This is some of my personal thoughts that could put me in a very dangerous position in Malaysia. Please have some moment to reflect on the oppressed expression of a tiny individual who seems helpless in acting in other ways to improve things.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Would any other guys be given the same privilage to express themselves in media?

Reading how this chap, Dr M speaks on Proton and APs, I am wondering whether this privilage could also be extended to anybody else? Being labeled as 'Quick-minded and sharp-tongued as ever' in this article, Tun M was also covered here, talking about this incomplete AP (Approve Permits 'for automotive imports') listing problem, and here on Mahaleel's retirement from Proton, in today's paper!

Opposition parties have always been expressing their disgust in not getting sufficient coverage by local media to express themselves, to deliver their take on matters of national interests as well as to present their parties stand to the nation!

I also have loads of things to be said to the media, but, alas, have no balls to say it without the cloud of anonymosity, yeah, with all the hypes of repercussion that might be posed due to my 'after-speech'.

This old-man is certainly one special-privilaged chap. If only he has done the correct things dusing his 22-year rule instead of now!

His full expression at The Star below:-

The Star Online > Nation

Dr M speaks on Proton and APs

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s response to issues raised in the letter by Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz to him and at the just-concluded Umno general assembly.

I WANT to make this explanation because newspapers and TV cannot possibly report all the facts to the public.

The Proton issue is not about differences in statements made by individuals or a quarrel between a minister and a retiree. It is about a national industry. At a time when many car companies have gone bankrupt and closed shop, Proton is still alive and healthy.

It has more than RM2bil in cash and does not depend on the Government or banks for the more than the RM2bil it paid for its new Tanjung Malim plant. Surely this success has at least a little to do with efficient management, especially considering the impact of so many foreign cars being imported at such low prices.

'The Proton issue is not about differences in statements made by individuals or a quarrel between a minister and a retiree'.- Dr Mahathir
APs (Approved Permits) were first introduced in the 1970s before the existence of Proton.

At that time, not many Malays could enter the automotive business because the agents for Kah Motors (Honda), UMW (Toyota) and Cycle and Carriage (Mercedes-Benz) and others were non-bumiputras. They refused to give bumiputra businessmen a chance.

Cars assembled in the country or imported by agents, dealers or official importers could not be imported by anyone else without paying a commission to the official agent.

Therefore, APs were given to import recond cars. Although many bumiputras sold their APs, there were some who succeeded in this business. Among them is Tan Sri Nasimuddin S.M. Amin. Without APs and Proton, there would not have been any bumiputra automotive businessmen.

When Proton started, many bumiputras successfully became Proton agents to sell its cars.

Proton production has successfully reduced the import of foreign cars by non-bumiputra agents. Of course, if there was higher demand for Proton cars, there would be even more bumiputra agents and the cars would be selling like hotcakes.

On the other hand, if so many APs are given to a small number of bumiputras, and they make no preparations whatsoever to do business, then of course the number of bumiputra automotive businessmen will not increase and Proton sales by its agents, who are mostly bumiputras, too, will not sell so well.

It is clear that the giving of APs had only benefited a handful of bumiputras, caused losses to Proton agents, especially the bumiputras, and reduced the opportunity of other bumiputras to become Proton car dealers.

It is not true that giving out so many APs had increased the number of bumiputras in the car business, especially when only two or three people who have no showrooms have received thousands of APs.

In the past, open APs enabled the holder to import many car brands. When the franchise APs were introduced, the franchise holder could only import a particular car brand.

Those who in the past could bring in those cars through the open APs now can no longer import those cars. The ones who got the franchise APs are not automotive businessmen but former ministry officials.

They got thousands of APs although they did not have facilities to assemble or sell these cars. They only surrendered this (for a price) to others who had the capability to assemble and sell those cars.

The question of the quality of Proton does not arise because Proton has succeeded in penetrating sophisticated markets like Britain and Australia.

Even so, new models might still have some flaws. But even thousands of known car brands have been withdrawn. This includes Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Ford and other brands.

She is currently accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on his visit to South Africa.

This explanation is done for the sake of the country’s dignity and interest and a national industry that has been a success. I do not hold any interest in Proton. As Proton adviser, I do not get paid even a sen. If my son received some APs (95 APs) to bring in Porsche, it was after fulfilling the conditions. To sell 50 of those cars is not easy. Please do not drag my family into this like before, when something that should not be done had been done.

I have to make a revelation in full because of the national interest of the industry, not because I did not get APs as alleged by a writer in an English newspaper.

I received the letter of explanation from the International Trade and Industry Minister. I find the contents of the letter and the annexes did not substantiate the claims the minister made:

  • APPROVAL for Naza Ria to become a national car;

  • THE number of APs that were issued from 2004-2005;

  • THE basis and conditions for the issuing of APs;

  • THE types of APs issued; and

  • THE names of those (whether company or individuals) who received APs and the number of APs they received.

    In the Umno general assembly, the minister made several claims that were not correct. During a television interview, she also alleged that I had forgotten this and that. Although I am already 80 years old, I am not senile yet.

    Initially, after replying to the minister’s letter with a copy sent to the Cabinet, I had not intended to make any more statements. It was up to the Cabinet to decide what was the truth and what was not.

    However, because the minister did not make statements that were true to the Umno delegates and the public, I feel compelled to give an explanation.

    When I was prime minister, there was no decision by the Government to not make public the names of AP holders. Maybe the present government had made this decision (not to make it public).

    The question is whether this decision was made before or after the minister made the statement that it was government policy not to reveal the names of AP holders.

    I was once trade and industry minister. The minister's explanation that there were many who were given APs without fulfilling the conditions when she took over as minister, and that her move to cancel the APs which were issued to them showed how strict she was. Who was the trade and industry minister before the current minister? If one did not mention it, one may think it was me.

    Although there is no official prohibition against government officers who had just retired (by option) from being given special opportunities by the Government, there are however questions why these former officers who did not fulfil conditions were given thousands of APs.

    We know many automotive businessmen, including members of the Malay Car Importers and Dealers Association of Malaysia (Pekema), had applied for APs but were not given any.

    They were also not told about the franchise AP category, which would have enabled them to be given many APs. There was no widespread awareness on franchise APs among car businessmen.

    This category was suddenly introduced and only certain people received many APs in this category. And AP holders who had earlier imported franchise brands were no longer allowed to import those brands.

    I am not envious of rich Malays but their wealth must be obtained through correct means. I have often told off those who had sold their APs to become rich quickly. It is obvious that the sale of APs is widespread now. It is the responsibility of the minister to monitor the situation to ensure foul play does not occur.

    A detailed explanation on the correspondence among the various parties will follow.

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  • Monday, July 04, 2005

    Transvestite flees in vain? What was his/her crime?

    Why did theTransvestite flees in the first place? What was his/her crime actually?

    At least somebody should come to his/her aid, not to leave the person crying in pain, without proper attendance. Pathetic on-lookers.

    Whatever the problem with the person, the least that each and every other person is to ensure that someone in pain be treated accordingly, and not left un-attended. Wht is the injury is life-treatening? Sheeeeeeeeehhhhh!

    Crime aside, humanities and compasion should prevailed!

    Poor the transvestite, and all Malaysians in need of help!

    The Star Online > Nation

    Monday July 4, 2005

    Transvestite flees in vain

    IPOH: A transvestite wept for half an hour after he injured his right ankle in a frantic bid to flee from the police but his cries fell on deaf ears.

    Passers-by just gawked at the 34-year-old man who had long, silky hair and was wearing a dazzling pink outfit.

    An ambulance called by the police eventually came to his aid.

    The transvestite cried while waiting for help after he hurt himself when he jumped from the first floor of a hotel yesterday during a spot check, which was part of an operation codenamed Ops Anaconda.

    INJURED: The transvestite crying in pain after jumping from the first floor of a hotel in Ipoh yesterday following a police raid.
    He was in such a hurry to escape that his bag was stuck on the window ledge of the hotel in Jalan C.M. Yussuf here.

    According to Perak CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Wan Mohamad Wan Abdullah, a woman in her 20s also injured herself when she jumped from the window of another hotel.

    He said Ops Anaconda was conducted by the state Anti-Vice, Gaming and Secret Societies Division at several hotels here.

    During the two-hour operation, a team of 36 personnel led by Asst Supt D. Subramaniam, Chief Insp Loo Thin Tien and Chief Insp Wong Poi Lin detained 33 Indonesian women in their 20s.

    “We also picked up four men whom we suspected to be their guardians,” he added.

    “The team also detained six suspected customers from Bangladesh and Nepal.

    “Eight others from Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia were found to be without valid documents.”

    SAC Wan Mohamad said the eight illegals would be charged under the Immigration Act.

    “The checks were conducted following tip-offs from the public.”

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    Sky Kingdom raided? Did the authorities use angels to help them?

    Reading about the Sky Kingdom (being) raided raised more questions rather than answers to me.

    What was the offence in the first place?

    Isn't freedom of religion and faith is guaranteed under the constitution? Isn't each and every individuals are free to conduct their own personal matters within their own compound?

    Being a non-muslim act, if it is indeed the reason who the raid, or propagating a different way of life, should never been a just cause for the raid!

    Ayah Pin should be free to lead his life the way he deemed fit, and nobody should force him into something else!

    By the way, how did they miss him during the raid? He claimed to be around, but, how did he managed to remain 'invisible'?

    The Star Online > Nation

    Monday July 4, 2005

    Sky Kingdom raided


    KUALA TERENGGANU: The controversial deviationist cult here known as “Sky Kingdom” was dealt a severe blow when 21 of its followers, including a police inspector and the drummer of a popular rock band, were arrested in a massive raid.

    However, sect leader Ariffin Mohamad, 65, better known as Ayah Pin, eluded arrest as he was missing during the raid by the state Islamic Religious Department on the sect’s commune on Saturday evening in Jertih.

    The authorities are investigating whether he escaped the dragnet as a result of a tip-off by his followers who include civil servants.

    Also picked up was a 33-year-old woman who is believed to be the fourth wife of Ayah Pin.

    Ariffin Mohamad, 65, better known as Ayah Pin, was missing during the raid
    The 7½-hour raid on the sect’s commune in Kampung Batu 13 was carried out by 21 religious enforcement personnel and 40 policemen. It started at 5.30pm and ended only at 1am.

    State Islam Hadhari Development Committee deputy chairman Muhammad Ramli Nuh said those detained were aged between 30 and 60. Seven of them were women. He said the authorities also seized 20 VCDs pertaining to the sect's activities.

    They failed to detain the prime target – Ayah Pin – despite searching his three houses in the commune.

    “We will investigate whether there was a leak about the raid as we know that his followers include civil servants, uniformed personnel and even professionals,’ Muhammad Ramli said.

    He said the raid was conducted on a Saturday evening as it was the time when the group usually held large gatherings.

    Muhammad Ramli said the police inspector was based in Perak. He said four of the followers would be charged under Section 14 (B) of the Syariah Criminal Offence Enactment (Takzir) 2001 for possessing documents which humiliated Islamic teachings. If convicted, they could be fined up to RM3,000 or jailed up to two years, or both.

    Muhammad Ramli said the remaining 17 followers would be charged under Section 10 (B) of the enactment for not adhering to the state fatwa which has ruled the teachings as deviant.

    He said all the followers were released on a RM1,000 bond each with one surety. They will be charged in the Besut Syariah Court on Sept 23.

    Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar said state governments should nip the problem of deviationist groups in the bud to avoid serious incidents in the future.

    Ariffin was jailed 11 months and fined RM2,900 in June 2001 for humiliating Islamic teachings.

    The Government had said the teachings of Ayah Pin were dangerous to the Muslim community since the group members declared themselves as apostates.

    About 120 people, including children, live at the commune in a secluded part of Jertih.

    Ariffin, who made a statutory declaration that he had left Islam in 1998, was declared a deviant by the national Islamic Affairs Department in the 1980s, which named his sect “the ideology of Ayah Pin.”

    Related story:
    Ayah Pin took part in unIslamic rituals, say sources

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