HAVE SOME SELF RESPECT FOR US AND YOU MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE AS HE APPEALS TO THE CLOSING DOWN OF MERU TOP GLOVE.

HAVE SOME SELF RESPECT FOR US AND YOU MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE AS HE APPEALS TO THE CLOSING DOWN OF MERU TOP GLOVE.

First and foremost I am not the enemy here.

I am not a politician!

However I will be failing in my duty of care as Malaysia’s leading consumerist if I do not highlight what is being circulated in the public domain as Malaysia suffers a big time crisis in truth management!

These questions were highlighted by a concerned individual:

  1. Why the Government does hid the facts from the people?
  2. We want to know has the Top Glove cases spread to the community.
  3. Where has it spread?
  4. How is the Government going to control it?
  5. Why is Top Glove still operating?
  6. When will Top Glove be locked down?

It was also alleged which I feel had some truths in it when it was stated the Government should be more transparent about what is happening instead of trying to hide things from the people.

So the fear of politician and Meru assemblyperson Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mokhtar calling on Top Glove’s factories located along Jalan Teratai in Meru, Klang to be temporarily closed as a Covid-19 cluster linked to its workers there nears 1,500 cases has merit!

Questions are also raised if there was favoritism in this matter.

Or are profits taking precedence over life, death and infection issues?

The Teratai cluster yesterday reported 504 new cases with 502 in Selangor and two in Kuala Lumpur.

 

This contributed to the spike of cases in Selangor which recorded a total of 604 cases yesterday.

The latest total for the Teratai cluster is 1,457 cases.

It is also the third-largest active Covid-19 cluster in the country after the Tembok cluster and Kepayan Prison cluster, both of which involved prisons.

The glove maker management has been quite invisible in the current crisis management perhaps, having sourced it out to third parties and clusters?

I have personally received calls from those in power in Nepal and also other stakeholders.

International groups addressing compliance issues have also contacted me for feedbacks.

I have continued to defend the government handling of the issue but now it is looked upon as a ‘runaway train?’

Has truth become a victim on the altars of obese profits?

With the current infection statistics one would question Top Glove’s claims of a ‘safe working environment?’

I am now appealing to dear friend, dedicated and no nonsense tolerating Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob that all 28 Top Glove factories in Klang, Selangor, been ordered to immediately closed!

HEALTH MINISTER & TEAM DOING A GREAT JOB DESPITE THE CHALLENGES IN COVID 19 SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

HEALTH MINISTER & TEAM DOING A GREAT JOB DESPITE THE CHALLENGES IN COVID 19 SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

I am surprised that an opposition politician feels that Health Minister Adham Baba should explain in Parliament during the ministerial winding-up stage of the Budget 2021 debate why after 11 months, the government has failed to incorporate private healthcare in the fight against Covid-19 epidemic with the under-utilization of the sector’s capabilities.

I do not understand why such a matter needs to be politicized but for political desperadoes and ghost writers running short on topic for the masters?

I am certain that the private healthcare sector is welcome to join in the addressing of the Covid pandemic in Malaysia.

But to do that we should discuss that ‘elephant in the room’ namely the billing system and cost!

This is not simple to implement.

We all know that private hospitals are profit oriented.

First they must decide that they want to be part and parcel of this mission.

Secondly, it will be challenging how they will address the cost and billing system to match that of the public sector.

We must remember that there are enough examples of how certain private hospitals had taken in risky cases, even transplants, billed the patient a fortune then when complications arose or finances run out or the insurance coverage, they had come to the public sector with horror stories.

As a consumer advocate who comes from a family of medical practitioners,  which includes my wife, and in my case, who has clocked in over 40 years in public policy initiatives and issues, and many on healthcare issues, I fully agree that it would be marvelous if there is a marriage of duty between Malaysia’s public and private healthcare in the country’s management of Covid-19 as well as other healthcare needs.

But to do that let us address all periphery issues and not just make statements that raises more doubts and anger rather than provides solutions to a challenge we are currently facing.

We should never forgot that several notable practitioners in private healthcare are there not because they wanted to be but injustices, politics, favoritism, lack of promotions and a path for advancement implemented by the deep state forced them to leave the public sector.

So how would they feel at this over tune?

Many still angry how they were treated!

Are they included in the conversation?

What it looks now is this call is made because many Clinics and hospitals nationwide were reporting reduced patient attendance, some by as much as 70 percent to 80 percent with significant income reduction and sustainability of their practice severely threatened.

So it is more a survival instinct response rather than coming in with a conviction and dedication that they want to help and being prepared to drop drastically both the professional and hospital chargers!

It is food for thought for the 7,000 plus Health Ministry-trained general practitioners (GPs) and around 3,000 plus private specialists serving in more than 200 private hospitals, which includes the 2018 figures of 14,649 doctors, 5,174 pharmacists and 34,874 nurses nationwide.

In the meantime, Health Minister Adham Baba and team are doing their very best with what is available and I have full confidence in the Ministry of Health leadership and importantly the front liners.

In fact, I told him personally recently.

So can we depoliticize healthcare issues in our obsession to run down our political opponents?

IS THE ALCOHOL RESTRICTION A‘TROJAN HORSE’ FOR FURTHER ATTACKS ON MINORITY RIGHTS ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE?

IS THE ALCOHOL RESTRICTION A‘TROJAN HORSE’ FOR FURTHER ATTACKS ON MINORITY RIGHTS ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE?

Malaysian minorities are not stupid!

It also includes the international observers and foreign dignitaries holding watching briefs.

The manner by which certain quarters were outsourced to paint up a picture of alcohol related accidents and fatalities with biased racist and seditious commentaries accompanying them on the social media though they were the super minority compared to those on drugs, reckless, negligent, driving without license or the behavior of majority heavy vehicle and public transport drivers and not forgetting our Mat Rempits and today’s gig economy riders who seem to be untouchables, have raised eyebrows!

But they were successful in painting all non-Malays as law breakers and alcoholics whose victims were Malays?

When challenged with statistics they were not bothered.

So any intelligent man on the street cannot but feel that there is a narrative put across to continue a well-orchestrated and financed attack on the rights, interest of Malaysian minorities.

They have attacked our religion, our holy books, caused fires and damage to our religious houses, violated our religious sanctity by taking part in the holy communion then spit out the contents and photograph it under the fake claim that it was part of investigative journalism to ascertain whether these prayer houses were secretly converting those we are not by law not to?

We may have forgiven but not forgotten!

Now the latest, attack comes in the form of the draconian new ruling or guideline introduced by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on the liquor licence prohibiting all sundry shops and convenient stores from selling liquors commencing on Oct 1, 2021!

Are the present crop of politicians who make the powers that be by default not aware of Article 11 of the Federal Constitution that categorically guarantees the fundamental right of all persons (even to non-citizens) to freedom of religion.

All persons in this country are supposed to enjoy such freedom without any justified and lawful restrictions.

The right to freedom of religion is so vital in that no restriction to such rights, let alone a blanket prohibition, shall even be entertained during an emergency.

This solemn affirmation was duly pronounced by the then supreme court – the highest court in Malaysia – in the celebrated case of Joshua Jamaluddin.

Inexplicable when racist politicians forget precedence!

It is not justifiable for Malay Muslims to decide and control the non-Muslims on the issue of the consumption of alcohol or what they consider ‘haram’ food we allegedly consume.

The present crop of well remunerated politicians full of hypocrisy needs to be reminded of the ramifications of their decision to curb liquor sales by not issuing licences.

Their ill thought and racist attack will find the collateral damage on jobs, small businesses, transport, restaurants, hotels, tourism, and national income.

As a well learned observer cited when it was raised:

“If consumption of alcohol is a sin, let the consumers of alcohol face the wrath of God. Let them answer to God. Why is the Government trying to interfere in the individual’s relationship with God? I agree that the consumption of alcohol can affect an individual negatively, especially in terms of health and his ability to think and behave in accordance with the norms of society. Bans on the sale of alcohol will not solve the problem.

Corruption is a more serious matter. Many of our political leaders have amassed wealth and today they are millionaires and even billionaires. No religion endorses corruption. Many of our leaders have been charged in courts for corruption and abuse of political power. The Islamic party does not condemn them and in fact are willing to form alliances with them. They even use religion as a tool to satisfy their political greed.

Why are they so keen on banning the use of alcohol when these religionists can work together with leaders who are corrupt to the core?”

These are the observations from those on the street who dare to put in writing what they feel about the double standards clearly shown.

Can one imagine what the silent majority are thinking who are awaiting GE15?

What about the minorities of the land who feel both Sabah and more critical Sarawakian politicians have sold us out?

And in Semenunjung, the parties fictionally claiming to represent minorities’ only have served themselves!

Look at their bourgeoisie dressing, their lifestyles and their accumulated wealth!

And compare those with the have not’s and marginalized in the community!

So I am thankful that Covid 19 is here as an equalizer and to teach humility to certain quarters who will need to run back to us with ‘their tails between their legs’ for our vote?

They cannot forever be hiding behind dubious numbers, strange political bedfellows, or others in the power equations!

But for now if these guidelines on alcohol sales materialize I am certain we will have a mountain of legal action filed across the nation by minorities.

And we shall invite international observers to monitor the proceedings as well.

They can also judge whether our recent narratives on ‘shared prosperity’ or claims of moderation another platform of hypocrisy?

Inexplicably these moral police say nothing about corruption, child marriages or licensed pedophiles in the mix.

No wonder it is stated Malaysia is a destination of endless possibilities and super hypocrisy?

NAJIB A FAR BETTER MAN & POLITICIAN THAN MANY IN THE CURRENT BASKET SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

NAJIB A FAR BETTER MAN & POLITICIAN THAN MANY IN THE CURRENT BASKET SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

I am no politician.

But I have served the country long enough and in various capacities importantly as a lead consumer advocate having access to the wide scope of policy makers.

My journey started in 1983 in Penang, which makes me a veteran.

And now as Malaysia ASEAN APEC lead consumerist, (all pro bono work) I have had access to a wider audience and power brokers in the region which includes Europe, the South Indian Continent and West Asia.

And in all my visits I have never bad mouthed the country or its leaders.

I have had my disappointments no doubt when not picked by the powers that be and basically “idiots, apple polishers and lobbyists” are rewarded when I have had put in my time, resources and hard work and had a great impeachable track record of service.

But I know that I am very well respected by the powers that be and accorded that cordiality when we meet for public policy deliberations and initiatives.

But in all my years, I have admired many of our politicians and among them our first premier with whom I had access and the third.

But former Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Hj Razak or popularly known as ‘Pak Jib” was always my favorite.

I have no shame to say he is a dear friend!

We have met many times on community issues and I always admired the manner he addressed those issues with the skills of care and concern.

Never once did I abuse my position for personal gratification.

So when we met in the corridors of the Kuala Lumpur High Court recently and chatted, I realized he had not lost any of his warmth and cordiality despite what Kak Rosmah and he had being going through.

So it was painful for me to see those he gave assistance and help on many fronts for decades, today deserting him and some even saying malicious utterances.

But inexplicably he still commands far great support and respect from the masses which is obvious wherever he goes, which I cannot say about the new bud grafted political specimens?

But I am certain Pak Jib today knows both true friends from opportunists.

If one wants to be an effective leader one should study Pak Jib and his soft touches and people skills.

Like I said, I remain always a dear friend of both Kak Rosmah and Pak Jib.

And pray for both of them and their family.

MALAYSIA NEEDS TO CUT BACK DRASTICALLY DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGNERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

MALAYSIA NEEDS TO CUT BACK DRASTICALLY DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGNERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

I have been very consistent about this matter and at war with those still manipulating policy initiatives to cut back.

Their unfounded claims are the same.

And their recalcitrant refusal to offer higher wages to locals and restructure the workforce embarrassing.

Of course the stakes are very high for several tiers of stakeholders, politicians, their runners, members of the approving bodies and facilitators several already arrested as I write this piece.

It is rather embarrassing to be updated about both the official and unofficial figures of the millions in this country.

It is shocking that our Western coastline has always been a wide gaps for in-comings.

Then we are told of entrenched syndicates at our airports who facilitate various abuse that raises several questions.

How did such criminal behavior go unnoticed by the system?

How wide is the system or cartel, how high does it go?

I feel really sorry because even if many knew what was happening around them there must have been an entrenched of silence practiced thus compromising our national security!

Basically Covid 19 has now done us all a favor on many fronts.

The basic point is unless Malaysians come together and reject any policy that continues to herd foreigners into Malaysian under many tiers of pretension, we are all at risks.

Strange that we have not learnt lessons from our ASEAN neighbors notably Thailand and Vietnam.

Perhaps, it is difficult because of the greed for multi millions paid by the foreign workers cartels both in Malaysia and abroad?

I remind our policymakers that once our borders are compromised we are also vulnerable to the arrival of not just terrorists but also those involved in cross border crimes.

As I recently told two senior ministers I have worked with.

We need not be apologetic to any party in launching a protocol to cut down the dependence on foreign labor and also to repatriate illegals from our land.