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Bajet Malaysia : Alat negara dalam penyatuan Rakyat jelata (dikemaskini)

Posted on: October 21, 2008

Sebagaimana alat-alat dan jentera kerajaan yang lain, Bajet negara berperanan untuk menyatukan hati dan jiwa Rakyat dalam rangka mencapai aspirasi negara dalam suasana Rakyat yang berbilang ras dan agama.

Kejayaan Bajet Malaysia yang memainkan peranan tersebut bergantung keseluruhannya kepada mereka yang diamanahkan untuk menerbitkan Bajet negara.
Sekiranya para pemikir dan pengolah dasar adalah seutuhnya berorientasikan Rakyat ramai, maka Bajet yang terbit adalah menurut keperluan Rakyat ramai dan dilakasanakan sepenuhnya sedemikian juga.

Proses penerbitan Bajet semestinya telus, teliti dan mengambilkira sepenuhnya kepentingan dan keperluan Rakyat yang berbeza kehidupan mereka. Proses itu menuntut sekelian yang diamanahkan untuk memberi tumpuan dan meneliti keadaan Rakyat akar umbi dalam konteks ekonomi setempat, nasional dan global, sebelum penyempurnaan Bajet.

Tentunya banyak groundwork yang perlu difikir dan diamati sebelum proses mencatat bajet di atas kertas. Setiap ayat, bahkan setiap perkataan, mengandungi makna yang menginsafi tanggungjawab menunaikan hak Rakyat dalam erti kata yang sebenar.

Wajarlah sekiranya penyempurnaan Bajet Malaysia itu meninitiskan airmata dari kalangan mereka yang menyempurnakannya. Ia menggambarkan kehidupan setiap insan yang bergelar Rakyat Malaysia. Segala yang menjadi bebanan mereka tergambar dalam baris-baris ayat Bajet. Ia juga menerbitkan kesungguhan pemimpin untuk melaksanakan yang terbaik untuk Rakyat. Dengan sebab itu tiada timbul soal kebocoran, rasuah, pembaziran dan penyembunyian segala data dan maklumat tentang siapakah sebenarnya memperoleh manafaat terbesar dari Bajet, dari perspektif RMnya.

Tentunya Rakyat gusar bila para pemimpin berbelanja mengikut sesuka hati mereka – apa lagi dalam situasi kegawatan ekonomi global yang sedang memasuki fasa merudum (recession); tidak teliti dan boros, dan lebih parah bila mengambil wang Rakyat untuk kepentingan diri dengan pelbagai cara.

Rakyat perlu bangkit menentang penyelewengan, wewenangan dan sikap mengambil enteng perihal perbelanjaan beratus bilion RM wang Rakyat – seolah-olah duit itu datuk-datuk mereka yang empunya.

Bajet yang berjaya ialah bajet yang merapatkan jurang ekonomi, memberi keselesaan kepada Rakyat dan mendidik Rakyat untuk berakhlak dalam perbelanjaan. Bajet yang berjaya ialah Bajet yang mengajak Rakyat untuk bersama-sama berkorban demi kepentingan negara, merangsang berbuat baik, bersedekah dan mengambil berat masalah sosial dan kekurangan orang lain. Bajet ialah suatu alat “amar maaruf, nahi mungkar”, membasmi keburukan melonjakkan segala kebaikan dan mewujudkan harmoni dalam masyarakat serta menyatupadukan Rakyat.

Sungguh malang ia tidak dilihat begitu oleh kebanyakan pemimpin dan ahli Umno-BN.

Eurocopter: Kenapa beli lebih mahal?
Jimadie Shah Othman | Oct 20, 08 1:09pm
kemaskini 2:53pm Brazil membeli helikopter Eurocopter EC-725 dengan harga yang lebih murah RM82 juta sebuah, sedangkan Malaysia bakal membayar dengan harga RM193 juta, kata Angkatan Muda PKR hari ini.Dalam laporan polisnya, timbalan AMK Mohd Fariz Musa berkata perbezaan harga lebih sekali ganda itu harus dipertimbangkan untuk siasatan.

“Brazil telah menandatangani kontrak pembelian 50 buah helikopter Cougar yang bernilai US$1.2 bilion ataupun RM4 bilion. Manakala Malaysia pula telah menandatangani kontrak berjumlah RM2 bilion hanya untuk 12 buah helikopter Cougar,” katanya dalam laporan itu yang dibuat di ibu pejabat polis daerah Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur tengah hari ini.

helicopter military eurocopter cougor ec 725 troop transporterPerbezaan harga antara dua negara ini bagi sebuah helikopter dengan model yang sama sebanyak RM111 juta atau RM1.2 bilion bagi kontrak membeli 12 buah unit, tambahnya.

“Persoalan timbul ialah ke mana perginya RM1.2 bilion ini dengan sewenang-wenangnya?” kata Mohd Fariz.

Kontroversi pembelian ini muncul selepas Mentari Services Sdn Bhd mempertikaikan tatacara perolehan helikopter tersebut minggu lalu dan isu yang sama dibangkitkan oleh ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Dewan Rakyat, Isnin lepas.

Pengerusi syarikat itu Kapt (B) Datuk Zahar Hashim mendakwa keputusan kementerian mengeluarkan surat hasrat (LOI) kepada Eurocopter “agak luar biasa dan bertentangan dengan prosedur yang telah diamalkan selama ini.”

Kementerian Pertahanan bagaimanapun menafikan perolehan helikopter Eurocopter Cougar EC-725 melalui proses yang meragukan dan luar kebiasaan seperti dakwaan sebuah syarikat baru-baru ini.

Dalam kenyataannya Jumaat lepas, ketua setiausaha kementerian itu Datuk Abu Bakar Abdullah menyatakan perolehan itu mengikut peraturan seperti ditetapkan, tanpa dipengaruhi mana-mana pihak.

Semalam, kabinet dilaporkan bersetuju Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC) memperhalusi isu pembelian itu bagi menggantikan helikopter Nuri.

Katanya, sekalipun Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pertahanan Datuk Abu Bakar Abdullah telah membuat kenyataan sebelum ini bahawa proses perolehan helikopter itu dilakukan mengikut peraturan dan tidak dipengaruhi mana-mana pihak, namun

Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, juga menteri kewangan sewaktu proses awal pengeluaran tender tersebut, berkata perkara itu tetap wajar dikaji secara mendalam oleh PAC.

“Dalam mesyuarat kabinet Jumaat lepas, saya mengusulkan supaya isu pembelian helikopter ini dikemukakan untuk dihalusi oleh PAC dan dikaji dengan mendalam oleh PAC dan PAC boleh membuat kesimpulan,” beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.

Fariz, yang membacakan laporan polis itu kepada media, turut mempersoalkan manfaat yang diperolehi Malaysia berbanding Brazil.

“Kontrak Brazil itu juga mewajibkan Eurocopter memindahkan teknologi ke kilang di Brazil dan ini juga mempunyai kesan positif dari segi pekerjaan yang akan ditambah,” katanya.

“Tetapi pembelian di Malaysia langsung tidak mempunyai sebarang asas timbal balik yang mendatangkan keuntungan buat Malaysia sama ada jangka pendek mahupun jangka panjang.”

Weak profit view hits stocks; Apple and Yahoo up late
By Kristina Cooke Kristina Cooke – 1 hr 41 mins ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks skidded on Tuesday, as commodity shares fell on fears of a global recession and a rash of disappointing earnings heightened worries about the deteriorating profit picture.

Oil companies and miners weighed on the broader market as commodity prices slid and miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s profit dropped sharply. Freeport McMoran’s shares fell 10.8 percent.

With further signs that credit markets were starting to heal, investors’ attention turned to the dismal profit outlook.

Earnings disappointments were widespread. Tech bellwether Texas Instruments Inc warned of slowing sales for its widely used analog chips, while chemical company DuPont Co cut its full-year forecast.

“The push and pull right now is that on the one hand, credit markets seem to be easing up a bit, but on the other hand, every company is going to say in their earnings outlooks that the economy looks weak,” said Eric Kuby, chief investment officer at North Star Investment Management Corp in Chicago.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 231.77 points, or 2.50 percent, to close at 9,033.66, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index shed 30.35 points, or 3.08 percent, to 955.05, just above its low for the day. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 73.35 points, or 4.14 percent, to 1,696.68, near its session low.

TECH RALLY AFTER THE BELL

Technology companies slid in the regular session, driving the Nasdaq down more than 4 percent, ahead of results from iPod maker Apple and Internet company Yahoo.

But after the closing bell the tone changed for tech companies.

Apple’s shares rose more than 3 percent after it said its quarterly profit rose 26 percent, though it gave an outlook for the current quarter well below Wall Street’s expectations.

And Yahoo shares rose more than 8 percent in after-hours trade despite the company’s posting of sharply lower profit.

CATERPILLAR AND DUPONT FALL

Caterpillar Inc, a maker of excavators and bulldozers, also missed profit expectations, sending its stock down 5.1 percent to $38.83.

Freeport, the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, said quarterly profit fell by a third and would curtail planned mine expansions because of weaker metals prices and current economic conditions.

Shares of Freeport-McMoRan dropped 10.8 percent to $32.74, while the American Stock Exchange’s Gold BUGS index slid 9.7 percent. U.S. front-month crude declined $3.36, or 4.5 percent, to settle at $70.89 a barrel.

Texas Instruments shed 6.3 percent to $16.85, while shares of Dow component DuPont slid 8 percent to $33.28.

The gloomy corporate news underscored the severity of the fallout from the U.S. housing slump and the impact of the prolonged global credit crisis.

Even though there were further signs on Tuesday of a thawing of credit markets, investors feared the logjam has probably done damage to U.S. and world economic prospects.

On Nasdaq, shares of Apple Inc were a top drag, down 7.1 percent at $91.49. Yahoo’s shares fell 6.1 percent to $12.07.

But diversified manufacturer 3M Co bucked the trend — its stock climbed 4.4 percent to $60.04, lending support to the Dow, after the company posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit.

VOLATILITY AND LOW VOLUME

In volatile trading, the Dow swung 280.28 points from its intraday high of 9,284.55 to its session low at 9,004.27.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, edged up 0.26 percent on Tuesday to 53.11 at the close. Last Thursday, the VIX hit a record intraday high at 81.17.

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange was the thinnest since September 24, with about 1.16 billion shares changing hands, below last year’s estimated daily average of roughly 1.90 billion, while on Nasdaq, about 2.19 billion shares traded, below last year’s daily average of 2.17 billion.

Declining stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by slightly more than 2 to 1 and, on the Nasdaq, by about 3 to 1.

(Editing by Jan Paschal)

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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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