Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EDL toll: You can't have your cake and eat it too.


Oppositions complained over announced "toll rate" for EDL but it is free for use to Johoreans and help reduced traffic jam in Johor Baru.

For PKR and DAP politicians to oppose the VEP or new toll rates at the CIQ, it shows ignorance in governance and an irresponsible politicking that does not serve the interest of the nation.

The English idiomatic proverb, "You can't have the cake and eat it too" means one cannot or should not have or want more than one deserves or can handle, or that one cannot or should not try to have two incompatible things.

The proverb's meaning is similar to the phrases "you can't have it both ways" and "you can't have the best of both worlds." Conversely, in the positive sense, it refers to "having it both ways" or "having the best of both worlds."

The Malaysians or Singaporeans working in Singapore, earning Singapore income and pay Singapore tax, yet living in cheaper Johor Baru but using Singapore registered vehicles cannot have it both ways.

They can't have the cake and eat it too. So pay up.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

As though they are a major tax contributor [up-dated]


In the last few years, Malaysians loves to adopt a western style argument to claim their rights to be concern as taxpayers. Rightfully so.

However, Malaysians forget that their livelihood is filled with subsidies from a government policy from the Merdeka days to control inflation and make living affordable. For them to talk as taxpayers, do these Malaysian pay more tax than the benefit they received?

For some group claiming to pay more tax than others, are they a major contributor of tax? The widely held believe is that they are the biggest evader of tax by not declaring their revenue, participating in illegal underground activities and laundering the illegal money that distort market mechanism.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wall Street worshipers cannot turnaround MAS


Rumours have been gong around since early July that MAS is going to be restructured. [Read The Star here].

Stockbrokers have been quietly recommending a BUY on MAS to take advantage of the plunge in shares arising from the alleged shooting of MAS MH 17. The price is too low vis-a-vis it's asset value and MAS has a better asset backing than lean mean Air Asia.

The rumour that it will go private has reached the ears of Wall Street Journal. Supposedly another turnaround plan will be proposed after Raya. Yes, everything will be after Raya.

Most likely, Khazanah Nasional will offer a General Offer and take charge privately like it did to hide the true financial status of UEM. With the same hands that wrecked it in the first place at the helm of Khazanah, serious doubt they can pull off another "turnaround".

That is unless Tun Dr Mahathir is willing to be there as Adviser to guide the National Pride and most valued brand name to Malaysia back to past glory. [Read back our posting Dollars and Sense of Flagbearer]

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Not straight to The Hague, Anwar


Few DAP leaders and one of their wives may have made lots of stupid statement in trying to gain political mileage and get themselves whack for being unsympathetic.

However, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was just short of being a stateman with his statement showing compassion and support for the family of victims and government. [Read here and The Star here] Hopefully, he will show compassion without the pre-fix com- to Saiful.

His statement dated July 17th said so and he gave support to Dato Najib in parliament today in the debate. The idea to have a motion to unite the country is far from a stupid idea from any advisers but a necessary move in settling international dispute.

Anwar was careful as to not blame any parties in his statements. While he was on roll, he should not have tried to act smart and got his facts embarassingly wrong under the spot light of the whole world.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dollars and senses of flag bearers


When Pandelela Rinong won the first non-badminton Olympic medal for the country in August 2012, the NST bestowed her the honour as "the country's flag-bearer". [Read NST here]

It means her victory enable the Malaysian flag to be seen on the winners' podium. It certainly raised  the profile of Malaysia and that has brand value says advertisers.

When Monsoon Cup was under heavy criticism for wastage, the Malaysian government engage a media consultant to determine the brand value of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour. The Event Media and Brand Value to Malaysia was RM 538,833,381 (USD 164,806,049).[Read here]

The subsequent 2010 event had a media value of USD175.8 million.

Facebooker, William Cheah expressed his anger to the unpatriotic treatment by some segment of the public to a badly wounded 77-year old flagbearer of the country. He was talking out of patriotism but had he put it in dollars and sense, only then the pubic could realise the real value of MAS.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Non-CNN version of who shot MH 17


Anyone watching CNN from the night of the incident without any suspicion and pondering over the CNN motive, they would have taken the bait hook, line and sinker.

Not only they are now convinced that MAS and only MAS was negligent in thinking the L980 route across southern Ukraine, they are now suckered wholesomely to believe that the Russian-backed Ukrainian rebel soldiers were the culprit.

CNN and Western media motive to blame the Russian is too obvious to take any of their words as credible.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

SIA took same "risky route"


When Minister of Transportion, Dato Liow Tiong Lai was giving his statement to the press yesterday, the TV and PC was set on CNN and Free Malaysia Today.

The important Liow's quote was:
"The flight path taken by MH17 was approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and by the countries whose airspace the route passed through. And the International Air Transportation Association has also stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was unrestricted.

15 out of 16 airlines in the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines fly this route over Ukraine. European airlines also use the same route, and traverse the same airspace. In the hours before the incident, a number of other passenger aircraft from different carriers used the same route.

There were no last minute instructions given to the pilots of MH17 to change the route of the flight."
It didn't take an hour for CNN to brush off the Minister report and had a so-called expert to comment and accused MAS for not taking the precaution. FMT published a doubt creating article, "Why were commercial planes still flying over Ukraine?" at 5:32 PM.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Why some Malaysians are idiot enough to fall for CNN crooked reporting?


First of all, condolence to the family of the deceased affected by MH17 conveniently accused by CNN was shot down by Russian aided Russian Ukranian separatist.

After the horror and despair of undergoing the disappearance of MH370 four month ago, why MAS again?

In the MH370 incident, opposition took a week before starting their blame game on an unexplained phenomenon which puzzled the whole world.

However, it is hardly 24 hours but opposition leaders, pro-opposition portals and ridiculously over critical pro-Government blogs and social media are blaming MAS and indirectly to the government and eventually Dato Najib.

The line of argument used was why did MAS took the "war torn" route.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three smugglers charged yesterday and more to come


Three foreign ship captain involved in the smuggling of subsidised diesel was charged at Session Court of Kota Tinggi Johor yesterday.  Johor is the hotbed of human trafficking and smuggling activities involving subsidised fuel, control food items, and cigarette.

In the presence of honourable Salawati binti Jamhari, Myanmar Kyaw Zay Yaa, Thai Pak Bunk Long and Indonesian Hasanul Idris were charged under regulation 3 (1), Regulation of Controlled Supply (Peraturan 3 (1) Peraturan Kawalan Bekalan).

Except for the Thai ship captain, the other two captains admitted guilt and will pay fines of RM100,000 failing which they will face a one month prison term. The ship and goods are confiscated by the Malaysian government..

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Malaysian women call on UN for ceasefire


Dear friends if u support this message below please put it in your blogs and facebook n twit this call the best u can - DPSB on behalf   of women's groups n women united on this call.

We Malaysians call upon our Government through its Envoy to the United Nations, to urge the UN to demand for an immediate ceasefire on Gaza and impose a UN-wide embargo on all trade with Israel.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Before Pakatan Rakyat turn it into an issue [Latest]


At one time, this blog was carrying stories and series of a corrupt mamak Minister.

Not too long back, there was a tip-off that one mamak government high official took bribe for the  construction of university campusses but got himself promoted.

It sounded similar to the stories of the first Director for ESSCOM whose name suddenly disappeared from the public. He was an Immigration high officials who was heard to be charged for corruption but ended up inappropriately promoted by someone high up in Home Ministry.

Yesterday one former MP tipped us off  to a website which exposed the naughty side of another mamak government high official. Usually we would not give a damn to a person's sleezy private life  but since it involved a high government official, it could lead to other implications.

Hmmm ... mi goreng mamak and pasembor sounds appetising for buka puasa today. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Singapore could tac but Johor not allowed to tic


On July 4th recently, new Transport Minister Datok Liow Tiong Lai was reported by media saying that government is studying the  proposal by the Johor state government to impose a charge on foreign cars entering the Malaysian border through Johor Baru by RM20. [Read Today here]

That move is heard to have invited complains by Singaporeans and Malaysians driving SIngapore-registered cars, whose vehicles swarm the Johor Baru immigration checkpoint on weekends and also weekdays, except the morning and evening working day rush to and from Singapore.

Liow was overly considerate of Singapore in Johor's tic to the tac by Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) intention to raise the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for foreign-registered cars from S$20 to S$35 a day and Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) fee from S$10 to S$40 a month from August 1st. [Details here]

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

No orange squash, but a pleasant surprise


It is too embarassing to lose in the manner that Brazil did this morning.

From the 10th minute, Germany seemed to be pounding in goals every 10 minutes in he first half. By the time it is 0-2, it was practically over for Brazil and they just crumbed to pieces.

Fans watching the game were not focus on the game any more but entertained by the jokes and pictures going viral on the social media. It only added to Brazil humiliation.

It is unlikely for Argentina to crumble to Holland in the same way with the presence of Lionel Messi. Holland's defense need to be steady for the two twin strikers of Holland, Arjen Robben and Robbie Van Persie to be effective in counter attack.

The Orange may not win but just do not get squashed.

In these days of instant communication and distribution of information, the embarassment is instantaneous and perpetual till the next "kangkung" comes along.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Top UMNO man playing treacherous games with Opposition


One top UMNO position holder with position nearing the post of President is playing games with Opposition.

In fact, there is a veteran UMNO leader also playing games with Opposition hoping to gain or more precisely to buy Sabah and Sarawak MPs at few million each. Half down and half later after vote for motion of no confidence is delivered.

However, we will not talk much of the veteran UMNO leader but just of the UMNO position holder. He is making his move now.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Dubious past and present of Datasonic


There is a message that has gone viral to remind friends to change to the new Identity Card number to enable them to get field subsidy:
Utk makluman kwn.....sesiapa yg belum tukar ic baru yg ada 2 gambar dlm ic tu....di minta tukar segera....ini utk membolehkan kita beli petrol kete mulai sept 2014 dgn harga subsidi....jika tak....kene beli petrol dgn harga tanpa subsidi.....sumber dr JPN....Mesej perkhidmatan awam daripada SUIT

Sila forward kan kepada keluarga anda, rakan-rakan dan orang tersayang.
The message is not true but the belief is strong that Fuelsub House Sdn Bhd and Dataonic Berhad consortium ("Datasonic consortium") will get the fuel card contract.

If the message is true, there is no need to change MyKad because their plan is issue another card for more money obviously  and Pos Malaysia is their partner to get it deliver to all "qualified" Malaysians for more money, off course.

The nature of the fuel card plan is suspect and mired with many dubious past and present relating to Datasonic and the consortium.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Why a Minister arrange for Datasonic to meet KPDNKK officers?


Our source tipped us with an information that late Wednesday afternoon one Minister brought the Fuelsub House Sdn Bhd-Datasonic Berhad consortium people to brief the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNKK in short) officials.

This is strange and inappropriate. Currently, we are fasting despite dehydration and experiencing cough, runny nose and diarrhea, However, the little black mole at the tip of our nose is a beeper that could alert us whenever that there is smell of collusion.

Why only Fuelsub House-Datasonic? It is reaffirming our past suspicion that the fueld card contract had been pre-determined for Fuelsub-Datasonic. [Read back here.]

What about the other bidders that was reported by NST and TV3? [Read back here.]

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Pro-opposition news portals given lesson on good behaviour


It is unprecedented but it happened.

Pro-opposition news portal, The Malaysian Insider put up a report with a heading and content criticising Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim strongly for the unprecedented act to prematurely criticised the government handling of the Malaysian diplomat row with New Zealand.

How easy for Anwar to take the side of foreigners vis-a-vis our own country. MI quoted from Wisma Putra's statement that he attempted "to opportunistically damage Malaysia’s reputation for personal political gain".

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Justice seek, Principle upheld


The Star may have pre-empted the outcome of a diplomatic tussle between Malaysia and New Zealand with regard to allegation of burglary and sexual assault by a defense attacje at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington to put the above frontpage headline. {Read here]

Perhaps Leanne Goh may have got away seditously spinning and pre-empting interfaith issues bbut not on this issue.

In the earlier posting here, it is mentioned that a decision was not decided and the Malaysian Government is still looking at the various options, including extradiiting the diplomat, Mohamed Rizalman Ismail back to New Zealand.

Essentially, Malaysia is upholding the principle that our foreign diplomat are given the rights to diplomatic immunity in any exchange of embassy or high commission. Our diplomat cannot be subjected to certain peculiar laws and be persecuted by such law in the course of their duties,

If it does not answer your curiosity, then you would understand that it would not be fair to subject foreign diplomats to our preventive laws like Sedition Act and former Internal Security Act.

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NZ Foreign Minister failed attempt to "Murdoch" Malaysia


New Zealand Labor Party foreign affairs spokesperson David Shearer revealed the identity of a Malaysian diplomat charged with burglary and sexual assault with intent to rape of a 21 year old woman after New Zealand court lifted suppression order. [Read The Star here]

The concerned diplomat, Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, is a a defense attache from MINDEF at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington. He was brought to New Zealand court in May but seek diplomatic immunity and had returned to Malaysia.

Until a decision by the court or the result of an official enquiry made, the initial reaction to allegation of burglary as reported by New Zealand media seemed far fetched.

New Zealand is a country practically neighbouring Robert Murdoch's Australia which is reknown for it's underhanded and sensationalised journalism. They seem to be doing a typical "Rupert Murdoch" style of media slandering on Malaysia.

For instance, the media with politicians suspiciously in cohoot made allegation that Malaysian government refused to waive diplomatic immunity from prosecution and brought the concerned diplomat home. [Read MI report in MSN here]

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Remembering Father in Pengerang


Yesterday was the first of Ramadhan. For our family, Ramadhan is a sentimental occasion.

The 18th of Ramadhan was the date father passed away in 1984. After 30 years or maybe 31 hijrah years, we still miss him and wish he had been around to witness the many achievements and milestones of our life.

The image of him on his Honda cup will always remain embedded in our mind. Only the last few years of his life did he owned a car. While the children, especially the younger sibings, they could own a car within months after getting employment.

Last Friday, we did what we had wanted to do for a long time and that was to track back to a short part of his life in Pengerang, Johor. It was his first posting with the Johor State Government.

Before that he was running a sekolah arab called Ma'ahadul Irshad in Bukit Timah, Singapore. That happened after Johor State Government denied the then teacher of Madrasah Al Attas Johor Baru a scholarship to study at the great Azhar University in Cairo.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fuel card contract will infuriate public


In a swift act to counter our expose on fuel subsidy card contract revealed on Wednesday here, the propaganda machinery behind Datasonic went on overdrive.

NST ran a story yesterday on the fuel card bid and TV3 also ran a story on yesterday's Bulletin Utama on NST story. [See it on Tonton.com here]

Smart PR move. They had to expedite the process and make things transparent. However, it is noticeable that both NST and TV3 tried to playdown Datasonic, a powerful and major player in the smart card business. On Tuesday, Dato Hasan Malek welcomed proposals but by Thursday, public is told that many have submitted tender

This so-called transparency will not hide a fact that the contract have been pre-determined for Datasonic-led consortium, Fuel Sub House Sdn Bhd. and the so-called tender result will prove so. This group got it because they are buddy buddy with Dato Abdul Wahid Omar and he had given away hint that he is not comfortable.

The public will not agree to this new system. Voters will hate the government for it. This openness is still a facade because it is also noticeable that en tender. with two major players in the smart card business; Sapura and MEPS not in.

MCA and Gerakan is right to say it is open to widespread abuse and smuggling. Address the fuel subsidy leakage and stop use of fuel subsidy to foreigners and business first.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Datasonic pre-determined for fuel card contract?


In our posting seeking not to misunderstood Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (or the Malay acronym KPDNKK) Minister, Dato Hasan Malek [read here], this blog dropped a hint on an upcoming scoop related to an impending fuel subsidy management system said to be implemented on September 1st.
One source deep inside MOF suspect that it relates to the fuel subsidy card system that will be implemented and someone have been confirmed the contract. Her fear is that all these raids are only for show to get the public to agree. It will end the moment the fuel card contract is awarded.
Since TV3 in Bulletin Utama yesterday evening [try at Tonton.com here] reported Hasan Malek welcoming any suggestion to their on-going study but revealed that a decision is coming up soon, it  only confirmed the information of our MOF source.

Another source told us yesterday that the EPU under Dato Abdul Wahid Omar had pre-decided that the fuel card system will be used despite Hasan's invitation to any suggestions. In addition, the fuel subsidy management system has been guaranteed to a consortium led by Datasonic Berhad.

High government officials with vested interest and neo-liberals with insidious agenda are not interested to plug the leak on subsidised fuel to lessen the government subsidy burden but are only interested to make a buck out of public misery.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Prince of YTL and the Paupers of Kg Chubadak


Don't tell me about modern rules on land ownership, titles, land grant, and the various legalities. It is all man-made laws and regulation that is not a hard and fast rule. It can be adjusted should there be interest to seek social justice.

Even though, this is just a matter of the heart and probably there was compensation and settlement offered, note that the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered in 1998 to give the people of Kg Chubadak that started the village the land grant.

Most likely the subsequent legal process did not favour them. The point is there is rationale to give the land to them. But to whom will the land to be given to instead?

The land supposedly belonging to the Kg. Chubadak squatters made "paupers" will be given to the  YTL monopoly prince living in a new avant garde palatial home on a hill.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Groundswell against YTL but pro-PKR The Edge defending


This picture just got in of TNB staff unions demonstrating against the company from having anything to do with YTL.

In Kg Chubadak, the 40-year original settlers of the village is up in arms against YTL and authorities for denying them land grants but gave the faceless corporation YTL the land title to evict them. 

Words are that teachers all over the country are furious with the YTL's Bestari.net which failed to deliver their system, is being seen as having pre-emptive intention to "cheat" the Government.

All it takes is a spark for a nationwide demonstration against YTL, which could be far bigger than the TNB demonstration.

With all of these happenings, it is strange that The Edge, owned by pro-Anwar Dato Tong Kooi Ong, is defending YTL. Read below and note the bold words:

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ole Ole ... Orange!

We are One (Ole Ole Ola)

Holland gave reigning World Champion, Spain 5-1 drubbing in the opening game of the Group B match. A sweet revenge for their extra time defeat to Spain in the last final in 2010. 

Four years ago, we rooted for the old masters of the game. There is history behind the Dutch team and on that score alone, we felt they deserve to win the last World Cup. Again for the third time, the Dutch came out empty without the coverted Cup in football.

With that huge win against Spain, did the Dutch started out on the right foot?

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Friday, June 13, 2014

"Hire my son and I will extend your contract"


In a previous posting this week here, we posted about a son of a VVIP and likely to be a Minister involvement in the sales of confiscated diesel and inextricably linked to subsidised diesel smuggling in Sabah. It seems the illegal act is made legit with licenses.

Hopefully KPDNKK Minister, Dato Hasan Malek will address this or the son could be  misunderstood as his.

Can't understand why Berita Harian is featuring him in the front page. [Read here.] It looks like another Dato Jailani Ngah style manouvering to embarass someone before dropping them. 

It is an old problem. VVIP children and wives can be a real problem when they exert their influence by throwing their husband name.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Now answer this: Are you dumb and a bastard, Zairil?


Zairil seemed to be too scarred to raise an issue by himself and he needs another DAP MP, Steven Sim to be by his side.

With the comfort of each other, the two idiots repeat the same irritating issue of Tan Sri Muhyiddin's overseas travel to Dubai in April.  This time it is Australia. [Read FMT here.] Zairil must have thought it is an issue of significance.

The last time these two idiots raised such issue, it was given an answer and it turns out their information was embarassingly wrong [read in Unspinners here and here.]. Can's understand why they would still be pursuing an already debunked line of allegation.

Thus, the DPM Office should not waste any more time to answer any more of such wasteful adolesence pestering. If Zairil insist on an answer on the pretext of public accountability, ask him this: Is it true that he is an illegitimate son of the man he used in his name as his father?

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Hasan Malek: Don't let me be misunderstood

When things go wrong I seem to be bad
But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

- The Animal (1965)
The social media is abuzz with talks that few Ministers will be dropped, recently won MP, Dato Mah Siew Keong of Telok Intan and Dato Liow of MCA will be appointed Ministers with some shuffling of an MIC Deputy Minister.

No ... we are most uninterested to predict and suggest names for an impending cabinet reshuffle. As far as we are concerned, Dato Najib should have placed his men and women when he assumed Prime Ministership and bleached both the cabinet and election candidate list. 

Thus, we are not writing to demand for Dato Hasan Malek to be dropped. He may have said many wrong things at the wrong time and in the wrong manner thus get himself spinned the wrong way. In fact, we have wrote of him back back in January. [Read here].

Let us leave the decision on his Ministership to his boss.

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

YTL's new IPP venture an insult to the Johor Sultanate institution


The Johor State Government heeded the widespread voices against the Johor Housing and Property Amendment (JHPA) Bill to be tabled at the State Assembly tomorrow. [Read Utusan Malaysia, Bigdog and The Star

Hopefully all troubling clauses to the effect of giving the Sultan the absolute discretionary power be amended. The concern of all parties, opposition or goverment, politicians or activists/media, are that it could demean the institution of Malay rulers.

Public listed businesses and public policies are open to public scrutiny thus it puts the Malay rulers open to public critics and at times ridicule, as experienced by government-side politicians

This raises the question of YTL riding on their partnership with the Sultan of Johor for a new IPP project in Johor.

Since it was not done according to the proper open tender procedure already in practise, YTL had demean the institution of Malay rulers, specifically the Johor Sultanate.

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

What are the Johoreans saying?

30,000 Johoreans pledging loyalty to the Sultan on Jun 10, 2012. Read here

A new state enactment for Johor to empower the Sultan to appoint the Chairman and Members of the Board of Housing and Properties has received quite loud responses since it was first mentioned in the Johor State Assembly early this week.

When the news broke out as an Utusan Malaysia frontpage news on Thursday and covered in the TV3 evening news on Wednesday night, discussions on the social media and Whats App have been non-stop since.

There are the pros and many more cons on the proposed amendment for whatever reasons. Maybe it is not a good idea to proceed first till it is explained properly to the public and allowed to be seen by the public.

A negative public opinion puts the Sultan in a bad light. The last we wish to see his majesty being criticised and insulted openly by the subjects in these unstoppable social media environment.

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