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February 7, 2016

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Sarawak PKR keeps its distance in seat-sharing tussle

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Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian says the party will not relinquish seats to DAP in the coming state elections. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 6, 2016Sarawak PKR has refused to be drawn into a verbal battle with opposition coalition partner DAP, after the latest attack over the hardline stance PKR had taken in the feud over seat allocations ahead of the state elections.

Abdul Aziz Isa, the special assistant to state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, yesterday slammed PKR, saying the party was being “totally selfish and self-serving” for insisting that the seats allocated to the party in the 2011 elections were non-negotiable.

DAP planned for Aziz to contest the urban Malay seat of Tupong in Kuching but PKR named their national women exco member Nurhanim Hanna Mokhsen.

Aziz then described PKR as “headless, directionless and clueless”, and “always difficult to approach.” He retracted the statement without giving any reason. (more…)

Sarawak MP: Revive English schools as autonomy show of faith

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Chong Chien Jen has called for the revival of English medium schools, as proof that the federal government is sincere about returning autonomy to the state.

“If Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is true to his word about returning Sarawak’s autonomous power to the state, then let’s start with returning to us, our English medium schools,” he said in statement yesterday.

Chong was referring to Najib’s promise four days ago on his visit to Sarawak, when he assured Chief Minister Adenan Satem and Sarawakians that the federal government will return powers that were taken away or surrendered by the state.

“Education is one such power and English medium schools were abolished when the power in education was surrendered to the federal government by the state government,” argued the MP for Bandar Kuching. (more…)

Adenan can do without mess caused by BN Plus government

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Sarawak BN Plus government is Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s serious minus point.

It is the cause of the current uncertainties in close to 40 state seats even as two members of the ruling coalition partners, SUPP and SPDP, wonder if they even get to contest their traditional seats.

Adenan could have told SUPP and SPDP to defend their respective seats, but he has not done so because he is bogged down in his decisions by his inherited BN Plus government.

He is calculating the risk, no doubt, but for each day a decision is not made as to what party gets to contest which seat on the BN ticket, the enmity grows within his government.

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Apandi mulls heavier punishment under secrets act

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Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali says his office is looking at imposing a heavier punishment on whistleblowers by amending the Official Secrets Act 1972. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 6, 2016. The attorney-general is considering changing laws about confidential government information by imposing a heavier punishment on those involved in leaking such secrets.

In an interview with Sinchew Daily, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said he was looking at amending the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).

The Attorney-General’s Chambers was considering life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the cane as punishments, he told the Chinese-language paper.

“In some countries leaking official secrets is a serious offence such as China where it carries the death sentence.” (more…)

Apandi rebuts his mentor Abu Talib’s criticism

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Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali dismissed his predecessor Abu Talib Othman’s opinion that he did not have authority to close the RM2.6 billion case, adding that all he did was based on what he had learnt from the former AG.

“I am just following my master’s footstep. Now he said I couldn’t do that. I am confused.

“I hope he can come to see me so that I can offer my explanation,” he was quoted as saying by Sin Chew Daily in an exclusive interview.

Last week, Abu Talib slammed Apandi alleging that the AG had no authority to order the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close its investigations into the RM2.6 billion donation deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts. (more…)

Funds in Najib’s accounts an investment, not donation, says Saudi minister

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Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir told The New York Times that the RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bank accounts came from a prince and was an investment in Malaysia. – Reuters pic, February 6, 2016.Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir does not think that the US$681 million which made its way into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bank account was from the Saudi government or that it was a political donation, The New York Times reports today.

He was also quoted as saying the money went to an “investment in Malaysia”.

“It is a private Saudi citizen, I believe, and the funds went to an investment in Malaysia,” he said in an interview with the NYT published yesterday.

The daily also quoted a member of the royal family and a close associate of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the money had come from a Saudi prince, but that it was not a donation. (more…)

Najib urged to hand finance minister’s post to Zeti

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An opposition MP has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to relieve himself of his finance minister’s post and hand the job to Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

As Zeti’s term as the central bank head ends in April, PKR Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin said Najib should “take a bold step” and hand the finance minister’s post to her for the good of the country.

“We are in dire need of a finance minister of such calibre to mend the confidence deficit suffered by Malaysia as a result of the various scandalous incidents entangling 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the prime minister himself.

“Amid this very trying time for Malaysia, Najib should put national interest before his personal political consideration. (more…)

Scrap GST if imposing levy hike on foreign workers, says DAP

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DAP says any hikes on foreign labour levy should be introduced under the right circumstances and should not burden the people. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 6, 2016.If the federal government insists on imposing a hike on foreign labour levy, it should scrap the goods and services tax (GST) to avoid further burdening the people, DAP said.

Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the proposal to impose the levy hike was untimely in light of the slowing economy.

He also asked if Putrajaya was fooling around with the issue, now that the levy hike had been put on hold.

“Mengapa but keputusan madam main-main? Umum, lepas its nak kaji semula. (Why play around when making a decision? Announcing (the levy hike) and then say it is being reviewed.) (more…)

Late Saudi king’s son is RM2.6 billion donor, reveals A-G

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Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has revealed that a son of the late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud was the person who donated RM2.6 billion to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 6, 2016. A son of late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud was the person who donated RM2.6 billion to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali as quoted by Sinchew Daily in an exclusive interview today.

Apandi however did not disclose the identity of the donor. The late Saudi king, who died in January last year, had nine sons and 10 daughters.

“We know his (the donor) name. He is not the late Saudi King but the son of the king. He is still alive,” the country’s top prosecutor was quoted by the Chinese-language paper in an exclusive interview. (more…)

Changing a menteri besar by statutory declaration

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General elections are expensive affairs that take place every five years. Millions in taxpayers’ money are used to organise the elections in which wakil rakyat are chosen to represent the people until the next election.

Why do we do this? Because we want to tell the world that the country is governed with a mandate given by the people.

Malaysia wants to be known as a democracy, so it holds elections. But its prime minister does not understand the value of a mandate.

When they asked him to step down, he replied, “O, I have a mandate … and I must rule till the next election.” But he had no qualms removing Mukhriz, before Mukhriz’s term ends, for no reason other than to make a point that he is the ‘emperor’.
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The stunning disintegration of Mahathir’s legacy

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The last few months have been a nightmare for former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

During this year of discontent, he has tried to unseat Najib Razak. Both men have revealed deep divisions in Umno Baru, but most important of all, they have exposed, to everyone, the true colours of the past and present members of the party. The humiliation of one man, could so easily happen to every politician.

1 In touch with the people: Who would have imagined Mahathir attending the Bersih rally in 2015? Sadly, Malaysian leaders only appreciate how the people feel, when they are no longer in power. As leaders, they ignored public opinion, brushed aside concerns about economic hardship and projected an image of élitism.

2 Confidence in leadership: Go to any coffee shop, and find out what people really think about the country’s leaders. Ask what the people think of Najib, and you might be shocked by the answer, “He had a good teacher. Mahathir.” Ironically, Mukhriz will not be the one to continue Mahathir’s legacy. (more…)

Report: Saudi minister doesn’t think Najib’s RM2.6b is a donation

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Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has been reported saying he does not think the RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak personal bank accounts was a political donation, or that it originated from the Saudi government.

Instead, the minister said the money was from an unspecified “investment”.

“It is (from) a private Saudi citizen, I believe, and the funds went to an investment in Malaysia,” Al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in a report by The New York Times yesterday.

However, Al-Jubeir said he accepted the Malaysian attorney-general’s opinion that there was no wrongdoing committed. (more…)

Late Saudi king’s son is RM2.6b donor, says Apandi

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A son of the late Saudi king was the person who donated RM2.6 billion to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, revealed attorney-general Mohamad Apandi Ali.

However, he refused to provide the identity of the donor. King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud, who passed away in January last year, had nine sons and 10 daughters.

“We know his (the donor) name. He is not the late Saudi King but the son of the king. He is still alive,” the top prosecutor was quoted by Sin Chew Daily in an exclusive interview. (more…)

AG should list down ‘non-corrupt’ transactions, says MP

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Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali should list down in detail all monetary transactions – especially those involving politicians – which by his definition are no longer considered linked to graft and corruption, said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.

“This redefinition of graft will save the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and the deputy public prosecutors from having to waste time investigating and attempting to charge those that shouldn’t be (by Apandi’s reckoning).

“Indeed, there must be legal amendments made to the statutes and text books so that there will be no more miscarriage of justice,” suggested the DAP elected representative.
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The University of Umno Baru compared with a real varsity

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You are a parent and worried about your child’s education. Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, the new Kedah MB, created a stir, with his declaration, that he had learnt all he needed to know, from The University of Umno Baru.

There are seven things to consider when comparing courses at The University of Umno Baru (TUUB) with those from a normal university.

1 University Entry Requirements: For normal universities, you apply and hope that your grades match the course entry requirements.

In TUUB, your connections are more important. Sycophancy helps. A family with political pedigree is an advantage. (more…)

‘How now, AG, is RM2.6b donation or business deal?’

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The ball is now in attorney-general (AG) Mohamad Apandi Ali’s court, says veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin, after a Saudi minister refuted claims that the RM2.6 billion deposited into the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts are no-strings-attached donations, as claimed by the AG when exonerating Najib of wrongdoings.

“And what would Apandi do now? Would he stick to his guns or would he make discreet checks to see if he has been lied to?

“Who knows those tonnes of papers submitted to him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Bank Negara may not all be works of fiction?” (more…)

Busy with Sarawak polls, Seputeh MP releases CNY clip sans satire

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DAP lawmaker Teresa Kok says she is currently busy with Sarawak elections campaign, and needs to channel her energy in more important issues. – February 6, 2016.After courting controversy over her Chinese New Year satirical video two years ago, DAP lawmaker Teresa Kok is out with her latest clip, but without any satire this time.

Posting the 19-second clip on her Facebook page, the Seputeh MP urged the people to unite in the fight against evil.

“Unity is strength. Be united in fighting for good and against evil.

“Let’s make the Year of Monkey a good year for the nation and for all Malaysians,” she wrote on her Facebook page in the note accompanying her video clip.

In the video, Kok – accompanied by members of her team standing with her and dressed in traditional Chinese costumes – is seen giving a short but enigmatic script in Mandarin with subtitles in Malay which read: Selagi kita bersatu padu, rakyat biasa pun boleh menewaskan kuasa yang paling jahat (As long as we unite, even ordinary citizens can defeat the most notorious power). (more…)

Get real, Vision 2020 not possible, minister tells Dr Mahathir

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Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak believes Vision 2020 is no longer achievable. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 6, 2016. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad must face reality and realise that Vision 2020 is no longer achievable, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

He said this in response to Dr Mahathir’s remark on his blog yesterday, where the former prime minister said Malaysia was no longer admired as it was before and that no one had doubted then the intention to become a developed nation by 2020.

But Salleh, in a blog posting today, said the former prime minister now appeared to be trying to shift the blame onto others.

On Vision 2020, he said Dr Mahathir failed to consider the financial crises when he came up with the idea, adding that such missteps has rendered the plan no longer possible. (more…)

February 6, 2016

As election looms, activist upset Taib ‘forgotten’ by Sarawak parties

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Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down in 2004 as the longest serving Sarawak chief minister, is no longer an issue in the coming Sarawak election battle. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 5, 2016.

With the Sarawak elections due in the next two months, social rights activist Peter John Jaban is disappointed that politicians are not going to push for corruption investigations into former chief minister Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Jaban said it was unfortunate that politicians, even from the opposition who had used corruption claims against Taib for mileage in the 2011 state polls, had dropped the issue for their upcoming campaign.

“Politicians are only interested in (gaining) political mileage and forget the serious corruption issues that people care about.
“If someone takes away my land, I want my land back,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should proceed with the investigations. This is not the end of it.” said Jaban (pic), the spokesman for the Sarawak for Sarawakians movement. (more…)

PM: TPPA has given bumi agenda international recognition

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Malaysia’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yesterday means that the bumiputera agenda is now internationally recognised, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today.

This, Najib said, was because Putrajaya successfully negotiated for the bumiputera agenda to be included in the TPPA, which Malaysia and 11 other countries signed in New Zealand yesterday.

“I pledge and stress here, once again, that the government will always place the people first in the TPPA. (more…)

Opposition expected to rule the roost in urban seats

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Despite the “feel good” factor that Sarawakians generally have towards Chief Minister Adenan Satem and his dynamic and impartial leadership, most punters believe the Opposition will still rule the roost in Chinese-majority urban seats.

In the state’s southern region, the general perception is that it will be tough for the BN to unseat the incumbents in four areas – Padungan, Batu Lintang, Pending and Sentosa.

Whatever the situation might be, BN, which is represented by SUPP in these constituencies, is never short of young, qualified and aspiring candidates who are raring to go and prove their worth.

Though BN has yet to announce its list of candidates, it is no secret that Peter Pui will make his debut against DAP’s Wong King Wei in Padungan, Sih Hua Tong will have a second chance against PKR’s See Chee How in Batu Lintang, young and outspoken Milton Foo will square off with DAP’s Violet Yong in Pending while SUPP Public Complaints Bureau chief Wilfred Yap will take on DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen in Sentosa. (more…)

Foreign worker levies and subsidies

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Businesses are not happy about the government’s decision to increase the Foreign Worker’s Levy. According to analysts, multiple industries will see impact, including our plantations sector which is now looking at a profits dropping down by 1 to 8 per cent.

The increase has also been attacked by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and other trade groups. If you haven’t noticed yet, the very ones who are against this levy are the same people who strongly supported the government over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) — going so far as to saying that the deal would benefit more Malaysians.

I’m going to be a bit smug here, just out of the fact that most of them probably will now have to increase the prices of finished goods, let go of some foreign staff and even lower their profit margins. (more…)

Mahathir: AG has no credibility to declare Najib innocent

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohmad laments that the country’s reputation is now in shambles over scandals plaguing Najib Abdul Razak, and he described attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s declaration that the prime minister is innocent as meaningless.

“To clear Malaysia’s good name and his own, Najib must prove beyond a shadow of doubt that he is innocent of all the accusations against him.

“The attorney-general saying he is innocent means nothing. He, the attorney-general has no credibility,” Mahathir said in a blog posting today.

He added that if Najib failed to do so, he should resign, along with all those who have abused their authority to save the prime minister. (more…)

Rafidah was once a woman of principles, says Shahrizat

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In a surprising move, Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil seems to have taken a jab at her predecessor Rafidah Aziz.

Commenting on Rafidah who is seen to be quite vocal as of late, especially with regard to the Kedah political crisis, Shahrizat said she could only “shake her head” when reading the former minister’s Facebook post on the matter.

Rafidah, she said, in her 22 years leading Umno Wanita, had always reminded them to be disciplined and to be loyal and abiding to the party leadership, especially to the president. (more…)

I never asked Swiss A-G to stop 1MDB probe, says Apandi

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The Malaysian attorney-general has denied asking his Swiss counterpart to drop investigations into 1MDB. – Reuters file pic, February 5, 2016.Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has denied allegations that he had persuaded his Swiss counterpart to abandon investigations into debt-ridden state-investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at a meeting in Zurich last September.

Apandi said it was never the subject of discussion at the meeting.

“And I categorically deny ever asking my Swiss counterpart to stop any investigations on 1MDB during my meeting last year,” he told The Malaysian Insider in a WhatsApp message today.

Apandi said this in response to a Reuters report, which quoted sources as saying, that a “Malaysian official” strongly urged Swiss A-G Michael Lauber to abandon his 1MDB-related investigation. (more…)

Frozen bank accounts sow doubts on Malaysia’s transparency efforts

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Analysts say Malaysia's efforts at becoming more transparent are hampered by ongoing probes into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). – AFP pic, February 5, 2016.Bank accounts frozen. Bankers quizzed. As offshore authorities seek to track money flows involving Malaysia’s troubled government investment fund, fresh questions are rising about doing business in the country.

Crisscrossing countries from Switzerland to the US, Middle East and Singapore, investigators are chasing a trail of transactions linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

With the probes potentially running for years, investors and analysts say it may damage the perception that Malaysia is trying to become a more transparent place.

The risk is political, economic and commercial. Debt-ridden 1MDB, which is in the process of being broken up, was touted as the vehicle for the government to spur growth, investing mainly in property and power generation. (more…)

Snooze saga: Now comes image of dozing Pakatan reps

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Amid the raging snooze debate, a new image has emerged showing how opposition elected representatives have also been stealing forty winks in the House.

Those featured in the image are former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, PKR’s Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, former Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (who is now an independent MP) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.

The image is being circulated in the social media in response to the attacks against newly-minted Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah. (more…)

Email blamed for Rizalman fleeing New Zealand

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New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today apologised for a misunderstanding that led to a Malaysian military attache claiming diplomatic immunity and leaving the country after being arrested on sexual assault charges.

Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, 39, was arrested in May 2014 after following a woman home and entering her bedroom naked from the waist down. He claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country, but was later returned to face the charges.

McCully said an email from New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Ministry had mistakenly given Malaysian officials the impression that it would be acceptable for Rizalman to return home after his arrest. (more…)

The Papagomo video: Law, truth and religion

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The Papagomo video in which he assaulted a foreign worker has stirred feelings of persistent outrage and disgust.

I have personally found it difficult to get it out of my head.

Emotional though a lot of our responses were, this article will attempt to ask some objective questions about the video and its contents.

The first and simplest question: is what Papagomo did legal?

I’m not well versed in exact legal details, but I imagine that such an assault (involving no individuals who are authorised law enforcers in any way), might only be allowed in circumstances of self-defence, or perhaps in order to prevent a crime of similar violence. (more…)

M’sia a ‘flawed democracy’ – three notches down in 2015

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Democracy Index 2015 released recently revealed that significant weaknesses in governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels of political participation has placed Malaysia among countries rated as “flawed democracies”.

The EIU explained that these countries (categorised as flawed) also have free and fair elections and, even if there are problems (such as infringements on media freedom), basic civil liberties are respected along with such weaknesses.

The EIU table cited that Malaysia ranked 68th out of the 167 countries measured the previous year, after it scored 6.43 in the index, down from 65th in 2014, putting it behind Indonesia (49th) and the Philippines (54th), but ahead of 74th placed Singapore. (more…)

Cracks Widen in Malaysian PM’s Story on Unexplained Billions

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Despite supposed confirmation by unnamed sources to the BBC and other British press that the Saudi royal family was the source of RM22.08 billion (US$681 million) deposited in Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal account in 2013, that story appears likely to blow up in the premier’s face, sources in Kuala Lumpur say. Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali made the assertion about the source of the money in a Jan. 26 press conference.

The source of the confirmation is believed to be either Nawaf Obaid, the brother of Tarek Obaid, the head of PetroSaudi International, the mysterious Middle Eastern oil company funded by the troubled 1Malaysia Development Bhd. state-backed investment fund, or Nawaf’s friend and business partner, Prince Turki bin Abdullah, the seventh son of the late King Abdullah. Both are connected to the renegade Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, as he is known, who collaborated with Najib in creating 1MDB in 2009 and who is suspected of looting the fund for hundreds of millions of dollars. He is said to be living currently in Taiwan.

Neither of the Saudis has enough money to donate US$681 million to Najib, and it is unlikely they know anybody who does have and would be willing to make such a donation, sources in Kuala Lumpur say. (more…)

7,828 individuals who won’t be spending CNY as M’sians

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exodus among those going back to their hometowns to celebrate Chinese New Year has already begun. I’ll be staying put here in Selangor and enjoying the traffic, or the lack thereof.

This year, however, I’ll be celebrating CNY with a little bit of a heavy heart due to a self-inflicted wound. One of the things I do every three months is to examine the quarterly electoral roll updates.

To check on the number of newly registered voters, those who have changed their voting address and those who have been struck off the electoral roll. (more…)

Who are the true champions of Bumis?

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When Malay rights pressure group Perkasa reacted absurdly to an insight into a social predicament, it showed who the true champions of the bumiputeras are. It boggles the mind when realistic measures to help segments of the community are brushed aside merely because these inputs come from the other side of the political divide or someone no longer walking the corridors of power.

Politicians and rights pressure groups of such are merely parroting old rhetoric merely because it serves its purpose. Politicians and rights pressure groups use such agenda as their drawcard as there is no bigger political persuasion than ethnic and religious appeal.

This casts doubts on the sincerity of those occupying elective office and thriving on parochial engagements to shore up their appeal. It raises question on their sincerity to the cause. (more…)

Police pledge to take action against Papagomo

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Police will take action against Wan Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, who was seen slapping, kicking and punching a foreign worker on social media, deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said.

Whether or not a report is lodged over the incident, Noor Rashid is quoted as saying by The Star Online today, police see it as undermining their authority and he gave his assurance that action would be taken against the blogger.

While he had not seen the video, Noor Rashid  said the people should not take matters into their own hands. (more…)

‘Investor confidence damaged due to financial scandals’

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Despite anti-graft efforts among government-linked companies in Malaysia, investor confidence is not improving due to the financial scandals surrounding 1MDB and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

This is especially true now that overseas investigations into 1MDB are ongoing, even if most of them are still in the early stages.

This has damaged Malaysia’s reputation in the eyes of investors, said Mixo Das, a Singapore-based strategist with Nomura Holdings Inc.

“The market is pricing in a potential long-term investment climate deterioration,” Das said, as reported by Bloomberg today. (more…)

Scandal after scandal: Is PM getting stronger and stronger?

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The embattled prime minister, Najib Razak, has won another victory with the toppling of Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah mentri besar and his replacement by Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

With a state assembly of 36 state assembly representatives, 21 from Barisan Nasional and 15 from the Opposition comprising PAS 8, PKR 4, DAP 2 and Amanah 1, Mukhriz’s position as Kedah MB would be untouchable if he could secure the support of at least four Umno/BN assembly representatives (including himself).

This is because with 17 out of 36 state assembly votes, the Bashah faction would not be able to muster the necessary majority to force a change of the MB without convening a state assembly meeting for a vote-of-confidence vote. (more…)

Papagomo throws mud in police’s face

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The video of blogger Papagomo beating up a Pakistani migrant worker mercilessly, together with a few of his friends, for allegedly having made sexual advances and disturbed his sister and friends, shows how the authorities have completely either lost their control or are just not bothered.

The fact that the perpetrator in the video is the infamous blogger Malaysian Wan Mohd Azri Wan Deris, known popularly as Papagomo who has been sued for defamation and many a times condemned for being a racist in his writings just makes it all worse, as this man is obviously known to the police.

Papagomo uploaded the video on a Facebook page Sir Azri, justifying his assault of the worker. (more…)

I got €30 million, Razak Baginda says over Scorpene consultation fees

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​Abdul Razak Baginda says he received €30 million for his work in seeing through the execution of the US$1.2 billion sale of Scorpene submarines to Malaysia in 2002. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 5, 2016.

Abdul Razak Baginda, the political analyst acquitted of abetting in the 2006 murder of Mongolian citizen Altantuya Shaariibuu, said he received €30 million (RM137 million) as consultation fee in Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines from France, the Financial Times (FT) reports.

“It was a legitimate agreement. I did my job and I got paid for it. And I never paid any official,” the former aide of Datuk Seri Najib Razak was quoted by FT as saying, adding that the deal’s execution spanned eight years.

Najib was defence minister at the time of the US$1.2 billion arms deal, which has been riddled with allegations of corruption and kickbacks.

Razak’s confirmation comes as French prosecutors launched a formal probe into Najib, a week after it opened a case against Bernard Baiocco, the former president of Thales International Asia, who together with another French defence firm DCNS, had sold the submarines to Malaysia. (more…)

Dr M: Razak Baginda should face justice in France

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Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda should face justice in France for his role in the Scorpene submarines purchase deal as it will not happen in Malaysia, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

“If Razak or his company received money from the builders of the submarines, he should be hauled up before the French court,” Mahathir said in a blog posting today.

He said this in reference to the indictment of the former president of Thales International Asia, Bernard Baiocco, last December for “active bribery of foreign public officials linked to Najib”. (more…)

1MDB-linked S’pore banker denies wrongdoing: report

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A private banker who is a subject of Singapore’s investigation into debt-ridden 1MDB has denied any wrongdoing, Bloomberg reported.

Yak Yew Chee, who since 2009 has worked at BSI Bank, a unit of Grupo BTG Pactual SA, reportedly made the claim in court documents released today.

The report quoted Yak as saying in the documents that he did not get unlawful benefits from managing 1MDB’s accounts, Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJSC and Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho all of whom are allegedly linked.

This was according to a declaration he made to the bank on April 27, 2015 and reproduced in the court papers. (more…)

DAP Youth slams PKR for naming its S’wak polls candidates

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Despite having signed a common agreement within Pakatan Harapan, a Sarawak DAP member has lambasted PKR for being “selfish and self-serving” in announcing their candidates for the forthcoming Sarawak state elections.

“PKR is totally selfish and self-serving. If their success was so dismal, look to your partner in DAP to overcome your weakness,” Petra Jaya DAP Socialist Youth publicity secretary Abdul Aziz Isa said in a statement today.

PKR announced its candidacies for so many seats so early, without any discussion with the other parties in Pakatan Harapan, Aziz complained, adding that PKR also refused to give up any seat in Sarawak, “despite losing”.

“(This) shows how arrogant and uncooperative it is. (more…)

Najib must quit, A-G not credible, says Dr Mahathir

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Datuk Seri Najib Razak must resign in order for Malaysia to regain its reputation. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 5, 2016.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad again attacked Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali over his “no further action” decision against the prime minister, saying the finding was meaningless as the government lawyer had no credibility.

The former prime minister also said Datuk Seri Najib Razak should resign in order for Malaysia to regain its reputation.

“To clear Malaysia’s good name and his own, Najib must prove beyond a shadow of doubt that he is innocent of all the accusations against him. The A-G saying he is innocent means nothing.
“He, the A-G, has no credibility.
“Failing this Najib should resign,” Dr Mahathir wrote in his blog today.

All others who had been “covering up” for the prime minister over his alleged involvement in financial scandals should also resign, he added. (more…)

Razak Baginda paid RM137m, ‘but not to bribe officials’

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Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda admitted to receiving around 30 million euro (RM137 million) for consultancy services in the Scorpene submarine deal but denied any of the money went to bribing government officials on behalf of French company Thales.

“It was a legitimate agreement. I did my job and I got paid for it.

“And I never paid any official,” he was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.

This was in reference to Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines in 2002 when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who was then the deputy premier, helmed the Defence Ministry.

Razak Baginda was responding to the indictment of Thales International Asia former president Bernard Baiocco last December for “active bribery of foreign public officials linked to Najib Razak”. (more…)

AG denies urging Swiss counterpart to stop 1MDB probe

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Attorney-general Apandi Ali has denied allegations that he had urged his Swiss counterpart to drop its investigations into 1MDB during their meeting in Zurich last September.

The Malaysian Insider quoted Apandi as saying that the investigations over alleged misappropriation of 1MDB funds amounting to USD 4 million was never the subject of their discussion.

“And I categorically deny ever asking my Swiss counterpart to stop any investigations on 1MDB during my meeting last year,” he reportedly told The Malaysian Insider in a WhatsApp message today. (more…)

February 5, 2016

What, PAS? Contesting 11 seats but only want to win one!

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The Tunku Mahkota of Johor had stated that the federal Cabinet should be trimmed in order to rid the nation of some ministers who are considered a “joke”.

Many Malaysians will agree with the Johor Crown Prince for indeed, the present Cabinet is over-bloated and some of its members are “unfit” to be ministers. In the prince’s words, they are mere “jokers”.

But many politicians outside the BN could also be described as jokers. Many do make a lot of illogical and contradictory statements, like the recent remarks on the coming Sarawak elections from a senior PAS leader, Mustafa Ali. (more…)

MB Azmin Ali claims he was humiliated at Kuching Airport

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Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has claimed that he was humiliated at the Kuching International Airport by Immigration officers when he arrived in the state capital last Sunday.

He said that as he came through the common arrival hall, they asked for his identity card as if they did not recognise him.

If that was not enough, they also asked him to wait while they checked with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) whether to allow him in or not.

CMO is the authority which issues orders to bar some Malayan opposition leaders from entering Sarawak. (more…)

Will DAP’s go-rural drive turn out to be a misadventure?

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Sarawak DAP’s prized assets are the urban voters especially in seats now held by its assemblymen and parliamentarians.

If today it thinks it will still be able to retain those seats and perhaps even win a couple more come the 11th Sarawak Election, it has every right to feel that way given its rising graph – from just one in 2001 to six in 2006 and 12 in 2011.

But DAP could very well stumble in 2016 for at least three reasons. One, if it can’t agree to work with PKR; two, if it spreads itself too thinly in its eagerness to accommodate the clamour of its new found Dayak partners to capture the Dayak heartland; and three, if it takes lightly Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s winning ways even as Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope) looks more like ‘pakatan hancur’, a coalition that’s falling apart. (more…)

12 nations including Malaysia seal TPPA trade deal

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Twelve countries including Malaysia have finally signed the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Auckland today which is set to expand markets, reduce tariffs and promote freer trade.

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed signed the comprehensive 21st century pact pact for Malaysia that represents nearly 40 percent of global gross domestic product worth US$30 trillion (RM124.7 trillion).

The signing of the TPPA in Auckland is the culmination of five years and 19 rounds of tough negotiations. (more…)

TPPA good for Felda, better returns for settlers

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Malaysia’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) provides a great opportunity for Felda to further expand its market overseas, particularly in Latin America, its chairperson Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said.

Brushing aside a claim that by joining the TPPA, Malaysia is surrendering its sovereignty to the US, he said, “This is not true at all. As Felda has a factory in the US, does it mean that we had colonised America? No.

“Instead, under the TPPA, we can further expand our market. We’ve started making plans to expand into Latin America,” he said at the launch of the Felda Raja Alias 1’s Family Literacy Centre in Jempol near Kuala Pilah today. (more…)

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