Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Pak Pandir Moden and His Mega Ego Tower: Talked like Me, Sounded like Me, Spoken Like Me, but was it really Me?

Harakahdaily

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Okt: Kenyataan Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang menyatakan beliau tidak mengarahkan membina Menara Warisan sebaliknya ia dicadang oleh Pemodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) adalah alasan Pak Pandir.

“Ini adalah alasan ‘Pak Pandir’ dan melucukan daripada seorang Perdana Menteri,” kata Ketua Penerangan PAS Pusat, Ustaz Idris Ahmad.

Baginya, kenyataan itu seolah-oleh hendak melepaskan bebanan kepada PNB, bukannya kepada Najib sendiri.

Ini, menurutnya kerana ia mendapat kritikan yang hebat daripada berbagai pihak.

Tambahnya, wang sebanyak RM5 bilion untuk membina menara setinggi 100 tingkat itu mampu membina 1,667 buah sekolah yang bernilai RM3 juta sebuah dan mampu memberi biasiswa pelajar perubatan seramai 5 ribu pelajar dengan kos RM1 juta di United Kingdom.

Katanya, PAS berpendapat, kalau pun benar itu cadangan daripada PNB kenapa Najib sebagai orang yang berkuasa dan tahu bagaimana kedudukan kewangan negara sekarang, yang lebih perlu kepada projek yang lebih bermanfaat kepada rakyat dan negara.

“Sejak bila pula pula beliau begitu lemah sampai terpaksa mengikut cadangan PNB,” ujarnya sinis.

Soalnya lagi, bukankah Najib selama ini begitu gagah sekali membuat keputusan yang merugikan negara tanpa meminta pandangan orang lain termasuklah ahli Parlimen, ketika melepaskan khazanah berharga 217 hektar tanah KTMB kepada Singapura dan telaga minyak blok L dan M kepada Brunei yang bernilai RM320 bilion.

“Nampaknya pemimpin Umno cuba hendak menyalahkan orang lain ketika tidak mampu menghadapi satu situasi,” katanya lagi.

Ini, tambahnya samalah dengan Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ketika ditanya apa tindakan terhadap dua orang pengetua yang dituduh rasis menyatakan beliau tidak ada kuasa sebagai seorang menteri kerana bukan bidang kuasa menteri.

“Sedangkan jawapan ini, orang buta dekat Pagoh pun ketawa,” ujarnya.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Najib and his 100-storey Mega Ego Tower: 1.6 billion dollars to build this but only RM500 for Malaysian Civil Servants 2010 annual bonus? Nonsense!

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 10/19/2010

Malaysia's mega-tower plan faces online backlash

Malaysian premier Najib Razak Tuesday defended his plans for a 100-storey megatower in Kuala Lumpur after a backlash on a fast-expanding Facebook petition and criticism from the opposition.

Razak unveiled plans for the tower, to be built by 2020 at a cost of 1.6 billion dollars, during last week's budget speech, which included a number of grand infrastructure projects.

The building, named "Warisan Merdeka" or "Heritage of Independence", would be the tallest in Malaysia, dwarfing the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which were the world's tallest buildings at 88 storeys when completed in 1998.

Najib has said such projects exemplify the spirit of "Malaysia Boleh" or "Malaysia Can", a national campaign conceived by former premier Mahathir Mohamad, an advocate of mega projects.

Mahathir, whose own schemes included the Proton national car and the multi-billion-dollar administrative capital Putrajaya -- both of which have failed to thrive -- has warmly endorsed the new skyscraper.

But a Facebook page created last Saturday, to which about 11,000 people had signed up by Tuesday afternoon, has seen an outpouring of criticism from Malaysians who say the money would be better spent elsewhere.

"Malaysia needs better education, better health care, better public transportation, safer neighbourhoods, cleaner water, but not a taller building. We don't need another white elephant!" said the page, which was receiving hundreds more members each hour.

Many of those posting comments accused the ruling coalition of spending taxpayers' money to boost its own standing, which has slipped badly in recent years in the face of a resurgent opposition.

"I will support this project if you give me the contract!" said a Facebook user named Chee Chuan Tat, referring to endemic cronyism linked to the Barisan Nasional coalition.

"It's taxpayers' money, and taxpayers say NO," said Adrian Matthew Yee.

Najib stoutly defended the project, and said the Petronas Towers -- now a much-loved national symbol -- had originally attracted similar criticism.

"We want a building that will be a symbol of the country that is not only modern but progressive and it will have a multiplier effect on the economy," he told a press conference.

"We want the area to become a business hub," he said. "So this project is not a waste but is one which will benefit the people."

Opposition lawmaker Fong Kui Lun, in whose constituency the building would be located near the city's Chinatown, said it would be an eyesore and totally unsuited to the crowded downtown district.

"What the building will do is to destroy the character of the area while creating a traffic nightmare for all," he told AFP.

"There are more than enough office spaces in downtown KL and this will cause a glut of office space, becoming a white elephant like many of the other government projects."

Tony Pua, also from the Democratic Action Party which is part of the opposition alliance, said the online criticism was a sign that people were concerned.

"The country does not need another mega project as the era of mega projects is gone and most Malaysians are not impressed by them any more," he said.

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