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Friday, October 24, 2014

Leadership and the Malaysian eCONomy-part 1



I hope not everyone-and I further hope, the majority of us are not mesmerised by Najb’s PR gimmicks. His presentation of the yearly budget is fast becoming a yearly singsong. He is repeating some same stuff over and over again.

The more important issues like income distribution, the worsening level of education, the deterioration of domestic and external security, the scourge of corruption were hardly mentioned. He took time to sound silly by prodding the opposition. His budget speech is one boring rendition of some economist extended essay.

We saw the video clip of Najib being elbowed by Rosmah during Jokowi’s inauguration. If that is true, this country is doomed.  The clip however looked suspicious.

He is now compared to president Jokowi of Indonesia and is seen as inadequate. That’s humbling to us Malaysians. Jokowi was a furniture trader. Najib is a scion of an aristocratic family, the product of British education, yet pales in comparison with wak Jokowi?

There you are- all this time one compares him with the milieu composed of pedestrian village folks, or people coming from less privileged family background who are crude in mannerisms, less cosmopolitan- he on the other hand coming from a pedigreed background; that alone made him appear ‘special’. But once he is compared among equals, not linked to the same cultural background, the real Najib stands out. Ineffectual, intellectually less rigorous, muddled thinker.

While Indonesia is adopting openness and meritocracy and more democracy, Malaysia is reversing. Malaysia is introverted, becoming more tight-fisted, and petty. The main reason for this reversal is the weak leadership of Najib. He is assertive on the wrong things and not on the fundamentals of nation building. He is expansive on the petty things and not on the factors that really contribute to the nation‘s advancement.

In 2009, he became the PM with pomp and splendour liked by any member of aristocracy and bourgeoisie.  He declared all the acronymic initiatives- a series of marketing gimmicks to inform the public that he his serous about transforming this nation. He also declared the age of big brother government is over.

After 5 years, the country has not transformed into what the various acronyms promised. The country is divided along racial, religious, and social lines; the security of this country breached so many times. We have millions of foreign paid security workers guarding our housing estates and commercial premises; the economy has grown at non extraordinary rates, public debt has risen, household debt has grown to astronomical levels, religious bigotry and pettiness are on the rise. What has Najib done?

Nothing.

Just what are the things crucial to nation building? I would say things like having leadership, the rule of law, security of the nation both domestically and externally, social cohesiveness, economic governance, education and skilling the people, income distribution, adoption of live and let live attitude.

Leadership deficit slackens the country.

What is it that Najib lacks first? He is not a thoughtful person. Now when I say being thoughtful it means being intellectually rigorous. Najib is only slightly better than his cousin Hishamudin upstairs there. The only leader thus far displaying that trait is that ’evil dictator’ Mahathir. We can say all the evil things about him, but lack of intelligence and wide knowledge isn’t one of them.

Perhaps that is a reflection of a less intellectually rigorous youthful life. He doesn’t have the quality of mind that differentiates him from the rest of his cabinet members. We all suspect that many of his speeches written in books were not his and ask him t expand on the ideas he will look askance. The slacks in youthful life that could have been corrected and compensated by rigorous education has finally shown itself in the present day Najib.

So? So he can’t grasp the bigger picture of nation building which requires more democracy where it is needed, order when it is appropriately required, corruption free civil service, the absence of which as created a group of government-rich coterie. Ever wonder how some ex high civil servants after retirement can own houses costing RM7-8 million?

Some tough measures are needed to tackle things like open defiance of the supremacy of the nation’s laws. For example when JAKIM people refused order from our civil laws which stemmed from the supreme laws of this nation, Najib should have these people arrested. Not doing so, has created uncertainty over the laws of this nation. This is not an Islamic state- I am sorry to say this to my Muslim brothers in Malaysia.

We don’t need an Islamic Constitution say the objectors- the institution of Islamic principles, is in in the hearts. Well, good- then that is the more reason why we don’t need an oversight organisation that makes a mockery of the constitution of Malaysia. Islam rules by gentle persuasion- acceptance by way of conviction is more lasting than acceptance by force.

Acara Makan Katak Itu Dusta!


Kisah SEBENAR ACARA MAKAN KATAK DI SEKOLAH 

Setelah digemparkan dengan acara pegang anjing baru-baru ini, kini Malaysia dikecohkan pula dengan isu makan katak disekolah. Gambar-gambar yang memperlihatkan beberapa orang guru dan pelajar di sebuah sekolah telah tersebar secara meluas dilaman sosial sejak 22 Oct. 

Bagaimanapun, ada pihak tampil untuk memberikan penjelasan. Menurut pihak terbabit, acara tersebut merupakan acara survival dari pihak sekolah, bukannya acara makan katak.

Assalamualaikum admin sstv(sukan star tv).. mohon jasa baik admin untuk remove pasal makan katak tu.. sebenarnya ia program demomstarsi ikhtiar hidup yg dijalankan oleh pasukan gerakan am (PGA) di sekolah. tiada sebarang program makan katak berlaku. Gambar tu sekadar pose dari guru itu.

Berikut pula penjelasan dari seorang yang menyatakan anaknya salah seorang dari pelajar yang menghadiri program survival tersebut.


Diharap agar orang ramai tidak mudah percaya dengan apa yang disebarkan melalui media sosial terutamanya apa-apa yang berkaitan dengan isu yang panas sebegini. Diharap juga pihak yang mempunyai 'kuasa untuk menyebar' sentiasa memeriksa sumber dan kesahihan tentang perkara yang mereka kongsi. -penmerah 

TMJ Dan Khaleeda Bustamam Selamat Bergelar Suami Isteri



Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, 30 telah selamat melangsungkan pernikahan dengan Cik Khaleeda Bustamam, 21 di Istana Bukit Serene pukul 10 pagi pada hari ini.

MUDAHNYA MUHDALENA NI LARI

Muhdalena Ahmad, wanita yang terlibat dengan kejadian amuk di depan Kompleks B, Jabatan Perdana Menteri di Putrajaya dua tahun lepas, melarikan diri dari Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) pada Khamis. 

Muhdalena, 30, yang dimasukkan ke HSA pada Ahad lepas kerana bersalin,didapati hilang dari hospital itu pada kira-kira 9 pagi.  



Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Johor Datuk Hasnan Hassan dalam kenyataan disini berkata polis giat mencari Muhdalena, yang merupakan tahanan di Hospital Permai, Tampoi. 

Suspek pernah dituduh di Mahkamah Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur mengikut kesalahan Seksyen 506 Kanun Keseksaan dan Seksyen 7 Akta Bahan Kakisan, Letupan dan Senjata Berbahaya. 

Pada akhir perbicaraan, suspek dimasukkan ke Hospital Permai atas perintah Mahkamah Putrajaya mengikut Seksyen 348 Kanun Prosedur Jenayah (Akta 593) demi penjagaan selamat orang yang dibebaskan. 

Hasnan berkata orang ramai yang mempunyai maklumat diminta menghubungi pihakpolis di talian 07-2212999.

Kereta Dibom Di Pulau Pinang



Penduduk Taman Seri Gelugor dekat sini, gempar apabila sebuah Audi A6 yang diletakkan di Lorong Seri Gelugor 2 meletup dan terbakar 2.25 petang ini.

Letupan itu dikatakan kedengaran sehingga 1.5 kilometer menyebabkan penduduk kampung berhampiran bergegas keluar untuk melihat apa yang berlaku.

Difahamkan, kereta berkenaan diletakkan di tepi jalan itu sejak beberapa bulan lalu tidak jauh dari rumah pemiliknya yang berusia 62 tahun.

Rakaman kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) mendapati seorang lelaki kelihatan menunggang motosikal sebelum berhenti dan memecahkan cermin kereta.

Lelaki berkenaan dilihat memasukkan sesuatu dan kereta berkenaan meletup tidak sampai seminit lelaki terbabit beredar.

Pegawai Bomba Kanan II Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Tasek Gelugor Hashim Awang berkata, pihaknya bergegas ke tempat kejadian dengan sebuah jentera bersama enam anggota sebaik menerima panggilan jam 2.31 petang.

Katanya, ketika tiba di tempat kejadian, sebuah kereta sudah terbakar 70 peratus tetapi api berjaya dikawal tidak sampai lima minit.

Causeway toll ‘tit-for-tat’ will hurt Malaysia more than Singapore, The Economist says….But we say: What say you PM @NajibRazak?

Despite protests by transport companies and frequent commuters of the Causeway, Malaysia raised the toll fees for cars leaving the country at its southern gateway in August with taxis paying RM8.20 for a round-trip while heavy good vehicles are charged RM33.30. — File pic
Despite protests by transport companies and frequent commuters of the Causeway, Malaysia raised the toll fees for cars leaving the country at its southern gateway in August with taxis paying RM8.20 for a round-trip while heavy good vehicles are charged RM33.30. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24  MMO― Malaysia has more to lose in the “tit-for-tat” Causeway toll fee hike than Singapore, The Economist said in its latest print edition, pointing out that the bridge road between the two Southeast nations accounts for roughly half of this country’s foreign visitors.
The London-based international current affairs news weekly also pointed out that the higher rates hurts the pockets of Malaysians travelling across the Causeway for work.
To make things worse, The Economist noted that Johor lawmakers are now also threatening an additional levy on Singaporean drivers in Malaysia.
“Malaysia has most to lose from the tit-for-tat,” the weekly said in an article in its latest print edition.
Despite protests by transport companies and frequent commuters of the Causeway, Malaysia raised the toll fees for cars leaving the country at its southern gateway in August with taxis paying RM8.20 for a round-trip while heavy good vehicles are charged RM33.30.
The Singapore Land Transport Authority then announced in September that it would match Malaysia’s prices on the oldest bridge linking the two countries that were once part of the same federation, adding that it would revise the rates if and when Malaysia does.
Johor’s lawmakers have sounded warning bells over the hike, noting that the 470 per cent increase will pose a strain on small traders, besides hitting Malaysia’s tourism and the Iskandar development region, which is heavily reliant on its closeness to Singapore for investments.
“The Iskandar Development Region… is as good as gone. There will definitely be an impact on the national economy,” Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong said recently.
The Economist agreed the toll hikes would affect Johor’s burgeoning Iskandar region, noting that early optimism in the returns from the economic zone is already fading amid the looming housing glut.
“Malaysia has poured money and effort into Iskandar,” the weekly said.
By developing the economic zone, which spans an area about three times the size of Singapore, The Economist said Putrajaya had hoped to “snag a little more of the magic dust” from its rich neighbour.
The plan worked for a time, the weekly said, noting that rich Singaporeans were happy at having a cheaper option to park their investments.
“Until recently, Iskandar’s cheap condominiums seemed like good bets when Singapore’s own property prices were shooting up.
“Singapore hopes factories can move to Johor, freeing up space and resources for higher-value businesses,” The Economist said.
Malaysians in the meantime, it said, continued to commute daily from Johor, reporting to jobs across the Causeway where they could earn in Singaporean currency.
But housebuilding in Iskandar has now outpaced job creation, The Economist said, a phenomenon that observers have agreed will soon result in a property glut.
Citing Malaysian data, Singapore’s main newspaper Straits Times reported recently that there are 118,191 homes under construction in Johor, and another 168,371 planned as at the fourth quarter of last year.
Adding to fears of the looming oversupply of homes, The Economist pointed out that the suspension of corporate-ownership rules that favour the Malays, Malaysia’s ethnic majority, in Iskandar has also angered the locals.
Their grievances, the weekly said, cannot be ignored, particularly as the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government had lost significant numbers to the opposition during the last general election.
“At present the costs are manageable,” The Economist wrote in reference to the Causeway toll prices, quoting a taxi driver on the Causeway.
“But what will happen next year?” it asked. -malaymail

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