Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Plans to set up IPCMC still on

Plans to set up IPCMC still on

New Straits Times
Plans to set up IPCMC still on
Edition: Main/Lifestyle

KUALA LUMPUR: Plans to set up an independent police commission have not been aborted despite resistance from the police.

When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was asked to comment on criticisms of the proposal to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission on the police website, he said: "I don't want to say if the views represent everybody's feelings (in the police force). It may or may not be so."
Abdullah stressed that he had reminded Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail to consider all the proposals made. "As far as I am concerned, the IPCMC is important to me.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

PM Confirms Meeting With Group Interested in Disneyland Projects

"Screw M's Crooked Bridge, I Have My Own Disneyland Malaysia!"

So you think The Medicine Man (TMM; not to be confused with the same initials as the predecessor) is a bit tad weak, eh? You're wrong! He has his own way-the Mickey Mouse way (pun not intended)!

Exactly a week ago, Taiko first whispered that TMM was in Japan to bring Disneyland to Malaysia. Then today, Bernama confirmed this news:

And it was also quickly picked up by Beebs:

Are you sure, Beebs? The 'new bridge' was called off already!

No mega-projects from TMM, eh? See who's the real Medicine Man in action!

Note aside, he spent too much time backpacking around the globe more than me that I lost track of where he is now. Could someone enlighten me on this?

Who needs a Disneyland, by the way? No need to search far; we already have our Bolehland Zoo- in the Rumah Barlimen!

Monday, May 29, 2006

"No Place For Contractors With Poor Record"

Matrade Fiasco

Samy Vellu finally relented; he confirmed that the government can't sue the directors of PISB as it is now insolvent.

To this, Brendan Periera had to say: Welcome to the world of Perangsang International Sdn Bhd (PISB), the contractors who clinched the deal to build the Matrade building.

Brendan recalls the History of the Fiasco

In 1993, the PWD called for a limited tender to build the Matrade building and estimated that it would cost RM175 million and take 125 weeks to complete.

After studying the 14 bids, PWD recommended that Ireka Construction be given the job. The company promised to complete the job in 138 weeks for RM157 million. The recommendation was forwarded to the Finance Ministry and was promptly dumped.

The ministry wanted the 14 companies to re-submit their bids. But two days after it issued that directive, the Finance Ministry surprisingly ordered PWD to negotiate directly with PISB.

Why this company was given the contract still stumps the people at PWD.

From the start, there were problems. PISB obtained the development order late and it needed three extensions, delaying the completion by 686 days. When it completed 98 per cent of the project in 1999, the PWD discovered cracks in the structure and ordered PISB to carry out repairs. The contractor refused, saying that it had carried out the project according to specifications.

PWD and the Finance Ministry — now under a new minister — obtained the services of Arup Consultants. Even after the consultants concurred with PWD’s findings on the structure of the Matrade building, PISB refused to carry out remedial work.

At this point, you have to sit back, digest what has happened and ask some elementary questions.

Question number 1: Why wasn’t PISB or its directors sued in 1999 for not doing their job competently? Why wait until now to visit the possibility of taking action?

Question number 2: Were the terms of the contract so generous that the contractor could walk away without agreeing to do remedial work?

Brendan posed this question to ask: Can the money be recovered?

According to Brendan: There is a better chance of Malaysia qualifying for the 2010 World Cup than PISB paying any compensation.

And here is why: PISB was sold off to Tajuk Modal on July 19, 2004, for RM2. PISB was renamed Tajuk Construction Sdn Bhd and the latter was wound up on Jan 18 this year. In short, PISB doesn’t exist anymore. In any case, it would have been tough to go after the directors of PISB. The contract was signed with the company and unless the directors gave any personal guarantees, they would not be liable in a personal capacity.

Some options appear available to the authorities.

One: Lodge a police report, find out if the decision by the Finance Ministry was above board and pursue any wrongdoing — no matter where it leads.

Two: Urge the Selangor Government to make good the RM95 million owed to the Federal Government. After all, before it tanked, PISB was a subsidiary of the State’s investment arm. Surely, the people at Shah Alam have a moral obligation to right this obvious wrong.

Would the government learn a lesson or two from this fiasco?

Or, will history repeat itself, ...sooner rather than later?

Monday, May 22, 2006

“I sensed there was something amiss”

PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he had sensed, even before the Sarawak state elections on Saturday, that the Barisan Nasional would be losing several seats. “I sensed there was something amiss,” but added he did not want to talk about it publicly. “I can't explain my feelings to the public,” the Prime Minister said.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

"Face Up To Mistakes"

Solemn reminders from the Prime Minister to all, including UMNO Youth President and his deputy:

Face up to the mistakes made!

"Don't Misread Me"

“You all should not be taken in by my listless appearance."

"I may appear listless and can’t make decisions."

"But you must understand that my stand that what I am doing is to help Malays to be more successful.”

This is what PM Abdullah told party veterans of UMNO.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

"Vote along party lines"

Abdullah: Vote along party lines

M.K. Megan; Leslie Andres
New Straits Times
Abdullah: Vote along party lines
Byline: M.K. Megan; Leslie Andres
Edition: Main/Lifestyle

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional backbenchers in Parliament must stick with convention and cannot vote according to their conscience but only along party lines.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is BN chairman and Umno president, said the system had worked well for Malaysia and would be maintained.
The backbenchers, who had hours earlier sought to be allowed to vote autonomously on certain issues, fell into line with Abdullah's firm instruction on the matter. But they harbour hopes of meeting the Prime Minister to discuss it ...

Monday, May 8, 2006

No matter how hard he tried, and

no matter what he preaches,

he cannot and could not be truthful and sincere,

to his very own philosophy & Ideology,

Of what he thinks he believes, or, wanted to believe,

that he could, and would ensure that his govt will be,

What he believes, to be,

Monday, May 1, 2006

"Aim To Be First Class"

Prime Minister Abdullah said: Aim to become first class

Malaysians must strive harder to enable the country to gain worldwide acceptance and recognition. “We must be people with a first-class mentality and be better in everything we do,” the Prime Minister said.