Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Lebih mengecewakan lagi, tak puas mungkin kerana begitu ramai dikerah untuk menangkap seorang sahaja pemimpin belia, pihak polis juga mengambil keputusan untuk membawa juga ke balai, 3 orang pemimpin MAYC Wilayah Persekutuan yang kebetulan singgah sebentar ke pejabat untuk mengirimkan makanan untuk saudara Ansor, sekaligus menemani beliau makan. Alang-alang makan pun pemimpin belia boleh dicekup polis! HEBAT!
Tidak logik bila difikirkan bagaimana begitu ramai anggota polis, ada yang lengkap bersenjata api, boleh dihantar semata-mata untuk menangkap 4 pemimpin belia yang hanya sibuk makan di pejabat sendiri. Lebih hairan, anggota polis dipimpin oleh seorang pegawai yang begitu tinggi pangkatnya, ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid, Ketua Polis DAERAH Brickfields! Malah pihak polis juga agak kabur tentang jenayah yang ditangani.
4 orang pemimpin belia ini, terdiri dari 3 orang lelaki dan seorang wanita, 3 Melayu dan seorang India, dibawa ke... bukan IPD, dibawa ke Balai Polis Brickfields saja untuk di 'soal-siasat'. Memandangkan 'Belia 4' ini tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan, difikirkan proses soal-siasat akan selesai sekelip mata, tetapi tidak! 3 orang Belia yang ditahan sementara makan, termasuklah yang wanita, dilepaskan hanya selepas 5-6 jam di balai!
Setidak-tidaknya, pemimpin MAYC Wilayah bertiga tersebut hanya berada di bilik temuramah selama sejam lebih seorang. Saudara Ansor pula, setelah masuk, tak keluar selain perlu dan kekal ditemuramah selama 6-7 jam tanpa henti! Ini bukan penyiasatan yang berhemah tetapi seakan-akan mendera. Sementara pemimpin belia wanita tersebut sesekali menalipon ke rumah menanyakan anak, apakah yang dicari-cari oleh polis yang menyiasat?
Rahsia di sebalik kejadian malam tersebut terbongkar apabila saudara Ansor dimaklumkan bahawa tekanan sedang diberikan kepada pegawai polis dari 'orang atas' untuk menahan beliau dan teman-teman. 'Orang atas' ini pula dibilang dari golongan pemimpin politik! Apabila ditanyakan siapa, ditunjukkan kepada Ansor yang Tuan Syed Rahman Tuan Kuning dan Zainal Fathodin, dua orang kuncu TS Syed Hamid Albar sedang cuba mengarah polis!
Sejak bilakah PDRM harus akur dengan arahan pemimpin politik, walau mantan menteri, apatah lagi kuncu-kuncunya, dalam menjalankan tugas? Tindakan polis menangkap serta melayan para pemimpin belia tersebut sebegitu rupa mungkin terlihat zalim, tetapi kezaliman tersebut menjadi-jadi bila kita difahamkan polis hanyalah senjata kekerasan yang digunakan untuk mengugut dan menakutkan pemimpin belia!
Pada hari Rabu lepas, 21 September 2011, kepimpinan MAYC yang diwakili saudara Ahmad Ansor Rivai Batubara telah memasuki pejabat MAYC Kebangsaan dengan niat menghidupkan kembali jentera yang seolah sudah reput sementara status MAYC Kebangsaan dalam pertikaian. Sdr Ansor berhak membuat demikian atas jawatan Setiausaha Agung MAYC Perak selain kedudukan beliau sebagai Setiausaha Agung Kebangsaan di bawah jurublog.
Maka kenapakah perbezaan berlaku dengan kes malam 23 September 2011? Bagaimanakah ACP Wan Bari yang sebelum malam itu sudah pun memutuskan isu MAYC bukan isu jenayah tetapi krisis dalamam, boleh berubah fikiran sebegitu? Sahlah yang ada pengaruh politik yang memainkan peranan. Maka jenayah ada berlaku pada malam tersebut, tetapi jenayah tersebut bukanlah apa-apa yang dilakukan oleh 'Belia 4' yang ditangkap polis.
JENAYAH YANG BERLAKU ADALAH KEZALIMAN SALAH GUNA KUASA DAN PENGARUH OLEH SEORANG PEMIMPIN POLITIK MENGGUNAKAN KUASA POLIS UNTUK MENGUGUT SEKUMPULAN RAKYAT YANG TIDAK BERSALAH SELAIN MERUNSINGKAN RENCANANYA. JENAYAH ZALIM INI DILAKUKAN OLEH TAN SRI SYED HAMID SYED JAAFAR ALBAR PADA MALAM TERSEBUT KE ATAS 4 ORANG BELIA, TERMASUK SEORANG WANITA.
JENAYAH INI ADALAH YANG SAMA MENYEBABKAN DS ANWAR IBRAHIM DIPENJARAKAN SELAMA 6 TAHUN KERANA MENGUGUT UMMI HAFILDA, AZIZAN, DSB MENGGUNAKAN ANGGOTA POLIS. MAKA TAN SRI SYED HAMID ALBAR SEHARUSNYA DISIASAT DEMI DIHUKUM DEMIKIAN SEKIRANYA BERSALAH. INI ADALAH KEZALIMAN YANG TIDAK BOLEH DIBIARKAN MENULAR...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
- Raise the price. Ah, but this is not an easy solution to make. A price rise may result in better unit profitability, but the loss in market share, especially with removal of non-price barriers like the ability to swap the same number between services, may be too painfull.
- Cut the cost. May be a little harder to do even than raising the price. With each additional new technology on offer, the cost of delivery to customers increase. And some costs that appear easy to cut have real medium to long term implications. e.g. cutting promotions budget means reduced market share or slowing of growth whilst cutting training, a firm favourite among Finance and HR managers, will lead to reduced staff competency...
- Leave the business... ya lah, dah not profitable enough to be sustainable, tutup kedai la, what else!
However, the telcos as an industry have actually decided to go for option 1 above, only newly improved with some spinning! Also, to ensure a successful outcome of option without the penalty of loss of market share, they have chosen to do it collectively, together, like a cartel - something illegal in many developed countries and soon to be illegal in Malaysia come January 2012!
On the spin, instead of saying they are increasing the price to make more profits, they decided to 'pass on the 6% tax' to the customers. Pass on the 6% tax? What nonsense! Such a statement only makes sense if prepaid mobile charges are subsidised, but they are not! Telcos are already make a profit after paying the 6% tax. All this talk of telcos 'absorbing the taxes' so far is a load of nonsense! Customers are paying the taxes already via the current prices...
So all this talk of 'passing on' the 6% tax is just spin that sounds better than telcos saying, we will increase prices by 6%! In fact, it even helps avoid clever customers, or worse still, bloggers, from sitting down and calculating how much % profitability telcos will gain from increasing prepaid prices by 6%! 'Passing on' taxes my foot, it is the dishonesty to customers that really gets me about this spin!
Then, the telcos choose to perform the increase collectively, like a cartel! Such activities are 'anti-competitive' or rather, against consumer interests! The last time I looked, the telco industry is not heavily regulated for price, hence the myriad offers in the marketplace, which is good for consumer choice. Such collective behaviour in an industry, even among a few major players, would be criminal in more developed economies.
In fact, if the telcos chose to do this early next year, they would be subject to criminal action under Malaysia's own anti-competition laws, due to be debated and ratified by Parliament in December, with the enforcement under the purview of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC). Interestingly, the MDTCC Minister, DS Ismail Sabri, has already shown himself to be not only competent, but determined to champion consumer choice!
Could the telcos be moving now due to the threat of the coming anti-competition law curtailing such actions by early next year? If so, this 'passing on of taxes' disguising a 6% price increase collectively moved by the industry in criminally insidious! In fact, perhaps some of the telcos with foreign ownerships, such as Digi or even Celcom Axiata should worry about anti-competition laws being brought against them in other countries! It can be done!
Locally, such behaviour by the industry should not be tolerated. Perhaps the MDTCC should consider tabling the new anti-competition act to be retrospective in application for at least 6 months! this should help curtail further corporate evils of this sort against the rakyat!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
- Mat Sabu the leader of Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (Sunnah) is a fan of the Syiah revolutionary politics of the Ayatollahs
- Mat Sabu, the first national political leader of any party to imply DS Anwar Ibrahim had bisexual tendencies by calling him Anwar 'Al-Juburi' or Anwar 'of the arse' has since declared his devotion to Anwar as 'his' leader and 'friend' from since the 1970's.
- Mat Sabu, the famous PAS leader was acquitted from the religious crime of being in 'close proximity' (khalwat) by the Kelantan Syariah court but later married the woman he was caught and accused committing khalwat with when she was soon divorced by her husband after the incident.
- Mat Sabu, once so called champion of the people in the Kuala Kedah constituency when he was MP for the 1999-2004 term of Parliament, is now happily acting as Lim Guan Eng's agent to stop any attempt by Kedah state to apply water tariffs to its supply to Penang as an appointed member of the Penang Water Board.
- Mat Sabu happily condemns the PAS government of Kedah and Kelantan of various misconduct but is silent of the management of DAP's Penang and PKR's selangor led governments but forgets that people know he is a beneficiary of salaries from both Penang and Selangor state agencies... all to do with Water.
Effectively, Mat Sabu is a new kind of Icon of Corruption that is being born by the Pakatan government. A creature that is salaried by PAS' coalition partners to keep PAS in line or rather in 'harmony' with the principles of its partners. Mat Sabu only ever became a contender to PAS Deputy Presidency in the Pakatan environment. PAS would have preferred a more learned man before, but PAS in Pakatan knows to win, they must have a Pakatan man for a leader.
In this regard, Mat Sabu is an ideal Pakatan man. He can be bought with salaried positions in Penang or Selangor state agencies. He is not a good Muslim, though is such a fiery speaker that PAS can't bear to part with him. His principles appear to be for sale, and if he is willing to embrace Iranian Shiite Revolutionary success due to its success, little wonder then that he could forgive Anwar 'Al-Juburi' for his preference if it will gain him power!
Little wonder then also that Mat Sabu would forget he was supposed to be not just a Muslim, but a Muslim leader, when he declared communist murderers to be fathers of our Merdeka.
The problem for PAS now is that, it is clearly now no longer a party of Islamic ideals, as its members appear willing to favour an inconsistent leader that is in the pocket of its coalition partners, just so they can please some coalition partners in pursuit of power. Mat Sabu hence now stands tall in the age of new PAS, a PAS led by Pakatan leaders, leaders of compromise for the sake of power, Mat Sabu... Icon of Corruption... Pakatn style...