Saturday, 17 August 2019

Being fair to budget travelers

I totally support Dr Mahathir on this one,

PM says unfair to impose same tax on passengers of low-cost and full service airlines


excerpts,

“We are studying (the tax). Obviously, if you charge the passengers the same exit tax for high-cost flights and low-cost flights, it is not fair,” the Prime Minister told a press conference after visiting RedQ, the AirAsia’s headquarters, here yesterday,

I just hope the study and right decision on the matter could be done as quickly as possible.

Also, since that one was on the departure tax, Dr Mahathir needs to look into the equally unfair passenger service charge (PSC) too.


Guan Eng as the finance minister responsible in imposing those taxes needs to learn from this one.

Don't simply squeeze people just because you assumed that they don't mind being squeezed.

Simple common sense la that one.

People who fly with budget airlines are budget travelers and for them every sen counts. Otherwise they wouldn't fly with budget airlines.

Some more, you give them substandard airport and expect them to pay the same tax as those who get to use the proper airport. That's simply stupid or even being grossly negligent.

It's like forcing people to pay the same for pasar malam goods and those sold at posh malls.

So, hopefully Guan Eng and the rest of the not so bright Cabinet members will learn and get their thinking right.

Don't simply say or do bullshit things and expect people to swallow them just because you thought you can get away with anything.

Impose all kind of unfair taxes and then blame the previous government - that tactic wouldn't work anymore, okay.

Really, they must learn from Dr Mahathir on things like this.

Do the right thing for the country as a whole and not just for your party's voters support base.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Dong Zong wins....DAP too

As I previously wrote, the Chinese educationists are indeed

Dr Mahathir's unbeaten opponents 

This is the final Cabinet's decision

No khat, Jawi in national-type 

schools only if PTA agree


Yup, they defeated Dr Mahathir again.

The handsome old man, as I also pointed previously, never came out looking good after a fight with the Dong Zong gang.


And now we also know who is the real boss in Pakatan Harapan.

DAP leaders can now once again be the Chinese heroes.

Well, good for them.

As for Pribumi Bersatu, all their talks about being the defenders of everything Malay and Islamic in Pakatan Harapan were just talks.

Okay, some Malays may think otherwise, but they are definitely not the majority.

Anyway, I told you all that I was with the Dong Zong gang on this - the khat thing was stupid in the first place.

So unnecessary.

For another point of view about the whole nonsense, read this

MCA leader dismisses khat flare-up as Mahathir’s ploy

excerpts;

“Basically, we are going back to the same 2Rs of race and religion to capture the voters’ imagination,” he said, adding that PH is aware that they need as much support as they can from the Malays in order to retain power.
“PH knows that without winning over the Malay votes from PAS and Umno, they will lose the government and the next GE15 results will not be in their favour. Thus, their seats in Putrajaya are as good as gone,” he opined.
Ti said Dr Mahathir’s recent attack against Dong Zong is the same strategy he employed after the general election in 1999 when “he lost the Malay popular support.”
For me, if that's the ploy, then it has backfired on Dr Mahathir quite badly.

Whatever it is, I still think DAP will get everyone in Pakatan to push Dr Mahathir out of the PM office by May next year and replace him with Anwar.

They can't afford Dr Mahathir pulling another stunt like the khat issue which could damage their absolute monopoly of the Chinese votes.

I believe that they rather not have any Malay vote at all as long as they can keep their support base intact.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

DAP's choice; Dong Zong or Dr Mahathir

So, this is the latest on

Dr Mahathir's unbeaten opponents 

Mahathir labels Dong Zong as racist


excerpts ;

“Dong Zong is racist; we set up a campus in Vision School to put a Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) Cina, a SJK Tamil and a sekolah kebangsaan (national school) in one campus, but they were against it.
“They are afraid to let their children mix with Malays, so they did not want it. They are against all (implemented by the government), never agreed with anything,”
Even the non-Chinese DAP who tried to bodek the Chinese for votes sudah kena from Dr Mahathir;

Meanwhile, commenting on a call by Klang MP Charles Santiago who wanted the power of the prime minister in making decisions curbed, Dr Mahathir cynically said he will refer to Charles before making any decision.
“In future, when making a decision, I will ask Charles Santiago; if he did not agree I will not make the decision. Of course, I have to obtain his view; he is on the same level as me,” he said. 
Really haywire for DAP this one.

So DAP, you all want to throw out Dr Mahathir from Pakatan or not?

It's your Chinese support base or him, okay.

Guan Eng, you don't want to say the handsome old man has declared war against the Chinese ka?

As I previously wrote, the Chinese educationists will never back down on anything concerning the Chinese schools.

They will fight even the DAP over it.

And DAP know they can't fight these Dong Zong people as they will lose their all important undivided support of the Chinese community.

My bet is that DAP will push Dr Mahathir out, now that they realised that he is not going to be their puppet.

They will push Anwar up to be PM. They will have PKR and that Amanah lapdog to support them for it.

Anwar will give them everything they want as long as he can become the PM.

He will even lick Dong Zong if that's what DAP wanted in exchange for it to topple Dr Mahathir and give him the PM seat.


It's seriously moving towards that.

And what Dr Mahathir can do about it?

He can dissolves the parliament, and calls for general election.

If they think they can do without him, let them try to actually do that.

After that he can take a real rest somewhere. He's 94 after all.

Personally, I believe Pakatan will get massacred at the polls without Dr Mahathir.

Well, lets wait and see....this could be as early as next year.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Probably another case like Adib's

Someone asked me to write about the death of Syed Muhammad Danial Syed Syakir.

Honestly, I don't have the heart to write about it.

But since it was requested, this is what I think will happen ;

1. The AG will order an inquest instead of normal police investigation.

2. The inquest will conclude that Syed Muhammad Danial was hit by his own car and died.

3. Nothing happen after that and everyone will live happily ever after.

Just like in Adib's case.

Okay, that's all.

Oh, and this guy, the inquest will conclude, was actually trying to save Syed Muhammad Danial,


Alfatihah for arwah.

May Allah places him among his beloved.

Deepest condolences for his loved ones.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

No U-turn - Dr Mahathir's stand on Lynas

This story from Fukuoka, Japan

Malaysia can’t drive Lynas out 

because investors are watching


should be titled "Final nail in the anti-Lynas coffin".

excerpts;

1 - Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad pointed to studies by experts that indicate that what Lynas produces is very low-level radioactive waste and not hazardous to health and he believes there is a way to further reduce the low-level radioactivity.

2 - “The report was made by experts but there are quarters who do not accept their decision. This poses a problem, if we ask the experts to make the study but we reject it. What is the purpose of asking the experts to make the study?” he asked.

Yup, Dr Mahathir is sticking to his belief which he wrote in his blog in May 2012 and this time he was supported by the findings of the review committee appointed by the Pakatan government last year.

LYNAS ← Chedet


excerpts;
8. As I understand it, the Lynas plant in Pahang does not involve activating any of the rare earth components to make them radioactive. The process cannot be harmful. As for the waste, it does not give off harmful radiation either. The waste is just ordinary earth which is normally mixed with the small amounts of rare earth. The necessity to export the waste does not arise.

And yes, Dr Mahathir's stand on the issue confirms that the anti-Lynas movement, led by DAP and PKR, was just based on lies....




....and spins....dramatic one at that. Just look at the faces of those liars.


My salute to Dr Mahathir for putting the interest of Malaysia ahead of the political interest of these liars, even though they are his allies in Pakatan.

Well, if he can turned against Umno and BN, of course he can do the same to these people whom he knew were lying about Lynas from back then when he wrote that post in support of Lynas in 2012.

Do also take note that Dr Mahathir had made all his most important statements on Lynas in Japan which depends heavily on the company to ensure its supply of rare-earth will not be threatened by China which control about 80 per cent of the mineral supply.

Lynas is the only significant supplier of rare-earth outside China and shutting it down would give China absolute monopoly of the mineral which is crucial in the production of IT components and operations of other high-tech industries.

Lynas actually holds the key to the survivability of the Western world in its conflict with China, such as the current trade war, and it's located in Malaysia.

I believe that Dr Mahathir knows the strategic importance that Lynas has gave to the country and that's why he rather brushed aside the demands of the anti-Lynas leaders from DAP and PKR, who only care about where their next votes will come from.

For a better understanding of Lynas' significance, I'm putting in full this article by South China Morning Post which was published on Thursday;

China's rare earth producers say they are ready 
to weaponise their supply stranglehold

The Association of China Rare Earth Industry, which represents almost 300 miners, processors and manufacturers, issued a statement yesterday, citing an Aug 5 meeting.
“US consumers must shoulder the cost from US-imposed tariffs,” the association said.
China’s rare earth producers, who control the lion’s share of the world’s output of the elements, said they are ready to use their dominance of the industry as a weapon in the country’s year-long trade war with their customers in the United States.
Chinese producers will pass any tariffs on their exports to customers, in a move that would almost certainly add to the cost of the magnets, motors, light-emitting diodes and hundreds of other devices, according to an industry guild that represents almost 300 miners, processors and manufacturers of rare earth-based products.
The industry “resolutely supports the nation’s counter measures against US import tariffs on Chinese products,” the Association of China Rare Earth Industry said in a statement yesterday citing the consensus from an Aug 5 meeting. “US consumers must shoulder the costs from US-imposed tariffs.”
The statement by the state-dominated industry is the clearest sign that China is ready to turn its rare earth deposits into a trade weapon, after a year of negotiations to untangle a complex web of tit-for-tat tariffs ended in impasse.
US President Donald Trump upped the ante on Aug 1, when he tweeted he would slap a 10% tariff on US$300 billion of Chinese products effective Sept 1, excluding rare earths.
China produces over 80% of the world’s rare earths, and a major portion of processed products that are found in most smartphones, electric vehicles, wind turbines and military equipment from radars to sensors.
The US imports most of the rare earths it uses from China. Washington DC last year put Chinese rare earth materials on its proposed product list for tariffs but later took them out.
This isn’t the first attempt by Chinese producers to turn their industry dominance into a trade or diplomatic weapon.
China banned exports to Japan after a 2010 territorial dispute, which resulted in a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and a push by Japanese industry to develop substitutes and alternatives, ultimately hurting Chinese producers.
“The second round of nationwide environmental compliance inspection has already started, posing a big test for miners and processors,” Citic Securities chief cyclical industries analyst Ao Chung said in a report on Monday.
“The rise in compliance costs could further squeeze out non-compliant capacities, tightening rare earth supply.”
This could result in higher product prices, benefiting companies that are in compliance, Chung noted, adding the prospect of more US tariffs raises the urgency of more policies favourable to the rare earth industry.
The statement by the rare earth guild weighed on the stock prices of producers, even as the China and Hong Kong equity markets advanced amid stronger trade data.
China Rare Earth Holdings fell by as much as 3.6% in an advancing market to HK$0.53 in Hong Kong. China Minmetals Rare Earth fell by as much as 5.7% in Shenzhen to 14.80 yuan, while China Northern Rare Earth Group (600111 CH) declined 3.9% to 11.83 yuan in Shanghai.
In view of the trade war with the US, Chinese producers should also diversify their exports and actively participate in opportunities stemming from Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, the industry guild said.
The BRI aims to foster closer economic partnerships with Southeast, South and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, initially through infrastructure construction.
The industry body emphasised that its members need to continue to push for “supply side structural reform and better serve the domestic market” so as to maintain China’s lead in the global rare earth industry.
The reform refers to the elimination of inefficient, outdated and environmentally damaging mining and processing methods.
To make it easier to achieve this, Beijing in recent years has forced the previously-fragmented industry to consolidate into six groups, led by state-owned companies.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Dr Mahathir's unbeaten opponents (updated)

UPDATES at 11:34 Aug 7

Someone pointed this story to me just now

Chinese educationist groups 

okay with khat implementation


and said, "Hey, Dr Mahathir wins la."

Then I told him to read the whole story till the end and pay particular attention to these paragraphs,

excerpts;

At a meeting yesterday, the groups had signed a statement calling for the deferment of the decision to introduce khat in the Year 4 Bahasa Melayu syllabus in vernacular schools next year.
They had said it did not help Chinese and Tamil primary school students to increase their standard of Malay and that changes to the existing school syllabus should only be done by meeting the needs of each school stream.
It's as good as saying no to the whole thing, or at the very least, a strategic retreat.

They will continue to call for the deferment until the government gives up or until Dr Mahathir is no longer around.

There is no way the Chinese educationists will ever back down. That has been their stance for half a century.

If Dr Mahathir really forces them, they will campaign against Pakatan in the next general election. Pakatan can't survive if the Chinese votes are split even for a bit.

As for the FMT headline, it was just to accommodate the DAP and in a way to give face to Dr Mahathir.

It's too embarrassing if they were seen as failing to subdue the Chinese educationists AGAIN.

ORIGINAL POST

I'm really against forcing anyone doing things which were not really necessary.

That's why I'm against forcing students learning "khat" in school.

I really meant it when I said I'm

In support of Dong Zong and Jiao Zong 

over the matter.

I think it's a stupid and an unnecessary move by the Education Ministry.

Why can't they use the resources for the "khat" classes to actually really improve students' knowledge of the national language?

Maybe it's for Pakatan to win over the Malays, but that's political and why do they have to burden the students for it like that?


Anyway, I think it's going to backfire on them.

If we look back at the history of Dr Mahathir's career, the only group of opponents that he failed to subdue were the Chinese educationists.

He always came out worse after a fight with them.

Operation Lalang

for instance is a black mark of Dr Mahathir's first administration.

Its main trigger was this,

excerpts :

The immediate cause, however, was the Ministry of Education's decision to appoint some 100 senior assistants and supervisors to Chinese-medium primary schools.[8] Concerns were raised by Chinese politicians and organizations that those appointed were Chinese who were not Chinese-educated, implying that students and parents might be forced to use English or Malay to communicate with the school personnel. Chinese educationalist groups contended that the move would limit the usage of Chinese in these schools.
On 11 October 1987, a 2,000-strong gathering was held by the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM, the association of Chinese school teachers and trustees, also known as Dong Jiao Zong) at the Hainanese Association Building beside the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur. It was joined by prominent politicians from Chinese-based parties such as MCA's Deputy President and Labour Minister Lee Kim Sai, the leader of Democratic Action Party (DAP) Lim Kit Siang, as well as representatives from GERAKAN and other parties. The meeting resolved to call a three-day boycott in Chinese schools if the government did not settle the appointments issue.[8] The boycott was called off at the eleventh hour to allow time for the government to resolve the issue, nevertheless 57 schools went ahead with the strike on 15 October, either because they did not receive the notice of postponement, or they disagreed with the decision.[9]

After that, Dr Mahathir attempted to introduce the Sekolah Wawasan concept which was to integrate Chinese schools into the mainstream. It was also thwarted by the Chinese educationists.

Then there's also the Suqiu memorandum controversy in 1999. At that time it was said that Dr Mahathir accepted the pledge of support from Chinese community leaders - many of whom were Chinese educationists - for the general election that year. In return, he was to fulfil their wishes should BN wins. BN did not even manage to win 40 per cent of Malay votes due to the Anwar's Reformasi movement at that time but was saved by the Chinese votes. Dr Mahathir however denied having promised anything to the Suqiu leaders. Just days before the
Lunas by-election
in November 2000, Dr Mahathir made a remark during a press conference in Alor Star likening the Suqiu leaders to communists and extremists. As a result, BN lost the by-election that it should have won after the Chinese voters switched to support the opposition because of the remark he made.

Now Dr Mahathir is having another round of confrontation with the Chinese educationists and I suspect that he may not come out of this one looking any good either.

After all, Pakatan still needs the full support of the Chinese community for the next general election.

No matter how much they hate BN and it's allies, the Chinese community may still prefer them than those who threaten their institutions - the Chinese schools being one of its most cherished.

I think DAP will be hard pressed on this one. We will just have to wait for it to announce its leadership's "collective stand" on the khat issue in the next few days.

DAP is after all not a great defender of Chinese schools, the same as their big brother PAP of Singapore which destroyed the Chinese school system in that republic to quash its opposition within the community.

Whatever it is, this is going to be a headache for them.

As for the BN supporters who have been whacking the Chinese community over this issue.....honestly, I don't understand them.

By right, they should be standing with the Chinese educationists on this one.

The enemy of our enemy is our friend.....something like that.

Well, maybe they were being too wrapped up with the idea of Perpaduan Ummah that they felt the need to whack anything that appears to be against it.

Actually, they should realise that Perpaduan Ummah is not about whacking other races who defended their rights.

It's about getting ourselves united and not about going after others, okay.

By the way, I also don't understand why we need to make everyone become like ourselves.

I never believe in forcing anyone to assimilate, or even integrate for that matter.

Why can't we be our unique selves and still be Malaysians?

Bangsa Malaysia?

Click on this link to my previous post in February 2014 to know what I think of the Bangsa Malaysia concept;


Saturday, 3 August 2019

In support of Dong Zong and Jiao Zong (updated)


UPDATES at 22:36 Aug 3

Ooops....it has apparently been decided.

Just saw this,

Khat in BM curriculum can go ahead - PM

excerpts;

Referring to protests by certain quarters over the matter, the prime minister said those objecting voices were from only a small segment of society.

He said the government was steadfast in its policy of shared prosperity and had never stopped the use of other languages’ writings.

“We have never objected to other writings (including) in Chinese as this is something special in our country.

“Chinese language writings are not allowed in other countries such as Indonesia, for instance, (and in) the Philippines and Thailand, they use their own (language) writings,” he said when answering a question on the khat objections posed by a participant of the Semarak Merdeka Town Hall session with the Prime Minister here.


Well, I guess Pakatan can win some extra Malay votes for this one.

Whatever lah.

ORIGINAL POST

I'm actually supporting this,

Chinese educationists oppose 

move to introduce 'khat' writing 

for BM syllabus


excerpts;

They claim that the khat, as part of the Bahasa Melayu syllabus, is “not suitable”, saying the art of calligraphy writing has nothing to do with learning the national language which follows a romanised script.
“As such, the learning of khat does not contribute to helping students master the Malay language,” said Dong Zong and Jiao Zong, collectively known as DZJ.
The groups were quick to add, however, that their resistance to introducing khat to students should not be seen as a refusal to celebrate the country’s various cultures and languages.
“But we disagree if the learning of cultures is made compulsory for students,” said DZJ.
Yup,  we should not force people in these sort of things.

We are in Malaysia, not China, okay.

We cannot do things like this;

China’s capital orders Arabic, 

Muslim symbols taken down

excerpts;

The campaign against Arabic script and Islamic images marks a new phase of a drive that has gained momentum since 2016, aimed at ensuring religions conform with mainstream Chinese culture.
The campaign has included the removal of Middle Eastern-style domes on many mosques around the country in favour of Chinese-style pagodas.
China, home to 20 million Muslims, officially guarantees freedom of religion, but the government has campaigned to bring the faithful into line with Communist Party ideology.
Whomever at the Education Ministry that came up with this idea of introducing "khat" in the BM school subject and forcing students at Chinese schools to learn it are quite dense.

They can't even do it at sekolah kebangsaan, okay.

Seriously, how many of you all from sekolah kebangsaan who can write in Jawi, let alone do the khat?

Not many, right?

By the way, I can write Jawi, but not the khat.

I don't really understand why the NUTP supported the idea.

It only creates trouble.

Why must they disturb the Chinese schools again in this era of Malaysia Baru?

We allowed the Chinese schools to exist in this country because the Chinese community wanted their own school system.


That's to preserve their racial identity and culture.

Why then that we now want to force them to be otherwise?

It's stupid, okay.

Anyway, where are the DAP leaders?

Are they going to join the Chinese educationists' protest on Monday?

I think the MCA people will be there.

I'm alright with that.

At least they are honest about being Chinese.

At least they are not hypocrites.

Well, I believe I have been consistent when it comes to Chinese school issues.

Here's a previous post of mine ;

Friday, 2 August 2019

The law that should be proposed by the PKR senator

Two days ago, a PKR senator proposed a law to punish women for seducing men into raping them.

Crazy.

Of course there was a hue and cry about it, forcing the stupid guy to retract his proposal and apologise.

Even Anwar, who of late is trying to portray himself as being saintly made a statement.

I think you all know about all that by now.

Well, what baffles me was how could that Mohd Imran Abd Hamid guy be that stupid.


Didn't the PKR people, and that must include Anwar, who made him senator know that the guy is a nut case?

They must have not checked on him properly.

In fact, they fielded him for the Lumut parliamentary seat in GE13 and he won.

Maybe they were desperate for talents that when they saw that he was a retired admiral they decided to give him a job.

Lucky that our navy had not been to war when he was in charge.

Anyway, I think the retired admiral should have proposed a different but similar law instead - a law to punish men who seduced men.

Yup, I would support such a proposal.

After all, PKR could greatly benefit from such a law.

That would prevent all the handsome young men in the party from trying to seduce their married male leaders....anf the other way around.

Too many such cases in the party already, okay.

I just can't imagine the trauma that the wives and children of the seduced married male leaders have to endure....and that of the parents of the seduced handsome young men.

I think by now the leaders of PKR allies in Pakatan Harapan must be feeling a bit squeamish when ever they have meeting with Anwar and gang.

Therefore, really, a law against men seducing men is necessary.

Seriously, all those PKR gay stories are gross, okay.

What is more gross than a married man in his late 60s saying "Can I fuck you today?" to a man in his 20s?

Urgh....

Okay lah, I think if the PKR senator is too shy to propose such a law, then maybe someone from Pribumi Bersatu can do it.

Come on guys, help your PKR friends a bit, can or not?

I really pity Dr Mahathir for having to mix around with that bunch of people.

And he even had to promise to hand over this country to Anwar by as early as next year.


Sigh.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Suing the liars and calling on Pribumi Bersatu bloggers to defend Dr Mahathir

I think this is long overdue

Lynas will sue those who defame it


excerpts;
In recent weeks you may have seen a campaign of false information by anti-Lynas activists. We have always welcomed informed debate, however, the spreading of false allegations and misinformation is unacceptable. We cannot allow lies to stand unchallenged and we will not hesitate to take legal actions against those who persist in defaming our people and our company.
Yup, do sue them for millions of ringgit.

Previously, Lynas had been too nice and trying too hard being diplomatic.

The lies only got worse despite all the scientific evidence backing the company.

By now Lynas should know that those people who defamed it are devoid of reason and are only interested in gaining political mileage by lying to the people.

Now that they have become the government they are using their new-found power to enforce their lies on everyone, including their own leader PM Dr Mahathir.

They just can't take it that Dr Mahathir had decided that there's nothing wrong with Lynas and that the company's presence in this country actually helps Malaysia.

They became brave because they thought they can get away with their lies as no action was previously taken against them.

With Lynas now pledging to sue them, lets see whether they are still so brave to defame others.

No more playing nice from now onwards.

Don't waste niceness on these people because they are not nice people.


Next time they open their mouth and lies come out of it, sue them.

Bankrupt them if possible.

I'm quite sure Lynas can win such suits as they have all the facts on their side.

Let's start with this one;

Lynas does not consider the environment and 

health of Malaysians


Sue the writer and the publication which published his article.

The publication tried to excuse itself by saying it's the writer's opinion and not its own but the fact that it published the article means it helps to spread the lies.

So, go all out okay. Don't be shy because these people never hesitate to sue others if they could do so.

Again, sue them for millions of ringgit and please don't settle the case out of court.

Don't compromise with these people.

They never care about the Lynas workers whose jobs they put at risk because of their political agenda.

After that lets see if the likes of Fuziah, Wong Tak etc dare to lie again about Lynas.

Lynas shouldn't worry about losing because its case would be based on scientific evidence and facts while those who defamed it were just playing on public sentiment to win votes.

In court, only evidence and facts matter, okay.

Also, I would like to see all those prominent Pribumi Bersatu bloggers and social media personalities defend their party chairman's stand on Lynas.

Here once again is Dr Mahathir's post, which defends Lynas;


LYNAS ← Chedet


excerpts;

8. As I understand it, the Lynas plant in Pahang does not involve activating any of the rare earth components to make them radioactive. The process cannot be harmful. As for the waste, it does not give off harmful radiation either. The waste is just ordinary earth which is normally mixed with the small amounts of rare earth. The necessity to export the waste does not arise.

Really guys, read this one by Rocky too for good measure


Also this one by Singapore's Straits Times;

Malaysia set to withdraw demand over export of Lynas' rare earth waste

 JUL 29, 2019, 5:24 PM SGT 

Shannon Teoh Malaysia Bureau Chief 

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will likely withdraw a demand for the controversial but highly strategic Lynas rare earth plant to export half a million tonnes of feared radioactive waste as a condition for renewing its licence, and instead direct it to build a permanent disposal facility (PDF) at the Australian miner's cost. 

The Straits Times understands that the Cabinet discussed this proposed compromise earlier this month but is putting off an announcement. 

The government had said previously it would announce its decision in mid-August before Lynas' licence expires on Sept 2. 

The development came after the company's appeal hearing against the waste export directive on June 28. 

Lynas mines rare earth minerals in Western Australia and processes them at its plant near Kuantan in Pahang. 

Deciding on the PDF route would effectively allow Lynas to continue operations instead of being shuttered. It has said shipping out the 450,000 tonnes of water leach purification (WLP) residue from its plant by September was unachievable, but that it has been ready to build a PDF if required.

"Agreeing to the PDF as a condition will mean Lynas has to stump up a US$50 million (S$68.4 million) security deposit to finance the project. It is also dependent on Lynas locating a site and getting the necessary approvals," an official source told The Straits Times. 

Building a PDF was recommended by a review panel in December. 

Lynas had said it accepted the PDF recommendation, but subsequently Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin decided to override it. 

She instead ordered the full export of waste from the US$800 million refinery as a prerequisite for licence renewal. 

According to an agreement between the ousted Barisan Nasional (BN) in 2012 and Lynas, which produces about 12 per cent of global rare earth supply, waste export is a last resort if plans to recycle the waste fail and there is no option for safe disposal of stockpiled waste. 

The firm's multimillion-dollar research into the use of WLP as fertiliser has been ongoing. 

It is also investing in a pre-processing facility in Australia to decontaminate the ore before sending it to Malaysia, as part of an ambitious A$500 million (S$477 million) blueprint to expand operations by 2025. 

Lynas noted in its quarterly report that Malaysia's deputy environment minister had told Parliament conditions for the renewal would be decided by Cabinet and announced in mid-August 2019. 

This plan was unveiled after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in April that no country would accept radioactive residue and that rare earth refining could continue "if they promise that the raw material only comes here after the cracking and cleaning up". 

China controls over 70 per cent of the world's production of rare earths and meets 80 per cent of the United States' demand. But the escalating trade war between the two superpowers has sent investors scurrying for alternative sources of the material which is crucial in high-technology electronics and defence applications. 

The PDF requirement would not just be a compromise between the government and Lynas, but also among Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders who are divided over the refinery that has faced years of pressure over alleged radioactivity and pollution. 

Experts, including those in the government review committee, disagree on the level of radiation from the WLP piled up on the east coast of Pahang. 

Speaking at the Nikkei business conference in Japan in May, Tun Dr Mahathir said "we will allow Lynas to carry on, otherwise we are going to lose a very big investment from Australia". 

Ms Yeo, however, insisted later the same day that licensing conditions still applied and that Dr Mahathir's position is "Lynas has to ship out its waste". 

On July 9, her deputy minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis told Parliament "we still need a few inputs before we make a decision... to be announced in mid-August 2019". 

Entrepreneurial Development Minister Redzuan Yusof said the next day that Malaysia could attract investments of up to RM100 billion (S$33 billion) in the rare earth sector over the next decade, once the government gives the market clarity over its stance on the sector. 

Eighty-eight civil society groups have petitioned the government not to renew Lynas' licence, and asked to meet Dr Mahathir before a decision is made, saying it is unfair that the premier has not given them the same courtesy as accorded to the company's top brass. 

"I believe the truth never got to the government," said Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chairman Tan Bun Teet on July 21. 

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-set-to-withdraw-export-demand-of-lynas-rare-earth-waste

Monday, 29 July 2019

A lousy bastard hit my dad's car

Got a call from my father this morning.

He asked whether I know of any friendly workshop in Klang.

Someone hit his parked car last night causing quite a bit of damage.

The damage on my father's car
That's going to cost him quite a bit, I think.

The problem with the damage was that it's not bad enough to claim from insurance while the person who hit my father's car didn't leave his number or even an apology note.

My father stayed at a relative's place last night and parked the car at a nearby open space.

It's in front of a Chinese temple at a small housing estate along Jalan Sungai Putus, Klang.

He suspected the culprit to be one of the people who attended a celebration at a recently constructed makeshift Hindu temple about 500 metres from the open space. The place was packed with their cars last night.

My father was quite resigned about it.

"I think it's just Allah's punishment for my smaller past sins," he said with a laugh.

My father always said that when something not so nice happened to him and he can't do anything about it. By the way, he is not a very religious person.

I would have cursed the bastard who hit my car like that.

Anyway, I called up a cousin in Klang to help my father with his car.

Sorry la. No politics. I'm just feeling sorry for my father today.

Here's a Monday song for you instead;


Saturday, 27 July 2019

Azmin can still gives Anwar a bloody nose or even a KO punch

It has been two days since Azmin was said to be joining Gerakan in the near future, yet there's no comment from the guy himself.


The way I see it, the longer he keeps the speculation alive, the more likely that it's true.

Or maybe he's just keeping his options open.

I have to agree with those who said that it would be a good move by him.

More so if he could bring along his supporters in PKR into the dying Gerakan.

If the current Gerakan leaders are smart, they should immediately accept the Azmin camp and give them posts in the party.

It's the best way to keep their party alive.

So far, they have been positive about it.

After all, Azmin's faction in PKR is more multi-racial compared to that of Anwar's which is more Malay-base.

Because of that, I don't think they would have much problem adapting to Gerakan ways.

At the same time, their inclusion will enable Gerakan to shed its image of being a fake multi-racial party, which is actually a Chinese one, like DAP.

Furthermore, I can't see how Azmin can carry on with PKR after that gay sex video scandal.

It's quite clear who had him stripped naked and humiliated.

Whether it's true that Azmin is one of the men in the video is immaterial. The damage had been done for him.

Well, they have wanted to politically kill him off since way back then.

I wrote this back in January last year, even before GE14


Anwar has so far tried to portray himself as the good guy talking about shunning gutter politics and reconciliation.

After all, he won on that one.

The only way Azmin can get back at him is by doing something such as the speculated Gerakan move.

Anwar will be screwed if a huge chunk of PKR follows Azmin into Gerakan, especially among the MPs and assemblymen.

His position as PM-in-waiting will suddenly be severely compromised.

Dr Mahathir will have a very valid reason not to choose him as his successor.

How can Anwar be entrusted to take care of the country if he can't even keep his party together, the handsome old man could say.

It would be a master stroke by Azmin. Turning a defeat into victory.

He can have his own party, stop the dirty talks about the gay sex video and at the same time gives Anwar a bloody nose or even a KO punch.

In fact if he plays his cards well, he may still be a PM one day.

He probably just have to wait a bit after


and becomes the first Malaysian PM from a truly multi-racial party.....ahead of Anwar some more.

After all, as I previously wrote in February 2015 and before Dr Mahathir joined Pakatan, Azmin is actually


Well, actually he's the only viable one that Pakatan have among its younger leaders.

Even Mukhriz, in term of capabilities as PM, is questionable.

Who else? Rafizi? Syed Saddiq? Come on la.

Guan Eng cannot okay. Even if he is a Malay, the guy is too irritating. Lying some more, like that GST robbery accusation in Parliament.

So, it still has to be Azmin as PM in the end.

Of course, all that provided that Pakatan doesn't get slaughtered by the BN-Pas alliance in the next general election.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

A clearer battle line, and a bit of Ulasan Apek Cina

Things are quite messy on the local political front of late.

The guys can't even differentiate between men and women anymore....especially in PKR.

But now one thing is certain - The BN-Pas alliance will stick to themselves all the way to the next general election.

No possibility of cooperation with any of the Pakatan parties.

This makes things clearer.

And this is Zahid and gang yesterday,


It's quite clear now that there will be no horse trading of any sort.

Stopping DAP is now their main priority.

Well, I don't see anything wrong with that as DAP hates them in the first place.

If DAP have its way, the party would prefer Umno and Pas to be abolished.

It's the only way to achieve Malaysian Malaysia.

As it is, there were already talks about the Pakatan government banning Umno.

That's what DAP has always wanted.

Remember, Asal Bukan Umno. So, nothing wrong what for Asal Bukan DAP.

And despite the over 95 per cent Chinese support for DAP in GE14, I don't think all members of the community like the party.

Many DAP leaders are very irritating for even among the Chinese.

Going against DAP doesn't mean going against the Chinese community.

Okay, let's hear the latest on the political front from this Apek Cina,


Cheers.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Not right to treat our airlines like enemies

Read this story last night

VMY 2020 logo as livery on 4 local airlines

excerpts,

"After the launch, we will move to Bunga Raya Complex to view the VMY 2020 logo that will be the livery on four aircrafts of MAS, AirAsia, Malindo and Firefly respectively," Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi told reporters today.

So, our airlines are to be the main flag bearers of next year's Visit Malaysia Year campaign.

Good lah.

Malaysia Airlines, which is about to be sold off by the government; AirAsia, which is under siege from multiple legal actions by government units for refusing to be bullied as well as complaining about poor treatment and lousy airports; Malindo and Firefly, which were mostly too cowed to say anything.

I wonder how the people at those airlines felt about having to help out in such a campaign while viewed and treated rather not nicely.

This is the language used in addressing the airlines if they dare to speak up,

Shut up or we sue, MAHB tells AirAsia


And they indeed sued, not only the airline, but also its CEO in his personal capacity, which I think is quite petty.

I'm not really a fan of AirAsia as I always fly with Malaysia Airlines, but the budget airline is the only local one which is truly successful, winning international awards as the best in its class every year.


So, it's not that nice seeing the government, via MAHB doing something like that to it.

Of course, the fight is still ongoing as AirAsia has yet to throw in the towel, but why the need to start it in the first place?

Can't they just work nicely together instead?

Especially so with Malaysia Airlines being in a really bad shape now and the government kept talking about selling it off.

Isn't it better to do things nicely so that we can have a proper VMY2020 campaign where people at our airlines feel that they were being appreciated and therefore sincerely want to do their best for the campaign?

That, rather than them feeling as if they were being bullied into it.

You campaign for us or we will sue you....sort of like that....that's not very nice isn't it?

Well, as it is, our tourism industry is not doing that great of late.

It's the only one in the Asean region that shrank last year.

And the government keep doing more to make it worse.

The latest is the proposed departure levy by Finance Ministry, which even the Tourism Minister was not so happy about;

Tourism Minister wants departure levy postponed


Well, as it is, the Tourism Minister is not apparently doing very well himself.

Someone forwarded to me this complaint letter about him to PM, Dr Mahathir


The letter seems to be written by a Pakatan supporter within the ministry but it basically accused the current Pakatan minister as being no better than the previous BN minister.

Don't know lah....it seemed quite messy to me.

Maybe Dr Mahathir as PM needs to handle this matter himself.....again.

Otherwise, things like VMY2020 may be affected which is not good for the country as a whole.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Let's have our own Changi Airport

When I saw this story yesterday

Court orders AirAsia to pay RM40.73m 

to Malaysia Airports


I immediately thought that now MAHB has more money, then it could further upgrade airport facilities around the country so that things such as this would not happen again,

AirAsia flight from Melaka to Penang grounded 

after LTAM air traffic control glitch


That was on July 3.

Air traffic control should not have even a bit of glitch as airports could not afford such things.

Planes could crash and people could die, okay.

As I previously wrote, when it comes to aviation, safety is paramount and there should not be even the slightest error.

Hopefully MAHB will use the extra money they received at the court to make things better at our airports, which it has a near monopoly.

It's good for business anyway.

See, AirAsia actually announced this just a day before their planes were grounded at the Melaka International Airport due to the air traffic control "glitch",

AirAsia plans to offer more routes 

via LTAM


Hopefully they were not deterred by what happened.

The way I see it, if MAHB can spend more to improve the airports, then I think the airlines will be more enthusiastic to increase their flights.

This among others will further boost tourism, which is good for Malaysia as a whole.

By the way, this is the latest list of
The world’s best airports for 2019

Yup, at the very top is Singapore's Changi Airport.

Inside Singapore's  Changi Airport
It's holding the title for the seventh consecutive years.

Unfortunately, as reported here

KLIA Ranking Drops Again in 

Skytrax World's Top 100 Airports 2019



And then we also have


Well, I think we should do something about this.

After all, we and visitors to our country are paying all sorts of taxes to fly from our airports.

We definitely can use some of that money to improve our airports, I think.

This is even more so now that the government is planning to introduce a departure levy for all those flying off to another country from our airports.

We shouldn't go around charging levy on tourists who are leaving our country from a crummy airport, right?

If the airport is number one in the world like Singapore's Changi, then maybe that's okay lah.

Otherwise, many tourists will just think that we are not so welcoming and don't want to come here again.