Hornbill Unleashed

October 10, 2015

What price do indigenous kids have to pay for an education?

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The disappearance of the seven young Orang Asli (OA) children reminds urbanites that indigenous children make huge sacrifices to gain an education.

Their plight reminds us of the Penan girls, who were raped by timber truck drivers in the Sarawak jungles in 2008. What is the real cost of these children’s education?

The OA children are the victims of a dereliction of  care, by the school authorities; the Penan girls lost their childhood innocence, some at 10.

Will those who were responsible, ever be brought to justice? Highly unlikely. The Penan girls did not even receive any compassion from the authorities. (more…)

Nearly 3000 teachers want to leave Sabah

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Education-Director-Jame-Alip,guruNearly 3,000 of the estimated 8,000 teachers from the peninsula, based in Sabah, applied by October 1 for transfer back home. About 1,000 of them are scheduled to leave next year. Sabah Education Director Jame Alip hopes that the 1,000 immediate vacancies can be filled by Sabahans from among jobless graduates. “We are collecting data on unemployed graduates who can be offered jobs in the teaching service if they are interested.”

“The selected candidates would have to undergo a one-year education course.”

The initiative, added Jame, is part of efforts to ensure that 90 per cent of teachers in Sabah are locals within a three-year time-frame, according to a pledge made by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Sabah and Sarawak. (more…)

BNM revokes approvals for 1MDB’s RM7.5b fund transfers

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Bank Negara Malaysia revoked three permissions granted to 1MDB under the Exchange Control Act 1953 (ECA) for investments abroad totalling US$1.83 billion (about RM7.5 billion at the current exchange rate).

The central bank said in a statement that it also issued a directive under the Financial Services Act 2013 to 1MDB to repatriate the amount of US$1.83 billion to Malaysia and to submit a plan to it for this purpose.

The statement was made in response to a statement by the attorney-general that 1MDB had done no wrong with respect to the investigation by Bank Negara into 1MDB.

The Attorney-General’s (AG’s) Chambers said in its statement yesterday that Bank Negara had investigated 1MDB under the ECA for knowingly or recklessly making a false statement. (more…)

A-G’s clearance of 1MDB raises more suspicions, says anti-graft watchdog

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An anti-graft watchdog has urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to reveal how he decided that 1MDB was innocent of false disclosure. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 9, 2015.The decision by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to clear 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) of false disclosures despite a request for a review by Bank Negara investigators raises more suspicions, an anti-corruption lobby group said today.

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) said Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali should instead convince the public on 1MDB’s innocence, more so because the central bank said that charges should be filed against the state investor.

“As the country’s top legal officer and prosecutor, there is a compelling need for Apandi to prove his professionalism and independence by revealing why and how 1MDB is cleared of any wrongdoing,” C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said. (more…)

Malaysia’s Central Bank Defies AG, says there’s a 1MDB Case

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Malaysia’s Central Bank Defies AG, says there’s a 1MDB CaseIn a stunning development, Malaysia’s central bank has issued a statement saying it had requested a criminal investigation into the affairs of the scandal-plagued 1Malaysia Development Bhd despite the fact that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s hand-picked Attorney General Mohamad Ali, to whom it had forwarded the case , said there was no reason for prosecution.

Najib fired the previous attorney general, Abdul Gani Patail, in September and replaced him with Ali, a former federal court judge, at the last minute after Gani reportedly had drawn up criminal charges against Najib and another unnamed official over the MDB scandal. Apandi Ali is considered a United Malays National Organization loyalist. Apandi’s most significant ruling on the country’s highest bench, before he retired, was to say that Christians, particularly Catholics, would not be allowed to use the word ‘Allah” to denote god in their literature and services. (more…)

‘Now you see the task force, now you don’t’

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Prior to the issuance of the the royal decree by the Conference of Malay Rulers, we were told that the special task force that was formed to investigate 1MDB was already disbanded.

For that reason, individual agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had to operate on its own to conduct the investigation. Even then, some of their men were transferred within 24 hours.

If not for the expressions of unhappiness shown by the public in solidarity with the MACC duo, the two senior government officials would have been put in cold storage.

Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali is now telling us that the probe is still on, and the task force was never disbanded in the first place. It is like the saying, ‘Now you see it, now you don’t’. (more…)


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Presidential style of the self-styled 'First Couple'Najib has openly acknowledged how extremely expensive it was to illegally buy the last election in Malaysia – RM2.6 billion (US$700million) was the amount that went into his personal account in March 2013 for this purpose, he has explained.

Sarawak Report has now revealed that an additional US$300 million had in fact earlier been paid into the same account from the same alleged source, between 2011-12, for purposes yet to be explained – pre-election planning?

To avoid a repeat of such challenging fund raising (more than Obama raised for the US Democrat victory) it has become plain that Najib has now adopted a cheaper and more efficient solution towards managing his planned victory at GE14. (more…)

Dr Mahathir questions if Najib behind A-G’s clearance of 1MDB

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad raises doubts following the attorney-general's decision to clear 1MDB of false disclosure. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 9, 2015.The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is not being transparent in clearing state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) of making false disclosures, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, and asked if the prime minister was behind the decision.

Writing in his blog this evening, the former prime minister also said the attorney-general (A-G) now appeared to be acting “higher” than a judge by deeming Bank Negara’s probe into 1MDB as having no grounds for charges to be framed.

“It would seem that the A-G has made the judgement, rejecting the case as having no merit for a hearing in a court of law. And when an appeal is made, the appeal is dismissed by him on grounds which are not clear. There is a lack of transparency here,” Dr Mahathir wrote. (more…)

Did M’sia just sign a suicidal deal?

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 It was conceived in secrecy; that even members of the US Congress did not get to read the discussions leading to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the world of global economics’ most comprehensive and controversial trade agreement dictated by America’s largest corporations.

It was WikiLeaks that enlightened the world of the deal contained in this global euthanasic note of those ‘developing countries’. Seventeen documents were released to document the nature of the secrecy and the more than 150 corporations backing the global project of neo-imperialism Malaysia has plunged herself into; like suicidal workers assembling some brand name Internet phone, unable to live with the pressures of big businesses using cheap labour to the point of fatality.

Does the Malaysian government really understand what it is all about? (more…)

1MDB unable to repatriate US$1.83b ordered by Bank Negara

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1MDB has indicated that it would be unable to repatriate US$1.83 billion in funds as demanded by Bank Negara.

This is because the funds have either been spent or earmarked for a debt transfer.

“The overseas investments of US$1.83 billion relates to historic equity and murabaha loan investments in a joint venture with PetroSaudi in 2009 – 2011, that was eventually converted in September 2012 into fund units valued at US$2.318 billion.

“As previously explained by 1MDB to Bank Negara, this sum of US$2.318 billion has been redeemed in 2014 and 2015, with proceeds being substantially utilised. (more…)

Will DAP defend bumi rights in TPPA, asks Perkasa chief

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Will DAP will defend bumiputera rights in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? This is what the president of the Malay rights NGO Perkasa, Ibrahim Ali, wants to know.

“I have yet to read any official statement from DAP (on TPPA).

“I want to know what the stand of DAP is, especially whether the party will voice its concern on bumiputera rights in the TPPA,” Ibrahim told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.

He clarified that defending bumiputera rights would be part of maintaining national security, which is his main concern. (more…)

Rahman: Gov’t agrees with rulers on 1MDB

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The statement by the Conference of Rulers on the investigation into 1MDB is in line with what the government wants, said Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said there were no conflicts in what was wanted by the Conference of Rulers and the government in the investigation on 1MDB.

“If we read it carefully (Conference of Rulers statement), there is not much difference. If the Conference of Rulers wants the probe to be settled and a conclusion reached, so too the government.

“The prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) has asked for six months (to settle the 1MDB issue). I guess early next year, January it can be resolved,” he said today. (more…)

Matthias to challenge Sosma detention

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Lawyer Matthias Chang will challenge his detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

His lawyer, Hanif Khatri Abdullah, said they plan to file the application in court on Monday.

“We are already preparing the documentation and we shall get the affidavit ready tomorrow.

“We will file it in court as early as Monday morning when court opens and see if we can get it fixed on the same day as Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s application,” Hanif (photo) told reporters outside the Dang Wangi district police headquarters today. (more…)

1MDB confirms Bank Negara directives, says RM7.5 billion used to clear debts

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1MDB says the US$1.83 billion has either been spent or earmarked for debt settlement arrangements. – AFP filepic, October 9, 2015.1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) tonight said it had already repatriated the US$1.83 billion (RM7.53 billion) it invested abroad as directed by Bank Negara Malaysia.

Confirming the central bank’s statement earlier today on the revocation of three permissions granted, the government-owned investment firm said these were issued by Bank Negara between 2009 and 2011 for 1MDB to make overseas investments.

“It is pertinent to highlight that those permissions, when granted, had no requirement for funds to be repatriated. Further, the use of those funds have been described in detail in the notes to 1MDB’s publicly available financial statements dated March 31, 2009 to March 31, 2014,” the firm said in a statement. (more…)

Najib vs Ling puts MCA in a dilemma, says sec-gen

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The conflict between Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and former party president Dr Ling Liong Sik has trapped MCA in a dilemma.

MCA secretary general Ong Ka Chuan said the party, as one of the BN component parties (photo), could not afford to have strained ties with Najib.

“From MCA’s perspective, how could we have a bad relationship with the prime minister (Najib) who is the BN chairperson?”

“If we cannot cooperate with the prime minister, we will have many different opinions. The rakyat will be the victim,” the international trade and industry second minister toldPocketimes, a video website of Sinchew Daily, in an interview. (more…)

PKR lawyer’s affidavit thrown out in Najib’s 1MDB case

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The Kuala Lumpur High Court today allowed an objection raised by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s lawyer who wants an affidavit filed by a PKR lawyer be removed.

In her affidavit, PKR lawyer Michelle Kumar objected to Najib’s stay application fearing that if the PM’s bid is allowed, he would use the time to destroy documents related to 1MDB.

Lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun had objected to Kumar’s affidavit citing that her concern in quoting articles from portals such as Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider andThe Star could be hearsay evidence.

Kumar had cited articles on former Special branch deputy director Abdul Hamid Bador and various reports on investigations related to 1MDB. (more…)

Najib: No farmer has not benefitted from Umno-BN

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak believes that all farmers in the country have, in one way or another, benefited from the Umno-Barisan Nasional government.

Speaking at the launch of the National Farmers Organisation’s (Nafas) 42nd annual general meeting tonight, Najib pointed out how the establishment of the organisation itself was a result of Umno’s struggles.

“No farmer, be it from any part of the country, can say that they have not received anything from the Umno and Barisan Nasional government,” he said at the event held at the Putra World Trade Centre.

The birth of Nafas was also a source of pride for him, he said, as it was his own father, the country’s second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, who had launched the then union for farmers in 1972. (more…)

Minister: Don’t put rulers in crossfire with 1MDB focus

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Giving prominence to only the portion of the Conference of Rulers decree on 1MDB places the rulers in political crossfire, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak says.

The rulers had discussed various issues, Salleh said, and also made a call to end racism. However, the focus has only been on their call for investigations on 1MDB to wrapped up and wrongdoers, if any, to be punished.

“The impression being given is that the Rulers discussed only the 1MDB matter and nothing else.

“Being the 239th Conference of Rulers over the last 58 years since Merdeka, surely many things would have been discussed. (more…)

Bank Negara revokes 1MDB foreign transfers, orders RM7.5 billion sent home

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1MDB has been ordered by Bank Negara to repatriate its overseas investments totalling US$1.83 billion. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 9, 2015.Bank Negara Malaysia today said that its investigations showed troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had secured permissions for investments abroad based on inaccurate or incomplete disclosure of information.

In a statement, the central bank said it had revoked three permissions granted to 1MDB for investments abroad totalling US$1.83 billion (RM7.53 billion) and directed the company to repatriate the funds to Malaysia.

Bank Negara had recommended to the attorney-general (A-G) to initiate criminal prosecution against 1MDB for breaches under the Exchange Control Act 1953 (ECA) and added that the decision lay solely with the A-G. (more…)

IPIC interest takeover proof of good ties: 1MDB

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International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) paying US$102.7 million in interests for two bonds it co-guaranteed with 1MDB is proof of the good ties between the two firms, said 1MDB.

As such, the sovereign wealth fund hopes its critics will stop reporting on alleged frayed ties between the two.

“IPIC’s statement, confirming its commitment to working with 1MDB and its 100 percent shareholder the Finance Ministry, conclusively puts to rest false claims and allegations concerning the relationship between the two companies that had previously been published by the Business Times and subsequently repeated, without proof, by (PJ Utara MP) Tony Pua,” it said in a statement today. (more…)

Umno gets stay order on Anina’s expulsion challenge

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Umno obtained a stay order today against a suit filed by Anina Saadudin challenging the party’s decision to expel her as an Umno member.

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur granted the stay application filed by Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and its executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh.

With this, Tengku Adnan and Rauf need not file their defence statement.

Judicial Commissioner S Nantha Balan also fixed Nov 30 to hear Tengku Adnan’s application to strike out Anina’s suit. (more…)

Kadir Jasin: Apandi knows sultans well-informed on 1MDB

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Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali is well aware that the Malay rulers are well informed about 1MDB, a veteran newsman says.

Former New Straits Times editor-in-chief A Kadir Jasin said as such, Apandi should have cut some slack.

“It would be delusional for a public servant as important as Apandi to assume that the Malay rulers are uninformed about the development surrounding 1MDB and the alleged complicity of the prime minister.

“We should give him (Apandi, photo) the benefit of the doubt that, despite coming through from an Umno background, he would act without fear and favour to uphold the rule of law and justice. (more…)

TPPA is all politics, Ibrahim tells Rafidah

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Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has rejected former Umno minister Rafidah Aziz’s appeal to not politicise the just-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

“I think Rafidah is not right to say that. The TPPA is an economic deal, but in the end it is a political decision,” Ibrahim told reporters today.

The agreement will not only involve the economy, he said, but also national policies.

It could also potentially require amendments to laws and even the Federal Constitution, he added. (more…)

Kedah to seek GST exemption for agricultural sector

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The Kedah state government will request for Goods and Service Tax (GST) exemption for the agricultural sector, especially production of padi, under Budget 2016.

Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir said the exemption would allow an estimated of RM41 million per annum payable to the federal government to be used to increase the competitiveness of farmers in food supply.

“We have made estimations… goods and services used by farmers for ploughing, fertilising, harvesting and the use of machinery are included in the list of items that are subject to GST. (more…)

BN government’s broken promises cause of broken trust

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The people’s lack of confidence and trust in the current administration is clearly growing, with every promise broken by the Barisan Nasional government.

At the top of the list would be Prime Minister Najib Razak’s promise to initiate civil reforms and pledge that archaic laws such as the Sedition Act 1948 would not be abused.

The latest arrest of Batu Kawan Umno former division chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 has also worried 38 civil society groups, that the law has been abused to protect an individual’s interest. (more…)

Dr M: M’sia a pariah state due to 1MDB issue

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Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today branded the country a “pariah state” following what he says is “abuse of law” to cover up the 1MDB case.

The ex-premier was referring to the arrest of his former political secretary, lawyer Matthias Chang under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act for accompanying his client Khairuddin Abu Hassan in lodging complaints against 1MDB abroad.

Mahathir’s scathing statement also comes after attorney-general Apandi Ali cleared 1MDB officials of wrongdoing despite Bank Negara Malaysia calling for action. (more…)

October 9, 2015

Move to give clout to native council to handle land issues

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The Dayak community may soon see the Majlis Adat Istiadat (MAI) or the Council of Native Customs and Traditions revamped to make it as the “sole” authority to deal with native customary rights (NCR) land and related issues.

Its authority is not clearly defined to deal with NCR land disputes. As a result, disputes have to be brought before the civil court, but many a time the decisions of the courts are against the adat (custom) of the natives.

If only the definitions of “pemakai menua” (territorial domain), “pulau galau” (forest reserves), “tembawai” (old sites of longhouses), “temuda” (farm lands) had been accepted by the government of former chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, there would be no problems now over NCR land. (more…)

Sarawak’s rice bowl broken, there are no extra grains

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It is music to the ears when government people talk about weaknesses within the system, rather than hearing them from members of the Opposition.

If it comes from the Opposition, it will be described as politicising issues and teaching the people to hate the government.

Too many times, even when the Opposition meant well, some government men will stand up and say the Opposition only knew how to talk.

They will be saying the Opposition can talk all they want but it’s only the government that can deliver the goods. Only the government can bring development, so why listen to the Opposition who are only good at instigating the people to reject development projects? (more…)

Two ways to move no-confidence vote against PM: Bersih

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There are two separate ways to move a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in the upcoming parliamentary sitting, said Bersih vice-chairperson Thomas Fann.

Apart from having MPs table a motion in the Dewan Rakyat, he said the lawmakers can also opt to vote down Najib’s budget proposal after it has been debated.

“One (method) is a motion moved by any MP. If it is allowed, then there would be a vote of no-confidence or confidence.

“The other opportunity comes after the prime minister has presented his budget and Parliament has debated on it. (more…)

Masing: Get this clear, S’wak BN does not include Teras, UPP

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The people in Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) and United People’s Party (UPP) will find BN’s door wide open if they take the cue from PRS president Dr James Masing’s statement on Oct 5.

Masing had said the current political scenario in the state would not be an issue if the people concerned were not only thinking of themselves.

The current stalemate could easily be settled if those involved were serious in serving their constituents.

“In the 12th general election, we had a situation in Julau. It’s PRS seat and (Datuk) Joseph Salang wanted to stand as BN candidate but he was not a member of PRS. So was Kanowit. It’s a BN seat and (Datuk) Aaron Dagang wanted to stand as a BN candidate but I said it’s a PRS seat. (more…)

Khairuddin’s lawyer zapped under Sosma, too

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Lawyer Matthias Chang has been detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

In an SMS message, Chang said he was being arrested on the same grounds as his client, Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

“Just got arrested under Sosma for (Section) 124K and 124L (of the Penal Code). Same as Khairuddin,” the text message read.

Section 124K and 124L of the Penal Code deal with sabotaging and attempting to sabotage the state.

Chang’s aide told Malaysiakini that he was arrested this afternoon at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters while visiting Khairuddin who has been detained under Sosma for 15 days . (more…)

Rafizi doesn’t seem to get it at all!

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Has the newfangled Pakatan Harapan excluded anybody with a willingness to subscribe to the Common Policy Framework (CPF), the still-unrepudiated manifesto upon which its predecessor coalition gained a 52 percent share of the vote at the last general election (GE13)?

There appears to be some confusion in Pakatan Harapan component, PKR, about who to include in the fledgling Pakatan Harapan and who to exclude.

Mainly, this confusion stems from the desire of some factions in PKR to keep theocratic PAS within whatever coalition that emerges among the opposition.

This bend-over-backward to accommodate anyone who is opposed to BN stance pushes the salutary aim of inclusiveness to the extent that an emergent coalition is indiscriminate about the company it keeps. (more…)

Bersih launches ‘PM no confidence vote’ postcard campaign

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Electoral reform movement Bersih launched a campaign today urging members of the public to pressure their respective MPs to support a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Announcing the campaign in Petaling Jaya, Bersih steering committee deputy chairperson Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan said 20,000 postcards have been printed for the ‘Undi Tidak Percaya’ campaign.

These will be distributed to the public through NGOs, which will collect and deliver them to the parliamentarians representing the various constituencies.

“I am very concerned by the allegations of graft involving Najib and his move to disrupt independent investigations towards those allegations. (more…)

Hidden hands may be interfering in 1MDB probe, says Muhyiddin

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Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the country is starting to get a bad name overseas over the 1MDB controversy, with foreign leaders asking him how could a state-owned firm incur losses amounting to billions of dollars in such a short time. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 7, 2015.Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is concerned that there are hidden hands obstructing investigations into debt-ridden state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), he said in a statement tonight.

The Umno deputy president said that developments into the probe have so far been disappointing, noting that at one time, Putrajaya had appeared eager to resolve the issue but now everything has come to a halt.

“It is as though there are hidden hands that want to cover up for certain parties.

“This is not acceptable,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.Muhyiddin said the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should be given the space to carry out their investigations against the state investor and to hand over their findings to the Attorney-General for further action. (more…)

Putrajaya has killed democracy, says Dr Mahathir

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, seen here at the Bersih 4 rally on August 30, says the Najib administration is behaving undemocratically by threatening those who criticise the government. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 7, 2015.Putrajaya has destroyed democracy in the country by threatening and taking action against those who expose the wrongdoings of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

He said the government has continued to accuse those who expose Najib’s wrongdoings of attempting to topple the government through undemocratic ways.

“But in fact, the government, by threatening to take action against its people, forbidding Umno members from listening to political talks, is being undemocratic,” the former prime minister wrote in his blog. (more…)

Hillary Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton came out yesterday against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) trade deal agreed this week between the US and 11 other nations.

“Based on what I know so far, I can’t support this agreement,” Clinton said in a statement.

She said trade deals must meet “clear tests” of creating US jobs, raising wages and advancing national security interests.

“I still believe in the goal of a strong and fair trade agreement in the Pacific as part of a broader strategy both at home and abroad, just as I did when I was secretary of state,” she said. (more…)

Top debater slams PM as a ‘national disgrace’

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Asia’s best debater Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today slammed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak as a “national disgrace”.

In a Facebook post today, the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) student asked how much more could Malaysians take in light of lawyer Matthias Chang’s arrest todayunder the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

“First you unjustly and arbitrarily detain a politician. Now you’re going after his lawyer as well?” he questioned referring to Chang’s as well as his client, Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s arrests.

“Sosma was designed to detain terrorists who pose a direct threat to our national security, not to suppress dissenters!” Syed Saddiq fumed. (more…)

Muhyiddin tells citizens to voice out, lodge reports on 1MDB

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Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin writes in his Facebook page, urging more people to make police reports against the wrongdoings involving state-owned investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). – Facebook pic, October 7, 2015.Those who make reports against debt-ridden state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) should be given protection and not the other way around, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today, voicing dissatisfaction over the arrest of 1MDB critic Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

The axed deputy prime minister also urged more concerned citizens to lodge reports to compel the authorities to investigate the state investor in a transparent and fair manner.

In a statement uploaded on his Facebook page, Muhyiddin questioned if 1MDB had any sort of immunity, which warranted it to be protected by enforcement authorities in the country. (more…)

Bar Council outraged over Chang’s Sosma arrest

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The Malaysian Bar Council is ‘absolutely appalled’ over lawyer Matthias Chang’s arrest under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

“I can tell you that the Malaysian Bar is absolutely appalled that a member of the bar is being treated this way, acting for a client,” Bar Council president Steven Thiru told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

He said this after delivering his closing speech at the Malaysian Legal and Corporate Conference 2015 today.

“We have already expressed our reservations over the use of Sosma against (former Umno leader) Khairuddin Abu Hassan, and those same reservations will apply here,” he added. (more…)

Muhyiddin urges Najib to heed rulers’ call to solve 1MDB issue

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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (right) meeting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (left) at the Umno Supreme Council meeting last month. The former deputy prime minister wants Najib to follow through on the Malay Rulers request for the 1MDB issue to be investigated and action to be taken against those who had caused the RM42 billion debt in the state-owned company. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 7, 2015.The onus is on the prime minister to heed the Malay rulers’ call for the government to settle issues involving debt-ridden state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

The Umno deputy president said it was rare for the Conference of Rulers to issue statements unless it involved major issues that affect the public and the country.

“When Their Royal Highnesses speak out about the 1MDB issue, it signifies that 1MDB is a very big matter in their opinion and demonstrates their concern over the negative effects the 1MDB controversy has on the public and nation,” Muhyiddin said in a statement posted on his Facebook page today. (more…)

Coward! Matthias blasts Najib, goes on hunger strike

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Detained lawyer Matthias Chang has described Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his allies as ‘cowards’.

He also revealed that he is commencing a hunger strike to protest his arrest.

“My arrest and detention are a reflection of the cowardice of the prime minister and his cronies, the ‘loyal but not smart’ members of the Umno supreme council.

“I hereby declare that as at the time of my arrest and detention, I have started my hunger strike to show to all Malaysians that our so-called Umno leaders led by Najib are cowards and untrustworthy,” he said in a statement. (more…)

AG clears 1MDB despite Bank Negara review call

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The Attorney-General’s Chambers has cleared 1MDB officials of any wrongdoing with regard to the investigation carried out by Bank Negara.

“The investigation paper (IP) was submitted to the AG’s Chambers on Aug 21, 2015.

“Having studied the IP (investigation papers), deputy solicitor-general (1) Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah (photo) decided there was no offence committed by the 1MDB officials and directed that no further action should be taken,” said the Chambers in a statement today.

The Chambers said the IP was returned to Bank Negara on Sept 11 and the decision not to prosecute was communicated to the central bank on the same day. (more…)

Rafidah says two kinds of haze over Malaysia

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There are two kinds of haze over Malaysia right now, according to former Umno minister Rafidah Aziz.

“We have two hazes, you know. One natural, man-made. The other one unnatural man-made.

“I see two issues only. You know what I mean. Come up with the reality. And I tell you this haze in the environment will go off sooner than expected,” she said during her special address at the Malaysian Legal and Corporate Conference 2015 in Kuala Lumpur today.

She did not clarify on what the ‘two issues’ were though she later said that ‘as Nazir said, the elephant in the room’ must be addressed. (more…)

Rafizi explains why PKR won’t burn bridges with PAS after forging new pact with DAP, Amanah

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Rafizi said his party cannot afford to cut off ties with PAS as the conservative Islamist party still commands sizeable support from voters. — Picture by Choo Choy MayWhile its new partners in Pakatan Harapan have cut ties with PAS, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli said his party won’t do the same to prevent the opposition from total annihilation at the next general elections.

Speaking at a forum on Pakatan Harapan’s future plans last night, the PKR vice-president and secretary-general said his party has acted as the opposition lynchpin and cannot afford to cut off ties with PAS as the conservative Islamist party still commands sizeable support from voters.

“How do you command a party which has sizeable support? This is the dilemma in PKR and we have this tragic burden of having to be a bridge for everyone.

“We cannot burn bridges with them… we must still speak with them if not, we are entering into a mutually destructive election in the future,” the Pandan MP told a dinner at the Thean Hou temple here, referring to the national polls that must be held by 2018.


Rafizi was commenting on his party’s behalf after DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua told the dinner audience at the fundraiser for Amanah that PAS cannot be trusted to remain loyal even if it ends hostilities with its former allies and joins Pakatan Harapan.

In his speech, Pua also said the new opposition pact did not need PAS to secure the Malay vote.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP went on to claim that PAS was losing support even in its spiritual home in Kelantan, where he said support previously remained strong only because of loyalties to the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat

Pua said Nik Aziz’s death meant there was no compelling reason for Kelantan voters to continue backing PAS.

Pakatan Harapan came into being on September 22 without PAS on board, due to its poor relations with secular DAP and breakaway party Amanah.

PAS and DAP’s disagreement over hudud led to the disintegration of the previous opposition pact, Pakatan Rakyat while Amanah was formed by PAS progressives who were ousted during its annual congress in June.

On October 4, PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said that PAS will only work with political parties that accepted Islam as whole including issues like hudud.

On the party’s relationship with PKR, he said it was mutually beneficial for the two parties to maintain cooperation, despite the former rejecting the latter’s invitation to participate in the formation of the new coalition Pakatan Harapan.

Nik Abduh added that unlike DAP, PKR has managed to agree to disagree with PAS and maintain a mutual respect for one another.


Lawyers decry Sosma arrest at vigil for Chang

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About 30 people – mostly lawyers – stand in solidarity outside of the Dang Wangi district police headquarters for detained lawyer Matthias Chang.

Led by Bar Council president Steven Thiru, the group lighted candles to protest against Chang’s arrest this afternoon under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

Steven decried Chang’s arrest under Sosma and urged the police not to harass and intimidate any lawyer who is doing his duty.

“Attacks against any lawyer who is performing his or her duty is an attack towards the Bar. We will not let it happen,” he told Malaysiakini last night. (more…)

Najib has lost confidence of the sultans, says analyst

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The statement by the Conference of Rulers on 1MDB appears to show that the sultans are not confident with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, said an analyst.

John Pang, a senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said this is because the Malay rulers have never been so specific on a government issue.

“The statement adds to the sense that he (Najib) has lost the confidence of the Malay Rulers, along with other important sectors of society,” Pang is quoted as saying by The New York Times.

Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) chairperson Redzuan Othman voiced similar views that the sultans’ statement was unprecedented. (more…)

1MDB repeats ‘debt-laden’ label is misleading

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1MDB, in a statement late this evening, reiterates that its assets exceed its liabilities.

Responding to former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin that the characterisation of 1MDB as a “debt-laden company” is misleading, 1MDB states the Umno deputy president should know about this as he was in the Cabinet.

“This fact is reinforced by the significant value indicated by local and international investors for the ongoing sale of equity in Edra Energy and Bandar Malaysia,” it said.

“As a cabinet member when 1MDB was formed, Muhyiddin is fully aware of 1MDB’s capital structure. With RM1 million in equity from its shareholder – the Ministry of Finance – 1MDB raised capital on the markets, which is the debt on the company’s accounts,” it said. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan plays ‘wait and see’ on TPPA stand

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Pakatan Harapan will only state their stand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) after the documents are tabled in Parliament for their scrutiny.

DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua said it is unfair for the new coalition to come to a conclusion just yet, as they need to study the balance between the pros and cons of the agreement, concluded by 12 nations on Monday.

“Pakatan Harapan has not established any stand for a very simple reason; we don’t have the agreement (in our possession, and) the devil is in the details. (more…)

Malaysia’s Najib Rebuffs Elite Pleas to Step Down

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Malaysia’s Najib Rebuffs Elite Pleas to Step DownRosmah says stay put but those demanding PM’s ouster may get a boost from the sultans

A long list of Malaysia’s most prominent and influential figures have reportedly gone to Prime Minister Najib Razak in recent weeks to appeal to him to step aside as his scandal-plagued administration brings serious harm to the economy and image of the country.

These include all three of Najib’s brothers, especially Nazir Razak, the chairman of the CIMB banking group. Others who have both publicly and privately appealed for him to at least step aside until investigations into the unexplained US$681 million in his AmBank personal account and the long-running 1MDB scandal are completed include Musa Hitam, the onetime deputy premier under Mahathir Mohamad; political veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah; and Mahathir himself, who has almost daily called Najib a thief and criminal. (more…)

DPM: Nobody should push to hasten or delay 1MDB probe

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said that the probe on 1MDB must follow due process, and should not be hastened or delayed.

The Conference of Rulers on Tuesday decreed that the probe should be wrapped up soon and wrongdoers, if any, punished to boost public confidence in the government.

“Any decree by the Conference of Rulers is viewed positively and the government has taken proactive steps to address it.

“Indeed the prosperity of the people and supremacy of the law is utmost priority. (more…)

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