The Truth Revealed

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Truth About Pak Lah As Tun Musa See It

Pak Lah’s has more weaknesses than strengthTun Musa Hitam

Highlights - On Pak Lah
Pak Lah has more weaknesses than strength”, said Tun Musa.

Tun Musa Hitam was the guest for monthly dinner talk organized by HBS Alumni Association. This close talk was held in KL Hilton and around 25 alumnis attended this dinner meeting.

Bad Time Management

Tun Musa recalled his meeting with Pak Lah and highlighted his concern with Pak Lah’s bad time management. Tun Musa also mentioned that Pak Lah now understand and appreciate his concern and have improve since then. Compared to the previous PM Tun Musa added, Pak Lah is more open and transparent in his approached. The challenge for Pak Lah is to get the right set of people surrounding him and managing the cabinet.

Tun Musa was mentioning about his meeting with Sultan Brunei on the recent quarrel between Tun Mahathir and Pak Lah. Tun Musa responded that Tum Mahathir is a man who is extremely confident with himself and Pak Lah is a man who is extremely confident in God, to a point of irritation. You can’t get angry with Pak Lah, cause he is the Mr Nice Guy. Tidak Apa. No matter how hard Tun Mahathir poked Pak Lah, he is still not responding. (“Elegant silent”????). But recent developmet in Umno General Assemlby were Pak Lah says is hard to be nice all the time, is an alarming notice of Pak Lah’ growing impatience.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Luxury Toys For The Pembesar (VVIP)

Another Luxury Jet For The Pembesar?

DO we, the taxpayers and voters, need to lavish our pembesar (VIPs) with another private jet? Over the years we had already financed the purchase of four such aircraft – a Boeing Business Jet, a Bombardier Global Express, a Dassault Falcon 900B and a Fokker F-28. They are still flying and we are paying for their maintenance and operation by the VIP No2 Squadron of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in Subang.

Have we, the taxpayers and voters, decided to purchase another luxury jet for them? I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall making such a decision. So I am surprised when I was told that our government – one that we voted in with massive mandate in 2004 and to whom we pay all kinds of taxes, fees and duties – had bought yet another luxury jet.

This latest toy that we have to pay and maintain is an Airbus A319 Corporate Jet which, according to industry sources, can cost anywhere between US$40 and US$45 million without fixtures. Converting it to VIP configuration can cost another US$10 million.

According to a website dedicated to the sale of Airbus aircraft, “our” luxury jet made its maiden flight out of Airbus Industrie's Hamburg, Germany plant on Nov 29, 2006 and is now being outfitted by interior specialist Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland.

Taking the lower figure, the corporate jet will punch a US$50-million hole in our pocket. That’s a big hole. It’s equivalent to about RM175 million, which can build a lot of classrooms, hospital wards and not to mention mosques and rural roads for the rakyat. Or help rehabilitate Johor flood victims.

Cobra Sultan

But alas our pembesar, having told us to change our lifestyle to cope with rising fuel prices, electricity rates, water tariffs and local government charges, are not about to change theirs.