Sunday, September 25, 2016
A friend smsed me this at 7:30 am this morning (Sunday). He was very surprised that a pro gomen 'wet wipe' like the NST would dare run an Editorial piece like this. I was surprised too. Lets read what they have written:
Is corruption endemic here?
Is corruption endemic here?
24 SEPTEMBER 2016
GRADUALLY, it has become obvious that corruption is not a rare occurrence in this country.
Gadually? You think so? So is the NST finally beginning to pull its head out from that Hippo's behind?
Instead, it is as if a momentum has been achieved, and what was once talk, hearsay or gossip is now being proven true. At every level of the government bureaucracy, there have been cases of abuse of power, embezzlement, bribery and kickbacks.
At every level of the government - So this must include the Prime Minister's Office or the PMO. The PMO is the highest level of gomen. Spot on NST.
The recent uncovering of the cloned cars racket led to the arrest of several (RTD) officers. Unfortunately, more than the racket was uncovered. Some officers were found to have been on the take.
'on the take' - it sounds so innocent. They are corrupted crooks who are destroying peoples' lives. Why? Because it is the Road Transport Department.
Meanwhile, the (DBKL) is revising standard operating procedures to ensure transparency, and officers of four of its departments have been told to declare their assets.
Only FOUR? Are these the Tengku Mamak's boys who are now being witch hunted? Err..what about the rest of the DBKL's officers?
The RTD and DBKL are but two of the latest in a series of disclosures made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), beginning with those affecting the timber industry some two years ago.
Ever since, the Customs Department’s image has been severely tarnished, so too that of the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Immigration Department and the Sports Council.
I beg to differ lah. Their images have already been tarnished from long before. They do not need any help from outside to tarnish their names. They are very capable of tarnishing their own image.
The MACC was sent to the Cameron Highlands Land Office to look into the illegal land opening and faced an office that was far from cooperative. It sniffed around the bauxite mining in Kuantan, which was poisoning the environment.
Recently, it investigated the Penang chief minister and brought charges against him.
There is also the two Bank Rakyat bosses arrested over a RM15 million book publishing contract and an upgrading project.
The most recent is a “Datuk Seri”, a high-ranking official in Tourism Malaysia, who is being investigated for abuse of power. Amounts involved varied from millions of ringgit at the top, to several hundred ringgit per take at the bottom.
The Tourism Malaysia corruption is said to involve RM200 million. This is an annual affair at the Tourism Ministry. The Ministry spends hundreds of millions EVERY year to advertise / promote Malaysia tourism. There is serious corruption over who gets these huge advertising jobs. This corruption has been going on for over 10 years. At last some action is being taken. Takpe lah - better late than never. Err .. what about next year?
Is it any wonder then that Malaysia’s ranking on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index has never made dramatic improvements? With all these disclosures, the country’s ranking can only tank further.
Yes certainly it is tanking. And now with the Minister confirming that the MO1 involved with "stolen money from 1MDB" that was alluded to by the United State's DOJ is none other than MO1, our ranking in next year's Corruption Index is going to hit the bottom. Just wait and see. Unless of course that old turd (that ex "transparent" chief in Malaysia) starts pulling strings and cables to his old friends.
Of course, when looking for a silver lining one can say that the MACC is doing its job well. And, if the country wants better, the MACC must be, figuratively speaking, armed to the teeth. However, a system of checks and balances must be in place to prevent abuse on its part. Who polices the MACC is a pertinent concern.
Bodies such as the MACC and the Royal Malaysia Police must have the powers they need to maintain the rule of law effectively and yet public accountability is of paramount importance.
Alamak the bullshit starts. What about 'preventing' the MACC from doing its job? They investigated the SRC and 1MDB cases and recommended for prosecution. Instead MACC officers were bullied and transferred out. Then transferred back in. What do you do when the MACC suffers 'abuse of power' by others more corrupt than anyone else?
What about abuse of power against the AG's Chambers? You know, the AG who wanted to prosecute MO1 was fired.
Some oversight body is needed to curb abuses within what must potentially be very powerful bodies.
Political will is the only recourse if the MACC — so too the police force — is to be both powerful and accountable.
Yes this is the damning closing sentence. The MACC, Police, AGC are not political outfits. They are part of the government machinery.
When the NST says "Political will" it can only mean the leadership, the Prime Minister's Office. Yes it is the political will that is corrupted. Maybe this also means a turning point for the NST. To acknowledge in an Editorial that corruption is endemic in the country and that the root cause of this corruption is the corrupted 'political will'.
In the previous post I have highlighted the fact that many large companies in Saudi Arabia have not been able to pay the salaries of their workers, especially their expat workers for up to TWO YEARS. PLUS they are NOT allowing EXIT VISAS for these workers to return home to their countries. This is SHAYTAN behaviour. These people are kuffar.
But you do not see this news in our local TV, radio or newspapers like Utusan Meloya, Berita Hairan, TV3suku, RTMO1 and such. So the Malay people are kept in the dark about what really goes on in the 21st century world. Jadi lagi bodoh lah.
They exist in a false, make believe world that everything in the Islamic countries is fine. Pi dah mabuk.
Folks, here is another story of Saudi stupidity. Pak Unta ini bodoh tahap nak mampos. This is a literally correct statement. The stupidity of the Saudis is now about to cause them their heads. This is from Yahoo News here .
Saudi to reduce oil production if rival Iran caps output
Riyadh tries to curtail supply, boost prices.
Riyadh ready to cut if Iran freeze production
Saudis ready for cut but Iran must agree to freeze
offer rejected by Tehran
Oil prices 4% lower as hopes of agreement faded.
Previously, Saudis refused to discuss production cut
Riyadh orchestrated current OPEC policy in 2014
refusing to cut output to support prices
chose to defend market share against rivals
fall in oil price to $30-$50
Saudi strategy caused rift in OPEC
poorer members faced budget crisis, unrest.
tighten belts after decades of spending.
At US$46 per barrel, below budget needs of OPEC countries
Saudi output drops in winter, spikes during hot summer months
Saudi output drops in winter, spikes during hot summer months
(cheating) attempt by Riyadh to present natural decline as cut.
Iran to boost output to 4 million bpd
Iran to boost output to 4 million bpd
production in past three months at 3.6 million bpd
Riyadh's production record high in July 10.67 million bpd
first attempt at production pact collapsed in April
Riyadh insisted Tehran participate.
Iran will not join any agreement
My comments : It is the Saudis who caused oil prices to crash when they refused to cut production two years ago. The morons do not seem to understand the oil business. Or any other business.
They insisted on maintaining high production levels "to maintain their market share". This is ILLOGICAL even if you are calculating VOLUME ie million barrels of oil. Because shale oil has appeared and is also taking up market share. Plus in 2015 the US became a net exporter of oil. Even Israel is now an exporter of gas to Egypt. Oil and gas are shooting out of the sea almost everywhere around the world. So what arket share are they talking about.
It definitely makes NO SENSE if you are calculating your DOLLAR earnings or PRICE PER BARREL because prices dropped so low that your earnings are less EVEN if you export more VOLUME of oil.
I think the real reason the Saudis started pumping oil in large quantities was at the behest of the US. To suppress oil prices to punish Russia and Iran - which depend on oil money to sustain their economies.
Saudi oil production got entangled with the Sunni - Shia bullshit and the US - Russia 'cold war'. They thought that low oil prices could cripple Russia and Iran. Saudi oil production became a political tool. An instrument of policy.
Wrong on both counts. Russia is still resilient and is becoming even more resilient.
Instead the plunge in oil prices have affected US shale oil producers more than Russia or Iran. Even then US shale oil can still reach the market.
The Saudis are "fighting" the Iranians through proxy wars in Yemen and Syria. They are losing in both countries. The Shias have already taken control of Iraq - a Shia majority country. Shias are also becoming restive in Bahrain - another Shia majority country at the Saudi doorstep. It is unlikely that the Saudis will be able to defeat the Shias in Yemen or Syria.
Saudi Arabria is now seriously short of cash. This country can go bust. Just like the Malaysian gomen can also go bust.
The Saudis are now proposing to Iran to cut oil production to boost oil prices. They want Iran to "freeze" their output at 3.6 million bpd. Iran has said no. I think Iran has already shown the Saudis the middddle finger.
Here is something someone told me. The Iranian cost of production is about US$13 per barrel of oil. The Saudi Arabian cost of production is about TWO TIMES or more. So even at US$46 a barrel, the Iranians make US$33 profit. Plus the Iranians are not embroiled in wastage and corruption like the Saudis.
Whatever the Saudis make PER BARREL is first divided with the American and British oil companies that help them dig the oil. Then the balance has to be shared among the corrupted princes in the House of Saud. Plus a few others. Only the left over reaches the ordinary Saudi.
If the Middle East does cut production and oil prices shoot up, it simply means that shale oil from Canada, USA, Russia and even China will become more viable and profitable. Shale oil will start flowing in volume. This will depress oil prices again.
OIL IS A SUNSET INDUSTRY.
Mothers and fathers, tell your kids to look at other industries for the future. Oil and gas is dying.
Saudi Arabia is dying too.
Utusan Meloya, Berita Hairan, TV3suku, RTMO1 learn to tell the truth to the people. Suka sangat ke tengok orang kita makin bodoh, bangang dan bengong?
Tak tahu benda yang betul. Tak tahu berita yang benar. Tiap hari makin bodoh. Lepas tu nak salahkan orang lain pula.
By Our Editorial Consultant
There is a company that imports medicines from India and sells it to Government hospitals. India is now a major pharmaceutical power in the world and it manufactures high quality drugs but very cheaply.
This particular company buys the drugs in India at a cost of about RM10.00 per pack. They say that if they can sell their imported medicine directly to the Government hospitals, they will charge the Government about RM15.00 per pack - which means they slap on a 50% mark-up to cover transportation, expenses and of course some profit for them.
But the drug is actually sold to the Government hospitals for RM45.
Here is how it happens. The importing company cannot sell the drugs directly to the Government.
They must go through P***niaga which we all know is a Dumbno company.
Its Directors include U*M boss, A---d P----s S--in, failed outsourcing guru Azman Y---a and Dumbno henchman Raja N--g C--k. But even here the company cannot sell the drugs directly to P----niaga at RM15.
They first have to sell their drugs to yet another crony company which is "connected" to P----niaga. So the crony intermediary buys the drugs first at RM15.00 and then sells it to P----niaga at a mark up of say RM30.00.
This is how cronies do business. It’s called "rent-seeking", no need to sweat or take risks, just collect, collect, collect! They pretend that this is NEP.
The interesting thing is this is just a paper transaction. They may not even take physical possession of the drugs. They may just tell the importing company to deliver the drugs directly to P-----niaga. They just bill P----niaga and cream off the difference.
Now kawan-kawan, this has been going on for donkey years since P-----niaga was set up in the 1990s. Then P-----niaga finally sells the drug to the Government hospitals for RM45.00 a pack. And who pays for all this creaming off?
It is you and me, Encik Taxpayer and the ordinary folks. Who are the suckers? Haramkah duit ini? It's called STEALING from the RAKYAT and this is just ONE example of their normal rasuah Dumbno's business deal.
This is now otherwise known as GOVERNMENT’s STEALING TECHNIQUE.
And to add salt to the wound; the generic version is sold to the government at a cost more expensive than the original !
For example Rocephine for meningitis. Happened when I was in the government.
Sent big protest letter as I didn’t want to take risks with patients' lives in serious infections like this.
Reply was : inform if any adverse reactions occur with the generic drug.
I replied - death.
My comments : Quite self explanatory. There is an interesting history to this news above. I am glad to note that others have been thinking about this issue as well.