COMFORTABLE VICTORY FOR THE BN PREDICTS CONSUMERIST JACOB!

‘Premier Najib Razak needs time to pick new, young and fresh faces, individuals without scandal, controversies and baggage!

It is time the war lords and repeatedly recycled old horses be retired!

There is no need to make them senior ministers or roaming ambassadors with ministerial status or heads of GLCs or Commissions!’ – Dr Jacob George

COMFORTABLE VICTORY FOR THE BN PREDICTS CONSUMERIST JACOB!

The 14th by-election since the 2008 general election will take place in Tenang in the State of Johor tomorrow!

As far as I am concerned the outcome is not in doubt.

I am certain that the Barisan Nasional BN will win this seat quite handsomely!

Even the opposition has conceded this!

The only pertinent question that remains is the winning majority.

Unlike others I had on January 18 indicated in my blog entry that although the Tenang state constituency was won by a margin of 2492 the last time, signs observed by me indicated that the BN should win the seat with a huge margin crossing the 3500 mark!

Basically, there are no issues in Tenang at all there!

Most local issues, whether it is water, electricity, roads or other more personal issues have all being resolved or are being attended to and that is what is crucial in any elections!

And the rights and interests of local communities have being addressed!

However, beware – The victory at Tenang should not be a sign to call for the General Elections!

And I will humbly advise Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on three things though.

1. Namely that the General Election should not be held this year or in concurrence with the Sarawak state elections though there are many spins and power- plays behind the scenes to initiate one!

We still have time and time is needed to address many issues at the grassroots.

2. Time has to be also given to components BN parties to get their act together and if it is decided that the successful by elections runs are signs that all is well – it is a very wrong deduction!

There is no urgency and it is pertinent that we get them to put their respective houses to order and address crucial issues at the national level especially the various controversies and many manufactured due to stupidity and a narrow racist mindset!

The voters have evolved proactively but the politicians are still caught in a time warp! Greed and obsessions die hard!
3. And finally, time is needed to pick new and fresh faces, individuals without scandal, controversies and baggage!

It is time the war lords and repeatedly recycled old horses be retired!

There is no necessity to continue to feed their insatiable political greed and appetite any longer!

Or feel threatened by their political threats!

There is no need to make them senior ministers or roaming ambassadors with ministerial status!

There is no need to appoint them to Government Linked Companies (GLC) or as Chairman of Commissions!

Past bad political culture and practices must be put to rest!

This is the only way to convince the electorate that BN mean business and has CHANGED!

It is time for ALL THINGS NEW!

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ILLICIT FINANCIAL OUTFLOWS ALLEGATIONS – WELL DONE PETRONAS!

‘I am overjoyed that Petronas is pursuing its legal remedies against those responsible for this report, and intends to take all other appropriate steps to protect itself against any further publication of this false statement.

Malaysia’s dignity and image depends on this and I continue to support Petronas in its legal proceedings to clear its reputation and image from political and international scoundrels and shenanigans!

I cannot wait for the proceedings to begin and will be monitoring this very eagerly and great passion!’ – Dr Jacob George

ILLICIT FINANCIAL OUTFLOWS ALLEGATIONS – WELL DONE PETRONAS!

Basically, the issue of “illicit financial flows” is not a new phenomenon!

It is practiced by dictator politicians the world over who have abused and sacrificed all holistic governance, ethics, fair play, accountability, justice and to hide their illegal gains and facilitate the movement of such funds through cross-border transfer of money!

In some countries it is the transfer of monies earned through high powered institutionalized corruption, criminal activities, trade manipulated pricing, drug and human trafficking, sex trade, money laundering and transactions involving contraband goods as also tax evasion on legitimate income or profits.

Since Malaysia is on the radar in view of the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report and there are allegations contained therein that Malaysia’s illicit fund outflows reached US$291 billion (RM888 billion) for the period from 2000 to 2008 is alarming and need answers and not stupid irresponsible denials!

We have moved beyond denials and the master stroke of friendly bloggers and spin masters both local and foreign!

The fact is economic models cannot capture outflows of illicit funds which were generated in unrecorded cash transactions such as these!

So it is stupid for young untested and inexperienced politicians to deny or claim these statements as ‘bizarre’ instead of addressing the allegations in a professional and equitable manner expected by the terms and reference of corporate governance!

If not one can be accused of being fearful of being implicated as a conduit in these transactions or worst initiating a cover up when the horses have bolted from captivity!

Malaysian of today are not gullible neither stupid, a fact that many continue to ignore thinking the manipulation of facts and figures thanks to spin masters is the answer!

More so in the wake of allegations and gossips in the international gossip chatter that today politicians the world over are trying to move their ill gotten gains around which includes China, India and South American countries!

The joke I heard is that a former politician recently got screwed when his proxy for millions in both cash and properties in India died and the new beneficiary told the former to ‘piss off!’

We must learn lessons from what is happening in West Asia and make the rightful proactive changes before it is too late!

In that sense I am glad that Malaysia’s Petronas has issued a statement that they are aware of recent press articles that repeat a false statement made in a report by a Washington-based policy group that purported to link Petronas to illegal outflows of capital from Malaysia.

That the said statement is completely false.

That indeed, on its face, it is based upon a misquotation of a prior news article that the report cites as support for this statement.

I am overjoyed that Petronas is pursuing its legal remedies against those responsible for this report, and intends to take all other appropriate steps to protect itself against any further publication of this false statement.

Malaysia’s dignity and image depends on this and I continue to support Petronas in its legal proceedings to clear its reputation and image from political and international scoundrels and shenanigans!

Well done Petronas!

I cannot wait for the proceedings to begin and will be monitoring this very eagerly and great passion!

I am sure this matter will be coming up in Parliament in the next sitting thus I would encourage Petronas to immediately initiate legal remedies so that public perception and support will be at their corner!

This legal proceeding against those behind such a heinous act against Petronas should not be tolerated and all Malaysians stand by your side to clear your name!

It is as I always say public perceptions – a barometer of public interest!

More so, because till today none of Petronas accounts have been presented to Parliament for a comprehensive and exhaustive accounting by a select committee comprising of bipartisan politicians or politicians from both political divides in the Malaysian public interest!

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SYABAS UPP- WHO SAYS WE CANNOT STOP SUGAR/OIL SMUGGLING?

Dato Jacob George

‘No time for kid’s glove approach!

It is time we showed that we mean business by punitive sanctions if we are to tackle the smuggling across the border of subsidized goods meant for Malaysians!’ – Dr Jacob George



STOPPING THE SMUGGLING OF OIL/SUGAR – WELL DONE UPP!

I must congratulate the anti-smuggling unit (UPP) and its Unit Commander, Deputy Superintendent Zakaria Abdul Rahman for foiling an attempt to smuggle out 16,500kg of sugar and 600kg of cooking oil of various brands after detaining five pickup vehicles at the Jalan Kangar-Padang Besar traffic light junction yesterday!

This is something I have been screaming my lungs out for over years!

I have been urging and appealing to grassroots leaders and others to assist the authorities by tip offs!

And to be told that yesterday’s move came after such a tip-off from the public was just brilliant!

As a result the UPP stopped five vehicles with Thailand registration loaded with various food products at 1.30pm not far from the border town of Padang Besar.

The vehicles were stopped while moving in a convoy towards the international boundary with the items being smuggled out found hidden underneath the food products in all the pickups.

I am advised that the sugar was valued at RM34, 755 while the cooking oil at RM1, 500.

Most importantly – five Thai nationals who were drivers of the pickups aged between 20 and 30 were detained together with their vehicles worth RM150, 000.

I am certain that the seized foodstuffs were believed bought from the local licensed wholesalers meant to be sold in Thailand!

Now this matter will be forwarded to the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism to be investigated under the Supply Control Act 1961and I trust my friends at KPDNKK will do their utmost to make certain this becomes a case creating a deterrent!

No time for kid’s glove approach!

It is time we showed that we mean business by punitive sanctions if we are to tackle the smuggling of subsidized goods meant for Malaysians!

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MALAYSIAN TAXI DRIVERS – THE WORST?

‘ A humble note to my learned friend: In a survey of over 200 respondents, who are made of foreigners coming from more than 30 countries worldwide, given an opportunity to review and assess the service provided by the local taxis – Malaysian Taxi Drivers came last!’ – Dr Jacob George


MALAYSIAN TAXI DRIVERS – THE WORST?

Since some quarters are all so excited to make our taxi drivers agents and propagandists to explain and propagate Malaysian government policies I think we need to continue having this discussion!

I want to thank the Malay Mail @The Paper That Care for their exposure on Taxi drivers yesterday.

In fact if you have been working closely with them as I have over the last three decade you would know that the Malay Mail has been rather committed and consistent on this matter for decades!

But since we are all on the same page and on the issue of taxi drivers were you aware that a survey conducted by a magazine found out that Malaysian taxis are among the worst, as compared to services in other 22 countries.

In the survey, over 200 respondents, which are made of foreigners coming from more than 30 countries worldwide, were given an opportunity to review and assess the service provided by the local taxis.

Among of the criteria measured are quality of taxi, ease of availability, driver’s courtesy level and driver job knowledge. Each of the criteria was assessed on a 10-point scale.

Majority of the respondents gave bad impression to the service offered by the country.

Malaysia taxi scored a poor average point of 4.58 while the neighboring country’s average of 8.44 is sure to leave many Malaysians embarrassed.

The most frequent complaints by the respondents were the overcharging practice and the refusal to take passengers who were not agreeable to a flat fee.

Some of them went to the extend of labeling the Malaysian taxi service as ‘a national disgrace’, ’source of national shame’ and ‘a threat to tourists’.

The said local monthly magazine which has a circulation of around 6,000 copies on every publication.

And why do they behave such as after all taxi fares doubled last August!

But despite so taxi drivers are still overcharging passengers and refusing to use meters.

I am advised that Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) statistics showed that in the first two weeks of the New Year, some 1,000 taxi drivers refused to charge fares using the meters, overcharged or refused to pick up passengers.

If we want to change this irresponsible behavior what we need is the ‘stick and carrot method!’

Suspend the licenses of those who misbehave! If they persist withdraw the license!

Of course, I am aware that there are many powerful politically connected individuals owing taxi licenses and some are alleged to have a ‘string of companies’ for the same purpose!

On the other hand, there are cases of some without the political clout unable to get a license and driving for others!

Perhaps, it is time we re-looked at the distribution of the said licensing system and the allegations surrounding them as I am certain the powers that be are aware of them all!

Only the political will if it is there to see proactive action through!

I may have to speak to my dear friend CVLB chairman Halimah Mohamed Sadique (see pix left) who is extremely result orientated, professional and I know tolerates no fools!

So I continue to agree with the 72 individuals – Malaysians, Indonesians, Nepalese, Indians, Singaporeans, Thai, Australians and the Kiwis for their comments which concur my blog posting on the same!

And to the politician who felt I was unfair in my comments, I say – res ipsa loquitor!

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DISSEMINATING GOVT POLICIES – TAXI DRIVERS WORST CHOICE!

‘Unless the situation on the ground in Malaysia has drastically or radically changed or that our taxi drivers have had a ‘born again’ experience in accountability, good governance, transparency, courtesy and professionalism, I cannot but fathom that the recent comment made by Information Communication and Culture Minister, Dr Rais Yatim that the government is engaging taxi drivers nationwide to help disseminate government policies to the people as simply pathetic and ludicrous?’ – Dr Jacob George


DISSEMINATING GOVT POLICIES – TAXI DRIVERS WORST CHOICE!

Res Ipsa Loquitur!

In the year 2009 the bad attitude of taxi drivers topped foreign tourists’ complaints in a survey on tourist satisfaction conducted!

The complaints ranged from excessive charges, dropping passengers at undesignated stops, and refusal to take passengers, to use meter and to issue receipts!

It was also stated that ‘the bad attitude of our taxi drivers is worst than our filthy public toilets!’

The last comment was made by none other than my dear friend and proactive senior Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz!

And Nazri is dead right!

He went on to say then that the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board received 1,232 complaints against taxi drivers in the Klang Valley, Johor, Selangor and Penang from January to November that year!

Out of which 493 taxi drivers were slapped with compounds, 294 given warnings, and one had his permit suspended, 320 under investigation while 124 were let as there were no cases against them.

Nazri went on to advice Malaysian taxi drivers to emulate Shanghai taxi drivers who displayed exemplary attitude

So unless the situation on the ground in Malaysia has drastically changed or that our taxi drivers have had a ‘born again’ experience in accountability, good governance, transparency, courtesy and professionalism, I cannot but fathom that the recent comment made by Information Communication and Culture Minister, Dr Rais Yatim that the government is engaging taxi drivers nationwide to help disseminate government policies to the people as simply pathetic and ludicrous?

No one denies that taxi drivers had direct contact with society in their daily activities.

But the Information Communication and Culture ministry is dead wrong to feel that the time has come for the large number of taxi drivers to help promote government campaigns such as the inculcation of noble values, 1Malaysia and the promotion of the national language when their image and behavior is the subject of discussions among the electorate and Malaysian consumers!

I have repeatedly stated that it is pertinent that we engage person (s) who are above reproach, well respected, having a track record, not controversial and respected in society!

The person (s) is after all going to be agents of change and holistic transformation and if the background of the subject is itself contentious – how can one serve the intended agenda or for that matter public interest?

It is comments like this that cause ripples in society and claims that our politicians make public statements @political statements speedily without really addressing core issues first among friendly think tanks and parties on the ground!

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