370/9M-MRO – GETTING TO THE TRUTH MATTERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & DIPLOMACY ICON PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

370/9M-MRO – GETTING TO THE TRUTH MATTERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & DIPLOMACY ICON PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

There have been far too many diversions and new challengers as Malaysia went through its 14th national elections with a new government still struggling to get things organized.

But that does not mean that the special unit of the IIT370 have been pussy footing or sleepy on the disappearance of 9M-MRO!

We have been just as hard at work as others still writing their own scripts, speculations, going on super distortion trips and findings but that is their right.

No matter who says what, at the end of the day, only one team will hit that jackpot of truth – with the finding of what is left now in parts of what used to be MH370 (9M-MRO)
The fact remains we have far too many groups out there each with its own agenda.

But that is alright too.

As for us we have made super progress.

We are now trying to raise some money to bring identified witnesses of the aircraft to Malaysia where they will be given access to the state actors and security apparatus to share what they claim which includes the physical sighting of the aircraft reroute east to west and south – hitting the water in a specified location.

No holds barred.

They can say whatsoever and be open to the line of expert questioning from the authorities and stakeholders therein.
And we will know therein after whether they are authentic or not!

The team is working on a shoestring budget in Ringgit.

We are also trying to bring in key players from IIT370 over to Malaysia to be present for the episode so that their rather dedication, passion and hard work and sacrifice is noted and appreciated irrespective whatsoever happens.

One of you did ask me on private message what is the figure I am working for this event just for the flights, boarding and liquidated expenses for the said witnesses!

I have positioned USD15 Thousand which works out to Ringgit 50 Thousand plus.

I have approached close friends and others and hoping we get that amount or close.

If you care to assist please do.

We are also giving an undertaking letter to the witnesses that if we find the remains of that aircraft in the ordinance and GPS positioning given us by them we will cloud fund a reward for them.

I am confident many of you would be happy to chip in IF their data and Intel results in us finding that aircraft.

To the IIT370 team mates and well-wishers thank you for the support and encouragement!

GETTING TO THE TRUTH MATTERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & DIPLOMACY ICON PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘Today we have weapons of mass distortion and deception at large from the social and online media with their packs of ‘rabid dog’ like followers and cyber goons and troopers who abuse the comments columns and distorts truth!’

GETTING TO THE TRUTH MATTERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & DIPLOMACY ICON PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

(Focus On Parliament & Public Policy)

I am still shell shocked at what I witnessed firsthand at Parliament yesterday July 18th.

There was an issue at end which lost its significance when a member of parliament used an un-parliamentarian remark against his political opponent!

The difference was that this time around the MP who made that remark was part of the political grouping come together that won more seats at the GE14 and thus became government of the day and his opponent the former occupants of the privilege now sitting in the opposition benches!

Pandemonium broke lose as fellow MP of both political divide took to the floor seeking the attention and action of the speaker my very dear friend the former deputy Penang Chief Minister who is a gentle person and a first time deputy speaker in a hall where there were both seasoned MP’s and first timers!

It was embarrassing to see both behave in a manner embarrassing and undignified!

As I watched the to and fro sitting with my dear friends from the media who turned to me and asked what is a quick fix – I replied that my dear friend the MP for Bukit Gelugor should withdraw and apologize to allow the dignity and decorum of the house to be restored!

He did not!

I tried to speak to him during the break after all I know his family very well and his caring and loving father was always one who had encouraged me as I read law in the 80s in the UK and worked with a very powerful consumer NGO in Penang and the Prime Minister’s department!

But Bukit Gelugor after greeting me moved fast preventing me from saying what I needed to.

I knew what will happen when parliamentary proceedings commenced post lunch if he did not apologize!

As I anticipated Bukit Gelugor MP was ejected from the Dewan Rakyat by the new speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, for refusing to retract his statement describing Umno Youth members as “gangsters (samseng).”

One of the points I had raised with the media when they were with me was that the present newly minted government must learn to behave like a government of the day as they are no more the opposition and thus their behavior, decorum and reaction to the issues of the day which includes the attempts by others to provoke them must be in a manner befitting the office they now hold!

In the last two months over since May 10th – far too many statements have been released which either shows chameleon attributes at least from one rather impatient politician and of others saying things that are controversial and untrue as far as issues and policy deliberations are concerned let alone the total absence of any form of consultation with pillars and accomplished public opinions shapers and movers like me with the over 40 years of experience I bring with me!

As I stated to the media – we can wait as based on what is happening the anger towards the allegations of grandiose corruption is still over-bearing, and distorts honest, truthful thinking and the present politicians in power seem to be spinning exposures far too quick raising the benchmark and bar of expectations that may not materialize!

At the end of the day if the present corruption and abuse allegations cannot be sustained and proceedings are thrown out as baseless and with over powering gaps to raise reasonable doubt – what happens?

That circus is over and reality bites!

Then, it is the economy stupid not divertional tactics on alleged corruption, and issues of bread and butter and not another national car please or the grandiose projects of old that the ordinary Malaysians struggling are clamoring for!

It is paramount that the minimum wage issue, of undocumented Malaysians, polarization, bread and butter issues, human rights, the ugly face of racial and religious baiting and of terrorism that is going to need fixing among the business, education and other public policy initiatives!

Today we have weapons of mass distortion and deception at large from the social and online media with their packs of ‘rabid dog’ like followers and cyber goons and troopers who abuse the comments columns and distorts truth!

We need to address this immediately.

I say this because getting to the truth matters in going forward as a nation and a Malaysian community!

CASSA fear higher cost of living after SST

Consumer groups fear higher cost of living after SST

Cassa chief dismayed by lack of consultation with ‘experts like us’ and says prices might go up across the board.

Dr Jacob George. (File pic)

PETALING JAYA: Two consumer activists fear that the re-introduction of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) from Sept 1 may lead to price inflation and a higher cost of living.

 Dr Jacob George, president of the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam, Selangor, said “consumers will definitely be hit by this,” and the cost of living would increase across the board.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced on Monday that the provision of services would be taxed at 6% and the sale of goods at 10%, the same rates as before the Goods and Services Tax came into play on April 1, 2015.

George said the association had hoped that SST rates should be 4% and below, and was dismayed that the government had announced the rates without getting feedback from consumer advocates.

“With the new Malaysia, there should be more consultation and discussion for feedback from “experts like us, so we can fine tune and come up with a win-win formula”, George said.

THREAT AGAINST SERI DELIMA ASSEMBLY PERSON MUST BE MET WITH FULL FORCE OF THE SECURITY APPARATUS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD PROF DR JACOB GEORGE!

‘Abusing religion and attacking minorities have been the fast track method of bankrupt politicians to move up their political office for ages!

We have yet to address this serious blemish in our political system!’

THREAT AGAINST SERI DELIMA ASSEMBLY PERSON MUST BE MET WITH FULL FORCE OF THE SECURITY APPARATUS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD PROF DR JACOB GEORGE!

It baffles my mind that despite all that has transpired post GE14 there is still operatives out there planning to cause extreme mischief and terrorize members of the Malaysian society!

Only a foolish, an absolute idiot or someone who has deep roots and clout may think he is above the law to issue threats!

And under the Criminal Code, it is an offense to utter or convey a threat to cause death or bodily harm to any person.

It is also an offense to threaten to burn, destroy or damage property or threaten to kill, poison or injure even an animal or bird that belongs to a person.

So I am indeed really disturbed that Seri Delima assembly person Syerleena Abdul Rashid had received one!

I have noticed that ever since the nation decided to clean up the nation of corrupt officials, politicians, and their entourage of families involved in the act, certain operatives have decided to initiate more challenges which have a racial, religious tone and baiting!

Sadly, these operatives have yet to be warned by their own political parties while others have taken on to attempt to terrorize not just politicians from the other divide but supporters, members of the administration and so forth!

And sadly when this happens and not checked fast track there are cries to allow the continuance of draconian laws such as the Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act 2012, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Sedition Act 1948, Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota), and the mandatory death sentence.

We cannot now deny that with the possibility of both local and foreign operatives in the country the threats to the stability and harmony of a fragile society such as in Malaysia remains!

More so when those defeated in GE14 continue to race and religious bait!

And we would be foolish to think that the Harapan victory in the 14th general election has ridden our beloved nation of the narrative of super bigotry, fascism and racism!

The fragility of our society is very obvious given that race and religion have always been abused by political and religious operatives from ages!

Abusing religion and attacking minorities have been the fast track method of bankrupt politicians to move up their political office for ages!

We have yet to address this serious blemish in our political system!

And the fact remains that only security laws and an alert security apparatus have indeed kept us safe from the destructive motives of both local and foreign operatives in Malaysia bent on causing mayhem in our multi-racial, multi religious society!

In this latest death threat, it is obvious someone is testing the dedication and commitment of our security apparatus and it is time we show them what we can do with the resources we have!

This threat against Syerleena is a threat against all peaceful and law abiding Malaysians!

I urged the police and the Communications and Multimedia Commission to act swiftly to rope in the culprits!

In the national and public interests its paramount that no space be given to drag in those behind such terrorist tactics – period!