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    Friday, July 15, 2005
    Rafidah in the hot soup
    According to BERNAMA the cabinet meeting yesterday has directed MITI minister Rafidah Aziz to reply to all the issues raised by Tun Dr Mahathir pertaining to the government's automotive policy .

    Mahathir had among other raised issues pertaining to:

    The importation and under declaration of South Korean cars since his PM days. According to him the landed cost for such a car was RM11,000 whereas the manufacturing cost for a Proton RM14,000.

    The excessive issuance of APs that jeopardizes the national car market. In 2004 alone 67,000 Aps were issued, of which only 12,600 were given to 82 companies, whilst 54,000 were awarded to 20 selected companies.

    The decision for a car to have 40 percent local content to qualify as a national product for duty-free access into the AFTA market was actually not taken by the cabinet.

    Its amusing to notice that these issues were actually sensationalized by the former PM, Rafidahs ex boss. Infact when the former PM announced his intention to quit in 2002 it was Rafidah who first jumped from her seat towards the rostrum pleading and crying in full view of the public and broadcasted nationwide crying out:

    Why,why?

    And equally amusing is the PMs reaction on this issue, he looks as though he has no hands on control towards events happening around him. His first reaction is something never heard off coming from previous PMs who would normally stand behind their cabinet members. As reported by BERNAMA :

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told reporters here Thursday that the Minister of International Trade and Industry had to reply because the issues concerned her ministry.

    Whatever it may be, Rafidah is definetly immersed in hot soup. Just last week Isa Samad lost everything. Would Rafidah be next?


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    posted by Jamloceng @ 2:57 PM  
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