De-tongkatnise for a better future

The digressing debate stirred by Persatuan Pegimport dan Peniagar Kereta Melayu Malaysia (PEKEMA) on Proton’s direction to move forward is a typical melancholic stance on sentiments without substance.

Auto-journo Hezeri Samsuri’s analysis in says it all:



For the past few days, Malaysians, who are generally very patriotic on the subject of the national carmaker Proton, have been slamming the Malaysian Association of Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders (Pekema) for its recent Pro-Bumiputra statement.

Consumers and business entities including the non-Malaysians need to understand two things here – being patriotic does not really mean you must buy a Proton car and the perception already embedded among many Malaysians that the business objective for Bumiputra has been recognised as part of many Proton’s long outstanding problems.

But then again, if one sits down and ponder, there are also valid issues brought up by Pekema.

For now, let’s put aside Pekema stance because the association is not the interest group involved in the issue since the traders under Pekema only represent AP holders for imported reconditioned vehicles. There is every possibility that the Pekema statement was steered by some dealers under Proton to stir things up.

Let’s look from the business point of view because only then we can view Proton as what it should have been treated long long time ago – a corporation or a genuine automotive manufacturer.



The background story

Those in the automotive circle have been highlighting since the nineties that Proton’s setup was a flawed sales model from the beginning when it ventured into car business.

For some reason, the government back in the early days of Proton had wanted another business entity to sell the national cars, not Proton.

It is an open secret that the Proton business cycle over the years, had resulted in the distributor earning more than national carmaker and Proton was not able to generate sufficient funds to invest in R&D, unless the shareholders’ focus for Proton is just to redesign Mitsubishi bumpers and facelift, among others.

DRB-HIcom Berhad entered into the picture with its management restructuring exercise for Proton to change the business mindset and approach. Although it was not perfect, it was apparent that the national carmaker was managed better than its previous regime.

Unfortunately, the market further dwindled for Proton when the government decided that after more than 20 years, Proton and other national maker should not be receiving protection any longer as they must behave as a business setup and must stand on their own to compete and capture the market.

As part of the National Automotive Policies in the last ten years or so, more tax breaks and incentives were offered to non-national car makers, provided that it invests in the long run in Malaysia and provide jobs for the locals.



When Tan Chong Motors reacted to the government’s strategy, they managed to sell their popular Almera below RM70,000. It responded to the demand of the market and provided the affordability path for many Malaysians to own non-national car models again.

We could see non-national brands enjoyed brisk sales despite of the fact that Malaysia imposed strict homologations and safety standards higher than the neighbouring countries, thanks to the most attractive car financing scheme in the region (perhaps in the world).

This gradual market liberalisation is in tandem with the government’s long term plan for automotive growth because if it is not implemented, Malaysia will be left behind.

Even with more competitive eco-system, Proton’s sales plummeted, even lower than a few non-national brands. From a company that produced 200,000 cars annually at the turn of millennium, it could only sell around 70,000 units from two manufacturing plants of huge workforce and Proton’s conventional business model was no longer viable.

Instead, Proton had to plot for survival mode instead and the focus for expansion plan by selling new car models beyond the country’s borders was out of the window.



Obviously, Proton car dealers were under tremendous pressure with the poor sales performance. Some had to close down while many persevered by using all means to stay afloat.

With a new partner, the comeback card is there for the taking but we must remember these fervent points:

  1. Geely spent substantial sums to be Proton’s partner. Therefore, the carmaker from China certainly want its investment back, with interest (profit).
  2. Geely is an international company. If you are familiar with China MNCs philosophy, you will realise that they do not look at skin colour to succeed. If it applies that, you will see somebody else leading Volvo out of their misery but alas, the Mat Salehs are still there. If you can perform well, you will earn Geely’s trust.
  3. With a new partner in place, Proton is not getting the benefits as national car outfit. Proton will be treated equally and given the same incentives that other car companies are also getting. In other word, if there are local investment, the incentives will be higher. Right now, the Japanese carmakers such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are enjoying high incentives simply because they put in a lot of investment in the country.
  4. Proton dealers should not only consist of Bumiputra but from other races too. The prospective buyers are also from various races and not just Bumiputra. Any expansion plan from the new Proton setup should be non-discriminatory because if the policy of business as usual persist just like before, the chances are that the company’s outlook will go back to square one. 

With that in mind, let us look into the issues that the dealers have been highlighting repeatedly.



Dealers expansion and investment

Proton wants dealers to expand their operation by setting up 3S or 4S centre if they are interested to sell Proton’s new Geely-based products.

According to the Bumiputra car traders’ spokesperson, Pekema that is, it is an unfair demand because nobody can invest in such short span of time. What Proton actually pointed out was that the expansion plan for dealers is from this year to 2020.

If we look at Proton’s remark, it is understandable unless a dealer only started its business operation three years ago. Those who have become dealers for more than 10 years are aware that car companies in the country have already scrapped the 1S concept ages ago.

All car brands are already applying the 3S or 4S setup for dealers because the bulk of profits normally generated from aftersales. It is also interesting to note that Perodua has also included plans to get the dealers to expand but with the current scenario, we are pretty sure Perodua will refrain from commenting on this.

But then again, let’s be fair. For ages, Proton was known among the automotive journalists as ‘Kementerian Pembuat Kenderaan’ (Ministry of Vehicle Manufacturer) because the dealers and vendors were not selected based on merits but for some other ‘insulated factors’.

Back then, since Proton was known as the pioneer national carmaker, then Proton should be accessible to the ‘Rakyat’ and hence why the brand must be visible in the nooks and crannies of Malaysia’s small towns and villages via the small car dealers of Proton.

In all fairness, it is not feasible currently for many small dealers to expand because their limited financial capabilities and market outreach are marginal. Perhaps, Proton and the government can assist in some way by looking into their current dilemma.

We were told that for small dealers who cannot afford to invest, they can still source the new products from the nearest major Proton outlets. This means the major dealers will supply the smaller dealers with Proton’s new product.

This is fair because in today’s norm, selling a car must include in offering the aftersales and if you do not want to invest in the aftersales, you should be getting a lower profit margin.

What Proton is doing therefore is in line with what the major automotive companies are doing, globally.



Proton has reduced the profit margin?

The report further explains that Proton is decreasing the margin and some dealers find it difficult to survive.

According to sources, Proton will provide a four per cent margin for dealers who sell more than 40 units of vehicles monthly. The report states that some small dealers who normally sell between 20 to 30 units a month will not qualify for the four per cent margin.

However, it is understood that Proton has decided to revise the margin scheme and lower the threshold in order to help those dealers. Bear in mind, this assistance will certainly eat into Proton’s earning. Proton cars are getting better and their equipment level is even higher. Obviously it is costing Proton more to make the cars.

The report perhaps forgot to mention that Proton is also offering Payment After Registration (PAR) exercise for the Bumiputra dealers. It is worth to mention that this is not the industry’s standard practice and it is definitely designed to help dealers to gain a stronger foothold.

Again, this is not a permanent solution and like all incentive, it has a time limit. If one believes this assistance should be permanent, then the car dealer should not be in any business in the first place.

Proton has more than 9,000 workers under its payroll. Should we sacrifice them in order to get a few people among the dealers to survive the ordeals?



Parts vendors are being bullied?

It was reported that Proton is asking the vendors to slash their prices to 30 per cent.

Some vendors dutifully agreed, convinced that the forecast sales will be able to make up the losses while some vendors who have been struggling for quite some time claimed that the request from Proton are absurd and unreasonable.

Whether we like it or not, this is a real issue. In the global manufacturing arena, volume is one of the important factors in determining the price of parts.

Vendors have the right to feel cagey about Proton latest move. They have experienced it before and have seen the consequences.

But then again, vendors and the government should not forget that the very reason why we have huge global automotive parts makers in Malaysia is because of Proton.

Therefore, if the vendors claimed that this new 30 per cent price reduction is difficult to achieve, government should view each of the cases individually and help could be extended to those who are really serious to be involved in this industry, regardless of their race.

Some Malaysians voiced out their concern that this might be a trick for Geely to bring in their own parts from China or for their partners to set up new companies in Malaysia.

However, Malaysians should learn about the function and role of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) as the agencies dictating the industry.

Please bear in mind that it is not easy for any foreign party to come in and set up a new parts manufacturing factory in Malaysia. We are pretty sure if there are already a few of the same companies in the country, MITI and MAI will not allow another foreign party to come in.

Competition is healthy but the government will not allow existing companies to suffer and die. MAI for example has a database of all the parts makers and companies in the country.

They are like the Yellow Pages for the automotive industry and you will be surprised to know that Malaysia has a lot of modern engineering companies and manufacturing facilities exporting parts for global car brands.



The conclusion

If the country wants Proton to be successful, we should view Proton as a global company. Assistance is there for those who deserve it after making the genuine effort.

Crying out loud and bringing down the image of millions of hard working Bumiputras are something that the new age of Bumiputras loathe.

“We are and have been competitive. We work hard to be where we are. If these Bumiputra heroes want to help, then stop making us look like whiners,” said one Bumiputra entrepreneur when asked about the Proton-Bumiputra issue.

Perhaps some of the ancient Bumiputra business owners should come out of their cocoon and start smelling the new world air.

We are not living in the 70’s anymore. It is already 2018.

*This is the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the  publication’s stand on any of the issues.


Majority if not half of Proton dealers amongst Bumiputera entrepreneurs should have graduated from their comfort zone and be servicing their customers at the 3S/4S category.

It makes perfect business sense.

One, the ability to retain customers for ongoing post sales business is extending the revenue curve. on top of the growing new customers.

Two, the Malaysian car market is growing and on going sector. Failure to capitalise on this growth by retaining existing customer and adding new customers is just commercially pathetic.

Three, the smart and strategic partnership with Zheijang Geely Holdings of China translates that Proton is upping the game with better products in design, technology, equipment and equivocally, a stronger Brand.

The fact that the experience from Geely’s involvement with Volvo and the strategic outcome of better products and growth on all axis for the Volvo brand is the multiplication factor which Proton requirement to remain in the automotive sector.

Four, the Bumiputera dealers ought to aspire to be at par with the dealers of the Japanese brands.

Proton’s press release as a response to PEKEMA’s reaction:

Fifth, Proton vendors ought to graduate from their comfort zone. The have been making a lot of hay during the considerable years of sunshine. It maybe a blanket request but the future rest on the whole eco-system to be rationalised, to meet tough reality of the market.

In fact, it was in the times when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s administration the protectionism policy imposed for the automotive sector, which provided a lot of room for the firms serving the Proton eco-system to make money.

Proton sales pre-DRB HICOM take over

After four million cars since day one, it is time to move on and forward. If those who wanted to remain in the comfort zone of the past and not commercially viable ought be punished by market forces.

The tongkat ought to be relieved from at least half of the Proton dealers. Equally, the sluggish performing vendors. This coming July marks Proton already in the Malaysian car market for thirty three years.

Unreservedly, they have an obligation to dignify themselves as Bumiputera entrepreneurs, after so long.

If good and progressive business sense is not the motivation than perhaps they should not had been given the opportunity in the first place. The future is in the market.

Published in: on February 17, 2018 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

Menongkah Maju, Menambahkan Mutu


Kemelut yang hangat diperdebatkan kebelakangan ini mengenai hasrat Proton untuk mempertingkatkan mutu sistem sokongan jualan prodük motorkar nasional merupakan agenda strategik yang sebenarnya akan menguntungkan golongan pengedar dan pembekal eko-sistem Proton, terutama dikalangan pengusaha Bumiputera.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Pekema temui pengedar, vendor esok


KUALA LUMPUR 13 Feb. – Persatuan Pengimport dan Peniaga Ken­deraan Melayu Malaysia (Pekema) memahami hasrat Proton untuk menjadikan pengedar keretanya ber­kembang seiring dengan langkah pembaharuan syarikat, namun masih terdapat beberapa isu yang perlu dijelaskan dengan teliti.


Presidennya, Datuk Zainuddin Abdul Rahman berkata, sehubu­ngan itu, Pekema akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan semua wakil jualan bumiputera esok di ibu pejabatnya untuk mendengar sendiri masalah yang dihadapi semua pengedar dan vendor.

Katanya, pihaknya juga menggesa kerajaan khususnya Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri serta Kementerian Kewangan mengadakan pertemuan dengan mereka secepat mungkin.

“Secara dasarnya, kami amat mengalu-alukan Geely sebagai rakan strategik Proton dan berharap usaha sama ini berjaya menaikkan semula Proton sebagai kereta nasional kebanggaan rakyat Malaysia.

“Dalam konteks ini, Pekema menyokong penuh usaha sama dengan Geely yang telah terbukti sebagaimana mereka berjaya memulihkan semula syarikat Volvo sebelum ini.

“Cuma dalam isu ini, Pekema tidak mahu jadi seperti lagu Anak kecil main api yang mana hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dan agenda bumiputera yang termaktub dalam perlembagaan tidak diambil kira,” katanya dalam ke­nyataan di sini hari ini.

Menurut beliau, Pekema sama sekali tidak menafikan 3S adalah baik untuk jangka panjang tetapi di dalam konteks Proton dan keadaan pasaran ketika ini, Proton perlu memberi masa dan ruang sehingga terbukti jualannya kembali rancak sebelum meminta wakil jualan sedia ada menaik taraf kepada 3S sebelum Oktober 2018.

Pekema jelasnya berpendapat, pe­ngu­rusan baharu Proton tidak harus menekan wakil jualan untuk menaik taraf kepada 3S dalam masa yang singkat mengambil kira keada­an ekonomi pada masa ini.

“Kejayaan Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn. Bhd. (Perodua) yang menguasai 39.8 peratus pasaran kereta dengan jualan 204,887 buah pada tahun lalu sebahagian besar dicapai me­lalui wakil jualan Perodua 1S dan juga 3S,” katanya.

“Ini menunjukkan konsep 1S masih boleh menyumbang kepada kejayaan jualan sesuatu organisasi tanpa perlu kesemua wakil jualan menjadi 3S,” katanya.

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Sebelum itu, Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Dato’ Seri Mustapha Mohamad mengumumkan bahawa kepentingan pengedar Proton terutama dari kalangan pengusaha Bumiputera akan diambil kira dan perhalusi.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Kerajaan prihatin 
masalah pengedar Proton


Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed berkata, sehubungan itu, beliau akan mengadakan pertemuan dalam tempoh terdekat dengan wakil-wakil dan persatuan pengedar sebelum mengambil sebarang keputusan termasuk mengenai isu dana yang dihadapi pengedar-pengedar berkenaan.

Katanya, kerajaan juga amat memahami hasrat Proton yang mahukan para pengedarnya menaik taraf daripada pusat jualan 1S kepada 3S atau 4S (Jualan, Alat Ganti, Servis dan Survei) bagi membolehkan mereka bersaing dalam industri automotif.

“Secara dasarnya, saya sering berjumpa mereka dari semasa ke semasa dan kali ini saya akan jumpa mereka (termasuk pengedar dan vendor) dalam masa terdekat. Untuk pengedar pula, saya dah lama tak jumpa, cuma ada melalui surat dan menemui beberapa pengedar secara individu. Tetapi persatuan pengedar belum jumpa lagi.

“Dalam masa sama, kita akui cabaran yang dihadapi oleh mereka dan kita (kerajaan) tahu mengenai cabaran-cabaran ini. Sudah pasti, dalam isu ini, kerajaan amat ambil berat kerana kita mahu sama ada mereka yang jual kereta Proton atau komponen menjadi usahawan yang berjaya walaupun perniagaan ini banyak cabarannya.

“Mana-mana transformasi atau penambahbaikan yang dijalankan sudah tentu ada yang terkesan, ia sama seperti yang dihadapi oleh industri automotif,” katanya selepas majlis perasmian Program Inovasi Usahawan Muda SME Bank Y-Biz Challenge 2018 dan Permohonan Atas Talian ‘MySMEBank’.

Yang turut hadir, Pengerusi SME Bank, Tan Sri Faizah Mohd. Tahir dan Ketua Pegawai Operasi, Operasi dan Pengurusan Korporat Kumpulan SME Bank, Datuk Razman Mohd. Noor.

Semalam, Proton dalam kenyataannya menegaskan mat­la­matnya adalah agar pengedar-pengedar keretanya ber­kembang se­iring dengan langkah pembaharuan syarikat dan bukan mem­bebankan mereka apabila mewajibkan penukaran kepada 3S atau 4S.

DRB-Hicom memiliki 50.1 peratus dalam Proton dan 49.9 peratus oleh Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. Suntikan ekuiti itu menyaksikan syarikat baharu ditubuhkan iaitu Proton Otomobil Nasional Sdn. Bhd. (PONSB) yang kini diterajui oleh Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Dr. Li Chunrong dan Timbalannya, Datuk Radzaif Mohamed.

Walaupun menjawab kesemua sembilan isu yang dikemukakan Presiden Persatuan Pengimport dan Peniaga Kenderaan Melayu Malaysia, Datuk Zainuddin Abdul Rahman dalam Mingguan Malaysia Ahad lalu, namun Proton mengakui dana yang besar diperlukan untuk naik taraf berkenaan.

Menurut Zainudin, pengedar perlu melabur antara RM3 juta hingga RM5 juta sedangkan jualan kereta Proton sekarang secara purata yang dapat dijual hanya sekitar 20 hingga 30 buah sebulan.

Tegas Zainudin, sekiranya tiada sebarang tindakan diambil dalam masa terdekat, lebih ba­nyak pengedar dan vendor akan menutup perniagaannya dalam tempoh lima hingga enam bulan kerana tertekan dengan syarat-syarat yang dikemukakan pe­ngurusan baharu Proton.

Antara faktor yang mendorong kepada penambahbaikan itu memandangkan sehingga kini 70 peratus pengedarnya di seluruh negara bersifat 1S dan ini telah menjejaskan imej Proton dari segi Indeks Kepuasan Jualan (SSI) dan Indeks Kepuasan Pelanggan (CSI).

Pengedar digalakkan menaik taraf pusat jualan mereka dalam tempoh antara 2018 hingga 2020. Sasaran 2018 ialah untuk mening­katkan dengan banyak pusat 3S di seluruh negara, seiring dengan pengenalan model baharu SUV Proton pada akhir tahun ini.

Ditanya mengenai isu dana, Mustapa bagaimanapun berkata, kerajaan hanya akan membuat keputusan selepas perjumpaan tersebut diadakan.

“Biar saya jumpa mereka dahulu dan selepas itu kita akan maklumkan apa yang kerajaan boleh lakukan,” katanya.

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Kegusaran ini berpunca kenyataan Presiden Pengimport dan Peniaga Kenderaan Melayu Malaysia (PEKEMA) Dato’ Zainuddin Abdul Rahman mengambarkan tindakan Proton kehadapan akan menekan pengedar motorkar nasional dikalangan pengusaha Melayu.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Pengedar Bumiputera Proton tertekan

ISU yang membelenggu pengedar bumiputera bagi jenama kereta nasional, Proton dijangka lebih buruk sekiranya tiada sebarang tindakan segera diambil pihak bertanggungjawab. Malah, Presiden Pengimport dan Peniaga Kenderaan Melayu Malaysia (Pekema), Datuk Zainuddin Abdul Rahman tidak menolak kemungkinan nasib wakil jualan dan vendor bumiputera juga akan terjejas dengan teruk. “Saya rasa semuanya akan bungkus, mati,” katanya kepada wartawan Mingguan Malaysia, ZUNAIDAH ZAINON, baru-baru ini.

Pekema menerima banyak aduan daripada syarikat jualan bumiputera tentang dasar daripada pengurusan baru syarikat tersebut yang diterajui Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Proton Otomobil Nasional Sdn. Bhd. (PONSB), Dr. Li Chunrong sejak November lalu yang dikatakan banyak memberi tekanan kepada mereka dengan pentadbiran agak keras.

Lebih malang DRB-Hicom yang merupakan pemegang saham utama Proton yang diketuai oleh Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan, Datuk Sri Syed Faisal Albar yang sebelum ini memberi jaminan kedudukan bumiputera dalam Proton akan dijaga juga kelihatan tidak mampu berbuat apa-apa.

Dasar Proton terkini dilihat boleh memusnahkan sebahagian majoriti wakil jualan bumiputera dan perkhidmatan Proton sedia ada dalam usaha syarikat untuk menaik taraf kepada pusat pengedaran dan servis di bawah satu bumbung.

Bagaimanapun, beliau menegaskan ia bukan usaha untuk memburukkan imej Proton atau sebaliknya. Ini kerana ia merupakan satu agenda bumiputera yang perlu diperingatkan semula, sejajar dengan tujuan penubuhan Proton lebih 30 tahun lalu, tegas beliau dalam wawancara ini.

MINGGUAN: Apa sebenarnya kebimbangan utama dalam isu ini?

ZAINUDDIN: Pada mesyuarat agung Pekema pada 27 Januari lalu, ada syarikat wakil jualan Proton yang merupakan ahli Pekema telah membangkitkan masalah yang mereka hadapi. Jadi dari situ, kita minta Proton dan kerajaan ambil tahu mengenai kepentingan agenda bumiputera yang tidak diendahkan lagi dan tidak menjadi keutamaan kepada pengurusan baru Proton. Kami lihat Proton telah lari daripada tujuan asal yang membawa kepada penubuhan Proton dulu. Apa yang kita risau, dalam Proton sendiri pun semuanya dikuasai oleh Geely.

Kita bukan tidak sokong pembabitan Geely kerana kita tahu tujuannya untuk pulihkan semula Proton tetapi yang menjadi masalah, apabila pengurusan tertinggi semuanya telah diambil alih dan dikuasai mereka yang kini telah melaksanakan dasar-dasar baru yang menekan wakil-wakil jualan. Dan wakil jualan bumiputera lebih terkesan memandangkan kira-kira 85 peratus daripada mereka masih lagi bertaraf 1S (Jualan). Sekarang pun mereka sukar untuk bersaing dengan pengedar bukan bumiputera apatah lagi dengan dasar kuku besi’, bagaimana mereka dapat bertahan?

Apa isu lain yang dibangkitkan pengedar-pengedar ini?

ZAINUDDIN: Ada sembilan isu utama yang mereka mahu kita ketengahkan bagi mengelakkan wakil bumiputera terus terbeban dan berhadapan dengan dilema.

1Tempoh yang singkat iaitu kurang setahun untuk dinaik taraf daripada 1S kepada 3S (Jualan, Servis dan Alat Ganti) bagi membolehkan wakil jualan ini menjual model baharu Geely-Proton, Boyue. Untuk naik taraf ini sahaja, pengedar perlu melabur antara RM3 juta hingga RM5 juta sedangkan jualan kereta Proton sekarang secara purata yang dapat dijual hanya sekitar 20-30 buah sebulan. Ada banyak faktor kereta tidak boleh dijual terutamanya disebabkan bank ketatkan syarat pinjaman dan wujudnya ‘double-standard’ oleh pihak bank terhadap Proton berbanding jenama kereta yang lain. Jenama lain lebih mudah mendapat kelulusan pinjaman berbanding jenama Proton.

2 Pengurangan margin kepada tiga peratus berbanding empat peratus sebelum ini. Walaupun ada beberapa insentif galakan yang hampir mustahil, apatah lagi Proton tetapkan sasaran jualan yang sukar dicapai dalam keadaan pasaran sekarang.

3Mengenakan pelbagai caj dan faedah kepada wakil jualan sekiranya kereta tidak dijual dalam tempoh 14 hari. Faedah akan dikenakan sebanyak 10.35 peratus setahun pada hari ke-15 dan seterusnya.

4Fasiliti kewangan iaitu PAR (Payment After Registration) akan dimansuhkan pada 1 Mac 2018 pasti turut membebankan para wakil jualan dalam situasi sekarang yang mana jualan semakin merosot sehingga tidak dapat menampung kos operasi bulanan. Kita mohon Proton teruskan fasiliti PAR ini. Kita tidak mahu kemudahan ini ditarik balik kerana membantu syarikat jualan dalam pasaran yang penuh kesukaran.

5Proton juga mengenakan sistem ‘block’ di mana stok yang masih belum terjual dan belum dijelaskan pembayaran kepada Proton selepas tempoh 60 hari, akan menyebabkan sistem wakil jualan disekat operasinya. Segala urusan agihan stok juga disekat. Ini akan menjejaskan proses perjalanan urus niaga dan memberikan imej yang tidak baik kepada para pelanggan. Oleh itu Proton perlu bertimbang rasa dan eloklah diteruskan pemberian kemudahan kepada wakil jualan agar dapat meningkatkan jualan bulanan, bukan mengenakan berbagai-bagai sekatan kepada wakil-wakil jualan.

6Proton dilihat bergantung kepada model SUV baru yang bernama Boyue bagi mengembalikan pasaran Proton. Kita doakan Proton berjaya namun, bolehkah model baru ini kembali meningkatkan jualan Proton memandangkan dengan harga anggaran RM100,000, pengguna mempunyai banyak pilihan untuk membeli kereta jenama lain yang lebih mereka yakini.

7Pemberian diskaun khas sebanyak 10 peratus yang diberikan kepada Persatuan Hokkien, kakitangan Petronas dan DRB-Hicom dan institusi kewangan (termasuk ahli keluarga terdekat) juga menjejaskan jualan kenderaan dalam kalangan wakil jualan, ini kerana pembeli hanya boleh membeli daripada pengedar Proton sendiri bukan daripada wakil jualan. Jelas ini satu diskriminasi kepada wakil jualan kerana mereka tidak dapat memberi diskaun khas.

8Proton juga perlu bertegas mengawal persaingan yang tidak sihat sesama wakil jualan Proton. Proton perlu mengambil tindakan terhadap wakil jualan yang memberi diskaun yang melampau yang kebanyakannya dilakukan oleh wakil bukan bumiputera dan ini telah pun membunuh banyak wakil jualan bumiputera yang terpaksa tutup kerana tidak mampu bersaing dan menghadapi kerugian yang berterusan. Pengurusan dilihat berpeluk tubuh dan tidak buat apa-apa untuk mengawal persaingan yang tidak sihat ini.

9Orang yang menjaga perancangan dan pembangunan wakil jualan Proton diketuai oleh seorang bukan bumiputera yang tentunya tidak mempunyai jiwa untuk membantu bumiputera. Beliau telah memberi berbagai tekanan dan tidak memberi pilihan kepada wakil jualan bumiputera 1S dalam usaha untuk naik taraf kepada 3S. Tidak ada kompromi atau rundingan.

Sebelum adanya dasar-dasar baru ini, bagaimana situasi wakil jualan Proton?

ZAINUDDIN: Sekitar 2015 hingga 2016, saya difahamkan mereka menjual antara 40 hingga 50 unit sebulan. Bagaimanapun, jualan Proton tahun lalu menurun kepada 70,991 unit berbanding 72,291 unit pada 2016. Saya tahu ada banyak kekangan yang dihadapi oleh wakil-wakil jualan ini. Antaranya, dari segi pembayaran gaji minimum dengan rata-rata mereka mempunyai 15 pekerja termasuk ejen. Kalau hanya dapat jual secara purata 20-30 buah kereta sebulan bagaimana mereka nak menampung kos operasi, sewa bangunan, bayaran gaji pekerja dan sebagainya.

Sejak November berapa kerugian yang dicatatkan wakil-wakil jualan ini?

ZAINUDDIN: Berdasarkan aduan yang saya terima ia melibatkan kerugian yang teruk iaitu sekitar 40 hingga 50 peratus setiap bulan berbanding tahun-tahun sebelum ini. Kerugian ini sudah berlarutan dalam jangka masa yang agak lama. Ramai wakil jualan bumiputera telah bertukar tangan dan ada yang telah pun gulung tikar.

Antara syarat yang perlu dipenuhi ialah wakil-wakil jualan perlu membuka pusat servis 3S di atas tanah sendiri atau tanah sewa. Masalahnya bukan mudah nak dapatkan pemilikan tanah dalam tempoh yang singkat. Bukankah begitu Datuk?

ZAINUDDIN: Ya, ini satu perkara yang paling sukar dan tidak logik sebab nak beli tanah dan tukar nama pun memakan masa lebih enam bulan. Tetapi pengurusan baru Proton tetapkan syarat-syarat ketat iaitu wajib naik taraf ke 3S dalam tempoh kurang setahun. Sudah tentu ini sukar direalisasikan oleh wakil jualan bumiputera. Kalau tak ikut syarat ini, mereka akan tukar dengan wakil jualan lain yang kemungkinan besar rata-ratanya adalah wakil jualan bukan bumiputera. Di Lembah Kelang ini terutamanya, mana nak dapat tanah untuk bina bangunan sendiri atas tanah seluas 0.61 hektar (1.5 ekar) seperti ditetapkan pengurusan baru Proton ini. Jelas tidak logik. Wakil jualan bumiputera tidak mampu untuk menyewa atau membeli tanah 0.61 hektar (1.5 ekar) tersebut. Akhirnya di Lembah Kelang, saya percaya akan dimonopoli oleh wakil jualan bukan bumiputera.

Tidak ada langsungkah wakil jualan bumiputera yang bertaraf 3S?

ZAINUDDIN: Jumlahnya sangat sedikit dan hanya boleh dibilang dengan jari. Di Lembah Kelang difahamkan hanya ada dua sahaja. Konsep 3S wakil jualan bumiputera dilihat masih belum mampu untuk menjalankan perniagaan 3S di Lembah Kelang kerana berbagai-bagai faktor. Inilah realitinya.

Ini baru tiga bulan dasar baru diperkenalkan oleh pengurusan baru Proton. Apa jadi Datuk kalau masih berterusan?

ZAINUDDIN: Tidak mustahil dalam lima hingga enam bulan ini, vendor-vendor bumiputera Proton pula yang akan ‘mati’, bisnes tutup tak boleh berniaga. Margin sedia ada pun tidak mampu menampung kos operasi inikan pula saya difahamkan mereka nak kurangkan lagi 30 peratus. Jadi sebelum wakil jualan dan vendor ini lebih ramai yang ‘bungkus,’ maka eloklah kerajaan berbuat sesuatu.

Sejak dasar ini dimulakan November lalu, di Lembah Kelang sahaja, banyak wakil jualan bumiputera sudah bungkus daripada keseluruhan wakil jualan bumiputera yang ada. Diakui ada juga wakil jualan bukan bumiputera yang sudah menutup perniagaan mereka tetapi nisbah wakil jualan bumiputera lebih ramai. Kita ingin menyuarakan kebimbangan bahawa jualan wakil-wakil bukan bumiputera akan menguasai sepenuhnya pasaran Proton pada masa akan datang.

Tetapi Perdana Menteri, Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak baru-baru ini memberi jaminan akan menjaga masa depan Proton. Pada pandangan Datuk, adakah ini termasuk masa depan vendor dan wakil jualan atau sebaliknya?

ZAINUDDIN: Kami melihat Perdana Menteri amat ikhlas dan bersungguh-sungguh untuk menjaga masa depan Proton. Malangnya keikhlasan dan kesungguhan Perdana Menteri tidak sejajar dengan pengurusan Proton baru yang dikuasai oleh Geely yang kelihatannya tidak ada lagi agenda bumiputera dan tidak lagi menjadi keutamaan mereka. Kita bukan nak salahkan atau bangkang kerajaan mahupun Proton. Tidak sama sekali! Kita memang sangat hargai usaha Perdana Menteri melawat kilang Proton di Tanjung Malim dan bagi jaminan tentang masa depan Proton yang akan terus dijaga walaupun di bawah Geely. Cuma kita harap hasrat beliau dapat dijayakan oleh pengurusan Proton yang baru ini. Itu sahaja kita mahukan.

Antara faktor yang mendorong kepada syarat naik taraf 3S ini juga disebabkan Proton akan memulakan jualan Boyue tahun ini. Adakah Pekema ada sebarang cadangan dalam perkara ini?

ZAINUDDIN: Kita difahamkan pihak Proton dengan bantuan kerajaan akan membawa masuk sejumlah besar secara CBU Boyue dengan insentif istimewa daripada kerajaan bagi menggalakkan jualan Proton di pasaran, malangnya CBU Boyue ini difahamkan akan diberi kepada wakil jualan Proton 3S sahaja. Ini satu lagi diskriminasi secara halus kepada wakil jualan bumiputera 1S yang tidak diberi hak untuk menjual CBU Boyue.

Tetapi difahamkan untuk bantu usahawan bumiputera dalam industri automotif, kerajaan ada sediakan dana. Adakah dana itu digunakan?

ZAINUDDIN: Memang ada dana ini yang dikutip daripada ahli Pekema iaitu RM10,000 setiap AP. Dan kutipan ini telah pun mencecah RM3 bilion sejak 2010. Daripada dana ini, 20 peratus diperuntukkan untuk pembinaan kapasiti di bawah Institut Automotif Malaysia (MAI) manakala 40 peratus untuk Pekema. Lagi 40 peratus pula akan disalurkan untuk membantu membangunkan usahawan bumiputera dalam sektor automotif.

Tetapi, dana dan peruntukan ini tidak diagihkan dan diuar-uarkan jadi tidak ada yang memohon. Maknanya dalam tempoh lapan tahun ini, peruntukan 40 peratus ini tidak pernah diagihkan walaupun kita tahu ada beberapa permohonan dibuat. Jadi, kita minta pada kerajaan supaya dana ini diagihkan untuk bantu wakil-wakil jualan bumiputera ini. Kita harap dengan pinjaman mudah ini usahawan bumiputera boleh bergerak ke hadapan manakala Proton pula melonggarkan syarat mereka.

Bagaimana dengan pembiayaan?

ZAINUDDIN: Dari segi pembiayaan pula, kita nak gunakan dana yang disumbangkan oleh Pekema selama lapan tahun ini. Ikut perkiraan kami, untuk bangunan sahaja ia menelan kos antara RM2 juta hingga RM3 juta. Kos ini tidak termasuk tanah. Jika ikut kos tanah, misalnya di kawasan utama di Lembah Kelang harganya antara RM800 hingga RM1,200 satu kaki persegi dengan mengambil kira lokasi yang strategik dan di hadapan jalan raya. Ia berbeza dengan lokasi lain di Kulim contohnya antara RM200 hingga RM300 satu kaki persegi. Jadi, dengan kos tanah (ambil kira RM800 kaki persegi di Lembah Kelang) dan memenuhi syarat 0.61 hektar yang ditetapkan Proton, ia dianggarkan mencecah RM52 juta. Ini belum lagi mengambil kira modal pusingan sebanyak RM3.5 juta untuk membeli kereta dan kos membina bangunan yang kesemuanya menelan kos sebanyak RM60 juta.

Selain kita menggunakan dana tersebut, kita juga mempertimbangkan platform lain iaitu melantik pengurusan profesional untuk jaga pusat 3S dan menggunakan ahli yang boleh jalankan perniagaan ini secara usaha sama. Tetapi dalam masa sama, 25 syarikat yang merupakan ahli Pekema juga masih bertaraf 1S.

Apa kekangan yang menyebabkan bumiputera tidak boleh naik taraf ke 3S ini? ZAINUDDIN: Prestasi Proton sendiri sebenarnya. Selain sudah lama tidak mengeluarkan model baru (Persona dikeluarkan penghujung 2016), pengguna juga semakin hilang keyakinan dan ini menyebabkan penguasaan pasaran jatuh. Dalam masa sama, prestasi Proton dalam tempoh enam hingga tujuh tahun ini asyik bertukar tangan dari Khazanah Nasional Berhad dan kemudiannya DRB-Hicom Berhad yang menunjukkan satu ‘bentuk penyelesaian yang kukuh’. Ini menyebabkan pengedar tidak tahu hala tuju dan ambil keputusan untuk teruskan perniagaan walaupun menanggung kerugian. Memang ada yang cakap kena berubah, ya, kita boleh berubah, tapi soalnya mana nak dapatkan tanah buat bangunan sendiri dalam tempoh setahun?

Apakah harapan Pekema terhadap Proton?

ZAINUDDIN: Kita semua sayangkan Proton, Proton adalah imej negara dan satu kebanggaan rakyat Malaysia. Kita mengalu-alukan Geely sebagai rakan kongsi strategik Proton. Kita minta pihak kerajaan khususnya MITI yang diterajui oleh Datuk Sri Mustapa Mohamed yang cukup prihatin dengan nasib bumiputera dalam industri automotif dan Kementerian Kewangan (MOF) yang telah memberi lebih RM1 bilion kepada Proton dalam bentuk perjanjian mudah supaya dapat memastikan Proton mengekalkan dasar agenda bumiputera selaras dengan Dasar Pembangunan Nasional yang merupakan sambungan kepada Dasar Ekonomi Baru. Justeru vendor-vendor dan wakil-wakil jualan bumiputera mestilah terus dibantu dan janganlah biarkan mereka ditindas oleh dasar-dasar dan polisi-polisi baru yang akan membunuh mereka secara perlahan-lahan.

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Proton telah mengeluarkan kenyataan rasmi menjelaskan keadaan dan perancangan, terutama dalam proses untuk menambah baik dan mempertingkatkan eko-sistem motorkar nasional itu.


Ini merupakan sebahagian dari pembaharuan dan peningkatan dalam perancangan Proton itu terus bergerak kehadapan dan mengekalkan kelangsungan, bagi menentukan jenama dan syarikat akan terus kekal dan bertambah kukuh.

Selepas pengambil-alihan Proton dari Khazanah Nasional Bhd. bermula 2012, DRB-HICOM memutuskan agar diambil rakan strategik industri automtotif demi kelangsungan syarikat, jenama dan eko-sistem yang telah diujudkan semenjak 33 tahun lampau.

Selepas Zheijang Geely Holdings dari Cina diambil sebagai rakan kongsi strategik pada Jun 2017, Proton mula mengalami perubahan secara total.

Bulan lepas produk pertama pasca penglibatan Geely dalam Proton disahkan akan berada dipasaran bermula suku keempat 2018.

Sewajarnya, peningkatan produk dari segi rekaan, peralatan, teknologi dan prestasi merupakan penyediaan Proton diperingkat huluan eko-sistem. Ini termasuk menentukan vendor membekalkan bahagian yang bermutu bersesuaian dengan produk dan harapan pasaran.

Oleh demikian, sasaran eko-sistem Proton diperingkat hiliran juga memerlukan peningkatan juga. Setakat ini, lebih 90% pengedar Proton terutama dikalangan Bumiputera adalah kategori 1S (Sales).

Difahamkan, hanya 8% sahaja bertaraf 3S/4S. Indeks kepuasan pelangan menunjukkan setakat ini Proton tidak menepati kehendak pasaran.

Sasaran Proton agar 30 hingga 40% pengedar dikalangan pengusaha Bumiputera mempertingkatkan kemampuan mereka ketahap 3S/4S.

Ini bersesuaian dengan pengenalan produk setelah dibangunkan bersama penyertaan Geely sebagai rakan kongsi strategik, bermula suku ke-empat tahun ini.

Ini merupakan tindakan strategik kerana kemampuan pengedar ditahap 3S/4S bermakna memberikan pengusaha berkenaan peluang memanjangkan perniagaan secara berterusan dengan pelangan pasca jualan.

Insentif berupa margin tambahan akan diberikan Proton kepada pengedar yang menaik taraf fasiliti ketahap 3S/4S, sebagai peningkatan pulangan atas pelaburan berkenaan tambahan penaik-tarafan perniagaan mereka.

Ini penting kerana dengan pengenalan model SUV baru ini, Proton berhasrat meningkat keupayaan syarikat dan jenama menepati permintaan pasaran dan menyaingi jenama dari Jepun dan Korea.

Peningkatan keupayaan daya-saing dan perkhidmatan merupakan kejayaan strategik Agenda Bumiputera.


Published in: on February 14, 2018 at 18:00  Comments (2)  

Realism of Dr Mahathir as the next Prime Minister

The reality of Pakatan Harapan Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to be offered as the next Prime Minister in the event they manage to control Dewan Rakyat is unlikely, considering his relationship with His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XV.

Bernama story:

Kelantan palace revokes award for Mahathir

KOTA BHARU — Feb. 8, 2018: The Kelantan Palace has revoked the Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Dihormati (Al-Yunusi) title awarded to former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in 2002 effective last Tuesday.

State Secretary Datuk Mohd. Faudzi Che Mamat confirmed this when contacted today but did not reveal the reason.

Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, has been informed.

Yesterday, the palace revoked the datuk awards of Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Husam Musa and Kelantan Amanah chairman Wan Abd Rahim Wan Abdullah. — Bernama


Dr Mahathir is the first former Prime Minister whose State Awards has been withdrawn, upon the wish of HRH Ruler.

In this case, the Ruler is His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V, who currently resides the office of the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong V.

The various arguments towards the appointment of a Prime Minister, are in the context of the relevant articles in the Federal Constitution, as well as the precedent from the British experience.

It is no mystery that Dr. Mahathir’s relationship with the various Rulers has been prickly and even contentious, ever since he was the Fourth Prime Minister.

Lately as a Statesman, he has been reprimanded by His Majesty Sultan of Johor and HRH Sultan Selangor, for his political speeches and manoeuvres.

These tiffs and riffs, including the insult HRH Sultan Selangor openly expressed for the speech made at Anti-Kleptocracy Rally last October and this withdrawal of State Awards by Kelantan, would be greatly unnoticed.

The Star story:

Selangor Sultan slams Dr M

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PETALING JAYA: Nine months after being berated by the Johor Sultan for claiming that Malaysia is being sold off to China, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has incurred a similar wrath, this time from the Selangor Sultan.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah issued a stinging rebuke to Dr Mahathir for comparing the Bugis community to pirates during the “Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy” rally at Padang Timur on Oct 14.

The Selangor Royal Council said in a statement yesterday that the Sultan took a serious view of, was angered by and was very upset at Dr Mahathir’s words, which are seen as trying to incite Malaysians to hate, insult and belittle the Bugis.

The Council also said that an investigation and legal action under the Sedition Act 1948 or any other related law should be carried out against Dr Mahathir.

He said two investigation papers had been opened over the remarks – made during the rally, as well as at a talk in Shah Alam on July 17 – after police reports were lodged by members of the public.

“We are investigating the matter under the Sedition Act,” he said, adding that the probe was almost completed.

The Selangor Royal Council statement, issued by its secretary Hanafisah Jais on behalf of the Sultan, said that based on a video clip of the speech which went viral on social media, Dr Mahathir’s allegation clearly insults the Bugis by alleging that they are descended from pirates, thieves and criminals.

“The members of the Selangor Royal Council regard the statement as extremely excessive and can trigger hatred and ill-feelings of the people against the Bugis to the extent that it creates chaos.

“This allegation indirectly insults the ancestry of the Selangor Sultanate which is descended from the Bugis.”

Dr Mahathir had claimed that Malaysia was being led by a prime minister descended from “Bugis pirates”, a dig at Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Council, in its statement, said historical facts prove that the Selangor Sultanate descended from the Bugis, who were warriors who defended Islam and peace throughout the Malay archipelago.

“Tun Dr Mahathir as a former prime minister and who led the country’s administration for 22 years should be more careful in issuing any statement and should be more informed about the historical facts on Bugis ancestry,” it said.

The statement added that the Selangor Sultan reminded all parties, especially politicians, to refrain from ridiculing race and ancestry for political capital because it could jeopardise harmony and unity in the country.

In an exclusive interview with The Star in January, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar accused Dr Mahathir of fear-mongering by playing racial politics that have no place in the southern state.

The Johor Ruler said he was “deeply offended and hurt” by the political spin against mainland China investments in the state.

He singled out Dr Mahathir for “putting political interests above Malaysian interests, particularly Johor.”



Especially by the majority of the Malays, who have placed the sensitivities of insulting any Rulers as a taboo.

The hope of Pakatan Harapan controlling the Dewan Rakyat is substantially impaired with failure to get the support of the majority of the Malays. This is very clear when Dr. Mahathir formed PPBM as the specific vehicle to win the support of the Malays.

In the Thirteenth Parliament, the Malays through UMNO control 72 seats. That is 32.4% of the MPs. Currently, Pakatan Harapan MPs stand only at 74 seats.

That includes one from each PAN and PKR MPs, representing voters from Kelantan.

Never before in the history of Malaysia ever such a Malay who has yet been given any legal authority somewhat being treated like a persona non grata, by so many HRH Rulers within the shortest span of time.

Published in: on February 8, 2018 at 23:59  Leave a Comment  

TH announces higher Hibah

Tabung Haji announces higher Hibah and Bonus for depositors, amidst higher cost of operations and impairment of some loss making investments.

That is a good sum, for over 9 million TH depositors and aspirant pilgrims. TH currently managing a savings scheme under the Wadiah principle, of over RM70b worth of funds.

It is an increase of 5.88% for Annual Hibah and 16.67% for Hajj special Hibah over previous year’s. The Gross Income is RM4.5billion.

For the last financial year, TH provided RM296m in subsidy against direct cost of performing Hajj, so that the charge for pilgrims could be maintained at RM9,980.

Include this year’s Hajj season, TH would have subsidized over RM1.5b in direct cost, for over 215,000 pilgrims muasassah scheme.

The subsidy had been raised from profits derived from shariah compliant investments.

Overall subsidiary contributed RM1.156m or 26% of total income. Mainly investments in financial services such Bank Islam, TH properties, TH Hotel Residence, TH Plantations and other investments abroad.

Another change is that our hibah bases change from lowest minimum balance to lowest yearly balance to encourage depositors to save for long term rather than short term bcos it is back to tab haji original objective of saving little by little to perform hajj.

TH has also impaired THHE of RM208m and two other portfolios Oil and Gas industry which are Scomi Energy Services and Alam Maritim totalling RM170m due to the poor global performance in the sector.

In all, TH impaired RM470m in losses.

Prudent management and tight investment policies are part of TH key success to increase Hibah to depositors, amidst growing subsidy for direct Hajj operations with objective to provide affordable pilgrimage for Malaysian Muslims.



Published in: on February 7, 2018 at 14:30  Comments (2)  

Mengagalkan kepentingan Negara

Tindakan Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan beberapa orang kepimpinan tertinggi bertemu Duta Besar dan Wakil Diplomatik negara-negara EU merupakan mengagalkan kepentingan Negara, semata-mata agenda politik sempit mereka.

Kenyataan Menteri Luar Negara:


Menurut Menteri Luar Negara Dato Seri Anifah Aman “Adalah usaha-usaha pihak Pakatan Harapan merupakan satu politik terdedak yang amat dikesali kerana mengundang campurtangan dan tekanan kuasa asing keatas nilai-nilai dan princip amalan demokrasi di Malaysia”.

Dr. Mahathir jelas menunjukkan sift munafiq kerana semasa menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun 3 bulan dan 15 hari, beliau amat menentang campurtangan dan tekanan negara asigna, terutama dalaman isu dalaman negara dan amalan demokrasi.

Contohnya semasa episod pasca pemecatan Banduan Sodomi Anwar Ibrahim dari jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

Ucapan Naib Presiden Amerika Syarikat Al Gore semasa sidang kemuncak APEC mengundang serangan hebat oleh pentadbiran Dr. Mahathir.

Laporan BBC:

World: Asia-Pacific

Malaysia hits back at Gore

Mr Gore’s comments have not impressed his hosts

Paul Royallreports

In an escalating war of words, Malaysia has accused the United States of inciting efforts to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Badawi said said remarks made by US Vice-President were “most unwarranted”.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Badawi: “Malaysians do not take kindly to sanctimonious sermonising”

He said it was “abhorrent” that the US Government should incite “certain elements within the country” to use undemocratic means in order to overthrow a constitutionally elected administration.

Earlier Mr Gore provoked fury amongst Malaysian government ministers by expressing support for the country’s reform movement. He went on to reiterate the need for democracy and freedom.

Malaysia Crisis Section

Mr Gore said he was proud to have delivered the message.

“Moving into the 21st century with a strong economy really requires democracy and self-government,” he said.

South East Asia Correspondent Simon Ingram: “Expressions of rage”

“That is the American message and I am proud to deliver it here and anywhere I go.”

At a dinner for Apec business leaders on Monday night, Mr Gore delivered what correspondents say was a stinging rebuke to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad by praising the “brave people” of Malaysia calling for “reformasi”.

Rallying call

The term has become the slogan for supporters of the sacked Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim whose trial on charges of corruption and sexual misconduct has become the focus for unprecedented anti-government protests.

Other delegations have moved to stop the row disrupting the economic business of the summit. New Zealand prime minister Jenny Shipley criticised what she termed megaphone diplomacy.

[ image: Reformasi is the rallying call for Anwar's supporters]
Reformasi is the rallying call for Anwar’s supporters

Intense security precautions are in place in Kuala Lumpur to ensure that the two-day gathering of the 21 nation forum passes off without distraction.

Mr Anwar’s trial has been suspended for the duration of the summit.

Government ‘totally disgusted’

Malaysian ministers denounced Mr Gore’s comments as unwarranted interference in their internal affairs.

Trade Minister, Rafidah Aziz, a close ally of Dr Mahathir, said Mr Gore did not understand what was happening in Malaysia and his message was to condone riots and demonstrations.

Rafidah Aziz: “A totally disgusting and inappropriate speech”

“From my point of view as a government minister, we are totally disgusted,” she said.

Education Minister Najib Abdul Razak also criticised the Vice-President for what he called “an absolutely intolerable state of behaviour and unbecoming of a leader of the United States.”

Summit overshadowed

The furore following Mr Gore’s speech has overshadowed the unveiling of a $10bn aid package from Japan and the US intended to help the region regain some of its economic lustre.

The Japanese government has responded coolly to the diplomatic row, with the Prime Minister, Keizo Obuchi, saying he hoped “law and justice” would solve the political upheaval in Malaysia.

Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said Mr Gore’s comments were inappropriate to the meeting: “Politics should not get in the way of Apec.”

Al Gore: “My point is very simple”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley also said she was worried that “megaphone diplomacy” was threatening the economic group.

“Apec is an economic forum where cooperation is being sought,” she said. “Clearly there are some pressing bilateral issues that countries want to raise here in Malaysia but it should not be at the expense of Apec.”

New Zealand will play host to the next meeting of Apec leaders in 1999.


Published in: on January 28, 2018 at 17:00  Leave a Comment  

Missus Saviour is above the law?

The Opposition is making a big hue and cry when the Police came to interview and take the statement of Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who is being investigated under the Public Assembly Act.

The wife of Pakatan Harapan Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad spoke at the public street side public assembly of ‘Women Against Toxic Politics’ last September.

It is not clear whether the organisers obtained a permit for the public assembly at corner of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Sultan Ismail. It is believed that permit was not issued, since the public assembly was at a junction of two major roads in the middle of Kuala Lumpur.

The Police needs to ascertain her participation in the illegal assembly. That is the cause for the interview, which is normal procedure in any Police investigation.

If she is truly against ‘Toxic Politics’ , then she should start at home. Her husband is the High Chancellor of Toxic Politics in Malaysia now, spewing venomous lies and seditious speeches, one after another.

Perhaps, the whole family is making preparation to be citizens of another country. Since Dr Mahathir is very incessant in bashing and rubbishing Malaysia in speeches during trips abroad and son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is ashamed to be Malaysians when asked, when he is abroad.

Perhaps being abroad as citizens of another country, then they don’t have show respect to the Malaysian Law, Federal Constitution and HRH Rulers.

Published in: on January 27, 2018 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  

Pakatan Harapan really hoping!

Pakatan Harapan spokesman at a forum is probably hallucinating when he announced that the Opposition coalition of marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows is targeting for “100 seats in Semenanjung”.

Where is this extra 50% the DAP Strategist and MP Serdang Dr Ong Kian Ming is talking about, on top of the current seats held by DAP, PKR, Amanah and the lone PPBM seat is unsure.

However, reputable political analysts are finding that notion such an uphill feat for the Opposition coalition.

Currently, UMNO is holding 72 seats in Semenanjung. If Dr Ong is accurate in his analysis, UMNO should lose 40 of the seats currently held.

At the last twin by election of Sg. Besar and Kuala Kangsar, not only BN won by bigger majority, there are evidence the Chinese voters are coming back to vote BN.

It is a fact that the Malays are still with UMNO, despite the incessant attacks to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and his administration.

Dr Ong wishful thinking however is difficult to chew let alone swallow as the feedbacks are pointing the opposite direction.

Ibrahim Suffian, founder of Merdeka Centre opined that majority of the Malays, the backbone of BN’s support in Semenanjung, is distrustful of the Opposition.

Dr Ong is conveniently not taking the consideration of the sentiments of his own Chinese Chauvinist DAP’s grass root and support, especially amongst the older generation, on the working relationship with a nemesis of half century Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Coupled with the compounding abuse of power and corrupt practices which is currently haunting DAP’s State Government in Penang, it is most likely more Chinese voters would return to BN’s fold.

If UMNO’s position is likely to maintain (plus or minus some odd seats won in Selangor and lost in Kedah) and DAP losing some of its most comfortable position since the party was formed more than half a century ago, then Dr. Ong probably should rework his math again.



Published in: on January 27, 2018 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Going concern ‘gold-mine’

PNB-EPF joint announcement last Friday on their investment in Phase II of the Battersea Power Station Development project worth GBP1.6 billion (RM8.6 billion) should be seen as a gold mine for depositors of both schemes.

Financial Times story:


Malaysian fund PNB buys Battersea Power Station stake

Cash injection will allow the building to be completed amid rising costs
JANUARY 19, 2018 8 A Malaysian fund has agreed to buy a stake in London’s Battersea Power Station in a deal that values the building at £1.6bn.
Permodalan Nasional Berhad, a fund manager with £50bn of assets under management, will own the building jointly with Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, which already owns a fifth of the wider Battersea development site.
PNB will buy its stake in the building from the Malaysian developers Sime Darby Property and SP Setia, which between them own 80 per cent of the 42-acre site.
The fund manager is a majority stakeholder in both developers, and therefore already indirectly owns a large proportion of the Battersea development.
An undisclosed percentage of the expected full sale price for the grade II* listed building will be paid to the developers in stages through construction, with the balance paid on completion.
According to people familiar with the matter, the cash injection will allow the development of the building, which will host Apple’s new UK headquarters, to be completed amid rising costs.
The Battersea Power Station building itself — which occupies about six acres of the site — had been derelict for roughly 30 years when the site was bought in 2012 for £400m by the consortium from Malaysia.
At the time, the group said it believed the whole development would be worth £8bn by the time it was completed in 2024. The refurbishment of the power station, which supplied one-fifth of London’s electrical power when in operation, is set to be completed in late 2020.
About a quarter of the building will be developed as homes, with a further quarter dedicated to offices. The remainder will be a mixture of retail and leisure space.
The developers are considering changes to their plans for the site following a downturn in the market for luxury homes. As many as 4,000 homes are planned for the 1930s’ landmark site, but that might be reduced to make way for extra office space.
In June, the developers of the scheme won approval to cut their affordable housing commitment by 40 per cent — citing a rise in building costs of more than 11 per cent over a year — as well as faltering sales values for luxury homes.
Battersea reduced its affordable housing commitment to between 9 and 15 per cent of all the housing produced on the scheme, subject to an “end of scheme review”.
PNB and EPF would hold the biggest stake in London’s current most premier development scheme, where the GDV is expected to be GBP9 billion (RM45 billion).
Guardian story:

Inside the new Battersea Power Station

First 100 residents move in to first batch of swanky flats as vast £9bn development starts to rise from the rubble at the south London landmark

Two landmark chimneys rise above the rooftop gardens at the Battersea Power Station project in this artist's impression

Pop veteran Sting, celebrity survival expert Bear Grylls and 1,400 Apple office workers will soon be neighbours – living and working alongside each other at Battersea Power Station.

The £9bn project to revamp the Grade II listed building – more than it cost to build the stadiums and stage the 2012 London Olympics – is the centrepiece of a mile-long development of offices and apartment towers on the south bank of the Thames stretching from Vauxhall to Chelsea bridge.

After four years of construction, the development is now starting to take shape and the first 100 residents have just moved in to a luxury apartment complex alongside the main building, called Circus West Village. And for the first time in 90 years the power station’s riverfront, with a new piazza and parkland, is now accessible to all.

The former power plant won’t open its doors to the public for shopping and leisure until 2020, when a new tube station, called Battersea Power Station, comes online to whisk workers, visitors and the development’s well-heeled residents into the West End or the City in less than 15 minutes.

A glass lift is to be built to take visitors to a viewing platform atop the power station’s landmark white chimneys, where they will have sweeping views across the river from a height of more than 100m (330ft).

An artists’s impression of how the rooftop garden at Battersea Power Station will look when built.
An artists’s impression of how the rooftop garden at Battersea Power Station will look when built. Photograph: Battersea Power Station development

The power station has lain empty since it was decommissioned in 1983. Seven separate plans – including turning the power station into a theme park, giant shopping mall or football stadium – fell apart before a Malaysian consortium bought the 17-hectare (42-acre) site for £400m in 2012.

The developers are now building at least 1.25m sq ft of office space and 4,239 swanky new homes. It is one of the biggest building sites in Europe, employing 3,000 construction workers. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.

The Guardian gained a sneak preview last week of the work under way at the former coal-fired power station, which used to supply one-fifth of London’s electricity.

Most of the scaffolding erected inside the building – the biggest brick construction in Europe and vast enough to hold both St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square – has now been removed, with work underway to refurbish the original 1930s features; the art deco balconies, windows and giant fluted pilasters in light grey marble are all being restored.

Construction work inside Battersea Power Station.
Construction work within Battersea Power Station, a structure big enough to house both St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. Photograph: Anthony Coleman/VIEW

The original chimneys have been replaced with replicas. Two will even have steam coming out of them, from a new gas-powered energy centre.

Inside, the two turbine halls – one built in the 1930s with bronze doors, marble floors and staircases, the other a more austere 1950s construction – will eventually be lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and cinemas.

The biggest tenant will be Apple, whose decision to locate its new European HQ in London was seen as a huge boost for the UK after the Brexit vote. The US tech giant will move 1,400 staff into five floors of the former boiler house in 2021.

View of the London skyline looking south-west from atop Westminster Cathedral towards Battersea Power Station
Looking south-west from Westminster Cathedral towards Battersea Power Station. Photograph: Arcaid Ltd – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

A new concert venue for 2,000 people is also in the works, while the former control room A will be marketed as a cultural venue.

Most of the 253 luxury apartments atop the power station have already been sold off-plan. Studio flats – with no separate bedroom – started at £800,000. One-bed flats started at £1m while four-bedroomed family apartments cost at least £4m.

The three penthouses have yet to be priced, although the rumoured £25m-£30m price tag may have to be scaled back as demand for high-end property in the capital dips.

To the south of the power station, a cluster of sculptural blocks designed by US architect Frank Gehry and Britain’s Foster + Partners – including a titanium-clad building called The Flower – will line a new high street, called the Electric Boulevard. This is where Sting and his wife have invested. Studio flats there started at £495,000, rising to £3.2m for a four-bedroom apartment when put on sale in 2014.

cranes and steel girders within the old power plant at Battersea
Battersea Power Station starts to take shape. Photograph: Anthony Coleman/View

Bear Grylls, the TV adventurer, has bought an apartment where he plans to live with his wife and three sons. He said the family had lived in Battersea for many years and “didn’t just want a run-of-the-mill townhouse or riverside development … It was our chance to own a little bit of history that we could pass on down through the family.”

About 85% of the 2,481 marketed homes have been sold so far, although the developers have recently been affected by the slump in the luxury home market. Some apartments, they said, would now be downsized . They might also replace planned apartments with up to 1m sq ft of office space, about twice the floorspace of 30 St Mary Axe in the City, better known as The Gherkin.

The overall development includes 636 affordable homes, just 15% of the total . None are located in the actual power station. The number is far less than is usually demanded but the local council Wandsworth agreed to a lower proportion because the development will improve the area and the developer is contributing to the tube extension. Local residents will get an average market rent discount of 40%.

An artist’s impression of the Gehry designed residents’ lounge.
An artist’s impression of the Gehry designed residents’ lounge. Photograph: Battersea Power Station development

Ravi Govindia, the Conservative leader of Wandsworth council, has praised the project. He said it “will deliver hundreds of new homes at prices that low and middle-income households can genuinely afford … without a single penny of taxpayers’ subsidy”.

The towering chimneys rise again.
The towering chimneys rise again. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Some locals, however, have strongly criticised the project, questioning the social and economic benefits to the area.

Keith Garner, a local architect and member of the Battersea Power Station Community Group, described the power station plan as “soulless and generic”. He wanted more affordable homes included, and to see cultural and educational institutions included – like an annexe to the South Kensington museums or top-level sports facilities such as an Olympic-size pool.

However, Rob Tincknell, who runs the Battersea Power Station Development Company, says the luxury homes are necessary to pay for the former power plant’s restoration.


The Battersea Powerstation Project has been described as “It is simply being concluded to create a long-term stable asset management and ownership platform going forward.”


The Reuters story:

London’s Battersea Power Station project in proposed sale for £1.6 billion

LONDON (Reuters) – The owners of Battersea Power Station, a huge industrial building in London currently being turned into homes, offices and shops by a Malaysian consortium, are in talks to sell it for 1.6 billion pounds, the redevelopers said on Thursday.

A new chimney is seen with the three dismantled to their bases at Battersea Power Station in London, Britain, March 7, 2016. Developers are demolishing the corroded chimneys of the art deco landmark and will replace them with replicas, as part of the re-development of the area. REUTERS/Toby Melville

With its four giant chimneys, the disused electricity generating plant on the south bank of the River Thames was pictured on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album “Animals” and is one of the best-known silhouettes on the London skyline.

Built in the 1930s, the coal-fired power station stopped operating in 1983 and gradually fell into disrepair, with multiple attempts to redevelop it floundering due to costs and practical difficulties in converting the gigantic site.

It was eventually sold to a Malaysian consortium led by property developer SP Setia (SETI.KL) in 2012, for 400 million pounds, and since then has been undergoing construction work on a vast scale. The project is due to be completed in late 2020.

SP Setia said in an announcement to the Malaysian Stock Exchange that it was in discussions about a potential sale with Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), a Malaysian government-linked investment firm, and Employees Provident Fund Board (EPF), a state pension fund.

The proposal is to sell Phase 2 of the project, the building itself, but not the surrounding land which is also in the process of being redeveloped.

Through their holdings in the current developers and through direct stakes, PNB and EPF already own about 70 percent of the project as a whole.

Battersea Power Station Development Company Ltd, the UK-based structure managing the project, described the proposed transaction as a re-organisation of the ownership of the building that would create a long-term asset management and ownership structure.

“Subject to further due diligence and negotiations, the transaction sum is estimated to be 1.6 billion pounds, which is contemplated to be paid in stages through the rest of the construction phase of the Power Station building,” it said in a statement.

Apple (AAPL.O) announced in September 2016 that it would be moving its London headquarters to the former central boiler house of the power station — a commercial and public relations success for the redevelopers.

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London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported that the proposed sale came after the costs of transforming the brick structure doubled from an initial forecast of about 750 million pounds to around 1.5 billion.

It said the spiralling costs had meant the profit return on the scheme had been cut from 20 percent to 8.2 percent.

A spokesman for the Battersea Power Station Development Company denied that the transaction was in response to an increase in costs.

“Whilst there have been cost increases across the industry and at Battersea Power Station, this transaction is not in reaction to costs,” he said.

“It is simply being concluded to create a long-term stable asset management and ownership platform going forward.”


The duo Malaysian investment firms is said to be 80% in holding of the RM45 billion premier property development project. If the returns is at a mere 20% of GDV, then that is a forecast of RM9 billion.

It is a goldmine potential for initial investment of RM8.6 for land acquisition.

PNB Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar is absolutely spot on in attacking the lies being spread for the Battersea Property Development Project.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Wahid Omar: ‘Mischievous’ to say PNB, EPF to pay 1,000 times more for the Battersea project

Kuala Lumpur 20 Jan – It is “mischievous” to claim that Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be paying 1,000 times more than the original price to acquire the Battersea Power Station (BPS) in London, PNB Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar has said.

The former Cabinet minister said that he believed those who were against Malaysian firms buying over the decommissioned power station were the ones alleging so and have shopped such a narrative to news organisations.

“The reference to 1,000 times the original price is mischievous. I believe the (news report) piece was propagated by some people in UK who are unhappy with the iconic Battersea Power Station regeneration being successfully developed by Malaysian consortium of Sime Property, SP Setia and EPF [sic],” he said in a statement.

Abdul Wahid, however, did explain the differences nor did he state the exact amount EPF and PNB will be paying for the takeover.

According to news reports, both EPF and PNB will be paying £1.6 billion (RM8.76 billion) to buy out the stakes of Sime Darby Bhd and SP Setia after the derelict power station is transformed into a mixed development that is set to gentrify the area.

PNB is already an indirect stakeholder in the ambitious project via its equity in both Sime Darby and SP Setia while the EPF currently owns 20 per cent of the project.

Under the deal, the EPF will also drop its role as a developer to become the asset manager of the partnership with PNB.

Explaining further about the project, Abdul Wahid said the main commercial BPS building will include a shopping mall and offices.

He said Apple Inc will be among the main tenants, adding that the US-based company has already signed up a 500,000 square foot tenancy space at the upcoming development.

“This is potentially the future happening place in London. The American Embassy has just moved into the adjacent Nine Elms neighbourhood,” he said.

In terms of connectivity, Abdul Wahid said the Thames water taxi service is already operational while construction for an underground Battersea station was underway.

Construction officially began on July 2013, with the overall development anticipated to finish by 2025, although the Battersea Power Station will open to the public in 2019.


The fact that the forecasted return for the Battersea Project would bring good fortune yield, where currently PNB and EPF has already invested in RM170 billion and RM310 billion worth of portfolio respectively in the Malaysian equity market.

It is a policy that PNB and EPF diversify their investments abroad, to ensure ‘all the eggs are not in one basket’. This is on top taking opportunity from gains of very good potential investments, upon the completion of the necessary diligence and risk evaluation.

The project could be viewed simply as Malaysians harvesting from fortune made in Britain where once, slightly over sixty years ago it was the other way around.

This is definitely a far advancement from the infamous ‘Dawn Raid’ more than thirty six years ago, where PNB recovered a Malaysian-based British plantation firm Guthrie.

The combined investment and value of both firms are worth more than RM1 trillion, had never failed its depositors and are some of the best managed GLCs in the country.

Published in: on January 22, 2018 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Penny wise, Pound foolish

Published in: on January 21, 2018 at 23:59  Comments (2)  

Mocking civil defence volunteers

Parti Warisan President and former Minister of Rural Development Dato’ Seri Shafie Apdal is lynched all over media for his lies against the nation’s civil defence volunteer corp RELA’s ability to prop the defence of realm.

That is far from the truth and Shafie lied to arouse the sentiments of Sabahans, in the usual fashion of sowing ‘Strategy of Hate’ as the tool to attack the Barisan Narional (BN) led Sabah Government. Sabah is also one of BN’s fixed ‘deposit state’.

According to Deputy Chief Secretary (Security) of Home Ministry Dato’ Seri Mustapha Ibrahim announced in September last year that in a pioneer project, 500 officers and other ranks of Sabah RELA would be deployed in the ESSZONE playing a secondary role.

They would be attending a short course on top of the usual courses RELA, for this very important internal security assignment for the Sabah.

RELA, which had its history formed as the Home Guards to supplement security for the villages against communist terrorists during the Emergency (1948-1960). Citizens stepped up and volunteer to patrol and provide secondary role for security.

Bernama story:

Rela kesal Shafie Apdal perlekeh fungsi jabatan itu

Rela kesal Shafie Apdal perlekeh fungsi jabatan itu

Mohd Shafie dilaporkan berkata anggota Rela hanya sesuai untuk perkhidmatan kawalan trafik di majlis-majlis kenduri sahaja. – Gambar hiasan

PUTRAJAYA: Jabatan Sukarelawan Malaysia (Rela) kesal dengan kenyataan yang dibuat Presiden Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal yang mempersoalkan kredibiliti dan memperlekeh peranan anggotanya yang ditugaskan di Zon Selamat Timur Sabah (Esszone).

“Rela berpendapat kenyataan presiden parti itu sangat mengelirukan terutamanya kepada masyarakat Sabah dan ia merupakan satu penghinaan kepada 3.05 juta ahli Rela di seluruh negara,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini pada Selasa.

Menerusi video yang tular di laman sosial pada Isnin, Mohd Shafie ketika berucap dalam program Bicara Presiden Warisan di Tuaran, Sabah, pada Ahad, dilihat mempertikaikan tindakan menempatkan anggota Rela yang tidak mahir dalam mengendalikan senjata api untuk penugasan di Esszone.Beliau dilaporkan berkata bahawa anggota Rela hanya sesuai untuk perkhidmatan kawalan trafik di majlis-majlis kenduri sahaja.

Rela berkata anggota yang dipilih untuk penugasan itu perlu melalui kursus asas dan kursus khas penugasan Esszone termasuk pengendalian senjata api.



RELA is also a organised volunteer corp which is managed by a department under Home Ministry and consist of Malaysians from all walks of life and background.

Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Man spoke against Shafie’s lies and defended the RELA’s role in the security of the state and Sabahans.

Free Malaysia Today story:

Musa rises to the defence of Rela following Shafie’s remarks

| January 20, 2018

The Sabah chief minister says, without naming Shafie Apdal, that he should not be arrogant as he, too, had benefitted from the service of Rela members when he was a federal minister.

musa-aman-shafie-apdal-anggota-rela-1KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman today came to the defence of Rela members who are being sent to the high security Esszone area in the east coast of the state in the face of criticism by Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal who apparently claimed they were only good for traffic and crowd control.

Musa who broke his silence on the controversy that has dogged Shafie did not mention him by name but openly rebuked him for belittling the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), pointing out that the opposition leader had himself benefitted from the services of Rela members when he was in government.

“A certain opposition political leader dared look down on Rela and the video of him running down the capability of the volunteer corps was plainly there for everyone to see,” Musa said.

“He said that Rela did not know how to use rifles, bombs and in fact all they knew was to direct road traffic and do guard duty at kenduri kahwin (marriage reception parties).

“As a leader, I’ve never belittled Rela. Belittling people especially the Rela is not our way and culture. Whether small or big, the contribution of Rela is important because they give their service for the welfare of the rakyat.

“Even when he was a federal minister, he received help from Rela, therefore he should not be arrogant.”

Musa congratulates a Rela officer who will lead the first batch of personnel assigned to Esszone.

Musa was speaking at the official launch of the commencement of duty of Rela at the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) at the corps’ training centre in Tuaran near here.

It could not be immediately established how many are being sent to Esszone but Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had in September last year stated that more than 120,000 Rela members would be stationed at Esszone in phases, starting with 500.

Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat and other dignitaries were present at the launch ceremony. About 1,000 Rela members attended the ceremony, many of whom cheered Musa during his criticism of the former Umno vice-president.

Earlier, at the same ceremony, Rela director-general Zulkifli Abidin urged Rela members to prove their sincerity in carrying out their duty.

“What’s wrong with doing guard and road traffic duty if it’s for the sake of the people? There’s no need to insult us. I urge all Rela members to prove the allegations wrong. Even in the face of danger and against the enemies, Rela will not falter. We’ll keep giving our service with utmost loyalty.”

A video clip that went viral is said to contain Shafie’s comment during a meet-the-people gathering in Tuaran recently.

The clip was also uploaded by a local news portal with the caption “Shafie Apdal hina 3.05 juta anggota Rela” (Shafie Apdal insults 3.05 million Rela members).

It had received more than 50 comments as of Tuesday, including one from a Mohd Jagoan who attempted to explain the context of Shafie’s speech.

He said in fact Shafie was not degrading Rela members but simply questioning the government’s seriousness in safeguarding Esszone areas.

“Why rely on Rela when the government can empower Esscom (Eastern Sabah Security Command)? Where is the army (battalion) that was promised to guard Esszone?

“Rela members, if it is true they will be directly involved in safeguarding Esszone, should demand a pay rise or full-time salary from the government instead of bashing Shafie,” he said.

A police report was subsequently lodged against Shafie by a Rela member in Tawau calling on him to apologise for belittling the corps.

In the days that followed Warisan deputy president Darrell Leiking had also spoken out in defence of Shafie, saying the party chief’s comments on the matter had been taken out of context.

FMT has contacted Shafie for comments and is awaiting is reply.


Two days earlier, Perlis RELA made a Police report against Shafie.

Bernama story:

Perlis Rela lodges police report against Shafie Apdal

Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. — BBX image

KANGAR: The Perlis People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) has lodged a police report against Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for allegedly belittling the role of its members.

Its spokesman Yahya Bakar said Perlis Rela also wanted the former Rural and Regional Development Minister to apologise to its members.

“Do not underestimate RELA members. Some of us know how to operate firearms because we were security personnel before,” he told reporters after lodging the report at the Kangar police headquarters here today.

Mohd Shafie, when delivering a speech at the ‘Bicara Presiden Warisan’ programme in Tuaran, Sabah recently, had alleggedly questioned the purpose of deploying Rela members who did not know how to handle firearms in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone). — Bernama


Shafie should be investigated under Sedition Act.

Shafie’s lies and sowing ‘Hate Strategy’ are getting lame and it is evidently clear that he is unable these stories are unable to hold water. It is obvious that he is running out of real issues to take down BN, even for a handful seats.

This is not withstanding of the cases now being actively investigated about him when he was the Minister of Rural Development.

Published in: on January 20, 2018 at 22:58  Leave a Comment