Friday, March 30, 2012

Perak Prince Raja Ashman Dies

IPOH, March 30 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Raja Ashman Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Shah, a son of the Sultan of Perak, passed away early today following an asthma attack at his residence in Kuala Lumpur.
The sultan's private secretary, Col Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Nor, when contacted by Bernama, said Raja Ashman died at 1.30 am at his residence in Bukit Damansara.
He said the remains of Raja Ashman were brought to the Ubudiah Mosque in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar, for prayers before the burial at the royal mausoleum adjacent to the mosque after the 'Asar' prayers.
Raja Ashman, who was known to be a people-friendly person, leaves a wife, Datin Seri Noraini Jane Kamarul Ariffin, a son Datuk Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah and two daughters, Raja Eminah Alliyah and Raja Bainunisa Safia.
He was the third of five children of the Sultan of Perak, the others being the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah; Datuk Seri Raja Azureen; Datuk Seri Raja Eleena and Datuk Seri Yong Sofia.
Raja Ashman was appointed the Raja Kechil Sulong of Perak on March 16, 2010.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anwar Refused To Accept Subpoena, Court Told

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had refused to accept a subpoena when it was served on him yesterday evening at the Parliament building, the High Court was told Thursday.
Counsel D. Paramalingam said he would try again to serve the subpoena on the Opposition Leader and if that too, failed, he would ask for a court order to compel Anwar to attend court.
Anwar was subpoenaed to testify as the defendant's witness in the ongoing trial of the civil action over a RM445-million syndicated loan facility in 1997 when he was finance minister.
Hong Leong Bank Berhad chairman Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan was also subpoenaed to be the defendant's witness. The defendant is businessman Low Thiam Hoe.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Hadhariah Syed Ismail fixed April 6 to hear Quek's application to set aside the subpoena.
In 1998, Hong Leong Finance Berhad (HLFB) filed the suit against Low for failure to repay a RM28 million loan to the bank.
The following year, Low filed a counter-claim against HLFB, HLG Capital Markets Sdn Bhd and Seow Lun Hoo, who was Hong Leong Credit Berhad's former chief executive officer, seeking general damages for wrongful and negligent advice.
At today's proceedings, Low testified that sometime in March 1997, two individuals, namely Hamzah Harun and Mohd Faiz Abdullah, from a company, Arus Murni Sdn Bhd, told him they were principals acting on behalf of Anwar and Quek.
He said Hamzah and Mohd Faiz told him about a deal to acquire a financial institution, Kewangan Bersatu Berhad (KBB).
"In other words, the other individuals and I would be nominees for these principals in this deal. Based on this representation, I agreed to be a nominee for the syndicated loan transaction," he said.
Asked by his counsel, Paramalingam, who Mohd Faiz Abdullah was, Low said he was Anwar's speech writer.
Asked again by Paramalingam who the other individuals and companies that would be nominees, Low said they were Arus Murni Sdn Bhd, Hood Osman, Nik Hussain Nik Mohamed and Mekuritek Sdn Bhd, adding that from what he knew, they were "Anwar's cronies".
He said he did not apply for the loan as the entire issue was arranged by Hong Leong's representative, namely Seow Lun Hoo.
Low also told the court that he was informed by Seow that Quek had directed the loan be approved.
He said the syndicated loans were also given to the other nominees, as well, to reach the plaintiff's (HLFB) target of RM445 million for the acquisition of KBB.
Cross-examined by counsel Andrew Chiew, representing HLFB, Low denied he had made allegations against Anwar and Quek over the deal to acquire KBB.
Questioned further, he said he did not check the facts over the deal by Hamzah and Mohd Faiz, with Anwar and Quek, as he believed whatever the duo had informed him.
The hearing continues on April 12.

tunku : why he refused to accept the subpoena? it's obvious only a guilty person or someone hiding something will do so. i wonder what else this moron has hidden things inside the pandora box.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Anwar and Hong Leong's Quek subpoenaed to testify in a civil suit

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Hong Leong Finance Bhd chairman Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan have been subpoenaed to testify in the civil action over a deal on a RM445mil syndicated loans facility.
However, Hong Leong is applying to set aside their respective subpoenaes issued by the court on March 23.
Lawyer Andrew Chiew, who acted for the Hong Leong told High Court Judicial Commissioner Hadhariah Syed Ismail that he would file an application Thursday to set aside the subpoena issued against both top figures.
Lead counsel D. Paramalingam, who acted for businessman Low Thiam Hoe, named as a sole defendant in the suit by the bank, said that he was not successful in serving the subpoenas to both.
“On Anwar, we have been trying to serve him the subpoena at the Parliament but was unsuccessful. As far as Tan Sri Quek, (we) cannot locate him,” said Paramalingam.
He said he wanted to call Anwar, Quek, Low, Mohd Faiz Abdullah and Hamzah Harun to prove his client's case over the deal.
Faiz, whom the defence claims was Anwar's speech writer, and Hamzah were the directors and shareholders of Arus Murni Sdn Bhd.
At the outset of court proceedings, Chiew was objected to having the two witnesses testify saying that the judge had already dismissed an application by Low to amend his defence statement to include their names.
“It means that they cannot form part of their case now,” he said.
However, Paramalingam stressed that it was still the defendant's case because the evidence would be established through their witnesses.
Judicial Commissioner Hadhariah ruled that “it was premature for me to say anything” as a formal application had not been filed before her to decide the matter and asked the parties to proceed with the trial.
In 1998, Hong Leong Finance Bhd filed a suit against Low for RM28.6mil for allegedly failing to repay its loan.
In 1999, Low filed a counter-claim against Hong Leong Finance, HLGCapital Markets Sdn Bhd and Hong Leong Credit Bhds former CEO Seow Lun Hoo asking for damages for alleged wrongful or negligent advice.
Hong Leong Finance also filed another suit against Mekuritek Sdn Bhdand three guarantors Hussin Abdul Karim, Agus Salim Mohd Dom andAbdullah Abd Karim Bajerai as defendants for a similar claim of RM28mil.
In his defence, Low said that a loan agreement was entered by him as part of a larger transaction by the lenders - the syndicate of bankers and financiers - to finance the majority shareholders of Arus MurniCorporation Bhd which owns Kewangan Bersatu Bhd (KBB).
Questioned by Paramalingam, star witness Seow Lun Hoo, who was former president and chief executive officer of Hong Leong Credit Bhd, 63, testified that the bank was unable to acquire KBB.
“Hong Leong was unable to agree with Arus Murni Sdn Bhd on the valuation of KBB. Therefore, we cannot do the transaction,” he said.
He agreed that Anwar as Finance Minister normally issued the required finance license for financial institutions.
Questioned by Chiew, he said that Hong Leong Finance Bhd (HLFB) was prepared to acquire KBB as part of Bank Negara Malaysia's initiative to encourage financial institutions to merge in late 1997.
“In connection with this, HLFB had conditionally agreed to consider acquiring Arus Murni Corporation Bhd's shares in KBB subject to a due diligence exercise,” he said.
The hearing continues Thursday.

tunku : another interesting story is being exposed here. i bet many of us don't know about this story. you can read the detail here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Former exco Hasan Ali gave contracts without tenders, says Khalid

SHAH ALAM: Former executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali awarded contracts without going through a proper tender process, the state assembly was told.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, in his winding-up speech, said there was evidence to show Dr Hasan had a hand in awarding contracts to companies without tenders.
"It seems that he suggested that contracts be given to a particular company," Khalid said adding that he would meet the contractors to get to the bottom of things.
Khalid said the RM300,000 on office renovations by Dr Hasan was the highest all the excos.
However, he urged all parties not play up the issue as the renovation met guidelines.
"We do not have to waste time discussing this matter. I think Gombak Setia's (Dr Hasan) office renovation met the current financial guidelines," he said.
Last Friday, Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali claimed that Dr Hasan spent over RM300,000 to renovate his office when he was the exco in charge of Islamic Affairs, Malay Customs, Infrastructure and Public Amenities.

tunku : if hasan ali has misused or misconducted in any government papers or procedure why it was never highlighted when he was in pakatan? why he was not given warning or asked to explain or report on that matter? this is a very clear scenario, if you are in pakatan everything is legal but when you are not with pakatan then it is wrong.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Anwar Files RM 100-Million Libel Suit Against Nallakaruppan, Utusan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 (Bernama) -- Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today filed a RM100-million libel suit in the High Court against Malaysian United Indian Party (MUIP) president Senator Datuk S. Nallakaruppan over derogatory remarks in a statement by the latter carried on the front page of the Utusan Malaysia newspaper on March 20.
In the suit filed at the High Court registry here through the law firm of Messrs Daim & Gamany, Anwar named Nallakaruppan as the first defendant, Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd as the second defendant and the newspaper's group chief editor Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak as the third defendant.
In his originating summons, Anwar claimed that the libellous words contained in the newspaper article were false and baseless and published with malicious intent.
He said the allegations were deliberately created to discredit him and tarnish his reputation as the opposition leader and as a politician.
Anwar claimed that he had sent a letter of demand through his lawyers to all the defendants to withdraw the libellous words but they had failed to do so.

tunku: let the show begins. now nalla should provides all the evidences. nalla should subpoena ezam, ummi, yb zul, anuar shaari etc to gives their evidence too. we hope this will be the ends for it. the courts authority too should expedite this case without any delays.this is high profile case that should be given top priority.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Najib Not Worried About Personal Attacks By Opposition

KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 (Bernama) -- Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he is not worried over the personal attacks launched by the opposition against him.
Describing the attacks as normal in politics, the prime minister said his attackers were not in any better situation themselves.
He was speaking to reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting at Menara Dato Onn, here Friday night.
Asked on the issue of leakage of government information, Najib said the government strived to stop that from happening but in a borderless world, it was not an easy thing to do.
On the Felda issue, he said all of the opposition's allegations would be answered in the Dewan Rakyat sitting next week.
"The allegations are not will be answered in Parliament next week. Datuk Ahmad Maslan (Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department) has all the facts. (What the opposition has been saying) is a complete distortion of the facts," he said.
When asked whether he would issue an order to halt the Lynas rare earth plant project while waiting for the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the project to convene its sessions, Najib said: "They are not proceeding with it. Let the PSC deliberate on the issue."
On Thursday, Najib said that the government would not allow the Lynas project in Gebeng, Kuantan, Pahang to operate should there be scientific evidence that it would be detrimental to health and pollute the environment.
Asked to comment on if Australia's proposed asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia was back on the agenda, the prime minister said he did not have any latest information on the matter.
"The ball is very much in their court. I cannot is up to them to deliver their side of the bargain."
Australia's new Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Thursday night said that the proposed asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia was back on the agenda as Parliament debates legislation to amend the Migration Act.

tunku : if najib can't handle the attacks then he's not fit to be a pm. till now he had shown great courage and great work though the attacks keep coming 24/7. he is not discourage by the attacks but he had turn out to be a hard working pm with lots of transformation plans for the country.we should all stand by him and work together for greater success.let the oppositions barks at the tree.

Friday, March 23, 2012

PM: Shahrizat to remain as Wanita Umno chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil will remain as Wanita Umno chief, said Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday.
He told her deputy Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim, who has called for Shahrizat's resignation, to work as a team and maintain a united front.
Najib said Shahrizat need not step down as she had not been charged in court or convicted of any wrondoing.
He was speaking at a press conference after attending a gathering of Wanita Umno members with the party president at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre, here.
Also present at the press conference were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Shahrizat and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
About 7,000 Wanita Umno members from throughout the country attended the gathering.
He said Shahrizat's stepping down from her post as Women, Family and Community Development minister which would take effect on April 8, showed her willingness to take moral responsibility.
"She has taken the moral responsibility although there is no proof of any illegal deed on her part, but as the issue involves her family, she has taken that responsibility, a most honourable way to let go her position in the cabinet.
"Because the post of Wanita Umno head is an elected post and based on the principle that a perosn is innocent as long as there is no proof for an alleged offence, there is no reason for Shahrizat's Wanita Umno post to be sacrified or for her to let go of the post," he said.
On March 11, Shahrizat said she would step down from her ministerial post when her term as senator ended on April 8 but would remain as Wanita Umno and Wanita Barisan chief.
The issue of Shahrizat's resignation arose when her husband, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail as the chairman of National Feedlot Corporation was charged with misappropriating a government allocation of RM250mil for its beef production project.
On March 12, Mohamad Salleh pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two charges of criminal breach of trust of RM49.7mil involving the purchase of luxurious condominium units and land, as well as two charges under the Companies Act.

tunku : as the general election is around the corner, party members should listen to its president's advice or directive. we can see majority of wanita members wants shahrizat to lead them into the election. right now the focus is to win the election, the rest can put aside temporarily.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mazlan Nordin's Death Big Loss To Journalism

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 (Bernama) -- The death of veteran journalist Tan Sri Mazlan Nordin has left a void in the world of journalism in the country.
Journalists who have known and worked with Mazlan paid tribute to him as an icon.
Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman described Mazlan's death as a big loss to journalism.
He said Mazlan, the first chief editor of Bernama in its early days, was a responsible individual who paved the way for the news agency to expand its scope.
"In 1971, I was recruited into Bernama by Mazlan. He was my mentor in journalism. For me, he was the first Malay journalist who was very inspiring, responsible and helpful towards other reporters.

Another great loss.May Allah bless his soul. AL FATIHAH.

Wanita’s No 2 wants head to go

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno deputy chief Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim has renewed her call to Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to step down “to maintain the credibility of the party, the wing, Barisan Nasional and the Government”.
She said it was not enough for Shahrizat to resign as minister when her senatorship expires on April 8, yet helm Wanita Umno and Wanita Barisan Nasional, especially with the general election coming up.
Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim
Public perception, she added, was that there was something “morally and politically wrong” with the way the National Feedlot Corp (NFCorp), which is managed by Shahrizat's husband and children, had handled the government loan.
“When it involves public funds, it involves the rakyat. The public is looking at it as a national issue that has tarnished the image of the Government. People are questioning how NFCorp could get a such a huge loan with only 2% interest rate and a five-year grace period before repayment when it is so difficult for the ordinary people to get loans.
“And they are asking how NFCorp could buy cars and condo units with the loan meant for (buying) cows,” she said in an interview.
“Our credibility is at stake. I've gone down to the grassroots and this is generally what the members are saying. They are finding it hard to meet the people when the image of their leader (Shahrizat) is tarnished.
“People are poking fun at Wanita and calling us cows'. The Wanita grassroots are saying susah nak kerja (it's difficult to work with the issue over their heads)'. And the Opposition is telling us not to do anything about it because it will make their work (for the general election) easier.
“As a leader, we have to listen to what the grassroots are saying.”
Kamilia's comments came two days before Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is due to meet the Wanita movement.
She said Najib had already made it clear that he did not want Shahrizat to continue as a minister and now it was up to Wanita to decide if it could still accept her as the kind of leader it wanted.
“As deputy, I have to do what is best for the party and the country. I may become unpopular but I am willing to accept it because this is part of my duty and responsibility. In the best interest of the party and Wanita, she should go,” she said.
She pointed out that it would be odd for Shahrizat to campaigning for a clean, fair and good government.
“We will leave it to her wisdom first. As a leader, she should be able to assess herself. Takkan kita nak beritahu (don't tell me we have to tell you what to do).”

tunku : no doubt shahrizat did splendid job as wanita chief but when the grassroots and the public wants you to go, if have no choice but to leave. shahrizat should now put party interest at the highest level. she can still help wanita if she wants too without the position. clear your family business court case first and let everything settle before you make your comeback again. now the big question here is whether kamilia can lead wanita to the most challenging general election which is around the corner?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anwar again.

KUALA LUMPUR: Was Anwar lying, or was he just misunderstood? This is the question being asked regarding the opposition leader's attendance at a forum in Delhi, India, at which controversial author Salman Rushdie also appeared albeit on different days.
Anwar gave a speech at the India Today Conclave 2012 forum, which had as its theme 'The Asian Century: Securing the Global Promise' and was held on March 16 and 17 in Delhi.
Anwar's speech on the first day of the forum, was entitled 'From Dictatorship to Democracy: The Triumph of the People'.
Controversial author Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after his book The Satanic Verses was denounced by Muslim clerics, spoke on the second day of the forum.
Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan had pulled out earlier. Khan said he could not attend the forum because Rushdie had "caused immeasurable hurt to Muslims".
On March 16, Anwar announced on Twitter that he would also be staying away from the forum in protest of Rushdie's attendance.
"Azizah and I will not attend tomorrow evening’s programme," he wrote, "in protest of the attendance of Salman Rushdie, who rudely insulted the Prophet."
Anwar's decision was praised by one pro-opposition blogger, who called pulling out of the forum "the right step".
Pas' official party organ Harakah Daily also took note of Anwar's statement and said he was "the latest Muslim leader to stay away from a weekend forum in the Indian capital due to the participation of blasphemous British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie".
Anwar did not "stay away" from the forum, however.
Today (March 19) blogger pointed out a March 16 article in Britain's Daily Mail which reported that Anwar had in fact spoken at the forum.
The article quoted Anwar as saying, "When I talk about democracy, I talk with passion and conviction because I know what it means not to be free. I know how it feels to be tried by a judiciary that is under the executive."
Another blogger, RBF Online, posted photos that appear to show Anwar and Rushdie speaking separately at the forum.
Blogger MyKMU criticised Anwar for attending the forum and asked, "When will Pas hold a demonstration in protest of Anwar's readiness to attend an event that would also be attended by Satanic Salman?"
A post in Anwar Ibrahim's blog today indicated that Anwar had never claimed he would not attend the forum at all, but rather that he would not attend on the second day when Rushdie was scheduled to speak.
The post said that the issue of Salman Rushdie was “the Umno media’s choice in their ongoing efforts to attack the personal character of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The presence of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the invitation of the India Today Conclave 2012 organisers on 16 March, 2012 has been manipulated due to the presence of Salman Rushdie."
“Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim had a different slot from Salman and he was invited to speak the day before the slot featuring Salman,” the post said.
“Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim boycotted the event involving Salman Rushdie the next day, on 17 March 2012," the post added, "as a sign of protest against the latter’s controversial writings which personally insulted the Prophet SAW.”

tunku : that is anwar's way of twisting around. now he said that he did not claimed he would not attend the forum at all, but rather that he would not attend on the same day when Rushdie was scheduled to speak.just look at imran khan he boycotted the event but anwar just to please his "foreign" friends attended it. what freedom is he talking about at the forum? he is a sodomizer and he is a free man,he is free to go anywhere in the world to condemn the government. is that not a freedom for him? the judiciary that he always condemned had freed him.i wonder why some people so stupid to believe him??

Monday, March 19, 2012

Abdul Kadir resigns from Umno

PETALING JAYA: Umno veteran Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir has quit the party.
"I have just sent a letter to the Umno secretary-general, resigning as an Umno member with effect from today (Monday)," Abdul Kadir said in a statement.
He added that he had, last week, resigned from his post as treasurer to the Kulim/Bandar Baru Umno division.
Abdul Kadir was formerly an Umno supreme council member and Cabinet minister under the Barisan Nasional administration.
Last week, he was challenged to resign following his allegations of corrupt practices in the party.

tunku : thank you pak kadiaq. you have made it easier for Umno.another "expired" person out from Umno. now please join pkr asap and you can stand for the coming election under their ticket in Kulim. Let us see whether the people there still loves you.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

PAS prepared to cooperate with Jews not Zionists: Hadi Awang

SHAH ALAM: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party allowed cooperation with the Jews, especially in commerce, but it rejected Zionism.
He said cooperation with the Jews in commerce was allowed as trading with non-Muslims had been practiced all these while.
"Nevertheless, PAS rejects Zionism because it is a fanatical ideology of the Jew race," he said in a question and answer session during a dinner with leaders of PAS organised by its Dewan Muslimat here, Saturday night.
Also present was PAS' Spiritual Leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who is also the Mentri Besar of Kelantan.
In another development, Abdul Hadi said PAS would change the mindset of the Malays to strengthen themselves through Islamic teachings.
Abdul Hadi also said the party was prepared to field artistes as candidates in the coming general election if there were requests from any of its branches or areas. - Bernama

tunku : so it is official now that pas will cooperate with jews and will do business with them. hope after this no more jokers from pakatan especially from pas and pkr will question why jews businessman in malaysia, why their ship harboured at our ports, why their cricket team are here etc.and by this we guess apco is not an issue anymore.

Still 'Power Greedy' Factions Within Kedah PAS

PADANG SERAI, March 17 (Bernama) -- Kedah Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah observed that there were still 'power greedy' groups who wanted to take over the state administration despite having been reappointed to the executive committee recently.
"Kedahans can observe and judge for themselves the two factions who have supposedly made peace and are working together."
"But the fact is they're still fighting and waiting for the chance to remove the Menteri Besar," he told reporters after a meet the people session in Kampung Pagar Musih near here, last night.
Commenting on the Menteri Besar's intention to go on leave, Bashah said it would be advisable to appoint someone from the exco in an acting capacity if it was for more than a month.
More than 3,000 residents attended the Umno Padang Serai event where about 500 students, senior citizens, orphans and disabled people received aid.

tunku : there is no doubt that there's infighting among pas leaders in kedah though they had denied it in media.we can see few pro pakatan bloggers demanding for azizan to resign in their entries. pakatan in kedah are in weak position now. will it help bn to recapture kedah? it will provided kedah bn stand solidly leaders should put party interest as top priority and insyaallah they will recapture back kedah.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

MB Khalid meets water operators from France, UK

SHAH ALAM: Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has met two international water operators from France and United Kingdom to seek their views on an efficient water management model for Selangor.
Khalid said both operators, French-based Suez Environment and UK's Wessex Water, have expressed their readiness to share their expertise in water management to ensure that the state's model will not only be efficient and effective but offers a competitive tariff.
"The stand-off on the negotiation for the state to take over the water services industry from the concessionaires as demanded in the Water Services Act 2006 should not stop the state from making the relevant preparations.
"The current privatisation model has not brought any improvement to the industry which is now infested with various problems including non-holistic water planning and management system, ineffective regulatory structures, inefficient operations and high non-revenue water.
"As such, we are happy that these experts are willing to share their technological know-how with us," he said in a statement Friday.
The statement did not mention when the two meetings were held.
Khalid said the meeting with Suez Environment was held in Marseille, France led by its senior executive vice-president of water coordination research and development, Bernard Guirkinger.
In London, Khalid met Wessex's executive chairman Colin Skellett and Dave Elliott, who is the director of planning and asset management, to discuss the importance of a holistic water management.
Khalid stressed that any bilateral co-operation between the two operators would go through a transparent and accountable process to ensure value-for-money services. BERNAMA

tunku : this is just a way for an arrogant mb to make some money out of new deal or hiring foreign expertise. by doing this pakatan will surely get some kickback from it .hope the deal won't long last as the GE is around the corner.we have expertise at home why need from abroad?

Friday, March 16, 2012

She’s maid for only one chore.

JAKARTA: The fresh batch of In­­donesian maids bound for Malaysia will be trained in four household chores but will be employed to carry out only one task for their prospective bosses.
“If a maid is employed as a cook, she will only be tasked with chores related to cooking and will not be doing any other duties, such as baby-sitting or washing clothes,” said Indonesia’s Labour Placement Deve­lopment director-general Dr Reyna Usman.
The batch of 106 Indonesian maids are undergoing four skills training courses for 21 days that started yesterday.
They will be paid at least RM700 a month by their Malaysian employers.
This was concluded at the meeting of the Malaysia-Indonesian joint task force for the deployment, placement and protection of Indonesian maids at the Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Ministry here yesterday.
Dr Reyna said the task force decided that the maids would be employed to do only one of the four household tasks for which they are being trained – as cooks, babysitters, caretakers of elderly people and housekeepers.
Dr Reyna said the deal concluded by the joint task force was expected to prevent recurrence of problems affecting maids and employers.
“If all this while, maids were not professional as they had to do all sort of duties, causing their employers to get angry, now their skills will be tailored to their jobs,” he added.
Indonesia will eventually send between 4,000 and 5,000 skilled maids a month to Malaysia, he said, adding most of them were currently being trained for specific skills in Surabaya, East Java and Bekasi, West Java.
He said in the initial stages, the maids would be trained by 12 of 176 Indonesian employment agencies while their placement with employers would be taken care of by five of 221 employment agencies in Malay­sia.
The deployment of maids from Indonesia was resumed after the Indonesian government withdrew its moratorium on sending maids to Malaysia on Dec 1 last year.
Indonesia imposed a freeze on the supply of Indonesian maids to Malaysia on June 26, 2009, following reports of cases of abuse by employers. – Bernama

tunku : she's maid for one chore only......fine but the salary should not be more than RM400. that would be very reasonable. just imagine only do one chore of work at home and you demand RM700? your food, accommodation plus your medical bill are taken care off by your employer. you want RM700 fine, buy your own food and pay rental for your room and pay for your medical expenses too.
i think government should reject these craps by the indonesian and start looking maids from other countries. bring it from anywhere, give them one month training for culture and language. they will work better than these indonesian maids.they will not run here and there too like the indonesian maids.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Shahrizat stepping down, when will Anwar and others?

Shahrizat To Step Down As Minister Of Women, Family And Community Development

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil will step down as Minister of Women, Family and Community Development when her term as Dewan Negara member ends on April 8.
Shahrizat who made the announcement Sunday said she will continue as Wanita Umno chief and Wanita Barisan Nasional chief as entrusted by the party.
The decision was made after giving it much thought.
She said a letter effective April 8 is ready and will be sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I want to do the right thing. I think for me now, the right thing is to leave my post as a Cabinet Minister. The time has come.
"I want to also make sure that whatever decision I made is the right decision. I made the decision on my own," she said after launching Jalinan Kasih LPPKN programme, here.
Asked whether the decision was made following the NFC scandal, Shahrizat said she has nothing to do with the issue.
"I really have nothing to do with NFC. I am married to the chairman of NFC, but as a member of government, I feel that the right thing for me to do is to step down.
"I have the greatest respect for the government and for the Prime Minister. I am not only a leader, I am also a wife and a mother. I know what to do, and I did the right thing."
Shahrizat pointed out that she wanted to ensure that when she steps down, the investigation on NFC would carry on and would wait for the outcome.
She said the days leading to April 8 will be spent attending programmes agreed earlier and to focus on the Social Worker Act.

tunku : good move shahrizat. that's the best thing to do. you can continue as wanita chief as you have solid backing from the movement and there's no reason to resign from that post at the moment. we hope this move will be set as example to other leaders too. at least BN had shown that they are transparent and willing to be responsible where else the opposition leaders especially anwar who had so many court cases still holding tight to his posts.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

PM To Announce Shahrizat's Position At Suitable Time

PASIR GUDANG, March 10 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says he will announce the position of Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil at a suitable time.
The Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president did not deny speculation that the Wanita Umno chief will resign from her posts.
"Its not a rumour. I will make an announcement at a suitable time," he told reporters after launching Jelajah Sayang 1Malaysia programme at Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium here Saturday.
Also present were Shahrizat, the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Najib was commenting talks that Shahrizat will announce her resignation as minister and Wanita Umno chief in a ceremony attended by over 20,000 members nationwide.
Earlier, media representatives were all ears when word was out that Shahrizat would be making an important announcement at the function.
Before the press conference, Shahrizat was seen discussing with Najib who later said that it will be announced at a suitable time.
Shahrizat was appointed as senator on April 9, 2009. Her term as senator will end on April 8.
She is implicated in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) issue of which her husband, Datuk Dr Mohamed Salleh Ismail is the chairman.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz were among those who urged Shahrizat to quit her posts to avoid being a burden to the party.
Meanwhile, Shahrizat said Wanita Barisan Nasional will not be divided and will work hard to ensure the party's victory in the general election.
The Wanita Barisan Nasional chief said it has undergone the transformation process and will remain united and strong.
"Wanita members always fear that something bad will befall the country. As such, they will visit all constituencies to ensure victory," she added

tunku : this is a price that a politician had to pay. i guess resignation would be the best option for shahrizat now.she can continue her excellent work as wanita chief.everyone should put party's interest as the priority.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pay rise for civil servants

PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants are to receive salary increases of between 7% and 13% under an improved Malaysian Remuneration System.
This follows the scrapping of the controversial Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA), which had come under criticism from government eCheck Spellingmployees.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the improved Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM) to applause from more than 10,000 civil servants at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
“I hope that this would be the best solution for the benefit of the civil service,” he said.
The Prime Minister said employees in the management and professional group from grades 1 to 54 would get an adjustment of 13%. They form the bulk of the 1.4 million civil servants.
“The SSM salary structure will be adapted from the Matrix Salary Schedule to the Minimum-Maximum Salary Schedule for Grades 1 to 54.
“The rate of the annual increment for this group is fixed between RM80 and RM320 according to grade.”
Najib said that employees on the Superscale (JUSA Jawatan Utama Sektor Awam) and Special Grades A, B and C would have their salaries adjusted by 9%.
Salaries of Staff Grade II and III officers would be adjusted by 8%.
Salaries of Staff Grade I officers and the Chief Secretary to the Government would be adjusted by 7%.
Lower-ranking civil servants had objected to SBPA after it was found to benefit mostly the top officials.
Under SBPA, the Chief Secretary to the Government would receive RM60,000 and Staff Grade officers about RM36,000 a month.
In contrast, some in the lower grades would get an increase of as little as RM1.70.
SBPA was to have been implemented on Jan 1, but Najib on Jan 12 ordered it postponed and three days later announced the setting up of a task force to review the scheme.
The task force, headed by former Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam, was given three months to get feedback and to come up with recommendations to the government.
It received 1,087 complaints besides several memorandums while 23 unions and associations submitted proposals. They include Cuepacs, the National Union of the Teaching Profession, Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Academic Association.
The Prime Minister also announced that the Cost of Living Allowance (Cola) would be increased from RM200 to RM250 for the B (semi-urban) area, and from RM100 to RM150 for the C (rural) area.
The Cola for the A or urban area is now RM300.
Najib said the Critical Service Incentive Payment, Regional Incentive Payment, Interior Incentive Payment and the Educational Subject Incentive Payment would be maintained.
Najib said that a commission comprising relevant interest groups would be set up to make a comprehensive study concerned not only with remuneration but also the type of civil service required in the future.
“Remember that whatever we do today will have a long-term impact. The Government does not want Malaysia to face a financial catastrophe like Greece,” Najib said.

tunku : again we have to thank the government especially for the civil servants. we hope that you guys will work hard and make sure the productivity level is at the highest level. we don't want to be like the western countries where the pay keep rising but not the productivity and because of that most of the western countries are now in financial problem.we want first class service from the government sector.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BN election machinery told to go into "highest gear"

KANGAR: The Barisan Nasional (BN) election machinery have been told to "go into the highest gear" for the coming general election.
Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said if the coalition's machinery was in first gear at this time four years ago, the time had come for it to go into fifth gear.
"The general election will be held soon. Tomorrow, March 8, it'll be four years since the last general election.
"The general election rarely takes place after four years," he told state Barisan leaders in Arau on Tuesday.
Ahmad urged the people to give the mandate again to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to head the government as many more new measures would be introduced to benefit the people.
The people should also not be easily influenced by the sweet promises of the opposition as were found in its Buku Jingga (Orange Book) because they were false, he added.

tunku : the bell are ringing louder and louder day by day. the election sight had been spotted. it's coming soon somewhere may or june.

Monday, March 5, 2012

No need for Kadir Sheikh Fadzir to declare his stand.

Call On Kadir Sheikh Fadzir To Declare Stand

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 (Bernama) -- Former information minister Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir has been urged to declare whether he is still supporting the Barisan Nasional (BN) or has jumped ship.
Zamil Ibrahim, who claims to have become the president of Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita), lashed out at Abdul Kadir for being tight-lipped about his stand despite criticising the government.
"He is still an Umno member, but at the same time he threw a barrage of criticism at the government like an opposition supporter. We urge him to publicise his stand immediately.

tunku : there is no need for the call to ask kadir to declare his stand. this is because kadir has no stand and a man without a stand. if his demands(personals) are met by the government, tomorrow he will support government all out or else he will continue bashing up the government.kadir is past, history. he is nothing and not a gem that we must be worried let him do what he wants.he should join pkr asap and stand for election again at kulim bandar bharu .

Saturday, March 3, 2012

More Pay For Less Work May See Malaysia Facing Financial Trouble - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad fears Malaysia may face great financial trouble or bankruptcy like the West, if the government pays more for less work.
He said this was what happened when wages and compensations for work were not accompanied by increases in productivity.
"We all would like to see Malaysia become a high-income country. However, we must also be concerned about our competitiveness.
"Increasing incomes must raise the cost of production unless there is a corresponding increase in productivity," he said in his latest entry titled "Minimum Pay" in his blog,
He said the West today was in great financial trouble with at least one country going bankrupt after overpaying its people.

tunku : what Tun Mahathir said is right. the examples are in front of us. you can see it clearly how america, europe's economy in trouble right now. it is all because of less productivity but with higher pay.we can give higher pay but it must be at par with the productivity. we should not follow the western blindly.still not too late for us to change things.

Friday, March 2, 2012

50 Per Cent Discount On Cheras-Kajang Highway

KAJANG, March 1 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced the abolition of the RM1 toll at the Batu 9 Toll Plaza heading to Kuala Lumpur and the 90 sen toll at the Batu 11 Toll Plaza heading to Kajang on the Cheras-Kajang (Grand Saga) Highway effective midnight tonight.
Najib said the decision by the government would help reduce the burden of frequent users of the highway by 50 per cent, a reduction in toll charges from RM3.80 to RM1.90 for both directions.
"This has been championed for by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government since 2009 and today the government has made it a reality," he said after performing the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SRJK) Cina Bandar Sungai Long project here.
At the function, the prime minister also handed over a cheque for RM4.5 million to assist in defraying the cost of building the school.
The school which will be built on a 2.4 hectare site will have 36 classrooms and be able to accommodate 1,500 pupils.
Najib explained that it was not easy arriving at a decision on building the school, as it was difficult to find a suitable site, and because of this, the government had to agree to have it built on land valued at RM20 million.
"If the opposition wants to make noise, they should provide an alternative site as they control land approval here. And they claimed they were championing for the people here," he said to loud claps from the audience.
Najib stressed that education matters should not be taken lightly or politicised, and the fact was, that ways had to be found to meet the people's educational needs, which the BN government had shown today.
"If there are certain weaknesses, we are willing to listen to the voice of the people, I am not afraid and I say if there are weaknesses, God willing we will correct them but do not deny the huge contributions made by the BN government all this while," he added.