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Various Stances By 4 Malaysian Politicians – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 10th february 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, advice, by-election, conflict of interest, Justice, Law, Malaysia on February 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

ARTICLE 1

Zulkifli won’t appeal, will stay as MP – by Clara Chooi – 6th March 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 – Sacked PKR MP Zulkifli Noordin has decided not to appeal his termination from the party and will remain as an Independent MP for Kulim–Bandar Bharu.

The controversial politician has chosen to remain calm in the face of his sacking, and just minutes after hearing about it, he laughed over the phone with The Malaysian Insider.

“There is no use crying over it,” he said.

He added that the party had made him a “forced Independent” when it decided to sack him as a PKR member.

“I will remain as an Independent for now but I will keep my options open. But joining Umno is a big no-no,” he told The Malaysian Insider when asked if he planned to join another party.

Zulkifli was sacked from PKR this evening when the party’s supreme council decided to endorse the recommendations made by the disciplinary board on the MP’s case.

Zulkifli was called to face the board when he infringed a party gag order and lodged a police report against Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad over the “Allah” issue.

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

Whether he remains as independent or not is for the voters to decide. They might have voted for the party and not the candidate. Don’t tell me there is no mechanism for by elections to determine the voter’s response? Heres a NEW voting checkbox list for the Election Commission to consider implementing to prevent this betrayal of voters who voted for the party and not the candidate :

Party YES/NO
Candidate YES/NO

The party might win but the candidate is hated (So called independents now formalized as Konsensus Bebas).
Or the candidate might win but the party is hated (Tengku Razaleigh for example from UMNO party).

Therefore in the case where the Candidate does not have 51% of the vote and leaves the party, an immediate By-Election is called. Or in the case where the Party does not have 51% of the vote and expels the candidate, a By-Election will not be needed. Are our Election Commission officials thinking about things like this? Or just sitting pretty and doing nothing except maintaining status quo, serving interests of a specific political party instead of the Rakyat, and thereby betraying the Rakyat by wasting tax monies instead of thinking on how to improve the system??? Are they making the system worse in fact whenever new laws are passed. Are these laws legal by UN standards?

ARTICLE 2

Chinese will take over in the next election, warns Perkasa – by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Malay nationalist group Perkasa warns that the Chinese community will use the next general election to take over the country.

Perkasa feels that the last general election weakened the Malays and empowered the Chinese community.

Dr Zubir Harun, director of Perkasa’ economic bureau, who was at the Malay Consultative Council’s (MPM) round-table discussion, said during his presentation that a divided Malay community will empower the other races.

According to delegates at the discussion and documents received by The Malaysian Insider, Perkasa wants the New Economic Policy (NEP) to be the “spirit” of the New Economic Model (NEM).

“Perkasa believes that disunity among the Malays has weakened Umno, causing the non-Malays to be more vocal in their demands. They say that the Chinese are also blackmailing the government to give in to their demands by threatening to vote for Pakatan Rakyat,” said one of the delegates.

Zubir also said that Perkasa is worried that the New Economic Model will have a Chinese agenda.

“The Chinese people feel that the next general election is the best opportunity for them to gain power in this country.

“This is why Chinese NGOs, such as Ziong Dong and Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce, are using this chance to make demands of the government. If their demands are not met, then they will vote Pakatan Rakyat who are willing to give everything to the Chinese,” he elaborated in his presentation.

Zubir added that the Malays have “sacrificed” for the country by allowing “the immigrants” to live in Malaysia.

“It must be reminded that the Malay people have sacrificed tremendously since independence with a quid pro quo policy…  the Malay race have compromised by allowing foreigners into the country. The Malays endured hundreds of years of colonization and the result is the migration of foreigners into the country. We were forced to accept this policy,” he said.

Zubir also slammed non-Malays and liberal Malays for wanting to rewrite the country’s Constitution and social contract.

Perkasa believes that the NEP is still relevant because it will help the Malay community to counter a market which is dominated by the Chinese.

The Malaysian Insider reported today that the government has decided to incorporate the proposed New Economic Model (NEM) into the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) in June, as fine-tuning and tweaks will go beyond its initial end-March launch.

It was learnt the delay came after feedback from various quarters prompted the government to rework its ideas and proposals that will turn Malaysia into a high-income nation based on innovation and creativity.

Among those with reservations about the NEM are the MPM which yesterday demanded it be based on the 1970s-era New Economic Policy (NEP) and should comply with Article 153 of the Federal Constitution that protect Malay and Bumiputera’s special position.
[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

Take care with your words – don’t tempt the 2 rising superpowers into retaliating by fulfilling your words. The minorities are just asking for :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

Would you like to be treated as the minorities are treated now? The international community is behind the moderate Ummah and the right minded Malaysian in these issues.  Right now the Orang Asli know they could be treated better, elevated to the Prime Minister’s post as soon as GE14 or at least guaranteed the DPM’s post, by siding with the minorities. What has UMNO ever given them? Land titles to lands that originally belonged to them? Without Sarawak and Sabah, or international respect, UMNO’s racist faction will be finished, does MPM know how damned the side they are standing on is? The members of these 76 Malay Organisations will be identifiable and crushed wherever they go from now on. Is it worth it?

Only by embracing EQUALITY will the Malay race will be at par with humanity, and there are REAL heroes among the Malay race who would stand for ALL Humans this day. Special privileges are a myth and an abomination in the equilibrium of Human Development in a global context, the Prophet would have recognized that if he were here this day, the Human Rights Charter recognizes that and will continue to. What is MCM but a fool demented by selfish greed . . .

ARTICLE 3

An economist’s wet dream – by Jema Khan – 8th MARCH 2010

Having studied economics at university, I am eagerly awaiting Malaysia’s New Economic Model (NEM).

I believe there are many things that can be done to improve our country’s economy.

That is not to say that it will be done as politics has always been a major consideration in any country.

It is easy to say, for example, that we will put a poll tax to help the government’s coffers as Margaret Thatcher did in the late 1980’s.

From a purely financial viewpoint it would help the coffers but the British public were not supportive and this actually caused Thatcher’s downfall as Prime Minister after the poll tax riots in 1990.

I believe that to be effective, any economic prescriptive must have incentives and disincentives properly aligned and that the policy should be communicated clearly to the people.

The problem should also be clearly defined. I will try to illustrate by trying to tackle a real life issue in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur’s traffic congestion.

In the case of Kuala Lumpur’s traffic congestion, I suggest a policy of cross subsidies where we charge cars coming into the city say, RM10 per day and motorcycles RM5 per day to be collected by a wholly owned Government entity, which I believe in this case should be Prasarana.

This will allay any fears of cronyism and its like. At the same time Prasarana should provide public transport such as buses, monorail and light rail for free as their revenue is collected from the congestion charge.

Prasarana’s buses should also be given dedicated bus lanes — for its buses, its tow trucks and public emergency vehicles only — on every 3 lane road.

The bus stops should be about 500 meters apart. The buses should come every few minutes and there should be at least half a dozen bus interchange stations within the city as well as integration of all its public transport facilities.

This will probably require about 5000 buses for KL and its surrounding areas. At the same time we should probably have more one way systems and reduce the number of traffic lights in the city by about a third to reduce bottlenecks.

Furthermore all the public transport should have lots of cameras for security reasons. Passengers should also have to provide their ID before they board any of these facilities so that if they misbehave we will know who to look for.

At the same time we can also find any wanted felons more easily.

Prasarana’s public transport should be upgraded over time to reflect that we are in the 21st century with things such as electric buses and green technology.

The incentive in this case is free, comfortable and efficient public transport. The disincentive is the congestion charge on cars and motorbikes.

The goal is to relieve traffic congestion. The challenge is to communicate effectively to the public that this will save a lot of time for all and make our city globally competitive and efficient.

I estimate that Prasarana can easily collect about RM2 billion a year and this should be more than adequate to provide KL with a free first class 21st century public transport system.

Furthermore if overall everyone saves just an hour a week in commute time, it will add up to 50 hours per year.

If we have two million people going in and out of KL, that adds up to 100 million man hours per annum saved on commuting, which by itself is worth a few billion RM per year.

The challenges to the above will be that there are more than half a dozen ministries involved in public transport and to coordinate them is difficult.

What of the private bus companies that will go out of business because they can’t compete with free transport?

What about the additional burden to people who have to pay the congestion charge?

What if we can’t collect enough money from the congestion charge to offset the cost of free public transport?

Can Prasarana provide an efficient and comfortable service for the public? There are a myriad of questions that can be asked.

The main thing to do is move forward and solve the problem. We can tweak the system as we go along but we must work on the basis of aligning incentives and disincentives and communicating clearly to the public.

Overall, I expect the coming New Economic Model to provide further liberalization of the economy which I support.

My only question is what is the point of liberalizing the economy if we can’t liberalize the mindset of our people?


written by JC, March 08, 2010
and it will always remain a dream, a very wet dream…
The reason is pretty simple, 60% of total cars sold each year in the country are from the 2 local car manufacturers. Let’s be frank, if we had a transport system like HK or Australia, would we buy one of those overpriced junks? They are a huge source of income for a lot of people in power. There are thousands of suppliers to the 2 companies and let’s just say you don’t get to supply to them based on merit. Same goes for petrol station licenses. There are many people who sit there doing nothing but churning out racist propaganda while getting filthy rich at the people’s expense. Any atttempts to disrupt their income stream will always be met with the strongest resistance.

* +5


written by Paul Ong, March 08, 2010
Singapore has imposed levy for vehicles coming to the central business area to alleviate congestion, they even have special road tax for cars that can only be used at night and week ends, but before they impose all this restrictions they already have first class transportation system.

Our public transport system in Kuala Lumpur is only comparable to the Lion City of the seventies, I am not trying to insult the planners in K.L. but this is the reality.

Can our Gomen do it like Singapore or like the author of this article suggest? Wake up man! They have to pour billions of ringgit to upgrade the public transport first, the problem here is fully 60% of the billions spent will disappear into “thin air”! If any organizations are given the permission to collect money for the private vehicles coming into K.L. We can only fore see one thing, that is huge amount of this money collected will do the disappearing act as well.


written by ManCung, March 08, 2010

There’s very little merit in this suggestion but I agree the author has the right to voice his opinion.
It is a very simplistic idea that fails to take into account the social, cultural, infrastructural & economic circumstances in the country/KL. Finally, any gov that tries this will become hugely unpopular and will lose at the next election. You want to improve public transport in KL – stop the policiticans/cronies from getting involved & making huge money out of it and create a level playing field for the private sector to invest & compete to provide the best service to the public.

“a policy of cross subsidies where we charge cars coming into the city say, RM10 per day and motorcycles RM5 per day” – the public already has to pay toll, parking, road tax, insurance, car maintenance etc; while incomes are barely keeping pace with inflation, and now u want to screw them further.

“What of the private bus companies that will go out of business because they can’t compete with free transport?” – If they’re non-bumi, can just screw them. If they’re bumi, the gov will subsidize.

What about the additional burden to people who have to pay the congestion charge? – if they’re bumi, they can join umno and make lots of money to help pay for the congestion charge. If they’re non-bumi, can just screw them.

What if we can’t collect enough money from the congestion charge to offset the cost of free public transport? – Taxpayers (majority non-bumi) already been screwed for so long, what’s a bit more screwing to use tax money.

I propose that to set a good example, all umno members & gov officials & BN politicians & VIPs should solely use biycles. Its healthy exercise, will reduce expenditure, its environmentally friendly & most importantly may instill some humility & understanding.

written by @AgreeToDisagree
A new decentralised paradigm of city planning (with lots of green lung) is needed. That way all the traffic and pollution will not be focused in a single high density zone. Meanwhile Malaysians will still need :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

And with the 13 point plan in place, Singapore will be re-assimilated as well.

ARTICLE 4

DPM: new economic model is for everyone [Muhyiddin says the NEM is for everyone] by Asrul Hadi Abdulah Sani

SUNGAI BULOH, March 8 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today assured Malaysians that the proposed New Economic Model (NEM) is for all, regardless of race, background and religion.

The deputy prime minister stressed that the government will not only consider the interest of the Malays but other communities as well.

The Malaysian Insider reported today that the government has decided to incorporate the proposed NEM into the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) in June, as fine-tuning and tweaks will go beyond its initial end of March launch.

It was learnt the delay came after feedback from various quarters prompted the government to rework its ideas and proposals that will turn Malaysia into a high-income nation based on innovation and creativity.

Among those with reservations about the NEM are the Malay Consultative Council (MPM) which yesterday demanded it be based on the 1970s-era New Economic Policy (NEP), and should comply with Article 153 of the Federal Constitution that protect Malay and the special position of Bumiputeras.

Muhyiddin said Malaysians, including the MPM, will be provided with the opportunity to contribute the NEM.

“I want to assure every Malaysians, not just Malays but every Malaysians who have a vested interest in the New Economic Model that the prime minister is very well aware. Every Malaysians but not just Malay Consultative Council wants to have a say and I think they will be given an opportunity to look into what has been proposed by the National Economic Advisory Council,” he told reporters after launching 1 Community 1 Corporation programme at Kg Paya Jaras Hilir here.

The National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) chaired by Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz is formulating the NEM and has briefed the Cabinet twice on its progress.

“Every Malaysian will have the opportunity to look into what the council proposed and what sort of input that they want to give to the prime minister and the government. So actually as a regard to the Malay interest or the Chinese interest, all are being taken care of but obviously we have to go into details on how those plan could be developed,” he added.

Muhyiddin also said that the NEM will be within the “spirit of the constitution.”

“At the same time, whatever decision that the government has to make will be constitutional and within the spirit of the constitution. We understand that very well so I don’t think any race need to be worry about.

“So there will be enough time for them to given the opportunity to have a look at what the proposed new economic model is all about. They can have a discussion among themselves to give input to the government,” he said.

The deputy prime minister also took great pains to say everyone will be consulted.

“I must assure you that all will be consulted. You have the various types of NGOs, not just the Malay Consultative Council. The Chinese and Indians have their own types of NGOs, all the social and economic NGOS have their own ideas but we will take note of them. We will assure that they will be given a fair chance but of course the final decision will rest on the government,” he explained.

The government had previously indicated the NEM could have been launched either late 2009 or early 2010. It was understood that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was due to launch the NEM at the annual Invest Malaysia conference to be held after Bank Negara Malaysia unveils its annual report  and economic indicators.

Muhyiddin refused to neither confirm nor deny if the launch of NEM has been delayed till June.

“Well, I think the prime minister will give sufficient time for various groups to submit their views on this. So do I hope the announcement will come from the prime minister himself,” he said.

The NEAC briefed the Cabinet for the second time on March 1, days after engaging with several quarters on various issues related to the NEM.

Sources said the Cabinet had “concerns of political implications” for some measures but Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah has said the political risks would not stop the NEM which stressed on removing costly subsidies and improving competitiveness.

It is understood that eliminating policies that still adhere to the spirit of the NEP — even though the NEP no longer exists and was replaced by the National Development Policy in 1990 — has been received with “trepidation by the Cabinet.”

Fully aware that this radical shift away from the patronage system so many Bumiputra businessmen are familiar with, the policy makers took pains to pave the way for the NEM’s success by engaging with various pressure groups.

Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir yesterday maintained that the NEM would not neglect the Malay community and would have the spirit of the NEP.

MPM has also been campaigning that NEM should not sideline the Malays and remain in line with Article 153 which has 10 parts, with the first part making it incumbent for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

Perkasa, a member of MPM, is worried that the NEM will increase the monopoly of the country’s economy by the Chinese community.

Its director of economic bureau, Dr Zubir Harun, has said that Perkasa is worried that the NEM will have a Chinese agenda and warned that the Chinese community will use the next general election to take over the country.

” MPM has also been campaigning that NEM should not sideline the Malays and remain in line with Article 153 which has 10 parts, with the first part making it incumbent for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak. ”

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

The first part of 153 is unconstitutional in the sense that it drags the Princes and Agong into a minefield of inapplicable and indefensible articles which directly contravene Article 1 of the Human Rights Charter as well as tramples on the spirit of certain Hadiths of Islam prohibiting racism – i.e. Sin of Asabiya etc..

Amendments should be carried out to Article 153 immediately if the Malaysian Royal Collective (those assenting – heaven forbid, or those dissenting – Humanists in touch with the Human NEED to be treated with equality and dislike of disenfranchisement) is not to become an exemplar of what accomplices are. Via machinations of inconsiderate politicians like Muddy above, through badly written constitutions that are seriously outdated and that hamper the aspirations of all minority citizens, which is just to be treated as EQUALS, Muddy is muddying what should be a shining beacon of NEUTRALITY in Malaysia’s time of need.

Time for all supposed administrators of a supposedly modern country to grow into defensible positions as of now . . .

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