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Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

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Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

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I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Overkill due to lack of overall credibility problem?

I am referring to MB of Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim's intention to call in five audit firms to review Talam deal:

I think there is a general lack of trust in public statements by politicians (especially BN's which included revised, reversal by same person, or even contradictory statements by ministerial colleagues), affidavits (one was reversed the day after), and deliberate lies hyped up by mainstream media in favour of BN and against the opposition.

Khalid Ibrahim must be feeling exasperated with the ongoing baseless relentless attacks by BN representatives, despite a well planned and executed restructuring exercise to save what had been a big mess in Talam created by Selangor's previous BN Menteri Besar(s).

It is ironic that the present Chairman of Trinity Corporation Bhd (formerly Talam) is Adrian Tsen, a former partner of international accounting firm, Arthur Andersen & Co., one of the Big Four in the world. As a result of relentless harassment by BN leaders, Khalid has decided to appoint not one, but five audit firms, to review the Talam deal. This is probably to ensure no future arguments on the result of the review (yet to be seen, where it involves politicians with a certain agenda). I am doubtful whether the loudest critics (except Tee Yong, who is a qualified accountant) are able to understand fully the restructuring scheme. Even Tee Yong chose to ignore explanations so that he could continue with the attack, with the help of the television channels showing the same footage again and again, and the newspapers showing only BN's views, and nothing on the explanations.

The incumbents have the advantage of control, of all the public institutions tasked with maintaining law and order, but blatantly biased when carrying out their enforcement. Bigger issues involving BN leaders are not followed up, while minor issues involving Pakatan leaders (like that Rm2,400 involved in Teoh Beng Hock's case) were acted upon with undue haste and actions.

Looking at the recent cases, foreigners would get the impression that our country is more concerned about the private lives of politicians (alleged sodomy cases I and II of Anwar and alleged affair of Lim Guan Eng) than deaths in the custody of the police and MACC. The increasing number of serious cases of snatch thefts (misnomer because they are actually robberies, usually armed) which ended in death of victims, kidnaps for ransom, and serious armed robberies at home and in public places. The Home Minister had the gall to downplay them, based on statistics. What is more important is public perception of the increasing dangers in public places and at home. Why would the people feel insecure? Simply because the cases highlighted involved some people they know: neighbours, friends or relatives. The Minister is so out of touch with reality, being well protected by bodyguards and outriders when on the go, and security personnel at home, that he just could not empathise with the public's concern.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Probably he is saying that even 5 firms would not find fault with the restructuring of Talam.
We are living behind barriers, guarded by foreigners, legal or otherwise. Just drive down to any residential areas in the Klang Valley in the evening and you will see the reality. Each and every road closed to traffic, guarded by foreign looking guards who request to see your IC even though they don't even have one. Citizens are paying a sum equivalent to the annual assessment and quit rent combined. This is a direct subsidy to the government due to their inefficiency.
Hope there won't come a time when we need to upgrade to razor wire and armed guards.