OR vice versa.
It's not a vice, IZZit? Voicing, or pre-empting UMNO leaders's views, as if Desi has got some telepathic powers. That "izzIT" is borrowed from back-from-MIA hoRst@allofhelen.blogspot.com -- and I'm promoting her A-bode not out of altruism.
OR izzIT another case of "Great minds think A-like, Fools seldom defer..."? (Read my precednt Post on Economic Indicators to see the Con-test/context, and that's one tuition-teAcher's command!)
There is NO FREE LUNCH in this world -- unless you become a journalist, and I'm trying to con-vert an IpohLang, dang! to this noblest of professions. Like politicians, coming sext to the oldest profession occupiers in the www! That did not come from Desi -- commonly acknowledged through the ages, and I ain't that ancient, like Confusecious, if you must know. And if you must, become a Business hound, because they ply thee with souvenirs worth some hundred ringgit; if you get an air-ticket (return summore), it's in the thousand. The "free" junket comes with that ADVERTORIAL -- so it's the Company's price to pay! And you're halfway to Copulation -- the final of three steps how the Establishment buys your soul, if, indeed, you have one.
Echo1 ~~ from page 4 of theSun 14 Sept 2006
(the emphais is Desi's (THUS BOLDED))
Govt must note DrM's views
and criticisms, says Zaid
KUALA LUMPUR: Backbencher Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (BN-Kota Baru) says the government must seriously take note of the views and criticisms hurled by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"The way to overcome the criticisms from the former premier is not by shutting his mouth. Instead, the government must stay in focus and not get distracted from its goal.
"Now it seems like there is no direction. Dr Mahathir not being elected is a small thing ... the spat between him and Pak Lah is also no big deal What is more important is where we are heading as a nation?"
Debating on Budget 2007 in Parliament today (Sept 13, 2006), Zaid said: "The issues that are grabbing attention these days include the question of RM200 at the Kubang Pasu (Umno) Division delegate's election and before that it was around the issue of Datuk K (singer Siti Nurhaliza's husband).
"It is essential for the government to remain focused on the bigger picture, not petty issues. We have heard many times about the paradigm shift and thinking outside the box.
"Now is the time. Even MPs have raised issues about the many projects that had yet to be implemented, such as the National Integrity Plan and the fight against corruption.
"People should support the government not because they are afraid but because they believe and understand the government's agenda.
"The government's reformation differentiates us from the Mahathir's era. Whatever changes we make to economy or administration, they all depends on our political stability and I am worried that is being threatened right now."
"Thus, the warning from Mahathir and his current efforts should warrant serious attention by the government. Mahathir has a good record when he wants to remove or sack any person, he usually succeeds. His track record is good," Zaid warned.
"In 1969, the country's first Prime Minister had to withdraw due to his pressure, in 1987 Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had to withdraw Hussein Onn also left Umno because of him Anwar Ibrahim was sacked ... ," he said.
Zaid said Mahathir's record as a leader was strong and unchallengeable.
"It is clear if he was a footballer, he would be a very fast striker. One does not want to see (Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi become the sixth victim in this matter," he said.
Zaid said: "I am not pitting one person against another. But the fact is that we have to accept facts in the interest of our country.
"The fact is there appears to be a clash between the Mahatirism of Mahathir and that of Islam Hadhari of Abdullah. In short Mahatirism is all about power by whatever means to achieve the goals."
Echo2 from TheStar frontpage~~
Carrot for high-impact projects
KUALA LUMPUR: Investors proposing high-impact projects which can bring substantial benefit to the country can expect instant approvals. This was decided by the Cabinet yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a special Cabinet committee has been set up to speedily approve investments in high-impact projects, especially for foreign investors.
“We want to give a positive signal to investors that we are very serious about increasing investment in the country,” he told reporters yesterday.
Najib said high-impact projects which involve huge amounts of capital, specific technologies, were big in terms of job creation or were vital to the economy would be given this “special consideration.”
Investors are always in a hurry and want immediate decisions, he noted.
“We can meet, if necessary, every week to decide on their requests. We have the authority of the Cabinet. We have all the relevant ministers in the committee, so we can decide on the spot,” he said.
Najib said he would head the special committee.
Other members in it are International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) under the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Effendi Norwawi.
The secretariat for the committee would be the National Implementation Directorate (NID) under the EPU.
Asked if the formation of the committee was in response to complaints from foreign investors, Najib said: “We want to step up our delivery system. As you know, the Prime Minister is very keen to have the delivery system enhanced.
“We hope this announcement will be well received. It will give a strong signal of our desire to be as investor-friendly as possible.”
Malaysia came in 25th in a recent World Bank ranking of business-friendly economies, while Singapore came out tops, while Thailand took the 18th spot.
On whether the move was because foreign investors were now going elsewhere to invest, Najib pointed out that the objectives of the 9th Malaysia Plan could only be achieved if the country managed to get an 11.2% increase in private investments annually.
“And the volume of FDIs (foreign direct investment) that’s required is quite huge. So unless we can make sure that we are as competitive as possible, there is a danger that we might fall short of the target,” he said.
“So we want to pre-empt any kind of complaints about bureaucratic delays.”
Desi: Notice the DPM used My Word in the last paragraph? ... "pre-emt" ...
Power by association, or Co-operation, or Co-option.
Actually, I think I make a damn'd good speech-writer, don't you think alike?
Can someone -- brudder Imran, where art thou? or H.J. Angus -- can pass Desi an UMNO membership form?
I may put in an application to Zaid Ibrahim's or Sharir Samad's brunch ... Would my EsteemedReaders deem me a Traitor to the Cause?
Co-operation > Co-option >> COPULATION.
20million, anyone? To save Desiderata2000 from his soul'd?