Sabtu, 30 Jun 2012

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Hari Ilmu & Pesta Buku Selangor 2012: Penghargaan Tokoh Pengarang Dan Pustakawan

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 04:44 PM PDT



The proposed redevelopment of Waller Court Flats- Local Council needs to discuss with the residents before any redevelopment takes place.

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 07:52 AM PDT

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comment on MAS 2011 Report: 2 Exec Directors salaries & benefits RM3,755,000 by EX

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 09:02 AM PDT

I have always been curious what the slumber jack has contributed to MAS so far and how much is he being paid. Is there anyone who knows? In time like now MAS should off load such type of pax.

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by Guess Who?

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 08:45 AM PDT

Do you recognise the short fellow at far right? That one lah is from HC, using Maseu reps on the flight as his excuse to tag along, because he supposedly jaga the unions. But, no prizes for guessing who is 4th from left ok. With red handbag some more.

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by Voice of a Crew

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 08:06 AM PDT

Sad but true – MAS, once the envy of many airlines in the region and around the world with the World’s Best Cabin Crew ( 6 times winner ), now a distant memory with even Garuda taking accolades while MAS is left in tatters, no thanks to most of the self praised, useless, hopeless managers and directors.

This must be payback/karma ~ for treating your staff and crew like dirt, while you enjoyed the recognitions, awards and benefits that the staff and crew worked so hard to win…

And until you (AJ and gang) stop all the bullsh*t and re-engage your staff and crew with respect and understanding, you will never succeed in getting whatever you plan to work and implement successfully. You really don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand this, or DO YOU?

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by Headhunter

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 07:45 AM PDT

I recognize the CEO of MASWings. 4th from the right wearing white shirt. Didn’t know MASWings is planning to operate the A380. The runway at Bario maybe a wee bit too short.

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by FEDUP

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 06:58 AM PDT

How can you say INFERIOR product? Do you know or not, for the 8 first class seats, these wise guys spent RM6million for the crockery and cutlery (pinggan mangkok) alone? Top class fine bone china, dont play play.Okaylah, if six A380, this means RM6million for 48 seats in total. So please do the simple arithmetic and tell me how long before we get our money back on this one “investment” alone? The product not inferior, its the DECISION MAKING that is INFERIOR. What can we expect, semua ikut CON-sultant, pay millions to be conned.

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by Tan Chak Pin

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 04:32 AM PDT

What is the maximum capacity of the A380 and what is the maximum load MAS have for it’s most lucrative sector? anything above 450? You see…buying the A380 is ??????

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by Perwira Malam

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 03:54 AM PDT

And why has MAS come up with an INFERIOR product compared to their rivals Singapore airlines and Emirates? And they had to send the plane back to Toulouse to get it refurbished? Crazy. Always 5 years behind their rivals. I have always stated for many years that cutting cost in the front line services will drive customers away. They were one of the best a few years ago even in economy, now they are trailing even behind Garuda Indonesia.
The cost cutting should be at the top – brainless directors and other freeloading parasites; followed by other one sided deals like the LSG-Sky chef catering services. RM 6.25 billion for 25 years??? wow.
Plus good ol’ Uncle Tony also screwed MAS by dismantling Firefly and setting MAS back a few years. Don’t forget stealing Tokyo Haneda traffic slots; messing about with rural air services in Malaysian Borneo and the QPR sponsorship.
No wonder he ran away to Jakarta. I would.

Comment on MAS 2011 Report: 2 Exec Directors salaries & benefits RM3,755,000 by Perwira Malam

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 03:47 AM PDT

Unless MAS does something radical like Japan Airlines did a couple of years back, all their turnaround plans will be in vain. Why? Look at how much they are spending on people who are clearly unproductive and ineffective. Probably because they have no brains and no interest in the aviation sector apart from getting a big fat pay cheque and getting first class tickets for RM0.
I feel very sorry for the amazing MAS pilots, cabin crew and engineers plus some ground staff who have given their blood and sweat for MAS. The rest should all be fired. End of.
Very top heavy … and not of the Pamela anderson kind.

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by FEDUP

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 03:18 AM PDT

In the history of MAS, nobody gets hanged for things like this. In fact, if the people who made these kind of decisions follow the well-honed tai-chi rules and they have godfathers, they may even be PROMOTED and given bigger roles to play, and more money to waste. You want Dr Don to remedy this?No way. He is also part of the history that bred the culture of “the bigger you fumble, the higher you will go” provided of course, you have that Godfather.

Comment on AJ & Zaharah Zaid brought back the A380! by Franky

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 01:45 AM PDT

YB please publish the list of the special entourage led by the biscuit lady. We are all waiting to see it and we will tell who are the makan angin on MAS fund.

Direct Free Kick

Direct Free Kick


Posted: 30 Jun 2012 03:32 AM PDT

SHAH ALAM : Recipients of the state government's Skim CERIA no longer need to pay a deposit before repairs and upgrades on their flats can begin.


Pangsapuri Teratai had its blocks' roofs repaired and upgraded under the Skim CERIA programme. Pic by Nurul Syazana Rose Razman

State executive councillor for Housing, Building Management and Squatters, Iskandar Abdul Samad, said repairs could begin as long as the management committees, joint management bodies or residents' associations signed agreements  to pay the amount owed.

"Previously, they had to pay  five per cent advance on their share of 20 per cent for repairing low-cost flats," he said, adding that the state had decided to relax the scheme's criteria during an exco meeting that was held recently.

The residents could later pay the  balance 15 per cent with a monthly maximum repayment of RM50  over a number of months or years, while the state bears 80 per cent of the costs. The flats' committees or associations can also choose to repay their debt using their sinking funds.

An exco meeting will be held to discuss whether the same terms can be applied to medium-cost homes.  

Currently,  residents have to pay a five per cent advance on their share of 40 per cent of the cost of repairs. The government will bear the rest of   the cost. The monthly repayment in this instance is up to RM100 per person.

The recent exco meeting also decided that the state Housing Board and the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) would co-manage the fund. Previously, it was solely handled by PKNS.

Iskandar added that contractors and developers outside PKNS would also be allowed to bid for contracts through open tenders.

"We would begin advertising for tenders for phase three in a month's time," he said, adding that it was targeting to complete repair  and upgrade works in 100 homes by year-end.

The scheme is open to all low-and medium-cost flats and apartments in Selangor. Skim Mesra has so far completed works on 17 flats under Phase 1 of the project and  34 under Phase 2. In Phase 3, it would be  giving a facelift to 70 flats and apartments.

"The flats are selected based on our own site visits and through the recommendation of   assemblymen. However,  those who want to apply to the scheme can write to us," he said, adding that based on the state's observation, most rundown flats were in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya - Veena Babulal, NST.

Lim Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang

Why the electoral arithmetic in Malaysia does not allow the Chinese voters to be “kingmakers” in 13GE

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 02:55 AM PDT

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad seems to have reverted to his early years in politics when, to use his own words, he was fighting for the Malay cause per se when he was young and his thoughts were that of an inexperienced politician. Mahathir made this open admission in a dialogue with the [...]

PM’s elegant silence on BN sniping

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 01:29 AM PDT

— Jaleel Hameed The Malaysian Insider JUNE 30 — Mr Prime Minister, sir, where is your sense of fair play and Malaysian-ness? Why are you, sir, so limp-wristed in giving a rap on the knuckles of your Barisan Nasional colleagues who think they can say anything and get away with it? Is this a sense [...]

Najib out-flip flops Abdullah with window for July GE closed after scuttling of polls date by Bersih 3.0 rally despite the bravado confidence of “14-0” BN thrashing for PR

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:55 PM PDT

Confirmed! Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has out-flip flopped his predecessor Tun Abdullah Badawi. The window for July for the 13th General Election has closed as Najib's earlier plans for June or July to get his own mandate as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia has been completely scuttled by the disastrous government misjudgment [...]



Taat kepada Raja dan negara, bukan BN, kata Pakatan kepada penjawat awam

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 08:17 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Jun — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) mengingatkan 1.4 juta kakitangan awam bahawa mereka seharusnya "taat kepada negara, Raja, dan Perlembagaan, bukannya kepada parti memerintah,"dengan peningkatan berat sebelah oleh penjawat kanan kerajaan.

"Mereka perlu ingat kerajaan boleh berubah. Parti politik yang membentuk negara boleh datang dan pergi.
"Jika parti yang memerintah, jadi liar, adakah kita akan jadi seperti mereka? Tidak. Kita perlu kekal sebagai penjawat awam dan berkhidmat untuk rakyat," kata Timbalan Pengerusi Nasional DAP Dr Tan Seng Giaw (left) kepada The Malaysian Insider.
Ketua Setiausaha yang dilantik Datuk Seri Ali Hamsa baru-baru ini telah mengingatkan orang bawahannya supaya "lebih tahu" dan tidak mudah mempercayai "janji kosong" dibuat oleh pembangkang..
Kecewa dengan kenyataan itu, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng menegaskan Ali telah memulakan kedudukannya itu dengan "permulaan yang teruk.".
"Ia sudah melampau. Ini kali pertama KSN melakukan perkara seumpama itu. Permulaan yang teruk," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.
Setiausaha Agung DAP itu yang juga merupakan ahli Parlimen mengingatkan Ali seharusnya, sebagai pegawai tertinggi penjawat awam, beliau perlu menghormati Perlembagaan.
"Dan pembangkang, yang dikatakan kepada orang bawahannya supaya tidak mempercayai mereka, perlu mendapat penghormatan sama seperti parti memerintah. Kami adalah pembangkang yang setia kepada Raja," jelas Lim.
Ahli Parlimen Bagan itu berkata politik perlu dipisahkan dengan tugas penjawat awam dan menolak kenyataan Ali yang ketaatan penjawat awam bergantung kepada kerajaan hari ini.
"Kita perlu taat kepada negara, Perlembagaan, dan Raja. Kita tidak perlu taat kepada parti. Pada masa sama, mereka tidak boleh campur adukkan dengan politik," katanya.
Naib Presiden PKR, Nurul Izzah Anwar turut bersetuju dengan Lim, menambah "ketaatan kepada negara" tidak boleh disamakan dengan "ketaatan kepada Umno dan BN."
Beliau turut memuji tugas dan tanggungjawab penjawat awam terhadap kerajaan hari ini, kerana mematuhi arahan pemimpin, namun beliau mengingatkan tugas mereka adalah untuk berkhidmat dengan "professional."
"Mereka bukan alat dan hamba kerajaan ... terutamanya bila mereka bukanlah kepentingan mereka," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.
"Mereka perlu menjalankan polisi dengan terurus, efektif, dan telus - itu yang penjawat awam perlu lakukan," turut dipersetujui oleh Dr Tan.
Sejumlah 1.4 juta penjawat awam adalah peti undi untuk BN namun kontroversi berkenaan skim bayaran gaji dan isu utama mungkin memberikan harapan kepada pembangkang dalam pilihan raya akan datang.
Namun, sejak akhir-akhir ini, kakitangan atasan penjawat awam dilihat menjangkaui batas untuk melindungi BN.
Lim bagaimanapun percaya mesej-mesej sedemikian mungkin tidak diendahkan mereka.
"Saya tidak rasa kita perlu memandang rendah keupayaan penjawat awam," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.
"Mereka terikat untuk melakukan tugas kerana menjalankan tanggungjawab mereka. Bila mereka bersaraan kita akan lihat mereka menyertai pembangkang," tambahnya lagi.
Lim menjelaskan bukan mudah untuk penjawat awam mengingkari arahan yang diterima dari atas jika mereka rasakan ianya salah.
"Juga sukar untuk mereka meletak jawatan. Itu periuk nasi mereka," katanya.
Namun jelasnya, ia tidak bermakna bila mengundi mereka akan memangkah BN.
"Jangan memperlekehkan kepandaian mereka," tambahnya lagi.


Lim Lip Eng

Lim Lip Eng

ITIS electronic signboards in the city out of order

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 02:16 AM PDT

Source: S. PUSPADEVI, 30/6/2012) (Photo from Sinchew Daily) 
About 70% of the variable message sign (VMS) system installed to inform motorists of the traffic situation and the alternative routes to take in Kuala Lumpur are not in working condition. The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry via Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has paid about RM12mil to Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) to maintain the VMS systems since it started operations in 2004.
"However, out of the 146 VMS units installed, only 46 are in working condition," said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.He said he had raised the matter to Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin in Parliament on June 18. Lim said Nong Chik had replied in a written statement on the same day stating the reasons for the dysfunctional units, which included road-widening and construction work, theft of electric cables and faulty VMS main components.
The statement said DBKL was given an allocation of RM1.5mil per year just to maintain VMS, which include replacing of cables and VMS components, and that DBKL is now upgrading the existing system to provide better information to commuters.
"RM12mil spent in the last eight years is an alarming figure. I assume that the ministry is unable to repair the system since no spare parts are available in the market. Shouldn't the system be assessed and tested out first for at least two years before sealing the contract? For the last eight years, they have been using taxpayers' money to maintain the system," he told reporters at his office.
"I would like to know the terms of the agreement and I hope the KL mayor will make a decision to terminate the contract with ITIS, as this involves taxpayers' money," he said.
ITIS is a transport information system designed to improve the planning and flow of the city's traffic system to ensure better management. Other benefits of VMS include the technology to capture real-time traffic information for incident management and long-term transport planning, alleviate traffic congestion and delays during rush hour as well as emergency situations.




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Jalan berlubang

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Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:34 AM PDT

View issues with Tan Seng Giaw

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Land & Mines Department must improve monitoring to prevent irregularities

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:03 AM PDT

The Director-General of the Land and Mines Department admits that land scam often involves internal and external cooperation. Naturally, there are other factors that include ignorance of the working of land office. Nevertheless, the department must improve its monitoring mechanism to prevent and overcome irregularities in land office.

How fair is the award to the contractor for the Ampang LRT project

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:26 AM PDT

The Ministry of Finance, MoF, has Land Acquisition Committee chaired by the Prime Minister YAB Najib. Under MoF is the Syarikat Prasarana Nasional Berhad, SPNB, that owns the Ampang Light Rail Transit System works, estimated to cost RM960 million. As we have experience with the Kepong MRR2 flyover project that was awarded to BumiHiway making a big mess, we would like YAB Najib to explain how open is the tender and how fair is the award to the contractor for the Ampang LRT project.



Akhbar Sinar Harian jangan jadi alat parti politik-DS Nizar

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 05:29 AM PDT

IPOH:  Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin mengharapkan akhbar Sinar Harian mengekalkan pemberitaan adil dan telus sekalipun menjelang pilihan raya umum ke-13 nanti.

Katanya, setakat kini keterbukaan akhbar itu yang memberi ruang kepada laporan program PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat, boleh dipuji dan sikap itu diharap terus kekal.

"Saya berharap akhbar ini teruskan memberikan berita yang telus dan tulus kepada rakyat dan berharap menjadi akhbar rujukan utama orang Malaysia khususnya Melayu bagi menggantikan Utusan dan Berita Harian yang semakin tidak relevan," ujar beliau.

Beliau berkata demikian sewaktu mengadakan kunjungan tidak rasmi ke Pejabat Sinar Harian Perak, Grentown, dekat sini hari ini.

Beliau juga berharap akhbar berbahasa Melayu itu tidak menjadi alat mana-mana parti politik khususnya menjelang pilihan raya bagi kepentingan mereka.

Sementara itu, mengulas kunjungan hari ini Nizar berkata ianya bertujuan untuk menjalinkan hubungan baik antara PAS dan pihak akhbar dibawah naungan Karangkraf itu.

Terdahulu kunjungan tersebut disambut ceria oleh staff pejabat yang diketuai oleh Saifullah Ahmad yang juga Ketua Wartawan Sinar Harian Perak.

Kunjungan tersebut turut disertai oleh Ketua Penerangan PAS Negeri, Ustaz Nuri Al-Amin dan pimpinan Pemuda PAS Perak.