February 17, 2012


This man had not, however, been elected into the premiership, and consequently never earned his own governing mandate. He had succeeded into the job when his predecessor was forced to resign under internal pressure. While the coup was not entirely of his own orchestration, this prime minister had played an important albeit implicit role in facilitating it.

His predecessor is an altogether different story. Initially elected with much fanfare by a buoyant nation on a platform of hope and change after years of rule by an authoritarian and right-of-centre leadership, his premiership had by its tail-end been reduced to a lethargic disappointment.

Though heavily criticised and the subject of mass ridicule, he was still able to pull through with a mediocre win at the general election. Remaining defiant, he announced that he would fulfil the mandate of the people and see through his term as prime minister.

However, his own party members had other plans. Disenchanted with his leadership, the internal politicking began. New pacts were formed, loyalties shifted and deals were cut. Attention now turned to our protagonist, the then-deputy prime minister, a man long known for his loyalty and methodical methods.

Convinced that the gamble would pay off, he began to make his moves. Though his actions were not overt, the die was cast and the message was clear. In the end, faced with open revolt and under immense pressure, the incumbent prime minister had no choice but to announce that he would step aside within a year. Even that was too long and before the year was up, his premiership had crumbled to an abrupt end.

Expectations were high for the new prime minister. In an elaborate campaign to both distinguish himself from his predecessor and spruce up his public image, he took on the mantle of a statesman with vision for leadership and change.

This led to a popularity high and favourable approval ratings. Soon, the opportunity for snap polls presented itself. With the benefits of a honeymoon period still lingering, it would have been the perfect time to call it. Yet an indecisive itch overcame him and he decided against it at the last minute. Instead, he thought it best to wait for a better opportunity.

In hindsight, that was perhaps his biggest mistake.

As days went by, the public began to realise that a man who has been a part of the system for so long is really incapable of change. His promises of a better future began to ring hollow amidst growing economic uncertainty.

The longer he was into his administration, the more problems unravelled. Financial irregularities and scandals involving his party members made dimmer and dimmer the prospect of a desirable moment for a general election.

Yet the prime minister kept waiting and waiting, until by the time he knew it, his government’s term of office was up. In the end, what was supposed to have been snap polls that would have leveraged upon his then-popularity and caught his opponents by surprise had become an exercise that was easily predicted by all and sundry.

Having rigorously prepared for so long, the hungry opposition wasted no time in pouncing aggressively. Without the element of surprise, the prime minister had lost the upper hand and soon found himself on the defensive. Election Day came and the nation delivered its result. Though not very conclusive, it was certainly very clear about one thing: the people had rejected the prime minister.

After a short period of denial and desperate attempts at forming a coalition, the prime minister had little choice but to accept his fate. Indecisiveness, poor decision-making and the inability to carry out necessary reforms are traits that will characterise his legacy as a short-lived prime minister who had never won his own mandate.

–This is the story of the former British prime minister, Gordon Brown.

 Who did you think the article was talking about???


February 4, 2012

1CARE has become a very HOT topic and will affect us all.

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Najib and Co. in Mecca!

November 3, 2011

Our beloved PM, Najib and the lovely Rosmah and Cronies in Mecca performing the Haj.

How many Hajs will they NEED to perform to atone for their many sins?

Will they be changed on returning to Malaysia?

Or they asking help from the Almighty Allah to save UMNO in the coming 13th General Election?

We wish Haji Najib and Hajjah Rosmah a safe return to Malaysia.

Malaysia heading for bankruptcy while it’s UMNO leaders are spending like CRAZY!!

November 3, 2011

The Minister Idris Jala has warned many times that Malaysia is heading towards bankruptcy. He should know as he was helming a Bankrupt MAS before his current ministerial post. but his warning has been “poohpooh” by Najib and the other UMNO leaders including the UMNO controlled media!

Our PM, Najib and UMNO has been preaching far and wide about the need for us to tighten our belts and to be pennywise, while we see his wife and daughter shopping like madwomen in Perth during the recent CHOGM. Leading by example?

What need are Rosmah’s bags costing RM500,000 plus each to the total tune of a collection of RM5 Million (conservatively). This borders on the obsessive or addictive. Or a pearl necklace bought in Perth for RM500,000…Not to forget her RM24.2 Million diamond ring (not taxed) fiasco! Don’t try to fool us by saying she saved all that money since her teen-aged years.

As if to atone for their sins, Najib and Rosmah immediately went to perform the haj in Mecca.. At the rate of their corruption and sins they will have to go perform the Haj many many times and yet it may not be enough! What use they perform the haj when they return to do the exact same corrupt things they have been doing before/ And under who’s quota they went to haj with? Oh, sorry I forgot they use the VVVVIP quota set by their grandfather!

While the man on the street are struggling with ever increasing prices caused by UMNO’s failed economic policy so much so that the term BN=Barang naik…. Our leaders are wasting our money and being irresponsible with the Rakyat’s money entrusted to them as shown by the 2010 Auditor generals report where it has been shown that huge amounts of money were lost to corruption, poor supervision, massively inflated marked up prices. Refer to my piece on the EPF giving out RM55.1 Billion of our hard earned money to borrowers without collateral!!

Will they ever be charged? Not in Bolehland where the court, MACC, Police are UMNO controlled!

In other democratic countries any failures like this would require the minister in charged to resign, apologize or commit “seppuku”, BUT that is a dream never happening in BolehLand.

No wonder Malaysia just fell lower in the world’s list of countries on the Transparency scale.

The next General Election would be our last chance to reverse (and we can eg PR ruled Penang and Selangor)  the rot and stop Malaysia from bankruptcy and our EPF being zero.

So, we all know what to do and who to not vote for…

V.A.B.U. = Vote For Anything But UMNO/BN!!!

PLEASE!! For our children and grandchildren’s future.

Below is an interesting article which all must read;

Final Warning: Malaysia may be bankrupt sooner than 2019

Written by  Maclean Patrick, Malaysia Chronicle

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:29

Final Warning: Malaysia may be bankrupt sooner than 2019

Alarm bells should be sounding by now, yet the nation’s leaders seem to be adamant on keeping things sounding rosy and well. The Auditor-General’s Report for 2010 has shown how far down the barrel, Malaysia has gone.

It must be noted that when Malaysia was formed in 1963, the British left her with a solid administrative template. Yet, after more than 50 years of rule by Barisan Nasional, the template has not been improved on. In fact, it has gone to the dogs; replaced instead by a form of government that encourages leakages and corruption of all forms.

Malaysia has a population of 28 million and a civil service of around 1.3 million. Out of the 28 million, only one percent are paying income tax. This clearly shows that 99% are either below that income tax bracket or merely earning too little to need to pay taxes. With inflation and the prices of goods continuing to rise, expect even fewer people to pay income tax in the near future.

Incredulous optimism

Yet, the Najib administration’s goal for 2012 is to grant perks to the civil service and give hand-outs to non-serving members of the society in the incredulous optimism that this will improve productivity and raise efficiency and so forth. There is a lot of hope, but as always, no real mechanism to bring about results. The AG’s report clearly shows that though there were improvements from last year, the large number of detected faults still means the government has a long way to go in order to be a world-class administration.

For comparison, Taiwan has a population of 24 million and a civil service of just 400,000. Yet, Taiwan has continued to emerge as a major player on the global economic scene. Not bad for a small island that has so few natural resources and at one time was chided for producing rip-offs of Japanese electronic goods. Obviously, a clean and efficient government allows for a growing nation and a growing nation shows up, regardless of its size.

But not only is it confirmed that the Malaysian economy and system is riddled with rampant corruption, widespread inefficiency and general incompetence, the country has reached near to the end of the line. Bankruptcy is visible and to the extent that a time frame can be drawn. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala, who shocked the nation last year by warning of bankruptcy by 2019 if the government continues with its current spending pattern, reiterated his view on Tuesday.

In announcing the latest investment updates for the government’s economic transformation programme (ETP), Idris had this to say, “If our economy grows less than four per cent… and we don’t cut our operating expenditure, if we borrow at 12.5 per cent, if our annual debt rises to 12.5 per cent and our revenue does not grow, then it will happen.”

Bankruptcy happens when one overspends or makes a poor investment

Let us examine Idris’ statement. Exactly, what will happen and how will it happen? The answers are, Malaysia will go bankrupt and it may come sooner than 2019 unless the leaders get their act together. The awful signs of such a situation are when the country starts to be late in its repayment of debt or servicing of interest.

This happens because there is insufficient cash-flow. Revenue from income and corporate tax plus returns from investment in all productive sectors are insufficient to cover the outflows. How come? Because the past BN government frittered away the borrowings on overpriced, unproductive or loss-making projects and ventures!

According to the AG’s Report, Malaysia’s national debt rose by 12.3 per cent to over RM407 billion last year, and although the economy grew by 7.2 per cent in 2010, last year’s fiscal deficit maintained public debt at over 50 per cent of GDP for the second year running. The government owed 53.1 per cent of GDP, slightly down from 53.7 per cent last year.

This does not augur well for Malaysians who may now have to contend with additional taxes like the GST, just to raise government revenue in order to cover its operating expenditures such as subsidies. Yet even as the government grapples with the idea of reducing subsidies and implementing the GST, it must also clean up its own act.

Decisions based on political motives, not sound judgment

The latest news of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s daughter and wife going off on yet another spending spree in Australia surely does not help the cause in asking Malaysians to tighten their belts and to live frugally.

Then there is the scam of the RM3 meals. Najib may have paid RM3 for his meal when he came calling at the 1Malaysia restaurant, but other patrons had to pay in the region of RM4-6 for a meal equivalent to the one the prime minister had.

And while meals and shopping sprees are the order of the day, the AG’s report also points out the mob-like nature the government it runs. The latest round of never-ending corruption allegations against the BN involve the National Feedlot Corporation, a multi-million ringgit project aimed to get local production of beef to meet 40% of the national consumption.

Not only was there alleged hanky-panky in the project’s management, there were also allegations of abuse of power in the federal government’s RM250 million soft loan to the company awarded the beef project. And guess what? The company is owned by Cabinet minister Shahrizat Jalil’s husband!

‘Winnable’ entrepreneurs, not cronies

But Najib, who is also Finance minister, chose to defend such questionable practises. The PM said in a written reply to a parliamentary question that the company — Agroscience Sdn Bhd — had been selected to operate the NFC project to create Malaysia’s “Beef Valley” after a tender process involving five other companies.

However, as PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli pointed out, 6 firms making private representations to the government on a project that had not been announced to the people hardly constituted an open or public tender. To rub in the salt, the AG’s Report also criticised the project, and pointed out that it was now “in a mess”.

Perhaps the Beef Valley project says it all. A project of national importance because the supply of reasonably priced food is actually of topmost priority, a national security in fact. But the money allocated and the ‘talents’ to whom the project is given, are not based merit, capability or track record.

Any lay person can see the conflict of interest of this messy affair, yet Najib seems to be blind to it. Perhaps, the PM should view it in the context of the ‘winnable candidates’ that he is always harping on for the BN’s of candidates to contest in the coming general election!

It really is as simple as that. Choose a wrong candidate, and BN will lose. Choose the wrong entrepreneur, and Malaysia will lose. This is the state of the nation as it stands now, and truth be told, all final warning signs are clear to see – Malaysia may well and truly be bankrupt sooner than 2019.

Has Dr Mahathir gone mad? The truth about the man and nothing but the truth — Written by Ismail Dahlan, Malaysia Chronicle

October 25, 2011

Has Dr Mahathir gone mad? The truth about the man and nothing but the truth 

Written by  Ismail Dahlan, Malaysia Chronicle

Has Dr Mahathir gone mad? The truth about the man and nothing but the truth

It was Euripides in ‘Medea’ who made famous the phrase “ Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad”. Certainly it would be a fitting description of Muammar Gaddafi, whose gory end was telecast for all to see, on Al-Jazeera and CNN. It would be no less appropriate a phrase to describe Mahathir Mohammed; who has been mad for quite a while now.

We will not delve too much into what drove Mahathir mad, but it does not appear to be the usual reasons of genetics, or grief, or some drug overdose. Mahathir appears to have been driven mad by power. And perhaps certifiably insane by his quest for absolute, unquestioned power.

A crackpot in many ways

In the mid-80s, Malaysia still retained some independent institutions. However when the judiciary, in the form of Salleh Abbas, refused to bow to Mahathir’s dictates, he took drastic steps to destroy Salleh Abbas. And henceforth the judiciary became Mahathir’s creature, rather than a proudly independent institution in the British tradition. He would also go on to clip the powers of Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy. Mahathir became, for all intents and purposes, Malaysia’s dictator. He was surrounded by sycophants and rent-seekers. And that appeared to be exactly how Mahathir liked it, for megalomaniacs are certain they know best, and view the givers of dissenting advice as threats.

Mahathir, uncaring of the fact that Malaysia was a small country with limited say in the affairs of the world, would proceed to attempt to lecture everyone else, particularly the West, on how the world, or their nations,  should be run.  This despite the fact that he ran Malaysia like a demented despot.

There are two ways that countries can play large roles in the global affairs of nations. They must have either financial or military muscle. Malaysia had neither, yet Mahathir would for years, including after he retired, continue to harangue the west with his ‘advice’. In the case of 9/11, to this day he insists that it was an American or Jewish conspiracy to destroy the Twin Towers. This crackpot conspiracy theorist, to the detriment of his country, was Malaysia’s Prime Minister for 22 years.

Then there was Proton

Three years after becoming Prime Minister, in 1983, Mahathir  would decide to create, from scratch, a national automotive industry. This, of course, was, to put it mildly, a really bad idea. Automotive industries require captive home markets. You can only break even, assuming a competitive environment, if you could sell a million cars a year in your home market. Proton, a decade after its formation, could only manage to sell 200 thousand units a year, far short of the required million. There could never be money for genuine R&D. Proton would never meet Mahathir’s fantastical dream of being a world player in the automotive market. Proton only continued to survived on the protection of government tariffs. And it’s cars were merely repackaged Mistsubishis using outdated technology; as Mitsubishi was not willing to share new technology with Proton.

Ordinary Malaysians ended up with the raw end of the deal; they were forced to buy Proton’s sub-standard cars for premium prices. Consumer safety was ignored by Proton and the government turned a blind eye. Protons lacked airbags and and anti-lock braking mechanisms. Many a fatality occurred that could have been prevented  if these saferty features had been in place. Export models of course had all the requisite safety features. It was only Malaysian lives that Mahathir deemed cheap. The government tried to rid itself of Proton by selling it to DRB but Proton would come boomeranging back to haunt it. And no real automotive company was interested to buy it. Discussions with Volkswagon and GM would all fall apart. Malaysia is stuck with Proton, thanks to Mahathir, and it is costing us.

Asian Financial Crisis took a heavy toll

Not that Mahathir was bothered by his failures. Like a mad scientist, he would go off on his next experiment. In one case it was to build the tallest building in the world. Money was not an issue; he could expropriate it from Petronas under one guise or the other.None of his advisers appeared to have asked the most obvious question, which would be; why on earth would you want to do that? Instead they appeared to tell him, in toadying chorus, what a wonderful idea it was.

There were endless other ways to spend the money, in development or infrastructure, that would have benefited Malaysia in the long term. Mahathir instead chose to dump it in a concrete monument to his own vanity. Mahathir was the short guy, trying to walk on outsize stilts to prove that he was tall. It was unreal and  was bound to end in a big fall, which is precisely what would happen in the Asian meltdown of 1997/98 when Mahathir’s house of cards would come crashing down on him.

Malaysia’s apparent success in the 1990s was at first attributed to good economic management. Yet all the Asian economies were booming including Thailand and Indonesia. It was quite impossible that Asian leaders, including a collection of despots whose leading lights were Suharto and Mahathir, were all providing their nations with good economic leadership.

The real explanation was that foreign funds were fuelling the Asian boom and too much of it was hot money that could disappear overnight. The fact that more and more funds were investing in Asia was an indication of the herd instinct that rules the often illogical global financial markets; rather than anything else. Currency speculators would take advantage of the inherent weaknesses of the economies within this unsustainable system to usher in, starting with Thailand, the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997.

Rushed to blame others

For Mahathir, it would mean a political crisis as well. His way of handling the Financial Crisis was to blame everybody except, of course, himself. George Soros, a currency trader, was suddenly a monstrous leech feeding off helpless Asian countries. Yet currency traders were a part of the complex global financial system. If there was an imbalance in the system, the currency traders would, in their own way, correct it. Mahathir would not admit that he had been spending money on failed grandiose schemes. It was all, Mahathir insisted, Soros’s fault.

The Malaysian political crisis of 1998 would test Mahathir as never before, and it would illustrate the lengths that Mahathir would go to hang on to power. His deputy Anwar Ibrahim would be jailed, based on concocted evidence fabricated, allegedly, at the behest of Mahathir’s friend and crony, Daim Zainuddin. The trial was a farce; one of the key prosecution witnesses, a policeman, stating that he would lie to the court if ordered to do so and yet managing to have his evidence admitted.


In 1999 Mahathir would move his administrative capital to Putrajaya, a fantasy city built from scratch at enormous cost. As usual, Mahathir had Petronas pay for it. For Mahathir, oil was not a finite resource for Malaysia as a nation to carefully manage, but a means to realize his own grandiose  visions, often with no particular benefit to the country.

Putrajaya would cost an irreplaceble RM 12 billion to Malaysia. The money went into grand designs and buildings filled with expensive furniture. It went into expensive ornate lamp posts instead of functional ones. Wanting to have bridges, but not having either rivers or lakes in Putrajaya, Mahathir dug his own lakes! He then built bridges over the ground he had just dug up! All this at taxpayer cost!

And what did we have to show for it? A bunch of civil servants sitting in nice buildings instead of functional ones. Nice buildings do not produce any economic activity. Factories do, private business does, and  infrastructure facilitates the two, reducing the cost of goods and services and reducing time to market. Putrajaya’s buildings and unneccessary just sit there; a huge crater of waste.

Handover to Badawi

In 2004, Mahathir handed over power to Abdullah Baddawi. He was certain that he would be able to control Baddawi from behind the scenes. Baddawi, however, decided to go his own way. He cancelled projects that Mahathir had approved. He would not build Mahathir’s lunatic ‘crooked bridge’ to Singapore. Mahathir then engaged in a ‘war’ with Baddawi which would end with Baddawi’s ouster after the 2008 elections; though Baddawi was forced to leave office more because of BN’s 2008 election debacle rather than Mahathir’s attacks.

Over the past 2 years Mahathir has been trying to rewrite history by claiming, for example, that he had not ordered the the infamous 1987 Ops Lalang where more than a hundred opposition figures were arrested. Nobody was fooled and his audience actually laughed.

Not satisfied, Mahathir wrote a book with the misleading title of ‘Doctor in the House’. The book is filled with hypocrisies and in some instances, outright lies. His intention, one supposes, was to try and make himself look like a doctor who cured Malaysia’s ills. In fact, Mahathir was a cancer in Malaysia’s gut, and his malignant effect will be felt long after he is gone.

Malaysia Chronicle

Robert Kouk Malaysia’s Sugar King moves to China due to Najib’s policies!

September 13, 2011

Robert Kouk Malaysia’s Sugar King moves to China due to Najib’s policies! He took his billions with him and was welcomed by China with hugs and kisses.

(This piece was translated from a mandarin version. Author was anonymous)

Recently, the government offended Robert Kuok, as a result, the Malaysian economy suffered a great blow! After the official Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Malaysia, the Najib government now really understands Robert Kuok’s influence on China!

In order to benefit their cronies, they arm twisted to swallow Robert Kuok’s sugar empire. The cronies get richer by 10’s of billions, but it caused a national loss of more than 200 billion! Those who have insider info can only curse: PKHKC it!

Malaysia sugar king was forced to leave Malaysia, but became the world’s sugar king! He bought the world’s largest sugar mills in Australia, invested USD10 billion, it is the world’s largest sugar cane sugar refining industry, living up to the name of the world’s sugar king.

On the other hand, the Malaysia government benefited cronies at the expense of national interests. For those who have insider info, Kuok offered immense help to the Malaysian government in the past few decades, he has done everything possible; but what the government did was like what you will get when you turn over a pig stomach: faeces. In other words, Najib Government is UNGRATEFUL!

In the “Confidential” news, is about the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Malaysia recently, it hit a snag with Najib.

Prior to Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Malaysia, Najib and his cabinet on more than one occasion, hinted that he hoped China will double the amount of palm oil with Malaysia.
We all know that China is the largest consumer of palm oil from Malaysia. Rapid economic rise in the recent years, China became the largest palm oil market for Malaysia, but Malaysia has also strong competition from Indonesia, trying to sell palm oil at lower prices to China and India, diluting the Malaysian market share. This is most worrying for Najib.

Najib hoped to sign a new palm oil trading contracts with Premier Wen Jiabao to sign in order to more than double the average 10 million tonnes monthly export to China. But Wen Jiabao came to a Malaysia, told Najib, it is impossible. It was an utter disappointment.

Najib knows the Chinese market demand. Even to import one million tonnes of palm oil daily, is not a problem. So, where is the problem?

The problem is Sugar Kuok does not agree!

Why was Sugar Kuok able to influence China’s decision to buy Malaysian palm oil?

Who is the monopoly of Chinese national oil market? China national oil market leader is “Arowana” cooking oil, accounting for nearly 40%! The Arowana cooking oil boss, is Robert Kuok!

Think about it, Premier Wen Jiabao on behalf of the Chinese government to buy Malaysian palm oil. Who is going to refine it into cooking oil? Of course, it is the privatized enterprises! With 40% market share, if Arowana cooking oil company refuses the supply, how is the Chinese government going to utilize the supply?

Najib was insensible from the start, and did not know Kuok had such big influence in China. He had helped cronies, forced Robert Kuok to give up the Malaysian sugar king throne, and didn’t expect to have such quick retribution

Kuok was forced to leave Malaysia, his heart is of course very unhappy. People of Malaysia must know, during the early days of Malaysia, we did not have aviation professionals, the BN government requested Kuok’s father to help set up Malayan Airways.

1970 Malaysian maritime shipping industry is also a vacuum, the Malaysian government sent representatives to Hong Kong to personally invite Kuok’s help. For national development, Kuok put aside the Group’s business, came back to Malaysia to assist the Government to establish a national maritime shipping industry, this later transformed into MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING CORPORATION, referred to as MISC.

Robert Kuok was a big help when Malaysia repeatedly faced economic difficulties. Even in MCA Tan Koon Swan’s case, it was Robert Kuok who paid the bail! Malaysia’s successive governments, from BN to the National Front, owed Robert Kuok a hell of a lot. But the Malaysian Government was ungrateful, using the hard arm twisting excuse to forcefully take over Kuok’s empire. This is not ungrateful?

Deng Xiaoping made a comeback in the 70s, announced China’s reform and needed most generous help of overseas Chinese entrepreneurs; Robert was first to take actions to help Deng. Among the other entrepreneurs of Chinese economic miracle are Henry Fok and Li Ka-shing Hong Kong. Malaysian entrepreneur Robert Kuok is the first to response to Deng Xiaoping in Beijing and built China’s first five-star hotels: Shangri-La!

With over 30 years of deep relationship with the Chinese government and leadership, Kuok has great influence. Najib failed to recognise that. This is why the quote at the start of this post : “For the interests of their cronies, they arm twisted to take over Kuok’s Sugar Empire, cronies get rich by the 10s of billions, but it caused a national loss of more than 200 billion!”

Kuok’s sugar empire was eaten by the fat vampire’s family abruptly. Imagine, a world renowned international trade business personality, what humiliation he received in return for his single-minded help all this while for his own country & government? And Najib would never think that the consequences of offending the Sugar King will be so so serious.

Right after Sugar King left Malaysia, he immediately announced the acquisition of Australia’s biggest sugar factory. This is the world supplier of raw material for sugar manufacturing. Of course, this includes supplying to the family of the fat vampire woman’s sugar factory in Perlis.

Early this year, Kuok announced plans to invest USD 10 billion in Indonesia for development of the world’s largest sugar cane growing areas, as well as advanced refinery. The world economy was facing a downturn, the Malaysian government travelled around the world to solicit investment. How much was Malaysia’s foreign investment? Kuok’s single investment in Indonesia is equivalent to as USD10 billion dollars! Don’t you want to screw the couple: PKHKC!?

At the moment, Kuok’s take towards China’s palm oil contract with Malaysia was to remain with the agreed terms. There won’t be any increase. Indonesia has more palm oil than Malaysia. It is cheaper too. Now that Kuok had invested so much money in Indonesia, the Government of Indonesia would have treated him as their God of Wealth. Certainly, open to negotiate anything with him. Moreover, Indonesia has been eyeing to take over the China palm oil supply contract from Malaysia.

The CONSOLATION China gave in return for not increasing the purchase of palm oil was buying frozen durian. Do the Chinese people have the habit of eating durian it? How much time and effort is needed to market frozen durian from Malaysia? Thai durian may not sell well in China, let alone Malaysia frozen durian?

Business is business, who would supply millions of dollars’ worth of frozen durian into a brand new market with no durian eating habits? Should the Chinese people become non-receptive of it, how do we deal with return goods? A total loss with capital. Is this how to do business?

Earlier this year, when the news hit the papers that Kuok made an announcement to invest USD 10 billion in Indonesia, many criticized Kuok for being unpatriotic, preferring to take so much money into Indonesia instead of Malaysian. What CRAP! You arm-twisted him to take over his empire, forcing the man to leave Malaysia in hurt & humiliation; now that the man ignores the Malaysian market, and you criticize him? Have you guys got balls for brains?

For him to bring his huge investment to Australia & Indonesia instead of Malaysia, who is to be blamed?

Incidentally, Kuok is not just Chinas’ hotelier, king of cooking oil, the world’s sugar King; he is also the patent owner of the Coca-cola soft drink brand in the Chinese market. Kuok is involved in a diversity of businesses in China. He created many job opportunities for China. The Chinese central government and leaders have great respect for him as an entrepreneur. When the man speaks, the weight it carries can be far-reaching.

So far, Kuok is the only man who never accepted any of the titles rolled out for outstanding Malaysians.

Many people address him as “Tan Sri Robert Kuok,” in actual fact, he does not have these titles, he doesn’t need them.

To put the record straight, he is neither “Tan Sri” nor “Dato”. (…is that right?)

Convincing proof that voting for change can only bring good to the people!

September 24, 2010

Subject: PENANG  exceeded RM1 Billion in revenue in 2009 – 1st time  in 52 years.

Convincing  proof that voting for change can only bring good to  the  people.

PENANG  exceeded RM1 Billion in revenue in 2009 – 1st time  in 52  years

Congratulations  to Penang !!!
Congratulations  to all the People of Penang for  voting in a better  govt.

While Pahang which Governed by  Barisan Nasional for past 52 years is facing  bankruptcy.
Penang is praised by Global  Anti-Corruption watchdog Transparency International  for its anti corruptions efforts.

What makes  Malaysia all of a sudden to be ranked on 47 out 180  countries ?
Answer : The Malaysian People made  the right choice by denying 2/3 majority enjoyed by  Barisan Nasional all this years. It’s a well check  and balance by Pakatan on Barisan that led to this  47th position.

If Malaysians wants to enjoy  this, then you should know what to do in the next  election !!!

Anyway  congrats to Pakatan Led by DAP in Penang . In just  18 months CM Lim turned around Penang into corrupt  free State . Shame on BN & ex-CM Dr Koh of  Gerakan.

As ex-Gerakan President  Lim KY had said: “BN/Gerakan has lost Penang  forever.”

“RM 10 billion in losses from  corruption per year is a huge sum and there must be  greater commitment from the Federal government  towards fighting corruption to ensure that 27  million Malaysians can benefit from this RM 10  billion dividend from successfully combating  corruption.”

Global anti-corruption  watchdog ranks Malaysia 47th least corrupt, praises  Penang

GEORGE TOWN,  Sept 24 – Global corruption watchdog, Transparency  International (TI), has ranked Malaysia as the 47th  least corrupt nation in the world and commended  the island state of  Penang for its anti-corruption  efforts.

Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden was  listed by TI as the top three least corrupt  countries as measured by the Corruption Perceptions  Index (CPI), which ranks countries in terms of the  degree to which businessmen and country analysts  perceive corruption to exist among public officials  and politicians.

Singapore , Finland ,  Switzerland , Iceland , Netherlands , Australia and  Canada rounded off the top least corrupt  countries.

Malaysia came in 47th out of 180  countries in the index, tied with Hungary and Jordan  .

The CPI is part of TI’s Global Corruption  Report (GCR) 2009 released yesterday.

In its  report on Malaysia, TI highlighted the Malaysian  practice of the “revolving door” whereby individuals  move from government to business, or business to  politics, and back again, and estimated that  corruption could cost Malaysia as much  as RM10 billion a  year.

“Significant government  participation in the private sector and considerable  business participation in politics means that the  movement of gatekeepers to players and players to  gatekeepers has a negative influence on the concept  of checks and balances,” said TI.

“The  complexity of the relationships between politics and  the public and private sectors means that corruption  may take place with impunity. Until drastic action  is taken to separate the cozy relationship between  government, business and politics, the  anti-corruption effort will remain no more than a  token gesture,” said TI.

Penang  chief minister Lim Guan Eng
says he is  “humbled” by the recognition by TI and added that he  was concerned over the fact that that corruption  could cost Malaysia as much as RM10 billion a year –  an amount equivalent to 1 or 2 per cent of GDP as  pointed out by the GCR when it cited the findings of  the special government business facilitation task  force Pemudah and the World Bank.

Additional  report contents that were of concern to Lim was  Malaysia’s per capita spending of only RM5 on  anti-corruption efforts and the fact that only about  10 per cent, or just 7,223 potential corruption  cases, of the total 71,558 reported between 2000 and  2006 were investigated by the Anti Corruption  Agency, the precursor of the Malaysian  Anti-Corruption Commission, with a conviction rate  of less than one percent.

“The GCR 2009  concluded that this illustration of the Malaysian  government’s inaction in the light of the serious  corruption allegations, along with its seeming  inability to catch the big fish instead focusing on  the ‘small fry’, suggests that what anti-corruption  efforts exist are mere tokens,” said Lim.

“RM  10 billion in losses from corruption per year is a  huge sum and there must be greater commitment from  the Federal government towards fighting corruption  to ensure that 27 million Malaysians can benefit  from this RM 10 billion dividend from successfully  combating corruption.”

Lim also today  announced that the state has managed to cut  about RM36 million or 12 per cent of in  operating expenditure this year due to its  efforts to curb corruption.

“Transparency  International’ s recognition of anti-corruption  efforts by the Penang state government through CAT  (Competency Accountability And Transparency)  governance is backed up by savings of nearly 12 per  cent of the 2008 Penang state budget of RM 36  million from operating expenditure. This RM 36  million savings has allowed the state government to  carry out social programs and implement its  people-oriented government,” said Lim.

TI  said that the Penang state is the first  Malaysian state government to implement the open  tender system for government procurement  and contracts.

It also recognized the  state government’s directive barring administrators  and state executive councilors from making any new  land applications and efforts to attract  professionals to serve on various boards, such as  the Penang State Appeals Board.

“On behalf of  the Penang state government, we feel humbled by the  recognition given by a world renowned body such as  Transparency International and would redouble  efforts to ensure the anti-corruption reforms are  institutionalized and ensure more professionals are  appointed to key bodies. Fighting corruption  generates savings for the people,” said  Lim.

He added that the two local authorities  in Penang are expected to save another RM34 million  over three years from a “transparent” negotiation  over the price of solid waste disposal that reduced  the rates agreed to by the previous Barisan Nasional  administration by a further 42.4 per  cent.

Lim said that the savings would go  towards the state government’s “3E” programme to  “enable” the people with skills and knowledge so  that they have an equal opportunity to create  wealth, “empower” them with fundamental rights and  basic freedoms, and “enrich” the people by sharing  wealth and economic  benefits.

Now it is  Penang Boleh – Vote wisely for a better Malaysia  .

Malaysia stumbling – by The Age (Australian report)

September 24, 2010

Perkasa feels like a supremacist movement, something a Pauline Hanson might recognise.

(The Age – Friday, 24th September 2010)

ONE of Australia’s key partners in Asia is struggling. Given the way its leaders have taunted Australia over the years, schadenfreude at its plight would be understandable. But this should be resisted, for if Malaysia stumbles, the effects may ripple across the region.

Erstwhile sponsor of the Carlton Football Club, a cash cow for the Australian education sector, Australia’s 10th largest trading partner and a champion of ”Asian values” – whatever they are – Malaysia seems to be brimming with sky-is-falling Chicken Littles. And their analyses are alarmist; ”failed state”, ”deep pit”, ”national decay”, ”ocean-going corruption”, ”useless mega-projects”.

While some of these could be used to describe the Delhi Commonwealth Games – a massive undertaking Malaysia successfully pulled off 12 years ago by the way – it is about a country oft-regarded as an Asian success, whose rampant economy inspired a cockiness among its leaders to take racially tinged potshots at the ”decadent and immoral” West, and at Australia in particular.

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And then there was the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to demonise, indeed anyone its mercurial then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad didn’t like on any given day. And there was 23 years of it, the Mahathir monopoly on Malaysian power.

So what’s prompted such painful hand-wringing from a tigerish economy that likes to boast how it ditched traditional models to virtually promise endless riches? The answer is some of the nastiest foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics an Asian economy has served up in a generation.

FDI into Malaysia slumped dramatically last year, falling a whopping 81 per cent. In 2009, Malaysia took in just $1.38 billion of new investment, barely enough to build a half-decent bridge in a land where pork-barrelling infrastructure projects are de rigueur. By contrast, India averaged almost double that in any given month. Malaysia’s FDI take was even less than that lured by the Philippines, long the region’s economic basket case.

This worries Malaysians greatly. For all of Mahathir’s bluster, he was careful to suck up to big business, and his less-poisonous successors since 2003 have done much the same. Foreign investment underpinned the Malaysian ”miracle”, transforming sleepy Penang into an Asian Silicon Valley and industrialising the Klang Valley that surrounds Kuala Lumpur to OECD levels, with $40,000 a year average incomes to match.

So has the sky fallen in? Some of the fall can be explained by the 2008 ”trans-Atlantic financial crisis”, as many like to call it in Asia. Malaysia’s reliance on foreign investment made it one of Asia’s most globally connected countries. So when Europe and North America tightened their belts after the subprime meltdown, Malaysia naturally was jolted. But the same external dramas affected just as connected Thailand – which endured a crippling political crisis to boot – and more so globalised Singapore, and both far outperformed Malaysia in ongoing FDI, as did Indonesia.

Malaysian fingers point at Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his on-again, off-again will to reform a lop-sided economy Mahathir tilted to favour his bumiputra franchise, the ethnic Malays who comprise about half Malaysia’s 28 million people.

Mahathir advantaged Malays with an aggressive ”new economic policy (NEP)”. Mahathir’s thinking went that Malays were less commercially inclined than their compatriot Chinese and Indian Malaysians and thus needed the state’s help. The NEP’s affirmative action aimed to lift Malays out of poverty, but many analysts have likened it to economic apartheid, a meal ticket that many Malays have got too used to.

The NEP anchored Mahathirism and helped keep him in power for two decades. Malays were lifted but NEP side effects are many and cancerous; corruption, cronyism and an oversized sense of entitlement. Much of Malaysia’s economy is controlled by ethnic Chinese, who pragmatically chummed up to Mahathir. To some, the NEP meant simply installing well-paid and influential Malay placemen on boards to fulfil quotas.

Anti-NEP rancour has been building for years and in 2008, five years after Mahathir retired, voters registered disgust by handing his Malay-centric United Malay National Organisation-led coalition its worst result in history, losing its two-thirds parliamentary majority in a gerrymandered assembly. The UMNO faithful toppled Mahathir’s successor, Abdullah Badawi, and now, as support wavers, his successor, Najib, says he wants to replace the NEP with a ”new economic model”, which he pledges to ”execute or be executed”. There’s a rising fin de regime tint about the UMNO empire, which has never been out of office and has absorbed Malaysia’s critical facilities of state; the civil service, military, media and the education system. Abolishing the NEP is a particular cross for the aristocratic Najib to bear; it was conceived in the early 1970s by his then prime minister father Tun Abdul Razak.

Najib has a big problem, and it is not just the allegations of corruption and even murder that swirl around his circle. Like Julia Gillard, Najib doesn’t have a popular mandate to govern. Also like Gillard, he got handed office when his party’s faceless men knifed an elected PM, Badawi, in office. Malaysians expect Najib to go to the polls soon to get that mandate, but he doesn’t seem sure it’s a good idea, as a confident opposition calls him to account.

In shades of Gillard’s Labor still, party hardliners are in revolt. While most moderate Malays accept the NEP needs tweaking, if only to keep UMNO breathing and in power, a virulent core of party heavies has organised under the banner of a movement called Perkasa, which means ”mighty” in Malay.

Perkasa claims to be defending the Malaysian constitution, which guarantees Malay ethnic primacy. It says it is fighting for Malay rights against the rising challenge of minorities. But Perkasa feels like a supremacist movement, something a Pauline Hanson might recognise. A former US ambassador to Kuala Lumpur has described Perkasa as ”militant”, while non-Malays condemn it for racial divisiveness. That’s emotive language in a country where people still define themselves by ethnicity over nationality and where the deadly race riots of the 1960s are never far away in thinking and policy – not just in Malaysia but among neighbours alert to ethnic tension.

As he dithers over rolling back the NEP and over an election timetable, Najib seems to think he can spend his way to popularity. Last week, he outlined a Mahathir-esque $500 billion investment plan to transform the economy with mega-projects. He appealed to foreign investors to help. But as China, India and Indonesia boom, they will need convincing it is money well spent.

Malaysian Website Blocked to Cover Up a Scandal

September 10, 2010

Unknown forces attempt to block Malaysia Today from printing documents involving a huge scandal

Malaysia Today, the hard-hitting news website edited by Raja Petra Kamarudin, has been blocked by mysterious technical problems twice in the last 24 hours after publishing damning articles of deep corruption at the top of the Malaysian government.

One implicated the United Malays National Organization, the country’s leading political party, in looting MAS, the country’s flag carrier. A second alleged that a friend of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was attempting to steer RM200 million into the pockets of Najib’s family from China Railways Engineering Corporation (CREC), for double-tracking the national railway.

“We are under severe attack,” Raja Petra said in an email from London, where he now lives. “We’ve been down for the last 12 hours and a day before that for 24 hours. Looks like someone is spending a lot of money to keep us off the air.” The website’s technology personnel restored access, only to have it disappear again.

“It was the MAS story,” Raja Petra said. “The site was brought down just a few hours after that. We revealed documents to and from the court to compromise the MAS case against Tajudin Ramli.”

The fugitive editor was forced to flee the country 18 months ago after being charged with criminal defamation of Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, and being threatened with prosecution under the country’s stiff Internal Security Act, which allows for what amounts to indefinite detention without or trial.

It wasn’t clear who was doing the blocking, but whoever it is must be learning that the Internet is a sieve. The offending stories almost immediately appeared in another anonymous blog called “Malaysians Must Know The Truth.”

Despite the fact that Malaysian bloggers have developed a healthy opposition press delivering voluminous details of government wrongdoings that can’t be read in the government-controlled press, so far the Internet has remained free of interference. Government leaders have repeatedly denied any intention to shut down the bloggers.

Over recent weeks, however, Raja Petra has been particularly hard-hitting with a series of articles based on verbatim documents concerning the misdoings in MAS. The Asia Sentinel, in an Aug. 24 article using the same documents, wrote that Tajudin Ramli, a crony of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, was accused of looting the airline of tens of millions of dollars and very nearly putting it into bankruptcy by investigators who themselves then faced a campaign to discredit them.

The airline, which had been privatized and turned over to Tajudin, had to be rescued by the government. After it had incurred RM8 billion in losses, Tajudin returned the airline to the government for almost the original price, the losses notwithstanding.

Raja Petra continued to write about the issue, culminating in an article on Sept. 8 in which he said Tajudin had been given immunity by UMNO with the backing of former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and that reports by investigators and whistle-blowers went unheeded by the police.

In the article, Raja Petra said he had been visited by Tajudin’s lawyers in London, who told him that he had only been a front man for UMNO and that UMNO “not only has to protect him from prosecution but that they also had to ensure that the government bought back the shares at the same price that they were sold to him although the shares were only worth a portion of the real value.”

According to the article, which is printed here, “This was going on not only for MAS but for other deals as well.” The depositions listed a long series of documents detailing misdoings in UEM/Renong, an UMNO-linked construction company once headed by Halim Saad, another Mahathir crony, which has long been accused of looting the government treasury through vastly overpriced construction contracts.

“These are all Tajudin’s allies working in concert to now spill the beans. They were all Umno front men and nominees. And they all now have an axe to grind with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” Raja Petra wrote. “And, more importantly, it appears like the current Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, is giving his tacit approval for Tajudin Ramli, Rahman Maidin and Halim Saad to sing like a canary and finger UMNO, Dr Mahathir and Tun Daim Zainuddin as the real rogues behind the plundering of billions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money.”

That wasn’t all. On Sept. 5, Malaysia Today posted an article alleging that Tan Kay Hock, the controlling shareholder of Johan Holdings Bhd, a publicly-listed investment holding company and golfing partner of the prime minister had asked Chinese officials who had contracted to double-track the national railway for RM500 million and told them that RM200 million is for Najib’s family.

“And this is making the Chinese very unhappy because, in China, both the givers as well the sis charged to the family of the deceased,” Raja Petra wrote. “The Chinese are wondering whether it is worth the risk to pay Kay Hock the RM500 million he is demanding.”

The national railway, he wrote, “is being used as Najib’s new cash cow.” A deal to supply coaches worth RM1.4 billion went to a company involving Najib’s wife Rosmah and two other women. The coaches were said to be worth only RM300 million and do not function.

The documents referred to by Malaysia Today are listed below.

Government (Najib) Policies are so confusing!

June 11, 2010

As a Rakyat I have noticed certain issues that have been announced with much fanfare to be later retracted by our PM, Datuk Najib Razak.

1. Legalizing Sports betting/gambling – Initially announced by home minister, Datuk hishamuddin that Minister of Finance (Najib) take licence was issued. Now Najib said licence not issued.

2. New Economic Model (NEM) – NEM was heavily promoted by Najib but a little pressure from PERKASA, he backed off and said it was just in initial stage.

3. GST (Goods and Services Tax) – Another policy carrying heavy backing from Najib saying it is needed and must be implemented for the benefit of the economy. Also He made U-Turn and postponed GST.

4. Traffic fines increased to RM1000 – At last also withdrawn.

5. Ban of 14 stick cigarette packs – At last minute it was delayed.

6. “Allah” use ban for non-muslim – We were told its Okay to allow “Allah use in sabah, Sarawak and Penang, but now another U-turn.

7. Eradication of poverty in Sabah announced in MP10, but while giving with 1 hand the other hand cancels ALL poverty eradication projects under the SDC (Sabah Development Corridor).

8. Our Minister in PM department, Idris Jala announces that Malaysia is RM362 Billion in debt and will need to cut all subsidies and also predicting Malaysia will become bankrupt in 2019….Najib and UMNO spin doctors say everything is A-Okay!

Will our PM, Datuk Najib Razak please make up his mind and make no more U-turns please as we are dizzy with confusion.

-Dr Felix Chong Kat Fah


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