Friday, November 30, 2007

PM open to MIC proposals

Meanwhile, MIC President and Works Minister Samy Vellu said Prime Minister Pak Lah is sympathetic and open to proposals forwarded to him by the MIC leadership concerning socio-economic ills affecting the Indian community.

Samy Vellu said PM had directed his deputy, Najib Razak, to study the proposals and work with the MIC leadership to conduct periodic reviews to address the plight of the Indian community.

"The periodic review is to ensure that the proposals agreed to are carried out effectively,"Sam said. Samy added that the proposals included budget allocations under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to ensure that the Indian community would not be marginalised when the country achieved its "Vision 2020" aspirations.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"We have to be fair so as to ensure harmony"

Unfortunately, idealism remains illusory. Instead, the obtuse crescendos gets convoluted and are constructed as objectivity threats on national security and a disruption of racial harmony. However, this view is not applied homogeneously and uniformly; exceptions are granted if it's from the oligarchy.

It seems eminent that the only possible effective tool is to use the Internal Security Act (ISA) to handle the situation. Prime Minister Abdullah said using the [ISA] law, which allows for detention without trial, would be "preventive" action to spare the country untoward incidents that could affect its peace and national security. “The ISA is there, if the situation warrants it, it will be used,” PM said.

The interesting and puzzling point made is from the prime minister himself.

On calls by certain quarters for the ISA to be invoked against illegal street demonstrators, Abdullah said: “I am very surprised that people want the ISA. I thought they never wanted it.”

Who were those who calls for the ISA to be invoked? Again, it must be those within the oligarchy. So, what's right is only from the coterie group.

PM Abdullah said the Government must be fair to all. “If we focus on the interest of one group, others will be jealous, others will complain,” PM said. It sounds coquettish. If the government truly wanted to be fair, then the NEP must be extended to all the poor, irrespective of race, religion or creed. Zakaria, a railway gatekeeper can afford to built palaces and further acquiring more state lands to enlarge the palace while the ordinary Malays are struggling to earn sufficiently to pay for the daily groceries and home expenses. Kuala Dimensi and the Faizal groupings were allowed to gain billions from the PKFZ deal from a land belonging to Koperasi Nelayan who received pittance in exchange. Khairy at 28, is said to be a billionaire while still being jobless and without a salaried vocation. Scomi has grown from a condom salesman business to a conglomerate that include an oil and gas and monorail and train fabricator. Gerbang Perdana was given $292.4 million compensation for driving one pile... many, many more!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

"Use more dignified ways"

Pak Lah: Broom not dignified.

Pak Lah do not agree with Khir Toyo on Brooms. He said brooms are not dignified and he prefers the use of more effective methods to enhance the performance of these agencies.

Abdullah said state governments should consider a “dignified” formula to discipline under-performing government agencies rather than use demeaning methods as the broom had slighted the feelings of the officers.

The officers felt humiliated and PM said the award should be scrapped. Abdullah said awards which are considered unnecessary or not well accepted by the majority should be avoided.

It is suggested that those underperformers should be given gold or diamond broom which is less demeaning. This way, the officers will not be humiliated and instead they would be far motivated.

Monday, November 12, 2007

"Rally a move to draw monarchy into politics"

The Rally is seen as a move to get the King to act, to protect the people, his rakyat from abuses and to protect democratic principles as enunciated in the constitution. That's not dragging the King into politics, for the King cannot be drag as he is far more intelligent and wiser than many of us, including the PM and DPM, and Kalimullah. That statement is contempt and a disrespect to the King. It's seditious!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Malaysia orders companies to reveal recruitment figures by race

Malaysia orders companies to reveal recruitment figures by race

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysian executives urged the government Tuesday not to make race a criterion for hiring, reflecting fears that some companies will have to employ more ethnic Malays at the expense of minority Chinese and Indians.

Companies listed on Malaysia's stock exchange are generally expected to have a significant number of employees from the Malay majority. The rule — part of affirmative action policies to help Malays — has not been strictly enforced, but most large firms mix Malay staff with Chinese and Indians.

Though Malays are in a majority in the population, ethnic Chinese have long dominated the country's commercial sector.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced Friday that starting next year, publicly listed firms must disclose their employment composition by race as part of efforts to boost corporate social responsibility.

The directive has prompted debate about whether the government might pressure companies to ensure that their racial mix mirrors Malaysia's ethnic makeup more closely.

Puan Chan Cheong, managing director of broadband technology provider Green Packet Bhd., said firms need to hire people who are "the best fit for the job, regardless of race," in order to compete internationally.

"We employ according to merits," Puan told The Associated Press. "Competency is the key consideration, not racial composition."

Gooi Seong Lim, managing director of investment holding company Crescendo Corp. Bhd., said the company sometimes has no choice but to recruit mostly Chinese and Indians for civil engineering works because there are too few Malay candidates.

"I believe the government will be reasonable," he told the AP. "It would be very difficult to conform to a strict racial breakdown."

Malays comprise about 60 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people. Chinese form some 25 percent, Indians nearly 10 percent and the rest belong to other minorities. The ethnic communities have coexisted peacefully since racial riots left at least 200 dead in 1969. They were sparked by Malay frustration over Chinese wealth.

The New Straits Times newspaper quoted Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop as saying the government will not necessarily penalize companies that fail to have employees from all races after the new directive takes effect next year.

"We are not saying we will take action," the Times quoted him as saying. It was not immediately clear how the new directive would be enforced.

Decades-old affirmative action policies — geared toward helping Malays catch up with the Chinese by giving them privileges in areas like education, housing, bank loans and government contracts — are one of Malaysia's most politically sensitive subjects.

"Illegal assembly challenges country's laws"


Thursday, November 1, 2007

“Tun Ahmad Fairuz has retired and we thank him for his outstanding contribution to our judicial system"

Good Riddance, But...

And so he 'retires'...

Ahmad Fairuz retires as CJ
by Maria J. Dass

PUTRAJAYA (Nov 01, 2007): Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim has retired as Chief Justice (CJ) of the Federal Court of Malaysia when his term ended on Wednesday.

Court of Appeal President Datuk Abdul Halim Mohamed has been appointed the acting CJ, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday “Tun Ahmad Fairuz has retired and we thank him for his outstanding contribution to our judicial system and hope that he will continue to serve the country with his experience,” he said.

“The vacant position, according to regulations, has to be filled, so we will fill the post with the second person in line, that is the Court of Appeal President Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamed.

“,” he told reporters after meeting angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha and Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed at his office.

Good riddance, but 'serve the country' some more? Thanks, but no thanks.

To quote:

He will take of the position first until a permanent person is found

Get the drift? The same applies to thyself who is 'gila kuasa'?

Meanwhile, a staged 'sandiwara' before the GE? If that's a 'big fish', where's the 17 more? ;-)