CONSUMERIST: PUBLIC SECTOR 40% SALARY PAYOUT WILL HURT OTHERS!

Dato Jacob George

‘But one must remember that if you think the 40% jump is a ‘quick fix’ to escalating cost of goods and services, one is sadly mistaken and gravely misinformed, as prices will immediately skyrocket, the movement the official confirmation comes and before Malaysian consumers in the public sector cashes out their cheques!

You do not need our spin masters in the civil service or PEMANDU to tell you that the pay increases will buffer the civil servants for a spell but remember it will hurt the private sector employees hard and worst to be hit, will be those who eke out a living and are now striving hard to make ends meet!’ – Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: PUBLIC SECTOR 40% SALARY PAYOUT WILL HURT OTHERS!

The Country’s next General election must be near, very near indeed!

I am certain Malaysia’s over stocked civil service are overly excited of the rumor that Putrajaya is to implement a new pay scheme for them which will see salaries jump by 40 per cent?

I am curious where the said monies are coming from?

Is it from our EPF after forcing those reaching 55 the next few months from not withdrawing their saving having made a decision to retire gracefully at 55 instead of over staying their welcome as politicians do?

If this is not again a populist policy switch which paves the way to bankruptcy, then I do not know what is?

For all the claims of transformation spins and the various spending in the millions related to it things at the civil service is not only sluggish, it is overly bloated and immobile!

The bureaucracy, aided and abetted by little Napoleons and Cleopatra’s even a low grade personal assistant to a director can manipulate and do disservice in decision making as I found out the other day when I called a PA to one of  the nations’ top civil servants not to curry favor or ask for project like many do but to brief him on a matter which will hit the news and for the group to brief him so that he could be well versed with the matter if asked by journalist post ceremonies!

The PA kept stone walling me!

And as expected when he was asked the question he made a serious error that earned him brickbats as his comments not only was carried here but by the international media!

Secondly, if the 40% materializes and certainly it would as it follows the ‘I help you and you help me philosophy’ of the present administration prior to GE13 very late or early next year?

But one must remember that if you think the 40% jump is a quick fix to escalating cost of goods and services one is sadly mistaken and gravely misinformed as prices will immediately skyrocket the movement the official confirmation comes and before Malaysian consumers in the public sector cash out their cheques!

You do not need our spin masters in the civil service to tell you that the pay increases will buffer the civil servants for a spell but remember it will hurt the private sector employees hard and worst to be hit, will be those who eke out a living and are now striving hard to make ends meet!

That includes not just the unemployed, the poor, the marginalized, the single parents, mothers, the special cases, it also includes the retired and even those professionals who are caught in a downward spiral and debt trap!

And certainly no thanks to those whom we call our politicians who are so obsessed to retain power ‘at any cost’ – with ‘lies, fabrication. abuse, double speak, flip flops’, religious and minority bashing’ – that they cannot see or feel reason!

And now, our final hope to those who face financial hurdles to utilize their savings at the EPF put in jeopardy if the government unilaterally decides to prevent those wanting to opt out of service when they hit 55 and withdraw their savings to pay off creditors!

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CONSUMERIST: GOVT ADVISED DON’T FORCE THOSE QUITTING AT 55!

Dato Jacob George

‘The pertinent question remains why should our EPF savings be retained after 55 unless there is a hidden agenda, a clandestine covert plan of action of an ugly kind and dimension!

It is in the interest of the government to allow flexibility for employees to decide for themselves whether they want to retire at 55 or otherwise!

However the increase of the age limit should not prevent those who have already attained 55 to withdraw their savings!’ – Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: GOVT ADVISED DON’T FORCE THOSE QUITTING AT 55!

The Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) read with great apprehension and concern the ongoing debate and proposal for a higher retirement age in Malaysia.

All of us are quite aware that the details of the said proposal are still being ironed out and as such not published!

As a result CASSA, other NGOs and the civil society members are not in a position to advice those who come to us for an opinion!

As rightly pointed out by a member of the public in his letter to award winning and internationally recognized news portal Malaysiakini that the trade unions appear to be heavily consulted in the formulation of the said policy but the lacuna is that there are millions outside that umbrella who are not a member of any unions and their interests and rights will be affected in the wake of a decision being made!

Forcing them to immediately resort to the courts for a decision which will be unhealthy in the current political and economic climate!

Their arguments hold water as they may have already made retirement plans at 55 and awaiting to withdraw their EPF savings!

Others may say this is a ploy to retain the our savings as the government is going bankrupt and this would be create a backlash come GE13!

The pertinent question remains why should our EPF savings be retained after 55 unless there is a hidden agenda, a clandestine covert plan of action of an ugly kind and dimension!

It is in the interest of the government to allow flexibility for employees to decide for themselves whether they want to retire at 55 or otherwise!

However the increase of the age limit should not prevent those who have already attained 55 to withdraw their savings!

The arguments put forward by those opposing the move are real!

CASSA supports their contention that there are Malaysians who are not subsidy mentality driven and who have planned their retirement planning with dedication and foresight. They may already have adequate funds in their EPF account, and personal savings and investments, to retire at the age of 55.

What stop them and cause great dissatisfaction to them!

They may have planned their retirement for years, diligently doing their calculations, extrapolating the EPF contributions and dividends, carefully investing a certain percentage in mutual funds or other plans, where applicable, spending modestly and never overextending themselves like certain cross section of the Malaysian demograph!

In summary, CASSA supports the contention that:

1. Malaysians who desire to be allowed to retire at the age of 55.

2. They should be allowed to withdraw all their EPF monies at the age of 55.

3. They should be allowed to withdraw one-third of their EPF account balance at the age of 50 (as the rules currently allow).

CASSA supports the government policy to accommodate the higher retirement age in view of demographics and global trends.

The proposed policy by the Human Resources Ministry should be flexible enough to create a opening for extension to those who want to or have to work till 60, but at the same time, there must be justice for those who are financially capable of retiring at 55.

No one should be politically arm twisted to work one day longer than they need to.

CASSA urges the government to be forewarned that any attempt to force through the policy changes, without reasonable consideration for the above demands and due flexibility is potentially damaging to its electoral chances, come GE13 where there will be another political irritation and mine field that the Najib administration can do without!

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CONSUMERIST: SENATOR SELECTIONS A DISGRACE AND JOKE!

Dato Jacob George

‘Now more than a decade later – I am aware that politicians are notorious for their spin, lies, and hypocrisy, frequently making their profession and friendship distasteful to the people they represent and to dear faithful friends like me!

The fact remains, each and everyone in public say that we want senators who are intellectually capable of debate, discussions, hold their own, proactive and driving change but the reality is the next time there is a vacant slot the political machinery or the party president gives it away to one of his party faithful or ‘retiring old fart!’

Never mind, whether that person is a total wash out, a non performer and one who stands out not for their track record of unfaithful multi tasked service but because that person is a bootlicker par excellent!’ – Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: SENATOR SELECTIONS A DISGRACE AND JOKE!

I do not deny that several powerful politicians on both sides of the political divide are my friends!

I have been a good and decent friend to all of them!

I have been there in both their ‘ups and downs’ and most importantly, when they were challenged, acting as a behind the scene mediator!

I can remember at least how I repeatedly came to the defense of one very powerful party president, not once, but several times in the public space!

I had put my head repeatedly on the chopping block in the court of public opinion to defend him!

And I believe he liked me too, but perhaps, just perhaps, my truthfulness was a burden too much to bear, in the political circle!

And I recollect how I was advised that in one by election not ‘buy election’ my name was nominated by the intelligence fraternity as an ideal candidate – young, vibrant, well known, articulate, had a track record and most importantly, was well known in that northern constituency and had the bonus of having the ‘widow of the incumbent’ willing to walk along side me!

But no, I was told the preference was someone else ‘much3 older’ – who at the middle of the campaign was told – ‘stay home’ while others canvassed for that candidate!

He was routed and the said party earned the wrath of the political leadership in the center!

When I asked the person whether this was true – he had the audacity to tell me “ I did not know you were interested!’

Now, more than a decade later – I am aware that politicians are notorious for their spin, lies, and hypocrisy, frequently making their profession and friendship distasteful to the people and friends they have, especially friends like me!

I have always felt that truthfulness should not be compromised and it is an admirable quality that is expected from our politicians and friends but today truly lacking!

And how does this work out on the whole question of appointments of senators in  Malaysia?

I have written several articles over this the last 15 years!

And as such, I cannot but support the views of my learned dear friend from the South, Dewan Negara president Abu Zahar Nika Ujang who stated quite rightly that the Dewan Negara should not be a place for seat warmers and fillers!

I would go further and add that they should also not be the fillers for those who have being rejected by voters and collateral damage of general elections!

And the awful undeniable truth is the Dewan Negara has always been the dumping ground for failed politicians, a giveaway, a handout, or bartering tool to those who have pleased the powers that be in party leadership!

It has gone to political and business cronies, runners, bouncers, old farts, to appease race quotas within a political party, or hierarchy or as a gesture to win over stubborn resistance to one’s leadership!

If one thought there is going to be reforms it was again dashed when several new appointments were certainly handouts rather than to create a political vibrant Dewan Negara!

And it has lived up to the tag that it is really a dumping ground for ‘political junks!’

The fact remains each and everyone in public say that we want senators who are intellectually capable of debate, discussions, hold their own, proactive and driving change but the reality is the next time there is a vacant slot the political machinery or the party president gives it away to one of his party faithful or retiring old fart!

Never mind whether that person is a total wash out, a non performer and one who stands out not for their track record of unfaithful multi tasked service but because that person is a bootlicker par excellent!

And it is sad that this is a practice from all in party leadership!

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CONSUMERIST: MALAY MAIL – I NOT DR HARJIT WHO SAID THAT!

Dato Jacob George

‘It was I, who stated that we have many consumer related laws in the country and the majority are toothless Tigers because of slack, weak and no monitoring, audit and enforcement!

It was I, who stated that, we set up commissions or task force, a select committee of our ‘nominees of favorites’ and many recycled ‘same old tired old farts’ (those who are our apple polishers and boots lickers!) withdrawing the names of dedicated, honest, sincere, passionate individuals and ‘new faces’ who speak out in truth, who have an impeachable track record of esteem service to King, country and community! – Dr Jacob George

National Transplantation ActJOINT EFFORT: (From left) George, Dr Tan Chwee Choon from Malaysian Society of Nephrology, Dr Ghazali, Dr Wong and Dr Harjit after filing the report at the Jalan Bandar police station

CONSUMERIST: MALAY MAIL TOLD I NOT HARJIT WHO SAID THAT!

This is the second time I am addressing an issue of the same likeness!

The fact is this!

Yesterday, Malaysian Transplant Association (MTA) president Dr Harjit Singh, Malaysian Society of Nephrology president Dr Wong Hin Seng and Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s nephrology department head and senior consultant, Dr Ghazali Ahmad and I filed a police report, urging the authorities to clear allegations that Malaysia was among several countries being used by an international syndicate dealing in ‘harvesting’ kidneys.

First the Malay Mail heading ‘Agency needed to enforce Act on transplant’ is misleading and basically erroneous!

Second, at no time did Malaysian Transplant Association (MTA) president Dr Harjit Singh say that the introduction of a National Transplantation Act will not be able to curb the illegal trade in kidneys and other human organs unless there is an agency dedicated to enforcing it!

Yesterday’s press conference and the follow up interview was solely centred on the notorious allegations contained in the Bernama report originating from a stringer in New Delhi and quoting  a police source in Bangladesh on a wild allegation that Malaysia is today a conduit in the illegal organ trade and transplant!

It was our intention, as for me as a consumer advocate and they as respected lead practitioners to address what was an unsubstantiated and wild allegation on the medical professional and our country Malaysia and my home state Selangor involving the illegal organ trade that is being frowned upon by law abiding masses the world over!

It is true that we all stated that we look forward to a specialized act and in this case it would be the National Transplantation Act that would be used as a weapon to challenge and address any criminal abuse seen in organ transplantation in Malaysia!

The said act would regulate this sector!

But when interviewed at night through the telephone by the said reporter I took pains to explain that while I look forward to the new legislation – legislation in itself would not be sufficient to address, curb and monitor abuses!

It was I who stated that we have many laws in the country and the majority are toothless Tigers because of slack, weak and no monitoring, audit and enforcement!

I followed through that for each legislation to be effective, we need a body, a task force of individuals who are passionate about the said drive, have a track record of dedicated and honest service, reputed and respected by both peers and opponents to be nominated and appointed to sit on a task force or agency to manage and drive the issue!

I followed through that the government strategy of having a legislation for each ‘problem’ is weak and unworkable in today’s climate of challengers!

Worst, when we set up commissions or task force or a select committee of our nominees of favorites and many recycled same old tired old farts (those who are our apple polishers and boots lickers!) withdrawing the names of dedicated, honest, sincere, passionate individuals and new faces who speak out in truth, who have an impeachable track record of esteem service to King, country and community!

Yes some Malaysian politicians unlike deputy Premier Muhyiddin Yassin are only happy to have ‘Yes Men and Women’ around them as it adds to these politicians egos which is like a bottomless pit!

They do not want to be told the truth!

They look at us, especially me, as a trouble maker, as rebel rouser not as a truthful individual, honestly wanting to make things better, a boy scout of sorts!

And they punish me by cold storage!

But, what did Dr Harjit and the rest of the learned men say?

Basically, they all welcomed and looked forward to the National Transplantation Act as it would address seepage, abuses, and target any hospitals which are not following the rules and proper procedures on organ transplants and, as such, stringent checks will be conducted and punitive sanctions on practitioners and hospitals if they become conduits in this illegal organ transplant episode!

In fact, our new Director General of Health, a no nonsense tolerating man himself, has already gone on record on this!

Thus, all our intentions are in protecting the good name of the nation, the Ministry of Health and its medical fraternity!

I believe an apology is in order by the Malay Mail towards my learned friend, Dr Harjit Singh!

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CONSUMERIST: PUBLIC SUPPORTS POLICE GET TOUGH MEASURES WITH ROBBERS!

Dato Jacob George

‘So spare me the statements which I read accompanying the online news of this incident!

Statements made by individuals hiding behind a pseudo name making baseless allegations and writing without using one’s intelligence!

Well done, I say to the senior police officer who shot dead that robber who was one among six men who allegedly were attempting to rob him in Taman Tun Dr Ismail!’ – Dr Jacob George

 

CONSUMERIST: PUBLIC SUPPORTS POLICE GET TOUGH MEASURES WITH ROBBERS!

Yes, it is time the Police ‘shot a robber a day’ to spread fear among those who have been terrorizing innocent Malaysians going about their duties!

It could be one’s father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter or friend!

Of late the number of such crimes has increased because the victims have always being soft targets!

So spare me the statements which I read accompanying the online news of this incident!

Statements made by individuals hiding behind a pseudo name making baseless allegations and writing without using one’s intelligence!

Well done, I say to the senior police officer who shot dead that robber who was one among six men who allegedly were attempting to rob him in Taman Tun Dr Ismail!

I am just sad that he lost out on shooting all six dead which would have been a great Hari Raya gift to Malaysians who are upset and full of anxiety due to similar robberies!

Robberies at petrol station, restaurants, cinema, markets, schools, parks, car parks and other public spaces!

We are fed up that despite the CCTVs this spate of robberies is increasing!

So officer well done!

Now let us use the CCTVs and other intelligence gathering to find out from the information gathered from the dead man person who the other assailants could be!

It is time we cleaned out our nation of these undesirable elements who are causing panic and havoc in our society!

While we are cleaning up the country of these useless bodies there should also be a concerted effort over our electronic and print mediums to educate our masses on the countries laws and the definition and penalties for the following offences that are increasing namely:

1. Rape;
2. Manslaughter;
3. Molestation;
4. Assault;
5. Threatening to cause bodily harm;
6. Possession of dangerous drugs;
7. Possession of firearms;
8. Robbery;
9. Cheating; and
10. Theft.

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