Articles, Opinions & Views: Doing the math, Jamaluddin's RM2.1b doesn't quite add up by R Nadeswaran

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Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God

Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't

Because those of us who carry guns

Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here,

Lord, It needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Doing the math, Jamaluddin's RM2.1b doesn't quite add up by R Nadeswaran
Thursday, August 30, 2018
JJ's Billions opens a can of worms for UMNO
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | Growing up, children are always inculcated with values and taught not to offend anyone's feelings. "Don't speak ill of the dead" would be one of them. Even with someone you despise for his or her deceit, hypocrisy and less complementary qualities, the expressions and feelings are exposed in soft murmurs upon his death. Often, praises are sung of the dead and the departed irrespective of his or her not-so-savoury character.
Sometimes, even death is politicised. This week John McCain took his fight with Donald Trump to the grave. He didn't want him anywhere near his funeral. He argued that the US president's demeanour, populist style and global outlook as antithetical to America's founding values and global.
Today, I don't intend to break that often-drilled value, but have chosen to do some calculations and justifications in the interest of the public. I am not passing any judgement; I am not casting any aspersions on the dead or his family members; and I don't intend to touch on the on-going dispute between family members.
The social media has gone on overdrive immediately after news that the estate of former cabinet minister Jamaluddin Jarjis was worth RM2.1 billion. I have no intention of joining the ranks of a few who have been rude and crude. Instead, I will put the facts and figures that are available, for the purposes of discussion.
The late minister was born in 1951 and was 64 at the time of a helicopter crash in 2015 in which he died. We are told he qualified as an engineer from the University of Manchester. Thereafter, he went for postgraduate courses in a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) at University of Manitoba and McGill University in Canada respectively.
Assuming he started work in the private sector in 1976 (at the tender age of 25), he would have (as a young graduate at that time) earned RM40,000 annually. But he joined Universiti Teknoloji Malaysia as an academic, and for argument's sake, he was promoted and earned RM200,000 a year. That was for a good 14 years before his venture into politics. This meant he would have earned RM2.8 million.
He was first elected as MP for Rompin in 1990 and continued to serve until his untimely death. Using RM16,000 (the latest salary for Mps) as a base, he would have earned RM1.92 million. (The new salary for MPs was effective 2015). He was also chairperson of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). The company's annual reports show that for the years 2000 and 2001, the directors' emoluments and allowances totalled about RM1.5 million. With an average of 10 directors, and giving that Jamaluddin was chairperson, a figure of RM300,000 per annum for his portion of the emoluments and allowances would be fair.
He joined the cabinet in November 2004 and retired in March 2008, making it 41 months as a minister. A generous salary and allowance of RM60,000 per month would be over-generous with figures, but that makes it RM2.46 million in total. (In contrast,, puts a minister's salary as RM13,416 per month, and the MP's allowance at RM16,000 - making it a grand total of RM352,992 per year.)
Missing zeros
As an MP, he would also have been paid a monthly allowance of RM1,500 for entertainment; RM1,200 for a driver; RM1,500 for travel and RM900 for telephone expenses. This means MPs get a fixed monthly allowance of RM5,100 each. Besides, the attendance allowance at Parliament sittings is RM200 a day, and RM150 a day for government meetings.
Jamaluddin was the ambassador to the United States for three years between 2009 and 2011.With all the perks, overseas allowance etc, he would have earned RM2 million a month, making it a total of RM72 million.
Let's assume that he saved three-quarters of his earning, and his return on investment on his money (at 10%) would be about RM8 million.
I must declare that all these have been culled from various sources and calculated, making generous provisions for errors. Putting all these figures together, assuming even if he did not spend a sen from his remunerations, his lifetime savings can be put at a ballpark figure of RM100 million.
Please don't accuse me of not being able to do simple arithmetic by using a calculator. It is not necessary to work to the last decimal point.
Unless something is wrong with the calculator on the PC, the figure of RM2.1 billion will certainly miss the mark by a few zeros. You may find this mind-boggling and you, the discerning reader, can come to your own conclusions.

R NADESWARAN says it is a family feud and Joe Public is only entitled to watch it from the sidelines. Comments:
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