Proposed GST will not burden the people, just a little rap on the knuckle

In drafting legislation, it is important to assess the intention and the problem the law seeks to address hence in interpreting legislation, British judges use certain approach such as the Mischief rule.

So when I look at the penalty provisions of the draft GST, I wonder why the penalty imposed is so harsh, especially when compared to Income Tax Act, 1967.

Taken from China Press's excellent report:
消費稅法案嚴懲逃稅初犯罰20倍 重犯罰40倍
SEVERE PENALTIES UNDER GST; fine for first offense is 20 times the tax payable , 40 times the tax payable if repeated offense

(吉隆坡16日訊)2009年消費稅法案闡明,逃稅者或協助他人逃稅的人士,將面對相等于逃稅額10倍至20倍的罰款,或監禁5年,或兩者兼施。
According to the draft GST legislation, GST evaders or people assisting acts of evasion shall be fined 10 to 20 times the tax payable amount, of face 5 years imprisonment , or both.
(note this is for first time offenders)
重犯者必須依據逃稅額重罰20倍至40倍,監禁不過7年或兩者兼施;如逃稅款額無法確定,罰款將介于5萬令吉至50萬令吉,另外也可能面對最高7年監禁或兩者兼施。
Repeated offenders shall be fined between 20 to 40 times the amount of GST evaded or imprisoned not more than 7 years of both. If the amount evaded cannot be determined, the fine shall be between RM50,000 till RM500,000, in addition to maximum 7 years imprisonment or both.


If you were to compare with the penalty provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1967:

An offence is committed under the Income Tax Act 1967 under the following circumstances :
Failure to notify chargeability ( Subsection 77(2) or 77(3) )
Penalty imposed is 10% of the total tax payable subject to a minimum of RM 300 and a maximum of RM 5,000.


In addition, there are other avenues such as appeal and settlement with the Inland Revenue Board, rather than being bunched together with murderers, rapists and other violent criminals.


An appeal may be settled :
a. By agreement between the taxpayer and the IRBM, or
b. By a decision of the Special Commissioners of Income Tax / the High Court / the Court of Appeal

Please note that if you are not satisfied with the decision of the IRBM regarding your appeal, it will be forwarded to the Special Commissioners of Income Tax. If you are dissatisfied with the Special Commissioners decision, you can appeal further to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.


Why such harsh penalties imposed on GST offence, especially when compared to income tax? (who is so desperate for $$$?) 


Is this a good approach to create a business friendly environment and attract foreign investors?
What is the intention for such harsh penalties?


Regardless of whether this provision is amended or not, the intention, mind set of the Barisan Nasional administration is exposed. Rakyat diutamakan illustrated.
阿末胡斯尼也說,那些每年營業額不超過50萬令吉的公司,無須徵收消費稅,因此在這項條件下,國內將有超過70%中小型企業不受消費稅影響。
Ahmad Husni (Second Finance Minister) added that companies with annual turnover amounting to not more than RM500,000 will not be required to collect GST hence under this condition, more than 70% of the Small Medium Industries will not be affected by GST.


Rubbish. SMIs purchase stocks, office supplies, incur repair and maintenance expenses and whatever not from wholesalers, service providers, financial institutions, factories etc which turnover easily exceed half a million a year.


SMIs who purchase something at RM10 now have to fork out RM10.40 and guess who they want to recoup from? Malaysian businessmen are great at raising prices and not so great at lowering them,Why give business people an excuse to raise prices? remember the aftermath of petrol pump price drop after Badawi's suicidal increase?


一旦消費稅法案通過,執行消費稅法令的官員,可以在不需逮捕令情況下,展開逮捕行動。
此外,官員一旦掌握充分證據,便可以在沒有事前獲得准令情況下,搜查任何地方、產業或交通工具。
Once the legislation is passed, enforcement officers are empowered to arrest without a warrant. In addition, once with sufficient (note: can be pretty judgmental, this one) evidence, the officers are empowered to search any place, properties or transport vehicle without a warrant.
“如果有關官員有充分理由相信延遲發出搜查令,會導致逃稅物品被移走,他也可以在還未取得搜查令的情況下,展開搜查工作。”
"if the officer has sufficient reason to believe that a delay in issuance of warrant will result in tax evaded items being removed, the officer can also commence search operations before obtaining a warrant".
- I wonder if the legislation left out this, "in the event of a death of a willing witness in the course of assisting tax evasion investigation, no enquiry shall be carried out provided that the officers involved declared that they have no reason to act in bad faith."


Ok, silly jokes aside, this is no laughing matter.


提呈下議院一讀民聯議員反對無效
1st reading of draft legislation, protest of Pakatan Rakyat MP overruled.
2009年消費稅法案今天在國會下議院提呈一讀,遭民聯議員反對,因為下議院內仍有許多法案未處理。
Pakatan Rakyat MP protested at the first reading of draf legislation for GST act, 2009 because there were other legislation which were still being debated and not finalized.
行動黨安順區國會議員馬諾卡蘭在第二財長拿督斯里阿末胡斯尼提呈法案一讀后,馬上站起來提出反對,以求能夠暫緩有關程序。
DAP MP Manogaran, upon the submission by the Second Finance Minister (note: why we tax payer have to pay double? we used to pay for only 1!) for 1st reading, tood up and protested and appealed for the legislation procedures to be postponed.
他說,下議院內仍有許多未處理的法案等著議員辯論。 他的反對卻不獲下議院副議長拿督旺朱乃迪的理會
He stated that there are currently many draft laws unattended to and awaiting debates. His protest were not heeded by Deputy Speaker Dato Wan Junaidi (note: you never get to read this kind of things in Utusan).


- remember the last time a legislation ws bulldozed through Parliament? It was the MACC legislation and we got Teoh Beng Hock as a present from the BN administration.


政府將在消費稅法案下成立“消費稅上訴仲裁庭”,處理不滿消費繳稅額人士的上訴。
The government shall set up a "GST appeal tribunal" to tend to appeals by taxpayers.
凡是不滿繳稅額者,可在30天內提出上訴,上訴者須出示所需報稅文件證明,否則案件不受理。
Those who are unhappy can submit an appral within 30 days and are required to submit all relevant documents otherwuse their case would not be entertained.

仲裁庭裁決將是最終定奪,而申訴者不能再提出任何上訴。
The tirbunal's decision shall be final and no avenue of appeal is possible.


In tax dispute cases, time is needed to collate documents, substantiate facts etc. 30 days?


Ok, if a company has proper documentation processes and diligent staff. Many SMIs are either ignorant, sloppy or tak apa and GST documentation is one of the most tedious filing undertaking. 30 days deadline for a GST case that requires the tax payer to back track a couple of years worh of paper work may not be feasible.


Shell Singapore, as I saw it with my own eyes (given its volume of transactions and resource available) has a GST department headed by an experience accountant with a full time staff just to keep track of all the sales and purchase invoicesplus submission and remittance records.


Obviously, people drafting the law has no idea how an accounting department works.


第96條文:索取超額退稅者可被罰款不超過5萬令吉或監禁3年,或兩者兼施;有關人士也可能面對雙倍退稅額的罰款。
Section 96: those who have seek excessive GST refundc shall be liable to a fine of not more than RM50,000 or 3 years imprisonment; or both. The person so convicted shall face a fine double the amount refunded (not the excess refund??? - lost in translation ...or not).
Some fler, obviously a cybertrooper commented in YB Teo Nie Ching's blog that "we must trust the government in GST matters..." or something to that effect, well I hope he or she is happy now.


I wonder of other countries' GST legislation, carries such harsh terms...DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE? I can do further research if you want me to.....


UNDILAH KERAJAAN BARISAN NASIONAL

Is the Speaker being objective or partisan

While RPK has his own piece of mind about the absent 20 MPs, I am attracted by this.

“The opposition should not have taken advantage of the situation when there weren’t enough BN MPs,” he said when commenting on the narrow 66-63 approval for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s first Budget as prime minister.

Whether PR has a tactical decision to make it is up to them.

By talking this way, is the Speaker inferring his preference that the opposition should just keep quiet, roll over and comply, and by extension the rakyat of Malaysia?

and we do not call opposition opposition for nothing. Remember Najib's infamous "MPs cannot vote according to their conscience" remark following Shahrir Samad's agreement with Lim Kit Siang's motion?


If BN's MPs are just towing the line ala-feudal fashion, did Teresa Kok get a hairdryer from Lim Kit Siang for below?

Ucapan Perbahasan Bajet 2010 Oleh Teresa Kok, Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Pada 3 November 2009 di Dewan Rakyat

Datuk yang diPertua, memandangkan saya hanya diberi 20 minit untuk berucap dalam perbahasan bajet 2010, saya ingin terus menumpu kepada isu-isu yang dekat pada hati saya.

1.Pembangunan Teknologi Hijau: Feed-in Tariff Adalah Penting Datuk yang diPertua, di antara cadangan yang dibentangkan dalam ucapan bajet Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Kewangan, saya amat bersetuju dengan cadangan kerajaan yang memberi penggalakan dan insentif kepada pelabur teknologi hijau, kerana penggunaan teknologi hijau merupakan ‘trend” atau hala tuju kebanyakan negara di dunia ini sebagai langkah untuk menghadapi krisis tenaga.


The Speaker's rant continues...

“It should not be a question of catching the government with their pants down because that would not be a gentlemanly and honourable kind of thing,” Pandikar explained to reporters in his chambers here.

He added that Parliament is a gentlemen’s club for both the opposition and the government to debate questions of national interest.

- gentlemen's club? What has the Speakers done about the infamous "bocor-gate"?

The Speaker then did not raise a fuss and only after much public outrage, Bung Mokhtar and the other offender sat glumly next to Sharizat and apologised, "if only people are offended and not to the opposition" (correct me if my memory is playing tricks on me, there has been too many conditional apologies from Barisan National leaders, except Ahmad Ismail, not a product of SRJKC)

- and what about the UMNO Youth's jantan action on Karpal Singh

- and I am watching what will happen to the incident involving Shafie, the Dep Minister in PM department over his behaviour against YB Wee Choo Keong of Wangsa Maju

Maybe the Speaker is angry because "Najib had to rush from a dinner, organised by Cheong Hwa Private Secondary School, and changed his batik shirt before entering the Parliament."?

When Mahathir's policy goes wrong, Negeri Sembilan feels it too!

When Mahathir first mooted the Malaysia Incorporated Concept, it was explained as follows:

THE MALAYSIA INCORPORATED CONCEPT: A KEY STRATEGY IN ACHIEVING VISION 2020


Prime Minister's Department Malaysian Administrative Modemisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) Director General DR. ABDULLAH BIN ABDUL RAHMAN


The Honourable Prime Minister has broadly definedthe concept of Malaysia Incorporated to mean a system of cooperation between the Government and the private sector towards the creation of a Malaysian company to achieve progress and where the profits accruing will be shared by all. The government is a shareholder in this company, and if the company progresses and makes profit, a portion will accrue to the government and subsequently to the people as a whole.

With that, privatization of Malaysian public service went into fever pitch from utilities to waste and cark park management etc, creating creatures such as Indepedent Power Producers, Indah Water (you never know how they calculate charges for the shit water), Alam Flora, Plus etc.



One of the basic tenets of democratically elected government is to look after the interest of the people who pays their salaries. The elected government must reign in, when necessary, when profit orientated entrepreneurs are acting against public interest e.g. polluting the environment, producing hazardous products and services, exploit and oppress worker etc.

Through enactment and enforcement of relevant laws and legislation, it would achieve such objectives. However, what happens when a government that is suppose to be monitoring and overseeing commercial activities goes into business?


Menteri Besar Incorporated is a creature of Malaysia Incorporated.



According to the Auditor General Report on N Sembilan for 2008, flood occured in Lenggeng as a result of logging activities approved by the State Government to Syarikat Real Strong (M) Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with Menteri Besar Incorporated N. Sembilan.








Source: Laporan Ketua Audit Negara, Aktiviti Jabatan/Agensi Dan Pengurusan yarikat Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan Tahun 2008



According to Pejabat Menteri Besar, one of the key function is



~ Pejabat Menteri Besar juga bertugas menjadi tenaga pemantau kepada semua dasar dan projek yang dilaksanakan oleh Menteri Besar.








Commonsense will tell us that there is a conflict of interest. You can't oversee / regulate commercial projects when you are doing it yourself. The state government can't approve a commercial project whereby the head of the administration stands to profit from it.



Companies Act, 1965, provides that when a company is deciding on a commercial transation with another company where its director are aslo having an interest in, which would result in a conflict of interest situation, the director so affected must declare his interest in the other company and cannot vote in the board of director meeting that decides whether to enter into that transation/venture of not.



So why is there 2 sets of laws for Malaysians?



If the Pejabat Menteri Besar is an effective "Pemantau" then how come,


* Menteri Besar Incorporated borrowed more than RM260 million from state coffers and made no repayments from 2004 till 2008?



* The Auditor General has this to say about the MBI:


“Penurunan (pelaburan saham negeri) ini antaranya adalah disebabkan oleh Lain-lain Pelaburan berjumlah RM1.82 juta yang merupakan pelaburan oleh Menteri Besar Incoporated telah dikeluarkan daripada Penyata Akaun Memorandum. Pelaburan tersebut diuruskan oleh Menteri Besar Incoporated telah dikeluarkan daripada Penyata Akaun Memorandum secara berasingan. Semua hasil pelaburan yang diperolehi tidak diperakaunkan sebagai hasil Kerajaan Negeri.Kerajaan Negeri juga tidak mempunyai sebarang pegangan saham dalam syarikat milik Menteri Besar Incoporated.”


See, Mahathir wanted the following:



@ a system of cooperation between government and private sector



yet and our NS MB, along with other MBIs, dabble directly in business or as joint venture partner, which in itself already result in losing independence and put itself into position of conflict of interest



@ profit accrued shared by all?


MBI "borrowed money" without repaying (as good as taking a special bonus) and took over state investment fund without being accountable at all.


@ the state government is suppose to be a shareholder but how come MBI NS excluded the state government as a shareholder? the original spirit of Malaysia Incorporated is gone, replaced by a bastardise version of convenience.

Is this a result of all this foul up?

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has found himself in a pickle over his alleged transfer of RM10 million to London, due to the perception that he should have known better than to send the money through a money changer.

I tried to google MBI NS but found that it does not have an official website. Is this right?

For such an important, powerful administrator and recepient of public funds, it needs to be accountable, transparent and open with its purpose, objective, activities, results, achievement, membership and other relevant information which affect the welfare and livelihood of the people who pay the taxes or purchase the goods and services that finance MBI NS.

Nazri slagging off his old boss

Nazri calls Dr M a racist for defending BTN

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has called Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a “bloody racist” for defending the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) courses, and reasserted the Cabinet’s earlier decision to overhaul the programme.

Nazri pointed out to reporters in Parliament today that patriotism was not meant only for the Malays but for all Malaysians.



The above exchange just makes me wonder:

How come the status of a man who was so reverred until demi-god status can drop so low after retiring a few years ago? Compared to someone the grand old man despised, the other guy recently was called a legend by the first non-white President of the United States.

How much does UMNO value and respect its past leaders once he or she step down? Apart from Mahathir, Rafidah was reverred, so was Anwar at the high of his influence in UMNO.

What will be the reaction of DPM as the DPM himself was defending BTN openly not so long ago?


Here is an update since the outburst.

- DPM seemed muted and diplomatic...or is there simmering under currant not apparent to us outsiders?

- if Badawi's administration was riddled with his lieutenant's contradicting each other, Najib's one appears to be the same; so much for strong leadership.


- BN can't claim in-fighting as the sole characteristic and sign of disquiet of Pakatan Rakyat. If anything, Pakatan Rakyat's squabble is usually inter-party (a departure from BN where 1 party calls the shots over others) whereas in UMNO and MCA as well as MIC, the intra-party struggle are more prevalent.

Nazri is a smart man and he has the ability to talk cock with a straight face. The above talk back was 1 statement I agree with him thoroughly.

However, just google up his past deeds and one wonders why he does not articulate the things he probably know is right, but sticking to the host of nonsense like Lingam is innocent crap.

YB Lim Kit Siang's blog carries plenty of Nazri's excellent adventures:

Nazri insists Kelantan not entitled to oil royalty

Lingam Tape –
Nazri’s lame excuse and test for Cabinet tomorrow

How did
Nazri (Protocol No. 16) become Minister for Ahmad Fairuz, when CJ is No. 11 on protocol list?

Hindraf demo – Indian Parliament in uproar over
Nazri’s outburst

The ‘Stupid, stupid, stupid!’ Minister

Nazri stressed that BTN was funded by public money and that the funds should be spent properly for the betterment of all communities.

- has he been reading my rants? that's my line!

Assessing a BTN presentation material




Given the recent hoo-ha over the BTN thingy, I stumbled across this BTN course materialErti Kebijaksanaan” by Dato’ Dr. Nordin bin Kardi, Ketua Pengarah. Biro Tatanegara, Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

The subject is intriguing. The title of the presenter, a PhD, a Dato’, a senior officer of the nation’s top bureau, sounds impressive and I have high expectation of getting enlightened

According to Wikipedia,


"Wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight….the application of knowledge needed to live a good life…. emphasized various combinations of the following: knowledge, understanding, experience, discipline, discretion, and intuitive understanding, along with a capacity to apply these qualities well towards finding solutions to problems."


Ok, does our good Dato’ Dr’s presentation imparts knowledge, insight and lead the participants to appropriate action plans for the benefit of the nation?

Page 1 to 4 gave a historical background to the nation’s path to independence. I suppose his message was our forefathers exercised their wisdom in rejecting the other existing approaches in gaining independence.

“Ada pula pejuang-pejuang kemerdekaan yang ingin merdeka bersama dengan Indonesia….”

“Ada pula segolongan yang mahu mengiytiharkan negara ini merdeka seperti negara Islam seperti Pakistan…”

“Ada pula yang ingin merdeka dengan cara meniru cara India dimerdekakan, iaitu dengan melakukan pengorbanan”

“Ada pula yang mahu meniru bagaimana yang berlaku di Palestine…

Tetapi, pemimpin kita akhirnya memilih untuk sanggup memenuhi apa yang disyaratkan oleh British iaitu dengan cara berkongsi negara ini dengan kaum-kaum yang telah dibawa oleh British sebagai subjek untuk kepentingan ekonomi mereka."

I have no trouble with the Dr. having his own interpretation of historical facts but when there are too many “ada pula” this, “ada pula” that without giving complete factual references to historical figures and events, it dilutes his credibility.

Is it so hard to mention names of those involved? Was the Dr referring to Ibrahim Yaakob, Dr Ahamd Burhanuddin or who ever? Without supporting facts, I wonder is he expressing his personal opinion or commenting on historical facts?

In page 3, the Dr. wrote that “Pemimpin kita mengambil keputusan untuk berkongsi dengan kaum lain yang dibawa British ke sini dan berjanji akan menjaga kebajikan mereka”.

The presentation lacks a clear explanation on what is “menjaga kebajikan mereka”. Yes the Dr. elaborated that UMNO gave MCA and MIC seats to contest in the 1955 elections. However, to make a presentation more complete and objective, material facts must not be omitted.

In the course of “menjaga kebajikan mereka”, economic contributions of the “kaum lain” have to be considered as without these wealth so generated, there is no resource to be talked about let alone utilized.

On page 4 – 5, I think his historical commentary is insufficient.

“…British baru lepas menang dalam Perang Dunia ke-2!...kita tewaskan ini bukan calang-calang kuatnya...mereka mempunyai kekuatan senjata yang tidak boleh ditandingi oleh mana-mana negara di dunia ketika itu.”

Actually, in the 1950’s the United Kingdom was war weary after 2 shattering conflicts and started to grant independence to its colonies.

Fighting against the Communist Party of Malaya was also a drain of their resource they could not afford. To call the Brits unmatched by any nation then would be pure ignorance of the position of power occupied by the United States, Soviet Union and even the newly formed People’s Republic of China (who placed 1.3 million troops in North Korea and fought the United States and United Nations to a stalemate then.)

Remember the ruckus when Dr. Lim Teik Gee produced his research that Bumiputra shareholding has exceeded 30% and various BN government officials were adamant that it was still well below 30%? Well, on page 8, Dr Nordin mentioned that,

“Pada tahun 2000 misalnya di papan pertama terdapat 55.79 billion saham Bumiputra, 52.60 billion adalah milik bukan Bumuputra … jumlahnya 132.22 billion”….that makes it Bumiputra at 42.2% and the non-Bumiputra 39.8%....

If both the Main and the Second Board are combined, the Dr wrote that

“…konteks bursa saham. 59.68 billion ialah Bumiputra, 59.03 billion bukan Bumiputra…” that makes is Bumi 41.6% and non Bumi 41.1%...."

Well done, NEP….now who are we to believe now?

At this stage I wonder what “Kebijaksanaan” the Dr is talking about, apart from Tunku Abdul Rahman (the only name he mentioned, or capable of mentioning) sharing the country with the British’s imported labourers.

Then from page 9 till 16 onwards, I believe the Dr’s true feelings were honesty advocated in his presentation.

“Kepada kaum Bumiputera yang begitu berminat dan bercita-cita untuk bekerja di sektor kerajaan, mestilah berusaha dan menanamkan dalam diri “Aku mesti mengubah” …”Aku mesti berlatih deripada sekarang untuk memasuki bidang perniagaan supaya keadaan ini berubah”

- the Dr has every right to advocate whatever in his mind in a civilised manner but the above statement belongs more to a Malay Chamber of Commerce Workshop rather than a Biro Tata Negara financed by all Malaysian taxpayers.

“….mahasiswa lepasan universiti tidak mempunyai pekerjaan….kalau tidak ada syarikat-syarikat milik Bumiputra yang memiliki sazi seperti yang dinyatakan tadi, kita tidak boleh mengharapjan orang lain untuk menyerap kaum Bumiputra bekerja di syarikat mereka”.

- dear Dr. first of all, are all our graduates supposed to be graduates in the first place?


- Ok, leave that aside, are they employable with the kind of education process that they went through?


- Finally why oh why Bumiputra graduates have to be employed by Bumi companies ONLY? *


- Isn’t it better to produce graduates that are employable human capital that can be hired by local companies as well as MNCs whether they are in Malaysia or outside Malaysia?


- How does this reconcile to Najib’s call for going “Glokal” and "1Malaysia" when Bumi graduates only congregates in Bumi companies?


- How does this reconcile with our calls for foreign direct investments when we are interested in producing local graduates only fit for working in companies set up by their own race?


- How can this kind of human capital qualify for “high value jobs” the PM recently advocated in his budget speech?

* if vernacular schools are being mentioned as a block against national unity process then what about the Dr.'s call that Bumiputras only work in Bumiputra companies????


On page 11, the Dr talked about the average monthly income of the various races, RM2,038, RM3,737 and RM2,038 for Indians respectively.

The distribution of income is more relevant. If the Malays are really poor, how come there are Istana Zakaria, Khir Toyol’s “RM2 million++” mansion, AP Kings, Datuk K's wonderfully arranged and televised wedding ceremony with Siti Nurhalizah, Bumi entrepreneurs & professionals owning and working in Petronas, Maybanks, MNCs etc?

If the Dr talk about the Malays are having the lowest average income hence I wonder why with many rich Malays around, the overall average is the lowest? Does this suggest among all the races, the distribution hence fairness among the Malays have the most issues? I suppose contributions to zakat, fitrah, ASB could have address the issues to some extend, right?


I would say the Dr. ignored the Gini co-efficient consideration.
According to the link, the equality income of the selected countries are as follows:

USA 15.9, UK 13.8, Singapore 17.7, Thailand 12.6 and New Zealand 12.5….and Malaysia, officially, is at 22.1, which bear resemblance to Swaziland 25.1 and Zimbabwe 22.


On page 12 the Dr talked about the room for improvement for Bumiputera’s education achievement, notably in STPM results in 2002 and close his paragraph with “Dengan keadaan yang sebegini semestinya Bumiputera akan terus ketinggalan

- at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to repeat, is this the right platform? When we tax payers paid for a nation building seminar for civil servants, just what are we getting? The above belongs to a Bumiputera self-help camp and please by all means establish that and address it there.

On page 14 and 15, the Dr. talked about Purchasing Power Parity. While admitting Malaysia (at USD8,340) is about 4 times lower than the natural resource poor little red dot which Mahathir despised (USD24,910), the Dr. consoled us that we are better off than Thailand, Philipines, Myanmar, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Indian, etc

It is easy to look good when you just pick people worse off than us to compare. When one needs to improve, try to benchmark against the better ones so that it would make us strive better. Try asking successful world class companies whether they benchmark against poorer competitors to shiok sendiri or not.


Going back to the definition of Wisdom, one of the expectant result of wisdom is “solutions to problems”.

After a good load of moaning, the Dr ended with page 18 “Marilah kita pertahankan apa yang ada, dan pada masa yang sama kita perbaiki. Jangan kita buangkan yang sudah elok.”

Just what are the participants are suppose to take from the above to develop into action plan I have no idea whatsoever. You can’t be more vague than that, can you? If the above comes from a Form 3 student, I can accommodate that but coming from ….sigh.

The above are just the few points I put down here to share. Of course I have much more to say but worry this would turn into too long an article.

My final thoughts is that the material presented failed to address its topic – “Wisdom” at a national level spirit building camps for civil servants working under the slogan of 1 Malaysia. This material, thought would be good for presenting at a Bumiputera self-help gathering or Chamber of Commerce.

Verdict:

unclear message and strayed from topic

tax payers' money wasted

I have not been enlightened, inspired and should have spent my time time watching S Factor on Youtube

MCA peace plan subject to UMNO's approval

Muhyiddin: PM will have final say on MCA peace plan
By Tim Leonard

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 30, 2009) : Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak will review and have the final say on the next course of action to solve the leadership crisis in MCA on his return from overseas.

MCA peace plan subject to UMNO approval...in future how do they "fight for Chinese" as they always claim as their primary objective? What is MCA's problem? Greed? Face? Lust? or disagreements in really solving "Chinese" problem?


Also, does this make MCA as much as a puppet of UMNO as Nizar a puppet of DAP as claimed ?

Just after GE, some quarters in MCA claimed that it was UMNO's antics resulted in BN's (actually MCA, MIC and Gerakan) defeat in the polls. Yes, UMNO won and won well in its fight in rural areas. Since the little voices was raised, there were no more keris brandishing in the annual bash.

Since then, we notice how calm Koh Tsu Koon was when his photo was torned apart by some small UMNO local leaders and subsequent kiss and make up between Gerakan and UMNO in Penang.

Now, from unprecedent open air grumble by MCA on UMNO's antics, MCA now meekly accept peace plan to be approved by UMNO? Imagine the following 2 scenario:
  • in 1988, when Mahathir and Razaleigh fought and resulted in de-registration of UMNO, Ling Liong Sik or Samy Vellu stepped in before that happen and order them to accept peace plan formulated by MCA or MIC (gulp)
  • in 2009, as PAS's pro-and anti unity fraction bicker and threaten to break up the party, DAP step in and tell them how to stop the bickering, kiss up and make up.
    ..... perhaps UMNO should consider the viability and practicality of it going alone and ditch the potential achilles heels. Besides, in a poll run by Ong Tee Keat, more than 3/4 of the voters say it is better to leave BN, right?

    BTN - what to do with it

    It seems that after Pakatan Selangor's decision to boycott BTN courses, a long concealed and unaccounted for use of rakyat's money suddenly becomes an attention grabbing hot topic.

    “This must end,” he (Najib) told those present, including Muhyiddin, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin and Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

    The Malaysian Insider understands that all of the Cabinet members who were present at the briefing, arranged by Datuk Seri Idris Jala, nodded in agreement.

    As documented elsewhere, the DPM and the education minister claim that it is a programme that instill patriotism.

    The CONFUSED education minister said:
    “I am perplexed as to why the BTN issue is only being raised now when the courses have existed for some time now. Probably, the opposition leaders have ran out of issues or are attempting to conceal their internal crisis by diverting attention.’’


    If BN camp is claiming that when DAP and PAS are bickering over the beer ban issue is a sign of gross unrest in the Pakatan Rkayat coalition, I wonder what does the contradictory statements between the President of UMNO cum Prime Minister of Malaysia and his number two means.

    If the education minister is "perplexed", I have a simple solution

    • make the course contents a public document, better still, air footage of the actual course (but please not a staged one but the real deal)
    • just like the road show to explain 1Malaysia concept, conduct courses all over Malaysia open to all members of public who are interested
    • let the public decide whether the programme is good or not
      Judging by the DPM's and Hishammuddin's defence of the programme, and the fact that it does not fall under any Official Secret Acts umbrella, and it would show that Najib's administration is transparent, rakyat-friendly and able to share what it purports to be good for the nation, why not let the tax payers decide?

      Make the BTN officers' name and photos public. They are the agents for the nation's patriotism, unity and in Hishamuddin's words, "mould a progressive nation", they should be hailed as role models and should be made as famous as Siti Nurhaliza.

      After all, there is nothing sinister about BTN programme. Once and for all, we can prove, as per Hishamuddin, Pakatan is running out of issue and picking on the poor poor BTN.

      What say you?

      GST: Najib's justification examined

      Najib: GST Bill to be tabled soon

      NEW YORK, Nov 24 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak said a bill relating to the proposed introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) will be tabled for first reading at the end of the current Dewan Rakyat sitting.

      The Prime Minister said the move was agreed to at the last Cabinet meeting.

      I already blogged briefly about GST here.

      “This will allow the public to give their comments, engage them, and if we find it necessary to fine tune it, we’ll do so,” he told Malaysian journalists covering his working visit to New York yesterday.

      - majority of the Perakians want the DUN to be dissolved and fresh election called, would they be allowed to give their comments, be engages and if necessary, the EC will allow it?

      He stressed that if the government decided to introduce the GST in Malaysia, it would do so “very gently”.


      “It’s not going to be an abrupt introduction,” Najib said, adding that if the GST materialised, the rate would not burden the poor or middle-class Malaysians.

      At the moment, people with salary below RM3,000 per month can be exempted from income tax. Now a poor person in Malaysia should be earning less than RM3,000 and with GST, that person who was not paying income tax would now instead be required to pay GST.

      Now how would "not burden the poor"?

      “And, it would not lead to inflation,” he added.

      He has to explain how he can guarantee that there will be no inflation as a result of GST. Inflation is defined as generally increases in price of goods and services. Now if something that cost RM100 now becomes, says after GST at 5% , RM105, to me as the ultimate payer of GST, there is a price increase.

      One possibility of no price increase is for the price of goods to be reduced somehow, then after the GST of 5%, remains at RM100. The is the point of view for the man in the street.

      As far as I know, after the price of petrol shot up durang Badawi's time, the hawkers raised their prices and the price of wan ton mee and teh tarik etc have remain unchanged even after the petrol price dropped.

      Compliance costs to the business would increase so it is imaginable that in some way, the business community will seek to pass onto the consumers. Compliance costs ranged from software upgrade, training of staff, additional stationery, increased cost of irrecoverable trade debts etc. A business that do not pass on higher cost to its customers would be a rare breed.

      Corruption is not rare in Malaysia. Corruption adds up to the cost of business and would be reflected in the selling price of goods and services so in addition to paying for cost of allt that nonsense, Malaysian consumers will now be taxed on leakages, inefficiency and corruption.

      And how does this not impact the poor, and the not so poor as well?

      The other possibility is that Malaysia’s CPI would be calculated net of GST. And lastly, when the CPI does move upwards, Najib can always bring out a host of other reasons like world economy, commodity prices etc in the controlled main stream press. Najib wins hand down.

      "The Prime Minister pointed out that Malaysia was one of the few countries in the Southeast Asian region that had yet to implement the GST."

      And Malaysia is the only country in SEA that distinguishes the entitlement of its citizens by race and religion. Care to comment on that?

      “Basically, the whole world has introduced the GST,” he said.

      Blimey, our PM runs the country on the basis of what other countries do, NOT what the citizens of this country with our own set of issues need and want. A Wakil Rakyat is suppose to represent the tax payers' voices in Parliament, and not implement things by following the whole world only.

      If Najib still insist on this mode, then please follow the examples of the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa, come New Zealand is rated as the least corrupt nation in the world and why certain European countries can give high quality and free medical care to its citizens.

      While tabling Budget 2010 in October, Najib said the government would take firm measures to strengthen its financial position and recognised that adequate revenue collection was vital to support rising expenditure as well as reduce the nation’s increasing debts.


      Najib has failed to explain what constitute rising expenditure. I strongly recommend that by taking stern action on the AG reports, substantial cost savings can be achieved by firing negligent civil servants who have persistence practice of gross wastage, no more bail outs and open government tenders.

      If I remember correctly, in the budget presentation, Najib mentioned that there would be a cost decrease of 11.2% so is there a consistency issue here? I blogged about this observation as below:

      "No mention of cost controls. Najib mentioned about expenditure would be decreased by 11.2%but base on Jabatan Audit Negara’s report, most agencies have developed a culture to see who can overspend more, budget or no budget. A more effective way is to rigorously impose cost control, opening up government tenders, punishing errant officers reported in the JAN reports. That itself can generate savings."

      GST: Here it comes

      "Only the rich shall be taxed..." Haven't we heard this phrase countless times before from any politician's rostrum. In reality, any wide-based tax of this sort (GST) hits the 'poor' harder than the 'rich'. Anyway, the classification of 'poverty' in Malaysia has been a subject of dispute and unrest due its methodology of classification. But if one really looks at the mechanism of GST, it is to tax those on the poorer income group and those who are not declaring their taxes; and also the regular tax payers. A wide-tax net means whack everyone la.

      Income tax for 2010 is just being proposed for a 1% reduction man. Not enough to offset the 5-10% GST rise in goods and services.

      GST Bill to be tabled by Dec 17
      New Straits Times

      Tax will not burden poor or middle class, says PM Najib.

      THE Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill will be tabled for first reading by the end of the current parliamentary sitting on Dec 17 to stimulate discussion on the tax among Malaysians.

      Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the cabinet, at its meeting last week, agreed on the timing of the tabling of the bill.

      The possibility of the GST being introduced was mentioned at the tabling of the 2010 Budget.

      The GST will allow for the widening of the tax base and increase revenue collection in an era of a lower tax regime.

      The GST will mean a more efficient collection mechanism of getting at those who slipped through the taxation net by taxing some of their spending.

      Currently, Malaysia employs the sales and service taxes for some consumption.

      “(If implemented) the GST would not be a burden to the poor or middle class or lead to inflation,” Najib told Malaysian reporters here on Monday.

      If introduced, the GST would be less than the current sales and service taxes of between five and 10 per cent, he added.

      As part of a more efficient economic management system, it would help narrow the nation’s current budget deficit, something to which the government is committed to.

      Najib said international investors whom he met on Monday saw this as a sign of fiscal responsibility, especially with the planned reduction of the deficit.

      The only countries in the region not employing the GST are Malaysia, Brunei and Myanmar.

      Keluhan dan cadangan seorang ibu Melayu Singapura

      Menurut Naib Menteri Pendidikan Mohd Puad Zarkashi, perbuatan bertutur dalam bahasa Inggeris adalah ganjil dan menjejaskan kebudayaan dan identiti negara. Beliau mahukan pihak swasta bertutur dalam bahasa Malaysia sahaja dan sebarang surat kepadanya yang ditulis dalam bahasa Inggeris akan ditolak dan penulis akan diminta menulis semula dalam Bahasa Malaysia.

      # harap-harap Naib Menteri PENDIDIKAN ini tidak menonton wayang dalam Inggeris seperti “Star Wars”, "Lord of the Rings" dan sebagainya ataupun rancangan-rancangan televisyen (jua harap dia ungkapkannya sebagai “kotak berbayang-bayang”) bermutu di saluran “National Geographic” dan “History Channel”)


      # saya juga berminat mendengar sama ada beliau bercadang menghapuskan pengajaran dan pembelajaran Bahasa Inggeris dalam sistem sekolah dan apakah kesannya terhadap pembekal buku-buku ini (yang mungkin kawan-kawan ahli-ahli politik atau tidak)

      # saya juga berminat mendengar pendapat dan sumbangan beliau dalam usaha menarik pelabur, pelajar, pelancong dan persara asing mengunjungi negara kita.

      Walau macammana pun, berikut adalah sungutan dan cadangan daripada seorang ibu kaum Melayu di Singapura. Sama-sama kita renung siapakah yang lebih munasabah hujahnya.

      Ubahlah sikap pengajaran - Hasleen Bachik (Puan)


      The Straits Times Novemrber 19, 2009

      Saya merujuk kepada laporan semalam “MM Lee mahu pembelajaran Bahasa China dijadikan seronok”. Jika ikhtiar Menteri Pembimbing Lee Kuan Yew termasuk menggunakan Bahasa Inggeris sebagai alat pembantu pembelajaran, maka ini akan banyak membantu para pelajar Bahasa Mandarin dalam sekolah.

      Sebagai seorang pelajar Melayu yang cuba memperlajari Bahasa Mandarin di sekolah dalam tahun 70’an, ejaan dan penghafalan adalah mimpi ngeri saya.

      Memang biasa saya dapat markah sifar kerana gagal menghafal perkataan China. Saya akhirnya mengalah dan menukar balik bahasa pertuturan saya kepada bahasa Melayu.

      Pengalaman saya mempelajari Bahasa Mandarin itu memenuhi kegagalan kerana guru-guru saya dengan tegasnya menolak penggunaan Bahasa Inggeris untuk menolong pelajar mempelajari bahasa ibuandanya.*

      (* nota penterjemah: pelajar-pelajar Puan Hasleen sebut itu adalah budak-budak kaum Cina Singapura)

      Sikap “Bahasa Mandarin sahaja” kini berleluasa di kalangan guru-guru bahasa China yang melarang percubaan menterjemahkan perkataan-perkataan China kepada bahasa Inggeris dalam bilik darjah.

      Sikap ini memang perkara biasa di kalangan guru yang berasal daripada sekolah aliran China yang bertekad menjaga keutuhan bahasa tersebut. Tetapi pengalaman saya menggunakan bahasa Inggeris sebagai alat pembantu pengajaran menunjukkan ia amat berkesan. Tatkala anak perempuan saya, yang kini belajar Bahasa Mandarin atas permintaan ibubapa ipar saya, mulai diajar oleh seorang guru lelaki muda, markahnya berganda daripada 40’an kepada 70’an yang boleh dianggap memuaskan.

      Sebab utama: anak saya jatuh cinta dengan bahasa ini kerana gurunya menterjemahkan perkataan-perkataan China kepada perkataan-perkataan Inggeris dalam bilik darjah. Guru ini membantu murid-murid seperti anak saya memahami dan mempelajari bahasa ini dengan lebih cepat.

      Guru ini mengesahkan pandangan saya terhadap kemajuan anak saya dalam perjumpaan guru dan ibubapa apabila beliau dapat perhatikan kemajuan nan ketara di kalangan muridnuya dengan kaedah ini. Anak perempuan saya yang akan mengambil peperiksaan akhir sekolah rendahnya telah dapat mempertahankan pencapaiannya mendapat markah 70’an atau lebih dalam Bahasa China.

      Mungkin ini bukanlah suatu pencapaian yang besar untuk murid-murid tertentu tetapi bagi suami dan saya, ini suatu pencapaian nan amat membanggakan kerana Bahasa Mandarin bukanlah bahasa pertuturan keluarga kami.

      Akhirnya, hasrat kami adalah anak perempuan kami cintai bahasa ini dan bukanlah sekadar mendapatkan markah yang tinggi sahaja.

      Saya berharap anak saya, yang akan menuntut dalam darjah keempat tahun depan, akan bertuah seperti kakaknya mendapat guru seumpama guru kakaknya dan ini akan memupuk minatnya dalam bahasa ini kerana pemahaman anak saya dapat dijalinkan menerusi kaedah ini. Saya belum berputus asa lagi. Bukan sekarang lagi.

      Malaysia warned on longstanding goal

      By Kevin Brown in Singapore

      Malaysia will remain in a middle-income trap and fail in its longstanding goal of joining the developed world by 2020 unless it can add value to its economy, the World Bank warned on Wednesday.

      In a detailed analysis of Malaysia's economic prospects and policies, the bank said the country had recovered well from the global financial crisis and would grow 4.1 per cent in 2010, after a contraction of 2.3 per cent in 2009.

      The report said the medium-term outlook was also promising, forecasting growth of 5.6 per cent in 2011 and 5.9 per cent in 2012, assuming a sustained global recovery from the crisis.

      But the report warned that Malaysia's growth performance was lagging behind its neighbours because of its continuing inability to decisively generate added value to its economy.

      The report said: The economy seems to be caught in a middle income trap unable to remain competitive as a high-volume, low-cost producer, yet unable to move up the value chain and achieve rapid growth by breaking into fast-growing markets for knowledge and innovation-based products and services.

      The report noted that private investment collapsed after the 1997/98 Asian crisis when Malaysia refused advice from the International Monetary Fund and acted unilaterally to defend its currency and industries.

      It said that Malaysia's large private surplus on the current account suggested that investors found it more attractive to invest overseas than domestically: With private investment now at a fraction of what it used to be, there is a genuine concern that the current low level is an impediment to the goal of becoming a high income economy.

      The report echoes concerns expressed recently by Najib Razak, prime minister, although Mr Najib adopted a significantly more upbeat tone, arguing that economic reforms including an easing of foreign investment rules would effect a transformation of the economy.

      "We were successful in the past in transforming the economy from agriculture to industrial-based. We now have to shift to a new economic model based on innovation, creativity and high-value added activities. Only then, we will be able to remain relevant in a competitive global economy," Mr Najib said.

      The World Bank said that Malaysia must act urgently to increase specialisation in the economy, improve skills levels, make growth more inclusive and strengthen public finances if it was to achieve its goal.

      "Malaysia's fundamental challenge simply put is the need to revitalise the dynamism of its economy," said Philip Schellekens, the lead author of the report.

      Mr Schellekens said in his World Bank blog that competition for export markets and FDI was likely to increase as the global economy recovered, making it all the more necessary for Malaysia to revitalise its economy.

      "Revitalising the dynamism of the economy boils down to, among other things, energising the role of the private sector, building an internally competitive economy (which is different from ensuring external competitiveness), and making sure that along the way no one is left behind," he said.

      Sex and Divorce

      "Did you know that I was a divorce lawyer once?", Margaret confessed without shifting her gaze on the busy street. We were at a sidewalk cafe somewhere (I think) on the Sukhumvit Road area; laptops opened to capitalize on the free wi-fi the cafe offered. It is 10 pm and the street is still bustling with traffic. I had just flown in few hours back before checking into the hotel; and was trying to maintain a steady stream of concentration on the laptop while having coffee. I was tired. I can't say that I enjoyed the coffee nor the e-mail queue nor the depressing Bangkok weather.

      "So why did you changed lines- business no good kah?", I answered. Margaret was now a big-time regional corporate lawyer based in KL. A far throw from what- being a divorce lawyer?!

      "Business was too good in fact," Margaret replied, with a hint of catching my sarcasm. "Too good. Infectious maybe. The pain of divorce got into me." "The last straw came when I was slapped in the face by a woman while trying to get custody of her kid."

      I later found that the divorce business should be indeed good for the law industry- you can check out this study made here and sum up the conclusion somehow. Divorce rate is double digit percentage in Malaysia (I think about 15-20%?) but of course this is quite low compared to the 50% rate in the USA or some parts of Europe.

      Margaret continued, "There are several reasons which lead to divorce- but somehow, it all leads to sex- the lack of it or too much of it." I wasn't sure whether I agreed with my colleague or not, but she definitely threw me off my concentration on the e-mails. "A married woman has to wear a few hats- as mother and as lover to her husband. Over time, a woman may be a great mother to her children but should also not forget how to love her husband as lover."

      I wondered about the direction of the conversation and thought aloud, "Hey Marge, why you suddenly talk like this- are you talking about yourself kah?" But then, we were all a long way from home.

      There was no direct answer from Margaret as smoke wafted from a long puff. I continued pounding on my laptop getting ready a 30 power point slide presentation for the next morning. We are all very busy people aren't we.

      Negeri Sembilan : Sleepy Hollow No More



      Negeri Sembilan has always been a relatively “quiet” or “stable” state. No scandals, no wastage and looked like a happy ship, unlike Kuala Lumpur and Selangor where numerous scandals or dubious arrangements have been discovered, highlighted, reported and until significant pressure from people like Nadeswaran, Terence Fernandez and Lim Kit Siang etc, Malaysians would not have heard of PKFTZ, Mickey Mouse tour by Menteri Besar, Zakaria Istana, Toyo’s property etc.

      Or is there something simmering beneath in Sleepy Hollow?
      Note: 2004 (47.5 mil); 2005 ( 46.95 mil); 2006 (25.37 mil); 2007 (20.32 mil); 2008 (15.60 mil)


      According to LAPORAN KETUA AUDIT NEGARA, PENYATA KEWANGAN KERAJAAN NEGERI DAN PENGURUSAN KEWANGAN JABATAN/AGENSI NEGERI SEMBILAN TAHUN 2008, the state has been running deficit budget for past 5 years consecutively.

      If a government is spending more than it can earn continuously, it must get money from elsewhere so naturally the state government of NS borrowed from the federal government.

      The borrowing as at end of 2008 is RM2 billion, which is about 10 times the annual income which stood at RM260.7 million for 2008. The cost of funding is not cheap. Look at 4.5.4 below the graph.

      “4.5.5 Pada akhir tahun 2008 bayaran balik pinjaman berjumlah RM16.26 juta telah dibuat bagi 23 pinjaman. Bayaran balik pinjaman ini terdiri daripada bayaran balik pokok berjumlah RM2.19 juta dan bayaran balik faedah berjumlah RM14.07 juta.”

      Only 13.5% on the repayment go towards reducing the principal while the rest constitute interest payment. Isn’t it great to be the federal government?

      Ok, interest charged by the federal government may be out of control of the state government. Mitigating consideration is perhaps the state government really did borrow the money and apply it for the benefit of the citizens of NS?

      On page 21 of the report, it is stated that,

      "ii) Analisis terhadap perbelanjaan pembangunan bagi tahun 2008 berbanding tahun
      2007 menunjukkan tujuh maksud perbelanjaan pembangunan yang melibatkan
      empat Jabatan mengalami peningkatan perbelanjaan antara 0.4% hingga 725.6%.
      Manakala sebanyak tujuh maksud perbelanjaan yang melibatkan lima Jabatan
      mengalami penurunan perbelanjaan antara 4.1% hingga 29.9%.

      iii) Semakan Audit mendapati dua maksud perbelanjaan pembangunan yang melibatkan Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri mengalami peningkatan perbelanjaan antara 34.5% hingga 725.6% pada tahun 2008 berbanding tahun 2007. Projek yang terlibat adalah Kerja-kerja Kecil dan Bangunan Kerajaan masing-masing berjumlah RM7.7 juta dan RM23.20 juta. Butir-butir perbelanjaan pembangunan adalah seperti di Jadual 4.23. "



      725.6% cost overrun related to "Pelaksanaan Projek Ubahsuai Bangunan Kerajaan" ...something that the man and woman in the street cannot benefit directly, if at all.

      In at-arms length commercial world, a cost overrun of 50% could mean curtains for some project manager but for the State Secretary of NS, during the GE year of 2008, the renovation of the state government building suffered a budget overrun of 7 times from its planned expenditure. One wonders who were the lucky contractors….
      - update: I need to correct myself. The 725.6% means increase against last year's expenditure and not 7 times over its budget. however, my opinion that money has been diverted from meaningful and rakyat centric purposes to whatever renovation contracts that would not benefit rakyat on a wide spread basis

      Common sense would tell us that when you spend a lot of money on something, one has to cut back spending on another. E.g. buy more clothes, eat less or things like that.

      So on page 21 also, it is stated that

      “iv) Tiga maksud perbelanjaan pembangunan mengalami penurunan perbelanjaan yang ketara iaitu 21.2% hingga 29.9% pada tahun 2008 berbanding tahun 2007. Penurunan ini adalah disebabkan oleh peruntukan bagi maksud perbelanjaan Rancangan Tebatan Banjir Negeri Sembilan yang melibatkan Jabatan Pengairan Dan Saliran dibelanjakan kurang daripada 50%.”

      So actual money allocated to handle the flood issues faced by the rakyat was not spent according to plan. Let’s look at some relevant news reports…..

      Thursday April 17, 2008
      Floods force out 28 families in Temiang (click "Floods" to read the news)



      Sunday April 20, 2008
      Squatters blocking anti-flood plan (Click "squatters" to read the news)

      Sure, blame it on the rakyat. I rest my case.

      According to the graph above, the department that fouled up its budget by 726% got most of the allocation under the 9th Malaysian Plan….ok, what for?

      Lo and behold!


      Item 12 shows the State Secretary Department ran 80 tourism projects…make sense to you?

      If you take Bil 6 – 12, excluding 8, the State Secretary got RM465.4 million (if you include the Pejabat Menteri Besar allocation of RM45 million) to implement 125 projects, an average of RM5.8 million per project. By comparison, RM35.9 million was allocated for 46 agricultural projects, about RM780,00 per project, over 5 years of RMke-9.

      Securing flood supply in NS should be the primary concern of the state government. I remember there was a boom time for the vegetable farmers in Sikamat and also the pig rearers in Bukit Pelanduk. Not only residents of NS gotten fresh and cheaper source of food, the pigs were exported to Singapore to earn valuable Singapore Dollars.

      Just like week, in a NTUC shopping mall at Ang Mo Kiow,...I noticed the frozen pork consumed by Singaporeans are imported from....BRAZIL. ASEAN Trade Block opportunity illustrated.

      As the government is borrowing from the federal government at an exorbitant rate, due care must be given to cash flow management so that the crippling debts can be repaid as soon as possible and we have this gem of a generous state government.

      The 2 charts below showed that more than RM280 million of state fund was lent to Menteri Besar Incorporated and Syarikat Imapro Sdn Bhd and from 2004 till 2008, only repayments made were RM12.35 million and RM10.62 million in 2007/2008.




      The 8.64 million owing by Imapro is more than half of the state deficit for 2008 which was RM15.6 million. Collect that and half of the deficit is wiped out. Who is behind Imapro?

      A blogger wrote this:
      2. Taukeh tanah untuk ternakan babi ialah orang Melayu (Syarikat IMAPRO Sdn. Bhd. milik Bumiputera 100%). Dengan modal RM2.00 ianya mengaut untung sebanyak RM1,718,232.00 (pada 31 Disember 2006). Kadar untung ke atas modal ialah 859,115 kali ganda. Ini adalah untung atas angin

      The Auditor General has this to say about the MBI:
      Penurunan (pelaburan saham negeri) ini antaranya adalah disebabkan oleh Lain-lain Pelaburan berjumlah RM1.82 juta yang merupakan pelaburan oleh Menteri Besar Incoporated telah dikeluarkan daripada Penyata Akaun Memorandum. Pelaburan tersebut diuruskan oleh Menteri Besar Incoporated telah dikeluarkan daripada Penyata Akaun Memorandum secara berasingan. Semua hasil pelaburan yang diperolehi tidak diperakaunkan sebagai hasil Kerajaan Negeri.Kerajaan Negeri juga tidak mempunyai sebarang pegangan saham dalam syarikat milik Menteri Besar Incoporated.”


      In a nutshell, the AG reported that dear Menteri Besar just took away the state money to trade in shares and not accounting its action and results, not even a sen, back to the state government. I wonder which state statute empowers him to do so. I hope there is a provision for that.

      Well, sleepy hollow, I miss thee, for you hold more mystery that I never thought it could be…..

      I am confused

      Pakatan loses suit against Perak State Secretary

      By Clara Chooi
      IPOH, Nov 12 – The High Court here today struck out Pakatan Rakyat Speaker V. Sivakumar’s suit against Perak State Secretary Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Hashim for abuse of power, which was filed ahead of the controversial Sept 2 assembly sitting in a hotel here.

      The case was struck out in the chambers of Judicial Commissioner Tarmizi Abd Rahman today after Sivakumar filed his affidavit in reply to the one filed in response to his suit by Abdul Rahman on Oct 15.

      Lawyer Cheang Lek Choy, who represented Sivakumar, said the suit was “struck out with costs” after he emerged from chambers with Sivakumar and state legal adviser Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid, who represented Abdul Rahman.

      The Malaysian Insider understands that Tarmizi had said Sivakumar had no locus standi to file the suit, in view of the fact that he was no longer the state assembly’s Speaker, a post with which he had used when he filed his summons in chambers on Sept 1.

      Sivakumar had filed the summons one day before the Sept 2 sitting, seeking an ex-parte injunction against Abdul Rahman. The injunction was to stop Abdul Rahman from “abusing his power” and preventing Pakatan Rakyat representatives from convening the sitting inside the state assembly hall at the State Secretariat.

      _________________________________________________________________

      I am not a lawyer, let alone a constitutional one. I cannot understand the reason for the verdict.

      Abdul Rahman is on trial and he is being contested for acting "ultra vires" (Utusan Malaysia, please take note. it means "acting beyond one's power", not "to insult) so why can't he be judged on that.

      Instead it appears to a layman like me that Sivakumar is on trial. I am trying to understand the learnt judge's reasoning and put my retarded brain into motion.

      Ok, hypothetically speaking, I have a house that was burglarised and I caught the thief. Since criminal law afford no compensation for me, I take the bugger to civil court and sue him for stealing and selling off my things, hoping to get a compensation.

      Suddenly I lost my house because I did not pay for my housing installments so the court told me off by saying that since I do not own the house anymore. I have no right against the thief who took away my belongings .

      I may be wrong, I could be wrong. Looks like I am wrong, sounds like I am wrong but am I wrong or korek korek korek?

      Anyway, it is not about Pakatan winning the case, it is about how much our judicial system has progressed under Najib since the crises of 1988 till Badawi's appointment of Zaid Ibrahim as law minister but now back to the ever combative Nasri

      It is a KPI of Najib's administration that is transparent to all Malaysians who are interested in having a law abiding, law respecting and civilised nation. This, hopefully, would be a factor that Malaysian voters consider as they weight up the effectiveness of Najib administration.