Thursday, February 21, 2019

Same old UMNO-Pribumi bullsh*t prevails

Malaysiakini - 'History repeating, Harapan heading in same direction as BN':

Prof Terence Gomez 

Pakatan Harapan is repeating the history of the BN government and heading in the same direction, Universiti Malaya professor of political economy Terence Gomez warned today.

According to him, this was because it was emulating policies similar to those when Malaysia was being governed by BN.

Gomez told a forum in Kuala Lumpur today that Harapan had backtracked on its own promise to disallow politicians from holding positions in government-linked companies and to do away with a bumiputera-centric economic agenda.

"If you look at the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP), it clearly states that politicians can be director of GLCs. They are repeating the same thing (as what BN did). And they are justifying it too.

"It is a conflict of interest. Didn't they speak against this when they were the opposition? Why are they repeating it? (It is) because of political financing," he said.

Gomez was one of the panellists speaking at the forum held during the “Conflict of Interest” conference organised by NGO Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) in Kuala Lumpur today.

Also present was Youth and Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is also Bersatu Youth chief.

Gomez, known for his strong criticism of Malaysian governments during the BN era, also pointed out that key figures in today's governing coalition were the same ones the country had in the 1990s.

Prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his confidante Daim Zainuddin and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim had been the subjects at the centre of his two books in the 1990s that discussed the politics of business and funding, he reminded.

"Today, the problem is that we have a change of government, but the key leaders are the same ones we had in the 1990s. Why is this problematic? I look at the political discourses (then) and the current political discourses.

"Soon after they came into power, after saying very clearly that politicians should not be involved in GLCs [...] in their manifesto they (Harapan) said there will be no more race-based policies. Now they say that a bumiputera policy will be in place, again.

"It is a repeat of discourses used in the past. And we have seen the abuse of policies, including the New Economic Policy (NEP), or the bumiputera agenda, to serve vested interests,"
he said.

Gomez said the vested interest could be seen through the views of Bersatu Pribumi delegates at its annual general meeting recently who called for the bumiputera agenda to be continued and projects to be channelled through politicians.


  1. Outright Politicians should not be appointed to GLCs.

    However, it is an obvious globally accepted practice in virtually all corporations that the key shareholder (in this case the Malaysian Government) will appoint to the Board and also principal executives people that they have confidence in and are comfortable with.

    And key people they have no confidence with get fired or eased out.
    That is the way of the world.

    I no longer really get involved in running the company that I am the key shareholder. But I make damn sure the Managing Director and the Operations Manager are people I have confidence in and I am comfortable dealing with.

    That is my right to protect my assets and investment, it is not a conflict of interest.

    1. R u trying to 'edicate' a fart chamber operator about the true essence of running a company/country one fight so hard to establish?

      Saihei lah!

      Various favour of farts r ALL he wants to generate lah.

  2. The Rubber board also fr politician?

    1. The Chairman of the MRB is a well-known lawyer, not a politician. I would call him a political activist, but that is not the same as a politician, as he is not a member of any political party.

      He is someone the Pakatan Government has confidence in and is comfortable working with, nothing wrong with that appointment.

  3. you can put the best brain in any organisation but if there is no independence to manage, take accountability for losses and transparency to oversight, it will still come to zilch

    those with no shame or integrity would love to run such glcs coz they know its not their money to lose

    fog the frog