Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

Beng Hock: Justice delayed is justice denied


It was planned to take 15 days and cover 77 witnesses, with a Royal Commission of Inquiry waiting for the inquest to wrap up before beginning their probe into MACC interrogation procedures.

However, currently, counting postponements, detours and delays the inquest has heard only 23 witnesses over 60 days of hearings which are still ongoing.

There have already been two significant detours since hearings began, each over a week long.

One was to investigate a poison pen letter, while the other was, and still is a drawn out battle between the MACC and Teoh’s family over a witness.

This begs the simple question – what happened, and why the lack of urgency, for as the saying goes, “justice delayed is justice denied”.

The simple answer is that the findings of the inquest will cut deep into the workings and the reputation of the MACC, if it hasn’t already.

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29
Sep
09

Kugan: Long wait for justice

The long wait for justice for the family of A. Kugan, who died while in police custody in January, did not end today as the suspects were not charged as widely expected.

Lawyer M. Manoharan, who is acting for Kugan’s family, described the eight month delay in the case as a “sandiwara” or drama. He accused the Attorney-General (AG) and police of double standards.

“If it had been anyone else, including Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers, they would have been charged in full view of the media,” the Kota Alam Shah assemblyman said.

Manoharan said he was surprised to read the headlines in the press today, which indicated a single “cop” would be charged.

“What about the others and the investigating officer?” he asked.

“I am also here to ensure the suspects are charged with murder; anything else would be unacceptable to the family,” said Manoharan.

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25
Sep
09

Vote for Change

Vote for Change
24 Sept 2009 – The Malaysian Dream


We came to a damning realisation that the “Political Tsunami” that swept the nation on 308 is in fact far from sufficient! What then will we need in the next General Elections in order to steer our beloved nation away from the path of destruction, and by extension to safeguard our future and that of our children?

Simply put, we will need a “political revolution”. No, not the physical kind for Gandhi advocated Ahimsa (non-violence), which the great Mahatma had decreed to be ”as old as the hills”. What we will need, or more precisely the other half of Malaysian voters who still voted for UMNO/BN will need, is a “mental revolution”.

These Malaysians will need to be convinced that “Voting for CHANGE to a fair, competent, accountable and transparent government is the RIGHTEOUS thing to do than voting for STABILITY by keeping an incompetent, corrupt, arrogant and racist government in power”.

The UMNO/BN government has time and again failed us and with that, lost all its moral legitimacy to govern us. It has failed, or more correctly, refused to understand the true meaning of democracy. What they have been doing is (ab)using the democratic mandate given to them by unfairly and cruelly suppress the rights and freedoms of the very people who put them on the seat of power. The democracy they are practising is what I call a “tyrannical democracy” – if ever this terminology makes any sense to begin with.

Our Constitution affords voters the means and power through their votes to control and direct government’s actions. It is high time for Malaysians to exercise their democratic power to remove this incompetent, corrupt, arrogant and racist UMNO/BN government or else our beloved nation is spinning quickly towards anarchy. Democracy is, after all, about people’s government, and politicians are but hired hands (and hence can be fired!).

With the momentum for change currently gaining ground and with a certain ex-PM’s useful reminder that “Melayu (Malaysians) mudah lupa”, it is a case of now or never. PR leaders and members alone cannot change the government for you. They can lead, guide, and inspire but unless YOU take an active role along with millions of others, little will change, and our growing national problems will only worsen. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

…read more (The Malaysian Dream)

25
Sep
09

PKFZ Scandal: Another RM920million suit with more to come

PKA files another suit over PKFZ
By Lee Wei Lian
Sept 25 2009 – Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — Port Klang Authority (PKA) has filed a RM920 million lawsuit against Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) main contractor Kuala Dimensi (KDSB) Sdn Bhd and BTA Architect.

This comes after it filed a RM720 million lawsuit against KDSB last week, bringing the total amount being legally disputed to RM1.64 billion.

A large chunk of the RM920 million lawsuit consists of claims allegedly made by KDSB worth some RM837 million for monsoon drains, water supply works and others.

In the lawsuit filed at the Shah Alam High Court today, PKA is seeking to declare all invoices and billing notices issued by KDSB to be null and void, a rescission of previous development agreements and that KDSB is only entitled to reasonable compensation.

PKA still owes KDSB about RM2.8 billion and PKA is expected to deduct any amount awarded by the court from the outstanding balance owed to KDSB.

PKA has so far paid about RM1.8 billion to KDSB.

PKA chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said there will be more lawsuits to come but declined to give details.
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24
Sep
09

More Dams in Sarawak?

Excerpt from article below (2008):

Plans to build 12 new dams in Sarawak, allegedly to meet power demands for decades to come, have recently been uncovered despite the fact that the state has 20 percent more capacity than it needs now – before the controversial Bakun Dam comes online in 2011, bringing with it even more overcapacity.

When news of the projects became public, environmentalists were up in arms. The two existing dams in Sarawak, Batang Ai Dam completed and Bakun Dam nearing completion, were accompanied by a range of widely publicized socio-economic and environmental repercussions worrying enough for the anti-dam faction to exhibit public outrage.

Environmentalists have also repeatedly highlighted that the construction of the Bakun dam was due to vested political interests and grandiose plans of the then-prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad and Chief Minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud. In 1994, the contract was awarded by the Sarawak government without tender to Ekran Berhad, a construction company owned by Ting Pek Khiing, a close ally to both leaders. Ting himself was a timber businessman, with no experience in dam construction. Subsequently, the project was shelved because of the financial crisis and Ekran’s problems with its contractors.

The state cites rising fossil fuel prices which make energy sources generated from dams economically more viable. But for Sarawak, supplying energy from Bakun to the peninsula may not be viable as estimates have put the costs to as high as 30 sen (US 9 cents) per kilowatt hour if the undersea cable is completed. Currently, Tenaga only pays RM 17 sen for each kilowatt of energy. Furthermore, Sarawak already currently has 20 percent overcapacity in its electricity supplies (it has 900 MW but only consumes 700 MW excluding the 2400 MW energy that will be supplied when the Bakun dam is completed). And Peninsula Malaysia has about 30 percent overcapacity in its present energy demands.

So where does this lead to? Should the state government carry on as usual and go about constructing the new dams in spite of concerns expressed by environmentalists?

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23
Sep
09

Bakun: The Dam that wouldn’t Die

Excerpts from the article below (2007):

The mammoth dam, one of the cherished mega-projects of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, has already wiped out 23,000 hectares of virgin rainforest, delivered the timber into the hands of timber barons and displaced 9,000 indigenous people. It is also a textbook example of how the New Economic Policy, Malaysia’s affirmative action program to improve the economic wellbeing of its bumiputera, or ethnic Malay majority, instead concentrates riches in a few hands.

The construction of the dam, which had been under development in fits and starts since the 1960s, began to mesh with Cahya Mata’s capabilities in 1994, when construction began, led by a privatized joint-venture consortium called the Bakun Hydroelectric Corporation comprised of Ekran Bhd, the national power company Tenaga Nasional Bhd, the government of Sarawak, Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation (Sesco) and Malaysian Mining Corporation Bhd (MMC).

The dam project itself is part of a grandiose plan to meet electricity demand in peninsular Malaysia, nearly 700 km away, via a high voltage direct current cable, since the entire island of Borneo, where the dam is situated, is unlikely to be able to use the amount of electricity it is projected to produce.

Thus an additional 300km line was also envisioned to feed power throughout peninsular Malaysia. Because of the distance of transmission, the underwater cables are expected to leak more than half of the wattage before the power reaches peninsular Malaysia. Even without Bakun, Sarawak’s installed electricity reserve capacity was estimated at 25 percent two years ago. At one point, the massive operation was projected to tie up the world’s entire cable-laying capability.

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21
Sep
09

Malaysia F1 will be waste of money

Lotus F1: World’s most expensive paddock club pass?
Justin Ong
Sept 20 2009 – Malaysia Insider


Many, probably most, still associate (Alex) Yoong with his craptacular performance in Formula One. That’s how life is: when you do good no one remembers, when you do bad no one forgets. And that’s also probably why the upcoming Lotus/1 Malaysia/ Formula One team has been so poorly received.

And I don’t even begin to blame them. Politics and innuendos of public monies being railroaded to fatten some crony’s pockets aside, Formula One is no free ride in the park. So far, we’ve heard figures ranging from RM160 million to RM1.6 billion being talked about as the annual cost of running the team.

The higher end is, of course, what it costs for the teams that want to win. The lower range is, unfortunately, what it’ll take just to come along for the ride. Remember also that this number is only what it will take to run the team. To set it all up, well, that’s going to be quite a bit more.

So where do we want the team to be? Actually challenging for victory or are we happy if we don’t end up holding the wooden spoon? Which then begs the question: If we’re not in it to win it, why are we even doing it at all? Just to be there? To simply make up the numbers? If that’s the case, I can’t see how it would be positive to have Malaysia associated with also-rans, unless that’s what the government is planning to market the country as: mediocre at best.

Because Proton is involved, there’s also talk of “technology transfer”. But seeing as A) they already own Lotus and B) the only thing an F1 car has in common with a road car is they both have four tyres and a steering wheel, you’ve got to wonder just what kind of technology is going to be transferred. Probably the kind that makes better badges — “Handling by Lotus F1”, that’s got to be worth another couple of thousand cars a year at least.
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