ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE: TRAFFICKING & EXPLOITATION – MERE LIP SERVICE NOT ENOUGH!

Image result for datuk dr jacob george “My only criticism of the visit is that there were no efforts made for us in the NGO world to have an opportunity to have a face to face meeting with the visiting ambassador in a similar private setting! Perhaps, going forward the narrative will change?” Image result for trafficking ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE: TRAFFICKING & EXPLOITATION – MERE LIP SERVICE NOT ENOUGH! Image result for susan coppedge ambassador I was indeed glad to hear that US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Susan Coppedge, is in Malaysia to hold discussions with Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Image result for susan coppedge ambassador I understand that Coppedge, who is also senior adviser to the US Secretary of State, is on a two-day visit to Malaysia following the Trafficking in Persons report (TIP) 2016 issued by the US State Department’s Office in Washington on June 30. The US government’s assessment on 188 countries in terms of prevention, prosecution and protection, saw Malaysia remaining in the Tier 2 Watchlist on human trafficking this year. I am certain that the said interaction session was to discuss the recommendations given by the US State Department for Malaysia to improve the country’s ranking in next year’s report. Image result for trafficking It is certainly not just enough to just collaborate with the United States in the field of capacity building which touches on all aspects of prosecution and convictions, including identifying individuals with potential to become victims of labor exploitation and forced labor but to also plan an action plan to identify the stakeholders, brokers, conduits and players, their financial backers and those who provide them the resources and immunity to escape the dragnet of these international forces! Image result for susan coppedge ambassador Susan Coppedge must however be advised that Malaysia’s response on this matter has also to take cognizance of the country’s obligations as an ASEAN member country, following the acceptance of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and the Regional Plan of Action on the crime. Image result for trafficking My only criticism of the visit is that there were no efforts made for us in the NGO world to have an opportunity to have a face to face meeting with the visiting ambassador in a similar private setting! This must be an oversight? Perhaps, going forward the narrative will change? Image result for zero tolerance for corruption                     Image result for No to racism!

APEC/ASEAN LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – OUTGOING BRITISH PM A CLASS ACT TILL THE LAST!

Image result for datuk dr jacob george Image result for David Cameron applauded by party at last day as Prime Minister “I am glad that David has indicated strongly that he intends to stay in public life and would be "willing them on", saying "nothing is impossible". He is still very young and I wonder if at some stage in the future he may return as Prime Minister?” Image result for British PM at last House of Commons session APEC/ASEAN LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – OUTGOING BRITISH PM A CLASS ACT TILL THE LAST! For those of us, who are international political analysts, watching, analyzing world events and narratives, cannot but say that outgoing British Premier David Cameron certainly deserved the standing ovation by Conservative MPs after his final Prime Minister's Questions. It was brilliant watching the outgoing premier give a commanding speech with humor watched by his wife Samantha and daughters Nancy and Florence at the public gallery seen waving and cheering their dad on! Image result for David Cameron applauded by party at last day as Prime Minister However touching on his speech, I believe there was no reason for David to defend his economic, social and foreign affairs legacy, as for an international observer like me, he has done extremely well! And rightfully so, Conservative MPs rose as one to applaud David Cameron at the end of his 182nd session as prime minister, as did former Lib Dem deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn. Image result for British PM at last House of Commons session I am glad that David has indicated strongly that he intends to stay in public life and would be "willing them on", saying "nothing is impossible". He is still very young and I wonder if at some stage in the future he may return as Prime Minister? Image result for David Cameron applauded by MPs For now, events are tailored for him going forward as true, democratic policy requires! David will next go to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen, after being Prime Minister for six year and certainly he would have continued following the strong mandate he received the last elections, if not for losing the EU referendum in June. Image result for Theresa May enters No 10 Moving forward Home Secretary Theresa May will succeed David after her own audience with the Queen. After taking office, incoming Prime Minister Theresa May will herself name her own cabinet as is required! And at 59 she becomes the oldest incoming prime minister since Jim Callaghan in 1976, and as Britain’s second female prime minister, following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher. I am certain among the events awaiting her then would be a full briefing and interactions with Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heyward, and national security and defense briefings which are crucial. I certainly expect her to work the telephone lines receiving and calling on a number of foreign and Europeans leaders. Image result for Theresa May enters No 10 Also high on her list would be putting together her government - with key appointments set to be announced speedily! I would be watching the roles present International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd would be playing in the new cabinet! There is so much work to be done post the EU referendum and decision made and stakeholders across the nation, region and global will be watching the going forward narratives and direction. Image result for Theresa May enters No 10 I wish incoming Premier Theresa May every best wishes as she takes lead! Image result for zero tolerance for corruption                     Image result for No to racism!

ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – POLITICAL LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM BRITISH POLITICIANS AND TRUE VIBRANT DEMOCRACIES!

Image result for datuk dr jacob george Image result for Theresa May “By so doing the incoming Prime Minister, has set the stage where the nation’s and people interest came first and not personal and private agendas, that we always see in so called pretentious and fake democracies! There are lessons to be learned here!” Image result for british flag ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – POLITICAL LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM BRITISH POLITICIANS AND TRUE VIBRANT DEMOCRACIES! Image result for Leadsom in UK Times newspaper When well respected, The Times newspaper carried an interview with UK Energy minister Andrea Leadsom in which she appeared to suggest that being a mother meant she had more of a stake in the country's future than her rival Home Secretary Theresa May, who has no children, siting having high tea at this London café, I told my children, both legal eagles in the UK that public interest and opinion will now make certain, she stands down! As a British trained Lawyer, I was aware that according to political conventions, her comments were very unbecoming of a leader to be, let alone a future British Prime Minister! Image result for David Cameron and the house of commons More so, after current Premier David Cameron’s class act and leadership! So I was not the least surprised, to learn today that energy minister, Andrea Leadsom has withdrew from the contest to succeed David Cameron as Britain's prime minister! Image result for Theresa May This means the path is laid clear for Theresa May who has been Home Secretary since 2010, and the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead since 1997 to lead! I am excited as this would mean a second female British Prime Minister! Image result for Margaret Thatcher Image result for Margaret Thatcher at the University of Buckingham I had the opportunity more than once, to meet the late Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, when she was premier, when she visited my former University - at Buckingham! Now back to this saga! I was pleased to see, the manner and process used as Andrea stood down from contesting putting the nation’s and party’s interest in the forefront! Image result for Leadsom in UK Times newspaper The Energy Minister, read out a statement to reporters in which she said she was pulling out of the race because a nine-week leadership campaign was highly undesirable at such a critical time. She also acknowledged that May had secured much stronger backing, in a vote of Conservative members of parliament last week. She had also concluded that a strong leadership was needed urgently, to begin the work of withdrawing from the European Union and the nation’s interests was paramount. Finally, she also assured May of her full support! It was a class act, repeatedly seen, in true democracies around the world! But, as is required and confirmed by Graham Brady, head of the 330-strong Conservative faction in parliament, there were still constitutional procedures to be observed before May’s appointment could be confirmed! Respect! Image result for Theresa May Theresa May on her part, set the narrative which sets into motion several important facets! First, a vision for of an economy, working for all not, just the privileged few! Second, dealing with the nation’s long-standing productivity problem, to create more well-paid jobs, to negotiate the best terms for Britain's departure from the EU and to forge a new role for the nation! Image result for Theresa May Finally, she put to rest speculation, of a second referendum saying very clearly, that the British people were given their opportunity to vote on this and that they have given a very clear message, which must be followed through, though at present that decision of a 52-48 percent vote to quit the EU after 43 years of membership had shaken financial markets because the complex divorce process creates huge uncertainty for business, trade and investment. It has also thrown both Britain's major political parties into upheaval. By so doing, the incoming Prime Minister has set the stage, where the nation’s and people interest came first, and not personal and private agendas, that we always see in so called pretentious and fake democracies! There are lessons to be learned here! Image result for fake democracies Image result for fake democracies But sadly, many pretentious and fake democracies and their politicians have their heads stuck so deep in their rear end to understand nation’s and public interest, dignity, decorum, fair-play, convention, accountability, transparency, separation of powers, principles, due process, ethics and so forth! Image result for zero tolerance for corruption                     Image result for No to racism!

ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – MURDER ON MALAYSIAN ROADS! ABOUT TIME TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE!

Image result for datuk dr jacob george “I will certainly be meeting SPAD Chairman and its Chief Executive Officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah to initiate a more robust response like a suspension and revocation of the operator’s license.” Anything less, is a travesty of justice!” Image result for bus accidents in malaysia ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – MURDER ON MALAYSIAN ROADS! ABOUT TIME TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE! How else can I put this issue that I have been deliberating for over 35 years! Gosh, I feel so old! After the carnage in Genting Highlands several decades ago, and me going ballistic with the then Minister of Transport, Uncle Ling over TV3, I was assured things horror will be no more! But the nightmare continues! Image result for bus accidents in malaysia Road carnage involving public transport and heavy vehicles and the yearly carnage and horror that it brings to both victims and the nation at large? Nothing has changed despite deaths, economic loss and how scandalous the administration and management of this industry is with their lobbyists and deep pockets! So like most Malaysians, which includes my dear friends Syed and Chan who also have expressed, I am not the least amused that an operator of the southbound express bus rammed into 10 cars on the downhill stretch after the Menora Tunnel at Km265.8 of the North-South Expressway yesterday has 63 unpaid summonses for various traffic offenses, while the driver has nine. And the summonses for the 51-year-old driver, who is actually the co-driver of the bus, were issued between 2011 and 2015. So what happened to the law and the process? Who was sleeping on the job, yet again! No doubt under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, the driver has been remanded for four days to facilitate further investigations into the case! But this is no remedy! As usual before any real investigation initiated or forensic investigation we are told the cause was “faulty brakes” – really? How convenient? Recording of the mishap showed that the bus was traveling at high speed when descending the slope from the tunnel and rammed into 10 cars in front. There were 28 passengers in the bus, as well! This could have easily been the worst carnage Malaysia has ever seen! So what now? I will certainly be meeting SPAD Chairman and its Chief Executive Officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah to initiate a more robust response like a suspension and revocation of the operator’s license.” Anything less, is a travesty of justice! What about Vicarious Liability? Public interest demands nothing less and I am certain my dear friends at SPAD will support CASSA and my initiative here! Image result for zero tolerance for corruption                     Image result for No to racism!

ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – MALAYSIANS MUST RALLY BEHIND NAJIB IN WAR AGAINST TERROR EFFORTS!

Image result for datuk dr jacob george “It is therefore time, we responded putting aside other narratives that recently have brought distrust, disunity, political chaos and unnecessary suspicions all around. It is time we supported the federal government initiative, to resurrect the 1Malaysia aspirations – that will result in a multi-racial and religious nation coming together to address a common foe and enemy of state, whose intention is to destroy our 1Malaysia way of life!” Image result for terrorism Image result for najib razak ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE - MALAYSIANS MUST RALLY BEHIND NAJIB IN WAR AGAINST TERROR EFFORTS! As expected the US Embassy in Malaysia has reminded its citizens in Malaysia “of the need for caution and awareness of personal security” following the recent Islamic State related attack on a nightclub in Puchong. In a brief statement, the embassy noted that in the past, terrorist organizations have planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates in the calendar. However, it admitted, it was not aware of any specific terrorist threat to US citizens in Malaysia however that - “US citizens should remain vigilant at all times while traveling.” The US embassy went on to urge Americans to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings and monitor local news stations for updates as well as follow instructions of local authorities among others. This is important and timely advice as even we Malaysians are shocked and saddened at what is happening to a nation that had a rich history of moderation, tolerance and significantly religious and respectful of fellow Malaysians of other religious persuasions! Changing By The Day But that has all changed and changing by the day! We have locals dressing and behaving like Arabs! Image result for terrorism We have locals speaking in new tones, new languages, new interpretations, treating fellow Malaysians like outcasts. We have locals fighting in Syria and embedded with terrorists groups! Even their children are with them! We have foreign preachers coming into a multi-racial and religious community and spurring divisions and hatred and supremacy ideologies which is dangerous unchecked! We have incidences of the outsourcing of racist, fascist groups, actors to threaten, intimidate, and terrorize Malaysian minorities with death when they respond to protect their interests as in the federal constitution while the political leadership practices an elegant silence at these blatant verbal and emotional terrorism of one’s citizens and minorities! We have the irresponsible and frivolous making of Police reports to intimidate, threaten, frighten minorities and others from articulating any alternative viewpoints or dissent! Even protests by a legally constituted Malaysian inter-faith NGO addressing the radical and abusive comments on leading faiths and religious persuasions by an outsider and controversial preacher, banned in Canada and Britain and under state investigations in several other countries which includes the US, India and Bangladesh was responded with a Police report by a right wing fascist group! It is a well-known fact that these chameleons and shenanigans know what would follow these Police reports! Probes will commence under the outdated and draconian war remnant ordinance called the Sedition Act! Conviction, Moral High Ground & Reasoning Lacking Why not have the courage and conviction to use the same reasoning to protest against the countries that have banned and commenced investigations on the same religious fanatic! Why not have the moral high ground to take it further and break off all diplomatic ties with these countries? No, they do not have the courage to do that! So it is time we stopped accommodating these chameleons of politics! We have bigger fish to fry! With the war against terrorism - we need a new script and narrative if 1Malaysia is to survive! The nation stands a pale shadow of what it used to be in the immediate post-independence era. Some of our self-serving politicians made certain of this! A Common Enemy Emerges Image result for terrorism But now – it is time we put side the supremacist theory’s – being preached all around, as we face a common enemy who acts will hurt all in the marketplace and whose tools of destruction does not differentiate the Muslim from the Non-Muslim! We fought many great battles before – the Japanese occupation, communist insurgency and crime. In those battles we aligned with our security apparatus, we were the ears and eyes of the government, we fought as Malaysians but what are we today? A nation polarized, disunited, hurt and bleeding the victims of both religious and racial attacks, slurs and belittling. There needs to be a new paradigm shift and one that takes cognizance of a clear and present danger! Image result for terrorism We need leaders who will think of the Malaysian community rather than what they can grab for themselves and their families while in office! Our political and social narrative must change and be all inclusive and not divisive as it is today! In the global war against terrorism – we have been lucky. But the situation is fast changing as June 28th showed! Terrorist Among Us The terrorists are among us and it is important that we play a part in assisting our security apparatus, our security forces to keep the nation safe! Some of our politicians like Mara chairman Annuar Musa sounds totally ignorant and incompetent when responding to Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Zaid Hamidi’s concern that the influence of Daesh (Islamic State) was strongest in institutions of higher learning. Annuar pathetic response to this was: “students found to have links with terrorist movements would be expelled and their sponsorship withdrawn immediately.” That “Students sponsored by Mara and studying abroad are not allowed to be associated with organizations that are not recognized by Mara, the Malaysian Embassy or the respective universities.” Annuar makes it all sound so simple, and as if those who have already taken a fanatical and dangerous route of killing, blowing up innocents – men, women, children and themselves, whose radicalism have recently resulted in attacks against holiest religious sites in Saudi Arabia! Is this kind of fanatical belief that is worried about scholarships and being expelled or arrested? I think Annuar Musa’s statement is a classic example of how unprepared, how incompetent, how lost, we are facing this new enemy, whose ideology is far more dangerous than the Japanese occupiers, the communist and the criminal traits that have been before! Image result for najib razak and 1malaysia Recapture And Support Najib’s 1Malaysia Narrative Going forward, I can only appeal to fellow Malaysians that we recapture the ideals and notions of Premier Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia narrative. Najib has made it very clear that he was willing to provide the support and assistance to all endeavors in this direction. As far as I can recollect, he has always provided a revolving door for discussions and made himself available, for any input that will strengthen the nation from internal and external threats. Deputy Premier Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is no different. Image result for najib and zahid hamidi It is therefore time we responded putting aside other narratives, that recently have brought distrust, disunity, political chaos and unnecessary suspicions all around. It is time we supported the federal government initiative, to resurrect the 1Malaysia aspirations – that will result in a multi-racial and religious nation coming together, to address a common foe whose intention is to destroy our 1Malaysia way of life! Image result for zero tolerance for corruption                     Image result for No to racism!