Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rakyat Malaysia mampu jatuhkan kerajaan dengan ganas, kata Dr Mahathir

Jamilah Kamarudin

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad memberi nasihat kepada para pemimpin jangan memandang rendah kemampuan rakyat Malaysia untuk bangkit menentang pemimpin dan kerajaan yang korup. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 23 April, 2014.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad memberi nasihat kepada para pemimpin jangan memandang rendah kemampuan rakyat Malaysia untuk bangkit menentang pemimpin dan kerajaan yang korup. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 23 April, 2014.Pemimpin diingatkan supaya tidak memandang rendah terhadap kemampuan rakyat Malaysia menjatuhkan kerajaan yang korup sama seperti di negara Timur Tengah, kata Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Bekas perdana menteri itu berkata, sejarah raja dan diktator di Timur Tengah membuktikan kuasa rakyat mampu menjatuhkan pemimpin sehingga menggunakan tindakan keras dan ganas.
"Rakyat Malaysia belum tahu cara yang ganas.
Mereka mungkin menggunakan pilihan raya untuk memperbetulkan keadaan tetapi janganlah kita terlalu yakin yang mereka akan terus berlembut," katanya dalam tulisan bertajuk "Mereka yang berkuasa" di blognya hari ini.
Katanya, perkara ini tidak mustahil akan berlaku di negara ini kerana sejarah Melayu membuktikan rakyat pernah bersatu dan bertindak secara ganas menjatuhkan pemimpin zalim.
"Sultan Mahmud dibunuh walaupun tabiat orang Melayu tidak menderhaka kepada raja," katanya.
Namun menurut Dr Mahathir, senario politik negara sehingga kini masih tidak sanggup untuk menasihati pemimpin kerana takut dimarahi atau dipandang serong.
Katanya, ini kerana kebiasaannya ramai menyokong dan memuji apa sahaja yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin yang berkuasa; sama ada ikhlas menyatakan pendapat atau cuma mengangguk dan mengiakan apa sahaja yang disukai oleh yang berkuasa.
Menurut Dr Mahathir, orang sekeliling pemimpin yang sepatutnya memberi nasihat dilihat hanya membawa kesan buruk kerana tidak berani menyuarakan teguran sehingga menimbulkan kebencian rakyat.
"Tanpa teguran yang berani oleh mereka maka akan lebih buruklah prestasi pihak berkuasa.
"Kemarahan orang akan meningkat menjadi kebencian," katanya.
Bekas Menteri Kewangan, Tun Daim Zainuddin semalam menggesa Putrajaya mencari jalan untuk menyelesaikan masalah ekonomi negara dan pembangunan demi memajukan kehidupan kaum Melayu.
Beliau yang memegang jawatan itu dari 1984 hingga 1991 semasa zaman pemerintahan Dr Mahathir berkata, kerajaan perlu melakukan penyelidikan dan membetulkan semula dasar supaya ekonomi negara dapat dimajukan.
"Kerajaan sepatutnya mencari cara serta jalan penyelesaian untuk menangani masalah ekonomi di negara ini.
Menurut Daim, beliau bukanlah bukan anti-kerajaan ketika mengulas tentang kepincangan menteri kewangan dalam mentabdir urus sistem perbelanjaan negara.
"Saya bukan bermusuh dengan kerajaan, saya cuma anti dengan dasar kerajaan yang sudah lompong dan tidak betul.
"Ini isu yang serius. Rakyat harus tahu bahawa dasar yang diamalkan kerajaan tidak memberi faedah serta manfaat kepada rakyat, malah ia membebankan rakyat daripada segi peningkatan perbelanjaan ekonomi seharian," katanya seperti dilapor portal berkenaan. – 23 April, 2014.

Unidentified material washed ashore near Western Australia town, possible MH370 debris

Police in Western Australia have attended to a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre in charge of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean said in a statement.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining thephotographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of the missing flight MH370, the statement said.
"The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.
"No further information is available at this time. Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available," the statement said.
Meanwhile, CNN reported that ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets.
A source with the Australian Defence Force told CNN that the object had rivets on one side with what appeared to be a fibreglass coating.
When asked about the shape and scale of the object, the source described it as "kind of rectangular," but torn and misshapen.
The source said it was too difficult to estimate the size because they had only seen one photo with no clear scale.
This is believed to be the first report of possible material from MH370 that has washed ashore since the search started in the Indian Ocean.
Previously, what was thought to be possible debris from the missing aircraft had turned out to be nothing more than wooden pallets, nets and floating garbage.
The huge amount of garbage in the ocean has hampered the search efforts for MH370.
During the initial stages of the search, satellites kept picking up images of objects in the water but none of the objects were linked to the missing plane.
Experts had said that when jetliners crash into water, the amount and size of debris can vary greatly depending variables such as the plane's altitude, the angle it went down, and its speed.
They had highlighted examples of crashes where the debris was so fine that "it took a lot of reconstruction to figure out" what part of the plane it came from.
In the wreckage of EgyptAir flight 990 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 1999, the floating debris were all very small in size, reports said.
In the case of Air France flight 447 crash 2009, rescuers and salvage crews found hundreds of floating remains, including 50 bodies, uninflated life jackets, seat cushions and the plane's complete tail fin; but it was only two years later that they managed to locate the main wreckage on the ocean floor.
The mini-submarine in the hunt for flight MH370 has completed more than 80% of an area believed to be the best hope of finding wreckage from the aircraft but nothing of interest had been found.
Australia had vowed today to keep searching for missing flight MH370 despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had admitted that the search strategy may change if seabed scans taken by the mini-submarine failed to turn up a trace of the plane, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board.
"We may well re-think the search but we will not rest until we have done everything we can to solve this mystery," he had said. – April 23, 2014.

Obama to seek fresh start with Malaysia in overdue visit

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KUALA LUMPUR: Barack Obama will this weekend become the first US president to visit Malaysia for nearly 50 years, seeking to put decades of uneasy relations behind him as both cast wary eyes on a rising China.
Mindful of America’s perennial image problem in the Islamic world, Obama – who visits Saturday-Monday is expected to tout the US friendship with the economically thriving moderate Muslim nation.
As one of several rival claimants to parts of the South China Sea, Malaysia is also an important partner in the US “rebalance” of its strategic attention to Asia, where concern is rising over Beijing’s territorial assertiveness.
Obama will “highlight the growing strategic and economic relationship” with Malaysia and its “credentials as a moderate Muslim-majority state and emerging democracy”, said Joshua Kurlantzick, a fellow at the US Council on Foreign Relations.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, meanwhile, will seek to capitalise on Obama’s expected praise to counter flagging voter support and global criticism over the handling of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Obama was five years old the last time a serving US leader visited multi-cultural Malaysia. Lyndon Johnson came in 1966 to rally support for the US war in Vietnam.
Tension followed during the 1981-2003 tenure of authoritarian leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a harsh critic of US policies.
But ties,especially trade, remained solid and the more Western-oriented Najib has sought even closer relations.
US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes this week expressed hope the visit would “elevate US-Malaysian relations to a new stage”.
Obama was to visit Malaysia late last year, but postponed it to deal with the US government shut down.
China looms large
Underlining the need for a reintroduction after nearly a half century, Malaysia is the only stop on Obama’s Asian swing as he also visits long-time close allies Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, to include a “town-hall meeting”.
At the event Sunday Obama will engage with youth leaders from Malaysia and around Southeast Asia. He will also meet Malaysia’s king and pay a visit to the National Mosque.
As with Obama’s other stops, China will loom large.
China is now easily Malaysia’s top trade partner and Najib has played down their rival maritime claims.
But Malaysian anxieties have grown particularly after China held naval exercises in disputed waters late last year, and the US and Malaysia have moved recently to improve defence ties.
Chinese criticism of Malaysia over MH370 has also left a bitter after taste.
“(Najib’s government) obviously hopes that Obama’s star effect can rub off on its flagging popularity,” said Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
“And Malaysia can continue to counterbalance China with the US in its foreign policy,siding with China economically but with the US on security.”
But differences remain
The economic component of Obama’s “rebalance” rests largely on his envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the region-wide trade pact bedevilled by rocky negotiations with partners.
Malaysia has resisted free-market reform requirements that clash with its controversial policies reserving economic advantages for majority ethnic Malays.
Obama may also face pressure to address uncomfortable rights, democracy and religion issues in Malaysia.
In elections last year, more than half of Malaysians voted against Najib’s 57-year-old regime which is accused of gaming the electoral system to retain power and of cracking down on critics.
Non-Muslim minorities in the multi-faith country of 28 million also complain of shrinking religious freedom.
Washington has already questioned the March conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges widely considered politically motivated.
US officials said Obama will not meet Anwar, a decision that could draw criticism in Washington where he is popular for his reform advocacy.
Anwar, who faces five years in jail but will appeal the conviction, told AFP Monday a meeting with Obama would have been “helpful”.
Obama is scheduled to meet unspecified civil-society groups.
But failure to engage a broad segment of Malaysia “risks alienating an entire generation of young Malaysians who mostly support the opposition and voted for the opposition last year”, Kurlantzick said.

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Research house maintains ‘buy’ on MAHB ahead of klia2 opening

RHB Research has maintained its 'buy' call on Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) despite seeing higher staff recruitment and maintenance costs in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), ahead of klia2's May 2 opening.
"We continue to like MAHB's klia2 theme, which could propel its cash earnings moving forward," the research house said in a note today.
"Premised on the 18.4% year-on-year traffic growth witnessed in 1Q14, we estimate that the group could post a quarterly core net profit of RM100 million, as we foresee upfront costs like staff and maintenance costs will likely be incurred ahead of klia2's opening," it said.
The rise in costs will be mitigated by the increase in passenger service charge, which will be compensated by the government, it added.
"With klia2 commencing soon, it is only a matter of time before MAHB is awarded the concession extension of an additional 25 years, which will cut the airport's annual depreciation substantially," RHB Research said.
It forecasts a higher total turnover of RM3.01 billion for MAHB for the December 2014 financial year-end compared to RM2.463 billion for the December 2013 financial year-end.
MAHB is also forecast to obtain a higher net profit of RM319 million for the 2014 financial year-end compared to RM306 million recorded for the 2013 financial year-end.
RHB Research maintains its 'buy' call with an unchanged fair value of RM9.80. – Bernama, April 22, 2014.

'Pings could've come from other sources'

Latest developments:
  • Oceanographer says not necessary pings came from a black box
  • Air search suspended due to poor weather
  • China mulls monitoring pilot's in-flight physical and mental state
  • Chinese families snub high-level M'sian delegation
  • Bluefin-21's eighth mission remains fruitless

Follow us as we bring the latest updates and coverage for the search of Flight MH370:

OceanographerLack of debris unusual

11.05am: Germany's Feomar Helmholt Centre for Oceanographic Research executive director Peter Herzig adds to the chorus that searchers may be looking for Flight MH370 in the wrong place, reports Bloomberg.

He warns that the optimism surrounding the pings searchers picked up on April 5 and April 8, which they believe to be from a plane’s black boxes, could prove ill-founded as the transmissions can also originate from other sources.

With all the planes and ships combing the Indian ocean for signs of debris, it’s unusual to draw a total blank, Herzig reportedly says.

Cyclone Jack hampers air search

10.05am: The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) suspends aerial search for Flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean due to Tropical Cyclone Jack.

"It has been determined that the current weather conditions are resulting in heavy seas and poor visibility, and would make any air search activities ineffective and potentially hazardous.

"The 10 ships involved in today’s search will continue with their planned activities," it says in a brief statement.

Some 10 aircraft are to have taken part in today's aerial search.

Vest can record pilot's physical and mental state

10.02am: China is mulling using military technology to monitor pilots' in-flight physical and mental state on board commercial aircraft following the MAS Flight MH370 incident, reports South China Morning Post.

The report says China's People's Liberation Army developed the system in 2005 and it is already being used by its air force.

"Its core components are contained in a lightweight vest which is worn by the pilot.

"The 200-gram vest gathers various data, including the pilot's pulse, respiratory rate, muscle movement, body temperature and seating position, constantly relaying the information back to controllers for detailed, real-time assessments of the pilot's physical and mental status," it says.

The report notes that pilots in the international aviation industry have fiercely opposed this idea on privacy grounds.

Investigators are yet to determined to the cause of Flight MH370's disappearance, but have not ruled out the pilot’s and co-pilot’s involvement.

'Not the right time to meet us'

9.26pm: Families of Chinese passengers on board missing Flight MH370 in Beijing snubs a high-level government delegation from Malaysia, there to discuss with them the next course of action as the aircraft remains missing for the 46th day today, reportsBernama.

"Unless there is a technical team comprising experts from Inmarsat and Boeing to meet us, now is not an appropriate time for other delegations to meet us," Steve Wang, a family member of one of the Chinese victims, is quoted saying prior to the high-level meeting.

Deputy chief of mission at the Malaysian embassy in Beijing, Bala Chandran Tharman, is verbally abused after informing the Chinese families that technical aspects of the Flight MH370 tragedy will only be discussed at a later time.

The next-of-kin committee had already met with Malaysian families in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday and discussed the technicality of issuing death certificates to facilitate insurance claims and loans settlement.

The high-level Malaysian delegation in Beijing, comprising government and Malaysia Airlines officials, will also be meeting Chinese government officials.

10 aircrafts, 10 ships persist with visual search

8:56am: Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) is conducting a 49,491 sq km visual search area where the centre is approximately 1,584 km north west of Perth.

The Bluefin-21 AUV has made no contacts of interest as it is completing its ninth underwater mission in the search area. The Bluefin search area is defined as a circle of 10 km radius around the second ping detection on April 8.

Today a total of 10 military aircraft and 10 ships are assisting in the search of Malaysia Airlines MH370 and scattered showers are expected in the area with  visibility is up to four km.

  • The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200ER aircraft went missing not long after taking off from KL International Airport in the early hours of March 8, with 12 crew members and 227 passengers.
  • Authorities have determined that the plane intentionally turned back and altered its course shortly after cutting communications with tower controllers for unknown reasons and, based on satellite data, have estimated its last position to be in the south Indian Ocean.
  • The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 was deployed on April 14 to conduct an undersea search up to depth of 4,800m, after searchers stopped using the pinger locator as the plane's black boxes beacon batteries have long exceeded their 30-day certified battery life.
  • The undersea area being searched now is where ADV Ocean Shield had picked up two pings similar to black boxes on April 5 and two more on April 8 but failed to reacquire them again with the pinger locator.