Hornbill Unleashed

November 12, 2013

Sarawak logging company ordered to stop operations for causing pollution

PKR’s  See Chee How said there is a dispute between landowners and the two companies. 17 of the 18 villages have filed their case at the Kuching High Court. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 12, 2013.

DESMOND DAVIDSON

PKR’s See Chee How said there is a dispute between landowners and the two companies. 17 of the 18 villages have filed their case at the Kuching High Court.

One of the two logging companies in dispute with native customary rights (NCR) land owners over log extractions has been ordered by the Sarawak government to stop operations.

The company is alleged to have engaged thugs and gangsters to settle the disputes, but the suspension was for flouting the Forest Department’s guidelines and procedures on extracting timber. (more…)

November 6, 2013

Budget 2014: Wake up call for Sabahans

Jude Wang

Whilst an eminent Sabah economist claimed that Budget 2014 is a rip-off of Sabah and Sarawak, former state secretary Simon Sipaun wants Petronas accounts to be made accessible.

A week after Budget 2014 was announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, a raft of questions continue to bother ordinary taxpayers in Sabah.

Put simply, if the government is expecting to “make” or “save” more money by imposing a new tax system on us, what’s in it for us? (more…)

July 5, 2013

PKR to MACC: Show the files on Taib

Leven Woon

Party also wants the anti-corruption commission to explain why it only opened one file for every five reports made despite its annual budget of RM276 million.

PKR challenged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to disclose its investigation papers on scandal-ridden Sarawak chief minister Taib Mahmud and to justify the RM276 million in annual allocations it receives.

PKR’s Bayan Baru MP, Sim Tze Tzin, said the MACC has abundant resources at its disposal having hired 5,000 staff, and slated to increase its manpower by an additional 150 staff each year. (more…)

July 2, 2013

How did EC spend RM400m?

Anisah Shukry

DAP’s Anthony Loke asks why GE13 cost twice the amount spent on GE12.

The RM400 million the Election Commission (EC) used up for the 13th general election was twice the amount it spent for the 2008 polls, and this has raised questions about where the money went to.

“The cost to manage the 12th general election was only RM200 million. Why is it that in five years, the expenditure for the election has ballooned by 100% even though the number of voters increased only by 20%?” Seremban MP Anthony Loke asked during a press conference at the parliament lobby today.

He said this meant the average cost of managing a parliamentary constituency was RM1.8 million during this year’s election. (more…)

March 22, 2013

Lawyers’ group wants duo in corruption video probed

Mkini

The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) wants the two lawyers implicated in the recent Global Witness video alleging corruption in the state to be investigated for possible professional misconduct.

Its president Khairil Azmi Mohd Hasbie said the association has decided to refer the two lawyers to the Advocates Inquiry Committee, an independent disciplinary body separate from the AAS.He said, in a statement today, this is so that the committee can “conduct its inquiry into possible instances of professional misconduct under laws and regulations governing the legal profession in the state.” (more…)

January 18, 2013

Deepak says will reveal all on Bala’s second SD to MACC today

Ida Lim

Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan said today he expects to reveal everything about P. Balasubramaniam’s second sworn statement in 2008 in relation to the 2006 high-profile murder of Mongolian model Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.

Deepak (picture) said he was summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) this morning at about 10.

“They want me to give a statement on the SD2,” he said, referring to private investigator Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration, which contradicted his first sworn statement. (more…)

January 2, 2013

Out with the old, in with the new

Mariam Mokhtar

Puppet shows, ‘Punch and Judy’ politics, farcical presentations, tragicomedies, drama queens, flip-flops, U-turns, dress rehearsals and of course, pornographic productions can be used to sum up current Malaysian politics.

It is amazing what the subconscious reveals. When MCA keeps asking if Hadi Awang or Anwar Ibrahim would make the better prime minister, you know what the ruling coalition are thinking – that BN is doomed.

Why would one of the main component parties in BN talk about opposition candidates for the post of prime minister? If they thought they stood any chance of winning GE13, they would be discussing which BN candidate should lead the country, rather than which opposition politician would make the best PM. (more…)

December 24, 2012

Najib’s joke for Christmas : Candidates screened by MACC.

Candidates screened by MACC? NO WAY!

Stephen Ng

I look with the disgust the proposal that candidates from all political parties should be screened through by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before the 13th General Election.

On the surface such a proposal looks good, until one starts to peel the skin and see how rotten the idea is at the core.

First, the MACC is under the prime minister himself. For this same reason, despite evidence that came out of the French judiciary that Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak could be involved in a high-profile corruption case in the Scorpene deal, no investigation has been carried out by the MACC. (more…)

December 22, 2012

Najib is too proud to bow before the people

Mariam Mokhtar

Hell would freeze over before the prime minister would apologise for his wrongdoings.

Last July, the New York Times (NYT) carried a report on the apology by the outgoing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, for the various corruption scandals said to have undermined his government. Several close colleagues and relatives of the president had been prosecuted and jailed. Many of them had influenced the workings of the government.

In recent weeks, Malaysians have noticed a succession of people who have come forward to implicate Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, his brother Nazim Abdul Razak as well as those in positions of responsibility, such as Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. (more…)

December 8, 2012

Rafizi off to HK on Tuesday with Musa ‘evidence’

Susan Loone

The PKR delegation to expose dealings of alleged dirty money from the awarding of logging concessions by Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman will fly to Hong Kong on Tuesday with more ‘revelations”.

This time the delegation, led by PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli, will be armed with further documentary proof of the dealings to hand over to Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), hoping for resumption of the probe into the case. (more…)

November 23, 2012

PKR hands new leads to ICAC over RM40mil probe

Mkini

PKR has provided Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) several fresh leads for its investigation into a businessman who in 2008 was accused of smuggling money to Kuala Lumpur.

The details were provided to the ICAC this morning following Hong Kong chief prosecutor Kevin Paul Zervos’ promise to reopen the investigation should new evidence emerge.

The party delegation, led by PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli (second from right in photo), submitted a report with supporting documents with details on: (more…)

October 24, 2012

MACC panelist under fire for defending Musa

Calvin Kabaron

MACC panelist Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s credibility is now under question after he openly defended Musa Aman over the RM40 million political donation.

Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan has been reminded that he sits on a Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) panel and should not be too quick to jump and openly defend his Umno colleagues who are subject to corruption investigations.

Abdul Rahman sits on a MACC’s Special Committee on Anti-Corruption.

Last week he jumped to Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s defence over the RM40 million issue. (more…)

October 23, 2012

Audit Report 2011: Nothing has changed

Charles Santiago

Without investigations against the officials in government departments who overspend their allocated budgets or indulge in wasteful spending, nothing would change.

It has always been a disaster for the government. The report card on the government’s financial management, the Auditor-General’s report, is again stinging on the government’s wasteful spending.

There are more embarrassing revelations in this year’s Auditor-General’s report as the country heads towards what has been described as the most-closely fought general election ever. (more…)

October 22, 2012

Musa case: Swiss probe continuing

Calvin Kabaron

Bruno Manser Fund says the probe into the RM40 million donation to Sabah Umno is ongoing.

A Swiss government investigation into the mystery donation of   RM40 million to Sabah is still going on .

The Switzerland-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) said the case against UBS AG, a Swiss global financial services company operating out of Basel and Zurich, Switzerland, which is linked to the money, is continuing. (more…)

October 19, 2012

And the Razzie Award goes to…

MySinchew

The recent Auditor-General’s Report has brought us the good news that 31 per cent of government agencies were rated “very good”.

Hold on, who cares about good news actually? Reading the Auditor-General’s Report is not the way to hear the Gospel.

The Auditor-General’s Report is an annual great event. Oops! An annual reveal of rotten practices, in fact.

Just like in addition to The Oscars, there is also the Golden Raspberry Award, or Razzie Awards in short, to evaluate cinematic achievements. (more…)

What’s the tit-for-tat for RM40m?

CT Ali

It is simply no longer funny when you see what they are doing to our country, its economy and its future.

“Every political party has the right to receive political donations” so said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. I agree that it is the right of any political party and any Barisan Nasional politicians (you must not forget to say that) to accept donations.

You received RM4,000? Okay lah!

What about RM40,000? Still okay. (more…)

October 11, 2012

Umno MP’s jail sentence starts today

Malaysiakini

The Shah Alam High Court has upheld a six year jail sentence and a RM400,000 fine handed to Sabak Bernam MP Abdul Rahman Bakri and his aide Rosli Busro for making false claims.

Judge Akhtar Tahir also rejected an application for a stay of execution and ordered the sentence to be carried out immediately.

It is understood that Abdul Rahman’s lawyers will file a written application for a stay.

On March 1, Sessions Court Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh had handed down the sentence after finding Abdul Rahman and Rosli guilty of eight charges of making false claims for programmes which never took place, amounting to RM80,000. (more…)

No proof of graft on Musa, says Nazri

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

The minister adds that the Hong Kong authorities had also decided against taking any action against the Sabah chief minister.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has been cleared of allegations of laundering money purportedly linked to Umno.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz said the Attorney-General (Abdul Gani Patail) found “no elements of corruption” from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe on the Umno leader.

He said the money was only a “contribution” to the party’s Sabah chapter. (more…)

September 24, 2012

Do you believe probe into graft claims against Taib ‘still on’ ?

Andrew Sagayam, The Malay Mail

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said yesterday allegations against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud that he illegally amassed large sums of money have been over-politicised and the commission should be allowed to continue its probe without interference.

Confirming that the investigation was still going on, MACC head Abu Kassim Mohamed said the issue had been “blown out of proportion”.

“I cannot comment on the progress as we are still gathering information on how the wealth was obtained,” Abu Kassim said. (more…)

August 5, 2012

More shocking AIMST exposé on the way

FMT Staff

PKR promises to reveal ‘financial mismanagement’ involving top MIC leaders next week.

The MIC-run AIMST University mismanagement exposé by PKR has rattled the largest Indian political party in the country, enough to warrant two conflicting statements from two MIC leaders within the last two days.

PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary S Gobi Krishnan said similar to how the university had outsourced its cafeteria contract, MIC president, G Palanivel, seems to have outsourced his decision-making to a mere vice-president and central working committee members in regard to the issues raised. (more…)

August 4, 2012

Najib could be our SuperHero

Mariam Mokhtar

The solution is simple: If Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wants to create his own political tsunami, reverse the trend set by the federal opposition coalition, and earn the respect of the rakyat, he knows what he must do: arrest former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for alleged crimes against the Malaysian nation and for abuse of power.

An approaching tsunami may be preceded by a drastic drop in water levels. Many people died in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 when they went to the beach to see the seabed which had been exposed by the retreating ocean. Experts claim that a receding sea would have given five minutes’ warning for people to get to safety.

Najib faces a discontented public and disarray in Umno, with divided loyalties and deception at the highest levels. Pakatan Rakyat and various NGOs have exposed alleged corruption involving many millions of ringgit, cases of injustice and the children of VVIPs and ministers receiving unfair business advantages. The exposed seabed before the arrival of the tsunami is a metaphor for all these problems. (more…)

June 27, 2012

THE SECRET IS OUT! MACC chief, not Anwar, asked me to issue SD – ex-ACA director

THE SECRET IS OUT! MACC chief, not Anwar, asked me to issue SD - ex-ACA director

-Harakahdaily

The former director of the Anti-Corruption Agency has strongly denied an allegation in two UMNO-owned dailies claiming that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had ordered him to issue a statutory declaration clearing the former deputy prime minister of the so-called RM3 billion bank account allegation.

Following the report in New Straits Times and Berita Harian on June 21, Abdul Razak Idris said the instruction to issue the statutory declaration came from the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in order to avoid a subpoena by Anwar pertaining to the latter’s defamation suit against NST in 2009. (more…)

April 13, 2012

Musa Aman : “No Business Association Whatsoever With An Individual Named Michael Chia” ?

Sarawak Report

No business association with Chia? Then Musa Aman has a lot to explain, including the standing orders on Chia’s various accounts to Musa’s sons.

Musa Aman, Sabah’s Chief Minister, has come out to publicly deny that he had any business relationship with the timber trade ‘fixer’ Michael Chia, thereby implying that the hundreds of documents that have been released into our possession, along with the testimony of industry insiders, are false.

“ I wish to put it on record once again that I have no business association whatsoever with an individual named Michael Chia” [Musa Aman statement 12/11/12] (more…)

April 8, 2012

Anifah Aman Named In MACC Investigation Into Sabah Timber Corruption

Sarawak Report

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, is the Sabah Chief Minister’s brother.

According to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) documents obtained by Sarawak Report, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister, Anifar Aman, has been the secret beneficiary of lucrative timber licences in Sabah’s dwindling Forest Reserves.

The concessions came thanks to his brother, the local Chief Minister, Musa Aman.

The documents form part of a major investigation by the MACC into timber corruption, after an agent and nominee for Musa Aman, Michael Chia, was caught attempting to smuggle SG$16million out of Hong Kong in 2008. (more…)

March 13, 2012

NFC scandal mocks rule of law

Kim Quek

Federal minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s intention to resign on April 8 has again thrown the spotlight on the government’s utter impotence in dealing with a high-profile corruption allegation.

Almost five months after the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal broke, and when the public domain has been flooded with innumerable details of alleged irregularities, the only outcome is Shahrizat’s pending departure from the cabinet.

And even this is not an action on anyone’s part – she was not sacked and she did not resign. In reality, her tenure becomes legally void when her term as a senator comes to an end on April 8 as, under the constitution, only a member of parliament or a senator can become a minister. (more…)

November 18, 2011

Free-for-all corruption breaks out in Malaysia

Free-for-all corruption breaks out in Malaysia

Jackson Ng

INVESTORS and the world, be forewarned. A new and deadly strain of “mad cow” disease has mutated in Malaysia.

The outbreak of the “virus” (aka as corrupton) is cancerous and will demolish nations.

Yes. That is what is happening to Malaysia now over the RM250 million National Feedlot Centre (NFC) financial debacle.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) government – led by both the prime minister and his deputy – has endorsed and legalised corruption by defending corrupt practices and the blatant abuse of public funds.

The alleged siphoning-out of RM83 million from the NFC coffers into firms controlled by the family of Wanita Umno chief and minister Shahrizat Jalil is clearly corrupt if true but because she is one of the ruling elite, action against her is being avoided. (more…)

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