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GE13 : A ‘STAINED COALITION’ (READ: UMNO-LED BN) IS ‘ELECTED’ ON QUESTIONABLE GROUNDS?

The writing’s on the wall for Najib and his cohorts.

What the UMNO led BN achieved in 2008 with a 140 seat out of the 222 parliamentary seats was described as a DISASTER.

What now with only a 133 seat haul out of the same 222 parliamentary seats.

The total 505 state seats out for grabs also saw BN reducing its hold from 341 to 270!

Not only that, BN was thumped in the two golden states of Selangor and Penang.

Pakatan Rakyat increased its state seats in Selangor from 36 to 44. It could have been 46 if not for the split votes in Kota Damansara and Seri Andalas.

Selangor, the state which Najib made himself BN chief, also declared Selangor was going back to BN…….saw UMNO totally decimated!

Granted, Kedah returned to BN…..primarily due to the infighting within PAS.

But BN retained Perak and Terengganu through razor thin majorities. The extra 71 state seats won by Pakatan Rakyat attest to that!

What’s more revealing is the popular vote achieved by both sides i.e. the total number of votes cast by each voter to either Pakatan Rakyat OR Barisan Nasional.

Pakatan Rakyat obtained 50.63% of the total votes whilst Barisan Nasional got 46.8%.

Of the approximately 12.3m eligible voters, the voter turnout was 84.8%.

So what now for the UMNO led BN and Pakatan Rakyat?

Recriminations against the Chinese for the ‘Chinese Tsunami’?

Unlikely.

This is because the Chinese voted for PAS in seats that the latter was contesting in………likewise Malays were voting for DAP where DAP was contesting in. It was truly a Malaysian effort. The same can be said where it involved PKR candidates.

This is very unlike the UMNO led BN effort whereby the thrust of the campaign was to play the race card and to instil fear into the rural Malays of an ‘impending’ takeover by the Chinese!!

It was nonsensical……but the MCA corroborated to this evil effort by UMNO by  their advertisements in The Star newspaper of an impending ‘Islamisation’ of the country!

Is it no wonder that MCA has been totally rejected by ALL?

The Star newspaper will be next.

Najib’s position appears to be untenable just from the results achieved.

It was so clear that UMNO was so desperate to obtain its simple majority (by whatever means), after which they meekly congratulated themselves and rushed to get themselves appointed in front of the King the next day!

And the questionable means in which the UMNO led BN achieved its ‘win’ may be the ‘Buah Mulut’ of everyone over the next few weeks……..the result of which, we anticipate earnestly……something that must be peaceful and beneficial for all!

Until then………..



BANDAR UTAMA’S LATEST LAUNCH, “THE EFFINGHAM” : SOUNDS CRUDE AT A COST OF AT LEAST RM4.5 MILLION?
January 21, 2013, 8:13 am
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Bandar Utama is one of the successful housing/commercial developments in Kuala Lumpur.

This development, which is opposite the older Taman Tun Dr Ismail township has, been the place to live in for the middle and upper classes of society.

Developed by one of the Teo family of the famous See Hoy Chan Group, whose empire had since been broken up and taken over by the various family members, it was the pioneer of the ‘Build and Sell’ concept in Malaysia – whereby their sale of completed units to the public was the envy of their competitors – a reflection of the family’s ‘deep pockets’!

However, I have to question their wisdom in the naming of their latest launch, three storey bungalow units as “THE EFFINGHAM”.

I can understand how the Japanese named certain cars that later became the laughing stock in Malaysia.

And example was Nissan’s CEFIRO, which to the Cantonese means, ‘Blinkin’ Fat Fellah’.

Or Nissan’s BLUEBIRD, which to the Hokkiens means the crude version of ‘the male reproductive organ’!

The excuse is that the Japanese aren’t aware of Chinese dialects.

However in the case of the Teo family, they are proficient in English including the colloquials and jargons used in everyday life!

Imagine detractors having a field day with the term, EFFINGHAM.

Even prospective buyers may feel that they are being ‘laughed’ at (notwithstanding their equally deep pockets) for being ‘effed’ into buying such expensive units – which starts at RM4.5 million.

A review of the name of the development is in order?



ISSUANCE OF LEGAL PAPERS (i.e. IDENTITY CARDS) TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN MALAYSIA THUS ENABLING THEM TO VOTE IN GENERAL ELECTIONS: SICKENING COLLUSION ARISING FROM ABUSE OF TRUST PLACED BY PEOPLE ON UMNO LED GOVT?
January 18, 2013, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Malaysia, Racial politics, Rakyat's concerns | Tags: , , , ,

There is this old saying that what we are today is a result of what we did yesterday, and what we will be tomorrow will be a result of what we do today.

This perfectly applies in the case of the people’s rant about the country’s burgeoning illegal immigrants and the ensuing social problems and state of flux.

It appears that much of Malaysia’s problems with illegal immigrants has been magnified by action taken by the UMO led Government for reasons of ‘Political Expediency’.

In the case of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia, a Royal Commission of Inquiry has revealed that Identity Cards had been issued to illegal immigrants on the instructions of Megat Junid and facilitated by individuals including Aziz Samsuddin (a.k.a. The Terminator). Click HERE

Both gentlemen were key loyalists in the Mahathir administration then serving as Deputy Home Minister and Political Secretary (to Mahathir). As Mahathir held the powerful Home Minister portfolio then, Megat Junid was the de-facto Home Minister doing Mahathir’s bidding!

Of course, Mahathir has replied that those legal papers were ‘issued properly’.

Of course you did……but for political expediency in order to neutralise the local opposition politicians in Sabah and Sarawak who were mainly Christians.

Many acknowledge that most of these illegal immigrants, were from Indonesia and southern Philippines who were predominantly Muslims.

Mahathir even had the arrogance of blaming the late first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman for the ‘IC’ fiasco! Click HERE

 

This is indeed damaging to UMNO, which has exacerbated the conditions in East Malaysia since their political entry then and will only get worse if a fundamental change does not takes place.

We shall see after the forthcoming General Elections.



STEADY CARDIFF CITY : A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR ALL THOSE IMPATIENT FOREIGN OWNED FOOTBALL CLUBS PLAYING IN THE ENGLISH LEAGUE?

“THE RACE IS NOT WON BY THE SWIFT BUT BY THOSE WHO KEEP ON RUNNING.”

This is the first thing that came to my mind when I read about Indian-owned Blackburn Rovers sacking their manager, Henning Berg…….shortly after Kuwaiti-owned Nottingham Forest sacking Sean O’Driscoll.

Berg was sacked for only winning one match in six games….whilst O’Driscoll was culled for not having won more than two games on a trot!!

This brings us to the Malaysian-owned Queen’s Park Rangers, which not too long ago, sacked Mark Hughes because they did not want to lose the opportunity of having Harry Redknapp as their manager.

How shallow can they be……..as though a manager is the panacea for the performance of a football team?

Harry has inherited a team that is rotten to the core……..caused by the silly money made available by Tony Fernandes….easily funded by the equally silly transactions he effected in Malaysia, yes funded by institutions including the pension funds of Malaysia!

Harry was being polite when he said that Jose Bosingwa’s wages was higher than all the players at Tottenham Hotspur when Harry was manager there! Click HERE

Tony thought that he could do like what the UAE owners did for Manchester City.

Hey, come on. We’re talking about men stuff as far as City is concerned.

Do you recall how his offer to acquire West Ham was brushed off discourteously……..that the West Ham owners were not prepared to deal with the boy-stuff offer by Tony Fernandes which they described as bizarre & disappointing. Click HERE

Which brings me to the other Malaysian-owned Cardiff City…….which is sitting pretty at the top of the League Championship table after having beaten rivals Crystal Palace recently.

Yes, Cardiff City is not assured of Premier League football next season but they have been consistently challenging for the right the past few seasons.

And they have been doing it quiety and economically…….with Vincent Tan hardly making unnecessary appearances (read: gaffes) and bold statements…..very much unlike the SIS, Tony Fernandez!

Yes, it is only natural for magnates the world over to have a taste of the ‘action’ by owning football clubs playing in the English League.

But it seems foolhardy for such magnates to ‘waste’ monies on such ventures without a firm foundation and business plan.

Maybe in the case of Tony Fernandez, he could do it ……… because it’s not his money anyway!



PENANG’S SURGING CAPTIVE AUDIENCE SEEMS TO NOW INCLUDE THE COMPETITIVE SINGAPOREANS

We have always known the Singaporeans to be a ‘kiasu’ lot …… literally meaning ‘scared to die’ or scared to lose out on virtually anything.

This may be one of the end result of the siege mentality that Lee Kuan Yew created during the time of partition between Malaysia and Singapore in 1965.

Lee Kuan Yew always talks about the intimidation and the Malaysian military on Singapore soil …… resulting in Singapore now having the fire-power to dent any aggression …… even from Indonesia!

Back to my story ……. in today’s age, the siege mentality is more confined to economics ……. like how Singapore can stay ahead of its competitors in the region or even globally.

I recall at one time, much coverage and analysis arose from the building of the Port of Tanjong Pelepas in Johore.

The Singaporean viewed this as a direct threat to its own shipping business that had one of the largest turnovers (in terms of TEU [ton equivalent units]) then …… about 14m per annum!

I recall the Singaporean business papers working overtime on the development of the Malaysian port led by Syed Mokhtar Albukary.

I even recall the PSA (Port of Singapore Authority) having to defer its IPO (Initial Public Offering) around that time although they attributed to market sentiments ……. which I felt that had to do with Syed Mokhtar’s PTP!

Fast forward to today ……. and again I am sensing the same Singaporean ‘concerns’ or shall I call it interests in the recent economic development of Penang.

The Pearl of the Orient had in the past been seen as a direct competitor to Singapore in the early 1970s especially when Penang was under the late Lim Chong Eu.

That ‘threat’ crumbled when the leadership changed to Koh Tsu Koon and his UMNO bretherens and Singapore surged ahead.

That ‘threat’ appears to be returning in the form of the Lim Guan Eng rejuvenated Penang.

Threat enough for the Singapore Business Times to publish the Bloomberg report that was originally entitled, ‘Malaysia Losses from Racial Law Exposed’.

Singapore has always responded to competition by being more proactive and value-added in it processes.

This is in stark contrast to how the current UMNO regime seems to be adopting.

In fact, UMNO’s current media spinners do no justice to the UMNO of the past.

I am of course referring to Ahirudin Attan a.k.a. Rocky.

His outsourced hatchet man, someone called ‘SatD’, runs an expletive laced blog which attempts (in expletive terms) to run down whatever achievements of the Pakatan Rakyat in Penang especially in a totally illogical ranting manner!

The best description of their attempts is pure written diarrhea ……. thank God we don’t have to listen to them, or else it’ll be verbal diarrhea!

Please understand why I am not linking you to their articles as they are bad, bad examples of communication skills!

On the other hand, let me re-produce the article from Bloomberg below that was also published in today’s Singapore Business Times under a more ‘face saving’ heading:-

PEARL OF THE ORIENT SHINES BRIGHTLY

(KUALA LUMPUR) Lim Guan Eng turned Malaysia’s second-smallest state into the nation’s biggest economic success after he bumped into two National Instruments Corp executives at the local airport in 2008.

Elected in March that year as Penang’s first chief minister from an opposition party in 36 years, Mr Lim was struggling with the prospect of federal funding cuts.

He convinced the managers to set up a research and production centre in the state, and within two years the former British trading post was Malaysia’s top destination for foreign manufacturing investment.

With a general election due by early 2013, Penang’s progress highlights the challenges facing the rest of Malaysia and the National Front government as China, Indonesia and Vietnam offer investors bigger workforces while Singapore lures talent with lower taxes and easier immigration.

Mr Lim, 50, the country’s only ethnic-Chinese state leader, embodies the contrast between Penang’s business transparency and the four-decade old policies of the ruling party that favour Malays, which the World Bank says undermine competitiveness.

‘Penang now has a chance to show that if you have good governance, and if you put fairness and justice as your main qualities, free of race considerations, that is actually the way to go for Malaysia,’ said Ooi Kee Beng, Penang-born author and a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

In the first seven months of 2011, Penang won RM3.6 billion (S$1.46 billion) of approved foreign manufacturing investment, ahead of the RM3.4 billion that went to Selangor, the state that surrounds the capital Kuala Lumpur, a government report showed last month. The state made up 8.1 per cent of Malaysia’s gross domestic product in 2009, based on constant prices.

Mr Lim has managed to keep Penang attractive for international companies even as Prime Minister Najib focuses federal support on regions such as Johor and Sarawak, where his ruling coalition has among its biggest parliamentary-seat majorities.

To prevent corruption, Penang requires open bidding on contracts of more than RM200,000 and has awarded about RM125 million of jobs through competitive tenders, according to Mr Lim. Transparency International said in a 2009 report that Penang was Malaysia’s first state to implement open tenders for government contracts.

While Mr Lim said his government awards contracts based on merit within the national guidelines, the federal government states that it has no obligation to accept the lowest offer or to give any reason for rejecting a bid.

Under Malaysian federal rules, agencies are only required to invite quotations from at least five bidders for works contracts.

The Malaysian government says it is also pushing for greater transparency, including introducing a whistleblower protection law to fight corruption and a planned competition law next year.

Malaysia’s efforts to woo investments in recent years may have been hampered by its policy of giving preferential treatment to ethnic Malays and some indigenous groups, collectively known as bumiputra, in government jobs, contracts, education and cheaper housing, said Mr Ooi.

When the economy was booming along with its neighbours before the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the effects of the policy were less apparent, he said. When growth slowed, the race-based programme became a greater damper, according to Mr Ooi.

While the nation outperformed rivals in the early and mid-1990s, it has struggled to maintain that edge since the regional crisis.

Malaysia’s racial policies spurred a brain drain of largely Chinese and Indian minorities, and limited foreign investment, Philip Schellekens, a senior economist at the World Bank, said in April.

Mr Lim says ethnic Malays also benefit from the state’s economic growth. In the Malaysian state with the highest proportion of ethnic Chinese at 42 per cent, Malay contractors have won most of the jobs awarded by his government through the open tenders, Mr Lim said. The Malay community doesn’t need racial quotas to succeed, he said.

‘We have proven that this is the way forward,’ Mr Lim said in an interview in July. ‘Malaysia has a historical opportunity for change.’ – Bloomberg



FOR UIA’S AZIZ BARI OR ANYONE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT FOR THAT MATTER : IS IT SAFE COMMENTING ON ISSUES THAT MATTER?

Much has been said about the suspension and investigation into the comments by constitutional expert, Aziz Bari, about the involvement of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor in the JAIS raid on a Christian establishment.

It is as though lese majeste laws like the ones in Thailand has suddenly become the fashion of the day …… the perception being that it is being used by UMNO to stifle comments cum revelations within the establishment.

It was therefore not surprising when the release of the  Auditor General’s report was deferred from the original date of release.

There was much speculation that the ‘cover’ of the report needed to be ‘re-phrased’ ….. or even ‘revamped’ in order NOT to put the UMNO led government in bad light!

Click HERE to see how Bernama (Malaysia’s official news agency) puts it so positively!

Hey, these short-comings and wastages involving the government machinery have been highlighted for so many years ….. dating back to the days of former Auditor General, the late Ahmad Nordin.

And what has really been done?

Absolutely nowt!!

The country is at a cross-road between continued prosperity (relatively speaking) AND falling into the ABYSS of no return.

Hey, but why do the political leaders of today care whether we fall into the abyss or not.

They are already substantial (in material terms …… and physically too). In fact, their material wealth can last them several generations, so I was told!

Following from this, it is therefore incumbent that failings or shortcomings need to be highlighted by the people concerned and not be allowed to get lost in the mass of details within the documentation.

Officials appointed to high offices within the establishment are duty bound to act in the interest of the country.

Isn’t it always ….. DEMI BANGSA, UGAMA DAN NEGARA?

A prime example of such obligations to whistleblow was shown in the case of the company, Olympus.

The newly appointed CEO, Michael Woodford, felt obliged to raise certain improprieties publicly …… after he had been ‘removed’ from office shortly after exposing these ‘matters’.

His whistleblowing was duly supported by documentation that revealed questionable fee payments that were in excess of 35% of the transaction cost. These fees are usually in the region of 1% to 2%, a world practice in fact.

Click HERE for Woodford’s letter to the Olympus Board that was published by the New York Times.

Better still, watch below Woodford’s interview with Reuters …. a brave man indeed but also one who is refusing to succumb to accusations against his competency:

Latest news reveal that the Chairman, Kikukawa (the previous CEO) has resigned and the company is under investigation by the Japanese authorities and the FBI.

This corporate greed is a world wide endemic and is not confined only to Malaysia.

And it is for that reason that the Rakyat cannot meekly accept the lackadaisical explanations and efforts in resolving these serious shortcomings that have become a serious Malaysian rot.

The moment key leaders are less than incorruptible, less than stern in demanding high standards, from that moment the structure of administrative integrity will weaken and eventually crumble.



UMNO’S SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIM GUAN ENG : A SIGN OF SUCCESS IN PENANG STATE UNDER DAP?

The time is nigh.

The end of the world?

No.

It’s the General Elections for Malaysia!

Why?

Because there have been so much ‘rubbish’ and ‘accusations’ published in the mainstream media and ‘outsourced’ online media …… that to observers, it’s the signal for elections!

God, they don’t change, do they?

It is as though these ‘shit stirrers’ expect their target audience to have the same degree of ignorance as the people thirty years ago had ….. when technology was not so advanced then.

Look at the way they attempted to scandalise the son of Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng ….. something that has now been refuted by the ‘victim’ herself!!

What about linking Penang’s DAP to the takeover of E&O by linking DAP’s Guan Eng to ECM Libra?

Notice how the worms quickly went back to their holes when they realized that ECM Libra was in fact an UMNO company?

And what about insinuating that DAP is linked to the attempted proselytising of Muslims ….. just because Guan Eng is a Christian.

There was supposed to be a mammoth rally of a MILLION people to protest the   the proselytisation …… but it was a whimper of a turnout organised by 3,0000 Muslim NGOs.

Based on my basic calculations, with a 5,000 turnout at Shah Alam 80,000 capacity stadium, this would work out to 1.666 members from each NGO!

Not much support from the Rakyat, it would appear.

The fact of the matter is that Penang under the Pakatan Rakyat has done amazingly well ….. despite the constraints put by the Federal Government.

It has won the largest portion of Foreign Direct Investments to Malaysia and is known for its forward looking and corrupt free practices.

Not only that, Bloomberg has commended the Penang State Government for the tremendous work done in the relatively short period they have been in government. Click HERE for the Bloomberg report.

Penang has also shown that it is able to work with PAS which has ruled Kelantan for all these years …… despite attempts to split them over the Hudud law.

And who says that materialism is always an indicator of development in a state?

After all, isn’t it said that contentedness is the greatest form of wealth?

Under Tok Guru Nik Aziz, the Kelantanese are way ahead of their other bretherens in terms of spiritual development as compared to the others’ material development.

Yes, let’s get on with the General Elections …… as we shall face all the challenges including money politics, disproportionate representation, intimidation and the likes.

The perseverence will continue.

For was it not said that:

TRUTH AND JUSTICE WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL.

THERE WILL BE MURDERERS, PLUNDERERS, DICTATORS …. AND AT TIMES THEY APPEAR INVINCIBLE.

BUT IN THE END, THEY WILL ALWAYS FALL.

ALWAYS!

Tunisia’s Ben Ali, Egypt’s Mubarak ….. and quite recently, Libya’s Gadhafi …… have attested to that!

The only difference is that Malaysia’s will most likely be a peaceful one!