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Reuters: Daim Tidak Pasti - TNB Malang Lagi
By Dow Jones
23/5/2001 1:07 am Wed
[Daim masih membuat penganalis terteka-teka masa-depannya.
Beliau bercuti sehingga hujung bulan ini tetapi tidak pula
pasti akan hadir dalam perhimpunan agung Umno pada 20hb Jun
nanti. Daim tidak hadir pada mesyuarat MT pada hari Isnin
baru-baru ini dan beberapa mesyuarat lain lagi. Yang menariknya
Umno banyak bermesyuarat mengenai disiplin dan politik wang
sejak akhir-akhir ini. Rencana AFP menyebut lapuran siasatan
terhadap Khalil Yacob sedang disiapkan padahal Tengku Rithaudeen
sudah pun membuat keputusan dari awal lagi. Mengapa ia tidak
diumumkan masih menjadi misteri.
Selain politik wang, banyak isu berbau kaum berhembus dari mulut
Mahathir dan menteri yang baru ditambahnya sekarang ini. Mahathir
seperti sengaja mengacau riak selepas GPMS melenyap kerana kaum
Cina menjadi penentu undi sebagaimana terbukti di Lunas tempoh hari.
Pembukaan pendaftaran pengundi baru oleh SPR di saat krisis kuota
kaum nampaknya akan memancing pengundi kaum Cina untuk mengimbangi
kekuatan undi kaum Melayu nanti yang banyak menolak BN.
Umno dan Mahathir nampaknya ingin mempamirkan strategi mesra kaum
Cina dengan perlantikkan penasihat istimewa dan penerimaan kaum
Cina dari parti Akar sebagai ahli. Dua strategi ini bertujuan untuk
mengubah persepsi, memancing undi dan mengurangkan liabiliti. Begitu
juga dengan khabar angin Daim yang mahu menguji beberapa reaksi.
Pada 21/5/2001 lepas Mahathir dilapurkan sebagai berkata ada
kemungkinan Ku Li dipanggil balik semula di dalam kabinetnya
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan saham Tenaga Nasional Bhd jatuh
3.9% ke paras RM7.45 kesan daripada susun-atur baru MSCI yang
menitik beratkan apungan bebas. Saham gergasi BSKL ini dijangka
akan jatuh meruncing dari 12.4% kepada 7.5% dalam paparan baru MSCI.
Sahamnya kini berada di paras 2-tahun terendah selepas 25% terkoyak
pada 2/5/2001 akibat kebimbangan ia terlibat dalam projek Bakun
dan hutang luar yang meningkat jika ringgit dinilai semula.
Kini MSCI pula menjerut nasibnya - menjadikan ia semakin tidak
menarik buat pelabur luar. Tanpa sokongan yang kuat Tenaga akan
menghadapi masa depan yang sukar. Lebih baik ia meminggirkan sahaja
wawasan sewel Mahathir - jika tidak banyak harapan akan hancur
Malaysia's Daim says undecided on staying in government
Speculation about Daim's future emerged last month when Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his finance minister was
on two month's leave because he was tired.
"It's too early to decide. I'm still resting," Daim told
journalists in reply to questions on whether he would return
to his job.
"Be patient," he said when asked when Malaysia would know
whether it still had a finance minister.
He was speaking prior to the opening of the Asia/Pacific Group
annual meeting on Money Laundering.
Repeated talk that Daim was suffering from health problems or
had fallen out with Mahathir has made the rounds in Kuala
Lumpur political and financial circles.
Daim, who began his second stint as finance minister in
January 1999, shortly after Mahathir's rival Anwar Ibrahim was
sacked and jailed, also holds the powerful party position of
treasurer in the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
Daim has been in Washington over the past week after attending
an annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Honolulu
earlier this month.
Despite taking leave Daim occasionally visited his office,
saying he had a backlog of paperwork on important projects to
But he has cut back on his appointments. He skipped an UMNO
Supreme Council meeting on Monday, after missing several other
recent meetings of the party's top leaders.
"He's on leave until the end of this month. The end of this
month is not here so he's entitled not to be here," Mahathir
told a news conference after Monday's meeting.
On Tuesday, Daim said he was unsure whether he would be fully
back at work by the time UMNO's general assembly convenes on
Both Mahathir and Daim have voiced impatience with the media's
persistent questioning of the motives for Daim's long leave.
But neither has said outright whether the finance minister
intends to stay in the government, fuelling apprehension that
Daim's extended break could be a prelude to leaving
Malaysia's economy is expected to slow sharply from last
year's blistering 8.5 percent growth, as it feels the backlash
of contracting U.S. and Japanese demand for its goods.
There was speculation last month that the country could be
forced to scrap its 3.8 ringgit per dollar fixed exchange
rate, adopted in 1998 in the wake of the Asian crisis, if
currency reserves continued the fall seen in recent months.
Foreign investors, who pulled out $3 billion from Malaysian
markets in the latter half of 2000, have raised concerns about
the standards of corporate governance and a lack of progress
on reforms and restructuring to address lingering corporate
DOW JONES NEWSWIRE EXCERPTS
Tuesday May 22, 11:40 AM
MARKET TALK/SG/KL: Tenaga Shrs Down 3.9%; At 2-Yr Low
1139 [Dow Jones] MALAYSIA: Tenaga Nasional (5347) down 3.9% at
MYR7.45 on continued reverberations from MSCI reweighting based on
free float. KLCI heavyweight Tenaga's weighting to drop sharply from
around 12.4% to 7.5% in new MSCI indices, estimates RHB Research.
Stock now at 2-year low after shedding 25% since May 2 on worries about
Bakun dam project, foreign debt exposure if MYR repegged and now MSCI
reweighting making less attractive to foreign funds.(TUP)
1134 [Dow Jones] MALAYSIA: Finance Minister Daim scheduled to address
seminar on South African investment next Tuesday, source tells Dow
Jones; expected to shed more light on his future as finance minister and
UMNO party treasurer. Earlier in day, Daim noncommittal about plans,
saying "it's too early to tell"; market likely to watch seminar closely for new
1044 [Dow Jones] MALAYSIA: Finance Minister Daim says he hasn't yet
made up his mind on whether to extend leave of absence from cabinet
meetings, party functions into June, saying it's "too early to tell"; unclear
also if he'll attend UMNO meeting June 19-23. Remarks likely to spark
renewed talk of Daim retiring, although note he's continued in his role as
finance minister uninterrupted; previously, Daim indicated leave needed to
focus on speeding up government-funded projects.(NHW)