Arkib Tahun 2012

10 December 2012

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I refer to the statement by PM Najib Tun Razak today that there are only 9,000 stateless Indians in the country and that Pakatan Rakyat’s estimate of 300,000 is exaggerated. The PM’s statement is a dishonest and disgraceful attempt to play down the number of stateless Malaysians of Indian descent; the tiny figure of 9000 is baseless and illogical. The PM is mocking and lying to the Indian community. Absurdly,the PM bases his estimate upon the number of persons who had approached JPN counters during the MyDaftar campaign, which was carried on for just a few weeks last year. Obviously, the majority of the stateless would have been overlooked during this short campaign!

To register the stateless, it is not enough to open extra counters at JPN. In order to resolve the problem, it is necessary to go down to the affected persons throughout the nation and systematically register them.

Unfortunately, Najib has not shown the political will or inclination to carry out this exercise and end this great injustice.

The problem of statelessness is shockingly widespread among Malaysian Indians, whether rural or urban. The stateless, are denied proper schooling, employment and access to basic amenities.The problem is also becoming worse as it has become generational, with statelessness passed down to the younger generation. As a result, thousands of Indian children of school-going age are also prevented from schooling or receive incomplete schooling. A prominent example is the case of 17 year old B Reshina who faced obstacles in registering for the SPM exam earlier this year.

These stateless Indians were born and have lived in Malaysia all their lives. They are citizens by operation of law. Najib and his government have flagrantly breached the federal constitution by refusing to issue blue ICs to our stateless Malaysians. Not a single Malaysian should suffer from the problem of statelessness. We call upon Najib and his government to stop denying the enormity of the problem and to end the long suffering of stateless Malaysians immediately.

Issued by,

N SURENDRAN
VICE PRESIDENT
KEADILAN

10 December 2012

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By M.Bakri Musa

That Prime Minister Najib Razak is oratorically-challenged is patently obvious, and a severe understatement. The pathetic part is that Najib is determined to delude himself that he is otherwise. His presidential speech at the recently-concluded UMNO General Assembly was only the latest example.

He confuses ponderousness with deliberateness, equates yelling as emphasizing, and thinks that furrowing his forehead as being in profound thought. In the hands of a gifted actor, those could be great comedic acts. Alas, Najib is also far from being that.

I learned early in high school at Kuala Pilah that if I did not know what to do with my hands when delivering a speech, to keep them in my pockets or behind my back. Do not gesticulate wildly as that would only distract the audience. Worse, I risked looking like a monkey on speed. Najib apparently did not learn that at his expensive British school.

As an aside from the personal hygiene perspective, I hoped they sanitized the microphone thoroughly after he spoke; there was an awful amount of spit splattered on it during his delivery.

Najib should take comfort in the fact that there are many effective leaders who are neither charismatic nor great orators. Germany’s Angela Merkel readily comes to mind. Najib should also be reminded that the converse is even truer. Leaders with great oratorical gifts and generously endowed charisma can often be among the most corrupt and inept. Sukarno mesmerized Indonesians with his mercurial personality and spellbound speeches, but that country remained a basket case economically and in many other ways during his presidency.

Had Najib delivered his address in his usual persona, without the put-on gravitas or pretensions of grandeur, he could have finished his nearly hour-long speech in half the time. Then he and his audience would not have missed their Maghrib prayers. Besides, there was nothing in Najib’s speech that was so urgent or important to justify that. As self-professed champions and defenders of Islam, Najib and his fellow UMNO members do not need to be reminded of the importance of prayer. He and UMNO might need it for the coming election!

Or perhaps those UMNO folks believed in the canard that their party is God’s choice, and thus dispensed from having to pray.

With all the daunting challenges facing Malays, Najib could come up with only two piddling policy prescriptions: One, increasing Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia’s (AIM) loan amount to RM100K from RM50K; and two, reviewing the country’s bankruptcy laws. This from the leader of a party that purports to champion the Malay cause!

In announcing the loan increase, Najib looked approvingly to Wanita members, and they in turn responded in kind. Meaning, they were the intended beneficiaries. I have no problem giving those ladies who are hairdressers or trained pre-school teachers loans so they could start their own beauty salons or kindergartens, but simply by virtue of their being Wanita members would be folly. Besides, if all you have is some vague idea of starting basket weaving, you do not need such outlandish amounts.

AIM is Malaysia’s government-sponsored version of “micro-credit.” Muhammad Yunus, its pioneer, would be flabbergasted to know that a loan of RM100K is considered “micro.” This is yet another example of Najib adopting an otherwise brilliant idea from elsewhere and then screwing it up in the implementation. AIM’s generous program has degenerated into another massive and lucrative UMNO patronage machinery.

As for reviewing the bankruptcy laws, I would have been reassured had Najib made it part of an overall scheme to encourage economic entrepreneurialism and business risk-taking especially among Malays. Alas, none of that! It was prompted simply to rescue the many UMNO leaders who are bankrupt purportedly from guaranteeing loans of their members in return for their support. With the proposed changes, those local leaders would be spared from bankruptcy, and then they could be their party’s next “winnable” candidates! Having not learned their lesson, they would then mortgage the country’s future.

What is obvious here is that Najib and the entire UMNO leadership are bereft of ideas. They are intellectually bankrupt. The brilliant political cartoonist Zunar captures well this degeneration of UMNO leaders with his latest cartoon, “Evolusi UMNO.”

The only remedy for the intellectual bankruptcy of our current leaders is to have an entirely new leadership.

Fully aware what Mahathir did to Abdullah Badawi, Najib heaped profuse praise on the still powerful Mahathir. It was sucking up performance par excellence! Najib singled out Mahathir’s commitment of loyalty to leaders, which he (Mahathir) apparently forgot when Abdullah Badawi was in charge.

According to Najib, Mahathir had impressed upon UMNO members the importance of loyalty to leaders, presumably in contrast to fidelity to principles. Najib readily or more accurately, desperately hung on to that! These UMNO leaders are nothing but opportunistic characters, modern-day Hang Tuahs.

In his speech Najib was like a little kid desperately seeking approval and relishing praises from grown-ups. Apart from gushingly citing Mahathir’s approbation, Najib reminded his audience of IMF’s Christine Legard’s praise for Malaysia’s “gravity-defying” economic performance. Najib needs to be reminded that the IMF, World Bank, and other “respected” international bodies were running out of superlatives to describe the country’s economic stewardship right up to the day before the 1997 Asian economic contagion.

When he was not consumed with sucking up and seeking approval, Najib was obsessed with demonizing the opposition, in particular its leader Anwar Ibrahim. Najib feigned disgust at Anwar’s alleged crime, for which he was jailed but subsequently acquitted on appeal.

Najib and others of his ilk conveniently forgot that whatever crime Anwar may have allegedly committed, no one was murdered. Instead, Anwar suffered a black eye, literally and metaphorically. Now compare that to the fate of the beautiful young Mongolian lady Altantuya. She and her unborn child were literally blown to pieces. The fact that her killers are close to Najib (they were part of his official bodyguard unit) or the explosives used are available only to his department remains unexplained.

Najib smugly let on that he had other “secrets” of Anwar which he (Najib) would unhesitatingly reveal at the opportune time. Left unsaid are the many secrets of Najib now swirling openly in cyberspace that he has yet to respond. The biggest remains the tragedy of that poor Mongolian lady.

It is hard to pick which part of Najib’s speech was the most obscene or offensive as there were many vying for the top spot. His closing remarks must clearly rank high up there.

It is an accepted tradition in Islam that once you have uttered vile words or committed evil deeds, your wuduk (ablution) would be nullified. You would then have to re-cleanse yourself (take another wuduk) before reciting any dua (supplication) or verse from the Koran. The reason is clear and obvious: You cannot invoke Allah’s name when your heart is filled with bile and hate. It makes a mockery of your good niat (intention).

In vilifying the opposition and uttering those ugly words, Najib had committed evil deeds. I could also add that he had demeaned himself, but then he could not get any lower.

Earlier, UMNO folks were appalled when PAS members, led by their leader Nik Aziz, had a prayer calling for UMNO’s downfall. Like many, I too was utterly repulsed by that vulgar gesture.

Yet there was Najib, frothing at the mouth vilifying the opposition and attributing the most evil of motives to them, and then with his instant put-on piety leading his followers to a recitation of dua calling for Allah’s blessing! They in turn responded in kind with their collective exuberant “Amen!” and “Allahu Akhbar!” (God is great!). Only UMNO’s carma (contraction for cari makan – lit. seeking food; fig. opportunistic) ulamas would approve of that.

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8 December 2012

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The Malaysian Insider

Angkatan Muda Keadilan Pulau Pinang (AMKPP) kesal dengan sikap Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Pulau Pinang, Teng Chang Yeow, yang cuba meraih sokongan politik dengan mempersoalkan peningkatan perbelanjaan kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat untuk peruntukan hal ehwal Islam di Pulau Pinang. Kenyataan seumpama ini dilihat sebagai satu cubaan untuk meniup api kebencian di kalangan rakyat Pulau Pinang dan manifestasi sikap “Islamophobia” anggota MCA. Kenyataan Teng bukan saja tidak bertanggungjawab bahkan dangkal.

AMKPP mengecam sikap Teng yang cuba mewujudkan rasa tidak senang di kalangan masyarakat bukan Islam dengan kenyataan berbaur hasutan itu. Hakikatnya, semenjak Pakatan Rakyat memerintah, nasib masyarakat Pulau Pinang, tak kira ras dan agama terus mendapat pembelaan sewajarnya daripada kerajaan negeri. Peningkatan belanjawan hal ehwal Islam membuktikan betapa tadbir urus ekonomi negeri di bawah Pakatan Rakyat adalah lebih baik sehingga mencatat lebihan. Maka dengan lebihan ini, lebih banyak dana dapat disalurkan kepada program-program pendidikan dan pembentukan jatidiri rakyat bagi mewujudkan masyarakat yang madani di Pulau Pinang. Fakta ini membuktikan kerajaan negeri terdahulu, yang dipimpin Barisan Nasional sebagai pentadbir yang lemah dan gagal mentadbir ekonomi dengan baik.

AMKPP percaya dengan kenyataan terbaru Teng ini, mereka telah menunjukkan sikap sebenar pimpinan Barisan Nasional dan MCA yang bukan hanya rasis tetapi juga anti-Islam. Mereka sanggup untuk menggunakan hujah-hujah rasis dan dangkal semata-mata untuk meraih sokongan politik yang tak seberapa. AMKPP percaya bahawa rakyat Pulau Pinang jauh lebih bijak menilai dan tidak akan terpengaruh dengan politik rasis anutan BN dan komponen mereka.

AMKPP mencabar Umno yang selama ini sering melaungkan retorik bahawa parti rakan PKR — DAP — sebagai parti yang anti-Islam, untuk sama-sama menegur dan mengecam kenyataan Teng. Setiap sayap Umno tak usah takut untuk menegur komponen mereka sendiri kerana isu ini bukan hanya melibatkan soal masyarakat Melayu dan Islam, tetapi melibatkan soal kebajikan rakyat Pulau Pinang seluruhnya. Sikap diam diri Umno sehingga hari ini apabila berhadapan dengan komponen mereka, MCA, membuktikan betapa Umno sudah tidak lagi berdaya untuk mewakili kepentingan masyarakat Melayu Islam lagi.

AMKPP akan terus menyatakan sokongan kepada kepimpinan, Ketua Menteri, Lim Guan Eng, bersama barisan Exco yang kekal istiqamah melaksanakan dasar-dasar yang menjunjung prinsip keadilan dan kepedulian akan nasib rakyat Pulau Pinang. AMKPP percaya rakyat Pulau Pinang akan terus memberikan mandat yang lebih besar kepada Pakatan Rakyat untuk mentadbir negeri ini dan membentuk kerajaan Pusat di Putrajaya pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 nanti.

* Dr Afif Bahardin adalah Naib Ketua AMKPP Pulau Pinang.

8 December 2012

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KeadilanDaily

Pakatan Rakyat tidak akan sesekali mengorbankan hak orang Melayu-Islam, bahkan martabat itu akan diangkat lebih tinggi daripada sepanjang Umno memerintah, kata Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Tak mungkin KEADILAN dan PAS akan nafi majoriti hak orang Melayu apabila menguasai pemerintahan Kerajaan Persekutuan. Begitu juga DAP.

“Kita tidak akan korbankan martabat Islam dan Melayu. Kedudukan ini akan didaulatkan lebih tinggi dari Umno BN semasa mereka memerintah negara selama 56 tahun,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian depan lebih 20,000 hadirin yang membanjiri Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat peringkat Kedah di Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Suka Menanti, Alor Setar 7 Disember lalu.

Anwar berkata tiada guna slogan Ketuanan Melayu diheboh sedangkan orang Melayu masih miskin dan tidak terbela sekalipun negara sudah mencapai kemerdekaan begitu lama.

Beliau yakin pemimpin Pakatan memiliki berpengalaman dan kelayakan untuk menerajui Kabinet demi memberi pembelaan kepada orang Melayu.

“Pemimpin Pakatan tahan lasak. Ramai pemimpin pernah dipenjarakan. Kita ada pengalaman dipenjarakan, menerima makanan yang dibaling seperti anjing oleh penguasa.

“Budaya jelek ini mesti disingkir dalam kehidupan penguasa. Pakatan akan tunjuk cara tadbir yang baik pada mereka. Kita mesti menang untuk buktikan kesungguhan membela nasib rakyat,” katanya.

Anwar juga menempelak Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) kerana tidak telus menangani tuntutan melibatkan pengendalian sistem pilihan raya yang adil.

Beliau kesal kerana SPR tidak bertanggungjawab apabila cuba bersekongkol dengan parti pemerintah untuk menipu pengundi.

“SPR perlu ingat.Mereka juga angkat sumpah memegang jawatan untuk laksanakan tugas dengan adil. Ingat, penyokong Pakatan akan tangkap mereka yang menipu, ” katanya.

8 December 2012

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9 Disember 2012 (Ahad)

8.30 – 12.00 Malam

Darul Hikmah, Kerdau, Pahang

Pemidato:

1.     YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

2.     YB Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang

3.     YB Lim Kit Siang

4.     YBhg Dato’ Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

5.     YBhg Dato’ Fauzi Abdul Rahman

6.     YB Leong Ngah Ngah

7.     Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat & NGO

7 December 2012

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KeadilanDaily

Kerjasama erat antara Malaysia dan Indonesia amat penting dalam menyelesaikan masalah berbangkit, terutama isu Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (TKI) di negara ini, kata Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Berucap pada majlis Pidato BJ Habibie di Universiti Selangor (Unisel), di sini pagi tadi, mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu menceritakan kembali kerjasama beliau bersama tokoh demokrasi itu ketika masih berkhidmat dalam kerajaan.

Habibie merupakan mantan presiden ketiga Indonesia, pengganti Suharto dan memegang jawatan presiden daripada Mei 1998 hingga Oktober 1999.

“Kerjasama antara Indonesia dan Malaysia perlu diterapkan. (Dahulu) bila ada masalah, saya akan hubungi beliau (Habibie). Contohnya ketika ada bantahan terhadap kehadiran TKI (tanpa izin ke Malaysia).

“Kata Habibie: “Senang saja Pak, Tentera Laut Indonesia ada kapal. Di pelabuhan, kita aturkan dan kirim pulang dengan cara baik”.

Disebabkan itu jelas Anwar, penghantaran TKI berjalan lancar dan tidak menimbulkan pergeseran antara rakyat kedua-dua negara.

“Jangan rampas hak mereka, jangan pukul mereka (dan) tindas mereka…Mereka datang pun (untuk) cari makan,” sambung Ketua Pembangkang itu lagi.

Isu TKI sentiasa menjadi punca ketegangan antara rakyat Malaysia dan Indonesia. Terbaru, seorang TKI diperkosa tiga anggota polis ketika dalam tahanan.

Turut hadir dalam program itu, antaranya Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim; Timbalan Naib Canselor Unisel, Profesor Dr Anwar Ahmad; Ahli-ahli Exco Kerajaan Selangor serta mahasiswa Unisel, Universiti Malaya dan Universiti Islam Antarabangsa.

Habibie atau nama penuhnya, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie diahirkan di Pare-Pare, Sulawesi Selatan, pada 25 Jun 1936.

Dalam tempoh singkat pemerintahannya, Habibie berjaya membuka gerbang demokrasi seluas-luasnya di negara 240 juta rakyat itu.

Justeru beliau digelar Guru Demokrasi di rantau itu.

Di bawah kepemimpinan Habibie, Indonesia memilih demokrasi sebagai jalan hidup berbangsa dan bernegara.

Habibie sebagai pembuka sejarah perjalanan bangsa Indonesia pada era reformasi dengan melakukan sejumlah perubahan bagi penegakan demokrasi dan keterbukaan politik.

Pilihan raya umum 1999 tercatat sebagai pilihan raya umum paling demokratik yang pertama setelah pilihan raya umum 1955.

Habibie juga membuka seluas-luasnya kebebasan bersuara, khususnya media.

Keterbukaan politik di masa pemerintahan Habibie juga diiringi dengan sejumlah usaha pemulihan ekonomi.

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The Malaysian Insider

Sekiranya Barisan Nasional (BN) kekal memerintah selepas Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) akan datang, PKR menjangkakan rakyat akan membayar tarif elektrik yang lebih tinggi sehingga kadar 41 peratus dalam tempoh empat tahun akan datang.

Pengerusi Biro Pelaburan dan Perdagangan PKR, Wong Chen berkata, melalui pelan rasionalisasi subsidi PEMANDU untuk meningkatkan kadar tarif elektrik setiap enam bulan selama lima tahun, pengguna yang kini membayar kadar purata sekitar RM0.33 sen /kWj, akan membayar sehingga kadar mencecah RM0.46 sen /kWj.

“Rakyat akan sengsara dengan kenaikan 41 peratus kadar bil elektrik bagi tempoh empat tahun seterusnya,” kata Wong, serta menambah kenaikan pertama tarif elektrik sudah pun dilaksanakan pada Jun tahun lalu.

Jelas beliau, melalui cadangan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) untuk menyemak semula kadar pulangan atas pelaburan (ROI) untuk Pembekal Kuasa Bebas (IPP) pada kadar purata 10 peratus berbanding 19 peratus sekarang, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) mampu untuk menjimatkan bayaran kapasiti sebanyak RM2.6 bilion setahun.

“Kadar 10 peratus ini adalah penanda aras global yang digunakan di peringkat antarabangsa, malah PR juga akan menguruskan rizab margin pada kadar optimal 20 peratus, berbanding sekarang, 38 peratus.

“Bagi setiap 1 peratus, sejumlah RM483 juta hilang sebagai pelaburan terkandas, oleh itu pengurangan 18 peratus rizab margin dapat menjimatkan pelaburan terkandas sebanyak RM8.7 bilion, dan dengan bayaran kapasiti 10 peratus ROI, TNB dapat jimat sebanyak RM870 juta setahun.

“Dengan merundingkan semula IPP pada kadar 10 peratus (RM2.6 bilion) dan mengurangkan rizab margin kepada 20 peratus (RM870 juta), keseluruhan penjimatan TNB adalah RM3.47 bilion setahun,” katanya ketika sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PKR di sini.

Menurut Wong lagi, purata keuntungan TNB sekarang adalah RM2.14 bilion, dan melalui penjimatan bayaran IPP sebanyak RM3.47 bilion, TNB akan memperolehi keuntungan mencecah RM5.61 bilion setahun.

“Keuntungan yang tinggi ini akan mampu mengurangkan hutang TNB … dan yang paling penting, dengan keuntungan tinggi ini TNB tidak lagi perlu meningkatkan tarif elektrik yang akan membebankan pengguna,” katanya.

Beliau turut menjanjikan kerajaan PR akan memberikan jaminan, sekiranya pakatan pembangkang itu berjaya menawan Putrajaya selepas PRU13, 10 peratus saham TNB yang dimiliki Khazanah akan dipertimbangkan untuk dijual kepada kesemua 30,000 pekerja TNB.

“Ini adalah sebahagian daripada dasar ekonomi “management buy-out” kita untuk mewujudkan kelas menengah pengurus-pemilik dan juga mengurangkan penglibatan kerajaan di sektor swasta,” katanya lagi.

Beliau sebelum ini mendakwa, keluarga bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi terlibat dalam pembekalan meter melalui program penggantian meter analog kepada elektronik TNB, apabila syarikat milik Noor Asiah Mahmood, adik kepada isteri pertama Abdullah, Allahyarhmah Tun Endon Mahmood, memiliki 15 peratus pegangan saham dalam Malaysian Intelligence Meters Sdn Bhd, salah sebuah daripada lima syarikat yang membekalkan meter elektronik tersebut kepada TNB.

Wong turut berkata, program yang dihentikan sementara waktu atas arahan Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau, dan Air (KeeTha) Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui pada Oktober lalu menunjukkan pengguna akan membayar sebanyak RM6.88 bilion kepada keuntungan TNB dalam tempoh 10 tahun.

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PKR hari ini menawarkan kaedah penjimatan RM3.47 bilion setahun daripada bayaran yang dibuat oleh Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) kepada syarikat pembekal kuasa bebas (IPP) sekiranya mereka memerintah selepas pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Ia akan dapat dicapai melalui pengurangan rizab margin kuasa elektrik dan rundingan semula kontrak sedia ada di antara IPP dan TNB, kata Pengerusi Biro Pelaburan dan Perdagangan PKR, Wong Chen.

Menurut Wong Chen, pulangan atas pelaburan (ROI) IPP sekarang secara puratanya adalah 19 peratus – satu kadar keuntungan yang terlalu tinggi berbanding penanda aras global yang meletakkannya pada kadar 10 peratus shaja.

Mengambil kira sektor penjanaan kuasa yang melibatkan kontrak jangka panjang dan risiko operasi yang kecil, Wong percaya ROI tersebut boleh dirunding semula kepada 10 peratus sahaja dan membolehkan TNB menjimatkan RM2.6 bilion setahun.

“Pakatan Rakyat komited untuk merunding semula dengan IPP untuk menurunkan purata ROI daripada 19 peratus kepada 10 peratus,” katanya.

Beliau turut mencadangkan agar rizab margin kuasa sekarang pada 38 peratus dikurangkan kepada 20 peratus sahaja yang merupakan satu kadar optimum.

Langkah tersebut katanya akan membolehkan TNB menjimatkan RM870 setahun.

Penjimatan yang diunjurkan PKR itu juga akan melonjakkan keuntungan tahunan TNB kepada RM5.6 bilion daripada RM2.14 bilion setahun, tambahnya lagi.

Beliau turut menyatakan komitmen PKR untuk memastikan pentadbiran TNB bebas campurtangan politik dan perkongsian laba TNB dengan pekerja dan pengurusan TNB apabila sasaran kewangan dan operasinya dipenuhi.

“Kita akan pertimbang penjualan 10 peratus saham TNB yang dipegang Khazanah kepada semua 30,000 pekerja dan pengurusan TNB.

“Ini sebahagian daripada dasar ekonomi “management buy-out” untuk mewujudkan kelas menengah pengurus – pemilik dan mengurangkan penglibatan kerajaan dalam sektor swasta,” katanya

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