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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Suitability of Maybank CEO as a Minister

Malaysia government used to appoint CEO of Maybank as governor of Bank Negara. However, since internal promotion of Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz as the 7th and current governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysia's central bank. Dr Zeti remain as governor of Bank Negara since May 2000, and was the first woman in the position. In 2013, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz has again been accorded “Grade A” among the heads of central banks for the 10th time by the Global Finance magazine.

Since the appointment of Tan Sri Dr Zeti. CEO of Maybank no longer get appointment to governor of Bank Negara. In fact, CEO of Maybank get appointment as Minister in Prime Minister Department. However, is this suitable?

One of renown political analyst, who is member of ruling party MCA, said in a TV interview that it is Minister of Prime Minister Department, Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz ,former president and chief executive officer of Maybank recommendation of numerous price hike of petrol that cause ruling party loss it 2/3 majority and the fall of Prime Minister  Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Current Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib appointed CEO of Maybank Dato' Seri Abdul Wahid Omar as Minister of Prime Minister Department again. I like Abdul Wahid Omar as he is from Corporate Finance Department. Personally, I like CEO from Corporate Finance. Journalist also like in as a CEO of various GLC as he always done his homework, well prepare, have all the figure, know all the fact and able to answer all query from journalist.

However, whether he is suitable as a Minister of Prime Minster Department is another question. The recent price hike of petrol, sugar, toll etc have cause a lot of dissatisfaction. He might have solve the twin deficit problem for the country. However, whether the pace and timing is political correct or not is yet to be see.

Mahathir : The Cost of Government

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Incest, rape and sunat

Malaysia have a problem of high rape case, or more specifically incest. Usually committed by one race. At one point, one Minister blame it to poverty and structure of housing that resemble pigeon holes in the sky.

Past president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Dr Tan Loke Mun disagrees that confined and crowded living quarters are breeding grounds for rapists.
“We don’t find an increase of rape in densely populated cities like in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan or Scandinavian countries where land is scarce and expensive,” he argues.
Another arguement is on dress code. One race claim a ladies should cover their "aurat" whereas other race claim is their human right for a person to choose their own dress code. The argument has been on for many years and there is no ending of such debate as each race or religion demand other to respect their right.
In fact, Marina Mahathir (daughter of ex-Prime Minister Mahathir) has ask "Find out why" since 2002. Yet there is no answer for more than 10 years.
Two scholar,Dr Rohana Ariffin, retired associate professor of Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang, and her former student Rachel Samuel also done a research on this issue in 2008. Unfortunately, both of them are ladies. How ladies understand what is in mind of a guy? Thus, the research provide no solution until today.

They get answer like "Jika makanan sudah dihidang, kalau saya tak makan, lalat akan turun. Biar saya yang makan (If food is served and I do not eat it, the flies will come. Let me be the one who consumes it). or Nak tidur, bantal pun sampai, kita pun tidurlah (Want to sleep and the pillow is here. May as well sleep on it).

This is a response from a race that fasting for one month every year. Why a person can control their desire on food but not their lust? Further, there is a chinese proverbs said "no matter how fierce a tiger, it won't eat it own son". Why a human want to eat his own daughter or grand daughter and used "lalat" as an excuse? Why people never fast have lower percentage of incest and rape? How they control their lust if they unable to control their desires for food?

In fact,  this case are not only confine to one race in Malaysia. Ladies who travel to Middle East countries also have unpleasant experience despite people in Middle east country never consume alcohol like in India.
One of the different between the race with higher percentage of incest is they have perform "Sunat" whereas the race with lower percentage of incest and rape never perform "Sunat". Does a guy who have perform "Sunat" will be more sensitive as the cover or protection has been removed? Some claim it is less sensitive as they have been used to being unprotected or uncover. But why higher percentage of incest and rape for such race? Perhaps, a more scientific study have to be done.
Jewish also perform "Sunat". But we rarely hear high percentage of incest nor rape case among Jewish? Maybe western person are more open and they never lack opportunity of consenses sex with opposite sex to release their desires. However, a more scientific study need to be done by scholar, ideally, a guy.

I do remember old testament bible also required a person to be "Sunat". But neither Christian nor Catholic require their follower to perform "Sunat" now a day except Jewish. Bible, same with Islam, also stated people who collect interest commit a sin.But now, every bank charge interest in our financial system, which is western financial system, provided you never charge "ah long rate"(Loan shark rate). But muslim still insist to have their own "Islamic finance". But I don't understand why Ah Long was allowed in this country.Shouldn't this is be "most" unislamic industry?

Update 1 : KK cracks down on Ah Long ads..

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Single party of Barisan Nasional! How?

When Datuk Seri Najib take over  as Prime Minister of Malaysia  from Tun Abdullah after 308 election in 2008. Many political colunist link it to his father take over when Alliance loss in 1969. Actualy, I am thinking he will follow his father footstep to reform BN like his father change Alliance to become coliation BN now.

Actually, BN, effectivelly found by his father Tun Abdul Razak, transform from the then Alliance. But, to my surprise, he never did anything on BN at that point. In fact, even party nearly wipe like People's Progressive Party  was allowed continue to exist. this might be due to promised made by his father when BN was form. The reason his father managed to win back 2/3 majority after 1969 election but not him in 505 2013 might be due to he  never reform BN like his father reform Alliance.

Now, The call for reform has been voice out again after May 5 2013 election to transform BN from a current coalition of communal parties into a single , merged multi-racial entity. However, it immediately get some opposition from within UMNO itself. Then, there is some assets issue. Like those media company control by UMNO. Will member willing to share their assets with other component party.

MIC make the first move by start negotiation with MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, suggested  to combine the People's Progressive Party (PPP), the Indian Progressive Front Malaysia (IPF), Makkal Sakthi and other Indian community-related parties into a single entity.  Indian scholar,NGO and political analyst want the merger .

PPP have a strong present in Perak state especially at local councilar level. MIC will have a strong present in Perak if MIC and PPP merger succeed, after MIC get speaker of Perak again after 308. Then, there is more reason for people to support a party if it has a strong present in a state, if not govern a state.

Sarawak base SUPP have merger talk with MCA before to transform Malaysian Chinese Association into Malaysian Civic Association but fail. SUPP also have merger talk with Gerakan before but was oppose by UMNO at that time. However, UMNO unlikely to oppose this time as both party have so few elected representative to postr a threat to UMNO compare previously. Gerakan have merger talk with MCA twice. Once, for MCA to become Malaysian Citizen Association, but it suggested MCA President to become President of Malaysian Citizen Association. This make President of Gerakan at that time, late Lim Chong Eu not happy and rejected the suggestion. This is because late Lim Chong Eu, Penang Chief Minister at that time was a President of MCA before. Thus, he is a veteren MCA member and a President of MCA even before tha President of MCA become Member of Parliament. Thus, negotiation fail. Then there is another merger suggestion more recently when Ong Ka Ting is President of MCA and Koh Tsu Koon President of Gerakan if not mistaken.

Now, the trio, SUPP, MCA and Gerakan only have a handful of elected representative. Previously, if a President of component party cannot become a President of merger party. The negotiation is likely to fail. But now, it become irrelevant who is President as everybody also not a member of Parliament, a Minister nor a Chief Minister of a state. at least , there is no "loss of face" if I am a elected representation but no hold an important party post. Thus, this become best time to reform. MCA might potentially ger Chief Minister of Penang and have present in Sarawak if merger succeed. A strong appeal to voter to fight Pakatan multi-racial party DAP, who also govern Penang state now

As for UMNO. There is more opposition from member to become multi-racial party like Pakatan's PKR. It doesn't help as it is more difficult for a winner to reform compare to party that have setback in Geneeral Election. Traditionally, only chief of state of BN not hold by UMNO is Penang as Gerakan hold position of Chief of BN. Other Chief of state in UMNO unlikely to give up their position. Thus, the least opposition is to merge Umno with Gerakan. However, unlike MCA, there is no merger talk between UMNO and Gerakan before. Thus, it is more difficult for merger of Gerakan with UMNO than to MCA.

One possibility is Sabah. UMNO can open it Sabah membership to non-bumiputra test the water. Sabah already have non muslim bumiputra member. Different race in East Malaysia also can sit together to have teh tarik.  Unlike in Peninsular Malaysia where you only see same race to have teh tarik on same table together despite other race also have teh tarik within same store. Sarawak also a state with larger number of non Malay civil servant. This is different from West Malaysia where bumiputra claim non-Malay are not interested to joint civil servant. East Malaysia also have hgihest percentage of non-chinese study in chinese vernacular. Which contribute to Chinese vernacular school to become most  "1 Malaysia" school in Malaysia. However, UMNO do not have present in Sarawak. Thus, have to start in Sabah first rather than Sarawak. This is a small but important step for UMNO member to comfortable to become Multi-racial Party like Pakatan's PKR.

Update 1 : Gerakan: Merger talks only after party polls
Update 2 : 郑可扬:3党要谈合并 马华须解决单元种族路线
Update 3 : Zambry: Merger of BN parties not as easy as it sounds
Update 4 : 颜炳寿: 基层不再反对 马华是时候组多元政党
Update 5 : Merger of BN's 3 Chinese parties gets Dr M's nod
Update 6 : Dr M: BN better off with sole Chinese party
Update 7 : 马哈迪赞同3华基政党结合
Update 8 : Dr M favours merger of these Chinese parties
Update 9 : Dr M: Sole Chinese party better for BN
Updsate 10 : 华基政党合并没进展 党领袖勿对外发言
Update 11 : 亮眼观势:华基三党合并?●
Update 12 : 不吐不快:合并  .

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Identical between George Soros and Mahathir

Mahathir  and Soros – have had a bitter war of words, According to Mahathir bin Mohamed, Prime Minister of Malaysia from July 1981 to October 2003, Soros — as the hedge fund chief of Quantum — may have been partially responsible for the economic crash in  the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis,with Tun Dr Mahathir calling George Soros a “moron” , while Soros hit back by describing the Malaysian premier as a “menace to his country”.

It seem both person have nothing in common and both do not see eye to eye on each other.

Recently, I have read "A Doctor in the House : The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad" and another book by Liang Heng, co-author of "Son of the Revolution"革命之子. Liang Heng 梁恒, an acquaintances of George Soros wrote a book in Mandarin 《和索罗斯一起走过的日子 》.about his relationship with the hedge fund manager

After reading both book in different language. I find a similarity between George Soros and Tun Dr Mahathir.

Despite a Jew, George Soros help to civilians during the siege of Sarajevo despite they are Islamic people or muslim.

Another book " Soros, The Life, Times, & Trading secrets of The World's Greatest Investor" stated "The Bosnian War in the early 1990s, had reminded himof how much his own Jewish brethren had gone through earlier in the century. After he had funded the reconstruction of Sarajevo's water supply and natural gas line, a reporter asked him why a Jew like himself would sympathize with a muslim country. In a rare comment onhis Jewishness, Soros noted that " it has a particular resonance if you have experienced one type of Holocaust and you see another. I have a particular concern for the Holocause in the fomer Yugoslavia""

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mahathir has been noted as a particularally and sympathetic co-religionist of that nation. He visited Sarajevo in June, 2005 to open a bridge near Bosmal City Center signifying friendship between Malaysians and Bosnians.

He made a three-day visit to Visoko to see the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun in July 2006. He made another visit a few months later.

Both Soros and Mahathir visited Bosnia during that period.
Other than Bosnia, Books by Liang Heng 梁恒 also stated that  George Soros's  Open Society Foundation also send someone to Chechen, whose people are muslim during Chechn- Russian war.
Thus, it seem it is wrong that Mahathir label Soros as enemy of Islam or Muslim.

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