MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE CRIES OUT – SUPPORT NAJIB NOT TEAR HIM DOWN WITH FAKE NEWS!

‘Why is each and every action of his for the progress and process of development manipulated and interpreted with so much devious crooked thinking and allegations by opposition politicians and certain opposition leaning NGO leaders!’

 

MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE CRIES OUT – SUPPORT NAJIB NOT TEAR HIM DOWN WITH FAKE NEWS!

Let us look at the facts!

As far as I am concerned MACC has a sterling record in fighting corruption, without fear or favor, with corrupt elected or appointed arrested for corruption or abuses of power – regardless of how high a status the corrupt holds in government or public office!

They had seized assets worth RM334.53 million between August 2016 and August 2017 which is a record!

So what is wrong, for the Prime Minister of Malaysia and head of the government and symbolic of the government’s support for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announcing a RM5 million allocation for the commission’s Yayasan Prihatin?

The premier was making the statement at MACC’s 50th anniversary celebrations at the commission’s new complex in Putrajaya!

There was applause all around.

For the record, the MACC’s Yayasan Prihatin was launched as part of efforts to ensure the welfare of MACC officers.

And what is actually wrong that this gesture of goodwill, of appreciation of civil servants fighting a war against corruption?
Why are a group of detractors making their own allegations, spins, claims and notorious claims which are all speculative, a defamation and fake?

It is as if the Prime Minister can do no right?

Why is each and every action of his for the progress and process of development manipulated and interpreted with so much devious crooked thinking and allegations by opposition politicians and certain opposition leaning NGO leaders!

Seriously what is indeed wrong to allocate funds for the welfare of MACC officials?

My advice to these detractors is to please get off their high horses, their continued tirade and war of words, fake news, and spins against Prime Minister Najib.

Come to the political arena with constructive criticism, with a process where we acknowledge the good that is done by the government rather than condemning each and every effort of the government!

It is like the government can do no right and the opposition no wrong!

Opposition politicians and opposition leaning NGO leaders should get rid of their self-righteous attitude as they do not have a monopoly on truth, good deeds, transparency, good governance and justice!

MODERATION & MINORITY RIGHTS – ARE WE PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?

MODERATION & MINORITY RIGHTS – ARE WE PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?

Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman is reported to have stated at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that Malaysia seeks to bring forth the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) initiative to the United Nations (UN) through a Resolution to negate the propagation of extremism and radicalization.

And among its core objectives is, to douse the flames of hatred and stem the influence of extreme and myopic ideas of intolerance, xenophobia and racial hatred.

Not just that!

That it was imperative for communities of different race, religion, and culture to band together in seeking common peaceful aspirations and celebrate our diversity rather than be influenced, and enticed into extremist traps.

I just cannot disagree with any of those aspirations, which are all lauded!

And knowing Anifah the way I do, he is being very honest and committed to this agenda, without any notions of hypocrisy!

But my difficulty has always being the contention that all nations should not just work towards moderation, preserving dignity, human rights of races and their religious persuasions, at the global stage but these need to be entrenched and grounded in as a key and core nation building pillar domestically, which gives one credibility to claim to be prophets of moderation!

But can we today honestly do so, with the current chaotic narrative that is going on in Malaysia with all kinds of religious extremists, fanatics, racial vigilantes and bigots undermining the tenets of race and religious life in multi-racial Malaysia?

Inexplicably, I understand during the same time frame Anifah was not the only Malaysian politician who was throwing out noble and civilized beatitudes at the world stage!

At the 11th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime and the second Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi seem to have gone on a “self-righteous joy ride” in wanting to advice the Myanmar government while taking pot shots at their Nobel Peace laureate.

We have taken offence also with the ASEAN chairperson’s statement on the humanitarian situation in Rakhine State, in Myanmar but, are we forgetting that ASEAN works on consensus?

I wonder what would have been the official replies by both Anifah and Zahid, if foreign head of states or other members of the diplomatic fraternity had asked them on the rise of radicalization and violent extremism, the confirmed involvement of Malaysians in areas of international conflict embedded with IS fighters be they in the middle east, Indonesia, Philippines or soon in Myanmar?

More importantly, are we are a moderate country at this stage of time?

In all humility I also wonder what our response and reply would be if we were asked what ever happened to Pastor Raymond Koh, following the professionally executed abduction of the 62-year-old pastor and charity worker in broad daylight on Feb 13.

And why stop there!

What about the intolerance displayed by religious bigots and vigilantes who are going around infringing the civil rights of non-Muslim Malaysians, which is now downright public, going viral at times, which is causing fear and alarm among peace loving Malaysians of all races and religious persuasions while those expected to serve and protect seem in a state of political and administrative comatose?

This despite the supremacy of secular law in Malaysia as upheld in 1988 in the Supreme Court case of Che Omar bin Che Soh vs Public Prosecutor!

Despite so, religious bigots, fanatics, extremist are continuing to impose dominance on non-Muslims or insist on their religious superiority when nothing like that is embedded in the Federal Constitution!

Perhaps, as the saying goes, charity should start at home and we should stop self-righteously lecturing others, while, conveniently and in political expediency, closing both eyes to the deterioration of race and religious relationships and over grown polarization from cradle to grave which is a grave injustice to the nation’s founding fathers and the aspirations of Malaysia Prime Minister’s Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia policy?

CASSA CHIEF ASKS – CHEAPER HEPATITIS C MEDICATION – FANTASY, FICTION OR FACT?

‘This sad situation and narrative, more so when highly qualified and well respected medical professionals are leaving the hospitals in droves for lack of career development prospects and lack of recognition while others, of a certain race, religion and stock get rehired almost as soon as they retire?’

CHEAPER HEPATITIS C MEDICATION – FANTASY, FICTION OR FACT?

There seems to be a major debate going on in some circles over the recent announcement on cheaper Hepatitis C Medication.

I fail to understand the euphoria in the media and among, some consumer groups, over the Health Ministry’s plans to produce “affordable versions of Hepatitis C medication.”

Seriously, what is the mitigation really offered?

Most importantly, is what offered a realistic and silver bullet that is expected to save the life of over an alleged 500,000 patients in Malaysia because a cure was now within reach?

Only a gullible half past six – will expect that the Malaysian Ministry of Health will make the medicine available to patients within days or at most, a few weeks.

As such let us re-look at these statements with greater diligence!

We must remember that the treatment of Hepatitis C is often a combination of drugs and one of which is sofosbuvir.

Hence is the MOH going to provide a single drug or a combination of drugs as recommended by various international guidelines and WHO?

I also believe that the treatment depends on the Hepatitis C Virus Genotype and hence will this single drug that is being provided by MOH be appropriate to tackle the different genotypes?

That is not all.

Let us then look at the whole question of administration and management!

Is there liver specialist in all the 12 hospitals to appropriately manage and treat Hepatitis C?

As far as I know, and is common knowledge, that there is a severe shortage of liver specialists in the country!

So the pertinent question is who in these 12 hospitals will be treating Hepatitis C?

Will it be some under trained and ill exposed Para medical support staff or the hospital assistants?

Let us now look at another aspect!

Do the laboratories in these hospitals have adequate resources to monitor the treatment of Hepatitis C?

The plain truth is, it does not take a rocket scientist to invoke the Patent Act 1983 to produce a generic version of the drug, sofosbuvir.

It is also easy to come out with media statements that MOH plans to make the drug available in twelve public hospitals by year end.

But more importantly, will it actually happen or is this another press statement that will never be fulfilled?

And why do I say this?

Several years ago, I decided to cut out paper cuttings of media statements from MOH on “promises!”

We the Malaysian citizens should all do this in view the kind of statements and promises made by our politicians and to hold them accountable!

I remember there were over 124 statements made over time.

Do you know how many were actually delivered?

There were about a dozen.

The only politician who made 12 promises and delivered all of them was Dr Chua Soi Lek, who I still consider the best Health Minister Malaysia has ever seen and had!

For the record, I will continue this my media statements vigil of monitoring the statement on “affordable versions of Hepatitis C medication”  to see if indeed it materializes or it is just another statement thrown to the media on a dry day and to give perceptions?

Most importantly, let us not make promises we cannot keep or deliver!

And let us not get beyond ourselves by making statements that will never be delivered!

And why do I state this?

The truth is that this statement is coming at time when there are allegations and claims of “huge cuts in the health budget!”

That services have been seriously impacted!

That the availability of essential drugs challenged.

That the quality and professional services professed, exhibited and ultimately delivered, seriously embarrassing!

This sad situation and narrative, more so when highly qualified and well respected medical professionals are leaving the hospitals in droves for lack of career development prospects and lack of recognition while others, of a certain race, religion and stock get rehired almost as soon as they retire?

This is no ‘cerita dongeng!’

Even the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Zahid Hamidi alluded to this recently, followed by Deputy Health Minister Hilmi Yahaya!

I always wondered why the country seems to be financially tight when it comes to hiring such professionals but there seem to be no such deficiency of funds when appointing politicians and retired civil servants to various fanciful positions, including special envoys!

And when qualified and experienced public interest practitioners and advocates point these out in the public interest, vigilantes and cyber troopers attack us.

MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS PM NAJIB’S STAND ON SAFETY OF TAHFIZ RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS LAUDED!

The order and instruction has gone out!

It comes from Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak himself!

The instructions to the relevant authorities in the country also clear!

1. Inspect the safety standard at all tahfiz religious schools in the country.

2. Schools found to be not abiding by the safety standard would be given time to implement the measures!

3. And failure to do so would result in their being ordered to close down.

And why was this instruction given out?

The premier could not comprehend what drove teenage boys to plan such an heinous crime which resulted in the deaths of 21 innocent students and two teachers.

It was so obvious to me listening in to him that he was truly heartbroken by the manner he spoke to the media!

He reiterated:

“What wrong did they commit? Don’t tell me a quarrel over futsal led to this crime. This is what has been haunting me”

The order is now out!

As Prime Minister Najib says it is a

1. A question of the safety of our children and we cannot compromise on the matter!

2. It involves the lives of our children and it is our responsibility.

3. It is not a question of the authority of the federal government or the state governments.

4. It is a question of safety, welfare and, more so, the lives of our children!

I thank both Prime Minister Najib, first lady Rosmah Mansor for the address and support to address this tragedy fast track!

Now since the instruction given – I pray the relevant agencies will fast track this matter before another disaster of horror!

I for one and CASSA will be monitoring and holding a brief on this matter certainly!

HARAPAN SAYA UNTUK BAJET 2018 – PRESIDEN CASSA!

HARAPAN SAYA UNTUK BAJET 2018 – PRESIDEN CASSA!

Kerajaan dicadang supaya menurunkan kadar Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) yang dikenakan sebanyak 6.0 peratus sekarang kepada 3.0 peratus pada Bajet 2017.

Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam, Selangor (CASSA),Datuk Dr. Jacob George berkata, walaupun ia sukar dilakukan oleh kerajaan tetapi cadangan itu wajar dipertimbangkan dengan mengambil kira lonjakan kos hidup, peningkatan pengangguran dan penurunan perbelanjaan.

Malah, ada juga pekerja yang diberhentikan pekerjaan selepas majikan mahu mengecilkan saiz perniagaan atas alasan ketidaktentuan ekonomi atau alasan “restructuring?”

Jacob berkata, kenaikan kos hidup yang melambung sekarang dirasai oleh semua peringkat masyarakat dan pekerja, baik yang berpendapatan rendah, juga sederhana.

“Sama ada kerajaan sedar atau tidak, pasar-pasar raya, pusat beli-belah dan pasar malam semakin lenggang. Pengguna susah lagi untuk berbelanja kerana ikat perut.

“Ada ketua-ketua keluarga yang melakukan tiga pekerjaan untuk mengisi perut anak-anak, memastikan perbelanjaan rumah dan persekolahan tidak putus.

“Lantaran itu, saya cadangkan kerajaan kurangkan kadar GST kepada 3.0 peratus agar pengguna boleh ‘bernafas’,” katanya.

Tambahnya, semua pihak akui pelaksanaan GST memberi kesan ketara dalam kehidupan rakyat kerana harga barang makanan, khususnya naik, walaupun ia diperjelaskan oleh kerajaan.

Beliau berkata, masalah ini berlaku agensi-agensi penguatkuasaan kerajaan tidak melakukan pemantauan seperti ketika mula-mula GST dikuatkuasakan.

“Jika pemantauan dibuat tidaklah harga barangan yang sama di kedai A tidak sama di kedai B, C dan D.

George juga meminta Perdana Menteri mempertimbangkan untuk mengenakan sekatan kemasukan pekerja-pekerja asing di negara ini kerana kehadiran mereka telah menjejaskan mata pencarian penduduk tempatan.

Jelas beliau, penduduk tempatan sekarang sukar mendapat kerja kerana terpaksa bersaing walaupun dalam sektor-sektor yang tidak sepatutnya.

“Kalau di pasar raya siapa juruwang kalau bukan pekerja asing. Sehinggakan warga Indonesia boleh membuka kedai di Chow Kit dan di Brickfield pula dipenuhi dengan warga Bangladesh.

“Hinggakan di kedai-kedai runcit pun muka pendatang asing,” katanya yang tidak bersetuju dengan pandangan kerajaan bahawa rakyat Malaysia tidak mahu bekerja dalam sektor pekerjaan 3D ‘kotor, bahaya dan sukar’.

“Jika gaji yang dibayar setimpal siapa yang tidak mahu kerja dan sepatutnya kerajaan telus dengan mendedahkan sektor-sektor terlibat,” jelasnya.

Kata beliau, pengurangan penggantungan kerja terhadap buruh asing perlu ditangani segera kerana ia tidak selari dengan hasrat Malaysia untuk menjadi sebuah negara berpendapatan tinggi.

“Kita perlukan pekerja mahir di Malaysia, bukan lambakan warga-warga asing yang tidak terlatih saperti daripada Bangladesh yang bukan “pekerja” tapi “migrant ekonomi!”