Friday, June 18, 2010




Posted: 15 Jun 2010 07:06 PM PDT

Malam tadi makan dengan Sdr Rama. Amat berselera dengan hidangan kepala ikan sambil mendengar pelbagai cerita dibawanya. Kami tersenyum dan tergelak bersama. Adakalanya terdiam memikirkan 'cerita moral' yang ingin dibawanya. Menyenangkan.

Antara ceritanya dibawanya ialah kisah rakannya ditipu di India. Setibanya di satu lapangan kapal terbang di India, rakannya, Raju terus mencari teksi. Lepas satu, satu teksi ditanya untuk mendapatkan harga yang berpatutan untuk balik kampung.

Katakanlah teksi pertama menawarkan 800 rupee, kedua 600 rupee dan ketiga 500 rupee. Raju tidak puas hati dengan harga itu kerana 'mengetahui' jumlah yang sepatutnya dibayar. Akhirnya beliau menemui pemandu teksi yang keempat yang menawarkan 400 rupee.

Setelah meletakkan beg ke bahagian belakang, pemandu teksi menguncinya agar beg itu tidak hilang. Kemudian pemandu itu cuba memulakan perjalanan tetapi malangnya enjin kereta tidak boleh dihidupkan. Pemandu teksi itu meminta Raju menolak sehingga ke pintu pagar di lapangan itu dan menyatakan kereta itu kehabisan minyak.

Pemandu itu meminta Raju membayar wang untuk membeli minyak dulu tetapi beliau tidak mahu memberinya. Raju meminta pemandu itu mengeluarkan beg beliau. Pemandu enggan berbuat demikian dan meminta tambang penuh atau separuh. Tambang penuh jika ingin meneruskan perjalanan dan separuh jika tidak mahu. Maka pertengkaran berlaku sehinggalah seorang 'lelaki berpakaian kemas' datang untuk memberitahu bahawa eloklah Raju membayar pemandu teksi itu untuk mendapatkan beg beliau.

Akhirnya Raju membayarnya dan menaiki kereta 'lelaki berpakaian kemas' yang hanya meminta tambang yang sama iaitu 400 rupee. Akhirnya mereka pun bertolak ke kampung halaman Raju yang lebih 15 tahun ditinggalkan.

Setelah tiga bulan balik ke Malaysia, Raju memberitahu Rama agar berhati-hati dengan teksi di India yang akan 'mengenakan' penumpang di sana. Beliau meminta Rama agar memeriksa setiap teksi sama ada mempunyai enjin atau sebaliknya.

Menurutnya, pengalaman beliau di India ialah teksi pertama tidak mempunyai enjin dan beliau terpaksa membayar 200 rupee. Kereta kedua milik 'lelaki berpakaian kemas' pula yang dibayar 400 rupee adalah kereta yang pemandunya baru saja menghantar 'boss' ke lapangan terbang. Daripada balik 'kosong' elok juga dapat duit sedikit. Dengan memodalkan 'kreativiti', pemilik kereta tanpa enjin mendapat 200 rupee dan 'lelaki berpakaian kemas' mendapat 400 rupee.

Cerita moral daripada Rama itu ialah bagaimana sukarnya untuk mencari makan di India sehingga rakyatnya perlu mencari idea yang inovatif untuk mencari makan. Ini amat berbeza di Malaysia. Di negara ini, seseorang itu hanya perlu bekerja kuat untuk berjaya. Negara yang penuh dengan rezeki jika sesiapa saja mahu berusaha. Yang mahu bekerja kuat, tidak kira kaum akan mendapat rezeki yang berada di mana-mana di Malaysia.

Hendak seribu daya, tidak hendak seribu dalih. Jangan menyalahkan orang lain.

Con-Sultan of Swing

Posted: 17 Jun 2010 10:30 PM PDT

You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
And an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing
- Sultan of Swing, Dire Straits

This blog is one blog that have been questioning the over reliance on Con-Sultans during the time of Tun Abdullah's administration. The then Tingkat 4 was filled with business Con-Sultan doing works totally unrelated to their background on policy, politics, communication etc.

It turns out their interest was to menyamun for themselves projects and fees through consultants. Khazanah, GLCs, EPU and Government Departments was the lubuk for securing Con-Sultaning jobs.

Since Con-Sultaning jobs was easily secured using the cloud of Tingkat 4 PM Department, then evolve a procurement specialist Con-Sultaning firm like Ethos Consulting.

I would have thought with the end of Abdullah, such practices would have ended. But no ... it is still rampant.

How can one end it if Omar Ong and his partner in Ethos, Rohana and Minister like Tan Sri Nor Moahamd Yakcop is still very much at large?

Ethos seems to be found in every other organisation telling companies, and government on how to go about how to do things differently. Seriously, let's think for awhile.

Why must in almost every other major Con-Sultaning work, the name Ethos keep cropping up?

How much experiance would so-called wunderboy Omar Ong has to have his Con-Sultaning firm be the one doing every other thing? Is he so that terer that he knows everything?

How many organisation/(s) has he managed and delivered as successful outcome? From his resume, he has none.

By the look of things, what Ethos is doing is merely as agents for multinational Con-Sultaning firms. The knowledge is not with him but with outside firms.

Since outside firm like McKenzie hire local on a private basis. So, Ethos gets a cut from McKennzie and McKenzie pay relatively peanuts to the actual people doing the research legwork. Imagine them writing the need to stop no rent-seeking practices.

If one is familiar with Con-Sultans, one must know what one wants and be exact in the deliverables. Otherwise, their will recommend something theoretical, and general that it has no specific and workable solution to work on.

That is where they will pau more money out of the clients for more plans after plans which is all academics. That is taking your watch and telling you the time when all the while you can read your own watch.

The problem is so widespread now that our Government is spending billions on consulting fees. If this continues, Idris Jala could be right. We will go bankrupt by 2019 from paying consultants. He himself is paying consultants in the hundred of million.

If we can recall during Tun Abdullah times, Khazanah was said to be doing the GLC Transformation Plan. It used to be on the website but no more now. They had prepared something like 10 plans, manual and studies.

Yet, look at the performance of Khazanah companies. Their handicap companies is no more MAS, Proton and UEM. It has expandaed to Pos Malaysia and now SIme Darby. One member of Parliament told me that they had spend some RM400 million in the past five years.

I am not too sure if this included IRDA which has been spending berbeli-yon beli-yon, to emulate the late Tun Ghaffar, on consultant fees but still nothing delivered.

It is heard there is an endless stream of work for Con-Sultans being dished out to the point the Con-Sultan reports, manual, plan and what say you can be stack up to reach the ceiling. Give time, it will can reach the top ceiling of two floor penthouse.

Most likely, the consultant fee paid is not included in Khazanah's RM400 million fee because there were consultants hired for all other corridors and is likely absorbed by the respective companies involved.

Speaking of companies, Ethos was entering GLCs and threatening as though it is PM's instruction.

One former PLC CEO, I personally know was hustled and refused. In his own words, the work they offered were things that could be done by the Financial Instiutution he was the MD of. Why should he let others do the work, he asked?

Recently, Syed Akbar wrote a posting here about this.

In the nutshell, he exposed Idris Jala and his Pemandu is milking the Government out of consulting fees in the hundred of million. Each of the NKRA lab (a con-sultan terminology) cost RM6-7 million. With 6 NKRA, it totals up to RM42 million.

I am mentioning this because I met an attendee yesterday and he verified few things.

It seems there will be at least 19 other labs for GTP, NKEAs, KRAs, KPIs and fill free to make your own acronyoms. This will cost at least RM91 million and adds up to RM133 million.

The use of consultant have reached the point where even our recently announced 10MP was prepared by external Con-Sultans instead of EPU. Just look at the report. Go here to read the brief and one can spot immediately that this is not the Malaysia Plans were are used too.

It immediately comes off as an American University textbook or consultant report which is filled with unnecessary pictures for public relation value only but lacking facts and figures that our miserly paid Government servants used to provide.

It looks as though after preparing nine Malaysia Plans, the PM Department, EPU and MOF lost the ability to prepare the Malaysia Plan. One must understand that not many countries have a 5-year Economic Plan like Malaysia but yet some Con-Sultans seemed to know better at preparing 5-year plans.

I have a feeling the Con-sultans are involved in preparing all four pillars of Najib's administration - 1Malaysia; GTP; New Economic Models; and 10 Malaysia Plans.

It has no clear deliverables that can be understood and expected by the common people which is never understood by Con-Sultans. All it had to tell is concepts and processes. Is there enough time for concepts and processes to deliver for the General Election?

The problem with relying with Con-Sultan is this. In today's world in what is described knowledge economy, we should be building knowledge organisation.

Organisation is not only just focused towards delivering their goods and services but develop its own inherent capability by building within the organisation, knowledge as derived from the operation, planning, management, problem solving, technical, etc.

To be able to develop such organisation, they must do things on their own. Sometimes we can learn from outside such as consultants but not to the point of overrelying on them. We should be determining the external knowledge that we want.

Believe me, having met many of those early successful planners during the NEP era, their common remark is, "Con-Sultan tak boleh pakai. Sendiri kena bikin. Go through the mill. Be meticulous. Find ways. You learn, and understand better. You are more effective."

Think about this. By Khazanah, Government and EPU relying on Con-Sultans, how much intrinsic knowledge and value do such organisation have eventually? If they go to Seminar and Forums, do they really have credibility to talk?

My answer for both is no. YB Dato Mahfudz Omar of PAS can spot this and ask whether we still need EPU if we are to rely on Con-Sultans.

Maybe it's time PAS rule the country since even not-so-smart Mahfudz is beginning to make sense.

Pertinent points from a foreign student studying in Malaysia

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:36 AM PDT

It has been a while I have read such a sincere yet passionate observation about the state of our country. Interestingly it is written by a Kenyan student in Malaysia. I was alerted about the blog by someone on twitter.

Being a student in Malaysia has been useful to me in many ways. You learn many new things, a new country, a new culture, people, food, etc. A beautiful nation with beautiful people, but probably a nation that has the worst political system. When you look from a far, when you see the dazzling Twin Towers, the sky crappers, the trains, the paved roads, the almost all tarmacked lanes, it is beautiful and satisfying, but beyond that, there is stinking political system, one devoid of decency and human good, a godless politics that thrives in indecency, skulduggery and simply outright demagoguery.

I remember Malaysia's former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi saying in 2006, 'the Malays will do anything to achieve something in politics (or something like that) and that anything includes vomit inducing rhetoric and actions. He was right! He was booted out disgracefully after being stabbed in the back by some of his Cabinet Ministers.

Malaysia's story is not new, its racial politics, stifling bureaucracy, bulging and ever increasing civil service, third world politics, controlled society, partisan bodies and unthinking religious entities are issues one reads about almost on daily basis. Malaysia is not a nation that has bright future. I remember as a kid, circa 1995 reading somewhere a robust statement made by Prof. Ali Mazrui, recognized as the one of the 100 most influential intellectuals today where he praised the nation and predicted a bright future. Prof. Mazrui was in particular intrigued by the then Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. One decade later, you won't hear the Kenyan-American professor talking of Malaysia.

That was when the economy was strong, institutional rot hidden from the public, social discontent minimal, political demagoguery not widely practiced, and Malaysia was surging. Dr. Mahathir and his then Deputy, Anwar Ibrahim were extremely popular in the Muslim (and non Muslim to a large extent) world. They were where the Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is today. Unchallenged and probably unparalleled when measured against fellow Muslim leaders.

Then came 1998, where Dr Mahathir and Anwar clashed over the 1997/8 Asian Financial Crisis and some internal succession politics. Anwar was sacked, brutally beaten and jailed on fabricated charges of sodomy. Dr. Mahathir, realizing Anwar's appeal both locally and abroad went overdrive to neutralize him. He did it (at least until he left power in 2003) but at the expense of Malaysia. Malaysia has never recovered from that humiliating experience since then and it will never. Make no mistake about it; neither Dr. Mahathir nor Malaysia will recover from that ugly episode.

Anwar today is facing sodomy charges again. The new allegation would even beat the first one in stupidity. At least, in the first one, Malaysians were innocent enough to be shocked. Now, they aren't. In fact, they have become accustomed to the brutality of the system that they smile, resigned to that fate. Only Chinua Achebe can describe their resignation and hopelessness like he did in his A Man of the People. Foreign students in Malaysia joke about this immoral politics. 'Why doesn't Malaysia introduce Bachelor in Sodomology' they joke. Then they can shout to the world that they can (boleh) as they say in Malaysia.

This is a nation that's losing its soul, its spiritual side, its human side. It is becoming concrete, merciless, immoral, godless and utterly ruthless. All the signs that the edifice is to come tumbling down are there, but the elite are interested in one thing: assassinating Anwar and they refuse to see the imminent danger.

But that's not the subject here; it is the defeatism culture of the Malay leadership. Being a Somali ethnic myself, I'm in no position to blame others or point out their shortcomings, after all, my people have nothing to be proud of. May be Islam only, and even that Islam, they have rendered it cruel and tribal.

In Malaysia, there are three main races, the Malays who are the majority, the Chinese and the Indians, then there is motley of other races and tribes but politics revolves around the three main ones. Malaysia's greatest challenge has been how to balance the economic disparity between the native Malays and the migrant communities who have made big (at least many of them) in Malaysia. The racial riots of 1969 define Malaysia till today.

After that deadly rioting, a new economic policy (NEP) was formulated. The target was to alleviate Malay poverty (plus the poverty of others), rearrange the economic imbalance, support Malays to get a foothold and make them have at least 30% equity. Four decades later, it stands at 19%. In those four decades, entire countries were built from scratch, of course others failed, but in Malaysia, they couldn't manage one policy in four decades and worse, many continue to insist that the failed policy should be maintained. Like a drug addict who holds on to his fatal drugs, some Malays have become addicts. It is killing them, killing their souls, killing their humanity, killing their spirit, killing their will, killing their dignity, killing their Islam and killing their country.

The trouble is the Malay leadership. Having seen their people have become addicts, they lack the charisma to tell them that the nation must cross a new frontier and meet today's challenges with new policies that are effective, economically sound and free of corruption. You can't stick to a policy that failed. Four decades is what a nation needs to rise, not for a single policy to be implemented.

Of course there is Anwar Ibrahim, always the rabble rouser who called the policy obsolete and formulated a new policy. But rather than debating on the merits of his new policy, the ruling party, UMNO, and its apparatchiks dismissed Anwar as a traitor, IMF funded rogue who wants to destroy the Malays. To me, Anwar is a great leader and UMNO leaders are leaders. The difference between the two is that a great leader takes his people where they don't want but aught to be and a leader takes his people where they want. And when you listen to what your people like PERKASA's Ibrahim Ali and other Manglish speaking, Utusan consuming hordes want, you fail in your leadership role and that's what's happening in Malaysia.

In the four to five years that I have been in Malaysia, I have never heard a single Malay leader apart from Anwar Ibrahim and former Finance Minister and UMNO's only conscientious member (apart from a blogger called Sakmongkol) Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah say the Malays CAN! I always hear, "The Malays are weak, the Malays can't compete, the Malays don't have the Chinese civilization, the Malays are not tough enough to survive on their own, the Malays need help, the Malays are under threat" and etc.

Dr. Mahathir, the former PM and a notoriously racial leader continues to stoke the embers of racism and warned the Malays that that they were losing Malaysia to the non-Malays. He knows they aren't losing, but his target is to scare villagers into supporting the ruling party and thus prevent his arch-rivals, Anwar and PAS leaders from coming into power. I have no problem with politics, but destructive politics that destroys the very fabric of your nation and mismanages the destiny of that nation is both immoral and evil.

When I hear UMNO Malay leaders humiliate their own people by saying they are weak, can't compete and need perpetual crutches, I always ask myself: what's their intention? When you publicly and before the world camera repeat and repeat that your people are a bunch of hapless people, what do you want the world to do? To issue a Guinness World Records' certificate of collective stupidity to your people?

Why not praise your people instead? Why not say my people can? Why not raise up their spirit? Why not show them the opportunities the world has rather than cocooning them here alone? Why not remind them Islam and Allah's order to Muslims to seek His bounties on earth and toil? A believer doesn't fail and worse, a believer doesn't engage in defeatism. "Ta-Ha. We have not revealed the Quran to you that you may be unsuccessful." (20-1-2. Holy Quran, Shakir)

There was a Tab'ie (follower of the Prophet's Companions) who one day came a long two men fighting. One was being humiliated. So he wanted to raise the spirits of the defeated guy. He reminded him of his faith, of his people's past glories, of his ability, of grandfathers, of his own, and instantly the man was charged. I can't recollect the entire story but I remember the Tabi'e also said had the other man being the one humiliated, he would have reminded him of many good things and helped him rise.

The moral of the story? Always remind your people of what's good! Of their past glories to draw lessons, always point to their future. Remind them about their name and dignity. Tell them of the teachings of their faith. Islam is basically about creating success stories, not a whining society that's hopeless. You are in a fight, a perpetual fight and this fight can't be won through simplistic ideas. It needs resilience, patience, innovation, faith, sobriety, thinking, good leadership, honest administrators and just leaders (institutions).

This battle needs sacrifice. This battle needs toil and tears. Allah (sw) didn't see it fit to send even His Prophets free food. There is nothing called free here. All our Prophets worked hard and were herdsmen. Why do you think they had to occupy the lowest of jobs to survive? It's meant to remind us work is what's important and earning halal income is our destiny. Rent-seeking, corruption, sleaze, cronyism and opportunism destroy a nation.

Mukhtar al Bukhary is not a success story. Which part of meeting a minister in his private sitting room and cutting deals is a success? Can he stand tall and be proud? The world would laugh at him, but UMNO says that's the success of NEP. Poorah! A successful story inspires generations or even nations. Bill Gates inspired nations. He invented something, promoted it and benefited billions. He continues to inspire billions. Can Bukhary do the same? He can't. When you give Naza 18,000 APs and they make some easy money, it that a success story that can inspire the future Malays? Which part of it is a success?

But we can have a successful Malay community by sticking to the book, rule of law, Godliness, and meritocracy. You deserve: you get, you don't deserve: you won't get it. Period! We need to have some policy to help the Malays, but we need results as well. I want to remind the Malays one thing, if you are unjust, you will lose this nation. That's how God's creation order works. Imam Ibn Taymiyyah said: "God upholds the just state even if it is unbelieving, but does not uphold the unjust state even if it is Muslim."

In other words, God would help and sustain a non-Muslim person/state that's just than a Muslim person/state that is not. This is simple because the Prophets were sent to bring justice and God's creation order stands on justice. If you want to have NEP, include the Chinese and Indian orphans and widows and the needy among all races. That way, you will continue to rule and prosper. But if you think voting PERKASA and UMNO will make you safe and sustainable, then you are mistaken. You will drown sooner than you can imagine. It is justice that would maintain you and settle for good leadership.

There can no be 100% successful policy or state, but being righteous and godly, being fair and just, being honest and incorruptible helps. And please, for once, defeat PERKASA and PERKASA minded parties. If you don't look inward, if you don't ask critical questions and examine yourselves, if you believe the hyperbole of PERKASA and its financiers, there will come a time when it is too late to salvage this nation and regret comes later. May Allah (sw) bless u all and guide us! Amin!

"And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right. Holy Quran 29: 69)

Being an outsider observing things in the Malaysia, he raises basic issues that might not seem so apparent to those used to the mind-numbing politics of our country. His bewilderment is a testimony to how bad things have gone down the drain.

As expected, the blogger was criticised in a local forum for the article. Sadly, someone even called him a nigger, to which he replied:

I can assure you that I'm whiter than "Malay" Zambry Abdul Kadir. But even if I were a nigger, that's not a problem. I appreciate God's creation. I being black or white is of no consequence. My humanity is what matters.

When I was a student in the UK, I was an active observer of British politics. If a Briton questioned my right as an 'outsider' to comment on their politics, my answer would be simple: you don't complain when we support your football teams but we can't comment about the state of your country's politics?

I can imagine the howls of Utusan Malaysia or Harian Metro should Malaysian students be subject to racist taunts abroad. Sadly, we do the same here (and our tabloids take part in it as well). I am not denying immigration can be a problem (especially with the corruption and poor regulation involved) especially in my constituency but I still cringe whenever people use racist terms to respond to the problem.

Reflect on what this man has to say. If you disagree, rebut him on his points, not on his personality or character.

the ant and the grasshopper

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:33 AM PDT

ok i'm sure many of you know this classic aesop's fable, right? and many of you might know the modern version too… but since some of you might not know it, i thought being the weekend is a good time to share some laughter. do read the modern version where khairy, hishamuddin, tv 1, tv3 came in… and get ready for the moral!

Older Version

An ant worked hard in the sweltering heat all summer, building its nest and laying up supplies for the winter.

A grasshopper thought the ant was stupid not knowing how to enjoy life. It spent its days laughing, singing & dancing thoroughly enjoying the summer.

Came winter, the ant was warm, comfortable and had no shortage of food.

The grasshopper had no proper shelter, no stored food, and couldn't find anything to eat from the snow-covered ground. So it died and the story ended.

MORAL OF TH E STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

Modern Version

An ant worked hard in the sweltering heat all summer, building its nest and laying up supplies for the winter.

A grasshopper thought the ant was stupid not knowing how to enjoy life. It spent its days laughing, singing & dancing thoroughly enjoying the summer.

Came winter, the shivering grasshopper called a press conference and demanded to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while he was cold and starving.

TV1, TV2 & TV3 showed up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper alongside to a video clip of the ant in his comfortable home with a table full of food.

The majority of the Parliamentarians were stunned by the sharp contrast. How could this poor grasshopper be allowed to suffer?

Khairy staged a demonstration in front of the ant's nest.

Nazri went on a hunger strike along with other grasshoppers demanding that they be relocated to warmer climate area during winter.

The Government immediately passed a law forbidding all ants from working hard in the summer so as to bring about equality of poverty between ants and grasshoppers.

Hishammudin increased 'More Special Reservations' for grasshoppers in E ducational Institutions & in Government Services..

The ant was fined for failing to share 30% of his food with the grasshopper. The Prime Minister announced that this was part of the N E P. No ant should question it. (Don't forget, Tax Audits were introduced and targeted at certain individuals who were eventually penalised heavily for not contibuting enough to the well-being of the grasshoppers).

Many years later…

Some ant migrated to the US and set up multi-billion dollar companies there.

Hundreds of grasshoppers still died of starvation despite the 'More Special Reservations'.

Losing significant number of hard working ants and free loading the grasshoppers, the country remained a developing country, despite its abundant natural resources.

All because the remaining ANTS were still doing their work ………………………..

Latest finding showed that almost all the grasshoppers in the political arena and civil service were hoarding corrupt wealth which they refused to share with fellow grasshoppers.

MORAL OF TH E STORY: Be careful how you vote in GE13.

Weapons of mass destruction

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:12 AM PDT

What has weapons of mass destruction to do with Malaysia? Unimaginable. But regulations have arrived ashore under the guise of Strategic Trade. The title gives me the impression that it is about making trade strategic, about facilitating trade. But no, it's not about enhancing trade but it is about regulating against any export, transhipment or transit of weapons of mass destruction or any item which has the capability of being used as an ingredient for weapons of mass destruction. Is it unusual? No, actually. Singapore uses the same title. Yet I wonder why. Why not call it what it is. Why not Weapons of Mass Destruction Act? Why is the title important? Well I guess every word in the legislation counts when one deals with a piece of legislation that contains death penalty as an offence with pecuniary penalty sums of Thirty Million Ringgit. If there is ever any ambiguity in the application of the legislation, at least one can look to the title to gauge the pith and substance of the legislation.

Is it a necessary legislation? Anything that fosters greater peace for humanity must be good, I think.

Well I would like to say more but I can't. The schedule on the list of items covered by the legislation has not been tabled. So we'll have to wait and see. Maybe we can look at the more developed jurisdictions which already have this legislation and study their list. Yes, we can do that. In fact it is very helpful to do that.

What would be more helpful is if we have a draft list and every industry can study it and highlight their industry difficulties. If we were to apply the EU or UN list all at once, the industries concerned are far and wide. Do we have the system in place to cope with it? Will it hinder trade? Can we afford to have it hinder trade. Should we stagger the implementation such that we begin with the most prevalent industries so that we have a narrower list and one where we can have a more confident implementation on. After all if the objective of the legislation is a good one, everyone should have a common objective. And that common objective would be to see to the success of the functioning of the machinery behind the legislation as well as the industries involved. Whilst resources is being committed by the government to build its capability, how much additional cost does it take, if the private sector is also brought up to speed with the same capability at the same time. As much as the government is required to build its capability, so should the private sector and this would be a good example of 1Malaysia with the public and private sectors working as one and building capability together to make the implementation of the legislation a successful one.

If this piece of legislation is a glimpse of the future in Malaysia being part of the complex machinery of international trade and relations, where legislations such as this are fundamentally modelled and driven by international organisations, Malaysia will clearly be dragged, whether one likes it or not, to the international level of compliance. Does this mean Malaysia has to take a quantum leap without the benefit of taking baby steps to play catch up? Does Malaysia have the luxury of taking the approach that the public sector builds capability first and that capability is then filtered down to the private sector? Is there time to do that? Filtered and watered down? With the information age we are now in, would it not be better that the public and private sector strive together to tackle and meet the international requirements of compliance. If Malaysia already suffers brain drain, do we have enough brains even when we put all the brains together? There is no time to split hairs. We only have each other to race to meet the global challenge of staying competitive...(or is it, to remain solvent?).

GST (1)

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:10 AM PDT

There is so much to say about GST. And a lot more to be said about what more needs to be done. So far only the framework has been tabled. The framework is not important because it only sets out the mechanism of how GST typically works. Most GST countries apply the same framework.

What is important is the schedules, the flesh of the legislation. That is what the people need to study and consider. But we have no glimpse of that yet. Not even a draft. Why is it important to study the schedules? The schedules will determine whether Malaysia has applied the GST progressively or regressively.

The GST is a tricky tax. In a developed country with a high income society, the presumption is that it is progressive. It is progressive in the sense that it is capable of achieving the objective of taxing consumption as a means of targetting luxurious consumption. So when a country such as Singapore implements GST, we say, it's a good tax. It's an efficient means of collecting tax.

But how does Malaysia in the income arena. Are we not low income society? With a low income society, GST can do the cruel turn into becoming a regressive tax. How does it do that? At the qualitative level, a low income society has no choice but to consume only what it can afford. It does not achieve the deterrent objective of consuming luxurious consumption. At the quantitative level, RM50 of a low disposal income of RM1,000 is 5%. But RM50 of a high disposal income of RM10,000 is only 0.5%. That is the regressive end result.

Why is it important to ensure that GST is progressive? At the jurisprudential level, GST is an ideal tax based on the idealistic notion that it is supposed to be efficient and progressive. If it cannot achieve that, then there is really no basis for imposing GST. Remember, taxpayers are already subjected to other taxes such as income tax, real property gains tax. It would amount to over taxation. And there is an economic downside to over taxation. Simply put, over taxation removes the income from the pool required to drive the multiplier for growth.

At the implementation level, a progressive GST would tax the richer more and the poorer less. That is the litmus test of when to implement GST. Not whether it will win or lose elections I would think. If it is not possible to come up with a GST scheme that does just that, it means the time is not right. The income level of the people is not at the right level. So it is best to wait. Of course we look at the inflationary level, etc, but that is a secondary consideration.

And that GST scheme requires a lot of consideration. First look at the groups of people. Pretty much like how we deal with deciding who to put on the lifeboat where the vessel is sinking. Put in the children and the old first. So are we ensuring that all children's needs do not carry any GST? Remember we are taxing consumption. The parents may be paying but the consumption is made by the children. So ideally we cannot tax the children for its consumption. And we don't want to accidentally tax milk powder and we find that the kampung folks cannot afford to buy milk powder because they are a few cents short. That would be an inhumane society. So we go along that drift. Apply the same principle to all consumption by children such as medicine, books, toys. And we build up the same consideration for the old, the pensioners.

We hope to see meaningful discussion on the affected groups of people and from there build up a list of essential goods for this stage of the consideration. This list would form the zero rated goods.

WEEKEND VIEW: Foresight for the elderly

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:03 AM PDT

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Nurul Izzah Desak Ketelusan Dalam Pengambilalihan Pharmaniaga

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 09:22 AM PDT


Frederick Luccas

SHAH ALAM 15 Jun – Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar mendesak kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional bersikap terbuka dan telus berhubung proses pengambilalihan pembekal ubat-ubatan, Pharmaniaga Bhd oleh Boustead Holdings Bhd dengan harga RM534 juta kerana kedua-dua syarikat itu didakwa mempunyai rekod pengurusan serta perkhidmatan yang mencurigakan.

Pharmaniaga Bhd yang merupakan syarikat pembekal ubat-ubatan kepada semua hospital, klinik dan pusat perubatan kerajaan mendapat konsesi penswastaan Gudang Ubat Kerajaan (GMS) yang diberikan kepada syarikat yang berkaitan Umno, United Engineers (M) Bhd pada tahun 1994.

Pada Mac lalu, lesen Pharmaniaga ditarik balik oleh kerajaan kerana kegagalan audit disalah sebuah kilangnya yang terletak di Bangi.

Syarikat itu juga turut dikesan mengedarkan ubat-ubatan tidak mengikut piawaian yang ditetapkan oleh Kementerian Kesihatan.

Boustead pula, tambah Nurul Izzah mempunyai reputasi yang tercalar akibat beberapa isu berhubung skandal pembeliaan kapal selam Scorpene oleh anak syarikatnya, Perimekar Sdn Bhd, dan juga kontroversi renovasi Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ).

Dalam perkembangan terbaru, Boustead telah bertindak menyaman Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang kerana tidak dibenarkan membina hotel setinggi 12 tingkat di tapak warisan dunia.

Kata Nurul Izzah lagi, proses pengambilalihan tersebut melibatkan kos yang begitu tinggi dan kemungkinan besar dana awam akan digunakan oleh Umno-BN memandangkan Boustead sebagai syarikat berkaitan kerajaan.

"Sungguhpun kos memperolehi ubatan serta rawatan kesihatan di hospital kerajaan masih rendah, rakyat harus sedar bahawa kos yang rendah ini tidak ada maknanya jika mutu perkhidmatan diragui rendah serta tidak menepati piawaian serta tidak tertakluk kepada pemantauan pihak berkuasa.

"Saya khuatir proses pengambilalihan ini hanya akan menjejaskan lagi mutu perkhidmatan kesihatan kepada rakyat," Nurul Izzah memberitahu Suara Keadilan.

Tambah beliau, hospital kerajaan kini sedang mengalami krisis kekurangan bekalan ubat-ubatan akibat potongan belanjawan tahun lalu.

"Saya menyeru kerajaan Umno-BN sekiranya serius melaksanakan dasar model ekonomi baru yang bertanggungjawab agar memastikan sebarang usaha pengambilalihan ataupun pembaikpulihan syarikat yang memberikan khidmat kepada rakyat dibuat secara telus dan terbuka.

"Saya amat bimbang sekiranya tindakan sebegini yang pada permukaannya kelihatan seolah-olah positif dan selaras dengan kehendak pasaran pelaburan dan ekonomi negara, rupa-rupanya satu taktik kotor untuk menyelamatkan kepentingan dan keuntungan syarikat serta individu tertentu hingga menjejaskan kesejahteraan sosial rakyat," tegas Nurul Izzah.

Cadangan nama bagi kucing parsi Najib: Kucing Kurap

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 09:45 AM PDT

Jumaat Jun 18, 2010
COMEL... Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak melihat anak kucing jenis kacukan Persian yang berumur tiga bulan yang dibelinya dengan harga RM650 semasa melawat gerai produk makanan kucing tempatan Vita Cat ketika melawat Kempen Beli Barangan Buatan Malaysia 2010 di Kuala Lumpur, semalam. - Foto THE STAR Oleh NORAFIFI EHSAN
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengalu-alukan cadangan nama bagi anak kucing yang dibelinya semalam.
"Saya dan keluarga saya dalam proses memilih nama baginya, tapi saya mengalu-alukan cadangan daripada anda," kata Najib dalam laman blognya hari ini.
Perdana Menteri berkata beliau pernah membela kucing sebagai binatang manjaan.
"Bila saya mengangkat si kecil ini, saya terus terpaut kepada makhluk yang sedap dipeluk ini.
"Saya pasti anak perempuan saya akan gembira bertemu dengannya bila pulang ke rumah nanti," katanya.
Najib berkata semasa berada di majlis pelancaran kempen 'Beli Barangan Malaysia', beliau berkesempatan membeli beberapa barangan peribadi dan antaranya ialah pembelian tanpa dirancang: seekor anak kucing Parsi berbulu jingga dan putih. - BERNAMA

Felda, Kebebalan Ahmad Maslan Terdedah, Najib Perlu Lepaskan Cengkamannya Terhadap Felda

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 10:34 AM PDT

Menteri gagal urus wang Felda – Zaid

PETALING JAYA: Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim hari ini menyelar kenyataan Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Ahmad Maslan mengenai kerugian rizab wang Felda.

Mengulas mengenai jawapan yang diberikan Ahmad dalam Dewan Rakyat kelmarin mengenai rizab tunai Felda menyusut daripada RM4.08 bilion pada tahun 2004 kepada RM1.35 bilion pada tahun 2009 menunjukkan kerugian sebanyak RM2.73 bilion dalam tempoh lima tahun.

"Kenyataan beliau jelas menunjukkan kecetekan pemikiran Timbalan Menteri mengenai Felda berdasarkan jawapannya di Parlimen.

"Ahmad gagal menjelaskan keuntungan Felda melalui pelaburannya, tapi hanya menggambarkan penggunaannya seperti belanja membeli-belah dan untuk tujuan kebajikan sahaja," katanya.

Zaid berkata, jumlah RM2 bilion itu merupakan jumlah besar jika Ahmad mendakwa Felda membelanjakannya untuk program tanaman semula.

Timbalan Menteri sepatutnya secara terperinci menjelaskan peruntukan wang RM2 bilion itu kepada jumlah peneroka yang terlibat, kawasan tanah, jika ini termasuk dalam kos sara hidup dan bayaran pendahuluan kepada peneroka mengikut piawaian penanaman semula yang ditetapkan, katanya.

Bagaimana RM253 juta dibelanjakan

Tambahnya, Timbalan Menteri juga tidak menjelaskan mengenai bagaimana RM253 juta dibelanjakan dan manfaatnya kepada generasi lain.

"Adakah wang itu pergi terus kepada peneroka miskin, atau adakah ia disalurkan kepada kerajaan negeri Sabah?

"Jika ini dianggap sebagai 'kebajikan awam', kita mesti tertanya-tanya jika Akta Felda termasuk membantu kerajaan negeri dibawah pentadbiran Barisan Nasional (BN) yang kini mengalami kekurangan tunai," katanya.

Zaid turut mempersoalkan Ahmad tidak menjelaskan mengapa Felda membayar deposit 40% (berbanding jumlah biasa sebanyak 10%) kepada Naza TTDI untuk membina bangunan ibu pejabatnya sejumlah RM662 juta, jumlah yang jauh melebihi harga pasaran.

Selain itu katanya, syarikat Felda Rubber, Sutera Jaya dan Felda Herbal sudah pun gulung tikar.

"Perlu ada satu penjelasan terperinci jika penutupan syarikat itu ada kaitan dengan kelemahan salah guna urus tadbir," terang beliau.

Sehubungan itu, Zaid mendesak Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak melepaskan jawatannya dalam Felda dan biarkan organisasi lain menguruskan Felda secara profesional dan telus.

"Menteri, dan bukannya Timbalan Menteri yang perlu menjawab persoalan ini di Parlimen terutamanya apabila membabitkan hasil cukai daripada wang rakyat digunakan," katanya. -FMT

Zaid: Najib perlu lepaskan Felda

Penyelaras Pakatan Rakyat, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim menuntut supaya Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak melepaskan cengkamannya ke atas Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (Felda) bagi membolehkan organisasi itu diuruskan secara telus dan profesional.

Bekas menteri di jabatan perdana menteri itu juga menuntut supaya penjelasan lanjut diberikan berhubung kemerosotan jumlah rizab tunai Felda yang menjunam daripada RM4.08 bilion pada 2004 kepada hanya RM1.35 bilion pada tahun lalu.

Zaid meminta supaya penjelasan lanjut diberikan terhadap jawapan timbalan menteri di jabatan perdana menteri (JPM) Datuk Ahmad Maslan di Dewan Rakyat bahawa jumlah rizab berkenaan susut sebanyak RM2.73 bilion dalam tempoh lima tahun.

"(Ahmad Maslan) gagal menjelaskan apa hasil yang boleh diperolehi Felda melalui pelaburannya, sebaliknya menggunakan wang tersebut untuk berbelanja sakan untuk 'tujuan kebajikan', seperti yang ditakrifkan.

"Menteri itu sendiri, bukan timbalannya, yang patut memberikan jawapan ini di Parlimen. Akauntabiliti awam adalah paling utama apabila duit pembayar cukai digunakan," katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Antara yang dibangkitkan oleh Zaid ialah bayaran pendahuluan sebanyak 40 peratus kepada syarikat pemaju Naza TTDI untuk membina ibu pejabat baru lembaga itu, dengan kos keseluruhan RM662 juta.

Sedangkan, kata Zaid lagi, bayaran deposit pada kebiasaannya hanya pada kadar 10 peratus sahaja.

"(Ahmad Maslan) juga tidak mendedahkan mengapa harga (RM662 juta) itu sangat tinggi berbanding harga pasaran," katanya lagi.

Tambahnya, Felda juga telah menutup tiga buah syarikat yang dikuasainya - Felda Rubber, Sutera Jaya dan Felda Herbal, dalam tempoh lima tahun lalu.

"Sepatutnya ada penjelasan terperinci mengapa penutupan dibuat, dan sama ada tindakan ini disebabkan salahurus yang lebih teruk," katanya.

Katanya lagi, penjelasan juga perlu dilberikan berhubung perbelanjaan antara RM4 juta sehingga RM5 juta untuk menganjurkan pertandingan futsal dan sokongan kepada Kelab Bolasepak Felda.

"(Sedangkan), kebanyakan persatuan bolasepak kebangsaan mengurangkan perbelanjaan untuk pasukan mereka, termasuk pasukan yang layak ke Piala Dunia," katannya.

Zaid juga berkata, perbelanjaan sebanyak RM2 bilion untuk program tanaman semula Felda adalah satu jumlah yang terlalu besar bagi program tersebut.

Katanya lagi, kerajaan perlu mendedahkan jumlah peserta rancangan terlibat, keluasan tanah, bayaran sara diri dan pendahuluan pendapatan kepada peserta program berkenaan.

Selain itu, turut dibangkitkannya ialah dana sebanyak RM253 untuk program pembasmian kemiskinan di Sabah.

"Timbalan menteri tidak menjelaskan bagaimana RM253 juta itu disalurkan, atau memperincikan semua penerimanya.

"Adakah wang tersebut disalurkan terus kepada peserta miskin, ataupun disalurkan kepada kerajaan negeri Sabah yang sedang pokai?" soalnya. -mk

Bola itu bulat

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 07:22 AM PDT

Football or precisely, FIFA, and honestly, I hate this season. FULL STOP.

p/s: Just came back from Gawai holiday. It was fun, will tell about the story later.

Kyrgyzstan: Uzbeks allege rapes, say troops let violence occur

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 05:42 AM PDT

UN can't be bothered with this, .it's busy with you know who? Israel! If only Israel was involved I believe our Great Leader would surely have organised an aid convoy. Unfortunately this violence is a "Muslim on Muslim" violence, so the 57 members of the OIC will not treat it urgently, unless of course Israel was involved.

OSH, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Some 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations announced Thursday, dramatically increasing the official estimate of a refugee crisis that has left throngs of desperate, fearful people without enough food and water in grim camps along the Uzbek border.

U.N. Humanitarian Office spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said an estimated 300,000 people have been driven from their homes but remain inside Kyrgyzstan. She said there are now also about 100,000 refugees in neighboring Uzbekistan. The last official estimate of refugees who fled the country was 75,000. No number of internally displaced has been available.

Violence erupted last week between the majority Kyrgyz population and minority ethnic Uzbeks. Kyrgyzstan's government has accused the country's deposed president of igniting long-standing ethnic tensions by sending gunmen in ski masks to shoot members of both groups. The government, which overthrew President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April, accuses the leader of deep corruption and says that he and his supporters were attempting to shake official control of the south and reassert their control of the Afghan heroin trade in the area.

The official death toll on both sides is 189 but appears to be far higher. Many Kyrgyz were killed but the victims appear to have been predominantly Uzbeks, traditional farmers and traders who speak a distinct but separate Turkic language and have traditionally been more prosperous than the Kyrgyz, who come from a nomadic tradition. More.....

Min Hyo-rin, Body Portrait, Ceci

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 04:14 AM PDT

Korean actress-singer Min Hyo-rin shows off some sexiness on Ceci magazine [Kr]. A bit unsafe for work…

Min Hyo-rin on Ceci magazine

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Wonder Girls meet fans in Singapore

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 03:25 AM PDT

Korean pop group Wonder Girls were in Singapore to meet the fans. They held a special autograph session at Iluma shopping mall on Thursday [via Kilktv]…

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Posted: 18 Jun 2010 02:44 AM PDT

Yesterday, my heart was filled with dismay when I learnt that High Court judge Ghazali Cha reduced the Magistrate's Court's RM3,000 fine imposed on Tian Chua to RM 2000 to avoid a by-election because Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution states that a person would be disqualified from the MP post if convicted in a court of law and sentenced "to a fine of not less than 2,000 ringgit". If the fine had been RM 1999 or even RM 1999.99, I am sure many would not be in a jittery state now. Whilst MP Tian Chua seems to unperturbed by the turn of events, others seem to be gearing for a by-election.

The Malaysian Insider reported HERE that Gerakan is already preparing to field candidates to contest the urban seat should a by-election be called as Batu used to be a Gerakan Stronghold before 2008. According to the report, two names that are definitely up for major consideration are Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (picture) and Youth chief Lim Si Pin!!

Currently, Tan Sri KTK is a Cabinet minister and senator. The former chief minister of Penang stepped down as CM in 2008 to contest the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat,but lost to DAP's P. Ramasamy. Lim, the son of former Gerakan president Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, contested against Chua for the Batu constituency in 2008. Chua won with a 9,455-vote majority.

According to The Malaysian Insider:

"Tan Sri (Koh) has expressed interest to run... but then again this is still at a preliminary level. Gerakan would still have to discuss with the BN leadership council, this has not been discussed with them yet.

"But there is confidence that we can win the seat back for BN. Many things have happened since 2008, the rakyat want someone who can represent their best interests," added the source.

If a by-election is called and a Gerakan candidate wins the Batu seat, it would be a much-needed morale boost for the BN component party which is struggling to retain relevance among voters.

Gerakan now has only two MPs — Wanita chief Datuk Tan Lian Hoe (Grik) and Liang Teck Meng (Simpang Renggam).

On the other hand, Free Malaysia Today reported HERE that the local Umno division is now sinking its fangs into Gerakan. The article said:

Batu Umno division chief Yahya Md Ghani said although they respected the fact that Batu was a traditionally Gerakan seat, Umno grassroots, however, were unhappy with the inertia of Gerakan's machinery there.

"They have done nothing. They don't go down to the ground and listen to the voters. It is Umno that has been taking care of the 38 percent Malay voters there," he told FMT.

"Gerakan and MCA have been doing nothing to win the hearts of the Chinese voters," he added.

Yahya's discontent echoed the general sentiment among hardcore Umno grassroots who view the two Chinese-based Barisan Nasional component parties as "useless".

To them, the two parties have not helped the ruling coalition's effort to regain lost support after its worst ever electoral performance in the 2008 general election.

Apparently, the Batu Umno division was prepared for the by-election, and his team had been sent on a retreat to Janda Baik recently for election training to help them prepare for possible by-elections and the general election.

Tian Chua defeated Gerakan's Lim Si Pin with a thumping majority of 9,455 votes in the last general election.

I believe the situation is irrevocable now because Tian Chua paid the fine of RM2000.

A FMT report HERE reported that Lawyer and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said:

"Also once the judge has come off from the bench and delivered his judgment, he cannot review it so it is now up to the EC to decide," he explained.

Without sounding pessimistic, I believe it is tough for PKR to retain the seat.

Batu has a mixed electorate with 44% Malays, 20% Chinese and 18% Indians. FMT reported HERE that BN had been working hard on the ground to reclaim the seats lost in the nation's capital.

The Star reported HERE that:

Article 48 (1)(e) of the Constitution reads: "Subject to the provisions of this Article, a person is disqualified from being a member of either House of Parliament if he has been convicted of an offence by a court of law in the Federation and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year or to a fine of not less than RM2,000 and has not received a free pardon."

However, the disqualification will only take effect 14 days from the date of conviction and sentencing.

"So he (Tian Chua) has 14 days to do something about it," Karpal said.

Karpal added that the disqualification was for a five-year period.

He also said at this point, the matter rested with the Election Commission.

"No one, not even the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, can intervene in a judicial process because it will be tantamount to contempt of court," Karpal said.

Whatever it is, I sincerely hope that there will not be a by-election because such a move is NOT in the interest of the rakyat as it would be a waste of public funds! In the mean time, we will have to wait and see what happens next!

The BN Corruption in Felda and unnecessary miscellaneous spending

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 02:46 AM PDT

17 June 2010

Statement by Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim, Parti Keadilan Rakyat Central Leadership Council Member, in response to the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Ahmad Maslan's explanation on the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda)'s declining cash reserves:

Yesterday at parliament, the Deputy Minister Ahmad Maslan responded to questions about the agency's declining cash reserve (from RM4.08 billion in 2004 but dropped to RM1.35 billion in 2009 -- a plunge of RM2.73 billion in five years).

It is obvious that the Deputy Minister knows very little about Felda based on his answers in Parliament yesterday. He failed to explain what returns Felda may gain through its investments, instead of using the money for a shopping spree and for 'welfare purposes', as it was described.

RM2 billion for replanting crops

RM2 billion is a huge sum for a replanting programme. The Deputy Minister should detail in full the allocation of RM2 billion: the number of settlers involved, land area, if this includes subsistence and income advance to the settlers in the programme and whether proper replanting standards are in place.

RM253 million for the Sabah poverty eradication fund

The Deputy Minister did not explain how was RM253 million disbursed, nor detail in full its beneficiaries. Did the money go directly to the poor settlers, or was it channelled to the Sabah state government, who is strapped for cash? If this is considered 'public welfare', we must wonder if Felda's statutory duty includes helping out a BN state government that is short of cash.

Menara Felda in Platinum Park, KL City Centre

The Deputy Minister did not explain why Felda paid 40% deposit (instead of the customary amount of 10%) to Naza TTDI for its new RM662 million headquarters, nor did he justify paying the price that is way above market price.

Closure of companies & unnecessary miscellaneous spending

Within the past 5 years, the following companies have closed down: Felda Rubber, Sutera Jaya and Felda Herbal. There should be a detailed explanation behind the reasons for the closures and whether this was due to further poor mismanagement.

There should be also an explanation on how RM4,000,000 to RM5,000,000 is spent to facilitate futsal competitions and also support the Felda Football Club. To place it some perspective, most national football associations have spent less on their national football teams, including those who have gone on to qualify for the World Cup.

The Minister -- not his deputy -- should be answering these questions in Parliament.

Public accountability is of utmost importance when taxpayers money are used.

I call upon Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak to relinquish his hold on Felda and let the organisation be managed professionally and in a transparent manner.


Member of Central Leadership Council (Majlis Pimpinan Pusat)
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

Lagu rasmi masa merajuk

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 01:45 AM PDT

Nobody loves me, everybody hates me
I'll go and eat some worms
Long, thin skinny ones,
Short, fat, juicy ones,
See how they wriggle and squirm

First I bite their heads off, then I suck the juice out
Then I throw the skins away
Nobody knows how fat I grow
On worms three times a day!!!

*aku meroyan siott!*

Congratulations Md Azlan @ Min Naing Ko

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 01:36 AM PDT

Congratulations Md Azlan @ Min Naing Ko. You are going to one of the Public Medical Universities in Malaysia.

Although you are good in basketball, body building and swimming, I am afraid you need to sacrifice your sports and concentrate on your studies.

After you get your Medical basic degree, I wish to advice you to join the preclinical teaching job and do the Ph.D. in e.g. Anatomy so that you could continue with your sports, good social life and most importantly you would be able to have a valued family time without on-call duties and evening/night duties.

Although you would get less income, it is also a prestegious. And afterall Malaysia needs alot of Anatomists and Insuallah, you could easily become a Professor/Head of the Department.

Lakers slam-dunk title in NBA thriller


LOS ANGELES, June 18 — The Los Angles Lakers rallied from a big early deficit to successfully defend their NBA championship title with a scintilating 83-79 Game Seven victory over the Boston Celtics today.

The triumph earned the Lakers franchise a 16th championship and a record 11th for coach Phil Jackson as they also became the first team to repeat as NBA champions since winning three in a row from 2000.

After dropping two of three games in Boston, the Lakers returned to Staples Center facing a series defeat for the first time this post-season.

The resilient Lakers dominated the Celtics in an 89-67 Game Six victory to set up the decisive seventh game between two of the league's most fiercest rivals.

However, Los Angeles got off to a slow start in a decider played in front of a capacity crowd at Staples Center that included Hollywood stars like Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Lakers, who trailed by as many as 13 points, picked up their game in the closing minutes and grabbed their first lead since the second quarter on a pair of Kobe Bryant free throws.

Bryant, who was named the NBA Finals MVP, had a team-high 23 points while Ron Artest, playing in his first season with the Lakers, followed with 20 points. — Reuters


Pantai Penyabong, Endau

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 01:18 AM PDT

Very nice place, very peaceful, except in the evening some Karaoke activities at nearby resort....

Other than that the place is nice, especially to be away from the hectic city live

Endau Beach Resort, view from the Beach

From the distance we can spot the "Kelong Aceh", using my Camera Zoom at 270mm

The old jetty, still in use

bot nelayan

Then while travelling to mersing we stopped for lunch at roadside restaurant serving Udang Galah, a bit expensive but fresh. We spotted this tree covered by weeds?

More to come....

Celebs to mark World Refuge Day

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 12:56 AM PDT

international refugee dayFour top Malaysian celebrities have cleared their diaries this weekend to hit KL Sentral for the largest gathering yet to mark World Refuge Day on Sunday.
The 'Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes' event, organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will be graced by pageant queen Deborah Henry, TV personality Aisah Sinclair, model Daphne Iking and actress Yasmin Hani.

Following the footsteps of UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, the local personalities will join Malaysians in meeting refugees living in Kuala Lumpur during the event.

In addition, refugees will be conducting cultural performances and selling handicrafts at stalls over the weekend.

"Participants will gain a better understanding of the journey refugees take to find safety, and of the day-to-day difficulties faced while in exile," says Yante Ismail, spokesperson for UNHCR.

"The aim is to improve public awareness of refugees here, which will help them rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity."


No legal safeguards

Over 90,000 refugees live in Malaysia, 92 percent of whom are from Burma, with the remainder from more than b40 different countries including Sri Lanka, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran and Palestine.

Unlike Malaysia's estimated three million economic migrants who come to make a living, refugees have fled from conflict zones under threat to their personal safety.

But like an illegal economic migrant, they have no right to legal employment or formal education, and limited access to healthcare because Malaysia does not recognise them as refugees.

Malaysia is one of the few countries which has yet to ratify the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951, and has no laws concerning refugees.

World Refuge Day, observed on June 20 each year, was set up by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000, and is celebrated in more than 100 cities worldwide.

The Malaysian leg of the event would kick off at 10am. Details can be obtained at the UNHCR website.

Read all in Celebs to mark World Refuge Day by Helen Hickey

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