Consumerist: Premier Najib’s 11 Measures To Slash Public Spending Welcomed!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Premier Najib’s 11 Measures To Slash Public Spending Welcomed!

It is a telling statement and I certainly welcome it!

It’s about time!

Pak Jib’s decision to initiate cost cutting measures from the highest levels will now go a long way to cutting our public culture of over spending and abuse of public monies entrusted to the administration to holistically manage!

Among the measures to be introduced include cutting the entertainment allowances of Ministers and Deputy Ministers by 10%; requiring all government ministries, agencies and premises to cut their electricity bills by 5%; cutting the toll payment facilities for senior government officers by 30%; and reducing the use of event management companies and door gifts for conventions and government functions involving public servants.

What about expensive corporate shirts for launchers?

That must go too!

May I also suggest that all international travel be revisited on its need and urgency, which includes conferences, and local and international travel be only on the national aircraft and on cost cutting budgets!

And the recent decision on salary and perks rise for politicians be rethought across the board!

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Consumerist: When A Tan Sri Datuk Seri Does Not Know How To Carry Himself With Dignity & Decorum Of The Title He Is Bestowed – It Should Be Withdrawn!

Dato Jacob George

‘It is shocking the cheap thrills some idiots – so what if this fool is a Tan Sri Datuk Seri, get in throwing their weight around defenseless people and staff and among them, para medical staff and doctors who are there to help people in the first place!’

Consumerist: When A Tan Sri Datuk Seri Does Not Know How To Carry Himself With Dignity & Decorum Of The Title He Is Bestowed – It Should Be Withdrawn!

I must admit this is not the first time that I have witnessed such a abuse, such embarrassment, such indignity of one who claims to be a holder of honorific’s misbehaving in a public space!

But this time, I am doing something about it as these kinds of things have gone on far too long because we have tolerated it and allowed certain individuals to run rough short in the public space!

They think the honorifics they have are a license to bully individuals!

This incident I witnessed took place in a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur where this individual came for medical screening and as is required, there is a process of admission where personal and insurance details are checked!

Process wherever takes time and more so as no one wants to be at the end of any medical legal dispute!

As an observer well versed in the administration of private hospital process, having worked at what was once Subang Jaya Medical Center (SJMC), I was shocked and disappointed with this individual who misbehaved, created a storm, threatened staff, and behaved in a manner certainly not reflecting the dignity and decorum of the titles bestowed upon him!

It is shocking the cheap thrills some idiots – so what if this fool is a Tan Sri Datuk Seri, get in throwing their weight around defenseless people and staff and among them para medical staff and doctors who are there to help people in the first place!

I am told he is a contractor and a politician too – a division leader whose position is under probe by a mainstream political party?

This kind of crude, despicable behavior must stop!

I will have a quiet word with the Chief Secretary to the Government in the new year!

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Consumerist: No Need for Anti Price Hike Gathering Says Malaysia’s Lead Consumer Advocate!

Dato Jacob George

As such, while this is been initiated any attempt to politicize this and create tensions by illegal gatherings as we celebrate a new year is not just vulgar but distasteful!

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Photo: 'As such, while this is been initiated any attempt to politicize this and create tensions by illegal gatherings as we celebrate a new year is not just vulgar but distasteful!'Consumerist: No Need for Anti Price Hike Gathering Says Malaysia’s Lead Consumer Advocate!I have been reading far too many comments and statements from various groups and it is disheartening!I can only appeal for a calm, clear, collected intelligent response from majority Malaysians who I do not deny are hurt at the rising costs of living on the one end and the sad perception of administration folly and financial abuse and bourgeoisie living on the other!There are issues to be addressed and deliberated and my colleagues and I are doing it as we speak.Meetings with various stakeholders and policy makers are in the pipeline to address price hikes and the abuse in the marketplace by notorious monopolies and shenanigans!Stern action is been activated against those abusing the marketplace in 2014 and we are hopeful that it will stem the rising tide of price escalation unseen in the nation’s history to date!As such, while this is been initiated any attempt to politicize this and create tensions by illegal gatherings as we celebrate a new year is not just vulgar but distasteful!Please do allow those of us who have been addressing the cause the way we have, from time immemorial and massive politicized gatherings and show of force is not the way forward!Please do spend December 31 with loved ones and family, bonding, with our various food delicacies we are famous for and attending various religious houses to pray, seek enlightenment and blessings for the incoming year 2014!

Consumerist: No Need for Anti Price Hike Gathering Says Malaysia’s Lead Consumer Advocate!

I have been reading far too many comments and statements from various groups and it is disheartening!

I can only appeal for a calm, clear, collected intelligent response from majority Malaysians who I do not deny are hurt at the rising costs of living on the one end and the sad perception of administration folly and financial abuse and bourgeoisie living on the other!

There are issues to be addressed and deliberated and my colleagues and I are doing it as we speak.

Meetings with various stakeholders and policy makers are in the pipeline to address price hikes and the abuse in the marketplace by notorious monopolies and shenanigans!

Stern action is been activated against those abusing the marketplace in 2014 and we are hopeful that it will stem the rising tide of price escalation unseen in the nation’s history to date!

As such, while this is been initiated any attempt to politicize this and create tensions by illegal gatherings as we celebrate a new year is not just vulgar but distasteful!

Please do allow those of us who have been addressing the cause the way we have, from time immemorial and massive politicized gatherings and show of force is not the way forward!

Please do spend December 31 with loved ones and family, bonding, with our various food delicacies we are famous for and attending various religious houses to pray, seek enlightenment and blessings for the incoming year 2014!

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Consumerist: Unsavory Comment – UMNO’s Zaiton Mat Should Apologize To Save UMNO Been Ridiculed further!

Dato Jacob George

‘I have many dear friends in UMNO – and – they are a great bunch – and when the need arises on issues, they have always been magnanimous and open to discussion and debate and reversal of policy IF I can assure them the need to – and I am reaching out to them to chastise and discipline Zaiton on this matter and distancing themselves from the kind of naked vulgarity of political thought the latter is exhibiting in this situation that has got all peace loving and right thinking Malaysians angry and riled up against UMNO!’

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Consumerist: Unsavory Comment – UMNO’s Zaiton Mat Should Apologize To Save UMNO Been Ridiculed further!

Something has gone terribly wrong here in Malaysia!

I have not seen the kind of naked political arrogance nor vulgarity made so explicit and without thinking and realizing the backlash on such utterances!

Many of us, this writer included, are on a mission of political reconciliation to address the nation’s problems and issues in a manner that is truly patriotic and mindful and this happens!

I am actually amused at the plain naked stupidity of some Malaysian politicians who in their eagerness thinking their political utterances at a time of consumer and political backlash and siege will put them on a higher political footing instead does the reverse and great harm to the party reputation!

They come out looking pretty pathetic and lost as they have not realized that the train has left them long ago!

Yes – Malaysian voters thoughts and aspirations have changed from that first Malaysian elections and the sooner we analyze the trends of 2008, 2013 the better!

Are our politicians under siege saying that IF we have differing views from Putrajaya we are not unpatriotic or need to leave the country?

IF one constantly questions the Government does it mean we are disloyal?

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So how is Malaysian voters and the new generation of voters to react to the unsavory comment by Kuantan Wanita Umno division head Zaiton Mat urging those who disliked the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government to leave the country?

Does she have the political courage and guts to call in the entire Malaysian and international media and repeat that statement?

Is telling Malaysians who ask pertinent questions as is required in a democracy to leave the country not unconstitutional, vulgar and a despicable act?

I wonder how many Police reports have been made so far on that statement which to me is seditious!

I have many dear friends in UMNO – and – they are a great bunch – and when the need arises on issues they have always been magnanimous and open to discussion and debate and reversal of policy IF I can assure them the need to – and I am reaching out to them to chastise and discipline Zaiton on this matter and distancing themselves from the kind of naked vulgarity of political thought the latter is exhibiting in this situation that has got all peace loving and right thinking Malaysians angry and riled up against UMNO!

Apologizing is a strength not a weakness Zaiton!

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CASSA Jamin SPAD Umum Kadar Kenaikan Tambang Bas Sekolah Yang Munasabah!

Dato Jacob George

Post PicCASSA Jamin SPAD Umum Kadar Kenaikan Tambang Bas Sekolah Yang Munasabah!

Ditulis Oleh Wan Anis Ilyani Wan Mohammad Azhar – Antarapos

SHAH ALAM: Satu kadar munasabah akan diberikan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Darat (SPAD) kepada pengusaha bas sekolah di negara ini, demikian menurut Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (CASSA), Datuk Dr Jacob George.

Kadar tersebut, menurut Jacob akan seiring dengan peningkatan dan penambahbaikan mutu beberapa aspek seperti perkhidmatan dan keselamatan kepada penggunanya.

Malah kaedah yang dilaksanakan SPAD dalam mendapatkan maklum balas pelbagai pihak berkepentingan sebelum kadar baharu diputus dan diumumkan turut dipuji CASSA, atas rasa prihatin dan tanggungjawab kepada ibu bapa dan kanak-kanak sekolah.

Ditanya lanjut berapa jumlah peratusan kenaikan itu, Jacob bagaimanapun menjelaskan ia masih dalam peringkat perbincangan.

“Saya telah mengikuti siri perbincangan dua hala bersama SPAD. Saya sudah lakukan perbincangan dengan Pengerusi SPAD. Pada pandangan saya, saya mengalu-alukan apa tindakan SPAD berjumpa dengan golongan berkepentingan dan dapatkan maklum balas dari situ.

“Saya sokong apa tindakan yang mereka buat. Dan saya sokong kenaikan yang mereka akan bentangkan nanti. Kenaikan itu adalah munasabah dan proaktif, yang telah beberapa kali dibincangkan.

“Belum ditetapkan dan masih dalam perbincangan. Kita akan dipanggil untuk berbincang lagi. Seperti saya kata, susah untuk ditetapkan sebab ia berkaitan dengan pelbagai perkara yang turut menerima kesannya,” katanya kepada Antarapos.

Jacob berkata demikian ketika ditanya hasil kajian tambang bas sekolah yang dilakukan SPAD, sepertimana yang diminta oleh Persekutuan Persatuan-persatuan Bas Sekolah Malaysia (PPPBSM) untuk menaikkan sebanyak 40 peratus.

PPPBSM berkata kenaikan itu adalah wajar bagi menampung kos operasi yang semakin lama semakin meningkat.

Malah ia juga disebabkan harga diesel yang meningkat sejak 2 September lalu semenjak kerajaan mengurangkan subsidinya, demikian menurut Presidennya, Amali Munif Rahmat.

Ditanya mengenai kadar kenaikan tambang teksi yang turut meminta perkara yang sama, Jacob berkata kenaikan itu juga pada paras yang sesuai dan tidak akan membebankan pemandu teksi serta golongan pelanggan.

“Tidak, dari apa yang difahamkan ia akan menjadi kenaikan yang munasabah dan datang dengan mutu perkhidmatan yang cemerlang dan profesional. Dalam keadaan itu saya sokong sebab mereka buat kajian dan perbincangan terperinci dengan pelbagai pihak sebelum ia diputuskan,” jelasnya.

Pengerusi SPAD, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar baru-baru berkata penstrukturan semula industri teksi termasuk isu tambang, permit teksi individu dan pajakan (sewa beli) teksi akan diumumkan tidak lama lagi.

“Saya fikir kajian ini sudah di peringkat akhir. Insya-Allah tahun depan kita akan membuat keputusan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata sebarang kenaikan tambang akan diperinci dan mesti rasional kerana memikirkan keadaan pada masa kini banyak orang merungut bahawa terpaksa berdepan dengan pelbagai harga barangan dan perkhidmatan.

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