STUPID CONTRACTORS AGAIN – JAMS AND UPSET HOLIDAY MAKERS ON ROAD TO BATU FERINGHHI

‘Even my 4 year old nephew knows that there is only one hill slope road in and out Batu Feringghi shared by hundreds of thousands of visitors and to dam it would be stupidity at its heights!
 
I called up Penang deputy Chief Minister to alert him to this madness yesterday morning just two days before Christmas!’ – Dr Jacob George
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‘Classic example of a traffic jam in Penang caused by blatant stupid and a lack of professionalism!

TOLERATING STUPID CONTRACTORS!

Is this a case of stupid contractors and those incompetent managing them from Penang’s public policy sectors or just an attempt to finish the ‘allocations?’
Was these planned? Was the discussions and protocol put inplace in view the festive season and the incoming huge volume of vehicles?

How else can you explain that right in the run up to the year’s busiest week of holidays a few contractor idiots attempt to relayer portions of the road into Batu Feringhi in Penang?

The result massive delays and jams running miles causing anger, anxiety, frustrations which one can do without!

Perhaps, it is a conspiracy between contractor cronies of past and present creating yet another controversy?

Let us look at the facts:

Even my 4 year old nephew knows that there is only one hill slope road in and out Batu Feringghi shared by hundreds of thousands of visitors and to dam it would be stupidity at its heights!

I called up Penang deputy Chief Minister to alert him to this madness yesterday morning just two days before Christmas!

This morning the contractors were again at it this time smack in the narrow turn opposite the infamous Army camp leading to the hotels!

Result – jams and visitors and others missing flights and I just hope the person (s) in that ambulance did make it to hospital care!

The fact remains that we have  confirmed the bizzare behaviour patterns of our stupid contractors who have absolutely no knowledge or professionalism, timing and duty of care when they just confirmed to Malaysians and visitors from abroad that they are a butch of idiots and one wonders ‘why in heavens’ were they awarded such road works contracts in the first place?

Put simply in Malaysian language this was ‘kerja si-bodoh!’

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ALERT: BADLY TIMED ROAD WORKS MAKE HIGHWAYS DANGEROUS!

‘It never amazes me the lack of foresight, for planning and to address issues so simple and close to the hearts of paying road users!

The bottom line  is between the hazardous conditions, mad heavy vehicle drivers, bus operators, our Mat Rempits and speed traps aplenty – driving on our highways is a real hazard!’ – Dr Jacob George

ALERT: BADLY TIMED ROAD WORKS MAKE HIGHWAY DANGEROUS!
Several years ago former Works Minister Samy Vellu, warned contractors that all roadworks must stop during festivities due to the heavy volume of traffic, to prevent accidents, delays, frustrations, anger to toll paying customers as they use the North South highway!

That was good advice that comes from having one’s thumb on the pulse of the raayat!

What ever your political views may be about him – one thing cannot be denied – Samy Vellu knows his work!

Strange – this was elementary and so basic yet the once great Ministry of Works got it so wrong!

NONEToday’s ‘Maggi Mee politicians’ do not have that touch as they wrestle for political appointments some having no track record except for being great apple polishers!

As a result they make statements, they spin, they carry themselves as if we are  all idiots having no knowledge of what transpires in the ‘power corridors’ of the nation!

So I ask present minister was it difficult to issue  a similar order to please  highway users this time around?

It must have been because as I drove from Kuala Lumpur to Sungei Petani I experienced unnecessary hardship and jams due to the decision of contractors still working on huge stretches and in some cases without road signs creating a dangerous situation for drivers less experienced which could have a major impact on other unsuspecting drivers!

It never amazes me the lack of foresight, for planning and to address issues so simple and close to the hearts of paying road users!

The bottom line  is between the hazardous conditions, mad heavy vehicle drivers, bus operators, our Mat Rempits and speed traps aplenty – driving on our highways is a real hazard!

Should have taken the train – but – knowing KTMB it could be another hustle I could do without this Christmas break!

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ROAD CARNAGE – THE DAY AFTER NONSENSE STATEMENTS EMERGE!

‘As I always say, if only  Malaysian politicians attack social and other problems like they  attack each other with so much determination and imagination Malaysia will be ‘Shangrila on earth!’ – Dr Jacob George

ROAD CARNAGE – THE DAY AFTER NONSENSE STATEMENTS EMERGE!
NONE27 people died in the last carnage and believe me this is not the last – neither will it be the  last time we hear stupid untenable statements coming from various quarters all saying their two cents worth!

Expect Malaysia’s media lead by the politically connected TV3 to lead various stories not far behind there will be the others with quotes and assurances and we have heard them all before!

As I always say, if only  Malaysian politicians attack social and other problems like they  attack each other with so much determination and imagination Malaysia will be ‘Shangrila on earth!’

But no, they hold their best against their political foes like ‘little children fighting and bitching’ and using their spin-masters in the mainstream media!

In this latest incident the said vehicle had been traveling along a winding road after leaving the hilltop resort when it crashed into the ditch at the bottom of a rocky slope.

The horrific accident sheared off the bus’s roof, and left the bodies of victims strewn across the road.

In the past incidents investigations revealed that drivers were unlicensed, speeding or under the influence of drugs to keep themselves awake.

I wonder how many of them have had their licenses withdrawn and owners charged?

Politician Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha feels the Malaysian Research Institute on Road Safety (Miros) are the best in  the land to carry out the detailed analysis and determine whether it was due to the condition of the road, or technical failure on the part of the bus!

I am certain investigators are currently interviewing the survivors.

The fact is Monday’s accident was the latest in a series in Malaysia.

If you remember oly in October a collision involving two buses, a van and three cars claimed 13 lives on the nation’s main north-south highway.

Later that month another seven people were killed when their bus overturned en route to Kuala Lumpur. It was later found that the driver had no licence.

‘A thug of a politician’ was then photographed pointing an accusing finger at the said driver at Selayang hospital ward for his greed of a political photo shoot!

He must have been so desperate for media attention!

A year ago, 10 people were killed when a double-decker bus struck a road divider in northern Ipoh state.

In 2007, a bus crash claimed 22 lives in what the government said at the time was the worst accident of its kind in Malaysia’s history.

Not a great track record for the various government agencies and others set up and financed by taxpayers monies!

But ‘the show must go on’ – people need to  show they are doing something even if in reality the right hand does not know what the left is doing!

Gosh may GOD ALMIGHTY help us!

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CRYING SHAME – BUS CARNAGE PLAYS SECOND FIDDLE TO POLITICAL SPIN!

‘I will say nothing more safe to say this is again a disgrace and the least I expect is for our  authorities to for once shut up from making promises and clean up their act be they a ministry, a commission or what ever since Malaysia has so many agencies and people on payroll that this is a mockery!If in China – some one would have been shot!’ – Dr Jacob George

What ever happened to the promises made last?

C RYING SHAME – BUS CARNAGE PLAYS SECOND FIDDLE TO POLITICAL SPIN!

One lead mainstream newspaper made it the main story and rightly so while another indulged in its usual pastime attacking opposition led states on reclamation issues and political comments!

Of course this does not surprise me as these academicians have also given their ‘pathetic two cents worth’ in other programs including TV3 and Astro!

No, I  have  nothing against academicians making a political comment provided they are fair and consistent addressing wrongdoings from both political divides!

But the truth is, they do not ‘have the balls to do it’ and they show their ‘Dutch courage’ only against the opposition!

Maybe a ‘professorship’ is being tabled and negotiated?

As for the said newspaper what can I say – they practice a vulgar form of journalism and are ’specialist’ at spins, no wonder politicians call on  them to spin stories even when they are in hospital!

It is a small world today and word gets around but who cares some say as it is better to cater where your bread is buttered, where foreign trips on delegations are made certain and the honorifics keep coming!

Shameless piece of journalism but who cares!

But let us get back  to this road carnage!

It is certainly obvious that Malaysia cannot get pass a festivity without reading about road carnage!

In the recent carnage 27 people were killed when their bus hit a divider and overturned on its way down from Cameron Highlands in what is possibly the worst road accident in Malaysian history.

The tragedy at KM15 of the Cameron Highland-Simpang Pulai road claimed the lives of 25 Thai nationals who had been on a holiday in the hill resort.

We are advised that there were a total of 37 people on board at the time, 34 were Thai holidaymakers from Bangkok and three others Malaysians so Malaysia’s Tourism Minister will be quite busy addressing the fallout on this one!

The double-decker bus was heading from Cameron Highlands towards Kuala Lumpur at 11.40am yesterday.

We are told as if we are children that the said driver was trying to negotiate a sharp bend but failed, causing the bus to hit a divider before overturning.

I will say nothing more safe to say this is again a disgrace and the least I expect is for our  authorities to for once shut up from making promises and clean up their act be they a ministry, a commission or what ever since Malaysia has so many agencies and people on payroll that this is a mockery!

If in China – some one would have been shot!

In Malaysia we make them Chairman of GLCs, of commissions, give them another fancy title with the obese perks that come  with it!

After all – we are all but political pretenders!

Each trying to impress the other with utter bullshit and we do it with style!

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KOSOVO PM – MAFIA LEADER/HEAD HONCHO IN ILLEGAL ORGAN TRADE?

‘ Shocking – simply shocking and I cannot but wonder what next? Is there no sacred cows, are there no principles, accountability, transparency, good governance, ethics?
 
How can someone with such a blatant and vulgar personality be given the moral baton to lead a nation?
 
It is simply embarrassing and a miscarriage of justice and all things sacred!
 
The art of politics and caliber of politicians in some countries really sucks and shocks! Gosh!’ – Dr Jacob George

 


KOSOVO PM – MAFIA LEADER/HEAD HONCHO IN ILLEGAL ORGAN TRADE?

Shocking – really shocking!

Kosovo‘s Prime Minister is the head of a “mafia-like” Albanian group responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs through Eastern Europe, according to a Council of Europe inquiry report on organized crime.

Hashim Thaçi is identified as the boss of a network that began operating criminal rackets in the run up to the 1998-99 Kosovo war, and has held powerful sway over the country’s government since.

The report of the two-year inquiry, which cites FBI and other intelligence sources, has been obtained by the Guardian. It names Thaçi as having over the last decade exerted “violent control” over the heroin trade. Figures from Thaçi’s inner circle are also accused of taking captives across the border into Albania after the war, where a number of Serbs are said to have been murdered for their kidneys, which were sold on the black market.

Legal proceedings began in a Pristina district court today into a case of alleged organ trafficking discovered by police in 2008. That case – in which organs are said to have been taken from impoverished victims at a clinic known as Medicus – is said by the report to be linked to Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) organ harvesting in 2000. It comes at a crucial period for Kosovo, which on Sunday held its first elections since declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. Thaçi claimed victory in the election and has been seeking to form a coalition with opposition parties.

Dick Marty, the human rights investigator behind the inquiry, will present his report to European diplomats from all 47 member states at a meeting in Paris on Thursday. His report suggests Thaçi’s links with organized crime date back more than a decade, when those loyal to his Drenica group came to dominate the KLA, and seized control of “most of the illicit criminal enterprises” in which Kosovans were involved south of the border, in Albania.

During the Kosovo conflict Slobodan MiloÅ¡evic’s troops responded to attacks by the KLA by orchestrating a horrific campaign against ethnic Albanians in the territory. As many as 10,000 are estimated to have died at the hands of Serbian troops.

While deploring Serb atrocities, Marty said the international community chose to ignore suspected war crimes by the KLA, “placing a premium instead on achieving some degree of short-term stability”. He concludes that during the Kosovo war and for almost a year after, Thaçi and four other members of the Drenica group named in the report carried out “assassinations, detentions, beatings and interrogations”. This same hardliner KLA faction has held considerable power in Kosovo’s government over the last decade, with the support of western powers keen to ensure stability in the fledgling state.

The report paints a picture in which ex-KLA commanders have played a crucial role in the region’s criminal activity. It says: “In confidential reports spanning more than a decade, agencies dedicated to combating drug smuggling in at least five countries have named Hashim Thaçi and other members of his Drenica group as having exerted violent control over the trade in heroin and other narcotics.”

Marty says: “Thaçi and these other Drenica group members are consistently named as ‘key players’ in intelligence reports on Kosovo’s mafia-like structures of organized crime. I have examined these diverse, voluminous reports with consternation and a sense of moral outrage.”

His inquiry was commissioned after the former chief prosecutor for war crimes at The Hague, Carla Del Ponte, said she had been prevented from investigating senior KLA officials. Her most shocking claim, which she said required further investigation, was that the KLA smuggled captive Serbs across the border into Albania, where their organs were harvested.

The report, which states that it is not a criminal investigation and unable to pronounce judgments of guilt or innocence, gives some credence to Del Ponte’s claims.

It finds the KLA did hold mostly Serb captives in a secret network of six detention facilities in northern Albania, and that Thaçi’s Drenica group “bear the greatest responsibility” for prisons and the fate of those held in them.

They include a “handful” of prisoners said to have been transferred to a makeshift prison just north of Tirana, where they were killed for their kidneys.

The report states: “As and when the transplant surgeons were confirmed to be in position and ready to operate, the captives were brought out of the ‘safe house’ individually, summarily executed by a KLA gunman, and their corpses transported swiftly to the operating clinic.”

The same Kosovan and foreign individuals involved in the macabre killings are linked to the Medicus case, the report finds.

Marty is critical of the western powers which have provided a supervisory role in Kosovo’s emergence as a state, for failing to hold senior figures, including Thaçi, to account. His report criticizes “faltering political will on the part of the international community to effectively prosecute the former leaders of the KLA”.

It concludes: “The signs of collusion between the criminal class and the highest political and institutional office holders are too numerous and too serious to be ignored.

“It is a fundamental right of Kosovo’s citizens to know the truth, the whole truth, and also an indispensable condition for reconciliation between the communities and the country’s prosperous future.”

If as expected the report is formally adopted by the committee this week, the findings will go before the parliamentary assembly next year.

The Kosovo government tonight dismissed the allegations, claiming they were the produce of “despicable and bizarre actions by people with no moral credibility”.

“Today, the Guardian published an article that referred to a report from a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Dick Marty, which follows up on past reports published over the last 12 years aiming at maligning the war record of the Kosovo Liberation Army and its leaders,” it said in a statement.

“The allegations have been investigated several times by local and international judiciary, and in each case, it was concluded that such statements have were not based on facts and were construed to damage the image of Kosovo and the war of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

“It is clear that someone wants to place obstacles in the way of Prime Minister, Hashim Thaçi, after the general election, in which the people of Kosovo placed their clear and significant trust in him to deliver the development programme and governance of our country.

“Such despicable and bizarre actions by people with no moral credibility, serve the ends of only those specific circles that do not wish well to Kosovo and its people.”

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