Friday, June 04, 2010

Lucrative sand

‘Corrupt’ means guilty of dishonest practices such as bribery, or lacking integrity, which then leads us to its noun ‘corruption’.

‘Corruption’ means, among many things, perversion of integrity or dishonest proceedings.

Would the act of paying oneself two months bonus after just 4 months on the job represent a corrupt act, a dishonest proceeding? Or that big term, perversion of integrity?

Even if the company rules permit the management to decide on such a bonus (or is silent on it), would the act of the management, which greatly benefits the management itself, be considered as a perversion of integrity?

Malaysiakini reported that Selcat stated there is no evidence of corruption in KSSB.

Just in case you don't know, KSSB or Kuala Semesta Sdn Bhd is the Selangor state government-owned sand mining company, formed by MB Khalid Ibrahim's administration to curb illegal sand mining in the state.

MKINI reported that Selcat panel chairperson Teng Chang Khim said the panel found no evidence of corruption, but rather, mismanagement in KSSB.

However, the dictionary says ‘mismanagement’ means to manage incompetently or dishonestly.

I believe Teng's mention of 'mismangement' in KSSB was more to do with incompetent management. However at the same time, to remind ourselves, ‘mismanagement' also mean manage dishonestly.

Once again, I ask: would the management giving themselves 2 months bonus for a mere 4 months work be considered as dishonest management or, as Teng probably suggested, incompetent management?

I know it's unusual to give bonus even before a year in business had been completed but obviously the spirit of Malaysia Boleh exists everywhere.

Whichever, I trust the MB and his exco will take appropriate action, namely, to sack the entire top management of KSSB. Such sheer breath-stealing incompetency has no place in a Pakatan-led State or a Pakatan established company.

Let’s not pussyfoot around, Khalid Ibrahim. Sack the lot! Wait, first retrieve the 2 months bonus as not justified nor approved.

I wait eagerly to hear your decision.

And for those die-hard PKR supporters, stop demon-izing Manikavasagam – would you prefer he kept quiet and allow the KSSB management to continue putting their snout in the trough? Don't let sand get in your eyes la.

Little drops of water,
little grains of sand,
make the mighty ocean
and the beauteous land.

So our little errors
lead the soul away,
from the paths of virtue
into sin to stray.

- Julia Carney, 1845 [1st and 4th stanza]


  1. The Japs know how to deal with these mudder-fcuking buggers--- bury them up to their heads in the sand and then swipe off those heads with their swords

  2. Sand of white or yellow
    Digging up the sandy gold

    The eyes and minds
    The sandy particles flow

    Catching it as the wind blow
    Rustling along the whitish glow

    At one time free
    On the land full of it

    Now interested parties
    Digging up sand wealth will be made

    Along the way
    Incompetence rear its head

    Money for the State
    Diverted into other interests

    The sandy money
    The quick way to profit

    Unless it deals is transparent
    Nothing to hide, no lie, no cut

    The hot sand now burning
    On the incompetency lay

  3. so our MB finally says "semuanya ok"?

    let's vote PR out of selangor in next election! vote for change, enough is enough!

  4. anon 11.35 pm.

    Ya, right vote out pakatan. Change to who? Barisan? Barisan will be giving 12 months bonus and not 4 months.

  5. Anon 11.35 pm
    Agree. PKR is on the way to losing another MP.
    As a resident of Selangor, I cant wait.
    I am now laughing at my friends who voted for PKR and regretted it.
    Ktemoc, make sure you come back in 2012 to vote for Uncle Lim, okay.

  6. Corruption by itself is not a bad thing. The greater damage is that it allows people without any ability to get all that they want. It on this principle that the war on corruption should be taken up by Parliament.Ramalx

  7. Quite honestly, they, especially the directots, should be asked to return most of the bonus.

    Normal bonus for reaching at least 90% of budget is 1 or two mont's pay. Additional bonus is paid for exceeding performance targets. In th ecase of KSSB, it looks lik eth edirectors decided to help themselves ebfore the party ended.

    And Teng's conduct at this Selcat inquiry is disgraceful!!

    we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

  8. Ktemoc,
    If only I have time to go into the details, you know the devil in the details. Heard of Li Ao before. He's one heck of academician able to dichepher bits & pieces of informations. Of course, you don't have to agree with him all the time. After all, we have brains, haven't we. But sometimes, one can't stop to agree with Li Ao.
    After going through all coments from various blogs, there are few things that I would agree above. One is the mismanagement with KKSB. Especially on the issues of salary payouts.

    Mob rule always indicate that we should hang the buggers. I say wait till we find competent folks first. I have always notice enforcement is an issue. There is more to meet the eye. And it could have been beyond Khalid's control.
    And this would test the strength of a true leader?

    Just wanna ask you a question.....Deng Xiao Peng handling on the Tiananmen incidence.....Correct or not.....Decisive or not.....Appropriate or not.....Watch Li Ao's comment lately?

    You might think it's not relevant but think of why the Isreali reacted this way against Mavi Mahmari case. Don't get me wrong, I am not ccondoning Isreali's action. Why Isreali commandoes need to do that? Again Flash back to the 1984 shooting down Korean Air through Soviet Airspace? Soviet Union, the Devil????

    Only God is pure & good. Humans.....Hmm....