Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Rafidah Diselamatkan Oleh SPR / Petronas turns into an election issue

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Rafidah Diselamatkan Oleh SPR



Satu sidang akhbar telah diadakan pagi tadi dipejabat Perhubungan PAS Negeri Perak , dipengerusikan sendiri oleh Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri , Ust Ahmad Awang.

Turut sama pada sidang akhbar tersebut ialah Tuan Hj Asmuni Awi, Pengarah Pilihanraya PAS Negeri Perak, Tuan Hj Dr Khairudin bin Dato'Abd Malik, calun kerusi Parlimen Kuala Kangsardan lain-lain pimpinan parti.

Ahmad Awang secara sinis berkata,mungkin kerana terlalu banyak menandatangani borang AP, Datok Rafidah Aziz telah terlupa menandatangani borang penamaan calun bagi kerusi Parlimen Kuala Kangsar.Semasa borang pencalunannya di pamerkan kepada ramai dalam masa bantahan, dua borang pencalunan Rafidah yang dipamerkan , satu untuk orang ramai dan satu lagi untuk semakan dalam dewan , telah didapati tidak ditandatangani.

Pihak PAS telah membuat bantahan dalam masa bantahan yang ditetapkan tetapi pihak SPR telah menolaknya dengan alasan bahawa salah satu borang dari borang dari tiga borang penamaan calun Rafidah telah ditandatangani.

Penolakan bantahan tersebut terbukti SPR telah menyelamatkan Rafidah dari dibatalkan pencalunannya. Laporan polis telah pun dibuat pada hari yang sama kerana alasan SPR tersebut tidak munasabah.

Rafidah ditentang oleh calun PAS, Dr Haji Khairudin Bin Dato' Abd Malik di kerusi Parlimen Kuala Kangsar dalam PRU12 ini.


Din Merican

Petronas turns into an election issue

February 26, 2008
Questions pertaining to the usage of Petronas� coffers to placate the ruling government�s mega projects came into the limelight during campaigning in the country�s 12th general election.

PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali queried the continuing use of the national oil producer�s profits to finance Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi�s mega projects. He also urged the government to stop abusing Petronas� profits.

�Beginning from the previous prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) unnecessary projects which do not benefit the nation have been funded by Petronas� profits,� he said in a statement.

He said Abdullah, who promised to end the practice of using Petronas money for mega projects, had also reneged on his promise.

For the financial year ended March 31, 2007, Petronas posted a net profit of RM46.4 billion, up 7.7 percent. Revenue was up 10 percent (RM184.1 billion) while shareholders� fund rose 16.3 percent to RM170.9 billion.

In terms of payment to the government, Petronas contributed RM52.3 billion or 66.2 percent of its profit as tax, dividends, royalties and export duties. Over the past 33 years, a total of RM336 billion was contributed to the government.

Net importer
Petronas president and CEO Mohd Hassan Merican, however, warned that Malaysia would become a net importer of oil by 2010 if consumption growth continued at four percent per annum.

The company itself was also concerned over the subsidy it was handing out. For the year 2007, it forked out a total of RM15.6 billion. Total subsidy since gas prices were fixed in 1997 now stood at RM58.2 billion.

Some of the �national� projects Petronas had undertaken since 1997 include funding the Formula One races and the Sauber racing team, Twin Towers, and Putrajaya.

Petronas funds were also used to bail out Bank Bumiputera in the 1980s and the buying of debt-laden Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd Malaysian during the Asian financial crisis in 1998.

Incidentally, Mahathir�s son Mirzan owned KPB (which had debts of RM1.7 billion) at the time.




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