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August 19, 2011

Pakatan vows to end rice monopoly

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

The opposition bloc’s budget targets Bernas, the company owned by tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, which has a commercial chokehold on rice.

Pakatan Rakyat has promised to end national rice company Bernas’s control over the industry as part of its budget plans in a bid to stimulate yields and create competitive prices to improve income for farmers.

“Pakatan will end Bernas’ monopoly and its position as the sole rice importer will be reviewed and import licence will be opened to create competition,” PKR leader Tian Chua told reporters here.

Bernas, under the control of tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, had a commercial chokehold on the country’s staple food.

This, according to Tian, who sits in Pakatan’s budget committee, allowed the company to manipulate prices.

This meant that paddy farmers had to sell yields according to Bernas’ fancy and being the sole importer, import rice prices could also be manipulated to increase the company’s profit margin.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, PAS’ representative in the committee, said that rice was among the basic food items with controlled prices.

“So it is obvious that only local rice will be subject to price control and not imported rice,” he said, adding that this would mean Bernas as the sole importer of rice had absolute pricing power.

Tian also said that Pakatan would seek to overhaul the subsidy structure for rice farmers.

As the subsidy for rice went straight to Bernas, PKR chief strategist Rafizi Ramli said this begged the question as to how much of the aid actually landed in the farmers’ hands.

“We will ensure that the subsidy will go directly to the recipients,” he added.

End to sugar cartel

Pakatan would also stretch the anti-monopoly policy to the sugar industry.

Malaysia imports almost all of its raw sugar requirement through four companies via import quotas set by the government based on their past sales.

The four include Gula Padang Terap Sdn Bhd and Central Sugar Refinery Sdn Bhd – both owned by Tradewinds, Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Company (MSM) and Kilang Gula Felda Perlis Sdn Bhd.

A record budget deficit in 20 years forced Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s administration to cut sugar subsidy by 25 sen in retail price per kg to RM1.90 causing inflation to rise and voters fuming.

Sugar importers denied allegations that they had chalked up profits from the subsidy cut.

They said that rising global sugar prices kept revenues relatively low, insisting that Malaysians still enjoyed among the lowest prices.



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  5. End the monopoly of COMMITTEE POSTS in Pakatan Coalition first :

    is Violet Yong related to Yong Teck Lee of SAPP the family clan political party?

    Are either or BOTH DAP and SAPP infiltration branches of the PAP and thus USA and thus Zion?

    If the voters want to be rid of Taib or Mubarak style Oligarchs and nepotists, or dr.Evil cliques (Mokhzani and Mirzan worth near 3 BILLION between them from ill gained assets), YOU VOTERS MUST be very careful of the family links here.

    To be entirely safe, I advise the Orang Asli, to vote THEIR OWN family Oligarchs into power instead of non-Asli outsiders like the Yong or Tiong or worse, Lim Dynasty Clan. The will not need the power, they already have the wealth and are being power mad.

    Please note the Oligarchs in Pakatan as listed below :


    Three of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

    Lim Kit Siang (MP Ipoh Timur – Perak)
    Lim Guan Eng (MP Air Puteh – Penang)
    Chew Gek Cheng (Assemblyman Kota Laksamana – Malacca) Guan Eng’s wife
    Lim Hui Ying Guan Eng’s sister (Vice-Chairman)

    Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

    Karpal Singh (MP Jelutong – Penang)
    Gobind Singh (MP Puchong – Selangor) Karpal’s son
    Jagdeep Singh (Asssemblyman Dato Keramat – Penang) Karpal’s son

    Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

    Anwar Ibrahim (MP Permatang Pauh, Seberang Prai)
    Wan Azizah
    Nurul Izzah Anwar(MP Lembah Pantai – Kuala Lumpur) Anwar’s Daughter

    Also either Ngeh (Pantai Remis) or Nga (Sitiawan) must go to prevent 2nd degree nepotism and the kind of environment that caused DAP’s Kulasegaran, PKR’s Gobalakrishnan, to be kicked out possibly an act of racism but more likely at the order of the Lim Dynasty clique.

    For even stronger consideration, I also list seats that HRP demands :

    1. Padang Serai (Incumbent: PKR – N Gobalakrishnan)
    2. Batu Kawan (DAP – Ramasamy)
    3. Sungei Siput (PSM – Dr D Jeyakumar)
    4. Ipoh Barat (DAP – N Kulasegaran)
    5. Bagan Datoh (BN – Ahmad Zahid Hamidi)
    6. Cameron Highlands (BN – SK Devamany)
    7. Hulu Selangor (BN – P Kamalanathan)
    8. Kuala Selangor (PAS – Dzulkefy Ahmad)
    9. Klang (DAP – Charles Santiago)
    10. Kota Raja (PAS – Siti Mariah Mahmud)
    11. Rasah (DAP – Anthony Loke)
    12. Teluk Kemang (PKR – Kamarul Baharin Abbas)
    13. Alor Gajah (BN – Fong Chan Onn)
    14. Tebrau (BN – Teng Boon Soon)
    15. Lembah Pantai (PKR – Nurul Izzah Anwar)

    HRP might very well be aware of some things we are not aware of to list some surprising choices as well, do not discount their reasons. PSM’s Jeyakumar appears to have been bought by BN though, so their viability is uncertain until PSM’s clique leadership changes. I have done some probing and casual calls to PSM, they are not very grassroots, DAP of course (also tried earlier) is far worse and absolutely TREACHEROUS and clique based and beholden to SINGAPORE’s PAP. I would not be surprised if the nepotists in DAP are rounded up a 2nd time, for collusions with Singapore to subvert Malaysian Federal authority instead amongst other things like ‘neurotech abuse’. Everyone else, should meanwhile stand as independents in any constituency with bad assemblymen or MPs or people who do not endorse term limits and asset declarations.

    Here’s something that will help voters decide if candidacy is not their thing or too expensive :

    Barisan – Apartheid, Corrupt and Nepotistic-Oligarchs
    Pakatan – Corrupt and Nepotistic-Oligarchs (excepting PAS)
    3rd Force – Corrupt Only (watch out for Marina’s cliques in MCLM as well)

    Pick the coalition with the least flaws. End the APARTHEID ! Destroy the Oligarchs in all political parties ! 3rd Force is best. And don’t feel bad about kicking Oligarchs out, the Taibs, Tiongs? and Yongs? are multi-millionaires (billionaires) with immense assets that are just greedy for power now that they have wealth.

    They will NEVER write good laws from where they stand so drop them and vote in the REAL Orang Asli (not the BN lapdogs). Pick the coalition with the least flaws. End the APARTHEID ! Destroy the Oligarchs in all political parties ! 3rd Force is best !

    ANYONE can end the ‘Rice Monopoly’ even BN itself. So deal with the nepotism first or 3rd Force will take over where Pakatan fails. 3rd Force are, SUPP, M0CS, KITA, MCLM, PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP, PSM. If MCA MIC, Gerakan and PPP leave BN, they too will be 3rd Force. With these parties as 3rd force PR and BN will fall !

    Comment by AgreeToDisagree — August 20, 2011 @ 10:54 PM | Reply

  6. END monopoly to Rice, AP and Cement. These three items have affected the Bumiputra the most as they have to spend more than 30% of their salray to pay for useless Made In Malaysia cars. Bumiputra contractors in East Malaysia could have cheaper access to imported cement and steel from China or South Korea but forced to pay more for CMS cement due to ban on import of such material.

    Comment by Asri Rahman — August 20, 2011 @ 12:56 PM | Reply

  7. The rice subsidy could help farmers get their children to school, if only it didn’t go direct into Bukhary’s hands. The Malaysian rakyat are buying diamonds for umno cronies, and feeding them haute cuisine, while ordinary people have to pay more for rice. A change of government is necessary to correct umno wasting our money on their own people.

    Comment by Landowner — August 20, 2011 @ 11:23 AM | Reply

  8. Bernas has made Malaysian rice so uncompetitive!

    Comment by Rajang boy — August 19, 2011 @ 5:50 PM | Reply

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