- COMING SOON: Malaysia's I.S.A. 2.0 ... Oppose it!
- Malaysia’s total local currency bonds outstanding: RM1 trillion
- Special Report: Malaysia’s annual procurement costs higher than other nations’
- What will Zahid do about Unsatisfactory Management in Police HQ?
- An all-familiar story of the non-Malays
- The harsh reality of our politics
- Safety and Accountability : Prevention of Crime Act and Auditor General Report
- Mufti must pay for calling Kadazans ‘invented race’, says Sabah MP
- A-G Spot-on, IGP All at Sea
- iKad for migrant workers
- 'I'm a victim of selective victimisation'
- PAS allows candidates to openly campaign
- MMC ‘infected’ with irregularities
- The outsourcing of Malaysia
- Same old stories
- After latest audit, MACC panel ‘baffled’ by repeated weaknesses in government
- MP’s ‘Umno dogs’ FB posting draws flak
- Those opposing PCA are selfish, says Zahid
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 11:08 AM PDT
If we charge the detainees in court, we could learn a lot more about the meaning of 'national security'. It is not merely about maintaining public order but about trying to understand why citizens are publicly acting in manner deemed 'disorderly'.
I am reposting this article on the Internal Security Act, written in 2008 before it was finally repealed. Now that the Barisan Nasional has won, it is rebranding the act, not only, accordingly, for crime prevention but essentially as a national security straightjacket. We do not need such acts anymore. What then must we do?
Remove the "national security" straightjacket
"Work with me …. not for me"
— Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for 22 years, once spoke about the nine challenges called 'The Way Forward-Vision', said to be a culmination of his work throughout his tenure.
The document charted the challenges the nation must confront in order for it to develop on par with the advanced nations.
These challenges are summarised as follows:
1. Establishing a united Malaysian nation with a sense of common and shared destiny
With the Internal Security Act (ISA), how do we then meet these challenges? How is it an antithesis to what a civil society means? Do we still deserve the ISA?
Snapshot of protests
We are on the threshold of 2008. We have created a larger middle class, educated and imbued not only the taste of progressive Western secularist ideals synthesised with deep cultural and/or religious values still preserved, but also a better understanding of the principles of human rights. We know that Malaysia ratified the 1946 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We know that these involve the rights to the freedom of speech and assembly.
Our nation no longer deserves the ISA or any other intolerable Acts that kill the creativity and imagination of its nation. The ISA is an ideological state apparatus must go if we are to move forward as a nation that is known for it wisdom, intelligence, tolerance, and commitment to social justice – one that takes care of the needs of the poor of all races, without fear or favour.
The ISA which provides for detention without trial for up to two years at a time is anathema to the idea of a civil society. If we charge the detainees in court, we could learn a lot more about the meaning of 'national security'. It is not merely about maintaining public order but about trying to understand why citizens are publicly acting in manner deemed 'disorderly'. The history of the use of the ISA is tied to the history of the ruling class and how those who own the means of production own the means of silencing progressive voices of change.
Let us look at some snapshots of the protest movements in our history:
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 11:02 AM PDT
Malaysia's total local currency bonds outstanding stood at RM994bn (US$314bn) at 30 June 2013, the highest in the Asean region.
Out of this RM994bn bonds outstanding, the corporate sector accounts for RM406bn or US$128bn. Here are the top 30 outstanding corporate bonds in Malaysia. Note that four out of the top five issuers are state-owned.
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:47 AM PDT
(The Edge) - Malaysia spends more on its annual procurement of goods, works and services -- which comes to about one-fourth of its nominal GDP -- than most other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries whose annual procurements work out to about 12% of their GDP.
In a paper entitled Key failings in the Malaysian public procurement system and how they can be addressed by greater transparency, Prof David Seth Jones said while the government has established an official system of procurement which conforms to a certain extent to international standards, the problems may be caused by inadequate planning and poor drafting.
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:40 AM PDT
A killing weapon is lost and, on multiple occasions, it takes in excess of 2 years to conclude 'cause unknown.' The losses occurred at an average rate of about once per month. There were delays in detection, delays in investigation, delays in reporting, delays in decision-making, delays in implementation.
Previously I pointed out what's missing in the discourse about the Auditor General's Report for 2012. Here I will point out how focusing on missing guns has diverted us from the real issue. I will also point out some salient features of audit reports.
I am writing this post because I read in Malaysiakini that Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said "more and more people now trust the police," and said we should stop discussing guns lost by the Police.
The missing guns
Concerning the missing guns, Malaysiakini reports that Zahid said:
"I know the loss was not due to a breach of trust, deviant acts or elements of bribery," and "It is because of carelessness and mistakes made in the line of duty."
Well, this is the same Zahid who asserted, before any investigation, that the police were not involved in the shooting of Sanjeevan whose published mission was to 'expose' the police. It's hard to take Zahid seriously, for reasons I've outlined elsewhere.
In parallel, the Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, has responded to reporters on the same subject.
According to The Malaysian Insider, Khalid said "the missing guns . . . could have fallen into the sea from boats and the weapons could not be recovered."
One of my friends observed that some Chinese say "fallen into the sea" to indicate practical wisdom: "it's happened, that's life, let's just let it go."
I doubt Khalid was thinking of the Chinese idiom, for he mentioned boats and alluded to on-the-spot decisions made not to recover the submerged guns.
According to Free Malaysia Today, Khalid said that subsequent to the Auditor General's Report, 7 of the missing guns had been recovered. The same article reports that Khalid said "the missing guns could also be due to police negligence and car break-ins."
Teresa Kok, the Member of Parliament for Seputeh and "One Woman Malaysian Book of Records" used the missing guns to take a swipe at the Prevention of Crime Act.
Teresa suggested that the guns lost by the police could have been used in a spate of armed attacks which Malaysia has experienced in recent months.
Teresa used the missing guns as leverage to challenge Zahid's aggressive moves to re-introduce detention without trial, a la ISA and EO.
Khalid and Zahid appear to be using Teresa's comments to divert attention from the real issue of mismanagement in the police force. And the media are playing into their hands.
The real issue
Concerning the losses (mainly 156 handcuffs, 44 firearms and 29 vehicles), here's the complete list of weaknesses listed in the Auditor report:
i. delay in detecting the loss of assets;
ii. Head of Department delayed in preparing the Initial Report on the loss of assets;
iii. delay in forming the Investigating Committee For Loss Of Assets;
iv. Investigating Committee For Loss Of Assets delayed in preparing the Committee Final Report;
v. the Secretariat for The Loss And Write-Off Committee delayed in taking follow-up actions on reports of assets lost;
vi. delay in taking action by the Police Contingent upon approval of the write-off by the approving authority;
vii. delay in taking action for the surcharge process;
viii. secured storage space for assets was not provided for; and
ix. space for storing assets was limited.
The word "delay"
Auditors are extremely careful with their choice of words. The word delay has been selected to do service in seven consecutive sentences. And most people still miss the point!
The frequent occurrence of the word "delay" is a signal to the reader that an extremely serious issue is being reported.
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:38 AM PDT
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:23 AM PDT
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:22 AM PDT
Detained under the ISA, an Act intended for communists - MTadmin
The first issue is the amendment of PCA where I do not see any reason why the opposition and its supporters are so terrified. Have they read the contents of the amendment? Have they not compared? The amendment and PCA itself are intended for hardcore criminals, not hardcore politicians, unless they are involved in crime. How to guarantee this? Take a look at SOSMA, you do not see politicians being detained.
Hafizuddin Amir Bin Dato' Hasim, UKM Law Student
These last few months have really tested the government's ability to govern a nation with a small margin. It also shows the importance of having a strong central government balanced by a responsible opposition. The series of issues started when the government decided to reduce subsidies on petrol price that also meant a price hike and then followed by the cigarette price hike, the controversy of the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) and the Auditor General Report. The mood now is aggression.
But what is more important is how relevant ministers responded to this aggression directed towards them. The first issue is the amendment of PCA where I do not see any reason why the opposition and its supporters are so terrified. Have they read the contents of the amendment? Have they not compared? The amendment and PCA itself are intended for hardcore criminals, not hardcore politicians, unless they are involved in crime. How to guarantee this? Take a look at SOSMA, you do not see politicians being detained.
The police through the IGP have complained that the force does not have enough tools to deal with organized crime, besides lacking manpower. This happened due to the repeals of the Restricted Resident Act and the Internal Security Act. I see that their main fear is that detention without trial which is synonymous to the ISA is back. But besides PCA being only for criminals, its detention order is not under the Minister of Home Affairs, unlike ISA. This new amendment will see an Advisory Board made up by senior judges who will advise on the detention and the High Court shall have the final say.
One of the reasons of this amendment is to make the law applicable to Sabah and Sarawak, unlike before. This means the police have more territorial power over the criminals and their teeth "sharpened". This amendment is merely for deterrence and prevention as the current state is just retribution. All in all PCA is about being able to nab the wrongdoer before he can strike and they are the ones who should be more worried with this amendment, not politicians. This amendment will no doubt create a safer and more secured environment but only if it is enforced appropriately without fear and favour. The force should make strengthening their resources, manpower and accountability as a continuous agenda because tougher laws does not guarantee tougher enforcement.
However, regarding the Auditor General Report, it has pointed the finger to a few ministries about financing misconduct and wastages and this is an area where the government should take things more seriously and respond accordingly. This is also an area where the people are so judgmental of the government and looking at the report, they are right to be so.
If the government is serious about transformation and implementing the agendas under the ETP, GTP and so on, they cannot afford not to address this and most importantly to eradicate it. Politicians running the state government and federal government administration must make corruption eradication and accountable administration paramount.
Considering the people seeing what they want to believe, being able to respond factually and maturely is as important as developing the nation. Plus, the opposition should not feel too comfortable about this since some misconduct in their state government companies, subsidiaries and agencies have also been proven. Perhaps a crisis management unit led by experts, experienced and independent ones, should be set up in all agencies, departments and ministries to deal with this global problem, especially in the implementation and monitoring part. But it is seen that a few ministries and authorities have responded to the report and we must be fair by assessing both sides of the story.
In a nutshell Malaysians have voted for their representatives and are hopeful for a return in point of the betterment of themselves, their families and their nation besides having their own role to play.
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:18 AM PDT
(MMO) - Sabah Mufti Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar should be tried in the state's Native Court and be made to pay for calling Kadazans an "invented race", Penampang MP Darell Leiking has demanded for the perceived slur.
The senior Islamic cleric must also apologise to Sabahans for pushing a personal agenda to make Malay the state's Bumiputera Muslims, the opposition lawmaker told The Malay Mail Online.
"The state mufti should apologise now especially since the chief minister and government made it clear that this is the state mufti's personal view.
"He has insulted the Kadazans when he mentioned that the Kadazan is an invented term, he said it very happily and looked so convinced by it," Leiking said when contacted over the phone yesterday.
He noted that Bungsu's "Malaynisation" plan had failed to gain traction with state leaders, including Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (picture).
Yesterday, Musa confirmed the Sabah government has no plans to convert ethnic groups there into Malays, calming fears over the alleged "Malaynisation" ploy suggested recently by the state's mufti.
Instead, Musa said the controversial proposal was merely a "personal view" of the mufti and stressed that the state would always continue to respect the diversity of the many native groups in Sabah.
Leiking said that he is glad the chief minister had implied that he agreed with their campaign, which celebrates the different ethnicities of Sabahans. "I'm glad the chief minister supports our campaign, supports the stance that all Sabahans of all ages that our ethnicity is our pride and no religion should determine the ethnicity of the person and likewise no ethnicity should determine the religion of the person," he told The Malay Mail Online.
Hundreds of Sabahans had flooded Leiking's Facebook account with photographs of themselves proudly proclaiming their respective ethnicity in response to the PKR deputy seretary-general's call to protest the mufti's proposal to convert the north Borneo state's natives into Malays — a move they saw as akin to stripping their very identities.
"For him to say that we are an invented race, I say to this man, even the chief minister has abandoned him, so he better apologise now.
"He has no other way but to apologise to the people especially to the Kadazans and all ethnic groups in Sabah, for imposing even a personal view on us, by simply associating ethnicity and religion as one, nobody should ever mix the two together," Leiking said.
A Kadazan himself, Leiking said Bungsu should be marched to the state's Native Court and face justice there.
The Federal Constitution provides for disputes among the Sabah's indigenous peoples to be settled by tribal laws, which are decided by a native chief or district chief appointed by the government to assume the role of the judge in the Native Court.
Among the penalties meted out is "sogit", or compensation, to the injured party.
"We have a punitive sentence called 'sogit'. It is a punishment of a sort with a very tribal belief that if someone insulted you or community or done wrong to the kampung, he must pay a sogit and it comes in many form, in this case, it will probably a buffalo," Leiking said.
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:15 AM PDT
If the police can't solve the mystery of how their assets got lost and who was responsible for losing and/or stealing them, how can they be entrusted with solving crimes in society?
Kee Thuan Chye
The Auditor-General's report for 2012 is alarming. And this is so not only because it exposed huge wastage committed by government departments last year, but also because nothing seems to have changed all these many years.
Year after year, the A-G tells us of cases of improper payment; of purchases made at astronomical prices; of unreasonable project delays; of poor asset management; of non-adherence to procedures, etc, etc. But year after year, nothing is done to address the shortcomings.
It seems as if our civil service just continues to plod on, continues to waste, continues to be inefficient, continues to make corrupt transactions. And the overriding controller – i.e. the Government – just lets it be.
The Government knows from the A-G's reports that corruption is rife in the civil service, but it probably realises it doesn't have the moral standing to haul in the culprits. After all, the civil servants are following the example of the country's leadership. And since the Government has also not shown itself to be accountable for a lot of things, how can we stop the rot?
Worse, our civil servants seem to have acquired a tidak apa mindset because the money that is being wasted, that it being improperly used, that is going into the pockets of some of them, is not theirs. When I was in school, we used to characterise such an attitude with the jeering taunt: "You think this is your grandfather's money ah?" It's still applicable here and now.
The A-G's latest report tells us of
· the Department of Broadcasting's purchase of 20 wall clocks at RM3,810 each, 38 times more than the estimated RM100 each, and three A4 size scanners at RM14,670 a unit, more than 70 times the estimated price of RM200 each;
· the Customs Department's having to destroy RM600,000 worth of shoes it had purchased because they did not suit its officers;
· the Melaka state government's illegal building of its Customs and Immigration Quarantine Complex on private land, which eventually cost it an extra RM10.8 million to compensate the landowner, plus an extra RM40 million in building costs that had shot up because of the delay.
These are only a few examples. But they are enough to shock us into asking if something will ever be done to prevent misdeeds of such nature from happening again. This also makes us ask if the misdeeds of the past have been addressed.
For example, in 2011, the A-G reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bought two pairs of binoculars at 2,805 per cent more than the market price, which translated into RM56,350 more than the estimated market price of RM1,940!
MACC Deputy Commissioner Shukri Abdul responded by saying there was no corruption involved, but who would pay nearly RM55,000 more for a pair of binoculars and be innocent about it?
Shukri suggested taking action on the matter. What has been the outcome of that?
We have a civil service made up of 1.4 million personnel, and yet no bright sparks have emerged from among them to clean up the rot, to change the mindset, to turn the civil service into a professional machine. That's quite certainly because meritocracy is not part of the system. Therefore, the best people – with the best brains and the right work ethic – are not heading the department. Unlike in, say, Singapore.
And yet Prime Minister Najib Razak has been rewarding our civil servants with salary adjustments under the new Malaysian Remuneration System and two increments this year. Do they deserve these? No doubt it was to buy their votes before the last general election and to thank them after that, as well as to ensure their continued support.
To me, the highlight of the A-G's report this time was its showing up of the failure of the police department to look after its own assets, and its inefficiency as a public agency. What turned out to be the icing on the cake was the response made by its chief, who appeared to be all at sea!
The report revealed that between 2010 and 2012, the police lost assets worth over RM1.33 million. Among them were 44 loaded firearms. And the police don't seem to have retrieved them. Holy gunsmoke! Did these guns go to those gangsters who have been shooting people dead in the streets the last few months?
The Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, was quick to point out that they didn't. "The missing guns may not have fallen into the hands of criminals but they could have fallen into the sea from boats ... and the weapons could not be recovered," he said.
What? Fallen into the sea? Reading that, I nearly fell into a nearby drain.
And how convenient, too, that the guns fell into the sea, because it explains why they couldn't be retrieved. In which case, the public should ask to see the reports filed by the police personnel who lost those guns. From there, we should be able to see if they really did fall into the sea, and how.
Not that we don't believe the IGP, but when he gave that explanation, he didn't seem like a police officer. He came across like a stand-up comedian.
It's almost as comic that Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi endorses that explanation because, he says, "sometimes, the guns [could get] lost in operations". Yes of course they could, but how does he account for so many guns falling into the sea?
Zahid accepts the explanation without even questioning the logic behind it. Just like the civil service, Najib's Cabinet is apparently not founded on meritocracy.
The IGP also said, "Of the 37 missing guns, ballistic reports show that none of them have been used by criminals."
OK, what about the remaining seven out of the 44 cited by the A-G's report? Are the police also having trouble with simple arithmetic?
Apart from the guns, they have also lost 156 handcuffs, 26 walkie-talkies, 22 radios, six cameras, four computers, and – get a load of this – 29 vehicles!
How did they lose so many handcuffs? Would a sweep of kinky brothels help to get them back?
How did they lose the computers? Some thief came into the police station and took them away? Under the noses of the police? Or was it an inside job?
And vehicles! How do cops lose police vehicles? Thieves got into the driver's seat while the cops were not looking and drove the vehicle away? Were the cops, say, pumping air into the vehicle's tyres at the time? Or popping into a shop to buy cigarettes while the engine was left running? Or did it happen that while a few police vehicles were being transported on a ferry, they somehow slid into the sea?
Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:14 AM PDT
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 06:18 PM PDT
(NST) - Embattled Kedah DAP chairman Lee Guan Aik is rejecting the appointment of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) member Zairil Abdullah as the interim state chairman.
Lee had hit out at DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for allegedly defying the party's constitution by appointing Zairil, while he was the legitimate elected Kedah DAP chairman.
"I will not back down until the RoS (Registrar of Societies) decides on the matter.
"I am the legitimate state DAP chairman," said the former Kota Darulaman assemblyman here yesterday.
Lee took a further dig at Lim for practising "selective victimisation" by appointing Zairil as interim chairman, which he said was against the party's constitution.
"Chinese dailies had reported that Lim had told me not to a create disturbance in Kedah.
"Look, I am the victim of selective victimisation here.
"This is a case of a not-so-clever leadership.
"If this can happen in Kedah, it may happen in other states."
Lee said this in response to an email he had allegedly received from Lim on Tuesday, urging him to give his support to Zairil.
The Kedah DAP leadership tussle started after Lim appointed Zairil as the interim state chairman after the 13th General Election.
Zairil was re-appointed after he won a slot in the CEC re-election on Sunday.
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 06:00 PM PDT
(The Star) - For the first time since its inception more than 60 years ago, PAS is allowing candidates vying for positions in the party to campaign openly.
Party election committee chairman Asmuni Awi (pic) said candidates could promote themselves but not attack their opponents.
"We forbid statements, videos, caricatures and use of various other mediums and tools to belittle or slander other candidates.
"Those resorting to personal attacks risk disciplinary action," he said.
Asmuni was commenting on the do's and don'ts in the run-up to the central party polls on Nov 22, a day before the PAS Youth, Muslimat and Ulama elections.
He said the green light to campaign should not be abused to smear other candidates.
"We do not tolerate such negative culture," he added.
Certain quarters who had started their campaigns via social media, including Facebook, had attacked some personalities who they viewed as "parasites" in PAS.
Sources said although PAS had only this year allowed open campaigning, certain candidates had enjoyed external sponsorship to fund their nationwide campaigns in the last two party elections in 2009 and 2011.
Observers said the intense campaigning was aimed at reducing ulama dominance in the central leadership.
Asmuni said aspiring candidates from the wings must submit their nomination forms by midnight on Oct 20, and those going for seats in the central committee by midnight on Oct 31.
The forms are available from the 188 PAS divisions, 173 Youth divisions and 167 Muslimat aside from state Ulama offices nationwide.
After nominations are accepted, candidates should affirm their candidacy by 5pm on Nov 8, said Asmuni.
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 05:50 PM PDT
Council is alleged to have rigged its election and also sanctioned unauthorised personnel to make 'official trips' to evaluate programmes.
B Nantha Kumar, FMT
The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), an authority for policy making in the medical arena here, is fast losing its credibility and transparency.
In the past few months the council has come under fire for making controversial and inept decisions on certain issues.
Examples include consenting to a local college charging a RM1 million fee for an incorporated medical degree programme and increasing the seat quota for another college with no adequate medical facilities and lecturers.
To top it, two of its officers are being investigated for corruption and abuse of power; namely the secretary Dr Wan Mazlan Mohd Woojdy and long serving council member Dr Abdul Hamid Abdul Kadir.
In the latest development, the council is once again being taken to task for allegations of rigging its election.
A check by FMT found that the MMC council election, held between June and July, did not meet the Health Ministry's regulations.
The Medical Act 1971 and Medical Regulation 1974 must be adhered to in the MMC election process. Nine members from Peninsular Malaysia and one each from Sabah and Sarawak are to be elected.
There are more than 35,000 fully registered doctors eligible to vote and the MMC president must ensure that the ballot paper reaches each of them.
The onus lies on the individual doctor to vote or otherwise, but the president is obliged to send the ballot to their places of practice as stated in the Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) of the doctor.
The doctors are to select the 11 council members and post back the ballot to MMC within the stipulated time frame.
This year, the ballot count was done on July 20 in the presence of the MMC president Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The result was gazetted on Aug 13, 2013.
A check with 25 doctors, all over the nation, shockingly revealed and confirmed that they never received their ballot papers. Some who have been in practice for more than 10 years said they have never ever received them even once.
A few even claimed that they were not even aware that this is an election year for MMC council members.
This puts into question the validity of their council election since the majority of MMC members were deprived from voting. And did MMC even send out the ballot papers to all eligible voters?
The probability of doctors missing the ballots is low if they were sent to their current practicing addresses.
In an e-mail reply to FMT, MMC secretary Wan Mazlan confirmed that the ballots were sent to the addresses as per their APCs.
Nevertheless, he declined to answer on the total number of doctors who voted in the election. He also kept mum on who are the longest serving council members.
The APC is renewed annually and as such there is a slim chance one would not have received the ballot but received the APC. It is evident that MMC did not send the ballots to all their 35,000 fully registered eligible voters.
The also suspicion arises on the tenure of three of MMC's council members holding their seats. Dr Abdul Hamid, Dr Milton Lum and Dr David Queck have been holding their positions in the council for nearly 40 years.
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 05:26 PM PDT
Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar of Khazanah Nasional: Winner of Frost & Sullivan's 'Global Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership'.
NEWS ANALYSIS BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Slowly but surely a groundswell of anger is building up among Umno politicians, bloggers and civil servants against the latest crutch of the Najib administration: the reliance on consultants, from crafting public policy to the mundane job of preparing power point presentations to managing the back office of government agencies.
In fact in some circles, there is a genuine fear that the government and state asset manager Khazanah Nasional Bhd have basically outsourced thinking and operations to the likes of McKinsey and Co, Boston Consulting Group, Frost and Sullivan, Ernst and Young and others, setting into motion a bunch of troubling questions.
Will this slavish reliance on consultants lead to even further dumbing down and mediocrity of the civil service?
Why are Khazanah Nasional and government-linked companies hiring consultants for even back office functions when they have thousands of employees on their books at top-dollar salaries?
There are consultants linked to every top job in Malaysia. Iskandar, education blueprint, economic corridors, the five-yearly economic plans, high-speed rail to Singapore, election strategy, branding, etc.
And the push back from the ruling party and civil service to the outsourcing of Malaysia has started.
A survey of Umno supporters and civil servants by respected pollster Merdeka Center showed that there is growing antipathy towards the use of consultants by the government.
It showed 42% of those polled felt that the Najib administration consultants often contribute less than what is expected of them.
Another 30% were ambivalent about the contribution of consultants.
In small group discussions with members of the academia, the independent pollster found anger against government efficiency unit Pemandu palpable, with university lecturers dismayed at having to take orders from greenhorn consultants with no clear insight as to how the real world operates.
The Malaysian Insider has learnt that the recent revelation about McKinsey charging RM20 million for the National Education Blueprint has led to questions about the number of consultants and their bills being filed in the Dewan Rakyat.
It is also understood that the several MPs have asked the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to scrutinise the charges against the impact of the studies or analysis done by the consultants.
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 05:19 PM PDT
The MACC must not just give us annual reports like the AG's Office does. Please, tell us frankly how many people involved in the misappropriation of funds highlighted in last year's AG's Report has been probed? And how many of them have been prosecuted and convicted?
Lim Mun Fah, Sin Chew Daily
Every year, the Auditor General's Office will have to come out with its regular reports, and absurd stories will be repeated year after year.
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 05:07 PM PDT
(MM) - An anti-graft panel said today it was baffled by why government agencies have continued to show negligence and power abuses in its operations despite getting panned every year for the same mistakes in the Auditor-General's report.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP) cited this year's document as an example, pointing out that chapter after chapter of the annual report had highlighted continued discrepancies in the government's tender, supply and procurement system, and standard operating procedures by ministry agencies, state governments and government-linked companies.
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 04:55 PM PDT
DAP's PJ Utara parliamentarian Tony Pua gets a ticking off from BN's Reezal Merican for a FB posting on Sept 29, calling the ROS and Malay daily Utusan 'Umno dogs'
Athi Shankar, FMT
Kepala Batas BN MP Reezal Merican hit out at Tony Pua over the DAP MP's Sept 29 Facebook posting labelling the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and Malay daily, Utusan Umno's running dogs.
Reezal, in his own Facebook posting this morning, slammed Tony for being an immature and mediocre politician by calling the ROS and the Umno-owned newspaper as 'Umno dogs.'
"I'm dumbfounded by the rudeness of DAP's Tony Pua. He has reduced himself to a mediocre person by name calling, in this case referring to Utusan Malaysia and ROS, as Umno's dogs," said Reezal.
Pua's FB postings were allegedly done on the night of Sept 29 after the results of DAP's Central Executive Committee (CEC) re-elections were known.
Reezal cut and pasted Pua's postings on his own Facebook page and launched a seething attack on the DAP MP, who was elected to the CEC in the Sunday polls.
In Pua's first posting at 8.56pm, which was put up on Reezal's FB wall, Pua stated: "I'd like to congratulate the wisdom and maturity of DAP national delegates for voting in the same 20 Central Executive Members proving that there was no element of wrongdoing in the last election. The Registrar of Societies can go **** himself."
Pua told to apologise
"The CEC has also unanimously elected the exact same office-bearers led by national chairman Karpal Singh and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. Umno and its dogs, Utusan and ROS can go…!"
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 04:52 PM PDT
PCA will empower the police to take more proactive measures under the act to protect the rights of all and not selected parties in fighting crime
Alyaa Azhar, FMT
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has hit out at various parties who oppose the Prevention of Crime Act (Amendment and Extension) 2013, claiming they only tend to the criminals' rights as opposed to the victims'.
"Is it only the rights of those arrested for prevention purposes have to be defended?
"What about the rights of policemen who were shot or killed? Do they not have rights?" he said, in an interview with FMT.
The Prevention of Crime Act (Amendment and Extension) 2013 which provides for detention without trial to maintain public order and safety; or crime prevention was passed by the Dewan Rakyat early yesterday morning.
Attempts by the opposition to thwart the passing of the Bill were unsuccessful; when it was passed at 12.50am after receiving support from the majority of Barisan Nasional lawmakers.
Ahmad Zahid had said that the amendments were crucial to enable the police to take "proactive" approach to crime.
When asked on the criticisms against the PCA, he explained that there has never been a single law tabled in parliament that does not get criticised from the opposition.
According to Ahmad Zahid, it is not surprising for the opposition to continue using NGOs or individuals who often sympathise and agree with them to oppose any bill that is tabled or amended.
"The question by the Home Ministry is this: What about the rights of those among the public who are victimised by criminals?
"Are those opposing only care about the criminals' rights, yet, deny the rights of enforcement officers and victims who should be defended and given rights as they have been victimised?" asked Ahmad Zahid.
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