CONSUMERS SAY ‘TAK NAK’ TO AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES)!

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

It is clear with ‘these amendments’ a monopoly is being created and legislative powers given that will protect concessionaires behind this monopoly as against the rights and interests of all consumers!

It is clear that this section with others will pave the way forward to introduce the controversial AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES).

And what is the said AES?

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that a concession will be given and perhaps two crony companies chosen to introduce car registration number plates with ‘chips’ which will cost RM150.00!

Today the cost of changing a number plate is below the RM40.00 mark!

With over 25 million vehicles (estimate) in the country this will be a brilliant profiteering act running into billions for the concessionaire and their political masters while the consumers are royally screwed!- Dr Jacob George

‘My foot the AES will bring down road accidents and fatalities!

CONSUMERS SAY ‘TAK NAK’ TO AES! FAHAM TAK?

The Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) puts on record its protests against several amendments to the Road Transport Act 2010 which is to be tabled at the next Parliament sitting!

The changes if carried through will initiate a backlash against the said ministry and policymakers behind the said move.

It is shocking that policymakers have not learnt lessons from past similar attempts to force through draconian legislation that challenges and threatens fundamental human rights and choices that consumers have.

Among them the creation of monopolies to serve certain political and business partnerships and interest, higher fines and jail terms as if the intention is to ‘criminalize each and every road using Malaysian!’

If the proposed changes are not challenged it will bring great misery, misfortune to Malaysian consumers but at the same time make billionaires of those given certain intended ‘concessionaires on car registration number plates’ at the expense of fair trade and will rubbish and make a mockery of the Competitions Act 2010!

CASSA views that the proposed changes too drastic and would be rejected by consumers and politicians from both political divide which will put the federal government in bad light!

Let us examine just a portion of the controversial changes to the said Act to be initiated to help us understand why we protest the said changes!

1. Section 2 (b) – Definition of Roads

By deleting the words “but shall not include any private road, bridge, tunnel or anything connected to that road which is maintained and kept by private persons or private bodies” – we will have a situation in Malaysian where all roads be they those administered by the government, local council, our Kampong and estate roads all becoming under the said jurisdiction and any offence on them will be penalized by fines and jail terms!

Section 4A – “Notwithstanding anything contained in any written law, any police officer or road transport officer shall exercise the powers conferred by this Act in respect of offences committed under this Act on any roads maintained and kept by private persons or private bodies” – this basically means the enforcement officials can enter any road private or otherwise and summon the alleged offender!

This will have a major impact on villagers, estates, housing estates and the rural areas of Malaysian and its residents!

For example the next time you put up a tent for a prayer session, wedding, and a funeral at your housing estate road – you can be penalized!

That will be the state of affairs!


2. Section 13A and 14 – RTA 2010

It is clear with these amendments a monopoly is being created and legislative powers given that will protects concessionaires behind this monopoly as against the rights and interests of all consumers!

It is clear that this section with others will pave the way forward to introduce the controversial AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES).

And what is the said AES?

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that a concession will be given and perhaps two crony companies chosen to introduce car registration number plates with ‘chips’ which will cost RM150.00!

Today the cost of changing a number plate is below the RM40.00 mark!

With over 25 million vehicles (estimate) in the country this will be a brilliant profiteering act running into billions for the concessionaire and their political masters while the consumers are royally screwed!

This will bring about groundswell of backlash when the traders in this trade selling the RM40.00 version affected by this move which will threaten their profession and rice bowl!

What about ‘privacy issues’ pertaining to personal and private data contained in the said chip?

3. Section 58A – On notice on change of address

If you change your residential address you are to give notice of the said change failing which a fine and a jail term awaits you?

Once again, what are the intentions of the legal draughtsman behind this irresponsible change?

Are we trying to criminalize each and everyone by this change?

This is ridiculous and utterly stupid!

4. Section 38 – “Endorsement of suspension, revocation or disqualification” of a driving license.

Extremely draconian and where natural justice is affected! Why jail terms and fines of not less than RM3000/- or more than RM10, 000 and jail terms of 3 years. Interestingly if passed we may have more by-elections when state assemblymen and Member of parliaments are affected!

5. Section 48 – Another fiasco.

The above will have far reaching impact against Malaysian consumers!

Basically laws are there to control, assist, concretize the masses but not as an agent to create fear and anxiety and bring chaos in the hearts and minds of the society!

CASSA appeals to the Members of Parliament to reject the said bill and serve the interests, rights of the consumers!

It must be stated that here we are addressing the road transport and not serious sexual crimes, robbery, corruption, murder or those relating to drugs and so forth.

Only an absolute idiot will say that the answer to the growing accidents in the country is higher fines – RM1000 to RM3000.00 and jail terms!

Only an opportunist will again use statistics on accidents to introduce the AES system which will be another monopoly like all the other monopolies we are dishing out at the same breathe saying that subsidies to the poor and marginalized must be withdrawn!

CASSA appeals to those behind these changes to withdraw the said bill for further deliberation and discussions among various stakeholders.

To drastically push the said Act will be a great and grave political mistake and one that will come to haunt all politicians seeking reelection in the forthcoming general Elections!

NO TO AES – PERIOD!

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CONMAN T. BALADEVAN ON MALAYSIA NANBAN FRONT PAGE! (Part 13)

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

MALAYSIA’S LEAD TAMIL NEWSPAPER – MALAYSIA NANBAN TODAY CARRIED A FRONT PAGE STORY ON THIS SCANDAL!

MAN CLAIMING TO BE TAMIL NADU CM’S ‘RELATIVE’ CHEATED US OF MILLIONS!

His name is Baladevan Theaivendiram, his Identity card number – 540614-10-5729, a 58 year old Malaysian and he had claimed that he was a relative of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Dr Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi through marriage claiming his nephew Singaporean G. Aravindan was married to the CM’s daughter Kanimozhi.

With these claims and that he was ‘politically connected’ to the ‘powers that be’ in Delhi and Tamil Nadu which includes the Railway Minister, senior official of the Railway Board, the management of IRCON International and that his brother worked as ‘special officer’ to a former Works Minister he is alleged to have duped individuals, contractors and companies over more than RM5 Million over the last 10 years saying that he was in a position to offer them various contracts in the Seremban to Gemas (103km) Double Track Railway project and 3G Telecommunication licenses!

He had also used a RM2 company called Zen Bridge Sdn Bhd in some of the said dubious transactions.

He also claimed to have paid several hundreds of thousands of ringgit to the said policymakers to facilitate these approvals which included expensive branded watches, pens, jewellery and suits.

On receiving these complaints CASSA conducted an exhaustive investigation into this scandal.We had personally visited New Delhi on three occasions and met the Minister, senior Railway Ministry Officials, the Managing Director and his top management team at IRCON International.

We had showed them all the various documents, thumb drives and other price sensitive information and raised many pertinent questions seeking indeed if this ‘Baladevan’ was associated to them!

They denied having any knowledge of this ‘Baladevan’ whatsoever!

CASSA therefore advises all those who have been cheated by this conman to lodge Police reports and to contact us to seek legal and other assistance in this matter.

CASSA has set up a hotline at 016-3261700 for this purpose. All feed backs will be kept highly confidential.

A third party has also come forward to offer a reward to any one who would provide vital information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of ‘Baladevan’ who has financially ruined the lives of more than twenty seven individuals!

Meanwhile CASSA also asks the Indian government and the Malaysian Ministry of Transport to investigate the following in the public interests:

1. Who gave him that confidential letter of award for the Seremban to Gemas Double Track Project between Malaysian and India? This was a government to Government initiative!

2. How did he get control of the total designs, specifications, drawings, pricing of the entire Seremban to Gemas project which he attempted to sell at RM5 Million at one time but had no takers and which he showed various contractors to convince them?

3. Who gave him the two letters to Malaysian companies claimed to be Ministry of Railway’s Railway Board letters?

4. Who gave him that ‘stinging letter’ written by Ircon International Managing Director to Malaysia’s Transport Minister?

5. ‘Baladevan’ repeatedly used the name of one Indian official – ‘A.P. Misra’ so who is AP Misra? What is his role in all these allegations? Is he also a victim or a player?

6. ‘Baladevan’ could not act alone without assistance from ‘individuals in Delhi and Chennai’ and the Government of India must do its part to ascertain that they conduct exhaustive investigations leaving no stones unturned!

CASSA will soon brief both the Malaysian Prime Minister and newly minted Minister of Transport on this matter.

CASSA will urge the Malaysian government to seek clarifications from New Delhi and Chennai on these allegations.

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ROAD TRANSPORT ACT 2010 – CONSUMERS SCREWED – CRONIES TO BENEFIT?

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

I hear loud thunders of planned and proposed boycotts nationwide!

It is clear that this section with others will pave the way forward to introduce the controversial AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES).

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that a concession will be given and perhaps two crony companies chosen to introduce car registration number plates with ‘chips’ which will cost RM150/-

This will affect hundreds of groups involved in this trade! They will not sit ideally quiet!

Remember – the ‘Oranges boycott of old!’ Strange we do not learn from past mistakes!   
2. With over 25 million vehicles (estimate) in the country this will be a brilliant profiteering act running into billions for the concessionaire and their political masters while the consumers are royally screwed! – Dr Jacob George
 


ROAD TRANSPORT ACT 2010 – CONSUMERS SCREWED – CRONIES TO BENEFIT?

It is quite clear that a major and drastic change is going to take place with the amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 which if unchallenged will bring great misery, misfortune to Malaysian consumers but at the same time make billionaires of those given certain intended ‘concessionaires on car registration number plates!’

The amendments I am reliably advised is expected to take place at the next Parliament session unless public sentiments and protest forces major changes to a plot that has already initiated!

My view is that the said proposed changes to the act is far too drastic and would not be welcome by consumers nationwide and politicians from both political divide and put the government again on a defensive mode and repeated ‘political fire-fighting!’

Let us just look at some areas for starters:

Section 2 (b) – Definition of Roads

By deleting the words “but shall not include any private road, bridge, tunnel or anything connected to that road which is maintained and kept by private persons or private bodies” – we will have a situation in Malaysian where all roads be they those administered by the government, local council, our Kampong and estate roads all becoming under the said jurisdiction and any offence on them will be penalized by fines and jail terms!

Section 4A – “Notwithstanding anything contained in any written law, any police officer or road transport officer shall exercise the powers conferred by this Act in respect of offences committed under this Act on any roads maintained and kept by private persons or private bodies” – this basically means the enforcement officials can enter any road private or otherwise and summon the alleged offender!

Basically the next time you put up a tent for a prayer session, wedding, funeral at your housing estate road – you can be penalized!

That is the state of affairs!
Section 13A and 14 – RTA 2010

Another monopoly created!

It is clear that this section with others will pave the way forward to introduce the controversial AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM (AES).

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that a concession will be given and perhaps two crony companies chosen to introduce car registration number plates with ‘chips’ which will cost RM150/-

2. With over 25 million vehicles (estimate) in the country this will be a brilliant profiteering act running into billions for the concessionaire and their political masters while the consumers are royally screwed!

3. This will bring about groundswell of backlash when the traders in this trade are affected by this move which will threaten their profession and rice bowl!

4. What about ‘privacy issues’ pertaining to personal and private data?

Section 58A – On notice on change of address

Once again are we trying to criminalize each and everyone by this?

This is ridiculous and utterly stupid!

Section 38 – “Endorsement of suspension, revocation or disqualification”

Extremely draconian and where natural justice is affected! Why jail terms and fines of not less than RM3000/- or more than RM10, 000 and jail terms of 3 years. Interestingly if passed we may have more by-elections when state assemblymen and Member of parliaments are affected!

Section 48 – Another fiasco.

The above will have far reaching impact against Malaysian consumers!

Basically laws are there to control, assist, concretize the masses but not as an agent to create fear and anxiety and bring chaos in the hearts and minds of the society!

We are talking about Road Transport not serious sexual crimes, robbery,  murder or those relating to drugs and so forth.

Only an absolute idiot will say that the answer to the growing accidents in the country is higher fines – RM1000 to RM3000/- and jail terms!

Only an absolute idiot and an opportunist will use the statistics on accidents to introduce the AES system which will be another monopoly like all the other monopolies we are dishing out at the same breathe saying that subsidies to the poor and marginalized must be pulled back!

I am certain if the Transport Ministry does not stand down on the proposed draconian amendments public interests and backlash will soar resulting in those in elected office losing their deposits in the next General Elections!

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WORLD CUP – KEEPING THEM HONEST!

“I’ve been through a lot in the last four years,” Donovan said with tears in his eyes. “And I’m so glad it culminated this way. It makes me believe in good in the world. When you try to do things the right way, that’s good to see them get rewarded.” – Landon Donovan

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

‘I am certain that there is a message there for us Malaysians but will we pay heed?’ – Dr Jacob George

 

WORLD CUP – KEEPING THEM HONEST!

There were no two thoughts about this!

Watching the earlier US game I felt that everything seemed to go against them.

There was no doubt in my mind that that idiot of a referee stole the US victory the other day and to make matters worst a linesman this time disallowed another goal on Wednesday!

The football mafia must be hard at work with millions in bets awaiting and some paying the black economy millions to make certain some teams win not by skills or being the better team but by the decision of those who have sold out the game!

As such – I realized watching the game with my family and praying hard for a victory for the US Team – not that I knew any of them but I felt a strange strong feeling of comradeship with the US Team and by far with this young man called Landon Donovan!

He was a great figure for the US for all things fair and right!

So there was just 3 1/2 minutes left in their World Cup and in one of the most stunning turnarounds in World Cup history, Landon Donovan scored on a lightning fast counterattack 45 seconds into 4 minutes of injury time.

With that the United States beat Algeria 1-0 and reached the World Cup’s second round!

But what touched me and I am certain the millions who watched the press conference post match by this young man was his faith, sincerity and truthfulness!

He was in tears and even 30 minutes later his eyes watered and voice cracked as he talked about the goal.

But this caught me as I am certain it did others:

“I’ve been through a lot in the last four years,” Donovan said with tears in his eyes. “And I’m so glad it culminated this way. It makes me believe in good in the world. When you try to do things the right way, that’s good to see them get rewarded.”

I am certain there is a hidden message in there for all and sundry in the world, even the mafia who are manipulating international sports and to us Malaysians!

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CASSA CHIEF: DECLARE WAR ON THE BLACK ECONOMY!

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

‘Let me tell the ‘self righteous’, the puritans among us, those high moral bashers and hypocrites that it is just not about  betting and gambling but the well entrenched and syndicated human trafficking of women, children (for prostitution), human trafficking of men, money laundering, drug trafficking and even terrorism-related activities!

In some countries government changes through the direct manipulation of the black economy!’ – Dr Jacob George


DECLARE WAR ON THE BLACK ECONOMY GOVT URGED!

Though some quarters put the figure of the “black economy” in Malaysia to around RM10bil, I believe through discussions with my intelligentsia that the figure is far higher and around the region of RM57 Billion!

And as such join the chorus urging the government to address this matter before the ‘underworld and its black economy’ govern the nation directly, indirectly or through proxies as we have seen in several Latin American countries and the African continent!

Let me tell the puritans among us, those high moral bashers and hypocrites that it is just not about  betting and gambling but the well entrenched and syndicated human trafficking of women, children (for prostitution), human trafficking of men, money laundering, drug trafficking and even terrorism-related activities!

In some countries government changes through the direct manipulation of the black economy!

So therefore the time is right for the government to intervene and declare an all out war against this black economy and the various high powered figures behind them!

I must congratulate my dear friend and Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (above left) for driving this action without fear or favor!

I must also congratulate dear friend Mohd Bakri Zinin (above) the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department for a job done well!

It is because of their dedicated, professional and vigilant efforts that we have had several recent successes in our war against the black economy!

Syabas!

But for this to continue and to succeed with the arrest of the ‘big fish’ – we need to provide vital feedbacks and intelligence to the ‘boys in blue’ and this must be done professionally and with speed!

We need to work closely with our ASEAN friends, INTERPOL, the FBI and Scotland Yard as it is the concern of all and it can only be addressed with success if there is cross border cooperation, intelligence gathering and sharing, joint operations and networking!

We need to work with the financial institutions and others who can provide ‘expert opinion’ on money transfers, on the money trail and other modes used!

MAY GOD BLESS OUR WAR AGAINST THIS SCOURGE THAT MUST BE ELIMINATED!

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