The reality of ruling from Putrajaya

first_img The Alternative View , M Shanmugam Business News 09 Jul 2019 Double-track rail project to resume Tags / Keywords: Related News Related News The Cabinet initially terminated the contract that had been awarded by the previous administration in April last year. The contract that was initially priced at RM5.23bil was awarded just two days before Parliament was dissolved. The timing of the award raised questions on the validity of the contract.However, it is obvious that the sanctity of upholding all contracts irrespective of which administration had signed them holds an advantage. This is especially so when the question of whether the termination of such contracts would withstand a legal suit comes into play.Not to mention the compensation cost. Even though the job was terminated in September last year, just five months after the award, this played a decisive role. The minister stated that the compensation to the contractors could go as high as RM2.5bil on the original contract of RM5.23bil, which came as a surprise.When Pakatan Harapan shockingly swept into power in May last year, almost all contracts were put on hold pending a review and a few were terminated. Expectations were running high that many of the government jobs would be put up for re-tender.Now, almost all mega-projects have resumed at a reduced cost. It only reaffirms the fact that in the previous regime, government contracts were grossly inflated.Among the mega-contracts, only one notable mandate has been terminated and put up for re-tender. The Home Ministry is seeking new proposals for the job to design and manage a new border-control system for the Immigration Department.Prestariang Bhd , the company that had originally been awarded the job, has taken legal action claiming RM732.6mil from the government for terminating the job. It is not known if there were any negotiations between the company and the government even after the project was terminated to salvage the situation, like in the case of the KVDT2 project.But so far, the move to rock the boat by reviewing and even terminating government projects when Pakatan Harapan came into power in May last year has paid off. The mega-projects have resumed, but at a lower cost.Was the move to suspend all contracts in the first few months of office a calculated strategy by Pakatan Harapan? Or the decision to resume projects at a reduced cost a political pushback after it was championed by individuals in the new government?Or were the awards honoured to really uphold the rule of law in respecting the sanctity of contracts?The answer is likely a combination of all three possibilities.The move to review all contracts is to be expected of any new government. However, the decision to continue some projects at a reduced cost seems like a major political pushback, engineered by influential forces within Pakatan Harapan.The outcome is that some Pakatan Harapan leaders would now know that ruling the government from Putrajaya is not so easy, especially in the face of strong lobbying from corporate Malaysia.Businessmen are businessmen. Relentless lobbying will continue irrespective of who is in power – whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan.In an environment where there are only a few government jobs, the corporates cannot afford to let government jobs go so easily. Hence, prices were dropped almost immediately. Even contracts that were terminated and seen as good as going for a re-tender are not being given up on so easily.In the process, ministers who were so bullish in their stance and seemingly insulated from the strong corporate lobbying may have a dent in their credibility.On the brighter side, there should be less anxiety and more stability in the corporate world when the next leadership change takes place.Corporates need not worry about their contracts coming under review when Dr Mahathir hands over the reins to his successor. They have already gone through a change in government. A change in leadership would be less disruptive.Even if there are disruptions, they should know that when the government shakes the tree, they have to hang on up there and not give up on the contracts. The turmoil on the ground will fizzle out.That is the reality of doing business under the new regime.The views expressed by the writer is solely that of his own.center_img AFTER 14 months at the helm, the reality of ruling by the rule of law is haunting the Pakatan Harapan government. From ensuring political stability to unravelling contracts awarded by the previous government, it is not so simple anymore.Everybody thought that the political transition from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to his designated successor would be a smooth process. However, as the political game of chess within the Pakatan Harapan coalition picks up pace, it is not such a simple matter anymore.In the corporate world, one would learn that it is not the end of the world when high-profile contracts are terminated, even by the Cabinet.The decision can be reversed as seen in the reinstatement of a joint venture between Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera as contractors for the second phase of the Klang Valley double track (KVDT2) job. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 11 Jul 2019 Putrajaya stands out among other cities built from scratch Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 MTDI ACPI signs HOA to acquire two firms from Putrajaya Perdanalast_img read more

Opposing rallies mark dog meat day in South Korea

first_imgEnd this cruelty: Basinger and Chris DeRose, president of Last Chance for Animals, holding mock dog meat during a rally against the practice of eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul. — Reuters World 11 Jul 2019 Amnesty International calls on South Korea to end discrimination of gay soldiers Related News “They do not need your tears, they need your help,” Basinger said. “We have to end this cruelty on this planet. We have to help anything suffering, and these dogs and cats are suffering.”The anti-dog meat protesters held placards that read “How Many Millions Have to Die Before Dog Meat Ends?” They also put mock dog carcasses on a table.About 10m away from them were farmers who raise dogs that are sold to restaurants. They brought along steamed dog meat and ate it with kimchi.Anti-dog meat rallies routinely take place on the three hottest days.Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea. Dog meat restaurants are a dwindling business in South Korea in recent years as pets grow in popularity. A survey last year indicated that about 80% of South Koreans had never eaten dog meat in the past year.But many people still oppose outlawing dog meat because they view it as surrendering to Western pressure. — AP South Korea Tags / Keywords: Related News World 09 Jul 2019 South Korea rejects Japan media reports on transfer of material to North Korea {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} SEOUL: Dozens of people opposing dog meat consumption, including American actress Kim Basinger, rallied in Seoul to mark a “dog meat day” in South Korea.About 20 others stood on the opposite side calling for a legalisation of dog meat during a protest near the National Assembly building. There were no reports of violence.Under a traditional belief, yesterday was the first of three hottest days in South Korea. Many South Koreans believe eating dog meat or chicken soups on those three days gives them strength to beat the heat. Tech News 10 Jul 2019 Appetising prospects: Uber founder takes aim at South Korea’s shared kitchen marketlast_img read more

IGP Police dragnet closing in on sex video alliance

first_imgHe was speaking to the press after attending a Hari Raya dinner function with about 800 of the residents at the quarters.Abdul Hamid said that the police were still working on completing its investigation into the sex video.”We are still waiting for lab results to determine the authenticity of the video.”On the investigation itself, we have sent the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor twice. Each time, it has been sent back for further investigation, the latest was on Thursday,” he said.Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, the man who made a confession on social media that he was featured in videos showing two men engaging in sexual acts and alleged that the other person was Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali, was detained at the KL International Airport on June 14.Three days later, police set up the special task force led by Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed to investigate the case. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} KUALA LUMPUR: Police are closing in on the “alliance” behind the sex video implicating a minister, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic).The Inspector-General of police said that there are hints of an alliance behind the spreading of the viral video on social media.”We have made several arrests (of people who spread the video) and some of them have been released.”No (we don’t know who is the mastermind yet), but there are hints (bayang-bayang) of an alliance (pakatan) behind it,” he said to a press conference at the Blok Melati police quarters in Keramat Wangsa Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (July 13). Related Newscenter_img Nation 07 Jul 2019 Cops still probing sex video scandal, says Muhyiddin Nation 08 Jul 2019 ‘Sex video probe still ongoing’ Nation 29 Jun 2019 IGP: Sex video probe still ongoinglast_img read more

Algeria seal shootout win over Ivory Coast to book semifinal berth

first_img Football 09 Jul 2019 Soccer – Zaha sends Ivory Coast into last eight as Mali fluff their lines {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Football 29 Jun 2019 Morocco beat Ivory Coast to advance at Cup of Nations Related Newscenter_img SUEZ, Egypt (Reuters) – Experienced striker Wilfried Bony and midfielder Serey Die missed penalties in the shootout as Algeria sealed a 4-3 victory over the Ivory Coast following an entertaining 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final draw on Thursday.Algeria will now meet Nigeria in the semi-finals at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday as they seek to end their long wait for continental success that stretches back to 1990. Sofiane Feghouli put Algeria ahead in the first half, but they failed to increase that advantage when Baghdad Bounedjah missed a penalty early in the second period. Ivory Coast striker Jonathan Kodjia equalised just past the hour mark, after which both sides created chances and had efforts cleared off the line, but were unable to be separated in 120 minutes. Bony saw his weak penalty saved by Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi, before captain Die struck the post to sink the 2015 Nations Cup champions and see the North African side advance to just a second semi-final in 29 years. Max Gradel’s curling 25-yard shot was tipped onto the post by a diving M’Bolhi as the Ivorians served notice of their early attacking intent.And it should have been 1-0 a few minutes later when the wizardry of Wilfried Zaha in the box saw him fashion a low cross that was perfect for Kodjia, who missed the ball completely.Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez fired wide at the other end, before they took the lead with a well-worked goal on 20 minutes.Full back Ramy Bensebaini picked up the loose ball on the left-hand side of the box and laid on a perfect pass for Feghouli to score.They could have made it 2-0 a minute into the second half when Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo up-ended Bounedjah in the box, and after a consultation with the Video Assistant Referee, Bamlak Tessema Weyesa awarded the spot kick.Bounedjah took the penalty himself, but fired over off the crossbar.A few minutes later, Kodjia’s quick shot from a tight angle looped onto the woodwork, before the Aston Villa forward finally found the equaliser.Set free by Zaha on the right, he cut inside and let fly from the edge of the box, his shot arrowing into the bottom corner of the net. It was a first goal conceded by Algeria in the tournament.Mahrez then managed to beat Gbohouo with his low shot, but Mamadou Bagayoko did brilliantly to clear off the line.Ivorian Ismael Traore came closest to a winner in extra time when his scrambled shot from a corner was blocked on the line by Mehdi Zeffane. (Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Football 09 Jul 2019 Zaha sends Ivory Coast into last eight as Mali fluff their lineslast_img read more

Congress leadership crisis CWC likely to meet to decide on interim President

first_imgCongress leadership crisis: CWC likely to meet to decide on interim PresidentThe Congress is facing its worst leadership crisis in recent times after Rahul Gandhi quit as President following the party’s debacle in the general elections.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:20 IST The Congress is facing its worst leadership crisis in recent times after Rahul Gandhi quit as President.(Image: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSCWC is likely to meet next week to decide on an interim PresidentMany old guards of the Congress have urged Sonia Gandhi to take charge of the post temporarilyThe party source said that Wasnik appeared to fit the billThe leadership crisis in the Congress could end in the coming days with the Congress Working Committee (CWC) likely to meet next week to decide on an interim President, party sources said on Friday.A senior party source told IANS that a date will be decided in the coming days on when the CWC, the party’s top decision making body, was likely to meet.The Congress is facing its worst leadership crisis in recent times after Rahul Gandhi quit as President following the party’s debacle in the general elections.Amid the lingering leadership vacuum, many old guards of the Congress have urged UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to take charge of the post temporarily. But she has reportedly turned down the requests citing her poor health.Names of several senior leaders for the post of working President are doing the rounds. These include Mukul Wasnik, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushil Kumar Shinde.Scindia has, however, said he was not in the race for the top post.The party source said that Wasnik appeared to fit the bill as he was only 59 years old and a Dalit at that.Also read | Congress asks Karnataka rebel MLAs to vote for coalition, threatens anti-defection lawAlso read | Gehlot no longer has a Pilot? Infighting intensifies within Rajasthan CongressAlso watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow CWCFollow congressFollow Rahul GandhiFollow Congress interim President Nextlast_img read more

107 Congress TMC CPM MLAs will join BJP claims Mukul Roy

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:33 IST Mukul Roy said all the 107 MLAs are in contact with the BJP. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSMukul Roy did not say when the MLAs would join the BJPRoy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadershipHe said that the party has a list preparedBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said that a total of 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party. He, however, did not reveal when the MLAs would join the BJP.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.In Goa, 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP on Thursday. On Saturday, three of the 10 Congress MLAs were inducted into the state cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.To induct the new ministers, Pramod Sawant had asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry so that the new ministers could be inducted.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.In Karnataka, a total of 16 MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) submitted their resignation to the Karnataka assembly Speaker. According to the latest reports, five more MLAs have moved the Supreme Court, alleging the Speaker has not been accepting their resignation.Meanwhile, MTB Nagaraj has said that he will withdraw his resignation if K Sudhakar also takes it back. Nagaraj’s statement came hours after DK Shivakumar and some other Congress leaders met the MLA at his residence. He is expected to address the media later in the day.Also Read | Karnataka crisis LIVE | Will withdraw resignation, MTB Nagaraj tells SiddaramaiahAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoySpeaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership.advertisementlast_img read more