AIR BAGS – STUPID STATEMENTS EMERGE PRIOR TO STAKEHOLDERS COMMENT!

‘Will this be only for run out of the plant cars or will some politically connected company (s) be now lobbying to be given the contract to install air bags in millions of Malaysian cars which do not have one all under the safety clause?

I am rather surprised that the call has been made in having airbags but there is still no calls to review the quality of cars on Malaysian roads whether they are indeed safe!’ – Dr Jacob George

AIR BAGS – LET’S STOP THE STUPID STATEMENTS PLEASE!

When I was interviewed by Malaysia’s lead vernacular newspaper, I made several observations on the sudden announcement by Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha, that local car manufacturers had agreed in principle to the move to install air bags on cars rolled out of the manufacturing plants!

I felt it was a good move and one that was long overdue!

But the issue here is if the move is to bring down fatalities then we are in for a rude shock!

As common sense will tell you that air bags in themselves will not help bring down the fatality scores and statistics but a comprehensive move to concretize Malaysian drivers on the right and wrong of driving!

Already the Minister has gone on record that this does not involve 4 Wheel drives?

And air bags can also kill!

The pertinent question is again are we planning a policy introduction or switch without addressing all players in the streets of Malaysian roads?

There must first be an educational media blitz and major media industry players must participate in this endeavor.

Just check how Malaysian drivers behave on Singapore roads and the same drivers drive like absolute rascals having no concern for the rights, interests and safety of others on the road!

There must first be a comprehensive study on which cars are to be fitted with these airbags and here we need to perhaps look at the various cc of the vehicles.

If the car itself is manufactured poorly and has a negative safety record and reputation locally and abroad fitting it with an airbag is simply stupid!

And what about the costs?

Will this be only for run out of the plant cars or will some politically connected company (s) be now lobbying to be given the contract to install air bags in millions of Malaysian cars which do not have one all under the safety clause?

I am rather surprised that the call has been made in having airbags but there is still no calls to review the quality of cars on Malaysian roads whether they are indeed safe!

Never mind we are notorious in these things!

I wonder if safety is paramount why until this day we have public transport running free without adhering to the safety belt routine, or to calls to tag speed on public transport and heavy vehicles be they School Busses, lorries, passenger buses, oil tankers, goods transporters or what have you!

So much for priorities!

But what surprised me further were the comment of certain public interests officials whose stupidity was laid bare when they remarked that once implemented there should be ‘proper maintenance of the airbags as these needed to be checked periodically’ –

This is the problem when we make comments on each and every issue under the sun thinking that the portfolio we hold as advocates gives us the right to comment on each and everything ‘under the Malaysian Sun!’

As far as I know airbags needs no maintenance and are replaced only after it is activated after a crash. How to do maintenance, yaar?

Someone just looked a lot more stupid after that comment!

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TENANG VOTERS URGED TO GIVE BN A HIGHER MARGIN!

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‘It is also important that those intending to visit attempt to do so leaving behind their numerous luxury vehicles and society pages wardrobe and jewelry!

They must be seen with the common folks speaking the language of the ordinary Tenang voter whether they are from the Felda settlements or with those from the Chinese and Indian communities!’ – Dr Jacob George

TENANG VOTERS URGED TO GIVE BN A HIGHER MARGIN!

Although the Tenang state constituency was won by a margin of 2492 the last time, signs observed by this writer and observer show that BN should win the seat with a huge margin crossing the 3500 mark this time around!

Basically, there are no issues 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!

I was very impressed to notice Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman (above left) personal presence and attention addressing issues leaving no room for incompetence or complacency!

In fact, the manner the task force moved in the area is to be lauded!

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In fact, I expect more of the fence sitters or even those who had voted for the opposition in the last General Elections to vote for the BN this time around after the visit of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin who as Johor’s former Menteri Besar knows only too well the pulse of the Tenang folks!


I have personal knowledge that during his tenure as Johor Menteri Besar Muhyiddin Yassin (picture left) spearheaded great progress and development in the state!

But having said that there is no room for incompetence, arrogance and complacency!

It is also important that those intending to visit attempt to do so leaving behind their numerous luxury vehicles and society pages wardrobe and jewelry!

They must be seen with the common folks speaking the language of the ordinary Tenang voter whether they are from the Felda settlements or with those from the Chinese and Indian communities!

What is important is that we show that we really care and want to make a real difference and this is not a fishing exercise and experiment in play acting!

I also appeal to the fence sitters and others who have always voted for the opposition to depart from past practices and give the Barisan Nasional candidate their vote to send the message that this is not a time for experiments but one for change and a change that can only come with a strong and stable Barisan Nasional Government!

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MALAYSIAN DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE DRIVERS ON SINGAPORE ROADS!

‘The truth is you can amend the Traffic Laws, you can spend millions on under used and useless toys in safety name, you can raise traffic fines but at the end of the day if you cannot change mindsets by -education and concretizing of the road users – it is all in waste!’ – Dr Jacob George

MALAYSIAN DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE DRIVERS ON SINGAPORE ROADS!

Speeding along the emergency lane, beating traffic lights, cutting lanes without signaling, blocking traffic on yellow boxes, heavy vehicles which includes tourist and passenger buses, lorries, petrol tankers speeding along the fast lane are all part and parcel and an everyday scene here in 1Malaysia!

It was a sight I took cognizance as we conducted a Malaysian driver’s traffic behavior and DNA last week as I drove this time southwards into Singapore!

The drive was pestered by poorly managed construction routines and signage on the highway at different stages!

But what caught my eye was how poorly and badly some Malaysian drivers behaved on the road!

They were a disgusting lot both drivers of cars but also heavy vehicles!

As I recorded the many traffic violations and among them being how Malaysian drivers sped along the emergency lane, beating traffic lights, cutting lanes without signaling, blocking traffic on yellow boxes, heavy vehicles which includes tourist and passenger buses, lorries, petrol tankers speeding as if there was no tomorrow!

Gosh!

When I arrived in Johor and the city it was a nightmare to see how wanton traffic laws were broken by all and sundry!

But by the same measure I noticed the same players many of them were en-route to Singapore which included the heavy vehicles tourist and passenger buses, it was inexplicable how driving behavior and DNA changed of the same drivers as they crossed into Singapore!

Cars and smaller vehicle were absolutely following the road signage and directives – the heavy vehicles were only on the left lane and never intruded into the other lanes!

Gosh – it was as if they all had a ‘born again experience in driving!”

I continued observing – they observed the traffic rules, the red lights, and the yellow boxes and most importantly never sped and cut lanes or ventured adventurously on to the emergency lanes!

And the reason – simply the rather no nonsense approach of the Singapore authorities and rightly so!

Singapore also has the finest and well maintained closed circuit and speed cameras all over!

Several roads and highways were new to me since my last visit over 7 years ago, my undergraduate and post graduate days  and it was a re-learning experience!

I stopped once and sought help from a traffic cop and he was so very helpful!

And there is no entrapment there!

The traffic police do not need to hide under dark alleys, below drains, climb tree tops, bridges to catch offenders!

The surveillance system worked wonders!

I had the opportunity to discuss this matter with several officials, some of them serving at the Attorney General’s Chambers, some senior lawyers and others in public and  private sectors, some Clergymen who were my university mates and one thing came through!

There was absolutely no corruption there, no purchases of high powered technological toys at ‘inflated prices’ and poorly maintained!

You do not hear cases or allegations of where syndicates damage traffic lights so that contractors can make a killing at maintenance contracts!

You do not hear of inferior parts being used to replace originals at original parts pricing!

Most importantly, you do not hear of cases of ‘closed tenders’ and private dealings – there is absolutely transparency, accountability, good governance and regular audits conducted!

You do not hear of idiots, some though academically learned flogging a presentation so that a government will be forced to invest in millions to purchase expensive technology toys so that contractors and their sine biotic friends in decision making circles can make a killing in the name of safety!

I had nothing but praise for the kind exposure and it was an entrenchment of my thoughts and belief held!

The truth is you can amend the Traffic Laws, you can spend millions on under used and useless toys in safety name, you can raise traffic fines but at the end of the day if you cannot change mindsets by -education and concretizing of the road users – it is all in waste!

By some strange co-incidence if you thought Singapore drivers were different – you are wrong as I found out when on the drive back from Singapore I noticed several of them indulging in the same frolic this side of the causeway!

Some thoughts to address when I meet my friends over the other side the next visit!

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MAS STEWARDESS DEATH – DID AN IDIOT WRITE THE STORY?

‘a body believed to have been assaulted and thrown out of the window of the hotel room the victim was staying in, on the fourth floor of the hotel with further allegations that the victim’s room was reported to be broken into and ransacked and still the authorities claiming if they really did that there was no foul play?

Is this another gross travesty of justice?

Or worst, an absolute idiot’s attempt in playing a journalist or worst an investigator?’ – Dr Jacob George


MAS STEWARDESS DEATH – DID AN IDIOT WRITE THE STORY?

First we are told that the Netherlands police had ruled out foul play in the death of Malaysia Airlines stewardess at the Amsterdam’s Radisson Hotel car park on Friday!

To add injury to insult we are further told that this time a ‘Wisma Putra spokesman’ had stated that the Netherlands police had informed them that for the time being there was no further details available regarding that death.

But inexplicably, the same report then went on to say that the victim 34, was discovered at 9am by guests of the hotel and was believed to have been assaulted and thrown out of the window of the hotel room she was staying in, on the fourth floor of the hotel.

And that her room was reported to be broken into and ransacked.

She was scheduled to have left Amsterdam for Malaysia on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the same day, Jan 14. She leaves behind a husband and a child.

The report is clearly erroneous and only an absolute idiot could have written one in the manner it has being presented!

The episode by some strange inexplicable sense gave me a flashback on the notorious and tragic death of one Teoh Beng Hock in the state of Selangor in Malaysia!

A death that made international headlines, the proceedings shocking, and gave the term ‘just fancy that or unbelievable’ a newer definition thanks to the coroner’s shocking open verdict ruling out neither suicide nor homicide.

And all the more curious and amazed I am – when the coroner himself has concluded that force was used on the deceased who had sustained bruises to his neck, prior to the fall which ultimately killed him.

And strange that that neck injury came to light only after the second post-mortem which was conducted by a third party following the exhumation of the deceased body.

So likewise reading the news report we can also claim that such strange occurrences are not confined to the Malaysian sphere but also in foreign land like the Netherlands where -  guests of the hotel are alleged to have found a body which is believed to have been assaulted and thrown out of the window of the hotel room the victim was staying in, on the fourth floor of the hotel with further allegations that her room was reported to be broken into and ransacked and still the authorities claiming if they really did that there was no foul play!

Is this another gross travesty of justice?

Or worst an absolute idiot’s attempt in playing a journalist?

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NO TRUTH TO SEX SCANDAL ALLEGATION – BUT CM RESIGNED!


If only politicians and those in civil and political governance can carry themselves with this kind of attitude when accused – it will give civil servants, politics and politicians a better image!

Instead of spinning, fabricating, abusing with the power of incumbency and a state’s apparatus – just standing down to allow an independent investigation into the various allegations must be the key to governance of the future! – Dr Jacob George


NO TRUTH TO SEX SCANDAL ALLEGATION – BUT CM RESIGNED!

There was simply no truth to the allegations I was told by senior politicians, I met during my Indian visit!

But the allegations, among others were that he had supplied young girls.

The investigation centers on 40 teenage girls and young women who were alleged to have been supplied for favors to senior politicians and officials.

Though then the well respected India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has denied Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Indian Jammu and Kashmir was a suspect, he none the less decided to step down regardless.

His resignation came after the opposition leader Muzzafar Hussein Baig, said his name, and that of his father Farooq Abdullah, were on a list of suspects which had been placed with the Punjab High Court.

His statement in defense then if I could remember was:

“We want an investigation. Let the Central Bureau of Investigation reach the High Court and investigate under its supervision”

In an emotional mood he told the state assembly: “I can’t bear this kind of humiliation. I am innocent until proven guilty.

I am going to submit by resignation to the Governor. I know it is a false allegation. But I want to resign until I am cleared of this false allegation. I cannot work until I am proved innocent. It is a blot on my character.”

His resignation was a blow for his allies in the Congress-led government in New Delhi which regards him as a young, modernizer, and potential senior cabinet minister.

Those who follow Indian politics will know that it was his intervention in a confidence vote aimed at bringing down the Congress-led coalition in 2009 that was defeated after Abdullah made an impassioned speech in its defense.

As the heir of Kashmir’s ‘first family’ – his father and grandfather have also been chief ministers – Abdullah became India’s youngest ever minister at 29 and took over the leadership of his father’s National Conference in 2002.

Omar was born in Essex to a British nurse and later returned to study for a Masters in Business Administration at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University.

He was elected chief minister in Jammu Kashmir’s state elections in December last year. His liberal approach and international outlook raised hopes of progress in Kashmir after two decades of an insurgency which has claimed more than 47,000 lives.

But his government has been badly damaged by accusations that he covered up the involvement of Indian security forces in the rape and murder of two young women in Shopian.

The case coincided with the deaths of 15 protesters while demonstrating against the actions of police and troops stationed in the state. Campaigners have claimed human rights abuses have increased during his brief reign.

But the point made here is one of political ethics, of good governance, accountability, transparency and zero tolerance for abuse of power!

If only politicians and those in civil and political governance can carry themselves with this kind of attitude when accused – it will give civil servants, politics and politicians a better image!

Instead of spinning, fabricating, abusing with the power of incumbency and a state’s apparatus – just standing down to allow an independent investigation into the various allegations must be the key to governance of the future!

Yes in this case – Abdullah did the right thing! It must have been rather painful but he walked the talk!

He did not issue a sermon in defense in thick clamoring legal jargon; neither did he threaten those who accused him personally and in a private matter with sedition (which is stupid in itself for those who know the real legal definition of sedition).

He just stood down!

Today I am told many are doing so and some even by inexplicable change returning state honorifics which all is the right moves and I hope we will see more of those who are accused of wrongdoings – standing down till their names are cleared by an independent third party known for their impartiality and love for justice!

The truth is one cannot ultimately avoid justice – we can avoid it here but when we face our God on Judgment day it is another matter and no amount of spiritual pontification and deeds will change that!

I had known a senior lawyer by reputation in a near by country who was a popular criminal lawyer, a former Bar President and recipient of many accolades.

I was shocked in my early years post Law from the UK how he and another fabricated documents, lied, misled, attested bundles of court documents and affidavits with blatant lies to the core!

Knowingly or not or because of ‘close friendship’ with another member of the Bar and defendant (s) – the fact is he aided and abetted in misleading the court!

There was nothing I could do at that time as a foreigner in that country and for personal reasons – and – always wondered whether justice would finally come.

About 21 Years later – I am advised he was dragged to court for fabricating his mother’s will and other documents pertaining to family properties and that in a visit to a foreign country he suffered a massive heart attack and died!

The message is we can fool this world but ultimately we have to face God’s justice and wrath for the wrongs and evil we do!

I am advised that his name is no more used at the law firm!

There are others who think they have escaped justice though ‘Wolves in Sheep’s clothing’ but let me remind them – they will have to face God sooner or later and TRUTH will prevail!

Here ends today’s lesson!

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