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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ku Li on corruption and Exocet missiles

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Jun 19, 2010
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Below is an extract of the speech by Umno veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at the launch of 'The Shafee Yahaya Story - Estate Boy to ACA Chief', a book written by Shafee's wife Kalsom Taib


The word 'corruption' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to break' or 'to destroy'. Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre, and destroys trust.

Although corruption exists in both the private and public sector, the corruption of the public sector is a more fundamental evil. This is because the public sector is the enforcer and arbiter of the rules that hold us together, the custodians of our common resources.

It is time we recognise corruption as the single biggest threat to our nation. In our economy, corruption is the root of our inability to make the economic leap that we know we are capable of. There is no other reason why a country so blessed with natural resources, a favourable climate and such immense talent should not have done a lot better than we have.

In our political system, corruption is the real reason why our political parties refuse to reform. Some people say the party I belong to has debased a once noble nationalism and a concern with the welfare of marginalised people into a rush for the gravy train.

They also said that the economic development we must bring our people is reduced to nothing more than patronage, and patronage is inflated into a right.

Therefore, it appears that the root cause is in our political parties. It is an open secret that tender inflation is standard operating procedure. Within the parties and among politicians, it is already an understood matter that party followers must be 'fed'. Politics is an expensive business, after all. Where else are we to get the funds?

Thus, theft of public goods is normalised and socialised among an entire community, and what we had planned to attain by capability is seen by some as something to be attained through politics.

Politicians are the villains in this piece, but they themselves are also trapped. The leadership is trapped because they are beholden to political followers who demand that they are looked after. They demand patronage, and turn the party's struggle for the welfare of a community into their sense of entitlement to that patronage. So they take their slice of the project.

By the time they and each person down the line all the way down to the contractor takes a lot and there is not enough left to do a decent job, bridges collapse, highways crack, stadiums collapse, hospitals run out of medicine, schoolchildren are cheated in their textbooks. Corruption may look to its perpetrators like a crime without victims, but it leaves a trail of destruction.

No domain seems safe. Some say that the humble school canteen is the domain of party branch chiefs. The golf course becomes a favoured way to pass the cash over. We can place bets for RM5,000 a hole. For some reason, one party keeps losing. And there are 18 holes. Money thus obtained is legal. It can be banked.

We spend billions on the refurbishment of defence equipment; on fighter jets, frigates and submarines. When a supplier lays on an exorbitant commission to some shadowy middleman, that commission is built into the price the government pays. That money comes from the ordinary Malaysian.

Military toys are very expensive. I remember from my time in the Finance Ministry. Even then, patrol craft cost about RM280 million each.

We loved Exocet missiles. As minister, I had to sign each time the military fired an Exocet missile for testing.

Every time, we test fired one of them, RM2 million literally went out with a bang.

When the UK went to war against Argentina, the UK government tried to borrow them from us because outside of the UK, we had the most of them in the world. We must have been under some extraordinary military threat which I did not understand.

The list is long: procurement of food and clothing for the military, medicine for hospitals and so on. In all these things, the government has been extraordinarily generous. And paid extraordinarily high prices.

Government servants have to face pressure from politicians who expect to be given these contracts because they need money for politics. This corruption is justified because the party's struggle is sacred. The civil servants can either join the game or be bypassed.

For every government job big or small that goes down, someone feels entitled to a slice of the pie, not because they can do the job, not because they have some special talent or service to offer, but because it is their right.

They do not realise that what they demand is the abuse of power for the sake of personal gain, or party gain. They elect those leaders among themselves who are most capable of playing this game.

So we get as our leaders people who have distinguished themselves not by their ability to serve the public but at their long proven ability to be party warlords, which is to say, distributors of patronage. And that is a euphemistic way of saying that because of corruption the old, stupid and the criminal are elevated to positions of power while young, talented and honest individuals are frozen out.

Corruption destroys national wealth, erodes institutions and undermines character. And it also destroys the process by which a community finds its leaders.

The consequence of this is that the majority are marginalised. Government contracts circulate among a small group of people. Despite all attempts at control and brainwashing, the majority soon catch up to the game.

This game cannot last forever. The longer it is played the more people hate the government and the governing class. They vote against the government, not for the opposition. They resent the government of the day. In 2008, we saw how the Malaysian people feel about the abuse of power and incompetence caused by corruption.

Since party funding has become the excuse and the vehicle for wholesale corruption, any measure we take to fight it must include the reform of political funding.

It is time we enact a law regulating donations to political parties. Donations must be capped. No donor is to give more than a specified limit, on pain of prosecution. This is to prevent special interests from dominating parties. Such money is source of corruption.

Let us limit political donations by law. On top of that, let the government set up a fund to provide funding to registered political parties for their legitimate operational needs. This money can be distributed based on objective criteria and governed by an independent panel. This would close off the excuse that the parties need to raise political funding through government contracts.

Another idea is that we should freeze the bank accounts of people who are being investigated for corruption. Public servants and politicians are by law required to be able to demonstrate the sources of their assets. Those with suspiciously ample assets should have these assets frozen until they can come up with evidence that they have accumulated them legally.

This may sound harsh, but only because we live in a country in which almost no one ever gets nabbed for corruption. In China, those found guilty are shot.

In Malaysia, we read about Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating this and that but there are no convictions. No one has been punished. We are the nation with no consequences. The MACC finds no fault. The courts do not convict. And our newspapers do not have the independence and vigour to follow up.

We have an MACC with no results. It was a good idea to model our anti-corruption agency after one of the most successful in the world, Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). However we have taken just bits and pieces of that model. So really this will be no more than PR exercise unless we adopt the model wholesale.

We should repeal the Official Secrets Act (OSA) so that people can go to the MACC and the authorities with documentary information on corrupt practice. As things stand, any document which might be incriminating to corrupt public officials is stamped an official secret. A whistleblower risks seven years jail for being in possession of such documents.

We need to identify rot eating through our roots as a nation. It is corruption. We cannot expect the corrupt to embrace reform. It is time for our citizens to stand up and call corruption by its name, and demand reform.


Gua Musang MP Razaleigh Hamzah was the former finance minister and ex-Umno vice-president.



Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Auditor-General Report 2008 - Police Dept weakness

Police could have saved RM12 million per year

The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) could have saved RM12.34 million of taxpayers' money per year if it had leased out the 315 lots of undeveloped land held by it , according to the newly-released Auditor-General's report for 2007.

According to the AG, the PDRM owned 2,453 lots of land, totalling 8,430 hectares in size nationwide, but 437 lots equivalent to 1,453 hectares in size were left abandoned.

Some of the lots leased out were also poorly managed, with unrenewed leases causing overdue payments.

The report laid the blame on the Home Ministry, the PDRM and the Director-General of Lands and Mines Department (JKPTG), saying all three parties should be held responsible for not making more efficient use of government resources.

That included developing the vacant land for productive use, or leasing out the idle lots to mitigate maintenance costs, the report added.

The AG pointed out that in accordance with 2007 circulars issued by JKPTG, lands no longer used by PDRM should be leased out to other agencies.

The report also said PDRM was granted sufficient yearly allocations for maintaining the undeveloped lands. While it did not specify the size of the yearly allocations, the AG report also advised the home ministry to draw specific five-year plans to obtain and disburse allocations.

The report also cited staff shortage as a cause for the poor maintenance, advising the ministry to add new positions to beef up supervision of the properties.

Other reasons that made it tough for the PDRM to manage the lands include trespassers, illegal squatters and also the presence of dense foliage.

Source: Malaysiakini


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Umno members at War (Part I)

Punches and chairs thrown at Felda Umno branch meet

Tuesday September 2, 2008

SEGAMAT: A fight broke out at the Felda Palong Timur 5 Umno branch meeting after several members claimed they were unhappy with the results of the nominations.

Punches were traded and chairs thrown during the commotion at 6pm on Saturday.

It is learnt that when the votes for the division chief post was tallied, incumbent Datuk Othman Jais lost to newcomer Shaifuddin Ali Hanafiah.

Othman, 61, in his sixth term, is the longest-serving state assemblyman in Johor.

Branch chief Poninan Panijo said Othman’s supporters were unhappy with the results and demanded that members cast their votes again.

“It was also agreed that after voting, all those who cast their votes for Othman would leave the hall,” he said.

At the end of the voting, it was found that only 28 people left the hall, leading to Shaifuddin’s victory once again, which sparked off the fight after a war of words.

Poninan said that in the fight, punches and harsh words were exchanged.

“The legs of several chairs were also broken,” he said.

He added that at the end of the fight, Othman, who is the Segamat division chief, instructed that the branch elections be valid, but the division post elections would be cancelled.

Shaifuddin, 47, a former Segamat Umno Youth chief, already has eight nominations in hand, and needs the nominations from this branch to be able to contest for the division chief post.

When contacted, Othman denied that there had been a fight and said only an argument had ensued when several voters who had allegedly not paid their membership fees voted.

The police confirmed that no police report had been lodged over the incident.

It was the second rowdy Umno meeting in the past few days. On Friday, rotten eggs were thrown during the Sungai Machang Hilir branch meeting near Seremban.

The meeting became unruly after a group of members started to protest against some financial statements, loss of membership forms and delays in sending out the notices for the meeting.

This is also the second time a fight has broken out during Umno branch meetings in Johor in the past month.

On Aug 3, the Sedili Kecil Umno branch meeting erupted into a war of words between a supporter of Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar and a supporter of Daing A. Malik Daing A. Rahman, who is vying for the position of Kota Tinggi division chief

Source: The Star


Monday, September 01, 2008

ACA naps an Umno ADUN

ACA nabs Umno Negri rep for RM2,000 bribe

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has arrested an Umno state assemblyman for allegedly accepting a RM2,000 bribe from a housing developer.

The arrest set off charges that the Negri Sembilan assemblyman was a victim of a political stitch-up. He is the third state legislator who has been picked up by the ACA in recent weeks.

Last week, two Parti Keadilan Rakyat state assemblymen were charged in court for accepting bribes to speed up approvals for a housing project.

The ACA has been on a sweep in recent weeks as it uses its expanded powers to root out corruption.

The agency has also nabbed 36 Puspakom officers and 21 runners for suspected graft to certify vehicles as roadworthy.

Source: Malaysian Insider

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Auditor-General Report: Bakun dam comes under fire

The Auditor-General’s Report 2007 has criticised the construction of the controversial Bakun hydro-electric dam project, which saw its cost ballooned from an initial RM4.5 billion to RM7.5 billion.

AG Ambrin Buang has urged the Finance Ministry and Sarawak Hydro Sdn Bhd (SHSB) - the company tasked to build the dam - to take action to ensure the project is completed on time and not incur any extra cost anymore.

“It is recommended that the Finance Ministry, especially the Finance Ministry Incorporated and SHSB to act more firmly and pro-actively to ensure that the contractor complete the project on time,” he said in the 858-page report tabled to Parliament yesterday.

The AG’s criticism came as a fresh blow to the project, which has already attracted fierce criticism because of its harmful impact on the environment while some 10,000 residents have had to evacuate the project site.

The 2,400-megawatt Bakum dam project involves flooding an area the size of Singapore.

A total of RM3.91 billion, out of the estimated RM7.5 billion cost, has been spent for the project as at the end of last year, according to the report. The project is due to be completed in 2010.

RM510.8m compensation request

In the report, the AG pointed out various financial management weaknesses of the project.

Topping the list is the construction of the main damn, which was awarded to the Malaysia China Hidro Joint Venture (MCHJV) (see chart) and worth RM1.79 billion - the biggest contract in the overall project.

Among the weaknesses noted by the AG’s report include:

- An additional RM708 million was approved by the Finance Ministry although the contract has clearly stated that any risk for additional cost should be borne by MCHJV.

- The package for the building of the main dam should be completed by September 2007 but it was given an extension until June 2010. Among the reasons for the delay was that there were 16 variation orders issued.

- The failure of MCHJV to complete the work on schedule has resulted in the contractors for the electro-mechanical works to demand for a sum of RM510.8 million in compensation. As of Dec 31, 2007, a total of RM100 million were approved by SHSB to be paid to the contractors.

- The failure of SHSB to pay MCHJV according to the formula as stipulated in its contract resulted in SHSB failing to collect RM9.02 million, which was transacted in US currency.

Despite the weaknesses, the AG noted that the construction of the diversion tunnel and cofferdam were carried out according to the terms of the contract.

The construction of the Bakun dam has a long history. The project was initially awarded to Sarawak-based Ekran Berhad and was to be built through privatisation.

However, it was taken over by the Finance Ministry Incorporated in Nov 1997 due to the economic downturn and Ekran no longer keen to carry out the multi-billion project.

In Jan 1998, the cabinet agreed to hand over the project to SHSB, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Finance Ministry Incorporated.

More recent in Nov 2007, the government has issued a letter of intent to Synergy Drive Berhad (now known as Sime Darby Berhad), which is a consortium of Sime Darby, Golden Hope Plantation Berhad and Guthrie Group Berhad to buy a 60 percent stake in SHSB.

Nevertheless, in June this year, Sime Darby had said that it will not take the equity stake in the Bakun project on ground that “the project economics do not fit in with our business strategy”.

Sime Darby however will continue its role as a contractor to complete the damn’s construction.

Source: Malaysiakini

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

NS deals led to RM110m loss

National Service shirkers and a very “rigid” contract have caused the Government losses of up to RM110.1mil from 2004 to last year, the 2007 Auditor-General’s report said.

Over the four years, the audit found that 63,417 people failed to attend the programme for various reasons, which led to the Government having to fork out the money to camp operators due to the way the contract was set out.

The contract spelt out that the Government would pay rent for the use of equipment and facilities for between 690 and 890 trainees for 2004 and between 300 and 400 trainees for 2005 and beyond.

The fee, per trainee, worked out to RM30 in the peninsula and RM41 in Sabah and Sarawak for 2004. In 2005, it cost RM25 in peninsula and RM34.30 in Sabah and Sarawak.

This meant that the Government had to pay for the stated number of trainees in the contract even if the number of trainees turning up was less or more than the figure stipulated in the agreement.

“Every year, between 16% and 23% of those called up to join the programme did not turn up. The ministry must review the contract conditions regarding how many trainees are allocated to each camp,” the report said.

It added that the ministry should also have a backup name list as there had to be a stop to the losses due to people not turning up for training.

“The NS Training Department also has to double-check its name list with the relevant authorities before putting out the roll call,” it said.

Among the reasons those called up did not attend were: a change in address, still studying, sole bread-winners, disabled, did not receive notices, died, overseas, in the army, health problems or have attended NS before.

In its reply, the ministry said it was in the midst of reviewing the contracts, adding that the department would be increasing the number of trainees next year to 140,000 to make up for any shortfall.

The audit also found that RM57mil in arrears had yet to be collected from camp operators for advances they had taken to construct the camps.

The audit also checked on certain camps from various angles such as the suitability of its location, cleanliness, food quality and quality of equipment supplied.

It found that the Beringin Beach camp in Langkawi was unsuitable because high tides often flooded dormitories and left a classroom unusable.

For the Wawasan camp in Sabah, camp operators told the audit team that it was difficult to obtain fresh fish to cook for the trainees but the audit team found it otherwise at the Kota Kinabalu market.

The audit also found that T-shirts, track pants, baseball caps and sports shoes supplied under contracts worth RM41.12mil were of low quality.

Source: The Star

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Auditor-General's Report: Billions owed

CAN'T pay off your loan? Welcome to the club.

As of last year, state governments, companies, statutory bodies and others owed the Federal Government over RM10 billion.The biggest debtors were the companies, which together owed close to RM4 billion.

Perwaja Terengganu Sdn Bhd owed more than RM3 billion, followed by Perbadanan Aset Keretapi (formerly Keretapi Tanah Melayu) which owed RM600 million.

The second biggest debtors were the state governments with a total debt of RM3.5 billion. Johor and Selangor topped the list with debts close to RM700 million each.

The third group was statutory bodies, with a RM2.4 billion debt.

Fifty-seven ministries and departments are owed RM14 billion, with taxpayers owing the Inland Revenue Board RM8 billion.

Source: NST

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Auditor-General's Report: How was the X-ray contract awarded?

THE Health Ministry's purchase of three X-ray machines at a cost of RM33 million has raised questions on how the contract was awarded.

Through direct negotiation with the Health Ministry, Syarikat Glotel Sdn Bhd was given the contract to supply two Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography Scan (PET CT Scan) and a Cyclotron machine, and to build the buildings to house these machines at Penang Hospital and Putrajaya Hospital.

The auditor-general found that despite the fact that Glotel was not registered with the Contractor Service Centre, it still got the contract.

In addition, Syarikat Allied Physics Sdn Bhd, the company sub-contracted by Glotel to certify the quality and safety of the PET CT Scan, was not qualified or licensed to handle radioactive material and X-ray equipment, as required under Section 13(2) of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act.

As a condition of the contract, Glotel was to have provided training to ministry officers on the use of the PET CT Scan and Cyclotron machines, as well as assist in obtaining a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) status.

This would have enabled the government to register the production of FlueroDeoxiglucose (FDG) with the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau.

However, this did not happen, as the syllabus prepared by Glotel was not done in consultation with the government, making the training unsuitable for GMP qualification.

Failure in getting GMP status has resulted in FDG, which is injected into the patient before a scan, not being registered.

Even more puzzling is how Glotel managed to get the contract to handle and transport the radioactive FDG.

Under the Radiation Protection (Licensing) Regulation 1986, only a company that has Class A and Class D licences could handle and transport radioactive FDG. Of the three companies that pitched a tender, only one -- Syarikat Intan Sejati Sdn Bhd -- had Class A and Class D licences.

In April 2005, both Intan Sejati and Glotel's tender were proffered by the deputy director-general of Health (medical) to the Health Ministry's Privatisation and Procurement Division secretary.

But it was Glotel that the deputy director-general recommended for the contract to supply FDG, even though Glotel only had a Class C licence.

The endorsement was made based on Glotel's offer to provide insurance for the FDG in case the PET CT Scan was broken and the FDG's short shelf-life expired from lack of use.

However, the auditor-general found that, in addition to not adhering to the Radiation Protection (Licensing) Regulations, this arrangement cost the government RM1,008 more per shipment compared to how much Intan Sejati would have charged.

Audit visits to both hospitals between January and February found that 40 components of the PET CT Scan and Cyclotron machines, valued at RM658,800, had yet to be used. Among the reasons for this was that the components had either been purchased too soon, or were unsuitable for use.

To all these queries, the Health Ministry had no reply.

Source: NST

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Auditor-General's Report: RM3.19 million for only nine studs

OVER RM3 million was spent, but the Veterinary Services Department only got nine fit animals for its cattle stud farm project or the "Pengeluaran Bibit dan Baka Ternakan Lembu".

In 2006, the department placed an order amounting to RM6.2 million with Kembar Teguh for the supply of 2,500 cattle from China between July 2006 and July last year.

But until February last year, the supplier had only sent the department 1,812 cattle although the department had already paid it a lump sum of RM3.19 million.

The auditor-general found that only nine out of the 1,812 cattle delivered fulfilled the department's specifications.

The specifications were that the animals should not be more than 24 months old, should not weigh less than 250kg, should have no deformities and the colour of its hide should either be yellowish brown or black brown.

Seventy of the cattle had brucellosis and had to be put down. Another 451 could not pass any of the criteria set and had to be returned to the supplier.

Athough the remaining 1,282 cattle could only pass two of the four criteria the department had set, the animals were accepted.

The auditor-general questioned the wisdom of the department's decision to accept the 1,282 animals and said it should only have paid for the nine animals that met its specifications.

The audit also found that the supplier failed to quarantine the cattle for a minimum of 30 days -- during which it would feed and care for them at its own farm -- when they were brought into the country.

Instead, they were sent to the Animal Farming Centre in Jelai/Gemas and the centre was forced to bear the cost of feeding and caring for the cattle.

The department, however, said that the cattle were sent to Jelai/Gemas because the centre was going to be gazetted as a temporary quarantine shelter.

"The department has the right to gazette any location it deemed fit according to the 1953 Animals Act."

It also denied that it had to bear the costs of feeding and caring for the cattle during quarantine.

Of the remaining cattle, the department said it had no intention of getting them from Kembar Teguh because of "various difficulties" faced by both supplier and the department when dealing with the authorities in China.

Until December last year, the department operated six stud farms, with 6,300 animals. Between 2005 and last year, RM18.85 million was spent on the farms, which were targeted to produce 17,351 cattle.

Source: NST

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Corruption also afflicts the young

August 31, 2008; NST Online

Corruption in this country is not only restricted to those in power or individuals holding high positions.

In fact, it even involves students from public and private institutions of higher learning and those who are just starting their careers.

Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) deputy director-general II Datuk Zakaria Jaafar said the latest statistics revealed that about 30 per cent of students from public and private colleges and universities, as well as young executives in their 20s and 30s, were involved in some form of corrupt practice.

He said this revealed that efforts to weed out corruption in the country have a long way to go and must begin with young people, especially among students.

"Though it is the ACA's responsibility to battle corruption, we cannot do it alone as it is spread over such a wide range of individuals.

"Therefore, we appeal to the public to work closely with the ACA and provide us any information which may assist us in our efforts," he said after presenting prizes to winners of a debate on corruption at Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak in Senawang near here yesterday.

Source: NST


Auditor-General Report 2008 - $10mil Teaching equipment missing

RM10m worth of teaching equipment 'missing'
Rahmah Ghazali; August 30, 2008; Malaysiakini

Teaching equipment for Science and Mathematic in English worth RM9.56 million has gone missing between 2005 and 2007 in 812 schools nationwide.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report, the government had approved an allocation of RM4.99 million for the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English from 2002 and 2008.

Of the amount, the government paid RM2.21 million for the purchase of information and computer technology (ICT) equipment from 2002 and 2007.

Apart from the missing equipment, the report also detected some irregularities where the installation works of the equipment were not complete but testing and installation certificates had been signed by school authorities.

The report further revealed that the testing and installation certificates were still signed by the school authorities despite sloppy installation and poor condition of the equipment upon arrival.

The equipment, based on the report, was also not maintained in compliance with standards set out in the 2007 Treasury circulars.

The delayed arrival of the equipment to the schools was also under scrutiny. Other than that, the installation of the equipment was also not done properly.

A blow to Education Ministry?

The report also highlighted that there was no punitive action taken against the main supplier for the delay so far.

Excess facilities were also detected in the report where teaching equipment such as laptops outnumbering the teachers hired to teach Science and Mathematics in English.

Teaching Science and Maths in English was the brainchild of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to improve students proficiency in the language.

These findings in the report could be seen as another blow for the Education Ministry as many vernacular schools have been protesting against instruction in the medium.

However, an alternative formula was reached for vernacular Chinese schools as a compromise after strong protests from the community.

Source: Malaysiakini

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Auditor-General Report 2008 - CTRM investment failure

Auditor-General's Report:: Half billion spent, RM25m returns
August 31, 2008, NST Online

OVER half a billion ringgit was spent, but all the Malaysian government got in return from its investment in Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation in the United States was RM25 million.

From 1994 until September last year, the government and Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) poured RM537.04 million into Columbia Aircraft in the form of investments and loans.

(The government, through the Finance Ministry, is the biggest shareholder in CTRM, owning about 90 per cent of its shares. Petronas is the other shareholder.)

However, the government's aim of reaping profits from its investments in the aircraft manufacturing company failed because of the company's weak management and unscrupulous spending by its senior officers.

The Auditor-General's report said the company's board of directors failed to expedite the manufacture of aircraft while the Minister of Finance Incorporated did not monitor the company's activities.

Columbia Aircraft's main activities were to plan and manufacture three four-seater light aircraft models -- the Columbia 300, 350 and 400 -- using composite material for the US market.

The company had accumulated losses of RM480.18 million at the end of 2006.

As a result of its huge debts, Columbia Aircraft filed for bankruptcy at the Oregon Court on Sept 24 last year.

On Nov 27 last year, Cessna, another aircraft company, bought over Columbia Aircraft for only RM56.27 million. The Malaysian Government only got RM25 million from the sale.

Source: NSTP

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Pak Lah's Prayer Unheard within

Pak Lah's Prayer Posted by Picasa

This is the wish and prayer of our beloved Prime Minister:

I seek NOT riches untold
To live a life of luxury,
I seek not millions
To live a life of plenty;
I seek not friends so many
To live a life of profligacy,
I seek he who is Al-Ghazali
I seek he who is Al-Shafie
To unravel the secrets in the Holy Books

Seeking Inspiration
To unravel the secrets in the ways of the Prophet
Seeking guidance,
I live only for him, my LORD
HE is my companion
HE suffices,
I live a life of full meaning
Immersed in the peace within.

I am sorry for Pak Lah, for it will be a ONE MAN Crusade, in search of Peace and Tranquility, while his family members are in search of:

Riches & extreme Wealth,

Individual Fame and Self-Fortune,

Political Positions and Power,

Wielding Keris and Shouting the Agendas.

They would do anything and everything to ensure that

the Goals and Personal Objectives are achieved,

At all cost, irrespective of the Price and Prize,

Even at the expense of mankind,

Even if it means to divide and rule,

Such as to cause hatred and enmity,

To drive a wedge amongst the various races,

Such as to ensure they are seen as the only anointed one within,

The only one that is capable to mislead and misdirect

the majority of one race, as against the whole world,

In finality, to achieve stardom and absolute power,

That equates to wealth and riches directed to only a few,

and mostly for themselves.

The hundreds of millions acquired so far,

Including the power and position achieved,

Is testimony of the prayer,

And the infinite lust and crave,

Which will cause the destruction of the whole,

To the point of equal wealth,

Comparable to Diam, and close to Gates,

If not, Syed Mokhtar or Buffet.

It is our hope that Pak Lah's Prayer and Wishes,

Are able to reach the hearts and Minds of the recalcitrants,

That GOD the Almighty, shall speak loudly to them,

That they should also hear of HIM,

And change, and redirect their present course,

of hunger for wealth and Lust for Power,

To the same destination and Seeking the same Inspiration of the one-man crusader,

To unravel the secrets in the ways of the PROPHET,

Seeking guidance,

such that they shall live only for HIM, my LORD

For HE shall be their only companion

that they shall suffices,

To live a life of full meaning

Immersed in the PEACE within.


Monday, August 15, 2005

Pak Lah Delivers a Sermont in Mt. Malayu


Pak Moses's Sermont on Mount APnep

Pak Moses led the from Succoth on the edge of the globalwilderness. All along , the lord went before them as he knows these people may change their minds when pain confronts them, and they may turn back to NEPgypt Land. However, Pharoah's calvary and infantry went in pursuit, and overtook them emcamped beside the sea of Baal-sephon. The was in terror and clamoured to Pak Moses, "Were there no graves in NEPgypt, that you have brought us here to perish in the globalwilderness? See what you have done to us by bringing us out of NEPgypt! Leave us alone; let us be slaves to the NEPgypt. Better for us to serve as slaves to NEPgypt than to perish in the globalwilderness." But Pak Moses answered: "Have no fear; stand firm and see the deliverance that lord khaja will bring you this day; so say no more." The lord said to Pak Moses: "What is the meaning of this clamour?"


Pak Moses led from the Red Sea out into the Wilderness of Shur where they travelled 30 years through the glocalwilderness without finding 30% water. When they came to Marah convention at PWTC, they could not drink the AP water because it was bitter. The people complained to Pak Moses, asking 'what are we to drink'? 'If only we had died in NEPgypt, where we sat by the fleshpot and had plenty of bread and water! But you have brought us out into this glocalwilderness to let this whole assembly starve to death.'

The Lord Khaja then said: " I shall rain down bread from heaven for you, soooon. Now, each of you people are to go out and gather a day's supply ONLY, so that I can put YOU to the test and see whether you all will follow my instructions or not." But the people wants more. They want more than 60,000 AP water (and they want 30% of what they don't have). Pak Moses said: "What are we? It is against the lord MM that you bring your complaints, not against me?


The whole community set out from the wilderness of Sin and traveled by stages as the lord directed. They encamped at Rephidim, but there was not enough water ( project). Then they cried: "Give us water to drinks and water projects. Pak Moses said: "Why do you dispute with me? Why don't you challenge the ex-lord?" The people becomes so thirsty that they raised an outcry against Pak Moses: "Why have you brought us out of NEPgypt to let us die of thirst?" Pak Moses appealed to the lord: "What shall I do with these people? In a moment, they shall stone me." The lord answered: "Go ahead with the NMP; go and find me waiting for you there, by a rock BNM & EPF. Strike the rock BNM & EPF; water shall bleed out of it for the your people to drink."


When the people saw that Pak Moses was so long in coming down with projects from the mountain, they congregated and said: "Come, lets make Aaron Khaja god to go before us. As for this Pak Moses, we do not know what has become of him. Aaron answered: "Take the gold rings and bring them to me and I shall make it into the image of a bull-calf MA and these shall be your god that brought you from NEPgypt. The people then sat down to eat and drink and rejoice and then gave themselves up to revelry.

The lord said to Pak Moses: "Go down at once, for the people have committed a monstrous act. They have lost no time in turning aside from the way which I commanded them to follow; they have prostrated themselves and sacrificed to the bull-calf. I have considered this people and I see their stubborness. Now, let me alone to pour out my anger on them so that I may put an end to them."

Pak Moses then placate to the lord: "Why pour out your anger on these people whom you brought out from NEPgypt with great power and high hands? Why let the others say, 'he meant evil when he took them out, to kill them in the mountains and wipe them off the face of the earth? Turn from your anger and think better of the evil you intend against your people."

So, the lord thought better of the evil with which he had threatened his people.

Pak Moses then went down the mountain holding two tablets of commandment inscribed on both side. As he approached the camp, Moses saw the bull-calf and the dancing, and burst into anger. He flung the tablets, took the bull-calf and ground it to crush it. But the bull-calf has grown to the size of a bull and he can't crush it. He hurt his hands; but he can do nothing, as they had Aaron, the young intellect.

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Begin SCENE 2:

SCENE 2, ACT 1: Pak Lah cried to his people: - Muslims must stop finding fault with each other if they want to revive the glory of the Islamic civilisation.


NST AUG 15, 2005


Muslims must stop finding fault with each other if they want to revive the glory of the Islamic civilisation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said tonight. "Such polemics must cease," he said.

"We have to take a new approach and change our attitude. We must stop giving excuses that will stall progress."

"From the Quran, we will understand what is required from all Muslims. We need to arm ourselves with knowledge that will help eradicate illiteracy and poverty which are still the bane of many Islamic nations."

Abdullah said Muslims often blamed fate for their problems but did not make any effort to overcome them. Abdullah said Muslims must become "doers" and not mere observers and consumers of new discoveries if they wanted to bridge the gap with non-Muslims.

"While others compete to explore new opportunities, Muslims are content with being observers and taking advantage of new discoveries by others."

"We must avoid becoming non-progressive consumers. We need to become creators and innovators of knowledge and technology to enable us to revive the glory achieved by past Islamic scholars. There is no short cut to achieving this goal."

Abdullah said a change of mindset and attitude was needed for Muslims to be more dynamic and progressive.

"We cannot be satisfied with what we have because such an attitude will only make us lag."

Muslims, he said, would not progress if they were weak, lazy, illiterate and poor.

"These are diseases which must not be allowed to overcome the ummah because they can erode Islamic sanctity and values," he said.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Khairy's Last Push

Umno Youth’s proposal for a New National Agenda which will incorporate elements of the New Economic Policy is a “last push” to enable the Malays to catch up with the other races before 2020, its deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said.

“This is the one last chance to push for the Malay economy ....

Khairy emphasize that:

“We will be happy if they reach 30%, but after that we will have more targets ..."

Khairy mistakenly leak out his personal ambition - even if 30% is achieved, he wants more ...

"This is the last chance to push for Malay economy?" Which Malay? All the Malays or the oligarchy's platoon and acolytes?

He seems to be signing cheques that his body can't pay. He seems to believe that he is the chosen one, and that his family is making himself bigger than his real life.

He seems to imply that all past leaders had failed and no future leaders can do what he can. Would this narcissistic intellect be able to right the wrongs, or thrives deeper into the malices?

It amuse me.