Thursday, April 30, 2015

Why still no Jho Loh lawsuit against NYT?

Interesting quote from Jho Loh in SCMP here

The last time this blog wrote on Taek Jho Loh or Jho Loh was on February 12th here. It wasn't about his lifestyle paid by his Arab clients. That is widely available out there. Make sure to read the first publicity of Jho Loh by New York Post [read here].

It was about the exposure by the New York Times. The article [read here] was a blatant spin to smear him. Separated and disjointed events were written in one story telling style article to mislead the readers into believing it is all linked together.

A similar style to George Soros-funded Sarawak Report (SR) that was used by other pro-opposition sites as reference. SR serve as feeder to create slanderous reports. While other friendly media quote them as though it is a reliable reference from legitimate source.
Jho Loh was urged to sue NYT and by right, sue SR too. Till today, no response just like 1MDB's silence to criticism and public enquiry. Something should be coming out soon from 1MDB but Jho Loh still not done the suing to clean his "good" name.

Didn't he say "I've never done anything illegal"?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nothing personal, strictly accounting

Tun Mahathir is appearing at the Dewan Tunku Syed Putra, Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang this morning to deliver a talk entitled "Youth and Nation Building". Glad that Dato Najib didn't play rough to block or get someone to sabotage his event.

Tun M's presence is welcomed by the "PASMA" faction and Information Chief of PAS, Dato Mahfudz Omar. In Harakah Daily here, he hoped Tun M would use the occasion to explain on his position on GST and 1MDB.

His intention is not so much as for nation building and the oftenly described by the cliche "future leader of tomorrow." Mahfuz is more keen to see the issues help PKR in Permatang Pauh.

Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah will win but her campaign is struggling. She is banking on GST and 1MDB to lift her out of the doldrum [read MMO here]. PKR and DAP managed to get the Anwarinas to force on Penang PAS Youth to give a statement of support. [Read The Unspinners' latest here and here]

Concerned Tun M supporters are worried that it will only attract the criticism that he is helping the opposition and invite continued personal attack against him. It is disheartening to see him treated this way late in his age.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Permatang Pauh saga continues

Upon entering Permatang Pauh and going under a highway, spread a banner that reads in Penang accent "Pi Mai Pi Mai ... Istana Segambut."

That epitomise the problem here. Everytime there is a problem with "the" family, the people of Permatang Pauh kept getting dragged into one by-election after another. Subsequently, they return to their big home in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur to continue the family's political saga at a national level.

In Permatang Pauh, the UMNO left by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is left in a turmoil. One Division head after another seemed to be haunted by the ghost left by Anwar in UMNO. The party and machinery continue to be stunted by the aura of Anwar.

This time there is a chance to shed this bad luck of Anwar off. But, it is still not likely to be sufficient to win.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The issue boils down to 1MDB

Tun Mahathir's last word on 1MDB in the supposedly private session with bloggers on April 10th was "If I don't believe it is true, I wouldn't do it."

He emphasised, "I have no agenda against Najib. My agenda is about this country."

That was not the last question for the day. As told by a blogger who was there, it was Rocky's. He said Najib repeatedly said he still respect Tun so will they meet.

Tun's replied, "I will still disagree with him.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Can the 10,000 demand for truth, apology and compensation too?

Bigdog's latest posting here is on the family and relatives of 24 men killed by British troops in Malaya in 1948.

The families brought the matter to British Supreme Court for the five judges to considering "whether the UK has a duty under human rights laws to investigate the shooting of villagers at Batang Kali". 

In his argument, Bigdog felt that it is an impractical enquiry and best to let bygones be bygones. Because what about the 10,000 souls killed or disappeared under the atrocities of the Malayan Communist Party?

Do they demand on China which can now afford to pay the compensation? If not China, the successor-in-title? Who will that be?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MUSICAL INTERLUDE: I'm so lonesome I could cry

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Malaysia, there exist pro-censorship liberals

Free Malaysia Today gave space to report Dato Saifuddin Abdullah call for media editor to censor those they dubbed as "extremist". [Read here.]

That got a response from lawyer, Lukman Sheriff Alias. In his FB , he criticised the hypocrasy in the views taken by liberals in the likes of Saifuddin. His posting below:

To the liberals their views should not be censored as they are exercising the right of free speech and expression. They have long argued that any restriction of their right to free speech is unconstitutional and illegal.

For the past few years they have thus spoke on everything. There is no sacred cow: from religion to race to anything against the constitution. This is part of free speech. No barrier and limits. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Over-representation without taxation

As far as the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), we are for it.

Theoretically, it is a fairer taxation system than the current situation in which only 2.3% of the 13.3 million voters pay taxes.

The Boston Tea Party of 1776 was about the colonial protesting against "taxation without representation." [Read about it here.] In Malaysia, the situation is the other way around. It is over-representation without taxation.

Non tax payers and tax evaders with no sense responsibility asking for endless help from government without taking up their fair share of responsibility for the nation.

The point will be further understood with the fact that the bulk of government revenue come from income tax in which 65-70% is contributed by Petronas and GLC. Basically, government raised it's own revenue through businesses and that money is used to run the nation.

Since Government can function on it's own, it seems far fetch but Malaysia does not need representative or democratic system of government. Kerajaan should have remain as raja-led monarchy. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Root cause lies with human management of knowledge and machine

Writing on the Malay massacre in Maybank series allowed us to learn few basic matter on IT system development.

It is not as easy as customer want this, this and this and voila it is done. It is as complex and problematic as depicted in the picture above. 

At the height of the Internet boom and we had pursued a portal idea, it took our younger sibling to get us to understand that IS development planning is not similar to conceptualising business planning.

In business planning, there is the luxury of looking at a macro level before fine tuning it at a more micro level. IS development require s the whole business process and nitty gritty workflow must be known and planned out before the developer comes in.

Part of that portal idea is what is today

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 4 but not the last)

This is Part 4 for this series but it will not be the last posting on Maybank IT.

Information having been pouring in. Industry people, vendors, ex-Maybankers and various sources got in touch and some are still trying to get in touch. It will be the last for this series but it will continue to be pursued till Maybank response.

No threat of lawsuit will scare us because we don't care. It only makes us more aggressive.

Heard the Public Relation (PR) people have been asking around. It shows Maybank PR have been typically dulu, kini dan selamanya sombong, stiff lip and frigid. Maybank had always had that attitude to the masses.

The Gestapo gang (read in part 3) should go after them. Chain up these sotong and beat them up till they resign. They have not been doing their job, not been putting their ears on the ground, insensitive to the public and it's workforce, and had a brown nose attitude with media.

Never bother to engage the alternative media and now doing so for fear this issue will go viral. Rest assured it will ...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 3)

A lawyer read the two earlier Parts of this series and wrote a message anonymously.

He claimed to be in the panel of Maybank and admitted to have been approached by Maybank staff on racial discrimination cases but have to reject potential clients due to conflict of interest. It had been going on for a long time.

The commentator said there is the same phenomenon in Maybank's Legal Department. Instead of Chinese controlled, the Legal Department is Indian controlled and generally only Indian lawyers are getting legal jobs. Allegedly, Malay and Chinese law firms are being discriminated against.

Exactly a year ago, another commentator alerted of Dato Farid Alias's poor choice of replacement for the position of CEO of Maybank's Investment Banking arm. After Farid was reassigned from that position, he was replaced by Tengku Dato Zafrul.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 2)

The tip-off to this series of postings came from talks within the IT industry. Maybank has lots of vendors and the staff and management have networking with industry people through participation in courses, conferences, and conventions.

Words do come around. Only last week one IT staff of a GLC was talking about it. He said it has been the talk of the industry. By the second part, quite sure insider will be contacting us to tell more.

Few words from commentators to yesterday posting was interesting and useful. One highlighted that members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of Yayasan Bumiputera are all Melayu, Board of Directors (BoD) of PNB are all Melayu [see here] and some 7 members of Board of Directors of Maybank [see here] are Melayu including the Chairman.

How could this had happen? Did the two ANSARA Seremban - Dato Abdul Wahid Omar or now successor, Dato Farid Alias - failed to monitor the organisation under their watch?

As one Chinese friend kept telling us, the people that screwed Melayu are not Chinese but the Melayu themselves. He notice Melayu, from humble beginning that went up the social and economic ladder through NEP, foresaken their fellow Melayus.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Malay massacre at Maybank (Part 1)

The Maybank building was designed by the architect Hijas Kasturi to emulate the kris, a weapon and more a symbol of power in Malay culture. It was symbolic for Maybank as the leading Bank of Malaysia and owned by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

In a complex organsation structure, PNB is owned by Yayasan Bumiputera Berhad in which the Chairman is the President of UMNO and members of  the Board of Trustees are UMNO leaders too. Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASN) is a subsidiary of PNB which managed the Sekim ASN and ASB initiated by PNB.

This was all established under the NEP era to increase Malay and Bumiputera equity and assist the government in their role to increase Malay and Bumiputera particpation in the economy; employment, corporate ownership and entrepreneurship (via PUNB).

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cutting off leg to remove the pain of gout

Ludicrous isn't it, Arul?

Just weeks a go, there was a presentation and discussion by an "economic consultant" on 1MDB. He presented the list of issues on 1MDB compiled from statements of opposition leaders, reports of left leaning medias and bloggers postings.

Using the anonymous and unconfirmed material, he concluded to recommend 1MDB be liquidated. Anyone with any basics in Strategic Management or Business Policy knows that it is like cutting off one's leg just to remove the pain of a gout attack.

Today another positive effort is made on 1MDB to bring in Prokhas.  It must be consequent to Arul Kandasamy's statement on their strategic review in February.

A week earlier to the presentation one corporate personality said 1MDB can be salvaged. It means there are values to be derived from it. Only last week, Edge Financial Daily reported a former TNB CEO said his company is exploring into the IPP assets of 1MDB.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

TMI's version of army roadblock, CM accident and bus turned turtle

Early yesterday morning a friend sent a message alerting of a massive traffic jam in the direction to  Putrajaya and KLIA. The message mentioned the existence of army checkpoints and intensive search.

Innocently, the message was forwarded into our Alumni Whass App group. There was a reaction that speculated the possibility of a catastrophe. Another speculated #KitaLawan did a demonstration inside Putrajaya. An auntie was worried of her niece living in Putarajaya.

So there was a request to get updated. When an update came in, it turned out to be the picture above. Upon forwarding it, we were naturally accused of pulling a belated April fool prank.

Monday, April 06, 2015

"Hello Mahfuz, ini Sirul ..."

Not actually Sirul.... just playing fun on Dato Mahfuz Omar.

He was trying to pull a publicity stunt to try call Sirul. The former UTK is on deathrow and had fled to Australia before Federal Court re-sentenced him and his immediate superior, Azrilah for the murdder of Mongolian escort women, Altantunya Shariibu.

Sirul is under detention at the Immigration detention center in Australia.

Few weeks later, after getting trolled to do a press conference with Sirul's mother on that Friday of the stunt, Mahfuz went to Australia with Sirul's mother.

Maybe sincerely and maybe to save face with the media, Mahfuz actually brought Sirul's mother to Australia. Comedic as it is, Mahfuz has managed to win the heart of Sirul's mother and he could turn it into an issue.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Gee... Gee ... GST

The first day of GST was extremely chaotic.

Our scheduled meeting with our web designer was cancelled. He was too swarmed with GST system issues that he had to miss lunch and expect to be back near midnight last night.

The nearby Mini Market which has a payment system couldn't accept any utilities payments yesterday. System is off due to GST. Better come back tomorrow.

"Hari pertama GST ini gila ... Macam mana Nescafe kena GST tapi Milo dan Horlick kena?" he complained.

"Najib dan Rosmah suka minum Nescafe ke?"

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