The Golden age of Cronyism and Nepotism AKA as the time when Mahathir couldn’t care less


I am sure you all have heard about all those stories where Mahathir’s friends Vincent Tan and Danny Tan kept selling and buying businesses with Mahathir’s sons.

Or about the case where one month before retiring, the Ministry of Finance where Mahathir was the Finance Minister, had issued a letter to Telekom Malaysia asking to enter into direct negotiations for a RM214 million contract with Opcom Bhd, majority owned by Mukhriz – which helped Opcom’s shares more than double in price upon listing two months later.

 

Or the time just one month before retirement, Mahathir directly awarded, without tender and without informing cabinet, a 20 years exclusive sports-gambling license to buddy Vincent Tan for just RM20 million which Vincent then sold off at a value of RM700 million.

But certainly you would have heard about the multi-billion case in 1998 where Petronas and MISC had to bail-out Mirzan Mahathir’s Konsortium Perkapalan group which faced bankruptcy.

After the bail-out Mirzan reflected on his days as an owner of Konsortium Perkapalan in June 1997 where he told TradeWinds: “I must say I´m a greenhorn compared to others in the business. I got into it by necessity and that is probably the wrong way. It requires people who have a passion, and I didn´t have it.”

There you have it, a person without passion for the business but still wanted to build a multi-billion business full of dodgy govt-related contracts that eventually collapse.

But even more strange was that two years after the bail-out, in Feb 2000, Mirzan’s company was reported to have received a five years contract from Tenaga Nasional to ship coal for the Kapar power plant using a Panamax class ship – despite the fact that Mirzan no longer owned any more ships!

The decision to select Mirzan’s company over other existing owners had both confused and surprised those who follow coal bulk business.

Speculation then was that Mirzan could let the contract on to another party such as MISC, or another Malaysian party or could be working on behalf of a foreign owner as the .tender specifies that foreign owners bidding for the work must do so through a Malaysian broker – as required under the cabotage policy implemented by Mahathir when he was MITI minister (since 1976) and Deputy PM on 1 Jan 1980.

Ah.. that was the golden age of cronyism and nepotism that the current members of Parti Pribumi looks fondly back at.

The time when Mahathir couldn’t care less about what you thought of him as he could always ISA you.

Parti Pribumi members and Pakatan probably wishes that this golden age will make a return after GE14.
LSS.


http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/160487/mirzan-bags-a-bulk-coal-deal-without-ships

GOOD TIMES: Business and Consumer Confidence in Malaysia jumps in Q1 2017



The latest Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) survey has found that the Business Confidence index showed a huge 31.5 points jump from 81.2 points in Q4 2016 to 112.7 points for Q1 2017 – well into positive territory.

 
This means that both domestic and external demand is growing. There is also a higher expected production and expected export sales

 
The Business Expectation sub-Index saw an even bigger jump of a staggering 57.5 points! This may be due to the expected growth in manufacturing production and export sales in the second quarter of 2017 in view of the recovery in exports.

 
Based on the survey, 43% of respondents reported strong sales, up from 22% in the previous quarter.

 
New export orders during the quarter were also higher, with 44% of respondents reporting higher new export orders compared to 15% in the preceding quarter.

 
The survey also pointed toward dropping inventory levels across the manufacturing sector, indicating that sales growth was outpacing the replacement of stock causing manufactures to ramp up production significantly.

 
On wages, the survey found that salaries rose rapidly during the first quarter, with 68% of the companies surveyed disclosing that their wage costs per unit had gone up. Respondents of the Consumer Sentiments survey, however, were not as upbeat.

 
The Mier Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) stood at 76.6 in the first quarter, gaining 6.8 and 3.7 points quarter on quarter and year on year respectively.

 
Typically, consumer confidence would lag business confidence as the businesses would be the first ones to find out if the economy has improved as they have immediate access to hard data – especially in orders.

 
Bonuses and wage increases for employees comes later but some workers are already benefiting due to the increased overtime and incentive pays from the stretched production lines that has been ramped up.

 
Consumer confidence is also easily influenced by negative propaganda by the opposition, which aims to sabotage our economy by purposely depressing confidence. However, consumer confidence will eventually follow business confidence and should spike up even more in the next few months.

 
This would mean that Pakatan’s propaganda of “failed state”, bankrap and “Save Malaysia” will fail and they will be exposed as the liars they are.
Those who still believes will mostly be the hard-core RBAs and opposition party members.

 
Such negative and fear-inciting propaganda may have some traction in late 2015 and 2016 but will fail spectacularly this year.

 
After all, why rock the boat when things are good and you can see big improvements?
LSS.

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/04/24/mier-consumer-sentiment-still-weak/

​The lies and spins behind the GST issue


It irritates me when Malaysians post comments on subject matters they know very little about and act like they are experts on the subject. Take the Sharia Amendment Bill or RUU355 as one example. I have read so many comments from people, many of them non-Muslims, who say that once this bill is passed you will need four witnesses to prove rape.

 

This is a downright lie because rape, just like robbery and murder, do not come under Sharia laws, whether Hudud or otherwise. And by saying you need four witnesses to prove rape you are just making a mockery of Islam, which is what their intentions probably are: to mock and make fun of Islam.

 
Another victim of lies and spins is the GST. Today, KTemoc, a staunch DAP supporter, came out with a very fair and informative blog posting titled ‘Truer story of GST’ (READ HERE: http://ktemoc.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/truer-story-of-gst.html). This article actually explains the GST quite well so I really need not repeat what KTemoc said.
Nevertheless, the salient points in KTemoc’s article are:

1. The GST is not a new tax but replaces the now abolished S&S that used to be 5%-15%.
2.  Some goods are NOT subjected to GST: example most fresh food.
3. The 6% GST for Malaysia is actually quite low compared to other countries.
4. The GST is a consumption tax and not an income tax.
5.  There is no GST on raw or unprocessed foodstuff: so the poorer rakyat actually escape paying GST. (KTemoc then gives us a long list of goods and services that are not subject to GST, which is quite a long list indeed).
The best part of KTemoc’s blog posting is the part where he says that the Chinese have been complaining for so long that they are paying 90% of the income tax while the non-Chinese pay very little. And now that the GST spreads out the tax burden so that everyone ends up paying tax the Chinese also complain.
RAJA SARA PETRA

More details about the IPIC-1MDB settlement has come to light.



As the Finance Minister II Johari had always maintained, 1MDB had always believed it would win the arbitration case against IPIC on the strength of the documents and proof that they have – which includes a letter from the BVI govt stating that the “fake Aabar” does in fact officially and legally belong to IPIC.

But Johari also indicated that bilateral relations was utmost and hence the decision to go with a private settlement instead of going ahead with international arbitration which would reveal embarrassing details on both sides – particularly on the IPIC sides where the names of their officially appointed top officials were all over the place including in the real IPIC, the real Aabar, the fake Aabar. Money was also found to be transferred from the fake Aabar into their accounts too.

The Singapore-govt owned Straits times reports the following today:

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/1mdb-abu-dhabi-deal-irons-out-funds-tangled-transactions

“According to senior financial and legal executives, the main hurdle was fund units amounting to US$2.43 billion (S$3.4 billion) held by two 1MDB subsidiaries, Brazen Sky and 1MDB Global Investments, that were guaranteed by IPIC subsidiary Aabar Investments PJS. Aabar had disputed the guarantee.

To overcome the hurdle, 1MDB agreed to waive its right to claim from Aabar the US$2.43 billion guarantee. In return, Abu Dhabi arranged for an undisclosed entity domiciled in the Seychelles to buy the units from 1MDB at the guaranteed value, to be settled by deferred payments from this month to October 2022, said a senior financial executive familiar with the matter.

Under the settlement, Malaysia and IPIC will enter into negotiations to resolve roughly US$3.5 billion in cash advances and payments 1MDB made to several Abu Dhabi entities. Should IPIC fail to make full settlement before the deadline of end-December 2020, the Malaysian government can pursue legal claims against IPIC.

1MDB never denied the destination of the payments, but has insisted that instructions for the payments were based on agreements executed by senior IPIC and Aabar executives, including Qubaishi.

With those payments to be received by 2020, 1MDB will also honour its obligations under 1MDB’s US$3.5 billion bond issue guaranteed by IPIC due in 2022.”

So, there you have it. Malaysia does not pay “double”. It pays IPIC using the money that they received from IPIC!

This is why our Ringgit has been strengthening over the past 3 days straight as foreign investors believe that the 1MDB uncertainties are finally behind us despite what the Pakatan leaders have been trying to accuse.

This also settles the case that no 1MDB money has gone missing and any money that was initially in doubt has been fully recovered by 1MDB.

I had always argued that those money paid from fake Aabar and from GoodStar was never legally owned by 1MDB anymore as they have already changed hands and legal ownership transferred. Read here: http://limsiansee.blogspot.my/2016/07/us-doj-says-yes-but-1mdb-says-no-why.html

This is why the PAC report signed off by the opposition MPs too, had clearly said PM Najib is not involved and there is no money missing from 1MDB.

This is also the reason why the US DOJ and Swiss authorities had always maintained that PM Najib was never a suspect in their investigations.

With this IPIC settlement, 1MDB has virtually completed its final rationalization step.

There is no RM42b missing or RM30b missing or RM50b missing or RM27b or RM2.6b missing.

Simply, there is now RM0 missing.

LSS.

​PROTON PERDANA AWARDED THE ‘MALAYSIA GOOD DESIGN MARK’



Shah Alam, 19 April 2017 – PROTON Holdings Bhd (“PROTON” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that the All New Perdana (“the Perdana”) has been awarded the ‘Malaysia Good Design Mark’ (“MGDM”) accredited by the Malaysia Design Council (“MDC”). The award was accorded to the Perdana under the Public Areas and Transportation Products category. The award was presented by YB Datuk Wira Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation to PROTON Deputy Chief Executive Officer, YBhg Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed at the event in the Shah Alam Convention Centre (“SACC”) yesterday.

The Perdana, which was officially unveiled on 14 June 2016, received the accreditation in reference to a good design in a well-rounded product which was developed and manufactured locally. PROTON is pleased and humbled to receive the recognition which effectively recognises PROTON’s capability in designing and producing affordable and competitive cars for consumers.

“We are encouraged to receive the recognition from the Malaysia Design Council for the Perdana. A great deal of effort has been put into developing the car and I dedicate this recognition to those talented men and women who had invested their “talent” into the Perdana project. PROTON still has a lot of areas that it can improve on and this award will provide further impetus for PROTON to work harder to provide better designed and engineered cars to its customers,” said Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, Chief Executive Officer of  PROTON.

The MGDM is a design recognition programme by the Malaysian government under the Malaysia Design Council. Its establishment is to give recognition to local industries that excel in providing quality and innovative products which encourage the upgrading of production quality through research and development.

The Perdana joined the ranks of the Satria Neo and the previous Persona which was accorded similar award by MDC in 2007 and the Iriz in 2014.

In 2016, the Perdana was awarded the ‘Best Local Car Design of the Year 2016’ by Carsifu Editors’ Choice Award, a motoring publication of The Star Media Group.

Why Distribute Christian Flyers in A Malay Housing Area?


Article 11 Federal Constitution of Malaysia: 

11.(4) State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.

 

The statement above is an excerpt text from the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. The bold wordings shows that no propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among a person professing the religion of Islam.  As a Malaysian we all know for a fact that according to Article 3 of the Malaysian Constitution Islam is the religion of the federation but other religion can be practiced.

            You can spin it any way you want but the fact of the matter is, the law of this country does not allow any religion to be propagate against Muslims.  How hard is it to understand this matter? Seriously? Recently in, Taman Berjaya Indah Kajang Selangor after Wan Azizah Wan Ismail won the state seat, it was reported that Christian missionary was distributing flyers in a Malay/Muslim populated area.

            You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand the provision in Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution. It doesn’t even have legal jargons for anyone to be confused. And up till today we are baffled on why Christian missionaries are trying their best to ignore the provisions laid down by Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution. Why on earth do they want to destroy the harmony and peace that we have enjoyed for decades?

            We may believe in a higher power which is different from others, is it too hard for each and every one of us to respect each other. Furthermore, if the authority took action against these types of shenanigans, they will accuse the government of behaving like a tyrant. Just like when the authorities raid the Bible Society of Malaysia building. They keep on disregarding the fact that the government reaction is based on their action which clearly against the supreme law of the land i.e. the Malaysian Federal Constitution.

            Malaysia is a melting pot of culture, religion and race. Keep it real. If it’s clearly against the rule of law in the country, then why do it? The laws are made like that for a reason. Just go with the flow. Abide the law and be happy, is it that hard for everyone to understand?

The usage of Inmarsat and the application of satellite monitoring in the search of MH370:


The Inmarsat is the leading organization on satellite monitoring which was established in 1979 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Its main focus is to enable ships to stay in constant touch with any available ports and shores in order for them to get help if anything would happen to the vessel. The Inmarsat will connect ships and vessels no matter how far it went out to sea.

The Inmarsat has more than 60 location world-wide and provide around the clock support facilities for their patrons. Although it is a commercial based system, the Inmarsat are also involved in many search & rescue operations. They will provide and analyse data to be given to relevant authorities in such operation. After 35 years Inmarsat has emerged as the leading provider of Aerospace and Maritime information.

After 9th of March 2014, Inmarsat has been a household name in Malaysia. Before this, Inmarsat is known only to those who are involved in the maritime business, but now from the hawker stalls in Jakarta to the Malaysian Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, everyone are talking about Inmarsat and their contribution towards the search & rescue mission of flight MH370.

Some might think that satellite imagery that Inmarsat and militaries from the 26 nation is easily interpreted. This is the result of watching too much Hollywood movies. The raw data from satellites does not come with a clear full coloured image. Raw data are represented by a plotted image that must be processed by using complicated coding. Satellite imagery is not like when you take picture with your digital camera. It is more complicated than that.

A lot of criticism had come from the foreign and local media saying that the Malaysian government has not released the full information on the data collected by the search and rescue operators. Some has even criticized the blurry image of the satellite image saying that the government intentionally distorted the image so that the public cannot see the real condition on what is happening in the Indian oceans. Well, the truth is, this is the best that we can get out of the satellite photos. The Malaysian government has even released raw data to ensure that the public is up to date with the current scenario.

Malaysia has done its best to provide the facilities that is needed to find out what had happened to flight MH370. However, there are parties who think that that the government doesn’t doing enough just because they don’t understand the concept and method used by the search and rescue operator. On a lighter note, Malaysia was praised by all of the commanding officers of the 26 nations that were directly involved with the search operation. US Navy Commander William Marks stated that the Malaysian government has done an exceptional job in coordinating the water-space and airspace management in finding the plane.

Even though criticised harshly by the media, the government of Malaysia turn a deaf ear on the comments and focus all their efforts on investigating what had happened to the plane. This is a true meaning of responsibility. The Malaysian government should be praised for their everlasting conviction and determination in the search for flight MH370.

COMANGO: The ideological battle of western thoughts and eastern values.


“At the heart of human rights is the belief that everybody should be treated fairly and with dignity – no matter what their circumstances.

This means that nobody should be tortured or treated in and inhuman or degrading way.

It also means that nobody has the right to ‘own’ another person or to force them to work under threat of punishment.”

When we talk about human rights, many of us will always refer to the western views mainly on the subject of freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of expression is the three most common topics associated with human rights. In the current socio-political climate of the world, human right is debated not only on the international level, but also are being discussed casually amongst friends and colleague. It is a topic most discussed by people of all levels. The question is do we understand the real meaning of “human rights” and can they be practice by all regardless of the country, race and religion of that particular person?

Many of us failed to understand that most ideas on human rights and human rights activism come from the west. The west meaning, the ideological stands of post-World War II allied countries on the rights and liberties of a human being.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the pinnacle of the human rights activism. It is regarded as guidance by most human rights activist. However, the problem with UNDHR is that they are only focusing on the intention and view of westerners.

And the views and thoughts of the westerners are adopted by COMANGO and many other eastern organizations without taking into consideration of eastern values. Specifically in the context of religion and eastern norms as organizations like COMANGO cannot force western ides in eastern values and culture.

COMANGO fails to understand the concept of eastern way of life and culture tries very hard to enforce western thinking by disregarding the majority thoughts on religion and cultural aspect in Malaysia. Their action of referring the Malaysian government to the United Nation is considered as unhealthy and must be stopped immediately as it is against the aspiration of the nation.

The inadequacy of the UNDHR to be a guideline for eastern countries such as Malaysia is the main reason why our government refuse to rectify the declaration and accept its ideas for the people of this country. As a melting pot of culture, religion and ideologies the government needs to tread lightly to ensure that the harmony and peace are well preserved amongst its people. The action of COMANGO is an insult not only to the country but also to their intelligent.

COMANGO and those who supports their movement clearly don’t understand that our eastern culture clearly cannot adopt the declaration as it was made only for the benefit of the westerners. Eastern cultures cannot accept the declaration as we ourselves have our own rules and beliefs that we follow. COMANGO and its supporters has clearly misinterpreted the UNDHR, they are the sad victims of the western concept of “Universalism”. Universalism is a concept derived by the westerners to colonize the hearts and mind of easterners hence the same as the concept of globalization and the new world order.

It is clear that COMANGO consist of what the Chinese call a BANANA. “Banana” is a Singaporean slang which refers to a Chinese who had abandoned their tradition and think more of themselves as westerners rather than an Asian. Like a real Banana they are yellow (banana skin) on the outside, but white (Western thinking and culture) on the inside.

WAN AZIZAH FACES ROUGH PATH, EXPECTS MAJORITY REDUCE


Early voting has begun in the Kajang state seat by-election involving policemen and their families who would be working on  polling day this Sunday and thus would not be able to cast their votes.

While the 1,197 of the total 39,278 casted their votes today, candidates on both sides of the political divide are still desperate to outwit each other – one to retain the seat with higher majority while the other to win or at the very least reduce th majority of the opponent.

With three more days to polling which is fixed for Sunday, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate Wan Azizah Ismail is under tremendous pressure as she walk the thin line between being considered ‘tool of her husband’ and a potential assembly woman who could serve the electorate.

Being the party president who had let go her Permatang Pauh parliament seat in Penang seat for her husband to return to mainstream politics, Wan Azizah is working day and night to ensure not just victory but higher majority in trying to ‘save her husband’s dignity’ as the by-election was forced by her husband for him to helm Selangor.

With the theme ‘From kajang To Putrajaya’, Wan Azizah is left with no choice but to ‘force upon electorates’ that it is the only way for her husband who is the party de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to unseat Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Some of the urban electorate who had voted for the party during the last general election are questrioning the ‘wsidom of Anwar’ forcing the by-election which Anwar named it as the Kajang Move.

This is the setback Wan Azizah is facing as urban electorates who are well acquainted with political maneuverings are not comfortable with Anwar pulling such strategy just to unseat incumbent Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Besides considering that as Anwar’s personal interest rather than them as electorate, Wan Azizah is also being handicapped with internal problems where the party deputy president Azmin Ali is busy strategising how to defend himself from the challenge by Khalid for his position.

In fact, Azmin has been busy sending his supporters all over the country campaigning for him to retain his deputy president post leaving the by-election to other party eladers and members.

The party poll will be held on April 26 and the results to be known on first week of May.

Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional (BN) Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun hit the campaign trail alongside other BN leaders on official events while Wanita Umno and Pemuda movement go door-to-door campaign daily even when the observers predict Wan Azizah would emerge victorious.

BATTLE OF TWO WOMEN – SYMPATHY VS IDEOLOGY


 

Kajang state seat by-election is a battle of sympathy versus ideology.

A battle of two women – one a president of a party – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) – set up on the basis of purported victimisation and the other a former vice-president of a Chinese-based party MCA under the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that believes in power sharing that benefit all Malaysians.

PKR’s Datin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail is standing in for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was found guilty on a sodomy charge and convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

Datuk Paduka Chiew Mei Fun is fielded when the Kajang state seat was vacated, planned by Anwar to enable him to become Selangor Mentri Besar, which was on the pretext of solving the feud between current Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and party deputy president Azmin Ali.

The voters, educated urban dwellers numbering 38,965, comprising 48 percent Malays, 41 percent Chinese and 10 percent Indians will make their decision on polling day fixed for March 23.

Chiew arrived at Kajang Sports Complex around 8.50am while Wan Azizah arrived five minutes later, both accompanied by leaders of their respective parties and their component parties.

Wan Azizah, accompanied by Anwar and Khalid as well as other leaders from the party filed her nomination papers around 9 am together with Chew, who was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and other senior BN leaders including Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

At stake is PKR’s pride as the seat was held by the party the last two terms while for BN, it is a yardstick to gauge its support from Chinese voters who had practically ‘abandoned’ the rulign coalition in last year’s general election.

However, the by-election is in reality for the MCA to gauge its influence that has taken a big dive when racial issues were played up by its nemesis DAP sin

Wan Azizah is said to be the saving grace for Anwar as her candidacy has changed the minds of the voters where talks had it earlier that Anwar would not get the numbers he expected as voters had doubted his sincerity in wanting to help Selangorians but his personal ambition.

Wan Azizah is going in banking on sympathy as her main theme – a loyal wife subsevient to her husband allegedly victimised by the ruling part – which many observers said would sell ‘like hot cakes’ given her past sacrifices for Anwar.

Chiew’s development theme may be buried by sentiments of sympathy and MCA cannot make the by-election as the yardstick to gauge its support smong ther Chinese community.

 

UMNO YOUTH AND WANITA APPROACH VOTERS IN A SOFT WAY


‘Tumpang lalu” or kindly allow me to pass through is Umno Youth’s campaign theme, which at present seems to be the best way in the attempt to win the hearts and minds of the 39,965 voters in Kajang state seat constituency.

Antoginistic approach, like the previous by-elections by both sides of the political divide had the Barisan Nasional (BN) on the defensive given the opposition’s expertise in picking and highlighting issues.

The Kajang state seat by-election is no ordinary election where ideologies are marketed to voters and presentation of track records are highlighted for their perusals are not much in use.

Called the Kajang Move by opposition chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim because he chases after the Mentri Besar post to catapult him to Putrajaya, the forced by-election is no more than just to elect him to be eligible to be come Mentri Besar, nothing more.

Given the background, Umno Youth seems to be on the right track in the campaign trail as going head-on will not do any good, after all, Anwar’s supporters will not change their minds and those on the fence will not go for an aggressive BN.

The campaign trail which officially begin Tuesday saw an aggressive Anwar and opposition leaders meeting voters, talking about the Kajang Move but camouflaged under the ‘lack of care’ for the constituency such as traffic jams and so on – the daily hazards of life.

Locking horns on such issues will only benefit the opposition as their speakers and leaders possess the oratorial skills and can present their cases better.

Thus, Umno Youth’s campaign line is considered as most appropriate as ‘please, allow me to pass through’ is a nice way of saying give me a minute to fill your mind instead of confronting the oppositions in an open verbal confrontation without any ending.

Thursday saw the movement head Khairy Jamaluddin doing Isya’ prayer at Taman Kota Cheras, , meet and dinner  as well as santai or relax and chat with youths.

Wanita Umno is also embarking on the ‘kasih sayang’ campaign – besides the house-to-house – which the movement is well known for, visiting women voters in their homes, talking in their own lingo.

Thursday had Wanita chief datuk Seri Sharizat Jalil visiting patients at Taman Sekamat, then at Batu 12 and visit handicapped people at Taman Korporasi Cuepecs.

While for Anwar, he has practically gone to 90 percent of the constituency and since he was barred from contesting, he now introduces Wan Azizah to the voters, re-visiting the places he had covered thus far.

Wan Azizah is a soft woman and a soft-speaking type who, unlike her husband, her voice will be drowned if put on stage in a rally.

WAN AZIZAH TOOL OF ANWAR’S AMBITION


It is ‘war’ in Kajang, politically that is, as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Barisan Nasional (BN) slug it out to win the hearts and minds of the 39,000-odd voters, who are forced to go to poll because of one man’s plan called the Kajang Move.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, de facto chief of PKR planned the move to helm Selangor on the basis to end the feud between current Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and the party deputy chief Azmin Ali and to stop claims of Selangor Umno onslaught.

Unfortunately, he was ‘out of action’ when found guilty of sodomy and sentenced to five years jail, and he got his wife Datin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail who is also PKR president to ‘stand in’ for him.

And since Anwar is still free as he is out on bail and waiting for appeal, he told the nightly ceramahs that the Kajang move is till on.

What is the Kajang Move which is still on where Wan Azizah is now being burdened with?

From what Anwar mentioned in his ceramah is the move would enable him to make Selangor as the platform to jump to Putrajaya, through the state’s progress in economy and development.

He wanted Malaysians at large to look at Selangor as a model state an then choose him as Prime Minister in the next general election.

So that is Kajang Move where the electorate have to be sacrificed to enable him to contest the state seat, then get Khalid to step down and he takes over.

So the Kajang Move is actually a plan for him to be Menteri Besar and then Prime Minister, without any consideration on people’s interests or benefits.

Wan Azizah is now a ‘tool’ for Anwar to achieve his aim as she is seen and in fact is clean politically and loyal to her husband’s wishes and needs.

Never mind about being made used of, after all she has a responsibility towards the party she leads as well as her husband.

She wants the party to retain Kajang and if possible with higher majority, at a time when her husband’s name is no longer the ‘talk of town’ as his name no longer gets ‘the adrenaline of men nor women’ going at his speed.

Except for his followers, Anwar’s news is now taken as a ‘mention in passing’ thing as Kajang electorate no longer ‘wait in anticipation’ or anxious’ as they have made up their minds.

However, with Wan Azizah in the lead role, the mindset change as talks have it that she is a victim of circumstances, a nice woman who is loyal to her husband and have no choice.

Blogger have her named as ‘Pelakon Air Mata’ (The Teary Eyes Actress) as her campaign line is expected to be more on wooing sympathy than political ideology and other issues against the ruling BN.

All the above aside, it is the electorate who will decide whether to sympathies with Wan Azizah and vote her to allow her husband achieve his personal aim or vote BN Datuk Paduka Chiew Mei Fun who is truly a ‘worker’ who wants to serve the people sincerely.

13 May: DAP is trapped in their own web.


We would like to enlighten our readers on the content of the open letter made by Lim Kit Siang. The letter was meant for Datuk Seri Najib and his cabinet ministers have been posted by Lim’s admin in his blog today. According to Lim Kit Siang the particular letter is the second of which has been made in less than two week.
 
The letter was titled “Are the leadership of BN ready to cooperate with Pakatan Rakyat to ensure that the 13th May incident will not be repeated in Malaysia?”
 
As a matter of fact, this is one of the many articles in Lim Kit Siang’s blog which carries the notion of the unforgettable 13th May tragedy.
  
Even though there are a lot of articles regarding the 13th May incident in Kit Siang’s blog are lengthy and has long titles, each and every single one of those articles can be concluded in one particular article which is titled “People Who Talks of 13th Mei Must Be Silenced” written by Khee Thuan Chye.
 
 
It seems that Kit Siang wants the government to silence the Malays from reminding the future generations that there are possibilities that the racial riots can happen again.
 
The title of the article itself is sufficient proof that Kit Siang is adversely affected by the 13 May slogans that the Malays made during the demonstration against a PKR state assemblymen for insulting the Prime Minister recently.
 
Starting from that particular incident, Kit Siang can be seen actively speaking about patriotism and peace. Kit Siang tries very hard to show that the DAP or the Chinese, as patriotic while the Malays who are trying to remind Malaysians about the 13th May incident as traitors.
 
Kit Siang stated that the act of “feeding water spinach” inside the mouth of the PM’s figurine was not racist and shall not be threatened with slogans and cries for another 13th May. Thus, through the open letter, Kit Siang asks the BN government to cooperate with him so that the 13th May incident would not happen again.
  
A wise man would have learned from his past mistakes. And this proves that Kit Siang is not a clever or wise person.
 
Kit Siang should’ve learned from history that he was the one who incite the Malays. The Malays at that time were patient and generous enough to share everything with other races as long as they can maintain peace and harmony in the country. However, they went overboard with their racial provocation.
 
Unfortunately, even though he is old and had gone through many historical incident, Kit Siang did not manage to learn from any of it.
 
 
Kit Siang should have understood that the 13th May slogans made by the Malays in the demonstration does not originate from the kangkung issue at all, but it is created by the acts of Namawee, Alvivi, Father Lawrence Andrew, Lawyer Edmond Bon, COMANGO, Nga Kor Ming and hundreds or thousands of the “Red Bean Army” who provokes the Muslim population by insulting Islam, Malay leaders and the Malay Royals.  
 
The 13th May slogan was made as retaliation and a warning for the act of abolishing the Jawi word from signboards, acquisition of land and Malay businesses, the closing of Giat MARA, pressuring UiTM to be open to all the races and also to the act of inciting the abolishment of Bumiputra’s right.
 
 
The fact is, the Najib administration is one of the most lenient government compared to all the former Prime Minister to fight for the right of the Malays. As it is known by the public, today even high ranking officials in the government consist of many non-Malays. Ironically, the Malays was not given any chance by the non-Malays to hold top position in the private sectors.
 
Meanwhile, the Chinese who currently enjoys the right for vernacular schools and the rights to have Chinese language newspapers were never stopped. More than that, the Chinese also has their own radio and TV channel which uses Mandarin and Cantonese as their main language. All of these special treatments given to the minority Chinese has never been stopped even though it’s clearly disrupt the unity amongst the people of this country and also against the aspiration of Malaysia.
 
Even with all the special treatment given by the government, UMNO leaders are being mocked and provoked by the DAP as a racist party.
  
Kit Siang has to understand that the DAP is the one who are trying to re-live the 13th May incident.
 
In the 13th May incident, the DAP provoked, teased and insulted the Malays as they were much inferior, economically compared to the Chinese. DAP insulted the Malays and viewed the Malays with disgust and contempt.
  
The same thing is happening today when the Chinese is openly proud of their achievement as the highest tax payer and ridiculed the Malays. As if the Chinese was the one who developed the Malaysian economy while the Malays were useless.
 
This proves that, the Chinese are more racist than the Malays.
 
Logically, the Chinese will not be able to control the economy if the Malay people are racist. The Malays were the ones who supported Chinese business, and that is why the Chinese can enjoy their wealth today.
 
Only recently, there are campaigns to boycott Chinese businesses as it also came from the arrogance of the Chinese as it is shown in the 13 May incident.
 
According to the above facts, Kit Siang should have made his statement regarding the 13th May incident in front of the mirror to himself. He was the one who provoked the Malays and he should’ve known what is coming next.
  
In conclusion, the “kangkung” water spinach is not the problem. Lim Kit Siang is the problem.  

 
However, we cannot deny the possibility that Kit Siang knows that the second 13th May incident is near. It is possible that he knows what is going to happen and he is the one who tries to repeat history.
  
If this is true, what will we do? What can we do?

KHALID IN CATCH 22 POSITION AS ANWAR BACK AZMIN


The ‘war’ between Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali has taken a new twist with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim taking the side of his loyalist Azmin.

Anwar, who presided the party political bureau meeting on Tuesday and supreme council meeting Wednesday had said Azmin’s dismissal did not follow proper procedure and as such was invalid.

The political meeting heard Azmin’s version because Khalid did attend and similarly, last night’s PKR supreme council meeting also heard Azmin’s version as Khalid was again absent.

Khalid, the Selangor Mentri Besar and also the State Development Corporation (PKNS) chairman had dismissed Azmin as a board member, citing it was decided by PKNS general manager Datuk Othman Omar and the state exco agreed to it.

However, the general manager said the dismissal was decided by the state exco.

With Anwar’s backing, the issue seems to be getting worse as Khalid is now placed in an awkward position given Anwar is still his boss in the party.

He is actually in a Catch 22 position.

To withdraw the letter and reinstate Azmin will reflect Khalid’s ‘defeat’ in the ‘political war of power’ in the state and not heeding Anwar’s ‘directive’ is tantamount to protesting the party president and obviously can be termed as insubordination.

How will he withdraw the dismissal letter and reinstate Azmin? Doing so will put him in an awkward position where he will be seen as a Mentri Besar without ‘guts’ where all decisions need to be referred to Anwar.

As it is, even the salary increase for excos have been held back pending revision after Azmin and his supporters expressed disapproval despite the state excos agreed to the decision.

Khalid has tried to make an impact as the administrative chief in Selangor, minus any interference from his party boss, to show he is capable of running a state.

However, things are not as easy as he has to please not only the other partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but also the Palace where his loyalty is priority.

Azmin’s dismissal is seen as Khalid’s ‘political move’ to clip Azmin of furthering his influence as well as eroding his influence with the coming party poll, probably to position himself (Khalid) in a better position should he decides to contest for the party deputy president.

Azmin is read as Anwar’s proxy in the party and whatever is in Khalid’s mind may not work out well as the party members interpret it as ‘furthering someone else’ agenda’ not Khalid’s himself.

Politically, Khalid has not been a success as even when he was in Umno, he failed to even got elected as a division chief, and the same goes in PKR.

With Anwar’s backing for Azmin now, the stage is set for Khalid to either ‘tow’ the leadership or face tumultuous journey as Selangor Mentri Besar until the next general election.

The Stupidity of Liberal Supporters: They say the name of God is not an issue, but willing to go to war to put Allah in the bible.  


 In the midst of trying to persuade the authorities to permit the usage of the word Allah to replace the word for God in the bible, they even try to make a point that all religion prays to the same God. Because of that, they say that any name that refers to any God should not be an issue.

 Thus, we are asked ourselves; why not refer the Christian God as Gautama Buddha or Ramayana or Lim Guan Eng? Isn’t the name stated are much more relevant and closer to the people who profess Christianity in Malaysia?

If they want to call their God with a Malay sounding name, why not they replace it with Awang or Abu? Why don’t they use Iban names for their God? Better yet, why don’t they just invent a new name for their God?  Why on earth do they want to use the name that can invite crisis among Malaysian?

 Didn’t they say that the name of God is not an issue?
The argument that all religion refers to the same God means that Christians now believe that God is the same in all religion, including Islam who believed in Allah Subhanahu Wataala.

 Allah is not the same entity as the Christian believed in. Allah the All-Mighty, which is worshiped by Muslims “neither begets nor is born”.  (Refer to the Holy Quran 112:3)

 Because of that, if Christians says that they pray to the same God, they must acknowledge that Jesus is not the son of God.
 It seems that Christian has to make haste as to change their bible that says Jesus was the Son of God, to prove their claim that they pray to the same God as the Muslims.

 Logically, how can it be that the same God has different characteristic or contradicting personalities?
With this, we urged all of Christian priest and missionaries in Malaysia to make an official statement denying that Jesus is the same as “Allah” that they worship.

This is the only way to ensure that the usage of the word Allah in the Christian bible so as to avoid any contradiction with the statement that they had made. This will also ensure that the tension amongst Christian and Muslim can be put to an end. 

Heralding a New Beginning


By Datuk Huan Cheng Guan

In ten days’ time, we will be bidding farewell to 2013 and heralding a new beginning to a new year. Yet, this period is not really an end or a beginning but a journey that should rightfully fill the lives of Malaysians with all wisdom that experience has given us.

After such an eventful year marked by a record number of protests in Malaysian history, it is my sincere hope that Malaysians will close ranks and learn to view our beloved country positively. The time has come to stop emphasizing negatives and to highlight positives or pro-active ways in which each one of us can make Malaysia a better place for all regardless of race, class, age and gender. The starting point would surely be learning to say good things about our country rather than sabotaging our nation’s prestige via loose and irresponsible comments or showing disrespect for leaders.

Since the advent of the Internet and social networking platforms, this country has been continually injected with propaganda and criticisms of the ruling government. It has become common place that to say anything good about any BN leader is a sign of betrayal when in fact, one is only being realistic. No leader or government is perfect and it certainly does not help by worsening public perception of leaders via negative comments which stoke the fires of hatred and discontent.

Character assassination by opposition political leaders and active members of civil societies must stop. Malaysians must not entertain posts which propagate hate-mongering and create an atmosphere of mistrust which hinders our government’s efforts to develop this country. Let us learn to comment responsibly and not jump on the bandwagon of condemnation but be objective right-thinking citizens who measure our words carefully.

Come 2014, I sincerely hope to less personal and more effort by citizens and all parties to chart a blueprint for unity and peaceful co-existence. To that end, as we draw close to 2013, let us celebrate the New Year, NOT by attending protest gatherings but by embracing a changed attitude, forsaking old stereotypes and looking forward to a new beginning optimistically. Our celebration must not be hijacked by any political party but must be one that is joyous for the right reasons.

Let us celebrate the New Year in true Malaysian style – not with hostility but with thankfulness and gratitude that indeed, Malaysia is a beautiful nation inhabited by Malaysians who are proud of their heritage and all that Malaysia means to every one of us.

PERKASA MAY BE IN DILEMMA OVER ITS NEXT ROLE


 

The most vocal Malay NGO, Perkasa, seems to be in a crossroad – to continue playing its role as defender of the Malay and bumiputra rights or fight against the so-called neo-liberalism in Umno.

Perkasa has held the ‘Malay and bumiputra fort” when Umno was reeling from its dismal performance after the 2008 general election but now, after the May 5 2013 general election, Umno stands upright with its tyransformaion and Malay agenda.

So when Perkasa meets for its fourth AGM this Sunday, the question that hangs on its members’ heads and of course, its leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali is which direction the movement will take.

Given that Umno is back on its feet and upon conclusion of its annual general assembly last week, the party which is the backbone of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has taken the path that Perkasa had rode on – uplifting and empowering the Malays and bumiputras economic status as well as protecting the sanctity of Islam.

Perkasa is now at a crossroad on how to chart its next course because championing the cause it has been taking since its formation in late 2008 will be seen as ‘taking the role of Umno’.

No doubt Perkasa had taken the role of Umno since its formation as Umno was ‘rehabilitating’ itself past few years but now that Umno has been ‘rehabilitated’ and the party has now taken its role back and further playing the role of MCA and Gerakan and even MIC in protecting and champion the cause of Malaysians, not just Malays, Perkasa now has to look for a reason.

Championing the cause in accordance to the country’s Federal Constitution in protecting the rights of Malays, Bumiputras and Islam as well as the Institution of Rulers, may take a new approach.

With Umno playing the role of moderates and inclusiveness, Perkasa has to look to new approaches if it wants to stay relevant and rally the same support it has been enjoying.

Its racial stand may still be relevant but the approaches needed to be more refined given Umno’s new approaches in reaching out as a platform of fairness and harmony.

Since it will not go against Umno as it is an NGO that supports the government, Perkasa may actually be in a dilemma.

One Perkasa member said the NGO would still be relevant and needed given the many issues raised by the oppositions that Umno shied away, particularly sensitive issues regarding liberalism.

He said Umno would not say much about liberal Malays who were in Umno and everywhere because Umno itself is heading towards liberalism.

“It is Perkasa that will be fighting against this liberal Malays who are against Malays who struggle for the race and religion,” he said.

With the AGM to be launched by former Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Perkasa seems set to champion a new cause – fight against neo-liberalism who the movement feels are obstacles to the Malays future development economically and spiritually.

UMNO’S TRANSFORMATION MAY RALLY MALAYSIANS OF ALL RACES


 

Umno concluded its annual general assembly on Saturday on a high note to transform itself into a poilitical party that is fair to all Malaysians where priority will be to empower the economy of the Malays and bumiputras who form slightly more than 67 per cent of the population.

The emphasis will be to ensure that the majority population will be on par with the economy of others so that there will not be any single race that would feel left out in the fast growing economic development of the country.

In doing, the party pledges that other races would not be sidelined and that the party would continue its fair and just policies for all Malaysians.

Umno also concluded that the party would protect the sanctity of Islam by defining clearly in the Federal Constitution that Malaysia follows the teaching of Sunnah Wal Jamaah.

In facing the next general election, the party’s political transformation will begin at the party’s branch level where with immediate effect the branch level will have to follow the party constitution strictly to strengthen itself.

Party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had outlined the transformation programs in the wake of challenges that ‘may not be good for Umno’ if the party continues to stay as it is.

The political reality now is Umno is the only flag-bearer of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) besides Parti Pesaka Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) in Sarawak while the component parties in Peninsular are still ‘searching for their souls’ after being ‘slaughtered’ in the May 5 general election.

Called it the Chinese tsunami or whatever terms, the fact remains that rural Malays are still with Umno while the urban Malays have swung to the oppositions – PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

With Umno the only party that is still strong and ‘standing upright’ amidst the strong winds of change in the May 5 general election, the responsibility is now on its shoulders to rally Malaysians, not just Malays, behind the BN.

And the recently concluded general assembly, Najib, who is also the Prime Minister, spoke on the need for Umno to transform into an inclusive party, struggling for the Malays and bumputras while same time ensure other races are not sidelined and feel ‘alien’.

Transformation begins with change in minds and attitudes of party members and Najib stressed the need for the party to be strong from its roots – the grassroots – where the some 21,000 branches lie.

Transformation to strengthen the party as the pillar and backbone of BN where component parties, currently undergoing healing and rehabilitation, can heal themselves in time to face the next general election.

In strengthening the party, efforts to ward off elements that would weaken the party and its followers will have to be addressed and here is where the sanctity of Islam and the economic aspect needed push and protection.

The threat of Syiah is real and the ‘heads of Government Link Companies (GLCs) not helping out Malay and bumiputra enterpreneurs is real.

With Najib’s commitment to see the two subjects taken care, Umno is off to a brand new start in transforming itself into a political party where the Malays and bumiputras can rest assure their support for the party all this while did not go to waste.

And Malaysians on the whole, can rest easy that Umno is not only a party for the Malays but for all Malaysians.

Yingluck offers House dissolution


Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday said she is ready to dissolve the House and organises a national election within 60 days as stipulated by the laws and under fair rules if that is what the majority of people wanted.

In a special televised programme, She insisted that the protesters’ demand for setting up of People’s Council and royally-granted prime minister were not allowed by the Constitution and still debated among academicians.

“However if the protesters and the big political party do not agree to the offers or not accept the result of the election, the political crisis would certainly be prolonged. This could be compared to the political situation in 2006 when a political party boycotted a national election which resulted in a political vacuum and eventually a coup d’etat,” she said.

She apparently refers to Democrat Party that boycotted the national election in that year.

She was speaking a day before a massive rally led by former Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban, against her government, is held in Bangkok.

The government proposed a setting up of a forum to discuss about the protesters’ demands, Yingluck said.

“However if the conflicts could not be settled, I propose that public referendum be set up to allow all people to decide. All political parties and protesters would accept the results of the public referendum so that all conflicts are solved.

A Tale of Two Leaders


By Datuk Huan Cheng Guan 

Political poisoning of Malaysian minds has incapacitated their inherent abilities to do undertake political analysis. When issues of public interest arise, all it takes is one brazen leader to give a red herring response such as: 

“Who is asking? We have shown many times that the trips taken by the present officers (cost) much (less) that in the past (under BN rule prior to 2008).   

Then, most are silenced, cowering in fear that they might have offended that leader. Before you begin your retort, allow me to share with you a tale of two leaders. 

Once upon a time in early November 2013, there were two leaders – one from the east (Lim Guan Eng), the other from the West (Jim Lane, Mayor of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) who went to the 17th annual Inter-Islands Tourism Policy (ITOP) Forum, held  from November 6 to 9 in Haikou, Hainan, China. Topics of discussion included how to preserve local island culture while accommodating global tourism. 

Jim Lane went alone and his trip was funded by the government of Haikou, Hainan.

Lim Guan Eng went with a 21-member delegation and the Penang state coffers footed the bill. 

George Hartz, President of Scottsdale Sister Cities, said that Mayor Jim Lane was given the opportunity to promote Scottsdale tourism at the forum. 

According to its official website, Inter-Islands Tourism Policy Forum was founded in 1997 with the attendance of four provincial governments of Bali, Indonesia, Hainan, China, Okinawa, Japan and Jeju, South Korea led by Jeju. 

This Forum is aimed at exploring the world tourism market jointly by bring together islands that have cultural sympathy and similar tourism structure and policy. The Forum has grown from four starting member islands to 10 members including Jeju, Hainan, Okinawa, Bali, Southern Province, Canary Islands, Zanzibar, Hawaii, Phuket and Cebu. 

Note: Penang is NOT a member of ITOP. Hence, is it justified that the 21-member delegation of Penang government officers, their spouses and business representatives visited China costing RM93,910  at the state’s expense? 

Whether or not BN spent more or less during their tenure is irrelevant. It is merely pulling wool over our eyes so that we cannot see the discrepancies therein. 

The fact remains that the state paid the 21-member delegation to attend the forum and did the following:

 1.      They signed a MOU on establishment of Friendship Cities between Penang and the Hainan provincial government. (done by the delegation)

2.      They renewed the Friendship Cities relationship between Xiamen and Penang on the 20th anniversary of this scheme. (done by the delegation)

3.      Lim paid two courtesy calls on the government, leaders of industry, the Xiamen mayor and the Hainan governor. (done by ONE person – LGE)

4.      Lim delivered a talk at the ITOP Forum themed ‘Globalization and Localization: Opportunity and Challenge for Island Tourism Development’. (done by ONE person – LGE) 

Look at the record of achievement for that trip and answer the following question objectively. Is it justified that Lim Guan Eng needed 21 members, including his spouse at the expense of the state government whereas Jim Lane went ALONE at the invitation of the Haikou government who paid for his trip?  

Who can forget his famous justification for his wife’s presence by his statement whereby “We feel very lonely without our spouses, we go with spouse is a problem, don’t go with spouse also a problem.” 

Does such a statement reflect a person’s political and emotional maturity? 

Think. Why did Haikou pay for Mayor Jim Lane’s participation at the ITOP forum? Food for thought. 

For your information, Scottsdale has been recognized today as Arizona’s 2013 eCity by tech giant Google. “Scottsdale’s growth and innovation in e-commerce is an example that other cities across the state can strive to replicate,” said Scott Levitan, Google’s director of small business engagement, in a statement. “Google is proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial spirit and the role it plays in creating jobs and sustaining local economies.” 

Apart from the UNESCO Heritage listing for Penang (which has nothing to do with current state government), what international accolades have Lim and his team won for Penang? Any results for all the hot air more-than-a-mouthful theme of Penang As An International And Intelligent City Is Leveraged On Building A Liveable City That Attracts Human Talent And Formulates People-Centric Policies That Transforms Penang Into A Developed, Sustainable And Inclusive Economy Without Poverty? Shallow and meaningless words such as these give an empty and hollow  ring when we see the congestion in Penang and the rising property prices which have prevented real Penang kia from owning homes in the state. Instead, we see foreigners, especially those from another island, who are happily (in Monopoly style) taking over shopping malls, hawker centres, even properties in heritage areas, and of course not forgetting the many high-rise luxurious condominiums that few can even dream of owning at all! 

Finally, does it need an expenditure of RM93,910 for the ITOP and to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the establishment of sister cities between Penang and Xiamen in Xiamen? Is Xiamen really so important to Penang? Penang is not even listed in Wikipedia’s listing for Xiamen. 

In fact, if you were to Google for PENANG AND XIAMEN, what will Google show you? The Balance of Trade in both states? Nope. Merely flights and cheap tickets from Penang to Xiamen. Now what does that tell you? 

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