Going Sul

  

9M-MTG, the aircraft that flew as MH132 during the event – photo credit Stefan Perkas

 

MH132 took off from Auckland on the 24th December 2015 and was headed towards Kuala Lumpur. 

Eight minutes into the flight the pilot queried the air traffic controller why was the flight being directed more South than the flight plan he had in hand. Airways, the agency that handles airspace traffic management in New Zealand told the pilot that that was the flight plan submitted to them by Malaysia Airlines’s Operations Dispatch Centre (ODC).

Many read only the headlines in various news portals and began to make fun of Malaysia Airlines. Already reeling from the wounds of MH370 and MH17, this latest incident isn’t the kind of publicity the airline would want to have. Even in Whatsapp groups that I belong to misinformed persons were making jokes of Malaysia Airlines. I had to correct their perception and so did a senior airline Captain in one of the groups.

Malaysia Airlines pilots do not make their flight plans. It is up to the ODC to do so and pilots fly the routes prescribed. The ODC will then submit the flight plan to the countries the aircraft will be flying from, over and to and the air traffic management agencies will then review the requested altitude and route and amend if necessary before clearing. A copy of the flight plan will then be dispatched to the flight crew involved.

Flying from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur will normally take a northwestern route passing, for example, Brisbane. However, due to headwinds caused by high-altitude jetstreams, or if severe thunderstorms are expected en route then a southwesterly route is taken – either passing over Melbourne or Sydney, before tracking northwesterly again towards Kuala Lumpur. In this case, the aircraft flew heading towards Melbourne before it was then directed towards Sydney and flew just south of the latter city. As a matter of fact, the aircraft landed in Kuala Lumpur nine minutes ahead of schedule. The aircraft would have had more than enough fuel for this route plus a buffer for diversions and the different routing was not a safety issue at all.
However, it is of my opinion that Malaysia Airlines should look into why was Airways not updated by the ODC when the pilots had been updated.

This occurrence is not something peculiar that it demands the negative publicity it received. It is just because it is Malaysia Airlines, an easy target for sensationalists.

Beta Melangkaui Politik

BETA MELANGKAUI POLITIK-DYMM SULTAN JOHOR
  
“Pemimpin atau bekas pemimpin dengan pemikiran sempitnya yang tidak menyukai Singapura” 
Siapakah gerangannya?
Jangan pula beranggapan bahawa Tuanku akan menyokong sesiapa pun dari tanah Johor hanya kerana dia adalah rakyat Johor (termasuklah bekas Menteri Besar Johor)

Dalam berita hari ini, Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar menegaskan bahawa baginda tidak berminat dengan politik dan tidak menyokong mana-mana ahli politik.
Baginda bertitah bahawasanya Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak harus diberi peluang oleh kerana mantan perdana menteri yang terdahulu juga pernah membuat kesilapan.
S : Ampun Tuanku, maafkan kami untuk bertanyakan soalan sensitif ini, memandangkan sekarang Johor dilanda oleh fenomena politik. Melalui kenyataan pihak istana, samada melalui saluran rasmi mahupun media sosial, dapat dibayangkan seolah-olah Tuanku mengkritik DS Najib dan tidak menyukai beliau.
J : Tidak, beta tidak pilih kasih terhadap sesiapa. Beta tidak pernah menyatakan rasa tidak suka kepada DS Najib. Beliau tetap seorang Perdana Menteri samada kita suka atau tidak.
Beta harus tegaskan bahawa setiap Perdana Menteri pernah membuat kesilapan. Bagi beta, Muhyiddin Yassin adalah bekas Menteri Besar Johor juga Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri. Beliau telah datang mengadap beta melalui temujanji dan beta membenarkannya tetapi seboleh-bolehnya beta tidak ingin berbincang mengenai politik. Beliau datang mengadap sebanyak dua kali.
Beliau ada menyuarakan rasa tidak puas hatinya dan beta mendengar keluhan beliau itu. Beta juga ada berjumpa dengan PM dan perkara sama turut berlaku, beta tidak membincangkan hal-hal berkaitan politik. Beta tidak berminat terhadap isu politik namun jika beliau (PM) inginkan pendapat dan nasihat, beta sentiasa dengan hati terbuka membantu sebagai seorang sahabat.
Isu samada anda dari tanah Johor ataupun tidak, ianya tidak pernah timbul.
Pihak istana menerima kunjungan dari mana-mana pemimpin tetapi tidak bermakna beta akan melobi kepimpinan mereka.
Mereka adalah ahli politik tetapi janganlah mencemarkan serta menggunakan nama baik istana untuk tujuan politik mereka. Beta bangga menjadi anak jati Johor tetapi itu bukan bermakna beta akan membuta tuli menyokong sesiapa pun yang berasal dari Johor. Rakyat juga janganlah membuat andaian sedemikian.
Perdana Menteri berasal dari Pahang namun beliau tetap memberi perkembangan terbaru apabila ianya berkaitan dengan hal negeri. Ada pertemuan rasmi seperti yang dilaporkan media, tetapi ada juga pertemuan tidak rasmi kami yang orang lain tidak tahu.
Beliau menunjukkan keprihatinan mengenai isu yang berkaitan dengan Johor lebih lagi berkenaan dengan Singapura. Kami bersetuju dan percaya bahawa Johor serta Malaysia akan dapat memperolehi kebaikan daripada projek-projek pembangunan yang sedang dijalankan, sebaik selesai pembinaan projek keretapi laju Kuala Lumpur-Singapura, keuntungan dan kebaikan tersebut sudah boleh dinikmati.
Beta tidak ingin mengungkit mengenai masa lepas mahupun pilih kasih kepada mana-mana ahli politik, aktif mahupun yang sudah bersara, tetapi Perdana Menteri harus mengerti dan memahami perlunya kerja keras dan tidak mengulangi kesilapan yang lepas.
Beta tidak faham apa rasionalnya pemimpin Malaysia yang ingin memulakan sengketa dua negara terhadap Singapura. Itu yang beta gelarkan sebagai “pemikiran sempit”.
Sumber http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2015/12/27/johor-ruler-im-above-politics-the-interest-of-the-rakyat-always-comes-first/

Protest Against China’s Blatant Intrusion

Ever since my last posting on China’s hegemonic role in the South China Sea I was told that China has agreed to not station its coast guard cutter at the Luconia Shoals while Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Shahidan Kassim, announced in Parliament that there has been an increase in operational presence by the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency at the South Luconia Shoals from 269 days in 2014 to 345 days this year. It is believed that Malaysia’s continuous diplomatic stance that is seen as friendly by China as opposed to holding demonstrations as held in other claimant countries is the reason for the one step back taken by China at the Luconia Shoals. However, the Chinese coast guard continues to loiter in the South China Sea.

  
However this morning (18th December 2015) a group of about 16 people calling themselves the Sarawak Association for People’s Aspiration or SAPA, headed by Lina Soo as its President, held a protest rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Kuching, Sarawak.

The protest which began at about 9am kicked off by the submission of a protest note at 9.28am to the personal assistant for Mr Liu Quan by SAPA, followed by shouts in Hokkien saying “Get out and don’t return” by the SAPA members.

  
Although small, this protest is significant as it displays a growing awareness amongst Malaysians on the blatant incursions by the Chinese navy as well coast guard.

China has been aggressive in creating ad hoc ADIZ (Air Defence Identification Zone) around its man-made islands, warning off other military aircraft and vessels that got too near. Four days ago the BBC filed a story on how one of its journalist flying in a Cessna 206 was asked to leave the area to avoid miscalculations.

Last month a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft was told by the Chinese to leave and that “it would be a shame if a plane fell from the sky.”

Things are not going to get better as China continues to claim the South China Sea as its territorial waters whereas two thirds of South Korea’s energy supplies, nearly 60 per cent of Japan’s and Taiwan’s energy supplies, and 80 per cent of China’s crude oil imports come through the South China Sea. Even Indonesia, a non-claimant, has begun to reinforce its military presence in the Natuna islands to face the Chinese.

It will be a matter of time, sooner rather than later, that we will see aggressive flying by PLAAF aircraft that will be stationed at China’s South China Sea airstrips when intercepting other military aircraft. The South China Sea is a potential flashpoint Malaysian cannot ignore nor take lightly.

Jangan Lakukan Kesilapan Dan Kebodohan Saya – Mahathir

  
Tajuk di atas adalah merupakan pengakuan Mahathir sendiri pada tahun 2007.

“Ini adalah salah satu perkara yang perlu kita betulkan. Apa yang diperlukan adalah sebuah kabinet yang tidak selalunya berpengetahuan kerana ianya dibentuk oleh ahli-ahli politik dan bukannya para pakar dan kadangkala ahli politik seperti saya boleh menjadi bodoh,” jawab beliau kepada para wartawan yang memberitahu bahawa kelima-lima lebuhraya bertol dibina semasa beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri.

Kita semua maklum bagaimana baru-baru ini kadar tol dikebanyakan lebuhraya dinaikkan, kecuali lebuhraya-lebuhraya yang dikendalikan oleh PLUS. Ini adalah kerana lebuhraya-lebuhraya PLUS dimiliki 51 peratus oleh UEM Berhad dan 49 peratus oleh Tabung Haji. UEM adalah 100 peratus milik Khazanah. Langkah pemilikan PLUS Berhad telah dibuat di bawah pentadbiran Najib pada tahun 2009.

Bagi kenaikan tambang ERL yang dimiliki YTL Berhad, konsesi ERL telah ditandatangani juga semasa pentadbiran Mahathir. Menurut perjanjian konsesi tersebut, sekiranya kerajaan enggan membenarkan kenaikan tambang, kerajaan wajib membayar RM2.9 bilion kepada YTL atau membenarkan mereka menyambung konsesi selama 30 tahun lagi.

Kenaikan yang membebankan rakyat kini adalah akibat kesilapan dan kebodohan yang telah dilakukan oleh pentadbiran Mahathir. Yang menanggung kebodohan tersebut adalah kita rakyat dan tempias akibat kebodohan tersebut terkena kepada pentadbiran kini. Adalah diharap pentadbiran kini tidak terjangkit kebodohan yang sama dan lebuhraya Pan Borneo bebas tol sepanjang 2,083 kilometer yang diumumkan oleh Najib baru-baru ini merupakan harapan cerah bahawa kebodohan tersebut telahpun berakhir.

Nota kaki: sila baca dengan lebih lanjut bagaimana YTL bekerja kuat untuk mendapatkan kontrak-kontrak kerana ianya bukan syarikat kroni Mahathir

Mahathir – Richest In The World? / Terkaya Di Dunia?

UNTUK BAHASA MALAYSIA SILA SKROL KE BAWAH

I often wonder how as the Prime Minister back then that Mahathir could afford to own at least a ranch in Argentina and possibly another in Chile given the low pay a Prime Minister earned back then. It is no secret that Mahathir was close to the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, that the late dictator was accorded the highest military honorary award by Malaysia in October 1995.

Then came this latest revelation that the Political Secretary to the Perak DAP Chairman, Chong Zhemin, has lodged a police report on Mahathir’s vulgar amount of riches

  
Zhemin claimed in his blog that the reason Mahathir mounted attacks on Najib is due to the latter stopping the former’s transfer of RM1.194 Trillion back into Malaysia. If the allegation is true, something must have been promised to Muhyiddin for him to also assist in bringing Najib down.

The Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency MUST look into this report!

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Saya sering tertanya-tanya bagaimana Mahathir boleh memiliki sebuah ladang yang besar di Argentina, dan mungkin sebuah lagi di Chile hanya dengan pendapatan rendah ketika itu sebagai seorang Perdana Menteri. Bukanlah suatu rahsia bahawa Mahathir amat akrab dengan bekas diktator Chile, Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, hinggakan Pinochet dianugerahkaan pingat kebesaran kehormat Angkatan Tentera dalam bulan Oktober 1995.

Kemudian terbit pula cerita mengenai laporan polis yang dibuat oleh Chong Zhemin, Setiausaha Politik kepada Pengerusi DAP Negeri Perak, terhadap kekayaan melampau Mahathir

  
   
Zheming mendakwa di dalam blognya bahawa Mahathir telah melancarkan serangan ke atas Najib disebabkan keengganan Najib membenarkan Mahathir membawa masuk wang sejumlah RM1.194 Trillion. Jika dakwaan ini benar, berkemungkinan sesuatu telah dijanjikan kepada Muhyiddin untuk membantu beliau menggulingkan Najib.

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia mesti menyiasat dakwaan ini.

Mahabe: How Mahathir and Mugabe Share More Than Just The Same Initials

  
Lately, there has been attempts by the pro-Mahathir camp to equate Najib and his economic policies to Mugabe’s. Little do they know that both Mahathir and Mugabe are still good friends, with the former being the latter’s confidante, as this Malaysiakini report filed on 17th March 2002 states:

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The recent Sunday Telegraph report that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has channelled some 10 million pounds into Malaysian bank accounts should come as little surprise to those who had been following his rapid descent into international ignominy.
Although the allegations were vehemently denied by Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, the Telegraph report was hardly the first linking Mugabes fortunes to Malaysia.
Back in January, The Guardian newspaper revealed that the business interests of Mugabes Zanu PF party was run by a southern African family originally from Malaysia. The head of the family is widely believed to be Shamsudin Abu Hassan, a tycoon on good terms with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Later, a British Broadcasting Corporation analysis alluded that Western money laundering and financial crime experts had been scrutinising accounts holding some US$65 million, said to be Mugabes assets in Malaysia.
But the Malaysian connection in Zimbabwean affairs has certainly not come out of the blue. Asias longest serving ruler and one of Africas longest have been building close relations these past 20 years.
The relationship dates back to the early 1980s when Mugabe became president of Zimbabwe after leading a victorious war against the countrys white minority rulers. Mahathir, who came into power in 1981, played a key role in initiating the newly independent Zimbabwe into the Commonwealth group of nations.
Nationalist pleas
Of late, this relationship has become all the more significant to the African leader as his unpopular methods of policy-making coupled with suspicions of unfair electoral practices, had lost him many friends abroad.
Pointedly, Malaysia was one of only four countries the rest were Nigeria, Botswana and Bangladesh to block Britains move to expel Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth for the ruling partys alleged role in sponsoring violence against opposition members.
In the intervening years, Mahathir and Mugabe found much in common. The two conservative leaders often made impassioned pleas to their people to observe more nationalist attitudes.
Both were also outspoken critics of what they regarded as neo-colonial imperialism of Western countries against the developing world.
Mahathir, who had frequently lambasted what he considered Western double standards, is widely known for his rejection of International Monetary Fund advice in face of Malaysias economic troubles during the Asian financial crisis.
Taking a leaf out of his book, Mugabe attempted to achieve much the same in 1999 when he dispatched a group of Zimbabwes top economic and financial planners to seek Mahathirs advice on how to implement reforms without IMF support.
Economic pointers
It appears that the African leader may have picked up more than economic pointers from his Malaysian counterpart judging from curious similarities in his use of law-making powers.
Mugabe first encountered stern international criticism when he embarked on a controversial land reform programme to redistribute vast farmlands mostly owned by Zimbabwes white minority, to landless peasants.
Allegations of corruption soon marred the nationalisation programme as beneficiaries of the most valuable lands were found to be cronies of Mugabe from his Zanu PF party. Other plots were found to be neglected once they had been repossessed, rather than redistributed to the landless poor.
It did not help matters that Mugabes other well-intentioned policies failed to bear fruit. IMF funding for his programme of free market reforms started in 1991 was later suspended because the reforms got off track. The rapidly declining state of social services for the black majority, such as health and education, also resulted in a growth of domestic discontent.
To muzzle internal opposition, Mugabe pushed through a Freedom of Information Bill to restrict press freedom and a Public Order and Security Act to criminalise criticism against him. Police were also given powers to control and disperse public gatherings whenever they deem it reasonable to do so.
All this would seem rather familiar to Malaysians.
Mahathirs New Economic Policy introduced in the 1970s sought as well to redistribute wealth to the Malay Malaysian majority. This was compounded by racial quotas within the civil service, public universities and government-backed investment schemes.
He created a Malay Malaysian middle class, including several billionaires, through government patronage, but his party Umno has often been accused of practising money politics.
Mahathirs grand plan to boost national pride by constructing projects from the biggest dam to the tallest towers also ran into deep hitches when the countrys massive debt situation plunged it into a currency crisis.
10 worst enemies of the press
In face of the strongest opposition throughout his rule, Mahathir stepped up on the use of repressive laws to silent dissent. The Internal Security Act removed his political opponents while the Printing Presses and Publications Act kept the media in check.
In fact, it is by no accident that the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists last year voted both Mahathir and Mugabe into their 10 worst enemies of the press list.
Malaysian police are also given wide-ranging powers to disperse crowds suspected of exploiting sensitive issues against the government.
Most recently, Mugabes public order legislation has emerged in the milder form of Mahathirs Akujanji or loyalty pledge which prohibits civil servants, academicians and students from criticising government policy.
The use of these restrictive laws has enabled Mahathir to survive the reformasi movement in Malaysia and to remain entrenched in his position.
Will this be a sign of things to come for Mugabe ?
Mugabe may have won the battle at the Zimbabwean polls, but it remains to be seen if he has won the war on public opinion. As the European Union, United States and Australia prepare for further sanctions in addition to the travel ban already imposed, Mugabe could well be perched at the threshold of Zimbabwes own reformasi period.
In the meantime, the Mahathir-Mugabe connection will predictably grow stronger. Increasingly isolated, Mugabe may find himself in less welcoming arms than Mahathirs.

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Mugabe sought Mahathir’s advise for economic growth. We all know what happened to Zimbabwe after. In 2000, the economy of Zimbabwe shrank significantly  causing widespread poverty and 80 percent unemployment.

So we know that the doctor does not always give good advice. And we also know now that although the negative publicity conjured by Mahathir and his mules have affected Malaysia’s economic image, Malaysia’s economy is still on the right track and is not about to join the club of doom as claimed.

And we know who is the Prime Minister and who isn’t.

Mahathir’s Lies/Penipuan Mahathir – Part 1

SILA SKROL KE BAWAH UNTUK BAHASA MALAYSIA:

  

Got up this morning and saw that I was tagged in a Facebook post. Apparently something happened between Mahathir and Najib in July of 2014 that had caused the withdrawal of Mahathir’s support for the PM.

It only confirms the message I received several days ago about how Mahathir had used the rakyat‘s hard cash to satisfy his personal interests:

 1) BNM Forex gambling losses RM30 billion

2) The Perwaja Steel Scandal : RM10 billion

3) Bank Bumiputra Scandal RM10 billion

4) Maminco-Makuwasa Affair RM1.6 Billion

5) Proton losses to Rakyat RM300 billion

6) MAS RM20 billion

 TOTAL RM371.6 billion

The above does not include figures claimed by the Opposition and their supporters that can be found in a book called “Malaysian Maverick” whose author Mahathir has never sued if the contents are untrue. You can read more about this HERE.

I leave you with a video of Part 1 of Mahathir’s lies that you can see by clicking on the link at the bottom of this posting.

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Saya bangun pagi tadi dan mendapati saya telah di tag dalam satu posting Facebook. Nampaknya sesuatu telah berlaku di antara Mahathir dan Najib dalam bulan Julai 2014 yang menyebabkan Mahathir menarik balik sokongannya terhadap Najib.

Posting tersebut mengesahkan satu pesanan yang saya terima melalui telefon yang menujukkan bagaimana Mahathir telah menggunakan wang tunai  rakyat untuk kepuasan matlamat peribadi beliau seperti berikut:

1) Kerugian pertaruham pertukaran matawang asing BNM RM30 billion
2) Skandal  Perwaja Steel RM10 billion
3) Skandal Bank Bumiputra RM10 billion
4) Masalah Maminco-Makuwasa RM1.6 Billion
5) Kerugian Proton kepada Rakyat RM300 billion
6) Kerugian MAS RM20 billion
 JUMLAH RM371.6 billion

Butiran di atas tidak termasuk perkara-perkara lain yang pernah dikemukakan pihak pembangkang serta para penyokong mereka yang boleh didapati dalam sebuah buku bertajuk “Malaysian Maverick” yang mana pengarangnya hingga kini masih belum disaman Mahathir sekiranya isi kandungannya hanya merupakan fitnah. Butir-butir buku tersebut boleh dibaca di SINI.

Saya tinggalkan anda dengan sebuah video bahagian pertama mengenai penipuan Mahathir:

MAHATHIR’S LIES PART 1/PENIPUAN MAHATHIR BAHAGIAN 1