After having been so impressed by the stand taken by two individuals i.e. Wee Choo Keong and Ahirudin Attan (a.k.a. Rocky)  during the time of the Prime Ministership of Pak Lah (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi)……… that culminated in the crushing demise of the UMNO led government’s two thirds majority in March 2008 ……. it was equally crushing to witness their turn-around for apparent self-interested reasons.

It was equally devastating to witness Raja Petra Kamaruddin to ‘double-talk’ when he felt slighted by the non recognition of his role by Anwar Ibrahim.

In fact, Raja Petra appeared to be a power broker of sorts …… which is only good for all concerned!

That is why the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement which he led with Haris Ibrahim was viewed positively with well known rights movement individuals joining the idea e.g. Malik Imtiaz.

This was all brought crashing down with the shocking ‘about turn’ antics of Raja Petra ….. starting with his infamous ‘interview’ with the UMNO owned New Straits Times.

What is now equally shocking is the accusations he makes against a couple of officers from the Bursa Malaysia for apparent corruption ……. BUT without substantiating those accusations todate.

With him being ‘in exile’ in London…..ostracised by the very people who previously saw him a a people’s champion…..he unilaterally accuses two individuals IN NAME for corruption on 26 April 2012 i.e. Wong Kay Yong and Ho Kwok Piow. Click HERE

The issue is that since then, he has not provided any evidence whatsoever to back that claim of his!

Is this how RPK operates now……making unsubstantiated claims for selfish reasons?

Looking at the individuals that he had targetted, it is obvious that he has been fed this information….and duly exposed without making any enquiry whatsoever!

And the sickening part of it is that he has not followed up with his accusation since 26 April 2012.

It is no wonder that his image and credibility have been severely tarnished and compromised by his rantings!

Even his accusation about Najib and wife involvement in the murder of Altantuya has to be put in the right perspective…….’ABSOLUTE RUBBISH’!

Sad that so many of these individuals of promise cannot sustain their value and credibility.




It just amazes me that the UMNO led government seems to get itself into perpetual controversy  with the Rakyat.

If it’s not the ‘Cow for Condo’ controversy, it’s accusing another religion for their own bretherens’ alleged apostasy!

Now, it’s the Lynas plant in the Malaysian ‘easterlies’ that is claimed will cause harm including babies born with deformities!

How does the UMNO led government expect people to believe that everything is okay and that the government can be trusted on this Lynas project?

After all, the same was said about the ‘Bukit Merah’ plant then run by Mitsubishi and closed in 1992 ……. which subsequently had such a negative health impact on its population …….. although the government claims that it has not been proven.

Click HERE for the shameful story picked up by the New York Times.

In any case, doesn’t the government realize that the inevitable DOES NOT occur …….. it is the UNEXPECTED that always take place.

The fall-out at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the Japanese tsunami is a case in point.

What is of added concern is that the government’s risk management ……. just like many of its agencies ……. leaves much to be desired.

That’s because in their risk assessment exercise, only what is known to them ….. and that’s very limited to say the least ……..  are identified and tabulated for consideration.

And of course, if these ‘risks’ are limited (and simple) in nature, it is naturally easy to appear to have addressed those ‘risks’ ……….. leaving the impression that all is well!

Well, all is NOT well!

Malaysians,  especially Malays, are fed up with the patronising attitude of the UMNO led government ……. as though UMNO knows what is best for their bretherens.


Most likely!!

Contrary to what UMNO may think, Malays, be they educated or otherwise, have strong views about the sorry state of the education system, free speech and most importantly, rampant corruption.

That may explain why the electorate is being lured with the promise of stronger power for the anti-corruption agency, MACC …….. if the UMNO led government is returned with a two thirds majority!

Such desperation!

Even the listing of Felda, in which the people (through their cooperative) has a 51%  stake in the crown jewel, is being held up by the ‘serious concern’ expressed by the very people the UMNO led government seems to be taking for granted!

The fact that the government’s ‘golden share’ in the Felda joint venture is being considered to be used in order to ‘push through’ the listing of Felda highlights the lack of in-depth thought in the proposal!

Bottom line is that rhetoric is a thing of the past.

The substantive achievement of the government of the day will be the criteria in which the Rakyat will decide which way they are going to vote!


Not many may recall Ismail Zakaria.

One couldn’t even easily get his photo online until Malaysian Business Times published it recently.

Ismail Zakaria’s name then (up to the late 1990s) was so highly thought of that he was actually touted for the position of CEO of Maybank, which he eventually lost to Ahmad Don.

Ismail Zakaria (or IZ as he is known), joined Sime Bank as CEO after a short stint with RHB Bank.

But what we read about now is IZ’s acquittal from court charges of acting beyond his authority in lending up to RM175m to companies back in the late 1990s when CEO of Sime Bank, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Berhad.

Sime Bank was previously UMBC Bhd (United Malaysian Banking Corporation Bhd).

It’s amazing that such a matter would take over a decade to be dealt with ….. and even that, at the level of the Session’s Court!

But I do recall of the amazement at the way monies were expended by a bank supposedly controlled by a world renown company with fantastic governance and checks & balances – SIME DARBY BERHAD.

It is equally amazing (and galling) that in a relatively short period thereafter, we could witness the same scenario in Sime Darby’s Oil & Gas Division …… losing close to RM3.0 billion resulting from slip-shod management practices.

Actually, my point in this posting is that Malaysia’s corporate mentality still seems to be very much that if one appoints a high profile individual as CEO to a company ……. it is bound for success.

The actual track record of that person appears to be secondary.

As long as he/she has had their profile raised, CV’s polished, references ‘corroborated’ …… they appear acceptable, so to speak.

That seems to be the case for IZ then ……. and we seem to see it even to this day?

Look at the short-list for the Managing Director’s post for MAS as reported.

They were Ahmad Jauhari, Rashdan Yusof, Kamaruddin Meranun and Shazali Ramli.

Just what exactly has each and every one of them actually achieved?

Ahmad Jauhari was a member of the Sikap Power team that got the mandate to build an IPP plant in Port Dickson.

Naturally, it would be built and financed by others and resulted in the project being flipped first to MRCB and then to Malakoff.

Those who originally got the mandate would make a ‘killing’ from the flipping!

Ahmad Jauhari, then spent a time as MD of Malakoff, whose control (vide MMC)  by then had moved from the government to UMNO financier Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari.

As for Rashdan Yusof ….. besides being with an audit firm and then the Thinking Company (Bina Fikir), Rashdan was also a director and shareholder of listed company, Megan Media Berhad, which collapsed so calamitously around the same time as Transmile Berhad.

And what about Kamaruddin Meranun?

Before he got his break, thanks to Snake Charmer, Tony Fernandez, what did Kamaruddin Meranun actually achieve?

He did spend some time with the Innosabah Securities Bhd Group, a stock broking firm in Sabah with subsidiaries involved in related activities eg. options and futures.

Innosabah collapsed under the same exposure that Sime Bank had then!

As for Shazali Ramli, well, he’s an apparently good marketing man especially known for his oily rolled back hair!!

Therefore, there seems to be a serious dearth of good quality CEOs for the Malaysian corporate community!

Or is it that the post of MD for MAS was earmarked for a pliant, financially secure individual who would do the bidding of the puppeteers behind the scene?

Just like Ismail Zakaria?

Ex-Sime Darby Berhad CEO, Zubir Mursid, who is facing his own court charges, must be quite positive with IZ’s acquittal.

Click HERE for BTimes report on IZ’s acquittal.