Thursday, July 18, 2019

Malaysian politics: Mirror, mirror on the (crumbling) wall ...

Lawan tetap lawan, 180719: A favourite pastime of unpaid Malaysian political observers (ie mostly all of us) is to speculate on when (not if) Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir Mohamad will engage in an open bloody fight like they did in 1998. Well, looks like the pundits will have to wait a little longer, at least until this unexpected confrontation between an ex Sifu and his favourite Disciple, between a freed Slave and his former, beloved Master boils over ... 
(p.s. There's only one winner, for you information, and that's neither Anwar nor Azmin).

One pundit sent me this: 
"Bila Anwar tengok sendiri dalam itu cermin ..."

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Brains behind sex clips": Since when was this a crime?

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Can't brain this, July 17: Masterminds in Malaysia's video sex clips are never small fries, just like the actors in those video clips are never puny. 
Rahim Thamby Chik, for example. He was established as one-third of the "brains" behind Anwar Ibrahim's 2011 sex clip (or, in today's new media parlance, sex clip of someone who resembled Anwar Ibrahim). Rahim was former Melaka Chief Minister and Umno Youth leader, a VVIP all his life. If fate hadn't intervened, he might even be Prime Minister of Malaysia today instead of Dr Mahathir, or Najib for that matter.
If you ask him, he would probably maintain he did nothing wrong or criminal in relations to the 2011 sex clip. Semuanya demi bangsa dan negara. 

Read and watch: In pleading guilty, Rahim Thamby Chik claims moral victory - Malaysiakini

p.s. Rahim was fined RM1,000 for his part in screening the 2011 sex clip to selected members of the media at Carcosa [Read here]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Toyol and billions of "dirompak" GST money that wasn't stolen after all!

Lawyers tell AG to read GST law in full (and Pakatan politicians to stop drama) - The Mole, 16 July
Guan Eng's "lies" burdening the people - The Malaysia Gazette, 17 July
The Dr M forced to come to his Finance Minister's rescue, yet again - Life of Annie, 16 July

Original Posting

KL, 16 July: Don't ask me why this rather funny story here about the boy toyol in West Java makes me reflect on Lim Guan Eng's situation over his GST claim. 
But for sure, I'm not the only one going awe-awe-awe. Almost all the major mainstream newspapers gave our Minister of Finance the "cover" treatment for the GST "lie" over the last 24 hours:

Here's Lim Guan Eng's "rompak" claim from August 2018:

GST refund shortfall at RM19.3 billion, bigger than
previously stated, says Guan Eng 

It took the PAC one year to get everyone to start scolding Guan Eng for his rompak allegation but better late than never, kan?

Same reporter, same paper, different tales

For the record, YB Khairy Jamaluddin had a lot to do with provoking Guan Eng into committing the grave mistake. But I find it (again) funny that Tok Pa was defending the previous government over the issue. This, of course, was shortly before the former Umno man crossed over to Guan Eng's side. And what has that got to do with the toyol mentioned at the start of this posting? I suppose I'm convinced that toyols do exist ...

Monday, July 08, 2019

In New Malaysia, another journalist is sued over a Berlin course

Jalan Tangsi, 090719: In 2017, the Human Resources Development Fund approved a training program in Berlin, Germany for some 50 Malaysian journalists. The international course was organised by an award-winning local training company called K-Pintar, a "leading human capital development solutions provider and is given the 5-star rating by the HRDF" (Pintar is Malay for bright, smart, genius; not sure what the K stands for, though).  
The National Press Club Malaysia was brought in at the very start of the program by K-Pintar, through their PR consultant Alice George, an old friend of journalists, to encourage participation by the media companies. Which the NPC did brilliantly and without asking for a single sen from K-Pintar or HRDF or the journalists.  
The NPC was given two seats for the Berlin course and it decided to send its exco members Veera Pandiyan, a veteran journalist with The Star and a former deputy president of the NPC, and Joan Santini of the up-and-coming Bernama News Channel, who is now the acting secretary of the NPC.  
Veera attended the Berlin course in September 2017 and Ms Santini went for the one in December of the same year.  
Veera, whose column Along the Watchtower is one of the longest-running by a journalist in The Star, has been accused of fraud by the HRDF. In its writ of summons and claim, the HRDF claimed that in December last year (a year after the last participants had returned from the Berlin course) it discovered that Veera had misled it by claiming that he was an Editor with the National Press Club. The HRDF further claimed that Veera had forged the signature of one Datuk Wong Chun Wai, who was supposed to be the NPC's Executive Director! 
Any NPC member could have told you that the National Press Club does not hire an editor,  or executive director. We have a President, who is not paid by the Club, and an exco, who are elected every two years. The President and his Exco serve the Club on voluntary basis. 
The case HRDF vs Veera Pandiyan, which will be interesting (to say without malice),  will be heard from tomorrow at the Magistrate Court in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.   

Read also:
NPC clarifies journalists training trips overseas  
HRDF sues man for Berlin course while claiming to be journalist
Man sued by HRDF shows letters on journalist status

Monday, July 01, 2019

New trouble at the towers

Twin trouble, 010719: When you read an editorial like this one in the New Straits Times, which is still a fly on the wall in the real corridors of power, you sit up and take notice. And you get worried, even if you are not staff with the national oil company. I still have some friends there (at NST, too, last I checked) so I wish everybody all the best. If there's war, I hope it won't be too bloody. 
Nation first, New Malaysians.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

This government moves in a mysterious way, Yeo mean?

For years, Minister Yeo Bee Yin and likeminded friends ranging from Wong Tack to Fuziah Salleh appeared so damn sure about the toxicity of Lynas, even when the experts repeatedly assured them and their supporters that their fear was not real and could actually be acute (political) anxiety. Now that they are in power and the Government, they find that they are not so sure all the times. Latest example, the repeated tragedy in Pasir Gudang. 

Source of Pasir Gudang toxic fumes still a mystery, Yeo says.

Well, here's our response to her (thanks Dr No for the poster below) :

To be continued ...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

After Azmin's sex video (Part 3 is out) it's now a new book on Anwar Ibrahim

Dirty politics, 20 June: Jomo's Forget politics, tough times are here will continue to fall on deaf ears. The Hazmingate Affair has just entered Episode 3 and here comes a manuscript on the oh-so-familiar topic of why Anwar Ibrahim cannot be Prime Minister. The first bestseller of such nature was published over 20 years ago and led to Anwar's sensational sacking and sodomy trials. The author of that first book is long dead but most of the key players in the political drama inspired by the book are still alive and kicking our butts. 

"... this person is a cheap writer, who was paid"

Re the latest book, Anwar's aide has lodged a police report, accusing the author of blackmail. In response, the author, Yahaya Ismail, has shared the WhatsApp exchanges he had with Anwar's aide to prove that it was not blackmail, just a business talk. According to the WhatsApp exchanges, which I have seen, the author told Anwar's aide that another party had offered him RM400,000 for his book's copyright. So if Anwar could offer anything more than that, the PM-in-waiting can have the entire copyright and doesn't have to publish a single copy of the book if he so wishes ...
"RM400k for book's copyright is not blackmail"

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Oh, by the way, the Telenor-Axiata may or may not happen

Norwegian Wood, 18 June: It's not a done deal yet. In other words, a lot of things can happen that may make the proposed Malaysia-Norway telco deal NOT happen. For example, the PMO may (or may not) ask that it be put on hold, y''know. The Prime Minister, after all, was reportedly anxious about job losses resulting from the merger. And Norway is not the friendliest when it comes to our precious palm oil.
But, honestly, before reading this statement by Gobind, I had the impression that the Telenor-Axiata merger was in the advance stages. That's because quite a lot of details had been reported in the media. For example, Telenor was to own 56 per cent of the merged entity and Axiata the remaining 44 per cent (which means it will no longer be a Malaysian company even if the CEO and the Chairman are Malaysians). We also learned that no Malaysians will lose their jobs against their will (only VSS will be offered). And we were assured that the Malaysian telco industry and economy will benefit tremendously  from the merger. [For other details of the proposed deal, read the announcement].
Now, thanks to Gobind, it is now being re-emphasised that the merger proposal is "still at proposal stage". If there was a preliminary agreement if was probably oral, it's quite certain that there has been no due diligence, but for sure a lot of media "play".

Axiata-Telenor merger still at proposal stage, says Minister

In 2000,  many will still remember, Singapore Telecom came so close to buying from Malaysia's troubled Renong 14.5 per cent of its subsidiary Time Engineering. Both companies had reached "preliminary agreement" on the deal, just awaiting regulatory approvals form both countries and a due diligence on Time Engineering before the deal could be sealed.
And then the deal simply unhappened. It was stopped by none other than Dr M, who chuckled something about his worry that the Singapore telco giant might "sing and tell" and the whole deal fell through. The real reason was Mahathir just wouldn't sell to Singapore out of pride - the nation's and of course his own. Analysts gave other excuses, one of them was the deal would put too much pressure on Telekom Malaysia
We were talking about a mere 14.5 per cent then. Today, these people sponsoring the Telenor-Axiata deal are talking about selling off 56 per cent. 56.5 per cent, to be exact. Now, what are the chances the talk will go beyond the proposal stage, you think?

Monday, June 17, 2019

There's a new group CEO at TM, did you know?

PMO prevails, June 17: All that excitement over that intimate video that has become the latest scandal to discolour Malaysian politics, dubbed #haziqgate by one daily (why didn't the paper called it #azmingate instead?), and the appointment of a new group CEO for Telelom Malaysia came and went without most of us noticing. And without the fanfare it deserved. Especially after all that jazz about the appointment being a proxy war between the Prime Minister's Office and the Minstry of Finance Inc., Daim Zainuddin vs Lim Guan Eng, homegrown boy Imri Mokhtar vs the Outsiders led by Rosli Man the chairman. 
But it's done, finally. NK or Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin, 60, is now the Group CEO of TM.   
NK and RM guaranteeing 'quick wins" for TM. Pic by NST
In fact, while you were watching the video, listening to Haziq's confession, replaying Azmin's denial and getting acquainted with deep fake, the NST even had time to run an exclusive interview with the new TM boss. Read TM revamp plan to bring back its hey day

Friday, June 14, 2019

And now Azmin has made it 4 out of 5!

Deep in thought, 14 June: Just a quick follow up to my last posting, where I stated (not with pride, I should add) that 3 out fo 5 of my all time most-read postings were related to our politicians and their sex scandals. Well, less than 24 hours after posting it, Have you seen Azmin's (oral) sex video has reached the No 4 spot.  
What does that say? About you the blog reader, about me the blogger, about our politicians and their aides ... 

Other deep follow ups:
Ministry suspends sex video officer
That's not me, Azmin says
Part 2, just hours after Azmin's denial

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Have you seen Azmin's (oral) sex video?

Not in a hotel in Sandakan, 12 June: You know what sucks (pun intended)? Out of the top five of my all-time most read postings I've made on this blog of mine, three are related to our politicians and their sex scandals. [Scroll right to the bottom of this blog's right hand panel to see the longer list]. And you know what's the real bummer, my Dear Readers? All the politicians purportedly or allegedly involved in those sex scandals are alive and kicking. 

And all that kicking has produced yet another sex scandal, this time involving someone who  (according to those who have watched the video) resembles Azmin Ali, the Economics Affairs Minister and the one (again, they say) Mahathir Mohamad wishes (wished?) to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Me, I don't wish to watch the video lah. I'd rather go and watch Godzilla again.

The quick confession by the other individual said to be in the Azmin video is as repugnant as it was totally unexpected, I must say. Right down to business, no foreplay. 

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

In memoriam, Lynas protesters

Green-friendly or, er, just green? Helen Ang's latest posting "Exploding' in Guan Eng's face is dedicated to Malaysians, here and abroad, who had been made to believe all these years that the Lynas rare earth plant near Kuantan would breed mutants and decimate the population. 
PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who last week unilaterally ruled that Lynas will continue to operate in Malaysia, was one of the first to defend the project way back then. In an early posting, he said he could only surmise that the protests against Lynas was "political". "I have nothing against the Lynas project. The Government should not be afraid to let the project to go ahead," he wrote in Radiation. That was in September 2011. 

Friday, June 07, 2019

TM CEO: NK it is, then

TTDI, Shawal 3: I would just ignore the question mark at the end of the headline  because this is the New Straits Times and their sources, I'm sure, especially in this particular issue, are not just reliable but more than reliable. 

People who know Noor Kamarul, or NK, readily hightlight the facts that he is very experienced (34 years in telco, meaning he has worked alongside TM's current chairman Rosli Man), contributed greatly towards Celcom's golden era of 31 successive quarters of growth (when, incidentally, Shazalli Ramly was the Celcom boss), is technically sound, and personally nice, traditional, religious, etc. 
Of course, he's not young. But if an earlier article also by the NST [read h e r e] is be believed, then Kamarul will serve as TM's CEO for only two years before handing it over to the much younger,  homegrown talent Imri Mokhtar.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Malaysia Baharu's latest "twists and Tun"

Bandar Kinrara, 2nd Shawal: In rapid succession, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made three things happen at the end of Ramadan. The Prime Minister announced that:
1. Lynas will stay
2. Telekom Malaysia CEO decided but not Imri
3. MACC chief is a politician

Good things come in threes, they say, but these three announcements sure spoilt some people's Hari Raya.

Lynas so shocked Yeo Bee Yin that the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister ended up issuing a press statement to clarify her boss' remarks, in a desperate attempt to salvage her own integrity as well as her party's reputation for their rabidly anti-Lynas stance all this while.

News of the TM CEO came just days after Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had refuted a claim that PMO didn't want his candidate Imri Mokhtar as CEO (the MoF had approved Imri's appoointment in February).

The decisions, apparently, were made unilaterally by the PM. In his own words after the ground had shaken violently following the appointment of Latheefa Koya as MACC chief:

 "I did not discuss with Cabinet ... I make the decision myself because I don't have to ask the Cabinet as to who I approve".

In other words, "I did it my way". Some will call it the Old way. If you don't like it, go take the highway, baby.

MP Nik Nazmi came out with a long, carefully-worded posting on Twitter out of grave concern over the appointment of his PKR ex-colleague, Latheefa:

"More importantly, however, the manner of her appointment, which was decided upon by the PM alone, goes against the promises Pakatan Harapan made in our manifesto. The 14th Promise of the  manifesto states that under a Pakatan (sic) the MACC will report directly to Parliament, rather than to the Prime Minister ... Appointment of these Commissioners must be validated democo.  atically by Parliament". - Nik Nazmi

But beyond "worrying", what will Nik Nazmi do?  What will the "disturbed" Bar Council do? What will a concerned Suaram do, if it sincerely feels that Latheefa is not the right person for the job?

Or, rather, what can they do?

What can Yeo Bee Yin do? With Mahathir's open support for Lynas - and in front of the world media, too! - she is now at the mercy of her Australian counterpart who had been at her mercy for the last one year (and years before that when she was in the Opposition). Read Ahead of meeting with Yeo, Australia's Bill Johnston rejects Lynas waste..

What can Lim Guan Eng do? The Finance Minister got his way over the appointment of CEO for Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) but if he thought he was free to put whoever he pleases, he's dead wrong. Way above him, there are greater forces at work. Same message goes to all Guan Eng sympathisers [like this epistle to The Star, Invisible hands in Corporate Malaysia?).

What can anyone do about the MACC's position? Well, according to Lim Kit Siang's spokesman, the Parliamentary Select Committee can review Latheefa's appointment, but will have no legal effect.

My take? I think Dr M is doing all these not just because he can but because he had to.

What else can he do now that he is stuck with a Cabinet of Clowns who, after a year of being in the Government, still behave like the Opposition (by opposing key investments like Lynas just because it was the popular - and easy - thing to do); who think they can rule the GLCs like they have ruled the DAP (or like past Finance Ministers ruled GLCs); and who expected him, the country's only two-time Prime Minister, to be controlled and dictated by a mere manifesto?

Mahathir's one-line in Sometimes we get surprises, Dr M of new MACC chief should be a constant reminder to these people:

“Well, (the Ministers) cannot be complacent and think whatever they think will be approved.”

Expect more surprises.

Read also:
"The (Lynas) plant will stay, as Tun said ... we are only concerned with environmental issues", says Mestecc sec-gen
"There needs to be better transparency on such appointments," says Maria Chin Abdullah
Left in the dark, parliament committee to discuss Latheefa's appointment with PMO
Bersih 2.0 likes Latheefa but troubled by appointment process
Azam Baki, twice overlooked for MACC chief position, pledges support for Latheefa

Sunday, June 02, 2019

The TM CEO "standoff": Ball in PM's court

TM Standoff: Guan Eng refuses to back off

Lynas-to-Stay, June 2: The Edge ran a story Telekom CEO standoff, quoting unnamed sources, claiming that Telekom Malaysia chairman Rosli Man had "REFUSED to proceed with the appointment of acting CEO Imri Mokhtar as its CEO despite the decision of its special shareholder, the Ministry of Finance Inc (MoF Inc)"

The sources said "a decision was made in February by MoF to appoint Imri as CEO, but it has been three months and the chairman (Rosli Man) has REFUSED to act on it".

The repeated use of the word "refuse" would paint Rosli Man, who was made chairman of Telekom in December, as degil, recalcitrant, rebel, lawan tauke

If you ask me to guess, I'd say the sources are  people who don't like Rosli Man. They could well be from the MoF ... or Imri Mokhtar himself. 

Telekom Malaysia, being a responsible public listed company, had to respond to the Edge's article. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, TM said its chairman had received a request from the Prime Minister's Office to defer Imri's appointment. Rosli Man had informed the board of the PMO's request early March.

“We believe that it is good corporate governance to
engage key stakeholders including the PMO"
- Telekom

Which triggered Guan Eng's rather curt response:
“The chairman and CEO are appointed by the Finance Ministry after getting a letter and note from the prime minister himself, and so far there has been no instruction from the prime minister to change, so the TM chairman and CEO are still the same persons (Rosli Man and Imri Mokhtar, respectively)."

In other words, Guan Eng insists on Imri Mokhtar as CEO unless the PM himself tells him that the PMO has another candidate in mind. (For greater clarity, read the NST's version: Guan Eng: No orders from PM to change TM's chairman, CEO). 

What's happening at TM is clearly a[nother] GLC proxy war. MoF wants its candidate as CEO and PMO or Khazanah or someone else probably wants another person to lead the telco. It is messy and counter productive.

TM has already lost billions in market cap due to inept ministers and this proxy war is not going to benefit it in any way.  And many analysts don't see why the CEO of TM must be decided by the MoF or PMO or Khazanah. 

TM has a Board that has a Chairman. It's good corporate governance to let the TM Board to decide who should be the TM CEO.

Read also:
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lynas to stay, says Dr M

Dr M: Malaysia to let Lynas continue running rare earth plant

TOKYO: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday that Malaysia will allow Australian rare earths producer Lynas Corp to keep operating a processing plant in the country.
“We think we’ll have to renew the license,” Mahathir told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo.
Lynas operates an US$800 million plant in Malaysia that refines ore from a rare earths mine in Australia, but the facility’s future was unclear as Mahathir’s government had halted the process for renewing its licence because of waste disposal concerns.I think this is where Yeo Bee Yin, Zuraida Kamaruddin and Wong Tack tender their resignation to the Prime Minister.

Oh merde! I think this is where Yeo Bee Yin, Zuraida "mutant" Kamaruddin, and Wong Tack tender their resignation to the PM.

What we've got here is failure to communicate, stupid - Daim Zainuddin

Pavilion, 29 May: Do you think Daim Zainuddin is talking about Lim Guan Eng again? Some people are absolutely sure it's the Finance Minister that Daim is referring to. "This is a direct hit," one seasoned journey told me. 
Daim, Malaysia's Finance Minister in the 80s and 90s, has been taking quite a few potshots at Guan Eng lately. The Prime Minister's most right right-hand man has been hinting that our economic woes, including the ringgit's predicament, are due to one Minister's inept.

"If you want to make a statement, discuss first what is the effect, discuss with your officers and then discuss between ministers. Not make statements for fun ...If it is positive you come out with a statement, if it is negative do not come up with a statement, if you want to announce it even if its negative, then that is stupid.”

In their 1990 hit Civil Wars, rock legends Guns and Roses were singing about how failure to communicate has always resulted in wars.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Why, a journalist should lead the Media Council, of course! Interview with Bernama News Channel

KL, 29 May: I hope I've managed to raise some useful points and done some justice to the 30 mins of Bernama News Channel's precious airtime to discuss the proposed Malaysian Media Council. Felt really rusty (can't remember the last time I appeared on a tv talk show), so am thankful to the skilled navigation skills of my host Elane Nor Abdullah. 

Some of the things I said today:

1. The government should just go ahead and repeal the Printing Presses and Publication Act if that's a stumbling block to the formation of the Malaysian Media Council. It doesn't make sense to hang on to archaic law when the government has even abolished the ISA, that mother of all draconian laws. Many journalists were detained without trial. The longest detention record belongs to a journalist and journalism laureate A. Samad Ismail was detained thrice under the ISA - by British, Singaporean and Malaysian governments. 
2. A journalist should lead the Malaysian Media Council. The Malaysian Press Institute is led by a journalist. The National Press Club, which celebrates its 71st anniversary next month, has always led by a journalist. Can you imagine the National Union of Journalists NOT being led by a journalist but by, er, their lawyer? 
3. The BIG media - The Star, Media Prime, the Edge, etc - must be committed to the setting up of the Media Council. They are going to finance the operations. [I have no issue with some funding coming from the Government and the Corporate sector. The Council doesn't have to feel obligated receiving their money, consider it as their commitment to uphold press freedom]. 
4. Include the major players from the industry. Including the NPC, whose views have not been consulted (except by Bernama). 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

So, is it Hawana tomorrow?

May 28: But it sure doesn't look or feel to me like anyone is celebrating the so-called Hawana [which is short for Hari Wartawan Nasional or National Journalists Day] tomorrow. Why not? I don't know. Has it been moved by the PH government to another day? I don't know. I asked several editors from the mainstream media, they also don't know.

The announcement on Hawana to be celebrated on May 29 starting this year was made by Najib Razak. He was the caretaker Prime Minister when he made the declaration last year (the event was held less than a month before the May 9 general election). Najib and Salleh Keruak, who was the Communications and Multimedia, are no longer in government so we can't ask them. 

But some of the top journalists who were pushing for Hawana are still around. They should speak out. It is, after all, a noble idea ...

The following is the declaration issued in conjunction with the inaugural celebration of the National Journalists' Day (Hawana) 2017/2018 held today (April 11, 2018). 
The declaration ... came about following discussions between the local media practitioners at a session held .. at the Exhibition and Convention Hall of the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).

Declaration National Journalists' Day 2017/2018 
We, journalists who strongly uphold the principles of Rukun Negara and Journalism Ethics, realise that on our shoulders lie the responsibility as one of the pillars of the practice of Democracy based on Constitutional Monarchy which had been practised since Independence by this beloved nation, Malaysia. 
2. We accept as our main responsibility to create awareness on the people regarding the noble practice of democracy, to drive the involvement of every level of society in the development process towards progress and tolerance in preserving national peace and prosperity. 
3. For the sake of our beloved Malaysia, we hereby pledge to continue to shoulder the task and trust with full responsibility and integrity. We hereby pledge: 
i. We will implement the task of providing information to the people with purely truthful news based on crystal clear facts and data in full trust. 
ii. We will fight all out any fake news created that jeopardised national peace, prosperity and sovereignty. 
iii. We strongly uphold the Journalism Ethics, based on the Rukun Negara and Malaysian Constitution, uphold religious teachings and preserve social values and culture. 
4. We are united and agreed to discuss the formation of the Malaysian Media Council to ensure that we constantly comply with and respect the rights of every Malaysian citizen as enshrined in the Federal Constitution throughout making news reports and coverage. 
5. We are united and agreed to fix May 29 as the date for celebrating the National Journalists' Day each year. At the same time. this auspicious day will always remind us of the pledge that has been instilled in our hearts. 
"Journalists Champion the Race, Build the Nation"

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

The PM knows about that controversial land deal in Melaka

Puchong, 26 May: Sime Darby Plantation, a government-linked company rich in landbank, turned to the Prime Minister two months ago for help to stave off an attempt by a Singaporean party claiming to represent a former Yang diPertuan Agong to acquire its land in Melaka. 
SDP group chief executive Mohd Bakke Salleh wrote to Dr M on March 25 to bring the alleged land grab matter to the PM's attention.  

The alleged involvement of the Melaka state government and its Chief Minister (the current one, not the previous admin) has raised more than just eyebrows. It could, potentially, bring down some people in high places as The Mole claims in its latest exclusive that money had actually changed hands and that some panicky authorities were still trying to push through the acquisition despite a pending judicial review the High Court has granted the GLC.  

p.s. Readers who are not familiar with Bakke may read 1MDB duo quit over rushed deal with Petro Saudi to have an idea of what kind of a person he is.

Me, I didn't know the name of the Melaka CM until this land acquisition issue. Adly Zahari is not a stranger to controversies, though. Read: Melaka CM says island negotiation claim slanderous and Melaka CM says appointment of Exco's wife in state agency empowers women 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Maszlee gains friends in Cabinet, but not so for Khalid

TTDI, 23 May: Beleaguered Maszlee Malik does have friends in the Cabinet, after all.  
After weeks of coming under so-called friendly fire, which aggravated to angry demands for the PM sack Maszlee and get a new Education Minister, the Pribumi man is finally getting some support from his Cabinet colleagues, even if they are from fellow "newbies". Syed Saddiq, a first-time minister and Youth leader of Mahathir's Pribumi party, has lashed out at his counterparts in DAP, telling them to respect the Cabinet's decision. 
“Such matters should be discussed in the Cabinet because we are now in the government, we are not opposition parties ... and should not be accusing and attacking each other," he said.  
Another newbie Rina Harun, also from Pribumi, said Mazlee should not give in to demands by certain quarters, including the DAP. "He knows better, it's his ministry .. he does not need to apologise ," the Rural Development Minister said. 
Lucky Maszlee. 
I can't say the same for Khalid Samad. So far, none of his Cabinet colleagues have come out in the open to publicly support the FT Minister against DAP's Hannah Yeoh. Hannah Yeoh, the Deputy Mnister  for Women, Family and Community Development, has the support of some "pushy" people, including 99.9% of TTDI residents and the likes of Ambiga and Cynthia Gabriel over the Rimba Kiara issue. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Why I wouldn't sign the petition asking the PM to sack Maszlee

Certain quarters want Mazlee out as Education Minister ..

"We are concerned that the Pakatan Harapan government will lose many of its votes because of this minister that you have appointed." - Tun, please replace Minister o Education Mazlee Malik

TTDI-Plaza, 21/5: I may have frowned and lolled at some of the things that Education Minister Maszlee Malik has tried to do in the past year, but he's definitely NOT the reason why this Government has lost it so soon after the GE14. Sacking him may serve the narrow agenda of some parties (within PH itself, but not DAP, so says Kit Siang :) but it won't bring back Dr Mahathir Mohamad's vanishing charm and diminishing popularity.

Come on, which one of Mazlee's policies (listed by the petition) do you think have damaged the PM and this government's reputation:

1. black shoes and black socks?
2. go cashless at schools?
3. petrol kiosks on varsity grounds?
4. swimming as an extra curriculum activity in schools?

I may not get Mazlee's point about the black shoes and socks but swimming as an ECA is something I, as a parent, would support 100%. It's a healthy activity, it can be a life-saving skill, and it means, I hope, more public pools and even swimming pools in learning institutions in future. 

Go cashless in schools? Aren't societies in this modern world going that way? Aren't we as a society heading that way, too?

And I don't think petrol kiosks anywhere is the issue here. The issue is the price of petrol. Or, rather, PH's unfulfilled promise that petrol price will be so cheap when they come into power.

What's wrong with these petitioners?

Oh, I see. They want him sacked because he said the job market is still unfair to Bumiputeras? 

“If we want to change this, saying we are in the new Malaysia and that we do not need the quota system, then we must also ensure that job opportunities for Bumiputeras are not denied.”

Is that it?

If so, these so-called supporters of PH are worse than I thought. They can't face the truth. They'd rather kill the messenger. You guys should ask Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid, the economic advisor to Dr Mahathir and author of The Colour of Inequality, to step down. And Muhyiddin Yassin needs to go, too. In 2014, he said the Bumiputera continued to be treated unfairly in the private sector.

“A study carried out by Dr Lee Hwok Aun and Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid (pic) in 2012 found that for every Malay graduate called for an interview in the private sector, an average of 5.3 Chinese graduates was interviewed, although they all had the same qualification.


“The official data also shows a high unemployment rate among the bumiputera workforce, which is 70.3 per cent, including unemployed graduates of 66.9 per cent,” he added.

Muhyiddin said based on a study by economic experts, the bumiputera workers received a salary of 20 to 40 per cent lower than the non-bumiputera in the private sector.
“A study carried out by Dr Lee Hwok Aun and Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid in 2012 found that for every Malay graduate called for an interview in the private sector, an average of 5.3 Chinese graduates was interviewed, although they all had the same qualification." - Muhyiddin, Malaysia needs an equitable economic model, 25 Nov 2014

p.s If there's a petition to remove the minister responsible for our economic woes and for increasing the nation's debts to over a trillion ringgit and scaring the investors away, I may support.