Consumerist: India Shows Great Improvement In Combating Corruption While Others Just Give Lip Service!

Dato Jacob George

“I believe it is all because of the new government, in place which possibly captured the anti-corruption mandate on which the new government was elected and the possibility of some new reforms in this area.

Will all this result in the passing of more legislation including the right of citizens for time bound delivery of goods and services and the much awaited “Redressal of their Grievances Bill?”.

Only time will tell but I am excited!”

Consumerist: India Shows Great Improvement In Combating Corruption While Others Just Give Lip Service!

Are you aware that India has showed some improvement in addressing corruption this year, ranking 85th among 175 countries as against 94th last year?

This is indeed a great achievement indeed!

Denmark retained its position as the least corrupt country in 2014 with a score of 92 while North Korea and Somalia shared the last place, scoring just 8!

In India’s neighborhood, China moved to 100th place, down from 80th last year, while Pakistan and Nepal were at 126th position.

Yes, Nepal where tourist of the world retreat for spiritualism?

No surprise with Bangladesh which was 145th and Bhutan 30th in the ranking.

Sri Lanka was ranked 85th with India. Afghanistan was at a bleak 172.

I am also advised that according to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report by TII, “the CPI score for India increased by 2 points in 2014 from its 2013 score, helping India’s rank move up to 85 in 2014 from 94 in 2013?.

India’s score stood at 38 as compared to 36 last year.

The improvement in CPI for India was driven primarily by two data sources — from the World Economic Forum and World Justice Project’s (WJP) index.

A score increase on WEF suggested businesses in India were viewing the environment favorably with regards to their perception of corruption and bribery in the country.

The WJP score also went up reflecting the perceptions of public sector corruption coming down slightly in India.

I believe it is all because of the new government, in place which possibly captured the anti-corruption mandate on which the new government was elected and the possibility of some new reforms in this area.

Will all this result in the passing of more legislation including the right of citizens for time bound delivery of goods and services and the much awaited “Redressal of their Grievances Bill?”.

Only time will tell but I am excited!

                           

Consumerist: IGP & SPAD Urged To Act Against Road Bully!

Dato Jacob George

 

Consumerist: IGP & SPAD Urged To Act Against Road Bully!

This is unacceptable for any individual to take the law into his or her own hands and believe me, we have had enough of road bullies in Malaysia!

It is as if the present legislation is insufficient to address the problem.

Today, there is another female victim of a taxi driver allegedly driving Taxi registration number HBA8713!

The taxi driver post an accident is alleged to have slapped the female driver which is by all a violation of the Malaysian penal code under Section 324 to start with.

Add intimidation and fear of grievous bodily harm you get a different recipe.

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I am forwarding this to dear friends, the IGP and Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar – SPAD Chief!

                           

Consumerist: Malaysian Consumers Not Ready For GST!

Dato Jacob George

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Rakyat belum sedia dengan GST

Menjelang lima hari berkuatkuasanya Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) pada 1 April ini – pengguna Malaysia didapati masih tidak bersedia untuk GST.

Itu hasil pemerhatian daripada Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (CASSA) selepas mendapati rakyat masih tidak memahami GST dan pasaran mengambil kesempatan terhadap pelaksanaan cukai tersebut disebabkan kelemahan dalam sistem undang-undang yang ada.

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Keadaan itu diburukkan lagi oleh agensi-agensi yang memberi maklumat menambahkan kekeliruan tentang cukai tersebut.

Presiden CASSA, Datuk George Jacob berkata, pelaksanaan GST tidak lama lagi hanya menakutkan rakyat kerana harga barangan dan perkhidmatan naik.

Implikasi kenaikan ini sudah tentu akan menjejaskan poket rakyat kerana gaji tidak naik setinggi lonjakan harga barang.

“Kerajaan melalui agensi-agensinya sehingga hari ini masih gagal untuk menjawab persoalan mahupun bertindak kenapa semua harga barang dan perkhidmatan naik.

“Harga barang dinaikkan, pengguna kena GST. Apa yang tinggal dalam poket rakyat?,” katanya kepada MalaysiaGazette.

Jacob berkata, beliau tidak membantah pelaksanaan GST tetapi tidak berpuas hati kerana kerajaan menguatkuasakan cukai itu pada masa yang tidak sesuai.

Lantaran itu, katanya, kerajaan tidak boleh menolak persepsi rakyat bahawa GST dilaksanakan sekarang untuk menangani kekangan kewangan kerajaan, juga ‘senjata’ bagi mengimbangi pasaran – dalam erti kata GST untuk kerajaan dan bukan untuk rakyat.

Tambah beliau, memang betul GST dilaksanakan di lebih 160 buah negara namun bukan semuanya berjaya. India antara negara yang tidak berjaya.

Jacob menambah, majoriti negara yang melaksanakan GST adalah dalam kalangan ekonomi stabil, gaji yang tinggi dan sudah melaksanakan pendidikaan GST secukupnya.

Beliau berkata, berdasarkan pemerhatian dan kajian yang dilakukan Malaysia masih belum bersedia untuk melaksanakan GST pada masa sekarang memandangkan isu-isu kecil membabitkan poket rakyat tidak dapat diselesaikan.

“Macam mana mahu melaksanakan GST jika tindakan tegas tidak dilakukan terhadap peniaga yang melakukan penipuan kepada pengguna.

“Dan, agensi-agensi penguatkuasaan gagal menangani masalah antara peniaga dan rakyat? Kalau isu-isu ini pun diwarisi bertahun-tahun, adakah dengan GST semuanya akan selesai?

Jacob mengakui sukar bagi kerajaan menangguhkan pelaksanaan GST pada 1 April ini tetapi rakyat pasti tersenyum dan berterima kasih jika kerajaan mampu berbuat demikian. – MalaysiaGazette

                           

Consumerist: Befriending Those Violating Basic Democratic Principles – An Open Letter To US President Barack Obama!

Dato Jacob George

‘In many parts of the world, Mr President sir, thousands of lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders and political activists are arrested for demanding democracy, the rule of law and an independent judiciary.

In many parts of the world, the cry and call for more democratic expression is been curtailed with an iron clad fist of authoritarianism!

Will you recall your ambassadors in protest, sir?’

Consumerist: Befriending Those Violating Basic Democratic Principles – An Open Letter To US President Barack Obama!

You sir – President Barack H. Obama are the 44th President of the United States.

Your story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

When compared to your predecessor, President George W. Bush’s – his place in history as far as I am concerned, is already guaranteed, fixed by a series of monumental blunders that no amount of revisionism will ever be able to whitewash.

By comparison, historians are likely to have a hard time drawing a bead on you sir!

The pertinent question being – how could such an obviously gifted President, swept into office on a wave of immense expectations, have managed to accomplish so little in his attempted management of global affairs?

Over the past six years ‘Yes, we can!’ has become ‘No, he hasn’t.’

What went wrong sir?

Of late, I am shocked at your elegant silence at your many friends around the world – whose track record on human rights, United Nations Charters had been an abomination to all forms of UN & EU and American core values!

My question – how can a US President be friends with those who just say one thing in international forums, global diplomatic sessions, and at home carry out every bit of abuse of UN charters of Human Rights?

ARTICLE 21 — RIGHT TO DEMOCRACY SAYS

“1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

“2. Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.

“3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

Let us examine what is happening around the world on your watch sir!

In many countries around the world where your friends rule or hold office – there are hundreds of human rights defenders and members of the main opposition party, members of the civil society being arrested for participating in peaceful gatherings.

In many parts of the world, Mr President sir, thousands of lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders and political activists are arrested for demanding democracy, the rule of law and an independent judiciary.

In many parts of the world the cry and call for more democratic expression is been curtail with an iron clad fist of authoritarianism!

And you, Mr President sir, have been practicing an elegant silence instead of recalling your ambassadors to Washington immediately to show your disgust at these violations!

Discrimination and abuse of the rule of law is rampant throughout the world. Thousands are in prison for speaking their minds. Torture and politically motivated imprisonment, often without trial, are commonplace, condoned and practiced—even in some democratic countries

Will you address these issues, Mr President sir, or is your friendship with these political pretenders and shenanigans, wearing many masks and faces, more important in political expediency, that the values that America is supposed to uphold at any cost – the values of Human Rights, the rule of law and not by law – and Dignity!

What will it be Mr President sir?

                           

Consumerist: Are Malaysian Consumers Billed Sooner Than The 30 Days?

Dato Jacob George

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Consumerist: Are Malaysian Consumers Billed Sooner Than The 30 Days?

These days just as soon as you pay your bills – within the next few days expect another bill and consumers are asking – are we been taxed before the due date?

Now who is monitoring these allegations?

Sadly, it falls back to the vigilant service orientated few doing a thankless service in advocacy while those who are expected to play the functions are busy playing politics or indulging self-service?

Those who are more interested to use the platforms to help themselves to ill-gotten riches?