Monday, June 30, 2008

Doctor's Speak

An Israeli doctor says:
'Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks.'

A German doctor says:
'That is nothing, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.

A Russian doctor says:
'In my country, medicine is so far progressed that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks.'

The Malaysian doctor, not to be outdone, says 'You guys are way behind, we recently took a man with no brains, out from Kepala Batas, Penang, put him in the Parliament for 5 years, and now half the country is looking for work.'

I'm sure that's Dollah Badawi. We should be earning $10000 not $3000 for those who has much salary as a professional like myself do. Dollah bodoh!

BN Being Threaten, So Persecute Anwar?

The number one fear of people isn't dying. It's public speaking - Richie Roberts

There were a few coincidences laid out on why Anwar is a possible target of a physical and political assassination. While there are some who speculate that the events here are a ruse just to accelerate the demise of Barisan Nasional, there are a few things that could suggest this:

1. In his press statement, Anwar has stated that he has proof that could incriminate the current IGP Musa Hassan and AG Abdul Gani Patail. As some of you know may recall, Musa was the investigating officer and Gani was the prosecutor in the flawed and rigged 1998/9 trial in which Anwar was convicted of sodomy and corruption practices. Also, some of you do remember that Gani Patail actually declared that there only three people involved in the murder of Altantuya right from the beginning. This means, that the trial was rigged from the beginning with the intention of sending the three to the gallows with a pre-meditated guilty verdict, while the real sinners walked free.

Little have we forgotten that Gani Patail and Musa Hassan as well as Dollah Badawi (through their proxy Othman Talib) had connections to the underworld - known as the Unholy Trinity. Johari Baharom knew that from the beginning but was gagged with a false allegations that he accepted a $5 million bribe. Now look at ex-CCID chief Ramli Yusuff - he and his officer underlings were persecuted and setup by the unholy trinity and the underworld kingpins. The automated enforcement system was developed by a company found to be related to Othman and associating them to the underworld. See my previous article Informants are No Longer Safeguarded with additional information from the beginning series of Corridors of Power in Malaysia Today (read issue 1 of the series first).

Malaysia Today: The Unholy Trinity

If the evidence of imcriminatation is out then Gani especially will be in scrutiny and shamed, which is why they had to do something to soften and stop Anwar.

2. There is a likely hood that the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat will be declared null and void as there could be evidence that show that Rafidah Aziz failed to complete two sets of nomination papers. Let's wait until Friday to find out how it plays out. As mentioned before, Khalid Ibrahim has said that the Bandar Tun Razak seat remains least safe for Anwar to compete. Anwar was advised not to go for that seat. Should the Kuala Kangsar seat is declared void, there will be a by-election where he would go there and you can be sure that UMNO / BN will come in full force, spending extra money on the by-election campaign to make sure he doesn't win. They fear that Anwar will take that seat and it is better not to let him campaign at all. Refer to my buddy Howsy's posting....

3. In actual truth, Dollah, Najib and Khairy's statements suggests that they actually knew Raja Petra's SD was in fact right but felt threatened that if the real statement goes out to the public, they would be disgraced not only in front of the nation, but to the entire world. And now, Turkey (since Rais summoned the ambassador over for explaination) is in tension with Malaysia over this asylum seeking row thing. Now then, the heat remains still on the three of them (Sirul, Razak Baginda, and the other one) including the other three newly implicated, Rosmah, Aziz Buyong and Norhayati Hassan (Rosmah's ADC). The thing right now is that they need to shake off the attention from the Altantuya murder case and found the right timing in the form of accusing Anwar of sodomy again.

One question from there is why didn't the police do a lie detection test on them when taking a statement? There is a subtle moment that suggests that it's not what it seems. Many knew that Rosmah is the most arrogant of the three ladies aside from Jeanne and Siti Hasmah. The only person that Rosmah feared of is Kak Endon, she couldn't make a move until Endon died in 2005. Also, remember that she scolded the Sultan of Selangor on the phone over this Altantuya thing. That actually warrants a death warrant if it's in the feudal times, but at least it leaves the door open that the three were actually responsible.

4. Abdullah Badawi quickly jumped in to profess Najib and Rosmah's innocence before the police could start the investigations. There is a flip-flop element in his quote: The police are the ones who will determine whether the report is true or not. It is not something that we can determine. He will definitely deny it. That is common for someone who has been accused. It means the police will determine the accused is right or wrong. But then when he professed, it simply implies that Abdullah's statement overrules the police verdict and it will force the police to say that Anwar is wrong.

How about this: Gani Patail declared that there were only three people. This means he had a pre-verdict that only three people, not 'more than three people' wer involved. The police will be forced to accept the verdicts of the two men, (it will be the SD being false and the three men guilty of Altantua murder) and it cannot be challenged. If they do not do that, they risked being disgraced, shamed and facing the wrath of the people somehow.

If Syed Hamid said that Anwar is playacting here, perhaps we determine who's wrong - BN or...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Anwar's Latest Sodomy Accusation - Fault of Police?

News has hit online that Anwar Ibrahim was hit with a latest sodomy accusation by the police and at 1.20 a.m today, he has called on press conference to said to deny the claim, citing it is being a political motivation to stop his resurgence by the Barisan Nasional.

According to reports by major dailies including BBC and Malaysiakini, most of them had said that 23-year old Saiful Bahari had filed a report against Anwar. Here is an excerpt from The Star:

It is learnt that the man, in his 20s, lodged the report at a police beat base here at 5.45pm.

He is being treated at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

Sources said the man alleged that he was sexually assaulted last Thursday inside a luxury apartment in the city.

He also alleged that it was not the first time that Anwar had sexually assaulted him.

Sivarasa said the aide started working for PKR three months ago to help out in the general election.

However, the article by AFP and from an acquintance of mine, Nik Nazmi has another fact that was omitted from most dailies. The AFP includes one subtle line - line taken from Rocky's posting:

Anwar's Keadilan party said that one of his aides, Saiful Bahari, had been arrested and "forced" to make a statement saying he was sodomized by the opposition leader.

The PKR's service SMS reads as: Polis telah menahan pembantu khas DSAI Saiful Bahari ptg ini dan memaksa beliau membuat pengakuan diliwat. Polis dijangka menahan DSAI hari ini. Sebarkan.

This was indeed confirmed by Nik Nazmi and he added that this was following intense rumors that Anwar might call for a green-light order of MPs crossing over to the Pakatan Rakyat. Something that the Barisan Nasional will sweat and panic upon.

The question mark here is about the police force. Was the aide really beaten by them and forced to play to the plot hatched by the BN's lapdog, the police? The police reputation has taken a beating and next up, I might look into the 6-men arrest at the assembly. Was it used to do spin-doctoring as the 4th-floor boys tend to do to stop Anwar in his tracks?

And there is this information management system that the police force is involved. It is said that two Israelis were involved in developing the system for Malaysia. Does that imply that Abdullah Badawi and his enforcement honchos are sleeping bedfellows with Israel? I've came across many times of constant sayings that Anwar is 'traitor to Malaysia and agent of the Jews' but none on Barisan Nasional is the agent of Jews. Now what will that piece say about them?

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Schoolboy By The Name of Nazri Aziz

June 24: [Source]

The next day: [Source]

Today: [Source]

Is this really the way Nazri behaves - macam budak sekolah rendah? No wonder someone said that Parliament is elevated from zoo to primary school.

Here's how he chastised Bung Mokthar like if Parliament is his grandfather's house.

Sometimes, I wonder if those people in Padang Rengas are too dumb or foolish to pick him.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Abdul'Bart'lah Badaw'impson'

PAK LAH: Najib, Rosmah not involved in Altantuya murder

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi stated emphatically today he does not believe his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are involved in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Neither has he received any military intelligence report about the murder, Abdullah said in response to allegations in a sworn statement made by Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin on June 18.

"I am concerned. What he (Raja Petra) did is unacceptable. What he said is not right. He said in his statutory declaration I have been given a report about the murder by the military intelligence. That is not correct," Abdullah said after a meeting in Parliament.

Asked specifically if he ever received any report, Abdullah replied, "No... I do not remember receiving anything and am confident that I did not receive anything. Nothing was sent to me."

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdu Gani Patail has launched investigations into the statutory declaration, which among others alleged that a military intelligence report was sent to Abdullah, his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, who is Rembau MP, and an unnamed Malay ruler.

Raja Petra, better known as RPK, has welcomed the investigations. He is already facing sedition charges for implicating Najib in the murder. A political analyst close to Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda, and two elite policemen who provide VIP security cover have been charged with conspiracy and murder in the case.

Opposition leader and Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang's emergency motion to discuss RPK's sworn statement was earlier rejected today by the Dewan Rakyat as it was considered sub-judice due to the ongoing trial. Prosecutors completed their case yesterday after 124 days where 84 witnesses took the stand.

I didn't do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can't prove me anything! - Bart Simpson

This is Dollah Badawi's latest denial symptom. He said that didn't get the Military Intelligence report. Hahaha, he's just playing just like Bart Simpson. Bart's famous quot is something like above...with his phrase, "I didn't do it! I didn't do it!" As what Howsy said, Pak Lah mudah tipu semua orang! Macam petrol, macam election, how long will he keep on lying to the people?

You can't fool everybody, not even God. When you stand before him, saying that will not suffice.

Taximan Kacau Reporters in Parliament

As you can see, the taxi man from Padang Rengas was behind the reporters anger in Parliament today. The reporters were isolated in one section, unable to get MPs to do their press conferences. Many thought Pandikar Amin gave such order but instead El Balachi ordered Pandikar and his two underlings to do that under the capacity as Minister 'in charge of Parliament'.

As a result, about 100 of them, according to Malaysiakini, staged a boycott refusing to do press conferences until the Bung Mokthar and some BN backbenchers removed the barricade to let those reporters do their jobs.

Taximan jadikan Parlimen macam sekolah rendah? Aiyo!

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Dog That Brainwashes Students...With Crap!

I stayed at SS14 in Subang Jaya from March 2006 for 16 months before moving back to Setapak last July. If there is one thing I enjoyed about Subang Jaya is being able to access all the basic needs and saving living costs as a freshie out of the university when working. But the one thing I didn't really like was the distance and the bad jam going in and out of the town to either Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur.

By June 2006, I was aware that the tenancy period for the house that I was renting with a friend of mine was expiring in August, so I spent the two months looking for a place in KL which is at a low price and easy for me to go out to work, get groceries and leisure. Fortunately I found one and the last two weeks before July 31 was spending on packing a lot of things and moving equipment back and forth on the two places there.

I recalled that when writing this since I came across a story by Hannah, the Subang Jaya ADUN that her invitation to attend the school reunion was indirectly objected as teachers, and prefects of Subang Utama school were met with threats of sack if they continued inviting her for the reunion, since she's a special VIP. The story hit out and every parent, ex-students and even present students throw their support behind her. There is nothing wrong of inviting a VIP over, unless the main reason of that is because she is from the Opposition party and the person who threatens other is nothing but an UMNO clone.

The number question right now is who would be the person that issued such threatening thing? It could be the principal of the school, a powerful PTA commitee member that has ties to UMNO / BN or a education officer who hates the sight of Opposition-affiliate VIPS just as what 'Tomboy' Azalina did to those 5 PR states as the Tourism Minister. Surely that asshole must be a running dog for the Kerisman. Just as what many said of BN; still in AIDS - denial syndrome.

Hmm....I really do look forward to find out who is that person really. If you guys manage to find out who is the one really calling the shot, do reveal who that person is and I will 'play the COMMISSAR' thing. If Zorro says of his own unique 'Mexican Gas Chamber', then mine is of a Russian commissar thing... That person is definitely a chicken!


Addendum: According to the school's website, there is a link to show the board of administrators, with the principal's name is one Mohtar Jaafar. So it seems, he's the first suspect likely to end up on the 'shoot the coward' thing....

Celebrating 100 Days With Party!

To commemorate with the 100 days passing, bloggers are invited for a fund-raising event dinner and party at Blog House this Saturday.

The details are:

Location: 66, Lorong Setiabestari 2, Damansara Heights

Time: 7.30 p.m onwards

Cost: $30 per person, please bank in to Tony at: Maybank AC 514011899314. Bring along the slip in case on that day.

There will be lucky draws and an auction there.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Oh, The Suspense...When, Anwar?

When the first Parliament session opened, he said 'I'm Back'.

Before he gets the MP post from by-election, he'll say I'll Be Back.

Well, everyone is asking Anwar when will he make the nod of crossovers?

Better do it before July as it will be harder to take out Dollah Badawi!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

All The Head's Lapdogs And The Head's Yes Men...

couldn't put Abdullah Ahmad Badawi back together again!

Haha...yes it could happen soon when Abdullah gets kicked out of the office. But this is not what I would like to say now. I'm just simply appalled by how the yes men reacted when SAPP decides to start a motion of no-confidence against Dollah Badawi.

Take a look at how those honchos like Samy Vellu, Ong Ka Ting and even Koh Tsu Koon reacted - by rushing behind to support an incompetent prime minister that is Dollah Badawi.

KUALA LUMPUR: All Barisan Nasional component parties except for SAPP, pledged support to the continued leadership of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister.

They condemned SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee's comments that he and the two SAPP MPs had lost confidence in Abdullah, saying that the move was unethical, without principles and went against the spirit of the coalition.

Barisan however said any action against SAPP would be decided only after its (SAPP) supreme council meeting so as to determine whether Yong's stance was his personal view or that of the party.

These decisions were made at the Barisan Nasional emergency supreme council meeting Thursday.

SAPP was not present at the meeting because the party was not invited to it.

Barisan Nasional component parties also agreed that they should make sure all their MPs attend the parliamentary sittings and reject any vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister.

Abdullah said that Yong was greedy because in the recent general election he wanted to contest seats that had already been allocated to other component parties.

He said Yong was swayed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's promises of a higher post.

Abdullah said the controversial announcement by Yong did not bother him because as a politician he (Abdullah) had already been through a lot and as Prime Minister he had a lot of work to do.

Apparently, they were ordered to reject the motion of no-confidence and they were told that they would end up in the whip that is Najib Son of Razak if they go against the order. So that is it means by being a longkang Barisan MP. See Malaysiakini's article at this link.

Joseph Kurup has also picked up one of the MCA's signature lines. MCA used to say that DAP is a traitor to the Chinese. Notice the similarity of what he said, an echo called, 'SAPP has betrayed Barisan Nasional.' But then the question lies of what of the fates of the yes men if the Barisan Nasional government falls by September? It is best to do it before July though because by that time there could be hard time for coaxing of crossovers to Pakatan Rakyat.

Hey Samy...go and quit! You have been staying too long for there. As what Cikgu Bard said - 'crazed for power' Please have been there for 30 years already. Give to someone or else MIC will behave like robots in your mould.

As for MCA - Sabah....UMNO declared a religious decree of 'no Buddhist statues there' what did you do? Nothing! When UMNO pulled the dagger antics in the General Assembly, what did you do? Nothing! When Hishamuddin was in fact wrong but saying Malaysia is not a secular state, gagging you, what did you do? You cowered back like a wimping dog!

Is this also happening to our policemen there? If a police officer is asked by his superior to jump out of the window to 10 floors below to the ground will he do that? One of the military standard 11 orders includes following orders from the superior. But then you should have a brain to say that if this order is acceptable or against your instinct, judgment and your conscience! Are our policemen behaving like terrorists (as what Musa Hassan claimed of the Hindraf 5) just as what they did in those 'illegal rallies?'

I can assure you guys out there, not even your stance of the 'yes men' can save Abdullah Badawi from disaster. The yes men attitude has made many people unable to speak up and relying too much on a figurehead. Perhaps the figurehead doesn't want the subordinate to become autonomous. The yes men in the BN cabinet has merely become a shadow of their former selfs, instead they are just...modern day storm troopers.

Do you remember of the nursery rhyme that is Humpty Dumpty? When Abdullah Badawi falls, not even the yes men and the people could put him back together again - unless by some divine intervention or something!

Developers Are Born Brave

Not Test Teams, Not Project Managers, Not Politicians!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Game Over for Son of Razak?

Fellow blogger Biggum Dogmannsteinberg has an explosive revelation that could shake Malaysia in the form of an SD (Statute Declaration) by none other than Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

The inside content, where Peter has been reliably informed reveals:

1. There were three additional people not mentioned in court at the scene of the crime including who actually used the C4.

2. One of the sultans were briefed about this.

3. Military intelligence have confirmed that the first element is true and a report has been given and notified to Abdullah Badawi and Son-In-Law for safekeeping.

If true, this means that the game is over for Najib before he even gets to be the next PM. This also shows that Abdullah Badawi has deliberately withheld justice even though he has promised judicial reforms. At this time, news (according to Malaysiakini) has reached the attention of Najib and he is mulling for another round of action against Peter.

B-A-D-A-W-I To Be A Legit Word By 2009?

There is a plan by Oxford and Webster to update the 2009 edition of the dictionary to include this brand new word called BADAWI.

BADAWI [baa-daa-wee] - noun - To start something full of promise but end in failure / disaster.


1. I'm trusting you to do this task well. Don't do a badawi, okay?

2. Whatever I do, I always find a way to badawise it.

3. France badawied their Euro 2008 campaign. England pre-badawied theirs, while Italy were guilty of over-badawification.

Dollah Badawi has made history! His name being made into the next year's ed. of dictionary!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Bedtime Story: Pok Leh's SUBSIDY

From an e-mail:

A man called Razak owns a farm which can produce 10 apples every day. He has 5 workers to operate the farm. Each of them eats 1 apple daily and it is enough to keep them operating the farm normally. The remaining 4 apples, the landlord sells them at RM10 each and he earns RM40. He uses the RM25 to improve the farm operation and facilities. He gives RM2.00 to each of his workers and he keeps the remaining RM5.00 as profit. Day by day, the farm is well developed and all of the 5 workers are happy with the money they can save.

When Razak passed away and there is a new landlord, Pok Leh comes to continue the farm operation. He says to the workers: "We need to improve the farm quality and redefine our way of thinking. From now on all of you only need to pay RM1.00 for each apple you eat. It is very cheap as the price is RM10 each outside the farm."

The workers have no choice but to pay RM1.00 for the apple they eat daily. Their earning decrease from RM2.00 to RM1.00 per person. As usual, PokLeh sells the 4 apples and he gets RM40. He uses RM25 for farm improvement and pays RM10 to his 5 workers. He gets RM5.00 as profit. On top of that, he gets another RM5.00 from the apples that he sells to his workers. In total, he gets RM10 as profit every day.

Soon, the apple price increases to RM20 each. The new landlord gets a higher profit as he gets RM80 for the 4 apples he sells daily. Then, he decides to give the farming improvement contract to one of his close friend, Samy.. Samy says:"Apple cost naik, improvement cost also misti naik." So, the farm improvement cost increases from RM25 to RM50. In actual, the improvement only cost RM30. The remaining RM20, PokLeh and Samy share evenly among themselves.

Let's calculate how much PokLeh gets daily:

RM10 (from farm improvement cost)
RM20 (Net profit by selling 4 apples: [Gross profit, RM80] ?
[Improvement cost, RM50] ? [Wages RM10] = RM20)
RM5 (from selling apples to his workers)

In total, PokLeh gets RM35 daily compare to RM10 initially when he takes over the farm from Razak. His profit increases RM25 and the workers are still getting RM1.00 daily per person.

The greedy PokLeh does not want to stop there. One day, he says to his fellow workers:" You see ah, the current market price for one apple is RM20 and you are only paying RM1. See how lucky you are! I have to SUBSIDY RM19.00 for each of the apple you buy and total I need to SUBSIDY RM95.00. This will greatly burden the farm and we might get bankrupt if we continue like this. In order to avoid bankruptcy, I need to increase the apple price that you buy from RM1.00 to RM1.50 and I will bare the remaining RM18.50 per apple as my subsidy to you all. "

So, greedy PokLeh adds RM2.50 to his current profit and the number becomes RM37.50.

The RM95 subsidy was never existed in the first place and so was the RM52 billion fuel subsidy generously 'given' by the BN government..

Cutting fuel subsidy is actually just a reason to steal money from your pocket. Are you gonna stand there and let them rob you???

Nightmare of A Friend

On Sunday night, I told Polytikus that I had a nightmare that involved her but did not elaborate further on what is it about. I could have been telling this a few days earlier but work had taken a toll on my time and energy to write.

The night before that, I was dreaming and it was kind of real; I went to the Malaysiakini website and looked at the 'Latest 10 News' section and saw a very shocking headline that says (time and date not shown):

'Malaysiakini reporter Li Tsin dies of duodenal cancer'

The word duodenal cancer reminded me of the same cancer that killed Toni Kassim. Later on, I went walking to a backlot to collect a car and I saw a funeral parlor. From far I saw a mugshot of the dead placed in front of a coffin and the portrait was none other than our friend.

In my past experiences, whatever things that I saw in my head as in dreams turns into a real thing, as of deja vu. At one point, I would be at a place that I've seen in my head in dreams. This has been true for more many times already. And I'm not joking!

The Upcoming Tag Battle in UMNO

Recently in London, Najib Razak said that he will not contest against Abdullah Badawi saying that he does not wish to destroy the reputation of the party that his father, the late Tun Razak built upon. This simply means two things, which is:
  1. He expects the post of the Prime Minister in a platter. Waiting for the moment of handover.
  2. There will be a tag match between Abdullah-Najib vs Ku-Li-Muhiyiddin.
But this tag match is not as big as the scale as seen in the recent general elections. But instead, it is two camps fighting out to determine who will be the next head and deputy of UMNO. And the secondary prize is that the team that wins the match is the PM / DPM by default since UMNO heads the BN coalition.

Ku-Li has been running around the entire nation garnering support from UMNO divisions and declares that he is the White Knight that will save UMNO from extinction. Extinction is what Sanusi Junid said that if there is no change in the top brass, UMNO is destroyed by 2013. This has been amplified by SAPP's decision to say no-confidence against Abdullah Badawi and his ministers with one fact - they failed to take care of Sabah.

Of course there are some people who really wanted Abdullah Badawi to stay because he is also the First Finance Minister. And he would be supported as well. The upcoming UMNO elections in December will be very expensive and explosive because there will be money spent by a backer (read: Daim) to make sure Team Abdullah wins. Remember back in 1998 where Dr. Mahathir said that $500 and $1000 notes are declared non-legal tender? To us, the reason is to prevent currency speculation. The other reason is that he knew $3 billion were in $500 and $1000 tenders were smuggled out to Indonesia. To bring it back, would take until 2010, and that is why money could be spend to stop Ku Li.

Since Najib has declared that he will wait for the handover, it could a event of putting the final nail to his coffin. The pattern could be repeated as of how Anwar was sacked by Mahathir even though Mahathir repeatedly declared that Anwar will be his successor a few days prior to September 2 1998. If there is sufficient evidence that Najib's office is involved in the Altantuya murder, then he's finished. It will be a double no-no. Even if Najib takes a U-turn and goes against Abdullah Badawi, chances are high that he cannot become the next Prime Minister. My friend, you better watch out, even AAB is prepared to double-cross you.

And finally what about Anwar in this scenario? Of course he'd be happy to see how UMNO fights on their own and perhaps going into self-destruct mode. With the kind of behavior, playing the race card as well as being in the constant denial syndrome, the could kapoof! Anwar has been making charismatic statements including economy and his PR agenda but it leaves one question out of the cold...why didn't he say anything about AAB in his speeches? Some said he'd go back to UMNO if there is but not likely. Was it because of his passport, held by the government that he needed it badly to do his medical treatment that he owed them a gratitude?

MP Kulim: Sayonara Hang Najib

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Will You Do This, MR. ONG?

With the fuel price gone up, it is almost impossible for someone to buy their favorite car. That's because that close half of the price is charged by the Customs Department, called the Import Tax. This measure was applied to cars because of promoting the use of Proton / Perodua cars. Now that the thing has gone up, perhaps:

Source: from an e-mail

As of last month a Toyota Vios would 'cause a damage' of about RM 89,000. In the international market, a Toyota Vios is about USD 19,000 USD 19,000 = RM 62,700 (using the indicative rates of USD 1 = RM 3.30) That makes Malaysian Vios owners pay an extra RM 26,300. This RM 26,300 should be cost of operations, profit and tax because the transportation costs have been factored in to the USD 19,000. RM 26,300/ RM625 petrol rebate per year translates to a Vios being used for 42.08 years.

The RM 625 is a rebate given by the government, but it also means that one has to use the Vios for 42.08 years just to make back the amount paid in taxes for the usage of a foreign car. Would anyone use any kind of car for that long? Now with these numbers in front of us, does the subsidy sound like a subsidy or does it sound like a penalty?

This just seems to be a heavy increment in our daily cost of living as we are not only charged with high car taxes but also with a drastic increase in fuel price. With all the numbers listed out, let's analyze the situation further. Car taxation is government profit, fuel sales is Petronas' (GLC) profit which also translates into government profit. The government may ridicule us Malaysians by saying look at the world market and fuel price world wide. Please, we are Malaysians, we fought of the British, had a international port in the early centuries (Malacca), home to a racially mixed nation and WE ARE NOT STUPID!!!

We know the international rates are above the USD 130/barrel. We understand the fact that the fuel prices are increasing worldwide and we also know that major scientist are still contradicting on why this phenomenon is happening. Some blame Bush and his plunders around the world and some blame climate change and there are others which say petroleum 'wells' are getting scarce.

Again we go back to numbers to be more straight fwd

1 barrel = 159 liters x RM2.70/liter = RM 429 or USD 134

On 1 hand, we are paying the full cost of 1 barrel of crude oil with RM2.70 per liter but on the other hand the crude oil only produces 46% of fuel.

Msia sells crude oil per barrel at USD130 buys back Fuel per barrel at USD134. And not forgetting, every barrel of fuel is produced with 2 barrels of crude oil.

1 barrel crude oil = produce 46% fuel (or half of crude oil), therefore
2 barrel crude oil = approximately 1 barrel fuel
In other words, each time we sell 2 barrels of crude oil, equivalently we will buy back 1 barrel of fuel.

Malaysia sell 2 barrel crude oil @ USD 130/barrel = USD 260 = RM 858 then, Malaysia will buy back fuel @ USD 134/barrel = RM 442/barrel Thus, Malaysia earn net extra USD 126 = RM 416 for each 2 barrel of crude sold/exported vs imported 1 barrel of fuel !!! (USD 260-134 = USD 126 = RM416)

So where this extra USD 126/barrel income is channeled to by Malaysian Govt?

Yes, this is addressed to the current minister Ong Tee Keat. Thankfully, he's not related to the two Ong brothers that we knew back in Lenggong. Right now, he bears the portfolio of the Transport Minister. Last week, he spoke of reducing taxes in service and government taxes as the MCA man. That's a nice first step. But in your capacity as this, you need to have the 'testicles' to propose the removal of import duties. Where has those import duties gone to now?

Say it out an loud to the Customs department and your UMNO / BN colleagues that this is PART of helping the people out. People have trouble buying cars because of this import taxes. Help to get people a chance to own a car without having a huge amount on taxes.

I look forward to seeing how it plays out.

If you don't, someone told me of the 'hidden secret' of how you won that Pandan Parliamentary and it could be out anytime on discretion.

Friday, June 13, 2008

You Couldn't Face Them In Today's Protest So....

you must be a chicken coward, Dollah! Yes, today more than 2000 people protested from Kampung Baru to Sogo (a change of plan following intelligence reports that police have tighten the blockade to KLCC) over fuel hike protests. Yes, Friday the 13th, then today it must be a nightmare to you and your honchos.

I mean, you should have the balls to face them and tell them in the face rather than going to Kelanta to do the shit there. When you turn away from the people who are unhappy, it simply implies of two things, that is either:
  1. You are telling them along with your BN honchos to shut up, accept and listen without giving them a space to open their mouths and ask questions. Is this how teachers teach their students in school? That is the same model!
  2. You knew they are going to overrun you and you are cowering in fear.

I hope the option is #1, not #2. If it's 2 then the level of embarrassment is quite high.

There are some pictures that clearly tell you that the people, have admitted of making the mistake of voting for you. Making many u-turn decisions, as if you are undecided.

But this is only one protest. Come July 5, if the number of people coming hits 1 million as PROTES wanted, then be prepared to be shamed on national TV. The infamous bragging of 'saya pantang dicabar' is turned into 'jangan cabar rakyat'.

According to Malaysiakini, the police claimed that today's operation was a success because the protesters couldn't go near them at KLCC. But they should not don't brag about it. Because they will not be able stop a lot of people as in the BERSIH rally come July 5 - Not even 4000 people can arrest 1 million people.

The reason Police Act 1967 was established was because of the people scenario at that time, whereby the cohesion between the three main races is still not at the satisfactory level and it was in place to ensure things do not go the other way wrong. This scenario hit the right tone back in 1969 when Tunku Abdul Rahman told Tun Razak not to issue permits during the election campaign in which Razak did against the Tunku's orders and paved the way for the May 13 riots.

Today, people from many races no longer are mindful whether you are black or white or whatsoever skin tones you are. They are able to gather in more than 5s without creating a ruckus. Which means, that the Police Act 1967's current state is somewhat outdated, irrelevant, or you can put in many adjectives to describe the Akta today. Either it needs to be revised or abolished. As demonstrated in today's rally, people are able to go together without posing any kind of danger to others. They are ready, but what about Barisan Nasional? Still thinking that common people are school kids?

Someone said that Abdullah Badawi could handover to Najib at most around 15 September, but Najib's tenure could be over before it begins or after a few days when Anwar wins a by-election and has MPs crossing over. So what he hoped will go in tatters.

I was told that during operations where FRUs and those blue uniform men are around, only an OCPD man like Zulkarnain Rahman (head on the ground) or above rank can give the order of having the FRU to start the ruckus. If Anwar's taking over, then he's likely to be finished and possibly - be prepared to be sacked or transferred.

Anyhow, whatever the case is, the people are clear and they want Dollah Badawi down.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Swine like DBKL...Ha!

There's a pig machine running around KL City, and the it's name is DBKL!

Yes, the swine has been causing some trouble lately:

  1. Many people objected to the Draft Plan 2020.
  2. Bukit Gasing people are in objection to the development on the reserved area for eco purposes.
  3. Demolishing stalls in Wangsa Maju section 2 in a so called 'punishment for not voting BN'
  4. Petaling Street is said of having too many illegal workers there that on this case, they couldn't take on a bigger fish to fry.
  5. They started summoning the whole Setapak block after the 3 sections one-day protest at the City Hall.
  6. They started beating at the BAR Council on December 9 claiming that they had trespassed their property whereas they got it wrong. They thought they are right all the time.
  7. Of course doubling the fines for some offences as if the previous amount is not enough.

In the end, they had to get poor Saravanan to do the damage control there.

That's just the highlight and apparently, the swine is trying to get something more out of the people to fatten their stomach and their pockets. In K.L, there are 11 MPs and 10 of them, all PR MPs surrounded one Minister who is a KL MP and DBKL tries at times to punish the citizens for voting the opposition. The latest scheme by these fat cats is apprarently to charge poor citizens another 35% of parking using the latest solar-energy parking meters. Although it creates anger, according to Malaysiakini, DBKL later clarified that no price hikes, but the timing has been extended to EVERYDAY, even public holiday and Sundays. Who is actually telling the truth? Mayor or otherwise?

Earlier today, Titiwangsa MP, Doc. Lo Lo Ghazali was with the people opposing the idea of charging extra to the people.

HOI! It is still the same as charging another 35% money lol. Nak charge ka non-stop? Have you forgotten one of the 10 Commandments? - Keep the Sabbath Day Holy, which is Sunday? Sunday is supposedly free, doing that means you are violating what is truly Sunday! You swine! You want charge people some more ah? Is planning unit behind this? Extending it to 10.30 some more, you are just like robbers! Then you send your enforcement men to go around and come out with more summon tickets, ah? People are now paying more beyond what they can save...use your head! If you do that, be prepared to get rubbed with salt further on your wounds, DBKL!

So You Did It Mamak Reezal!

Before the news hit out today, many were told by some people (one of the sources is from BigDog) that Tan Sri Sanusi Junid was prematurely removed as the President of the IIUM (International Islamic University of Malaysia). Under the rules of the university, a president can only be removed by the head, which is Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang under the advisement of the Prime Minister.

The reason of why Sanusi was removed was never explained neither in papers nor in the mail of sack. But a good guess by people is because Sanusi followed suit of Mr. Mahathir of leaving UMNO. Following the exodus of people close to Mahathir leaving UMNO, the Abdullah administration seems to see fit to remove people from government positions because of leaving the UMNO party. The sacking came out of the sudden, just as how Abdullah told everyone by the last minute of price increases, which is a timing that he should not do.

If a series of similar events occur in succession after this, it simply implies that as what Chedet said that anyone who is against or not in league against the Abdullah Badawi administration, be it in UMNO or in Barisan component parties are liable and can be dropped anytime to their liking. This would accelerate the effect of brain drain syndrome, lacking creative minds to run a business.

For this case, Abdullah Badawi cannot directly intervene in the hierachy of the IIUM but can indeed advise the Sultan of Pahang to terminate Sanusi's services there. Fortunately help comes from a person, IIUM alumni and through him, he was able to get hold of the Sultan to terminate his services.

The very person who was indeed behind the sacking was none other than the Mamak Reezal Merican, a well known associate of K.J. and one of the political secretaries to AAB himself. Reezal was in two notable occasions divorced two wives (as a result of penchant with beautiful women) and was also the head of the GPMS, who had some butt heads with the public as well as with some people internally. Some in GPMS claimed that he climbed to the top but lacked the experience thanks to political connections.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Are You Really Sincere or You Are Easy To Lie?

Saturday or Sunday, Jeanne 'Danker' was saying of planting your own vegetables, rearing your own chickens or whatsoever in this current situation. Then today, Datuk Dollah tried to calm people down by saying that minister's pay is cut by 10 percent.

But are you sure he's sincere? Look closer.

The more important thing is to cut down his bloody corridor projects. If you remember, the total amount that he borrowed from IMF or World Bank for those mega projects, ECER, NCER, Sarawak, Sabah corridor projects plus IDR is coming close to $1.2 trillion USD. Shouldn't he cut down on that rather than asking people to 'change your lifestyle?'Even there's a cut on the Minister's pay, the pay of a minister is still high!

According to Malaysiakini's survey, some people do feel that whatever was announced by Dollah Badawi is just a smokescreen for something that they do not want us to see. So, it's okay to say that Pak Lah Mudah Tipu!

Here's something to cheer you up: Kick Badawi The Game!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Food Cravings Back In Ipoh

After a month or so, I went back to Ipoh this week for my weekend getaway. At a steady 110-120 at the highway going back at a wrong time, that is after midnight; reached home at 2.30 a.m. An ungodly hour, well since because I had some things to finish in KL before going back.

I just really missed the food there. It costs 10-20 percent less but the same quantity you get in K.L. Kampar fish ball noodles at my favorite shop, my favorite kuey tiau noodles and spring rolls at Old Town Ipoh, etc..A bowl of wanton noodles, medium size is at $3.80 plus double amount of small meat dumplings. In K.L it's within $4.50 to $5.00 but less dumplings!

But since today's the Dumpling Day (rice wrapped in banana leaf for Chinese people) I had the chance to have one, but sadly I will never get to enjoy grandma's dumplings, since she was no longer here, gone. The last time she made those, I think it was back in '05, when I just started working in K.L.

And then there's the Kampung Simee egg tarts and ("baked siew pau") that costs just $1 a piece, and it's something that I wanted to get each time I'm back in Ipoh. I had to rush to the Simee wet market in the mornings no later than 10 a.m, since the vast supply comes from early morning. I heard Lim Kit Siang was there weeks before election meeting the consituents there, and I saw the stall selling those stuff....yum!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Even God, The King and The Dead Aren't Pleased...

with those capitalist stooges everywhere including Malaysia for what they have done to the common folk. Yesterday, the oil prices at the NYMEX or New York Merchantile Exchange got its biggest gain, when oil prices hit the record of $139 per barrel for the July contract. Those capitalist stooges are in a panic where fearing of drop in the US dollar, they place their bets on the oil following yesterday's Dow Jones fall of 3% or 400+ points.

Now, in the last four days or so, starting from the evening where Dollah Badawi announced the fuel price hike, the skies in Malaysia aren't that friendly in the afternoon. Heavy showers and thunderstorms, repeating even until today up north and south seems to show one message, methaphorically to the so called stooges and rogue daylight robbers.

Like I said previously, in Chinese believes, an unusual thunderstorm in China means that God is the avatar, the representation of him on earth and you are not to disobey his mandate to rule here. When this happens in here in the last few days, it means that the King and the people are ANGRY against Dollah Badawi and his misfit advisers including the 'Rogue Banker' Yackop. Even the dead are not pleased at what he has done. And so do some in the UMNO camp which aren't that happy over the sudden decision that caught everyone off guard.

Today is the King's Birthday, born out of the conception of having the Agong as the Supreme Ruler of Malaysia. To the unknown, it is always celebrated on the first Saturday of June. The King has to go through the protocols for this special occasion, and he must even faced Dollah Badawi and the other cabinet ministers. But the King is of course angry since Dollah and those Terengganu camp honchos do not agree with the palace's decision not to appoint Idris Jusoh as the MB. And as the example, Patrick Badawi, Kamal's partner was declared a non-person there. Well, he can't show that in the public and he just gave the message to the people to be patient over this spike.

There is of course a spiritual realm where the souls of the dead can watch over the physical realm but they are not allowed to interfere with anything. Of course, I'm sure that they agree with God that the people are angry and suffering over such decision by incompetent rulers against the people.

If the stooges of Malaysia think they can cheat the public for personal gain, think again. The King, God, and the dead aren't pleased with you idiots there. Take Act 5 Scene 3 from Shakespeare's Richard III, there's proof that the everyone aren't pleased with such 'villainy' on you Dollah and your misfit advisers!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Slashing Mickey Mouse Taxes

I just had some thought about this thing after the fuel hike thing: why not slash some taxes that are 'Mickey Mouse' taxes. Note: Mickey Mouse is a military slang for bullshit.

There was a piece of interesting note that the actual price to buy a Toyota VIOS in the international market is about half of the price here. The other half is consists of import duties and some other bullshit stuff that is put in here. I thought, if we slash the thing off or maybe a big portion to it, it would be easier for a person to buy a car to move around. After all, the transportation system here is still in a mess and not quite efficient enough.

I don't think toll rates can be taken off right now, but at least it has to be reduced because the concessionaires needs to recuperate the development and upkeep cost. As for road taxes, I think it can be worth a feat to remove road taxes altogether, but I doubt the Barisan government or Ong Tee Keat, who did win with some intimidation tactics in Pandan Jaya Parliamentary seat somehow (I was told)... would fully say aye to the idea.

Now here comes the interesting part. Everyone, kids and even teenagers pay three common taxes: service charges, government taxes and of course entertainment taxes. When I recently watched the Celine Dion concert back in March, I was reminded by a spectator (I overheard) that a quarter of the ticket price you pay is entertainment tax. Imagine 25% - don't you think that at this time, it is burdening the people? My idea is to slash entertainment tax down to 5% or remove it totally because it's the people's welfare that goes first. But I doubt that Tomboy Azalina would agree to it given of her antagonistic behavior at the 5 PR states.

Anyhow, that tax has to be removed. Well, government tax is an exception. Okay that's fine.

I also had doubts on the 10 percent service tax. It is basically forcing you to pay the tip to the staff. But I had some reservations to it really. I was wondering what's worth the tax paying for if the services rendered to you are pretty bad? That's something I had to ponder. Maybe, it is time that a ministry and Customs department (*spit*) do a monthly review at the premises to see whether if they are qualified to have the tax or not. Otherwise they should be revoked of the entitlement!

But it's the import duties right now that is giving the trouble now. If the import duties are reduced significantly or better than that removed, perhaps Information Technology in Malaysia penetration rate can improve much better because it gives people better chance to purchase computers. Or perhaps a better time to buy food or car.

Isn't that something that the government should look into?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Revolt To Putrajaya

There was a protest today at Pudu and Ipoh over the fuel hikes. Many people including noted politicians like Wan Azizah and Mr. Mahathir said that hiking at the immediate notice is actually unrealistic and should have been done in stages.

Perhaps now this could be a wakeup call for people who still think that Barisan Nasional is their only friend. Well, I don't know if they are foolish or not or blindly choosing them, now this is the first thing they get for voting for them, particularly the 51% of voters who chose them. Now then , who's on the suffering end? They or you?

I have to agree with certain points from Mr. Mahathir's posting that says:

1. Better approach in the form of retaining the fixed rate system and increased the value of the Ringgit, say 10 per cent at a time, the cost of imports, in Ringgit terms can be monitored and reduced by 10 per cent.
2. The mystery question of the profits that Petronas has gained. Where is the money right now?

Question 2 remains a mystery. The people should have opened their mouths and ask for a report of how the money is spent rather than keeping a hush about it. $70 billion in net profts. How would you imagine holding that kind of big amount of money?

People anger is at the peak point. Stock market and forex rate went down because of the sudden hike. I felt Dollah Badawi's wish of no demos was kind of an insult to citizens. According to Malaysiakini, this would result in a mass scale rally at KLCC - aim at Hassan Merican; bigger than BERSIHl 100K audience target - next month. Note: so far, no MSMs reported on this!

Well, the jibe is up for Dollah Badawi. People are hating them already and even those in BN like Mukhriz are criticizing them for the wrong approach. Malaysia is not Singapore where having 3 times more capita is okay for them, but not here. Unless, you guys are getting a pay hike of another 30 percent. But then, Subramaniam and Noraini aren't happy to agree to give minimum wages at this time, right?

Personally, this could have been avoided, and the fault lies on those voters too foolish to see the future and just simply pick BN.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

June 5: A Killing Moment For Malaysians

'Flip-Flop' Dollah Badawi has thrown every working citizen in major towns that have vehicles in chaos announcing that the price of oil would be up by another 78 cents to $2.70 per liter from tomorrow onwards, which is another 40 percent increase from the last price of $1.92 in February 2006. However, there will be an annual rebate of $625 for under 2000cc vehicles / $120 more motorcycles under 250cc, which will be given upon renewal of road tax. But it does little to make people happy.

There Will Be Screaming

What will happen tomorrow? According to a interview article by Malaysiakini, people, consumer organizations and activists are starting to scream particularly at Dollah Badawi for a sudden decision. The much better alternative is to announce that and introduce on the go from August 1. That will give people more time to get use to the pounding situation that is now. The people still remain unhappy now that the cost will spill over to the cost of food and transport which is going to tax other people. Of course, Dollah Badawi will say, 'I am sorry, but there is nothing I can do.' But they are not going to buy that thing.

Dollah's Last Fling of The Dice

Dollah has taken a huge bet, political risk and gambled on the fact that people will accept it but if he loses the bet, people from the outside and the inside will start going after him again, adding more pressure to his reputation after the March 8 election. Public anger will never recede after all! Also, in this situation, the opposition will tell the people that BN has again failed the people, failed to handle the nation's economy and corruption. You might want to question those BN loyalists. Why did they vote for BN!? It is those who vote for them that do not seem to see the long-term consequences. Of course, it will be in Anwar Ibrahim's favor, waiting for another moment before he takes over the government.

In many of the Anwar speeches, he did say that he will reduce the petrol price if the opposition wins the election. But then, what they did was accomplishing the primary target of denying 2/3rds majority for the Barisan Nasional. He did mention of using a portion of Petronas net profits, to reduce the subsidy bill. According to government officials, the projected subsidy bill for this year is estimated to be at $56 billion. Giving of high oil prices, Petronas stands to profit at least 2 times more than previously. Taking 25% of for subsidies and using some of it for development will at least reduce, not totally reducing the bill. There has been a question by some quarters of where is the balance of the money from Petronas royalties and taxes?

A few days ago, Malaysia has indicated its refusal to use the ringgit as the form of the monetary policy tool, mentioning that the market will dictate the direction of the currency. Basically, you don't let someone decide for you, you have to decide for yourself. That is a mistake that Malaysia has did. If they manage to appreciate the ringgit to at least 2.8 right now, the government is standing to save at least $8 billion alone. Do you see why Singaporeans have better buying power than here? It's because that they use the Sing dollar as a monetary policy!

Is Rebate Good Enough?

Let's do some calculations. As for my case, I basically pay at most $280 per month for petrol alone, which translates to $70 Max. The average I'd pay is at $60 plus per week given that I tend to fill once a week. The car that I drive has a capacity of 38 liters full, that means I'd fill at most at 30 liters per week.

So, I'd pay roughly $57.60 given at 1.92 per liter and 30 liters. If the price stands at 2.70, I'd pay about $81 per month, which is another 33 percent more than a previous weekly oil bill. The annual rebate is $625 for a under 2000cc vehicle, meaning max $52 per month or $13 per week. If I pay $81 minus the rebate, then after rebate, I'd only pay $63, which is just paying another $3 dollars more. That is if you fill up once a week or so. But what about those who frequently travel? It can do good and it can do harm. In my case, it stands to reduce some burden really.

No, it does more damage to the public transportation particularly the disabled ones.

Ulterior Motive?

Someone said that Dollah Badawi and his cronies will not be able to reap big profits given of the political scenario and by taking advantage of the current crude oil prices, they hope to level the problem, by letting the people take the burden instead of them. While some political-minded people might think of it, but I think that it shows that you have a prime minister that doesn't even know economics as what Anwar claimed.

There is a so called 56 billion ringgit question which claimed that the government has enough and pass the baton to the people to buy petrol at a higher price.

Other Countries Pay Less!

Look at the chart above. I think we should somehow deserve to enjoy paying a little more than UAE. But it's the mismanagement of money by BN / UMNO that plays part of it.

Last Words

I think this has been the sixth time in four years that Dollah Badawi has increased the petrol.

At this time, I could have been like Eric Cantona, going up to stupid voters who picked BN in Pahang, Johor and Negeri Sembilan and screaming 'IDIOT' at them.

Pukul Dollah and BN....that's what people's statement is likely to be. One of a few.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Such Statement Means That M'Sia Edu. Standard Is One Step Backwards!

I am simply undecided on whether ABIM's statement on the PSD decision on expanding the quota of awards to non-Bumiputras. on whether they are talking bullshit or whether they are still in the racial blues It's just simply nonsense. The main reason of expanding the quota is simply because most of the people who really excel in their secondary education are mainly from the non-Bumis. To ABIM or GPMS, it's suffice to say that expanding it is a threat to the quota that was 'dictated in the Constitution?'

I don't really think that those arguments are valid in the current times. Those things that ABIM and GPMS speak off are considered gone already. When I read the article that was circulated to other media via Bernama, I was counting the number of instances that Bumiputera was uttered in the article. Almost close to a dozen. What does that really tell you? 'Bumiputera under extinction'? Gee, that mirrors to what was mentioned in 1969.

Fuck off! This is unacceptable!

(Image from 'Blog Dr. Azwan')

That guy is bound to be send to the gallows. If it's GPMS that says it, well, that Mamak Reezal is a disgrace. I heard that the Mericans (from Kapitan Keling) are one of the greatest families in Penang but this guy is one exception. Yes, I do share part of Zorro's sentiment that they are still thinking within that tattered box. And if they are booted out the government, yes I'd be seeing them wandering around the streets booed and looked down by people who really wanted a chance to pursue good education.

You know what? The stance by this asshole Khairul Arifin Mohd Munir suggests that he's an UMNO or maybe Reezal's lapdog. What he said is exactly the reason why the literacy and success rate in a Muslim-majority is below 40 percent! So what Professor Farukh Saleem said about why non-Muslim country's literacy rate is two times higher is indeed true.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ideas To Reduce Subsidies?

PM Invites Ideas From Civil Servants On Ways To Reduce Subsidies

PUTRAJAYA, June 2 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Monday invited civil servants to contribute ideas to help the government address the problem of increasing subsidies as the move can pose problems to the nation.

The prime minister said civil servants can pass their suggestions to their department heads who would forward them to the chief secretary to the government.

"If the subsidies we pay exceed operating expenses, it will cause big problems to us later. Although we think nothing of that sort will happen to us now, one day we may have to face serious problems if we don't reduce subsidies," he said when addressing staff of the prime minister's department at the monthly assembly.

Abdullah said right now the government was thinking of ways to provide subsidy to low-income earners while the subsidy for people who could afford it would be slashed.

"Various groups have given all sorts of ideas. I want you to do the same, try to think of constructive ideas and forward them to your department heads who will then forward them to the chief secretary to the government," said Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister.

Abdullah said the chief secretary to the government would know how to channel the ideas to the appropriate committees assigned to specific tasks.

He also urged government employees to come up with ideas on ways to tackle inflation.

As part of efforts to save energy, water and other utilities, the prime minister instructed heads of department to take immediate measures to set up quality control circles (QCCs).

"Previously, we use QCCs to boost work efficiency and productivity and many offices and departments have succeeded after adopting the QCC approach.

"That has been successful in many ways. This is what we mean efficient use of energy and resources," he said.

In Japan, Abdullah said he noticed that the Japanese were prudent in energy consumption at night as they switched on the lights only in rooms occupied by them.

Besides that, he said, at every house there was a mini-garden planted with vegetables or flower plants though the land size was small.

"Not that they don't have money but maybe it is one way to meet their needs without having to fork out more money to buy their essential items," he said.

"On office efficiency, I was not able to see, but I believe if this is their way, they will not switch on all the lights in the entire office building," he said.

To save electricity consumption in offices, Abdullah suggested that the windows, which are usually closed and covered by thick curtains, to be kept open so that lights need not be switched on.

I got amused to hear Dollah Badawi calling on civil servants to tell them to suggest ways to tackle subsidy problems whereas he and his honchos are spending lavishly like if it's nobody's business.

Anyhow, suppose if I am a civil servant asked by the man himself to provide a suggestion or two, my ideas my be unorthodox, unconventional and perhaps would draw the fire from the top brass. So, if I say that the first thing, as agreeing to Anwar Ibrahim's statement, which is taking a portion, I repeat portion of Petronas subsidies to alleviate the ballooning amount of subsidies, currently at $45 billion, the bill will end up at half. Say the net profit is at $80 billion, I'd take 30 percent to help reduce the bill and use as an extension to the budget.

Of course, if I am to say that, either Dollah or Najib will say 'mana boleh macam itu?'. Yes it can be unconventional but it can be effective for another 5 years or so. No solutions can be forever here. It's unstable, unless you have an industrial age machine AI like Helios, not Skynet that provides solutions to the world.

Another way to reduce the bill is to get the exchange rate improving radically. Good God, Dollah, you are too foolish of not believing that the ringgit is undervalued. Can't you understand that Singapore has better buying power than Malaysia because of the exchange rate? And the pace is damn slow. I got one guy who was with me during the Raya open house claiming that 'Rogue Banker' Yackop did not bother to act and answer to his questions on improving the country's monetary system. 3.21 as is of now, but I think it is better to hit 2.70 in one month's time with active intervention from government.

Cost cutting measure is also a good thing, when I was in the previous job, they encourage cost-cutting measures, that helps saving the upkeep costs.

And finally, you should whack the profiteers or the swine who swindles the people's money!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Promoting YEW-TUBE on TV1's BLOG

I asked Tony today, in the afternoon how he got invited to the show. According to him, after last week's episode, the heads of the show was asking Rocky on any person he can suggest for this week's episode. And then his name was mentioned because he was one of the few people who has vlogs or video logs.

So he was invited there.

Told me that he had to be there around 8 p.m for some makeup before the show and in terms of security, he has to notify security of what car (reg. num) he'd be driving over to there. He also had to prepare a brief summary about his blog a few days before coming over for the interview.

I was expecting him to raise some lamenting and high-tone criticism and confrontation, as he told me in the afternoon, but then it turned out otherwise. I heard that there would be about 13 episodes or so for this show (perhaps it's a trial run) but not quite sure though.

So far, out of 7 episodes, it's 6 males to 1 female (Nuraina of course!) and mostly those old and senior age bloggers. I wonder who could it be in episode 8? A very old one or a young blood one like Galadriel?

Ok, he's promoting his video log there and well, hope to rewatch it on YouTube a few days later.

Credit to Howsy for the extra info.

Media Freedom Day - The Walk and the Talk

De Facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim was the guest of honor for the media freedom day as media professionals wanted to engage with him on the demand of giving better freedom to the press. The event was held today at the National Press Club opposite Bank Negara.

Some had started walk from Merdeka Square with some police seen around the square and around Bank Rakyat opposite the Royal Selangor Club but they were no incidents of intimidation or brutality as they knew that Minister is participating in the event. I came from Bank Negara, from by train and spent 5 minutes walking from there to the club.

Many people gathered there from 9.15 a.m onwards as they were treated to a sumptuous meals of nasi lemak and roti canai with free coffee / tea while awaiting for Zaid. In addition to the regular lot of bloggers, special guests being there including Bernama GM Azman Ujang, journalist / playright Kee Thuan Chye, Star Chief Editor, Wong Chun Wai, with the organization's journalists like A. Asohan, Shahanaz Sher Habib, NUJ head Norilla Daud, A. Gayathry from CIJ, Malaysiakini's Steven Gan with columnists Helen Ang and KJ John and of course two assemblymen, Wee Choo Keong and Ronnie Liu.

As planned, the event kicked off at 10.15 a.m and the show was cut short at 11 a.m as Zaid had to attend to certain matters. Following introductions and hackling from the press professionals, Zaid took to the stage. Despite being booed and criticized by the media, Zaid, all in all told the media professionals to join collectively and give proposals and strategies in providing, part of the roadmap for better press freedom. Zaid pointed out that most of the media professionals did not look to the other side of the coin. But some of the questions during the Q&A session, a proposal forwarded by Chun Wai on having a one-time permit seemed to get cold reaction from Zaid's answer. His answer was merely to forward it to Syed Hamid Albar and support whatever decision Hamid will take. He told that there must be a mechanism that can manage changes otherwise anarchy will happen.

Note: There was a minor incident where some people had to calm down blind-blogger Alfred Ho over a remarks and speaking against the subject today.

Excerpt from Bernama:
"Show unity. Show your role in the process. If you want to change something in existence ...(then) you must propose and offer a solution ... a mechanism to manage the process.

That you must do. If you want greater press freedom, you must have a plan," he said at a dialogue organised by the National Press Club (NPC) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Malaysia (NUJ) at the NPC premises, here.

"The country needs a good and free press. If you talk about reform, you must have plans. I believe that if we have good proposals, maybe certain progress can be made. Not necessarily (one has to) repeal everything," he said.
The video, courtesy of Malaysiakini: Zaid did not endear himself to journos today

After the session, people were invited to continue the walk for freedom from the club to the big flag pole at Merdeka Square. Fortunately there were no bad incidents happening there. Most left after 12 and bloggers mostly stayed back at the club for rounds of drinks and brunch. I also had a the pleasure of meeting a renowned Malaysian aviator, Lokman Sardon, (Tun Sardon Jubir's son) and the father of Malaysian documentary filmmaker Adam Lokman and had a good discussion session on aviation, conspiracy theories and political stuff.

Additional photos from the event can be seen at my Facebook album here.

Further accounts from fellow bloggers on the event:

Galadriel: Walking on The Wild Side with Zaid Ibrahim
Howsy: Yes, There Was a Walk and a Talk But Was There a 'Walk The Talk?'
Rocky: Where Were The Editors?

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