Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Railway Systems Engineer [Railways]

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The position is core engineering role focused on sustaining and developing organic capability in addition to expanding Railway's market presence and client delivery. Activities of this role will include but not limited to: Working as part of a mul...

Assistant Resident Engineer - Electrical Engineering Substations [Electrical]
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Pakatan Perak dan kebajikan Orang Asli

Saya membaca berita Malaysiakini dibawah dengan satu keinsafan mengenai Orang Asli. Memang kerajaan BN banyak juga membantu Orang Asli tetapi selalunya mesti mempunyai faedah untuk ahli-ahli United Malays National Organisation.

Banyak cerita penyelewengan di jabatan hal-ehwal Orang Asli yang tentunya majoriti staf adalah orang Melayu. Pelbagai projek untuk Orang Asli banyak tidak sampai ke sasaran dan masuk ke kantung pemimpin United Malays National Organisation, seperti juga banyak projek untuk orang Melayu sendiri yang di hijacked oleh United Malays National Organisation atas nama DEB dan ketuanan.

K'jaan Pakatan Perak berjaya selesai isu-isu tertunggak...
Feb 11, 09 1:40pm
Sepanjang 10 bulan mentadbir Perak, kerajaan negeri telah dapat menyelesaikan dalam masa yang singkat, isu-isu yang sudah lama tertunggak, kata Presiden Majlis Peguam, Datuk S Ambiga.
Katanya, antara isu-isu yang dapat diselesaikan oleh kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Perak ialah ialah:
  • Sebagai menteri besar, Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin membatalkan kesemua aktiviti membalak dan perladangan di kawasan Orang Asli di sekitar Gopeng yang menjejaskan lebih 2,000 penduduk Orang Asli.
  • YB Sivanesan mengumumkan pemulangan kira-kira 400 ekar tanah nenek moyang Orang Asli kepada masyarakat tersebut, yang telah diperuntukan untuk aktiviti pembalakan oleh kerajaan sebelumnya di Mukim Teja dekat Gopeng.
  • Kerajaan negeri telah mengumumkan pemulangan kira-kira 500 ekar tanah nenek moyang Orang Asli kepada masyarakat Orang Asli Kampung Chang Sungai Gepai di Bidor, yang telah diperuntukkan sebagai tapak Taman Botani, oleh kerajaan sebelumnya.
  • Sebuah pasukan khas mengenai hak tanah Orang Asli ditubuhkan untuk mengiktiraf secara rasmi semua tanah adat Orang Asli di Perak. Pasukan itu mempunyai dua peringkat. Peringkat kedua dikendalikan secara eksklusif oleh masyarakat Orang Asli sendiri dan dewan mesyuarat di bangunan SUK disediakan untuk kegunaan Orang Asli.
  • Kerajaan negeri telah melantik seorang pegawai khas Orang Asli bagi negeri Perak yang ditugas untuk menyelesaikan semua masalah yang dihadapi Orang Asli di negeri tersebut.
  • Mengadakan siri perbincangan dengan rakyat dan NGO mengenai aktiviti pembangunan di Ipoh. Sebagai contohnya, pandangan awam diminta berhubung cadangan pembangunan Pasar Yau Tet Shin.
  • Penduduk Melayu dan Cina di kampung baru dan kampung tersusun diberi hakmilik kekal secara berperingkat.
Ambiga berkata, Majlis Peguam gembira melihat hasil-hasil yang positif yang dicapai dalam tempoh masa yang singkat untuk menangani isu-isu terbabit.
"Kita berharap kepentingan yang sama akan diberikan terhadap perkara-perkara berkenaan dan terus dilaksanakan tanpa sebarang kelewatan," katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.. "Malah, kita menggesa kerajaan negeri supaya bersikap pro-aktif berhubung isu-isu yang membabitkan Orang Asli, masyarakat yang terpinggir dan kurang bernasib baik," katanya.

Jebat Vs Tuah at Bukit Gantang

I agree with Khoo Kay Peng about derhaka. United Malays National Organisation will play up the derhaka issue to the hilt and it could be backfired.

Then again, United Malays National Organisation esp the PM-in-waiting is desperate for a victory after the disgraced coup. Anything can happen, some voters may be missing and turning up as 'BN-friendly' voters in Najib''s office!

Bukit Gantang: A Jebat or Tuah test for BN
by Sharon Tan

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) will face an uphill battle in the upcoming Bukit Gantang by-election, with the played-up “derhaka” issue not expected to be sustainable.
“It will be a test case of whether there is more Hang Jebat or Hang Tuah,” said political analyst Khoo Kay Peng.

He said the current transfer of government was not from the Chinese to the Malays even though there was much talk about how DAP ominated the Pakatan government in Perak.
“The people of Perak accepted the arrangement,” he said, adding that Malays were looking for quality government even though Umno had played up the “ketuanan Melayu” issue in the past two general elections.
Khoo said there was also growing dissatisfaction of the social class.

“Most reactions in the blogs (regarding the Perak crisis) were from Malays and many mentioned Islam,” he added. “Islam does not support feudalism but instead promote equality. The concept of “derhaka” is difficult to sustain.
“The signs are not pointing to that. There is a danger to use that because politics will be more polarised,” said Khoo, adding he did not think the “derhaka” issue will resonate with the Malays. This will make Bukit Gantang a difficult battle for BN.
As for the non-Malay votes, Khoo said that based on the last general election, the Chinese and Indian votes had swung towards the opposition and would remain there.

“I don’t see MCA making any impact,” he added. “If Umno plays a very Malay agenda, MCA and Gerakan cannot fit in. It will scare the non-Malays.”

Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s 10-month administration will also be a factor in this by-election as people will gauge their experience with the PAS-led government which has to date made several populist decisions such as land matters that have gone down well with Perakians.

“The voters would also take into account that the three defections were dubious and personal in nature. These three persons, where two were charged for corruption while another switched sides because she was disgruntled with certain personalities in the party, had etermined the transition of government,” Khoo said.

Another political analysts Wong Chin Huat said the non-Malay vote swing would be even bigger than March 8.

“I won’t be surprised if BN’s share of votes fall to 35% or obtain only one-third of the votes,” he said. BN managed to garner 47% of the votes in Bukit Gantang during the general election last year.
“I cannot see how Dr Mah Hang Soon (from BN) can go down to campaign for the Chinese votes,” said Wong.
On the “derhaka” issue, he said that Umno was unwittingly creating a new divide by tying Malay nationalism with monarchy closer than before.

He said by trying to pin down allegations of PAS as “menderhaka”, it would cause the party to resort to religion and would result in religious republicanism.
“Pushed to a corner, they (PAS) would go back to the teaching of the Quran and the role of the rulers would be questioned,” said Wong, adding that the “derhaka” issue may even bring the non-Malays and PAS closer than before.

Wong said the situation was hopeless for BN in Bukit Gantang and the best strategy for BN was to play it low key.
“If they concede defeat in advance, then people may not be so motivated to punish them harshly.

If they try to fight, then the result may be even worse.
“The question now is how low can they go in terms of votes,” said Wong, adding that there are already talk by people in Bukit Gantang that they want to see BN lose its deposit, which would be unprecedented.

The late Roslan Shaharum won by 1,566 majority against Umno treasurer Datuk Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi. Bukit Gantang has three state assembly seats namely Changkat Jering, Kuala Sapetang and Trong.

Dubai vs KL in the world's most expensive property markets

I own a terrace house in Kelana Jaya since ages ago. After reading the Global Property Guide for 2009 on World’s most expensive residential real estate markets, I feel good to see Kuala Lumpur (that’s the most expensive one in Malaysia…I guess) is at number 99 but at number 9 for the highest growth rental yields.. I do not rent my house though.

The report below from Business 24-7.

Dubai ranks 15th on the list, jumping six places from 2008. The average price per square metre in Dubai's residential market touched $7,151 (Dh26,250) against $4,066 in 2008. It is $1,347 in KL.

Monte Carlo topped the chart, with $45,000 per sq m.

The number two and three positions went to Moscow and London, respectively. Prime central Moscow's $20,853 per sq m price tag slightly outpaced core prime London's $20,756 per sq m.

London residential property prices have fallen for much of 2008, while Moscow property price declines only started in the last quarter, allowing Moscow to catch up with London. Both countries have experienced strong currency declines, it said.

Tokyo and Hong Kong come in fourth and fifth, respectively. New York, the only US city included in the survey, came in sixth, with an average price of $15,000 per sq m.

Completing the top 10 most-expensive real estate markets were Paris at seventh, Rome at ninth and two other Asian cities – Singapore at eighth and Mumbai at 10th position. Average prices range in these cities was between $9,000 per sq m and $12,000 per sq m.

According to Global Property, the figures are based on the average price of a 120 sq m, good condition, high-end used apartment in the city centres of more than 110 cities around the world, typically the economic centres where most foreigners are likely to buy. The data was collected during 2008.

However, there are several places where property prices are relatively cheap, for example parts of the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
Cairo, Egypt, is one of the cheapest cities in the world, with prime city centre prices at around $600 per sq m. Another Middle Eastern capital in the bottom 10 is Amman, Jordan, with average city centre prices at $1,150 per sq m.
Three Asian cities are included in the 10 cheapest, all located in rapidly growing and heavily populated countries, Bangalore in India, Chengdu in China and Jakarta in Indonesia.

Five Latin American cities complete the list of 10 cheapest cities for property buyers – Concepcion and Santiago in Chile, Quito in Ecuador, Managua in Ecuador, and Lima in Peru.
Rental yields will remain below five per cent in most European cities, suggesting property is still overvalued.
Rental yields are generally below four per cent in the following cities: Munich, Barcelona, Vilnius, Helsinki, Madrid, Rome, and Nicosia.
Rental yields in Europe are lowest on Andorra at 2.2 per cent and Athens at 2.7 per cent.
Rental yields are between four per cent and five per cent in major cities such as Brussels, Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow, Copenhagen, Warsaw, New York, Shanghai, Paris, London and Geneva.


Returns from rental investments are relatively low in Asian cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong and in almost all Indian cities (Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai).

High returns can be expected in Latin American cities. Yields range from eight per cent to 10 per cent in Panama City (Panama), Bogota (Colombia), Managua (Nicaragua), Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Quito (Ecuador), the report said.

The global wealth losses amounting to $20 trillion

I have my doubts when reading some not-so-good reports as well as feel-good reports on the current turmoil. Sometimes, too much information is more harmful to our plans. Rumours have been circulating with some basis to believe these rumours do have some truth and during last few months, rumours have been all but rumours.
There is a latest hot rumour about the impending merger of two big real estate developers in the UAE from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The merger of the two giants will create a, well, big giant if not a monster, positively, I like that idea.

In today’s business paper, it is reported that top international investment banks have confirmed that the world is now experiencing the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. Believe it or not, the global wealth losses amounting to $20 trillion (Dh73.4trn).

Morgan Stanley, HSBC and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNYM) unanimously say that the credit crisis has led to the biggest shock to world wealth since the Second World War.

The Great Depression was the largest and most important economic depression in modern history and is used in the 21st century as an example of how far the world's economy can fall. And like the current financial crisis, the Great Depression originated in the United States.

Historians most often use as a starting date the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. The depression had devastating effects in virtually every country, rich or poor. International trade plunged by half to two-thirds, as did personal income, tax revenue, prices and profits. Cities all around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on heavy industry. Construction was halted in many countries.

But the current crisis is more than just a depression, says Richard Hoey, chief economist of BNYM. "We expect a severe global recession rather than a depression."

"The global economy was in freefall in the fourth quarter of 2008 and this should continue in the early months of 2009.We agree with the view this is the greatest global financial crisis since the Great Depression," he added.

According to Morgan Stanley's estimates, the result of the current financial crisis has been a destruction of world wealth, which since mid 2007 has amounted to approximately $20trn (or down 16 per cent from its peak, which has been estimated at $125trn by the United Nations).
"This is the largest absolute and percentage decline in world wealth since the physical destruction of the Second World War," said the New York-based bank holding company.

You can read the rest here.

Just imagine, $20 trillion worth of wealth disappeared into the thin air. If we had had used that amount to build a better world for everybody on the planet, we may not lose that much. Imagine, even some richest Muslims do not pay zakat and one Islamic scholar here mentioned that if even half of these Muslims had paid their zakats, there would be no poor Muslims in the world….

When FAKE news can be considered REAL news

I have been watching Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. It’s humorous indeed as we can bear with the fake news. Enough of real news which will always be distorted, spun and doctored, full of lies, propagandas, disinformation, misinformation and deceits especially in Malaysia’s mainstream media (which is coincidentally either owned by United Malays National Organisation or its cohorts)

Generally, rumours can also be considered real stories (esp. in Malaysia as well as here..)

It's not "real news" and Jon Stewart has said time and time again that his job is to make people laugh. There's no effort to keep out bias. Facts are skewed. It's all just there for the laugh.
The fact that it's better than the "real" news programs is tragic. We read Malaysian mainstream media on all political and economic issues, we are always duped to believe but they cannot lie to all people at all the time.

Then again even in the most fair reporting, we may say that being completely neutral reporting is wrong. Reporters are also humans, and have their biases that shade their perception of things depending on their backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives.

It is always a good practice if we want something resembling a neutral viewpoint, we must get our news from multiple sources where we know what bias they might have. It's been this way for a long time. Thanks to Internet for bountiful sources we can choose and ignore.
And yet, journalistic integrity requires that reporters do their utmost to remain unbiased in their reporting of facts at all time. They are people; they make mistakes as well as have their own agendas. But that does not free them of this obligation.

The sad truth is that reporters in Malaysia’s mainstream media have not for decades even attempted to maintain this integrity under the freedom of speech and freedom to lie.
Hence mass objections to the mainstream media and preference to mushrooming alternative media.

That’s why the government has been confiscating opposition parties’ newspapers as the corrupt leaders can no longer believe their own spins will work. So-called real news by this propaganda machinery is always FAKE.

While so-called fake news in Harakah or Suara Keadilan or Malaysiakini or Malaysia-Today and thousands of blogs in the cybersapce, deemed so by the authorities (who are all members of certain political parties) can be considered REAL news!