WRONG TIME TO OPEN LANGKAWI TO TOURISTS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

‘The first mistake is that the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister advised those who were planning to travel to Langkawi for a holiday to be responsible tourists and follow the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) because their actions will determine the fate of the country’s tourism sector.

After all that is happening daily in the country are we saying that we have an enlightened local tourist population who will adhere to the required protocols?

I am advised positive cases were detected among departure passengers at KLIA heading for Langkawi!

Now imagine IF the RTK test was not addressed by the current Health Minister, dear friend KJ – what the implications would be for Langkawi?

Having said that is the RTK test also for ferry crossings?

I sincerely hope so!

Tourists arrive at the airport as Langkawi reopens to domestic tourists, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Malaysia September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

WRONG TIME TO OPEN LANGKAWI TO TOURISTS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

I have always done my homework.

My team in Kedah was shocked when they heard that there are plans to re-open Langkawi.

I do not blame them, all professionals in their own field which includes those who are also senior officials involved in tourism for decades and who know the drill here and abroad!

And know what happened the last time Langkawi was opened!

But what are the facts for the moment that has been reported.

The Health Ministry’s Github data repository reported a total of 422 Covid-19 fatalities yesterday (Sept 15), bringing the cumulative death toll to 22,009.

This is the third-highest reported deaths on record in a single day.

From the newly reported deaths yesterday, 21.80 percent or 92 died even before they could receive treatment at a hospital.

A total of 195 out of the 422 reported deaths happened in the last seven days, of which only five were from yesterday.

Another 227 of the reported deaths yesterday were older than a week due to backlog.

An average of 308 Covid-19 deaths was reported daily in the last 30 days.

The seven-day average is 407.

So if dear friend, Nancy Shukri says that she expects Langkawi to be the travel bubble and benchmark I have my reservations.

The first mistake is that the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister advised those who were planning to travel to Langkawi for a holiday to be responsible tourists and follow the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) because their actions will determine the fate of the country’s tourism sector.

After all that is happening daily in the country are we saying that we have an enlightened local tourist population who will adhere to the required protocols?

If the last time Langkawi was opened is used as a benchmark I would predict we are in for a shock!

Already feedback from entry points have raised alarms!

And on the island you do not have physical minders and enforcers to micro manage the speculated number expected to arrive namely more than 400,000.

Tourist must be responsible will they be?

I am no stranger to the island for the last 45 years!

Policy makers and heads of state from 1983 have met and known me.

Which includes the Kedah state government and LADA!

Several senior doctors in both government and the private sector know me well.

I met my wife, then 1992 a medical doctor at Langkawi hospital and through her good office and popular image among locals endeared myself to the local population.

It is a pity that before announcing the move to re-open the island we first did not have a high powered task force of individuals from various sectors to plan out the move end to end and micro managing response teams when/if chaos erupts as I predict it may?

I sincerely hope I am wrong!

#penggunamestijagapengguna

 

STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

CASSA CHIEF PROF DR JACOB GEORGE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING ALONGSIDE NEW CABINET IN MALAYSIA!

The Malaysian Cabinet!
This is challenging addressing public policy initiatives, deliberations, consumer advocacy, terrorism issues, international diplomacy, the law, trouble shooting/grievance readdress mechanism and critical strategic intervention (CSI)
Great news – looking forward to meet dear friends/members of the newly minted cabinet on matters of mutual interest and going forward initiatives.
DISKRIMINASI MENJEJASKAN PERPADUAN NEGARA
#penggunajagapenguna

 

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE APPEALS TO HRH OUR BELOVED KING THAT CAMERON HIGHLANDS BE GAZETTED A FOOD SECURITY ZONE!

‘There can be no food security without security for farmers in Cameron Highlands!
 
This is why I am appealing to our beloved King, who is also the Sultan of Pahang, to decree that Cameron Highlands be gazette a food security zone and provided all national and state resources and protection in the national interest!
 
And CASSA MALAYSIA leadership ready to work alongside stakeholders to assist in all proceedings going forward.
 
What we do not need is another “theme park!”‘
MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB  GEORGE  APPEALS TO HRH OUR BELOVED KING THAT CAMERON HIGHLANDS BE GAZETTED A FOOD SECURITY ZONE!
The current population of Malaysia was 32,491,091 as of Monday, August 5, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates!
I am quite certain, it does not take into cognizance the alleged 5 million or so undocumented and illegals in the country or the fatalities of Covid 19 pandemic and the fear that was generated over issues of food during the Lockdown?
With that in mind, how does Malaysia address food security issues to protect all stakeholders resulting in food available and affordable for everyone here?
Farming has been a major part of civilization for millennia and today, despite challenges, loss of farming land, human resources, operational costs and hurdles, dedicated and passionate farmers, continue that legacy.
Farmers have also worked alongside scientists, who have guided them in the development of new crops, created new tools, and pioneered new techniques.
Advances in plant breeding, crop protection, and farming technology have made it possible for farmers to produce way more food on the same amount of land, boosted the nutritional content of food, improved taste, and extended shelf life, all while keeping costs down.
But more need to be done.
We cannot deny that farming is also what most Malaysians consider “dirty, difficult and demanding”.
It is no wonder that young people are not interested in this sector!
And food production in agriculture is one of the most essential sectors but also the most criticized, under-appreciated and threatened in 2019!
This is why I find the act of destroying active farm land in Cameron Highlands, despicable, an offense of the highest degree, even treason, and in this case since, our food security situation in Malaysia is extremely fragile and vulnerable!
I was at the UN’s World Food Security Summit in Rome in the 90s and had the opportunity to monitor, present opinions with the IGO (international governmental organisations) and NGO communities as well as the government-to-government sessions face-to-face courtesy of our Malaysian ambassador to Italy during that period!
But my concern today is not at the global optics but to ascertain where Malaysia’s food security is benched at and most importantly, at Cameron Highlands!
For far too long farmers and food production centers in Cameron Highlands, have not be accorded special privileges and protection in order to preserve continued production, technical and technological advances and generational experience.
After more than 60 years of high intensive construction and development, the farming environment has greatly suffered severe reduction of good farming land.
Worse, there was never a strategic long term plan planned and rolled put to seek alternate sites to replace ecologically sensitive areas.
Despite the setting up of government agencies to spearhead a strategic plan to food security, most if not all, have failed despite billions been allegedly, spent over decades.
That leads me to ask whether, we have now a 20 year plan of action, which will be a paradigm shift, not just for farmers but farming land in and around the nation and most importantly, at Cameron Highlands?
Is there strong export and import oriented policies in place so that vicious price fluctuations are addressed to maintain a decent pricing for the crops to protect the rights, interests and needs of our farmers?
Do we have cash crop insurance for farmers?
Or are prices now controlled by cartels and monopolies and the underworld?
When will we have a policy on cluster farming, as it cuts cost of production by at least 40%?
When will we have agricultural inputs channeled as directly as possible to the farmers, so that production cost is mitigated?
As any reduction of operational costs to farmers cutting off the middle men, seepage, gravy train hunters and cronies, will reduce cost to consumers.
I do not deny that many of these issues have been raised and processes implemented, by the former Ministry of Agriculture then renamed, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, but have they been really effective?
If so, can the results or audits of those processes, the effectiveness and delivery of these initiatives be made public?
What were the bench mark set and have these been achieved?
Who can vouch for these ‘achievements?’
It is embarrassing, that with billions pumped in through related agencies which include, Mardi and a host of agencies, we have yet to produce basic cash crop seeds.
On the other hand, fertilizer manufacturing is fragmented, thus the actual cost to the farmers is market based and not incentive based.
For example, composting all chicken manure and enriching it, will bring down cost tremendously.
But it is done more as small private initiatives and thus, there is no cost benefit to end users.
There must be an independent body working directly with the farmers in Cameron Highlands, which cuts across red tapes, politics and bureaucracy, so that allocations to farmers are delivered.
In recent years, Cameron Highlands has been experiencing rapid development, in terms of infrastructure and real estate has be a threat to their agriculture industry, food production and its security.
It impacts the most popular vegetables planted and processed from Cameron Highlands which are cabbage, tomatoes, peas and Chinese cabbage.
They are usually supplied to many parts around Malaysia, while, some are being exported to Singapore.
Strawberries are a very popular natural produce here are being exported as well.
But a clear and present danger and problem to farmers is the need for more land, for food cultivation and to address and combat the imminent threat from food imports from China!
Farmers are suffering in terms of profit and income due to this.
Meanwhile, about 90% of those who are employed in the farms are Bangladeshis and this requiring overhead like salary, incentives and accommodation, among others.
There are also other challenges where fertile land is being destroyed by state apparatus and agents as well!
With all these factors involved, the agriculture industry is no longer as lucrative and attractive as it was before, what more with the monopoly of a certain player and the rampant land clearing activities which have been happening without control by the state government or those who are in power.
There can be no food security without security for farmers in Cameron Highlands!
This is why I am appealing to our beloved King, who is also the Sultan of Pahang, to decree that Cameron Highlands be gazette a food security zone and provided all national and state resources and protection in the national interest!
And CASSA MALAYSIA leadership ready to work alongside stakeholders to assist in all proceedings going forward.
What we do not need is another “theme park!”

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – REAL NEWS, BULLSHIT AND STORY TELLING

‘Or stupid claims of debunking of evidence which is the figment of the wildest imagination of pathological liars, when proceedings are still ongoing?

Or accusing their victims of going public to get them arrested when that may have already happened prior to victims going public?

In many cases, pathological liars despite having been caught several times perjuring and their “versions debunked” cannot stop as they are riding a tiger!’

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – REAL NEWS, BULLSHIT AND STORY TELLING

Do Malaysians know that over 902 cases of domestic violence had been recorded from January to April this year?

These are national figures!

The World Health Organization estimated that globally, 1 in 3 women have been subjected to violence in the form of either physical and/or sexual by a partner or a non-partner in their lifetime.

If that too is not shocking and does not send a shiver or two down your spine, I wonder what will.

What-ever ones beef this is indeed a very traumatic and chilling number for us all.

So please spare me and others in the field the bull-shit as we have always stated like rape cases for every assault or domestic violence case reported thirty or more go unreported!

The reasons are clear.

Stigma, family and relatives pressure, the desire to prevent the washing in public dirt entrenched which will impact/expose relationships, family dealings, the real state of an individual’s/family finances, the lies and make believe, skeletons in family cupboards, families pretense to get brides and bridegrooms married off under false wealth pretenses and the possibility and fear of more dirt exposed!

So the truth must never come out!

And honestly, it seldom does!

The authorities will tell you that there have been shockingly many U-turns by victims after pressure is exerted upon them by various quarters!

Many real tragic cases have been short circuited after exhaustive investigations, man hours by dedicated, honest, sacrificial investigators.

Personally I know several, even one official who slept in the office during her later stages of pregnancy pushing herself to complete investigations, only to see two months after arrest and chargers, the victim is pressured to withdraw her reports!

So the terrain has its predators, is rough, dangerous, terrorizing and tough.

So it will take a very strong person, one who gave her all till there was nothing else to, except if she stayed on, her life, to finally go public?

It was no exaggeration as if one analyses case studies of cases one can see everything by abusers and pathological liars are strategically pre-planned and executed.

So spare us the myth and storytelling, I always tells the abusers!

Story telling us of love, a broken heart, honor, the purchasing of jewelry, the accusations of adultery, when oneself is alleged to have committed adultery, of assaults, video recordings that Bukit Aman Forensic have yet to examine and certify as unedited?

Or stupid claims of debunking of evidence which is the figment of the wildest imagination of pathological liars, when proceedings are still ongoing?

Or accusing their victims of going public to get them arrested when that may have already happened prior to victims going public?

In many cases, pathological liars despite having been caught several times perjuring and their “versions debunked” cannot stop as they are riding a tiger!

They know the consequences of perjury under oath!

So they keep shifting and presenting the same hogwash in hundreds of pages thinking they are smart!

I always tell those we advise stick to the truth!

No matter what, stick to the truth!

And because of this, many victims debunked the imaginary and false claims made by their abusers, exposed fabrication and these too very professionally!

Even fabricated false police reports made without contemplating its consequences to one when cross checks are initiated as are always done!

Questions will also be asked eventually whether one abused the due process by falsification of claims and allegations bringing the judiciary to disrepute!

I always tell all never attempt to mislead the courts or your own solicitors for your own personal agenda!

You will destroy careers!

You will be caught eventually, despite your entire story telling believe me!

We have enough of pathological liars and drama queens!

Never underestimate any victim by whose inheritance you are where you are today, who was falsely and with malicious intent tagged a schizophrenia which was debunked professionally, has alleged endured kicks, punches, starvation, being dragged down the stairs, hair pulled, kicked, strangled, slapped, spat on and verbally abused and suffering miscarriages throughout her marriage as a result of incessant beatings and psychological abuse and now falsely accused of adultery?

We wonder who really needs psychiatric assessment?

More so when one does not know the difference between an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a law graduate!

What a disgrace!

I am certain honorable Malaysians can tell storytelling and falsehood from truth!