic demand and private expenditure.

Domestic demand increased to 7.7% supported by continued expansion in private sector expenditure, which grew by 8.2% and the turnaround in public sector expenditure.

Private consumption rose 6.6%, while investments grew sharply by 12.9% following continued capital spending in the services and manufacturing sectors.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Datuk Seri Muhammad Ibrahim said during the 1Q GDP performance growth announcement in May that the result was the best since the corresponding quarter of 2015, which saw GDP at 5.8%.

BNM announced it was keeping its full-year growth forecast at 4.3%-4.8%, as it is expecting growth to be sustained from the 1Q this year.

The ringgit has also recovered from being among the weakest emerging Asian currencies in 2016, following measures by the central bank to reduce volatility in the ringgit and domestic foreign-exchange market.

Obstfeld said IMF was optimistic that Malaysia would continue to perform well with the appropriate measures put into place.

On the global front, the fund kept its growth forecasts for the world economy unchanged for this year and next, although it revised growth expectations for the eurozone and China upwards.

On global growth, IMF noted GDP would grow 3.5% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2018 — unchanged from estimates issued in April.

While risks around the global growth forecast appear broadly balanced in the near term, they remain skewed to the downside over the medium term, IMF said in its updated forecast.

IMF shaved its forecasts for US growth to 2.1% for 2017 and 2018, slightly down from projections of 2.3% and 2.5% respectively just three months ago.

The fund reversed previous assumptions that President Donald Trump administration’s planned stimulus measures would boost US growth, largely because no details of those plans have been made public.

Obstfeld said the global economy had been the subject of considerable protectionist rhetoric, such as Trump’s proposed tariff on steel imported from China, but such talk had yet to translate into much action.

“What will happen in the future, we don’t know. These threats are in our downside thinking and they’re not built into our forecast because hopefully they don’t happen, but there are risks,” Obstfeld said.

IMF said growth in the eurozone was expected to be slightly stronger in 2018 and pointed to “solid momentum”.

It upgraded 2017 GDP growth projections for the eurozone to 1.9%, up 0.2 percentage points from April.

IMF said eurozone growth would be slightly stronger at 1.7%, a 0.1 percentage point change from three months ago.

It said the expected higher growth in the eurozone indicated “stronger momentum in domestic demand than previously expected”.

IMF revised down its 2017 forecast for the UK by 0.3 percentage points to 1.7%, citing a slump in economic performance since last year’s vote to
quit the European Union.

It left its 2018 forecast unchanged at 1.5%, adding that it expected slightly higher growth in Japan this year of 1.3% — revised from a forecast of 1.2% in April.

It noted stronger 1Q growth would be buoyed by private consumption, investment and exports. Its forecast for Japan’s 2018 growth was unchanged at 0.6%.

IMF expected stronger growth of 6.7% in 2017 for China, up a 0.1 percentage point from the April forecast.

It said China’s growth would still moderate in 2018 to 6.4%, but noted the estimate was up 0.2 percentage points from the April forecast on expectations that Beijing would maintain high levels of public investment.

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These bullish results and outlooks is demonstration of the confidence for the Malaysian economy and fundamentals, amidst a stream of two years of rabid and venomous political demonisation by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad about Malaysia becoming a “Failed State”.

Channel News Asia story:

Mahathir confident of support for campaign to oust Malaysia PM Najib

 

 

 

Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he is confident that the Save Malaysia movement can collect 1 million signatures before the end of the year.

 

SHAH ALAM: Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is confident that the “Save Malaysia” movement will have enough support to pressure the country’s traditional rulers to act against Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Speaking at Save Malaysia’s first people’s congress held behind closed doors on Sunday (Mar 27), Dr Mahathir said he is confident that the movement will collect 1 million signatures before the end of the year.

The 90-year-old statesman has been leading the campaign to oust the prime minister, saying it is in order save the country from becoming a failed state. Dr Mahathir earlier this month cobbled together an unlikely alliance of former political foes including former government and opposition leaders, as well as civil rights activists to form the movement.

While the consensus was to remove Mr Najib, whom they blame for the country’s institutional breakdown, there were also heightened calls for the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Former bar council president Ambiga Sreenevasan stressed that it was high time for a reset in the country’s political system and urged government leaders and civil servants to come on board.

“If you turn your back on us, you may save yourself but if you stand with us, you can help save the nation for your children and grandchildren. I invite all, particularly those in power, to join us and be on the right side of history,” she told the congress, which attracted about 2,000 participants.

But few government leaders have spoken up so far, and those who dare to face expulsion from their party.

Dr Mahathir quit UMNO last month after he failed to gather enough support from within the ruling party to oust party president Najib. He is now urging the people to sign the Save Malaysia petition in order to step up pressure on Mr Najib.

Said Dr Mahathir: “People are afraid to sign because this government frightens people. They arrest the people but they cannot take action against 1 million people, can they?”

The Save Malaysia movement has collected more than 140,000 signatures since its launch on Mar 4.

Source: CNA/xq

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-confident-of-support-for-campaign-to-oust-malaysia-pm-n-8123836

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All have been been proven wrong. Nothing Dr. Mahathir said or prophecises materialised. In fact, it turn out the opposite.

Prime Minister Najib had a plan to transform the Malaysian economy, government and society and stuck with his plan, which is both strategic and comprehensive.

Hence, he had the right to lambast against his former master for the wrongs he did against the Sixth Malaysian Prime Minister, who is legally elected by Malaysians through a democratic process.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Before international investors, Najib denounces Dr M’s legacy

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID

Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his speech during the Invest Malaysia 2017 event at Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, July 25, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaDatuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his speech during the Invest Malaysia 2017 event at Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, July 25, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 ― Speaking before the international business community here today, Datuk Seri Najib Razak denounced the legacy of his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as being rife with cronyism and corruption.

Najib rarely uses international business platforms to criticise his political foes but today the Umno president said it was necessary to appeal to investors to avoid placing faith in an Opposition bloc led by a man with a track record for “cutting corners” and rolling out policies that only benefited his close allies.

“This government..will always be straight with the people and we will always do the right by the people,” Najib said in his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2017, a private event for investors.

“We will always put their interests first, from economic welfare to security even if it’s not the most popular thing to do..this is also one of the reasons I am not very popular with that certain nonagenarian.

“Under his leadership many corners were cut, and the Malaysian people had to pay a very high price so that a few of his friends benefitted,” the prime minister added.

Najib has increasingly targeted Dr Mahathir since the latter began a campaign to remove him, which included resigning from Umno, forming an Opposition party, and becoming chairman of the Pakatan Harapan pact.

Continuing with his salvo against the former PM, Najib said today his government was undoing much of the damage caused by Dr Mahathir’s policies, such as by “cracking down on crony capitalism”.

Dr Mahathir had a preference for trickle-down economics that favoured select businessmen and companies, but which ended up concentrating wealth in a handful of elites.

“No more sweetheart deals. No more national follies kept going to stroke the ego of one man,” the BN chairman said.

Najib also warned of a campaign to discourage the business community from supporting his government through what he described as deliberate “misinformation” by the Opposition.

The BN chairman accused the Opposition of starting a drive to sabotage the economy through smear tactics that are often reported by pro-opposition press.

“There has in fact been a concerted campaign to send such misinformation overseas to damage Malaysia’s economy for their own selfish political objectives.

“So if you receive these smears, or you read it in publications that do not check facts properly, please beware”.

The prime minister previously asserted that political rivals were aiming to undermine the economic success of his government in order to generate political support.

But Najib said they have been unsuccessful as Malaysia’s economy continued to grow robustly and draw in investments.

He noted Malaysia’s GDP has grown at an average of 4 per cent annually since he took office in 2009. This year alone trade increased to 24 per cent or RM430 billion compared to the same period last year.

Najib said the data proved investors remain confident in his government.

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Prime Minister Najib did prove his ways of taking the Malaysian economy and trade forward forward at the same time uplift the quality of life of Malaysians, is market driven compared to Dr. Mahathir’s administration, which was filled with cronyism to meet his objectives.

He also beefed up Khazanah Nasional Bhd.’s role, which is one of the strong organisations that perked and propped the nation’s engine of growth on top ensuring the corporatised essential services are delivered for the consumers’ benefit.

The Edge Market story:

Khazanah companies to be Malaysia’s ‘engines of growth’ – Azman Mokhtar

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 26): Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said the Malaysian Government investment arm’s companies would continue to be the nation’s “engines of growth” as policy makers planned Budget 2017.

Azman said the Government had to be fiscally responsible as the nation pursued economic growth in an uncertain global environment. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2016 here today.

“We expect the continuation of pro-growth, pro-society developmental goals, but at the same time the Government must be fiscally responsible.

“Our various companies in various sectors will continue in contributing as engines of growth. We need to keep the growth engine running,” he said.

Khazanah is a major shareholder in public-listed companies like Axiata Group Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Bhd where Khazanah owns 37.77% and 28.65% stakes respectively, Bloomberg data shows.

In property developer UEM Sunrise Bhd, Khazanah owns a controlling a 66.06% stake.

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Detailed in in the 13th Khazanah Annual Review 2017:

THIRTEENTH KHAZANAH ANNUAL REVIEW (KAR 2017)

13 January 2017

Khazanah posts stronger profits and resilient performance in 2016

Profit Before Tax rises 32%, resilient and long-term value creation intact

Highlights:

  • Amidst a volatile year for equity and currency markets, Khazanah posts stronger Profit Before Tax (Unaudited) in 2016, an increase of 32% to RM1.56 billion from RM1.18 billion in 2015
  • In line with weakness in most benchmark equity markets and currencies, the portfolio Net Worth Adjusted (“NWA”) declined slightly, posting an unrealized decline of 6.4% to RM101.9 billion as at 31 December 2016 (2015: RM108.9 billion). Nonetheless, the long-run value creation trend remains strong with NWA up by 3.1x or a CAGR of 9.3% p.a., for the period May 2004 to 31 December 2016, with a high-quality portfolio with an Asset Cover of 2.9x
  • Continued strong focus on long-term value creation across financial, economic, strategic and societal value creation
  • Highlights for 2016 include the 10th Anniversary of Iskandar Malaysia and continued focus on catalytic domestic investments; the launch of Khazanah’s fifth overseas office in London and continued gradual internationalization in Khazanah’s portfolio, especially in innovation & technology; and continuous improvements at core Khazanah-linked companies as domestic and regional champions.
  • More than RM150 million spent on CR activities in 2016, principally through Yayasan Hasanah, and support of the SL1M training programme, with the cumulative spend and allocation of more than RM3.9 billion over the period 2006-2016
  • More than RM10.6 billion of dividends and taxes paid and payable to the Government over the period 2004-2016

Khazanah Nasional Berhad (“Khazanah”) today presented its 13th Khazanah Annual Review (“KAR 2017”), demonstrating resilience and sustained long-term progress across its financial, strategic and value distribution performance.

Tan Sri Azman Hj. Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah said: “Khazanah recorded both a profitable and resilient performance in 2016, amidst the challenging and volatile global economic environment that affected all core benchmark markets and currencies. In spite of general weakness in global market conditions and in equity and currency markets in emerging economies especially, the underlying strength and quality of our portfolio ensured that long-term value creation remained intact. Profitability, as represented by Profit Before Tax, while relatively modest in absolute terms, was stronger by 32% in 2016 from the previous year. Just as importantly, many risk management and prudential measures have been put in place over the years, resulting in a strong and resilient portfolio which allows us to ride short- and even medium-term volatility, and continue focusing on long-term value creation, as we have done over the last decade and more.”

1. Financial Performance

a. Long-term value creation
Khazanah recorded a 32% increase in unaudited Profit Before Tax (“PBT”) of RM1.56 billion (2015: RM1.18 billion), with cumulative PBT since May 2004 amounting to RM25.08 billion. Khazanah also declared dividends of RM650 million for 2016, with total dividends declared since May 2004 amounting to RM9.11 billion. Taxes paid for 2016 amounted to RM123 million, with taxes paid since 2004 totaling RM1.55 billion.

Portfolio Realisable Asset Value (“RAV”) stood at RM145.1 billion as at 31 December 2016, decreasing RM5.1 billion or 3.4% from RM150.2 billion as at 31 December 2015. Net Worth Adjusted (“NWA”) stood at RM101.9 billion as at 31 December 2016, decreasing RM7.0 billion or 6.4% from RM108.9 billion as at 31 December 2015.

Despite the challenging year, the overall uptrend in Khazanah’s portfolio since May 2004 remained intact. Over the period May 2004 to 31 December 2016, RAV increased RM94.2 billion to RM145.1 billion or 2.8 times as at 31 December 2016 (May 2004: RM50.9 billion), while NWA increased RM68.6 billion to RM101.9 billion or 3.1 times over the same period (May 2004: RM33.3 billion). This translated into a RAV Compounded Annual Growth Rate (“CAGR”) of 8.6% per annum (“p.a.”) and NWA CAGR of 9.3% p.a.. Meanwhile, the RAV cover (assets/liabilities) remained strong at 2.9x. This key prudential ratio provides a position of relative strength for Khazanah to move forward into a year which is expected to see continued volatility and uncertainty.

b. High-quality portfolio assets
The resilience was boosted by the positive performance of several key investee companies. In terms of year-on-year NWA movement, portfolio gains were contributed by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (+RM1.5 billion), CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (+RM600 million), UEM Group Berhad (+RM400 million), and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (+RM300 million), while portfolio decreases were due to the telecommunications sector (-RM5.8 billion), aviation sector (-RM900 million) and IHH Healthcare Berhad (-RM800 million). In terms of RAV segmentation by sector in 2016, media & communications (17.8%), healthcare (16.2%), power (15.7%), financial services (15.3%) and property (11.0%) sectors were the five largest portfolio components.

In 2016, Khazanah made investments totaling RM6.9 billion, including 17 new investments, and 13 divestments providing proceeds amounting to RM4.7 billion, with gains on divestments totaling RM2.6 billion. From 2004 to 2016, Khazanah has made a total of 161 investments worth RM81.6 billion and 90 divestments providing proceeds amounting RM52.8 billion, with overall gains on divestments totaling RM24.9 billion.

2.  Strategic and Operational Performance

Despite the challenging operating environment, the year saw the sustained execution of Khazanah’s strategic mandate to catalyse growth, create and distribute value. This includes supporting domestic growth, driving further internationalisation, including among investee companies, and maintaining a strong focus on innovation and technology.

a. Catalysing domestic growth
On the domestic front, there was continued development in Iskandar Malaysia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. There was further progress of catalytic investments in the leisure & tourism, education, wellness, property development, Business Process Outsourcing (“BPO”), and creative industries, among others. Overall, Iskandar Malaysia has secured RM218.8 billion in cumulative committed investments from 2006 to September 2016. Khazanah investee companies continued to be involved in key domestic projects, including the launch of KLIA Aeropolis by Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (“MAHB”), and Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s (“TM”) Broadband Improvement Plan. In the area of Islamic Finance, Khazanah provided further support for Malaysia as a centre for Islamic Finance, with the issuance of a USD750 million straight Sukuk, and a USD399 million Sukuk exchangeable into Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited shares.

b. Harnessing technology and innovation
Khazanah further rolled out its internationalisation strategy, with the official opening of Khazanah Europe Investment Ltd’s (“KEIL”) office in London by the Prime Minister of Malaysia in May 2016. The KEIL office extends Khazanah’s international presence, which also includes Beijing, Mumbai, Istanbul, and San Francisco.  In tandem, Khazanah made further investments in innovation and technology across several geographies, including the United States, United Kingdom, India, China and Singapore. The continued strong focus on innovation and technology is funded primarily by recycling returns from the earlier investment in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. It underscores Khazanah’s mandate as a strategic investment fund that creates long-term value for the nation via multiple sources, including harnessing creative disruption and innovation by playing the role of what some have referred to as a “Sovereign Venture Fund”.

c. Furthering regionalisation among investee companies
Khazanah investee companies also expanded their international presence, including:

  • IHH Healthcare Berhad’s (“IHH”) acquisition of Tokuda Group and City Clinic Group in Bulgaria; development of a new hospital in Myanmar; partnership with Taikang Insurance Group Inc in China; and joint-venture by IHH subsidiary Parkway Pantai to build a hospital in China.
  • Completion of Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (“TNB”) acquisition of 30% stake in GAMA Enerji in Turkey and 30% stake in GMR Energy Ltd in India
  • Completion of Axiata’s acquisition of Ncell Private Limited in Nepal, and merger of Robi Axiata Limited and Airtel Bangladesh Ltd in Bangladesh
  • CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“CIMB”) strategic partnership with China Galaxy Securities Co. Ltd. in China, and the award of a banking licence to CIMB Bank (Vietnam) Limited in Vietnam
  • UEM Edgenta Bhd’s acquisition of Asia Integrated Facility Solutions Pte Ltd in Singapore
  • Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd’s launch of Kidzania Singapore

Overall, Malaysia remained the largest component of Khazanah’s portfolio in 2016, accounting for approximately 54.9% of RAV by geographic exposure, while overseas investments accounted for the remainder.

d. Malaysia Airlines recovery on track
Meanwhile, there was also steady and continued progress in the rollout of the five-year 12-point MAS Recovery Plan, which after 28 months of implementation, or approximately half-way through, is on track and on schedule. Key milestones in 2016 include the appointment of Peter Bellew to helm Malaysia Airlines Berhad (“MAB”), formation of the Malaysia Aviation Group, and the establishment of the Malaysian Aviation Commission.

3. Value Distribution and Nation-Building Initiatives

a. Delivering societal returns
Khazanah continued to deliver societal returns via corporate responsibility (“CR”) efforts led by Yayasan Hasanah (“YH”), a Khazanah foundation provided with a RM3 billion endowment which focuses on five core areas: Education; Community Development; Environment; Arts, Heritage and Culture; and Knowledge. Overall, Khazanah and YH have collectively spent more than RM900 million on CR initiatives since 2006, including RM89 million on the Khazanah-Skim Latihan 1 Malaysia programme since 2015.

b. Developing human capital and promoting social inclusion
In the education sector, 21 Trust Schools were rolled out in 2016 under the Yayasan AMIR (“YA”) Trust School Programme, bringing the total to 83 schools in 10 states to-date. YA is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated by Khazanah to improve accessibility of quality education in schools through a Public-Private Partnership with the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, Yayasan Khazanah (“YK”) introduced two new scholarships, Rhodes Scholarship, in Partnership with Yayasan Khazanahand Chevening-Khazanah Scholarship, last year. Yayasan Khazanah awarded 114 scholarships in 2016 under its various scholarship programmes, and has awarded a total of 649 scholarships since 2006. In addition, a total of 5,160 graduates have been trained under the Khazanah-SL1M programme since 2015.

Other social inclusion initiatives rolled out in 2016 include urban rejuvenation projects in Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and George Town by Think City Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah. In addition, the development and promotion of public spaces continued, including the launch of the Taman Tugu Project, an urban rainforest park in the heart of Kuala Lumpur that is being developed through a public-private-civil society partnership. Meanwhile, Khazanah has committed RM71 million for social development initiatives in Iskandar Malaysia, in the areas of affordable housing, capacity building, entrepreneurship development and livability enhancement.

c. Continuing contribution to national transformation
As part of the mandate to create sustainable value for a globally competitive Malaysia, Khazanah continued to provide further support for government policy formation through various platforms in 2016, including the Bumiputera Empowerment Agenda (“BEA”), Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (“TERAJU”), Special Economic Committee, Performance Management and Delivery Unit (“PEMANDU”), Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (“MaGiC”), Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (“TalentCorp”), and Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council.

d. Facilitating public policymaking & knowledge development
Meanwhile, Khazanah continued to provide support for government policy formation and deepen linkages across global knowledge networks. Key milestones in 2016 were Khazanah Research Institute’s (“KRI”) publication of “State of Households II”, which examines the latest available data on the state of Malaysian households, and “Climbing the Ladder: Socio-economic Mobility in Malaysia”, a study of inter-generational social mobility in Malaysia, including educational and occupational mobility. In addition, the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2016, the twelfth in the annual series, was also held with the theme “Geography As Destiny?”, which focused on the political economy of location, environment and demographics. The 12th Khazanah Global Lecture[1] featured Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned ethologist, conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, who delivered a lecture on “Caring for the Earth: Reasons for Hope”.

4. Outlook for 2017
The volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global business and market environment is expected to continue in 2017. Khazanah will continue to drive long-term value creation, further develop a high-quality and resilient portfolio, ensure holistic value creation in financial, economic and societal terms, as well as strengthen institutional integrity and governance.

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All these manifest towards bullish Malaysian economy, increased global trade, higher per capita income, better quality of life.

It is very much Prime Minister Najib’s agenda for the ‘Bigger Picture’, to take Malaysia and Malaysians to a better spot from where it has become, amidst the nation moving towards its sixtieth Merdeka in five weeks time.

Published in: on July 25, 2017 at 13:00  Comments (2)  

Luar Kawasan

Perdana Menteri IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menunjukkan dengan jelas sikap yang tamak dan mementingkan diri semata-semata kerana mengelak  dan memgambil kedudukan seorang penakut untuk menyahut cabaran bila dicabar.

Laporan Malaysiakini:

 

Pekan kawasan ‘hantu raya’, kata Dr Mahathir

Zulaikha Zulkifli

24 Jul 2017, 3:45 petang (Dikemaskini 24 Jul 2017, 5:28 petang)

 

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, selepas dicabar untuk bertanding di Pekan, hari ini mencabar Naib Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein supaya bertanding di Langkawi.

Malah, kata bekas perdana menteri itu, Pekan yang adalah kubu Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak adalah satu kawasan yang ‘pelik’ kerana mempunyai jumlah pengundi yang sentiasa berubah-ubah.

Ahad lalu, Hishammuddin yang juga adalah menteri pertahanan berkata, kenyataan Mahathir yang ingin bertanding di Pekan sebelum ini bersifat populis dan mencabar bekas bosnya itu untuk bertanding di Pekan.

 

Ada apa pada AMANAH?

“Saya cabar dia (Hishammuddin) bertanding di Langkawi,” katanya pada sidang media di Pejabat Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen hari ini.

“Berkenaan Pekan ada benda pelik sikit. Ada satu masa jumlah pengundi dia 35,000 orang…
“Lepas itu bila ada pilihan raya sekali lagi, pengundi dia meningkat sebanyak 80,000. Tak tahu dari mana (pengundi itu datang), dia (Najib) pun menang banyak ribu.

“Itu bukan kawasan pilihan raya, itu kawasan hantu raya,” katanya tanpa menyebut tahun pilihan raya mana yang dirujuknya itu. Najib menjadi Ahli Parlimen Pekan sejak tahun 1976 selepas menggantikan ayahnya Allahyarham Abdul Razak Hussein yang juga adalah perdana menteri kedua negara.

Sementara itu, mengulas mengenai tawaran anggota Majlis Tertinggi Umno Datuk Puad Zarkashi untuk menggantikan Najib dalam program Nothing to Hide 2.0, Mahathir berkata beliau tidak patut berbuat demikian.

“Usahlah nak tolong dia punya bos. Pi pujuk bos dia tu jangan takut. Orang tua ni bukan boleh buat apa kat dia (Najib).

“Dia (Najib) 62 tahun, saya 92 tahun, cakap pun tak betul. Dia takut lagi?” soal Mahathir.

Program yang dirancang itu bertujuan memberi peluang kepada kedua-dua, Najib dan Mahathir untuk menjawab tuduhan terhadap diri masing-masing.

Mahathir berkata program itu juga dalam memberikan rakyat peluang untuk membuat pertimbangan terhadap hujah masing-masing.

Pada 5 Jun tahun lalu, Mahathir mencuri perhatian apabila hadir ke acara Nothing to Hide di ibu negara yang dilihat bakal mempertembungkan beliau dengan Najib.

Najib tidak hadir ke acara dialog itu dan polis memberikan alasan keselamatan. Mahathir juga diberhentikan ketika sedang berucap dan diiring keluar oleh pihak berkuasa.

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Ini kerana pada asalnya dua tahun lepas, beliau begitu keras berkempen menentang Perdana Menteri Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Najib Tun Razak atas alasan ingin “Menyelamatkan UMNO dan BN”.

Namun apabila majoriti ahli UMNO mengambil keudukan untuk bersama Presiden mereka dan menolak ‘peperangan’ yang dijana Pengerusi Barisan Nasional III itu.

Malah ada yang memberi cabaran balas agar Dr. Mahathir bertanding satu-lawan-satu menentang Perdana Menteri Najib di Pekan.

Menteri Kabinet samenjak zaman pentadbiran Dr. Mahathir sendiri, Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nazri Aziz membuat cabaran ini Oktober 2015.

Laporan Malaysian Insider:

Talk is cheap, fight Najib in Pekan, minister dares Dr Mahathir

A+A

(Oct 28): Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has challenged Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to contest in a parliamentary seat following the retired leader’s repeated calls for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to step down.

Nazri, the tourism and culture minister, said Dr Mahathir could run against him in his Padang Rengas seat or take Najib on directly in the Pekan constituency.

“Don’t talk so much, you (Dr Mahathir) know how to bring him (Najib) down. Fight him in Pekan,” Nazri told reporters today in the Parliament lobby.

“If you don’t want to fight him, fight me in Padang Rengas,” he added with a laugh.

Dr Mahathir has been criticising Najib and asking for his resignation over alleged scandals involving mismanagement in the prime minister’s brainchild, state-owned investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as well as RM2.6 billion deposited into his personal bank accounts.

The former prime minister has also accused Najib of being a dictator and undemocratic in his use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) against 1MDB critics.

Nazri had previously challenged Dr Mahathir to run against Najib in an electoral showdown in both the general election and Umno polls.

In his calls for Najib to step down, Dr Mahathir has also asked voters in Pekan, Pahang, not to re-elect Najib. – The Malaysian Insider

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Hakikatnya, cabaran Dr. Mahathir kepada Najib Presiden UMNO Menteri Pertahanan Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein untuk bertanding di Langkawi islas kerana dikatakan pulau itu ialah ‘kerusi selamat’ beliau.

Ini berasaskan sentimen warga Pulau Langkawi kepada pemimpin yang berjaya meningkatkan pulau lagenda itu dipersada antarabangsa, bermula dengan Sidang Kemuncak Ketua Kerajaan Kommonwealth (CHOGM) pada 1989.

Dr. Mahathir juga memulakan acara dwi-tahunan Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Convention (LIMA) pada tahun 1991.

Hakikatnya, walaupun Langkawi berjaya dibangunkan dengan pelbagai resort mwah dan bertaraf lima bintang dan sekaligus memberi peluang penduduk tempatan untuk berusaha secara kecil-kcecilan seperti perniagaan runcit, motorkar sewa dan resort kecil dan chalet, namun kemudahan lebih penting lambat diujudkan.

Satu kemudahan penting ialah hospital. Walaupun sebuah hospital baru dibina Langkawi dalam pentadbiran sebagai Perdana Menteri selama 14 tahun, namun kemudahannya adalah asas.

Dr. Mahathir sendiri pernah mengalami serangan jantung pada 15 Mei 1987 dan empat orang pakar dan peralatan terpaksa diterbangkan khas ke Langkawi keesokan harinya untuk menstabilkan beliau.

Ini kerana walaupun doktor peribadi beliau merupakan pakar kardiologi IJN, Hospital Langkawi tidak mempunyai kelengkapan dan kemudahan cukup untuk memberikan kelegaan apabila beliau sendiri diserang penyakit jantung.

Dr. Mahahthir juga tidak berusaha untuk menyediakan perumahan awam yang mampu-milik bagi penduduk tempatan dan mereka yang berhijrah, sepanjang pentadbiran beliau.

Sebagai ‘pet project‘, beliau juga tidak membangunkan pusat pengajian tinggi di Langkawi. Kemungkinan, ianya kerana sistem sokongan bagi menungkinkan sebuah institiusi menara gading tidak ujud.

Published in: on July 24, 2017 at 21:00  Leave a Comment  

Pay with peanuts, monkeys go Planet of the Apes

It is pointless to provide facilities of world class in standard if there are amongst Malaysians who unable to alleviate themselves and appreciate how transformation brought forth by design did provide betterment for them, the society and the nation as a whole.

Malaysians ought to come to maturity in attitude, conduct and how they carry about their lives what seemingly coming to age after being sovereign and able to decide for themselves 60 years after Merdeka.

Federal Government  spend RM21b to construct the 51km Sg. Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line which was opened by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, as part of his socio-economic transformation program to bring the quality of life of Malaysians to another level and drive economic growth.

However, it is appalling that there are pockets within our community who boistrously very unappreciative of the world class facilities provided.

Things ought to be in the bin, tossed on the glass ceiling of a city centre station

A concrete bench is chipped!

Wall of the conveniences for the ladies vandalised

Deep scratches on benches

What is jaw-dropping is that so many commuters within Klang Valley especially those who live, work, shop or educated along the 3-5km radius of the 51km SBK line need no longer harrow God forsaken experience of massive traffic jams, welcome such transport system infrastructure.

Only a handful savages live amongst us who could invoke their beastility within five days of public operation, which already recorded 140,000 paid commuters.

Prasarana charges ten sen per kilometre on the SBK line and provides 300 feeder buses along the 51km route via 19 stations. It is designed for affordability and convenience, for commuters to travel from the suburbs to the city centre, with comfort and efficiency.

These socially ill-attitude primates must within their system believe that when they pay peanuts, they should be monkeys. Thus, they should be off our trains!

Published in: on July 24, 2017 at 08:30  Comments (4)  

Ride on MRT, not take MRT for a ride

The Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system recently opened for public use is to ease of congestion for Klang Valley dwellers, which eventually when fully completed would take 160,000 plying the roads and brought the strategic value of better quality of life, increased productivity and growth.

It is by no means for consumers to utilise any of the component of the MRT system for other purposes than to travel within the 51km line spread through 19 stations, from Sg. Buloh to Kajang.

Media Statement by MRT Corp Director of Communications Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah:

MEDIA RELEASE
SAME TOUCH ‘N GO CARDS NEEDED FOR PARKING AND TRAIN TO GET SPECIAL RATES

Kuala Lumpur, 21 July 2017: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) wishes to address several issues which have arisen following the opening of Park and Ride facilities in conjunction with the commencement of full service of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.

MRT Corp has received several complains from users of the various Park and Ride facilities along the SBK Line of them not being charged the RM4.30 per entry rate and having to pay more despite using the MRT service.

MRT Corp Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah said in order for users to enjoy the RM4.30 per entry rate, the user has to follow several steps.

Firstly, he said users must use the same Touch ‘n Go cards which they had used to enter the Park and Ride, to get on the train by tapping it at the MRT station fare gates.

“The same card used to enter the Park and Ride has also got to be used at the fare gates of the station before boarding the MRT train because this is the only way that we can differentiate who has parked and ridden on the train, and who has not,” he said.

Najmuddin said those who fail to use the same Touch ‘n Go card would unfortunately be charged the full standard hourly parking rates despite taking the train by using a different card or by buying a token.

“Cases of those who used the Park and Ride who were charged the standard hourly rate was mainly due to this,” he said.

In addition to having the use the same card at the Park and Ride and to ride the train, Najmuddin said there were also several other steps which needed to be followed.

He said on the return journey, users must also ensure that the same Touch ‘n Go card is used to exit the station, and then exit the Park and Ride.

“Please take note that tapping in during the first journey, and tapping out during the return journey, has to take place at the same station, which is the MRT station that is attached to the Park and Ride.

“We have had instances where a user took the train at a station attached to a Park and Ride, and then returned to the park and ride by bus. This will result in the standard hourly rate being charged,” he explained.

In addition to this, on the return leg, there is a time limit of two (2) hours between a user tapping out of the fare gates at the MRT station and to exit the Park and Ride.

Users should also be aware that if they use the same Touch ‘n Go card for the Park and Ride to tap in at the fare gates at a station, and then exit the fare gates at the same station without getting out at another station, they will also be charged the standard hourly rate.

“What this means is that if a person enters a station, takes the train everywhere but does not get out at any station, then returns to the station where he or she began the journey and tap out there, he or she will not get the special rate,” he explained.

Dato Najmuddin said MRT Corp will add more signage at the Park and Ride to explain what was needed to be done so that users could enjoy the RM4.30 per entry charge for those who used the MRT service.

“In view of the situation, we urge those who have used the Park and Ride and complied with the steps mentioned above except for the step about using the same card to ride on the train to seek refunds from MRT Corp,” he said.

Please email to mrtparkingfeedback@mymrt.com.my or call the MRT Corp Parking Operations Unit at 03 – 2081 5328 or 03 – 2081 5330.

Najmuddin said this only applied to the Park and Ride at Sungai Buloh, Phileo Damansara, Maluri, Taman Midah, Taman Suntex, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Bukit Dukung and Sungai Jernih.

For the other parking facilities along the SBK Line such as at Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Bandar Utama, Pusat Bandar Damansara, and Kajang; Najmuddin said they were owned and controlled by external parties

“Users can contact their operators of these car parks directly for any issues to be addressed,” he said.

The parking rates for the Park and Ride facilities are attached.

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Someone attempted to abuse the 8,080 parking bays specially built by MRT Corp for MRT commuters but not go on the MRT system. Hence, without using the Touch N Go Card end-to-end (enter and park, ride on MRT, return ride on MRT and exit the parking), one would not enjoy the special rate of RM4.30 whole-day-parking charge.

The fact is that MRT Corp built the huge amount of parking facilities in selected stations just outskirt of the city limits is to encourage commuters to ride on the MRT system instead of drive into the city and add into the congestion.

This parking facilities is being complemented by the 300 feeder buses take would ply each station in the radius of five kilometre, to further provide comprehensiveness of the MRT system which designed as part of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s economic and social transformation agenda.

Government heavily subsidies the MRT system with the fare is only RM5.50 a journey of 51 km from Sg. Buloh to Kajang, in 84 minutes of absolute comfort and precision travel, anytime of the day, any day of the week.

Even during the damnest rush hour, compounded by the worst torrential thunderstorm.

It is a lesson for Malaysians to have the right attitude, now that the Government is doing so much to uplift the quality of life if not brought forth betterment in the growth.

 

Published in: on July 21, 2017 at 17:00  Leave a Comment  

Doomed Three Dog Night

The staunchest supporters of the Opposition are not buying in and having the confidence of the game with the recent development within Pakatan Harapan with the pronouncement of the High Council list.

The Malay Mail Online:

A doomed election strategy

Thursday July 20, 2017
7:27 AM GMT+8

Praba Ganesan

Praba Ganesan is chief executive at KUASA, an NGO using volunteerism to empower the 52 per cent. He believes it is time to get involved. You can contact him at prabaganesan@hotmail.comor follow him on Twitter @prabaganesan

JULY 20 — Within the next 10 months, the 14th general election would have concluded.

Before Muslim fasting begins in May 2018, either Najib Razak has led Barisan Nasional (BN) to 15 straight national victories; or all non-BN parties accumulate 112 or more seats and seek to negotiate a working majority to rule — which includes the possibility of a BN government with the help of others inside Parliament.

This column is not in support of BN. However, it has grave concerns about Pakatan Harapan’s chances reliant on a packed roster with every personality ever to have graced national politics — as long as they are now sworn enemies of the present BN government.

The stratagem is doomed to fail.

If Pakatan delivers, then I’d gladly eat humble pie. I’d concede to the enlightenment a room of aged men brings with their sins adorned on their sleeves.

A window-dressing structure    

I’ve urged for renewal, positing that both Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad’s eras have passed and would be better elders than the tip of Pakatan’s attack.

The notion has been ignored.

In response they offer a leadership structure, which is a sham. It at best only agrees on the order in which leadership names appear on an A4 paper.

Anwar gets to have his name at the top, as de facto leader. He is presently ineligible to contest a parliamentary seat before 2023. The former deputy prime minister has never faced a party challenge since 1993 so he expects the country to have the democratic rigour he appears to disdain for himself.

Mahathir is chairman. He oozes with experience in exerting much power in what were designed as emeritus positions, as evidenced by his decade at Petronas, Proton and Perdana Leadership Foundation.

He was the large shadow over both prime ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak, and only a fool would expect less from the control-freak from Kedah. He took on the mega sized multi-portfolio filled prime minister’s department.

The current situation is easier.

The chairman speaks publically, and the de factor leader passes notes to lawyers and family. An uncomfortable balance presides.

Cue the third name.

To insulate rather than regulate is the layer referred to as coalition president in the guise of Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She won’t harmonise the two men, but rather seek to mitigate Mahathir’s claw for prominence in her husband’s absence by sandwiching him. She may have a position, but she is no match for Dr M’s Hyde.

Which brings us to the deputy presidents; Pribumi president Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

Muhyiddin neither leads his party nor this coalition, Lim’s party faces deregistration as the Registrar of Societies (ROS) predictably squeezes them in an election cycle, and Amana is unsure of its appeal.

The three deputy presidents have four vice-presidents. Which is odd because the PKR man at that level, Azmin Ali, is Selangor’s mentri besar.  His words would be revered by virtue of the richest state’s machinery and resources at his disposal, above those posited on top of him let alone those parallel to him in the leadership chart — Pribumi’s Mukhriz Mahathir, DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen and Amanah’s Salahuddin Ayub.

Saifuddin Abdullah as secretary-general is expected to weld the group together with no elected position in any party, state assembly or the Dewan Rakyat.

M. Kulasegaran is treasurer-general for a coalition which manages its finances at their own parties, which becomes a shy point on what the appointment is supposed to espouse.

The age average is above 60, and only Sarawak’s Chong is under 50 years of age.

Lim Kit Siang lurks in the fringe, Nurul Izzah Anwar is PKR election director and Rafizi Ramli has a separate organisation operating around PKR but with tentacles in other parties with big data he’d insist the leadership structure must adopt.

This is without stating the obvious that there are palpable holes in the Borneo game, a PAS itch no one can scratch and floating policies thin on narratives.

It is clearer by the day, that an actual and not a symbolic power structure with the name at the very top empowered to lead with a mandate is inescapable if Pakatan wants to maximise the personality driven campaign.

The worst kind of egos can rise together if the common enemy is their only objective and they adhere to a leader. This is not the case in this sordid play, instead here it is a powder keg of power-grabs.

We have so many names

What is left then?

In the lead-up to the last general election, a disgraced ex-Selangor mentri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib or popularly referred to as Mike Tyson was paraded about by PAS.

Muhammad’s stars fell when he was in trouble when caught with RM3.8 million travelling to Australia. He was acquitted and served as a minister thereafter.

Within a few years, expressed religious piety and criticism of his former colleagues was seen as adequate to render him as an asset to the cause. He left PAS since for PKR.

Reject BN — with no intention to answer past misdeeds — and you are in, for name recognition is prioritised. No distinction is made between fame and infamy.

Fast forward to 2017, it unravels as the strategy for the coming election.

Accuse BN — as Pakatan has done before — and flaunt the turncoats as irrefutable proof of the charges.

Defend the credibility of Pakatan to govern, by padding up the brochure with the turncoats.

Meet the larger-than-life challenge by displaying Mahathir at every chance, right or wrong, the most talked about Malaysian over the last 40 years stands on a Pakatan Harapan stage now.

The three gaps — incontrovertible evidence of scandal claims, experience at the helm and rock star — are plugged by the new arrivals.

Perfect, to some.

To others, like myself, lift the veil and what remains are some uncomfortable truths.

If turncoats are welcome without disapprobation of their years in power, are scandals malleable to political expedience?

If capacity is not met by the energy of youth unencumbered by the sins of the past, but rather prefer to stuff corrosive waste by-products of an uninspired past as the best solution, those not raised in that toxic period are likely to be unimpressed. Name recognition works both ways.

If shock and awe is to come from a man who disposed a former prime minister through poison letters, then there would be moral questions which would outlast the election result. I have faith in my people, to know why Mahathir loomed over millions of lives mercilessly for decades.

The naïve contention that adding one more name only adds on to vote totals and with zero likelihood to force an equal or more votes to dissipate is what fuels the “crowded roster” strategy.

Perhaps this columnist is old-fashioned to assume leadership has to be relatable rather than manned by personalities. Again, we will all find out in the months to come.

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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The line up itself hardly convincing enough for Pakatan Harapan’s own people to offer to the Malaysian public as the alternative to unseat Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

The Opposition particularly PKR and PAN may face a tough uphill challenge because voters not only want to see the ‘Big Picture’, but also how they can be served.

The Malay Mail Online story:

GE14: The local tipping points

Thursday June 29, 2017
7:59 AM GMT+8

ICYMI

Praba Ganesan

Praba Ganesan is chief executive at KUASA, an NGO using volunteerism to empower the 52 per cent. He believes it is time to get involved. You can contact him at prabaganesan@hotmail.comor follow him on Twitter @prabaganesan

JUNE 29 — Tip O’Neill is attributed with the saying, “All politics is local.”

I understand we currently are not fans of meddlesome Americans, but perhaps our country’s politicians might want to reflect on the sage advice from the late Speaker of the US House of Representative.

Tip knew a thing or two about winning, and losing.

As we enter the one-year cycle where an election must be had, the lonely thoughts of politicians must surely be turned toward the electorate. The General Election — a day long snapshot of registered voters who oblige the Election Commission and turn up at their designated voting centre with the appropriate identification — will determine who will inherit the 112 parliamentary seats necessary to elect a prime minister.

The prime minister determines the fate of Malaysia.

But before we get all sanctimonious about change and destiny, it all falls back to the local seat and the specifics of the constituency.

I say it again, it’s all local.

Familiarity to the locality and the locality’s familiarity with the candidate will matter massively anytime; but when compounded with an increasingly demanding electorate interacting with social media, this election will have a huge local tangent to it. There are 222 different elections deciding one prime minister.

But why is that understanding not widespread?

General Elections appear not to be localised because of one thing, coverage.

Local news chapters are rare, like the Ipoh Echo, and therefore specialisations are lacking. The major print companies do have presence in key towns outside Kuala Lumpur providing content for regional editions, but they are limited operations. Add to the politicisation of these publications, local news travels via person to person conversations.

In an election, national news companies would be stretched with even the office accountant liable to be sent out to cover the 222 parliamentary and four hundred plus assembly seats. Local news is not invisible to locals, but it is to the national audience. The exaggerated interest in national leaders, amplifies the value of the national campaign as opposed to the events transpiring within the constituency.

But by how much?

The local effect

Khalid Ibrahim won the Ijok state seat in 2008, after losing a by-election there in 2007 to the same opponent K.Parthiban. Five years later, after completing his first term as the non-Umno mentri besar with state sentiments in support for the-defunct Pakatan Rakyat, Khalid’s hometown Ijok would seem a quintessential safe seat.

It wasn’t, because word was rife that he would lose if he stayed on.

While Khalid ran Selangor, the voters in Ijok mattered more than how the other 55 seats in the state felt about the man.

The mentri besar contested in Port Klang instead.

In Kedah’s Kulim Bandar Baru, PKR Secretary-General Saifuddin Nasution was defeated in 2013.

It was unexpected since he was facing Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir, the loser to the often derided Zulkifli Noordin in 2008. Saifuddin was the national face, and three time candidate in the state. Perhaps the voters in Kulim did not see enough of Saifuddin or cared little about his appearances on the national stage, for they turned their backs on him.

In the same general election, a different Saifuddin — Abdullah — lost in Temerloh to PAS youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi despite being well-covered as deputy higher education minister, a Twitter celebrity and well-liked by young people across the country. Unfortunately, he failed to muster enough young and old votes in his Pahang constituency to fight off the Islamist firebrand.

Saifuddin Abdullah has since left Umno and now is on the other side as secretary general of Pakatan Harapan.

To top it off, constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari put his name on the ballot in his hometown of Sabak Bernam in Selangor and duly lost to his less regarded opponent Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh.

Several of these races swung awkwardly, even though the candidates appeared in strong stead from the national telescope.

Which is why some of us are left scratching our heads when getting the results.

Sadly for the candidates, politics did end up local.

All Putrajaya, pitchforks too

In the flurry of opposition leaders putting out their analyses on why person A from party X trumps person B from party Y, the local game is steadily falling into a secondary concern.

The imagining that Gerik, Terengganu Hulu, Bentong and Alor Gajah can wait and be served in the short window after dissolution is foolhardy at best. These voters are not carbon copies of their parents, and they are most demonstrably fickle.

Of course in the lead-up to voting day, all candidates discard their business suits and miraculously find worn out shoes. But in 2018, will days be enough?

This belated approach seems out of touch, just like many candidates.

To build consensus on local issues, over an ageing bridge or reinvigorating local activities, it takes time. Issues can’t just be subsumed by an arriving aspirant because there is electoral gaiety.

The locals are invested in the issues, they’d like their champions to be invested too.

There are examples of parachute candidates succeeding, but always these stories are accompanied by evidence that their opponents are new as well or been around but withdrawn from the people.

The overconcentration of interest to the power negotiations will wane efforts in the constituency, which is the ballgame.

This is a timely reminder to those in the game to recalibrate to the 222 contests as individual challenges rather than rely purely on the pull of national issues cutting through all concerns. In a close race, it is almost always the local considerations swaying votes to help one candidate over the finishing line.

Early candidate announcement, constituency service hours clocked and coffees shared in late night sessions may have a larger impact than what many think.

But of all currencies, time is one which is most appreciated.

While all politics is local, the information about it being local is well-documented and discussed. It’s time politicians woke up to the truth in it.

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Of course, the offering for the voters are not just the face, personality, ability and aptitude and attitude, but the plan as well.

A mandate offering is worthless without where to go, how to get there and who is actually going to oversee these journey and realisation of objectives.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Why election manifestos are important

Friday July 14, 2017
9:23 AM GMT+8

Boo Su-Lyn

Boo Su-Lyn is a feminist who loves reading fiction. She tweets at @boosulyn.

JULY 14 — When I wrote a story illustrating the Pakatan Harapan parties’ stand on various issues, some Opposition supporters were apparently upset and somehow perceived the article as an attack on the coalition.

I used to believe that it didn’t matter what political parties stood for as long as there was a change in government, because I thought back then that real competition would force both sides to come up with better policies.

I don’t believe that now.

There is no reason why we should shortchange ourselves and vote for a party or coalition seeking to be Malaysia’s first ever alternate government without demanding for substantive pledges of reform.

This is the 21st century.

Malaysian politicians and parties should not act as if the country is still fresh from independence and use racial/religious campaigning, instead of focusing on policy-based ideologies like the mature democracies Malaysia hopes to join ranks with.

The article I wrote shows clearly that PKR, DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) do not wish to take firm stances on issues which they believe (rightly or wrongly) will offend the Malay-Muslim electorate, such as whether they will abolish Bumiputera policies, enhance Muslims’ personal liberties, protect the rights of non-Muslims in the issue of unilateral child conversions to Islam, or even something as basic as reviving local council elections.

Although the DAP may say that the English subject should be made a compulsory pass in SPM, for example, the fact that the four parties are contesting the 14th general elections as one big coalition, not as singular parties, means that their individual party stands don’t mean anything.

Voting for DAP means voting for PPBM and vice versa.

And right now, we don’t really know what Pakatan Harapan as a whole stands for aside from their wanting to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and to return the money stolen from 1MDB to the people (how exactly, we don’t know).

It is also dishonest for political parties to be ambiguous on issues of race and religion.

Muslims have the right to know if Shariah enforcement will remain just as excessive under the current Barisan Nasional (BN) government or if it will be relaxed in a Harapan administration. All Malaysians deserve to know if Bumiputera policies will be gradually dismantled in a Harapan government, or if they will be retained despite their obvious ineffectiveness.

Keeping silent on those issues means Pakatan Harapan is essentially lying to Malaysians, some of whom might not vote for them if they picked one stand over the other.

Political parties cannot please everyone. Taking a stand on anything will invariably turn off some people.

But in a democracy, voters have the right to know what exactly their candidates stand for. Otherwise, why bother voting at all? How can we judge their performance in government when we don’t know what their pledges are to begin with?

The lack of a manifesto from both Harapan and BN, when GE14 is due in about a year, shows that both sides do not expect to be judged and elected based on their policies and ideology, but based on their racial and religious identity.

It is not enough either to campaign solely on one’s promise to fight corruption because all political parties claim to be cleaner than the other.

What happens after embezzled funds are returned to the people? How will the country be governed in other sectors like the economy, education, healthcare, and security, just to name a few?

Pakatan Harapan’s refusal to spell out how they will tackle racial and religious issues means they are ideologically similar to BN and PAS, all conservative across the board and predisposed to their own community.

How is that change?

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Former MP for Petaling Jaya and DAP Publicity Chief Dr Kua Kia Soong issued a voracious attack against Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on his proclamation to be Pakatan Harapan “Top Dog”.

MAHATHIR AS THE TOP DOG OF PAKATAN HARAPAN: AN UTTER BETRAYAL OF REFORMASI

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, Suaram Adviser, 20 July 2017

It was bad enough when Pakatan Harapan made an alliance with the unrepentant former autocrat, but now that Mahathir has been made the ‘top dog’ of the coalition, it is the biggest betrayal of the Reformasi Movement yet.

Well, now that Mahathir has been made the Chairman of the coalition, Pakatan Harapan will have to answer for all his scandals. PH must be prepared for more than the RM30 billion forex losses incurred during Mahathir’s term.

It is not as if the former Prime Minister had sincerely become a ‘born-again democrat’ by showing a sliver of contrition, but up to now, he has not. He is not sorry for the white terror of Operation Lalang; for the political conspiracy against Anwar Ibrahim and saying on record that the latter is morally unfit to be PM because he is a womaniser and sodomiser; for squandering more than RM100 billion in the financial scandals during his term in office through crony capitalism and bailing out failed businessmen including his son…

The litany of woes inflicted under Mahathir’s rule has been well-documented and every community has its story: The 10,000 indigenous peoples who were forcibly displaced from their ancestral homes in Bakun in order to make way for yet another of Mahathir’s grandiose dam projects at a time when the project had been suspended during the financial crisis in 1998; the Indian plantation workers whose communities were destroyed through Mahathir’s neo-liberal capitalist policies and who were forced to become urban settlers; the needless communal controversies created around mother tongue education during the eighties including the Unified Examination Certificate in 1975, the National Culture Policy, the unqualified school administrators sent to Chinese schools in 1987, and others.

Let us not forget that Mahathir was also the first Prime Minister to claim that Malaysia is an Islamic state and as recently as the 2013 general election, criticised Najib for wasting public money on the Chinese voters after they had voted for the Opposition. He is also the top dog in the new ‘Pribumi’ party which is only open to ‘Pribumis’ no less.

You have to be a “Zombie Democrat” to accept such a party into the coalition that is supposed to embody the Reformasi Movement! Do the PH leaders still remember what their Reformasi programme stands for?

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On this side, though situation have significantly improved as compared as two years ago this very month when the ‘rebellion within’ trying to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was quashed, things could be much better.

A serious transformation is required, particularly on the offering of leaders for the voters to consider.

The Star story:

Analysis

Sunday, 9 July 2017

More is not merrier in Sabah

 

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Heartland politics: The Kadazandusuns are quite cohesive as a cultural group but their political alliances are all over the place.

Heartland politics: The Kadazandusuns are quite cohesive as a cultural group but their political alliances are all over the place.

The Kadazandusuns say they are ready for change but their votes are split multiple ways every general election, many of their political leaders have overstayed while the younger generation feel disconnected with the leadership.

DATUK Henrynus Amin has gone from being a small fish in a big pond to being a big fish in a small pond.

Henrynus always wears this big smile and he is one of those rare thinking politicians. He was also a big name in Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) until a few years ago when he was sidelined after losing in a fight for the No. 2 post in the Kadazandusun-based party.

He is now president of Pakar, the newest political party in an already over-crowded field in Sabah.

His friends were not surprised about his latest venture but there was dismay within the segment of the Kadazandusun community who are rooting for change in the general election.

The Kadazandusun vote is already split multiple ways and Pakar has further jumbled up the situation.

Or as Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has said: “The more the merrier”.

The irony is that during his time in PBS, Henrynus had tried to persuade the three Kadazandusun-based parties in Barisan Nasional – PBS, PBRS and Upko – to merge into a single entity so that the community would have a more unified and stronger voice.

When it failed, he took his unity project to the opposition parties but that also went nowhere.

So what happens? He goes off to form a new party to add to the carnival.

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Henrynus: Leading a new political party in a crowded field.

Henrynus: Leading a new political party in a crowded field.

Henrynus is known for his grassroots politics and broad Christian network. He said Pakar would be launched in the Kadazandusun heartland of Keningau where the legendary “Batu Sumpah” is located and where more about his new party would be revealed.

Kadazandusun leaders often talk about strength in unity but the trouble is that everyone wants to be the big boss. If they cannot become the leader in the party, they form a new party where they can be the leader or they join another party to get what they want.

The phenomenon is not unique to Sabah, it used to be rampant in the peninsula too until it dawned on politicians that voters are not into mosquito parties nor do they trust politicians who hop here and there.

“Henrynus is trying to provide an alternative to younger professionals who are critical of the ruling party but whether he can leverage on it to win in the general election is another thing,” said political analyst Dr Arnold Puyok.

The Kadazandusun vote is a matter of concern for Barisan Nasional. Although Barisan won most of the Kadazandusun seats in the last general election, a number of the seats were won with markedly reduced majorities.

“All the state and parliamentary seats dominated by the Kadazandusun can be considered marginal seats for Barisan, meaning that they can go either way. There are no safe seats for Barisan in the Kadazandusun areas. Our studies show that Kadazandusun support is tilted to the opposition,” said Dr Puyok.

Kadazandusun intellectuals like Prof Felix Tongkul is convinced that the community is ready for change.

“Even in the last election, they were ready for something else,” said Tongkul, who is Sabah’s foremost earthquake expert.

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Dr Arnold Puyok

Dr Arnold: The Kadazandusuns are looking for a hero figure.

He said the signal was clear as daylight in 2013 when then Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok lost in Penampang to PKR newcomer Darrel Leiking who has since hopped over to Parti Warisan.

The Penampang defeat was a metaphor of the turbulence among the Kadazandusuns. The affable Dompok had so much going for him – he was the incumbent, a federal minister and he had met the Pope twice – yet he lost badly to Leiking.

But despite the overwhelming mood for change, to “tukaron bangkad” or change the shirt, the opposition parties won only five state seats and one parliamentary seat.

The Kadazandusun, said Dr Puyok, are quite cohesive as a cultural group but there is no individual figure to bring them together as a political grouping.

“There is no such thing as total unity in any community but there are too many leaders with their own interests and agenda,” said the Unimas senior lecturer in politics.

Or as Tongkul put it: “They want change but what’s the alternative? That’s when people scratch their heads.”

There are some 28 political parties in Sabah of which at least six are led by Kadazandusun figures. But the opposition parties seem unable to strike an agreement on seats.

It was every man for himself in the 2013 election and the circus of multi-cornered fights resulted in Barisan winning the state with a two-thirds majority.

The signs, said Dr Puyok, are pointing to a repeat performance in the 14th general election.

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Darrel: Warisan deputy president set to retain Penampang seat.

Darrel: Warisan deputy president set to retain Penampang seat.

The Kadazandusun’s disgruntlement with the ruling coalition range from the perception that they are marginalised in the civil service to issues of native customary land rights and religious freedom. Many of them are also unable to accept that the Federal Government calls the shots on policies affecting the state.

At one stage, the notion of secession was quite popular but that has tapered off. Reality has sunk in following the spate of kidnappings and intrusions on its eastern shores.

Sabahans realise that they need the military and federal might to safeguard their security especially with the IS-held Marawi just a boat ride away.

The religion factor cannot be discounted. Christians and Muslims have become more conscious of their respective religions. The Christians are also starting to wear their religion on their sleeves.

The mountainous road that winds from the west to the east of Sabah is dotted with the blue and white signboards indicating the presence of Catholic churches. There must have been about 80 such signs which were reportedly erected by a cancer survivor as a testimony of his faith and gratitude.

But it was also a sign of the far-reaching church network among the community.

The Kadazandusun are also quite envious of Sarawak’s ability to close its borders and the way the indigenous leaders speak up. Most of all, they envy Sarawak for being able to keep out Umno.

The anti-Umno sentiment is quite strong among them. They equate Umno’s entry into Sabah to the dilution of Kadazandusun control over state affairs and political power.

They have not forgiven Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for “Project IC”, a covert operation granting citizenship to illegal immigrants so as to offset the Kadazandusun population.

They blame Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as being instrumental in bringing down the PBS government in 1994 and which paved the way for Umno’s entry.

Even Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal is still trying to shake off his past ties with Umno.

The undercurrent to this litany of anti-federal sentiment is that many Kadazandusun are probably still hankering for the good old days when they were the king of the hill and when their leaders controlled the state government.

But the past is unlikely to be recaptured because Muslim-majority seats now outnumber Kadazandusun seats.

Part of the discontent also has to do with the growing gap between the younger cohort and the political leaders from the community. Old is not necessarily gold in politics, many leaders have overstayed and they lost touch with contemporary expectations.

An aide to a Sabah minister said that the disconnect is all too real because 40% of Sabah constituents are below 40 years of age.

Opposition parties, on the other hand, are still dominated by figures who had fallen out with the ruling coalition or what some call “recycled politicians”.

The opposition also has its share of people who are past their shelf life and they know who they are.

The community’s most famous politician Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, has indicated that he will not be contesting the next election. His exit will mark the end of an era but it will also set the stage for others to make way for younger faces.

Another over-stayer, PBRS president Datuk Seri Joseph Kurup, is said to be grooming his young and handsome son, Arthur, to contest the election. Upko’s Dompok would probably be making another go at it if he had not been defeated in 2013.

It is quite ironic that the Kadazandusun who are so suspicious of Umno are now interested in Parti Warisan which is led by Shafie, a former Umno leader.

Shafie’s events in Kadazandusun areas are still drawing huge crowds and they seem to love him. His events are well-organised and he evidently has a considerable war chest.

But a Kuching-based journalist who has seen it all said the Barisan side has yet to show their hand.

“Shafie may have a huge gas tank, but the other side probably has a gas field,” said the journalist.

It is going to be another over-crowded political carnival in Sabah.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2017/07/09/more-is-not-merrier-in-sabah-the-kadazandusuns-say-they-are-ready-for-change-but-their-votes-are-spl/#mkv1qzByd62go00U.99

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Seemingly, in the combined complex variation of the uneasiness and distrust marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strage-bedfellows, rebellion within Pakatan Harapan component parties, unravelling of the lies and slanders against Prime Minister Najib and 1MDB issues are not actually scandals but problems, the tide has turned.

It is for BN advisers to take heed and make the necessary planning, ahead of the much anticipated 14GE.

Published in: on July 21, 2017 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

That Dog won’t hunt!

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted he is the Pakatan Harapan Mongrel, which indirectly is giving away that he would come in as the “Seventh Prime Minister” in the event the Opposition wrest power and an abstract actually being the sledge dog powering the Chinese Chauvinists of DAP to come into power.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 | MYT 5:24 PM

Dr M: I’m top dog in Pakatan Harapan

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is the “top dog” in Pakatan Harapan by virtue of his appointment as chairman of the Opposition coalition.

“I am one of the leaders but it is agreed that I am the chairman. I will chair the presidential council and to a certain extent in the hierarchy in Pakatan, I’m a top dog there, lah,” he told a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here Tuesday.

Dr Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, was replying to a question whether his position was equivalent to that of prime minister designate.

The veteran statesman was recently appointed Pakatan chairman, with his former nemesis, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, named the de-facto leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail the president.

Dr Mahathir had reportedly said that the everyone in the pact was “equal among each other”.

Pressed further, Dr Mahathir said a country could not have three prime ministers at the same time.

“Now, there’s only one prime minister. There’s a need of a leader to lead the respective parties,” he said, adding there was no problem between him and Dr Wan Azizah in terms of hierarchy.

“Even in Pribumi, we have a chairman and a president, who is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. But have you seen us fighting with each other? No,” he said.

Earlier at the press conference, Dr Mahathir challenged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to a debate, adding it could serve as an opportunity for both of them to clear their names.

The Nothing To Hide 2.0 debate was proposed to be held on Aug 13 in Shah Alam.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/18/mahathir-mohamad-top-dog-in-pakatan/#21boFGTF52kUB4PR.99

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On 14 July 2017, Dr Mahathir made the call during a media conference for Pakatan Rakyat and announced the ‘New Structure of High Council’.

Top nine out of twelve Pakatan Harapan High Council positions are the Malays. The Chinese, both representative of DAP, only have two seats. None from PKR.

It is very suspicious because the Chinese Chauvinist party contributed 42% of Pakatan Harapan MPs. To be exact, 30 out of 88 MPs are DAP of Chinese ethnicity. This is the drama to front the Malays, to realise power.

 

Pakatan Harapan High Council

It is the fact that DAP has almost exhausted its ability to amass votes from the Malaysian Chinese. Any increase of votes for them would not translate to additional Parliamentary seats they can garner.

Hence, for the Chinese Chauvinists DAP to come to power, they need the Malay votes.

At large, the Malays are very suspicious and distrust the DAP, for the explicit reasons of their glaring Chinese Chauvinism, Anti-Malay and Anti-Islam traits for the past half a century.

His Majesty the King wouldn’t accommodate Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

DAP never made attempt to dispel this and their traits are urban legend, demonstrated too many times all over Malaysia.

These Chinese Chauvinists DAP needed the right ‘Trojan Horse’ to penetrate into the Malay hinterland votes. They tried but failed to get it through Anwar Ibrahim nor PAS, since 10 GE in November 1999.

Dr. Mahathir is the perfect opportunity to realise that. In his personal vendetta and massive bruised ego to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, the third Barisan Nasional Chairman fostered a working relationship and announced it prior to his ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ March 2016.

PAS splinter, rejected and dejected leaders formed Parti Amanah Rakyat (PAN), which  never had the ability to garner the Malay votes. In fact, they are struggling to win over the support of PAS supporters and sympathisers.

The Kedah born “Recalcitrant” politician even tried to sell his ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ lemon to then His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV, who is also HRH Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah, to oust Prime Minister Najib.

When cornered by journalists, he caveated his earlier masked statement about assuming to be the “Seventh Prime Minister”.

In last Friday’s media conference, Dr. Mahathir spoke about sexual deviant convict Anwar Ibrahim to be the “Eight Prime Minister”. He even revealed the plan on how the PKR de facto leader, to come back into mainstream politics.

The Rakyat especially the Malays would not be easily hoodwinked by seemingly compulsive liar Dr. Mahathir with his perpetuated lies and drama again.

More over, he is now a Chinese Chauvinists DAP puppet and trying to sell the Malay out by using his clout as a Statesman would no longer sell, despite he managed to get some of the majority sown into hatred against Prime Minister Najib, UMNO and BN.

Then again, in the heat of then the unresolved 1MDB woes the Malays were put to the test and prevailed.

*Updated midnight

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 18, 2017 at 21:00  Comments (5)  

Modern Rakyat Transportation

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak officially launched the Mass Rapid Transport SBK route from Sungei Buloh to Kajang this afternoon, making a landmark of moving Malaysia forward and Lembah Klang a more liveable and productive urban area.

Astro Awang story:

MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang opens today, benefits 1.2 million people

MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang opens today, benefits 1.2 million people

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abd Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor during the launch of the MRT SBK line at the Tun Razak Exchange Station today. – Astro AWANI / SHAHIR OMAR

KUALA LUMPUR: The launching of the second phase of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line today might just change the lives of some 1.2 million people staying near the facility around Klang Valley.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said apart from saving time and cost, the world class infrastructure system also acts as a catalyst of change for the people.

He said around 400,000 commuters are expected to use the 51 km route every day.”A four-coached train will be able to give a comfortable ride to some 1,200 commuters. Imagine the space needed if each and every one of them continue to use their own vehicles to commute to work.

“If the commuters were to leave their cars at home and take the train, imagine the empty space that we could have on the roads, and vehicle owners could also save time and cost,” he said after launching the new route at the Tun Razak Exchange Station here today.

Apart from offering free rides along the MRT SBK line today, Najib also announced a 50 per cent discount on the fares for the MRT, LRT and Monorail services for all users from tomorrow to Aug 31 in conjunction with the independence anniversary of the country.

The SBK line has 19 stations and will start operations at 4pm today. It will also have seven transit stations to existing rail services.

This project also could have a positive effect on the environment because 160,000 vehicles in the Klang Valley were expected to be off the roads, thus reducing 752,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission annually.

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The 51 km line, which part completion from Sungei Buloh to Semantan was opened since 16 Dec 2016, is the answer to reduce 160,000 vehicles entering the Kuala Lumpur city limits.
There 19 stations along the SBK line where seven of them are underground. The fully air-conditioned and all the necessary amenities underground stations are designed to move 1200 passengers for each train set comprises of four carriage, at the interval of 3-4 minutes during peak time.

At the moment, there is even 4G Maxis line connectivity in the underground stations, which include the deepest of all, the TRX station at 44 metres below road level (14 floors).
It is very modern and unsurpassed compared to any global system of equivalent.
The Star story:

Monday, 17 July 2017 | MYT 3:56 PM

Najib: Malaysia’s MRT is world class

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was told Malaysia’s MRT is better the MRTs in London, New York and Hong Kong and at par with that of Singapore.

The Prime Minister said he had spoken to someone who had travelled on other MRTs and the man said Malaysia’s system is among the best in the world.

“I said, let’s try to do a ranking of MRT stations to find out where we stand in the world? The person said we are better than London, we are better than New York, we are better than Hong Kong, and we are at par with Singapore,” said Najib said in his speech when launching Phase Two of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (MRT SBK) line here.

Najib did not reveal the identity of the man, but said that he felt enormous pride and personal satisfaction over the completion of the MRT project.

“As Malaysians, we can stand tall today that we have a world class project for the people. We are seeing not just the MRT but the shape of the future of Malaysia before our eyes,” Najib said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/17/najib-malaysias-mrt-better-than-london-new-york-hong-kong/#EMvqgteDEGU0ReQG.99

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The MRT SBK line is very strategic because it passes high density suburban areas through the city centre and back into suburban areas.

It origins from Sungei Buloh, Kota Damansara, Damansara Utama-Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Section 16, Bangsar-Damansara Heights through the heart of the city such as KL Central (through Muzium Negara), Merdeka Statdium, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) and all along the highly congested road of Kuala Lumpur-Kajang, passing through major Tamans.

Along the SBK route, there are 40 institution of education and 40 malls within five hundred yards of the stations.

It is the cheapest transportation system in the country where Prasarana would charge the rate of 10 sen per kilometre. A journey from Stadium Kajang to the city is now for RM3.80, for travel time of 34 minutes, anytime of the day.

 

 

 

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