Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Shifting Sand, Hot Air and the Great Divide

The conspiracists are having a field day deciphering this stupendous curveball thrown by the Malaysian government on closing the negotiations on the crooked bridge. Needless to say, the Singaporeans are perplexed and stumped by this discontinuation of talks; that they probably suspect behind this preposterousness, there must be some kind of genius. I think people think too hard and try to see what's not there. The facts are there.

1. The announcement to end negotiations on the issue.
We've so many bilateral issues which has remained unresolved since the split. We could have KIVed the issue and revive it at a more opportune time.

2. The intervention of The International Court of Law or Arbitration (or whatever you call it, cant be eff to research).
Excuse me, the dispute hasnt arised yet and noone has brought the matter up to the concerned judiciary bodies. Why the speculation on the possible outcome of justice before deliberations on the negotiations are conducted?

3. Selling sand and airspace.
One is a red herring and one is a commercial matter to benefit a few. Airspace is the sovereign asset owned by the country and any revenue collected from it, directly goes to the coffers of the governement. Sand is different in that there are private stakeholders who own land and concessions who will benefit directly from it. Since sand is a strategic commodity, APs would have to be issued. We all know the rest of the scheme.

4. Negotiations to be called off because of legal implications.
The legal implication at this juncture is that someone has possibly made overtures to Singapore to include the sand and airspace in the negotiations. The plot was on the verge of falling apart, thus the need to close the negotiations before it unravels.

Of course, this whole conspiracy put forth is purely speculative and totally baseless. I kid you not.

A poem by the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 - 96):
The best laid schemes o' mice and men
Gang aft agley [often go awry]
And leave us nought but grief and pain
For promised joy!

9 comments:

madnoh said...

I don't buy any of their excuses for scrapping the project. Sand, airspace, legal implications WTF? The crooked bridge was to be built on our side of the boundary. S'pore side of the causeway remains untouched. We told S'pore of our intentions to build the bridge, their only concern was only the water pipes and the railway lines.

For the sake of my sanity, please get someone to tell us the truth.

sic6sense said...

maddie, maybe I just did. :D

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

for some inexplicable reasons, the Burns' poem reminds me of another poem by browning i think, called Pippa's Song:

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven —
All 's right with the world!

all is right with the world, indeed.

vic said...

Been a bit busy of late, thus not responded to comments on my own blog. Well, here goes.

I tend to believe a bit of what TDM has stated. He has done his homework. We have the right to do as we please, and give 6 months notice, where water pipes are concerned. Even for railway line, as long as re-connection is done within a specified period, as per the related law/agreement, our assets at spore remain intact.

As for sand and airspace. Yeah, its possible some bolehlandputras aka umnoputras have a stake in the sand business and want to include that in. As for airspace, perhaps spore pushed for this from day one.

What do i make of all this crap thats been dumped on us by your incompetent and spineless Govt? I am beginning to suspect that PM wanted to use this as a smokescreen to divert people's attention away from the rising oil prices. Halt the bridge and save a billion ringgit.

Why give the go-ahead a few weeks earlier for bridge? So, GP can do a bit of work, and then claim RM100 million for work done aka compensation for project being cancelled.

PM probably didnt count on TDM coming out guns blazing.

babulicious said...

Truth will never be told when there is too much to hide. Yes, all seems cogent enough an argument by TDM and so probably are the speculations but it certainly isn't going to change the tune of our present leader's decision as it would make him look the right ignorant fool to not have thoroughly questioned or studied the whole issue properly to have even left it any consideration at any other time.

At the end of the day, it just looks like a flagrant case of bad judgement on our part. Shame.

madnoh said...

@ sicko: Pehaps you did, some points you raised were plausible. Perhaps we will never get to hear the official version of the truth from the Gov't but I have a feeling that they will issue a statement soon to attempt to bury this for once and for all.

I don't know when the next UMNO general assembly will be. Last year it was in July.

sic6sense said...

babe, that poem is so 'Sound of Music'. Got me started on the ~ the hills are alive..~

vic, the scary thing is, PM is probably clueless.

babul, and Hamid comes out with another statement to say that the bridge can be looked at again in the future!

maddie, you know the old saying about the guilty one making the most noise? It applies.

madnoh said...

Ah there we go, the statement I was waiting for. "Shaddup and move on. The matter is closed" he says in not so many words.

Going by your logic, now I have a good guess on who brought up the idea of scrapping the project.

sic6sense said...

maddie, going by my logic?!!LOL!

Actually, i heard it but dont tell anyone. :D