2/08/2006

crooked bridge: a bridge with no returns

by now the message to the malaysian govt must have been very clear. it is a bridge that has no value to singapore but going to burn a big hole in the pocket. now why would the singapore govt go ahead to spend public funds, in the billions, on something that is not only of no real value, but comes with a string of liabilities. this just does not make economic sense to the singapore govt who would have to justify to the population for its unsound decision. but then again, if the money is spent as a goodwill for some other tradeoffs, maybe that can be considered. simply spending the money for no returns is absurb and out of question. now if the malaysians can say, ok, these are the sweeteners for the goodwill. then the issue will be what kind of sweeteners will be worth a billion singapore dollars? that will be the money the singapore govt will have to cough out to go ahead with the bridge. now the horse tradings start. you want the singapore govt to pay, then what is there to offer?

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Security should be the top concern. Singapore should ask for the return of the rail-way land and all facilites.

redbean said...

hi anonymous,

because of our shared history with the british there are many things that crisscrossed each other's interest and sovereignty. and these issues need to be discussed rationally as good neighbours.

i am not sure whether it has been resolved, at one time the malaysian navy has a base in sembawang or woodland. that made things very tricky. the railway land should be looked at as a commmercial matter and in that way probably easier to resolved.

very important is good relations between the two sides. if everything can be worked out with both sides benefitting from them or with some trade off financially, then that would be good. can't use the word nice, matilah is very sensitive to its sound : )

Speedwing said...

I believe the bridge is good for both countries. However, if Singapore is not keen to have this bridge, I think Malaysia is right to go it alone, albeit only a half bridge. As long as vessels can pass under the new half bridge to Pelapas, Malaysia has nothing to lose. All other isssues between the two countries should be discussed separately.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Bomb Putrajaya.

:-)

redbean said...

from the engineering point, a half bridge practically destroys all the reasons to have it. the deepest stretch of the straits is likely to be in the middle. and with a shorten bridge, the height will have to be compromise. so it got squeezed from top and bottom, making it practically useless for bigger vessels except small pleasure crafts.

hi matilah, there are already too many bombing incidents. better to have an orgy in putrajaya, make love.

human book said...

List of racial discriminations in Malaysia, practiced by government as well as government agencies. This list is an open secret. Best verified by government itself because it got the statistics.

This list is not in the order of importance, that means the first one on the list is not the most important and the last one on the list does not mean least important.

This list is a common knowledge to a lot of Malaysians, especially those non-malays (Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli, Tamils, etc) who were being racially discriminated.

Figures in this list are estimates only and please take it as a guide only. Government of Malaysia has the most correct figures. Is government of Malaysia too ashamed to publish their racist acts by publishing racial statistics?

This list cover a period of about 48 years since independence (1957).

List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

(1) Out of all the 5 major banks, only one bank is multi-racial, the rest are controlled by malays

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are malays

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by malays

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be bumis status

(6) 0% of non-malay staffs is legally required in malay companies. But there must be 30% malay staffs in Chinese companies.

(7) 5% of all new intake for government police, nurses, army, is non-malays.

(8) 2% is the present Chinese staff in Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), drop from 40% in 1960

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-malay government servants in Putrajaya. But malays make up 98%

(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the whole government (in 2004), drop from 30% in 1960

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to malays

(12) 100% all business licensees are controlled by malay government e.g. Taxi permits, Approved permits, etc

(13) 80% of the Chinese rice millers in Kedah had to be sold to malay controlled Bernas in 1980s. Otherwise, life is make difficult for Chinese rice millers

(14) 100 big companies set up, owned and managed by Chinese Malaysians were taken over by government, and later managed by malays since 1970s e.g. UTC, UMBC, MISC, etc

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia, throughout 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other malay transport companies due to rejection by malay authority to Chinese application for bus routes and rejection for their application for new buses

(16) 2 Chinese taxi drivers were barred from driving in Johor Larkin bus station. There are about 30 taxi drivers and 3 are Chinese in October 2004. Spoiling taxi club properties was the reason given

(17) 0 non-malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus station (November 2004)

(18) 8000 billions ringgit is the total amount the government channeled to malay pockets through ASB, ASN, MARA, privatisation of government agencies, Tabung Haji etc, through NEP over 34 years period

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(21) 2637 malay primary schools built since 1968 - 2000

(22) 2.5% is government budget for Chinese primary schools. Indian schools got only 1%, malay schools got 96.5%

(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get school-text-book-loan, a malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible

(24) 10 all public universities vice chancellors are malays

(25) 5% - the government universities lecturers of non-malay origins had been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to only 5% in 2004

(26) Only 5% is given to non-malays for government scholarships over 40 years

(27) 0 Chinese or Indians were sent to Japan and Korea under "Look East Policy"

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course that they aspired i.e. Medicine (in 2004)

(29) 10% place for non-bumi students for MARA science schools beginning from year 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was 100% malays

(30) 50 cases whereby Chinese and Indian Malaysians, are beaten up in the National Service program in 2003

(31) 25% is Malaysian Chinese population in 2004, drop from 45% in 1957

(32) 7% is the present Malaysian Indians population (2004), a drop from 12% in 1957

(33) 2 millions Chinese Malaysians had emigrated to overseas since 40 years ago

(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians had emigrated to overseas

(35) 3 millions Indonesians had migrated into Malaysia and became Malaysian citizens with bumis status.

(36) 600000 are the Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC and were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship for 40 years. Perhaps 60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism of how easily Indonesians got their citizenships compare with the Chinese and Indians

(37) 5% - 15% discount for a malay to buy a house, regardless whether the malay is rich or poor

(38) 2% is what Chinese new villages get compare with 98% of what malay villages got for rural development budget

(39) 50 road names (at least) had been changed from Chinese names to other names

(40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to other name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or sort) when it was being officially used for a few days. Government try to shun Chinese names. This racism happened in around year 2000 or sort

(41) 0 temples/churches were built for each housing estate. But every housing estate got at least one mosque/surau built

(42) 3000 mosques/surau were built in all housing estates throughout Malaysia since 1970. No temples, no churches are required to be built in housing estates

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to be constructed. But told by malay authority that it must look like a factory and not look like a church. Still not yet approved in 2004

(44) 1 publishing of Bible in Iban language banned (in 2002)

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors of non-malay origins

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the bad guys had Chinese face, and the good guys had malay face. You can check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this tendency becomes less

(47) 10 times, at least, malays (especially Umno) had threatened to massacre the Chinese Malaysians using May 13 since 1969

(48) 20 constituencies won by DAP would not get funds from the government to develop. Or these Chinese majority constituencies would be the last to be developed

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racistly re-delineated so Chinese voters were diluted that Chinese candidates, particularly DAP candidates lost in election since 1970s

(50) Only 3 out of 12 human rights items are ratified by Malaysia government since 1960

(51) 0 - elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human Rights) is not ratified by Malaysia government since 1960s

(52) 20 reported cases whereby malay ambulance attendances treated Chinese patients inhumanely, and malay government hospital staffs purposely delay attending to Chinese patients in 2003. Unreported cases may be 200

(53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths being beaten up by malay youths in public places. We may check at police reports provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record

(54) 20 cases every year whereby Chinese drivers who accidentally knocked down malays were seriously assaulted or killed by malays

(55) 12% is what ASB/ASN got per annum while banks fixed deposit is only about 3.5% per annum

There are hundreds more racial discriminations in Malaysia to add to this list of "colossal" racism. It is hope that the victims of racism will write in to expose racism.

Malaysia government should publish statistics showing how much malays had benefited from the "special rights" of malays and at the same time tell the statistics of how much other minority races are being discriminated.

Hence, the responsibility lies in the Malaysia government itself to publish unadulterated statistics of racial discrimination.

If the Malaysia government hides the statistics above, then there must be some evil doings, immoral doings, shameful doings and sinful doings, like the Nazi, going on onto the non-malays of Malaysia.

Civilized nation, unlike evil Nazi, must publish statistics to show its treatment on its minority races. This is what Malaysia must publish……….

We are asking for the publication of the statistics showing how "implementation of special rights of malays" had inflicted colossal racial discrimination onto non-malays.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Good God. And they call Australia a "racist" cuntry...

Shame on those ka-Boom-ies

redbean said...

thanks human book, for the startling statistics. unbelieveable!

despite all the businesses and govt job opportunities given to the bumi they still claimed that they have not reached the 30% quota of bumi ownership of businesses and national wealth?

this is very depressing. why the human rights movement are not doing anything in malaysia?

Elfred said...

Speed must be out of his mind.

Actually, this is a simple matter, expecially when it's Mr Syed Hamid. :D

Will see how the MFA do it.

redbean said...

the whole crooked bridge was conceived for reasons other than those they claimed to be the reasons. and mahathir had to scramble to approve it before retiring for he knew that no one will approve it on objective ground.

the badawi govt is caught by an act that they could not unwind without losing a lot of money. not they want us to be a party to it, to pay for it as well.

it all started by mahathir for all the wrong reasons and everyone now are supposed to go along with it.

why should they and we throw good money after bad money?

Elfred said...

BTW... I have not got the email. My email box kinda always like this.

I hope it's not some clueless spying agency... The government should spend more time recruiting good talents and effecting good governing, not wasting taxpayers' monies giving problems to nobodies like myself.

I'm no terrorist, anyway. Besides I already retired member... no interest conflict.

redbean said...

elfred,

your mail box must be too full. sent to you twice. maybe send me your handphone.

Elfred said...

Hahahahahahaha... Ok, the no is: 93205565*7.

Someone would say: 'This is the prime minister's number, please verify your status...' :D

My Mailbox is actually regularly emptied. It always have been as such... some mails just won't reach me. :D

Are you a case-sensitive person? You see, emails from government services and the minister/s can reach me, sometimes, even grassroots' emails can't reach.

I can only give you public email addresses, special address would have no problem as it is technically protected.

Never mind. Used to it already.

redbean said...

elfred,

i am case blind. if you see my postings you will know. anyway i have sms you the info.

Elfred said...

That's not the real no. lah...

I don't suppose you really did the sms...???

Better don't send.

redbean said...

i have sent elfred.

how can you say the number's not real? i hope it is not your minister's number.

Elfred said...

Come on... even kids know not to publicise numbers.

You answer me a simple question, if you do so expertly, I'd give you the real PM house number. How? :D

redbean said...

elfred,

if you are good i will give you god's number.

Elfred said...

I already know God's number. Isn't it supposed to be 1. :D

redbean said...

haha,

when you said god's number is 1 then you don't know.

Elfred said...

God's number wrong meh...?

Isn't is true and ONLY true that the NuMbEr of God is oNe and OnLy OnE...? Hahahahahaha...

Ok... Please go out there and shout to the muslims and the christians that the number of God is 2 and more... :D