Thursday, 15 July 2010


EEBOT: Hi. Been awhile since we last met. How are you, Buddy, Minnie?
BUDDY: Hi bro. Hi Minnie. Never been better, especially with my team, Spain, on top of the world! Waka waka eh eh...
MINNIE: My friends Eebot, Buddy, sure is good to meet again. I did not follow the World Cup so much but am affected much, all the same.
BUDDY: How are you affected, Minnie?
MINNIE: Well, since everybody I know were football fanatics, I could not but try to keep pace. It was not easy but I managed rather alright, I think. I kind of like the Germany-Uruguay last match, though I was more half awake than awake.
EEBOT: The waka waka song, the vuvuzela and the fact that my teams South Korea, England and Brazil failed to a great extent, somewhat made me sad. I was then rooting for the underdogs the Netherlands.
BUDDY: Ha ha ha... bro, why you picked those teams? Hehehe...
MINNIE: Eebot, you should have just believed in Paul the octopus.
BUDDY: Aahhhh.... I love Paul.
EEBOT: If anything, the World Cup showed that supposedly top players - Kaka, Ronaldo, Rooney, Torres, Messi - are only humans. I think they like drinking coffee too... lets coffee....

MINNIE: Sure. Lets drink to this renewed coffee meeting.

BUDDY: I want to eat fried noodle but no octopus ... hehehe

EEBOT: I believe Malaysia can also be in the World Cup...

MINNIE & BUDDY: Whattttttt......

Tuesday, 13 July 2010


IT IS certain that the Sarawak State elections will have to be held before May 2011. I post this here for file purposes, to know bit more about our neighbours who had gone through a very impressive leap of development especially in the late 80s. We learn...


Now 74, Taib, looking frail and sickly, is seriously looking for a replacement. He may leave the government after the next state election that may be called before June next year.

But what will be the next political scenario be like after Taib leaves the political scene?

Where will Sarawak be heading to? Its direction? Soothsayers and fortune tellers are busy predicting the future of the State. Many portend the downfall of the BN state government and the collapse of PBB as the leaders will scramble for top posts in the party.

SUPP they say may be reduced to a mosquito party due to lack of support from the Chinese community.

Perhaps PRS and SPDP may still win some Dayak seats. Or perhaps the two parties may merge into one entity.

Even if the BN state government is still intact, what will happen if the Federal Government goes to the Pakatan Rakyat?

If this is going to be the new political scenario, Sarawak will be in deep trouble with or without Taib as chief minister.

But many can readily agree that Sarawak needs a change now and that change should start at the very top. A replacement for Taib as chief minister must be found very quickly. READ MORE HERE

Monday, 12 July 2010


AM A person who gives credit where its due. Am a fan of the Netherlands. And was in pain when Robben didn’t lift high enough his shot which would have made them champions. This is not their night, I remember thinking. And true enough. Iniesta the hero. Man of the Match. While Diego Forlan became Player of the Tournament. I didn’t really take Paul the Octopus seriously. And will not start treating him or her as such here. So, for the one month of late nights and pain and excitement, thank you Fifa World Cup 2010. Waka waka eh eh... the winner is the beautiful game itself.

In a game when a record number of yellow cards were given and John Heitinga was sent off in extra-time, both sides missed great chances from Arjen Robben and Cesc Fabregas, but Andres Iniesta netted in the 116th minute to give European champions Spain their first World Cup title.
Iniesta struck with four minutes remaining to settle a tetchy encounter and crown Spain world champions, while Netherlands were left to rue Robben's missed opportunity to open the scoring in normal time.
The game will be noted for the flurry of cards - 14 in all - starting in the 14th minute when Howard Webb booked Robin van Persie.
Pretty soon combative midfield duo Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong joined him for challenges - a late lunge on Joan Capdevila and a kung fu kick on Xabi Alonso respectively - that could easily have ended their evening.
That Wesley Sneijder was not even cautioned for a similarly woeful attempt at stopping Pedro could only be put down to either Webb being unsighted or the Dutch playmaker diverting attention by claiming to be injured himself.
Spain were not complete innocents in all of this, but it was the European Champions who were feeling most aggrieved, which only intensified when Webb did not see a niggly second-half challenge from Van Bommel that sparked a reaction from Barcelona playmaker Iniesta.
It certainly made for unsightly viewing at times, but Vicente del Bosque's side did play some exquisite passing football at times, with Xavi and Iniesta helping Spain dominate possession. The best first-half chance fell to Sergio Ramos but his header from Xavi's cross was palmed away superbly by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Netherlands struggled to get into the game but in the second-half were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead; Spain skipper Iker Casillas making a quite brilliant save to deny Robben after the former Chelsea star had been set free by Sneijder.
Robben must have thought he had done everything right. Running at pace - past a stranded Carles Puyol - until he saw the whites of Casillas' eyes, he shaped to go one way, then placed his shot to the other corner. Casillas was committed in the other direction but stuck out a leg and turned the effort wide.
It was by some distance the best opportunity of the regulation 90 minutes, although Ramos had another decent opening himself heading umarked over the bar.
Robben threatened to sprint through again, only to be denied by Casillas, but losing possession did not come before Puyol had made a desperate grab for the Bayern Munich winger, who was convinced the Barcelona defender should have been sent off.
On as a substitute, with a point to prove after mustering the grand total of 93 minutes prior to tonight, Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas twice came close to breaking the deadlock in extra-time, when Xavi also had a penalty claim turned down.
John Heitinga was sent off for his second yellow card when he pulled back Iniesta, giving Spain the man advantage, yet the Dutch held firm and looked like taking the tie to penalties.
However, Spain were not to be denied. Fabregas slotted it through to Iniesta and after one touch to control it, his second was a crisp volley past Stekelenburg.
Del Bosque's side held on and the final whistle saw euphoric scenes as Spain's ecstatic players celebrated an inaugural World Cup triumph.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010


WELL, have we not heard it all? Labs. KPIs. NKRAs. NKEAs. GTP. And what not. I post this here mainly for record purposes. And to remind me once in a while how complicated it is to manage our lives. Worst still, the country. Still learning. But hoping to graduate immediately.


KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — A total of 118 projects and 35 business opportunities worth RM500 billion that can generate up to 2.2 million jobs by 2020 have been identified by laboratories in the Najib administration’s push for a high-income nation.

It is understood the projects were formulated from the ongoing National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) labs run by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) which will submit its full report cabinet at the end of July.

Pemandu has identified 12 NKEAs which include oil and gas, palm oil and related products, financial services, wholesale and retail, tourism, information and communications technology (ICT), education, electrical and electronics, business services, private healthcare, agriculture and Greater Kuala Lumpur revitalisation.

The government will be using recommendations from the NKEA labs to formulate initiatives to transform the nation into a high-income economy though it’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

According to documents made available to The Malaysian Insider, the NKEA Labs have identified 118 Entry Point Projects (EPPs) and 35 business opportunities with estimated annual gross national income contribution of approximately US$156 billion (RM500 billion) in 2020.

The preliminary estimate is that these 118 EPPs will be 80 per cent funded by private sector investment and can potentially open up 2.2 million job opportunities by 2020.

The Najib administration wants the private sector to be a critical partner and the key driver in the ETP, akin to the Malaysia Inc under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s long rule.

The government also expects private sector’s participation in local projects to increase by more than 50 per cent so that country could reduce its expenditure and increase its economic reserve through subsidy rationalisation programmes.

The government wants private sector to undertake projects that normally done by the public sector such as the construction and management of schools and hospitals, according to the documents.

The NKEA lab are currently ongoing over a period of eight weeks between June and July and Pemandu has invited 425 lab members with 80 from government agencies and ministries, 18 from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and 327 from the private sector.

There are also currently 211 companies that have attended the labs including Shell, Exxon-Mobil, MYDIN, Sime Darby, Genting Plantations, Petronas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Celcom, Ericsson, Maybank, Tesco, Sunway Medical Centre, Masterskill University College, The Body Shop, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, RapidKL and Digi Telecommunications.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be making his first visit to the NKEA labs later today and will meet with the lab members.

It is learnt that Pemandu will conduct NKEA Lab Open day for the public in August.

The ETP roadmap, which is expected to drive the country towards vision 2020, will be published at the fourth quarter of this year.

Pemandu had previously conducted National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) labs for the Government Transformation Programme (GTP). However recent revelation by Pemandu’s CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala that country could risk bankruptcy has drawn heavy criticisms from Barisan Nasional leaders.

The Ministry of Finance also released its own report disputing findings made by Idris which was a major embarrassment for the minister charged with overseeing the administration’s key performance indicators (KPIs). THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER