Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Promises Are Even Cheaper Than Bribes – Sibu’s ‘University’ Pledges

Yet another election, yet another promise that a university
will be provided for Sibu - but its a sham
For half a century UMNO/BN and Taib have sucked out billions of ringgit from Sarawak’s natural resources.
In return they have given cheap bribes at election time to the impoverished local people, who have seen none of the benefit of this wealth.
But promises are even cheaper than bribes and BN politicians are therefore even more fond of making these at election time than paying hard cash!

In one perfect example, our readers from Sibu have taken on the role of investigators and exposed some of the false claims that BN have made about supposed progress towards providing the city with a much needed university.
You help me and I will help you
Najib first made the university promise back during the by-election campaign in 2010.  The election bribe could not have been more blatant and in most countries he should surely have been prosecuted for expressing so clearly his willingness to abuse his office in return for votes.
According to the press agency Bernama, this was how the Malaysian PM put it as he fished for votes in May 2010:
Blatant - We will give you a university, but only if you vote BN at the by-election!










Of course, these and other promises failed to convince the fed up electors of Sibu, who have grown tired of BN corruption and of the 30 year old state kleptocracy run by Taib Mahmud.
DAP won the by-election and maybe that is BN’s corrupted excuse for never carrying out the promise that the Prime Minister had alleged they had already “fulfilled”!
Nevertheless, the SUPP bigwig who has put himself into the driving seat of this project never missed any opportunity to attack people who were skeptical that BN would deliver the project by 2012.  As usual the government controlled newspapers were used for the purpose:
How irresponsible not to believe our promise scolded Wong Soon Koh in 2010 - yet here we are in 2012 and it has NOT been delivered
Another election, another attempt at the same old promise
Of course, 2012 has arrived and Kolej Laila Taib is still a college, not a university and there is no sign of that happening any time soon.
'Letter of invitation' - made out to look like it is permission for a university, but it is no more than a glorified application form offered to a RM2 company!
Yet, as night follows day, another university promise has now been made to Sibu, again a month before another explicated election.
Najib had the brass neck just last month to visit Sibu again and declare a completely new venture, once more with the same bunch of political cheerleaders, Wong Soon Koh and Taib.
This time they were making a big show of an announcement over the presentation of a ‘Letter of Invitation’ for a new university proposal, this time the so-called Kolej Universit Teknologi Sarawak!
BN’s obedient press machine duly fawned over the Prime Minister’s wonderful delivery of more ‘progress and development’ to Sarawak and referred to the billions being spent on infrastructure projects in the rural areas! (as we know, billions may very well have been spent, but little has got past the companies owned by BN’s political cronies who got the contracts!).
The impression was given from this event on April 26th that this ‘Letter of Invitation’ was somehow a certain announcement that this latest venture had the permission and the money to go ahead.  Look at the press release from the University of Kuala Lumpur that has been given a role in masterminding the project to be paid for by Sarawak.
Approved and paid for? Not quite!
Yet, local people who decided to investigate the actual status of this project, have found out that once again this election offer is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
This is because the grand Letter of Invitation is only the starting point of an application process to set up a university.  It by no means represents any kind of approval or genuine investment.
“So far, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has only given permission for the application to go ahead”, explains one Sibu sleuth, who has investigated the whole application process and reported the situation to SR.
“The permit to apply for establishment issued by the MOHE is called the “Invitation Letter to establish Kolej Universiti Teknologi Sarawak”. This is the piece of paper that Prime Minister Najib handed over to Chief Minister Taib on 26 April 2012. The confusing and ambiguous name of the permit makes it appear that the establishment of UCTS has already been approved. This confusion is exploited by Barisan Nasional leaders to mislead the people of Sibu into believing that the establishment of UCTS has been approved by Prime Minister Najib. In reality, the application to establish UCTS has only just begun”.
This flow chart from the Ministry of HIgher Education shows just how far there is still to go for the project that was hatched just last November in time to look good for the election campaign!
The Guidebook of the Ministry of Higher Education makes clear just how long and tortuous the whole process is. As the local investigator points out:
“What has been accomplished by Barisan Nasional so far, i.e. getting permission to apply for establishment, is a small part of the Establishment stage. A university college is officially regarded as established only when it has passed the entire Establishment stage and received five further approvals in addition to the Invitation Letter, namely
a. Approval for Establishment of a Private Higher Educational Institution
b. Approval for Appointment of a Private Higher Educational Institution Chief Executive;
c. Approval for Institutional Constitution;
d. Approval for Company’s Memorandum and Article; and
e. Approval to Conduct Courses of Study.
It is unwise and financially irresponsible to begin constructing the UCTS campus before the establishment of UCTS has been officially approved by the MOHE.”
There is another issue that is worth noting.  The company that is behind the management of this grand project on behalf of the State of Sarawak, Edusar Resources Sdn Bhd has so far been issued with a mere RM2.00 worth of shares!
The Chairman is once again Sibu’s great promoter of half-baked education projects, the SUPP bigwig and crony tycoon, Dato Wong Soon Koh!
Edusar Resources - owned by the State of Sarawak, but so far only a RM2.00 company!
Kolej Laila Taib ineligible!
Andrew Wong - Daddy's boy, so presumably he can't be sacked or subordinated. Because he is not qualified then KLT is also disqualified from becoming a University!
The Sibu investigators have now also discovered some of the reasons why no progress could ever be expected on the proposal to turn KLT into a University, a subject which they say is now a matter of “deafening silence” on the part of Najib and Wong.
Firstly, the college (which the Wongs changed from its original name of United College of Sarawak, to suck up to Taib) needs to be headed by an academic in possession of a Phd, to qualify under the rules.
However, Mr Wong has stuck his own son Andrew in charge and Andrew has not achieved this level of academic merit!
Secondly, the college’s finances are a complete mess.  According to the parent company, S.U.C. Consortium’s financial records, it has been losing money hand over fist.
S.U.C. lost RM708,740 in 2010 and RM3,936,027 in 2011.  This is despite its Directors being none other than Wong himself and Taib’s Sibu-based brother, Tufail Mahmud.
Tufail has, of course, enriched himself to the tune of hundreds of millions bydemanding shares in timber companies in return for access to concessions from his brother, the Chief Minister.  So, perhaps a charitable donation is due?
Such losses disqualify Kolej Laila Taib from achieving University status any time soon, point out the Sibu researchers into this matter.  It hardly breeds much confidence in the prospects for the latest venture either, which is being run by the State of Sarawak, again in conjunction with KLT and the same Dato Wong!
Kolej Laila Taib has been losing money - hazard of having a Taib family member as a Director?

8 comments:

Alan Newman said...

Watching from a clean, democratic NZ as a neutral 3rd Party: In the democratic and ‘bersih’ Western countries we see clearly and have little respect for these criminals who fool, fleece, pillage & plunder their nations. To add insult to injury, they self-glorify to the extent of playing God. It’s most smelly & sickening. In the West, we have no state-controlled media, gerrymandering, vote buying or enticement, only public interviews of politicians & public debates between them. Voting is held is schools & public venues without a policeman in sight. How long would these corrupt, criminal Asian & African politician last in NZ, Aus, Canada, US, UK & the West? 1 month or 40 years?

Alan Newman said...

‪Am watching & speaking as a neutral, impartial 3rd party, in clean & democratic New Zealand: Call for the resignation & arrest of UMNO and MACC leaders NOW. Twitter quote: ‘Mubarak‬ cried and resisted leaving the helicopter that took him to prison. Why do dictators love to act like big babies’ Let this, Gaddaffi & Saddam etc be a warning to others. Impeachment is long overdue. Scorpene scandal is only the tip of the iceberg. Think, before the arrival of internet media, twitter & blogs, how much has been plundered, squandered and hidden by Sarawak’s PBB & KL’s UMNO. Malaysia has become a big laughing stock. Howard Zinn: “….…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves…(and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” Don’t tolerate another day even another hour!

Alan Newman said...

RM3 mil for Najib-Rosmah's trip but official plane also landed in Milan & Dubai -the capitals of super-luxury goods. Mahathir’s sons are directors of 200 companies and drive some of the most expensive cars in the world? eg the Ferrari Enzo & the RM5.5million Bugatti Veyron…Sarawak’s Taib 31 yrs in power, now a multi-billionaire, his daughter in law’s divorce claim alone is RM400million ….. Hell is awaiting ! Many natives in Sarawak had their land grabbed from them, many don’t even have electricity & good drinking water.
‪Twitter quote: ‘Mubarak‬ cried and resisted leaving the helicopter that took him to prison. Why do dictators love to act like big babies’ Let this, Gaddaffi & Saddam etc be a warning to others.

Alan Newman said...

Najib, you call it 1Malaysia when: 1)You practice extreme discrimination & apartheid, eg: when almost 100% of National Oil Petronas’employees are Malays, while other races are 50% of the population (more in Sarawak & Sabah), when President Obama’s black ethnicity comprises only 14% of US population. 2) When Chinese & Indians & Dayaks are the last to get University entry of gov’t jobs. 3). You PM spent RM3 million on a trip to Dubai, Milan (super luxury goods’ capitals) when the natives in Sarawak lack decent roads, electricity or drinking water. 4) You tortured Opposition’s Teoh B H to his death over an alleged few thousand dollars in the early hours before his wedding, while Scorpene costs in all a few billion RM$ with a large chunk for kickback & subsequent dynamite murder of a Mongolian lover & aide, then your head culprit goes scot-free into London’s luxury living….the list is endless. The most nauseating (vomiting) regime in the world now. Am speaking as a neutral 3rd party in NZ - rated among the top 3 in the world for transparency and democracy.

Alan Newman said...

Your PM calls ‘1Malaysia’, when: A) Sabah’s Musa, NFC’s Shahzirat….& Sarawak’s Taib, in power 31 yrs & stole RM billions & one son’s divorce settlement alone is RM400million….while Sarawak natives lack roads, electricity & drinking water. B) UMNO’s corruption & mismanagement cost the country $100 billions (not millions) as estimated by overseas financial analysts. C) They make up stories to blackmail Anwar, the Opposition, the NGOs & Bersih…for decades. D) For 55 years UMNO & BN fooled and fleeced the nation with controlled media, national election resources, gerrymandering, vote buying, rigging & manipulated elections, even using illegal migrants as voters….the list of injustice & crimes is endless. Call for the arrests and trials of UMNO, BN, PBB & MACC leaders now. In the democratic West they won’t last 1 month, let alone 55 years. Anwar, PAS, Nurul, Ambiga, Lim G E etc, will form a clean, democratic, less racist but more progressive economy like Singapore, Korea & Germany.

Alan Newman said...

Corruption is theft, it is stealing from the poor and stealing the future of a country. Theft is a crime and high-value, multi-million thefts should be punishable by imprisonment, torture & death. Enough is enough, not another day UMNO! We see too clearly from around the world. UMNO, You still have the cheek to stand up and open your mouths and wag your tongues!

PrinceOfPutrajaya said...

UMNO/BN is drooling over Selangor, the money producing State. Since 2008 they have been deprived of looting its wealth. Lost Penang with no hope to get it back, they are now starring at loosing Johor, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak too. TDM is back again orchestrating a Coupe D’état for the coming election where they anticipate a major loss. Fearing this will open the Pandora’s Box of all their pass lootings, there are turning into tyranny and gangsters to a military take-over. They expect to use the unrest to form a new government and continue looting for another 50 years, while keeping the previous corruptions in tight lid.

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