The (Never?) Unforgiven Barisan Nasional(?) Misdeeds

I have been seeing this over in emails and facebooks. What are they?

The unforgiven Barisan Nasional misdeeds that will be recycle every time any issue that relates to unfulfilled demands made by certain quarters of Malaysian citizen. The long distinguished list, as follows:

1. PKFZ RM12 billion
2. Submarine Commission RM500 million
3. Sime Darby RM964 million
4. Paya Indah Westland RM88 million
5. Pos Malaysia (Transmile) RM230 million lost
6. Eurocopter deal RM1 billion wasted
7. Terengganu Stadium collapse RM292 million
8. MRR2 repair cost RM70 million
9. Maybank overpaid BII RM4 billion
10. Tourism – NYY kickback RM10 million
11. 3 paintings bought by MAS RM1.5 million
12. Overpayment by Sport Ministry RM8.4 million
13. London’s white elephant sports complex RM70 million
14. MATRADE repairs RM120 million
15. Cost of new plane used by PM RM200 million
16. InventQ irrecoverable debt RM228 million
17. Compensation for killing crooked bridge RM257 million
18. Loss in selling Augusta RM 510 million
19. Worth of APs given out in a year RM1.8 billion
20. Submarines (future Muzium Negara artifacts) RM4.1 billion
21. PSC Naval dockyard RM6.75 billion
22. The Bank Bumiputra twin scandals in the early 1980s saw US$1 billion losses (RM3.2 billion in 2008)
23. The Maminco attempt to corner the World Tin Market in the 1980s is believed to have cost some US$500 million (RM1.6 billion)
24. Betting in foreign exchange futures cost Bank Negara Malaysia RM30 billion in the 1990s
25. Perwaja Steel’s US$800 million (RM2.56 billion) losses
26. Use of RM10 billion public funds in the Valuecap Sdn Bhd operation to shore up the stock market
27. Banking scandal of RM700 million losses in Bank Islam
28. The sale of M.V. Agusta by Proton for one Euro making a loss of €75.99 million (RM348 million) Same as No.20?
29. Wang Ehsan from oil royalty on Terengganu RM7.4 billion from 2004 – 2007
30. For the past 10 years since Philharmonic Orchestra
was established, this orchestra has swallowed a total of RM500 million. Hiring a Kwai-Lo CEO with a salary of more than RM1 million per annum!
31. In Advisors Fees, Mahathir was paid RM180,000, Shahrizat Abdul RM404,726 and Abdul Hamid Othman (religious) RM549,675 per annum
32. The government has spent a total of RM3.2 billion in teaching Maths and Science in English over the past five years. Of the amount, the government paid a whopping RM2.21 billion for the purchase of information and computer technology (ICT) equipment which it is unable to give a breakdown. Government paid more than RM6,000 per notebook vs per market price of less than RM3,000 through some new consortiums that was setup just to transact the notebook deal. There was no Maths & Science Content for the teachers and the notebooks are all with the teachers’ children now.
33. The commission paid for purchase of jets and submarines to two private companies – Perimeker Sdn Bhd and IMT Defence Sdn Bhd amounted to RM910 million. Expanding on No. 2?
37. RM300 million to compensate Gerbang Perdana for the RM1.1 billion “Crooked Scenic Half-Bridge”
38. RM1.3 billion has been wasted building the white elephant Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities on cancellation of the Malaysia-Singapore Scenic Bridge
39. RM100 million on renovation of Parliament building which leaks
40. National Astronaut (actually tourist) Programme – RM40 million
41. National Service Training Programme – yearly an estimate of RM 500 million
42. Eye of Malaysia – RM30 million and another RM5.7 million of free tickets
43. RM2.4 million on indelible ink
44. Samy Vellu announced in September 2006 that the government paid compensation amounting to RM38.5 billion to 20 highway companies. RM380 million windfalls for 9 toll concessionaires earned solely from the toll hike in 2008 alone
45. RM32 million timber export kickbacks involving companies connected to Sarawak Chief Minister and his family.
46. Two bailouts of Malaysia Airline System RM7.9 billion. At a time when MAS is incurring losses every year, RM1.55 million used to buy three paintings to decorate its Chairman’s (Munir) office. Expanding on No.11
47. Putra transport system bailout which cost RM4.486 billion.
48. STAR-LRT bailout costing RM3.256 billion.
49. National Sewerage System bailout costing RM192.54 million.
50. Seremban-Port Dickson Highway bailout costing RM142 million
51. Kuching Prison bailout costing RM135 million
52. Kajian Makanan dan Gunaan Orang Islam bailout costing RM8.3 million
53. Le Tour de Langkawi bailout costing RM3.5 Million
54. Wholesale distribution of tens of millions of shares in Bursa Malaysia under the guise of NEP to cronies, children and relatives of BN leaders and ministers worth billions of ringgit.
55. Alienation of tens of thousands of hectares of commercial lands and forestry concessions to children and relatives of BN leaders and Ministers worth tens of billions of ringgits.
56. Since 1997, Petronas has handed out a staggering RM30 billion in natural gas subsidies to IPPs who were reaping huge profits. In addition, there were much wastages and forward trading of Petronas oil in the 1990s based on the low price of oil then. Since the accounts of Petronas are for the eyes of the Prime Minister only, we have absolutely no idea of the amount.
57. RM5,700 for a car jack worth only RM50
58. Government-owned vehicle consumed a tank of petrol worth RM113 within a few minutes
59 A pole platform that cost RM990 was bought for RM30,000
60. A thumb drive that cost RM90 was bought for RM480
61. A cabinet that cost RM1,500 was bought for RM13,500
62. A flashlight that cost RM35 was bought for RM143
63. Expenses for 1Malaysia campaign paid to APCO?
64. RM17 billion subsidy to IPP
65. US$24 million Diamond Ring for Ro$mah – Cancellation of Order – how much compensation ?
66. CowGate . . . RM250 Million
67. Monsoon Cup . . . RM800 million per year
68. Illicit Fund Transfers out of Malaysia ( 2000 – 2009) : RM 1,077,000,000,000!
69. Tajudin-Danaharta settlement to cover up for Dr M and Daim
70. Billions of ringgit toll concessions that disadvantage the government and taxpayers”

The records of 70 misdeeds seems to be will get longer, as long as Barisan Nasional exists.

Some may ask, what is the rationale of me making this list as my ramblings this time. Why do I need to highlight these things?

Well, simple, this have been passed around, and will continue, be it 20 to 30 years from now. This will be passed from a hand to another, told from a mouth to ears, without really searching the truth, and looking at the timeline after receiving it, because this list is passed and told by a friend to a friend.

For me, some of these case are recycled ones and some of them are untrue ones. I have seen some of them before GE12 in year 2008. And no surprise to me, this list will be circulated again to inculcate anger towards government of the day, until current government toppled to the ground.

Recycled old issues with some untrue events – that’s why I highlight this list. Some of them are cases have been used to swing the votes from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat. This list has been used in GE12, with some new items, especially not to be missed – NFCorp scandal. As for the untrue ones (like the RM24 mil claimed-to-be-Rosmah’s-ring) and the not-knowing-so-much-what-was-owed-and-paid (TJ’s case with Danaharta), I’m very much surprised one can bear the sin to spread lies.

Since this is a recycle list, with additional item, I’m pretty unsure how Malaysians will react to this list. Some of them have happened during the yesteryears, and some are interrelated, and not directly government’s misdeeds.

For example, can someone explain to me, how come when financial institutions loss and “miscalculated” investment (in which, turns out to be Maybank staff getting good bonus payout!!! Over paid investment? Still early to say), the government is to be blamed? Those are losses made by the financial institutions. Can someone justify to me, why do when financial institutions gone wrong, government take the blame, but when financial institutions get it right, all hail to them? Actually, this also applies to certain sectors, such as education, properties, communication, entertainment and sports. Why? Can someone justify?

Another interesting point that I want to make, in relation to Petronas’ wealth oil price and the contribution to the nation.

Public is made aware how much the original price of the oil, currently RM2.80 per litre for RON95 (as this is most commonly used by Malaysians with average and low income). The price we pay? RM1.90. In which, 90 cents is subsidised for each liter.

Mathematically, Petronas still earns RM2.80 per litre, that will contribute to their net worth income that usually being talk of the town to be used to do this and that.

However, IF Pakatan Rakyat wants to reduce the price of oil less than what we pay now, there are two ways – more subsidy for oil per litre OR reduce the price from RM2.80 (real price) to RM1.80 (price given to Malaysians at least).

IF the first is being chosen, that means that Pakatan Rakyat government will use more portion of PEOPLE’s MONEY to subsidies the oil price for Malaysians’ usage (using some people’s logic that the current government using their money to subsidies the oil price). Petronas will earn more or less the same.

IF the second is being chosen, that means Pakatan Rakyat government will not use any portion of people’s money, but Petronas will earn at least RM1.00 less for each liter of RON95.

The above is stated only based on RON95. IF those applies for RON97 too, I guess readers can calculate and guess where Petronas and funding that Pakatan Rakyat may get from Petronas might be lesser than what they have calculated before.

So, how much can we get to reduce the tolls and free education from Petronas’ money from a reduced Petronas income and for how long?

Well, I leave it up to all Malaysians, to think, to rationalise what is inside your head, not your emotion.

I am not saying Barisan Nasional is perfect. They have flaws, and so do Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, all of us have flaws.

However, I think too much is focused on Barisan Nasional shortage for the years they have been formed and the issues recycled every now and then, till we forget how GOOD Pakatan Rakyat have been. They have controlled few states, and I believe we can fairly evaluate them.

At least, from my point of view, I have not receive any news before that the speaker of the Parliament or any Dewan Negeri have to sms and ask the government DUNs to highlight the success they achieved as that may be the last sitting they have.. EXCEPT ONE!!!


Question on the street: How long do you think this list will go on? The issues enlisted are from YEARS before, and yet being highlighted till now. So, how long?


2 thoughts on “The (Never?) Unforgiven Barisan Nasional(?) Misdeeds

  1. Im voting for PR this year. So lets list up what they promise to use when they have the federal power.1. Mansuhkan PTPTN2. Free education.3. Reduce oil prices.4. Reduce kaw2 sugar price.5. Free up some highways from tolls. Come, i will update it.

You are part of people on the street. My opinion might not as good as yours. Come, please share your thoughts with us!!!

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