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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Business sense for politicians?


Maximising returns on assets.

One of the ways the government wants to raise revenue is to maximise returns on its assets. Wow, sakmongkol exclaimed- is this something revolutionary coming out from the finance minister?

How?

By way of maximizing returns on its assets, including land that has not been developed, especially those in strategic locations. He cited the Rubber Board land in Sungai Buloh as well as government land in Jalan Cochrane and Ampang Hilir in Kuala Lumpur as examples. Tenders will be opened to private companies and GLCs to develop the parcels of land based on guidelines set by the government.

Provided of course, it is done through open tenders like the government has pledged and the government has the political will to see the sale of the assets through.

Now, sakmongkol is thinking the same strategy needs to be adopted by his state of Pahang. The strategy to maximise returns on its assets- such as timber concessions.

Every year, the state government loses millions of revenue:-

  1. through understating the actual tonnage felled.
  2. Loss of revenues through blatant theft of timber.
  3. Rampant corruption such as collusion to under declare actual tonnage by forestry officers.
  4. Under declaration of tonnage on the ground thereby reducing revenue accruable to the government..

Suppose now, the government bans private logging absolutely and its place carry out the following strategy:-

  1. For each district in Pahang, the government appoints registered and approved contractors to fell down trees. There will be certain range of rates per ton depending among other things, the nature of the physical terrain from which timber is to be extracted.
  2. For each district in Pahang, the government establish bonded timber yards or mattaus. All felled trees will be brought into the bonded stockyard.
  3. Sale of timber to be done openly. Lumber yards, private buyers can come from to the bonded stockyard to purchase whatever timber they want.
  4. They pay premium/duties/taxes upon exit from the bonded lumber yard.

What can we achieve from this strategy?

1. The first is of course we can maximize returns from our assets (timber concessions).

2. Prevent theft of timber- anyone felling tress other than approved contractors must by default be thieves and can be prosecuted. In Thailand, they shoot tree poachers on site.

3. Prevent wastage- selected trees only will be cut

4. Allow an open market for the sale of timber

5. Eliminate timber kings who obtained concessions through dubious means.

Maybe the Pahang government will look into this proposal. It is in line with the federal government’s efforts to increase income by maximizing existing assets.


9 comments:

Erotomania 8 November 2008 at 20:03  

Salam Dato' & para pengunjung yang dihormati,

Saranan yang amat baik. Harapan saya supaya saranan Dato dipertimbangkan dan diterima oleh golongan manusia yang ikhlas berkhidmat dalam kerajaan negeri Pahang dan juga negeri-negeri balak yang lain dan semoga saranan Dato ini menjadi suatu dasar atau prosidur kelak.

Namun begitu, saya juga berharap agar dasar ini dibuat dengan baik supaya tidak terdapat sebarang 'loopholes' yang boleh dieksploit, yang mana ini akan membawa kepada penyelewengan. Kita pun sedia maklum bahawa terdapat banyak dasar-dasar yang bagus tetapi perlaksanaan dasar itulah yang menjadi masalah yang mana boleh menimbulkan amalan rasuah.

Saya juga tertarik dengan saranan-saranan Dato seperti :-
1) Appointment of registered and approved contractors to fell down trees. Kontraktor yang didaftar serta diluluskan haruslah berwibawa dan bukan 'beri-bawah'. Dalam soal perlantikan kontraktor ni memanglah umum sedia maklum banyak keraguannya.
2) Tree poachers to be shot on site. Dalam hal ni mungkin susah sikit nak praktikkan. Sebabnya ialah orang yang ditugaskan untuk menembak tu ada tanda harga atau 'price tag'. Pencuri balak ni boleh 'kow-tim' dengan pegawai penguatkuasa. Tapi saya akui bahawa penguatkuasaan hendaklah dilipatgandakan dan pegawai-pegawai terbabit diberi layanan yang baik oleh pihak atasan supaya tak begitu mudah untuk melibatkan diri dalam gejala rasuah. Nak harapkan iman dan integriti sahaja tak cukup.

Terima kasih.

Jed Yoong 8 November 2008 at 20:07  

Just nego during pencalonan to maximise returns lor..
"X bagi $
Datuk, bagi apa?"
(fictional nego conversation)
Very good biz sense lah UMNO politicians, minimum effort, max returns...why bother with working, etc..

Jed Yoong 8 November 2008 at 20:09  

Datuk,

QUite high returns also mah...
The only "asset" is the pencalonan vote-lor...
Not a bad biz model....
Dun know what's actually being "produced" though...
I guess at least money is circulated, hope they renovate houses, buy cars, etc...

Zawi 8 November 2008 at 20:54  

Datuk Sak,
The idea is good but who wants to implement something that will curtial themselves from making tonnes of money?

koolmokcikZ 8 November 2008 at 21:36  

Salaam,
Excuse my wondering, but I was thinking what a great observation and proposal from you on your blog. Does this greatness end here? Penang under DAP proposed local council debates ala US town hall meetings [haven't heard any further news since the proposal]. With Obama's win, perhaps one can take a ride on the wave of 'change'? 2012 is not that far anyway. Better late than never!

walla 8 November 2008 at 22:01  

Hopefully that will put some money back for replanting, otherwise habis semuanya one unfine day.

sakmongkol AK47 aka Mat Tomoi 9 November 2008 at 09:35  

as pak zawi says- who wants to implement a policy that stops money flowing to them?

erotomania- this will be a classic- perhaps the majority of berwibawa contractors are actually beri-bawah contractors.
male contractors- beri-bawah means under counter money
but for women contractors- you must be careful with the-can-be made ambiguous term 'beri-bawah'. of course for PKR people, that is 'sedekah".

Omong 9 November 2008 at 10:09  

how about promoting/enhancing cottage industries

at least the kampung folks can maintain their sustenance level or even incrase their wealth

products from the land mass in their backyards need some form of transportation and packaging from output source to the marketplace

they would need assistance from the govt in marketing aspects

ketam 10 November 2008 at 09:40  

Assalamualikum Dato,

If someone have an idea untuk meningkatkan taraf hidup rakyat miskin dan ibu tunggal di negeri pahang kepada siapakah perlu di rujuk.. kerana perkara ini kalau di rujuk kepada salah org,org itu yg akan mengambil kesempatan mengaku bahawa idea itu dia yg punya... Kami mempunyai idea tetapi tidak mempunyai ruang.. berdasarkan konsep dan program ini 3 pihak akan mendapat hasil..peserta,kerajaan negeri dan kami sebagai pelaksana.

Harap Dato dapat membantu usahawan seperti kami ini yg selalu idea dicuri pemimpin dan org2 yg tidak bertanggungjawab.. Mungkin juga Dato boleh sertai kami dalam meningkatkan taraf hidup rakyat.

Dato boleh la email kepada saya Fadzil Amidi di ketam761@yahoo.com

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