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The CEO and the Pegawai Tadbir

Before everyone labels this blog as anti anwar (which I think most people had already done so), let me say this once and for all, this blog is not about anti anwar or anti pak lah or even anti karpal singh. This blog is actually a blog that highlights any form of non efficiency, non effectiveness and any form of idiocy perpetuated by the Malaysian government and politicians. If the politicians make any stupid comments, they get some bashing from this blog. If they say something which was not well researched, be sure that they’ll be at the receiving end of an entry here. That has been the main theme of this blog.

On that note, here are a few snippets that may differentiate between a weak, clueless government and the more able and driven one.

09/10/1997 Trade promotion missions help to boost ties: Dr M

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad says trade promotion missions headed by him have helped to improve Malaysia’s economic and trade relations with Africa, West Asia and Central Asia. Exports to Africa rose to RM2.049 billion last year from RM1.219 billion in 1994, West Asia to RM3.8 billion from RM2.3 billion, South America to RM2.6 billion from RM2.1 billion, and Central Asia to RM352 million from RM178 million, the Prime Minister told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. – NST

A government with good governance shows strong determination in any of its decision. No flip flopping over the slightest critic.

Kawalan mata wang kekal – PM

”Ia juga tidak menyakitkan kita, jadi kenapa perlu diubah? Semua (ahli) perniagaan gembira,” katanya dalam majlis dialog sempena seminar sehari Ramalan Perniagaan Malaysia anjuran Strategic Intelligence (M) Sdn. Bhd. yang dihadiri oleh ahli ekonomi terkemuka, Profesor Paul Krugman, di sini hari ini.

KUALA LUMPUR 27 Ogos – Kawalan tukaran mata wang Malaysia akan dikekalkan kerana sistem kewangan antarabangsa masih belum direformasi, kata Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Beliau berkata, walaupun keadaan sudah nampak tenang, risiko serangan lanjut masih ada kerana pedagang mata wang masih tidak dapat dikawal.

A great leader should be able to shape and induce inspiration to not only his nation, but also capable of swaying and persuading other global leaders to move towards greatness as well.

Hadapi cabaran bersama — PM ajak China tentang kuasa luar eksploitasi Asia Timur

BEIJING 19 Ogos – Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini mengajak Republik Rakyat China bersama-sama bangkit menghadapi pelbagai cabaran dalam abad ke-21, terutamanya daripada kuasa-kuasa luar yang mahu mengeksploitasi kelemahan.

Oleh kerana itu, kata Dr. Mahathir, demi kepentingan bersama dan juga Asia Timur pada keseluruhannya, China dan Malaysia mesti bangkit menghadapi cabaran kerana kejayaannya akan membawa banyak faedah kepada rakyat kedua negara dan negara serantau.

”Kemakmuran masyarakat Asia Timur dalam alaf baru ini merupakan satu usaha mulia dan setimpal dengan apa yang kita usahakan,” tegasnya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam ucaptama di Forum Malaysia-China ke-3 yang diadakan sempena menyambut ulang tahun ke-25 hubungan diplomatik kedua negara di sini hari ini.

Serentak itu Perdana Menteri mengajak China bekerjasama dengan Malaysia dan lain-lain negara jiran untuk memastikan pemulihan ekonomi yang terjamin bagi Asia Timur.

Untuk mengelak berulangnya kehancuran ekonomi, Perdana Menteri mencadangkan supaya China dan Malaysia bekerjasama menyuarakan pendapat dan bersama-sama dengan negara-negara Asia Timur mendesak negara-negara maju berusaha mewujudkan satu bentuk kewangan global yang baru.

…and another one;

Amanat PM untuk APEC

(Di Bangkok, Thailand) Mesej Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad pada anggota Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) ialah: Wujudkan satu peraturan perdagangan global yang bukan saja bebas tetapi adil dan saksama kepada negara membangun, miskin dan lemah; dan: APEC perlu kembali ke matlamat asal – bincang isu ekonomi daripada menjadi forum keselamatan.

Jika ini dapat direalisasikan, APEC yang diwujudkan pada November 1989 atas sebab ekonomi akan dapat bertahan dan terus menjadi relevan bagi menjaga kepentingan negara-negara kecil daripada terus dijajah dan ditekan oleh negara maju serta kaya.

Negara maju melihat globalisasi merupakan ubat yang baik untuk pertumbuhan ekonomi negara-negara Dunia Ketiga khususnya.

Sebab itu, Dr. Mahathir ketika membincangkan isu globalisasi, cabaran dan ketidakadilan pada mesyuarat APEC-CEO, mahu agenda perdagangan turut datang dari negara membangun.

Menurut Dr. Mahathir: “Perdagangan yang adil tentunya bebas, tapi perdagangan yang bebas belum tentu adil.” Pembuat agenda WTO lupa agaknya, 70 daripada 146 anggota pertubuhan itu mewakili negara-negara membangun.

Barang diingat, apa yang ditekankan oleh Dr. Mahathir bukan untuk kepentingan Malaysia semata-mata. Perdagangan yang adil adalah untuk semua negara daripada negara kaya dan maju sehinggalah ke negara yang paling miskin dan lemah.

Sidang kemuncak di Bangkok ini juga penting sebab ia memastikan rundingan perdagangan WTO dapat disambung semula. Selama perbincangan dua hari ini, pemimpin APEC yang diketuai oleh AS mahu melihat rundingan perdagangan itu diteruskan.

Bagi Malaysia yang biasanya menjadi jurucakap negara membangun, rundingan itu bukan sahaja perlu diteruskan tetapi agendanya perlu baru yang mengambil kira kepentingan semua negara. Lebih daripada itu, perdagangan global yang dicadangkan itu perlu adil dan saksama.

Confidence in the economy is vital in attracting investments from overseas. Prosperous economy is achieved from high purchasing power, coupled with the feel-good feeling generated from the public as they are confident that the government knows what they are doing. A strong government needs the people’s trust in order move forward effectively.

27/10/2000 Unjuran pertumbuhan ekonomi 7% adalah wajar

KUALA LUMPUR 27 Okt. – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad berkata, unjuran pertumbuhan ekonomi tujuh peratus bagi tahun depan adalah wajar kerana ekonomi negara masih berkembang pada kadar yang pantas.

”Tahun ini kita jangka pertumbuhan 7.8 peratus (walaupun) pada asalnya kita membuat anggaran 5.8 peratus, jadi untuk capai pertumbuhan 7 peratus pada tahun depan bukanlah keterlaluan,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas pembentangan Belanjawan 2001 di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Menurut Dr. Mahathir, ekonomi Malaysia masih dalam keadaan baik dan berkembang pada kadar yang pantas.

”Dulu kita capai lapan peratus lebih, bahkan sembilan peratus selama 10 tahun berturut-turut.

”Berdasarkan prestasi tahun ini yang lebih tinggi, tentunya agak sukar untuk kita mencapainya (tahun depan) tetapi saya rasa ia boleh dicapai, melainkan jika ekonomi dunia runtuh,” katanya.

Media was free to say just about anything except for those that touches race and religion;

CYBERJAYA 19 Jan. – Perdana Menteri berkata kebebasan diberikan kepada media massa dalam membuat laporan, sekalipun ia menonjolkan aspek negatif seperti yang sering diamalkan media asing.

Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad berkata, media asing misalnya kerap menonjolkan aspek negatif apabila melaporkan sesuatu ucapannya.

”Mereka sering menonjolkan aspek negatif daripada ucapan saya. Kita beri kebebasan…,” katanya ketika menjawab satu soalan wakil media asing, selepas mempengerusi mesyuarat Majlis Pelaksanaan Koridor Raya Multimedia (MSC) di sini.

Perdana Menteri juga berkata kerajaan membenarkan media membuat spekulasi mengenai sesuatu perkara, jika itulah yang akan meningkatkan jualan serta menambahkan pembaca akhbar mereka.

Fast forward into Pak Lah’s administration, we were initially surprised by his lack of apparent deliberation in certain issues. At first is was mistakenly recognised as his mild and soft character trait. But as 4 years went by in a blistering snail pace, we saw more and more inefficiency coming from his governing style. Take this issue for example. It could be handled easily if it was thought through carefully.

Naked woman incident a blow to country’s image

VALLETTA (Malta): The video clip showing a naked woman doing ear squats while watched by another woman in uniform has shamed the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said the incident had dealt a blow to the country’s image and pledged a thorough investigation into the issue.

No party should attempt to conceal any facts that might be uncovered as a result of the investigations, said a visibly-upset Abdullah, who called Malaysian journalists here to give his comments before rushing off to attend the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting yesterday.

Malaysian newspapers had front-paged the incident after Seputeh MP Teresa Kok showed the video clip at Parliament House on Thursday.

The 70-second video clip, said to have been taken with a cellphone-camera, had been circulated through the multimedia messaging service (MMS) over the past few days.

As the result of this debacle, 2 editors of chinese dailies were sacked, a minister had to apologise to China over nothing, and a redundant and meaningless independent commission were establish just to determine what really happened.

Take another example of a mind boggling stupidity;

Proton disposes MV Agusta for 1 Euro

Proton Holdings has sold it’s 57.57 percent stake in MV Agusta Spa to an Italian company Gevi Spa. Gevi Spa will assume MV Agusta’s debts and working capital requirements totalling 139.44 million euros, as announced today to Bursa Malaysia by Proton Holdings as part of it’s non-core asset divesting exercise.

Interesting to note that Proton originally acquired MV Agusta Spa last year on July 7 2004 for 70 million Euro, and finally sold it for a token sum of 1 Euro (RM4.48).

The sale was approved by Pak Lah, much to the chagrin of the Malaysian public. What more with the revelation from other sources a couple of months later.

Pak Lah’s inability to answer simple questions like the issues of awarding government projects to his son was quite phenomenal. As everyone remembered, he lied about his son receiving projects from the government. Next, he lied that he actually did not know about the projects that his son ever received. Then, he covered it up by misdirecting the issue altogether;

“The projects awarded to Dr Mahathir’s children were far bigger than what Scomi received,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house in Penang just now.

Abdullah said it’s also not true that his son’s company, Scomi Group, had no ship but won a contract from TNB to transport coal. Kamaluddin, he added, “has 180 ships owned by another company which was acquired by Scomi… (Dr Mahathir’s) children also received contracts, only it’s not highlighted.”

His inability to do simple financial equations like the cost/benefit ratio which was portrayed through the scraping of the ‘Scenic Bridge’ was another fine example of his non efficiency and money wasting tendency. His reasoning? The country has no money, therefore we need to be more stringent. Later on, the public soon found out that the cost of scraping the bridge was much more expensive than to actually build it.

On the other hand, media was stifled and made to toe the line. Criticism and opinions not agreed with were severely dealt with like what happened here;

KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin is expected to be charged with sedition at the Kuala Lumpur Court in Jalan Duta today.

The 58-year-old confirmed he received a telephone call from a police officer last night informing him to be at the court at 9.30am.

“I was told by an officer to appear in court to be charged with sedition with regard to an article posted on my website.”

…and here;

Dalam mesyuarat BN Negeri Selangor, Pengerusi BN Selangor baru Senator Tan Sri Muhammad “Mike Tyson” Muhammad Taib memutuskan ahli UMNO dilarang sama sekali untuk menyertai Forum UMNO Pasca PRU12 anjuran portal politik MyKMU.net Selasa 1 April 2008 ini di Petaling Jaya.

Amaran dikeluarkan sekiranya ada ahli UMNO yang akan menghadiri forum tersebut, yang akan dirasmikan oleh Mantan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan panel perbincangan pula terdiri dari Mantan Menteri Besar Selangor Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir Toyo, Exco Pemuda UMNO Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir dan Ketua Penerangan UMNO Johor Dr. Mohd. Fuad Zarkashi, tindakan akan diambil keatas mereka.

In the aspect of the economy, we have this to show for the past 4 years;

Foreign direct investment into Malaysia down

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Malaysia dipped to US$3.97bil (RM14.69bil) last year, compared to 2004 when US$4.62 bil (RM17.09bil) in FDIs was recorded.

For the first time since 1990, Indonesia managed to overtake Malaysia in drawing in FDIs.

Inflows to Indonesia surged by 177% to US$5.26bil (RM19.46bil) last year.

As a whole, FDIs to South, East and South-East Asia reached a new high of US$165bil (RM610.5bil) last year, which was a 19% increase over 2004.

China, Hong Kong and Singapore were the largest recipients of FDIs in 2005.

The figures were released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) in its World Investment Report 2006 on Monday.

There was no denying that Malaysia was a real success story from the late 80’s all the way to the new millenium. The main recipe for Malaysia’s success was through the approach of its leadership. If I may, Dr Mahathir led the nation as its CEO. He believed that as the CEO of the nation, it was his job to maximise the wealth of its shareholders (the people). Hence, we saw a nation being propelled to become one of the fastest growing nation in Asia in the 80’s and the 90’s. Prospering the shareholders was critical in order to gain respect from foreigners and instilling pride within the nation. The economy ‘pie’ was enhanced and it grew big.

On the other hand, Pak Lah’s style is somewhat akin to an administrator. Perhaps due to his career background as a government officer, he approaches leadership with much hesitation and indecisiveness. This maybe due to the fact that he finally found himself in the topmost seat of power without anyone to report to, or to turn to in the face of a problem. He finds himself accountable and responsible in all of the government’s actions and in-actions. We sometimes may see him overwhelmed with fatigue and exhaustion caused by having to think continuously.

What Dr Mahathir saw as a challenge to further improve his self-actualization, Pak Lah instead saw it as a chore and would hastenly establish a committee to delegate the problem. As the result of this flip flopping and weak leadership, the economy ‘pie’ shrunk. And worse, most of the wealth in this shrunken pie benefitted only a few cronies.

In the end, one has to know one’s limits when trusted with a certain responsibility. One need to honestly take stock of his capabilities and then humbly pronounce your course of action. My advice to Pak Lah is to step down and let other capable leaders manage the country. Maybe then, we will remember him fondly as the selfless PM whom had recognised his own weakness and had stepped aside for the good of the nation.

At this moment, we are reminded of a ‘pantun’ by an ex prime minister whom some of us love demonize;

“Tiap permulaan ada akhirnya,
Menjadi peringatan kepada hamba,
Kuasa dan jawatan bukan segalanya,
Berkhidmat kepada bangsa dan negara.”

– Dr Mahathir, closing speech Umno General Assembly 2003, few months before he retired gracefully.

Now if that wasn’t a clear case of humility, I wouldn’t know what humble means.

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14 thoughts on “The CEO and the Pegawai Tadbir

  1. excellent notes

    honestly dont agree with the comparing, pak lah tak layak lansung di perbandingkan dengan TUN. Resume baru ada 4 baris jee

    AAB must resign b4 dec 08

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  2. who ever you are,

    This is really good.Tun was a best CEO and he had maximises rakyat’s wealth. This is happen not by accident as claimed by Penipu Rakyat. Without idea, policy, support and implementation done by UMNO-led government, Malaysia will never like as it is now.

    Good, hopefully more bloggers will use the facts right.

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  3. solid arguments supplemented with relevant articles and notes.

    perhaps you could move the comment(s) icon to the bottom of the article, that way we dont have to browse all the way to the top to leave one. cheers?

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  4. JMD~

    Actually Mahathir did a lot of damage before that, the effect of it has been slow and progressive, businessman do not move their company out overnight. Just that recent years, many countries like Laos,Vietnam,India,China,Indonesia cropped up and took away our job, more choices are available. Also, many government investments focused on mega project property development, we did not go big time on R&D 10-20 years before that, coupled with poor tertiary education quality as well . Those country that invested big time in R&D are reaping rewards right now which is where Malaysia suppose to head up the value chain.
    Many people tend to think that Pak Lah did a pretty screw up job on running the nation. But at the turn of 2000/1999, many already speculated what is happening today, well before Pak Lah took over. Just that our politicians were pretty pre-occupied with fighting for power,money, playing racial cards.

    Woody.

    JMD : I disagree with your assessment. Foreign direct investments were decreasing after Pak Lah took over. Why? Because of the general lack of confidence by the investors. After all the painstaking years of attracting huge overseas conglomerates to set up their operations here in Malaysia (through TDM’s continuous efforts since in 1981 – can even be traced far back into the 70’s when he was the Minister of Trade), we see the numbers are dwindling. If you said TDM did a lot of damage, then it was illogical for huge Fortune 500 companies like Siemens, Intel, Dell, JVC, Matsushita, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Philips and hundreds other to come over to Malaysia in the 80’s and 90’s. Mind you that since TDM became PM, the yearly FDIs to Malaysia was about RM15 – 30 billions (you can check with MIDA). Even in 1998 at the height of the crisis, TDM had successfully gained support and pledge of capital investment from the mega companies from the silicone valley to cyberjaya while the FDI in that year raked an impressive RM13 billion. It is up to the current PM to sustain the momentum.

    But in 2006, Malaysia for the first time suffered negative growth of FDI (see http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/iteiiamisc20072_en.pdf). Even when the economy was perceived to be strong, we managed to gain only a measly RM13.5 billions.
    If you say the other countries in SEA are gaining and surpassing us in the competition, then whose fault is that? Isn’t it the current’s administration’s fault? TDM laid the foundation of a modern Malaysia. A template of a developing nation, on the verge to become a developed one by the year 2020. All the mega projects he erected, the cyberjaya, putrajaya, klcc, free trade zones in penang and JB, west port etc are all the infrastructures needed to keep the momentum going. You can’t be a developed nation without these projects being set up as the foundation for growth. All the same while, building them while the cost is still low, hence KLIA and the scenic bridge. Bear in mind, all the iconic structures in the developed countries were once considered a wasteful mega project but now they are deemed as necessary as the pride of their nation and source of income (Eiffel tower, empire state building, bullet trains in Japan and France, Suez Canal etc). You simply can’t be a developed nation with no infrastructures and misguided policies

    This notion of yours that TDM was the cause of Malaysia’s current trouble is erroneous. Obviously the effort to subtly demonize the ex PM had prove successful. In the effort to cover up the current PM’s failure as a businessman and salesman of Malaysia, the public were made to believe the current situation we’re in is the cause of TDM. I strongly believe, Pak Lah screwed up a well organized nation he inherited. How? By screwing up the nation’s priorities. How? By developing the wrong kind of projects. Tell me, besides the wasteful Masjid Krystal and Perkampungan Hadhari in T’ganu, what other projects/infrastructures he successfully built? Do you know what was the annual Malaysia’s budget since 2004? Around RM130 billions to RM160 billions. Where did it go? Even with much much lower budget during his time, TDM managed to propelled the nation efficiently through effective and smart nation building process.

    You said in 1999/2000 many had speculated what’s going to happen today. Can you back that statement with some evidence? Who said that? Which professors analysed that? Why do they say that? And on what basis do they say that?

    Basically, foreign investors just do not want to invest in this country anymore. Even the ones that had initially made their investments here have started to move elsewhere. Why? Because our current leader do not know how to attract them and how to sell our country’s main points – good Location, 100% Ownership of investments and increase on returns of investments through Internalization process (OLI framework). Would you invest your money in a person who had been seen sleeping in meetings and flip flopping with his policies? Or would you invest in a person who is business friendly, having strong personality and smart enough to make good decisions?

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  5. Dear JMD~

    I did two postings at your blog and somehow I noticed it get deleted without getting published. If the content or anything not in agreement with you and you felt personally offended over it. Apologize for that .

    Thank you
    Woody.

    JMD : Sorry for the late approval, just went online this morning. Cheers!🙂

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  6. Dear JMD~

    Hey, glad you did not Censor me after RPK affair.. I think many bloggers turned on defensive mode after ..afraid the boy in blue comes knocking at the dooe🙂

    I read some articles back in turn of century, if my memory still served me right..the 1999/2000 statement was based on readings of 1986 acts (The Promotion of Investment Act of 1986) + some other policies were set to expire in 2000, if my memory serves me right I recalled reading in some economic news, asiaweek, FEER, talked about declining of Penang and host of other states that relies heavily on FDI factories , but that was extended to , 2003 , after that FI (Foreign investment are subjected to scrutiny of MIDA)

    you can read more here..🙂

    http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Asia-and-Oceania/Malaysia-FOREIGN-INVESTMENT.html

    They did not predict exactly that “in 2008” this will happen, just that they commented on our capital control (still in force) coupled with such policies, will cause severe backlash to our export oriented industry because big portion of it comes from FDI (export of those product was ~50-60% of our GDP , back then) Reason that with comment appeared was, Thailand was fixing its boat, Indonesian also stablized, China coming up,so is Vietnam and Laos.. business commentators (as usual) predicted that companies will have much more choice instead of just sticking with Malaysia only..

    Also, on your statement of Fortune 500 companies, Intel and Motorola did not come to Malaysia in 80s, they came in 1970s well before TDM’s time, brainchild of Lim Chong Eu that lobbied many silicon pioneers to come here, also hatching the idea of Free Trade Zone. The FTZ idea propagated to many states later.. That also was used by other competing emerging countries like those I mentioned above to lure away investors. Sad but true.. yesterday’s trick do not work anymore today.. a fact Pak Lah needs to figure out how to solve.

    In fact, much later after 2003-2003, most FDI went to China,Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia also using original idea we developed, a consolidated industrial zone with Tax incentives, reason it went there partly because of the market location, yes they have a lot of populations. Also another factor was, many of those were returning nationals (they went to US Europe to study, or as refugee), became managers to MNS companies too.

    In fact as long as 10 years ago, Malaysia should not be courting FDI of mass production in nature to build big factory that hire 50000 workers.. because our labor cost is high compared to those country I mentioned. We should have been increasing R&D effort (Academic/Gov Institution) alike to hatch ideas like 10 -15 years ago, moving up value chain.(Sorry it was TDM time, he did not do that). Some companies that went up value chain also could not find good enough academic products(bright students) to help them succeed. That’s why many Megaproject failed to make a big impact to our future GDP but only benefit those in building and construction sectors, R&D just need normal office space with brainy people. It does not need monumental projects.

    FDI is a bit black like magic. It depends highly fiscal policy (education, legal, labor, economy-capital control), not just 1 leader alone.

    Yup, Pak Lah maybe weak at choosing the people he worked with to change the cause of the country economy, but did he had that freehand in 2004 ? Not much-lah, TDM installed many eyes on him. See what happened when he canceled some mega projects ? Someone jumping up and down like piles turning into hemorrhage, who , our TDM.

    In fact, most of the fiscal policies were still quite the same, but it loses its shine because the ruling elite(+all the BN components) are still stuck with old mindset of playing racial cards, adding religious issue that threaten civil liberties , corruption is all time high too with crime rate on the rise, recent improvement in other countries essentially swept us aside. Foreigners knew all that due to new form of media – Internet. Yup, they have choice now.

    Pak-lah is just a convenient scapegoat.

    Woody..🙂

    JMD : I seriously do not agree with your last sentence. If the current leader is not intelligent enough to steer Malaysia into the right path, be savvy enough to develop the R&D and be smart enough to move away from FDIs and find other ways to increase the wealth of the nation, we shouldn’t blame him for that? You’re saying we should blame a retired PM for what had happened from 2003 onwards? You mean when he increased the price of petrol, we blame TDM? When he practice corruption and cronyism with his family members which resulted in multi millions being pocketed by them, we blame TDM? When he is not acting like a thinker and the driver to spur the economy, we should blame the TDM? When he announced his son in law is brilliant, and will bring Malaysia to a better future – but in the end, the future turned to be bleak and saddled with wastage and economic stagnation, we blame TDM? Shouldn’t he be at least be responsible for his stupidity in leading the nation?

    I do not agree with your perception that TDM installed a lot of eyes on Pak Lah. Reason being, Pak Lah did cancel a lot of the necessary projects although TDM was indeed furious. Did he listen to the people of Johor about the cancellation of the scenic bridge? No. He remained aloof and snobbish. No matter what TDM can say at that time. Pak Lah was the one with the power. But he didn’t wield it wisely. “Power corrupts absolutely”. TDM’s letter to The Sun today is really telling. And don’t get me started on ex gratia payments of the judges. That was a wrong move. Read that further in http://www.chedet.com

    Thanks Woody.

    Have a good weekend ya.

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  7. JMD Sir,

    It’s been an great honor to debate with you, Sir,,, I learned a lot from your nice write up.

    I hope we will still have this freedom for many years to come, recent BN’s action to crackdown on blogger certainly put the fear across everyone in cyberspace, also, I really hate self censorship.

    Thank you, have a nice weekend yourself..

    Woody,

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  9. wow…i am impressed by the level of healthy debate going on here, free of any angry emotions, abuse and bad words. I cant say the same thing about some of the other more popular blogs…the comments are always full of mindless rants and despicable remarks, all hell-bent on defending their views without any proper analysis.
    Like every other Malaysian, I am an advocate of freedom of expression but I also strongly believe that maturity is an important element, or else its all a bit of Russian Roulette.
    So well done to JMD and Woody and JMD, keep on writing…

    JMD : Ditto!🙂

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  11. Mr JMD
    My first visit to a good blog with healthy discussion.
    Thanks to wood and JMD fore the good behaviour.
    But ,Is this blog mend for english speaking group?

    Sayang!! perbincangan yang baik tapi tak dapat diselami oleh semua.

    Anyhow I must forward this blog to friends.

    mr wood
    Anda juga punya komen yang baik tetapi satu perkara yang anda mesti ingat, permasalahan hari ini adalah tentang Pak Lah dan apa yang perlu dilakukan untuk memperbaikinya. Cadangan-cadangan yang membina adalah lebih diperlukan dan bukan lari daripada persoalan pokok.

    Oleh itu, TDM tidak sepatutnya dijadikan kambing hitam oleh mana-mana pihak. Ya, TDM mungkin ada melakukan kesilapan disana sini kerana dia juga manusia seperti kita semua. Cuma bezanya beliau dianugerahkan kelebihan yang tidak ada pada kita semua. Kebaikan yang beliau buat untuk negara dan rakyat melebihi keburukan yang beliau wariskan. Sudah sewajarnyalah Pak Lah perlu setidak-tidaknya mendengar pandangan dan kritikan TDM dengan hati terbuka dan bukan sebaliknya.
    Jika ada pihak-pihak yang mendesak beliau meletakkan jawatan adalah kerana persoalan-persoalan yang banyak ditinggalkan tanpa mendapat jawapan yang meyakinkan rakyat dan “the silent majority” ahli-ahli umno.
    Keadaan yang semakin meruncing tidak boleh dibiarkan tanpa rawatan yang tepat.

    Salam

    JMD : Dear JJ, this blog is meant for any type readers. Kadang kala artikel saya akan di selang seli kan dengan Bahasa Melayu untuk mendapat ‘target audience’ yang lebih besar. Walau bagaimanapun, amat dukacita jika Bahasa English mudah yang ditulis tidak dapat difahami oleh setiap lapisan masyarakat kerana bahasa tersebut telah dipelajari oleh seseorang semenjak masuk sekolah lagi di darjah satu.

    Eventhough most of the articles are in English, it will not be a problem if the comments are in Malay. What is important is the message that wanted to be put through. Thank you for reading. Selamat membaca.

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