LEVY SANCTIONS ON RACIST POLITICIANS THE US AND EU URGED!

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‘The instrument I am referring to is a comprehensive travel sanction levied on each of these politicians no matter which country they originate!

This should be followed up with the freezing of their assets and bank accounts abroad!’ – Dr Jacob George.

 


LEVY SANCTIONS ON RACIST POLITICIANS THE US AND EU URGED!

Once they were all stationed in South Africa but since those dark days of apartheid – racism and racist policies have mushroomed the world over!

Today it is official nationalistic policy in some countries to spearhead racism, racial and religious profiling!

And when this is done the damage to a society is far greater than can be envisaged!

We already have the war against terrorism and perhaps it is time for another war!

Not a war using weapons of destruction but a war targeted at politicians the world over who spearhead acts of racism and religious prosecution on minorities of the land!

The instrument I am referring to is a comprehensive travel sanction levied on each of these politicians no matter which country they originate!

This should be followed up with the freezing of their assets and bank accounts abroad!

It is time the international community stood together addressing racism, religious profiling and the displacement of minorities and defenseless communities by political mind games and brute force!

Both the US and members of the European Union have between them the hard and software to initiate this without delay!

This brings us to the question of the identification of racist politicians spurring venom of hate in their respective societies create turmoil and racial riots and displacement!

Whether this is in Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen, Zimbabwe or countries in the Asia Pacific region no one should be left unfiltered!

The US, the European Union have their respective diplomatic personal stationed and in each diplomatic enclave therein!

You have your respective attaches who can monitor the local media networks and a report therein compiled and submitted for immediate action!

It is time we handled these racist politicians in an international effort!

It will also prevent the same politicians speaking with a ‘warped logic, forked tongue and venom’ in domestic politics , but by some ‘inexplicable transformation’ (?) as ‘peace ambassadors and international statesmen’ in international forum!

These racists are no better than those who today target innocent soft targets and civilians be they in Bosnia, in Palestine, in Somali, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan the Arabian peninsula states, the African continent, North Korea, Myanmar or other South East Asian States!

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BANK NEGARA – PROTECTING CONSUMERS OR THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY?

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

‘Bank Negara officials cannot be so insensitive and stupid as not to know that public/consumer sentiments on the ground towards any radical change of policies affecting them will bring resentment, drastic opposition and a groundswell of anger towards the federal government!’ – Dr Jacob George


BANK NEGARA – PROTECTING CONSUMERS OR THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY?

I am surprised that despite my highlighting of this issue in my earlier blog posting nothing has come out in a public statement from Bank Negara towards addressing a joint meeting of all stakeholders who will be affected by the outcome of the introduction of a ‘no fault claim’ proposal!

Bank Negara officials cannot be so stupid as not to know that public/consumer sentiments on the ground towards any radical change of policies affecting them will bring resentment, drastic opposition and a groundswell of dissatisfaction towards the federal government!

I say it would be suicidal and really stupid to also pretend that there is no such policy initiatives in the pipeline based on recent comments on the same by the authorities.

I am aware that many groups have requested for a briefing from Bank Negara but sadly this has yet to materialize!

Why the fear and why the uneasiness to facilitate a joint discussion with stakeholders and the civil society?

It is all part of good governance and accountability and public policy initiatives should always be transparent!

Is it because the insurance lobbyists and Bank Negara are in a sine biotic relationship of sorts?

Is it because this is another apparent way to protect the insurance industry and their players at the expense of Malaysian consumers and others who are also stakeholders holding various responsible portfolios on behalf those who will be affected by any change in the way this scheme operates!

We cannot pretend that there is no such scheme based on the 2010 budget speech!

If this is mismanaged this will hurt the Najib administration very badly at a time the Prime Minister is working at breakneck speed to bring the country’s constituents together with policies that will protect their rights and interests!

This must be handled right or it will hurt the PM’s prioritizing of consumers needs!

I must warn all parties that after over 37 years in consumer advocacy and public policy policing, I am aware of each and every trick and my humble advice to Bank Negara is to refrain from any acts or omissions that may be seen as being extremely cordial to the insurance lobbyists and their cronies at the expense of consumers!

Malaysia is not the US, Australia, New Zealand, countries that are part and parcel of the European Union where there are social safety nets and parachutes to protect consumers and accidents victims and families!

If I fail to receive a call from Bank Negara confirming a platform organized for the mutual discussion of this new proposal with all stakeholders, I will personally share my grievances and that of my colleagues nationwide to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak!

This is not right Bank Negara!

Bank Negara must be seen with the consumers and their stakeholders who protect consumer rights not with the bourgeoisie cigar smoking rascals in silk suits – the ‘fat cats’representing the industry or worse their lobbyists!

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ISA ARREST – WELL DONE HOME MINISTRY!

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

‘I pointed out in my earlier blog posting urging, appealing our authorities to look at the serious gaps in our ‘Malaysia second home program’, others setting up tourist and tour companies here, we have some suspicious ‘tourists arrivals and repeat visits’ and certainly others claiming to be students arriving here!

There is enough material on sleeper agents and others financing and acting behind these terrorists groupings and it is not always what it seems!’ – Dr Jacob George

ISA ARREST – WELL DONE HOME MINISTRY!

Most times we tend to be ungrateful!

Ungrateful that there are people out there sacrificing that we can walk a safe street, sleep a sound sleep and walk a sound walk in the parks with our family and children!

We take the security of the nation for granted!

So yes – I do not take lightly the unsavory comments that the Ministry of Home Affairs acted ‘unprofessionally or unsavory’ in arresting several individuals under the Internal Security Act!

Whether they are businessmen, politicians or even students, more so, foreign students here it is most important to remember that there is a ‘war’ out there carried out on soft targets!

And as I pointed out in my earlier blog posting urging, appealing our authorities to look at the serious gaps in our ‘Malaysia second home program’, others setting up tourist and tour companies here, we have some suspicious ‘tourists arrivals and repeat visits’ and certainly others claiming to be students arriving here!

There is enough material on sleeper agents and others financing and acting behind these terrorists groupings and it is not always what it seems!

There is no stereotyping of a modern day terrorists – he could be just anyone!

And there are enough materials on this if we bother enough to read instead of waiting to politicize each and every action of the Home Ministry undertaken unilaterally and in joint consultation and exchange of intelligence data and reports with others in the ‘war against terrorism!’

National security cannot and must not be compromised at the altars of ‘human rights platitudes or some one’s bull-shit politics!’

To claim that such moves to protect Malaysia undertaken by the Home Ministry is at the behest of western pressure or adverse influence in stretching one imagination towards the wild side!

In National security issues – such as these – only an absolute idiot will say that the ISA is a convenient tool to use to avert pressure by making foreigners, in this case mostly from the Middle East region, into scapegoats!

Are they suggesting that we float intelligence data all so freely complied at great costs and sometimes loss of lives by government operatives and undercover agents to appease them?

As far as I am concerned – Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has stated 10 people were held under ISA, which allows for detention without trial, for alleged terrorist links. He refused to divulge more information and rightfully so!

What was important was that they were alleged to be “involved in international terrorism” so the home ministry acted in the public interest!

And I am sure by now others if they are here will have fled!

As such – Malaysia must not release further information that could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

As Hishammuddin Hussein stated  we are now dealing with international linkages, international terrorism, it cannot stop with just the people we apprehended because we do not know whose else is involved, who funds these operations and whether there are other sleepers around!

These days there many conduits, many groups, with great separation and non communication between sleepers and operatives as not to expose their operations if any in the various conduits are caught!

Many groups hardly know the other conduits involved except of the extent of their own operational issues!

But as the home minister said this is a good wake-up call because the playground for the terrorist is no longer one location.

We live now in a borderless world and the world has become the playground for these terrorist operatives!

In the meantime – I cannot but say – ‘Syabas’ to the Home ministry and our special task teams entrusted to address this menace and threat!

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PERKESO – PENSION PENAKAT (C51/PKT/4) – Ruj:5206496 R. THIS PERSON NEEDS HELP!

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

The problem in Malaysia is even the institutions set up by the government with all the necessary support and infrastructure and funding to assist people in dire straits become overly incompetent, bureaucratic and red taped!

The give the federal government a bad name!

Those working there become instant pencil pushing idiots!

When I go public or take this to the Minister personally in Putrajaya – they get upset with me!

But they fail to realize that Malaysia is not the ‘ketua Bahagians and Cawagans or the runners and greedy politicians running after government projects, Bangladeshi workers quota and ‘surat sokogans’ so that they can continue living that luxurious and wasteful lives of pretense – trophy wives, fast cars, luxury houses, foreign trips, honorifics, positions in GLCs, cigars and silk suits – nothing wrong if they had worked for it but not this way!

This is because the majority of the 27 million Malaysians are reflected in the struggle of this person writing this letter to me!

She knows no politicians, MPs, Aduns or power brokers in Penang, just this simple man whom her family came to meet and developed a family orientated bond for over three decade after I addressed a land scandal in Bagan Seria in Perak those days!

So before I turn ‘green’ or do so – those of you in the PERKESO office in Kuala Lumpur, please do the needful!

The enclosed letter speaks volumes and need no clarification. It is unedited in content with only the name and address of the one grieving removed!

I know the family over 37 years from my Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)days!

She calls me ‘Anan’ a term of endearment in Tamil – as she and her family consider me their brother!- Dr Jacob George

 

PERKESO – PENSION PENAKAT (C51/PKT/4) – Ruj:5206496 R

THIS PERSON NEEDS HELP!

‘Dear Jacob Anan,

Many greetings to you.

I know knowing you – you will help if you can.

I am so fed-up with and grieved by this SOSCO people.

They did this to me last year and I had to go up and down to the SOSCO office in Penang so many times – taking annual leave and time off from work.

Thank GOD for one Ms. Chiam from SOSCO in Penang who kept calling SOSCO in the Kuala Lumpur office to help me.

I have already submitted all the relevant documents in time (as usual every year) to prove that I am a widow and Benedict (my only son) is still in College and yet they deduct my monthly SOSCO pension.

I am not rich. People think I am ‘rich’, even my own sisters because GOD gave me a heart that shares everything!

I am ‘rich’ in helping any one who needs help within what I have.

So relatives and others think I am ‘rich’ but GOD knows and my son knows how I struggle every month – living from paycheck to paycheck.

Since 2007 my pension has not increased a cent.

In 2007 – the increment was only RM36.97. My pay has not increased either.

I mentioned this to Mr. Paguman Singh of Sosial Security C. Sdn. Bhd., when he sent me an e-mail advising me to become a member of SSC by paying RM50.00 a year.

I paid once and after receiving only RM36.97, I did not think it was worth being a member.

I withdrew the second part of my EPF because Benedict did not get a scholarship for his degree course!

The price of everything has increased – so difficult.

I do not want SOSCO to deduct my SOSCO pension for just one more year.

Anan, I am sorry for crying to you. I know you have a good heart to help all who come to you.Please help me if you can. Below is the e-mail I sent to Perkeso yesterday.

Thank You. GOD Bless You Anan.

With Regards,

Name & Address known to this writer

Pension Penakat (C51/PKT/4) – Ruj: 5206496 R’

I trust there need not be a part 2 and 3 and 4?

I am certain this is not an isolated case for I believe for every case that comes to me there are 10 others that go unattended thanks to the red tape and  bureaucratic mess therein!

Got my drift? 

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AVOID UNHEALTHY FOOD AND BOYCOTT DIRTY RESTAURANTS!

Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

‘That one which is on a 24 hour shift, workers all walking around like zombies, unshaven, clothes all dirty, preparing and handling food with one’s naked hands who only earlier was seen scratching their private parts, noses or worst areas disgusting!’ – Dr Jacob George

AVOID UNHEALTHY FOOD AND BOYCOTT DIRTY RESTAURANTS!


In 2006, the Health Ministry then led by the proactive, non nonsense and visionary health minister, Dr Chua Soi Lek (above left) came out with a brilliant plan to meet non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives to work on a campaign to educate the public on the pros and cons of fast food.

His then concern was the food served by many of Malaysia’s fast food outlets and the damage they do to current and future generation of Malaysians!

Yes, lifestyle is a major problem and needs looking into!

He also warned the bottle drink industry on the excessive use of sugar and coloring!

I want to echo his concerns here and go a step further this morning as I call for a drastic comprehensive program or ‘War’ against Restaurants serving unhealthy food!

Even the need to call for a nationwide boycott of such restaurants!

We can start with that corner shop in your neighborhood!

That one which is on a 24 hour shift, workers all walking around like zombies, unshaven, clothes all dirty, preparing and handling food with one’s naked hands who only earlier was seen scratching their private parts, noses or worst areas disgusting!

A visit to their cooking area will also reveal how food is recycled, the area where food is prepared and cooked being dirty!

It is common to find rat’s aplenty, cockroaches and other strays within and in its backyard!

Look at the dishes and curries served and carry out a test on the level of salt, oil and fats therein!

You do not have to be a rocket scientist or a dietician – just walk in any restaurant popular for its nasi kandar, fried mee, roti chanai, nasi briyani or nasi minyak and check!

I am aware that there have been discussions on this – even – in the Dewan Rakyat recently where our parliamentarians were debating on advertising restrictions for fast foods claiming their detrimental effects on health of Malaysians but must I remind them that fast foods are not the sole culprits here!

So my call today is two fold!

I appeal to my friends in the Ministry of Health to familiarize themselves with the Food Act and perhaps hear my cry for the last twenty years for a ‘Food Handlers Act’ and in the meantime go do an unannounced walkabout cum ‘operasi’ on that corner shop!

I will bet you will find:

1. Food being prepared and sold in unhealthy and unhygienic conditions

2. Food handlers unshaven, in dirty attire serving food

3. Quality of meat, vegetables and other raw materials used poor.

4. Food being recycled: – example the friend fish, chicken or meat of yesterday today being sold as sambal fish, chicken or meat!

5. The level of fats and oil just unhealthy.

6. The environment of the said kitchen, drains, rubbish area all in filthy condition and this is where the food is cooked and prepared!

All of the above means only one thing – the aspirations and Food Act is unfulfilled!

Rather than hyping on stereotyping certain kinds of food, it might be useful to educate Malaysians on choosing their foods based on caloric content and reminding them of the importance of a correct food pyramid.

Food providers also do have a role in propagating good eating habits and enlightening their patrons on the nutritional content of their menu.

So I expect even the ‘Mamak shops’ notorious for the quality of their workers and food to be able to make such declarations!

More so when they exhibit the ‘Halal’ certificates so prominently while failing in pertinent areas!

Last friday – I was with the religious authorities in Selangor discussing ways to address all these issues to protect the rights and interests of consumers!

I will not hesitate to call for a nationwide boycott of all eateries that breach the fundamentals of the Food Act!

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