Friday, May 26, 2006

S S D D

SSDD. Same Shit, Different Day. I am remembering a phrase from a Stephen King novel. It is so clear that the 12 per cent increase in electricity tariff had nothing to do with SS and DD, or supply and demand. It's all about cash flow, about GLCs' KPI, about blaming the IPP and Dr M, about how things (read: prices) have been looking UP in recent times.

No wonder half the people are pissed and the other half pissed off.

SSDD.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are people who were saying that the tariff increase is fair. I dont understand what kind of people are they. Fair to whom?. Surprisingly, the media especially your former news paper, supported the increase. What kind of newspaper is that?

TumpangSekaki

Anonymous said...

Agendadaily punya spin pulak......

Penyiaran iklan bir di sebelah gambar dan berita Perdana Menteri dan hari ulangtahun UMNO di akhbar New Straits Times (NST) telah mencetuskan rasa kecewa dikalangan ramai pemimpin dan ahli UMNO.Cuma ada diantaranya berani bersuara secara terbuka seperti pemimpin Kelab Senator Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin dan Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee dan ada tidak berani.Dalam pada itu difahamkan kalangan pimpinan atasan UMNO memandang serius hal ini.Ketua Penerangan UMNO Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib yang dihubungi Agendadaily berkata, “kita sudah bincang hal ini.” Beliau yang juga ahli Jawatankuasa Pengurusan UMNO Malaysia bagaimanapun tidak mahu memberitahu ia dibincang diperingkat mana.Serentak dengan itu beliau minta akhbar-akhbar berhati dan lebih sensitif terhadap sensitivi orang-orang Melayu dan Islam.Iklan berkenaan disiarkan pertama kali pada 27 April dan kemudiannya pada 12 Mei.Ahli jawatankuasa Kelab Penyokong Kerajaan di Parlimen (BNBBC) , Datuk Idris Harun pula menegaskan adalah amat mendukacitakan jika perkara sensitif seperti ini tidak diberi perhatian oleh pihak berkenaan.Beliau yang juga ahli parlimen Tangga Batu,Melaka dan Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Malaysia berkata Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang membawa imej bersih dan Islam tidak seharusnya digandingkan dengan iklan minuman keras itu.“Tindakan tegas harus diambil keatas pihak berkenaan di NST yang berkemungkinan mempunyai niat tidak baik terhadap Perdana Menteri kita yang mencetuskan gagasan Islam Hadari.Menurutnya tindakan tegas perlu agar ia tidak berulang dan menjadi ikutan di media lain.Ahli parlimen Jempol dan bekas Naib Presiden UMNO , Tan Sri Isa Samad juga berpendapat pihak akhbar perlu lebih berhati-hati dalam menyiarkan sesuatu yang sensitif serta merngambilkira cara penyusunan gambar dan berita terutama yang melibatkan pemimpin negara.“Kita mempunyai masyarakat pelbagai kaum dan sudah tentu ada pihak yang menyalah tafsir niat akhbar sekalipun mungkin pihak akhbar tidak mempunyai niat untuk menyentuh perasaan pihak-pihak tertentu,”katanya.Ahli parlimen Padang Terap, Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim berkata, " Perdana Menteri sedang melaungkan Islam Hadari tetapi dimasa yang sama NST memaparkan beliau bersebelahan dengan sesuatu yang bertentangan dengan Islam.Adakah mereka tak faham apa yang sedang dibuat oleh PM.Saya amat kecewa dengan NST...ini perkara sensitif,"tegasnya.Sementara itu beberapa orang pemimpin UMNO yang tidak mahu nama mereka disebut menegaskan kalangan pemimpin atas tidak patut berdiam diri dalam soal ini.“Siapalah kami nak cakap lebih-lebih kalau orang atas sendiri tak buat apa-apa.Seperti kata Datuk Syed Ali ini sudah kurang ajar…sekali boleh kata silap…tapi bagaimana kalau dua kali.Kita juga tertanya-tanya apa yang ingin dibuktikan oleh NST.Kalau ada pun orang kuat di akhbar itu rasa diri mereka kebal kerana mereka rapat dengan PM…ini namanya sokong membawa rebah,”tegas seorang pemimpin UMNO dari Kedah.Seorang lain dari Johor pula berkata bos-bos di NST itu ‘berguru’ dimana sampai berani buat begitu kepada PM dan UMNO.“Tak payahlah tulis nama saya…cuma sampaikan mesej yang saya juga marah,”tegasnya. Berita sebelum ini:Kelab Senator kecewa….NST siar iklan bir sebelah gambar PM dan hari ulangtahun UMNO .KLIK UNTUK LAPORAN LANJUT.

Bandit said...

Alternative energy revolution beckons
Since there is no General Election around the corner to kick the BN Government's ass for this in-your-face tight slap to their loyal voters/consumers, I suggest searching for alternative sources of fuel, just to teach Tenaga Nasional that their electrical supply is not as preciously monopolistic as they think.
How? Fuel cells, solar panels and even the good old fashioned diesel generator (a much less noisy one) now look very useful. OK, I’m not advocating going back to the candles, pelita or hurricane lamps. If I was an entrepreneur, this is the business opportunity that has popped up fortuitously.
I don't have details on how much installing these devices cost but if they can slash my energy bill by 30 per cent (ha! Bumiputera rates), then my monthly average bill of RM1,000 tumbles down considerably and the long-term savings will go to paying for that LCD/Plasma TV I've long been fantasising.
For unilaterally taking us for chimps and chumps, this is the best way to retaliate - by not giving them the free money they need to bolster their GLC books.
Imagine, if every middle-class home thinks alternative energy, Tenaga Nasional will be scrambling for the very cash it needed to bolster its books within a year, and Barisan Nasional will either:
* tell the Tenaga Nasional yo-yos to revert, hell, even lower the tariffs just to salvage consumers,
* get some young biz whiz to start alternative energy shop with generous taxpayer funds, or,
* impose higher taxes on alternative energy devices.
If anyone of you who reads Rocky's Bru knows of the technology I've described that can be installed at low cost, please tell us in this blog. Let Rocky lead the way with the alternate home fuel revolution. It’s time to go Che Guevara on this monstrosity.
For me, I’ve had up to my eyeballs giving free money to the painfully dour and unimaginative BN Government.

kaliyuga said...

No swearin' bro, we're Malaysians; hadhari Malaysians. Man this is good. Everythin' is up. But not my spirit man! Ask young KJ what's his poison man. Fine wine. Not cheap brew like yours and mine. That damned Mahathir Mohamed kept electricity tariff steady for 10 year and TNB didn't go caput. This hadhari-compliant govt took power 2 years PM said TNB going caput if you and I do pay more. What's this man. ECM Libra will make ton of money borrowing for TNB man. Hey bro, seen that exquite creature mk lately? What's this I hear about slapping and swearin' man. Hey bro tell me how much we are forking out to enlarge Seri Pardana man? Big house big electricity bill. Kj lives there you know bro? Tell me bro any anak menteri I can merry man. Janda gatal also ok. Desperate man. Bill more than RM43.60. Bola coming. More bill. Thank man, half my steam off.Now to work to pay tax. KJ needs good life man. Living with pak mentua. Any hope of dating MK bro? Feeling gatal.

Anonymous said...

nst has given us interesting tips to go around the 12 per cent tariff increase. my suggestions is even better. dont use electricity, use oil lamps.

Dave Avran said...

dude, the rakyat are getting ripped off left rught and centre. every bloody thing also increase. reminds me of a saying: "if i wanted to listen to an asshole. i'd fart". sheesh.

thetheorist said...

conspiracy theories abound. one that relates to TNB tariff increase goes like this: kj and his oxbrige band recommended candidates for GLC job to FIL(father-in-law)cum PM. FIL too lazy to think swallowed hook, line and sinker. KJ promised they would do well. The appointees are beholden to KJ. They return favour by giving KJ and his chosen friends and companies contracts. To prove to FIL and the "ya, ya" Umno crowd, KJ introduced KPI. But not all KJ appointees are good. They will fail KPI test. So KJ has to help. He told his FIL that subsidy is bad, tariffs and rates are low and GLCs employ too many people. So FIL agreed to reduce subsidy, increase rates and fire people. Overnight KJ's GLC managers achieve their KPI. KJ won't burden YTL, Malakoff and Genting. They pay him dues. Fine cigars, wine and you know what. Ah, don't forget halal sponsorship! Poor consumers give KJ nothing. So he burdens them so that his GLC servants can achieve their KPI, the IPP are happy and the fine wine keeps flowing. Plausible?

Anonymous said...

Hey bro, lets get some matters straight. First to go up was petrol, then electricity, and now I have to buy insurance for my maid and negotiate salary before bringing in and Indonesian.
I have to pump petrol, no two ways; I need electricity, no three ways; I need a maid, cos I can't leave my children home alone.
My arm has been twisted so badly by the government in the past six months, that Alongs and snatch-thieves have started to look amateur.
My salary is what it was five years ago, and now I know why the government refuse to sell sand to singapore because they know that soon, makan pasir will be my only option.
Great leaders need followers, I suggest BN leaders look behind for a change, and they will notice that not many followers are willing to makan pasir while they and their children have the best spread on their dinner table.
As for the maids issue, why don't BN just have more guidelines like.. 1 Give them the weekend off; 2 Have punch-cards for them at every home, so they will not be overly worked; 3 Instead of having dinner etc at the kitchen table, make it compulsory for them to eat at the dinner table with the family; 4 give them epf; 5 make sure they are taken shopping monthly to jaya jusco or megamall to buy outfits, and outlaw hand-me-downs that are given to them currently; 6 form a union for them; 7 every six-months compulsory to give them one-month leave with flight ticket to their destination of choice.
Even God can't save my country anymore..........

Rajjahmadwong said...

bru, who says govt is not caring. Najib said because of your sentiment and mine and of others too, the govt will act against the builder of Matrade building. Thought that's govt responsibility. why wait for the rakyat to demand action when an offence had been committed. We elect abd pay najib to take care of our interest. why didn't he speak before this? why allowed such a long delay.

Najib don't have to lead us up the garden path. we're not stupid. Why not consider our sentiments before raising fuel prices and electricity rates, assessment rates, water rates, toll rates and zillion other burdensome increases?

By the way our datin seri is very chummy with sharush khan! I don't care much for bollywood so pardon me if i got his name wrong. too much fantasy already.

kaliyuga said...

Bru, you being former BT editor and all, maybe you can enlighten me about ECM Libra-Avenue Capital merger. A friend went to Avenue EGM. Minorities were told that Avenue was "ordered" to value itself lower than ECM Libra.

Who ordered? Those guys running Avenue and those govt. reps on Avenue board must be made to fail their KPI. This is highway robbery! Why's SC so silent? With Tun M SC was so "berani" (over Proton). What integrity?

Bru, have you heard of Anwar Ibrahim being appointed to the board of some China/Hong Kong company?

Find out man.

Anonymous said...

It's Dreamcatcher

Anonymous said...

Good to know the rocky reads Stephen King.