Duty of correspondence: Facts over opinion

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak reminded journos to correspond responsibly based on facts and not manipulated information based on half truths and/or unverified sources.

NST story:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2016. Pix by Yusni Ariffin

KUALA LUMPUR: The media play an important role in helping the people distinguish between facts and wild allegations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2016 tonight, he said the media is free to disagree with the government but it should be based on facts.

“You don’t have to agree all the time with the government but please disagree on facts, not on wild allegations.

“I admit that the era of ‘government knows all’ is over and there are weaknesses here and there but I will not accept completely unfounded allegations.

“(To the media).. please help me distinguish between wild allegations and facts as we owe it to the country and the people,” he said at the event, held at the Shangri-La Hotel here.

Najib pointed out that there were unfair allegations from a former leader on the investments made by the current government but not the previous governments.

“Why the double standards? This is a question that we must ask.

“Truth is something that we hold on to and the people will use it to decide what is good for them, the society and the country,” he said.

Malaysia, Najib said, has a bright future ahead and the people must reject baseless accusations thrown at the government.

“Do not say that we are a failed state or on the verge of bancruptcy. We must unequivocally reject these baseless accusations.

“We will work as hard as we can to make Malaysia a top 20 nation in 30 years,” he added.

Present were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and MPI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya.

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And The Sun Daily:

PM Najib reminds media of its duty in distinguishing wild allegations from facts

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak delivering his speech during the 2017 Malaysian Press Night and 2016 MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2017 — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has reminded the media of its “instrumental” duty in distinguishing wild allegations from facts.

He said while he was willing to accept flaws and weaknesses in the government, he will not accept wild allegations which are unfounded.

“I do not expect the media to agree with the government on everything.

“But please disagree on facts and not wild baseless allegations,” he said in his speech during the 2017 Malaysian Press Night and 2016 MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards presentation at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Friday night.

Also present was the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) chief executive officer Datuk Chamil Wariya.

Citing instances when news regarding the alleged presence of 40,000 Bangladeshi phantom voters during the 13th General Election had hit social media, Najib said it would be an impossible task given the logistics.

“It would take 100 jumbo jets each carrying 400 passengers to make that happen, which is impossible to go undetected,” he said.

He also pointed the deal between Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco to invest US$7 billion (RM30.8 billion) into an oil refinery and petrochemical project in Johor which almost did not get through due to the initial perception that the country was on the verge of bankruptcy.

“The government’s opponents often prefer not to engage with us on facts.

“They create false propaganda, some of which sadly gains traction internationally,” he said.

Noting the current crisis affecting the print media due to emergence of online media, Najib said there will always be a way for the print media to emerge stronger with better strategies.

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It is obvious that Prime Minister Najib acknowledge and respect the power of public opinion, especially in the age of information where technology enabled information and content to be seamless spread at unimaginable speed and reach.

However, if and when the journos continue to be a tool of ‘Fake News’ and extend stories with manipulated and fabricated information, lies and slander, then it would add confusion to the public.

This is because most public do not have the resources, which include time, to verify what have been published through media.

Of course there would be the argument of taking legal steps to straightened out issues but as the ‘benefit of first strike’ would already form the the under lay of opinion for many.

As the popular saying does, “It is cheaper to get things right the first time around”.

Right and accurate stories are very important element for market confidence in any tactical and strategic move by the Government for its people. Particularly, in any social economic development programs.

Otherwise and the incessant continuance to harp on stories based on manipulated and fabricated information, lies and slanders is what Prime Minister Najib describe as “National saboteur”.

Example of exactly a month ago, compounding bad journalism about the Malaysian economy going south, insolvent and lies and slander about Government leaders practice kleptocracy almost lost the RM7 billion deal Petronas was negotiation with Saudi Aramco for RAPID.

Some Malaysian media provide the coverage of stories about errand Malaysian Opposition personalities going abroad to incessantly bad mouth many aspects about the country, people, administration, judiciary and worse of all, economy.

Even meeting business leaders and academias, they openly proclaim that the “Malaysian economy is bankrupt”.

Some Malaysian media extend the severity of these lies by continue printing and harping these stories despite information proclaimed by these so few ‘unpatriotic’ elements are totally baseless.

Extend a lie is as good as making the lie. At that moment, media is an extension of mala fide of an Oppositions’ political agenda, which is to realise a win by the way of demonisation strategy.

It is a fair comment for Prime Minister Najib to engage the media community and put forth his position of tolerance against ‘Fake News’.

Published in: on April 22, 2017 at 09:00  Comments (1)  

Sinking before set sail

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s & Co. personal agenda formalised through Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has shown that it cannot hold water and rats are scuttling ship as it sinks, because of unhealthy practices such as cronyism and nepotism.

Founding member and Central Working Committeeman Kamarulzaman Habibur Rahman called a media conference to announce his resignation, expresses his deep disappointment against the President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin and Deputy President Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir for very unhealthy practices.

“We have vision how to make PPBM successful. However, bit by bit negative elements start to creep in. I started to realise in PPBM, there is distinction between classes and caste. Those who knows personally the President, Deputy President and Secretary General would earn a place of the higher class”.

He also added “Those who can work are treated like second class!”.

Jumlah ahli PPBM Kedah yang berdaftar

A party formed out of disappointment by disappointed former UMNO leaders and members naturally would be disappointing and brought upon further disappointment especially to the grassroots because of its unholy original ill intention.

There are a lot of stories of internal squabble now that the party is trying too hard to form footing with the appointment of protem chiefs and committee members.

Considering the party hardly able to build a good footing and strengthen its membership even in the home state of the Chairman and Deputy President, it is doubtful it would be better elsewhere.

It is not surprising at all that the ship taken in water and now started sinking, even before it set sail for battle.

Quad erat demonstratum.

Published in: on April 20, 2017 at 00:20  Comments (4)  

Phase II, ‘Carve Out and Compete’

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announces the Second Phase of the Bumiputra Transformation Economic Roadmap (BTER) as part of the Bumiputra Agenda, which encompass the strategy of ‘Carve Out and Compete’.

Five main thrusts define the strategy;

  1. Economies and scale and passage to grow. Bumiputra corporations would be supported, facilitated and encouraged to grow into the market.
  2. Empowering the talents of Bumiputra. Government would make it a national agenda to facilitate and support the building of talents amongst Bumiputra, in any fields be it academic, commercial, science and technology, professional, arts and culture and sports
  3. Improve the resilience of Bumiputra entrepreneurs. Special programs such as Skim Jejak Jaya Bumiputra identify highly potential Bumiputra companies and being nurtured with the target to be listed in Bursa Malaysia.
  4. Enabling the social mobility amongst Bumiputra. Bumiputra entrepreneurs would be facilitated and supported to explore and strengthen their trade beyond our waters, as part of the social mobility transformation plan with increasing the quality of life to another level.
  5. The holistic transformation for the Bumiputra

‘Carve Out and Compete’ is basically to carve out portion of the economic cake to be set aside for Bumiputra entrepreneurs and they would utilise this opportunity to grow and compete their trade for their keep.

It is sophisticated affirmative action as a multiplication effect for Bumiputra entrepreneurs to make up for the opportunity available in the market and further on, explore elsewhere.

Prime Minister Najib earlier said that since the Transformation Agenda was first laid and realised, the household income of a Bumiputra family 2012-2014  had risen by 24%.

He also stressed to ensure the interests of the Bumiputra, be it in the urban or rural, Muslim or Non Muslim, would continuously be looked after and transformed, with no expense to any quarters.

It is not just a ‘Bumiputra Agenda’ but actually, ‘National Agenda’.

The full text of Prime Minister Najib’s speech:

  • Sila Semak Semasa Penyampaian

    UCAPAN OLEH

    YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK

    PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA

    MAJLIS PELANCARAN

    HALATUJU TRANSFORMASI EKONOMI BUMIPUTERA 2.0

    PADA 19 APRIL 2017 (RABU), PUKUL 3.30 PETANG

    DI DEWAN UTAMA, PUSAT KONVENSYEN KUALA LUMPUR (KLCC)

    KUALA LUMPUR

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil A’lamin wa biHi Nastai’n,

Ucapan selawat dan salam ke atas Nabi Muhammad SAW,

 

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

Salam Sejahtera, Salam Negaraku dan Salam 1Malaysia,

 

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi;

Timbalan Perdana Menteri,

 

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan;

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri,

 

Yang Berhormat Menteri-Menteri dan Timbalan-Timbalan Menteri,

 

Ahli-ahli Majlis Ekonomi Bumiputera,

 

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Husni Salleh;

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif TERAJU,

 

Seterusnya, Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan serta Rakyat Malaysia Yang Dikasihi Sekalian,

 

  1. Pertama sekali, marilah sama-sama memanjatkan rasa syukur ke hadrat Allah Hu Taa’la, di atas limpah Izin dan KurniaNya, dapatlah kita berhimpun pada petang yang berbahagia ini, di Dewan Utama Pusat Konvensyen Kuala Lumpur, bagi menjayakan satu majlis yang amat bererti kepada Bumiputera, Malaysia.

 

  1. Sesungguhnya, saya diberitahu, di hadapan saya ini antaranya terdiri daripada lebih kurang 1,500 orang hadirin, yang majoritinya merupakan direct beneficiaries atau penerima langsung manfaat kepada program-program Kerajaan, atau dalam ertikata lain, tuan-tuan dan puan-puan adalah saksi dan bukti terhadap pelbagai usaha Kerajaan, dalam memperkasakan Agenda Bumiputera.

 

  1. Makanya, program hari ini, sebenarnya adalah susulan daripada inisiatif Halatuju Transformasi Ekonomi Bumiputera pada tahun 2011, yang kemudiannya diperkukuhkan lagi dalam satu majlis bersejarah pada 14 September 2013, iaitu Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera di Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam.

 

  1. Sebelum saya berbicara lebih lanjut, elok dihimbau daripada segi sejarahnya, dasar berkaitan Bumiputera yakni Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang lebih dikenali sebagai DEB, telah digagaskan oleh Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak, pada tahun 1971.

 

  1. Dasar ini telah terbina sebagai satu instrumen untuk mengimbangi jurang antara kaum yang meruncing ketika itu sehingga terjadinya rusuhan, baru kira kira 12 tahun selepas negara mencapai kemerdekaan.

 

  1. Realitinya, Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan, walaupun dasar ini telah berlangsung secara rasminya sehingga awal 1990an, namun secara umumnya, bukan sahaja roh dan semangat, bahkan prinsip serta falsafah DEB masih kekal membara dan berhembus segar, terus dilaksanakan sehingga ke hari ini.

 

  1. Di era 1990an, membawa kepada tahun 2010, pelbagai wawasan, dasar dan misi Nasional, telah terus berkesinambungan, melaksanakan Agenda Bumiputera.

 

  1. Justeru, selepas saya mengambil alih kepimpinan negara selaku Perdana Menteri, saya melihat inisiatif, prakarsa dan perjuangan terhadap kepentingan Bumiputera, sewajibnya terus menjadi Agenda Utama.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Sesungguhnya, justifikasi kepada kenapa pihak Kerajaan mesti prihatin dan memikul tanggungjawab yang besar terhadap Agenda Bumiputera, adalah kerana menurut statistiknya, terkini, daripada segi jumlah kependudukannya pun, masyarakat Bumiputera mewakili seramai 6 peratus daripada keseluruhan rakyat Malaysia yang berjumlah 31.7 juta orang.

 

  1. Diunjurkan pula, jumlah ini akan mencecah 69.1 peratus, kira-kira 3 tahun dari sekarang, dan apabila tibanya tahun 2030, akan mencapai 7 peratus.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Bercakap tentang Bumiputera dan tuntutan untuk memelihara kepentingannya, ia sangat jelas termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan antaranya melalui Perkara 153, yang menyebut bahawa, hak-hak keistimewaan orang-orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, baik di Semenanjung, Sabah mahupun Sarawak,…

 

mesti dilindungi, mesti dipelihara dan semestinya dipertahankan sampai bila-bila.  

 

  1. Oleh itu, adalah amat wajar bagi pihak Kerajaan, yang ditunjangi oleh UMNO dan Barisan Nasional, bukan sahaja untuk terus memperjuangkan kepentingan orang-orang Melayu serta Bumiputera Islam dan bukan Islam, bahkan kekal memartabatkannya sebagai Agenda Nasional.

 

  1. Namun demikian, pihak Kerajaan sentiasa beringat-ingat bahawa, dalam memperjuangkan Agenda Bumiputera, ia bukan bermakna kita sewenangnya boleh mengambil hak orang lain. Sebaliknya, secara beriring-iring dan selari, Kerajaan wajib menjaga kepentingan sah kaum-kaum yang ada di negara ini.

 

  1. Begitulah dengan berpegang kepada prinsip-prinsip tersebut dan juga hasil daripada pelbagai dasar, kita telah menyaksikan bagaimana sejak tahun 1970, kadar kemiskinan yang dahulunya pada tahap 3 peratus, telah berkurangan kepada 3.8 peratus pada tahun 2009, dan terus menyusut kepada 0.6 peratus pada tahun 2014.

 

  1. Yang lebih membanggakan kita, atas segala usaha Kerajaan Barisan Nasional sejak berpuluh-puluh tahun, dan suka saya ulangi dalam ucapan di mana-mana bahawa, faktanya,… kemiskinan tegar di Malaysia,… kini telah hampir disifarkan kesemuanya.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Bercakap tentang hal Bumiputera, sejak mencapai kemerdekaan, Kerajaan telah berjaya mewujudkan pelbagai instrumen dan institusi, demi kepentingan Melayu serta Bumiputera antaranya, Lembaga Tabung Haji, FELDA, RISDA, FELCRA, UDA, DARA, JENGKA, KETENGAH, KESEDAR, MARA dan UiTM.

 

  1. Ternyata, institusi-institusi Bumiputera ini telah berjaya membawa banyak manfaat kepada pemerkasaan ekonomi dan pendidikan Bumiputera.

 

  1. Sebagai contohnya, Lembaga Tabung Haji Malaysia yang telah diiktiraf sebagai institusi terbaik dalam pengurusan haji dan perkhidmatan kewangan Islam yang inovatif oleh kebanyakan negara Islam di dunia.

 

  1. Menyentuh hal perjuangan agenda Bumiputera di bidang pendidikan pula, pastinya, kita tidak dapat tidak, terus mengangkat tinggi Universiti Teknologi Mara. Apa yang ingin saya tegaskan ialah, Kerajaan terus tegar dalam memperjuangkan agenda pendidikan Bumiputera.

 

  1. Justeru, Kerajaan mensasarkan supaya pengambilan pelajarnya mencapai seramai 250 ribu orang menjelang tahun 2020. Setakat bulan November 2016 sahaja, bilangan pelajarnya telah mencecah lebih 165 ribu orang, di 36 kampus UiTM seluruh negara.

 

  1. Apa yang paling membanggakan kita, UiTM sebagai institusi Bumiputera, telah berjaya melahirkan seramai lebih 700 ribu graduan anak-anak Melayu dan Bumiputera yang berjaya, antaranya menjadi golongan profesional dan teknokrat di pelbagai bidang serta sektor. Semoga terus maju jaya dan tahniah kepada UiTM!

 

  1. Tidak terhenti setakat itu, melalui program Jelajah Pendidikan Bumiputera, kita telah berjaya membantu 37,324 orang pelajar Bumiputera yang tercicir, miskin dan kurang berkemampuan, untuk menyambung pendidikan ke peringkat pendidikan tinggi.

 

  1. Bahkan, pada tahun ini, saya mahukan sekurang-kurangnya, seramai 50 ribu lagi pelajar Bumiputera dibantu melalui inisiatif ini. Program ini melibatkan usaha pencarian hingga ke desa-desa, demi membela untung nasib anak-anak Bumiputera di pedalaman.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Seperti yang ramai maklum, dalam era pentadbiran Kerajaan sekarang ini pula, kita telah memperkenalkan Dasar Transformasi Nasional atau DTN semenjak tahun 2010.

 

  1. Dasar ini, memayungi terutamanya, Program Transformasi Nasional atau NTP yang bersifat inklusif, sebagai pemangkin untuk Malaysia menjadi sebuah negara maju High Income Advanced Economy dalam tempoh beberapa tahun lagi.

 

  1. Di bawah DTN juga, terdapat antara lain, Program Transformasi Kerajaan dan Ekonomi, Program Transformasi Politik serta Program Transformasi Sosial.

 

  1. Jika kita andaikan secara metafora, seperti yang boleh dilihat di layar putih, framework atau kerangka utama membina kejayaan Malaysia, bumbungnya adalah Dasar Transformasi Nasional, yang dipancang oleh tiang-tiang seri atau tonggak-tonggak yang menunjang DTN, seperti saya sebutkan tadi.

 

  1. Seluruh struktur ini, berlantaikan pula, kemajmukan rakyat yang berpegang kepada prinsip dan falsafah 1Malaysia.

 

  1. Jadinya, pada hemah saya, bertolak daripada itu, sebarang dasar yang melibatkan Bumiputera, tidak boleh menjadi satu program yang bersifat tersendiri, terasing atau stand alone. Dalam ertikata, bukan juga hanya menjadi salah satu tiang yang menonggak Dasar Transformasi Nasional.

 

  1. Lalunya, sekali lagi, jika kita melakarkan ibarat, dasar dan Agenda Bumiputera, sewajibnya terangkum serta bersifat all encompassing yakni merentasi setiap daripada tiang-tiang utama yang menjunjung Dasar Transformasi Nasional.

 

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Menelusuri proses pembikinan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara bangsa, yang berdaulat lagi merdeka, kita telah bertatih, bertapak dan berjalan jauh selama 60 tahun ini, membangunkan negara ini melalui pelbagai dasar, rancangan serta inisiatif tanpa kunjung jemu.
  2. Kita bermula sebagai sebuah negara yang kecil, berasetkan kemajmukan rakyat, bergantung kepada hasil pertanian, bahkan kenangan manis Belanjawan pertama negara pabila dibentangkan, hanya pada nilai 888 juta. Sekarang, setelah 6 dekad berlalu, Bajet 2017 menyaksikan telah meningkat sebanyak hampir 300 kali ganda nilainya iaitu, 8 bilion ringgit.

 

  1. Seterusnya, jika dibandingkan dengan Laporan Tahunan Program Transformasi Nasional, yang akan masuk tahun keenam pembentangannya tanggal 23 Mei 2017 nanti, inisiatif Halatuju Transformasi Ekonomi Bumiputera yang dimulakan pada tahun 2011, kini telah memasuki fasa kedua dari tahun 2017 sehingga tahun 2025, yakni sekitar 8 tahun dari sekarang.

 

  1. Justifikasinya, jika kini, pada keseluruhan nilaian ekonomi dan dagangan semasa negara, yakni 3 trilion ringgit, kek penyertaan, kekayaan dan penglibatan Bumiputera di bidang ekonomi, menurut laporan Unit Perancang Ekonomi atau EPU, sejak 2012 hingga 2014, kadar kenaikan purata pendapatan kasar isi rumah Bumiputera adalah sebanyak 24.5 peratus, lebih tinggi dari kadar kenaikan purata pendapatan kasar negara.

 

  1. Melihat kepada peratusan ini, bagi tahun-tahun yang mendatang, dalam istilah yang mudah, apa yang saya ingin lihat tentang kedudukan dan pencapaian ekonomi Bumiputera, adalah bertolak dari mana kita berada sekarang, dan ke manakah halatuju selanjutnya, berbanding dahulu.

 

  1. Oleh itu, sebagai langkah memperkasakan agenda Bumiputera, selaras dengan hasrat Kerajaan untuk menjadi sebuah ekonomi 2 trilion ringgit menjelang 7 hingga 8 tahun dari sekarang, maka pada hari ini, selain daripada kita melaporkan kisah-kisah kejayaan, kita akan melancarkan satu lagi inisiatif yang besar oleh TERAJU iaitu, Halatuju Transformasi Ekonomi Bumiputera 2.0.

 

KEJAYAAN DAN PENCAPAIAN EKONOMI BUMIPUTERA SEJAK 2011

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Justeru kini, saya ingin melaporkan kisah-kisah kejayaan Bumiputera sebentar lagi, yang telah dilakar melalui pelbagai inisiatif TERAJU, selaku Agensi Pelaksana kepada Majlis Ekonomi Bumiputera sejak ia ditubuhkan.

 

  1. Seperti yang disebutkan, pada tahun 2011, saya telah melancarkan Hala Tuju Transformasi Ekonomi Bumiputera, yang mempunyai dua matlamat penting iaitu pertama, memperkukuhkan penyertaan Bumiputera dalam ekonomi negara melalui penciptaan kekayaan dan keduanya, penyertaan seimbang dalam guna tenaga bidang bernilai tinggi serta pembangunan keusahawanan.

 

  1. Dalam Fasa Pertama inisiatif Bumiputera di bawah DTN ini, antaranya lahirlah inisiatif Syarikat Bumiputera Berprestasi Tinggi atau TERAS, Dana Mudah Cara dan Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera. Alhamdulillah, kerana inisiatif ini telah membuahkan pelbagai kejayaan.

 

  1. Menerusi program TERAS sebanyak 1,014 buah syarikat telah diberikan sokongan dalam bentuk pembinaan kapasiti dan sokongan pembiayaan.

 

  1. Di bawah program ini, Kerajaan telah mewujudkan Dana TERAS bercagarkan 332 juta ringgit, dan telah menarik penyertaan lima buah institusi iaitu SME Bank, RHB Islamic, Maybank, MIDF dan Malaysian Debt Ventures, yang memberi serta menggandakan kemudahan pembiayaan kepada 14 bilion ringgit.

 

  1. Suka saya maklumkan sehingga Mac 2017, sebanyak 306 buah syarikat TERAS telah menerima kelulusan pembiayaan bagi pembelian aset dan modal kerja bernilai 3 bilion ringgit.

 

  1. Dalam hal ini, saya ingin menceritakan dua kisah kejayaan syarikat TERAS, iaitu System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd atau SCS, yang telah berjaya memecah monopoli syarikat luar negara dalam perkhidmatan IT yang berkaitan tentang industri pertahanan.

 

  1. Begitu jugalah kepada AUEI Teras Holdings Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat pembangunan dan pelaburan hartanah dari Kota Bharu, Kelantan, yang bermula hanya mengendalikan projek bernilai lebih 25 juta ringgit, telah melonjak kepada lebih 300 juta ringgit.

 

  1. Tepukan syabas kepada Pengarah Urusan kedua-dua syarikat tersebut iaitu, saudara Mat Asis Mahnoon dan saudari Rita Sarbani binti Ismail!

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Selanjutnya, Dana Mudahcara adalah satu insentif bagi menggalakkan pelaburan swasta Bumiputera yang mana sebanyak 469 buah projek telah mendapat kelulusan pembiayaan.

 

  1. Hasilnya, syarikat-syarikat Bumiputera tersebut telah membuat pelaburan domestik bernilai 18 bilion ringgit iaitu 8.4 kali ganda dari nilai geran yang diberikan oleh Kerajaan, sekaligus mewujudkan lebih 43 ribu peluang pekerjaan.

 

  1. Sebagai contoh syarikat SMR Aquaculture Sdn Bhd telah menerima geran sebanyak 6 juta ringgit, untuk menjalankan perniagaan serampang 3 mata iaitu akuakultur, pertanian hidroponik dan pengeluaran tenaga solar di Tawau, Sabah.

 

  1. Projek yang bernilai 35 juta ringgit ini akan merangsang industri pelancongan Sabah dan mewujudkan peluang pekerjaan. Justeru, marilah kita berikan tepukan tahniah kepada saudara John Nip yang berketurunan Sino-Kadazandusun!

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Manakala dalam hal kejayaan Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera pula, bermatlamat untuk memberi peluang kepada pelajar Bumiputera mendapatkan pendidikan dan pekerjaan lebih baik.

 

  1. Misalannya, saya begitu tersentuh dan berasa bangga dengan pencapaian Adik Auni Wadhiah Azahar, pelajar berumur 15 tahun, dari SMK Agama Dato’ Haji Abbas, Terengganu, kini tinggal bersama ibunya, yang berpendapatan 700 ringgit sebulan sebagai tukang jahit.

 

  1. Namun melalui program Peneraju Tunas Geliga, Alhamdulillah, pada tahun 2016, atas kegigihannya telah berjaya mendapat keputusan cemerlang dengan memperoleh 11A di dalam peperiksaan PT3. Marilah kita berikan tepukan tahniah dan Selamat Maju Jaya kepada Adik Auni!

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Melalui sidang Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera pada tahun 2013, lahirnya pula antara yang terpenting adalah Majlis Ekonomi Bumiputera atau MEB, Skim Permulaan Ekonomi Bumiputera atau SUPERB dan Unit Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera.

 

  1. Sebagai membuktikan komitmen Kerajaan terhadap agenda Bumiputera, MEB yang dipengerusikan oleh saya sendiri dan kita telah menetapkan ia bersidang sekurang-kurangnya setiap sebulan sekali dan jika berkeperluan lebih dari sekali, dengan memanggil pelbagai pihak Bumiputera yang berkepentingan menurut isu yang berbangkit untuk dibincang serta diselesaikan.

 

  1. Demikianlah tingginya martabat yang diletakkan oleh Kerajaan pimpinan saya, terhadap ehwal Bumiputera, kerana dalam hierarki kekerapan mesyuarat utama selepas Kabinet, saya letakkan mesyuarat berkaitan Bumiputera.

 

  1. Malah, tidak pernah diperbuat sebelum daripada ini, ditubuhkan Unit Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera di semua 24 kementerian termasuk Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

 

  1. Bahkan, saya telah mengarahkan agar agenda Bumiputera menjadi pertimbangan penting pada sebarang keputusan GLC dan GLIC.

 

  1. Menerusi SUPERB yang memperuntukkan sejumlah 100 juta ringgit sebagai modal permulaan, setakat ini telah berjaya membantu seramai 125 orang anak muda di bawah umur 40 tahun, merealisasikan idea perniagaan mereka yang inovatif, dengan jumlah keseluruhan geran bernilai 5 juta ringgit.

 

  1. Saya mahu mengambil contoh kejayaan saudara Muhamad Nuruzon Wagiman, berusia 26 tahun yang berasal dari Muar, Johor.
  2. Beliau telah menubuhkan Nuruzon Technology Resources Sdn Bhd dengan membina sebuah bengkel yang lebih bersistematik dan mempunyai O.P. dalam pembuatan jentera gerabak. Kepada anak muda berjiwa kental ini, syabas diucapkan!

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan Sekalian,

 

  1. Melalui kedua-dua Agenda Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Bumiputera pada tahun 2011 dan 2013 tersebut, Alhamdulilah, setakat Mac 2017, sejumlah 108 bilion ringgit berjaya dijana melalui kesemua inisiatif Bumiputera.

 

  1. Daripada jumlah tersebut, sebanyak 80 bilion ringgit adalah daripada peluang perniagaan Bumiputera, khususnya 54 bilion ringgit melalui dasar “Carve-out and Compete.”

 

  1. Contoh terbaik Carve Out and Compete yang ingin saya kongsikan adalah kejayaan fasa pertama projek InfraRakyat mega yakni MRT Jajaran Sungai Buloh-Kajang sepanjang 51 kilometer.

 

  1. Bagi projek MRT Fasa 1 sahaja, daripada nilai pakej pembangunan projek 2 bilion ringgit, sebanyak 51 peratus telah diberikan kepada kontraktor Bumiputera.

 

  1. Mustahaknya tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, dalam penganugerahan kontrak atau tender, if we choose the right Bumiputera, dalam erti kata bukan sekadar atas dasar kawan mahupun kroni, tetapi kalau kenalan sekalipun, mestilah Bumiputera yang berdasarkan merit dan kebolehan.

 

  1. Ini akan mempastikan kontraktor berjaya menyiapkan projek mengikut jadual dan menepati bajet kos pembinaan yang ditetapkan.

 

  1. Bahkan, Kerajaan komited untuk menyediakan 50 peratus tempat-tempat perniagaan baru lain yang strategik seperti di stesen-stesen MRT, sebagai memberi ruang dan membuka peluang kepada usahawan Bumiputera. Tidak lagi di tempat-tempat yang gelap, tersorok dan langsung tidak mempunyai daya komersial.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Lantaran demikian, pada perjumpaan penuh bermakna lagi bersejarah ini, kita akan menongkah Halatuju Transformasi Ekonomi Bumiputera yang selanjutnya.

 

  1. Pucuk pangkalnya, kita tidak boleh berhenti setakat ini atau berasa selesa dan berpuas hati berada pada takuk yang sama, iaitu menjadi jaguh kampung semata-mata.

 

  1. Untuk itu, hasil dapatan daripada Makmal Sindikasi Hala Tuju Transformasi Ekonomi Bumiputera 2.0, beberapa penambahbaikan telah diterima dan akan diberi pertimbangan.
  2. Lantaran itu, bagi membawa komuniti dan usahawan Bumiputera yang lebih berfokus, berdaya maju, kreatif serta inovatif dan bersedia untuk bersaing di peringkat global, pada petang ini saya ingin membentangkan satu lembaran berwajah baharu kepada perjuangan memperkasakan Agenda Bumiputera, yang saya namakan sebagai,… Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera atau TKB.

 

  1. Kenapa T.K.B.,…? Kerana jika sebelum ini, Agenda Bumiputera lebih tertumpu kepada sudut ekonomi sahaja.

 

  1. Maka, pada hari ini, apa yang saya mahukan ialah Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera ini bersifat inklusif atau terangkum lagi holistik.

 

  1. Maksudnya di sini, dalam membela dan memperkasakan Agenda Bumiputera, ia tidak terhad kepada bidang-bidang tertentu seperti ekonomi semata-mata,…

 

  1. Bahkan lebih mustahak dan jauh daripada itu, Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera ini, turut merangkumi segenap aspek Kesejahteraan Hidup seperti pendidikan, kesihatan, sosial dan budaya, duduk dalam persekitaran yang selesa serta dinamik, seraya membela untung nasib serta mengangkat martabat Bumiputera ke tahap yang lebih tinggi.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan Sekalian,

 

  1. Sesungguhnya lagi, Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera sebagai memasuki Fasa Kedua yang berasaskan kepada Lima Transformasi Utama Bumiputera:

 

  1. Pertamanya: Dengan Cara Melonjakkan Skala Bumiputera. Seperti yang kita maklumi, terdapat pelbagai fasa dan kategori syarikat Bumiputera di Malaysia, dari yang berskala kecil atau mikro, sederhana hinggalah kepada yang berskala besar dan bertaraf antarabangsa.

 

  1. Justeru, apa yang kita mahukan adalah, mempastikan setiap syarikat Bumiputera ini mempunyai laluan yang jelas dari fasa permulaan perniagaan sehingga fasa matang seperti sebuah syarikat Multi-Nasional Bumiputera.

 

  1. Ertinya di sini, bagi setiap peringkat perniagaan, Kerajaan telah menyediakan pelbagai kemudahan, sebagai pemangkin untuk sesebuah perniagaan itu meningkat maju ke fasa yang selanjutnya.

 

  1. Misalnya, sesebuah perniagaan mikro berpeluang menjadi syarikat SME, dan seterusnya menjadi syarikat besar yang mampu menjana pendapatan lumayan serta satu hari nanti, tersenarai di Bursa Saham, dan berkebolehan untuk mengeksport produk ke luar negara.

 

  1. Sebagai contoh, Kerajaan memperkenalkan Skim Jejak Jaya Bumiputera atau SJJB bagi membantu meningkatkan jumlah syarikat untuk disenaraikan secara kolaborasi dengan Ekuiti Nasional atau EKUINAS.

 

  1. Pada tahun 2011, program SJJB telah diletakkan di bawah TERAJU di mana pada ketika itu sebanyak 5 syarikat Bumiputera telah berjaya disenaraikan di Bursa Malaysia dengan jumlah nilai modal pasaran yang direkodkan ketika itu hanyalah sebanyak 969 juta ringgit

 

  1. Syukur,… Kini, program SJJB telah berjaya menambah 8 lagi syarikat Bumiputera ke Bursa Malaysia dan telah mencatatkan jumlah nilai pasaran sebanyak 8 billion ringgit.

 

  1. Jika dibandingkan dengan nilai pasaran mereka ketika IPO, kesemua 13 syarikat SJJB ini telah mencatatkan pertumbuhan nilai modal pasaran sebanyak 5 billion ringgit.

 

  1. Contoh terkini, Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad dari Sarawak, merupakan syarikat yang ke-13 dari program ini, selepas hanya satu bulan disenaraikan, modal pasarannya telah meningkat sebanyak 20 peratus iaitu daripada 2 bilion ringgit kepada 4 bilion ringgit pada Mac 2017. Tahniah kita ucapkan!

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Merujuk kepada usahawan mikro pula, melalui dapatan Makmal Sindikasi TKB, secara puratanya terdapat sembilan daripada 10 buah syarikat Bumiputera di negara ini yang masih berskala mikro.

 

  1. Justeru itu, saya menyarankan agar organisasi dan syarikat besar yang mendapat kontrak serta konsesi Kerajaan termasuklah GLIC dan GLC untuk melaksanakan Dasar Mesra-Bumiputera Mikro dan Kecil.

 

  1. Seterusnya, program penembusan pasaran atau market access akan diperkenalkan sebagai sebahagian daripada program pembangunan keusahawanan, terutamanya dalam e-dagang atau e-commerce.

 

  1. Juga, untuk meluaskan pasaran perniagaan mereka, usaha pengantarabangsaan syarikat-syarikat Bumiputera akan dilaksanakan termasuklah pembangunan produk dan perkhidmatan yang memenuhi spesifikasi eksport atau export-ready, pembangunan pusat pengedaran di luar negara dan kerjasama dengan MATRADE.

 

  1. Jelas sekali, TKB diperlukan bagi memastikan pelan-pelan dapat dilaksanakan secara berkesan dalam setiap fasa ini.

 

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera yang keduanya ialah dengan cara Memperkasakan Modal Insan Bumiputera. Sebagai penduduk majoriti di negara ini, seharusnya, Bumiputera menjadi penyumbang utama kepada pembangunan dan ekonomi negara, termasuklah di bidang akademik, agama, sains teknologi, kebudayaan mahupun sukan.

 

  1. It is my hope and dream, to see we produce world class sportsmen, more world class scientists, artists, novelists and InsyaAllah, one day, Nobel Prize winners.

 

  1. Sebenarnya, pemerkasaan modal insan kaum Bumiputera, bukan sahaja terhad kepada peningkatan ilmu pengetahuan dan kemahiran semata-mata, tetapi juga peningkatan jati diri dari segi jasmani dan rohani.

 

  1. Dari perspektif ekonomi pula, pemerkasaan modal insan haruslah dibina untuk mensiap-siagakan kaum Bumiputera menghadapi pelbagai arus cabaran dari dalam dan luar negara.

 

  1. Menjengah sudut pemikiran dan budaya kerja, untuk maju dan bergerak ke hadapan, kita seharusnya mampu melakukan anjakan paradigma supaya tidak terperangkap dalam kepompong pemikiran konvensional.

 

  1. Apabila kita menuju Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera, ia bererti dasar Bumiputera yang melahir dan mencerminkan budaya tinggi, high order thinking skills, high performance culture dan high resilience, yang sesekali tidak mudah menyerah kalah.

 

  1. Malah, sudah sampai masanya untuk kita menjadikan kreativiti dan inovasi sebagai pemacu kepada penjanaan kekayaan dan berdaya maju agar usahawan atau syarikat Bumiputera mampu berdiri sama gagah, bersaing megah dengan usahawan-usahawan lain.

 

  1. What is important here, we Bumiputera have the capacity to be at par with the rest as long as we are willing to shift our paradigm and embrace innovation.

 

  1. Makanya, yakinlah pada kebolehan diri sendiri, sepertimana saya yakin dengan kemampuan masing-masing. Maksudnya, untuk anda lebih berjaya, bukan sahaja di halaman sendiri, malah juga menembusi pasaran antarabangsa.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera yang ketiganya ialah dengan cara Meningkatkan Daya Saing Bumiputera.

 

  1. Sebetulnya, kedudukan Bumiputera kini lebih baik dari dahulu. Jika sebelumnya, syarikat Bumiputera sering dikaitkan dengan kontrak yang mahal ataupun kualiti yang kurang memuaskan.

 

  1. Tetapi kini, kita berbangga, mutu kerja dan penyampaiannya adalah tinggi, setanding dengan syarikat bukan Bumiputera, mahupun syarikat antarabangsa.

 

  1. Sebagai contoh, dasar Carve Out and Compete menyediakan ruang dan peluang kepada syarikat Bumiputera untuk mendapat kontrak dan menyertai projek-projek mega yang ditawarkan oleh Kerajaan, GLC dan swasta berdasarkan merit sesama Bumiputera, di samping rekod cemerlang dan keupayaan untuk deliver atau membuat penyampaian.

 

  1. Setelah melihat kejayaan pelaksanaan program ini, Kerajaan berhasrat untuk memperluaskannya beyond projek-projek infrastruktur seperti sektor perkhidmatan.

 

  1. Sukacita saya maklumkan, setakat ini, peluang penyertaan Bumiputera melalui Carve Out and Compete secara keseluruhannya telah mencapai 2 peratus atau bersamaan 54.24 bilion ringgit.

 

  1. Contohnya, Projek Lebuhraya Pan Borneo yang bermula dari jajaran Teluk Melano ke Lawas di Sarawak, sejauh 1,089 kilometer, membawa ke Sabah dari Sindumin hingga ke Tawau, sepanjang 1,236 kilometer, program Carve Out dan Compete dijangka akan mencecah 60 peratus penyertaan kontraktor Bumiputera.

 

  1. Bercakap tentang industri pembinaan ini, suka saya menyentuh tentang kaedah Industrialised Building System atau IBS yang melibatkan kos yang rendah, penjimatan masa pembinaan dan bersifat lestari.

 

  1. Oleh itu, kita akan menumpukan penggunaan teknologi IBS ini di dalam kebanyakan projek-projek Kerajaan, dan   saya mahu serta galakkan lebih banyak penyertaan kontraktor Bumiputera dalam bidang teknologi IBS ini.

 

  1. Melalui contoh-contoh di atas, saya menyarankan agar syarikat-syarikat Bumiputera yang lain perlu mengambil contoh kejayaan itu, membina daya saing yang tinggi, terutamanya dalam menghadapi pasaran terbuka di arena global.

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan,

 

  1. Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera yang keempatnya ialah dengan cara Mendaya Mobiliti Sosial Bumiputera.

 

  1. Sesungguhnya, Kerajaan amat prihatin dan mementingkan kesejahteraan hidup rakyatnya. Apa yang kita hasratkan dari masa ke semasa, Kerajaan dapat membantu meningkatkan status ekonomi dan kualiti hidup rakyatnya kepada yang lebih baik serta selesa.

 

  1. Dalam konteks Malaysia, mobiliti sosial yang Kerajaan mahukan ialah berlakunya peningkatan taraf hidup rakyat daripada kepompong persekitaran yang rendah kepada tahap yang lebih tinggi. Ia juga boleh dilihat dari pelbagai aspek seperti pendidikan, kemahiran pekerjaan dan pendapatan.

 

  1. Maksudnya, berlaku perubahan status individu dan masyarakat daripada miskin menjadi kaya, mereka yang unskilled dilatih menjadi berkemahiran tinggi serta golongan berpendapatan rendah pula, akan menikmati pendapatan yang lebih tinggi.

 

  1. Malahan, melalui pelaksanaan secara pragmatik oleh Kerajaan, telah meningkatkan mobiliti sosial negara ini menjadi di antara yang terbaik di dunia, setara dengan negara maju seperti Kanada, bahkan lebih baik dari negara Sweden dan Jerman.

 

  1. Contohnya, anak-anak petani dan nelayan di negara ini, cuma melalui satu generasi sahaja, telah mampu memperbaiki taraf kehidupan mereka, sehingga ada yang telah memegang jawatan utama negara seperti profesor, ketua eksekutif dan menteri. Malah, kita juga berjaya dalam beberapa bidang profesional seperti perubatan dan kejuruteraan.

 

  1. Pada sudut ini, Digital Economy atau Ekonomi Digital yang menjadi industry of the future, berpotensi sebagai salah satu lonjakan dalam mobiliti sosial. Justeru, baru-baru ini, saya telah melantik Jack Ma, seorang bilionair terkemuka dari negara China, sebagai Penasihat Khas Ekonomi Digital kepada Kerajaan Malaysia.

 

  1. Malah, pada 23 Mac 2017 pula, saya telah melancarkan Zon Perdagangan Bebas Digital atau DFTZ, hab ekonomi pertama di dunia di luar China, yang memberi tumpuan terhadap pengembangan pasaran digital usahawan PKS dan usahawan muda.

 

  1. Melalui inisiatif seperti ini, Ekonomi Digital dijangka mampu mewujudkan 60 ribu peluang pekerjaan baharu, sekaligus berupaya menyumbang lebih 20 peratus penghasilan kepada KDNK negara.

 

  1. Mustahak untuk difahami oleh Bumiputera bahawa, menjadi hasrat saya apabila DFTZ diwujudkan, ia memungkinkan a level playing field atau padang saingan terbuka bagi Bumiputera bebas-lepas untuk menembus masuk pasaran dengan lebih meluas.

 

  1. Peluang sebeginilah yang sepatutnya usahawan Bumiputera teroka dan ceburi, kerana pada masa ini, saya lihat kebanyakan usahawan Bumiputera hanya menumpukan perniagaan di peringkat domestik sahaja yang mana pasarannya sangat terhad.

 

  1. Jadinya, boleh saya rumuskan bahawa, mobiliti sosial ini perlu terus diperkasakan demi manfaat masyarakat Bumiputera.

 

 

 

  1. Kelimanya ialah dengan men-Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera secara tuntas dan holistik.

 

Dalam hal ini, sebagai tambahan dan pelengkap kepada 30 peratus ekuiti yang disasarkan melalui DEB, sesuai dengan tuntutan zaman masa kini serta menuju TN50,….

 

Pencapaian ekonomi Bumiputera juga akan diukur dari segi pendapatan korporat dan isi rumah, peningkatan bilangan profesional berdaftar serta penyertaan di peringkat pengurusan dan berkemahiran tinggi.

 

  1. Maknanya, kalau selama ini DEB melihat dari segi pegangan ekuiti Bumiputera dalam sektor korporat sebagai penanda aras, TKB kini mengambil kira dimensi-dimensi yang lebih meluas dalam mengukur kesejahteraan Bumiputera.

 

  1. Sebagai contoh, usaha gigih Kerajaan selama ini telah pun membuahkan hasil di mana, purata pendapatan isi rumah Bumiputera, telah meningkat daripada 3,624 ringgit pada tahun 2009, kepada 5,548 ringgit pada tahun 2014, iaitu sebanyak 53 peratus.

 

  1. Lanjutan itu, TKB ini, bukan sahaja menjadi Agenda Nasional, bahkan ia dijadikan juga sebagai asas kepada dasar-dasar, pelan induk dan tindakan, dalam setiap insiatif yang dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan yang melibatkan pemerkasaan ekonomi Bumiputera.

 

  1. Bertolak dari itu, hendak saya pertegaskan bahawa, Kerajaan ini merupakan Kerajaan yang bertanggungjawab. Kerajaan ini akan terus berjuang dalam membela untung nasib orang-orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, sama ada Bumiputera Islam mahupun bukan Islam.

 

  1. Semestinya juga, Kerajaan ini akan terus memperjuangkan kepentingan seluruh lapisan rakyat Malaysia, demi keamanan dan kestabilan, makmur serta sejahtera.

 

PENUTUP

 

Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan Serta Rakyat Malaysia Yang Dikasihi Sekalian,

 

  1. Ahli cerdik pandai pernah menyebut bahawa, meski dunia ini dipenuhi dengan persaingan, namun bagi mereka yang bijaksana akan pantas menyerlahkan potensi diri, sentiasa optimis menghadapi segala rintangan dengan penuh daya, sehingga mampu mencapai kejayaan.

 

 

 

 

  1. Kesimpulannya, jika diamati dan dirumuskan, berdasarkan apa yang telah saya sampaikan, menjadi bukti bahawa, impak dasar yang membabitkan Kesejahteraan Bumiputera di negara ini, di mana manfaatnya tetap dan turut dinikmati oleh semua kaum.

 

  1. Oleh itu, kepada orang-orang Melayu serta Bumiputera Islam dan Bukan Islam, yang menginduki negara ini, usahlah berasa gundah serta bimbang, kerana, selagi nyawa dikandung jasad, agenda Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera atau TKB ini akan tatap kita perjuangkan sampai bila-bila.

 

  1. Atas segalanya, Saya,… bersama-sama dengan YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, berserta barisan Jemaah Menteri, demi Melayu,… demi Bumiputera,… demi rakyat Malaysia seluruhnya,… kita akan bersatu hati, seiya dan sekata, untuk terus berjuang memakmurkan negara, sehingga terjulang berada pada kedudukan negara 20 termaju di dunia.

 

  1. Di atas segalanya, ketahuilah bahawa, setelah 45 tahun berlalu, daripada Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang dimulakan oleh Ayahanda saya, perjuangan saya demi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera bukanlah sekadar di atas sifat dan kedudukan saya selaku pemimpin dan Perdana Menteri, tetapi sebenarnya ia datang dari leluhur saya yang ikhlas dan jujur sebagai seorang pemimpin yang sangat sayang akan jati bangsanya.

 

  1. Pokoknya, kita mahu melihat akan munculnya masyarakat Bumiputera yang dapat merasai setiap daripada detik nikmat kemajuan negara.

 

Kerana itulah erti sebenarnya kesejahteraan dan kemakmuran kepada Bumiputera.

 

  1. Kendati itu, ingatlah bahawa:

 

Negaraku ini Berdaulat Terbilang,

Tanah Tumpah Darah Pejuang,

Meski Diasak Oleh Penentang,

Jangan Sampai Dirampas Orang.

 

Masyarakat Majmuk Formula Keramat,

Walau Didomba oleh Petualang,

Hiduplah Malaysia Damai dan Selamat,

Hak Bumiputera Selamanya Dijulang.

 

  1. Akhirul Kalam, dengan lafaz Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim, saya dengan sukacitanya melancarkan Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera.

 

HIDUP BUMIPUTERA!

HIDUP MALAYSIA!

 

Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah, Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

*Updated 2100hrs

Published in: on April 19, 2017 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

It is in the numbers

Much ado about many quarters making a big fuss about the over simplication of BN only managed to obtain 47% of votes at the 13GE, thus Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and Barisan Nasional do not enjoy the majority support of Malaysians.

The fact is that, Malaysian democracy is based on the ‘First Past Post’ system Westminister-styled Constitutional Monarchy where the number of seats obtained in the Dewan Rakyat is the determining factor for His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong to invite and form a government right after a general election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this morning (GMT) announced that she would go to the House of Commons tomorrow hoping to get 2/3 majority from MPs so that the ruling of the Fixed Term Parliament Act could be put aside and a general election could be called on 8 June 2017.

New York Times have the transcript of Prime Minister May’s announcement at Number Ten this morning:

Theresa May Announces Early Election

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain announced on Tuesday that she would call an early election, seeking to strengthen her government’s mandate while it negotiates the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain called on Tuesday for a general election, which she had previously ruled out. Read a transcript of her remarks, as released by the Conservative Party in Britain.

I have just chaired a meeting of cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a general election to be held on the 8th of June. I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election. Last summer after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister, the government has delivered precisely that. Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.

We have also delivered on the mandate we were handed by the referendum result. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a U.K. that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders, and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.

This is the right approach and it is in the national interest, but the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill, the S.N.P. say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way. Our opponents believe because the government’s majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course.

They are wrong, they underestimate our determination to get the job done, and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country, because what they are doing jeopardizes the work we must do to prepare for “Brexit” at home, and it weakens the government’s negotiating position in Europe. If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of “Brexit,” and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country.

So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin. I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion. Since I became prime minister, I have said there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.

And so tomorrow I will move a motion in the House of Commons calling for a general election to be held on the 8th of June. That motion, as set out by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, will require a two-thirds majority of the House of Commons. So I have a simple challenge to the opposition parties. You have criticized the government’s vision for “Brexit,” you have challenged our objectives, you have threatened to block the legislation we put before Parliament. This is your moment to show you mean it, to show you are not opposing the government for the sake of it, to show that you do not treat politics as a game.

Let us tomorrow vote for an election; let us put forward our plans for “Brexit” and our alternative programs for government, and then let the people decide. And the decision facing the country will be all about leadership. It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your prime minister, or weak and unstable coalition government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats who want to reopen the divisions of the referendum, and Nicola Sturgeon and the S.N.P.

Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for opposition politicians who want to stop me from getting the job done. Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the European Union. Every vote for the Conservatives will mean we can stick to our plan for a stronger Britain and take the right long-term decisions for a more secure future.

It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through “Brexit” and beyond. So tomorrow, let the House of Commons vote for an election, let everybody put forward their proposals for “Brexit” and their programs for government, and let us remove the risk of uncertainty and instability and continue to give the country the strong and stable leadership it demands.

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It is a strategic political move for Prime Minister May, of taking the Conservative party inherited from Prime Minister David Cameron last summer despite a narrow 2015 GE win.

He summarily resigned when the British public decided from Britain to leave European Union (Brexit) in a referendum.

Prime Minister Cameron came to power in the May 2010 GE by forming a coalition with the Liberal Democratic party, because Conservative do not enjoy a clear majority to be invited to form a government by Queen Elizabeth.

Prime Minister May is maximising the opportunity as Conservative strongest opposition Labour is in conundrum where the weak leadership of the leftist leaning Jeremy Corbyn is highly popular amongst majority of his own party’s MPs.

As such, political analysts are bent on Conservative to do better than the May 2015 GE, where Prime Minister Cameron only managed to obtain 36.9% of votes casted translated in 331 MPs out of the 650 seat House of Commons.

YouGov.uk latest poll:

Yougov.uk early poll after PM May’s announcement for 8 June 2017

If the projection of Conservative getting 44% of votes which could translate to 395 MPs in the House of Commons and a clear 140 seat majority, then Prime Minister May would enjoy the control of over 60% of the House of Commons.

That is even bigger than Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 1983 GE win, which was after the pumped-up feeling with Britain’s win in the Falklands War the spring the year before.

It is interesting to extrapolate that on to the Malaysian political scenario. at 13GE in May 2013, BN under Prime Minister Najib obtained 47.4% votes translated into 133 MPs in the 222 seat Dewan Rakyat, a clear 54 seat majority over aggregated Opposition MPs.

Yet, there are quarters making a fuss about Prime Minister Najib not having majority popular votes. BN won a 54 majority over the Opposition and control 60% of Dewan Rakyat in the current 13th Parliament.

Ceteris paribus, even if Prime Minister Najib manage to maintain BN’s exact same numbers in the next 14GE,  he would still be invited by His Majesty SPB YDP Agong to form a government even before the 14th Parliament is convened.

Political analysts are making a guesstimate 14GE would be held in six months time.

Taking into consideration that there is a rebellion within DAP where grassroots are not happy with Lim Kit Siang for his gross overstaying and alliance with half-a-century nemesis Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Penang Chief Minister and party Secretary General Lim Guan Eng’s corruption case.

The recent resignation of four DAP Yang Berhomats and several Branch Charimen is a clear demonstration that the rebellion is snowballing into something ugly.

On top of that, the de facto Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is incarcerated and there is a serious power play within PKR top echelon. Deputy President and MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali is on a clear race against Vice President and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in the turf war.

PAS is no longer with the Opposition coalition, now named Pakatan Harapan and saw a major break up.  The splinter party PAN is without a strong grassroots footing. After all, Pakatan Rakyat especially PKR enjoyed PAS’s grassroots machineries in the past three GEs.

Dr Mahathir should not be a major consideration of the aggregate of threats that Prime Minister Najib is taking BN to face, especially now the glaring inconsistencies and contradictions of the former BN Chairman for twenty-two and a quarter years.

By many counts, Anwar Ibrahim was actually a bigger threat to Prime Minister Najib in 2013.

Projections are made with numbers, which are derived by the complex aggregate of various analysis, patterns and matrix formulated on current issues.

The numbers are on Prime Minister Najib’s side. Hence, his specific instruction for party machineries to be on ‘Alert Five’ and unapologetic incessant attacks on the Opposition.

Published in: on April 18, 2017 at 23:59  Comments (3)  

Quid Pro Quo

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak reminded pro-BN social media activists to drum up the charge and no longer be apologetic to the Oppositions’ manipulation, lies and slanders, on the cyber-sphere platform which he describes as the “Next battlefield in the road to Putrajaya”.

His NajibRazak.com posting:

HIMPUNAN AKTIVIS MEDIA SOSIAL 2017

Saturday April 15th, 2017Blog, Featured Articles

Malam semalam amat bermakna bagi saya kerana dapat berjumpa, berhimpun dan bergaul bersama aktivis media sosial pro Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Mereka ini bukanlah calang-calang orangnya, mereka ini panglima di alam maya yang begitu setia mempertahankan dasar Kerajaan Barisan Nasional, mempertahankan maruah parti dan membidas segala pembohongan yang giat dipermainkan oleh pembangkang sejak sekian lama.

Saya berkeyakinan tinggi para aktivis media sosial kita ini juga, akan terus memainkan peranan mempertahankan Kerajaan dan membantu mengekalkan Barisan Nasional di Putrajaya.

Ini semua kerana mereka, seperti saya dan jutaan rakyat Malaysia lagi, percaya bahawa di bumi Malaysia ini tidak ada pilihan yang lebih baik daripada Barisan Nasional.

Saya mahu para aktivis media sosial kita juga ada kepercayaan diri dan melihat bahawa anda semua bukan sekadar aktivis tetapi adalah pejuang nasionalis.

Medan perang kita hari ini sudah berubah, tidak lagi dalam bentuk fizikal atau face to face tetapi alam maya atau ruang siber adalah medan perang yang baru.

Jika kita imbas kembali apa yang berlaku dalam dua Pilihanraya Umum dahulu, Kerajaan Barisan Nasional terdedah kepada serangan tanpa ada bala tentera yang boleh menangkis serangan tersebut.

Tetapi hari ini, saya lihat bahawa sudah ada penambahbaikan dan kita telah berjaya menghimpunkan ramai aktivis media sosial, panglima-panglima alam maya kita yang setia bersama Barisan Nasional, yang tetap percaya kepada perjuangan dan dasar kita.

Namun, dalam kita berjuang bersama-sama menghala ke medan perang, sudah tentu ada prinsip asas yang perlu kita gariskan dan praktikkan.

Pertama, saya menyeru kepada semua untuk mengelakkan pertelagahan sesama sendiri. Kita mesti komited kepada perjuangan secara bersama, berjuang menegakkan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Kedua, kita mesti memperluaskan lagi rangkaian alam maya kita. Kita perlu tentukan kandungan dan mesej kita kepada rakyat dan berkongsi maklumat sesama kita agar ia dapat disebarkan dengan lebih meluas dan lebih berkesan lagi.

Kita mesti berusaha berkomunikasi dengan influencers dalam pelbagai bidang dan membina rangkaian kita agar mereka juga terlibat bersama dengan kita.

Ketiga dan yang terakhir sekali, amanat saya kepada semua adalah kita perlu belajar daripada apa yang berlaku dalam Pilihanraya Umum dahulu.

Kita mesti tangkas dalam respons kita dan tidak terperangkap, sepertimana yang berlaku pada hari mengundi dalam Pilihanraya Umum Ke-13 di mana pembangkang telah menyebarkan berita palsu mengenai kononnya kita membawa masuk pengundi Bangladesh untuk mengundi, bahawa kononnya kita mewujudkan keadaan blackout di tempat tertentu untuk memanipulasi undi.

Cerita ini semua langsung tidak masuk akal, tetapi ramai terpedaya dengan berita ini yang sedikit sebanyak membawa kesan kepada pengundi dan pilihan raya itu sendiri.

Saya jangkakan bahawa dalam Pilihanraya Umum yang akan datang, pembangkang akan kembali menggunakan taktik kotor serupa, melontarkan sesuatu yang tak terfikir oleh kita nanti untuk membuatkan orang marah dan benci pada kita.

Ingatlah bahawa pembangkang hanya berpegang kepada satu prinsip sahaja iaitu “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”.

Taktik kotor mereka amat jelas, jika mereka tidak dapat meyakinkan pengundi agar mempercayai janji-janji kosong atau kata-kata manis mereka, modus operandi mereka adalah untuk mengelirukan rakyat agar menimbulkan ketidakpercayaan serta kemarahan terhadap Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Kita sudah lama berada dalam ‘defensive mode’. Cukuplah. It is now time to attack !

Insya-Allah, dengan semangat juang dan kesepaduan sesama kita, kita mampu peroleh kejayaan besar dalam PRU 14, dan Putrajaya akan kekal milik Barisan Nasional !

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Gone were the days when Prime Minister Najib in private reminded some of us to be respectful and administer maximum restrain to respond on Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s allegations when the latter openly attack the former exactly two years last month.

Dr. Mahathir invoked lies upon lies continuously, having little regards to the contradictions and inconsistencies that he is making along the way in his effort to topple Prime Minister Najib through the strategy of demonisation.

Prime Minister Najib also not was shy to remind on the maxim that Dr. Mahathir is deploying  in leading the Opposition attacks against he former’s leadership and administration, “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”.

It is reflective in the effort of former highly respected media barons in Dr. Mahathir’s time, now reduced to be an extension of the latter’s demonisation strategy.

Dato’ A Kadir Jasin’s FB

Dato’ A Kadir Jasin, for example is someone who refused to adopt technology in the height of the ‘Anwar Ibrahim Black Eye’ episode, where the Reformasi-ists were actively using then dubbed ‘The New Media’ to win the imagination and the hearts and minds. The target was the younger, educated and more tech-savvy captive audience.

“This internet phenomena is just a fad”, when NST news people begged him to get more access to online media.

Today, not only Kadir turned into the cybersphere to get his thoughts in the open as a blogger, he has also resorted to be an active facebooker. Wealth of experience and gift of the lingo facilitated his effort of ‘confusion’, via his social media accounts.

Another recent example of ‘confusion’ created is the issue created on the appointment of Defense Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein to an extended post in Cabinet of Special Function Minister by Prime Minister Najib.

Needless to say, they are losing grounds and market share in the cybersphere. Cybersphere readers have started to abandon Dr. Mahathir for his incessant manipulation, lies, slanders and most of all, inconsistencies and contradictions.

It is very timely for Prime Minister Najib to remind the 500 0dd pro-BN/Government social media activists converged, aptly described as “Nationalists’ to carpe diem the opportunity and ‘corner of the market’.

It is time, Tit for Tat!

Published in: on April 15, 2017 at 18:00  Leave a Comment  

Compensatio More

The suit by Selangor State Government and MAIS against Redha Resources Sdn. Bhd. and Bank Muamalat Bhd.

Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) should convene and view in totality with regards to the contract pertaining the accommodation for the purpose of Kolej Ugama Islam Selangor (KUIS), otherwise lodge a Police report of probable deception against favor contractus.

It is important as it is also only fair to protect the sancity MAIS as an institution enacted by a series of state laws passed by the Selangor State Assembly.

The Commercial Crime Division of the Police Force is compelled to investigate if any Police report was lodged.

Any abuse and/or misconduct by officials in the interpretation and execution of any contracts entered on behalf of the body, would be investigated and the road for resolution would be opened.

The investigation should include any information highlighted through media.

One important information is the publication of a document of a suit (Ref: 22NCVC-205-o4/2015) by Selangor State Government and MAIS against a private limited company and a high street bank.

This is of public interest and should be taken seriously, especially if there are any elements of fraud which include the issuance of certificates pertaining to building quaffed to be occupied, only authorised by local authorities.

The action of the officials of MAIS so far in the treatment of the contract and case is thought by certain quarters to give the perception to reflect the hubris attitude.

Otherwise, the suit should be investigated also for mora solveni. The sum involved in the case of RM125 million is material enough to warrant an independent investigation.

At the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, it is interesting that Opposition MPs are allowed to present a private members’ bill with the explicit intention of raising penalties of existing shariah criminal laws. It is to befit the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia, as per the Federal Constitution Article 3(1), with any exception for the authority of death penalty.

It is ashamed if MAIS does not live to the expectation of the body which is the authority and administrator for religious matters in Selangor, the most populous and industrious state in the Federation.

*Glossary

Compensatio more: Delay in payment or performance on the part of both the debtor and the creditor

Hubris: Excessive pride or self-confidence.

Mora solveni: Delay in payment or performance in the part of the debtor

Published in: on April 7, 2017 at 07:15  Comments (6)  

AG of thy Crownth Decideth

The Opposition is very displeased that their demonisation strategy to rubbish Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Mohamed Ali’s (AG) decision of the treatment on the 1MDB investigations based on the so called donation RM2.6 billion and SRC International conducted by MACC submitted on 31 Dec 2015, still stands.

Sin Chew Jit Poh posting Bernama report:

Appeals by Malaysian Bar, Zaid and Khairuddin dismissed

2017-04-04 17:26
PUTRAJAYA, April 4 (Bernama) — The Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeals by three appellants including the Malaysian Bar for leave to commence a judicial review to challenge the Attorney-General’s (AG) decision over closure of investigations relating to the RM2.6 billion donation.

The decision was made by a three-member panel comprising Justice Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli.

Justice Umi Kalthum who chaired the panel said they unanimously agreed to dismiss all three appeals with no orders as to the cost and affirmed the order of the High Court.

The Malaysian Bar, former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former Batu Kawan Umno vice head Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan were appealing against a High Court’s refusal to grant them leave to initiate a judicial review.

The trio sought among others to quash Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision to absolve Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of wrongdoing over the RM2.6 billion deposited into his account.

On Nov 11, last year, High Court Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah rejected the trio’s leave applications, ruling that the AG had absolute discretion under Article 145 of Federal Constitution on prosecution and the court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Zaid filed his application on Feb 2, last year seeking for an order to quash the AG’s decision and compelling him to institute criminal proceedings against the prime minister under the appropriate provisions of the Penal Code and/or the MACC Act 2009.

The AG had on Jan 26, last year found that no criminal offence was committed by Najib in relation to SRC International Sdn Bhd and the alleged RM2.6 billion donation.

In his application filed on Feb 3, last year, Khairuddin wanted a court order to quash the decision by Mohamed Apandi to exonerate Najib of any wrongdoing relating to the MACC investigations into three matters.

Khairuddin sought to challenge Mohamed Apandi’s decision that he was satisfied that no criminal offence was committed by Najib pertaining to the RM2.6 billion donation, transfer of funds by SRC International into his personal banking account and provision of a loan by pension fund KWAP to SRC International.

In March last year, the Bar also filed the application seeking to quash the decision communicated by the AG through a press release issued on Jan 26, last year that no criminal offence had been committed by Najib in relation to three investigation papers submitted by the MACC to the AG.

Malaysian Bar president George Varughese told the media he would seek legal advice on whether to file leave to appeal to the Federal Court.

Zaid’s counsel Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said his solicitors were confident in obtaining instructions to take the matter further while Khairuddin’s lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said he would take the matter to the Federal Court.

– See more at: http://www.mysinchew.com/node/117355#sthash.kKwma5p7.dpuf

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AG Appandi is acting on behalf of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong by the powers provided under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution.

The official website of the Attorney General Chambers stated:

The Attorney General is the principal legal adviser to the Government. His role and responsibilities are provided for in Article 145 of the Federal Constitution. Article 145 of the Federal Constitution provides:

(1) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney General for the Federation.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Cabinet or any Minister upon such legal matters, and to perform such other duties of a legal character, as may from time to time be referred or assigned to him by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Cabinet, and to discharge the functions conferred on him by or under this Constitution or any other written law.

(3) The Attorney General shall have power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

(3A) Federal law may confer on the Attorney General power to determine the courts in which or the venue at which any proceedings which he has power under Clause (3) to institute shall be instituted or to which such proceedings shall be transferred.

(4) In the performance of his duties the Attorney General shall have the right of audience in , and shall take precedence over any other person appearing before, any court or tribunal in the Federation.

(5) Subject to Clause (6), the Attorney General shall hold office during the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and may at any time resign his office and, unless he is a member of the Cabinet, shall receive such remuneration as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may determine.

(6) The person holding the office of Attorney General immediately prior to the coming into operation of this Article shall continue to hold the office on terms and conditions not less favourable than those applicable to him immediately before such coming into operation and shall not be removed from office except on the like grounds and in the like manner as a judge of the Federal Court.

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Solicitors for UMNO convincingly put forth the arguments for the power of the AG and attempts by the Bar Council to remove him.

Excerpts:

Albeit the noble move taken by The Bar, there is a certain group within the legal profession which has expressed an unfavorable response towards the move namely The Judicial and Legal Service Officers Association of Malaysia (JALSOA), quoting that the move is “obstructing the exercise of powers and discretion of the AG as provided by Clause (3) of Article 145 of the Federal Constitution,”. On the other hand, the Bar Council has taken its dissatisfaction to a judicial level by filing a judicial review application in the court asking for review of decision of the AG in closing the case relating to Prime Minister and 1MDB, where the AG decided not to initiate any proceedings against the Prime Minister.

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It is utter disgrace and gross dishonour for the Bar Council to challenge the discretion of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong to empower the AG on all legal matters representing the Crown, on behalf of the people.

The Bar Council, Zaid and Khairuddin used the courts to stage their extended sordid political drama.

The drama by one of those seemingly a Drama Queen minion to this extended drama being spun at spur-sharged-over-drive into globally scandalous notion, trying to warm the hopes up of the detractors harping on the demonisation strategy against Prime Minister Najib.

NST online story:

Swiss attorney general upbeat on prospects for 1MDB probe

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Switzerland’s Attorney General Michael Lauber says the probe into 1MDB is making progress based on money-laundering reports, bank documents and work with Singapore and other countries. AP
By Reuters – April 5, 2017 @ 5:39pm
BERN: Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber expressed confidence on Wednesday that his money laundering probe into scandal-hit Malaysian fund 1MDB would bear fruit despite Malaysian authorities’ refusal to cooperate.

“It’s not hopeless, in fact it’s the opposite,” Lauber told a news conference, saying the probe was making progress based on money-laundering reports, bank documents and work with Singapore and other countries.

“It would have been very desirable from our perspective if Malaysia had cooperated,” he said. But “we’re still confident that we can successfully conclude the process in this area, in particular in the open cases against the two banks,” he said, referring to Swiss private banks BSI and Falcon.

Malaysia again rebuffed Switzerland’s request for legal assistance in probing 1MDB, Lauber’s office had said in November.–REUTERS

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The fact is that, has yet any of the basis of criminal conduct in this over-rated trumped up case been properly and legally established with indisputable evidence to be the case unto prima facie?

According to 1MDB, which is supposedly the victim and aggrieved party to these web of sophisticated globally networked white collar crimes, have not been contacted by any foreign authorities pertaining on investigations their respective home turf.

This include the Suisse AGO.

Interestingly, there have been no such charges of embezzlement, money laundering and/or fraud and sundry ever brought upon against any 1MDB officials at country where the strategic investment company is based.

The Bar Council and Zaid, being guild and member of the trade professionals should be seriously reprimanded for demonstration to the Crown of gross unbecoming of professionals and wasting the court’s time and resources.

Published in: on April 6, 2017 at 07:00  Comments (1)  

NewGen validated Flower Party is ‘Non-Halal’

Party-hopper Ezam Mohd. Nor who very recently abandoned Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin to start a new party renamed as Corruption Free Party’ validated the perception that the letters are not corrupt free leaders.

The Star story:

Friday, 31 March 2017 | MYT 1:52 PM

NewGen Party is now Parti Bebas Rasuah

PETALING JAYA: The New Generation Party (NewGen Party) has changed its name to Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR) and announced the appointment of new central executive committee members.

“We take this opportunity to confirm that we have decided to change the party name to ‘Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR)’,” said PBR founder S. Gobi Krishnan (pix), adding that the changes were submitted to the Registrar of Societies on Friday.

PBR also announced several new appointments, including former Umno, PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor as the new PBR president.

Former Batu Kawan Umno deputy head and Pribumi member Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan is the new PBS deputy president.

Syed Nazarudin Syed Aziz and Rajaretinam Armuggan have been named PBR vice presidents.

Gobi, who is former PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary, maintains his position as PBR secretary-general.

Tan Chee Seng has been named treasurer, Abdul Ghani Haroon is information chief, and Surendran Shamugam is a central executive committee member.

The NewGen Party was registered in September 2013, and is a multiracial party targeting young people.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/31/newgen-party-is-now-parti-bebas-rasuah/#mGXRJizgx9RSMJf2.99

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Ezam who started an UMNO man in the 1990s, became a notorious critic against corruption. He summarily joined Anwar Ibrahim’s movement when the latter was sacked as DPM and Deputy President of UMNO, and carried on “The struggle of against cronyism and oppressive Government to hide the truth”.

Right after the ‘Political Tsunami 2008’, Ezam abandoned PKR and rejoined UMNO citing the corrupt practices by then PKR Supremo Anwar Ibrahim’s right hand man Azmin Mohamed Ali’s manoeuvres in Selangor.

In UMNO, he began a crusade against PKR and Anwar led Pakatan Rakyat and that earned him to the high and strategic position of Director of Communications at Treasury, which is effectively an aide to the Prime Minister.

In early October 2016, Ezam quit UMNO again. A few days later, he joined Dr. Mahathir’s and Muhyiddin’s Flower Party.

Astro Awani story:

Ezam Mohd Nor joins Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia

Harits Asyraf Hasnan, Astro Awani | Translated by: Suganthi Suparmaniam
Published on October 13, 2016 14:09 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Senator, Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor today confirmed that he will be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mohamad Ezam said he had met Dr Mahathir and PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss about him joining the party.

“I met Dr Mahathir on Tuesday and have submitted membership form to Muhyiddin on Wednesday morning,” he told Astro AWANI.
Mohamad Ezam before this has been a vocal critic of Dr Mahathir following his mentor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking from the government in 1998.

On Oct 3, Mohamad Ezam had announced his resignation from UMNO, making it the second time for him to do so.

He said he took the decision to defend his quest and struggle for change.

Mohamad Ezam recently quit his senatorship, triggering speculations that he would return to PKR to strengthen Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s position as the party’s number one.

He left his service at the Finance Ministry as communication director effective April 1, 2016, well before his contract ended. His contract was supposed to end next year.

Mohamad Ezam initially left PKR in 2007 after announcing he had lost faith in the leadership of Anwar. He was previously Anwar’s right hand man.

He then rejoined UMNO in 2008.

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Six weeks later, probably another conscious struck Ezam like freight train on the run and he repositioned his thoughts about Flower Party leaders. Eighteen years earlier, he was prepared to go into street battle for the oppression Dr. Mahathir did as a leader, trying to protect his abuse of power, corrupt and cronyism practices.

Muhyiddin too wasn’t a ‘kosher’ leader. He has had his share of perceived corrupt practices when he was MB Johor (1986-95), which saw massive privatisation and property development, particularly in the Greater Johor Bahru area.

Hence, Ezam summarily quit Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, citing “Wanting to concentrate to the struggle against corruption”.

An interesting analysis by NST:

What next for Ezam after yet another political party exit?

By BARADAN KUPPUSAMY – January 2, 2017 @ 11:43am BARADAN KUPPUSAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mohd Ezam Nor, a rising former political secretary to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, still commands newspaper comments on his political moves although he has lost all credibility as a politician.

The former senator’s frequent jumping from one party to another and his stringent criticism of his former home after leaving, are reasons for the credibility loss, the most important capital a politician can have.

The latest is that he quit Party Pribumi (PPBM) after signing up just over a month ago.

The abrupt departure speaks volumes of Ezam as a politician and of PPBM as a political party.

Why are people leaving PPBM? Why are resignations and sackings happening in the party?

It all gives the impression that the party is imploding even before it takes off on its mission to challenge Umno’s hold on Malays.

The fact that Ezam has left after joining over a month ago does not speak well of PPBM as a party.

“Initially PPBM was making big waves with Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) leading the charge along with Muhyiddin and Mukhriz. People like Ezam were attracted to it, seeing it as an emerging political force in the country,” said a political analyst, referring to former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, both of whom were ousted from Umno.

“But that dream has evaporated and people are starting to quit PPBM,” he said adding a big question mark now hangs over the party’s long term viability.

“Will it automatically fold after the next general election?” he said, adding that this question is written all over PPBM.

Dr Mahathir is chairman of PPBM and has said he wants to use his political clout to form a grand coalition of opposition parties to take on BN in one-on-one contests.

Dr Mahathir’s aim is to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

But PAS, the second biggest Malay party, is a spoiler, refusing to have anything to do with its splinter PAN and its sponsor DAP, two other opposition parties in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Controversy dogged PPBM soon after it was formed in June.

Its name excludes non-Malays from its membership, its key founders were all ex-Umno and it accepted as members several Malay radicals precluding any support from political moderates.

Dissension also hit the new party. One of its founding members, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, quit in October over alleged differences with Muhyiddin while the party’s Srikandi (Women’s) wing chief Anina Saadudin was sacked from her post.

Their departure fueled speculation that many founding members were unhappy with Muhyiddin’s leadership and they signaled that they had little confidence in him.

“Most of the time, Muhyiddin was away overseas while we are struggling to recruit new members,” said a youth member of the PPBM. “He is not hands on like Dr Mahathir.”

Besides, early members are questioning Anina’s sacking when Muhyiddin himself is caught up in a scandal of his own.

Ezam’s resignation, ostensibly because his reform NGO objected to his political role, is yet another blow to PPBM.

Ezam was a heir apparent to Anwar but that role was taken over by Datuk Azmin Ali, the Selangor Mentri Besar. He edged out Ezam and Anwar, who is in prison, could do little about it.

“Ezam left PKR in disgust blaming Anwar for not protecting him against Azmin and soon he was making feelers to Umno,” said a former political ally of Ezam.

“Badawi was persuaded to accept Ezam into Umno and Ezam took up Umno’s causes up until 2009 when Badawi resigned,” he said, referring to former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi.

“Ezam was given all the opportunities to resume his career in Umno under both Badawi and Najib but unfortunately he was not accepted by Umno members. They saw him as a traitor,” he said.

Najib took over the country’s helm in 2009.

Ezam could not go back to PKR, the party he had condemned after leaving for Umno.

Furthermore all doors to enter PKR were closed by supporters of Azmin who were against him and besides, he had long lost Anwar’s favour, without which he cannot survive in PKR.

Ezam thus saw an opportunity when Dr Mahathir and other ex-Umno members formed Parti Pribumi.

“Ezam could have easily mistaken the sound and fury that accompanied the founding of Parti Pribumi as the next big and lasting change in our politics,” said a political analyst adding, “sadly for people like Ezam and others, they were mistaken.”

“Ezam badly miscalculated and burned his Umno bridges too soon and left for Pribumi but he found Pribumi not to his liking either,” he said adding the new party is all sound and fury, and nothing else.

Ezam is like a lost soul again looking for a port to berth and finding none.

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Khairuddin Abu Hassan is Dr Mahathir’s most important operative in many of their manoeuvres to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and his administration by hyping up the 1MDB financial woes by spinning it into a scandalous and contentious episode.

They made complaints to various authorities all over the world and worked very closely particularly with Neo Con Jewish controlled media such as Sarawak Report, Wall Street Journal and the likes, to hype on many of unsubstantiated stories over and over again.

It is very peculiar for Khairuddin to abandon Dr. Mahathir’s party to be a part of another party, which renamed itself as ‘Corrupt Free Party’.

Inadvertently, Khairuddin and Ezam are validating the perception that Flower Party leaders are not free from corruption and/or corrupt practices such as favouritism and nepotism is very much in practice in the six month old party.

And now, the ‘Corrupt Free Party’ wants to be part of the Opposition coalition.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 | MYT 11:52 AM

Parti Bebas Rasuah applies to be in Pakatan Harapan

PETALING JAYA: Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR), formally known as the New Generation Party, is applying to be a component party of Pakatan Harapan.

In a statement, PBR deputy president Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan said he would be submitting a formal application for PBR to be part of the coalition at the office of the Opposition Leader in Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur at 3pm Tuesday.

“I am representing the president and will be accompanied by the secretary general, information chief and the treasurer of the party to submit the formal application,” said Khairuddin.

He said PBR president Datuk Ezam Mohd Nor is unable to attend the handover of the application as he is out of the country.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/04/parti-bebas-rasuah-to-be-associate-member-of-pakatan-harapan/#RQG8atEsoeszJwCr.99

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This is actually a contradiction to the principle he is holding on to as Pakatan Harapan leaders aren’t free from corrupt practices. An example is DAP Secretary General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who is in trial for corruption.

There are lots of allegations made against PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali in his capacity as MB Selangor and his administration.

At the moment, the buzz is about a former Special Officer putting up a challenge against PPBM Deputy President and former MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir for a debate on how Dr Mahathir’s sons accumulated so much wealth.

Hence, Ezam’s inconsistency is getting more chronic for the ‘Non Halal’ association opposing the so called principle he is standing by.

Published in: on April 4, 2017 at 18:30  Comments (2)  

Fact News

In the age of ‘Fake News’ making its way in the minds of many, facts are often denied even amongst the educated and professional lot through the advancement of ICT technology.

One instance is the financial position of the strategic investment company 1MDB, which was turned from actual commercial problems into scandalous by very irresponsible Malaysians, especially the Opposition.

Malaysiankini story from Parliament this morning:

PM: 1MDB has cleared its bank debts, short-term debts

30 Mar 2017, AM 11:01 (Updated 30 Mar 2017, PM 12:01)

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has said 1MDB, which has incurred debts up to RM50 billion as of January 2016, has cleared all its bank debts and short-term debts.
“For now, 1MDB does not have any bank debt and short-term debt,” said Najib, in his capacity has finance ministry, said in a written parliamentary reply yesterday.
According to the ministry, 1MDB made the following repayments:
Paid off RM229.5 million revolving credit facility to Affin Bank in full by Nov 23, 2015.

Cleared RM950 million standby credit to the government in full by March 31, 2016.

Repaid RM2 billion term loan facility to Marstan Investment NV by April 8, 2016.

Cleared US$150 million term financing facility with EXIM Bank by April 15, 2016.
Najib was responding to Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri) who requested the updated figures on 1MDB’s staff, cash flow, debts and assets.
“Due to the ongoing rationalisation plan of 1MDB, there are no new assets acquired (by the state-owned firm) in the country and overseas, in 2015 and 2016,” added the prime minister.
Under the 1MDB rationalisation plan, Najib noted that 1MDB has reduced its staff strenght from 35 as of Dec 31, 2015 to 17 staff as of Dec 31, 2016.
“By selling off the Edra Global Energy Bhd’s asset, Syarikat Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s equity and the land for the Tun Razak Exchange project, 1MDB acquired RM10.97 billion in 2015 and 2016,” he added.
According to Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report on 1MDB, the state-owned fund’s debt has increased ten time from RM5 billion in 2009 to RM50 billion in 2016.
1MDB was reportedly had paid RM3.3 billion in interest from April 2013 to March 2015.
1MDB, which had asset valued at RM53 billion as of January 2016, had since stripped various assets and equity stakes to clear off its debts.
https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/377487

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And NST story:

1MDB now debt-free: Finance Ministry

By Nik Imran Abdullah – March 30, 2017 @ 12:17pm
KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) fund is now debt-free, as it has repaid in full all its bank loans amounting to almost RM4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

The Finance Ministry said the debts, including a standby credit facility from the federal government, were paid in 2015 and 2016.
“As of now, 1MDB does not owe anything to banks, nor has short-term debts,” the ministry said in a written reply to Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri).

The ministry said 1MDB made full settlement, amounting to RM229.5 million, for a revolving credit facility to Affin Bank, on Nov 23, 2015.

On March 31, 2015, 1MDB paid the full amount of RM950 million to the federal government for a standby credit facility.

On April 8, last year, RM2 billion was paid to Marstan Investments N.V. for a term loan facility.

On April 15, last year, 1MDB paid in full a term-financing facility amounting to US$150 million to EXIM Bank.

The ministry also said 1MDB had raised cash amounting to RM10.97 billion through sales of assets in Edra Global Energy Bhd, part of equities in Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and land for the Tun Razak Exchange project in 2015 and last year.

“As the rationalisation plan of 1MDB is ongoing, no new assets were acquired in 2015 and last year,” the ministry said.

In line with the plan, the ministry said the number of 1MDB employees is 17 as of Dec 31, last year, down from 35 staff on Dec 31, the previous year.

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Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak acting as the Minister of Finance responded to a DAP MP’s querry, through a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat.

The Opposition since 2012 made the 1MDB the most controversial and later contentious issues ever thrown against a corporation owned by the Malaysian Government, which was supposed to implement strategic programs such as high end property and energy sectors.

Despite explanations made, even on formal platforms such as replies in the Parliament, the Opposition to continue to make the 1MDB issue continue to be contentious.

Second Finance Minister Dato’ Sri Johari Abdul Ghani did offer detailed explanation on 1MDB, as a response to DAP Strategic Director Tony Pua’s dramatised ‘Open Letter’.

COMMENT I refer to a press statement issued today by YB Tony Pua.

YB Tony Pua is well-versed in the facts concerning 1MDB, given he is a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Thus, it is disappointing to note that he has chosen to misrepresents the facts and has accused me of lying, in his desperate attempts to mislead the rakyat.

The matter at hand is clear, simple and has been publicly explained, as evidenced in page 81 of the PAC Report on 1MDB.

The facts are as follows:
1. The TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands were originally owned directly by the government. The government made a decision to sell the lands in 2010 and 2013 respectively, to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a holding company 100 percent owned by MOF Inc. 1MDB in turn owned the lands via its 100 percent equity shareholding in two subsidiary companies, ie TRX City Sdn. Bhd. (TRXC) and Bandar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BMSB).
2. It is clear that from the above transactions, the government ownership of the lands shifted from direct to indirect ownership, via MOF Inc ultimate ownership of 1MDB and its subsidiary companies.
3. Although the Bandar Malaysia land was sold at a nominal sum to BMSB, there was a responsibility to construct/upgrade six bases for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and two bases for the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), for a total development cost of RM 2.7 billion, of which 1MDB had to contribute RM1.6 billion.
4. Although the TRX land was sold at a nominal sum to TRXC, there was a responsibility to construct infrastructure not only in TRX but also in the surrounding areas, including a vehicular tunnel under Jalan Tun Razak, for a total sum of approximately RM 3 billion.
5. TRXC and BMSB undertook debts of RM 800 million and RM2.4 billion respectively, to undertake the construction of infrastructure and the six air force/two police bases referred to above. These debts were always attached to the said land when these two companies raised their financing and thus form part of the security for the said debts. In other words, it is an operating debt of these two companies.
6. With the infrastructure development and planning approvals obtained by TRXC and BMSB from 2010/2013 to the present day, the value of the TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands have increased in value significantly.
6. The PAC recommended in April 2016 that MOF Inc take over direct ownership of Bandar Malaysia and TRX lands from 1MDB. The most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve this is via a transfer of TRXC and BMSB shares to MOF Inc. So, instead of owning those companies via 1MDB, MOF Inc will directly own BMSB and TRXC, along with all the assets and the operating debts of the respective companies.
7. The TRXC and BMSB debts will be repaid by future cashflows of these companies as described in page 81 of the PAC Report. Further, whilst TRXC will continue to be 100 percent owned by MOF Inc, it is pertinent to note that a sale and purchase agreement has been executed with a consortium for the sale of 60 percent equity shareholding in BMSB.
8. More importantly, page 81 of the PAC Report also makes clear that the debts that will remain on the balance sheet of 1MDB are the RM 5 billion sukuk, the US$3.0 billion bond and the 2x US$1.75 billion bonds. These 1MDB debts will be serviced from matching cashflows, as described in the PAC Report.

Whilst MOF Inc will not be taking over these 1MDB debts, the substance of the letter of support and guarantee from the government, remains intact, as described in the PAC Report.

There is therefore a clear distinction between 1MDB debts, which will not be taken over by MOF Inc, and the BMSB/TRXC project company operating debt, which are part of the assets and liabilities of the company and which will be serviced from the project cash-flows.
JOHARI ABDUL GHANI is Second Finance Minister.
https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/375939

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1MDB was made contentious when Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad openly attacked Prime Minister Najib exactly two year ago this month. His baseless accusations then “1MDB lost RM42 billion!”.

Tagged team with foreign media which include the Neo Con Jewish controlled Wall Street Journal, a serious of reporting made without verified evidence and named sources (supposedly, ‘authorities’ on the matter), which spurred the 1MDB matter to be scandalous.

It was then clear that the 1MDB issue was an excuse to demonise Prime Minister Najib and his administration, in the strategic play to oust him (then attempts to trigger a ‘revolution’ amongst the Cabinet, UMNO Supreme Council, UMNO General Assembly and eventually Parliament through a vote of no confidence).

However, it failed all the way.

Aides of Dr. Mahathir even went overseas to lodge reports to the authorities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States based on so called ‘evidence’, which many are not properly verified and speculative and some are even fabricated.

MOF II Johari also said in Parliament two weeks ago 1MDB is the most investigated corporation in the Malaysian history. So far except for being reprimanded for flogging bureaucratic regulations, no personalities from the strategic investment corporation have yet to be charged because lack of implicating evidence.

Despite all of these reports and complaints lodged all over the world the past two years, there is no progress on the investigations which implicated 1MDB in any criminal activities.

Yet, parties attempting hard to demonise Prime Minister Najib and his administration such as Dr. Mahathir, the Opposition and foreign media been using terms such as “Kleptocracy”.

The fact remains that 1MDB is a corporation which embarked on various diversified tracks faced commercial issues.

 

Published in: on March 30, 2017 at 12:59  Comments (1)  

Kisah Seribu Malam

Laporan khas Utusan Malaysia mengenai perjanjian PIC antara Petronas dan Saudi Aramco

Eksekutif dan para perunding Petronas bertemu secara aktif dan merundingkan projek Petronas RAPID dengan rakan sejawatan mereka di Saudi Aramco semenjak tiga tahun dahulu, untuk mencapai keyakinan dan persetujuan bahawa syarikat minyak ‘seven sisters’ ini untuk melabur di Penggerang Integrated Complex bulan lepas.

Saudi Aramco mengadakan ‘Selidikan Rapi’ (Due diligence), sebagai amalan tadbir urus universal biasa bagi menentukan perkara-perkara seperti kedudukan kewangan dan anjaran projek, sudut perundangan, teknologi dan sistem sokongan dan seluruh eko-sistem sebelum bersetuju melabur sebagai rakan kongsi.

Walaupun Petronas mampu untuk menjana dana dalaman untuk projek PIC ini, sebagaimana yang dijelaskan Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan Datuk Wan Zukiflee Wan Ariffin di The Star pada 22 Februari 2017 , namun kerjasama yang mencapai perkonsgian ini merupakan keputusan ‘menang-menang’ kepada kedua dua belah pihak.

Kepentingan strategik perkongsian dalam PIC ini amat jelas. Pertamanya, ia bermaksud Saudi Aramco akan menentukan bekalan huluan minyak mentah sehingga 300,000 tong sehari untuk ditapis dan proses.

Saudi Aramco merupakan pengeluar hiliran minyak mentah terbesar didunia berjumlah 10 juta tong sehari. Jadi kejayaan mengadakan perkongsian dengan syarikat pembangunan strategik minyak ini merupakan peluang ems bagi Petronas.

Keyakinan Saudi Aramco untuk melabur dalam projek RAPID yang bernilai RM31 billion ini menunjukan keyakinan mereka sebagai ‘seven sisters’ atas kemampuan Petronas dari perspektif dayamaju dan membuka peluang yang besar. Terutama penglibatan Saudi Aramco dalam pasaran rantau ini.

Sebagai timbal-balas, perkongsian dengan Saudi Aramaco bukan sahaja memberikan kepentingan strategik Petronas keatas jaringan kommersil sediada dan potensi Saudi Aramco, malah kemampuan membuka lebih banyak pintu peluang.

Ini dijelaskan dalam temuramah The Malay Mail Online Naib Presiden Eksekutif Kumpunan Petronas Md Ariff Mahmood  mengenai topik  yang sama:

Aramco JV was well thought out, says Petronas

BY WONG SAI WAN AND KAZI MAHMOOD

Monday March 27, 2017
06:58 AM GMT+8
KUALA LUMPUR,March 27 — The joint venture with Aramco for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) was not done overnight but had been looked at since 2014, said Petronas group executive vice-president Md Arif Mahmood.

Arif said the Malaysian unit was “never forced into the joint venture” and had always been eyeing a partner like Aramco.

Arif, who is the downstream chief executive officer, dismissed as “not credible” reports which said that senior Petronas officials were against the joint-venture with the Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco in the RAPID project and had to be forced into it.

Instead, he said, the partnership was “an obvious and perfect” one.

“How can we be forced to do this deal? We were looking for a partner that would complement the project. We are not selling RAPID as reported. It’s a 50-50 partnership,” he said in an interview with Malay Mail.

“We are looking for partners to invest and co-invest. And selling and co-investing are very different.”

Arif said the joint-venture was going to be a long-term marriage, and Petronas was not going to be forced into such a massive venture with a foreign partner.

“I am going to make this very clear. It had to be within the terms agreeable, not only for us but agreeable to both parties before we could actually get to the stage where we are now.”

Asked why Aramco was chosen as a partner of all the global players, Arif said the joint venture was mutual and it was a perfect match.

“We were looking for a partner that would complement the project and that is the obvious criteria when you are looking for partners.”

Petronas needed a partner that would be able to leverage their strength and manage the risks at the same time.

“Why Aramco? It is the biggest crude supplier in the world with a supply capacity of 10 million barrels a day,” he said.

“This refinery needs a specific type of crude oil that will allow us to make the necessary cut to supply to the petrochemical plants.

“To have a crude supplier as a partner, for long-term crude security, that itself is a good reason why Aramco.”

Arif said the deal with Aramco was not made within short notice.

“Not many people are aware of this, that is the discussions between Petronas and Aramco have been ongoing for some time.”

He said the Saudis had a look at this venture from 2014, and visited the site that was just being cleared for construction.

“The discussions with the Saudis took more than two-and-a-half years. They looked at the due diligence of the investment opportunities. It is not like it is only yesterday we decided to partner Aramco.

“Just to be clear, RAPID is just a sub of the whole Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) project. The whole complex today has seen a progression of 60 per cent and we are doing well,’ he said.

Asked whether RAPID would be refining only Aramco’s crude oil following this deal, Arif said since the partnership is on a 50-50 basis, Aramco will supply at least 50 per cent of the 300,000 barrels of crude oil to be refined at RAPID.

Aramco is investing US$7 billion (RM31 billion) cash, an amount that will be invested within a year upon the signing of the agreement, giving Aramco equal ownership in selected ventures and assets of the RAPID project with Petronas.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/aramco-jv-was-well-thought-out-says-petronas#sthash.AwSkzuhw.dpuf

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Amat malang kerana tindakan tidak bertanggungjawab seorang mantan wartawan yang bermasalah dan kini telah bersembunyi di Australia sebagai blogger Ganesh Sahathevan untuk mengambarkan bahawa Datuk Wan Zulkiflee adalah antara yang dimasksudkan oleh Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sebagai ‘Pensabotaj Ekonomi’.

Amat jelas juga beliau sebagai blogger pro-Pembangkang menggunakan strategi ‘menghasut bertujuan kebencian’ (demonisation), sama yang yang digunakan pemimpin Pembangkang untuk meningkatkan kemarahan dan kebencian rakyat, dan seterusnya menghakis keyakinan keatas Kepimpinan dan Pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Najib.

Namun, beliau mungkin mengalami masalah kerana kefahaman bahasa kebangsaan yang lemah mengakibatkan kegagalan untuk menjelaskan antara penulisan terbaru beliau, dimana Ganesh ini sebenarnya wajar disifatkan sebagai ‘Pensabotaj Ekonomi’ kerana percubaan lemah untuk menghakis keyakinan kepada Presiden Wan Zulkiflee.

Hakikatnya, Presiden Wan Zulkiflee merupakan sebahagian dari pasukan yang berkerja keras semenjak ‘Seribu Malam’ lampau untuk menentu projek strategik Petronas iaitu RAPID di Penggerang Johor, beroperasi sebagai dirancang dan berdaya maju staregik.

Published in: on March 27, 2017 at 08:00  Comments (1)