Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Rational measures on chicken price better than unsustainable populist moves - The Mole

The way forward is for market player and government to collaborate on a price control mechanism and at the same time, allow industry to adjust itself. The chicken price could be floated with commitment from industry to off load their chicken stockpile to cap price at below RM10.50 per kilo. This way subsidy could be minimised.

The Mole

June 28, 2022  

The technical committee to address food security issues met on Tuesday to discuss the new chicken price ceiling for July to September.

It was jointly chaired by Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) Minister Datuk Dr Ronald Kiandee, Domestic Trade and Consumers Affair Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta aas well as Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Md Zuki Ali.

The recommendation will be brought forward to the Cabinet and an announcement is due after their weekly meeting Wednesday.

After last week’s flipped announcement by Alexander Nanta to float the price of chicken, the Cabinet flopped back three days later with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob himself announcing the cancellation. All eyes await the Cabinet’s decision tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Another proof Muhyiddin interfered in court matter

At the rate Bar Council is clueless to rile up support to defend Justice Nazlan Ghazali for his bias judgement in the SRC case, the possibility of Dato Najib getting a mistrial is as good as sealed. It will prove that Mahathir, yet again, interfered and manipulated the judiciary. 

It is pointless to repeat the list of issues mentioned too support the view as it has been repeatedly discussed at length. The integrity of judiciary is tarnished whether judgement on Najib remain or mistrial declared. 

Better for Federal Court to acquit and face up temporarily to public critics, but its not as badly damaged that investors lose trust with the Malaysian judicial system.  

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin repeatedly said he does not interfere in the judicial affair and allow 1MDB cases takes its own course. Unfortunately it was never believable because of his vindictive and manipulative politics. 

More so, his own lawyer, Rosli Dahlan was instrumental in the long list of civil suit made by SRC and 1MDB. Initially a long list was named as defendants, but eventually the list was shortened including withdrawing known accomplices of Jo Low that it was too obvious it was targetted at Najib. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Ledger-gate: Is the real swindler NOT charged?

The ledger-gate case involving Zahid Hamidi and Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) reminded police officer, Joeking Saiful (his FB nicname) as resembling the movie The Untouchable

The infamous Chicago mobster Al Capone was imprisoned due to record evidence of his illegal transactions and the bookkeeper verified 

The books of UKSB had long been a subject of conversation within the political circle. There were many speculations then as to why the company in which known "political Treasurer" for Khairy, Wan Quoris @ Wan Badak is a Director, implicated Zahid. 

For one, it is known that the company was awarded the contract to handle the overseas visa during Hishamuddin's tenure as Home Minister. And, the rumour mill had long been talking of people linked to Hishamuddin and Khairy been receiving political contribution from Wan Badak. 

So when the 15th witness, Henry Lee Viu Khium testified in court that Zahid been receiving "political contribution" of few hundred thousand Singapore dollar cash monthly and totaled over the years to be more than S$13.5 million, it is taken with a pinch of salt. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

U turns making Friday's protest a Walk of Contradiction

Bar Council will be holding a Walk of Justice this Friday, June 17.  That was the decision of its recently held EGM. 

It was intended to protest MACC investigation of Justice Nazlan Ghazali under the pretext of interference on judiciary. However, the outcome of the EGM did not turned out the way Ambiga claimed it to be. 

Former Bar Committee member, Lukman Sheriff revealed there was no resolution passed to that effect. Resolution on the non-constitutionality of the investigation was rejected. There was allegation made against MACC for revealing name of judges but it did not occur. The Bar was desperately grasping for an issue to fault and did a volte-face (U-turn).      

It explained for Dato Mah Weng Kwai's own volte-face two days before MACC announced completed investigation. He called for investigation on Nazlan be made known despite being vocal to protest the  investigation of Nazlan and call on lawyers to support the protest.

Mah is not the only one. Current President Karen Cheah lashed out at critics for not demanding Nazlan to recuse, but yet volte-face on the cause for the protest. 

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Survey on MySejahtera found 21% feel data unsafe

Survey: Only 21% Feel Their MySejahtera Data Safe

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 – A survey by CodeBlue on MySejahtera found that the majority of respondents at 62 per cent do not believe their personal data is safe and protected on the Covid-19 app.

Just one of five respondents, or 21 per cent, feels that their MySejahtera data — which includes information on visits to public premises, coronavirus vaccination certification, and personal details like name, identity card number, phone number or email address, and date of birth — is safe, while 17 per cent are unsure.

Out of the 806 total responses gathered from the three-week online poll, which ran from April 25 until May 16, slightly more than half distrust MySejahtera at 52 per cent, compared to 27 per cent who trust the ubiquitous app and 21 per cent who expressed ambivalence.

About 30 per cent (238 respondents) say MySejahtera cannot be trusted at all versus 12 per cent (99 respondents) who think MySejahtera can be trusted a lot.

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Building the nation to be robbed: Celcom should leave U Mobile cartel

Historically, Celcom was a victim of Mahathir's under-handed manouvre to hijack the effort by its early founder, Tajudin Ramli in developing the cellular phone industry. 

It was done for the benefit of Maxis. The documents does not show but the hunch indicate Mahathir has interest. 

More so, presence of son Mokhzani as current Chairman makes the suspicion stronger. The current resistance to DNB-led by Vincent Tan's U Mobile could only be expected. 

Picking up from Izzadin's mysterious resignation, the lines are now clearly drawn with Ralph Marshall's latest appointment at A Capital Berhad. The U Mobile cartel have gone hawking their five justifications for public support to their proclaimed war with DNB.      

The puzzle remain as to why after being vicimised by Maxis for years, Celcom is willing to be in bed with Maxis and Vincent Tan-led Mahathir's telco grouping. 

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Building the nation only to be robbed: The telco experience

Connectivity is an essential ingredient in nation building today and its importance is not over rated. Federal government has a favour to return to an East Malaysian state. Instead of asking for more and better roads, electricity and other amenities, the state requested for a telco license. 

Unfortunately, nation building in the area of telecommunication have been marred by robbers. In other words, nation builders were building the nation only to be robbed. 

When the first telco license was issued to Telekom Malaysia under the late Rashdan Baba, he did not know what to do. Tajuddin Ramli offered to buy the license and Celcom started on its national building mission for national connectivity. 

Off course, some segment of the public will not subscribe to that storyline due to past association of Tajuddin with Daim. Nevertheless that version of the story came from former Celcom employees who are PAS and PKR members. If it is time for Allah to dispensed justice, there could be a development in the near future to exonerate the 70 something Malay industrialist.    

When the market realised the mobile segment of telecommunication was a high growth sector and was outstripping land line telephony, someone up above got greedy and new telcos such as Maxis were issued licenses. 

Being late entry into the industry, Mahathir's administration gave them concessions such as no obligation to expand service beyond the lucrative urban market.  

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