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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Learn from Sarawak on how to appreciate talents

Had a chat last night with a friend who is an expert of Sarawak and Sabah politics.

The guy told me that the establishment in those two states is more stable than its counterpart in the Peninsular because the leaders over there are very good at spotting and appreciating talents.

For the most recent example, he said the Sarawak government had hired the services of TS Mohd Hassan Marican as its adviser in its dealing with Petronas.


Mohd Hassan was Petronas' CEO from Feb 1995 to Feb 2010. He was also Petronas' acting chairman when he left the company.

This is his profile as provided by Bloomberg :

Mr. Mohd Hassan bin Marican is a Senior International Advisor of Temasek International Advisors, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. Mr. bin Marican served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) since February 1995 until February 4, 2010 and its Acting Chairman until February 4, 2010. Mr. bin Marican has over 30 years' experience in audit, accounting and management. He served as Senior Vice-President of finance for the national oil company PETRONAS from 1989 to 1995 and a Partner of accounting firm 1981 Hanafiah Raslan and Mohamed (Touche Touche& Co) from to 1989. He serves as the Chairman of Singapore Power. He serves as Chairman of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd at Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited. He serves as Chairman of Pavilion Gas and Lan Ting Holdings. He has been Chairman of Sembcorp Marine since April 22, 2014. He served as the Chairman of Engen Limited, South Africa's leading oil refining and marketing company, which is a subsidiary of Petronas. He served as Chairman of MISC Berhad until February 2010. He served as Acting Chairman of the Board of Petroliam Nasional Bhd. until February 4, 2010. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Petronas Gas Bhd from August 1, 1991 to August 15, 2008. He served as the Chairman of other public listed companies under Petronas Group, namely Petronas Dagangan Berhad from March 29, 1995 to October 2005 and Malaysia International Shipping portion Berhad. He served as Deputy Chairman of Sembcorp Marine and serves as its Director. He has been Director of Malaysia International Shipping Corp. Bhd. since October 1997. He has been a Non-Executive & Independent Director of Sembcorp Utilities (Netherlands) N.V. and SembCorp Industries Ltd. since June 16, 2010. He serves as a Director of Regional Economic Development Authority of Sarawak, Sarawak Energy, Lambert Energy Advisory and MH Marican Advisory. He serves as a Board member of Bank Negara Malaysia and a member of the Board of Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority, which oversees petroleum development in the overlapping area between Malaysia and Thailand. He serves as a Director of International Centre for Leadership in Finance. He served as a Director of MISC Berhad since October 3, 1997 until February 10, 2010. He served as a Director of ConocoPhillips Canada Funding Company I. He served as a Non Executive Director of Engen Ltd. He served as a Non Independent & Non Executive Director of Petronas Gas Bhd until August 15, 2008. He served as Director of Petronas Dagangan Bhd. He served as Director of Petroliam Nasional Bhd. until February 4, 2010. He is an Energy Governor and the Energy Community Chairman for the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is also a member of the International Investment Council for the Republic of South Africa. He is a member of the WEF's International Business Council and Council of 100 Leaders. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Business Council. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, as well as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Malaya.

Well, no wonder Sarawak seems to be getting the upper hand in its dealings with Petronas of late.

Mohd Hassan surely knows his stuff as far as Petronas is concerned.

The Sarawakians are very smart for getting his advise.

I wish the establishment over here in the Peninsular will get equally smart.

So far, they do not seem to be very good at spotting or even appreciating talents.

Their decisions on the matter appeared to be very much influenced by petty issues and favouritism.

There were too many examples of that.

I had seen good and talented people who were supportive of the establishment being cast aside in favour of those whose only interests and talents revolves solely around their own personal agendas.

My own significant experience in this matter was back then in Johor during preparations for the last general election in 2013.

A month before the date of GE13 was announced, PM DS Najib Razak went on a visit to Johor where part of itineraries was a briefing on Johor BN's preparations for the election.

The briefing was done by then State BN chairman and MB TS Abdul Ghani Othman.

At the end of the briefing, Najib expressed his satisfaction with what were presented and considered the preparations as being the most comprehensive as compared to those by other states.

The preparations were of course very comprehensive because they were carried out since just a few months after the 2008 general election.

Ghani was assisted by a small but dedicated team throughout months of  exhaustive visits to every corners of Johor to collect information and feedbacks as well as putting into effect measures to ensure BN's victory.

I believe that if not for those preparations, Johor which was hit hard by the Chinese tsunami of 2013 could had actually been lost to the opposition in similar fashion as Selangor due to the large number of Chinese electorates in that state.

Do bear in mind that up to 83 per cent of the Malay voters in Johor sided with BN at that time, which enabled the coalition to retain its two third majority in the state assembly despite the heavy losses in Chinese majority constituencies.

Ghani's small team which includes several experts in their respective fields was disbanded after he was no longer the MB.

Personally, I feel that it was a pity to waste the talents of that team.

They were really good and loyal to Umno and BN.

Unfortunately, not only were they not appreciated or being kept for further contributions, some were even hounded out to fend for themselves after their services were no longer needed.

It reached a point where I wrote this post just weeks after the general election in order to get a reprieve for some of the "small people" who once served Ghani at Kota Iskandar,

The eradication of Datuk Ghani 

That was one main reason why I always got frustrated with the establishment here.

There are other examples, but let me save them for other days.

Can't write too long as I need to get back to work now.

Cheers.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

There should be better ways to handle Namewee's case

Do we really need to do this?

Police to get Interpol's help to locate three singers in Namewee's video clip

Or in fact, can we actually do that?

Check out this story, okay.

Obama inks Taiwan INTERPOL bid bill 


The country is only at bidding stage to be an observer of Interpol it seems.

At least that's how I understand it.

I found that just by googling.

No fancy research.

Furthermore I don't think China will let us touch those guys.

For China, Taiwan is part of it and the people of Taiwan its citizens.

No foreign interference allowed, if I'm not mistaken.

Anyway, what offences are we going to pin on those Taiwanese singers to make Interpol drag them here in the first place?

These are all so weird.

Honestly, I don't like the handling of the case at all.

In fact, I don't even like those images of Namewee being handcuffed.

Just look at this BBC headline,

Malaysian singer Namewee held for 'insulting Islam'

I know it's procedures and all but I feel that it makes us look a bit extreme.

I'm sure Namewee will not try to run away and instead cooperate with the authorities in the investigation of his music video.

Okay, the guy is a bit crazy but I feel the action taken against him was a bit harsh.

He is an artist, and artists tends to be a bit crazy.

And I think, if insulting is the offence, he and his gang actually insulted other religions too and not just Islam.


Whatever it is, the one giving him the trouble was the hacked video which he himself didn't post.

I know, many will disagree with me on this but that's alright. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Freedom of expression is good.

In Namewee's case, he went a bit too far, I guess.

But still, the whole thing could be handled better.

Monday, 22 August 2016

A KFC dinner with a good Umno big shot

I was having a KFC dinner alone the other night when a friend and his family turned up at the place.

It was quite a pleasant surprise for me as I had not met him for quite a while.

My friend is quite a big shot at the Umno headquarters.

Yup, he still eats KFC despite being an important Umno guy and a Datuk.


His wife is also very nice and doesn't behave or even look like a Mak Datin.

I never called them Datuk and Datin.

Sounds weird to call my friends by those titles anyway.

My friend sat with me while his wife and children had their dinner at an adjoining table.

As usual, we mostly talked about politics.

His wife doesn't care much about such things.

She is a successful businesswoman and doesn't depend on her husband much for money.

I think she is even richer than her husband.

And nope, she also doesn't depend on her husband's political connections to be successful in business.

Really, I'm telling the truth about my friend and his wife.

There are indeed Umno people who are like that.

Anyway, my friend told me some latest developments in Umno's preparations for the next general election.

I can only tell you all that it's going to be much earlier than expected.

I asked him whether Umno is confident of winning and he said yes.

Reason - the opposition is in worse shape than BN.

I think he was being truthful about that.

The opposition is indeed in a mess at the moment.

Too much infighting.

And that, even when they are yet to win the election.

The earlier the general election is held, the less time for them to patch things up.

Nonetheless, my friend said there are still worries because the BN machineries are still plagued by glitches.

"Too many people are busy promoting things for their own vested interest. They spoiled everything," he said.

My friend also agrees with me that the best way to deal with Umno members who are unhappy with the leadership is not to throw them away.

"We must win back as many of them as we can," he said.

"Of course the hardcore ones have to go. Nothing much we can do about them anyway."

It was good to hear that.

So, it's not true that everyone at the top of Umno preaches that "either you are with us or against us" mantra.

I'm of the opinion that those who advocate that stupid phrase are either stupid or intentionally trying to tear Umno apart from within.

My friend also told me about how like minded Umno people such as himself are trying their best to stop others from using the party for their own personal interests.

He said it's not easy.

Well, at least now I know there are those who are still trying to do the right thing.

I wished him and his band of good Umno people all the best.

Another thing that I asked him was whether he feels that the mainstream media bosses are doing the right thing in their support for the establishment, especially in the way they harshly handled Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

My friend's face changed when I asked him that.

He then made a vulgar sign with his fingers but did so discreetly so that his wife and children didn't see it.

"Tu semua nak jaga kedudukan je," he said.

Well, what to do, everyone has to earn a living and that's all some people are good at.

My friend should know about these sorts of things.

He was in the thick of things when Pak Lah's people used the same tactic against Dr Mahathir and the outcome was the disastrous 2008 general election.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Relax, it's Saturday

Apparently, two Chinese want to pick up a fight with me today.

One is an ultra Chinese and the other a self-hating Chinese.

But today is a Saturday.

My rest day.

I'm not in the mood for such things.

By the way, I'm also quite tired of fighting.

It doesn't really add any value to my life.

So, I just want to rest.

It had been such a tiring week.

You all relax too, okay.

I recommend you all to do something relaxing but beneficial at the same time.

Such, maybe you all can consider watching this documentary about Japanese bamboo,


It's really nice and educational.

I had been to a Japanese bamboo forest.

It was on a fine autumn afternoon at a small town called Yamazaki, about 15 minutes train ride from Kyoto.

It was so peaceful there. A very memorable experience.

Eh, you all have a nice weekend, okay.

Don't fight all the time.

Peace.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

So what, if their BM is not perfect

So, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon managed to win silver medals instead of gold.

Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong also won silver.

Azizulhasni Awang won bronze.

Not so bad, okay.

It's already the best Olympic outing for the country, if I'm not mistaken.

Anyway, Malaysia can still hope for gold from Goh V.Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

Then, there's Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

It's good to be able to celebrate their achievements.

By the way, I don't think most of us really care about our athletes' race or religion.

I also don't think most of us really care whether they speak perfect Bahasa Malaysia or being "proper Malaysians yang mempunyai ciri-ciri rakyat Malaysia sejati"....whatever the hell that is.

I know that I don't care about that.

Those guys are out there battling it out and giving it all for the country.

For me that makes them good enough Malaysians.

In fact, for me they are better Malaysians than some of us who can speak perfect Bahasa Malaysia and oh so patriotic lah kununnya.

I'm saying all these because of these comments from my last post,

Lets hope they are not only cute in the court but speak fluent BM. No point winning the medals but speak the language which is understood by those in the mainland only.

Anonymous18 August 2016 at 11:37
Blue, you are hoping for a miracle. They are not patriotic like the Indonesians, Thais to name a few. Malaysia is just a land of opportunity for them

Tuan Blue18 August 2016 at 14:15
As long as they carry the Jalur Gemilang, then the people hope that they are equally good in BM as much as they do with mandarin. This is the least that they can do as the citizen on this country.

Anonymous18 August 2016 at 14:45
i agree with 11:37
malaysia is a land of opportunity for chinese and indian
no matter what they said with their mouth
theyll be need to be the same level of patriotism like indonesia, minus their gloomy economic situations
ill vote for single stream school, once that established, then things will be progress more positively
There are a few more but I think those are sufficient as samples.

Seriously guys, what's wrong with you all?

So what if some of us, our athletes included, can't speak proper BM.

For me, that doesn't make them any less patriotic than myself or any of you.

My mother can't speak perfect BM even after all these years married to my father, but I know for a fact that she really loves this country.

When Malaysia was savaged in the Chinese web forums after MH370 went missing, she went in there and battled it out in defense of this country.

And she even defended the BN government despite herself (from what i know) being a supporter of DAP.

She told me that she did so because when foreigners and even some Malaysians attacked our government in a time of crisis, it's the same as attacking our country itself.

Myself and most of you all can't do that and probably won't even be bothered.

My mother was educated in a Chinese school and a university in Taiwan.

So, she can do what she did.

And she did it for her love of this country.

Nobody paid her to do it, okay.

By the way, do you think all Englishmen can speak perfect English?

Or Chinesemen, can they all speak perfect Mandarin or Cantonese, or Hokkien or whatever?

No, right.

Does that makes them lesser Englishmen or Chinese?

I don't think so.

If we want to talk about being like the Indonesians for example, do we really want our country to be like Indonesia?

Or Thailand?

Or the Philippines?

I don't think so.

Why can't we just appreciate the way we are and just get along with minimum prejudices?

We are unique and we are like that because this country is designed to be so.

Read the constitution and you will realise that what we are now is how it was intended by the founding fathers when they set-up this country called Malaysia.

Let's not destroy it because we think we are more Malaysian than the next person because we can speak BM better, or we think our racial background is more Malaysian, or our religion is more Malaysian.

Guys, let's pray that our Olympic athletes (and all of us for that matter) will never end up like in this
story,



That's just the trailer.

The movie is also in Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFQB9GaWYVk

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hoping for cute Chinese to bring home gold

Noticed that someone was trying to be cute just now.

Okay lah. Better than being angry and hateful all the time.

Whatever it is, I think in order to be cute after so much hating, there should be some build up first.

A sudden jump from being hateful to cuteness doesn't really work, okay.

It's just unnatural.

Let's say the objects of cuteness are Chinese, but you have been running down the race for quite a while. You should tone down the hating first before using them to show people that you are cute.

That would be better, isn't it?

This should apply to crazy ultra-Malays who want to throw the Chinese into the sea or self-hating Chinese with a grudge against member/members of his/her own race.

You can't say today "Umat Islam Melayu mesti bersatu bagi menentang Cina dajjal yang mahu merampas kuasa dinegara ini. Percaya lah saya kerana saya pun Cina," and the next day says "Ohhhh...seronoknya. Empat orang Cina Malaysia seperti saya bakal membawa pulang pingat emas untuk negara. Saya bangga pencapaian mereka. Satuuuu Malaysia!!!"

Really. It just doesn't work that way.

Sounds fake, isn't it?

Well, the best is still not to hate our fellow Malaysians just because of their race or religion.

We may disagree on a lot of things but always bear in mind that at the end of the days, we still need to share this country.

It's not so bad to share, okay.

And when something great happens, we can share the joy together.

Genuinely, that is.

All the best to our mixed and male doubles at the Rio Olympics badminton finals.


p.s There was a request for me to put up the picture of our lady shuttler who is among them.

The very pretty Goh Liu Ying. Try not to be jealous of her.
Okay, I'm putting up the pictures of the guys too for good measure.

Chan Peng Soon, who is Goh's partner. Quite handsome too.
Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong. Very energetic and bersemangat guys. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Go Jazlan !

Deputy Home Minister DS Nur Jazlan Mohamed actually replied to my queries about the possibility of our passports being made in China.

He said,

No go for made-in-China Malaysian passports


Please click on the link to read the whole thing.

Excerpts;

“We are investigating this,” Nur Jazlan told The Mole after being queried about the matter. “There are specific conditions in the contract that they (Datasonic) have to fulfill.”
When asked whether the government will stop Datasonic from making Malaysian passports in China if the company indeed plans to do so, Nur Jazlan wrote this via Whatsapp: “For sure”.
 “The passports were assembled here previously. There are security issues involved,” he added .
The claims were first circulated by anonymous blogger, Annie via her latest post in her ‘Life of Annie’ blog.
Hey, Jazlan is not so bad, isn't he?

At least he was paying attention and pro-active to concerns over the matter.

For that, I'm putting a better picture of him in this blog,



See, he looks better grinning and in suit. Got flowers in the background some more.

Sorry Jazlan, can't find a less chubby looking picture of you. That one you simply have to exercise and diet a bit, okay.

Anyway, based on Jazlan's response, I conclude that,

1. Jazlan doesn't know yet where Datasonic will make the passports and their microchips.

That's because he said "We are investigating this". Otherwise he would have said "No, that Annie is lying and a fraud. Don't read that bitch's blog because she is Pro-Tun and being paid by DAP. Datasonic is not going to make our passports in China. I know for certain that Datasonic will make the passports in Balakong. They told me so".

Okay, Jazlan is nice and would never says it like that, but I know someone else who most certainly would :)

I think my sources was telling the truth too when they said PM DS Najib Razak was not aware of what's Datasonic's plan. If a deputy minister in charge of the whole thing was not aware, how could the PM knows about it, right?

I feel that Datasonic and a lot of other people are not being transparent enough over this matter.

They are expecting the rakyat to just accept whatever they are doing.

And for that, we have to pay them some more. In this case, RM1.6 billion.

2. The government will not allow the passports to be made in China.

Jazlan said, “The passports were assembled here previously. There are security issues involved,”

That's reassuring.

At least I know that the government doesn't compromise on security issues.

Ya lah, if we want to have our shoes or clothes being made in China, then it's okay.

But our passports?


Well, anyway, I'm expecting Datasonic to come out with a statement soon saying that they are not going to make the passports in China.

Of course that's expected of them now things are out in the open.

They will quickly set up plants in Balakong to produce the microchips and print the passport booklets.

And for that we may have to expect more early morning long queues at the immigration counters.

What to do?

Redha saja lah.

I'm wishing good luck to Jazlan in his investigation.

Thanks anyway Datuk for responding.

Next time you come back to Pulai, I will belanja you makan tempe goreng, okay :)