Corrupt Minister Lim Guan Eng a.k.a Tokong must be pretty livid at being attacked left, right and center. We are not just talking about the attacks by members of his opponent parties, but also from his own party, the DAP.
Guan Eng was charged in court for corruption after abusing his position to purchase a RM4.7 million bungalow at No.25 Jalan Pinhorn for only RM2.8 million. This was in return for the sale of a state land at Taman Manggis to a developer linked to the bungalow.
On Tuesday, BN’s Abdul Rahman Dahlan questioned the Pulau Pinang DAP-led government’s act to overpay by 400 percent above the gazetted scale of fees the feasibility studies and detailed design fees to concession holders. Lim Guan Eng’s government paid RM31.3 million for the feasibility studies for 20.23 kilometers of road, and an additional RM177.5 million for the same for the detailed designs bringing the total paid to RM208.8 million.
This is way above the RM41 million calculated by the Malaysian Board of Engineers based on the gazetted scale of fees. The project was signed in late 2013 and was supposed to have commenced in 2015 to be completed in 2018. The project has yet to take off.
The 20.23 kilometers of roads are namely the 10.53km Tanjung Bungah-Teluk Bahang paired road; the 5.7km Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Air Itam bypass and the 4km Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Persiaran Gurney bypass.. These roads were supposed to be linked to the proposed Pulau Pinang undersea tunnel to the mainland which feasibility study has yet to be finalised despite the several changes of deadline.
The feasibility study for the undersea tunnel, promised to be completed at end of 2016 by Lim Guan Eng himself, has thus far cost RM305 million. In April 2017, the Tokong announced that the study is only 87 percent completed and would be submitted to the Works Ministry in October 2017.
Tokong has also come under fire for excessively destroying the environment from within the DAP ranks. Teh Chee Yau, the ADUN for Tanjung Bungah, has repeatedly protested the destruction of the environment namely the uprooting of old trees to make way for unnecessary widening of roads, as well as the sand dredging and reclamation projects offshore.
Veteran DAP lawmaker Tan Seng Giaw also voiced his concern against the excesses in Pulau Pinang in his Facebook and Twitter postings.
Perhaps, Tokong only knows how to use the Internet to spread lies on social media but does not know that besides searching for porn and spreading lies, the Internet could also be used to send messages through E-mail, WhatsApp and other media.
Tokong may be a bungling bungalow buyer, lying through his teeth and hope people will buy his lies. But you have to give it to him for believing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel he is not looking at. Perhaps, people in DAP and Pulau Pinang can help him see the light even better by giving him the boot.
It has been a while that I have actually driven late at night in Kuala Lumpur, a city that city-dwellers claim to have become more and more unaffordable to live in. So, I took a drive last night just to see how it looks like mid-Ramadhan. I shun driving through KL towards the end of Ramadhan because there would be a mad rush for season end bargains. The middle of Ramadhan should be alright for a drive.
I was wrong. I used to be able to park my car in front of the embassy of Nepal on Jalan Ampang (behind St John’s primary school) and walk across the Klang river for a plate of roti canai on previous years’ Ramadhan night. However last night, the jam started just after the intersection between Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang as cars tried to get to the Masjid India and Capital Square areas. Parked cars lined the sides of Jalan Ampang from across Sunway Tower all the way to Jalan Melaka!
A friend who works at a very famous textile mall in the Masjid India area confided that sales this Ramadhan has so far exceeded the total sales for Ramadhan 2016. And it has only been 15 days since the beginning of Ramadhan with another two weeks to go.
I have not gone to see the sales of Naelofar scarves. If hundreds of dUCk scarves costing RM800 each could all disappear from the shelf within five minutes, I expect a mad scramble for the Naelofar ones which have gone on sale one week before Ramadhan even started!
What about the Ramadhan buffets?
Ramadhan buffets are generally dearer compared to last year. I have had the chance to sample some by both invitations and personal visits. I have not seen one that is not full, be it at one that costs RM65 per head or the one that charges RM218 per head. And most are not corporate invites as they throng these venues in shorts and t-shirts, and often than not I see long tables of families, not co-workers, enjoying their Ramadhan buffet. Even university students swamped the RM65 ones, something unthinkable back in the mid-1980s.
At one venue the hotel car park was full that I had to park next to the waste bins near the hotel’s goods delivery area! I was lucky to have gotten that spot as I see scores of people having to walk from afar after parking their car by the roadside.
So, how oppressed are the Malaysians financially? Is it true that it used to be better two Prime Ministers ago?
If you look at the graph above on consuer spending in Malaysia over the last ten years, despite claims that RM1 could get you many things back then compared to now, consumer spending in Malaysia has been on the upward trend. If you look at your social media accounts, even university students can afford to go on a holiday in Bali and Lombok now when the farthest they would go back in the 1990s was a weekend in Port Dickson. Students in the 1990s could hardly afford a flight to Kota Kinabalu.
Consumer spending increased to RM152 billion in the first quarter of this year from RM150 billion in the last quarter of 2016 and averaged RM101.7 billion from 2005 until the first quarter of 2017. The lowest consumer spending by Malaysian was in the second quarter of 2005 when it was RM56.8 billion and peaked at RM153.5 billion in the second quarter of 2016 – exactly the period when whining Malaysians complained without facts that the country is on the brink of financial doom.
As a matter of fact according to the Department of Statistics of Malaysia, the median and mean monthly salary and wages paid to employees in 2016 have increased by 6.2 and 6.3 percent respectively compared to 2015.
This is also helped by the fact that sales tax has gone down from the 10 percent sales tax (and 6 percent service tax) that were not fully remitted to the government due to the suspected underdeclaring of sales and profits, to just 6 percent Goods and Services Tax.
Corporate Tax, despite claims that the government has been charging corporations more, has been brought down to just 24 percent in 2016 from 30 percent back in 1997.
And the government continues to make life more affordable in especially Kuala Lumpur, the city many big spenders complain is getting expensive to live in. The Light Rapid Transit system that was originally built especially for the 1998 Commonwealth Games, has now been extended in service to connect Puchong and Putra Heights, while by 17 July 2017 the Mass Rapid Transit Line 1 will connect Sungai Buloh to Kajang directly meeting the KTM Komuter in Sungai Buloh and Kajang, while meeting directly with the LRT at Pasar Seni, and is within walking distance with the KL Monorail at Bukit Bintang.
The LRT will further extend from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia, south of Port Klang, and will be passing Tropicana, Glenmarie, Shah Alam stadium, UiTM, Bukit Raja, Sri Andalas and Bukit Tinggi. The construction of LRT extension (known as LRT 3) has already commenced.
The MRT Line 2, which has also begun its site clearing phase will be from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya, passing through Sri Damansara, Kepong, Jinjang, Sentul, Titiwangsa where it will meet with the KL Monorail and LRT Ampang/Seri Petaling lines before going through Kampung Baru, Ampang Park, KLCC East, TRX, Bandar Malaysia, Kuchai, Bandar Tasik Selatan where it meets with the LRT, ERL and KTM Komuter, Serdang, Seri Kembangan, and Cyberjaya.
Meanwhile KTM Komuter will have a service linking its station at Subang Jaya with the Subang Skypark Terminal.
These are all ways initiated by the government to make connectivity better and cost of living lesser for the people of the Klang Valley. At least, no false promises such as abolishing tolls have been made, such as the one made by the DAP-led state government in 2007 which have not only gone unfulfilled, but also reneged on by introducing not only tolls for Pulau Pinang voters to shoulder, but also having to foot higher parking charges statewide.
So, stop complaining saying things are unbearably expensive because figures show more people can afford to splurge, and stop telling lies in this holy month of Ramadhan, for those who claim to be Muslims or decent, refined and educated human beings.
The above is an extract from an interview of a psychopathic and delusional old man by the Nikkei Asian Review yesterday. He said that he had never abused his power when he was the Prime Minister.
If you have a copy of Barry Wain’s ‘Malaysian Maverick‘ you can see the list of abuses that Mahathir had done during his premiership. And those are only the ones that Mr Wain had discovered.
Time Magazine quoted an economist at Morgan Stanley in Singapore as saying that the country might have lost as much as US$100 billion since the early 1980s to corruption. Under Mahathir’s 22 years term, there were monetary losses amounting to over at least hundred of billions of Ringgit and this excluded those unaccounted for, and irretrievable.
Another politician, Syed Husin Ali, whose party is now worshipping Mahathir said, “Petronas has neither been fully transparent nor accountable with how it spends its money, especially in aiding and abetting Tun Mahathir to indulge in unproductive construction of mega projects, to bail out ailing crony companies and corporate figures, and to involve itself in excessive and wasteful spending on celebrations and conferences.”
For the record, Mr Wain has never been sued by Mahathir. Neither has Mahathir’s foe-turned-best friend Lim Kit Siang been sued for his remarks on the former.
“If we examine the decade of the Mahathir administration, we will find that the scandals, unaccountability, the human rights violations and abuses of power have one common thread – to protect and further the economic interests of the ruling political elites. This necessitated a growing concentration of political power in the hands of the Executive and increasingly in the hands of the Prime Minister, at the expense of the fundamental constitutional principles of the Separation of Powers among the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, the Independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law.
Under his political culture, the role of Law and Judges is not to ensure justice and protect human rights, but to protect the vested economic interests of the powers-that-be from expose and jeopardy.
Two-thirds parliamentary majority has become a blank cheque for abuses of power and human rights violations.”
Emperor Lim was notably vocal on the issues of the Forex scandal that all but wiped out our Bank Negara reserves and also the BMF scandal before he became the jockey that now rides on the political mule called Mahathir. But the things he wrote on Mahathir are still there waiting to be used against the latter should he (Mahathir) forget his current position – a mule.
As a matter of fact, Emperor Lim also has examples of abuse of power in relation to freedom of the press during Mahathir’s time – and I am not talking just about Ops Lallang.
So for Mahathir to claim that he never abused his power as the Prime Minister is an absolute farce. It only goes to show how desperate he is to paint a false picture of his past to the youngsters who were yet to be born when Mahathir had this country beneath his fists.
He thinks that the Pakatan will collectively agree to his ambitions of either putting his son as the Prime Minister or he become one himself based on his 22-year experience.
But we all know that no one in the Pakatan wishes to have another one term of Mahathir remembering what he was capable of. So they will just ride on his anger towards Najib Razak…like the old mule he is.
After Nurul Izzah announced that the GST is to remain if Pakatan comes into power, Penang’s charged-with-corruption leader Lim Guan Eng aka Tokong has corrected Nurul Izzah’s statement by saying the GST will be zero-rated for all.
In other words, no sales tax would be collected.
Going by simple bookkeeping convention if you lose something, something has to gain.
For example, according to Tokong the hike in penalties does not translate into higher water tariffs. What Tokong is saying is that if I loan you RM10,000 and ask you to pay me back RM1,000 a month plus RM500 in addition to that as a penalty, it means that you are only paying me RM1,000 even if your pocket is RM1,500 lesser every month.
Therefore, at the end of 10 months you would have paid me RM15,000 but I give you receipts totalling only RM10,000.
This is the logic given by Tokong to justify his wanting to increase water tariffs for the fourth time since being in power.
His excuse that it is to reduce wastage is actually his way of telling his DAP comrades in Selangor that they are all idiots for giving out free water and encouraging wastage.
Well done Teresa Kok et al – Tokong has just proven me right about you and your fellow idiots in Selangor.
The Penang State government, being the largest holder of paid-up capital (55 percent) for the Perbadanan Bekalan Air Holdings Berhad (PBAHB) through State Secretary Incorporated (SSI) had also increased the raw water intake fee from 3 sen per cubic meter to 6 sen since January 1st.
Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd as the operator then has to incorporate this increase into its treatment and production costs and pass that on to the consumers.
And you wonder why tariffs have been increased four times?
As blogger and Tokong’s archnemesis Miss Lim Sian See wrote on her Facebook page:
Water services situation in Penang.
BEFORE DAP took over Penang in 2008:
– Never had any water rationing before.
– Lowest Non-Revenue Water (NRW) or water loss in Malaysia.
– Lowest rates in Malaysia.
– Penang Bekalan Air (PBA) is the company that supplies and manages water in Penang.
– No increase in water rates or surcharge for 15 years from 1993 to 2008.
Penang BN never bragged about this accomplishment while in power)
————– AFTER DAP took over Penang in 2008:
– Never had any water rationing before.
– Lowest Non-Revenue Water (NRW) or water loss in Malaysia.
– Lowest rates in Malaysia.
– Penang Bekalan Air (PBA) is the company that supplies and manages water in Penang.
– 4 increases in water rates and surcharges in 9 years since 2008. DAP brags about this all the time claiming that due to good governance and CAT that Penang has never had any water rationing, Lowest NRW, lowest rates etc – exactly as the decades before DAP took power.
MORAL OF STORY: You need to be an arrogant lying braggart with no shame in taking credit of other people’s work in order to stay in power. LSS.
Tokong is not pleased with the attacks against the hike in water tariffs, especially when he cannot refute what were said by especially Rahman Dahlan and Lim Sian See.
“I don’t know why BN does not understand ‘ilmu hisab’ (mathematics). Don’t tell me they do not know what zero means? Zero means nought, ‘kosong’, ‘ling su’ and ‘suzhiyam,’” Lim said at a press conference in Komtar, giving the words for “zero” in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Tamil.
We surely know what it means. You were referring to your IQ, Tokong.
Those who believed Lim Guan Eng’s lies back in March 2008 are among those who believed the promise that the Tokong would be able to solve the 40-year flood woes in just eight months.
A hundred and eight months later there seems to be no end in sight to the recurring floods in Penang.
In the latest episode, torrential rain that occurred just before sunset yesterday saw Jalan Kampung Relau, Bayan Baru, Farlim, Jalan Paya Terubong, Sungai Dua, Jalan Masjid Negeri and Jalan P Ramlee inundated by flood waters for the second time in one week.
Perhaps, this is the reason Tokong doesn’t need a swimming pool in his bungalow. Flood waters would give him an instant one. After all, how many times do you jump into a swimming pool in a year if you have one?
The Tokong is notorious for not fulfilling promises made.
Yesterday the Minister of Works Datuk Fadillah Yusof asked Tokong for an update of the studies that are being done to support Penang’s request for a third bridge.
Fadillah said that Tokong had submitted the request to the ministry in May last year and that three months later, the Penang Chief Minister acknowledged that the RM305 million studies for the project had not been completed.
Tokong then told the Ministry that the studies would be submitted either at the end of 2016 or early 2017.
“As it was the end of the first quarter and past the deadline stated by Lim, it is well within our right to ask for an update,” Fadillah said in a statement yesterday.
Tokong revealed that the feasibility studies for the undersea tunnel were now “stuck” at 87% completion because the state had not received the master plan for the 650ha reclamation around the Butterworth Outer Ring Road.
What surprised me is that although no approval has been given by Tokong’s government since the master plan has yet to be completed, reclamation works off Gurney Drive is already in full swing.
“This master reclamation plan has yet to be completed despite the project being awarded in 1999 and despite DAP running the state for nine years. We are aware that large-scale reclamation has started on the island and has progressed at a good pace since a year ago,” Fadillah explained.
Does this mean that the Tokong is accustomed to doing things without following procedures which have been there to curb abuses?
Perhaps this practice has become a norm now in Penang, which is why Emperor Lim Kit Siang is seeking to contest in Penang should his son’s imminent jail term commence.
Penang is a money pot and the dictatorship of both Tokong and the Emperor ensures that no dissenters are allowed.
I would be surprised if the corrupted Tokong and his dictatorial father will continue to have a hold on Penang.
Then again, there will always be the April’s Fools.
Of course, Pascal is as credible as Sarawak Report itself, which is even less credible than Bill Clinton’s claim that oral sex is not sex at all. With great sadness I would like to remind Pascal that his father’s life was far cheaper than the amount he had claimed.
Yes. It only cost RM20,000 to kill Hussain Ahmad Najadi.
For USD30 million, I would rather pay voters RM100 each and get 1.29 million votes. Or kill your father using 10 cruise missiles just to make sure he’s really dead and a further 9 to blow your ass to smithereens (a cruise missile costs approximately USD1.51 million).
Rasanya dah berbuih dah penerangan diberikan mengenai perkara ini. Bhaiya Bangladesh kontrak mungkin telah faham sefahamnya akan penerangan tersebut. Tetapi sebab penerangan ini bukan diberikan dalam bahasa ibunda beliau maka agak sukar bagi beliau memahami.
Kemudian, Najib Razak pula yang dipersalahkan. Bukankah Forest City perihal tanah negeri Johor? Apa kena-mengena dengan kerajaan pusat? Masing-masing negeri ada unit perancang ekonominya sendiri.
Kenapa tak salahkan Tuanku Sultan Johor? Tak berani macam rakan sekapal beliau?
Memang Forest City bakal mendapat status bebas cukai. Apa masalahnya? Langkawi juga masih pulau bebas cukai.
Kalau Mahathir gunakan Internet sewajarnya dan bukan untuk menyebarkan fitnah semata-mata maka beliau pasti mengetahui bahawa kenyataan beliau bahawa status bebas cukai Langkawi akan ditarik balik hanyalah pembohongan yang nyata.
Apa yang diumum kerajaan adalah hanya kedai-kedai berlesen sahaja yang akan dibenarkan menjual barangan rokok dan arak bebas cukai di Langkawi.
Begitu juga langkah untuk meminta pemilik kenderaan yang berdaftar di Langkawi mengemukakan jaminan bank sebelum boleh dibenarkan membawa kenderaan mereka keluar dari pulau tersebut. Ini adalah untuk mengatasi kepincangan yang berlaku sejak sekian lama.
Mengenai pinjaman oleh warga China pula, itu semua cerita basi yang diulang berkali-kali. Saya maafkan beliau. Bercerita sesuatu berulang kali ini ada hubungkaitnya dengan penyakit nyanyuk. Mungkin suatu hari nanti beliau akan memandang kepada anak beliau dan bertanya, “Hang apanama?” berkali-kali juga.
Sebenarnya saya kasihankan beliau. Pernah disanjung ramai suatu masa dahulu tetapi pernah ditolak sebagai perwakilan oleh Bahagian sendiri semasa masih dalam parti angkat beliau, UMNO. Namun beliau masih tidak sedarkan diri.
Kini beliau hanya mampu merangkak sambil menjilat kahak hijau yang diludahnya dahulu sambil ditunggangi oleh joki-joki yang mengharapkan kemenangan seekor kaldai tua.
Sudah-sudahlah berbohong. Kita tak boleh hidup selama-lamanya. Janganlah diikuti perangai Rafizi. Beliau rasa beliau masih muda.
Berikut adalah pembongkaran penipuan Rafizi Ramli yang dibuat oleh Lim Sian See:
Di Parlimen semalam, Rafizi Ramli menggelar Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib sebagai ‘juara kepada juara’ apabila bercakap mengenai membelanjakan pendapatan dari hasil petroleum.
Rafizi yang sudah berkali kali masuk mahkamah kerana memfitnah, mendakwa Najib membelanjakan RM376 bilion hasil pendapatan petroleum negara antara 2009 hingga 2016, atau secara purata RM54 bilion setahun.
Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pula didakwa membelanjakan RM204 bilion dari pendapatan petroleum atau RM41 bilion setahun dari 2003 hingga 2009. (walaupun Pak Lah hanya mengambil alih kerajaan pada 2004).
Rafizi kemudian mendakwa Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun hanya membelanjakan RM163 bilion, atau RM8 bilion setahun.
Ok. Rafizi turut mengakui ia bagaimanapun tidak mengambil kira inflasi dan perubahan nilai matawang, yang secara mudah jika dihitung, perbelanjaan ketika era pentadbiran Dr Mahathir adalah berganda.
Hanya mengambil kira perbezaan nilai matawang sudah cukup untuk menjadikan perbelanjaan ketika zaman pentadbiran Dr Mahathir menjadi sekali ganda.
Kedua, Rafizi tidak mengambil kira kos pengeluaran, di mana ia turut meningkat memandangkan minyak yang dikeluarkan di pesisir pantai atau carigali di kawasan pendalaman tidak lagi wujud dan kita perlu meneroka ke luar pantai dan carigali laut dalam.
Ketiga, Rafizi tidak pula menggelar Najib sebagai ‘juara kepada juara, apabila kita bercakap mengenai pemberian subsidi sebagaimana kita lihat di carta di bawah berdasarkan kepada angka dikeluarkan Perbendaharaan, di mana perbelanjaan adalah 10 kali ganda daripada zaman Dr Mahathir berikutan kenaikan kos pengeluaran minyak, kesan matawang dan pertambahan jumlah penduduk.
Najib membelanjakan bahagian yang besar daripada pendapatan minyak ini kepada rakyat berikutan kadar subsidi yang lebih tinggi.
Keempat, Rafizi juga tidak menyebut Dr Mahathir telah mengenakan cukai ke atas petrol selama 22 tahun pada kadar 58.62 sen bagi setiap liter ketika harga minyak rendah pada ketika itu. Ini sahaja melibatkan berpuluh bilion Ringgit bagi pendapatan Dr Mahathir untuk beliau membina menara berkembar dan projek mega lain.
Maka sekali lagi, Rafizi mahu mengelirukan rakyat dengan tidak memberikan maklumat penuh dan hanya menceritakan hanya suku temberangnya untuk mencetuskan kebencian terhadap kerajaan.
Rafizi kemudian menggesa kerajaan untuk memulakan subsidi petrol biarpun seluruh dunia kini bergerak untuk tidak lagi memberikan subsidi menyeluruh seumpama itu malah pengeluar serta pengeksport minyak terbesar di dunia turut menarik balik subsidi, dan beralih kepada penyaluran subsidi lebih kepada sasaran sebagaimana dilakukan Malaysia.
Akhir sekali, Rafizi masih lagi tidak menjawab soalan berikut:
Malaysia adalah negara ke-16 termurah bagi harga petrol,
Negara yang lebih murah dari kita kebanyakannya pengeluar minyak terbesar di dunia.
Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Egypt*, Algeria, Kuwait*, Iran, Ecuador, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Oman, and Bolivia.
Negara yang mana Rafizi mahu harga kita lebih murah lagi? Mungkin Rafizi masih mahu Malaysia mengikut seperti Venezuela seperti yang diseru oleh beliau di tahun-tahun yang lepas?
Sejak akhir-akhir ini grup-grup WhatsApp Veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia yang saya sertai mula dihujani dengan mesej-mesej politik memainkan semula isu-isu lama yang telah terjawab dan terbukti fitnah.
Semalam tersebar semula video di mana Rafizi Ramli menaburkan fitnah mengatakan bahawa MRT Malaysia adalah milik Najib Razak. Jarang sekali saya bertukar pendapat di dalam grup-grup WhatsApp tersebut melainkan untuk bertanya khabar dengan mereka yang pernah berkhidmat dengan saya dahulu namun kali ini saya terpaksa menerangkan kerana saya pernah bekerja di projek KVMRT Lembah Klang.
Dakwaannya yang dikemukakan oleh veteran yang tularkan video tersebut ialah Menteri Kewangan (Diperbadankan) ialah syarikat milik satu-satunya Menteri Kewangan, dan MRT Malaysia adalah 100 peratus milik syarikat tersebut.
Saya memberitahu beliau dan lain-lain ahli grup WhatsApp tersebut bahawa Malaysia mempunyai dua orang Menteri Kewangan. Menteri Kewangan (Diperbadankan) ditubuhkan melalui Akta Menteri Kewangan (Pemerbadanan), 1957. Ianya sama seperti Menteri Besar (Diperbadankan) contohnya di negeri-negeri seperti Perak dan Selangor, dan juga Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan – bukan dimiliki mana-mana individu dan ahli-ahli lembaganya terdiri dari pegawai-pegawai kerajaan. Barulah mereka faham mengenai perkara tersebut.
Saya tidak menyalahkan mereka. Hampir kesemua mereka lebih berumur dari saya. Sebahagian besar menyertai Angkatan Tentera Malaysia sebagai anggota lain-lain pangkat di suatu zaman yang tidak memerlukan mereka mempunyai tahap pendidikan yang tinggi. Adalah lebih mudah untuk memanipulasi mereka ini.
Semasa mereka berhenti, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran ATM masih belum tertubuh. Mereka ibarat terbiar menghabiskan sisa-sisa hidup setelah berhenti dari perkhidmatan. Tidak ada siapa yang menghiraukan mereka mahupun datang memberi penerangan mengenai isu-isu semasa kepada mereka.
Pada tahun lepas apabila pemenang pingat skuad Olimpik diberi ganjaran oleh kerajaan, ada pihak yang telah mencucuk para Veteran ATM untuk bangkit bertanya kenapa mereka tidak diberikan imbuhan setimpal. Mereka merasakan bahawa pengorbanan yang telah mereka berikan tidak dibalas dengan setimpal.
Maka timbul di kalangan veteran itu sendiri penghasut-penghasut yang menanam benih-benih kebencian. Ramai Veteran ATM itu sendiri tidak tahu-menahu mengenai keistimewaan yang diberi oleh Kerajaan kepada mereka sebagai tanda penghargaan buat mereka dan keluarga.
Saya telah menjawab perkara ini dengan agak panjang lebar pada ketika itu. Mana-mana Veteran ATM sama ada pegawai mahupun lain-lain pangkat yang telah menamatkan perkhidmatan dan tidak dibuang dari perkhidmatan layak menerima kad pengenalan di bawah dan juga keistimewaan yang disediakan untuk para Veteran.
Namun masih tidak ada usaha dari pihak Kerajaan mahupun Barisan Nasional khususnya untuk mengadakan pertemuan untuk menerangkan isu serta polisi bukan sahaja kepada para Veteran ATM tetapi juga kepada pengundi akar umbi terutamanya di kawasan luar bandar.
Mereka-mereka inilah yang terdedah kepada dakyah-dakyah serta propaganda fitnah setiap hari. Yang ironiknya, mereka inilah yang dipolitikkan oleh golongan yang marah jika Veteran ATM dipolitikkan.
Dan jangan kita lupa apa tugas Rafizi Ramli dan para pembangkang: