Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The silliness of claiming ownership on wrongs

The problem with the UMNO goons is, they want to claim ownership on some indefensible issue. This is silly, because people will start viewing UMNO as an organization that stands on the side of abuse, of corruption, of mis-governance and as a party that practices discretionary and arbitrary laws. UMNO is fast becoming a dirty 4 letter word.
When someone criticizes the scandalous payments to IPPs, their criticisms were taken as attacks on UMNO? So what does UMNO support? UMNO supports some dubious arrangements to pay the IPPS horrendous prices when the same can be produced cheaper by TNB? UMNO stands for cavorting with the robber barons of today? The Anandas, the YTLS, The Berjayas, the Genting Lims- all friends of Mahathir. Mahathir isn't infallible.
Why should UMNO claim ownership on malpractices or claim ownership on possible corrupt practices? They should disown not own up.
This kind of stupidity will cost UMNO dearly in later years. UMNO should NOT take attacks on policies and on some issues of public concerns as attacks against the Malays or a Malay government. Perkasa doesn't speak for the Malays. It's not the only voice. Ibrahim Ali is no more Malay than I am or I am no less Malay than Ibrahim Ali.
Here is the problem with the IPP issue. People are questioning why the government finds it easy to withdraw subsidies from ordinary people but not that are paid to IPPs. This double standard raises the concern that the government protects the IPPs, coincidentally most created during Dr Mahathir's watch.
People can argue, IPPS get subsidies so that they can charge the public lower. Otherwise they will charge the public higher rates. The next real question is if IPPs have contracts agreed by the Mahathir administration that protect them from price fluctuations, is why were they given preferential treatment. Why protect them from price fluctuations?
Essentially, IPP's are protected from fuel price fluctuations. If the Government cuts fuel subsidy, then, the cost will be passed to the IPP's who in turn will pass it on to Tenaga and who in turn will need to raise electricity tariffs. So, in a sense, IPP's do not really benefit from the fuel subsidies.

The real issue is not why not take away subsidies from IPPs, but rather why did Tenaga and the government then agree to the price Tenaga pays to these IPP's and the "take or pay" conditions. The robber barons are holding the government at ransom and Mahathir who was the PM then, agreed to be squeezed by the balls.
Isn't Tenaga capable of generating electricity at a much lower cost than the IPP's (economy of scale, lower cost of capital, etc)
I read somewhere that some think tankers say that subsidies cause IPPS to be inefficient. Nope, I think subsidy causes not the IPPs but Tenaga to be inefficient or cause Tenaga to operate at sub-optimal level. Tenaga is forced to cater for daily peak and off peak demands and the broader economic cycles which means that Tenaga will have to shut off its own lower cost power stations when demand goes down because those IPP's are on a "take or pay" contract.
Why should we be forced to pay the rates in the first place? Because we are forced to do so, would suggest that really, those responsible at that time, the bankers and the IPPS are screwing us big time. How so?
IPPS get financing from banks right? Banks will finance only if IPPs generate higher ROIs. They must generate higher ROIs than those used and accustomed by Tenaga anyway. How do the IPPs ensure higher ROIs? Only by securing guarantees from the Malaysian government.
So when the Anandas, The Genting people, the Berjaya People, the habibs, the YTLs came before the PM then they said in unison- we can't get financing boss IF we can't get higher rates. So the boss said OK- you charge higher rates which we guarantee in agreements which can't be revealed forever. So they answered- orite boss, we are in business!
As an UMNO man, I am telling my friends in the party stop having to support these wrongs; wrongs are wrongs – don't matter who was the architect.
Don't think we can forever be in power. Can you imagine if another party forms the government, they create a Truth Commission as done by Mandela? Then all dubious contracts and projects will be subject to real forensic investigations which will make many people testicles-less.
So, stop claiming ownership on wrongs committed. That wasn't the reason UMNO came into being.

64 comments:

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 20:52  

There you go again, Mahathir again! All evils happen during Mahathir's watch. What about during Tunku's, Razak's, Hussein, Abdullah's watch? No evil happening then? Well, if you believe that it means you are one sick Mahathir hater dude! If you switch it around and put it to DAP or PAS governing the country those years, what would the outcome be? Evrything hunky dory? Well, if you believe that you are also one delusional dude.

What a useless article you wrote but what do i know? I am just a useless UMNO goon according to one has been UMNO politician, right?

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 20:56  

anon 20:52

no u r worse than that? since u r anon, you have a mother but no father.

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 20:59  

I wish the UMNO barons will not send their UMNO MAFIAS to knock at your door and threaten you to back off and stop lambasting them thru your blogsite.... I shudder to conjecture this will happen just like what they did to the Chairman of anti-Lynas NGO...saw him at the chicken rice shop and looked pale and shrink like a slaughter chicken.

But I believe you are made of sterner stuff and not easily cowed unless they bring the royal palace people and declare you 'persona non Grata' just like what they did to RPK.

Let your principles and integrity be your shining light and fear no one....

Keep on writing.....Kap Kun kap.

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 21:36  

Hello all the anon opposition supporters,

Eat your heart out, man! UMNO still in power and you guys can cry your heart out. Until DAP, PAS, PKR come in power all you guys can do is yak, yak ,yak! Go ahead, vote BN out. Till then, bah humbug!!

UMNO lover

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 22:15  

I do hope when PR takes over, assets of crony companies and Mahathir will be seized, worldwide

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 22:20  

Anonymous 14 June 2011 20:52 is obviously a Mahathir idoliser. He/she ought to have substantiated with facts why your article was useless. He/she couldn't because he/she has no comprehension of the far reaching consequences of Mahathir's actions. Maybe when Malaysia eventually becomes a poor country, he/she will understand but then it will be too late. For anonymous information, Abdullah Badawi tried to stop a lot borrowings as our country have been spending more than we earned. Rakyat will be the one paying the hutang

KK,  14 June 2011 at 22:33  

The Mamak practically screwed everybody except his cronies , relatives and family members with all these lopsided contracts/concessions/projects during his 22 years in power.

Besides these electricity robbers, there are highway robbers, rice and paddy robber,car/AP robbers,vehicles inspection robbers, water robbers and all other piratisation projects/concessions thieves , robbers and pirates.

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 23:00  

Sak,
Umno wanted to King Tut, so there are in it.They feel mighty proud to take us as suckers!

ramleideas 14 June 2011 at 23:04  

I personally agree with you that "The problem with the UMNO goons is, they want to claim ownership on some indefensible issue."

Enough is enough. The current administration must admit that there were mistkes and flaws made under the previous administration, especially under 22 years of Mahathir's administration. Admission of flaws is not an admission of guilt by the current government. Relook, revise and correct what is wrong as rightly said by our PM, DS Najib in Kazakhstan. It was such a n honourable statement. I wish it would become a real dream.

Abdul Haq,  14 June 2011 at 23:07  

My granparents were founder members of UMNO( the original one)!
I helped UMNO in some of their projects in the 1990's, though not a member.
Then UMNO Baru started persecuting DSAI, with all the vileness and viciousness of sodomy 1, then sodomy 2, now porno video 1 etc...
My children grew up in those years and now have their own children... They teach their children "Jangan Jahat macam UMNO"

OneMalaysian,  14 June 2011 at 23:37  

Dear Sakmongkol

“The Anandas, the YTLS, The Berjayas, the Genting Lims- all friends of Mahathir”.

Yes, that’s correct. And you might have included Syed Mokhtar, the ultimate boss of Malakoff and the richest Bumiputra. These are all Mahathir’s cronies, Syed Mokhtar being the only Malay. Has anyone wondered why Mahathir - often called an ultra-Malay nationalist, and patron saint of Perkasa - had given out such lucrative, one-sided contracts to very wealthy non-Malays?

It cannot be some random act of charity. It was done for a precise reason. These people were happy to reciprocate his generosity. We can almost be sure that there were kickbacks, a quid pro quo. Where the money went and who benefited we can only guess.

Let’s attempt to answer the question as to why Umno is trying to defend those “wrongs”. The answer is that the attacks on the nefarious deals came from the opposition, especially the DAP. So the reaction of Umno apparatchiks is just knee-jerk: if an attack comes from the DAP, we defend against the attack. But what about the truth? Who has time for the truth, and who cares anyway? All this verbal cut and thrust is meant to impress the rural folks that their leaders in KL are vigorously defending their interest. That’s the only important political message that has to be transmitted. Meantime, the thievery continues unabated.

Anonymous,  14 June 2011 at 23:58  

Dear Dato, i read your blog regularly and i am curious if the umno top leaders- president/ deputy, president, vice presidents etc actually accept constructive criticsm like yours or they just make "dont know"

Soonhock,  15 June 2011 at 00:10  

Dear Dato,Umnoputras have fixated mentality,that's one thing for sure.Since these creatures became Umno's warlords they have been as corrupted as the word corruption.They know the people knew that they are as dirty as the word "haram" means.Their guilty conscience tells them that whether it happened during Dr. M's time or under Najib's watch doesn't matter.

Corruption under Dr. M's watch or under Najib's watch,corruption to them is corruption.The only word they understand is corruption.The Chinese have a saying 'chew the chilly and you will if it is hot'.That is the reason they always jump the gun,and have to come out and defend themselves.

Najib always seems to have these blundering goons at his side.Sometimes one has to wonder what happen to the hundreds of billions wheelbarrowed away from the peoples bank.Umno with its partners in crime Mca and Mic cannot even come up with one person smart enough to advise Najib.Then use some of the money that you guys looted from the people and put it to good use.Hire some goons with animal brains to do your dirty work for you.

The IPP's are a fixed deposit long term guranteed income worth billions to Dr. M and family and his cronies.For example in the sixties and seventies when we were schoolkids,and used to get our food from the school canteen,candy,
drinks to bowls of noodles etc. from 5 cts-20 cts.The operator of the canteen was subsidised.They were given free water,electricity and rent free.That is why they can afford to sell cheaper.But these IPP's were given subsidies and asked to sell higher and not cheaper.

Umno kept making these stupid blundering mistakes could also be because it is done intentionally.
Some factions kept feeding these stupid things to the media and the public.It is maybe to caused a distraction so that Najib might fumbled before the touchdown line.

Najib has to fight his war at a few fronts.Besides PR in front,left
right and back belong to factions from Umno.Even if Najib were to win this war,he will be bruised,red, blue and black all over.Then Dr M will do the final finishing touches.Umno people who are not among the corrupted dare not do anything because the corrupted has truckloads of ringgit
and ringgit to the criminals are power.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 00:34  

Rigth on Dato , bring them on.

Reminder to them- Own up to your sin and you cant hide it from God.
True wisdom begins and ends with God.

Corruption and bribery blinded their discerning.Not all bribery is overt and some is more subtle.
Flattery is another type of bribe that uses WORDS as currency $$$.

Both deprive others of justice and displays partiality which are an offence to the character of the God.

When the going gets tough , the tough gets going. Fight on the warrior of Justice !!!

ODB.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 00:42  

anon 20:52 and anon 20:59

I assumed that you two are the same anons.Since the time of mankind there has always been corruption.It is either you condone or condemn.During the time of Tunku, Abdul Razak and Hussein Onn there were corruption among the civil servants.Then corruption
was not done so openly,everything was done in the dark.Some lower level politicians were involved too.

But have you heard of anybody,
including yourself accusing Tunku,Abdul Razak and Hussein Onn of praticing corruption.It is only after Mahathir,whom I assumed you idolised that corruption was on a rampage as wild as a bushfire.Dr. Mahathir your idol not only practised corruption,but he encouraged his cronies to practice
corruption openly too.This is Dr.M's legacy.You have to be a real man to admit it.So why not learn to be a man and admit it,that your Idol is not the man you thought to be.Then you won't be have sleepless nights anymore.Sleep easy,okay.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 00:59  

Salam Dato,

You verbalised exactly what has been in my thoughts all these while.

You wrote:
"Perkasa doesn't speak for the Malays. It's not the only voice. Ibrahim Ali is no more Malay than I am or I am no less Malay than Ibrahim Ali."

I share the same sentiment. I also wonder why is Ibrahim not detained under ISA. He spewed so much venom already. He needs to be sent to Kamunting for a holiday.
He is a disgrace to Islam and the Malay race. Period.

you wrote:
"The robber barons are holding the government at ransom and Mahathir who was the PM then, agreed to be squeezed by the balls.

my thoughts:
I believe Mahathir deliberately allowed his balls to be squeezed in return for kick-backs. He appeared "clean", that is only a facade he put up. Behind that facade, he is the evil one.

Idris

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 00:59  

Anon 20:52
Anon 20:59

What we should do is to send the"Animal Police or RSPCA" to your doorsteps and put you in a cage and send you to "MONKEY KING" of Monkey News Network.You sure do need a career change.It is good for your health long term.Then "MONKEY KING" will enrol you in the 'Obedient Wives Club'.You will be trained in the art of satisfying your potential customers.Enrollment is free.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 01:01  

Anon 20:52,

SAK may be an UMNO ex-Assemblyman but definitely not one has been UMNO politician as you claim. His writings show that he is still a relevant UMNO politician who dare to say the truth, a rare breed in UMNO today.

Why would you want to deny the wrongs that Mahathir had committed? And why would you want to switch it around and put it to DAP or PAS if they governed the country those years and assume that the outcome would also be bad? The fact remains that DAP or PAS did not govern the country those years and no wrongs had been committed by them. Its just your imagination.

When the ruling party has committed too many wrongs and is not capable of changing, we vote for change. Whether its DAP, PAS or PKR what's the problem? If along the way these 'governing' parties start committing the wrongs, go back to UMNO/BN. What's the problem? Don't we the rakyat want the ruling parties to do the right things?

Its as simple as that.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 05:59  

Apa punya comments la lu orang ni? Tak ade kerje lain ke? Grow up la, mAhathir era is over. Stop barking on the wrong tree la. Go and do something about it. Being an armchair critic is always easy. Its just words, man. You guys go and join any political party and stand as candidate la. If u all pandai komen and kutok orang je, sudah lah. Buang masa je. Bak kata org negori, perabih boraih je!

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 07:42  

Ha ha Sangtongkol and his merry men making a lot of noise in this blog site but who cares about what you guys except the ones that hates UMNO. So please continue to yak yak yak for all i care. If your wet dreams makes you excited please continue your wet dreams and have an orgy amongst yourself. Nobody with a sane mind will join. Ta ta

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 07:52  

All the comments in this blogs are yeah sak you are right, what a good article, yes dato we support you cos your writings are right on la, you are so good la dato sak, bla bla bla! UMNO is bad, Opposition is good, shud be given chance to govern , bla bla. Those that against us are mamakkutty lovers, mahathir lovers bla bla, stupid UMNO people bla bla.

You guys should listen to yourself la. You also sounded like frustrated people who got nothing better to do other than fighthing the cause of opposition. I DARE YOU GUYS TO CHANGE GOVERNMENT!! Vote BN OUT. If BN still in power eat your heart out man, jangan marah arrrr!!

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 08:02  

the IPP contract should be disclosed to all - boleh?

rakyat biasa

nick 15 June 2011 at 08:12  

Ladies and gents,

Here we have the prime example of The Hillbilly people Dato' Sak is writing about: anon 20:52,21:36 and the creme dela creme of the Hillbillies...anon 05:59.

BTW anon 05:59, why are you wasting other people's time by commenting here (going on by your own logic despising arm chair critic when you are one yourself)? Talk about Paku dulang paku serpih! .... It's scary to think that Malaysia have lots and lots of raving lunatic out there! Oh wait..we actually have an organization that nurtures and cultivate them.... PerHotak!!!

Nick.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 08:13  

So you blame erything on Mhathir right? Well and good so whtas the issue now? You want to put him on trial for all the evil deeds. Well and good so if you can only talk and talk and write about it but you cannot advice/forced Najib to prosecute mahathir then what you guys wanna do next? Change the government and after that prosecute Mhathir? Well and good so change the government lah? As long as you guys cannot change the government you guys can talk and talk and curse mahathir for all you like but sorry lor! You guys will just be sourpuss!!

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 08:20  

condemn. mahathir n the ipps for all you want but the contracts are irrevocable.
The damage Pemandu n najib is going to inflict on the future generation is even worse.
It will create wealth for a few at the expense of the rakyat.People will get poorer as disposable income gets even smaller.
Meanwhile the chosen ones will reap all the benefits n support to rape the country.GLCs,Petronas money will be diverted to ill defined n suspiciously speculative projects.Marginal oilfields farmed out to friends.
MRT will be burdened by the huge upfront income.

Study the ETP.Look at the numbers>capex,gni n jobs created.GNI=ebitda+employee compensation
Do some simple maths n you will see the huge returns on the capex.Its 1 ringgit capex giving Rm 1 ANNUAL returns.CE remains below 30%. .

With cost of living shooting up. . .ur going to be poor unless ur amongst the chosen one.Najib is the worse of all the PMs.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 08:41  

First blame Mahathir, now blame Najib! So what else is new rgds the supporters of Tongkol ni? Boring la u guys

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 08:55  

Anon 08:13,

There have been many cases of dictators eventually been brought to trial. For example folk like Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein and countless of Little Tin Pot African nation dictators have been found guilty under the court of law.

However there remains a trio of who have yet to face jusice - Robert Mugabe, Omar Bashir and Mahathir Mohamad. They are meeting in Langkawi to discuss their latest strategy.

But times can change and will change. Already Dr Mahathir is losing support even in Kedah. How many people came out for Tun's organized 1Melayu rally? And furthermore, if all our appeals to the party fail in provoking an investigation, we can still appeal to Rosmah for justice

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 09:34  

Morality, Integrity, Truth and Justice are not the props UMNO stand on.

UMNO today is propped up by using brute power - police, EC, AG, MACC, Judiciary, Media and Lies to survive.

UMNO is a tree with rotten roots. Eventually it will have to fall.

When a Malay is gunned down by the police or thrown out of the window , the grieving families never go to UMNO or Perkasa, they go to the DAP, PKR and some NGO.

UMNO claims ownership to Falsehood and Injustice.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 10:14  

anon 7:42, anon 7:52
anon 8:13, anon 8:20

Are you guys the anons that the tabloid The Star was talking about.The paid mecenaries Umno said
it would let loose as its attack dogs on pro opposition blogs.Datuk is an Umno man,but he is a critic.
Sak might have you guys neutered. Zorro is waiting for you guys too.
Monkey King is waiting to convert you guys to "Obedient wives Club"
aka "COWS" too.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 12:37  

Ha ha ha..

Bottom line is...Najib should do something about IPP..bukan dok diam aja..Rakyat need to see some action..Jangan pulak UMNO pertahankan IPP sudahlah..

Anyhow, rakyat tak peduli Mahathir ka Anwar ka...depa dah buat silap, Yang jadi PM dan TPM sekarang ni perlu betulkan...Yang depa dok cerita Ikan Kembung jadi 12 ringgit sekilo,..Minyak naik harga, Beras naik harga, tambang bas naik..Understod!!!...ha ha ha.

Pakatan Rakyat memang kerja dia cari salah Goverment, yang Goverment perasaan MAKSUM tu kenapa????..ha ha ha.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 13:01  

maybe that's the reason UMNO is using PERKASA to protect the highly-dubious SPR

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 14:53  

it appears to me here that there are 2 factions commenting here najib and mahathir. interesting. it would make sense since RPK has intimated some power struggle between them. Dato, your article has some very relevant points especially the part where the small time average joes get bullied (eg by the Noh fella on the fisherman) whereas the IPP people gets protected. I think either Najib's hand is tied in this or ???

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 15:42  

Art Harun...must read :

The Failure of Our Institutions

When MACC opened a Twitter account some months ago, I was actually pleasantly surprised that it chose to follow my twitter account. I promptly decided to return the compliment by following MACC on Twitter.

From then on, I could read MACC’s instant reports of the Teoh Beng Hock RCI proceedings on Twitter. I must say it was a good initiative by MACC. Kudos to whoever that was in MACC who decided to utilise the social-networking facility by engaging the cyber-society through Twitter.

During the height of the Sarawak election campaign, I decided that it was about time that I had a two-way communication with MACC over Twitter. Conscious of the fact that the biggest election issue for that election was the alleged wealth – which were not rebutted and categorically denied – of Taib Mahmud and his family members, I decided to tickle MACC’s feet with a question.

My question to MACC over Twitter was “why doesn’t MACC investigate the wealth of Taib Mahmud?”

I did that because from what I gathered over various reports – which I must say were unconfirmed but were not met by firm denials – Taib Mahmud and his family members own vast properties in Sarawak, Canada and other countries. The wealth imputed to him and his family would, if proven to be true, far exceed the amount of his salaries, allowances, bonuses and perks as a Chief Minister, even if it is assumed that he spent all those income on acquiring properties and nothing else throughout his tenure as the Chief Minister of Sarawak.

To my simple mind, surely Taib Mahmud has a lot to explain on how he managed to acquire such vast properties during his tenure as the Chief Minister. If he said that he was a good businessman who manage to accumulate such wealth, then the next question would be where did he find the time to undertake such businesses when he should really be managing Sarawak on full time basis.

So I asked MACC the above question on Twitter.

The reply which I got from MACC was disappointing, to say the least. It was either a sign that MACC did not fully understand its functions as an agency or was reflective of an institution which exists just as a Christmas decoration on a very colourful street in GagaLand.

The reply was “we need proof, we will investigate only when there is proof.” Or something to that effect.

And so I shot back, “isn’t the function of investigation to find proof?”

I did not get any reply to that one till today.

My public engagement with MACC thus met with an early termination.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 15:46  

Cont...3

This brings into question the collective wisdom of MACC in preferring a charge for fraudulently acquiring the land instead of for abuse of power against Khir Toyo. The former carries a maximum sentence of only 2 year imprisonment while the latter carries a much heftier sentence.

Perhaps MACC has its own reasons for doing as they did and we, the people, can only hope that the reasons are purely one of practicality and is grounded on legal basis rather than some political motivations or external factors. But one cannot escape to note that Anwar Ibrahim was previously charged for abuse of power for reasons much flimsier than the one in the Khir Toyo case.

It is in a situation such as this that public accountability is paramount. MACC suffers from an almost hallucinated state of belief that it is operating at a very standard and is, for all intent and purposes, above board, in particular, above political pressure. The public however does not suffer from such grandiose delusion. In 2011, the people demand accountability from public institutions, even more so from such an important institution which lies at the heart of proper governance.

It is in cases such as this that MACC’s action is open to scrutiny by the people who are increasingly aware of their rights. When there are actions which are smack of double standard, the public would be quick to judge. It is therefore MACC’s duty to account for its action.

Meanwhile, the police force is or appears to be a leviathan of some sorts.

Buried and tainted in a litany of unspeakable abuses of force and power, for which the force has not even attempted to own up, let alone unequivocally apologise, the police force is an institution which has lost almost all of its credibility in the eyes of the public.

From the time of Dr Mahathir, where the police force was used as a carriage donkey for whatever Machiavellian schemes which he set out to undertake (I may be insulting Machiavelli here), the police force has times and again failed to rise up above political patronisation and meet public expectations.

It has carried mattresses into Courts; provided dodgy DNA analysis and result as testimony; allegedly summarily executed hundreds of alleged criminals (for which there have been no more than flimsy denials that they were acting in self defence as an explanation); arrested people who were just carrying some candles by the streets and the lawyers who were going to see their clients.

The list goes on and on. In recent memory, we have the mysterious death of Kugan; the fatal shooting of a 14 year old boy, Aminurasyid and recently the killing of 3 young men which, according to the pathologist report, took place in seemingly “execution” fashion.

The most recent is the story of a bank manager who spent 3 days in a lock up for not wearing a seatbelt, as reported by Malaysiakini. Even if we take the police’s story as accurate and true, that the bank manager did say “Lu apa kuasa mahu ambil gua punya lesen dan IC?” to the police officer and that, in the mind of the police constituted an obstruction of a government officer from discharging his duties, what was the necessity to arrest and obtained a remand order to keep him in a lock up for 3 days?

What further investigations which were necessary for the police to undertake? If the bank manager had said that and the police had opined that that constituted an offence as alleged, couldn’t the police prepare an investigation paper there and then and pass it to the AG Chambers for further action. What was there to be investigated further which would warrant a 3 day lock up?

It was as clear as daylight (without the seasonal haze, of course) that the police’s action was unwarranted and is an abuse of power. It was the police force acting as complainant, investigator, prosecutor, judge and executioner.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 15:47  

cont...4

Again, like the MACC, the police force is an essential institution in the machination of governance in any state, modern or quasi-modern. Even during the Melaka Sultanate, the office of the Temenggong (equivalent to the office of the Inspector General of Police) was taken seriously by the none other than the Sultan himself. Sultan Allaudin Riayat Shah, for example, realising that crime rate was creeping up, took it upon himself to do the Temenggong’s job one night just to show that the Temenggong was more than a little slacking in his KPI rating.

It is thus paramount that the police force should rise up to the challenge and demands of the people – as opposed to the State’s – and start proving that it is an institution worthy of the trust and respect of the people which it so craves. There is no reward, in terms of trust and respect, for the police to so often beat its own chest and proclaim that it is the best there is; that it protects and serves to protect and that the crime rates have so decreased that it is not safe for an old woman to walk on the street with a handbag and a mobile phone at 11 at night.

It is in the action and in the accountability for such action that the police force is judged by the people. The numbers in the KPI do not count as far as the people are concerned. Nothing else would satisfy the insatiable cravings of the people for a police force which is trustworthy, efficient and dependable than a thorough cleaning up of the force; an above and across the board approach towards the performance of its functions; the proper usage of its powers and exercise of its jurisdiction as well as a more “human” communication skills.

Yesterday also saw a shocking news in the Singapore Straits Times about our immigration boys abusing 2 women from Singapore who were arrested for allegedly entering Malaysia illegally. This is the kind of moronic, if not Neanderthal-isque approach by our front-line agency, in so far as foreign visitors are concerned, which puts Malaysia firmly on the list of GagaLand.

How we seem to treat refugees and illegal immigrants seem to be the highlight of international concerns all this while. And to think that we are now desirous to enter into a people swapping agreement with Australia!

Elsewhere, we have news that Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Bashir of Sudan have been invited to an economic forum at Putrajaya. Who is the bright spark who actually invited these two international miscreants to Malaysia – to attend an economic forum at that? What can the participants of the forum learn from these two that they cannot learn from Daim Zainuddin or Mohd Nor Yaacob?

Mugabe has succeeded in transforming Zimbabwe into an iconic state in the annual award of Inflation magazine. Bashir, on the other hand, has a warrant of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court hanging over his head. And yet we invited them to an economic forum in Putrajaya.

Of course Mugabe has been rumoured to be in Malaysia seeking medical attention in not so distant a past. He is a good acquaintance, if not friend, of Dr Mahathir.

Nothing could supersede that news, in terms of sheer shock and awe, than the evening revelation yesterday, that the Ministry of Tourism had spent a whopping RM1.8 million to build and launch an FB page, as reported by the Malaysian Insider.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 15:48  

cont...5

50 million of people around the world spent only 5 minutes of their time, some electricity and broadband charges to open their FB account. I started this blog with nothing other than my two hand and two fingers and a bit of processing power left in my head after more than 20 years appearing in our Courts. And yes, our Ministry of Tourism spent ONE POINT EIGHT MILLION bucks to open an FB page.

If MACC could work overtime to investigate the alleged mis-usage of funds to the tune of several thousands ringgit by DAP – which led to Teoh Beng Hock’s death – I am sure MACC would display the same kind of enthusiasm in pursuing this utter crap.

The expenses could be well justified for all we know, but investigate we must.

Otherwise, we would continue to fail.

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 16:30  

Dato,

UMNO stands for U MUST NOT OPPOSE/OBJECT. That says it all, doesn't it?

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 16:48  

Those are just pure Hypocrites!! They called themself champion of malay and Islam. Behind that they are doing lootings and make ordinary people to suffer!

Following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up.

1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.

2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.

3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous.

4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner."

The above apply to many ex and current UMNO leaders!!

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 16:57  

God would be very disturbed and sad to see that his followers who regard corruption and abuse of power as a ‘necessary evil’ in the pursuit of wealth and power.

Bogey 15 June 2011 at 17:05  

are all these anons (or is it the same one trying to portray many of them)that are spewing crap all over this thread the so-called umno cyber-troopers? If they are, then well and good.... I say you pay peanuts, you get monkeys :)

saji 15 June 2011 at 20:09  

Sdr Anon 15 June 2011 12:37

Kerajaan BN yang diketuai oleh UMNO yang menguasai kerajaan pusat juga berkuasa penuh terhadap semua dasar awam negara dalam bentuk perundagan, belanjawan, projek, rancangan dan program, melainkan dasar mengenai tanah dan agama di negeri2.

Sdr kata, Pakatan Rakyat memang kerja dia cari salah Goverment

Jika ditakdirkan sdr berada di pihak pembangkang suatu masa nanti, tidakkah apa yang sdr akan dan boleh lakukan ketika itu nanti ialah, mencari kesalahan Government yang memerintah iaitu sama apa yang dilakukan oleh pembangkang sekarang?

Tidak setuju! Lihat apa yang UMNOBN lakukan di Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Kelantan sekarang.

Lee Wee Tak 15 June 2011 at 22:09  

good points, except 1 disputable logic...if preferential treatment is taken away from IPP and they have to pass on the higher price to consumers anyway?

if IPPs are removed from the supply chain altogether, then their profit element is removed as well hence we can see real savings for rakyat

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 23:06  

Just wonder, if IPPs are removed altogether, who will then supply the electricity to TNB? Will TNB generate their own electricity and if they do, what kind of cost would be involved? If it is costly, would they then not pass the 'burden' back to the consumer?

Sudah2 la blame Tun Mahathir, the question is what can we do now in making sure that the wrongs are corrected?

Manoq

Anonymous,  15 June 2011 at 23:25  

"... However there remains a trio of who have yet to face jusice - Robert Mugabe, Omar Bashir and Mahathir Mohamad. They are meeting in Langkawi to discuss their latest strategy..."

Why don't you add GW Bush, Tony Blair, Thaksin etc etc including your father as well, for:

1)not settling dozens of parking summons issued by DBKL and MBPJ,

2)running the red lights,

3)parking on the yellow lines too many times,

4)overtaking on the double line,

5)smoking in the non-smoking areas,

6)throwing hundreds of cigarette butts on the street, corridors etc,

5)attempted to bribe or bribed the police to avoid getting the speeding tickets on numerous occasions,

6)not paying the IWK bills,

7) and, macam2 lagi lah ....

Manoq

Anonymous,  16 June 2011 at 00:22  

ismail sabri 1.4 mil off the shelf theme website
ng yen yen 1.8 mil facebook
Nor Mohd prasarana award to bombardier at RM 300 mil or 50% of lowest bidder.
Pemandu RM 64 mil wild splurges.
Gamuda confirmed to bid for MRT work packages i.e pagar given permission by PM to mkn padi cawcaw.
1MDB signing of Sg Besi land project.Terms not published n possibly another OSA.

Someone obviously in great hurry to sign off things?Wonder wats n why the rush?

My conclusion: These guys don't bother with wat rakyat thinks.They hv strongholds that a little money can make the difference.Transparency.competitiveness.independence are mere pemanis mulut.

I just doa that they will hv some pity on us.All the debts n wasteful spending will be our children's burden.Kesian lah mereka semua.They deserve better. .they are the innocents.

Pls my dear leaders have mercy on them.For every dollar squandered a life is at risk.

tq

dahserikngankeris 16 June 2011 at 03:09  

u know dato, when i was learning economics in my college days, they were talking about privatization as if it was god's gift to man, yet now its all a load of garbage and the malaysian people are starting to understand why PAS made all that noise during LLN's transformation to TNB, it wasnt really about concessions but the selling of government assets.

on another note, how about taking a little time on the ECM libra issue, if mahathir walks on water i think KJ is a close second.....so what say you?

hmmm frankly speaking i think all umno dudes walk on water, lets not be selective, if i steal 1 apple and mr.x steals 60 apples its the same because we both stole.

now if youre selective please stand up, opposition members included, semua penipu, ganti satu kroni dengan kroni yang lain. dulu contractor melayu ali baba, sekarang nih......?

proxy proxy proxy lobby lobby lobby

*middle fingers every1*

saji 16 June 2011 at 06:52  

Manoq

"Sudah2 la blame Tun Mahathir, the question is what can we do now in making sure that the wrongs are corrected?"

Transfer all IPPs one by one to TEN for them to operate

saji 16 June 2011 at 07:08  

Dahserikdengankeris

Saya pernah tulis artikal diUTUSAN MALAYSIA dengan tajuk, Dasar penswastaan tidak silap.

Yang silap ialah sistem pemerolehan kontraknya membabitkan aspek tender dan pemilihan sistem kontrak pembinaan

Umum dan pembankang, khasnya cuma tahu atau mengaitkan tender direct nego dengan amalan korapsi dan kronisme iaitu amalan tidak bermoral yang dikaitkan dengan pengaruh kapitalis dan ditegah Islam. Padahal, pemilihan kontrak pembinaan Design and Build with contractor's design input juga menggalakan amalan tersebut

dahserikngankeris 16 June 2011 at 09:49  

Saji,

" Padahal, pemilihan kontrak pembinaan Design and Build with contractor's design input juga menggalakan amalan tersebut "

hmmmm, boleh bagi penjelasan yg lebih mendalam tak?

Elektrik adalah keperluan, saya tidak berapa setuju bila ia diserah kepada sektor swasta kerana ia keperluan yang memang menjadi tanggungjawab kerajaan persekutuan.

Saya tahu penjelasan penswastaan, im just against it. The exercise of privatization in itself has led to corruption, so no explanation needed. Necessities/keperluan cannot be privatized because it belongs to everyone thus the custodian that was elected to take care of national assets should take care of it and keep it in public hands and not transfer it to their own hands or greedy hands. simple :)

Anonymous,  16 June 2011 at 10:17  

Mr Saji...

You misunderstand what I'm writting about Pakatan Rakyat.

You must agree in Malaysia contact, oppositions are just find fault and they bring issue in most creative ways. They are selectively chosen an issue which is favourable on them and has big impact on government (this is political strategy).

On the others hand, The Government should react in such manners which not jeopardise their integrity. If, they make mistake or mistake from previous government, they should correct it. Remembered, I just wrote that our government is perasan MAKSUM…ha ha ha.

Satu perkara yang saya setuju, UMNO terlalu lama jadi Kerajaan, sampai lupa macamana nak jadi pembangkang ..ha ha ha.

Anonymous,  16 June 2011 at 15:09  

Well put Sir!!!

saji 17 June 2011 at 00:18  

Sdr dahserikngankris

1. Semasa saya berkerja dengan firma arkitek Jonathan Smith & Partners di UK dulu saya terlibat dengan sebuah projek yang menggunakan sistem kontrak pembinaan Design and Build (D&B) with client's design input

2. Apabila kembali ke Malaysia pada awal 90'an saya lihat penggunaan kontrak pembinaan jenis D&B begitu meluas sekali membaitkan projek tulen kerajaan dan yang diswastakan atau penswastaan, tetapi jenis D&B with contractor's design input.

3. Persamaan dan perbezaan antara D&B with Client's design input dengan D&B with Contractor's design input:


a) Kedua2nya jenis fast track contract, tetapi D&B with Contractor's design input lebih cepat sikit.

Ini mungkin disebabkan kontrak pembinaan D&B with Contreactor's design input mempunyai ciri single line responsibilities iaitu contractor bertanggungjawab aspek rekabentuk dan pembinaan sekali gus, berbanding dengan D&B with client's design input, di mana client bertanggungjawab ke atas aspek rekabentuk manakala contractor bertanggungjawab ke atas aspek pembinaannya

Ini teorinya sahaja, kerana di Malaysia bukan sahaja projek menggunakan kontrak pembinaan tersebut mengalami masalah kelewatan siap, malah ada yang terbengkali. Mengapa? Kerana kontrak pembinaan D&B with contractor's design input lebih mudah diali-babakan

b)Kualiti pembinaan dan rekabentuk rendah bagi kontrak pembinaan D&B with contractor's design input.

Buktinya kita dapat lihat projek Stadium Sultan Mizan yang bumbungnya runtuh dan Jejambat MRR2 di Kepong yang struktur 'T'nya retak itu -antara contoh2.

4. Amalan korapsi dan kronisme berlaku dalam keadaan berikut:

a) Apabila projek tidak ditawarkan cara tender terbuka yang bercanggah dengan prinsip/hukum jual beli Lelong Islam yang didasarkan sebuah Sunnah Nabi SAW dan prinsip fair trade deal Barat, mahupun prinsip antimonopolynya, di samping tender tertutup membaitkan lebih kurang 5 syarikat sekutu atau kesemuanya merupakan syarikat2 kroni parti memerintah

b) Projek yang diberikan kepada syarikat kontraktor kroni yang tidak layak yang kemudiannya mengali-babkan atau total sub-letting kepada kontraktor lain dengan bayaran komesyen antara 5 hingga 20%. Ini meskipun wujud klausa; total sub-letting yang melarangnya!

loveMyKris,  17 June 2011 at 09:59  

To Anon 16 June 2011 10:17

Tulis dalam bahasa melayu je la. Senang sikit nak baca. Berterabuh la england kamu.

walla 17 June 2011 at 11:14  

http://is.gd/xQuDKk

saji 17 June 2011 at 12:08  

Sdr dahserikngankris

(sambungan)

5)Satu lagi mengenai kelemahan kontrak pembinaan D&B with contractor's design input yang umum dan parti pembangkang tidak ketahui atau jarang dedahkan ialah kos penyediaan dokumen tender - lukisan, BQ, spesifikasi dan cash flow yang membebankan petender yang berminat, tetapi minatnya lari apabila mereka siang2 merasakan peluang mereka mendapatkannya tipis sekali, atas alasan mereka bukan kroni pemerintah dan atau ada kabel besar. Sebaliknya, ia tidak berlaku bagi kontrak pembinaan D&B with client's design input.

Anonymous,  17 June 2011 at 15:29  

En Saji..

Obviously you are a very knowledgeable on "contracting" processes.

In Malaysia,our leaders adopt Western practises to confuse the rakyat of a new deal.Then,they use it as a camouflage to do "direct nego".

As an example..in UK ..PFI is widely practised.Essentially PFIs in UK are awarded on open competitive bids.Malaysia adopts "PFI" and give direct nego.Worse..Msia's PFI does not include the key life cycle cost i.e Msia PFI is deferred payment of Capex only.

Now again Govt bullshitting Rakyat with PDP..project Delivery Partner mechanism.In UK..on Crossrail for instance..PDP is on competitive bids.Malaysia gives it on a plate to Gamuda(MMC Ali Baba)

And in UK,PDPs forbidden from bidding/involved for any work packages i.e they are only allowed to wear one hat.

In Malaysia..PDPs allowed to bid for tunnels & given Swiss Challenge privileges >>this is pure madness.Would any contractor want to spend money to bid?..if you are lowest Gamuda given chance to match ur price and win the job.If u do win the job,Gamuda is going to manage you.

So,its not that our leaders are stupid..they know what they want..its that the leaders think the rakyat is stupid.

Hope you can comment..is my points valid?

Anonymous,  17 June 2011 at 18:18  

Hey want to know why so many Chinese and Indian tycoons get the job? These guys do not talk nor take part in UMNO party elections.

Notice that Syed Moktar .. is he in politics ? No right .. so very safe.

That is why most money go to the non Malays lah... hehehehehe.

Yes, the one giving the contract gets 10% or even 20% , the other guy makes 50% or more.

That is the way how life goes on. Happy Fathers day every father here...

dahserikngankeris 18 June 2011 at 03:34  

Sdr saji,

Terima kasih dengan penjelasan anda. :)

saji 18 June 2011 at 09:00  

Sdr anon.17 June 2011 15:29

1. Ya, semua points/maklumat UK yang sdr dedahkan itu adalah segala-segalanya benar.Khasnya mengenai compititif bidding yang sdr maksudkan itu, kerana semua pihak berkepentingan dalam pelaksanaan projek kerajaan dan swasta di UK amat takut dengan dasar awam fair trade dealnya. Bahkan jika mereka ditawarkan kontrak, mereka patuh terhadap klausa total sub-letting iaitu tidak mengali-babakan kontraknya

2. Tetapi apa yang boleh kita lakukan untuk mengatasi masalah compititif bidding di negara ini dan kelemahan mengarut penggunaan sistem kontrak pembinaan D&B with contractor's design input di negara ini?

3.Berdasarkan apa yang dilakukan dan telah dibuktikan di negeri2 PR,saya berani mengatakan ramai yang setuju masalah compititif bidding di negara hanya boleh diatasi dengan merehatkan kerajaan UMNOBN. Tetapi, bagaimana dengan masalah kontraktor Bumiputra yang terus dibelenggu masalah modal atau kepakaran pembinaan atau kedua2nya sekali?

Maksud saya, apakah memadai dengan meninggalkan sistem kontrak pembinaan D&B with contractor's design input dan berpindah kepada sistem kontrak pembinaan D&B with client's design input, berdasarkan hujah2 saya di atas mengenainya?






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saji 18 June 2011 at 09:49  

Sdr dahserikngankeris

Kalau sdr baca komen anon. 17 June 2011 15:29 sdr akan lebih faham bagimana PFI (yang saya anggap sebagai adek beradik penswastaan) itu telah dieksploitasi oleh pihak2 berkepentingan kerajaan UMNOBN untuk menghalalkan cara mereka memberi ruang dan peluang perniagaan kepada syarikat2 kroninya dengan cara yang bukan sahaj ditegah dalam amalan muamalat Bara,t malah amalan muamalat Islam juga membabitkan jenis jual beli yang disebut dalam muamalat Islam sebagai transaksi barangan yang tidak wujud ketika akad yang istilah Baratnya ialah projek.

Tinta Hitam 18 June 2011 at 09:55  

Datuk Ariff,
Sooner or later UMNO and their goons will charged you on sodomy and maybe creating another sex video about you...

Anonymous,  18 June 2011 at 22:21  

why are you writing these articles... nobody cares

dahserikngankeris 18 June 2011 at 23:53  

sdr Saji,

understand that the government is using bureaucracy, creating middlemen to assume the corruption intended.

to which a tender process can be flawed if all participants are of the same crony, thing is all of those policies applied will only work if there is such a thing called enforcement, even that can be smokedscreened.

Cara sesebuah parti politic itu boleh diramal dengan meneliti pemilihan parti masing masing, entahlah saya rasa tanggungjawab pemimpin adalah amat berat, tetapi di hujung hujung zaman ini orang berkejar kejar untuk menjadi pemimpin. wallahuwallam

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