Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Why a Chinese Cannot Be a G.M of PKNS?

A weak leader always compromise. A decision made can be retracted the moment there is any opposition. That simply defines the personalityof Menteri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid.

His initial decision to appoint the Deputy general manager, Low as the General Manager was made for the simple reason that she was the most capable and suitable candidate for the post.It would have been history for PKNS to appoint a chinese to a post which had always been the domain of the malay bumiputra.Tan Sri Khalid would have won admiration and acholades if he had persisted with his initial desire to appoint the best. But later when he succumbed to PAS and UMNO's opposition and meekly conceded that it was only a temporary appointment, it became apparent that he was not made of sterner stuff. He exemplified his character as one who has no leadership qualities to lead and that he would wilt the moment there was some pressure or opposition.

The protest by the six staff bodies was uncharacteristic of employees dictating to employers who should manage them.No public body or firm would tolerate such nonsense and why should PKNS be an exception?If any of the staff had refused to work with the appointed G.M then they should resign and if they persist in their attitude then they should be sacked. PKNS assets and capital belongs to the State govt and not exclusive to any one race. The stated objectives of PKNS is not to enrich or help only one race. PKNS belongs to all Selangor state citizens and it is their rightful duty to assume that a proper and qualified person be appointed to manage the body.PKNS was never meant to be a vehicle to fill the quota of Bumiputras. For 51 years UMNO has inculculated that mentality with the malay race that now they are demanding for their own selfish purpose to continue with that unsavoury practice of appointing a malay G.M irrespective of his capabilities.

If PKR for all its exhortations of abandoning race-based policies cannot even appoint someone based on merit rather than based on race, then one can safely say that PKR days are numbered.We placed so much faith on PKR to move away from UMNO's race based policies and in the end it appears we have never departed at all from that old mentality which UMNO has consistently practiced.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wishing All Our Indian readers HAPPY DEEPAVALI

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Scrap Housing Quotas Based on Race.

Prior to the 8th March election, Pakatan made a promise in their manifesto that housing quotas would be based on need and poverty and not on race. Annuar himself on many of his ceramahs made that solemn promise.Now six months down the road, none of the five states that Pakatan took control has even started to dismantle that old bumi quota based on race.

What seems even more contradictory was the PAS govt in Kedah implementing a policy that require a 50% compliance of units to be sold to Bumis.Apparently, PAS did not subscribe to Pakatan's manifesto that Housing policy should be based on need and not on race.Instead it would seem that PAS was of the view that B.N's previous policy of 30% bumi quota was inadequate, thus the introduction of the 50% policy.

Looking at PAS history of administration in its state of Kelantan and Trengganu one thing becomes obvious.They just simply lack the experience of governing a state.Many a time they have shot themselves in the foot simply because they implemented populist policy which in reality did not work.

Introducing a 50% bumi policy in the housing sector simply means that rich bumis can buy houses at a 10% discount while poor chinese and indians have to bear the full cost. This translate to a very ridiculous situation where the poor non-malays has to subsidise the rich bumis.Not only is such a policy discriminatory but racist to the core.The criteria for qualification is race and not need or poverty.

Pakatan Rakyat made a promise that its policy would be based on poverty and need and that was the reason why it made a promise to abolish the NEP and replace it with a policy that was equitable to every one irrespective of race.That promise has not been kept in any of the PR governed states.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tribunal Must Be Set Up To Try Past Politicians

When the final curtain closes on the B.N govt which had governed this nation for 51 years, a tribunal should be set up to try those politicians who have manipulated our country's Judiciary, the Police, the Attorney- General office and all the tainted public instituitions which had become beholden to their political masters.Included in this category should be those who had used and abused their position in office in furtherance of their political ambitions.

Begining with the last Prime Minister,Mahathir, his legacy was fraught with monumental corruption .During his 22 years tenure he had used govt resources to bail out his son's ailing shipping company, gave lucrative contracts to his children and cronies and in the process enriched himself with wealth that far exceeded his remuneration as the Prime Minister of this country.

Next would be the incumbent Prime Minister who had also used his position to secure contracts and services for his son's business and also for his son-in-law, Khairy.He should then be investigated for the abuse of his powers in using the ISA to incarcerate civilians and politicians who had not threatened national security but were mere ordinary citizens and politicians who had expressed contradictory views of govt policies.

All ministers from the B.N who had amassed huge fortunes beyond what they should have earned and in this category, Ling Liong Sik, Samy Vellu , Daim Zainuddin, Najib ,former Negri Sembilan M.B Mat Isa , former Selangor M.B Muhammad Taib, Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, and the Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman .In addition the rogue gallery of politicians who had plundered the nation's coffers should further include all Ministers and M.Bs whose wealth were obtained under dubious circumstances.

The ACA should also be empowered to investigate thorughly the background of all those personalities mentioned above and from the basis of their report they should be charged in a court of law for corruption and other abuses perpetuated during the course of their tenure.

In order for our nation to move forward we must spare no effort to ensure that future leaders will not succumb to the same temptation that beseech our past leaders and which sadly have caused our nation to descend the slippery slope of self destruction.