- Comments On October Budget
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- Thank you well wishers
- The new MACC
- Can a SOCSO recipient be a local councillor?
- What gender is 'computer'?
- For someone who understands...no charge...
- On Edward Gibbon's death & Karl Marx's birth
- Letting Loose the Wings....
- Response to Hussein Abdul Hamid "politicians all same"
- New! Improved UMNO! Washes whiter than white!
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- Era Najib Altantuya : Siasatan Telus Untuk Kes Beng Hock-Ean Yong
- Era Najib Altantuya : Bajet Gula-gula Najib Gagal Tutup Asas Kekuatan Ekonomi Malaysia
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 11:44 AM PDT
As a Malaysian business and finance site, I guess I am expected to post some comments on the Budget. You may or may not like Najib, but as a Finance Minister, I think he has the best grasp of economic and finance issues compared to the Finance Ministers we have had for the past 20 years. Normally we see funds being thrown about and that's that. He has obviously been well advised, most of the measures are well defined with timelines and deadlines.
The strategy is to focus more on what we do well, what we have inherent strengths. The overall bigger picture is to ensure higher incomes for all - i.e. moving up the value add curve. The budget was very responsible, Najib could have taken the easy route and spend and spend with abandon. There are still a lot issues naturally if we wish to move up the value curve - the most pressing has to be the subsidy mentality. We need a complete overhaul of how we view the subsidy, we need to set timelines to gradually eradicate it except for the most basic and necessary products - at the same time, these removal / reduction of subsidies need to be balance in that the most affected will not suffer too much.
The overall budget will be taken positively by most foreign research houses, it provided strong soundbites, says the right things. I would say that the stock market should surprise most with a good performance.
* Government to reduce maximum individual income tax rate from 27% to 26% for chargeable income group exceeding RM100,00. Personal relief increase from RM8,000 to RM9,000 in 2010. This means that each individual taxpayer will enjoy an increase of RM1,000 in disposable income.* Govt to allocate RM899m for tourism industry in 2010, attract more participants from UK, Japan, Korea under Malaysia, My Second Home. (The man on the street always on the lookout for more take home pay. While that is a narrow perspective, more cash is always good, and judging from our high-ish tax rates compared to the rest in the region, this is a good move.)
* Govt to speed up implementation of high speed broadband at total cost of RM11.3b,of which RM2.4 billion is from government and RM8.9 billion from Telekom Malaysia. (Very important. It smacks at our overall competitiveness. Crucially there is a dateline to rollout in KL by March next year, and the rest of the country a gradual rollout by 2012.)
* Govt proposes individual taxpayers be given tax relief on broadband subscription fee up to RM500 a year from 2010 to 2012. (Good move.)
* Govt to allocate RM9b for infrastructure, of which RM4.7b for road, bridge, water, sewerage projects and RM900m for rail. (Good addition to the "earlier stimulus package", did not go overboard.)
* Govt to look into micro insurance, takaful coverage. Premiums from as low as RM20 per month for small traders, coverage from RM10k to RM20k.
* Flexible brokerage sharing between stockbrokers, remisers. Flexible brokerage at 40% for remisers. To be fully liberalised in second stage by Jan 1, 2011. (Will allow more aggressive brokers to snatch remisiers. Expect Singapore houses to be more aggressive here.)
* Allow 100pct foreign equity stake in corporate finance, financial, planning companies from at least 30pct local stake now. (Good move although many have been doing these deals out of the country anyway.)
* For upstream petroleum companies, income tax for yr assessment 2010 based on 2009 income can be paid over 5 years. (Allows for better reinvestment and cost/revenue matching.)
* Govt to impose 5pct tax imposed on gains from disposal of real property from Jan 1, 2010. However, it will be retained for gifts between parent and child, husband and wife, grandparent and grandchild. This tax exemption will also be given on disposal of residential property once in a lifetime. (Property companies will not be pleased with the reintroduction of RPGT, but its a pre-emptive move, considering the "better leverage to borrow from Account 2 of EPF" for purchases. 5% is fair and will keep a lid on things, a hint on things that Bank Negara may be keeping rates low for a few more months. Low rates, which is necessary to keep ample liquidity in the system, is targeted to boost lending to business and create/save jobs. An indirect nasty would be channeling it to push property prices higher - the RPGT is to keep things on a more equal footing.)
* Govt proposes RM50 service tax on each principal credit card, charge cards, including free cards. RM25 for supplementary cards by January. (Could AEON Credit be affected, guess so, we really need just one card people, any more than that is license to fuck ourselves up.)
* Govt to impose RM10,000 for each approved permit to open AP holders, for distribution of AP in 2010. (Not good enough, needs to place a timeline to scrap it, say within 3 years, and the levy needs to be closer to market price of RM30,000.)
* Govt to implement fuel subsidy management system in early 2010, using MyKad, to ensure targeted groups will benefit.
* Govt to reduce maximum individual income tax rate from 27pct to 26pct, personal relief increase from RM8,000 to RM9,000 in 2010. (Cannot complain but we need the top rates to come down some more to incentivise entreprenuers. If the money makers are not making money, the ones below will not do well.)
* Govt to launch scheme for EPF contributors to use current, future savings in account 2 to get higher financing to buy higher value house or additional houses. (Need deatils but generally positive.)
* Govt to issue 1Malaysia sukuk totaling RM3b, for Malaysian aged 21 and above. 3yr maturity, with 5pct annual rate of return
* 1Malaysia retirement scheme for self-employed, run by EPF. For every RM100 contribution, govt to contribute 5pct, maximum RM60.
* Personal tax relief raised to RM7,000 from RM6,000 now for EPF contribution and life insurance premiums. (We should have a timeline, RM1,000 increase every year till RM10,000.)
p/s photos: Noon Wongsawan
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 10:16 AM PDT
I watched the entire presentation of Budget 2010 by Najib on TV2. I also read the entire Economic Report 2009/2010 carried in today's StarSpecial. Whilst I do not understand most of the implications for ordinary Malaysians, I do understand some of the items affects me directly like tax relief, income tax reduction, RPGT, broadband reflief, and a few others.
I also understand that our government spends a lot of money so that we ordinary Malaysians can have a "better or easier life". This is all well and good and should be welcomed by any sane person.
But something kept me back from "rejoicing" at Najib's maiden budget.
On Friday as I watched the budget being revealed, one thought kept buzzing in my head. It sounded like a perfectly good budget like previous ones then why are we falling behind other nations that we were once ahead of?
It wasn't until I read Raja Petra's article about "evaporation" and Jeff Ooi's "observation" from parliament and recalling the Auditor-General's report of RM42,000/- laptops that it dawned on me that the real problems Malaysia faces today are far more serious than what Najib hopes to address with his budget.
It dawned upon me that our ruling elites are still unable to do right for this country as long as they are worried about "race" and the perpetuation of NEP which only breeds incompetency and corruption. They haven't realized that whatever money we spend to uplift Malaysians' lives, most of it will be lost through evaporation of the incompetent and corrupt kind.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not racist by any means and would welcome a prosperous country for ALL Malaysians but so long as a certain race is protected for political reasons, mindsets to challenge the status quo and new ways to do the business of the country cannot emerge.
The racial politics of UNO/BN have to be retired first before we can even talk about moving Malaysia into a "high-income" category.
In a nutshell, our beloved country has cancer but the doctor treating the cancer knows that if he "cures" the patient, he will be out of a job. So because of his job, we continue to languish amongst the "also-ran" of successful nations!
I'm particularly worried about this matter because our ruling elites can only continue doing this for a short while more before we become a net oil importer in 2-3 years and run out of oil completely in 14 years. Unless we make structural changes to the system and mindsets NOW, we are in for a hard time when hungry Malaysians would opt for "change of the drastic kind"!
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:59 AM PDT
BigDog then as a small pup, slightly before the 1969 racial riots in PJ
Today, is a day which I arrived as a small pup at the Assunta Veternary Hospital, Jalan Templer, Petaling Jaya slightly over forty years ago. A renown vet Dr RS McCoy (now an anti nuclear activieist), did a caesarian on my mother as I was found to be suffocating in the chamber. It wasn't three days later then she discovered that her first born pup was still alive (under special care).
Now, I have developed into a rather large canine. So many people are affected with some of my barks and digging in the yard (but not to bury a bone!) but none got bitten yet.
From the bottom of my enlarged heart and above the liver which already shown signs of ciorrhosis, I would like to express my utmost sincere appreciation to all the wishers I received in commemorating my arrival here on God' earth, in this land. May God Al Mighty bless all who wished me well and may you all be under His watchful eyes.
I would like to wish HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang for sharing the same day with me.
I am thankful to God Al Mighty for his blessings. Again, many thanks.
Southern most city in continent Asia
24 October 2009
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 10:08 AM PDT
I came across this posting at Niamah by Patrick Teoh.I will try my best to watch this show tomorrow. 'Bribe' the young lady at the box office with RM33.88 and get "investigated" by the new MACC! The new MACC where you don't JUST die but die LAUGHING! More details at www.ticketcharge.com.my and +603 22419999
'Bribe' the young lady at the box office with RM33.88 and get "investigated" by the new MACC!
The new MACC
where you don't JUST die but die LAUGHING!
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Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:37 AM PDT
他說，若政府不重新檢討這項目，恐怕將嚴重影響全國的產業發展，漸而拖垮全馬的經濟。更新: October 24, 2009 18:30
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:26 AM PDT
This is worth a repeat if I had posted it before:
A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la Casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:20 AM PDT
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies." "Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle."Here, Dolly!" he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the dog house.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.
In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
"How much?" asked the little boy.
"No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 02:07 PM PDT
Recently, I received an email from a seemingly intelligent reader who opined that Edward Gibbon' s The History of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, is fairly "Marxist". The English historian passed away in 1794 whereas the German philosopher and political economist was only born in 1818. There is a time gap of 24 years between Gibbon' s death and Marx' s birth. In this light, we can say Marx is "Gibbonian".
Victor Hugo's deep message in Les Miserables
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:59 AM PDT
MCA's political Boss Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek had come together, put aside their personal differences to show the great leap forward towards a united MCA on the premise of being legally correct and also morally and politically acceptable in the interest of the party along the guideline and advice by the Barisan nasional Chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
This had made many parties unhappy. The combination of these two forces in MCA will render many people weak and limp or sidelined. Furthermore the DVD issue on CSL will come to an end by the decision of the general assembly EGM on the 10th.October. CSL will be bouncing back strongly into the party mainstream and his detractors are now afraid of the political impact of CSL's political comeback on their political paths. Many of these political middle weights who plotted the downfall of CSL earlier are now afraid of their own shadows.
The loosely galvanized 3rd forces consisting of politico-business towkays, underground organizations, past leaders etc wanting to control MCA vide young and upcoming upstarts had capitalized, manipulated and manoeuvred the conflict between the President and the former Deputy President to create opportunities for opportunist who will sell their soul and fall into the hands of these loosely formed forces who provide them with the opportunity to ascend.
If this were to happen, MCA will lose her soul and the community at large will abandon MCA in disgust. The Chinese electorates are getting smarter by day and they will not tolerate or support a party helm by leaders who do not have their interest at heart but instead play to the tune of less honorable personalities.
Thus Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat is still perceived by the community to be the rightful leader to helm MCA despite a motion of no confidence from within the party.
The fact that Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat had set the right rhythm towards capturing the imaginations and support of the community had also been acknowleged by CSL supporters when they assured the delegates that the October 10th. EGM was meant only to reinstate CSL as a member and not to dismiss OTK as the President.
It is also on the same premise that CSL decided to support OTK to continue leading the party leading to the 'unity' declaration in MCA HQ by Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen, Datuk Wong Fong Meng etc and having the blessing from the Prime Minister as the Barisan Nasional Chairman.
Although the President had assured that the great unity forward will be an inclusive team involving all parties towards mobilizing the party on a path of winning back the confidence of the Chinese electorates, there were personalities who are now jittery and unwilling to accept this peace and unity plan due to reasons best known to themselves.
They were intent to disrupt and obstruct any peace plan involving CSL. The fear for CSL was real and intimidating as CSL is known to be a leader who is forthright and would not mince his words. He is known to be direct and will call a spade a spade. Though tainted, CSL is known to have his own brand of dignity and confidence on what's right or wrong.
This do not go down well with some MCA leaders who had made 'Chinese opera show' posturing their daily culture. They felt intimidated by CSL's presence and is more afraid now that CSL is been included into the President's team. CSL will be having access to the President directly and will not be facing any filters, obstructions or distortions by them anymore .
The forces who had wanted to finish off CSL are now worried and jittery. They are planning and scheming to invite Umno leaders into the picture to force a solution similar to the A Team and Team B of the MCA crisis in 2003.
During the 2003 MCA crisis, Team B had engaged underground triads to have a series of 'qian ren yen' or thousand people night to perpetuate an MCA crisis. The countless thousand nights dinner were attended by non-Mca members endorsed and graced by Team B leaders to create a political perception that MCA is facing a leadership crisis.
This was calculated to invite the interference of Umno leaders to force the ouster of Ling Liong Sik from the party in order to maintain peace and stability packaging towards facing a coming general election.
True to their plan, Mca was forced to accept an Umno brokered peace plan involving the ouster of Ling Liong Sik and Lim Ah Lek for a lesser and weaker leadership of Ong Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy.
The perceived Umno interference in Mca's family affair had caused a lot of disgruntled Mca members and Chinese electorates to be resentful of Umno. When Ka Ting and Kong Choy failed to deliver, the Chinese electorates had shown their displeasure in the ballot box to the extent of voting for PAS which was unthinkable in the past.
The latest announcement by Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the newly CC elected Deputy President that there will be a major announcement come this Monday is no surprise to Mca inner circles. The political whisper is that Datuk Seri Liow is uncomfortable with the inclusion of CSL by the President in the party mainstream.
The strategy of destabilizing the party and forcing Umno to intervene will commence upon the return of LTL's right and left hands . Upon the return of the Youth Wing leader, Datuk Wee Ka Siong and the Wanita Wing leader Chew Mei Fun from Geneva....the wings will fly.....political fireworks will be displayed.
Thereinafter, the strategy of engaging the underground triads and politico-business network will be adopted again. This strategy of destabilizing the party by using external forces had been adopted successfully by Team B in the year 2003. Team B's master strategist then was none other than Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, the former Minister of Transport.
Will this same political strategy work against Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek, two obstinate MCA leaders with equal popular support on the ground?
Will Umno risk the fire of anger of the Chinese electorates by interfering with MCA once again, forcing a political solution not in tandem with the political sentiment of the Chinese electorates on the ground?
Both Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek are still vastly popular and relevant to the Chinese community today. Together they will be the best duo to attract popular support for Mca today.
Any attempt by any party to displace these duo will face dire political consequences. Any perceived interferences by 3rd forces of opportunist or strong hands of Umno will not be taken kindly by the Mca members or Chinese electorates that are getting smarter by day...
Will a peace plan brokered by Umno work in favor of BN this round? It was whispered that 'some' Umno leaders wanted LCL to lead Mca......
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:26 AM PDT
Hussein Abdul Hamid's blog SteadyAku47 contains lots of wisdom and deserve more than a mention here. His latest post cakap cakap...bloggers steady lah!!! tells of why we should continue to support Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat which you should not only read, but also helps to pass the message around. However, I feel his statement
maybe it is better that we stick to the devil that we know then the devil that we don't. After all these Politicians are all-alike!
can do with some elaboration, as it is very common to hear this response when one talks about Malaysian politics. I myself have heard this a few times and I will like to tell of how I responded to such remarks.
Insurance sales manager and schoolmate: Ah, all the politicians are the same lah. When they get into power, they will also become corrupt.
Me: Tell me, do all insurance people use unethical methods to sell insurance? Does everyone have the same motivation (money, power) for doing something?
She had to agree with me that not everyone is the same. I then asked, so is it not possible that not all the politicians are the same, in the game only for money and power? This again she had to agree with me.
This technique of responding to statements or questions with more questions can be quite effective. Let me tell of another situation who complained that (Pakatan Rakyat politicians) don't bother to serve the people after they get elected. He was referring to things like dirty drains and meeting the voters, and wonder of wonder, visit him.
I asked: If I elect you ADUN, would you visit me in my house?
The obvious response - no.
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:03 AM PDT
By Bunga Pakma
What a week! Though I have faithfully been following doctor's orders and not getting my knickers in a twist, it is impossible for me completely to avoid the whirlpool-in-a-septic-tank that is public political life.
Among political pundits and commentators, honoured Reader, you will find no more superficial observer in the country than Yours Truly here. My contact with newspapers amounts to no more than reading the headlines at the local newsstand. I don't have a TV and I don't listen to the radio. Yes, I do have a look at Malaysiakini in the morning over the cornflakes, and I do read what my brethren post on HU. But I've got a job to attend to and trolling the Net for lurid outrages does not raise a thrill in me. Superficiality is in a sense my strength. Heaven knows that what's on the surface is frightening enough.
The earliest thing my memory can drag up from the mists of time is that UMNO seems to have held a general meeting last week. Specks of glitter-dust left over from the razzmatazz remain among the dust and tattered banners in the dark, deserted PWTC. I remember the "image" of that event as I'd remember some quasi-carnival event in the Mall—a canopy, stage, and display with balloons, flags, music and lights to launch a brand of soap. "And now, the, New! Improved UMNO! Washes whiter than white! [In more ways than one.] Now suitable for dirty laundry of ALL races!" and so forth.
To be fair to the makers of Trojan, Omo, and Daia, I must say that I've always thought the detergent section of the supermarket a cheery one. It's kinda nice to see shelves of excited coloured sacks and boxes enthusiastically standing up for the virtues of cleanliness and transparency, taking dirt and filth of all kinds to daily account for their never-ending evil.
A few years ago it was kisses and blood. Now it's lollipops and feel-good-ery. Sure, they may admit a few token Others, like the token Jew and the token Black in the WASP clubs of the past. I'll expect a multiracial UMNO (a contradiction in terms) to happen about the time they start serving ham sandwiches at refreshment breaks.
The Festival of Light
Darkness resumed its gloomy reign as the sun rose on the new work-week. First we had Hisham saying "we" still need the ISA. Then Lingam, the judical fixer, is officially let off the hook. "No action warranted or needed," sez the Prime Minister's Department. You gotta hand it to the régime. They are indeed masters of delay and obscurantism. It takes a long time for flies to bite and torture a cow to death, but they can do it. The apparatchiks of the current clique are dull and persistent enough to wear down the very truth of Heaven.
Sometimes, though, these trolls get a real scare. Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand's testimony to the inquest on poor Teoh Beng Hock's death, though grim, was no surprise to most of us. The sensation lay in that she was allowed to speak her findings in public. The Star ran it on the front page. The NST ran a picture of the renowned pathologist, with a caption that dwelt mainly on her fashion-sense. The story itself was buried on page 8, and the next day commentary on Dr. Pornthip's conclusions was conspicuous by its absence. The NST canned that story with indecent haste. "80% homicide, 20% suicide"? That's language any punter can understand. I don't think the bookies are taking many bets in favour of the MACC.
Let's make this into a horror movie and then ban it.
Wife and the City
Once Mrs P had got over the rigours of travel, she looked around my house and determined it need the Woman's Touch. The pursuit of that has given her purpose these past few says.
I had intended to give space to my wife here to air her impressions of Kay El. She declined, for the sole reason that the Big City leaves her utterly unimpressed and does not interest her in the least. I've been contemplating the reactions of kampong people to Urban life since I myself moved to the Metropolis, and I perceive that city-folks can expect a strong growth in anti-city sentiment from the Sticks. In short, the Kampong Strikes Back.
Not so long ago, kampong people were expected, upon exposure to the City and City-people, to make a penitential confession of their dumbness, uncouthness, insophistication, un-hip-ness and mere ugliness, while admiring and paying deference to big buildings, smart clothes, bright lights, shops, and so on. By now most of the Country has had sufficient experience of the City, and the logic that a kilo of kerang or bundle of kailan bought for three times as much as kerang or kailan in the local pasar for that reason tastes better simply escapes them.
Poor things. They'd more enjoy weeding half a hectare of garden than be granted a day's shopping-spree in the most glamorous mall in town. How can be imagine values being turned upside-down so?
[Bunga Pakma's next piece appears on Halloween. He asks if readers have any stories of the uncanny in Sarawak that they may wish to share. Stories will be considered, though publication is not guaranteed. Please send them to him through firstname.lastname@example.org]
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Posted: 24 Oct 2009 09:01 AM PDT
星洲日報／大都會‧2009.10.23 2009-10-24 15:32 （圖：星洲日報） （雪蘭莪‧八打靈再也）雪州已成為全國固定生產糧食園的最大貢獻州屬，在全國總生產值3805萬令吉中，佔2160萬令吉，相等於56.8%。 《2008年雪州總稽查司報告》指出，在第3國家農業政策（DPN3）下，雪州農業局推行雪州農業工藝園，並根據縣署劃定12個固定生產糧食園，以生產2萬1334公噸，價值2130萬令吉的農產品。 參與者利益不受保障 報告顯示，固定生產糧食園計劃的農產品成果令人滿意，但是參與者的收入未讓人滿意，因為於2008年有3個糧食園的參與者月收入未達到預定的3000令吉目標。 另外，稽查報告指出，9個固定生產糧食園仍未在憲報上頒佈為保留地段，這將導致有關參與者的利益不受保障。 根據地段面積繳付年租金 稽查報告顯示，截至2008年杪，12個固定生產糧食花園中仍有8個尚未擁有合約書，導致雪州農業局不能對未繳付租金的參與者採取行動。 報告也提到固定生產糧食花園參與者必須根據地段面積繳付年租金，可是雙溪柏蘭甘的參與者自2000年並未被征收租金，不過烏魯朱楚、煤炭山及比斯達利追收租金及欠款的表現讓人不滿意，因為被拖欠的欠款由2006年開始一直提高至2008年。 至於根登的參與者，2009年才被征收租金，因為2008年7月才開始耕種。 除了固定生產糧食園計劃，稽查報告也提到，2008年有機農場生產量為77萬5350公斤或總值62萬零280令吉的農產品。 每公頃的產量為1萬6000 零19公斤、封閉式飼養雞只計劃成功售賣12萬2400雞只或總值120萬令吉。這計劃參與者於2008年的凈收入為每月3萬零294令吉。 另外，還有封閉式種植胡姬計劃共售賣3萬4585接枝及4萬3681盆胡姬花，或總值39萬4588令吉的胡姬花。這計劃的參與者於2008年的每月收入為1萬8085令吉。 總稽查司對雪州固定生產糧食園提出以下建議： 1.注重農業旅遊的發展。 2.與縣土地局一起採取嚴厲的憲報頒佈土地行動，保障固定生產糧食花園的利益。 3.即刻準備與參與者簽約的合約書，以保障州政府的利益。 4.追收遭拖欠及少收的租金。 5.遵循遴選參與者所定下的規則與程序，確保所有參與者都符合條件。 6.在合約上允許州政府不需做出任何賠償，例如拆除一些不獲批准的永久性的建筑物。
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:05 AM PDT
STATEMENTS in the last couple of days pointed towards a settlement of the leadership problems in the MCA but it now appears that many senior party people are themselves doubtful if a solution is indeed in sight.
Former deputy president Chua Soi Lek said he agreed to a truce with president Ong Tee Keat without any pre-conditions but his statement today (Saturday) and that by Ong appear to raise some doubts.
Ong maintains that the agreement means that he remains in his chair despite the vote of no-confidence against him on October 10. That was when the EGM also decided that Chua should not be reinstated as the No. 2. At a meeting subsequent to the EGM Liow Tiong Lai was elevated from vice-president to take over from Chua, who is still awaiting a decision from the Registrar of Society regarding his request for reinstatement.
If the ROS rules against him then Chua will be left out in the cold while Ong would have not lost anything. One can understand if Chua feels aggrieved and played out. You think he will be happy to remain as a normal member while his place has been taken over by someone and his arch-rival Ong remains as president?
At the moment we will have to agree that the settlement is fair from being agreed upon. Following the EGM and the central committee meeting on the Thursday after that, the problem in the party is not confined to Ong, Chua and Liow. There's also the issue of the loyalty of the committee members and what actually transpired at the meeting.
I don't know Ong but his body language seems to tell me that he is one politician who is not always prepared to give way, no matter how little, to his opponents. I am one of those who think that the problem is far from being resolved.
AND NOW PAS TOO HEADS INTO A STORM
INTERESTING days ahead for those who are into observing the political goings-on. Finally Kelantan MB and Pas spiritual adviser Nik Aziz Nik Mat has revealed to us his actual position and thinking on his party and some senior leaders.
Strange really for him to write about it now because the issue was supposed to have been resolved a few months ago. Nik Aziz now wants some leaders, notably party president Abdul Hadi Awang, to be replaced for taking positions which gave the impression that Pas was out of tandem with the Dap and PKR in Pakatan Rakyat.
Whether or not Nik Aziz will get the support is still too early to tell but be prepared for some stormy weather.
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 08:19 AM PDT
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Posted: 24 Oct 2009 06:58 AM PDT
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As investment barometers go, Beyonce isn't normally mentioned, except in Malaysia.
The nation has an unfortunate knack of making global news for the WRONG reasons:
Sodomy trials involving former finance ministers, anti-capitalism tirades by prime ministers, murder investigations involving high-ranking officials.Malaysia really could have its own CSI crime drama.
Singer Beyonce Knowles entered the fray this week by canceling a concert a second time after Malaysia's conservative Muslims criticized her raunchy stage clothes and dance moves.
If that doesn't bug you, what's with this related (Islamic) movement to ban everything from YOGA to FACEBOOK?
The plight of this particular pop star won't be affected. She will make millions performing somewhere else.
You won't find many Beyonce CDs in my collection. And folks are free to object to her bellybutton shaking before their eyes on moral grounds.
Too bad there isn't similar, if not more, outrage over the REAL problems facing Malaysia.
Here are five.
Nor are Beyonce's moves for everyone.
I just wish there were similar outrage over the failure of governments to get economies closer to their potential. That's the real outrage here, not a pop diva's skimpy attire.
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 05:03 AM PDT
This morning the temple commitee member of Tokong Datuk visited myself suddenly. They themselves was suprise on how the issue became part of political conspiracy. Agreeing the temple need to be relocated and current place not safe for the , the temple caretaker later brief out a lot of Truth hiding behind it. Watch out more [...]
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 05:46 AM PDT
NATO now obviously tries to nudge America towards increase of troop level in Afghanistan as argued earlier by General McChrystal, but how many men and women can European nations themselves contribute to the surge is certainly a very good question for America to ask, before it makes a final decision under the prevailing conditions within itself. Massive surge of troops for the Afghan war needs to be financed and there is always opportunity cost to be considered very prudently first.
US military's operational request now official
Posted: 24 Oct 2009 05:39 AM PDT
Exco Selangor Ean Yong Hian Wah hari ini membuat satu laporan polis berhubung laporan pakar patologi Thailand Dr Porthip Rojanasunand dalam bedah siasat kematian Teoh Beng Hock.
Hian Wah menggesa satu siasatan terperinci dengan skop yang lebih luas perlu dilakukan perhubung pendedahan laporan berkenaan.
Katanya satu Suruhan Diraja bebas harus ditubuhkan.
"Saya berasa amat kesal dan kecewa,pihak polis menyiasat kes ini daripada sudut bunuh diri sejak awal,iaitu teoh mati secara tiba tiba.Sudut ini telah menghadkan skop siasatan pihak polis dan melepaskan peluang emas untuk mencari bukti.Adakah pihak polis sengaja melindungi SPRM pada hari pertama",tambah Hian Wah.
Hian Wah yang juga majikan kepada Teoh Beng Hock tiba di Balai Polis Sri Kembangan kira kira jam 9:55 pagi tadi bersama 20orang ahli DAP yang mengiringi beliau.
Menurutnya, kes ini perlu disiasat secara telus sebagai kes pembunuhan dan bukan kes bunuh diri seperti yang didakwa pihak polis dari awal lagi.
Beliau berkata siasatan polis dan prosiding inkues yang dijalankan seolah olah cuba menyembunyikan kisah sebenar di sebalik kematian Teoh.
Katanya pengambilan pakar patalogi dari luar perlu dibenarkan,agar inkues tidak dijalankan berdasarkan siasatan polis semata-mata.
Rabu lepas,Negara dikejutkan dengan keterangan pakar patalogi terkenal antarabangsa,Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand yang mendapati 80% kemungkinan kes kematian Teoh Beng Hock adalah homisid.
Kes kematian Teoh Beng Hock telah menggemparkan Negara,apabila beliau ditemui mati di tingkat 5,Bangunan Plaza Masalam pada 16 Julai lepas dipercayai bunuh diri. -TVS
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Posted: 24 Oct 2009 05:34 AM PDT
Beberapa gula-gula yang disajikan dalam belanjawan ulung Najib Razak tidak cukup untuk menutup soal-soal asas mengenai kekuatan ekonomi Malaysia.
Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata pengakuan Najib sendiri bahawa pelaburan di Malaysia terus menjunam secara mendadak adalah amat membimbangkan.
"Kita dapat kesan awal ada beberapa kelemahan asas pertamanya menangani defesit itu tidak jelas walaupun ujuran akan berkurangan daripada 7.4 peratus sekarang. Tetapi kenyataan bahawa pelaburan kita menjunam ini angka yang cukup mengejutkan dari RM19.7 billion diumumkan tadi pada RM3.36 billion," katanya di Lobi Parlimen.
Anwar berkata Najib perlu menjelaskan fenomena berkenaan kerana negara-negara lain di Asia semakin pulih, malah mencatatkan aliran pelaburan yang positif
"Ini satu angka yang harus disiasat dan dilteliti kerana ini tidak selaras dengan perkembangan di rantau terutamanya dengan negara China, India yang meningkat pelaburan yang positif akhir-akhir ini," katanya.
Anwar berkata per tumbuhan Malaysia semakin terjejas kerana pendapatan kerajaan yang semakin merosot akibat dasar-dasar rapuh dan perlaksanaan yang lemah dan penuh ketirisan.
Pengurangan peruntukan dalam sektor pembangunan akan hanya memburukkan lagi keadaan.
"Ini kerana jumlah pendapatan kerajaan umumnya merosot dan pengurangan belanjawan pembangunan turun 11.2 peratus dan ini membimbangkan kerana bila pendapatan merosot belanjawan tidak meningkat maknanya kita tidak dapat pertahankan fasa pertumbuhan kita.
"Saya juga terkejut apabila ucapan belanjawan tidak sebut lagsung sektor pertahanan selepas menang Bagan Pinang maka pasukan tentera dilupakan," katanya.
Dalam pada itu Anwar juga berkata langkah mengenakan caj perkhidmatan atas penggunaan kad kredit hanya menambah beban orang ramai dan melunturkan hasil beberapa kemudahan kecil yang disajikan menerusi belanjawan itu.
"Sementara beberapa kemudahan lain diberi kepada rakyat tetapi beberapa beban baru umpamanya caj perkhidmatan kad kredit itu akan ditanggung oleh dua juta rakyat berbanding dengan beberapa kemudahan kecil yang diberikan," katanya. -TVS
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