Now, do you know what the ‘TCT’ is? Old cocks like me who are in their 50s and 60s would probably know what the ‘TCT’ is. Those of you who are too lazy to read would probably be ignorant of the ‘TCT’. The ‘TCT’ stand for the ‘Tan Chong Transfer’. Ex-military personnel reading this piece would be very aware of the ‘Tan Chong Transfer’.
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Raja Petra Kamarudin
Someone commented that he has noticed I have not been writing much over the last fortnight or so. That is quite true and the reason is because all the latest ‘hot issues’ are actually very old stories that I have addressed back in the past. Hence if I talk about these issues I shall only be resurrecting old stories I have written about before.
It is puzzling as to why Malaysians take years to wake up. Then they blame the mainstream media that kept them in ignorance for so many years. But they also say they do not read the mainstream media any more or trust what the mainstream media says. So how can they have been kept in ignorance all these years if they do not read the mainstream media or trust what it says?
If they do not obtain their news from the mainstream media, where do they get their news from then?
One of the latest hot news is regarding the Auditor-General’s report and the amount of government wastage plus the overpriced goods and services that Malaysia has to pay for -- at the expense of the taxpayer of course.
Has this not been ongoing for 40 years?
I remember back in the 1980s we talked about the ‘TCT’. I even wrote about it 20 or 30 years ago and repeated this story back in the mid-1990s in my articles published on the Internet. That was more than 15 years ago. Did you not read about it? And if not, why?
Now, do you know what the ‘TCT’ is? Old cocks like me who are in their 50s and 60s would probably know what the ‘TCT’ is. Those of you who are too lazy to read would probably be ignorant of the ‘TCT’. The ‘TCT’ stands for the ‘Tan Chong Transfer’. Ex-military personnel reading this piece would be very aware of the ‘Tan Chong Transfer’.
Tan Chong is that Chinese company that made it big selling Datsun cars along Jalan Ipoh. Unknown to many, Tan Chong was also in government contracts and sold food items to the various government departments and ministries, in particular the military. And they sold these food products at ten times the normal market price. And any military personally who protested that the Maggi Mee that Tan Chong sold to the military can be bought outside at only 10% what the government was paying would immediately be transferred at the behest of Tan Chong.
Hence the ‘Tan Chong Transfer’.
No one dared protest even through everyone knew that Tan Chong was selling stuff to the military at ten times what it cost outside. And this was back in the 1970s and 1980s, long before many of you reading this were born.
So, today, we are outraged and perturbed that the government pays ten times what the products and services should cost. Did you just realise this? Have you just woken up? Where were you these last 30 or 40 years? Have you not been reading what we have been saying for so long? And you think this story is a latest hot issue? It is such an old story that I do not even want to write about it. That is why I have been quiet over the last fortnight or so.
Okay, what about the next latest hot issue about the ‘shoot to kill’ or ‘shoot first and talk later’ policy? Is this a latest hot issue for many of you? Again, where have you been all these years? Have you not been reading what we have been saying?
Do you remember the story I wrote about a Police Chief named Zakaria Chik? I wrote about this chap more than ten years ago and what I wrote was as follows.
Zakaria Chik used to be the Terengganu Police Chief when I first knew him back in the 1980s. He was then transferred to Pahang and eventually to Johor as the Police Chief for those states.
When he was the Police Chief for Johor many criminals were shot dead ‘resisting arrest’. I once bumped into him at the airport and commended him on the success of the Johor Police in its tough action on criminals.
Zakaria Chik then told me that he had ordered his policemen to shoot to kill or shoot first and talk later. They are not to take any prisoners and those officers that do would be transferred and made to walk the beat.
The criminals also know this, said Zakaria Chik, so they too will never surrender. When cornered they will try to shoot their way out. Hence the police, too, would be forced to shoot and not attempt to apprehend them. It is mutual for both sides.
As I said, this is an old story that I told many years ago. So do you think what Zahid Hamidi said is something new? This is not something new. This is something very old. So why are you all so outraged and perturbed? Have you not been reading what we have been saying for so many years?
You people need to pay attention. This issue of the wastage and overpriced goods and services plus the take-no-prisoners issue are very old issues that we have been talking about since the 1970s and 1980s. It is just that you are not paying attention. And now you react as if all this suddenly happened and you have just discovered a secret.
Now you know why I malas nak tulis. Even if I write you do not pay attention. And you rant, rave and scream about issues that have been around for 30 or 40 years and treat them as if these are new issues that just cropped up today.