Friday, March 17, 2006

"People Shouldn't Question Govt Savings On Oil Subsidy"

RM 4.4 Billion Fuel Subsidy Savings: "Thou Shalt Not Question"

Yeah. So much so for the flowery words and "Tell Me The Truth", "Work With Me, Not For Me". From Bernama:

People Shouldn't Question Govt Savings On Oil Subsidy - PM

PENANG, March 17 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked the people not to question the government's efforts to use the RM4.4 billion savings from the reduction in oil subsidy to improve the public transportation system.

He said the government vowed to spend the money wisely and would make efforts to improve the public transportation system throughout the country for the people's benefit.

"I hope the people will no longer question the money received ...we will put the money to good use so as to improve the public transportation system in all states. See where the priority is, perhaps, the total amount is not enough, we'll have to see," he said.

Speaking to reporters after opening the marine police base for the northern region here Friday, he said the government needed the people's cooperation in providing comfortable public transport facilities.

The government had approved the setting up of a Public Transportation Trust Fund with an allocation of RM4.4 billion, which was an estimate of the total savings from the oil subsidy reduction to improve the public transportation system.

The fund will be used to finance projects to improve the public transportation system, like upgrading the integrated public transportation system including buses, light rail transport system (LRT), monorail and commuters.

Wow! Vowed somemore! What if the vow is unfulfilled?

Check out this BN's manifesto and see if the "Thou shalt not question" directive has already violated one of it:

Click on it for larger view.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"$4.4 Billlion To Improve Public Transportation"

Oleh/By : DATO' SERI ABDULLAH BIN HAJI AHMAD BADAWI
PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA
Tempat/Venue : PEJABAT PERDANA MENTERI, PERDANA PUTRA, PUTRAJAYA

Tarikh/Date : 15/03/2006
Tajuk/Title : KENYATAAN MEDIA PENUBUHAN KUMPULAN WANG AMANAH PENGANGKUTAN AWAM




Pejabat Perdana Menteri




KENYATAAN MEDIA
PENUBUHAN KUMPULAN WANG AMANAH
PENGANGKUTAN AWAM


Berikutan kenaikan harga petrol, diesel dan LPG pada 28 Februari 2006, Kerajaan telah memaklumkan bahawa penjimatan subsidi daripada kenaikan tersebut akan digunakan bagi projek pembangunan khususnya untuk menambah baik sistem pengangkutan awam negara.

Sejajar dengan itu, adalah diumumkan bahawa pada hari ini, Jemaah Menteri telah meluluskan penubuhan Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pengangkutan Awam, yang akan disediakan dengan peruntukan sebanyak RM4.4 bilion iaitu anggaran jumlah penjimatan daripada pengurangan subsidi minyak. Dana yang diperuntukkan akan digunakan bagi membiayai projek-projek yang akan meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam seperti:

i. Menambah baik sistem integrasi pengangkutan awam antara pengangkutan bas, LRT, monorel dan komuter;

ii. meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan bas terutamanya dari segi liputan dan kekerapan perkhidmatan; dan

iii. memperluaskan jaringan sistem monorel atau LRT.

Kerajaan yakin usaha menambah baik sistem pengangkutan awam akan meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan yang diberi dan akan memberi lebih keselesaan kepada pengguna. Ini secara tidak langsung akan menggalakkan penggunaan pengangkutan awam yang lebih meluas.





PEJABAT PERDANA MENTERI
PERDANA PUTRA
PUTRAJAYA

15 Mac 2006

Friday, March 10, 2006

"I Know You're Angry"

"Screw you all! For the sake of 'harmony', please suffer in silence, O.K.!" (Part 2)

Part 1 here.

"Huh? Demonstration? What demonstration?"


Let's see how the local press reported on that:

The Sun: "PAS stages second successive after-Friday-prayer protest at KLCC"

The Star: "Stop it, says IGP" ; also the regurgitation of news from Bernama on its front page.



Utusan Malaysia: Langkah bantu rakyat -- PM akan umum tindakan hadapi kesan kenaikan harga minyak (regurgitation of news from Bernama)

Berita Harian: Blame it on the opposition. "Pembangkang putar belit fakta kenaikan harga minyak"

Daripada siaran melalui komputer diterbit oleh kumpulan tertentu, surat layang.... saya baca juga yang tidak membawa maklumat yang betul. Ada antaranya sengaja memutarbelitkan fakta yang sudah dikeluarkan kerajaan.

NST: "Easing petrol hike woes".

Demo apa? Use SMS instead lar!



Read also: Fuel Hike Protest: Who Were The Ones Twisting/Hiding Facts?

Thursday, March 2, 2006

"Fuel Hike To Prevent Bolehland Going Bankrupt; Wearing Batiks Save Fuel"

"Fuel Hike To Prevent Bolehland Going Bankrupt; Wearing Batiks Save Fuel"

Yes. According to this source again.

Are we in the verge of going bankrupt?
Bagi rakyat, kenaikan ini memang membebankan tetapi ia dilakukan demi kepentingan lebih besar - supaya akhirnya negara tidak bankrap.

Mahukah kita tinggal di negara yang sistem kewangannya goyah dan akhirnya, jika tidak lagi dapat dikawal, apa yang dinikmati sekarang tinggal menjadi kenangan?.

"Dump your coats and ties; start wearing batik now"
Selain menjimatkan tenaga kerana memakai kot akan menambah rasa panas dan memerlukan pendingin hawa, pemakaian baju batik dapat mengembangkan industri tekstil negara berkenaan.

Begitu juga jalan-jalan dan bangunan pihak berkuasa tempatan atau milik kerajaan, tidak lagi dihias dengan lampu sepanjang malam tetapi dihadkan pada waktu tertentu sahaja.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

"We Have To Sacrifice"

$4.4 Billion Sacrificial Lamb






Malaysian Airline (MAS) needs the government to finance around $2 billion for their restructuring scheme.

Telekom reported 4th quarter losses of $701 million ... hope they are not asking the government for another billion funding.

Khazanah announced they are trying raise $10 billion Islamic bond to finance it's investments. Khazanah has spent US$866 million (RM3.212 billion) since January 2005 buying a few overseas companies such as Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd in India, Parkson Retail Group Ltd in Hong Kong, MobileOne Pte in Singapore, and PT Bank Lippo in Indonesia. Hope they are not hiding behind billions of losses unreported.

Perwaja Steel are still compressed under mountains of losses to the tune of some $12 billion. Are they also seeking some fundings?

Pak Lah said the savings will be used to finance a few development projects for public transport. It is known that the Dedicated Highway from Bulatan Pandan (Davis roundabout) to Putra Jaya will be partly financed by the government to the tune of some 930 million ... will it come from the 4.4b?

The Crooked Bridge, now called Scenic Bridge may look cynical as they would also need government financing. $4.4 billion may be also eyed!

Penang 2nd Bridge? Koh Tsu Koon had sounded today that the government should use part of these money to finance the bridge.

What else? Public benefit? or benefit for the selected few?