In blogsworld we call this spirit camaraderie. If DDC is used, it's "camaradeArie", but I won't do t today out of concern that many of my esteemed readers, especially the newbies, get LOST even before they reached the audition auditorium.
"Where were you when the lights went out?" was a po[pular movie during our -- meaning DDP and DDC's -- time, when one dime/tensen could buy thee a loaf of benggali bread, and five-sen could get ye air halia (Ginger water)...Mmmm, those were the days, sings ..... whoever who were with us.
Now someone removed the invisible ink even as we switched the lights back on, butt...the EC proclaimed they could not use it for the GE2008 -- have ye forgotten about March 8, 2008 "V"4CHANGE?
Well, let's then, "VOTERSofPERMATANGPAUH" RE-STATE THE V4CHANGE COMETH AUGUST 26, 2008 -- JUST FOR OLDE TIMES' SAKE!
Here somthing from MalaysiaToday at http://us1.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/10891/84/
“EXTREME FINANCIAL IRREGULARITY IN PURCHASE OF INDELIBLE INK
Posted by Vineeth Menon
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 19:41
I would like to expose an extreme financial irregularity in the purchase of indelible ink by the Malaysian government from India for purported use in the last general election.
It was reported that 48,000 bottles of indelible ink was bought from India at the cost of RM2.4million.
The ink would have been bought from Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd which is the ONLY ink manufacturer in the whole of India who are authorized by the Election Commission of India to produce the indelible ink for use in elections.
In a story in the Indian national paper, The Hindu, dated September 11,2007(HERE) , the price for 35,000 bottles of 5ml vials which can mark 300 voters is stated as being Rs 15 lakhs (RM115,700). This puts the price of each 5ml bottle at RM3.30.
On February 1, 2008, the EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar was quoted in The Star as saying two bottles of ink are sufficient for 600 people. Hence it is clear that that the bottles purchased by the Malaysian government are the very same 5ml ones.
At the above rate, the cost of 48,000 5ml bottles (enough for 14.4million voters) for the Malaysian election should be a mere RM158,400, a far cry from the RM2.4million said to have spent by the Malaysian government. Where has the money gone?
It could be the case that the rate at which the bottles are sold to foreign customers are higher than that to the Indian government.
On March 10, 2007, The Hindu published another story (HERE) about the sale of 29,856 bottles or vials to Cambodia at the cost of Rs1.28 crore. (RM999,120). Here you can see how the price of each 5ml bottle has been marked up to RM33.4 per bottle. While the mark up of 10 times the original price is itself questionable and open to underhand dealings between officials on both sides considering the position of both India (72) and Cambodia (164) on Transparency International’s 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index ; even at this rate, 48,000 bottles should have cost the Malaysian government only RM1.6million.
There is substantial financial irregularity here (despite ignoring the inflated price of 10 times the original price the ink is sold for locally), involving hundreds of thousands of ringgit – approximately RM800,000 of Malaysian taxpayers’ money. Where has this money gone? Who was in charge of the purchase? Has this exorbitantly large sum of money been pocketed by government officials? Where are the 48,000 bottles of indelible ink now? ”
I call upon the ACA to fully investigate this mismanagement of public funds and make public their report. It is shameful enough that after spending so much money, the indelible ink was not used in the last general election. It is even more appalling to think that at a time when our economy is struggling, there might be corrupted individuals who are pocketing huge amounts of public funds and directing it into their personal bank accounts.
I hope the ACA and the authorities do a thorough investigation and audit of the above expenses at the soonest and bring to justice those who are guilty of corrupt practices.
Comment by donplaypuks at http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com — August 6, 2008 @ 9:06 pm
I too join DPP is asking the ACA to get to the bottom of these "shenanigans" including the high price paid for the "invisible ink" -- that was finally put to dry on the EC shelf? -- involving almost all the government departments, statutory bodies, and worst of all, to the PDRM.
What about the RM70million spent on the MRR2 bridge repairs -- where did the money really go? -- and less than two years later, another round of repairs is required.
If drugs seized from pedlars and traffickers could disappear from the JOHOR POLICE HQ, the few million for the indelible ink purchase is chicken feed by comparision, as the drugs loss represented dereliction of duty and abuse of trust of an enforcement and supervising agency, and THOUSANDS OF LIVES ARE LOST TO THE DADAH SEIZED AND THEN RE-DISTRIBUTED ON THE STREETS OF MALAYSIA.
I am also concerned about what happened to the "more than RM7billion" representing Petronas' 5percent royalties given to the Terengganu State Government in the four years preceding March 8, 2008. Is anyone listening out dare?
No, I'm not directing the last question to the PM -- he's in winter hibernation like the polar bear... We need a top dog.