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Posted: 08 Oct 2011 09:04 AM PDT
Oleh : Loque
Ok…Malaysia vs Australia….Or lebih tepat lagi,147 vs 17…kalau dihitung dari segi matematik,bezanya pasti besar…actually,soal ranking tu aku ndak kisah sangat…Sebab,kenapa Thailand boleh beat Australia walaupun secara hakikatnya Thailand akur dengan kekalahan 2-1…Kita sebagai juara Piala AFF Suzuki sepatutnya dapat mengimbangi perlawanan…At least draw or kalah 1-0 or 2-0..itu pun kira ok sudah..
Ok,kita start dengan posses bola…Tapi aku rasa tidak payah la kita start dengan posses,kita start dengan goal pertama Australia…Luke Wilkshere minit 3′…Macam mana boleh goal???Sekali lagi pasukan kita melakukan kesilapan sama semasa menentang Singapura…Overlap…Pemain Socceroos hanya mengumpan pemain kita dengan bertukar-tukar hantaran sahaja..Dimana pemain kita leka menjaga Josh Kennedy,pemain tinggi lampai yang bermain di J-League…Sedangkan pemain kita tidak sedar yang Shek William sedang berlari meminta bola…Apa yang Asaruddin Putra dan S.Kunalan buat???seperti biasa,hanya melihat sahaja…Tidak ada expectation langsung yang mamat William tu buat trigger run…William melakukan crossing, dan goal..simple…pergerakan yang mudah…Reading game pemain kita terlalu lemah…Baru minit ke-3 kena leading 1-0..Aku tidak nafikan,masa bukan penentu sebab Pato pun score minit pertama time lawan Barca…Tapi,aku rasa,Australia tak ada pun create space untuk jaraingkan goal,tapi kita yang tolong dorang create space untuk jaringkan goal..kan Asaruddin dan Kunalan???keh keh ekh…Tidak apa,ini kesilapan kecil…Proses belajar…
Selepas goal pertama,Australia mendominasi game…Sekali-sekala Safee Sali cuba menghambat kawasan pertahanan Australia tapi tidak berjaya menghasilkan percubaan tepat…minit ke-33,Josh Kennedy menjaringkan goal ke2 untuk Socceroos…Silap siapa??Malaysia bermain possession game dikawasan sendiri…Bola terlepas dari kawalan Amar Rohidan dan dihalakan ke kiri oleh Luke Wilkshere,kemudian masuk kembali ketengah,dan dilorongkan kepada Josh Kennedy,dan goal…Kesilapan goal kedua ne ialah berpunca daripada komunikasi…Kenapa defender kita tidak push-up???Ya,ada yang push-up tapi tercicir 1 orang…Norhafiz Zamani Nisbah…Mungkin terlupa untuk push-up…hahahah…Itu kesalahan pertama…Kesalahan kedua,Muslim Ahmad…Mamat yang jadi assistant goal tu bukan nak shooting pun…Dia acah jak..Muslim berpaling muka…Kenapa???Takut kena shooting???Jangan main bola kalau takut kena shooting…pegi main catur..hahha…Mamat tu boleh pulak senang-senang lorongkan bola kepada mamat Kennedy tu..dan goal ke-2 terhasil…Kesilapan goal kedua ialah defender kita tidak push-up awal…Man marking terlalu jauh dan expectation terhadap hantaran pendek dan tentu sekali komunikasi antara goalkeeper dan defender…Malaysia ketinggalan 2-0 di Canberra..
Aku melihat kelemahan Malaysia tertumpu pada midfield dan defender…Jelas,komunikasi antara defender dan midfield amat perlu…Ya,amat perlu…Ok,kita cerita tentang goal ke-3 pasukan Socceroos…Goal ke-3 dijaringkan oleh pemain yang berkenala di J-League,mewakili Shimizu S-Pulse, A.Brosque pada minit ke-39…Goal ini berpunca daripada 1 gerakan yang biasa dan tidak berbahaya aku rasa…Sekali lagi kebijasanaan Luke Wilkshere terbukti…Wilkshere melorongkan bola kepada rakannya,membuat 1 crossing pendek, dikawal baik oleh Kennedy dan BOOOOMMM!!! oleh Brosque,goal…Aku menyaksikan goal ke-3 ini dengan kecewa..Aku ada 3 sebab,pertama,kenapa bagi crossing???tidakkah King Gopal bagitaw kalian bahawa bola crossing adalah bola yang paling bahaya???Kalau goalkeeper tu Oliver Kahn,habis bapak kamu kena maki…Kedua,man marking bersahaja Norhafiz Zamani Misbah…Oi hafiz,kaw buat apa di belakang Kennedy tu???Usha bontot ke???Mamat tu tinggi dari kaw la…pegi la depan…bukan blakang…Ok,untuk pengetahuan sidang pembaca,kenapa Cannavaro dipilih pemenang Ballon D'Or semasa World Cup 2006??Sebab kebijaksanaannya mengawal pergerakan orang…Sosok tubuh yang kecil tidak jadi masalah sebenarnya..Lihat sahaja Henry,dikawal rapi time Final WC06…dan ketiga, sikap suka melihat bola…Oit pemain Malaysia,bola tidak berbahaya,orang yang lari tanpa bola tu yang bahaya…King Gopal tidak ajar cara modern football ka???atau kamu lupa???haiya…Goal ke-3 tu sepatutnya bisa dibendung,tapi,kita melakukan kesilapan mudah…Sayang seribu kali sayang…Malaysia ketinggalan 3-0 di Canberra..
Selepas goal ke-3 pasukan Socceroos tu,Malaysia kelihatan goyah…Norshahrul Idlan paling aku tidak faham…Apa dia buat di atas padang??Main guli ka apa???Suka berlari kosong…Ini main bola la beb…Tolong la defender and Midfield kaw…Collect bola dari bawah…Rooney yang taraf superstar pun collect bola dari bawah…huhuuh….Dan 1 lagi benda yang aku tidak faham,kenapa Malaysia suka possession di kawasan sendiri…Ikut perkiraan aku,hampir 4 kali hilang bola dikawasan sendiri…Ini taktik siapa???King Gopal ka???Oit King,bagus kaw pegi Belanda,belajar dengan jurulatih Ajax macam mana build-up possession dari bawah…Aku rasa itu mujarab..Goal ke-4 Socceroos hadir pada minit ke-45,dijaraingkan oleh mamat Kennedy…Goal ke-4 ne sama macam goal pertama…defender negara melakukan kesilapan yang sama…So,tak perlu la aku ulas lagi…Sebijik sama…Maksud aku,kesilapan yang sama…Defender sekali lagi "menonton wayang"…First touch yang bagus ditunjukkan oleh Shek William…Tahniah…Kaw layak maen di eropah…Rajin buat over-lapping…Malaysia ketinggalan 4-0 pada babak pertama…Perasaan aku time tu,"Malaysia boleh score ne sebijik"…Harapan menggunung tinggi…
Start jak babak ke-2,aku mengharap ada perubahan terhadap game Malaysia…King Gopal membuat pertukaran pemain dengan memasukkan K.Reuben,Wan Zack dan "Kecik"(aku tidak ingat nama mamat ne)…K.Reuben ne budak yang disebut-sebut bakal menggantikan Safiq Rahim…K.Reuben ne kononnya cemerlang time Sukan Universiade di Shenzen,China…Aku tidak tahu tentang mamat ne…Cemerlang ka kalau dibelasah Ukraine 6-0???Tidak apalah…Lupakan Shenzen…Sekali lagi pemain kita buat onar di tempat sendiri iaitu possession di kawasan sendiri…Keliru juga aku sebenarnya…Kalau ball control kita sebaik Barcelona,tidak apa…Ini tidak…Tapi suka bermain-main dikawasan sendiri…Untuk apa tu???hm…..Australia melancarkan serangan melalui sayap kanan dan diri…Tetapi dikawal ketat oleh pertahanan negara…Time ne aku suka…Keep on pressure…Cuma,pada minit ke-69,Australia melancarkan serangan ke kanan gawang Apek,dan pemain Australia melakukan hantaran pendek kepada Brosque,Brosque turning dan melakukan sepakan kaki kiri dan goal ke-5 untuk Australia…Silap siapa???Ok,aku lihat,short-passed tu tidak bahaya pun…Cuma,aku persoalkan kenapa Norhafiz Zamani Misbah biarkan mamat Brosque tu turning???Itu sahaja…Antara prinsip defender yang bagus,pemain lawan tidak dibenarkan melakukan pusingan badan 90darjah…senang cerita,jangan kasi pusing la…Tapi,Norhafiz bagi mamat Brosque tu pusing…Kan senang dia sepak….Aku tahu,ada 1 orang pemain Australia buat trigger-run tapi dia dalam posisi off-side…Apa maw takut???Kalau takut buat offside trap,pegi main 9 side..Tidak ada offside…hahha…Sekali lagi aku ulang,pemain kita tidak ada instinct yang baik…expectation,reading game…Bukan aku kata tidak ada,cuma kurang baik…Sepatutnya,goal ke-5 itu bisa dibendung…Tapi,oleh kerana kelalaian sedikit sahaja,Socceroos bisa mencetak goal tersebut…Sayangnya…kalau ikut perkiraan aku,Malaysia patut kalah 2-0 sahaja…Bukan 5-0..hmmm..
King Gopal,apa yang kaw patut buat sekarang adalah belajar cara Back-4…Itu cukup penting sebab aku rasa,kaw pun sedia maklum tentang itu…Arrigo Sacchi kan cakap Back-4 ne macam rantai…Di situ la,Zone-Marking,Man Marking,Off-Side Trap,pokoknya semua cara defending ada pada Back-4…Itu patut kaw tekankan….Ingat kan WC10,kenapa New Zealand cukup berbangga dapat draw dengan Italy???Sebab Italy cukup pakar dalam Back-4 dan New Zealand dapat menjaringkan goal…Sebab itu dorang raikan macam menang WC…Hm…tidak apa la…harap team kita ambil pengajaran atas kekalahan ini…Jangan malu…ini proses belajar…Ala,Argentina pun pernah kalah lawan Bolivia 6-0 rilek jak…Inikan kitayang ranking jauh dipelusuk sana…Apapun,aku terus sokong timnas kita..Cuma FAM,yang diatas tu,turun-turun la…Kasi la orang lain yang pegang FAM tu…Aku rasa,kalau orang yang taw pasal bola pegang institusi bola,lagi maju…aku rasa la…keh keh keh…
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 10:12 AM PDT
Kerajaan Persekutuan Mampu Laksana Belanjawan 2012 - Najib
RAWANG: Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata kerajaan sememangnya mampu termasuk daripada segi kewangan untuk melaksanakan Belanjawan 2012 yang dibentangkan di Parlimen semalam.
"Kalau tak ada duit tak kan saya berani bentang semalam. Saya akan melakukan satu perbuatan membunuh diri dari segi politik kalau saya buat, saya bentang satu bajet yang tidak boleh dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan," katanya ketika ditanya sama ada kerajaan mampu melaksanakan Belanjawan 2012.
Beliau berkata demikian selepas menghadiri Majlis Mesra Rakyat di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Kundang dan melawat cadangan jalan pintas menghubungkan Kampung Baru Kundang dengan Bandar Tasik Puteri Rawang, di sini Sabtu. Katanya kerajaan memang berkemampuan dan rakyat hanya perlu menunggu pelaksanaannya.
Mengenai Belanjawan Bayangan Pembangkang berjumlah RM220 bilion yang berbeza hanya kira-kira RM10 bilion dengan Belanjawan Kerajaan RM232.8 bilion, Najib berkata soalan mengapa nampaknya nilai belanjawan pembangkang dengan kerajaan semacam hampir sama hendaklah diajukan kepada pembangkang.
"Itu kena tanya dia sebab bajet kita ni cara telus orang tahu, orang tahu bajet kita, barangkali dia tahu bajet kita. Jadi apa yang kita buat dalam lingkungan kemampuan kita dan kemampuan kita pun, kita telah bagi tahu daripada segi apa kita mampu lakukan," katanya.
Mengenai kenyataan Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim semalam bahawa pengumuman beliau untuk mengkaji dan menaikkan elaun dan kemudahan anggota parlimen jika disetujui kedua-dua pihak, tidak disokong oleh anggota pembangkang, seperti yang dilaporkan oleh laman Malaysiakini.
Najib berkata beliau difahamkan anggota-anggota Parlimen pembangkang mahukan kajian semula elaun mereka dan beliau hairan Ketua Pembangkang berkata sebaliknya.
Anggota-anggota Parlimen pembangkang apabila berjumpa dengan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz dan anggota-anggota Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) sering meminta supaya kerajaan mempertimbangkan kajian semula elaun wakil rakyat. - BERNAMA
Kerajaan BN dicabar jika benar kerajaan mampu untuk melaksanakan Belanjawan 2012 yang lavish dan pemberian "one off" yang keterlaluan sepertimana yang dibentangkan semalam kerajaan perlu jamin bahawa TIADA kenaikan harga minyak dan barang keperluan selepas ini.
Ramai penganalisa berpendapat bahawa pembentangan belanjawan sebanyak RM232.8 bilion semalam terlalu bermotifkan pilihanraya disamping tidak menjelaskan secara telus sumber mana peruntukan yang bakal diperolehi bagi membiayai dan ini menimbulkan keresahan rakyat marhain dimana diramalkan kerajaan bakal menaikkan harga minyak dan menghapuskan subsidi barang keperluan sepertimana yang dilakukan sebelum ini.
Adalah dijangkakan harga minyak petrol dan diesel serta "pelarasan subsidi" barang keperluan seperti beras, gula, minak masak, tepung dan lain-lain bakal dilakukan jika kerajaan memenangan pilihanraya ke 13 nanti bagi melaksanakan semua janji-janji ditunaikan.
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 08:00 AM PDT
Certainly, PM is making people happy just in time before the general election. Smart move, I say.
The Prime Minister may refuse to share the date of the next general election, but judging by his Selangor roadtrip today, one would imagine it is not too far away.
Kicking off his daytrip in Ijok this morning, PM Najib Abdul Razak went on the road to prove to Selangorians that it is time to set the Pakatan Rakyat government packing and said, pensioners whom he had sat next to during breakfast had "tears in their eyes" when they thanked him for remembering them in the Budget 2012, which Najib tabled to Parliament on Friday.
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 09:20 AM PDT
Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat Jangan Samakan Dewan Rakyat Dengan Tapak FUNFAIR
Tahniah kepada 28 Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat yang berjaya hadir ke pengundian belah bahagian Rang Undang-Undang Pembangunan Kampung Baru. Berjaya atau gagal dalam memperjuangkan satu Rang Undang Undang bukanlah satu persoalan yang sebenarnya. Bandingkan sahaja jumlah keseluruhan Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat dan Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional. Cuma amat kecewa bila jumlah kehadiran Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat yang amat sedikit sewaktu pengundian belah bahagian dijalankan.
Ini bukanlah pertama kali Ahli-Ahli Parlimen ini ponteng. Seolah-olah tiada keseriusan dalam menjalankan tugas.
Adalah menjadi kewajipan setiap Ahli Parlimen perlu berada di Parlimen sewaktu Dewan bersidang. Kita berhasrat untuk menjadikan institusi Parlimen Malaysia ini sebagai kelas pertama, kita menjanjikan reformasi sistem Legislatif negara namun dengan sikap suka ponteng, perkara ini sememangnya umpama mimpi Mat Jenin.
Sudahlah kerap ponteng, prestasi di kawasan konstituen juga lemah. Rakyat beri amanah sebagai Ahli Parlimen. Rakyat tidak pernah peduli berapa gaji & elaun kamu tetapi kami hanya inginkan wakil-wakil kami di Dewan ini lebih berdisiplin dan tidak menganggap bahawa Dewan Rakyat yang mulia itu seperti tapak Fun Fair. Sesuka hati kamu hendak hadir, sesuka kamu untuk ponteng.
Rakyat melantik, membayar gaji anda bukan hanya sekadar untuk bercakap mengenai parti lawan semata-mata. Bukan untuk hadir di tempat-tempat ceramah dan jamuan makan malam sahaja. Parlimen dan Dewan Rakyat adalah merupakan tempat kerja Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat. Ahli-ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat harus faham, jangan kamu ingat oleh kerana kamu sekarang ini berada di pihak yang menentang rejim Pemerintah, maka tiada yang memerhati tindak tanduk kamu.
Apa yang anak muda mahukan adalah kedua-dua pihak mengamalkan politik nilai, politik amanah, politik secara baik. Kalau Ahli-ahli Parlimen ini tidak mengerti nilai kepentingan kehadiran di Dewan Rakyat, kan lebih baik kita tukarkan sahaja mereka ini dengan individu-individu yang rajin dan sentiasa berusaha untuk mempersembahkan yang terbaik demi rakyat.
Ini merupakan bencana besar iklim politik Malaysia kerana kedua-dua belah pihak dilihat malas untuk berbahas persoalan dan rang undang-undang yang akan mengheret rakyat secara langsung ke dalam perlaksanaan rang undang-undang tersebut.Tambahan pula, Persidangan Dewan Rakyat bukanlah berlaku setiap bulan. Jadi, bukanlah satu alasan bagi Ahli-Ahli Parlimen ini untuk mengatakan bahawa mereka mempunyai tugasan di kawasan konstituen masing-masing sewaktu tempoh persidangan.
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia mengambil inisiatif untuk memantau kehadiran Yang Berhormat Ahli-Ahli Parlimen ini ke setiap sesi Persidangan Dewan Rakyat agar kesemua Ahli Parlimen ini menyedari bahawa terdapat mata-mata yang sentiasa memerhatikan tingkah laku mereka.
Pendedahan mengenai disiplin kehadiran setiap Ahli Dewan Rakyat adalah perlu agar memastikan setiap Ahli Parlimen yang dilantik memenuhi kewajipan dan amanah yang digalas di bahu masing-masing dan bukannya hadir hanya apabila Ketua-ketua parti masing-masing hadir ke Parlimen, barulah Dewan Rakyat menjadi penuh sesak, tetapi lengang sebaik sahaja Ketua-ketua ini melangkah kaki meninggalkan bangunan Parlimen.
AHMAD ANWAR ASYRAF BIN ISMAIL
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia
GB sudah ulas panjang lebar semalam. Tiada YB yang berani tampil untuk menjawab kerana mereka tahu mereka telah melakukan kesalahan, kesalahan yang besar fan serius yang telah menyebabkan RUU Kg Bahru diluluiskan dan sekaligus wasiat allahyarhamah Dr.Lo'lo' dipermainkan oleh ahli-ahli parlimen PR.
Ada seorang dua YB yang menghubung GB untuk membela MP-MP yang tidak hadir. Kononnya GB tak tahu senario sebenar. Kononnya MP Pakatan tidak sangka undi dilakukan sebelah malam dan sebagainya.
Sekalipun GB bukan ahli parlimen, tidak bererti GB tidak tahu apa yang berlaku di Dewan Rakyat, bukan bererti GB dan lain-lain blogger tidak boleh tahu siapa yang hadir siapa yang ponteng dan bukan bererti kami sukasuka tuduh suka-suka tulis ikut sedap rasa.
Ketidak-hadiran tanpa alasan itu ponteng namanya dan itu adalah "dosa" yang besar kerana mengkhianati amanah Allah, RasulNya dan pengundi anda.
Bawa bukti atau dalil sahih atau panggil mana-mana ulamak muktabar yang kamu ada untuk membuktikan pula tindakan ponteng kamu itu adalah sah!
GB sedia tarik balik tuduhan GB jika kamu-kamu yang ponteng dapat menyediakan dalil sah bahawa kamu boleh tidak hadir tanpa alasan/uzur syarie dari menjalankan amanah.
Lagipun kami para blogger merasa berkewajipan untuk mengulas, mengkritik, mencadang samada dengan nada keras atau lembut, kerana selama ini sebelum kamu-kamu dilantik sebagai ahli parlimen pun kami sudah berada di alam siber memperjuangkan kebenaran dan keadilan serta menentang kezaliman. Kami tidak dibayar oleh kamu-kamu tetapi dibayar oleh Allah s.w.t. untuk tugas itu. Justeru itu kami akan tetap menyuarakan yang hak itu sebagai hak, sekalipun ianya akan memenggal kepala ahli parlimen PR sendiri mengambil iktibar dari suratul-Kahf.
حْنُ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ نَبَأَهُم بِالْحَقِّ إِنَّهُمْ فِتْيَةٌ آمَنُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ وَزِدْنَاهُمْ هُدًى
وَرَبَطْنَا عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ إِذْ قَامُوا فَقَالُوا رَبُّنَا رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَن نَّدْعُوَ مِن دُونِهِ إِلَهاً لَقَدْ قُلْنَا إِذاً شَطَطاً
Kami ceritakan kepadamu hal mereka dengan benar; sesungguhnya mereka itu pemuda yang beriman kepada Tuhan mereka, dan Kami tambahi mereka dengan hidayah petunjuk. Dan Kami kuatkan hati mereka, semasa mereka bangun lalu berkata: Tuhan kami ialah tuhan yang menciptakan dan mentadbirkan langit dan bumi; kami tidak akan menyembah Tuhan yang lain selain-Nya; jika tidak bermakna kami memperkatakan sesuatu yang jauh dari kebenaran. Al-Kahf: 13-14
Malah jika kamu-kamu mengkhianati amanah pun, akan tetap ada orang yang akan memikul amanah itu.
Hadis daripada Thauban R.A bahawa Rasulullah S.A.W. bersabda; "Sentiasa ada satu golongan daripada kalangan umatku yang tetap tegak menzahirkan kebenaran, tidak akan memberi mudarat kepada mereka orang yang meninggalkan mereka sehingga datang hari kiamat dan mereka dalam keadaan tersebut". (Riwayat Muslim)
Kali ini rakyat memaafkan kamu, tetapi sebarang perulangan sikap yang memandang rendah terhadap amanah yang diberikan tidak akan lagi diberikan keampunan dan kemaafan. SERIUS dan KOMITMEN dari semua ahli parlimen diperlukan jika benar-benar hendak menawan Putrajaya. Jika tidak bakar saja BUKU JINGGA, lupakan semuanya. Blogger PR pun boleh tutup semua blognya. Biarkan BN memerintah dan rakyat hidup menderita dan dizalimi selama-lamanya!
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Posted: 08 Oct 2011 05:46 AM PDT
Why Are You Still Unable To Hold a Conversation in Spanish with a 4 ½ Year Old Child After Spending Hundreds and Hundreds of Dollars On Learning-Spanish Products? I'd bet that one reason may be that you studied Spanish with a "commercial" course that you saw or heard advertised in the mass media – on television or on radio. A course that was not designed to teach you to converse in Spanish –
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 05:50 AM PDT
Di mana peruntukan untuk Permata?
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Okt: "Walaupun bajet kali ini tidak dinyatakan secara khusus peruntukan untuk program Permata, tapi saya pasti tidak mustahil peruntukan tersebut diselit pada mana-mana program kerajaan," jelas Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar.
Pada Bajet 2012 yang diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak petang semalam telah memperlihatkan tiada peruntukan khusus diberikan kepada Program Permata sedangkan pada bajet sebelum ini sebanyak RM110 juta telah diperuntukkan bagi melaksanakan program tersebut.
Mahfuz juga menjelaskan tindakan Najib untuk tidak menyenaraikan peruntukan tersebut mungkin telah menyedari bahawa terdapat bantahan dari rakyat.
"Mungkin beliau sudah menyedari bahawa rakyat sudah memberontak dengan tindaknya sebelum ini yang telah memberi peruntukan kepada isterinya sendiri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
"Tetapi dalam pada itu walaupun tiada penyenarai kita perlu melihat kembali kemungkinan besar peruntukan tersebut dimasukkan ke dalam peruntukan-peruntukan yang lain dan ini bagi mengaburi rakyat di luar," jelasnya.
Tambahnya lagi, adalah satu yang mustahil kalau sebelum ini peruntukan diberi tetapi kali ini tidak dinyatakan langsung.
"Kalau dulu ada peruntukan dan kali ini tidak dinyatakan bukankah itu satu yang pelik dan apa yang telah terjadi kepada program tersebut berjaya ataupun tidak, jika betul tidak disediakan peruntukan Najib perlu jelaskan status program Permata dan apa yang terjadi kepada peruntukan sebelum ini.
"Jika peruntukan untuk Permata tetap ada sila nyatakan secara jelas dan rakyat perlu tahu jangan diselindungkan hanya untuk kepentingan undi pada pilihanraya yang akan datang," jelas Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena itu lagi.
Sementara itu, Ketua Wanita PKR, Zuraida Kamarudin juga bersetuju bahawa secara kasar memang tiada peruntukan diberikan tetapi jika dihalusi ia diselindung di bawah program tertentu.
"Memang kita tidak melihat peruntukan diberikan tetapi saya pasti peruntukan sebenarnya ada tetapi dimasukkan di bawah program tertentu.
"Dalam pada itu saya tidak menolak melalui bajet tambahan mungkin selepas pilihan raya nanti, satu nilai yang besar akan diberikan khusus kepada program Permata dan inilah cara yang digunakan oleh kerajaan bagi mengaburi mata rakyat untuk mendapat undi kepada mereka.
"Rakyat sudah jemu dengan sikap Najib kerana telah merajakan isterinya dengan pelbagai kemudahan kewangan sedangkan Perdana Menteri sebelum ini tidak menpunyai sikap sepertinya," kata Ahli Parlimen Ampang itu. -hd
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 03:46 AM PDT
Everyone should take five minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one's life.
In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...
This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children and everyone you know.
After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in. Thanks to TO Wong who sent this to me.
I am only sharing this and am not endorsing every single idea here as the gospel truth. Please read it carefully and use your own discretion. Thanks!
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2.. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM.
Toss it away from you....Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you,
and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3.If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole
and start waving like crazy..
The driver won't see you,but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4.Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit
(doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!)
The predator will be watching you,and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..
If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,
Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF!
Instead gun the engine and speed into anything,wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you.
If the person isin the back seat they will get the worst of it.
As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5.A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot,or parking garage:
A.)Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor,
and in the back seat.
B.)If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.)Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side..If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work,and get a
guard/policeman to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6.ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7.If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you(a running target) 4 in 100 times;and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN,Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped,or killed.
Ted Bundy,the serial killer,was a good-looking, well educated man,who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women.
He walked with a cane,or a limp,and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9.Another Safety Point:
Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last,
and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.. The police told her :Whatever you do,DO NOT open the door..' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window,and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over.
The policeman said,'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do,DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
10. Water scam!
If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a
burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.
Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!
Please pass this on. This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because
the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America 's Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.
I'd like you to forward this your friends, especially to all the women you know. It may save a life.A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
Thanks to TO Wong who sent me this post, supposedly written by a policeman.
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 02:49 AM PDT
Introducing Zakaria Adam...
an artist since 1968, Cikgu Zakaria is an ex pengetua of a secondary school in Maran.
He has been actively painting in full blast since then,
i.e. around 5 years ago.
For further info on this amazing local artist, please go to his facebook page here.
Thanks so much.
If you'd like to contact him directly, please call/sms Cikgu at 0199309819.
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 03:29 AM PDT
Samseng bermotor serang ceramah Mat Sabu
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Okt: Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) kesal dengan insiden gangguan pada program anjurannya di Dataran Cikgu Mala, Tenang, malam tadi meskipun ianya mendapat permit.
Kemeriahan Program Pelancaran Kempen Mansuh Hutang Peneroka dan NGO baru di bawah Anak, Gerakan Kebangkitan Peneroka Felda (Bangkit) itu dicemari gangguan melampau sekumpulan remaja bermotosikal sehingga menyebabkan kecederaan di muka seorang anggota Jabatan Amal Johor.
Difahamkan, kira-kira 50 penunggang motosikal itu muncul secara-cara tiba dan berlegar-legar menganggu orang ramai yang hadir mendengar ceramah Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu.
Mereka mengacukan rantai besi dan membaling objek keras ke arah orang ramai di kawasan ceramah.
(Gambar: Amer cedera dimuka terpaksa menerima tujuh jahitan)
Presiden Anak, Mazlan Aliman ketika dihubungi hari ini mempersoal sikap polis yang seakan-akan 'melepaskan' mereka membuat gangguan di tempat ceramah.
"Saya sangat dukacita dengan gangguan malam tadi dalam pada program itu dapat permit polis.
"Bagaimana polis menjalankan tugas sehingga kumpulan bermotor itu dapat masuk dengan senang sedangkan sekatan jalan raya diadakan," katanya yang juga Pengerusi Lajnah Tanah dan Pembangunan Wilayah PAS Pusat.
Tanpa mengetahui motif gangguan, Mazlan yakin ada dalang di sebalik insiden tersebut.
"Saya yakin ianya dirancang dan kita boleh cari siapa dalangnya tapi saya serah kepada pihak polis untuk menyiasat," katanya.
Dua laporan polis dibuat iaitu oleh mangsa sendiri yang hanya ingin dikenali sebagai Amer, 29, dan satu laporan lagi daripada petugas Jabatan Amal yang lain kira-kira jam 1.40 pagi tadi.
Akibat serangan itu, Amer yang dikejarkan ke Hospital Segamat terpaksa menerima tujuh jahitan di bahagian muka.
Mazlan dalam pada itu meminta pihak yang tidak berpuas hati dengan pihaknya tampil berbincang, bukan membuat serangan sedemikian.
"Kalau nak buat bantahan atau nak serah apa-apa memorandum kepada kami, silakan sebab PAS bersikap terbuka.Jangan gunakna budak-budak buat kerja tak sihat begini," katanya.
Beberapa hari lalu, insiden serangan turut berlaku di program ceramah Mohamad Sabu di Rembau. -HD
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 12:50 AM PDT
There is talk that come Monday, October 10, Parliament may be dissolved and snap general elections called.
Such a move would follow Prime Minister Najib Razak's tabling of the Budget 2012, a spending plan that many say will be designed to prime the electorate into keeping his BN coalition in power. And of course, to give the much needed public mandate to Najib himself to continue as the country's 6th premier.
Frankly, the guessing game about the timing of the 13th general election has been red-hot since the start of this year. Many had expected March, July, November and even March 2012. But although the tide may currently be on the side of those who predicted March next year, there is still heavy expectation that Najib will go for the kill next month.
If this is indeed so, then he 'must' dissolve Parliament by Monday. Of course, he can do it after tabling the budget this afternoon or even over the weekend, but many politicians say it is Monday if GE-13 is to be in November.
The reasons are simple, if Najib didn't dissolve Parliament by then, the Budget 2012 would have to be debated on Monday itself, which would be a waste of time with election just a month ahead.
Secondly, why risk the opposition poking all sorts of holes into his grand plan which will surely be praised to the skies by the country's mainstream media, radio and TV networks, which are all government-controlled.
Yes, such a move allows the BN to push through 'sweeteners' while leaving the Pakatan Rakyat parliamentarians less time to find areas of contention. It is a quick means to shut out public scrutiny. And when the Budget is later re-tabled, provided of course the BN wins, Najib can always find ways to 'gracefully' climb down from his grandiose promises!
Within Umno, it has become so obvious there are two camps that even the staunchest supporter can no longer deny the split. Najib's camp wants early snap polls before the party's annual assembly in December to ward off an attempt to make him announce a succession plan in favour of his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.
Obviously Muhyiddin, and more significantly Mahathir Mohamad, the influential former premier, want GE-13 next year.They are worried Najib's personal scandals will weaken the BN's chances and want to go into GE-13 with the question mark over his lackluster leadership fully resolved, so that the people can feel comfortable voting the BN once again.
Yes, GE-13 will be very much determined by the coming Umno general assembly. There are many ominous signs of warlordism taking precedence and the clamoring for the Umno supreme council to name a successor is growing. Much like how Abdullah Badawi was treated in 2008.
This has been the rationale put forward by the November GE-13 forecasters. They are betting Najib will try to forestall the Umno intrigue by getting his own mandate, and should he be able to maintain the status quo or even wrest Selangor back from the Pakatan, then he would have guaranteed himself another term.
And in Najib's second term, he and wife Rosmah Mansor won't be wearing kids' gloves anymore. And this is something Mahathir and Muhyiddin would be wise to take note of.
The Anwar factor
There is also the issue of Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently entangled in Sodomy II prosecution. The trial is on-going and by calling snap elections now, Anwar will find it tough to whole-heartedly campaign.
This would be another plus in Najib's game plan, where he wants to remove Anwar permanently from the political landscape and win brownie points from the Umno warlords who do not want Pakatan Rakyat hanging around and interfering in their business schemes.
Dissolving Parliament right after tabling the budget could also be a case of 'lets get it done and over with'. Swayed by the his own positive public relations and secure in the delusion that rural Malaysia might still vote BN come what may, Najib might just press the button on November.
Mahathir is still the linchpin
However, given the latest signs which have grown stronger after the unveiling of the Pakatan's Prosperity For All alternative Budget 2012, chances are much slimmer now for a GE this years. It will not be easy for Najib, who is also Finance minister, to trump the Pakatan's plan and he is expected to copy extensively from it.
With the recent Bukit Kepong incident and even the hudud law issue boomeranging, as Malaysians see through the stale scaremongering tactics, it is now much more likely that Najib will defer to Mahathir as he has always done and postpone his election plans.
Even so, for the final confirmation and until Najib himself denies GE-13 will be this year, all eyes will be on him after he unveils Budget 2012 today. And if he keeps mum, then Monday will tell for sure when GE-13 will be.
Of course, this will then lead to the 2012 guessing game, and by the way, GE13 does not necessarily have to be in March/April 2012!
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 12:37 AM PDT
After listening to Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak make his 2 hour budget announcement on TV1, it really appears that it is business as usual for middle Malaysia despite the goodies being poured out.
There are a couple of points which are of interest. Firstly, what hits you immediately is the sheer size the budget. RM232.8 billion is a lot of money, especially when we are looking at a 9.4% rise in expenditure. However, the country's deficit will be reduced to 4.7% from 5.4% of GDP. How this is going to be achieved is yet to be seen. However, the fact remains that in terms of amount, it would be the biggest deficit in Malaysian history.
Gravity defying growth
Economic growth expected at 5.0-5.5% for 2011 and growth of between 5-6% for 2012 despite tough economic conditions. Even if this is the case, there will be the fundamental question as to whether this would be enough to pay for our bills as a result of this budget?
Goodies galore across the board, from patients above 60 being exempted from outpatient registration fees, RM15 million for 150 futsal courts, RM200 vouchers for school children and the abolishment of school fees. A proposal taken from the Pakatan Rakyat "Buku Jingga" was a RM500 relief for families earning a household income of under RM3000. Apart from the futsal courts, these are welcomed steps taken by the BN government.
One part that I find particularly exciting is the tax exemption for donations to mission schools and houses of worship which is a big step in respecting the practice of other religions. However, in their sincerity, licenses for building places of worship should be dropped as well.
Good news for foreign investors includes the liberalising of 17 services sub-sectors which would allow 100% foreign equity. This is not good news for local investors who are still subject to 40% bumi equity, which would have companies such as Genting and YTL taking money out of the country. Why are we giving incentives to foreigners at the expense of our own citizens?
Apart from the lifting of duties for hybrids until 2013, there is a complete absence in the mention of Green Technology. After the Prime Minister's vision of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya as green technology centres, RM1.5 billion in soft loans for green technology companies and a pledge to reduce Malaysia's carbon footprint by 40% by 2025, why suddenly shelve it?
We just had a massive Green Technology exhibition in September called IGEM hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA). The minister Datuk Peter Chin was around for the entire duration of the event over 4 days, but in the end, was it all lip service to the environment?
The other losers are the middle income earners, and incentives for business. Although there are substantial allocations for entrepreneurs starting out new businesses, liberalising business by dropping taxes such as import taxes on cars or eliminating the controversial APs would have been a very popular move. No allocation for improving public transport and access would also disappoint the daily commuter.
What was extremely disappointing is the announcement of more mega projects such as the Coastal Highway JB-Nusa and the Taiping Heritage Tourism Project at a cost of RM978 million. These would certainly go into cost over-runs, be subject to closed tenders and cronyism. No change from the past.
The big winners are the civil servants, who will be getting their half month bonuses, pay rises from 7-13% per annum, and a time based pay scheme for civil servants to climb pay grades faster. With 1.3 million civil servants, that is a massive number of voters which would be affected by this measure.
No reforms in the way economy is managed
With all these goodies, it is certainly shaping up as an election budget. Our Prime Minister was careful to mention that the RM33.2 billion subsidies package would not be removed as a gesture of putting the "people first", but many still question why RON 95 is still RM1.90 despite oil prices falling.
There are many quick fixes and incentives, but the fundamental infrastructure of the nation has been ignored. Handouts cannot eradicate hardcore poverty, nor combat rising costs. There are no moves to make our economy more competitive or additional incentives to bring our overseas talent home.
To the Prime Minister's credit, it is not a bad budget. But given the fact that the money spent is merely aesthetic, and does not change the divisive, corrupt and oppressive system it is built on, Pakatan Rakyat is looking increasingly capable of being an effective government.Given the fact that the alternative budget was well received, and with the promise of accountable and graft free government, we may yet uncover billions more which Barisan Nasional has been concealing from the Rakyat. Do your duty at GE-13 for your country!
Douglas Tan is a reader of Malaysia Chronicle and a member of DAP
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 12:33 AM PDT
As expected, Prime Minister Najib Razak unveiled a Budget 2012 stashed with cash goodies aimed to lure voters back to the BN fold, but it was immediately shot down not just by opposition but also by financial experts who gawked at his overly rosy economic projections.
In Budget 2012, Najib forecast GDP growth of 5 to 6% while the deficit was to drop to 4.7% from a projected 5.4% in 2011.
"That's a pretty bullish outlook relative to the street and relative to ourselves as well. We're looking at 4 per cent this year and 4.2 per cent next year. Second-half growth has to turn up to 5.5 per cent to average even 5 per cent. So that looks a bit optimistic from my view," Hak Bin Chua from Merrill Lynch Bank of America told Reuters.
Faking it with overblown growth projections, no details on where money to come from
But Najib, who is also Finance minister, may have no choice. If he did not 'fake' his projections, there may not be enough to finance the plans he unveiled. There were no details as to where the money would come from other than the plucked-from-the-air increase in GDP growth that was noted and panned by banking and financial experts.
"Perhaps the most worrying is that Malaysians are like the proverbial frog in the hot soup, where the frog does not realise the soup is slowly but surely reaching the boiling point," Tony Pua, the DAP MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, said in an immediate reaction.
"We may not yet be facing the crisis of Greek proportions, but Budget 2012 is doing very little to avert such eventuality, leaving the Malaysian economy nakedly exposed to the inevitability."
Buttering up Felda settlers and the civil service
On Friday, the scandal-tained 58-year-old Najib presented a RM232 billion budget, with RM181.6bil for management and RM51.2bil for development. He also announced the much-anticipated listing of Felda Global Ventures, promising a 'windfall' for all settlers - who now number some 2 million in total, including their children and grandchildren. Obviously, the Felda folk will form a crucial and core voting bloc for his Umno party.
There were no individual or corporate tax cuts as speculated, despite plans to launch an unpopular and hefty Goods and Services Tax or GST after the 13th General Election.
Najib also increased employers' contribution for the Employees Provident Fund from 12% to 13% for those earning RM5,000 and below.This obviously is good for the employee but puts more money into the EPF, which has come under fire for questionable loans to government-linked firms and agencies, such as the recent and unannounced RM6billion loan to Felda.
He also announced an additional half-month salary bonus, with a minimum of RM500 for government pensioners, to be paid together with the December 2011 salary. So, for the whole of 2011, including previously declared bonuses, a total RM1,000 minimum has been announced for civil servants and government pensioners. This will benefit some 1.3 million civil servants, 618,000 pensioners and will cost the government RM4 billion.
"Najib has promised everything on earth but he doesn't talk about increasing revenues or transparency. It is unrealistic. It is clearly an election ploy. In the last 10 years, growth, deficit and foreign investment figures have always been proven to be wrong," Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said in an immediate response to reporters.
Wooing back lower income group hit by subsidy cuts
For the lower-income groups, who have been upset at his slashing of subsidies for consumer essentials including petrol, cooking gas and sugar, rather than touch the RM19 billion gas subsidies given to crony-Independent Power Producers, Najib unabashedly courted them fistfuls of cash.
He announced a one-off RM500 cash assistance for households earning 3,000 per month and below, which will set the government back RM1.8 billion to benefit 3.4 milliion households, a one-off RM100 schooling assistance for primary and secondary school students from age 6 to 16, up to Form 5, which will cost taxpayers RM530 million, and a one-off RM200 book vouchers for students of private and public tertiary institution for Form 6 students, costing RM260 million.
EPF would also be allowed to ring fence RM1,300 from Account 2 of contributors for the purpose of pilgrimage to Mecca. The money will stay with the contributors, while they register for the Haj, which can a very long waiting list.
"It is very simple to tell whether or not it is an election ploy - just look at the number of one-off cash assistance. Najib is looking to buy GE-13 but my feeling is Malaysians are smarter. They should take the money, which actually comes from the tax that they or their parents pay, and then make sure the BN is booted out once and for all before they bankrupt Malaysia," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
Main projects in 2012
Total revenue for 2012 was forecast to increase 1.9% to RM186.9bil and the deficit to decrease to 4.7% of GDP from 5.4% in 2011. Najib also set aside RM29.8bil for investment in infrastructure, industrial and rural development and RM13.6bil for the social sector, including education and training, welfare, housing and community development.
The PM, who had to put on hold his New Economic Model after heated protest from hardliners in his Umno party, also announced plans to "focus on accelerating investment and further liberalise 17 services sub-sectors, in places enabling 100% foreign equity." However, given that he did not immediately detail the sectors, these are expected to be non-critical and little-demanded sectors.
Among main projects to be implemented in 2012 are the East Coast from Jabor to Terengganu and road upgrades from Kota Marudu to Ranau. RM18bil of the RM20bil PPP Facilitation Fund will be used for high impact projects, with RM2 billion for bumiputera entrepreneurs. The government will also allocate RM978mil to accelerate the development in five regional corridors namely, Coastal Highway JB-Nusa Jaya,Taiping Heritage tourism project, Besut agropolitan project, Lahad Datu palm oil cluster project and water supply in Samalaju.
The Treasury Management Centre will be established and offer incentives to develop M'sia as a competitive financial centre. The Kuala Lumpur International Financial District will also kick off, with incentives including income tax exemptions for firms.
Property tax up, school fees abiolished
Real property gains tax was also raised from 5% to 10% if sold within 2 years; if sold between 2-5 years, it would stay at 5%; if sold after 5 years, it would be zero. RPGT was set at a 5% flat rate for properties disposed of within five years of purchase since April 1, 2007.
All primary and secondary school fees were to be abolished beginning with 2012 school term. This will cost the government RM150 million. Education would be allocated RM50.2 billion, of which RM1.9 billion for all schools, including mission and vernacular schools, RM1 billion for upgrade of schools premises (RM500 million for SRK, RM100 million for SRJK (Chinese), RM100 mil SRJK (Tamil), RM10 million for mission schools, RM100 million for Sekolah Agama Bantuan, RM100 million to MRSM - Mara secondary schools).
For the rural sector, Felda again walked away with the biggest goodies. Najib promised a RM400 million upgrade of water supply system in Pahang, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.
He also set aside RM150 million for rural public transportation via SME bank for bus companies in low interest loans of 4% interest, and RM90 million for the Orang Asli for basic needs, including treated water and income generation, RM20 million for the community affected by Cameron Highlands landslide.
The civil service were not left out, with teachers receining the lion's share. Teachers will now get 'time-based pay rise schemes', so teachers can go up the ladder faster. Effectively, it was an annual pay rise from RM80 to RM320 according to grade, or up 7-13%.
Senior citizens won't have to pay outpatient fees at all government hospitals and clinics. 50% discount on LRT and monorail.
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 12:28 AM PDT
Never in the path of our nation's history has corruption been as unbridled as it has been for the past three decades. Corruption has become a scourge that would ultimately ruin the nation and we should thank Barisan National opportunism for this knack and flamboyance.
Interesting media highlights on alleged corruption and abuse of power
To the incumbent regime, it's always the denial syndrome that would tint their rhetoric whenever the issue of corruption is raised by the public and this would in turn be handily backed and spun by the pro-government media. Nevertheless, let's recap some of the interesting media highlights in the past years on corruption-related issues in the country.
"Nine Japanese shipping companies that transport lumber from Sarawak, Malaysia, allegedly failed to report some 1.1 billion yen of income in total during a period of up to seven years alleging the money constituted kickbacks to Sarawak officials via a Hong Kong agent."
"Serious allegations of integrity involving a minister in defence contracts such as US$100 million for Sukhoi jets from Russia and US$120 million for submarines from France."
"A hefty commission in millions of Euros being paid to the submarine broker."
"Customs officers found about 600 boxes of frozen beef worth about RM80,000 among its cargo. In the export documents, the meat was declared as fruits. ACA officers have questioned a dozen people, including customs officers, forwarding agents, trawler crew members and port officials."
"Alcohol smugglers are short-changing the government to the tune of about RM800 million in taxes annually and adversely affecting the beer industry in the process. The loss in taxes was due to loopholes in enforcement, specifically in Malaysia's territorial waters, said a Minister. He urged the department to take firm action to rout smuggling activities by upgrading surveillance in areas which were identified as smugglers' routes."
"The man who is supposed to lead the clean-up, has himself been accused of illicit enrichment by a former underling."
"The contractor claimed that the government project in the tune of RM500 million was subcontracted to his firm for RM430 million."
"In a separate case, a minister is accused of taking bribes to set criminal suspects free."
"A survey this month by PERC, a Hong Kong-based consultancy, shows that corruption is perceived to have worsened in Malaysia."
"A spendthrift government that will retard economic stimulus, leading to a bankrupt nation."
"Billions of ringgit is lost in the name of kickbacks or corruption and this is going to make the country go bankrupt."
"Police constable jailed for accepting bribe."
"Several high-ranking customs officer detained to be investigated for bribery allegations."
"Immigration officers detained under ISA."
"Minister's alleged involvement in money politics."
"It was alleged that a prominent lawyer wrote the judgment for a judge."
"Politicians accused of money politics."
"UMNO aspirant disqualified because of money politics."
"Billions of ringgit lost in forex trading."
"Malaysia: Billions of ringgit lost in corruption annually due to corruption and illegal money transactions."
"Billions of ringgit was siphoned out of the country through wily money changers."
"Former chief minister in court accused of corruption."
"Former minister acquitted of corruption charges."
"Former Perwaja boss acquitted of corrupt charges against him."
"Millions of dollars used to build up the image of Malaysian politicians overseas."
" Millions of ringgit spent on residential renovations."
"Millions of ringgit spent on travelling expenses of politicians."
These were but just a few of the innumerable headlines laid bare by the media that have brought utter disgust to the taxpayers. A former prime minister denied the many allegations that appeared in the media on corruption involving those in power and claimed that only about 15 percent of those reported were genuine.
Be that as it may, the educated electorate are questioning this: When would our politicians learn about competence, transparency and accountability in managing the country's wealth? The people at large feel that the billions of ringgit lost and secured through kickbacks and bribery for the past 30 years could have brought splendid development to the country.
The money lost could have been used to perk up people's livelihood such as building schools and providing better health facilities for the people. A prominent accountant attached to an established public firm in the city has this to say: "RM2 ringgit out of every RM10 spent by the government is pure wastage due to lack of transparent standard procedures in the management of taxpayers' money. Only the Opposition-held states have shown some rigour in conforming to these procedures."
Business, politics and corruption have become inseparable
Corruption seems to have become a way of life in many sectors – public and private. According to a retired private sector executive, "Business is so corrupt these days and the dye is cast. Business, politics and corruption have become inseparable." On the other hand, the people's general perception is that the incumbent government lacks the political will to curb corruption. They have the notion that many high-profile cases have been swept under the carpet as many prominent personalities were allegedly involved and rocking the boat would affect support for the political parties. Some high profile leaders have not been netted by the MACC and charged for abuse of power and for corruption.
This elegant silence on the government's part is disturbing the voters more. When the people see that corrupt leaders are still hanging on to power, their pure conjecture would be that no green light has been given by those higher up to take action to this effect. The view that there would be a backlash from among party members is a petty excuse and analysis of the real situation on the ground.
For this reason, the incumbent government would face an uphill task in convincing the critics in the next general election. The Cyber war and political campaigns on the ground would see the issue of corruption in the country used to the hilt to win votes. The urban electorate are already well aware of this scourge affecting the nation. The Opposition would contrive to sway the voters' sentiments by using corruption as the instrumental tool and gizmo to win them over. Analysis has it that this is going to be effective approach by the Opposition to convince the people to vote for a change.
Endemic corruption started in the 80s
Corruption as perceived by the people has gone beyond the hum and haw mores of our society. It is now being strongly rooted in the nation's culture. Endemic corruption in the country started from the 80s' onwards. A very senior UMNO politician was once quoted as saying, "Corruption is a form of lubricant. It makes work get done faster." Of late, the same politician was quoted as saying, "Never mind if there is a little corruption here and there as long as the people are helped."
When statements of this nature - immoral and irreligious to God-fearing laypeople - come from a politician the omen is going to be bad for the country. This is tantamount to promoting and breeding the culture of corruption more among politicians and those with authority. Corruption, as every Malaysian is aware of, goes against the religious and moral values of any civilised society. There, no doubt, could be a short-term material gain to corruption, but if this blight goes unbridled would end up becoming a threat to the social fabric of our future generations.
Less the voters forget, the media in the past have highlighted allegations of corruption involving politicians, middle-men, government agencies, enforcement officers and the public in general. There were allegations, among others, that money had been paid to lubricate the process of acquiring government projects, palms were greased to make sure that politicians were elected into office in what is popularly known as money politics, millions of ringgit was spent to secure votes during elections, high commissions were paid in weapon dealings, millions of ringgit was paid to get projects approved by local and foreign businessmen.
The people have also come to perceive that there are the "touchable" and the "untouchable" when it comes to punitive actions against those alleged to be corrupt. These are some of the calamitous social symptoms facing the nation today. From politics to the securing of a driving license it has been touted that corruption is involved. The irony is that the pro-government media have been so earnest in their dutiful sermons on integrity and a corrupt-free society to veil the truth from the people.
Bribe Payers Index
The next general election would see the Opposition campaigning to the hilt on this sensational issue that is scorching the nation. The revulsion and detestation could already be observed in the urban constituencies as the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of the urbanites has risen to 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 among the educated populace. To them the incumbent government has failed to rein in corruption that has cost the nation billions of ringgit annually.
In the Transparency International's (TI) 2008 Bribe Payers Index (BPI) it was found that corrupt practices in the country has been on the rise. Political parties were singled out as one of the most corrupt institutions in the country with a BPI of 3.6. The police force was indicated as the most corrupt institutions in the country with a BPI of 4. The business communities also were not convinced of the government's efforts to fight corruption, compared with some other Asia Pacific nations. These are some of the figures noted by TI:
Bribery to high ranking officials to or political parties: Malaysia - 42% of 92 respondents.
Bribery to low level public officials to speed things up: Malaysia - 38% of 94 respondents.
Use of personal and familiar relationships on public contracting: Malaysia - 44% of 93 respondents.
Assessment of government action in the fight against corruption in Malaysia (100 respondents):
Very Ineffective – 27%
Ineffective – 46%
Neither – 9%
Effective – 12%
Very Effective – 6%
Sectors in Malaysia perceived to be affected by corruption (1: not all corrupt, 5: extremely corrupt):
Police – 4
Political Parties – 3.8
Registry and Permit Services – 3.6
Parliament/Legislature – 3.3
Customs – 3.3
Criminals, businessmen and politicians
Corruption has in actuality caused more damaging effects to the society than what meets the eye. It has been alleged that criminals oftentimes collude with prominent businessmen and politicians. This would unquestionably be damaging to the nation's security. The collusion between criminals and some enforcers would blemish the whole process of law enforcement. Studies on corruption have shown that wealthy and poor countries have attracted criminal gangs and corrupt officials. In some countries criminal organisations have influenced law enforcement and politics. Some countries are now in major chaos as a result of this collusion and it has become almost impossible to put right the problems. Is Malaysia moving towards this direction?
In many countries, the conviction of notorious gangs have led to the break up of mobs and disturbances. Law enforcers and their families have been harassed and some assassinated. Studies on corruption have also shown that organised crime syndicates are able to protect themselves through many devious means – corruption of law-enforcement officers, physical violence against informants, threats against prosecutors, lawyers and judges, use of lawyers to circumvent the legal system and monetary contributions to political candidates. In some countries, mob activities are so gainful that organised crime could afford to keep in its payroll government officials at various levels, including politicians and law enforcers, to influence the legal system in its favour. Is Malaysia moving towards this direction?
Impede the country's economic growth
In some situations, criminals are also able to establish supportive enforcement officers who pass information to them about investigations and intended raids and by making intentional mistakes in prosecutions – technical errors resulting in cases in courts being thrown out. Corruption of enforcement officers is made easier by the fact that they are modestly paid and subject to temptation and as a consequence crime and bribery would remain unchecked. When enforcement officers are corrupt they would make efforts to ensure that their equals are also corrupt. An honest officer would unfortunately come under harsh pressures from them. Is Malaysia also moving towards this direction?
Why is the increase in smuggling, peddling and abuse of drugs and the number of addicts in the country gone unabated? Why is there a perpetual increase in illegal immigrants in the country? Apparently, these pains in the neck are just impossible to be done away with because of alleged corruption involving some of those with authority in the country. At the rate it is going, each year about 25 000 of the country's inhabitants would measure off as drug addicts and quietly thaw into the society – an irritant to all peace loving Malaysians. This number almost equals one-third of the number of students graduating from our universities annually. If this trend continues, by the year 2020 instead of achieving developed status the country is expected to graduate with more than 1.5 million drug addicts - a terrifying figure indeed! They would bring about many more other social ills that could undoubtedly impede the country's economic growth.
Is Malaysia moving towards destruction?
About RM60 million is now spent yearly to rehabilitate the estimated 60 000 drug addicts that we know of, and just imagine how much of the tax payers' money is going to be spent in 2020 to do the same. The vast number of illegal immigrants – a projection of more than 3 to 4 million by 2020 – who would contribute their shares of nuisance to the society would compound to this menace. The colossal costs for deportations and maintenance of detention centres in the country would again be at the expense of the taxpayers. Could corruption – monetary lure too lucrative and tempting for those with a greedy mind - in the society attribute to some of these social problems? And is Malaysia moving towards destruction?
When politicians have limited accountability and when personal political interests are prioritised, the duty and responsibility of individuals in authority could not be wholly fulfilled. This is wretchedly going to weigh down the country's progress. Corruption at any level of the society is an amoral activity that would only help encourage indescribable and unlawful activities. Corruption is an unscrupulous action against our moral duty and obligation. It is a symptom of deep problem in society that could cause many conflicts in society and indirectly affects the economy, investments, enforcements, the legal processes and even ethnic divisions – resulting in low civic consciousness among people and thus would ultimately debase the whole society. Surprisingly, with all these effects of corruption on human values we have politicians who still would consider corruption as a lubricant to promote business and help people.
If graft is seen as a normal practice in life, or as a lubricant in our daily chores to get legal or illegal things done speedily, in the long run it is going to devastate the fabric of our relatively peaceful society. The society thus needs better politicians with better thoughts and a morally sturdier frame of mind that could help develop a better Malaysia. We need politicians whose conscience would tell them that corruption in any form is against the edicts of all major religions. If corruption is left to flourish by some self-seeking politicians it would certainly undermine our civil society. Politicians who have the moral courage to say no to corruption are those who would eventually get the nod from the people.
The exemplar of governance in Opposition-held states
The people should vote for a government that could instil the patriotic fervour in the masses to safeguard the country from being blackmailed by criminals and corrupters. Short-term monetary gain people make through crime and corruption should not be condoned and politicians should never be part of these deals.
Critics and auditors have commented that the Opposition-led states are displaying exemplary governance and are very concerned about the importance of having a corrupt-free system of management. These states have thus far shown tremendous economic success and have undeniably convinced the people to stay with them. Numerous reports – local and foreign - have been written on how effective is the management of these states without using corruption as a lubricant to bring in investors. Corruption in these states is nipped in the bud before it continues to flourish to become a major threat to the administration. Profit margins on government projects are set very low as contractors do not have to bribe their way to get those contracts. Contractors do not have to pay bribes to politicians for being given a project or pay for a politician's wife and children to go on vacation overseas. The notorious "Mr 10% politicians" are not heard of in these Opposition governed states. Only capable contractors are given projects and there is no abuse of these contracts as they are not subcontracted to others for quick profits. The exemplar of governance shown by the states under the Opposition are worth emulating for a better Malaysia.
BN would in all probability lose more votes
The people in general thus are looking forward for a change in government at the national level to ensure that the ill-effects of corruption could be erased from politics, business and the social fabrics of our society. The Opposition would sanguinely hinge on this issue to capture votes in the next general election. The urban electorate are already awaken by this unease when they see corruption rearing its ugly head in our society; the rural electorate would soon be stirred as well. The people's perception today is that nothing much has been done by the incumbent regime to rein in corrupt practices in the country. Corruption is rife and has become entrenched in the country's political psyche. For this reason, BN would in all probability lose more votes than they could ever imagine in the next general election.
Posted: 08 Oct 2011 12:26 AM PDT
Damansara Damai: Seorang remaja perempuan berusia 14 tahun bukan sahaja disuruh menjadi tukang urut sepenuh masa malahan turut dipaksa untuk melayan nafsu orang yang lebih tua daripadanya. Gambar fail
Perkara itu diceritakan oleh Imam Masjid Al-Muhtadeen, Ustaz Mohd Fadhil Mohd Nor yang mengetuai satu serbuan cegah maksiat di sebuah apartmen awal pagi kelmarin.
Menurutnya, remaja berusia 14 tahun ditahan berdua-duaan bersama seorang warga Nigeria berusia lingkungan 20-an di dalam sebuah bilik.
"Remaja itu mengakui kegiatannya itu adalah atas kehendak ibunya yang turut bekerja sebagai tukang urut sepenuh masa di rumah," katanya.
Beliau berkata, dia terpaksa akur melayan kehendak ibunya kerana tidak mempunyai tempat lain untuk bergantung.
"Ketika ditanya remaja itu cuba menyembunyikan hal sebenar namun setelah didesak dia kemudian menceritakan segalanya," katanya.
Difahamkan, remaja itu yang sudah tidak bersekolah tidak tahu berapa jumlah bayaran yang dikenakan jika dia melakukan hubungan seks bersama lelaki kerana hanya mengikut arahan ibunya sahaja.
Tambahnya lagi, remaja itu mengaku sudah terjebak dengan kegiatan tidak bermoral itu beberapa bulan lalu.
"Kita serahkan pasangan itu bersama tiga lagi warga asing yang berada di dalam rumah itu kepada polis sebelum kes itu dirujuk kepada Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) untuk tindakan selanjutnya," katanya.-SH
Posted: 07 Oct 2011 10:37 PM PDT
Sepang – Tiga pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Sesyen di sini semalam atas sembilan pertuduhan termasuk merompak, bersubahat dan menyembunyikan rancangan jenayah terhadap tiga pengurup wang yang kerugian wang berjumlah hampir RM1 juta pada September lalu.
Tiga tertuduh ialah S. Vijayarao, 33, Wan Elfie Shafizy Wan Ahmad, 30, dan Aziz Jaafar, 48. Kesemua mereka bertugas di Ibu Pejabat SPRM Putrajaya dengan Vijayarao berpangkat Pemangku Penolong Pesuruhjaya, Wan Elfie Penolong Penguasa manakala Aziz Penolong Kanan Penguasa.
Ketiga-tiga tertuduh didakwa bersubahat dengan dua lagi suspek yang masih bebas merompak secara berkumpulan terhadap pengurup wang Singapura, Hameed Saadik Batcha, Abd. Rahman Mohamed Marican dan Mohamed Zakkariya Shatik sebanyak AS$300,000 (RM947,444).
Dua suspek yang masih bebas itu ialah T. Sritharan, 32, dan D. Nagarajan, 34.
Ketiga-tiga tertuduh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 395 Kanun Keseksaan iaitu merompak dan dibaca bersama Seksyen 109 Kanun Keseksaan, jika sabit kesalahan boleh dihukum penjara maksimum 20 tahun dan sebatan.
Mereka turut didakwa bersubahat dengan Sritharan menipu kesemua mangsa dengan memperkenalkan Sritharan sebagai pegawai SPRM.
Dakwaan itu dibuat mengikut Seksyen 419 Kanun Keseksaan dan dibaca bersama Seksyen 109 Kanun Keseksaan yang boleh membawa hukuman penjara maksimum tujuh tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan.
Pendakwaan diwakili Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Awang Armadajaya Awang Besar, Mohamad Abazafree Mohd. Abbas, Najib Zakaria dan Peter Gregory Syril.
Kesemua kesalahan itu didakwa dilakukan di tandas lelaki bersebelahan Restoran Deli France, Tingkat 1, Bangunan Satellite di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) Sepang pada pukul 11.25 malam 15 September lalu.
Ketiga-tiga tertuduh juga didakwa sengaja menyembunyikan rancangan rompakan itu bagi memudahkan Sritharan dan Nagarajan melakukan jenayah itu.
Bagi kesalahan itu, mereka didakwa mengikut Seksyen 120 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara tidak lebih enam bulan atau denda atau kedua-duanya.
Terdahulu, Mohd. Abzafree menawarkan jaminan RM100,000 dan seorang penjamin bagi setiap tertuduh dengan menimbangkan mereka adalah pegawai SPRM manakala dua suspek masih bebas.
Bagaimanapun, Vijayarao yang tidak diwakili peguam memohon mahkamah mengurangkan jaminan kepada RM10,000 kerana dia ditahan kerja dan perlu menyara dua anak dan isteri hanya bekerja sebagai guru. -kosmo
Posted: 07 Oct 2011 07:30 PM PDT
This morning, while surfing the net, I came across this video about Patrick Hughes, a young man at Univ. of Louisville who was born blind and crippled and yet now plays the piano beautifully as well as "marches" in the Louisville marching band.
After watching the video, I was just so awed and inspired and sauntered to his official website HERE. I take my hats off to Patrick's parents, especially his dad, for having such deep love, devotion to Patrick. I am also deeply inspired by a blog reader, Alan, who together with his wife, has been facing and overcoming many challenges in their journey with their son. This post is specially dedicated to Alan and his family (and other readers who have their own challenges to face) with the prayer that a wonderful breakthrough is your to claim!
The following excerpt is from Patrick Hughes' official website:
What's holding you back?
What's keeping you from reaching your full potential?
Patrick is a remarkable young man who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to Patrick's spine to correct scoliosis.
Despite circumstances that may seem overwhelming, Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician, student, performer and public speaker. Patrick started playing the piano at the age of only nine months, and also plays the trumpet and sings.
He even participates in the University of Louisville Marching Band with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes, who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band.
Patrick is usually a straight 'A' student, having received only 3 'B's' during his entire
primary/secondary educational experience and graduated from U of L magna cum laude. Patrick is a Spanish language major and speaks Spanish fluently.
A virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Patrick has won or finished very high in numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has overcome to achieve these heights. He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, FOX-TV, CSTV, NBC-TV, The Today Show, Million Dollar Round Table, The Grand Ole Opry, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Star Magazine, and many, many others.
Patrick has made appearances from California to New York and Chicago to Texas and Miami and countless points in between, even performing in Asia, Canada, South America and Europe. His first book, I AM POTENTIAL, is published and available around the country and world in different languages. He has recorded 2 CD's.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOS ON PATRICK HENRY HUGHES.
Posted: 07 Oct 2011 07:29 PM PDT
Yesterday, I told one of my colleagues the 'good news' about the one-off cash assistance of RM500.
He said, 'In the first place, RM3000-and-below household income shouln't exist. The government should improve the economy so that the people's income will increase.'
He added, 'I think no employees in our company can qualify for this one-off payment.'
I agreed with him totally!
One-off cash hand-outs are rightfully rakyat's money that the government has wrongfully kept back from the rakyat!
Posted: 07 Oct 2011 09:07 PM PDT
Jasin: Gara-gara dipercayai meniru aksi pasangan lesbian dalam video lucah yang pernah ditonton, dua beradik dikesan melakukan aksi ghairah itu di rumah mereka di Asahan, di sini. Gambar fail
Bagaimanapun, dua beradik berusia sembilan dan tujuh tahun itu yang didakwa pernah melakukan perbuatan terbabit sejak setahun lalu tidak bernasib baik apabila perbuatan mereka dilihat ibunya Rabu minggu lalu.
Ketika ditemui ibu mereka, dua beradik itu asyik bergomol umpama pasangan sejenis tanpa seurat benang dalam sebuah bilik di rumahnya.
Nasib malang menimpa dua kanak-kanak itu apabila menerima pembalasan daripada bapa angkatnya yang berusia 28 tahun selepas dimaklumkan ibu kandungnya Sabtu lalu.
Bapa angkat kanak-kanak itu yang baru pulang daripada bekerja di Pahang pada Sabtu lalu merotan dua kanak-kanak berkenaan sebagai hukuman terhadap perbuatan melampau mereka sehingga didakwa lebam di tangan, kaki dan belakang.
Bagaimanapun, kesan lebam pada kanak-kanak berkenaan dilihat beberapa penduduk yang mengesyaki mereka didera lalu membuat aduan kepada Pusat Perkhidmatan BN (Pembela) supaya perkara itu dirujuk kepada Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) yang kemudian berkunjung ke rumah ibu tunggal berkenaan, malam kelmarin. Penolong Pengarah Warga Tua dan Keluarga JKM negeri, Zamzuri Mohamad, berkata siasatan awal mendapati ibu kanak-kanak itu menghubungi bapa angkat anak sulungnya itu yang bertugas di Pahang selepas terkejut melihat perbuatan lucah dua anaknya.
Katanya, lelaki terbabit merotan sehingga lebam di beberapa bahagian tubuh dua kanak-kanak berkenaan sebagai pengajaran. "Berdasarkan siasatan, dua beradik itu mendakwa pernah menonton video lucah yang ditayangkan sepupu mereka ketika mendiami rumahnya di Selangor.
"Mungkin disebabkan terpengaruh atau teringat apa yang pernah ditonton, pasangan kanak-kanak itu cuba aksi terbabit sebelum disedari ibu mereka," katanya, di sini, semalam.
Hadir sama dalam siasatan terhadap kes berkenaan Pengarah Pembela, Amir Hamzah Aziz dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) Asahan, Abdul Ghani Abdullah.
Menurut Zamzuri, anak sulung ibu tunggal itu diserahkan kepada satu pasangan untuk dijadikan anak angkat secara sah kepada lelaki berusia 28 tahun dan isterinya berusia 25 tahun itu sejak setahun lalu.
Katanya, ketika kejadian, kanak-kanak berusia sembilan tahun itu pulang ke rumah ibu kandungnya selepas ibu angkatnya itu ke Pahang untuk menemui suaminya yang bertugas di negeri itu.
"Saya dimaklumkan, adik-beradik itu bukan pertama kali melakukan perkara sumbang itu dan keluarganya pernah melihat mereka berdua-duaan dengan keadaan mengghairahkan," katanya. -hm
Posted: 07 Oct 2011 05:48 PM PDT
Budget 2012 fails to live up to the Prime Minister's reform pledges in NEM, GTP and ETP
The expectations were high for a pre-election budget where Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak will stamp his "reformist" credentials. It is for the Prime Minister to put into action the various reform pledges made in his cornerstone policy blueprints – the New Economic Model (NEM), Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
However, the announcement of the budget left much to be desired as little has changed beyond tweaking the budget of the previous financial year. Instead what is perhaps the most worrying is that Malaysians are like the proverbial frog in the hot soup – where the frog does not realise the soup is slowly but surely reaching the boiling point.
We may not yet be facing the crisis of Greek proportions, but Budget 2012 is doing very little to avert such eventuality, leaving the Malaysian economy nakedly exposed to the inevitability.
Federal Government Debt
Our Federal Government debt has increased rapidly from RM242 billion in 2004 to RM363 billion in 2009 and RM456 billion in 2011. That represents a marked 88.4% increase in debt over the past 7 years. It is also an increase of 25.6% or nearly RM100 billion over 2 years.
The increase in debt has increased the pressure on reigning in our budget deficit as our annual debt service commitments have increased to RM20.5 billion next year from only half the amount 5 years ago in 2007.
While our federal government debt to GDP ratio is still at a moderate 53.8%, a far cry from Greece's 117%, we are not far from Spain's 64% or Ireland's 67%, both of whom are facing economic turbulence of their own.
Our debt levels will only worsen in the next few years as we embark on record levels of infrastructure spending such as the RM53 billion Klang Valley MRT project which is expected to be funded entirely on debt.
Wages and Pensions
At the same time, our public sector expenditure is increasingly mirroring that of the European countries with ballooning civil service obligations. The budgeted expenditure for wages and pensions for 2012 is a whopping RM64.1 billion, an increase of RM6.2 billion or 10.8% budgeted for 2011. The increase is even more worrying when contrasted against the budgeted RM36.9 billion 2007, a 73.7% increase in just 5 years.
The GTP had promised a more efficient and cost effective government and civil service. What we are seeing from the Budget is only on which is indebting our children, entrenching our structural problems and very weak expenditure controls.
Despite the Governments efforts in the ETP, our manufacturing and export statistics paint a starkly different picture.
Our export sector grew a miserly 2.7% in 2011 against 13.2% in 2010. However, we should be further alarmed by the fact that the growth was a result of increased contributions from exports of rubber, paper, textiles, clothes and shoes which grew in excess of 15%, and the petroleum products by 9.3%. Our electrical and electronics sector, which constitutes 26.4% of our total exports industry shrunk by 4.9% in 2011.
From the above indicators, there appears to be a shift away from higher value-added export sectors to the primary products industry such as rubber, wood, textiles and crude oil. This is the exact reverse of what we are trying to achieve via the ETP.
Based on the Economic Report, we are expected to meet our deficit target of 5.4% for this year only because our revenues had grown beyond the expected in the 2010 budget due to very strong commodity prices. The Government has managed to collect RM21.1 billion of extra revenue on top of the originally budget RM165.8 billion. If not for the unexpected increase in government revenue, our budget deficit would have been a shocking 7.9%.
The Government is planning a 4.7% deficit for 2012, a figure which doesn't give hope that the 2.5% deficit target promised by Najib can be met by 2015. Even then, based on poor expenditure controls and the habitual ad hoc expenditure patterns of past BN governments, even meeting the 4.7% target will be a challenge, especially if commodity prices were to fall below expectations next year.
Finally, despite having achieved on 4.2% growth in the first half of 2011, and a slowing global economy in the face of another potential economic crisis, the Government has retained its unrealistic growth assumptions of 5.0 to 5.5%. To meet the target, Malaysia's economy will have to grow by at least 5.7% in the 2nd half of the year, which is highly optimistic to say the least.
The Federal Government's unrealistic expectations coupled with a budget which failed to demonstrate substantive reforms and political will for change makes the 2012 budget a highly disappointing and puts in serious doubt our ability to become a high income nation as aspired in Najib's New Economic Model.
Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:11 PM PDT
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