Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dubai's World Cup costs less to stage than Trengganu Monsoon Cup!

Unlike previous years, I did not receive a pair of VIP tickets to Dubai World Cup this year. It could be the person that used to invite me had returned to UK and his successor does not know me. Well, I may have missed those glamorous hats as I am not into horse racing.
Gulf News reports that the entire racing world will be watching today as the best horses on the planet face off in a battle to claim the honour of winning the sport's richest race.
Reputations are made and broken on the turf of Nad Al Sheba, venue for the world's richest race meeting. The moral fibre of the world's best thoroughbreds is put to the test in March every year. This is the site for them to meet and push each other's engines to the limit. The perfectionists refer to it as horsepower.
This is the setting in which unsung novices try to achieve instant notoriety. This is the turf where legends bid to endorse their reputations further. This is the racecourse where owners and trainers gather aiming to get their hands on a share of the huge purse, which at $6 million (Dh22.5 million) is the highest on offer.
Saturday 29 March, as every March, is the day which has been equated by some to an equine world summit. And all roads lead to the vibrant, pulsating, progressive city of Dubai that will host the rest of the world with a seven-card race menu. Each contest promises the best and is closely intertwined with the spirit of Dubai, which believes in taking ownership of nothing but that, which is unparalleled.
It is no small wonder, and in keeping with the quality race field, that the bookies are forecasting a new track record in the feature race today.
Blink and you will miss it.

Equally, the World Cup is not just a race meet. It is an extension of the dreams and aspirations of the emirate and its inhabitants. The realisation of one such vision will be the birth of the world's first racing city, Meydan, in 2009. Dubai showcases the best that is on offer. The speed of its growth is equivalent to that of the 13 magnificent animals who will try to be on top of the world today.
What Monsoon Cup?

Well, did I mention about comparing Dubai World Cup to Pak Lah's Terengganu Monsoon Cup? Idris Jusoh or Patrick Badawi or Khairy, or whoever related to Pak Lah had claimed arrogantly the annual yatch race was watched by billions of people around the world. It costs wang ehsan about RM300 million to run.

How come there was not even a single news on Monsoon Cup here?

I can guesstimate that even billed as world's richest race, Dubai's World Cup costs less to stage than Trengganu Monsoon Cup!

Malaysia Book of Crooks

Most of us are aware about the Malaysia Book of Records.

The web site says:

Intriguing, impressive records keep pouring in, the new beginning embarked upon is an unending journey. Hopes, aspirations, inspirations are ignited bu act with uncommon haste.
Our country still gains much admiration for its beauty; awestruck at the grandeur of the immortal records and unconventional accomplishments set by our country folks

There are currently 9 categories available. But most links on the site are dead. It shows the cheap site is hardly impressive to be a hit.
Most so-called records are just nothing much to shout about, like in 'Inspiring The Nation' section, the first entry is 'Longest Jalur Gemilang on the Great Wall of China'. What is that to inspire our nation? Why not the longer Jalur Gemilang on the moon?
Pak Lah who is running the country on sleep mode and after the election fiasco, on borrowed time, appears smiling with this sentence - One never underestimate the human mind, it can transform thoughts into spectacular results.

He may tell that to himself, never underestimate the rakyat, they can change the political map in a spectacular act of no-confidence to you!

We have a lot more interesting records to be compiled into a book which can be a best-seller as well as reference to past 'achievements' of BN leaders-cum-crooks in their glory days.

There are a lot of crooks out there who are well known, some with well documented cases, some with living proof (remember the infamous Istana in Klang) and with recent change of governments are easy to be discovered even though a lot of confidential files are either missing of shredded from the cabinets.

Lim Kit Siang wrote in his blog, Malaysian crooks are the smartest in the world. And Malaysian policing authorities are the dumbest.

Trillions ringgit gone into thin air, literally into bank accounts. We have to bring the crooks to book. It is not witch hunting exercise as in recent Sun interview with Anwar Ibrahim:

Terence: But you are not going on a witchhunt, are you?
Anwar: I think it will be a problem for us, because it is endless. Then we will spend the next two years just doing this instead of running the states that we won.

STAR today reports:

Land fraud cases took place in 2003, says CM

Saturday, 29 March 2008
(The Star) - PENANG: The “land improprieties” involving “tens and tens of millions of ringgit” here which is under probe by a special state exco committee occurred back in 2003, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said although the previous state administration and the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had completed investigation into the matter, the present administration was not happy with the outcome of the probe.
“There are many parties involved,” he told a press conference yesterday.

R. Nadeswaran in his Citizen Nades column mentions:-

In Selangor, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim says he is going to review a water supply agreement entered into by the previous state government with two
companies on the eve of polling day, all because the agreement – to operate, manage and maintain the raw water intake and the treatment plant at Sungai Sireh, Tanjung Karang – is lopsided in favour of certain quarters with an interest in the concession agreement.
"I have noticed there is some imbalance between the revenues (that would have been accorded) to the state and the people. It may have enriched the people who got the concession," Khalid was quoted as saying. "Because of this, I will review this agreement," he added.
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There are thousands more similar misdemeanours among the BN leaders, families, cronies and little napoleons.

Yes, we really need bring the crooks to book, 'Malaysia Book of Crooks'!