Quote of the day

(Irresponsible science but what about irresponsible language? Poster source: http://booksense.com)

“I don’t like to see irresponsible English in the emails” – overheard someone grumbling as he was trying to understand a badly typed English in one of his emails.


1Economy Treason

This is not only alarming but it is getting out of hand…

(The workings of a well oiled hawala system – source: IMF)

This should have caused alarms to go off in the offices of the PM, MACC, Police and any other law enforcement agencies linked with fight of corruption and finding and prosecution of traitors of nation’s economy:-

The case came out in the open when Batu MP Chua Tian Chang revealed that Negri Sembilan MB Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had used Salamath Ali money changers in KLCC Suria to send RM10 million to London.

The money changer lost its licence and its shoplot is now closed, ostensibly for renovations.

Money changers say however that authorities should not focus on the hawala system but rather on why some politicians have access to so much money and moving it abroad.

(Source: The Malaysian Insider)

The money changers are right – why the authorities (in this case, Bank Negara) are focussing on the lesser side of the problem when questions should have raised is how did the politicians were able to gather so much money and have the nerve to be sending the millions overseas illegally?

And in the case of money changers – was the only sanction provided is revoke of license and nothing more? How of many of them has been jailed and fined severely so that the next one who been asked to transfer money illegally will think twice before acceding to the request for high commissions?

Politicians sending millions of cash illegally overseas and been made known to the public only confirms that :-

1. There is a widespread corruption and misuse of public funds in Malaysia and it is getting out of hand, and

2. The so-called enforcement agencies seems powerless (prove us wrong) when it comes to enforcement against well connected politicians from the ruling parties.

By right, the fact that the money changers were caught “red-handed” should have been a wake up call for many of the enforcement agencies that this “tip of the ice-berg” cannot be allowed to be continued with one closed eyes for long. The Interpol cites that in the hawala system, there is a lack of paper trail and leads to tax evasion.

Not when the interest of the nation as whole has become secondary to corrupt individual’s interest, as one reader in Malaysiakini commented:-

They are not leaders but robbers in suits who robbed the rakyat’s money and then used the state apparatus to prevent anyone from bringing them to justice

There is no wonder why many Malaysians are afraid that it will be just a matter of time before Malaysia ends up becoming another Zimbabwe in Asia – certainly when corruption is riding high and fine in Malaysia.

It’s high time the so-called enforcement agencies to get down to real business and dirty their hands catching these economic traitors.

Read Also

Interpol’s Hawala Role in Money Laundering

Honouring Agreements

A promise is a cloud, fulfilment is rain (an Arabian Proverb)

(Are we going to keep crossing fingers when making promises – image source: http://www.cipicchia.wordpress.com)

Are we into the habit of breaking agreements so openly now? Breaking promises that we once swear to keep and uphold?

If you have been reading the news or the blogsphere lately, you will notice that there has been some issue with the Federal Government not honouring past agreements. Never mind that it is not the first that this has been done in the open but considering the maturity of the nation and the people who is running the government, it is nothing but shameful.

Petroleum Development Act 1974

This of course relates to the Federal Government refusing to hand over the oil royalty (estimated to be RM1 billion) ever since the State Government came under the opposition. Calls for payment of the oil royalty by both the state government and other opposition leaders have fallen into deaf ears. Certainly with the millions in oil royalty, the State Government stands to gain a valuable source of money for the state development and other activities.

The Federal Government in the end agreed to give part of the royalty in form of goodwill payment (wang ehsan) but the problem was that the said money was channel through the Federal Government agents in the state instead of the State Government itself.

UMNO Statesman Tengku Razaleigh was reported to say:-

The Government has now responded to Kelantan’s claim to a portion of the profits derived from petroleum resources extracted offshore by PETRONAS.

Its response violates the letter and the intent of a solemn agreement signed between each State Government and PETRONAS under the Petroleum Development Act.

That agreement is made out in language simple enough for a schoolboy to understand, in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.

The Constitutional rights of the people of Kelantan are denied.

It is clear that what the Federal Government is trying to do is nothing but a political move to deny the oppositions a rich source of income and is hoping that with less development slated for the state the people will vote the BN government back.

The large disparity in oil royalty being paid to Kelantan and other BN controlled states like Sabah and Sarawak is too obvious to be ignored. Federal Government’s denial of rights to the Kelantan State does not look too good for the Malaysia as well.

If there is no positive reaction from the Federal Government, the State Government should take the matter to the court for the law to take its due course. This is because when there is breakdown of upholding commitments and promises in writing, the next avenue would be to the courts.

Haadyai Peace Agreement 1989

This has been another issue which has been bugging the Federal Government ever since the ex-CPM leader, Chin Peng expressed his intention to come back to Malaysia. There has been a lot of resistance from many quarters on this intention and thus far, the Government has denied any access to Chin Peng.

But here is a question for the Government – if Chin Peng is certainly evil and not worth the forgiveness of the people for all the things he did during the Emergency, then why in the hell the Government went and agreed to the Peace Agreement? Certainly the power of CPM has been dwindling since the 1960s and Malaysia could have easily wiped out the remnants of the active CPM members from causing much problems. Over time, CPM would have died a natural death and the Government need not fulfil any agreements.

The Sun asked the same question:-

The government had signed the Haadyai peace accord in 1989 allowing him and his people the right to return on laying down their arms. Is the government legally right to renege on its agreement signed 20 years ago?

If so doesn’t it stand to lose the trust of the international community on its readiness to honour all other forms of agreements?

The former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Noor was even reported to say:-

Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng, 85, has a right to return to Malaysia at least on a social visit

Lim Kit Siang questioned why Chin Peng has singled out when under the Peace Accord, it was reported that almost 330 ex-CPM members was allowed to return to Malaysia and was even paid RM8,000 for laying down their arms.

In the same sense, how will the international community react if Malaysia enters or negotiate other peace accords? Are we going to be known as the country that easily breaks and violates agreements due to political reasons?

Tengku Razaleigh cast the same question:-

This casts serious doubt on the Malaysian Government’s respect for the sanctity of contracts and the rule of law

The ball is in the Federal Government’s court now – it will be best if they abide by the norms of agreement and contracts

Read Also

Hatyai peace accord – a benchmark if only it is honoured

In violation of the Federation Agreement