Water deal drowns Anwar

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 08:43 PM PST

The water deal between Selangor and Putrajaya yesterday was indeed a timely move to solve the 'dry tap' issue in the Klang Valley.

The agreement will pave the way for the Langat2 project which many lauded as 'a successful BN-PR joint effort' - the first of its kind - despite coming under heavy attacks amid rising concern over Anwar Ibrahim's chance to win Kajang by-election on March 23.

All credits go to Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim whose seat is in jittery. The Kajang by-election, labelled as the dirtiest ever in Malaysian history, is not pitting the Opposition against Barisan Nasional but (according to many) is between Anwar and Khalid. 
KUALA LUMPUR: Steps to restructure the Selangor water industry has been welcomed by various quarters as it will enable the water supply infrastructure in the state to be upgraded and ensure that treated water supply is channelled more efficiently at all times.
Describing it as the best move to solve the current water shoratage in the state, Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER) president S. Piarapakaran praised the action of the Selangor government, which finally agreed to the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the federal government to enable the restructuring.
"So I hope that in the next few years, we can repair the infrastructure. Actually the water problem that we face is more inclined to an infrastructural problem and not weather-related," he told Bernama.
The federal government and Selangor state government today signed the MoU pertaining to the restructuring of the Selangor water industry that had stalled since 2008.
Following the signing of the MoU, the construction of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant (Langat 2) and its distribution system (LRAL2) is expected to be ready by 2017.
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Anwar wants the mentri besar post to pave the way for him to wrest Putrajaya in the next general election, which is expected in 3 or 4 years from now.

But Anwar too will not find it easy since Selangor PAS was against it.

The water deal makes Khalid a hero and Anwar the villain. The ink was like blood for Anwar, who plans to make the mentri besar position as a catalyst for him to wrest Putrajaya in the next general election, expected in 3 or 4 years from now.

Even PKR's strategic expert Rafizi Ramli who is Anwar's strongest supporter, has questioned the logic of the water deal by asking the state government to give a full explanation to the party. His boss (Anwar) also claimed that he did not about the deal (was he not informed?) 
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR said today it was unaware of the newly-minted agreement between Selangor and Putrajaya to reorganise water utility in the state, and is now demanding an explanation from the state government.
PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli told The Malay Mail Online that the Selangor government, led by embattled mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, had not informed the party that the deal with the federal government would be inked today.
"We are unaware that is going to be done today," the Pandan MP said when contacted shortly after news reports of the signing hit headlines on several online news portals.
"The party needs more details before it can comment any further, we will ask the PKR state executive councillors to explain to the party about this deal.
Well, Khalid is the man now. Rakyat Selangor, regardless of politics are seeing him as a saviour while Anwar is just an opportunist who wants to oust Khalid.

The water deal really drowns Anwar, especially when Khalid proved his worthiness as a true leader who puts aside politics for the sake of the rakyat.

I don't think Anwar (as mentri besar) and Rafizi will forsake Langat2 easily without their political collateral, and if this happens, the dry tap spell will go on forever!

Welcome back, MCA!

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 02:09 AM PST

I don't know about others and I don't really care but I am glad that MCA is coming back to the Cabinet. In fact, the Cabinet needs MCA just like it needs MIC and other component parties.

So, what's wrong? The chauvinistic perception will strongly maintain that Umno is capable of a 'one man show'. Then why did DAP, PKR and PAS form a political allign?

The poor showing during the last general election is not to be forgotten. MCA will not be able to put it behind but all mistakes and weaknesses are not incorrigible. MIC and Gerakan also 'lost' the 13th GE but they were determined to march on.

BN must be further strengthened to face the mounting opposition onslaught. A new or improved strategy must be formulated as preparation for the next general election in three or four years from now.

The nation is plagued with some teething problems that demand BN government to cohesively energize its defense and attack capability to overcome it. Racial and religious sentiment keep flaring while other issues such as the spiraling cost of living, crime watch, corruption, etc must be concertedly attended to.

Its time to stop blaming the Chinese although 15 per cent of them voted for BN in the last GE. The percentage can always grow if MCA has a major role in the administration and given the opportunity and the right 'political tools' to amend it.
PETALING JAYA, Feb 25 (Sin Chew Daily) – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to conduct a cabinet reshuffle the earliest in April and latest in June, and the MCA is expected to get at least two ministerial and two deputy ministerial posts, as ascertained by the Sin Chew Daily.
Sources said that the MCA wished to get three ministerial and three deputy ministerial posts but the chances are not high. Instead, it is very likely to get the Second Education Minister post so that the party can make a new start in fighting for Chinese votes.
It was said that a few ministers would willingly withdraw or be removed from the Cabinet list, including Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala and Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, as well as Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek.
Although some people said that Idris leaves due to the expiration of term but some also claimed that it is because he is not satisfied with the way the "Allah" issue is handled.
Idris, who manages the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), will have his term as the Senator expired in September next year. Idris was sworn in as Senator on September 1, 2010 and his term was expired in September 2012. However, he was re-appointed and according to the Federal Constitution, the term of office of a Senator shall be three years and one shall not hold office for more than two terms.
As for Jamil Khir and Hasan Malek, it was said that they lack competitiveness and performance. In particular, Hasan Malek has so far failed to effectively pacify public resentment and properly handle the price hike issue.
"However, since he is a senior Umno member and a voted Supreme Council member, he might be transferred to other departments if not replaced.
"Jamir Khir was also accused of poor performance as he has failed to effectively address the 'Allah' issue, requiring the Prime Minister to personally ease public discontent in many cases," a source said.
As for the MCA, the Prime Minister has kept only the Transport Minister post for it after the party suffered a severe setback in the general election last year. If the party can get another weighty ministerial post this time, it would help to boost its morale and fight for Chinese votes. The incumbent Second Education Minister is Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
However, another source said that the MCA would not get the Second Education Minister post but a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. As for the two deputy ministerial posts, they could be from the Finance Ministry, Tourism Ministry or the Prime Minister's Department.
"If the party is able to get three ministerial posts, it is expected to get back the Health Minister post," the source added.
It was said that the reason the party is asking for three ministerial and three deputy ministerial posts is, the party has seven Members of Parliament and therefore, it should not get less posts than the MIC with only four MPs, and having two ministers and two deputy ministers in the Cabinet.
The source also said that the Prime Minister might make different arrangement if the MCA performs well in the Kajang by-election or there are signs showing the return of Chinese votes.
Not only MCA; Umno too needs more support to steer BN. Staying out of the Cabinet will not harm MCA but it will erode the Chinese confidence level towards the ruling party and Malaysia as a whole.

The Malays in Umno must realise that the 'few seats' won by MCA and MIC in the last general election was BN's saviour.

Of course we have options - to retain the kind of politics we have today or to join hands and chart a better tomorrow!


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