Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Housing Market Severely un-Affordable? What will to happen to our young?

I blogged a bit about the spiraling house prices last year which I and many other Malaysians predicted sooner or later will be out of reach of many of our young:

'The young find it difficult to afford a home'..Not just the young the old too!


 Now on 24th August 2015 comes this news from TheStar:

Housing market “severely unaffordable”, Khazanah Research says

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s housing market is viewed as “severely unaffordable” with a median house price is 4.4 times median annual household income, Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) said.

An “affordable market” is one where the median house price is three times median annual household income.

KRI managing director Datuk Charon Mokhzani said: “It is generally perceived that high housing prices are a direct result of high land and construction costs but this is not the case. 

“It is because developers are willing to pay for increased land prices as the market price for housing increases, that ultimately causes housing prices to increase.” 

He was speaking at a press conference at the launch of its latest publication, “Making Housing Affordable” report. 

Even constructions costs were not the problem, he said, as Malaysian construction cost had been falling with no consequent drop in house prices.

Charon added that in Malaysia, policy initiatives relating to housing affordability had been through transferring physical or financial resources to low-income households. Middle-income households, however, were neither eligible for social housing nor able to afford private sector-supplied houses.

\“Policy should therefore be geared to improving the elasticity of housing supply, to make it more responsive to the needs of all sections of the population,” he said, point to the strong need to reform the supply-side and enhance its capacity to develop a sustainable and responsive housing sector.

“The provision of social housing for the majority of population will exert financial pressures on government spending. As Malaysia becomes more urbanised, the demand for affordable housing will increase. If the trend is not addressed, the bottom 40% and middle 40% of income earners will likely require social housing in the future,” he said.

He added KRI was in talks with the government to address these issues.

If you are interested this is the link to  Khazanah Research's:


I hope the Government will take seriously the  above-said research  before inadequate and un-affordable housing becomes a 
socio-political problem affecting ALL Malaysians.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Numbed by the policy changes in our Education System

I am already numbed by the policy changes in the education system, it is to be expected that whenever a new Minister comes along...and yes true to form and without fail as soon as this new Minister of Education comes in after the slight cabinet reshuffle about a month ago he wasted no time in yet again changing a planned policy to make English a compulsory pass in SPM in 2016. 

So what is the point of having a National Blueprint on Education if you powerful political people who introduced  it then, do not want to follow it later?

Perhaps the solution for Malaysians is to have politicians totally out of the way and let Education Policies be decided by Education Professionals and apolitical Civil Society eminent persons to be chaired by a retired Judge or somebody else who has  more vision beyond getting the votes to stay in power in Government. Politics must be thrown out of the education system equation if this country is to have any hope of a progressive consistent education system.

Meanwhile, until then as nero plays the fiddle, rome is on fire as the ministers fiddle with the vote counts our children is made to suffer the u-turns, the cancellations n the agony of not being very marketable at the end of the long tunnel of Malaysia's education system.

From the NST written by Syed Nadzri:

U-turning our way to nowhere
NOBODY should be taken by surprise anymore at the latest volte-face in our education system, this time on the English pass in SPM. Disappointed, yes. Upset, certainly. But, surprised? Not in the least, since there have been far too many flip-flops already while standards continue to drop. Too many U-turns make our heads spin.   

It was announced last week that a compulsory pass in English in the Form Five examination, scheduled to come into force next year, had been postponed. And perhaps the people in the Education Ministry have turned so comfortably numb by all the turnarounds that they saw it fit to disclose such a major policy shift in a mere four-paragraph statement.   

The U-turn also came when Malaysians are still recovering from the scrapping of the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) that was introduced in all its glory in 2003 to help students overcome the fast evolving world of Science and Mathematics, for which references are mostly in English. After nine years, it was cancelled with excuses such as the students and teachers not being able to cope. So, now, we see traces of the same in the latest misstep.   

Just consider: when he announced three years ago about the passing requirement for English, the then deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was also education minister, said the government had placed emphasis on English to strengthen students’ grasp of the subject, with an intention of producing a globalised generation. It was also to improve proficiency which in turn would help them get jobs easily. 

He was on record to say that English teachers would be made to undergo the Cambridge Placement Test (CPT) to gauge their knowledge in the language. The first batch of 5,000 teachers, he said, had participated in the training by the British Council and 9,000 more were set for the course. 

It is futile to ask what has happened to all this even if the policy was part of the Malaysia Education Blueprint. After all, policy changes have become a norm. But that is the whole trouble when politicians, aided by meek policy advisers, get too involved in critical matters like education. The Form Three examination, once called the LCE and then PMR, is no more. Just like the many other changes. 

The point to note is that all those responsible for the tinkering throughout the years thought they were doing growing-up children here a favour and were always declaring that the Malaysian education system is “world class” while they themselves opt to enrol their children abroad.   

The change in the medium of instruction for all national schools to Malay 40 years ago was a good example. It was hailed as a good move then, but now, seeing employment difficulties and global challenges, many people have begun to realise that empty emotions could fall flat.   

I still remember how a long-standing school-term and examination arrangement was changed abruptly nearly 30 years ago when it was announced that the crucial Forms Three, Five and Six examinations would be held much earlier to avoid the year-end monsoon floods.   

Because of this too, there was a change in the term-holiday schedules, with the new school year set to begin in December instead of the first week of January.   

The change was effected through the oratorical skills of an up-and-coming politician at a gathering that had the crowd roaring in support.   

At the time, it looked like this new system would stay forever. But no; it was short-lived because reality sank in later when parents started to complain about the new school year having to start before Christmas and New Year. 

So, the old system was reinstated when a new minister took charge. Then, there was the perpetual concern for the lack of proficiency in English, especially among students in rural schools. 

This proved to be a tough proposition. 

Support and opposition hinged on who said what and when, until even PPSMI was met with muted protests every now and then. 

There are so many other examples of the tendency of a policy going one way only to make a U-turn later, whether it concerns the over-emphasis on religious routines or regulations on how students should dress on the playing field.  

Even the move to appoint a non-politician as education minister for a brief spell not too long ago failed to change matters, though I still think this is the best option.   

Now, I will not be surprised if the latest policy changes abruptly again when many school-leavers fail to land jobs due to a lack of proficiency in English. 

We will go spinning in U-turns again for sure. And definitely whatever blueprint that comes next will not be taken seriously. 

The freelance writer is an award-winning columnist

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Strong fundamentals are weakening and we are failing – Ramon Navaratnam

Strong fundamentals are weakening and we are failing – Ramon Navaratnam
Published: 24 August 2015 2:32 PM

Our leaders keep saying that our fundamentals are strong. This is comforting.

But actually, our apparently strong fundamentals are weakening and we are failing. But we still have hope as we approach our 58th Merdeka anniversary.

Whether we like it or not, the falling value of our ringgit is a fair reflection of the state of our nation. Our gradual socioeconomic and political decline does not indicate confidence in our strength or success, but sadly our weak fundamentals and prospects.

The performance of the ringgit is like a thermometer that measures our economic fever. Indeed the economic temperature is rising, while our socioeconomic and political health is failing.

If we do not arrest our ringgit’s decline, our economy, like our health, can deteriorate rapidly. Then we could become a “failing state”. But if we still adopt an apparently complacent and cavalier attitude towards the falling ringgit and our current slackening socioeconomic system, then there would be the rising risk of becoming a failed state.

We are not there yet, but the following are some of the signs of a failing state:

1. The steadily falling ringgit is a sign of weakness. Hence the question on most Malaysians’ minds is, how low will the ringgit go? And how long will the ringgit take to stabilise and hopefully strengthen? At what low levels will the ringgit settle?

We have now to work much harder to earn foreign exchange. Imported inflation can cause major problems for all, especially the poor and middle income Malaysians. The 11th Malaysia Plan's aim is to help raise the living standards of the bottom 40% of the population but this goal can be seriously impaired as there are also now new and higher risks of social restlessness and even potential unrest.

2. The federal government's budget deficit has been lowered commendably in the last few years. But can the deficit reduction be sustained in the longer term, with declining oil and commodity prices?

Will the pressure on the government to spend more be adequately resisted as we approach the elections?

It will be very difficult for politicians to face this real challenge, which will require very strong government leadership, especially when the economic fundamentals continue to weaken.

3. Portfolio investment outflows have been rising to nearly RM12 billion in the last quarter, from about RM8 billion in the second quarter this year. Will this unfavourable trend continue, and how much and for how long?

Although foreign direct investment rose to over RM12 billion, creditably the highest inflow in the last 10 quarters, investments by Malaysians abroad rose dramatically to over RM16 billion in the last quarter. This is the highest outflow in the last 5 quarters and poses a weak fundamental.

Hence overall, more private investment capital flowed out than came into Malaysia. This means that Malaysians have less confidence in the country than foreign investors. The private capital flight from Malaysia is certainly not a strong fundamental. This has been carrying on for some time together with a massive brain drain. These trends are clear expressions of much loss of confidence in our good governance. They weaken our socioeconomic fundamentals and don't strengthen them.

All these weakening fundamentals underline the poor public perception that the government has so far not adequately handled the complex and complicated 1MDB alleged dcandal. This alone constitutes a major source of low confidence in economic management and political governance.

4. Foreign exchange reserves are under severe strain. The balance of payments surpluses keeps narrowing due to lowering commodity export prices and rising import prices. Furthermore, Bank Negara's orderly intervention to smoothen currency fluctuations and the decline of the ringgit acutely erodes our hard earned national reserves. They have now declined to about RM94 billion, thus breaking the sensitive psychological barrier of RM100 billion.

The ringgit slide can no longer be regarded therefore as a temporary phenomenon, but a longer term trend. The ringgit cannot and should not be artificially supported by Bank Negara, through more intervention and worse still thorough fixing of a currency peg or via exchange controls, as in the past.

5. Unemployment is low at about 3%, but underemployment can be a very serious fundamental flaw. The huge number of legal and illegal immigrants amounting to arguably about 4 million workers, with low paid wages, forces out our own Malaysian workers from plantations and now even the service industries. Waiters cashiers etc are mostly foreigners whom we see all over the place. Where have our own workers gone?

There are at least 100,000 unemployed graduates who are looking for suitable jobs. This is surely not a sound fundamental. And yet, we have postponed again the teaching of English as a second language. Why? Is it sadly politics again, that will undermine our children's future?

Preserve institutional integrity

6. The national institutions and their strength and resilience are vital for our sustained growth, progress and prosperity. But the wide perception both at home and abroad is that our institutions have been badly hurt and weakened. Even the civil service has suffered from attacks against its traditional independence and integrity, through unfair interference and unnecessary transfers during the course of officials undertaking their duties diligently and faithfully.

Today, there is considerable anxiety and also some fear among Malaysians about expressing their views and participating in public discourse and debate. Those of us who take part often feel we are sticking our necks out. But we soldier on in good faith and in our belief that it is in the public interest to do so. It’s our way to fulfil our own sense of duty to God, king and country. But this feeling of insecurity,should not prevail so widely, as it shows a lack of public confidence in the government to uphold the principles of our constitution, our institutions and good governance.

There is also the perception that the government is selective in the administration of law and order. The passing of the Peaceful Assembly Act was welcomed only because it was thought that it would be fairly implemented.

But there have already been many hurdles put in the way of those who want to organise peaceful rallies before Merdeka. How then can the people develop more confidence in our government and the sound fundamentals governing our institutions?

Democracy may not be dead as yet. But the apparent curtailment of basic and fundamental freedoms such as speaking freely, assembling peacefully, and the non-access to several UN human rights conventions create the sad impression that we have a “deceased democracy” in Malaysia.

Avoid state capture

7. State capture is perceived to be broadly present in most aspects of our life. This happens when governments anywhere use state institutions like the civil service, the police, the judiciary, education system, the Election Commission etc, to ensure continuing rule by a particular government.

The question arises in our Malaysian minds as to whether state capture is practised in our country too. It's an important issue that is worthy of public consideration.

8. For instance, Internet regulation can be a very sensitive matter. It is important to discourage racial and religious intolerance and bigotry, so as to preserve the peace and build national unity. But if new regulations are used to restrict the fundamentals of free speech, then any disease in our democracy can only worsen and cause Malaysian democracy to decay and then die!

9. Malaysia's economic growth is still respectable despite all our problems. But this growth and financial stability runs the grave risk of declining while inflation can keep rising. All this will happen not because of only external factors over which we have no control, but because of our poor governance and excessive and unproductive politicking.

We are still caught in the middle-income trap because we fail to do more to phase out of the outdated NEP and to adopt more of the New Economic Model. We cannot bumble along in a globalised world with outmoded protectionist policies that benefit much more the minority elitist rich and not the majority poor and the middle class!

Given the decline in the ringgit and our fundamentals, we have to adopt some radical reforms in our old and outmoded socioeconomic models. If we are slow or reluctant to do so, we will decline further.

Conclusion

10. Our 58th Merdeka anniversary is only a few days away and it's worth honestly pondering whether our national fundamentals in all fields are still strong or weakening. Can we live up to the sound values and noble aspirations of our founding fathers like Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak?

Or do we continue to flounder in our weakening fundamentals and stale thinking, from which we may not recover for a long time?

But we can draw from our rich traditional inspiration of Merdeka. With a new national resolve, we can determine to strengthen our weakening national fundamentals.

But for now, the government has to present a plan of action to the rakyat on how to deal with the falling ringgit and failing fundamentals, to prevent state capture and Malaysia from becoming a failed state.

We shall then overcome our present critical problems and move forward to a better Malaysia for all Malaysians.

On a personal note, I was at the Merdeka Stadium as a university student and shouted “Merdeka” with our beloved Tunku Abdul Rahman on our first Merdeka Day in 1957. I still cherish the recollection with emotion.

So let me greet you all: Selamat Hari Merdeka and God bless our beloved country Malaysia! – August 24, 2015.

* Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam is chairman of the ASLI Center for Public Policy Studies.

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Diambang Merdeka 2015


Diambang Merdeka 2015 adalah baik jika kita semua Rakyat Malaysia termasuk orang Politik yang jadi Eksekutif  dalam Kerajaan yang parti mereka memenangi mandate untuk memerintah SEMENTARA sehingga PRU yang akan datang dan juga Penjawat Awam yang berpangkat tinggi dan rendah baliklah kepada perkara pokok:

 


Saya tahu thema Merdeka tahun ini 'sehati sejiwa'...memang molek sungguh dengarnya saya sokong...tapi dalam keadaan politik negara yang tidak berapa nampak selesa semenjak perlucutan jawatan Peguam Negara TS Gani Patail pada 28 Julai 2015 yang lepas, saya harap Rukun Negara ini dihayati semula oleh semua Rakyat Malaysia.

Ingatlah:

Kesetiaan kita adalah kepada Raja dan Negara, bukan kepada pemimpin politik yang datang dan pergi mengikut  PRU yang datang setiap 5 tahun, maka beringat-ingatlah bila menjalan kan tugas menjaga keselamatan dan kemakmuran Negara kita Malaysia.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Sengketa Di Antara Dato Sri Najib Dengan Tun Mahathir – Usaha Ikhlas Yang Tidak Kesampaian oleh Dato' Abdul Rahman Mohd. Noor

From time to time retired Senior Civil Servant Dato' Abdul Rahman Mohd. Noor will send me e-mails of his writings to be shared by all Malaysians. This email from the good Dato' is about the hottest thing in Malaysia now, hotter than the hot spell that Malaysia is experiencing right now.

Please take time to read Dato' Rahman's letter which I was told has been read by all parties mentioned in it:


Sengketa Di antara Dato Sri Najib dengan Tun Mahathir
– Usaha ikhlas yang tidak kesampaian.

Tidak ramai di antara kita yang rela mengaku kegagalan dalam satu-satu usaha. Namun oleh kerana sengketa di antara pemimpin-pemimpin ini sudah tentu sekali akan memberi impak/kesan terhadap iklim serta halatuju politik Negara, maka dengan rasa ikhlas hati saya ingin mencatitkan usaha-usaha yang telah di lakukan agar anak-anak serta generasi saya masa depan akan mengetahui peranan kecil yang telah saya mainkan untuk mendamaikan mereka berdua.

2.       Kesemua yang terlibat telah dihubungi dan diberi kesempatan untuk mengesahkan kesahihan catatan-catatan saya. Namun saya ingin mengistiharkan bahawa saya bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya di atas segala yang di utarakan dalam artikel ini.

3.       Pada awal tahun 2013, dan setelah diperkenankan untuk menyembahkan kepada Tuanku Sultan Johor mengenai minat saya untuk melaksanakan satu projek di Johor, maka saya telah menyediakan satu surat permohonan kepada Dato Sri Najib dan seterusnya berjumpa dengan Tun Mahathir dengan harapan agar surat saya akan dapat di salurkan  kepada Dato Sri Najib dengan sokongan. Projek yang saya maksudkan adalah ‘Brain Child’ Tun M semasa beliau menjawat jawatan Perdana Menteri.

4.       Sungguhpun Tun M bersetuju dengan segala alasan-alasan yang saya beri namun pandangan serta kenyataan berikutnya amat mengejutkan saya.

5.       Tun M dengan  terus terang mengatakan bahawa Dato Sri Najib tidak mahu lagi mendengar dan menerima pandangan-pandangannya. Saya cuba dengan sopan mengingatkan Tun M bahawa saya anak kelahiran Pekan Pahang dengan harapan kenyataan negatif terhadap Dato Sri Najib dapat dikurangkan. Saya gagal.

6.       Antara perkara-perkara yang menjadi rungutan Tun M adalah;
a)     Penubuhan PEMANDU dan dua insan yang menjadi tulang belakang organisasi tersebut.
b)    BR1M
c)     Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA)
d)    Kesediaan Dato Sri Najib untuk tunduk kepada kuasa besar seperti USA.
e)     Agenda Bumiputra secara keseluruhan.

7.       Surat saya kepada Dato Sri Najib sungguhpun di terima oleh Tun M dengan janji untuk membantu, namun saya hampir pasti bahawa tiada tindakan lanjutan yang telah di ambil olehnya.

8.       Semua kenyataan-kenyataan Tun M serta pandangannya terhadap Dato Sri Najib amat mengganggu fikiran saya . Setelah di kaji secara mendalam dan memerhati perkembangan politik Negara , maka saya telah membuat kesimpulan bahawa terdapat banyak kebenaran di atas pandangan-pandangan yang di utarakannya.

9.       Pada awal 2014 saya telah terpanggil untuk menyediakan satu artikel bertajuk ‘Pandangan Yang Tidak Di Undang’dan menyerahkan satu salinan kepada Dato Sri Najib melalui peguamnya.

10.     Secara ringkasnya saya dengan ikhlas hati menyatakan bahawa persepsi rakyat terhadap pentadbirannya kian merosot dan mungkin akan menjejaskan legasi positif yang telah di tinggalkan oleh Tun Razak.

11.     Di antara syor saya untuk memperbaiki keadaan adalah:-
a)     Menyuntik semula semangat juang di kalangan kakitangan awam.
b)    Melantik kumpulan bijaksana untuk membantu bijakpandai di setiap lapisan pentadbiran kerajaan.
c)     Memastikan setiap program ‘mesra rakyat’.

12.     Oleh kerana tiada respon daripada Dato Sri Najib, maka saya beranggapan bahawa tugas dan niat saya untuk membantu telah selesai sehinggalah Tun M membuat pengistiharan untuk tidak memberi sokongan lagi ke atas Kerajaan yang di pimpin oleh Dato Sri Najib.

13.     Saya telah dapat rasakan bahawa jika perkembangan baru ini tidak dapat dibendung maka ianya akan mengakibatkan keadaan yang lebih buruk di hari-hari mendatang.

14.     Secara kebetulan rakan kongsi saya amat dekat dengan Tun M sekeluarga. Beliau telah bersetuju untuk cuba juga mendamaikan mereka berdua dan telah bersedia untuk membawa Tun M berjumpa dengan Dato Sri Najib secara rahsia agar ‘salahfaham’ di antara mereka dapat diselesaikan melalui saluran kekeluargaan. Kami juga tahu strategi bagaimana untuk melembutkan hati Tun M.

15.     Saya tiada talian terus kepada Dato Sri Najib untuk mengaturkan perjumpaan yang kami rancangkan. Oleh demikian cubaan telah saya buat untuk mengaturkan perjumpaan ini melalui kenalan-kenalan saya :-
a)     Mantan SUPOL Dato Sri Najib.
b)    Peguam peribadinya.
c)     Bapa saudaranya.
Kesemua mereka memberi reaksi samada tidak mampu tidak berminat ataupun tidak bersedia.

16.     Tanpa perasaan putus asa, saya telah menghubungi dan bertemu mantan ipar saya yang juga orang bergelar di Pahang untuk membantu. Beliau adalah kenalan Dato Sri Najib dan bersedia membantu jika mempunyai kesempatan  untuk bertemu dan menjelaskan kesemuanya secara empat mata apabila Dato Sri Najib dapat melapangkan masa semasa berada di Pekan. Beliau tidak dapat masa dan kesempatan yang diharapkan bersama-sama Dato Sri Najib.

17.     Oleh kerana pada pandangan saya sengketa di antara Dato Sri Najib dan Tun M kian meruncing, maka saya sebagai usaha terakhir, telah memberanikan diri untuk mendapat bantuan daripada Datin Sri Rosmah sendiri. Barang di ingat sungguhpun saya telah mempunyai nombor telefon bimbitnya sejak beberapa tahun yang lepas, namun inilah pertama kali saya telah cuba berhubung dengan beliau. Datin Sri Rosmah tidak mengenali saya dan kami tidak pernah berjumpa ataupun bersua-muka.

18.     Pada bulan Oktober 2014 saya telah menghantar mesej kepada Datin Sri untuk mendapatkan bantuan supaya kedua pemimpin ini berdamai. Saya memetikkan rayuan saya :-
“Salam Idul Adha Datin Seri, maaf jika menggangu. Kemelut di antara YAB dengan Tun M amat membimbangkan. Ianya perlu di atasi melalui saluran kekeluargaan dan bukan melalui saluran politik. Saya selaku anak Pahang dan partner (anak angkat Tun M dan Tun Asmah) bersedia mendamaikan mereka. Saya berikhtiar menyampaikan hasrat kami ini kepada Dato’ Seri Najib tapi tidak berhasil. Harap sangat Datin Seri dapat menyampaikan usaha kami yang perlu di RAHSIAKAN ini kepada YAB. Kami penuh keyakinan negara memerlukan kepimpinan Dato’ Seri sekurang-kurangnya 2 penggal lagi. Saya bersedia berjumpa Datin Seri dan Dato Seri untuk memberi penjelasan lanjut. tq dan wassalam. Dato Rahman.”

19.     Inilah jawapan balas yang telah saya terima daripada Datin Sri Rosmah :- (Respon yang telah di edit).
“Ada baiknya Dato’ berjumpa sendiri dengan Dato’ Najib. Sekiranya benar Dato’ merupakan anak angkat Tun Mahathir, apa salahnya Dato’ nasihatkan beliau. Apakah yang beliau mahukan sebenarnya. Saya kira apa yang Tun lakukan bukanlah sesuatu yang mendatangkan kebaikan baik di sisi Allah mahupun Negara”.

20.     Inilah jawapan balas saya :-
“Pembetulan Datin Seri. Saya bukan anak angkat Tun M tapi partner saya. Saya anak kelahiran Pekan Pahang. Rancangan kami adalah untuk mereka mengadakan pertemuan empat mata dan bincang hati ke hati seperti  anak dan bapa atau rakan karib. Pls believe me I have met Tun M and he loves Dato’ Seri ‘s family like his own. Things are going to get worse and nobody would benefit except d enemies of the state. I was one of the 5 Malaysian who personally witnessed Tun Razak’s death in London after being tasked to be the duty officer by the high commissioner arwah Dato Abdullah Ali. I want Dato’ Seri Najib to continued Tun Razak ‘s positive legacy. Well Datin Seri I have tried my best to help and if I fail to assist then it is not for lack of trying. Wassalam. Rahman.”

21.     Jawapan balas daripada Datin Sri Rosmah (Respon yang telah di edit) :-
“Tun Mahathir seharusnya perlu ikhlas dalam komennya. Jangan hanyamencari kesalahan Dato’ Najib”

22.     Saya telah memberi jawapan seperti berikut:
“ Datin Sri mengikut partner saya tiada apa yang Tun mahu. Hanya dia kecil hati saja. Maklumlah Tun sudah berumur. Itulah sebabnya saya cuba ikhtiar supaya mereka berjumpa 4 mata n bincang hati ke hati. Kami mahu d Seri Najib kekal PM sekurang2 nya 2 penggal lagi. Saya penuh keyakinan kemelut ini boleh di selesaikan ASAP. Kalau boleh sebelum PAU ini. Datin Seri, I’m not a politician neither am I a big time businessman. I am just a retired civil servant who sincerely want Dato Sri to succeed. Wassalam.”

23.     Ada beberapa perkara lagi yang saya bincang, namun ianya tidak releven kepada isu yang diperbincangkan di sini.

24.     Pada bulan Januari 2015 saya telah berkesempatan berjumpa dengan Tun M sekali lagi. Tujuannya adalah untuk memberitahu Tun bahawa;
a)     Projek yang saya pohon bantuannya pada tahun 2013 telah di tunda (komen Tun M amat menarik).
b)    Memaklumkan kepadanya buat pertama kali bahawa saya adalah pegawai yang menganjur perjumpaan-perjumpaannya semasa di London dan Cardif dan mengiringinya semasa lawatan-lawatannya ke Oxford dan Brighton pada pertengahan tahun 70-an. (Tun ingat-ingat lupa).
c)     Untuk memaklumkan bahawa saya masih tidak berputus asa untuk Dato Sri Najib berdailog secara ikhlas dengannya.

25.     Mengenai  para (C)  di atas, Tun M dengan nada yang serius telah menyatakan kepada saya bahawa masa untuk memberi ruang berdailog dengan Dato Sri Najib telah berlalu. Mengikutnya, Dato Sri Najib telah berjumpa dengannya beberapa hari sebelum saya berjumpa beliau dan menghabiskan masa selama hampir 2 jam di mana Tun M telah memberikan buah fikiran bagaimana keadaan yang tidak menentu boleh dipulihkan. Mengikut Tun M satu pun tidak di ambil endah oleh Dato Sri Najib – ‘masuk telinga kanan keluar telinga kiri’.

26.     Bersamaan dengan isu dan kontroversi pembunuhan Altantuya ; perlaksanaan GST dan kemelut 1MDB , maka saya sudah boleh agak bahawa Tun M akan mengambil tindakan  yang lebih  ‘decisive’  dalam masa terdekat. (sekembalinya dari bercuti di Argentina bersama-sama rakan kongsi saya).

27.     Jangkaan saya telah menjadi kenyataan apabila Tun M pada bulan April 2015 dengan tanpa berselindung telah menyarankan agar Dato Sri Najib  berundur dari tampok kepimpinan kerajaan atas alasan-alasan yang sudah pun umum mengetahui.

28.     Kehampaan di atas kegagalan amat saya rasai oleh kerana kami mempunyai peluang yang amat istimewa dan terbaik untuk mendamaikan kedua pemimpin ini. Niat saya adalah semata-mata untuk membalas budi Almarhum Tun Razak terhadap keluarga saya dan rakan kongsi saya yang amat rapat sekali dengan Tun M (pangkat anak angkat) sedia pula untuk membantu.

29.     Saya telah sekali lagi memaklumkan kepada Datin Sri Rosmah pada bulan April 2015 mengenai rasa hampanya atas kegagalan misi saya. Di antara isi kandungan adalah seperti berikut :-
“Salam Ybhg Dato Seri, ampun  dan maaf jika mengganggu. Saya pernah berusaha untuk mendamaikan PM Najib dengan Tun M, beberapa insan yang rapat sengan PM Najib termasuk Datin Seri telah saya cuba hubungi untuk kedua mereka mengadakan pertemuan 4 mata namun tidak berhasil. 3 bulan lalu saya bertemu Tun M sekali lagi tetapi beliau “berkerat rotan berpatah arang “ dengan PM Najib dan meminta saya hentikan usaha”.

30.     Saya telah juga memaklumkan kepada Datin Sri bahawa saya bercadang untuk menulis artikel ini untuk menceritakan segala usaha yang saya telah ikhtiarkan untuk mengelakkan sengketa yang sedang berkembang sekarang  daripada berlaku.

31.     Respon daripada Datin Sri adalah seperti berikut :-
“ Apa  lagi yang Dato’ Najib nak cakapkan kepada Tun? Beliau telah pun berjumpa dengan Tun sebelum beliau pergi bercuti. Tapi Tun tidak bercakap apa-apa.

32.     Jawapan balas saya adalah seperti berikut :-
“ Salam Datin Seri, tqvm 4 responding. It is true that PM Najib met Tun 4 almost 2 hours before I last met Tun 3 months ago. That’s d reason he asked me not to waste my time.
I think it is rather too late now. The dispute bet them is going to be a protracted war of attrition where all dirt on both sides will be exposed to the  benefit of the enemies of the state. This is what worries us now..”..
Being Pekan born I will always try and defend Najib on issues that r considered slanderous. However there is nothing anyone can do if it is proven that news r facts n true. Wassalam.

33.     Saya telah mendapat jawapan balas yang panjang lebar daripada Datin Sri Rosmah seperti berikut (Respon yang telah di edit) :-
Its ok.. I agree we must stand by the truth. Tun should not treat people according to his whims and fancies. He must have concrete evidence before he could accuse people of things. Najib has to prioritise the project in accordance to affordability and needs of the rakyat. Malaysia belongs to the rakyat and not him alone. There were many things that najib had give him which he could not enjoy under Pak Lah.

I stand by my husband because I know he is very kind man. He thinks of the rakyat and the country the moment he opens his eyes. We all come second.
I don’t think Tun should call people to fish for information because they all come back to us. I believe, one should hold one’s stature with dignity and credibility especially when you want to be known as a statesman. I also think there is a limit to wants and desires. Particularly not at the expense of the party, rakyat and the country.

34.     Daripada respon yang diterima daripada Datin Sri Rosmah, maka bolehlah saya membuat rumusan seperti berikut :-

a)     Beliau keberatan untuk membantu dalam usaha kami mengenemukan kedua pemimpin besar ini bagi tujuan perbincangan dari hati ke hati.

b)    Selaku isteri mithali , beliau amat menyokong serta melindungi Dato Sri’ Najib.

c)     Tentangan Tun M adalah ekoran daripada keengganan Dato’ Sri Najib memenuhi kesemua tuntutan yang di pohon beliau.

35.     Saya pada mulanya memang tiada langsung niat untuk mencampuri insiden salah faham di antara kedua pemimpin ini. Saya sedar bahawa insan yang sekerdil saya tidak mungkin akan dapat memberi impak ke atas kemelut yang sedang Negara alami sekarang. Malahan saya telah juga dicemuh oleh rakan-rakan termasuk mantan boss saya supaya tidak menjadi tukang sibuk (busy body).

36.     Apa juga kritikan dan cemuhan yang dilemparkan, saya terima dengan hati yang terbuka. Saya dengan rakan kongsi merasakan bahawa kami mempunyai kesempatan yang amat istimewa untuk menghindar kemelut yang di alami Negara sekarang. Tidak serupa insan-insan yang lain, saya lebih cenderong untuk menyaksikan pendamaian daripada mengambil sikap menyebelahi mana-mana pihak dan memburukkan lagi keadaan.

37.     Kita bukan manusia maksum dan sudah tentunya mempunyai segala kelemahan. Yang penting adalah supaya kita mengetahui kesalahan dan cuba membetulkannya dengan seikhlas hati.

38.     Sungguhpun setelah berbelanja wang sendiri, menghabiskan masa dan di cemuh, saya gagal sama sekali dalam usaha yang saya anggap murni ini. Namun saya dan rakan kongsi masih belum berputus asa dan akan berusaha membantu mencari jalan penyelesaian.

39.     Sungguhpun Tun M telah juga memberi isyarat bahawa hubungan beliau dengan Dato Sri Najib boleh di umpamakan sebagai ‘berpatah arang dan berkerat rotan’, namun kami masih yakin bahawa dalam lubuk hati kecilnya Tun M masih sayangkan Dato Sri Najib.

40.     Umum mengetahui bahawa kedua belah pihak telah bertekad untuk mempertahankan pendirian serta kemahuan mereka. Dengan ikhlas saya berani menyatakan bahawa kedua-dua belah pihak mempunyai kekuatan tersendiri. Di sebelah pihak ianya mempunyai kuasa penjawat (power of incumbency) dan di sebelah satu pihak lagi mempunyai kuasa rakyat (perceived people’s power). Oleh demikian saya tidak hairan jika ianya akan berpanjangan hingga ke PRU14. Jika ianya tidak di bendung dan diselesaikan sekarang maka ianya tidak akan mendatangkan keuntungan kepada sesiapa. - “yang menang menjadi arang dan yang kalah menjadi abu”.

41.     Apa yang saya khuatiri dan secara peribadi tidak boleh menerima sama sekali ialah di mana pihak ketiga dengan senang mengambil kesempatan untuk merampas Putrajaya ekoran daripada perpecahan di antara kedua-dua pemimpin ini.

42.     Akhir kata saya sekali lagi dengan penuh ikhlas dan rendah diri ingin mengistiharkan bahawa saya bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya terhadap rencana ini dan tiada sesiapa yang mendorong atau mempengaruhi saya untuk menyediakannya.

43.     Saya berdoa agar dalam bulan yang penuh dengan berkah ini kedua pemimpin besar kita ini akan terbuka hati untuk mencari titik persamaan sebagai asas untuk memulakan proses pendamaian. Sifat berbaik sangka di antara mereka mungkin boleh membawa kepada perkembangan yang lebih positif.

44.     Buatlah yang terbaik demi bangsa, agama dan Negara.

Wallahualam.

Dato' Abd Rahman Mohd Noor.


Catatan : Artikel ini di sediakan pada 26/06/2015.

Semuga usaha Murni untuk reconcile Tun Mahathir dan Dato Sri Najib kesampaian. InsyaAllah.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

When the going gets tough, The tough calls in Lester Melanyi?



“I'm quite surprised (Abdul Rahman had used him). If Abdul Rahman had asked me, I would not have advised him to use him (Melanyi). “I would tell him not to listen too much (to what Melanyi said) and not to pin too much on his claims."
Senior Sarawak Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing

Melanyi in 2006 was fired from his sub-editor position by the now out of business Sarawak Tribune for reprinting the controversial Jyllands-Posten Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
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'When the going gets tough,
The tough calls in Lester Melanyi?'
Me

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

SELAMAT HARI RAYA 2015

To all my friends and visitors to my blog:

SELAMAT HARI RAYA
MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN

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