Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Curi-Curi Malaysia, the world's most expensive website

Tourism's RM36 million website! I wonder what Azalina, our Tourism Minister, thinks about the the Backbenchers' act of promoting outbound tourism (and to Taiwan, for that matter!).

And I wonder, too, what she thinks about the RM36 million that will be spent on a website proposed by her Ministry that is said to be capable of boosting Malaysian tourism over the next three years. That's RM1 million a month just to maintain a website. How expensive is that? Extortionate, I'd say.

But for the sake of fairplay and transparency, let's have the details of the website, shall we? It's the proposal that was passed by a sleepy Cabinet just before the start of Ramadan, I believe.

p.s. Curi-Curi Malaysia is not to be confused with Cuti-Cuti Malaysia.

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ptui.............

malaichai

abdul rahim said...

What's the difference?

Remember when she was the youth and sports minister?
The auditor general found something fishy with the account and yet Azlina did not learn anything.

Of course, we dont blame her totally, but yet she is the head and for sure she had read the proposal.

I,m quite sure the same gangster who robbed the youth and sports minitry will rob again.

Anonymous said...

in that case!let me be the 'terreris' guide,i could earn some extra bucks,i need it to servive!

jbranger.

Abi Ayyub said...

This Azalina must be the real big spender, and Pak Lah must really be impressed with her.

Why not winning the election twice in the row where no one dare to challenge her. She must really have a special attraction somewhere.

Ist it was the Sports Ministry, wow what a mess, and just a little bit lucky for us some of the money could not be spend in the High Perfomace Sport Centre somewhere near London.

Then came ZOOM, just another BILLBOARD with three smiling faces of Pak Lah, Najib and HER. Well if you look at it carefully, you see that the program was just Cuti Cuti Malaysia redesigned.

Now Website ... WOW.

This must have been fantastic news, for now the whole world will be flocking into Malaysia through the net.

Who actually got the project haa!!!

MSN'ers said...

Ha this is the same thing as what happened to MSN last time with some web-based staff reporting system. At least that was 10 times cheaper than this, but still expensive though. It was reported in Berita Harian / Utusan in the sports section previously in 2006/2007 period. Anyway that's her way, with blackberry and all the lavish spendings, its her style of getting job done.

Srikanth Siva said...

wtf!! I will bill their bloody website for RM$2 million with free 3 years hosting and maintenance and updates. How about that Azalina? Can I submit a tender? I have 8 years web development experience in real fortune 500 companies :P

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I operate a webhosting operation and it only costs approximately
RM150.oo a month to host 500Gigabytes of webspace and 5,000 Gigabytes of bandswidth - enough to host thousands of webpages (or hundreds of websites) and allows for millions of visitors to the website! It's fast and has 99.9% uptime with strong back-ups and security.

Hell, for RM1 million a month, I will even throw in multi website advertisements, fine tune for various search engines and newspaper advertising in the countries targeted and even employ marketing staffs specific for the purpose of promoting tourism to international customers!

Any takers????
Email: thegiftsstations@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

RM36 million for website from tax payers money. Technology is getting cheaper and cheaper but BN expenditure is getting even more expensive.

Previously, they had spent hundreds of ringgit for a screwdriver. So, it makes sense actually.

JB_MALI

Anonymous said...

Hi Rocky,
Get ACA to check into this project "CONTRACT WITH MAJLIS SUKAN NEGARA MALAYSIA (MSN) PROJECT KNOWN AS "SISTEM PERLAKSANAAN LOGISTIK DAN PERMARKAHAN BERSEPADU UNTUK MAJLIS SUKAN NEGARA MALAYSIA (for SUKMA GAMES)". The system is not done by d awarded co but was given to MSN's staff named OMAR n they just came there acting to cover up d situation. The project only costs abt RM6Mil but was marked-up til RM11mil++ and as a return Azalina will be given RM2Mil. Tapi as usuallah,when it involves ministers semua lepas yg kenapun org bawahan je. (This project has also been highlighted in the newspaper as a failed project for Sukma). Azalina was so pissed- off (even their KSU & TKSU knew abt this) when d co failed to deliver d money n another co have to give d money after they were awarded this project "PROJECT UNTUK MEMBEKAL, MENGHANTAR, MEMASANG, MENGUJI DAN MENTAULIAH KOMPUTER DAN PERALATAN ICT BAGI IBU PEJABAT KEMENTERIAN BELIA DAN SUKAN (KBS) DAN PEJABAT-PEJABAT CAWANGAN KBS DI SELURUH MALAYSIA. NO TENDER: KBS.S.4-14/39(T.20.2006)" costs abt RM13Mil (if i'm not mistaken). And also check Rakan Muda's account lagilah corrupt...

-Mulok-

TTS said...

When she was a sport and youth minister, she involved in 50 million sport complex in the UK..Now, 36 million for website maintenance??? Something is wrong somewhere...

stolen, ripped, chewed, spit out said...

what about curi-curi hati and campak ke longkang? then go on with life and love like the victim never existed?

that is a bigger crime in my books. to steal hearts and leave the victim in her death throes.

Zainal A. Kasim said...

Bro,

This is to much. Money need to be spent/invested to attract visitors to Malaysia - but not this way. With the amount of money expected to be spent, we might as well buy tickets and give away free to foreigners for them to come to Malaysia.

http://c-bok.blogspot.com

Oink OInk said...

didn't I say in my blog that there's a

Kementerian Pelancungan Malaysia ?

Anonymous said...

dear rocky,

how do you know the website cost 1 mil per month? - syah

artchan said...

Some more dirt on the tourism minister..

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/11385/84/

Anonymous said...

Bro,

Isn't this very clear why the people want the BN govt out? This is how we have been fleeced.

You may not like it bro, but this is an example of Mahathir's legacy - exorbitant costs caused by the middlemen.

Azalina should go. PERIOD

Democrat

Richard Cranium said...

This new website will run on the very latest technology called Microsoft ASP on VBScript, and Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. It will be premised on the notion of a rich internet application (RIA) -- yes, it will use flash technology.

It will be highly scalable, and front-ended by a phalanx of low-power servers running on an open-sourced load-balancing software. This is needed to accommodate the legions of visitors expected to visit the website to check when the next Wau Flying competition is held.

To tie all these together, an experienced systems integrator (SI) based in Gombak will be appointed.

I hope you realise it takes a lot of money to get all these gear and people together. So shuddup already.

dannalli said...

Maintaining a website at that amount? 10% of it still a CURI figure ......and its you again.

Sir Taek Boon said...

wow... maintaining a server farm or maintaining a website?


and since it is a gov website.. will it be slow responding as others gov website?

this one really need to detail down what-what is included?

galadriel said...

It is news like this which makes the fence-sitters who don't think Anwar is hot anyway, throw their support behind Pakatan Rakyat.

Tak sedar diri lagi.

It cud cost less than RM100 a month to maintain a website. Of course designing a nice li'l interactive site will cost more.

But RM36 million?

These fellas just want to kapak us Rocky.

Damn u, Azalina! Bulan puasa pun lu takde hati perut!

Anonymous said...

$1.0 million to maintain a website per month? no wonder, she got rid of the straight DG.
surprise about wasteful spendings? no, just remember her stint in Ministry of Sports.


YY

Submarine Putih said...

RM36 Million? WOW! I charge my clients less than 10k and that includes maintaining etc. 36 mil is obviously corruption and never ever ever a website can cost RM36mil, even if includes animations, flash or porn.. not even the best company anywhere will charge that amount. corrupt gila si butch hodoh bodoh ni.

rm36 million! Sheesh

amoker said...

Everything that Azalina touches seemed to be a goldmine. But nothing sticks to her. She should be applouded for her creativity in not getting caught.

Anonymous said...

Another Malaysia boleh?!?

Corruption, corruption, corruption...

Bintulu said...

Wow that's really expensive. Even highly traffic site like Chedet.com isn't paying as much.

Then sport in London, now Curi Curi Malaysia. This azzzalllinnaaa

Monster Mom said...

Unbelievable! But then again the government must have thought that it was worth every penny....

Sigh!

Anonymous said...

this Minister ah, very savvy at siphoning (sp?) money. She did it at the Youth & Sports and now at Tourism..lagi lah kaya!

~anon11.55

bats said...

no waaaay... no freakin way. are you kidding, rocky? mana dapat ini berita? i gotta read this stuff for myself. your blog post title is perfect by the way. if this is true, then this has to take the cake.

eddy said...

RM36 million for a website? Something does not smell right here. I think the ACA should be called in to check the actual cost and the process of award. PAC should also haul Azalina to anwer and justify why so much RAKYAT's money is spent on a website.

I remember Azalina when being a Minister of Sports trying to promote a sports center in the UK which purportedly cost a couple hundred of millions of ringgit, lucky the dumb idea was shot down by the powers that be. So we all need to a close eye on what she does in the Tourism Ministry.

Da Real Deal said...

RM36 Million? THAT'S ABORTION!!!!!

Anonymous said...

A case of leopards cannot change their spots?

When she was Sports Minister, we had the ridiculous proposal of the multimillion High Performance Training Centre in Brickendonbury in UK and now when she is in Tourism, we have this RM36m website. hmmm!?

Cahaya said...

We should send all BN MP for 5 days course on website design and development instead of 12 days trip to Taiwan. i believe Taiwan can make arrangement for this course.

lingsong said...

Azalina has been quiet all this while and no more a vocal politician coz busy generating money from the ministry. Her face is all over Malaysia , how much money involved there, KP of tourism was framed by her , everbody knows that.

rocky said...

what a name!!!

if this is true, do we notice a trend that wherever Azalina goes the spending starts to roll....agree?

Anonymous said...

Biasa la tu Bro, bila lagi mahu bikin duit....

Macam last parliament sitting Tok Pa kata projek ikan di Tasik Kenyir yang menelan belanja berjuta ringgit gagal (no one was surprised). But then he went on to say the (sleepy) govt will spend another RM8 million to revive the project. Think that will make any difference? Neh!

mat taib

chong said...

RM 1 million a month!!!???

WTF!!! it's just too f***ing disgusting that they are now totally not ashame of what they're doing.

Al said...

Hi Rock ... Hi all ... Well put Rocky. And how true ... we now seems to have a bunch of 'Sleepy cabinet' led by our reknown sleepy PM. We've become a big joke now to the world. Barulah Melayu glokal!! But our Tourism Minister ni ... now has proven again-n-again that she is good at spending lots-sa-money. Just look at her trail ... back in the Ministry of Youth & Sports (MYS) ... her lavish free spending of money ... her outrageous claims on traveling, group activities and what not … then the famous ‘screw-driver’ billing … which she claimed was not during her reign … now this whopping RM36 million website. Not to forget how she work around the system when her group of 20 personnel was turned down by ‘RM14K dentally enhanced’ DG … then the Minister’s good team beat the system by diverting money via an ad company handling MYS’s RTM ads (please read more from “Another Brick in the Wall” posting dated 4 September 2008). Also, while in the MYS she wanted to spend RM480 million sports centre in London when even when some good Mat Salleh said its stupid to doing so. She’s so brilliant when trying to spend and waste the public’s money … well why shouldn’t she … its not her money … and furthermore for sure there’s a leak in the system that she & her goons will get some commission from that. So these are the good people we want to represent us in government?? Great move PM great move. Take her out of MYS and present her with bigger & larger mines, Woooi sleepy head … ooooiiii PM … wake up!! Please god … save us!!

Nick Chan Abdullah said...

RM36mil is nowhere near the failed goverment IT projects.

I suspect few million goes to internet advertising.

Too huge of a sum anyway !

Anonymous said...

why is it so expensive? is she paying super models to pose naked on the website?

Shaking Heads

Anonymous said...

Bro,

After the DG Dato Mirza Taiyyab was charged in Court for corruption over some weird RM13,000dental job, 'Happy Hour' has started at Azalina's Ministry of Tourism.

If you say that this most dubious RM36.0 million expenditure for a Ministry of Tourism Website was passed in Cabinet just before Ramadan, then it must be after the DG had been packed off on half pay and suspension.

You see the DG Dato Mirza was exactly against this type of money wasting projects. It is quite crazy to say that it is going to cost RM1.0 million a month to maintain a Website, RM36 million for 36 months. What happens after 36 months? Do they extend the contract by another 36 months for another RM36 million?

Ministry of Tourism officials know the type of bull that is breaking into the china shop. Dato Mirza was very effective in blocking such waste, to the great annoyance of those in power.

An honest man has been taken out. Now the money can flow in ernest.

My Raison D'etre said...

Bro Rock,

Perhaps the price quioted was in USD? Even then it would still be a hefty USD 10+ million a year, still.

Wonder how the multi million website would look like...

How much do we need to maintain a blog?

A guestimate:
RM99 for Streamyx/Broadband
RM60 for the coffees on late night postings
RM150 to bribe the children with gula-gula to not kacau the computer
...

RM3 million per month should make one helluva website.

God bless, Bro.

My BloG

God bless

rizal hashim said...

Somehow this does not come as a surprise. I'm sure this was a proposal from her team of advisers who succeeded in transforming Malaysia's band of lethargic athletes into a world class act in a matter of four years, but at the expense of rakyat's money. I'm certain certain transactions in the National Sports Council had escaped the Auditor-General's watchful eye when Azalina was the Sports Minister.

Matt said...

Maintenance sebulan satu juta RM.... berapa pihak kementerian dan kuncu2nya dapat.... menghabiskan duit rakyat.
Makanlah sementara berpeluang sebab PRU13 nanti pasti ditendang!

delcapo said...

where did they hide this in the budget??? under her billionaire deputy's lifestyle expenses?


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Faizah Roslaini said...

36 jootaaa??? Giler ke hape. Maybe they should switch to blogs. It's more efficient in transpiring information. With larger audience of course, as far as the internet is concerned.

hazwan mohd nor said...

the time is coming. CHANGE!!!

donplaypuks® said...

Par for the course, maybe even cheap, I would say when compared to say, PKZ ($4b), Bakun ($13b & meter still running, Computerization of I Polis Raja ($4b), Monsoon Cup, Kristal Mosque, Telekom New Broadband ($18b, when Govt's own employee has proposed $5b) etc etc etc.

Nevertheless, it is criminal & extortionate!!

Where is the ACA when you need them?
http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Precisely!

Azlina, lets see the SCOPE of WORK so that we can access the amount of work involved for the RM1 mil a month job!

I would gladly maintain a big huge website with links and cross-links and hyper and super-links including linkampoops for a startup sum of RM100,000 and a monthly sum of RM10,000 (total= RM460,000) - and I would be laughing to the bank!

That is a mere 1.3% of your projected cost!!!!

Pray tell us, how complex can a website be or how complex can a website strategist fees be? Tak masuk akal la!

Webmaster Jerry

Yusof Bkt Jelutong said...

Hi Rock. this pe..k.d is really too much la. Ever since shim (oops)was appointed Cabinet Minister she has never stop messing with the ministries concerned. Look at her time at the Youth and Sports Ministry. CYC debacle, sports centre in London, sports newspaper, to name a few,were all dubious projects created to gallop tax-payers money that failed miserably. Azlina handling of the ministry and her unprofessional behaviour as minister also demoralised the staff and officials. Now at the new ministry, she continued the trend. Remove the honest DG who has been in the ministry for so long for not taking blind orders. Politically, look why this minister refuse to accept post as division women chief but chose to go for position meant for MAN. The best part is Pak Lah, Najib and the rest seems to ok her. Real pathetic. Thanks rock for highlighting this latest scam. And I bet, Pak Lah will still keep quiet.

adam said...

To see how tourism malaysia operates just look at the bill boards along the highways depicting pm, najib and azalina smiling broadly - supposedly 'advertising' popular tourist destinations. Siapa yang kaya? Advert company dan bill board maker lah... duit banyak sangat, itu lah masalahnya!

musa said...

earlier she was involve in multi million spot project in UK now pula started with all kind of curi curi malaysia

artic turban said...

The people of malaysia are sufferring, dying to make ends meet, how to feed the children, bus-fare, bare essentials, food for the table, raya clothes, petrol,electricity, house rent, mortage, car loan, and we have our jokers going golfing in taiwan, azalina and cohoorts from other ministries continuing with their spending sprees, like there is no tommorrow. IF NOT FOR YOUR EXPOSURE as per regarding the wireless ripp-off attempt from pahang, we would have lost a lot more. These parasites have no logical economic thinking. IF I WAS IN A POSITION OF POWER I COULD AND WOULD VERY EASILY SET UP A FANTASTIC WEBSITE FOR A MERE
RM 50,000.00 or less.
HOW?
Very simple, there are a lot of IT SPECIALIST OUT THERE WITH BRAINS, which by the way our government doesn't want to use.
YES,
HAVE A COMPETITION,WITH A TAGLINE OF "SET UP A WEBSITE, WIN A COMPETITION AND GET A JOB" AND ADVERTISE IN THE PAPERS, TIMELINE 1 -2 MONTHS, THIS IS OPEN TO MALAYSIANS ONLY, and let a panel of independent I.T, BLOGGERS, JOURNALISTS AND TOURISM RELATED specialists be the judges, so that race will not play a PART BUT THE WINNER IS JUDGED BY the best idea, innovative website and of course MERIT AND OTAK, BUKAN KAUM.
PRIZE MONEY, RM 20,000 PLUS A JOB WITH THE MINISTRY CONCERNED, with a tax free(optional) salary of RM3,000 A MONTH TO UPDATE AND MAINTAIN THE WEBSITE, MANA TAK BOLEH.
First of all this will give a chance for the people who love challanges with the true MALAYSIA BOLEH SPIRIT, TO COME OUT WITH OUT OF THE BOX INNNOVATIVE IDEAS AND THIS WILL also give exposure to talented people, those with the top 20 websites can use this competition as a C.V. OF WORK DONE. LOOK AT THE BLOGGERS, 95% OF THEM HAVE BEAUTIFUL BLOGS, DIY,
DO-IT-YOURSELVES, WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS, MAINTAINED WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. Mana tak boleh. I think this attitude amongst our ministers, with spending millions of rakyats money is more for the kickbacks they will receive than to actually see something productive come out of it. THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL TAK PAKAI OTAK.
this is why we need to change the mindset of morons running and ruining our counry.

musa said...

earlier she was involve in multimillion dollars spot project somewhere in UK now she have sterted this curi curi malaysia.

siamangagap said...

if it is true...it is a corrupted budget..unless she plans to place tourism officers all over the world to report for the website. with that kind of budget, the government can cover the cost of running a tv station (ask tv3)or (bernama tv) or (astro awani)or 10 radio stations with all the staff required. please check whether she is bringing the australians to run the website or provide the consultation, expertise, technical etc. and check whether the Concord Hotel guy and his wife are involved. check check check!!!

eugene said...

seriously i am so sick of hearing all these scandalous reports, we can amplify it as much as we want but our politically impotent leaders will take this as another non-issue.

Malaysia's politic as its best

Anonymous said...

Tell us the company and its directors that get the contract to develope and maintain the web site.

Naz

Pa'chik said...

diorang upah bill gates ke buat web tuh?

Anonymous said...

R u serious?? That thieve who looted Sports Ministry is doing it here again? OMG!!!

And to learn this during Ramadan... when will they ever repent? Puasa sepanjang tahun pun tak guna!

- habislah! -

artic turban said...

On a very salient point but off topic I have read all kinds of comments about whats happening with the AHMAD CONTROVERSY.
I would like the readers to calm down and think. I do have a small point to raise to my fellow Malaysians.

I ask everyone to read the article and the comments from the top to the bottom, now I ask you this question, are you Malaysian? or are you MALAY, CHINESE, INDIAN, SIKH, DAYAK, BIDAYU, DUSUN, NEGRITO dan lain lain.

Look at ourselves, how we are insulting each other, bertaubat lah semua, calm down, don't let the pariah corrupt politicians, immaterial of which ever race make your blood boil. what for? Kalau besok berlaku kacau bilau, baguskah? All the foreign investor lari keluar, factory tutup, mata wang kita memang akan jatuh, business slow down atau kena tutup, kita kena buang kerja, nanti macam mana nak beli makan utk keluarga.

WHAT IS HAPPENNING HERE IS ALL SENDWARA AND BORIA, I come from the generation that went through may 13, I have seen families of all races devasted, malay, chinese indians, eurasians, sikhs dll, Don’t forget there is no insurance coverage for WAR OR RIOTS.
You think besok kalau jadi another may 13, your house kena bakar your anak kena bunuh, bini and daughter kena rape, ada insurance kah. will money bring back your agony, where will the culprits like this AHMAD GUY BE WHEN kacau bilau berlaku, guarantee you he will be overseas, this is the way of the crooks, liars, cheaters, conman, corrupters. OR THEY WILL BE HIDING BEHIND STONE WALLS with a lot of body-guards. WHILE THE KUNCHU2 MAT REMPIT AND GANGSTERS GO AND CREATE PROBLEMS and mayhem.
I ask you one question, when you watched the Olympics recently, when our MALAYSIAN BADMINTON PLAYER WAS PLAYING, WERE YOU SUPPORTING HIM?, AS A MALAYSIAN?, AS A CHINESE?, WHICH ONE, MISBUN SIDEK IS HIS COACH, WHEN THEY HUGGED, WAS THERE DISGUST IN YOUR THOUGHTS OR SORROW FOR THE LOSS, to our COUNTRY OUR FLAG.

OR for that matter THE OLDER GENERATION WHO USED TO SUPPORT OR STILL SUPPORT THE MALAYSIAN FOOTBALL TEAM OR HOCKEY TEAM, ARE YOU SUPPORTING THE Malay player only, chinese player, indian player????? siapa??? OR THE MALAYSIAN TEAM.
I used to support the Malaysian team during the time of TITANS, HEROS, OUR GIANTS, yes folks when we actually had a football team worth supporting , with legends like MOKHTAR DAHARI, SOH CHIN ANN, SANTOKH SINGH, ARUMUGAM- SPIDERMAN, I THINK OF THOSE DAYS with nostalgia, we laughed, screamed, cried our hearts out, and when we carried the MERDEKA CUP AFTER , beating , Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and heard the NEGARAKU, WE ALL SANG IN PRIDE, KITA SEMUA TEPUK DADAH KITA sebagai ORANG MALAYSIA.
The question I ask all of you and especially the Pariah Corrupt (who can't seem to get arrested or charged for corruption)BN POLITICIANS, who did you cheer for during all those football games, the chinese player-kah, indian player-kah, singh player kah, or the malay player and of course all the kaum lain lain,? IF THOSE PLAYERS HAD KEPALA LIKE WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN HERE THIS DAY, WE SURELY WOULD NEVER HAD BEEN A GOOD FOOTBALLING NATION IN THE 70s and early 80s,.
I plus a lot of people used to support the Bn, for A VERY VERY LONG TIME, but until I opened my eyes and started to see the corruption, under table money, exploitation of religion for political purposes, and nothing seems to happen to these politicians. I don’t see any changes in bn, it is a corrupt regime which will try to stay in Power by hook, crook or even bersumpah atas KORAN. Macam ni pun boleh berlakukah? WHO or WHAT is more insulting, exploitation of religion for political gain? MENGAPA, Don’t we have the courts CIVIL AND SHARIAH?
IN EVERY RELIGION WE ARE ALL TAUGHT THAT THIEVES In every religion We are all taught that stealing is wrong, and society demands thieves ,the corrupt and crooks SHOULD BE PUNISHED and shunned, but in Malaysia it has become a badge of pride, HOW MUCH UNDERTABLE MONEY GUA DAPAT, ALWAYS GUA, GUA, SAYA,SAYA,SAYA.
WHOSE FAULT IS all this, is it the politicians? judges? police? AG? AGUNG? SULTANS? SIAPA?
I say we are all at fault, for allowing this to happen, for not TELLING THE CORRUPT, RASCIST, PARIAH POLITICIANS, that Malaysians yang berbagai kaum, agama dan ajaran DON'T WANT THE CORRUPT TO RULE US, what we are hearing today is BORIA AL SENDIWARA PROPOGANDA by a bunch of looser
SO take a minute and think, IF KACAU BILAU BERLAKU, MAY 13-lah, potong sini, cincang sana, SIAPA MENANG?????,
MELAYU? CHINA? INDIA? Dll?
Or will THE WINNERS BE THE HANTU-SYAITAN, crooks who are bankrupt of ideas, they only know one thing, how to be crooks. Nothing else. SO YOU DECIDE, kalau nak maki-paki ataupun pakai otak, shout intolerable rubbish at each other or to calm down and ask yourself this question,
WHY NOW? WHO WINS? WHO GAINS?
YOU OR THE CROOKED PARIAH POLITICIANS.

dong-dong said...

When this Minister was with the Sports Ministry she was overheard to have said that this (Sports) ministry was not one where she could make money. Yet we had the Brickendonsbury fiasco.
Now that she is in the Tourism Ministry, its like she's drowning in a treasure chest, what with the multimillion ringgit govt allocation for tourism.
So its not surprising that this website has this price-tag.
What happened to the other web portals set up by the previous three Tourism ministers?

artic turban said...

this article makes me feel reassured, there is still a future for Malaysia
http://kudaranggi.blogspot.com/
Monday, September 08, 2008
Antara pendatang dan penumpang


Pada mulanya saya agak keberatan nak ulas kekecohan yang berpunca ekoran daripada kenyataan ketua UMNO bahagian Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang bernama Ahmad bin Ismail. Sama ada benar atau tidak apa yang didakwa dikatakan olehnya mengenai rakyat Malaysia keturunan Cina bukan persoalannya kerana isu tersebut sudahpun merebak dan mengapi-apikan keadaan.

Jika tidak ditangani dengan cermat, teliti dan bijak, isu itu boleh ditangguk dalam air yang keruh oleh anasir-anasir yang ingin melihat negara ini hancur serta mengundang campur tangan kuasa asing. Dalam zaman dunia tanpa sempadan dan liputan meluas dan segera oleh media elektronik antarabangsa, apa yang berlaku di sesebuah negara itu tidak dapat disembunyi atau dinafikan.

Isu pokok yang dibangkitkan oleh Ahmad Ismail membabitkan persoalan "menumpang" iaitu rakyat Malaysia keturunan Cina adalah penumpang di negara ini. Beliau menjelaskan bahawa ia merujuk kepada zaman pra-Merdeka. Bagaimanapun, sensitiviti rakyat Malaysia keturunan Cina telah terguris.

Saya tidak mengenali secara peribadi Ahmad Ismail, tetapi kenal agak rapat dengan Allahyarham abangnya, Abdul Rahim Ismail, pemilik Syarikat Pembinaan Rahim yang pada satu ketika dahulu agak terkenal sebagai sebuah firma pembinaan Bumiputera yang unggul di Pulau Pinang. Saya tidak tahu apa dah jadi dengan syarikat itu selepas Abdul Rahim meninggal dunia.

Secara peribadi, saya tidak setuju dengan apa yang didakwa dikata oleh Ahmad Ismail atas beberapa sebab.

Bagi saya, hampir 90 peratus rakyat Malaysia, khususnya di Semenanjung, adalah pendatang dan kita semua sebenarnya menumpang hidup di bumi Allah. Kita bukan pemilik kekal tetapi hanya menumpang.

Sebagai contoh, saya sendiri adalah keturunan pendatang yang menumpang hidup di bumi bertuah ini. Datuk nenek di sebelah bapa saya berhijrah dari Makkah dan dari Brunei ke sini manakala di sebelah ibu pula dari Hadhramut, Yaman. Kami adalah pendatang dan penumpang sama seperti hampir semua penduduk negara ini khususnya di Pulau Pinang.

Bagi Ahmad Ismail, dia juga datang dari keluarga pendatang dan menumpang hidup di negara ini. Ahmad Ismail tidak boleh menafikan hakikat bahawa datuk neneknya adalah pendatang dari India untuk menerokai penghidupan yang lebih baik dan selesa di bumi bertuah ini.

Perdana Menteri Abdullah bin Ahmad juga tergolong dalam kategori yang sama. Datuknya di sebelah ibu adalah pendatang dari wilayah Guandong, China. Pendek kata, datuk Pak Lah iaitu bapa Allahyarhamah Kailan bernama Hassan Salleh atau Hah Su Chiang adalah seorang pendatang. Beliau berhijrah ke Tanah Melayu dari wilayah Guandong (Kwantung) pada pertengahan abad ke-19 dan menetap di Bayan Lepas sebagai pekebun getah, pesawah padi dan kemudian saudagar intan berlian.

Najib Tun Razak, Timbalan PM juga berasal daripada keluarga pendatang iaitu dari Sulawesi, Indonesia atau lebih senang disebut orang Bugis manakala sepupunya Hishamudin Hussein tidak terlepas daripada darah keturunan Turki.

Datuk nenek mantan PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad juga pendatang dari Kerala, India manakala ibu Almarhum Tunku Abul Rahman berasal dari negeri Siam (Thailand).

Kesultanan Melayu Melaka pun dibuka oleh orang pendatang dari Sumatra bernama Parameswara, seorang anak raja atau bangsawan beragama Hindu.

Dalam sejarah kesultanan Melayu, kita dapati ada yang ditubuh oleh pendatang dari Bugis dan ada pula dari Hadhramut selain dari Minangkabau.

Hampir semua orang Melayu di sini berasal dari luar Tanah Melayu tetapi diiktiraf sebagai "bangsa Melayu" oleh Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Kita adalah "Melayu mengikut takrifan Perlembagaan" iaitu beragama Islam, mengamalkan adat resam Melayu dan bertutur dalam bahasa Melayu. Malangnya, bahasa Melayu nampaknya dimatikan oleh orang Melayu (UMNO) sendiri apabila dinamakan sebagai bahasa Malaysia.

Oleh itu, orang Arab seperti Syed Hamid Albar dan saya, orang Aceh seperti Sanusi Junid, orang India seperti Kader Sheikh Fadzir dan Nor Mohamed Yakcop, orang Bugis seperti Najib, orang Minang seperti Rais Yatim, orang Jawa seperti Mohamad Rahmat dan yang lain seperti dari Madura, Pulau Boyan, Siam, Burma, Yunnan (China) dan selatan Filipina dengan mudah boleh diiktirf sebagai "Melayu".

Mereka diterima sebagai orang Melayu tidak kira sama ada mereka bertutur bahasa Melayu atau tidak di rumah umpamanya si Arab berbahasa Arab, si Jawa berbahasa Jawa dan si Minang berbahasa Minang atupun si Mamak berbahasa Tamil.

Bahasa-bahasa yang disebut itu bukan bahasa Melayu dan jika dilihat dari sudut Perlembagaan Persekutuan, tidak boleh diterima atau diiktiraf sebagai bangsa Melayu. Walau bagaimanapun, atas kepentingan dan faktor politik, semuanya diterima sebagai Melayu dan Bumiputera.

Oleh itu, adalah tidak adil untuk menuding jari kepada orang Cina yang juga kaum pendatang sama seperti orang Arab, India, Aceh, Minang, Batak, Mandailing, Jawa, Madura mahupun Bugis, sebagai menumpang di negeri ini. Kita tidak boleh menafikan bahawa sebilangan besar datuk nenek orang Cina telah berhijrah ke negeri ini semasa Kesultanan Melayu Melaka, bahkan kesultanan-kesultanan terdahulu di Kedah mahupun Terengganu dan Kelantan serta semasa Francis Light berjaya menipu Sultan Kedah untuk menduduki Pulau Pinang pada 1786.

Kita adalah kaum pendatang yang menumpang hidup di negeri ini. Golongan yang boleh diiktiraf sebagai orang asal atau anak bumi tulen adalah mereka yang kita kenali sebagai Negrito, Jakun, Semang, Jahut, Orang Laut, Orang Darat, Senoi dan suku kaum masyarakat Asli lain yang masih menjadi penghuni belantara.

Kita tidak harus lupa akan sumbangan dan pengorbanan semua kaum dan suku kaum untuk membangunkan Malaysia sama ada dari sudut ekonomi, kemasyarakatan, keselamatan dan yang paling penting kesepakatan dan perpaduan. Semua orang yang kena dan seharusnya membayar cukai, berbuat demikian tanpa mengira kaum atau asal keturunan, sama ada pendatang atau penumpang.

Kita semua adalah rakyat Malaysia.

artic turban said...

On a very salient point but off topic I have read all kinds of comments about whats happening with the AHMAD CONTROVERSY.
I would like the readers to calm down and think. I do have a small point to raise to my fellow Malaysians.

I ask everyone to read the article and the comments from the top to the bottom, now I ask you this question, are you Malaysian? or are you MALAY, CHINESE, INDIAN, SIKH, DAYAK, BIDAYU, DUSUN, NEGRITO dan lain lain.

Look at ourselves, how we are insulting each other, bertaubat lah semua, calm down, don't let the pariah corrupt politicians, immaterial of which ever race make your blood boil. what for? Kalau besok berlaku kacau bilau, baguskah? All the foreign investor lari keluar, factory tutup, mata wang kita memang akan jatuh, business slow down atau kena tutup, kita kena buang kerja, nanti macam mana nak beli makan utk keluarga.

WHAT IS HAPPENNING HERE IS ALL SENDWARA AND BORIA, I come from the generation that went through may 13, I have seen families of all races devasted, malay, chinese indians, eurasians, sikhs dll, Don’t forget there is no insurance coverage for WAR OR RIOTS.
You think besok kalau jadi another may 13, your house kena bakar your anak kena bunuh, bini and daughter kena rape, ada insurance kah. will money bring back your agony, where will the culprits like this AHMAD GUY BE WHEN kacau bilau berlaku, guarantee you he will be overseas, this is the way of the crooks, liars, cheaters, conman, corrupters. OR THEY WILL BE HIDING BEHIND STONE WALLS with a lot of body-guards. WHILE THE KUNCHU2 MAT REMPIT AND GANGSTERS GO AND CREATE PROBLEMS and mayhem.
I ask you one question, when you watched the Olympics recently, when our MALAYSIAN BADMINTON PLAYER WAS PLAYING, WERE YOU SUPPORTING HIM?, AS A MALAYSIAN?, AS A CHINESE?, WHICH ONE, MISBUN SIDEK IS HIS COACH, WHEN THEY HUGGED, WAS THERE DISGUST IN YOUR THOUGHTS OR SORROW FOR THE LOSS, to our COUNTRY OUR FLAG.

OR for that matter THE OLDER GENERATION WHO USED TO SUPPORT OR STILL SUPPORT THE MALAYSIAN FOOTBALL TEAM OR HOCKEY TEAM, ARE YOU SUPPORTING THE Malay player only, chinese player, indian player????? siapa??? OR THE MALAYSIAN TEAM.
I used to support the Malaysian team during the time of TITANS, HEROS, OUR GIANTS, yes folks when we actually had a football team worth supporting , with legends like MOKHTAR DAHARI, SOH CHIN ANN, SANTOKH SINGH, ARUMUGAM- SPIDERMAN, I THINK OF THOSE DAYS with nostalgia, we laughed, screamed, cried our hearts out, and when we carried the MERDEKA CUP AFTER , beating , Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and heard the NEGARAKU, WE ALL SANG IN PRIDE, KITA SEMUA TEPUK DADAH KITA sebagai ORANG MALAYSIA.
The question I ask all of you and especially the Pariah Corrupt (who can't seem to get arrested or charged for corruption)BN POLITICIANS, who did you cheer for during all those football games, the chinese player-kah, indian player-kah, singh player kah, or the malay player and of course all the kaum lain lain,? IF THOSE PLAYERS HAD KEPALA LIKE WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN HERE THIS DAY, WE SURELY WOULD NEVER HAD BEEN A GOOD FOOTBALLING NATION IN THE 70s and early 80s,.
I plus a lot of people used to support the Bn, for A VERY VERY LONG TIME, but until I opened my eyes and started to see the corruption, under table money, exploitation of religion for political purposes, and nothing seems to happen to these politicians. I don’t see any changes in bn, it is a corrupt regime which will try to stay in Power by hook, crook or even bersumpah atas KORAN. Macam ni pun boleh berlakukah? WHO or WHAT is more insulting, exploitation of religion for political gain? MENGAPA, Don’t we have the courts CIVIL AND SHARIAH?
IN EVERY RELIGION WE ARE ALL TAUGHT THAT THIEVES In every religion We are all taught that stealing is wrong, and society demands thieves ,the corrupt and crooks SHOULD BE PUNISHED and shunned, but in Malaysia it has become a badge of pride, HOW MUCH UNDERTABLE MONEY GUA DAPAT, ALWAYS GUA, GUA, SAYA,SAYA,SAYA.
WHOSE FAULT IS all this, is it the politicians? judges? police? AG? AGUNG? SULTANS? SIAPA?
I say we are all at fault, for allowing this to happen, for not TELLING THE CORRUPT, RASCIST, PARIAH POLITICIANS, that Malaysians yang berbagai kaum, agama dan ajaran DON'T WANT THE CORRUPT TO RULE US, what we are hearing today is BORIA AL SENDIWARA PROPOGANDA by a bunch of looser
SO take a minute and think, IF KACAU BILAU BERLAKU, MAY 13-lah, potong sini, cincang sana, SIAPA MENANG?????,
MELAYU? CHINA? INDIA? Dll?
Or will THE WINNERS BE THE HANTU-SYAITAN, crooks who are bankrupt of ideas, they only know one thing, how to be crooks. Nothing else. SO YOU DECIDE, kalau nak maki-paki ataupun pakai otak, shout intolerable rubbish at each other or to calm down and ask yourself this question,
WHY NOW? WHO WINS? WHO GAINS?
YOU OR THE CROOKED PARIAH POLITICIANS.

Anonymous said...

(heha): Aiyah ! curi curi malaysia!
takmau lah...cheh ! BUT...tetapi...
CUTI CUTI TAIWAN lah the pest !
ya ya ya , cuti cuti TAIWAN !!
TAIWAN, oh TAIWAN ! I'M COMING...COMING ...coming com..in.g..co..mi..ng..c-o-m-i-n-g!

Anonymous said...

WE should be building a scool with that....

Malaysia is now the international joke, police, education, Judiaciary, politicians, just you name it; best concentrate on our future at the moment.

Spend that moneyt wisely, build a school.




- Anarky

be fair said...

Dear Rocky,

You have got your facts wrong,it is not a website, its webtv/3G mobile, and i believe it has been explained to you, but you have not posted the clarification. plse be fair, and not mislead the public. thank yu.

Anonymous said...

(heha): rocky, a beautiful mandarin
song, ' i love TAIWAN , a good place' ='wo ai TAIWAN haw ti fung' of the 50s, you & posters should learn man , since sekarang TAIWAN is sssso..oooooo...ooo cantik &
popula that the 49 bn mps DARE to risk their lives IF THEY spent even a sen of our heart-hard-bloody money = a curse = sial kecelakaan ! ( btw, aina should know this song since beliau tau mandarin !)

Anonymous said...

(heha) : leave & forget the mountain xxx lah ! let's get on with somethings worthy & penting man , ok !!

telur dua said...

These, my friends, are the real traitors to the nation.

monsterball said...

Azalina was a goodie goodie..no curi big..but now knowing UMNO no long life..need to curi big..and fast.
Try with a project in EngLand..failed...cannot curi.
She very important to UMNO..first candidate won...uncontested.
RM1 million...35% commission..per month....wow...plan to pocket RM4 million.
Dollah pity her..close both eyes...letting her curi with the cuti cuti project.
Will People's Party keep quiet?
It looks like Azalina...no curi luck.

Mel Mudin said...

The current tourism.gov.my websites has been plagued with various security issues.

http://security.org.my/index.php?/archives/Tourism-Malaysia-Website-Serving-Malwares.html

artic turban said...

bro I seem to have 2 comments of the same subject matter sry bro.

SI GERAM said...

WAH.....APA JENIS WEBSITE MAINTENANCE KENA 1 JUTA SEBULAN...? DIA SENDIRI PUNYA PORN SITE KAH...?
SAYA PUNYA BUSINESS WEBSITE HANYA PERLU RM 2500 UTK 5 TAHUN...ADA VIDEO, AUDIO AND ..PICTURE...EVERYDAY REFRESH/UPDATE LAGI....BAGI SAYA BUAT LA...I KIRA 100K SEBULAN CUKUP...
NO WONDER LA...KERAJAAN DUIT TAK ADA...HARGA SEMUA BENDA NAIK...PETROL NAIK...KERAJAAN TAK MAMPU SUBSIDI....SEBAB SEMUA DUIT MASUK POCKET PERIBADI...RAKYAT YG KENA TANGGUNG SEMUA....JAHANAM BETUL TU BeeNd....

webmaster said...

Dear Rocky,

I think this is a fabulous product, or service and should be promoted and encouraged. I don't think i have seen anything of this kind in this part of the world, well done whoever is doing this.

On that note too, I believe you owe Azalina, and her ministry an apology for your mistake. I don't think you want to follow in Kali's footsteps by not admitting your mistake and not apologising for it.

One can cause a lot of damage to oneself and others by publishing something based purely on hearsay.

Do the right thing bro.

RESIDENT.WANGSAMAJU said...

Not acceptable. Where's the 'korek-korek' MP?

Anonymous said...

OMG..Ass-lina,

what r u doing with tat amount,huh?
#$@%^&!!!


(hi&lo-leen)

© said...

Something is missing in this post, a link to the source. I agree with the comments above that your blog should be objective enough to include a link to the original article at least, to be fair.

If the RM36mil is really for a webtv/3G project, it's still way too much to be spending unless Tourism Malaysian plans on developing a google map + street view system and plots the best route from point A to point B. And how about 24/7 live videos set up at main attractions? But see, we don't know.

jonathan said...

Did anyone knows that she is the richest minister in Malaysiam , having more than 20 Expensive cars. Houses and banglow's all over the world , registered under her gf name , Sabrina. Look she' too busy with her kementerian sdn bhd, greedy women and useleaa to us, her mind now is corupted with Dollar sign , ACA only catch a small fish and let go this biggest snake in this world.

Anonymous said...

TNS says...

It's about right... if a screw driver costs > RM200 then RM36M for a website is probably correct, correct, correct.

freeguy525 said...

Increase Price Petrol, Potong Scholarship, cut incentive for the fishermen .... now spending RM 36 Million for FREE website.

We, Malaysian are not STUPID

Anonymous said...

Only MALAYSIA BOLEH! TRUELY ASIA's corrupt...new slogan! :)

Anonymous said...

Cuti cuti 1malaysia direkakan oleh kawan-kawan cuti cuti 1Malaysia dan sama-sama curi Wang Malaysia untuk pergi cuti cuti luar negara sama-sama curi curi sambil cuti cuti manakala rakyat pergi cari cari wang Malaysia bersusah payah.

Anonymous said...

our money, their dinner.

nuff said