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On Thursday, the Star reported that the new Government’s proposed fuel subsidy scheme based on the engine capacity of vehicles and using MyKad "has apparently been shelved." This blogger heard the same and it shows the PM is listening to the people.
The Star quoted some source expressing frustation for the shelving because it seems they have done a loty of work.
The manner The Star wrote the report is such the country desperately need a no subsidy and market driven retail oil price. One can only feel these commentators have ulterior political motive to see BN lose the next General Election.
But what boggles the mind is why these dumb asses can't see the MyKad for Petrol smells of a scam from far away.
Before answering that, read the posting by Paul Tan here for information on the new subsidy scheme.
The Malaysian Instinct viewed it as impractical. The article reproduced below:
MyKad For Petrol:Painless But Practical-lessMalaysian Insider here reported the several tier system as too cumbersome.
By Loan Shark, Malaysia Instinct
Recently, government has announced a new fuel subsidy mechanism set to be implemented on May 1 which will see the amount of subsidised fuel based on the engine capacity of a vehicle.
The revamp is being done to lessen financial burden on the Government, which spends billions ringgit each year to make petrol and diesel affordable to rakyat. However, the initiative to entail the use of MyKad for fuel purchases, seems to be not a good idea.
Malaysia’s concern that the new subsidy scheme which depends on MyKad for verification and transaction, could be troublesome for consumers and petrol station's operators.
This could possibly create hassle and congestion as people need to go through many verification processes and extra devices to identify their vehicle capacity, economic status, and the fuel price they entitled to.
Even though, MyKad will be functioned as a debit card where people can reload it upfront and use it later, but still people facing a messy time consuming to verify the MyKad and the process will even take longer if payment is made using a credit card or in peak time.
One more thing, it is envisaged that the scheme will be based on consumer's nationality. Absolutely for Malaysians and totally dismissed subsidized petrol or diesel for foreigners.
As such, the need for MyKad to purchase petrol is mandatory. The question arises as to whether it is eligible to those having foreign spouses could use their MyKad to buy fuel for their husbands or wives.
Other considerations for the new scheme will be the engine capacity as the amount of subsidised fuel based on the engine capacity of a vehicle.
The subsidy would be capped and limited to cars below 2.0cc which mostly owned by low and middle class citizens, whereas owners of cars with engine capacities bigger than 2.0cc would not enjoy it.
Some automobile experts have decried a new structure which merely based on engine capacity, does not solve any problem. They claimed, fuel consumption is not just about engine capacity but also engine technology by the manufacturer.
They are also suggesting the government to explores alternative means of reducing the overall cost of driving because, as the oil crisis in previous years have demonstrated, there are times when sustaining the petrol subsidy is simply economically unviable.
On the other hand, luxury car dealers believed the new subsidy system based on engine capacity is flawed and likely unfair. The luxury car owner is already more expensive petrol.
Hope the government will consider the scheme very carefully before implementing it.It may backfire and cause more frustration to the rakyat.
The main objective of the government is to remove petrol subsidies and yet ensure that those in need of assistance would receive it correctly. But the worrying factor is not so much the price but rather the mechanism to be adopted.
Should this new fuel Mykad-based mechanism takes place coming May simultaneously with fuel price hike,it's indeed adding fuel to a flame.
One former American President use to say: If you can't convince, confuse them. But that remark was meant for politics and political propaganda, not for business and government policy.
That is unless decision have been made by some stakeholder of the proposal. Since it is difficult to sell, confuse them but still insist to approve.
Kudos to our PM who in his overdrive "rakyat diutamakan" mode, sensed the scheme is simply confusing and cumbersome. Perhaps he sense a scam too.
Those related to the project could neither promote nor convince others of the idea but are seeking support and help from every other groups in town. And they are protective of a certain information.
To enable the MyKad for Petrol to work, all petrol stations must be a equipped with a certain cardreader. Who pays for it?
It is definately Government and not the petrol station operators because it Government that wants to implement the scheme. Government is as good as a sure paymaster.
A cardreader like that would cost few thousands. Consider the fact that all the petrol station in the country must have the cardreader before May 1st to enable their customer to get petrol at subsidised price. You are talking multimillion supply deal.
There is this cardinal rule in corruption. Whack em at the front end.
Before some sceptics get political and claim me creating a mountain out of an innocent necessary capital expenditure just because there is a Khairy associate in the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affair Ministry, consider this information.
Do they know that only 15% for the police fleet of patrol cars is equipped with cardreaders?
Don't ask me how this blogger know about the 15% but the point is the police is in urgent need of cardreaders and yet aren't getting sufficient budget for it.
With expected business from police yet to crystalise, one can speculate someone in the cardreader business must be thinking of a scheme to create a must-buy-now situation. That someone whispered the scheme to someone high up. That big shot saw the oppurtunity in the new petrol subsidiy scheme.
One wonders why Ismail Sabri can't smell the scam from near.
A major cabinet reshuffling is heard in the offing. If Ismail can't explain, Najib should review his position in cabinet.
Friday, February 26, 2010
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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Pemuda UMNO masih angkuh, dan biadap ... tidak berubah!
The newspaper and media these evening and tomorrow will show Pemuda UMNO appearing to lead a protest against the 50 Australian MPs demanding the Malaysian Government interfere with our courts to stop the prosecution against Anwar.
Some in the media may have known that Pemuda UMNO stole the protest initiative from Perkasa and a group of bloggers.
Jailani was first to call for such protest on Saturday. He suggested the time of 3:00 pm Wednesday.
Perkasa also had a similar intention and made an announcement. It was reported in The Malaysian Insiders on Sunday that it will be holding a protest Wednesday.
Jailani and Perkasa got in touch with each other and decided to hold it at 10:30 am with Restoren Kampung Pandan at 8:30 am as the rendervous.
Pemuda UMNO came later and only made their intention known on Monday night. They decided to have their protest at 9:30, an hour before the Bloggers and Perkasa's planned.
That is what you call upstaging the earlier organiser.
Out of politeness, Perkasa and Bloggers allowed the desperate-for-attention Pemuda UMNO the space. Kita beralahlah. Perkasa call off their supporters and let Pemuda take the lead.
But despite that, Pemuda UMNO led by Khairy Jamaluddin had no decency and courtesy to offer the originators of the protest be represented into the Australian High Commission.
One would have thought the insult ends there. It did not.
Jailani had given a protest letter signed by all bloggers to a Pemuda representative going in to be handed to the Australian Commssioner. That letter was not handed and Jailani was told off as "tak ada masa."
What a load of crap of an excuse? That is sheer rudeness!
Read Bujai here where he claimed Bloggers were sidelined.
After much had been said in the past of the arrogance of Pemuda UMNO Malaysia and time would have made them more courteous and sensitive to others than themselves, unfortunately it did not. They are still full of themselves.
If the Pemuda UMNO feels the demonstration would help their case in their meeting with the Prime Minister today at 3:00 pm, the PM and UMNO President should take their words with much reservation.
Definately they would like to gloat to Dato Najib of their demonstration today.
The truth to the matter, the demonstration was not really their idea or initiative. The demonstration was made without much thinking. The numbers present by Pemuda was miniscule compared with the numbers opposition are capable of gathering. It could have been easily upstaged by NGOs if they wish to do so.
By participating in the protest, it shows Khairy led Pemuda UMNO lack the political maturity and anticipative ability.
In Michael Danby's letter, he accused of political hands fixing Anwar into a sodomy case. How does it look that the Youth arm of the ruling party were participating in these protest?
Doesn't it help their's and opposition to spin an argument that the ruling party is defending their alleged actions? Dumb! Perhaps Khairy didn't care for that.
The protest should not have been Pemuda UMNO led. Furthermore, the protest is about interference in the affair of our sovereign country.
Most of the Pemuda Exco were talking of Anwar's case and accusing him as peliwat openly. Did they think for awhile what they were thinking off? Or a more relevent, those Pemuda Exco giving speeches know what to talk about?
The report below:
BN, Perkasa protest at Australian mission Anyway Bujai ... better stop being so nicey nicey and trusting of that boy. He is immature and snakey.
Some 250 people from the Barisan Nasional Youth and Malay rights group Perkasa gathered outside the Australian High Commission here today. – Picture by Syed Jaymal Zahiid
By Syed Jaymal Zahid
The Malaysian Insiders
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Some 250 people from the Barisan Nasional Youth and Malay rights group Perkasa gathered outside the Australian High Commission here today to protest against 50 Australian MPs who had asked for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be freed of his sodomy charge.
The crowd was led by the BN Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and his Umno Youth deputy, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, who led a delegation to hand over a protest memorandum to a representative from the mission.
The crowd had earlier gathered at a nearby restaurant some 200 metres from the mission as early as 8.30 am and later marched towards the building carrying placards, banners with “Don’t Mess With Our Affairs!”, “Jaga Negara Sendiri (take care of your own country)” written on it.
As they marched, the crowd shouted “mind, mind, mind your own business” and “to hell with Australia”.
A Light Strike Force squad was deployed to form a barricade and prevent the crowd from gathering at the mission’s outer compound.
Only Khairy, Razali and MIC youth chief T Mohan were allowed to pass through the barricade.
Khairy later told reporters that he had met Australian High Commissioner Penny Williams to hand over the memorandum, which among others, demanded the Australian government to make their stand on the issue clear.
“We also want an open apology from the 50 MPs and we want them to retract the petition,” he said.
“This act is a clear interference with our internal affairs and an encroachment to our sovereignty and we will tolerate none of this,” Khairy added.
The BN and Umno Youth chief said the Australian High Commission had assured him that their government has no intentions of meddling with Malaysia’s affairs and are not prejudging the ongoing Sodomy II trial, a charge Anwar and other opposition leaders claimed is “trumped up” to kill its surging influence.
Khairy, however, slammed the accusations and said he believed the ongoing trial will take place in a transparent and fair manner unlike what is claimed by the opposition.
The 50 Australian MPs last week said the Malaysian government should drop the sodomy charge against Anwar, who leads the Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact. Anwar is charged with sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on June 26, 2008.
The former deputy prime minister has denied the charge, the second such charge in 12 years.
Perkasa president and Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali was less diplomatic when stating his view to reporters outside the Australian High Commission.
Ibrahim said the reason why Michael Danby, the MP who led 49 others to hand in the petition calling for the charge to be dropped, is “supporting” Anwar is because he is a homosexual, a derogatory description leveled against Anwar by his political rivals.
“Birds of a feather flock together. I heard that Danby is a homosexual.”
The BN Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) also sent a separate protest note at 11.15 am.
BNBBC deputy chairman Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mukhtar Radin handed over their protest memorandum to Williams.
Bung Mukhtar told reporters that Williams had assured them that the views of Danby and the 49 MPs do not represent the Australian government’s stand.
He also said that the Australian MPs should not be carried away by Anwar’s side of the story. The opposition icon has been vigorously engaging the international media in a bid to woo support.
“The case is not approached by the government but Saiful,” said the Kinabatangan MP.
“Because the case is not broached by the government so how can they ask the judiciary to drop the case?” he added.
Enough said, I am off for a PC on the revelation of Kalimullah and The Malaysian Insider. Kali was Khairy's political mentor and a Singapore "spy".
Saturday, February 06, 2010
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BN will win Kelantan
Ku Li has been on a vocal mode since he spoke on a PAS stage.
Since yesterday, he has upped it further to claim that Kelantan has the right to RM9.7 billion royalty at the border with Terengganu. He claimed Compassionate payment is not constitutional.
The old UMNO, thus far expressed by Syed Ali, Division Chief from Cheras, had called on Ku Li to leave for Pakatan Rakyat. There would be the expected demand for disciplinary action.
This is where UMNO must change.
UMNO must learn to cherish and celebrate diversity in views. Ku Li has been expressing himself on the Kelantan royalty issue for a while. As someone who can be described as the founder of Petronas, UMNO should have seek for his opinion and views.
This is one perennial problem of UMNO. They only respect power and people in power. They talk of knowledge economy, budaya ilmu, and etc but they rather hear from an idiot with position and power than a man of knowledge and experiance.
On this matter, even Dr Mahathir refrained from talking on the Kelantan royalty issue. His only commnet was to wish Ku Li had not spoken on a PAS platform.
Dr M refrains from criticising Ku LiThe idiocracy in UMNO's reaction is to the extent of expecting Ku Li to leave for Pakatan Rakyat.
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has refrained from criticising Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for using an Opposition platform to voice his opinion on the Kelantan oil royalty issue.
He said that he had also been critical of the Government in the past.
“I do not think it is acceptable to use the platform of the Opposition but I have also spoken out using smaller groups critical to the Government.
“I am not in a position to condemn,” he said when asked for his reaction to Tengku Razaleigh’s comment that the PAS-led Kelan-tan government was entitled to a 5% royalty for petroleum extracted off its waters.
Last Thursday, Tengku Raza-leigh, who is a former Finance Minister and founding chairman of Petronas, told a gathering in Kota Baru that Kelantan was entitled to the royalty.
Speaking to reporters yesterday after giving a talk at the Asean Logics Conference at International Islamic University, Dr Mahathir said he had been very vocal against some of the moves made during the administration of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Dr Mahathir said he was of the view that Tengku Razaleigh was placing greater importance to Kelantan compared to the Federal Government.
“I suppose as a Kelantanese, he wants to see Kelantan get money. I am only guessing,” he said.
Kelantan Umno Youth was upset that Tengku Razaleigh chose to make his stand at a gathering organised by the PAS-led government, where he shared the stage with Mentri Besar and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat at the Sultan Mohammed IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
Asked if Tengku Razaleigh’s ac-tions would affect the voters confidence towards Umno, Dr Maha-thir said: “Maybe, maybe. But whatever we do, we cannot win back Kelantan. Kelantanese have their own way of thinking.”
In his speech, Dr Mahathir said that Asean countries, together with China, Japan and South Korea, should have a common trading currency in place of the US dollar.
He also renewed his calls for the formation of the East Asia Economic Group (EAEG) , which would boost economic solidarity among the 10-member Asean group with the three north-east Asian countries.
Source: The Star February 3rd, 2010
Many are speculating that Pakatan Rakyat needs a new leader with expectation for Anwar to be found guilty in the second sodomy charge rising by the day as evidences presented in court. Many within Pakatan Rakyat feel Ku Li would suit that role.
But Ku Li is not leaving UMNO. He has mentioned it so many times. Independent MP and Perkasa President, Dato Ibrahim Ali, who was believed to advised him against speaking on PAS platform, said he does not have intention to leave UMNO.
Other than problem with financial constraints, the Government should consider giving the royalty to Kelantan and the states.
They way this blogger see it politically benefit UMNO.
The last time Kelantan was given oil royalty was in 1976. The next two years, the PAS leaders governing the state then went into a hyenic chase for money and by 1978 was right for the picking by Barisan Nasional.
The lyric from the ole musical, Cabaret sings like this, "Money makes the world go round, the world go round, the world go round."
It will make Kelantan PAS Government round. as it is, it is already swarmed with internal political issues.
By giving that royalty and stop the compasionate fund which is disbursed through UMNO Divisional head, it will stop the money flow to them. As has been for decades, the Chiefs stand to benefit more from the Compassionate fund with Kelantan under PAS.
There is no incentive for them to win and that is the reason they continue to cah keting among themselves.
Once the royalty fund is given, PAS has no more basis to accuse UMNO of not fighting for the Malay by showcasing Kelantan being dominantly Malay.
Let's assume the worse that BN lose the Federal Government in the next GE but still retain few states. Those states will still have money flowing in.
Friday, February 05, 2010
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Saiful Bukhari revealed in court this morning that he did not undergo any examination with Dr Mohd Osman Abd Hamid at Pusat Rawatan Islam as claimed by Raja Petra Kamaruddin in Malaysia Today few weeks after the June 2008 incident.
Saiful described in court that he was asked by Dr Osman to put back on his pants and go to Government Hospital since it is only there where criminal cases are handled. There were no examination done.
In his posting on Malaysia Today back in 2008, Raja Petra made the claim that Dr Osman had examined Saiful and his report shows no physical evidence of any penetration.
This lie based on a falsified document had been repeatedly used by Anwar, PKR and PR leaders in their Ceramah and blog writings. The defense had used this falsified evidence as their argument in court to apply for dismissal of the case.
Below are the falsified medical reports:
Raja Petra had reproduced the medical report later with notes for mass distribution, below:
Karpal Singh had submitted the following medical report from Dr Osman in his opening address to dispell of any evidence of penetration, below:
What a mess they are in.
When the report was produced by Raja Petra, Dr Hasan Novandri of blog Minda Intelek had exa mined the report and raised doubts. In his blog posting dated July 30, 2008 here and other dates, Novandri questioned the diagnosis TRO used in the Medical Report as not the right procedure for sodomy cases.
There were also other obvious weakness with the report.
As far as criminal cases, the court will only use reports produced by Government Hospital. Specifically for this case, the hospital report used by the court is that produced by Hospital Kuala Lumpur where Saiful had went.
In his opening statement on Wednesay, Deputy Public Prosecutor, Datuk Mohamed Yusof Zainal Abiden was reported by The Star below:
"The prosecution says they will establish the sodomy charge against Anwar beyond reasonable doubt. They contend that they will prove the case from direct evidence from Mohd Saiful and forensic testimony from doctors and chemists."What do they mean by direct evidence? Does it mean there is a medical physical evidence to be produced by HKL? Let's get our imagination wild, perhaps there is a video evidence.
All this while, blog followers have been lead to believe that there are only forensic evidence in the form of Anwar's DNA extracted from Saiful's anus.
Forensic evidence applies when there are no physical evidence and must be supported by other evidences like witnesses, CCTV, etc. But with a physical evidence, the prosecution is in a better position.
Anwar claimed he has some 13 alibi witnesses, but he still need to explain his DNA found in Saiful's buttock. Conspiracy? Malicious allegation? Fabrication? Those are old tricks. He better do more than that.
Does it really exist 13 alibis? Do they know the punishment for perjury is imprisonment?
The DNA specimen was presented to the court this morning.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Words are Tan Sri Hassan Merican has an appointment to see the Prime Minister this morning. It is likely about the non renewal of his appointments in Petronas. Perhaps Dato Seri Najib would be seeking his advise on who best to replace him.
If he were to actually seek for advise, it is a surprise. Hassan Merican tenure is due to end on February 9th, give or take a day earlier or later. But why has Government not decided on a succession for Malaysia's biggest and Government-owned company?
This blog had wrote something on corporate succssion plan here. Replacing the CEO of a major company and furthermore an Internationally reknown company cannot be done in the manner of Minister's appointment or removal.
When Zaid Ibrahim was appointed Minister in charge of law in the PM Department, the morning before the evening announcement Zaid had no inkling of being appointed Minister. The night before he was still ridiculing and bashing Tun Lah.
The new CEO need to be made known earlier and for the business community, local and abroad, to receive him. Business partners, contractors, suppliers, clients, management & staff, policy makers, and array stakeholders need to familiarise with the new CEO.
Plainly said, Malaysia would look ridiculous and the Prime Minister would be looked at negatively by the corporate community if he made his appointment announcement and the man is placed immediately in the hot position.
It will destroy the credibility of Petronas long crafted and executed corporate succession plan. If Petronas has a succession plan, it's Board of Directors would have long had somebody in mind.
Sources within the lower floors of Petronas Tower are saying that the choices are between Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas (former MISC Berhad Managing Director who retired in January last year), Datuk Anuar Ahmad (Petronas Dagangan Berhad Chairman) and Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin (former Managing Director/CEO of petronas GAs Bhd from 2003 to 2007).
Anuar and Wan Zulkiflee are a member of Petronas Management Committee and the all around preferred choice in the Petronas organisation is 49-year old Wan Zulkiflee. This blogger used to write about sucession plan and it is important for new CEO be accepted from within the organisation.
Why is the announcement not made? It seems The Malaysian Insider yesterday published the a report which had the same set of information as the one this blogger had, except for an additional candidate as in name Datuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh. It seems a young brat from within the Board of Directors of Petronas have been poking his nose into an are he is not supposed to.
Read the report below:
Like oil and waterThis rotten young brat was a former Petronas employee and his boss then when he was in Corporate Planning was the retired Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas. It seems Datuk Samsul is also friendly with a daughter of a Tan Sri Mahmood that is closely related with that young brat.
FEB 2 — If there is one takeaway from the Petronas saga, it’s probably this: your sterling track record as a corporate captain will count for little if you and the chief executive of Malaysia have some baggage.
Without question, Tan Sri Hassan Marican has done well since becoming the top official at the national oil company in 1995, turning it into a respected energy player on the global stage, leading it to become the country’s most profitable company by a mile (Petronas contributes 45 per cent of Malaysia’s revenue) and yet at the same time ensuring that it earned a reputation for prudence and solid management (Petronas debt ratings is higher than the Malaysian sovereign).
And yet this is likely to be Hassan’s last week as the chief executive and chairman of Petronas. Officially, the 57-year-old has not been told that he will be replaced by either Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas, Datuk Anuar Ahmad, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin or Datuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh.
But the signs have been there for sometime, from the whispering campaign by some administration officials and their runners to paint him as dictator of sorts, to planted reports in the media, and the withering support from his one-time staunch promoter, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Some of Hassan’s supporters argue that he is paying the price of saying no to Datuk Seri Najib Razak who, as the prime minister, has complete authority over the affairs at the oil company.
They point out that the source of the friction between Najib and Hassan was the decision by the Petronas board to block the appointment of Omar Mustapha, one of the PM’s advisers, as a director.
The appointment of the thirty-something was blocked because he had defaulted on his scholarship loan agreement with Petronas. Najib’s inner circle took the rejection as an affront, a sign of disrespect not only by the board but more so by Hassan.
Their argument was simple: No one in Malaysia has the power to block any decision made by the PM pertaining to Petronas. Not the board. Not Hassan.
From then on, there has been a clamour among Umno officials and Najib’s aides for Hassan to be made an example for the rest of corporate Malaysia, with the hawks arguing that extending Hassan’s tenure at the top of Petronas would be seen as rewarding belligerence.
But Hassan’s supporters dismissed the notion that the Omar episode was the career-breaker, noting that Hassan and Najib have not had a comfortable relationship for years, ever since the latter was the deputy prime minister.
In fact, they argue that Hassan has not had a comfortable relationship with previous DPMs or Finance Ministers because he stubbornly held to the position that as the chief executive of Petronas, he only had to report to the PM.
He escaped the chop only because he had the support of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. But with the change of guard in Putrajaya, it was only a matter of time before Hassan’s streak of independence became a liability.
The manner of his impending departure is a sign of how poisonous ties have become between Malaysia’s top corporate figure and the administration. The long-drawn affair in selecting a successor is also a sign that Najib is aware that Hassan’s successor must not only be acceptable to him but to other stakeholders, especially Petronas staff.
This blogger have been press the brakes from being continually critical on this young brat since it was revealed by some sources that he had was never part of Khairy and the 4th Floor mafia.
But trying to lobby the Prime Minister with a sinister self interest and personal agenda is intolerable. This has to be exposed so as to make the PM aware. Like Dr Mahathir kept saying repeatedly, one must tegur pemimpin to prevent them from making a bad decision and to improve them.
All the candidates are technically qualified and have corporate experiance running PLCs, but young brat is lobbying someone so that he can dictate his agenda through and out of personal interest to repay some favour his former boss may have made for him. Certainly having a younger man will stand in his way to move into the CEO of Petronas position for himself.
That can't be the final decision-making criteria for Najib. Information passed to us that Datuk Shamsul has personal weaknesses that can be manipulated and taken advantage off by other parties. The weakness will not be disclosed but let just say that the detractors of Hasan Merican used to comment on something similar.
Let the choice be made on professional and tangible basis that is beneficial for Petronas and not for some young brat's personal agenda.
After all, when he was in Petronas he was just an entry level officer. He is practically novice in the bigger working of Petronas and knows only limited personalities. Click Here to Read More..
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Hishamuddin made a statement trying hard to deny there were such call for Khairy's resignation in the eventful Pemuda Exco meeting. Razali Ibrahim made the same denial two days before.
Hishamuddin is no more in Pemuda and is amongst adult as UMNO Vice President. Why the need for such statement? It rings a sound of guilt. It is either he had voted for Khairy in the last Pemuda election. Or Pak Lah's claim that Hishamuddin insisted Khairy be placed as Naib Ketua Pemuda unchallenged, which most believed he lied, is true.
It is pointless for Hishamuddin or Razali to attempt to cover-up. So is the attempted excuse by members of Exco Pemuda UMNO that what transpired in the meeting is official party secret.
Thats all bullshit. Most of what transpired in meetings are seldom known outside before the meeting ended. In fact, one member of the Exco from Kedah claimed it as true.
And also, The Malaysian Insider's attempt to spin a sympathetic tone to the development in Pemuda UMNO is futile.
MI is Kalimullah's news portal and who is not aware of Khairy's close relationship with Khairy. Nice try but MI has never published any critical piece on Khairy!
The undisputed fact is Khairy is ineffective and has not exercise good judgement as leader. As Dr Mahathir described, Malays, if not Malaysians, do not like him.
Further Disunity Than Unity
When Najib called to meet Khairy as Ketua Pemuda, he explained that he will not be appointed Deputy Minister and set him a modest target to unify Pemuda.
But Khairy refused to heed the party President's suggestion. Instead, he went about in a childish selfish way to use his position to fortify his politics.
He should have used the opportunity to appease the factions align with Dato Mukhriz and Dato Dr Khir Toyo. Khairy should have realised that these two factions are rival but friendly and could easily join forces. When combined, they are larger than his faction.
Khairy helicoptered himself into positions in Pemuda UMNO, thus he is not familiar with UMNO culture. There is a way to tame rival factions within UMNO because factions in UMNO are never permanent but change with the political development.
Rather than placing his men as Ketua Pemuda Negeri, he should have allowed the Divisional Ketua Pemuda select from within themselves. This could have saved him from more problems compounded by the poor quality of people he selected as his Ketua Pemuda Negeri.
It does not help Khairy's cause by being overzealous in his pursuit for a Ministerial position. It was too obvious that he is using the Pemuda outfit for his personal pursuit when he rallied a Pemuda weekend training session in Janda Baik with the help of Zahid Hamidi for that purpose.
He has been sulking about this. Many Pemuda approching him for fund or proposal of programs is met with negatives. His response was he will not do anything as long as he is not appointed Minister.
Dr Mahathir raised a pertinent point too. It has never occured in UMNO history that a Ketua Pemuda is requested not to participate in a by-election campaign.
Khairy failed to realise that Pemuda is more about party machinery and being vocal and energetic than trying to play adult to dwell on ideology and policy.
His actions to stop Pemuda UMNO from being a pressure group on issues raised the suspect that Khairy is not in tune with the aspirations within UMNO. He has long been suspected as a PKR stooge inside UMNO.
The surprise for the night was when Dato Zaki Zahid himself criticise Khairy for ineffectiveness.
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