MAHATHIR SAYS MANGO PEOPLE IN BANANA MALAYSIA

 Looking for a scapegoat:Political Soldiers are Mahathir’s tools to be used exploited and discarded?

The project, initially estimated at RM1.1 billion after it was mooted by Dr Ling in 1997, more than quadrupled in cost to RM4.6 billion by 2007.So now we know how self centered  Mahathir  is willing to sacrifice the country’s wellbeing in order to make himself popular among his cronies.He is willing to sell the country to the dogs as long as this will make him popular. What a vile politician.

A position review by top accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) revealed in 2009 that the total cost including interests from debt repayments could reach RM12.5 billion.

Since December 2009, six individuals have been charged in court including ex-MCA president Dr Ling, and his successor as transport minister, former MCA deputy chief Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy.

The practice of compulsory acquisitions would have made him an unpopular politician, the former prime minister said when appearing as a defence witness for former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, who is on trial for deceiving the Cabinet in the government’s purchase of land for the PKFZ project.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the High Court here today he had not agreed to the compulsory acquisition of land for the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project, even though he acknowledged such practices usually ended up saving money for the government.

The practice of compulsory acquisitions would have made him an unpopular politician, the former prime minister said when appearing as a defence witness for former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, who is on trial for deceiving the Cabinet in the government’s purchase of land for the PKFZ project.

“No. Normally when government wants to acquire land, the valuation is very low to save government money; the government officers wants to help government to save money,” said Dr Mahathir to questions from defence lawyer Wong Kian Kheong.

“As a politician who depends on my popularity to stay in office, I would not like to undervalue land acquired by government. That would make me unpopular and my status depends on my popularity,” he said.

Wong had asked Dr Mahathir if he had favoured compulsory acquisition when he was the then prime minister, minister of finance and minister of special functions.

Dr Mahathir told Wong that he had been informed the government had wanted to compulsorily acquire the land in August 2002.

The government had finally decided to purchase the land on a willing-seller-willing-buyer basis in November 2002.

Myths play a central role as metaphor in many world religions, according to Joseph Campbell. InThe Hero With a Thousand Facesand The Power of Myth he studied the world mythologies, found common themes in a wide variety of cultures, and reached a startling conclusion: myths, he said, come from dreams and, therefore, people around the world have common dreams. It is a profound and still controversial insight for religion, psychology, and human culture. Students in all these fields continue to consider the power of myth.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not lodge any criminal complaint about the Cabinet being deceived into approving the purchase of land for the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project that had resulted in losses for the government, the cheating trial of Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik

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” He also testified that a policeman told him that had investigators known about this, Dr Ling would not even have been charged with any crime.”

Meaning that all devils in the Cabinet already knew at that time some CHEATING was already going on and that they were NOT afraid of the wrong doing….right…?
How on earth that Policeman knew about the details of CHEATING….?? or was it a FIXED-up to make Dr Ling a scapegoat out of this case.Former prime minister Dr Mahathir, who was premier when the project was given the nod, was appearing today as a witness for Dr Ling, the former transport minister charged with cheating the Cabinet.

“I do not remember any serious objection (from any Cabinet member) because all of us were very keen to have this project,” he told Dr Ling’s lawyer, Wong Kian Kheong.

When asked if he or any of his Cabinet members had lodged police reports to complain about being cheated, he answered: “No.”

He also testified that a policeman told him that if investigators had taken his statement first, Dr Ling would not even have been charged with any crime.

Dr Ling was charged in 2010 but Dr Mahathir said his police statement was only recorded within these two years.

Dr Ling, who served as transport minister for 17 years from January 1986 to May 2003, is charged with deceiving the Cabinet into approving the purchase of 999.5 acres of land for the PKFZ project, which had resulted in wrongful losses for the government.

The project, initially estimated at RM1.1 billion after it was mooted by Dr Ling in 1997, more than quadrupled in cost to RM4.6 billion by 2007.

A position review by top accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) revealed in 2009 that the total cost including interests from debt repayments could reach RM12.5 billion.

Since December 2009, six individuals have been charged in court including ex-MCA president Dr Ling, and his successor as transport minister, former MCA deputy chief Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy.

Both are accused of lying to the Cabinet.

Dr Ling also faces two alternative charges of deceiving the Cabinet into believing that the terms of the purchase — at RM25 psf plus 7.5 per cent interest — were acknowledged and agreed to by the JPPH despite knowing that there was no such agreement.

He faces a possible jail term of up to seven years, or a fine, or both, if convicted on the first charge under Section 418 of the Penal Code.

DEWAN RAKYAT SPEAKER MAKES HIS OWN RULES

by Terence Netto@http://www.malaysiakini.com

PKR disciplinary panel chairperson Tan Kee Kwong denounced the new restrictions on parliamentary practice he said were arbitrarily imposed by House speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia even as Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak foists the sham of a “best democracy” on the country.

“On the one hand, you have the speaker making his own rules on parliamentary procedure and on the other, you have the Prime Minister proclaiming progress towards the supposed goal of making the country the ‘best democracy’ while he does several things that give the lie to his rhetoric,” said Tan.

tan kee kong interview 240805 confident“It’s a case of both playing blind man’s bluff,” cracked the former Gerakan MP and Deputy Minister in the BN government, who joined PKR in 2009.

Tan (left) was referring to Pandikar’s recent imposition of a gag on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) until such time as the parliamentary panel is ready to table its findings on any matter it was investigating as “unheard of and arbitrary.”

“It’s an arbitrary imposition that was never heard off during the time I was a member of the PAC between 2004 and 2008,” said Tan.

“Shahrir Samad of UMNO was chairman of the PAC and Tan Seng Giaw of DAP was vice-chairman during the period I was a member of the PAC and they never had to contend with such a rule,” he recalled.

“The PAC during that time delved into such public controversies as the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) and the purchase of offshore patrol vehicles and would meet the press after each session of its inquiry to inform the public of its findings,” elaborated Tan.

“Not once did the Speaker then, Ramli Ngah Talib, intervene to impose restrictions on Shahrir’s steering of the PAC,” he said.

“Now you have a speaker who makes his own rules and pretends that his concoctions are copied from parliamentary procedure from heaven knows where!” he exclaimed.

Time limit on Budget reply

parliament pandikar amin anwar ibrahim lim kit siang dap pkr pc 121108 07Tan also lambasted Pandikar (left) for limiting Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to one-and-a-half hours for the latter’s reply to the Budget address.

“When I was in Parliament (1995-2008), the opposition leaders Lim Kit Siang and for a brief spell, Fadzil Noor, were not limited to a fixed time slot.

“Kit Siang could speak for hours but now the speaker limits the speech as important as the opposition leader’s response to the Budget address to one-and-a-half hours – a ridiculous restriction,” fumed Tan.

Tan, son of the legendary oppositionist, Tan Chee Khoon, and who is likely to be fielded as the PKR candidate for the Federal Territory parliamentary constituency of Wangsa Maju, then trained his ire on Najib.

“On the one hand, he says he is in pursuit of the ‘best democracy’ and the other, he is absent from Parliament when Anwar rose to respond to the Budget address. Worse, none of his ministers were present.

“This is someone who is a willful trafficker in self-delusion. When his father, Razak (Abdul Razak Hussein) was Prime minister, he once instructed his fellow Alliance ministers to take notes whenever my father Chee Khoon spoke in Parliament because he said Chee Khoon’s speeches were full of facts and data that would benefit ministers and others intending to contribute meaningfully to policy formulation.

“Now you have the son saying one thing and doing the exact opposite. And the public is asked to trust that he is leading the country to the goal of being the best democracy. “He must think the public a bunch of know nothings who can be led a dance around the mulberry bush.”

Myths in politics, however, play a much different role. “Widely held but false idea” is one dictionary definition of myth in common usage. For reasons that are still unclear, myths abound in recent American political history. Perhaps the most glaring and consequential was the myth that Iraq under Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

There are other cases in point. Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya and therefore not an American citizen. These are myths, yet they are widely believed in certain circles. Poor people are poor by choice. A classic myth. A rising tide lifts all boats. Much more true when we were an industrial society and manufacturing products created jobs. Much less true when the economic tide is one of finance and money manipulation which lifts the gilded yachts but not the rowboats of the rest of us. Jobs are not created when crackpot financial schemes make hedge fund managers rich. Thus, a myth.

Myths in politics are dangerous. In an important speech at Yale University during the Cold War, John Kennedy said:

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

He was speaking of the myths on both sides that perpetuated a Cold War in a dangerous way.

Exactly 50 years later, no assessment comes closer to describing much of our current political world. Reason and facts are sacrificed to opinion and myth. Demonstrable falsehoods are circulated and recycled as fact. Narrow minded opinion refuses to be subjected to thought and analysis. Too many now subject events to a prefabricated set of interpretations, usually provided by a biased media source. The myth is more comfortable than the often difficult search for truth.

If this strange world were the product of mere laziness it might be understandable. But today’s political myths are more perverse. They are a conscious hiding place from a changing, challenging, and often uncomfortable new world. Globalization, immigration, cultural and racial diversity are threatening and frightening to many who wish to freeze the former comfortable world in time and prevent any change.

Myths which have no basis in truth, or which do not operate as metaphors for religious truth, eventually fade away with the passing of those who perpetuate them and in the face of reality and fact. But the most dangerous myths create demons where none exist, the demons being anyone who disagrees with the myth-makers. In the meantime, however, they serve not only to delude the deniers but to frustrate our Founders’ belief in the progress of the human mind.

I like the way Americans swear by statistics and numbers in every facet of life. Watching the political stand off between the presidential candidates, a ticker kept reflecting the percentage shift in either case at the end of each sentence or big ticket announcement or when one derided the other’s plans and policies. It’s all in the numbers hence psephologists, statisticians and media analysts are the most sought after commodity in the world today. Statistics guide us playing a pivotalpart in shaping our socio-economic and political sentiments.

At any given point let loose amongst us are foot soldiers with pen and paper scrounging the streets curious to know every thing. Our eating habits, social behaviour,tastes, oddities likes and dislikes right down to what we think, our favourite color and our haircuts are all of interest to this teeming mass of people called data analysts. All this information is constantly being fed to a huge industry, which then formulates numbers on the basis of some weighty Mathematics.

We are people who represent percentages. As a student, ratios and percentages defined your academics and determined your destiny. Later these became invisible mechanisms on which we traveled far and wide in search of bread, bounties and broads. The only constant in today’s modern dynamic world are the percentages representing everything.

Now how accurate are these figures? In the broadcasting industry content providers are constantly harangued by numbers representing the TRP. Statistics in this case i the death warrant too as non conformity of an accepted level meant sudden closure but all are unanimous about the ignorance and mystery of this statistic. How are they really arrived at? No one but a handful are aware of this. I also feel the next biggest scam waiting to explode in our face is from this sector. Thedata compilers manipulating figures to suit the commerce of big corporations in lieu of a fat under the table favor.

But till then lets all bow down to these statistical deities as they keep effecting us.

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