Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I refer to Malaysiakini's article by Manjit Bhatia 'PKR's only policy is 'MAD' '.

Like most political pundits we have, sadly most of them including this writer does not know what is actually happening on the ground. As a result alot of garbage like this article is printed and dessiminated. To say that PKR is listing and and perhaps by implication that it is about to sink is exagerating the truth. PKR is as strong as never before. At the moment it is merely cleansing the party of those who joined to obtain power and position. After this cleansing period PKR will be stronger than ever before. Every Malaysians with abit of intelligence can see that Malaysia is on its way to destruction if we allow the present govt to remain in power.In fact it will be sheer madness to even allow it to continue for another term. The writer of this article doesnt seem to comprehend the dire consequences Malaysians are facing and to say that majority have abandoned PKR to go back to the devil is purely a figment of the writer's imagination without an iota of truth.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Look in the mirror before taking swipes, Najib

I refer to the article where Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak called Pakatan coalition as being 'anti -national'.

It must come as a shock to those that support Pakatan Rakyat that the PM should construe those aligned to the opposition as 'evil' and 'traitors' to the nation.

Is he to implying that BN is the only legitimate party in this nation?

Let us not forget that BN has governed this nation for 53 years.

Instead of forging closer relations between various races, the present government of BN has caused the nation's races to be more divided than ever.

BN has compromised all our parliamentary institutions to the extent they are no longer competent, transparent and independent.

Najib criticised the PKR electoral voting system by saying that it is flawed. Before saying this, Najib should be aware that his election as the Umno president and subsequently as the PM of this country, was the result of an election executed by 2,000 class F contractors.

He therefore cannot bask in his own glory that his election was done in a perfect and transparent manner.

He later went on to criticise PKR for practising nepotism. He should be circumspect on criticising PKR on this. Did he win the Pekan parliamentary seat on his own ability or was it due to his father's influence? What about his cousin Hishammuddin? Did he not win because of his father's position as a former PM?

Both of them would not be what they are today if not because of nepotism. To date, neither has shown any exemplary qualities to merit being in the position they are in. Based on merit, there are countless other candidates who more worthy than them.

So please be grateful rather than pointing fingers at others.

Najib seems to imply that only BN has the legitimate right claim to Putrajaya, and that all others who aspire to Putrajaya are evil and anti-national.

But he should not forget that it is not his own decision that will determine his reign in Putrajaya.

Only the ones who are given mandate by the people will be given the legitimacy to Putrajaya, and the people will only vote after gauging the performance of these politicians.

His words echo that of a person, and an administration that is desperate to cling to power at all costs.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Singapoe's Economy bigger than Malaysia's by the end of the Year.

Its bewildering to now find that Singapore's economy will surpass Malaysia's by the end of the year.The red dot has finally exceeded the expectations of most pundits in Malaysia and Indonesia who viewed the tiny nation with disdain whenever there are any dispute.
According to the world Bank report, Malaysia is 478 times the size of Singapore and its population ,at 27 million is much larger than the tiny neighbour's 4.8 million.

According to the world bank report,Singapore's economy will show in GDP terms of U.S$210billion -$251 billion ($651 billion -$780 billion)based on last year Parity (PPP) while Malaysia's at at $205 billion ($637 billion)) (PPP last yearU.S $383 billion)or rm$1191 billion) will be smaller by rm$5 billion. Singapore's GDP last year based on the official exchange rate was U.S$171.1 billion while Malaysia's was U.S$191.5 billion.

As for the future, it is expected the gap will continue to widen in favour of Singapore and the prospect looks bleak that Malaysia will ever catch up.In 2009, Singapore's GDP per capita was U.S$36,537(up from U.S $512 in 1965) compared with Malaysia's U.S$6,975 (U.S$335 in 1965 ).In the last decade, Malaysia's growth rate fell to an abysmal low of 4.7% while Singapore exceeded its targetted rate of 7.2% in the 1990s.

The emergence of Singapore as an economic power is partly attributed to the presence of 400,000 Malaysians including 150,000 who comutes daily to the republic.This list also includes about 386,000 Malaysians who have become permanent residents or citizens.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Prediction for Galas and Batu Sapi

My analyst of the result of the two by-elections is that B.n will win both election with a handsome majority. With resources and the various carrot dangling in front of voters I simply cannot see how the opposition can win in either of the by-election. So many goodies in kind and cash have been given to the voters in the two constituencies that voters will defintely feel obliged to vote for B.N.

If it was an urban electorate then offering of goodies may not influence the voting trends but here we are talking about Galas, a rural enclave of aborigines and malay settlement with a sprinkling of rural chinese township.In Batu Sapi, Musa Aman has used his resources to influence the rural malay votes and majority of the 65% muslim votes will certainly go for B.N.

From my observation,it is almost a certainty that B.N will win both bye-elections with a handsome majority.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Malaysia should only be Led by the Best

It was Mao tse Tong who made the famous saying that " I dont care whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches the mice'
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Indeed this wise saying has found truth in India where today led by Prime Minister Mamohan Singh , a sikh, he has brought India to be an economic power when once it was considered the 'sick man of Asia'. Yes, India with its majority indians has found that it doesnt really matter that the cat is a sikh as long as he could bring India to heights of prosperity never experienced before in this populous nation of a few billion.

The most glowing example of course would be the current american President , Barack Obama, an American of kenyan descent.Why did majority white Americans choose a black American to be their President?Naturally it is the same principle that it happens the black cat was the one that was most apt to catch the mice.

Let us now examine the situation in Malaysia .Why do we keep choosing a cat that doesnt seems to be able to catch the mice?For 52 years we seem to have the same colour cat that enriches himself and his cronies and continually imposing racist policy so that they could continue to pillage the nation's coffers.

Once upon a time the White south African govt also perpetuated what was termed the 'apartheid ' policy which segregated and discriminated the race on the basis of their colour and race.The legality of that practice was also enshrined in their constitution. But the question is whether just because it is embodied in the constitution the racist and discriminatory clause should be there for posterity? Of course not because when the White regime was subsequently overthrown it also saw the end of the 'apartheid policy'.

In our Malaysian context, there is no doubt that article 153 of the federal constitution is both racist and discriminatory.That article was formulated almost half a century ago.It is beyond justifiable reason that article 153 should continue to exist in the constitution when its primary purpose is to discriminate against its own citizens?Our present constitution could probably be the only constitution in the world where its provision condone govt discrimination of its citizens. And it is indeed shameful that our leaders even deem it fit to continuosly harped on their rights and that the constitution enshrined that right specifically only to their own race to the exclusion of the other race who are also citizens of this country.

To suggest that because they were the earlier inhabitants of the country gives them that unalienable right to be more equitable then those that came subsequently is akin to saying that barack Obama and all the rest of the white Americans have lesser rights to Chief sitting Bull and his descendants. Like wise it is also akin to saying that the Australian aboriginies and the New Zealand Maoris have certain constitutional rights than their white counterparts who were all once upon a time mere immigrants .

Malyasians must come to the realisation that our country can only prosper if we have the right and best person to lead our nation.We cannot continue to be parochial and cloud our vision with prejudices of race and religion.

Frankly I dont give a damn whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches the mice.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Why zaid must be elected as PKR's no 2

There is a general euphoria that the next general election will be a momentous milestone for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat parties. Any one who has his or her pulse on the nation's heartbeat will surely know that Putrajaya is within sight of the opposition's grasp.

Only anything short of a miracle will prevent the opposition from taking power and control of Putrajaya and the inevitable decimation of the once mighty BN machinery. But like the glorious days of Rome before it collapsed under Nero the Mad Emperor, the next General election will witness the demise of the BN coalition.

The ushering in of a new era of governance by a previously untested entity certainly requires a lot of soul-searching. From the way the second sodomy trial of de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has been progressing, it is fait accompli that the government is hell bent on incarcerating the opposition leader before the 13th general election. That, of course, will be a fatal mistake of the BN government.

But taking out Anwar from the equation of being able to lead Pakatan after the capture of Putrajaya simply means some one has to fill the vacuum left by the departure of the de facto leader.

That explains why the person who fills in the position of deputy president of PKR is of vital importance because that person could, in most probability, become the next prime minister of our country.

Zaid has proved his mettle. He relinquished his ministerial post from the government on a matter of principle. His vision and articulations on national issues resonate with people of different race and religion.

On issues of vital importance he was not afraid to be vocal and candid. That is a mark of a great leader To deprive this man of serving this nation is not only a loss to PKR but a catastrophic loss to the nation at a time when our nation is in dire shortage of charismatic leaders.

I do not wish to disparage his opponent's ability to be a deputy president and I do not wish to undermine his ability to lead the nation if there are calls to do so. Azmin Ali's loyalty to Anwar and the party is without question. He is young and has tremendous energy to garner support from the grassroots but when it comes to articulation of national issues I cannot remember a single occasion when he has made a stand.

A leader who lacks the ability to articulate important issues publicly cannot be expected to lead. A person without vision cannot lead a nation because of his impairment to discern the path and route he has to take.

As a concerned citizen of this country, I humbly appeal to those who are empowered to elect the next deputy president of PKR to make your choice wisely because your choice could possibly determine the next elected prime minister of our country.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Malaysia Needs a kemal Ataturk

It is most gratifying to read professor Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin article entitled 'non-muslims in mosques:the prophet's practice' in Malaysiakini.

Gratifying because there are still good malay muslim religious scholars who are prepared to defend the gentle face of Islam despite the vehement onslaught of some islamist muftis who virtually crucified Y.B Teo Nie Ching for being present in a mosques.

How did Harussani the controversial Perak Mufti concluded that Teo's presence in the mosques was haram in accordance with islamic precepts? If a Mufti cannot even give the correct interpretation of a religious norm then its about time we start questioning his credential of his position as a mufti.

I salute Prof. Mohamad brave stand on this issue because he went on further to rebuke some malays by saying that ' my fellow muslims who are malays would stoop so low to policising Islam in this manner that put all muslims in a bad light'

Instead of showing leadership at a time when partisan poltics should be discarded in search for the truth, our leaders have joined in the fray to criticise Teo's presence in the mosques in order to use Islam for their political mileage. This only portrays the quality of leadership( we have) who would not hesitate to exact and compromise on their principles in order to obtain support from the malay community nothwithstanding whether the religious interpretation was correct or not.

What Malaysia needs today is someone in the mould of the great turkish statesman, Mustafa kemal Ataturk. He was a revolutionary statesman, writer and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President.(wikipedia).His transformation of the Ottoman empire was awe inspiring and till today after almost a century his legacy is still fiercely protected by the military. What distingush his transformation from many other muslim countries was his radical departure of ensuring that ' Islamic Law was clearly separated from the secular law of the nation and confined to its religious domain'

Can Malaysia and its leaders follow in the foot steps of this great muslim statesman:?The lack of charasmatic leaders in our midst sadly depicts our nation's fraility in any such transformatiom.

Instead, we have leaders who are unprincipled and dishonourable men who don the robes of piousness and give religious interpretations merely to suit their own political agendas.

It is thus fitting to quote Prof. Mohamad's words that 'islam is being racialised or 'melayunized' to rally support for private agendas of political leaders with questionable repute". Those words, I believe were spoken sincerely by a good muslim without fear or favour.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

EPF To Invest $4.88 billion in U.k properties

How could the govt in general and the finance ministry in particular allow the $4.88 billion of Malaysian funds from the EPF coffers be allowed to be invested in U.K properties at the time when FDIs are at a record low and the flght of local funds have contributed to a slowdown in our economic growth.?

It seems so contradictory that at a time when the govt is trying its level best to attract foreign investment in the country, it has by the same insane act allowed the flight of $4.88 billion of the country's wealth. We are not talking about private investment which the govt may not have any control over its decision to invest abroad but here is EPF funds which are directly under the finance ministry control exiting a substantial amount of money to be invested abroad. Needless to say such a phenomenal sum could easily be a stimulus package to help the U.K economy but the question is why was it not invested in Malaysian properties so that it will help to provide a stimulus to our own property market?

Any investment of public funds abroad should be viewed with utmost suspicions.Away from the glare of public local watch dogs, oversea investments have a tendency to mire in losses caused by dishonest schemes and dubious deals. It is not uncommon for most of these investments to end up in substantial losses.

Maybe it is not to late to reverse the EPF decision to invest abroad and to instead direct its investment locally. Failure to do this could predictably caused the EPF to lose a substantial amount of employees funds caused by the fiasco of a failed oversea investment.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

UMNO's Strategy to destabilise Pakataan Penang

Which is more serious? A school prinicipal making a blatant racial derogatory statement which was made in a public assembly or a mosque sermon made by a iman beseeching God to convert Lim GuanEng to be a muslim?

Yet in the eyes of the police which immediately formed a special team to investigate the mosque sermon allegations , a iman making a plea to God to effect a divine intervention to convert Lim Guan Eng was more of a serious offence.Hardly a single day after Penang UMNO chief Hamidi made the allegations, hell broke loose. Even the P.M commented that the police should investigate the matter.

At the same time it took almost one week for the DPM ,Muhyiddin to suggest the formation of a task force to investigate whether indeed the Principal of the school did make a derogatory statement .Why do we need a task force when the principal made the racial slur in front of an audience of a few hundred and subsequently tried to make restitution by making an apology to all the students.in the schools?.All the DPM had to confirm the allegations was to seek verification from the teachers who were present in the assembly to find out the truth. Once again the DPM has been found to be incompetent and once again this is confirmation that he is not equip to be our next P.M.

Once again we can see UMNO's attempt to destabilise the Pakatan Rakyat 's govt of Penang but ironically its attempt this time has alienated the very people it seek to win support. The malays in Penang has now come to the realisation that a non -malay Chief Minister can act fairly towards the malay community and that they do not have to rely on UMNO to be their sole protector of their race and religion..

In its first term , the Pakatan govt has given more funds for mosques and religious schools than the previous administration had ever given to the muslim community.. Although public tenders were made for state govt contracts, more bumi contractors were able to secure more contracts on a competitive basis. This process eliminated commision for middleman politicians and was thus a savings for the contractors and the govt.

Ultimately, UMNO must realised the futility in its efforts to destablise the Pakatan Rakyat states. It must come to its senses that the people will not allow or tolerate cosmetic changes.Its only option is to effect total changes in its governance or face total oblivion in the next election.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Scholarshps should only be given based on merit.

I am perplexed that Malay Consultative council (MPM) comittee member, Professor Kamarudin Kachar could even come out with a suggestion that PSD scholarship should be given out on the basis of racial quotas. How ridiculous it is of him to suggest that meritocracy should not be the sole criteria in determining the award of scholarships and that instead it should be given 67% of all scholarships based on the country's racial ratio.

One could easily forgive the statement if it had come from an ordinary person with very little education but to come from some one who is a Professor and supposedly a personage of high academic excellence only serves to reflect the quality and character of our academicians who had perhaps for a long time benfitted from a racial quota system based mainly on race rather than merit.

Because of this flawed method of allocating scholarships to undeserving students based on racial quotas our standard of tertiary education has degenerated to a sub-standard level. Students graduating from such a flawed system are unemployable and in the long run is a burden to society.

Tertiary education cannot be considered as a right that must be freely given on the basis of race but in this age of globalisation, scholarships should only be given strictly on the basis of merit and nothing else. Scholarships cannot be viewed as a charitable gesture given merely to appease pro malay agenda. The ramification of simply giving scholarships other than based on the criteria of merit will create a pool of graduates which are substandard and unemployable.In the long run this pool of undergraduates will only be a burden to society and to the country.

It is inconceivable that a person of Professor Kamarudin Kachar background should opine that racial quotas should form the basis of selecting candidates for scholarships.Professor Kamarudin certainly must have profited from such a selection process and that explains his earnest endeavour to propagate the racial quotas selection meth

Saturday, July 17, 2010

MCA's great service will be disolving itself.

Chua Soi Lek as President Of MCA will be doing a great service to the chinese community if he disband the MCA party and donate the $2 billion in assets of the party to a foundation that will help the chinese community in the development of chinese schools and scholarships for worthy and needy students.

MCA as it is will not survive the next election and most likely will see its demise as a chinese political party purportedly representing the chinese community. The truth of the matter which is obvious to every one except MCA leaders who are enjoying ministerial status and other perks offerred to MCA apointees is that MCA has long ago lost its mass appeal to the chinese community. MCA leaders must accepts the current reality that it no longer can claim to speak on behlaf of the chinese community..The fact that it can even elect a tainted person involved in pornogaphy to be their President speaks volume as to how it has degenerated as aparty that lacks moral but also display a lack of charismatic leadership to lead the party from its present crisis.

MCA has evovlved itself in the same mould as UMNO. Its members are in the party not for the community but more for their own personal interest.Therefore its not surprising for Chua Soi Lek to appoint his own son to be the Deputy Minister in the cabinet when there are countless other more suitable candidates who could easily excel over his son.The practice of course is not only confine to MCA. MIC has Vel Pari, Gerakan has Lim Keng Yaik's son, and in Sarawak Mahmud Taib's son, Sulaiman Taib. The whole gamut of nepotism in political apointees is quite endemic in B.N's circle.

As the saying goes that you can fool some people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time . Yes B.N and their coterie of members have been fooling the people for the best part of 50 years and alas the majority of the people have now realised the motives of these so called leaders who have put their self interest ahead of public interest.

No matter how MCA may want to repackage themselves in order to win over the chinese support, the sad undeniable truth is that it is too late for any remedy to be effective. MCA is a lost cause and it would be doing the chinese community a great favour if it dissolves iteslf and use the funds it has accumulated to help the community in other ways. MCA is no longer relevant to the chinese cause and its only possible way to survive is to continue to hang on to the coat tail of UMNO's malay support in the constituency it is contesting.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What is A.P?


BLAME THIS ON MAMAK MAHATHIR
What is AP?
An ad in UK says:



Toyota Estima Emina 2.4 Latest Edition.
5 Doors, Automatic, MPV, Petrol, 49,000 miles, Pearl White, 02 Reg year 2002, Air Conditioning, Anti-Lock Braking System, Central Locking, Compact Disc Player, 8 Seats, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Adjustable Seat Height, Adjustable Steering Column, Air Bag, Alarm,

£8,595






This car will sell for RM160,000 in KL.
But £1 = RM4.794
£8,595 = RM41,204.
So cheap? Cannot be!

OK. The pound took a dip. Let's use the old old rate of £1= RM7
Then £8,595 = RM60,165
So cheap? Really? Why are we Malaysians paying
RM160,000?

The costing is:
Vehicle CIF ── RM60,000
Duty.Taxes/profit ── RM60,000

The other RM40,000 ? Goes to the notorious AP.

If I sell 1 AP per month, my income is higher than the monthly salary of a CEO of a listed company. More than 1.5 times the annual salary of a fresh graduate.

If I sell 2 APs per month, I am a millionaire by definition: million dollar income.

Why you stupid people want to go to U, struggle for 3-4 years, and get paid less than what He makes with 1-AP?

Now I know why AP extended again and again, and again...

Oh Paul ,Please choose

Monday, July 12, 2010

MCA should Disband or be Prepared for its Demise.

Chua Soi Lek as President Of MCA will be doing a great service to the chinese community if he disband the MCA party and donate the $2 billion in assets of the party to a foundation that will help the chinese community in the development of chinese schools and scholarships for worthy and needy students.

MCA as it is will not survive the next election and most likely will see its demise as a chinese political party purportedly representing the chinese community. The truth of the matter which is obvious to every one except MCA leaders who are enjoying ministerial status and other perks offerred to MCA apointees is that MCA has long ago lost its mass appeal to the chinese community. MCA leaders must accepts the current reality that it no longer can claim to speak on behlaf of the chinese community..The fact that it can even elect a tainted person involved in pornogaphy to be their President speaks volume as to how it has degenerated as aparty that lacks moral but also display a lack of charismatic leadership to lead the party from its present crisis.

MCA has evovlved itself in the same mould as UMNO. Its members are in the party not for the community but more for their own personal interest.Therefore its not surprising for Chua Soi Lek to appoint his own son to be the Deputy Minister in the cabinet when there are countless other more suitable candidates who could easily excel over his son.The practice of course is not only confine to MCA. MIC has Vel Pari, Gerakan has Lim Keng Yaik's son, and in Sarawak Mahmud Taib's son, Sulaiman Taib. The whole gamut of nepotism in political apointees is quite endemic in B.N's circle.

As the saying goes that you can fool some people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time . Yes B.N and their coterie of members have been fooling the people for the best part of 50 years and alas the majority of the people have now realised the motives of these so called leaders who have put their self interest ahead of public interest.

No matter how MCA may want to repackage themselves in order to win over the chinese support, the sad undeniable truth is that it is too late for any remedy to be effective. MCA is a lost cause and it would be doing the chinese community a great favour if it dissolves iteslf and use the funds it has accumulated to help the community in other ways. MCA is no longer relevant to the chinese cause and its only possible way to survive is to continue to hang on to the coat tail of UMNO's malay support in the constituency it is contesting.

Why cant Malays unite under PKR

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently reminded Malays that they have to remain united or face losing political power. But why is it necessary for Malays to remain united under Umno? Can't the Malays be united under PKR?



For 52 years, the Malays have placed their trust in Umno and this party have betrayed the trust bestowed upon them. The majority of the rural poor have remained poor and left out of the economic development while the small minority of Umno cronies has prospered with lucrative contracts and other government licences.

So why should the Malays remain united under Umno as hinted by the DPM when there is a prospect of Malays remaining united under the new banner of PKR?



DPM and Umno are synonymous. They want to remain in power so that they can continue to pillage the nation's coffers. On the one hand they warned Malaysians to do away with subsidies because the country was going bankrupt and on the hand they gave extra allocations of RM500,000 each to their MPs under the pretext they have a lot of money in the government coffers.



As if that was not enough of a contradiction, they then went on a spending spree of purchasing defence equipment to a tune of a few billion ringgit and even speculated that they could have spent another RM800 million building a new Parliament building.



The only explanation is that after 52 years, BN in general and Umno in particular have not changed their way of doing things. They are still mired in their old ways of plotting and scheming to have their hands in every pie so that they can enrich themselves and their cronies at the expense of the rakyat's interest.

There is now a genuine fear amongst Umno's inner circle that their time at Putrajaya is almost up. There is a distinct and realistic expectation that they will be driven from office after the next general election.

And that could possibly explain the earnest compulsion to extract whatever they can from the country's coffers before they make their departure. Perhaps it would be even more appropriate to liken it to a last 'hooray'.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Najib Spent $8billion On Armoured Vehicles

Rakyat diutamakan
Barisan Nasional beli kenderaan berharga 8 billion
8 billion = RM 8,000,000,000
8 billion = RM 1,000,000,000 X 8
8 billion = RM 1,000,000 x

Tony Pua slams BN's decision to buy 256 vehicles for 8 billion ringgit
by Hemananthani Sivanandam

KUALA LUMPUR (April 22, 2010): Opposition leaders are urging the government to review and cancel the contract to purchase 257 8x8 Armoured-Wheeled Vehicle (8x8 AWV) for an "astronomical" amount of RM8 billion.


Tony Pua










"We would like to state upfront that we are disgusted by the transaction. The amount is shocking as each of these non-combat vehicles is priced at a ridiculous RM31.1 million," said Tony Pua (DAP-PJ Utara).

On Tuesday, DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech)’s chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Khamil Jamil announced at a press conference during the 12th Defence Services Asia 2010 Exhibition that the government has given Deftech a letter of intent, entrusting it to develop the 8x8 AWV programme with the support of the Defence Ministry, Malaysian Army and the Malaysian Defence Industry Council.

"We have an order for 257 8x8 AWV units but right now, we are going to come up with the prototypes meant for testing purposes by the army before we develop the whole range of armoured vehicles," Mohd Khamil was quoted saying.

Pua said the amount was shocking as other armoured vehicles in other countries cost far less.
"The Portugese army bought 353 Pandur II 8x8 armoured vehicles for the amount of 364 million euros (RM1.56billion) or an average of 1.03 million euros or only RM4.41 million each.

"In 2009, the U.S Army has awarded a US$2.2 billion contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, one of the best military vehicle and equipment manufacturer in the world for 724 Light Armoured vehicles (LAV) equivalent of US$3.04 million or only RM9.9million each meant for Saudi Arabia.

"Even the best-in-class main battle tank produced in the United States , M1Abrams M1A2 deployed extensively in Iraq , Kuwait , Saudi Arabia and Australia cost only US$6.1 million or approximately RM19.7 million.

"Despite the price-tag, Deftech admits that they are only at the stage of developing a prototype. The prototype hasn’t been tested but the contract is already out" Pua told reporters at Parliament lobby today.
Pua also said the Barisan Nasional government is "clearly missing the woods for the trees" in the financial management of the country.

"At the same time when the Ministry of Finance has issued strict treasury circulars for all ministries to reduce their operational expenditure by as much as 20%, the Ministry (of Defence) commits to a purchase that completely mocks the attempt by the government to be thrifty," said Pua.

"We hope the Ministry of Defence will now inform us that this is another decimal point error in the contract value," said Pua jokingly. -- theSun

The question here is not whether we need the AWV but rather why are we paying exorbitant price (again!) for something not proven or tested ? Maybe somewhere, someone is getting huge commission for these purchases.

The longer we keep the present government, the faster the country will go bankrupt due to corruption. Then with diminished natural resources, human expertise (due to migration), lack of foreign investments and coupled by tidak-apa attitude of the people, how in this world can Malaysia survive ?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Why Do we Need a New Istana?

UMNO & Istana negara




UMNO-Led Govt's RM 1.1 BILLION "I Scratch-Your-Back-You-Scratch-Mine" Policy with our MONARCHY

Read here more article in " The NUTGRAPH"


Quote

"... WHY do we need a NEW Istana?

Let alone one that sits on 96.52 hectares of land, and, in these severe financial times, one that is reportedly costing the rakyat RM1.1 BILLION ?

Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, ALL ROYAL PROJECTS are obliged to be conducted by OPEN tender. (But) Projek Istana Negara was NOT , and the costs have suffered as a result.

Initially slated to cost around RM400 million, our new Istana Negara is about to cost the nation RM1.1 billion instead.

In Malaysia, asking for monarchical accountability of their expenses will probably be construed as derhaka, or hasutan against our royal institution.

Are the royal family not, according to the precepts of constitutional monarchy, legally bound to the Malaysian constitution, and thus at least financially accountable to the people?

Should WE, the people, not have some say in HOW we ourselves are financing our Supreme Heads of State?"




This New ISTANA will Cost Taxpayers RM 1.1 BILLION to house the Monarch in the Midst of Ordinary Malaysians' Current Financial Difficulties






IF you drive down Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur today, along the road that runs from the Sri Hartamas housing estate to the foot of the majestic Masjid Kuala Lumpur, most of the journey will be flanked on your right by a large TEMPORARY WALL .

That WALL girds the borders of the NEW Istana Negara construction site, slated for completion in 2009 or 2010.

This new Istana (palace) will house each of our nine Malaysian sultans during their five-year stints as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Something about the interminable length of the drive past that long white wall made me ask myself:
Why do we need a new Istana? Let alone one that sits on 96.52 hectares of land, and, in these severe financial times, one that is reportedly costing the rakyat RM1.1 billion?

To give you some idea of what 96.52 hectares of land is, here are some real-world expressions of the size of the new palace.

ONE Jalan Duta Royal Istana is equivalent to:


2.3 MidValley Cities,


4.9 KLCC parks,


209 Khir Toyo mansions, and


3,472 average semi-D houses (at 3,000 sq ft each).
Our present Istana Negara, on Jalan Istana, is a historic building dating back to 1928, and it sits on 11 hectares of land.

Our new Istana therefore represents a (9) nine-fold increase in the amount of land that has been set aside for our Malaysian royalty.


What's Wrong With the Present Istana on 11-Hectares of Prime Land ?
Too Small?



Let's not forget, we live in a constitutional monarchy. That means that our monarchs are accountable to us (Malaysian taxpayers).

ACCOUNTABILITY is what I want to talk about in this article.

I want to do this by taking a short detour to modern day Britain.

British Monarchy and its Subjects

Some time ago, the Guardian reported on a series of parliamentary discussions over the state of the British royal family's finances.

The royal family was deemed exempt from all public spending cuts necessitated by the financial crisis. In fact, they even appeared to be seeking a raise on their yearly allowance, which at present stands at around £7.9 million per annum. Despite their present £21 million surplus in royal reserves, Buckingham Palace officials claimed, in an annual report on royal finances in June, that without a raise, they would be £40 million in the red by 2019.

It is worth noting that there have been a recent slew of drastic cuts in public spending in the UK. This includes a one-year pay freeze for five million public sector workers, and a withdrawing of middle-class tax benefits.

In view of all this, the royal exemption has been perceived by many Members of Parliament (MPs) as gratuitous mollycoddling.

As Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker said,
"When we are looking at potentially painful cuts in public services, the royal family should not be feather-bedded in this way. I am talking about the taxpayer paying for Prince Andrew's flights to take part in golf matches."

There are two points I wish to make about this Guardian article.

Firstly, I was struck by the liveliness of the comments section, expressing an extraordinary range of opinions on the British monarchy. These range from the critical to the defensive; from the reasoned to the illogical; from the constructive to the banal.

"Welfare bums," one commentator wrote, "they should get a real job."

Another declared: "The Queen, defender of the Faith — worth every penny!" Yet another scoffed: "Parasites at worst, anachronisms at best."

One voice among the yowling anti-royals said staunchly: "I support the royal family one hundred percent. Firstly, they do bring in money via tourists... But more importantly, they support many charities and sports organisations [and they] represent our country's heritage and tradition, and an age lost in the last fifty or so years. I would be deeply saddened to see that gone."


My second point concerns the relative transparency of the state of British royal finances.

It is possible for ANY British citizen to access information about royal expenditure. It is possible, in other words, for the public to have some sense of how much of their tax dollars are being used to finance the royal family, and indeed, for some people to complain about it.

Accountability is at the heart of all attacks and defences of the British monarchy. Its naysayers claim there is not enough of it; its defenders retort that they are more financially accountable than many heads of states would be in a republic.

Royal accountants state, a bit defensively, that the British monarchy supposedly cost each British taxpayer only 69p in the 2008 to 2009 fiscal year.
In the UK, open public debate has NOT resulted in anarchy and the monarchy's dissolution. Rather, it has resulted in a monarchy that has incentive to remain relevant to the people over whom it constitutionally governs, and also continues to be, on the whole, well loved by the majority of British.

Malaysian Taxpayers and the Malaysian Royalties (the Sultans and the Agung)

Where in Malaysia can we have such an open, fearless debate on our monarchical institutions?

That begs the question: Are our royals afraid of what the people think of them that they need to be protected from public opinion?

In Malaysia, I, for one, have no idea how much the rakyat spends on our constitutional monarchs. And I am quite sure that there have been no studies or inquiry commissions into this. Unfortunately, in Malaysia, asking for monarchical accountability of their expenses will probably be construed as derhaka, or hasutan against our royal institution. There are not even, so far as I am aware, any polls of enquiry regarding the general popularity of the various monarchs and their families, let alone published accounts of royal expenditure.
Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, all ROYAL projects are obliged to be conducted by OPEN tender.
But as PAS's Mahfuz Omar has pointed out, Projek Istana Negara was not, and the project's costs have suffered as a result.
Initially slated to cost around RM400 million, our new Istana Negara is about to cost the nation RM1.1 billion instead.

Are the royal family not, according to the precepts of constitutional monarchy, legally bound to the Malaysian constitution, and thus at least financially accountable to the PEOPLE?

Should WE , the PEOPLE , not have some say in how we ourselves are financing our Supreme Heads of State?

Monday, June 14, 2010

UMNO's Provocation

By PHILIP BOWRING, The New York Times

One ought to be able to laugh at the absurdity of it. But the message is one of ignorance, religious and racial prejudice and political opportunism.

Last week, the Malaysian government declared that Christians in one part of the country could use “Allah” as the word for God when speaking Malay, but that those in most of the country could not. This is the same government that is currently running a public relations campaign called One Malaysia emphasizing the common identity of the nation’s racial and religious mix.

In reality, a government dominated by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) is using spurious religious/linguistic arguments to shore up its support among a majority Malay electorate, which has been fed for years with preferences and privileges.. Meanwhile, non-Malay money and talent exits the country.

The government had earlier tried to stop the use of the word Allah by all Christians. This was successfully challenged in the High Court. But instead of letting the matter rest, the government declined to back down, setting the scene for the fire bombing of churches. While these could not be laid directly at the door of UMNO, hotheads in the party may well have taken their cue from what non-Muslims see as a deliberate attempt to stir up ethnic/religious issues for political gain. Last year it was Hindus who were the target of Malay provocation.

UMNO political calculation demands that the organization sticks to its demands about the use of the word Allah in peninsular Malaysia , where all Malays are deemed Muslims and where Christians are ethnic Chinese or Indian, but not in the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak where there are large communities of Malay-speaking Christians. The UMNO-led coalition needs the support of the multi-ethnic parties in those states.

The word Allah has always been used without Muslim objection by Christians in the Arab world, as well as those in Malay-speaking Indonesia , where there are 10 times as many Muslims as in Malaysia . The word is itself derived from pre-Islamic Semitic language roots. Even Malaysia ’s strictly Islamist opposition party, Parti Islam (PAS), agrees that all Abrahamic faiths are entitled to use the word Allah.

But such facts are of little relevance to UMNO politicians determined to drum up any issue that can be used to show their commitment to defending Malay and Muslim privileges and thus retain the support of a Malay majority against the appeal both of PAS and the multi-ethnic Keadilan party of the former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

UMNO cannot claim to be a party of the pious. Half a century in power has turned it into a vast patronage machine that enriches the Malay elite, providing support for luxurious lifestyles. Its insistence that all Malays are Muslims (and cannot convert) is an attempt to give religious backing to the message of Malay racial preference. That is barely in accord with the universalist notions of global Islam but keeps the loyalty of many Malays otherwise resentful of growing income gaps.

However, the racial and religious divides among the opposition still make an UMNO-led government seem a better choice than the alternatives — most likely ones in which the fundamentalism of PAS would replace the opportunism of UMNO. So despite the deterioration of communal relations in peninsular Malaysia , no major changes are in sight.

This carries two main dangers. The first is the continuing large scale exodus of capital and of talented non-Malays. Five years of generally good prices for its main commodity exports, oil, gas and palm oil, have delivered huge trade surpluses and a current account surplus of more than 10 percent of gross domestic product. But economic growth has been slow due to very weak private investment, only partly offset by large government deficit spending. Once a major recipient of foreign capital, Malaysia is now a source of flight capital. This is only sustainable while commodity prices remain at double levels of five years ago and three times those in 2002.

A longer term danger, at least as perceived by some leading Malays, such as the former Finance Minister Tunku Razaleigh, is that a combination of religious intolerance and resentment of federal exploitation of their natural resources will generate secessionism in the Borneo states. They joined Malaysia in 1963 without much enthusiasm but as the best option open to them as the British withdrew from empire. They do not want their traditions of racial and religious diversity to be poisoned by peninsular prejudices. Their separate treatment on the Allah issue will have some immediate benefits for Kuala Lumpur , but can only underscore just how different they are.

In short, the episode is sad commentary on a nation whose mix of races, its fine infrastructure and wealth of resources has held such promise. If only there really were One Malaysia.


The idea was to use the Catholics to start trouble , shoot the population, get rid of the chinese and indians ALONG THE WAY...take over using emergency powers. This is primarily to distract the population regarding the stealing ot jet engines, the murder of tiong, Altuntaya and the pKFZ scandal running to billions. The mamak used this tactic very sneakily to cover his tracks using ISA/ OSA too. However UMOONO failed to get a larger majority of good Malays and good Muslims who now know that they are playing a dangerous game to seize power.
UMOONO does not care about the population. They have enough money to enjoy and have gala time. If the country and people . suffer .so what. They are rich and can get away anytime. It is power that they want now to hold on in order that they can cover-up their dastardly deeds as long as possible...that is the game..the POWER game.....as long as they are in control even the LAW CANNOT GET THEM. IT IS TIME THAT MALAYS break away from UMOONo's strangle and siege and act independently using their conscience and freedom given in the constitution. They have to think for the nation.

The Corruption Of mahathir: By George Soros.

George Soros is not only one of the best investors in the world but very
well informed too. He has spelt clearly what Malaysians have known all
the while. Malaysia with all the riches in raw materials should have a
stronger currency but what started one for one equivalent with S'pore 30 yrs
ago now has lost out to S'pore currency by 2.3 times. Now Malaysians
know why........Soros has explained in very great detail..... Of course
one cannot get to read this in the main media in Malaysia.


The corruption of Mahathir

by George Soros - published by Bangkok Post

Taxpayers and voters were made to pay for his visionionary expenses
enriching selected vendors along the way all paid by taxpayer or rakyat's
money. The corruption of Mahathir: SOROS' REPLY TO MAHATHIR - Adapted
from Bangkok Post (Not published locally)

I have always said Dr Mahathir is a menace to his own people. Now
only you can see the effects of his foolishness when the ringgit has halved
its value overnight and your economy goes kaput. Single handedly you have
caused hardship to millions of your own people. You have built useless mega
projects at tremendous cost to the country.

The telecoms tower in Kuala Lumpur and the highest building in the
world show how stupid you are. Not only does it cause massive traffic jam,
it has totally no purpose.

If you need high ground for telecoms antennae a nearby mountain is there
for free.

This tower has no purpose from the ground up to 300 metres. The
satelites make this totally unneccesary. A fool and his money are soon
parted. The only thing is you are the fool and the money belongs to
Malaysians. You make 20% in every project, you have real estate in Japan and
billions of shares corruptly acquired.

Your 3 sons are worth 8 billion US$. Where do they get this money? Of
course, corruption.

You are known as the Marcos of Malaysia, having enriched yourself
to the tune of billions.

You dare to shed crocodile tears during UMNO delegates meeting about the
ills of corruption.

Yet you are the most corrupt of all the prime ministers before you.
A thief is crying thief and hopes people look the other way. Who dares to
say anything when the chief is caught with his hands in the candy jar?

You said wisdom is not the monopoly of the West. So is foolishness. You
have more foolishness than most people would believe. Billions are used to
build two high rise Petronas buildings that benefit nobody. They now stand
tall, a symbol of stupidity and irresponsibility. Instead they just add on
to traffic jams. What is this reclamation of 10 islands off Kedah? Totally
absurd and stupid. Of course your benefit is 20%. And the bridge across from
Malacca to Sumatra across international waters?

Why not build a bridge to the moon? I am sure you still can get your
20%. You called me a Moron. How can a Moron make so much money. By allowing
short selling and borrowing millions of shares from your banks we fund
managers made millions out of your inexperience and poor regulations.

You lose all Malaysians' money, therefore you are the Moron. Now you
know too late and start crying over spilt milk.

In Australia you are known as the recalcitrant ego maniac; in UK the
corrupt bastard because of your stupid purchase of our movie studio and the
290 million ringgit Lotus racing car plant and the shady Pergau dam loans
from the UK. They are useless to us and you still want to buy them.

What about buying British reject submarines through your agent, of
course. The agent/ broker is designed to make millions out of the Malaysian
government..

Your purchase of our battleships is at least 50% more than others are
paying. Your purchase of 9 hospitals from UK lock, stock and barrel does
not support your local architects or your industry and the British send you
obsolete medical equipment. The design is atrocious, one end to the other is
half a kilometer and there is no CT-scan, an absolute necessity.

In the UK your face appears in no less than 17 newspapers as a corrupt
dictator. In Malaysia you are known as the (IBM) International Big Mouth.
In Japan they call you the 'smallest one' (brain size). In Pacific islands,
the Santa Claus (giving advice left and right). In south America they call
you the parrot (he talks a lot but does not know what it is about). In
Manila the living Marcos.

In Malaysia they are spending millions to lure tourists and you talk
rubbish scaring every foreigner away. When he is dumb he is doubted a fool,
when he opens his mouth it removes all doubt."

While I agree the West does not have the monopoly to wisdom, your
actions are not the wisest either. Your EAEC has totally no support even in
Asean. Your South-South dialogue meets with the same fate and what is this I
hear of the Bridge from Peninsula Malaysia to Sumatra covering 20 miles
across International shipping lane?

How crazy can one get? Even the Japanese don't have the money. This
world's stupidity seems to be concentrated in one man's mind - yours.

The multimedia super corridor - MSC -. Well in USA its Most Stupid Concept
because we Americans, would have thought of it light years before. Even if
it makes money, we can copy this concept can't we?

Why do you want to spend your hard-earned money doing questionable
projects? It will be like the Bakun project. Abandoned fund wasted and
another white elephant. I always say politicians should not be involved in
business. Your ministers are also businessmen and almost every official is
enriching himself. Look at Rafidah Aziz, selling thousands of Approved
Permits (APs) for cars each worth 20-30 thousand Malaysian dollars. Why not
your government sell them and make the money? She has acquired millions of
shares meant for bumis for free before she agrees to list them.

Look at your Selangor Chief Minister collecting millions for approving high
rise buildings from businessman. He is worth a few billions.
Unfortunately he was caught with a few million pocket money in Australia.
Every Chief minister is awarding useless projects to his cronies then
collecting secret pay offs on the side. The Land Development Boards and
the Economic Development Boards are used to bail out any loses suffered by
politicians. The profits they keep, the loses they force the Government
bodies to absorb. How can your poor ever close the gap when every good deal
is snatched by your politicians? How can your country get out of poverty if
all the billions of corruption money is taken out of the country?

Look at the Sarawak Chief Minister selling billions worth of timber
concessions under the table; selling every piece of state land to
businessmen without tender; using his own companies to obtain lucrative
government contracts; selling approval signatures for a fee 'you pay I
approve'. He has 8 billion US stashed overseas. Thousands of acres of land
are given to one or two companies while thousands of poor people still live
in cardboard makeshift homes; have no water and shit into the river..

Thousands of acres of land are sold to companies for plantations while
the natives do not have even one acre to their name. He is selling sand near
the beaches to one company for earth filling and then ask the government to
spend millions to protect the coastline when erosion occurs.

He lost 300 million of the Sarawak government money trying to make
computer chips. He has built a port in Northern Sarawak town in water so
shallow it needs dredging every year. The Prime Minister built highways
without tender, your cronies get the deal and the price double. Your
Langkawi airport runway was built double the cost by your own company,
Ekran.

The Malaysian nation has lost at least 30 billions during your last 10
years of corrupt rule. One billion lost from the purchase of phantom Skyhawk
war planes nobody has ever seen (are they still in the Nevada desert, USA?).
3 billion lost from the London tin scandal (you thought you could corner the
London tin market without knowing the Americans have a stockpile! Stupidity
at its best. 6 billion Perwaja steel mill where nobody even knows where the
money goes, 3 billion bank Bumiputra scandal when George Tan bribed all the
bank officials to lend him the money.. 6 billion forex lost by Bank Negara
(the fool and his money are soon parted) and 6 billion to build three of the
world's tallest buildings (built by Japanese and Koreans and furniture
imported from France - not Malaysia) and 1 billion lost from purchase of
British warships including fees paid to the broker and under the table..
Add the 10 billion you stole and 5 billion taken by Ministers.

In the 1997 the World Journalists meeting voted Dr Mahathir the Prime
Minister of the Decade. It sounded strange to everybody until it was
revealed those who voted against are threatened by IRD officers and with
losing their jobs. In New York the United Nations 1997 meeting, the most
corrupt Prime Minister of the decade is President Suharto and second Dr
Mahathir (Actually Dr Mahathir should take first place but bribed the
Indonesians to take honour of Number One.

There are Fifty thousand of your university students not given places in
Malaysia but are good enough for places overseas resulting in billions of
dollars lost. The British and the Australians are thinking how stupid. Your
best students are sent overseas raising their standards while as in most
countries the best are kept in local universities and the rejects
sent overseas.. A university student in Hong Kong is much more prestigeous
than any Australian counterpart. You have been colonised by the British so
long you cannot even educate your own people. Look at Hong Kong or
Singapore, less than 5% study overseas. All the money saved. Your country
could save billions if every student overseas is recalled to a local
university, and at the same time raising your own standards.

Your people are still without shoes, without land to farm, without
homes, bathing in rivers shitting in holes in the ground, without water and
electricity. Your cities are concrete jungles without greenery and open
spaces. Your KL is jammed with traffic. Yet you still keep on building high
rises. You should come down from the clouds and stop daydreaming and firmly
plant your feet in the ground. Your schools are cramped 500 students to
an acre and thousands of acres are given free to some politicians who leave
them idle. Your parks are being taken by politicians to build
shop houses and every cabinet minister is a land-grabbing businessman who
builds roads only to their cronies' land.

The Malaysians' Prayer, "Ya Allah, we thank you for your gifts of
timber, oil and grain. But then the devil sent us corrupt Mahathir without a
Brain and look we are back to square one again. So just take Dr Mahathir
back to Hell And we will be alive and well."

In China people have been shot for embezzling one thousand dollars.With
8 billion you have stolen, therefore you would be shot 80 thousand times.
Now you are leading an anti-corruption campaign. We all know what you should
do. Look yourself in the mirror. You see the crooked you. Then use your
left hand and handcuff your right hand. You have put the opposition leader
and his son in jail when they said in parliament you are the richest PM in
the world. And his colleague Mr Karpal Singh too for 2 years.

So I get a reward or bribe if I now say you are the poorest PM in this
world? Your 3 sons are sitting on the board of directors of more than 200
companies. They must have been educated in Harvard school of business and
obtained distinctions? Or is it "you don't know me, you don't do business
in Malaysia" law that applies. Billions of ringgit of Employee's
Provident Fund and public Petronas funds are used to bail out your sons who
make losses investing in every venture you thought you could make money. How
unethical and corrupt. Every one of your politicians is sitting on the board
of tens of companies making thousands without any effort, lending their VIP
names to borrow millions from local banks without collateral.. Now these
have become non- performing loans. Now you want 20 million Malaysians to
sacrifice for the folly of ONE man? Why not the fool resign and admit he
wasted and took most of the money. I could teach you how to put your economy
on track but first you must apologize to the Malaysian people.

Sincerely, George Soros

Mahathir's cronies and Family's accumulated wealth

FIXED DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS OF MAHATHIR?S WIFE AND 5 OF HIS CHILDREN
AS WELL AS HIS CRONIES


The information regarding the Fixed Deposit Accounts of Mahathir's wife and 3 of his children are as below. These accounts were opened at an Israeli Singapore-based bank in the neighboring country ofSingapore. The bank is ISRAELI NATIONAL BANK.
That vast amount of monies could have been derived through the following:
i. Deposited by an agent of the Israeli Government or any other foreign government.
ii. Derived by the various companies of Mahathir?s cronies.
iii. Perhaps this could be the RM1Bil missing from UMNO?s account which Anwar Ibrahim brought up before he was dismissed from UMNO.
Details of accounts are as follow:


Family of Dr. Mahathir: 1. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : AGF-2192-2442- 722-(X)
Amount : USD 4,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 25/06/95
Date of Maturity : 25/06/98
(Maturity continued to 25/06/2001)
(Extension interest agreed upon)

2. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : FA-4196-2493- 313 (A)
Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 09/06/97
Date of Maturity : 09/06/00


3. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : DD-3919-714- 271-(A)
Amount : USD 5,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/12/95
Date of Maturity : 06/12/98


4. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : FB-5614-1499- 515 (C)
Amount : USD 9,800,000.00
Date of opening account : 12/11/97
Date of Maturity : 12/11/2000


5. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : CE-2418-7172- 492 (E)
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 07/03/98
Date of Maturity : 07/03/01


6. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : GB-6921-4212- 712 (F)
Amount : USD 6,650,000.00
Date of opening account : 19/03/95
Date of Maturity : 19/03/98
(Maturity continuity to 19/03/2001)


7. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : C-719-418-210 (M)
Amount : USD 13,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 17/06/96
Date of Maturity : 17/06/99
8. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : F-817-200-11 (C)
Amount : USD 12,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 03/12/96
Date of Maturity : 03/12/99


9. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
5 years
Account No : G-211-922-718- 2 (D)
Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 12/07/97
Date of Maturity : 12/07/02


10. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
1 years
Account No : F-3532-3310- 501 (NG)
Amount : USD 15,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/09/98
Date of Maturity : 21/09/99


11. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : DA-9159-7211- 819 (M)
Amount : USD 4,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 20/05/96
Date of Maturity : 20/05/99


12. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : ME-3138-5144- 219 (A)
Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 08/09/97
Date of Maturity : 08/09/00


13. 13. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Current Account
Account No : A-7213-4441- 223 (MB)
Amount : USD 15,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 11/12/97
Withdrawal : USD 5,000,000.00 on 10/02/98
Cheque No. F2912718
Deposit : USD 9,500,000.00
Last Balance : USD 19,500,000.00


14. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
1 years
Account No : F-3518-3279- 441 (ND)
Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 08/09/98
Date of Maturity : 08/09/99


15. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : M-3121-3149- 512 (D)
Amount : USD 7,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 03/12/95
Date of Maturity : 03/12/98


16. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : LA-5716-3919- 862 (C)
Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 16/08/96
Date of Maturity : 16/08/99


17. 17. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : CM-6983-7419- 365 (F)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 29/06/97
Date of Maturity : 29/06/99


18. 18. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : JE-8145-6073- 396 (L)
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 15/11/97
Date of Maturity : 15/11/99


19. 19. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : YE-3909-2616- 398 (M)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 25/11/97
Date of Maturity : 25/11/00


20. 20. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
1 years
Account No : G-7051-3996- 521 (EC)
Amount : USD 12,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 26/09/98
Date of Maturity : 26/09/99


21. 21. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : M-2074-6219- 332 (E)
Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 05/06/97
Date of Maturity : 05/06/99


22. 22. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : DL-6074-3691- 7785 (E)
Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 26/09/97
Date of Maturity : 26/09/00


23. 23. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : CF-3711-5681- 742 (G)
Amount : S $ 7,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/07/96
Date of Maturity : 06/07/99


24. 24. Name : Ms Melinda Bte Mahathir
Post : Daughter of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 697339 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : EX-6965-7718- 396 (D)
Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 19/11/97
Date of Maturity : 19/11/99
25. 25. Name : Ms Melinda Bte Mahathir
Post : Daughter of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 697339 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : FN-1799-6673- 983 (M)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/01/98
Date of Maturity : 21/01/00

TOTAL :
USD 199.45 MILLION AND S$42,000,000.00 IN FIXED DEPOSIT


Ponder on the amount and think for yourself how could they have acquired these vast amount of wealth just being the wife and children of the PM of Malaysia ????


CRONIES WEALTH:
BROTHER-IN-LAW OF MAHATHIR

1. Name : Mr. Hashim Bin Mohamed Ali
Post : Brother-in-law of Prime Minister
Passport No. : C 341872 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : BB-1792-5126- 2197-14 (XD)
Amount : USD 6,600,000.00
Date of opening account : 14/12/96
Date of Maturity : 14/12/98


2. Name : Mr. Hashim Bin Mohamed Ali
Post : Brother-in-law of Prime Minister
Passport No. : C 341872 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : MG-3014-2132- 5188-19 (NF)
Amount : USD 11,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 16/05/97
Date of Maturity : 16/05/00
3. Name : Mr. Hashim Bin Mohamed Ali
Post : Brother-in-law of Prime Minister
Passport No. : C 341872 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : NE-5179-2212- 6125-42 (CE)
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 18/06/98
Date of Maturity : 18/06/00
TOTAL:
USD 23,100,00.00

CABINET MINISTERS (TO BE CONTINUED LATER??.)

26. 1. Name : Mr. Mohammad Najib Bin Abdul Razak
Post : Minister of Education
Passport No. : D 371981 (M)
Bank : American Express Bank
Type of Account : Current Account
Account No : E-7194-303-45- G
Amount : USD 7,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 22/12/95
Withdrawal : USD 2,500,000.00 on 10/01/96
Cheque No. F1742330
Withdrawal : USD 1,000,000.00 on 16/03/96
Cheque No. F1742331
Withdrawal : USD 1,000,000.00 on 01/07/96
Cheque No. F1742332
Withdrawal : USD 500,000.00 on 11/06/97
Cheque No. F1742333


27. Name : Mr. Syed Hamid Bin Syed Albar
Post : Minister of Defence
Passport No. : D 691245 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : J-321-3352-339- G
Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 14/07/96
Date of Maturity : 14/07/99


28. 3. Name : Mr. Syed Hamid Bin Syed Albar
Post : Minister of Defence
Passport No. : D 691245 (M)
Bank : American Express Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : AC- 4192-443-54- E
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 27/11/96
Date of Maturity : 27/11/99


29. 4. Name : Ms. Rafidah Bte Aziz
Post : Minister of International Trade And Industry
Passport No. : D 391274 (M)
Bank : Bank Of Nova Scotia
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : LA- 7211-3647-341 G
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 10/06/96
Date of Maturity : 10/06/99


30. 5. Name : Ms. Rafidah Bte Aziz
Post : Minister of International Trade And Industry
Passport No. : D 391274 (M)
Bank : Bank Of China
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : CL 4223-6162-47 M
Amount : USD 2,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/09/96
Date of Maturity : 21/09/96
31. 6. Name : Mr. Muhyuddin Bin Yassin
Post : Minister of Youth and Sports
Passport No. : D 512717 (M)
Bank : American Express Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
5 years
Account No : AF- 3712-229-33- Y
Amount : USD 7,700,000.00
Date of opening account : 15/06/96
Date of Maturity : 15/06/01


32. 7. Name : Mr. Megat Junid Bin Megat Ayob
Post : Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Passport No. : D 299671 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : F-3091-9211- 39 (O)
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 19/08/96
Date of Maturity : 19/08/99


33. 8. Name : Mr. Megat Junid Bin Megat Ayob
Post : Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Passport No. : D 299671 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : M-5244-6052- 69 (D)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 07/05/97
Date of Maturity : 07/05/00
34. 9. Name : Mr. Mohammad Bin Rahmat
Post : Minister of Information
Passport No. : D 423717 (M)
Bank : Development Bank of Singapore
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : C-2965-173-384- F
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 29/11/96
Date of Maturity : 29/11/98


35. 10. Name : Mr. Mohammad Bin Rahmat
Post : Minister of Information
Passport No. : D 423717 (M)
Bank : Development Bank of Singapore
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : CA-3129-662- 919-G
Amount : S $ 2,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/03/97
Date of Maturity : 06/03/99


36. 11. Name : Mr. Sabbarudin Bin Chik
Post : Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism
Passport No. : D 196432 (M)
Bank : Bank of China
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : E-699-3172-982 (B)
Amount : USD 8,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 02/09/96
Date of Maturity : 02/09/99


37. 12. Name : Mr. Mustapa Bin Mohamed
Post : Minister of Entrepreneur
Second Finance Minister
Passport No. : D 862411 (M)
Bank : American Express Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : CA-5098-344- 66-D
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 12/06/96
Date of Maturity : 12/06/99
38. 13. Name : Mr. Mustapa Bin Mohamed
Post : Minister of Entrepreneur
Second Finance Minister
Passport No. : D 862411 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : DD-2141-7922- 549-F
Amount : USD $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/04/97
Date of Maturity : 21/04/99


39. 14. Name : Ms. Siti Zaharah Binti Sulaiman
Post : Deputy Minister of Health
Passport No. : D 594071 (M)
Bank : United Overseas Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : M-3914-7179- 212-D
Amount : S $ 5,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 28/05/97
Date of Maturity : 28/05/99


40. 15. Name : Mr. Tajol Rosli Bin Mohammad Ghazali
Post : Deputy Home Affairs Minister
Passport No. : D 691872 (M)
Bank : Development Bank of Singapore
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : B 1712-341-619- C
Amount : S $ 2,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 29/06/97
Date of Maturity : 29/06/99
41. 16. Name : Mr. Abdul Kadir Bin Sheikh Fadzir
Post : Deputy Minister Human Resources
Passport No. : D 541781 (M)
Bank : Bank of China
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : D 319-2218-512- J
Amount : USD 3,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 28/02/98
Date of Maturity : 28/02/01


42. 17. Name : Mr. Ibrahim Saad
Post : Deputy Minister PM Department
Passport No. : D 891741 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : M 374-6593-88 D
Amount : USD 4,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 08/06/97
Date of Maturity : 08/06/99
43. 18. Name : Mr. Mohamed Nazri Bin Aziz
Post : Deputy Minister PM Department
Passport No. : D 871945 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : BD 5211-7925-8716- 51 MA
Amount : USD 6,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 08/06/97
Date of Maturity : 08/06/99


44. 19. Name : Mr. Mohamad Isa Bin Abdul Samad
Post : Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan
Passport No. : D 831569 (M)
Bank : American Express Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : E- 6654-662-719- M
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 09/07/96
Date of Maturity : 09/07/99


45. 20. Name : Mr. Mohamad Isa Bin Abdul Samad
Post : Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan
Passport No. : D 831569 (M)
Bank : American Express Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : J-5152-6161- 311-D
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 24/01/97
Date of Maturity : 24/01/00


46. 21. Name : Mr. Sanusi Bin Junid
Post : Chief Minister of Kedah
Passport No. : D 659711 (M)
Bank : Israel National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : FG 3469-4462-9172 (DE)
Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/09/96
Date of Maturity : 21/09/99


47. 22. Name : Mr. Sanusi Bin Junid
Post : Chief Minister of Kedah
Passport No. : D 659711 (M)
Bank : Israel National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : H 7639-1722-5243 (MG)
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 09/06/97
Date of Maturity : 09/06/99


48. 23. Name : Mr. Sanusi Bin Junid
Post : Chief Minister of Kedah
Passport No. : D 659711 (M)
Bank : Israel National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
1 years
Account No : DC 7943-7716-2713 33 NB
Amount : S $ 3,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 10/12/97
Date of Maturity : 10/12/98


49. 24. Name : Mr. Abdul Ghani Bin Othmman
Post : Chief Minister of Johore
Passport No. : D 615791 (M)
Bank : Israel National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : GH 1299-4166-339 A
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 11/06/97
Date of Maturity : 11/06/99


50. 25. Name : Mr. Abdul Ghani Bin Othmman
Post : Chief Minister of Johore
Passport No. : D 615791 (M)
Bank : Israel National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : D 1471-3134-22 F
Amount : S $ 3,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 03/04/97
Date of Maturity : 03/04/99


51. 26. Name : Mr. Ramli Bin Ngah Talib
Post : Chief Minister of Perak
Passport No. : D 774511 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : AB 7193-4111-331 (A)
Amount : S $ 6,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 20/12/96
Date of Maturity : 20/12/98


52. 27. Name : Mr. Abu Zahar Bin Isnin
Post : Chief Minister of Malacca
Passport No. : R 515341 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency
3 years
Account No : FA 9132-3156-212 E
Amount : USD 2,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 11/04/96
Date of Maturity : 11/04/99


53. 28. Name : Mr. Abu Hassan Bin Omar
Post : Chief Minister of Selangor
Passport No. : D 493718 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : M 819-5512-71 D
Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/05/97
Date of Maturity : 06/05/99
54. Name : Mr. Abu Hassan Bin Omar
Post : Chief Minister of Selangor
Passport No. : D 493718 (M)
Bank : Citibank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : M 819-5512-71 D
Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/05/97
Date of Maturity : 06/05/99

SENIOR PERSONNEL AROUND MAHATHIR

55. 1. Name : Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Ismail
Post : Chief Private Secretary of PM
Passport No. : R 814239 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : GM 5210-6125-8862- 49 DG
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 10/04/96
Date of Maturity : 10/04/99


56. 2. Name : Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Shamsuddin
Post : Political Secretary 1 to PM
Passport No. : R 722217 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : HD 4179-2416-3829- 31AD
Amount : USD 3,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/12/96
Date of Maturity : 21/12/98


57. 3. Name : Mr. Mohammad Noordin Bin Bachik
Post : Private Secretary to PM
Passport No. : E 691432 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : SD 3912-4942-6918- 72 DA
Amount : S $ 4,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 03/12/96
Date of Maturity : 03/12/98



MY DEAR FELLOW MALAYSIANS THE ABOVE ARE ONLY THOSE THAT WE KNOW OF?..HOW ABOUT THOSE THAT WE DO NOT KNOW OF?????? THINK & JUDGE FOR YOURSELF AND YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN DECIDE WHOM YOU WANT AS THE FUTURE GOVERNMENT !!!!!!







Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Parliament To be moved to Putrajaya.

Hardly has the furore that the govt would be bankrupt by 2019 if subsidies are not gradually removed , we now have news that the govt is considering moving parliament to Putrajaya at a cost of $800 million.How can the govt justify spending $800 million merely for the sake of moving Parliament to Putrajaya?

Arent we suppose to be on some austerity drive to conserve our funds?If removing subsidies is such a priority then should we not also try to curb unnecessary public expenditure? More so when there is no such urgency for the govt to build another Parliament when the present one is adequate and serving us quite well?. Its really amazing how the govt could even consider such a proposal when by its admission we are surely on our way to bankrupcy.It is this type of typical wasteful expenditure that our govt is embarking that is causing our nation to go bankrupt.

Armed Forces To buy Three Support Ships For $2.2 billion.

Are we living in an area that is prone to disaster ? The tsunami that occurred some years back was the only catrasthropic event that took place after some hundred years ago. so why is our armed forces spending $2.2 billion of taxpayers money to purchase three support ships that will only be used to 'provide faster humanitarian aid and disaster relief' The pertinent question we should be concerned is how often do we encounter such humanitarian crisis that requires the service of such support ships? If we only encounter such crisis once in a hundred years surely we dont need such sophisticated support ships on a standby basis waiting for a disaster to happen. $2.2 billion is certainly alot of taxpayers money that could be put to better use.

It seems quite in vogue for the Defence Ministry to conjure fancy schemes to use taxpayers money to purchase items that are a waste of public expenditure. Have the defence ministry given a thought as to what these support ships would be doing in the abscence of any disaster? Most likely the whole project would end up being a white elephant.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mahathir: Politics is money,thats the reality

Mahathir's tenure for 22 years has ensured that money and politics is closely entwined.There is no denial that it was during his time that money politics was prevalent and political patronage through the dispensation of contracts to his cronies was a common occurrence.But this need not be the case if we had honest politicians. Only dishonest politicians need to resort to such dishonest practice of using money to secure support.

For most of mahathir's tenure he had used money politics to win elections by the common practice of promising his electorates money to build schools, roads and other incentives in order to secure their votes. This old practice was continued with the present P.M , Najib with a disappointing result.It seems the voters are now wiser. Offering tax payers money to obtain their support in no longer tenable.We can only hope this corrupt legacy of Mahathir will no longer be acceptable by Malaysians.

Is It True that it is worse to Give than to receive?

I refer to the NST article dated 2nd may 2010.

I beg to differ with the writer's opinion that it is worse to give than to receive.For them to conclude such an opinion confirms their ignorance of the subject matter they are discussing.
One should understand that no one in his right mind would be foolish enough to part with his hard earned money if given the choice. To imply that the giver is such a willing participant to give a bribe is a reflection of the MACC ignorance of the reasons why people are forced to give bribes.
Just put yourself in the position of the giver and ask yourself why you want to give the bribe.The answer is simple. The person taking the bribe in most instances are making life so difficult that you really have no choice but to give. When your livelihood is involved there is really no choice but to give unless you are prepared to call it a day and closed shop so that you can avoid giving to the person seeking a bribe.

One businessman, a friend of mine made four applications to the State govt for a Quarry licence to operate on his own private land which had vast quantities of quarry. On each occassion his application was rejected by the State Exco without any reasons being given. On further enquiries he was told that his application would not be approved unless he greased the politicians in the State Excos. Left with no recourse, he did just that and paid the politicians in charge of the approval and presto his application was approved in the next exco sitting.

Without giving the bribe his application was in limbo and there was no hope of him getting a licence to operate or do business . A corrupt free govt would have given him a licence freely and willingly because it would have brought additonal revenue to the state. Instead he was forced to part with 100k to the politicians who said it was for a political donation. Can someone now tell me that it is worse for the giver to give than the receiver to receive in such an instance?

Why Sport betting licence is given to ascot?

Can someone ask the Finance Minister why is the sport Betting licence being given to Ascot company belonging to Vincent Tan?There is no such thing as a free lunch. Vincent Tan sold 70%of Ascot shares to public listed company Berjaya Group for $375 million. Surely the Finance Minister is not so generous as to see Vincent Tan getting this huge largesse without coughing it out for someone else?It doesnt take a geniuse to know that someone is benefitting from this deal from Vincent Tan because nobody is going to be just happy to see Vincent Tan pocketing this huge largesse.

If the issuance of this sporting licence had been transparent and if there were no one benefitting from this deal would it not been a better deal for the country's coffer that the licence was openly tendered to the highest bidder?If it was tendered openly to the highest bidder it would benefit the country's coffers to the tune of at least $500 million since the value of the licence based on the sale to Berjaya group was $525 million.From this dubious issuance of licence to Ascot company belonging to Vincent Tan, I am quite confident that it is not only Vincent Tan alone laughing his way to the bank.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sodomy ll: Anwar Loses Final Appeal

To the man in the street, the decision of the Federal court in dismissing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's appeal to strike out his sodomy charge did not come as a surprise. With a former UMNO man as the head of the judiciary, Anwar has no chance to win any appeal.
It must not be forgotten that Zaki was parachuted to the Federal court without serving a single day in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and his subsequent appointment as the Chief Judge was to ensure that any legal proceedings against the govt or in its interest would be decided based on the wishes of its political master.
From the way the Judiciary has been upending judicial precedents , there is no doubt that the UMNO govt is hell bent in wanting to put Anwar away for good. But that could be its fatal mistake because in place of the incarcerated Anwar will be 1000 other Anwars to replace him.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Opposition Facing an Uphill task in Sibu Election.

Once again we are faced with another By-Election because of the demise of five-term SUPP member of Parliament, Robert Lau.The by-election this time will be contested in the Land of the Hornbill between DAP stalwart Wong and SUPP Lau.

What perhaps irks neutral voters is the blatant open support of the Election Commision in trying to lend a helping hand for B.N to win the by-election. Like in the Hulu By- election the election commission was fiddling with the electoral rolls by transferring eligible voters from the Sibu constituency to another constitiency.Quite obviously this electoral exercise was to deprive certain voters from voting in the coming by-election.It seems the Election Commission has this habit of carrying out such transferring exercise whenever there is an imminent by-election and the reason for this is only best known to the Electoral commission.And no prize for guessing which voters are transferred out from the constituency.

However, now we see another branch of the govt apparatus also getting into the act of giving the B.N govt some moral support in the form of issuing warnings to the campaigning parties that the act of even mentioning the 'Allah' issue was now off limits.

Sarawak OCCI SACll Huzir Mohamad has declared that all political parties should stop using the 'Allah' issue during the campaign period.One may ask who are the police to dictate to the political parties what issue should and and what issues should not be used for the political campaign?Should the opposition stop using the 'Allah' issue because it will put the govt in a bad light? Against such formidable foes like the Election Commission and the PDRM, it is not difficult to envisage an impossible and herculean task for the opposition candidate to win the Sibu by-election.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Teen Shooting

Shooting first and asking questions later is certainly not the proper way for the police in uniform to act.Since when have they been authorised to be the Judge jury, and executioner?unless there is an imminent threat to their lives there is no justifiable reason for them to open fire on any criminals.

It is preposterous for the police to claim that the car was used as a weapon to crash into them when the fact of the matter was that they were actually pursuing the teen driver.And if as claimed that a parang was found in the car how could that be a threat when it posed no danger to their lives? Of late it seems the police have resorted to taking the law into their own hands with several ex-judicial killings.The ordinary citizens would have no qualms if the killings were indeed directed at hardcore criminals hell bent in committing murder and robbery. But when innocent lives are sacrificed for the mere sake of slipshod policing then there is something wrong with our people in uniform.

Ezam now a senator

How questionable it can be for the B.N govt to appoint Ezam, a former political secretary of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as a senator.What did he do to deserve such an appointment? He has achieved nothing more than running down his former boss and for that act of betrayal he was rewarded with the senatorship.

Sometime ago another 'frog' from Perak was rewarded with a datukship.Now Malaysians are beginning to wonder what criteria is the govt looking for in awarding Datukship and senatorship to its citizens? Is the govt sending the wrong message to our young citizens that to betray one former allegiance is an act deserving to be recognised and rewarded so long as the benefactor is the B.N govt?One can only surmise that the B.N govt has really lost its moral compass and need to be put to pasture in order for it to spend sometime examining its morality.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Najib: Swing in support of B.N

According to Najib the Hulu Selangor win was indicative of a swing in support of B.N. Despite the overwhelming heavy weights from the B.N arsenal headed first by the DPM and later by Najib himself the final poll of a majority win of 1725 is hardly any indication of a swing in support of B.N. One must remember that this has always been a B.N stronghold and in every election with the exception of the 2008 General election B.N had always won with a handsome majority. And now with the full force of B.N concentration of just the Hulu Selangor electorate, a win of merely 1725 votes is a forceful reminder that the days of B.N's rule is coming to an end.

The B.N govt had used every conceivable bait to lure the voters in Hulu Selangor. The long outstanding issue of felda land settlement was immediately resolved with cash distribution and chinese schools were immediately given on the spot grant of $3 million for their schools.

The prevalent use of money politics was so pervasive in this election that Dauk Zaid Ibrahim was moved to comment that it was the dirtiest election ever held in Malaysia.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hee the 'frog' rewarded with a Datukship.

It seems monetary reward for the ex-DAP assemblywoman of Perak is not enough. Now the perak sultan has bestowed the 'frog' with a datukship title.What has Hee achieved to deserve the honour of the title? From memory the only infamous act she did was to betray the mandate given to her by her own constituency and by latest account she has not even dare to step there for fear of being harm.

Once upon a time datukship was only given to deserving people who rendered invaluable service to the state or nation and certainly not for betraying the trust of the people.What kind of message is the perak royalty sending to potential receipient? That they will be rewarded for being a 'frog'?