Thought of the day

I thank whatever gods may be / For my unconquerable soul. / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul. ~William Ernest Henley, Invictus

Government's promises are like the Ringgit, they depreciate with time.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

APCO: Course of Event

March 17, 2010 - Anwar claimed that the Barisan Nasional Government had engaged the services of international management consultancy firm Apco to create the 1Malaysia concept and aspirations. He said Apco was engaged by then Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak to create the One Israel concept in 1999.

March 18, 2010 - Apco issued a statement the next day to deny the allegation by Anwar, that they did not create the 1Malaysia concept and did not work with the Israeli government. Puzzlingly, Najib’s response in Parliament did not deny Apco’s comprehensive involvement, and not specifically to the 1Malaysia concept only.

March 31, 2010 - Apco issued a statement to Bernama yesterday, reiterating that it had neither worked with the Israeli government nor helped to create the 1Malaysia concept.

April 1, 2010 - The CEO and top officials of Mindteams were also the same people who had signed agreements on behalf of Apco with the Malaysian Government to help burnish the country’s image overseas, Anwar claimed, holding up papers which he alleged were evidence which showed Malaysia’s links with Apco. The same day, Khairy claimed that Datuk Seri Najib Razak coined “1Malaysia” 11 months before the Government signed a contract with Apco Worldwide.

April 7 ,2010 - Earlier in the Dewan, Anwar claimed Israeli’s military intelligence agents were working in Bukit Aman through a company, a matter which first came to light in 2008. He alleged that the police had carried out a project known as Apco P25 (a Police Reporting System) costing RM980mil which was contracted to the company.

April 14, 2010 - BY July, the Government would have paid Apco Worldwide Sdn Bhd’s subsidiary Mind Teams RM76.8mil for work done from last June. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the payment was for services in public affairs, government affairs services and strategic communications, public relations and press outreach.

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