Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Applying Rafizi's logic link Anwar and DAP to Tropicana deal


In our posting, Khalid sold 1,172 acres land for kickback? , the controversial Tropicana land deal was raised. It was mentioned that it was a deal to pay off Tan Sri Khalid's RM67 million loan to Bank Islam.

No it wasn't.

And, this blog did mentioned the possibility that the Bank may have erred when they force sold his shares. In the past, Bank tend to lose when clients raise this as an issue. Our sources with a former Bank Islam top official said the Bank would not have won at the Federal court thus they seek settlement.

Thanks to a tip from an ex-Malaysian Insider, it was found out that the settlement is about RM7 million.
 
Subsequently, the second posting, Royal touch to the Tropicana land deal? wrote of the Chinese business community got wind of the deal and was so upset that it cost DAP the Telok Intan seat.

Were they upset with Khalid or DAP?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RM100 million defamation suit against TMI


The Malaysian Insider was asked to apologise or face a defamation lawsuit of RM100 million from Fuel Sub Sdn Bhd-Datasonic consortium. They are given 48 hours to retract the report or correct an allegedly defamatory report on the bid.

Tan Sri Dr Shafee Abdullah described the proposal from Fuel Sub Sdn Bhd as a private initiative for a directly negotiated contract and it is not a public open tender for it's own reasons.

In a report by The Edge, cabinet was understood to have held back the contract award. Will MI hold back and retract?

Oh by the way, no comment allowed for this posting. Only for this posting.  

Sorry ...

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fat lady ain't singing yet


Almost everyone expect PAS's Central Committee (CC) to defy the Spiritual Leader, President, Ulamak Council, Syura Council and grassroot.

They did.

In a decision said to be 10 for and 27 against supporting the President's position, PAS did a U-turn from support to withdraw support for Khalid. Faekah Hussein should start singing for Khalid but she is only feisty but not fat.

The physically well endowed Ampang Parliment Member cum Woman's Wing Chief for PKR, Zuraidah Kamaruddin is unlikely to sing too. Her come-from-behind push for Azmin Ali has suddenly received a new burst of life.

In a seemingly defiant act against their elders, PAS's CC suggested for Datin Seri Wan Azizah and also Azmin Ali. PAS can find some fat Muslimah to sing for PAS's game is over for now.

The ball have been lobbed back to PKR's court.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Khalid's corporate move to de-register PKR


At yesterday's open house, the Selangor leadership crisis was the conversation of the evening.

The latest move by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's boneka, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to get 30 statutory declaration of support puzzled everyone as to why Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim wants to stick around.

The answer is he wants to take it to the Assembly to do a vote of no confidence on him. All one need to do is to read back history on the Ming Court incident in 1984. It was an attempt to topple Sarawak's then Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud.

All had gathered at Ming Court and as one old journalist who witnessed it described, "We have the numbers!" to requote Anwar's words used again by Wan Azizah. But, when it was near the time to do a vote of no confidence, there was no motion to do so.

Frankly, any "surat sumpah" used by Pakatan Rakyat politicians in their game of perception is as good as "sampah". Remember how the late PI Bala flip flop on his Statutory Declarations and Deepak too on his statements.

Another answer lies in Khalid's own words to want to cleanse his name.

And, one interesting part, which not many players, from both side of the fight - in PKR and Pakatan Rakyat (no blaming UMNO cause they don't bother) - did not realise is that Khalid is not playing politics but his approach is typical in a corporate board room tussle.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monkey waiting for cheap peanuts


In the good old days of profitability, MAS would serve cakes or cookies as the first meal to help passengers adjust to the new air pressure around them.

Since MAS fall into the hands of Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar when he was at Bina Fikir and then later into the Khazanah Nasional he headed since, passengers were served only peanuts and fruit juice.

Even that there is a jungle Monkey waiting outside quietly supportive of Khazanah another sure-to-fail-again turnaround effort. The animal has no business to comment but it did.

Good thing that Tun Dr Mahathir commented something yesterday. Otherwise, no one realise there is a jungle Monkey waiting for the Zookeeper to giveaway cheap peanuts.

Who would likely be that Zookeeper?

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Basically, Tun M said Amokh is incompetent


MASEU Executive Secretary, who is the supporter and henchman in the union for con turnaround specialist that repeatedly failed at MAS and Pemandu, Dato Idris Jala spoke again.

Again, he is missing the leaves from the tree to repeat his blame and call for CEO Ahmad Jauhari resignation.

He is still not addressing the real problem. What do can you expect from typical self serving and populist union officials. To paraphrase former American President Bill Clinton, it is Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar and Khazanal Nasional la ... stupid!

And, one clever statesman realised the validity in the argument of this blog's previous postings on MAS.

We reproduce the statesman's latest comment in his blog on the MAS privatisation or as he pointed out, it is nationalisation. Must be a wrong advise from a stupid overpaid and over rated Investment Banker.

Wonder who ....?

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Rush to sack Khalid foiled [up-dated]


His Highness the Sultan of Selangor is due to berangkat overseas from August 12th to 24th.

From all the moves of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he wants to get his wife's appointment as Menteri Besar of Selangor as soon as possible before his highness leaves.

Without a royal consent, the state assembly could not convene, the dismssal of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Menteri Besar through of vote of no confidence could not be done, and planned appointment of Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will not happen.

Anwar had planned to get Khalid sacked by the 10th tomorrow. That way PAS has no option but to accept PKR decision to submit Wan Azizah's name to his highness. However, Khalid has made his move.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Is MoF Inc taking over MAS?


Bump into a friend at KLCC who told us that Khazanah is waiting for several proposals on MAS.

Our immediate response, "Not the same stupid game! Last time around Khazanah manipulated the share prices up to sell Proton at a premium to Syed Mokhtar."

Khazanah idea of turnaround is to repeatedly fail in all their turnaround effort.

Someone must check all their Sendirian Berhad start-up companies. Bet 90% of all the ventures spearheaded by the textbook understanding of Analyst/Fund Manager Azman failed too.

By right, Securities Commission should investigate Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar for rigging Proton shares then. Obviously not.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Moral hazard of expecting Khazanah to turnaround MAS


Last night's news on TV featured PAC Chairman, Dato Nurjazlan Tan Sri Mohamed commenting that MAS will have to be de-listed should there be no new capital injection.

It is public knowledge that MAS is bleeding by few million daily with not much could be done to cut cost and boost revenue.

Subsequent to the shooting of MH17, there was news report that there was a plan hatched, which was rumoured to involve going private, will be announced immediately after Hari Raya.

Have written this before and will keep writing it again.

How could MAS undertake a successful turnaround when the same bunch of  turnaround con artists and plunderers linked with Khazanah Nasional, which were responsible for the decline of MAS from a world reknown airline to its present position, be the ones putting together the plan?

It is the same bunch, who propped up Air Asia at expense of MAS and almost got away with a collaboration with Air Asia, which was to favour Air Asia again.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Without fear or favour, MIC should also be charged


This blog make no bone to express our disgust to discuss Interfaith issues. Faith is something personal. As far as possible, it should remain so and kept within the ambit of the Federal Constitution.

However, it took a legal dimension when conversion by one spouse results in dispute over the religion of the children. Whatever the argument, divorce should be done amicably and religion of children should be resolve within the family and not to burden or divide the society.

One friend noticed and concluded that interfaith issue is more synonymous with the more argumentative in nature Indians. Be it parents or lawyers or human rights activists or man the woman covert to marry or priests and archbishops, or women columnist cum gay rights activist, or liberal writers, so on and so forth, it will involve Indians or Mamak at the fore front or as the most vocal.

The latest involving Ustaz Shahul Hamid Seeni Mohameed Hamid is no indifferent as it involves a Mamak. The freelance speaker is a member of PAS and likely to be part of PAS psywar operating from masjid to masjid and surau to surau. His lawyer is likely to be PAS MP and a mamak, Hanifa Maidin.

Nevertheless, we disagree with Attorney General's strange swift action to charge.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Khalid should bare all or bear the consequences


In late March and early April, this blog put up two postings with regard to the questionable land deal with Tropicana.

The first posting, Khalid sold 1,172 acres land for kickback? discussed the deal in which the state sold land to Tropicana for a 20 years repayment with a small deposit but they sold off 25% of the land for a handsome profit and the proceed provided the cashflow to develop the land.

Sheer rent-seeking. However, it is not UMNO, but PKR government looking to be in cohort with a korparat. It raises suspicion that it was a deal to pay off Tan Sri Khalid's RM67 million loan to Bank Islam.

In the second posting, Royal touch to the Tropicana land deal?, a source was saying someone with a royal surname acting for Khalid. This would have made rumour mongers churn slanders that Khalid had paid off someone for his current political fight for survival.

DAP was believed to be upset with happenings involving the land deal, which almost affected Chinese votes in the Kajang by-election and surely affected Chinese votes at Telok Intan. There is a new twist to the Tropicana land story spreading in the social media.

DAP was upset not for the right reason but the wrong reason.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Demonstrate at Singapore LTA office too!

Singapore's Land Transport Authority office

Factory bus drivers was heard to hold a demonstration at the Sultan Iskandar Building in Johor Baru this morning.

At the CIQ this morning, two factory bus drivers left their buses and blocked the CIQ in a protest against Malaysia charging "toll" for use of the Eastern Dispersal Link into Singapore. The four years overdue toll charges is being drummed up by DAP as increase in toll by 570%.

After they have practised their democratic rights, which Malaysia is more open to these days, these bus drivers should do the same at the Singapore's Land Transport Authority at the old Kandang Kerbau Hospital at 1 Hempshire Road, Singapore. Block the road with few buses at Singapore's CIQ to see how democratic Singapore is to dissenting views.

After all, Singapore should now be open to dissenting views since Singaporeans fund and participate in demonstrations to sabotage Rapid Pengerang to save their smuggling business. PAP volunteers participated in the Tenang and recently Telok Intan by-elections to support PAS and Malay DAP candidates, respectively.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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


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

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

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

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wall Street worshipers cannot turnaround MAS


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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Not straight to The Hague, Anwar


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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dollars and senses of flag bearers


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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Non-CNN version of who shot MH 17


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

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

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

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

SIA took same "risky route"


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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three smugglers charged yesterday and more to come


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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Malaysian women call on UN for ceasefire


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

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

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Before Pakatan Rakyat turn it into an issue [Latest]


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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Singapore could tac but Johor not allowed to tic


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

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

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

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

No orange squash, but a pleasant surprise


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Top UMNO man playing treacherous games with Opposition


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

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

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

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Dubious past and present of Datasonic


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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Why a Minister arrange for Datasonic to meet KPDNKK officers?


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

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

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

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

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Pro-opposition news portals given lesson on good behaviour


It is unprecedented but it happened.

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

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

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Justice seek, Principle upheld


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

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

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

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

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

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