Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Padi Rescue snowball

My guest blogger Lebai Sudin yesterday asked this question;


excerpts;

Annie, hang boleh tolong check ke betul ke tidak berdaftar. Kalau betul, mereka adalah pertubuhan haram. Hang ada ramai kawan, mintalah tolong mereka untuk buat semakan. 

So, I googled "Padi Rescue Malaysia", and at the top of the search results is this story dated Nov 29;

Wan Azizah slams planned legal action

 against Padi Rescue 


excerpts;
Wan Azizah urged the government to take immediate steps to stop Bernas from initiating legal action against Padi Rescue in connection with its memorandum submitted to the prime minister on Oct 20, 2017.
“We call for the re-establishment of LPN to return the public functions mandated to Bernas, which are due to expire in 2021, in order to protect the national rice industry.”

From that story, I concluded that basically, what was demanded by the opposition leader is exactly what this group called Padi Rescue wants.

However, I can't find much about who are the real people who set up Padi Rescue as it seems that the group has no website where I can check their background.

I had asked a friend at the registrar of society (RoS) to check but he hasn't got back to me.

Anyway, the most prominent name highlighted in reports about Padi Rescue is someone named Fitri Amir, who claimed to be its "representative" or "coordinator", but I believe that he's not the real main man of the group and instead just a "front".

This is one of such stories dated Oct 20,

Padi Rescue mahu Lembaga Padi ditubuhkan semula 


excerpts;

Katanya, permintaan untuk LPN ditubuhkan semula itu adalah salah satu dari 14 tuntutan yang dihantar kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak hari ini.
"Hanya badan yang bebas dari kepentingan komersial atau keuntungan sahaja layak menjaga industri padi dan beras negara, dan bukannya syarikat persendirian seperti BERNAS (Syarikat Padi dan Beras Nasional Berhad) yang ditadbir berdasarkan kepentingan komersialnya.
"Tidak dinafikan BERNAS berjaya dalam memastikan kelangsungan syarikat dengan mengaut keuntungan berjuta ringgit, namun syarikat terbabit gagal menjalankan tanggungjawab sosialnya iaitu untuk terus memperkasakan kilang beras milik Bumiputera.
"Kini hanya 20 kilang Bumiputera yang menyertai skim di bawah BERNAS berbanding lebih 200 kilang sebelum ini. Kami hairan mengapa jumlah kilang berkenaan boleh merosot sedangkan keperluan beras di negara ini tidak pernah berkurang," katanya selepas menyerahkan memorandum 14 tuntutan itu di Bangunan Perdana Putra, di sini.
Turut bersamanya untuk menghantar memorandum berkenaan ialah Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu Bersatu (MTEM), Ahmad Yazid dan Pengerusi Persatuan Pengilang Beras Melayu Malaysia, Musonnef Md Radzi.
Somehow, the last name mentioned in the excerpts of the story sounds familiar.

Malaysia Malay Rice Millers Association chairman Musonnef Md Radzi.


So, I googled his name and found this NST story dated June 11 2015 (which is much before all these talks about Padi Rescue)

LPN reinstatement lauded 


excerpts;

Musonnef said the government was the suitable body to look after the padi and rice production instead of Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) after it was privatised in 1995.
“Bernas has played the role of regulator and distributor for the country’s rice industry as well as to ensure the nation’s rowing rice demand be fulfilled through the management of the National Stockpile and the Padi Price Subsidy Scheme.
“However, since the privatisation of Bernas, most of the Malay Rice Millers’ Association had gone ‘bankrupt’ as Bernas solely looked for profit instead of its farmers’ welfare and the rice production,” he said here today.

Well, it seems to me that this Musonnef guy have been championing the revival of the LPN (Lembaga Padi dan Beras Negara) to replace Bernas much earlier than Padi Rescue.

But back then it was a fight of the rice millers. Now these people calling themselves Padi Rescue are saying that the fight is for the padi farmers too.

Guess it's a case of the more the merrier.

Anyway, I checked with a friend in Kedah who is familiar with this issue and he promptly told me that before I can find out more about Padi Rescue, I need to know more about the Musonnef guy who has been championing the issue from the start.

He declined to confirm whether Musonnef is the actual person behind Padi Rescue but instead emailed me copies of these documents;









My friend said Musonnef's rice mill accumulated debt to Bernas from 2007 till it closed down in 2015 because it failed to produce the required amount of rice from the padi sent to it for processing by Bernas over those years.

He nonetheless declined to say why the mill failed to produce the required amount of rice.

"That, I don't want to say because from my understanding, even Bernas wanted the case to be settled peacefully," he said.

My friend said that based on the legal action, the mill owed Bernas about RM6.5 million but after the bankruptcy notice, Bernas only managed to recover its losses by receiving the mill's assets which actual estimated value was just about RM2 million.

Anyway, I guess, because of the whole thing, this Musonnef guy was angry and wanted Bernas to be closed down and replaced by a new LPN.

First it's his fight, then it became the rice millers fight, after that it also became the padi farmers' fight, and now it even became the opposition parties' fight.

Quite a snowball, it seems.

By the way, can a bankrupt be the chairman of an association?

This issue is quite interesting, I think.

Okay, if I got new stuff, I'll post some more about it.

Cheers.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Padi Rescue, are they for real?

GUEST BLOGGER

By Lebai Sudin

Hi Annie..

Maaf la Annie.. aku sibuk seminggu dua lepas. Dua orang abang aku nikahkah anak masing-masing. Aku balik kampung dan bantu serba sedikit kenduri kendara. Masih best  lagi kat kampung tu, boleh lagi majlis kenduri kahwin dibuat secara gotong-royong.

Lagi pun para peminat blog hang ini sibuk dengan Perhimpunan Agung Umno. Walaupun mereka bukan ahli Umno, tapi sentiasa ambil tahu apa Umno buat. Paling tidak, mereka akan kutuk-kutuk Umno. Begitulah relevannya Umno kepada mereka. Hihihi.. jangan marah ye.

Aku tak mahu cerita pasal Umno. Aku nak cerita pasal padi.

Kenapa padi?


Kerana padi ni tak semena-mena menarik perhatian aku.

Ini kisah dalam MRT (MRT lagi).. aku kan pengguna tegar MRT.

Dalam perjalanan dari Kajang ke Pasar Seni minggu lalu, aku terdengar dua lelaki berbual pasal satu nama NGO, Padi Rescue. Tidak la berapa jelas butiran bualannya, tapi mereka bercakap pasal Padi Rescue meminta kerajaan tubuhkan semula LPN (Lembaga Padi dan Beras Negara). Aku cuba pasang telinga, agaknya mereka perasan, lantas masing-masing perlahankan suara.

Sempat juga aku dengar mereka menyebut bahawa Padi Rescue itu mengaku memperjuangkan nasib pesawah padi. Tapi, ahli-ahlinya adalah pemilik-pemilik kilang dan pemborong. Tapi yang aku agak terkejut apabila seoang daripadanya cakap yang Padi Rescue tu tidak berdaftar.

Annie, hang boleh tolong check ke betul ke tidak berdaftar. Kalau betul, mereka adalah pertubuhan haram. Hang ada ramai kawan, mintalah tolong mereka untuk buat semakan. Aku ni malas sikit.

Aku bukan pasal apa Annie…aku nak tau juga apa hal dengan industri beras ni. Rasanya macam tak ada masalah dan industri ini penting kepada kita semua kerana ia adalah makanan harian kita. Aku kalau tak makan nasi sehari, macam tak lengkap kehidupan pada hari itu.

Ada jugak la aku cari-cari kat internet, dan nampak la Padi Rescue ini ada buat demonstrasi dan serah memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri. Menurut yang aku baca, mereka menuntut 14 perkara. Katanya, mahu menyelamatkan industri padi dan beras negara.

Tuntutan nombor 1, minta LPN ditubuhkan semula. LPN yang baru, hendaklah kendalikan semua urusan beras dari benih hingga ke tanam padi termasuk racun, baja dan kemudian tuai, urusan kilang dan pasaran.

Amboi…semua sekali kerajaan kena tanggung ke? Kalau tak silap dalam Bajet 2018 ada penambahan subsidi padi.

Aku rasa la Annie, hang sebagai blogger prihatin, cuba tengok-tengok sikit isu ini. Ape cerita sebenar dalam hal Padi Rescue ni. Daripada apa yang aku baca mengenai tuntutan mereka, banyak soal pesawah. Apakah benar pesawah kita bermasalah?

Bukan ke subsidi yang diumumkan dalam Bajet 2018 adalah untuk membantu pesawah?

Sementara itu, aku pun nak selidik juga sikit. Aku bukan apa, sebagai anak nelayan, soal petani dan pesawah pun dekat dengan hati aku..Terima kasih Annie.

(Annie's note to Lebai Sudin : I will check on this. Thanks)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Media Prima after the civil war

There were a few of these sort of comments which landed at this blog over the past few days;

"TV3?"

Heheheh, power beb!

"MEDIA Prima Berhad, konglomerat media terbesar di Malaysia yang memiliki antaranya TV3 dan New Straits Times, menawarkan kakitangannya pilihan untuk rehat sementara tanpa gaji, bagi mengurangkan tekanan kewangan syarikat.

Media Prima beberapa bulan lalu melaksanakan skim pemisahan sukarela melibatkan kakitangannya yang berumur lebih 50 tahun sebagai sebahagian langkah mengurangkan kos operasi.

Tawaran terbaru ini dimaklumkan kepada kakitangannya pada satu taklimat di ibu pejabat Media Prima di Bandar Utama, Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Mereka diberikan dua pilihan sukarela: cuti antara enam bulan hingga setahun tanpa gaji, atau kerja setengah bulan dengan separuh gaji."

Padan muka...

I believe the commentators were referring to this piece of news;

After voluntary separation scheme, 

Media Prima offers workers "career break"


excerpts;

At a town hall meeting yesterday at the Media Prima head office in Bandar Utama, Kuala Lumpur, employees were encouraged to go on unpaid "career break leave" of six months to a year, or work half a month for half pay.
Various sources told The Malaysian Insight that employees who had served the group for at least three years could apply to do one or the other immediately. Those seeking a career break will be able to commence leave next month.
Earlier this year, the media conglomerate introduced a voluntary separation scheme for employees above the age of 50 to cut operational costs.
Sources said the management spent the minutes in the townhall  talking about the challenge new media presented to traditional media.
They urged the employees to cooperate in the company's transformation plan to adapt in the internet era.
Well, I guess this is partly the outcome of the


Since then, that guy FD Iskandar, the then chairman who tried to steer the media group to safer water and was mercilessly whacked for his effort had left.


Well, I guess that's the way it is at Media Prima.

A few days ago I received this screenshot of a WhatsApp message which I believe tells something about the Media Prima's newspapers ;



So, "no longer NST, BH or Metro", just NSTP.

Well, I guess it's something like a three-in-one newspaper....or is it one-in-three newspapers?

Never mind.

Anyway, it may be a brilliant move.

If we look at this daily newspapers circulation figures from end of last year, those Media Prima newspapers were suffering;


Now that they have combined the newspapers, the daily circulation figures should be like this,

New Straits Times (54,490) + Berita Harian (91,229) + Harian Metro (142,262) = NSTP (287,981)

Not bad isn't it ;-)

It's more than The Star's 220,972.

Still, this new NSTP newspaper need to push more to catch up with Sin Chew Daily's 316, 564.

Sometimes it puzzles me why the Chinese newspapers are doing relatively well compared to the others.

Chinese made up at most just 30 percent of Malaysians, and I think less than half of them can read Chinese.

Yet, their newspapers are not doing so badly.

The only answer I can think of is that the Chinese read more than Malaysians of other races.

Or maybe their newspapers don't have too much politics, back stabbing and such.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Annie bragging a bit

So, I was right when I wrote this,

Umno lock down

excerpts;

I was told that this had been agreed upon by the party's supreme council and will be turned into a motion to be later on endorsed by the general assembly .

The next Umno election, scheduled after the GE14, which is in a few months time, will see no fight for the president and deputy president posts.

The general assembly has the power to do that despite the party constitution saying everyone can challenge for anything.

The motion for it, however must be specific, that it's confined for just the next party election.


This is the story yesterday,

Motion on no contest for top two Umno posts passed


Well, sometimes I did get things right.....even though at some of  those instances I actually wished I was wrong.

Never mind.

If you want to know what I think of the whole thing, just click on the link to that previous post of mine above and read it again.

What else can I say, right?


Anyway, a friend told me the other day that he doesn't think this blog makes much difference as not many people read it anymore.

He said this blog used to receive over a hundred comments per post but now reduced to less than 30 or fewer.

Told the guy that he's probably right. People now prefer Facebook and twitter.

Anyway, it had never been my intention for this blog to be influential or popular. It's just me recording my thoughts of what's happening around me.

Whatever it is, I'm quite glad that my friend think this blog is nothing much. If it is so, then I don't have to worry about being sued or closed down.

Nobody read it what.

And I can write more about my friend's boss whom I whacked quite a bit in the past.

He should be okay with it I guess.

No one is going to read it what....hahaha.

By the way, I actually wonder why would anyone read hundreds of comments on a single post anyway. A bit too much, don't you think?

If less than 30 or fewer, then not so tiring isn't it?

Okay, that's all.

Need to work now.

Here's one of the favourite songs of a lovely boy with autism,

Cheers

Friday, 8 December 2017

Between GE14 battle cry and manoeuvring for party election

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By Gondrong

Semboyan PRU14 ditiup kencang pada Perhimpunan Agung Umno (PAU) kali ini yang dianggap sebagai Bapak Segala PAU.

Mungkin ada 2 atau 3 bulan lagi tempoh untuk warlords dan ahli-ahli bersiap untuk ke medan perang yang akan menentukan hidup mati parti siasah orang Melayu itu.

Persoalannya adakah panglima-panglima dan ahli-ahli menyahut sepenuh hati semboyan yang telah ditiup itu.

Antara yang didengar 3A ;

1. Action 2. Action 3. Action, setiap pemuda kena jaga 30 orang muda dan kalau ikut jumlah mampu jaga 1.9 juta pengundi muda.

Bukannya susah permintaan itu, katanya.

Pasal peluru tak perlu risau akan sediakan.

Kata-kata semangat lain, dicincang hingga lumat tak  kan berundur sehingga ke titisan darah terakhir.

Begitulah antara bunyi bunyi semboyan bagi menyemarak dan membakar semangat ahli untuk sedia sepenuh hati ke medan peperangan PRU14 dianggap bapak segala PRU.

Persoalannya adakah panglima-panglima perang dan ahli-ahli akan menggunakan segala kekuatan dan strategi yang ada untuk ke medan.

Atau semboyan itu hanya bermula selepas pembubaran Parlimen yang kalau ikut tempoh tarikh tamatnya Jun 2018.

Kesiapsagaan tidak cukup dengan laungan jeritan pekikan kerana ia hanya seperti anjing menyalak bukit jika hati masih tidak terbuka sepenuhnya.

Tiada lagi apa yang diistilahkan sebagai perjuangan berasaskan keyakinan kepercayaan teguh dilakukan seikhlas demi masa depan agama, bangsa dan negara.

Sibuk semboyan dibunyi sibuk juga panglima-panglima dan ahli menyusun papan untuk pemilihan PAU akan datang yang mana persediaan ke medan peperangan PAU antara kabilah-kabilah ini lagi hebat dan dahsyat katanya.

Dikatakan perjuangan dalam menentukan tempat dalam saf kepimpinan lagi penting kerana naiwatunya jawatan itu boleh membuka 1001 peluang lain.

Puak-puak ini masih dalam kepompong comfort zone BN Umno pasti menang malah kononnya lebih besar pada PRU14 dan penentuan kelangsungan perjuangan lebih penting adalah pemilihan PAU akan datang.


Konotasi PAU itu sendiri sudah agak negatif dan sewajarnya diberikan penjenamaan baru lebih segar dan mempunyai jiwa.

Jadi, ingat-ingatlah wahai pemimpin dan ahli-ahli Umno. Bukalah minda dan hati dan perbetulkan landasan dan naiwatu perjuangan demi agama, bagsa dan negara kerana itu saja boleh membawa kepada kelangsungan dan kekuatan perjuangan.

Lihatlah sekeliling keadaan dan suasana sudah jauh berubah. Peperangan di sosial media masih terkebelakang, dan realiti di atas medan adalah mengikut kawasan tertentu yang menyaksikan bandar dan sub bandar perlu ditingkat keupayaan manakala luar dan pedalaman jangan sekali-kali ada rasa selesa kerana kemungkinan untuk terperangkap sentiasa terbuka.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Umno lock down

So far, this is the most significant news from the ongoing Umno general assembly;

All three Umno wings do not want contest for top two posts


I was told that this had been agreed upon by the party's supreme council and will be turned into a motion to be later on endorsed by the general assembly .

The next Umno election, scheduled after the GE14, which is in a few months time, will see no fight for the president and deputy president posts.

The general assembly has the power to do that despite the party constitution saying everyone can challenge for anything.

The motion for it, however must be specific, that it's confined for just the next party election.

Basically it's a lock down.

My understanding of this whole thing is this,

- Najib will remain as Umno president for another term no matter what happen in the near future.

- Zahid is safe as Umno deputy president for the same duration....unless Najib later on decides otherwise. Zahid better not be naughty like Muhyiddin.

Other things that I think will happen as a result of the lock down;

- Hishammuddin will remain as the vice-president for the next party election....unless Najib later on decides otherwise.

- Khairy will be the firm favourite to take up one of the other vice-president posts and will be seen as the number two of Hishammuddin as the upcoming new top of Umno line up....unless later on Khairy himself decides he is better than just being a Hishammuddin's side-kick.


- One of the Sabah guys will take up the other vice-president post. My bet is on Salleh Said Keruak, even though I wish the guy could be Anifah Aman.

- Shahrizat can keep her Wanita chief post until she's 179 years old or maybe even beyond that. Seronoknya.

Of course, all the above are subjected to BN winning the coming general election.

If BN lose....honestly, I don't think there will even be a next Umno general assembly if that happens.

Well, that's just my reading okay.

Hahahaha....so much for the most important thing for the ongoing general assembly being the GE14.

Told you all so.

See, they are talking more about the party election than the general election.

Well, I don't mind.

Heck, I'm not even an Umno member, so why should I care too much.

Just being an observer, okay.

By the way, I spent a bit of time at PWTC the past two days.

Simply jalan-jalan and look around.

The place and atmosphere were still more or less the same.

Met some friends from the good old days.

Quite nice hanging around with them at the mall across the street.

They torn down the place where I usually parked my car when attending previous Umno general assembly.

So this time, for the first time, I went there using the MRT and LRT.

Took the MRT at a station near my office, switched to LRT at Merdeka-Plaza Rakyat and then all the way to PWTC.

Quite easy and nice.

Less than RM5, no jams, parking and toll fees.

Eh....I better stop at that.

Need to get up and go to work now.

A bit busy today.

Cheers.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

What's important at Umno general assembly

The Umno general assembly will start on Tuesday.

These are two of the usual Bernama stories the past week for the build up to the event;

Destiny Of Country, People Depends On Strength Of UMNO - Hishammuddin

excerpts;

"It is important for the delegates to concentrate on the 14th General Election - that is most important. Put aside the personal agenda. I hope they will not raise matters regarding party elections," he said at his office at the Ministry of Defence.

Focus To Ensure BN's Excellent Victory In GE14 - DPM Zahid

excerpts;

He also urged the UMNO members to forget for the time being the internal party election at the upcoming general assembly and to instead focus on the agenda to face the approaching GE.

He said the question of position in the party would be irrelevant if UMNO and the Barisan Nasional (BN) failed to achieve victory or merely obtained a small majority in the general election.

"What is the point of holding position in the party if we lose and cannot form the government, I feel this is no longer relevant, even if we sit on comfortable chairs in politics, this will be meaningless if we cannot form the government.


Both Hishammuddin and Zahid were reminding Umno members that they need to focus on the GE14, and not the party election which comes after that.

By right such a reminder is unnecessary but Hishammuddin and Zahid knew that the Umno delegates have always been more keen to use the general assembly as a meeting ground to lobby for positions with the party election in mind.

That was the case even during last year's general assembly.

Some even had karaoke sessions in the evening after the meetings for that purpose.

Well, somehow that's the way it is with people involved in politics in this country.

They always think much ahead than they should.

Even the anti-BN people tend to do the same.

Some Pakatan leaders were already talking about who is going to be what once they take over the government from BN.

They got excited with just the possibility of becoming ministers and such.

Really.

They talked as if they were so sure Pakatan will win the general election.

That's why we have instances such as Rafizi manoeuvring to outdo Azmin, just in case Pakatan manage to win Putrajaya.

They really could hardly able to contain such nonsense under the lid.

Pas people who were supposed to only care about the afterlife also have the same mentality.

That's why they had that big fight in 2015 which resulted with the setting up of Amanah.

It's just the way they are.

So, Hishammuddin and Zahid were just wasting their energy trying to advise Umno members like that.

I'm quite sure they will still talk more about the party election than the GE14 at the general assembly.

Many of them feel that what's the point of BN winning the general election when after that they lose their position in the party.

Personal interest comes first, then only the interest of the party....or maybe interest of the party comes much later after interest of many others who are more important to them.

So, never mind all that, okay.

Meanwhile, i really can't stand Umno stories such as this,

UMNO Wanita Chief: Be Agile To Parry Accusations

I advise you not to click on the link, though. The story may damage your brain.

Seriously.

Be agile to parry accusations?

What is that la Shahrizat?


How to be agile? Explain la.

Simply says only this woman.

If people read the story they'll get frustrated as they won't get it what the woman meant by being agile or whatever else.

Sheeeessshhhh.....

Talk only can la this Shahrizat.

Nothing but just that.

And the poor Wanita Umno ladies still kept her as their boss.

I really don't understand why.

Last general election, I believe BN lost a few hundred thousands of votes just because of her and the cows.

Rafidah was much much better.

Miss that garang old girl.

Well, too bad.

Okay, I'm going to rest now.

Missing someone.

Playing this song again,