Consumerist: Shenanigans – Shamelessly Using Murdered Altantuya As Pretext To Blackmail A Financial Wind Fall?

Dato Jacob George

‘I am perplexed because many of them hunted with the hounds and now running with the alleged hare claiming accountability, transparency, governance, ethics, fair-play, justice and what have you?’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Shenanigans – Shamelessly Using Murdered Altantuya As Pretext To Blackmail A Financial Wind Fall?

Today many shenanigans both political, businessmen and opportunists are self righteously saying they want Justice For Altantuya!

Really?

On the surface it seems a fair comment but is it really?

One even made it like it was a religious calling!

Many had made huge sums of monies flagging the other way till alleged betrayals?

Perhaps, we should ask who are making these calls and why and what for, now?

Unless they had a dramatic transformation episode as St. Paul did on the road to Damascus?

I am perplexed because many of them hunted with the hounds and now running with the alleged hare claiming accountability, transparency, governance, ethics, fair-play, justice and what have you?

In fact, visual recordings of their comments prior to their sine biotic relationships going sour over multi-million deals played alongside ‘new revelations from an opposite dimension’ raises more questions than answers!

Then you have a certain learned ‘black hand’ at work seen there, here and everywhere – even at airports?

It is strange that most of them I have not seen attending the grueling court case when it first exploded on the scene several years ago!

After all I was present throughout even at the Press Conference where the first Statutory Declaration was exposed!

During the trial – I know one was ‘playing up to the press’ while another, basically not on the scene at all till of late – very late!

So really what is this they are really after?

To ultimately blackmail certain individuals for a financial windfall in the name of justice for Altantuya?

Or is the sad truth that ‘two individuals’ of divergent characters and behavior traits but as an unit a strange dangerous and caustic mix asked to address a domestic problem took matters into their own hands, raped the pretty model, manhandled her, then shot and eventually used ‘plastic explosives’ not C4 (Stupid!) to dispose of their crime?

What ‘employees’, ‘truth’, ‘real murderers’, ‘pregnant’ are some idiots referring about?

We understand that political predators, actors and adventurers need to spin!

But the interesting ingredient here is the accusers are not angels either by any yardstick, imagination or free of corrupt and malicious intentions!

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Consumerist: Vell Paari Was Only Articulating The Indian Community’s Feeling When Others Sheepishly Failed!

Dato Jacob George

‘So much so an absolute moron can threaten and abuse Malaysian Indians who have been the nation’s backbone, the partner in Malaysia’s independence struggle and nation building efforts!

Where were the Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, the bourgeoisie foreigners married to local women, the Arab economic migrants and others sitting in posh positions and enjoying special status when others had paid the price at nation building?’ – Dr Jacob George

 

Consumerist: Vell Paari Was Only Articulating The Indian Community’s Feeling When Others Sheepishly Failed!

Was MIC strategy director S Vell Paari blowing his top or was he articulating the real frustrations of Malaysian Indians who are at the bottom of the Malaysian food and economic basket?

So much so an absolute moron can threaten and abuse Malaysian Indians who have been the nation’s backbone, the partner in Malaysia’s independence struggle and nation building efforts!

Where were the Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, the bourgeoisie foreigners married to local women, the Arab economic migrants and others sitting in posh positions and enjoying special status when others had paid the price at nation building?

Name one sector where Malaysian Indians have not contributed in our long journey to where we are today!

And yet a political retard can abuse our feelings by saying the following in the Sinar Harian February 18!

“Pernahkah kita bersungut ketika perayaan Thaipusam? Seminggu sebelum perayaan, seluruh kawasan sekitar Batu Caves sesak.

Kenderaan diparkir sesuka hati. Lautan manusia satu warna berhimpun, seolah-olah tidak ada warna lain lagi di negara ini.

“Hari ini pergilah ke mana sahaja. Jika dahulu, rumah ibadat dan patung-patung tidak banyak kelihatan meriah. Kalau adanya pun agak suram dan tidak nampak tombolnya. Tetapi selepas PRU 12, keadaan jauh berubah. Mereka mendapat peruntukan sana sini, pusat dan negeri. Rumah ibadat kecil menjadi besar, tombol rendah menjadi tinggi dan berwarna-warni.

“Apa yang saya lihat, kita sudah memberi segala-galanya bagi menagih simpati dan undi. Negara ini tidak ada lagi identiti. Agenda Islam dan Melayu entah ke mana. Saya amat yakin jika BN menang sekalipun dalam PRU 13 ini, keadaan tidak ada bezanya dengan apa yang berlaku pada hari ini. Kita akan terus menjaga hati orang lain daripada hati sendiri.”

Yes, while others wanted to pussy foot, strategise personal political, business ambitions and agenda not upset perhaps who they consider their ‘political masters and benefactors’ by remaining silent when the community was again under attack –
Vell Paari spoke out and I comment him for that!

I had immediately called him and congratulated him for his recent outspokenness against the abuse our community has been put under by political has been, predators, adventurers, and misfits!

Vell Paari was after all only articulating the feelings of the grassroots who have been sidetracked by the very group who claims they are representing them?

So who are these people representing really?

I am ashamed of them as are the Malaysian Indians!

I am certain GE13 will really show the answer how Malaysian Indians feel at these pungent abusive and derogatory comments when one has the political courage to call it!

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Consumerist: Rosmah Mansor Speaks On Behalf Women’s Security In Malaysia! While Consumerist Warns SS3 Petaling Jaya – Women Folk – 2 Malays On Motorbikes, 4 Indians Robbers Active In Broken Down Proton In Your Location! So Be Vigilant Always!

Dato Jacob George

‘Premier’s wife Rosmah Mansor maintains and I concur that violence against women must be addressed as it will have a negative impact on the family institution and can disrupt a country’s economic agenda bring all forms of trauma on the family and household!’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: SS3 Petaling Jaya – Women Folk Warned – 2 Malays On Motorbikes, 4 Indians Robbers Active In Broken Down Proton In Your Location! So Be Vigilant Always!

Rosmah Mansor the wife of the Premier had stated recently that an average of nine cases of domestic abuse and sexual assault have been recorded by police each day since 2010!

She continued that based on the latest police statistics, they found that there have been 9,314 domestic abuse and sexual assault cases since 2010.

Rosmah felt that this statistics must be shared is because violence against women is a universal problem that cuts across region, religion, race and culture and affects women across the globe.

I fully agree with Rosmah that violence against women must be addressed as it will have a negative impact on the family institution and can disrupt a country’s economic agenda bring all forms of trauma on the family and household!

Is it time we include in this statistics victims of robberies, assault and other forms of crimes which includes grievous bodily harm, rape, sexual crimes and murder?

I do not deny that the government has taken various initiatives with statutes amending the Domestic Violence Act, the Employment Act and enacting the Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Act, to further strengthen the laws to protect women in Malaysia.

I am aware that 2,252 women, who were victims of human trafficking, were rescued between 2008 and 2010 under the Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Act which must be lauded!

But I maintain like Rosmah cited that improvement in policies and laws would not address the problem of domestic violence or other violence on women in a holistic manner without the enforcement of other mechanisms.

We need an holistic and professional response on all forms of violence against women especially at recent spikes on robberies, rapes, assault on women!

Beyond that, daring robbers on motor cycles carrying assault weapons smashing car windows to rob victims is too common a scene these days and they are mostly women who end up as victims.

These robbers ramble through shopping malls, streets and isolated areas to look for their victims. It seems like it is no more secure for women to drive these days.

Many of these helpless women have even been injured, killed or raped.

Last Saturday February 23 at around 8am at SS3 PJ, a woman and her daughter walking towards her car were nearly robbed by 2 Malays working separately in 2 motorbikes but in unison!

The victim to be was observant and noticed the movements of these two targeting her and her child as they came out of a restaurant walking towards their car parked nearby!

They avoided the trap set for them running into their car locking and getting away!

Many others have not been so lucky in SS3 Petaling Jaya, Sungai Way, and others parts of the Klang Valley as our women folk (mothers, daughters, wives, grandmothers, Aunties, Godmothers, Nannies) who go out marketing, shopping and performing household duties early on Saturdays and Sundays and become soft targets of an organized group of either 2 Malays on motor bikes or several Indians in a broken Proton Saga or other vehicles.

I am advised of many such thefts and attacks going now unreported as the public are quick losing faith in our enforcement and preventive manoeuvres!

When individuals eventually loss faith and confidence what is left?

To date how many robbers have been shot dead or arrested?

To date how many carjacking groups have been arrested or shot to death in high powered operations?

Is it not time that we decided to shoot robbers and others dead who target our women folks or other soft targets instead of arresting them?

The attempted victim of Saturday Feb 23/2013 was lucky this time but she too was a victim in a earlier robbery by 2 Malays on Motorbikes at a Shell Petrol Station in Sg.Ara, PJ CCTV recording uploaded here

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Consumerist: Is This Why Iranians Are Leaving Iran And fleeing To Other Countries Including Malaysia?

Dato Jacob George

Why Iranian Are Leaving Iran And fleeing To Other Countries Including Malaysia!

A Comprehensive perspective!

To get some perspective on the state of the Iranian economy, it may be useful for us Malaysians to begin by providing a few benchmarks.

Did you know that in 970, Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP) was US$10.6 billion (ranking 27 among all countries), while the commensurate figure for South Korea was $8.9 billion (32nd).

And ten years on, Iran’s GDP was $90 billion (19th) and Korea’s $63 billion (28th); and in 2005 sadly, Iran had sunk to 31st in GDP ranking at $190 billion and Korea had climbed to 13th, with $791 billion.

Moreover, for Iran, real per capita income growth in the period 1980-2005 was about zero; and although it increased after 2005 because of rapidly rising oil prices, over the long haul there has been insignificant growth in real per capita incomes over the past 30 years since the Revolution.

As for oil, Iranian and Saudi Arabian oil production in selective years show a position of effective parity four decades ago transforming into one where Saudi output was almost double that of Iran last year: in 1970, Iran 3.83 million barrels per day (mbd) and Saudi Arabia 3.8 mbd; in 1975, Iran 5.35 mbd and Saudi Arabia 7.08 mbd; and in 2009, Iran 4.04 mbd and Saudi Arabia 8.25 mbd.

For natural gas, although Iran and tiny Qatar have about the same level of reserves (Iran ranking second and Qatar third globally) largely as a result of a joint gas field in the Persian Gulf, Qatar became the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) quite some time ago and is expected to export 105 billion cubic meters of LNG in 2010, while Iran does not export any LNG whatsoever.

In fact, Iran has recently abandoned its two LNG projects (because of funding and needed technology transfer) in the natural gas field that it shares with Qatar, and is instead hoping in the future to become a big gas exporter through pipelines.

In oil, then, Iran’s output has not kept up with Saudi Arabia’s, and if we look at sustainable production capacity (because of low investment) and oil exports (because of rising domestic consumption), Iran has fallen even further behind Saudi Arabia.

Now lets us look at natural gas development and LNG exports!

Here, Qatar, although quite backward in all areas of energy development, today simply dwarfs once mighty Iran.

In terms of gross domestic product, to compare Iran’s performance with South Korea may appear unfair given their present strengths, but the difference in performance is striking.

In 1970, Iran had an economy that was about 10% bigger than Korea’s; by 1980, around the time of the 1979 revolution, Iran’s economy was about 50% bigger (in large part because of rising oil prices and revenues).

Yet a mere 25 years later, in 2005, Korea’s GDP was more than four times that of Iran’s; and because of rapid population growth, Iran’s per capita performance compares even less favourably to South Korea.

To say that the Iranian economy has underperformed since the Shah’s overthrow in 1979 would be an understatement.

Of course, certainly emigration from Iran affords one reasonable overall verdict on economic (and political) conditions in Iran.

Under the Shah if you remember, emigration was a trickle and was in large part motivated by political repression.

But since the revolution, emigration from Iran has become a torrent driven by political, social and economic considerations; especially for the university-educated youth of Iran, the dearth of economic opportunities and hope for a better future has become the main motivating factor to emigrate.

And according to the International Monetary Fund, Iran ranks first in brain drain among developing countries, with roughly 150,000 Iranians leaving Iran every year, and with about 25% of all Iranians with post-secondary education now living abroad in developed countries.

It has been estimated that brain drain is costing Iran about $40 billion per year.

It is strange and inexplicable that Iranian officials dismiss the importance of the country’s brain drain as inconsequential, but they do so at their own peril because the importance of a highly educated class for economic development and growth has become indisputable.

Another broad verdict on Iran’s economic conditions is the size of foreign direct investment (FDI); this is an indicator of how foreigners perceive Iran’s economic conditions and promise.

FDI in Iran outside the energy sector has been paltry, and even in the energy sector it has been small relative to Iran’s potential (as indicated by its reserves of oil and natural gas).

The reasons are many: Iran’s historically unattractive policies toward FDI, its sub-par economic performance and outlook, negative press coverage, a less-than-attractive business climate, and US sanctions.

The failure in the energy sector (oilfield development, natural gas development in the Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea oil and gas development, pipeline development for Iranian exports as well as for transit) has been largely a result of US unilateral sanctions, shortage of capital and Iran’s negotiating tactics.

To be fair, one should begin by acknowledging that on the eve of the revolution, the Iranian economy had a number of structural deficiencies that were much like those of other developing countries of the time.

The economy was heavily protected from foreign competition and import substitution was seen as the way to develop and grow; at that time, this was the norm, or the perceived prescription, among developing countries, even among countries in Asia that have since excelled.

At the same time, because of its dependence on oil exports, the public sector played a dominating role, in part stifling private sector development.

In retrospect, however, the low quality and inefficiency of Iranian institutions may be seen as Iran’s major deficiency for economic growth at the time of the revolution.

Although economists have been latecomers in recognizing the obvious, namely the importance of institutions, the contributions of institutions as the foundation for development and growth is today indisputable.

In any part of the civilized world, without efficient institutions, such as the legal system and the rule of law, confidence is diminished, and with it the desire to save and invest in long-term projects.

Sadly, the revolution not only did not support and enhance institutional development, instead, and as will be discussed later, it has even eroded what was in place in 1979.

But why has the revolutionary government of Iran failed so? And is there any hope for a turnaround anytime soon?

Now why did Iran regress after the revolution to be where it is today?

In the aftermath of the revolution in 1979, the regime nationalized much of the private sector. Nationalization increased the role of the government even further and stifled the nascent private sector that it had inherited from the previous regime.

Nationalized industries were handed to newly created foundations run by political cronies.

Import substitution policies were continued by the revolutionary government, but more forcefully than ever before because political cronies were inept managers and needed more protection from foreign competition to survive. Thus nationalization increased structural inefficiencies further and impaired economic growth.

Explicit and implicit subsidies, such as high tariffs, have supported most of Iran’s industrial and manufacturing production.

Although privatization policies to reverse these adverse trends started in the 1990s, they have achieved little like in Malaysia!

There has been more talk, political rhetoric and statements but little at all of tangible comprehensible action.

Today, the public sector is responsible for well about 65% of Iran’s total employment. In fact, with the increasing economic role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the role and potential of the private sector may have been dealt a mortal blow

Iran’s economic failures have been exacerbated by widespread, regressive government subsidies and administered prices.

Although these were in part a legacy of the Iran-Iraq War between 1980 and 1988, they have been continued for political expediency.

The regime has used subsidies to hide its economic failures and to gain support of the less-fortunate Iranians who have become dependent on government handouts because the economy has not created sufficient well paying jobs.

The single largest subsidy, namely that for gasoline, was in the range of 10% to 25% of GDP during 1997-2008; the cost of this subsidy has varied largely because of fluctuations in world oil prices, which are used to calculate the extent of the subsidy.

The explicit (budgeted) consumer subsidies, for staple food items, water, electricity and the like, have amounted to another 5-10% of GDP in recent years. If everything were added up, subsidies have, on average, probably amounted to about 25-30% of GDP during the period 2000-2008.

These large subsidy expenditures, besides being inefficient by encouraging waste, have severely limited the resources available for investment in education, healthcare, infrastructure and industrialization.

Many schools operate in shifts because of a shortage of space. The availability of university education is limited and its quality has deteriorated since 1979. Public healthcare is of low quality and limited in rural areas. And growth outside of the energy sector has been painfully slow

Although strapped for resources when oil prices were low from the mid-1980s to the turn of the century, the regime in Tehran has been unable to adopt an efficient and equitable tax system to enhance revenues and has continued to rely largely on oil revenues to finance expenditure. It is estimated that oil and gas revenues constituted more than 80% of central government revenues in 2007.

The absence of an effective progressive income tax and a capital gains tax have in turn been a major determinant of Iran’s income distribution, which has only become more glaringly unequal since the revolution. The rich pay little or no tax. The poor have little income to afford taxes. As a result, the limited tax burden has fallen on government employees.

While institutions were inefficient and corrupt prior to the revolution, they have become even less effective and more corrupt under the revolutionary government. Corruption has permeated every level of society.

Under the Shah, corruption was more or less limited to members of the royal family, ministers and other senior officials.

In today’s Iran it is even at the level of the doorman to government buildings. To go anywhere and get anything done requires a payment.

Corruption can be seen even in the day-to-day policies of the government, and especially of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration.

For instance, why have so many large contracts been lavished on the IRGC?

This might be justified if the IRGC was qualified for the contracts it contested and if the bids were fairly evaluated.

Even before the Ahmadinejad government took power in 2005, it was alleged the IRGC would routinely bid on contracts (such as developing gas fields and off-shore oil fields) where it had no expertise; it would then turn around and subcontract its “winning” bid to a foreign firm, invariably one that was not eligible either (due to factors such as propriety technology or financing), and then take a large cut from the top with the result that the senior members of the IRGC were enriched and then in turn supported the government (a very costly and roundabout way to enrich cronies).

President Ahmadinejad is alleged to practice the same policy more openly and taken it to new highs.

For example, while Bechtel developed Qatar’s gas field and built its LNG capacity with the most effective technology (Conoco Phillips), Iran relied on the IRGC and European companies that were not fully qualified; and the consequences are clear.

Over the past five years, a period when oil peaked at nearly $150 per barrel in July of 2008, the Iranian government spent oil revenues with no regard to Iranian law or to the impact on the economy.

In 1999, Iran established an Oil Stabilization Fund (OSF) to reduce fluctuations in government budget revenues through periods of rising and falling oil prices.

The Iranian parliament adopted strict procedures for the operations of the OSF.

Yet, while the holdings of the OSF should have increased significantly during the period of rapidly rising oil prices, they in fact decreased.

Moreover, although Iran adopted a law that would require the government to wean itself from oil revenues over a period of 10 years, its dependence has instead increased during Ahmadinejad’s presidency over the last five years.

The populist Ahmadinejad has ordered the central bank to withdraw funds from the OSF to support his expenditure policies.

Central bank governors who have not followed his orders have been summarily fired.

In fact, it is alleged that Ahmadinejad spends from the national treasury as he wishes, without parliamentary approval, to buy support as needed. In a country where the president behaves so, it is also alleged by sources the rule of law is only a mirage and affords no comfort to long-term investors.

Iran’s macroeconomic policies over the past decade have not been supportive. With rising oil revenues, the government has increased its expenditures freely, resulting in inflation rates that have been in the 20% to 30% range and real interest rates of minus 5% to 15% during the last seven years.

At the same time, the exchange rate, although categorized as a managed float, has moved in a narrow range of about 15% to the US dollar over the last 10 or so years.

Prices for imported goods have increased along with global inflation, but prices of non-tradables have increased at a much faster rate (with Tehran’s real estate prices increasing by about 1,500% to 2,000% between 1998 and 2008). The result has been a highly overvalued currency that has damaged Iran’s international competitiveness.

The wealthy have gained through a real estate bubble that dwarfs that of the US, prompting the rich to sell, with oil revenues subsidizing their capital flight at an essentially fixed exchange rate. The estimated size of massive capital flight over the last eight years has been about $250 billion.

In addition to all these failures, the government initially encouraged rapid population growth (later reversed) which resulted in roughly a doubling of the population between 1979 and 2001 and heavy pressure on infrastructure, education and healthcare.

Creating gainful employment for the country’s youth has been, and will continue to be, the major challenge for at least another 15 to 20 years. Iran’s official unemployment rate has been 10 to 17% over the last five years, with the true figure in the 20-25% range.

Given this depressing landscape, it is no wonder that the highly educated university graduates are attempting to leave Iran with little intention of coming back, with dire implications for the country’s future.

Besides these self-inflicted policy and institutional failures, Iran has had two other setbacks that have been to different degrees outside of its control.

First, the Iran-Iraq War took a heavy toll on Iran (as well as on Iraq).

In addition to a major loss of human life (exceeding 500,000) and the seriously injured (in excess of 500,000), the direct economic damage was high; most estimates are in the range of $600-$900 billion, with about $800 billion as a consensus figure.

Such damage is significant for an economy the size of Iran’s, representing about 150% of aggregate 1980 to 1988 GDP, and 160% of aggregate oil revenues earned by Iran from 1975 through 2000. Damage to Iran’s infrastructure alone – which amounted to $257.3 billion – was equal to almost half of the country’s aggregate GDP from 1980 to 1988.

Second, US unilateral sanctions (and to a much lesser extent United Nations sanctions) have had an impact on Iran’s development and growth.

While US sanctions on Iran have had a long history going back some 30 years and there have been several rounds of UN sanctions, two broad actions stand out for their effect on Iran: the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) adopted under President Bill Clinton (later modified to Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA), and the ever-tightening financial sanctions engineered by the US Treasury (especially since 2008).

The major impact of ILSA has been to slow down, and in some cases halt, the development of Iran’s oil and gas reserves.

The US has used its sway over the global economy and has adopted practices that go beyond its borders (extraterritoriality).

Energy firms have been threatened with US fines and sanctions if they invest in Iran’s energy sector.

This has essentially stopped the participation of US, European and Japanese firms in Iran; it has stopped the development of Iran’s interest in the Caspian basin; it has excluded Iran’s territory from being used as transit for bringing other Caspian oil to market (the least-cost route and again reducing Iranian revenues).

These measures have thus reduced government revenues. Whether this is all bad or good for the people of Iran is open to debate as corruption and government waste would have squandered these revenues.

The most effective and immediate sanctions on Iran have been the financial. The US Treasury has essentially tried to cut off Iranian financial institutions from the international payments system.

This has been done more deliberately and effectively since November 2008. Essentially the US has again used its extraterritorial powers to fine and threaten any financial institution that deals with institutions that the US has sanctioned.

Still the US has not gone all the way. It has not sanctioned the central bank of Iran and it has not used all its powers to pressure countries (over which it has influence) that still cooperate with Iran, such as the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

But even existing US measures have increased the cost of letters of credit and of all other financial transactions for Iran.

The broad impact has been to increase the cost of imports by about 20%, further pressuring the government budget and reducing the government’s room for manoeuvre and limiting its ability to buy support domestically.

Meanwhile, the average citizen suffers, receiving little benefit from the depletion of the country’s oil reserves. Iranian citizens and future generations have essentially been fleeced in favour of the wealthy and resources have been wasted in inefficient subsidies.

Simultaneously, the government touts its commitment to economic and social justice, while inflation and unemployment are high, good paying jobs scarce, social services limited and there is little hope for a better future.

All the while, Gulf Arabs, with the exception of Iraq, whom Iranians have historically belittled as Bedouins with little cultural heritage, prosper economically and move ahead of the once proud Persian people.

In short, the policies of the revolutionary government of Iran have failed the Iranian people miserably.

Economic failure and the resulting hardships are more of an issue than political repression for the average Iranian. Economic failure for some has become increasingly a question of survival and thus many are now leaving their homeland which includes Malaysia!

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Consumerist: PM Sir – You Are Wrong – Just Any Candidate Will no Longer Do For GE13! They Must Be Truly Exceptional And Respectable!

Dato Jacob George

‘We have a formidable fight on our hands!

With an April election looming and if component parties cannot help Najib it is alright but do not cause irreparable political damage and backlash instead as time is of the essence and there is work still to be done to convince Malaysians and new voters that we are far better than our opponents!’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: PM Sir – You Are Wrong – Just Any Candidate Will no Longer Do For GE13! They Must Be Truly Exceptional And Respectable!

I am all the more confused if indeed Premier Sir, you are confident that the rakyat will accept just any candidate, operative word ‘any candidate’ just because they are fielded by the Barisan Nasional in the 13th general election (GE13)!

Twenty years ago perhaps so, but, certainly not post GE12 and with negative public-voter perception and the avalanche of political scandals and upheavals the BN has been having of late, I humbly believe it is an uphill climb!

The Sabah Project IC and alleged similar projects in Selangor and opposition held constituencies is not helping either.

Neither, racist statements made by pro BN former opposition candidates, politicians, masquerading religious scholars cum politicos hammering away against Malaysian minorities and their faith in a very organized and concerted manner hurling unsubstantiated malicious allegations hurting decency, dignity and decorum and getting away with it unpunished!

And the official response has been one of elegant silence and if this is part of the government’s transformation policies – to keep silent and not take action – basically it says a lot about political courage and will or lack of it!

I do not deny the vast political leg work and proactive political statements made by you Premier Sir, neither do I deny perhaps your ‘good intentions!’

But Premier sir – ‘good intentions’ alone do not win elections and elections as the next one, is going to be tagged the ‘challenging and dirties elections in all Malaysian history?’

And I still maintain Premier Sir, you are surrounded by ‘a bunch of idiots, novices and self serving bureaucrats’ who are doing you and your vision and programs a great disservice by not being politically proactive, ‘on the ball’, savvy and alert!

As such, keeping them as your intelligence detail is a wrong move!

There has been far too many communication gaps, glitches and breakdowns!

We have seen far too many ‘twist and turns’ and that has not helped either.

Worst, component BN parties are totally not in line with the core objective to work intelligently and diligently to at least maintain present status quo in Putrajaya and not wish for a landslide or recapturing a two third which is totally unthinkable in present conditions and political scenario!

We have component parties positioning their personal favorites and ‘machais’ as candidates even when they have lost previously in a more favorable seat this time in constituencies in a different state – I mean parachuting a defeated candidate when the former incumbent if ‘winnable’ ‘untainted’ – should be given a second chance at best or a new face brought in!

We have another case of an incumbent victorious in GE12 ‘replaced’ (?) by party chieftains with an unknown ‘new face’ more out of political envy and bias rather than sound intelligent politics!

It is so obvious!

We have a party that is alleged to have ambushed the office of a mainstream vernacular newspaper upsetting Malaysian Indians when you sir, are doing all you can to regain their trust and votes after seeing the loss in the Chinese votes and the huge division of the Malay vote bank!

It is so obvious Sir the component party chieftains and other politicos are not on the same page as you are and IF THIS CONTINUES UNABATED – it would be political suicide!

Perhaps, you are already aware Sir, that in one state, recently, internal political bickering became a trait and the post of ‘Menteri Besar’ fought over even before we have wrestled back that state from opposition hands!

IF this is not foolishness, I wonder what is?

It is a pity that seasoned ‘old farts of politics’ refuse to retire gracefully but – think it is the ‘same old, same old’ come GE13 because there is an allegation that ‘we control’ the media, the Police, the Army, the Civil Service, the EC, have multi million contracts to give out for support, so the result is a ‘quickie win?’

Nothing is further than the truth!

That is sheer stupidity to think that way!

We have a formidable fight on our hands with self serving ‘enemies within’ sabotaging for personal and private gain ‘playing both sides!’

With an April election looming and if component parties cannot help you, Premier Sir, – it is alright but they should not misbehave, play double games and cause irreparable political damage and backlash instead as time is of the essence and there is work still to be done to convince Malaysians and new voters that we are far better than our opponents!

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