Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yen Yen's Good Pal

Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen’s good pal is linked to a company which secured a share of her ministry’s advertising and promotions contract. The pal, Juni Ewe who is a consultant for Impact Creations Sdn Bhd got the job for the domestic market and events. And The Sun who carried this news on February 10, 2011 (p 04) quoted Juni as saying that she did not bid directly to avoid putting Ng in a difficult position. But here’s the weird thing – this aforementioned company hit pay dirt!

In an interview with the same newspaper on Monday, Ng had said it was unfair to drag individuals not listed as directors of the company into the matter. Juni may not be a director or even a shareholder of Impact Creations, but she still has active links with the company – and getting paid too (“I get paid some fees for my consultancy work” – lines 32-33). So Ng is, in effect, thumbing her nose at us because for all that, her buddy ("Juni is a friend from our women’s work” – lines 45-46) did win the bid. Whatever else Ng may want to say, the fact is this matter is already tainted with cronyism. Shame on you, Yen Yen!

And in the Star yesterday (p N12), Selangor heard the emphatic answer "No" when the Home Ministry dismissed the state's request for auxiliary cops (February 09, 2011 blog posting). The Federal Constitution is clear that security matters come under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, so said Hishammuddin Hussein, justifying the refusal. That may be so, but what with rampant crime on Malaysian streets – citizens don’t feel safe and so this Selangor offer is welcome. Of course, the government disputes this. Already, in the same report, Hishammuddin said the police had successfully met their target under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) in reducing crime rates in Johor, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and yes, Selangor. As if on cue, Bukit Aman CID director Bakri Zinin was quoted in The Malay Mail (February 11, 2011, p 04) to have highlighted that “between 2010 and 2009, the crime reports showed a decrease by almost 30,000” – meaning, the police are already doing a fantastic job of reducing crime.

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