Archive for April, 2011

30
Apr
11

Najib’s instant denial of World Bank study

The Prime Minister, Najib was extremely quick and swift to “refute” the conclusions of the World Bank Report on “brain drain” in Malaysia without providing any substantive evidence in doing so. He first denied that the New Economic Policy (NEP) which dictated priority for bumiputeras has led to brain drain. At the same time, he also denied that the NEP and brain drain has resulted in a drop in investment flow into the country.

Najib is obviously in denial because it was his very own “Government Transformation Programme” (GTP) which stated in no uncertain terms that

“An unintended outcome of the National Economic Policy (NEP) was a sense of deprivation, discrimination and even resentment felt by the non-Bumiputeras, which was attributed to the over-zealous attitude and approach in implementation by some officers in certain agencies. There has also been a widening of the income gap within the Bumiputera community, leading to rising discontent amongst certain segments of that community. These factors have pushed many Malaysians, especially professionals, to work and reside overseas, in economically more advanced countries with attractive pull factors such as higher income, wider exposure and opportunities, better quality of life and education for their children. May have chosen to settle permanently, and there are signs that this brain drain has become increasingly serious. It is imperative that these issues […] are addressed, as not only is our economy’s competitiveness, stability and sustainability at stake, but continued widening and rising disparities will jeopardize national unity.”

Is Najib now saying that the GTP got it completely wrong?

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30
Apr
11

Social injustice main cause of Malaysia’s brain drain

Social injustice is one of the top three reasons behind the country’s brain drain, the World Bank said today, adding that Malaysians are only willing to return if the government shifts from race-based to needs-based affirmative action policies.

The World Bank conducted an online survey in February of 200 Malaysians living abroad in conjunction with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In its fourth issue of the Malaysia Economic Monitor, the report stated that 60 per cent of the respondents found that social injustice as their main concern to migrate or return-migrate, citing unequal access to scholarships and higher education especially among the younger generation within the non-Bumiputera community.

Of those surveyed, 66 per cent found that lack of career prospects was a major factor and 54 per cent agreed that unattractive salaries as underlying factors in the Malaysian diaspora.

The report also showed that a large number of the diaspora migrated to Singapore, resulting in Malaysian-born individuals contributing to a quarter of the island nation’s population in 2010.

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30
Apr
11

Senior MACC man gave order to cover up role

An anti-graft officer admitted to being instructed to cover up the role of his superior in the investigation against Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, the Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) heard today.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) assistant superintendent Azeem Hafeez Jamaluddin said Hishamuddin Hashim, who was then Selangor MACC deputy director, had ordered him some time after Teoh’s death in 2009 to testify that another graftbuster had led the probe against Ean Yong instead.

“The operation was led by Hishamuddin, but in the discussion, Hishamuddin asked that it be said the operation was ordered by Hairul (Ilham Hamzah),” said Azeem at the inquiry today, referring to the Selangor MACC investigation unit head.

“So you were ordered to say that the operation was led by Hairul Ilham, not Hishamuddin?” asked Bar Council lawyer Cheow Wee.

“Yes,” Azeem answered.

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29
Apr
11

Stop the porn politics!

Why are we allowing all these porn politics that now have hit another disgusting low of implicating and derogating the daughter of the opposition leader? Please, where is the strong arm of the law?

If all the leaders, guardians of law and order, and justice cannot plug this unending spewing of porn politics into the public domain that risks and corrupts the dignity of the young and old, then the religious leaders and all their faithfuls must take the bull by the horn.

If our chosen leaders cannot raise our human dignity in the eyes of our children and the world community then the citizens must take up the broom themselves and clean up all these porn political practices that seem to be the most favoured checkmate-startegy among certain quarters.

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29
Apr
11

Zambry lying about rare earth deal

Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir came under fire today for claiming that he had been unaware of the rare earth deal between the state government and Hong Kong-based company Commerce Venture Manufacturing (CVM) Minerals Ltd.

His predecessor Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin said Zambry “is not telling the truth. As chairman of the investment arm, Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP or Perak State Development Corporation), it is impossible he did not know. And if he truly doesn’t, he should give up before he destroys the state”.

Zambry has said that he was not aware of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the PKNP and CVM Minerals as it had been carried out “at agency level”.

Nizar, the Bukit Gantang MP, called the decision to sign the MoU as “simply arrogant” on the part of the state government.

“We learnt our lesson about the risks of rare earth in Bukit Merah back in the 1990s. The cleaning-up costing hundreds of millions is still going on… to allow this Hong Kong company to come back is just plain stupidity,” he said.

“They (state government) are doing it for investment purposes and to boost morale – to show that they can bring in investments. The state government does not know what it is doing,” he added.

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28
Apr
11

Another rare earth plant in Bukit Merah?

Malaysia is gambling on yet another rare earth processing plant, this time in Bukit Merah area despite the environmental damage by the first rare earth plant set up there by Mitsubishi Chemicals nearly two decades ago.

Mitsubishi is still trying to clean up the affected area.

The latest development comes amid the hue and cry over the Lynas corporation’s RM700 million rare earth plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

The Perak state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hong Kong company Commerce Venture Manufacturing (CVM) Minerals Ltd in relation to “the establishment of a joint venture in Malaysia for the purposes of the exploration and mining of rare earth and other potential minerals and activities” in Bukit Merah.

CVM, via its subsidiary CVM Metal Recycle Sdn Bhd, submitted its application for a mining licence, seeking to conduct rare earth exploration on an area of 250 hectares to Perak’s Land and Mineral Office on April 18, 2011 – nearly six weeks after news of the Lynas factory shocked Malaysians.

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28
Apr
11

Why should it cost 50 sen to send e-mail?

Speaking to FMT, one of the initiators of MyOh.My, said: “We’re just a group of concerned citizens, not involved in politics at all, and we were sort of tired of the whole MyEmail saga. It’s actually something that people of grassroots can put together quite easily.”

More than 300 people have registered for the MyOh.My email service, which will be powered by Google.

“We spent US$50,” said the spokesman, adding that his group consists of four individuals.

“Why should it cost government agencies 50 sen to send e-mails? It is clearly a rent-seeking business. Someone has gotten a monopoly of a particular type of transaction. And now they are setting up a toll booth. It is just ridiculous.

“This speaks of a bigger issue of government procurements. We want to say that the way it is done can be changed, especially for IT projects.”

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