No need for Cabinet reshuffle

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 08:36 PM PDT

I don't think Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will reshuffle his Cabinet amid mounting pressure from various quarters for him to remove one or two ministers dubbed as non-performers or a 'pain in the ass' for him.

Its premature for such a move. A year given was not sufficient although the report card is reviewed every six months.

What Najib should do is to make new appointments by including MCA and Gerakan representatives, filling up their 'traditional' portfolios like Housing and Transport ministries.

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong, who won the recent Teluk Intan by-election, are shoo-ins for seats in the Cabinet. He is also expected to fill the four deputy ministers' posts that have been kept vacant since the last general election.

The posts are for Finance Ministry, Home Ministry, Tourism Ministry and the Prime Minister's Department.

It is not necessary to expand the Cabinet to accommodate demands for posts. The present Cabinet is already bloated with 32 ministers and 26 deputy ministers. What's needed is 'reclassification' of positions.

Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) head Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said it was not enough to simply put in a few new faces, new methodologies should be adopted too.

"The country needs a Cabinet that is made up of full-fledged Malaysians who have totally Malaysian view of the future," he told Astro AWANI.

Explaining what being 'truly Malaysian' was, Ramon said that the new Cabinet should discard old ideas such as raced-based policies that continue to slow down the country's economic growth and income distribution.

"In short, it should adapt the New Economic Model (NEM) in all aspects and discard the old paradigm and the antiquated thinking that is causes major strains on the economy and disunity," he said, referring to the NEM introduced by Najib in 2010 but was later de-emphasised.

Ramon said other major issue that the government has failed to aggressively address are the perennial issue of cronyism and corruption, a lack of people who subscribe to true moderation.

"The public should be encouraged by the quality of new appointees and new postings and feel a greater sense of hopefulness and faith and confidence in Malaysia's future development," he said.

"We got the report cards. The Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for each ministry as it is a re-election of the ministers. Use that as a good indicator, which minister should be promoted and demoted and which should be replaced."

No Melayu business at KLIA2? Why laaar?

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 01:25 AM PDT

I've been to KLIA2 a few times. A big fascinating terminal with good facilities and bustling crowd, symbolising a promising future for the operator and airlines using it.

Yes, there are many shop lots. We have almost all the popular franchisees there, KFC, McD, 7-Eleven, etc. Business looks good although one must take a big walk inside. You can't find a 'nasi campur' stall inside.

However, I have yet to see any Malay or Bumiputra's shop. There were still some vacant lots but I was told the takers are all non-Malays.

What happened to the Malays? What a stupid question, right! Simple answer, the Malays couldn't afford the high rental of between RM8,000 to RM20,000 per month. A few lots cost more than that. Even Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary will find the rental rate 'exorbitant'.

And for that reason, Perkasa is complaining, blaming it of PM Najib.
Malay right wing group Perkasa is blaming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for failing to ensure Bumiputera businessmen were given opportunities to do business at the newly opened Kuala Lumpur International Airport (klia2).
Its secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said Najib's promises to Bumiputera businessmen remained mere rhetoric.
"The failure of Malay entrepreneurs to get business lots at klia2 is proof that all of Najib's promises over the last five years to enhance Bumiputera participation in business and commerce were mere lip service," he said in a statement.
Syed Hassan said Perkasa had always expressed concern that Bumiputera businessmen should be given opportunities but that the issue of Malay traders being marginalised in klia2 was too glaring.
"Bumiputera traders are sidelined not only in klia2 but also at other new business and commercial centres like in KLCC," he said.
He said Perkasa's proposal to Najib that government-linked companies (GLCs) assist Bumiputera in business ventures had also fallen on deaf ears.
"The GLCs have not taken seriously the prime minister's repeated calls to help Malay traders," he said.
Syed Hassan also questioned the Bumiputera Economy Action Council (MTEB) which did not translate its many pronouncements into actions to benefit Malay businessmen.
"MTEB is chaired by the prime minister and where is the organisation now?" he asked.
I agree with Perkasa.

Similar story at all the 'development corridors', north, south, east and west. The Malays are staying away from it because of high rental.

At KLIA2, there are many Malays, you have to admit it. But they are just workers at the restaurants and other outlets.

Melayu jadi kuli pun okay what!

Will there be KLIA3 for Melayu?


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