PENANG GOVT – WHO LICENSED STUDIO 69?

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

Do the laws in Malaysia allow such activities that are presumed in my legally trained mind – a public nuisance to continue right to the early hours of the morning?

Are there no laws to prevent the patrons who are mostly teenagers and young Muslim women from consuming alcohol and according to allegations all forms of stimulants, ecstasy tablets and other soft and hard drugs?

Why was the Batu Feringghi Police hesitant to respond to hundreds of calls from both local and foreign tourists and the management of the said hotel to this nuisance? – Dr Jacob George

PENANG GOVT – WHO LICENSED STUDIO 69?

the block seriously affected by the nuisance!Studio 69 is left of this building!

Have you or your family ever being kept awake from 11pm right to 4am with loud intolerable music, DJs and the loud screams of drunk and drugged women screaming and their men howling literally?

Screams and more and more screams fill the night and early hours that frightened my young ones asleep!

The hotel management unable to do any thing but repeatedly complain to deaf ears and compile a huge file on patron complains and offer reduced room rates or even change rooms and free meals to angry and irritated customers!

They have done well under the circumstances!

No, not a page from Wolf man 2 but a reality!

Yes, it is shocking despicable, unruly, an eyesore, a classic example of the presence of organized crime networks at work and worst, a public nuisance and certainly questions and allegations of organized crime and of corruption in enforcement circles can be raised!

These are not just my feelings but that of many local and foreign tourists (from West Asia, the Gulf countries, Australia, Holland, Indonesia, Germany, England, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa) who stayed at Holiday Inn Batu Feringghi in Penang who spoke to me recently during my stay there!

Now more pertinent how did a single storey building in Batu Feringghi  attain their license to operate a club with such intensity music right next to hotel rooms where local and international tourists stay?

Are there no laws to enforce, guidelines on single storey bungalow and building as such which are converted into a high density and octave noise producers?

Do the laws in Malaysia allow such activities that are presumed in my legally trained mind – a public nuisance to continue right to the early hours of the morning?

Are there no laws to prevent the patrons who are mostly teenagers and young Muslim women from consuming alcohol and according to allegations all forms of stimulants, ecstasy tablets and other soft and hard drugs?

Why was the Batu Feringghi Police hesitant to respond to hundreds of calls from both local and foreign tourists and the management of the said hotel to this nuisance?

The Police cannot deny as I certainly made several calls myself and waited for them to show up as I walked into the Studio 69 premise in the early hours observing each and every action of the operators and patrons!

They never arrived when I was out there in the early hours – for more than 3 hours!

But all the same – it was despicable more so when these young girls were then ‘vomiting and falling all over’ the place which includes the abandoned stalls by the side of the entrance as eagerly waiting boyfriends or ‘customers’ trying to push them into their cars and some refusing to enter!

Their ‘clothes were falling apart’ and it was not a pretty sight!

These were young pretty Muslim women and it was a pity that my immediate call to a high ranking Police officer’s mobile went unanswered!

I spoke to these girls while helping them to clean up and learnt aplenty!

But Penang’s Batu Feringghi is fast becoming like other places – a site of ‘syndicated crimes and criminals’ and I will address this with my dear friend, Home Minister Hishamuddin who tolerates no such nonsense.

There are many illegals and foreigners also doing all kind and nature of business without detection!

Why?

I managed to speak to the Police the next day and they tell me of the lack of manpower as they cover a rather large area!

They apologized.

I do feel sorry for them if this is indeed true and will take this up with the command center in Bukit Aman and with IGP Musa Hassan.

I will also alert my KPDNKK Enforcement Units to stop ‘pussy footing’ as well and detain all those in violation of the trades mark or copyrights laws of the country whose business flourish in the Batu Feringghi walk ways!

It is going to be a tall order as this is indeed syndicated and all the players carry ‘walkie talkies’ to alert them of any purported move by the authorities or may have well paid informers alerting them of impending raids!

More so why these raids must come from out of state organized by a task force known to be clean to the core and success orientated!

But for now my call to the Penang government is close down Studio 69 in the public interest!

I will send a personal SMS to Deputy Chief Minister who is a friend and trust he will initiate much needed action!

If that fails I will have no other alternatives but to send my TV friends to do an undercover sting operation to cover this nuisance and interview the local and foreign patrons!

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CON MAN BALADEVAN THEAIVENDIRAM CHEATED US TOO SAYS CONTRACTOR! (Part 12)

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

CON MAN BALADEVAN THEAIVENDIRAM CHEATED US TOO SAYS CONTRACTOR! (Part 12)

‘New Delhi and Tamil Nadu CM must be also embarrassed to talk but India too has her fair share of the corrupt using public office to enrich themselves and their families!

This issue if unsettled will cause severe embarrassment to the Indian PM when he visits Malaysia in October; the Malaysian press will certainly ask him many a question about this matter and also give him a copy of all that we have uncovered!

Baladevan Theaivendiram played out not only his family but close friends and others who gave him an opportunity to come clean and good in his 58 miserable year of birth but ‘old habits’ die hard what more how can a pathological liar, trickster and conman change from an habit he has so grown to be accustomed to – cheating people!

 ‘- Dr Jacob George

RAILWAY DOUBLE TRACK – SEREMBAN TO GEMAS CORRUPTION FIASCO CONTINUES!

CON MAN STILL ON THE RUN BALADEVAN THEAIVENDIRAM!

Baladevan Theaivendiram is on the run now.

Another contractor contacted us and he claims this scumbag who is a disgrace to ‘all and sundry’ which includes his family had also demanded cash worth RM350, 000.00 for a portion of the contract involving the fencing and landscaping.



“He gave us the designs, pricing and other price sensitive information. He promised us to take us to meet the Indian Prime Minister and present and former Minister of Railways, India who he claims is his personal friend. He claimed to be a nephew of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister too.

We were told to put the monies with a lawyer in Subang Jaya and we did but suddenly my partner needed the money for another deal and we had to take it out.

He came with another person called ‘Karim’ who claims to be Tun Mahathir’s nephew!

They also claimed doing another deal with the Pulau Besar Oil Storage project worth hundreds of millions but we were not interested!

It was the same time we were alerted to your blog from our friends in high office in Malacca and we are really thankful we were saved the embarrassment and financial ruin!

That you for alerting us and saving us! May GOD bless you brother!’

So it cannot but be a major scandal involving more than RM2 Million now!

How many more people are there who have yet to contact me perhaps too embarrassed to say that a two piece unemployed who speaks “Queens English’ cheated them as he did others – which has become his way of life and one that he will be made to pay for by the Malaysian authorities sooner than later!

Even thieves have honor but not this bastard!

But scumbag and rascal Baladevan Theaivendiram – a disgrace to the Ceylonese community – is on the run claiming to family that he is having heart problems which is a lie to gain sympathy! What all this rascal will do to cheat innocent people.

So far all of them involved are on the run and their mobiles changed or turned off!

This includes – some of his relatives, former close associates and others!

This includes those who gave logistic support, provided transport, those who assisted in the various fabrication and especially those in Chennai and Delhi are living in fear when they will be called for questioning by the authorities!

Their hand phones are turned off as they resort to pre-paid lines out of fear!

Chennai and certain Indian officials are totally embarrassed how they allowed an unemployed trickster and conman to come into contact with them and to hold those private lobbying for the 3G telecommunication license where millions of under table monies were promised for ‘introductions’ and ‘lobbying!’

Baladevan Theaivendiram played out not only his family but close friends and others who gave him an opportunity to come clean and good in his 58 miserable year of birth but ‘old habits’ die hard what more how can a pathological liar, trickster and conman change from an habit he has so grown to be accustomed to – cheating people!

But these questions need answering:

1. Who gave him that confidential letter of award between Malaysian and India?

2. How did he get control of the total 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?

3. Who gave him the two letters claimed to be Ministry of Railway’s Railway Board letters? (see Blog posting part 4 on this subject)

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

5. Who is A.P. Misra and what is his role in all these allegations? Is he also a victim or a player? I will be meeting AP Misra soon perhaps he will reveal all so that justice is done!

I am certain in the course of police investigations both here and in India all these matters will be pursued and revealed leaving no stones unturned!

Delhi must do its part and seriously too if she does not want to lose out on future deliberations!

In the meantime, scumbag and rascal Baladevan Theaivendiram will celebrate his 58 birthday living a miserable life and one cheating innocents on 14 June 2010!

But the possibilities are there too that he may spend that day in a Malaysian jail!

And – Indian authorities perhaps too embarrassed to talk!

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BASIC WAGE – ANOTHER FLIP FLOP AND MISTAKE!

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

My reasoning very simple if you want the private sector to be the engine of growth then you need to address issues they face for them – ‘time is of the essence – time is money’ – because as far as I am concerned the public sector has failed to inspire, excite, rejuvenate or simply move forward as they are obese, incompetent, slow, in comatose and there is far too many inconsistencies and duplication within!

We have the record of the largest civil service per population at perhaps 1.45 million?

We have created duplication and multiples of it and thus today this sector is unproductive and too politicized with their numerous – Pengarahs, Timbalan Pengarahs, Penolong Pengarahs, Ketua Penolong Pangarahs and what have you!

If this is not enough we are now creating more and more – ‘Public Commissions or Suruhanjaya’?

And they are headed by retired politicians and civil servants with very high salaries and perks and why?

I remember the days the government was run very efficiently just by a competent and hardworking chief clerk! – Dr Jacob George

BASIC WAGE – ANOTHER FLIP FLOP!

 



It is rather sad and distasteful that we have backtracked on our pledge to enforce a minimum-wage policy for security guards starting July 1.

In fact, as I indicated in my television interview on Astro Awani (live) on the eve of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s launch of the 10th Malaysian Plan in Parliament that the time is upon us to initiate and introduce minimum wage across the board in Malaysia!

My reasoning very simple if you want the private sector to be the engine of growth then you need to address issues they face for them – ‘time is of the essence – time is money’ – because as far as I am concerned the public sector has failed to inspire, excite, rejuvenate or simply move forward as they are obese, incompetent, slow, in comatose and there is far too many inconsistencies and duplication within!

We have the record of the largest civil service per population at perhaps 1.45 million?

We have created duplication and multiples of it and thus today this sector is unproductive and too politicized with their numerous Pengarahs, Timbalan Pengarahs, Penolong Pengarahs, Ketua Penolong Pangarahs and what have you!

I remember the days when government offices were run and run efficiently just by one competent Chief Clerk?

The public sector is too bureaucratic and full of anomalies that simply put – it sucks!

How can we move forward if we continue renewing and extending the contracts of those who are in leadership positions who have simply failed to energize proactively or transform the system and long past retirement age frustrating the younger and more open minded down the tier?

All these ‘old farts’ are good at is at apple polishing!

Coming back to this issue – there has been far too many decades we have been having a policy sucking up to the investors and employers and this MUST END!

You do not need mental Viagra for this just plain honesty, dedication, commitment and a heart that feel the pain for the marginalized among our community of workers!

I fully agree with my learned friends that this sudden freeze of implementation allows the numerous employers in the country to continue exploiting their workers with a meagre RM300 to RM400 wage a month!

What is worst is that this flip flop is a another reversal against the Human Resource Ministry’s National Wages Council’s recommendation in 2008 that wages for the estimated 150,000 security guards be set at between RM500 and RM700.

When I meet the Minister next I must ask him the real reasons for this major turn about that is an embarrassment to governance!

The pertinent question is was the plan reversed again because the ‘fat cats of industry’ appealed to him?

There is no excuse this time around for this flip flop as the industry and others had been studying the minimum wage proposal since 2004, and thus industry players had ample opportunity to provide vital feedbacks!

I am really disgusted because this whole matter was given prominence and hope after an announcement by the Minister of Human Resources himself in April that the minimum wage for security guards would be raised to between RM1,100 and RM1,450 monthly following the enforcement of the new policy.

The reason was also justifiable as the cabinet I am told felt this move was a means of encouraging locals to take up the job to replace foreign security guards, currently estimated to be 40,000 strong.

For the employers to say they need at least six more months to resolve issues involving private firms, government-linked companies and the government is absolute rubbish!

It is elementary – if the wages go up then the government too must pay higher wages per security guard they use in their many government ministries across the country!

I am embarrassed by this move and I do not know about others?

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MAVI MARMARA – ENOUGH SPINS AND BULLSHIT – TRUTH PLEASE!

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

In my mind, the said investigation must be impartial, professional, comprehensive and transparent and have in its team international observers who will be renowned by their professional expertise and antiquity!

It is an important step forward because it gives us all an opportunity to ascertain the truth!

There has being far too much bullshit, half truths, spins and fabrication which includes fabricated photographs!

In some countries – the manner they have spin the story is vulgar and distorted.

In fact, the claims made by some is so preposterous confirming a highly imaginative mind, a move in desperation to highjack an issue for personal gain, honorifics and agenda or the work of pathological liars and racists who fail to see the injustices they perpetuate in their own land but want to be warriors internationally? – Dr Jacob George



THE TRUTH PLEASE – ENOUGH BULLSHIT!

So we are finally told that a retired Israeli judge Jacob Turkel will lead an inquiry into the Israeli raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, in which nine people were killed.

The Israeli government says that they are going to establish an independent public commission that would be headed by individuals who are totally impartial, who are not connected with the executive branch and an investigation that would reach the highest international standards which if true, is welcomed!

In my mind, the said investigation must be impartial, professional, comprehensive and transparent and have in its team international observers who will be renowned by their professional expertise and antiquity!

It is an important step forward because it gives us all an opportunity to ascertain the truth!

There has being far too much bullshit, half truths, spins and fabrication which includes fabricated photographs!

In some countries – the manner they have spin the story is vulgar and distorted.

In fact, the claims made by some is so preposterous confirming a highly imaginative mind, a move in desperation to highjack an issue for personal gain, honorifics and agenda or the work of pathological liars who fail to see the injustices they perpetuate ‘in their own land’ but want to be warriors internationally?

By the way – I thought peace activism means saying no to violence and all aspects of it!

True – Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a botched raid that left at least nine passengers dead.

There seems to be testimony and video evidence that extreme violence was used and there was also activists armed with metal rods, knives, slingshots and two pistols snatched from the troops.

We have seen pictures of bloodied passengers and soldiers sprawled on the deck and troops dived into the sea to save themselves during several hours of hand-to-hand fighting that injured dozens of activists and six soldiers.

In Malaysia some journalists also claimed they were robbed and their credit cards and hand phones stolen! There are claims that they have evidence of a ‘master list’ which they took from one of the soldiers that had names of those the Israelis killed?

In other words, his alleged statement means this was premeditated murder and it was a hit!

Maybe this Malaysian journalist will be also called to give evidence at the said inquiry since his statements were carried in the Malaysian mainstream media!

We need to be accountable and no one should be on ‘a frolic of their own’ and for ‘personal agenda!’

We do not need political bullshit as well as we need to know the truth so let the show start Benjamin old boy!

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PENGHENTIAN MONOPOLI SEGERA DALAM BERKALAN – CASSA!

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

PENGHENTIAN MONOPOLI SEGERA DALAM BERKALAN – CASSA!

Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) hari ini menggesa kerajaan menghentikan monopoli dalam berkalan dan dengan serta merta meliberalisasikan sistem Permit Import (AP) bagi tiga barangan kawalan iaitu gula, tepung gandum dan minyak masak (berasaskan kelapa sawit).

“Ini adalah jawapan untuk menyelesaikan masalah berkalan dan menggalakkan persaingan sihat antara peniaga-peniaga sekaligus memecahkan  monopoli oleh empat syarikat-syarikat tertentu,” kata Datuk Dr Jacob George Presiden CASSA.

“Masa dah juga sampai untuk pihak kerajaan membuat perubahan polisi dengan permit import barang-barang makanan khususnya gula, tepung gandum dan minyak masak yang sepatutnya dilkendalikan oleh Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) kerana kementerian berkenaan menjaga kepentingan pengguna di Negara ini,’’ tegasnya.

Dr Jacob berkata bahawa pada masa ini Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan  Industri (MITI) adalah bertanggungjawab untuk meluluskan Permit Import gula dan tepung gandum manakala Permit Import untuk minyak masak adalah di bawah Kementerian Perusahaan Utama, Perladangan dan Komoditi. Natijah daripada itu, keadaan ini menyulitkan KPDNKK untuk menyelesaikan isu-isu berkaitan bahan-bahan kawalan yang membabitkan pengguna.

“Daripada siasatan terperici CASSA dan perbincangan diplomatik dengan masyarakat akar umbi, kita berpendapat bahawa strategi kita untuk meliberalisasi Permit Import bukan sahaja mampu mewujudkan persaingan sihat di kalangan industri bahkan mampu memastikan bekalan bahan-bahan berkenaan mencukupi di pasaran,’’ tegasnya sambil menegaskan bahawa industri gula kini hanya dimnopoli oleh empat kilang sahaja.

Melalui pelaksanaaan langkah itu, Dr Jacob berkata, kerajaan berupaya mengurangkan bebanan pembiayaan subsidi yang ditanggung oleh kerajaan selama ini. Selain itu, ini dapat memastikan bekalan berkenaan benar-benar untuk kegunaan isi rumah dan bukannya untuk kegunaan komersial atau diseludup ke negara-negara jiran.

Dr Jacob juga berpendapat bahawa wang yang dapat diselamatkan oleh kerajaan boleh digunakan untuk kebajikan rakyat seperti meningkatkan pembangunan pendidikan, kesihatan dan prasarana luar bandar serta kawasan-kawasan pedalaman.

Sehubungan dengan itu, KPDNKK juga telah melaksanakan penguatkuasaan lesen kepada peruncit yang menimbulkan rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan peruncit, Dr Jacob berkata. Bagi menangani isu tersebut, beliau telah bertemu dengan Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob serta pegawai-pegawai kanan kementerian bagi mencari jalan penyelesaian untuk semua masalah ‘stakeholder’ dalam pasaran dengan cara ‘proactive!’

Dr Jacob juga perpendapat peniaga runcit bukan penyebab utama kepada punca penyelewengan bahan-bahan saperti gula, tepung gandum dan minyak masak.

Dr Jacob difahamkan bahawa gula diseludup ke negara jiran seperti Indonesia dan Thailand kerana harganya adalah lebih tinggi berbanding di Malaysia. Sebagai contoh harga gula di Thailand dijual sebanyak RM2.37 bagi setiap kilogram manaka di Indonesia RM2.66, Singapura RM3.26 dan Filipina RM3.03 berbanding RM1.65 di Semenanjung dan RM1.75 di Sabah serta Sarawak oleh sindiket-sindiket besar yang mengadungi kuasa ‘orang atasan!.’

“Untuk membendung masalah ini, agensi-agensi penguatkuasaan sewajarnya melaksanakan tanggungjawab mereka dengan lebih berkesan dan efisyen lagi dalam usaha memastikan aktiviti penyeludupan dan ketirisan dapat dibendung.

‘’Kawalan lebih ketat perlu dilaksanakan di negeri-negeri yang bersempadan dengan negara-negara jiran,’’ katanya.

LESEN DIBERI PERCUMA DENGAN TEMPOH 5 TAHUN

Dr Jacob juga, setelah melibatkan diri dalam satu perbincangan khas dengan Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob serta pegawai-pegawai kanan kementerian, merayu supaya penguatkuasaan Lesen Runcit yang diumum oleh KPDNKK mestilah dilaksanakan tanpa mengenakan sebarang caj kepada peruncit! Di samping itu, Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob serta pegawai-pegawai kanan kementerian juga bersetuju dengan cadangan yang diutarakan oleh Dr Jacob.

Tambahan pula, Dr Jacob berpendapat bahawa lesen yang dikeluarkan itu juga mestilah percuma, mempunyai sah tempoh laku selama lima tahun dan pembaharuannya dikendalikan secara automatik kecuali peruncit berkenaan melakukan kesalahan di bawah Akta Kawalan Bekalan 1961.

Hal ini demikian kerana, pada masa ini peruncit dibebankan dengan 9 hingga 11 jenis lesen untuk menjalankan perniagaan (pendaftaran perniagaan, lesen premis perniagaan, papan tanda perniagaan, kebakaran dan keselamatan, lesen penimbang, alkohol, beras dan gas). Peruncit juga terpaksa menanggung kos sebanyak RM1,107 bagi tujuan pembaharuan lesen-lesen berkenaan pada setiap tahun.

Pada masa yang sama, Dr Jacob merayu kepada KPDNKK memantau dengan ketat punca ketirisan bahan-bahan kawalan ini dari peringkat akar umbi iaitu dari peringkat kilang, pemborong dan pengguna.

Dr Jacob mengalu-alukan KPDNKK untuk bertindak dengan lebih tegas terhadap isu yang kian berleluasa ini dengan menarik lesen pemborong yang didapati bersalah menyorok bekalan gula atau berkalan lain dengan senarai hitamkan syarikat terserbut!

Dr Jacob juga bersedia menjadi ambasador ataupun penasihat khas dalam strategi mengatasi masalah yang dihadapi oleh semua ‘stakeholder’ dengan KPDNKK. Dalam pandangan Dr Jacob, yang penting sekarang bukannya cara mempolitikan perkara terserbut atau membuat ugutan!

Semua piihak mestilah berkerjasama untuk mencari satu penyelesaian keseluruhan atau holistik kepada semua supaya hak pengguna sentiasa dibela dan dipelihara!

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