Zero IQ

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?

The best part is that Tokong had the cheek to ask TNB to reduce electricity tariffs.


If Tokong is so concerned about costs being passed down to the consumers, why hasn’t he fulfilled his 2008 election promise to abolish the Sungai Nyior toll?


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)

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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.

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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.

Selangor Water Crisis: Politicising Water

Mad rush for water at USJ4, Subang Jaya
Today is DAY SIX that taps have run dry for  about 360,000 account holders or 1.6 million residents in the most developed state of Selangor. DAP supporters have gone quiet in residents’ WhatsApp groups while those who will be celebrating Deepavali are screaming for vengeance. Some are already asking “Mana Hannah Yeoh?” while Azmin Ali who, under his tutelage Selangor has seen the most of water disruptions, has reneged on the usual promise of announcing the biggest exposé on those he blamed this current water crisis on.

The MP for Kelana Jaya, Wong Chen, has since appeared on WhatsApp groups trying to appease voters. The following is his message:

Message from MP Wong Chen this morning 27 Oct.

Good morning from Parliament. We have been sitting the last few days up to 9.30 pm every night. The budget session is the most important session of the year but this year the government slashed some 8 days of sitting and as such we are forced to go beyond our 5.30 pm sitting by four extra hours a day to 9.30 pm every day.


This morning I want to talk about the water crisis affecting 1 million residents in Selangor. I have been following closely the water crisis in Selangor, affecting a large part of my constituents in Subang Jaya. YB Hannah Yeoh has been updating regularly, she is on the ground distributing water and engaging residents. Residents are going into their 5th day without water. And we had a water crisis barely a month before.


In Parliament, I bumped into Minister Wan Junaidi and also separately the Deputy Minister Hamim on several occassions. I keep asking for their quicker action. They keep saying that Selangor must also do their bit. I have also relayed some of my ideas to YB Zuraida to pass on to the MB. 


Wan Junaidi do not believe the current pollution crisis to be an act of deliberate political sabotage. Deputy Minister Hamim, who is an engineer and someone I enjoyed working with on the TPPA (when he was Deputy Minister of MITI), will not speculate but says that the problem is not new. The federal government has resources but water is a state matter.


I am of the view that with the economy slowing, more and more companies will try to cut costs by dumping pollution straight into the river. 


Enforcement in Malaysia has always been a challenge. A widely held view is the enforcement officers are either stretched thin, overworked or at the other end of the spectrum, just plain corrupt being paid by polluters to turn a blind eye. 


If enforcement officers are not effective then we have to bring in the accountants. 


The obvious solution is to track historical records of industrial waste output of each factory and counter check with their disposal costs. If a factory is found to have slashed spending substantially on disposal of industrial waste in the last year, then we can assume that they are engaging in illegal dumping. A major discrepency in the accounts should be a basis for a full investigation and raid by enforcement officers. 


The state should also set up a benchmark of waste output for each industry to red flag any unusual data volatility. Setting up patrol units along the rivers is not going to help as much as sending in the accountants.


Bottomline is this. If the economy deteriorates, we can expect more and more water cuts stemming from increased pollution activity.


Irate residents will not listen to excuses or causes. Understandably, they just want water and they want this crisis to not repeat. As such Selangor must dramatically improve its emergency water delivery system. We need more water tanks and we need delivery to be on schedule and to be regular. 


We need to also beef up security monitoring at our rivers. We need night time road blocks to monitor all suspicious trucking activities. More importantly is we need new people to lead such enforcement. A fresh start with new officers.


We need to bring in the accountants. We need all factories in Selangor to disclose their waste inventory. And we need to catch the culprits, severely punish them to end this cycle of water cuts.


Lastly, I beg the residents to also empathise with the authorities. You will not find a harder working ADUN in Malaysia than YB Hannah Yeoh. If you see her on your streets at midnight distributing water, give her a pat on the back.

Wong Chen may be the sanest of the PKR lot probably due to being an idealist more than a politician. But he is saying nothing new, not a lot, and has nothing much to offer.

Firstly, it is obvious that as an MP he is not aware that all matters pertaining to land and water belongs to the respective states. Had he known this he would not have approached Wan Junaidi or his deputy Hamim.

As advised by industry players as early as 2011, the Selangor State government should gazette water catchment areas and implement the Langat2 Water Treatment Plant project. The State government did not do the first and delayed the second suggestion until it was too late.

Secondly, the economy is not slowing. Slowing down means that there will be negative growth. Wong Chen is probably not aware that even the World Bank says that the Malaysian economy is growing at a slower rate in 2016 but will pick up in 2017 and 2018.

Even in the 1990s when the economy was vibrant and our growth rate exceeded eight percent, business owners were dumping industrial scheduled wastes into rivers. It has nothing to do with our economy. It has all to do with our mentality and screw-all attitude.

Enforcement is lacking, no doubt, but stretched thin is the more than likely case. They can’t all be corrupted just as not all bungalows without swimming pools are cheap. So we just do not have the numbers needed to police based on a personnel to area ratio. And it doesn’t help when motormouth Tony Pua wants to trim down the civil service if he comes into power!

Even tracking of industrial waste output needs the manpower to do it. You can’t just sit in the office, tap on some keys and expect the numbers on the screen to tally with what is being produced in the real world.

Security monitoring of our rivers would go back to two things: manpower and gazetting water catchment areas! Why is there a need to repeat this over and over again? Everything points back to those two!

Hannah Yeoh the hardest working ADUN in Malaysia? I have seen better-working ones even from the DAP back in the 1970s. Distributing bottled water can be sub-contracted out to Bangladeshi workers. A hardworking ADUN would be screaming in the Dewan for more manpower to enforce gazetted water catchment areas. Not seek political mileage and benefitting from the misery of others!

Sabah: Stashed Water

I still remember reading the above article when I was doing a search on water woes almost four years ago.  53 years after the formation of Malaysia we still have places that have no regular treated water supply. Hence, I find it disgusting that RM114 million in cash was found stashed in a house in Sabah by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission recently which does not include the ones that are still stashed in five vaults that are yet to be opened.

According to this portal called Anti-Fitnah Sabah the latest bust by the MACC is related to the Sabah water project that commenced in 2010 costing the Federal Government RM3.3 billion under the purview of the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah or KKLW).

The project was executed and implemented by the KKLW with very minimal participation of the Sabah Water Department (Jabatan Air Sabah or JAS) whose role was to prepare through a limited tender process 10 local companies to carry out the project.

These companies are controlled by the Director and Deputy Director of the JAS. They are Ag Mohd Tahir bin Mohd Talib and Ir Teo Chee Kong respectively. Ag Mohd Tahir IS NOT the Treasurer for UMNO Bahagian Kimanis as claimed by a certain disgruntled menopausal whining auntie in Perak. That would be Datuk Rizal @ Raymond Godfrey Abdullah, whom I seriously hope would sue the auntie.

Although the Sabah State Government had requested for the funds that is channeled through the KKLW to be channeled through the State Treasury, the request was never approved.

Now how many water projects under the KKLW has there been? Although I’ve taken the liberty to post some screenshots of the projects here, thanks to a world wide web friend but you can also see the documents on a public domain.


Now, that is a lot of projects and they go back as far as 2011. Who was the Minister for KKLW then? Shafie Apdal. He was minister from 10th April 2009 until his removal in the 29th July 2015. Is he involved? I don’t know. Let us see the outcome of the MACC investigation but the Anti-Fitnah Sabah blog surely allows us an insight into the goings-on in Sabah.

RM114 million is a lot of money. You could finance at least 20 candidates in a general election.

This is going to be interesting indeed.

Water: Azmin Should Stop Blaming Others

Mengapa? Why?
Mengapa? Why?

For the umpteenth time, the Petaling district in Selangor have to face waterless days because someone decided the rivers are the best place to dump chemical wastes.  What has the Selangor state government done about it? Apart from blaming the Department of Environment, the Menteri Besar, Azmin Ali has done nothing.

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Investigation by the Selangor water authority has traced the pollution to its source and not only have taken water samples from the alleged source, but even named the source.  Yet, Azmin chose to blame the Department of Environment for being slow in acting against the perpetrator citing that the Selangor Water Management Board has no authority to act.

Therefore, let me introduce this seemingly alien State Enactment to the clueless Menteri Besar:

Selangor Water Management Board Enactment, 1999
Selangor Water Management Board Enactment, 1999

There are powers accorded to the Board that the state government.  Section 40(1) of the Enactment states that the Board has the responsibility to arrange and control all water resources. This includes buffer development, the management, use and the conservation of water sources while Section 41(3)(d) the Board is allowed to take whatever steps deemed necessary to protect water from contamination and the improvement of its quality. Which part of the Enactment that is not clear to either the Members of the Board, or Azmin himself?

Section 43(2) of the said Enactment empowers the Director of the Board to instruct by writing any activity, work, structure or building that is located within the flood zones, river reserves, or coastal areas that the Director deems to cause the degradation in quantity of water flow, quality of water, or to cause pollution to improvise or stop the activity, or to modify or to relocate the building.  The Director even has the power to enter such premises at any time and inspect as given by Section 43(3).

I have, in different previous posts (Water, Water Everywhere dated 28th October 2011 and Water, Water Everywhere Part 2 dated 4th November 2011), pointed out the need to protect the water catchment areas.  The value chain starts at water catchment areas and therefore it is imperative that state governments take steps to protect these areas by gazetting them under a specific Act for Water Catchment Areas, and not as it is now, under the Forestry Act.  We often find water resources polluted by human activities in these areas such as logging (legal and illegal), farming, plantation, manufacturing, animal husbandry and indiscriminate dumping of rubbish despite having these areas gazetted under the Forestry Act.

Lo! And behold! The power had already been given to the Board through Section 48 of the Enactment which you can read below (unless you are one of those who criticised Zahid Hamidi for his poor command of the English language while you cannot even speak in Bahasa Malaysia despite holding a Malaysian Identity Card):

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So, what are you waiting for, Azmin? Why are you still playing the blame game? This is the effect of the incompetency of the Pakatan government that politicises every single thing that has now caused misery to hundreds of thousands of water account holders in Selangor.  And not only that, the arrogance of biblical proportions that your Executive Councillors and you have make you think that you have the right to play with the lives of those in need of water such as at the Serdang Hospital that had had to declare an emergency for being in dire need of treated water supply.

Screenshot of Free Malaysia Today's post on the emergency situation at the Serdang Hospital (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2016/09/27/tiada-air-sejak-jumaat-hospital-serdang-dalam-darurat/)
Screenshot of Free Malaysia Today’s post on the emergency situation at the Serdang Hospital (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2016/09/27/tiada-air-sejak-jumaat-hospital-serdang-dalam-darurat/)

Since being given the power to administrate, the Pakatan-led state government of Selangor has given the rakyat nothing but excuse upon excuse to NOT solve its water woes.  Starting with saying that there would be enough water and the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant is not needed and one suggested by a Pakatan-suporter that there are better alternatives to the Langat 2 WTP.  Yet, nothing was done to solve the problem.  And only in February 2014 that the state government conceded that the Langat 2 WTP is needed after all, a realisation that caused former Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim his job as the rest of his administration and also party office holders did not subscribe to his view.

The Pakatan-led state government should pull its act together and stop giving excuses when it is empowered to protect water sources.  If it does not have the political will to do so, make way for the party that would.

Period!

Selangor Water Crisis: Time To Change The Top Management

By “Top Management” I mean the state government.

Yes!

For the people of Petaling district, this is the second time that taps have run dry. The first was just before Aidil Adha (2nd September 2016) when a pipe burst caused taps in Subang Jaya, USJ, parts of Puchong and Pinggiran USJ to not have water supply for about three days. The second time which began two days ago is caused by contamination of the raw water supply to the Semenyih River Water Treatment Plant and this time several districts are affected namely

  • Hulu Langat (Bangi, Bandar Bukit Mahkota, Kajang, Semenyih and Rinching),
  • Kuala Langat (Morib, Banting, Saujana Putra, Bandar Rimbayu and Teluk Panglima Garang),
  • Petaling (USJ1-27, Puchong, Seri Kembangan and Serdang),
  • Sepang (Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Bandar Nusa Putra, Putra Heights, Pulau Meranti, Kota Warisan, Bandar Bukit Puchong and Sungai Merab).

If you have no idea how huge an area that is, let me represent them using the map below:


Both these situations were totally avoidable. Since 2010 various water-related non-governmental organisations, water industry players as well as the Federal Government have advised the Pakatan-led Selangor state government to allow for the construction and completion of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant. Else, Selangor would face a water crisis by 2014. The state government vehemently denied that Selangor would face such a crisis.

True enough, people in Selangor had to undergo scheduled rationing in 2014 and 2015. 60,000 accounts were affected. That translates into at least 360,000 people who were directly affected. This time it could be far more.

Selangor has been giving away 20 cubic meters of water free to consumers since 2008 when Pakatan won the state from the Barisan Nasional – a very poorly thought of political decision; a populist move rather than a prudent one. It costs a lot not only to treat water but also to maintain 27,420 kilometres of pipes. Giving away water for free and not increasing tariffs will ensure that you would not be able to maintain your operations efficiently, and even an idiot would know this.

When a pipe burst on the 2nd September 2016, instead of helping by explaining the situation, an assemblyman decided to take it out on Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS). This assemblyman gave the most absurd ideas on how to manage water cuts:


This invited a basket of zombies to support her statement, some even blaming the Federal government for the problem. In one of the community WhatsApp groups one even said that maybe the problem was created by the Barisan Nasional to create hatred towards the Selangor state government. What they failed to realise is that the Selangor state government IS the one managing it’s water treatment and supply:


Not clear enough? How about this? From September 2015, the Selangor state government owns the water concessionaires in the state!

The second problem is that unlike Penang, Selangor does not gazette its water catchment areas. Factories, loggers have no problem whatsoever to encroach into the water catchment areas. It is a no-brainer that this is the contributing factor to the hundreds of cases of contamination of the Langat and Semenyih rivers and their tributaries.

Let us not kid each other. The Selangor state government has been in denial about the dire water situation in the state since 2008. It was made worse when the whole situation was not dealt with properly and by not heeding the advice of the industry players.

So, I hope Hannah Yeoh actually means it when she said there should be a management change. It should be a change in the management of the state. It can’t even handle the basic but extremely critical issues and it’s members are spending more time bashing others than actually looking into the problems the rakyat is facing! And when shit actually hits the fan, this is the sorry excuse to say “Oh! We’re with you! We feel your pain!


Yes, Hannah Yeoh. Let us have that change in the management soon. Your voters are already supporting your call.


In the famous words of your fellow party member and former USJ resident Jeff Ooi,

PKR: The Big Fat Joke – Part 2

I received this just now:

KENYATAAN MEDIA

PENYERAHAN SURAT JAWAPAN NOTIS TUNJUK SEBAB

Lembaga Disiplin ingin memaklumkan bahawa kami telah menerima surat jawapan tunjuk sebab YAB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim pada 6hb Ogos 2014.

Dengan ini dimaklumkan juga bahawa YAB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim diminta hadir ke sesi pendengaran Lembaga Disiplin pada:

Tarikh: 8hb Ogos 2014 (Jumaat)
Masa: 3.00 petang
Tempat: Ibupejabat KEADILAN

Sekiranya masa dan tarikh tersebut tidak sesuai, Lembaga Disiplin turut mencadangkan masa dan tarikh lain iaitu sebelum jam 12 tengah hari pada 9hb Ogos 2014 (Sabtu).

Selain isu kenyataan media yang dibuat Tan Sri Khalid pada 22hb Julai 2014, beliau turut akan diminta memberikan penjelasan berkenaan perkara-perkara berikut:

1. Penstrukturan Air Selangor
2. Elaun Baru Menteri Besar Selangor
3. Kenaikan Cukai bagi Lesen Perniagaan
4. Pinjaman YAB Tan Sri Khalid dengan Bank Islam
5. Cadangan Lebuhraya Baru KIDEX

Dato’ Dr Tan Kee Kwong
Pengerusi Lembaga Disiplin KEADILAN

7 Ogos 2014

I am surprised that the Menteri Besar’s new allowance is also being questioned. Yet no one is interested to ask why has the allowance for the Speaker as well as ADUNs also gone up at the same time; mind you both Menteris Besar in-waiting, Wan Azizah and Azmin Ali also benefited from this increase.

Talking about Wan Azizah, it has definitely been more than 100 days since she “won” the Kajang seat. What promise has she fulfilled or begun to fulfill? Apart from being that puppet she has been since 1999, and reportedly being a punching bag for whoever it was that made her fled to her sisters house in November 1993 or around about that and calling up four people seeking their help, what has she done?

There has also never been any show-cause letter to Azmin for that press conference stunt he made when someone reportedly broke a certain promise made to him if Selangor is retained by the Pakatan Rakyat during the GE13?

Why is there also no show-cause letter issued to Elizabeth Wong who reportedly fought tooth and nail to wipe out notions that Selangor was going to run out of water come 2014?

PKR is a big fat joke. During its conception in September 1998, it was about fighting for a man who claimed he was wrongfully dismissed.

Now in 2014, it is fighting to dismiss a man wrongfully.

A big fat joke PKR is.

Khalid should just dissolve the state assembly and mean business. It would shut his opponents up.

PKR: The Big Fat Joke

Whoever controls water supply, wins the war. And Muslim soldiers based in Madinah went to war during the Battle of Badr with the Meccans by first denying the latter access to water supply.

In the modern world, water is costly to produce but yields great returns to those who control it. For that reason, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is confident it could unseat itself in Selangor and win Selangor.

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The whole fracas began with the incumbent Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim, making a deal with the Federal government for improving treated-water supply and the supply of raw water from Pahang to Selangor via the Langat 2 project. There is money to be made, therefore everyone wants to lay their hands on Selangor’s water assets despite the dwindling supply of treated water. Khalid received flak from his PKR counterparts for making the deal while Selangor voters were fuming mad over the water rationing despite assurances made by the Selangor state government that there would be enough water supply until 2019, and PAS claimed it would be sufficient until 2022.

Immediately after, Anwar Ibrahim via Rafizi Ramli, initiated the “Kajang Move”, a bid to oust Khalid and appoint Anwar as the Menteri Besar. Fate had it that Anwar was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment for committing sodomy. Enter Wan Azizah, his subservient wife, to contest on behalf of him and again to serve as his seat-warmer. The reason given was Wan Azizah could serve Kajang voters better, an unintentional hint that the Kajang voters were given a short-changed candidate by PKR in the 13th General Elections. Wan Azizah initially said that her becoming a state assemblywoman has nothing to do with the plans to oust Khalid as the Menteri Besar, but of course only idiots believed that.

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So, now it is a free-for-all scramble for the Menteri Besar post with the embattled Khalid stuck in the middle of it all. Azmin Ali, Anwar’s lieutenant and Principal Private Secretary to Anwar when he was a Finance Minister, feels that he is the most capable person to govern Selangor. However, I was told that Rafizi as well as non-Malay representatives in PKR, as well as Selangor DAP representatives believe that Azmin is an UMNO person at heart (strangely they also say Khalid is an UMNO agent but still picked him as the Menteri Besar) and should not be allowed to become the MB.

Today, we see letters coming out from the various PKR camps championing both Azmin Ali or Wan Azizah on the other side as the most suitable candidate to become the MB. Below is the letter from the supporters of Azmin:

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Then we have one by those championing Wan Azizah:

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Meanwhile, Khalid Ibrahim was issued a show-cause letter giving him only three days to reply to asking why should they not remove him for going against party directives:

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While this circus show is taking place, the former mining pools used to provide water to the Selangor river dam are quickly running dry, with the dam level close to 30 percent of its capacity, a mandatory rationing level.

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PKR is a big fat joke, and the only Keadilan they are fighting for is to fatten up their pockets. And PKR is championing the exact thing Anwar claimed to have fought against: Nepotism and Cronyism.