Nor Mohamad Yaakob, the man who blew away lots of our money now corrupting Tasek Gelugor with laptops

“Nor Mohamed said that the RM3 million allocation announced for each district by the Prime Minister at the UMNO General Assembly was already available. He said Members of Parliament and heads of Barisan Nasional branches could identify appropriate projects to be carried out in their constituency as the federal government might sometimes be unaware of local needs. He also said that even Opposition MPs could provide viewpoints on the projects that were needed.”
Nor Mohamed lied to his teeth when he said that “MPs and heads of BN branches could identify appropriate projects to be carried out in their constituency…” because on the ground, only Umno division chiefs were given the right to lay their hands on the RM3 million political “bonus” ! Go ask any MCA, MIC, Gerakan and PPP division leaders and see if they have gotten any money out of these RM600 million. In Sarawak where there’s no presence of Umno, not a single sen was given to any of the district. It is also untrue that “Opposition MPS could provide viewpoints on the projects that were needed” because he knows pretty well that there was no such mechanism or channel to do so.
It was also wrong for Nor Mohamed to argue that an annual growth of 6% in average was sufficient to achieve developed nation status by 2020. DAP SG Lim Guan Eng, a qualified accountant had earlier pointed out that nothing less than 7.2% growth every year from now was needed to achieve the Wawasan 2020 target.
“We do not want to take from Paul and give to Peter, therefore the (economic) pie has to expand,” Nor Mohamed said.
If that’s the case, Umno must stop demanding for higher bumi equity and also stop denying that the bumi equity has not reached more than the targeted 30% set out in NEP.
He also said that Malaysia’s reserves were currently at US$80 billion.
Asked on the country’s indebtedness, Nor Mohamed said Malaysia’s external loans currently amounted to RM70.8 billion, of which 17.8 percent was federal government loans.
“The loans are not high and consistent with our expanding economy,” he said.
“We hardly borrow overseas and we only do that to maintain our credit rating in the international market. We also prepay our external borrowings sometimes,” he said.
Oh, come on, Noh Mohamed. You know that we Malaysians are now living in grace period. The Umno-led government has been depended on heavy borrowings for the past 20 years. The nation will be hit very badly when these loans were up for full repayment in the coming two to three years. We will certainly feel the pinch when our oil production only sufficient to cover our own domestic consumption by 2011.
The minister also dismissed misperceptions that the government should reduce petroleum prices now that oil prices have declined. He said that when the price of petrol was raised by 30 sen, it was computed against a crude oil price of US$58 but thereafter it rose to almost US$74 but has since come to US$63. “It is still higher than US$54 and there is no justification to cut petrol prices,” Nor Mohamed said.
We dare to argue that the Umno-led Government would not slash the price of petrol and diesel even if the crude oil price falls to below US$50 per barrel. Umno leaders somehow have the abilities to concoct some storie so that they can continue to line their own pockets with money belongs to the rakyat. Look at the way they spent RM300 million a week on the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu. And didn’t AAB just spent RM20 million to beef up the security system of his residence in Putrajaya?

Subject: Why I will not vote for you
Dear Mr Karunanidhi, Ms Jayalalithaa,
I am a 40-year-old male, working as a journalist in Chennai. This is to tell you that I will not be voting for you. If you are interested in the reasons, please read on. If not, press Ctrl+Alt+Bye.
Dear Karunanidhi, do you know how much I’ve longed to vote for your party? Especially after I voted against your party in the last Assembly elections and you swept to power. In Tamil Nadu, I have always voted for the party that lost the polls. No, it’s different from saying the party I voted for have always lost the polls.
Let’s not get into those differences. Let’s talk business. The day before you came out with your manifesto, I had tucked away my plasma television set, buried my Playstation and locked up my iPad, hoping that these would figure in your freebie list. That was not to be. You offered a wet grinder or a mixie. Yes, my wife would’ve voted for you, had Jayalalithaa not offered both, plus a fan for the kitchen.
Ms Jayalalithaa, please don’t grin so much—my wife’s name is missing from the voter’s list. Anyway she is unhappy that she is already married (yes, really) and hence can’t get the Rs 50,000 wedding assistance and that lovely four-gram golden pendant with two leaves you have promised. Though she would like to have six months leave, she has no plan to get pregnant to avail of that maternity vacation and Rs 12,000 allowance you have promised expectant mothers.
Ms Jayalalithaa, my 12-year-old son is not amused either, for you have promised laptops only to Plus-1 and Plus-2 students. The four pairs of uniforms sound good, but if only Stalin delivers that washing machine he has added to his father’s gift box. That pair of school shoes, my son suggests, make it size 9, preferably Nike. He loves his dad, you know. Anyway why should you pamper a schoolboy who is too young to show his finger to the guy with the indelible ink?
As a child myself, I was good at fishing in Kerala’s backwaters, but now I regret not pursuing it as a career. Had I bought a net instead of books then, I would have become a fisherman, at least for the four lean months of fishing when I could sit at home and take the Rs 4,000 you’ve promised. Cattle I love, especially when they are well done, but I don’t think I qualify for that too. As for the free bus pass, I have to wait for 18 more years!
Mr Karunanidhi, Ms Jayalalithaa, don’t feel bad that I’ve marked a copy of this mail to Mr Vijayakanth. That’s because I don’t want him to repeat your mistakes and lose such a valuable voter. Going by my track record of voting for the party that loses, you may hope to win since I am not going to vote for you. But then, remember I am not going to vote for your rival either.
Mr Vijayakanth, call this blackmail or whatever, I will vote for you if you don’t give me my share of freebies. By the way, Captain, I heard Ferrari Enzo is a good car.


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