Saturday, 14 April 2012

Fellow citizens! Make your own report card.


I sense an air of hopelessness and despondence among UMNO supporters and leaders. Dr Mahathir `thinks’ Najib can pull it through. Mahathir seldom thinks as he is more at home trusting his gut feelings. So when he has to think, instead of trusting his political instincts, UMNO is in trouble. He is hoping. 
Others less informed but nevertheless conceited enough to show to the public their exuberance and enthusiasm for all things UMNO are now not responding and arguing about the issues we put forward. Instead they will either mutter some unsupported statements or go for the usual stock in trade UMNO ad hominem attacks.  This time, we don’t even have time to humor them so let them drown in their own sputum. 
Their sense of bleakness which are reduced to mere entreaties now, remind me of some passages from TS Eliot’s poem- I first heard of these passages during one of those talks given by `comrade’ Kassim Ahmad as he was then, at the University of Malaya. That was some time ago. I Google and found those same passages;
“I said to my soul be still, and wait without hope; for hope would be hope of the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith. But the faith, and the love, and the hope are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: so the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
Dr Mahathir waits without hope. The lesser UMNO beings also wait without hope. They are hoping for the wrong thing. And so they go on believing the darkness that UMNO brings is light and the rigor mortis that is embracing the dying UMNO as something in motion.
Let’s continue with Najib’s report card to the nation about his ETP and GTP. The various plans that he has in store to jump start the economy again. UMNO leaders always have this game plan- come out with big sounding terms to jump start the economy. How does having grandiose terms increase productive capacity of the nation to produce goods and services to sell to the world or to service the world to bring in additional income? 
One of the core pillars of the ETP is the oil and gas industry. Then Idris Jala comes up with some statements saying we can’t rely on these extractive industries because oil and gas are depleting resources. That we already know. Yet the oil and gas industry contributes only about 20 over percent to the GDP. Manufacturing is a bigger contributor. The oil and gas industry can be exploited further. 
I find this statement contradicting with the esteemed positioning of the O&G industry in the ETP scheme of things. It’s also strange given the fact that out of the 113 marginal oil fields, only two were given out to Mokhzani Mahathir’s and Sharil Shamsuddin’s companies. How about the 111 marginal fields? 
Are we waiting for Omar Ong to come out with a business plan where Ethos will function as global project coordinator like it does in the FGV listing come- what-may exercise, while CIMB is perhaps busy culling up  some merger plans for some new O&G outfit to manage the 111 marginal oil fields. Maybe a new company that will be floated and more money going to the BN and UMNO piggy banks? 

That is a likely scenario. 
Then Najib opens up Johore Premium outlets some months ago and mouthed the usual superlatives about how this business is going to raise income for the nation. The goods sold at JPO are all imported which means money going out of the country mister PM. This is a consumption industry which does not increase the productive capacity of the economy. It’s a shopping paradise for the rich, whether local or Singaporeans. Maybe Singaporeans and others will spend money in JB- which raises incomes of sellers and some people but hardly to the level which can make a big contribution in the quest to make Malaysia the first Muslim country to reach the status of a first world. 
And will Najib not be ashamed, if ever that level is reached, it is reached on the labor of non-Muslims, which Najib’s party UMNO is bullying and intimidating? 
The companies busy in the Iskandar region. What are they doing? Most are building high end housing projects which will hardly add to the productive capacity of the economy. Iskandar region will end up as a rich and famous playground and home away from home. 
Meanwhile JB residents and the surrounding area will have to accommodate increasing cost of living because now, they will have to compete with well-heeled foreigners snapping up the high end residences in Johore. That’s Najib ETP.
When we were school going children did we write our own report cards? We never did unless we were really naughty boys and girls who went to party, played truant, smoked cigarettes and marijuana. Then, after we didn’t do the exams well enough even to pass, fearing scolding and beltings from our parents we forged report cards and gave A’s to most of our subjects.
That’s what Najib did when he reported to the nation about his ETP and GTP. He has more to hide rather than to report by making a self-report card. Isn’t that a stupid and self-promoting exercise? He could have at least assemble a team of sycophantic academics and political activists who will pretend to discuss some serious intellectual subject in a staged forum and assess his ETP and GTP. But he didn’t because his advisers say it is best for him to give his state of the union address to lend credence to his dubious 69% rating. 
All hail to the chief!  Auta on babe.

18 comments:

datin seri zianajib,  14 April 2012 15:08  

unfortunately, the women development minister did not go to school. what is all this fuss dato'? the police (or is it isham?) is making their own report card for crime rate, so is spad and the rest of them. self-praise is part of the gtp kpi i suppose
and for the record, here's what research hv to offer: Too Much Undeserved Self-Praise Can Lead to Depression - ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2011). hahahaha

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 15:09  

This Sakmongkol guys is a sure Prime Minister stuff. I hope he will runs for a parliment seat preferably one in Pahang.We don`t have to shop around anymore....eat your heart out Nuar.Dato Ariff for PM.What say you guys.....

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 15:47  

Dato'

You know what they say about lies and deception. If a liar repeats the same lie over and over again, soon that liar might even believe it to be true!

Syabas.

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 16:44  

they have been playing with themselves for far too long making themselves shiok sendiri, they can't tell whether they are coming or going anymore, and they can't be doing it forever or they will go blind

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 17:22  

Dato Sak,

As the saying goes "Self praise is no praise". But unfortunately PM Najib has grown too accustomed with praises ringing in from his sycophantic BN politicians/ministers and billionaire cronies that he is now under his own great illusion that he is indeed the "Father of Transformation". Sad to say, he is the "father" who transformed this country from riches to rags aided by the even increasingly corrupt UMNOputras.

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 17:28  

Dato'

It looks like the BN or more rightly UMNO only have 3 People that Counts:

Najib
Rosmah
Mahathir

The rest are the "UMNO Silent Majority"

Each of the three have their own PERSONAL REASONS for speaking up..

NAJIB who wishes to remain as PM and will receive no Mercy from Rosmah if he fails.

ROSMAH who wants to continue REMAINING as the FIRST LADY of Malaysia

Mahathir who wants to prove that he was not WRONG in choosing Najib to replace Badawi whom he hated so much. He canoot be seen to be wrong AGAIN.

What about the UMNO SILENT MAJORITY?

Who Knows? They will only express themselves at the Ballot Box!!



Joe Black

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 17:35  

Salam Dato',

As if this guy name Najib is more towards golongan elite, golongan towkay dan segala macam kemewahan yang terang-terang dia buat di siang hari. Apa perancangan dia buat, asyik menyakitkan hati golongan bawahan dan pertengahan. Mungkin dia biasa hidup dalam kemewahan, tidak seperti arwah ayahndanya yang asal orang kampung.

Apa yang dia buat "kononnya", berbuat baik dan rapat dengan rakyat saya lihat masih macam seorang "diktator" berlagak sombong, di kelilingi oleh rakyat yang mempunyai pelbagai persepsi, ada nampak macam nak sembah kaki dia, ada yang lihat dari jauh. Nampak sangat RAKYAT macam dipaksa atau terpaksa.

Yang si Ros' Man', kalau depan orang ramai, nampak macam takut-takut, gelisah, mata jeling sana jeling sini keresahan walaupun di saluti kekayaan di tangan dan leher.

Lain pula bila RAKYAT jumpa pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat, simple sahaja dan rasa santai.

Ini semua kerana 'aura' kepimpinan.

Kita di didik menghormati pemimpin. Tapi kalau pemimpin itu bersifat... alahai .... maka RAKYAT rasa meluat dan terhiris rasa hati.

Bukan sahaja UMNO, kalau pimpinan PR macam tu, kita harus tolak mereka 100% juga.

Kesimpulannya, bukan masalah parti mana, tapi adalah masalah "kemanusiaan".

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 19:06  

Thanks, I enjoyed that to the last morsel.

Donplaypuks® 14 April 2012 19:10  

"Tug of war over $3 billion automated traffic summons con-tract as firm linked to Najib’s aide wins deal." MI. CLICK HERE or http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/tug-of-war-over-automated-traffic-summons-as-firm-linked-to-najibs-aide-wins-deal/

"ATES Sdn, Bhd, director, Chee Chwee Cheong, ex-founding partner of Ethos Consulting headed by Mustapha Ong..."

Mustapha Ong also sits on Petronas Board of Directors (appointed by Najib after Merican was sacked) which has been awarding "marginal oilfield" con-tracts to Mokhzani and sapura after his appointment.

The plunder, looting and rape by cronies continues.

Dpp
we are all of 1 Race, the Human Race

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 21:25  

1/2

Below is UMNO/BN report card.


1. PKFZ RM12 billion

2. Submarine Commission RM500 million

3. Sime Darby RM964 million

4. Paya Indah Westland RM88 million

5. Pos Malaysia (Transmile) RM230 million lost

6. Eurocopter deal RM1 billion wasted?

7. Terengganu Stadium collapse RM292 million

8. MRR2 repair cost RM70 million

9. Maybank overpaid BII RM4 billion

10. Tourism - NYY kickback RM10 million

11. 3 paintings bought by MAS RM1.5 million

12. Overpayment by Sport Ministry RM8.4 million

13. London’s white elephant sports complex RM70 million

14. MATRADE repairs RM120 million

15. Cost of new plane used by PM RM200 million

16. InventQ irrecoverable debt RM228 million

17. Compensation for killing crooked bridge RM257 million

18. Loss in selling Augusta RM 510 million

19. Worth of APs given out in a year RM1.8 billion

20. Submarines (future Muzium Negara artifacts) RM4.1 billion

21. PSC Naval dockyard RM6.75 billion

22. The Bank Bumiputra twin scandals in the early 1980s saw US$1 billion losses (RM3.2 billion in 2008)

23. The Maminco attempt to corner the World Tin Market in the 1980s is believed to have cost some US$500 million (RM1.6 billion)

24. Betting in foreign exchange futures cost Bank Negara Malaysia RM30 billion in the 1990s

25. Perwaja Steel’s US$800 million (RM2.56 billion) losses

26. Use of RM10 billion public funds in the Valuecap Sdn Bhd operation to shore up the stock market

27. Banking scandal of RM700 million losses in Bank Islam

28. The sale of M.V. Agusta by Proton for one Euro making a loss of €75.99 million (RM348 million) Same as No.20?

29. Wang Ehsan from oil royalty on Terengganu RM7.4 billion from 2004 – 2007

30. For the past 10 years since Philharmonic Orchestra
was established, this orchestra has swallowed a total of RM500 million. Hiring a Kwai-Lo CEO with a salary of more than RM1 million per annum!

31. In Advisors Fees, Mahathir was paid RM180,000, Shahrizat Abdul RM404,726 and Abdul Hamid Othman (religious) RM549,675 per annum

32. The government has spent a total of RM3.2 billion in teaching Maths and Science in English over the past five years. Of the amount, the government paid a whopping RM2.21 billion for the purchase of information and computer technology (ICT) equipment which it is unable to give a breakdown. Government paid more than RM6,000 per notebook vs per market price of less than RM3,000 through some new consortiums that was setup just to transact the notebook deal. There was no Maths & Science Content for the teachers and the notebooks are all with the teachers' children now.

33. The commission paid for purchase of jets and submarines to two private companies - Perimeker Sdn Bhd and IMT Defence Sdn Bhd amounted to RM910 million. Expanding on No. 2?

Anonymous,  14 April 2012 21:28  

2/2

34. RM300 million to compensate Gerbang Perdana for the RM1.1 billion "Crooked Scenic Half-Bridge"

35. RM1.3 billion has been wasted building the white elephant Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities on cancellation of the Malaysia-Singapore Scenic Bridge

36. RM100 million on renovation of Parliament building which leaks

37. National Astronaut (actually tourist) Programme – RM40 million

38. National Service Training Programme – yearly an estimate of RM 500 million

39. Eye of Malaysia - RM30 million and another RM5.7 million of free tickets

40. RM2.4 million on indelible ink

41. Samy Vellu announced in September 2006 that the government paid compensation amounting to RM38.5 billion to 20 highway companies. RM380 million windfalls for 9 toll concessionaires earned solely from the toll hike in 2008 alone

42. RM32 million timber export kickbacks involving companies connected to Sarawak Chief Minister and his family.

43. Two bailouts of Malaysia Airline System RM7.9 billion. At a time when MAS is incurring losses every year, RM1.55 million used to buy three paintings to decorate its Chairman’s (Munir) office. Expanding on No.11

44. Putra transport system bailout which cost RM4.486 billion.

45. STAR-LRT bailout costing RM3.256 billion.

46. National Sewerage System bailout costing RM192.54 million.

47. Seremban-Port Dickson Highway bailout costing RM142 million

48. Kuching Prison bailout costing RM135 million

49. Kajian Makanan dan Gunaan Orang Islam bailout costing RM8.3 million

50. Le Tour de Langkawi bailout costing RM3.5 Million

51. Wholesale distribution of tens of millions of shares in Bursa Malaysia under the guise of NEP to cronies, children and relatives of BN leaders and ministers worth billions of ringgit.

52. Alienation of tens of thousands of hectares of commercial lands and forestry concessions to children and relatives of BN leaders and Ministers worth tens of billions of ringgits.

53. Since 1997, Petronas has handed out a staggering RM30 billion in natural gas subsidies to IPPs who were reaping huge profits. In addition, there were much wastages and forward trading of Petronas oil in the 1990s based on the low price of oil then. Since the accounts of Petronas are for the eyes of the Prime Minister only, we have absolutely no idea of the amount.

54. RM5,700 for a car jack worth only RM50

55. Government-owned vehicle consumed a tank of petrol worth RM113 within a few minutes

56 A pole platform that cost RM990 was bought for RM30,000

57. A thumb drive that cost RM90 was bought for RM480

58. A cabinet that cost RM1,500 was bought for RM13,500

59. A flashlight that cost RM35 was bought for RM143

60. Expenses for 1Malaysia campaign paid to APCO?

61. RM17 billion subsidy to IPP

62. US$24 million Diamond Ring for Ro$mah - Cancellation of Order - how much compensation ?

63. CowGate . . . RM250 Million

64. Monsoon Cup . . . RM800 million per year

65. Illicit Fund Transfers out of Malaysia ( 2000 - 2009) : RM 1,077,000,000,000!

67. Tajudin-Danaharta settlement to cover up for Dr M and Daim

68. Billions of ringgit toll concessions that disadvantage the government and taxpayers”

bruno,  14 April 2012 21:49  

Dato,the reason Dr Mahathir,one of the smartest,dirtiest and shrewdest politicians and PM in Malaysian history is thinking that Najib can pull it through this coming GE,is because he is not sure.And the reason that Dr Mahathir is not sure,is because he knows that the tide is against Umno/BN.

But being the politician he is,the game is never over untill the fat lady sings.So when a man of Dr M's stature turns to hope,it will only meant one thing.He is hoping against the inevitable.That is his beloved Umno B losing federal power.

But Dr M has not given up hoping completely.He knows there is one more card up Umno's sleeves.That is the phantom voters.Last estimate is another 100k of dubious voters added on the electoral rolls in Peninsular Malaysia.And how many hundreds of thousands of illegals turned legals in Sabah.This Anwar might have the answer,but he is as quiet as a tikus on this subject.

That is the reason that Bersih 3.0 is on the way.But Bersih 3.0 is a double edged sword.It might put pressure on the Umno/BN to agree for changes on some of the demands,or it might be the excuse that the ruling regime is waiting for.To set the wild dogs loose on the people and impose martial law.

bruno,  14 April 2012 22:34  

Dato,despite Najib's sixty nine percent popularity rating,I think that it is fair to give him a passing grade of F+ instead of F-.

nick 14 April 2012 22:39  

Pfffffffffft! That's how I feel about Najib's self assessing, self praising and self aggrandizing report card (in other words "masuk bakul angkat sendiri"). Come to think of it, Najib and UMNO is no different from the North Korean government. Both spend a lot of the people's money on propaganda, on themselves (and cronies) and very little on their people. Just like the NoKo failed rocket launch, najib's own "alphabet soup" kitchen initiative went "kablooey"! Expensive grand unveiling but an "epic fail" on results!

But then again, we must remember that UMNO has spend decades perfecting the art of looting and plundering the wealth of this nation through colossal infrastructure project awarded to their cronies and they are the best if not numero uno on that subject (wonder if UMNO will set up it's own IPTS on this subject? TDM would make a great Professor to formulate the curriculum)! So, when faced with the challenges of nursing the economic ills of this country,they cannot but use their long honed expertise of plundering and looting hoping that it will magically and miraculously heal the economy and at the same time make them "super rich"! Unfortunately for us, ordinary Malaysian, living in the real universe (as opposed to the UMNOverse), nothing magical or miraculous ever happen, not now and not in the future as long as UMNO is in control of the government and especially not when Najib is the PM and Finance minister of Malaysia! Let's face it, bank robbers can only apologize to their act of bank robbery but it is utterly hopeless to even consider that the same bunch of robber can be a good bank manager of the bank that they have just robbed! It doesn't make sense! We expect najib and UMNO to manage this country well and bring prosperity to all? With trillions of RM being sent overseas over the past decades, we Malaysian must be truly loony to still have the illusion that given the chance, Najib and UMNO may be good at governing and managing a country!

My take on it is "to hell with the report card"! Najib and especially UMNO should have been expelled from Government years ago! If we are still deliberating the report card on najib and UMNO, then we have lost half of the initiative and on that account, najib and his APCO advisor has succeeded in sowing doubt in our mind about kicking UMNO to the kerb! Now is NOT the time to think about Najib actual performance or whether his "alphabet soup" could cure the flu! NOW is the time for our own version of Arab Spring! Whilst the arabs used street demonstration and arms struggles, we will use record turnout on election day and landslide votes against UMNO and Najib. Now is not the time to pause and ponder! Now is the time to firm up our resolve and choose "ABU"! Nothing more and nothing less! It's do or die choice for us all and we should realize the fact! We are on the precipice and a little doubt and hesitation could well push us into the abyss of despair and hopelessness.

Nick.

bruno,  15 April 2012 08:35  

Dato,the people who will believed what Najib and his cohoots said are the ones who always get humped time and time again from the behind.Always beliving that the next time it will be in the front.These are the people who will get sucked up to Umno,no matter whether it rains or shine.

FMZam 15 April 2012 11:09  

Najib gets stimulated by all sorts of hypes and is still hungry for it, he had to make his own to get satisfied. He needs a powerful stimulant so that when he gets agitated, all his people gets stimulated. UMNO is a cult, all its people live under the influence of UMNO drugs. No truth serum is good enough to combat UMNO lies and deceits because the people of UMNO is so addicted to its drugs from birth to death for many generations and Najib has lived and learned throughout his life how best it is to be an UMNO god.

Behind UMNO is a teamwork that works a 7 headed hydra. What is the meaning of any effort no matter how big by the people in cutting off just one of its head, its new head would be worse still.

That's why we must go for ABU and ABU is that hydra, not just Najib when Muhyiddin, Hishamuddin and all UMNO's heir apparents and its ruling elites is a legion of conquistadors of the Malay race.

To better this country is not by just bettering the Malays because bettering the Malays has taken half a good century to still remain 'not good enough' whilst other contemporary asian countries have made use of the same amount of time to bypass us in transforming into developed nations.

We should have had become rocket scientists, vehicle, aircraft and ship builders, ammunition and weapon manufacturers by now had UMNO has not drugged us and dragged us into this abyss of Malay Supremacy every now and then! We are lost into oblivion in search of our identity instead of our capability and that's what we would still be doing come 2020.

joeawk 15 April 2012 11:16  

The 69% is actually an insult to him. It is asking him to kiss ass.

Patrick 15 April 2012 18:53  

I agree with your comment that UMNO members are generally feeling hopelessness and despondence. This is the direct result of the actions of Najib and Najib only. Najib has been living in a cocoon shell all his life with silver spoons and golden diapers. His character is such that he longs to be in the same league as other world leaders such as Obama, Merkel, Cameron, etc. Hence, he is selfishly deploying all resources in the govt at his disposal for the sole purpose of remaking his image in the image of others. But he fails to fully understand that the image of others are based on substance and character. Substance made up of policies, ideologies, intellect, passion, commitment, etc, etc to the good of the respective nations they manage. In selfishly managing his own image (and pockets), Najib has isolated the very power base or constituent base that allowed him to gently step up to power. Once on the pedestal, Najib has systematically destroyed and isolated that power base call UMNO for his own self grandiose. If Badawi was hated, then Najib is despised. Badawi had KJ and his cohorts outside the UMNO base. Najib has his Rosmah and their band of merry thieves outside UMNO base. That defines Mahahtir from these two regime, where Mahathir kept the pot within the UMNO power base. And everybody lived happily for 20 years. Najib has kept the pot at home.

Najib will fall more violently than Caesar and Hitler combine. Rosmah will be his silent killer. No need for military grade explosives for this. The power of sex has killed more powerful personalities than any war, conventional or nuclear...or more commonly known as "the bedroom is more powerful than the boardroom". UMNO will be the Brutus. It has been very unusual for UMNO members to be this silent for long periods of time. Especially where their political/financial survival is concerned. Najib's cronies will be the beneficiaries of his rule.

Najib has to self report to the nation as nobody will do it for him. Without a fee. Not that its cheaper, but he is in total control of the contents. Directed at specific audience. All his media PR to date are superfluous, redundant and utterly useless, as PM. As FM, his policies are skewed towards his pocket. And very effective as well. It doesnt matter if his self report card comes off as childish and ridiculous because it serves an agenda. His own agenda. Everybody and anything else is just collateral damage.

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