Friday, January 2, 2009

ANTARA KUALA LUMPUR DAN KOTA SINGA: SETULEN MANAKAH PERSAHABATAN MEREKA?

Di bawah ini saya paparkan dua item berita mengenai krisis ekonomi global. Kedua-dua berita ini menjuruskan kepada soal kepimpinan dan strategi perjuangan mereka.

Berita Utusan Malaysia memetik Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai berikrar bahawa “kerajaan berazam mengambil langkah-langkah berkesan untuk memelihara kekuatan ekonomi negara dan melindungi kepentingan rakyat dalam menghadapi cabaran ekonomi global yang mencabar” mulai 2009.

Berita Bernama pula memetik Perdana Menteri Singapura, Lee Hsein Loong sebagai berkata bahawa “Singaporeans must be prepared for a difficult year ahead, especially the first half of 2009 in which its economy would probably contract further.”

PM: LINDUNGI KEPENTINGAN RAKYAT

PUTRAJAYA 31 Dis. – Kerajaan berazam mengambil langkah-langkah berkesan untuk memelihara kekuatan ekonomi negara dan melindungi kepentingan rakyat dalam menghadapi cabaran ekonomi global yang mencabar tahun depan.

Dalam amanatnya sempena Tahun Baru 2009, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata, kerajaan akan terus bertindak secara bertanggungjawab dengan memantau perkembangan krisis ekonomi itu serta mengambil langkah-langkah wajar mendepaninya.

Tegas Perdana Menteri, dasar kerajaan bagi menghadapi krisis ekonomi global mempunyai dua matlamat iaitu mengekalkan daya saing serta keutuhan ekonomi dan memelihara kesejahteraan rakyat terutama golongan miskin.

‘‘Saya yakin dan percaya bahawa dengan niat suci dan semangat gigih, tiada gunung yang terlalu tinggi untuk kita daki dan tiada laut yang terlalu dalam untuk kita selami.

‘‘Dalam saat-saat yang menduga dan mencabar ini, kita perlu mengamalkan semangat bersatu demi memastikan masa depan anak cucu kita bersama,” kata beliau dalam amanat yang disiarkan menerusi stesen televisyen tempatan malam ini.

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2009&dt=0101&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Muka_Hadapan&pg=mh_03.htm

SINGAPORE'S 2009 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IS HIGHLY UNCERTAIN

SINGAPORE, Dec 31 (Bernama) - Singaporeans have been urged to be psychologically prepared as the republic's economic outlook next year "is highly uncertain".

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said although the economic growth for the year was still positive at 1.5 percent, an open economy like Singapore could not avoid being hit by the global slowdown.

In his New Year message today, Lee said Singaporeans must be prepared for a difficult year ahead, especially the first half of 2009 in which its economy would probably contract further.

Singapore which has already gone into recession is currently experiencing a sharp fall in world-wide demand for its exports, tourist arrivals and its broader economy.

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=381092

Setelah membaca kedua-dua berita di atas, rakyat Malaysia wajar menghayati mesej yang tersirat di sebaliknya. Sesudah itu, fikirkanlah persoalan ini: antara Kuala Lumpur dan Kota Singa, setulen manakah persahabatan mereka? – Ruhanie Ahmad

3 comments:

rantong said...

Dalam persahabatn dengan negara bukan Islam, kepentingan rakyat terlebih dahulu dipentingkan. Jika Singapura menjangkakan pembuangan pekerja2 dari Malaysia, businessman2 dari Malaysia patut mengambil penganggur2 ini dan dapatkan maklumat2 perniagaan yang dibawa bersama2 mereka. Pengalaman bekerja dengan syarikat2 di singapura mungkin boleh memberi manfaat kepada perniagaan di Malaysia. Biarkan Singpura dengan cara ekonomi inggeris mereka dan kita berdiri teguh dengan konsep perniagaan dan ekonomi Islam. Hebat Malaysia ku.

Mika Angel-0 said...

Puteramaya,
Salaam Siber!

Seberapa tulen persahabatan mereka
sapertimana tulennya Myanmar mahu
kekal bersama-sama Siam, Kemboja,
Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Filipina,
Brunei...adakah kita terlupa nama?

bacalah hati-hati ketika mau
mengerti bisikan mengiring

Mika Angel-0 said...

Puteramaya
Salaam Siber!

Setelah membaca kedua-dua berita di atas, rakyat Malaysia wajar menghayati mesej yang tersirat di sebaliknya.

Berita:
1. Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER, Associated Press Writers Ibrahim Barzak And Jason Keyser, Associated Press Writers
12 mins ago

JERUSALEM – The Israeli government says tens of thousands of reserve soldiers are being mobilized as the offensive in Gaza widens with the launching of a ground invasion that Defense Minister Ehud Barak says "won't be short" or easy.

The military did not give out specific numbers. But it says it has expanded a call-up of some 9,000 reserves soldiers that began earlier this week.

Some of these reservists are being mobilized as a warning to Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon who fought a monthlong war with Israel in the summer of 2006.

Israeli ground troops began pouring into Gaza earlier Saturday. The incursion expanded an 8-day-old operation that had been conducted almost exclusively from the air.


2. Ukraine: Serious gas shortages possible
By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press Writer Maria Danilova, Associated Press Writer
2 hrs 50 mins ago

KIEV, Ukraine – A top Ukrainian official warned Saturday that European customers could see serious natural gas disruptions in about two weeks if the energy dispute between Russia and Ukraine is not resolved, and the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom accused Ukraine of boycotting contract negotiations.

As Russia and Ukraine traded accusations in their bitter dispute over energy prices, four European nations — Romania, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria — all reported some supply drops in natural gas Saturday.

Gazprom cut off gas shipments to Ukraine on Thursday. Then Gazprom and Ukraine embarked on dueling charm offensives, both trying to assure western European nations that they were reliable energy partners and the fault lay with their rival.

The Russian delegation hoped to convince investors in Prague, Paris, Berlin and London that Kiev is to blame for any gas shortages, saying Ukraine is siphoning off natural gas from Russian shipments, as well as refusing to pay $600 million in fines or negotiate a new price contract for 2009.

Russia supplies Ukraine with natural gas and also sends 80 percent of its gas supplies to Europe through pipelines in Ukraine. The stakes in the dispute are high because Europe relies on Russia for a quarter of its gas needs — and because heat is crucial in the biting northern European winter.

Meanwhile, Bohdan Sokolovsky, an economic aide to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, warned that serious disruptions could hit Russia's European customers, if Russia continues to refuse to ship gas allocated for Ukraine to Ukraine. Sokolovsky said even though Ukraine continued to pump Russian gas destined for Europe, European countries could see major shortfalls in 10 to 15 days.

Without Ukraine's share of gas in the shipment from Russia, the overall gas levels in the pipeline transit system begin to fall. Sokolovsky said if that continues, an automatic shutdown will be triggered because the system requires a minimum amount of gas to maintain pipeline pressure.

"It is obvious that this is political pressure on Ukraine," Sokolovsky said of Russia's gas cutoff. "This is pure politics."

Speaking in Prague on Saturday, Gazprom Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said Ukraine's position was "absolutely unacceptable."

"We're not negotiating. There's nobody from Naftogaz to negotiate" with, he said, referring to Ukraine's state gas company.

Despite the gas cutoff to Ukraine, Gazprom says it has continued pumping the gas meant for Europe. Medvedev said Gazprom has been using alternative routes that don't cross Ukraine — pipelines in Belarus and Turkey — but those don't have the capacity to make up the shortfall. As a result, some European countries were seeing a reduction in supplies.

"We try to do our utmost to compensate for what Ukraine is doing ... but the capacity to compensate has its limits," Medvedev said.

Gazprom Alexei Miller later suggested at a televised company meeting in Moscow that European consumers should sue Ukraine for allegedly stealing their gas.

Ukraine, meanwhile, disputes the fines and contends that Gazprom is unfairly refusing to accept a rise in transit fees while asking for higher gas prices for 2009.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said in a statement late Saturday that the company would file a lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration in Stockholm, Sweden, against Naftogaz over the transit issue.

The two nations also are at odds over the price Ukraine will pay for natural gas in 2009. Gazprom has proposed a price jump from $179.50 to $418 per thousand cubic meters.

Valentyn Zemlyansky, a Naftogaz spokesman, said Saturday the company is ready to negotiate in Moscow but called Gazprom's behavior "energy blackmail." He rejected the claim that Ukraine was siphoning gas, saying the country had been sacrificing its own reserves to maintain minimum pressure levels in the pipes.

Zemlyansky said by noon Friday, Naftogaz had received a request from Gazprom to pump 305 million cubic meters, but it had to pump 319.3 million just to keep the gas flowing.

"Ukraine is fulfilling all the obligations of the energy charter, in comparison to our Russian partners," Zemlyansky told The Associated Press.

Ukraine itself has enough reserves to last until early April, Naftogaz says.

Outside observers said the ramifications of gas shortages across Europe were so great that they should not be allowed to occur. Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Uralsib bank, said the dispute was mainly political and would likely be resolved to avoid serious disruptions to both Russia's and Ukraine's reputations.

The European Union has urged the two former Soviet republics to find an "urgent solution" to the dispute and announced it will host a Jan. 9 meeting with Russian and Ukrainian experts to discuss natural gas shipments to the 27-nation bloc.

Still, the EU warned it would not play mediator.

"We reject being part of the dispute," Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra said Saturday. The Czech Republic currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency.

Konsumerisma Patriotisma
(dunia neo-mukazhibeuun dunia muslim)

apatah kesanya, pengaruhnya, impaknya,
terhadap harga minyak mentah, gas, tenaga nuklear dan ekonomi sejagat termasuklah ekonomi negara?

apatah yang tersurat

berita yang manatah menarik perhatian?

jangan dibilang angka mangsa -
apakah halal nyawa yang dirampas

siapakah yang zalim dan menzalim
jangan ditanya apakah tindakan
yang wajar si-muslim tegakkan

apatah yang tersirat

luruh
luruh
luruh
daun dauh kering
di dekat siddratul-munthaha