Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Of missing leaders and questionable officers...

Traditionally, at least one of the top two leaders of a country will be in the country toadminister the state of the country. This is not so in Malaysia. For the past few days, the Prime Minister and his Deputy is criss crossing the Arab world. Are there any elections there where BN is putting its candidate there?

Whilst performing his official duty, the Deputy Prime Minister takes time off to perform the Umrah (small haji). This is evident with the photo caption of Najib with his ihram.

WWith the Deuty talking on the possibility of more Arab students enrolling in the Malaysian higher centres of learning.

Does all the travelling needed to divert the media attention to the now scarcely mention case of the Mongolian model?

The drop in Malaysian share market may force the Prime Minister to seek for divine indication when the General election being held. Maybe another chance for the Prime Minister to take a good luck to his current team and get the best out of them.

Or are both the leaders purposely travel abroad to glance off the possible inquiry of Datuk Zulkifli, the head of Anti Corruption Agency on several issues bordering between the legal and illegal connection.

It is time for the masses to say "Enough is enough"
It is a sad day when the country are run by those behind the table.

Till then...G'nite M'sia... wherever u are... Read More

Friday, February 23, 2007

Of feeling good economy and broken promises...

For the past few days, the mainstrem news are harping on the leaps and bounds of Malaysian economy with share index breaching the 13 year old record. Despite the cautious assessment of alternative news, the Prime Minister responded that the economy is genuinely taking a turn for the better.

And returning from Jakarta, another news awaits the good time economy...that of Malaysian Government offering India to bid for the double track project between Seremban and Gemas, where the portion was initially packaged by China related companies (CREC) before the project was shelved due to controversies surrounding the award of the project to MMC-Gamuda.

It seems that the circle is coming to full cycle with a twist here and there. And yet, the role of CREC or China is unclear. When or rather what will the Malaysian government offer to China? Or is it going to be another broken promises and empty talks to camourflage the fact that MMC-Gamuda is already putting their proposal for the northern portion of the project?

Or maybe the Malaysian Prime Minister is still in cloud nine if what RPK writes is true and Malaysia will be introduced to a new Mrs PM. In the meantime, the Malaysian bloggers are keenly following the cases involving Rocky and Jeff.

Me? All this is making me sleepy so till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are... Read More

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Of treats and threats....

Normally, the children in USA will go door to door with their fancy costumes and the immortal words of "treat or trick" during the haloween whilst the older guys/gals will party the night away.

In Malaysia, the "treat and trick" has been dramatically changed to "treat or threats" where the higher up in the political echelon will pass his decree to remind the normal guys on the street to toe the line or else...

Just the other day, the Minister of Public Works has revealed the repair cost of Middle Ring Road II (MRR) which comes up to RM 70 million from the initial RM 40 million announced a year earlier. This is 75 % more than the initial estimate provided by the same Ministry. Now, the question that goes begging is whose fault is it? Has the Ministry and its in-house experts has undersetimate the repair cost? Or has the Contractor inflate the price? As this is a public project, with public money, the Ministry shall be more responsible in providing data and details.

And yet the same Minister is more concern with the toll agreement with the private toll operators. The Minister, upping the Ministry of Internal Affairs declare that the documents pertaining to the toll is classified as OSA. The question is when is the documents regarded as OSA and when does the OSAship of the documents can be declared as null and void. Being a layman, an OSA document can be recklessly left on the table for all to see unless the cover is printed in bold, red wordings of OSA or similar with appropriate warnings like those found by the side of a cigarrete box.

So where is the treat ? The treat is for the public to use MRR and the tolled highway. And the threats ? Additional RM 30 million (75 % more than the estimate) to be borne by public funds and also the ever increasing toll along the highways.

Further threats come in the form of OSA when the toll increament was challenged by the opposition.

And in all this affair, the Kingpin of Malaysia's BN is busy warding off news like the new executive jet, yatch, nasi kandar restaurant in Perth, free trade talks with USA etc.

It is no surprise that all this leads to the question on competency, who is competent enough to lead the country towards achieving Vision 2020 and whether what the public is facing now is the "treat or threat" situation, in view of speculations of an early General Election.

Till then...G'nite M'sia, wherever u are... Read More