Hornbill Unleashed

September 4, 2015

Lawyer receives RM74 only as dividends this year from his 4.8ha NCR land developed under Salcra scheme

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Practising lawyer Francis Teron Kadap expressed his shock that he only received a pittance sum of R39 in July and RM35 in January this year as dividends from his 4.8ha native customary rights (NCR) land developed under the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) oil palm scheme in Stenggang, Bau-Lundu area.

“I am not exaggerating, but this is true,” he told reporters here today.

Teron, who is also the secretary of PKR Mas Gading branch, said he is not the only one receiving this little dividends from Salcra. (more…)

Villages no longer under Muhyiddin’s adoption programme

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Residents of Penan village Long Bruang and Kelabit village Long Peluan Baram in the interior of Baram were yesterday told they were no longer under the adoption programme of former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Under the programme, these two villages become the test bed for socio-economic development for villages in remote and rural areas in Baram and Sarawak in particular.

“So far, there is no news that the adoption programme will continue or someone will take it over from Muhyiddin,” Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said. (more…)

Adenan defends Taib at anti-corruption conference

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adenan-saten,talibSarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has slammed Global Witness, a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation over an accusation that his predecessor, Abdul Taib Mahmud was linked to corruption while in power.

Global Witness co-founder and director Patrick Alley made the accusation against Abdul Taib during the plenary session entitled “Peace, Equality and Social Justice: Fighting Corruption in Development and Investment Beyond 2015” held in conjunction with the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) 2015 . (more…)

Sarawak to allow some banned groups back into state

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem says those who are barred from the state will be able to enter, 'provided they are not racial and religious bigots'. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 3, 2015.Anti-graft groups and civil society organisations that are barred from Sarawak will be allowed in said its chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, as long as they are not “religious and racial bigots”.

Adenan said this after attending a dialogue session at the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2015 in Kuala Lumpur today.

He was asked by an audience member whether he would reverse a ban instituted by his predecessor Tan Sri Taib Mahmud on several groups and individuals.

During Taib’s time, Sarawak immigration officials had barred activists such as Cynthia Gabriel and Datuk Ambiga Sreevenasan from entering Sarawak. (more…)

Mauh’s retirement plans open up a can of worms in Tamin

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Serious trouble is said to be brewing between two factions in a Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) branch with one supporting PRS president James Masing and the other supporting PRS deputy president Joseph Entulu over the choice of candidate for the state seat of Tamin.

This trouble stems from the impending retirement of PRS state assemblyman Joseph Mauh from politics, thus creating a vacuum for the seat of Tamin in the coming state election.

The faction supporting Masing, who is Land Development Minister, has identified Edwin Banta, a businessman and a long loyal supporter of the president and Christopher Gira, also a businessman, as potential candidates for Tamin. (more…)

No, Adenan will not abandon Najib just to get a new PM

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Civil society movement Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) has issued Chief Minister Adenan Satem a word of caution – give up on Prime Minister Najib Razak before Sarawakians give up on you.

The ultimatum, coming close on the heels of Bersih 4 rally in the country and overseas that had drawn Malaysians by the hundreds of thousands to the streets demanding democratic reforms and transparency, asks Adenan to stand by his pledge to fight corruption.

“If the chief minister wants the people of Sarawak to have confidence in his leadership and if he wants the support of S4S, then he should stand up and question the prime minister,” said S4S chief Peter John. (more…)

Voters’ support come cheap, so how can we change the system?

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How much does it cost to “buy” support in Malaysia? Does it really happen? Well, there might not be a definite answer, but there are signs that are quite worrying.

Take for example, the report that among the 6,000 supporters who had turned up for the Kuching Bersih 4 rally at the Song Kheng Hai Ground, two busloads of around 40 kampung folk were “enticed” to get on the free coaches for a “Tour of Kuching City” and an overnight stay, all expenses paid.

Then there was the incident where a friend of mine, also in the news business, was approached by one such individual. The individual, who had come in from his home town of Simunjan, about a four-hour bus-ride from Kuching, had asked of him, “When are we going to get our cash from the organisers?” (more…)

Efforts to combat illegal logging, smuggling an ongoing process

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A close-up of the illegal logs seized.

Efforts to combat illegal logging and smuggling activities in Sarawak will be increased from time to time.

Seizures and arrests have been made throughout Sarawak ever since the government pledged a war against illegal logging in the middle of 2014.

The efforts have been successful in weeding out the smuggling of logs and prevented the loss of royalty due to the government.

This, one of the High Performance Team Solutions projects, received special attention by the state government as discussed in Kota Kinabalu earlier this year. (more…)

The traditional Malay village is where the Malay soul is

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Most urban Malays originated from a kampung which older family members once called home. My family is no different.

Many of the kampung people and relatives who lived in the ancestral village (which will remain nameless) once cultivated padi, owned fruit trees and kept livestock. Fish came from the sawah and rivers. Fruits from their orchard. Rice from the padi fields. The coconut trees provided cooking oil, household tools and building materials.

What the villagers did not grow, they bartered with farmers who cultivated other crops. Craftsmen provided skills like carving, weaving, rope and net-making, and blacksmithing.  Today, machines and foreign labour have made their skills, obsolete. (more…)

Court orders Najib, three others to file defence over suit for overspending in GE13

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and three others have been order to file their defence in response to a suit over alleged overspending in the 13th general election. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 3, 2015.The High Court has ordered the prime minister and three others to file their defence in response to a suit by the opposition for allegedly overspending in their 13th general election campaign.

Lawyer Choo Shi Jiu, who appeared together with Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun to represent Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said their client must file his defence by October 1.

“The deputy registrar (Norfauzani Mohd Nordin) has also given instructions that the defendants were also at liberty to file other interlocutory applications by October 9,” he told reporters after a case management. (more…)

Donations never ceases to end. Another $1.125 bil in Hong Kong account with Najib as signatory

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Overlooked in this week’s reporting is this revelation ,with regards a  report lodged with Hong Kong Police by UMNO whistle-blower Khairuddin Hassan:

Four other companies are also suspect, added Khairuddin, because Najib is a signatory here and the accounts of the companies show that a total of RM1.125 billion has been kept at the Hong Kong branch of Credit Suisse.

“I have requested the Hong Kong police to conduct comprehensive and detailed investigations on the financial sources of the companies concerned and their transactions.” (more…)

Will Najib be ousted by Mahathir and Gerakan Reformasi?

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Street rallies are the only way to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“That is why I had no choice but to participate in the Bersih rally…”

Those were the words of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had led the country for 22 years.

Perhaps it was admission that Mahathir’s own retirement could have been linked to the Reformasi rallies organised each week by supporters of ousted deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim starting in September 1998.

Back then, the protesters would often assemble along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, around Masjid Negara as well as near Central Market. (more…)

From donation to disrupting probe, Najib’s actions suspicious, say international critics

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Ana Maria Gomes, a lawmaker from Portugal, says Najib must do the patriotic and decent thing like in any real democracy and step down while being investigated. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 3, 2015.While Umno leaders continue to insist that the US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) donated to Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not unusual, international speakers at a global anti-graft conference said the entire affair was suspicious and required action.

They told The Malaysian Insider that it was in the country’s best interests for the prime minister to disclose how he came to receive the money, and the possible strings attached to it.

They noted that if similar cases happened in other countries, when found out, the politicians were either charged or left office.

European lawmaker Ana Maria Gomes said that any other politician would have resigned if they were in Najib’s place. (more…)

Nation-building module won’t solve unity woes at schools, critics say

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The Education Ministry hopes to address racial polarisation in schools with a new module called 'Bina Bangsa', but critics say such a programme is more needed at government schools and must not be limited to students. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 3, 2015.Critics have panned the Education Ministry’s plan to introduce a nation-building module in vernacular primary schools, saying such a programme should instead be carried out at national schools which have more cases of racial insensitivities.

They said as national school administrators were often found to be wanting in dealing with this subject, teachers at national schools should be trained to understand the cultures and religious practices of every race, which will go a long way towards fostering unity.

Former higher education minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the ministry’s proposal to introduce such a programme only in vernacular schools would send a wrong message.

“Why are they targeting only specific schools? I want to be clear on something… we are sending a wrong signal,” he told The Malaysian Insider in a recent interview. (more…)

MACC advisory board head slams anti-graft watchdog chief for rebuking Malaysia

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MACC advisory board slams Transparency International's president over his statements concerning corruption in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, September 3, 2015.Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, the chairman of Malaysia’s anti-graft advisory board, has dismissed remarks by the head of Transparency International (TI) that Malaysia was a failed state rife with corruption, saying that one unresolved case did not mean the country was in a crisis.

Tunku Abdul Aziz, who chairs the Anti Corruption Advisory Board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said TI president Jose Ugaz was “ill-informed” and demanded an explanation from him.

“The speech made by the president of Transparency International where he repeated the charge that Malaysia is in a corruption crisis; I think that this statement is ill-advised; it was an ill-informed statement. (more…)

Zahid: Gov’t is serious in fighting corruption

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The Malaysian government is serious in combating corruption and this has been proven by the increase in the number of cases been convicted, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

He said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) conviction rate had soared from 54 percent in 2009 to 78 percent in 2014.

“The international Corruption Perception Index Malaysia has also improved three places from 53rd out of 175 countries in 2013 to 50th in 2014. This was the second best placing in Asean after Singapore,” he said in a statement here today. (more…)

Khairuddin roasts IGP for going after Dr M but not PM

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Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan has blasted inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar (photo) for inaction on police reports lodged against the country’s top leader and instead choosing to go after former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Khairuddin said this in reference to his police reports implicating Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, their son Riza Aziz and billionaire friend Jho Low in the 1MDB scandal.

“Have police called them up for investigations? If not, why?

“If Khalid wants to call in Mahathir for simply joining Bersih 4, why were Najib, Rosmah, Riza and Jho Low not called in too? Are they special?” he asked in a Facebook posting last night. (more…)

‘France optimistic M’sia will buy Rafale warplanes’

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France is confident it will sell 18 Dassault-built fighter jets to Malaysia after submitting a formal proposal, a senior diplomatic source said on Wednesday – extra firepower for one of China’s neighbours in the South China Sea.

While Malaysia has traditionally played down any tensions with China over the contested waterway, it has long expressed concern about piracy and security along its land and coastal borders and wants to replace its ageing MiG-29 fighter jets.

“We have the feeling that there is a clear preference (for the Rafale) because they have not made the same type of announcement for the other manufacturers being considered,” the source said in Paris. “We are entering concrete discussions.” (more…)

Muhyiddin may be relieved of duties as Deputy President

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zam,muhyiddinA former Information Minister has gathered that Umno Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin, recently sacked as Deputy Prime Minister, may not be stripped of his party membership after all. If Muhyiddin was stripped of his membership, he would automatically lose the number two position, noted Zainuddin Maidin who was at one time Editor-in-Chief of Utusan Malaysia. “In any case, no matter what happens in going forward, it’s unlikely that those defending Najib on the various scandals and other issues would abandon their stand or him.”

The alternative idea being tossed around on Muhyiddin, according to a source, was to relieve him of his duties as Deputy President but he still remains a member, added Zainuddin. “The suspension of duties will apparently last until 2018 when the next General Election is due. The Deputy President’s duties, it appears, will be assumed by the Vice-Presidents in the party.” (more…)

Unwise to sack Muhyiddin and Shafie, warns Umno leader

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Umno deputy permanent chairperson Mohamad Aziz has expressed concern over speculation that the Sept 9 supreme council meeting may witness the axing of deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He cautioned that such a move would be unwise.

“The Umno supreme council will hold its meeting on Sept 9 and there is news that the supreme council may suspend or sack Muhyiddin and Shafie.

“If this is true, it would be an unwise decision by the supreme council members and will surely create anger among party members. (more…)

Rafidah Aziz: Is no one listening to the public?

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Former minister Rafidah Aziz has urged the government not to sidestep the serious issues of integrity, public trust, governance and money politics facing the country.

She warned that no amount of ‘spin’ can right a wrong and the powers-that-be should attend to these issues instead of playing politics.

“If it’s not good for Malaysia, then stop it and seriously find ways to remedy the damage. Do not sidestep serious issues.

“No amount of ‘comms’ and ‘spins’ can right a wrong just as two wrongs do not make a right […] (more…)

‘Anina can only be sacked by Umno supreme council’

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Umno member Anina Saadudin can only be sacked through a motion at the party’s supreme council, Umno disciplinary tribunal chief Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said today.

“Only the supreme council can remove or sack Anina. It needs to be done through a meeting and a motion signed by all of the relevant supreme council (members).

“The Umno administration cannot issue a notice for Anina’s removal without the knowledge and motion in the council. It is beyond administrative powers,” he was quoted as saying by Astro Awani. (more…)

Rally Behind Mahathir or live with Najib

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Thank you, Mr president, for allowing me the opportunity to speak to members of the Royal Selangor Club about what lies ahead for the country. I was once a member of this special Club. I have fond memories of the Long Bar as a special meeting place for lawyers and businessmen, where good spirits and conversation could always be found.

Today we have a prime minister who is not only embroiled in a financial scandal the magnitude of which the world has not seen before – he has also deliberately obstructed the machinery of government from carrying out its duties.

The government of Malaysia is today run by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s lackeys, and he himself has become dangerous as a leader of this nation. From what we have seen so far, there appears to be nothing stopping him from doing whatever he believes will preserve his power – and that includes the possibility of ruling by martial law. (more…)

Umno leaders to be ‘axed’ goes viral in WhatsApp

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muhyiddin-shafie-mukhrizA WhatsApp message with the names of seven Umno leaders, reportedly to be sacked by its Supreme Council during its meeting on September 9, has gone viral in the social media and caused considerable alarm in the party and country.

“Umno should not sack Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin and Vice-President from Sabah Shafie Apdal,” warned Umno Deputy Permanent Chairman Mohamed Aziz against the party making any “unwise moves”. “Umno should not be for an elitist group. The members expect the Supreme Council to make the right decision.”

“Their sackings from the Cabinet have already caused considerable unease at the grassroots level and if they are removed from the party as well, it would cause even greater divisions.” (more…)

Tunku Aziz: TI head’s criticism of Najib is ill-informed

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The former head of the Malaysian chapter of Transparency International, Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, has criticised the NGO’s international president for targeting Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over his RM2.6 billion scandal.

In particular, Tunku Abdul Aziz, who is also in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory board, took issue with TI president José Ugaz’s statement that Malaysia was facing a crisis of corruption.

“I think this statement is ill-advised and ill-informed. (more…)

Three weeks later, AG ‘still studying’ 1MDB probe report

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After receiving Bank Negara Malaysia’s investigation report nearly 20 days ago, the Attorney-General’s Chambers is still undecided on the follow-up action.

“We are still studying,” attorney-general (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali told Malaysiakini yesterday.

He was asked about how soon follow-up action is expected from the AG’s Chambers.

“I am in Penang and not in the office.

“What is there to brief you (on the status)? I am not briefing anybody. No comment, thank you,” he said.

On Aug 14, Bank Negara submitted an investigation paper on 1MDB to the AG’s Chambers. (more…)

Mindef has become more transparent, says TI-M

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The defence ministry has become more transparent in its administration and procurement of assets, said Transparency International Malaysia.

TI-M deputy president Dr KM Loi said this could be seen from its willingness to respond to the assessment on the biannual Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index 2015, unlike in 2013.

Loi (photo) said the ministry was graded ‘D-‘ or high in corruption risk in the previous assessment, after it failed to respond to the assessment, putting Malaysia in the same group as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia and China, among others. (more…)

Najib rather bring country down with him than resign, says Kadir Jasin

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Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said in his blog that a 'lame duck' prime minister would be a burden for the country due to the current economic status. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 3, 2015.Datuk A. Kadir Jasin today accused Datuk Seri Najib Razak of clinging on to power at all costs despite being faced with ongoing political scandals and repeated calls for him to step down.

Writing in his blog, the veteran newsman listed a litany of Najib’s problems which included his spending in the run up to the 2013 general election and the scandal surrounding state investment vehicle 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“Still he is not showing any sign of giving up or preparing for an amicable handover. Instead his behaviour suggests that he would rather sink with the pinisi (the Bugis ship) and take everybody down with him,” said the former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief. (more…)

Amid silence on RM2.6 billion donation, Bank Negara says it can only pass on information

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Bank Negara deputy governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus says the central bank can only pass on information to other agencies to take action concerning money laundering. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 3, 2015.Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) passes on information about money laundering transactions to other agencies to investigate, according to its powers by law, deputy governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus said as the central bank comes under fire for silence over its role in probing into billions that went to the prime minister’s personal accounts.

Without specifically referring to the RM 2.6 billion that was transferred to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Nor Shamsiah said it was up to other agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate if there was any element of wrongdoing in the transactions BNM detected.

“BNM only administers two laws under our jurisdiction, the Financial Services Act and the Islamic Financial Services Act. (more…)

Not a crime to rebel against PM, says veteran newsman

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Datuk A. Kadir Jasin says it is not a crime to rebel against the prime minister, citing an example involving the late Dame Margaret Thatcher. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, September 3, 2015.It is not a crime to rebel against the prime minister, a veteran newsman said today, adding that it also would not bring down the government, as alleged by an Umno minister recently.

Datuk A. Kadir Jasin also referred to the example of former British prime minister, the late Dame Margaret Thatcher, whose compatriots in the same party rebelled against her in 1990.

“She was then forced to step down as prime minister,” the former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief said in a blog post today. (more…)

Why target vernacular schools when it’s more multi-racial?

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Why force “Bina Bangsa” on vernacular schools, when national schools are less multiracial in make-up?

Newly appointed Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid announced last week that a new nation-building module called “Bina Bangsa” would be introduced for vernacular primary schools to address the lack of interaction between races among school children.

He further lamented that it was difficult to attract non-Malays to national schools because of the existence of vernacular schools that cater to the Chinese and Tamil mother tongues.

Because Mahdzir (photo) believes this to affect national unity, he therefore sees the need to implement a compulsory programme to get children of different schools and backgrounds to meet and mingle. (more…)

Leaders turning Malaysia to lowest of low, says Rafidah

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Last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally was a manifestation of unhappiness over the state of affairs in Malaysia, especially issues such as 1MDB and a donation of RM2.6 billion deposited into the prime minister’s bank accounts. A former Umno minister warns that leaders should not allow issues to fester. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 2, 2015.Malaysia will end up a country without good governance and with rampant corruption if the powers that be do not address real issues that were being voiced out by the people, outspoken former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (pic, below) said.

In a Facebook post today, she said the authorities seemed to be turning a deaf ear to the unhappiness expressed over these issues, which she described as “having to do with integrity and public trust, governance and money politics”.

“Is no one listening to the grouses of the public! The messages are not at all registering where they should. Some people seem to be in denial… Either that or perhaps they think the voices we are hearing don’t matter,” the former international trade and industry minister said.

“Why are the answers not forthcoming? Why are things being taken so lightly by some? Why are things allowed to deteriorate to such an extent that we now have a demarcation between ‘them’ and ‘us’?”

The former Wanita Umno head said she was also constantly being asked by others about what was happening to Malaysia, adding that the question was foremost on most citizens’ minds.

She then pleaded with the authorities not to “play politics” and to attend to the issues.

“Present to the public the outcomes. And please do not allow the issues to fester, and cause Malaysia to be relegated to the lowest quadrant of countries branded as lacking good governance, with rampant corruption, and socially and economically unstable.”

Rafidah has taken to Facebook recently to express unhappiness at the state of affairs in Malaysia, where Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is under pressure over alleged financial scandals involving his brainchild, 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and a political donation of RM2.6 billion deposited into his bank accounts.

Critics have said that a trust deficit in the Malaysian leadership is not helping the government even when it appears to make attempts to remedy the situation.

Rafidah said the government should “not sidestep serious issues” and warned that no amount of “comms and spins” would be able to right the wrong.

Putrajaya has had some of its ministers go on the defence for the government, while some Umno leaders have attempted to rebut critics about the RM2.6 billion donation, saying that there was nothing wrong with the party president holding the funds in trust for the party.

“If it is not for the good of Malaysia, then stop it and seriously find ways to remedy the damage.”

Rafidah also questioned the need for a counter demonstration to last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally, and asked if it would drive visitors and tourists away besides further damaging the economy and driving potential investors away.

On Sunday, Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Yunos announced that one  million “red shirt” government supporters would stage a rally in Kuala Lumpur on October 10 to counter Bersih 4.

This is Rafidah’s second posting in recent days about her concerns on Malaysia.

On August 31, she wrote on Facebook of a “deep sadness” as she celebrated Merdeka Day because of all that had happened in the country, including the 1MDB scandal.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/leaders-turning-malaysia-to-lowest-of-low-says-rafidah#sthash.T4vsntiF.dpuf

Abolishing PTPTN interest tops PM’s Budget 2016 suggestions site

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Najib Abdul Razak’s microsite on Budget 2016 has been up three days, and 672 suggestions have already been made.

The most popular suggestion at the moment is on abolishing interest for National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loans, which has 294 votes in favour as of 5pm.

This is followed by 222 votes for a proposal to give PTPTN borrowers discounts for full or timely payments.

Meanwhile in the cost of living category, 67 votes have been cast for a suggestion to abolish goods and services tax on processed food such as instant noodles and canned sardines. (more…)

September 3, 2015

NAJIB IS FINISHED: A NEW UNITY CABINET & TRANSITION PM BECKONS

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FINALLY, NAJIB IS FINISHED: A NEW UNITY CABINET & TRANSITION PM BECKONSDespite the bravado, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s days as Prime Minister are numbered. Last weekend’s massive Bersih 4 demonstrations are only the latest and most public expressions of citizens’ disgust and contempt for him and his ilk.

I hope Najib is spared the ignominious fate of many corrupt Third World leaders. The visceral hatred for him not just as a leader but also a person is palpable.

The sentiment is worse for his obscenely ostentatious wife. Judging by the extraordinarily tight security around him these days, Najib too is aware of this. (more…)

Rewcastle-Brown lashes back – Melanyi cooking up stories!

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Sarawak Report founder and editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown today launched a scathing attack on former Sarawak Tribune journalist Lester Melanyi, accusing him of concocting stories.

“Lester is fabricating stories around people he has met in passing or known for a short while, people whose names he can’t even remember property,” she said in an email message to Theantdaily.

Rewcastle-Brown was reacting to Melanyi’s allegation at a press conference early today that a Sarawak minister was one of the local “powerful people” funding her for her news portal operations. (more…)

Sarawak Report’s ‘Amy’ rubbishes Lester Melanyi’s claims

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A Sarawak Report staff identified by former Sarawak Tribune journalist Lester Melanyi as ‘Amy Whitefield’ has rubbished his allegations made at a press conference today.

Melanyi had claimed at a press conference hosted by Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin president Ramesh Rao earlier today that ‘Amy’ had recordings of conversations between former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, involving attempts to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Reporters attending the press conference

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Sarawak minister one of those who funded Sarawak Report?

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A former journalist has made an explosive revelation claiming that a Sarawak minister had funded Sarawak Report founder and editor Rewcastle-Brown for the news portal’s operations.

Lester Melanyi, who was previously with the Sarawak-based Sarawak Tribune, revealed this at a press conference today called by Ramesh Rao, the president of NGO Pertubuhan Minda dan Social Prihatin.

Mainstream newspapers and portals had reported Melanyi as claiming that some local “powerful people” were financing the Sarawak Report editor. He had challenged her to name the funders of the news portal. (more…)

Najib secure but Malaysia bruised after global anti-graft group rebuke, say analysts

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Wan Saiful Wan Jan of Ideas joins other other analysts in saying that there will be no impact on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib's position in government despite the statements from international critics at anti-corruption conference being held in Putrajaya this week. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 3, 2015.Najib Razak will survive Transparency International’s (TI) scathing call for answers on the RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts, although damage will be done on his image and the nation’s as well, analysts said.

Putrajaya and its institutions still suffered from a trust deficit and this in the long run, will affect Malaysia’s economic prowess and governance, they added.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan said if the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government does not address the problems the country is facing today, they would have an adverse impact on the nation. (more…)

Leaders turning Malaysia to lowest of low, says Rafidah

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Last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally was a manifestation of unhappiness over the state of affairs in Malaysia, especially issues such as 1MDB and a donation of RM2.6 billion deposited into the prime minister’s bank accounts. A former Umno minister warns that leaders should not allow issues to fester. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 2, 2015.Malaysia will end up a country without good governance and with rampant corruption if the powers that be do not address real issues that were being voiced out by the people, outspoken former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said.

In a Facebook post today, she said the authorities seemed to be turning a deaf ear to the unhappiness expressed over these issues, which she described as “having to do with integrity and public trust, governance and money politics”.

“Is no one listening to the grouses of the public! The messages are not at all registering where they should. Some people seem to be in denial… Either that or perhaps they think the voices we are hearing don’t matter,” the former international trade and industry minister said. (more…)

From donation to disrupting probe, Najib’s actions suspicious, say international critics

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Ana Maria Gomes, a lawmaker from Portugal, says Najib must do the patriotic and decent thing like in any real democracy and step down while being investigated. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 3, 2015.While Umno leaders continue to insist that the US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) donated to Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not unusual, international speakers at a global anti-graft conference said the entire affair was suspicious and required action.

They told The Malaysian Insider that it was in the country’s best interests for the prime minister to disclose how he came to receive the money, and the possible strings attached to it.

They noted that if similar cases happened in other countries, when found out, the politicians were either charged or left office. (more…)

Swiss freeze millions in bank accounts linked to 1MDB

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The Swiss authorities say today they had frozen assets amounting to several tens of millions of US dollars in several bank accounts belonging to those linked to 1MDB. – Reuters file pic, September 2, 2015.Swiss authorities said today they had frozen funds in Swiss banks amid a probe into people linked to Malaysia’s troubled state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

“The Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland (OAG) has frozen assets amounting to several tens of millions of US dollars on Swiss bank accounts,” an OAG spokesman said by email in response to an enquiry.

“At this early stage of the procedure, the OAG is analysing and consolidating evidence. The OAG is already in contact with the Malaysian authorities. (more…)

Where did we go wrong?

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“I wish the FRU beat the shit out of the Bersih participants, especially the Chinese,” I heard a friend say last Saturday.

I was dumbstruck when I heard him say those words. I was upset, frustrated and angry. I mean how could anyone with a sane mind wish harm upon others who are merely voicing their dissatisfaction?

“Do you support corruption?” I asked him.
“No,” he answered.
“So why are you against those protesting corruption?” I continued.
“I’m not. I am against those who are putting up a fake fight. This is their propaganda to take over the country,” he insisted.
“Whose propaganda?” I knew what he meant but needed to hear it from him.
“The Chinese.” (more…)

We refuse to answer questions on rally, donation, say Bersih after meeting cops

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Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (centre) speaking to the media outside Bukit Aman today. She says any answer on the use of RM2.4 million in donation will only be given in court. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 2, 2015.Police today questioned seven organisers of the Bersih 4 rally over the two-day demonstration last weekend, asking them about planning and execution details, as well as the RM2.4 million in public donations they had received.

Chairman of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah, said police had also asked them about the contents of their media statement issued on July 29, about the launch of the rally on August 14 and details of each committee member.

“They asked us about the rally itself, how we managed it, how we dispersed the people at the end of the rally and how we organised our volunteers,” she told reporters after meeting with the police at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.

“We, however, exercised our rights not to answer many of the questions, including about the donation. We will answer them in court if we are charged.” (more…)

Poetic stand: Anina vows to keep fighting

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Former Umno member Anina Saadudin has vowed to keep struggling despite losing her party membership for filing a lawsuit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

In a poem published on Facebook this morning, the ex-Langkawi Wanita Umno member states that as long as God wills her to be alive, she will continue fighting for the beloved motherland.

Anina, 40, penned that she is even the prospect of death would not deter her from the quest to safeguard the dignity of “religion, race and country”. (more…)

Will Umno get another huge donation to win in next polls, asks Dr Mahathir

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asks if Umno will get another huge donation to win the next general election. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 1, 2015.Tun Dr Mahathir today asked Umno leaders where they would get another huge donation to win the next general election if they believed Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the RM2.6 billion from a Middle Eastern donor was to help the ruling coalition stay in power at the last polls.

In his latest blog posting today, Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister again rubbished the claims by Najib and his followers that the money was a “donation”, noting that they have yet to even identify him.

“Najib and his followers have always claimed that the RM2.6 billion is a donation. But they never introduced the donor, the source of his wealth, the form of the money, the banks involved in the transfers and other details,” he said in the post.

“Actually, this claim is nonsensical.” (more…)

‘What about those who defile opposition leaders’ photos?’

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The police have been urged not to practise double standards by investigating only those who stomped on the pictures of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur.

Why were the police doing so, asked DAP Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer asked, when they had failed to act against those in Umno who had breached the law in even worse ways.

Rayer said police had also detained and questioned performance artist Bilqis Hijjaz for releasing seven yellow balloons with the words ‘democracy’, ‘justice’ and ‘free media’ at an event in Kuala Lumpur attended by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Monday. (more…)

S’wak4S’wakians tells Adenan to ditch Najib

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sarawak,adena,jibbySarawak4Sarawakians (S4S), breaking its silence on the matter, would like to bring to the Sarawak Government’s attention that the people are generally unhappy with Chief Minister Adenan Satem openly pledging support for embattled Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. “The move by the Chief Minister has created great discontent among the people.”

“Adenan should remember that the Prime Minister lacks credibility and has lost the confidence of the people.”

S4S Organizing Chairman Peter John Jaban warned that Adenan risked alienating the people by being not in touch with them on how they looked at Najib in the light of various controversies and scandals which have bogged down his administration. “Najib has not been found guilty so far on anything because he’s preventing the authorities concerned from finding him guilty.”

“As far as the people are concerned, the Prime Minister was already guilty unless he can prove his innocence.” (more…)

Ariff : The world saw Najib through Bersih 4

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arif,najibRaub MP Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz felt compelled to take to his blog and question Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak trivializing the Bersih 4 rallies over the weekend as made up of shallow minded people. “That is the grossest understatement.”

“We must not forget the other Bersih rallies in 70 cities around the world. They raised awareness around the world. The whole world saw the real Najib Abdul Razak. He is the Cash is King Man. Have cash will buy loyalty.”

Najib’s loyal sycophants and underlings condemned the biggest pro-democracy gathering in Malaysia, he noted. “Some ministers pooh-poohed the gathering. I saw business at the Pasar Seni was brisk. Those selling drinks made a lot of business.”

“Those selling T-shirts also did roaring business. The petty traders outside of the Bersih march orbit of course cannot enjoy the business spill over. But a seller of T-shirts in Ampang sold more than 70,000 T-shirts at RM20 each.” (more…)

Discard narrow and shallow politics, which harms nation!

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From what is taking place in this country currently, every single thing has been politicised. Even the celebration for Aug 31 had been turned into an issue. The Penang state government was facing a boycott of the celebration from the Ministry of Education, the police and also the armed forces.

It was all because of the theme of the celebration. The federal government insisted that the Penang state government must use the theme which had been produced by the federal government. So when the state government relented, all those who had threatened to boycott the state-held celebration made a U-turn and attended and participated in the celebration that was held.

All these happenings are undeniably petty and childish. Threats have become the ultimate weapon in resolving issues. Such things have never happened before. (more…)

If joining rallies is stupid, what about militancy?

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“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”

So said the late American author Edward Abbey once.

This sounds like something we are currently facing at “home” – a large number of people gathering to protest against a government which they say, has gone rogue.

To the pro-Bersih crowd, what they do is patriotism. To those in the administration (and their children), rallying against the government is something “stupid.”

One such opinion was voiced out by Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, the daughter of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, through a Facebook posting on Monday. (more…)

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