Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Never mind that I may not build great monuments or glittering cities"

Reports: Malaysia's leader says he won't be building big new monuments

AP Worldstream
Dateline: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he probably won't build glittering new cities because he wants to avoid any debt burden _ a stance that contrasts with his predecessor's penchant for expensive, high-profile projects.

Abdullah said he was more interested in doing what is right for the country than in boosting his popularity, Bernama national news agency reported Tuesday.

"Never mind that I may not build great monuments or glittering cities," Bernama cited Abdullah as telling business leaders at the Kuala Lumpur Business Club dinner late Monday. "I am told this will be popular and will grease the wheels of our economy."

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Gerbang Perdana $100 million Windfall

Gerbang $100 million Windfall

The Scenic Bridge is porchik (scrapped).

Hopes of many dashed....

However, Gerbang Perdana Sdn Bhd, the contractor appointed three weeks ago, wasn't too unhappy. In fact, they strike gold mine.

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi said compensation of RM100 million would be paid to Gerbang Perdana, the contractor of the project. That's a windfall!!!!

That's not all! The government will also award few other projects in Johor to be implemented by Gerbang Perdana.

Wow!!! Don't need to work; don't need to look for bank financing; don't need to deal with uncertainties and risks associated with construction management and business management. $100 million to be pocketed clean-cut and net! 9th Malaysia Plan first success story and the winner is ... Gerbang and company. Who else ? You can guess!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

"Crooked Bridge Cancelled"

Habis Scenic Bridge


Tarikh/Date : 12/04/2006

Kerajaan Malaysia telah memutuskan untuk tidak meneruskan pembinaan jambatan bagi menggantikan Tambak Johor. Keputusan Kerajaan ini dibuat setelah mengambil kira suara dan sentimen rakyat Malaysia keseluruhannya terutama berkenaan bekalan pasir dan ruang udara. Kerajaan juga membuat keputusan untuk memberhentikan semua rundingan bersabit dengan jambatan tersebut.

THE Works Ministry has ordered Gerbang Perdana Sdn Bhd, the contractor of the “scenic bridge” meant to replace the Malaysian half of the 80-year-old Johor Causeway, to stop work immediately.

Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the Public Works Department’s director-general Datuk Dr Wahid Omar would officially inform the contractor of the government’s decision to scrap the project.


On 27th Jan 2006, DPM Najib and Samy Vellu confirmed that the bridge will be built. Samy Vellu even said work had started on a RM30 million road to link the Johor Causeway with the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex, where the proposed bridge will begin.

Najib said that work on the "scenic bridge" across half of the Johor Strait would proceed even though Singapore had yet to give an affirmative reply. However, he said, negotiations with the republic would continue.

Asked what would happen if negotiations with Singapore were not successful, Najib said: "If it is not successful, then it will become a half-bridge or scenic bridge."

Samy Vellu, meanwhile, said the bridge would be built across Malaysia’s half of the Johor Strait, within the country’s boundaries. He said he had instructed Public Works Department director-general Datuk Wahid Omar last week to issue a letter of intent to the contractor, Gerbang Perdana Sdn Bhd, on the Government’s plan to go ahead with construction of the bridge.

The Foreign Minister (Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar) had written a letter Samy indicating the directive from the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) to commence the construction of the bridge. "We will start negotiating with them on the cost of building the bridge as soon as possible. "I have asked the Prime Minister, who is also the Finance Minister, for a lump sum payment for the project. We will pay the contractor once and will not be burdened with the possibility of increasing costs. I believe I will get the approval from the Finance Ministry, and then we will start work," Samy said.

Samy Vellu said that everything was in place and work was expected to start as soon as possible.

Why the about-turn? Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin. If the reason to scrap the project is due to Singapore, then the govt shouldn't have announce the go-ahead. You can't say something yesterday and do another thing today. The contractor was told that they would receive the letter of intent and to proceed the works. They had mobilise their plants and equipments and manpower. How much do the govt had to compensate them? Isn't this a waste of public funds? That's why taxes had to increase to plug the leakages in the system administration.

Is there no competencies in decision-making? Aren't there suppose to be leadership?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Facilitate and not Frustrate"

Pak Lah: Facilitate and not Frustrate

"Remember what Pak Lah has told you: Facilitate and not frustrate," the Prime Minister told civil servants in Perlis at a meeting at Dewan Warisan here yesterday.

If government officers cannot deliver, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said, they should take a rest.

“In fact, they should take a permanent rest,” he suggested yesterday.

“We cannot entertain those who can’t work. We should not pity them when asking them to leave. We should pity the people who have been waiting for the approvals for so long.”

Abdullah said it was ridiculous that officers took two weeks to approve applications when it could be done in just three days.

”Besides the layers and layers of red tape, they also ask for ‘toll’ in some cases,” he said, in an apparent reference to corrupt practices.

“Facilitate, don’t frustrate when dealing with applications for approval,” he emphasised.

“Bureaucracy deters investors. Non-performers have to leave.

“The world is very competitive, and frustrated investors will look to other countries like China, India and Thailand.”

He said government officers should not be pointing fingers when something went wrong, but should look for ways to overcome the problem.

Dear Prime Minister, what about those politicians who frustrate national integration and unity? Isn't this crucial to the success of the 9MP?

What about MPs who talk about fruits that are red in color and that he also shit red? The MP wants to know if his shit is black when he eats red fruit? Is this the MPs you had selected to represent the rakyat and spent all his time in parliamentary debate talking about his red-shit?

During the parliamentary debate, the affable Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin (BN-Jerai), created laughter when he asked for clarification on whether dragon fruit could cause indigestion or health problems.

Datuk Syed Razlan Syed Putra Jamalullail (BN – Arau) was enquiring about the benefits of the fruit from Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Mah Siew Kong, when Badruddin informed him that his stool was “reddish-coloured” after eating the fruit and that it would last for about a week.

Mah replied that there was nothing wrong with Badruddin. “A doctor told me that if it is black-coloured, then you have a problem,” he said to laughter.

Is the Barisan MP having constipation problem?

Mr. PM, don't eat too much of the fruits

... you may shit-red