Thursday, February 24, 2011

Petronas Scandals

Every Malaysian who wants to continue living in Malaysia and not thinking of migrating must read this article and bring about a change of government at the next general election.

Please forward this to your contacts and ask them to do the same. Because this kind of news is banned from the government-controlled mainstream media, the only way Malaysians can get to know how the country has been plundered and raped by the UMNOputras is via the internet.

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Another blast from Dr. Ronnie Tan Kee Kwong


“Without fear and favour..", this heroic scion of Tan Sri Dr. Tan Chee Khoon... .. an intrepid politician of his father's mettle and character...

From the desk of Dr Tan Kee Kwong 14/8/2010

Dear Najib & your cronies in the BN,

I learnt with alarm that for the past 3 years, Petronas has given to the Federal Government 290 billion i.e. 290,000 JUTA! Wow, what a fantastic sum of money. Please Najib, Pak Lah & Mahathir, tell us the Rakyat how you spent or wasted this huge sum of money.

As I have said before, Petronas as an entity, was & still is quite a well run company. But the past 3 PM’s have ruined it all. By a special Act of Parliament passed in the 70's PDA i.e. Petroleum Development Act, Petronas is accountable to the PM ONLY... In the past we had 2 Oil Ministers who had no say at all. Even under PDA, the Minister of Finance has no say at all. Even the Cabinet cannot examine the true accounts of Petronas. What a shame. This is totally unacceptable. You can rest assured that the incoming Pakatan Rakyat Federal Government will change all that. Those that have plundered the wealth of the nation had better watch out, you will be charged & sent to jail for a very long time!


Under Mahathir, Dividends paid to the Govt was about 2 to 3 billion annually. The so called Mr Clean i.e. Pak Lah forced Petronas to pay 10 billion then 20 billion finally to pay 30 billion. During Mr Clean’s tenure as PM dividends paid was 10x what was paid during Mahathir's time. Where did all this money go? Mainly to finance all the budget deficits during his rule. A lot went to useless Defense spending. Also the nation only got 10 billion worth out of 30 billion!

In the 80's & 90's about 100 billion was spent from Petronas coffers to bail out Bank Bumiputra TWICE. Also during the financial crise of 1997, Petronas was forced to buy MISC to bail out Mahatir's son.


I remember in the mid 50's my family stayed for 2 years in no 2 Jalan Penang. At that time there was only the Race Course there. As kids we enjoyed plucking the delicious rambutans there. Now it is so different.

At that time the HQ of Petronas was housed in Dayabumi. There was a severe shortage of office space as the Petronas operations expanded very fast.

Initially the plan was to build a new HQ in Jln Tun Razak, opposite the Royal Sgor Golf Club. (site of the present Prince Court Hospital) That plan was aborted as the DCA (Dept of Civil Aviation) objected strongly as it was in the flight path of the Sungai Besi RMAF Air Base. Then Petronas went ahead to buy a piece of land in Jalan Ampang, behind Yow Chuan Plaza for only 30 million.

Suddenly Mahathir intervened & came out with a devious plan to steal the money from Petronas to enrich his special crony etc. First was the outcry in the press on how the Race Course was causing massive traffic jams every week-end. So the Federal Government & DBKL decided that the Race Course must shift to Sungai Besi, its present site. If the land was sold/surrendered from the Turf Club to Petronas direct that will be perfectly OK. BUT the Turf Club was forced to sell its land to a very special Mahathir Crony. Within a matter of a few months the special crony sold the land to Petronas at a huge price of 600 Million! The top brass of Petronas was instructed, CANNOT negotiate the price, just pay. How ridiculous! Who pays 600 million without even a one dollar discount.

Please Mahathir, you were in charge of Petronas then who was the crony/individual involved & who others benefited.


Another enormous scandal that cost the nation US100 BILLION. Recently Mahathir wrote in his blog site that 3 weeks before Pak Lah stepped down as PM he "gave” the above land to Brunei . Wonder what made him do that, maybe in one of his naps in public he just assigned our rights to Brunei. I am sure it was not for free, many relatives & cronies benefited because this is a business deal, not an NGO doing charity.

In the past Petronas went into joint sharing agreements with Vietnam , Cambodia , Thailand , Indonesia etc. This should have been the case in Block L and Block M.
Sarawakians , please wake up. You stay in one of the poorest states in Malaysia ... Your Ketua Menteri (Pek Moh) is so blatantly corrupt that even his BN brothers in SUPP are complaining. And Pak Lah "gave"your wealth away to Brunei.


UMNO/BN please come clean on the real affairs of Petronas.
Abolish the present PDA Act. Replace it with a better & more transparent Act that the financial affairs of Petronas. MUST be accountable to the Parliament.

Examine the real cause of the severe drop in FDI. Not only that even the local tycoons have very little faith in this country. Don't you care? Every year at least 400,000 finish their SPM examinations. With this state of affairs what is going to happen to them?

Don't just enrich yourselves, give a little bit back to the Nation!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sabah’s defeatist mentality the biggest hurdle

Years of listening to BN's mantra has left Sabahans with a deep-seated fear of looking beyond, says former chief minister Yong Teck Lee

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans’ defeatist mentality is the single biggest challenge to bringing change in the state.

Former chief minister Yong Teck Lee sees Sabahans facing a bleak future where they will continue to be mistreated under unfair federal policies because of this ingrained “Sabah mentality”.

“Ordinary Sabahans are defeated mentally… they say even if we (SAPP) win, we still cannot govern.

“After 47 years we have been brainwashed to believe that we cannot do it on our own.

“So defeated is the mentality of some that many in Sabah too believe in the BN (Barisan Nasional) leaders’ mantra that Sabah is BN’s perpetual fixed-deposit as far as election is concerned,” said Yong, who is also the president of Sabah Peoples’ Party (SAPP).

In a candid exclusive interview with FMT recently, Yong said the perceived strength of the ruling BN and its alternative, Pakatan Rakyat, has sunk so deep into the minds of the people that they feared looking further and as such, accepted the shabby conditions in the state.

(According to a World Bank Report, Sabah, with its abundant natural oil and gas resource, is the poorest state in Malaysia.)

“Economically speaking, I don’t think ordinary people have money here… it’s the same in the Peninsula. This Chinese New Year, for instance, has been very quiet.

“The dragon dance companies here received less than half their usual bookings… everything is expensive now,” he said.

But can the once strong opposition capitalise on the consumers’ angst against rising prices, corruption and land grabs?

Yong thinks not. He is worried that the opposition will be unable to take advantage of any revolt against the status quo.

“It is important to have a combined (opposition) force here before the election so that we can remove the (BN) fixed-deposit tag here which in turn influences the people in the Peninsula.

“But if the polls is called now, we are definitely not ready” he said.

Two-faced DAP

Another thing that worries Yong, who is known as “taiko” or master, is the clout DAP has over the Chinese voters.

Last year’s Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election was an eye-opener for political pundits when most of the Chinese votes went to PKR candidate Ansari Abdullah, a controversial figure, and not to Yong, as many had expected.

“In Batu Sapi, they proved a point that DAP can move considerable number of Chinese votes,” Yong said.

He added that men like DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and other DAP Chinese leaders “did a fantastic job of attacking” him instead of BN, two days before the polling.

Yong said that Batu Sapi is now a reference point on how the opposition shot itself in the foot.

“I was up against BN and Pakatan’s combined force,” he said, adding that this was why he eventually finished third behind winner Linda Tsen of the BN and PKR’s Ansari.

Yong said that before the Batu Sapi polls, there was some understanding that SAPP and DAP would “worked together where possible” but things had changed since then.

“All our relationship now is with Pakatan. We are friends, not Pakatan coalition partners.

“As far as we are concerned, all DAP leaders were formerly from other parties including SAPP… like Kota Kinabalu MP Hiew (King Chiew) and Jimmy Wong (Sri Tanjung assemblyman)” he said.

Yong, who himself was once with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) for many years before forming SAPP, said that the local opposition is formulating an election plan.

“Our plan is being crystallised. By March or April, we will have a plan.

“We are working towards having a one-to-one fight with BN, but I cannot guarantee this 100% because Pakatan has three components (PKR, DAP and PAS).

“Maybe there will be DAP-sponsored candidates against SAPP this time (too).”

New twist in Sabah politics

Yong may be hinting at the possiblity that local opposition parties may band together to form a united front in a new twist to Sabah politics.

Is it coincidental then that another influential Sabah leader, Jeffrey Kitingan, had recently announced that he will be forming a new political party by March?

Jeffrey’s United Borneo Front (UBF), an NGO, has already reached some an understanding with leaders in Sarawak Nasional Party (SNAP). SNAP in turn is aggressively wooing Dayak-majority parties to back Jeffrey’s Borneo Agenda.

In an interview with FMT recently, Jeffrey had hinted that SAPP would be a local partner in UBF’s campaign to collectively wrest 56 seats in Sabah and Sarawak.

Said Yong: “I am quite familiar with Jeffrey’s struggle but am not very clear on his methodology… his political vehicle… we will know soon.

“But what I do know is that no peninsular party will survive in Sabah without the support of a local component.”

Asked what his reading was on the current political climate in Sabah, Yong said the frequent visits by political leaders from the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak “points to unease at the top”.
“Peninsular leaders used to ignore us, now they are coming here so often.

“There is uneasiness among the BN elite that the Borneo electorate may be seeing a new window of opportunity,” said Yong.

BN crumbling within

Yong said that a seemingly calm Sabah is not good for BN, which is already saddled with internal problems.

BN Sabah comprises PBS, PBRS, Upko, LDP and peninsula-based MCA and Gerakan.

He recalled that in 1985 when he was still with PBS “people looked down on us in PBS but in our three-week campaign we created a change”.

“There are situations here… Upko will not leave BN, but Upko’s grassroots will leave, making it a hollow party.

“The same with PBS. PBRS is gone. MCA (supposedly a Chinese party) relies on Malay votes and mixed areas,” he said.

With Sabah and Sarawak together contributing 56 (including Labuan, 57) of the 222 parliamentary seats in Malaysia, many are convinced that the battle for control of Putrajaya will be fought in the Borneo states.

Most believe that it will be a stalemate in the Peninsula with seats shared equally by BN and Pakatan after the 13th general election.

Yong, meanwhile, who is known for his wily ways, hasn’t missed a trick.

His Batu Sapi adventure can be seen as a “testing of the waters” as he moves towards making SAPP relevant in Sabah. (Luke Rintod)