Thursday, 14 February 2019


This report in Free Malaysia Today below really spiced up my day, when some veteran educators the Minister of Education what is the point of the Ministry's focus on artificial intelligence (AI) when the standard of Malaysia's education system has sunk so low.

It has been typical under former Barisan Nasional governments for the Ministry of Education to introduce all kinds of trendy or gee-whiz computers and information technology - based learning systems to Malaysian schools, supposedly to improve the quality of Malaysia's education, e-leaning systems such as 1Bestarinet, for instance.

You can read my blog post on 1Bestarinet.

"Teachers' union says 1BestariNet useless for online learning from home"

Well now the Minister of Education under a Pakatan Harapan government is carrying on the tradition and singing about AI.

So the IT scheiss continues under a Pakatan government - same old wine in a new bottle.

I laughed out loud when OutSyed the Box wrote in one of his earlier blog posts:-

"The Pakatan government repainted the toilet but the same shit goes on inside." or something to that effect.

BTW. Mr. Minister of Education, may I suggest you read the book Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

Are you sure Malaysia's ministers of education past and present have not been hypnotised by the IT scheiss of IT industry hitmen?

Anyway,without further ado, the Free Malaysia Today article referred to.

SUBANG JAYA: About 200 people attending an education forum that was going at a monotonous pace suddenly perked up when a former school principal stood up to lash out at the education system.

However, after a stunned silence, they clapped and applauded as V Chakaravathy went on to tell Education Minister Maszlee Malik, who was also present, that the system had hit "rock bottom" and that the quality of teachers had deteriorated drastically.

The 200, who had paid RM1,000 each to attend the "Malaysian Education" forum, also cheered when academic Syed Ali Tawfik al-Attas asked why the government was focusing on artificial intelligence "when there is no intelligence in the country".

Syed Ali Tawfik, the former director-general of Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia, told Maszlee the country must face reality and admit that the education system was in shambles.

"The theme for this dialogue is bridging the gaps, (but) these gaps are chasms. It's not a matter of bridging anymore," he said, calling for a complete revamp of the education system.

He also said Maszlee might not understand the minds of pupils as, he said, until Standard Five, the ministry should focus on storytelling and languages.

He said at the end of students' education, they only needed six or seven subjects before going to university.

"Now here, in this country, we are trend-based – everything is a trend. And unfortunately everyone in the system is a political appointee. That is the problem," he said.

He advised Maszlee to get rid of political appointees as "they are connected to an ideology, to inculcate something political".

He said Maszlee often spoke about life-long learning, excellence and success but "these are all political words. Nothing is going to happen".

The academic said if the ministry was to move forward, it had to get the right people, particularly those without any political affiliations.

Syed Ali Tawfik expressed frustration that, in Malaysia, anyone who criticised those in the upper hierarchy or authority were sidelined. "They don't like hearing that; everything must be hunky-dory, everything is good. But it's not good, everything is broken," he said.

However, he applauded Maszlee for being the first education minister to say that he would do away with the arts and science streams.

Chakaravathy, who had earlier changed the tone of the proceedings with his outburst, decried the quality of teachers, saying it was so low that parents were forced to send their children for tuition immediately after school.

He said today's forum was "more on philosophy and does not address the reality on the ground".

Describing today's schooling system as "very, very sad", he said students in primary schools were burdened with subjects that were not worth learning.

At Primary One, Two and Three, he said, they should only learn arithmetic and languages.

"When they come to Level Four, put the History subject in, and put in the value system. If you teach Science to primary pupils, all they do is vomit it out; the pupils do not know what they are learning."

At a press conference later, Maszlee said he would not appoint MPs as vice-chancellors of universities. He also hoped to see more engagements in the future between him and the public so that they could work together for the betterment of the education system and unity in the country.

The one-day forum was organised by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute. Although the entrance fee was RM1,000, education providers were given a 50% discount.

Yours trully



Do you notice something amiss in the title of this Bernama report carried by The Sun of 13th February 2019?

I.E. - An alleged cable thief is electrocuted and lives to be arrested, charged in court, tried in court and sentenced if found guilty.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, "electrocuted" means:-

"to kill someone by causing electricity to flow through their body"

In American English it means.

"to send electricity through someone's body, causing death"

Whilst the story is sourced from Bernama, however, the onus also rests on the editor or sub-editor at The Sun to ensure that the meaning of words, grammar and spelling are correct.

Full text of the article as carried by The Sun follows below:-

Yours trully


Saturday, 9 February 2019


Since having a university degree today is important for one's career advancement and personal prestige, herweith is a proposal to start a distance learning university called Universiti Kari Laksa, which offers courses in a whole slew of disciplines leading from a certificate, all the way up to a PhD, with fees corresponding to the level of qualification awarded.

Oh! Since prestige is important, it must have an address in realspace within the good old U.S. of A. 

As Universiti Kari Laksa will be a distance learning university, there will be no need for students to incur additional expense to physically travel to and stay in the U.S. of A, to sit for their exams, to attend the graduation ceremony and receive the certificate, diploma or degree scroll from the university's e-President. Instead, the certificate, diploma or degree e-scroll, will be e-mailed to graduates in softcopy, which they can download and take in a USB-drive to a good printshop in their area to have printed out.

Universiti Kari Laksa will be a state in the art model of e-Learning which will rapidly propel Malaysia towards becoming a knowledge-based, information-rich, high-income economy by the Year 2020 (oops! postponed to Year 2024) and make Malaysias proud that Universiti Kari Laksa is amongst the top ranks of world class academic institutions.

The name Universiti Kari Laksa, sounds like La Salle University in Philadelphia, which adds to the prestige of certificates, diplomas and degrees awarded by Universiti Kari Laksa.

Malaysia can award accreditation to qualifications awarded by Universiti Kari Laksa, and perhaps also Cambridge International University, in return for a percentage of commission from fees the distance learning university receives. This will also enable Malaysia to earn much needed foreign exchange.

Yours truly


Thursday, 7 February 2019


The Malay Mail wrote:-

"Deputy minister Marzuki reveals he did go to Cambridge... but not that Cambridge"

"In a report by Malaysiakini, Marzuki said his degree in business administration is from the United States-based Cambridge International University — an institution whose reputation has been questioned."

"I think [my critics] misunderstood [my credentials]. I [studied] at the Cambridge International University in the US.

"I was doing logistics [before joining politics]. So I just took that certificate for my knowledge to expand my business. As CEO of the company, I want to expand my knowledge and my business," he was quoted telling Malaysiakini."

Since the United States of America is the richest and most powerful country in the world and e-learning over the Internet is said to be far superior to traditional-style lecture room learning, qualifications from Cambridge International University in the mighty U.S. of A, must be far superior to qualifications from the University of Cambridge in the pre-BREXIT  U.K.

This is what Cambridge International University's website says about its:-


Programmes offered:-

Programme Fees:-

The President's Message:-

Yours trully


Friday, 1 February 2019


So Malaysia coming tops in social media penetration rankings in South East Asia and 5th in the world is something to shout about, or so it seems.

This reminds me of how I felt like vomiting when a deputy minister proudly boasted that Malaysia had the highest number of Facebook users per capita in 2011, according to a report which came out at the time.

I have been on some WhatsApp chat groups and found that people blindly forward all sorts of stuff on politics and so forth to the chat groups, which others believe as gospel truth a forward on virally and when I did a search on the issues or reports at hand in the posts, I've often found them to either be fake, dated, relate to some other country, related to events or reports which are years old and in some cases true.

For instance, there was a warning going around WhatsApp media a couple of years back that the Ministry of Interior Regulation would be monitoring all social media postings, so we should beware of what we post online.

Now Malaysia has no ministry by the name "Ministry of Interior Regulation", so I did a search online and found that the Ministry of Interior of the REPUBLIC OF GHANA had officially denied such allegation on its website.

Well, this WhatsApp message had originated in Ghana and as far as I know, it found its way virally to India and also to Malaysia.

I informed the WhatsApp group of my findings but weeks later someone forwarded the same message about the "Ministry of Interior Regulation" to the WhatsApp group again. It's a waste of my time trying to educate morons who can't be educated, despite how much one tries.

I also have found that many people who access social media on smartphones and tablets, even on PCs, are either too lazy or are incapable of doing a basic Google search to find reliable sources of information which can verify the authenticity of the post they had received, and many of these people are educated, English-literate, tech-savvy middle-class professionals.

I also know of some people who know WhatsApp and other social media backwards but do not know how to write a personal or business letter using a word processor even if it will save their lives, and their idea of sending a copy of an important document is to snap a picture of it, when the perspective of such a document is inevitably distorted in pictures snapped. Such people may not have the facilities to scan documents, in which case they should take it to a photocopy shop which will scan it for a fee. On the other hand, they have a scanner but are too lazy to scan it or don't know how to. or maybe they have scanned it using a computer but don't know how to get the document into their phone, either by cable or Bluetooth.

In the case of WhatsApp, one can access their WhatsApp through a web browser on their PC via, which allows them to upload scanned images and documents from the PC into their WhatsApp posts or to download pictures,documents, videos, audio files and so forth from WhatsApp to their PC's hard disk.

However, it appears than many are either unaware of how to access WhatsApp web, don't bother learn or are too lazy to do so, and they will lead Malaysia to become a "knowledge-based", "information-rich", high-income" economy ????  C'mon give me a break!

If they don't have a PC or still want to use their smartphone or tablet, there increasingly are affordable WiFi-enabled printers and scanners in the stores which let people print on them and scan from them on their phones or tablets over their home or office WiFi router or directly via WiFi between the phone and the printer or scanner. All they need to do is to connect their phone or tablet to the printer or scanner's WiFi access point. Of course they will not be able to access the web, social media or WhatsApp, whilst their phone or tablet is connected to their printer/scanner's WiFi access point. If they want to get back to the Internet, just connect back to the home or office WiFi access point or use their mobile data connection.

Also, some printer manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard had tied up with Google Cloud Print in 2011 to provide you with a unique e-mail address for your WiFi-enabled Hewlett-Packard printer, so you can e-mail your documents to your printer from your phone, tablet or PC from anywhere as long as you have Internet access. I've found that if your printer is off, it will access eprint when its turned on and successfully connects to your home or office WiFi router and soon after the documents you sent will print out. Just don't tell everyone about this unique e-mail address or any Tom, Dick and Harry will be sending all kinds of junk to your printer and you'll end up having to fork out plenty of money to replace your ink or toner cartridges

All this is possible if phone and tablet users care to read the manual, they can learn how to do this with their model of printer but it seems that such tech-savvy people regard reading anything other than comics as so "old fashioned" or "uncool". 

Oh yes, they also need to install the print and scan app relevant to their printer or scanner for their Android or Applie iOS smartphone or tablet for this to work and this should not be a problem, considering that such people are most probably experts at installing hundreds of frivolous apps from Google Playstore or the Apple Appstore on their phones.

Then they can scan documents directly to their phone and send them with their social media messages.   

However, it appears that  the more social media there is around, the less savvy people become in performing productive tasks on their smartphones, tablets or PCs.

Is this how Malaysia will become a "knowledge-based, high-income nation" by 2020, now postponed to 2024 ???

I asked Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak when he was Education Minister whether smart schools will produce a generation of idiots by the year 2020.

He replied "no". That was well over 10 or 15 years ago but I leave you to look round today and decide for yourself who is right - i.e. Najib or IT.Scheiss.

Article in The Sun follows below:-

Malaysia ranks top 5 globally in mobile social media penetration, highest in region
31 Jan 2019 / 11:18 H

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia was ranked top five globally and highest in Southeast Asia for mobile social media penetration, according to Hootsuite and We Are Social in their latest Digital 2019 report.

Internet penetration in Malaysia said the report, stood at 80% with users spending a daily average of eight hours and five minutes online.

"A healthy portion of this time, two hours and 58 minutes is attributed to social media consumption.

"Emerging fourth globally in mobile social penetration, Malaysia is in the lead among Southeast Asian countries including Singapore is in sixth place, followed by Thailand (eighth) and the Philippines (10)," they said in a joint statement today.

Malaysia according to them, presented a unique opportunity for businesses, which 75% of the internet users spent their money via e-commerce with 58% spending on mobile commerce platforms.

The country as highlighted by the report, edged out Singapore in the adoption of mobile banking, with 66 per cent of the internet users in Malaysia utilised mobile banking options compared to Singapore's 64%.

This reflected their increasing dependence on mobile platforms.

"Ride hailing applications also proved to be highly popular in Malaysia, 48% of internet users used such an app, the third highest globally behind Singapore and Indonesia," it said. — Bernama

Yours trully


Friday, 25 January 2019


I was having a debate with an advocate of the services industry as the future of Malaysia's economy on a private WhatsApp group comprised mostly of heads of member companies of the ICT Industry Association of Malaysia (PIKOM).

He cited Sweden as an example of an affluent, advanced economy in which over 60% of its GDP was contributed by its services industry and yes that's true.

Services contributed 65.18% of Sweden's GDP in 2017, whilst Sweden's industrial sector contributed 22.14%.

These service industries which could be contributing significantly to Sweden's GDP likely include airlines, shipping, postal and courier services, hospitality services, computer programming and consultancy services, accounting, management and consultancy services, professional scientific and technical services, travel and so forth which can earn foreign exchange for Sweden.

However, Greece, the so-called "poor man of Europe", beat Sweden, with its services sector contributing 68.88% of its GDP, though Greece's industry sector contributed 14.79%.

(Apologies to any Greeks reading this, you can blame Syriza for selling you out to the EU and to the big finance capitalists.)

He has advocated and still does, that Malaysia's services sector, such as banks, insurance, airlines, consultancy and so forth should strive to be world class and they will then contribute to boosting their contribution to and increase Malaysia's GDP. Fair enough.

Of course, the services industry is as old as man, with prostitution said to be the oldest service industry.

Well, this article in The Malay Mail of 25 January 2019 caught my eye:-

Gold standard: Rantau Abang public toilet named best toilet in Asean

Published on 25 January 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 ― The Rantau Abang public toilet at the Rantau Abang Conservation and Information Centre, has been named among the best toilets in Asean.

The clean and user-friendly toilet, with its attractive landscaping, won the 'Asean Public Toilet Standard 2019-2021' award in conjunction with the Asean Tourism Forum in Ha Long City, Vietnam, last Friday.

It is among four toilets in the country and the only one in the east coast region to meet the criteria set for the award.

The other three toilets are at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Restoran Foh San in Perak, Masjid Cina Melaka and Plaza Merdeka in Sarawak. 

Dungun Municipal Council president (MPD) president Lizan Che Mat said winning the award was the biggest achievement for residents and staff of MPD, especially those who worked hard in implementing the various initiatives to maintain the cleanliness of public toilets in the municipality.

"The Rantau Abang public toilet beside the Rantau Abang Conservation and Information Centre definitely is given the most attention by MPD because it is at a tourist destination in the state and a place known for turtle landing.

"The toilet is well-equipped and provides a good rest area because it has bathrooms and place to rest, and has a beautiful landscape," he said when met by Bernama.

 According to Lizan, the toilet has been given a five-star rating and won several awards, including in competitions organised by the Housing and Local Government Ministry since 2016.

He said various programmes to further improve the Rantau Abang public toilet, as well as 15 other public toilets in the municipality, including enhancing their cleanliness and lanscape.

"MPD has been approved an allocation of RM30 million by the Housing and Local Government Ministry for 2019- 2021 for landscape development to enhance the well-being and quality of the local residents. 

"So, we will utilise part of the allocation to repair public toilets, as well as make them more lively by improving the landscape to give public toilets a new image, not as a dirty place.

"The public toilets may look small, but they can actually give an impact on the tourism sector because from there tourists can evaluate the mentality and attitude of the local people," he added.

Meanwhile, a cleaner at the Rantau Abang public toilet, Faridah Chaiman said she used fragrances made from natural ingredients, such as pandan leaves which absorbs the toilet odour and gives it a nice smell.

 Faridah said she has been picking pandan leaves from plants that grow near the toilet since five years ago.

"Everybody likes the smell of pandan leaves, the aroma is sweet. They are some people who requested for some of the pandan leaves when they stopped here to use the toilet," she added. ― Bernama

I'm pleased that Malaysia's has gained international recognition for excellence in public toilets and I'm sure we can offer public toilet consultancy services across ASEAN and worldwide for a premium fee and earn much foreign exchange to be able to pay off our 1MDB debt owed.

However, Malaysia first has to upgrade all public toilets across the country to the standard of the one in Rantau Abang and don't forget to also provide high-speed WiFi access, with a passcode - "Scheiss123".

For instance, we can't have toilets in the condition of the one below which I spotted in a Mamak restaurant in Putrajaya - Malaysia's much touted administrative capital, supposedly an "intelligent city", with a "world class" civil services and a model for the rest of Malaysia to emulate.

Malaysian local authorities must also require privately owned public establishments such as restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and so forth to upgrade their toilets to the standard of the one in Rantau Abang, with heavy penalties for those who fall short of standards, similar to penalties restaurant operators are liable to if they allow customers to smoke in their premises.

We also can't have urinals like these below in a fairly new building along Jalan Kemajuan in our fair City of Petaling Jaya, which is said to have the wealthiest local council in Malaysia. (Notice there are no pipes bringing water to flush these urinals).

First world infrastructure, third world mentality. Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was so right about that.

Malaysia must also license the private sector to install and operate pay public toilets on condition that they comply with all relevant MS, ISO, star ratings and other relevant international public toilet standards - if there are any, that is.

These privately-run public toilets can also earn more my providing premium value-added services, such as hire foreign workers for a pittance to wipe and wash customers' bums after they are done with "doing their business" - a service for which customers are charged a premium.

Malaysia may even be able to develop a toilet tourism industry, where people from neighbouring countries take a budget flight to Malaysia just to use the high-standard toilet and then fly back home.

Tour companies can organise special toilet tours which take tourists to visit high standard public toilets and experience using them at each stop.

Yours trully



My Thai childhood friend, Ms K wrote in an e-mail from Bangkok in response to my post:-

"Agreed wholeheartedly. According to  my  Malaysian friends who  have  visited  me, toilets in  Malaysian shopping  centres need a lot of improvement in sanitary practices. Toilets in shopping centres and rest stops here in Thailand are  very clean and user friendly, as they compete with each other to entice customers to their businesses via toilets"

Sunday, 13 January 2019


The economic collapse comes this year - this is one of the statements that when it becomes the headline in the leading media channels. This is a serious statement especially at this time of the year considering that we are already experiencing the worst performance in the stock market over a decade ago.

This is the period we have experienced the highest volatility in stock prices since the 1930s. We cannot also deny that we experienced the most unfavourable Christmas Eve in Wall Street. The economic crash has not only been witnessed in the US alone. Many markets across the world started dwindling way before the US began to experience a financial crisis.

Since then, a significant number of the most renown stock markets across the globe have felt the pinch of the bear market. Many countries are on the edge of economic collapse after the year 2018. The current bear market which is estimated to be 20% of the recent market peak has adversely affected investors globally. In the US for instance, the Nasdaq Composite closed in a bear market last year. On the same issue, Japans Nikkei, China's Shanghai Composite, and Germanys DAX are already experiencing the effects of the bear markets.

This is the biggest bear market that the word has experienced over a decade ago. If the relevant authorities and bodies such as the central banks do not put in place the appropriate measures to curb the situation, this stock market crash might become more prevalent this year than anyone could think. To solidify the above information, just have a look at the mess the US has gotten itself into. The country has been adding trillions of dollars yearly to the national debt since the beginning of the last financial crisis.

The national debt has almost doubled within a period of ten years. The fiscal period ended 25th December 2018 had the highest level of debts because more than 1.3 trillion dollars was added into the worrying national debt. it's quite possible that the future of America will be dull having gone through a bright past. If we do not take appropriate measure immediately to control the situation, I am sorry to say the future of America will be a devastating economic collapse. The economic state of our country is weakening day by day, and the chances of being swept by a massive crisis are enormous. Generally, pessimism is killing our country. Who knows, Mark Jolly might turn to be correct when he says that the worst is yet to happen this year. Prepare for the imminent economic collapse and stock market crash as long as you can. The time is running out!

Monday, 3 December 2018


Back in 2007 & 2008, blogging was the hip, hype and happening thing on the Malaysian cyberspace scene and Jeff Ooi was a political blogger with is blog Screenshots.

At the time, the talk in IT media circles was whether blogs would undermine mainstream media, whether bloggers can be regarded as professional journalists and so forth.

Jeff and fellow blogger Ahiruddin Attan (Rocky's Bru) became big heroes amongst Netizens back then when the New Straits Times Press, its deputy chairman Datuk Kalimullah Hassan, Group Editor-in-Chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and former Group Editor Brendan Pereira. filed a lawsuit in January 2007, alleging that an article which they wrote had accused Brendan Pereira of plagiarising an article by journalist Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press, as they were regarded as two "Davids" versus a "Goliath".

Jeff Ooi was a member of the Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan - Malaysian People's Movement) party which at the time was a component of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, though shortly before Malaysia's 12th general elections on 8 March 2018, Jeff quit Gerakan and joined the opposition Democratic Action Party to contest against a candidate from his former party Gerakan for the Jelutong parliamentary seat in Penang.

Jeff announced his candidacy with a big bang at the Food Foundry cafe in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, amidst members of the media, the blogerati, Facebookerati and Twitterati. There was no WhatsApp back then or there would also have been the WhatsApperati present beam news of the event to smartphones all over (though there weren't as many smartphones around back then apart from Symbian and Windows Mobile based smartphones.

I told Jeff via a comment on Screenshots that he should get out of cyberspace and campaign face to face on the ground in Jelutong.

I later read that when Jeff went onto the ground in Jelutong, he discovered that hardly anybody knew of him, whilst those in the IT ivory tower, including members of the ICT media had hailed him as a "prominent blogger" (well within their small world, that is).

Soon after, I noticed Jeff's frequency of posting on Screenshots dropped dramatically.

When polling day came, Jeff won Jelutong with 67% of the vote versus the Gerakan candidate.

Obviously, Jeff had rolled up his sleeves, put on his walking shoes and pounded the streets of Jelutong, meeting and talking to people in realspace.

When Jeff attended his first parliamentary session as a Member of Parliament, the media had pictures of him blogging from parliament but after that, he rarely posted on Screenshots and his presence kid of faded from the blogosphere.

In the May 2013 general elections, Jeff held Jelutong with 70% of the vote, trashing his Gerakan opponent.

But, the DAP did not field Jeff for a third term in the 9 May 2018 general elections and according to media reports, Jeff had turned to focus his attention on photography.

Anyway, Jeff is back in the news again, warning people to be careful about what they read online.

I'll put that another way - There's plenty of scheiss online today.

The Free Malaysia Today article referred to follows below:- 

Saturday, 17 November 2018


Free Malaysia Today of 16th November 2018 reported Penang Chief Minister (Menteri Besar) Y.B. Chow Kon Yeow saying that if Hong Kong had listened to the advice of Penang's pro-environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Hong Kong would  not be developed as it is today still be backward, and that Penang state would learn nothing if the state government which he leads listens to those NGOs - thus implying that Penang would not develop as fast if it listed to the advice of those NGOs.

Chow also cited that Hong Kong had suffered a landslide back in the 1970s in which resulted in the death of a hundred people but Hong Kong learned from their mistakes and come up with solutions to prevent future landslides.

Chow also referred to the landslide at the construction of the elevated Paya Terubong "paired road", resulting the death and injury of several people.

This recent comes almost a year after the 21 October 2018 landslide at the Granito housing construction site in Tanjung Bungah, which took 11 lives, mostly migrants workers.

I have three questions for The Right Honourable (Y.B.) Chow Kon Yeow.

1. You say that Hong Kong learned from its landslide tragedy in the 1970s, with studies which have developed means to avoid future landslides.

     My question then is what has Penang learned from Hong Kong's studies and measures which could have been applied to hill slope development in Penang, taking into consideration similarities and differences between hill slope geology, soil structure, soil stability, rainfall volume, risk from earthquakes and so forth of hills in Penang
      and Hong Kong?

2.  Are more and more high-rise buildings and construction in Penang, including on its hill slopes your sole measure of "development". What about development of more inventive and innovative industries which produce higher quality, higher value-added products which can bring more revenue to Penang's economy and provide more jobs,
      what about more affordable housing for Penang's people, what about quality of life issues for Penang residents?

3.  Whose interest are you serving, Y.B. Chow - those of the developers or those of Penang's people?

Free Malaysia Today article follows below:-

Chow: If HK had to take advice of Penang NGOs, it would still be backward

Predeep Nambiar - November 16, 2018 11:38 PM

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Padang Kota) today said the state would learn nothing if it took advice from parties urging it to stop all development projects following the recent landslide.

Taking the case of Hong Kong, which had a major landslide in the 1970s which killed nearly a hundred, he said the island learnt from its mistakes and decided to move on to come up with solutions.

Chow said as a result, they have become resilient in matters of hill development and have formed a geotechnical department much envied by others in the world.

He said although the Bukit Kukus incident was regrettable, there is a lesson to be learnt by all and the government is doing all it can to prevent a repeat.

Chow said the state was committed to improving worksite safety and compliance and would commit to taking the Hong Kong path.

"If NGOs like those in Penang were in Hong Kong, asking for development to be stopped over a landslide, Hong Kong would not be as developed as it is today.

"I can imagine them saying 'okay incidents happened, stop everything; state must stop all development projects'.

"The other option is to admit the faults and recognise the need to improve and move on.

"Now you see Hong Kong building on the steepest slopes without much fuss," he said during his winding-up speech at the state assembly today.

Last month, nine workers died in a landslide at a road construction site on a hill slope in Bukit Kukus.

The official cause of the incident is yet to be known pending a state and police investigation. Experts claim proper hill-cutting procedures were not adhered to.

'NGOs plucking figures from sky

Chow also addressed another thorny topic involving Penang's projected population in the next 10 to 20 years in the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

The Penang Forum has claimed the estimates were too high and unrealistic to justify an expensive transport system, such as the Light Rail Transit (LRT).

An expert had reportedly said the population density for the reclaimed islands, at 21,636 people per square km was unrealistic, which was higher than London city centre (11,522 people per square km), Paris (20,909 people per square km) and Hong Kong (17,000 people per square km).

Chow said the population projection by the project delivery partner of the PTMP was based on data from the Statistics Department.

He said official numbers show Penang had a population of 1.7 million last year and this is expected to grow by 25,000 to 30,000, or at a 1.5-2.5% rate each year in coming years.

Chow said by the time the PTMP projects are completed, around 2030, Penang would have "at least 2.3 million people", as revealed by the country's statisticians.

"NGOs sometimes pluck figures from the sky, without referring to official statistics. The PTMP population estimate was based on the number available when the projection was made, which was in 2015.

"Based on population growth data and the current population, by 2030, we will have 2.2 to 2.4 million people.

"So how are we going to cater to that many people? Can the island hold these many people?" he asked, saying this was where the reclaimed islands came into play.

Chow said with the reclaimed islands, Penang will have more space to house its extra population.

"Maybe the NGOs are not responsible for the future 2.4 million Penangites but as the government, we need to take care of the future population.

"The PTMP will spur growth and create jobs from an excellent public transport system and other measures," he said.

PTMP will see a series of highways and transit lines built in the state in the next 20 to 30 years at a cost of RM46 billion.

It would be financed through the creation of three artificial islands on the south of Penang Island, which would later be auctioned off to interested parties. However, the plan has yet to be approved by environmental regulators.

The Penang government is eager to kickstart two of its main projects, the Pan Island Link 1 highway (costing RM8 billion) and the Komtar-Bayan Lepas LRT line (RM8.4 billion).

The state has requested for a soft loan of RM1 billion to kick-start both the projects so they can proceed concurrently, without having to wait for the islands to be reclaimed.

Yours trully


Thursday, 15 November 2018


Whilst, it would be unfair to blame PKR's e-voting system for the questions being raised over the validity of results in the party's recent elections for the Deputy President post, given the media reports of alleged shenanigans by human beings which have emerged, including allegations of missing votes, reports of alleged fraud by party members, allegations of money politics and so forth flying; however many citizens worldwide, including in advanced countries such as the United States are sceptical over the integrity of the results of computer-based voting, since the recording of votes and their vote tallying is invisible, hence rather opaque to most human polling monitors, except for a handful of computer-savvy persons in charge of monitoring the vote tally.

This is unlike traditional paper ballot voting, where the ballots dropped into the ballot box, which are made of clear plastic in Malaysia and visible to anyone, and even then, there have been allegations, valid or unfounded, of election fraud in Malaysia's past general elections.

I have served as an polling agent for then opposition candidates in three of Malaysia's general elections - if I recall right in 1990, 1995 and 1999. It's a tedious process whereby the election officer in charge of the polling stream announces the name and Identity Card number of the voter who collects the ballot paper from a printed list of voters and we had to quickly scan through the copy of the same list and cross out the name of the voter on the list, so that we will know if anyone has voted more than once at that polling stream.

When polling closes, the ballot box is locked and sealed with sealing wax and each of us polling agents are allowed to make some imprint in the still soft wax, such as by using our key, a coin or something like that.

We return about two hours later when the ballot boxes will be opened in our presence and the ballot papers are poured out into a tray by the election officer.

The election officer then picks up a ballot paper, opens it up, holds it up and shows the vote on it to all of us and we record down the vote for the candidate on it and have the right to object if the "X" in not placed in the right place.

The election officer then places that ballot paper in a tray relevant to the candidate contesting, and the spoilt votes into a tray for spoilt votes.

Whilst voting fraud is still possible with such paper ballot voting, such as if a voter votes at one polling station and then votes again at another, however the possibility this has been minimised with the use of indelible ink into which each voter must dip his or her finger and the stain takes days to disappear due to washing, etc.

There also have been allegations of vote fraud due to phantom voters and "40,000 Bangladeshis" being "flown in" and given temporary Malaysian Identity Cards to enable them to vote for a certain party in past Malaysian general elections, except for the 9 May 2018 general elections which the Pakatan Harapan won.

For instance, a giant, six-engined Antonov 225 freighter aircraft landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport shortly before the last general elections and there was an allegation on social media that the aircraft would be used to fly in Bangladeshis to vote.

Well, the largest plane in the world that it may be, the Antonov 225 has a maximum payload of 250 tons or 226,796 kilogrammes.

Divide 226,797 kilogrammes by 40,000 Bangladeshis stuffed into the giant plane and it works out that each Bangladeshi would have to weigh on average 5.66 kilogrammes maximum, or about the weight of a baby each, or the plane would not be able to take off.

Social media is full of scheiss anyway, so I didn't take that seriously.

Anyway, rightly or wrongly, the proverbial scheiss has hit the proverbial fan over the recent PKR party elections, and it looks like the stink will linger for quite a while more, with more allegations of fraud, allegations of missing votes, more reports lodged with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission and so forth reports being made.

As matters stand right now, I wonder whether the Registrar of Societies will accept the result of the recent PKR party elections or whether it will deem the results invalid and require the party to hold another round of elections.

If the RoS requires that the election be held all over again, I wonder whether PKR will use e-voting again, or revert to traditional, tried and tested paper ballot voting.

 The Star Online of 13 November 2018 reports:-

Akmal Nasir claims nearly 9,000 pro-Rafizi votes are missing


Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018
9:45 PM MYT

by tarrence tan

KUALA LUMPUR: As the conclusion of the PKR polls approaches, its Youth chief hopeful Akmal Nasir has dropped a bombshell, alleging that up to 8,926 votes in favour of Rafizi Ramli in the race for the deputy presidency are missing.

Akmal alleged this during a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 13), referring to a study he conducted based on information collected from the official polls results displayed on PKR's website.

There is a ferocious battle for the deputy presidency between Rafizi Ramli and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, which is marred by allegations of money politics and scuffles between their respective supporters.

Akmal identified 40 divisions where he claimed 20% to 35% of votes for the deputy president post are missing.

In the PKR polls, which are conducted electronically, registered members vote in order of party position hierarchy.

As Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won uncontested as party president, the first vote they cast is for the deputy presidency, then the vice presidency, central leadership committee members and finally the top two posts for the Wanita and Youth wings.

Akmal claims that the votes are missing as there is a discrepancy between the number of votes cast and what has been tallied and displayed on the PKR website.

He said that out of the 40 divisions, 17 divisions in Sabah and Selangor were identified as Rafizi strongholds.

"The 17 divisions involve nine in Sabah and eight in Selangor, where the majority in these divisions were expected to give Rafizi an edge … based on the support given by his supporters," he said.

Akmal, claimed that a total of 8,926 votes are missing from these 17 divisions.

He said that the study is being presented to PKR's political bureau meeting Tuesday night (Nov 13).

However, he refused to accuse anyone of having a hand in this matter, and said that the party leadership should demand an investigation once all the facts are available.

"This is our party too. We don't intend to create trouble, but we want to help ensure this party remains strong," he said.

Also present during the press conference were Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen, Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan, Tangga Batu MP Rusnah Aluai, Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang and Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.

Wong said PKR must address this issue as the credibility of the party was at stake.

"Akmal's data shows that the anomaly is too great. If one or two percent of the votes are missing, that is normal," he said.

Wong said that the vote for the deputy president post was first on the online voting system, and it was impossible that such a large percentage did not cast it.

"It is not logical that 20 to 35% of the very first vote were not cast," he said, adding that any statistician would immediately see something amiss with the figure.

Wong urged the PKR Central Election Committee (JPP), which is also meeting Tuesday night, to look into the allegations.

According to Wong, the investigation must involve an independent, reputable and globally-recognised firm such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

"Hopefully, we can conduct a full investigation – and prior to the investigation, we would not like the JPP to make any announcements that do not make sense," he said.

Wong was referring to the announcement by JPP chairman Datuk Rashid Din, who said earlier on Nov 13 that there would not be a re-election at the Julau division in Sarawak and that results of the re-election at Tawau and Pensiangan divisions would be revealed once checks are done.

Results of the party polls will be officially announced during the three-day PKR Congress starting this Friday (Nov 16) at the Ideal Convention Centre in Shah Alam.

The Malay Mail of 13 November 2018 reports that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir may reshuffle his cabinet after the PKR election results:-

Report: Dr M says Cabinet reshuffle possible after PKR polls

Published 4 hours ago on 13 November 2018

By Azril Annuar

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said he is open to the possibility of a Cabinet reshuffle following the conclusion of the PKR party elections but he wants to work with those he is comfortable with.

He told the Singapore daily The Straits Times in an interview that he has the final say when it comes to Cabinet appointments but will consider making changes if PKR submits new candidates which he approves of.

"They (PKR) can submit names, they can argue their case. I have my own views also. And the principle is that this Cabinet is chaired by me as the Prime Minister and I need to have people who I am comfortable with. So whether I accept nominations from them or not, is really up to me," he reportedly said.

Newly-elected Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has won the PKR presidency unopposed but the race for the party's deputy president's post has been rife with problems and issues including physical confrontations and suspicions of malware compromising the e-voting system.

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is fighting to retain the deputy president's post against challenger, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and although the PKR central election committee has said the polls result so far is not final, Azmin's supporters have claimed victory.

Besides the PKR polls, there has also been speculations of a Cabinet reshuffle due to public criticism of many first time federal ministers.

The Straits Times had also quoted an unnamed official saying that Dr Mahathir has been unhappy with the Cabinet's performance for a while.

If Mahathir indeed does reshuffle his cabinet, I suppose some of the faces below will disappear and be replaced by others or will be moved to some other ministerial portfolio.

Or he perhaps Mahathir could buy one of these below from a furniture shop and appoint it as his cabinet.

Meanwhile, drawing from Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insight reports, the title of a Malaysia-Chronicle article of 13 November 2018 screams:-

The picture above looks a bit old, as that guy on the far right looks like Badrul Hisham ("Che Gu Bard") who has not been a PKR member for quite a while now - Anyway!


You can read the full article via the link below:

Malaysia-Chronicle tends to be rather politically sensationalist, even since before the last general election, so decide for yourself.

Meanwhile, StarTV of 14 November 2018 publishes a video in which PKR Communications Director, Fahmi Fadzil said that the party will engage accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly (Baker Tilly Monteiro Heng in Malaysia) to look into claims of these missing votes. 


PKR to engage auditing firm to look into missing votes claim

Published on 14 Nov 2018 12:29:59 AM

PKR communication director Fahmi Fadzil said the party will engage a consulting and auditing firm to look into claims of missing votes in the recently-concluded party polls.
Fahmi said on Tuesday night that the political bureau had instructed accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly to look into claims brought up by Youth chief hopeful Akmal Nasir.

Perhaps Malaysia could be the first country in the world to engage a management and consulting firm to run the country on a five-year contract.

In this case, the competing management and consulting firms will pitch for the contract to voters at election time, citizens will then vote on which firm to award the governing contract to for five years and the firm which receives most votes will be awarded the governing contract.

In this case Malaysia won't have a prime minister but a Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Operating Officer instead of a deputy prime minister and the cabinet will be comprised of Divisional Managers of Finance, Home Affairs, Defense and so forth instead of ministers.
Yours most trully