Dilemma Senior Lee faces - Singapore Ready to Work, but Malaysia is Not – Win-Win opportunities are Sound & Logic but difficult even to take off
On the other hand, the implementers of the IDR would want to “grab all” in taking the lion share especially can be seen by the Bumiputra Malay Contractors Association who would not want to “miss the boat” so to speak. But in getting into the boat, Samy Vellu can vouched they cause a lot of problems in “leakages” – cost over-run, abandoned projects, uncompleted projects, delayed projects and in case of completed ones – shoddy workmanship with “pipes bursting & roof leaking”. The outcry from them in not getting the gravy train from the recent Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking railway project awarded to Gamuda-MMC is another typical example.(see Bottom, how the problem is resolved with Government "intervention"). They want to have a share but unable to deliver the goods in the end – only the promises stated in the signed contracts.
So Senior Lee Kuan Yew is sending the correct signals, but if there is no change in the mindset and following what Mahathir proposes “calling the shots”, and then this so called win-win co-operation would be just a win-fail result. The antipathy attitude, the false superiority complex and the smart thinking of “who needs who more” attitude would made this Malaysia-Singapore relationship even difficult to take off.
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Extracts from what the Senior Lee says
“This is the signal we want to send out to the Malaysian leaders & Malaysian people. We are ready to work. But so will you, in the end you can go more than we can, because you have critical mass.
For this to happen,
must believe it is really win-win . That Spore will gain, but so will Malaysia and Johore, Johor Baru and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Who gains more is left to history to decide. And is a secondary matter.
It needs a mindset change from competition, antipathy for
to co-operation and acceptance of Singapore . If Singapore pushes this, it will be counterproductive" Singapore
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Lee was asked whether
ABOVE & BELOW: PM Abdullah at the launch of the IDR many moons ago and is now struggling to take-off
Citing Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's proposal of the Iskandar Development Region (IDR)as a move in the right direction, Lee said
====from the sourceMM Lee says S'pore and
By May Wong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted:
Later Mr Lee told reporters on the sidelines that he wants Malaysian leaders to know that
Citing Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's proposal of the Iskandar Development Region, or IDR, as a move in the right direction, Mr Lee said
Another win-win possibility is faster rail and air travel between
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MM Lee 'not quite sold' on idea of 6.5 million population
By Li Xueying
MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew 'has not quite been sold' on the idea of a 6.5 million population size in
He said on Friday: 'I have not quite been sold on the idea that we should have 6.5 million.' 'I think there's an optimum size for the land that we have, to preserve the open spaces and the sense of comfort.'
MM Lee was speaking at think-tank Institute of Policy Studies' conference 'Scenarios for the Next Generation', which seeks to gaze into the crystal ball and discuss what Singapore will look like come 2030. Speakers, including Cabinet ministers, academics and journalists, held forth on subjects such as how the economy should evolve, cultural trends, and the
A year ago, the Government had announced that it is making plans to accommodate a population of 6.5 million people - up from the current 4.5 million - in the next 40 to 50 years. This sparked off worries about overcrowding.
= == == = = == = == Can Singapore understand and handle this kind of forced "handouts" to these companies? At the end of the day who would pick up the tabs for their inability to complete a job with a lot of excuses?
Double-tracking project a boon for bumiputra contractors
by Husna Yusop
PUTRAJAYA (Feb 4, 2008): The Gamuda-MMC consortium undertaking the Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking railway project will award almost 30% or RM3.7 billion of the RM12.5 billion job to bumiputra contractors and suppliers. It has also identified 335 work packages, including for bridges, tracks, drainage, buildings, stations, utility distribution and landscaping, to be awarded in stages from this month. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today that the consortium, which had identified 180 Classes A to D contracators to take part in the limited tender project, will offer 62 work packages to Class A contractors and 69 to Classes B and C jobbers.
“I would like to urge those of you who received the Letters of Award (LOA) today and the contractors to be appointed later to prove your capability. Should you fail, you will be sacked from the job. “This is important as we do not want the failure of a small group of contractors to result in a delay in the implementation of the project which has been fixed at five years. Delay and failure is not an option,” he said at his office. Najib, who chairs the Cabinet Committee on Public Transport, presented LOA to 24 bumiputra contractors -- for various works worth more than RM400 million -- and 10 engineering consultants. Present were Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohd Yaakob, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Sri Mohd Effendi Norwawi.
Najib said the bumiputra contractors, suppliers and consultants were chosen based on merit with three main criteria, namely genuineness and hands-on; technically and financial capability; and competitive prices. To ensure continuity, he said, the government will consider giving out more jobs to contractors with high performance ranking. He said MMC and Gamuda had assured the government they would pay the sub-contractors for work done within 30 days.
Apart from creating some 105,000 jobs, Najib said the project would boost