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Malaysia to make rail decisions by Q1

WORTH RM35B: KL-Singapore bullet train and Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking projects

THE government will decide by the first quarter of next year when the bullet train and the Gemas-Johor Baru electrified double tracking project (EDTP), with a combined worth of about RM35 billion, will be implemented, sources said.

Malaysia is planning to build a 300km high-speed rail (HSR) line linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore under a public-private partnership.

The project will cost about RM20 billion to RM25 billion.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is conducting a study on the HSR system, which it expects to complete by the end of this month. If feasible, SPAD will call for pre-qualification bids by mid-2013.SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal, when contacted, told Business Times that the study is ongoing.

Its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said recently that several states have expressed strong interest for the high-speed rail to pass through their land because of the economic spillover.

Besides Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Malaysia is also studying the possibility of linking the HSR system to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and several cities in China.

Business Times reported that Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, who controls Skypark Terminal at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, has teamed up with UEM Group to vie for the HSR project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

They plan to lay railway lines parallel to the North-South Expressway from Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and Malacca to Johor Baru, before connecting to Singapore.

The standard gauge railway network will beB2used, where the trains would run at 350 km/h.

Commuters using the trains could travel from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Baru in 80 minutes and to Singapore in 90 minutes, compared
to six hours by road, currently.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha recently said several options and alignments are being explored for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

He said the train could either run non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, or start from KL Sentral in Brickfields and have stops at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Seremban and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Gemas-Johor Baru EDTP will involve around 197km of parallel railway tracks.

Valued at an estimated RM8 billion, it includes building stations, depots, halts, yards and bridges and cover systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.

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The MAS Story: Malaysian Hospitality or Malaysian Humbug
by Mariam Mokhtar (received via e-mail) 

In MAS, MH stands for Malaysian hospitality which many of us know is highly overrated; MH might as well stand for Malaysian humbug. Or Malaysian hanky-panky.
A once proud airline is now a shadow of its former self. It is run by the corrupt and the incompetent – all puppets of the government. If the MACC were a responsible outfit, MAS would not be in the position it is today and many MAS senior managers, and government ministers, past and present would be languishing in jail.
The new MAS-AirAsia merger is shrouded in secrecy. Tony Fernandes is just a public front and assumes the rôle of pilot in this move.Someone else has charted the route for him.Who is that person?

One thing is certain. There is talk about solving the operational issues in MAS. Will Tony be able to alter an UMNO-BN culture that has been allowed to corrupt all levels of the airline’s hierarchy? This UMNO-BN culture is mired in controversy. MAS, like other GLCs, is haemorrhaging money. Attempts to stem this outflow have been unsuccessful.
Would any CEO of MAS be as daring as Peter Hill, the British CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines, who stood up against the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2007?
President Rajapaksa, together with his family and several officials, was in the United Kingdom to witness the passing out parade of Rajapaksa’s son from the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. When Rajapaksa demanded that 35 seats be reserved for his entourage to return to Colombo, Hill refused to bump passengers off the flight from London. Hill may have been the passengers’ hero but his work permit was rescinded.

Unfortunately, the work culture that exists in MAS is symptomatic of our government’s performance. Some dishonest MAS staff allegedly “steal” from the airline.
Perhaps they are taking their cue from the government officials or from previous chairmen. Perhaps they see this as part of their perks and benefits.
Cost cutting has reduced many allowances which they once enjoyed.One stewardess who declined to be named, said that she had lost track of all the items she took from the plane and according to her, “everyone did it”. In an attempt to justify her actions, she blurted, “What about the millions the chairmen have ‘stolen’?” She is wrong. It is billions. Not millions.
How many politicians and their spouses have used their influence to obtain free flights or bullied airline staff for upgrades for themselves, their officials, friends or relatives? How many times have we heard of a spouse of a leading politician wasting taxpayers’ money on transporting her shopping via MAS and MAS Air Cargo?
How many genuine passengers have been victims of alleged over-booking by MAS when it is well known that government officials were offered preferential seats over normal fare-paying passengers?
It is also well known that MAS practices two sets of rules: one for Malaysiansand another for westerners. One Malaysian mother and child were bumped off one flight to the UK. Under EU rules, cancellation of the flight meant they were due compensation. Only her teenage son was offered compensation because he had an English name. The mother was refused compensation despite pointing out the discrepancy to the senior managers in London.
In one European airport, it is alleged that some members of staff have protected their long-term positions by fraternizing with senior politicians and VVIPs. In most companies, employees would not be allowed to remain in one posting indefinitely, but not, apparently, in this location.
Another person alleges that it is common knowledge that a member of staff would use influence to perform “dodgy” upgrades for friends or people of influence and later be rewarded with “gifts”. Others allege, too, that this person removes items from the aircraft on a regular basis. Cheese, toilet rolls, toiletry bags, duvets and blankets from First and Business Class may not be classed as the crime of the century, but it is theft all the same.
The modus operandi appears to be to wait till the flight and cabin crew, have left the aircraft. The security staff must be complicit in these thefts. Could there be hanky-panky with food and fine wines from the Golden lounge?
One wonders why work colleagues have remained silent about the alleged petty theft. Are the senior station managers in these postings incompetent or in collusion? Perhaps theses managers don’t want to deal with the problem.
Co-workers are probably afraid of whistleblowing because they fear they will be known as troublemakers. They wonder, “Can the system be trusted or will they will be identified and crucified?” Like the Malaysian public and corrupt politicians, employees are reluctant to report irregularities because they do not see much hope of redress.
Perhaps the worst sort sycophancy is the one which is ignored by all because it involves VVIPs. In one European airport, it is alleged by many that some MAS employees turn up, even when they are not officially on duty, to attend to the VVIPs. This is no charitable act or selfless dedication to duty. The rewards are high. Cash and expensive, small personal electrical items are the norm but the most prized of all is a title.
When even the bodyguards of the VVIPs proudly display their designer labels, which lowly worker can fail to be impressed?Which junior employee would refuse a title in exchange for making sure personal baggage and the truckloads of luxury goods are safely loaded onto the plane? Who dares ensure that the customs at KLIA will tax these items?
It wouldn’t take a genius to trace the titles that are dished out to MAS employees at some of the overseas airports which are frequented by VVIPs. And it would surprise no-one that even those in menial positions in the airline, can acquire Datukships.
The equilibrium at work must be disturbed as it is alleged that those conferred titles are known to be generally work-shy, are late for work, despite occasionally reporting for extra duty for VVIPs.
It is baffling that these employees are allowed, allegedly, to have a stake, either directly or indirectly, in companies which provide airline services which are in conflict with MAS cargo services.
Will Tony address the staff, who only attend to VVIPs and celebrities who give them benefit in kind? This is a form of bribery and theft from the airline, reminiscent of UMNO political tactics.
Will he put pressure on those in charge of complaints? VIPs get their complaints seen to promptly. Others may take months. The truly unlucky customers have theirs swept under the carpet by lazy station managers.
So what else is going on? Tony should whip the corrupt and inefficient MAS work-culture back into shape and the MACC should investigate these irregularities. Then again, pigs might fly.
The MAS-AirAsia deal has been aborted. Agitated Tony Fernandes has decided to relocate the airline’s regional hub to Jakarta, Indonesia. But the problems of MAS remain. This is because the MAS culture is rotten to the core, and it is also trite to say that the culture has to change. Mana Ada Sistem is the reputation MAS enjoys, Mesti Ada Susah.

We need a Peter Hill, or Jan Carlzon who changed SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) in MAS so that real transformation can take place. If the MAS Union is an obstacle to change fix it.

To operate an airline profitably every seat must generate revenue and every flight is  making money.  That is basic in management. It is, therefore, the duty of the sales people in our national airline to do their job. And they are not.

Have you tried booking a flight to London? It is always full. But when you are finally given a seat and board the aircraft, you will find there are still plenty of seats available. The problem of overbooking must be solved and ticketing agents should be penalised for blocking more seats than they can sell . You can deal firmly with erring ticketing agents, if they are your cronies, friends or relatives.
I myself cannot understand why certain number of Business class seats on domestic routes, for example, must be reserved for Royalty and Politicians. Can’t these VVIPs plan their trips? What are the private and political secretaries doing if they do not know the travel schedules of their bosses. It is that simple, yet it is not done.

There is no such a thing as a free lunch. MAS has to bear the burden of serving privileged customers. Furthermore, first and business class passengers must be treated in the same manner, irrespective of their social class or political office. No double standards, please. Will MAS top management answer me?–Din Merican

Budak tunjuk jubur
Ammar yang kurang ajar sebelum ini mempertahankan tindakan beliau kerana beranggapan ia adalah kebebasan bersuara dan hak asasi manusia,dakwanya standart tayangan jubur beliau adalah sama seperti di US,Kenyataan Ammar ini menurut sumber Pisau memang kurang ajar.

Entah secara tiba tiba beliau menukar fikiran apabila sekarang ini cuba meminta maaf..Mungkin budak ini dah makan penampar ayahnya yang begitu malu dengan tindakan anak beliau yang dipengaruhi oleh pakatan.

Berbeza pula dengan pemimpin haprak pakatan,mereka begitu gembira dan menyambut baik tindakan kurang ajar para penyokong mereka .

Anwar dan Hishamudin Rais beranggapan dalam satu perbincangan tertutup pakatan tindakan anak muda seperti Ammar adalah ekspresi kebangkitan golongan muda untuk menentang kerajaan. Mereka menyokong sepenuhnya tindakan sebegini malah memberi galakan agar perkara ini dituruskan.

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Plead guilty to civil disobedience, WSJ urges Anwar
Posted on 25 May 2012

(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should plead guilty to the charge of taking part in an unlawful street protest if the opposition leader believes his archrival Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reforms are inadequate, says the Wall Street Journal.

The international financial daily wrote in an opinion piece last night that “if Mr. Anwar wants to practise civil disobedience, he can’t pretend to be innocent at the same time.”

“While Mr. Najib deserves credit for his reforms, the opposition also has good reasons to criticise them as inadequate,” it wrote in its Review & Outlook Asia section. “Both sides have to learn to put their faith in the electorate rather than the courts.”

“A more straightforward way to convince the public that the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) is an unjust law would be to plead guilty and pay the fine ahead of the election,” the influential newspaper said.

The PKR de facto leader, his deputy president Azmin Ali and Rembau division chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin were charged on Tuesday with taking part in the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally under section 4(2)(c) of the PAA which bars street protests.

Prime Minister Najib had said when tabling the law in Parliament last year that it would be “revolutionary” and allow Malaysians to participate in public gatherings “in accordance with international norms.”

They are also charged under the Penal Code with conspiring to disobey the court order and face up to six months’ jail and/or a fine of up to RM2,000.

Anwar and his colleagues pleaded not guilty to both offences, with the charge under the Peaceful Assembly Act carrying a maximum fine of RM10,000.

If Anwar is fined by RM2,000 or more, he will be ineligible to contest elections for five years. Najib must call an election within the year.

Published: Wednesday April 25, 2012 MYT 9:15:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday April 25, 2012 MYT 9:16:40 PM
Dr Chua: Pakatan’s policies can bankrupt nation

KLANG: Pakatan Rakyat’s populist policies can end up bankrupting the nation, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He called on voters to not fall for these “promises”, which only made the public feel good and happy but was detrimental to the future generations.

“Some countries in the European Union are facing economic downturn, bankruptcy and high unemployment rates as a result of populist policies,” he told reporters at a dinner here Wednesday.

He questioned PKR’s ability to write off the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) study loans, which amounted to RM43bil.

Dr Chua said the Selangor state government had failed to deliver promises in its 2008 general election manifesto which would only cost between “RM100mil to RM200mil”.

Some of these promises, he said, include allowances to nursery and school-going children, aid for single mothers and housewives, and free healthcare for those above 65-years-old.

To the Chinese community who liked to chant DAP’s slogan “Ubah” (change), Dr Chua posed these questions to them.

“Can the Chinese ensure that the Pakatan government administer better than Barisan Nasional, and bring about social stability and continuous economic development?

“Can Pakatan guarantee that it can look after all races, particularly the Chinese?

“Because no Barisan-led state forces you to accept Muslim values like in Kedah and Kelantan, where gambling and drinking are banned, and concerts and (setting up of) cinemas are blocked,” he said.

Malaysia’s Yingluck Shinawatra
Nurul Izzah: Once And For All, We Kick This Political Parasite Out Of Our Country

Post-CNY illegal waste dumping headache
Faizal Nor Izham
Friday, January 27th, 2012 14:24:00

SUBANG JAYA: With Chinese New Year spring cleaning over, assemblyman Hannah Yeoh has urged USJ residents to be more diligent at disposing of garbage.

Hannah expressed disappointment against the irresponsible attitude of residents dumping garbage along the streets and open fields resulting in illegal dumping grounds sprouting around the vicinity.

“We need residents to cooperate. After Chinese New Year festivities, rubbish started to pile up again barely a day or so after we cleared the area,” she said.

She said such unscrupulous action should be reported to resident associations.

She said this dampened efforts by Subang Jaya Municipality (MPSJ) to combat the problem. Also present at the press conference were MPSJ councilors Dr Loi Kheng Min and R. Rajiv.

“They seem unaware of where to dump excess garbage. So they leave them by roadsides,” she said.

The Jalan USJ2/5G field alone saw the accumulation of at least three piles of garbage.

“Locals are setting a bad example for others resulting in mostly foreign maids following suit,” she said.

She said these illegal dumping spots were not attended to by regular collectors who are hired to mainly focus on garbage from individual houses.

Such irresponsible acts have also been reported in the nearby vicinities of USJ 4, 6, 9, 11 and 13.

Checks showed so far about 44.95 tonnes of rubbish were collected from areas in USJ1 to 23, while another 28.21 tonnes were collected from SS12 to 19.

Rajiv said as part of a pilot project, a total of four community bins were placed in USJ2 by MPSJ this month.

The other locations include USJ2/3, USJ2/4E, USJ6 and USJ7.

“We first need to determine the cost and amount required to carry out this project,” he said. “We will also provide information pamphlets to educate users and RM1,000 fine on those caught for misuse under the council’s by-laws.”

However, she said residents should refrain from such bad habits to help create a cleaner environment.

She said queries on garbage collection should be forwarded to the MPSJ’s city services department.

They can be reached at 03-8026 7431.


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