Thursday, May 28, 2015

Understanding irrationality

An Australian social researcher, Hugh Mackay was quoted as saying: "Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational."

That is a pretty strong generalisation of humanity. However, Mackay is not the only one to think in that manner. The author of a book entitled Boiled frog syndrome, Marty Rubin claimed "Man: an irrational being who imagines himself to be a rational one.”

In recent times where every other Malaysians seemed to stress so much on the importance of managing perception beyond the need to understand facts and sound arguments, we wonder how many of these self-professed experts in psychological warfare have heard such a strategy called boiling frog [Read it here].

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Take the money and leave that hell hole!

Till this week, in which letters supposed to be out, there had been no talk inside MAS of the compensation for terminating employment contracts.

For many months, the rumours in MAS on the compensation was a gloomy picture painted. The retrenchment compensation will be peanuts, something like six months last pay.

Some staff believed the rumour was spread to deter the good senior ones from leaving. Someone up there at Khazanah wanted to play into the minds of MAS staff that should they decided to go, it will still be tough as money will run out soon.

Someone up there worry of an exodus of senior and good staff because they have made working condition deplorable.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dear MAS staff, we are sorry

The Star's frontpage yesterday was truly a heartbreaking image.

This week MAS employees will get termination letters from present operating company of Malaysian Airlines. Some will get letter of offer from the newco that will be taking over the operation. Out of 20,000 staff, one third or 6,000 will not get any offer.

In yesterday's report, one could hear staff complaining of MAS management refusal to talk to unions. Union head are trying to seek PM's last minute help because 8,000 will immediately lose their job tomorrow.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

It happened last weekend

The title is just a pun to the title of Frank Capra movie classic, It happened one night.

The movie is about some turn of event that bloomed into a romance between two characters played by Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. In our case, the turn of event has not bloomed into a romance but was substantial enough.

If not drained out by asthma attack and too much 1MDB, two events attended last weekend and on Tuesday would have been written as postings.

Not about to be lengthy and serious on this Sunday, so we'll just highlight about our trip to Kota Kinabalu last weekend and Santai with IGP last Tuesday.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cool acoustic riff

Heard this acoustic version of Sweet Child 'O Mine on the car radio at RedFM. Never thought the riff could be done on acoustic.

Check it out. Not in the mood for any serious stuff yet.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Under attack ...

... since Sunday. The worst was the past few days.

Hope OK by the weekend.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Who is the "30-something Penang-born businessman" that sold TMI?

On June 9th, 2014, TMI CEO Jahabar Sadiq tweeted:
 “Good morning TwitterJaya –> The Malaysian Insider @tm_insider is now part of The Edge Media Group”.
It confirmed the wind Rocky Bru posted something before it was finalised. 

TMI confirmed in their report of their merger with the Edge [read TMI here]. Jahabar told The Star [read here] that said everything remain the same but only a different shareholders.

The Malay Mail Online also confirmed it [read here]. For MMO, it has its relevence because former Executive Director, Leslie Lau, Managing Director for MMO, Joan Lau and core editorial left TMI for MMO on June 2013 [read The Star here]. They claimed there will be a change in direction. 

No mention of the seller.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tong-Jho Loh in a deal together?

In the previous posting here, this blog was criticised for attempting to divert attention from 1MDB to Dato Nazir Tun Abdul Razak. There was even such nasty commentators that directed this blog to answer certain issues on 1MDB.

Firstly, they do not own this blog and have no business to determine what should and should not be written. It is the blogger's personal space. As far as commentators, it is demanded upon them to be civil in their comments and stick to the subject of the posting.

Second, Nazir Razak is not a new subject in this blog thus it cannot be deemed as diversion. Back in August 2010 [read here], this blog wrote a critical piece of Nazir for his NEP "bastardised" comment.

That time issue was raised against Dato Najib. The last issue raised against Najib is here. So to say this blog is a pencacai and pengampu is misguided and ignorant.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Nazir diverting attention from CIMB problem

On Thursday, Dato Nazir Tun Abdul Razak's was reported preaching of Directors responsibilities to the Board of Directors of 1MDB on Thursday [read The Star here and here].

He took the BOD to task for not addressing the growing concerns on the fund and its financials and felt a responsible board should appoint an independent auditor to verify the accounts immediately and deal with the mistrust pertaining to the financial position of 1MDB instead of waiting for the Auditor General (AG) to do the job.

Many were surprised why he made the statement when it is common knowledge that the Auditor-General is already reviewing the 1MDB accounts. Today, the answer seemed obvious. He could be  trying to divert attention from a not so positive development in his own backyard.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Believers of SR's false document allegation called as zombies

... sure but whose the real low down and dirty bastard?

That was facebooker Azmi Arshad's view on those who believed Sarawak Report's false document lies. Anyone with any knowledge of procedures would know it was a lie from the first minute they lay their eyes on SR's report.

SR could be running out of ideas. Subsequent to fabricate document claim, SR applied the same theme on allegations on Jho Loh's money swindled from 1MDB and alleged false documents to Bank Negara and Deutche bank.

Yesterday Leslie Lau's MMO reported [read here] unconfirmed sources claim that Deutsche Bank Singapore is recalling their loan to 1MDB. So happen it was after Rafizi hinted of RM3.6 billion loan expiring in August which match that of Deutsche Bank Singapore. SR previous report on alleged falsifying of documents was mentioned to substantiate the story, thus it trails from there.

Too busy and malas to debunk till Azmi wrote the stinging posting on his FB. He is son of famous educationist and founding Principal of ITM, Tan Sri Arshad Ayub.

Read it.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Sarawak Report set-up that many fell for

One interview with Tun Dr Mahathir by Clara in January 2015 [read here, here and here], all the past sins of Sarawak Report towards Sarawak is forgiven.

Everyone including ex-journalists agree with the lies and condone their practise of fabricating pictures, emails and documents. The picture of SR putting a photoshop copy of doctored brown forest to show deforestation is still fresh in the mind from the last Sarawak state election.

Their method is obvious but there was reluctance by Sarawak based bloggers and those familiar with Sarawak to debunk SR. Maybe the Global Witness funded SR serve a purpose for a latter date. A major funder of Global Witness is George Soros. Was SR kept alive by certain invisible hands to launch an attack on 1MDB and Dato Najib?

There is a maxim, "The ends justify the means" but as Muslims or those professing other religions, both the means and the ends must be justifiable and right.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Will PAC be effective and fair?

In 6-days from now, on May 19th, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will begin their enquiry on the hottest issue of Dato Najib's administration i.e. 1MDB [read Astro here]. The various stakeholders will be called in to present their case and answer enquiries by the 14-member committee.

It is quite a surprise for PAC to begin convening already. Maybe the public pressure has intensified to the point that there should be some progress made. Najib still refuse to answer various allegations on 1MDB but prefer to wait for Auditor general finding. Pressure is piling by the day and minute thus PAC need to commence to relieve off some pressure.

At the early stage, it was the pro-opposition business publications and portals then interspersed by few journo-blogger and opposition leaders. Tun Mahathir came in with his "questions" [read Jebat Must Die list here] and now call have come in from within UMNO. It was only in early May that Auditor General (AG) said audit had began [read MI here] and it will only be ready by June [read Astro here].

Experience tells that PAC could be mere cover-up [read past 2007 postings here]. But, this is a different administration. The concern now is in the effectiveness and fairness of the PAC process.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quoting Shakespeare

"What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! "

- William Shakespeare (Hamlet Act II, Scene II)

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Does DAP and PKR need PAS?

By now, most newspapers and political analysts would have published their analysis of Permatang Pauh by-election.

In this blog's last posting, most of the possibilities were covered and it is just a matter of waiting the outcome of the by-election.

One point most glaring from yesterday's result that need to be highlighted to all political players is that Datin Seri Wan Azixah won without PAS help.

Despite the boycott, she only had a reduction in majority by 3,000 votes. It could mean PKR and DAP or should it be DAP and PKR does not need PAS election machinery.

There will be those that will argue it is only relevent for Permatang Pauh.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

GST moment at Permatang Pauh?

Panic strikes as majority win at Rompin by-election reduced from about 15,000 to more than 8,000. Some 10,000 voters or about 10% voters did not come out to vote.

Those familiar with Rompin constituency does not see the drop as significant because past wins had always been between 9-11,000. Yesterday's number is not too far from the natural figure. The huge majority enjoyed under the late Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis had long been seen as unnaturally induced. 

Undoubtedly, the concern was the loss of two Felda voting districts to PAS. The immediate reaction was to blame it on PAS's successful instigation on the drop in FGV shares and implementation of GST.

There is the concern of it's impact on Permatang Pauh as it is the same issue focused by PKR here. In addition, the results in Rompin and Permatang Pauh is being seen as indicators to Dato Najib's premiership survival.

Nevertheless, there was happiness for the BN camp as they won two Chinese voting districts won. An early indication for the return to Chinese votes. Will that be the indicator on the change in Chinese votes for Permatang Pauh?

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Serious confidentiality and security breach of Singapore banks!

Singapore financial district

Just an after thought to an earlier posting on Jho Loh here.

With so many bank insiders and even Singapore authority [read here] and here] leaking information and documents to Sarawak Report (SR), including the one on alleged fake documents of 1MDB's account, investors and depositers, particularly large corporations and high networth individuals, should be concern with the integrity of Singapore's banks.

It is time they take their money out and place it somewhere else. If SR could get hold off information, documents and e-mail correspondance, then others like their competitors or wife could do so. The way SR reported Singapore Banks are no more safe and the authorities is keeping quiet about it.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Passing by Kuala Kangsar

Was on the road yesterday.

Decided to do Friday prayers at the Masjid Ubudiah at Kuala Kangsar, the royal capital of Perak. After going through heavy traffic, managed to be there in time. Use the brief opportunity to see the preparation for the crowning ceremony of His Highness Tuanku Nazrin Ibni Sultan Azlan Shah.

Kuala Kangsar is a quint quiet town but the royal status could certainly be turned into a tourist destination. In fact, the whole of Perak could be turned into an educational local tourist destination by using it's history as the theme.

Enjoy the brief passby:

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Why still no Jho Loh lawsuit against NYT?

Interesting quote from Jho Loh in SCMP here

The last time this blog wrote on Taek Jho Loh or Jho Loh was on February 12th here. It wasn't about his lifestyle paid by his Arab clients. That is widely available out there. Make sure to read the first publicity of Jho Loh by New York Post [read here].

It was about the exposure by the New York Times. The article [read here] was a blatant spin to smear him. Separated and disjointed events were written in one story telling style article to mislead the readers into believing it is all linked together.

A similar style to George Soros-funded Sarawak Report (SR) that was used by other pro-opposition sites as reference. SR serve as feeder to create slanderous reports. While other friendly media quote them as though it is a reliable reference from legitimate source.
Jho Loh was urged to sue NYT and by right, sue SR too. Till today, no response just like 1MDB's silence to criticism and public enquiry. Something should be coming out soon from 1MDB but Jho Loh still not done the suing to clean his "good" name.

Didn't he say "I've never done anything illegal"?

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nothing personal, strictly accounting

Tun Mahathir is appearing at the Dewan Tunku Syed Putra, Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang this morning to deliver a talk entitled "Youth and Nation Building". Glad that Dato Najib didn't play rough to block or get someone to sabotage his event.

Tun M's presence is welcomed by the "PASMA" faction and Information Chief of PAS, Dato Mahfudz Omar. In Harakah Daily here, he hoped Tun M would use the occasion to explain on his position on GST and 1MDB.

His intention is not so much as for nation building and the oftenly described by the cliche "future leader of tomorrow." Mahfuz is more keen to see the issues help PKR in Permatang Pauh.

Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah will win but her campaign is struggling. She is banking on GST and 1MDB to lift her out of the doldrum [read MMO here]. PKR and DAP managed to get the Anwarinas to force on Penang PAS Youth to give a statement of support. [Read The Unspinners' latest here and here]

Concerned Tun M supporters are worried that it will only attract the criticism that he is helping the opposition and invite continued personal attack against him. It is disheartening to see him treated this way late in his age.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Permatang Pauh saga continues

Upon entering Permatang Pauh and going under a highway, spread a banner that reads in Penang accent "Pi Mai Pi Mai ... Istana Segambut."

That epitomise the problem here. Everytime there is a problem with "the" family, the people of Permatang Pauh kept getting dragged into one by-election after another. Subsequently, they return to their big home in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur to continue the family's political saga at a national level.

In Permatang Pauh, the UMNO left by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is left in a turmoil. One Division head after another seemed to be haunted by the ghost left by Anwar in UMNO. The party and machinery continue to be stunted by the aura of Anwar.

This time there is a chance to shed this bad luck of Anwar off. But, it is still not likely to be sufficient to win.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The issue boils down to 1MDB

Tun Mahathir's last word on 1MDB in the supposedly private session with bloggers on April 10th was "If I don't believe it is true, I wouldn't do it."

He emphasised, "I have no agenda against Najib. My agenda is about this country."

That was not the last question for the day. As told by a blogger who was there, it was Rocky's. He said Najib repeatedly said he still respect Tun so will they meet.

Tun's replied, "I will still disagree with him.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Can the 10,000 demand for truth, apology and compensation too?

Bigdog's latest posting here is on the family and relatives of 24 men killed by British troops in Malaya in 1948.

The families brought the matter to British Supreme Court for the five judges to considering "whether the UK has a duty under human rights laws to investigate the shooting of villagers at Batang Kali". 

In his argument, Bigdog felt that it is an impractical enquiry and best to let bygones be bygones. Because what about the 10,000 souls killed or disappeared under the atrocities of the Malayan Communist Party?

Do they demand on China which can now afford to pay the compensation? If not China, the successor-in-title? Who will that be?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MUSICAL INTERLUDE: I'm so lonesome I could cry

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Malaysia, there exist pro-censorship liberals

Free Malaysia Today gave space to report Dato Saifuddin Abdullah call for media editor to censor those they dubbed as "extremist". [Read here.]

That got a response from lawyer, Lukman Sheriff Alias. In his FB , he criticised the hypocrasy in the views taken by liberals in the likes of Saifuddin. His posting below:

To the liberals their views should not be censored as they are exercising the right of free speech and expression. They have long argued that any restriction of their right to free speech is unconstitutional and illegal.

For the past few years they have thus spoke on everything. There is no sacred cow: from religion to race to anything against the constitution. This is part of free speech. No barrier and limits. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Over-representation without taxation

As far as the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), we are for it.

Theoretically, it is a fairer taxation system than the current situation in which only 2.3% of the 13.3 million voters pay taxes.

The Boston Tea Party of 1776 was about the colonial protesting against "taxation without representation." [Read about it here.] In Malaysia, the situation is the other way around. It is over-representation without taxation.

Non tax payers and tax evaders with no sense responsibility asking for endless help from government without taking up their fair share of responsibility for the nation.

The point will be further understood with the fact that the bulk of government revenue come from income tax in which 65-70% is contributed by Petronas and GLC. Basically, government raised it's own revenue through businesses and that money is used to run the nation.

Since Government can function on it's own, it seems far fetch but Malaysia does not need representative or democratic system of government. Kerajaan should have remain as raja-led monarchy. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Root cause lies with human management of knowledge and machine

Writing on the Malay massacre in Maybank series allowed us to learn few basic matter on IT system development.

It is not as easy as customer want this, this and this and voila it is done. It is as complex and problematic as depicted in the picture above. 

At the height of the Internet boom and we had pursued a portal idea, it took our younger sibling to get us to understand that IS development planning is not similar to conceptualising business planning.

In business planning, there is the luxury of looking at a macro level before fine tuning it at a more micro level. IS development require s the whole business process and nitty gritty workflow must be known and planned out before the developer comes in.

Part of that portal idea is what is today

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 4 but not the last)

This is Part 4 for this series but it will not be the last posting on Maybank IT.

Information having been pouring in. Industry people, vendors, ex-Maybankers and various sources got in touch and some are still trying to get in touch. It will be the last for this series but it will continue to be pursued till Maybank response.

No threat of lawsuit will scare us because we don't care. It only makes us more aggressive.

Heard the Public Relation (PR) people have been asking around. It shows Maybank PR have been typically dulu, kini dan selamanya sombong, stiff lip and frigid. Maybank had always had that attitude to the masses.

The Gestapo gang (read in part 3) should go after them. Chain up these sotong and beat them up till they resign. They have not been doing their job, not been putting their ears on the ground, insensitive to the public and it's workforce, and had a brown nose attitude with media.

Never bother to engage the alternative media and now doing so for fear this issue will go viral. Rest assured it will ...

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 3)

A lawyer read the two earlier Parts of this series and wrote a message anonymously.

He claimed to be in the panel of Maybank and admitted to have been approached by Maybank staff on racial discrimination cases but have to reject potential clients due to conflict of interest. It had been going on for a long time.

The commentator said there is the same phenomenon in Maybank's Legal Department. Instead of Chinese controlled, the Legal Department is Indian controlled and generally only Indian lawyers are getting legal jobs. Allegedly, Malay and Chinese law firms are being discriminated against.

Exactly a year ago, another commentator alerted of Dato Farid Alias's poor choice of replacement for the position of CEO of Maybank's Investment Banking arm. After Farid was reassigned from that position, he was replaced by Tengku Dato Zafrul.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 2)

The tip-off to this series of postings came from talks within the IT industry. Maybank has lots of vendors and the staff and management have networking with industry people through participation in courses, conferences, and conventions.

Words do come around. Only last week one IT staff of a GLC was talking about it. He said it has been the talk of the industry. By the second part, quite sure insider will be contacting us to tell more.

Few words from commentators to yesterday posting was interesting and useful. One highlighted that members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Yayasan Bumiputera are all Melayu, Board of Directors (BoD) of PNB are all Melayu [see here] and some 7 members of Board of Directors of Maybank [see here] are Melayu including the Chairman.

How could this had happen? Did the two ANSARA Seremban - Dato Abdul Wahid Omar or now successor, Dato Farid Alias - failed to monitor the organisation under their watch?

As one Chinese friend kept telling us, the people that screwed Melayu are not Chinese but the Melayu themselves. He notice Melayu, from humble beginning that went up the social and economic ladder through NEP, foresaken their fellow Melayus.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 1)

The Maybank building was designed by the architect Hijas Kasturi to emulate the kris, a weapon and more a symbol of power in Malay culture. It was symbolic for Maybank as the leading Bank of Malaysia and owned by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

In a complex organsation structure, PNB is owned by Yayasan Bumiputera Berhad in which the Chairman is the President of UMNO and members of  the Board of Trustees are UMNO leaders too. Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASN) is a subsidiary of PNB which managed the Sekim ASN and ASB initiated by PNB.

This was all established under the NEP era to increase Malay and Bumiputera equity and assist the government in their role to increase Malay and Bumiputera particpation in the economy; employment, corporate ownership and entrepreneurship (via PUNB).

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