Friday 25 September 2009

cakap cakap ....Rahim Thamby Chik

When I was in Bangsar about two years ago I lived in Bangsar Permai – in Jalan Tandok. Well if I want to get technical I can say that everybody refers to it as Bangsar Permai Condominium. It has swimming pools, squash courts, a gym, surrounded by a wall and of course the essential security – a guard and the ‘entry by card’ only! The only problem is despite all that our unit was burgled. Anyway that is Bangsar Permai.
Now as you come out of the ‘condo’ right in front of you will be the ‘Lever Brothers’ land  - over 20 acres of prime land …very very prime land that belongs technically to KTM – but we know it really is UMNO that’s decides what will happen to it.
Anyway I was in Putrajaya one day and started to discuss the possibility of putting a proposal for that piece of land…ajaib tapi benar! What have I got to lose! But too late lah. I was told by my ‘contact’ that Pak Lah have decided that Gabem should have that piece of land. In fact my ‘contact’ showed me the proposal already submitted for what was to be done on the site.
To be honest I have never heard of Gabem – but I played it cool with my ‘contact’ – did not want him to think that I was a stupid fool in not knowing what he was referring to. Ok if that was no longer available I asked him “What about the land where the Jalan Travis Police station was on” – because I know that that piece of land stretched all the way to Jalan Selangor – just beside the Petrol station. He said no can do – already given to Sharizat’s brother. Ok lah. That was a lunch at Sheraton Putrajaya gone down the drain! Two opportunities – both taken.
As soon as I got back to Bangsar Permai I started my inquiry as to what was Gabem. To cut a long story short one of Pak Lah’s sahabat told me that Pak Lah wanted Rahim Thamby Chik to get the project – and Rahim was Chairman of Gabem – Gagasan Badan Ekonomi Melayu (Gabem). That blew my mind! Why would Pak Lah want somebody who had violated an underage girl to undertake this massive business opportunity – unless it is to give the man a helping hand to get back into the upper echelons of UMNO? Why indeed?
Now this is what I found out for myself. Can anybody confirm or deny this? Of course this was over a year ago. Maybe with the coming of Najib and Rosmah there might be others more favored then Rahim – any ideas anybody?


  1. HH,

    Okay the article that pops on the screen is the "Cakap Cakap .... fair comment" dated Saturday, August 29, . And it has always been like this everytime I log on.

    " cakap cakap .... Rahim Thamby Chik" lies hidden in the September blog archive.

    Just for your info.

  2. Day in day out, same old story.

    Cronies galore.

    HH actually, if you really wanted that land then, it would have been not too difficult I think.

    Glad though you didnt take that path down.


  3. Its easy and very usual for those kind of remarks i.e Sharizat's brother dapat,Rahim dapat etc etc..but the reality could be very different.

    Maybe..Sharizat brother is employed by a major property company and they are paying a huge premium above market price.

    So,the failure is the lack of transparency.All the government needs to tell us are the basics of the deal>>was it a good deal for the govt?Did they pay above market?Did they give cash?Do they have track record and resources to develop the property etc etc..

    Until then you will have this type of stories.

    By the way,if the Lever Bro land is given to you>>would you have the resources and capability to do the work?Or were you thinking of a quick flip or a JV?

  4. Agree with you that transparency or the lack of it is the problem.

    As to what I will do if I get my grubby hands on the Lever Bros land? Same as Rahim - quick flip or JV - whatever brings me the most money in the shortest possible time!

    and no..sharizat's brother did not pay a huge premium above market price. the land was PDRM's reserve.

    tqs for your comments - you know what you are talking about and we need comments like yours to give us balance in what we say. Regards.

  5. What I have been trying for years to push for is to give opportunities to those with the expertise,experience and right attitude..ask them to put in some "blood money" i.e as much as to possibly bankrupt him if he fails and provide the rest of the financing by a combination of loans/loanstock.
    If they succeed the rewards will be extremely then they goes bust.Thats the life of an entrepreneur..and thats the drug that will keep them focused and working 24x7.
    These type of guys will really learn and built resourceful and competitive corporations.
    Unfortunately our political masters gives opportunities to those with little capacity and willingness to do hard work..thus looking for quick money.
    Now..its worse..they give fantastic "no lose"packages to GLC head honchos..who are merely book keepers who gets massive compensation without any risk.You don't create competitive and creative outfits in that manner.
    China's top bank pays only USD 235k per annum to their CEO..a Senior GM in CIMB or Maybank earns more than that.

    PM needs to be more aware of the the nonsense created by the Pak Lah kids at Khazanah.Eventually,if not will be one of the reasons why PRU 13 will see the end of BN.

    And sad to say..these very people are the ones shouting that NEP is no longer necessary.We,the ones fighting in the trenches to survive can tell Najib the clearer and more reflective stories>>but we will never be heard.