Several commentators have made references about an individual whom they called "Smelly Blobby" or something like that.
I want you all to know that the individual is definitely not our dear Nur Jazlan.
Nur Jazlan is not smelly or blobby.
Nur Jazlan is just a bit chubby, okay.
Jangan marah Datuk.
Datuk kan cool :)
It's quite ironic that this story came out yesterday while many Malaysians are currently unhappy with the long queues at Immigration counters,
IRIS CORP TO SUPPLY 2.5 MLN NIGERIAN ePASSPORTS
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- IRIS Corporation Bhd will be supplying 2.5 million Nigerian electronic passports (ePassports) under a US$42.49 million contract with Nigeria-based firm IRIS Smart Technologies Ltd.
In a filing to Bursa Malaysia today, IRIS Corp said the contract is for three years from the date it was signed.
"IRIS Corp shall, from time to time, supply and deliver such quantities of the e-Passport in accordance with the letters of credit issued by IRIS Smart as specified in the agreement," the inventor of the world's first ePassport and multi-application smart card said.
As stated in that short story, Iris Corp is the world's inventor of ePassport and multi-application smart card, which is something Malaysia should be proud of.
The company used to be the supplier of our ePassports when the technology was first introduced and if I'm not mistaken our country is the first to use it.
I remember that it was a breeze when I applied for my passport at the Immigration Department office in JB about four years ago.
At that time, I thought the days of early morning long queues in front of the Immigration offices was no more.
Then suddenly we have these sorts of posts in the blogs,
And these are earlier reports on the matter,
If you read those reports, you can see that Deputy Home Minister DS Nur Jazlan Mohamed was in the thick of things.
I sorts of highlighted Jazlan in my last post and I got messages saying that Jazlan must be happy with it.
Whatever. I was just trying to be fair to him being my MP and all.
Anyway, I don't think that he even read my insignificant blog, okay.
Well, this time, I'm expressing my hope aloud for someone to ask Jazlan who the hell actually own those new Immigration's vendors which screwed up things.
They can deny the mess is their fault and give all sorts of excuses, but the fact remains that the people suffered and not very happy with the government because of the problem.
Why they were appointed to replace the proven Iris Corp in the first place?
They got big cables ka or what?
If I'm Jazlan, I would have kicked out the vendors right away and get Iris Corp back to do the job.
According to one of the reports, Jazlan said the Ministry is going to review the arrangement with the vendors.
What more to review la Jazlan.
Just read about the suffering of the people at the Immigration counters, okay.
For me, that's good enough a review as it is.
Jazlan, you scared of them or what?
Somehow I got the feeling that nothing is going to happen.
Just read these excerpts from one of the reports;
PETALING JAYA: Datasonic Group Bhd will take on the role as the main contractor for Malaysian passports, supplying the booklets as well as the datapages with microchips to the Immigration Department from Dec 1, 2016.
Those people will make even more money and we will be expected to accept things as it is.
The issue will died off soon and we will be back to accepting that it is normal to wait outside the Immigration office at 4.30am to get our passport done.
Some will even say things like this,
"Biasa la, nak passport kena la macam tu. Kat mana-mana dalam dunia ni pun macam tu la. Tak pecaya tanya la geng Pak Hitam yang datang dari Afrika tu."
Well, I think if later on you ask one of those Nigerian guys who goes around from table to table at the mamak restaurant selling belts and other leather goods, he will tell you,
"No lah, our passports get done very fast one. Tak da masaalah punya."
Yup, Nigeria is getting ahead of us. Iris Corp is doing their passports what.
Jazlan, do something, okay.
Otherwise, next election you just contest in Kempas.
No need to become MP and deputy minister or whatever.
Suruh Uncle Rashid Kasman je ganti engko bertanding kat parliament Pulai.