update, 2am 4/1/2009: Support from an MP. YB Wee's weekly question this time is: Should Sime Darby be allowed to ...
Do let him know what you think, here.
Have a Heart. If you are interested in saving IJN from Sime Darby, please place this heart on your blog. Thank you. _ Rocky's Bru
update: mummy rokiah's versio, here, bears a different stroke. So does Shamsul's logo, here.
EPU calls for meeting. Despite public uproar and stakeholders' objection, the outgoing Abdullah Administration seems bent on forcing through a proposal by a desperate Sime Darby to take over IJN, the National Heart Institute set up in 1992.
Just a week after the Cabinet announced that it was deferring a decision on the matter, the Economic Planning Unit in the PM's Department has called for a meeting between Sime Darby and IJN. The meeting is scheduled for 2.30 pm on Monday.
The media have not been formally informed of the meeting but anti-takeover blogs are saying that it's an attempt to push the deal through before March when Abdullah is due to hand over the premiership to Najib Razak.
Pak Lah's "midnight regulations". I was looking for a term to describe a takeover attempt done in such haste and in the middle of a leadership change, too. Someone suggested that I look up under "midnight regulations".[In the context of American politics, midnight regulations are the executive branch agency regulations passed in the lame duck period of an outgoing President's administration. More from Wiki, h e r e].Outgoing President Bush, for example, is trying to push 90 midnight regulations to ensure his legacy, according to one source.
Abdullah is already rushing several legislation, including the Judicial Apppointments Commission, in Parliament to secure his legacy. The IJN takeover can be seen in the same vein. The RM1.7 billion LCCT airport in Labu was never part of the country's airport masterplan but was approved by the Cabinet for Air Asia and, yes, Sime Darby to develop. Watch closely now, there'll be more midnight approvals and midnight projects before someone calls it a day.
I am encouraged to know that there are more bloggers now out to try and stop these midnight nonsense. They include
Sime Darby Watch
AM Ubaidah and
The other blogging doctor, Doctor 2008, even calls the takeover attempt "The Healthcare Blooper of the Year - Malaysian Edition" and tells us what exactly is wrong with the deal [click h e r e]. The cartoon below is taken from the good doc's blog.