Monday, March 30, 2009

Strong 'show' by Sabah leaders in UMNO...yeah right..


Is it a strong show by Sabah leader or a show of weak support by the Malay? How come non-Malay can win in a Malay base party election?
"Non-Malay you say?"
Yes, the fact is they are not Malay even though they might claim as one.

SABAH emerged having one of the highest representations in Umno's top national leadership through:

- Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Vice-President);

- Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (Supreme Council 2,084 votes).

- Deputy Transport Minister and Beaufort Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin (Supreme Council 1,804 votes).

- Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (Supreme Council 1,517 votes).

Shafie created history by becoming the first leader from Sabah to reach such a height in the party's 63-year history. The National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister came in third to fill-up the final veep slot, out of eight contenders.

Shafie's achievement was commendable considering that Umno entered Sabah only 18 years ago in February 1991.

Earlier, Sabah also made a big impact after Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, the Papar Member of Parliament, won as Puteri Umno chief.DE

Yup, UMNO been around for 18 years in Sabah and look where Sabah is now. The last! Be it education, economy, development, you name it, we are the last!

Except for tolerance and harmonious community regadless of race and religion, Sabah and Sarawak are the best!

And now they are jubilant just because they put up a good 'show'. For me, it's just a 'show'. Literally.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Limbang...Who's lying?


This is a bit confusing. Why are there two different stories on Limbang?
From Hafizah Kamaruddin, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, March 16 (Bernama) -- Brunei has officially dropped its long-standing territorial claim over Limbang, a northern division in Sarawak, marking a new era in the bilateral relations between both countries, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. B
And, Brunei response?
YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awg Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, yesterday said claims on Limbang were never discussed during Monday's deliberations between Brunei and Malaysia.BB
Hmm... but this one is a bit surprising..
KUCHING: Pendekatan halus dan terperinci yang diadaptasi Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud merupakan kunci utama kepada kejayaan bersejarah penyelesaian isu tuntutan pertindihan sempadan Malaysia-Brunei.

Timbalan Speaker Dewan Rakyat Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar berkata Taib merupakan antara tokoh di sebalik peristiwa bersejarah pengguguran tuntutan Brunei ke atas Limbang. TBP
Talk about political propaganda (and an obvious one too). But this particular sentences raised my eye-brow.

A delighted Taib said Brunei and Sarawak could now look forward to closer ties and cooperation.

He said Brunei could benefit from the proposed dam at Sungai Limbang for power generation, water supply and activities related to food security.NST
Another dam project? More money to fork. And somehow, Brunei media wasn't aware of this 'dropped claim' until Malaysian Media published it. Why?

What is rather puzzling in hindsight is about why the Brunei media was not permitted to cover the press briefing.

When Borneo Bulletin as well as state media persons went to cover the press conference, they were politely shunted out saying that it was 'exclusive' for the Malaysian media.BB

If there was no discussion on Limbang, what with this confusing claim? And if there was no 'dropped claim' as claimed by Pak Lah, this is a total embarrassment to Malaysia. Seeking a last minute fame before the hand over this March (it's March already)? As for Taib, he's just an opportunist. A greedy one.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bridge, Highway & Hospital (Part 3)


Bridge, Highway & Hospital
What is the similarity between these three? All of them are yet to materialized. Just more of those lip services by the federal government?

Everyone knows of Queen Elizabeth Hospital issues. Supposedly, there was a plan made since 1995.
Nevertheless the development of Queen Elizabeth Hospital is still ongoing. The master Plan which started in 1995 will be implemented in 2 phases. Included in the plans are the construction of 2 new tower blocks which will include a new Accident and Emergency unit, a Central laboratory, several wards and the extension of the existing Intensive Care Unit with an addition of a Coronary Care Unit. source
Yet what have been done?
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Wanita chief Melanie Chia expressed regret and shock over Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad's revelation that there is no budget under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to construct a new hospital here.SK
That's right, it wasn't even list under the Ninth Malaysian Plan. Only now they are scrambling to find solution. One of the solution is using an abandoned building as temporary hospital. What happen to 1995 plan? How bad is QEH condition? Read this.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital is not the only hospital with problems in Sabah. This hospital is even worst. It doesn't even exist yet even though it was promised by Najib since 1994!

The 1994 sign board for a hospital in Nabawan.

Only recently this issue was pulled out from the 'old file' by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
KOTA KINABALU: State Deputy Rural Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup wants the hospital project in remote Nabawan, promised by the Federal Government in 1994, to start immediately. TS
This was after his seat in Pensiangan was declared vacant. What was he doing all this time when he was still an MP for Pensiangan? But what does Nabawan has to do with Pensiangan?
The Nabawan and Sook state constituencies make up the Pensiangan parliamentary seat which could see a by-election following the Court of Appeal hearing scheduled for Feb 12 and 13. TS
See the connection? Quite obvious really. But since the federal court have overturned the K.K High Court decision on nullifying his win in Pensiangan, I wonder will his now 'active' state stay active.

Lip service....again and again...and again...and again...

Sabahan Blogger to be Charged

updated (13 March 2009)
Royal insult: Bloggers to be charged
Hafiz Yatim | Mar 12, 09 6:35pm

Six people nationwide will be hauled up in court for insulting Perak Sultan Azlan Shah in blogs or through the posting of comments.

It is learnt that to be charged tomorrow are two individuals at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court, one in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, one in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and one in Butterworth, Penang. more
Who made the report on their posting of comments? It's obvious really. Go figure. A hint: They seems to be 'upholding' the royals lately.
What was the comment that said to be an insult to Perak Sultan? Shouldn't they published it so the public know weather it was really insulting or not?

One of the charged blogger was from Sabah. I wonder if the Sultan even knew who that person is. Will see who he/she is tomorrow.

This reminds me of a remark made by Tengku Adnan in Oct 4, 1997.
"On this earth, we can do whatever we like, but you must remember that when you die, you have to answer to someone. So whatever you write, especially the press, write responsibly, I'm not asking you to write truthfully, but write responsibly.."
And, during the International Woman's Day, also by him,
"All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of method. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 of them are women. Bloggers like to spread rumors, they don't like national unity. Today our country has achievements because we are tolerant and compromising. Otherwise, we will have civil war, Malays will kill Chinese, Chinese will kill Malays, Indian will kills everybody else."
Surprisingly, now, everybody regardless of political party have blog of their own. Even Mat Taib who once called bloggers as goblok, wild monkey of cyberspace and pondan, now has a blog himself.

Hmm..anyway, political bloggers, beware! They are watching.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bridge, Highway & Hospital (Part 2)


Bridge, Highway & Hospital
What is the similarity between these three? All of them are yet to materialized. Just more of those lip services by the federal government?

It's a never ending story when it comes to highway in Sabah. The most lane one can find in Sabah's 'highway' are just two lane.

Anyway, let's be realistic. It is a very hard feat if we tried to construct a highway across Sabah given it's rough geographic landscape. If we tried to construct this highway along the coast, lack of budget will be the main problem.

But, what with this 'highway promises' by the federal government? Not one but two. That would be the Keningau Highway and Kalabakan-Sapulut Highway.

KENINGAU: Pembantu Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar Sabah Datuk Sairin Hj. Karno berkata, Perdana Menteri Malaysia telah meluluskan kira-kira RM80 juta untuk mengatasi kesesakan jalan raya di kawasan bandar Keningau.

Katanya, peruntukan itu yang akan digunakan untuk membina ‘laluan lebuh raya’, serta menaik taraf beberapa bahagian yang menyukarkan perhubungan ke Bandar itu, diperolehi melalui surat kepada Perdana Menteri yang ditandatangani oleh semua wakil-wakil rakyat di kawasan pedalaman. SK

RM80 million to solve Keningau road problems and also building a Highway in Keningau? It was said that the allocation was granted by our Prime Minister himself. I wonder if they will continue with this after (if) Najib is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.

BUT, the Kalabakan-Sapulut highway is very controversial.
Those in Sabah’s construction circles have reacted with surprise to Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamed’s statement that a RM536 million 'highway' to Tawau had all along been envisaged as a gravel road. source
Maybe it is connected with the recent Perak crisis. Why?
The 145km Jalan Sapulut-Kalabakan was completed on May 15 last year by Gamuda Bhd as a sub-contractor. The Perak sultan’s daughter has a stake in the company.

The project then became the subject of two reports lodged last year with the Anti-Corruption Agency, since replaced by the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission.
Can you see the conection? You can read the reports here.
What did our work minister have to said about this 'highway' project?
Mohd Zin said in a statement yesterday that heavy logging activities had been going on along the entire length of the highway, “hence the decision to settle for a gravel road (at the time)”.

“It was a joint decision by the Ministry of Works, the Economic Planning Unit and the Sabah Public Works Department,” he said.

“If the asphaltic coating work on the road had continued (under the original contract), the heavy logging activities would have definitely damaged the new road and increased the reconstruction and repair works by another RM100 million.”source
This answer is so absurd. Then what happen to the RM536 million which was supposed to be used in constructing the highway. Is he saying that gravel road cost that much? Who the hell does he think he's fooling? It's so obvious that they makan the money among them self.
It is learnt from local companies eyeing the contract that it would take at least RM150 million to apply asphaltic coating/black top road surface to the highway, which is part of the Pan-Borneo Highway that is due to be completed under the 9th Malaysia Plan (2006-2010).source
RM150 million and RM536 million, you do the math.

Ministry of Works, the Economic Planning Unit and the Sabah Public Works Department must be questioned since they were directly involved. But then again, this case is still pending even though it was reported to MACC which was still called ACA back then. Damn! Lip Service again!

RM536 million highway turn RM 536 million gravel road project.

to be continued

Bridge, Highway & Hospital (Part 1)


Bridge, Highway & Hospital
What is the similarity between these three? All of them are yet to materialized. Just more of those lip services by the federal government?

Most likely location for Labuan-Menumbok bridge
Is this bridge necessary? What was the main reason for building this bridge?
He said a bridge between Sabah and Labuan would be good for the island as it would spell more tourist arrivals apart from easing the entry of raw materials from the mainland for industries here. TS
Can you guess who said this? It sound so simple and obvious. Anyone can think of this reason and for me, it's still not solid enough to make ground on the cause of constructing this bridge. Check the link, you might be surprised (or maybe not) to know the identity behind this remark. (Tourist? Doesn't he know that Labuan is not known as a tourist destination?)

Why do I say it's not solid enough?
The study would look into the pros and cons of a bridge with an estimated span of 17km and cost at least RM550mil, as stated in the Labuan Development master plan drafted in 1997. TS
The cost was already high in 1997. What about now? We're talking about 12 years gap. The cost would be insanely high. With the economic depression that are engulfing the world economy, is it wise to build this bridge now? Most important of all, who's money will they use to make it? I'm not against it but is it so urgent to build such bridge?

Besides, shouldn't they invest these money for other urgent matters, let say, a hospital for example. Ring any bell?
“Something of this magnitude is not immediately possible but it should be given due attention,” he said after launching the halal distribution hub at Kiansam, some 20km from downtown Labuan, yesterday. TS
Oh... In other words, just another lip service. So, the blood sucking ferry operator between Labuan-KK and Labuan-Menumbok can still keep forking money from the ferry users. For now.

to be continued

Friday, March 6, 2009

Shipowner: "Scrap cabotage policy? No, no, no.."

Kota Kinabalu: The Malaysia Shipowners Association (Masa) said it will resist any attempts to remove the cabotage policy, claiming that scrapping it could cause huge collateral damage to the Malaysian shipping industry and undermine national interests. DE
Huge collateral damage? Wow, I didn't know that the trade route between the peninsula and Sabah & Sarawak have such impact. What about other domestic trade route? It means they are making huge sum of money with this route to the extent they are willing to resist any attempts to scrap this policy. What about Sabahan and Sarawakian then? Let us keep on suffering just so they can keep doing business?

Masa Chairman Nordin Mat Yusoff said if high shipping cost was the only reason, one could assume that when shipping cost declines, the prices of goods would likewise drop.

"But this has not been the case; total ocean freight rates declined by about 41 per cent in the last six months in Peninsular Malaysia-Sabah/Sarawak trade but this has not been reflected in the landed prices of consumer goods," he said in a statement.DE

Really? But it was just six month ago, one can't expect to feel immediate effect on the declined rate. It would take more than a year since the shipped goods would still be in the local market. No businessman would be stupid enough to drop their price of goods since most of the old stocks (which were shipped before the now declined rate) were probably not yet sold out.
However, Nordin said it is evident that the high prices of consumer goods have not been elastic and the cause for this must be investigated scientifically by relevant government agencies in the State, including the Domestic Trade Ministry and Mida. DE
Investigation again? How long will it take? Sabahan and Sarawakian have waited long enough. Even the Queen Elizabeth Hospital issue is still yet to be solve, let alone this huge issue involving all of West Malaysian.
He also said it was extremely misleading, and indeed callous, for anyone to suggest that shipping charges from Kota Kinabalu to Southampton as being twice that of similar charges from Port Klang to Southampton because of the cabotage policy.DE
Who said the price was being twice? But it's a fact that the price will be higher than what it was supposed to be since they ship it twice.
"In fact the argument against the cabotage policy cannot be more wrong because cabotage does not prevent any ship from calling between Kota Kinabalu and Southampton much as it does not between Port Klang and Southampton," he said. DE
Yes, but that applies only to Malaysian vessels that ship imported goods. Ships from Southampton (or any other part of the world) are permitted to sail to Sabah and Sarawak but not cargo ships. And how many Malaysian-flag ships that dock in Sabah and Sarawak are actually making a direct shipping route outside Malaysia? I can only think of MISC.
Alluding the furore to "barking up the wrong tree", he explained the removal or relaxation of the cabotage policy would in no way change this position because the question of shipping lines serving between KK and a foreign port would be influenced by, among other factors, volume of cargo, remoteness (geographical) of the market and port infrastructure and performance. DE
Yes, but the problem is, all the factors that influencing the price are done twice due to this policy. Why not shorten it into just once?
Urging the manufacturers and producers not to confuse the central issue, he said Masa was willing to sit down with relevant government agencies as well as manufacturers and producers in Sabah and Sarawak to help jointly identify and examine related costs in the transportation pipeline together with other players in the link. DE
Feeling the heat are we.. You guys better do it quickly and come out with an acceptable solution. If not, this cabotage policy between peninsula and Sabah & Sarawak must be scrap.