Though more cuts which are more specific can be made, this is 'Common Sense' thinking in action, I think this is what we expect from the Gomen and more (don't understand No.11 though, Blue Ocean Strategy? Apa natang tu?).
Anyway, Kudos to the Najib BN Gomen for listening. I do hope that the Gomen also consider the 15% TNB tariff rate hike, the quantum increase and the increase to be spread over time..don't increase in one big sum....it burdens the ordinary people and their families. Look at the toll increase too..kalau susah sangat Gomen shd. just buy over the Toll business lah.
While people are tightening and saving in Malaysia, up in Pulau Pinang it seems that the Chief Minister who is the DAP Secretary General, oblivious to what's going on round him has found it prudent to indulge the people's money to buy a Mercedes S300 for his use. So much for being frugal, eh Guan Eng? Going by its SG's attitude, DAP leaders sure lack common sense, all they know is tell Malaysian Chinese that they are second class citizens (which the Chinese sure are not) and criticise, criticise and criticise and call other people as racists if others criticise back.
I note the DAPsters who are quick at criticising the BN Gomen of waste has suddenly lost their tongue? Well if DAP Guan Eng wants a S300..he deserve it eh? Guan Eng's action and the supportive silence of DAP, PKR and DAP is an insult to all Malaysians! Chinese Malaysians are second class citizens eh, Guan Eng? DAP talk cock for sure!
"The public needs to find the money to pay the increased tax. Obviously it would be easier if the percentage is low, or spread over a longer period"
Tun Dr. Mahathir
On the recent price hikes and possible toll hikes coming to greet us into 2014, here is a reminder to the clueless Najib BN Gomen AND the clueless state Gomens of PAS, PKR and DAP of the effects of these price hikes to the people of Malaysia, an excerpt from Tun M's awesome blog post:
..."11. Government often waste money because it is not too concerned about the returns on its expenditure in whatever form. For example has a contract been given to the best offered price – though not necessarily the lowest. Every year the Auditor General reports on wastage through improper procedures and carelessness. Usually not much is changed so as to benefit from the Auditor General’s criticism. There is no doubt that much money can be saved if the AG’s criticisms are taken seriously. Even changing procedures can reduce costs.
12. If the Government is interested in reducing the cost of governance, it can do so and perhaps quite substantially. For example it can reduce the cost of electricity by switching to LED for street lights. The savings would be more than 50%. The subsequent reduction in the amount of electricity to be generated will reduce subsidy on fuel for power. But this has not been done by Government. The initial cost may be high but the savings will mitigate this.
13. With regard to taxes, the effect of the increase should be studied very carefully. Is it really true that the percentage fixed cannot be changed. It must always be remembered that increases in tax must contribute towards increases in the cost of living, the cost of doing business, the reduction in profitability and for the Government reduction in corporate tax on profits. Once a long time ago the Government was losing tax on goods brought in by travellers to Singapore simply because it was difficult to determine whether the costly watches, pens and jewellery items were bought in Singapore or worn by traveller when he went to that tax-free country. The Government decided to remove taxes on luxury goods. As a result tax-free shops sprouted in Malaysia and the Government collected more through corporate tax from these shops than it ever collected in import duty.
14. In another instance the government reduced corporate tax gradually from 45% of profits to 26%. More business was done and the collection in corporate taxes increased tremendously. Another case is the tax-free incentives for investments. With this investments increased. Indirectly the government could collect from income tax on executives. The nasi lemak eaten by workers increase the businesses of the rice wholesalers and the Government will collect corporate tax from them.
15. The public needs to find the money to pay the increased tax. Obviously it would be easier if the percentage is low, or spread over a longer period.
16. If the percentage increase is really necessary, cannot it be introduced in stages. For example the increase in electricity charges is fixed at 15%. That is a big jump. It will upset the cost of production of goods which all use electricity, some at a high percentage. Contracts which had already been made will result in losses and this in turn will reduce corporate taxes on profits .
17. Cannot the increase be in stages eg. 6 % per year for 3 years or longer. The losses on current contracts would be minimised. Future contracts would take into consideration the increases. There would be time for “cost down” and increase in contract prices.
18. At 6% per year for 3 years the rate would increase by 18% eventually instead of 15% now. But a 6% increase in the second year would be on 106% of original price and in the 3rd year would be on approximately 113% of the original price, therefore more than 18%. If this is too high, the yearly rate of increase can be reduced to 5%.
19. Clearly the Government would be getting more than the 15% of the current price. It will not really lose anything despite the delays in the increases.
20. Yes, Government needs more money with the passage of time. But with due consideration for the cost to people and business, the Government would really examine the tax rates to be introduced. It will not hurt the Government too much but it will gain a lot of goodwill from people. They might even remember in the next election...."
I sure miss Dr. Mahathir as Prime Minister, those were the good old days, no demos, no talking nonsense about race, no talking nonsense about religion, no apartheid demands by Dong Zong to have only Mandarin speaking students and staff in Chinese vernacular schools, no UMNO leaders who are apologetic of their own race and religion. Yup, Those days, All of us just wanted Malaysia and Malaysians to succeed.
Nowadays we have a PM who thinks Consultants and Labs and his wife can solve problems for Malaysian and Malaysia. We also have two ex-convict who went on to become Chief Minister of Penang and another becoming a DAP appointed Leader of the Opposition, both are only interested to paint an ugly face of this blessed country.
Too bad lah that when Tun Dr. Mahathir left the PM's office 10 years ago, he also too along with him 'Common Sense' thinking.
10 years after his retirement as PM, I believe the grand old man at 88 years has more Common Sense then all the present YAB, YB Ministers, YB MPs and YB ADUNs combined.
1. I think the new MCA Leadership should keep true to the words of the previous MCA Leadership, that if the Chinese do not support the BN in PRU13 then it will not join the Cabinet.
2. Alas, the Chinese supported the Chauvinist DAP in overwhelming numbers in PRU13 thinking that thru the DAP the Chinese will finally achieve political dominance at the time when Malay votes are split into PKR, PAS, UMNO and liberal Malay voters.
3. The new MCA Leadership should first stop bickering among themselves first and stop blaming the Malays or UMNO for MCA's misfortunes.
4. MCA Leadership should first convince its MEMBERS who voted for DAP or PAS or PKR to vote for the BN in the next PRU14 before it entertains any thoughts of joining the Cabinet. There is no time to lose, in politics 2018 is but a breath away.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: The struggle for Malay rights is an admittance of the shortcomings of the community.
WHETHER it is intentional or out of sheer ignorance, the continuing misrepresentation of labels and catchphrases in the domestic political front has caused severe damage to race relations.
Before the 2008 General election, Hindraf had accused the Barisan Nasional government of "genocide" in a letter sent to the then British prime minister Gordon Brown.
Brown did not respond then and now, even though he is no more the prime minister of Britain, someone should probably write to him to "update" him that one of the "brains" behind the letter is now a member of the "genocidal" BN administration, just in case he decides to one day come to Malaysia and do an Al Gore. (Please refer to Al Gore's visit to Malaysia in 1998 as the then US vice-president and his arrogant attempt to insult the nation). But genocide is not the only catchword that has been misrepresented in the Malaysian political context.
Others include the label of Ku Klux Klan on Malay/Bumiputera rights' groups as well as accusing Umno of promoting segregation and equating ketuanan Melayu to Malay supremacy.
On the flip side, equating the political struggle of a husband and wife team in the opposition to global icons, such as Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, also seem to be fashionable without looking at the merits nor failing to realise how comedic it is.
Firstly, equating the opposition leader to Mandela is obviously a move to sully the anti-apartheid icon when the former was a jet- setter, almost at the zenith of the nation's political structure, and not to forget, a darling of Washington (Mandela was on the US terrorist watch list until 2008).
On the part of his wife, the keenness to equate her to Suu Kyi seems to have waned after the Nobel Laureate lost some lustre in so far as Malaysian Muslims are concerned for her near muted response to the atrocities committed against Rohingyas. But let's not digress and address the labels. Ku Klux Klan, segregation and Malay supremacy equals white supremacy are all intertwined.
By equating Malay/Bumiputera rights' groups to the Ku Klux Klan, it has effectively closed the discussion on the subject, as what the KKK or the clan was fighting for was definitely a result of an ugly history of bigotry, filled with atrocities, hatred, murder and the subhuman treatment of African- Americans.
And the objective was segregation as the white supremacists viewed the African-Americans as beneath them and equal only to their canine pets as reflected in signs that read "Negros and dogs not allowed".
The existence of the Jim Crow legislation then sought to segregate the "White Americans" and the "blacks" in almost all aspects of their daily activities, be it in the bus, the use of office entrances, when drinking from water fountains and whatever else where the two races were bound to cross paths.
Of course, in the segregation, the African-Americans were expected to utilise the lesser service.
At the height of the civil rights movement in America, what was being fought for was for African- Americans being allowed to attend universities and schools together with the "whites".
This, in essence, underpins the issue of equating some of Malaysia's policies on Malay/Bumiputera privileges to that pursued by the segregationists' and white supremacists as definitely misplaced if not a mischievously gross misrepresentation.
In Malaysia, segregation, especially in schools, is a result of the existence of national schools and vernacular schools.
While the vernacular schools are a privilege resulting from a political accommodation process among the elites as a trade-off for the Malay/Bumiputera privileges, purveyors of the segregation can actually be coming from the very people making the accusation.
After all, the African-Americans fought to be allowed to enter "national" educational institutions, while the ones in Malaysia, accusing Umno and the BN government of pursuing segregation, are the ones who want to be segregated from the national schools.
Not only were they keen to be kept in vernacular schools, attempts to have their vernacular schools in the same compound with national schools, as proposed in Sekolah Wawasan, were spurned.
As such, who then, is the segregationist?
Similarly, when making sweeping remarks equating the struggle for Malay/Bumiputera rights to that of the KKK.
Surely, these purveyors of "wisdom" are aware that the KKK wants the African-Americans to be treated no better than the canines, to be flogged if they misbehave and not to be allowed any economic opportunities whatsoever.
In other words, the original segregationists want the African- Americans to remain as slaves, though not in chains.
Finally, the issue of ketuanan Melayu being translated to be Malay supremacy, and equated to be the white supremacy kind.
How can the two be the same when there is nothing supremacist at all in the pursuit for Malay rights?
For one, the struggle for Malay/Bumiputera rights and privileges is an admittance of the shortcomings of the community in numerous socio-economic aspects.
It is a request for the understanding of the other races, hence, the quota being set at 30 per cent, not reflecting the actual percentage of the community's population, with a caveat that in the pursuit of these affirmative actions, the other races would not be stopped from pursuing their well-being.
So, which part of all these are difficult to understand that such misplaced labels continue to be promoted?
If it's intentional, it is obviously spawned from a Machiavellian mind that wants power even at the expense of the nation.
If it's out of ignorance, it may be blissful, but it is not an excuse.
STOP SEGREGATION IN SCHOOLS, LETS HAVE A ONE SCHOOL SYSTEM
Why do you need a Lab to listen to the rakyat's grouses YB Khairy or for that matter the YBs in the Najib Cabinet? I know these Labs, they are set up and runned by BN Gomen's favourite 'CON'sultants kan? They sure cost money and for sure they really cost big ringgits. I am still recovering from the shock of the RM7 BILLION payout over 5 years to the God knows who Consultant and God knows what what they did to justify the mind boggling Ringgits dished out to them.
Stop these Lab Business lah YB2 BN, Banyak-banyak Cawangan dan Bahagian UMNO, MCA, MIC tu buat apa? Get them to go out and meet the people and get their feedbacklah.
Our Civil Servants can sure do it better with some turun padang and I am sure they have much to report to the Ministers and YBs concerned. USE the EPU to coordinate these feed backs on kos sara hidup so that they can report to the GOMENlah. Stop these Consultants business lah, its not rocket or complicated Management science to get feed back from the rakyatlah.
Word of advise, BN Gomen don't waste time on this important matter OK..otherwise the rakyat will give feedback during PRU14..by then it maybe too late.
Before the Little India riots broke out last Sunday, the last riot in 'squeaky clean' Singapore occurred in 1969 many decades ago. In 1969 it was largely between ethnic Chinese and Malays, in 2013 however it involved largely foreign workers from the Indian Sub-Continent.
Read Forbes Report here for an interesting coverage of what many sees as something that will occur sooner rather than later.
Some videos of the Riots in Singapore:
This is a more interesting take on the Little India Riot by blogger GRK:
“whatever events may have sparked the rioting, there is no excuse for such violent, destructive, and criminal behaviour.” “We will spare no effort to identify the culprits and deal with them with the full force of the law,”.
It appears that the cloak of Singapore’s manufactured and artificial meritocracy (Sinocracy) is slowly but surely coming apart at the seams.
This “showcase” of “Asian values and economic prosperity” appears to be struggling to maintain its carefully crafted artificial image of a fair and prosperous society as the veneer of respectability peels away in the heat of an human experiment gone wrong.
Earlier this year Singapore deported with unholy haste 29 bus drivers (guest labourers) back to the mainland China. Their crime? Striking for better working conditions. The leader of the strike was jailed for 7 weeks. These were all ethnic Chinese (of the lesser variety if you asked a Singaporean).
“Human Rights” activists and civil societies supported by the US and George Soros have remained mute. First generation Singaporeans have nothing but contempt for its imported workforce with a common Singaporean insult being “you must be from China”.
A HUMAN DIMENSION OF SINGAPORE EMERGES FROM THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
With Thailand to the north on the boil, Malaysia now quiet having contained Singapore’s stirring of its political pot and the world economic mess not yet fully disclosed to Singaporeans, the government of Singapore through its Prime Minister continues to demonstrate the priorities of his state. Human suffering and rights last, property and the island state’s image first.
The media carries a story about a riot in “little India” today. The story and any information about it will be contained and sanitized in every which way but……if Singapore has its way.
The prime minister has vowed swift and harsh retribution against these ‘offenders’. But little or no mention is made of the victim or the circumstances in which he met his end under a bus which precipitated the riot. Not even a cursory “my condolences to his family” or a “promise to get to the bottom of it” nor a “promise to investigate the root causes of what it is that created a flash riot in such circumstances”.
It is all about effect and image. It always was and the government hopes it always will be the case. And there are those who support such an ideological stand amongst Singaporeans. It is demonstrative of the contempt with which first generation Singaporeans treat their workers and those they consider a lesser people. Especially migrants with limited or no rights on the island. Read More here.
I think with the increase in migrant workers which now numbers more than a million to take up low paying but necessary Jobs in super rich Singapore which their people do not want, the root cause of the riots will fester, Singapore is indeed facing difficult times ahead.
Harapan saya, Pemimpin UMNO juga Ahli UMNO kalau sayangkan UMNO dan mahu UMNO meneraju kerajaan lagi selepas PRU14 harap baca dan dengar rintihan ahli sendiri dan juga rintihan orang Melayu yang selama ini menyokong UMNO tanpa berbelah bagi.
Jangan syok kata saya mahu jadi Perdana Menteri atau Menteri untuk semua rakyat Malaysia, hakikatnya kamu tu jadi Perdana Menteri atau Menteri kerana UMNO menang pilihanraya dan dapat membentuk Kerajaan pun diatas sokongan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera..BUKAN sokongon orang-orang Cina dan orang-orang muda dan liberal yang duduk selesa di dalam bandar.
Jangan tipu diri sendiri bahawa 'polarisation' diantara kaum sudah menjadi teruk selepas PRU13 bulan Mei lepas, sedangkan hakikatnya 'polarisation' kaum sudah teruk sebelum PRU13 lagi, apa taknya..dengan sokongan Menteri UMNO yang memberi sokongan tanpa berbelah bagi terhadap sekolah vernakular yang terbukti mendalamkan jurang perbezaan diantara kaum dan memberi semangat kepada kaum yang tidak langsung dan tidak mahu bercakap Bahasa Melayu.
Semasa PRU13 fahamilah dan sedarlah wahai pemimpin UMNO yang bijaksana, bahawa kaum Cina yang mengundi DAP atau PKR atau PAS hanya ada satu matlamat ia itu untuk kuburkan UMNO buat selama-lamanya. Pakatan Rakyat yang diterajui oleh Cina DAP hampir-hampir memenangi PRU13 kalau tidak usaha dan undi orang Melayu/Bumiputera di Semenanjung dan Sabah dan Sarawak untuk UMNO/BN.
Saya ingat dalam demam perhimpunan UMNO ini baik baca surat yang saya ambil dari blog Tuan Syed Akbar Ali, :
Saya mulakan nota ini dengan lafaz keramat Bismillahhirrahmannirrahim, agar dengannya saya terpandu dan terpimpin untuk menyatakan sesuatu dengan niat kerana Allah jua. Hidup ini ringkas, singkat.
Saya bimbang jika saya bertangguh, tidak sempat maka saya akan gagal mnjawab di Mahkamah Allah Rabbuljalil.
Saya tidak berpeluang bercakap di Perhimpunan Agung UMNO walaupun saya telah mnjadi ahli UMNO sejak berumur 18 tahun
(Puluhan tahun lalu) Pada ketika itu saya menjadi ahli UMNO kerana datuk nenek dan ibu bapa saya mahu saya mewarisi mereka. Menjadi ahli UMNO yang setia sehingga ke akhir hayat.
Setelah sekian lama, baru sekarang saya mencatat sesuatu yang lahir daripada sudut hati saya. Jauh terbenam. Bergelora dan bercampur baur. Sayu, bimbang, kasih, marah saling kait mengait. Keliru juga sedang ikut sama mengisi secara serentak perasaan dan pemikiran saya.
Kalau boleh saya ingin berdiri di puncak gunung. Seluruh saf kepimpinan UMNO duduk bersila di sekeliling saya, berteleku mendengar saya bercakap meluahkan segala perasaan dan pemikiran saya dan kemudian saya redha mengadap Tuhan dengan mata tertutup rapat.
Saya ini orang UMNO. Dulu, kini dan insyaallah selamanya. Ini amanah datuk nenek saya. Saya genggam erat amanah ini. Tapi pada masa datuk saya menjadi ahli UMNO, beliau beberapa kali berjabat salam dengan Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman dan Allahyarham Tun Razak.
Datuk saya adalah ahli UMNO yang tidak memegang jawatan dalam parti, bahkan tidak bersekolah tinggi. Masih ada gambar kenangan mereka bersama tersimpan dalam almari peninggalan nenek. Walaupun telah kabur tapi ia tetap jelas dan dapat dikenali.
Pada masa itu tiada slogan atau ungkapan ' merasa denyut nadi rakyat '. Tetapi memang Presiden Parti turun ke cawangan cawangan UMNO , bercakap tentang hasrat dan cita cita parti. Arahala negara ke mana hendak dibawa.
Saya bertanya kepada rakan rakan Ketua Cawangan di kawasan saya, pernahkah bersalaman dengan Presiden UMNO? Tidak kata mereka sebab sewaktu Presiden parti turun ke negeri hanya pemimpin Bahagian dan Negeri yang berpeluang berdialog bersamanya.
Bahkan saya terkejut apabila diberitahu ada pemimpin cawangan tidak pernah bersua muka dengan Menteri Besar , tidak pernah. Maka sayapun mula rasa keliru, adakah benar UMNO ini parti inklusif atau sekadar pemanis mulut semata mata. UMNO sudah menjadi elitis dan bangsawan lebih bangsawan dari zaman Allahyarham ayahanda Tengku dulu.
UMNO mesra rakyat, UMNO pejuang masa depan melayu, UMNO penyelamat melayu dan 1001 macam lagi retorik dan hegemoni politik yang berterusan disuapkan dan dimomokkan kedalam kepala otak orang melayu sehinggakan orang melayu sekarang ini sebegitu takut untuk berfikir dan bertindak melainkan terus memilih UMNO. Terus percaya UMNO pejuang dan menjamin survival melayu.
Barangkali kebenaran ini semua hanya 10 peratus sahaja tetapi yang 90 peratus lagi adalah bagi menjamin tembolok dan perut pemimpin UMNO terus kenyang dsn berisi. Hebat politik UMNO ni.
Saya mohon maaf kerana menjangka nyawa UMNO ini sudah tidak lama. Percayalah. Kunci nyawa UMNO adalah cawangan cawangan. Saya mula dapat rasakan pemimpin dan ahli di cawangan cawangan mula rasa seperti 'tidak berguna'.
Pengalaman menghadapi PRU 13 baru baru ini amat melukakan hati kami di cawangan cawangan. Tsunami 2008 telah menyebabkan UMNO memulakan gerak kerja sebaik sahaja keputusan PRU 12 diumumkan. Pusat Daerah Mengundi ditubuhkan, Bilik Gerakan dimulakan di peringkat Cawangan dan Lokaliti.
Di tempat saya, Ketua Cawangan diberikan peruntukan yang amat minima. Kerana itu ramai yang menggunakan wang sendiri untuk menjayakan kerja kerja Jalinan Rakyat, Ceramah dan bengkel. Tiada peruntukan, itulah alasan yang diberikan oleh Bahagian. Atas nama perjuangan, segala tanggungjawab dilaksanakan.
Tiba tiba kami terkejut apabila mendapat tahu, Kampung Baru Cina diberi peruntukan ratusan ribu ringgit. Hampir setiap minggu diadakan makan malam bertaraf hotel, menelan belanja puluhan ribu ringgit untuk sekali program. Maaf, saya kedengaran seperti cemburu, tetapi hakikatnya setiap minggu Ahli Parlimen kami hadir untuk program program bersama pengundi Cina dan India.
Sewaktu melawat ke kampung kami untuk Solat Jumaat, Ketua Cawangan diberikan tiga ratus ringgit untuk makan tengahari.
Di waktu PRU 13 makin hampir, kami di cawangan semakin tertekan. Program semakin banyak, peruntukan tidak juga turun sehinggalah Parlimen dibubarkan. Bayangkan perasaan kami di cawangan cawangan bilamana diperuntukkan dengan biskut mayat, air mineral dan rokok jenama OK (Kononnya diimport dari India)
Merokok adalah amalan tidak sihat, tetapi Pemuda kita di cawangan sebahagiannya merokok. Kata mereka rokok OK ini, nyamukpun pengsan kerana asapnya.
Pemimpin bercakap tentang perjuangan dan pengorbanan tetapi mereka datang dengan kereta mewah dan menghisap curut luar negara.
Barangkali darah UMNO yang pekat menyebabkan kami terus bekerja dan alhamdulillah UMNO khasnya di kerusi luar bandar telah menyelamatkan kerajaan UMNO/BN ini. Perdana Menteri dan Presiden parti seakan amat menghargai UMNO apabila dengan berani mengisytiharkan Tsunami Cina telah berlaku.
UMNO menunggu dan menunggu. Apakah pengumuman besar Perdana Menteri untuk membalas pengorbanan kami selama ini. Sehingga kini tiada apa sebenarnya, tiada.
Yang diumumkan kenaikan harga minyak. Yang diumumkan kenaikan harga gula. Yang diumumkan kenaikan harga rokok. Dan yang diumumkan hari ini kenaikan tarif elektrik. Kami terkedu, malu. Kami beberapa hari tidak keluar ke kedai kopi kerana sewaktu kempen PRU13, kami janjikan Kerajaan yang prihatin dan memahami kesukaran rakyat.
Kami telah gagal mengotakan janji. Kami menjadi bahan lawak rakan rakan kerana hakikatnya selepas PRU 13, tiada apa apa yang istimewa untuk kita Orang Melayu yang telah menyelamatkan kerajaan UMNO/BN.
Kalaulah saya berpeluang bercakap kepada Perdana Menteri, saya ingin katakan betapa sukarnya menjadi aktivis UMNO di kampung kampung. Rakan rakan menyatakan Perdana Menteri telah hilang kawalan. Gagal mengawal segalanya. Saya bukan orang pandai. Bila ada orang datang dan beritahu orang kampung DS Najib sangat kuat membazir, mereka datang dengan data. Saya pula hampir percaya kerana Perdana Menteri tidak pernah menafikannya, bahkan kadang kala sinis bergelak ketawa.
Saya tak mampu menjawab bahawa DS Najib membazir apabila untuk ubahsuai rumah sahaja dalam tempoh lima tahun menghampiri 100 juta sedangkan untuk baikpulih rumah fakir miskin di kampung saya hanya lima ribu diperuntukkan.
Ada orang memberitahu saya, Datin Rosmah Mansur mempunyai peruntukannya sendiri dan diwartakan dalam Bajet Negara. Apa agaknya yang patut saya nyatakan. Dalam Parlimenpun namanya disebut mengguna ' jet peribadi untuk lawan peribadi keluar negara '.
Anak anak muda di cawangan saya, yang pada PRU13 telah menyokong UMNO hari ini memberitahu saya bahawa di dalam blog dan face book banyak dinyatakan pembaziran yang Datuk Seri lakukan. Berbilion ringgit digunakan untuk hanya beberapa orang duduk berbincang dan memberi cadangan. Sedangkan yang bertungkus lumus memenangkan parti ialah kami di cawangan cawangan.
Anak anak kami celik maklumat. Mereka membaca berbagai cerita di dalam blog dan setakat ini tiada satupun yang dijawab oleh Perdana Menteri. Diam bermakna benar. Kami diminta untuk berhemah dalam berbelanja sedangkan Perdana Menteri dengan mudah berbelanja untuk sesuatu yang tidak pasti arah tujuannya.
Saya menerima amanah daripada datuk nenek saya, ibu bapa saya untuk terus bersama UMNO. Tapi saya berterus terang saya tidak berani meminta anak anak saya untuk setia bersama UMNO sedangkan saya sendiri mula meragui kemampuannya mentadbir negara.
Saya cuba berlapang dada. Namun kenyataannya pada setiap kali Datuk Seri bercakap tentang kemakmuran dan kemampuan negara, saya sentiasa terfikir kenapa semua harga barangan dan perkhidmatan naik sedangkan harga getah kami di kampung kekal rendah ?
Saya tidak fikir, saya mampu lagi untuk berdepan dengan orang kampung yang susah, anak muda yang menganggur dengan memberikan janji janji yang baru. Saya bimbang saya akan jadi orang tua yang tidak dihormati kerana bercakap perkara yang tidak betul.
Beberapa hari lagi UMNO akan mengadakan Perhimpunan Agung. Saya sudah dapat bayangkan, ucapan bersemangat Presiden Parti, disusuli sorak sorai perwakilan. Kemudian akan ada perwakilan mengatakan inilah ucapan terbaik Presiden Parti.
Perbahasan selepas itu, akan mengandungi pujian pujian dan lawak jenaka. Akhirnya semua pulang tanpa sebarang keputusan yang padu untuk membina umat Melayu.
Saya mula berasa bimbang kerana dalam hati saya sudah ada keraguan. Saya mula mencari apakah kekuatan DS Najib Razak untuk kita banggakan ? Malangnya sampai sekarang saya tidak menemui apa apa. Bahkan sebaliknya saya mula berasa, DS Najib hanya berjaya berjanji tapi gagal menepati janji.
Saya amat bimbang, jika dalam PRU 13, orang Melayu di kampung telah menangkan UMNO, pada PRU 14, orang Melayu yang berasa tertipu dan terpedaya tidak akan berikan sokongan yang sama.
Kalaulah saya boleh bercakap dengan DS Najib, saya ingin katakan barangkali masanya telah sampai untuk beliau berundur kerana beliau telah gagal dan UMNO perlukan orang yang lebih ' gagah berani' untuk mencapai kejayaan di masa depan. Konsultan dan penasihat penasihat DS Najib lebih teruk dari bebudak tingkat 4 sebelum ini. DS Najib sebenarnye lebih teruk dari PM sebelum dia. DS Najib harus baca rintihan dan suara dari blog blog popular untuk sedar diri dan mengetahui rating dia sebagai PM sekarang ini. DS Najib jangan hanya tertumpu kepada Utusan dan jangan hanya dengar Omar Ong.
Perletakan jawatan Tun M sebagai penasihat Petronas mesti dilihat sebagai satu indikasi yang serius tentang tahap pemerintahan DS Najib.
Percaya saya, ramai orang Melayu tidak pandai bercakap tetapi semuanya mempunyai perasaan yang sudah semakin meluat dengan kepimpinan negara. Khalayak yang marhain ini sudah mulai muak dengan muka dan retorik PM sekarang.
PM nak jaga semua penasihat dan konsultan dia, jagalah!
Kalau kami rakyat yang setia ini tidak dipeduli, tidak didengari, tidak diendakan maka tunggulah PRU14 ini akan kami pastikan undi kami kepada "syaitan yang telah kami kenali" kerana selama ini, baru kami sedar, kami semua dibohongi oleh "malaikat yang tidak kami kenali"
Kalau Pemimpin UMNO masih terbuai dengan syok sendiri, mimpi dan puji pujian, percayalah macam mana bagus Gomen BN kini..akan kecundang selepas PRU14. Dengarlah rintihan orang Melayu kebanyakan yang menyokong UMNO.
The Malays who voted UMNO may still be many now and by and large are a quite lot, but their numbers are decreasing with each negative news perceived as wasteful spending, PM's wife use official jet, Consultant payout RM7.2billion etc. etc.
With all these super pay rise for ADUN Selangor and the astounding RM7.2 billion payout to foreign Consultant by the BN Gomen, the messed up education system, ex-convicts for Chief Minister and Ketua Pembangkang, PM wife using Gomen Jet for trips and the ridiculous excuses in support, by Ministers etc.etc. etc it makes me wonder, do we, the ordinary people of Malaysia have a free choice really?:
'The Court finds that Singapore has sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh; that Malaysia has sovereignty over Middle Rocks; and that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located'
International Court of Justice
I read in utter disbelief at this preposterous statement by this one time CID Chief:
I think every one shouldbe calm and stop believing whatever that come out from this ex-CID Chief mouth.
As a background Malaysia and Singapore agreed to go before the International Court of Justice in respect to Singapore and Malaysia's claim of sovereignty on the three marine rock outcrops off the Malaysian Johor coast namely Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca), Middle Rocks and South Ledge. To cut a long story short, please read the full ICJ judgement which can be downloaded at this site here. A press release/summary of the judgement can be read:
Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore)
The Court finds that Singapore has sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh; that Malaysia has sovereignty over Middle Rocks; and that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located
THE HAGUE, 23 May 2008. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today rendered its Judgment in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore).
In its Judgment, which is final, binding and without appeal, the Court
• finds by twelve votes to four that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to the Republic of Singapore;
• finds by fifteen votes to one that sovereignty over Middle Rocks belongs to Malaysia;
• finds by fifteen votes to one that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located. Reasoning of the Court
The Court first explains that the dispute between Malaysia and Singapore concerns sovereignty over three maritime features in the Straits of Singapore: Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh (a granite island on which Horsburgh lighthouse stands), Middle Rocks (consisting of some rocks that are permanently above water) and South Ledge (a low-tide elevation).
Having described the historical background of the case, the Court notes that the dispute as to sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh crystallized on 14 February 1980, when Singapore protested against the publication in 1979 by Malaysia of a map depicting the island as lying within Malaysia’s territorial waters. It further observes that the dispute as to sovereignty over Middle Rocks and South Ledge crystallized on 6 February 1993, when Singapore referred to the two features in the context of its claim to Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh during bilateral negotiations.
• Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh
Malaysia contends that it has an original title to Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh (dating back from the time of its predecessor, the Sultanate of Johor) and that it continues to hold this title, while Singapore claims that the island was terra nullius in the mid-1800s when the United Kingdom (its predecessor) took lawful possession of the island in order to construct a lighthouse.
Having reviewed the evidence submitted by the Parties, the Court finds that the territorial domain of the Sultanate of Johor did cover in principle all the islands and islets within the Straits of Singapore and did thus include Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh. It establishes that this possession of the islands by the Sultanate was never challenged by any other Power in the region; and that it therefore satisfies the condition of “continuous and peaceful display of territorial sovereignty”. The Court thus concludes that the Sultanate of Johor had original title to Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh. It adds that this ancient title is confirmed by the nature and degree of the Sultan of Johor’s authority exercised over the Orang Laut (“the people of the sea”, who inhabited or visited the islands in the Straits of Singapore, including Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh and made this maritime area their habitat).
The Court then looks at whether this title was affected by developments in the period between 1824 and the 1840s. In March 1824, the colonial Powers in the region, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, signed a Treaty which had the practical effect of broadly establishing the spheres of influence of the two Powers in the East Indies. As a consequence, one part of the Sultanate of Johor (under Sultan Hussein) fell within the British sphere of influence while the other (under Sultan Abdul Rahman, Sultan Hussein’s brother) fell within a Dutch sphere of influence. In August 1824, Sultan Hussein ceded the island of Singapore, together with its adjacent seas, straits, and islets to the extent of 10 geographical miles from the coast of Singapore to the English East India Company in the so-called Crawfurd Treaty. Finally, in a letter of 25 June 1825, Sultan Abdul Rahman “donated” certain territories, which were already within the British sphere of influence, to his brother, thereby confirming the division of the “old” Sultanate of Johor. After careful consideration of the legal effects of these developments, the Court finds that none of them brought any change to the original title.
The Court turns next to the legal status of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh after the 1840s to determine whether Malaysia and its predecessor retained sovereignty over the island. It observes that in order to do so, it needs to assess the relevant facts, consisting mainly of the conduct of the Parties (and of their predecessors) during the period under review.
The Court examines the events surrounding the selection process of the site of the lighthouse and the construction of the latter, as well as the conduct of the Parties’ predecessors between 1852 and 1952 (in particular with respect to the British and Singapore legislation relating to Horsburgh lighthouse and in the context of the Straits lights system; constitutional developments of Singapore and Malaysia; and Johor regulation of fisheries in the 1860s), but is unable to draw any conclusions for the purposes of the case.
The Court notes that in a letter written on 12 June 1953 to the British Adviser to the Sultan of Johor, the Colonial Secretary of Singapore asked for information about the status of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh in the context of determining the boundaries of the “Colony’s territorial waters”. In a letter dated 21 September 1953, the Acting State Secretary of Johor replied that the “Johore Government [did] not claim ownership” of the island. The Court considers that this correspondence and its interpretation are of central importance “for determining the developing understanding of the two Parties about sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh” and finds that the Johor’s reply shows that as of 1953 Johor understood that it did not have sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh.
The Court finally examines the conduct of the Parties after 1953 with respect to the island. Having reviewed all arguments submitted to it, it finds that certain acts, inter alia the investigation of shipwrecks by Singapore within the island’s territorial waters and the permission granted or not granted by Singapore to Malaysian officials to survey the waters surrounding the island, may be seen as conduct à titre de souverain. The Court also considers that some weight can be given to the conduct of the Parties in support of Singapore’s claim (i.e., the absence of reaction from Malaysia to the flying of the Singapore ensign on the island, the installation by Singapore of military communications equipment on the island in 1977, and the proposed reclamation plans by Singapore to extend the island, as well as a few specific publications and maps).
The Court concludes, especially by reference to the conduct of Singapore and its predecessors à titre de souverain, taken together with the conduct of Malaysia and its predecessors including their failure to respond to the conduct of Singapore and its predecessors, that by 1980 (when the dispute crystallized) sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh had passed to Singapore. The Court thus concludes that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to Singapore.
• Sovereignty over Middle Rocks and South Ledge
Malaysia claims that the two maritime features have always been under Johor/Malaysian sovereignty while Singapore’s position is that sovereignty over the features goes together with sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh.
With respect to Middle Rocks, the Court observes that the particular circumstances which led it to find that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh rests with Singapore clearly do not apply to Middle Rocks. It therefore finds that original title to Middle Rocks should remain with Malaysia as the successor to the Sultanate of Johor.
As for South Ledge, the Court notes that this low-tide elevation falls within the apparently overlapping territorial waters generated by Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh and by Middle Rocks. Recalling that it has not been mandated by the Parties to draw the line of delimitation with respect to their territorial waters in the area, the Court concludes that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located.
Composition of the Court
The Court was composed as follows: Vice-President Al-Khasawneh, Acting President in the case; Judges Ranjeva, Shi, Koroma, Parra-Aranguren, Buergenthal, Owada, Simma, Tomka, Abraham, Keith, Sepúlveda-Amor, Bennouna, Skotnikov; Judges ad hoc Dugard, Sreenivasa Rao; Registrar Couvreur.
Judge Ranjeva appends a declaration to the Judgment of the Court; Judge Parra-Aranguren appends a separate opinion to the Judgment of the Court; Judges Simma and Abraham append a joint dissenting opinion to the Judgment of the Court; Judge Bennouna appends a declaration to the Judgment of the Court; Judge ad hoc Dugard appends a dissenting opinion to the Judgment of the Court; Judge ad hoc Sreenivasa Rao appends a separate opinion to the Judgment of the Court. ___________ A summary of the Judgment appears in the document “Summary No. 2008/1”, to which summaries of the declarations and opinions are annexed. In addition, this press release, the summary and the full text of the Judgment can be found on the Court’s website (www.icj-cij.org) under “Press Room” and “Cases”.
We should stop this myth that Singapore won and Malaysia lost in the said dispute. Singapore may have won Batu Puteh but it did not get what it wanted that is total sovereignty over the other two rocks. These two rocks namely Middle Rock and South Ledge if had been awarded to Singapore would make it possible for Singapore to join the three Rock outcrops by way of reclamation forming one big island which can be used for military or commercial endeavors, depending on its strategic needs.
Alas when the ICJ only awarded Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore, the rock outcrop shall remain for what it has been for decades, just a light house. Singapore can trumpet whatever to their people or to the world about its 'success' but Pulau Batu Puteh or Pedra Branca as it is now known remains a lighthouse. Period.
In this context the Attorney General and his Defence Team had done a commendable job in defending our sovereignty and we lost Batu Puteh because of that one letter:
"The Court notes that in a letter written on 12 June 1953 to the British Adviser to the Sultan of Johor, the Colonial Secretary of Singapore asked for information about the status of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh in the context of determining the boundaries of the “Colony’s territorial waters”. In a letter dated 21 September 1953, the Acting State Secretary of Johor replied that the “Johore Government [did] not claim ownership” of the island. The Court considers that this correspondence and its interpretation are of central importance “for determining the developing understanding of the two Parties about sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh” and finds that the Johor’s reply shows that as of 1953 Johor understood that it did not have sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh."
And the fact that:
'Court finally examines the conduct of the Parties after 1953 with respect to the island. Having reviewed all arguments submitted to it, it finds that certain acts, inter alia the investigation of shipwrecks by Singapore within the island’s territorial waters and the permission granted or not granted by Singapore to Malaysian officials to survey the waters surrounding the island, may be seen as conduct à titre de souverain. The Court also considers that some weight can be given to the conduct of the Parties in support of Singapore’s claim (i.e., the absence of reaction from Malaysia to the flying of the Singapore ensign on the island, the installation by Singapore of military communications equipment on the island in 1977, and the proposed reclamation plans by Singapore to extend the island, as well as a few specific publications and maps).'
Note that 'conduct à titre de souverain' was the almost the same reason that we won Sipadan Island from Indonesia previously and I believe it was almost the same Malaysian team which fought tooth and nail for the rock outcrop of Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge.
And Yes please don't simply blame the AG for Malaysia's loss of Batu Puteh, his team did win the Middle Rock for Malaysia and the Southern Ledge is still to be decided but that will likely take a long long long time to resolve.
Tahaluf Siyasi membawa makna kerjasama harakah Islam dengan mana-mana pergerakan lain yang tidak bermatlamatkan Islam di dalam perjuangannya. Kerjasama ini boleh terjadi di dalam apa jua bidang yang dipersetujui bersama untuk sama-sama menghadapi musuh yang sama. Tahaluf Siyasi juga kemungkinan boleh berlaku dengan gerakan yang pernah atau berpotensi untuk menentang ideologi harakah Islam. Dalam suasana hari ini, tahaluf siyasi yang dimaksudkan juga termasuk kerjasama dengan golongan bukan Islam untuk menghadapi musuh yang sama.
The word Tahluf Siyasi has been bandied about by 'self proclaimed defender of Islam' people of PAS for quite sometime now, probably to justify their marriage of inconvenience with the 'Anti Anything Malay' people of DAP and the 'liberal' people of PKR.
I thot many would be interested what it really meant, you may want to try reading this:
'There must be some sense of Nationalism in-calculated into our Political Executives from the moment they enter politics, stop these obsession about foreign Consultant being the best, foreign does not means best, locals does not mean not good enough'
Something that is bugging me for the last few days:
1. The Najib BN Gomen is so proud that Malaysia is the only country on earth that has a vernacular school system parallel to the National Schools, they even cancelled the much needed Learning of Maths and Science in English introduced by the then PM Dr. Mahathir just before he retired in 2003. The Najib Gomen then came out with the NEB cobbled together by a foreign Consultant to boot, but at the end of the day PM Najib tells us that locals/Civil Servants/EPU are not good enough and that is why we needed foreign Private Consultants which cost this country our arms and our legs. How ironic is it not?
2. During Dr. Mahathir's time our EPU planned and coordinated Malaysia's holistic success we had growth of 8-9%. The moment Dr. Mahathir left the PM's office his successor PM Pak Lah started to disregard the EPU and this was followed through by PM Najib who took it to a higher level with the formation of PEMANDU and the rest is just money for the foreign Consultant.
3. The RM7.2 Billion question is, was it worth it Mr. Prime Minister Sir?
4. The next one is where does the PM office intends to go from here, employ more foreign Consultants, what of the EPU and other Civil Servants..shouldn't they be given the chance to chart the nation's success as they used to?
5. Politicians who gets to be Executives of the Gomen should remember that the local voters voted them in for a better life for all of us NOT a better life for Foreigners who only comes here for the money and then goes away after completing their job.
6. There must be some sense of Nationalism in-calculated into our Political Executives, stop these obsession about foreign Consultant being the best, foreign does not means best, locals does not mean not good enough.
The long awaited report on the Genting Highland Bus tragedy on 21 August 2013 is finally out announced by acting MOT Minister on 9 November 2013:
As announced by the Minister, MIROS identified a number of main points: 1. The ill fated bus was driven exceeding the speed limit; 2. The ill fated Bus brake had brake problems; 3. Concealed location of truck escape ramp; 4. The wideness of the road width contributed to the accident; 5. The rubble wall and guard rail were improper safety barrier for slope route(road); 6. The lack of implementation of Safety, Health and Environment Codes by the Bus company. The news report can be read here:
KUALA LUMPUR: The bus involved in the deadly Genting Highlands crash that took 37 lives in August was travelling beyond the stipulated speed limit with inefficient brakes at its front wheels and a retarder that failed to slow it down.
These were among the findings made by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (Miros) of the Aug 21 tragedy, which happened after a Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd bus that was carrying 53 passengers plunged 60m down a ravine near the hill resort.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, giving reasons for the crash, also warned of possible action against the company and its officials to ensure regulations and laws are complied with.
This includes the possible closure of the bus company.
Hishammuddin said the findings also showed a truck escape ramp was shielded by the road’s geometrical design and that the signage for the ramp was inaccurate.
He said another reason was that the lane, measuring 4.2 to 4.9m, was too wide and beyond the 3.25m standard, allowing drivers to go faster.
The Miros findings also considered the rubble wall and guardrails along the road as improper safety barriers for slope routes and Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd, the operator in charge of the bus, was deemed to have unsatisfactory company policies.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will take the necessary action against the operator, Hishammuddin said at a press conference at the Defence Ministry, which he heads, yesterday.
“I’ve asked them to look into the possibility of taking action not only against the company but also against individuals, such as directors or those responsible in the company, to make sure that all guarantees regarding regulations and laws are complied with,” he said, adding that this included a possible shutdown of Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd.
Hishammuddin added that if the operator was shut down, the Genting Highlands resort needed to provide alternative transport services for those travelling to and from the resort.
He also said the Transport Ministry would recommend to the Cabinet amendments to the law by the end of the year if action against the operator was deemed not enough.
I blogged about the inadequate barriers made of rubble wall a couple of months back:
These COMANGO group are really in full shit stirring gear mode, these people either have nothing better to do or are bent in pushing the tolerant Malays and Muslims to become aggressive ferocious Talibans, Malay Muslims patience has its limits too.
Either way these COMANGO people needed to be investigated by KDN, they have to be curbed. Freedom of Speech must have limitations, we do not live in a vacuum, these COMANGO people must be controlled before the country explode in communal and religious violence, a small group of people cannot be allowed to impose their dangerous ideas on the majority. They are also challenging the Perlembagaan, isn't that against the Law?
Something I want to copy paste from the Unspinner blog, hope they don't mind, as they say sharing is caring:
It seems that the battle for an integrated One School For All System is lost when the Gomen still insisted that Malaysia should be the only odd man out in being the ONLY country in this world to have a vernacular school education system in parallel to the National Schools.
In fact DPM Muhyiddin said in Kedah recently that vernacular schools will exist in Malaysia selagi ada 'bulan dan bintang' and promptly gave a mind boggling RM1 million to a 15 student Chinese school that even got myself and PAS baffled. Mind you despite what many supporters of vernacular school says, there is no provision in our Perlembagaan for vernacular schools read here, here and here.
I cannot understand nor comprehend why an education system that is systematically destroying our integration and unity as a nation should be allowed to continue for so long. According to the Statistics people, Malaysia's demography will change a lot by 2025 and beyond because the birth rate of the Chinese and Indians is declining compared to the Malays/Bumis:
Malaysia is a prosperous nation and no doubt shall remain so for a very long time because all Malaysians be they Malays, Bumis, Chinese, Indians equally work hard in their own special way for the nation to succeed and ALL wants peace and stability necessary for economic growth.
The increase in population especially of the Malays/Bumis meant that the Chinese and Indians must somehow find a way to integrate themselves with the majority to ensure peace and stability of this blessed nation and there are no alternatives and certainly this voluntary segregation by vernacular schools way is not the way. Do not underestimate the power of Bahasa Melayu..our very close neighbors Indonesia will be the top six world economy by 2030 and we can sure trade with them, by then Indonesia will have a population of 300 million people and together with a strong English proficient people the World is Malaysia's oyster.
The best way to integrate is to have a one school for all system where our young will be able to mix around to understand each other religion and culture more at an early stage, the National Blueprint ending 2025 may be a temporary medium term project but it will have to transform into a One School For All System with some adjustments to ensure that the Constitution is followed in the future, Malaysia's demographic change demands it.