Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NFC Freeze

Najib Razak had on Saturday announced that NFC’s assets are to be frozen and for good measure, he also instructed both Muhyiddin and Noh Omar to study how best to resolve the issue! I am not even sure what he is trying to prove here – he is closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!

When there is an asset freeze, I believe it means that NFC shall abstain from making any business decisions or undertake any transactions. Yet, the company’s chief executive and Shahrizat’s son Wan Shahinur Izmir Salleh was reported to have said that it would be “business as usual”. So does this mean that Najib was just blowing hot air or that NFC is wilfully refusing to obey Najib’s directive? Which is which, I wonder?

Furthermore, what is there for Muhyididn and Noh Omar to resolve? It is a known fact that the cattle business is a big failure – and there is already lingering suspicion that there is large-scale cheating involved. What Najib did won’t really do much – the public would be more interested to know whether the used portion of the RM250 million allocation can be recovered and how does he intend to bring the rogues to book. To many Malaysians, this daylight robbery has to stop!

Furthermore, by directing Muhyididn and Noh Omar to address the so-called issue, Najib is passing the buck. In a way, it is a smart strategic move on his part to land the duo, especially Muhyiddin, in trouble.

And of the two, Noh Omar is better at tai-chi – when he was bombarded with questions yesterday (Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/noh-omar-passes-buck-on-nfc-scandal-to-muhyiddin/
, published January 16, 2012), he cleverly deflected all queries on this scandal to Muhyiddin. So far this morning when I check for any NFC-related news, there is nothing whatsoever from Muhyiddin. Even Khairy Jamaluddin, the other Shahrizat defender is shying away.

Last evening, I was at Money & You Toastmasters meeting. For a change, I was the Table Topics Master and I prepared topics of contest standard. Speakers were just so-so but at least they had a go. I realized that Table Topics is really not as easy as they are made out to be – the fact that it is not a big deal for me speaks volumes about my ability! The prepared speeches and evaluations were decent and out of the four speeches I listened to, I liked How Yee’s and Mallika’s the best. The former because she waltzed her way through in a very engaging manner, using words and gestures to good effect, and the latter because she could stir emotions that were deep within me. Overall, it was an enjoyable meeting. A 7 out of a 10.

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