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'High time King steps in'

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vox populi big thumbnail 'The King is the right person to intervene to make things right. We are treated like fools by the ruling government and no one is coming to rescue us.'

On 'Dragging army into politics': PAS Youth turns to King

Dorai Dubai: We have been experiencing internal turmoil after the general election on March 8. Its crystal clear that the current ruling party, Umno, is manipulating the police force merely to give itself full protection.

To achieve their (BN) objective to remain in power, they are now dragging in our army. All this wrongdoing needs be corrected by someone who is above all of us, and that is our King.

The King is the right person to intervene to diffuse the political tension once and for all.

Our BN government is not much different from the junta which administers Burma except that they (the junta) run the army and we are run by the police.

The main task of the police is to keep the country in order but here they are creating more chaos for example Monday’s road blocks.

It’s high time that our King interferes to make things right before the rakyat reacts. We are treated like fools by the ruling government and no one is coming to rescue us.

I appeal to our King to please come forward to correct the situation as well as to return the country’s balance.

On No-confidence motion rejected, opposition stages walkout

Disgusted Citizen: The speaker, Pandikar Amin, has been biased and pro-BN since Parliament opened after the March 8 elections. Since when has he shown himself to be fair?

As a speaker he was vested with the power to preside over Parliament in neutrality and with fairness but he has failed dismally.

Even when Bung Moktar and many of the other MPs made rude gestures or uncalled-for remarks, he did not set Parliament in order by warning these people, or by at least giving the rakyat the impression that he attempted to take these recalcitrants to task.

Again and again, he has demonstrated his selectiveness in providing BN with privileges in Parliament whilst being strict with the opposition. He forgot that members of the opposition were elected to represent the voice of the people.

In not giving the opposition their right of speech in Parliament, he is like the rest of the government which is not listening to the voice of the people.

Hence, fellow Malaysians of all creed, race and religions, vote BN out at the next election.

On Ezam and the 'dark secrets'

Adha: Just hold on Ezam. You say that you will reveal Anwar's dark secret(s). Now, reliable sources suggest that you are no better and in fact your own secrets are worse.

However, being the true statesman that he is, till this hour Anwar has said nothing about you moving to Umno (as he appreciated your contributions). Nor did Wan Azizah.

Thus far, I can only recall them saying that they were surprised by your move to enter Umno, but nothing personal.

Other conspiracy theories linking you to the latest allegations of sodomy are only dished out by Anwar's followers. Not by Anwar nor by Azizah.

It is indeed very strange that how with a simple letter-head from the S'gor MB’s office to generate funds, you made a big deal of it and reported it to ACA.

What happened to the other major corruption cases that involved the BN political masters that you have been crowing about? I can only conclude one thing and that is you have now become Umno's latest burung kakak tua .

Shame on you, Ezam, and as many have said, you are a disgrace. PR has lost nothing by losing you. In fact, PR has gained.

On 20 nabbed so far in visa scam sweep

CH Siew: I hope that the guilty criminals-in-arms will be severely punished. They have been entrusted with the task of guarding our gateways, but they betray our trust and sell out our country for personal gain.

Instead of barring undesirable and unqualified persons from entering our country, they sell the country's visas to them, enabling them to stay in our country, commit crimes and take away jobs from Malaysian citizens.

Visas are a privilege and should be issued carefully to deserving and qualified persons - not to any person who can pay for them. No wonder foreigners have infiltrated everywhere, into every business in Malaysia.

Take for example, Petaling Street. The businesses there are run mostly by foreigners. Yesterday, I was Plaza Low Yat. The sales personnel who attended to me was a foreigner. I also saw Chinese girls offering massages at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

So I imagine the visa scam must be lucrative, and they must have raked in millions from it.

On MV Agusta: Proton sells for RM5, Harley buys for RM350 mil

Kaism: It is unfair to blame the present government for selling MV Agusta and losing RM800 million in a business deal. No sane mind would want to waste so much of the people`s fund.

Likewise, the previous administrator of Perwaja also lost millions in some business dealings which remains as open secret until today.

Why did the previous government buy MV Agusta in the first place? We did not have the know-how or the skills and yet we put in the chips to buy something that we have very little knowledge of.

Can I say that’ maybe the government then didn’t mind losing millions because they had so much money’?

We had a small market in Malaysia and yet we embarked on a motorcar industry when other countries around us did not dare to think about it.

For many years, the people were forced to buy locally manufactured cars in order to support this foolish programme of the then administration.

Our neighbours with wider markets opted for other programmes to make their car industries successful.

Today, Proton is a problem for the government. Given a chance, the people are not interested in owning sub-standard cars.

We must calculate the risks before jumping into any business dealing. Once the chips are down, we are not sure to win and must accept the fact that there is no safe bet in any business.

No one really knew that a penny stock like MV Agusta could fetch millions. So don’t blame the PM now.

On PM could do better in 9MP review

Taxpaying Public: As part of the cost -cutting measures for 9MP, all of the unnecessary ISO procedures, paperwork and auditing in government clinics, hospitals, schools, polytechnics, university colleges and universities - which cost millions of ringgit - should cease since they are really not of practical benefit to the rakyat .

Besides, the paper saved could lead to less trees being cut down to help save the environment and the staff involved could attend to real work instead of filling out forms.

On A veneer of local truth

Joe Fernandez: The basic problem with Abdullah is a lack of energy. To say that he is lazy or a sleeping prime minister is to simply camouflage the problem.

Leadership must be effective, as opposed to management which is supposed to be efficient. Ultimately, everything that happens is a manifestation of energy. Leaders get the job done while managers get work out of people.

In that sense, we can ask ourselves, ‘What has Abdullah done so far?’

The reason Abdullah can be said to lack energy is because he doesn't respond to anything in time, and when he does, it's a case of too little, too late. His philosophy seems to be ‘as minimal activities as possible’.

In 2004, he came in with the biggest landslide ever in the history of Malaysian general elections, promising all sorts of things from opening up to wiping out corruption. Looking back now, these are promises that were made by the advertising copywriters.

Abdullah just sat down after that. Indeed, he has even locked up people under the ISA although he promised to do away with this draconian piece of legislation.

He has since even hailed his tainted deputy as his successor. This must be unprecedented in the history of political leadership. There is an endless list of complaints against Abdullah.

This man has been a sad case of missed opportunities. All this has compromised us as a people and a nation and set the clock further back on our emergence as a first world nation.

On More taxis won't solve taxi industry's woes

KNG: Recently I took a ride from Central Market to Weld Supermarket at Jalan Raja Chulan. It took more then thirty minutes due to the traffic jam. My charge was RM5.30.

While travelling, I like start up conversations with the drivers. This driver has to pay a taxi rental of RM45 for half a day (7am-7pm), which is (45 x 30) = RM1350 per month.

Some 95% of the taxis belong to some big companies owned by some Datuk, Datin or some minister's relatives. Some own 100 to 300 taxis alone

There is always talk about taxi drivers doing this and that but is there ever any concern about the owners or the fees imposed on taxi drivers that create these problems?

To rent a taxi, it is RM1,350 per month. After 60 months the taxi becomes the driver’s but not the taxi permit.

A simple calculation - it costs 1350 x 60= RM81, 900 to own a five-year-old vehicle whereas the actual cost is less than RM36,000. Is that fair?

Who is cheating whom? We should look into these issues and the reasons why taxi drivers have to cheat like refusing to use the metre or charging a higher fare.

We should not allow an individual or a company to own more the one taxi permit.

On Maxis has conned me!

Conned by TMNet: If you take a plane trip to South Korea, the physical attributes strike you immediately such as their mammoth cities (the world’s second largest metro area), high speed trains and advanced industrial complexes.

If their physical world is imposing, don’t miss their online one. With data speeds that are about one hundred times faster than what the average Malaysian household enjoys, consumers are able to watch high-definition content online, in real time.

Sophisticated search engines ensure that consumers are well-informed, and everything, from the latest fashions to a programme that repels mosquitoes through your laptop speakers, is available at your fingertips.

The cost of all this? Just one hundred ringgit a month for the average household.

As an average Malaysian consumer, I don’t know if our poor Internet service is caused by government inaction or corruption. I know that somewhere out there exists an advanced online world, and I am missing the boat.

The Internet service in Kuala Lumpur is so unreliable I can only catch fleeting glimpses of it online when it doesn’t rain, between midnight and twilight, and never on weekends.

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