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Itali, Sepanyol gah di padang, longlai dalam ekonomi

Oleh Anwar OPatho Rohman

Laksana dana penyelamat bersepadu elak krisis terus melarat.

Bagi yang menonton Euro 2012 awal pagi tadi, tentu sudah mengetahui siapa bergelar ‘raja’ bola sepak Eropah tahun ini, sama ada Itali atau pun Sepanyol. Pasukan yang menang menyambutnya dengan penuh kegembiraan dan disanjung ribuan peminat. Bagi yang kalah, menangis air mata darah sekali pun tidak akan dapat menukar keputusan perlawanan.

Di sebalik kehebatan dan kemeriahan Euro 2012 terutama apabila perlawanan akhir menemukan Sepanyol dan Itali, kedua-dua negara ini juga tetap mempunyai kelemahan. Kedua-duanya sedang bergelut dengan krisis ekonomi

Itulah dunia sukan bola sepak. Ia penuh dengan kegilaan, suka duka, misteri, keajaiban dan luar biasa tetapi amat berpengaruh kepada manusia kerana ramai yang sanggup mengorbankan wang ringgit, tenaga dan masa termasuk waktu tidur.

Jelas sekali, Euro 2012 menjadi pentas negara rantau Eropah mempamerkan kehebatan dalam sukan bola sepak kepada dunia khasnya benua Amerika Selatan dan Asia.

Kejohanan berprestij empat tahun sekali itu amat ditunggu peminat bola sepak, selain Piala Dunia kerana mereka mahu menyaksikan aksi diperagakan pemain yang mewakili negara masing-masing kerana hampir separuh pemain beraksi dianggap antara pemain terbaik dunia.

Namun begitu, di sebalik kehebatan dan kemeriahan Euro 2012 terutama apabila perlawanan akhir menemukan Sepanyol dan Itali, kedua-dua negara ini juga tetap mempunyai kelemahan. Kedua-duanya sedang bergelut dengan krisis ekonomi di negara masing-masing.
Walaupun Itali dan Sepanyol dilihat hebat di padang, di pentas ekonomi kedua-dua negara itu sebenarnya tenat dan amat memerlukan dana penyelamat bagi mengurangkan kesan peningkatan kos pinjaman yang sedang dihadapinya.

Jumaat lalu, pemimpin negara Kesatuan Eropah (EU) bersetuju melaksanakan tindakan kecemasan itu dengan disusuli penubuhan sebuah badan penyeliaan tunggal bagi memantau institusi perbankan di Zon Euro menjelang akhir tahun ini.

Sidang Kemuncak 17 negara anggota yang berkongsi mata wang sama bersetuju dana menyelamat Zon Euro boleh digunakan bagi menstabilkan pasaran bon, susulan rayuan pemimpin Sepanyol dan Itali.

Pelan tindakan kecemasan itu boleh dibuat tanpa memaksa negara berkenaan yang mematuhi peraturan bajet EU, menerima pakai langkah penjimatan tambahan atau pembaharuan ekonomi.

Negara EU yang meminta sokongan bon daripada dana penyelamat perlu memeterai satu memorandum persefahaman (MoU) dengan menyatakan komitmen dasar sedia ada mereka serta tempoh masa yang dipersetujui.

Negara berkenaan, bagaimanapun tidak akan berdepan sebarang pengawasan ‘Troika’, wakil Suruhanjaya Eropah, Bank Pusat Eropah dan Tabung Matawang Antarabangsa (IMF), yang mana ketika ini Greece, Ireland dan Portugal tertakluk mengenainya.

Pada Sidang Kemuncak EU sebelum ini, Sepanyol dan Itali bersetuju menerima pakej pertumbuhan untuk menurunkan kos pinjaman kedua-dua negara itu yang kini kian meningkat. Masalah itu kini boleh menjejaskan pasaran modal ekonomi negara ketiga dan keempat terbesar dalam zon euro itu.

Penganalisis pasaran saham, Kaladher Govindan menganggap keputusan EU sebagai bantuan melegakan untuk pasaran bon Sepanyol dan Itali, namun kelemahan serta ketidakseimbangan fiskal Eropah dalam sistem perbankan bukan sekadar menuntut suntikan modal berterusan.

“Krisis ekonomi di sana masih memerlukan lebih banyak bantuan jika mahu pulih di samping mengatasi masalah isu utama.

“Soalnya, adakah Mekanisme Penstabil Eropah (ESM), iaitu dana penyelamat tetap Eropah yang akan diberikan kuasa menyalurkan bantuan secara terus kepada bank bermasalah, akan diberikan lesen perbankan seperti disyaratkan syarat Bank Pusat Eropah (ECB),” katanya.

Perkembangan terbaru menunjukkan yang perkara itu mungkin boleh menjadi kenyataan kerana dana penyelamat euro berjumlah 500 juta boleh mengecilkan hutang Sepanyol dan Itali bernilai lebih 2.4 trilion.

“ECB sepatutnya memainkan peranan lebih penting dalam situasi sekarang sekiranya situasi melegakan Jumaat lalu hendak dikekalkan,” kata Ketua Penyelidik TA Securities itu lagi.

Melihat kepada perkembangan di blok Eropah itu, ia seharusnya menyedarkan kita bahawa sehebat mana sesebuah negara itu, pasti ada kelemahan.

Ada banyak perkara yang boleh dipelajari darinya. Sukan mungkin boleh menjadikan negara di Eropah gah dan megah pada mata dunia, tetapi pada sudut lain, mereka jauh lebih menderita berbanding negara kita.

dipetik daripada : Berita Harian Online

Jurulatih 3 Kepala

My friend showed me this video on YouTube. It’s hillarious. Got to watch. Many more such videos. Just search ‘Bangkang Dari Longkang’ on YouTube or google it. Mesti jumpa!!! Harap kita tak jadi macam ni.

A Must Read

A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

I finally got a copy of it. Thanks to my sister who bought it first and let me read a few chapters of it.

Just reading a few chapters you can already understand of why he made such stern actions and decisions during his premiership. Although some say that he’s an ultra Malay, to me he was just fulfilling his duty as the Prime Minister for all. To ensure all Malaysians get the opportunities accordingly in this blessed country.

As a father, I could learn so much from this book. How to nurture my kids and what’s the best in upbringing them.

Besides that, it could be a great management bible as well. He also touches on how to make the best out of your subordinates.

The best part is, the real politics of Malaysia. As I always say to my friends, Malaysia is very unique. The real political situation in Malaysia is very delicate. Blessed with multiracial and religions, more than whisper could ruin everything that we have now. Those were challenges that he had to face, and now the situation is more complicated than ever.

I thank him for things that he had tried his best to achieve for us. He had made ready for us a base to become greater. All we have to now is to unite, and make the best for Malaysia and our children.

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I’m Glad I Live in Malaysia

Recent development in Kerdau and Merlimau for me is very frustrating. From what I heard, a few leaders were urging the people to adopt the ‘way of the street’ as what were in Egypt and Tunisia. They keep saying that SPR is not transparent and corupt. Serving only for the government of the day. Which is not as far as I’m concerned.

MAFREL, an NGO who claimed that it’s neutral, was granted by SPR to observe the campaign and polling day during a few of past by-elections. But this neutral body was only observing and protesting BN campaign. If you were there at Manek Urai, Bukit Gantang, Batang Ai, Bukit Selambau and a lot more, you only saw MAFREL officials at BN posts, and checking out every  BN campaign. None were seen at any either PAS, PKR or DAP posts. Now I know what neutral means.

SPR knew this yet still gave permission to such body to observe our democracy practice. So, all false and malicious allegations towards SPR would be dismissed. SPR thought MAFREL could improve our election practices but nothing constructive suggestions were put forward by MAFREL. At the end of the day, MAFREL has been dropped out from our election scenes.

Anyhow, Hosni Mubarak is no more there. But the street jokers are still there. Look what is happening in Tunisia, new government has been installed yet the rioters are everywhere. Democracy does not belong on the streets. It’s an idea of sharing power with every single living citizen of a state. Democracy means equitible opportunity for the citizens so all can live without fear of being threaten by other living soul physically or mentally. All can earn a living without prejudice.

I believe we have all that in Malaysia. Tiny little bit of bad experience is nothing compared to even developed countries such the US, UK or France. Racism is still a lot in those countries. Most of those speakers who keep promoting the ideal democracy of the US and the UK have never even been to those countries. If they were there, they were only visiting not living the real Americans way of life. I was there. A few of my friends were too. Yes, they have cheap jeans and great burgers but walking alone at night fearing being mugged of shot in the head is not the unusual. Ghetthos or slums are always referred to the blacks community homes. These are what democracy mean to those capitalists. Equal opportunity for all. I don’t think God given spectacular brain and heart are just for yourself. It’s about helping each other out.

Think again. Why we are so anxious to deteriorate our peace and harmony Malaysia. Can’t everyone just hold hands and develop our beloved Malaysia so our young ones can continue live peacefully. You know what, Malaysia is the best thing that ever happen to me. All the good things happen here.

Are we Not 1Malaysia?

I got stranded at KLIA after my flight to Langkawi which scheduled at 3.00pm was canceled due to some aircraft failure or something. At least that what the MAS officer in charge told me.  I finally got to aboard another flight at 6.00pm. I spent almost 4 hours at KLIA today. The longest, so far! Anyway, thanks to MAS for providing a lunch voucher worth RM20.

Coincidently, another colleague of mine was boarding the same flight at 6.00pm. So, at least I had somebody to chat with during the final hour before boarding the flight, and of course during the journey because he was sitting next to me. What’s the odd?!

During that lengthy conversation, he suddenly popped up a question which to me a very ‘brain breaking’ question. “What do you think about Dato’ Sri Najib‘s current policy?”. I supposed “What a nice weather today” wasn’t one of his favorite question. LOL 😀

I paused… I needed a damn good answer, at least to tell him that I do read the newspaper which I seldomly do. * giggle*

I guess Dato’ Sri Najib is trying to embed a real Malaysia idealism in every Malaysians’ hearts and souls. Mahathir did mention in his Malay Dilemma that the shallow and surface relationship between Malay, Chinese and Indian during the early days of independence was among the big factors of May 13th Tragedy. Najib’s trying to foster the real relationship between ethnics who are too diverse in background. I belief that the day will come when the Prime Minister of Malaysia will not be Malay and Muslim. Everybody assumes that the PM will always be a Malay, especially the Malays, because it has been since 1957. But the Federal Constitution says differently. It just states that an MP who has the majority support of Dewan Rakyat will assume the power of the PM of Malaysia. Nonetheless, will the PM at that time continue to protect and uphold the Federal Constitution and its spirit just as when the country was formed and agreed upon in 1957? The religion of the Federal of Malaysia will always be Islam, the special position of Raja-Raja Melayu, the national language will always be only Bahasa Melayu and the special privileges of Bumiputras? Whenever another MP tries to change these articles even he or she is a Malay, will another Chinese, Indian or Sikh MP stands up and opposes it, regardless of his or her political party and religion? Currently, I don’t see that coming. See what happen in Penang or Selangor. Pakatan MPs and ADUNs in those states are promoting new ideology which is too different from the spirit of the Federal Constitution. Malays nowadays can’t even utter the phrase of ‘hak melayu‘. If they say so, Pakatan MPs or ADUNs will attack them as racists. But when Chinese or Indians go around and talk about their rights, no Malay calls them racists. When Teoh Beng Hock died in the custody of SPRM, DAP marched around, did candle light virgil and subtly campaigned that it happened because of Beng Hock was a Chinese. Same thing happened when A.Kugan died in the custody of Police. HINDRAF and DAP went around and subtly told people that it wouldn’t happen if Kugan wasn’t an Indian. People suddenly forgot the sin and crime that Kugan did even he was caught red-handed trying to steal a luxury car. This is a true bigotry. And, when Susilowati and other few Malays was murdered by a few Indians, nobody said anything. Either UMNO or PAS said nothing. Malays didn’t react at all. Why? Because they saw it as a pure sadistic and brutal criminal act. It could happen to anyone regardless of his or her skin color. So, I guess Najib wants to make sure that all Malaysians will only see other Malaysians as Malaysian and not Malay, Chinese, Indian, Orang Asli, Iban, Murut, Kadazan, Bajau, Sungai, Suluk and everything else. He’s promoting 1Malaysia to ensure this and at the same time upholding the spirit of the Federal Constitution. He doesn’t want our national language ends up like Singapore national language which is also Bahasa Melayu. The national anthem is also in Bahasa Melayu – Majulah Singapura. But who still speak Bahasa Melayu in Singapore? Basically, this development is good for Malaysia, however he should consider all options in realizing this sincere concept. Just to make sure it won’t lose in translation.

That was my answer. After writing this down, no wonder I felt that journey from KLIA to Langkawi took shorter than usual 🙂