Thursday, May 10, 2007

Corporate vehicle for Singapore F1 GP registered

After exactly a month with no news whether the Singapore F1 was going to go ahead, Today newspaper reports that a company called Singapore GP Pte Ltd, (helmed by the man who's been holding talks with Bernie Ecclestone since the beginning of the year) - has been incorporated with the registered business purpose of "event promotion".

Hopefully, a confirmation of the race will come sooner rather than later.

Previous blogpost about the Singapore F1:
Sickening: Singapore still dragging its feet on F1 GP.


vesewe said...

Look inwards within Malaysia, mate, and you will find so much unfairness against the non-malays and by default non-Muslims. The country has turned to rat shit in my opinion.

Malaysia had so much potential but it has been wasted by the inapt, incompetent, mindless people running it.

When a university like University Malaya (UM) has a policy of discrimination in its enrolment, there is every likelihood that the administrative and management policies are flawed with discrimination.

This can be seen by their employment of only one race monopolising the teaching staff. When such a situation takes place most of the staff are employed not based on merit but by cronyism and nepotism.

The end result is the sacrifice of quality in the institution of higher learning. Many of the lecturers in UM are educated in the malay medium and it is unlikely they can excel in an English medium of instruction.

UM is a white elephant which has lost its direction and purpose. It would be a fitting finale to just close the institution and focus its resources with other notable private universities.

One thing I'd like to see is that all policies are discussed openly and public opinion is invited. Traditionally it is done secretively by a select number of administrators and educators. Hence the mismatch of what the public wants versus what the politicians want.

Pak Lah government is a government of homilies and zero on walking the talk.

The main purpose is to ensure those close to Umno make money as the people are there to be squeezed. The citizens interest is never in the equation.

With this kind of attitude and way of administering the country and GLCs, we can foretell a detour of Vision 2020!

What a joke of the country! Add another 30 years and we are no closer to achieving the vision, or is it illusion?

All I can say is people reap what they sow. They voted for the BN and so this is what they get. I feel these people who voted for the BN have no right to complain, they asked for it! Now they have brought distress and troubles to the rest of us who didn't voted for the BN.

These talk are lip service and at best a bandage on the issues and problems. At the core of the issues is really corruption, and at the core of the corruption is low wages and no meritocracy, and at the core of the low wages is the NEP.

So long as the NEP exist, it condones corruption and special treatment, and hence allow the government abuse. Even with the best of intention without a systematic treatment, we will see abuse, whether it is public or in private.

Malaysia ministers are living like the kings of olden India. Many of them are worth millions.

If the government is sincere in being prudent with spending, it should adopt a multi-prong approach to keeping down inflation. It should avoid extravagance and curb corruption.

As long as we have BN as a ruling party, we will not see a corruptionless, efficient and trustworthy government. Just look at Umno, I cannot find a clean leader.

All are corrupted and waiting for their turn to make big money with cuts. Pak Lah can go on and preach the kampung folks about being prudent in spending but the same will not be bought by others.

Pak Lah is a man full of words, words, words, words and words. Nothing more and nothing less. A good and nice guy but good for nothing. This may go on until he retired. Let us wish him all the best for his future words.

A country needs just one leader to bring it down the drain and it seems we have the prime minister to do just that!

We need total change in the political scenario. Mahathir mentality and Mahathir regime of corrupt practise must vanish from the political scene. Malaysia needs a sincere visionary to move forward towards a clean government.

It is no wonder that there is a crisis in our higher education. It is time the government has an outside independent, maybe even foreign party make an assessment.

If you don't know how bad the problem is, there is no way you can fix it. I think the problem is very very severe. I think the problem is so bad that the government find it politically sensitive to reveal it, which is why the independent report want to see, is being made an official secret.

Seriously we may actually be lucky to have only 60000 unemployed graduates. In the real meritocracy world, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands.

Having said that, the Malaysia dilemma does not only stem from the fallacy of NEP but also, it seems, the apparent blissful ignorance that we have incorporated into our working culture.

We have to admit that in Malaysia we have bad corporate culture. As such places like university do work without any solid model and consultation. We remain 'deaf' to many issues. This leaks into our daily life as well.

Just look at the banks, the police forces, the schools. It is safe to say that nobody really cares about their work in the way they should. It is apparent that people take up jobs and not careers. There is no pride whatsoever in doing anything.

Bad corporate culture! One word: Ignorance.

This simply, is a direct symptomatic and reflection of the fact that Malaysians lives are, from all angles, in danger.

Power abuses, potentially high inflationary pressures blowouts, poor personal safety and national security, poor international relations, low educational standards, institutionalised corruptions, government-linked companies scandals, financial bailouts, being overrun by uncontrolled illegal immigrants………..and so-on-and-so-forth.

This administration, unfortunately inherited a very, very sick country. Even terminally ill, receiving palliative care.

End game?

The moral decay is beyond the point of no return! Judgment: Malaysia is relegating to become a fourth world country. Vision 2020 has derailed!

God is very fair. Other countries have natural disasters, we have our ruin ministers.

When are we going to wake up? Thailand, China and even Vietnam are galloping ahead and we will end up eating dust that they kick up. Well, at least we may still be better than Ghana at this day.

Look out Nigeria or Ghana! Bolehland is hotly pursuing your title of most corrupt nation. Hooray! Malaysia Boleh!

I felt sorry for the people of Bolehland.

This is the result of gross lack of planning. Projects are approved on the run for various reasons. It is already costly to build. But it will be more costly, at least 3 times more, to repair and fix. This is a wastage of taxpayers money.

No one could be held responsible and accountable. I suppose no one cares for the ordinary people as long as there is money to be made.

If this happen in some of the under developing countries in Africa, one could understand. But to Malaysia……….something is seriously wrong - we have plenty of qualified and experienced people to ensure things are done reasonably well.

I call for a formulation of a 21st century New Economic Policy when the NEP runs out of term based exclusively on socio-economic grounds favouring the poor and disabled belonging to any group of Malaysians.

As a good leader and a decent human being, one got to do what is right and fair with morality and dignity. If not, the future generations to come will suffer and live with great shame of the behaviours and actions of their leaders.

It is high time to unite all Malaysians for a good cause. Enough is enough!

Did I always say this Pak Lah is a hopeless fellow? Since he came to power, Malaysians have been suffering and suffering and suffering.

Incomes have gone down and expenses have spiraled up. The parliament, the judiciary and Anti-Corruption Agency have become his dolls to play and the government has become more corrupted.

Many years ago, an enterprising group of businessmen went to see Mahathir about implementing an area pricing policy to discourage single-occupant vehicles from going into the city during peak hours. Mahathir told them that he couldn't do it without improving public transport first. Of course Mahathir was more concerned about the impact such a system would do to the sales of Proton cars.

The net result? Nothing was done to improve public transport.

Government force people buy local cars by making foreign cars look so expensive - and also encourage people to buy cars to support the dying industries. While at the other hand, ask people to spend wisely, save more fuel, or else our nation will become net importer of petroleum in year 2010……….so contradict.

What we are witnessing now is the legend of Robin Hood in Bolehland - robbing the poor to bail out the rich.

When will the breed of politicians be born, honest and conscientious, and made every effort for businessmen to invest not only to earn a reasonable return, but to achieve good things in life for the people?

No matter how you try to answer those questions above, the end conclusion is that this government is hiding something else from the people that will be injurious to their future if it is not tackled head on now.

Sigh……….the timing was really wrong on this one - really pissed off when Pak Lah said the money was going to be used to better public transportation, which just didn't make sense, especially when he stated that it was 'apparently lacking'.

A 4 billion ringgits save on the subsidy will only be wasted on public transportation. This is because the people have lost faith in the effectiveness of public transportation in this country.

Why? Simple, lazy ass commuter controllers, lazy ass bus drivers, who never keep to schedules, then blame everything on 'technical difficulty'.

If a commuter engineer can stand around the station doing nothing about it, that isn't a technical difficulty, that is a mental one.

Plus, since these public transportation companies never make a profit, they simply feed of the government, and never giving better service.

Put the 4 billion ringgits back in the subsidy, get the money from somewhere else! I know, take back all those ever-growing benefits to government workers, and use that for public transport.

All these years, the Umno administration has spawned cronyisms, muzzled the media from exposing the facts, ignored the plain language of uncompetitive realities, created can-do myths and carved bleeding shortcuts.

Now everyone pays the price.

So my colleague here goes to work by taking a train, bus, bicycle. Seem this would be our future. Owning a car would be a thing of a past in Vision 2020.

Better still, close down all the highway and use bullock cart, then we will assure our oil reserve will be there for the next thousand years.

Under this administration we are going backward and backward……….what a pity!

If it was in Thailand, Philippine or Indonesia, there could have been a military coup. Unfortunately, these security forces like the police have become impotent.

Only peoples power can set things right. Throw the BN government out. Otherwise, the future of our children will be condemned.

50 years is enough!

Malaysians deserve to be treated like this. But it will be forgotten after a while until another increase of price take place. In Malaysia the government like to bully the people because the people have no will power to boycott.

Since most of us are perceive to be living in luxurious by the Malaysia government, the government think we will accept the fact after a while. A call for boycotting Petronas will fall on deaf here because simply the people have no will power.

Can anyone tell me any boycott events which have been successful in the past? To my best knowledge - nothing!

Then all this anger should be known by the government and the government must be sensitive because the voters are utter rubbish.

History has proven again and again that BN government is the great actor and great liar. But the people keep on vote for them again and again because it seems we have no choice. What you mean we have no choice! It is not we have no choice, but we are fear of change and like to remain status quo.

Until the people willing to take up radical and revolutionary changes, the government shall always take us for ride. They understand us very well but we still do not understand them after nearly 50 years.

No wonder Malaysia universities produce unemployable graduates.

50 years is enough!

Corruption is already a culture in Malaysia society. There are too many cases to be dealt with. This is not unexpected. The system is run by fools like most of the ministers.

Let said with government-linked companies (GLCs) losing billions of taxpayers money through gross mismanagement, political appointments of unaccountable chief executive officers (CEOs) and rampant corruption, the government should not expect sympathy from the people.

Giving the government more money when it fails time and again, is no different than feeding an addict.

If we want to blur the demarcation between politics and religion in a plural society such as ours, then the result will be bad governance and division as we continue to witness in our beloved country.

Crimes, inflation, rising illegal immigrants and worsening unemployment are testimonies of a worst case scenario.

With the incorrigible, intransigent and power crazy people still around and with myopic belief from the opposition, there won't be any changes in the political scene in Malaysia for another 50 years……….if these inveterate people and recalcitrant are still around!

The problem is intractable, as long as we are a nation divided along race and religion. That is the colonial strategy which has worked wonders for BN.

We have to come together on common ground, and that means all Malaysians - Chinese, Iban, Indian, Kadazan, Malay, and Senoi etc.

It is time for the government of the day to change their policies before the electorates who voted them into power are plunged into a crisis. Otherwise, it is time for the people to change and choose new leaders.

Good luck Malaysians. You are in for a tough time!

human book said...

List of racial discriminations in Malaysia, practiced by government as well as government agencies. This list is an open secret. Best verified by government itself because it got the statistics.

This list is not in the order of importance, that means the first one on the list is not the most important and the last one on the list does not mean least important.

This list is a common knowledge to a lot of Malaysians, especially those non-malays (Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli, Tamils, etc) who were being racially discriminated.

Figures in this list are estimates only and please take it as a guide only. Government of Malaysia has the most correct figures. Is government of Malaysia too ashamed to publish their racist acts by publishing racial statistics?

This list cover a period of about 50 years since independence (1957).

List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

(1) Out of all the 5 major banks, only one bank is multi-racial, the rest are controlled by malays

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are malays

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by malays

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be bumis status

(6) 0% of non-malay staffs is legally required in malay companies. But there must be 30% malay staffs in Chinese companies

(7) 5% of all new intake for government army, nurses, polices, is non-malays

(8) 2% is the present Chinese staff in Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), drop from 40% in 1960

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-malay government servants in Putrajaya. But malays make up 98%

(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the whole government (in 2004), drop from 30% in 1960

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to malays

(12) 100% all business licensees are controlled by malay government e.g. Approved Permits, Taxi Permits, etc

(13) 80% of the Chinese rice millers in Kedah had to be sold to malay controlled Bernas in 1980s. Otherwise, life is make difficult for Chinese rice millers

(14) 100 big companies set up, managed and owned by Chinese Malaysians were taken over by government, and later managed by malays since 1970s e.g. MISC, UMBC, UTC, etc

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia, throughout 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other malay transport companies due to rejection by malay authority to Chinese application for bus routes and rejection for their application for new buses

(16) 2 Chinese taxi drivers were barred from driving in Johor Larkin bus station. There are about 30 taxi drivers and 3 are Chinese in October 2004. Spoiling taxi club properties was the reason given

(17) 0 non-malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus station (November 2004)

(18) 8000 billion ringgit is the total amount the government channeled to malay pockets through ASB, ASN, MARA, privatisation of government agencies, Tabung Haji etc, through NEP over 34 years period

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(21) 2637 malay primary schools built since 1968 - 2000

(22) 2.5% is government budget for Chinese primary schools. Indian schools got only 1%, malay schools got 96.5%

(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get school-text-book-loan, a malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible

(24) 10 all public universities vice chancellors are malays

(25) 5% - the government universities lecturers of non-malay origins had been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to only 5% in 2004

(26) Only 5% is given to non-malays for government scholarships over 40 years

(27) 0 Chinese or Indians were sent to Japan and Korea under "Look East Policy"

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course that they aspired e.g. Medicine (in 2004)

(29) 10% place for non-bumi students for MARA science schools beginning from year 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was 100% malays

(30) 50 cases whereby Chinese and Indian Malaysians, are beaten up in the National Service program in 2003

(31) 25% is Malaysian Chinese population in 2004, drop from 45% in 1957

(32) 7% is the present Malaysian Indians population (2004), a drop from 12% in 1957

(33) 2 million Chinese Malaysians had emigrated to overseas since 40 years ago

(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians had emigrated to overseas

(35) 3 million Indonesians had migrated into Malaysia and became Malaysian citizens with bumis status

(36) 600000 are the Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC and were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship for 40 years. Perhaps 60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism of how easily Indonesians got their citizenship compare with the Chinese and Indians

(37) 5% - 15% discount for a malay to buy a house, regardless whether the malay is poor or rich

(38) 2% is what Chinese new villages get compare with 98% of what malay villages got for rural development budget

(39) 50 road names (at least) had been changed from Chinese names to other names

(40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to other name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or sort) when it was being officially used for a few days. Government try to shun Chinese names. This racism happened in around year 2000 or sort

(41) 0 churches/temples were built for each housing estate. But every housing estate got at least one mosque/surau built

(42) 3000 mosques/surau were built in all housing estates throughout Malaysia since 1970. No churches, no temples are required to be built in housing estates

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to be constructed. But told by malay authority that it must look like a factory and not look like a church. Still not yet approved in 2004

(44) 1 publishing of Bible in Iban language banned (in 2002)

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors of non-malay origins

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the bad guys had Chinese face, and the good guys had malay face. You can check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this tendency becomes less

(47) 10 times, at least, malays (especially Umno) had threatened to massacre the Chinese Malaysians using May 13 since 1969

(48) 20 constituencies won by DAP would not get funds from the government to develop. Or these Chinese majority constituencies would be the last to be developed

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racistly re-delineated so Chinese voters were diluted that Chinese candidates, particularly DAP candidates lost in election since 1970s

(50) Only 3 out of 12 human rights items are ratified by Malaysia government since 1960

(51) 0 - elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human Rights) is not ratified by Malaysia government since 1960s

(52) 20 reported cases whereby malay ambulance attendances treated Chinese patients inhumanely, and malay government hospital staffs purposely delay attending to Chinese patients in 2003. Unreported cases may be 200

(53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths being beaten up by malay youths in public places. We may check at police reports provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record

(54) 20 cases every year whereby Chinese drivers who accidentally knocked down malays were seriously assaulted or killed by malays

(55) 12% is what ASB/ASN got per annum while banks fixed deposit is only about 3.5% per annum

There are hundreds more racial discriminations in Malaysia to add to this list of "colossal" racism. It is hope that the victims of racism will write in to expose racism.

Malaysia government should publish statistics showing how much malays had benefited from the "special rights" of malays and at the same time tell the statistics of how much other minority races are being discriminated.

Hence, the responsibility lies in the Malaysia government itself to publish unadulterated statistics of racial discrimination.

If the Malaysia government hides the statistics above, then there must be some evil doings, immoral doings, shameful doings and sinful doings, like the Nazi, going on onto the non-malays of Malaysia.

Civilized nation, unlike evil Nazi, must publish statistics to show its treatment on its minority races. This is what Malaysia must publish……….

We are asking for the publication of the statistics showing how "implementation of special rights of malays" had inflicted colossal racial discrimination onto non-malays.

ruyom said...

Najib and the other ministers said all Malaysians have to work together to achieve the 9th Malaysia Plan.

I say we have been working all along from day one. It is when the government and those in power are stopping to squander the taxpayers money? Besides who have been the biggest contributors? Yet they say some are playing the race card in parliament. It is those corrupted up there who are robbing from the people.

It will be a "tax again and spend again" tendency. The sad fact is voters are left with a choice of "comment after mandating" and "imprecation". Politicians are applauding of what a good plan is and citizens are keeping abreast with the time.

The difference is one receives fame and the other one receives heavy standard of living. However, some people said "good" without financial consideration; some people said "no good" without thoughtfulness. So I have lost my abstract sense on it!

When the shit hits the ceiling they point their fingers and blame the biggest contributors. And those who do not know the facts are led blindly to agree.

Mahathir wrote the book "The Malay Dilemma" which was banned and condemned when it was released. When I served in the malay kampung, as underwent cultural shock and had my first experience in social consciousness, the book was not totally shocking.

It took me a long time to understand Mahathir actions when he was prime minister, I was bombarded by confusion, deception, lies, propaganda, rumours, and suspicion. For example, when someone asked for a cut in a project, he said it was for the senior ministry officer, or the minister, or the prime minister Mahathir. Who actually pocketed the money?

Good intention:
- Certain people were selected to be leaders of business organizations.
- Mahathir and his government created opportunities for the malays to acquire business skills, financial skills, technical skills, etc.
- Their moral duty was to create wealth and to distribute the wealth to their people.

- Instead of being responsible leaders, they mutated into opportunists and traitors.
- Instead of benefiting from the government efforts, the people have been betrayed and cheated.
- Instead of distributing wealth to their people, they kept the wealth for themselves.

This is the sad and pathetic truth about Malaysia GLCs. All this plundering of funds is left unchecked and those who are guilty remain scot-free, whilst the innocent suffer and pay for their misdoings.

When the whole world is trying to compete head-on, trying to outdo each other in getting new market/FDI. Countries try to ditch out everything they have to gain that small extra advantage.

It is really frustrate if certain "group" in the country, keep on harping on dividing whatever little we have - more "equally" because they think the country owe them a living and the world owe them a living.

When global competition heat up, citizens in every other nations try to help their countries to be in the forefront but only in Malaysia, situation is different. Instead - the national car, the nationalist people, the national everything want it to be the other way around.

You don't have to go far to see the consequences and glimpse a possible future of this country by year 2020. It is just across the sea, a country whose major export to the world is menial uneducated workers.

By the way, I can also have my peaceful "peaceful multi-racial neighbourhood" and "teh tarik" in many other countries and in the middle of the night, sometimes I don't even have to worry about being robbed, of snatch thief, etc. Some are very near, try down south or down under.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. It is greener because people put effort to it, nurture it and fertilize it. They don't stop because of others are less green.

Today problem is not about religion and race. It is about the decline in morality and the loss of conscience.

Again, I totally agree. The plan Mahathir implementing is flawed since the beginning. Maybe it is meant to be flawed. Intention is only 10%, implementing make things happen.

If the government really want to make the economy work, help the people, care for the people, they can. Transparency and accountability will improve the efficiency. Take a look down south or down under. My question is do they really want?

You are right, assuming that you have working experience in procurement part of the government business. Try take a look at some white elephants or wasteful, unproductive, scenic gigantic undertakings and abandoned projects. Who want to pocket the money without exerting any effort or broke a sweat?

Many Chinese businessmen said that 10% of many projects went to Mahathir coffers. Yet, instead of upholding good business ethics and practices, these same businessmen continued to "partner" with the "manipulators" - all for the sake of "earn living". By the way, these "earn living" businessmen own mansions and luxury cars.

It is all about the know-who and not the know-how. How many times have we seen businessmen who uphold "good business practices and ethics" (and who are able to quote competitively, I must add) not even making the initial list of companies to be evaluated for certain contracts or projects?

So how can you blame them when they are forced to discard whatever integrity and ethics they had in order to survive? Hence doing what they are doing to "earn living" is more often out of coercion rather than by choice.

Yes, they own mansions and luxury cars, everybody sees, but when they sweat, plead, cried, bleed, seek finance, improve the economy, get goods and services to the consumers, export to overseas, employ peoples, etc, etc, and nobody see.

But the leader, the government, their cronies, also driving luxury cars, also have great mansions, plus private jet and helicopter to move about, why no mention? Their 10% cut goes into their pocket? Improve the economy? Benefit to people? Help fight corruption my friend, not promote it.

Well, what does the government ever do to curb this? Nothing. For example, you don't have to look far. Look at MAS. I read of exorbitant charges for airline meals. If this is true, who is the one signing off the purchase orders and agreeing to these kind of prices? What happened to the police report made against MAS two years back about misappropriations in the company?

My point is no one is brought to book for any misdoings. When they know that they would not be trailed by the courts or ever brought to justice, these people are willing to "sell" their morals and consciences.

If these people are brought to justice, their successors would think twice about following in the footsteps of their predecessors. But we all know that wouldn't happen in Malaysia. At least not happen in my lifetime.

Yes, it is not about religion and race. It is about transparency, it is about fairness, it is about equality, it is about accountability. Religion and race, most don't have a choice but born into it.

Handout to the old and infirm is commendable. Indiscriminate handout will breed a society of scroungers, loafers and lazy bums. Prudent fiscal policy is required.

I hope Pak Lah will not let the costly and painful lessons of the Mahathir years - which I think our grandchildren will still be paying for in their time - to be repeated.

Excuse, diversion, apologist, it is all parts of the losers attitude. Hope this attitude will not spoil the so-called "paradise" Malaysia in the future.

San said...

Ask former non-malay civil servants how they were treated in the government service in terms of career development and promotion, then one would appreciate better why government services became a choice of the last resort for the non-malays.

But when job opportunities are scarce in private sector, non-malays knowing that practices under the auspices of the NEP are more discriminatory in government services, applied for the jobs, nonetheless.

I heard this from my relative: In a government sector, 10% of non-malay employees are taking up 90% of the overall workload. Not only jobs are discriminately offered, at the work place, workload distribution is always unequal.

The ones who are promoted are generally the lazy ones as they have time to apply for leave to go for this course and that course, leaving the hard workers to cover for them.

So in the end, the hard workers are driven out by selection, leaving the lazy ones to fight among themselves. And no wonder why you get lousy service.

Mahathir already said in his book, that the malays will take a long time to catch up with other races, that they are not that sparkling eh (for some reasons) and they need help. Fine and good.

We, the other people who are then economically ahead were empathise and patient with them. Give 30% shares, give discount to buy houses, give assistance to start business, allocate more places in the universities for them (they cannot comprehend meritocracy), etc, etc, 35 years later, they still need help.

How much time do they need? Now they fling their 'keris' and shout 'leave' and 'racist'. How they ungrateful!

The element of NEP does not encourage a competitive economy. To name a few:

(1) Credit to employees are discriminative and not properly tied to performance.
(2) The 'concept' that civil jobs are guaranteed results in unproductive manner of employee.

The problem is that hard workers are not rewarded. Generally if you work hard, more work will be given to you. If you are lazy, you do less work and still get the same pay.

So in the end, the hard workers will all feel disillusioned and if you can't beat them, join them and be lazy too.

Sad to say, while the world is changing with new technology to improve efficiency, Malaysia government administration and system did not change much.

The work environment, with intense politics at play, in the government departments is not healthy for career, financial and job satisfaction, and personal improvement. They are not happy. If you look at the public servants, you will know what I mean.

The malays must be daring to go into the private sector or set up their own business and not solely rely on government contracts. It is challenging and very hard but in the end, it could be personally rewarding with career and job satisfaction, not just in terms of monetary rewards.

This is the best way to improve and increase malays permanent share of the economy.

Even in developed countries, most people who joined public service are not ambitious and do not want to work hard. They just want a job with the government for security with plenty of time for personal matters.

It is like spoon feeding your own kid until he is 40 years old. NEP is discriminatory and government should abolish it. What can do!

Before the NEP could succeed in its twin objectives of eradication of the identification of economic function with race and poverty respective of race, there must first be the twin objectives of which are eradication of the identification of political parties and policies with race and equality respective of race.

Only with it will people start to think of the Malaysian identity being more important than their ethnic identity paving way for ethnic insecurities and polarisation to abate.

The issue of the NEP has been hotly debated for several years now and nothing has changed. NEP will continue to thrive till the end of time unless the malays themselves see in the ineffectiveness of the policy.

Frankly, the NEP has not really benefited the majority of the malays because it has opened only a big doorway for those who wield political power to getting rich quick.

NEP is a biased policy and has no aim to thrive to the economy. In basis, NEP is not an economy policy. If prime minister is serious to develop a competitive economy, NEP should be dropped.

People who are used to getting easy money like this will fight to the end to ensure the continuous steady stream of easy money flowing into their pockets.

The trouble with our Malaysia government is that they do not have the foresight to know the consequences of their policies and it is only when the horse have bolted that they close the barn door. By then it is too late and beyond repair.

It is a common notion that there is no equality and meritocracy in the government department, civil service and armed forces. Nevertheless, the reality remain that the government is not prepared to embrace this fact. There is simply too much at stake to risk.

I believe the problem of non-malays not joining the army, civil service, navy, police force, and the likes will not go away but instead further deteoriate in time to come.

How true, promotions are denied to the non-malays. They say that non-malays are not interested in joining the civil service, yet those in the civil service know that applications from the non-malays mostly end up in the waste paper basket. Perhaps one or two are employed as the eyewash.

Even with better education, more malays are joining the government services instead of private sector for various reasons. Their education and personal potentials are not fully realised and utilised.

Of course the non-malays have not abandoned the nursing profession. Instead the non-malays seek qualification from private hospitals or oversea institutions and many of them are serving in private hospitals and oversea hospitals.

I don't want my son to be a government servant in Malaysia. In the age of globalization, he should look forward to being a world citizen. His experience in Malaysia should stand in good stead when he is ready to spread his wings.

I am not trying to be racial in this post. I am just trying to provide facts for everyone to ponder upon. Could you blame the non-malays not to enter the civil service when such unfairness is openly practised?

How can Malaysia remains a competitive country when we have layers and layers of rent seekers permeating almost at every facets of our society? Please keep watch - the national budget will be used to shore up the performance of GLCs soon.

Now, the dominance of malays goes beyond the civil service. They now control and manage most privatised entities, GLCs and increasingly the private sector especially the banking industry. At one time it was the civil service that was inefficient. Now it is everywhere.

A civil service dominated by only one race is just a manifestation of individuals taking liberty to carry the policy of affirmative action, further than what it is intended to be. Discrimination in the civil service against the non-malays and the failure of the government administration to check it, resulted in the present imbalance.

As Malaysians become better and better educated and hence become more and more aware of what is actually going on, I think eventually the people will soon see the ugly side of communal politics and we will surely see a paradigm shift in the thinking of Malaysians

Wake up, Malaysians, unite and be strong and happy together!

oversee said...

Read it all. In Mahathir's Malaysia, over 40% of the population lives under constitutionally mandated and perpetual state sanctioned racism. It is verging on illegality to even bring up the subject - even in parliament.

Non-malays live under widespread and considerable electoral, educational, economic and even religious restrictions and also have to live with the risk of racially motivated stirring from malay politicians who could put one nation to shame. And don't ask about illegal aliens, they are safely locked up in detention centres.

Unsurprisingly, some malay policies have played upon resultant fears of racial tensions and the difficulties non-malays face in creating their own political voice to shore up a captive vote in the ethnic electorate.

Starting up a company or even purchasing land and property is harder and more expensive for non-malays. The only way to alleviate their permanent designation as a second-class citizen is to convert to Islam and thus enjoy partial legal acceptance as a bumi.

This Malaysia, a land where racism is used to justify racism, is Mahathir's creation and if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, then I need a new palette.

Perhaps you may have heard of the axiom making its rounds among the Malaysian bloggers:

"If it is a malay issue, it is a national issue. If it is an Indian issue, it is not an issue. If it is a Chinese issue, it is a racial issue."

That is the problem with Malaysia. The Indians and Chinese are made to feel as if Malaysia is for the malays, and not for the citizens of Malaysia. Even the textbooks are often written as if addressing the malays instead of Malaysians, with references to Islam and other malay cultural aspects.

Just look at Singapore. In spite of their being a multiracial society completely lacking in national resources, they are now a developed country. Why?

Because the people there are united. There is no presumption that the average citizen is a Chinese or any serious programme giving a particular race special rights.

The presumption that greed, dishonesty and betrayal are innate qualities of a Chinese is simply as abhorrent as the presumption by some Chinese that malays smell bad, are lazy and are extremely religious to the point of martyrdom. Such stereotyping accomplishes nothing.

If Chinese kids won't die for Malaysia, we should not jump to the conclusion that Chinese cannot be trusted. Instead, we should consider it equally among other possibilities, such as the government's policies creating a feeling of unfair treatment despite the premise that we are all equal as citizens of Malaysia.

We know what the original intentions of the malay special privileges provision in the Merdeka Constitution were, but to maintain that it is a carte blanche for all manner of discrimination based on the bumi/non-bumi divide is certainly straining credibility.

Now that the commanding heights of the Malaysia economy have fallen into the hands of malay capitalists 50 years after independence, is it wrong to appeal for a new consensus based on social sector and need instead of race?

From the above, it is clear that the question of the constitutionality of the quota system as it has been practised since 1971 especially in totally malay institutions has never been tested.

Because the government imposes racial quota in government departments and education, therefore Singapore and other countries take fortune at the tide. For years, there has been brain drain to our neighbour.

I called my newfound friend earlier who works in Singapore. Somehow, the conversation ended up on Malaysians holding top positions in Singapore.

Well, I have a good friend who is currently working with a top-notch investment company in Singapore. When my new friend found out, immediately said, "No wonder that Pak Lah person was mentioning about the brain drain in Malaysia!"

Well, I know a lot of scientists and doctors are working overseas. A number of my school alumni are actually working overseas and not in Malaysia. Some are doing well in London, Boston, to name a few. It is even funnier to hear stories of some of my school alumni to accidentally meet each other when they are overseas. Yes, my school is guilty for contributing to the brain drain……….

Closer to home, I wonder if Pak Lah knows about our own Malaysian companies that are also contributing to the brain drain. No name mentioned, but I know of one company, due to the change in business process has forced a number of the disgruntled staff to leave the company.

The worse thing, these staff left and joined the competitors that are not Malaysian owned. And even worse, some staff actually decided to leave Malaysia and work at greener pastures.

They could have stayed in Malaysia, but no company in Malaysia could afford to pay the expected salary due to the staff being former scholars and studied overseas during the economic crisis.

Sad really. Now wonder why Pak Lah has an uphill task.

Clearly, there has always been movement of highly skilled people in and out of a country. If there is brain drain from a particular country, it can scarcely develop. On the other hand, if it can keep its talents and successfully attract its skilled citizens to return as well as foreign talents to come, it will prosper.

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