Thursday, April 03, 2008

Big Bad Mistake, Azalina

Said Elizabeth Wong, the Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment exco chairman and Law Heng Kiang, the Penang Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman.

They were responding to
the Tourism Ministry's decision to terminate all tourism MoUs and the state tourism councils.

It will not only have adverse effects on the industry but also the the national economy, they agreed.

Wong, a blogger , said the decision was "regrettable".

It would be foolhardy, she stressed, for the central government to continue sidelining Selangor as well as Penang, Perak, Kelantan and Kedah, which are all premier destinations.

"Selangor is one of the top destinations in the nation and the first stop for most international tourists," she said in a statement.

Wong said the State had been looking forward to work with the tourism ministry.

She said Selangor accounted for some 30 per cent of the national GDP and the move could jeopardise the national economy as well as the industry.

Yesterday, Minister Azalina Othman Said said all funds for tourism in the five opposition-ruled states would be directly channelled into the accounts of the states' Tourism Action Councils which will no longer be chaired by the State Executive Councillors in charge of tourism.

The RM1mil annual budget for each state which used to be channelled to the state financial officers when the states were ruled by the Barisan Nasional (BN), will from now on be channelled through federal funds.

Law described the move as "unwise" and urged the ministry to seriously reconsider it.

He said it would bring about a spiral-effect causing losses to the people and the whole industry in the country, including Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters.

"In the short term, it may affect Penang's tourism industry but in the long-term it will definitely affect the Malaysia's tourism industry," said Law.

(Source: The Sun online and The NST online)

Now isn't that a bad move? So mean. It's punishing those states that fell to the Opposition.

When you punish these states, you are really punishing the people.

How to redeem Barisan Nasional like this?

It's akin to telling the rakyat (the Malay expression): "Hah, baru rasa sekarang."

58 comments:

UMNO is dead said...

That's UMNO for you. Anyway, they have learnt from the Master: Mahatir. He has punished the people of Terengganu after they withdrew support from him and gave the money to Idris Josoh whom he has blamed recently. In UMNO culture, you either pussyfoot them or you are an enemy. Thank God that UMNO will never rise again. They can't afford to overwhelm the Pakatan Rakyat momentum. Dear Noraina, do you know that Pakatan's support has risen to 70%? It will be a clean sweep. Anyway, let her warm the seat. Sooner than later, Pakatan will show them door through the blackdoor. Why should we give them respite when they are stealing our money and refusing us to use it? I can't imagine our money being managed by appointed UMNOPutras. Sheesh!

Eddy said...

I am beginning to really dislike this Azalina. She does have a loud mouth though and really nothing to show in terms of achievements except for that mad idea about setting up a sports facility in the UK for Malaysian sportsman and woman. If the Tourism Ministry thinks that it can get away by punishing the rakyat in the PAS-DAP-PKR state government, she should seriously think again. The consequence in the next PRU13 for UMNO will be devastating indeed.

Rocky's Bru said...

This is an example of a Minister who can't separate partisan politics with national interest.

Azalina is not a greenie Minister. I find, however, that she hasn't grown in stature as a Minister and pliticians.
Perhaps AAB should lessen her burden and stop forcing her to take charge of the cybertroopers.

That burden has clearly made her less effective and also less efficient as a Minister.

mekyam said...

Ena,

If I'm the cussing type, I'd surely say "VINDICTIVE B*TCH!" (leaving it to others who are more discerning to supply the appropriate vowel, of course ).

Lucky I was brought up to be mindful of my language. :D

Anonymous said...

ACT OF A LOSER....from sport to tourism...

Jarod said...

dia mau mati dlm tangan rakyat ke? haih.... dah kalah teruk mau buat macam ni lagi....

busymum100 said...

They (UMNO/BN) think they are punishing the rakyat for voting against them, but I'd say, "Si luncai terjun dgn labu2nya, biarkan..biarkan.."
BN being siLuncai, let them continue this bully (old) technique of theirs, and I can bet you, by GE13, BN will be history!!
Don't they have any no-stupido among them??
Rakyat are watching the government every move.. Keep on making mistakes, KEEP UP THEIR ARROGANCE, it'll cost them dearly, I TELL YOU!

Anonymous said...

I just can't understand. Most of the blogs have pointed to the fact that it's a big mistake. It doesn't take a political genius to see that. It just take a rational, logical person to see the point. It saddens me that our politicians seemed to have put their emotions/agenda above rationality and the good of the nations. They are elected to serve the nation and the people, but for now, I can only see disappointments over their unprofessional product. Common sense? It is just no longer common amongst our leaders/politicians. Sad.....Extremely sad!

kl said...

BN - I'ld say UMNO (and not the other kowtow'ing component parties) have not learnt their lesson and have not changed an iota.
Withholding monies as if it's their own money to give or withold - to be bestowed upon the favoured few or dispensed to obedient states as and when they like.
Arrogance and total disregard for the nation's well being. With all the post election reflection and analysis, this is the type of response the govt has decided upon?
Well, well, it would seem we need a total change in govt - at the federal level, to knock some sense into these people.

chin said...

My friends were staunch supporters of BN. Even during this years March election, they voted Barisan, but not any more. They said that come the next GE in 4 or 5 years time, they will vote anybody but BN. The way people like Azalina and Mohd Mohd Taib responded to the 12th GE results finally opened their eyes to the real BN. Looks like BN has learned nothing from the peoples' verdict. The Federal Government has now been reduced to a Federal Government of only 8 states. Perhaps they should also not collect taxes from these 5 states? I feel sorry because I was a staunch supporter of BN too.

Raja said...

The UMNOputras and UMNOputris regime thinks that it is their God given right to rule Malaysia till eternity. This simply demonstrates that the have absolutely no idea of what democracy mean. This confirms the fact that Democracy is synonomous with "Dia Mo Kerusi".
I wonder whether Azlina obtained her diplomas/degrees from some fly by night corporation.
Raja Chulan

exzede said...

Salaam Kak Ena,

this is what happened to Kelantan dan selama 18 tahun mereka menderita oleh sebab dendam kesumat of BN leaders.

Lepas tu dia orang beritahu dah sampai masa untuk merawat negeri yang sudah tenat itu, sedangkan merekalah yang memotong saluran untuk kemajuan. apalah punya dungu dia orang ni, not fit to become our leaders with this kind of kampung type of thinking.

Anonymous said...

so typical loser..
economic blackmailing malaysians who just want somebody else to govern

i am sure whatever council bn appointed are going to sapu the duit and arrogantly never accountable to rakyat. just like what happened to terengganu's wang ihsan. billions for years yet mere results.

ptueeyyy.. satu lagi projek kerajaan bn.

Mior Azhar said...

Seriously vindictive. Haven't they learned that old tactics are so tired....

Anonymous said...

Azalina was the same arrogant gal at the last ministry and there was much celebration there when she left.
She thinks she's a goddess and have no respect for anyone who is of no use to her.
Didn't she learn why BN was routed in the last GE? It is this type of stupid behaviour which really turned us off.
Will someone please tell her to shut up and just do her job.

Anonymous said...

Discrimination69

Thats the Quality of BN ministers and Style, nothing surprising. They did it in Trengganu with the OIL monies, this is paltry sum.

ASSlina should be reminded that her salaries come from TAXPAYERS and it is her DUTY to bring in tourist Ringgit to Malaysia otherwise the Ministry should be culled. Anyway difficult to do PROJECTS in opposition backyard, kena corruption charge later.

Notice a simple style or pattern, they do things out of revenge and not common sense, not realising they are digging deeper graves for themselves. Let it be frens and we will see the RESULTS in GE13........

MyDeskBlog.com said...

Sore loser, vindictive, narrow-minded ... describes this idiotic move by UMNO. They still don't know who they are messing with. Opposition? No, it's the people and BN still wanna bully us.

I can't wait for PRU13 when it's pay back time!

BULLY BALIK!

Starbug said...

It's obvious that BN is punishing the 4 states. Everyone can see that.

Azalina, enjoy the next 5 years as a minister, after that, you will be sitting in the opposition bench.

Anonymous said...

Azalina ...the type of people Badawi is stuck with and has neither the balls to put her out to pasture.....so UMNO has fallen......is a graveyard so difficult to locate. This country has enough talent.....and if you want to think along racist lines...well ....looking at blogs alone....you know there are enough bright Malays....but for some reason they are not in the ruling party.....it says alot about the UMNO culture.....this party must be exterminated for the good of Malaysia...

Anonymous said...

Sickening an MP to do such a thing, well TDM started this shit and now Losers in BN are following suit.
As an MP - she is supposed to work for the country 1st not harbour childish n immature sentiments.
They think of themselves as Dictators who have the right to dispense to only their supporters n punish non supporters.
BN should close up as we have enough of GROSS Stupidity, and DUMB leaders who cannot lead in a mature way.
BN Boleh (in GROSS Stupidity, and DUMBNESS).
She should stay at home and play with children with such childishness.

True-Leaders.com said...

There you have it. Kindergarten politics. Will the "principal" have anything to say to this? Probably nothing as usual just like when a more "tadika kids" in Penang protested at Komtar against Guan Eng.

Lo said...

Tak kiralah pro kerajaan ke pembangkang ke rakyat yang bayar cukai so they deserve the funding from federal. Main-main gertak macam ini dah tak boleh pakai. Jangan jadi 'sore loser' dan hukum rakyat/pengundi. She must learn to respect us voters. Kalau tidak, expect bigger tsunami 5 years from now.........

hani said...

Why does she stoop so low? Why? Never learned from the recent general elections ka? You that dense...up there?

You're taking it on the rakyats. You want to teach them a lesson? That's not the way...to win them back.

Sure reflects someone who is so busuk hati so infantile... like you do, I will fix you.

Go get some help, Azlina. Yeah help from psychiatric department.

You have a mentality of a five-year old child with your tit-for-tat attitude.

Anonymous said...

vindictive? yes, and more importantly, the monies are not accountable for now. she knows Pakatan rakyat will not stand for RM250 per screwdriver which is one of the great ways of screwing the rakyat under her old ministry. and probably more multi-million promotion expenses in her favourite EPL country from the spendthrift minister.
do you need t wonde more why BN lost big? come next election, time to kick these corrupt and spendthrift ministers out.

Ginger said...

I guess they'll never learn until the day their world tumbles down.
Why so vindinctive when this is also her country? A person who loves Malayisa would not have conjured up with such remarks/actions to get even with the other parties. Afterall the ones who will suffer are the rakyat and her country.

Anonymous said...

Ooii azalina, daftar diri ke kelas ugama. Supaya hati awak tu bersih. Jangan buat perkara yang di marahi rakyat. Saya dah mula membecni UMNO dengan gelagat2 orang2 UMNO ni. Fikirkan hal negara dari memikirkan hal sendiri. Jangan berdengki. Awak menang tanpa bertanding pun atas kesilapan teknikal PKR. Sadarlah sikit oi!!!!

Anonymous said...

and then the udang di sebalik batu whispered, "tak boleh curi from these states anymore mah..."

Anonymous said...

VINDICTIVE B*TCH!"

Mekyam..oh...mekyam..

you left a very though one for us to answer... I would insert "u" as it was rumored that she is quite on the masculine "arena" !

Anonymous said...

BIG, BAD AND EXTREMELY STUPID MISTAKE, AZALINA...oh..but then that's nothing new right coming from this moron

PROFESSIONAL MALAY said...

If current UMNO members do not make major turnaround or overhaul during this period of time, UMNO will be dead soon.....the same history happened in India,Taiwan and Indonesia in the making for so-called old guardian political parties....
I believe I am a strong UMNO concept supporter (but not on current weak leadership) but with the way UMNO members are doing now, I strongly believe the above prediction will happen....BY PROFESSIONAL MALAY

HERMESOVA said...

Thank God that I am doing my Bac. In Hospitality and Tourism from a foreign Uni which is approved by WTO. At least it will become a passport for me to work abroad. Azalina's selfish act will cause the Tourism industry to suffer even worst than SARS attack. Nak cari makan kat negeri sendiri pun dah susah, lagi elok merempat kat negara orang!!!!

Anonymous said...

i guess i don't need to hand her a shovel ... she's digging herself & UMNO into the grave quite efficiently.

i guess one can be that 'duh!' and not see the light!

Roslina said...

Words just fail me....stupid, stupid, stupid azalina....I wish we have a system where we can throw stupid Ministers out of the Cabinet for doing stupid things like this....sigh! Buat malu saja !

Anonymous said...

Mampus UMNO! That's OUR money! Not UMNO's, not BN's and not Azalina's.

Anonymous said...

Lawyers out there - can the People of Penang, Selangor, etc sue the Minister/Ministry for acting against the interest of their States? After all the allocations/budgets of any Ministry comes from the whole nation (of which 50% voted against BN!).
Cn we? Can we?

muststopthis said...

There was a news item somewhere in the local malay papers highlighting a case where two people got married. The family of the bride boycotted the wedding simply because the groom and his family were PAS supporters, whereas the bride's family supported BN.
To cut off the leg where only the toe hurts?
Such is the mentality of small minded people, calling for boycotts, and cutting off funds from these five states.
I have a better suggestion, perhaps the five states can form a caucus and rule themselves separately?

???
we must stop this kind of tit for tat mentality....
Lets just hope that the five states can manage without federal help...afterall there really isn't gonna be any help (from the federal govt!!)

Anonymous said...

Shame on her!! And shame on the PM who picked her!!! She should be sacked! More question about your leadership Bodohwi.

Anonymous said...

thats why we have to get rid of selfish,revengeful and stupid leaders, just goes to show how low the bn govt headed by umno is wiling to go, burn the house down just because you don't like the tenant, or cutting ones nose to spite the face, do these people use their brains, what sheer arrogance, this show that all this while they are the gods and we just mortals they do as they please, now the money will be channelled to cronies? well go ahead, majority of the big hotels do have bumi share holdings especially from umno, less tourists so less full flight for MAS, leading less catering for the pm"s brother, well they can goyang kaki, malaysia has become a private fiefdom for these lords well we leave them to their own resources, its only their business the way they behave, lets see who suffers come next election.

zack said...

It just shows that is putting the party first before the rakyat. sigh....why la

Anonymous said...

I think we should look at this with a different view, all the preveous contractors and event management companies were appointed by tengku adnan, so azalina comes in she needs to replenish her war chest no?, after spending so much for the elections, so most probobaly she wants to appoint her own contractors and event management people, or else no mulla, get it, kickbacks, well lets see how much will the prices be inflated, before was rm50 car jacks were jacked up to 5500rm so. whatever happened to the investigations?, hmm I wonder whether the aca has closed the file? wink wink close one eye!

Zawi said...

Nuraina,
The people made a mistake for not finishing this government off. Now we have to endure another 5 yrs before we can change them. Can't they learn anything from the thrashing they received in GE12?

suaramalaysia said...

first she pours her wrath out at bloggers, now this unwise vendetta-driven tourism policy against States won by the opposition.

lesson one for Azlina: the people or rakyat has spoken. they have spoken firmly and it would be unwse to insult or penalise the the people for excercising their rights against the crony infested, corrupt testicle carrying Barisan Nasional.

lesson two for Azlina: an old Asian proverb states: "if you are not prepared to see what you ought to see, what you are not prepared to see will lead you to the longkang of no return."

mark my words, the malaysian people have reached zero tolerance with mental-midget politicians that has the average intellingence of a "kacang kuda". they are no longer going to cium the tangan of puteri yang makan duit rasuah.

vindictive politics belong to the realm of "orang minyak" and "mat rempits." wake up and come to terms that the rakyat has come of age and will not submit to Umno or barisan intimidation and muscle flexing.

it may have worked in the times of hang tuah, but it is now the age where the rakyat will send puteri bodohs to the river of no return. Azlina, bangun tidur dan sila minum kopi tongkat Aminah. masa dah sampai untuk keraja cik....

if you continue to operate in this former Umno/Barisan bully mode, you will wake up only to find both Umno and Barisan completely wiped out by the rakyat.

Anonymous said...

Or they say, "padan muka". What to do when get an elected jaguh kampung with a third world mentality. Oh dear, when are our 'spineless scums' aka politicians going to grow out of this? and this does not only hold true for the BN chappies you know!

Anonymous said...

Another "little Napoleon"!

Oops, sorry - wrong gender!!!!

ayyman rahim. said...

i just want to wait and see.

sh said...

Azalina is a disgrace to her position as minister.She can't see thye big picture..she has already decided that she is not a leader for Malaysia. Pak Lah should sack any minister who possess the Azalina's mindset.

Anonymous said...

Help me to understand this:

Your statement stated:
"Yesterday, Minister Azalina Othman Said said all funds for tourism in the five opposition-ruled states would be directly channelled into the accounts of the states' Tourism Action Councils which will no longer be chaired by the State Executive Councillors in charge of tourism.

The RM1mil annual budget for each state ...will from now on be channelled through federal funds."

Does that mean the 5 states will still get funding from the Federal, but through the states' Tourism Action Councils instead of the State Executive Councillors. If that's the case, what's the big deal?

Anonymous said...

Azalina, u are one sick stupid lady! Bertaubatlah and mengucap dan jauhi dari sifat zalim!

Anonymous said...

Azalina, please marry me and i will teach u a lesson u will never forget! Love u babe!

artchan said...

How the hell did AAB choose morons in his cabinet. After the election I would think AAB will choose right thinking forward looking team.

I hope for the next election..she will be challenged..

Anonymous said...

She's one ugly duckling left on the shelve.Nothing real about her.A bloody fake!

apot.bn said...

All this while I had been a fence sitter during the 2 previous PRU and I must admit my vote "swing" either way based on my judgement at that time.

Although I'm a high tech guy, my daily feed of current affair is mostly from the MSM and at that time I really can not understand what's all the fuss about those alternative news. I only began approaching the alternative news after PRU12 and oh my, now I know how much I miss out on getting a balance news!!

No thanks to the events (I'm particularly irked by the racist demo in Penang which try to incite racial tension) and responses by the BN in the aftermath of PRU12, they had help to cemented my future vote to "Any Party Other Than BN" which in short, I called it "apot BN".

They really make me feel I'm such a fool for voting them as I thought they have the people's interest at heart...

So from now on, instead of "support BN", I will now "apot BN" !!

pakaiotak said...

This tomboy berk is sulking like a disgruntled kid who doesn't get what she wants. Her appointment as a minister speaks volumes about the judgement of the zzzFIL. She is certainly NOT a cabinet minister material, having messed up the national sports so badly in her previous appointment. She is where she is simply because of the sheer incompetence of the one who put her there. My advice to her is to shut her big mouth up so less people will know what a stupid fool she is.

GobloKing said...

i am so pleased & honored to have met such SANE & good malaysians, thanks to all this brohaha enacted by amno..

The best thing was I met ppl like you and rocky and ofcourse zorro unmasked plus kl confidential and 2 sen and 20 sen and shanghai stephen to make me PROUD of being Malaysian!!!

lain kali, i will be sure to kachau you for more meet ups - hopefully selapas leave appplication approval from my CEO!!

maybe june...I HOPE!!!!!
mwahhhh......you sexy lady you!!!

as for azalina - I didn't know her bapak or umno & BN OWNS ALL THE MONEY IN MSIA paid for by taxpayers?? macam tu, lain kali we should just cut short the elections process and just give UMNO the sceptre lah..wtf vote ??

wtf we call Msia a democracy?

macam mafia orang tu!!

PROFESSIONAL MALAY said...

Pak Turuts and kaki bodeks are Pak Lah's strength now. How come Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek made a statement that the swing of votes during previous election was solely due to sudden swing of chinese votes...Is he crazy? Even layman can congak based on the detailed results of what happened in every states. How can he and Pak Lah just simply concluded that the malay votes are still strong??? Eg. look at Kedah or Shah Alam by simple judgement or the majority at Kelantan or Johor. This is the case of blind loyalty or boss just prefers yes man scenario. Pak Lah has tried but failed the trick of inciting Malays in Penang on DEB issue (also with Agong at Terengganu) but it seems Malays were confused because the fact that Malays were not favouring UMNO now or Pak Lah may confused himself because the feedback from his people seems wrong. Then now pak Lah instructed his so-called people with blind loyalty made personal attack on TDM. He asked TDM to stop making statements which may divide UMNO. I still remember how he made TDM like a pariah when TDM as negarawan negara was willing to start from bottom of UMNO just to give his opinion within rumahtangga UMNO....and now when TDM made the statements from outside he was shivering wildly. Is Pak Lah scared because of his inabality to counter the debate (which I tend to believe) or he thought UMNO members and Malays cannot think and judge properly about any allegations or rumour....As malay saying goes....Pak Lah takut dengan bayang-bayang sendiri....if he really UMNO fighter, he should answer, defend, tell the plan confidently on any issue either at UMNO or national level just like a true leader of our beloved Malaysia instead of still perasan terror like all Malays are behind him now.......

warrior2 said...

When one dosent understands why the step was taken, one says it was a form of revenge!

bayi said...

People like KJ, Azalina, Mohd2 and Nazri are the death of UMNO. Is the PM under some kind of a charm that makes him behave as if he's in a dream? Does he even know what he's doing?

Anonymous said...

Anyone wants to sponsor a book called '50 reasons Azalina should not be our Tourism Minister'? Can we launch it at the Loaf?