CONSUMERIST: MINIMUM WAGE WHAT I SAID 15/06/10

BASIC WAGE – ANOTHER FLIP FLOP AND MISTAKE!

June 15, 2010 on 10:49 am | In General |

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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CONSUMERIST: BERSIH AND AMBIGA BETRAYED BY THE 2As?

Dato Jacob George

‘Right throughout this challenge and ordeal, despite the threats, malicious abuse and slander, despite the attacks from politicians and right wing fascists and racists who cannot even gather a crowd of a few hundred without ‘carrots, sticks and financial persuasions’ but have the audacity to challenge her, she has kept her decorum, her dignity and professionalism!

And they (above pix from an aerial shot!) – Trust Her!

That is Nambikei!’ – Dr Jacob George

You see for yourself who first incited the crowd and who is the cause of this all!

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To be updated Video by Arvind Raj

CONSUMERIST: BERSIH AND AMBIGA BETRAYED BY THE 2As?

I have a lot of respect for Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan and she is a dear friend!

Right throughout this challenge and ordeal, despite the threats, malicious abuse and slander, despite the attacks from politicians and right wing fascists and racists who cannot even gather a crowd of a few hundred without ‘carrots, sticks and financial persuasions’ but have the audacity to challenge her but she has kept her decorum, her dignity and professionalism!

Malaysians of all races, religious persuasions and backgrounds – young and old now trust her!

Ambiga is now a national and international icon for free and fair elections make no mistake about that!

That is a fact now acknowledged by all even her detractors who with their warped logic and fascist and racist eyes and mindsets are all after all threatened at the new reality they face!

And the result was the over 300,000 that gathered at KL and hundreds of thousands in other parts of Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and the global stage!

In view the fallout and misbehavior of a minority – she is certainly right that she is not in a position to control what opposition leaders and third parties can say in such a mammoth gathering without prior consultation with the organizers!

But this must have shaken and shocked her and she must now grown up to the political realities and not allow opposition politicians to attempt to highjack a rally which was till the near end a peaceful and joyous carnival!

Dedication, discipline and self control is certainly expected of politicians who aspire to lead and who are expected to show leadership by example!

The next time she will be ready!

We must remember that our politicians all claim to be ‘cleaner than clean’ and ‘spotless to their core being!’

Even when they are ‘caught’ with their hands in the cookie jar they will sing many a tune!

But in this episode of claims and counter claims – fortunately a clip has surfaced on video-sharing site YouTube yesterday which appears to show opposition leaders signalling to one another to breach a police barricade barring Bersih supporters from entering Dataran Merdeka.

And I call upon our forensic experts to examine this tape rather carefully!

If necessary seek third party involvement preferably the FBI or Scotland Yard who have a great division within and known for their professionalism and expertise!

And sadly when that breach took place the police fired tear gas and water cannons at them, leading to spiraling chaos as police chased Bersih supporters down several streets and some rally-goers retaliated and attacked riot police.

Of course this is now fodder to both sides of the political divide to use and abuse with even ministers being foolish enough to make statements on nonexistent protocols which itself is hilarious!

But let us not forget the facts as they stand!

1.Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has rightly urged the government not to ignore the unprecedented turnout at the Bersih 3.0 rally despite the incidences of violence that occurred.

2. It is pertinent that the government responds to the cries of all Malaysians – 27 million of them. Most importantly the over 300,000 that came out to demand for clean and fair elections! And the others who also showed global support!

3. It is also now imperative that the Election Commission (EC) chief Abdul Aziz Yusof and EC deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar do what statesmen are expected to do to defuse tensions, allegations and more controversies – resign!

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CONSUMERIST: POLICE CAR ATTACK – WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

Dato Jacob George

I have been receiving more feed-backs, emails and calls from many about this sad incident and it looks like there is an alternative version?

I will let you decide and base it on internationally entrenched security protocols which one IN THIS CASE ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY should follow!

What really happened!

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‎1 Meninggal Dunia Dan 5 Lagi Cedera Teruk Selepas Kereta Polis Langgar Penyokong Bersih 3.0?
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CONSUMERIST: MALAYSIA’S BRUTALITY AND MEDIA BIAS CONDEMNED ABROAD!

Dato Jacob George

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CONSUMERIST: MALAYSIA’S BRUTALITY AND MEDIA BIAS CONDEMNED ABROAD!

AT THE BERSIH RALLY WITH NEW FRIENDS MET AT THE RALLY!

Our media Barons and their journalist lackeys can gloss in the limelight saying ‘everyone else is blind and stupid’ except them!

That they know best whether it is about fabricated tapes, goons and thugs unleashed to attack innocent protestants  and rally participants or the date of the much delayed GE13 since they ‘wine and dine’ with the powers that be!

They can print and spin any story that they want to but their foolishness has been exposed when foreign observers at Bersih 3.0 saw otherwise and went on record!

That will hurt Malaysia’s journalistic ethics benchmark!

Below:

‘Wartawan Guag Mind Daily dibelasah polis sebab mengambil gambar polis belasah peserta lain. Lepas tu peserta lain yang ambil gambar polis belasah wartawan Guang Ming Daily pula kena belasah, chain reaction. Nak cover satu, last last semua terbongkar ‘

That matters as their statements went off to the international wires and to various international capitals to expose our politicians as political pretenders masquerading as democrats and these journo as mere journalistic prostitutes!

In fact it is pertinent that the UN and other Human Rights Lobbyists initiate an international travel ban on such journalists like they have for brutal regimes leaders!

Following several of the horror incidents!

haijan omar 2904121. Bersih 3.0 had seen a lawyer who served as an observer at the Bersih 3.0 protest attacked by police officers who continued beating him after he had been detained.

Mohd Haijan Omar, who was observing the protest on behalf of Lawyers for Liberty, was on his way to the parking lot in front of Reggae Mansion Hostel at Jalan Tun HS Lee when he saw several police officers pursuing fleeing protesters at around 7pm.

That was not all!

2. A female reporter was manhandled by four male police personnel at about 7.30pm, when she tried to photograph police personnel beating up protesters who were eating at a restaurant.

I am referring to Merdeka Review reporter Chen Shaua Fui who was also manhandled when she was about to record Police brutality!

3. A reporter from The Sun newspaper Radzi Razak has also been warded with broken ribs and suspected internal injuries  following yesterday’s rally.

4. Even foreigners were not let off! Al Jazeera reporter Harry Fawcett stated that he was “manhandled” by several uniformed police personnel when he had tried to capture what looked like police assaulting protesters.

He told Malaysiakini that a group of 10 to 15 police personnel surrounded him and Al Jazeera videographer Ray Jones at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

“We saw two or three police officers hold a guy while another was kneeing him either in the face or in the chest, it wasn’t clear.

“When we went to record it, I found that we were surrounded by police who were extremely aggressive. They held my arm and gripped my shirt. When I turned around, the camera was on the ground,” he said when contacted.

He said Jones told him that he was “punched at the back of the head” by police personnel and the camera was “smashed” to the ground.

“The camera was wrenched from him and our wireless microphone and battery pack was taken. The camera was smashed to the ground, and we coudn’t take the tape out. It was inoperable,” he said.

Minutes before the incident, Fawcett and Jones were also stopped from recording another incident where police allegedly assaulted protesters, and were also stopped by police.

5. Others hurt during the rally were Malay Mail photographer Arif Kartono,
nick xenophon 290412As a result Australian senator monitoring the Bersih 3.0 rally yesterday was stunned when he tuned in to television reports at night to find that news coverage of the event was grossly distorted.

Xenophon is part of a seven-member international team on an fact-finding mission on Malaysia’s electoral system.

But never mind, as ‘Jargo Kampong politicians’ with our controlled media, we can go on beating our breast and claiming we are democrats who uphold the rule of law and every provision of the internationally recognized tenets of human rights despite those abroad seeing us otherwise!

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CONSUMERIST: NST/MSM TOLD – RAAYAT NOT STUPID!

Above report True or False or an abomination to honest, unshackled, truthful journalism?
 
And why do I say this?
Many alternative media professionals were manhandled and their equipment and recording destroyed! Some were hurt?
No mention of this? And why? :O)
 
Have we gone down so3 low in our form of media journalism? :O(
 
Will this be a new form of corporate prostitution?
 

But there is mention, more of a spin – perhaps lessons have not being learnt at all for those who use their pen in a distorted way to spin, mislead, misrepresent what over 300,000 (above left) saw and felt that Saturday April 28 afternoon!

 
GE13 will be interesting with or without foreigners, multiplicity of votes, hidden black hands, goons, thugs and agent provocateurs, doctored videos  and those unqualified taking part and not forgetting the ‘feel good bullshit stories and spins’ that the Malaysian MSM have so well skilled and perfected!


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