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Malaysia reciprocates Singapore on toll charges

The latest announcement by the Malaysian Highway Authority that starting from 1st August 2014, all vehicles going to Singapore will be charged RM6.80 at the CIQ toll to Singapore and RM9.70 at the CIQ toll from Singapore received some mixed reaction by the public.

With the advent of Singapore charging foreign vehicles coming in to Singapore at SGD35 (RM90) from SGD20 (RM52) starting from 1st August 2014 as well (an extra of RM38), Malaysia seemed to reciprocate with a lesser amount of quantum albeit, with a blanket charges on all vehicles.

Obviously leading the way in going against this move are the opposition portals, and unsurprisingly, Pakatan Rakyat’s politicians.

It is quite alarming to see the amount of disinformation coming out from these portals (and those politicians). For one, the toll charged is not for the use of the highway (the Eastern Dispersal Link highway) leading up to the toll, but rather only for vehicles using the CIQ.

All other users using the EDL but are not going to Singapore will not be charged at all. The 8km highway itself is free to Johoreans for them traverse across Johor Bahru. And as the name implies, the highway had greatly dispersed traffic and reduced travelling time for Johoreans in their state capital city.

A quick search on information for the toll led us to http://www.edlconnects.com.my with the FAQs at http://www.edlconnects.com.my/faq.html.

Among other things, out of 220,000 daily vehicles that are currently on the EDL highway, only 60,000 are the CIQ users and out of this 60,000 vehicles 80% of the m are Singaporean cars.

Furthermore, and this is quite pertinent since Malaysians who care about other Malaysians who are working in Singapore, what they need to know is that Malaysians who are working in Singapore receive income from Singapore and pay their taxes to Singapore. As they use our highways without tax representation, surely a meagre amount of toll charges (82% less than what Singapore is charging us) will not cause their employers much loss of income.

Question now is, will the government be smart enough to counter any negative feedback received from the people going in and out from Singapore?

“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Dr. Awang Puteh

Just like the great masterpiece of Oscar Wilde, this article which was published in The New Straits Times today and written by one who calls himself Dr. Awang Bin Puteh revealed how comical double standards, ‘lupa daratan’, vanity, arrogance and hypocrisy thrive in the corporate world and among billionaires. And we thought these people living in the upper echelons of society could at least be humble, reciprocal and more reflective about their social standing and how they came to be.

A recommended read indeed.

The Importance of Being Earnest

CRONY CAPITALISM? It’s time for YTL boss to walk the talk and show ethical leadership by example

APPARENTLY, the negative trait of Melayu mudah lupa is not only confined to the Malays, but also to other ethnic groups in Malaysia. This is evident from the statement by YTL Corporation Bhd managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh when he commented  on crony capitalism a few days ago.

Yeoh’s claims that he is successful because he is not a crony and doesn’t depend on government contracts.

He also went further, which seems tantamount to fanning the flame of racial provocation, by stating that non-Bumiputera small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) “absolutely have no chance” to even fight “for the crumbs” as they are already at the low end of the food chain.

He delighted in lecturing us, delivered with a straight face and an affectation of pious conviction, that Malaysians are not taking advantage of our ethnic diversity, and we must introduce more open competition and encourage greater transparency in business.

Not unexpectedly, his statement evoked negative reaction from the public, and many reacted in disbelief to Yeoh’s hypocrisy given his companies’ close links with the government in the past as well as in the present.

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam summed it up aptly when he said that “people who live in glass houses, should not throw stones”. He further correctly stressed that Yeoh’s talking about getting rid of cronyism doesn’t sound right while his companies bagged lucrative government contracts through direct negotiations rather than open tender exercises.

Why the repetitive mantra by Yeoh despite YTL receiving all the government’s love and special attention all these times? We know that great wealth buys great political influence, but to insult the people’s intelligence with his sermon borders on brazen arrogance.

Maybe these kinds of people live in a bubble, and not surpassingly, those inside the bubble sometimes think that they can pull the wool over our eyes.

Nonetheless, let us address Yeoh’s arguments specifically.

Yeoh is adamant that YTL is successful because he is not a crony and doesn’t depend on government contracts. That is a bold statement.

Without government contracts, YTL would still be a small-time contractor. In fact, it is continuously the beneficiary of government assistance. For instance, in 1990, YTL was awarded an almost RM1 billion contract to build public hospitals.

Unless Yeoh suffers from amnesia, he could not possibly forget his big break in 1992 when the government awarded him the first licence to build, operate and manage power plants.

Without this lucrative concession, his company would probably be stuck as Syarikat Pembinaan YTL Sdn Bhd, a relatively small construction and property development company. This foray into the power sector vaulted YTL into the big league, where its pre-tax profit last year alone amounted to RM2.5 billion, versus RM30 million in 1991 before contributions from power operations began flowing in.

Importantly, most of the projects given to YTL were and still are heavily subsidised by the rakyat. His power agreement with Tenaga Nasional Bhd was so lopsided and utterly unjust that Tan Sri Ani Arope, the then TNB chief executive officer, submitted his resignation after refusing to accept YTL’s terms.

His “take or pay” agreement with TNB obligated it to take up YTL’s power output — priced much higher than what TNB could easily produce — whether the utility needed it or not, for 21 years.

Maybe that’s what Yeoh meant when he stated that YTL became successful via “innovation”, which ripped off billions in taxpayers’ money.

Has he also conveniently forgotten how he was recently awarded a RM10 billion contract by the Education Ministry to provide, among others, laptops to schools, despite YTL not being a computer maker, nor expert in education services? The contract irked member of parliament Zaril Khir Johari, who raised questions on this issue in Parliament. His 1BestariNet programme, which is to install 4G high-speed broadband to all schools, indirectly means that the rakyat are actually funding the commercial expansion of YTL’s YES 4G network. So much for innovation.

Yeoh was also borderline malicious when he said the non-Bumiputera SMEs had been discriminated by the government.

Well, I wonder where he got his statistics from. Analyses done by the Economic Planning Unit show that non-Bumiputera businesses, especially Chinese companies, took 80 sen for every RM1 in government contracts.

Even funding for SMEs benefited non-Bumiputeras the most, as data shows that Bumiputera companies accounted for about 30 per cent of the entire funding for SMEs last year.

To put things in perspective, the value of the contract YTL secured from the Education Ministry alone, for providing only laptops to students, exceeds the entire funding for all Bumiputera SMEs for the entire period of last year!

It is heart-warming to learn that YTL supports national unity. Let us, for a second meditate upon and closely scrutinise these nationalistic statements from Yeoh: “We should leverage on our different ethnic races in the nation and should start working together. We have been working for a long time like we’re in a tunnel. We have not learnt to work together. We have been separated and not looked at each other’s strengths. We do not celebrate our diversity.”

Such enlightened view should indeed be emulated by other companies! However, in the name of transparency, would YTL be willing to make public the ethnic diversity figures in YTL workforce, its board of directors, exco, senior management, mid-management and low-level positions?

YTL should also make public how much was sub-contracted to Bumiputera and Indian companies, compared to Chinese-owned companies.

Similarly, in the name of transparency, would YTL also make public its power agreements, which had enabled YTL to make astronomical returns at the expense of the people? Please allow public scrutiny of the agreements, as suggested by MP Tony Pua from DAP not too long ago.

Yeoh also argued that he is a true patriot, for he has “defended the present government’s concerted efforts to introduce more open competition and encourage greater transparency in business”.

This is commendable, but flies in the face of facts. How does YTL explain its willing participation in direct negotiations with the government on some of the most lucrative contracts? It was only last week that a YTL Corp wholly-owned subsidiary was awarded a power plant project by the Energy Commission via direct tender!

Maybe YTL can make a declaration to the public that it will no longer participate in direct-negotiations and cease altogether from seeking contracts from the government.

There is still time for redemption for a devout man like Yeoh to walk the talk. I am sure he would like to show ethical leadership by example.

Moving forward, we have to help Yeoh from backsliding from his recent epiphany, and to become the born-again corporate leader that he aspires to be.

I would urge the government to be kind to him by avoiding any dealings with YTL group, either in providing contracts, or using its products and services. The government should also exclude YTL from participating in any way whatsoever in the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project, if the project is yet to be awarded to him. He sorely needs help from the government to wean him away from his old habits.

As for me, I will also do my little part. I will stop patronising YTL hotels, shopping malls and Internet service provider, among others. I am boycotting YTL and I suggest the rest of Malaysia follow suit.

After all, Yeoh proudly claimed that his company gets 85 per cent of revenue from overseas operations.

Oh, by the way, the deafening silence from some of the most vocal critics of crony capitalism in Malaysia is really puzzling.

Imagine if the same statement was made by a Malay tycoon, I am sure the deafening silence will become a raging tropical thunderstorm.

Maybe when a Bumiputera businessman gets a contract, it’s cronyism and unfair privileges. But when people like Yeoh gets it, it is innovation, market forces and meritocracy.

 

Solar panels on roads

We find this new technology and idea very refreshing, innovative and not to mention will help reduce costs and increase environmental health.

This, and other forms of renewable energy is the way to go for the future.

Top 10 Reasons Why Pakatan Rakyat Is Lowering Your Standards

The standards we are talking about is the standard of being you set yourself as a citizen of this country. Your standard as part of the larger society. And this standard of yours is quickly being eroded by Pakatan Rakyat. Here’s how:

10. When it comes to corruption, all Barisan Nasional MPs and leaders must be seen as corrupt free. But when the leaders of Pakatan Rakyat do it, all of you turned around and say – look Barisan Nasional is even worse. Yes, Pakatan Rakyat had successfully lowered your standards in terms of corruption. In your minds, Pakatan Rakyat can be corrupt because Barisan Nasional is corrupt too. In the end, it is okay for YOU to be corrupt because everyone else is corrupt too.

9. When it comes to Barisan Nasional leaders, the Pakatan Rakyat politicians are telling you that you need better leaders than Bung Mokhtar or Hassan Malek or G. Palanivel or most of the current crop of MPs from Barisan Nasional. But when it comes to their own leaders it does not matter who they are and what quality they possess; the lower the better. That’s why you are okay when Loh Gwo Burne became MP (your lowered standards voted him in), when Anwar Ibrahim was caught in a video with a China doll, all of you still voted for him. Let’s just cut the nonsense and admit that he is that fella in the video and on top of that, he is also guilty of sodomising someone against his will (a homosexual rapist is another term for that). Why can’t you people admit that? Standards too low already? Should we even delve and talk about Mahfuz Omar and even Hew Kuan Yau?

8. When it comes to the education qualifications of Barisan Nasional leaders, Pakatan Rakyat wants you to scrutinise their intelligence and education background. The standards they set for you is that you deserve Barisan Nasional leaders with at least a doctorate level education. But when it comes to their own leaders, anyone will do. Even the intelligence level of Mat Sabu will get him your votes. Recently, a  26 year old UiTM graduate with only one year working experience as a trainee in a law firm is being put as an MP candidate to serve a constituency of 60,000 people. The selling point to the people in Teluk Intan? A promise of hope for things to get better. Yes, we all know the value of a promise in Pakatan Rakyat’s election manifesto. But who cares, your standards are quite low so that is okay. God forbid if Barisan Nasional fielded a candidate with the same amount of education qualifications to what say, Mahfuz Omar acquired. All hell will break lose.

7. Pakatan Rakyat wants you to hound Barisan Nasional leaders for shoddy services and below average performance by the ruling government. You only deserve the best and above all, must not thank Barisan Nasional because it is their duty to provide these to you in the first place. But when it comes to the services by Pakatan Rakyat state government, they want you to lower your standards and forgive them for any poor performance. Because it is not their job to give you top notch services. Even promises can be broken. But don’t stop there, they want you to be angry at Barisan Nasional for any third-rate, poor quality services rendered by Pakatan Rakyat state governments. The JAIS raid on Bible Society as well as Selangor water fiasco are two such examples.

Lying and giving poor services are Pakatan Rakyat's standards which are acceptable by you.

Lying and giving poor services are Pakatan Rakyat’s standards which are acceptable by you.

6. Normally, hypocrisy is a trait which is shunned by most people. But since the arrival of Pakatan Rakyat, they have successfully  ingrained this attitude into you as an acceptable characteristic. You have been downgraded as a walking hypocrite. Take for instance, the call of cronyism and nepotism by Pakatan Rakyat to Barisan Nasional. You people echoed the same sentiment and propaganda against Barisan Nasional. But when it comes to Pakatan Rakyat, they can take all these nepotism and cronyism to another level yet you are okay with it. Not only that you embrace it lovingly and say it is okay for them to have father-son, husband-wife, father-daughter intra-party relationship with a whole gamut of feudalistic family oriented parties. It is all nice and dandy. Right? So sad.

 5. When it comes to Barisan Nasional, double standards is a big no on your part. You are bred by Pakatan Rakyat to believe that Barisan Nasional must never resort to double standards. Say one thing, but do the other. That is unforgivable. But for Pakatan Rakyat, you are blinded or worse, brainwashed to see that practising double standards is acceptable on your part. Want to have a multi racial country but support segregated vernacular schools; want to have an equitable and just society, but want to impose hudud only for muslims; want to have a free and fair elections, but their party elections are very autocratic and riddled with corruption and strife.

4. The freedom of speech within Pakatan Rakyat is near non-existent. You must not criticise the leaders in Pakatan Rakyat, especially if you are a member, and especially if you have a valid reason to criticise. All that will be swept under the carpet and the complainers will be issued gag orders. Worse, they will be kicked out. But God forbid if the freedom of speech against Barisan Nasional is slightly curtailed. When it comes to Barisan Nasional, there must be a no holds barred attitude against them. The Prime Minister must not stifle any unfair defamatory speech against him. But Lim Guan Eng, Anwar Ibrahim and their ilk can sue anyone who says something which they do not like. In other words, there are practising totalitarian leadership right under your nose. Yet, you bask in it pretending it to be a liberal democracy.

3. For years Barisan Nasional has been ridiculed by you when you say it is an old party, filled with political has beens and dinosaurs. You laugh at Barisan Nasional without being cognisant of Pakatan Rakyat’s own pack of grizzled old men. Leading the charge is of course DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who will be 77 come next general election. Your ‘prime minister in waiting’, Anwar Ibrahim will be 71 in 2018. Abdul Hadi Awang, your future DPM, will also be 71 in 2018. There are many more oldies in Pakatan Rakyat. So why are you people lowering your standards in accepting dinosaurs as your leaders? Because Pakatan Rakyat asked you to.

2. As your intelligence is being lowered even more, you still find enough time to believe what Pakatan Rakyat told you; that Barisan Nasional treats non-malays as second citizens and that only malay cronies could reap all the benefits this country has to offer. But at the same time you believe another propaganda that says non-malays pay more tax than the malays. And so, those who are ‘oppressed’ by Barisan Nasional suddenly get a lot more income that’s why they are taxed! This contradicting logic would be so preposterous to an intelligent mind, but alas, Pakatan Rakyat has stupefied you to the point of no return. You can’t even step back and take stock on any messages Pakatan Rakyat throws at you. You can’t even perform logical and critical thinking anymore. You just gobble everything up as the truth.

1. When it comes to Barisan Nasional, you are made to believe that the current state of perceived despair and worsening fate of the country has always been the case since Independence. You were made to believe that only Pakatan Rakyat is the saviour of this country. Judging from 9 points mentioned above, it will take only the stupid to believe that Pakatan Rakyat will make this country better. Fact of the matter is, the country under Barisan Nasional has made this country one of the best place to live on this earth and to say that things have always been terrible would be a great disservice to your standard of intelligence. Yes sure, things have not always been perfect. But remember the great 90s and the decades before that? Remember the great country prior to 2008? One of the things that made this country worse is the birth of Pakatan Rakyat. Where were you in the 90s? Perhaps living a happy life at that time with few complaints. Even Lim Kit Siang was a happy, tolerable fellow at that time.

Tun Abdul Hamid menulis tentang perpecahan melayu dan tuntutan melampau bukan melayu

Berikut adalan tulisan hasil pandangan Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, bekas Ketua Hakim Malaysia. Penulisan beliau boleh di baca di http://www.tunabdulhamid.my

PERPECAHAN MELAYU PUNCA TUNTUTAN MELAMPAU BUKAN MELAYU

Oleh Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad

Pada pandangan saya, hubungan antara kaum di Malaysia masih baik. Rakyat berbagai kaum masih menjalani hubungan seperti biasa. Tidak ada ketegangan di antara kaum dalam hubungan mereka seharian. Hubungan sosial di antara sesama orang Melayu juga baik, tidak kira apa parti politik mereka. Apa yang berlaku semenjak PRU 12 ialah “political divide”.

PAS, melalui janji syurga yang tidak perlu ditepati, mengkafirkan penyokong UMNO dan memburukkan pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO dan lain-lain, telah berjaya menarik sebilangan besar orang Melayu untuk menjadi penyokongnya, bukan lagi di kawsan pedalaman tetapi juga di kawasan bandar, bukan lagi di kalangan orang-orang yang berkelulusan Syari’ah tetapi juga di kalangan professional. Ini telah melemahkan UMNO.

Tetapi, selagi PAS kekal bersendirian dan tertumpu kepada negeri-negeri Pantai Timur, ia tidak menjadi ancaman yang serius kepada kerajaan BN di peringkat Persekutuan.

Keadaan berubah dengan penubuhan PKR. PKR telah berjaya menarik orang-orang yang kecewa, yang tidak mendapat tempat dalam UMNO, golongan opportunist dan yang marah kepada pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO tidak kira sama ada alasannya munasabah atau tidak. PKR telah membuktikan bahawa ia hanya mempunyai satu matlamat: berjuang untuk menjatuhkan Kerajaan BN untuk membolehkan Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia. Mereka sanggup melakukan apa sahaja untuk mencapai hasrat mereka, termasuk mengorbankan hak orang Melayu dan kedudukan agama Islam.

Melihat perpecahan orang Melayu, orang Cina khususnya, yang memang pandai membuat perkiraan, telah bersatu di belakang DAP, mengambil faedah daripada undi penyokong PKR dan PAS untuk menjatuhkan BN dan menjadi parti dominan dalam Pakatan Rakyat yang akan memerintah. Perak selepas PRU12 adalah misalan yang baik. Wakil PAS di jadikan sebagai Menteri Besar menyebabkan penyokong-penyokong PAS merasa bahawa mereka telah berjaya menubuhkan sebuah “Kerajaan Islam”. Maka bertakbirlah mereka di sepanjang jalan menunjuk perasaan. Hakikatnya majoriti ahli Exco adalah ahli-ahli DAP dan merekalah yang sebenarnnya berkuasa. Jika dulu “Pak Kadok menang sorak kampung tergadai, sekarang Haji Kadok menang takbir negeri tergadai.” Semua ini orang Melayu, khususnya dalam PAS, mesti sedar.

Melihat keadaan ini, NGO-NGO Cina mula menunjukan sikapnya yang sebenar: tamak dan “kiasu”. Mereka mula membuat tuntutan-tuntutan yang tidak berpatutan yang melanggar peruntukan-peruntukan Perlembagaan khususnya mengenai hak orang Melayu dan kedudukan Islam. Tindakan Gereja Katholik juga sangat merbahaya. Semua perbuatan itu bukan sahaja boleh menggugat perpaduan negara, malah ketenteraman negara. Semua ini tidak berlaku semasa orang Melayu teguh di belakang UMNO.

Perbuatan itu mesti dibendung. Untuk itu Kerajaan hendaklah memikir semula mengenai keperluan mengadakan semula Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). Kita tidak patut takut kepada kritikan mengenainya. Singapura dan Brunei mempunyai undang-undang yang serupa. Tidak pula dikritik. Apa yang dilakukan oleh Amerika Syarikat di Guantanamo adalah lebih teruk dari penahanan di bawah ISA. (Lihat Conflict of Interests Between Different Basic Rights dan juga Legal and judicial Transformation in Malaysia: http://www.tunabdulhamid.my.)

Di samping itu, Kerajaan tidak patut terlalu berlembut apatah lagi takut kepada mereka sehingga tidak berani mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap mereka. Tidak guna mempuyai undang-undang jika tidak berani menggunanya.

UMNO juga mesti berusaha untuk menarik balik pengundi yang telah lari kepada PAS dan PKR malah sanggup mengundi DAP kerana taat kepada PKR dan PAS. PAS dan UMNO perlu berfikir untuk berkerja sama, sekurang-sekurangnya di peringkat Persekutuan untuk mempertahankan Kerajaan Persekutuan daripada jatuh kepada PKR dan DAP. PAS mesti sedar bahawa perjuangan asal mereka adalah untuk Melayu dan Islam; bahawa jika Pakatan Rakyat berkuasa DAP akan menjadi parti dominan, bukan PKR atau PAS; bahawa PKR tidak boleh diharap untuk membela orang Melayu dan agama Islam; bahawa DAP adalah lebih chauvinistic daripada MCA atau Gerakan; bahawa PKR atau PAS tidak boleh mengawal cita-cita DAP seperti UMNO mengawal MCA atau Gerakan. Maka jika PAS tidak mahu hak Melayu dan kedudukan agama Islam digugat, ia hendaklah berkerjasama dengan UMNO.

Sebenarnya, di antara PAS dengan UMNO sudah tidak ada apa bezanya lagi. Demikian juga tidak ada apa bezanya di antara Kelantan yang diperintah oleh PAS selama lebih kurang 40 tahun, dengan negeri-negeri lain di Semenanjung Malaysia selain daipada mengadakan kaunter bayaran berasingan untuk lelaki dan perempuan. Dulu Qari’ah haram mengambil bahagian dalam tilawah Al-Qur’an. Sekarang ia sudah harus! Apa yang menjadi “penghalang” bukan ideology tetapi kepentingan diri. Pemimpin-pemimpin di kedua buah parti takut hilang kedudukan, jawatan dan pendapatan masing-masing, jika bercantum. Soalan: adakah itu asas perjuangan mereka? Masalah ini pun boleh di atasi jika kedua parti berkerjasama untuk menubuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan, selepas keputusan pilihanraya di isytiharkan.

Anak Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak juga patut sedar bahawa kedudukan mereka dalam Perlembagaan adalah serupa dengan kedudukan orang Melayu. Jika mereka mahu kedudukan mereka selamat, mereka hendaklah bersama-sama orang Melayu, UMNO dan BN. Bahawa sebahagian daripada mereka beragama Kristian tidak pernah menjadi masalah. Mereka boleh terus mengamalkannya seperti biasa dalam Bahasa Kadazan dan sebagainya. Yang dibantah oleh orang Islam, terutama sekali di Semenanjung Malaysia, ialah cubaan untuk menggunakan kalimah “Allah” dalam bible dan upacara agama dalam Bahasa Melayu, kerana motifnya adalah untuk mempengaruhi orang Melayu menganut agama Kristian. Ini jelas dilarang oleh Perlembagaan Malaysia.

Jika PAS dan parti-parti Anak-Anak Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak boleh bersama- sama dengan UMNO dan BN, Kerajaan Persekutuan akan selamat walau pun orang Cina bersatu di belakang DAP. Apabila merek merasa bahawa keadaan itu akan merugikan mereka, mereka akan mula berfikir semula untuk berkerjasama dengan BN. Orang Cina membuat perkiraan mengikut untung-rugi. Itu sahajalah prinsip mereka.

Kita sekali-kali tidak hendak meminggirkan orang Cina. Semenjak PRU 1955, UMNO memberi kawasan-kawasan majority Melayu yang selamat kepada calon-calon MCA dan MIC semata-mata untuk memberi representasi yang lebih kepada mereka. Apa yang berlaku selepas PRU13 pun adalah pilihan mereka sendiri. Pengundi-pengundi Cina yang berdiri sebulat suara di belakang DAP mungkin akan berfikir semula apabila mereka menimbang semula untung-ruginya.

Pengundi-pengundi India patut bertanya diri mereka sama ada Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat akn menjaga kepentingan mereka lebih baik daripada rekod BN selama lebih daripada lima dekad.

Umur PKR terikat dengan umur Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, tidak lebih dari itu.

Kerajaan mestilah bersikap tegas dan tidak melayan tuntutan-tuntutan melampau itu. Malah tindakan undang-undang hendaklah diambil terhadap mereka jika mereka melanggarnya. Di kebelakangan ini, Kerajaan nampak seolah-olah takut mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap aktivis yang menyebabkan mereka semakin melampau. Malah ada aktivis yang menghina lagu Kebangsaan yang bukan sahaja tidak dihadapkan ke mahkamah tetapi diberi bantuan kewangan untuk membuat film yang memburukkan Malaysia. Cuba bayangkan bagaimana Singapura akan bertindak dalam keadaan yang serupa. Seperti disebut tadi, Kerajaan mestilah memberi pertimbangan serius untuk mengadakan semula ISA. Pelampau hanya faham ketegasan, bukan diplomasi.

Pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO juga patut sedar diri. Sebenarnya UMNO sebagai sebuah parti Melayu berada di atas landasan yang betul. Yang dipersoalkan ialah pemimpin-pemimpinnya. Mereka, isteri dan anak-anak mereka dilihat sebagi hidup mewah di luar kemampuan mereka yang membangkitkan isu rasuah. Saya dapati, politik wang dan tertutupnya pintu untuk “orang baru” memasuki dan memenangi apa-apa jawatan dalam hierarchy UMNO adalah faktor utama mengapa kalangan professional tidak menyertai UMNO. Mereka lebih mendapat tempat dalam PAS. Jika hal ini berterusan UMNO akan ketandusan pemimpin. Hal ini telah pun dirasai hari ini.

22.04.2014

Impact of Pakatan Rakyat’s mindset onto the people’s intelligence

On Labour Day last Thursday, a demonstration organised by Pakatan Rakyat to protest the implementation of GST (Goods and Services Tax) were held in Dataran Merdeka.

And as we all know, most people who take part in demonstrations do not actually know what they are protesting. Some even got their information backwards while others don’t even know why they are there in the first place.

Kudos to Pakatan Rakyat leaders who had successfully stupefied some of the rakyat.

As per the video below, we can now see the extend of stupidity Pakatan Rakyat leaders like Rafizi Ramli, Ong Kian Ming, Nizar Jamaluddin etc had done onto the average people on the street.

Enjoy.

Hudud: Why Umno must not fall into Pakatan’s game

Currently there are a lot of stories which can be read in the media about how Umno will support PAS in implementing Hudud laws in Kelantan.

Back in November 2013, Annuar Musa had this to say:

Get PKR to agree to hudud first, Annuar Musa tells PAS

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional will consider allowing the implementation of the hudud law in Kelantan if PAS and PKR fully agree to it first, said Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN – Ketereh).

Annuar, who is Ketereh Umno chief, said PKR must first prove that they are together with PAS on implementing hudud.

“It would be odd if PAS needs to ask Barisan, their political rival, to support hudud while their ally (PKR) does not agree to it,” he said in the Parliament lobby.

Annuar said the PAS-ruled Kelantan state government needs to ensure that all parties including PKR, the state assembly and the implementing agency in the state, agree to carrying out hudud law.

Currently, Kelantan has no DAP elected representatives.

“If the implementation of hudud in Kelantan requires it to be brought to Parliament, then the same principle applies whereby all must agree to it.

“PKR must be ready to support the implementation when the matter is brought to Parliament.

“Only then will Barisan consider the move, based on the readiness of the party who is proposing to carry out the hudud law,” he said.

Earlier, Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS – Pokok Sena) had proposed that Annuar helped to convince the Federal Government to allow hudud law to be implemented in Kelantan.

The PAS vice-president said the party was still discussing whether to put forward a motion to debate hudud law in Parliament.

It was reported that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, had said he was prepared to back a motion to debate hudud law in Parliament.

However, he said whether or not the motion would be passed depended on PAS’ allies in the Opposition.

That was a wise decision by an Umno MP. He is talking from the perspective of Barisan Nasional – the multi racial, multi religious coalition of shared moderate values.

MCA being the moderate chinese party that they are, have lambasted DAP for being a partner to a party which want to impose sets of law which the minority will object.

MCA was getting the upperhand. DAP had to make numerous statements criticising PAS. PKR on the other hand, based on their chameleonic leader made no such strong remarks against PAS. Their strongest statement came from the feeble reply of Anwar Ibrahim – “PAS is free to do as they please in implementing hudud, but PKR and DAP are  not bound to support the private bill their partner plans to table in Parliament.”

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The  chaotic leadership of Pakatan Rakyat

Already there are discontent and confusion in Pakatan Rakyat’s rank. There will be an implosion soon and Barisan Nasional would just have to sit back and enjoy the show.

But a few days ago, Annuar Musa made a reverse statement:

Annuar Musa sedia lobi Umno sokong hudud di Kelantan

Tan Sri Annuar Musa (gambar) menyatakan kesediaan membantu mendapatkan sokongan terhadap pelaksanaan hukum hudud di Kelantan dan akan melobi ahli Parlimen Umno untuk menyokong pembentangan rang udang-undang persendirian kerajaan Kelantan di Parlimen, lapor Sinar Harian.

Akhbar itu melaporkan, Annuar yang juga ahli Parlimen Ketereh berkata, sebahagian besar daripada 88 pemimpin Umno di Parlimen akan menyokong pembentangan tersebut di Parlimen.

“Sebenarnya ia tidak perlu dibawa ke Parlimen memandangkan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kelantan sudah meluluskannya, tetapi sekali lagi saya nyatakan tidak harus ada tanggapan negatif dan kita perlu bersangka baik. Jika PAS ingin membawa perkara ini melalui undang-undang persendirian, maka kita mengalu-alukan dan saya sedia melobi ahli Parlimen Umno supaya menyokong.

“Saya sudah bercakap sebahagian besar ahli Parlimen Umno dan mereka positif untuk menyokong,” katanya seperti dilapor Sinar Harian.

Bekas Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) Kelantan itu berkata, walaupun terdapat pendapat mengatakan hudud yang diluluskan kerajaan PAS Kelantan itu tidak bertepatan dengan  hudud sebenar, namun ia perkara berbeza dan harus diselesaikan pada peringkat ketua agama.

“Tetapi apa yang penting, jika mereka berkeupayaan melaksanakan hukuman itu berdasarkan kelulusan DUN dan sokongan politik, ia sepatutnya dilakukan,” katanya.

Wait a minute, even when all the muslim MPs in PKR and DAP will not support the PAS’ version of its hudud laws, how come Annuar Musa (representing Umno) suddenly is quite overzealous in supporting it?

This threw Barisan Nasional into a quandary much worse than Pakatan’s predicament. For now, the chinese voters who had seen how disorderly Pakatan had become because of this hudud issue, is turning back to MCA and say – “hey look, you have been telling us how DAP is being bulldozed by its partner about this hudud law but look at you? Umno is stabbing you not only on your back, but right smack on your forehead!”

If Umno and Annuar Musa want to act exclusively as if it is not part of Barisan Nasional, then by all means, Umno should just get out from Barisan and form a muslim coalition with PAS and alienate everyone else. All this hypocrisy of “all for one, one for all” concept being touted as the main principle of Barisan should just be thrown into the dustbin.

Why should Umno agree to PAS’ hudud proposal in Parliament when Pakatan couldn’t even agree about it among themselves?

And why can’t DAP, PKR and PAS agree on hudud among themselves first before wasting other people’s time pursuing it in Parliament?

Barisan Nasional (that’s consist of Umno lest they forget) should throw it to PAS, ask them to table a hudud proposal based on an agreed decision by the whole of Pakatan Rakyat. Otherwise, tell them – “please do not waste Parliament’s time!”

Kelantan is a malay majority state. But that doesn’t mean there are no non muslims there. And what Umno does in Kelantan, doesn’t mean the non muslims and non malays in other states are not looking into it. DAP is currently backpedalling. PKR’s principle is now languishing somewhere between the abyss and the nether regions.

Does Umno want to follow suit?

Just sit back and do nothing. Let those fools in Pakatan Rakyat sort their own house first. Why do you want to poke your nose where it doesn’t belong?

Thank you.

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Hudud : “..Malaysia is doomed” – TAN SRI MOHD SHERIFF MOHD KASSIM

Here are the top 5 clowns you need to know

Presenting the top 5 clowns of March:

 

Number 5: Tian Chua

 

Tian Chua

Tian Chua sitting quietly by himself, is already a bona fide clown. But when his beloved leader Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to a 5 year jail after being found guilty for sodomy, he immediately tweeted that Pakatan Rakyat will bring down the government within the next 5 months.

Our brains then took a backflip from reality. Maybe he was nudged in the ribs playfully by his boss to tweet that? Because you see, all these threats are getting old. Remember September 16th 2008? Remember Bersih II? Remember Black 505? How many times have the government changed hands since then?

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Which people that will bring down Najib? Will these people go up against our security forces and die or jailed for the sake of Anwar Ibrahim? Hands up to those who are willing to do that. A word of caution though, Tian Chua will be the first person to claim innocence and cry buckets if he were to be sent to jail for it.

Number 4: Mahfuz Omar

 

www.themalaysianinsider.com_images_uploads_mugshots_mahfuz-omar-aug2Mahfuz Omar is one wily politician, but for a human being he failed at it miserably for, a pre-requisite to be a human is the existence of a brain.

And when he said he is willing to exchange places with the passengers and become a hostage in return, there was a loud silence from his fellow Pakatan Rakyat leaders and a roar of laughter from the rest of Malaysians.

“Our concern now is the safety of the passengers. I am willing to exchange places with the passengers and become a hostage if the need arises,” he said.

To whom is he directing this offer? To the non-existent terrorists and hijackers? To CNN? Hoping that the non-existent hijackers can call him up and arrange for a flight to take him instead?

All this one-upmanship just to score some political mileage which contradict common sense must have made the average IQ of unthinking Malaysians dropped even further. But as March was such a terrible month for some Malaysians, what Mahfuz Omar said was a welcomed respite. Teruskan lagi, badut!

Number 3: Lim Lip Eng

LIMLIPENGLim Lip Eng possibly is not very bright to begin with. Otherwise how could an intelligent person, who knowingly have zero knowledge and experience in the navy or the air force, could tell the government to appoint his political peers in DAP as the navy or air force chief? 

As if that wasn’t enough, he genuinely believes that that is the only way for the rest of the world to find the missing flight MH370!

Well, since he is not an intelligent person, he definitely wouldn’t know that his suggestion would be a historical landmark because there was never a time, in any country in the modern world where a politician is promoted to be the commander in chief of an air force or a navy.

Unless maybe, Lim Lip Eng secretly has over 30 years in military service. We do not know. Playing video games do not count YB. If you want to become a civil servant that much, you shouldn’t be in politics. There’s Camp Wardieburn somewhere in Setapak and Camp Batu Kentonmen in Jalan Ipoh. Perhaps you should walk in and enrol yourself.

Thankfully Lim Lip Eng regretted and retracted his statement but stopped short of an apology.

Number 2: Rafizi Ramli

 

rafizi ramli 1The problem with Rafizi Ramli is, he thinks he is right all the time and do not take criticisms gracefully. These are the signs of arrogance and conceit.

Rafizi Ramli is known for trolling other people in cyberspace but when critics trolled him, he could not accept the lashing he received and blocked almost everyone who had expressed different views.

Hounded by charges in breaching the BAFIA Act, Rafizi has not shied away from entertaining us with his comedic schemes to divert Malaysians’ attention from the rotten morass that dwells in his Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

As it turned out, the by election that he proudly claimed to have engineered was just a ploy to divert attention of Anwar’s court ruling. All those excuse (to fortify Selangor, Umno is using racial and religious politics, Khalid Ibrahim failed to change Selangor into a model state of Pakatan, crying crocodile tears etc), are just to help Anwar Ibrahim gain public sympathy (again? How much more sympathy Anwar wants?).

His boss’ political mileage is fast reaching its end. The credibility among most Malaysians has gone. Rafizi Ramli is fast approaching a level where whatever he speaks will be scoffed at. He has made his bed and now he has to lie on it. With all the make-up of a clown.

Number 1: Anwar Ibrahim and Wan Azizah

 

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Political rivals touching each other in a loving embrace

This is a tie. Never has been since the movie Titanic have we seen a lover made not for each other doing foolish things together.

But when Anwar Ibrahim announces his candidacy to challenge his wife for the Presidency post of Pakatan, there was a gasp of disbelief not only within Malaysia but within the vacuous head of Rafizi Ramli too.

How on earth can Rafizi Ramli spin this laughable turn of event?!

So let’s get this straight..

Anwar Ibrahim is challenging Wan Azizah because he sees Wan Azizah as his political rival? Or he does not believe Wan Azizah is the right material as the President of PKR?

Anwar Ibrahim is trying to portray that PKR is a democratic party where just about anyone can challenge the President and he is that only person who can challenge the President?

Or during the eve of nomination day just before they sleep, Anwar whispers to Wan Azizah to let her know that he will be fighting her for the top post? This happened because two minutes earlier, she declined to step down in order to give way for her husband? And then both fell asleep in each other’s arms. And all this decision was made without any input from the rest of the party members of PKR. Even the nosy court jester, Tian Chua was in the dark.

Or is this just another harebrained scheme to checkmate Azmin Ali and/or Khalid Ibrahim? Who cares. This is a family business and PKR, as Anwar Ibrahim’s private vehicle does not care what outsiders think.

We are surprised that Nurul Izzah did not enter the presidency post foray. Now that will be an awesome threesome. Incestuous nepotism and cronyism is synonymous to Pakatan Rakyat. And it is being led by an army of clowns.

Korupsi, Kolusi dan Nepotisme (KKN) – THE ANWAR WAY

The latest development on the Kajang by election is that Wan Azizah could be the next Menteri Besar of Selangor. With this news, the nepotism practised by Pakatan Rakyat is truly institutionalised.

Anwar Ibrahim cannot accuse anyone else of practising nepotism and cronyism because Pakatan Rakyat, that loose coalition of convenience led by him is riddled with blatant instances both practices.

Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang has a father who is the party leader of DAP. And now, we might have a Menteri Besar of Selangor whose husband is the party leader of PKR.

Perhaps, it is time all Pakatan Rakyat leaders from the top all the way to the bottom climb down their puny horse and admit that their coalition is much worse than Barisan Nasional. Worse, because they do not practise what they preach. Below is the list of cronyism and nepotism practised by Anwar Ibrahim since he was in power.

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Written By Allan Chan

Anwar Ibrahim banyak bercerita tentang korupsi, kolusi dan nepotisme. Mungkin antara penyokong beliau, mereka sengaja tidak mahu lihat cacat cela kepada Anwar. Mungkin kerana mereka sendiri yang mendapat faedah daripada KKN Anwar. Dan sekarang, orang miskin dan orang biasa dikelabui oleh mereka-merekka yang mendapat faedah untuk menentang kerajaan yang telah memperkayakan mereka.

A good example is Anwar’s former private secretary Nasaruddin Jalil, who ran away to study law in Buckingham after he was implicated in a CBT case involving KUBB. Nasaruddin came back to become “vice-president of Mbf” – a politcal payoff by the Mbf group to Anwar, the finance minister. Nasaruddin became owner of an airline, was awarded the privatisation of the ambulance services (which charges the poor for services provided free previously by the Government), a finance company and many others.

Kamaruddin Jaafar – a research officer in the Prime Minister’s Department was made political secretary to Ghafar Baba on Anwar’s recommendations. Ghafar was in his own simple way too trusting. He brought in an enemy into the camp, little knowing that Anwar would one day use all information gathered by Kamaruddin to topple Ghafar as deputy prime minister. Betraying the trust of people is an Anwar trademark.

Kamaruddin was rewarded after leaving Ghafar. He became co-owner of listed company Yangtzekiang, later renamed Westmont. He became chairman and co-owner of many of Vincent Tan’s companies, receiving many privatisation projects, including Digicom, the cellular phone, the Linear City and others. Kamaruddin through his involvement with Charterfield, received six major contracts in the KLIA – a project chaired by Anwar Ibrahim. He became major shareholder in Kanzen after Anwar “persuaded” Chen Lip Keong to finance and guarantee the purchase of Kamaruddin’s shares. Kamaruddin became one of the richest Malays in Kuala Lumpur in six years from 1992 to 1998. In 1992, as political secretary to Ghafar, he earned a total of RM7,000 ringgit a month, including perks.

There are many others. The crude Ahmad Saad, Anwar’s deputy in the Permatang Pauh division. Since Anwar became finance minister, he did an MBO of Volvo’s Federal Auto Holdings. Ahmad Saad controls listed LBI Berhad.

Anwar’s secretary in the division - Ishak Ismail – controls Idris Hydraulics and Kentucky Fried Chicken. When the Lau brothers of Leong Hup Holdings tried to ouster Ishak in a boardroom battle, they were arrested by police. On whose instructions?

Anuar Othman of Kumpulan Pinang. The number of privatisation projects within Penang and the country that went to Kumpulan Pinang will astound Malaysians.

Sarit Jusoh, his former political secretary, who owns a piece of KFC.

Yusof Yusoh, or Yusof Perancis, his former private secretary, who has received licences for two Independent Power Plants in Sabah.

Azmin Ali, a private secretary to Anwar since he graduated in 1988. Living in a posh double story bungalow in Damansara Heights, chauffeur driven in a BMW – all on a salary of RM2,500 a month. Azmin’s wife, Shida. An executive director of Phileo Allied’s property divison. Paid RM20,000 a month by crony Tong Kooi Ong.

Nazeri Abdullah of MRCB. For being a close supporter, he became controlling shareholder in four listed companies – MRCB, NSTP, TV3 and Malakoff. Not to mention the numerous privatisations and IPPs he received.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – he was a staunch ABIM supporter from the early days. In five years – from 1993 after he quit his RM7,000 a month job as political secretary to Najib Tun Razak – controlled listed companies such as Kretam and Hexagon and became chairman of Bank Simpanan Nasional. His multi-million dollar house in Country Heights and his 10 luxury cars are an open secret.

Latiff Mirasa – from being private secretary to Farid Ariffin in the Health Ministry earning RM2200 in 1993, he became a very rich businessman in 1994. He used his money to challenge and defeat Farid for the head of the Bagan Umno division. Then Anwar made him an executive councillor in Penang after the 1995 general elections. But he quit two years later to concentrate on “his lucrative business”.

Ismail Munir – another ABIM man. Suddenly, he was awarded a RM 2 billion IPP project by Anwar. Another mega-rich friend overnight.

Salomon Salamat, a former political secretary. Overnight a shareholder in listed companies and a multi-milliionaire, barely months after leaving his RM7000 job as political secretary to Anwar Ibrahim.

Rahim Ghouse – a relative through marriage and Anwar’s divisional Youth leader. Suddenly a major shareholder in listed Abrar Corporation and its executive director. From no background in business to running a multi-million dollar corporation backed by Kuwaiti funds. It is no surprise Abrar is today on the verge of bankruptcy.

Tong Kooi Ong – a young stock-broker, a whizz-kid, who packaged the MRCB deal for Ahmad Nazeri Abdullah. He was given the Central Co-operative Bank, now Phileo Bank, and now controls three listed companies through Anwar’s largesse. All within a period of five years. Tong could threaten Securities Commission chief Munir Majid with impunity. With similar impunity, he refused to join the Malaysian Stockbrokers Association, the only non-member in the industry, because he had direct access to Anwar.

And then, the family.

Father-in-law Dato Wan Ismail – director and shareholder in many listed companies, including Stamford College.

His daughter Wan Fairuz, sister of Wan Azizah, received 2000 acres of land in Batu Berendam, Malacca. Her former occupation? Photographer of Bernama news agency, earning RM1200 a month.

Anwar’s sister, Farizun Ibrahim, a housewife, with no experience in business. A co-owner of the Gianfranco Ferre franchise together with his adopted brother, Sukma Dermawan.

His father, Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman. Chairman and substantial shareholder of IOI Berhad. Dato Ibrahim was awarded 50,000 hectares of state land for ranching by the Sabah Government over whom Anwar exercised tremendous influence. Received bumiputra share allocations in many listed companies.

His brother, Rani Ibrahim. Deputy head of Bagan Umno division. Deputy chairman of Olympia, a gambling company which obtained gambling liciences for Sabah from the Finance Ministry despite objections from the Sabah Government. Recipient of many bumi share issues.

Brother Marzuki Ibrahim. An operator of a petrol pump. Received licence to operate another two petrol pumps. Received bumi shares in listed FACB Berhad.

Brothers Idrus Ibrahim, a teacher, and Rosli Ibrahim, no known job, but driving in Mercedes Benzs and living upper middle-class lifestyles.

Anwar does not practise cronyism or corruption. Malaysians are being asked to believe that all those named above and many more whose names are not mentioned here but who, having been ordinary Malaysians like the rest of us, suddenly live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Only because they knew Anwar and were his friends or relatives. What then is KKN?

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Kicking people when they are down – the NUFAM way

MH370 is a tragedy that had happened without anyone could have imagined. The mystery and the repercussion that surround it has called the entire nation to unite in the face of a national disaster. We must stand strong and pray that the family members can receive some closure so that the grieving process can start as soon as possible.

So that the nation can heal, so that the people can look forward for a brighter future ahead.

But some quarters, even before the plane is found; even before investigations have been concluded, had scoffed at the people who are tasked to find the plane. We do not need this kind of insensitive people and their vile derision to weigh us down further. To our surprise, we have our very own Malaysian citizens that are leading the way in ‘kicking people when they are down’.

After Anwar Ibrahim rode CNN’s back in criticising the Search and Rescue efforts by the government in the recent article which can be read here, a similar unsavoury voice is heard today in the form of NUFAM:

Malaysian Airlines CEO’s head must roll, says union

The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) has called for the resignation of Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya following the prolonged MH370 disaster.

Nufam, which has long been at loggerheads with Ahmad Jauhari over workers’ issues, said that the latter’s resignation could restore public confidence in the airline.

“(Nufam) believes it is the right thing to do now as this even has brought tremendous impact on the aviation industry in this country…

“Since the Flight 370 tragedy (happened) under his watch, it is rightful for him to step aside and allow someone else to take over his position,” Nufam said in a statement.

It said that Ahmad Jauhari must also step down following two other incidents involving MAS flights – the incident in Kathmandu, where a flight was hit by flying ducks and in Hong Kong, where a flight en route Seoul had to divert to due to generator failure. (Really NUFAM? Flying ducks and generator failure? If it weren’t for the MH370 story, these two incidences wouldn’t make any headlines. Does the CEO of BMW have to resign because people who drove it went into accidents?)

It added that airline staff has also “lost confidence” in the way Ahmad Jauhari has handled the crisis which entered its 19th day today.

Following the Hong Kong incident, Nufam also released a statement urging MAS to ensure stringent safety checks on its aircraft, citing cabin crew concerns.

The union has been at odds with the management prior to the crisis, with its president and several office bearers sacked or suspended following criticisms against MAS.

In the first place, it is an open secret that NUFAM had tried to wrest control of MAS union from the original employees union of MAS – the MASEU.

MASEU has the biggest membership of flight attendants in MAS, and NUFAM the newcomer is believed to just trying to make itself relevant. This statement by them came as no surprise at all given the fact that their modus operandi in usurping MASEU’s voice in the past has been less than pleasant.

Fact is, NUFAM does not have any credibility to talk on behalf of MAS’ employees. Which made the above statement as a whole, rife with ulterior motives. Just like Anwar Ibrahim’s behaviour, the nation does not need people with hidden agenda to bog us down further with unnecessary politicking. Everyone is coping to the best they can.

We must give support in order to see this through.

Support  and words of encouragement for the those involved in SAR. Prayers and well wishes to the family members.

Thank you.

How Inmarsat found #MH370

Below was taken from the BBC website:

UK firm behind Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 breakthrough

The revelation that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean is based on new analysis by UK investigators and the British satellite firm Inmarsat, Malaysia’s prime minister has said.

Najib Razak said relatives of the flight’s 239 passengers and crew had been told of the “heartbreaking” news.

Inmarsat used new techniques to detect the plane’s course, he said.

The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which probes serious civil aircraft incidents, was also involved.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March.

Mr Razak’s announcement came as the international search effort reached a fifth day of operations in the southern Indian Ocean.

Inmarsat has told the BBC it gave the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) the new data on Sunday – stressing it needed to be checked before it was made public.

How it was done

Engineers spent all weekend looking back at a previous Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 flights, going back several weeks.

They compared the satellite data from those flights with flight MH370 and were able to work out it went south.

This is cutting-edge modelling, never tried before. It uses the Doppler effect – which is what makes a police siren sound different from different points.

They had it reviewed by other scientists before handing it over.

As far as they can tell, the plane was flying at cruising height, above 30,000ft. They found no evidence of fluctuating heights being reported.

This is it now – they cannot pinpoint the position any further. They handed this data over on Sunday morning.

The firm said its latest calculation involved a large amount of data analysis, focusing on a number of factors including the movements of other aircraft.

It involved an entirely new way of modelling which is why the analysis took some time, the firm said.

Inmarsat senior vice-president Chris McLaughlin said the firm had studied electronic “pings” – or bursts of data – which the plane had sent to one of its satellites.

He told the BBC: “We have been dealing with a totally new area. We’ve been trying to help an investigation based on a single signal once an hour from an aircraft that didn’t include any GPS data, any time and distance information.

“So this really was a bit of a shot in the dark and it’s to the credit of our scientific team that they came up and managed to model this.”

Mr McLaughlin continued: “They managed to find a way in which to say just a single ping can be used to say the plane was both powered up and travelling, and then by a process of elimination – comparing it to other known flights – establish that it went south.”

A spokeswoman for the AAIB said it could not comment on the investigation, but confirmed: “As set out by the Malaysian prime minister, we have been working with the UK company Inmarsat, using satellite data to determine the area on which to focus the search.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed the fate of the plane at a news conference

Relatives heard the news they feared days after the Malaysia Airlines flight went missing

Oceanographer Dr Simon Boxall, from the University of Southampton, told the BBC: “The algorithms and the techniques [Inmarsat] have applied to try and locate – to within a certain area – where the last transmission was made is really quite phenomenal – but also quite tragic because it does show this plane was heading to an open area of ocean.”

He continued: “They’ve probably crammed almost a year’s worth of research into maybe a couple of weeks, so it’s not a routine calculation they would ever, ever make.

“They’ve been looking at all the signals they have, all the recordings they have, and processing that many times over to try and pinpoint where the plane’s signal came from. Technologically it’s really quite astounding.”

But Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International Magazine, said the mystery of the missing Boeing 777 jet had not been solved.

“We still believe there was a deliberate act that took place on board the flight deck inside the cockpit that resulted in the aircraft turning and heading south,” he said.

“So until we find the black box we’re really not going to know anything more.”

Mr Razak told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur that work by the AAIB and Inmarsat had revealed MH370′s last position was in the ocean west of Perth, Australia.

“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that – according to this new data – flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” he said.

He added that for the relatives of those on board, “the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. I know this news must be harder still”.

Malaysia Airlines said all relatives of those on board had been informed “face-to-face by our top management”, as well as by text message.

Boeing said in a statement: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies continue to be with the families and loved ones of those aboard.”

British Royal Navy ship HMS Echo is due to arrive in the area on Tuesday to help with the search.

Deepest condolences to the families of the passengers and crew of MH370.

 

Anwar Ibrahim is using #MH370 pilot as his chess piece

What can we say about Anwar Ibrahim?

He had recently announced that Malaysian government is accusing the captain of the missing #MH370 flight as a potential hijacker.

This act which can only be described as an utterly vulgar political misinformation and distortion of facts, is a genuine act of desperation befitting someone who is grasping for any political mileage.

To make matters worse, CNN is now a party to it.

What he just did, not only unfair to the running investigation, but also disrespectful to the family members of the pilot,  Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah (53). Anwar Ibrahim had just used this unfortunate event and the unlucky pilot as one of his political chess pieces to further his sadistic agenda.

There is no realm outside the realm of profanity can best describe this latest manoeuvre of his. “Despicable”, “rotten”, “shameful” could not capture the very essence of what he had just did.

In the interview linked below, Anwar Ibrahim asserted his disinformation efforts by saying it is unfair for the Government to say that the pilot would commit such a thing (hijacking) without any investigation.

That was pure lie. In every press conference, we were told that investigations are being made by the authorities and all sundry know that the government have not suspected anyone. They are investigating all credible leads and all passengers and crew members are subjected to thorough investigation. No witch hunt, no finger pointing.

But Anwar Ibrahim thinks that everything is all about him.

He is saying that the government is attacking him about his connection with the pilot just to cover up the ‘incompetence and failure’ in handling the crisis. So far, in all the PCs involved, nobody from the authorities had attacked him. His name was never mentioned.

The CNN reporter failed to raise the issue that the speculation was first brought up by a UK tabloid. In fact, the reporter stupidly asked Anwar Ibrahim why did the government throw this kind of narrative to the public when in the first place, the government of Malaysia is not doing that at all.

Is CNN employing run of the mill reporters these days? Must be. Since they could swallow whatever Anwar Ibrahim is pushing down their throats with glee. If they want to contact the government, they should just get the facts from the press conference directly.

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The Daily Mail article

But CNN is acting like a below average news network – not doing its research and homework. The speculation that the missing pilot could have a political motive was hatched by a UK tabloid called the Daily Mail. In that said article which was actually filled with speculation, conjectures, unverified information from unnamed sources, Daily Mail had alluded that the pilot could have hijacked the plane.

This story is the basis of rumours which is then used by Anwar Ibrahim to make a wild allegations towards the government. And of course we have The Star and all their stupid editors lapping up the conspiracy theory by republishing the story for Malaysians to read.

The fact is, all aspects of the missing flight are currently being investigated.

Anwar Ibrahim must stop being delusional and paranoid. We think he is losing the plot. All megalomaniacs will suffer this kind of downfall in credibility. He must admit that in this particular crisis, he is not relevant. What kind of input can he provide to help find the missing aircraft?

Like the wise saying goes – “if you have nothing good to say, better not say anything at all”.

A guide on what not to do during the #MH370 crisis

There are so many speculations on the recent crisis pertaining flight MH370 which could distract and hamper the search and rescue activities currently underway in the South China Seas.

Fortunately, the management of this crisis has been handled very well by Malaysia Airlines and the relevant authorities. With the Department of Civil Aviation taking charge of the search and rescue missions, it is commendable on the part of the agencies involved to remain professional in their duties.

The management of the crisis could have gone either way and it is a mark of true professionalism that Malaysia Airlines so far is on the dot in the proper procedures in handling this serious incident. Below is an article from the Business Insider which could have been taken as a case study on what not to do during an aviation crisis.

Asiana Airlines Needs Serious Help With Crisis Management

As the FAA and NTSB continue to investigate the July 6th accident in which 3 were killed and 182 were injured at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), crisis management experts are scratching their heads at the perplexing response of Asiana Airlines.

Crisis Management protocols

When there is a crisis, the proper procedure is for PR-savvy company representatives to talk with the public through the media to reassure them that everything is being done to investigate the cause and insure the safety of the airline and the wellbeing of its passengers.

The idea is to get ahead of the story and make current and future customers as comfortable as possible in doing business with the Airline. As Korea’s second biggest airline, Asiana needs to make every effort to take care of its passengers and protect its reputation while allaying the fears of the flying public.

Asiana’s response

Asiana, however, has done the opposite of what crisis management protocols suggest. With the exception of a brief apology to victims and families a day after the crash, Asiana has been largely silent. When CEO Yoon Young-doo arrived at SFO airport 3 days after the accident, he declined to comment. Even more surprising, the airline did not have a trained public relations representative accompany the CEO to address the media either. The following day, six of twelve flight attendants appeared at a news conference, but none of them said a word, and some hid their faces. It appears they don’t know that when you are silent, many in the public think you are hiding something. While lawyers often recommend you don’t talk, marketers know that silence is the opposite of what a company faced with such a crisis should do.

Attempt to silence passengers

What’s even worse is the Airline has instructed passengers not to talk with anyone. On Wednesday, CBS This Morning featured a story about the Xu family who told reporter Carter Evans in an interview he taped on his iPhone that the Airline controlled nearly every aspect of their lives and told them not to speak with the media. In fact, when the reporter arrived at their hotel, airline security tried to prevent him from speaking with the family. Since these efforts to stifle the media appeared on camera on a major news broadcast, they supported what the Xu family was saying and raised further suspicions about Asiana.

Pointing fingers

Even though the pilots involved in the crash were novices landing and supervising the landing of a Boeing 777 at SFO, they pointed the finger at the automatic speed controls of the plane. According to the head of the NTSB, there are no signs of failure of the automatic speed controls or other automatic flight equipment on the plane that crashed. Such accusations by the pilots do nothing to inspire public confidence – especially since the early evidence points to pilot error as a potential cause of the accident. Also, the fact that this is the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 777, which has a record of being one of the safest planes in the sky, makes the finger-pointing even more suspicious.

Risky Business

While flying is the safest form of travel, it is a risky business for those involved in making and flying the planes. When bad things happen, the best companies can do is to quickly figure out the problem and be forthcoming with customers. What can any business learn from this latest incident involving Asiana Airlines? Employ the fact procedure to protect your reputation.

    • Admit the problem, and apologize if necessary (do not “point the finger” at others because it is likely to compromise your credibility).
    • Limit the scope (in this case put the incident in perspective and provide data that shows that flying on a Boeing 777 from Asiana is very safe).
    • Propose a solution so it will not happen again (if it is found to be the cause, a more rigorous training and pilot supervision program would be the solution).

If implementing the fact procedure is premature

In a case such as this when the cause of the accident is not yet known with certainty, the airline should not be silent as Asiana has been. And, it should not try to control what the passengers say to the media. This just fuels suspicion. It should make it clear to the flying public that it (1) is doing everything in its power to cooperate with the investigation and (2) will continue to do whatever is necessary to insure the safety of its airline and the wellbeing of its passengers.

Since Asiana has proven to be inept in this crisis, and some believe this may be a cultural issue, it should hire US crisis management experts for advice to protect its reputation going forward.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/asiana-airlines-accident-response-continues-to-be-just-plane-stupid-2013-7#ixzz2vY1AbuMP

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