MH370 – Pointing Fingers All Over? Is Malaysia Still In Denial Mode?

Dato Jacob George

‘Now instead of witnessing high command and control individuals resigning in shame for incompetence – all I hear is why we should invest in more multimillion hardware when our software is severely fatally infected!’

MH370 – Pointing Fingers All Over? Is Malaysia Still In Denial Mode?

Are we saying that been critical of those who mismanaged a crisis is wrong?

Are we saying that if one is critical one is a coward – that is a warped illogical statement made by useless person (s) which is fit only for the rubbish bin.

Some individuals in Malaysia are so full of themselves that they cannot say something without blowing their own trumpet in self-indulgence about their self confessed connections to ‘world leaders!’

They can get away in Malaysia where ‘fools and idiots’ are tolerated and adored to high office and heights?

But in the real world out there where individuals are not afraid to ask real questions in real time to real accountable politicians and policymakers – you cannot avoid questions, you cannot allow your security detail to push off a reporter – that has wide international ramifications!

Whether good, bad or ugly, crisis must be managed holistically – not avoided or tailored?

We have a plane and 239 people still unaccounted for after more than a month!

Yes we have fine points too but that goes to the over 26 countries involved and this we can be proud of.

The international community understands that it is their duty to help locate the wreckage in order to give not just the families of the 239 but the world and the industry closure!

Our lame duck politicians and their over indulging wives should know that by now whichever way one looks – we screwed up big time!

I raised it on the onset when press conferences were mismanaged making a mockery of crisis management and handling the international press!

I ask it again – when did Malaysia start to initiate SAR activities, what time was it before you even started informing the border nations to start looking?

Were the ICAO Annex12 protocol, which Malaysia is a signatory to, adhered to?

Now instead of witnessing high command and control individuals resigning in shame for incompetence – all I hear is why we should invest in more multimillion hardware when our software is severely fatally infected!

   

Cassa desak catuan air dihentikan!

Dato Jacob George

Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (Cassa) mendesak pelan catuan bekalan air dihentikan serta-merta sehingga satu pelan lebih menyeluruh dibentangkan.

Presiden Cassa, Datuk Dr Jacob George berkata, pihaknya kesal dan mempertikaikan mengapa tidak ada agensi boleh membuat satu pelan strategi khas dalam menangani masalah dihadapi pengguna.

George membidas Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (Span), kerajaan pusat, kerajaan negeri dan syarikat-syarikat konsesi kerana didakwa tidak mempunyai pelan jangka masa panjang untuk mengatasi masalah krisis air.

“Kita lihat cara mereka nak atasi masalah ini adalah semata-mata sekadar reaksi terhadap apa yang sudah berlaku dan ianya tidak konsisten.

“Sepatutnya satu pelan strategi khas diwujudkan untuk mengatasinya dan Cassa mahukan pelan catuan ini dihentikan serta-merta,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian, di sini semalam.

Menurutnya, pihaknya menerima banyak aduan daripada pengguna yang tidak berpuas hati dengan pelan catuan kerana dikatakan tidak konsisten.

Katanya, pengguna juga menyifatkan langkah tersebut sebagai tidak adil kerana ada kawasan-kawasan tertentu yang tidak dicatu.

“Kita terima aduan pelan ini seolah-olah pilih kasih kerana sepatutnya semua dicatu dan bukan sebahagian kawasan saja.

“Sebab itu saya katakan pelan strategi khas perlu dilaksanakan segera bagi meredakan ketakutan pengguna kerana kenyataan-kenyataan yang dikeluarkan sekarang tidak konsisten,” katanya.

George berkata, Cassa menuntut penjelasan daripada semua pihak terlibat berhubung isu tersebut dan sentiasa sedia bekerjasama.

Dalam pada itu, beliau menyokong langkah melaksanakan pembenihan awan dijalankan setakat ini.

Menurutnya, projek Loji Rawatan Air Langat 2 perlu dipercepatkan agar dapat membantu menyelesaikan isu dihadapi kira-kira 7 juta penduduk Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya.

   

Water rationing in Selangor: Authorities should stop playing stupid!

Dato Jacob George

Water rationing in Selangor: Authorities should stop playing stupid!
Cindi Loo

PETALING JAYA: Civil society has been sparring over what is meant to be a “lesson” behind the water rationing exercise in Selangor. Some say it is a reminder to educate consumers not to waste water while others feel that consumers are victims of a political ping-pong game and inefficient management of water.

On one hand, consumers affected by the ongoing Selangor water rationing exercise since early March have been told by experts to monitor their water usage so as not to waste water.

Water and Energy Consumer Association of Malaysia secretary-general Foon Weng Lian reportedly said the exercise will change the attitude of consumers who had taken the resource for granted and use them excessively.

However, another consumer association had lambasted critics for making consumers the scapegoat when water resources in Selangor have been badly managed for decades.

“It is always convenient for those responsible and had mismanaged the water resources to blame consumers over so-called wastages of water in order to hide their incompetence,” said Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam chairman Datuk Dr Jacob George.

Selangor had been on a water rationing exercise since early March in a bid to regulate water consumption among all households in the state following a long dry spell that caused the water levels in several dams to reach critical points.

The rationing exercise would allow all areas in Selangor to enjoy some amount of water instead of having selected areas suffer through long periods of dry taps.

George told theantdaily that the rationing exercise is conducted in futility as it is only a short-term solution to a long-term problem that is likely to go on for years.

“We went on the ground to conduct our research in Selangor and other neighbouring states and we found that their water supply had not been properly managed, with the exception of Johor.

“This is supposed to be the most developed state in the country but it does not translate to intelligent management of resources,” he said.

George added that the authorities should pay attention particularly to the operations of water concessionaires that took their time conducting repairs and maintenance, such as to reduce the outflow of non-revenue water.

“The loss of non-revenue water is now at 33% to 35%, but the CEOs’ salaries seemed to keep increasing when they did not do their jobs properly,” he said.

He also urged the federal government and the state government, which are run by Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat respectively, to establish a proper joint working relationship that does not give way to allowing politicians to score points with the public.

“The present situation is akin to telling each other ‘I told you so’, especially when it comes with the Langat 2 water treatment plant. They are playing hostile ping pong and having back and forth arguments,”

“What we need now is a proper solution that does not involve politicians using this water issue to take pot shots over their rivals, and have us return to normal life as soon as possible” he said.

George also said the mixed messages sent out by the authorities as to the status of the current water rationing exercise can be infuriating to consumers.

“One moment they said the water rationing might extend all the way to December, but the other moment they said they can relax the rationing due to better water levels,”

“It shows that the authorities do not have a proper action plan that should be carried out and are relying on any changes of the environment. It’s very worrying,” he said.

The contention surrounding the water usage and the rationing exercise have stirred conversations about the amount of water an ordinary user will use in a day while unwittingly wasting water.

Although the public have blame much of their agony on the mishandling of water resources by authorities, Klang MP Charles Santiago said Malaysians used far more water in their households than those recommended by the United Nations.

“Malaysians used 500 litres per day, compared with 155 litres in Singapore and 90 litres in Thailand. The UN’s recommendation is only about 200 litres per day,” he said in a statement.

This has prompted him to urge that water users to switch up their lifestyle and play their part by reducing water usage on non-critical activities like washing cars.

“For example, even if the cars being washed were to be halved to say half a million a week, the amount of water being used daily for that purpose would be 1.75 million litres per day,

“Stopping cars from being washed saves up to eight times more water compared to water rationing,” he said.

Santiago also urged that both governments make rain harvesting as a priority measure to combat water shortages as the country may face another round of drought between June and September.

“There is a lack of political will on the part of the federal and state governments to stop commercial development in water catchment areas. Catchment areas should be gazetted urgently,”

“Both governments cannot play stupid anymore. They must enact laws and regulation to support rain water harvesting as a matter of priority given that we might be facing another drought between June and September this year,” he added.

   

Consumerist and CASSA Chief Dr Jacob George Writes Book On MH370!

Dato Jacob George

A Book On MH370 To Be Written By Consumerist and CASSA Chief Dr Jacob George!

The tragedy and its many twist and turns and controversy was enough for me to make a decision to write a book on MH370!

I am also thankful to the many who have come forward to help me make certain this book goes to print rather soon.

Whether it will be controversial, an eye opener or one of both only time will tell!

   

Consumerist: Malaysia Limping From One Controversy To Another In Shame?

Dato Jacob George

‘This decision to the reasonable man on the street is a strange contrast – with the benign interpretation given by the Federal Court when it refused to disqualify a certain lawyer with close ties to the powers that be acting as ad-hoc deputy public prosecutor in a government’s application!’

Photo: Consumerist: Malaysia Limping From One Controversy To Another In Shame?</p>
<p>I have already accepted the sad fact that we have gone into a tunnel of darkness where professionalism, integrity and ethics have become victims of political expediency!</p>
<p>IF one thought MH370 would have caused serious pause reflection and rethink – you are wrong – as – it is business as usual and ‘damm the world?’</p>
<p>And so a dangerous precedent was set by the High Court today recently when it barred a certain lawyer from representing his client on the grounds of conflict of interest as both are from the same political party!</p>
<p>I have heard enough about the bench in recent years and I am again shocked and seek questions whether the judge who made the ruling was not made aware of the provision in the Etiquette Rules under the Legal Profession Act?</p>
<p>Even a first year law student knows that the said ruling was in the public interest to prevent a family member from appearing in cases where the lawyer was in conflict of interest and stood to gain from the outcome of a civil action!</p>
<p>How does one claim that one cannot maintain professional independence due to conflict of interest as required under rule 5 of the Etiquette Rules without showing evidence of it?</p>
<p>As I see it this ruling which was vague and tenuous had serious repercussions as many lawyers who were politicians would now be technically barred.<br />
.<br />
This decision to the reasonable man on the street is a strange contrast - with the benign interpretation given by the Federal Court when it refused to disqualify a certain lawyer with close ties to the powers that be acting as ad-hoc deputy public prosecutor in a government’s application!</p>
<p>This is not isolated and when seen with other cases in recent years an appeal is paramount in view the ramifications of this judgment!</p>
<p>Many learned individuals today hold the position that the bench has absolutely no business deciding who is representing whom.</p>
<p>This is not only a bad decision , it is an affront to the entire Bar.</p>
<p>As I understand, the right to legal representation is an absolute and unconditional right circumscribed by rules set by the Bar Council under the Legal Profession Act , and believe me - judges have nothing to do with that!</p>
<p>Their job is to close their eyes, hear and decide on the facts and the law before them, not WHO is standing before them.</p>
<p>The right thing to do was to proceed to hear ask for submissions on the matter and decide at the end of the trial. </p>
<p>PERIOD!</p>
<p>UNLESS – there is something else at play here?

Consumerist: Malaysia Limping From One Controversy To Another In Shame?

I have already accepted the sad fact that we have gone into a tunnel of darkness where professionalism, integrity and ethics have become victims of political expediency!

IF one thought MH370 would have caused serious pause reflection and rethink – you are wrong – as – it is business as usual and ‘damm the world?’

And so a dangerous precedent was set by the High Court today recently when it barred a certain lawyer from representing his client on the grounds of conflict of interest as both are from the same political party!

I have heard enough about the bench in recent years and I am again shocked and seek questions whether the judge who made the ruling was not made aware of the provision in the Etiquette Rules under the Legal Profession Act?

Even a first year law student knows that the said ruling was in the public interest to prevent a family member from appearing in cases where the lawyer was in conflict of interest and stood to gain from the outcome of a civil action!

How does one claim that one cannot maintain professional independence due to conflict of interest as required under rule 5 of the Etiquette Rules without showing evidence of it?

As I see it this ruling which was vague and tenuous had serious repercussions as many lawyers who were politicians would now be technically barred.
.
This decision to the reasonable man on the street is a strange contrast – with the benign interpretation given by the Federal Court when it refused to disqualify a certain lawyer with close ties to the powers that be acting as ad-hoc deputy public prosecutor in a government’s application!

This is not isolated and when seen with other cases in recent years an appeal is paramount in view the ramifications of this judgment!

Many learned individuals today hold the position that the bench has absolutely no business deciding who is representing whom.

This is not only a bad decision , it is an affront to the entire Bar.

As I understand, the right to legal representation is an absolute and unconditional right circumscribed by rules set by the Bar Council under the Legal Profession Act , and believe me – judges have nothing to do with that!

Their job is to close their eyes, hear and decide on the facts and the law before them, not WHO is standing before them.

The right thing to do was to proceed to hear ask for submissions on the matter and decide at the end of the trial.

PERIOD!

UNLESS – there is something else at play here?