TTF: I am a scientist. I am very good with what I do.
Like me, any scientist would be able to tell you that the periodic table – a tabular arrangement of chemical elements based on atomic number (the number of protons in an atom) and number of electronic shells (or energy levels) – has 118 elements listed and recognised by the IUPAC, or the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
These include elements 113, 115, 117 and 118, the most recent of discoveries, officially confirmed and approved in December 2015.
Some of these elements are extremely rare but not as pricy as diamonds, simply because their half lives are but a couple of milliseconds, meaning, they are not stable and cannot exist in lasting physical forms even in the most extreme of conditions.
However, there is a new element that does exist in lasting physical form that’s far more superior than diamond or even the hardest or toughest (hard and tough, in science, are two distinct properties) metal known on earth.
Actually, in 2012, I got together with three other scientists and spent two months doing very complex calculations in the wee hours of the morning, hoping to crack the mystery surrounding the ‘string theory’.
In the process, we accidentally discovered that there should be another metal in the periodical table which probably had yet to be discovered, simply because scientists could easily mistake the metal ore to be that of another element that’s virtually useless.
We decided not to publish anything related to the metal until such a time that the metal is discovered.
Yesterday, we communicated with each other and decided to work on a paper which we plan to submit to the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
That decision came about after I assured them that a group of Malaysian archeologists led by a certain businessman discovered the metal quite a while back.
Ore containing the metal has since been discovered in extreme abundance in Cameron Highlands and several other locations in Pahang by a team of individuals unrelated to that businessman.
If harnessed, the metal’s value could far surpass that of a diamond by several orders of magnitude and render Malaysia the richest country in the world.
While I can’t be certain, the rush to control Cameron Highlands could well be related to it.
You see, whoever controls the Pahang parliamentary district controls also dredging activity within its rivers, currently under the purview of Tenaga National Berhad (TNB).
On the 24th of December 2018, I wrote:
Cameron Highlands (CH) isn’t exactly your everyday run-of-the-mill constituency. A district in Pahang with a population density of about 33,300 people, what concerns the average breadwinner most is if a person seeking to contest the seat is able to sustain the unique socioeconomic balance long enjoyed by its diverse population base. Basically, the people of CH want you to keep business going while keeping in check the wanton destruction of rainforests. But here’s the kicker – not only do the people want farmers who destroy these rainforests to stay, they want them to continue expanding to deliver more opportunity to the people.
It’s quite like the case of the guy who wants to have the cake and eat it. In CH, it is the illegal exploration of rainforests that presents opportunity to the Indians, the Chinese, the Malay-Muslims and the Orang Asli folk (Aslis). These groups derive benefits both from the vegetable farms and businesses farmers and transportation tycoons establish within townships in and around CH. The more the rainforests are cleared, the more it leaves behind large patches of barren soil which gets washed into rivers during downpours. It is the erosion of this soil that leads to sludge being deposited into rivers which Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) ends up cleaning.
It’s a billion dollar industry.
The more the farms opened, the more the millions TNB forks out to do the cleaning. The power company cannot afford to have clogged rivers as it prevents the smooth running of its turbines. The contracting firms it hires to deepen the rivers depend heavily upon foreign workers and the Aslis to man their machines. While these firms are primarily Bumiputra owned, the mobilisation of machinery and heavy vehicles is part-controlled by a group of enterprising Indian millionaires who own a diverse set of businesses around CH. These businesses present job opportunities both for the Indian and the Malay-Muslim communities.
I just happen to know some of these millionaires. I even know the owner of a contracting firm that offers services to TNB. I can tell you with an absolute degree of certainty that CH is the only place in Malaysia that has an intricate socioeconomic fabric of interconnected businesses every member of its society thrives on. In a sense, it is the millions TNB forks out yearly to clean up rivers that prompts farmers to open more farms. In another, it is the exploration by these farmers that prompts TNB to fork out millions just to keep rivers flowing and most of its turbines running.
TNB is a subsidiary of the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali controlled Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
Cameron Highlands, on the other hand, was under the control of Barisan Nasional before the Election Commission declared the seat vacant.
Should Pakatan Harapan now succeed in wresting control of the seat, then, with the help of Mahathir’s Khazanah, all existing contracts awarded to construction firms for dredging related works by TNB could end up being reviewed.
Assuming that happens, Mahathir and sons will engage their own firms to quietly begin exploratory works in the depths of the district’s jungles and rivers to discover and mine the precious metal.
In the event they succeed, PPBM is likely to become the richest and most powerful political party the world over, far richer even than the richest oil exploration firm currently in existence.
And three very important and esteemed individuals from the states of Pahang, Perak and Johor are in the know about the whole thing and are keeping very tight lipped about it.
TANAH RATA: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is hoping for a victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election on Jan 26 so that it can be used as a stepping stone in efforts to take over Pahang from the Barisan Nasional (BN).
DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo said for that reason, PH candidate M. Manogaran should win so that better services could be delivered to the locals as PH now administered the federal government.
“When we look at the past, we have had candidates from BN for 61 years and yet we find that the problems affecting the people here all this while have yet to be resolved.
“I have spoken to the community and found a sense of frustration because these were the problems affecting their daily lives and livelihood. So I think this is the time for us to look at making changes,” said Gobind, who is also the Communications and Multimedia Minister.
Gobind, who is also Puchong MP, said this when met after a get-together between PH leaders and 200 members of the Orang Asli community in Cameron Highlands, which was also attended by Manogaran at the Quintet Hall, here today.
On PH’s chances to win the by-election following BN’s move to field a candidate from the Orang Asli community, Gobind said that although BN was seen to have an advantage particularly in garnering the support of the Orang Asli community, Manogaran, on the other hand, is believed to have the advantage of focusing on local issues in the interest of the people.
“Of course it will be difficult for us. I still feel that at the end of the day, we have to look at someone who is familiar with the issues of the entire community here and someone who is able to speak up and find solutions for them,” he said.
Asked on the issue of Senator Bob Manolan who had allegedly threatened Tok Batin (Orang Asli village chiefs) to support PH at an event in Pos Betau, Gobind said he would leave the issue to the police to investigate.
“I don’t want to comment as the case is under police investigation, so let them do their job,” he said.
Yesterday, Pahang Umno Youth had lodged a police report on Bob Manolan’s statement for allegedly telling Tok Batins in Cameron Highlands that they could lose their salaries and posts if they did not support PH.
The by-election sees a four-cornered fight involving BN’s Ramli Mohd Nor, PH’s Manogaran, and independents Sallehudin Ab Talib and Wong Seng Yee.
Source: The Malay Mail Online