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Follow the rules, IGP tells PR MPs

Posted: 10 Dec 2013 01:16 AM PST

The Inspector General of Police told Pakatan Rakyat leaders to follow the rules at the planned gathering to hand over a memorandum to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Dec 16. 

(FMT) - Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar this evening lambasted Batu MP, Tian Chua for refusing to follow guidelines of the Peaceful Assembly Act for a planned protest against quit rent hike proposed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall,  on December 16.

The senior top cop said rules and laws have been provided to ensure smoothness of the assembly and that the police were ready to assist the protesters by manning traffic in the area.

"There are laws why can't they just follow it. We are here to help them and to help everyone else," he said.

He added that the police might take precautionary measures to prevent any unnecessary incidents on that day.

"We would take action to prevent unwanted incidents. I urged them to apply for a permit and follow the rules."

"This is to ensure that everyone else is happy. We could take care of the traffic and so forth," he said.

This morning, Batu MP Tian Chua told FMT that there was no need for Pakatan Rakyat to submit an application under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAC) for their rally at Dataran DBKL next week.

Speaking to FMT he said that it is only a submission of the objection letters to the rate hike.



Khairy is spot on

Posted: 09 Dec 2013 04:52 PM PST

There is no doubt that non-bumiputera firms discriminate the Malays - the reality is we are playing ignorance.

Narinder Singh, FMT

What is the big deal if Khairy Jamaluddin says that the non-bumiputera firms discriminate Malays when it comes to employment especially in the private sector?

Why should anybody be irked by his statement or be hypersensitive and skew it into a racially inclined tone?

Well, Khairy is merely calling what a spade should be called. Let's not be greyish on this matter.

Khairy has stated the truth and many non-bumiputera firms and politicians just cannot chew and digest the hard facts that everybody knows and yet play dumb.

There is no iota of doubt that the non-Malay firms in the private sector prefer to employ their own kind. Just walk into any Malaysian Chinese company; the facts will speak louder.

Majority of private companies in Malaysia are family owned; even the big public listed conglomerates. It is an open secret. Analyse the profiles of the companies and it will confirm what Khairy says.

If there is no discrimination, why do then some Chinese firms insist that for one to apply a job with them must be able to read, write and speak fluent Mandarin?

Some even further demand that one must speak the different dialects. If that is not discrimination, then what? When there are majority Chinese in a meeting, the primary language is their mother tongue. This is a typical scenario even in multinational companies.

Having attended many business meetings and dinners myself in the course of my life in the corporate world, it is disgusting to note that the Chinese have no or little respect to the other races when the majority seated are them and all conversations are in Chinese.

Why? They feel they are superior. And if your superior is Chinese, there is really no hope of getting any significant promotion or salaries at par.

In the commercial world, if you are not a Chinese, the chances that a Chinese run entity doing business with you is near nil. They believe that the economic wealth must be contained and rotated among their own community thus severing ties with other races is no issue.



Cronyism in MAHB?

Posted: 09 Dec 2013 04:46 PM PST

An insider from the airport regulator alleges of high level meddling in the tender process for MAHB publication, Convergence.

G Vinod, FMT

A senior executive at the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has been accused of practicing cronyism in awarding an in-house publication contract to a local publisher.

A MAHB insider has claimed that the head of MAHB corporate communication department Nik Anis Nik Zakaria had allegedly facilitated the dubious deal in awarding the contract to a less deserving publisher when there were other candidates who were better.

In the letter which was posted today in popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin's Malaysia Today, the anonymous staff said that MAHB publishes a bi-monthly magazine called Convergence to promote the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The contract to publish the magazine expires as the end of this year.

"With its contract ending this year, the department had called for a fresh tender process and those bidding were given one month to come up with their working papers," said the staff in the letter.

The insider added that from the bidding process, two companies were shortlisted, companies A and B, adding that the present publisher was not even in the top three category.

However, the insider accused Nik Anis of interfering the tender process.

"And from Nik Anis' re-evaluation, the present publisher was shortlisted, with company B getting knocked out for some technical reasons," said the staff.

The MAHB employee said that later, the two remaining companies, company A and the present publisher, were instructed to present their working papers to the MAHB committee on Nov 18, in the presence of senior officials of the airport regulator.

"What is strange is that the email inviting both companies for the presentation were only sent on Nov 15, at 5.05pm, giving the companies short notice to prepare themselves.

"But I believe the present publisher was informed of the matter way earlier," claimed the staff.



Selangor MB to meet Pakatan leaders on salary hike

Posted: 09 Dec 2013 11:09 AM PST

(TMT) - Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will meet leaders from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition to explain the salary increase involving his executive council members and elected representatives.

"I will put forward the suggestions and reasons as to why the salary increase is necessary," Khalid told reporters after meeting civil servants from the Hulu Langat district council here yesterday.

He said no date or time had yet been fixed for the meeting but it was "expected to be held soon".

The salary hike of the state's lawmakers has caused a stir in both Pakatan and Barisan Nasional (BN) camps, with PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Azmin Ali asking for a review of the decision.

Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad and MCA publicity bureau chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie were among those in the Barisan who had hit out at the state government and the PKR over the salary increase.

Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah did not object to it as long as the state representatives proved their worth and the pay increase translated to fulfilling the state government's election pledges on improving infrastructure and other basic necessities.

Asked about issues raised by Barisan assemblymen from within and outside the state on the matter, he said: "It is a normal occurrence for members 'from the other side' to do so."

Under the new salary structure, assemblymen will get RM11,250; an increase from RM6,000 (87%); Speaker from RM6,109 to RM22,500 (268%) and Deputy Speaker from RM3,327 to RM15,750 (373%).

The salary of executive council members will go up from RM6,109 to RM20,250 (231%); while the Mentri Besar will have a pay rise from RM14,175 to RM29,250 (106.4%).

On the state's water issue, Khalid said he was confident of sealing a deal with Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd (PNHB) after the stakeholder of two water concessionaires in Selangor – Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (PNSB) and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) – accepted in principle a proposed acquisition of the two companies by Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB).

"Yes, there are a few conditions listed by PNHB but I am confident we can reach an agreement on the matter," he said.

PNHB, in a statement last week, said it agreed to the offer by the state government through KDEB but, among others, it wants the total equity contribution to be paid to it and this includes a compounded return of 15% per annum as compensation to the holding company for the loss of future earnings from the sale.



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