Fastest withdrawal of Bill thanks to HS by-election – proposal to increase traffic compound fines from RM300 to RM1,000 pulled back after 48 hrs


It is an adverse reflection on the mediocrity of the Barisan Nasional Cabinet that the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill tabled in Parliament for first reading on Monday will now be withdrawn after 48 hours because of pressures from the Hulu Selangor by-election on Sunday.

When speaking in Batang Kali last night for the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign of the Pakatan Rakyat candidate, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, I had spoken specifically to censure the Transport Minister and former MCA President, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, other MCA Ministers and the MCA national leadership, as well as the entire Barisan Nasional Cabinet for tabling an amendment Bill to the Road Transport Act to increase compound fines for traffic offences by more than three-fold from RM300 to RM1,000.

I described this as “the act of a Transport Minister and government which are completely unconcerned and unsympathetic about the plight of the ordinary people in these difficult times”.

During the ceramah, the crowd in Batang Kali unanimously asked me to speak on their behalf in Parliament to demand that the proposal to increase compound fines for traffic offences from RM300 to RM1,000 should be withdrawn altogether or this would be one reason why the Barisan Nasional should be taught a lesson on the by-election polling day on Sunday, April 25, 2010.

This morning, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz announced that the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill will be withdrawn for further revision.

Clearly, the public anger expressed at the Pakatan Rakyat ceramah in Batang Kali last night had reached the ears of the Barisan Nasional leaders and who have now realized that this will cost them dear in the Hulu Selangor by-election if the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill remains in its present form.

This shows the power of public views in a pending by-election which voters must be able to fully take advantage of.

This must go down in history at the speed at which a public grievance is addressed, where it is attended to even before I need to take it up in Parliament the next day!

I welcome this super-speed of the Barisan Nasional to attend to public grievances, which should be the normal practice and not only when it is during a by-election campaign.

Ong Tee Keat, as Transport Minister, must explain why he agreed to increase compound fines for traffic offences by more than three-fold from RM300 to RM1,000 which will be a great oppression of the people.

The other MCA leaders and the MCA national leadership should also explain why they allowed Tee Keat to proceed with such an objectionable amendment to the Road Transport Act.

  1. #1 by PRU13 @ pollkad.com on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 4:57 pm

    it was time to wake up voters especially those from HS.

    poor managed country makes all of us suffered for RAKYAT will have to pay the bills.

    up TAXes, GSTs, tolls, TNB, TELEPHONE, etc…

    what a country.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 5:07 pm

    We know everytime BN does this kind of retreating, it means they already know they are losing the battle.

    The problem? Its still 3 days left in the campaign of Hulu Selangor.

    The campaign will only go into a zenith after Najib shows up. He already pass a supplementary budget that will allow him to spend like crazy if he chose to. If the margin of victory is big for PR, it will be nothing less than a knife into the heart of his administration. The prodigal child will spend his inheritance and more but he is spending our inheritance and hawk our future and has less qualm of doing it. You can count on that.

    PR has to take a breather until Najib shows up to prepare for the final onslaught that is to come. Remember the margin of victory is important. The bigger the margin, the bigger the knife in the heart of Najib-Muhiyiddin and UMNO/BN.

    The final round of Hulu Selangor will set a new standard of dirty-politics, waste and as bad of behaviour and standards we are incapable of imagining. They are not going to just take off the gloves. They are going to line it with spikes, poison, add weight, etc..You can be sure the electoral role is already rigged to new levels of cheats.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 5:34 pm

    hajhahahahaha…Apply that…sure loose more votes…so bad news all put on hold.
    Trying so hard to make more money…as the stealing so great and dangerous…government must find more money.here there everywhere….and when the are done…start all over again.
    I suspect Najib looking for Military votes..as RM10 billion approved for so many warfare items..as if Malaysia is threaten with a war from somewhere.
    Yes…..the sound of RM10 billion…for Military…must maker Najib ….very happy.
    RM500 million made on two submarines..RM10 billion…easily RMI billion for COMMISSION…no problem.
    Apply all their ticks…can borrow billions ….if needed to be so…and use all the extra traffic compound income..to service the loan interest …buy time…and start all over again.
    He knows……Malaysians are fast and alert…so that idea to directly involve man in the streets with cars..to pay more….habis wayang..sure thousands of UMNO members will vote against UMNO.
    Proposed and withdrawn …not for Malaysians sake. Always for UMNO BARU benefits or losses.
    Najib is such a low class actor…who is crooked and a damn big hypocrite.

  4. #4 by ekompute on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 5:39 pm

    Even though the bill is withdrawn, we still need to teach BN a lesson, LOL. The government is bankrupt after years of mismanagement and is seeking all ways to generate more revenue.

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Breaking news: RPK says that Kamal-Alan-Nathan fake his resume. Can it be so? How stupid is BN after the last time it happened?

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 5:53 pm

    ///Fastest withdrawal of Bill thanks to HS by-election/// (Kit)

    Don’t be so happy yet. UMNO will bring the bill back after they win the Hulu Selangor by-election.

    All Malaysian voters stay clear of the Barang Naik (BN) party.

  7. #7 by HJ Angus on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 6:02 pm

    This is a government that cannot really think beyond the next “buy-election”
    No serious evaluation of proposed bills and proper debate.
    They use the incompetency model – ie simply propose any kind of bill and respond based on voters’ feed-back.
    They don’t think and bill through as maybe they lack thinkers or all too busy campaigning instead of running the government.

  8. #8 by johnnypok on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 6:26 pm

    “…… maybe they lack thinkers…..”

    Prolong consumption of NEP drugs has damaged their brains. Their brains have shrunk to the size of a peanut due to lack of usage, which explains why there are so many unemployable and stupid graduates. What TDM said about HP6 ministers is no joke.
    NEM will further made them more stupid. Looks like Singapore is ready to colonise the Land of Bodoh.

  9. #9 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 6:33 pm

    Flip, Flop, Flip, Flop.

    BN should be NB, you know, no bolas.

  10. #10 by son of perpaduan on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 7:54 pm

    You think PR sitting doing nothing? Look! how effective when you vote for PR. But if you let BN win, consequences will be fatal to rakyat of malaysia.

  11. #11 by HJ Angus on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 8:18 pm

    BN is “same old, same old”. Nothing has changed.
    This way anyone can run the government – no need for thinking through any problems.
    Remember the Mykad system to purchase fuel? Just 3 months ago and now this withdrawal…
    Do you think they will seriously change the ISA?
    http://malaysiawatch4.blogspot.com/2010/04/are-we-changing-or-what.html

  12. #12 by chengho on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 9:00 pm

    BN sensitive to rakyat…….Najib is great leader

  13. #13 by johnnypok on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 9:16 pm

    BN/UMNO is suffering from a serious form of premature ejaculation.
    Always in a hurry to rob the people through AP, NEP, NEM, GST, toll, high tax & duties, corruption.
    This is not the government that people want. It is day-light robbery of the worst kind. 500 million commision, murder of Altantuya, TBH and Kugan. There is no law and order here at all. It is a matter of time before a big-scale civil unrest will explode.

  14. #14 by Bunch of Suckers on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:00 pm

    chengho :
    BN sensitive to rakyat…….Najib is great leader

    Sucker! Najib is “Lebih Kurang” to be 2nd Step Father…. He is going to award you with a Mansion full of “Lebih Kurang” hoggy hookkers for your entertainments. Your bank accounts would be showing “Lebih Kurang” another triple zero….

    Back off and suck your mama tits more instead of aboard LKS blog & blah out your sh*ts…. “Lebih Kurang” you will be skinned off lagi dua tahun….

  15. #15 by johnnypok on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:08 pm

    The fine should be reduced to 30 ringgit only in view of the poor economy, or better still, waved it altogether.

    No fine means no more copi-O money for the police, and part of the corruption problem is solved.

    Voters will reward BN/UMNO by voting for Kam Lan to win the by-election in HS, and also in Sibu.

  16. #16 by DCLXVI on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:18 pm

    chengho :
    BN sensitive to rakyat……

    Yes, when it’s not long before the election, especially when Umno-BN thinks that it will most likely to lose…

    chengho :
    Najib is great leader

    Yes, he is the great leader who led Umno-BN to victory in the overthrow of the elected Pakatan Rakyat led Perak state government…

  17. #17 by vsp on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:35 pm

    Kamalanathan loses cool over criticisms.

    “Kiss his hand? When did I kiss his hand? – Kamalanathan

    ——–

    No, Kamalanathan is doing a blow job. Just look at the ecstatic face of Muyyiddin. No amount of kissing could have produce that effect.

  18. #18 by Winston on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:49 pm

    Uncle Lim, the PR have plenty of ammo to whack UMNO/BN!
    Use it with gusto!!

  19. #19 by tak tahan on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 10:53 pm

    #17 extension
    Kamalanathan is doing a blow job for the thick dirty face..wow.Oh ya ,no wonder the eunuch is busy here to bait any big cock to get him since dumped by DPM.The reason i think is Kamal got di.k for 69 but eunuch got none to be qualified.

  20. #20 by aawilliam on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 11:20 pm

    Basis pay-RM750/ summon RM1,000/…..where do they got this damn Fcuking ideas,Hello! Ong tee Keat want to get even after losing the MCA election kah?!!!!

  21. #21 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 11:30 pm

    Do HS voters know dat d Perkasa-supporting candidate is a lebih kurang bogus graduate
    Kam-a-lan claimed 2 b an overseas-trained graduate, but according 2 RPK, bohong 1
    Now Kam-a-lan admitted his degree was done locally @ Olympia College, twinning
    No wonder Kam-a-lan kow towed 2 moo n kissed, sucked, licked d cow’s organ
    Hoping 2 get d blessing of d education minister over his lebih kurang messy degree
    No wonder UmnoB supported Kam-a-lan as candidate 4 he has Umnoputras’ traits

  22. #22 by monsterball on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 11:31 pm

    After 1 year full of contradictions..nonsense and is a compulsive liar….where vast majority Malaysians are sick of him….it needs only a person like Chengho to embrace Najib and declare…..openly his support for UMNO.
    Chengho sucks….whenever he put out a message.
    Najib trys to squeeze Malaysians for more money…backed off immediately…must thrill Chengho how fast Najib brain works to try and hide bad suggestion.
    I am sure Mahathir is God to Chengho.

  23. #23 by undertaker888 on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 - 11:39 pm

    ///chengho :BN sensitive to rakyat…….Najib is great leader

    correction…najib is a great licker..and so is [email protected]

  24. #24 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 12:09 am

    Reading more detail about UMNO kam lan candidate for Hulu Selangor..from RPK’s blog…I will not be surprised he was Najib’s spy all the time…behaving as one of Anwar’s personal doctor…and now RPK said he ain’t no qualified doc but a fake title he bought…somewhere.
    Lets see….when truth reveals all …in good time.

  25. #25 by taurus 88 on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 12:52 am

    I’m so happy after seeing the pics in Malaysia-Today, this kamal fellow kowtowing and kissing that dirty hand. Know what people, The Divine must be smiling on us all from above. After this episode how could anyone vote for this kamal fellow??? He has just protrayed himself to the whole world that he’s nothing other than a useless and spineless kowtowing Umno’s parasitic lapdog. Did you guys notice that sick condescending smirk on the DPM’s face. How could the Indian community stand for this i don’t know.
    With this one act, kamal had just handed the election to our Zaid. But PR must not be complacent and must always be on guard.
    Once again well done Kamalanathan and you DO deserve a bloody big pat on your back.

  26. #26 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 1:06 am

    hhhhmmmmm..chap cheng ho liow.. Lim …kam put.
    translation: Mixed blood Lim …clever to suck ass.

  27. #27 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 1:20 am

    Now Khairy declared he never drink fire water.
    Why suddenly all UMNO crooks declare this and declare that.
    Hi…UMNO hypocrites..modern times…modern needs and wants..no harm…as long as it hurts no one.
    Ask Rockybru…he will agree with me.
    Fire water idea no working…now going into horse racing…saying Zaid own horses and won races..which Zaid did not deny.
    Is this how UMNO thinks the can win an election.
    Those thieves …robbers…murderers…liars…..cheaters…low class actors..never one..go to jail..always have someone to take the blames..dressed with false titles…are real idiots…..fighting to stay in power …to save their own skins.
    Yip.. judgment day very near..like we kopitiam fellas say…”your days are numbered” Enjoy it….while it last.
    Jailhouses will be full..after 13th GE…and needs budgeting to build few more…or find few small islands…build tall fences..let them loose to be farmers for their rest of their lives..like the true French movie…”Papilon”.

  28. #28 by boh-liao on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 1:38 am

    Dis Kam-a-lan so very kam wan b a serf of UmnoB n Perkasa
    He is always ready @ d command of his UmnoB lords – look @ d foto when he bowed n sucked moo’s organ n look @ d body language of d few sneering Umnoputras
    So full of condescending pity n contemptuous superiority over d descendant of beggars n thieves
    So shockingly sad 2 C a young M’sian so kam wan n gratefully offering himself 2 b exploited by confirmed racists n cheats
    Don’t blame Umnoputras when there r nonMalay M’sians insisting on offering themselves 2 b skrued n sodomised by d former, tragically n fatally sad

  29. #29 by boh-liao on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 1:47 am

    SALUTE 2 NTV7 live talkshow producer Joshua Wong, a man of principle
    We need more ppl like him, not garbage like d no-principled neuro dump

  30. #30 by ShiokGuy on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 1:58 am

    Dear Kits

    Looking back at our death toll on the road. The increase in fine might be a good thing! I even suggest a jail term too.

    Shiok Guy

  31. #31 by loveandgratitude on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 3:52 am

    As usual this is another “Flip Flop” episode.
    How to compare with mighty SINGAPORE?
    There they really, I mean REALLY Think Thoroughly from ALL Angles before implementing any policy.
    BN Ministers where got STANDARD? Sigh…

  32. #32 by ekompute on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 4:21 am

    chengho :
    BN sensitive to rakyat…….Najib is great leader

    Yes, I agree with Chengho. BN is now very sensitive after they found out that the rakyat is no longer with them. Just watch the Youtube videos and see how insensitive they once were. Take a look at this Youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WduM1FdqzRQ&feature=player_embedded

  33. #33 by ekompute on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 4:52 am

    “Fastest withdrawal of Bill thanks to HS by-election – proposal to increase traffic compound fines from RM300 to RM1,000 pulled back after 48 hrs.”

    We must thank Pakatan Rakyat for this turn of events. No one likes to commit an offence but when you drive, mistakes sometimes happen. After all, we are all human.

    Has anyone who drive never made a mistake? But UMNO people, including Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, can choose not to pay, if they don’t want to. Abdullah paid his saman only when he became Prime Minister and the media made a big hoohah, as if it is something great that he did, when others may already be dragged to court!

  34. #34 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 7:14 am

    Najib is a great leader …said Chengho.
    Najib has shown …under him…his UMNO ministers are divided and have clear low class weird ones.
    Nazri is a cracko…depend on his moods..whims and fancies…care two hoots for any one.especially Najib.
    Hishammuddin…the big mouth…no guts…but talk alot ..to cover up his most idiotic unqualified position as a minister.
    Rias..good for nothing too…..frog.
    Muhiyiddin…clearly not supporting Najib…and the list goes on and on.
    Yes…Najib is elected by UMNO Supreme Council to perform his best in acting…and so far..the end results…UMNO BARU is more divided than ever.
    From here…we can see Chengho is a half past six commentator…full of sh..t….carrying Najib balls with no shame….right now.
    Before he hints and insults oppositions.
    Now he declare himself openly…an UMNO cracko dressed in cheongsam.

  35. #35 by monsterball on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 7:22 am

    Lim kam put must have been advised by his elder brother….Lim kam lan…to stop commenting and look after the sundry shop…where his father…Lim Poo Bor…is getting old…and should rest more.
    What kind of father give sons names…Lim Kam Put and Lim Kam Lan?
    But grandfather..Lim Chow Kia started it all.
    Lim Kam Put and Lim Kam Lan…not married.
    Thank God for it!!

  36. #36 by lee wee tak_ on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 8:00 am

    GST, 1Malaysia bond, > 3 times increase in traffic penalty – look at >10 years continuous deficit budget that failed to stimulate economic growth, purchase of submarine that is useless to Mat, Chong and Vellu on the street and ridiculus increase in the budget of Prime Minister Department – what does that tell you?

  37. #37 by dagen on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 8:24 am

    In the wild wild west we have cowboys. In the wild wild putrajaya we have lembuboys. Cowboys, lembuboys oh they are all the same. They shoot from the hip and speak funny and are full of odd and out of this world logics. Personally, I think lembuboys are as I hv described them because they are actually stupid. Look at chengho with his high slit cheongsam. And he is attempting to do a britney here. Wrong place sucker. The mv umno is the place. Do it onboard that sinking vessel idiot!

  38. #38 by Comrade on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 8:44 am

    Increasing traffic compound fines by three-fold is too much
    Okay if the minimum basic pay is increased as such
    A three-fold pay rise will make us beam
    But that will happen only in our dream

  39. #39 by Thor on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 9:22 am

    Most frustrating part in politics is, when you get “stabbed” from the back by your very own.
    PR had suffered such situation, caused by those greedy “frogs” but it causes much relieve than pain.
    As for BN, the most terrible part they’ll ever suffer is when their very own people will vote for the opposition this Sunday.
    Many “stab from the back” to BN for dropping G. Pani.
    Many “stab from the back” to BN for selecting that low class Ampu as candidate.
    Many “stab from the back” for giving the seat to MIC.
    Many more “stab from the back” for bringing in Perkasa to campaign and as the lists goes on.
    Looks like Moo’s back will be full of “stabbed holes” after that!
    PR is gonna win bigger majority this time and many thanks to that cow brain for making things happen.

  40. #40 by boh-liao on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 9:31 am

    Fastest withdrawal = coitus interruptus fast n furious
    Don’t b happy at d moment, BN just play play at d moment, poke here poke there, then withdraw, getting ppl shiok n gatai, all worked up, tak boleh tahan loh
    After d two coming buy elections, d Bill will b tabled again, esp if BN approaching 2/3 majority in d Parliament with more friendly toads

  41. #41 by boh-liao on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 9:45 am

    NR claimed dat fr d toads he now knew d secrets of PKR n PR, even how they put on their underwears
    H’mmmm, interesting! Wonder how their underwears compared with d XXXL panties of mama rosa in terms of size, smell, pattern, holes, color, kinkiness
    Pls share lah d sexciting knowledge with us

  42. #42 by yhsiew on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 10:11 am

    As long as BN is in power, there is no way the rakyat can escape from paying higher toll charges, higher taxes, higher fuel prices, higher sugar prices, higher water and electricity charges, higher……higher……..higher……….higher………..

    Malaysians do well to vote AGAINST the Barang-Naik (BN) party.

  43. #43 by waterfrontcoolie on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 11:45 am

    The objective to ‘frighten’ the speedsters’ may be good; but in the real world, this seldom happen as business as usual will continue to go on. I believe the issue confronting the nation is ‘everything has a price tag’. And this philosophy is well-known to all enforcing agencies in the nation. In fact, these agencies are so practical that they always follow the the doctrine of ” what the MARKET CAN BEAR”; it means the economic faculties of the national Universities have done a wonderful job! I can only conclude that the increase in penalty will result only in a “higher opening price” at the start of the “negotiating ‘ process. It is time, we all realize that all the rules and regulations, and Enactments will equal ZERO if there is no political will to change: start off right from the top!

  44. #44 by kpt99 on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 12:09 pm

    The lebih kurang attitude of BN thought all the rakyat earn thousands and thousands of ringgit pr month.Lebih kurang 1000 fines will be enough to punish traffic offenders.Lebih kurang has long exist in this society hindering the country to progress.Look to east today,west tomorrow and south later will be meaningless if the word MERITOCRACY never exist in Malaysia Dictionary.The lebih kurang government has to admit that not the best human capital are being applied.For the initiate step,perhaps just revamp the entire eduction policy which are short-sighted like Matrikulasi ,main feeders of public universites.Lebih kurang cukup lah untuk masuk U asalkan dapat menenuhi bilangan pelajar di U.UITM target 200,000 pelajar pada tahun 2012.Adakah quality nya boleh dipertikaikan ?.Fikir-fikirkan lah rakyat Malaysia.Apa gunanya terkagum dengan bilangan pelajar sedangkan sebahagiannya adalah tin-kosong.

  45. #45 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 12:19 pm

    stupid umno is at it again with their stupid smear campaign. First is “I know all pr secrets” by najis and using ex pkr guys for ceramahs.

    There is no secret pr wants to take over the federal govt. Only najis thinks this is secret. And so what some pr members sleeps around or drink. Umno n Bn guys are 10 times worse in this category. Bodoh punya kambing.

    Using ex pkr is even moronic. A lot of people are looking at them in disgust but this is all they can find in the rubbish heap. Maybe they give free food I go la. Can enjoy their comedy as well. Then tick x on the ballox box for pr.

    Now 300$ to 1000$ traffic fine. Sure way of getting more votes. Bodoh punya lembu.

  46. #46 by Godfather on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 2:31 pm

    Kit:

    Are these clowns going to cancel this ridiculous order of defence equipment ? RM 8 billion for a prototype ?

    KUALA LUMPUR (April 22, 2010): Opposition leaders are urging the government to review and cancel the contract to purchase 257 8×8 Armoured-Wheeled Vehicle (8×8 AWV) for an “astronomical” amount of RM8 billion.

    “We would like to state upfront that we are disgusted by the transaction. The amount is shocking as each of these non-combat vehicles is priced at a ridiculous RM31.1 million,” said Tony Pua (DAP-PJ Utara).

    On Tuesday, DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech)’s chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Khamil Jamil announced at a press conference during the 12th Defence Services Asia 2010 Exhibition that the government has given Deftech a letter of intent, entrusting it to develop the 8×8 AWV programme with the support of the Defence Ministry, Malaysian Army and the Malaysian Defence Industry Council.

    “We have an order for 257 8×8 AWV units but right now, we are going to come up with the prototypes meant for testing purposes by the army before we develop the whole range of armoured vehicles,” Mohd Khamil was quoted saying.

    Pua said the amount was shocking as other armoured vehicles in other countries cost far less.

    “The Portugese army bought 353 Pandur II 8×8 armoured vehicles for the amout of 364 million euros (RM1.56billion) or an average of 1.03 million euros or only RM4.41 million each.

    “In 2009, the U.S Army has awarded a US$2.2 billion contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, one of the best military vehicle and equipment manufacturer in the world for 724 Light Armoured vehicles (LAV) equivalent of USD$3.04 million or only RM9.9million each meant for Saudi Arabia.

    “Even the best-in-class main battle tank produced in the United States, M1Abrams M1A2 deployed extensively in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Australia cost only US$6.1 million or approximately RM19.7 million.

    “Despite the price-tag, Deftech admits that they are only at the stage of developing a prototype. The prototype hasn’t been tested but the contract is already out” Pua told reporters at Parliament lobby today.

    Pua also said the Barisan Nasional government is “clearly missing the woods for the trees” in the financial management of the country.

    “At the same time when the Ministry of Finance has issued strict treasury circulars for all ministries to reduce their operational expenditure by as much as 20%, the Ministry (of Defence) commits to a purchase that completely mocks the attempt by the government to be thrifty,” said Pua.

    “We hope the Ministry of Defence will now inform us that this is another decimal point error in the contract value,” said Pua jokingly. — theSun

  47. #47 by HJ Angus on Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 6:38 pm

    Looks as if this APC contract is also to fund the development of the prototypes – in other words the company is going to probably copy and modify some other APC just so it can get hold of such a lucrative contract.
    So we will be paying about 4 times for each vehicle for what can be easily obtained with many world-wide defence contractors.
    Maybe the PM should have asked Obama for such equipment?
    Definitely a very fishy deal just like for the submarines.
    Maybe there is also a maintenance contract for the next 20 years at Xmillions per APC?
    There is an interesting web-site on military equipment here.
    http://malaysiawatch4.blogspot.com/2010/04/malaysiakini-and-dogs-of-warmaybe-those.html

  48. #48 by daryl on Friday, 23 April 2010 - 5:28 am

    Congratulation BN government

    Increasing the fine to RM$1000 and you will see increase in corruption. People will be held hostage by the PDRM like there are no tomorrow. It is more beneficial now for PDRM to stop traffic and receive higher bribes than to monitor and catch criminal if the fine is higher.

    When you have not very smart people to manage the country than we have not so smart reasoning to implement rules. To give higher pay to PDRM you get from tax money but not to increase fine. Rakyat will not complain if they give more tax if their daily lives is more secure with the help from PDRM.

  49. #49 by monsterball on Saturday, 24 April 2010 - 7:03 am

    Chengho said Najib is a great leader.
    Great leader……my ass!!
    What a sickening balls carrier of Najib….Chengho turned out to be.
    Must be desperate for attention from Najib.

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