MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PRAISES PM NAJIB FOR BRIDGING OF A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SPEARHEAD PROGRESS!

‘Let us work together bridging this relationship between all states and federal government as the Premier calls out for using the Johor Master Plan initiatives!’

MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PRAISES PM NAJIB FOR BRIDGING OF A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SPEARHEAD PROGRESS!

Like all others, who have worked and lobbied for a comprehensive transport policy in Malaysia, I am really thankful to Prime Minister, Najib Razak and the federal government for contributing RM1 billion towards the development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) while the rest, amounting to RM1.56 billion, would be financed via a Private Public Partnership.

The prime minister stated this in his speech during the launching of the 2017 Progressive Johor Expo at Kota Iskandar!

The Premier went further to state that the said BRT project, under the concept of inclusiveness and sustainability, worth RM2.56 billion, would be developed by the federal government via the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Johor state government.

The interesting features of what the Premier announced were that the BRT will be the public transportation infrastructure backbone in the Iskandar Region Malaysia in the next two decades.

Secondly, it is a ‘state of the art’ or ‘high-quality bus-based transit system’ which will give a reliable, comfortable and cost-effective service which all commuters have been waiting for!

BRT is expected to be operational in 2021 covering 90 percent of Iskandar Malaysia with a 51 km route through 39 stations.

What is remarkable is that, the said project contained the same features as the Light Rail Transit or metro, which is faster compared to normal bus services.

If connectivity and linkages were the folly of earlier projects, I am advised that the development of the BRT system will have smooth links to the Rail Transit System (RTS), High-Speed Rail, KTM Commuter and inter-town bus terminals.

This is the right tonic, as we look forward to an increase in population and economic growth to simultaneously boost job opportunities and address other challenges going forward!

Another area which excited me was the Premier’s remark which touched on Johor Skills Development Master Plan to ensure that workers in the state were equipped with the right skills.

To me this was a recap of what I had presented to the Johor state government and at the highest levels, in 2015 on a project called OIPAM!

Or – ‘Ops Isi Penuh Anak Malaysia’ – which is my brainchild to create opportunities, both through internships, educational stints, online educational courses, degree programs, in and out of the country at a costs that is value add!

This will help to sever the destructive dependence of foreign workers in Malaysia and all the issues and problems that is inherited with that!

OIPAM – a project accredited by the state agencies and federal ministries!

A program where the aspirations of the state government to spur skills development based on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Youths, in this case as alluded to by our beloved Premier would be a signature feature!

This is why the relationship between the federal government and state is vital!

And let this historical value of state and federal government working together be the model going forward to assure holistic progress, development and an elevation of the standard and quality of life for all consumers not just in Johor but in all other states in Malaysia!

Let us work together bridging this relationship between all states and federal government as the Premier calls out for using the Johor Master Plan initiatives!

SEA GAMES 2017 CHEATS IN OUR MIDST – WHATS NEW MALAYSIA ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?

‘In the meantime, the athletes are likely to be suspended indefinitely until their case is resolved.

But the stink generated by them hurts and smear the sacrifice, dedication and integrity of thousands who worked hard to do their best for Malaysia!’

 

SEA GAMES 2017 CHEATS IN OUR MIDST – WHATS NEW MALAYSIA ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?

So finally, what was most feared of after all the political double speak, spin, and alleged abuse of the media to prop up ailing politicians and others comes the news that one of those 145 medals has been tainted with by positive drug test.

Yes, there is no doubt that the just held Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 in August may have been a success in terms of Malaysia’s gold medal haul, but with this sad news which has gone viral it brings embarrassment to the nation!

This against a backdrop that we are excellent and professional in organizing, administration and managing international meets!

The word out is that a Malaysian gold medalist is one of three athletes who tested positive for a banned substance!

The exposure came from non-other than the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) who said they are still finalizing the details of the tests but will only be able to reveal the identities of the three athletes later this month.

But if you have any other thought you are mistaken as they go further saying that they can confirm that they have three positive results.

The Federation will release the findings soon.

Strangely, they did not reveal the nationality of the two other athletes who tested positive but it is believed that they were from two separate countries.

Thank God for that!

I am certain with this finding both the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Institute (NSI) will be embarrassed and red-faced as they were unable to emulate their achievement at the Singapore SEA Games in 2015 where no one tested positive.

This is significant because both organizations assuring that no Malaysian would test positive under their zero-tolerance policy.

With a backdrop that almost 80% of the Malaysian contingent were tested prior to the SEA Games, which ran from Aug 19-30 this is sad.

As per standard operating procedure in all sports competitions, the three athletes will have the option to request that their B samples be tested as well.

It is only after this course of action can the SEA Games Federation conduct a full inquiry and takes further measures.

In the meantime, the athletes are likely to be suspended indefinitely until their case is resolved.

But the stink generated by them hurts and smear the sacrifice, dedication and integrity of thousands who worked hard to do their best for Malaysia!

MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE CRIES OUT – SUPPORT NAJIB NOT TEAR HIM DOWN WITH FAKE NEWS!

‘Why is each and every action of his for the progress and process of development manipulated and interpreted with so much devious crooked thinking and allegations by opposition politicians and certain opposition leaning NGO leaders!’

 

MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE CRIES OUT – SUPPORT NAJIB NOT TEAR HIM DOWN WITH FAKE NEWS!

Let us look at the facts!

As far as I am concerned MACC has a sterling record in fighting corruption, without fear or favor, with corrupt elected or appointed arrested for corruption or abuses of power – regardless of how high a status the corrupt holds in government or public office!

They had seized assets worth RM334.53 million between August 2016 and August 2017 which is a record!

So what is wrong, for the Prime Minister of Malaysia and head of the government and symbolic of the government’s support for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announcing a RM5 million allocation for the commission’s Yayasan Prihatin?

The premier was making the statement at MACC’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the commission’s new complex in Putrajaya!

There was applause all around.

For the record, the MACC’s Yayasan Prihatin was launched as part of efforts to ensure the welfare of MACC officers.

And what is actually wrong that this gesture of goodwill, of appreciation of civil servants fighting a war against corruption?
Why are a group of detractors making their own allegations, spins, claims and notorious claims which are all speculative, a defamation and fake?

It is as if the Prime Minister can do no right?

Why is each and every action of his for the progress and process of development manipulated and interpreted with so much devious crooked thinking and allegations by opposition politicians and certain opposition leaning NGO leaders!

Seriously what is indeed wrong to allocate funds for the welfare of MACC officials?

My advice to these detractors is to please get off their high horses, their continued tirade and war of words, fake news, and spins against Prime Minister Najib.

Come to the political arena with constructive criticism, with a process where we acknowledge the good that is done by the government rather than condemning each and every effort of the government!

It is like the government can do no right and the opposition no wrong!

Opposition politicians and opposition leaning NGO leaders should get rid of their self-righteous attitude as they do not have a monopoly on truth, good deeds, transparency, good governance and justice!