Consumerist: A Cut In Car Duties Delayed By Lack Of Competitive Spirit, Stupidity and Self Interest?

 

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: A Cut In Car Duties Delayed By Lack Of Competitive Spirit, Stupidity and Self Interest?

In the end a religious phrase says – “You shall know them by their fruits!’

And how true not just in Malaysian politics which is today called high powered gutter politics where anything goes – politicians lying to protect self interests running into millions, no matter how much already stolen it is never enough, some with excessive weird sexual obsessions that they can never outgrow like an addict, while others feeding into this frenzy directly or indirectly including learned and well educated scribes forced at times and others paid handsomely to take sides forgetting that the political ground of voters and others have dramatically changed!

So whether it is about tenders for politically engineered water crisis, procurements, educational policies, grants, APs, promotions, approvals for hill slope construction and other life threatening endeavors by manipulating EIA or statistics the new Malaysian on the ground knows truth from fabrication and fiction.

But this Friday morning let us discuss something that results in 20 per cent of the RM581 billion total household debt in the country which affects Malaysian consumers!

I am certainly referring to the prize of cars bought in Malaysia where a Malaysian consumer pays RM100,000 for a car, as much as RM55,000 goes to the government and why?

This is because Malaysian consumers are today paying excise duties of between 65 and 105 per cent on motor vehicles with an additional 10 per cent in sales tax!

And all because as some claim Malaysia practices ‘state capitalism’ where we burden the Malaysian to protect Malaysian cars and boost certain obsessed and insecure political brains that are still alive and continuing to do major damage on the political platform!

It is protectionism – nothing more or less!

No one doubts that this is and has always been an easy and lucrative form of revenue for the federal government but it has hurt the household debt levels in Malaysia which, as a percentage of GDP, are the second highest in Asia.

This is not all as the picture becomes muddier when there is an abused system of APs given to a select number of companies and car importers, allowing them to bring in cars and charge up to RM40,000 for the permit to the consumer!

To protect politically obsessed minds, cronies, AP holders and Malaysian sacred cows must Malaysian consumers continue to suffer high car prizes?

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Consumerist: Selangor Govt Urged To Release Names of Past/Present Politicians Allocated Land for Housing and Others!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Selangor Govt Urged To Release Names of Past/Present Politicians Allocated Land for Housing and Others!

I am really glad that a motion calling on Selangor to enact a law banning lawmakers and local Councillors from purchasing state land to ensure there is no abuse of power was passed by the state assembly recently!

This is a worthy cause and to prevent the kind of abuse of it in the past in various prized locations in Selangor which includes Shah Alam and the Tropicana area!

In fact, I urge the Selangor State government to immediately place a huge advertisement on the identities of those who have in the past benefited of these forms of allocation and gratification which I consider corrupt and an abuse of power – a power that they benefited as state assemblymen, parliamentarians and Councillors directly, indirectly and through proxies!

I know some of them are today singing new tunes as if they have seen the light but facts are facts and we need to come clean on this in the name of transparency, good governance and accountability with zero tolerance for unethical and corrupt acts!

 

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Consumerist: Re Fong Chan Onn – How Many More Good Man Must Fall?

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Re Fong Chan Onn – How Many More Good Man Must Fall?

Finally, after weeks of ‘twists and turns’, many a storyline the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) has admitted to a weakness in the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) online application process, which lead to former Malaysian chief secretary to the government and now (holy cow gosh) – Petronas Chairman Mohd Sidek Hassan’s daughter Suzi Suliana obtaining a large chunk of the solar energy quota!

Malaysians must also be concerned, in fact, very disturbed and delusional with the statement that Seda has no legal basis to disqualify any of the 12 companies linked to Suzi’s and her associates!

Nothing can be done even IF there is a monopoly emerging, alleged manipulation, abuse, .insider dealing and other popular interference that makes Malaysian business decisions so saucy and out rightly unbelievable and ‘criminal’ in the civilized world or any other jurisdiction in the world – where a company without track record, practically no capital and only registered a few months earlier can be awarded a massive multi million ringgit project from the air?

But I am so sad for Seda chairperson, Fong Chan Onn who I have known as a friend for many years and know he is indeed a very dedicated, decent and caring man.

In this tragedy, I am aware Fong Chan Onn is caught in a rather embarrassing situation and at the twilight of his life and career.

How sad and awful!

The pertinent question is how many more good man must fall so that the old order of corruption, abuse, preferential treatment to the country’s powerful political warlords and by extension of unfettered greed of their families can continue?

And certain quarters continue to preach – integrity when there is none around anymore?

I am just curious who will be next to fall?

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Consumerist: Withdraw Movie ‘Tanda Putera’ In The Nation’s Interest Govt Urged!

Dato Jacob George

‘It is sad that once again lessons have not being learnt and perhaps it is just a matter of time before issues like this find their way to the International Court of Justice at the Hague among other matters, for arbitration using records from archives at the Public Records in London!

As far as this movie go, I am certain, in fact confident that Malaysia’s present generation of both young and old will reject it out rightly and perhaps this will be lesson to be learnt by Malaysia’s overzealous self serving politicians?’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Withdraw Screening Movie ‘Tanda Putera’ In The Nation’s Interest Govt Urged!
shuhaimi babaI do not know neither have I met Shuhaimi Baba!

She may be a marvelous person, perhaps even a very wealthy person, with all the right connections, and perhaps even all the good intentions but even a child watching her latest production Tanda Putera, movie – fully funded by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) and the Multimedia Development Corporation (Mdec) cannot but conclude it is a product of sheer hypocrisy, manipulation of facts for a particular political agenda, a skewed re-telling of what happened during the 1969 race riots and pitched to open at the theaters weeks before Malaysia’s 13 General Election is about to be called!
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The RM4.8 million movie does show what our ‘political black hands want’ – demonizing one’s political opponents and on the other perpetuate the popular ‘bodek’ and ‘kiss the politicians ass’ culture of hero worshiping even if they are all factually wrong!

It is an attempt to make today’s multi racial Malaysians who have broken the bondage to political slavery and subsidy look pretty stupid but it is an act that will backfire again at those behind its inception!

Those behind this movie have absolutely no respect for the innocent victims or their survivors and next of kin!

It is all about both political positioning, financial and political gains if any?

However worst the timing of this event at the most holy month of Ramadan a period for prayer, fasting, good deeds, reconciliation, re-examination of our lives according to the Almighty’s will is simply unforgivable despite to political predators in sheep’s clothes it is a convenient bogey man to flog as defeat stares at one’s eyes as GE13 appears to face one?

The film is an attempt to set to stir emotions, anger, animosity, and break down what gains have been made since 1969 out of nothing but lies for political expediency!

It is sad that once again lessons have not being learnt and perhaps it is just a matter of time before issues like this find their way to the International Court of Justice at the Hague among other matters for arbitration using records from archives at the Public Records in London!

As far as this movie go, I am certain, in fact confident that Malaysia’s present generation of both young and old will reject it out rightly and perhaps this will be lesson to be learnt by Malaysia’s overzealous, corrupt, greed filled, self serving politicians?

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Consumerist: Flight Delay – Consumer Tribunal Orders Air Asia Refund To Consumer!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Flight Delay – Consumer Tribunal Orders Air Asia Refund To Consumer!

For those who have been victims in similar situations the finding on June 13/2012 of the Consumer Tribunal to order Air Asia to refund a Medan, Indonesia one-way fare worth RM646 to a private secretary to a minister must be a breath of fresh air and a move that was long3 coming!

Yes indeed, ‘ZA’ who is the private secretary to Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister had filed the claim on May 28, after his May 20 flight was postponed indefinitely preventing him from going to Medan on a working trip with the minister.

He stated that he did receive an Air Asia text message at 12.20pm stating the 1.40pm flight had been postponed to 8.40pm and after checking in at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal later that same day he found out that the flight had been delayed again and the airline staff were unable to confirm a definite departure time or reason for the delay.

The matter was settled after tribunal president Rehana Abd Razak ordered AirAsia to refund the fare within seven days.

In the case of Air Asia, we are advised that there is an exclusion clause in the contractual document that it is not liable for any flight delay which is an unfair contractual term!

And if you are familiar with the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act 2010 and under Part IIIA of the said Act, “unfair term” has been defined as a term in a consumer contract which, with regard to all the circumstances, causes a significant imbalance in the rights and obligations of the parties arising under the contract to the detriment of the consumer.

The contract will be said to be unfair if it has resulted in an unjust advantage to the supplier or unjust disadvantage to the consumer on account of the conduct of the supplier or the manner in which or circumstances under which the contract has been entered into.

Part IIIA of the said Act specifically deals with “Unfair Contract Terms” which also provides the power to the Court or Consumer Tribunal to invoke the issue of unfairness of the contract in a case even if the consumer did not include the complaint of unfair terms of the contract in his claim.

Part IIIA of the said Act gives the Court very wide power to declare the contract unenforceable or to grant award to the consumer.

There have been precedents set that a contract was held by the court to be unfair if it is harsh, oppressive, unconscionable, or excludes or restricts liability for negligence or for breach of express or implied terms of the contract without adequate justification.

In this case I am of the opinion that the said Tribunal had invoked Part IIIA of the Consumer Protection (Amendment ) Act 2010.

This now has many a repercussion not just to the airline industry but to others as well notably car parks in shopping complexes or any public car parks.

For those who may not have information on the workings of the said Consumer Tribunal it goes like this.

The Consumer Tribunal was set up by the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism ministry!

The said procedures are made very simple for consumers.

Claimant are not allowed to employ solicitors to act for them.

The filing fees is only RM5.00.

So If you as a consumer are put in a position of inequality of bargaining power or where you had no choice but to enter into the contract containing unfair terms, please file a case in the Consumer Tribunal which has been set up throughout the country.

 

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