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'No impact on investment due to Bersih rallies'


The American Chamber of Commerce has not observed any impact on investor sentiment among its members, following the three Bersih rallies to date.

fta free trade agreement and usa and malaysiaIn fact, said Wong Siew Hai Amcham, the governor for the Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MEAI), a survey conducted on MEAI members found that investments have grown last year.

"As far as the survey results show, I don't think there is impact. If you look at the data presented, most companies have expanded," he told the media at the Invest Malaysia 2012 conference in Kuala Lumpur.

As far as the most recent rally is concerned, investors are "watching from the sidelines" but are unlikely to scale back investments.

"Some have even set up regional headquarters here," he said.

The MEAI annual survey results for 2011 released today saw a significant 34.1 percent growth in design and development expenditure by the 29 members.

This is on the back of a 9.1 percent export sales growth at RM56.5 billion in 2011.

MEAI forecasts a further 3 percent growth this year.

Situation not extreme


Speaking to Malaysiakini on the sidelines, Wong said  investors would only likely pull back investments if "the situation leads to airports being shut down, etc" and that Malaysia is far from such a situation.

NONEHe, however, noted that this would refer to existing investors and that the situation may not be the same for new investors.

Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin (right) had reportedly said that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall lost out on RM20 millionworth of investments when a South Korean company held off investment following the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Muhamad, after a recent post-Bersih 3.0 dialogue with industry players, however said that investment has not let up since the demonstration.

But he cautioned that investors may be consider their positions if the demonstrations persist.

Amcham Singapore chapter representative James Andrade said, meanwhile, that the chamber is encouraged by greater deregulation and focus on human capital in Malaysia.
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A Global New Deal

May 29, 2012

A Global New Deal

by Jomo Kwame Sundaram (05-22-12)@Project Syndicate

Recent political developments, including the defeat of incumbent governments in France and Greece, suggest that the public's tolerance for economic policies that do not reduce unemployment has collapsed. Indeed, given the alarming economic and employment situation in many countries today, with no prospect of recovery on the horizon, further political turmoil is likely unless policymakers change course accordingly.

 

The economic crisis has wiped out more than 50 million jobs after years of weak, job-poor growth and increasing inequality in the world's rich countries. Since 2007, employment rates have risen in only six of the 36 advanced economies, while youth unemployment has increased in a large majority of both established and emerging markets.

In the near term, the global crisis is likely to become worse as many governments, especially in advanced economies, prioritize fiscal austerity and tough labor-market reforms, even as such measures undermine livelihoods, incomes, and the social fabric.[Click Here to READ]

 


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Kadir Sheikh Fadzir forms new party, could bolster opposition to BN in polls


KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir has left NGO Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah) to form a new political party which could bolster opposition towards Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election.
The former Umno supreme council member will now head Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) after serving as Amanah's deputy president for just over a year.
Abdul Kadir (picture)refused to divulge details of his new party, but said that "all will be revealed" this Thursday.
"There will be an official launch and a press conference after that… I will answer queries then," he toldThe Malaysian Insiderwhen contacted.
While the former Umno minister has not announced which coalition he supports, he has been openly critical against his one-time party, even accusing Umno of vote-buying.
He claimed back in January that Umno handed out cash in previous election campaigns in attempts to buy votes, a tactic known as "bomb", and that he had himself seen how cash handouts ranging from RM200 to RM1,000 were used in BN's campaigns to gain voter support.
The former tourism minister has previously said he has not ruled out joining Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and has been spotted attending and giving speeches at opposition rallies.
He also took part in the April 28 Bersih rally in the capital city alongside PR leaders such as the DAP's Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Abdul Kadir quit Umno early this year to focus on carrying the "original fight" of the party's founding fathers for equality and democracy through Amanah.
But his abrupt exit from the NGO, led by former Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, raises the question on the group's future plans and direction.
But Amanah central committee member Wan Saiful Wan Jan stressed that "all is well" and that Amanah was still very much intact despite Abdul Kadir's departure.
"He (Abdul Kadir) tendered in his resignation three or four weeks ago, all the members were notified.
"We have agreed that Amanah will stay out of politics and remain as an NGO, but at the same time we won't stop anyone from joining politics or forming a political party," Wan Saiful told The Malaysian Insider.
"We have chosen to go the civil society way," he said.
Invites for Ikatan's official launch on Thursday have been sent out to media organisations. According to the invite, it will take place at the Palace of the Golden Horses here at 8.30am.
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Bar Council to shun Hanif panel, backs Suhakam’s Bersih probe


KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — The Bar Council will not participate in Putrajaya's "Hanif panel" investigation on violence during Bersih 3.0, saying today it was pointless to do so when the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) is already conducting its own probe.
"We do not see the purpose to duplicate the process... we already said earlier that we would participate in Suhakam's inquiry. There is no public purpose served by duplicating the enquiry process," council vice-president Christopher Leong told The Malaysian Insider when contacted here.
He said the council holds strong to its position that Tun Hanif Omar (picture)should be disqualified from the post of the panel's chairman as the latter had already previously indicated his anti-Bersih views.
Leong stressed, however, that the council was not questioning Hanif's integrity as it respects the former Inspector-General of Police's contribution to the country.
"It is unfortunately about the perception of independence and public confidence in the panel," he said.
Following the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, Hanif had alleged that communist sympathisers had participated in the event and agreed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's claim that the demonstration was an attempt to oust the present government.
Despite his views, Hanif was later appointed to lead Putrajaya's six-man investigation panel on allegations of widespread police violence during the rally.
Leong also pointed out that the panel, unlike Suhakam which is a statutory body established by law, does not have legal standing and power to subpoena witnesses for its probe.
"Suhakam is the proper body to undertake the inquiry; it has the experience, statutory mandate and legal framework to do so. The Suhakam Act (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999) provides for this," he said in a short text message to The Malaysian Insider.
Leong, however, added that the council would be willing to meet privately with Hanif to discuss its position on the matter.
Hanif had said yesterday that he was willing to meet the Bar Council as well as Bersih leaders as part of the panel's investigation, saying he wanted the inquiry team to be given a chance to carry out its duties without "suspicion" from any parties.
"With regards to concerns that there may be several parties like the Bar Council and Bersih who are unco-operative, I would like to state that the panel is only an alternative channel for those who want to co-operate willingly.
"I am prepared to meet the Bar Council or any other parties, including going to their office, for (everyone's) mutual benefit," Hanif had said in a statement.
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How PPP lost its glory


SI Rajah, a former president of the party, talks about its heyday as an opposition party and its subsequent slide towards political irrelevance.
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KUALA LUMPUR: It may surprise some Malaysians—especially those younger than 50—to learn that the People's Progressive Party (PPP) used to be one of the country's most dynamic political organisations.
Those glory days started fading with the demise of the Seenivasagam brothers, according to SI Rajah, a former president of the party.
Speaking to FMT in his modest law office in Jalan Hang Jebat, Rajah couldn't hide the glint in his eyes as he reminisced on the good old days, talking proudly about how strong PPP was before it became part of Barisan Nasional.
The party was formed in 1955 and the Seenivasagams were among its founders. Darma Raja, the younger of the brothers, was its first president.
Rajah said PPP was "formidable" as an opposition party in Perak under Darma's leadership.
"In those years, we had local council elections and PPP controlled the Ipoh Municipality. We almost formed the state government after the 1969 general election."
The young Rajah, although a PPP member, was working as a legal assistant to an MIC leader, Athi Nahappan, who later became a cabinet minister.
Rajah said the party then derived its support from the poor masses and Darma was famous for championing the causes of petty traders and hawkers in Perak.
"He also provided free legal assistance for them and many marvelled at his convincing arguments in the courts."
However, Darma died suddenly a few months before the infamous May 13 riots in 1969, and his elder brother, Sri Padhmaraja, popularly known as SP, took over the party presidency.
"After the riots, prime minister Tun Razak decided to approach the opposition parties to persuade them to join the greater Alliance, named Barisan Nasional," said Rajah.
At first, he said, SP and many others were opposed to the idea of joining BN. Rajah was part of this group.
"We knew that our base in the Kinta Valley would be eroded if we joined BN. Perak was then an opposition fortress. If Darma was alive, he would have rejected Razak's offer outright."
Persuasion
But Razak sought the assistance of a Perak high court judge named Fred Arulanantham, who was known to the prime minister as a man of great persuasive skills. Razak, Arulanantham and SP were in fact old friends. All three were alumni of Britain's Middle Temple University.
SP eventually caved in. However, according to Rajah, sentiment had little to do with his change of mind; he decided that PPP should join BN for the sake of national unity in the aftermath of May 13.
"We joined as equal partners," Rajah said. "Razak even promised SP that he would be made a cabinet minister, but SP died in 1975.
"The party was never the same again after that."
But Rajah added that the party had started to weaken even before SP's death. It went through several stages of infighting after joining BN, and many loyal supporters were abandoning it, with the result that it won only one parliamentary seat in the 1974 election, whereas it had four as an opposition party.
Furthermore, he said, Umno was using the divide-and-conquer strategy to weaken PPP's influence in Perak.
"Although we controlled the Ipoh Municipality by a large majority, Umno always appointed an MCA member to be its chairman."
Asked whether he ever felt cheated by Razak, Rajah was non-committal, but he said the former premier had let the party down.
Asked why he did not try to take PPP out of BN when he became its president in 1978, he said he and other party leaders were concerned about national unity; the 1969 riots were still fresh in their memory.
He claimed that he managed to miminise the infighting during his presidency, but was unable to restore the glory that PPP had under the Seenivasagam brothers.
"I was known as a general without soldiers," he said with a chuckle.
However, he insisted that PPP contributed to nation building despite losing popular support.
"Although we were weak, the BN leadership always consulted component party leaders before coming up with any policy. So we also contributed in that sense."
Low morale
PPP's slide towards political irrelevance was fastest and its morale was at its lowest during the time that Dr Mahathir Mohamad was in power, Rajah said.
He recalled an incident in 1982 to illustrate Mahathir's recalcitrance. As BN chairman, he refused to allocate parliamentary seats to PPP for that year's election, reneging on promises he had made.
"He only offered two states seats, Pantai Remis and Pasir Badamar, which were DAP's strongholds. I approached Mahathir on the matter, but he stuck to his decision."
Subsequently, Rajah resigned as PPP president in protest against Mahathir's decision.
"Musa Hitam and Ghaffar Baba, who were vice-presidents in Umno, told me to reconsider my decision. (Former MIC president) S Samy Vellu even offered the Chemor state seat to me," he said.
"But I felt it was a disgrace for a party president to contest in a state seat, without even being guaranteed an exco seat. So I stuck to my decision."
On why he did not pull out PPP from BN at that point in time, Rajah said his resignation was strong enough as a statement of his opposition to BN's policies.
"Besides I had nothing to lose. I just went back to my legal practice and continued working at the grassroots level."
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Let's jointly condemn political violence


Nurul Izzah Anwar
Raja Nong Chik's response to the "Night of Bloodshed in Lembah Pantai" reveals an attempt to distract and distort the facts of the incident.
The fact is that violence did take place which caused injuries to an elderly man and a young girl, both who rightly should be respected and protected by society. Unfortunately, it was not only an attack on innocent citizens but also an attack on democracy.
Firstly, the violence that occurred was fostered through the Lembah Pantai Umno-created climate of intimidation and political thuggery, clearly seen by several incidences on the night and prior to it as well. (In the cases of 1. Pekida protest at Masjid al-Ikhlasiah, Pantai Dalam; 2. the punching of Adam Adli at Flat PKNS 4 Tingkat Kampung Kerinchi by known Lembah Pantai Umn members; 3. TIBAI-Umno-organised ceramahs such as the one in Kampung Kerinchi recently.)
Secondly, the feeble attempt to distract the public's attention by speculating and blaming KEADILAN for inviting outsiders to what he claims is local politics is demeaning to democracy and a disservice to the people of Lembah Pantai.
As the member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai I have always welcomed a long list of national leaders such as Najib Razak, Muhyiddin Yassin, Daim Zainuddin and other Cabinet ministers who have graced Lembah Pantai over the past few months. I do not see this as Umno inviting outsiders into local politics but rather as a recognition that KEADILAN is doing something right to deserve such attention.
Furthermore, the disproportionate attention and funds lavished on Lembah Pantai compared to other Kuala Lumpur constituencies by Raja Nong Chik as Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister, along with an unelected mayor, is proof that the government needs to work doubly hard when the majority of support in Kuala Lumpur is with Pakatan Rakyat.
Thirdly, with regards to the claim that there is lack of proof of those responsible, I invite Raja Nong Chik to jointly declare with me to condemn all forms of political violence and to jointly invite both the police and Suhakam to investigate fairly on this Thursday.
Finally, in the spirit of setting a healthy democratic example and to demonstrate that political violence is unacceptable, I wish to once again reaffirm my acceptance of Raja Nong Chik's invitation to a public debate in two weeks' time at the same location, Pantai Permai. I shall be there and wait for him to translate words into deeds as he appears to believe that all politics is local.
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Staying connected from bathroom `new norm` for Facebook addicts

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MELBOURNE: Facebook and Twitter addicts post updates that may have been composed in the restroom, a new research has found.

According to the Australian, there is a growing class of social media addicts, obsessed with staying in touch with their friends through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter no matter where they are, and six percent are so gripped they are tweeting and posting while on the toilet, News.com.au reported.

The finding came from a survey of 1016 consumers and 1951 businesses by the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association and Yellow Pages.

It also revealed 62 percent of internet users Down Under now have a presence on a social network and 36 percent use it at least once a day.

About 10 percent of users are so obsessed with keeping in touch through social media channels they are accessing sites at least five times every day.

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Danny Nanny departure not relief for MAS


Rocky's last posting here on MAS was actually a hint that Danny Nanny is leaving.

There is no way management will get cooperation from staff and union when a member of the management himself has no respect for the rules and procedure of the company.

Before YB Wee Choo Keong released the voyage report here, there was attempt to cover it up. Why so?

The inquiry was done by Manager rank members. Who among the Managers dare say the Deputy CEO is wrong?

Many of those participating in disciplinary inquiries are keling kaki ampu (no offence intended to good honest Malaysian Indians).

These days, Managers and even Senior VP ranks in MAS don't bother to initiate anything for the Company. Let alone pursue truth and be fair to their fellow colleague.

With Danny's departure, will it be helpful to MAS? Nope, it is still no relief.

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Rashdan quits MAS

May 29, 2012
The Malaysian Insiders

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — MAS executive director and deputy chief executive Mohammed Rashdan Mohd Yusof has resigned from his posts, nine months after being appointed to the loss-making flag carrier when a share swap was announced with rival AirAsia.

The SunDaily reported it learnt Rashdan (picture) submitted his resignation letter to MAS chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof yesterday afternoon. A MAS source confirmed the report.

"It was inevitable that he resigned," the MAS source told The Malaysian Insider.

The Malaysian Insider learnt that Rashdan and his family have been under pressure since reports surfaced that they flouted the airline's prohibition on bringing their toddler to the first-class ca! bin. The senior executive from Khazanah had denied the claim and an internal investigation had vindicated him.

"He has been under a lot of pressure because of that incident. To his credit, he stuck on to work out the sukuk financing for MAS," a source said, referring to 10-year RM2.5 billion sukuk programme to shore up its capital base under a three-pronged funding pillar.

The funding plan is part of the ailing national carrier's strategy to return to profitability after posting a narrower first-quarter net loss.

MAS had also said it had secured a bridging loan of RM1 billion from a local commercial bank on March 30 to ensure its working capital cash balances remained adequate until the expected drawdown of the first tranche of the sharia law-compliant sukuk.

During his short stint in MAS, Rashdan was in charge of short-haul operations, commercial, finance, corporate finance and strategic procurement units. This includes the purchase of aircraft.

But the short-haul operations section was aborted when MAS decided to shelve plans for a short-haul premium airline.

Rashdan's latest stint in MAS was his second involvement in restructuring the national airline in the past decade.

In 2002, Rashdan's BinaFikir Sdn Bhd was instrumental in the restructuring of MAS under the Widespread Asset Unbundling (WAU) scheme. The other BinaFikir co-founder was Khazanah's managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar.

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So happen, Wee just received the written answer here to his questions in Parliament. They refuse to divulge the fee to Bina Tak Fikir Sdn Bhd work in the WAU restructuring.

One source within MAS gave lead that it was 2.5% of the fund raised for the WAU which is about RM5 billion. It means the fee could be as high as RM125 million and it could have gon! e to som e deep pocket.

Despite some complimentary words for Danny Nanny from The Malaysian Insiders, it is no relief that he remains as member of the Boards of Directors.

Sleepy Adviser, Clueless Board 

In general, the Members of the Board does not exude confidence. It is still infested with Tun Abdullah Badawi's cronies and non-aviationist.

What is the necessity of having Tun Abdullah around and gettting paid RM30,000 a month, as our source revealed? Can he be of much help to MAS? Seriously what area of competency does he have to help MAS?

Can he help Ahmad Jauhari to renegotiate the MAS catering deal in which he has personal interest via his brother? There is still a lot of crap in the MAS catering service which is now under Tamadam.

If the article Flying Buffet highlighted the double counting of mineral waters, such kind of practises seemed to continue. Orders are still being short changed and no one seemed brave enough to refuse delivery.

Another point that Tun Abdullah may have a hand in could be in the outsourcing of IT.

IT is a strategic tool and this oursourcing program is the most foolish thing to be done by MAS management under Khazanah. One Pak Lah related source claimed that one of the beneficiary of IT outsourcing is Tan Sri Azman Yahya, a member of the board of Director.

Azman had a significant role in the corporate scene during Pak Lah's tenure. He is close to Tan Sri Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah and typical of clannish Kelantanis, it could be beyond friendship.

Then there is a board member, Dato Rozana Rozhan, close to Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan, claimed in our previous posting to be close with Air Asia. Maybe true and maybe not.

Still no aviationist among the Members of the Board of Directors, except this possibility.

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The Star,
Tuesday May 29, 2012

Dr Don likely to join MAS board

By B.K. SIDHU!
bksi dhu@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mohamadon Abdullah, a former senior executive of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) with over three decades of expertise in the aviation sector, is making a comeback to the national airline as a board member.

Sources said his return to the airline was likely to take place after MAS AGM, which is slated for June 21. Another former MAS senior executive may also join the board but this could not be confirmed at press time.

Mohamadon, or Dr Don as he is known to his friends, joined MAS as a management trainee in 1972 and was senior general manager, corporate service, when he retired in 2004.

"Aviation, being a unique industry with its own challenges, the entry of someone from within at board level would certainly add value. He is someone who is known to be passionate about the industry and that helps," said a source.

MAS saw a board revamp in August last year when the share swap between the carrier and AirAsia major shareholders was forged. However, last month, the share swap was unwound and with that, the AirAsia representatives on MAS board left.

During the forthcoming AGM, several MAS board members are also seeking re-election and they include Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof (also MAS chairman), and directors Tan Sri Krishnan Tan, Tan Sri Wan Azmi bin Wan Hamzah, Datuk Rohana Rozhan, David Lau Nai Pek and Ahmad Jauhari bin Yahya (also MAS group CEO).

MAS' other board members include Datuk Mohamed Azman Yahya, Eshah Meor Suleiman and Mohamed Rashdan Yusof (also MAS deputy CEO).

That aside, the airline is said to be tweaking its business plan to chart its f! uture gr owth direction and is expected to announce details of the plan before the AGM.

What changes would be made to the carrier's December 8 announced business plan is not known but certainly it will include the adding of A380 aircraft to its network system by July.

MAS reported RM2.5bil net loss for 2011 and RM171mil for first quarter 2012.

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Drunken Don

The former Corporate Service senior management team is respected by certain quarters within MAS. However, he has several issues.

The Malay staff are not comfortable with his rather liberal lifestyle. It is not so much him having a Chinese wife but his indifference or rather unnecessarily hard attitude towards his fellow Malay. However, that could be subjective.

In MAS, Dr Don is most reknown for his drinking habit. One of his close drinking buddy was the former MAS Chairman and the person who wasted millions of company money on Bortelli paintings, Tan Sri Munir Majid.

That drinking relation may have linked him with Tun Abdullah people like villainous Dato Kalimullah, whose a close friend of Munir Majid in his days at NSTP and was former Chairman of Airasia-X?

Munir Majid was the man who when he joined MAS as Chairman said that there is room for MAS and Airasia and it was during his tenure that MAS was reduced from a major player to a minnow and Airasia getting their way all the time.

Conspiracy against Tajuddin

Did Dr Don went along with Munir to be part of the Tun Abdullah's conspiracy against Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli?

The conspiracy some called Operation Homecoming was initiated by Tan Sri Nor Moahamd Yakcop to robbed him of his Naluri and Celcom unfairly using Danaharta led by Dato Azman Yahya and negotiated sales by Dato Nazir Tun Abdul Razak.

Nor Mohamad and Azman went to the extent of wanting to totally bankrupted him.

Subsequently, MAS's le! gal repr esentative from Alan Gladhill, the devious Rosli Dahalan engineered to pin him with allegations of losses and conflict of interest. He had former CCID, the crooked cop Dato Ramli Yusof, former Bernama Chairman, Munir Majid, insidious self serving Dato Annuar Zaini and few others collaborating.

Dr Don made a declaration dated January 4, 2002 against Tajuddin which include the allegation of conflict of interest on the Hahn Airport deal. That led to police investigation but nothing could be pinned against Tajuddin.

There is belief that it was partly triggered by a handful of vengeful or lazy senior management members that was under pressure or denied "certain opportunity" by Tajuddin. They include a group that could be dubbed as "Kelantanis mafia" in MAS, in which files on their gang members' wrongdoing can suddenly disappear.

Rosli orchestrated the conspiracy against Tajuddin. He had MAS Kargo's Dato Ong made declaration on May 5th 2005 and Managing Director MAS Kargo and son of former MAS Member of the Board, Dato Sulaiman Sujak, Shaari Sulaiman made reports on May 20, 2009 against Tajuddin for claimed conflicts in the Hahn cargo airport deal.

Ramli Yusof (a Kelantanis from Pasir Mas) made investigation and wrote a half baked letter dated March 2007 to Tun Abdullah to accuse Tajuddin as responsible to loss of RM8 billion during his tenure but only provided details on conflict of interest involving the Hahn Airport.

Only a stupid PM can believe such a stupid unsubstantiable allegation. Read part 2 of 7-part "What the Untold MAS story did not tell?" series here and the concluding part here.

In the Hahn Airport allegation, MAS lost at the Court of Arbitration in! Geneva and had to pay Tajuddin. Shaari was recently removed and investigated by current management. MAS Kargo is planned to be disposed.

By having Dr Don, it means MAS is condoning and rewarding a person involved in a vindictive conspiracy that cost the company millions. Others may disagree, but that is the way we see of his appointment.

Having Dr Don will perpetuate the animosity with Tajuddin which is about to reach a settlement. Tajuddin is only asking for forgiveness on the penalty interest and interest over penalty interest.

Tajuddin paid billions for the principle and interest to Danaharta without asking for haircut, unlike others. He is the highest paid debtor to Danaharta despite being victimise for Naluri and Celcom on the direction of Tan Sri Mohamd Nor Yakcop from Tun Abdullah Badawi and executed by Dato Nazir Tun Abdul Razak and Dato Azman Yahya.

Tajuddin could have pursued his lawsuit against Government and stand to win a potential RM23 billion. What is that compared to forgiving a debtor which he already paid his debt without asking a haircut?

Sometimes some Melayu can be more heartless in their revenge and vindication to their fellow Melayu that to other races. These anti-PTPTN demonstrators are stupid kids who knows nuts!

Returning back to Dr Don, perhaps in the land of the blind, the one eye jack can provide some insight. We may have no choice but to give that leeway.

Still destroyal mode

To put MAS on serious footing, it takes more than just Danny's departure from management. He was part of the failed WAU team and does not deserve to be on the Board.

During his nine months tenure, he was serving the interest of Tony F and Airasia.

Unlike Wee Choo Keong who is taking no prisoners, including AJ, many are sympathetic
to AJ and giving him a chance. Can we afford experiments now?

The prob! lem with AJ is that he is too overwhelmed with Tony F. AJ expressed his admiration of Airasia's engineering. How could he when Airasia has no engineering department but only managing the mantainance outsourcing?

AJ has to rid off MAS of the Airasia planted people - Rozaman, Azhari and Nor Zalida - to convince he is serious. It is ridiculous for these management team of Airasia to leave Airasia for a sick Airline. Like Danny, there were sent there to serve Airasia's interest.

MAS have made the mistake of securing the work of the incompetent expatriate Martin Barrow during the time of Idris Jala. Now they are making the same mistake with expatriate Shane Nollan and Plane Consult.

Come June 21st, MAS will be holding it's AGM. Most of the members of the Board are up for reelection. Some may quit and heard some Mat Salleh names was suggested by Tony F.

Why are we Malaysian still stuck with colonised minds?

The Mat Sallehs that we tend to take are the idiots and incompetents, rather than the useful and contributing ones. Is the Mat Salleh accent and hair color and skin that impressed them?

In addition, there are also lots of idiots and incompetents getting promoted in MAS.

Over dinner last week, one old timer in the Airline industry told us to face fact that the big plan is to destroy MAS. With Khazanah kept appointing newbies, incompetents and crooks in key positions since the appointments of Munir Majid, that looks to be a possibility.

It means Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar can't make the claim to the staff that he has no malice against MAS.

And it is just not convincing that Amokh can allow Tony F's proxies everywhere in MAS - Engineering, Network, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource, and Management/Board of Directors, if it is not to help pick up the succulent pieces.

There is the likelihood that the Prime Minister may not know of this, just like he was not told the truth on the earlier CCF. Who has been keeping PM in the dark?

That person should ! be shot!



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Blaming Dr Mahathir again

Most of us like to blame Dr Mahathir wakakaka.


Well, here's another item for you to blame him ;-)


Were you aware that Azmin Ali was brought up by the Mahathir family - not the Doctor himself but I heard by his (Dr M's) sister or aunt (can anyone help me here?).


So when Azmin reached working age, guess who recommended him for employment? Of course Uncle Mahathir!


And guess who Uncle Mahathir asked to employ Azmin Ali?


Wakakaka!


Yup, his deputy and then DPM manmanlai wakakaka!


Dr M would have said: "Anwar matey (wakakaka), ni Azmin, see if you can find him a job!"


And as they say, the rest! is hist ory.


But why should we blame Dr M for bringing these two inseparables together?


When I read RPK's MACC 'Deep Throat' comes out of the closet I knew the MMM (know what M-cube stands for? wakakaka) would deny the revelation or give all sorts of excuses or accuse RPK of being an UMNO paid mole - yes, the very same MMM who would praise Yang Mulia RPK (wakakaka) for his amazing courage, assets and resources had he exposed instead Najib or Shahrizat or Mahathir's corruption wakakaka.


But then, consolation prize, wouldn't it be considered Dr M's fault for bringing the two together as an inseparable pair? wakakaka. Go on, blame the old man wakakaka.


RPK also wrote:


One interesting document in that file is regarding the RM15,000 a month that Vincent Tan was paying Azmin Ali. It seems Vincent Tan not only financed the fall of Perak but is also financing the 'other side' as well. And, according to my ex-MACC Deep Throat, this is still going on. I suppose that is what most Chinese tycoons would do: hedge your bets by placing your money on all the horses in the race.


It's just the Chinese tycoons' camar (Samad Said's 'cari makan' wakakaka). The Jews around the world, especially in the USA and Australia do that as well, that is, funding both sides of politics, and very generously too - except in their case, it's not camar but for Eretz Yisrael.


More noble I suppose, but more devastating for the Palestinians. And we can blame those Croesus Saudis and rich Gulf nations for not doing their Arab fraternity's duty.


I wonder (not thinking or pondering but in the sense of 'wonderment') at those ardent ABU-nites, who still have the gall, stupidity and mindlessness wakakaka to say "Let's focus on ABU and not be detracted by RPK's bullshit, no matter how true his revelation might be" ...


... showing either they don't know what ABU has been about or they are in total denial - I suspect the latter wakakaka. And you wonder why Malaysians have allowed BN-UMNO to stay in power for 52 years!
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Arrest-free protest at KLCC

30 Hindraf supporters held a peaceful protest in front of the KLCC shopping centre today demanding the release of detainees held under the ISA. The protestors also demanded that the government look into the medical needs of P. Uthayakumar who is suffering from diabetes and a heart condition. Uthayakumar is one of five Hindraf leaders held under the ISA on December 13 last year. His family said that as a result of his detention, his blood sugar level is at 13.5 and he is suffering from disrupted eyesight, chest pains, and possibly damaged heart muscles. His supporters want the government to refer him to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for further treatment. Also present was PKR vice-president and Subang MP R Sivarasa. Producer: Shuf Camera: Mohd Kamal Ishak / Shuf / Ng Kok Foong Reporting: Rachel Chan Suet Kay Editing: Ng Kok Foong Assisting: Irene Khoo / Sky Lee

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When your durians fall into someone's land...


how would you feel?

This must be the most relevant question which Felda settlers should bear in mind, when considering the so-called 'durian runtuh' or windfall, as announced by PM.

Most of us guessed as much that the whole exercise would benefit the promoters, which should include Umno the party, PM and Felda Chairman, the professionals involved in the listing of shares, and so on. But as to how much the settlers will be getting, in relation to others, we have yet to know until now...

Wong Chen, a relatively unknown until recently, has come out with some telling figures which show how much the Felda settlers are being taken advantage of by others...


FGVH Shares Allocation: Unfair to settlers; fantastic to employees and rich Bumiputeras    

Keadilan eagerly awaits the launching of the complete prospectus on the IPO of FGVH by the Prime Minister on Thursday 31st May 2012. Come Thursday, we will all finally get to know how many shares Tan Sri Isa Samad will get. As a preview to Thursday and staying on the subject matter of shares allocation, we will like to expose to you the following disturbing facts.

Twelve days ago we exposed that settlers "durian runtuh" windfall represents a mere 9% of FELDA's total gains from the IPO. Today, we will provide our comments on the 2.2 billion FGVH shares offered for sale. The breakdown of the shares allocation is as follows:

General public73 million shares (2% of FGVH)
Institutional investors (EPF, PNB, Tabung Haji, Louis Dreyfus)1.5 billion shares (41% of FGVH)
FELDA employees109 million shares (3% of FGVH)
FELDA settlers91 million shares (2.5% of FGVH)
MITI approved Bumiputera investors420 million shares (11.5% of FGVH)

The manner the shares are allocated raises two important questions:
Question 1: Why are settlers (numbering 112,635) getting less shares than the 3,835 employees of FELDA? Assuming a 100% take up rate, each settler will only get 810 shares whereas each employee of FELDA will get 28,368 shares. This effectively means that an employee of FELDA is being offered 35 times more shares than a settler.

Question 2: More alarming is the MITI approved Bumiputera share allocation of 420 million shares. Who are these special Bumiputeras that deserve 4.6 times larger allocation than all the settlers collectively? What have they ever done to help develop FELDA? We do not know their identity but we know that under MITI's official guideline, to be a Bumiputera investor approved by MITI, you must first be very rich. The guideline says that in order to qualify as a MITI approved Bumiputera investor, an individual must have at least RM3 million in assets. If the investor is a company (100% Bumiputera owned), it must have assets worth RM10 million. As such, we demand that MITI produces a complete disclosure list of the rich Bumiputera investors and beneficial owners of this IPO. We demand this list because the settlers have a right to know why these rich Bumiputeras are many many times more deserving than them. We demand to know how many rich Bumiputeras will be allocated shares compared to 112,635 settlers. Since this IPO is of great national importance, we believe that the public also deserves to know if any of these rich Bumiputeras investors are linked to UMNO.

Putting things in proper context, I would like to remind all that FELDA was set up to help the landless Bumiputera poor. In addition, the PM has announced that the FGVH IPO to be an exercise that will greatly benefit the settlers. The way the shares are allocated clearly shows that the PM is more interested in helping the rich. In conclusion, we urge PM Najib to withdraw the undeserving rich Bumiputera allocation and give it to the settlers. We also ask the employees allocation to be appropriately reduced in favour of settlers.

WONG CHEN,  CHAIRMAN, INVESTMENT & TRADE BUREAU     
28 MAY 2012

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If this is not robbing the poor to benefit the rich, I do not know what is. I believe this scheme could well backfire on PM and BN in the coming elections. - KoSong
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Let’s jointly condemn political violence — Nurul Izzah Anwar




 

Raja Nong Chik's response to the "Night of Bloodshed in Lembah Pantai" reveals an attempt to distract and distort the facts of the incident. 

 

The fact is that violence did take place which caused injuries to an elderly man and a young girl, both who rightly should be respected and protected by society. Unfortunately, it was not only an attack on innocent citizens but also an attack on democracy.

Firstly, the violence that occurred was fostered through the Lembah Pantai Umno-created climate of intimidation and political thuggery, clearly seen by several incidences on the night and prior to it as well. (In the cases of 1. Pekida protest at Masjid al-Ikhlasiah, Pantai Dalam; 2. the punching of Adam Adli at Flat PKNS 4 Tingkat Kampung Kerinchi by known Lembah Pantai Umn members; 3. TIBAI-Umno-organised ceramahs such as the one in Kampung Kerinchi recently.)

Secondly, the feeble attempt to distract the public's attention by speculating and blaming KEADILAN for inviting outsiders to what he claims is local politics is demeaning to democracy and a disservice to the people of Lembah Pantai.

As the member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai I have always welcomed a long list of national leaders such as Najib Razak, Muhyiddin Yassin, Daim Zainuddin and other Cabinet ministers who have graced Lembah Pantai over the past few months. I do not see this as Umno inviting outsiders into local politics but rather as a recognition that KEADILAN is doing something right to deserve such attention.

Furthermore, the disproportionate attention and funds lavished on Lembah Pantai compared to other Kuala Lumpur constituencies by Raja Nong Chik as Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister, along with an unelected mayor, is proof that the government needs to work doubly hard when the majority of support in Kuala Lumpur is with Pakatan Rakyat.

Thirdly, with regards to the claim that there is lack of proof of those responsible, I invite Raja Nong Chik to jointly declare with me to condemn all forms of political violence and to jointly invite both the police and Suhakam to investigate fairly on this Thursday.

Finally, in the spirit of setting a healthy democratic example and to demonstrate that political violence is unacceptable, I wish to once again reaffirm my acceptance of Raja Nong Chik's invitation to a public debate in two weeks' time at the same location, Pantai Permai. I shall be there and wait for him to translate words into deeds as he appears to believe that all politics is local.

* Nurul Izzah Anwar is the Lembah Pantai MP and and vice-president of KEADILAN.
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New ILO Director-General: Guy Ryder

May 29, 2012

Briton Guy Ryder is the new ILO Director-General

The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday (May 28) elected former trade union leader Guy Ryder as the new head of the agency, succeeding Juan Somavia, its chief of 13 years.

Briton Ryder is the ILO's current number two and was widely expected to take over the top spot at the UN agency which draws up and monitors international labour standards.

The Liverpudlian, a former general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, beat eight other candidates including ex-French minister Gilles de Robien who came second in the six-round vote at the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

In a speech after the vote, Ryder said he was "profoundly grateful" to have been chosen and paid tribute to Somavia, describing him as a "giant" in the history of the ILO.

Alluding to his union background, he pledged to promote the views of all the ILO parties, while also pursuing the body's goal of social justice at a time when the world of work "remains in crisis."

"Our duty to the poorest and the most vulnerable must be paramount in the journey ahead," Ryder said.

The ILO reported last week that youth joblessness is almost back at its peak following the outbreak of the 2008 global economic crisis and is unlikely to ease until at least 2016.

The search for a new director general was triggered when Somavia of Chile announced in September last year his intention to bring forward his scheduled departure date for personal reasons.

Somavia, 71, who has headed the ILO since 1998, will end his third term in September instead of March 2014.

Ryder, 56, has held various senior positions at the organisation and has acted as deputy since 2010.

The University of Liverpool and Cambridge graduate was employed in the 1980s as an assistant in the international department of the Trades Union Congress in London.He joined the ILO in Geneva in 1998, later heading up the office of the director general. A spell in Brussels followed with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and in 2006 he became the first general secretary of its successor, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), before rejoining the ILO as its deputy.

Under ILO rules the director general is selected by a secret ballot of the 56 members of its governing body — 28 governments, 14 employers and 14 workers.

The organisation, which last week formally welcomed South Sudan as its 184th member, will host its annual conference from May 30 to June 14, when Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address more than 3,000 delegates.

Copyright © 2012 AFP.


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CORRUPT REF IS MALAYSIAN COP




CHARGE.....Malaysian referee, Shokri Nor, 47, (in black) was charged with one count of corruption.

Malaysian referee, Shokri Nor, 47, (in black) was charged with one count of corruption He has been a police officer for more than 20 years. His division is in charge of the security of the Royal Malaysian Police's headquarters in Penang. The Malaysian is also a part-time football referee.

And it was this role that landed him in trouble with the law in Singapore.
At the Subordinate Courts on Thursday, Shokri Nor, 47, was accused of conspiring with Malaysian businessman Thanasegar S Sinnaiah, 38, to fix the result of Singapore's LionsXII match against Sarawak FA in the Malaysian Super League earlier this week.

Shokri, a lance corporal, and Thanasegar, a former state and national footballer, were charged with corruptly agreeing to receive RM15,000 (S$ 6,000) to fix the match.

Shokri, who had been appointed by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), was originally assigned to officiate in the match at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Tuesday.

But he was replaced at the last minute by another referee for the match won 3-0 by LionsXII.

By then, Shokri was assisting the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in its investigations. (The New Paper)
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