BH’s article: A blunder or sabotage?

KUALA LUMPUR: Some prominent bloggers have expressed strong displeasure against NSTP Group Managing Editor Abdul Jalil Hamid over an article in Berita Harian which they believe will have negative repercussions on the Government.

The article, titled ‘Saya sedih khidmat ditamatkan lebih awal‘, had ex-Public Service Department  director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah airing unhappiness for being ‘victimised’ when his service was terminated earlier.

In the article, Abu Bakar was quoted as saying that he had opted to retire at 60 but the government’s unexpected decision meant that, his benefits and pension would only be considered until last month.

In term of seniority, Abu Bakar had been speculated to be the next Chief Secretary of the Government replacing Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan but in the end the position went to Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa.

Prior to this, some quarters felt that Abu Bakar should be held responsible for the Public Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) that had to be scrapped following widespread protests from the civil service ranks and files who felt the scheme was for the benefit of those in the senior positions.

According to blogger A Voice, Abu Bakar was personally assigned by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to look into a new pay scheme that better serve the civil servants but instead he had come up with the SBPA.

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It was 916, now its 106, and then there is none

Fooling people again

Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR: Some bloggers had written that it was time for Malaysians to wise up to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s empty promises of major defining moments as proven in his latest stunt of attracting Barisan Nasional MPs from Sabah to crossover.

To them, after the Opposition leader’s failure to make 16 Sept 2008 (simply named 916) a reality when he promised then that he would secure enough Barisan MPs for the opposition to take over the Government, the same situation had recurred in his promise of major political shift in Sabah on 10 June (simply called 106).

The blog Gelagat Anwar had highlighted Anwars to attract Barisan MPs from Sabah, claiming Anwar had put the blame on his Sabah PKR leader Ahmad Thamrin Jaini.

The blog contended that Ahmad Thamrin had been tasked to secure “big names” including United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing and Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin.

According to the blog, Ahmad Thamrin had made a premature announcement Bumburing and Lajim despite being told by PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali to refrain as it was still too early to do so.

Prior to that Anwar in his blog had hinted of that a “surprise” was in store and would be announced in Sabah and the “surprise” could change the entire political landscape of the state, where Barisan holds 59 of 60 state seats.

“You are also in for some surprises in Sabah… I think very soon you will hear… and this would change the political landscape. We are certainly making inroads and we are able to win more seats… enough to have a simple majority,” he said.

Big names that were widely speculated in the defection plan for 106 were Lajim and Bumburing, MPs for Beaufort and Tuaran respectively.

The speculation was rife when the duo reportedly were going to attend a Pesta Kaamatan function organised by Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah) in Kota Belud last Sunday — which was scheduled to be graced with Anwar and Bumburing.

While Bumburing turned up, neither Anwar nor Lajim were present.

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Dr M: More Chinese independent schools will divide people

PUTRAJAYA, June 20 — Setting up more Chinese independent schools and recognising its United Examination Certificate will create further obstacles to national unity, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

“It’s already a fact from the very beginning that vernacular (schools) can be set up by the different communities, which has resulted in our young people not being together and that has become a hindrance towards unity among the people,” Dr Mahathir (picture) told a press conference today after launching the Maybank Foundation-Perdana Leadership Foundation essay competition here.

“If we recognise Chinese education and their certificates, we will have three different people talking in three different languages and I think we will not be able to live together as a whole,” he added.

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