Consumerist: Why Are Malaysian Consumer Groups Protecting Big Business?

Dato Jacob George

‘It is a pity that there are far too many opportunist out there masquerading as consumer advocates and undermining consumer interest while others, use consumerism as a political tool for their personal political interest and agenda, after all they are active members of certain political parties themselves and using consumerism they can rub shoulders with the political elites making political inroads for themselves!’

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Consumerist: Why Are Malaysian Consumer Groups Protecting Big Business?

Of late, many things that we have held sacred have been compromised on the altars of political expediency!

Whether it is the fight against corruption, common ethical principles, decency decorum or plain truth!

Everything these days come at a spin – clouding the real issues and muddying truth in many flavors and colors and worst these days along racist and fascists eyes!

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We are in a situation where we do not know the good from the bad guys!

I have always encouraged the sprouting of consumer groups to address consumer issues.

But today am so disappointed that the very ethical principles and beatitudes of consumerism are today compromised as certain groups claiming to be consumer groups start to do business themselves, or protect and speak for big business!

The fathers of consumerism will turn in their graves at these all over the globe!

This is an abomination only seen in Malaysia as certain consumer groups protect and speak on behalf big business under the scrutiny of accountability, good governance and ethical business practices!

Or we see them attacking issues which have a religious or racial flavor which fundamentally we as consume groups do not do!

We address all forms of irregularities, all market place vices, all unethical fraudulent practices that threatens consumers!

We do not address issues along political, racial and religious eyes!

To the consumer advocate – you are either right or you are dead wrong and we do not compromise!

Who do we blame for this situation?

It is a pity that there are far too many opportunist out there masquerading as consumer advocates and undermining consumer interest while others, use consumerism as a political tool for their personal political interest and agenda, after all they are active members of certain political parties themselves and using consumerism, they can rub shoulders with the political elites making political inroads for themselves!

                           

Consumerist: Thank You MAS For Another Round Of Food Poisoning!

Dato Jacob George

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‘Perhaps, policymakers are still in comatose post MH370 and MH17 and have forgotten that the time to rebuild confidence is now starting with the little things that makes us happy that we have continued to support the airlines when there are enough alternatives out there!’

Consumerist: Thank You MAS For Another Round Of Food Poisoning!

It is just unbelievable and now questions must be asked on food safety protocols on MAS flights and at the Business lounges!

I am a frequent flyer and those who have come into contact with me in the said airlines know that I am pretty friendly and pose no threat to them nor am I abusive.

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I do not blame the flight crew for what happened to me on MH 0171 – after I consumed the satay served the only meal I had the entire flight as I was quite fed up with the food served on flight been a regular on this route!

Did I have something else that could have contributed to this – certainly no!

Over a month ago, something similar took place when I consumed the cold meat at the lounge and the entire flight I suffered though the crew did their best to help me.

Perhaps, policymakers are still in comatose post MH370 and MH17 and have forgotten that the time to rebuild confidence is now starting with the little things that makes us happy that we have continued to support the airlines when there are enough alternatives out there!

I think I have said enough!

                           

Consumerist: From Today The World Is All Kayla Mueller!

Dato Jacob George

‘While certain countries only double speak, give cosmetic and vague assurances at international forums, to fight this international threat, afraid to combat these terrorists visiting their home soil, instead showing their stupid bravado rather on the civil society within – the international community must now address these violations to all UN and International charters and under war crimes in cross border operations, when necessary using whatever technology necessary and assets, to bring to account those who carry out these sacrileges in the name of the Almighty and religion, those who aid, abet and fund these operations – directly, indirectly or through proxies!’

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Consumerist: From Today The World Is All Kayla Mueller!

She made helping people her life’s work.

After graduating from college in 2009, she traveled to northern India, the Palestinian territories and Israel to assist humanitarian groups!

According to reports, she then went to Syria to help people whose lives had been torn apart by war, especially children.

But on Tuesday, the American ISIS hostage’s family revealed devastating news.

They received it, in a message from her captors.

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Her family went on record:

“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller has lost her life,” the family said in a statement.

They added:

“Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace.”

It was also reported that ;ISIS sent the family a private message over the weekend, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.

“Once this information was authenticated by the intelligence community, they concluded that Kayla was deceased,” Meehan said.

The message sent to the family included photos, a U.S. official said.

Inexplicably, that new information does not clarify how 26-year-old Mueller died!

The ISIS version on Friday, claimed that Mueller — an aid worker captured in northern Syria in 2013 — had been killed in a building hit during a Jordanian airstrike on Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital in Syria.

At the time, ISIS offered no proof to back up its claim, other than an image of a building in rubble.

International norms, law and any sane religious view would have been this was a noncombatant, a social workers working on humanitarian causes, and as such, whoever her captors were they are accused of this heinous crime and must be made accountable.

While certain countries only double speak, give cosmetic and vague assurances to fight this international threat, afraid to combat these terrorists visiting their home soil, instead showing their stupid bravado rather on the civil society within – the international community must now address these violations to all UN and International charters and under war crimes to bring to account those who carry out these sacrileges in the name of the Almighty and religion, those who aid, abet and fund these operations – directly, indirectly or through proxies!

Thank you Kayla – you are free now from these injustices and sacrileges and with the LORD and my sincere heartfelt condolences to your family!

                           

 

Consumerist: To The Extremist & Racist Out There! Enough!

Dato Jacob George

Interesting thought here but does one have the balls to follow through here the way they put through their racist, fascist and extremist ideas of supremacy?

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For that matter, Muslim liver, Christian kidney, Buddhists heart valve or Hindu cornea?
Only mentally unsound individuals (and there are plenty these days around masquerading as NGOs, nationalists, politicians etc) hurting the nation for individual political expediency .
Our founding fathers certainly hurt at all these foolish pranks dividing a once peaceful and unified nation!

                           

Consumerist: High Powered & Organized Corruption In The Manpower Industry!

Dato Jacob George

“The answer lies in the employers to commit themselves and their organizations to accountability, good governance and transparency!

They must say no – to bogus agents, touts, illegal collection and payments of huge commissions to these manpower agents who also take huge payments from unsuspecting and unexposed workers who pay huge monies from loans taken, pawned family jewelry or property thinking of a good paying job in Malaysia to uplift their family situation only to become victims!”

Consumerist: High Powered & Organized Corruption In The Manpower Industry!

Only crooks do not want to be regulated!

They want the “old ways” where they can exploit the unsuspecting workers in Nepal, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and other source countries!

They want to be able to charge exploitative fees for low paying jobs, suspects approvals, bogus companies so that they can continue to lead their bourgeoisie lifestyles!

They have organized themselves in many countries through politicians, lobbyists, street brawlers, bogus agents, policymakers, opposition politicians, human resources practitioners of companies by huge payments of commissions from their ill-gotten gains to the former!

So when change comes in the form of accountability, transparency and a system of check and balances they fear their lion share of unscrupulous activities will be curtailed and they will lose out!

They organize themselves and strike back by fabrication, deception, baseless allegations and outright lies to protect their turf from been regulated!

They pay huge sums of monies to “pens for hire” to write frivolous, defamatory and outright lies under pseudo names which does not give victims a chance to take libel proceedings against these faceless shenanigans!

And that is what is happening in Malaysia as the government decides to go forward to address corruption, seepage and abuse running into billions by bringing a new fool proof computerized system to manage the manpower industry which has a notorious reputation in Malaysia as elsewhere!

What happens with this system – fake passports, fake medicals certificates, criminals and human trafficking will all be detected!

Those who have a criminal track record will be detected as this system is linked with international regulators monitoring illegalities of all forms and terrorism!

Those carrying multiple passport will be detected and with the system, in place the honest industry players can manage their practice with the highest safety features knowing that their organization does not harbor criminals or identity snatchers!

So a battle is going on between the manpower shenanigans masquerading as “honest manpower agents” and those spearheading holistic change!

This is a multi-billion ringgit industry and these shenanigans are connected to the underworld and not cash strapped so we can expect a long drawn war with them with their unlimited resources!

The answer lies in the employers to commit themselves and their organizations to accountability, good governance and transparency!

They must say no – to bogus agents, touts, illegal collection and payments of huge commissions to these manpower agents who also take huge payments from unsuspecting and unexposed workers who pay huge monies from loans taken, pawned family jewelry or property thinking of a good paying job in Malaysia to uplift their family situation only to become victims!

We must also take action against those who aid and abet corruption be they policymakers and over the counter staff!

We must protect Malaysia from these scums whose actions have tarnished the nations image abroad as we are repeatedly cited in international forums on the trafficking and exploitation of workers radar reports!

It is time we allow holistic change to take place even if there is a costs involved If it prevents all forms and shapes of corrupt and exploitation of workers!